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The Spanish Football Federation also asks to postpone the Games

first_imgA few minutes after the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation requested, as the United States or Great Britain did, through a statement the postponement of the Tokyo Games, after consulting the opinion of their athletes, Now it is the Spanish Football Federation who is joining this same request, which has already been transferred to the COE. The FEF has made it public through the following statement:“The president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, transmitted the request for postponement of the next Olympic Games to Juan Antonio Samaranch. He did it at the meeting held together with other Spanish sports federations and to which he was called by the president of the COE, Alejandro Blanco. The president of Spanish football asked that all efforts be focused on supporting our Administration in the fight against COVID-19. At this time, health must prevail over any other issue and we must be on the side of our Government.Sport is our reason for being, but now it must be in the background. We continue to work for football and solutions for this sector, however, now the duty as Spaniards is to stay together and suspend all sports events, as from the first moment it was done by this Federation regarding those competitions over which it has competence.We show our pain for the victims of this pandemic, our condolences to the relatives, our encouragement for the health workers and the State Security Forces and Bodies and all those who are maintaining the services of the citizens, while remaining at the disposal of the authorities and we offer to collaborate in everything that is considered. “last_img read more

Boys’ Town’s Nicholson is RSPL’s top marksman

first_imgBoys’ Town’s Shamar Nicholson is the leading marksman in the Red Stripe Premier League after 17 rounds of matches. Nicholson, who earned a point for his club with a late strike against league leaders Montego Bay United on Wednesday, has scored nine times, one more than Tivoli Gardens’ Jermaine Johnson. Montego Bay’s Dino Williams has seven goals while Elton Thompson of Tivoli Gardens and Rochane Smith of UWI FC have six each. The top five are followed by Francois Swaby (Humble Lion) 5, Phillip Peddie (Maverley-Hughenden) 5, Newton Sterling (Arnett Gardens) 4, Ranique Muir (Harbour View) 4, Wolry Wolfe (Humble Lion) 4, Rohan Richards (Jamalco) 4, Roshane Sharpe (Jamalco) 4, Nicholas Scott (Maverley-Hughenden) 4, Rodico Wellington (Maverley-Hughenden) 4, Allan Ottey (Montego Bay United) 4, Anthony Greenland (UWI FC) 4, and Kemar Beckford (Waterhouse) 4.last_img read more

Kenya loses hosting rights to African soccer tournament

first_imgKenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, right, leaves after speaking to the media at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Kenya’s electoral commission has announced it has moved the date for a fresh presidential election to Oct 26. The electoral commission had earlier set Oct 17 as the date for the fresh poll after the Supreme Court invalidated President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August re-election and ordered a rerun within 60 days. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)ACCRA, Ghana — Kenya was stripped of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship because of delays in its preparations and the Confederation of African Football opened a new bidding process on Sunday, giving itself just a week to find a new country.The Confederation of African Football cited “accumulated delays” in Kenya’s preparations for CHAN early next year, the continental championship for players playing in their home leagues. It’s the No. 2 tournament for national teams in Africa behind the African Cup of Nations.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees CAF made the decision to take the tournament away from Kenya at an executive committee meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday.“With an overwhelming majority of the members present, it was decided to withdraw the hosting rights of the competition from Kenya in the light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from 11 to 17 September 2017,” CAF said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCountries seeking to step in as replacement host must submit applications by next Sunday, said CAF, which was forced into a fast-tracked bidding process with the tournament scheduled to be played from Jan. 12-Feb. 4.Morocco, which is bidding to host the 2026 World Cup, has been touted as a possible replacement host because of its relatively established infrastructure. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody Africa has had a succession of problems with host countries for its tournaments.South Africa had to step in to host the 2013 African Cup of Nations after Libya conceded it wouldn’t be able to. Equatorial Guinea took over the 2015 African Cup after Morocco withdrew over fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Libya again withdrew as host for this year’s edition and Gabon was given the tournament on short notice.The next three hosts for the African Cup were all decided by the former leadership of CAF: Cameroon in 2019, Ivory Coast in 2021 and Guinea in 2023.CAF was forced to re-open the bidding process for the 2020 Women’s African Cup of Nations after no bids were received on time. The 2019 under-23 African Cup was given to Egypt because it was the only country to submit a “complete” application, CAF said.The poor quality of African candidates to host soccer tournaments reflects badly on Morocco, which is challenging the joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada for the 2026 World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kenya’s preparations for the 16-team tournament were already troubled before its presidential elections held in August were nullified and a re-vote was ordered. That re-vote is scheduled for next month, and the political instability has meant preparations for the soccer tournament have been further undermined.Only one of the stadiums meant to host games has been deemed ready and Kenya’s government only approved a $40 million budget to host the tournament last week, with just four months to go until kickoff.Also at its meeting Saturday, CAF decided to open a tender process to recruit an audit firm to examine Cameroon’s preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, Africa’s top soccer event.Like Kenya, Cameroon’s readiness to host the Cup of Nations has been under scrutiny. CAF said it needs to examine the state of Cameroon’s “infrastructure to host the tournament,” with the 2019 Cup of Nations the first to be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.CAF president Ahmad, who goes by just one name, said that Cameroon would remain 2019 host for now.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide No Mercy: Lesnar retains Universal title in toughest test yet View commentslast_img read more

