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EPL: West Bromwich dent Leicester City’s title charge, Chelsea win again

first_imgLeicester City played some brilliant attacking football and had 22 attempts on goal but dropped two vital points in their pursuit of a first Premier League title when they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.The leaders were denied victory by a stunning free kick from Craig Gardner and while they moved three points clear of Tottenham Hotspur, Spurs will replace them in top spot if they win at West Ham on Wednesday thanks to a better goal difference.While Leicester and Spurs are locked in hot pursuit of the title, reigning champions Chelsea continued their revival under interim coach Guus Hiddink with a third successive league win — 2-1 over relegation-threatened Norwich City.Sunderland grabbed a point with a last minute goal to draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace while Everton pushed Aston Villa closer to relegation with a 3-1 win at Villa Park, where thousands of fans walked out in protest at the way the club is being run.At the top, Leicester, on 57 points with 10 matches to play, would have opened up a five-point gap with a win but manager Claudio Ranieri was far from despondent despite the two dropped points.”I am very pleased with our performance,” he told the BBC.”They played so well, there was no panic after the first goal. We played much better than against Norwich (on Saturday).”I want to create a lot of chances and sooner or later we score. Tonight wasn’t the right moment but we are alive and we fight to the end. Everybody is ready to fight, to play well, to create chances. Only the victory was missing.”advertisementLeicester came close to dropping two points on Saturday before beating Norwich with a last-minute goal, but they could not repeat the trick on Tuesday.They fell behind after 11 minutes when West Brom’s Salomon Rondon became the first player to score a league goal against them at the King Power Stadium in 2016.However, they struck back with a fortuitous deflected shot from Danny Drinkwater and went ahead with a brilliantly-executed first league goal of the season for Andy King on the stroke of halftime.They were pegged back after 50 minutes when Gardner’s 25-metre free kick left Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel rooted to the spot.Leicester struck the woodwork twice with efforts from Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki, while Leonardo Ulloa, Saturday’s match-winner against Norwich, almost grabbed another winner in the final few seconds but his effort went just wide.CHELSEA REVIVALChelsea stretched their unbeaten league run to 12 matches since former manager Jose Mourinho left in December after a 2-1 win at Norwich, where Kennedy scored the fastest goal in the league this season, after 39 seconds, to put the visitors ahead.The victory was secured by a second goal from Diego Costa, which looked offside, and lifted Chelsea to eighth.Interim coach Hiddink told Sky: “We didn’t want to go into the battle but they forced us. We were sloppy in the first half, starting well with a beautiful goal and I think we could have finished it in the first half.”We were complacent with the last pass. They made our life difficult.”Norwich pulled a goal back through Nathan Redmond after 68 minutes but defeat saw them slide into the bottom three behind Sunderland.Aston Villa inched closer to relegation with a 3-1 loss to Everton at Villa Park.The fans’ protest was planned for the 74th minute, in recognition of Villa’s founding in 1874, by which time the hosts were already 3-0 down.Villa are eight points adrift at the bottom behind Sunderland, Norwich and Newcastle United, who are all on 24.In the night’s other match, Bournemouth beat Southampton 2-0 for their first league win over their south coast rivals since 1958.last_img read more

Realme X confirmed by company CMO, tipped to sport pop-up selfie camera and full-screen display

first_imgRealme just launched a new phone in India. We are talking about the Realme 3 Pro that is mainly targeted to take on the likes of Redmi Note 7 Pro in the country. Looks like Realme is all set to make its China debut with the Realme 3 Pro. Alongside the Realme 3 Pro the company is also tipped to launch a flagship smartphone in China with pop-up selfie camera and notch-less display. The company has now confirmed the Realme pop-up selfie camera phone. Realme CMO Xu Qi has confirmed that the Realme pop-up camera phone will be called the Realme X.Qi took to the Chinese microblogging site – Weibo — to talk about the high-end Realme phone. The weibo post was written by a new Realme phone called the Realme X. In the post Qi mentions — “full screen dare to leapfrog” (the test is translated from Chinese). This suggests that the Realme X will come with full-screen display. This means that the rumours and TENAA listing may turn out to be true and the Realme X may really sport a pop-up selfie camera.A couple of days ago two Realme phones were spotted with model numbers RMX1851 and RMX1901. The RMX1851 is said to be the China variant of the Realme 3 Pro while the RMX1901 is tipped to be a new Realme phone. This RMX1901 Realme phone may actually be the Realme X. Rumours suggest that the Realme X will come with a pop-up selfie camera similar to the Oppo F11 Pro and Vivo V15 series of phones. The rumours also suggest that the Realme phone will come with a fullscreen display – this means that the Realme smartphone may not include any kind of notch on the screen.advertisementThe Realme phone has also been spotted on TENAA benchmarking site previously. The listing suggests that the Realme phone will come with a 6.5inch display with support for full HD+ resolution. The listing further suggests that the Realme phone will come with thick sized chin and offer a high screen-to-body ratio. TENAA further reveals that the Realme phone will come with a 3,680mAh battery, 3.5mm audio jack, dual rear cameras, in-display fingerprint sensor, among other things.As of now there are no details when the Realme X will launch and whether the device will come to India or not. Considering India is one of the key markets for Realme we believe the Realme X will hit the Indian shores in the days to come.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30: Which phone offers best value under Rs 15,000?ALSO READ | Realme to launch flagship smartphone soon: 6.5-inch display, pop-up selfie camera and moreALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: Believe the hypelast_img read more

