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Yanks Hurler Sabathia Out 6 Weeks

first_imgNEW YORK — Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is expected to miss at least six more weeks with an injured right knee.The left-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 11. He was examined by Dr. James Andrews last week and had his knee drained. Sabathia also received a cortisone and stem cell injection to treat a degenerative cartilage condition.The team confirmed that the procedure means Sabathia likely will remain sidelined through at least the end of June, maybe longer.The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA in eight starts. He has allowed 10 home runs in 46 innings.New York also is missing injured starters Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda, forcing the Yankees to go with a makeshift rotation that includes Vidal Nuno, David Phelps and rookie Chase Whitley.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Modelling will always be special: Malaika Arora

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Actress Malaika Arora, who will be one of the judges for the auditions of models for the forthcoming edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2019, says that she is extremely nostalgic about her modelling days.”Modelling will always hold a special place in my life. It marks the start of my journey in this industry. I am extremely nostalgic about my early days as a model. I owe everything that I have learnt to my mentors,” Malaika said in a statement. LFW announced the model auditions for its Summer/Resort 2019 edition. It will be held on December 14 at St. Regis in Mumbai.”Lakme Fashion Week is a platform that provides aspiring models a launchpad that one can only dream of. I am thrilled to be a part of the hunt for fresh talent,” said Malaika.The actress along with designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil, show director Anu Ahuja, Head of Innovations, Lakme — Ashwath Swaminathan and Vice President and Head of Fashion, IMG Reliance — Jaspreet Chandok will be judging the show. The fashion week is credited with launching some of India’s most successful models including Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Anjali Lama, Bhumika Arora, Pooja Mor and Kiara Advani. Swaminathan says that he is looking forward to the upcoming edition where new talent spotted in these auditions will sport the latest trends in beauty and fashion at the fashion gala.Vice President and Head of Fashion at IMG Reliance, Chandok, said, “Every season, we at Lakme Fashion Week aim at introducing new and fresh talent by providing the ideal platform to make a promising debut. This season too, we continue our commitment to present fresh talent on the runway.”–IANSnv/inadvertisementlast_img read more

Storm in a teacup in Britain over eco-friendly bags

first_imgLondon, Dec 19 (AFP) Britons are up in arms over new environmentally-friendly teabags that leave a bitter taste in the mouth as they split open, spilling their contents into teacups across the land.Yorkshire Tea, the country’s second biggest brand after PG Tips, launched the new biodegradable teabags in June and has now been forced to respond to a barrage of complaints.”Has anyone else noticed that Yorkshire Tea bags are quite burst-able at the moment?,” one disgruntled user, BBC radio 3 presenter Elizabeth Alker, said on Twitter.BT Sport football commentator Darren Fletcher wrote that the Yorkshire Tea bags were “shambolic”.”Things may never be the same again!” he said.The new bags, which no longer rely on plastic to stay sealed, are splitting when dunked in hot water.”Hi @YorkshireTea this is the 10th teabag to split from this box. I don’t like drinking the leaves,” wrote Bill Fyfe, posting a photo of his cup with floating leaves.The Daily Mail said Yorkshire Tea was “in a pot of bother”.The famous brand, which is planning to sell only biodegradable teabags from 2019, apologised to customers and said it was doing everything to resolve the problem.”We’re sorry about this!” the company said this week.”It’s early days so we’re really keen to hear feedback — and we promise we’ll make it up to you,” it said.Some 160 millions cups of tea are consumed every day in Britain and floating tea leaves are a major no-no. (AFP) AMSAMSlast_img read more

