Premier League: Giroud header seals Arsenal win in season-opening thriller

first_imgArsenal had to come from behind twice to beat Leicester City 4-3 in a thriller as the Premier League season got off to a flying start on Friday with Arsene Wenger’s substitutions turning the match around at The Emirates.Olivier Giroud came off the bench to head a late winner after Aaron Ramsey had brought Arsenal level at 3-3 following a Jamie Vardy double for the visitors. The home side’s new French signing Alexandre Lacazette had given them an early lead.The match was a great advert for a league that is already prime box office viewing worldwide but Arsenal’s hopes of a first title since 2004 will require some polishing of a rusty defence after Leicester put away half of their chances.”Top quality game and you want PL to be best in the world and you have to produce games like that,” Wenger told reporters.”At some stage it didn’t look like (a win). We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding,” he said.”We were punished on every single mistake by a Leicester team that was very efficient going forward. (We had) 70 percent possession, 27 shots on goal, Leicester had three shots on target and scored three so that shows you how efficient they are.”Arsenal looked a beaten team when Leicester led 3-2 early in the second half after Vardy grabbed his second goal before the substitutions gave them new vigour in attack.Giroud’s clever header in the 85th minute secured the points after Lacazette had taken just 94 seconds to make his mark with a header from Mohamed Elneny’s curling cross, equalling the record for the fastest opening goal in a Premier League season.advertisementThe lead lasted three minutes before Leicester’s new signing Harry Maguire headed Marc Albrighton’s cross from the left back into the middle and Shinji Okazaki nodded the ball past flailing Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech.FAST STARTThe electric start to the campaign, with a match on the Friday night opening the league programme for the first time, was the prologue for a fast match of punch and counter-punch.England striker Vardy put the visitors 2-1 ahead just before the half hour, darting into the box to rifle another fine Albrighton cross past Cech after the winger had pounced on a poor square ball from Arsenal midfielder Mezut Ozil.But Welbeck had the last word of the first half for the home side when he equalised from close range in added time after new signing Sead Kolasinac’s tap forward in a goalmouth melee.The impressive Vardy scored his second in the 53rd minute to put Leicester in front once more, curling Riyad Mahrez’s corner into the bottom far corner amid poor Arsenal marking.But the home side’s pressure in the final half hour turned the game back their way and Ramsey equalised with a shot from close range seven minutes from time with Ozil appearing to handle the ball in the build-up.Giroud then sent the previously despondent Arsenal fans wild when he headed the winner from a corner, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel only managing to turn the ball onto the underside of the bar before it bounced over the line.Leicester showed some of the form that won them the title in 2016 and helped stave off relegation last term but in the end they were undone by canny France international Giroud who has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer.last_img read more

Texas QB Visiting Pac-12 Program As Potential Transfer

first_imgAn exterior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)The Longhorns enjoyed a solid season from sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger in 2018. But Ehlinger’s command of the starting job could spell the end for another Texas QB who is now weighing his options.According to 247Sports, Texas freshman Cameron Rising is planning a recruiting visit to Utah of the PAC-12.Rising entered his name into the transfer portal back in December.Another freshman quarterback for the Longhorns, Casey Thompson, also added his name to the transfer portal in December.Tom Herman addressed the two freshmen exploring transfers a few weeks ago, saying the lines of communication are open, and that he hopes they stay in Austin:“We’ve been very communicative with both families and both young men — they’re happy to be here, they’re happy to be a part of their team. I think this is the way of the world now. Guys that want to explore their options have that right to do so, but we also have the opportunity to communicate to them how important they are to our program.”One of the potential appeals of Utah to Rising is that Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley is going into his senior year in 2019.If Rising does join the Utes, he could be competing for a starting job in 2020. More on the Utes’ situation, from 247:Utah’s quarterback situation is one where the path to playing time is easier than how things look on the Forty Acres. While Rising will likely be behind starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger for two more seasons, Utah’s Tyler Huntley is entering his senior season with Utes in 2018, which could (in theory) have Rising battling Texas product Jason Shelley (Frisco Lone Star) for the starting nod in the spring and summer of 2020.247Sports had Rising rated as a four-star prospect coming out of high school in 2018. He was the No. 11 rated Pro-Style quarterback in the class, and the No. 33 prospect from the state of California.With the potential departures of Rising, Thompson, and veteran Shane Buechele, who has also been identified as a potential transfer since Ehlinger’s emergence.[247Sports]last_img read more

