New Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) Union minister Vijay Goel was today admitted to the AIIMS and being treated for chest infection.His condition is stable, an AIIMS official said.The 63-year-old minister of youth affairs and sports had come with symptoms of high fever and cough and has been diagnosed with chest infection, the official said.He is in a private ward under Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director and a renowned pulmonologist.”Of late, he has been travelling a lot and the chest infection could be due to overexertion or exposure to infection,” an AIIMS doctor said. PTI PLB ZMN
Indian shooters made a clean sweep of gold medals in 10m Air Rifle event to continue their dominance at the 12th Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, Taipei.India have won 12 out of 14 gold medals so far and their overall tally stands at 12 gold, four silver and two bronze medals.On the fifth day of the competition, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan bagged the 10m Air Rifle men and women’s individual golds. They combined with respective teammates to win two Team gold medals as well and ensured a clean sweep.Divyansh shot 249.7 to Kim’s 247.4 for silver and Shin’s 225.5 for bronze.He shot 628.2 to top the qualification and lead two other Indians — Ravi Kumar (626.3) and Deepak Kumar (626.2) — into the eight-man final.In the final, Divyansh, the least experienced international among the three, led from the start to shut out the challenge from the Koreans.The Indian trio clinched the team gold with a total of 1880.7 to leave behind Korea with 1862.3.In the women’s final, Elavenil also led from the front to shoot a score of 250.5 and emerge triumphant.Hosts Taipei’s Lin Ying-Shin won silver with 250.2 while Park Sunmin of Korea bagged bronze with a score of 229.1.The Indian women’s team of Elavenil, Apurvi and Meghana claimed the top spot with a combined total of 1878.6. Taipei were second with 1872.5.In the men’s event, all three Indians including Apurvi Chandela and Meghana Sajjanar had also made it to the finals but finished fourth with 207.8 and seventh with 143.3 respectively.The competition concludes on Monday with the junior events in the 10m Air Rifle.advertisementAlso Read | Asian Airgun Championships: India’s gold haul rises to 8 after Sarabjot, Esha winAlso Read | Asian Airgun Championship: Bhaker, Saurabh win 10m air pistol mixed team goldAlso Watch | Want to be at the top of my game ahead of Olympics, says Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela
Transfers Arsenal must aim higher than Aubameyang and Malcom, says Petit Patrick Gleeson Last updated 1 year ago 18:48 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty/Goal Transfers Arsenal Hertha BSC Borussia Dortmund Crystal Palace Premier League Bundesliga African All Stars The Gunners are closing in on the Borussia Dortmund forward but have been told to alter their wage structure and aim for a higher standard of player Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has warned the club that to compete for the Premier League title they must aim higher than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Goal revealed that the Borussia Dortmund striker has agreed personal terms with the north London club and they are increasingly confident of completing a transfer before the end of the window.Arsene Wenger had also pushed for a move for Bordeaux forward Malcom in attempt to soften the blow of Alexis Sanchez leaving for Manchester United, though a deal for the Brazil Under-20 star failed to materialise. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Aubameyang has scored 13 goals in 15 league starts this season for Dortmund after 31 in 31 last term, but former Gunner Petit believes that it’ll take more than the Gabon international to transform the club into Premier League title candidates.“There has been a lot of speculation about the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Malcom coming in – but Arsenal should be aiming higher,” he told the Metro.“Because they are not competitive on the pitch at the moment, they need to be more competitive with wages.“If you can’t guarantee trophies – or at least compete to win them – then you must offer players more in order to come to the club. That’s the way it works.”Arsenal are also on the verge of completing a deal to bring Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the Emirates, having missed out on the Armenian before his move to United in 2016.Wenger remains a fan of the 28-year-old and is keen to reunite him with Aubameyang at the Emirates before the end of the month, with the club’s new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, heavily involved in the moves.Mislintat, who arrived from Dortmund in November, has played an integral part in the transfers and has referenced his experience spent working with them at Westfalenstadion as reason to pursue both players in the January transfer window.Again, though, Petit isn’t sure whether Mkhitaryan is the man Wenger should be signing, comparing his lacklustre work-rate to that of Mesut Ozil’s.“Since he signed for United, he hasn’t been involved enough, and I’m not sure he has a winning mentality,” he added.“Sometimes he reminds me of Mesut Ozil – you really have to push him to show his character, and put him under pressure to display his best qualities.“There’s no doubt he has great skill, but I’m not sure he’s the kind of footballer Arsenal need. They should be focussed on other positions.”
The Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) has been improving its operations, through a Technical Co-operation Project, to better assist children with special needs.The six-month initiative, which began in September 2012, and currently funded bythe Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), seeks to provide training for child development officersin five areas of child development – self help skills, cognitive, social, emotional, and language development.Director of the ESP, Antonica Gunter-Gayle, informs JIS News that intervention of the programme has been extended to the Kingston 12 and 13 areas, so more children with special needs are being given attention.“We are now seeing an additional 52 children with special needs in these areas, and instead of monthly visits, we have officers conducting visits on a weekly basis, to stimulate children with special needs,” she says.Mrs. Gunter-Gayle notes that there are two components of the ESP, the home-based and centre-based programmes. Both programmes caterto children from birth to six years with challenges, such as cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation; and children with various forms of mental and physical disabilities, and multiple disabilities.She explains that the centre-based programme allows children with special needs to be schooled and given proper intervention in a structured environment.For the home-based programme, children are visited by child development officers at their homes and schools, who are trained in special early childhood care and development.“The officers take the intervention into the homes of these children, or into the communities. We provide additional support, because some of the children are already attending schools, which does not require us to take them out of their learning environment, so the intervention officers try to meet them where they are,” Mrs. Gunter-Gayle points out.She reveals that the home-based programme currently has a population of 1,212 children, and the centre-based has 112 children enrolled, which means that more children with special needs are being given the opportunity of reaching their fullest potential.The Director mentions that the strengthening of the programme is a step towards a brighter future for parents of children with special needs, and importantly, children with disabilities.“The children are benefitting greatly from this initiative, because there is a need for early intervention, and the additional training being offered to social development officers, allows for greater intervention. We have also extended our hours of intervention, and are offering extra physical therapy to children who are severely disabled, especially those with cerebral palsy,” she says.Parents of children with special needs are also being introduced to different coping mechanisms and strategies, to better assist disabled children, because they play a vital role in their overall development.She adds that these children are a part of the society, and should be given equal opportunities, especially ‘the right to an education’.“Gone are the days when children with disabilities are ignored, and treated as outcasts. We are now seeing disabled persons serving in capacities such as cashiers, telephone operators, computer technicians, and successful entrepreneurs. If we continue to stimulate them from birth, they will have the opportunity to excel in all their endeavours, and contribute to nation building,” Mrs. Gunter-Gayle said.She is appealing to organisations and individuals that can assist the ESP, whether in cash or kind, to call 922-5585, or visit their office at 95 Hanover Street, in downtown Kingston. More than 30,000 children have benefited from the ESP since its inception.
Acting Premier Frank Corbett today, Feb. 17, offered his condolences to the family and friends of former MLA Joe Casey, who passed away Feb. 16. “I was deeply saddened to hear that Joe Casey passed away this week,” said Mr. Corbett. “I never had the privilege of working with Joe in the Nova Scotia Legislature, but I know that he was extremely dedicated to his constituents, and all Nova Scotians. “He worked hard to represent the needs of the people of Digby and he will be greatly missed.” Mr. Casey was first elected in the riding of Digby in 1970. He represented the area until 1984, when he took a break for health reasons. He was re-elected in 1988 and served until 1997. During that time he also held the role of deputy Speaker of the House.