Joker, thinker, friend, dictator: the many faces of Jürgen Klopp

first_imgIn Dortmund Klopp had smiled when hearing Reus’s quote about happiness. “What they discover when they leave the club is that we have a very special dressing room. The secret of a manager like Alex Ferguson comes through when you hear what former players say about him. They can have had boots flying in their face like David Beckham but they still love the idea they were coached by him. That’s the biggest honour or accolade you can give to a coach.“It’s important you have maximum respect for your players but remember you are the guy who is most responsible. As managers we all have rules and so there is no discussion with my players about how much we train … But in every other case they can come to me with a problem and if I have a solution I will help them. If I don’t know I bring in someone else to find an answer. On the pitch, it’s work. But football without fun is not great. If we don’t have some fun it would be strange. Are we not lucky guys? We are so silly when we get too worried about football. It’s not too serious and I don’t see the point of being at war with the team.” Jürgen Klopp Share on WhatsApp Klopp v Zidane: the Champions League final in the managers’ words – video Jürgen Klopp knew we had met before but, at Liverpool’s training ground last month, he could not recall the exact setting of our first interview. The answer made him groan. Five years ago this month in Dortmund, 10 days before the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley, Klopp had been in a sparkling mood. As he prepared to lead Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich in an all-German battle for European football’s greatest prize, he offered engaging insights into his managerial style while urging the neutral fan to support his team.“If you want the new story, the special story, it must be Dortmund,” Klopp said. “You have to be on our side.” Five years on, with neutrals enraptured again as Klopp inspires an often thrilling Liverpool to Saturday’s Champions League final in Kiev against Real Madrid, his charisma was equally obvious. But before Klopp could engage with subjects ranging from football to politics he remembered how Dortmund had conceded the winning goal in the 89th minute against Bayern. Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Facebook “It was too painful,” he said softly. “I’ve cancelled pretty much everything around that game and never watched it back.” He shook his head and repeated one word. “Never.”In that moment it was possible to sense the depth of Klopp’s desire to win the Champions League. He might be the most likable of interviewees but this quest for success drives him. It hurts to have won only one of the six cup finals in which his teams have played. In 2012, in his first, Dortmund beat Bayern 5-2 in the German Cup. He has since lost five in a row. That curious statistic is less interesting than the way in which he galvanises his teams.I also interviewed Marco Reus in 2013 and the Dortmund forward responded simply when asked how Klopp helped the team. “He makes us happy,” Reus said. Such joy means there is heartache when Klopp loses players to richer clubs. He was only half-joking when he told me how: “We cried for 20 minutes, in each other’s arms, when Shinji Kagawa left Dortmund for Manchester United,” and how “it was like a heart attack” after Mario Götze agreed to join Bayern Munich.Since Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool in January for Barcelona, Klopp has been hugely impressive in improving the team without their former star player. Tactical acumen, astute signings and Klopp’s enduring motivational powers mean Coutinho has hardly been missed.Klopp’s seemingly magical touch is felt throughout the club. It was instructive last month to see the warmth of his interaction with the tea lady and to hear snippets from Liverpool staff. One of them told me how Klopp might be the first person on the dance floor at a club function but, as soon as everyone joins in, he retreats discreetly to watch with beaming pride.His charm works and, in Dortmund, he convinced me “this is a very special club – a workers’ club” as he railed, wittily, against Bayern’s economic powerhouse. Of course he would have laughed at the irony that, when the interview ran in the Guardian, we had to feature this tagline: “Jürgen Klopp is proud to wear Puma – a partner of Borussia Dortmund.” There was no sponsor involvement when I met Klopp in Liverpool and his pleasure in football and life echoed again. “How can you not love this club, this city, these players?” he asked.Five years ago Klopp said: “I got more in life than I was ever supposed to get – family, money, football. None of my teachers, or my parents, ever believed this would happen to me. So how can this perfect life be spoilt because they take our players?”Life is never perfect, in Dortmund or Liverpool, and Klopp knows that glory in a Champions League final can be painfully elusive. But, whether Liverpool win or lose in Kiev, he will be back for another crack next season – while making his players happy as, yet again, they run and tackle and try their hearts out for him. features Liverpool We were the first team in Germany to play 4-4-2 without a libero. It was the best thing I ever learnt about football Facebook Real Madrid Twitter Jürgen Klopp celebrates after Borussia Dortmund reach the 2013 Champions League semi-final. Dortmund lost the final and Klopp has never watched it back. Photograph: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Topics Share on LinkedIn Champions League In a more layered way Andy Robertson, the Liverpool left-back who has been a revelation since Klopp signed him from Hull 11 months ago, told me last week how “the gaffer uses humour very cleverly. If he feels the lads are uptight or things aren’t going our way he’ll relieve the tension. He’ll crack a joke or you’ll hear his big laugh. He’s a fantastic manager who knows exactly what to do and when to do it. His personality is so good that when you see him on the touchline you just want to run for him. You want to tackle for him, you want to do well for him. But, most of all, he’s a calming influence.”Klopp’s calm in a one-to-one setting, even more than his humour or warmth, remains my clearest impression from our interviews. Rather than a joker or cheerleader, he is a bright thinker with an even deeper emotional intelligence which enables him to connect powerfully with people.He spoke so fondly of his players, I wondered if he felt like a father to some of them? “A stepfather,” he exclaimed before becoming more reflective. “Look, I am an absolutely normal guy and sometimes I want be their friend. Sometimes I have to be a teacher. It’s not so difficult to find a moment to be a friend or … well … [Klopp laughed] a North Korean dictator.”“My biggest skill is common sense. It’s important they understand football is only one part of life. Coming into a Champions League final you tell them to appreciate this moment. Of course they are young and considered superstars. But in big moments they need help to find calm. It’s not important if you won or lost the last game, if you played well or kicked the ball like your grandmother. I need to help settle their heads and hearts before such a massive match.” Barcelona, says Klopp, ‘celebrate goal number 5,868 like they’ve never scored before. This is what you should always feel – until you die.’ Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images Twitter The sense of fun and pleasure that ripples through Klopp would be meaningless without the work and intensity that characterises his best teams. He also places great store in tactics and, as he told me in Dortmund: “My first inspiration was Wolfgang Frank – my coach for years in the second division with Mainz. He took his inspiration from Arrigo Sacchi [who managed Milan to successive European Cup final victories in 1989 and 1990]. We were the first team in Germany to play 4-4-2 without a libero. It was the best thing I ever learned about football. Before we looked at Sacchi’s methods we used to think if the other players are better you have to lose. But we learned you can beat a better team by using tactics.“What Sacchi did with Maldini, Baresi, Costacurta and Tassotti was amazing. There was a video of them training and with Wolfgang Frank we watched it 500 times. They put sticks in the field and had to move in formation like birds … wooomf … wooomf … training without the ball. No one in Germany did this. In Germany you either run until you [Klopp pretended to vomit] or play football – nothing between. No tactics. Then we saw this. It was boring but one of the best coaches in the world, maybe the best, does this with the best players – because it’s necessary. So we did it. With a team that was in danger of going down to the third division; in another six months we were the best team in the second division.”Liverpool’s defence might be their undoing in Kiev – but Klopp’s trademark lightning transitions and the breathtaking prowess of his front three mean he has a real chance of breaking his losing streak in cup finals. The unity and conviction that surged through Liverpool against Manchester City in the quarter-finals and at home against Roma in the semi-final seem rooted in the close bond he forges with his players.In both interviews he spoke about how, at Dortmund, he did not show his team videos of Barcelona scoring beautiful goals. Instead, he showed them “photographs of Messi and his team-mates celebrating every goal like it’s the first they’ve ever scored. I don’t use videos because I don’t copy Barça’s style. But you see them celebrate goal number 5,868 like they’ve never scored before. This is what you should always feel – until you die.” Share via Email Reuse this content Pinterest Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson intent on taking final step against Real Share on Facebook Play Video 1:32last_img read more

