Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Paris: Taylor Fritz put Team World to within one win of capturing their first Laver Cup after the American saw off Europe’s Dominic Thiem 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-8 in a barnstorming match in Geneva that leaves his side 11-7 up with two matches to play.World had come into the day 7-5 down but were boosted by Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal with a hand injury. Fritz, himself a replacement for injured Nick Kyrgios, followed up on John Isner and Jack Sock’s 5-7, 6-4, 10-8 defeat of Roger Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas with a surprise tie-break triumph over world number five Thiem. LIVE STREAMING”That was such a big match for Team World to win, we really needed that,” said Fritz.”Now we’re four points in the lead, one match from the win. It was so crucial.”This has to be one of the biggest wins of my career. It means so much more when you’re playing for other people as well.”John Isner will aim to seal the tournament win when he takes on Federer, but should the World number 20 lose to the 20-time Grand Slam champion Milos Raonic will have another chance against Alexander Zverev.This year is the first time the tournament has been played since being added to the ATP Tour.Europe won the 2018 edition 13-8 in Chicago. dominic thiemJohn Isnerjohn mcenroeLaver Cup First Published: September 22, 2019, 9:18 PM IST
SHARE COMMENT India’s Sania Mirza reached her first Grand Slam semifinal of the 2017 season with Shuai Peng after edging past Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova in a close two-set battle at the US Open.The fourth seeded Indo-Chinese pair dispatched the fifth seed Hungarian-Czech combo 7–6 (5) 6–4 in the quarter-final which lasted one hour and 56 minutes.It is season’s best performance for Sania at the Majors as she fell in the third rounds of the Australian Open and the Wimbledon while at the French Open she had made a first round exit.Sania and Peng now face second seeds Martina Hingis and Yung–Jan Chan, the pair which had defeated the Indian and her Belgian partner Kirsten Flipkens at the Wimbledon.Sania has played with different partners at the Grand Slams this season. She had started the season by teaming up with Barbora Strycova. They had lost in the third round of the Australian Open to Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato.At the Roland Garros she played with Yaroslava Shvedova and lost to Daria Gavrilova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the opening round.This season Sania has managed to win only one title Brisbane WTA event with American Bethanie Mattek–Sands and ended up finalist in Sydney with Strycova.This is in complete contrast to her stupdendous show in the 2016 season, during which she won eight titles, inluding five with Swiss great Martina Hingis.She had ended the 2016 year as number one but has now slipped to number nine as she struggled to find a cosnsistent partner after splitting with Hingis. × September 08, 2017 tennis _SANIA_MIRZA_1236576g SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on _SANIA_MIRZA_1236576g COMMENTS
Hyderabad FCindian super leagueIndian Super League 2019-20isl First Published: November 6, 2019, 9:50 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Hyderabad: High on confidence after their first win in their previous game, Hyderabad FC would look to make sure their fortunes have indeed turned around after early struggle when they face NorthEast United in an Indian Super League match here on Wednesday.All the negativity that surrounded Hyderabad FC’s poor start to the season was dispelled by their come-from-behind 2-1 win over Kerala Blasters FC in the previous game. Phil Brown’s side were at the receiving end of two heavy defeats away from home before finding some relief at home. Now, the task for the manager is to build on this result and boost the morale of the squad.However, his task is still unenviable, given the fact that key players are still missing due to injury and suspensions. The likes of Bobo, Rafael Gomez and Giles Barnes are all injured while Nestor Gordillo is still serving a ban.”I don’t think we have moved past all the injuries, there are four big players still injured. What we tend to do is to focus on what we have. We focused on the players that are available to us. That was the most important thing,” said Brown.The bright spot for Hyderabad FC will be the form of Marcelinho. The Brazilian forward struck a brilliant free-kick winner against Kerala Blasters and scored a goal in their 3-1 defeat to Jamshedpur FC. He will be Hyderabad’s talisman against a solid NorthEast United.The visiting side’s potent attack, led by the irrepressible Asamoah Gyan and Martin Chaves, will pose a huge threat to a fragile Hyderabad defence which is yet to keep a clean sheet this season. Youngster Redeem Tlang has also impressed and adds to the guile and pace of NorthEast’s attack.We know we are coming up against a very strong team and they got a lot of discipline in their team. They are very organised defensively. They have Gyan who is capable of winning a game on his own. But we have a team which has character,” said Brown.NorthEast United are undefeated in three matches so far. Though they have only one win, their two draws have come against strong sides in Bengaluru FC and FC Goa.In fact, Robert Jarni’s side will count themselves unlucky not to have obtained all three points against Goa, after conceding a late stoppage-time equaliser.”You never know how they (Hyderabad) are going to play. They won the last game, they are full of confidence and we have to prepare for them. (But) we are confident because we are still unbeaten, we played against the big teams in the league. (However), it will be a tough away match,” said Jarni.While NorthEast could be considered favourites for this clash, Hyderabad have shown that they can pack a punch.