Paul Finebaum: I’d Rather Have Jimbo Fisher Than Dabo Swinney

first_imgAn extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Wherever you are, Paul Finebaum is dropping all the scalding-hot takes for you on this Labor Day.Earlier today, Finebaum had some bold statements about Notre Dame and whether they deserve to ever be back in the CFP. Now, he’s turned his attention to Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.During a segment on his show this afternoon, Finebaum was discussing Saturday’s Clemson-Texas A&M game. The conversation turned to the two head coaches, Swinney and A&M’s Jimbo Fisher.Finebaum declared Fisher the better coach, while saying Swinney has a “great staff.” He added that if he were at a school, he’d take Fisher over Swinney and it’s “not even close.” Jimbo or Dabo, which National Championship-winning head coach would you choose? pic.twitter.com/2EdxUrrmPR— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 2, 2019Look, Fisher won a BCS national title and reached the College Football Playoff during his time at Florida State. He’s proven himself, no question.But there’s no way Dabo isn’t ahead of him at this point. Dabo not only overtook FSU when Fisher was still there, but he’s turned Clemson into an absolute machine that has beaten ‘Bama twice in three years.Finebaum may or may not actually believe this opinion, but it’s a bad one either way.last_img read more

Woman says Trudeau apologized day after encounter at BC music festival in

first_imgCALGARY – A former newspaper reporter confirms Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to her the day after what she says was an inappropriate encounter at a B.C. music festival almost two decades ago.Rose Knight also confirms she is the reporter who was referred to in an editorial 18 years ago in the Creston Valley Advance that said she was groped by Trudeau while covering the event.She says in a statement that appears to come from her email account that she did not take the matter any further at the time and doesn’t plan to do so now.“I enjoyed my career as a reporter, but it ended a long time ago. I avoided issuing a statement earlier out of concern for my and my family’s privacy,” she wrote Friday. “The incident referred to in the editorial did occur as reported. Mr. Trudeau did apologize the next day.“Beyond this statement, I will not be providing any further details or information. The debate, if it continues, will continue without my involvement.”Knight said she has never had contact with Trudeau again.Trudeau said Friday that he respects Knight’s decision but remembers the encounter with her differently.“I’m confident that I did not act inappropriately but I think the essence of this is that people can experience interactions differently,” he said after an announcement in Calgary.“Part of the lesson that we need to learn in this time of collective awakening is a level of respect and understanding for the fact that people, in many cases women, experience interactions in a professional context and other contexts differently than men.”Trudeau is to attend an event Saturday with Calgary MP Kent Hehr who lost his cabinet post after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct with women. The prime minister said the allegations levelled against him and those against the former minister of sport and disabilities are different.“I think people understand that every situation is different and we have to reflect and take seriously every situation on a case-by-case basis,” Trudeau said. “That’s exactly what we’re endeavouring to do.”The event in question was the Kokanee Summit festival in August 2000, which Trudeau attended to accept a donation to the Kokanee Glacier Alpine Campaign. The Trudeau family launched the campaign after his youngest brother, Michel, died in an avalanche in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in 1998.The unsigned editorial said Trudeau “inappropriately handled” a reporter there to cover the event and apologized to her by saying, “If I had known you were reporting for a national paper, I never would have been so forward.”Alberta Premier Rachel Notley was asked about the allegations earlier Friday and said it’s important for women to be taken seriously if they come forward.“Once that happens, we have to make sure that there’s a very fair process and that everyone’s voice is heard,” she said.“I haven’t really dug in too much to the details of this situation and every situation is different. There’s no question about it. But I think in all situations, one of the common things that we have to begin with … is to acknowledge the concern and to treat it with respect and integrity and give it the fair attention it deserves.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

