Obama Sends Sochi Gay Message

first_imgWASHINGTON –  President Barack Obama says the delegation he’s sending to Russia for the Winter Olympics shows the United States doesn’t make distinctions on the basis of sexual orientation.Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning “gay propaganda.”Obama’s group heading to  Sochi includes openly gay athletes Brian Boitano, Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow. He says the delegation “speaks for itself,” and they are world-class athletes who happen to be gay.The Sochi Games are the first since 2000 to which the U.S. is not sending a president, former president, first lady or vice president.Obama says it would be tough for him to attend the games himself next year with all that’s going on in Washington. But he predicted he will attend again after his presidency.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Govt will use AI to pick future sports stars, says Rajyavardhan Rathore

first_imgAt a time when millions of Indians are glued to TV screens for the FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon and the Men in Blue touring England, the government has announced that it will use artificial intelligence to spot young sporting talent in the country with eyes on the Olympic events in 2024 and 2028.Union minister of state for youth affairs and sports (independent charge) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said on Tuesday that all state governments have partnered with the Centre to create a database of students and introduce them to sports based on their “natural abilities” and not just skills acquired through the process of training.He was speaking at the 4th Mail Today Tourism Summit, which also saw the participation of union ministers Jayant Sinha and Dr Mahesh Sharma, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari, Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani, noted actor and director Nandita Das as well as a host of bureaucrats and delegates from the hospitality, film, food and tourism sectors.READ | Rahul Gandhi jumps on other’s platform and falls: Rajyavardhan RathoreRathore said the government will provide the selected sporting talents with scholarship of Rs 5 lakh annually to ensure all-round development of their skills.”We are creating an app where all state governments will be our partners. We intend to create a database of nearly 3 crore young children in the age group of 5 to 18 years. On the basis of detailed tests, they will be further shortlisted to 20,000 and ultimately 5,000 students will be selected after DNA test, IQ test and sports skill tests. These talents will be further trained as per their abilities in different sports,” the minister said.advertisementAccording to Rathore, the idea is to ensure that young talents are not just tested by the marks they obtain in examinations but on the basis of their fitness and overall approach.Rathore, who has initiated a slew of measures to harness the future sports stars in the country, said in the next four years at least 150 schools with excellence in education will be provided with government funds to develop sporting skills in students.”To begin with, 20 schools with boarding facilities will be given a fund of Rs 7 crore to Rs 10 crore for developing sports infrastructure and training the students as per their abilities. One school in each district will be identified so that students get the required training while staying close to their natural environment,” Rathore said. He urged private players and the corporate sector to contribute to the National Sports Development Fund.The minister said schools must ensure that kids get more time to play instead of just completing bulky syllabi. He said the union HRD ministry has already recommended to the government to halve the school syllabus.last_img read more

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World Archery writes to IOA, gives hope to lift AAI suspension by this month