Georgia, Rutgers Tied With 4 Players Each To Lead Super Bowl Rosters

first_img They shared a backfield in college.Now @TG3II and @Flyguy2stackz take centerstage at #SBLIII…against each other.— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2019Bill Belichick loves his Rutgers players, and has three on the roster, all at defensive back. Brothers Devin and Jason McCourty and joined by Duron Harmon.The fourth Scarlet Knight, Sebastian Joseph-Day, plays defensive tackle for the Rams.Super Bowl Bros. @McCourtyTwins #SuperBowl #NFLKnights— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) January 31, 2019There’s a big group of schools with three Super Bowl alumni each: Auburn, Cal, Florida, Iowa, Miami, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, and Washington.[NCAA] Todd Gurley of Georgia runs past a defender.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 7: Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball against T. J. Gurley #20 of the South Carolina Gamecocks at Sanford Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)With both Super Bowl teams featuring a Georgia Bulldog as their starting running back, it shouldn’t surprise that UGA is among the best represented college programs at today’s game.The team tied with Georgia may surprise though.Like the Dawgs, Rutgers has four alumni playing in today’s game.Georgia and Rutgers lead the pack, as do the conferences they come from. 21 SEC players are playing in the Super Bowl, edging out the 20 from the Big Ten.Georgia has running back Sony Michel and center David Andrews on the New England Patriots roster, and running back Todd Gurley and linebacker Ramik Wilson on the Los Angeles Rams.last_img read more

RGD Conducting E-Registration of Births at Eight Hospitals

first_imgStory Highlights “The information collected is verified by the mother, after which that data is uploaded to the RGD’s database,” Mrs. English Gosse explained. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has commenced electronic registration (e-registration) of births at eight hospitals across the island. Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the RGD, Deirdre English Gosse, informed that registration officers and assistants who are stationed at the hospitals are equipped with tablets to collect information from new mothers. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has commenced electronic registration (e-registration) of births at eight hospitals across the island.They are Spanish Town, St. Catherine; Mandeville, Manchester; St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann; Cornwall Regional, St. James; Victoria Jubilee, Kingston; Princess Margaret, St. Thomas; Annotto Bay, Portland; and May Pen, Clarendon..Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the RGD, Deirdre English Gosse, informed that registration officers and assistants who are stationed at the hospitals are equipped with tablets to collect information from new mothers.The tablets were provided through support from the Universal Service Fund (USF).“The information collected is verified by the mother, after which that data is uploaded to the RGD’s database,” Mrs. English Gosse explained.Highlighting the benefits of e-registration, she noted that it will improve data collection and turnaround time for the processing of information as well as ensure greater accuracy of birth certificate data.She further indicated that the transition from registration books to tablets to collect and enter information will result in savings to the agency.Mrs. English Gosse told JIS News that the e-registration process, which was officially launched in 2016 following pilot projects, is being well received.She informed that the RGD is looking to reach four additional hospitals by the end of the year based on key factors, including the availability of secure Wi-Fi access in order to facilitate the uploading of information.“Upon completion of a full roll-out of e-registration islandwide, the agency will be able to capture information of all live births into its database in a more efficient and accurate fashion,” Mrs. English Gosse noted.The RGD has made submission to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC) to amend the legislation governing the registration of births and deaths in order to facilitate e-registration.While the necessary amendments are being awaited, the agency is conducting e-registration simultaneously with manual registration.last_img read more