22 days agoBoly stoppage-time header steals late win for Wolves over Besiktas

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Boly stoppage-time header steals late win for Wolves over Besiktasby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno was proud of his players after Wolves secured their first ever Europa League group stage win over Besiktas on Thursday.Most teams in the world struggle to deal with the ferocious atmosphere in Istanbul, but the Premier League outfit showed grit and determination to grab all three points. With the game destined for a draw, defender Willy Boly popped up in stoppage time to score the winner.Speaking after the game, Nuno said: “The performance wasn’t the best, we competed well but we were sloppy, we weren’t accurate when we should be and we’ve got to improve that. It’s a tough stadium and environment but we managed the game well and we kept pushing.”I was trying to find solutions with our substitutions, Adama [Traore] did well but we struggled with the final touch, that’s something we’ve got to improve.”We’ll keep on fighting, it’s a competitive group but we’ll just keep looking forward. We were in the Championship two years ago, we must be proud, the fans were superb tonight. We have to improve and keep believing in the things that we do.” last_img read more

16 days ago​Sir Alex Ferguson hails ‘absolute legend’ Wenger

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Sir Alex Ferguson hails ‘absolute legend’ Wengerby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has gushed praise on his old rival Arsene Wenger.The two set the standard in the Premier League in the 1990s and early 2000s.Despite being bitter rivals in those years, Ferguson and Wenger have developed mutual respect in their later years.And Ferguson was not afraid to speak out in praise of Wenger, as the Frenchman received recognition at the Nordoff Robbins charity award dinner.Ferguson said via video: “The career you had as a manager at Arsenal was absolutely fantastic – an absolute legend.”I loved the competition against you. “We had some great times and it’s wonderful you’re getting this award tonight. “So good luck, my blessing [is] with you.” last_img read more

New Roles for Premiers Senior Staff

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald announced two senior staff appointments today, June 23. Bob Chisholm is the premier’s new chief of staff. Mr. Chisholm, a former businessperson who served as executive assistant and senior advisor to cabinet minister Angus MacIsaac, has been the principal secretary to Premier MacDonald since February. “Bob Chisholm knows our government, he knows key issues in municipal affairs, health care and education, he knows our ministers and MLAs from all sides of the House,” said Premier MacDonald. “I am delighted he will step up and assume this role.” Current chief of staff Heather Foley Melvin will assume new duties as chief administrative officer for the establishment of Conserve Nova Scotia, a new Crown corporation that will be charged with expanding conservation and energy efficiency among Nova Scotians. Enabling legislation to create Conserve Nova Scotia will be introduced in the fall of 2006. “Conserve Nova Scotia is one of my major priorities as premier and I want to make sure it’s put in place successfully — that’s why I am so pleased that one of my most trusted advisors has taken on this role,” said the premier. “Heather Foley Melvin brings 15 years of management experience in sales and marketing that will prove invaluable to this position. I know her skill and experience better than most and know she can get the job done.” The new positions take effect on Monday, June 26.last_img read more

