Nomi Osakas French Open dream shattered by Siniakova

first_imgParis: World number one Naomi Osaka’s hopes of winning a third successive Grand Slam ended Saturday when she was knocked out of the French Open in the third round by unheralded Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic. Japanese top seed Osaka, the reigning US and Australian Open champion, crashed to a 6-4, 6-2 defeat to the 42nd-ranked Czech. Osaka’s defeat left just four of the women’s top 10 seeds left in the tournament including three-time winner Serena Williams and defending champion Simona Halep. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunOsaka was undone by a shocking 38 unforced errors as she finally ran out of luck in Paris having had to come back from a set down in her first two matches. “It’s amazing, I can’t believe it, I am so happy now,” said Siniakova, who was the women’s doubles champion in Paris in 2018 alongside Barbora Krejcikova. “I played my best tennis and I hope it continues.” Osaka dropped the first set for the third successive match at the tournament, squandering seven break points in all. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upSiniakova made her pay, breaking for 5-4 and taking the opener when Osaka sent back her 16th unforced error of the set. The Czech, who is the world’s number one doubles player, kept up the pressure on the misfiring top seed, breaking for a 3-2 lead in the second set. Siniakova backed it up with another break for 5-2 off Osaka’s third double fault of the match. Victory was hers on Court Suzanne Lenglen when Osaka unleashed another misguided forehand. The Czech goes on to face Madison Keys of the United States for a place in the quarter-finals in what will be her first appearance in the last 16 of the majors. Despite being seeded top for the first time at a Slam, the 21-year-old Osaka had never looked convincing in Paris. She was two points away from defeat in the first round against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and came back from a set and break down to see off Victoria Azarenka in round two. There were no such problems for men’s world number one Novak Djokovic who eased into the last 16, stepping up his bid to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously for the second time. The Serbian saw off unseeded Italian Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 to set up a fourth-round tie with either Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff or Croatian 13th seed Borna Coric. “Finally, I think I found my best form in the second set,” said Djokovic, who is yet to drop a set in the tournament. It is the 10th successive year the top seed has reached the second week — and 13th in total — as he looks for a second French Open title after sealing his first ‘Djoko’ Slam in Paris in 2016. German fifth seed Alexander Zverev needed another five-setter to reach the fourth round, defeating Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2.last_img read more

Concerns grow as Kenya starts repatriating Somali refugees

first_imgNAIRO – While supporting the voluntary repatriation, some leaders from the Somali community in Kenya have expressed concerns that the process would disrupt many lives.“Many of us agree the situation in Somalia has improved,” Mohamed Bashir, a politician and businessman, told Anadolu Agency.“But these refugees have lived in Kenya for a long time,” he noted. “They have married and have children, some of them in schools. The process needs care,” Bashir asserted.The Kenya government has launched the process of repatriating hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees from the Dadaab Camp in Kenya’s North Eastern Province.“There is no turning back,” Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku said Saturday after touring the camp.“We have hosted our brothers from Somalia for more than two decades and the return to rebuild their country is both in Kenya’s and Somalia’s interest,” he added.“We have reached a point of no return but it will not be forced repatriation as the process is based on consultation and agreement.”Two weeks ago, the Kenyan and Somali governments signed an agreement on the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees.The move followed increasing fears that the refugee camps have become recruitment grounds for the Somali militant group Al-Shabaa.The group has claimed the September 21 attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall, which left 67 people killed and more than 200 injured.Asha Abdi, 19, was born and brought up in Kenya after her parents fled to Kenya following the overthrow of then Somalia President Mohammed Siad Barre.She says she has never been to Somalia and will not know what to do if sent there.“I have been studying in Nairobi and most of my friends are here,” Abdi told AA in an interview.“My parents back in Garissa are worried and I am worried too as this process will disrupt my education.”last_img read more