Wonder star Tremblay kids with facial differences meet for screening of film

first_imgTORONTO – Vancouver child actor Jacob Tremblay was in Toronto on Monday for a special screening of his new film “Wonder” about a child with facial differences, sharing it with his muses — a group of young patients who live that reality every day and helped him prepare for his role.The 11-year-old plays Auggie Pullman, a child with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare congenital condition in which babies are born with underdeveloped facial bones and often little or no external ears.Based on R.J. Palacio’s 2012 novel, “Wonder” follows the joys and torments experienced by Auggie as he tries to navigate the fifth grade, his first foray into public schooling after having been taught at home by his parents (played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson).On Monday, Tremblay walked the blue carpet — “Wonder’s official colour” — at Sick Kids Hospital, along with two of his co-stars, 10-year-old Millie Davis of Toronto, who plays his friend Summer, and 12-year-old American actor Kyle Breitkopf, who took on the role of the bully Miles in the film.Joining the actors on the carpet were the patients whom Tremblay had reached out to while studying for the role of Auggie. For the film, he wore a heavy facial prosthetic, a wig and contact lenses.“I made friends and I also asked them if they could send me letters of any tips or experiences or stories they had,” Tremblay told The Canadian Press.One of those patients is Katie Atkinson, who was born with Treacher Collins and has had several surgeries since infancy, including receiving cheekbone and chin implants about a month ago.The 19-year-old nursing student at Mohawk College in Hamilton recalled being teased and bullied as a child because of her facial differences, including the fact she had “little ears.”“Yeah, I definitely was and I still struggle,” Atkinson admitted in an interview before the event, saying it can be extremely uncomfortable when strangers stare at her, although that kind of behaviour has lessened somewhat as her surgeries have progressed.“But when I was a child, my facial differences were a lot more prominent. … So a lot of times kids wouldn’t want to play with me. They would call me weird or ugly or an alien.”She related one incident in which her father had taken her into a coffee shop and the barista behind the counter — not realizing the child in the stroller was his — exclaimed “Oh, look at that really ugly baby. They should put it out of its misery.”It was such experiences that Atkinson related in her letter to Tremblay to give him the flavour of everyday life for people whose looks are outside the so-called norm.“When Jacob reached out to us and asked for our letters and wanted to meet with us, that was just so incredible,” Atkinson said. “It really showed his character and how much he cared about having our stories really come through his acting, to make it the most realistic and the most profound for us.”Farah Sheikh, a social worker in the Cleft Lip and Palate, and Craniofacial programs at Sick Kids, said the hospital receives about 130 new referrals from across the country each year, most commonly for children with a cleft lip or palate. The hospital currently follows about 5,000 patients with various facial differences.The programs provide team-based medical and psychosocial support to these children and their families, from diagnosis through to age 22.Initially, Sheikh works with parents, supporting them as they grapple with the medical challenges their child will face and helping to prepare them psychologically for possibly negative reactions from family and friends — and strangers.“It can be really overwhelming,” she said.But a key part of her role is also to support children with facial differences as they bump up against the reality of a society that is often unforgiving of physical anomalies.“The most important thing is to have them connect with other children with facial differences and build a sense of community and share their experiences,” said Sheikh, who runs a number of programs and workshops aimed at building their self-confidence and self-esteem.“For most of them, it’s the first time when they attend one of my groups that they’re meeting someone who also has a facial difference. There usually isn’t someone else in their school or classroom that they can look at and be like ‘We look alike’ and have already had like 15 surgeries at the age of 10.”Having a visible facial difference can be a significant challenge for children growing up and “the theme of this movie is very much focused on bullying because of how this young boy looks,” said reconstructive surgeon Dr. Chris Forrest, medical director of the craniofacial program.“And it’s very, very unfair that people have to be exposed to that type of behaviour,” he said, adding that “a movie like this is absolutely fantastic” because it desensitizes an important issue and opens up a conversation about acceptance of those who look different.Looking “different” is something Kariym Joachim, who was also born with Treacher Collins, has had to deal with all his life.Now 30, Joachim has undergone numerous surgical procedures — “I lost count past 20,” he confided in an interview — from plastic surgery and orthodontics to having sound-induction implants placed in his skull that allow him to hear.“Then there’s also the psychosocial aspect,” he said, explaining that Sick Kids helped him build his sense of identity and self-worth, along with supportive teachers and a small core group of friends “that stuck it out with me.”“But that doesn’t mean that I was free of the bullying and teasing.”While such outright verbal attacks have subsided, he hasn’t been able to escape the stares he gets from people as he goes through daily life.“There’s something to be said about getting on a subway train and being able to notice that there’s a lot of people staring, from the reflections on the window,” said Joachim, a clinical project research manager at Sick Kids.“You realize that somebody’s staring at you and you can’t help but think: ‘What are they wondering? Are they saying ‘Oh, this person is a freak?’ or ‘Was there an accident?’“Or in some cases, some people do believe that this could be something that can be a sin brought on by a parent. Some people feel that having a facial difference is a curse.”But in his letter to Tremblay, Joachim recounted both positive and negative experiences “to kind of help him to see what people with facial differences go through.”“I really wanted to convey that hopefully through the film that people would see that somebody with a facial difference is a person, they’re a very layered person with their own hobbies, thoughts, beliefs, and wishes and passions like anybody else.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Stars To Go To HEAVEN For The Art Of Elysium