Caracas: At least 29 prisoners were killed and 19 police wounded in clashes at a jail in western Venezuela Friday, authorities said. The incident at the police station jail in the town of Acarigua, in Portuguesa state, occurred when police special forces (FAES) tried to stop a “massive prison break” which resulted in the deaths of 29 inmates, according to Portuguesa public security secretary Oscar Valero. The prisoners received the officers with “a hail of gunfire” while detonating three grenades, which injured 19 police, Valero told reporters. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ The Una Ventana a la Libertad NGO, which defends prisoner rights, gave a preliminary toll of 25 dead. NGO director Carlos Nieto said the clashes broke out when the FAES attempted to rescue visitors who had been taken hostage Thursday by the “pran” — the leader of the inmates — at the jail. “This morning (authorities) sent the FAES and there was a clash. The detainees had weapons, they shot at the police. Apparently they also detonated two grenades,” Nieto told AFP. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China The inmates’ leader, Wilfredo Ramos, was one of those killed, according to an internal police report. The report, quoted by the NGO, said several officers were wounded by “shrapnel and explosives.” The prisons ministry did not comment on the incident, saying police station jails are not under its control. A video shared on social media shows an inmate — believed to be Ramos — with his face partly covered while brandishing a pistol and what appears to be grenades, and threatening two women. “It’s our lives (on the line) and those of the visitors here,” he says, as a woman pleads for help, while warning the police to stay out because “I’m prepared to die.” Nieto said the inmates were demanding “food and to be transferred to prisons,” and had denounced police “abuses.” No information was given about the fate of the hostages. Violence is a problem in such detention facilities, where inmates are supposed to be held for a maximum of 48 hours, Una Ventana a la Libertad said. There are around 500 of them in the country, holding 55,000 people even though their total capacity is just 8,000, the NGO added. The Acarigua jail has capacity for 60 inmates but was holding 500, according to the police report. These provisional detention centers “are not suitable to hold inmates for more than 48 hours,” said Nieto. He said the prison system as a whole is “chaotic” and blamed the prisons ministry for “not fulfilling its functions.” Venezuela has one of the worst records for prison violence in the region. In March 2018, 68 inmates died in a fire at a police jail in the northern city of Valencia. And in August 2017, a riot at a facility in the southern Amazonas state left 37 prisoners dead. More than 400 people are believed to have been killed in Venezuelan jails since 2011, while human rights organizations also say they face a lack of food and medicines — like much of the country — while the facilities are beset by corruption. “For how long are Venezuelan prisoners in the state’s hands going to die?” said Humberto Prado, director of the Venezuelan Prisoners Observatory NGO, who branded Friday’s events a “massacre.”
WHISTLER, B.C. – Group of Seven nations moved closer to a trade war with the United States on Saturday, as six members of the exclusive club singled out their American partner over tariffs they warn have undermined open trade and shaken confidence in the global economy.The group’s highly unusual public rebuke of one of its own members called out the U.S. for hefty steel and aluminum tariffs the Trump administration imposed in recent days on its G7 friends.U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs are driving a wedge in the G7 — and laying the groundwork for a potential clash among its leaders next week in Quebec’s Charlevoix region.Allies including Canada and the European Union are threatening retaliatory tariffs in hope of forcing Trump to back down from his position.G7 finance ministers and central bankers crafted a message to Washington Saturday at the end of a three-day meeting in Whistler, B.C. The gathering, meant to explore economic issues ahead of the leaders’ summit, featured discussions on trade that one minister described as “tense and tough.”In the joint “chair’s summary,” they asked their counterpart, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to “communicate their unanimous concern and disappointment” to his boss.Ministers urged the U.S. to quickly abandon the tariffs ahead of the leaders’ summit before the move causes deeper divisions within the G7.“The international community is faced with significant economic and security issues, which are best addressed through a united front from G7 countries,” said the summary, was agreed to by the ministers.“Members continue to make progress on behalf of our citizens, but recognize that this collaboration and co-operation has been put at risk by trade actions against other members.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who chaired the Whistler meetings, said even though the group found common ground on many subjects, G7 members are now forced to do whatever they can to convince Trump to move back from the tariffs.