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Marca: Real Madrid rejected Icardi

first_imgSpanish paper Marca claim Mauro Icardi tried to engineer a transfer to Real Madrid in 2017 and 2018, but the club had concerns over his character. Icardi left Inter on loan to Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day and has been a huge success, scoring 10 goals in 11 competitive games. PSG hope he can continue that trend when facing Real Madrid in the Champions League this evening at the Bernabeu. According to Marca, he could’ve played this fixture with the Merengues jersey, as he and wife/agent Wanda Nara had advanced negotiations for a transfer in both 2017 and 2018. However, on both occasions, Real Madrid patron Florentino Perez scrapped the deal, as he had concerns over Icardi’s personality. This was ultimately was prompted Inter to push him out the door and he eventually accepted the loan move to Paris Saint-Germain. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

Australian Open: Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber win their first major matches as top seeds

first_imgIn his first Grand Slam match with the elevated status of having a knighthood and the No. 1 ranking, Andy Murray berated himself when he made mistakes and frequently yelled during a 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Illya Marchenko.In other words, nothing much has changed.The five-time finalist started on Rod Laver Arena on Monday, taking the first step in his bid for a first Australian Open title.Angelique Kerber, who is defending a major title and is also the No. 1 seed at a Grand Slam for the first time, had some nervous moments in her 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Lesia Tsurenko.Kerber won her first Grand Slam title here last year, beating Serena Williams in the final after saving match point in the first round.So after wasting a match point before her serve was broken as Tsurenko rallied to win the second set, Kerber said her mind raced back 12 months.”To be honest, I was thinking about this,” she said. “When I lost the second set, and I had match point, I was thinking about my match last year in the first round first rounds are always tough.”Murray has lost four of the last six finals here – including the last two – to six-time champion Novak Djokovic. But he did take something off his long-time friend at the end of last year when he replaced Djokovic in the top ranking during a stunning finish to the season.He subsequently received a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s honors list.advertisementMurray said the ranking and the civic honors won’t change anything, and he faces “the same pressure, same expectations.”There’s one thing he desperately wants to change.”I’ve never won here – I’m going to try to change that this year,” he said.Other players who could potentially stand in his way – No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, No. 5 Kei Nishikori and No. 10 Tomas Berdych – had first-round wins. Another, Roger Federer, was set to play his first tour-level match in more than six months when he played Jurgen Melzer in a night match.WAWRINKA BEATS KLIZANU.S. Open champion Wawrinka had a tough time in the first night match on Margaret Court Arena, scraping past 35th-ranked Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.In the ninth game of the fifth set, Wawrinka smashed a soft half-volley from Klizan straight back into the Slovakian’s body, clipping the frame and just missing his midsection. He stepped over the net to ensure Klizan was OK, then went on to hold serve and broke in the next game to finish off in 3 hours, 24 minutes.There are 18 American women in the draw, and two recorded wins in the first two matches on Rod Laver.SIMONA HALEP OUSTEDVenus Williams beat Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (5), 7-5 right after Shelby Rogers’ upset 6-3, 6-1 win over fourth-seeded Simona Halep, a result which sent the former French Open finalist out in the first round for the second year running at Melbourne Park.Rogers made a surprising run to the French Open quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Garbine Muguruza last year, when she was ranked No. 108, and is still using her success there as motivation.”The biggest thing I took away from that was just that I can compete with the top players in the world and I’m good enough,” she said.Seventh-seeded Muguruza saved a set point in the first set and needed a medical timeout before advancing 7-5, 6-4 over Marina Erakovic.Also advancing were Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig, No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 10 Carla Suarez, No. 11 Elina Svitolina, No. 20 Zhang Shuai, No. 24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and No. 27 Irina-Camelia Begu.CoCo Vandeweghe overcame a bout of nausea to beat No. 15-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-1, 7-6 (3). Other seeded players who lost were No. 19 Kiki Bertens, No. 23 Darya Kasatkina and No. 26 Laura Siegemund.The 16-year-old Destanee Aiava became the first player born in this millennium to play in the main draw of a major, but the milestone match ended in a 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss to Mona Barthel.In contrasting openers, Nishikori needed more than three hours to beat Andrey Kuznetsov 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-2, but Berdych only played a set – which he won 6-1 – before Luca Vanni retired from their match.No. 14 Nick Kyrgios returned from his suspension for underperforming in Shanghai last year by racing through a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win against Gastao Elias.Other men’s seeds advancing included 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 19 John Isner, No. 23 Jack Sock, No. 27 Bernard Tomic, No. 29 Viktor Troicki and No. 31 Sam Querrey. No. 16 Lucas Pouille lost to qualifier Alexander Bublik.advertisementlast_img read more