Verutiao impresses in first start for Arellano

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “There was extreme pressure for me, and I told myself that this is my chance,” said Verutiao. “This is my opportunity to play and I’ll just follow what coach tells me every step of the way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIEScenter_img Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Arellano Lady Chief Sarah Verutiao.Arellano head coach Obet Javier gave Sarah Verutiao a chance to orchestrate the offense in the start of their title retention bid in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament, and the move paid instant dividends.Verutiao, who was filling in for the injured Rhea Ramirez, put up 28 excellent sets steering the Lady Chiefs to a three-set win over Mapua, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Embiid shakes off sprained hand as Sixers edge Spurs MOST READ “I think everything happens for a reason,” said the former setter from University of Santo Tomas in Filipino Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Of course I’m really thankful for the chance and the trust he gave me and my teammates.”Javier believe that with Ramirez sidelined, it’s the best time for Verutiao to display her skills.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We’re trying our offense with Sara at the lead while Rhea’s still resting her shoulder injury,” said Javier in Filipino. “As long as Sara’s been performing well for us, she’ll be our setter until Rhea can come back.”And with a bigger role, Verutiao admitted she felt the pressure when Javier told her she’d be starting the game in the season opener.last_img read more

Skate with Olympians tomorrow at the Pomeroy Sport Centre

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents of Fort St. John will have the chance to experience something that most people could only dream about at the Pomeroy Sport Centre on Thursday.That something is sharing the ice with a group of Canadian Olympians. The Canadian Olympic Team, who is in Fort St. John right now, is holding an official meet and greet with residents of the Energetic City from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.At the meet and greet, residents will be encouraged to lace up skates and get on the ice with the Olympians. If residents don’t have their own skates, they can borrow a pair of speed skates from the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club.- Advertisement -Residents must bring helmets and gloves if they wish to participate. Skate aids and strollers will not be allowed on the ice.Olympians will be available for autographs as well as pictures during the skate.last_img read more

Pac-10 may be the best around

first_imgSouthern California’s Tim Floyd said he couldn’t imagine a better seventh-place team in the nation than Washington, prompting Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar to say: “I wouldn’t say I disagree. If they had a tournament for all seventh-place teams, hopefully we would hold our own.” The Pac-10 tournament starts today at the Staples Center. Pac-10 TournamentFirst Round Tonight: Staples Center, 6 p.m. FSN And Ben Howland, coach of top-seeded UCLA, expressed the opinion that six Pac-10 teams are a lock to play in the NCAA tournament, no matter what happens in the conference tournament. That’s usually the mantra of the Big East, Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference about now. “I was in the Big East for four years – that’s a point of reference for me,” Howland said. Six Pac-10 teams have played in the NCAA tournament only once before – in 2002. Five were chosen on four occasions, most recently in 2003. Three played in 2004, and four were picked in each of the past two years. Seven of the league’s 10 teams have at least 18 wins, and those seven went a combined 71-12 against non-conference opponents. “Hopefully we’ll be rewarded for being a very, very tough conference,” Kent said. “We’ve kind of beaten up on each other.” Perhaps that explains why only three teams are ranked among the nation’s top 25 this week – No. 4 UCLA, No. 11 Washington State and No. 16 Oregon. Each of the top seven teams were ranked at one time or another this season. Eighth-seeded California (14-16, 6-12 Pac-10) faces ninth-seeded Oregon State (11-20, 3-15) and seventh-seeded Washington (18-12, 8-10) meets 10th-seeded Arizona State (8-21, 2-16) Wednesday night to begin the tournament. Four games will be played Thursday. The semifinals are Friday night and the finals Saturday. “I feel like we should be in the (NCAA) tournament – win or lose,” said Stanford’s Trent Johnson, whose team appears to be the only one of the top six that could be bypassed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – The Pac-10 usually finds itself down the list when conferences are being evaluated at this time of year. Not this season. Lute Olson, completing his 24th year at Arizona, called the Pac-10 the toughest its ever been during a conference call Tuesday. Ernie Kent, finishing his 10th season at Oregon, added: “I think it’s the No. 1 conference in the country. If it’s not No. 1, it’s No. 2.” last_img read more

