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Manning, Broncos Beat Steelers

first_imgGet ready for another Peyton Manning-Tom Brady matchup.Manning and the Denver Broncos moved one win away from the Super Bowl with a 23-16 victory over the banged-up Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.Next up, Manning will tangle with Brady for the 17th time over their storied careers in the AFC title game in Denver.Manning threw for 222 yards and his receivers dropped no fewer than seven passes. But the biggest mistake was Fitzgerald Toussaint’s fumble with 9:52 remaining. The Broncos drove 65 yards and took the lead when C.J. Anderson plunged in from a yard for Denver’s only TD.Ben Roethlisberger, who was playing with a sore right shoulder, threw for 339 yards, despite missing his top receiver, Antonio Brown.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: ‘covering the action provided drama every day’

first_imgAs Eric Dier slotted home his penalty against Colombia, there was a brief roar across the Guardian sports desk. It wasn’t the full explosion of cathartic jubilation in Moscow as England players and fans celebrated a first World Cup shootout win. It started loudly but was more strangled than that. Now there was a lot of work to do, quickly.Russell Cunningham, our production editor, pressed “launch” on a first take of the match report for the website that was alerted to worldwide. Our correspondents at the Spartak Stadium – Daniel Taylor, Barney Ronay, Dominic Fifield and Martha Kelner – finished and sent their takes of a match that (almost by definition) was settled by the last kick of the game. The headline on the back page took on an entirely different character from the one drafted a minute or two earlier when England’s Jordan Henderson had missed his penalty, seemingly sending England out. The game ended at 9.52pm UK time; the story was on the site at 9.55pm; eight pages of coverage were sent for the first edition of the paper by 10.10pm. Digital editors marshalled and organised coverage on the web as pieces were processed, launched and revised at breakneck speed and readers to the liveblog kept coming by their thousands. Then we went again – new pieces, revised pieces, with reaction, different pictures, new flourishes for web and the later edition of the paper. Sometime around 3.30am Moscow time, 1.30am UK time, that day’s work was considered done … with a few hours’ break until 5am when our sports editor in Sydney launched the next day’s World Cup news liveblog, full of reaction to England’s win. Topics Inside the Guardian Reuse this content Pinterest Twitter Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. World Cup 2018 England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates after England played Sweden in the quarter-finals. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters Facebook Gareth Southgate Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Harry Kane Share via Email Jordan Pickford Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger World Cup One can get a bit Monty Python about this – “What do you know about getting up at five o’clock in t’morning to fly to Paris, back at the Old Vic for drinks at 12?” – but it probably shouldn’t need saying that covering Russia 2018 was a marathon and several sprints; hard work and also enormous fun. After five weeks away from home Taylor wrote this week that collecting his ticket for the final was “always a privilege”; and that feeling was shared for those of us working on it back in London, watching it on TV. It felt like there was a great drama every day. Spain v Portugal, on day two of the World Cup was already a special game when Ronaldo hitched his shorts up and smacked in a free-kick as only he can. Belgium-Japan was an unexpected thrill. And no one watching it will ever forget Germany’s early departure. Jonathan Wilson, who covered that game for us, has described his reaction to South Korea’s crucial goal thus: “There is a moment of silence as the truth dawns … then a flurry of keyboards being hammered. One of the great ‘Christ, this is happening …’ moments.” On his match report Wilson’s first sentence was: “This, then, is how the world ends, not with a bang but with a whimper.”We set out to be live, international and interactive. We liveblogged all 64 games and ran a World Cup news liveblog every day for 32 days. The website’s sports desk was the founding father of the the whole concept of live blogs, way back in 1998, and we like it when we do them well. Our World Cup Football Daily podcast was on every matchday; impressively the double act at the heart of it, Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning, did not come to blows. In Russia our team of writers – 10 members of staff from the sport and international departments and five regular freelancers – covered 60 games between them, sometimes alone, often in pairs, and on one occasion with half a dozen.Our tradition and our audience meant that we invested a lot in covering England. But with Guardian Australia we also reported extensively on the Socceroos, we ran liveblogs in Japanese and our US office took a special interest in Mexico. Our Madrid-based football writer Sid Lowe was in Russia to follow Spain’s early exit and more. Our football correspondents David Hytner and Stuart James covered the World Cup in Russia for a month but saw England live only once between them. And we were outward looking in our choice of columnists. Jorge Valdano, a World Cup winner in 1986 with Argentina, wrote pieces of profound, vast range. Marcel Desailly, a World Cup winner himself, from his first column onwards wrote vividly about what it was like to win the World Cup and what France needed to do to win it. They duly did, managed by Didier Deschamps, Desailly’s former team-mate and godfather to his son. Felt like we struck gold there.Like Gareth Southgate’s squad – OK, a bit like Gareth Southgate’s squad – the World Cup involves a huge amount of preparation. This started long before I arrived back in London in April after three years in Sydney working for Guardian Australia. Sport’s editorial manager, Blake Ivinson, began booking travel (final total: 78 planes, seven trains), and accommodation as soon as the draw for the group stages was unveiled in December 2017. Shaun Walker and Andrew Roth, Moscow correspondents past and present, the managing editor’s department and our information security team offered practical advice on how to navigate potential risks. And much of the content itself took months to make. Marcus Christenson and Jon Brodkin, our football editors, took most of the burden, directing content with senior editors, designers and developers across the Guardian. The single biggest piece of content – and arguably our most successful – was an interactive guide to all 736 World Cup squad players, featuring the work of journalists from 30 countries and a huge amount of design work. The 100-page World Cup guide we published in Saturday’s Guardian the week before the tournament, featured team-by-team guides including the answer to the question: if this country was a Russian doll, what would that Russian doll look like? Honestly, it made a lot of sense to us. Some of the planning was wasted, I admit. After England played Sweden in the quarter-finals, we had to think harder. What shall we do if England make the final? What shall we do if England win the World Cup? Maybe we’ll keep those plans somewhere for Qatar 2022, just in case. On the other hand that discarded headline – the one for when England go out on penalties again – might come in useful too.Will Woodward is the Guardian’s head of sport features Share on Facebooklast_img read more