Miami Open: Roger Federer eases past Denis Shapovalov to set up final vs John Isner

first_img Next Miami Open: Roger Federer eases past Denis Shapovalov to set up final vs John IsnerRoger Federer is all set for his fifth Miami Open finals against John Isner after his victory over Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov.advertisement Reuters MiamiMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 12:25 IST Roger Federer hits a shot to Denis Shapovalov during the Miami Open semifinals (AP photo)Roger Federer cruised into his fifth Miami Open final with an impressive 6-2 6-4 victory against Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov on Friday.Federer was dominant in service and broke the 19-year-old three times to set up a final with American John Isner, who beat 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6(3) 7-6(4).Federer took control of his semi-final early, breaking Shapovalov in the third game as his young opponent shanked a backhand.Federer broke again in the third game of the second set and served his way into the final against defending champion Isner, who is yet to drop a set in the tournament this year.Staying peRFect. See you in the final, Roger.@rogerfederer | #miamiopen Open (@MiamiOpen) March 30, 2019Isner, however, had to battle back in both sets against the 18-year-old Canadian, who led 5-3 in each set but was unable to seal the win.”For sure (it was) nerves,” said Auger-Aliassime, the youngest men’s semi-finalist in the tournament’s 35-year history.”It’s like I caught a virus or something. I don’t know. I couldn’t put a second serve anymore.Even the first serve, if you put it in, you don’t have to hit the second serve. That’s just very tough to swallow,” he said.Auger-Aliassime had appeared unbothered by being on the big stage against the crowd favourite playing attacking, aggressive tennis that rewarded him with the early break in each set.Yet serving for the set, the 18-year-old’s inexperience and nerves were exposed when he produced three of his seven double faults and opened the door for the 33-year-old American who went on to take the first tiebreak 7-3.advertisementAuger-Aliassime regrouped and was on the attack again in the second, grabbing the early break to nose in front 4-2.Again serving for the set at 5-3, he let Isner back in the contest as the American got back on serve with the help of yet another Auger-Aliassime double fault.Big man making big moves. @JohnIsner | #miamiopen Open (@MiamiOpen) March 29, 2019While Auger-Aliassime was misfiring, Isner’s serve was booming, as he blasted 21 aces past his opponent.”I think it (experience) may have helped a little bit,” said Isner.”But you see a lot of times where someone can have all the experience in the world or some teams can have all the experience in the world and they don’t come through against an inexperienced opponent.”Maybe he was a little bit fatigued because he came through qualifying. So could have been a little bit of inexperience and maybe a little bit of fatigue, also.”Big man making big moves. @JohnIsner | #miamiopen Open (@MiamiOpen) March 29, 2019Also Read | Miami Open: Federer outclasses Anderson to set up semi-final vs ShapovalovAlso Read | Miami Open: Roger Federer beats Medvedev to set up quarter-final vs Kevin AndersonAlso Read | Miami Open: Roger Federer, Kevin Anderson advance to fourth roundAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstanceFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Miami Open 2019Follow Roger FedererFollow Denis Shapovalovlast_img read more