first_imgIn a fresh ray of hope for the beleaguered Indian archers, the World Archery on Friday wrote to the Indian Olympic Association, stating the Archery Association of India suspension might be lifted by the end of this month if a clear roadmap is established.The latest development came following the Delhi High Court’s order directing the sports ministry to form a five-member transitory committee to look in the state of affairs of the suspended AAI till fresh elections are held.Following the order, the WA secretary general Tom Dielen wrote to IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta, nominating four members of the committee which will be headed by retired Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Justice B D Ahmad.”If rapid progress is made and a clear roadmap is established by the end of August, World Archery might conditionally lift the suspension by the end of this month.”We ask the Indian Olympic Association Secretary General to coordinate with the chairman to get the committee established as soon as possible,” Dielen wrote in the letter to Mehta, a copy of which is in possession with PTI.The WA further suggested four names for the transitory committee — Mehta from IOA, R Rajagopal from the sports ministry, while B V P Rao and Virendra Sachdeva from the two AAI factions.This transition committee is tasked to prepare a roadmap for the AAI having a new election as well as a Constitution that respects both the Indian Sports Code and the World Archery Constitution.advertisement”This roadmap will have to be approved by World Archery for the suspension to be lifted,” Dielen wrote.The committee will also select the teams for the Olympic qualifying Asian Championships in Bangkok in November and prepare a selection process for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.Earlier in the day, hearing a PIL in the Rahul Mehra vs Union of India & Ors, a Delhi HC Special Bench comprising Justice S Murlidhar and Najmi Waziri directed that the transitory committee will be constituted latest by August 23 and hold its first meeting on August 24.The committee will be headed by retired Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Justice B D Ahmad and will have one representative each from sports ministry, Indian Olympic Association, and the two AAI factions, Mehra tweeted.”The committee is constituted to ensure Archery Association of India (AAI) once again enjoys good standing with World Archery Federation (WAF) so that our Archers are permitted to represent India under Indian flag in the forthcoming qualifying tournaments & Tokyo Olympics,” Mehra wrote.An AAI official said the committee will be constituted to oversee the day-to-day affairs of Indian Archery which was suspended by the world body on Thursday for defying its guidelines by electing two parallel bodies.”This committee will not take a call about fresh election procedures but will run the show till a new body comes to power. We are expecting to hear about fresh election procedures in the next hearing slated for August 16,” he said.The World Archery on Thursday suspended the Archery Association of India for defying its guidelines by electing two parallel bodies, asking the federation to put its house in order by the end of this month.The decision is effective from Monday and the last event in which the archers can participate under the Indian flag is the World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid from August 19-25.After which the Indian archers’ participation in international events under the National flag stands jeopardised unless a resolution is made.Also Read | World Archery suspends Archery Association of IndiaAlso Read | Disappointed Federation hopes to talk India out of 2022 Commonwealth Games boycottAlso Seelast_img read more

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Photo: Another College Football Fan Is Going Viral In Primetime

first_imgA view of the "Home Of The 12th Man" sign in Texas A&M's stadium.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: Fans of the Texas A&M Aggies cheer in the stands before the start of their game against the Ball State Cardinals at Kyle Field on September 12, 2015 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Kyle Field in College Station, Texas provided us with one of the best college football atmospheres we’ve seen in recent years tonight.Texas A&M, hosting No. 2 Clemson, was jacked to the 10s for the first big game of the Jimbo Fisher era.The contest didn’t disappoint – the Tigers emerged with a two-point victory after the Aggies failed to convert a 2-point attempt.The crowd didn’t disappoint, either.Kyle Field was at full force all night long.Camera guys on their A game tonight pic.twitter.com/QmUsMeJLBL— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) September 9, 2018More big games are coming for Texas A&M.The Aggies travel to No. 1 Alabama in two weeks.last_img read more

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Universe Boss Gayle plans retirement after home series against India in August

first_imgManchester: Dashing West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will retire from international cricket after the home ODI and Test series against India scheduled in August-September. The 39-year-old had last month stated that he would call it quits after the ongoing World Cup but speaking to the media on the eve of the game against India here, the left-hander said he has had a change of mind. “It’s still not the end. I still have a few games to go. May be another series to go, as well. Who knows, we will see what happens. My plans after World Cup? I may play a Test match against India and then I will definitely play the ODIs against India. I won’t play the T20s. That’s my plan after the World Cup,” Gayle said. West Indies media manager Philip Spooner later confirmed that the assignment against India will be Gayle’s last in national colours. “Yes, Chris will play his last series against India,” Spooner told PTI. India’s tour of West Indies comprises three T20 Internationals, three ODIs followed by a couple of Test matches. The T20Is will open the tour from August 3, the ODIs are lined up from August 8 and the Tests will take place from August 22 to September 3. Gayle has appeared in 103 Tests, accumulating 7215 runs at an average of 42.19. In 294 ODI appearances, Gayle put together 10345 runs, while in 58 T20 Internationals, he has 1627 runs. The man who calls himself the ‘Universe Boss’ is a fan favourite for his flamboyant stroke-play and is considered a game-changing batsman.last_img read more

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CBSE hikes board exam fees for SCST pupils by 24 times general