Pacer Mohammad Amir has been dropped from the 15-member squad for the upcoming Twenty20 International series against Australia.Pakistan and Australia will play a three-match T20I series with the first game on October 24 in Abu Dhabi. The second and third matches of the series will be played in Dubai on October 26 and 28.Uncapped left-arm quick Waqas Maqsood earned a call-up while Imad Wasim has made a comeback to the team.Amir, who was handed a five-year ban for spot-fixing in 2011 and returned to international cricket two years ago, had been omitted from the squad for the ongoing Test series due to his patchy form.”Waqas Maqsood has been drafted in the T20 squad after his recent performances in domestic cricket and playing for Pakistan ‘A’ team in the recent series (against New Zealand),” chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said.”Similarly, Imad Wasim makes a comeback in the team after his form and fitness was monitored by the selection committee during the current domestic matches.”Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Khan Shinwari, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Waqas Maqsood, Faheem Ashraf(With inputs from Reuters)
MONTREAL – Lawyers for the man who shot dead six men at a Quebec City mosque will argue their client should receive a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.Alexandre Bissonnette pleaded guilty in March to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. He’s therefore liable to face consecutive sentences, which could mean up to 150 years in prison.His legal team says 150 years in prison is equivalent to sentencing Bissonnette to death by incarceration.Bissonnette’s lawyers, Charles-Olivier Gosselin and Jean-Claude Gingras, told trial judge Francois Huot on March 28 that they planned to challenge the part of the Criminal Code that allows judges to hand out consecutive sentences to people convicted of multiple murders.Their challenge, which was tabled in court this week, argues that part of the Criminal Code is unconstitutional and violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Sentencing arguments for Bissonnette, 28, are scheduled to begin April 10.Gosselin and Gingras are scheduled to argue on behalf of their motion to challenge the law in June.The charges against Bissonnette were related to the shooting attack at the Islamic Cultural Centre in which he killed six worshippers: Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42; Abdelkrim Hassane, 41; Khaled Belkacemi, 60; Aboubaker Thabti, 44; Azzeddine Soufiane, 57; and Ibrahima Barry, 39.The counts of attempted murder involved five people who were struck by bullets and a sixth charge encompassing the other people present at the mosque.
The TNPF has also been quite unequivocal in its demand for accountability and justice for crimes committed during the 30 year long war and before. Ponnambalam said given that the Sri Lankan Army is seen as protectors of the Sinhala Buddhist order and the Army and the Police are the primary accused parties regarding the grave crimes, including the crime of Genocide, committed against the Tamil people, the TNPF is of the firm view that no internal / domestic mechanism or inquiry can result in genuine prosecutions against the Sri Lankan Army, Police and members of its political class.He said that to hold an internal / domestic accountability process will be tantamount to “victor’s justice” and hence TNPF insists on an international criminal justice process as part of a wider programme for accountability, truth seeking and justice.The TNPF has also warned the Tamils consistently about attempts to use the Tamil people’s struggle as leverage for geo-political contestations. (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) led by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam says it stands for a solution based on ‘Two-Nations in One Country’ in order to resolve the issues faced by the Tamils.In a statement with regards to the position of the TNPF on the political solution and on accountability, Ponnambalam said the TNPF stands for a solution where Sri Lanka is recognized as a country which comprises of the numerically larger Sinhala nation and the numerically smaller Tamil nation and other Peoples – a model quite well known to scholars and practitioners of pluri-national/ multi-national constitutional ordering across the world. He said the TNPF reject the notion of a Sri Lankan nation-state (one nation-one country) for the reason that the numerical strength of the Sinhala Buddhist people, being a permanent majority, would make Sri Lanka in practical terms a Sinhala-Buddhist state. “Accordingly, we insist that the recognition of Tamil Nationhood, its right to self-determination and the recognition of the North-East of the island as its territorial unit – its traditional homeland – in line with the Thimpu Principles of 1985 is quintessential to any solution. We accept that self-determination and nationhood need not be necessarily manifested through the institutional settings of a separate state (country) but that a multi national state (country) can also recognize the plurality of nations and the self-determination of its constituent units. We are hence committed to exploring a political solution within an united state (country) despite the history of failed negotiations between the Tamils and successive Sri Lankan Governments. We have made this very clear in the party manifesto that was release for the purposes of contesting the 17 August 2015 Parliamentary General Elections,” he said.
Welcoming the peaceful resolution of tensions resulting from the recent arrests of Russian officers in Georgia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all sides to come together and “engage constructively to address existing problems.”Meanwhile his latest report on the Caucasus country speaks of new tensions in the long-running dispute between Georgian authorities and Abkhaz separatists stemming from an operation by Georgian special forces, and he warns that only dialogue can resolve differences.“The Secretary-General is pleased that Georgia and the Russian Federation have been able to resolve the issue of the recent arrest of Russian officers in Georgia in a peaceful and constructive manner,” his Spokesman said in a statement, which also referred to the role played by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).“He appreciates the efforts undertaken by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, H.E. Mr. Karel de Gucht, to help bring about this result. The Secretary-General expresses the hope that all parties concerned will refrain from statements or actions that could affect stability in the region, and encourages them to engage constructively to address existing problems.”Mr. Annan also urges dialogue between Georgian authorities and Abkhaz separatists in his latest report on the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) which oversees relations between the two sides that fought each other 14 years ago. He highlights the increased tension in the region and recommends that UNOMIG’s mandate be extended for another six months beyond its current deadline of 15 October.“A new and tense situation has emerged between the Georgian and Abkhaz sides, in particular as a result of the Georgian special operation in the upper Kodori Valley [on 25 July]… There is no alternative, however, to dialogue; the threat of force can only deepen existing mistrust, and a resumption of violence would be the worst possible outcome.”“The presence of UNOMIG remains essential for maintaining stability in the zone of conflict… I therefore recommend an extension of the mandate of UNOMIG for a further period of six months, until 15 April 2007.”The conflict in Abkhazia, strategically located on the Black Sea, began with social unrest and attempts by the local authorities to separate from the Republic. It escalated into a series of armed confrontations in the summer of 1992. A ceasefire agreement was concluded later that year but never fully implemented and the fighting that followed forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee their homes.UNOMIG was set up in August 1993 and currently has 121 military observers and 12 civilian police officers.
