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Legislator Grills NIH Over Tobacco Grant

first_imgA research grant sometimes can lead a scientist in a new direction. But a shift into politically sensitive territory can put the federal funding agency in hot water with Congress. That’s what happened yesterday to Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), at a hearing on how agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services are dealing with tight budgets. One legislator wanted to know why an NIH grantee’s research on tobacco control delved into the origins of the Tea Party. Although conservative lawmakers often take issue with certain NIH grants, what was surprising was that Collins said he was troubled by it as well. The U.S. House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee on health and human services, labor, and education met to ask the directors of five agencies about ways to avoid duplicating research in a tight budget environment. Toward the end of the 2-hour hearing, Representative Andy Harris (R-MD) asked about a specific National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded study tracing Tea Party’s origins to groups supported by tobacco companies (video around 1:51 here). “They allege that somehow the Tea Party had its origin in the 1980s with tobacco funding, which is pretty incredible,” Harris said. “Because I mean, I’m a Tea Party guy. I was there when it was established in 2009. I know the origins. I find it incredible that NIH funding is funding this,” Harris said, adding that the study reflects “a partisan political agenda.” Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) “I, too, am quite troubled about this particular circumstance,” Collins replied. He pointed out that the lead author, University of California, San Francisco, researcher Stanton Glantz, has been an NCI grantee for 14 years and is considered a leading researcher on tobacco control. The paper, which listed support from an NCI training grant and an NCI research grant, also included a disclaimer that the NCI played no role in choosing the topic of the study. But, Collins added, “We thought we were funding a different kind of research when those grants were awarded.” Harris fired back: “What is within the NIH’s abilities to, shall we say, make sure that this researcher or this institution doesn’t play fast and loose with taxpayer money in this kind of research?” “It’s a very appropriate question and I’m struggling with it, to be honest,” Collins replied. “The tension here is both to recognize that [the paper] is an unfortunate outcome, but also not to put NIH in a position of basically playing a nanny over top of everything our grantees do.” The study, published last month inTobacco Control, received coverage in both the liberal and conservative press. In it, Glantz and co-authors make the case that two nonprofit groups funded by tobacco companies to fight tobacco taxes and no-smoking laws were among the earliest supporters of what became the Tea Party. Glantz said he is “very troubled” by Collins’s remarks. His grant proposal didn’t hide anything, he says. Written several years ago, it discussed his plan to study the influence on policymaking of “third parties” funded by the tobacco industry. “We didn’t go looking for the Tea Party. It emerged naturally in the course of the research,” he says, just as a cell biologist’s research grant might lead in an unexpected direction. It’s not the first time Glantz’s research has drawn hostility from Congress. In 1995, House appropriators voted to defund his NCI grant, but their recommendation was stripped from the final spending bill that year. “This is déjà vu all over again,” Glantz says.last_img read more

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Japan Eyes U.S. National Institutes of Health as Model for a New Agency

first_imgTOKYO—Japan’s government may create its own version of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to foster medical innovation and bridge the gap between the laboratory and the clinic. The proposal is included in a draft Growth Strategy approved yesterday by the administration’s Industrial Competitiveness Council. The plan notes that a “Japanese NIH” could better meld governmental, academic, and private sector efforts “in order to strongly support the commercialization of innovative medical technologies.” The new agency would be expected to “formulate a comprehensive strategy and prioritize goals and research targets for medical R&D.” In other health-related recommendations, the plan calls for legal and regulatory action to speed up approval of new drugs and medical devices. The quest for innovative technology that can boost the economy goes beyond health care. The council mentions another U.S. institution, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as an example of a “strategic innovation creation program” worth emulating. The plan calls for giving the existing Council for Science and Technology Policy a stronger hand so that it can better coordinate research efforts across ministries. It also mentions a host of measures—including changes to patent laws and tax incentives—intended to help turn research at national labs and universities into economic gains and to support private R&D. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) The plans for technological innovation are small but important pieces of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Growth Strategy, which also includes recommendations to streamline the agricultural sector, promote the participation of women in the labor force, and enhance the competitiveness of Japan’s manufacturers. It is due to be endorsed by the Cabinet tomorrow.last_img read more