Memo raises questions on LAPD ruling

first_img While the LAPD will continue to release the names of officers involved in shootings – as most agencies do – the commission decided to take officers’ names out of the detailed reports prepared by the chief of police after every use of force. The reports had long been available through California Public Records Act requests, and the media and watchdog groups used their context and detail to track misconduct and hold the department accountable. The police officers union threatened to sue, however, saying the reports should be kept confidential. The panel decided to keep releasing them while redacting the names. Commissioners have said they wanted to protect officers’ privacy while serving the public with anonymous summaries of their use-of-force reviews posted to the Internet. The Police Protective League says it will keep fighting any release of the chief’s reports. Union General Counsel Hank Hernandez said the documents are based on officers’ compelled statements and include analysis of their performance that should be kept private. The city attorney memo draws a fine distinction on that point. Courts might find that specific analysis of the propriety of an individual officer’s actions could be privileged personnel information, Llewellyn wrote. However, the memo noted that the force reviews function as wider appraisals of the LAPD as an organization and often result in changes to department policy and procedures. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Before the Police Commission decided behind closed doors to withhold from the public the names of officers who are accused of using serious force, city lawyers advised the panelists that the law is unsettled and they could lean toward officer privacy or public transparency, according to a confidential legal memo obtained Friday. In deciding to withhold the names, the commission has said it acted on advice from the City Attorney’s Office, and reinforced its decision with a public vote earlier this week. “It raises lots of questions and it does not appear to be an area of law where there is one clear-cut obvious answer,” Jack Weiss, a former federal prosecutor and chairman of the council’s Public Safety Committee, said of the City Attorney’s memo on the issue. While Weiss would not release the memo, after reviewing it he introduced a motion that would allow for it to be made public by waiving attorney-client privilege. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The council could take up the motion next week, but in the meantime the Police Commission scheduled a special hearing for Monday to discuss the matter. The panel may or may not vote on releasing the city attorney’s report, said Police Commission Executive Director Richard Tefank. “I’m not prepared to talk about the city attorney’s opinion because the document is still confidential as far as we’re concerned,” he said. A copy obtained by the Daily News shows that city lawyers stressed that the panel had to decide on its own whether to side with officer privacy or openness in government. “The current state of the law is unsettled with respect to exactly where to draw the line between these competing interests,” read the report by Chief Deputy City Attorney Richard Llewellyn. “And in fact several recent appellate cases are currently under review by the California Supreme Court.” last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY CLUB NOTES

first_imgThe club’s senior and reserve teams will be hoping to build on their impressive opening week results in the Division 2 league as both play host to Dungloe in Pairc Naomh Columba this coming Sunday. The reserves get things underway at 1.30pm while the seniors take on the team who are joined top with them in the league after two games at 3.00pm.The minors suffered mixed results last week in Division 2 of the minor league. The boys fought their way to victory over Glenfin with a 1-5 to 1-2 victory in a sun kissed Pairc Taobhoige on Tuesday 2nd before being defeated away to a strong Fanad Gaels team just three days later, on a scorline of 1-11 to 1-5. Another busy week follows for them, this time with two crunch home ties. They will face up to table-topping St.Michaels on Friday 12th at 6.30pm before hosting local rivals Termon on Monday night at 7.00pm.Our u14’s lost out to Milford in their first league outing on a scorline of 3-3 to 2-2 on Monday evening. Winning lotto Numbers were 4, 10, 13, 23. Match 3 winner is J.Cullen. Next weeks sellers are George Simmons and Lee Gildea. The jackpot stands at €2180.Finally, a massive good luck to Leon Kelly who will play in the u21 Ulster Final on Wednesday 10th. Donegal will play Cavan in the decider at Brewster Park, Enniskillen at 8pm.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly GAA Club noteslast_img read more