“Such [ballistic missile] activities contribute to the DPR Korea’s development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and increase tension in the region and beyond as well as the risk of a regional arms race,” stressed the 15-member Security Council in a statement issued late yesterday. “[We regret] that the [country] is diverting resources to the pursuit of ballistic missiles while [its] citizens have great unmet needs,” the members added. Three of the ballistic missiles launched on 5 March landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone.These latest ballistic missile firing follows at least 14 launches between April last year and February this year, as well as a nuclear test in September 2016. These actions are also in violation of a number of Security Council resolutions, including one adopted in March last year that had imposed fresh sanctions on the country. Further in the statement, Security Council members underscored the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in north-east Asian region at large and expressed their commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation. They also welcomed efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue, emphasised the importance of DPR Korea showing “sincere commitment” to denuclearisation, and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond.Earlier this week, UN Secretary-General António Guterres had also condemned the missile launches and reiterated his call for the DPR Korean leadership to refrain from further provocations and return to full compliance with its international obligations.
Ohio State then-freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to pass in the offensive zone against Stanford on Feb. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will travel south to face Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Friday in the hopes of maintaining momentum after routing Detroit Mercy 20-5 in its home opener.Jacksonville (1-1) began its season with a win against Michigan, the team that began the season tied with Ohio State (1-1) for last in the Big Ten’s preseason poll. Given that Jacksonville has already defeated an opponent believed to be on the same level as Ohio State, the Buckeyes could have a tough time dealing with the Dolphins.Ohio State head coach Alexis Venechanos said the Buckeyes need to make big plays early to have a chance against Jacksonville.“What we’ve seen so far is that they’re fast and aggressive so we’re going to need a quick start or a little bit faster start than what we had the last two games against our two opponents,” Venechanos said.The Buckeyes put together a strong offensive performance against Detroit Mercy. They had 11 different players score, and it was the first time they scored at least 20 goals since Feb. 13, 2016, against the same team.Despite falling to No. 17 Notre Dame in the second game of the season, Dolphins redshirt senior goalie Emily Poelma had 13 saves against the Irish and was the Atlantic Sun Conference’s defensive player of the week.Venechanos said in order to maintain a well-balanced offense against a strong goalie, they have to capitalize on offensive opportunities against single defenders.“Individually, being able to beat your player on and off ball, that is something that breaks a lot of defenses,” Venechanos said.Ohio State has not looked too far ahead to its game Monday against Cincinnati, but Venechanos said it will be difficult to play another road game just three days after facing Jacksonville.“I think it is going to be challenging once we get back from our away game,” Venechanos said. “We’re going to have to rest quickly, we’re going to have to refocus, and it’s going to be, we think, a great game as well.”Ohio State takes on Jacksonville on the road at 7 p.m. Friday, then will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats at 5 p.m. Monday.
Junior forward Sam Thompson dunks the ball after an alley-oop. OSU lost to Michigan, 70-60, Feb. 11 at The Schottenstein Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter slugging through a forgetful January in which they lost five of seven games, the Ohio State Buckeyes came into a showdown with No. 15 Michigan on a three-game winning streak, threatening to get back into the thick of the Big Ten race.They left the Schottenstein Center Tuesday still on the outside looking in on the Big Ten’s best, falling to the Wolverines, 70-60.Led by 15 points from sophomore guard Nik Stauskas, Michigan (18-6, 10-2) came back from an early 10-point deficit to win.“Every loss hurts. Obviously you can’t get comfortable and we found a way to play tough on the road for a couple games and we came home and got one and today we didn’t have it,” senior guard Aaron Craft said after the loss. “We have six games left, so as much as this may hurt, we have to move forward. We have to find a way to continue to get better because nothing’s guaranteed and there’s still a lot to play for.”The Buckeyes (19-6, 6-6) got off to a fast start, as back-to-back dunks by junior forwards Sam Thompson and LaQuinton Ross gave OSU an 11-5 lead with 15:26 left in the first half.Ross had the hot hand early, nailing his first five shots from the field on his way to 13 first half points.After Michigan freshman guard Zak Irvin hit two of three free throws to make the score 21-16 with 7:49 left in the opening half, OSU extended its lead to 10 with an acrobatic layup by junior center Amir Williams and a deep 3-pointer from the wing by senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr.Michigan responded, though, using an 8-0 run near the end of the half to stay close. Two free throws from Ross with less than two seconds left gave the Buckeyes a 30-26 lead at the break.After Stauskas nailed a 3-pointer on the first possession of the second half, OSU proceeded to go on a 7-0 run aided by another 3-pointer by Smith Jr.Michigan was able to stay close though, and took a 44-43 lead after two free throws by Stauskas.OSU cut Michigan’s lead to 51-50 following a free throw by Ross, but Michigan gathered an offensive rebound on three straight possessions, helping the Wolverines get back a six point lead.Thompson got another dunk in transition, but with the lead cut to four, Williams missed the front end of a one-and-one with 3:09 to go.Michigan sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III then hit a 3-pointer in the corner to make the score 59-52.Williams then fouled freshman guard Derrick Walton Jr. on a 3-pointer with 1:54 remaining as the shot clock expired, negating the slim hopes the Buckeyes had to get back in the game. Walton Jr. made all three free throws, and a miss on the other end by OSU forced the Buckeyes to foul to stop the clock.But Michigan made eight free throws in final 1:32 to ice the game.“I thought at times we played some pretty good basketball, but we hit that stretch as we did in some of those games in January where we took our foot — I don’t want to say we took our foot off the gas — but we played hard but we weren’t as sharp execution-wise as we needed to be,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game.Ross led the way for OSU with a game-high 24 points on 8-17 shooting, while Smith Jr. chipped in 13 of his own.After the game Ross said even though it was a tough loss, he thinks his teammates will be able to bounce back.“We’ve got a tough group of guys. I think everybody’s going to come in when we go back to practice with a different mentality and they know that we’ve got another game,” Ross said. “Guys will be down about it tonight but we’ve gotta look forward. We’ve got six games left in the Big Ten so we’ve gotta be ready for those.”Up next, OSU is slated to travel to Champaign, Ill., Saturday to take on the Fighting Illini. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