Iraqi vaccinators fight against enormous odds with UN help in antipolio campaign

1 October 2007United Nations agencies are helping over 20,000 Iraqi mobile polio vaccinators in “a titanic effort” to reach as many as 5 million children under the age of five despite the violence raging in the strife-torn country and the added difficulty of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. United Nations agencies are helping over 20,000 Iraqi mobile polio vaccinators in “a titanic effort” to reach as many as 5 million children under the age of five despite the violence raging in the strife-torn country and the added difficulty of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. “Delivering polio vaccine in Iraq’s violent heartland has never been harder,” the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in its latest update on the campaign. “Vaccinators working in central Iraq, where violence and suspicion are at their most intense, risk their lives to knock on doors and ask to immunize children. “Others have to make the long and difficult trek out to temporary camps where displaced families eke out a precarious existence,” it added. “But vaccinators know that they carry the hopes and fears of Iraq’s polio eradication programme on their shoulders.” UNICEF has provided transport for many vaccination teams in an effort to improve their security, as well as carriers to protect the vaccine vials. It has also supported a massive communication and community mobilization effort to lobby support from local leaders and families. With more than 1 million Iraqis forced to flee their homes since early 2006, close-knit communities are now filled with strangers, their names and faces unknown to the local health teams. But no matter where these children live – whether in cities or remote rural areas, in conflict zones or temporary camps – vaccinators bring the polio vaccine right to their doorsteps, with help from UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The campaign has a simple objective: to administer two drops of oral vaccine to every eligible child. “Iraq’s vaccinators are truly some of the world’s greatest champions for children, and among the least recognized,” UNICEF Iraq’s Chief of Health Alexander Malyavin said. “Their courage alone has kept Iraq polio-free since 2000, despite the chaos brought by conflict and insecurity. To watch them work during a polio campaign is to understand what it means to challenge enormous odds – and beat them.” Succeeding against the odds has become a tradition for Iraq’s polio campaigns, which have continued for the past seven years, through sanctions and war, to maintain the country’s precious polio-free status. The last round in December 2006 reached over 90 per cent of its intended target, immunizing almost 4.4 million children. But concerns are high that as insecurity traps children in “hot zones” or forces them to flee, the most vulnerable will become harder and harder to reach. During this round, vaccinators are will make special efforts to include recently displaced children, many of whom have not been counted on the tally sheets vaccinators usually rely on to keep track of their progress. “These children are probably the most vulnerable in Iraq today, and we’re determined to ensure they don’t miss out,” Dr. Malyavin said. “The goal of the polio campaigns is every child, not just those that are easy to reach.” Iraqi families appreciate that determination. One father put his feelings into words as his son received the two drops needed to remain polio-free for life. “God bless the vaccinators,” he said. “They are doing their very best for the protection of our children.” In Baghdad’s Karrada district, experienced vaccinators are now struggling with impossible burdens. “Huge numbers of displaced families have moved into this area because of violence in their neighbourhoods,” said Alyaa Ahmed Aziz, manager of the local primary health care centre. “You can imagine the load on the vaccinators who were already required to cover a large number of children living here Karrada even before the conflict.” read more

UN envoy hopes next visit to Myanmar will spur dialogue

Ibrahim Gambari’s role has been that of a “go-between,” he said during an interview with the UN News Centre and UN Radio.“The authorities would not talk to Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the opposition. She wouldn’t talk to them,” he noted. “But both talk to me.”In his most recent visit earlier this month, Mr. Gambari said he impressed upon both sides that they must inaugurate a dialogue because “the earlier you start talking directly, the better.”However, he expressed concern over reports that Senior General Than Shwe has “put some conditions on the commencement of that dialogue,” even though the Secretary-General has clarified that discussions must begin as soon as possible and must not hinge on any stipulations.Regarding concerns that trade and business matters could overshadow unity among Myanmar’s neighbours in addressing the situation in the country, Mr. Gambari said that he has taken a proactive approach.“I have actually taken the bull by the horns and went to the capitals of these countries,” he said of his stops to countries such as Japan, China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).“I feel it is very important to gain their support, get their perspectives and also obtain their advice… because they are neighbouring countries,” he noted, adding that he will also visit these States prior to his next trip to Myanmar.The Special Envoy, who has visited Myanmar three times since being appointed to his current position, welcomed the Government’s decision to allow more access to UN officials.Mr. Gambari’s predecessor, Razali Ismail, was not allowed in the country for over two years, but earlier this year UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Margareta Wahlström and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy were each able to visit Myanmar.“The next step will be for them to admit Professor [and UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar Paulo Sérgio] Pinheiro, and if possible, even the High Commissioner for Human Rights [Louise Arbour] herself,” he said. 8 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy to Myanmar voiced hope today that his visit next month to the South-East Asian nation, where authorities have used force against peaceful demonstrators in recent weeks, will spur dialogue between the Government and the opposition, led by Aung San Suu Kyi. read more

President off to Uganda

Last November Museveni visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of his counterpart. During the visit Sri Lanka agreed to refurbish Masulita Vocational Training Center in Kakiri. Rajapaksa will visit Lugazi Sugar Corporation to promote cooperation in sugar production. Sri Lanka is a leading sugar producer.Sri Lanka has per capita income US$2,877 compared to that of Uganda of US$500. The main economic sectors of the country are tourism, tea export, clothing, rice production and other agricultural products. In addition to these economic sectors, overseas employment contributes highly in foreign exchange. “He will be a key note speaker at the conference. The next commonwealth will be hosted by Sri Lanka in two years and so he will the next chair for it,” Kanathan said. He said there were a number of Sri Lanka investors in Uganda and more have showed interests in coming. President Mahinda Rajapaksa will travel to Uganda tomorrow to participate in the Commonwealth Local Government conference, New Vision website reported.Vellupillai Kanathan consul general for Sri Lanka in Uganda said the head of state would spend four days in Uganda. Sri Lanka is an island country in the northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. Known until 1972 as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.Sri Lanka has been called ‘’The tear drop of India’’ because of its shape and location and is known as “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean” because of its natural beauty. It is also known as “The nation of smiling people”. The island contains tropical forests, and diverse landscapes with high biodiversity. read more