Crime Prevention Awards Nominations

first_img —————————————————————The nomination deadline for the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention has been extended until Friday, Sept. 30. More information and nomination forms are available at . The awards recognize individuals or groups dedicated to preventing crime and making communities safer. “We’ve received great nominations so far, but I know there are more people and organizations who deserve to be nominated for this award,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “I encourage Nova Scotians who know of someone doing great work to prevent crime in their community, to take the time and nominate them.” Nominees can include community groups and leaders, youth, media, police officers and business leaders. Nominations are being accepted in six categories: JUSTICE–Crime Prevention Awards Nominations individual youth (21 and under) community group or organization policing restorative justice/restorative approaches corporatelast_img read more

Immigration Stream to Help Recruit Doctors

first_imgNova Scotia has created a new immigration stream to help attract more international doctors and specialists to the province. The stream has been approved by the federal government as part of the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program. Nova Scotia is only the second province to offer a dedicated immigration stream for doctors – and it already has its first recruit. Dr. Jamie Tribo, who currently lives in Virginia, was the first doctor to be processed through the new stream which opened earlier this month. Dr. Tribo plans to practice family medicine in Cape Breton, beginning this spring. “We are looking forward to our move to Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Tribo. “Obtaining a medical license in another country means clearing a lot of hurdles and paperwork before even beginning on immigration requirements. This new immigration program has made the process much simpler and shorter for us, and our recruiter has been a big help along the way.” The new stream makes the immigration process easier and faster for internationally trained primary care doctors and specialists who have approved job offers from the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the IWK Health Centre by reducing the amount of paperwork. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, the NSHA and the IWK already assess education, language ability, certification and credential recognition as part of their hiring process. The new stream will rely on those assessments, eliminating duplication. “Immigration is one tool we can use to recruit more skilled workers to our province, including doctors,” said Lena Metlege Diab, Minister of Immigration. “We created this new stream to make it easier and quicker for doctors to move here. This is one example of how the Office of Immigration is taking an innovative approach and partnering with NSHA and the IWK to attract more professionals to Nova Scotia.” The new stream is part of a broader national and international recruitment strategy. “Physician recruitment is a priority for NSHA. We are operating in a competitive environment across Canada and internationally. This stream provides our province a much-needed advantage,” said Dr. Lynne Harrigan, NSHA vice-president, medicine and integrated health. “I’m encouraged by the amount of support we have from government, physicians, communities and staff to support our continued focus on improving access to primary care. The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) and the NSHA will continue to work together to recruit doctors in the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2018. NSOI will meet with doctors in London in March, and will return in April in partnership with NSHA to attend a recruitment mission. For more information on the Physician Stream, visit .last_img read more

Project to Renovate Province House Gardens

first_imgA project will begin later this spring to renovate the south gardens of the Nova Scotia legislature. “This much-needed refresh will enhance the accessibility of the legislature grounds and beautify them in time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Province House in 2019,” said Speaker of the House Kevin Murphy. “The grounds will be more attractive and inviting to Nova Scotians and visitors.” Enhanced accessibility will be an important component, with paving stones replacing gravel on the pathways and ramps added to improve accessibility to the park area. Paving stones will replace the current asphalt driveway on the Hollis Street side of the building. New benches will be installed in the area surrounding the statue of Joseph Howe, as well as planter boxes, flowering shrubbery and new sodding. The site’s drainage system will be enhanced and the grade improved. The project calls for improved lighting to the Hollis Street side of Province House and the Joseph Howe statue, as well as more traditional lamp posts. Province House will remain open during the renovation. The project is expected to be complete in early September.last_img read more

UN refugee official urges attention to plight of children forced to flee

“With 50 per cent of [the world’s 21 million] refugees being children, we see not only children in the refugee camps and settlements, but also on the move,” Ruud Lubbers told reporters at a press briefing held in conjunction with the General Assembly’s special session on children.He added that many children were held in detention, sometimes alongside criminals. “This is totally unacceptable,” he said.Describing the agency’s largest current operation, an effort to help some 1.25 million Afghans return to their home country, the High Commissioner said UNHCR planned to bring home 400,000 Afghans from Pakistan, 400,000 from Iran, 50,000 from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and 400,000 who were internally displaced.While lauding the fact that so many Afghans would be able to settle back in their country, Mr. Lubbers called attention to the fact that the agency faced serious funding shortfalls.Asked about allegations that women and children were abused in refugee camps in West Africa, Mr. Lubbers said there were reasons to be concerned about the problem, but an ongoing investigation had so far revealed that it was not as widespread as earlier reported. “But even one case is one case too many,” he said, stressing that UNHCR adopted a “zero-tolerance” policy towards the practice. read more