READER PETER HUNT sent us this magical shot from Dublin’s city centre today with the caption, “Spotting some serious rainbows today….Thought you might like to share.”He wasn’t wrong.But can you do better? Send us your images by email to email@example.com or through Twitter @thejournal_ie. Tense Standoff of the (Rainy) Day
YouTube : 7 ans, et un succès vertigineuxVoilà sept ans déjà que YouTube a débarqué sur le web. Un anniversaire marqué par un succès toujours grandissant, dont la plate-forme de partage de vidéos de Google ne manque pas de se féliciter. Chaque minute, affirme fièrement l’équipe du site, ce sont quelques 72 heures de contenus qui viennent l’enrichir.En 2005, trois anciens employés de PayPal lançaient YouTube, une plate-forme permettant aux internautes de partager des vidéos sur le web. Sept ans, et un rachat par Google plus tard, le site est l’un des plus visités au monde, et son succès n’est certainement pas près de s’essouffler.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Sur son blog officiel, la plate-forme n’est pas peu fière d’annoncer que 72 heures de vidéos sont chaque minute ajoutées sur YouTube, contre 48 heures il y a un an. “Nous sommes si honorés que vous utilisiez YouTube pour partager vos conseils, des moments politiques, des vidéos personnelles, des comédies, des musiques, et bien plus encore (…) Comme tant d’enfants de 7 ans à travers le monde, nous grandissons si vite !” se réjouit l’équipe du site. “Ce qui a débuté par une poignée de vidéos partagées entre amis s’est transformé petit à petit en une plate-forme mondiale qui diffuse la nouvelle génération de chaînes à n’importe qui, n’importe où et sur n’importe quel appareil” se félicite-t-elle. Aujourd’hui, YouTube attire 800 millions d’internautes qui, chaque mois, visionnent 3 milliards d’heures de vidéos, d’après Google. Un chiffre vertigineux, qui sera sans doute largement dépassé dans un an, lorsque YouTube célébrera ses huit printemps !Le 22 mai 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambert
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) — An American Airlines flight from Miami to Chicago was diverted to Jacksonville due to a soda spill on an electrical item, Tuesday.American Airlines said a passenger spilled a soda on an electrical item in the cabin, which could spark a fire.The crew decided to divert the flight out of an abundance of caution.The passengers were put on a different flight as a maintenance crew inspected the plane.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
But my dislike of email newsletters doesn’t change the fact that I like the Questex/FierceMarkets deal. And here’s why: I have a feeling (and it’s really just a feeling, I don’t have much hard information), that the deal isn’t really about newsletters. Nor, for that matter, did Questex buy the company because FierceMarkets also distributes news via RSS. Nor is the deal about FierceMarkets’ cash flow or profits.I think Questex bought FierceMarkets’ staff. This is a deal about people … a sort of large-scale version of what Rex Hammock calls an “acqhire”. I think Questex decided to buy a staff that understands the Web.To understand what I mean, take a look at FierceWireless. Drill down a bit. Read some pieces. Make note of the Web-friendly writing, short stories, agnostic links and reader-friendly design. Then head over to Questex. Make your way to the page about the company’s telecom products.Then try, as I have several times today, to visit Wireless Asia. What I found was a dead link. You can also try searching for “Wireless Asia” on Google. What you’ll find is that the top link goes to Telecomasia.net—the same dead link. In fact, the only live link I can find to Wireless Asia is to a three-year old media kit from when the product was owned by Advanstar.And as I made my way around the Questex site today what I found over and over and over again was a series of dead links.Now I don’t want to judge Questex based on what appears to be a bunch of technical glitches. These things happen. But it seems to me that the dead links are indicative of a larger cultural problem at Questex.I did eventually find some links that worked. Take a look at the site for Response Magazine or American Salon. See if it’s as clear to you as it is to me that the sites are afterthoughts … an endless series of in-house ads aimed at getting people to subscribe to the print products.I believe that Questex—like many other B2B publishers and newspaper companies—has recognized that it needs a staff that thinks of the Web first. And Questex, like many other publishing companies, has come to believe that its existing staff was never going to get there. So Questex did the right thing: it bought some folks who could help lead the company into the future.FierceMarkets had been in play for awhile. And I know that some potential buyers thought the asking price was too high. But those folks were looking to add to already sophisticated Web teams. They didn’t need to “acqhire” anyone. They just wanted to buy some cash flow and growth potential.But Questex saw something else in FierceMarkets, something it needed—an editorial staff that could help shape the company’s future.We’re going to see more of this. We may see a lot more of this. And as a general rule, I’m likely to applaud such “acqhires” of a Web-savvy staff. But I’d urge caution. FierceMarkets is a fairly rare bird. Not every online-only company is staffed by very bright people. And even the smartest number crunchers won’t necessarily recognize brilliance in an online editorial staff.So make sure that whoever does your “acqhiring” or hiring understands Web culture. Late last month came news that b-to-b publisher Questex was buying FierceMarkets, the online-only publisher best known for its niche, email newsletters. I said then that I thought the deal had some major implications for our industry. Today I’d like to elaborate.First, I want to make it clear that the FierceMarkets deal doesn’t change my opinion of email newsletters. As a general rule, I can’t stand the things. I much prefer to get my news and information via RSS feeds. As I wrote on this blog slightly more than two years ago: “With RSS I don’t have to worry about annoying “unsubscribe” functions that don’t work properly. With RSS I’m not subjected to a never-ending stream of spam and other marketing nonsense from publishers. For a content consumer, RSS is a vastly superior delivery mechanism. And I expect that, eventually, every consumer will demand it.”I still believe that.But I also believe that this is not the time for b-to-b publishers to walk away from email newsletters. There’s still money to made with them—lots of money. That’s why publishers love them. But someday soon it will become clear that publishers’ love of newsletters will not be able to compete with users’ love of convenience and control.