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has increased the fees of Class 10 and 12 board examinations for SC and ST students from Rs 50 to Rs 1,200, while the amount has been doubled for those from the general category, who will now have to pay Rs 1,500. The students appearing for the Class 10 board exams are registered for it when in Class 9, and those appearing for Class 12 are registered when in Class 11. The board notified the changes in the fees last week and has asked the schools who had already begun the registration process and charged students as per the old fee structure, to now collect the difference in amount. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details According to the revised norms, the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students will have to pay Rs 1,200 for five subjects, while earlier they were supposed to pay Rs 50 for the same, a hike of 24 times. The general category students who were paying Rs 750 earlier, will now pay Rs 1,500 for five subjects. “The fees is applicable for both Class 10 and 12 examinations,” a senior CBSE official said. For appearing for an additional subject in Class 12 board examination, the SC and ST students who were earlier not supposed to pay any extra fee, will now have to pay Rs 300. General category students will also have to pay Rs 300 for an additional subject, instead of Rs 150 earlier. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “100 per cent visually impaired students are exempted from paying CBSE examination fees. The student, who fails to deposit the difference in CBSE examination fee before the last date, will not be registered and will not be allowed to appear in the 2019-20 examination,” the official added. The migration fees which was Rs 150 earlier, has also been increased to Rs 350. The students enrolled in CBSE schools abroad will have to pay Rs 10,000 for five subjects for both Class 10 and 12. Earlier it was Rs 5000. For them, the fees for an additional subject in Class 12 has been fixed at Rs 2,000, as against Rs 1,000 earlier.last_img read more

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Dr Jill Biden to Keynote San Francisco Climate Ocean Conservation Museum Initiative

first_imgAs San Francisco bids farewell to the thousands of scientists, business and political leaders from around the world from last week’s Global Climate Action Summit, the city is poised to demonstrate visionary and world-class climate leadership close to home.Bay.org, one of the largest non-profit watershed conservation groups in the Bay Area which includes the Smithsonian affiliated Aquarium of the Bay, is marking its transformation to become a first of its kind Bay Ecotarium – an immersive, sustainability-driven and multi-disciplinary education, research and climate leadership facility.The vision for this landmark institution will be unveiled on October 5, 2018 at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco. The key note address for this beacon of hope for the future will be delivered by Dr. Jill Biden with opening remarks by Dr. Sylvia Earle. An international team of experts from across the US, France, Germany and the UK are involved in its planning and design phases.The visionary initiative, conceived by world renowned museum leader Bay.org President & CEO George Jacob, reflects a concerted envisioning of the future with priorities for protecting and preserving the San Francisco Bay and its watershed. A cornerstone of the transformation will be its Climate Literacy and Ocean Conservation Living Museum with free education for all children and evocative experiential learning of the regional environmental challenges, innovation and indigenous cultures to exponential technologies, bio-mimetics and clean-tech energy alternatives, among others.Drawing from the iridescence of fish scales, ocean geometry, ohlone shell-mounds and rippling waves, the design elements incorporate bio-mimetic facades, an unusual micro-grid using fish waste, native plant palettes, immersive story-telling, free education for all children, machine learning devices, wet-labs, deep ocean exploration learn and launch center, an enhanced aquarium experience with 30,000 animals and portals into the world of exponential technologies, prototypes and possibilities that could change the way carbon could be sequestered, sea-level rise/ sea-wall mitigation measures, pollution and energy dependencies could be transformed, materiality could be morphed, and equations of sustainability in a growing framework of population increase and scarcity of resources, would be addressed.VIP Sponsorship available at www.bluemarblebenefit.eventbrite.comEstablished 37 years ago as the Bay Institute, Bay.org/Bay Ecotarium and its six branches are united under one mission to enable conversations on climate resilience and ocean conservation globally, while inspiring actionable change locally by protection and preservation of the San Francisco Bay and its ecosystems, from Sierra to the Sea. Visit www.Bayecotarium.org.last_img read more

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Morocco Disturbing Video Shows Man Attacked by Homophobic Mob for Wearing