Buyer’s Guide: The Best Backpacks of 2016

first_img Editors’ Recommendations It’s time to start thinking about packing up and hitting the trails. Whether you’re training for a long backpacking trip, getting out every weekend for some off road exploration, or just looking for a good travel pack, we’ve searched out the very best outdoors backpacks for every discipline. Our testing has taken us from the heights of the Rockies to Southwest deserts, and everything in between.  After months of beating on them, we can say that these are our absolute favorite backpacks for every sport.Related: The Hults Bruk Jonaker is a backpacker’s delight | Road to Adventure: Backpacking GearBackpackingGranite Gear Lutsen 45 ($200)Best For: Fast and Light adventures. The Lutsen was designed with thru-hikers in mind. If you’re looking to strip down your gear weight and still hike in comfort for dozens of miles, this is the pack for you.Buy It If: Your idea of a good time involves a long weekend on your feet, sunsets above the treeline, and seeing more animals than people on the trail.Best Feature: The Lutsen features an adjustable harness for both your shoulders and hips. This was included for thru-hikers who may lose upwards of twenty pounds on a multiple month excursion, but we find it to be just as useful for a growing teenager, who can have their pack grow with them.REI Flash 65 ($199)Best For:Long gear hauling in hot weather. At sixty-five liters, the Flash can handle a week’s worth of serious adventure with ease. With both top and panel access, you’ll easily be able to get any to essential gear without rummaging through your pack on the trail.Buy It If: You’re that guy who can’t remember where he stashed his rain gear. The last thing you want is to be caught digging through everything and having to repack on the trail. The front panel J-zip gives you access to the entire main compartment when you need to get at something at the bottom of your pack.Best Feature: The harness is incredibly well ventilated, ensuring that even when you’re hauling a heavy load you’ll still be able to stay cool this summer.Boreas HaloBest For: Expedition loads. At seventy liters, the Halo was born to haul camping and climbing gear into exotic locations. If you can’t decide on if you should that extra six pack of your favorite beer, or just spring for the twelve pack instead, this pack has room for it. Just don’t come crying to us about the extra twenty pounds you’re carrying.Buy It If: You would rather spend two weeks in the wilderness than any other vacation option. The Halo can haul all your gear for long trips so you can be completely independent.Best Feature: We love the reinforced bottom panel. The fastest part of any of our packs to wear out is always the contact point with the ground. The Halo’s bottom and sleeping bag compartment are reinforced 420d nylon, so you can rest easy when you drop it or flop down on sharp rocks.DaypacksThule Stir 20 ($100)Best For: Short excursions in questionable weather. We’ve been using the Stir as a haul bag for our climbing gear, and it is a mighty little pack. The main body is coated for water resistance, and that also doubles to help it take a beating when we’re out bouldering and climbing.Buy It If: You know how to travel light. At twenty liters, this pack has room for the essentials while keeping your load light. If you really need more space, there is a thirty five liter ($140) option as well.Best Feature: Easy Access. The Stir is a top loader only, but expandable side pouches and a snap-close sleeve on the front panel let you store essential items like water bottles and a rain jacket within reach even when the pack is on your back.Osprey Manta AG 28 ($)Best For: All day summit bids. This new Manta is our all-around favorite pack this year. Multiple storage options and organization provide easy access to everything you carry, and the harness is easily the best we’ve ever tested.Buy It If: You want the most comfortable pack on the market. We regularly carry a 3-liter hydration bladder, as well as two 32-ounce bottles on the trail, along with all our survival, harsh weather gear, and a camera with ease. This pack can do it all, and you won’t feel exhausted after that epic fifteen mile trip to the top of the mountain.Best Feature: The Anti-Gravity Harness. Osprey’s back panel technology transfers weight to your hips (we can carry a 30 pound load with this pack with just the hip belt), and the airy construction means you won’t be drenched in sweat all day.Salomon X-Alp 30 ($)Best For: High altitude pursuits. The X-Alp line was designed for ski mountaineers and speed climbers, and everything about this pack screams, “Let’s go fast!” A bottom crampon pouch keeps your gear protected from sharp edges, and multiple gear loops let you keep ice axes, trekking poles, and skis close at hand.Buy It If: You have a love affair with alpine climbing. This pack is built for bagging as much distance and altitude as you possibly can in a day, so pack up you crampons, rope, harness, and disappear into the wilderness.Best Feature: Back panel access is a novel idea born from ski specific packs. The X-Alp 30 has a vertical zipper on your back, so you can slide it around while wearing the wasit belt to access the main pouch. This is perfect for grabbing a trail meal on the run, or passing your climbing partner an extra piece of gear for that sketchy snowfield crossing up ahead.Heritage DesignDeuter Gröden 32 ($129)Best For: All Day Comfort. The Gröden was first introduced in 1984, and has been a favorite of European and American hikers ever since. It’s been updated with a new harness and burly material, making this version better than ever.Buy It If: You want a classic looking pack that is also built like a modern gear hauler. Deuter’s design team brought this backpack into the twenty-first century without sacrificing it’s classic styling. Now you can look like you snagged an amazing thrift-store find, without dealing with an uncomfortable pack that is older than you are.Best Feature: Deuter’s AirComfort System is one of the best on the market, and especially useful when your load gets heavy. The trampoline back panel keeps air flowing no matter if you’re carrying a light picnic lunch or a much heavier load of technical gear.Fjällräven Räven 20 ($80)Best For: The World Traveler. The all new Räven pack is designed for the serious traveler or commuter who likes to get off the beaten trail.Buy It If: You have to carry your gadgets with you everywhere. The Raven will carry a 15-inch laptop, and has organization pouches for all your essential electronics so you can stay connected whether you’re navigating a foreign city or heading out for a light day hike. This is our choice for having a mobile office when on spring and summer road trips.Best Feature:  G-1000 Eco Fabric is incredibly burly, so this pack will definitely outlast anything you’ve been using for that commute from your backwoods cabin in to town. Don’t be surprised is this is the last travel pack you ever buy.Topo Designs X Chaco Klettersack ($189)Best For: The style conscious adventurer. Topo builds packs that look like they’ve been stolen out of a 1970s climbing photo shoot. What’s more, this collaboration with Chaco Sandals pairs patterned webbing with a 1000d nylon outer body.Buy It If: You want an indestructible pack that will look good for decades. Topo makes everything in Colorado using the best cordura nylon. Your body will probably fall apart long before this pack does.Best Feature: The contrasting webbing and pack liner make the Klettersack stand out in all environments. Of every backpack we’ve gotten out for hands on testing, this one consistently turns heads and gets compliments on the trail the most. It doesn’t hurt that is very comfortable to carry when fully loaded too. The Best American Liqueur 8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bags 1. Thule Stir 20 2. Deuter Groden 32 3. 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Say Hello to NYC’s New Pop-Up Cocktail Club, Wine and Whiskey