“We are concerned that these actions are actually not conducive to helping our economy — they actually are destructive. And that’s consistently held across the six countries that expressed their point of view to Secretary Mnuchin,” Morneau told reporters in Whistler.“I would expect that those sorts of sentiments will be passed along to the leaders’ round, and they will have a similar sort of discussion.”Morneau has called the steel and aluminum tariffs “absurd,” because Canada is by no means a security risk to the U.S. He’s warned the measures will destroy jobs on both sides of the border.France’s Bruno Le Maire, the finance and economy minister, was more blunt in his assessment of the Whistler meetings, where ministers confronted Mnuchin.“It has been a tense and tough G7 — I would say it’s been far more a G6 plus one than a G7,” said Le Maire, who called the tariffs “unjustified.”“We regret that our common work together at the level of the G7 has been put at risk by the decisions taken by the American administration on trade and on tariffs.”Le Maire said it’s now up to the U.S. to take action to rebuild confidence among G7 members — and to avoid any escalation next week during the G7 leaders’ summit.That summit, which will be hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will also mark Trump’s first visit to Canada as president.On Saturday, Mnuchin told a news conference in Whistler that despite the differences in the room over trade, there were many areas the group was “completely united on.”“I think there was a comment out there that (this was) the G6 plus one. It was not… We believe in the G7, it’s an important group,” Mnuchin said.“I’m sure that the president looks forward to coming to Canada and meeting all the other leaders with many, many important issues going on throughout the world.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
DES MOINES, Iowa — Starting next year, those pork chops on a stick can be put on your card.The Iowa State Fair says it will require all food and drink vendors to accept credit and debit cards beginning in 2020.Cash has long been the dominant method of payment for the fried cheese curds, corn dogs and other foods bought by fairgoers. Thirty ATM machines are located on the fairgrounds.But the fair recently informed vendors that they will be required to use Clover cash registers starting next year that accept credit and debit payments. They can begin using them this year.In a letter to vendors, concessions director Mike Nye says research shows people spend more per transaction when using cards and prefer cashless payment options.Fair spokeswoman Mindy Williamson says the system will still allow for cash purchases. She says the change is being implemented over two years to allow vendors to spread out expenses and train employees.The Associated Press
By Intissar FaouziRabat- Morocco’s State Secretary in charge of Water Charafat Afilal has reported that Morocco’s dams are nearly 70 percent full, compared to the 56.2 percent recorded last year.Afilal indicated that there will be no disruption in the drinking water supply over the summer thanks to abundant rain filling most wells, springs, and groundwater sources. Concerning royal instructions, Afilal noted that a budget of MAD 606 million had been allocated to resolve the problem of drinking water supply in 2018.The government’s plan will create temporary solutions to urgent problems until the larger projects dam building and well drilling is complete to ensure continued water supply in remote areas which suffer from drought and are difficult to access.Afilal commented on water quality, saying water distributed through the public network is strictly controlled from its source to consumers in cities and rural areas, through the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE).On the national plan for sanitary liquid waste, Afilal noted that since its adoption, the number of sewage treatments plants has increased from 20 to 122.In 2009, Morocco developed a new water strategy aimed to support the water needs for its economic development plan until 2030. Building dams is part of the plan but will eventually flood some villages.
A musician, a tattoo artist, a skateboarder: Donna Karan features real folks in her DKNY show AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – If you’ve ever watched a fashion show and said to yourself, “Those aren’t real people out there on the runway,” Donna Karan has an answer for that.For her DKNY runway show Sunday, Karan presented — along with the models, of course — an assortment of non-models: A DJ. A TV presenter. A printmaker. A few students. A biologist, a “night life hostess,” and, in the most intriguing entry in the show’s written program, a “tattoo artist/ pro skateboarder.”The “real people” (not that you aren’t real, models, but your looks are rather unreal) walked the runway with confidence, and drew enthusiastic cheers. Some were built almost like models, others weren’t, and some even had (gasp) grey hair, but they all looked great in Karan’s colorful clothes.The show began with a short film featuring the young New Yorkers about to walk the runway, speaking about where they live — Greenpoint in Brooklyn, for example, and Tribeca — and why they came to New York.Angel Haze, a musician, wore a favourite DKNY look: a long black faux fur vest. Devan Mayfield, a painter