Mahrez’s wife, Joshua flirt in nightclub

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez’s wife Rita and boxer Anthony Joshua were seen “flirting” in a celeb hotspot, according to reports. It comes after Joshua’s heavyweight rival Deontay Wilder was also said to have flirted with the Manchester City winger’s wife last month. Model and singer Rita, 26, was reportedly seen with her hand on Joshua’s knee at London club Tape on Friday, according to The Sun. The publication claimed she and Algeria captain Riyad have agreed a trial split and are living 200 miles apart from each other. A source told the publication: “Rita bumped into AJ on her way out and he invited her to join him at his table in VIP. “Rita, who was with a female pal, clearly thought AJ was incredibly hot. They then spent much of the evening laughing and flirting.” World heavyweight champion Joshua reportedly didn’t realise she was the wife of City star Mahrez, and backed off after being told who she was. “He didn’t have a clue who she was. He simply thought she was a pretty girl and enjoyed their chat. “But when the club owner pointed out she was Riyad’s wife, AJ got a bit awkward, and totally backed away. “He explained he didn’t want to step on any toes or cause a scene, and that he’d be stupid to be seen doing anything in public. They left with friends at 3am, but got into separate cars.” Joshua is single after his split from dancer Nicole Osbourne in 2016. City star Riyad, 28, scored in his side’s 3-1 win at home to Leicester on Saturday. Last month he was said to be “devastated” after WBC champion Wilder was accused of “flirting” with Rita at Manchester hotspot Club Liv. A source reported that there appeared to be “a real connection” between the pair. Mahrez is a Muslim non-drinker who snubs the clubbing lifestyle popular with many of his Premier League colleagues. He married Rita – who is the mother of his two children – in a private ceremony in August 2015. A spokesman for Joshua said “He is disappointed his name is used to generate publicity in this manner”. Representatives of Riyad Mahrez and Rita Mahrez have been contacted for comment.Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderManchester CityRitaRiyad Mahrezlast_img read more