UN demands Canada act on forced sterilization Mohawk rights

first_imgWith files from Canadian Presshmoore@aptn.catroache@aptn.ca The committee also urged Canada to undertake an independent review of police actions during a Mohawk land dispute in 2008.This is the second time it expressed concerns with how the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) handled the protests in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.“In the previous review of Canada and now in this review, they keep coming back to this and saying there has to be accountability,” said Craig Benjamin, who works for Amnesty.For the last decade, Amnesty International has been pushing for that accountability over what it calls an “excessive” and “disproportionate use of force” by the OPP.The OPP had deployed over 200 officers to police the Mohawk protests, including the Tactics and Rescue Unit, commonly called the sniper squad. After five Mohawk men were arrested in April, 2008, they were kept in nylon restraints – or zip-ties – for up to 13 hours in cells at an OPP detachment.In 2016, the OPP did an internal review and claimed that the use of zip ties on the Mohawk men in custody was reasonable.Benjamin said there are too many serious questions to leave it at that.“It’s that possibility that police officers sworn to protect the public would use those powers to deliberately inflict harm, or try to hurt these men, humiliate these men by keeping their hands tied for hours and hours,” said Benjamin.“And did this happen because of racism or because the attitudes of these officers towards land defenders?”When the UN committee reconvened in late November, Canada’s response was that it was satisfied with the OPP’s internal review and had no plans for any further investigation.The UN report made note that “the committee remains concerned about the absence of an independent inquiry into the allegation of ill-treatment and excessive use of force against Mohawk men detained by the OPP during the protests.“The State party should conduct an independent inquiry into the Ontario Provincial Police’s handling of the incidents at Tyendinaga in 2008.”Benjamin said Canada’s inaction on this issue is at odds with how the country projects itself as a human rights champion on an international stage“What we have here is a very strong message that simply having the mechanism and the possibility of justice isn’t good enough if you fail to use them,” he said.APTN Investigates produced a two-part documentary on the protest.Dan Doreen is a Mohawk land defender and one of the men arrested and zip-tied in cells in 2008.He’s thankful to Amnesty for bringing the concerns forward, but he’s not optimistic anything will change.“What has Canada done about it? Nothing really,” said Doreen. “They answer it by saying there was a review by the OPP and that was good enough for Canada, so should I expect anything more? Not really.”In November, Amnesty sent a letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford asking for an apology and independent review of police actions. No response to date.“We have the next Mike Harris as the premier of Ontario and I don’t expect anything good to come from Doug Ford,” said Doreen.Doreen said he’s happy to have the story out there people know what happened.There’s no mechanism that forces Canada to comply with the recommendations from the United Nations committee.“What we do have is public pressure,” said Benjamin.He said these recommendations coming from an international body of human rights experts can act as a “catalyst or eye-opener.”“It can lead to this moment where the public says the government response to say we trust the police to investigate themselves, isn’t good enough,” said Benjamin.APTN requested comment from the OPP but was told its new commissioner doesn’t officially start until December 17.APTN did hear back from Public Safety Canada, which said it was up to the government of Ontario to respond. Francyne Joe (right) is president of Native Women’s Association of Canada. (APTN/Todd Lamirande photo)Holly MooreTrina RoacheAPTN NewsA United Nations committee is calling on Canada to act on the “forced sterilization” of Indigenous women and girls dating back to the 1970s.The Committee against Torture took issue with Canada’s human rights record in a report released Friday in Ottawa.The “extensive forced or coerced sterilization” of Indigenous women and a failure to address outstanding issues related to the Tyendinaga stand-off in 2008 were among them.The committee’s report comes as groups like the Assembly of First Nations and Amnesty International sound the alarm on ongoing human-rights violations in Canada.A proposed class-action lawsuit representing at least 55 women was launched in October 2017.APTN Investigates examined the issue in 2017.“To engage in an invasive, medically unnecessary surgery without one’s free, full and informed consent is a very serious violation of a person’s right to bodily integrity,” Native Women’s Association President Francyne Joe told a news conference responding to the report,“The Canadian medical profession must respect consent and the Canadian government must defend consent.”Prior to the release of the report, Justice Minister Jodi Wilson-Raybould’s office said the government is taking a “public-health approach” to the issue, though the government believes everyone must receive culturally safe health services no matter where they live.Wilson-Raybould’s office has pointed to existing provisions within the Criminal Code meant to forbid “a range of criminal behaviour” that would cover forced sterilizations, including on aggravated assault and on terminating pregnancies against expectant mothers’ wishes.The committee called on Canada to ensure all allegations are “impartially investigated” and persons responsible are held accountable.Canada should also adopt legislative and policy measures to prevent and criminalize involuntary sterilization and define free, prior and informed consent.While Canada was commended for establishing a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the committee expressed serious concerns about continued violence against Indigenous women.The report points out Canada has not provided any information on “the number of investigations, prosecutions, convictions and sentences imposed on cases of gender-based violence, in particular against Indigenous women and girls.”It also says the state needs to take legislative and policy measures to stop women from being sterilized against their will.last_img read more

Moroccan NGOs Mobilize Against Israels Presidents Visit to Morocco

Rabat- Several local organizations are mobilizing against the planned visit of former Israeli President Shimon Peres to Morocco next month.Israel’s former President is expected among attendees of the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and Africa conference, which will be held in Marrakech on May 5-7. The high-profile conference is being organized by the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.The National Group for the Support of Palestine (le Groupement national de soutien à la Palestine) and the Democratic Network for Solidarity with the people (le Réseau démocratique de solidarité avec les peuples) have called on Moroccan authorities to prevent former Israeli President Shimon Peres from visiting the country. In an appeal launched last week, the organizations called for the respect of Morocco’s commitment to the support of the Palestinian cause.The preliminary list of expected attendees to Clinton Global Initiative also includes executives from OCP and Coca-Cola, as well as the presidents of Rwanda and Tanzania and senior officials from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and the League of Arab States.The Clinton Global initiative Middle East and Africa aims at connecting governments and nonprofit leaders to address problems affecting host areas. read more