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Spot-fixing: Fourth Pak cricketer under ICC ‘probe’

first_imgA combo picture shows Mazhar Majeed, a Pakistani bookie (C) allegedly receiving bribe from an undercover British reporter to reveal the involvement of (L-R) Pakistani cricketers Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Aamer, in spot-fixing, in the test series against England.Pakistan cricket has been rocked with more revelation as the British tabloid that exposed the nexus between bookies and leading Pakistan cricketers promised to reveal new details of the sordid events that has brought much shame to the game.As Pakistan take to the field in an One-Day International (ODI) at Cardiff against England, the cloud hanging over the team grew thicker as the News of the World tabloid disclosed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) was investigating a fourth Pakistan cricketer over “match-rigging claims”.Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt have faced police investigation for allegedly delivering no-balls at pre-determined stages of the recent Lord’s Test at the behest of bookie Mazhar Majeed.The report adds that it will reveal how the ICC was now probing a fourth Pakistan touring player over “match-rigging claims”. The tabloid is not naming the fourth player for legal reasons.”The three suspended Pakistan players face a staggering 23 ICC charges between them – each charge runs to six pages.”Pakistan Captain Salman Butt was warned five times about his responsibilities to report any irregular contact with outside agencies,” it said.The tabloid also said its print edition will publish the “entire investigation starting in January this year including printing the transcripts of every meeting, conversation, email and text exchange”.advertisementThe new revelations include the claim that between 10,000 and 15,000 pounds of marked bills were recovered from captain Salman Butt’s hotel room.Other revelations include an “explosive claim” by a member of the Pakistan touring team that some of his teammates are “cheats”.”Opening batsman Yasir Hameed tells us bent teammates were fixing ‘almost every match’.He said: ‘They’ve been caught. Only the ones that get caught are branded crooks. They were doing it (fixing) in almost every match. God knows what they were up to. Scotland Yard was after them for ages. It makes me angry because I’m playing my best and they are trying to lose,'” it noted.However, Hameed denied making any such allegations against his teammates.The player told Geo News that he had discussed the issue with the team manager.last_img read more

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Sourav Ganguly on chat with fans dubs Dhoni as brilliant captain, praises fast bowlers