The Latest: Louisville AD: 15% cut from budget, furloughs

first_img___The company that makes Louisville Slugger wood baseball bats has closed its factory, furloughed 90 percent of its employees and shut its popular museum.Hillerich & Bradsby Co. says it has continued to cover all health care benefits for its 171 furloughed workers. The remaining 10% of employees have taken 25 percent pay cuts.The wood bat factory closed on March 19, three days after the Louisville Slugger Museum shut. The 120-foot bat outside its headquarters now a banner across the barrel reading “Flatten the Curve.”The 165-year-old company produces about 2 million wood Louisville Slugger bats a year at its downtown Louisville plant, with around 50,000 going to Major League Baseball. Tyra said furloughs would be announced Wednesday but did not specify details to the University of Louisville Athletic Association (ULAA) board in a Monday video teleconference. Earlier this month the AD announced 10% pay cuts for head coaches and senior staff, including himself, and included his foregoing $300,000 in bonuses. The department aims to trim $15 million from the 2020-21 budget to be submitted this week and hinted at other cost-cutting moves, including furloughs.“We regret that we have to make some of these very difficult decisions,” Tyra told the ULAA board. “But for us, to be honest to the situation and where we are as an athletic department, we’re not sitting with a large reserve as some may be.”Tyra warned the economic outlook would change if the current shutdown of sports worldwide extends into college football season. He reiterated his view of the sport not being played without spectators in the stands and added that starting up without a vaccine “makes it more difficult.”___Raiders coach Jon Gruden took a break from preparing for the NFL draft to drop into an online class at the University of Tennessee. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra says his department will cut 15% from its sports budgets and furlough staff this week in further economic moves resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport.The chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call.The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off.ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.” April 20, 2020 Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays.Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.”Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Event organizers are looking to hold the competition in the fall, though no new dates have been set.World series executive director Ty Stewart says organizers are “committed to running the World Series of Poker” this year but need additional time to do it while prioritizing the safety of guests and staff.Changes to the tournament are expected, though the $10,000 buy-in main event will still be held.___Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is trying to help health care workers and first responders in the Seattle area. Schlissel says he decided to cut his salary as school president by 10% for the rest of the year, starting on May 1.___The Memphis Grizzlies are buying lunch each day this week for workers at a COVID-19 testing site.The Grizzlies are feeding approximately 50 workers each day through Saturday at the Tiger Lane testing facility outside the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium at the Memphis Fairgrounds.Coach Taylor Jenkins is providing lunch Thursday, and coaches for the Grizzlies and the G League Memphis Hustle have Tuesday. Forward Jaren Jackson Jr. has covered two days, while the Grizzlies are picking up the other two. The family made an initial donation of $500,000 last month.United Way Worldwide is one of six national charitable organizations recommended by the NFL as part of its Draft-A-Thon fundraising campaign tied to this week’s NFL draft.___The Professional Fighters League has canceled its upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to resume in spring 2021.The mixed martial arts promotion was expected to begin competition in May. The competition format includes a regular season, a postseason and a championship event, making it unique in MMA. Last year, the promotion staged six regular-season events, three playoff events and a championship event on New Year’s Eve. ___The family that owns the Minnesota Vikings has increased its donations to COVID-19-related causes to more than $5 million.New York and New Jersey residents Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf announced Monday that the bulk of the money has been earmarked to support health care workers, the elderly, food banks, social service organizations and Jewish philanthropic causes in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Israel.Among the organizations receiving help are United Way Worldwide, the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, RWJBarnabas Health, Jewish Federations of North America, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus and Vikings.1rmg.com.“We are focused on trying to provide as many resources as possible to meet their needs and assist some of the most vulnerable populations during this unprecedented time,” Vikings owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said. Arsenal has 10 games remaining and is eight points from fourth place with a game in hand on Chelsea as it chases Champions League qualification.___The NFL and the Players Coalition are donating more than $3 million to seven areas significantly affected by the new coronavirus.As part of the league’s Inspire Change program, a donation of $3.05 million will be sent to health systems, individual hospitals, and nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, and impacted regions of Florida and Louisiana.