First Snowfall Blankets Ifrane with 30 Centimeters

Rabat – Sunday’s drop in temperatures throughout Morocco has led to the first snowfall, reaching 30 centimeters in Ifrane.Ifrane, known as Morocco’s “Switzerland,” is not used to seeing snowfall this early before winter. Most snow falls in January.With snow-covered evergreens and steep-peaked houses, Ifrane becomes a winter wonderland with each snowfall. The temperature in Ifrane was -1 degree Celsius yesterday. Locals in the Atlas Mountain villages of Imouzzer, El Hajeb, and Boulemane and the city of Midelt also woke up to snow on the ground.Read Also: In Pictures: Glamorous View of Ifrane Under Snow The National Meteorological Directorate predicts strong winds Monday—from 70 to 90 kilometers per hour—in the regions of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Fez-Meknes, Rabat-Sale-Kenitra, Beni Mellal-Khenifra, and Casablanca-Settat.Heavy rains, from 30 to 50 millimeters, are forecasted for Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. in Chefchaouen, Fahs-Anjra, Kenitra, Larache, Ouazzane, Tangier-Assilah, and Tetouan.Rain is also forecasted for Tuesday and Wednesday in Al Haouz, Azilal, Beni Mellal, Boulemane, Ifrane, Khenifra, and Midelt.Cold temperatures, between -3 and 10 degrees Celsius, will dominate Al Haouz, Azilal, Beni Mellal, Boulemane, Figuig, Guercif, Ifrane, Jerada, Khenifra, Midelt, Ouarzazate, Sefrou, Taza, and Tinghir.Read Also: Morocco’s Ifrane Among World’s Cleanest CitiesIfrane: A Piece of Switzerland in Morocco read more

Japan carriers delay sale of new Huawei smartphones

TOKYO — Two Japanese mobile carriers say they are delaying sales of new smartphones from Huawei as they confirm the safety of the Chinese products.Sale of the Huwaei P30 lite, set for May 24, from SoftBank Corp.’s Y! Mobile service was delayed Wednesday, and advance orders were cancelled. KDDI also indefinitely delayed its sales, initially set for late May.SoftBank spokesman Hiroyuki Mizukami said the company wants “customers to feel safe using our products.”Other details were not available. It’s unclear if the sales will proceed.The U.S. government has said Huawei, the No. 2 smartphone brand, is a security risk and restricted technology sales to it and other Chinese telecom gear suppliers.The Japanese government has not taken action against Huawei, whose products are relatively popular here.The Associated Press read more

UN General Assembly President urges international push for diplomatic solution to Syrian

“What happens in Syria in the weeks ahead will profoundly bear upon the security and well-being of the entire region of the Middle East, and possibly the whole world,” said Vuk Jeremic. “All our endeavours must be put in the service of bringing about the immediate unconditional cessation of hostilities, and inducing the conflicting parties to engage in dialogue.”Mr. Jeremic emphasized his belief that the only way to end the bloodshed in Syria is through political dialogue, which can be achieved by getting all relevant parties to take part in the proposed international peace conference on Syria (Geneva II).The goal of the conference would to be to achieve a political solution to the conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the Syrian Government and the opposition for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012.“I strongly urge Member States to act in furtherance of this goal. Continued militarization would only deepen the suffering of the people of Syria, and cause further radicalization of the conflict,” Mr. Jeremic said. He also noted that if allegations regarding the use of chemical agents by a party to the conflict are proven accurate, Member States should unite and develop an appropriate response, in full respect of international law, including the centrality of the Security Council’s role under the UN Charter.Meanwhile, the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, has been working with other senior diplomats to bring the Geneva Conference to fruition. Today he met with United States Secretary of State John Kerry, who reiterated his commitment to the conference.“We hope that once they have done what they have to do with the Russians on this chemical issue, we will start talking again about Geneva,” Mr. Brahimi said to reporters in the Swiss city. The biomedical and environmental samples taken by the UN chemical weapons inspection team from the alleged 21 August attack in the Ghouta area outside Damascus are currently being analyzed in four European laboratories. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that scientists are working “around the clock” to ensure a rapid result but one that also respects the highest professional standards and without compromising its integrity.Results of the analyses will be shared with Mr. Ban, who will then share them with the 15-member Security Council and all 193 Member States. read more

