Roundup 10/8: Around the World With Google Edition

first_imgStarted last November in coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Google Flu Trends this week increased its coverage from four to 20 countries. This innovative effort to track the spread of flu is based on the popularity of web search terms that Google researchers have linked to actual flu patterns. (In the current graph, left, redder colors reflect more flu activity.)The UNESCO Institute for Statistics reveals that the number of researchers in developing countries jumped from 1.8 million to 2.7 million in 5 years (2002–2007), an impressive 45% increase—developed countries only saw a 8.6% rise over the same period.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Over at the National Press Club this afternoon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture officially launched its National Institute of Food and Agriculture—the new home for extramural funding—with a show of support from the Administration. “The White House is behind you 100%,” said John Holdren, head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the event. “My communications director wanted me to say 150%, but as a scientist I couldn’t bring myself do that,” he quipped. A news story about NIFA will appear in tomorrow’s issue of Science.last_img read more

Real Madrid defender Marcelo suffers another hamstring injury

first_imgReal Madrid have suffered a second injury setback in just four days after left back Marcelo suffered a hamstring injury in his side’s 5-3 win away to Betis.The Brazilian had to leave the pitch in the 29th minute of the game on Sunday night, to be replaced by Theo Hernandez, reports Xinhua news agency.It is the second hamstring injury he has suffered this season, with his previous setback sidelining him for around three weeks.This injury comes two and a half weeks before Madrid’s Champions League return leg away to Paris Saint-Germain where they will defend a 3-1 advantage following a late fightback in the Santiago Bernabeu where Marcelo scored the third goal and put in a decisive display down the Madrid left.If the Brazilian fails to recover in time, Theo Hernandez would be his substitute, although the young Frenchman has little European experience and has not started a league game in 2018.When asked about Marcelo’s injury, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said the player thought it was “not too serious,” but Madrid’s Head of External Relations, Emilio Butragueno described it as “very very bad news.”Marcelo’s hamstring injury follows the news on Friday that midfielder Tony Kroos has suffered a twisted knee ligament and although the club has not made any predictions over his recovery time, the German will also struggle to be fit for the trip to Paris.(Courtesy: IANS)last_img read more

Looking forward to Virat Kohli vs James Anderson in England: Glenn McGrath

first_imgIndhia have not been know for their fast bowling prowess. But with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in their side, the perceptions have started to change.Australian bowling great Glenn McGrath feels that Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah will help India make a mark on their upcoming tour of England.When asked who among Indian pacers could do the job in England, McGrath said: “Bhuvi and Bumrah. They have got pretty good control. That’s what you need, especially in England. The Dukes ball has a pronounced seam. If you get the ball in the right areas consistently, then you are going to do well. The ball will do a little bit, so yeah.. they will do well.”Adaptability is the key, said one of Australia’s finest fast bowlers.”I think a lot of it depends on how the players adapt. You got to adapt a lot quicker these days. During my time, we used to get a couple of tour matches. They will have to adjust and adapt quicker. Obviously, there aren’t enough tour matches to really get used to the conditions. They will just have to rely on past experience,” McGrath said.Virat Kohli determined to get fit for England tour: “Doing what I can”McGrath also picked the upcoming battle between Virat Kohli and James Anderson as the one to look out for.”Kohli is a more experienced player now. Quality player, no doubt about that. But English conditions are very tough. When you have got a bowler like Jimmy Anderson, who is bowling well now, it is going to be hard work. You got to be prepared to work hard. Kohli is a quality player so I am looking forward to that contest,” McGrath told media persons during an interaction.advertisementKohli wins International Cricketer of the Year at CEAT awardsMcGrath made it clear it will be foolhardy to only depend on Kohli and in case he fails, it will give other players to raise their hands up.”You always want your best batsman performing. However, it also gives another batsmen a chance to put his hand up and there are still some quality batsmen there, some quality players there. If India are really depending on one player, they have got it wrong…”, he added.While Cheteshwar Pujara didn’t have a great run during the four-day games in England, the mere experience will prove to be handy, according to McGrath.”I have not seen what the conditions are like in the UK. Pujara, even though he hasn’t got runs, he will be there. Just being used to the conditions, I think that will help him,” he opined.Speaking on the ball-tampering scandal, McGrath admitted that the act was naïve but he feels that one year ban for Steve Smith and David Warner was a bit too harsh.”To think they can get away with it, was very naive… getting caught and they way it was all handled and then the punishment, it is quite extreme,” he said.Asked if he thought ball-tampering can be stopped, the legendary Aussie pacemen said it is up to the umpires and match referee to be proactive.”The umpires are in a good position. They can see what is happening. If anyone gets caught, the punishment may be a bit harsher,” he added.He also felt that Smith and David Warner would come back stronger from the incident and also as better persons.”Everyone makes mistakes. I think Steve Smith will come back a better player, a better person. Same for Davey Warner. Davey, might find it a little tougher. Australia needs quality players in the team,” he added.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