At the end of his new video, Gross criticizes Sullivan for voting along party lines. During a nearly two-month listening tour that took him from Southeast Alaska to the North Slope – part of it on the Ocean Pearl – Gross said he heard from Alaskans who want change. Jim Lottsfeldt, a strategist who ran a super PAC aligned with Begich in 2014, said Gross’ initial messaging appears to pick up where Begich left off: attacking Sullivan, a native of Ohio, as an outsider with a comparatively short history in the state. “People are very concerned about the future of the state of Alaska, about the state of our educational system, about jobs and our economy,” he said. “Alaska’s been in recession for a long time and they’re not happy with the leadership that we have in the state.” A promotional video released with Gross’ announcement features shots of him on his fishing boat, the Ocean Pearl, as a narrator touts his Alaska credentials. “Bought his first fishing boat with a bank loan at age 14,” the ad says. “And killed a grizzly bear in self-defense after it snuck up on him.” Avrum Gross served as Alaska’s attorney general from 1974 to 1980. (Photo courtesy Alaska State Library) Gross, 57, owns two limited-entry permits to fish for salmon, according to a state database. He also once earned as much as $2.5 million a year as an orthopedic surgeon, but he quit his practice and now wants to reform the health care system. Al Gross, a fisherman and orthopedic surgeon, grins after registering his U.S. Senate campaign in Anchorage on Tuesday. He’s running as an independent against incumbent Republican Dan Sullivan. (Photo by Nat Herz / Alaska Public Media) “It needs to be a bipartisan solution,” Gross said. Gross has a bipartisan family history. His father, the late Av Gross, was a Democrat who worked as attorney general for former Republican Gov. Jay Hammond. Lottsfeldt worked with Gross on a pair of aborted citizens initiatives that the two had hoped to put on the ballot in 2018. He’s not working on Gross’ campaign – but by noon Tuesday, he said the candidate had already called to ask for a contribution. “When the time came for me to choose my party, I chose nonpartisan because to me, that represents Alaska,” he said. “I’m not doing this for partisan politics.” A spokesman for Sullivan’s re-election campaign, Mike Dubke, declined to comment on Gross’ announcement. In an interview after registering his candidacy and paying the $100 fee, Gross said that as an independent, he’d be well-positioned to broker a deal on health care with members of both parties. One of the failures of former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, he said, was its lack of GOP buy-in. Gross, an independent, registered his campaign Tuesday morning at the Anchorage office of the Division of Elections. Republican U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan has drawn his first serious opponent: Al Gross, a doctor and fisherman from the Southeast town of Petersburg. Nevertheless, Gross is seeking support from the Alaska Democratic Party by running in its primary election. And he’s using a veteran Democratic ad-maker, Mark Putnam, who worked with Mark Begich in his 2014 U.S. Senate campaign. “Positioning as the homegrown Alaskan versus the carpetbagger – I think that’s going to be the tenor of it,” Lottsfeldt said. Al Gross has been registered as nonpartisan for much of the past 25 years, though in early 2017, he switched his affiliation to Democratic before changing back to nonpartisan early last year.
Road accident illustration by Prothom AloA man was killed as a speedy car hit him while he was crossing road in Jhutpattai of Mirpur-10 on Sunday.The deceased was identified as Amin, 30, son of late Abdul Khaleque of Bouniabadh under Pallabi police station in the city.Police quoting witnesses said a car hit Amin and fatally injured him at around 10:30pm at Jhutpatti area under Pallabi police station.Being informed, sub-inspector Sohel Sikder with a team rushed to the spot and took the injured to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at around 12:15pm, said inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police camp.The body was sent to the DMCH morgue for autopsy.