first_imgFormer Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday praised the current crop of fast bowlers of the Indian cricket team, who have come good this World Cup, and called Mahendra Singh Dhoni a “brilliant captain”.Former Indian captain Sourav GangulyThe ‘Prince of Kolkata’ said these as part of his tete-a-tete with his fans, who sent him questions on Facebook and Dada answered them from the @IndiaToday handle.To a fan Mohammad Waseem’s question on “Why doesn’t India produces good quality fast bowlers? Why does our team depend only on batting”, Ganguly said, “No we have a good fast bowling attack. They are bowling at 140 in the world cup.”Aaquib Raza, another fan of the charismatic cricketer, asked him about Dhoni’s captaincy abroad, to which Dada said, “MSD is a brilliant captain. His record speaks for itself.”Here are some of the other questions which fans posed for Dada and his answers from the India Today handle:Arun Raghavan Dada should India continue with same winning X1 or should test bench strength against Ireland and Zimbabwe?India Today: Yes they should continue the same teamSucharita Sen Ireland has been performing well in this World Cup. What is your opinion on them? Do you think India will crack this one too or complacency will kill them?India Today: India will beat IrelandAshish Pandey Dada, will Indian team find it difficult in knockout stages considering we have not been caught in a tight situation in the group stage itself?India Today: They are in top formadvertisementAnurag Sinha Dada What is your favorite memory of 2003 world cup? I enjoyed watching that world cup & became big fan of yours.India Today: Winning 9 games in a rowArun Raghavan Dada should India continue with same winning X1 or should test bench strength against Ireland and Zimbabwe?India Today: Yes they should continue the same team    Mugundhan Karthik Does Rohit deserves a place in playing 11, as he never delivered in big game?India Today: He willShubhranshu Sethi Sir my question is in this world cup none of the players of previous world cup got chance for playing this world cup like Yuvi, Gambhir and Sehwag … Don’t you think sir that this world cup team don’t have experienced players … is this going to be great problem in quarterfinal, semifinal and final ??India Today: Let’s not predict lets see what happens. India looking very good    Jewel Choudhury What do u think?? Will india reach world cup final??India Today: I am sureTej Manohar Can Bangladesh repeat today’s showing versus India if that game does happen?India Today: India definitely a better team than BangladeshManeesh Sngh Dada what inspired you to remove your shirtIndia Today: Was so happy at winning the cupNilanjan Sarkar I think Rayudu should come in for Raina. What’s your take on this?India Today: Rayudu is a good player too but one doesn’t change winning combinations Raina will come goodAnurag Sinha Dada big fan of yours. My question is how do you rate Shami bowling right now in comparison to former indian pacers?India Today: Don’t believe in comparisons. But he is extremely gifted and has been India’s strength in this WC    Siba Prasad Mishra How do you rate India’s chances of beating the Kiwis in New Zealand in semis…India Today: India capable of beating anyoneAyanant Bhowmick Dada, South Africa is a very strong side. Even, before the world cup started they were said to be the favorites. What happens to them in the big events? One more, Kiwis, do you see them winning the cup this time?India Today: Yes they are a strong side. Let’s see how they play the quarterfinals. The Kiwis have a chance too. Quarterfinal stages anything can happenAyanant BhowmickWhat will you prefer, a 10 team or more than 10 team world cup 2019?India Today: I think you have to give the minnows an oppurtunity to play or else how will they get betterTej Manohar: Can Shami, Yadav, Aaron, and Shardul Thakur develop into potent Test bowlers?India Today: Have not seen Shardul but the other 3 canAmrit Raj: Dada, why don’t you become coach of Indian team??India Today: Have not thought about itRahman Taslima: Dada,Why don’t you write an autobiography? or open a cricket academy?India Today: I have a cricket academy and book some daylast_img read more

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Cong MP seeks BJPs support on bill on Andhra Pradesh

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 20 (PTI) Congress member in Rajya Sabha K V P Ramachandra Rao has sought BJPs support on a private members bill moved by him in the Upper House on reorganisation of the state of Andhra Pradesh.In a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Rao has said the state of Andhra Pradesh “is in a very bad position financially and emotionally” and, hence he has brought the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to further amend the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.”I request you to support the bill along with all your party members in Rajya Sabha and get it passed,” he said, adding that the bill will be moved by him on July 22 for consideration and passage.”Your party did not insist on division for passing your amendments on that day, as you were satisfied with the answers given by the Union government on the floor of the House,” Rao told Jaitley on the developments in Rajya Sabha when the AP Reorganisation Act was passed.He said the bill was passed in both Houses with the support of BJP, “even though all the members of Parliament from Seemandhra belonging to all parties totally opposed the bill in both the Houses.” PTI SKC SClast_img read more

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Sitting all day is bad for your mental health

first_imgUh-oh, looks like more bad news for the sedentary: sitting isn’t just bad for your physical health, it’s bad for your mental health, too.A new study by Michelle Kilpatrick of the University of Tasmania and her team reveals that sitting for 6 or more hours at work may increase risks of mental health issues, like anxiety and depression.Kilpatrick and researchers collected data from 3367 state government employees as part of a health outreach program. Participants filled out surveys on anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, and reported their physical activity. They also filled out other surveys to eliminate confounding factors like overall job satisfaction or off-hours exercise.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberThe data showed that employees who sat for upwards of 6 hours at work experienced increased rates of anxiety and depression, compared to their colleagues who didn’t spend as much time sitting.And in more startling news: even if people went to the gym after work, or were otherwise active in their off hours, they still showed higher rates of anxiety and depression than folks who sat for less than 3 hours a day.The connection between sitting and mental health issues isn’t entirely clear — the study didn’t find any negative associations with the act of sitting itself, just a correlation of behaviors — but it’s enough to make us stand up and take notice.If you have to sit all day long, consider taking periodic walks around the block to break up your day and get the blood flowing — they’re great for re-energizing, too. Instead of sneaking in social media, why not do some stretches to get you out of your seat? Or take the leap and DIY a standing desk.Freelancers, how do you set up your workspace? Do you work sitting, standing, or even walking on a treadmill? Let us know in our hive, Freelance lifestyle: Best practices!Larissa Pham is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She likes going for walks to stretch out and pretending that spinning around in her office chair counts as exercise.last_img read more