first_imgThe Art of Elysium is holding their seventh annual black-tie gala, “HEAVEN,” on January 11, 2014.Heaven is The Art of Elysium’s largest annual fundraiser, supporting the majority of the foundation’s operating costs, and ensuring the continuation and expansion of its mission to make art a catalyst for social change, and bring creativity into the lives of tens of thousands of hospitalized children. Linda Perry has been chosen to serve as the 2014 Visionary, and Ali Larter & Hayes MacArthur will be honored with the 2014 “Spirit of Elysium” Award for their involvement in the charity. This year’s gala is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.Guests will first enjoy a cocktail hour provided by Perrier-Jouët champagne while they enjoy music from Micah Sheiner who will play the Tibetan Bowls and Gingger Shankar who will play with tabla and Sitar. Following the cocktail hour, dinner will be served and guests will enjoy a fashion show showcasing Marc Jacobs Resort 2014 Collection along with performances by The Smokin Knights, Linda Perry, The Art of Elysium children, Evan Rachel Wood and Steven Tyler.Guests expected to attend include Eva Amurri, David Arquette, Natasha Bedingfield, Camilla Belle, Kate Bosworth & Michael Polish, Scott Caan, Kirsten Dunst, Alice Evans & Ioan Gruffud, Peter Facinelli, Shepard Fairey, Ben Folds, Sara Gilbert, Topher Grace, Amber Heard, Anna Kendrick, Jaime King, Joe Manganiello, Leighton Meester, Moby, Olivia Munn, Kelly Osbourne, Rain Phoenix, Monica Potter, Emma Roberts, Evan Ross, Emmy Rossum, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Ashlee Simpson, Amy Smart, Sam Trammell, Kat Von D, Alicia Witt, Elijah Wood, Luke Grimes and many more.WHERE: Guerin Pavilion at the Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 2014 Arrivals: 7:00PM – 8:00PM Dinner / Show: 8:00PMTICKETS: Tickets sell for $5,000 each, with tables of 12 priced at $25,000. For tickets or further information call (213) 387-3944 or check the organization’s website.last_img read more

New graphic novel helps dispel myths give people better understanding of Indigenous

first_imgAPTN National NewsComic books have not traditionally been very friendly to Indigenous communities. In fact they often invoke images of savagery.But that has been changing in recent years.As APTN’s Dennis Ward reports, a new graphic novel aims to help people gain a better understanding of Indigenous cultures in Canada.last_img

Climate change impacts already real in the Yukon

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs the climate change talks continue in Paris some Yukoners say they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change.Warming in the North is occurring faster than the rest of Canada. Canada is also warming at twice the global rate.With warmer temperatures, the permafrost in the Western Arctic is beginning thaw.APTN’s Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

Africa receives first vaccines under global immunization campaign UNICEF

The first delivery under the campaign – which is carried out by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the Global Fund for Children’s Vaccines – was made in Mozambique, some 45 kilometres from Maputo, UNICEF, (the UN Children’s Fund), said today in a statement. At the delivery site, Bill Gates Sr., Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (a GAVI partner), joined President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique and UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, to see the immunization of children with a combination vaccine — TP-hepB — against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and hepatitis B. At the event, President Chissano announced the launching of a pilot project in Boane District that would set in motion a range of activities to revitalize the country’s immunization programme, including information campaigns and training health workers about the new vaccine and safety precautions.”Vaccine safety is just as important as the vaccines themselves,” Ms. Bellamy said. “Poor vaccination practices can lead to the spread of disease, rather than its prevention. Supporting countries to improve injection practices is part and parcel of GAVI’s mission.” The Mozambican Government received the first half of 1.3 million doses of DTP-hepB vaccines worth an estimated $1.5 million. GAVI is a coalition of organizations formed in 1999 in response to stagnating immunization rates and widening disparities in vaccine access among industrialized and developing countries. Its partners include governments, the Gates Children’s Vaccine Program at PATH, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations, research and public health institutions, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, UNICEF, the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization (WHO).Also created in 1999, the Global Fund for Children’s Vaccines provides financial support to low-income countries to strengthen their immunization services. The Fund received an initial $750 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has since received support from governments and other donors. read more

UN tribunal allows prosecution to appeal decision about combining Milosevic cases

In December, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) denied a Prosecution “motion for joinder” requesting that the three indictments for crimes against humanity against Mr. Milosevic be combined into one trial. The Tribunal had earlier ordered that the Kosovo case be tried separately and the Croatia and Bosnia charges merged.The decision yesterday by a bench of the ICTY Appeals Chamber granted the Prosecution “leave to appeal” the Tribunal’s decision, although the court said that Mr. Milosevic’s Kosovo trial could still begin, as previously scheduled, on 12 February if the Trial Chamber so decides. read more