Annan sends official to Equatorial Guinea to assess security after coup attempt

“The Secretary-General has been following with concern recent developments in Equatorial Guinea where attempts have been made to overthrow the Government by unconstitutional means,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told the press in New York.”The Secretary-General has therefore decided to dispatch to Equatorial Guinea the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Tuliameni Kalomoh, as his Special Envoy to discuss with the authorities the situation on the ground and its implications for peace and security in the sub-region.”Representatives of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea have met to discuss how to deal with the reported coup attempt. read more

Secondever elective amputation replaces hand with bionic reconstruction

first_imgIn the past some people have been willing to use prosthetic arms, legs, hands, and feet if they’re missing a limb, and technology has made that possible. Things are a bit more complicate if a limb is still there but not working, often due to paralysis. It is possible though to replace such a limb with a bionic prothesis.According to the BBC, only one patient in the world has ever chosen to have his hand amputated and replaced with a bionic hand, until now. The first patient was a 24-year-old named Patrick from Austria. Professor Oskar Aszmann, a Viennese surgeon, is the man behind the operations. Azmann likes to call the elective amputations “bionic reconstruction.” He thinks this is the best option for patients who have lost the ability to move their hands and have no hope of getting it back through surgery.AdChoices广告Patrick had lost the use of his hand after being electrocuted on the job. He had lost the use of his hand for three years, but once the new hand was fitted, he could move it “a moment later.” Patrick is currently testing out a new and improved hand that offers a larger range of motion, and has six sensors that are fitted over the nerves in the lower part of his arm. The sensors use the same brain signals that would normally power a real hand. The sensors can be read all at once, which allows Patrick to flex his wrist back and forth, and twist his hand around.His previous bionic arm had just two sensors, and was very limiting, so this is a much improved model. In a video from BBC, we see the hand being demoed by an engineer at Otto Bock, the German prosthetic company that’s working on future prosthetics. The engineer says the next generation of prosthetics is much more complex. As mentioned above, the hand has more movement capabilities with three degrees of freedom but the company is also working on a technology that will allow the patient to feel objects. Vibrations will be transmitted and will trigger the senses one feels when grasping an object (force), moving the hand itself (velocity), and the position of the hand.Aszmann will be performing the second-ever elective amputation operation on Milo who lost the use of his hand in motorcycle accident 10 years ago. Though these are currently the only two cases of elected amputation, it makes us wonder if this could be a trend for people suffering from an inoperable limb that could be replaced with a working bionic one.Many people in the medical field are opposed to this procedure, since they think that surgeries could eventually cause the arm or limb to regain feeling. However, patients like Patrick and Milo who have lived year after year with a non-working hand are willing to take the plunge and voluntarily amputate so they can use the bionic hand. As technology improves more and more, these patients may have good reason to feel confident in the future of bionic limbs.Read more at BBC Newslast_img read more

Two space tourists are going on a trip around the moon next

first_img Image: Terry Renna/AP/Press Association Images Two space tourists are going on a trip around the moon next year In a statement this evening, the company said that the two people had paid a “significant deposit” to travel beyond the moon. By Paul Hosford 24 Comments SPACEX, THE PRIVATE space company owned by PayPal founder Elon Musk will fly two private citizens to space next year.In a statement this evening, the company said that the two people had paid a “significant deposit” to travel beyond the moon.“We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission.“Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration. We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year.Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow. Additional information will be released about the flight teams, contingent upon their approval and confirmation of the health and fitness test results.The company thanked NASA which provided most of the funding for Dragon 2 development. The mission will make use of the Falcon Heavy rocket, which was developed with internal SpaceX funding. Falcon Heavy is due to launch its first test flight this summer.At five million pounds of liftoff thrust, Falcon Heavy is two-thirds the thrust of Saturn V and more than double the thrust of the next largest launch vehicle currently flying.The development of the Dragon programme could signal a major step forward in space tourism. Thus far, seven civilians have travelled into space, starting with investment banked Denis Tito, who spent seven days in space in 2001. Most recently, Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté spent 11 days in space, paying $40 million for the privilege.Last week, SpaceX docked an unmanned cargo ship packed with food and supplies for astronauts at the International Space Station.Read: Irish students to talk to astronaut in live chat from spaceRead: The last man to walk on the moon has died Feb 27th 2017, 10:22 PM Monday 27 Feb 2017, 10:22 PM Share6 Tweet Email center_img A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft sits at launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft sits at launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Image: Terry Renna/AP/Press Association Images 11,358 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Doctor Who Season 12 Returns In Early 2020

