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Cavaliers trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas — source

first_imgSince Irving made his stunning request, the defending Eastern Conference champions have been looking for a trade partner. They found the perfect one in the Celtics, who will now build around Irving and newly signed free agent Gordon Hayward.Irving’s first regular-season game for Boston will be against Cleveland as the Cavs will host the Celtics on Oct. 17 — a date being circled by fans already.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Irving, who made the biggest shot in Cleveland history to win the 2016 NBA Finals, is joining a Boston team that lost to Cleveland in last season’s conference finals and has been unable to unseat LeBron James and Co. in recent years.The Cavs were concerned about getting equivalent value for Irving, who has two years remaining on his contract, but in the 5-foot-9 Thomas they are adding one of the league’s most dynamic playmakers. Thomas averaged 28.9 points last season. He missed most of the East finals with a hip injury. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees MOST READ The Cavs drafted Irving with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011. He struggled in his first few seasons but blossomed in recent years alongside James. However, that didn’t seem to be enough for the 25-year-old, who has wanted to be the prime player and focal point on his own team.He got his wish.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Mayweather, McGregor trade verbal jabs as countdown begins The 28-year-old Thomas, taken with the final pick in the second round in 2011, can become a free agent when his contract ends after next season.His reputation in Boston was cemented when he led the Celtics through the playoffs last season despite the death of his sister on the eve of the postseason. He also had a front tooth knocked out during the second-round series against Washington and the hip injury eventually forced the team to shut him down early in the East finals, won by the Cavaliers in five games.Thomas believes he is worthy of a maximum contract and has quoted saying, “They better bring out the Brinks truck.”Cleveland is also getting Crowder, a solid perimeter defender, and a first-round pick that Boston got from Brooklyn. The package could help the Cavs reload if James opts out of his contract next summer and leaves Cleveland for a second time.The Vertical first reported the possible blockbuster deal.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles JUNE 09: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving’s next cross-over will come against the Cavaliers.Cleveland’s All-Star guard, who asked owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer, was dealt Tuesday night to the Boston Celtics in exchange for star Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Nadal overtakes Federer to regain No. 1 ranking

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ But his Halle loss to Borna Coric cost him not only a 99th career title but his pole position as Nadal moved back above him by 50 points as the countdown to Wimbledon nears its end.Coric’s win lifted him 13 places meanwhile to a career-high 21st.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownQueen’s Club champion Marin Cilic moved up a spot to fifth after his win over Novak Djokovic, who moves back into the top 20.ATP rankings as of June 25: 16. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2030 (-1)17. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 1965 (+5)18. Kyle Edmund (GBR) 1950 (-1)19. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 1855 (+2)20. Lucas Pouille (FRA) 1835 (-2)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES 6. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4780 (-1)7. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 38358. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 36359. David Goffin (BEL) 311010. John Isner (USA) 307011. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 243512. Pablo Carreno (ESP) 214513. Sam Querrey (USA) 213014. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2120 (+2)15. Jack Sock (USA) 2110 (-1) Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Spain’s Rafael Nadal challenges a line call as he plays Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Spain’s Rafael Nadal regained the top spot in the men’s ATP rankings from old rival Roger Federer on Monday after the latter’s surprise final loss on the grass in Halle.Nadal had slipped down to number two despite his 11th French Open success after Federer, 36, took the Stuttgart Cup to bag the number one ranking for the sixth time in his career and bask in a record 310th week at the summit.ADVERTISEMENT Ricky Dandan resigns as Columbian Dyip head coach MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 8770 pts (+1)2. Roger Federer (SUI) 8720 (-1)3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 57554. Juan Martín Del Potro (ARG) 50805. Marin Cilic (CRO) 5060 (+1)ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

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Ebola – The Wind That Blows; Will It Stop?