Vast majority of world – 676 billion people – living with excessive

“Fast action to tackle air pollution can’t come soon enough,” top UN World Health Organization (WHO) environmental official Maria Neira said of the new air quality model, which includes interactive maps maps that highlight areas within countries exceeding WHO limits. The world’s population reached 7.35 billion last year, according to UN figures“Solutions exist with sustainable transport in cities, solid waste management, access to clean household fuels and cook-stoves, as well as renewable energies and industrial emissions reductions,” Dr. Neira added. Nearly 90 per cent of the deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, with nearly two out of three occurring in the South-east Asia and Western Pacific regions. “Air pollution continues take a toll on the health of the most vulnerable populations – women, children and the older adults,” WHO’s Assistant Director General Flavia Bustreo said. “For people to be healthy, they must breathe clean air from their first breath to their last,” she added. Major sources of air pollution include inefficient modes of transport, household fuel and waste burning, coal-fired power plants, and industrial activities. But not all air pollution originates from human activity. For example, air quality can also be influenced by dust storms, particularly in regions close to deserts. Air pollution in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: World Bank/Kim Eun Yeul “The new WHO model shows countries where the air pollution danger spots are, and provides a baseline for monitoring progress in combatting it,” Dr. Bustreo said. Developed in collaboration with the University of Bath, United Kingdom, it represents WHO’s most detailed outdoor air pollution-related health data ever, based on satellite measurements, air transport models and ground station monitors for more than 3,000 locations, both rural and urban. Some three million deaths a year are linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution can be just as deadly. In 2012, an estimated 6.5 million deaths (11.6 per cent of all global deaths) were associated with indoor and outdoor air pollution together. Ninety-four per cent of the deaths are due to non-communicable diseases – notably cardiovascular diseases, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. Air pollution also increases the risks for acute respiratory infections. “This new model is a big step forward towards even more confident estimates of the huge global burden of more than six million deaths – one in nine of total global deaths – from exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution,” said Dr. Neira, who is WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. WHO’s Ambient Air quality guidelines limit annual mean exposure to particulate matter with a diametre of less than 2.5 micrometres (PM2.5), such as sulfate, nitrates and black carbon, which penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system, posing the greatest health risks.The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, adopted at a UN summit last year, call for substantially reducing the number of deaths and illnesses from air pollution. In May WHO issued a new road map for accelerated action with local health sectors increasing monitoring and assuming a greater leadership role in national policies affecting air pollution. read more

In Bangladesh UN refugee chief warns influx of Rohingya outpaces capacities to

VIDEO: UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi visits a refugee camp in Bangladesh and meets with Royingha. Credit: UNHCR “They had seen villages burned down, families shot or hacked to death, women and girls brutalized. Many of the refugees said they would like to go home, but there needs to be an end to violence, and a restoration of rights inside Myanmar,” Mr. Grandi said. “Solutions to this crisis lie within Myanmar. But for now, our immediate focus has to be to dramatically increase support to those who are so desperately in need,” Mr. Grandi said, stressing the importance of a proper registration system that could help ensure everyone is eventually able to exercise the right to return. In the country’s capital, Dhaka, Mr. Grandi was scheduled to meet several senior officials, including the foreign minister as well as the ministers for home affairs and disaster management and relief. Mr. Grandi thanked Bangladesh for keeping the border open. “In today’s world, that is something that cannot be taken for granted and should be appreciated.” Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said yesterday that a consignment of its emergency supplies for hundreds of thousands of refugee Rohingya children and their families has arrived in Dhaka. The cargo plane arrived from Copenhagen with 100 tons of supplies comprising water purifying tablets, family hygiene kits, sanitary materials, plastic tarpaulins, recreational kits for children and other items. “Safe water for drinking and washing is absolutely essential in order to protect them against diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases,” said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh, warning that this is “a very real threat” especially amid the current heavy rains. Other consignments – consisting of school bags, tents, early childhood development kits, family hygiene and dignity kits, tarpaulin and nutrition materials – were also on their way to Bangladesh. “Their situation remains desperate, and we risk a dramatic deterioration if aid is not rapidly stepped up,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a press release, following a visit yesterday to Kutupalong refugee camp and other areas along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border where people have made their own shelters on tiny slivers of land. “Despite every effort by those on the ground, the massive influx of people seeking safety rapidly outpaced capacities to respond, and the situation has still not stabilised. More is needed, and fast, if we are to avoid further deterioration,” Mr. Grandi said. UNHCR has now airlifted three planes loaded with relief items into the country, and is distributing emergency shelter kits, kitchen sets and solar lamps. Its experts are working closely with the Government of Bangladesh to set up an organised site with water, sanitation and other facilities, and to register the new arrivals. Other international agencies and civil society partners are also on the ground. Mr. Grandi arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday to see conditions for himself. He spoke with families living in the camp near Cox’s Bazar. read more