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — His skull still open, a South African musician with a brain tumor played several notes on his guitar during a successful operation to remove most of the growth.Musa Manzini’s guitar-playing helped guide the medical team in their delicate task while preserving neural pathways, said Dr. Rohen Harrichandparsad, one of the neurosurgeons.In this photo supplied by the Department of Neurosurgery, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, taken earlier this month during surgery South African musician, Musa Manzini, plays a guitar during brain surgery. His skull still open, a South African musician with a brain tumor played several notes on his guitar during a successful operation to remove most of the growth. (OnyekaValentine Ilorah for Department of Neurosurgery, Inks Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, via AP)Manzini was given local anesthetic during what doctors call an “awake craniotomy” this month at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban.“It increased the margin of safety for us, in that we could have real-time feedback on what we were doing intraoperatively,” Harrichandparsad said Saturday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.The procedure is not uncommon, and there have been several cases in other countries of musicians playing an instrument or singing during similar operations. The intention was to test Manzini’s “ability to produce music,” which requires the complex interaction of pathways in the brain, the doctor said.Manzini was given his guitar toward the end of the hours-long procedure, as doctors checked that everything was in order.A photo and video taken by the medical team show Manzini lying with his guitar in the operating room.“There you are, do your thing,” a team member says as he begins playing.Starting slowly, Manzini picks out a series of notes and eases toward a tune, with the beeping of monitors as accompaniment.In an “awake craniotomy,” some doctors stimulate parts of the brain with a mild electrical current as a way of testing and mapping areas that control key functions such as movement and speech. If a patient struggles to speak when the current is applied to a particular area, for example, doctors know they must protect it during tumor removal.Despite the procedure’s name, patients are given medication to make them sleepy during parts of the lengthy operation.In 2015, a musician played his saxophone during brain surgery in Spain. An opera singer sang during a brain operation in the Netherlands in 2014.Dr. Basil Enicker, another neurosurgeon who operated on Manzini, said 90 percent of the tumor was removed and that the musician was at home near Durban and doing well.“Our main aim was to make sure that we do the best that we can for our patient,” Enicker said. He said the response from the public to news of the operation was very positive.“We are pleasantly surprised,” he said.___Follow Christopher Torchia on Twitter at www.twitter.com/torchiachris
Feature | April 03, 2009 | Cristen C. Bolan Get a Piece of the EHR Action How do radiology and radiation oncology IT get some of the incentives earmarked for EHR adoption? The $19 billion earmarked by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for healthcare IT incentives over the next five years has generated a lot of chatter about who gets what.What we do know is that a large part of that sum includes certified electronic health records (EHRs). But little has been said about how it will impact radiology and radiation oncology IT. How will IT in these two medical fields benefit from the funding?EHR adoption ratesTo date, the adoption of EHRs (also called EMRs) has been limited. Just “17 percent of physicians in the ambulatory-care environment have access to an EHR,” reported a 2008 study, “Electronic Health Records in Ambulatory Care — A National Survey of Physicians.” Results from other recent surveys have varied in their EHR adoption rates, ranging from 9 to 29 percent. The discrepancy between studies may be due to the failure by the industry to establish a standard definition of what an EHR is and what exactly is being measured.“Unlike EHRs for physician offices, a hospital EHR is not bought in one product and installed; it’s constructed in stages and is the result of contributions from many different but interrelated systems,” explained John Morrissey, communication manager, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT). In a chart produced by HIMSS Analytics, “EMR Adoption Model,” in which the association surveyed 5,071 hospitals, Stage 2 and Stage 3 represent levels that contain many but not all the features and functions of what can be construed as an EHR. The highest stage, just shy of a fully paperless environment, is Stage 6, and, “has been attained by only a handful of hospitals – 42 as of last month,” said Morrissey. “The push to purchase and integrate all the elements of a high-end EHR is a journey for most of the industry that is continuing and dynamic.”ARRA to build an EHR highwayOne of the leading barriers to faster EHR adoption is cost, a factor the ARRA aims to address by injecting the necessary revenue to build an EHR highway. The law “provides financial incentives through the Medicare program to encourage physicians and hospitals to adopt and use certified EHRs in a meaningful way (as defined by the Secretary and may include reporting quality measures).” How do radiology and radiation oncology IT contribute to an EHR in a “meaningful way”? According to Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of CCHIT, as long as a physician is using the system to transfer clinically relevant information, such as electronic images and clinical data, “that proves you have an electronic health record.” CCHIT is the official organization tasked with certifying those EHRs, and in order to receive incentives for an EHR, the system must be certified by CCHIT. “Under the ARRA, billions of dollars in public funds are being invested in health IT, with certification as a key mechanism to ensure that the electronic health records (EHRs) adopted will deliver the promised benefits in quality, safety and efficiency,” said Dr. Leavitt. “There’s no time to rest, because our responsibilities have now been multiplied.” The ARRA is designed to provide funds for hospitals and physicians to implement EHRs and electronic prescribing technology by 2011. Of the total package, $17 billion will provide incentive payments via Medicare and Medicaid and $2 billion will go to grants and loans for those who adopt the technology.Dr. Leavitt spoke with Imaging Technology News (ITN) about the impact the bill will have on EHR adoption and how it will impact radiology and radiation oncology IT.ITN: Can you break down the net investment of the funds from the ARRA?Dr. Leavitt: There are two parts to the funding form the ARRA. The big part goes to Medicare and Medicaid and that is for certified EHRs and for using the certified EHRs in a meaningful way. When the law talks about providers and physicians, it excludes hospital-based physicians. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which scored the macro calculations, it is a gross amount of $34 billion in incentives total going out and, with a calculated savings from reduced duplication of about half that, the net public investment is at about $17 billion – that is the net additional monies allocated.The other part of the funding is $2 billion that goes to ONC and comes out in a variety of programs to support health information exchange, loans and grants for health information technology and education or extension centers. Those in general do not go to individual providers.ITN: How will radiology and radiation oncology groups already using EHRs benefit?Dr. Leavitt: The HHS will create the details of the qualifications in a rule-making process. The incentives are for hospitals and professionals. On incentives for professionals, it says it does not apply to hospital-based professionals. Some radiologists are hospital-based or other ones are not – so they differ depending on the structure of their practice. The ones that are hospital-based, that doesn’t mean they won’t benefit because their hospitals will end up with new systems and technology. The hospital benefit will be substantial.ITN: You said: The electronic health records will deliver the promised benefits in quality, safety and efficiency. Can you quantify the projected improvements in those areas?Dr. Leavitt: It’s very hard to quantify, so it has to be a qualitative discussion. In terms of quality, the bill talks about meaningful use – there are two elements to getting this incentive. One is you must have certified EHR technology, and second you have to be a meaningful user of that technology. The EHRs have to be sending and receiving information electronically, and the EHR has to be reporting on quality measures. The details of how to prove that have to be developed by HHS. That is where you are going to see the expected benchmarks. The pay-for-performance programs are a good model to look at. They typically offer an incentive the first year for adopting the technology, the second year for measuring quality – what is the percentage of patients who get this treatment in this many days. Then the third year they expect improvement in quality – can you do a 10 percent year-over-year improvement benchmark, for example. ITN: How long will it take a physician office to see a ROI once it implements an EHR?Dr. Leavitt: In a physician office it depends on if you are currently using dictation and transcription to generate the records. If they are using dictation and transcription and they are able to reduce that because of an electronic healthcare record, then they can often get an ROI in a year or two because the transcription costs can be $10,000 or $15,000 per doctor per year. That is one of the bigger potential savings. A hospital saves through shorter lengths of stay. If you get the results instantly with an EHR, you will save money.ITN: In what areas will CCHIT expand?Dr. Leavitt: The HHS currently recognizes us and the bill says the national coordinator shall recognize a program for certification in EHR technology, and we are the only recognized program.The expansion comes about because as certification’s impact has increased, the interest has grown from beyond the original three areas of the contract. In 2011, we hope to launch the eye care spectrum, which is ophthalmology and optometry, advanced certifications in security and clinical decision support and also oncology. There is a crossover between oncology and radiation oncology in our roadmap being part of oncology. The reason we put oncology in 2011 and not 2010 is that is big and complicated. We’ll be doing some research on the needs in the next year and we will need to figure out how radiation therapy fits with oncology. Our EHRs for oncology are different from ambulatory. We have to understand how people are buying this. We need to figure out how radiation therapy fits with oncology. Is it done by radiologists or oncologists? The EHRs used by radiation oncologists are fundamentally different from those used by ambulatory oncologists. We have to understand the field before we start certifying because the certification has to match the marketplace – the way people are buying systems. ITN: For radiology, how does PACS factor into each one of the CCHIT EHRs such as Ambulatory EHR?Dr. Leavitt: If PACS is a departmental system that is separate from the core EHR, then it wouldn’t qualify for the incentive, but if it is defined as a module as part of an EHR, then it would qualify. That is one of the things we have to sort out as we move forward. We still need to research this. In order to get funding from the bill, you just have to be using the certified EHR technology in order to get the incentive payment. You don’t have to, for example, wait to buy it this year; you have to be a user of it this year to get the payment. Or if you already own it, and you prove it is certified and used in a meaningful way, then you qualify for the incentives. For example, if a hospital has gone all digital, whether they got an entire system or modules, that system should be certified. Yet the departmental systems would not have to be to meet the criteria of meaningful use. We won’t need to certify every system. There may be a subsystem within a PACS – a module that does something special — that we wouldn’t have to certify. It’s really the fact that they have clinical information and that they are using it. These modules will have a valuable role. For example, if a patient’s in an accident across the country and they take a CT of the head and see an abnormality and need to know if that’s new, they need to see a prior CT scan in different location. So, if one hospital can send that information, that’s an exchange of information, and that hospital should get an incentive. It doesn’t matter if you bought the EHR first or PACS or if it came integrated. The end result is you have mastery over the electronic images; you can access them and send them where they need to go. That proves you have an electronic health record. The goal is to make this information more portable. ITN: What are some factors contributing to the fact that such a low percentage of U.S. hospitals have adopted EHRs?Dr. Leavitt: Because there has not been a requirement or an incentive to do it. Competition amongst different healthcare records has contributed to them not distributing information, and that has got to change. They need to compete on quality and not on how well they can lock up information. That is why health information exchange is one of the requirements because monopolizing information is out of bounds. Reference: DesRoches, Catherine M., et al. 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Tags: Korea TORONTO — Canadian arrivals to Korea were up 20.3% in 2016 over 2015, for a total of 175,443 Canadian visitors. Overall international tourist arrivals to Korea reached a new record of 17 million visitors last year, exceeding the last record of 14 million visitors set in 2014.