2022 World Cup qualifiers Djibouti defy odds Zimbabwe survive scare Rwanda sets

first_imgJohannesburg: Djibouti triumphed unexpectedly, Zimbabwe survived a scare and Rwanda created a record as the first round of African qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has concluded. French coach Julien Mette was hired by Djibouti recently and promised to restore the “dignity” of a national team used to heavy losses. It did not take him long to succeed as a 0-0 draw on Tuesday in eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) earned the “Shoremen of the Red Sea” a 2-1 aggregate victory. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhForcing a goalless draw in Manzini completed an amazing turnaround for the tiny Horn of Africa nation, who were crushed 8-1 overall by the then Swaziland in a 2018 World Cup eliminator. “Officials did not speak to me about qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations, the African Nations Championship or the World Cup,” Mette told the FIFA website. “All he (the president of the national football federation) wanted was to stop losing 5-0 and 6-0 and I said I would definitely bring him that dignity.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRanked 195th of 211 football nations, Djibouti must now wait for the second round draw, which will include the teams ranked 1 to 26, who received first round byes. The 40 survivors will be split into 10 groups of four with the winners advancing to a final two-leg stage to decide which five African teams go to Qatar. In Harare, Khama Billiat scored two minutes into stoppage to hand Zimbabwe a 3-1 win over minnows Somalia, whose solitary-goal first leg win proved insufficient to survive. A dramatic finish to the return match saw Marshall Munetsi give Zimbabwe a second leg lead 13 minutes from time only for Omar Abdullah Mohamed to equalise. Zimbabwe had to score at least twice to avoid a shock exit and Knox Mutizwa, direct from a free kick, and Billiat with a hard close-range shot netted for a dramatic victory. Like Djibouti, Somalia have suffered many heavy losses in World Cup qualifiers with home matches having to be played outside the country because of an unstable security situation. The side that tackled a Zimbabwe team packed with full-time professionals included Mohamud Ali, who combines playing sixth-tier football in England with being a driving instructor. Meanwhile, Rwanda created a record for a World Cup qualifying aggregate winning margin in Africa by trouncing the Seychelles 7-0 in Kigali for a 10-0 overall victory. The previous nine-goal mark was set by Ghana in a 1974 World Cup qualifier and equalled by Libya in a 2006 tie. Rwanda fell just short of the record eight-goal margin for a single match set by the Democratic Republic of Congo in a 2002 qualifier and later equalled by Libya. Guinea-Bissau, once minnows but qualifiers for the last two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, fell behind at home after 11 minutes to an aggregate-tying goal from Sao Tome. The visitors, whose “The Falcons and True Parrots Team” nickname must rank among the most eye catching in football, retained the second leg lead until midway through the second half. Joseph Mendes, who equalised in Bissau on 66 minutes, was yellow carded for taking his shirt off when celebrating, and scored again to give Guinea-Bissau a 2-1 victory. The “Djurtus” (wild dogs) progressed 3-1 on aggregate to keep alive the seemingly improbable dream of coach Baciro Cande, who believes a team ranked 123rd in the world can qualify for Qatar.last_img read more

Grassy Narrows unveils mercury treatment centre design but wonders whether government is