2013 X-Blades National Touch League Results

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the 14 divisions at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League. Men’s OpenNew South Wales Country Mavericks 5 defeated New South Wales Mets 4Player of the Series: Sam Brisby (New South Wales Scorpions)Player of the Final: Joel Willoughby (New South Wales Country Mavericks)Women’s OpenNew South Wales Mets 5 defeated Queensland Chiefs 4Player of the Series: Emily Hennessey (Queensland Chiefs)Player of the Final: Louise Winchester (New South Wales Mets)Mixed Open Sydney Rebels 9 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 8Players of the Final: Jamie Chan (Sydney Scorpions)                               Alyce Hulbert (Brisbane City Cobras)Men’s T LeagueCentral Queensland Bulls 6 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 5Player of the Final: Mitchell Smith (Central Queensland Bulls)Women’s T LeagueSunshine Coast Pineapples 4 defeated Sydney Scorpions 3Player of the Final: Evania Pelite-Denny (Sunshine Coast Pineapples)Women’s 27’sSydney Scorpions 6 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 4Player of the Final: Rebecca Laing (Sydney Scorpions)Men’s 30’sSydney Scorpions 7 defeated Sunshine Coast Pineapples 4Player of the Final: Put Berryman (Sydney Scorpions)Women’s 35’sACT Pirates 4 defeated North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 3Player of the Final: Maree Guthrie-Curran (ACT Pirates)Men’s 40’sSouth Queensland Sharks 9 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 4Player of the Final: Scott Notley (South Queensland Sharks)Women’s 40’sSydney Scorpions 3 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 2Player of the Final: Vicki Humpherson (Sydney Scorpions)Men’s 45’sSydney Scorpions 11 defeated South Queensland Sharks 3Player of the Final: David Cheung (Sydney Scorpions)Men’s 50’sACT Pirates 7 defeated North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 4                Player of the Final: Garry Lawless (ACT Pirates)Men’s 55’sSunshine Coast Pineapples 3 defeated Sydney Scorpions 1Player of the Final: Don Baartz (Sunshine Coast Pineapples)Senior MixedSydney Scorpions 9 defeated Victoria 4Player of the Final: Chris Benfield (Sydney Scorpions)                              Karen Short (Sydney Scorpions)Golden Boot1st – Sydney Scorpions2nd – Hunter Western Hornets3rd – ACT Pirates4th – Brisbane City CobrasHead to www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus to view the finals of the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League. Related LinksNTL Finals Resultslast_img read more

18 days agoLiverpool hopeful Salah avoided serious injury

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool hopeful Salah avoided serious injuryby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are hopeful Mohamed Salah has avoided a serious injury after a challenge from Hamza Choudhury in the win over Leicester City on Saturday.Salah limped off the Anfield turf after Choudhury chopped him from behind.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was fuming over the incident, insisting the midfielder should have been sent off instead of cautioned.The Mirror says Liverpool are confident Salah will return to full fitness by the end of the international break.There were fears the Egyptian had suffered an Achilles injury. last_img read more

Ohio State Baseball Commit Has Flipped To Michigan To Play Football

first_imgMichigan's band playing on the field.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 4: The Michigan Marching Band performs during the NCAA football game between the Ball State Cardinals and the Michigan Wolverines on November 4, 2006 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won 34-26. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Joey Velazquez grew up an Ohio State fan, and committed to play for the Buckeyes baseball program two years ago. An opportunity presented by Michigan football changed his plans.The class of 2019 safety prospect made the announcement, probably unexpected to most Ohio State fans, this morning. He received an offer from Jim Harbaugh back in March.Extremely blessed to say that I will be furthering my academic, football, and baseball career at THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN! 〽️ #GOBLUE pic.twitter.com/YoRs1oqh47— Joey Velazquez (@JoeyV242) June 22, 2018Velazquez is a Columbus native, and also aimed to play football at Ohio State. He was invited to multiple games this fall, and camped at Ohio State earlier this month.The Buckeyes have not extended a football offer, however. Michigan will allow him to play both sports, and he will count against the Wolverines’ football scholarship allotment.Joey Velazquez spoke to Ohio State site Eleven Warriors about what a Michigan offer meant, considering his commitment to Buckeyes baseball, and his fandom:“To get an offer from the University of Michigan is very humbling and a great honor,” Velazquez told Eleven Warriors this spring. “I love the game of football, and when you think about football and all of the great college programs [there are], Michigan is one of the greatest programs ever in college football.“Of course [I grew up an Ohio State fan], but I’ve always had great respect for Michigan and love the rivalry.”247Sports ranks Joey Velazquez as a three-star safety, and the No. 968 player in the class of 2019. He is the No. 79 safety, and the 43rd-ranked player from Ohio.[Eleven Warriors]last_img read more

Education, Training Opportunities for Youth Involved in Crime

first_img “A part of my job is to make sure that our children have access to education to the highest level, and we have to work now with our members of Parliament, the Ministry of National Security and the community to now transition, to change the culture of violence,” he pointed out. In an interview with JIS News at Excelsior Primary and Infant School in St. Andrew on Monday (September 3), during his tour of three schools at the start of the 2018/2019 academic year, Senator Reid said the Government is reaching out to these youth, through members of Parliament and government agencies that provide training opportunities. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government of Jamaica is willing to offer full scholarships to young people involved in crime and non-productive activities to enable them to pursue academics or skills training. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government of Jamaica is willing to offer full scholarships to young people involved in crime and non-productive activities to enable them to pursue academics or skills training.In an interview with JIS News at Excelsior Primary and Infant School in St. Andrew on Monday (September 3), during his tour of three schools at the start of the 2018/2019 academic year, Senator Reid said the Government is reaching out to these youth, through members of Parliament and government agencies that provide training opportunities.“A part of my job is to make sure that our children have access to education to the highest level, and we have to work now with our members of Parliament, the Ministry of National Security and the community to now transition, to change the culture of violence,” he pointed out.Senator Reid added that he wants to see more young people who engage in illegal activities take up training opportunities and become employed, thereby contributing as productive members of society.“I know the members of Parliament have been encouraging many of these wrongdoers to come back to school and I am appealing to them, anybody… who is ready to go back to school. We want them to be educated and trained,” he said.“The Government will make sure you have full scholarship to achieve your full potential, because we must transform Jamaica into a culture of productivity by the development of our human potential,” he noted.In addition to Excelsior Primary and Infant, Minister Reid also visited Wolmer’s Boys and Jessie Ripoll Primary to observe their operations during the first day of school.Minister Reid spoke with grade-six students at Jessie Ripoll and Excelsior Primary schools, who will be sitting the first Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examination next year, and encouraged them not to be fearful of the inaugural series of tests they will undertake.last_img read more