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Champions League: Real Madrid look to edge past Bayern Munich for 3rd straight final

first_imgDespite a 2-1 victory at Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals, Real Madrid is worried.Madrid host Bayern in the second leg on Tuesday, but the European champion have struggled in decisive matches at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the past and is wary of more surprises.”We have to think about the good things that we did in the first leg in Munich and learn from the match against Juventus at home,” said backup Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, referring to the 3-1 loss in the quarterfinals.”If we put all that together and stay focused, we can make history by reaching another final.”Against Juventus, Madrid won 3-0 in Italy in the first leg. There was a festive atmosphere for the second leg, which was supposed to be a mere formality. But Madrid was surprised by Juventus, conceding twice in the first half and once after halftime. The 12-time champions escaped an embarrassing home elimination thanks only to a controversial late penalty by Cristiano Ronaldo.”What we have to do is go out and try to win the match,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “That’s going to be our goal. We are not going to think too much about anything else. We will try to score as quickly as possible and win the match.”Madrid also relinquished its lead against Bayern in the quarterfinals last season, when it also won 2-1 in Munich in the first leg.A week later, Bayern sent the match into extra time. Ronaldo, who got both goals in the first leg and one in regulation in the second, scored twice in extra time to complete a hat trick and save Madrid from elimination.advertisement”I don’t know how significant the first-leg advantage will be. We know what happened against Juventus and against Bayern last year,” Zidane said. “We will need a huge performance. We will need to play like never before this year to be able to advance. We are prepared and we are going to give it all we’ve got to make it to the final.”Sloppy defense was key to those struggles by Madrid at home. Madrid didn’t play poorly but couldn’t stop its opponents on the few chances they created. Against Juventus, all three goals came when the Madrid defense failed to clear routine crosses into the area.Bayern paid attention to Madrid’s recent struggles.”Real Madrid has shown that it can be vulnerable even when playing at home,” Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said through a translator. “They are not invincible despite what many people may think.”The defense could be a problem for Madrid again on Tuesday as right back Dani Carvajal is out injured and Zidane has few options to replace him. Youngster Achraf Hakimi is Carvajal’s immediate substitute but he has not impressed.Nacho Fernandez, a central defender who has played at right back on other occasions, is coming off an injury and it’s not clear if he will be fully fit to play.Zidane said he may consider using forward Lucas Vazquez in defense, as he did after Carvajal had to leave the first leg because of his injury.Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who used to play as a right back, could also end up on the flank.”It could be an option,” Ramos said. “I can adapt. It wouldn’t be a problem for me.”Madrid is also certain to be without midfielder Isco, who did not recover from a shoulder sprain sustained in the first leg in Germany.Madrid is trying to win a third straight European title, and fourth in five seasons. The last team to reach three straight finals was Juventus from 1996-98.Bayern, a five-time European champion, is looking to return to the final after four seasons.”We need to be more efficient than in the first leg,” Heynckes said. “We have scored lots of goals all season and I hope we can show the efficiency that usually characterizes our game.”last_img read more