Rabat – A hate-monger mob shouted anti-gay slurs at a man they perceived to be homosexual before punching him repeatedly in the face, shows a new video posted on YouTube. The 55-second video now making the rounds on social media in Morocco shows a ‘homosexual’ young man being attacked by at least three people for wearing a bra and makeup in public.According to the video, the homophobic mob and the young man had a verbal confrontation before they punched him and repeatedly kicked him in the face The mob assaulted him while calling him homophobic epithets. They also forced him to remove all of his clothing before allowing him to leave. The victim can also be seen deeply traumatized following the homophobic attack in the street.This comes only few months after another homosexual man in the city of Fez was brutally beaten and booed by dozens of angry men while hurling anti-gay slurs.The Moroccan criminal code prohibits sex between men and can be punished with anything from 6 months to 3 years imprisonment and a fine of 120 to 1200 dirhams.Warning: footage in this video is extremely disturbing© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Discounted movie subscription service MoviePass shuts down

NEW YORK — MoviePass, the movie ticket subscription service that allowed subscribers to buy up to three movie tickets per month for a small fee, shut down Saturday.Its future is unclear.Helios and Matheson Analytics, the parent company of MoviePass, said Friday in a release that it was interrupting service for all its subscribers because its efforts to seek financing have not been successful.It says it’s “unable to predict if or when” MoviePass will continue. The company says it’s planning to study all options including the sale of the company in its entirety.MoviePass drew in millions of subscribers, initially luring them with a $10 monthly rate. But that proved unsustainable. Because MoviePass typically pays theatres the full cost of tickets — $15 or more in big cities — a single movie can put the service in the red. The company was forced to make changes. Those efforts, however, never stopped the losses.In a letter posted to subscribers on its website, Mitch Lowe, CEO of MoviePass, wrote,” In August 2017, MoviePass began a transformation of the movie going industry by introducing its low monthly price subscription service. Since then, others in the industry have followed our lead. “MoviePass said it will be providing subscribers with “appropriate” refunds for their period of service already paid for. Subscribers will not need to request a refund or contact MoviePass customer service to receive a refund. Subscribers will not be charged during the service interruption, according to the website.Helios acquired a majority stake in the subscription service in 2017.The Associated Press read more

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Drugmakers launch Belviq weight loss drug in US nearly 1 year after

WASHINGTON – Arena Pharmaceuticals says its weight loss drug Belviq will be available to U.S. patients beginning next week, nearly a year after the drug was officially approved by federal regulators.The Food and Drug Administration approved Belviq last June for adults who are obese or who are overweight and have at least one serious medical condition, such as diabetes or high cholesterol. At the time, Belviq was the first new drug approved by the FDA for long-term weight loss in more than a decade.Despite only achieving modest weight loss in clinical studies, the drug was safe enough to win the FDA’s endorsement, amid calls from doctors for new weight-loss treatmentsThe drug’s launch was delayed for months by logistical hurdles, including classification by the Drug Enforcement Administration. According to the drug’s label, Belviq will be classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance, which means it has a low potential for abuse. A small segment of patients in company studies reported experiencing euphoria and hallucinations.Arena Pharmaceuticals and partner Eisai Co. said Friday the drug will be available beginning Tuesday. Under an agreement between the companies, Arena will manufacture and supply the drug from its facility in Switzerland and Eisai will market the drug in the U.S.Because of the delays to its launch, Belviq actually arrives on the market 10 months after competitor Vivus’ Qsymia, which launched in September. Studies have shown that Qsymia produces more weight loss than Belviq.Patients taking Qsymia for a year lost 6.7 per cent of their body weight in one study and 8.9 per cent in another study.Arena’s studies showed that patients taking Belviq, known generically as lorcaserin, lost just 3 per cent to 3.7 per cent of their weight over a year. About 47 per cent of patients without diabetes lost at least 5 per cent of their weight or more, which was enough to meet FDA standards for effectiveness.The FDA said patients should stop taking Belviq after three months if they fail to lose 5 per cent of their body weight. Patients are unlikely to see any significant weight loss by staying on the drug, the agency said.Side effects with the drug include depression, migraine and memory lapses.Belviq is designed to stimulate serotonin receptors in the brain linked with feelings of satiety, leading patients to feel full.The drug will face an uphill battle in the U.S. market for weight loss treatments. Analysts have generally been disappointed with Qsymia sales, despite that drug’s superior results.Qsymia sales have fallen short in part because of limited insurance coverage and high out-of-pocket expenses for patients with coverage.Qsymia also has only been available through mail order, but Vivus said last month the FDA will allow some retail pharmacy distribution. The company expects to announce more on that in the third quarter.Vivus said batches from the initial production of Qsymia had a shelf life of 24 months, and the company is applying to the Food and Drug Administration to extend that to 36 months for current and future production.Shares of Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in San Diego, fell 15 cents or 1.7 per cent, to $8.51 by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2013 10:36 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Drugmakers launch Belviq weight loss drug in US nearly 1 year after approval read more

