10 months agoWest Ham defender Cresswell: Anderson the new Payet

first_imgWest Ham defender Cresswell: Anderson the new Payetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham defender Aaron Cresswell has likened Felipe Anderson to former teammate Dimitri Payet.Anderson has been in sensational form in recent weeks, scoring seven goals in his last nine Premier League games.Cresswell said: “I’ve obviously not played as much as I’d have liked this season but every time I have played with him, going forward he’s outstanding.”He is definitely a game-changer. You look at the amount of games he has changed for us and the amount of goals he has scored, assists, created chances, he has been fantastic and long may that continue.”He’s a similar type of player to Payet, coming in off the left and creating things, scoring goals and getting assists, and this season he is our top goalscorer now, he has been fantastic for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Jennifer Aniston Joins Stars For 13th Annual St Jude Thanks And Giving

first_imgThis holiday season, Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Kimmel and Luis Fonsi will once again join St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas in promoting the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.JENNIFER ANISTON JOINs MARLO THOMAS FOR 13TH ANNUAL ST. JUDE THANKS AND GIVING CAMPAIGNEach celebrity supporter will star alongside St. Jude patients in national television spots and digital shorts encouraging people to support St. Jude while holiday shopping.Now in its thirteenth year, the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Throughout November and December, consumers are asked to support the campaign by shopping at more than 70 leading national brands and sharing what they #GiveThanks for using social media.“Every year the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign helps transform the holiday season into a time when we can all make a huge difference and help save the lives of precious children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases,” said Jennifer Aniston. “St. Jude holds a special place in my heart and I am honored to lend my voice in raising awareness to support St. Jude’s lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children in communities across America and around the world.”The national television commercials will debut Thanksgiving week on Monday Nov. 21 and run through the end of the year. In addition to national awareness commercials, celebrity friends will support St. Jude on #GivingTuesday and throughout the campaign by sharing what they #GiveThanks for.“It’s so important to me to be a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign because it’s a great way to help give hope to kids battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases,” said Sofia Vergara. “These beautiful children have such incredible strength and spirit. I hope everyone will join me in supporting St. Jude, as this magnificent hospital continues its groundbreaking research and life-saving treatments.”“We are deeply grateful for our incredible friends who lend their time and talents to support St. Jude,” said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “It means so much to us that year after year they open their hearts to the children of St. Jude. We are blessed to have their unwavering support and their generous spirit that helps St. Jude raise the funds that allows our doctors and scientists to continue their groundbreaking research, which leads to lifesaving treatments. And lets us keep my father’s founding promise that no family receives a bill from St. Jude for anything — not for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”Supporters will also be able to purchase merchandise designed by their favorite celebrities to benefit St. Jude. For the second year, St. Jude worked with the family of Maya Angelou to design a one-of-a-kind glass lantern. St. Jude partner HSN collaborated with celebrity friends including Marlo Thomas, Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Chenoweth, Christie Brinkley, Iris Apfel, Giuliana Rancic, and more in designing a Holiday Ornament Collection.“I’m excited once again to be a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign and support St. Jude in its fight against childhood cancer,” said Jimmy Kimmel. “I had a lot of fun filming these spots with Isabelle, Marleigh and John Claude – all of whom are great kids. This holiday season we can help St. Jude continue to treat the toughest cases while ensuring that families never pay St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Every little bit can help save the lives of these sweet and beautiful children.”Created in 2004 by Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas – children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas – the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.The campaign’s national television spots will air on network and cable television channels, as well as online, in both English and Spanish. In addition, a star-studded St. Jude Thanks and Giving movie trailer appears in theatres nationwide – including Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark USA, Carmike Cinemas, Malco Theatres and many others. It is also featured via in-flight videos on American Airlines, in the American Way magazine, as well as in Delta Airlines’ Sky Magazine. In addition, AccentHealth, America’s leading waiting room media network, shows the St. Jude PSA in physician offices around the country. All of the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut online in late November.last_img read more