“I am pleased to see that Korea remains a hot tourism destination in 2016,” said John Hyungkwan Park, Director of the Korea Tourism Organization Toronto Office.The destination is benefitting from more lift: Air Canada began its daily nonstop service between Toronto and Seoul in June 2016; that same month, Korean Air launched daily nonstop flights between the two cities.Stopovers and FIT travel are fuelling tourism gains along with the development of various niche tourism products, such as Korean beauty, wellness, medical tourism, Korean wave and MC&IT. “We hope to attract different groups of travellers to visit Korea to enjoy the country in different ways,” said Park. The Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games are about one year away and represent an ideal opportunity to introduce cities beyond Seoul, he added.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongHe said he expects 2017 will be another banner year with the support of the industry. “We certainly appreciate our industry partners for all their efforts in promoting Korea. We will continue to work closely with all the partners and develop more new tourism spots and packages for the Canadian market.”The first round of the 2017 Korea Grand Sale will be taking place Jan. 20 – Feb. 28 throughout the country. The Korea Grand Sale has been held every winter since 2011 and became a representative shopping tourism festival.Visitors will find exclusive discounts on shopping, accommodation, transportation, entertainment, beauty & health, food & beverage and more. In conjunction with the ‘2017-2018 Gangwon Visit Year’, participating ski resorts will offer special discount on service and rental fees as well. See visitkorea.or.kr. Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> The Canadian Press Canadian visits to Korea up 20%: KNTO Tuesday, January 17, 2017
TORONTO (AP) – Canada has blocked the Malaysian state-owned oil firm Petronas’ US$5.2 billion (CA$5.17 billion) bid for gas producer Progress Energy Resources, saying the proposed investment would not provide a net benefit to Canada.Federal Industry Minister Christian Paradis did not explain his decision in a statement released just before midnight Friday, saying only that it was made after a careful and thorough review of the proposed transaction. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project CNOOC and other big state-owned Chinese energy companies have increased purchases of oil and gas assets in the Americas as part of a global strategy to gain access to resources needed to fuel China’s economy. The companies have moved more carefully since CNOOC tried seven years ago to buy the California energy firm Unocal Corp. only to withdraw its bid in the face of opposition from U.S. lawmakers who cited national security fears.Nexen, a mid-tier Canadian energy company, operates in western Canada, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, Africa and the Middle East, with its biggest reserves in the Canadian oil sands. It produced an average of 213,000 barrels of oil a day in the second quarter of this year.Acquisitions must be deemed a “net benefit” under the Investment Canada Act. Concerns have been raised by lawmakers about a takeover by a state-owned Chinese firm but the deal has garnered support from the premier of Alberta where Nexen is based. Analysts say it will likely be approved because more than 70 percent of Nexen’s assets are outside Canada.Political scientist Wenran Jiang said the challenge for Ottawa will be to show consistency in how it applies the Investment Canada Act’s key net benefit test to foreign deals. Sponsored Stories Jiang said the perception of Chinese firms compared with other state-owned counterparts is unfair in many ways.“The Chinese state-owned companies are considered more menacing in a sense by some people than, say, a national oil company of Malaysia,” he said. “We need to figure out how do we treat China? Is this potentially treating China as an enemy? Or do you treat China as a business partner?”A year before their acquisition deal was announced, Progress and Petronas formed a partnership to jointly develop shale natural gas in northeastern British Columbia and look at exporting the gas off the West Coast in liquid form.CNOOC and Nexen also had a pre-existing relationship. Last year, CNOOC scooped up Opti Canada, Nexen’s beleaguered minority partner in its troubled Long Lake oilsands project. The two firms also worked together in the Gulf of Mexico.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments Share Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix “They will have to appear that they use the same set of rules to evaluate, rather than using different tailor-made rules,” said the senior fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.Paradis has extended the review of the CNOOC-Nexen deal until mid-November. The reviews can be extended by further 30-day increments, with the buyer’s consent.While some foreign takeovers are approved in Canada, the Conservative government rejected Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton’s hostile takeover bid for Potash Corp. in 2010 and the sale of Vancouver-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates’ space-technology division to an American company in 2008. In the case of Potash Corp., the local Saskatchewan provincial government was against the foreign takeover of a company that controls 25 percent of the world’s supply of potash. A federal election also loomed at the time.Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has allowed Chinese companies to take stakes in energy companies and has made trade with China a top priority in recent years. However, Harper has said the Nexen-CNOOC deal “raises a range of difficult policy questions.”At a news conference in Senegal last week, Harper said there’s a national security angle that factors into Canada’s relationship with China, calling it important but complex. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “Due to the strict confidentiality provisions of the (Investment Canada) Act, I cannot comment further on this investment at this time,” said Paradis.“Canada has a long-standing reputation for welcoming foreign investment. The Government of Canada remains committed to maintaining an open climate for investment,” he added.Petronas has up to 30 days to make any changes to the proposed deal and send it back to the federal government for another review under the terms of the Investment Canada Act.Petronas’ offer for Progress is substantial at $5.2 billion, but it’s eclipsed by the US$15.2 billion (CA$15.1 billion) that China National Offshore Oil Co. is offering for oil producer Nexen Inc.Progress did not immediately respond to calls for comment.Observers had been looking for signals from the review of the Petronas deal for an indication of how the government might proceed with the more controversial deal to buy Nexen.Both dears involve Asian state-owned players, are worth billions of dollars and sprang from joint-venture partnerships with Canadian firms, but the Chinese bid has stoked a great deal more political furor than the Malaysian one.“China comes with more baggage, as befits a great power,” said Gordon Houlden, director of the University of Alberta’s China Institute. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean