The Academy’s Journal Becomes Less Friendly to the Academy Members

first_imgThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences will discontinue a submission option for members that, at its best, repeatedly put prestigious scientists in awkward situations and, at its worst, critics alleged, allowed scientists to ease their way through the peer-review process.The submission option, called Track One, allowed Academy members to “communicate” papers written by non-members and help usher their colleagues’ work through the editorial process. In contrast to traditional peer review, members had the autonomy to select the reviewing editors for the work, which increased the chance of a favorable reception. Some recent papers “communicated” to PNAS include work on the effect of testosterone on financial decisions by men and women; on the proper DNA “barcode” for identifying plants; and a cover story on the separation and divergence of different lineages of the coast horned lizard. Of the 3133 papers published by PNAS in 2009, around 390 came in via Track One submissions.But as of 1 July next year, PNAS  will force all non-members to submit to the journal directly for blind peer review. 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This put many members in a tight spot, since they say they often were asked to push substandard work by friends. The changes will not affect the privilege of Academy members to submit their own work to PNAS via a different process. Randy Schekman, a biologist and editor-in-chief of PNAS, told ScienceInsider that most editorial board members strongly favored the change. So did Academy members, over 80% of whom voted to eliminate Track One this summer. Schekman adds that a “determined minority” opposed the move because they felt the option offered a publication route for innovative and idiosyncratic papers. Schekman argues that another mechanism—the ability of authors, when they submit, to suggest who should review their paper as editors—ensures that such work will be judged fairly.last_img read more

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HTC Desire 12, Desire 12+ are gorgeous mid-rangers with some uninspiring specs

first_imgThe Desire 12 and the Desire 12+, launched by HTC on Tuesday, are gorgeous mid-rangers. With some uninspiring hardware specs though. The Desire 12+, as the name suggests, is the heftier one of the two. It comes with dual rear cameras too, and Android Oreo, but everything else, well, leaves a lot to be desired. The Desire 12 doesn’t even have a fingerprint scanner, for crying out loud, which leaves you asking for more, further still.The Desire 12 and the Desire 12+, when you look at them in totality, wouldn’t have really stood out if it were not for their gorgeous near bezel-less design. The Desire 12 and the Desire 12+, are in fact, the cheapest HTC phones to ship with a near bezel-less design and an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9. Here’s a rough ball park. While the Desire 12+ starts at 235 Euros (roughly Rs 18,862) the Desire 12 starts at 185 Euros (roughly Rs 14,848).Both the phones sport HTC’s Liquid Surface design scheme, like the flagship U11 and U11 Plus, only toned down to fit their mid-range credentials. Only the Desire 12+ comes with a fingerprint scanner and it lies on the back. The Desire 12 does not have a fingerprint scanner. Both the phones support HTC’s Sense Companion assistant in addition to the Google Assistant but there’s no Edge Sense on-board. The Desire 12+ comes with a 6-inch HD+ IPS display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor clubbed with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which is further expandable by up to 2TB via a micro-SD card slot. It runs Android Oreo-based Sense UI. On the camera front, the Desire 12+ ships with dual rear cameras — 13-megapixel+2-megapixel — with phase detection autofocus and LED flash. The secondary sensor aids in bokeh shots or portrait photography. On the front, the Desire 12+ comes with an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. The Desire 12+ is further backed by a 2,965mAh battery that charges over micro-USB.advertisementThe Desire 12 meanwhile comes with a 5.5-inch HD+ IPS display and is powered by a MediaTek MT6739 processor clubbed with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage which is further expandable by up to 2TB via a micro-SD card slot. It runs an unspecified version of Android-based Sense UI. On the camera front, the Desire 12 ships with a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus and LED flash. On the front, the Desire 12 comes with a 5-megapixel camera. The Desire 12 is further backed by a 2,730mAh battery that charges over micro-USB.last_img read more