first_imgBeverly AndrewsAPTN NewsGrassy narrows unveiled its plan for the Mercury Survivors Home and Care Centre to care or those suffering from mercury poisoning.Bret Cardinal of BD Cardinal & Associates designed the facility.“Our philosophy is you design from the inside out. So you take care of the people first then you design the facility around that,” said Cardinal.“The core of the principles and the core of the design should always be beautiful and it should be understood from culture.”They wanted the centre to have a strong connection to the land, water and First Nations traditional symbols and get away from the sterile box concept of most medical centres.The site is on a hill and all rooms will have view of the lake with plenty of sunlight. There will also be a small dock with direct access to the water.(The concept for the mercury treatment centre in Grassy Narrows)In December 2018, former minister of Indigenous services, Jane Philpott committed to advancing the construction of the care centre.Construction was set to begin in September 2019 but that date has yet to be confirmed by the federal government.Only one per cent of the funding promised has been released so far.Grassy Narrows is asking for $88.7 million be put into a trust to cover construction and maintenance costs over the next 30 years.Current minister of Indigenous Affairs visited Grassy Narrows in March to sign an agreement with the community to build the Care Centre but no agreement was signed. And no timeline has been given for the next phase of design or construction.“Minister Seamus O’Regan came to Grassy Narrows but he came to Grassy Narrows offering an assisted living home, that’s not what we’re asking for,” said Chief Rudy Turtle. “We’re asking for a Mercury Home. In addition he offered other things that were not satisfactory.“You got to do better than that. So right now we’re very disappointed with the government of Canada.”Meanwhile, community members continue to suffer.Grassy Narrows resident, Chrissy Isaacs was born with mercury in her blood and continues to advocate for a treatment centre in the community.“It’s really difficult for families to have to travel for appointments, to have to travel to be beside their loved ones that are in need of care,” said Isaacs.“Also because our people need different kind of health care because Canada right now does not recognize that Grassy people are sick from mercury and we need this facility so we can take care of our people.”The community is not happy with any of the federal government’s offers and would like the government to deliver the funding as promised before the election this fall.Turtle said he’s still encouraging the prime minister to visit his community and meet the people who this facility would serve.“For him (Trudeau) to go and attend the Raptors championship game, I mean championship parade. A couple days ago he was sitting in front of a stage and he took time off for that. And yet he won’t take any time at all to come and stand in Grassy Narrows and that’s wrong,” said Turtle. “Here is a place that’s been suffering 50 years, suffering from mercury contamination and yet he won’t even come visit our reserve.“I have called upon again and again for him to come and see us.”bandrews@aptn.calast_img read more

TNA welcomes offer to rehabilitate 23 political prisoners

The Ministry of Resettlement and Rehabilitation said this week that the rehabilitation offer is being made to 23 of 96 suspects arrested over alleged links to the LTTE. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has welcomed the announcement by the Government that a further twenty-three political prisoners will be released through the process of rehabilitation.The TNA says the move is in keeping with the promise given to the Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan and TNA Jaffna District Parliamentarian and spokesperson M.A. Sumanthiran at a meeting held at Temple Trees on the August 26, 2016 with Minister of Justice Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Law and Order Sagala Rathnayaka, the Attorney General and other High Officials. “We urge the Government to continue this process of re-evaluation and release the rest of the political prisoners also without delay,” the TNA said in a statement. “The plea would be facilitated if the suspects are willing to commit to the six month rehabilitation programme carried out by the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation,” a spokesperson said.The Ministry of Resettlement and Rehabilitation said the 23 suspects who will be offered rehabilitation had been arrested for minor offences. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister of Rehabilitation D.M. Swaminathan has spoken to the Attorney General to amend the indictments of 23 of the suspects.The 23 pending cases and trials under the PTA that are before the High Court will be considered by the Attorney General’s Department, to facilitate a plea. read more

Government to compensate victimised journalists

The Government has decided to compensate journalists threatened or victimised in the past, the Xinhua news agency reported. President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a committee to study proposals on steps to be taken to compensate journalists harassed or victimised in other ways from 2005 to 2015. A report in 2015 found that journalists in Sri Lanka and India were among the most vulnerable in South Asia because attackers generally go scot-free.Over 20 Sri Lankan journalists had gone into exile between June 2008 to May 2013, according to reports. The Government information department said that the Foreign Minister, the Media Minister and the Justice Minister will make recommendations on the steps to be taken to provide relief to the harassed journalists. Several journalists had been killed or attacked between 2005 and 2015 in Sri Lanka.The United Nations has called on the Sri Lankan government to investigate killings of journalists. read more

Security in Angola improves food production grows but challenges remain – UN

A joint assessment mission from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that the area planted with crops was about 2.91 million hectares, an increase of 15 per cent over last year. But the cultivated acreage reflects only a very small amount – 4.8 per cent – of the potentially cultivable land. Cereal production in 2003-04, including milled rice, is estimated at 713,000 tons, more than 9 per cent higher than last year and 27 per cent above the previous five-year average, mainly from increased areas under cultivation. The average number of people needing food aid per month will be about 1.12 million, compared to 1.4 million last year, the report says. Many vulnerable people are once again cultivating their fields and producing food even though many lost their assets as a consequence of the war that tore the potentially rich country apart. Angola is sub-Saharan Africa’s second biggest oil exporter. In contrast, the agricultural sector employs some two-thirds of the working population but contributes only 6 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) as compared with 18 per cent in 1990. The increase in oil production could help boost real GDP growth to 11.3 per cent in 2004 or 13.7 per cent in 2005, but this would probably have only limited or even a negative effect on the non-oil sector. The predominance of oil in the economy induces such an appreciation of the local currency that it may eventually reduce the competitiveness of domestic production vis-à-vis imports. Since April 2002, when a ceasefire agreement was signed between the government and the rebel Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), a large number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in neighbouring countries have been returning to their homes. Circulation within the country has become easier but people must still cope daily with landmines, and removing them is one of Angola’s top priorities. Furthermore, the extremely poor condition of the roads is seriously hindering market activities, increased access to food or the expansion of income-generating activities, particularly in the countryside. read more

