MMA star Jones fined $205,000, license revoked over drug test

first_imgMOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Jones told Tuesday’s hearing he believed he had ingested the steroid in his most recent case inadvertently through a supplement.The fighter’s defense team however were unable to pinpoint the supplement blamed for the test.CSAC executive Andy Foster said he believed Jones story, telling the hearing “it doesn’t make any sense” that the fighter would knowingly take steroids while in competition.“I want to be very clear that I do not believe that we should end Mr. Jones’ career today,” Foster said. “But I do believe he should sit out for a while.”Jones issued a statement following the hearing.ADVERTISEMENT Jon Jones reacts to defeating Daniel Cormier in the Light Heavyweight title bout during UFC 214 at Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Mixed martial arts star Jon Jones was fined $205,000 and had his fighting license revoked on Tuesday following a hearing in front of the California State Athletic Commission.Ultimate Fighting Championship ace Jones tested positive for the steroid Turinabol following an in-competition test ahead of his win against Daniel Cormier last July.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC No sibling favors “I want to thank CSAC for taking the time and hearing my case, and executive officer Andy Foster for saying he believes me,” he wrote on Twitter. /cbb Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next AFP official booed out of forum The 30-year-old light-heavyweight was subsequently stripped of his title and his win over Cormier was later declared a no-contest.It was the third time Jones has been stripped of his title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe lost the crown in 2015 following a hit-and-run incident and was stripped of it a second time following an anti-doping violation in 2016.Jones’ career is now hanging in the balance, with further sanctions expected from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which could suspend him from fighting for four years for a second offense. View commentslast_img read more

Alisson debuts in crushing Liverpool win

first_imgAlisson pulled on a Liverpool shirt for the first time on Saturday in a crushing 5-0 win over Napoli in Dublin.The Brazil goalkeeper, signed last month in a world-record deal from Roma, had very little to do as the Reds dominated their penultimate pre-season friendly and deservedly thrashed the Serie A side.What he was required to do, though, he did well, with a £65 million ($85m) addition giving supporters an early look at what he is capable of. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Jurgen Klopp’s team just four minutes to take the lead against Serie A opposition – James Milner lashing home left-footed from the edge of the area following Sadio Mane’s cut-back.And Georginio Wijnaldum made it 2-0 soon after, exploiting suspect goalkeeping from Orestis Karnezis to head in Milner’s pinpoint cross.Fans had to wait for Liverpool’s third, but it eventually arrived just before the hour as the ball broke kindly for Mohamed Salah in the penalty area and he picked out the top-left corner.Daniel Sturridge wasted a good chance to get in on the act but soon made amends, smashing home a rebound with 73 minutes on the clock.And Alberto Moreno wrapped things up a few moments later, beating Karnezis at his near post with a rasping 20-yard drive.A productive evening for the Reds was only soured by an unfortunate injury suffered by Milner, with the versatile midfielder left requiring 15 stitches following a clash of heads with Mario Rui.Klopp told the club’s official website afterwards: “I knew that he would get stitches because we saw it on the pitch. He’s in the dressing room so I have to see him first before I can say more.“That’s obviously the big shadow over that game.”He added to reporters: “James Milner played a brilliant game before going off with a crazy cut.”[He’s had] a lot of stitches, 15, and you don’t want that in that position in your face. But then he is quite positive about it, but probably nobody showed him the mirror so far!”Hopefully it will be good and that’s very important. It’s not about celebrating the moment, it’s about working for the big moments.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Guy, Giants Strahan in NFL Hall