Narrow window of opportunity opens to avert potential Africa locust plague UN

“Every effort must be made now to prepare for a potential re-infestation in West Africa next summer,” FAO Plant Production and Protection Division Director Mahmoud Solh said on the occasion of an extraordinary session of the agency’s 40-nation Desert Locust Control Committee. Representatives of locust affected countries and donors are meeting in Rome this week to review the lessons learnt from this year’s locust campaign and to discuss future control activities. FAO has warned that the current infestation is potentially worse than the last plague of 1987-89, which cost the international community $300 million. Donors have pledged $70 million for locust control activities primarily in the Sahel on the southern doorstep of the Sahara. Affected North African Maghreb countries are also in need of international support for their control campaigns, FAO said. Swarms that escaped spraying in the Sahel have moved rapidly to the Maghreb countries, it added and intensive control operations are under way in Morocco, Algeria and western Libya. A substantial number of immature swarms could become trapped in the coming weeks in the Atlas Mountains and valleys in Morocco and Algeria. Swarms will mature and lay eggs in March when temperatures warm up. This gives control teams at least three months to treat as many swarms as possible before they are ready to lay eggs.The success of the control campaign will heavily depend on weather conditions, Mr. Solh said. A lack of rain, for example, in combination with intensive control operations, could break the cycle of locust development. FAO is helping affected countries to develop detailed contingency plans for a 2005 summer campaign, taking steps to recruit technical specialists in the areas of data management, control, survey, logistics, environmental and human health monitoring for many Sahelian countries. The agency hopes that large scale field trials of environmentally friendly bio-pesticides will be completed before next summer and that some of these products can be used in future control campaigns. read more

Thorson helps No 20 Northwestern beats Illinois 2416

EVANSTON, Ill. — Clayton Thorson accounted for three touchdowns, Isaiah Browser rushed for 166 yards on 18 carries and No. 20 Northwestern beat Illinois 24-16 on Saturday for its seventh straight Big Ten win.Thorson completed 12 of 18 passes for 110 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a score, and Bowser posted his fourth 100-yard game of the season.The Wildcats (8-4, 8-1, No. 19 in CFP) will face No. 10 Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game next weekend in Indianapolis.Illinois (4-8, 2-7) lost for the sixth time in seven games. AJ Bush Jr. completed 23 of 39 passes for 281 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Ricky Smalling finished with seven receptions for 72 yards and a TD.John Jackson, The Associated Press read more

Michigan Cop Sues Police Department Says He Was Pressured

A Mundy Township police officer filed a civil lawsuit against Mundy Township and its police department alleging they pressured him to portray former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves (left) as guilty of an alleged sexual assault. Photo by Rachel Woolf/Associated Press.A Mundy Township police officer has filed a lawsuit against the township and police department, claiming that they pressured him to paint a former Michigan State basketball star as guilty of an alleged sexual assault.Officer Brian Ogle filed the suit in a Genesee County Court on May 4 accusing the department of punishing him for reporting state law violations by the township and police department to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, The Detroit News reports. Wayne County is handling the investigation into former basketball player Mateen Cleaves.In his complaint, Ogle asserts that his rights under Michigan’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act were infringed upon and says he “found himself at odds with defendants because he would not acquiesce to defendants’ pressure to portray Mr. Cleaves as guilty of sexual assault.”Per The Detroit News, the Mundy Township officer began his investigation into Cleaves in September 2015 and informed the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Nov. 17 of “suspected violations” by the township and department. In a suspected retaliation, the township informed Ogle that he was in violation of their regulations on Feb. 4, the news site reports. According to the lawsuit, Ogle was then suspended for two days without pay.He is now seeking over $25,000 for lost and potential earnings, as well as emotional damages, the Detroit Free Press reports.According to Dean Yotis, Ogle’s attorney, his client was the first on the scene of the alleged sexual assault that took place Sept. 15 and had an opportunity to interview the victim.“He concluded there had not been a crime committed. And the work environment after that was full of tension, and it got to the point that he got suspended for two days,” Yeotis said.Cleaves, who played six seasons in the NBA, is accused of holding a 24-year-old woman against her will in a Mundy Township Hotel and sexually assaulting her, according to the Detroit Free Press. The former basketball star now faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, second-degree criminal sexual assault, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration, and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. If charged, Cleaves could spend 10 to 15 years behind bars, the publication also reports.The former Detroit Pistons player took to Twitter on March 16 to deny the allegations, writing, “My family and I are devastated by these false charges. I am innocent and the allegations are without merit.”Frank J. Manley, Cleaves’ lawyer, deemed the charges “outrageous, false and catastrophic to his career.” Per The Detroit News, Manley also told reporters Tuesday that he hopes the accusations made in Ogle’s lawsuit will be promptly investigated by the prosecutor’s office.“It’s troubling to me that somehow it appears the lawsuit, if true, that pressure was brought upon Ogle to conform his testimony to a certain narrative,” Manley said.Cleaves is scheduled to be back in court on May 17, The Detroit News reports. read more

Pirates set free Greekflagged tanker

first_imgSomali pirates on Monday set free the Greek-flagged tanker ship “Maran Centaurus” they had seized in November. According to the Greek Coast Guard the 28-member crew, nine Greeks and 19 of foreign nationality, are safe and well in health.The Piraeus-registered vessel had been seized by pirates on November 29, 2009 while sailing 700 miles east of the Somali coast loaded with mazut enroute from Kuwait to the Gulf of Mexico.The ship’s owner company has paid an unspecified ransom to the pirates and it was now sailing to Durban, South Africa, for refueling continuing its route to Mexico.International shipping companies and organisations have expressed their worry over the phenomenon of piracy, which have called on the international community to take increased measures off the Somali coasts, while also charging that the modern-day pirates have set up profitable ‘industry’ with the ship piracies.According to International Maritime Bureau figures, piracy attacks increased by 38.5 percent in 2009, during which 406 vessels were attacked, 50 percent of them were by Somalis. Although official figures of the total ransoms paid are not known, African countries’ officials’ estimate the overall total at 150-200 million US dollars in 2008 alone. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tiny baby born at 12 ounces finally goes home after nearly 5

first_imgANNAPOLIS, Md. (WSVN) — The smallest baby ever born at a Maryland hospital is finally home after spending the first five months of her life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.Ariana Cruz-Gutierrez was born premature at just 24 weeks into her mother’s pregnancy in early March. She weighed just 12 ounces, about the weight of three sticks of butter, Fox 5 reports.In the days following her birth, Ariana’s weight dropped to as low as 8 ounces, but after numerous transfusions and intubations, she has not only survived but thrived, growing to 4 pounds, 15 ounces.“We felt like we wanted to die,” Oscar Gutierrez, Ariana’s father, told the Capital Gazette. “But, now that we’ve thought of it, it was the best decision we made. Truthfully, when they told us the baby could die, our life changed completely.”Ariana was taken care of around the clock by the hospital’s NICU team, with her parents always by her side. The family was finally able to take their baby daughter home late last week.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Legendary Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dies At 54

first_imgAs a founding member of the legendary band Pantera, Paul influenced a generation of rock and metal drummersNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 25, 2018 – 10:54 am Legendary metal drummer Vinnie Paul died on June 22. Paul was a founding member of the GRAMMY-nominated band Pantera as well as Damageplan and Hellyeah.The tragic news arrived via a post on the Pantera Facebook page, announcing, “Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.” No cause of death was revealed.Known for his signature blend of technique and groove, Paul formed Pantera in 1981 with his brother Darrell “Dimebag” Abbot. The band became a powerhouse of the ’90s metal scene with landmark albums such as 1990’s breakout Cowboys From Hell, 1992’s seminal Vulgar Display Of Power and 1994’s punishing Far Beyond Driven, which earned the group their first GRAMMY nomination for Best Metal Performance for “I’m Broken” at the 37th GRAMMY Awards.After Pantera disbanded, Paul went on to form Damageplan with his brother. Tragically, “Dimebag” Darrel was murdered on stage in 2004 during a Damageplan show in Columbus, Ohio. Following the difficult loss of his brother, Paul went on to form the group Hellyeah, who he toured and released music with up until the time of his death.The music community reacted with shock and grief to the news of Paul’s death. Kiss’ Paul Stanley said in a tweet, “So sad to hear of the death of Vinnie Paul. Loved when Pantera did shows with us and in later years Vinnie was always front and center at all Kiss shows. RIP and condolences to his family,” while Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker tweeted, ” Rest In Peace Vinnie Paul. Heaven has Dimebag and Vinnie now.”Paul’s contribution to the legacy of heavy music and his influence as a drummer of will not be forgotten.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook Legendary Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dies At 54 Twitter News Email Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dies At 54 legendary-pantera-drummer-vinnie-paul-dies-54last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday May 11 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowLegislature is forced to compromise on the state’s budgetAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe lawmakers crafting a compromise budget for the state have proposed a $5.4 billion dollar spending plan.Bill to overhaul Alaska’s alcohol laws is dead, for nowAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAn amendment to Senate Bill 76 that would cut the amount that breweries and distilleries can sell as samples to customers opened up disagreements over the bill.Emergency Alert System sends test warningTripp Crouse, KTOO – JuneauAn emergency tsunami warning alert that went out over the air was just a test.Firefighters battle residential blaze in Delta JunctionTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksFirefighters from around the Interior are battling a 30-acre wildfire by a residential area in Delta Junction this afternoon.‘How much, how fast?’ Alaska researchers ask of melting Antarctic glacierRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks“The report that triggered this proposal call originally had a title that I think was quite catching. It asked ‘how much, how fast?’ ” researcher Martin Truffer said. “And that’s really the question here.”75 Years after the Battle of Attu, veterans reflect on the cost of reclaiming US soilZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaSeventy-five years ago, Japan and the United States were locked in one of the bloodiest battles fought on American soil: the Battle of Attu.AK: Cross-border effort tracks Taku wild salmonJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauWild salmon are meticulously trapped and tagged by U.S. and Canadian researchers on both sides of the border as part of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. The data helps gauge marine survival rates of salmon after they leave fresh water.49 Voices: Lani Hotch of KlukwanDaysha Eaton, KHNS – HainesThis week we’re hearing from Lani Hotch in Klukwan. Hotch is a traditional Chilkat weaver who was born in Klukwan, and traveled the country before returning home.last_img read more

Nasdaq 100 index may set record high driven by Apple earnings

first_imgThe Nasdaq 100 index, dominated by U.S. technology stocks, may set a record high next week, helped by good earnings from Apple Inc expected on Tuesday.Technology shares led the U.S. stock market’s recovery this week from its worst correction in four years in August, thanks to gains in Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft, after the three companies reported better-than-expected earnings results.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.9 percent to 17,646.70, the S&P 500 index recovered another 1.1 percent to 2,075.15, and the Nasdaq Composite closed the week up 2.27 percent at 5,031.86.Shares across Asia, Europe and the Americas all climbed, boosted by Thursday’s message from European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi that he was ready to increase the ECB’s bond buying program, and by an interest rate cut by China’s central bank.Factors this coming week that may provide further support for U.S. stocks include a Federal Reserve policy meeting, which is not expected to raise interest rates yet, a report on U.S. third-quarter economic growth, and earnings from Apple.The Nasdaq 100 index, including Apple, is just 1.5 percent below its year high and 4.0 percent from its record high back in March 2000.Intel and Microsoft have seen their stocks recover more than 30 percent each since Aug. 25, while Amazon and Facebook rose 28 percent and 23 percent, respectively.But the ‘underperformer’ among these companies has been Apple, up only 14.8 percent from its Aug. 25 close, less than the Nasdaq 100’s 15.1 percent gain in that time.In contrast to Microsoft, Facebook, Alphabet and Amazon, Apple shares did not post record or multi-year highs this week, even though it rose 7.2 percent, the largest weekly gain in a year.On Tuesday, though, Apple is expected to report $51.1 billion in revenue, a 21.3 percent increase compared to the same quarter of last year. Earnings are seen at $1.879 per share.”The bar has been raised a bit on its earnings report from where it was a week ago. The price action is telling you there’s more optimism built into it,” said Michael James, managing director of equities trading at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles.Options market action shows traders expect Apple shares to move roughly 5.0 percent by the end of next week. The average move for the stock the day after its report in the last eight quarters was 4.4 percent, up or down.”Will an above-estimates from Apple and raised guidance help? Sure it will. But we could still get there without that happening,” said James of the possibility of the Nasdaq 100 hitting a record.”The power of the moves in some of these large cap tech stocks has been breathtaking,” he said.Chip makers were also among the top five percentage gainers in the Nasdaq 100 since the index closed at its 2015 low on Aug. 25, with SanDisk topping the list with a 70 percent jump on the back of a takeover bid from Western Digital.The overwhelming leadership from established technology companies is a positive for this market move higher, according to Kim Forrest, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh.”The last time the Nasdaq 100 was the market leader a lot of it was speculative investments, but these (tech) companies actually return money to shareholders,” she said.”Tech deserves the leadership; the stock market is rewarding growth.”While technology stocks have led the market recovery, biotech stocks have been a drag on performance.The Nasdaq Biotech Index is down 3.5 percent from its Aug. 25 close, and more than 20 percent below its year high. The three index components with the largest declines in market capitalization in the last eight weeks are Mylan, Illumina and Biogen.”There has been a major rotation out of healthcare and into tech and it has continued after the recent earnings reports,” said Wedbush’s James, referring to strong results from Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet.Biotech stocks were shaken in September when U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton first tweeted concerns about drug prices and the selling spread to other areas of the healthcare sector. Investors have been dumping shares of everything from hospitals to traditional pharmaceutical companies and insurers in recent weeks.Since peaking in July, the Nasdaq Biotech Index has fallen 23 percent, the broad S&P Health Care Index has lost 12 percent and the S&P 500 Health Care Facilities index is down 31 percent.Fund managers now say they expect regulatory threats on drug prices, disappointing earnings, higher interest rates that could hurt heavily indebted hospitals, and the loss of the initial Obamacare boost to business to all weigh on health sector stocks this year.last_img read more

Police release 4 youths held as Rifat murder suspects

first_imgA miscreant chops Rifat Sharif in College Road area of Barguna on 26 June 2019. Photo: Screen grab of a video.The police on Friday released the four young men who were detained on suspect of involvement in the murder of Rifat Sharif in Barguna town on Wednesday.Police freed them as the law enforcement did not find any evidence of their involvement in the incident.The police of Barishal Kotwali Model police station detained the four during a search for the killers at the Barishal launch terminal around 8:30pm on Thursday while they were preparing to leave the town for Dhaka by MV Manami.Earlier, Barishal police station officer-in-charge (OC) Md Nurul Islam confirmed the detention of the four suspects to Prothom Alo on Thursday night.The law enforcement did not disclose identities of the detained.OC Nurul Islam also said the detained youths are residents of different areas of Barguna district.Barguna police earlier arrested three youths in connection with the murder in broad daylight.The arrested are—Chandan, Hasan and Nazmul. Barguna police station officer-in-charge Abir Mohammad Hossain said the arrested were named in the first information report (FIR) of the case filed in connection with the incident.Rifat Sharif, 22, was hacked to death by a group of young men in front of his wife in the district town of Barguna on 26 June.The entire incident was captured in a surveillance camera. It was seen in the footage that the attackers are hacking Rifat with machetes indiscriminately while his wife Ayesha Siddiqua was frantically trying to save him.However, the attackers pushed her aside and continued to chop the youth until he soaked in blood.last_img read more

Houston School Districts Property Tax Reform Could Cost Schools Millions Of Dollars

first_img Listen Share Davis LandBookshelves at Pin Oak Middle School in Houston, TX. 00:00 /00:53center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Texas lawmakers have made it a top priority this session to fix the way the state funds public schools, but school districts in the Houston area say one of those changes would cost them millions of dollars. Representatives from local districts responded to what they call a harmful change in school finance. Currently, districts receive money based on property values from the previous year, but the State Senate is considering using the current year’s property values instead.Dr. Kellie Moulton, the superintendent of Galveston ISD, said the switch is intended to make property tax reform work.“But I don’t believe it has to be an either or. I don’t want to give up on school districts in order to have a lower property tax bill,” Moulton said. “I want it to work together.” It may sound like a small accounting change, but it would have a significant impact. The proposal would save the state $1.8 billion.“I understand members of the Senate might feel that is a decision they would support, but for the local school system, that decision would not be one that would be supportive of us,” Spring Branch ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri said. “It’s a $7 million loss in funding for us.” Xlast_img read more