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Shoppers Drug Mart granted licence to sell medical marijuana online

first_imgTORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has been granted a licence to sell medical marijuana online.Health Canada’s list of authorized cannabis sellers and producers has been updated to reflect that the pharmacy can sell dried and fresh cannabis, as well as plants, seeds and oil.A website has been set up by the company, which says that patients “with a valid medical document will soon be able to purchase a wide selection of medical cannabis products” from Shoppers.The company was granted a medical marijuana producer licence in September, after initially applying in October 2016.Shoppers has said that it has no interest in producing medical cannabis, but the licence is required in order to sell the product to patients.Under the current Health Canada regulations for medical pot, the only legal distribution method is by mail order from licensed producers direct to patients.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Oases of happiness

first_imgA few months ago, Naxalites killed an MLA and an ex-MLA for their illegal mining activity that was damaging crops in the tribal area of Araku in Andhra Pradesh. And now, the National Green Tribunal has slapped an interim fine of Rs 100 crores on AP government for its silence in the illegal sand extraction from Krishna river basin. These striking instances are among those routinely happening in the country involving the enemies of the environment – mafias of land, sand, mining, forest, and business, who hobnob with those in governance. Thanks to the pro-rich, Big Brother government, we have hit the rock bottom in performance to save our environment. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn George Orwell’s novel ‘Nineteen Eighty Four,’ the mysterious Big brother employed his notorious secret agents on his own citizens and used his propaganda machinery to keep them on tenterhooks for an ongoing but non-existing war with an enemy country. The present state of affairs in our country is close to what George Orwell had conjured up. Although Vedic culture envisages living in harmony with nature, under a Hindutva-government, India stands at a shameful 177 out of 180 countries in the Global Environment Performance Index of 2018. It only shows our apathy to environmental health, ecosystem vitality, etc., that determine sustainability. On the contrary, the top scorers like Switzerland, Denmark, etc., exhibit long-standing commitments to issues such as health outcomes related to drinking water and sanitation, preserving natural resources, including marine ecosystems, and decoupling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from economic activity. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn a country where billionaires can quickly become multi-billionaires, but 60 per cent are defined poor, it is not surprising that we are far behind in achieving any of the Sustainable Development Goals. India scored a pathetic 5.75 per cent in air quality as against over 90 by Switzerland and Japan; cities are facing a multi-pollutant crisis. In spite of the Har Ghar Jal Yojana, over 82 per cent rural households have no tap-water connection; and 47 million live on contaminated groundwater. According to CSE’s water and sanitation experts, although 72 million individual household toilets have been built under the Swachh Bharat scheme, funds meant to popularise them have not been spent, rendering the scheme ineffective; and in urban areas, about a million families are still waiting for their construction. Further, as against the 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022, only 9 per cent of the roof-top solar target has been met so far. Even the Centre’s Ujjwala Yojana for LPG distribution has not done any meritorious work. Forestland diversion for non-forest purposes has only increased; Central government cleared an average of six projects a day in 2017. Even money allocated for containing forest-fires is lying unused. With the closure of regional branches of NGT in 2018 due to staff crunch, handling of environment-related crimes – over 20,000 pending in courts and quite many under investigation – has only become casual. As against this dismal performance and other failures, we only keep hearing about the bravado of the Big Brother – tallest statue, surgical strike, Shakti missile, demonetisation, a high figure of GDP, the highest integrity, unity of the nation, etc. Intelligence failure in Pulwama attack and disquiet defence veterans writing to the President against using armed forces for politics, corrode the sheen of surgical strike. It is space scientists who toiled for decades to achieve the results. Demonetisation, apart from the traumatising people, has led to the closure of lakhs of small businesses and industries and loss of millions of jobs. Even the high GDP growth projected is being contested as fudged, since it has not produced any jobs. The tallest claim of integrity is also in question. It appears the Rafale deal is turning out to be a noose for the culprits – the insolvent Anil Ambani and his well-wishers in the political establishment. When it comes to unity in our multi-cultural society, there is a shameful silence of the leadership on communalism and cow-vigilantism. By playing with words, the subtle message of LK Advani, that it is not the ethos of BJP to dub opposing voices as anti-national, is being projected as a compliment. Further, their propaganda machinery trying to foist Modi Biopic and the NaMo TV on the country, and senior IAS officers of PMO seeking shift for the lack of organic relationship with the bureaucrats, only indicate the all-pervading Big Brother atmosphere. And, of late, although