DONEGAL TAKES PART IN MEDIATION AWARENESS WEEK

first_imgLetterkenny Family Mediation ServiceOPEN DAY TUESDAY, 20th OCTOBER 2015 – 11.00 to 5.00ALL WELCOMEStaff members available to answer queries about personal and professional referrals to the Family Mediation Service.Mediation Information booklets available.Opportunity to meet other family support practitioners.Light refreshments provided with scheduled talks.SCHEDULED EVENTS11.30 – ‘Family Mediation’ 10 min talk followed by Q&A1.30 – ‘Family Mediation’ 10 min talk followed by Q&A4.30 – ‘Family Mediation’ 10 min talk followed by Q&AOffice Location: 3rd Floor Riverfront House, Pearse Road, LetterkennyOffice Hours: Mon – Tues 9-5 & Wed 9-12.30. T: 074 91 02240All Open Day email queries to ColetteOConnor@legalaidboard.ie or Exhayden@legalaidboard.ie THE FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICEWHAT WE DOWe provide mediation for families, with our primary focus being separating or divorcing couples with children. Mediation is a way of helping people in conflict voluntarily come to their own informed mutually acceptable outcome in a safe and confidential manner. This is done with the help of the mediator: an independent third person acting in non-judgement. Our trained and accredited mediators work to the Code of Ethics and Practice of The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland.For separating couples, mediation focuses on their parenting conflicts during and after separation, with a view to better outcomes for their children and the whole family. It is a very child-focused and pragmatic approach that helps families through the transition of separation. We help parents draw up a usable parenting plan to guide them through the changes. Finances and property are also addressed: this allows the parents to deal with everyday money issues and living arrangements. It also means they can have an agreed plan to present if they are then choosing to separate formally or legally.Mediation works due to the skill of the mediator in helping people find a course through stormy emotional waters with a clear, pragmatic and empathic approach.Family mediation is often but erroneously presented as a ‘cheaper, faster way of getting a Divorce’. Mediation is an alternative to a court-imposed outcome: however sustainable decisions for children and families in conflict should not be made hastily or be perceived as something that can be done at ‘low cost’. In recognition that separation can be a time of additional costs to families, our Service helps by providing mediation with no fee payable by our clients. Mediation is also often seen as an alternative to solicitors, when in fact people still need good legal advice when making certain decisions. Indeed as we encourage our clients to make informed decisions, time is always made in mediation when people need advice or specialist information – whether on parenting, finances or legal issues.Another common misconception is that family mediation tries to reconcile separating couples. We step in when one or both people have made their decision to separate. If they change their minds during mediation, we refer them to counselling. And while mediation can have a therapeutic benefit, it is not about fixing the difficulties that resulted in the couple separating. When people need support to deal with their relationship breakdown, we refer them to personal one-to-one counselling and also to separation counselling (where available).Our Service is available to all couples, whether or not married or in a Civil Partnership – and whether or not they have children. Mediation can also help with other disputes within families, for example between adult siblings or with grandparents. People are always welcome to phone us to explore if mediation can be of help.HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR FAMILY MEDIATION IN DONEGALAs mediation is voluntary we need to hear from both people before offering an appointment so both people need to phone us on 074 91 02240. When people phone us they will be asked for their contact details, the name of their spouse or partner and names and ages of any children. When both people have confirmed they are interested in attending mediation, they are sent a confirmation letter and an appointment will then be sent out as soon as one is available. As the Letterkenny office is part-time only, there will always be a waiting period before the first appointment. We always aim to keep this waiting period to a minimum and we will let you know what current waiting times are when you call us.The first appointment is for you both to meet your mediator and to hear more about how mediation works. In talking with you jointly and on a one-to-one basis, your mediator will help with the decision whether mediation is best suited to your circumstances. If it is suitable, the mediator will then discuss with you what preparation you may need to do for the next appointment when the mediation work itself starts. Most people will need several mediation appointments to give full attention to all the issues that need to be looked at. Your mediator will help you plan to make the best use of your time during these appointments. Agreements reached in mediation will be written up for you by your mediator: this document can then be used as the basis of a legal separation agreement or Divorce application if you are at that stage in your separation.The Donegal branch of the Family Mediation Service is on the third floor of Riverfront House on Pearse Road in Letterkenny.WHO WE AREWe are part of a nationwide Service provided by the State which first started as a three year pilot in 1986 in Dublin. We have worked under various government departments over the years and are now part of the Department of Justice under the auspices of the Legal Aid Board. There are with seventeen Family Mediation Service offices across the country, including a Court based service at Dolphin House in Dublin. Several pilots for other Court based services are currently underway. The Letterkenny office was opened in 2006.http://www.legalaidboard.ie/lab/publishing.nsf/content/Family_Mediation_ServiceDONEGAL TAKES PART IN MEDIATION AWARENESS WEEK was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalMEDIATION AWARNESS WEEKlast_img read more

Do you want to take your start-up business to the next level?

first_imgDo you have ambitions of scaling your startup globally through tech?Bank of Ireland’s startlab is a six month incubator, formerly based solely in Galway.It is now looking to extend its reach into Co Donegal with its startlab Remote programme. Startlab remote will allow startups based outside Galway to take advantage of the broad offering in the programme, including funded desk space in select co-working spaces, one to one sessions with key coaches and mentors, introductions to investors and support from Bank of Ireland’s Innovation Team.Graham Clarke, Programme Lead of startlab West will be holding offices hours at CoLab, Institute of Technology Letterkenny on Tuesday 21st of November to discuss the application process and benefits of becoming a Startlab cohort.Book here: https://calendly.com/graham-clarke2/startlab-colab/11-21-2017Any feedback is welcome. Do you want to take your start-up business to the next level? was last modified: November 9th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CoLabdonegalletterkennystartuplast_img read more