first_imgIntroduction: The cold wind of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) took its first sweep in 1976. The effects of its goose bumps – very lethal, very infectious – were instantaneously felt in Nzara, a Sudanese town, and in Yambuku of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The wind blew again, very cold, in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease took its name.Ebola has since remained the most lethal infectious disease posing health, economic, social and security threats not only to the African continent but the world at large. The current outbreak in the three West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, detected in March 2014, unleashed the largest and most multifaceted Ebola outbreak in global history since the discovery of the virus.The virus family, Filoviridae, includes three genera: Cuevavirus, Marburgvirus, and Ebolavirus. There are five species that have been identified: Zaire, Bundibugyo, Sudan, Reston and Taï Forest. The first three, Bundibugyoebolavirus, Zaire ebolavirus and Sudan ebolavirus have been associated with large outbreaks in Africa. Experts say the virus causing the 2014 West African outbreak belongs to the Zaire species.The West Africa Ebola outbreak remains the most overwhelming outbreak of disease in world history. The number of deaths recorded unimaginably remains the highest ever to be recorded in a very short period –far higher than the records of all previous cases.The World Health Organization estimates that the virus has killed over 11,301, mostly in West Africa. Liberia recorded a total of 4,806 deaths out of 3,151 laboratory confirmed cases, the highest recorded number of deaths. Sierra Leone recorded 3,952 deaths out of 8,697 laboratory confirmed cases while Guinea has 2,526 deaths from 3,334 laboratory confirmed cases.15 other Ebola deaths also occurred in Mali, Nigeria and the United States. Ebola cases also emerged in Senegal while another case was later identified in Spain.Considering the increased causalities caused by Ebola, on August 8, 2014, the WHO declared the West Africa outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern under the International Health Regulations (2005). The WHO also formed a panel of international experts to assess its response – the status of this panel is still pending. On September 14, 2014, the United Nations also formed the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), the first-ever UN health mission, with a core objective of scaling up the response on the ground and establishing unity of purpose among responders in support of the nationally led efforts.However, the International Community, the UN and WHO came under heavy criticism for their snail pace response towards the epidemic from its early stage. International response scaled up when Liberia had already over 1,000 deaths.Ebola’s impact and its potential on AfricansSince the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in March of 2014, West Africans have continued to be confronted with several challenges including humiliation, stigma and discrimination. Restrictions, which breached national and international laws, were imposed onAfricans, especially those from the three West African states of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia due to stigma. These vices have fueled considerable amounts of damage to include shutting down borders and suspension of flights to and from the three countries. The outbreak and its aftermath sanctions crippled the economies of the affected countries in the sub-region.According to a World Bank Report, full-year 2014 growth in Guinea collapsed to an estimated 0.5 percent from a rate of 4.5 percent expected before the crisis. Full-year growth for 2014 in Liberia fell by more than half to an estimated 2.2 percent from 5.9 percent expected before the crisis. Full-year 2014 growth in Sierra Leone fell by more than half to 4.0 percent from 11.3 percent expected before the crisis. All three of these rates imply shrinking economies in the second half of 2014. The total fiscal impact felt by the three countries in 2014 was over half a billion dollars, nearly 5 percent of their combined GDP.West Africa as a whole may lose an average of at least US$3.6 billion per year between 2014 and 2017 due to a decrease in trade, closing of borders, flight cancellations and reduced Foreign Direct Investment and tourism activity, fuelled by stigma, says the United Nations Development Group (UNDG).This has also had an important impact on human development. The region’s per capita income is expected to fall by US$18.00 per year between 2015 and 2017, the UNDG maintained.In Côte d’Ivoire, the poverty rate has risen by at least 0.5 percentage points because of Ebola, while in Senegal the proportion of people living below the national poverty line could increase to 1.8 percent in 2014. In addition, food insecurity in countries such as Mali, and Guinea-Bissau is expected to increase.In Liberia, the government reported early this year that since 2006, Liberia’s growth rate increased, reaching a level of 8.9 percent in 2012 with the potential for double digit thereafter, while in 2013, growth rate fell to 8.3 percent on account of the global economic downturn and its effect on global prices of primary commodities.Unfortunately in 2014, the Ebola virus outbreak led to a dramatic decline in the nation’s growth rate from a projected 5.9 percent to an initial -0.4 percent. Although later revised to 1 percent, the future of economic growth is still severely challenged, the government maintained.