US House passes twoyear budget debt ceiling deal

first_imgWashington: US House has passed a budget deal that will boost overall spending levels and suspend the federal debt ceiling for the next two years. The agreement, struck between the White House and Congress in a bipartisan fashion Monday, covers fiscal years 2020 and 2021, and would raise overall spending levels by USD 320 billion above the strict limits set in 2011, Xinhua reported on Friday. It would also suspend the federal debt ceiling until July 31, 2021, preventing the US from defaulting on its payment obligations. The Treasury Department has estimated that a potential default could have happened as soon as early September. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 in the House by a vote of 284-149 came one day before lawmakers in the chamber leaves town for the summer recess. The Senate’s recess starts on August 2, giving the upper chamber additional time to vote on the measure. If passed by the Senate, the proposed bill will be sent to President Donald Trump’s desk for a signature. US President Donald Trump tweeted earlier in the day urging House Republicans to support the deal, which is not yet a law until the president signs on it. Trump applauded the agreement, saying it “greatly helps our Military and our Vets.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Representing a significant bipartisan compromise, the bill will see the budget cap for discretionary spending rise to USD 1.37 trillion in 2020 and USD 1.375 trillion in 2021. It includes parity between increases in defense spending and domestic, non-defense outlays, a priority for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat. While Democrats managed to clinch USD 77.4 billion in “offsets” for spending increases — down from the original White House proposal asking for USD 150 billion — Republicans can boast the victory of securing more defense spending in the agreement — USD 738 billion in 2020 and USD 741 billion in 2021. Meanwhile, the USD 320-billion rise in overall spending levels for the next two years is USD 30 billion less than what the Democrats have sought. Non-defense spending for fiscal 2020 would total USD 632 billion, up nearly 4.5 per cent above the comparable fiscal 2019 numbers. For 2021, spending in domestic programs would be further boosted to USD 635 billion. In addition, the legislation would avoid the automatic cuts looming in January that would have reduced USD 55 billion in domestic spending and shrank military spending by USD 71 billion compared with 2019 levels. The automatic across-the-board cuts, known as “sequester,” were established in the Budget Control Act of 2011. It intends to cut spending for federal agencies totalling USD 1.2 trillion during the decade ending 2021, when the law is set to expire. With the spending levels being raised, the agreement would permanently end the sequester, a move hailed by Pelosi and Schumer in a joint statement Monday as an important win for Democrats. “Importantly, Democrats have achieved an agreement that permanently ends the threat of the sequester,” they said. “We are pleased that the Administration has finally agreed to join Democrats in ending these devastating cuts.”last_img read more

Deletion of gasplant emails illegal act to keep sensitive info secret Crown

first_imgTORONTO – The deletion of thousands of documents related to the politically explosive decision to cancel two gas plants near Toronto was a deliberate act that breached the public trust, the trial of two former top aides in the Ontario premier’s office heard Friday.The long-awaited and delayed trial began with the prosecution outlining the case against David Livingston and Laura Miller, and the defence chipping away at whether a critical Crown witness could be qualified as an expert.Livingston, the chief of staff to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty, and Miller, his deputy, have pleaded not guilty to charges of breach of trust, mischief, and unlawful use of a computer.In her unproven opening statement, prosecutor Sarah Egan said the accused were responsible for the “double deletion” of sensitive emails about the power plants as a way to keep them secret and thwart the public’s right to accountability and transparency.“Acting together, they destroyed records that they had a legal duty to preserve,” Egan told Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson. “They acted contrary to the public interest.”The Ontario Liberal government’s decision to shut the power plants in Oakville and Mississauga just before the 2011 provincial election — and the $1.1-billion cost incurred — had become an issue of “intense public scrutiny” that prompted requests for relevant data under freedom of information laws, court heard.In fact, the Ministry of Energy had been found in contempt of the legislature in 2012 after it failed to turn gas-plant documents over to a legislative committee that had asked for them.Livingston, who had been “painstakingly” warned about his obligations to preserve the documents, nevertheless decided to wipe the information from computers in the office of then-premier McGuinty, court heard.“(Livingston) did this to ensure there was nothing to be turned over,” Egan said.Their decision to engage Miller’s information-technician spouse, Peter Faist, to wipe hard drives was a “serious and marked departure” from the standards of public trust for the positions they held, the prosecutor said.Faist, she said, was not a government employee and did not have the required security clearance to access the computer system.Egan stressed the trial was not about the controversy over the costs or wisdom of the gas-plants decision, which she said were merely a backdrop to the actions that led to the charges against the accused.Following Egan’s statement, the prosecution called its opening witness: Robert (Bob) Gagnon, a retired Ontario provincial police officer with experience in computer forensics.Gagnon would testify how emails were deleted from the accused’s government mail boxes in the summer and fall of 2012 and that thousands of documents were deleted in early 2013 from computers in the premier’s office, the prosecution said.But the defence immediately raised objections over his designation as an expert witness, suggesting he was too close to the investigation to be impartial.Miller’s lawyer, Scott Hutchinson, questioned Gagnon about his lengthy and active role in the investigation, dubbed Project Hampton, and his interactions with Crown lawyers.From the start of the probe, court heard, Gagnon sat in on numerous conference calls and meetings as investigators — former colleagues at the Technical Crimes Unit — discussed the case. He was given a provincial police email address and kept in frequent contact with team members.Among other things, court heard, he offered the officers advice on various search warrants, and provided questions to be put to witnesses, including Faist.His contribution during a police interview with Faist, which he watched from a separate room, was to help clarify any technical answers, Gagnon testified.The hearing continues Monday with arguments over Gagnon’s expert status, with the crucial decision up to Lipson. The judge said he would need a day or two to decide after Monday’s submissions.“Your ruling is important in terms of the case,” co-prosecutor Tom Lemon told him. “It does have consequences.”Other expected Crown witnesses include Livingston’s former executive assistant, the secretary of cabinet and other staff in the premier and cabinet offices.The trial, slated to last six weeks, was to have started hearing witnesses on Sept. 11. However, the hearing was put over until Friday when the defence complained about late and incomplete information the Crown was obliged to hand over.last_img read more