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Panama Papers scandal has big impact on ordinary Chinese says Brock expert

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s concerted campaign to stamp out official corruption in his country has suddenly taken a rather embarrassing twist.Some of Xi’s family members and other senior Chinese government officials such as Zhang Gaoli and Liu Yunshan of China’s elite Standing Committee are now in the so-called “Panama Papers” spotlight.“When you have a situation of a nation with 80 to 100 million people concerned about just getting enough to eat and having enough fuel and clothing to keep their bodies warm, the revelations that billions of dollars have been transferred out of the Chinese system to the benefit of certain individuals is a very serious matter,” says Brock University China expert Charles Burton.The Chinese officials are among 140 politicians and public officials worldwide implicated in schemes that essentially enable them to avoid paying taxes on their wealth and, in some cases, launder money and dodge sanctions.Reports of some 11.5 million leaked documents detailing information about more than 214,000 offshore entities listed by the Panama company Mossack Fonseca began to emerge this week.The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has found that “eight current and former members of the Politburo Standing Committee, the country’s top decision makers, have relatives with secret offshore companies.”“It’s not simply tax evasion; it goes beyond that to the transfer of state assets into private hands offshore,” says Burton.The Chinese government is going to great lengths to censor Panama Papers coverage in social and mainstream media regarding Chinese involvement, says Burton, choosing to focus on other world leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin.“There have been so many posting on Chinese social media that have been removed, but people have seen them before they’ve been removed,” says Burton, “and there’s been a lot of chat back and forth.“I would think that, in general, people would be aware of the fact that there are Chinese involved. People in Hong Kong and Taiwan are certainly sensitized to this because they’ve been reporting it extensively, so the news is out in the Chinese language,” he says.Burton says China’s the “large gap” between rich and poor and “large amounts of unexplained wealth on the part of the Chinese leadership” are sensitive issues with the population “as the Chinese economy is undergoing a degree of decline and people have been put into difficult circumstances as a result.”Burton, who was posted to the Canadian Embassy to China twice as Counsellor?, is associate professor in Brock’s Department of Political Science. He specializes in comparative politics, government and politics of China, Canada-China relations, and human rights. read more

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Villanova beat No 14 Florida State for AdvoCare title