An independent W-League is ripe with possibility but key questions remain

first_imgW-League Share on Facebook Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email features Intent is not enoughRos Moriarty, chair of FFA’s Women’s Football Council The first concerns the formal partnership with another domestic women’s league, likely the NWSL in the United States, or possibly a premier women’s league in Europe or Asia. What are the risks of the W-League entering into a formal partnership with one of these leagues, which themselves come with various internal issues? And what assurances are there that the W-League won’t sacrifice its own self-determination, becoming merely a feeder league for these bigger competitions with little in return?Further, a partnership with another league raises the issue of overlapping calendars. Given plans for a full home-and-away W-League season, coupled with the need for more rounds following expansion, it’s unclear how the league can partner with a growing NWSL competition without calendar overlap or potential player burn-out. On the other hand, partnering with another league with less interest, investment and competitiveness in Europe or Asia may drive top players to the NWSL permanently, affecting the W-League talent pool overall.The second question centres around funding and the mechanisms that determine how much each club invests in their women’s programs. While the W-League CBA ensured gradual increases to player wages, this agreement was only granted an extension to cover the current transition period. Continuing to increase women’s pay is imperative for the league to grow. Although there are plans to negotiate a longer-term CBA, it is not known how or when these negotiations will occur once the current CBA runs out in July 2020.Questions of funding also extend to the workings of the salary cap. The W-League cap has risen in recent seasons, but the rise has been inconsistent: it doubled between 2016-17 and 2017-18, but only rose by 16.67% between 2017-18 and 2018-19. This year, the cap has risen by 25% to $450,000. There is no explanation for this inconsistency, nor do we know precisely how the ultimate cap number will be determined after the handover from FFA.There is also the overarching issue of whether a salary cap is necessary at all. It is understood that some internal parties – including the players’ union, Professional Footballers Australia – are against the idea of the cap, believing it artificially limits the potential earnings of the league, clubs and players, while others believe it is required to ensure stable, consistent growth. It remains unclear how this debate will be resolved and who will have the final say once the transition to independence is complete. Share on Twitter Share via Email When asked how these changes could affect the W-League, PFA chief executive John Didulica says responsibility lies with the clubs and flows on from there. “It is the role of everybody within the game to ensure the W-League is a success but equally to ensure that if clubs don’t meet the standards of care that we all legitimately expect, those clubs are held to account,” Didiluca says.“Our view is unchanged – the W-League is critical to the growth of Australian football and all the noises from the clubs align with this. Anything less than this level of care can only hurt the game and the credibility of the league’s new governors.”The final question concerns the commitment to gender equality. In the PFA’s 2018-19 W-League report, players were asked how they felt the W-League side was integrated into their clubs. 79% of players said they were either “not at all satisfied” or only “slightly satisfied” with their integration – the lowest two ratings out of a possible four. This had risen by over 10% from the previous year. In the PFA’s words, “gender equality does not only mean equal pay, but includes the way they are treated and respected in their environments.” This makes the body’s commitment to gender equality all the more difficult to quantify because equality is about culture as much as it is about facilities, funding and meeting professional standards.According to the PFA, there are three key areas of the league that require improvement: performance standards, commercialisation and remuneration. How will each club approach these areas under the umbrella of gender equality? Will clubs be required to pass certain benchmarks, like those used in the PFA report? Will they be required to commit a certain percentage of their total cost base to their women’s programs? Will club boards be required to be gender balanced? Will there be a commitment to closing the gender pay gap for all employees? And if clubs are found to be falling short of these benchmarks, what are the penalties?Chair of FFA’s Women’s Football Council, Ros Moriarty, says that more detail needs to be provided in this respect. “The Council is really keen to see more than something aspirational,” she says. “There’s a definition needed around exactly how women’s football is going to be resourced, measured, and benchmarked.” “There’s a 40-40-20 intent within the FFA constitution at board level, and the Women’s Council has actually called for that to be mandated within FFA, because intent is not enough. I would really hope that, if that is resolved, it filters into State Federations and clubs.” Read more Women’s football Read morecenter_img Wide-reaching plans for independent W-League revealed Share on WhatsApp Australia sport Topics Reuse this content Share on Messenger Women’s football in Australia is on the cusp of a new era. Having played second-fiddle to the A-League for much of its life, the W-League now appears to occupy a prominent place in the incoming governing body’s vision for the game. And as the success of the Women’s World Cup showed, there is a market ready and willing to participate.Following years of unknown plans and unfulfilled promises, there is cause for optimism at the proposal to transform the W-League into a sustainable, competitive, and fully-professional competition with an enthusiastic and engaged fan culture. But this is easier said than done, and there are a number of key questions that should be asked at this formative stage if fans, players, staff and other stakeholders are to trust that the future of women’s football is in safe hands. Share on LinkedIn As for governance – the people and bodies making the big decisions about the league’s future – it is understood that a new board, made up of two FFA board members and representatives from each club, will be formed to oversee the operations of the leagues. These are largely the same figures in charge when the PFA found in 2018 that “all clubs are falling short of providing fully professional standards for W-League players and being fully compliant with all conditions of the new CBA”. Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