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Mbao FC hail official start of Sponsorship

first_imgLigi kuu Bara Mbao FC signs a sponsorship deal with GF Truck & Equipment Meshack Brighton Last updated 2 years ago 18:15 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mbao FC wakipokea vifaa Goal Tanzania Ligi kuu Bara Mbao Ligi Kuu Bara outfit Mbao FC has earned a Tsh140m sponsorship contract with GF Trucks Equipment firm, Goal understand TFF spokesman Alfred Lucas, said under the deal, the sponsors will buy a team bus worth Tanzania Shillings 70m/- whereas the rest of the cash will go straight into Mbao FC coffers for everyday running of the club.Details of the contracts, though, have not been revealed.”We are happy that Mbao FC has found a sponsor who will be with them for undisclosed period, we hope the contract will help to improve the team’s performance in the league,” Lucas said. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Mwanza outfit, which is featuring in the Mainland Premier League for the second year, had been depending on handouts from well-wishers and money from the league’s main sponsors, Vodacom Company.Mbao FC chairman, Solly Njashi, said the financial boost means a lot to the club.“We thank GF Truck &Equipment Company a lot for the sponsorship, the support will help us meet our targets this season,” Njashi revealed.He said the club is keen on performing well this season, noting the sponsorship will help the outfit’s plan reach fruition.GF Truck &Equipment Company’s representative, Imran Karmali, said the firm had previously not entered contract with any of the Mainland Premier League side.Karmali revealed the company has opted to offer sponsorship to the outfit with the aim of seeing to it that the team fulfill its plans, particularly after having seen the team make it to the final of the Azam Sports Federation Cup last season.”We know most of domestic soccer outfits are finding it difficult to meet transport costs, that is why we have opted to hand the club a bus, we closely watched Mbao FC’s performance last season, we believe they will excel this season,” he disclosed.Mbao FC will, for that matter, have the GF Truck &Equipment Company’s logo on the outfit’s jerseys for two years.The team has enjoyed an impressive start this season after posting a 1-0 win over Kagera Sugar at the latter’s venue on August 26.last_img read more

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4-Star WR Jalen McMillan Announces Top 10 Schools

first_imgJalen McMillan catches a pass at a prospect camp.RivalsFour-star wide receiver Jalen McMillan stars for San Joaquin Memorial. The Fresno native is one of the top players in California.247Sports ranks McMillan as the No. 71 composite player in the country. He is No. 15 at his position, and No. 11 in the state.McMillan currently holds 25 scholarship offers, from some of the best schools in the country. Today, he put out a top 10 list.Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC, and Washington crack the list.Top 10? pic.twitter.com/T0VBLBEmzG— Jalen McMillan‼️ (@jalenmcmillan20) February 16, 2019Three recruiting analysts have made predictions for where Jalen McMillan will play his college ball.Two of the three have predicted him to play at Notre Dame, with the remaining prediction going to Oregon.Obviously that is not a huge sample size, so take it for a grain of salt.Of the list, Ohio State is the newcomer. Ryan Day and his staff just extended a scholarship offer to McMillan on Thursday. Still, the Buckeyes have impressed enough to stay in heavy consideration here.Today was a big one for the schools recruiting some of the nation’s top wide receivers. Earlier, five-star Julian Fleming, the top-ranked player at the position, announced his six finalists.Penn State is the crystal ball favorite in that one.last_img read more

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Mary Berry Joins Emerald Waterways on a Culinary-Themed River Cruise