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK – The hang time is over for Ray Guy. The longtime punter for the Oakland Raiders is all by himself once again.After waiting 23 years, Guy is the first punter elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.“Good things are worth waiting for,” Guy said Feb. 1 after being elected along with six other players. “It’s just a matter of time when it will show up. And I knew it would, sooner or later. It had to, whether it was me or somebody down the road. But sooner or later, it had to show up, because that is a part of a football game.”New York Giants Defensive end Michael Strahan, receiver Andre Reed, defensive back Aeneas Williams and defensive end Claude Humphrey also were part of the class of 2014. Two first-time eligible players, linebacker Derrick Brooks and offensive tackle Walter Jones, were selected.The announcement was made at the NFL Honors award show, less than 24 hours before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in the first Super Bowl.Among the finalists who didn’t get in were two with ties to the Indianapolis Colts and current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning — coach Tony Dungy and receiver Marvin Harrison.Each incoming Hall of Famer walked to the stage and was announced individually. Strahan, who helped the Giants make two Super Bowls, got a huge cheer from the home crowd.Induction will be on Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio.Guy turned the punting job into a defensive weapon after he became the first player at his position to be selected in the first round of the draft in 1973. He made “hang time” part of the football vernacular while playing all of his 207 games in 14 seasons with the Raiders.The Southern Mississippi product averaged 42.4 yards for his career. Only three of his 1,049 punts were blocked, and he had 209 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.“It’s gratifying to now see a punter go into the Hall of Fame,” Guy said, who joins Jan Stenerud as the only kickers enshrined . “Whether it was me or somebody else, they needed representation in that position.”Brooks was the cornerstone of a Bucs defense that led the league in 2002 and ‘05, and the NFC five times. He was The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year when Tampa Bay won its only Super Bowl after the 2002 season.The linebacker never missed a game in his 14 seasons and averaged a remarkable 146 tackles. Six of his 25 interceptions were returned for touchdowns, including a league-record three in ‘02.Seattle certainly got a winner when it moved up to the No. 6 spot in the 1997 draft to take Jones. He immediately provided blindside protection for Warren Moon and quickly became the first Seahawks lineman to earn a Pro Bowl spot.He was one of the chief road graders who helped Shaun Alexander rush for 266 yards in a 2001 game — the fourth-highest total in NFL history — and then rush for a team-record 1,880 yards and 28 TDs in his MVP season in 2005.“Coming into the league all I wanted to do was get here, and … say I could play this game,” Jones said. “For me to be here now, and for my team that I started with and finished with, to be here in the Super Bowl is just like the icing on the cake.”Strahan set the NFL record for sacks in a single season, getting 22½ in 2001. The one most people remember is the record-setter in the final game of the regular season, when Green Bay’s Brett Favre seemed to lay down on a play late in the game.While there is controversy about that play, the gap-toothed Strahan was one of the top two-way defensive ends. Younger teammates said he taught them how to work to become NFL players, and he walked away from the NFL after winning the Super Bowl in February 2008.“It’s hard to find guys with everything, but this guy had everything. size, speed, power, toughness, endurance, motor, smarts, leadership, heart, love for the game, but what I admired most about Michael was his pride,” Giants general Jerry Reese said.“No matter what the circumstances were, when he walked out on that field on Sunday, he was going to give it ALL to you. There aren’t many guys who can say that.”Reed came out of little Kutztown (Pa.) University and played his first 15 seasons with Buffalo, getting to four Super Bowls, but never winning one. His final season was with Washington. His 951 career receptions are third in league history, highlighted by nine consecutive seasons of 50-plus catches.Long before people spoke about yards after the catch, Reed was doing it. He finished with 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns.“Having to wait this long for him is a sin, but the bottom line is he’s in and that’s what counts,” former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly said of Reed’s nine-year wait to get into the Hall.A walk-on at Southern University, Williams was a shutdown cornerback in his 14 NFL seasons, the first 10 with the Cardinals and the last four with the Rams. He had 55 career interceptions, getting at least one in every season except his last. He had five or more in picks in six seasons, with nine being his best in 1994.Williams spent his last four seasons with St. Louis. He started at cornerback for the Rams in the 2001 Super Bowl and played safety in his final two seasons.The Hall of Fame doors finally opened for Humphrey on his 28th year of eligibility and his fifth as a finalist. The durable six-time Pro Bowl pick had 122 career sacks in 14 seasons with the Falcons and Eagles, who acquired him after a brief retirement in the 1978 season.“I never really gave up hope,” said Humphrey, whose only regret was his wife died in July and didn’t get to see his election. “I always figured there was a place for me here.”(Tom Canavan, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Criminologist Holds Session with Restorative Justice Stakeholders

first_img He said violence is attributable to several main factors, including poverty, lack of opportunity, high unemployment, lack of education, trauma, limited police presence in communities, dysfunctional families and a breakdown in the relationship between the police and community members. Story Highlights In his address, Mr. Pinkney outlined the causes of violence and possible strategies to reduce them. Twenty restorative justice practitioners, pastors and Peace Management Initiative (PMI) representatives participated in an interactive session with British Criminologist and Gang Reform Specialist, Craig Pinkney,yesterday (February 6) at the Justice Ministry, in Kingston.Hosted by the Ministry’s Restorative Justice Unit, the session was held under the theme ‘Building Personal and Community Competencies for Peace’, and formed part of activities for Restorative Justice Week, being observed from February 3 to 9.In his address, Mr. Pinkney outlined the causes of violence and possible strategies to reduce them.He said violence is attributable to several main factors, including poverty, lack of opportunity, high unemployment, lack of education, trauma, limited police presence in communities, dysfunctional families and a breakdown in the relationship between the police and community members.Mr. Pinkney called on the key stakeholders with access to violence perpetrators to engage them in their communities to effect change.He said these could include government officials, police personnel, religious leaders, educators and research teams, and could provide data to develop community strategies to implement change.Restorative Justice Week aims to educate the public on the value of restorative justice as an alternative mechanism for conflict resolution.The week’s activities commenced with a Church service on February 3 at the New Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingston.Other events include a public lecture on February 7 at Moneague College in St. Ann on the topic ‘A Restorative Approach to Gang Violence in Jamaica’; and the Ninth International Restorative Justice Conference on February 9 at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston. Mr. Pinkney will be the guest speaker at the conference.Restorative justice is a process whereby all the parties with a stake in a particular offence come together to resolve, collectively, how to deal with the aftermath of the breach.It focuses on holding the offender accountable in a more meaningful way. It repairs the harm caused by the offence, helps to reintegrate the offender into the community and helps to achieve a sense of healing for both the victim and the community.Communities where the Restorative Justice Programme is under way include Trench Town, Jones Town, Craig Town and Hannah Town, in St. Andrew; Greater Allman Town and Fletcher’s Land, in Kingston; communities in Spanish Town, St. Catherine; May Pen and surrounding areas, in Clarendon; and communities in Westmoreland and St. James. Twenty restorative justice practitioners, pastors and Peace Management Initiative (PMI) representatives participated in an interactive session with British Criminologist and Gang Reform Specialist, Craig Pinkney,yesterday (February 6) at the Justice Ministry, in Kingston.last_img read more