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Villanova is making a case to get back into the Top-25.Collin Gillespie had a game-high 17 points, including two key late free throws, and the Wildcats won the AdvoCare Invitational by beating No. 14 Florida State 66-60.“He loves the competition,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “I’m just glad he’s on our side.”Gillespie made it 64-60 by connecting on a pair of free throws with 11.2 seconds to play in what was a tight second half.Eric Paschall had 15 points and Phil Booth chipped in 12 for the defending national champions (5-2). Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had 11 points and eight rebounds.Villanova went from No. 8 to out of the Top 25 — the first time since December 2013 — in last Monday’s poll after losing to Michigan 73-46 in a rematch of last season’s championship game and losing 76-68 in overtime to Furman.Florida State (5-1) got 11 points from both Mfiondu Kabengele and Trent Forrest.“They did a much better job of playing to their strengths than we did ours,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “I thought our guys gave good effort. I think that we’re a team that has a chance to develop into a pretty good basketball team.”The Seminoles’ next game is Wednesday night against No. 24 Purdue.“You only find out some of those areas that you need to work on when you play against great teams, high-calibre teams like we faced today,” Hamilton said.Villanova’s Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman were all taken in the NBA draft after last year’s championship run.“We’ve grown so much,” Wright said. “This whole season we’ve got to have a growth mindset.”Gillespie had nine points to help Villanova take a 26-25 halftime lead. The Wildcats (eight) and Florida State (nine).___Oklahoma State 90, No. 19 LSU 77LSU’s stay in the Top-25 appears over.Cameron McGriff had 28 points. Lindy Waters added 16, and Oklahoma State won the third-place game.Skylar Mays scored 20 points for the Tigers, who were coming off a 79-76 overtime loss to No. 14 Florida State on Friday.“Not a lot to say, we got whipped,” LSU coach Will Wade said. “I didn’t have us prepared. We got beat in every facet. It was a rough, rough afternoon for us.”Oklahoma State (4-2) beat Memphis 84-64 and lost to defending national champion Villanova 77-58 earlier in the invitational.“Today wasn’t just about winning third place, that was on the line, but this is a game that I think will have a long lasting effect on our resume for post-season hopes,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. “It’s something that we can certainly build on and look to as that something that we can be proud of.”McGriff hit a 3 and Waters made three free throws during a second-half opening 15-2 run that put Oklahoma State ahead 57-39 with 13 minutes to play.LSU missed 12 of its 13 shots during the Cowboys’ surge.“I’m ready to get back to work,” Mays said. “Obviously, the way we performed this week it’s not up to par.”McGriff had 13 points as Oklahoma State grabbed a 42-37 halftime advantage. The Cowboys lead by 13 points 5 1/2 minutes into the game.___UAB 68, Canisius 58Zack Bryant had 26 points, seven steals and four assists as UAB rallied from an early 15-point deficit to beat Canisius 68-58 in the seventh-place game.Jeremiah Bell scored 15 for UAB (4-2), which had previously lost to No. 14 Florida State and Charleston at the invitational.“We showed a lot of heart and fight, and I think our team really grew up today,” UAB coach Robert Ehsan said. “As a young team facing adversity, to be down a third straight day and not quit shows a huge resilience.”After Canisius got within two late, Bell hit a three and Bryant had a lay up during a 7-0 run that made it 65-56.Takal Molson had 15 points and Scott Hitchon added 13 for Canisius (1-5).Bryant had 14 first-half points as UAB used a 20-5 run to tie it at 31-31 with just under a minute to go in the first half.Canisius led 35-31 at the break.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Mark Didtler, The Associated Press read more

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How Kavticnik got injured VIDEO

French champion, HC Montpellier stayed without Slovenian right wing – back, Vid Kavticnik (28), who broke knee ligaments last Sunday at match against F.C Barcelona (EHF CL TOP 16). Here is a moment of his injury…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQgwWt5E-iw[/youtube] ← Previous Story Bundesliga: RNL wins in Goppingen – Šešum is back! Next Story → Mikael Franzen to Alingsas from next summer handball injuryHC MontpellierMontpellierVid Kavtičnik

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Buttimer Health professionals must be trained in transgender issues

