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UNs message to mothers breastfeeding can save your babys life

Breastfeeding is directly linked to reducing the death toll of children under five, yet only 36 per cent of infants below the age of six months in developing countries are exclusively breastfed, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).“With so much at stake, we need to do more to reach women with a simple, powerful message: Breastfeeding can save your baby’s life,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated from 1 to 7 August. “No other preventive intervention is more cost effective in reducing the number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthdays,” he stated. Among the benefits of breastfeeding, UNICEF pointed out that the practice could lead to a 13 per cent reduction in deaths of children under five if infants were exclusively breastfed for 6 months and continued to be breastfed up to one year. “Breastfed is best fed, whether the baby is born in Uganda or England, China or Canada,” said Mr. Lake.However, while breastfeeding rates in the developing world are on the rise in two-thirds of countries with data, millions of infants are not benefiting from this life-saving practice. Therefore, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and their partners are using the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week to spur new and creative ways to raise awareness and reach a larger audience with the message of the benefits of breastfeeding.The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, which is an initiative of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, is “Talk to Me! Breastfeeding – a 3D Experience.” It emphasizes the importance of communication at various levels and between various sectors to promote breastfeeding.“Communication is key to attain progress,” said Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health. “This year’s theme for the World Breastfeeding Week highlights the opportunity of new communication technologies for making qualified support accessible to health care providers, mothers and families…“Protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding is important because, even though breastfeeding is natural, it is also a learned behaviour,” added Dr. Bustreo. 1 August 2011The United Nations and its partners are promoting the use of all possible means of communication, including social networking, blogs and even flash mobs, to get the message out on the benefits of breastfeeding beyond clinics and delivery rooms to the wider public. read more

Television kills child

Further investigations are underway, the police media unit added. A child was killed when a television set fell on her in Medagama yesterday, the police media unit said today.The police said that the eight year old girl was placed next to the television set in her house by her parents. Investigations revealed that the television set had fallen on the child when she had been kicking the table on which the television was placed.The child was admitted to the Bibile hospital for treatment but she succumbed to her injuries.

In Sierra Leone UK Prime Minister Blair lauds UN peacekeeping effort

During a meeting on Saturday in Freetown with Oluyemi Adeniji, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sierra Leone, Mr. Blair was briefed on developments in the peace process. Mr. Adeniji emphasized the need to reintegrate ex-combatants, reconstruct communities and extend the Government’s authority throughout the country. Mr. Adeniji also briefed the British Prime Minister on the status of the voter registration process and the support being provided by UNAMSIL to the National Electoral Commission in advance of May’s elections. Emphasizing the need for continued international commitment to Sierra Leone, the UN official urged the British Government to take the lead in encouraging other donors to contribute to the country’s reconstruction. For his part, the Prime Minister said the United Kingdom would maintain a long-term commitment to Sierra Leone as well as the rest of the African continent, and that the UK Secretary of State for International Development, Clare Short, would pay a follow-up visit to the region in the coming weeks. In another development, representatives of a dozen donor nations and international organizations urged greater support for Sierra Leone following a week-long tour of the country. Welcoming their visit, Alan Doss, the UN Coordinator in Sierra Leone, told the press on Friday that the response from donors had been “extremely” positive. “There was no indication of donor fatigue, but a real willingness to assist,” he said. Also speaking to reporters, a representative from the Netherlands said he was “shocked” by the amount of devastation in the areas the team visited. A representative from Sweden said there was no more important challenge than to create a peaceful environment so that people could go back to their villages and live normal lives. Several donor representatives expressed satisfaction with the peaceful and secure environment that has been established by UNAMSIL. read more

AP Sources VW to pay near 102B to settle emissions claims

FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, the Volkswagen logo is seen on the grill of a Volkswagen on display in Pittsburgh. A person briefed on the matter said Thursday, June 23, 2016, Volkswagen has agreed to pay about $10.2 billion to settle claims in the U.S. from its emissions-cheating scandal. The money would go mainly to compensate 482,000 owners of cars with 2-liter diesel engines that were programmed to cheat on emissions tests. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) by Tom Krisher And Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2016 10:13 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AP Sources: VW to pay near $10.2B to settle emissions claims DETROIT – Volkswagen will spend about $10.2 billion to settle an emissions cheating scandal in the U.S. that has turned into one of the largest cases of corporate deception in the nation’s history.Two people briefed on settlement talks said most of the money would go to compensate 482,000 owners of cars with 2-litre diesel engines that were programmed to turn on emissions controls during government lab tests and turn them off while on the road.Investigators determined that the cars emitted more than 40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide, which can cause respiratory problems in humans. VW diesel owners first learned of the deception in September, and most have seen the value of their cars decline. According to the two people, Volkswagen will offer to fix the cars for free, but any fix will likely hurt the cars’ acceleration and fuel economy. Alternatively, owners can sell their car back to the company.Volkswagen, which admitted to intentionally deceiving regulators, will also pay penalties to government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board and the Federal Trade Commission, one of the people said.The settlement is not final yet and terms could change as lawyers work around the clock on final details, said the people, who asked not to be identified because a judge in the case has issued a gag order. Details are scheduled to be released Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco.The $10.2 billion would eclipse the cost of all recent automotive scandals — and the amount VW ultimately pays out could grow by billions of dollars. A lawsuit by the Justice Department is ongoing, and the company could be fined by the state of California. The company also faces as much as $20 billion in fines for violating the Clean Air Act.General Motors, by comparison, paid roughly $6.9 billion for a series of embarrassing recalls that started two years ago with defective ignition switches that caused at least 124 deaths.Owners of the VW cars, which date to the 2009 model year, can either sell their vehicles back to the company at the pre-scandal value or let the company fix the vehicle for free, one person said. In either case, owners would also get $1,000 to $7,000 depending on their cars’ age, with an average payment of about $5,000, one of the people said.The average value of a VW diesel has dropped 19 per cent since just before the scandal began. In August of 2015, the average was $13,196, and this May it was $10,674, according to Kelley Blue Book.Attorneys representing owners, VW and government agencies have not yet agreed on the steps VW will take to repair the cars, the person said. Any fix likely would require a bigger catalytic converter or injection of the chemical urea into the exhaust to help neutralize the pollution. The fixes likely would hurt the cars’ performance.Spokesmen for the EPA, VW and the Justice Department would not comment Thursday.Around 11 million cars worldwide also had the cheating software, but nitrogen oxide emissions standards aren’t as stringent outside the U.S.Volkswagen owners filed dozens of lawsuits against VW after it acknowledged in September that it intentionally defeated emissions tests and put dirty vehicles on the road.The $10.2 billion figure also does not include the cost of damage done to VW’s brand value and sales. Since the scandal became public, the Volkswagen brand’s sales have fallen each month. Through May, sales are down 13 per cent compared with a year ago.The company has admitted developing sophisticated software that determined when the cars were being tested by the EPA on a treadmill-like device called a dynamometer and turned on the pollution controls. Once all wheels began spinning and the steering wheel was turned, the controls were turned off.The company, which knew the EPA’s testing routine, got away with the scam for seven years before being caught by the International Council on Clean Transportation, which hired West Virginia University to test a VW on real roads.The settlement to be announced Tuesday does not include 3-litre Volkswagen diesels, which had another version of cheating software.____Biesecker reported from Washington. Follow Tom Krisher at https://twitter.com/tkrisher. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/tom-krisher read more