LiuGong working on developing graphenemodified lubricants

first_imgRecently, the Technical Standards Development and Application Demonstration Base of Graphene-Modified Lubricant, was launched at LiuGong’s Global R&D Center in Liuzhou. Co-built by the China Innovation Alliance of the Graphene Industry and Guangxi Liugong Machinery Co, it marks the first base in China that concentrates on the transformation of graphene’s scientific research into real world application. The cooperation also includes building a joint laboratory and undertaking independent test tasks from other companies in the future. The initiative will not only push the R&D and innovation of graphene-modified lubricant products at LiuGong, but also gives LiuGong a chance to participate in the draft of industry standards directly.Graphene has been called “the king of the new materials” by the scientists since it has the best electric and thermal conductivity with the thinnest thickness and maximum intensity. Additionally, the lubricant industry shows great market potential. At present, the annual output of lubricants in China is more than 5 Mt with more than a 200-billion-yuan market volume, which could be doubled by 2022.LiuGong has achieved substantial breakthroughs in the development of grapheme-modified lubricants, not only in the practice of dispersion stability of graphene and graphene lubricants formulation, but also has established a standard and evaluation system for the determination of graphene additives. The specific lubricants modified by graphene materials have shown significant improvements in the resistance and friction reduction against extreme pressure. This provides a new breakthrough for the solutions to solve the long-term recessive problems such as the wear and noise of key components under tough conditions.LiuGong intends to complete three kinds of graphene-modified lubricants in two years and achieve the application in LiuGong’s CE products in five years. The intentions also include the launch of correlative products and parts, and subsequently to influence the relative industries such as automobile and steel. Relying on the new products and technology developed from the graphene, the industrial output value of LiuGong Lubricants Company will likely to be increased by 20%.last_img read more

Organic Food May Not Have Any Health Benefits After All

first_imgThere are plenty of reasons to eat organically produced food, but it turns out health benefits may not be one of them.According to a new study, which tested organically grown onions, potatoes, and carrots, there are no discernible health benefits when comparing organic food to that grown with regular fertilizers and pesticides.“On the basis of the present study carried out under well controlled conditions, it cannot be concluded that organically grown onions, carrots, and potatoes generally have higher contents of health-promoting secondary metabolites in comparison with the conventionally cultivated ones,” reads the report.Via geek-cetera Dailylast_img read more

An Irish health startup bankrolled by Starbucks head honcho just raised 40m

first_img Take me to Fora 4 Comments An Irish health startup bankrolled by Starbucks’ head honcho just raised $40m The Republic’s sovereign wealth fund was also part of the series A investment. Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 9:30 AM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Image: Conor McCabe Photography Ltd Share6 Tweet Email1 Image: Conor McCabe Photography Ltd Oct 30th 2016, 9:30 AM AN IRISH HEALTHCARE startup bankrolled by a venture capital firm set up by the head of Starbucks has just raised a fresh $40 million (€36 million) in funding.Genomics Medicine Ireland (GMI), which was founded last year, is an early stage life-sciences company researching the genetic causes of conditions such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.Speaking about the funding announcement, GMI chief executive Daniel Crowley said the series A investment would be put towards the creation of a genomic research and development centre and hiring 150 new staff over the next three years.He added that the company, which is based at Dublin’s NovaUCD, will soon announce its first collaboration with an Irish hospital.“We look forward to working closely with the Irish healthcare system to develop better diagnostics and new means to optimise health and patient outcomes,” he said.“The size and characteristics of the Irish population can powerfully advance scientific discovery as researchers are able to pinpoint variations in DNA relevant to disease and useful for improving medicine.”The latest round of funding was provided by Arch Venture Partners, Polaris Partners and the VC firm formerly known as Google Ventures.Maveron, a venture capital firm established by Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz, was a previous seed investor in the company but was not part of this series A investment.Ireland’s sovereign wealth fund, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), is also involved in the funding round. Earlier this year, ISIF director Eugene O’Callaghan said it planned to commit over €750 million to Irish companies and funds during 2016. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Source: AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenBeginningsGMI was set up by a group of entrepreneurs, investors and researchers from the health-tech space in 2015 and is run by Crowley, with the former head of the drug company HiberGen and researcher at Pfizer Maurice Treacy also on board as a director.Crowley and Treacy are both venture partners at Arch Venture Partners, one of the main investors behind GMI, that has over $2.5 billion committed in funding to different startups worldwide.Arch has funded over 200 companies since it was created 30 years ago, including Irish chip manufacturer Movidius that is in the process of being bought by Intel.It also backed genetic research company Illumina and biopharmaceutical company Receptos, which was bought for $7.2 billion last year.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Short URL By Fora Staff 15,897 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Poll Should Barack Obama pardon Edward Snowden

first_img Jan 18th 2017, 8:21 AM By Sean Murray Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 8:21 AM Short URL Image: Christopher Lane AP/Press Association Images 25,072 Views Poll: Should Barack Obama pardon Edward Snowden? After commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning, should Obama offer a pardon to the whistleblower Edward Snowden? YesNoNo interest/No opinionVote No (2837) Share19 Tweet Email center_img IN ONE OF his last acts as US President, Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning from 35 years to just seven, which will mean Manning will be due for release in May.While Manning has been incarcerated for leaking classified information which was made widely available, Edward Snowden has been living in Russia since he disclosed the mass surveillance programmes used by US intelligence agencies.As it stands, Snowden would face trial and would likely face a heavy prison sentence were if he was found guilty of espionage charges upon returning home to America.Although the White House has told CNN that Snowden has not sued for clemency and therefore will not take action, there have been calls for Obama to pardon Snowden before he leaves office.So what do you think? Should Barack Obama pardon Edward Snowden? Poll Results: 69 Comments Yes (9085) Image: Christopher Lane AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No interest/No opinion (1167)last_img read more