Half-time: QPR 0 Burnley 0

first_imgJames Perch and Matt Phillips went closest for QPR as they made a lively start to new manager Jimmy Floyd’s Hasselbaink’s first match in charge.Perch’s deflected shot bounced narrowly wide and Burnley keeper Tom Heaton saved with his legs to deny Phillips.Heaton also gathered Leroy Fer’s header from Alejandro Faurlin’s left-wing corner.At the other end, Joey Barton, back at Loftus Road for the first time since leaving QPR during the summer, had a free-kick saved by Rob Green.R’s keeper Green also held a long-range effort from Sam Vokes and just about made it to a back-header from Grant Hall before Clarets striker Andre Gray.With Charlie Austin, who has been nursing a calf problem, on the substitutes’ bench once more, Rangers again started without a recognised striker, with Fer supporting Phillips in attack.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Hoilett, Sandro, Faurlin, Henry, Fer, Phillips.Subs: Smithies, Chery, Luongo, Angella, Tozser, Emmanuel-Thomas, Austin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Health sector overhaul on track: report

first_img Also contained in the report was detailed progress on reducing new HIV infections, cutting the mother-to-child transmission rate from 3.5% in 2010 to less than 2%, increasing the total number of patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) from 1.1-million in 2009 to 2.5-million, and improving the TB cure rate to 85%. Chabane said the government had seen the reduction of mother-to-child transmission from 8% in 2008 to 3.5% in 2011, protecting more than 30 000 babies from infection per year. In addition, 19.9-million people had undergone voluntary testing for HIV by 2011. “The number of people receiving treatment increased from 1.1-million in 2009 to 1.7-million in 2011,” he said. There has also been a stabilisation of HIV prevalence – the number of people living with HIV – after rising since the 1990s, which was indicated by antenatal surveys. The rate of new infections has decreased from 1.4% to 0.8% in the 15-24 age groups, with the trend looking set to continue in the coming years. Acceleration of campaigns Authorities say the turnaround could be attributed to an acceleration and expansion of HIV awareness and prevention campaigns, counselling and testing, treatment, care and support. “Since the presidential launch of the HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) Campaign in April 2010, the number of people tested has increased substantially, confirming improvements in health-seeking behaviour among South Africans,” Chabane said. “As at mid-2011, 15.1-million people had been tested and an additional 4.8-million people have since been tested.” 5 June 2012 Progress on establishing South Africa’s National Health Insurance scheme to improve the effectiveness of the country’s health system is well under way, according to a government mid-term review report released in Pretoria last week. The report, released by Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane in Pretoria on Friday, reviews the progress made by the current administration at the November 2011 mid-point of its 2009-14 electoral term. “The Department of Health conducted an audit of service quality in over 75% of health facilities and improvement plans are now being developed,” Chabane said, adding that a green paper had been produced and released for public input on the matter. He said the department had also developed a human resource strategy that linked intake of health professionals to projected demand. An audit of 122 nursing colleges was also in progress. However, the report acknowledged that despite radical interventions since 1994, the country’s health sector remained poor compared to other countries with a similar profile as South Africa. South Africa has high levels of maternal and child mortality, with life expectancy declining significantly from 1994 to 2009; officials said this was an indication of a “reversal” of earlier gains made towards meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals. Long-term plans The Department of Health has committed to a strategy to change the situation. The plan will include: The number of public facilities initiating patients on ARV drugs also increased from 490 in 2010 to 2 948 in 2011 and the number of nurses trained to provide treatment increased from 290 in 2010 to 10 000 in 2011. In future, the initiation of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment at a CD4 count of less than 350 should result in increased numbers of people on treatment and reduced deaths. Through improving procurement processes, the Health Department managed to achieve a 50% decrease in the prices of ARV drugs, which will enable the health sector to treat more patients with the same amount of resources. Improvements were also made in TB control and management, with more than eight million people screened during the HCT Campaign. Of these, one million were referred for further diagnosis and management at relevant health facilities. The number of people who default on their TB treatment declined from 7.9% in 2009 to 6.5% in 2010 and, for the first time, the national TB cure rate reached the 70% mark in 2010. Despite these significant strides, the report noted that much work is required to achieve the 85% cure rate recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The department has improved the early diagnosis and detection of resistance to TB treatment, which should reduce the risk of spreading TB. Source: BuaNewscenter_img Fast-tracking the implementation of a far-reaching health care reform plan that includes a National Health Insurance scheme which will eventually cover all South Africans. Strengthening the fight against HIV and tuberculosis (TB), non-communicable diseases and injury and violence.Beefing up human resource management at state hospitals and strengthening coordination between the public and private health sector.Deploying municipal ward-based health teams and school health teams to communities and schools respectively.Regulating costs to make health care affordable to all.Increasing life expectancy from 56.5 years in 2009 to 58.5 years in 2014.last_img read more