first_imgPop-ups, in general, are great. In most cities, now, you can find a pop-up for just about everything—the newest food from a star chef, the latest styles from the top designers, the newest cocktails, anything you could ever want.The only bad thing about pop-ups is that they go away. Poof, gone. The amazing food and drink that was so euphoria-inducing one day, gone the next. Well, one intrepid group, Wine and Whiskey, has found a way to solve that problem. By creating a pop-up membership club, now while an individual pop-up may go away, you’re assured that just a few days or weeks later, another one will take its place, offering adventurous drinkers a chance to try something else new and unique.Wine and Whiskey was started by Owen Meyer, creator of Liquor Lab Chicago (named one of the coolest new companies on 2015 by Business Insider), in an effort to bring unique cocktail and wine-centered events to adventurous drinkers on a consistent basis to the New York City area.  Events will include everything “tours” of wine regions to themed cocktail nights.Membership costs $175 for a year, but this gives members a slew of benefits, including:Reduced cost for pop-up events.A free round of a signature cocktail at a specified cocktail bar, which rotates monthly.Access to free or discounted events with partner companies.Boozy rewards at events, from mini oak barrels for aging to bar tools and more.You don’t need to be a member to go to the pop-up events, but being a member reduces the price and gives you access to all of the great perks mentioned above (read: become a member, you won’t regret it).With membership, events usually cost between $65 and $75, but that includes tax, gratuity, small plates, and four to six full-sized beer, wine, or cocktails. Think about that: four cocktails will usually cost you that much alone, not including gratuity.In addition to the Wine and Whiskey events, Meyer said there are plans to open a Liquor Lab—where you can make all of your mixology dreams come true by learning from the experts in a boozy good atmosphere—in New York in mid-2017 as well, opening up even more ideas for guys’ nights (or date nights).As a Manual reader, you can sign up for a membership here. If you sign up now, you’ll receive 2 free event tickets as well as 2 complementary passes to the Liquor Lab Friends and Family opening party. Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara The Best American Liqueur Editors’ Recommendations 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? last_img read more

Libya UN urges protection of civilians following deadly clashes in Bani Walid

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the North African nation, Georg Charpentier, reminded all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and meet their basic needs. “He further calls on all parties to extend their full support for a mediated settlement that allows the State to exercise its national authority and comprehensively addresses all outstanding issues related to Bani Walid,” said a statement issued by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), of which Mr. Charpentier is serving as its acting head. According to media reports, over recent days, several people have been killed or wounded in Bani Walid, some 170 kilometres south of the capital, Tripoli, in violence related to the overthrow of the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi last year. The town was reportedly one of the last to fall to rebels groups during the conflict, and some are said to consider it a shelter for regime loyalists and criminal gangs. In the statement, Mr. Charpentier also reminded the parties of their obligations to ensure the “rapid and unimpeded” passage of regular supplies for the civilian population in Bani Walid, including humanitarian assistance. “The UN in Libya supports ongoing humanitarian efforts and stands ready to provide assistance as requested,” the statement added. UNSMIL has been assisting the country’s transition toward a modern democratic State, after decades of autocratic rule and the toppling of the al-Qadhafi regime. Incidents of renewed fighting in various parts of the country are among the security challenges facing the North African nation, which also needs to prepare a new constitution, promote rule of law, protect human rights, and counter illicit arms proliferation. read more

Marathon risk even being close to a major race increases chance of

first_imgIt is a sad but well known fact that many major marathons see a small number of athletes die after suffering heart attacks.But a new study suggests that merely being in the vicinity of a big public race, such as this month’s London Marathon, increases the chances of death.Researchers at Harvard Medical School have established that people who suffer a heart attack when there is a marathon taking place nearby have a 15 per cent higher chance of dying within the next month than if the episode struck on a non race day. They found that, despite the legion of emergency services personnel usually present along the 26.2-mile route, the traffic is often so clogged up by road closures that crucial minutes are lost getting patients to hospital.Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study showed that ambulance transport to hospital was delayed by an average of 4.4 minutes on marathon days.“When it comes to treating people in the throes of a heart attack, minutes do matter – heart muscle dies quickly during a heart attack,” said  Dr Anupam Jena, who led the research.While previous studies have examined death rates among marathon runners to assess the cardiac risks of endurance training, this is believed to be the first research analysing impact of such races on those living nearby due to causes that have nothing to do with the physical exertion of running a marathon.The investigators examined 10 years’ worth of patient records analyzing death rates among older Americans, 65 years of age and over, within 30 days of having a heart attack or a cardiac arrest near a major marathon.Death rates among patients hospitalised on the day of the race were compared with those hospitalised five weeks prior or five weeks after the race, and researchers also compared death rates among people living close to the event and those living in areas unaffected by street closures.”When cities host big marathons, or when people participate in races, they don’t think that there might be a chance that a person not taking part in the race could die because of the event,” said Jena. When it comes to treating people in the throes of a heart attack, minutes do matterDr Anupam Jena, Harvard Medical Schoolcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

This Tattoo Machine May Put Shady Artists Out of Business

first_imgVisualize your local tattoo parlor. If you don’t have a lot of tattoos, or don’t know a reputable, clean, and sanitary tattoo artist, you’re probably thinking of some seedy back-alley shack with hanging lights and cigarette smoke hanging in the air while some beefy guy with aviator glasses and a bandana tells you to get in the chair and pick what you want on your arm from the poster on the wall. Well, the future is now and the Auto Ink, an automatic tattoo machine, could spell the end of those seedy parlors forever.  The Auto Ink is essentially a tattoo-drawing Maker Bot, which can be programmed to move the needle in any pattern you choose, or you can leave it up to the bot to determine what would look nice on your skin. Right now, the bot randomly chooses a religion, and will tattoo you with the faith’s relevant symbol – which isn’t necessarily a great thing if you get the wrong one on the inside of your arm. Still, the Auto Ink right now is part robot and part art project – Chris Eckert, the man who invented it, is making a statement about religion with his box, but perhaps what’s more interesting is the fact that you can build a robot tattoo artist that can be programmed to draw whatever you like. Sure, it’s not about to put any real body artists out of business, but it’s definitely a safer way for an 18-year old to rebel than visiting Big Jimmy and his house of dirty needles.last_img read more