first_imgHEALTH PROFESSIONALS MUST be trained to deal with the needs of transgender people, Deputy Jerry Buttimer has said.The Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy and Chair of the Fine Gael LGBT Group made the comment while speaking today at the Transgender Healthcare Seminar, Transaction 3, in Waterford City.Healthcare pathwaysButtimer said:There is a real need to develop healthcare pathways for transgender people in Ireland to ensure that they are receiving the care and attention that is needed. This presents a new challenge for our health services and for our medical professionals who are working hard to ensure that adequate systems and training are put in place.He noted that the HSE Transgender Health Advisory Group in particular is working to develop resources for healthcare providers and to provide training to professionals on the issue.In 2012, the working group carried out a survey of health and social care professionals which showed that, 41 per cent of respondents described their knowledge of transgender health issues as poor or non-existent, with just 19 per cent having a good or expert level of knowledge.While 32 per cent had provided treatment to a transgender person, only 10 per cent had ever had any training on the issues involved.Buttimer said that allowing a situation like this to continue “is not only unfair to the transgender person being treated, it is unsafe practice and puts the medical professional in a very difficult position”.The TD concluded that he looks forward “to the day when we have full equality, comprehensive healthcare and when we see transgender elected representatives in Ireland”.ConferenceOne of the conference’s organisers, Vanessa Lacey, told TheJournal.ie that the event was a groundbreaking one, and was attended by 138 people, a quarter of whom were from the Health Service Executive.“Our objectives were to upskill service providers and give them the information that they need to upskill themselves,” she said. The conference included experts from a range of countries.Lacey said that the organisers were delighted to have Buttimer present at the conference, and that he had invited TENI, the Transgender Equality Network Ireland, to speak to the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, which he chairs.We need to up the game where GPs are getting trained, where mental health professionals are getting trained. We will provide the training. This was a foundation event and after this will come the training.The conference itself was filmed and will be used for training purposes. Among the attendees was Philip Crowley, National Director, Quality & Patient Safety at the HSE. “To even just have someone of Dr Crowley’s stature there sends out a very big message to HSE workers and service providers,” said Lacey.The event was organised by a local Waterford group, Transgender South East, who Lacey volunteers with, in collaboration with TENI and the HSE.One of the main funders was the Waterford Area Partnership. “It was an amazing day,” said Lacey.Read: Demand for LGBT Helpline so high it needs more volunteers>Read: Ireland will work to make transgender rights an international issue – Gilmore>last_img read more

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Fig Leaf Underwear Promises to Fight TSA Invasion

first_imgRemember the Flying Pasties? Consider this a decidedly more…Old Testament take on that concept. A Colorado-based inventor is selling fig leaf underwear, which use a form of powdered metal to shield your junk from prying TSA security cameras.The underwear, which is currently available through RockyFlatsGear.com, promises to conform to the wearer’s body, meaning that it’s tough to hide anything (other than what god gave you) beneath their leady sanctuary. The powdered metal in the inserts, which is made up of a mixture of tungsten and other metals, won’t set off the metal detector.Of course, back when we told you about the aforementioned Flying Pasties, we quoted a TSA spokesperson, who said, “any item that appears to be an anomaly during advanced imaging technology screening will require additional screening,” meaning that donning a pair of these biblical-styled briefs many actually require a closer inspection than walking through a scanner without them.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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MSI to demo MultiConnect Panel and Voice Genie at CES

first_imgMSI has decided to make any PC running an MSI X79 motherboard more useful with the introduction of the MultiConnect Panel (MCP), which combines Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, and system performance enhancements in a single 5.25-inch drive panel.System performance is enhanced by pushing the OC Genie button, which enables the OC Genie system that automatically detects your processor and memory configuration, then proceeds to overclock them. MSI boards have been carrying such a feature since the P55 series saw a release, the MCP just makes it even easier/quicker to access.Alongside overclocking, the MCP is all about connectivity. It has 802.11n Wi-Fi built-in meaning you don’t require a separate wireless dongle sticking out the back of your machine. A Bluetooth module has also been embedded so that your smartphone, tablet, or laptop can all be wirelessly synced without any wires being required.Probably the best feature for gadget users has to be the two USB ports mounted in the MCP. We are all used to the slow trickle charging offered with many phones and tablets through a USB connection, but MSI has boosted the voltage 3x to these two ports, meaning your devices will charge faster without need of a power socket.Alongside the MCP, MSI has also announced that its Voice Genie add-on card is ready to go. We first heard about Voice Genie in September, and it allows a user to control a PC with their voice including allowing it to boot, shutdown, or open commonly used applications like a browser. It works with all X79 boards, some Z68 boards, and the P67 Big Bang Marshal. The limited compatibility is due to the Voice Genie requiring a JDLED3 proprietary header.Both the MultiConnect Panel and Voice Genie will be on display at the MSI booth during CES 2012 which starts on January 10. We also hope to hear what the final price of these two accessories will be during the show.Read more at MSIlast_img read more