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster As Doctor Who season 11 came to a close Sunday (with more of a whimper than a bang), the BBC announced that series 12 will follow in “early 2020.”The whole gang is set to return, including showrunner Chris Chibnall, Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker, and companions Mandip Gill (Yaz), Tosin Cole (Ryan), and Bradley Walsh (Graham).“We’re off again! Well, we never actually stopped,” according to Chibnall.“As Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends have been winning the hearts of families across the nation this autumn,” he continued, “we’ve been busy with a whole new set of action-packed adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor.”Consistently tight-lipped, the head writer is leaving all the details up to our imaginations.“We adore making this show and have been blown away by the response from audiences,” Chibnall said in a statement. “So we can’t wait to bring more scares, more monsters, and more Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole to BBC One. Brilliant!”Following much pomp and circumstance over the first female Doctor and her new boss, Whittaker’s October debut became the highest-ever Doctor Who series launch since its return in 2005.Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor (via BBC)Premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” was seen by a whopping 11 million viewers. (For reference, 2005 opener “Rose,” which marked the end of the show’s 16-year hiatus, was watched by 10.8 million people.)The consolidated volume also made Doctor Who the second-biggest drama this year across all channels; it also placed among the BBC’s top 10 programs in 2018 (so far).Despite criticism from pouty fans over the space-and-time-travelling alien’s sex change, folks still turned up and tuned in to see what a new lead actor would bring to the series.(A lot of action, humor, heart, nostalgia, and purpose, it turns out.)“We’re delighted that the Doctor and her friends will be returning to thrill audiences in 2020,” Charlotte Moore, director of content at the BBC, said. “I know Chris and the whole team are already working on a whole new set of exciting adventures. In the meantime, we’ve got a very special episode on New Year’s Day for everyone to enjoy.”And enjoy it we shall, since Whovians face more than a year’s wait for the next full season of Doctor Who.Missed episodes nine and 10? Check out our recaps of “It Takes You Away” and “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.” Also, satisfy your cravings with three new Thirteenth Doctor novels—by Una McCormack (“The Molten Heart”), Steve Cole (“Combat Magicks”), and Juno Dawson (“The Good Doctor”)—on sale now.More on‘Doctor Who Gifts for the Ultimate Whovian15 Historical Figures Who Appeared on ‘Doctor Who’8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi Flickslast_img read more

Applicants sought for parks advisory board

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — The city of Battle Ground is seeking applicants for its Parks and Community Engagement Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the city council regarding the development and operations of parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities. Board members will engage with the community to evaluate parks and recreation programs and objectives, to develop interest in activities and to solicit participation. The board will take part in the planning and coordination of communitywide events, as well.Board members are volunteers appointed by the mayor. Six of the seven board positions are residents, property owners or business owners within the city’s urban growth boundary. Volunteers serve staggered terms of three years each. A seventh position is reserved for a youth representative.More information about the position and applications can be found on the city’s website, read more

Benjamin Pavard denies Bayern Munich move

first_imgVfb Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard has denied agreeing a summer move to join Bayern Munich.The Frenchman has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions all season-long and recent reports claimed an agreement over a transfer is already in place.However, the 22-year-old insists his future remains uncertain.“I’ve not signed anything with Bayern,” Pavard said, according to FourFourTwo.“The interest of such a club makes me happy, but I’m focused on Stuttgart today. I don’t think about next summer.”Pavard also said he wanted a Frenchman to win the Ballon d’Or award, after Luka Modric pipped Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane to the award.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I’d have liked a Frenchman to win it,” he said. “Players like Raphael Varane, who’s the only one to have won the World Cup and the Champions League in the same year, or Antoine Griezmann had a great year. They would have deserved it.”Pavard says his own stock among fans in his homeland has increased significantly since his performances in Russia.“In France, and especially Paris, I can’t take the metro. I have to put my hood up. But it’s a fame I live with well,” he added.“When I was little, I wanted to become a professional player. Now I’ve done it, I want to win trophies. I have already won the most beautiful trophy. I hope there will be others. In any case, I won’t complain about being recognised.”last_img read more

How can employers support staff in tackling big societal issues

first_imgLife for today’s employees is not quite as simple as it once was, when people could hope to find work with a local business that would offer a job for life and provide a generous defined benefit pension at the end of it. Viewpoint: Employers play a vital role in tackling societal issues for staff  Today, staff must juggle a much more fluid labour market with other wider societal trends, including trying to get on the housing ladder, paying off debt and saving for the future, at the same time as safeguarding their own physical and mental health.A step onto the property marketFor many, getting onto or moving up the housing ladder is a priority. There are measures employers can take here that would help. John Harding, pay, performance and risk partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), highlights the ability to offer employees tax-advantageous loans of up to £10,000, which could be used to help build a deposit, as well as the new housing individual savings account (Isa) that will be introduced in October this year.“Employers could have a role to play as a promoter, making sure their younger employees realise that there is this opportunity to get a large subsidy from the government towards the deposit for a first home,” he says.This could see large sums built up over time, which people do not notice coming out of their pay each month, he adds.Health insurance firm Simplyhealth has taken steps to help its own staff save up through its First Home scheme, under which employees can deposit 3–6% of their basic monthly salary into a savings account, which will then be matched by the business. To date, more than 50 employees have saved enough for a deposit in this way, says Corinne Williams, head of HR at Simplyhealth.Other organisations have developed their own tailored packages, looking not just at the initial deposit but also mortgage availability. KPMG, for instance, has negotiated an arrangement with Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank under which all its employees have access to a private banking relationship. This means they can get preferential deals offered by the bank, but it also offers the prospect of a greater degree of understanding around potential future earnings, so, in theory, they can borrow more than they would be able to if they walked into a high-street bank.Sara Flanagan, head of employee benefits and wellbeing at KPMG, says: “We recruit a lot of graduates each year. Their future potential is quite high, but at that early stage in their career when they need the support it’s very difficult for them to get it. We were asking the bank not just to look at them now, but at who they will be in the future.”The concept has generated interest from new and existing employees. “I get quite a lot of anecdotal feedback from new joiners talking about how unusual it is and asking me to explain it a bit more,” she adds.Financial worriesFor some employees, it is another form of finance that is causing them issues. According to the Financial stress is impacting UK employees research, published by Sodexo in April 2014, more than half (51%) of employees are worried about their finances, with one in five saying this affects their productivity at work.Employers are also becoming increasingly concerned about staff getting into debt, particularly on credit cards and through payday loans, says Tobin Murphy-Coles, commercial director at Aon Employee Benefits.“Payday lenders are increasingly recovering debt through attachment-to-earnings orders, so employers are now beginning to see at first hand the scale of this,” he says.Some are starting to signpost employees to debt support resources or their own employee assistance programmes , but increasingly businesses are also looking at providing financial education in the workplace , to help employees get their finances back on track.This is particularly effective for lower-paid workers, who are most likely to be affected by high levels of debt and may be able to benefit from some easy solutions. Henry Tapper, director of First Actuarial, says: “Those between the minimum and the living wage are a good target market for this, and these are the people who are currently excluded from any form of advice, because financial advisers won’t go near them.”There are also some practical measures employers can take, says Gabbi Stopp, head of employee share ownership at IFS Proshare. “Simple things can help immeasurably,” she says. “Paying staff in the middle of the month so that bills can be met, allowing staff to save through payroll deductions and setting up dedicated online portals on [organisations’] websites are such examples of how [employers] are discouraging negative employee behaviours.”Supporting employees’ healthProviding healthcare or wellbeing assistance is another area to which employers are increasingly finding themselves drawn. According to the Simplyhealth/YouGov Everyday health tracker  research, published in June 2015, 44% of staff currently receive some kind of support from their employer, with bikes-for-work schemes and workplace counselling the most common measures.But the trend towards paying off debt or saving money for house deposits or simply to meet the cost of day-to-day living means there is a growing move by employees to opt out of some health benefits, says Murphy-Coles. In addition, providing private medical insurance to all employees is viewed as unaffordable by most organisations.Instead, some employers are looking to screen for particular conditions that are more relevant for their own employee base, as well as conditions such as a cancer, says Alistair Dornan, head of health management at Capita Employee Benefits. “A whole-of-workforce approach means [employers] can offer enhanced medical provision to employees at a fraction of the cost of full private medical insurance,” he says.Nutrition business Danone has developed a tailored health screening programme for more than 600 staff, looking out for particular issues such as vitamin D deficiency and coeliac disease. John Mayor, head of UK reward at Danone, says: “We found that 40% had a vitamin D deficiency, so we now offer free supplements through an oral spray for all the population. Then we had an element of abnormal liver functionality in 32% of people scanned in our dairy business, so this year we’re taking a deeper dive into the potential issues behind it.”This year, the organisation will also introduce a fitness assessment after a high number of people were found to be overweight.In the future, the emphasis on health may even need to extend to care of elderly relatives. According to the Employee Benefits/Towers Watson Flexible benefits research 2014, published in April 2014, the provision of emergency eldercare via flexible benefits schemes grew by a huge 142% in 2013.The emergence of broader societal issues and the impact these can have on employees mean employers will increasingly have to develop strategies to help people cope, whether they like it or not. “Employers need to start thinking about a whole array of new things that they haven’t considered before as part of a benefits package,” says Murphy-Coles. “The challenge is trying to get the cost-benefit analysis right so that the investment and the benefits themselves will help reduce the issue they have got.”What employees think…The PricewaterhouseCoopers Employee benefits research of 2,400 UK employees, published in April 2015, revealed how staff view benefits related to the housing market, debt and healthcare:The most popular benefit employees would like to see introduced, cited by 44%, was discount shopping vouchers, suggesting the cost of living is a real issue.Some 37% of all employees list access to better mortgage rates as a benefit they’d most like to see. This rises to 43% for those in their 30s.Healthcare was the third most popular benefit, with 36% saying they would like to see this brought in.Two-thirds of employees would not sacrifice take-home pay for any benefits. Case study: Goodman Masson attracts talent with supportive benefitsFour years ago, financial recruitment firm Goodman Masson reviewed its remuneration package and implemented a number of measures as part of its Benefits Boutique flexible benefits scheme. A central part of this is its Mortgage Fund, into which staff can contribute as much as 20% of their salary each month for three years, with the firm then adding a further 33% of the total. For staff who also put in their bonus, the employer contribution is even higher, at 50%.Guy Hayward, chief executive of Goodman Masson, says: “If [an employee] deposited £300 a month and [their] bonus into the fund, then with our top-up it would give a value after three years of more than £40,000, so clearly a sufficient deposit for [their] first property. ”Thirty-four employees currently use the scheme and three people have already bought a property.The organisation operates a similar system to help employees pay off student debt, to which the business contributes 50% of the amount paid in after three years.Hayward believes that its efforts to better engage staff, which have also included designing chill-out zones and various recreational facilities, are already having an impact. “In the year to date, 69% of people that we’ve hired have come to us direct,” he says. “Four years ago it was 25%. Those businesses that are more creative will attract the best talent.”Guy Hayward will be speaking on ‘How to boost employee engagement with tailor-made benefits’ at Employee Benefits Live on 22 Septembercenter_img If you read nothing else, read this…Broader societal trends are impacting employees and concerning employers.The cost of living is a particular issue, with 51% of staff concerned about their finances.Employers are increasingly helping employees save money for deposits on houses, and even to get access to mortgages.Some organisations are now offering tailored health screening programmes to protect against particular conditions. Broader societal problems affect a firm’s performance because employees do not leave their personal problems at the door when they enter the workplace. Worries about debt, housing and personal relationships affect how many employees perform at work. This is because difficult personal circumstances affect energy levels, concentration, engagement and, ultimately, the ability to remain in work.Employers have an important role in facilitating or offering a range of services to help employees address these issues. For example, in a context of high levels of personal debt and the ready availability of pay-day loans, employers may work with respected debt management services to offer impartial and independent advice to employees who may not know where to go to access these services. Other employers may also offer services as part of their recruitment and retention practices. For example, public sector employers may publicise the availability of housing for key workers in areas with a shortage of affordable housing and private sector employers may work with mortgage advisory services.Offering a wide range of services helps generate a climate of support in which employees feel the use of these services is encouraged and backed by the employer, rather than likely to result in questions relating to their ability to perform in a job.An important aspect of this support is encouraging open discussion of the issues employees may have and how employers may help them. For example, an increasing number of employees will be required to care for elderly relatives and plan for their own long-term care. It is important that employers understand and support staff in these activities through the provision of flexible-working arrangements and making financial advice available when appropriate.Employers that offer a wide range of support to employees who encounter housing, debt and caring responsibilities at different times of their lives are likely to attract and motivate the talent required to succeed. They are also likely to help employees perform effectively in their jobs. Such support is also vital for employees to remain in work and improve their quality of life.Nick Bacon is professor in human resource management at Cass Business Schoollast_img read more

Missing Pembroke Pines man comes home

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A man who went missing in Pembroke Pines following an argument with his family has returned home on his own, police said.According to Pembroke Pines Police, 24-year-old Vincent Harris had a verbal altercation with family members at his home along the 2000 block of Northwest 109th Avenue. He then left the residence on foot.Officials said Harris’ loved ones feared he could be a risk to his own safety.Police said he later came home in good condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Lightning Strikes Ignite Nearly 50 New Fires

first_imgDozens of new wildfires are burning around interior and western Alaska, as widespread lightning continues to cause new starts. An Alaska Interagency Coordination Center report listed 47 new fires Monday morning, with 186 active blazes state-wide.Download AudioAmong recent days new fires getting attention are 2 on either side of the Parks Highway near Anderson. Firefighters are battling what’s being called the Rex Complex fire. The report estimates the combined burn area at nearly 5 thousand acres. Fire Information Officer Andrea Capps says the fires have threatened populated areas.Caps says the Nenana River lies between the fire and the community of Anderson, and response to the blaze is ramping up as a Type 2 management team from Washington State takes over operations and more resources are diverted to the fire along the Parks Highway.Many of the other recent new lightning starts are in more remote areas of the interior, but a few are near villages. A new blaze that started Saturday near Northway along the Alaska Highway has quickly grown to 9 thousand acres. Tok area Division Forestry spokesman Jim Schwarber says winds are pushing the flames away from the village and parallel to the Highway.“The concerns we have are the potential impacts of the fire on the travel corridor there — the corridor for traffic on the Alaska Highway,” Schwarber says. “We are making preparations to have flaggers and pilot cars on scene if safety requires their use to keep the traffic flowing there.”Schwarber says there have been smoke impacts but so far the fire is far enough from the road not to be an issue. He says a management team has taken over the fire response.The Card Street Fire near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula is 25 percent contained after destroying 11 structures. The Sockeye fire near Willow is now 79 percent contained.last_img read more