Gov’t Increases Allocation for Crime-Fighting

first_imgStory Highlights The allocation to the Ministry of National Security for fiscal year 2018/19 has increased by 23.4 per cent, moving to $78.5 billion up from $63.6 billion in 2017/18. The allocation to the Ministry of National Security for fiscal year 2018/19 has increased by 23.4 per cent, moving to $78.5 billion up from $63.6 billion in 2017/18.Opening the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the increase will facilitate the provision of machinery and equipment, and implementation of physical infrastructure and social-intervention programmes.Mr. Shaw said projects to be undertaken in the new fiscal year include construction of new facilities for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); expansion of crime-fighting training facilities; building and improvement of several correctional facilities; procurement of motor vehicles and other specialised equipment to respond to both physical threats and cyberattacks; and continuation of social-intervention initiatives.He said the Government has identified national security and the rule of law as among the main strategic priorities for fiscal year 2018/19 and for the medium-term.The theme of the Minister’s presentation was ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility’.last_img read more

Port Saint John Sets Expansion Plan in Motion

first_imgzoom With the container volumes almost doubled since 2012, Canada’s Port Saint John will need a terminal upgrade to accommodate larger vessels in order to keep up with the competition, Jim Quinn, the port’s President and CEO said in a release.Earlier this month the port submitted a CAD 205 million (USD 164.8m) application to the Federal Government’s Building Canada Fund, National Infrastructure Component to modernize its container infrastructure on the west side of the Port over the next seven years. The proposed project is a planned three-way partnership with the Federal Government, Port Saint John, and the Provincial Government over a seven-year period.Located in New Brunswick, Port Saint John has attracted some of the world’s top container shipping lines in the past two years, including Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Tropical Shipping, to offer their clients weekly service to global markets through Saint John. Due these developments, more than 350 ports worldwide are now accessible through Port Saint John on a weekly basis.“We have doubled our container traffic, going from an average of 45,000 TEU’s in the past decade to almost 90,000 TEU’s in 2014, with projections to be over 100,000 TEU’s in 2015,” said Quinn. ”We also know that US ports are becoming more and more congested. Shippers and receivers are looking for Eastern options and with this upgrade we think Port Saint John and New Brunswick can be the solution.”last_img read more

Government House Has Sole

first_imgThe boots were put to the walls or, more precisely, into the walls at Government House today, April 14, as extensive renovations continue at the historic mansion. In keeping with an old tradition, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal workers placed shoes in framed-in sections of the structure before putting up the new walls. “When Government House was originally constructed, 19th century craftsmen apparently believed that placing shoes near doors and windows warded off evil spirits at entry points,” said Bruce Wood, inventory control manager. “Since we found several ladies’ shoes in the walls when we dismantled the house, it seems only fair that we put a few back to act as a sort of poltergeist scarecrow.” The department started collecting used shoes in March. Among the donors was Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis. Eight shoes will be put into the walls of Government House while the remainder will be donated to Adsum House and Dress for Success, two programs that support women in transition. The original shoes found in the walls have been removed and are being catalogued. It is hoped, they will be returned to Government House where they will be on permanent display.last_img read more