first_imgWine and Photography Themed Sailings Round Out Enrichment Offerings Boston, MA (March 2019) – One of the highlights of an Emerald Waterways river cruise is the opportunity to spend quality time exploring some of Europe’s most popular and fascinating cities. The on-board experience is equally important, which is why Emerald Waterways is offering a variety of culinary, educational and wellness programs this year, specially curated to enrich the entire cruising experience.         This summer Mary Berry, esteemed British baker and host of the popular Great British Baking Show, will join the Emerald Radiance during an eight-day sailing on the Douro River. Berry, who sailed for the first time with Emerald Waterways in December 2018 on  a Danube Christmas Markets cruise, returns to talk food and baking in one her favorite countries—Portugal. In the charming port of Regua, Berry will join the 110 guests on board for an afternoon of tea and pastry tasting, where she will share tales from her career and host an informal Q&A session. On the final evening in Porto, Berry will host an exclusive book signing—where guests will receive a complimentary copy of her latest publication—followed by a four-course, Mary Berry-inspired farewell gala dinner. Delights of the Douro with Mary Berry sails round trip from Porto on June 22-29.         Oenophiles will love the Flavors of Burgundy and Provence wine-centric river cruise featuring some of the most esteemed wine experts hailing from the UK, Australia, Canada and the US. Guests on this eight-day sailing will enjoy stunning vineyard-laden vistas and plenty of opportunities to sample the vintages from famed wine estates, all while benefitting from the varied expertise of the special guests. Departing on July 27 – August 3, this sailing will feature British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin; American wine expert and talk show host, Robin Stark; Canadian wine expert, DJ Kearney and Australian Master of Wine, Andrea Pritzker. During the sailing, on board Q&A sessions and master classes with the experts will allow guests the opportunity to sharpen their wine knowledge, while private tastings at world-renowned wine estates like Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Château de Meursault will create lasting memories.         Returning home with impressive vacation photos is often easier said than done. Emerald Waterways is offering guests aboard the June 9-16 Legends of the Moselle, Rhine and Main sailing from Frankfurt to Nuremberg the chance to learn to use their ubiquitous smartphones to take sharper, more captivating photos with one of the industry’s best iPhone photographers, Jack Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth is a recognized name in travel and lifestyle photography, especially when it comes to shooting with a smart phone, and the author of the new book, The Joy of iPhotography. During this sailing, Hollingsworth will lead on-board workshops showing even novice smartphone users his tricks of the trade and offer hands-on assistance for capturing the ideal shots.         During the month of April, these and many other 2019 European river cruises are available at a savings of $1,500 per person on itineraries of seven to 13 nights, or a savings of $3,000 per person on itineraries of 14 or more nights.         In addition to the onboard programming, Emerald Waterways ships have a unique amenity that keeps guests happy while sailing: a heated swimming pool. The pool area, located on the ship’s aft, boats a retractable roof, spa atmosphere and fully stocked bar. On selected evenings the pool area transforms into a cinema, showing classic films and recent releases complete with popcorn and drinks.         Emerald Waterways’ river cruises offer contemporary, deluxe ships, outstanding service and an incredibly inclusive pricing plan. Cruise fares include all transfers; all port charges; all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited specialty tea and coffee, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins replenished daily; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; complimentary Wi-Fi onboard the ship; most shore excursions as well as all onboard and excursion gratuities. On touring days, hotel accommodations, internal flights, and transfers are also included.         Part of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Waterways’ eight branded Star-Ships offer river sailings in Europe and on the Mekong, as well as the MS Rossia along the Volga River in Russia; the Adriatic Princess and Adriatic Pearl yachts in Croatia; and the MS Hamees on the Nile.         Additional information can be found by contacting your local travel agent; on Emerald Waterways’ website, www.emeraldwaterways.com in the US or www.emeraldwateways.ca in Canada; or by calling the consumer/travel agent reservations line at 844-428-8389 in the US and 855-444-0161 in Canada. Brochure orders may be placed on the website, or a digital downloadable version is available.last_img read more

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Principal turned publisher in BC hopes to get more Indigenous women authors