Khaledas HC bail challenged

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. File PhotoThe government filed two petitions with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking a stay on a High Court order granting a six-month bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in two defamation cases filed in Dhaka and Narail, reports UNB.Deputy attorney general Kamrul Ahsan Khan Aslam said the hearing on the petitions is likely to be held with the Appellate Division vacation bench on 30 August.Earlier, the HC granted bail to Khaleda in the defamation case of Narail on 13 August and that of Dhaka on 14 August.On 21 December 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh raised questions about the actual number of liberation war martyrs, saying, “There’re controversies over how many were martyred in the liberation war. There’re also many books and documents on the controversies.”Reacting to Khaleda’s remarks, Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati filed a case with the Cognisance Court on 24 December, 2015 in Narail.Besides, president of pro-Awami League organisation Jananetri Parishad AB Siddique filed another defamation case against Khaleda Zia with a Dhaka court on 5 January, 2016.last_img read more

Cardinals Host No 3 Duke and No 17 Wake Forest

first_img No. 14 Meible Chi is 9-2 in singles and has won six of her last eight matches Ellyse Hamlin has a team-high 13 wins, winning eight of her last nine The Blue Devils have three total players ranked in singles (No. 14 Chi, No. 15 Maria Mateas and No. 22 Kelly Chen) The No. 24 doubles team of Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy have a team-best nine wins Head coach Jamie Ashworth’s team is 7-2 against top 25 teams this season The University of Louisville women’s tennis team (10-7, 2-5) hosts a pair of ranked ACC opponents this weekend in No. 3 Duke and No. 17 Wake Forest. The Blue Devils (13-2, 5-1) are up first, traveling to the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center Friday, March 22 at 11 a.m. The Demon Deacons (15-3, 5-1) cap the weekend with a 12 p.m. start on Sunday, March 24.  No. 32 Emma Davis is 12-3 in singles, all on court one The Deacons have four players with at least nine singles wins Eliza Omirou has stood out in the middle of the line up, posting 10 wins on court three The No. 28 doubles team of Davis and Chandler Carter are one of the ACC’s premier duos with a 11-4 record Wake has won six of their last seven matchesPrint Friendly Version Senior Sena Suswam posted a singles win over the Deacons last season with a 6-4, 6-2 win on court six. m The Cards nearly pulled off the upset the last time Wake Forest came to town (April 9, 2017), as the Deacons eked a 4-2 victory.  Junior Raven Neely is having a career season with a 13-2 record in singles, boasting a 5-0 record on court three Sophomore Nikolina Jovic is just behind Neely with 11 singles wins Suswan and Neely are 5-2 in doubles, leading the Cardinals Redshirt senior Aleksandra Mally and freshman Diana Wong are 4-1 in doubles on court three UofL is 5-0 this season when winning the doubles pointDuke notes Louisville notes Wake Forest notes Story Links Louisville is coming off a bye week while Duke and Wake Forest faced off last Friday, March 15 in a match that Duke won 7-0. The Cardinals are looking for their first win over both programs since joining the ACC. Head coach Mark Beckham said Duke has “off the chart” levels of talent.last_img read more