February Tourism Stats Available

first_imgThe Canada Games helped boost the number of room nights sold in Nova Scotia by 16 per cent in February 2011 compared to 2010. The two-week school break in Halifax Regional Municipality also contributed to increased accommodation activity throughout the province. While air travel increased by eight per cent in February, road travel to the province decreased by 14 per cent in the same time period, causing an eight per cent drop in overall visitors. Hazardous weather conditions during the month of February may have deterred visitors travelling by automobile from visiting Nova Scotia, however, motorcoach travel for the Canada Games helped offset this decrease. “The Canada Games brought many visitors to the province and had a positive impact on our air travel and accommodations,” said John MacDonell, acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “It is the first of many exciting events planned for 2011 that will help attract more visitors to Nova Scotia and build the province as a world-class travel destination.” In February, domestic travel to the province fell eight per cent. Visits from Atlantic Canada decreased by 13 per cent. However, the number of visitors from Quebec and Ontario was on par with February 2010, and western Canadian visitors were up 51 per cent. Total overseas visitors to the province in February increased from 1,400 to 2,200 compared to last year. For the year-to-date, room nights sold are up 11 per cent and visitors are down seven per cent. Traditionally, February visitors account for about four per cent of the total number of visits to Nova Scotia each year. Tourism statistics vary across the province. Detailed results can be found at http://www.gov.ns.ca/econ/tourism/research/latest-activity-updates.asp. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting monthly tourism statistics includes counting non-resident overnight visitors at all entry points to the province and gathers the number of room nights sold from licensed accommodation operators. Tourism is an important contributor to Nova Scotia’s economy. In 2008, the industry employed more than 31,000 people and generated revenues of $1.82 billion.last_img read more

UNP insists 2019 budget not influenced by outsiders

The United National Party (UNP) today insisted that the 2019 Budget is a UNP budget and was not influenced by outsiders.Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha de Silva defended the budget when speaking in Parliament today. He said the budget offered several concessions to the public and must be welcomed.The Minister also noted that the budget was in line with the UNP policies and was a UNP budget. (Colombo Gazette)

Goodman student to promote opportunities abroad

Brock’s Goodman School of Business has provided Vanessa Valencia with a world of opportunity.Her time at Brock has allowed the fourth-year business student to study in Europe as an exchange student, and she was recently chosen for another unique opportunity abroad.Valencia is one of about 30 students across North America hired by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to help promote studying and researching in Germany through the Young Ambassador program. Pushing herself beyond her comfort zone is nothing new for the international student, who came to Canada for the first time four years ago after choosing Brock. Originally from El Salvador, she travelled to Canada on her own to pursue her education.But she didn’t stop there.Valencia participated in not one but two back-to-back international exchange semesters.After spending last fall in Sweden at the University of Gothenburg and the winter in Germany at the University of Mannheim, Valencia said the experience has changed her for the better.“I think it’s changed my whole life in a sense,” she said.“I experienced new cultures and that was a really big deal for me. I have travelled a lot and have actually learned a lot about different ways of teaching because it was totally different from Brock.”She has met many new people along the way.“Now I have friends everywhere,” she said.One highlight for Valencia during her time abroad was travelling to Iceland, Norway, Denmark and much of central Europe in between her exchange semesters. It was her first time in Europe, though she now hopes to return.“Going on exchange is probably one of the best things that has happened to me in school,” she said. “It’s beyond what you learn in school because you get some life experience. You change your way of thinking, you’re more open minded and independent, and you become more organized and more mature.”When the ambassador opportunity presented itself, Valencia jumped at the chance to share her exchange experience and to help her peers at the Goodman School of Business learn about how they too can study abroad.“I saw this as a great opportunity and I love reliving my exchange, so why not help people go on exchange as well? They will have a great experience too,” she said.The ambassador role includes four days of training in New York City, which Valencia will attend next month.Beginning in September, she will work for one year to help promote exchange programs — especially those in Germany — among her peers in the Goodman School of Business. read more