6 Productivity Hacks from Slack

first_imgWith This One Question, You’ll Never Need an Ic… The way companies work is rapidly changing. On average, companies use over 1,000 tools to run their business, and although plenty of informational tools are designed to help workplaces succeed, none of that matters if the tools are not easy to navigate. It’s critical to effectively gather, organize, and share information to improve the knowledge base of the entire team, promote transparency, and drive performance. As more digital natives and remote workers contribute to the workforce, they expect information-sharing to be accessible and free-flowing. Collaboration tools like Slack help companies and employees adapt to and drive change by facilitating efficient information flow so that people work the way they want to.Recent research by Kelton Global for Slack surveyed more than 1,400 U.S. knowledge workers (500 of whom are Slack users) and found that only 31% of workers are “extremely satisfied” with their current work communication tools. Unsurprisingly, 76% of respondents said they hope to have more communication tools available to them in the future. Further, the study found that Slack users are more likely than non-users to say they are satisfied at work (47% vs. 37%). One key reason may be the sheer number of uses for Slack in the workplace: file sharing, integrations with favorite tools like Salesforce, Jira, and Google Drive, and real-time decision-making with team members, no matter where they work.Slack believes that the best work happens when information flows freely and is easily accessible, which builds trust among teams. Slack tries to make the tools in such a way that allows the information to flow around the team freely. If you are a Slack user, you have noticed that the information comes out of the memo-style email chains and makes everything appear conversational. This platform then becomes a place to collaborate on projects or receive company updates. It can become a hub for company culture if you don’t have someone monitoring your team. Seemingly minor features like custom emoji, social channels, and team rituals create camaraderie and connection that may be hard to convey through email or static documents. Keep the slave-drivers off the channel so your team will use this platform in the way it was designed — for work — yes — but for human connection, as well. How can you make collaboration tools like Slack work faster, harder and smarter for your team? Below are six customizable Slack features you can tailor for your organization to ensure every member of your team has to access to the information they need to do great work. Channels are the core of Slack.A channel is a designated place for messaging, tools, and files for a given topic. Pulling conversations into channels of your Slack workspace is the first step in bringing order to the chaos, and they are where most of your team’s communications and daily work take place. Channels can be organized around anything, and you can create as many as you need. At any time, a team member can create or join a channel to rally around a project or event, and then archive it once it’s done. When team members have a collaborative space to ask questions, identify challenges, and make decisions, progress can happen that much faster. This kind of transparency is also an asset for executives and other cross-functional team members on the lookout for insights and information, such as what’s working well or what processes need refinement.  Channels further break down barriers in organizations, whether geographical or informational. In channels, the right people are included in the conversation, relevant information is in one place, and new team members can get up to speed quickly and easily. With public channels, you’re able to open the conversation across departments and staff to openly communicate and collaborate on special projects. Anything posted in a public channel is browsable and searchable by all members within the workspace. Are you working through some sensitive content? You can create a private channel that won’t be searchable or browsable by the entire workspace, and instead only accessible to specific team members. Channels can be created, prioritized and archived at any time, by team, project, location — whatever is needed — even shared securely with outside vendors.Threads let you respond directly to a message in a channel, keeping the replies, files, and images organized neatly in a single conversationBy using Threads, you can manage the noise in a given channel. Threaded replies and their data stay connected to the original message, and only those who have contributed to or are following the thread will be notified. Thread was a top-requested feature, and after months of internal testing, it became a favorite with all other Slack users. Sometimes the thread feature is used for a more in-depth discussion around specific topics – “going down the rabbit hole” as you may say – without clogging the rest of the channel. Threads allow users to clearly tie your thoughts and feedback to a specific message or file; encourage open discussion without distracting others; and organize conversations and preserve meaningful context. Threads are most frequently used in busy channels with hundreds of members, where it is more courteous to contain extended discussions in Threads instead of the central channel conversations. Apps + bots integrate with all the latest apps and services you use every day.Pipe in Twitter feeds by installing Twitter via Slack’s App Directory to keep up with the latest trending news or use AirTable to track and see when content is in progress or completed. Apps can help your team stay productive and motivated. It all flows into the stream of conversation so everyone can see it—or act on it—inside of Slack.For the Slackbot side of the app, you can use a direct message or be on a channel with your teammates. This Slackbot can be used to help find answers to your questions about Slack, to add customized automatic responses, or to access personal reminders and tasks. You can also customize bots to best suit your team needs. Custom bots can send DMs, can be mentioned by users, post messaging or upload files, and they can be invited to channels (or kicked out). Calls — sometimes you just want to hear someone’s voice or get some face timeIt’s simple to connect with a teammate (or up to 15 people on a paid plan) on a voice or video call on Slack. Make a voice call, join by video, share your screen, and more. You can also use make voice and video calls with integrations like Google Hangouts and Zoom. Emoji is a fun way to convey a broad range of emotions efficiently.Whether using them to review and approve workflows or personalize and add context to digital conversations, emoji express ideas efficiently in a way that words sometimes can’t. As Christina Janzer, Slack’s Director of Research and Analytics said, “Think about the difference between responding to someone with ‘That’s fine.’ versus ‘That’s fine 😊.’” Emoji are not only fun and light-hearted, but efficient. Whether your team has 10 or 100 members, emoji reactions limit the need for written replies, reducing the total number of messages sent. Search messages, files, and more are easily searchable in this app and indexing is automatic.With filters, you can refine your search results by people, channels, messages, and dates, or add modifiers to get more specific. Search to get context on a past project, find a previously approved file, or to help new hires get up to speed.All messages in public channels and file uploads become indexed and searchable once inside Slack, giving your teams access to the collective knowledge of the company. Unlike email, you don’t need to remember who sent what, when, or exactly what the thread was called. The more you work in Slack, the smarter Slack’s search becomes, making it easier for you to find exactly what you’re looking for. For companies looking to stay competitive and keep employees engaged, information management is essential for productivity and success. It’s essential for leaders to facilitate effective collaboration, and I believe that in the next five to 10 years, most organizations will use some kind of collaboration hub to drive the future of work. Understanding how collaboration tools can help your business communicate more effectively is an enormously important part of keeping your team morale high — and getting the job done. Jaime DeLanghe Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutions How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Related Posts Tags:#connection#Slack#social on slack#team on Slack Jaime DeLanghe is the Director of Product Management, Search & Discovery at Slack, and is responsible for building data-driven products that make it easy to find everything you need to get work done.Prior to Slack, Jaime spent more than seven years at Etsy. As Director of Product Management, she led a team of product managers responsible for the Etsy marketplace across platforms. Jaime has a bachelor’s in English from the Wesleyan University. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturelast_img read more

