10 months agoTottenham attacker Son: We’re now ready to sustain title tilt

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham attacker Son: We’re now ready to sustain title tiltby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham attacker Son Heung-min says they’re better equipped to mount a title challenge this season.Son believes Spurs learned ­valuable lessons from previous title challenges when they fell short, ­particularly in 2016 when Leicester won the Premier League.The 26-year-old said: “Every season we learn something because we’ve been so close, so, so close and we’re still young.“I want to just believe and that’s my main concept. I want to believe we can do it, we deserve to do it and we are looking forward to doing it every week.“It’s a long, long season and we have to go a long way and that’s why we have to be focused on the next match.” last_img read more

Mosquito Control Programme Strengthened

first_img Dr. Tufton said the Government of Jamaica is appreciative of the partnership with the USAID, which has facilitated ongoing support to reduce mosquito breeding and vector-borne diseases. The country’s vector management programme has been strengthened with the opening of the Mosquito Control and Research Unit (MCRU) Insectary at the University of West Indies (UWI) Mona campus in St. Andrew.A joint initiative of the Ministry of Health and UWI through support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the facility will provide for entomological study ad research aimed at controlling mosquito-borne diseases such as chikungunya, Zika, dengue fever and malaria.It will serve as Jamaica’s national mosquito control and research laboratory, complementing the insectary at the National Public Health Laboratory on Slipe Pen Road in Kingston.Speaking at the opening ceremony on Tuesday (Jan. 9), Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the establishment of the MCRU insectary “demonstrates another significant step to help advance and sustain Jamaica’s commitment to mosquito control.”It is equipped with new microscopes, supplies and equipment to advance scientific and operational research.Dr. Tufton said the Government of Jamaica is appreciative of the partnership with the USAID, which has facilitated ongoing support to reduce mosquito breeding and vector-borne diseases.The USAID, under its Zika AIRS Project (ZAP), funded the refurbishing of office and laboratory space for the MCRU, which was launched last year and the establishment of the insectary at the national lab.The MCRU unit was set up to foster data-driven monitoring and decision-making; explore innovative tools and methodologies; and build technical operational and research capacity as it relates to mosquito control.UWI Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Mona campus Principal, Professor McDonald, in his remarks, said the institution is “extremely pleased” to partner with the Ministry on the initiative and also hailed the support from USAID.He said the institution envisions the full integration of the MCRU into the research and teaching endeavours of the Mona campus.“It will certainly add to our efforts to modernise all of our facilities… (as) we continue to serve our stakeholders in Jamaica and across the Caribbean,” he noted.In his remarks, Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Jamaica, Eric Khant, said advancing public health was among the priorities of the US’ engagement with the Caribbean.He contended that infectious diseases like Zika “know no borders (so) we must work together to protect our citizens.”Mr. Khant noted that the insectaries’ combined resources will provide the Ministry and UWI with “adequate space to complete the necessary surveillance and research activities to elevate mosquito control efforts in Jamaica.”The ZAP project is designed to enhance the USAID’s ability to implement vector control and entomological monitoring programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean. Story Highlights Speaking at the opening ceremony on Tuesday (Jan. 9), Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the establishment of the MCRU insectary “demonstrates another significant step to help advance and sustain Jamaica’s commitment to mosquito control.” The country’s vector management programme has been strengthened with the opening of the Mosquito Control and Research Unit (MCRU) Insectary at the University of West Indies (UWI) Mona campus in St. Andrew.last_img read more

Jackson Browne to Receive 2018 Gandhi Peace Award

first_imgOn September 14 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will introduce Jackson Browne as he receives the Gandhi Peace Award from Promoting Enduring Peace at the Lyman Center for the Performing Arts starting at 7:30 pm.Kennedy, the second son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is an American environmental attorney, author, and activist who serves as president of the board of Waterkeeper Alliance, a non-profit environmental group that he helped found in 1999.Dr. Joseph Bertolino, president of Southern Connecticut State University, will greet the audience, as will Andrew Wolf, New Haven’s Director of Arts, Culture and Tourism. Ben Grosscup and Luci Murphy of the People’s Music Network will begin the evening with musical tributes. Chris George of IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services) and Frida Berrigan, columnist for Waging Peace and daughter of Philip Berrigan, will also speak.Jackson Browne is the first artist to receive the Gandhi Peace Award. He is being honored for extraordinary contributions of time and talent to the inseparable causes of world peace, environmental harmony, and social justice. The Award comes with a cash prize and a medallion forged from peace bronze composed of metals salvaged from the control systems of U.S. nuclear missiles. The Award Ceremony will feature short musical tributes by local performers, an appeal for action on the local and planetary levels, and the presentation of the Award itself. Consistent with tradition, Browne has been invited “to present a message of challenge and hope” to those in attendance.The Gandhi Peace Award, named after Indian anti-imperialist and nonviolence advocate Mohandas Gandhi, derives its international renown from those who have accepted it over the years, beginning with Eleanor Roosevelt in 1960. Among the other 53 awardees are Linus Pauling, Martin Luther King, Jr., Norman Thomas, William Sloane Coffin, Benjamin Spock, Wayne Morse, U Thant, Dorothy Day, Daniel Ellsberg, Kay Camp, César Chávez, Marian Wright Edelman, and George McGovern. Since 2011 the Award has been accepted by Arik Ascherman (Rabbis for Human Rights), Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!), Bill McKibben (350.org), Medea Benjamin (Code Pink), Omar Barghouti (BDS), and Ralph Nader (Public Citizen).Jackson Browne has composed and performed songs widely regarded as among the most literate and moving songs in popular music, defining a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion, and personal politics. Inducted in 2004 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 2007 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has three albums counted among Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time and Rolling Stone numbered him among the top 40 “greatest songwriters of all time.”Browne has organized or participated in numerous benefit performances to support the environment, social justice, and human rights as well as causes such as music and arts education in public schools and has worked with two former Gandhi Peace Award recipients, Amnesty International (1978) and the Children’s Defense Fund (1990). He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College for “a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice.”Several of his albums, such as Lives in the Balance, World in Motion, Looking East, and Standing in the Breach, directly challenge imperialist foreign policy, environmental short-sightedness, and corporate greed, and question the sustainability of the present civilization. The title track of Lives in the Balance calls out the “shadow on the faces / Of the men who send the guns / Of the wars that are fought in places / Where their business interest runs” in civil wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.In response to the Three Mile Island nuclear near-catastrophe in 1979, Browne co-founded the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) and in more recent years, Nukefree.org. During the 1980s he was active in the Central America solidarity movement, co-organizing concerts in Nicaragua, Cuba, and elsewhere. Lately he has turned his attention to the seas as a founding member of the advocacy group Ocean Elders.Last December Browne released the moving song “The Dreamer” to shine light on the new deportation threat under the Trump administration for those who have been protected temporarily under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.Reservations for the open-seating event are $10 each (suggested donation).last_img read more

Blueberry River First Nations tap water is now safe

first_img – Before using your water, run all the cold water faucets for one minute. – Remove all screens on your faucet and clean them in soap and water and then rinse. – Run all drinking fountains for one full minute. – If you have a water softener, run it through a regeneration cycle and be sure to check your owners manual for additional minutes.The First Nations Health Authority shares after you have followed all of the above instructions the tap water is safe to use.For more information, contact Health Centre, Environment Health Officer and/or Chief and Council FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The ban on drinking tap water for the Blueberry River First Nation has now been lifted.The First Nations Health Authority shares, corrective measure have been taken, Blueberry tap water was re-tested and it was determined that the previous lab-reported nitrate levels were inaccurate due to a sampling error. A wrong preservative in the sampling bottle caused an inaccurate result. Nitrate levels were re-tested at four locations in Blueberry on February 19, 2019, and all were satisfactory, so the tap water has always been safe.The following steps are to ensure your water is safe for drinking;last_img read more

ChandigarhDibrugarh Express trains engine catches fire 2 killed

first_imgGuwahati/Jalpaiguri: Two passengers of the Chandigarh-Dibrugarh Express died on Friday after they jumped out of the moving train between the Chaterhat and Nijbari section in West Bengal when they saw smoke emanating from the locomotive’s engine, said Railway sources.The guard of a passing goods train saw smoke and flame coming out of the rear engine of the express train in the afternoon and reported it to its driver, sources said. As panic spread among the passengers, two of them jumped out and died of injuries, officials said. Fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and extinguished the flames, sources said, adding another engine was attached to the train, which then proceeded to Chaterhat. Prima facie it is appears the fuel tank of the rear engine had fallen off, got dragged along the track and caught fire, sources said. The main line on the route under Barsoi-New Jalpaiguri section of North East Frontier Railway was blocked due to the incident. A probe into the incident is being conducted by the Railway authorities.last_img read more

16yearold drowns in Yamuna river

first_imgNew Delhi: A 16-year-old boy drowned in Yamuna river near Kalindi Kunj in South East Delhi while he was taking a bath, police said on Sunday.The law enforcement agency found that two other boys were safely rescued by locals. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that an information from PCR was received at 2.27 PM hrs in Shaheen Bagh police station that one of two boys has drowned in Yamuna river near Thokar no 8 in Kalindi Kunj while taking bath. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe city police reached the spot and found that one boy aged around 16 resident of Shaheen Bagh drowned and his body has been fished out with the help of NDRF rescue team called on the spot. The body has been kept in the hospital. “Inquest proceedings u/s 174 CrPC have been initiated and two other boys namely Sameer age 17 yrs and Usman age 16 yrs, who also drown, were rescued by locals,” said DCP South East. This incident was not the first case, in 2018 two youths died after they were drowned in Yamuna river in North Delhi’s Timarpur. In another case, three teenagers drowned in the Yamuna river in Wazirabad area. In another incident, two brothers aged 14 and 16 died due to drowning in outer Delhi’s Alipur area. They had gone there for a picnic with their family members when one of the boys slipped in the river.last_img read more

Football Ryan Day talks depth and recruiting on National Signing Day

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day stepped up to the podium on National Signing Day without much doubt as to what his class would look like. He began the day with 15 players who had signed their letters of intent in the 2019 class, including five-star defensive end Zach Harrison, five-star center Harry Miller and five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson, bringing the roster total to 83. He added two more linemen:  four-star offensive guard Enokk Vimahi and three-star offensive guard Dawand Jones, making the roster at a full 85 players. After the Vimahi signing, Ohio State was ranked as having the No. 13 class in the country and the No. 3 class in the Big Ten. But to Day, after taking over the head coaching job from Urban Meyer, establishing relationships with the current recruiting class and planning ahead for the future, this 2019 class represented much more than that ranking entailed. “When you look at what we’ve done as a culture since August, with the coaching change, we’ve only had two guys leave the program,” Day said. “When you keep the retention like, it shows about the culture in the coaching change, but also it isn’t about signing 27 guys because you’re retaining guys. Guys want to stay in the program. That’s the strength of our team right now.” Even with the retention, Ohio State did lose depth at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Tate Martell transferred to the University of Miami, and is attempting to gain eligibility with the Hurricanes for the 2019 season.Day said he was disappointed to see Martell leave and wishes him nothing but the best moving forward.“First off, it’s hard to recruit a highly recruited guy, then recruit guys behind them,” Day said. “If they leave, after their third year in the program, it gets really hard. That’s the constant struggle of right now with college football and the quarterback situation. It’s very sensitive.” With former Georgia freshman Justin Fields coming in to replace Martell, it leaves Ohio State with only three scholarship quarterbacks: Fields, freshman Matthew Baldwin and junior Chris Chugunov. Day said he still wants a room with four quarterbacks, the roster would is full. “You have to adjust with what you have,” Day said. “You take it year by year, do the best you can to put the best product on the field, go from there.” Regarding Fields’ eligibility, Day said he is hoping to hear a ruling in the next few weeks, but is “holding his breath” and is unsure at what the ruling would be. According to the head coach, the ruling would determine how many reps Baldwin would get at quarterback in the spring. No matter if it’s Fields or Baldwin behind center at the start of the 2019 season, Day said the youth at quarterback is “a big challenge.”The head coach said he is approaching the 2019 season similarly to what he believes Clemson did last season when it started Trevor Lawrence, a true freshman at quarterback. This is something recruits want: to play immediately when they start college. However, it is not something that usually happens at Ohio State, something that Day is aware of and does not hide from recruits. “Guys want to play right now,” Day said. “The best way to combat that is to be honest in the recruiting process. To tell someone they’re going to come in and play right away is not right. I think you have to be honest with them, tell them it’s a competition. There’s no expectation problems when they get here.” But with one signing day under his belt, his first as the head coach, the future is here for Ryan Day, shown through the recruiting class he has helped shape in his first month on the job.Story updated at 6:43 p.m. after Dawand Jones commits to Ohio State. read more

Iniesta misses Barca training session ahead of El Clásico

first_imgBarcelona captain Andres Iniesta was absent from the club’s latest training session ahead of his final match against arch-rivals Real Madrid in the famous “El Clásico”The veteran playmaker recently announced that he will be ending his 22-year association with Barcelona at the end of the season with Iniesta yet to confirm his future plans.The 33-year-old is reportedly struggling with a minor calf complaint and undertook “specific work” away from the rest of the first-team squad during Thursday’s session.Despite the setback, Barcelona is hopeful that Iniesta will be available for his final appearances in El Clásico on Sunday.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.? Entrenamiento de los jugadores disponibles del primer equipo en el campo Tito Vilanova. @andresiniesta8 hace trabajo específico #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/63KhuszuAH— FC Barcelona ???? (@FCBarcelona_es) 3 May 2018The 2010 World Cup winner is expected to join the Chinese Super League in the summer after previously declaring his intentions to leave Europe all together so that he will not have to ever face his beloved Barcelona in a competitive match.last_img read more

Chelsea set to snatch Golovin from Juventus grasp

first_imgChelsea have reportedly entered negotiations with CSKA Moscow for Aleksandr Golovin in a £27m deal, claims the Daily TelegraphThe Russia international had been strongly linked with a move to Juventus prior to the beginning of this summer’s World Cup, but the Serie A champions have failed to reach an agreement with Golovin over the past few weeks.Following his impressive performances at the World Cup, the 22-year-old’s reputation has only enhanced and now Chelsea have leapfrogged Juventus in the for his signature.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.While the Blues are currently unsure over who will be charge at Stamford Bridge for next season, former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri remains the strong favourite to replace current manager Antonio Conte.With this in mind, Chelsea have already begun pursuing the Italian’s list of transfer targets with Golovin’s potential arrival having been given the green light by Sarri.Meanwhile, England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek faces an uncertain future and recently admitted that he may be forced to seek a move elsewhere in order to continue playing regularly after an impressive loan spell at Crystal Palace.last_img read more

Santa Fe Church Community Reflects On Texas Shooting

first_img Share Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaCalvary Crossroad Church, seen two days after Friday’s deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School.Sunday morning, people in Santa Fe, Texas, flocked to local churches, seeking comfort after this week’s high school shooting that killed 10 people and injured 13 others.The residents of this deeply-religious community are just starting to process their emotions, as they also look for answers as to how such a thing could happen.“Lord I need you, oh I need you,” sang the choir at Arcadia First Baptist Church. It was the refrain of many who are turning to faith to deal with the grim reality that this familiar, and tragic, American routine has now come to their town.Pamela Pannell’s grandson would have been in the art class where witnesses said the shooting started, but he was in another room that day for Advanced Placement testing.“That’s the hard part,” she said. “To come that close to losing him.”Pannell held back tears, saying her heart goes out to the people who have lost a loved one in the shooting.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott attended the Sunday service. Later, he talked about what he called “obvious” ideas to prevent future shootings, including tightening school security and keeping a closer watch on who leaves and enters school grounds. Abbott has also pointed to a mental health program that intervenes when kids show warning signs that they might become violent.For Pannell and other churchgoers here, the answer is simpler.“We need God back in our schools,” she said.Almost two decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court told the Santa Fe Independent School District that it had to stop allowing student-led prayers at school events. It’s a case that still reverberates in the community today.Just down the road from Pannell’s church, at Calvary Crossroads Church, Pastor Del Toler told his congregation to think about that court case the next time they get a chance to vote. He said there might be a number of ways to prevent a shooting, but religion should be at the center.“I think the church is a focal point,” he said, “and I think we’ve gotten the cart before the horse, and we want the other things, but we don’t want God.”His thoughts about changing gun laws reflect familiar attitudes in Texas.“Guns helped shape America,” he said. “Guns have insured our freedom. It’s the heart in a man that steers him to do wrong.” Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaPastor Del Toler of Calvary Crossroad Church says there might be a number of ways to prevent a shooting, but religion should be at the center.Eighteen-year-old Santa Fe High School student Megan Dunford is one of Toler’s church members. She was friends with Sabika Sheikh, the Pakistani exchange student killed in the shooting.“It’s been really different, knowing that she’s gone,” Dunford said. She described Sheikh as instantly friendly, someone who one day just decided to sit with Dunford at lunch and start talking.“I liked everything [about her],” Dunford said. “She made me laugh and stuff, she was very helpful.”As the national debate swirls about how to prevent another school shooting, Dunford is just trying to deal with the loss of a friend, talking it out with her family, like so many others in this grieving community.last_img read more