Emery Sweeps Doubleheader Against Grand Photo Gallery

Photos by Dusty Butler The Grand Red Devils came to town for a doubleheader against the Spartans on Wednesday. Koda Alton was the big story in the first leg, hitting a three-run homer and tallying five RBIs in the contest. Cade Brazier got the win, giving up two earned runs on five hits over five innings. He pitched a complete game as the mercy rule came into affect. The Spartans erupted with six runs in the second and eight runs in the fifth for the 15-5 victory.Grand started off hot in the first inning of the second game, immediately scoring three runs. The Spartans responded well in the bottom half, loading up the bases and eventually pushing six runs across. Kyson Stilson had three hits in the game while Teagan Christmas went 2-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Alton pitched 6.2 innings and gave up two earned runs on two hits while striking out 11. Emery won 12-6.Brax Jensen went a combined 4-6 (.667) in the two games and scored four runs for the Spartans. Emery will host North Sanpete on Tuesday, March 19. read more

New AD Familiar Face at USUE

Photo and quotes from USUEasternAthletics.comScott Madsen was named the interim Athletic Director back in January and USU Eastern Chief Administrator Greg Dart has announced that the “interim” part of the title will now be dropped.“Scott has been serving as an interim director of athletics for several months. We are excited to have him continue in the role permanently,” said Dart.Madsen has been the head baseball coach for the past 16 years at the college and he also served as the Assistant AD over Advancement for a time.“I feel privileged to be named to this position after being the interim for the past seven months. I feel like the athletic department is moving in the right direction and I hope I can continue to build off the success that I have had,” said Madsen. “I have really enjoyed working with all the coaches here and I feel like we have a good environment in our department.”Madsen and his wife Denice, have five children and the duo resides in Price. Madsen has a bachelor’s degree from Bellevue University and a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University. He was raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho.Kirk Haney was named as the new USU Eastern head baseball coach after Madsen was given the new role. read more