UPDATE Opening of Term Celebration moving indoors

Due to a forecasted thunderstorm, Thursday’s Opening of Term Celebration will be held in Market Hall.Acting President Brian Hutchings will host the event, which will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 25.The event kicks off the 2016/17 school year.Environment Canada reports the risk of a thunderstorm Thursday afternoon. Throughout the day, it forecasts a mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers. Wind is expected to be gusting to 40km/hour near noon.

Ohio State freshman tight end Marcus Baugh cited for underage consumption

Before ever stepping on the field for the Ohio State football team, freshman tight end Marcus Baugh has been reportedly cited for underage consumption for the second time since joining the Buckeyes.According to a report by Eleven Warriors’ Kyle Rowland, Baugh will be suspended indefinitely from the team because of the incident.An OSU spokesman was “not aware of any details,” Tuesday night and said he was “just now hearing about this via news reports.”This comes in the wake of Baugh being suspended for the 2013 season opener against Buffalo for a similar incident. In July, the tight end was arrested for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and displaying improper identification, according to Franklin County Municipal Court records.Coming out of high school, the Riverside, Calif., native was considered a four-star recruit by 247Sports and participated in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game.Baugh was redshirted by OSU coach Urban Meyer during his freshman season after not playing for the Buckeyes all year.As of now, OSU is set to return its two starting tight ends from the 2013-14 season in junior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-sophomore Nick Vannett.Baugh did not immediately respond to an email request from The Lantern for comment.OSU is set to start its season Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium against Navy. read more

8 classic songs turned into illustrations by Irish artists

first_img4., how many did you get? Here are the answers: The Lion Sleeps Tonight, illustrated by Jennifer FarrellyWhere’s Me Jumper by Sultans of Ping, illustrated by Red DogLegs by ZZ Top, illustrated by Stephen Smith]In My Life by The Beatles, illustrated by Pablo MeyerTutti Frutti by Little Richard, illustrated by Niall McCormackFinger Licken Good by the Beastie Boys, illustrated by Neal McCulloughGut Feeling by Devo, illustrated by Chris JudgeThe Sweater Song by Weezer, illustrated Conor McIntyreAll images courtesy of Damn Fine Print. The Sounds Damn Fine exhibition of all 30 prints will be opening on December 5.Meet the only man in Ireland who loves getting scam emails>Facebook is building a real-life town of its very own> DUBLIN PRINTING STUDIO Damn Fine Print has commissioned 30 Irish artists to illustrate classic song lyrics.Here is a selection. How many can you guess?(Some of them are very easy. Some of them are very hard.)1.2.3.last_img read more

Tens of thousands flock to Gorey for the Olympics of Sheep Shearing

first_img Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeGlobal gatheringIn total, competitors from 27 countries are in Gorey to take part this weekend — including shearers from China and Japan, who arrived at the site yesterday. The youngest participant is 15-year-old Australian Ethan Harder, who’s taking part in his first northern hemisphere competition.Away from the woolly goings on — you might fancy heading to a Good Food Ireland village featuring live cooking demonstrations from the likes of Darina Allen and Derry Clarke. There’s also fashion shows, tugs of war, heritage exhibitions and musical performances — as well as something called the “Queen of the Wool” which takes place on Saturday night.This being the day before the election, you can expect to see quite a few familiar political faces too. From Fine Gael, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and his Cabinet colleague Leo Varadkar will be along later, supporting Simon Harris in his bid to secure the fourth seat in Ireland South. Other candidates and their canvassers are also expected to drop by to shore up votes, before the European and local election polls open at 7am tomorrow.If you are thinking of heading down, there’s contests going on from 7.30am each day between now and Sunday. One child goes free for every adult paying the €10 entry fee.You never know, you might even get to see Simon Coveney tackle some livestock… Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeRead: Two ministers, some sheep, and a city centre photo-op. What could go wrong?Read: An adorable sheep-goat hybrid has been born in Kildare ORGANISERS OF THE Golden Shears 16th World Sheep Shearing Championships are expecting some ten thousand international visitors over the next few days in Gorey, Co Wexford.Thousands of Irish spectators will be heading to the area too, for what’s being billed as “the Olympics of Sheep Shearing”.The international event, which also takes in wool handling and sheepdog trials, will be the first to have been held in Ireland since 1998, and the nations’ competitive shearers have (apparently) been honing their skills in recent weeks ahead of the off.The six-strong Team Ireland will be headed up by Donegal man Ivan Scott, who claimed the world record two years ago (744 lambs in eight hours, since you ask). He’ll be joined in the machine shearing class by Galwegian Tom Kennedy.Elsehwere, Seamus Joyce and Peter Heraty, both from Mayo, will be flying the tricolour in the ‘blade shearing’ class. Father-and-son team George and Brendan Graham of Wexford compete in the wool handling contests.If you’ve never seen a sheep shorn in anger, check out this video of the elder Graham in action…last_img read more

Les femmes enceintes malades du coeur ont une mortalité 100 fois supérieure

first_imgLes femmes enceintes malades du coeur ont une mortalité 100 fois supérieure à la normaleSelon un registre consacré à la grossesse et aux maladies cardiovasculaires, les femmes enceintes atteintes de problèmes cardiaques auraient un taux de mortalité 100 fois supérieure à la normale et un taux élevé de césariennes. Ceci s’expliquerait aussi par l’âge de plus en plus tardif de la première grossesse.  C’est la première fois qu’un tel registre est établi. Mardi, le professeur Michel Komajda, président de la Société Européenne de Cardiologie (ESC) a présenté lors du Congrès européen de cardiologie de Villepinte, les données d’un registre consacré à la grossesse et aux maladies cardiovasculaires. Rassemblées depuis 2008, celles-ci ont démontré que les femmes enceintes pour la première fois et présentant des anomalies cardiaques ont un taux de mortalité bien plus élevé que chez les autres futures mères. Selon les calculs, il serait ainsi 100 fois supérieur à la normale.Le professeur Michel Komajda  a expliqué : “les maladies cardiovasculaires préexistantes chez les femmes enceintes sont devenues la première cause de mortalité durant la grossesse en Europe”, cite l’AFP. Un phénomène que les chercheurs attribuent également à l’âge des futures mères. En effet, aujourd’hui, les femmes sont plus âgées au moment de leur première grossesse, elles souffrent ainsi plus souvent de maladies cardio-vasculaires, de diabète, d’hypertension ou de surpoids.À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, le Professeur Jolien Roos-Hesselink, du centre médical Erasmus de Rotterdam, et ses collègues ont suivi 1.300 femmes de 28 pays différents durant leur grossesse. Parmi celles-ci, 60% souffraient d’une maladie cardiaque congénitale alors que les autres souffraient principalement de valvulopathie (333 d’entre elles), de cardiomyopathie (79) ou de cardiopathie ischémique (24).Une mortalité foetale et un taux de césarienne plus élevés Alors qu’elles étaient enceintes, 338 de ces femmes, soit 26%, ont dû être hospitalisées dont 203 en raison d’un problème cardiaque. Au final, 13 d’entre elles sont décédées (1%), soit 100 fois plus que dans la population normale de femmes enceintes qui ne compte qu’un décès pour 10.000 accouchements. Par ailleurs, les chercheurs ont noté un taux de mort foetal de 4,5%, soit 10 fois plus que la normale, alors que 40% de ces femmes ont dû accoucher par césarienne. Toutefois, il s’agit de données intermédiaires, selon le professeur Roos-Hesselink qui a précisé qu’il faudra obtenir des données plus larges pour “déterminer les zones de danger pour la mère et l’enfant et les meilleures possibilités de traitement”, cite l’AFP.Le 31 août 2011 à 17:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le premier homme greffé des deux jambes a dû être amputé

first_imgLe premier homme greffé des deux jambes a dû être amputéMardi, l’hôpital espagnol La Fe a annoncé que l’homme qui s’était vu greffer deux jambes, au cours d’une opération pionnière en la matière, avait dû être amputé une nouvelle fois, en raison d’une maladie non liée à la greffe.C’est en 2011 que cette première mondiale avait eu lieu : un jeune homme espagnol amputé des deux jambes, avait pu recevoir deux nouveaux membres grâce à une opération chirurgicale qui n’avait encore jamais été réalisée dans le monde. Elle avait été menée en Espagne à l’hôpital La Fe par le chirurgien Pedro Cavadas, figure médiatique qui avait déjà réalisé en 2008 la première double greffe de bras dans son pays, la deuxième au monde, et en 2009 la première greffe de visage en Espagne.A l’époque, le chirurgien avait déclaré qu’il convenait de rester prudent quant à la suite, face au caractère inédit de l’opération. “Il s’agit de la première fois au monde qu’est menée une opération avec ces caractéristiques et étant donné qu’il n’existe aucun antécédent, il convient d’être prudent et d’attendre pour voir les résultats”, avait-il indiqué.Mais quasiment deux ans plus tard, c’est une triste nouvelle qu’a annoncée le même hôpital : le jeune homme qui a été greffé a dû être amputé une seconde fois. “Le patient greffé des deux jambes à l’hôpital La Fe en 2011 a dû subir une intervention pour qu’on lui ampute les extrémités greffées (…) car il a souffert de complications à cause d’une maladie n’étant pas liée à la greffe”, a indiqué l’hôpital public, situé à Valence, sur la côte est de l’Espagne, dans un communiqué relayé par l’AFP.Amputé pour soigner sa maladie À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Suite à la greffe, le jeune homme d’une vingtaine d’années devait suivre un “intense traitement anti-rejet”. Or,près d’un an et demi après l’opération, le patient a dû “arrêter de prendre le traitement immunosuppresseur dont il avait besoin depuis la greffe” car celui-ci aurait pu compliquer les soins dont il avait besoin pour traiter sa maladie, a expliqué l’hôpital.Les médecins ont également précisé que dans ce genre de cas, “le protocole indique que si l’organe transplanté n’est pas un organe vital, il doit être retiré du patient afin qu’il puisse recevoir un traitement pour la maladie qui apparaît comme étant la plus grave et urgente”. Pour l’heure, aucune autre information n’a été communiquée et on ignore encore comment se porte le patient dont l’identité reste inconnu.Espagne, pionnière en matière de greffe L’Espagne restait en 2011 le premier pays au monde dans le domaine des greffes d’organes en dépit de la crise, selon les chiffres de l’Organisation nationale des transplantations (ONT), rapporte l’AFP. Le pays totalise à lui seul plus de 4.200 greffes réalisées et un taux de 35,3 donneurs par million d’habitants, contre 28,1 au Portugal, 26 aux Etats-Unis, 25 en France, l’Allemagne se plaçant beaucoup plus loin avec 14,7 donneurs par million d’habitants.Le 12 juin 2013 à 13:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Yes you can bring your sonic screwdriver onto the plane

first_imgMost of the time, the Doctor doesn’t have a reason to go through TSA security, but in the off chance that the TARDIS isn’t working, he will be allowed to bring his sonic screwdriver on a plane.Okay, so maybe not a real sonic screwdriver that uses alien technology to do, well, anything, but as long as he didn’t start waving it around and showing what it could do, the TSA would allow it in his carry-on luggage.According to the @AskTSA Twitter account, and as reported by CNET, one user was curious about whether they could bring their sonic screwdriver in their carry-on bag. The answer was yes, in case you were wondering. If you’re going to a geek convention, there are some items you should be wary of bringing into airports. For example, if you’re cosplaying and have weapon replicas, don’t bring them into your carry-on bags. Most replicas and self-defense weaponry (such as throwing stars, nunchucks, and brass nuckles) are allowed in checked baggage. However, anything that looks like an explosive or incendiary are prohibited in all bags. The TSA website has a list that covers most basic categories.A good rule of thumb if you’re flying to conventions and want to bring along some cosplay parts or other swag: look up the TSA’s policies on weapons and keep in mind the convention’s rules. Sometimes even fake weapons can get you in trouble. According to the TSA website, normal screwdrivers less than seven inches in length are also allowed in carry-ons and checked bags. Granted, screwdrivers of a non-Gallifreyan variety are more of a hazard for being sharp.This isn’t the first “geeky” item the TSA has had to field questions about. As the TSA also points out, please don’t try to check sword canes. Despite being hidden and sheathed, they are still swords. Please don’t bring swords onto planes.last_img read more

Arsenal in talks for Lucas Torreira of Sampdoria

first_imgArsenal are currently in negotiation talks with Sampdoria for midfielder Lucas Torreira and an agreement is close.The Gunners are believed to have offered £26.5m (€30m) in instalments for the 22-year-old, rather than agreeing to pay his £22m (€25m) release clause in one lump sum, according to Sky SportsTorreira broke into the Uruguay squad this year and is currently with the national team as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He joined Sampdoria in the summer of 2015 from fellow Italian side Pescara and has gone on to make 74 appearances.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Sampdoria midfielder played 38 times and impressed, scored four times as Sampdoria finished 10th in Serie A, last season.Arsenal have already made one new signing since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger, with right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner joining on a free transfer from Juventus but they improved their contract with Ainsley Maitland-Niles this afternoon in a long-term deal.last_img read more

WSP Missing RI child may be in Washington

first_imgAuthorities in Rhode Island say that a missing 6-year-old Rhode Island boy may be in Washington, according to Washington State Patrol.Troopers were contacted today by the Rhode Island State Police, who said that they believe that Daniel Britt may be in the state with his non-custodial mother Andria Britt.Daniel Britt reportedly went missing between Jan. 7 and 9 after Andria Britt failed to show up for a custodial hearing, according to a press release issued by state patrol. A Rhode Island judge determined there was a risk of immediate harm to the child, according to the release.Authorities say Andria Britt may be traveling in one of two vehicles: a gray 1992 Chevrolet Astro Van with Washington plates ABR1512 or a red Ford Focus with Rhode Island plates 942649.Washington State Patrol has not issued an Amber Alert but asks that anyone who spots Daniel Britt, Andria Britt or the described vehicles call 911 immediately.last_img read more

Greece wildfires death toll hits 50

first_imgA wildfire rages in the town of Rafina, near Athens, Greece on 23 July. Photo: ReutersFifty people have died and 170 have been injured in wildfires ravaging woodland and villages in the Athens region, as Greek authorities rush to evacuate residents and tourists stranded on beaches along the coast on Tuesday.The death toll soared with a Red Cross official reporting the discovery of 26 bodies in the courtyard of a villa at the seaside resort of Mati.The bodies were entwined and severely burnt, an AFP photographer at the scene said. They appeared to have been caught by the flames trying to reach the sea.The authorities had previously announced 24 deaths and scores of injuries with the majority of casualties found in their homes or cars in Mati, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of the capital.Of the injured, 11 people were in serious condition.Port authorities told AFP they had found four bodies in the sea, including three women and a child who had apparently tried to escape the flames.There were fears the toll may rise further, as people remained unaccounted for.- ‘National tragedy’ -Interior Minister Panos Skourletis said rescue workers were “still searching if there are more missing”.”It’s a national tragedy,” civil protection agency official Ioanna Tsoupra told public broadcaster ERT.By dawn Tuesday, fires were still burning around the capital, while others broke out elsewhere during the night.Authorities were trying to evacuate inhabitants, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said.”Fifteen fires had started simultaneously on three different fronts in Athens”, he said, prompting Greece to request drones from the United States, “to observe and detect any suspicious activity”.Nine coastal patrol boats, two military vessels and “dozens of private boats” assisted by army helicopters were mobilised to help those stuck in the harbour in Rafina, one of the worst affected areas close to Mati.Evacuees were transferred to hotels and military camps, while worried relatives flocked to the area.Police in the town said they found two Danish tourists out of a group of 10 in a boat at sea off the town and were trying to locate the others.Civil protection chief Yannis Kapakis said he had told Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who cut short a visit to Bosnia to return home, that winds up to 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour were creating “an extreme situation”.Forecasters said conditions would remain challenging on Tuesday, although showers and falling temperatures were expected in Athens.In the north, more than 300 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters were mobilised to tackle the “extremely difficult” situation, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said.- Children evacuated -Video footage showed inhabitants fleeing the fires by car, with several buildings and homes damaged, as the region of Attica — which includes Athens — declared a state of emergency.”If I hadn’t left, I’d have been burned,” a 67-year-old resident named Maria told AFP.Near the town of Marathon, residents fled to safety along the beach, while 600 children were evacuated from holiday camps in the area.Tsipras said “all emergency forces have been mobilised” to battle fires along at least three fronts.”I am really concerned by the parallel outbreak of these fires,” he said, with officials raising the possibility they could have been started deliberately by criminals out to ransack abandoned homes.Fires are a common problem in Greece during the summer and can be major killers.Fires in 2007 on the southern island of Evia claimed 77 lives.- Sweden battles 27 fires -The Greek government has asked the European Union for help fighting the fires.In recent days, wildfires have also caused widespread damage in northern Europe.Sweden is experiencing an unprecedented drought and the highest temperatures in a century.On Monday, the Nordic nation’s civil protection agency MSB said there were 27 active fires across the country, as temperatures were expected to soar as high as 35 Celsius this week.Several European countries including France, Italy and Germany have sent planes, trucks and firefighters to help tackle the blazes in Sweden, where usual summer temperatures are closer to 23 Celsius.Some 25,000 hectares (62,000 acres) of land has already gone up in smoke or continues to burn — an area twice the size of the city of Paris.At least four of the fires had not been brought under control, MSB said, and weather conditions were unfavourable.- No rain since May -There has been practically no rain since the beginning of May in Sweden.The Forestry Bureau said Monday put the value of the destroyed forests at 900 million kronor (87 million euros, $102 million).Meanwhile in Finland’s northernmost Lapland province, fires have ravaged woods and grassland close to the border with Russia.Norway, which experienced its hottest May temperatures on record, has also seen several small fires, and one firefighter was killed on July 15 trying to contain a blaze.Fires have raged for five days in Latvia, destroying more than 800 hectares in the Baltic state’s western regions.last_img read more

Busy North Staffordshire roundabout to close for three nights from TODAY just

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists fear the closure of a busy roundabout for three nights in a row will cause traffic choas. The A34 Talke roundabout is set to shut between 9pm and 6am from tonight (Monday) until Thursday so the carriageway can be resurfaced. It comes just three years after the same stretch was shut for three months for road repairs. Highways England today defended the latest work. Read MoreAbsolutely amazing’ May celebrates 100th birthday after century living in Tunstall   Project manager Don Haggart said: “This is essential work to resurface the busy Talke roundabout where the A500 meets the A34 north of Newcastle. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window The roundabout will be shut overnight for resurfacing work “Once the work is complete, the road surface will be much smoother for motorists. We’re doing this work overnight while the road is at its quietest and we’d like to thank motorists for their patience while the work takes place.” It will be closed in stages: Tonight, the A500 northbound exit slip road and south east part of the roundabout, including the access towards the A34, will be closed. The roundabout will still be accessible from the Newcastle direction; Tomorrow and Wednesday, there will be a closure of the A500 northbound slip only; On Thursday, there will be a closure of the A500 southbound exit slip and the north part of the roundabout, including access to the Travelodge and Subway, the A34 north of the roundabout and Peacock Hay Road. Back in 2016, Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth raised the roundabout’s closure in Parliament,saying her constituents had not been consulted on the work. Haulier Barry Proctor, owner of Barry Proctor Services in Talke, says the latest roadworks will hit motorists who have no choice but to be out on the roads in the early morning. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. He added: “The closure will cause chaos and our lads are out before 6am, so I suppose we will have to pop down to Audley to use the A500. “It is a busy roundabout and there are potholes, but I don’t know why it is taking that length of time. “I would leave it as it is because it isn’t that bad, but there is a lot of traffic that comes that way.” Driving instructor Stuart Johnson, from Road Skills Driving School in Madeley, says striking a pothole can leave motorists with a hefty bill. Read MorePolice pull over this ‘swerving’ drink-driver (and find ‘large’ bottle of beer in cup holder)   “I do use that roundabout quite frequently, but I haven’t thought it is as bad as other roads in the area,” he said. “But this work is a step in the right direction. “Potholes are something people need to be aware of and, if you can’t avoid them, go over them slowly because the bills can be astronomical.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing womanlast_img read more