Three dead after tour helicopter crashes in the Grand Canyon

first_img File photo. Grand Canyon Image: David Roknic SIPA USA/PA Images By Associated Press A TOUR HELICOPTER carrying seven people on board has crashed in the Grand Canyon, killing three people and injuring four others.Six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed around 5.20pm (1.20am Irish time) on the Hualapai Nation near Quartermaster Canyon, Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley said.The four who were injured were level 1 trauma patients (indicating the injuries were very serious) and were being treated at the scene.An after-hours phone call and email to Papillion were not immediately returned today.The company’s website says it flies roughly 600,000 passengers a year on Grand Canyon and other tours. It also notes that it “abides by flight safety rules and regulations that substantially exceed the regulations required by the Federal Aviation Administration”.Longtime helicopter crash lawyer Gary C Robb represented a woman badly burned in a deadly Papillion crash at the Grand Canyon in 2001. He said the company has made big improvements since that crash.“They’ve improved their piloting qualifications as well as their maintenance over the last 10 years and as far as I know they’ve not had a crash since 2001,” he said.He said flying in the Grand Canyon can be treacherous simply because of the number of helicopters there.Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the Eurocopter EC130 crashed in unknown circumstances and sustained heavy damage.Robb said his heart went out to the victims.“This is not just the fact that a helicopter crashed, this is a human tragedy. People died and were horribly injured. It’s a tragedy for human beings,” Robb said.Read: International hotel chain ‘unwittingly accepted millions of euro in Irish drug money’Read: Driver arrested after 19 die in Hong Kong bus crash Feb 11th 2018, 10:22 AM Image: David Roknic SIPA USA/PA Images Three dead after tour helicopter crashes in the Grand Canyon Another four people were injured in the crash. File photo. Grand Canyoncenter_img Share42 Tweet Email7 11 Comments 23,877 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 10:22 AMlast_img read more

Ban on blood donations from people who lived in UK to be

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Olena Yakobchuk Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 11:00 PM By Dominic McGrath Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wed 11:00 PM THE UK BLOOD donation ban, put in place during an epidemic of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy – commonly known as Mad Cow Disease – is set to be lifted in October. Introduced in 2004, the ban meant that anyone who had lived in the UK and Northern Ireland between 1980 and 1996 for more than a year was not allowed to donate blood in Ireland. This period covered the time when the disease reached epidemic levels in the UK. But now the ban will be lifted on 7 October. Four cases of the transmission of the disease Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease from donors to blood recipients had been identified during the period, though none in Ireland. Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease is the human form of Mad Cow Disease and was first reported in the UK in 1996. In a bid to prevent transmission of the disease, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service decided in 1999 to remove white cells from all donated blood. In a statement, Medical and Scientific Director of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service, Professor Stephen Field, said that they had “looked at the risk and the risk is actually infinitesimally tiny”. “It means that we will have a whole lot more eligible donors,” he said. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service estimates that 9,000 donors were lost when the ban was put in place. It hopes that by lifting the ban, the blood supply from donors could increase by up to 10%. Share75 Tweet Email7 Ban on blood donations from people who lived in UK to be lifted The ban was introduced as a result of a Mad Cow Disease epidemic. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Olena Yakobchuk 30 Comments 19,140 Views last_img read more