first_imgLee WilsonAPTN NewsA high school principal in northwestern British Columbia who has been inspiring students is now an author and publisher.Leona Prince is a school principal in Nechako Lakes district in the central part of B.C.“We come from an oral tradition culture. A lot of it remains within the culture and I think in general a lot of people in society don’t understand the complexity and the beauty and everything that’s involved within our culture”, said Prince speaking about the richness storytelling in within Indigenous peoples across Canada.In 2018, Prince won an Indspire Award for her dedication and contribution as an educator.Prince said that school isn’t just about learning, but also growing.“One thing we can do in education is increase that sense of self, that sense of connectedness not only to other people but to themselves,” she said.(Leona Prince reads from her book. Photo: Lee Wilson/APTN)To keep that sense of connectedness, Prince wanted to reach out beyond the classroom.She and her sister started a new publishing company called Fireweed Canada.Prince and her sister Gabrielle Astrophe, are both originally from the Lake Babine Nation located nearly 3 hours west of Prince George in Burns Lake.Astrophe shared some of the challenges they faced starting the company in search of funding.“Aboriginal women were the least likely in Canada to get approved for a business loan. They were just spotlighting it when me and Leona went in for our business loan. It kinda put fire under them…” said Gabrielle.(From the left, Gabrielle Astrophe, Leona Prince, and illustrator Carla Joseph. Photo: Lee Wilson/APTN)The illustrations are from Carla Joseph, a talented artist from Prince George.Prince and Joseph met when Leona was an educator at Nusdeh Yoh Elementary School.Her art helps tell the beautiful tale of a young girl growing up in the world and her culture.“I have known Leona for years, we became great friends. She really loves my art style, I felt it was a perfect match for the book.”Both sisters noted the fact that nearly all of the people involved in the project were women.Astrophe said “because our company is 100 per cent Aboriginal owned, operated and we’re female,” she said. “That is something I’m passionate about. Motivating and inspiring other women.”“It’s interesting that is women who have led this project and who are leading our company because we do come from a matriarchal society” added Prince.Both women were focused on getting the first book released. There could be potential for their company giving voice to other Indigenous voices in the future.“What we hope to show people that you can have success as an Indigenous woman and support each other in that success. That’s a very important message” said Prince.lwilson@aptn.ca@aptnleelast_img read more

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UNbacked fund against disease seeks to ramp up spending by 2010

27 April 2007The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria needs to treble its spending by 2010 to keep up with demand for its financing that is projected to rise around the world, especially in developing countries, the Fund’s Board agreed today. The Fund is seeking between $6 billion and $8 billion each year from 2008 to 2010, depending on the level of demand in the world’s poorest countries, the Board concluded at a meeting in Geneva.Executive Director Michel Kazatchkine called the new projected spending “an inspiring challenge” to both donors and the people who work on Fund-backed projects in more than 130 nations.“The Board’s vision of tripling or even quadrupling the size of the Global Fund is a strong vote of confidence for our work. Programmes we support are currently saving 3,000 lives per day,” Dr. Kazatchkine said.“The increase in funding will allow the world to do much, much more, to reach G-8 and UN goals like providing AIDS treatment to all who need it, having every African child sleep under a bed net, and cutting the death toll of TB in half.”Recognizing that raising $6-8 billion per year requires substantially increased contributions, the Board called on all stakeholders to play their part to mobilize the extra funding. Donors will meet in Berlin in September to secure initial funding pledges for the 2008-2010 period.Set up in 2002 on the initiative of then Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Global Fund is a public-private partnership that has committed $7.1 billion so far to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in 136 countries. The three diseases kill more than 6 million people a year, and that number is growing.The Fund the Fund works closely with international partners, including the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO), on many of the projects it supports. read more

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JT Barrett Cardale Jones is a great player