and a health practitioner, wore a crepe houndstooth and lace shift dress. Daniel Bamdad, a TV presenter, wore slim black jeans and a black cotton cutoff shirt. Masha Korchagina, an actress and biologist, wore a black and white shearling “cape vest.” Melissa Burns, the nightlife hostess, wore a striped shearling coat.Some of the nice looks went to the models, too, including an edgy black vinyl pleated slip dress, a delicate grey lace dress with a pleated hem, and the filmy silk, lace and flannel long slip dress that closed the show — all in grey.Karan said she decided to use non-professional models because “DKNY really is about the streets. It’s about the streets of New York, the energy of New York, the people of New York. You know, seeing how they do their hair, and their look and their style. Designers try to keep up with them.”Singer Rita Ora was in the audience. She walked the DKNY runway last September to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the line, which is more casual than Karan’s higher-end signature line, and geared toward younger consumers.Ora said a few words —but wouldn’t give anything away — about the forthcoming film “50 Shades of Grey,” in which she plays protagonist Christian Grey’s sister. “We’re just filming at the moment,” she said. “Everybody’s been asking me but honestly I can’t spoil it, so you’re all going to (have to) watch it. It’s amazing and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”Karan said she plans to see the film: “Absolutely!”___Associated Press Writer Nicole Evatt contributed to this report. A large digital display shows a woman talking at the Fall 2014 DKNY fashion show during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Feb 9, 2014 5:27 pm MDT
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 2:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Boston Globe, The Associated Press, Baltimore’s WBAL radio and CBS Sports have won top honours as “best of show” winners in the 80th National Headliner Awards.For the Globe, John Tlumacki won the grand award for photography and multimedia producer Darren Durlach took the top prize for online videography.The AP’s former bureau chief for West Africa, Rukmini Callimachi, received top honours for stories on how al-Qaida operates, based on a cache of al-Qaida documents she uncovered in Mali. Callimachi now works for The New York Times.Blake Berson at CBS Sports won in television for “Auburn Miracle: Prayer at Jordan Hare” while WBAL’s Scott Wykoff took the grand award in radio for “Maryland’s Day at the Races.”The awards were founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City.___For a complete list of winners, go to http://www.headlinerawards.com/CurrentRecipients.html Boston Globe, AP, CBS Sports, WBAL radio among top winners in 80th National Headliner awards
By Calvin Jensen, USU Eastern VolleyballSweeping seems to be something the 20th ranked women’s volleyball team is getting used to. The Lady Eagles dominated the competition at this weekend’s invitational in Sterling, Colo. against many nationally-ranked programs.In their first matchup on Friday, the Lady Eagles dominated Casper College 3-0. Later that evening USU Eastern, faced a tough 16th ranked Northeastern Junior College. The Lady Eagles, anxious to justify their national ranking, came out ready and took a 2-0 lead on Northeastern. In the third set, the Lady Eagles allowed their errors to deplete a significant lead and they dropped their first set of the contest. After regrouping, they came back and dominated the fourth set, winning the game 3-1.“These girls want to win. They are simply amazing and so fun to watch play volleyball. They do everything we have asked of them and it shows on the court and on the sidelines. We still have some errors that we need to work through and once they are able to adjust, we will close out these sets we should have won,” said head coach Danielle Jensen.Saturday would prove to be no different for USU Eastern. The Lady Eagles started their afternoon off with an upset against the 11th ranked Iowa Western Reivers with a sweeping score of 3-0. USU Eastern dominated at the net and the team’s defense made it impossible for Iowa Western to find any answers to a powerful offensive showing by the Eagles. The leaders for this game were outside hitter Kiara Richardson with an impressive 16 kills, middle blocker Kahea Nihipali with four blocks, setter Ashlee McUne with 47 assists and libero Avery Best with 18 digs.Receiving national votes this week, Western Nebraska would be a tough task and the Lady Eagles knew it. That competition did not phase them as they swept the weekend tournament with a 3-1 win against the Cougars. The team was led by outside hitter Kiara Richardson with another 16 kills while middle blocker Kahea Nihipali was an iron wall with her five blocks. Setter Ashlee McUne ran the offense with 52 assists and opposite hitter Sunny Perry led with 14 digs.USU Eastern will finish their tournament play this upcoming weekend as they travel to Scottsbluff, Neb. to attend the Wyo-Nebraska Invitational. The Lady Eagles will look to continue their record breaking 17-3 start against Sheridan, Trinidad, Western Wyoming and Eastern Wyoming. Cheer on the nationally-ranked Lady Eagles via Facebook LIVE on their USU Eastern Women’s Volleyball page.