“If we are to achieve development goals outlined in the Agenda for Transformation, and reach the long term average growth rate of 8 percent, radical changes will be required in the structure of our economy for increased investments in the productive sector of the economy and in our governance structure and processes,” Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia told the country.Will Ebola Stop?The consequences of Ebola in Africa and its extension to the rest of the world lead one to ask many questions. An obvious question remains: “Will Ebola ever stop?”The ordinary man would think that Ebola is soon to be over due to significant decline in new infections of the virus in the three West African nations, coupled with positive stories published on the Internet nowadays.Internet, as well as front and back pages of most national and international newspapers’ stories since March of 2015 have become more human friendly – less fear and stress-driven – and would provide a clearer picture of communities, health practitioners and donors partnership to ‘totally’ curb the virus.Despite the progress acknowledged the contrary is the absence of trustworthy drugs or vaccine thus making Ebola history’s impractical.What is most interesting is that scientists are still finding it difficult to determine the infiltration or transmission of Ebola in humans due to either its complexity or recently observed ‘chameleon’ posture pinpointed in the recent outbreak that started in March of 2014.Ebola turns ‘chameleon’ in recent outbreakThe Center for Disease Control (CDC) has alluded to the fact that because the natural reservoir of Ebola viruses has not yet been identified, the way in which the virus first appears in a human at the start of an outbreak is unknown. However, scientists believe that the first patient became infected through contact with an infected animal, such as a fruit bat or primate (apes and monkeys), which is called a spillover event. Person-to-person transmission follows and can lead to large numbers of affected people. In some past Ebola outbreaks, primates were also affected by Ebola and multiple spillover events occurred when people touched or ate infected primates.When an infection occurs in humans, the virus can be spread to others through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with: blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola; objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with body fluids from a person who is sick with Ebola or the body of a person who has died from Ebola; and infected fruit bats or primates (apes and monkeys).It is widely said Ebola is not spread through the air, by water, or in general, by food and there is no evidence that mosquitoes or other insects can transmit the Ebola virus. Only a few species of mammals (e.g., humans, bats, monkeys, and apes) have shown the ability to become infected with and spread the Ebola virus.Resurgence of the disease has made scientists to believe that the Ebola Virus Disease can possibly spread through the semen of a male survivor (for example, by having oral, vaginal, or anal sex).Male survivors are often advised to abstain from sex for a period of 90 days or should have protected sex (use condoms) when they decide to have sex within the 90 days after being discharged from the Ebola Treatment Unit.However, the 90 days sex abstinence is now doubtful as there have been reports of resurgence in Liberia in which the mode of transmission has been linked to sexual transmission in which the survivors had spent over 100 days.Though it was widely believed that by sexual transmission the male survivor was the donor of the virus through the semen, most recent resurgence in Liberia in which the victim was a male has also been linked to sexual transmission. This could mean that the donor in this instance might have been a female.Two Peculiar sexual transmission cases (resurgences) in LiberiaThe first occurred following more than 10 days after Liberia released her last-but-first diagnosed Ebola patient – Beatrice Yardolo – from a Chinese run-Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU). Another woman identified as Ruth Tugbeh, 44, contracted the illness from her fiancé. Officials reported that Ruth’s fiancé survived the virus after spending 21 days in a treatment unit. It was also reported that the pair had sexual contact over hundred days after he was discharged. Unfortunately, efforts to keep Ruth alive did not materialize.After her