This Is Rory McIlroys Masters To Lose

“Rory is in a great place right now,” said James Jankowski, a specialist putting coach who is currently working with players on the European Tour.Behind blistering tee shots and gorgeous iron play, McIlroy had one of the best starts to a career in modern golf history. But for years, it has felt like he is being held back by one club: his putter.Inexplicably, the same guy who made driving greens on par-4s feel ordinary could also five-putt at Pebble Beach. “If Rory McIlroy could only putt well,” The Telegraph’s James Corrigan wrote last year, “he would win every week.” Indeed, one of the sport’s most gifted ball-strikers finished the past three seasons 97th, 159th, and tied for 135th in strokes gained per round with the putter. What’s perhaps most remarkable this season, then, is that McIlroy ranks 57th in the metric.He’s sinking 92.9 percent of his putts from 5 feet, which ranks sixth on the tour and is a full 12.2 percentage points higher than last season. He hadn’t ranked higher than 92nd in the metric in the past three seasons. Inside of 10 feet, he’s draining 88.3 percent of his putts, tied for 56th on tour, after finishing 64th last year. He ranked outside of the top 130 in the metric in 2016 and 2017.“Mentally, he seems to be better (this year),” Jankowski said of the man who once screamed, “Who can’t putt?!” at a fan. “Making more important putts and seeming more relaxed about the outcome.”And while those numbers could certainly dip as McIlroy tallies more rounds, he has never putted this well relative to the field at this juncture of the season. And in terms of total true strokes gained, he is doing better than any previous winners had from Jan. 1 until the Masters started. 2013Rory McIlroy13+0.52+1.41T25 2017-0.10+0.18+0.50+1.10+1.65 2014Rory McIlroy12-0.15+2.10T8 True strokes Gained Per Round 2010-0.16+0.01+0.45+0.83+1.41 2009-0.30-0.02+0.37+0.45+1.42 2015Rory McIlroy10+0.26+2.294 2014Bubba Watson16+0.30+2.251 2008Trevor Immelman20-0.91+0.011 2013-0.02+0.06+0.57+0.74+1.04 2006Phil Mickelson23+0.55+2.841 2016Danny Willett8+0.64+1.461 2012Bubba Watson23-0.34+2.151 Source: Data Golf 2019+0.40+0.42+0.97+1.51+2.83 Rory is outdoing himself this yearTrue strokes gained per round in different areas for Rory McIlroy, 2009-19 2005Tiger Woods21+0.20+2.871 2013Adam Scott12+0.18+2.431 2009Angel Cabrera14-0.34+0.171 2019Rory McIlroy23+0.41+3.48? YearPlayerRounds measuredPuttingTotalMasters Finish 2017Rory McIlroy8+0.02+3.02T7 2016-0.15+0.26+0.61+1.38+2.24 2011-0.12-0.09+0.57+1.05+1.94 2010Phil Mickelson25-0.08+1.521 2015+0.02+0.28+0.70+1.27+2.38 SeasonPuttingAround GreenApproachOff The TeeTotal 2010Rory McIlroy10-0.69+0.95CUT McIlroy is in better form than previous Masters winnersHighest true strokes gained per round from Jan. 1 through the start of the Masters for previous Masters winners and Rory McIlroy, 2007-19 2018Patrick Reed23+0.18+1.181 Major-championship season tees off this weekend in Augusta, Georgia, so settle in for some high-definition azaleas, a sweet-sounding Jim Nantz overture and a musky aura of self-importance.The 2019 Masters is not short on juicy questions. In pursuit of his first major victory in more than 11 years, is Tiger Woods about to have a green jacket for every day of the work week? Can Dustin Johnson add the Masters to his list of vanquished tournaments after posting three consecutive top-10 finishes at Augusta?1Johnson didn’t play in the 2017 Masters after falling down a staircase. Could this year’s winning putt possibly elicit a more tepid reaction from the gallery than Patrick Reed’s did in 2018?But there is one debate that can be shuttered before it attracts oxygen: The hottest player on the planet is Rory McIlroy, the pint-sized Irishman with bionic power off the tee. No one on any tour is playing better golf than McIlroy.2He leads the PGA Tour in total strokes gained, strokes gained tee-to-green and strokes gained off the tee, among other valuable metrics. In eight starts this season, McIlroy has a tour-leading seven top-10 finishes, including a win at the Players Championship. Bettors are aware, installing 8-1 odds, the shortest of any player, for the 15-time PGA Tour event champion.A win at Augusta National would make McIlroy just the fourth player in golf’s modern era to complete a career grand slam before turning 30, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group.3Joining Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Bobby Jones completed an in-season grand slam in 1930 at age 28, but that was before the first Masters, when the U.S. and British amateur tournaments joined the open events in both countries as the four majors. And there’s reason to believe this week represents the best opportunity the 29-year-old has had to capture the green jacket that has eluded him.By true strokes gained, which adjusts regular strokes gained for field strength,4True strokes gained appraises the number of strokes better or worse a golfer was in a given round than the average PGA Tour professional in a given season. McIlroy is playing the best golf of his career this season, picking up an average of 2.83 strokes on the field — nearly one full stroke better than his 2018 performance and even more exceptional than his 2014 campaign (+2.56), when he won three tournaments, including two majors. 2011Rory McIlroy8-0.87+1.36T15 2012+0.14+0.31+1.19+1.23+2.49 Source: Data Golf 2018Rory McIlroy15+0.62+1.81T5 2015Jordan Spieth27+0.84+2.551 2011Charl Schwartzel16+0.67+1.491 2009Rory McIlroy12+0.14+1.93T20 2012Rory McIlroy8+0.27+3.24T40 2007Zach Johnson20+0.98+1.281 2004Phil Mickelson23+0.37+2.931 2018+0.15+0.38+0.51+0.91+1.92 2017Sergio Garcia12-0.56+2.231 Strokes Gained 2014+0.36+0.08+0.78+1.52+2.56 2016Rory McIlroy14+0.44+2.12T10 But that will be tested this weekend. Augusta’s sloping bentgrass greens boast nightmare-inducing undulation. Former and current players have described playing on them as “very intimidating,” “the most difficult” and “Mickey Mouse, miniature golf.” Legendary golfer Ernie Els once six-putted to start the tournament and later intimated that he might soon quit the sport. Last year, two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson sent an eagle putt into a greenside bunker. “It embarrasses you,” Charles Coody, who won the tournament in 1971, told Sports Illustrated. “Sometimes you do stuff where you want to walk off and hide.”McIlroy would have been forgiven if he had done just that last year. Trailing Reed by three strokes entering the final round, he logged a 2-over-par 74 and was irrelevant by the back nine. Not trusting his putter, McIlroy told reporters, “made a big difference.”5Nearly half of McIlroy’s 10 highest total-putt performances at majors have come at Augusta.McIlroy is on record, though, not putting too much stock in putting — particularly at the Masters. “At Augusta, you don’t need to putt great,” McIlroy said last year. “You need to not waste any shots.” He isn’t alone with that hypothesis — and there’s more evidence pointing to that conclusion.6Draining shots on the green obviously doesn’t hurt a player’s chances, considering that strokes gained while putting drives 35.8 percent of score variation on tour, more than any other shot category, according to research conducted by Data Golf. Mark Broadie, who pioneered the strokes-gained metrics, found that Augusta has the highest three-putt rate of any stop on tour.7From every distance, pros are 80 percent more likely to need three putts to finish at Augusta, Broadie found. However, Broadie also noted that because the greens are so well manicured, players also sink more putts inside of 10 feet at Augusta than anywhere else. The issue, then, is sticking approach shots within a reasonable distance of the flagstick to limit lag putts and mitigate long-range misreads. McIlroy has been doing just that, picking up 0.97 true strokes gained on approach shots, the second best mark of his career. Additionally, if he maintained his current numbers, McIlroy would set a new career best in three-putt avoidance (1.98 percent of putts). The past 15 champions were picking up 0.18 strokes on the field with the putter entering tournament week. McIlroy is picking up strokes at more than twice that rate.Away from the green, precision from the tee box is valuable, to be sure, but the Masters layout doesn’t exactly do any favors for McIlroy’s preternatural power. His 263.2 yards per drive at the Masters is well below his tee-shot averages in recent seasons and his historical averages at golf’s other marquee events. Although he bashes par-5s like you’d expect, he struggles on par-4s, where on average he’s plus-3.6, according to Golf Stats.Rory’s hot start this season has plenty of observers excited, though it’s not at all rare for McIlroy to surge out of the gate. When his past 11 seasons are compared with the pre-Masters performances of the past 15 Masters champions, McIlroy holds the top three marks in true strokes gained entering the tournament. But his 2019 performance has been prodigious.That McIlroy’s sensational play is setting him up for a potential historic win is made all the more riveting by the baggage he carries into the Georgia pines. In 2011, the then-21-year-old held a four-stroke lead after 54 holes before stumbling to the finish line with a final-round 80, giving him a 15th-place finish. It was the highest closing round by a 54-hole leader in 56 years and is still tied for the fourth-highest round of McIlroy’s professional career. “Rory needs to fly very quickly to Northern Ireland,” broadcaster Nick Faldo said as McIlroy tapped in the final bogey of the day. “And I’m sure that his whole country will give him a big hug.”But eight years later, is this finally when he puts it all together and earns the time-honored tradition of an uncomfortable post-victory interview in Butler Cabin?“The Masters has now become the biggest golf tournament in the world, and I’m comfortable saying that,” McIlroy said last year. “I don’t care about the U.S. Open or the Open Championship, it is the biggest tournament in the world. It is the most amount of eyeballs, the most amount of hype. The most amount of everything is at Augusta.” read more