Track and Field Ohio State brings the heat in lone home meet

Then-junior Nick Gray will run the men’s 60-meter-dash, 200-meter-dash and 4×400-meter-relay this weekend at the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsOhio State hosted its only home meet of the season Friday at French Field House.“It’s a special moment, being able to perform [at] home because we never get to,” sophomore sprinter Andre Jeff said. The Ohio State Buckeye Tune-Up hosted schools from Division I, II and III.Men’s recapSenior Nick Gray, coming off a new Ohio State 60-meter dash record that was set at last weeks meet at Clemson, finished first today in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.74s. Jeff finished first in the 300-meter dash with a mark of 33.82. The Buckeyes took home first and second in the 600-meter run, with sophomore Tyrese Fajardo finishing with a time of 1:21.58 and senior Kyle McKinney following up with a time of 1:22.12. Junior Alexander Lomong placed first for the Buckeyes in the 800-meter run, with a mark of 1:53.18. Women’s recapSenior Sade Olatoye outdid herself once again, breaking her own Ohio State record in shot put with a throw of 17.73 meters. She took first in the shot put and placed second in weight throw with a throw of 23.24 meters. “I had a good mindset [going into the meet] and I was able to come out with a win,” Olatoye said. “It was our only home meet, so definitely tried to show the Bucks that we’re ready to go for Big Ten.”Sophomore Anavia Battle and senior Bliss Soleyn placed first and second in the 60-meter dash, consecutively. Battle ran a time of 7.32s and Soleyn with a time of 7.43s. Junior Alexus Pyles and freshman Britten Bowen finished the 60-meter hurdles in second and third. Pyles with a time of 8.41s and Bowen with a time of 8.57s. The Buckeyes will begin preparing for the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan Feb. 22 and 23. read more

AE crisis deepens despite drop in numbers attending casualty units

first_imgAn NHS England spokesman, said:  “Demand moderated somewhat last week, but A&E departments remain under pressure, with flu cases set to increase and norovirus still higher than last year.”As flu increases we would remind the public that if you’re otherwise healthy, usually you can manage flu symptoms yourself at home and there’s no need to see a GP. Most people feel better within a week.”On a single day, January 9th, 61 hospital trusts issued alerts, the highest number since a new system of Operational Pressures Escalation Levels was introduced.Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat health spokesperson said: “This NHS winter crisis brings bad news day after day and patients are paying the price.“The Government are doing nothing to deal with it. I don’t know how bad the figures need to get for them to actually take action.”The figures show 15 NHS trusts have issued such alerts every single day from Jan 3 to Jan 13.  They are:University Hospitals Of North Midlands NHS TrustEast Lancashire Hospitals NHS TrustLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustNorth Cumbria University Hospitals NHS TrustSt Helens And Knowsley Hospitals NHS TrustBuckinghamshire Healthcare NHS TrustDartford And Gravesham NHS TrustEast Sussex Healthcare NHS TrustIsle Of Wight NHS TrustMedway NHS Foundation TrustOxford University Hospitals NHS TrustRoyal Berkshire NHS Foundation TrustRoyal United Hospital Bath NHS Foundation TrustSurrey And Sussex Healthcare NHS TrustHospital trusts reported bed occupancy levels of 95.8 per cent – up from 94. per cent in the previous week.It comes despite repeated pleas from health officials to reduce capacity to levels of 85 per cent, in order to free beds for the most urgent cases. NHS trust have been ordered to suspend the vast majority of operations for at least a month as hospitals cope with what senior doctors have called the worst winter crisis in the history of the NHS.An NHS Improvement spokesperson said: “Despite dealing with record demand, compounded by high numbers of people with flu or vomiting, staff within the NHS are pulling out all the stops to provide the public with quick access to the highest quality care possible.“Even at this busy time for the NHS, almost nine out of ten patients who turn up to A&E departments are seen within four hours.“The NHS needs everyone to play their part by using alternatives to A&E departments where appropriate. This includes GP services, NHS 111 and local pharmacies.”  Separate data suggests that almost every hospital in the UK is dangerously short of nurses.Staff said patients were being left unwashed, unmonitored and without crucial medications, amid a worsening crisis in the country’s hospitals.The analysis by Health Service Journal show 96 per cent of acute hospitals failed to provide the planned number of registered nurses to cover day shifts in October – the worst performance since analysis began in 2014.Nurses said they were working in “desperately unsafe” circumstances, with one saying she felt “sick to the stomach” at the risks being posed.The analysis by Health Service Journal tracked NHS data from 2014/15 to 2016/17.In total, 214 of 224 acute hospitals failed to fully fill their day shifts last October- a rate of 96 per cent – while while 190 (85 per cent) were understaffed at night.  Both figures are the worst since tracking began in 2014.Nurses said they were being reduced to tears regularly, with one describing an “overwhelming feeling of sadness” at failing to deliver the care patients deserved. One of England’s most senior nurses said the pressures the NHS was under were the worst she had ever experienced.Ruth May, executive director at NHS Improvement – the health service watchdog –  said: “We all know the NHS is dealing with intense pressure at the moment. It’s the toughest I have ever seen it.”Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “This is yet more evidence that there are too few nurses caring for patients, putting people at serious risk.“There are already at least 24,000 nursing vacancies in the UK and it’s getting worse every single day.”The new figures also suggest healthcare assistants are routinely being employed to stand in for nurses.  Research published in November found that patients are a fifth more likely to die in hospitals where nurses are replaced with less-qualified staff.A Department of Health spokesman said: “We expect all parts of the NHS to make sure they have the right staff, in the right place, at the right time to provide safe care — that’s why there are already almost 26,000 extra clinical staff, including almost 11,400 additional doctors and over 11,200 additional nurses on our wards since May 2010.”The trusts with the lowest percentage of nursing shifts filled:Dewsbury and District Hospital 75%Pontefract General Infirmary 77%Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow 77%University Hospital of North Tees 77%Royal Albert Edward infirmary, Wigan 79%Figures from NHS Choices, October 2016, analysis by Health Service Journal The number of days patients are spending in hospitals due to so-called 'bed blocking' has risen 42 per cent It’s the toughest I have ever seen itRuth May, executive director, NHS Improvement 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. NHS England has warned the health system is under strainCredit:Lynne Cameron/PA Wirecenter_img NHS England has warned the health system is under strain New figures show a deepening winter crisis across the NHS with 52 Accident & Emergency departments ordering ambulances to be diverted to other hospitals.The record high comes despite a significant drop in the number of patients arriving at casualty units, following repeated advice to stay away unless need is severe. The figure is almost twice the 27 recorded in the same week last year. And 45 per cent of NHS trusts in England declared a major alert last week as services came under pressure.Sixty-eight trusts out of 152 raised the alarm at least once due to bed shortages and problems managing the flow of patients through A&E.The figure  is a rise on the 65 issued the week before.Overall, NHS hospitals issued 294 operational alerts over the week from January 7 to 13, saying they were experiencing major pressures.Some 27 trusts issued an alert on every single day, while 15 NHS trusts have done so for 11 days in succession.Health officials said the figures could not be directly compared, as they had “toughened” up definitions so that more alerts were included in the latest statistics. Meanwhile bed occupancy continued to rise – despite a drop in A&E visits and in the number of patients admitted as an emergency. The number of A&E attendances dropped to 347,000,  well down from 376,000 the week before. Weekly emergency admissions fell from 90,000 cases to 88,000.It comes as hospitals struggle to cope with rising cases of flu, and norovirus levels which are 75 per cent higher than last year.Figures for the week ending 15 January show 20.3 GP consultations for flu per 100,000 people.The previous week there  were 18.8 cases of flu per 100,000 people, a steep rise from the 12 per 100,000 recorded in the week ending 1 January.  One working in the south west of England said: “The most patients I have ever had is 16 on a night shift, I know for a fact that I did not do all the observations and can only hope that I did not cause anyone any real harm.”Another said: “Corners are cut and safety is compromised daily, we just do a really good job of covering it up”.An incident report disclosed one nurse left looking after 24 patients during 2015. The short-staffing left patients without care and medication, as unhappy relatives pleaded for help. The number of days patients are spending in hospitals due to so-called ‘bed blocking’ has risen 42 per centCredit:PAlast_img read more