Mother of Girl Declared Dead Twice Slams Doctors at Funeral

first_imgBy PAUL ELIAS, Associated PressOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After battling for more than four years to keep a comatose daughter declared brain dead from being issued a California death certificate, Nailah Winkfield forcefully told mourners at her daughter’s funeral service Friday to stop letting doctors “pull the plug on your people.”The San Francisco Bay Area congregation gave Winkfield a standing ovation for fighting to keep her daughter on life support and taking on the medical establishment in the brain death debate between science and religion.Nailah Winkfield, the mother of Jahi McMath, center, cries as she leaves funeral services for McMath with husband Martin Winkfield, left, McMath’s uncle Omari Sealey, second from left, and attorney Christopher Dolan, right, at Acts Full Gospel Church in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)A California coroner issued a death certificate in January 2014 for the then-13-year-old Jahi McMath after doctors say she died of irreversible brain damage during a routine surgery to remove her tonsils in December 2013.Winkfield refused to accept the California doctors’ conclusions and took her daughter to New Jersey, a state that accommodates religions that don’t recognize brain death.The girl was kept on life support and received nursing care until New Jersey doctors declared her dead last week, saying the 17-year-old died of excessive bleeding after an abdominal operation.“My daughter should not have died in New Jersey,” Winkfield said. “She should have died in California.”New Jersey authorities issued McMath another death certificate, dated June 22.Winkfield has filed two lawsuits in California, both of which seek to invalidate the state’s death certificate.Winkfield’s attorney, Chris Dolan, said the New Jersey death certificate should strengthen Winkfield’s legal position.She is suing the doctors and Oakland’s Children’s Hospital for medical malpractice, alleging surgeons botched what should have been a routine tonsillectomy.Damages in California for so-called non-economic harm in medical malpractice cases for pain and suffering and the like are capped at $250,000 when the patient dies.The hospital and Winkfield were wrangling over that in court when New Jersey issued its death certificate. Dolan said it’s unclear how the new death certificate will affect the medical malpractice case.Dolan has also filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, which seeks to invalidate California’s death certificate.Winkfield said at the funeral service that she kept up her fight because of her deep Christian belief that her daughter was alive and could respond to her name being called and simple commands to wiggle a finger or toe.She criticized the doctors who insisted her daughter was dead and said she was fighting to eliminate “brain death” as a diagnosis.“Stop letting them pull the plug on your people,” Winkfield said of doctors. “They are not God.”New Jersey’s Medicaid program, donations and family members paid for the girl’s care.Winkfield said she sold her California home and drained her savings to keep her daughter on life support.During the service, Winkfield was lauded for her determination and strength to disagree with California doctors.“This is a celebration of a miracle,” Bishop Bob Jackson said at Oakland’s Acts Full Gospel Church. “And it started with her mother not accepting the doctors’ conclusions.”Jahi’s body was taken to nearby Hayward for burial.last_img read more

WinRAR 560 released with new look and features

first_imgWinRAR 5.60 released with new look and features by Martin Brinkmann on June 28, 2018 in Software – Last Update: June 28, 2018 – 21 commentsWinRAR 5.60 is a new version of the popular cross-platform compression tool that has been released to the public earlier today. WinRAR 5.60 is the first big release since WinRAR version 5.50 was released back in 2017. It is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit version for Windows and other supported operating systems.The new version of WinRAR comes with a new look and feature improvements. Interface modifications of popular programs are highly controversial usually; think of Mozilla’s launch of Firefox Australis or Microsoft’s introduction of the Ribbon interface in Office.WinRAR 5.60 new lookWinRAR users don’t have to worry about the new look of the compression tool on the other hand; the refresh gives the toolbar just a new theme without changing anything functionality-wise.The new WinRAR 5.60 features new icons and new colors for the most part; the functionality is still there and existing WinRAR users will feel right at home. Those who do not like the new looks can download the classic theme with a click on this link to install it and make it the default theme of WinRAR again.All that is required for that is to download the theme to the local system and select it under Options > Themes > Organize Themes > Add to install it. What’s left then is to switch to the new theme under Options > Themes > WinRAR Classic to restore the classic look.WinRAR’s info view window has bit of a new look as well. The window comes with a refreshed compression ratio graph and “Names and Data” is displayed now under Encryption if the archive uses encrypted file names.What about new or improved features?The developers have improved the RAR5 format repair efficiency. The new algorithm is capable of detecting “deletions and insertions of unlimited site” as well as “shuffled data”. The latter is interesting as it introduces repair functionality that uses several archives with recovery records to merge them “into a single file in arbitrary order”.You can run repair operations for any RAR archive right from the main interface with a click on the repair button in WinRAR’s toolbar.WinRAR 5.60 supports different encodings including ANSI, OEM, UTF-8 and UTF-16 and can display them correct in comment files.If you work with password protected archives regularly, you may benefit from another improvement that went into WinRAR 5.60. When you enter an incorrect password for a password protected RAR archive with encrypted file names, WinRAR displays the password prompt again instead of just aborting the extraction process as it has done previously. The feature is also available for encrypted files in ZIP archives and improves the existing feature that worked on encrypted file data.You can password protect RAR archives that you create in WinRAR and select the “encrypt file names” option to scramble file names in the archive as well.Last but not least, you may place the mouse cursor over archives in the progress window to display the full archive name.The full changelog on the WinRAR website highlights additional improvements (just a selection below):Turn PC off when done option changed to When Done. It lists turn off, hibernate, and sleep as options.Additional encoding improvements, e.g. auto detection of encoding used in ZIP archive comments.Recognizes GZIP archives with “arbitrary data preceding” as actual GZIP archives.Update and Fresh commands don’t create temporary files anymore if no files need updating.Safety prompt after creating 500 volumes from the WinRAR GUI shell so that users can abort if done in error.WinRAR uses megabytes instead of bytes in the archiving dialog.Closing WordsWinRAR 5.60 is a smaller update that improves some features of the compression tool. The new look should not be controversial as it is possible to restore the classic look by downloading the classic theme from the WinRAR website.Now You: Which compression tool do you use primarily? (I use Bandizip)Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 8 votes Software Name WinRAR 5.60Operating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Astronauts from 6 space agencies to convene in Costa Rica next week