“We know that during this difficult time, our minority and low-income communities are struggling disproportionately with the impact of COVID-19,” said Players Coalition co-founder and former NFL star Anquan Boldin. “Communities in Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and more are getting hit hard right now, and we want to do our part in ensuring these areas have even the basic needs. We are glad we can partner with the NFL to support the organizations who are on the ground providing for these families.” ___The Green Bay Packers have distributed the first round of Milwaukee grants to 16 nonprofit organizations as part of the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.Packers officials say $500,000 in grant money has been established for organizations supporting Milwaukee County residents dealing with the effects of the pandemic. Future grants through the fund will be announced later.The grants given so far are designed to address hunger concerns, human services, health and wellness plus assistance to domestic violence victims and help for the elderly and the homeless.The Packers relief fund is providing $1.5 million overall, and $1 million is being directed to Brown County organizations through the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. A portion of those funds already has been distributed to 10 Brown County nonprofit groups for food and hygiene concerns, housing assistance, transportation, medication and other basic needs. ___Regional government officials in Germany have discussed sports and the coronavirus pandemic on a conference call and say soccer could resume in mid-May.A summary published by the city of Bremen says “continuing play in the soccer Bundesliga … is considered justifiable from the middle or end of May as per the current state of discussions.”Bremen senator Anja Stahmann chaired the call. She says resumption would require “the strictest hygienic and medical conditions.”The last top-level soccer game in Germany was played on March 11 but clubs have been pushing to resume the season in empty stadiums. ___Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife, J.J., have donated $150,000 to a local fund providing personal protective equipment for health care workers along with lab supplies to expand testing amid the coronavirus pandemic.Dalton, who has one year left on his contract with Cincinnati, told medical professionals in a video that “it’s a true honor for us to help support you all in this fight” by contributing to the University of Cincinnati Health Crisis Response Fund.Dr. Richard P. Lofgren, the president and CEO of UC Health, said the Daltons’ support “lets these health care heroes know that the community is behind them.”— Joe Kay reporting in Cincinnati Clubs are facing financial shortfalls without revenue from broadcast deals and sponsors.___New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is a chance for large public gatherings later in the summer, which could lead to games at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field.De Blasio announced Monday that parades and city-permitted events had been canceled through June because of the novel coronavirus but said progress in fighting the pandemic will determine what is allowed after that.“For all of us sports fans, we’re asking this question, can our leagues come back in 2020, at all? I think this is an area where we don’t know yet,” he said during a news conference. “I’m taking what I think is a cautious, steady approach to how we reopen New York City. And we have to always plan on the worst-case scenarios. We have to protect ourselves. But there’s also better-case scenarios that could come along and could get proven that might open up possibilities for later on, late in the summer, going into the fall. There may be opportunities.”center_img Gruden previewed some of the challenges the NFL might face in the draft starting Thursday night because it will be conducted remotely. He had a good practice run, though he needed help from his wife to get video started so he could appear online. Wearing a Raiders’ hat and a Tennessee T-shirt, Gruden asked if anybody could see him in the video shared by Tennessee. He talked to the students about keeping grandparents safe and being the ones who will take the country forward once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.Gruden needed help signing out as well: “I don’t know how to sign out. I don’t know if I can get out of here.”___The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation’s annual fundraiser for charity is still on for Saturday night, but it will be done remotely due to the spread of the new coronavirus. ___Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, his coaches and players have agreed to a 12.5% pay cut for the next year to help the club deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus.No games have been played in the Premier League for six weeks and the competition is not likely to resume until at least June due to the national lockdown and social distancing.Arsenal says the reduction in annual earnings by the players and coaches will take effect next month.The club says in a statement that “if we meet specific targets in the seasons ahead, primarily linked to success on the pitch, the club will repay agreed amounts. We will be able to make those repayments as hitting these targets, which the players can directly influence, will mean our financial position will be stronger.” Among other members of the group are: Edith Parker, dean at Iowa’s college of public health; Boris Lushniak, dean of Maryland’s school of public health; Preeti Malani, Michigan chief health officer; and Susan Koletar, director of Ohio State’s division of infectious diseases. ___University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has volunteered to reduce his salary by 5%. School president Mark S. Schlissel announced the cost-saving move as part of the institution’s plan to cut costs due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Schlissel says the school may have to endure losses as much as $1 billion through 2020.Manuel, who was hired four years ago, had a $990,000 salary in 2019. ___Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim and football coach Dino Babers are taking voluntary pay cuts to help the university cope with the drain of financial resources due to the new coronavirus pandemic.Also taking the voluntary 10% pay cuts are women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman, men’s lacrosse coach John Desko, and women’s lacrosse coach Gary Gait. Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the austerity moves in a letter Monday morning to students and faculty. He said the university has been hit with more than $35 million in unplanned expenses and unrealized revenue.All new capital projects also have been placed on hold, except for the renovation of the Carrier Dome. The $118 million project includes a new permanent roof for the home of the school’s football, basketball, and lacrosse teams. Wagner donated a few hundred hot meals last week to workers at Virginia Mason Medical Center battling the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Wagner says he plans to continue the donations to health care and first responders for the next few weeks. The meal donations are through a partnership with HUNGRY at Home, of which Wagner is an investor.Wagner has previously provided financial backing for the Low Income Housing Institute in Seattle that manages tiny housing villages for the homeless. He also paid the grocery bills for customers at a Seattle supermarket last November while helping prepare Thanksgiving meals. ___Kentucky coach John Calipari’s foundation helping charities provide COVID-19 pandemic relief has received a $1 million donation.The Hall of Fame coach recently began his “Coffee With Cal” video series on Facebook to help The Calipari Foundation support No Kid Hungry, Feeding America and several charities providing relief. CustMbite, which makes dental products easier and affordable and is a Delta Dental of Kentucky subsidiary, made the large donation. The company added in a release that it’s “glad to have the opportunity to partner with Coach Cal and his foundation to help ensure kids are receiving the nutrition they need.” CEO Peter Murray says the PFL will pay its fighters a monthly cash stipend to help support them and their families throughout 2020.The 2021 season will be distributed on ESPN platforms in the U.S. and to 160 countries by the league’s international media partners. The PFL said it will produce new programming across ESPN and PFL platforms for the rest of this year.___The Spanish government says it has reached a deal with the country’s soccer league and federation for teams to return to practice.The government has not provided a timetable or given any other detail about when practice would resume. It says it will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and on decisions by health authorities. ___The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.”He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”No top league games have been played since March 11. The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money.German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.”___Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish.The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. The 21st Basket Ball gala will be simulcast from the Boeheim home in suburban Syracuse beginning at 7 p.m. on cnycentral.com and facebook.live. It will include a live auction, an appearance by the men’s basketball team on a Zoom call, and a surprise musical performance.The general public can register on-line at theball.boeheimfoundation.org. Proceeds will go to those affected the most by COVID-19, as well as cancer research and underprivileged children in the Syracuse community. The event has normally netted around $500,000 at its usual venue, Turning Stone Casino. ___The 2020 edition of the World Series of Poker scheduled to begin on May 26 has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Louisville AD: 15% cut from budget, furloughs Calipari has already hosted former President Bill Clinton and NBA Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on the 20-week series.___Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended uniform employee contracts as of May 1, giving teams the ability to lay off or cut the pay of major and minor league managers, coaches, trainers and full-time scouts.About 9,000 people are covered by uniform employee contracts, including general managers and baseball operations staff on some teams. Manfred cited the inability to play games due to the national emergency caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.“Our clubs rely heavily on revenue from tickets/concessions, broadcasting/media, licensing and sponsorships to pay salaries,” Manfred wrote in an email Monday, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. “In the absence of games, these revenue streams will be lost or substantially reduced, and clubs will not have sufficient funds to meet their financial obligations.” The government says strict protocols will have to be followed when teams begin training again. The Spanish league and the federation have created health protocols for the return to training.The league says the competition is not expected to resume until the end of May at the earliest and games will be in empty stadiums at first.Government officials and the presidents of the league and the federation met for nearly eight hours this weekend.The government says the league and the federation have agreed to use part of the money from soccer television rights to help other sports in Spain. It says they will also create a contingency fund of 10 million euros ($10.8 million) to aid more vulnerable athletes.___ H&B CEO John Hillerich IV told The Louisville Courier Journal that if the company doesn’t soon crank up its Pennsylvania mill — and MLB has no timetable to start its season — then some of the set to become bats might spoil.___Purdue says the father of freshman men’s basketball player Brandon Newman has died of complications from the coronavirus.Chicago police say 59-year-old Officer Ronald Newman died early Friday. He was a decorated officer, with 137 awards in his 19 years on the force. Newman spent the bulk of his career in the department’s 4th District on the city’s South Side.In a statement, Purdue said athletic department officials were “deeply saddened” by the death and have reached out to the Newman family. ___The Big Ten has announced the membership of its task force for emerging infectious diseases.Chairing the group is Chris Kratochvil, the University of Nebraska medical center’s associate vice chancellor for clinical research and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics.The task force was initially formed March 7 at the request of Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren. The group includes one representative from each of the Big Ten’s 14 member schools.The task force is designed to provide counsel and medical advice to ensure the safety of the Big Ten’s students, coaches administrators and fans.last_img read more