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Report: Colombia 1 Japan 2

first_imgColombia 1 Japan 2: Sanchez red spoils Pekerman’s plans Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 21:53 6/19/18 carlossanchez-cropped Getty Images Colombia got off to a nightmare start when Carlos Sanchez was sent off after less than three minutes of their 2-1 defeat to Japan. Carlos Sanchez was shown the second-fastest red card in World Cup history as Colombia slipped to a 2-1 defeat in their World Cup opener against Japan in Mordovia.The Group H favourites suffered a nightmarish start to their campaign when Sanchez blocked Shinji Kagawa’s shot with his arm after just two minutes and 56 seconds, prompting the referee to brandish the first straight red card for handball at a World Cup since Luis Suarez was sent off against Ghana in 2010.Kagawa then put Japan ahead from the penalty spot but even with 10 men Jose Pekerman was able to make his side competitive and Juan Fernando Quintero levelled with a free-kick six minutes before half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Pekerman brought on 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez in the second half but the Bayern Munich star, not fully recovered from a calf injury, was not allowed much of the ball by a disciplined, energetic Japan side.Akira Nishino’s men came into the tournament as one of the lowest ranked teams but they defied their position by making good use of their man advantage and fully deserved to have their lead restored when FC Koln forward Yuya Osako headed the winner in the 73rd minute.Victory over Colombia will give Japan hope of progressing beyond the group stage for the first time since 2010, while Pekerman will hope that James can return to full fitness in time for their forthcoming clash with Poland.02:56 – Carlos Sanchez’s red card after two minutes and 56 seconds is the second fastest shown in World Cup history, after Jose Alberto Batista for Uruguay vs Scotland in 1986 (54 seconds). Handed. #COL #COLJPN #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 19, 2018The game was less than three minutes old when Sanchez blocked Kagawa’s 20-yard shot with his arm and the referee pointed to the penalty spot before showing the midfielder a straight red card.After lengthy protests, Sanchez eventually left the field and Kagawa was allowed to slot the penalty clinically into the bottom right corner of the net and Colombia’s game plan was in tatters.Despite the double setback, the South Americans attacked and Radamel Falcao got a toe to Quintero’s looping pass into the penalty area but could only poke the ball into the arms of veteran Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.Jose Pekerman shuffled his pack on the half-hour mark, replacing Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado with Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios, and an equaliser arrived nine minutes later.Falcao won a dubious free-kick after a challenge with Makoto Hasebe and Quintero’s ensuing free-kick was driven low into the bottom left corner of the net where Kawashima arrived just too late to stop it from crossing the line.After a frantic first half, the game slowed in the second but Osako burst into the Colombia box and drew a save from David Ospina with a tricky close-range shot that the Arsenal goalkeeper parried away.Ospina was called into action again moments later, diving full length to his left to push Takashi Inui’s curling 20-yard shot away from danger, before Pekerman sent on James as he sought a way to turn the tide back in favour of his side.But Japan were dominating possession and their pressure told when substitute Keisuke Honda’s corner found Osako, who outjumped his marker and headed the ball into the far corner of the net, beyond Ospina’s reach.James had a sight of goal with 13 minutes remaining but his first-time shot from inside the penalty area was turned over the crossbar by the outstretched leg of Osako, and he will hope to regain full fitness in time to inspire Colombia to better results against Poland and Senegal.Key Opta Stats:- Japan have become the first Asian side to defeat South American opposition at the World Cup (P18 W1 D3 L14).- This is the first World Cup tournament in which as many as four South American teams have failed to win their opening game since 1974.- None of Colombia’s 19 games at the World Cup have ended goalless. The only nations that have played more games in the competition without recording a 0-0 are USA (33) and Austria (29).- Keisuke Honda is the first player from an Asian nation to provide an assist in three different World Cup tournaments since 1966.- There have been more direct free-kick goals scored in just 15 games at World Cup 2018 (4) than there were in the entire 2014 edition (3), with Colombia’s Juan Fernando Quintero netting the fourth.- Quintero became the first player to score in two different World Cup tournaments for Colombia (2014 and 2018). – Eiji Kawashima (35 years, 91 days) became the oldest player to appear for Japan in a World Cup finals match. read morelast_img read more

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a month ago​Barcelona partner with Facebook for subscription model

first_img​Barcelona partner with Facebook for subscription modelby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have become the first sports club to use social media giant Facebook’s new fan subscriptions product, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The digital fan club will provide subscribers with access to special rewards, exclusive content and interactive experiences, exclusive Facebook groups and virtual badges highlighting their status as a Barcelona supporter.Subscribers will be able to view the exclusive content in several ways, including on their news feed and in the supporter-only Facebook group. Barcelona’s official Facebook page will also have a ‘For Supporters’ tab, which will only be visible to subscribers and will link to all of the exclusive content in one destination.The Catalan club and Facebook said they worked together to develop the product, which operates on a monthly subscription basis for UK£2.29 (US$2.85). TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Gov’t Develops Climate Change Risk Assessment Tool

first_imgThe Government is developing a Climate Change Risk Assessment Tool that will enable better planning of community and national projects, particularly those that could be affected by climate change issues.“Once completed, any Ministry agency, or Parish Council will be able to use this tool to assess the risk of community and national projects against specific climate change scenarios,” said Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill.He was speaking on Wednesday, June 26, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.The Minister further informed that training of all Ministers and heads of agencies in using the climate change management tool will commence before the end of the year.“We are grateful to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and the United Kingdom-based group called Acclimatize, for working with us on this,” he said.On another matter, the Minister informed that the Government, through the Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC) has given support to the Scientific Research Council (SRC) and the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) in Trinidad, to win an international tender and commence the establishment of a Caribbean Climate Change Innovation Centre.“I am proud to announce that the Climate Change Innovation Centre will be one of only six centres of excellence of its kind being established by the World Bank in different regions of the world,” Minister Pickersgill said.The Caribbean Climate Change Innovation Centre will operate from the SRC and CARIRI in Trinidad.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

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MCP Offers New Digital Reality for Shipowners, …

first_imgzoom Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) has announced the launch of VAVE, a unique digital business enablement platform for the cruise and ferry industry.VAVE (Value Added Voyage Experience) has been conceived to bridge the digital divide between land and sea mobile behavior. By utilizing a vessel’s GSM signal and Wi-Fi network it creates a ship-wide ‘onboard cloud’ that all mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops etc.) fall under.Users can then access a range of services – such as free messaging (if desired) over Wi-Fi, or onboard retail/booking systems – while shipowners can target individual handsets with personalized messages.The system has been developed in partnership with iES Italia and is licensed exclusively to MCP. Installation is simple – centered on the fitting and configuring of a VAVE delivery and platform engine onboard – with the system then available across cabin screens, public area TVs, or any internet-enabled device.The interface is either a simple to use Android or Apple app, or a standard web browser, with HTML 5 software providing an app-like user experience. The platform can be accessed from the moment a voyage is booked, and after the vacation, allowing passengers to enjoy its service, while cruise companies have a powerful tool for upselling, ongoing marketing and building customer loyalty.MCP, which has more than 160 vessels signed to its CellAtSea network, has rigorously tested its innovation onboard Mega Express Five, the 1,800 pax Corsica Sardinia ferry that sails routes between Nice in France and Bastia in Corsica.VAVE can be customized for any vessel and any owner’s business model – with selected services either charged on a usage basis, creating new revenue streams, or available free, for operators that want to enhance their brand experience and create market standout. March 14, 2014last_img read more

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Dellen Millards mistrial request dismissed as jury continues deliberations

first_imgTORONTO – A judge dismissed a mistrial request Thursday from a man accused of killing a former lover and burning her body as the jury continued to deliberate on a verdict in the case.Dellen Millard, who is representing himself, argued that the lawyer of his co-accused, Mark Smich, crossed the line in his closing address to the jury when he purportedly blamed Millard for the death of Laura Babcock.The judge presiding over the case said Smich’s counsel simply pointed at the evidence brought forth by the Crown during the eight-week trial.“I’ve beaten you up badly in oral arguments, which is what happens when you make a weak argument,” Justice Michael Code said to Millard when he dismissed the application.The Crown alleges Millard and Smich killed Babcock in the summer of 2012 because she was the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend.They contend the pair covered up their crime by burning Babcock’s remains in an animal incinerator. Babcock’s body has not been found.Smich’s lawyer, Thomas Dungey, told the jury that if they conclude that Babcock is dead and her death was caused by an unlawful act then Millard was the principal offender — he had the opportunity, a motive and bought a gun the day before the 23-year-old Toronto woman vanished.Millard argued he should have been given advance notice of Smich’s “antagonistic” position from the outset.Both Millard and Smich had said in pretrial motions that they did not intend to put forth a “cut-throat” defence, where the co-accused blame each other for an alleged crime.Millard said Smich changed his position during Dungey’s closing address, and called it “an unfair ambush” and a “surprise attack.”Code disagreed and said it was well within Dungey’s rights to take the position he did in his closing address.“It was clear as day that the case against you was a strong case and the case against Smich was a closer case,” Code said. “I don’t see how you’ve been taken by surprise or think this is an unfairness to you.”Both Millard and Smich have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Babcock’s presumed death.Meanwhile, the jury continues to deliberate the case.last_img read more

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Energy companies roll out production cuts along with third quarter results

first_imgAthabasca Oil Corp. says it is dialling back production at its two steam-driven oilsands projects in northern Alberta by between 5,000 and 8,000 barrels per day in November and December to deal with heavy oil discounts that it expects will persist until next spring.Meanwhile, Perpetual Energy Ltd. and Gear Energy Ltd. are among companies announcing drilling program deferrals until next year in hopes that flush production from new wells will find more robust prices. Gear adds it plans to put 40,000 barrels of heavy oil into surface storage tanks to be sold at a later date.Dinara Millington, vice-president of research for the Canadian Energy Research Institute, says decisions to reduce production could affect provincial government royalty payments and federal government corporate income taxes.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Production cutbacks and deferred drilling programs are emerging as a common theme as Calgary-based oil and gas companies elect to leave barrels in the ground rather than sell at current low prices.In third-quarter results released this week, energy companies large and small say they are avoiding wider-than-usual price discounts blamed on difficulty in getting barrels to market due to full export pipelines.Analysts estimate as much as 100,000 barrels per day is being taken offline, not enough to make a big difference in pricing as it represents only a small percentage of Canada’s overall output of about 4.6 million barrels of oil per day.last_img read more

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Uproar After Israeli Army Spokesperson Misuses Lyrics of Saad Lamjerrad Song

Rabat – Avichay Adraee, the Israeli Defense Forces’ spokesperson for Arabic media stirred uproar on social media when he posted on Thursday alternative lyrics to Saad Lamjerrad’s hit song “LM3ALLEM,” which can be translated as “teacher” or “master.” The Israeli army official misused the song’s lyrics to condemn what he called “Palestinian terrorists.”The lyrics, posted on Adraee’s official Facebook page, go as follows:“They say he is a martyr, they say he is a hero, they say he is brave, and they call him a teacher. They paint the shahada with blood, they change the meaning of heroism to terrorism, they think the foolish are brave, and they call the killer of innocents a master! They will not succeed and will not stain the clean musical strings with terrorism!” The shahada refers to the Arabic phrase meaning “there is no God but God (Allah in Arabic) and Mohammed is the messenger of God,” which is recited by Muslims throughout their lives as a believer in the Islamic faith.Reactions in the comments section of the post varied. While some comments were supportive of Adraee’s stance against what he calls “terrorism,” the majority considered the post paradoxical, and accused the Israeli Army for “committing terrorist acts against the Palestinians in the Palestinian occupied territories.”Abdel Löwenherz, a Moroccan living in Luxembourg, commented: “In my opinion, you link the IDF to power, pride and valor, but does an army with these qualities kill children, women, or old people? I want to ask you, is all of Gaza full of terrorists?“What is the Moroccan artist doing on your page? Moroccans support Palestinian unity. We strongly condemn this act when you slander the Palestinian people with your criminal words. We consider Palestine to be our second country,” Abdellah Elouarrari, a Moroccan citizen living in Qatar said.Another Moroccan showed his admiration of Israeli scholars and expressed his support for Israel in its fight “against terrorism.”“Greeting from Morocco to the people and scholars of Israel,” said Yassine Assou from Kenitra. “I hope that you are united against the face of terrorism all year.” read more