Left: Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett addresses the media Dec. 3 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Barrett had surgery for a fractured ankle on Nov. 30, and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorRight: Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen Ohio State takes the field in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game, it will have two Heisman candidates on its sideline.But neither will be dressed to play.When senior quarterback Braxton Miller went down with a season-ending injury less than two weeks before the Buckeyes were set to open the 2014 campaign, many wondered how redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett would fill his shoes.Just more than three months later, though, many of those same people are left wondering an eerily similar question.Barrett did more than fill Miller’s shoes — he outgrew them.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native broke multiple records set by Miller throughout the season, and broke the Big Ten conference record for most total touchdowns in a season with 45 before fracturing his ankle against Michigan, effectively ending his season.Now, redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones must fill the shoes of Barrett, who is on some people’s shortlists for the Heisman Trophy.Despite Jones’ little experience, Barrett said he believes the Glenville High School product is capable of success as the Buckeye signal caller. “Cardale is a great player,” Barrett said Wednesday with his leg propped up in a cast. “I honestly feel like if I wasn’t starting this year, Cardale would have done the same things that I did this year. Cardale is that talented.”Jones stands an impressive 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, and has earned high praise from his coaches and teammates about his arm strength. Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman rated Jones’ arm strength as “eleventy-billion” on Monday and Barrett added that he had seen proof of it in practice.“You might want to take a look at warmups,” Barrett said. “Cardale might throw the ball 100 yards. I have seen him throw it I think 70-75 yards one time.”Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman compared Jones to one of OSU’s two Heisman candidates at quarterback, saying his throwing style is comparable to one more than the other.“He throws a little bit more like Braxton, I would say, than he does J.T.,” Heuerman said Wednesday. “He’s got a huge arm, you can tell that just watching practice or watching warmups. He can sling that thing.”Even though the players and coaches have been singing Jones’ praise over the last few days, Heuerman said there’s still been a transition period.“It’s just a different feel,” he said. “It takes you a day or two to usually adapt to it. Later on in the practice today we finished real strong in the team period with him throwing the ball, throwing it on time with our receivers and our receivers making catches.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that because of the talented skill players surrounding Jones, the Cleveland native’s first career start should not put too much pressure on him.“It’s a product of those around them a lot of times. Sometimes it’s not, but 95 percent of every quarterback, a good quarterback has a common denominator and that’s good players around him,” Meyer said. “And we have a veteran offensive line and some good players around him.”Heuerman said Jones has spent extra time with the receivers and skill players this week and added that the redshirt-sophomore had a good week of practice.“I don’t have any doubts that he’s gonna be fully mentally prepared for this game. I know our coaches and I know how they grind him,” Heuerman said. “He’s gonna know everything he needs to know and they’re gonna put him in the best situation to succeed. And it’ll be fun to watch.”With Jones making the first start of his college career, Barrett said he can relate all too well.“Right now, I feel like his world is kind of like how mine was at the beginning of the year,” Barrett said. “I know what that feels like, I definitely do.”In his first career start against the Navy Midshipmen, Barrett completed 12 of 15 passes for 226 yards and two scores through the air.That was Navy. The Wisconsin Badgers boast the second-best total defense in the country and Barrett said Jones will have be more prepared than he was before taking over for Miller. “I was learning on the fly and it was fast for myself, but his is going to be even faster,” Barrett said.The Buckeyes and Badgers are set to battle for the Big Ten title Saturday at 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

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Prostate cancer survivors now live longer than the average man as long

Prostate cancer survivors live longer than men without the disease – if symptoms are caught early, new figures show. Overall, cases diagnosed at stage one and… The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are the first robust estimates showing how survival from a range of cancers varies, depending on when it is diagnosed. When prostate cancer was spotted early – at stage one – men had five-year survival rates 0.5 per cent higher than men of the same age in the general population. Experts said the statistics suggest a diagnosis of the disease could act as a ‘wake up call,’ with such patients more likely to keep a close eye on their own health, and attempt to improve their lifestyles. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Jamaican lotterygaming company seeking to operate in Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related”Looseness” in gaming and betting industry to be addressed- HarmonDecember 10, 2018In “Business”Jamaican betting company setting up operations in GuyanaDecember 5, 2018In “Business”Lotto Company granted go-ahead to expand ‘gambling ring’October 10, 2017In “Business” Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) a Jamaican lotteries company says it has been granted permission by the Guyana Gaming Authority to operate in Guyana.The Gaming Authority, under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act of 2009 and Amendment 2016, has been identified as the Supervisory Authority for casinos and lotteries.According to an article from the Jamaica Observer, “SVL, in a statement to shareholders on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, said the agreement with Guyana Gaming Authority is subject to a confidentiality clause, and in this regard, will make full disclosure of its plans for the market as soon as SVL is able and permitted to.”However, when INews contacted Roysdale Forde, the Chairman of the Guyana Gaming Authority, on this matter, he posited that SVL has “expressed an interest. The process has not been completed. They have to submit other documents.”According to Bloomberg.com SVL “together with its subsidiaries, engages in betting, gaming, and lottery operations in Jamaica. It operates through Lottery, Gaming and Hospitality, Sports Betting, Pin Codes, and Other segments.”Should permission be granted, the Jamaican lottery company might be able to use Video Lottery Teller Machines such as casino slot machines and online gambling services that were granted to the Guyana Lottery Company, much to the dismay of local entrepreneurs.Gambling is prohibited in Guyana under the Prevention of Gambling Act, which incidentally does provide for the issuance of special casino licences.So far, there has been only one operational licence issued — for the Princess Hotel and Casino, while the Guyana Marriott is also earmarked for another.Guyana’s laws limit the number of casino licences that can be issued.The news of SVL seeking permission to operate in Guyana comes at a time when local hotelier Clifton Bacchus of Sleepin Hotel has in recent months lamented bitterly the approach by the incumbent Administration in withholding the issuance of a casino licence to his establishment.Last year the Gaming Authority suspended operations of Superbet, a Suriname-headquartered company that has 57 gambling facilities in four regions in Guyana.Guiana Holdings Inc., the company that operates Superbet, has since taken the Gaming Authority to Court to quash its decision to close down their operations. read more

