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Roger Federer Rafael Nadal march on at French Open

first_imgParis: Roger Federer made short work of Argentinian Leonardo Mayer to become the oldest man in 28 years to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open on Sunday, while Rafael Nadal claimed his 90th Roland Garros win. The 37-year-old Federer, playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, claimed a 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win over world number 68 Mayer in a sweltering 32 degrees and will face either Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas or close friend and fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the last eight. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunFederer, the 2009 champion in Paris, is the oldest man to make the quarter-finals of a Slam since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open. “It’s fabulous that I can spend this time in Paris,” said Federer who last played the tournament in 2015 when he lost in the quarter-finals to Wawrinka. Tsitsipas defeated Federer in the last 16 of the Australian Open in January. “I was prepared for the worst scenario, losing in the first round in three sets. But I am super happy with my performance. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”I will need to play like this again against either Stan or Tsitsipas.” Federer will be playing in his 54th quarter-final at a Slam, cementing his place on top of the all-time men’s list. Despite leading Wawrinka 23-3 in career head-to-head meetings, Federer said he still remembers his quarter-final loss to his friend in Paris four years ago. “I have a bad memory of it. Stan beat me in three sets with his terrible shorts!” Federer didn’t face a break point in the fourth-round match against an outclassed Mayer on Court Philippe Chatrier. Reigning champion Nadal continued his bid for a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title by beating Grand Slam debutant Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. World number 78 Londero had his moments, breaking Nadal when 4-1 down in the third set, but the 17-time major champion always looked too strong, powering 40 winners past the Argentinian. Nadal will face either Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori or home favourite Benoit Paire in his 38th Grand Slam quarter-final. “I am very happy. Juan is a very good player so I congratulate him and his team,” said Nadal. “It’s an incredible feeling to be in another quarter-final at this tournament which has been the most special of my career.” The 32-year-old Spaniard has only been defeated twice in his French Open career and has a 10-2 record over Nishikori while he has yet to lose to Paire in four matches. In a wide-open women’s draw after the shock exits of top seed Naomi Osaka and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Saturday, 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova reached her maiden major quarter-final by thrashing Anastasija Sevastova. The unseeded Czech, ranked 38th, overcame a tame effort from Latvian 12th seed Sevastova, winning 6-2, 6-0 in only 59 minutes. “You can’t expect you’re going to play quarter-finals in a Grand Slam, but I played some tough matches,” said Vondrousova. “I’m just happy with my game.” She will face 31st seed Petra Martic for a semi-final spot, after the Croatian followed up her third-round upset of second seed Karolina Pliskova by coming from a set down to beat Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi. The 28-year-old booked her place in the last eight of a Grand Slam for the first time with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory. British number one Johanna Konta continued her comfortable progress through the draw by seeing off Croatia’s Donna Vekic to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final since Wimbledon in 2017. The 26th seed overpowered Vekic 6-2, 6-4 to set up a last-eight tie with either last year’s runner-up Sloane Stephens or 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza. “I feel fortunate to have played in the why I did against a player like Donna,” she said. On Saturday, Japanese star Osaka’s bid for a third successive Grand Slam title found an underwhelming conclusion with an erratic display in defeat by Katerina Siniakova, before Williams crashed out in similarly poor fashion to fellow American Sofia Kenin.last_img read more

First Nations mom threatened with expulsion after social work program says babies