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Le vaisseau russe Gagarine sest arrimé à lISS

first_imgLe vaisseau russe Gagarine s’est arrimé à l’ISS TsOUP, le Centre de contrôle des vols, a annoncé que le vaisseau Soyouz qui emmenait à son bord deux astronautes russes et un américain s’est arrimé à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) hier à 23h09 GMT.   La fusée Soyouz “Gagarine”, dédiée au 50ème anniversaire du vol de Youri Gagarine, le premier homme à avoir voyagé dans l’espace, a décollé de Baïkonour (Kazakhstan) mardi. Aujourd’hui, romandie.com rapporte que la capsule s’est arrimée sans problème à l’ISS mercredi à 23h09 GMT. Suite à des problèmes techniques, ce vol, initialement prévu le 29 mars, avait dû être repoussé.    À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALes deux astronautes russes, Alexandre Samokoutiaev et Andreï Borissenko, effectuent ici leur premier vol spatial alors qu’il s’agit du deuxième pour l’Américain Ronald Garan qui avait déjà participé à la mission de Discovery en 2008. L’ISS compte désormais à son bord six membres d’équipage après que trois hommes soient retournés sur Terre le 16 mars dernier, après cinq mois passés dans l’espace.   Les Etats-Unis pourront encore envoyer leurs deux navettes Endevour et Atlantis une dernière fois dans l’espace, les 29 avril et 28 juin, avant de dépendre entièrement des Russes pour acheminer leurs hommes vers l’ISS.Le 7 avril 2011 à 10:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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NWS issues another dense fog advisory for PortlandVancouver area

first_imgDense fog blanketed the Portland-Vancouver area again on Tuesday morning, prompting an advisory from the National Weather Service.Things should start to clear up around 10 a.m., but visibility will be less than a quarter-mile in spots around Clark County until that time.The advisory also includes the communities of Battle Ground, Washougal, Ridgefield, Yacolt and Amboy.“Motorists should be prepared for abrupt changes in visibilities over short distances when traveling along the (Interstate 5) corridor between Kelso/Longview and Eugene including the Portland/Vancouver metro,” the advisory says.Drivers are asked to slow down and leave plenty of space between other vehicles on the road. Traffic maps showed no major crashes impeding the morning commute at 6:45 a.m. There was a minor crash on the Interstate 5 Bridge about an hour later, but it was cleared within 15 minutes, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.The forecast calls for a slight chance of rain Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., then a chance of showers in the evening. The weather service predicts a high temperature of 60 degrees, where the mercury should top out for the rest of the workweek, too.last_img read more

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Residents get to sound off on plans for Wheeland Pond

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:town meeting, wheeland pond Wheeland Residents give ‘pond development’ thumbs up Wheeland Pond gets make overcenter_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Feb 2015 – You will also get a history lesson on what the Wheeland community and its pond means to the Turks and Caicos as the National Trust and DEMA team up for two town meetings to determine what can be done to preserve and rescue the pond. Winema Sanders is the Public Awareness & Education Officer with the TC National Trust; she was on site to encourage residents of Blue Hills and others to attend either a town meeting at 6pm tonight, Thursday or on Saturday morning at 10am. “It’s vital that we preserve an area like this for future generations and that is what the National Trust goal is, that is what the goal of DEMA is as well. We want to make sure that the land here and the community knows the essential needs of the area and that we are able to be good stewards of our environment and take ownership in that. That is why it is so important to have these community meetings so that they are able to speak to us and we’re able to have some type of dialogue so that we are able to envision their community being like, versus us just telling them what their community is supposed to be…”The 90 minute meetings will be held at the Wheeland Pond to discuss a way to preserve and enhance the heritage site. last_img read more

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Bonalu held grandly at Gowliguda temple

first_imgGowliguda: The Bonalu festival was celebrated here on Sunday on a grand note, reflecting the Telangana culture and traditions under the auspices of Gowliguda Mahankali Devalaya Trust. Devotees in large numbers, mostly women, offered ‘Bonalu’ to the Goddess amid ‘band-baja,’ excited ‘Pothrajus,’ and playing of devotional songs. Vice-president of the trust Anand Goud said the credit for bringing recognition to various festivals should go to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. Devotees also made a beeline to the temples in Bashirbagh and Gowliguda. Among those present at the Renuka Yellamma temple in Gowliguda were Gunfoundry Corporator Mamata Santosh Gupta and her husband.last_img

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