Football Big shoes to fill for incoming commits like Trevon Grimes

Ohio State commit Trevon Grimes attends the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State had a good football season, with some real NFL talent shining through. Unfortunately for Buckeye fans, a majority of that talent is leaving for the 2017 NFL Draft.Most of the impact will be felt on the defensive side of the ball, as long-time OSU cornerback Gareon Conley and stud safety Malik Hooker both decided to chase the dream of playing on Sundays. With half of the secondary gone, and Buckeyes across the country waiting patiently to hear what upcoming redshirt junior cornerback Marshon Lattimore decides, the Scarlet and Gray have more than one incoming option who can step up in a big way on defense.On offense, OSU will be without its best playmaker on offense with the loss of Curtis Samuel. On top of that, Noah Brown surprised some with his decision to leave early after essentially just one year of play.OSU has more than enough incoming talent to help fill roles, but the expectations on the freshman are going to be steep.On the top of OSU’s 2017 recruiting haul are cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade. Respectively, the duo is the No. 1 and No. 4 cornerbacks in the nation according to 247Sports.com.Barring Lattimore’s decision, either one or both of the young cornerbacks could be thrust into a contributing or starting role. Okudah has one interception and one fumble recovery in his career, but has the size and talent to step up at the next level.Wade, on the other hand, who has been committed to OSU for nearly two years, is a bit undersized compared to Conley and Lattimore. He has the speed to stay with nearly any receiver, but will need an increase in his physicality in order to play at a level comparative to his veteran counterparts.Raekwon McMillan has been making plays since his first year with the Buckeyes, but there is still real promise in the linebacker unit even with his departure. Although now redshirt senior Chris Worley and now junior Jerome Baker had stellar years, the name Baron Browning might be the next big name in the middle for OSU.Browning, the No. 9 prospect according to 247Sports.com, recording 189 tackles, four sacks and eight forced fumbles during his time in high school. Standing at 6-foot-2 and 229 pounds, he is a near carbon-copy size wise of McMillan.Size aside, Browning will potentially be replacing a linebacker who had over 200 tackles in his time in Columbus, and was a field general pre-snap for OSU. Although he has the resume behind him, it’ll take big time play to fill the shoes of McMillan if Browning gets the chance.Offensively, OSU has a potential replacement at H-back for Samuel in now sophomore Demario McCall. As for the loss of Brown, the Buckeyes have a plethora of receivers, but a potential replacement in either freshman Trevon Grimes or Tyjon Lindsey.Grimes and Lindsey are the No. 5 and No. 6 wide receivers in the nation according to 247Sports.com. Although both sustained season-ending injuries, each can make an impact in their own way.Grimes has a size similar to Brown, while Lindsey has speed similar to Dontre Wilson. Even though there are more experienced options, the group brings in a combined 2,780 yards and 40 receiving touchdowns.Although each position could see an upperclassmen take over, there are more than a few freshmen who could steal the spotlight. read more

VIDEO Three BASE jumpers arrested after 1776foot jump off the World Trade

first_imgBusiness Insider/YouTubeAnd you can see what it looks like to land: South Korea kicked up its trade war with Japan by making it 3 times harder for companies to export goods there These 10 cities are most at risk of an OB-GYN shortage, according to a troubling new study THREE BASE JUMPERS who posted footage of their incredibly terrifying antics at 1 World Trade Center last September have been arrested.On 30 September 2013, the men launched themselves off the 1,776-foot building and landed safely on the Manhattan streets below.A YouTube video of their stunt yesterday was posted yesterday and two of the suspects surrendered themselves at a local precinct.A fourth man, who is said to have kept watch for the jumpers, has also been detained by police, according to NBC New York.Andrew Rossig, James Brady, Marko Markovich and Kyle Hartwell face a number of charges including burglary and felony.Rossig said that they took care to ensure they were not endangering anybody else with their jump – which took place at 3am.However, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the men violated the law.“These arrests should send a message to anyone thinking about misusing a landmark this way. They will be tracked down and they will face serious charges. Being a thrill-seeker does not give immunity from the law.”The acronym BASE stands for ‘Building Antenna Span Earth’.Helmet-cam footage of the jump was posted to YouTube yesterday and Business Insider picked out some of the best bits.Here’s one of the men right as he jumps off 1 World Trade: Business Insider/YouTube Helmet cams captured the view of the city from the perspective of the jumpers:center_img The EU accuses Boris Johnson of only ‘pretending’ to negotiate a Brexit deal WeWork CEO Adam Neumann told employees he’s ‘humbled’ by the collapse of the firm’s IPO Watch the full video here:(YouTube: NYC B.A.S.E. Jump)last_img read more

Cult US indie artist Daniel Johnston has died aged 58

first_imgCult US indie artist Daniel Johnston has died aged 58 His brother said his death was unexpected and he was in good spirits just one day ago. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article US INDIE SINGER Daniel Johnston has died of natural causes at the age of 58.Johnston, praised as an enigmatic singer-songwriter, had been in and out of hospital in recent months with issues relating to his kidneys, according to his brother and manager Dick Johnston. His death was “unexpected” his brother said, adding “just yesterday his spirits were great and his ankles were swollen and he was looking and feeling really good”. He spent time in psychiatric care on a number of occasions for manic depression and made a name for himself bringing a new sound to lo-fi with decades’ worth of homemade recordings recounting stories of personal pain and unrequited love set to Beatles-inspired pop. In recent years he had largely been under his family’s care in the small town of Waller in eastern Texas.Two years ago, Johnston, who composes on piano and has traditionally performed on guitar, embarked on a tour that would turn out to be his last.He put aside instruments to sing with bands like Fugazi, that took inspiration from him and performed set lists from Johnston’s vast repertoire. 22,855 Views Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 7:46 AM By AFP 7 Comments Short URLcenter_img Source: vinceleers/YouTubeSome of his songs have been covered by internationally renowned acts like Pearl Jam, Tom Waits and Beck.CobainHis career enjoyed a major boost when the late Kurt Cobain appeared on MTV in one of Johnston’s T-shirts, leading to a surge of interest in the outsider artist, who at the height of Nirvana’s fame, was institutionalized.Born in Sacramento, California on 22 January 1961, Johnston was raised in West Virginia. He became a mainstay of the underground rock circles in Texas’ capital Austin in the early 1980s, offering up homemade cassettes to his friends and customers at his McDonald’s day job.The Austin City Limits music festival paid tribute to Johnston, saying the city known for its eclectic music had “lost a giant today”.He began drawing attention from members of the music industry with songs like Speeding Motorcycle and Don’t Play Cards with Satan.Before the announced retirement from touring, Johnston had appeared to be in improving health and in the 2000s traveled to play in Europe and Japan.A prolific sketcher, he has also found growing interest in his paintings, with the latest exhibition taking place this month in Tokyo.At his final New York performance in 2017, he took the stage to a standing ovation after a screening of “The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” the award-winning 2005 documentary on his troubled but prodigiously creative life.© AFP 2019  Image: Youtube https://jrnl.ie/4805627 Thu 7:46 AM Share14 Tweet Email1 Image: Youtubelast_img read more