death, Liberia had a recount surveillance schedule of 21 days which led WHO declaring the country Ebola-free on May 9, 2015.Tactlessly, in more than six weeks after the nation was declared Ebola-free, a 17 year old boy died of Ebola in Margibi, near Monrovia, in June 2015.The second resurgence occurred 42 days after the country was declared Ebola-free. The report that the boy died of Ebola sparked a debate marked with protest from the boy’s family who refused to accept that their son died of Ebola, instead a dead dog suspected to have been poisoned by evildoers in the county.Preliminary report from the government unveiled that the boy may have had sex with an infected Ebola person before his demise.Liberia’s Incident Management Team head, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, told local media that the virus was not imported, noting that it was the strain that Liberia fought in March. “We have conducted several investigations and are now investing sexual transmission as well because, you know that in March, issue of such was reported, so we are careful about that,” Mr. Nyenswah said in July, 2015.With these new developments in the occurrences of Ebola, one cannot be too sure that the world can defeat Ebola in the face of mountaineering strategies, leaving out the discovery of a reliable drug or vaccine to work against the virus.Discovering a drug or vaccine against Ebola is a wakeup call for the world and policymakersAs the World Health Organization and the United Nations continue to invest dedicated resources to the development of an effective drug or vaccine to curb and limit transmission of the Human Immuno Virus (HIV), Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Tuberculosis (TB), and Poliomyelitis (polio), highly infectious viral diseases, it is disturbing that an effective drug or vaccine for Ebola is yet to come to reality.The fact remains that Ebola is awfully contagious and its fatality rate has been frequently very high. Just an infected person could cause the death of an entire family and perhaps an unimaginable number of persons in a country. However, since 1976, there has been no vaccine licensed for use in humans to guard against EVD. According to WHO, clinical trials for several candidate vaccines are in various phases and a safe and effective vaccine hasn’t been realized.A recent trial of a vaccine to prevent the Ebola tested on 7,500 people, predominately health workers in the West African state of Guinea, where the latest and most lethal strain of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) originated in late 2013, is welcoming.The vaccine is said to have 100 percent effectiveness among those that were a part of the trial. WHO told the world that additional evidence is still needed in regard to its ability to shield large populations through what is known as “herd immunity.”As a result, the Guinean national regulatory authority and ethics review committee has given the go ahead for additional research.The research methodology utilized in the trial is called a ring approach, Dr. Sakoba Keita, the Guinean national coordinator for the EVD response averred.This is one of two vaccines being tested at present in the Ebola-impacted states. There is another vaccine produced by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The trial study used the Merck vaccine and was directed by Ana Maria Henao-Restrepo of the WHO.Though these initial trials provide promises for containing and eradicating EVD as a major threat to human health and the overall wellbeing of the most severely-impacted states, the additional research call must be a wake-up call for policymakers locally and globally.The devastating effect of Ebola on the African continent cannot be overemphasized as the continent yearns for affirmative action against the recurrence of the lethal infectious disease. Diplomatic speeches alone will not bring relief to the people of the continent. There is a need to galvanize more resources to catalyze the discovery of an effective drug/vaccine to guard against the humiliating disease.If the world had discovered drug or vaccine to suppress HIV, AIDS and TB, as well as other diseases, same can be done to help eradicate Ebola, especially now that it is noted that the virus could possibly be transmitted through sexual intercourse.This must be treated as a matter of urgency. Knowing it is not enough; we must apply the knowledge. Being willing is not enough; we must do. We must do before it is too late!AuthorThe writer of this health analytical piece is a Liberian journalist, the proud winner of the 2014/2015 Health Journalist Award of the Press Union of Liberia, and a student of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU), reading Public Administration and Education. He can be reached at: Email: ysolomonwwatkins@gmail.com; Mobile phone no: (+231) 886 427 519 | 777 463 908.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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PPP to boycott parliamentary visit to CJIA expansion project