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsA mother from Kingsclear First Nation in New Brunswick has filed a human rights complaint against St. Thomas University for discrimination after the school told her not to bring her infant to class.Keyaira Gruben was pregnant when she started the Mi’kmaq Maliseet Bachelor of Social Work Program (MMBSW) – a program designed for Indigenous students.Her daughter was born in October 2017.She did not think bringing her newborn to class would be a problem but administrators of the social work program started receiving complaints from the students.“My daughter is not a distraction and I have every right to bring my baby to class,” said Gruben.Gruben first heard about the complaints last January.She was asked to put her child in day care, but her daughter would not be old enough until October and she said she had no choice but to bring her to class.“The university website says, ‘a culturally-relevant curriculum that reflects First Nation holistic experiences,’ so I thought babies would be welcomed.“I mean there were two pregnant women and a new mom in the class in the first year, they knew we would be breastfeeding,” said Gruben.Jeffrey Carleton, the associate vice-president of communications told APTN News in a telephone interview that the complaints were investigated by the program’s Steering Committee.“It was determined that is was not a proper working environment and the other students were concerned about the learning environment, it was proving to be a distraction due to noise and activity,” said Carleton.Gruben said she received an email from the department’s steering committee last January.It said the program needed to develop a policy to determine how much time infants can be in the classroom, child care outside the classroom, and accommodation for nursing mothers in and outside the classroom.Gruben is not the only one who has had this problem.Tracey Morrison’s son was six weeks old when she started the same class in September 2017.Morrisson lives in Listuguj First Nation and had to leave her family at home to attend the program.“I had to bring my baby, I was breastfeeding, and he was too young to be away from me,” she told APTN News.The university said tried to make accommodations, but the issue has not been resolvedEarly this month, Gruben received an email from Marilyn Dupre, the director of social work:“… you will not be able to bring your child into classes next week during periods of instruction or small group exercises. If you choose not to comply with this direction, the MMBSW Steering Committee may recommend that you be withdrawn from the MMBSW Program.”The program’s website says among other things “…an opportunity to receive social work education within a flexible and culturally relevant framework.”The department started receiving complaints from students and instructors that the three infants in the classroom were a distraction within the first fall term of classes.“At the beginning it was no problem at all to bring the baby. We were all so excited to be in the program. It took a lot of preparation to get accepted into the program. It is a good program,” said Morrison.Sandra Germain has been the program coordinator for the last 14 years.“The majority of the people on the steering committee are First Nations. We do everything we can to accommodate all the students, they come to listen and learn.There was a lot of distraction for an intense week. We have gone above and beyond accommodating others in the class.”St. Thomas University had no policy in place. Complaints in the past were resolved within the classroom between the instructors and the students.Until now.Student Christina Taylor of Esgenoopetipj First Nation was also pregnant when she started the program. Her daughter was born in the middle of September 2017.“I got permission from my instructor to bring my baby to the classroom, but then I was asked about childcare. I was breastfeeding, it caught me off guard. I felt like I was a bother,” said Taylor.The mothers were given until April 13, 2018 to find child care.The committee also asked that moms take their babies outside the classroom as soon as the babies start to fuss, need changing or any other care.“We created an additional space where it would allow a place for the mothers to breastfeed, care for their children and comfort them outside the classroom. And we encouraged the mothers to bring child care providers to stay in the room while the mothers were able to attend the class,” said Carleton.The three moms felt segregated.“It was unsettling. I felt coerced into this room, out of sight, out of mind, not inclusive, I felt bullied,” said Gruben.Taylor said the whole situation was mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting and trying to obtain good grades and prepare for our profession.“In the room, we were not able to properly engage. We didn’t think it was fair and it didn’t match with teachings of decolonization and we couldn’t implement decolonization within our own classroom. It could have been handled better,” said Taylor.Fellow student, Chris Wysote of Listuguj First Nation wrote a letter supporting the mothers. He said as an Indigenous man and father he could not stand by while the mothers were intimidated.“My wife went through this program with our daughter always there. At the beginning of our class, the babies were welcomed, so we didn’t understand why this all changed,” said Wysote.He believed that Indigenous values would be part of and respected in the program. He realized that was not the case.“The situation should have been solved by culturally based conflict resolution. We asked for a talking circle, with Elders. We were refused. We felt hopeless and lost,” said Wysote.Germain said previous talking circles were not helpful and the decision was made by the steering committee.Gruben said the program was teaching Indigenous values but not putting them into practice.“They were not listening to Indigenous voices, they dehumanized my identity and shut out my voice. We are learning Indigenous ways, but it is colonialized.”Gruben reached out to her community for support.Chief Gabriel Atwin of Kingsclear First Nation wrote in a letter to the president of St. Thomas University, dated May 7, 2018.“By excluding Keyaira and her daughter, not only does this contravene the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but this makes the program complacent and accepting of colonial mandates and patriarchal ideologies.”The Indigenous Women’s Association of the Maliseet and Mi’kmaq Territories also wrote, on November 8, 2018,“The resurgence of our culture and ceremonial way of life is paramount in educational institutions, given all the truth and reconciliation efforts made to date. This issue speaks to the lack of reconciliation efforts made by STU.”Elder in residence at the University of New Brunswick, Imelda Perley said traditions supports mothers and children are medicine.“We should be concerned about the well-being of mothers, respect culture, values and encouraging traditional customs. Academia should not have a public mask and a private mask.”Gruben said the baby policy is to oppress.“Emotionally crushed my spirit many times. I want the baby policy changed so babies are accepted, and I am meeting with other Indigenous groups to raise awareness,” she read more

Two Private Muslim Schools Opening in Nanterre France

Rabat – Two new private Muslim schools will open in September in Nanterre, a commune in the Hauts-de-Seine in the western suburbs of Paris, France.According to Le Parisien, the French Ministry of Education has granted approval for the implementation of these two private schools that will offer Arabic courses and optional classes on Islam.The first school will be in a new building – still under construction- at 227 Boulevard Georges Clemenceau. Named “Ibn Badis”, the educational institution comprises of a school and a mosque, financed by Association Orientation, an association established many years ago in Nanterre.The school will begin the new school-year with eight classes of about 150 students in first grade level (CP) and secondary students (5th and 6th grades).The second school,“Luqman”, which derives its name from the wise man Luqman for whom Surat Luqmanin the Qur’an was named, is located at 138 Pablo PicassoAvenue.Luqman School, run by the Initiative for the Development of an Alternative Education Association (IDEAL), which has been promoting alternative education since 2014, will start to offer Arabic courses in addition to educational activities for children in the district,starting in September.“The students will follow the national education program, supervised by teachers who have completed the course successfully,” said Kamel, head of IDEAL.The above-referenced courses in both schools will be provided before or after the compulsory school attendance of 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Nanterre.The registration fees will amount to 2,000 Euros (about $2,202) per year without student food.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

McCormick US Steel rise Charles Schwab Wells Fargo fall

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday.Endo International PLC, up 13 cents to $3.34The pharmaceutical company and others are exploring ways to settle their opioid lawsuits through Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy, according to media reports.McCormick & Co., up $10.65 to $166.95The spice maker raised its profit forecast for the year after beating Wall Street’s third-quarter profit forecasts.Charles Schwab Corp., down $4.07 to $37.76The brokerage and financial adviser is eliminating online commissions for stocks and exchange-traded funds.United States Steel Corp., up 38 cents to $11.93The steelmaker is taking a 49.9% stake in Big River Steel as part of an initial step to buying the company.ETrade Financial Corp., down $7.18 to $36.51The online brokerage is now potentially in a price war following rival Charles Schwab’s move to cut commissions for online trades.Masco Corp., up 34 cents to $42.02The building products company is selling its Milgard Windows and Doors business to MI Windows and Doors for about $725 million.NVent Electric PLC, down $1.93 to $20.11The company said chief financial officer Stacy McMahan is stepping down and will be replaced by Sara Zawaoyski.Wells Fargo & Co., down $1.38 to $49.06Bond yields, which banks rely on for more lucrative interest rates on loans, slid sharply amid fears that economic growth is slowing.The Associated Press read more

Albertas economic forecast takes hit as Saudis cut oil prices

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Dec 5, 2014 7:52 am MDT Saudi Arabia may not be willing to cut its oil production, but it’s shown it’s more than willing to cut prices which it did again Thursday, and the stock markets aren’t happy about it.The OPEC giant slashed its price for crude in Asia and the U.S., and a barrel of oil was down again Friday, opening in North America at a little more than $66 US per barrel.Canadian energy shares dropped a full five per cent and the S&P/TSX Composite Index dropped two per cent after Saudi Arabia’s announcement Thursday.Though the low oil prices have led to cheap gasoline, which is good for consumers, Sal Guatieri, Vice President and Senior Economist at BMO Capital Markets, told 660News they’ve already slashed their growth outlook for Alberta next year.“A few months ago we thought that province would generate another plus three per cent growth rate for at least a third year running, but it looks like Alberta will see growth convincingly below three per cent,” he saidA big reason for that is that Western oil producers are actually getting about $10 a barrel less than what the rest of the world.“We’re seeing the price of bitumen and oilsands oil selling for $55 or less,” he explained.That translates into less exploration and development in the next few months.However, he said they’ve only shaved their national outlook to 2.4 per cent.“That’s because of the offset of a weaker Canadian dollar which will support activity here in Central Canada and across Atlantic Canada certainly for the manufacturers and exporters,” he explained.Guatieri said investors are so skittish because they have no idea where the floor price is for oil, or how long it will be until prices recover.“It may take a while before we see oil prices level off because it could be a while before we see global supplies fall meaningfully to push up prices,” he said.In the U.S., at this point the shale energy sector hasn’t cut back production, but that will likely change soon.“You would anticipate that coming, at least through next year once investment is scaled back,” said Guatieri. Alberta’s economic forecast takes hit as Saudis cut oil prices read more

At UN leaders of small nations voice concerns over climate change and

“The time has come to re-launch with greater resolve several international projects that have been suspended, notably those that favour mitigation and adaptation measure in the face of climate change,” President Dhoinine told the 67th Assembly on the third day of its annual General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York.“We must react effectively to this phenomenon that affects the whole planet, but especially small island states like Comoros,” he said, noting that two weeks of unusually torrential rains in April had delivered a disastrous blow to his country’s economy.Turning to the general world situation, President Dhoinine called for rapid action to put an end to the “terrible suffering” of the people of Syria, where over 18,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others driven from their homes since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad erupted 18 months ago.He called for full UN membership for a Palestinian state based on a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine living side by side within secure and recognized borders, and condemned attacks against civilians and the destruction of sacred sites in northern Mali, where Islamic militants seized control earlier this year.As other African leaders have done at the General Debate, he also called for reform and expansion of the 15-member Security Council to give Africa the representation it deserves.President Jorge Carlos Fonseca of Cape Verde.Addressing the same gathering, the leader of another small island nation on the other side of the continent, Cape Verde, also appealed for measures to boost development, calling for strengthened ties between the United Nations and the African Union for a “true partnership” to achieve this goal.“We appeal, for decisions on concrete measures that will result in the decision taken within the framework of this Organization, in terms of development such as, those related to the cancelling of the external debt of developing countries, particularly Small Island Developing States, because we are certain that such decision would represent a stimulus for all these countries, Cape Verde’s President Jorge Carlos Fonseca said.He also called for global negotiations to be based on “fair and equal rules and with ethics” to deal with global trade and climate change. Vice President Danny Faure of the Seychelles.Vice President Danny Faure of the Seychelles, another Indian Ocean archipelago, also spoke at the General Debate. He said that the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) could be at the forefront of groundbreaking solutions for climate change.“With regards to the high volatility of international fuel; prices, SIDS can strengthen their resilience through investment in renewable energy,” he said, also noting that the Global Island Partnership – co-chaired by Seychelles, Palau and Grenada – has called for debt cancellation for SIDS.Prime Minister Winston Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda.Prime Minister Winston Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean also stressed, in his speech to the Assembly, the need for need for “bold and ambitious actions” on climate change. “We cannot wait for our lands to disappear before we act, he said. “We must act now to respond to the climate crisis, and ensure that not a single country is sacrificed, no matter how small.“The threat is real, our sea-levels are rising, there is coral bleaching beyond the depths of our shores, and hurricanes are becoming more recurrent and severe. The UNFCCC needs to take concrete steps in order to protect Small Island Developing States and other exposed countries from the threats of climate change,” he added, referring to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change which seeks to curb global warming emissions.Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo of the Solomon Islands.Prime Minister Spencer’s concerns were echoed by the leader of another island nation, Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, who called climate change “an urgent and irreversible threat to humanity” that demanded greater investment from the rich nations.“Solomon Islands is deeply troubled by the current low ambition level pledged by developed countries. There is discrepancy between what has been pledged and what is necessary to stabilize temperature increase,” he said. “This means mitigation must be prioritized.”Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane of Lesotho.In his statement to the General Debate, Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane of Lesotho, a small landlocked kingdom surrounded by South Africa, voiced disappointment at the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June, when countries renewed their political commitment to sustainable development, including the development of a strategy for sustainable development financing.“Lack of a concrete commitment by the developed countries to provide the developing countries with finance and technology is a source of concern,” he said. “Nevertheless, there is still hope that a sustainable future is within reach.”The leaders are among scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 3 February 2012

DOWNLOAD1. 25 EU countries sign up to new fiscal treaty2. Environment Committee back post-2020 carbon reduction plan3. Denmark puts 2030 emission targets on the agenda4. EU Climate Action Commissioner rejects calls to introduce carbon price floor5. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

201516 NBA Preview The NewLook Spurs Are Gonna Be Really Good

And here’s what CARMELO thinks of San Antonio’s key players: Last season seemed like Kawhi Leonard’s coming-out party, but with Aldridge now in the mix, Leonard could see fewer double teams, which in turn could lead to even better production than CARMELO expects. The San Antonio Spurs, hoping to make another title run, loaded up on talent in the offseason. They landed coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge along with David West. They brought back Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and signed Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to new deals. The new players are expected to assimilate quickly with the Spurs veterans, but that’s not guaranteed, which is why coach Gregg Popovich admits that developing team chemistry is his most pressing concern. “It’s always going to be talked about throughout the league by everyone because that’s probably the biggest key of winning,” Green said. “You can have all the right pieces. But if you don’t have chemistry, you’re probably not going to be successful. So regardless of what your roster is, chemistry is the most important thing in this league, in this game. You hear it all the time. We may get tired of it. But it’s really important. We know how important it is.”FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system expects the Spurs to go 56-26 in 2015-16: Tony Parker changed up his fitness routine in an attempt to stay healthy, but Parker hasn’t played in more than 70 games in any of the last three seasons. In other words, the 33-year-old’s health may be an issue, and CARMELO clearly thinks Parker is in the twilight of his career. He needs to shoot much better than 32.3 percent from the field, which is what he produced over the summer in the EuroBasket tournament, for the Spurs to have a legitimate chance. Tim Duncan is 39, but Old Man Riverwalk will benefit tremendously from the addition of Aldridge. Duncan remains a factor on the pick-and-roll, and despite losing some athleticism, he anticipates well enough on defense to almost always be in position to help. (Also, if you were judging Duncan only by the company he keeps, check out his top four comps!) His skills are declining, but Manu Ginobili remains important to the Spurs because of his ability to run the second group on offense, which, according to some players, has shown better chemistry thus far in camp than the starters. Long jumpers and turnarounds in the post diminish LaMarcus Aldridge’s true shooting percentage, and he’ll need to make quicker decisions with the ball in San Antonio than he did in Portland. David West is one of the NBA’s most accurate mid-range shooters, but his presence in San Antonio’s locker room will be just as important as his contributions on the court. Danny Green, a premier 3-and-D wing, seems to be in the perfect situation for his game to flourish. Just don’t let him put the ball on the floor. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. read more

Meghan Markles mother Doria to get starring role on royal wedding day

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. Jason Knauf, Prince Harry’s communications secretary, said at a briefing this morning: “The first thing I would like to share is that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are very much looking forward to welcoming Ms. Markle’s parents to Windsor for the wedding.“Mr. Thomas Markle and Ms. Doria Ragland will be arriving in the UK in the week of the wedding, allowing time for Prince Harry’s family, including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to spend time with them before the big day.” Meghan Markle has chosen her mother, Doria, to travel with her to the wedding, travelling from their overnight accommodation to St George’s Chapel by car.The decision breaks with UK tradition, which usually sees the bride travel with her father before he gives her away in the wedding ceremony.Instead, Ms Markle wanted to include both parents in her wedding day. Her father will meet her at St George’s Chapel, where he will walk her down the aisle.Mr Knauf said: “Both of the bride’s parents will have important roles in the wedding.“On the morning of the wedding, Ms. Ragland will travel with Ms. Markle by car to Windsor Castle. Mr. Markle will walk his daughter down the aisle of St George’s Chapel.  Meghan Markle, pictured as a child with her father Thomas Markle  Meghan Markle, pictured as a child with her father Thomas Markle “Ms. Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion.”He added: “It’s very important to her that both her parents have a special role in the day.”Both parents will meet the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family after they fly into England the week before the wedding.Ms Markle’s mother and father, who are divorced, have not yet met their new in-laws, and will be welcomed into the palaces later this month. The meeting is particularly significant for having all senior members of the Royal Family present, in a rare moment where they are in the same place at the same time. read more

Pregnant woman killed in Jawalla freak storm

several buildings destroyedMarsha Jordan, seven months pregnant, was killed as a result of a freak storm that hit the village of Jawalla in Region 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) late Friday evening.According to the  Department of Public Information (DPI),   Regional Chairman of Region Seven, Gordon Bradford confirmed that the storm resulted in the death of the pregnant woman, whilst one of her daughters was injured. Gordon reported that the woman and her two children (three and eleven years old) were sheltering under a house during the storm when it collapsed.Region Seven Chairman, Gordon BradfordFour houses have been completely destroyed with another five partially damaged. The roof of the village guest house flew off and two village offices were also partially damaged.  Washrooms of both the Nursery and Primary schools were destroyed, and the community health worker’s living quarters were destroyed, as well as a section of the Community Centre.The Regional Chairman said that the neighbouring villages of Phillipai, Paruima, Waramadong have not been affected to date. Also the satellite village Wynaling has not been affected. However, due to heavy rainfall and the storm, Kamarang’s power supply has been knocked out. A team will be sent into the area Monday to restore power.Gordon and a Civil Defence Commission (CDC) team will head into Jawalla on Monday to assess the situation first hand. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRegion 7 hit by another violent stormSeptember 3, 2017In “Environment”Kako’s Primary school being repaired following storm damage-Region 7 ChairmanSeptember 5, 2017In “latest news”Jawalla freak storm: Emergency supplies flown inAugust 21, 2017In “Environment” read more

Varoufakis turns to German politics

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Yanis Varoufakis’ influence on the financial situation of Greece may have been viewed as mostly negative, however that doesn’t seem to stop him from pursuing his ideals.On Sunday, he was chosen as e a candidate to join the European Parliament with the German branch of the ‘Democracy in Europe Movement’ (DiEM 2025) that he initiated across Europe, with the elections taking place in May 2019.In statements he made regarding his decision, Varoufakis pointed out that it was more of a symbolic gesture to become a candidate in German, in order to prove that there’s no conflict between south and north, Germany and Greece or progressive and more conservative members.However, as he says, the attacks made toward him by former German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in 2015 had nothing to do with this, stating that the Greek citizens were more under pressure by their own Government than they ever were by foreign nations.This decision will not deter Varoufakis from running for a position within the Greek parliament as well, with his newly formed MeRA25 party.Within the coming weeks, he will be running a pre-election campaign all across Europe in order to increase support for his New Green Deal, and through this, Varoufakis hopes to ease tensions across the continent and find support in his idea that Germany should not be held accountable for the debt of other nations.The European Central Bank will be funding this campaign.The chances of Varoufakis actually entering the EU parliament are actually quite high, considering two parties in the 2014 European elections managed to do so by getting a mere 0.6 per cent of the votes.The conservative eco-friendly ODP and Die Partei that was founded by the creators of a satirical magazine both managed to elect representatives in the EU.With this in mind, it’s difficult not to see Varoufakis with his own seat in the room.last_img read more

Game of Thrones S08E03 This is why dragon fire couldnt kill Night

first_imgA still from Ep 4 ‘Spoils of War’HBOGame of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night” showed Night King’s army attacking every living being in the North. In the mid-episode, we saw Daenerys Targaryen ordering her dragon to burn Night King but he somehow failed to do it. In the end, it was Arya Stark and her Valyrian steel dagger which did all the work. So, why was Night King unharmed after dragon literally tried to burn him?In the recently released episode of Game of Thrones, we saw Daenerys Targaryen coming face-to-face with Night King. Khaleesi was on her dragon and Night King was on the ground, looking directly at her. Daenerys hit him with a blast of dragon fire but to everyone’s surprise, he came out of it without a scratch. What amazed everyone was the fact that it was for the very first time when we saw him smirking.Apparently, this was not the first time when we saw how Night King was unaffected by the fire. In the previous episodes, we have seen him walk through fire. Game of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeOne can argue over a previous theory that Night King was a Targaryen and that is why he was unaffected by dragon fire. In the very first season of Game of Thrones, we saw how Daenerys came alive from the pyre of Khal Drogo. She is a Targaryen and has dragon blood inside of her and this has made many to believe that she is unharmed by the fire. If we follow the same logic then it makes sense that since Night King was also a Targaryen, dragon fire couldn’t touch him.There is one other theory which suggests that since Night King was created after inserting a dragonglass in his heart, he has interconnected with the cold and that is why he was able to come out of it unharmed.Furthermore, show’s co-creator DB Weiss confirmed why Dragonfire didn’t stop the Night King. In the latest Inside the Episode from HBO, Weiss had the following to say:”There’s no reason to know for certain that the fire wouldn’t kill or destroy the Night King, but there’s also no particular reason to believe that it would. Then a few moments after this happens, the Night King brings them a whole larger undead problem by taking all of their own who have been killed in the course of this battle and turning them into the enemy.”Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last War” will air next Sunday on HBO.last_img read more

BCL activists assault RU journalist

first_imgArafat RahmanA number of Chhatra League leaders and workers beat up The Daily Star’s Rajshahi University correspondent Arafat Rahman for taking pictures of them damaging a bus.He was admitted to hospital in a critically injured state. The incident took place Monday morning at 11:00 at the university’s main gate, on the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway.Arafat Rahman is a second year student of Rajshahi University’s department of mass communication and journalism. He is presently undergoing treatment at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.According to eyewitnesses, a number of Chhatra League leaders and activists, led by the organisation’s university unit’s vice president Ahmed Sajib, organising secretary Abid Ahsan Labon, and legal affairs secretary Saiful Islam Bijoy, were damaging a Desh Travels bus around 11:00 am at the university’s main gate.Arafat was taking pictures of the incident. The Chhatra League leaders then attacked and beat him up.Desh Travels’ Rajshahi in-charge Masud Rana said that Chhatra League leader Bijoy had been returning to the campus on that bus. Annoyed by the bus supervisor preventing him from smoking on the bus, he called up Chhatra League leaders Labon and Sajib. They waited for the bus at the university gate. When it arrived, they attacked the bus and beat up the supervisor.Arafat Rahman told Prothom Alo, “I had taken pictures of the bus being damaged and was leaving the place, when someone called me from behind, asking why I had taken the pictures. I said I was a journalist, but they punched my head, my eyes, and back. Later the police came and put me in a rickshaw.”Another journalist working on campus, Hossain Mithu, said Arafat was rescued and first taken to the university medical centre. His right eye was badly injured and so he was then taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.Registrar of the hospital Rasik Alvi told Prothom Alo, “His eye is injured and swollen. When the CT scan report of his head comes in, we will be able to determine the extent of damage done.”Chhatra League leader Ahmed Sajib, however, claimed while talking over mobile phone, “Differences had cropped up with some general students and the bus supervisor and so we went there.  The general students were agitated and began damaging the bus.”He claimed to know nothing about the journalist being beaten up.University Chhatra League president Golam Kibira said, “We went to the place when we heard about the incident. We are looking into who did this. If anyone of Chhatra League is involved, the organisation will take due action against them.”Rajshahi University journalists association, Rajshahi University Reporters’ Unity and Rajshahi University Press Club have condemned the incident and demanded exemplary punishment for the culprits and also announced chalked out protest programmes.last_img read more

18m Dreamers may be US citizens

first_imgUS president Donald Trump waves as he arrives in Zurich, Switzerland on 25 January 2018. ReutersUS president Donald Trump is offering a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million young illegal immigrants but insists on measures that would curb some legal immigration programs and provide a border wall with Mexico, senior White House officials said on Thursday.The White House offered to more than double the number of “Dreamers” – people brought to the country illegally as children – who would be protected from deportation, describing it as a major concession aimed at attracting enough votes for an immigration deal from Democrats.But the plan comes with significant strings attached to appeal to Republicans, including requirements to slash family sponsorship of immigrants, tighten border security and provide billions of dollars in funding for a border wall with Mexico that Trump made one of his major campaign promises.The package was immediately panned by pro-immigration groups, which said the plan was a bad trade-off. It was also slammed by some conservative groups, which decried the expansion of “amnesty” for illegal immigrants.The head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Democratic Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, said the Trump plan used Dreamers as “bargaining chips for sweeping anti-immigrant policies.”Early reaction from Republicans in the Senate – where the plan may receive a vote in early February – was positive. Conservative Republican Senator Tom Cotton called the plan “generous and humane, while also being responsible.” Republicans narrowly control the chamber by 51-49 and need Democratic votes to pass legislation.The fight over protections for Dreamers, which are set to expire in March, was part of the standoff between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate that resulted in a three-day government shutdown that ended on Monday.They agreed to extend funding until 8 February, leaving a small window to come to a deal on immigration. Trump’s plan will help provide guidance for those talks, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.Negotiations will be tough. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who has championed the cause of the Dreamers, said the plan put Trump’s “entire hardline immigration agenda – including massive cuts to legal immigration – on the backs of these young people.”‘HORRENDOUS TRADE-OFF’Trump, whose tough immigration stance was a key part of his 2016 presidential campaign, said in September he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program for Dreamers that was created by Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.The DACA protections apply to about 700,000 people, but White House officials said there were at least that many illegal immigrants who qualified for the program but did not sign up for it.Officials said the 1.8 million people could apply to become citizens in 10 to 12 years providing they had jobs and did not commit crimes.Trump’s plan would require Congress to set up a $25 billion “trust fund” to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico, and invest in better protections at the northern border with Canada.Congress would have to allocate additional money to border guards and immigration judges, a figure that the Republican president pegged at $5 billion on Wednesday, but which White House officials said was up for further discussion.The White House also wants Congress to change rules to allow for the rapid deportation of illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico and Canada who arrive at the US border, the officials said.White House officials made clear that a deal could not only address DACA and the border wall but must also end a visa lottery program for certain countries and limit family sponsorship of immigrants to spouses and minor children – ending sponsorship for parents, older children and siblings.Stephen Legomsky, who was chief counsel at US Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Obama administration, called the plan a “horrendous tradeoff” and predicted Democrats would reject it.“It offers a one-time citizenship path to innocent Dreamers and expects in return a massive permanent cut to family immigration, the permanent elimination of the entire diversity program, and a huge expenditure for a border wall,” said Legomsky, now at Washington University Law School in St. Louis.A group of immigrant youth called United We Dream said the deal was “pitting us against our own parents, Black immigrants and our communities.”Groups that oppose allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the United States also voiced criticism, and urged Congress to take its time.“While it includes a number of tough immigration enforcement provisions, it includes an amnesty that is more than twice the size of the DACA population,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Centre for Immigration Studies, which favours restrictions.HOUSE PATH UNCLEARTo become law, the measures would also need to pass the House of Representatives, where Republicans have a bigger majority. A senior White House official declined to speculate on whether the plan would pass the chamber.“I think the House will have an independent vehicle,” the second official said. “We’re not trying to force something on the House.”Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican Cuban-American from Miami and longtime advocate of immigration reform, praised Trump for putting forward a “serious proposal.”Democratic Representative Luis Gutiérrez said, however, that the plan ”doesn’t pass the laugh test.“It would be far cheaper to erect a 50-foot concrete statue of a middle finger and point it towards Latin America, because both a wall and the statue would be equally offensive and equally ineffective,” the Illinois lawmaker said on Twitter.last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | June 19, 2013 MRI Detects Early Effects of Chemotherapy on Children’s Hearts News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more June 19, 2013 — Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of children who have had chemotherapy can detect early changes in their hearts finds research in the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.Chemotherapy with anthracyclines, such as doxorubicin, is one of the most effective treatments against many types of cancer, including leukaemia and Hodgkin’s lymphoma, breast, lung and ovarian cancer. However it can also lead to irreversible heart damage, which may not be apparent until several years after treatment. Being able to detect this damage at an early stage in order to initiate preventative therapy of affected people is especially important in children.Researchers from University of Alberta performed MRI scans on children and young adults (aged 7 to 19) at the Stollery Children’s Hospital who were in remission following anthracycline treatment. They found that they were able to identify changes in heart muscle related to the formation of fibrosis, using an emerging MRI method called T1 mapping, even in children whose heart function was apparently normal by ultrasound.Explaining in more detail, the study funded by the Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute led by Dr. Edythe Tham and Dr. Richard Thompson said, “In childhood cancer survivors, MRI changes were related to anthracycline dose given to the children. These changes are also mirrored by thinning of the heart wall and a reduction in the exercise capacity. By detecting these changes early we can only hope that future research using these techniques may guide early identification and treatment in attempts to delay the onset of heart damage in children who have survived cancer.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more last_img read more

With abortion banned in Zika countries women beg on web for abortion

first_imgThe emails arrive at an accelerating pace. Once sporadic, they now come in an incessant stream of 40, 45 or 50 per day.Most are in Spanish or Portuguese. Others are in broken English.All of them express the same sentiment, the same fear, the same desperate plea.“Help!” one email begins. “Zika in Venezuela. I need abortion!”The emails are from mothers in Latin America who are scared of giving birth to children with microcephaly, the mysterious condition marked by an undersized head and brain damage that some doctors believe may be linked to the mosquito-born Zika virus.Some of the women say they have already tested positive for the virus. Others say they only fear they have contracted the disease and that their child will be born disabled.All of them are asking for something that is simple yet elusive — and generally illegal — in this part of the world: abortion pills.In more than a thousand emails to Women on Web, a Canada-based group that provides advice and medication for women wanting an abortion in countries where it is banned, the women beg for the pills that are banned by law in their respective countries of Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru or El Salvador.Laws against abortion vary by country in Latin America. Some, like El Salvador, outlaw abortion in all cases, including rape and incest. Others, such as Colombia, allow for abortions when a fetus displays signs of a severe deformity — a narrow exception that abortion rights advocates argue should apply to microcephaly.Across the region, Zika has thrown predominantly Catholic, socially conservative countries into a sudden and fierce debate over abortion. In some countries, arguments are raging at the highest levels of the judicial system. The mysterious disease could end up dramatically altering women’s rights in the Western Hemisphere.See: Commenting on Zika virus, Pope Francis calls abortion ‘a human evil’In the meantime, however, women are writing to Women on Web, asking for pills.The organization was founded in 2005 by Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, a Dutch physician. Although Women on Web has been sending packages of Mifepristone and Misoprostol to women around the world for more than a decade, Gomperts said the group had seen a sharp uptick in emails from women in Brazil since the onset of the Zika crisis.In an interview with The Washington Post, Gomperts said the number of Brazilian women contacting Women on Web had nearly tripled, climbing from 100 during the first week of December (before the Zika outbreak became public) to 285 during the first week of February.“When Zika hit the news we saw an [immediate] increase in the number of requests from countries that are affected by Zika,” she said. “We think that is related to the Zika outbreak. We cannot explain it any other way.“Probably a lot of women are looking for abortion services now. Women that are pregnant and suspect that they have had Zika and they just don’t want to take the risks of having a microcephalic baby,” she said. “Our worry is that these women will turn to unsafe abortion methods, while we can help them with a safe, medical abortion.” The RU-486 pill, or Mifepristone. Manoocher Deghati/AFPGomperts said her organization is currently working with two universities to analyze its data to determine exactly how much of this increase in demand for abortion pills is due to Zika.She provided The Post with several dozen emails from women who contacted Women on Web during the first week of February. Although Gomperts stressed that considering an abortion for any reason, especially in a country that doesn’t allow it, is always a terrifying decision for a women, she said that Zika had made the decision even more agonizing.The emails reflect that agony.“I am [name redacted],” begins one email. “I contacted Zika 4 days ago. I just found out I’m about 6 weeks pregnant. Today. Today, I found out I’m pregnant. I have a son I love dearly. I love children. But I dont believe it is a wise decision to keep a baby who will suffer. I need an abortion. I don’t know who to turn to. Please help me ASAP.”Many of the pregnant women said they had tested positive for Zika but were unable to travel or obtain pills to get an abortion.“I contracted Zika and cannot leave the country!” wrote one woman who asked to be sent abortion pills. Another woman said she was able to get Misoprostol on the black market but was unsure how to take the abortifacient.Others said they were uncertain if they had contracted the virus. Some said they hadn’t been tested, while a few said they simply didn’t trust their doctor’s diagnosis.“How do I know if I am infected?” wrote one woman who said she had come down with a flu five months earlier. “Can you please let me know what should I do? What kind of exam do I need to tell the doctor they should do to me?”Many of the emails came from Venezuela, where the outbreak is feared to be much worse than publicly acknowledged. One woman said she had shown symptoms of Zika — rash, fever and diarrhea — three weeks into her pregnancy. By the time she saw a doctor, however, the symptoms were gone and the doctor said it wasn’t Zika. But the woman didn’t trust her doctor and remained fearful for her baby.“In my mind, I can’t forget about the symptoms and the consequences that they might cause,” she wrote in Spanish. “What can I do?”See: The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseasesA pregnant woman in neighboring Colombia expressed anger towards government officials, blaming them for contracting the virus.“I dare to write you because I’m a resident in Colombia and here the Zika virus is a major problem, although the health authorities haven’t recognized it,” she wrote. “I want to ask for help because I’m overcome by fear that my baby will be born sick. I already have two girls and work long and hard as a single mother to provide for them. Life in Bogotá is difficult enough without being in charge of a sick child, especially with the health system so precarious in Colombia.” Health workers hand out mosquito nets to pregnant women in Calí, Colombia, to fight the Zika virus. Luis Robayo/AFPOther women said they felt the Zika virus closing in on them like a mosquito in a closed room, and thought it was only a matter of time until they — and their unborn children — were affected by the virus.“I’m scared of Zika because there are so many cases in my country already,” wrote one Colombian woman, six weeks pregnant. Another said someone in her town had contracted the virus, making her nervous she was next.As moving as the emails are, Gomperts said they reflect only the tip of the outbreak iceberg. In Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia, only about 60 percent of households have Internet access. In El Salvador, it’s even less. That means that the poorest women are unable to ask for pills. The poor meanwhile, also tend to live in areas without air conditioning and with more standing water — where the mosquitoes that carry the virus breed — putting them at greater risk of contracting Zika in the first place.“It is the poorest women who are suffering from this crisis,” Gomperts said. “It is not women in the upper class neighborhoods, who can protect themselves from mosquito bites. And that is the most frustrating part. We know that a lot of these women don’t have access to the Internet. So the women that we read, are only a few of the ones really affected by this crisis.”To make matters worse, Brazilian customs officials have been blocking Women on Web’s pills from reaching their intended destination for several years. Gomperts said she is still waiting to see if Zika changes their minds.“We hope the people working in the customs have some empathy and humanity in them and that in the wake of Zika they might just decide to suspend the confiscation of the medicines so that women can at least have safe abortions in the wake of this public health crisis,” she said.Although Gomperts said what her organization does is completely legal, Women on Web isn’t allowed to advertise in countries like Brazil. Instead, women find the organization’s website via Google or hear about it by word of mouth.Even if the pills do arrive, the women may still be at some risk. In 2008, a woman who obtained abortion pills in the mail was charged with attempted murder, although she was ultimately acquitted.Gomperts said her organization’s efforts were hampered by both governmental bumbling and Zika itself. So many questions remain about the virus — When during a pregnancy can it be transmitted to a fetus? What happens if a mother is asymptomatic? — that Women on Web has a hard time doling out advice.“When a woman writes to us and says that she wants her pregnancy but says she has also had Zika and is afraid, we have to tell her there are so many unknowns, we don’t know what the risk is yet,” Gomperts said.What is clear, however, is that many governments in the region have bungled their response and put the burden almost entirely on women, she said.“The military is going into the favelas to spray to get the mosquitoes under control,” she said of Brazil. “That’s a response, but I don’t know if that’s the appropriate response to what is happening.”Instead, Gomperts and other abortion rights activists are calling on countries in Latin America to loosen their abortion restrictions, if not permanently then at least temporarily.“I haven’t seen anything from the governments of these countries themselves that indicate they are reconsidering the restrictive laws because of this crisis. I haven’t seen any of that,” she said. “The only calls that have gone out from health ministers is ‘Don’t get pregnant,’ which is kind of an unrealistic demand I think, if contraception is not available for the poorest. …“Of course men are responsible for having sex and getting women pregnant as well, but the reality is that men refuse to take this responsibility seriously,” Gomperts said. “So women are the ones who get pregnant and they are the ones who are called upon to prevent getting pregnant.”© 2016, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Commenting on Zika virus, Pope Francis calls abortion ‘a human evil’ World Bank: Zika will cost Latin America $3.5 billion in 2016 Zika: Tragedy or Opportunity? Costa Rica ambassador in US warns of Zika vulnerabilitieslast_img read more