Iditarod mushers battle The Crud

first_imgAllen Moore, pictured Sunday, is battling “the crud” on the Iditarod trail.In the first couple days of racing, Iditarod dog teams are running along some of the roughest parts of trail reported on this year’s Iditarod. But the actual trail may not be the challenge. A handful of mushers are sick and others are making an effort to keep their dogs race ready.Listen NowWhen he arrived in Skwentna, Allen Moore says he could barely talk. By the time he arrived in Rainy Pass, 70 miles later, his voice had recovered, but he wasn’t feeling too healthy.“At least I don’t have a fever,” said Moore. “One year I had a 104 fever. That was bad.”Reporter: “How do you mush when you’re that sick?”“I don’t know that. This is manageable.  It’s not debilitating. One year I had to take ibuprofen until it was 101 and then I could leave and that was for 300 miles,” said Moore.The Two Rivers musher was parked next to Jeff King in the Rainy Pass dog yard.“I tried to get Jeff to come over and hug me, but he’s keeping his distance,” said Moore.Moore says Dallas Seavey also has a cold.“Me and Seavey gonna come jump him. Me and Dallas can hold him down. Dallas was a wrestler.”Joking aside, there are a handful of other mushers rumored to have what Moore refers to as the crud.’ As for their sled dogs, musher says some are dealing with sore wrists.Out on the trail, a glaring midday sun was trying to burn off thick clouds. Lance Mackey’s team basked in the sun, as the four-time champion wrestled dog booties onto their feet.“As usual, a couple of dogs with sore wrists for no apparent reasons. We train all year, make it to this far and 50 mile run, they look like they’ve just done a [Yukon] Quest and an Iditarod or something,” said Mackey.Mackey’s team had just come off the Happy River Steps.“I’ve been down the steps 14 times, it’s beautiful right now,” said Mackey.Mackey seemed surprised, but that may have had more to do with his little brother’s dog team than trail conditions. Jason Mackey was parked only a few feet away.“There’s ten of my veteran dogs right there I should be driving,” said Lance Mackey.Had a reporter and a microphone not been present, they might have hurled empty insults at one another – as brothers are wont to do. They did manage find some humor in the rumors they’d both heard about an ice bridge through the Dalzell Gorge.“I heard when we first started that it collapsed and they had like twenty guys out there trying to reroute it.,” said Lance Mackey.“How the hell do you reroute the gorge?,” asked Jason Mackey.‘Right down the middle’ joked Jason Mackey, and Lance agreed.Both Mackeys know they won’t really know what the trail is like until they actually get there. That’s how Cim Smyth feels too. A seasoned veteran, Smyth was among the majority of mushers who said so far the trail has been pretty good.“The trail coming here was great. They worked on the trail pretty good and drug it pretty nice. I mean there’s a couple spots. We bounced off a couple trees, but for this section of the trail, that’s nothing,” said Smyth.Smyth was wrapping the front left wrist of his wheel dog, Smog.“Well, he had earlier sore wrists, but it doesn’t seem to be sore anymore,” said Smyth.Smyth wanted to make sure it didn’t swell up.  It seems Smyth’s main concern is not the gorge, or the trail ahead, but what reported open water might do to his dogs’ paws.“If they get real wet then it’s a problem for continuing. You don’t really want to have booties on when you go across water if you can help it, but I’m not exactly sure where it is,” said Smyth.But Smyth and the rest of the field will get there soon enough.last_img read more

DOTs Chiniak Highway Erosion Control Project fights a neverending battle against coastal

first_img“It’s gradual,” Frey said. “It goes pretty quick once it starts going.” “There’s erosion occurring along the coastal bluff that has steepened beyond the angle causing sliding and slumping next to the highway,” she said. “And then there’s erosion occurring at bridge and stream culvert crossings from flood events.” Aurah Landau, DOT Public Information Officer for the Southcoast Region, says there are two main issues endangering the roadway. “Yes we would definitely run out of room,” Paul said. “Generally when we do that we purchase properties to move roads, or get easements to construct roads that are outside of our right of way.” “I can say that in general, any time you change someone’s property rights, it’s not generally something they want,” Weinert said. “They may understand that it’s for the public good, but it’s still difficult to have things changed. It may have been fair compensation, but that still doesn’t mean there’s not aggravation on the part of the property owner.” “These areas are on a steep bluff, and if erosion continues like it is, it could potentially come impact the road again in the future,” said Garrett Paul, construction project manager with DOT. Exposed guardrails at Mile 25.5 of the Chiniak Highway. (Photo by Kavitha George/KMXT) Should erosion continue to be a problem at other places along the 40-mile highway, the state could face a new problem — running out of room to move the road. That’s because the state’s right-of-way corridor only extends 200 feet out from where the road was originally built. Does that mean workers will be back here blasting hillsides again in 30 or 40 years? It’s tough to tell. DOT says designers took measures to “greatly minimize” future erosion using retaining walls and realigning roadways. In site 2, the road is being moved 35 feet inland onto bedrock, which the project officials say will stand up better to the elements than the loose earth where the road is currently situated. Erosion is an ever-present issue for coastal highways. It’s of particular concern for Kodiak, where a large portion of the major road system sits right alongside the ocean. Frey, a project engineer consulting for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, says that normally this whole support structure should be embedded well underground. But an exposed bluff like this is constantly being battered by ocean swells, winds and rain, which steadily eat away at the hillside. Among the many complicated considerations that go into a project of this scale are making sure new roads or structures comply with borough code, causing as little impact to the environment as possible and ensuring that the construction itself doesn’t cause too much of a disturbance to residents or thru-traffic. A construction crew prepares a hillside for a blast, in order to move the Chiniak Highway inland at Mile 25.5. (Photo by Kavitha George/KMXT) Back at Site 2, Jacob Spalinger, a project superintendent for Brechan Construction is standing on a bluff above the eroding highway. In order to move the road inland, the crew has to blast part of the hillside away to level it out. It’s a very precise process involving holes drilled deep into the bluff and then filled with specific amounts of explosives. Brechan cuts off road access for about 20 minutes for each blast, but the explosion itself doesn’t take more than a few seconds. He’s working at Construction Site 2, 25 miles out from downtown Kodiak. Below him, the thick metal posts holding up the highway guardrails are completely separated from the hillside. The cinder block anchors that secure the posts are visible too. Orange markers embedded in the ground will be filled with precise amounts of explosives in order to blast away the hillside. (Photo by Kavitha George/KMXT) But even with these careful planning measures, staving off erosion on a coastal highway seems like a losing battle.  Steve Frey is leaning slightly over the edge of a bluff on the Chiniak Highway overlooking Kalsin Bay. “I think to this ditch line is roughly a 28-foot cut,” he said, pointing to a line of orange explosives markers embedded in the ground.  “Where we’re standing, it’s going to be 28 feet lower where we’re standing.” “I wouldn’t lean against this thing too hard,” he said, pressing lightly on the guardrail, “but you can kind of get an idea here, see how the guardrail is actually exposed.” Erosion along the Chiniak Highway is well-documented in borough reports and government surveys. One 1983 study estimated that the bluffs were receding at a rate of five to seven feet per year, on average. DOT hasn’t had to buy any private property for this project, though they have purchased several easements from property owners along the highway for things like driveway realignments. All negotiations with property owners are confidential, according to DOT Right of Way Chief Greg Weinert. With a roughly $10 million price tag, the Chiniak Highway Erosion Control project spans nine separate sites spread out over more than 20 miles along the highway. It’s a months-long operation that’s been on DOT’s docket for years. Landau says the design process took longer than normal due to the scope of the project. DOT says the project is currently on track to be completed October 31, 2019, with around 10 more blasts scheduled.last_img read more