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been the presumptive Best Pitcher In Baseball for so long that it might as well be printed on the front of his baseball card. Since his debut during the 2008 season, Kershaw has over 10 more wins above replacement than any other pitcher in the game — his former Dodgers teammate Zack Greinke is a distant No. 2 — and he has consistently managed to fend off any challenger to his crown as the game’s greatest.But this season, Kershaw has shown a few surprising cracks. (Yes, this is basically akin to saying, “some of Mozart’s concertos were just great, not brilliant.”) Despite throwing six (only six?) shutout innings on Saturday, Kershaw’s earned run average is the highest it’s been since 2012, and his fielding independent pitching, which measures a pitcher’s dominance in the factors he directly controls (strikeouts, walks and home runs), is at its worst since Kershaw’s rookie year. He’s been giving up an uncharacteristic number of home runs (a career-worst 17, and it’s not even July), perhaps having been swept up in the juiced-ball power surge that’s jolted so many pitchers over the past few seasons. Two starts ago, he let the lowly New York Mets take him deep four times, the only four-homer game he’d ever suffered in his entire career. As a result of all this, Kershaw’s status as the game’s unquestioned top ace is in danger for the first time in a while.FiveThirtyEight’s MLB Elo ratings have a component that assigns each starting pitcher a grade, reflecting how much influence he wields over his team’s chances of winning. Kershaw usually has the top mark in baseball; up until the past two weeks, he’d held it for 37 of the previous 38 weeks of MLB action, including 31 consecutive weeks between mid-May 2016 and late April 2017. But Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals passed Kershaw a few weeks ago, thanks to his ongoing run of six consecutive starts with double-digit strikeouts, and Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has edged ahead of Kershaw as well. (Sale passed Kershaw as No. 1 for a week in April, but Kershaw quickly reclaimed the top spot and held it for six more weeks.)Now, Kershaw ranks “only” third in our starting-pitcher ratings. The last time Kershaw sat so low was midway through the 2015 season, when for one week in July he dropped behind Sale, Scherzer and then-Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto, who’d just finished spinning an 11-strikeout complete-game shutout. But within two weeks, Kershaw had climbed back to No. 1, the place he’s spent 106 total weeks (out of a possible 142) since early in the 2013 season. Only three pitchers in the expansion era (since 1961) — Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens and fellow Dodger Sandy Koufax — have logged more weeks in the top slot than the 29-year-old Kershaw has in his career.Since Kershaw first rose to No. 1 in 2013, the most consistent assault on his top ranking has come from Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs. For 13 straight weeks between the 2015 stretch run and the first month of the 2016 season, Arrieta ranked first in Elo as part of his stunning ascent from washout to Cy Young winner. That’s the most weeks (consecutive or not) anybody has stood between Kershaw and the No. 1 slot since 2013; the Rangers’ Yu Darvish ranks second with six weeks of sporadic challenges.Right now, Scherzer is in his third week (second in this particular bid) atop Kershaw’s throne. His peripheral stats — and, even more so, Sale’s — have been superior to Kershaw’s on the season so far. Maybe this is the season Kershaw’s grip on best-pitcher status loosens.Given how much Kershaw’s dominated that distinction over the past half-decade, though, I’ll believe it when I see it.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
We are aware that some locum doctors have told hospitals that they may withdraw services following new tax rules coming into effectSusan Goldsmith, deputy chief executive of the GMC Last week NHS managers said agency doctors were threatening to withdraw from shifts at late notice, unless rates of pay were increased, with some demanding a rise of as much as 56 per cent.Health regulators say the actions amount to an “organised campaign” by doctors who were aware that hospitals could struggle to maintain safe services without them.The dispute comes as hospitals attempt to prepare for a likely surge in pressures over the four day Easter weekend, when many GP surgeries will be closed. Locum doctors have been warned that they could be struck off if they cancel shifts in an attempt to extort more money from the NHS.The General Medical Council (GMC) has issued guidance after agency medics were accused of an “organised campaign” to hold the NHS to ransom as pressures mount.The crisis stems from new rules – introduced last week – which attempt to clamp down on tax avoidance.NHS trusts are now supposed to subtract tax and national insurance from pay packets at source from workers supplied to them via agencies or personal service companies.Some doctors say the changes will mean a drop in income of up to 30 per cent.But others say earnings will only be reduced if workers were paying too little tax in the first place. NHS hospitals normally experience a spike in pressures over the four day Easter weekend Credit:Chris Radburn/PA Now the GMC has issued guidance, warning doctors that any “unreasonable withdrawal of staff” would conflict with their essential duty to provide safe care.Susan Goldsmith, GMC deputy chief executive said: “We are aware that some locum doctors have told hospitals that they may withdraw services following new tax rules coming into effect.”While matters of pay and contracts are for individual trusts to resolve with those staff, our chief concern is patient safety.“Health services are under severe pressure and we know that providers and the medical profession are working hard to cope with demand.“Any unreasonable withdrawal of staff may exacerbate that pressure, and we would expect doctors planning to withdraw their services would give sufficient notice in line with their contractual agreements.”Meeting such obligations was part of the “core” guidance for doctors, she stressed – meaning failure to do so could see their fitness to practice come under investigation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Polo has always been riddled with paradoxes. It is at once chic yet astonishingly vulgar; a world in which money and privilege come hurtling together in a heady rush of sweaty ponies and clashing egos. As Jilly Cooper brilliantly captured in her cult 1991 novel Polo, the world of the high-goal international sport is a cauldron… Of all the ways to raise awareness for the plight of Aids sufferers in Lesotho, playing polo among the pine trees of Rome seems an odd one. But such is the lure and fascination of this very royal sport that Prince Harry touching down in Italy for a charity match today has yanked the cameras of the world’s media onto him, and drummed up a huge wodge of cash for his charity.