Dashcam video shows the intense stupidity of some pedestrians

first_imgAS YOU PROBABLY know, dashboard cameras are very common in Russia.  This is due to the high frequency of accidents and other incidents drivers experience while on the road and the heavy reliance on video footage as evidence.They often turn up astonishing footage of near misses too, and this supercut of pedestrians is full of that kind of thing.You will not believe how stupid some people are. Source: RoadCrash500 via JalopnikGiant boulder almost crushes car in dashcam video>Welsh village’s proposed name change raises stink>last_img

Phone use now permitted during all phases of Ryanair flights Aer Lingus

first_imgAer Lingus say they’re not ready to make a similar announcement just yet. According to a spokesperson:“We are at an advanced stage of our approvals process regarding the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) and will be announcing a change to the policy shortly.”First posted at 7.58am.Read: Browse the web, send emails and texts – it’s all possible on some Aer Lingus flights>Read: “I’ve made mistakes…I have to change those rough edges” – Michael O’Leary> Updated at 10.04amTHAT ‘PLEASE TURN off your mobile’ warning will be a thing of the past from today — at least if you’re flying on Ryanair.The budget airline has announced that all customers may now use portable electronic devices on all flights, for the entire duration of the flight (that includes tablets, smartphones, e-readers and MP3 players).The devices will have to be switched to ‘flight mode’ and carrier’s stressing that passengers will still need to listen to “all safety demos/briefings” regarding their use.It follows a ruling from the European Aviation Safety Agency in November of last year, approving the use of such devices during take-off and landing.That decision followed on from a similar one in the US earlier last year.According to a statement from Ryanair:“The IAA [Irish Aviation Authority] is one of the first regulatory authorities in the world to approve this measure and we wish to commend them for their initiative.“We are working hard to improve our service to all customers and today’s PED approval is the latest in a series of changes which we know our customers will love.”last_img read more