Olas aggregator license suspended in Bengaluru for 6 months around 300 vehicles

first_imgOla cabs will dispense cash [Representational Image]Ola/MediaKitThe Karnataka government has suspended the aggregator license of homegrown ride-hailing platform Ola in Bengaluru for six months. The order was issued by the transport department on March 18 after Ola violated rules and license conditions for running bike taxis. It has been directed to surrender the license within three days.Ola told International Business Times, India, on Friday that they are evaluating all options to find an amicable solution wherein hundreds of thousands of driver-partners in Karnataka can continue to work and serve the mobility needs of people in Bengaluru.Ola is a law-abiding company that has always worked with the Government to develop livelihoods, improve mobility, and enable a new technology industry. We have been closely working with the authorities on this topic, responding to queries and making proactive representations to the ministry. Despite other companies continuing to operate illegally, we halted our bike taxi experiment weeks ago. Instead, we sought the state’s cooperation to develop a legal framework for a pilot that will continue to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the mobility economy,” Ola said.”This notification is unfortunate, and we look forward to an opportunity to address these concerns directly with state officials to find a solution for our driver-partners and millions of Ola users in Karnataka,” it added.The order states that the license issued to ANI Technologies Private Limited under the provisions of the Karnataka on Demand Transport Technology Aggregators Rules, 2016, has been suspended for a period of six months.The enforcement wing of the transport department has also impounded around 300 two-wheelers belonging to Ola in Bengaluru since February.”The department had issued the license to Ola only to operate mobile based taxis (motor cabs) in the city. But they were found illegally operating bike taxis. It is clear violations of aggregator’s rules. Our officials had impounded the two-wheelers attached to Ola, carried out investigation and charge sheets were also filed in the court. The response given by Ola to the notices served by the department was not satisfactory, so action has been taken as per the rules,” Transport Commissioner VP Ikkeri told The Hindu.The department has also directed the Regional Transport Offices (RTO) to enforce the rules if Ola continues to operate taxis in the city. Ola had received the license from the department to operate taxis in the city from June 2016 and June 19, 2021.last_img read more

Deezer Names Nigel Harding VP of Artist Marketing

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Paris, Deezer services 53 million tracks ti over 14 million monthly active users worldwide. The service is available in over 180 countries and has offices in London, Sāo Paulo, Berlin, Miami and Dubai. Music streaming service Deezer has named Nigel Harding VP of artist marketing team. In his position, Harding is tasked with orchestrating campaigns to help artists, labels and managers grow their reach. Among the initiatives the company has championed is the Deezer NEXT program, which identifies and aids emerging artists.Harding arrives from Sony Music’s Nothing Else Matters Records, where he was co-director and focused on label management and A&R for dance music. He also worked in playlisting strategy for Apple Music and was at the BBC for nine years, where he supervised Radio 1’s mainstream music output and booked acts for Live Lounge and Big Weekend.Said Alexander Holland, Deezer’s chief content and product officer: “Helping talented artists reach new and bigger audiences is one of the most rewarding things we can do as a streaming service. I look forward to working closely with Nigel to build on the wide range of creative marketing activations we’ve done with artists so far and to continue building Deezer’s standing with artists all over the world.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Nvidia claims GTA V is coming to PC this fall

first_imgLast week Nvidia had its F2Q 2014 Earnings Conference Call where Nvidia’s Senior Director of Investor Relations, Chris Evenden, led proceedings with CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and CFO Karen Burns also on the line.During the call it was mentioned that the “PC market is evolving” with tablets encroaching on a market that was once dominated by cheap laptops. But even though the PC is seen as a general purpose tool, Nvidia points to games a reason to be optimistic about the platform. However, it’s the games mentioned that we’re interested in.According to Nvidia there’s a strong roster of games appearing this fall for PC, and those games include the latest in the Grand Theft Auto series: GTA V. That’s quite surprising considering Rockstar has only confirmed the game is heading to Xbox 360 and PS3. The PC version is being considered, but is in no way confirmed.Is this confusion on Nvidia’s part, or do they know something we don’t? I, like many PC gamers, hope that they do and the game isn’t going to be limited to console hardware. I find it very unlikely it will be released this fall, though. It seems much more likely to launch alongside an updated version for the Xbox One and PS4 in some point in 2014. That, again, is something that hasn’t been confirmed, but seems likely to happen if Rockstar wants to maximize sales.Until Rockstar confirm otherwise, GTA V is only coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 17. But with Nvidia suggesting a PC port is happening, and over 200,000 PC gamers signing a petition to try and make it happen, hopefully an announcement from Rockstar isn’t too far off.last_img read more

BJP cannot repeat its 2014 poll performance Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Accusing the BJP government at the Centre of “showing audacity and arrogance”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Friday it has failed in all respects and will be defeated in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. At a programme of a Bengali TV news channel, she charged the BJP with bringing in “militant Hinduism” and claimed many people had been lynched. “The BJP had secured only 31 per cent votes and won 283 seats (in the 2014 general election). It cannot be repeated. They have failed in all respects and cannot survive (in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll),” she said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “We (TMC) want to see the country united. We don’t support militant Hinduism,” said Banerjee, who is also the Trinamool Congress chief and a strong critic of the BJP. She said in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, regional parties would play a crucial role and the issue of who will be the prime minister can be decided later. “The 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be a people’s referendum. The people will say no to BJP and yes to other parties. A message has reached the common people who are the worst sufferers. They want a change. No one will think twice. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “They will throw out the BJP government. Then the question who will be the prime minister will rise. It will be a collective leadership,” she said. Referring to the regional parties, she said they were becoming stronger every passing day. “The situation has changed now. Maximum regional parties are working together just like a family.” She felt that earlier, there was a misconception that regional parties can’t play vital role in national politics. But this has changed now and maximum regional parties are working together. Asked if the grand alliance will click, she said the BJP is attempting to create a rift among various parties but this time they will not succeed in their mission. Accusing the Modi government of showing “audacity and arrogance” after winning the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Banerjee said the government has failed in all aspects. “They carried out demonetisation but 99.3 per cent old currency notes have come back. What was the need for it. Was it for making the black money white,” she asked. She said that crude oil prices were falling in the international market but petroleum prices in the country were rising. Corruption could be determining factor in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, she said. “How much truth was in Bofors issue we don’t know, but Rajiv Gandhi’s fate in the election was affected. On Rafale issue also, I am sure, corruption could be a determining factor. There must be something wrong in the Rafale deal,” she said. On cancellation of her Chicago trip, she said she smelt a deep-rooted conspiracy hatched by the Modi government. “This government is working like a militant, terrorist, religious organisation,” she said. Criticising “discrimination” of people on the National Register of Citizen (NRC) issue, Banerjee said genuine people should not be excluded from the list. It is a matter of shame the way a large number of “genuine Indians” were excluded from the list. “Are they illegal immigrants?” she asked.last_img read more

Sad Netajis birthday not a national holiday Mamata

first_imgDarjeeling, West Bengal: It is sad that no central government has declared Netaji Subhas Chadra Bose’s birthday as a national holiday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday on his 122nd birth anniversary. “Netaji’s contribution to this country cannot be measured. I feel sorry that his birthday has not been declared a national holiday by the Central government,” she said at a programme here to mark Netaji’s birth anniversary. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “No government at the Centre has done this so far. They still do not give him his deserved respect as a national leader,” she added. “The day is a state holiday in Bengal but it is a matter of shame that we still do not know anything about his demise. We do not know where and how he died or what happened to him,” she said. Taking a veiled dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Trinamool Congress chief said the leader of the nation should be someone who can inspire people across all communities and religions, not someone who tries to divide people. She also accused the Centre of making false promises to people before elections. “The people of Bengal hills have wanted a Central university for a long time. But they (Centre) did not give it. They only make high promises before elections but do not deliver. We have built a university in the hills,” Banerjee added.last_img read more

Chandrababu Naidu to campaign for TMC

first_imgKolkata/ Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will campaign for the Trinamool Congress in Bengal on Thursday. He will address election rallies along with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Naidu, who is also the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president, left Delhi on Wednesday for Kolkata. He is slated to address election meetings in Jhargram and Haldia. He will campaign for the Trinamool in Kharagpur on Thursday. Banerjee had addressed an election rally of the TDP in Visakhapatnam last month. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, veteran Bollywood actor Shakti Kapoor, known for his villainous and comic roles, on Wednesday campaigned for Trinamool Congress candidate Madan Mitra for bypolls in Bhatpara Assembly seat. Kapoor participated in a Trinamool Congress road show in the area, travelling in a open jeep accompanied by popular Bhojpuri singer Rani Chatterjee. “If you want your future to be in safe hands, press button number three in the EVM. Do not forget. Press button number three” he said as Mitra’s name would be listed on number three on the EVM. He also recited some of his popular dialogues to entertain the people. With inputs from agencieslast_img read more