Lack of innovation in Greek entrepreneurship

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The annual employment report from the Labour Ministry illustrates the lack of innovation in Greek entrepreneurship, as those setting up a business tend to resort to easier activities in the service sector such as commerce and catering. It also points to the decimation of many small enterprises and the fact that the majority of employed people work for just 1.6 per cent of employers.Among the positive features of the report based on data from the ministry’s Ergani register of hirings and dismissals is the increase in employment, as within one year employers have created a total of 159,729 jobs, while at the same time 17,714 new enterprises were set up offering work to at least one employee.The figures for 2013 had shown the number of enterprises employing at least one worker numbering 196,695, but this climbed to 214,409 this year, or a 9 per cent increase within 12 months. Nine out of 10 of those firms (89.6 per cent) employ just one person.Just under half of all enterprises (45.5 per cent) are active in catering and wholesale and retail commerce: Retail companies account for 17.98 per cent of enterprises, 13.12 per cent are in catering and 10.72 per cent in wholesale trade.The total number of salary workers in Greece amounts to 1,531,179 people this year, up from 1,371,450 in 2013. This constitutes a 11.65 per cent increase in salaried employment in 12 months.However, more than one in every five employees (21.81 per cent or 333,918 people) are in part-time employment or shift work. Of the remaining 1,197,271, 39.75 per cent receive a gross salary of between 500 and 1,000 euros per month. A total of 8.95 per cent of employees receive salaries below the official minimum level. Total monthly expenditure for salaries amounts to 1.595 billion euros gross.Interestingly, the majority of employees (70.99 per cent) belong to the 19-44 age group, with 777,073 people in the 30-44 age bracket. This is the large group of workers expected to be affected by the upcoming increase in the required years of employment from 15 to 20 for the right to a reduced or full pension.There are also 28.43 per cent of employees aged between 45 and 64 in the private sector, while 5,495 people are still working beyond the age of 64 years, and declaring so to the authorities.last_img read more

La mâchoire articulée moderne est apparue il y a 400 millions dannées

first_imgLa mâchoire articulée moderne est apparue il y a 400 millions d’annéesSelon une récente étude, notre mâchoire articulée n’aurait quasiment pas évolué depuis près de 400 millions d’années, période à laquelle sont apparus les premiers poissons munis d’une telle bouche. Il y a 420 millions d’années, les lacs, les mers et les rivières étaient peuplés de poissons ne possédant pas de mâchoires. Aussi, les paléontologues avaient dans l’idée que l’apparition d’animaux marins équipés d’une mâchoire articulée avait entraîné la disparition des poissons qui en était dépourvus, ces derniers étant de moins bons chasseurs.À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesPourtant, le Pr Philip Anderson et ses collègues de l’Université britannique de Bristol ont démontré dans des travaux publiés dans la revue Nature que cette théorie n’était pas cohérente. Selon eux, la variété des mécanismes par lesquels les premiers animaux à mâchoires articulées se nourrissaient n’aurait eu qu’un impact très faible sur la diversité des poissons sans mâchoires. Ils ont ainsi déterminé que les deux groupes avaient coexisté pendant au moins 30 millions d’années. Autre constat allant dans ce sens, la disparition des poissons sans mâchoires n’a entraîné aucune évolution notable chez leurs cousins. Ainsi, les scientifiques pensent que les deux groupes n’étaient pas en concurrence directe, comme le rapporte Radio-canada.Aujourd’hui, près de 99% des vertébrés présentent une mâchoire articulée du même type que celui apparu chez les poissons, autrement dit dotée d’une mâchoire supérieure plus ou moins fixée et d’une mâchoire inférieure plus mobile. Selon les chercheurs, cette architecture aurait ainsi très peu évolué en 400 millions d’années.  Le 12 juillet 2011 à 19:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Canal du Midi 4000 platanes malades vont être abattus