Pragya Thakur is a prime accused in Malegaon terrorist violence and is on bail on medical grounds, nominating her to contest elections is an audacious low of BJP in the promotion of communal hatred. People are nonplussed and distressed. In such a state of mind, no one realises that, right now, humanity is standing on a precipice; human health and ecosystems are in grave danger. With the combustion of fossil fuels incessantly pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the globe is getting warmer; even dangerously close to the rise-limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius. Increase of these molecules abets an addition of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen monoxide, which cause acid rain. This acidity is further supplemented by oceans since they absorb about one-third of all carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to become warm and more acidic. The acid rain changes the pH value of water in rivers and lakes, creating conditions conducive for the growth of algae that not only deprive the aquatic organisms of oxygen but also cause many diseases like gastroenteritis to humans. Moreover, global warming causes melting of ice and a rise in sea level; a rise of two to three feet would displace about 4 million people. If the extreme El Nino event of 2015-16 was any indication, we are in for more natural disasters – storm surges, wildfires, heat waves, severe droughts, say, environmental scientists. Such calamities heighten the risk of pests and vector-borne diseases, like malaria, dengue, etc. Furthermore, the toxins of industrial waste contaminate water for drinking and agricultural purposes, while artificial fertilisers spoil the soil itself. When such grave threats are looming large on humanity, instead of acting in a rush, our mafias calmly continue with their indiscriminate deforestation, illegal mining, sand extraction, etc. No doubt there is unrest among victims, providing fertile grounds to Naxalites. And, in the cross-fire between them and the government forces, it is innocents who are killed. Even then, in their doggedness, the Maoists do not realise that their target of overthrowing establishment through violence would only lead to anarchy or authoritarian rule. As such, without freedoms, East European countries are unhappier than the poorest democracies. And, with strong symptoms of authoritarianism, India is also among the unhappiest countries as per the World Happiness Report. The killings of BJP MLA in Bastar for developing road network and a poll official in Odisha to intimidate voters are thus an anti-thesis of the cause espoused – change the lives of the marginalised and poor, stop corruption and exploitation, and protect the environment. Since they command a mass base, it would be prudent to convert their cause into a peaceful national movement. There are numerous success stories. The Chipko movement, with the tactic of ’embracing’ trees, awakened people and governments to save the Himalayas. In the recent past, once Vizag Central Jail was shifted out, mafias colluded with the government in power to build a commercial complex. But, it was a peaceful agitation and support of court that saved this 25-acre prime land for a park. In the same city, a huge 125-year-old banyan tree was about to be butchered for protecting an old railway guest house that came in the way of widening a road. However, school children and activists saved it through a Chipko-style of agitation; the railway building was demolished. In yet another peaceful mass movement, Medha Patkar and others have apprised the nation about the woes of displacement of tribal and other people, as well as the damage to the environment. The Narmada Valley project, although has high ambitions of providing electricity, drinking water, and irrigation facilities to a large number of people, has compromised on the ecological aspects and the trauma of people. The demand is for alternative methods to provide these facilities, using smaller dams and renewable energy, without destroying the habitats of people and the environment. While forests are health-keepers of our environment, water bodies are no less important, since polluting them and illegally extracting sand affect agriculture, fish and drinking water. We do not wink an eye-lid even to pollute the sea with dumps of plastics, garbage, and debris, which harm marine life. Since we limit ourselves only to praying to river goddesses, ‘Namami Ganga’ has remained mere rhetoric; and Yamuna, Godavari, and other rivers are also crying for help. But, elsewhere, Danube, Thames, etc., are pristinely clean, not because they are revered as goddesses; but because people and the governments alike treat them as precious natural resources. In this context, NGT levying an interim fine of Rs 100 crore on AP government appears to be exemplary. But, given the fact that sand mafias act in nexus with those in government, it amounts to a penalty on the already suffering tax-payer. The culprits are allowed the last laugh. It is time a strong partnership between government and people evolved to save our rivers, forests, and environment, as tried in Sikkim. They have redefined ‘modernity’ and the goals of development, to widen it to a sustainable, just society based on harmonious, non-exploitative relationships. They achieved not only 100 per cent in organic farming, but also commendable afforestation. Justifiably, Netizens call it the ‘Switzerland of India.’ We need such Oases of Happiness across the country. Will the political parties bid for it in these elections? (Dr. N Dilip Kumar is a retired IPS officer and a former member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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The NBAs Wild Wild Western Conference Playoffs Race