West Brom agree Sturridge loan

first_imgTransfers West Brom set to sign Sturridge on loan as Newcastle & Inter miss out Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 23:09 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Daniel Sturridge Transfers West Bromwich Albion Liverpool Newcastle United Premier League The Baggies have agreed a deal with the Reds for the forward, with the player expected to have a medical late on Monday afternoon West Bromwich Albion are heading the chase to secure Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool after agreeing on a loan until the end of the season, in a setback to both Newcastle United and Inter Milan.Alan Pardew’s side, fresh from dumping the Merseysiders out of the FA Cup, reached an agreement with the club for the England international.They will assume his salary of £120,000 in its entirety, as well as pay a fee of around £2 million for the temporary arrangement with a medical expected to happen late Monday afternoon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Inter had struck a similar deal with Liverpool, only for Sturridge to stall on the switch as he hoped Sevilla would follow up their enquiry for him with a solid offer.That didn’t materialise, which encouraged Newcastle to enter negotiations for the 28-year-old, who has started just five games in the campaign.Rafael Benitez was waiting on the forward to travel to Tyneside on Monday afternoon, but with West Brom entering the fray and offering Birmingham-born Sturridge the opportunity to return to the West Midlands, that plan was torpedoed.The Baggies are currently looking the most likely to finalise his signing on a temporary basis before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.Sturridge last featured for Liverpool in the 7-0 Champions League hammering of Spartak Moscow on December 6, despite being fit and available for their last three fixtures after overcoming a muscle issue and illness. He has scored three goals and added three assists in 14 appearances this season in the Premier League and Champions League. Odds were slashed on Sturridge joining West Brom on Sunday following a flurry of bets over the weekend.last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle midfielder Mo Diame apologises for Liverpool humbling

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame apologises for Liverpool humblingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United midfielder Mo Diame says the away fans deserved better after their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.Newcastle have not won at Liverpool since 1994 in the top flight but even with their side four goals down the fans still backed the players.Diame was taken aback by their support, and told the Evening Chronicle: “It showed how amazing they are and it shows how loyal the fans are.“We know as players we are at a massive club but it is massive because of them.“They are showing this week-in, week-out.“We just want to thank them and apologise for the result.” last_img