Help for Hellas

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The New York based global non-profit and secular institution The Hellenic Initiative (THI), whose vision is to mobilise the global diaspora and the Philhellene community of the world to invest in the future of Greece, is to be launched on 26 March in Sydney, according to Neos Kosmos sources. The Australian launch of The Hellenic Initiative (THI) will be hosted by journalist Helen Kapalos and will have as its featured speaker THI’s chairman, Mr Andrew N. Liveris AO, the highly respected Australian of Greek heritage who serves as chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company. The Australian launch aims to bring together a select group of industry and community leaders of Greek heritage from around Australia who have been recognised for their individual and community achievements. THI was launched in the northern summer of 2012 in Athens and in New York is headed by Darwin born and Queensland educated Andrew Liveris, and claims as its president and honorary patron the former President of the United States of America Bill Clinton.Launching the initiative in 2012, founding member and chairman Andrew Liveris said that “by combining the support and expertise of the global diaspora and Philhellene community – Oli Mazi(All Together) – The Hellenic Initiative will provide immediate and vital support in ensuring the prosperity of established and new organizations, and more importantly, encourage ongoing education, entrepreneurism and investment that will provide a sustainable foundation for the country’s future.” Matching words with action, as it was reported last October in Neos Kosmos, THI has put together a $100 million private-equity investment fund for small and midsize businesses frozen out of the capital markets. It is expected that this fund will be able to start making investments from this year onwards as well as attempting to address the financing needs of start-up companies in Greece.The strategy of THI, an impact investment fund, focuses on three pillars: crisis relief, entrepreneurship, and economic development.The fund aims to provide growth equity to small and mid-sized companies, since they are the back bone of the Greek economy and their success is critical if Greece is to recover.Fellowships for early and mid-career Greek professionals that enable them to stay for 12 months in leading U.S. businesses, entrepreneurship programs, and initiatives of crisis relief along with partner organisations in Greece are some of the other programs of THI.The driving force of the founding members of The Hellenic Initiative is their belief that Greece needs all those who can help today more than ever. This is a long term commitment, vow its founding members, all influential business leaders in the U.S.A. “If not us, who? Join us”, is their moto.last_img read more

FCC says revised broadband report still shows digital divide closing

first_img Comment Share your voice 1 The Federal Communications Commission said a revised draft of its 2019 Broadband Deployment Report still shows that the digital divide is closing.Originally released in February, the report was touted by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who pointed to its findings that more Americans were getting access to high speed internet service. Pai said the report was evidence that his policies of “removing regulatory barriers,” such as the repeal of the 2015 net neutrality regulations, were working. But the public interest group Free Press discovered the numbers were inflated, based on the fact that one company had grossly overstated deployment data.Barrier Communications mistakenly reported that its service reached nearly 1.5 million homes and businesses in several census blocks with fiber-to-the-home and fixed wireless service. But this was inaccurate. The company had simply submitted its coverage area for each census block in eight states where it offers service, essentially reporting that it served every home and business possible in that census block. As a result, the original draft of the FCC’s report showed that the number of Americans without access to 25 Mbps download speeds had dropped by more than 25% between 2016 and 2017. The FCC agreed to revisit the data.The revised report cuts that percentage to 18%, with 26.1 million Americans having access to those broadband speeds at the end of 2016 compared with 21.3 million at the end of 2017. Of people served by newly added high-speed connections, the FCC points out that “approximately 4.3 million live in rural America, where broadband deployment has traditionally lagged.”In a statement Wednesday, Pai said the revised figures show big improvements thanks to his policies.”We’re pleased that the FCC’s policy of making deployment data open and transparent to the public resulted in this error being discovered,” he said in a statement. “Fortunately, the new data doesn’t change the report’s fundamental conclusion: We are closing the digital divide, which means we’re delivering on the FCC’s top priority.” Tags Internet FCClast_img read more

Separated conjoined twins now major riskfree CMH

first_imgConjoined twins – Rabeya and Rukaya-who were born with joint heads, are now major risk free after the eighth day of their successful operation at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the city. Photo: BSSConjoined twins — Rabeya and Rukaya–who were born with joint heads, are now major risk free after the eighth day of their successful operation at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the city.The information came out at a press briefing, organised by the CMH at its conference room.Commandant of CMH Brigadier General Taufiqul Hasan, Samanto Lal Sen, Habib E Millat, Major General M Fashiur Rahman from DGMS spoke at the briefing.Hungarian physicians– Andres Csokay and Marcel– also spoke.The 33-hour long surgery, which separated their skulls and brains, ended on 2 August, where more than hundred surgeons and anesthetists from home and abroad took part.With the support of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Defenceless People Foundation (ADPF), an agency of the Hungarian government, the operation of conjoined twins was carried out.Experts from Hungary, the Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute, the Heart Foundation, the National Institute of Neurosciences and Hospital, the Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital and the Dhaka Shishu Hospital took part in the very intricate surgery.Chief coordinator of the Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute Samanta Lal Sen coordinated the surgery.The physicians mentioned that Rabeya and Rukaya, from the rural northwestern district of Pabna, were stated to be ‘stable after the final separation’.“Another surgery would be carried out after two to three months later,” the physicians said, adding that this type of joint work would strengthen the bilateral relations between both the countries.The three-year-old twins suffered from a rare embryological disorder affecting an estimated one in every five to six million births.last_img read more