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (March 8, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle explore the surprisingly stacked playoff race in the Western Conference. First, they take a look at the Portland Trail Blazers’ hot streak, which on Tuesday hit eight straight wins. Next, they turn to the rest of the conference, where only four games separate the No. 3 seed from the No. 10. Plus, a significant digit on Gary Harris of the Denver Nuggets.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Kyle recently took a look at the question on everyone’s mind: Are the Trail Blazers for real?A panel at ESPN made some predictions about how the Western Conference will shake out come playoff time.Significant Digit: 2.8, the ratio between the number of good shooting games (defined as an effective field goal percentage at or above 60) and bad shooting games (eFG% of 40 or below) for Harris, whom Chris wrote about this week. By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

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Ohio State synchronized swimming team wins 2014 US National Championship

Members of the OSU Synchronized Swimming team compete during the Jessica Beck Memorial Competition Feb. 1 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The team finished 1st.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorRoutines based on the elements of fire and ice solidified the Ohio State synchronized swimming team as national champions.An overall score of 57 points secured a first-place finish for the Buckeyes at the 2014 U.S. National Championship Saturday in Oro Valley, Ariz., making for the team’s first U.S. Senior National title since the 2010-11 season, according to an OSU press release.The team, led by coach Holly Vargo-Brown, was awarded three medals at the competition.OSU’s Scarlet Team, consisting of seniors Chelsea Aton and Yuliya Maryanko , juniors Katie Spada and Khadija Zanotto and freshmen Emma Baranski, Elizabeth Davidson, Morgan Boneberg and Lorraine Hack, tallied an overall 85 points to receive the gold medal in the team competition, while the Gray Team, consisting of seniors Lauren Nicholson, Julia and Natalie Gaylard, juniors Samantha Golomb, Heidi Liou and Emily Muma and freshmen Alexa Aton, Jasmine Pulido and Sarah House, was awarded silver with a score of 81.0667 points.The two squads within the varsity team are divided based upon skill, with the athletes more refined in technicality and execution placed on Scarlet.Hack and Maryanko picked up a bronze medal in the duet competition with a score of 164.1038, and the two tied for fourth for the Individual High Point Award with 29 points.Baranski placed fifth in the solo competition, the highest placing for the Buckeyes in that contest, with 81.7333 points.Vargo-Brown said not only was competing in the U.S. Senior National Championships less than three weeks after the U.S. Collegiate Championship challenging, the team also lost senior All-American Lauren Nicholson and freshman Natalie Huibregtse to injury, forcing the teams to make “huge adjustments to each of the free team routines,” she said in an email to The Lantern.However, she said she is proud of the team’s performance.“I’m so happy for our seniors,” Vargo-Brown said in the email. “Our strong finishes in the two biggest competitions of the seasons are really a testament to the leadership they have provided the team all year. Every one of them has a ‘fight until the end’ attitude.”The team’s win follows a second-place finish at both the North Regional Championships March 1 in St. Louis and U.S. Collegiate National Championships in Oxford, Ohio, March 19.Correction: A previous version of this article listed the members of the Scarlet and Gray squads incorrectly. The current version reflects the correct roster. read more

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Agent Juventus Inter Milan want Han Kwangsong

first_imgCagliari striker Han Kwang-song is of interest to both Juventus and Inter Milan for a January move, according to his agentThe North Korea international is currently on his second loan spell with Serie B side Perugia after netting seven goals in 17 appearances for the club last season.Despite playing in the second division of the Italian league though, Kwang-song could soon find himself playing alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus or Ivan Perisic with Inter.“I’m not directly aware of anything happening in the summer,” Agent Sandro Stemperini told Calcio Mercato.“It may be that, in the many meetings between Juventus and Cagliari, they went back to talking about Han but if so it was a discussion only between the two clubs.“For January I’m certain because I was in those meetings and I worked on it. It wasn’t simply that the clubs didn’t agree, there was a difference between supply and demand.“It was a complicated negotiation because it involved several other players, and unfortunately it wasn’t successful.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I also talked about him with [Walter] Sabatini when he worked at Inter. There were several clubs interested, there are always a lot of requests for information, but contact is one thing and a formal meeting is another. That only happened with Juventus.”Kwang-song is the first North Korean to score in the Italian top-flight.Although the 20-year-old has just managed 12 appearances in total for Cagliari, who face Fiorentina this weekend.#han #hankwang #HanKwangSong #casteddu #forzacasteddu #cagliari #cagliaricalcio pic.twitter.com/ZPD8Pr02dP— Kwang Song Han (@hankwangson) April 10, 2017last_img read more

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Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over Campaign Ended With 1186 Citations

first_imgFunding for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility enforcement campaign was funded by grants distributed by the Alaska Highway Safety Office. Alaska State Troopers and Wildlife Troopers reported the following contacts:• 61 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 1 felony DUI arrest• 32 motorists charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license• 40 REDDIs reported with 15 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI• 79 damage-only crashes, 18 injury crashes, and 2 fatal collisions were investigated bytroopers• Of the 1,186 citation issued, 606 were issued for speeding and 65 issued for seatbelt orother occupant restraint violations The high visibility effort is part of the annual national anti-DUI campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. This year’s campaign ran from August 14 through September 2.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year’s annual anti-DUI campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, a high-visibility enforcement effort, ended with 62 DUI arrests made and 1,186 citations issued.last_img read more

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