QuickQuotes some of what was said about US decision to slap tariffs

first_imgOTTAWA – The American decision to levy tariffs against Canadian steel and aluminum exports prompted quick retaliation on Thursday, with Canada promising tit-for-tat levies of its own. Here is a selection of quotes on the issue:—“Canada intends to impose tariffs against imports of steel, aluminum and other products from the United States, representing the total value of 2017 Canadian exports affected by the U.S. measures, that is $16.6 billion. We are imposing dollar-for-dollar tariffs for every dollar levied against Canadians by the U.S.” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.—“These countermeasures will take effect on July 1, 2018. They will remain in place until the United States eliminates its trade-restrictive measures against Canada.” Freeland.—“The numbers are clear: The United States has a $2 billion US surplus in steel trade with Canada — and Canada buys more American steel than any other country in the world, half of U.S. steel exports.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.—“That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable.” Trudeau.—“These tariffs are an affront to the long-standing security partnership between Canada and the United States and, in particular, to the thousands of Canadians who have fought and died alongside American comrades-in-arms.” Trudeau.—“This is not about the American people. We have to believe that at some point, common sense will prevail. But we see no sign of that in this action today by the U.S. administration.” Trudeau.—“If Canada and Mexico choose to take retaliatory measures, it would not affect the ability to keep renegotiating NAFTA as a separate track. If any of these parties does retaliate, that does not mean that there cannot be continuing negotiations.” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.—“We need to have the appropriate responses. We need to be thoughtful about this, but at the same time we need to send a clear response and signal saying that ‘Look, we’re a trusted partner, we’re deeply disappointed, and we’re going to stand up for our workers and for our industry’.” Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains.—“This short-sighted decision is an attack on Ontario’s steel industry and its workers. It is not the action of a friend, an ally or economic partner.” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.—“The decision of the U.S. administration is an unfortunate outcome for the North American economy. Steel and aluminum are a key component of countless manufactured goods. Because of the deep integration of manufacturing supply chains, the tariffs will drive prices up for all consumers.” Dennis Darby, president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.—“This is a risk that we’ve highlighted in our monetary policy report in the past, the risk of protectionism and the fear of the tit-for-tat responses.” Sylvain Leduc, deputy governor of the Bank of Canada.—“Construction, autos and machinery manufacturing comprise 80 per cent of total domestic steel consumption and their input costs would rise. With costs going up, jobs and prices would take a hit.” Michael Burt, executive director of industrial economic trends at the Conference Board of Canada.—“Retail margins are narrow. So at some point it would have an impact on price.” Karl Littler, vice-president of public affairs for the Retail Council of Canada.—“On a long-term basis, if you’re raising the price of probably the biggest raw material input in a vehicle, you’re going to make any production of vehicles in Canada and the U.S. less competitive against foreign manufacturers and it might suddenly make Asian imports more attractive to consumers.” Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.last_img read more

Half of Moroccan University Students Drop out Before Graduation

Rabat- While the unemployment rate for graduates with higher education degrees is double the unemployment rate for the general population, nearly half of university students will not go on to get a degree.The Ministry of Education discussed the statistics at a Parliamentary session on Monday. Moroccan universities currently have 860,000 students, 42 percent of whom are female students and 244,000 of whom are freshmen.Morocco still has a comparatively low rate of students in higher education. Only 37 percent of the Moroccan population aged 18 to 22 choose to enroll in universities, according to the Ministry of Education. The ministry pointed out that 16.5 percent of university students drop out in their first year and 8.1 percent drop out in the third. Some dropouts, 7.8 percent, choose to leave for smaller training institutions. Over the past five years, student enrollment has increased by 42 percent. However, the number of professors has only increased 17 percent and available seats in classrooms only 28 percent.Read Also: Freedom on the Net: Moroccan Internet Users Are ‘Partially’ FreeMorocco will need to employ 2,488 university professors to join new educational institutions to prevent overcrowding because of the 18 percent increase in baccalaureate graduates.The higher education and scientific research sector, with a budget of MAD 11.3 billion according to the 2019 Finance Bill, is experiencing a decline in student costs over the past years, from MAD 14,000 per student in 2013 to MAD 11,000 in 2017. The government allocated MAD 70 billion in 2018 specifically to improve material resources and educational quality for university students.The move was part of the strategic vision of the 2015-2030 reform program and in accordance with the 2016-2021 Government Action Program.Moroccan universities produce more graduates without jobsAccording to a previous press statement by Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi the percentage of unemployed university graduates is over 22 percent, a figure that has doubled in the last five years and is expected to keep increasing to 50 percent. “The number of degree holders increased from 43,000 in the last five years to 120,000 this year,” El Khalfi stated.The Moroccan High Commission for Planning (HCP) reported that the higher a person’s level of general education–which typically ranges from elementary school to college–the lower the person’s likelihood of employment.Half of the active population (estimated at 52.2 percent) are not degree holders.For unemployment to decline, Morocco will need to create 115,000 additional jobs each year and maintain all current employment opportunities, to remain steady at the current workforce participation rate of 47 percent. read more