We need to perform well as a batting unit, says Smith

first_imgSouth African captain Graeme Smith urged his batsmen to pull up their socks ahead of the crucial third and final Test match against India which will start at the Newlands, in Cape Town from Sunday.”Look, we were poor in Durban as a batting unit. We have had some good honest chats about that. As a batting unit we have been pretty successful, but in Durban we lost our minds a little bit. Hopefully we can gather our strength – the top six especially – for this Test,” Smith told reporters on the eve of the third Test.”Everyone has generally got good records here, and we have played well here in the past. It’s a really strong ground for us. We are hoping to use all that and come out and put in a big performance,” Smith said.The skipper feels that toss won’t be a big factor on the outcome of the match. “Even in Durban, I don’t think the toss was that crucial. It kept nipping around the whole game. Most Test wickets have something in the first session, and get better as the game goes on. It will be a good Test wicket.”The Proteas are obviously sulking after their 87-run defeat on bouncy Kingsmead strip where everyone thought that India won’t have a chance.”When you play on a wicket (Kingsmead) like that, the margin of error is small. We probably lacked a bit of tough discipline at times and making the little things count. In the end, we slightly let ourselves down. During key moments, we were not good enough, and India were better than us.”advertisementThe skipper, however, doesn’t have any complaints regarding his team’s bowling.”From bowler’s point of view, we have kept India under 250 in three of the four innings, and if we can maintain that, and maybe get even tighter, we can keep them under a bit of pressure.”Although Smith didn’t comment about some of the debatable decisions that went in India’s favour but did admit that they would also need a slice of luck to turn the tables.”I think it’s fair to say that we lacked a bit of luck, but you make your own luck at times. As a team, it is hard to look at that as a factor for why you were beaten. You have got to be honest and look at the areas you can improve upon.”The honesty around the team has been good. We realise we were not good enough in that game. After starting so well in Pretoria, it was disappointing. Still an opportunity to win the series, and that’s what we want.”The southpaw feels that it’s not only South Africa but India will also equally be under pressure going into the series decider.”These sort of Test matches, when the game is on the line, the pressure is on both teams to perform. It is going to be a tense match. It’s not something that we haven’t experienced before. We were 0-1 down against England last year, and then came back playing well at the Wanderers.”As a team, the confidence runs deep. It’s not just something that erodes after one game. We have played well over a long period of time. It’s just about reassessing the things, tweaking them and getting right in this game. Things that weren?t good in Durban.”The skipper stressed on the mental aspect of playing back-to-back Test matches between a short gap.”Not really. Back-to-back Tests is a more of a mental thing. We have had a good workout yesterday, especially the batsmen. I think if it clears up, the bowlers will do some work in the middle later. As of now, it’s more about mental preparation and execution of plans in the middle.”When asked about the Newlands strip, the skipper answered,”We know that it will have a bit more of bounce and carry than some of the other Newlands wickets we have played on. The ground is looking magnificent, and the nets are the best I have seen in a very long time, which is great.”It’s a wonderful Test to play in. Great to be here, and the crowds are going to be terrific. Probably one of the more knowledgeable crowds in south Africa.”With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