first_imgThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has refused to participate in a parliamentary tour of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project, saying that it will not be part of any charade put up by the coalition Government to show any semblance of transparency.This comes on the heels of an invitation, under the signature of the Clerk of the National Assembly, being directed by the Speaker at the behest of the Public Infrastructure Minister, to a tour of the CJIA expansion project site, scheduled for this Friday.A Cabinet tour of the CJIA expansion works back in JanuaryAccording to the correspondence, the purpose of this tour is to provide all Members of Parliament (MPs) with relative information so that a more informed discourse on the project may occur in the future.However, in a statement on Wednesday, the Opposition’s Parliamentary Spokesperson on Public Infrastructure, Juan Edghill, asserted that the Party would not participate in any charade, of any kind and at any time, to lend any semblance of legitimacy and to provide any appearance of transparency to this unaccountable Administration.“We remind all Guyanese of the hostile diatribe [against] and near sabotage of this project by the then Opposition AFC [Alliance For Change] and APNU [A Partnership for National Unity] jointly. This was supposed to have been, according to their interpretation, a corrupt underhand deal by the then Jagdeo Administration,” Edghill asserted.He went on to point out that the CJIA expansion project, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year, was part of a number of transformative projects, which included the Marriott Hotel, that were initiated under the PPP regime to bring in a new sector, mainly the eco-aspect of tourism.“Guyana was being poised to become a hub for air traffic to facilitate regional and international traffic, with one of the main effects being lower airfares and lower freight, which would have resulted in a ‘big boom’ for the export of non-traditional projects, not forgetting the Specialty Hospital with a view to provide for medical tourism. The development of the synthetic track and other world-class facilities to encourage sports tourism,” Edghill noted.According to the Opposition’s Parliamentary Spokesperson on Public Infrastructure, the contract for the airport expansion that was entered into under the PPP/C Administration was a fixed price design and build contract, which clearly detailed and defined the works that were to be done. This, he added, included: the expansion and lengthening of the runway; the new size of the tarmac; the number of boarding gates – that is eight according to the document, and the square footage of the building. Edghill maintained that it was clearly understood that all the risks, including the geo-technical risk, were to be borne by the contractor in this arrangement.“We are aware that significant alterations and changes have been made to the design. It is our intention, and we will at the appropriate time, call for a performance audit of this project, to ensure that the Guyanese people got value for their money and what was paid for was delivered. The Minister of Public Infrastructure, on numerous occasions in the National Assembly, failed to answer questions or deliver information promised in regards to this project. His usual style of much rhetoric is now common place with very little to show,” he asserted.Nevertheless, Edghill said he believed this move to hold a parliamentary tour of the country’s main airport facility was a deliberately orchestrated one, aimed at seeking additional funds from the nation’s purse.“I suspect the reason that we have had the entire Cabinet visit this PPP/C project (back in January) and now an invitation to the entire Parliament, is that the environment is being prepared for supplementary request and approval for more monies for this fixed price project,” he posited, while adding that the Opposition would address this at the appropriate time in the National Assembly.Furthermore, the Opposition’s Parliamentary Spokesperson on Public Infrastructure outlined that in its three years in office, the coalition Administration did not have a single project of a developmental nature to show. As such, Edghill questioned whether this move for a parliamentary tour was now an act of desperation for some media coverage to show that things were happening.Moreover, he went on to wonder whether the “now embattled Minister, who is facing private criminal charges for Misconduct in Public Office,” through the Speaker, may soon invite the entire Parliament to visit two other PPP/C projects – the East Coast Highway expansion and the West Coast Demerara Road expansion and upgrade projects.last_img read more

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NPSS teams looking to build on success from last weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Several of the North Peace Secondary School’s sports teams are going to be in action this weekend.The NPSS Boys Soccer team is in Kamloops participating in the Sa-Hali tournament where they’ll be looking to build off last weekend’s third place finish in Prince George.After winning the A&W tournament in Whitecourt last weekend, the Junior Girls Volleyball team looks to keep the momentum going in Spirit River over the weekend.- Advertisement -We’ll have full results from both teams’ weekends here on Monday.last_img read more

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Patrick Vieira backed to shine as a manager…but not at Arsenal

first_img1 Patrick Vieira Patrick Vieira has been tipped to be a top boss if he decides to start his managerial career with New York City.The former Arsenal and France midfielder has been strongly linked with taking over in America at Manchester City’s sister club.Vieira is currently head of City’s Elite Development Squad and has shown an ambition to manage at the highest level.New York boss Jason Kreis is under pressure after losing 16 of his 33 MLS matches.And Vieira has the full support of his most influential manager, Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger.His fellow French countryman said: “He has the qualities to be a manager. I have spoken to him about it a few times.“At 39 he is old enough to start, but he has to decide whether he wants to coach at the youth levels or come up to join us in hell!”last_img read more

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Middle-school students take a spin around the floor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSlow, slow, quick, quick, slow. The commands come from David Grace, a professional ballroom instructor. The boys and girls, who are lined up in rows, look bewildered, at times bumping into each other. “At the beginning, we see resistance to hold hands and touch each other,” said Grace. “Dance is an exercise to get kids to interact. At the end, they find out it’s not so scary, strange … It’s fun. “The reward is seeing their personality shine through the dance.” WINNETKA – David Ramos extends his hand to Alejandra Garcia, looks her in the eyes and asks, “May I have this dance?” The Sutter Middle School sixth-graders – donning blue and white PE uniforms – draw closer and then get in position as they prepare to tango. One, two, three, four, five, six, ready, go. Forward, forward. For the last couple of weeks, dozens of students have been learning to fox trot, rumba, cha cha and salsa as part of physical education class at Sutter Middle School in Winnetka. The biggest challenge: getting past the cooties stage, followed by teaching these youngsters their left foot from their right. “It’s getting better,” admits Alejandra Garcia. “At first, it’s kind of embarrassing but then you get used to it.” Grace will be teaching the dance moves to the school’s 550 sixth-graders by the end of the school year thanks to U.S.A. Dance Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote ballroom dance throughout the Los Angeles area. Royce Hill, the assistant principal, said the program runs for six weeks and will rotate through the entire sixth-grade student body. “They’re anxiously waiting their turn to get involved in the program,” she said. “They can’t wait to get to PE and get their turn in the gym. “Anytime we can get them enthusiastic about going to school, it’s wonderful.” Michele Wolpe, of U.S.A. Dance Los Angeles, said the organization is sponsoring the program as part of a new initiative – called “Dancing with the (Future) Stars” – to bring ballroom dance classes to kids. U.S.A. Dance Los Angeles launched the program to spread a passion for ballroom dance among the next generation. They hope to partner with the Los Angeles Unified School District and bring the curriculum to other schools in the Valley. “These kids don’t get a chance to experience something like this,” Wolpe said. “They’re going home teaching Mom and Dad how to dance. It’s pretty cool.” The class has also helped increase student self-esteem. “He (David Grace) makes us believe we can do it,” Garcia said. “He tells us to keep on doing it, don’t stop and try harder.” For more information, visit www.usadance-la.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Ex-Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry unveiled at Bayern Munich

first_img LU BEAUTY diamond geezer Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup The 22-year-old spent five years with the Gunners after joining from Stuttgart for £100,000 in 2011 but failed to fully break into the first-team, making just 18 appearances in total.Even a loan spell with West Bromwich Albion failed to work out and he was eventually sold to Bremen in 2016 for £5million.He was an instant success there and his 11 goals in 27 matches earning him a move to Bayern in 2017 but he spent last season out on loan with Hoffenheim, excelling with 10 goals and five assists, before injury curtailed his campaign.Now though, he’s finally starting his career in Munich and will enter the final stage of his recuperation as the club begins pre-season training. Happy to be here @FCBayern 💥🙌🏾Already working hard for the next season! pic.twitter.com/d4kIF34lOB— Serge Gnabry (@SergeGnabry) July 1, 2018talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Latest World Cup 2018 news Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football SUPERSTITION misery Pure class 1 Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch center_img Shy guy Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter You’re the one Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Good times Fallon d’Floor Bayern Munich unveil Serge Gnabry at their pre-season press conference, along with new boss Niko Kovac. NO JOY Bayern Munich have officially unveiled former Arsenal star Serge Gnabry a year after signing the player.Germany international Gnabry joined the Bundesliga title holders from Werder Bremen last summer but went straight out on loan to Hoffenheim. A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches last_img read more

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EUROPE WILL DICTATE OUR BUDGETS, SAYS DONEGAL TD

first_imgSpeaking at a press conference in Dublin today, Sinn Féin finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty TD said there is huge concern that the Austerity Treaty would give the European Commission new powers to force Ireland into an “economic partnership programme” which would allow the commission to dictate what is included in future budgets.Deputy Doherty said:“The first week of the referendum campaign has been dominated by the economics of the Austerity Treaty. However there is more to the Treaty than the additional austerity that we would have to endure after 2015 if we sign up to it. There are key questions in terms of loss of economic sovereignty.“It is about time that the government, and in particular the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, came clean about the consequences of handing away such power to the European Commission and European Court of Justice – what will it mean for taxation policy, for the ownership of state assets, for the delivery of public services, for the household budgets of hundreds of thousands of people across the country? “It is shocking that any state would voluntarily sign up to the loss of economic sovereignty and many people are asking have they even thought through the consequences of their actions.“Articles 5 through to 8 deal with the enforcement of the Treaty’s draconian deficit and debt rules and the punishments that can be meted out to any state deemed to be in breach of the rules.“Article 5 places a legal obligation on member states, who are deemed to be in breach of the deficit rules, to enter a programme of so called structural reform. The content of that programme, deceptively called an economic partnership, will be determined by the European Commission. The programme will be detailed, and in effect will look very much like the detail of the current Troika memorandum of understanding.“The programme will be backed up with the possibility of legal action whereby one Member State acting at the request of the European Commission can take another Member State to the ECJ. The punishment will take the form of a fine of up to 0.1% of GDP which on the basis of 2011 figures would be in the region of €160 million. “Taken together these articles will significantly undermine the control that future Governments will have over budgetary and fiscal matters. The excessive deficit procedure will become automatic requiring a qualified majority to block it; the Commission will have extensive scope to impose detailed policy prescriptions on Member States; and the ECJ will act at the enforcement mechanism.“The Government, and in particular the Minister of Finance Michael Noonan needs to clearly spell out the consequences of these articles.“The Austerity Treaty means more power for the European Court of Justice and European Commission. It means less power for the Oireachtas and the citizens to control our own economic affairs. On May 31st we have an opportunity to defend the right of citizens to decide our own future by voting No to the Austerity Treaty.” EUROPE WILL DICTATE OUR BUDGETS, SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: May 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Pearse DohertyEUROPE WILL DICTATE OUR BUDGETSSAYS DONEGAL TDlast_img read more