After year of disaster donors must prepare for 2006 UN food aid

“The fact is that 2005 was an exceptional year of disaster for millions of people across the world,” James Morris, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, (WFP) said, also citing the continuing conflict in Darfur, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Stan, and the tragic earthquake in Kashmir. “None of us knows what 2006 will bring. We can hope for a calmer year, with timely rainfall and limited seismic activity. But we have to be prepared for every eventuality. And if that means appealing for even more funding from our donors, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing,” he said.Mr. Morris praised the response of most donors to crises in 2005 but expressed concern that in contrast to the overwhelming response to the tsunami, many WFP operations remained dangerously under-funded.For example, its appeal for $100 million to provide air support for UN relief operations in Pakistan is less than half funded, while its operation to feed some 10 million people in southern Africa is more than $100 million short of the $317 million needed by April 2006. He said one of the biggest challenges that WFP currently faces is in overcoming the time lag between a disaster occurring and donations coming in. To address the problem, the agency is drawing on reserve funds in anticipation of donations coming in. read more

GALLERY Homecoming Weekend in photos

What’s a little rain when you’re among friends?Despite a wet Saturday, Homecoming Weekend was another rousing success with hundreds of Brock alumni, staff and students turning out to events both on campus and off.The weekend started with the first-ever Homecoming Tailgate Party in the parking lot of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Friday night and continued with the Steel Blade Classic hockey game and Pub Night Friday, tours, reunions, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Classics program, varsity games and the marquee Red Dinner Saturday, and wrapped up with the Terry Fox Run in Port Dalhousie Sunday.Below is a gallery showing some of the events on a very busy weekend at Brock University. read more

Back where he belongs former Buckeye Nugent back kicking in Ohio

Mike Nugent was not used to being home at this time of year. After becoming a beloved place kicker as a Buckeye and playing for four seasons with the New York Jets in the NFL, Nugent was in an unfamiliar place last season. He was sitting at home on his couch in Columbus, watching NFL games on Sundays with his brother, Kevin. “He’d kind of been the man since high school and college, so it was definitely a reality check,” Kevin said. What a difference a year makes. Nugent is now the starting kicker for the Cincinnati Bengals and received the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month award for September. “I was working with my coaches a lot, but we didn’t re-invent the wheel or anything,” Nugent said. “We made a few changes here and there, and I feel like I’ve been hitting the ball much more consistently.” Although his recent success shouldn’t come as a surprise to any Ohio State follower, the inconsistencies and unemployment issues he suffered through a year ago certainly could have. At OSU, Nugent was automatic. He holds the school record for field goal percentage for a career (82 percent) and a season (89 percent in 2002). His most accurate season coincided with the Buckeyes’ last National Championship win 2003. “My favorite memory was the National Championship game because we were big underdogs,” Nugent said. “It’s great going into a game knowing that you have nothing to lose. And to come out on top, that was definitely my greatest memory at Ohio State.” Nugent’s accuracy wasn’t the only trait that OSU fans loved about him. He was also clutch when the game was on the line. In fact, approaching any hardcore Buckeye fan and saying the words “55 yards against Marshall” will immediately conjure up images of a game-winning kick in 2004. “For OSU fans it was unexpectedly close at 21-21, and he kicks a 55-yard field goal on the last play of the game to win the game,” said Jack Park, OSU football historian. “He was accurate, dependable, could kick from a long distance, and is a very likeable person.” Kevin Nugent, a former OSU men’s soccer player, mentioned that kick as one of his favorites. “As far as a single kick, the one that sticks out in my mind was the kick against Marshall in his senior year,” he said.   When Nugent’s OSU career ended, he entered the 2005 NFL Draft. The Jets desperately needed an accurate kicker. Facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs that year, Jets incumbent Doug Brien missed two consecutive game-winning field goals. The Steelers went on to win the game in overtime, and the Jets were out of the playoffs. Hoping to avoid having similar issues the following season, the Jets selected Nugent in the second round of the draft (47th overall). It was the highest position of any kicker selected in the last decade, save for Sebastian Janikowski, who was a first-round pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2000. Kickers typically aren’t selected until at least the fifth round. To his credit, Nugent wouldn’t allow himself to feel pressured by the early selection. “I was really happy to be drafted by the Jets, it was a lot of fun playing there,” Nugent said. “As far as the pressure, I felt like the only pressure I should really experience was the pressure I put on myself.” After three years in New York, Nugent suffered a torn quadriceps injury in the first game of his fourth season. The Jets brought in veteran kicker Jay Feely, who kept the starting job for the remainder of the year. “I was in a contract year, and I had to make a decision whether or not I wanted to re-sign with Jets,” Nugent said. “It just got to a point where I thought maybe there were other opportunities out there to play for a different team.” His first opportunity came as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009. In four games, Nugent made only two of his six attempts. He was then released by the Bucs. “It was kind of a shock that he didn’t start out very well,” Kevin Nugent said. “He was hoping that they’d continue on with him, but we got another shock when he was released.” Although it would have been easy to blame the quadriceps injury from the previous year for his inconsistencies, Nugent refused to do so. “The injury felt fine,” Nugent said. “I was missing some longer field goals and just wasn’t hitting the ball the way I wanted to.” He signed on with the Arizona Cardinals in December 2009 as a temporary replacement for Cardinals starter Neil Rackers and was released when Rackers returned two weeks later. This was the same guy who Buckeye teammates cheered as soon as his foot hit the ball because they assumed every kick was splitting the uprights. Yet here he was, unemployed, watching the games at home. “That was tough, just sitting on Sundays and watching games,” Nugent said. “You want to be out there, having people watch you instead of you watching them. “It’s one of those things where you’re watching and keeping an eye out on what’s going on, who’s kicking well and who’s not,” he said. “You never wish for others to miss, but it’s tough to cheer for people when they’re all in the same position you want to be in.” Kevin agreed that it was a tough time for his brother. “He’s always worked hard and he’s usually done pretty well, so it was hard,” Kevin said. “You’re kind of just sitting back and hoping for a team to call.” There are only 32 teams in the NFL, so there aren’t many kicking positions to fill. Still, NFL coaches are notorious for losing faith in their starting kickers. “I think I was flown to six or seven different places for a workout,” Nugent said. With the 2010 NFL season fast approaching, the Bengals brought in Nugent to compete with Dave Rayner for the starting job. Nugent won the job in camp and hasn’t looked back.   He’s made 10 out of 11 attempts this season. His only miss of the year was a blocked kick in last Sunday’s contest against the Cleveland Browns. If Nugent is able to finish this season in a similar fashion to the way he’s started it, he won’t have to worry about waiting for a phone call in the offseason. read more

Separatists hand over MH17 black boxes but Australia says there is a

first_imgA TRAIN CARRYING the remains of 280 people killed in the Malaysian plane disaster was finally allowed to leave a rebel-held region in eastern Ukraine as the militants declared a truce Tuesday around the crash site.Five days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was allegedly shot out of the sky, pro-Russian separatists conceded to a furious international clamour for the bodies and the plane’s black boxes to be handed over to investigators.The devices, which record cockpit activity and flight data, were handed to Malaysian officials by the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Borodai, in front of scores of journalists.“We will order a ceasefire in an area of 10 kilometres around” the site of the disaster, which killed all 298 people on board the plane, he said.Meanwhile, after days of bitter wrangling, the rebels released the bodies of the dead.Loaded on a train, they will arrive in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv Tuesday before being put on a plane to the Netherlands, where the flight to Kuala Lumpur originated and which suffered the greatest loss, with 193 citizens killed in the crash.The rebel concessions came after US President Barack Obama insisted that Moscow force the insurgents it is accused of backing to cooperate with an international probe into the disaster.Moscow, which has drawn ire for failing to rein in the rebels, backed a UN Security Council resolution condemning the downing of the plane and demanding access to the crash site.A senior Russian defence ministry official insisted that “Russia did not give the rebels Buk missile systems or any other kinds of weapons or military hardware”. A man covers his face with a rag due to the smell, as deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug, center right, stands outside a refrigerated train as members of Netherlands’ National Forensic Investigations Team inspect bodies, seen in plastic bags, 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, in Torez. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAustraliaAustralian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that evidence had been tampered with on an industrial scale, calling it “a cover-up”.Abbott, whose government was behind a UN Security Council resolution that yesterday unanimously demanded full access to the site in rebel-held east Ukraine, admitted progress had been made but said more needed to be done.“There is still a long, long way to go,” he told a press conference of the quest to repatriate bodies and bring those responsible for the 298 deaths to justice.“After the crime comes the cover-up,” he added.“What we have seen is evidence tampering on an industrial scale. That has to stop.” A Malaysian investigator, left, takes a black box from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it is handed over by a Donetsk People’s Republic official in the city of Donetsk. Source: Dmitry LovetskyFlyoverMeanwhile, embattled Malaysia Airlines faced fresh outrage as it confirmed one of its planes flew over war-torn Syria, just days after the MH17 disaster laid bare the risks civilian aircraft face in flying over war zones.The Malaysian flag carrier confirmed that flight MH4, bound from London for Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, re-routed over Syria following the closure of the flight’s usual route over Ukraine in the wake of the MH17 tragedy three days earlier.In a statement issued late last night, the crisis-hit airline said the Syrian flight path was among routes approved by the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).“As per the notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued by the Syrian Civil Aviation Authority, the Syrian airspace was not subject to restrictions. At all times, MH004 was in airspace approved by ICAO,” it said.But the move drew disbelief and scorn on social media.“What is wrong with these guys?! Malaysians are now flying over Syria,” said one of many Twitter postings on the issue.“Wanna lose another plane?” asked another.- © AFP, 2014Read: Remains of MH17 victims to be handed over to Dutch authoritiesRead: Australia hits out at “shambolic” MH17 response >last_img read more

Alaska Senate set to debate state budget on Thursday

first_imgThe Senate Finance Committee works on the state operating budget bill last week. The committee passed the bill on to the Senate on Tuesday. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The full state Senate is scheduled to debate amendments to the state’s operating budget Thursday.The Senate Finance Committee passed the budget, House Bill 286, on Tuesday. The committee substituted its own version of the budget bill for the one the House passed.The Senate bill would provide $4.2 billion to fund the portion of the budget that the Legislature focuses on each year. It has $1 billion for Alaska Permanent Fund dividends, which would provide a $1,600 dividend.The biggest difference from the House budget is that the Senate bill does not include $1.28 billion for school funding. The Senate would provide that money in separate legislation, House Bill 287.Committee Co-Chairman Lyman Hoffman, a Bethel Democrat, said the school funding bill is intended to reduce the risk of widespread layoff notices.“Hopefully, we can come to an understanding with the other body, so that early funding can happen,” Hoffman said. “I’m optimistic that pink slips will not go out.”The Senate budget includes less money than the House for Medicaid and would cut $13.5 million of the $19 million increase that the House budgeted for the University of Alaska. And it would pay out more for oil and gas tax credits.The Senate could vote on the budget as soon as tomorrow. Once the Senate passes it, the House would have to vote on whether to accept the Senate’s version. If it doesn’t, the two chambers will work out the differences through a conference committee.The scheduled 90-day end of the session is Sunday, although it’s not likely lawmakers will be done. Voters passed an initiative in 2006 that set the session length at 90 days in state law.But the Legislature can go past that date. The state constitution sets the session length at 121 days.last_img read more

Rewatching Samurai Jack Episode 5 Jack in Space

first_imgAfter 12 years away, one of the best, most critically acclaimed cartoon series of all time, Samurai Jack, returns to television later this year with original series creator Genndy Tartakovsky at the helm. To help you get ready, Geek.com’s Aubrey Sitterson is rewatching the entire series in order.In the first four episodes of Samurai Jack, there’s been a clear delineation between the means and tactics of the show’s eponymous hero and his fated rival, the monstrous, demonic Aku. While Jack represents the height of human achievement and ability, trained in countless disciplines by masters from all over the world, Aku is… something else. In Jack’s own time, Aku’s otherness manifested itself as magic, most notably the monster’s shapeshifting abilities, but when Jack arrives in the future, he finds that Aku has found another way to subjugate humanity: Technology.From the moment that Jack steps into this brave new world, he is buffeted by what is, to him, unknowable degrees of technological advancement. Flying cars, robots, massive television screens, mechanized doors, and laser guns – to Jack, these must be just as bizarre and disconcerting as any of Aku’s foul magics. To put an even finer point on things, the majority of the Aku drones and robots we’ve seen up until this point are all reminiscent of insects, further removing them from humanity and further driving home what is the crux of Samurai Jack as a television show: Man’s struggle to retain his humanity and that of his fellows.And all of that? It’s what makes Samurai Jack’s fifth episode, “Jack in Space,” so fascinating. Beginning with the type of silent, meditative opening sequence that the show excels at – showing supreme confidence in storytelling by dedicating minutes of screen time to Jack wandering wordlessly through the forest – “Jack in Space” starts off by reminding us of not only Jack’s humanity, but of the connection to the natural world that it necessitates and demands. We don’t just see him walking through nature, we see him becoming nature as he stops to drink from a stream beside a deer. But this opening sequence isn’t just an artful flourish. It serves an important role, setting up the drastic juxtaposition between this peaceful, sylvan setting and the straight forward science fiction that comes next.Amongst the towering trees of the forest, Jack stumbles across a group of would-be astronauts, desperate to escape their Aku-ruled Earth through a massive rocket. This is important because it’s the first time in the show that technology is seen, not as a tool of the enemy, but as a way to escape his influence. Even more crucial is the fact that, unlike the monsters, mutants, aliens, and anthropomorphic animals that Jack has interacted with so far, the astronauts he aims to help are all decidedly human.Not only are they human though, but the spacesuits they wear and even the rocket they’ve built all seem to be pretty much in line with what we would expect from contemporary, real-world space travel. They’re the first we’ve seen of normal humans in Samurai Jack’s futuristic world and, notably, they are attempting to put science to good use, to utilize their ingenuity and intellect to – just like Jack – protect and retain their humanity. While Aku and his insectoid robots aim to use technology to suppress and contain, the astronauts of “Jack in Space” intend for their technological advancements to help them transcend and ascend into a better, more free society.Suddenly, a show that, at first glance, might appear to be overly romantic toward the past, anti-technology, or even a full-on Luddite, is revealed to be something a little more complex. This notion is aided by the fact that Jack, despite having no familiarity with or understanding of the complex science that goes behind the astronauts’ creations, is unafraid of strapping on a jetpack or hopping into a spaceship. In fact, not only does Jack bravely don the jetpack, but he’s able to figure out how to use it expertly without directions, another tangible triumph of human drive and ingenuity.Thus, Jack approaches the ensuing space battle with his typical confidence. The samurai zipping around space in a jetpack, attacking bug-shaped robots with a simple sword… it’s a perfect blend of technology and the more traditional methods in which Jack was trained. Jack knows nothing of space travel or even gravity, but because of the basics he learned as a child, because of the open-mindedness and bravery instilled in him, he is able to adjust on the fly.Ultimately, however, even with all of this wondrous technology at his disposal, Jack must lean on a decidedly lo-fi tactic in order to defeat a certain group of insectoid robots. Like mechanical ticks, the robots aim to burrow their heads into the hull of the spaceship, destroying the lives of those it contains within. But Jack, remembering back to his simpler childhood, thinks about how he used to remove organic bloodsuckers: Touching their back end with a smoldering piece of grass.After heating his katana with the flames from his jetpack, Jack is able to forcibly remove the robo-ticks from the spaceship’s hull, seemingly clearing the way for the astronauts’ escape, and his light-speed enabled jump back into the past – the thing that Jack has sought ever since arriving in the future. But, when the remaining insect robots form a massive gun, one that threatens to destroy the ship, another one of Jack’s old ideas, chivalry, comes into play.Instead of clinging to technology, hoping for it to deliver him from oppression, he subjugates his own goals to the safety of those who have placed their trust in him, exiting the spacecraft, countering the gun’s blast with nothing more than his katana. And in doing so? Jack embraces his humanity through sacrifice, giving up a chance to go back to the past and stop his nemesis, Aku.Join us next time as we discuss episode six of Samurai Jack’s first season, “Jack and the Warrior Woman.”Aubrey Sitterson is a Los Angeles-based writer whose most recent work is the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe comic series from IDW, available at your local comic shop or digitally on Comixology. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information.last_img read more

Eric Radford adds a bronze to his gold – and announces retirement

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/eric-radford-bronze-retire/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Meagan Duham and Eric Radford (Photo: @ericradford85 | Instagram) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Canada’s Eric Radford made history on Monday when he became the first openly gay male athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. Probably the closest to “Happily Ever After” I will ever get. #Olympics #soulmate #thankyou #unforgettable #figureskating #theperfectending pic.twitter.com/J70nRWv67w— Eric Radford (@Rad85E) February 15, 2018This morning, before his final Olympic appearance, he tweeted, ‘I don’t know how today will end but it feels good to know that maybe, I’ve already made a difference. It’s been fun dreaming my wildest dreams and having so many of them come true. Thank you for all of the support. Now…time for a little more #HometownGlory’Radford was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and lives in Montreal, Quebec. He is engaged to marry his partner, Spanish ice dancer Luis Fenero, who he proposed to last summer.So proud that @Adaripp and I get to wear these medals and show the world what we can do! #represent #olympics #pyeongchang2018 #pride #outandproud #medalists #TeamNorthAmerica pic.twitter.com/eXMlZ2Utrw— Eric Radford (@Rad85E) February 12, 2018 The medal came for his participation in the team skating event in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Today, Radford and his skating partner Meagan Duhamel today took bronze medals in the main figure skating event at the Winter Olympics. They performed their routine to Adele’s song, Hometown Glory.Afterwards, the 33-year-old said it was the perfect ending to his competitive career.This is Radford’s second Olympics, but his first as an openly gay man. In Sochi in 2014, he and Duhamel finished seventh.Radford came out in 2014 in an exclusive interview with Outsports. He went on to win the World Championships with Duhamel in 2015.Today’s routine featured an incredibly difficult manoeuvre called a quad throw. It’s believed the first time such a move has successfully been included in an Olympic routine.‘We saved the best for last,’ said Radford of the throw, reports National Post.Partner Duhamel added: ‘We don’t ever have to do a quad throw again … We landed the last quad we tried. That makes me happy.’Today’s pairs event was won by Germany’s Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot. China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Kon took silver.Radford and Duhamel’s career medals also include gold at the World Championships in 2015 and 2016, and gold at the Four Continents Championships in 2013 and 2015.‘Probably the closest to “Happily Ever After” I will ever get’After today’s event, Radford tweeted that it was, ‘Probably the closest to “Happily Ever After” I will ever get. #Olympics #soulmate #thankyou #unforgettable #figureskating #theperfectending’ GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