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first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Editor’s note: Jon Brubaker, RCVT, MBA, is a clinical analyst for MD Buyline, which is a leading provider of evidence-based clinical and financial insight and information to hospitals. For more information, www.mdbuyline.com. 4. Stress echo procedures: It is interesting that the stress echo procedure was the focus of several sessions. This diagnostic procedure has been around for many years, but due to equipment improvement, such as better image quality and faster operation time, the procedure has improved in quality and diagnostic significance. The aging population also is a big factor in this increased use, and studies show the use of stress echo has grown considerably in recent years. Stress echo with contrast increases sensitivity, and this segment is an expanding market, as well.. There were sessions about the fundamentals of the stress echo procedure for coronary heart disease, the standard use, but also with structural heart disease. Sessions addressed the importance of and when and how to use pharmacological stress echo, due to the nature of the valvular involvement in patients with structural heart disease. Sessions discussed expansion of use of stress echo with contrast and strain imaging, which increases the sensitivity of the test. Greater application and use of stress echo is standard of care with the technological advancements in echo equipment, including improved image quality and faster, more automated operation, which result in enhanced productivity.  News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Related Content The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Annual Scientific Sessions is the premier echocardiographic professional conference. The ASE is an organization of professionals dedicated and committed to “excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound and its application to patient care through education, advocacy, innovation and service to the public.” The ASE continues to be the largest international organization for cardiac imaging.In meeting with ultrasound vendors and attending presentations on current and new techniques and applications, four major trends and updates stood out.1. Research Validates Automated Echocardiography Decision Systems: In a study released at the ASE meeting this year, a research team from New York announced advances in automated echocardiography decision systems that helped clinicians more accurately assess complex heart disease. This study validates framework to increase accurate interpretation of echo images by new sonographers. Specifically, the team developed a system that takes information from ultrasound images, learns about the structure and function of the heart and automatically differentiates enlarged hearts in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy from normal variations of enlarged hearts in athletes. The team says that having the equipment learn algorithms will provide assistance with interpretation of echo images and will help standardize interpretations for new echo users.center_img News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… 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 Feature | June 29, 2015 | Jon Brubaker, RCVT, MBA; Clinical Analyst, MD Buyline Cardiac Ultrasound Trends at ASE 2015 MD Buyline offers insights to technology trends in echocardiography News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 2. Growing Focus on Contrast Echocardiography: This was a hot topic at the meeting and the focus of a number of presentations. There are many reasons for the popularity of contrast imaging, but key factors include the current state of echo equipment technology (there are only three FDA-approved contrast imaging agents available, which include Definity, Optison and Sonovue) and the aging population. One presenter asked how many in the very large audience used contrast daily in their labs and how many had never used contrast. An estimated 20-30 percent of people raised their hands who used contrast daily as compared to a small handful who do not use contrast. Although this is not official, it does speak to the growing acceptance and use of contrast echocardiography.  News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more read more 3. Echo or Point-of-Care Imaging in ERs: The use of focused echo or point-of-care imaging in the emergency department (ER) is strong and growing. Physicians at the meeting related multiple instances in which immediate cardiac ultrasound was extremely beneficial. ER physicians realize the necessity of using echo in the department on a daily basis and the importance of the rapidly obtained critical information echo provides. last_img read more

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first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A famous pro-Muslim Brotherhood TV cleric based in Qatar has issued a fatwa saying it is forbidden to vote in Egypt’s constitutional referendum.Egyptian cleric Youssef el-Qaradawi issued the opinion Tuesday, a day before Egyptians abroad are set to vote on the draft charter. Voting in Egypt is scheduled to start Jan. 14.A prior constitution approved under former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was suspended after the military removed him from power following mass protests. Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology El-Qaradawi says Morsi’s ouster was a military coup and that any act that gives the new government legitimacy, including voting in the referendum, is forbidden by religion.Over the weekend, Egyptian officials summoned Qatar’s ambassador to Cairo to express concerns about the Gulf state’s criticism of Egypt’s decision to designate the Brotherhood a terrorist organization.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo With the Cardinals, Robinson played 48 games, registering two sacks and 46 tackles. He started in Super Bowl XLIII when the Cardinals lost to the Steelers. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories NFL veteran defensive lineman Bryan Robinson was found dead on Saturday in a hotel room in Milwaukee, according to The Chicago Tribune.Robinson was pronounced dead at 10:17 p.m. at the Midpoint Motel. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s office told the Tribune that autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.Robinson attended Fresno State before playing for the St. Louis Rams for a season. He went on to play for the Chicago Bears for six seasons, the Miami Dolphins for one, and the Cincinnati Bengals for three. He finished his career with a three-year stint in Arizona. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) sacked by Arizona Cardinals defensive end Bryan Robinson during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 31-20. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more