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Franchitti is fastest

first_img “We just don’t seem to be very quick,” said Wheldon, also part of the AGR team. “I’m sure our team is good enough to make sure we have a reasonable car in the race, I’m just not sure how good the car will be.” Franchitti’s other AGR teammate Tony Kanaan, the 2004 series champ, is 26 points ahead of Sam Hornish Jr. in the scrap for second. A total of 36 points separate Franchitti, Helio Castroneves and Scott Sharp for fourth while Vitor Meira, Bryan Herta (Hart High of Newhall), Scheckter and Patrick Carpentier are within 26 points of each other in the fight for seventh. Kanaan is seven spots behind Hornish on the grid. “We really struggle in qualifying as a team,” said Kanaan, “but we are all on different setups, that’s why you see all of us quick at different times. If you look at our qualifying setups, they are all different. Nothing is similar. We know we have a good race car, so we’re not too worried.” But the real story line centers around rookie Danica Patrick, who will sit outside Hornish on the second row. Hornish posted a speed of 218.602 while Patrick was fourth fastest at 218.199. “The wind changed so much and our strategy was definitely a two-gear strategy. I had to leave it in the top gear the whole time because fifth gear was too short,” Patrick said. “We took a chance and the wind wasn’t doing what we thought it was doing. “I thought we had a good chance for the pole. I’m disappointed but I have won three poles this year, I was looking for the rookie record (four),” she said. “But now, I’d take a win in my rookie year. This track is like many of the tracks we have raced this year and have been competitive. I think we will have a chance to win, but so will Buddy (Rice) and Vitor.” Hornish has won two of the three IndyCar Series races at the speedway. “Once we got the gearing right, the car was exactly where we needed it to be for qualifying,” Hornish said. “You can win from anywhere on the grid, but it is always nice to start up front to avoid any problems on the start. “The race is what counts and the speedway has always been good to me. I’d love to end the season with another win here.” Louis Brewster, (909) 483-9363 l_brewster@dailybulletin.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It would mean a lot to win this one.” As it would for Scheckter. “I’m almost in tears here with Chevrolet going,” said Scheckter, “especially with how much power we’ve got. If we could get a win in their last race, it would be really good.” That could be said for the other 20 drivers in the field. Although Dan Wheldon has the championship locked up, there are other battles for position in the points race. Wheldon, who has won six races this season, is seventh on the grid. FONTANA – Battling a troublesome wind, Dario Franchitti put together his finest qualifying effort in seven races at California Speedway and will be on the pole for today’s Toyota Indy 400. Franchitti zipped around the two-mile track in 32.8171 seconds, 219.398 mph, to edge Tomas Scheckter’s 218.92 mph. It was Franchitti’s first pole of the season and just his second in his four-year Indy Racing League career, and enough to set an IndyCar Series record of 16 top-10 starts this season. center_img Today’s race – set for a 12:50 p.m. green flag start on ESPN – is the season finale for the series. It also is the final IRL race scheduled at the speedway and the last race in which Chevrolet will supply engines to IndyCar teams. “We’re happy with the car and that run,” said Franchitti, a member of the four-car Andretti Green Racing team. “Qualifying on these types of tracks is more to do with the engine guys and our engineers; they hit it right and the engine was really, really strong. last_img read more

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