LOOK: Magnolia players celebrate PBA title with their lucky charms

first_imgMagnolia had their lucky charms with them as they celebrated their first PBA championship after four years.On the confetti-laden floor with thousands of fans cheering in the gallery, the Hotshots cherished the long-awaited moment with their friends and family–and for guards Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon, their newborn children.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: New dads Jio Jalalon, Paul Lee draw inspiration from first-borns After a series of semifinals exits, Magnolia Hotshots got their breakthrough in the PBA Governors’ Cup and returned to the top of the PBA food chain for the first time since winning the Grand Slam in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefJio Jalalon raises his daughter Jiana Skyla in celebration after winning the PBA Govenors’ Cup title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netImport Romeo Travis carries her daughter amid the celebration at Ynares Antipolo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Lee poses with his wife Rubie Chua and their daughter Tokyo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIan Sangalang enjoys a moment with his son. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net MOST READ Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting UP Lady Maroons halt UST Tigresses’ run for PSL Collegiate title LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIEScenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lee and Jalalon’s kids were born just 11 days apart and both players have played with a spring in their step since then, contributing to Magnolia’s success this season. ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Wall Leads East All-Star Dunk Title

first_imgNEW ORLEANS –  John Wall soared over his own mascot as the East stomped on the West in the slam dunk contest at the NBA’s All-Star contest on Feb. 15.Wall’s sensational slam finished off a clean sweep for the Washington Wizards star and his Eastern Conference teammates, Indiana’s Paul George and Toronto’s Terrence Ross, in the contest’s new battle format.Answering Sacramento rookie Ben McLemore’s dunk in which he leaped over Shaquille O’Neal seated in a king’s throne, Wall took the ball from over the head of the Wizards mascot, brought it between his legs and slammed down a reverse dunk.“It was only my second time doing it. My first time was on Thursday,” Wall said. “So I just felt comfortable with myself and I knew it was a dunk that hasn’t been done before.”Judges Dominique Wilkins, Magic Johnson and Julius Erving all gave the victory to Wall in his matchup, after previously voting for George over Golden State’s Harrison Barnes, and defending champion Ross over Portland’s Damian Lillard.Earlier, San Antonio’s Marco Belinelli won the 3-point contest, and Lillard and Utah rookie Trey Burke won the skills challenge to give the Western Conference two victories on the night.Miami’s Chris Bosh, Wilkins and WNBA star Swin Cash won the night’s first event for the East, the shooting stars contest.The NBA tried to jazz up All-Star Saturday for its return to New Orleans, with a number of tweaks to the format.The biggest was in the dunk contest, which was broken into two parts. The first was the freestyle portion, where the teams had 90 seconds to execute as many dunks as they could, before the three 1-on-1 matchups in the battle format.McLemore came out wearing a king’s robe and was trailed by O’Neal, a new minority owner of the Sacramento Kings. McLemore made it over O’Neal’s throne on his second attempt, and the 15-time All-Star center presented him with a crown.Moments later, however, Wall was the real king.  “The slam dunk has returned,” said Erving, one of the NBA’s most famed dunkers.Belinelli needed to win a tiebreaker in the 3-point contest to beat the Wizards’ Bradley Beal.Beal had made his final six shots, including two “money balls” worth two points each, to tie Belinelli’s final-round score of 19. The Italian then racked up an event-high score of 24 for the win.“I was a little bit nervous at the beginning and I think that I shot like two airballs,” Belinelli said. “But in the end I was focused. I really cared about this trophy.”Lillard and Burke beat the Eastern Conference tandem of Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo in the skills challenge, which consisted of dribbling around obstacles, passing to targets, and hitting shots from medium and close range.Bosh, meanwhile, hit a half-court shot to give his team victory in the shooting stars contest that opened All-Star Saturday. Each team had to hit shots from 10 feet from a right-side angle, the top of the key, 3-point range and half court, with the best time winning.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more