Walz to Lead USA U19 World Cup Team at Training Camp

first_imgStory Links COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 2, 2019) – In preparation of the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, University of Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz and the USA Basketball Women’s U19 National Team open training camp on Friday at the United States Olympic Training Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo.A summer after leading the U18 team to a gold medal at the 2018 FIBA Americas Championship, Walz is serving as head coach of the U19 team. He previously led USA Basketball to a perfect 3-0 record at the 2017 U24 Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, and to gold medals as an assistant coach for the 2014 USA Women’s U18 and 2015 USA U19 national teams.The 13th FIBA U19 World Cup will be held July 20-28 in Bangkok, Thailand, where the USA will attempt to capture an eighth gold medal.”I’m excited to get out to Colorado and get started,” said Walz. “I have been in touch with everyone to let them know how excited we as a staff are and to try to give them a little bit of an idea as to how training camp will work and what will take place. Things always change. There are working parts. We will be trying to get a feel for the team, who’s going to be able to do what. We will get that going as soon as we get out there.”Members of the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team are: Francesca Belibi (Regis H.S./Centennial, Colo.); Aliyah Boston (Worcester Academy, Mass./St. Thomas, USVI); Cameron Brink (Southridge H.S./Beaverton, Ore.); Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./St. Louis Park, Minn.); Caitlin Clark (Dowling Catholic H.S./West Des Moines, Iowa); Queen Egbo (Baylor/Houston, Texas); Naz Hillmon-Baker (Michigan/Cleveland, Ohio); Rhyne Howard (Kentucky/Cleveland, Tenn.); Diamond Miller (Franklin H.S./Somerset, N.J.); Jordan Nixon (Notre Dame/New York, N.Y.); Celeste Taylor (Long Island Lutheran/Valley Stream, N.Y.); and Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere H.S./Wenatchee, Wash.).The U.S. team will to train July 5-10 at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center, beginning with a 5 p.m. (MDT) practice on July 5. On July 6, 8, 9 and 10 the team’s practices are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. (MDT) and 5:30 p.m. (MDT), and on July 7 the team will practice once, beginning at 11 a.m. (MDT). Due to space constraints, practices are open to credentialed media and guests only.Following its Colorado Springs training, the U.S. team will travel to Tokyo, Japan, where it will practice and scrimmage against the Japan U19 National Team July 13-15. The USA has an additional three days of training and a pair of scrimmages in Bangkok against Argentina and Germany, July 17-19, before the FIBA U19 World Cup tips off July 20.No. 1 in FIBA’s world youth women’s rankings, the USA will play in preliminary round Group C and will open the competition July 20 against No. 7 Australia (1:15 a.m. EDT), followed by a July 21 contest against No. 15 South Korea (1 a.m. EDT). After a rest day, the USA will cap preliminary games July 23 against No. 14 Hungary (1 a.m. EDT).Group A includes Canada, Latvia, Mozambique and Thailand; Group B features Argentina, Belgium, China and Mali; and drawn into Group D were Colombia, Germany, Japan and Spain.Following the preliminary round, all teams will advance to the July 24 round of 16. The winners of the round of 16 will advance to the July 26 medal quarterfinals, and the losers will play out for ninth-16th places. The semifinals will be played on July 27, and the gold and bronze medal games on July 28.Walz is being assisted by collegiate head coaches Natasha Adair (Delaware) and Cori Close (UCLA).Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens, born on or after Jan. 1, 2000.FIBA U19 World Cup for WomenOriginally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. FIBA changed its calendar in 2005 and now conducts the U19 World Cup every other year.USA women’s teams are 79-13 in U19/Junior World Cups, capturing a sixth-consecutive gold in 2015 with a 7-0 record. In 2017, USA Basketball fell four points short against Russia in the gold medal game in an attempt to capture a seventh-straight gold medal.Notable players to represent the U.S. include: Angela Aycock (1993), Alana Beard (2001), Essence Carson (2005), Tamika Catchings (1997), Crystal Dangerfield (2015, 2017), Ruthy Hebard (2017), Crystal Langhorne (2005), Erlana Larkins (2005), Jantel Lavender (2007), Lisa Leslie (1989), Rebecca Lobo (1993), Maya Moore (2007), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2009), Vickie Orr (1985), Courtney Paris (2005), Cappie Pondexter (2001), Katie Smith (1993), Dawn Staley (1989), Azura Stevens (2015), Breanna Stewart (2011 and MVP of the 2013 U19 World Cup), Diana Taurasi (2001), Morgan Tuck (2011 and 2013) and A’ja Wilson (2013 and MVP of the 2015 U19 World Cup).About USA BasketballBased in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored five-on-five and 3×3 international competitions, as well as for some national competitions and for the development of youth basketball. Connect with USA Basketball at and on Facebook (USABasketball and USABYouth), Twitter (@usabasketball, @USABYouth, @USAB3x3, @USABJNT), Instagram (@USABasketball) and YouTube (therealusabasketball).Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Bedsores No more

first_imgBedsores are common among the people who are paralyzed, aged, who are bedridden or handicapped. Bedsores are lesions or wounds caused due to the lack of movement and under constant pressure of a particular area on the skin. If not treated on time, it can take the shape of ulcer resulting in itching and inflammation on the affected area, which may further lead to life-threatening situations. Following are some easy and quick home remedies to cure bed sores. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf 1. Turmeric powder acts as a disinfectant. Apply the powder 3 to 4 times a day directly on the affected area and leave it for few hours. Continue applying the powder until the sores are recovered. 2. Beetroot juice is also a valuable product that could recover such irritation. Chop beetroot into fine slices, extract sufficient amount of juice from it and mix 2 tablespoons of honey. Make a fine mixture, apply it on the affected portion and repeat it 3 to 4 times a day. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive 3. Because bedsores are a matter of serious concern, green leaves like comfrey leaves and elm leaves work wonders. Make a paste of these two leaves and apply it on the affected area with a thick piece of cotton. Leave it overnight for healing. 4. Aloe Vera plant comes your way as assets. Peel off the skin of the leaf and extract sufficient gel from the leaf. Apply it directly on the skin. Continue until you get the best results out of it.last_img read more