Only 999 Pairs of This Moon LandingInspired Shoe Are Available

first_imgStay on target Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Here’s a Closer Look at the Nike Kyrie 5 SpongeBob Pack As America celebrates the “giant leap for mankind” on July 20, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Swiss performance brand, On, is letting people recreate the “moon walk” with a new, limited-edition sneaker — and only 999 pairs are available worldwide (50 pairs in the U.S.).Launching on July 18, the Cloud Edge Moon was inspired by the vintage moon boot worn by Neil Armstrong during the historic Apollo 11 landing. The front and heel Velcro straps are two defining features that closely resemble Armstrong’s lunar footwear. Each pair has a number printed on the front Velcro strap, indicating which shoe of the 999 pairs available worldwide it is.(Photo Credit: On)The back strap displays “MISSION MEMBER” with a space for the owners to write their names. The Cloud Edge Moon’s platform is constructed of Zero Gravity Foam, for that “running on clouds” (or moon) sensation.(Photo Credit: On)“While most of our shoes focus on elements that enhance training and performance, the Cloud Edge Moon is all about comfort and design,” said On co-founder David Allemann. “We also wanted to pay tribute to the thousands of people who made the Apollo 11 landing possible 50 years ago, especially the two daring astronauts who took on the mission.”(Photo Credit: On)The Cloud Edge Moon retails at $250. Only 999 pairs of the limited-edition Cloud Edge Moon will be distributed across the world, with 50 available in the United States. The shoe is available for pre-order now and available for purchase July 20.To be notified when the limited-edition Cloud Edge Moon drops, sign up at On’s website here.More on Geek.com:100 of the World’s Rarest Sneakers Are Up for AuctionNike kyrie 5 ‘UFO’ Brings Conspiracy Theories to SneakersNike Announced Paul George 3 ‘NASA’ Sneaker and Clothing Linelast_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling ESPN’s Kevin Seifert ranked each NFL head coach’s playing career and Arians’ time at Virginia Tech (he never played in the NFL) was good enough for 16th place.16. Bruce Arians | Arizona CardinalsPosition, top level played: Quarterback, FBSArians landed at Virginia Tech because it was the only program that didn’t rescind its interest after he was expelled from high school in the early 1970s. As a college senior in 1974, Arians rushed for 243 yards and what is still a school-record 11 touchdowns. He also threw for 952 yards and another three scores to win the team’s MVP award. He moved straight into coaching in 1975.Something you might not know: Despite his preference for downfield passing as a coach, Arians was a wishbone quarterback at Virginia Tech.Arians played in 33 games across three seasons for Virginia Tech. In all, he completed 78-of-174 passes for 1,270 yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions, while running for 319 yards and 14 scores on 135 carries. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has had a successful coaching career in the NFL.Over three years with the Cardinals, Arians has a 34-14 record, including an NFC championship game appearance last season. Additionally, Arians went 9-3 as the interim head coach for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. He won the Coach of the Year award in 2012 and 2014.Arians’ coaching career began in 1975 as a graduate assistant for Virginia Tech, but before that he was a pretty good player for the Hokies too. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2016, file photo, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians smiles during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Glendale, Ariz. Nearly every coach and every player heading to the playoffs will insist how beneficial skipping wild-card weekend is. It’s all about the bye in January. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Water cuts in Fasoula on Tuesday

first_imgThe Water Board of Limassol announced on Monday that it would cut water supply to the Fasoula community on Tuesday for restoration works.According to the announcement, crews of the water board will cut the supply to Fasoula between 7am and 4pm, to repair a pipe damage.The board said that it would make every effort for the least possible inconvenience to the consumers. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Number of Gesy doctors on the rise

first_imgThe number of Gesy doctors is on the rise with specialists now surpassing 700, it emerged on Tuesday, though acutely understaffed public hospital A&E departments remain overcrowded.By 3pm on Monday, a total of 1,219 doctors were registered with Gesy, of which 702 were specialists, 390 GPs and 127 paediatricians.Gesy now offers doctors across all medical specialisations, apart from allergology, while just one cytologist is currently available on the Gesy list, HIO figures show. Cardiologists now total 85, while there are 58 obstetricians-gynecologists. There are also 20 available dermatologists, and four paediatric cardiologists.Services to Gesy have also been offered by 56 general surgeons, 11 neurosurgeons, 28 ophthalmologists, 48 orthopedics, and a rising number of pulmonologists and ENT doctors who by Wednesday totalled 29 and 21 respectively.Numbers are expected to rise further as a number of contracts have still to be processed by the HIO.The implementation of Gesy has however left a dent in public hospital A&E departments which are primarily staffed by pathologists, a wave of whom have chosen to open up private practices as GPs under Gesy rather than stay in their state jobs, as signing on to Gesy has proven more financially lucrative for them.A visitor to the Nicosia general hospital A&E department on Tuesday told the Cyprus Mail: “It’s a third-world situation. There were 100 people waiting for emergency care but only one doctor.”“You could die,” she added.Out of the 21 doctors that initially staffed the A&E department, only six are left and two of those are also leaving soon, she said, according to what one doctor there told her.After members of state doctors union Pasyki staged a 24-hour strike at A&E departments island-wide earlier in the month over acute understaffing issues, assurances were given by the health ministry and the state health services (Okypy) that the issues were to be promptly resolved, though it appears that steps have yet to be taken.At the time, Pasyki said that remaining A&E doctors have been working without a break for months which puts burnt-out doctors at risk of making medical errors.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more