CT Angiography Shows Alcohol Consumption Has No Effect on Coronary Arteries

first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more 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 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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However, data regarding regular alcohol consumption and its association with the presence of CAD remains controversial. For the new study, researchers looked at alcohol consumption, type of alcohol consumed, and presence of coronary plaques using CCTA.”CCTA is an excellent diagnostic modality to noninvasively depict the coronary wall and identify atherosclerotic lesions,” said study author Júlia Karády, M.D., from the MTA-SE Cardiovascular Imaging Research Group, Heart and Vascular Center at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. “Furthermore, we’re able to characterize plaques and differentiate between several types. Prior studies used cardiovascular risk factors — like high cholesterol levels — and cardiovascular outcomes to study the effects of alcohol, but our study is unique in that we analyzed both drinkers and non-drinkers using CCTA, which may shed some light on how alcohol may or may not contribute to the development of fatty plaques in the arteries of the heart.”The researchers studied 1,925 consecutive patients referred for CCTA with suspected CAD. Information on alcohol consumption habits was collected using questionnaires about the amount and type of alcohol consumed. Using an in-house reporting platform that contained the patients’ clinical and CCTA data, researchers were able to assess the relationship between atherosclerosis, clinical risk factors and patient drinking habits.”About 40 percent of our patients reported regular alcohol consumption, with a median of 6.7 alcohol units consumed weekly,” Karády said.One unit translates to approximately 2 deciliters (dl) or 6.8 fluid ounces of beer, 1 dl or 3.4 ounces of wine, or 4 centiliters (cl) or 1.35 ounces of hard liquor.The results showed that the amount of weekly alcohol consumption, whether light or moderate, was not associated with the presence of CAD. In addition, when researchers looked at different types of alcohol and the presence of coronary atherosclerosis, no associations were found.”When we compared consumption between patients who had coronary artery plaques and those who had none, no difference was detected,” Karády said. “Evaluating the relationship between light alcohol intake (maximum of 14 units per week) and presence of CAD, we again found no association. Furthermore, we analyzed the effect of different types of alcohol (beer, wine and hard liquor) on the presence of CAD, but no relationship was found.”Karády added that while no protective effect was detected among light drinkers, as previously thought, no harmful effects were detected either.The researchers are in the process of expanding the study to include more patients and perform further analyses.Independently of whether alcohol has any effect on the coronary arteries, moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with a number of potential side effects, including negative long-term effects on the brain and heart.Co-authors on this study were Balint Szilveszter, M.D., Zsofia D. Drobni, M.D., Marton Kolossvary, M.D., Andrea Bartykowszki, M.D., Mihaly Karolyi, M.D., Ph.D., Adam Jermendy, M.D., Alexisz Panajotu, M.D., Zsolt Bagyura, M.D., and Pal Maurovich-Horvat, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.For more information: www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Alex Israel collects TMS Salary Report incentive prize

first_imgSource = TMS Asia Pacific Pictured Sabre Pacific’s Alex Israel with the $250 gift voucher he won by taking part in the TMS 2010 Australia Salary Report survey .Conducted throughout November and December 2010, the purpose of the annual report, as in previous years, is to provide an overview on Australian industry trends on a year on year basis. Alex was one of more than 10,000 nationally spread industry staffers invited to participate in the report.These ranged from frontline consultants and middle management through to managing directors and CEOs.The 2010 report is scheduled for release later this month. TMS has conducted the report on an annual basis since 2005. TMS AU – 2010 AU SS voucher winner Alex Israel Feb 2011last_img read more

CFO Named for Consolidated Analytics

first_imgCFO Named for Consolidated Analytics in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technology February 25, 2019 768 Views analytics Arvin Wijay Brian Gehl Consolidated Analytics fulfillment HOUSING Mike Jones mortgage Property Valuation 2019-02-25 Staff Writercenter_img Irvine, California-headquartered Consolidated Analytics, a provider of property valuation, asset management, due diligence, fulfillment, and advisory services, announced the appointment of Mike Jones as CFO. In this role, Jones will be responsible for developing and implementing financial strategies that will support the company’s M&A integration strategy and drive corporate transformation initiatives. Jones has over 25 years’ experience leading corporate finance, loan, and portfolio accounting, operations management, technology transformation, and growth strategies for both start-up and multi-billion dollar companies operating in the finance space. He most recently served as CFO and CIO at Southwest Stage Funding (dba Cascade Financial), a growing retail mortgage bank and asset lender, where he developed financial and technology strategies that optimized and scaled processes, systems, and personnel. Over the course of his career, Jones held CFO roles at organizations such as Home Point Financial, Clara Lending, and United Wholesale Mortgage.”The great thing about Mike is that he’s not a one-trick pony,” said Arvin Wijay, CEO of Consolidated Analytics. “As we continue to drive transformation and alignment of our subsidiary operations under the Consolidated Analytics brand, Mike’s diverse experience across finance, technology, and operations will ensure the implementation of best-fit financial strategies, best practices, and innovative tools, and technologies necessary for effective and coordinated growth.”In recent years, Consolidated Analytics acquired multiple mortgage services companies including Equitable Mortgage Solutions, a mortgage fulfillment provider, OpExNow, a mortgage operations advisory firm, and most recently, Carrington Property Services, a valuation, REO asset management, and rental management company. Jones has experience developing strategies that support financial and enterprise integration, which plays well into Consolidated Analytics vision to be a one-stop solution for businesses in the real estate finance industry, the company said. “When you acquire companies and build out new services, there are a lot of moving pieces to consider,” said Co-President, Brian Gehl. “While leaders across our businesses are far along identifying and developing product and solution synergies, Mike’s experience driving financial and operational transformation will keep the momentum going, and add a layer of discipline to bring some of the most compelling joint initiatives to the finish line.” Sharelast_img read more