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MR says TNA can join the UPFA

The President said that he has always maintained that any political party can join the UPFA and that offer stands even for the TNA. President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the door is open even for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA).Speaking to newspaper Editors at a breakfast meeting today, the President said that his main aim is to form a united Sri Lanka. He says he wants to develop the country and is not interested in taking political revenge on anyone. He noted that during the recent provincial council polls the UPFA had obtained votes, not just from the Sinhalese but the Tamils and Muslims as well.The President says it signified the confidence the people have in the government. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Paddlers needed for dragon boat team

The Brock Paddleheads dragon boat team still has a few spots open for team members wanting to paddle for charity.The team will compete in the St. Catharines Dragon Boat Festival, an annual fundraiser for Wellspring Niagara and the St. Catharines Museum. No experience is required.This year’s dragon boat festival will be Saturday, July 23 at Henley Island. The races start at 9 a.m. and wrap up with an awards ceremony at the end of the day. There will be two practices prior to the races — Tuesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 21. Racers are asked to attend two practices and raise $40 in pledges for Wellspring Niagara.Last year, Brock’s team of 22 raised $850.For more information contact, contact Laura MacLean at 905-688-5550 x5434 or lmaclean@brocku.caRelated stories:• Brock Paddleheads raise $850 for Wellspring Niagara | The Brock News read more

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Man accused of causing the death of Bartica overseer granted bail

A 23-year-old man was on Tuesday morning granted bail in the sum of $200,000 when he appeared at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court to answer to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.Killed: Mark DutchinSalliem Khan, the driver of motorcar PLL 3322, pleaded not guilty when Magistrate Dylon Bess read the charge to him.The court heard that on December 27, 2018, at Fifth Street, Bartica, while driving his motorcar, allegedly at a fast rate, Khan struck down 65-year-old Mark Dutchin resulting in his subsequent death.He was granted bail and the matter was transferred to Magistrate Lambert of the said Court.Khan is expected to appear tomorrow (Wednesday) for a trial date to be given.On the evening in question, motor car PLL 3322, was proceeding east along the northern side of the Bartica road, reportedly at a fast rate when it struck Dutchin, an overseer of the Works Department at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC).Dutchin was reportedly thrown onto the front left side window of the vehicle and was further thrown some distance away on the northern side of the road.He reportedly suffered broken arms, legs, ribs and head injuries, among others.He was picked up, in an unconscious condition, by public spirited persons and taken to the Bartica Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedElderly man killed in Bartica accidentDecember 28, 2017In “Crime”Taxi driver on bail for causing death of Linden pensionerJanuary 20, 2016In “Crime”Taxi Driver granted $250,000 bail for causing death of Peddle CyclistFebruary 26, 2014In “Crime” read more

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Snapshot Look who has turned up at Richmond Park

first_imgCredit: INPHO/Donall FarmerSTAYING TRUE TO his word, Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni arrived in Inchicore this evening to take in St Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United on the opening night of the Airtricity League season.Having named his squad for this month’s World Cup qualifying double header earlier today, the Italian made his way to Richmond Park.There was doubt cast over whether the game would go ahead when referee Alan Kelly called a pitch inspection with less than an hour to go before kick-off. However, he gave it the all-clear and last season’s runners up kicked-off against the third placed side.On a rare visit to watch League of Ireland football, Trap looked in high spirits and even posed for a picture with Saints mascot ‘Paddy the Panther’.Credit: INPHO/Donall FarmerAlso in attendance is former Ireland boss and Pat’s manager Brian Kerr.Credit: INPHO/Donall FarmerGibson unwilling to kiss and make up with TrapattoniLiverpool debt won’t stop Rodgers spendinglast_img read more

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