Grandmother of Jodie Chesney teenage girl stabbed in unprovoked London attack calls

Jodie Chesney, 17, has been named locally as the victim Acting Detective Chief Superintendent John Ross of the Metropolitan Police’s East Area Command Unit described the girl’s death as a “tragedy”.He issued an appeal for witnesses to the attack or anything suspicious in the area on Friday night.The officer added that additional patrols would be put in place in the Harold Hill area.The killing comes less than a week after Che Morrison, 20, was stabbed to death outside Ilford train station in east London. Her family said they were too distressed to speak. Friends said Chesney was “the nicest girl possible” Explaining how she had heard voices yelling for help, she said: “I never thought in a million years that I was coming out to a murder and that I would be walking out to a young lady who had been stabbed. “Then a boy said, ‘I need help, my girlfriend has been stabbed’ and I just flew over there.“People are scared to help, but all I was thinking with my mother’s instinct was, ‘I need to help’. Her boyfriend did everything he could.”She placed the girl in the recovery position and administered chest compression in the hope of reviving her.“The knife’s blade was still in her, but I didn’t see it because it was dark,” she continued.“I didn’t realise at the time, but then all I kept thinking, once the police told me, was, ‘Have I put the knife in further by giving her compressions?’“It was horrific, it was just the blood. There was so much of it. The girl was moaning, but she was mostly silent. We checked her pulse and we could hear her breathing.”An ambulance crew arrived, but Ms Farenden believed the girl was already dead by then.She said she was told later by police that the blade was still inside her and was removed at the scene.The girl is the 18th person to be murdered in London this year, five of whom have been teenagers.She was also the fifth person to be fatally stabbed in the capital in just eight days. The grandmother of a 17-year-old girl stabbed to death in an “unprovoked attack” in London has made an anguished plea for the city’s street violence to end.Jodie Chesney was said to have been sitting with friends near a children’s playground in a park in Harold Hill, Romford, on Friday when she was approached by two men.It is understood one of the men was seen to stab her in the back before the pair fled.The A-Level student’s apparently random murder is the latest grim chapter in the capital’s knife crime epidemic.Debbie Chesney, her grandmother, spoke of her anger at the spate of senseless killings.She wrote online: “This was our youngest granddaughter. How have we come to this point where kids can’t have a walk in a park without suffering an unprovoked attack?“We don’t want anyone else to go through what our family is suffering right now.“This has to stop, there are too many young people having their lives cut short by needless violence.”Her granddaughter’s final moments unfolded in the company of friends and nearby neighbours who had rushed to her aid.Teresa Farenden, a 49-year-old mother of three whose home backs onto Harold Wood where the girl was attacked, went to help the teenager after hearing screaming coming from the park shortly after 9pm. 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. Friends who congregated at the scene tearfully told how the girl was studying psychology and sociology for her A-Levels.She apparently attended Havering Sixth Form College.The students, who lay flowers near the site where she was attacked, said she was not the type of girl to get into any trouble and was “the nicest girl possible”.A  mother who had accompanied her son – a friend of the girl’s – to the scene, said Jodie was with three friends in the park when the attackers struck.“Two of them chased the scumbags and two of them were trying to get help,” the woman, who did not want to be named, said.“I believe it was a random attack. They were just sitting there, they were having a Friday night giggle, as we have all done.“What do you do at 17? You just want to go out and be with your mates and not have your mum tell you to stop making so much noise.“It is an inner city crime that is moving to outer London areas; it was never like this before.”Forensic officers conducted a fingertip search of the area, just yards from a children’s playground.A Scotland Yard spokesman said a murder investigation had been launched and the victim’s next of kin had been informed. No one has been arrested. read more