More Soft Tissue Found in Cretaceous Fossil Bird

first_img(Visited 209 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Unrepentant over extreme falsification, evolutionary paleontologists are just taking it for granted that soft tissue can survive millions of years.Scientists have reported soft tissues from the lower hindlimb of a Cretaceous bird. Writing in Nature Communications, Jiang et al. say,Here, we report cellular-level preservation of tendon- and cartilage-like tissues from the lower hindlimb of Early Cretaceous Confuciusornis. The digital flexor tendons passed through cartilages, cartilaginous cristae and ridges on the plantar side of the distal tibiotarsus and proximal tarsometatarsus, as in extant birds. In particular, fibrocartilaginous and cartilaginous structures on the plantar surface of the ankle joint of Confuciusornis may indicate a more crouched hindlimb posture. Recognition of these specialized soft tissues in Confuciusornis is enabled by our combination of imaging and chemical analyses applied to an exceptionally preserved fossil.The Early Cretaceous period dates from 146 to 100 million Darwin Years. Their focus is not on the remarkable fact that “strikingly preserved soft tissues” remain on a creature they believe dates from over a hundred million Darwin Years ago, but on what it can tell them about bird evolution. Unfortunately, the fossil doesn’t help them in that regard. The bird crouched pretty much the same way as modern birds.The hindlimb of theropod dinosaurs changed appreciably in the lineage leading to extant birds, becoming more ‘crouched’ in association with changes to body shape and gait dynamics. This postural evolution included anatomical changes of the foot and ankle, altering the moment arms and control of the muscles that manipulated the tarsometatarsus and digits, but the timing of these changes is unknown.But aren’t they ashamed to admit that soft tissue, long thought to decay rapidly, is still present on this fossil?Here, we document a fossil of an Early Cretaceous bird, Confuciusornis sanctus, which has some strikingly well-preserved soft tissues around its ankle joint. Microscopic analyses of these tissues indicate that they include tendons or ligaments, fibrocartilages and articular cartilages, with microstructure evident at the cellular level. Further chemical analyses reveal that even some of the original molecular residues of these soft tissues may remain, such as fragments of amino acids from collagen, particularly in the fibrocartilage. This concurs with accruing evidence that some biomolecules may survive, under exceptional circumstances, over many millions of years.That last word has 8 references after it, include three to the work of Mary Schweitzer, who shocked the world in 2005 with photographs of stretchy soft tissue on a T. rex bone. These authors say that “Three types of soft tissues are recognizable,” including fibrils of ligament, interwoven fibrils of cartilage, and articular cartilage. The open-access paper has photographs of the blackened tissue.  One of the collaborators is Roy Wogelius of the University of Manchester, who reported in 2011 the presence of melanin in a fossil.In their chemical analysis, the nine authors compared the soft tissue with modern samples of collagen and found a close match. “These FTIR spectra and mapping imply that amino acid residues may be present,” they say.The popular press repeated the meme that soft tissue can last for millions of years. Phys.org says, “These findings tally with an expanding body of evidence that, under special conditions, some biological molecules – including even amino acids or partial proteins – can survive over millions of years in the fossil record.”Another Soft Tissue FindA separate paper in National Science Review reported an even earlier fossil bird, Eoconfuciusornis, from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Formation in China (131-120 million Darwin Years). Phys.org calls it “the most exceptionally preserved fossil bird discovered to date.”Researchers have not found fossils from any other bird from the Jehol period that reveal so many types of soft tissue (feathers, skin, collagen, ovarian follicles).Once again, though, the focus is not on the implications of finding soft tissue that should be long gone. Instead, they are only excited about bird evolution.These remains allow researchers to create the most accurate reconstruction of a primitive early bird (or dinosaur) to date. This information provides better understanding of flight function in the primitive confuciusornithiforms and of the evolution of advanced flight features within birds.“This new fossil is incredible,” said co-author Dr. Jingmai O’Connor. “With the amount of information we can glean from this specimen we can really bring this ancient species to life. We can understand how it grew, flew, reproduced, and what it looked like. Fossils like this one from the Jehol Biota continue to revolutionize our understanding of early birds.”Revisiting that Amber Dinosaur TailThere’s been some debate about the alleged feathered dinosaur tail found in amber (see 12/09/16). Markus Lambertz listed in Current Biology a number of concerns he had with the phylogenetic placement of this fossil by the discoverers “in light of their far-reaching evolutionary implications.” As is common in journal debates, Current Biology also published the authors’ defense of their identification.What do you do with unrepentant sinners? Instead of bowing their heads in shame and quitting science, they are taking ownership of their sins. They are saying it proves that soft tissue can last for millions of years!Don’t you remember the shock at those initial discoveries? Nobody predicted that soft tissue would remain even a million years, let alone 130 million. They are demonstrating that the Cult of Darwin cannot be falsified. It is not science (3/22/17).What creationists will have to do is amass a long list of quotations by leading authorities who placed strict upper limits on the lifetimes of biological tissues and hold it in their faces. They also need to cite empirical studies on decay rates under the best of conditions. This is assuming that evolutionists are even interested in evidence, a dubious assumption.last_img read more

‘The South Africa 2010 dream is alive’

first_img3 March 2010When Nelson Mandela stood in Zurich on 15 May 2004, the day it was announced that South Africa would host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, “a dream came true,” Fifa president Sepp Blatter said during South Africa’s 100 day countdown celebrations. “Today, the dream is alive.”Blatter heaped praise on South Africa’s preparations as the World Cup hosts celebrated 100 days before the 11 June kick-off of the first football World Cup on African soil on at a special event in Durban on Tuesday.Speaking at the newly built Moses Mabhida Stadium, Blatter said that Mandela was the man “who has always believed that this country will organise and host a successful World Cup. This has been his dream.”Blatter, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke, CAF President Issa Hayatou, Local Organising Committee chairman Irvin Khoza, and 2010 OC CEO Danny Jordaan were among the dignitaries who attended Tuesday’s event.Addressing the media at a press conference at the stadium, Blatter touched on a number of issues and reiterated his support for South Africa as it enters the home stretch in its preparations to host world football’s greatest showpiece.‘It’s a love story’“The Fifa World Cup in Africa is a love story – a love story between the African continent and myself which began when I was the technical director of Fifa,” Blatter said. “It has come a long way in a long time. It has been a road travelled with trust, confidence but with patience as well.“When this country was awarded the World Cup, there was a lot of work to do. We had to convince people that one day we would give back something to Africa. Africa has given so much to the world and to the world of football.“I’m very proud and very happy that this love story is coming to the ‘wedding celebration’,” Blatter said. “We are speaking about 100 days to go, but this all goes back to 17 May 1998, when I was campaigning for the Fifa presidency for the first time and I said that, ‘We have to bring the World Cup to Africa.’“This is what I mean by having patience, as South Africa did not win the first time in 2000, when it lost by one vote to Germany, but with patience and perseverance you managed to win the right to host the World Cup in 2004.”On doubts and scepticism“Why is it that some people in this community do not believe in this dream? Let’s go and have this World Cup and we will discuss it at the end of July,” Blatter said.“Doubts have been raised by some people. But there were never any doubts during or before the duration of this project. We never had any second thoughts, we never questioned our decision.”On the legacy for Africa“We have always said that this World Cup should and would leave a legacy for the African continent,” Blatter said.“One of the projects that champions this cause is the ‘Win in Africa with Africa’ programme, in which Fifa has set aside a budget of US$70-million for several projects, including laying football turf all over the African continent.“We also have the Football for Hope Centres which will operate in many African countries. It started here in South Africa with a beautiful Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.”‘Still a lot of work to be done’Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe reiterated South Africa’s commitment to delivering on the promises it made to Fifa“There is still a lot of work to do to before 11 June,” Motlanthe said. “We have completed the stadiums, we now have to concentrate on some aspects like the movement of people during the tournament, as well as welcoming our visitors.“We have to make sure that we show our visitors the spirit of ubuntu and make them feel at home.”Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