first_imgRelated posts:Franklin Chang’s VASIMR plasma engine readies for key test Crowdfunding campaign to orbit Costa Rica’s first satellite surpasses goal Photo of Tico astronaut Franklin Chang with Barack Obama among best White House pics of 2015 Costa Rica to host UN meeting on space technology Former astronauts from various international space agencies will share their experiences at a public event at the National Stadium in San José next Wednesday, Mar. 9 from 7-9 p.m.The International Astronauts Forum is part of a workshop on human space technology, sponsored by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), which Costa Rica will host from Mar. 7-11.Tico scientist and former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz will join David Saint Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, Marcos Pontes of the Brazilian Space Agency; Kenneth Cameron from NASA, and Takao Doi from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and current UNOOSA’s director of the Space Applications Section.Each one will tell attendees about their paths to becoming astronauts and their experiences in space. They also will present videos specially prepared for the event and will take questions from the audience.Astronauts also will answer questions sent through social media using the official hashtag: #AstronauTicos.One of the highlights of the night will be the projection on giant screens of a greeting sent by NASA astronauts from the International Space Station.UN workshopChang said the main goal of next week’s U.N. workshop is to involve developing countries in major global space exploration projects.“Space exploration has to be democratized. Currently the only countries involved in space travel are the powerful and rich countries and that is not good, we need to change that,” Chang said.The workshop on human space technology is organized by local NGO Estrategia Siglo XXI, the Costa Rica-based Central American Aeronautics and Space Administration (ACAE) and Chang’s Ad Astra Rocket Company.It will gather, for the first time in Latin America, some 200 attendants, including experts in space technologies, astronauts and space agency officials from all over the world. They will discuss recent achievements and efforts in human space technology, scientific and research activities, education and international cooperation.ACAE President Carlos Alvarado Briceño said the Astronauts’ Forum will be the only event open to the public. Entrance is free, but limited to 8,000 people. Organizers will distribute some 2,000 tickets among high school and college students.Private sponsors will distribute the remaining tickets among the general public through social media and through sweepstakes, Alvarado said. Sponsors include: GBM Costa Rica, Kölbi, Credomatic, Florida Bebidas, Publitickets and RPMTV.Space Shuttle Columbia AnniversaryPrior to the workshop, on Friday, Chang will join other members of NASA’s STS-61C mission, launched on Jan. 12, 1986 aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. It was the first of Chang’s seven space missions.The group decided to use the meeting in Costa Rica to celebrate the mission’s 30th anniversary.Chang will join former Columbia crew members: Robert L. Gibson, commander; Charles Bolden, pilot and current NASA administrator; William Nelson, mission specialist; and Robert J. Cenker, payload specialist and current Florida congressman.Among the celebration activities, astronauts will visit ex president Luis Alberto Monge (1982-1986) at his home. Chang recalled that Monge became the first Latin American president to speak live with the crew of a space shuttle mission. STS-61C crewmembers at the time pledged to visit Monge in Costa Rica upon their return to Earth.“The trip, however, was postponed due to the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy. Now we can finally fulfill that promise,” Chang said on Wednesday. STS-61C mission crew (seated left to right) Charles F. Bolden, Jr., pilot; and Robert L. Gibson, commander. Back row, left to right: payload specialists Robert J. Cenker, Bill Nelson and mission specialists Steven A. Hawley, George D. Nelson, and Franklin Chang Díaz. (Via NASA) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Óscar Ramírez faces first adversity as La Seles head coach