EHF CL TOP 5 goals Brilliant action by Meshkov Brest Croatian wings

Here are TOP 5 goals of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2018/2019 – Round 1.The best goal is coming from Meshkov Brest, scored in an important win in Swedish Kristianstad.Take a look…Meshkov Brest take away points from Kristianstad TOP 5 goals ← Previous Story LNH: PSG Handball in series… Zaporozhye, Istres Next Story → DKB Bundesliga: SC Magdeburg on 6/6, DHfK Leipzig take points from Mannheim!

Valverde learned a lot just by watching Iniesta

first_imgBarcelona can win the title the next weekend in the match against Real Madrid but Zidane confirmed that they are not going to give their opponent the guard of honour – but Valverde insisted that at least Iniesta would deserve it…Andrés Iniesta revealed that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season and it is going to be his last El Clasico as a player for him – and his coach admitted that he is irreplaceable.The Spanish manager spoke about the midfielder as he said, according to Football Espana:“He deserves the whole stadium to give him a guard of honour.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We’re very excited and we’re going to give it our all. We want to be the best. We’ve been working since our first day together.”“It’s been very difficult. When you win a trophy, everything seems simple, but there are many games and months behind you.”“I didn’t expect us to win it by such a big margin, I thought it would be tighter, but the players have been extraordinary.”“What I’ve learned from Iniesta? The decisions he makes at each moment of a game, how he positions himself before receiving the ball and how he already knows where he’s going to play it.”last_img read more

Vinicius Junior must be patient at Real Madrid – Savio

first_imgVinicius Junior must bide his time at Real Madrid and focus on adapting to the team’s style of play, says retired Brazilian winger SavioAfter an impressive pre-season with Los Blancos in their US tour, Vinicius was left as an unused substitute in their UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid and last Sunday’s opening day win over Getafe in La Liga.With a €40m price tag on him following his summer move from Brazilian side Flamengo, expectations are high for the 18-year-old.But Vinicius is not the only talented youngster at Real and he will have to work hard for opportunities in the first-team.“I understand the situation and the desire of Vinicius to play as soon as possible,” said Savio, according to Marca.“It is normal for Real Madrid fans to want to see him on the field, but I also know that it is not easy.“They have a top-quality squad, with young players who they occupy the same position.“In the United States he did very well, but he has to be calm, very calm, and work hard.“He has to adapt to the Real Madrid style, the Spanish style and the style of play in Europe.“He has to improve his tactical ability and adapt with his teammates and see the standard of the Spanish league.“He is a very young player, he is 18 years old.“You have to be calm, he must know how to wait for his chance and when he has to try to do his best.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Hoj é dia de estreia na @LaLiga Que Deus nos abençoe! #halamadrid pic.twitter.com/k0IE0yKLno— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) August 19, 2018But Savio is certain that his young compatriot will be given chances by coach Julen Lopetegui later on this season.“I also understand the part of the club and the coach, that you have to go slowly to get to know the player and to start playing him at the right time,” he continued.“Here in Brazil I really want to see him on the field because he is a very young player, but a very talented one.“He has a lot of speed, a lot of technique and is good at dribbling.“But he has a lot of things to do, he has to be calm and work.“He is at the club where everyone wants to play.“I really like him as a player and as a person and I am very happy that he is at Real Madrid.”Real’s upcoming home game against Leganes may provide Vinicius his first opportunity of competitive action for the club.last_img read more

Meet the Nominees of the 2017 Bahamas Press Club Media Awards

first_imgTHE LEON TURNQUEST AWARD FOR SPORTS PRINT JOURNALISMNominees:1 – Renaldo Dorsett – Sports Reporter, The Tribune2 – Randy Smith – Sports Reporter, The Nassau Guardian THE BURSELL BRADSHAW PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDNominees:1 – Kermit Taylor – Photographer2 – Terrel Carey – Photographer, The Tribune3 – Shawn Hanna – Photographer, The Tribune4 – Torrell Glinton – Photographer, The Nassau Guardian5 – Eric Rose – Photographer/Senior Information Officer, Bahamas Information ServicesTHE ERIC WILMOTT AWARD FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISMNominees:1 – Natario McKenzie – Reporter, The Tribune2 – Rashad Rolle – Reporter, The Tribune3 – Taneka Thompson – News Editor, The Tribune4 – Clint Watson – Editor, Producer, ZNS5 – Sancheska Dorsett – Reporter, The Tribune6 – Ricardo Wells – Reporter, The Tribune7- Khrisna Russell – Deputy Chief Reporter, The Tribune8 – Ava Turnquest – Chief Reporter, The Tribune9 – Karissma Robinson – News Anchor/Journalist, ZNS 2 – Prof. Winston Mitchell – Professor Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 15, 2017 – Nassau – About 40 persons representing the journalism and mass communications profession have entered their work in The 2017 Bahamas Press Club Media Awards.The Black Tie event is being held under the Patronage of Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, on Saturday, November 18, at 7pm at the British Colonial Hilton.Keynote speaker is Dr the Hon Hubert A Minnis, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.The Awards event this year is in part, a Powered by Aliv sponsorship, and the Silver Sponsors are The Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd (BPL) and the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (ZNS).Three new awards have been added to the growing list of categories. They are: The University of The Bahamas Journalism Award (For UB Students), the PAHO-WHO Excellence in Health Promotion Award, sponsored by the Pan-American Health Organization-World Health Organization, and The Press Club Person of the Year Award (to be chosen by The Press Club).Here are the Nominees in 14 Categories:THE KENNETH NATHANIEL FRANCIS AWARD FOR NEWSPAPER DESIGN AND COMPOSITIONNominees:1 – Ayhisha Small – Paginator, The Nassau Guardian2 – The Tribune Newspaper WEBSITE OF THE YEARNominees:1 – Natario McKenzie – Reporter, The Tribune2 – Ianthia Smith –Freelance Journalist Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp THE P. ANTHONY WHITE AWARD FOR COLUMNIST OF THE YEARNominees:1 – Inigo ‘Naughty’ Zenicazelaya – Columnist, The Tribune2 – Alicia Wallace – Columnist, The Tribune THE LESLIE HIGGS FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARDNominees:1 – Alesha Cadet – Reporter, The Tribune2 – Jessica Robertson – Journalist/Marketing/Advertising/PR3 – Jeffarah Gibson – Writer, The Tribune4 – Jayme C. Pinder – Reporter, The Nassau Guardian5 – Travis Cartwright-Carrol – Reporter, The Nassau GuardianTHE PAN-AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION-WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH PROMOTION AWARDNominees:1 – Ava Turnquest – Chief Reporter, The Tribune2 – Shavaughn Moss – Lifestyles Editor, The Nassau Guardian3 – Shenique Miller –  Journalist/Talk Show Host – Guardian Radio4 – LeDaunne Davis – National Anchor/General Assignment Reporter, ZNS THE AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DOCUMENTARYNominees:1 – Andrew Burrows – Director of Special Projects, the Broadcasting Corporation of TheBahamas  (ZNS) 2 – Rossano Deal – Social Media Editor, The Nassau Guardian3 – Winston Mitchell – Professor Media Journalism, University of The Bahamascenter_img THE AWARD FOR BEST EDITING FOR TELEVISION NEWS STORY OR DOCUMENTARYNominees:1 – Andrew Burrows – Director of Special Projects, the Broadcasting Corporation of TheBahamas (ZNS) SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD – BLOGGERS, PODCASTERS, LIVE STREAMING, ETC.Nominees:1 – Natario McKenzie – Reporter, The Tribune2 – 10th Year Seniors3 – Frecinda S. Mullings – Writer, Producer, Social Media Comedian4 – Ianthia Smith –Freelance Journalist5 – Stephen Hanna – Journalist, Social Media6 – Rossano Deal – Video Editor, The Nassau Guardian7 – Timothy Bain – Instagram Reporter et al Related Items: Caption:The Bahamas Press Club 2014 held a press conference Thursday, October 26, 2017 at The Shoal Restaurant on Nassau Street to announce its media awards banquet. The Black Tie event will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton. Pictured from left are Dr Esther de Gourville, PAHO-WHO Country Rep for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands; Anthony Capron, president, The Bahamas Press Club; Shasha Lightbourne, Media Champion, ALIV, Poweredby Sponsor and Diana-Lynn Sands, Manager Corporate Communications BPL, Silver Sponsor(PHOTO/BPC) THE CYRIL STEVENSON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING POLITICAL JOURNALISMNominees:1 – Taneka Thompson – News Editor, The Tribune2 – Ava Turnquest – Chief Reporter, The Tribune For more information contact: Lindsay Thompson, Secretary, The Bahamas Press Club 2014 at: (242) 434-5643. For Ticket sales: (242) 824-2924. Facebook: The Bahamas Press Club 2014. Website: bahamaspressclub.org Other corporate sponsors are being encouraged to come on board and to strengthen ties with the media.Shasha Lightbourne – ALIV Media Champion said that the communications company is happy to partner with The Press Club in recognizing the work of the Bahamian media, as a Powered by Sponsor.Equally as excited to come on as a Silver sponsor, Diana-Lynn Sands, Manager Corporate Communications BPL, Silver Sponsor, indicated its intention to enhance relations with the mediaAnd Dr Esther de Gourville, PAHO-WHO Country Rep for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands underscored the importance of that organization promoting healthy lifestyles throughout the Caribbean region. Hence, its sponsorship of the health promotion segment, within the Press Club Media awards this year.Anthony Capron, president of The Bahamas Press Club 2014 shed light on particulars of the night, which is being billed – the go to event of the year.“Today, we are here to promote the 2017 Bahamas Press Club Media Awards Banquet, to be held Saturday, November 18th, in the Windsor Room of the British Colonial Hilton. Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling is again our patron and Prime Minister Dr the Hubert Minnis will be the keynote speaker,” Mr. Capron said.The theme for the evening will be “Uncovering The Bahamas.”“Often you may hear phrases being bandied about that the press is the watchdog of society. And, indeed, it is. But you may also hear that the media is not doing a good job, and sometimes that it is not doing its job, period.You always hear what the press is not doing. The good goes unspoken, and unrecognized by the critics.We in the media know that we are not all good. But, we also know, that we are not as bad as the naysayers try to paint us.And so, it is up to us to recognize our worth and to give ourselves the necessary pat on the back.However, we note that with the advent and the spread of social media, a burden has been placed on the traditional media, like never before. More than ever now, we need to be very careful of our sources and to remember our tenets. Check and recheck. Ensure that we have the facts and to jealously guard against being the purveyors of what today is heralded as “fake news”.Mr. Capron noted that the awards were first held in 2015 when the pioneers in media were honoured, namely, Eileen Dupuch Carron, Kenneth Francis, Wendall Jones, Henry Saunders, Silbert Mills, Anthony Ferguson and the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (ZNS).  Mrs. Carron, the long serving editor and publisher of The Tribune, was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.The Bahamas Press Club’s Media Awards 2016 covered and a wide range of working journalists who were nominated, judged and given awards for the fruit of their labour over the previous year. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to veteran broadcaster Calsey Johnson, the recent Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada.The standing awards are:The Leon Turnquest Award for Sports Print JournalismThe Bursell Bradshaw Award for Press Photographer of the YearThe Kenneth N. Francis Award for Newspaper Design and CompetitionThe Cyril Stevenson Award for Political JournalismThe Best TV Documentary AwardThe Best Television News Story AwardThe Leslie Higgs Award for Feature Writer of the YearWebsite of the Year Award, andThe Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement AwardAlso this year, the recipient of the Pioneer Award is Joan Albury, of The Counsellors Limited.A distinguished panel of judges will adjudicate the submissions. They represent a balanced mixture of expertise in journalism and mass communications:Hadassah Hall,Judy Terrell,Quincy Parker,Duke Wells,Ray Munnings, andDr Esther de Gourville, PAHO-WHO Country Rep for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.Members of the media and their publishers, editors and managers throughout the country were emailed a package consisting of the Awards Criteria and Submission form, which is to be filled out indicating the award category they are entering and emailed to: thebahamaspressclub@gmail.com. Submission forms and information regarding the awards can also be found on the Press Club’s Website: www.bahamaspressclub.org and The Bahamas Press Club 2014 Facebook page.“I would also add, excitedly, that The Bahamas’ very own Celebrity Artist and political cartoonist in The Tribune, Jamaal Rolle has been commissioned to produce The Press Club Person of the Year portrait, which will be unveiled at the Awards Banquet,” Mr. Capron said.The awards night is promising to be exciting – the MC is Mr. David Wallace himself – local politician, playwright and comedian. There will be gifts, prizes and surprises. Tickets for the Awards Banquet are on sale.FREEDOM OF INFORMATION“Ladies and gentlemen, the Bahamas Press club is not meant to be just another group of civil society, or nonsensical advocacy gathering. The Bahamas Press Club is supposed to fathom the aspirations of all the people who would seek to make The Bahamas a model country, where there is honesty and transparency in government, and where it is easy for investors to do business,” Mr. Capron said.“We All know that the FNM administration that came in 2007 passed a freedom of information bill but in the end failed at enactment. It never became law,” he added.In the 2012-2017 term of a PLP administration, another FOI bill was passed, but still, there is no law. This present FNM administration, under the leadership of Prime Minister Minnis, is again promising to enact Freedom of Information.“And, in that regard, the Bahamas Press club will continue in the pursuit of having the government implement the FOI, which will ensure that not only the media but the general population would have free access to information,” he said.For more information and for ticket sales contact Lindsay Thompson at: thebahamaspressclub@gmail.com  Telephone: (242) 434-5643 or  (242) 557-0862 UNIVERSITY OF THE BAHAMAS BEST FEATURE STORY AND BEST HARD NEWS STORY TV/RADIO (UB Students Only)Nominees:1 – Dawn Munroe – Student, Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas2 – Leah Cooper – Student, Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas3 – Andrea Darville – Student, Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas THE AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION NEWS STORYNominees:1 – Kyle Walkine – Reporter, Our News/The Nassau Guardian2 – Genea Noel-Ferguson – Reporter, ZNS3 – Karissma Robinson – News Anchor/Journalist, ZNSlast_img read more

Better photography is in your hands

first_imgIt’s been said the best camera is the one that’s with you. Many times that camera will end up being your smartphone and these days — unlike the grainy, low-resolution shots of older cellphones — that’s not a bad thing. If you keep a few things in mind, your phone can take pictures as good as most point-and-shoots.o Don’t zoom. Most smartphones don’t have optical zooms. That means when you think you’re zooming in to take a tighter photo, your phone’s camera is actually cropping the image. There’s no point to that; just crop your photo afterward. Zooming with your feet — walking closer to your subject — works best.o Know how to set focus and exposure. IPhones and other higher-end cellphones have a feature where you can tap on the screen while you are taking photos to not only change what is in focus, but modify how much light will come into the lens.o Turn the flash off. Most times the built-in flash won’t be powerful enough to light what you want to make brighter. Instead, you’ll find the harsh flash could end up washing out the closest subjects, ruining the quality of your image.o Avoid vertical video. This doesn’t apply to still photography, but is a very common mistake made when some take videos on their phones. Video should almost always be shot in landscape orientation by holding the phone on its side. Think about HDTVs and computer screens. They’re wider than they are tall. Your video should be too.last_img read more

Nickelberry Resigns from Howard

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comHoward University is looking for a new men’s basketball coach after Kevin Nickelberry resigned following their loss in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament.  The former Bison coach couldn’t save his job despite their most wins in over two decades and their first postseason appearance since 1992 when the university chose not to renew his contract.Despite injuries, suspensions and a shroud of controversy that hovered over the team most of the season, Nickelberry may have done his best job on the Howard sideline in his second tenure there.Kevin Nickelberry resigned from his postion as Howard University’s men’s basketball coach. (Courtesy Photo)“I am blessed to have had the opportunity to serve as head coach at Howard University,” said Nickelberry in a statement released by the school’s athletic department. “I am truly grateful for the opportunity and am proud of what we have been able to accomplish.”Nickelberry improved the talent base and recruited players who raised the profile of the basketball program. His recruiting prowess brought international talent from Africa and France who made immediate impact and steadily improved.In addition to this year’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year R.J. Cole and first team all-conference guard Charles Williams, two years ago he also coached the nation’s leading scorer James Daniel.  This past season he stewarded a team with injuries that forced him to play the early part of the season with a truncated lineup, while playing their schedule of “guaranteed” games against major conference opposition that lower division programs take for their financial impact on the athletic program.“Coach Nickelberry has laid a strong foundation for the future success of Howard men’s basketball, I sincerely wish him all the best as he pursues other opportunities in his career,” said Howard athletic director Kery Davis in his statement.However, Nickelberry’s fate may have been sealed before the season began when he was named as a defendant in a lawsuit by two former players allegeding Howard engaged in practices that violated NCAA regulations and they reneged on scholarship promises that derailed their future basketball opportunities.Former players Ausar Madison and Kai Tease filed a $9 million  lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court in October 2018 claiming that during the summer of 2013, Nickelberry “guaranteed” Madison “a perpetual scholarship” set to begin in the 2014-15 season, but reneged on his promise three times.Madison also claimed that Nickelberry said he would receive a scholarship beginning the following year, but never fulfilled the commitment. Madison, who is still a student at Howard, left the basketball program in January 2017 and “has never received any funds from an athletic scholarship,” according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit alleges that Howard knew of Tease’s learning disability and “Nickelberry personally ensured that [he] would receive all the academic support required, supplied and subsidized by Howard.” Tease claims he never received any accommodations and left the university last December.Meanwhile, the optics of last February’s postgame melee following their home loss to the eventual MEAC regular season champions Norfolk State may have been the final nail in his coffin.  After a fight began in the stands then moved to the floor, both teams had to be separated when trying to head into the locker rooms.  Sources tell the {AFRO} that while Nickelberry didn’t encourage his players to participate in the fracas, he didn’t do enough to diffuse the situation either.A national search has begun for a coach to inherit a program that is set to contend for the MEAC Championship immediately.  The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) meets during the Final Four in Minneapolis and Howard’s job opening appears to have caught the attention of several coaches with former ties to major college programs.last_img read more

The power of She

first_imgElegance, grace and celebrating womanhood in style is what designer Nitya Bajaj’s new collection is all about. Aptly titled Resurrect, the collection is inspired by interiors of the Kloster Cathedral in Germany.The collection highlights romanticism along with baroque elements which is reflected in each garment. We loved the entire collection depicting floral in thread work, print, digital prints and a lot of lace work. Each garment – gowns and swim dresses shared hints of transparency with fabric interplay by lace, tulle, georgette, organza and chiffon. The pearl palettes merges into shades of gold and copper with olive and ochre colours taken from the church frescos. These are depicted with intricate beadwork and sequins ending the collection in the palette of maroons and crimsons. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mother’s walking the ramp with their children was an adorable way to celebrate every aspect of womanhood.  The show stopper for the evening was actor Elli Avram who walked the ramp in a stunning outfit from the collection. She wore a beautiful red gown with sequins work in the front, depicted ethereal luxury, celebrating multicultural, multifaceted lifestyles of women today who believe in timeless pieces of art.‘Fashion is an individual statement and a designer enhances that individuality with his or her signature. My label celebrates womanhood, the femininity, the elegance and the power of being  She,’ Bajaj said.last_img read more

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The two companies will be combined to create a nationwide, independent service provider for medical imaging equipment across multiple modalities and vendor platforms. The combined company will provide comprehensive imaging solutions to the medicalimaging market, including field service, depot repair, parts and proprietary equipment sales, and the sales and installation of refurbished capital equipment. Senior management of Barrington Medical Imaging and Echoserve will remain an integral part of the combined company’s leadership team.Galen Partners, a leading healthcare private equity firm, formed Medical Imaging Holdings, Inc. in conjunction with Jeff Soinski, a Galen special venture partner and past CEO of one of Galen’s portfolio companies, to build a technology-enabled service platform in the medical imaging market. Galen led the transactions and made a significant investment of growth capital into Medical Imaging Holdings, Inc.Barrington Medical Imaging and Echoserve will continue to conduct business under their existing names and maintain operations at their current facilities during the integration process. It is anticipated that a new name for the combined company will be introduced later this year.For more information: www.echoserve.com and www.galen.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more last_img read more

Alliance to benefit passengers Air NZ

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe is eager to move through the formalities of the recently approved alliance with Virgin Blue and work on providing customers with benefits. Mr Fyfe said it could take up to six months to align services and system, after which passengers flying with the carriers would benefit from increased competition, cost savings and more flights between the trans-Tasman, NZ City News reported. “Australia is New Zealand’s largest international visit market, however we are facing increasing competition from other destinations,” Tourism Industry Association (TIA) chief executive Tim Cossar said. “The Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue alliance promises to give Australian consumers more travel options and departure times to fly to New Zealand plus a continuation of competitive fares, and that can only be good for our industry.” Qantas who along with Jetstar, manages up to 32 percent of the trans-Tasman market does not appear to be troubled by the new alliance stating that it will continue to maintain the regions competitive pressure.“The Tasman is obviously a very competitive market for us and both Qantas and Jetstar will continue to offer the best product both for business and leisure travelers,” Qantas spokesperson Olivia Wirth said.last_img read more

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