first_imgCanal du Midi : 4.000 platanes malades vont être abattus4.000 platanes longeant le canal du Midi vont être abattus d’ici à la fin de l’année 2012. Ces arbres sont atteints ou menacés par la maladie du chancre coloré. A l’origine, le plan prévoyait d’en abattre 2.000, mais la maladie engendrée par un champignon s’est propagée extrêmement rapidement.Près de 4.000 platanes atteints par un champignon mortel vont être abattus le long du Canal du Midi, qui relie la Garonne à la mer Méditerranée. Comme le rapporte le site Sciences et Avenir, cette décision a été prise en accord avec la Commission supérieure des sites et paysages (CSSP) et Voies navigables de France (VNF). Le plan concernait initialement 2.000 arbres, mais la maladie du chancre coloré a très vite progressé depuis son apparition en 2006.À lire aussiCe time-lapse surprenant va vous faire changer d’avis sur la moisissureLes premières replantations sont prévues dès le début de l’année 2012, et le plan de “reconstruction du patrimoine arboré” sera cette même année soumis à l’inspection de l’UNESCO afin de conserver le classement du Canal du Midi au patrimoine mondial. “Le classement n’est pas menacé par cette inspection, mais nous devons montrer que nous ne restons pas les bras croisés face au chancre coloré et que nous prenons bien les mesures nécessaires pour préserver la valeur universelle exceptionnelle du paysage du Canal” explique Jacques Noisette, un responsable de la communication de VNF sud-ouest.D’après la préfecture de la région Midi-Pyrénées, 211 foyers de la maladie ont été recensés tandis que 1.338 platanes sont contaminés. Mais pour enrayer la propagation du champignon, tous les arbres sains situés dans un rayon de cinquante mètres autour d’un foyer doivent être abattus. Aujourd’hui, 868 platanes ont déjà été coupés, et le VNF va “solliciter dans les prochaines semaines de nouvelles autorisations” pour pouvoir abattre 4.000 platanes d’ici à la fin de l’année 2012.Le 15 juillet 2011 à 17:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Carcinome basocellulaire épidermoïde spinocellulaire de quoi sagitil

first_imgCarcinome : basocellulaire, épidermoïde, spinocellulaire, de quoi s’agit-il ?Un carcinome correspond à un cancer développé à partir des cellules épithéliales. Ce cancer de la peau représente environ 85% des tumeurs.Définition : qu’est ce qu’un carcinome ?Un carcinome correspond à un cancer développé à partir des cellules épithéliales. Il s’agit des cellules recouvrant l’épithélium, un tissu organique qui revêt la surface interne (muqueuse) de certains organes ou l’épiderme de la peau. Elles sont étroitement soudées entre elles. Les carcinomes représentent environ 85% des tumeurs. Plus fréquents et moins graves que les mélanomes, ils sont les cancers de la peau les plus souvent diagnostiqués. Types de carcinomeOn distingue deux grandes familles de carcinomes. – Carcinome basocellulaire :C’est de loin le cancer de la peau le plus fréquent (90% des cas). Il se développe à partir des cellules présentes dans la couche basale de l’épiderme, c’est-à-dire la couche la plus profonde. Il est généralement diagnostiqué à partir de 50 ans. La majorité du temps, le carcinome basocellulaire se forme sur une peau saine sans lésions et prend l’aspect d’un nodule. Dans deux cas sur trois, il est localisé au niveau du visage, de la tête ou du cou mais il peut apparaître un peu partout sur le corps (jambes, pieds, tronc, organes génitaux…). – Carcinome épidermoïde ou spinocellulaire :Le carcinome épidermoïde se développe au sein de la couche épineuse de l’épiderme. Il s’agit de la couche superficielle ou intermédiaire. Le diagnostic est plus tardif et se fait plutôt vers l’âge de 65 ans.  Contrairement au carcinome basocellulaire, le carcinome spinocellulaire se développe principalement à partir de lésions déjà présentes sur la peau comme une cicatrice, une plaque ou une lésion de la peau due aux rayons du soleil.Le carcinome épidermoïde est plus dangereux que le basocellulaire et peut connaître de graves complications en l’absence de traitement. Causes du carcinomeLa principale cause de l’apparition d’un carcinome est une exposition solaire excessive et prolongée. En effet, les rayons ultraviolets du soleil peuvent provoquer des anomalies au niveau des kératinocytes, les cellules constituant l’épiderme. Une forte utilisation des cabines à UV est donc très dangereuse. Les risques dépendent cependant du phototype de chaque individu. Plus la peau et les cheveux sont clairs, plus ils sont importants. À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?D’autres facteurs comme certaines maladies génétiques (albinisme, maladie des enfants de la lune) ou une immunosuppression (baisse des défenses immunitaires) peuvent également expliquer un carcinome.  Traitement d’un carcinomeLe traitement d’un carcinome passe obligatoirement par une intervention chirurgicale. L’opération, réalisée sous anesthésie locale ou générale, consiste en l’ablation de la tumeur et d’un petit périmètre de tissu sain autour. C’est ce qu’on appelle la marge d’exérèse. Cela permet de limiter les risques de récidive. Le carcinome étant le plus souvent non invasif, celle-ci est très rare. Une période de surveillance est quand même mise en place les années suivant l’intervention.Si la chirurgie n’est pas possible ou que le carcinome s’est étendu, la radiothérapie peut être utilisée. Elle consiste à détruire les cellules cancéreuses par irradiation locale avec des rayons X. Le 26 janvier 2016 à 15:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