5. KS Vive Tauron Kielce6222181:177(4)6 8. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn6105149:179(-30)2 2. HC Vardar7502207:180(27)10 1. FC Barcelona Lassa7511211:194(17)11 3. MOL-Pick Szeged7403197:194(3)8 4. Rhein-Neckar Löwen6312162:153(9)7 6. IFK Kristianstad7205203:219(-16)4 6. Montpellier HB6204162:176(-14)4 FC Barcelona beat RK Vardar Skopje 31:30 (16:13) in exciting derby match at VELUX EHF Champions League Group B! About 4.000 fans at “Blaugrana” have seen great match with unexpected hero – Wael Jallouz, who netted 12 goals against just average Arpad Šterbik. Macedonian team was in the match until the last seconds. Russian left back Gorbok netted twice for advantage 17:16 and 21:20, but he had no support by his team-mates in the back-line.31 – BARCELONA:Pérez de Vargas; Gurbindo (1), Kiril Lazarov (1), Raúl Entrerríos (5), Sorhaindo, Jallouz (12) Sigurdsson (3); Morros (1), Syprzak (4), Tomás (3), Jicha, Ariño y Daniel Dujshebaev.30 – VARDAR SKOPJE:Sterbik; Shishkarev (2), Lackovic (1), Toskic (4), Karacic (3), Maqueda (1), Dibirov (3, 1p); Álex Dujshebaev (1), Gorbok (9), Cindric (2), Brumen (3), Marsenic (1) .PICK Szeged beat IF Kristianstad 35:28. Kalmann scored eight goals for the winners as Jamali for Swedish team.STANDINGS: ← Previous Story Michael Wiederer to candidate for EHF President! Next Story → EHF CL: Wisla beat Besiktas
MOST OF THE TIME, when you weigh up the easy ways and the hard ways to get stuff done, the former wins out.Putting on your comfiest clothes, curling up under the duvet and shovelling crisps into your mouth is sometimes so much easier than y’know, living life.You should probably be ashamed of yourself for doing these things but come on – effort of that.Ordering a takeaway in the middle of the day Source: UproxxBecause you really don’t want to put on clothes, leave your house and go to the shop. This can also lead to…Going out in your pyjamas Source: CloudfrontJust to the corner shop. Two minutes. Not anywhere that requires a bus or long periods of walking.Getting someone to fetch you things Source: DoggifpageThings that are close to you. Like the TV remote on the other end of the couch, your phone on the bedside table, the last pizza slice from your 2pm takeaway.Calling your housemate from another room Source: TumblrIt would be so much effort to get up and go downstairs to actually talk to them, so you may as well text/tweet/ring them instead.Finding creative ways to avoid doing household tasks Source: Flickr/crazyoctopusUsing alternative kitchenware/cutlery to get around the growing pile of dirty dishes in the sink. Stamping down the bin so that the next poor sod who has to put rubbish in it is FORCED to take it out. For shame.Using your floor as a wardrobe Source: Flickr/azizaxSo what if it looks messy. You know where everything is, and that’s all that matters.Driving somewhere that is easily walkable Source: TumblrSure you have a car, you may as well use it to get to the Lidl down the street.Feeling relieved when plans are cancelled Source: ReactiongifsNow you have the chance to laze around at home, surfing the Internet in your PJs! Go you.Staying in bed all weekend Source: WordPressYou always say you’re going to go out and DO something at the weekend. But then you realise bed is good. Bed is very good.15 people who have screwed up in work worse than you>These slightly wrong quotes will drive the pedant in you crazy>
A MAN HAS been killed in a single vehicle collision near Killarney in Co. Kerry this evening.The 67-year-old man was driving the car on the N22, the main Killarney to Cork Road, at about 3.30pm today when the crash occurred.He was the sole occupant of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.The man’s body was removed to Kerry General Hospital and gardaí area appealing for witnesses to contact them.Read: Woman and child struck by Jeep in Balbriggan >Read: Cyclist dies after collision with car in Limerick >
Marée noire : Greenpeace en marche contre les projets pétroliersAprès la catastrophe environnementale engendrée par la marée noire du golfe du Mexique, la volonté affichée par certains groupes pétroliers de continuer à investir dans des projets à risque fait réagir l’organisation de protection de l’environnement Greenpeace. Voilà bientôt deux semaines que le pétrole ne coule plus dans le golfe du Mexique. Pour autant, il est toujours bien présent et a eu de réelles conséquences néfastes sur l’environnement et les espèces présentes dans ces eaux. Une catastrophe qui aurait pu servir de leçon, et qui pousse Greenpeace à dénoncer les projets à risque encore défendus par certains groupes pétroliers et politiques. À lire aussiDéforestation : Greenpeace dénonce l’exportation de bois illégal d’Amazonie vers la France L’association a décidé de faire entendre sa voix grâce à ses deux navires : l’Arctic Sunrise, qui servira de base de recherches aux scientifiques américains dans le golfe du Mexique, afin de mesurer le réel impact de cette marée noire, et l’Esperanza qui devrait dénoncer les projets de forages pétroliers les plus dangereux. Si l’on en croit Greenpeace, la marée noire du golfe du Mexique aurait fait s’écouler près de 779 millions de litres de pétrole dans l’océan. On ne connaît pas encore la destination réelle de l’Esperanza, qui est parti de Londres, mais le navire peut être suivi grâce au site de l’association qui émet aujourd’hui trois requêtes : l’arrêt des projets pétroliers à hauts risques, la réduction de la demande en pétrole et le développement des énergies renouvelables.Le 21 août 2010 à 15:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
A week after filing a bill that would prohibit legislators from collecting per diem when not in the capital, Rep. Harriet Drummond has pledged to return some of her own daily allowance. The Democrat will fly home for Anchorage caucus this weekend.“I think I should put my money where my mouth is,” said Drummond at a Tuesday press availability, before asking her aide to hand over her purse. “I’m getting paid $237 a day, and I’ll be gone for three days. And I’m going to write a check for $771 to Alaska’s Best Beginnings program.”Which amounts to three days per diem, plus a little extra. Drummond believes her check is needed because the state is facing a multi-billion-dollar deficit, and programs — like the early education one to which she will donate — are likely to face budget cuts. Drummond says legislators should have to share some of that burden.“I’ll be sleeping in my own bed, and cooking in my own kitchen,” says Drummond. “Yet I’m being paid $237 for each of those days to be in Juneau.”Right now, Legislators are paid out their per diem for food and lodging, in bulk, at the beginning of session. Drummond’s bill would require changes to the way allowance money is accounted. Her bill does not make exceptions for travel with a legislative purpose or for personal emergencies. House Speaker Mike Chenault, a Nikiski Republican, sees a practical problem with the bill. He says even if people are traveling away from Juneau on work or personal business, there are still basic costs lawmakers have to cover.“My rent doesn’t stop down here. My landlord doesn’t say don’t worry about paying that rent for the five days that you’re gone,” says Chenault.Chenault adds that a per diem of $237 is a rate set by the federal government.While he could not say if the per diem bill would advance, Chenault added that the public should expect cuts in other places.“You’ll see cuts made in the Legislature’s budget, dealing with a number of issues that are out there,” says Chenault. “We’re trying to rein in the spending that we can at the legislative level, no different than what we’re asking the departments to do.”So far, the per diem bill has not been scheduled for any committee hearings.