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SEHA GAZPROM LEAGUE Four teams book F4 spots

seha gazprom final 4 8.Borac m:tel163112413 : 52010 7.Vojvodina153210387 : 48311 2.Vardar161312541 : 43140 The best four teams at SEHA GAZPROM league are known! Hungarian MVM Veszprem will try to defend trophy in the regional competition against Macedonian RK Vardar Skopje, Croatian PPD Zagreb and Belarussian Meshkov Brest. PPD Zagreb beat HC Tatran Prešov 34:26 in the decisive match for the last Final4 spot.SEHA Final4 tournament will be played in April (first weekend).STANDINGS: 5.Tatran Prešov16907495 : 44027 ← Previous Story COME-BACK TO NORWAY: Linn Jorum Sulland to join ambitious Vipers! Next Story → Women’s EHF CL: Furious Vardar conquere Bucharest! 3.PPD Zagreb151203471 : 36336 6.Nexe16709440 : 45521 9.Spartak Vojput173113433 : 54810 4.Meshkov Brest151104478 : 39333 10.Maks Strumica160214346 : 5552 1.MVM Veszprem141310497 : 31340 read more

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Fk the EU US diplomats Ukraine phonecall leaked via Youtube

first_imgTHE US GOVERNMENT is trying to defuse a potential row with its European allies after the leak of an embarrassing phone call in which a top US diplomat cursed the EU response to the Ukraine crisis.The leak of the bugged conversation came as Ukraine’s embattled president, Viktor Yanukovych, flew to Sochi, Russia late last night for crisis talks with Russian counterpart and ally Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics.Washington and Brussels have engaged in a diplomatic standoff with Kiev and Moscow over mass pro-EU protests that erupted in Ukraine when Yanukovych in November rejected a pact with the EU under Russian pressure.But the leaked phone call appears to reveal US frustration with the EU over handling Ukraine, which is torn between leaning to the European Union and its past master Russia.Washington’s new top diplomat for Europe, Victoria Nuland, has apologised to EU counterparts after she was caught cursing the European response to the crisis in Kiev.(Youtube: datboi5000)“F**k the EU,” Nuland allegedly says, in what appeared to be a recent phone call with US ambassador to Kiev, Geoff Pyatt, which was somehow intercepted and uploaded onto YouTube. The original video was accompanied by Russian captions.US officials, while not denying such a conversation took place, refused to go into details, and pointed the finger at Russia for allegedly bugging the diplomats’ phones.“Let me convey that she has been in contact with her EU counterparts, and of course has apologised,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.While Psaki said she had no independent details of how the conversation was captured and uploaded onto the social networking site, she added: “Certainly we think this is a new low in Russian tradecraft.”Klitschko offerNuland, who took over late last year as assistant secretary for European affairs, and Pyatt appear to discuss Yanukovych’s offer last month to make opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk the new prime minister and Vitaly Klitschko deputy prime minister. Both men turned the offer down.Nuland, who in December went down to Independence Square in Kiev in a show of support for the demonstrators, adds she has also been told that the UN chief Ban Ki-moon is about to appoint a former Dutch ambassador to Kiev, Robert Serry, as his representative to Ukraine.“That would be great I think to help glue this thing and have the UN glue it and you know, f**k the EU,” she says.- © AFP, 2014Read: Ukraine MPs fail to strike deal to weaken president’s powersRead: Ukranian activist says he was tortured and crucifiedlast_img read more