City Of Kenai Approves Update To Animal Control

first_imgThe third change adds a new offense which requires responsible control and confinement of animals. Currently, it is an offense not to have an animal in the City under restraint. The change in the definition of “vicious animal” is for clarification purposes, ensuring that an animal is defined as vicious if it has done an unreasonable harmful act in a hostile manner, or has twice been found as dangerous by a court, according to City Attorney Scott Bloom. Bloom: “If you’ve been cited three times and you aren’t doing anything to change the behavior, then we need to take an additional step. Often the judges will talk to the people, and people tend to listen to the judge more than the animal control officers.”  The ordinance was approved by the Kenai City Council at their meeting on Wednesday. The new changes will go into effect in March of 2019. According to Bloom, the intent of this is to impart on animal owners a more serious message totry and gain compliance with the assistance of a judge.center_img Bloom: “Essentially if an owner lets their dog run loose in the City the owner can be cited, generally after several warnings, for failure to restrain their animal. This carries a citation amount of $50.” The second change, is in the citation procedures, and adds a new provision that animal owners that have been cited for an animal control violation three times in a 12 month period must have an arraignment, and go before a judge as opposed to just paying a fine. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai approved an ordinance to make three changes to the City’s Animal Control code, including amending the definition of “vicious animal”.last_img read more

A travelling film fiesta

first_imgGerman, French , Italian or anything from the world of european cinema is at your beck and call in the capital.‘It is easier to cross borders through art and music than economics or politics’, coming from a Europeon Union represenative, the statement symbolised the spirit of the 18th European Union Film Festival. Celebrating Women, the 11 city travelling film festival that was launched in Coimbatore on 8 March, is on its way to the capital on 8 May, trailing a voyage through Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Goa and Mumbai. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the curtain raiser for the festival, Pavel Svitil, Minister Counsellor – Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to India Jean-Philippe Bottin, Director, Alliance Française de Delhi, Angela Trezza, Director,  Italian Cultural Centre, Tibor Kovacs, Director of Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, Jesús Clavero Rodríguez, Instituto Cervantes, came together to represent different EU member states. In an interaction, they dwelt upon the diveristy of Europe that will be portrayed through an assortment of 24 films produced in Europe over the last two years. In a deliberate effort, films of a certain nationality will be swapped and screened in a different cultural centre to embolden their message of cultural exchange and relationship. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThough the theme for the festival was decided long in advance, it happens to resonate with the current scenario in the capital. The screenings will share voices of women from across the European continent and offer an insight into their lives, their struggles and their persistance for being seen and heard.  The representatives assured that the films will have a cinematographic language that will hook the audience to the screen, however alien the languages be for  Indian audience. And ofcourse, you will get English subtitles to not lose the sense of meaning in between. Mark your dates for this one!DETAILWhen: 8- 19 May Where: Alliance Francaise, Instituto Cervantes, British Council, Hungarian Cultural Centre, Italian Cultural Centrelast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh went to the World Series last night and brought his

first_img Advertisement It’s been established that Jim Harbaugh marches to the beat of his own marching band. The University of Michigan Head Coach has always walked the fine line between brilliant and insane, and last night he provided further insight into the mind of a mad genius.Every kid loves bringing their glove to a baseball game, it’s an American tradition. It could be that special night where a foul or home run ball comes your way, so you might as well be ready to make a play and grab a souvenir. Keep your head on a swivel, Junior.One non-child that loves bringing the leather to the old ball game is Jim Harbaugh. He was spotted during Game 5 of the World Series last night, sitting next to his wife and Dad, with his trusty ball glove in tow.Harbaugh is a strange bird, but who’s going to tell him he can’t bring a glove to a game at 52 years old? No one. He may Temple of Doom your beating heart directly out of your chest. When asked why he brought the glove to the game, Harbaugh matter-of-factly responded, “Gotta bring the leather to the game. Have to.”Intense. Competitor. Excuse him for wanting to create lasting memories through preparation and excellence.Jim Harbaugh: “Gotta bring the leather.” Good stuff from @Cut4 at the World Series. pic.twitter.com/QYHMgWxjcm— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 31, 2016last_img read more