first_img“If we want to be among the world’s best, then we need to take care of the ball,” said starting wing defender Gamboa. “They came in the area three times and got three goals, plus the penalty, and that doesn’t reflect the type of football we’re used to playing.”This tournament is useful for Costa Rica and other CONCACAF teams, like the U.S., to measure themselves against the powers of South America. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Tuesday night after the game that his team watched Monday’s battle between Argentina and Chile in total awe of what the two world powers were able to do on the pitch.“We were exhausted at halftime just watching it,” Klinsmann quipped.But Costa Rica should be better than this once-struggling U.S. team, or at least competitive in a meaningful game. The only thing anyone has learned from Costa Rica in this tournament is that it might be in over its head against top-level competition right now. And, for sure, this team is a far cry from the defensive power that toppled giants like Italy and Uruguay in the World Cup two years ago.“Since I’ve been on La Sele, we’ve had these tough games that wake us up a little bit,” Borges said. “We’ve got to see where we can improve. Right now it’s difficult, of course, because people are going to be disappointed.”Though there should certainly be concerns when looking at this team’s talent pool for the future, the core group that made it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2014 is still around. What’s clearly lacking is creativity on offense and consistency on defense, both problems that Ramírez must solve on this team’s road to Russia.The disappointing blowout has virtually disqualified Costa Rica from the Copa América already, but there are still successes to look forward to if Ramírez can correct problems that the U.S. had no trouble exposing.“I’m a football man and I know that these things happen,” Ramírez said. “I can’t go crazy over it. We can’t start thinking that because of this beatdown, nothing works now.” Facebook Comments The difference between Keylor Navas & someone who’s not Keylor Navas: the US have scored with every shot on target.— Sam Kelly (@HEGS_com) June 8, 2016 CHICAGO, Ill. – Sometimes all it takes is one loss for the heat to start turning up on a coach. Considering that Tuesday’s4-0 debacle against the U.S. in a crucial Copa América match was uglier than any loss in recent memory, doubt has started to surround Ramírez’s role as La Sele’s leader.“I understand there’s going to be a lot of questions coming my way,” he said. “I didn’t want this to happen but it happened and I have to push it out of the way.”Ten months into his tenure as the head coach of the Costa Rican men’s national team, Ramírez has enjoyed a good showing in World Cup qualifying play, where La Sele is well on its way to advancing to the final round. But it’s going to be hard to erase away the glaring stain created when an inconsistent U.S. side going through turmoil dominated Costa Rica on every level.Ramírez, however, said he didn’t see the 4-0 blowout in the same way that most fans are sure to remember it. He called it one of the strangest games he’s ever coached.“I thought in terms of football style we were superior,” Ramírez said. “We had more control. But that’s football and with the goals I thought the U.S. hurt us in a big way. They hit us in the biggest moments.” Ramírez’s team has failed to score a single goal in two games during the Copa América Centenario tournament. Alex Menendez/AFPTo suggest you were the better team when you lost by four goals is one thing. To suggest you were the better team when you lost by four goals with defenders who seemed dizzy from confusion and an offense that couldn’t string together anything resembling an attack seems borderline delusional.Against the U.S., Costa Rica looked like the better team for all of seven minutes. Then, when a questionable call on Cristian Gamboa inside the box led to a Clint Dempsey penalty kick, La Sele became overwhelmed.Stealing an early goal can often turn the fate of games, but it provides little excuse for a team to implode the way Ramírez’s group did. His beloved five-man backline was outpaced again and again by a U.S. attack that Colombia wiped away just days before.Defender Óscar Duarte was slow to react on the second and third goals from the U.S. and the backline lagged consistently near the end of the first half. Costa Rica was lucky the U.S. didn’t score five goals in the first period; forward Gyasi Zardes botched a pair of goal-scoring opportunities.“I apologize to Costa Rican fans for the score, but not for the way we play football,” Ramírez said. “I prefer this result come in this tournament rather than in World Cup qualifying.”It was a horrible game from the front of the field to the back for Costa Rica. And that happens. But what’s most worrisome for the Ticos is that some ugly patterns are starting to form. Offensive catalysts like Bryan Ruíz and Celso Borges have disappeared for long stretches of games, lacking the creativity this team needs if it’s going to score against improved competition.Another bad sign is that Ramírez’s defensive backfield gets beat far more often than it should, which is a trend that became most noticeable in the 1-1 World Cup qualifier tie with Jamaica, where the Reggae Boyz stretched the field on Costa Rica and used their athletes to speed by defenders on long volleys and opportune crosses.Without Keylor Navas, or even usual backup Esteban Alvarado, the defense has to rise to the challenge and realize they don’t have the usual security blanket behind them. Not only did they not respond, they looked lifeless in their most important match in this “group of death.”center_img Related posts:Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifier Final thoughts from Costa Rica’s short-lived Copa América: Is Ramírez in the hot seat? Costa Rica seeking revenge against the United Stateslast_img read more

Frenchman shot and killed in Cambodia

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 0 Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Sponsored Stories The website for Cambodia’s Deum Ampil newspaper quoted Mathieu’s 20-year-old girlfriend as saying they had lived together several months. She said she discovered his body in the street as she returned home from a market.A witness told the website he saw three attackers attempt to rob Mathieu. One of them shot Mathieu who refused to hand over what appeared to be a mobile phone.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) – A Frenchman living in the Cambodian capital has been shot and killed in what police suspect was a botched robbery or a crime of passion.Police say 43-year-old Franck Mathieu was shot early Tuesday while riding his motorcycle in Phnom Penh. He later died in hospital.District police chief Houth Chan Yaran says police are searching for three suspected attackers and investigating Mathieu’s Cambodian girlfriend. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more