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Juventus success is because of work at the club

first_imgFor the team’s director of sport Fabio Paratici, the good results are not just thanks to the transfer marketMany have said that Juventus is “buying” its way to the top of the Italian Lega Serie A and the UEFA Champions League.But for director of sport Fabio Paratici, this is a lie since the team is working hard for success.“Juventus results are not just thanks to the transfer market, but the work of this great club. We have been together for seven or eight years now and this season has started in the best possible way,” he was quoted by Football Italia.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“It’s very early to tell who the title contenders will be, but the usual suspects are Napoli, Inter, and Milan.”“It wasn’t just an intuition for me, but also Pavel Nedved, Marotta, and president Andrea Agnelli. Cristiano’s arrival was simple really because he is a great champion both on and off the field. It was all very simple,” he explained about signing Ronaldo.“Dybala has shown over the years that he is a great player and you can’t evaluate him on just one goal. He hasn’t suddenly forgotten how to play football. We evaluate his overall performances, the way he acts with teammates and in training.”“It’s difficult to say whether this is the strongest Juventus squad we’ve had in this era, as there have always been great players like Gigi Buffon, Carlos Tevez, Dani Alves, Arturo Vidal, and Pogba. I will say we are very competitive,” he added.last_img read more

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Ricardo Ferretti wants Mexico to improve after Argentina loss

first_imgMexico’s interim coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti is not satisfied with his nation’s poor outing.Argentina beat Mexico national team 2-0 on Friday in an international friendly held at the Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes stadium.Showing his dissatisfaction with the team, Ferretti suggested that the incoming coach should strive to improve the team’s performance with the younger group of players.“We were a long way off today, I was hoping the players would play better,” said Ferretti after the game in the news conference as quoted by ESPN.“We made a lot of mistakes and players at this level shouldn’t do.”Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“Far is a drastic word, but it’s true we have a lot of work to do.”On the other hand, Mexican striker Alan Pulido admitted that missed opportunities during the match were as a result of the absence of Javier Hernandez, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno.“There were two opportunities that if we had put in would’ve changed the course of the game,” Pulido told reporters afterward.”“But these types of games are useful practice against national teams like Argentina.”last_img read more

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Climate conference approves landmark deal

first_imgDURBAN, South Africa (AP) — A U.N. climate conference reached a hard-fought agreement Sunday on a far-reaching program meant to set a new course for the global fight against climate change.The 194-party conference agreed to start negotiations on a new accord that would ensure that countries will be legally bound to carry out any pledges they make. It would take effect by 2020 at the latest.The deal doesn’t explicitly compel any nation to take on emissions targets, although most emerging economies have volunteered to curb the growth of their emissions. Currently, only industrial countries have legally binding emissions targets under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Those commitments expire next year, but they will be extended for at least another five years under the accord adopted Sunday — a key demand by developing countries seeking to preserve the only existing treaty regulating carbon emissions.The proposed Durban Platform offered answers to problems that have bedeviled global warming negotiations for years about sharing the responsibility for controlling carbon emissions and helping the world’s poorest and most climate-vulnerable nations cope with changing forces of nature.last_img read more

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Dunleavy Proposes Bills To Repeal Replace SB91

first_imgIn a press release from Governor Dunleavy’s office, the four bills represents the next step in fulfilling a promise made to repeal and replace SB91, which took away critical discretion from judges and eliminated tools for prosecutors and law enforcement to properly respond to Alaska’s crime wave. The four bills focus on  Sex Offenses, Classification and Sentencing, Pretrial, and lastly Probation and Parole. Dunleavy said the legislation released on Wednesday is “just the beginning and that Public safety is Job No. 1.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy introduced a suite of crime-fighting bills on Wednesday aimed at repealing and replacing SB91, a criminal justice overhaul bill that came into law in 2016.center_img Dunleavy: “When people ask the question, ‘Well, are these folks going to go to jail?’ Yes, they’re going to go to jail. And, ‘Will we need to increase the number of beds in jails?’ Probably, yes. ‘Will we need to increase jails?’ Maybe. We’ll see. We’re not going to spare the resources that’ll be necessary to turn this around.” Governor Dunleavy: “If you are a criminal, this is the beginning of the end for your activities. If you’re going to assault people if you’re going to engage in sexual assaults, physical assaults this is going to be a very unsafe place for you. We’re not going to tolerate it at all.”last_img read more

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