SA centre in Aids gel breakthrough

first_img21 July 2010 The HIV/Aids prevention community is abuzz with excitement over news that South African research has developed a vaginal gel – known as a microbicide – that can reduce sexually transmitted HIV infection by as much as 54%. A two-and-a-half-year study of 889 women by the Durban-based Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) found that a vaginal gel containing the antiretroviral drug tenofovir was 39% effective in reducing a woman’s HIV risk when used for about three-quarters of sex acts. It was 54% effective when used more consistently, and also halved the incidence of genital herpes infections. The research results were published online by Science magazine on Monday. “Tenofovir gel could fill an important HIV prevention gap by empowering women who are unable to successfully negotiate mutual faithfulness or condom use with their male partners,” said Quarraisha Abdool Karim, one of the lead investigators of the study and associate director of Caprisa. “This new technology has the potential to alter the course of the HIV epidemic, especially in southern Africa, where young women bear the brunt of this devastating disease.” More than half of new HIV infections in Africa occur in women and girls. The Caprisa study findings are likely to revive flagging morale among researchers disappointed by two decades of failed efforts to develop a female-controlled method of HIV prevention. “We are giving hope to women,” Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAids, said in a statement this week. “For the first time we have seen results for a woman-initiated and controlled HIV prevention option. “If confirmed, a microbicide will be a powerful option for the prevention revolution and help us break the trajectory of the Aids epidemic.” Funded by the South African and US governments, the Caprisa trial involved 889 HIV-negative, sexually active South African women who were considered to be at high risk of HIV infection. Half of the women were given vaginal applicators containing a 1% concentration of tenofovir gel, while the other half were given a placebo gel. The women were asked to insert a dose of the gel 12 hours before sexual intercourse and a second dose within 12 hours after intercourse. Over the course of the year-long study, 98 women became HIV positive – 38 in the tenofovir gel group compared to 60 in the placebo gel group. On average, adherence to the gel was over 70%, but among women who used the tenofovir gel for more than 80% of sex acts, the gel provided greater protection from HIV. “We believe that the most responsible plan of action now is to quickly and efficiently articulate the sequence of steps necessary for confirmation and follow-up of these results, while also aggressively planning for potential roll-out of a licensable product,” Mitchell Warren, executive director of the Aids Vaccine Advocacy Coalition, said in a statement. “As exciting as this result is – and as important as it is to follow it up without delay – the reality is that this product will not be available for widespread introduction tomorrow,” Mitchell said. “It is critical to manage expectations while maintaining urgency.” Source: Irin PlusNews and MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Rajasthan occupies second rank in employment generation

first_imgWith 16 crore man-days having been created under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), Rajasthan has occupied second position in generating employment this year. The Congress government in the State also plans to hold social audit of NREGA works in every village panchayat twice a year.Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who holds the rural development and panchayati raj portfolio, said in the State Assembly that the statutory powers given to the panchayat bodies would strengthen them, while 5.88 lakh rural families had completed 100 days of employment under NREGA in 2018-19, bringing third rank to the State in this respect.Replying to the demands of grants for his department in the Assembly during the ongoing budget session, Mr. Pilot said that 8.73 lakh works, among the 10.66 lakh NREGA works sanctioned in 2018-19, would benefit small and marginal farmers, families living below the poverty line and members of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Of these projects, 4.06 lakh were completed, against just 5,000 in 2017-18 during the previous BJP regime.The demands were passed by voice vote after the Minister’s reply. Mr. Pilot said nine lakh people were engaged in NREGA works in December last year and 32 lakh people were given work till March 2019 under a special campaign, “Kaam Mango Abhiyan” (Demand the Work), launched by the Congress government.‘Audit will check graft’Mr. Pilot, who is also president of the Pradesh Congress Committee, said social audit of NREGA works would bring transparency in the functioning of panchayat officials and help eradicate corruption.last_img read more

Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats

first_imgIn this file photo, Defendant Aaron Hernandez listens during his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court, in Boston. Massachusetts prison officials said Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital. APBOSTON — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his lawyer said on Thursday in announcing a lawsuit against the NFL and the team for hiding the true dangers of the sport.Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said Hernandez had Stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda clinches Final 4 berth, edges JRU Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claimed that the league and Patriots failed to protect their players’ safety, leading to the disease that deprived Hernandez’s 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, of her father’s companionship.“Defendants were fully aware of the dangers of exposing NFL players, such as Aaron, to repeated traumatic head impacts,” the lawsuit said. “Yet, defendants concealed and misrepresented the risks of repeated traumatic head impacts.”NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had not yet seen the lawsuit and could not comment. A Patriots spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.The league recently agreed to pay $1 billion to retired players who claimed it misled them about the dangers of playing football.The “loss of consortium” lawsuit filed on Thursday is independent of the class-action suit that began making payments this summer. Baez said it was the first of its kind.ADVERTISEMENT “If we have to be groundbreakers in this area, it’s something we’re prepared to do,” he said.Hernandez committed suicide just hours before his former teammates visited the White House to celebrate their latest Super Bowl victory and a week after he was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston.Prosecutors had argued that Hernandez gunned the two men down after one accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub, and then got a tattoo of a handgun and the words “God Forgives” to commemorate the crime.Hernandez did not raise CTE in his defense at either trial because he claimed actual innocence.“It’s something I deeply regret,” Baez said.A star for the University of Florida when it won the 2008 title, Hernandez dropped to the fourth round of the NFL draft because of trouble in college that included a failed drug test and a bar fight. His name had also come up in an investigation into a shooting.In three seasons with the Patriots, Hernandez joined Rob Gronkowski to form one of the most potent tight end duos in NFL history. In 2011, his second season, Hernandez caught 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns to help the team reach the Super Bowl, and he was rewarded with a $40 million contract.But the Patriots released him in 2013, shortly after he was arrested in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; the conviction was voided because he died before his appeals were exhausted, though that ruling is itself being appealed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron’s age,” attorney Jose Baez said.Hernandez killed himself in April in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder. Baez said Hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression that could be attributed to CTE.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“When hindsight is 20-20, you look back and there are things you might have noticed,” he said. “But you don’t know.”CTE, which can only be diagnosed in an autopsy, has been found in former members of the military , football players and boxers and others who have been subjected to repeated head trauma. A recent study found signs of the disease in 110 of 111 NFL players whose brains were inspected. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavorslast_img read more

Hawaii Breaks Ground for New Kapalama Container Terminal

first_imgzoom The US state of Hawaii started the construction of the Kapalama Container Terminal, the largest capital improvement project in the history of the state’s commercial harbor system, on January 16.The Kapalama Container Terminal project will be constructed in two phases over a four-year period with an estimated project cost of USD 448 million. The works are expected to be finalized in 2022.The new terminal, covering Piers 41, 42, and 43 in Honolulu Harbor, features an 84-acre cargo yard and 1,800 linear feet of new berthing space“I’m proud to say the construction of the Kapalama Container Terminal Project is underway, and in four years we’ll have a new state-of-the-art cargo facility that will allow us to consolidate cargo operations, enhance operational efficiencies and improve cargo handling capacity,” David Ige, Governor of Hawaii, said.More than 80 percent of all goods consumed by Hawaii are imported to the islands, and of that, more than 98.6 percent flows through the Port Hawaii commercial harbor system.The Harbor Modernization Plan initiative identified key improvements designed to expand harbor capacity, address advancements in containerized cargo handling, alleviate congestion issues and the lack of available operational space, and develop more adaptable and resilient port facilities.last_img read more

Hermes Marine Sinokor Merchant Marine on Ordering Spree

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hermes Marine Management has placed an order for up to eight 82,000 dwt bulkers with the Chinese shipbuilder COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry, according to Clarksons.The order covers four firm Kamsarmaxes and an option for four more ships, to be built at the shipbuilder’s Yangzhou facility. The first four ships from the series are scheduled for delivery in 2020, Clarksons said.Financial details of the deal have not been revealed. The Athens-based company is affiliated with Gulf Marine Management.Several more orders have been reported in the bulk sector, with South Korean Sinokor Merchant Marine being linked to an order for two 208,000 dwt bulkers from Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding. The ships will feature Tier III engines and are slated for delivery in 2020, Asiasis informed. The ships are said to be priced around USD 51 million a piece.Sinokor has also been tied to an order for up to four 115,000 dwt tankers. Based on the data from Asiasis, the order includes two firm and two optional newbuildings set for delivery in 2020. The Tier II ships have been ordered from Daehan Shipbuilding, according to the report.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

S Korea goes to the polls after Park scandal

first_imgSouth Korean presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-Soo © of the People’s Party, his wife Kim Mi-Kyung (L) and his daughter Ahn Seol-Hee® cast their votes in the presidential election at a polling station in Seoul. Photo: AFPSouth Koreans went to the polls Tuesday to choose a new president after Park Geun-Hye was ousted and indicted for corruption, and against a backdrop of high tensions with the nuclear-armed North.More than 139,000 voting stations opened at 6 am local time (2100 GMT) across the country under overcast skies, with turnout expected to hit a record high.Voters have been galvanised by anger over the sprawling bribery and abuse-of-power scandal that brought down Park, which catalysed frustrations over jobs and slowing growth.Left-leaning Moon Jae-In, a former human rights lawyer, has held a commanding lead in opinion polls for months, with the final Gallup Korea survey before a week-long pre-election blackout giving him 38 percent support, followed by former tech mogul Ahn Cheol-Soo on 20 percent.Hong Joon-Pyo, of Park’s Liberty Korea party, languished in third place in the 13-strong field on 16 percent.Chung Tae-Wan, a 72-year-old doctor, cast his ballot at a polling station in prosperous Seocho district in southern Seoul. “I voted for Hong, as security (against North Korea) is the most important thing”, he told AFP.Kim Kyung-Min, 24, said she cast her ballot in advance last week. “I was so disappointed in Park and the establishment”, she told AFP, but refused to say whom she voted for.The campaign has focused largely on the economy, with North Korea less prominent, but after a decade of conservative rule a Moon victory could mean a sea change in Seoul’s approach towards both Pyongyang and key ally Washington.The 64-year-old—who is accused of being soft on the North by his critics—has advocated dialogue to defuse tensions and to bring it to negotiations, and is seen to favour more independence in relations with the US, Seoul’s security guarantor with 28,500 troops in the country.Seoul needs to “take the lead on matters in the Korean peninsula” and South Koreans should not “take the back seat”, he said in a recent media interview.The North has carried out two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches since the start of last year in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the US mainland.Washington has said military action was an option, sending fears of conflict spiralling.More recently US President Donald Trump has softened his message, saying he would be “honoured” to meet the North’s leader, Kim Jong-Un.Moon has also said he would be willing to visit Pyongyang to meet Kim and advocated resumption of some of the inter-Korea projects shuttered by his predecessors, including the Kaesong joint industrial zone.Myriad challengesBut for many South Korean voters, corruption, slowing growth, unemployment, and even air pollution from China top the list of concerns.South Korea’s rapid growth from the 1970s to 1990s pulled a war-ravaged nation out of poverty but slowed as the economy matured, and unemployment among under-30s is now at a record 10 percent.Frustration over widening inequality in wealth and opportunities fuelled anger over Park’s scandal, which exposed the cosy and corrupt ties between regulators and powerful family-oriented conglomerates, known as chaebols, that have endured for decades.Park is awaiting trial over corruption for offering governmental favours to top businessmen—including Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong—who bribed her secret confidante, Choi Soon-Sil.Moon, Ahn and other candidates have both promised to reform the chaebols, which dominate the economy and have long been criticised for operating with little scrutiny from investors or regulators.Another issue is relations with Beijing, which imposed a series of measures seen as economic retaliation over the deployment of a US anti-missile system, THAAD, in the South.China is South Korea’s top trading partner—and also a major source of pollution.In an editorial a day ahead of the vote, the JoongAng daily said the South’s next leader would have to steer the country “against a myriad of immediate and long-term challenges”.“If we make the wrong judgment, we again will have to pay the price, as we have learned from our previous bad choices.”last_img read more