Bournemouth vs Chelsea: Higuain starts, Hudson-Odoi not in squad

first_imgChelsea travel to Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium on Wednesday with the intention of taking a tighter grip on their top-four position.Maurizio Sarri’s men eased to a 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, but a 2-0 loss away to Arsenal in their last league outing has left their position suddenly vulnerable.They will meet a Bournemouth side who have had 10 days to prepare for this fixture, with the Cherries hungry for more success after ending a five-match winless streak with a 2-0 victory against West Ham when they last played. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Bournemouth vs Chelsea Date Wednesday, January 30 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on NBCSN and UNIVERSO. It can be streamed via NBC Sports Live and UNIVERSO NOW. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN / UNIVERSO NBC Sports Live / UNIVERSO NOW In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown live. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Bournemouth squad Goalkeepers Boruc, Begovic, Travers Defenders Francis, S. Cook, Ake, Daniels,Rico, Mings, Simpson, Clyne Midfielders Surman, Pugh, Lerma, Ibe, Stanislas, Brooks, Fraser, Ofoborh Forwards Mousset, Wilson, King Bournemouth will be forced to contend without key striker Callum Wilson after he failed to make the matchday squad, though new signings Dominic Solanke and Chris Mepham are on the bench.Former Chelsea player Nathan Ake does however line up in the starting XI with fellow former Blues man Asmir Begovic among the substitutes.Confirmed Bournemouth starting XI: Begovic; Clyne, S Cook, Ake, Smith; Brooks, Gosling, Stanislas, Surman, Fraser; King. Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Green Defenders Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill, Ampadu, Emerson Midfielders Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic Forwards Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain Callum Hudson-Odoi is absent entirely from the matchday squad as speculation continues to mount that he will exit Stamford Bridge.Gonzalo Higuain however makes his Premier League debut, and will lead the line, with Eden Hazard shifted out wide after playing much of the season as a false 9.Confirmed Chelsea starting XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Higuain, HazardBetting & Match Odds Chelsea’s odds of winning are priced at 8/13 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 10/3. A win for Bournemouth is priced at 19/4/Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Eden Hazard Chelsea 2018-19Chelsea’s position in the Champions League spots was put under greater threat on Tuesday, when Arsenal secured a 2-1 win over Cardiff on an emotional night at the Emirates. Burnley, meanwhile, did the Blues a favour by taking an unexpected point from Manchester United, but the spectre of the Old Trafford club also lies over them as they chase a return to Europe’s elite competition.Maurizio Sarri’s side, meanwhile, have looked vulnerable in recent weeks. A succession of narrow wins have been peppered with surprisingly dropped points and in their last Premier League outing they were comprehensively beaten 2-0 by Arsenal.Progress in both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup has been welcome, but with league fixtures against Manchester City and Tottenham to come later this month – as well as the Carabao Cup final – now is the time that Sarri’s men need to rediscover their best level.The sideshow that continues to link Eden Hazard with a move to Real Madrid has not helped their cause and it is something that the manager seems to be growing weary of.“If he wants to go, I think he has to go,” he said. “Of course, I hope for the opposite. I hope he wants to stay here with us and improve. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.”The future of the Belgian surely hinges on Chelsea’s ability to play Champions League football, and if they are to achieve that then this is the type of fixture they need to win. Having punched above their weight under the guidance of Eddie Howe, the Cherries have gone through a tougher spell of late, losing nine of their last 13 games, though they did redress the balance somewhat by winning 2-0 in their last outing against West Ham.Goals from Callum Wilson and Josh King gave them the points on that occasion and a repeat performance would be heartily welcomed against one of the Premier League’s big guns. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Organizers wonder how big crowds will get for Winnipeg Jets street party

first_imgWINNIPEG – At first, it was just a few thousand people braving the cold to cheer on the Winnipeg Jets in a street party.Then the numbers grew. And, with each game, the crowd got bigger.Organizers say that by Game 5 of the first round of the NHL playoffs — which the Jets won against the Minnesota Wild — almost 20,000 people had gathered in the street outside Bell MTS Place to cheer, watch the game on big screens and be entertained by DJs.Playoff fever has fully erupted in a city that had been starved of an NHL playoff victory for two decades.“The patience as a fan base … has created this enormous sense of pent-up excitement to explode and let it all out,” says Darren Ford, who led a grassroots campaign to bring the NHL back to Winnipeg after the first Jets franchise left for Phoenix in 1996.The new version of the Jets came to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011. They made the playoffs in 2015 but were swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round.This time, the team shows a lot more promise and fans have come out in droves, dressing all in white for a ritual known as The Whiteout.For one couple, getting married didn’t keep them from joining in. Eddie Bartlett and Rebecca Hiscock joined the frenzy for Game 5 of the series against Minnesota. They wanted to take wedding pictures at the street party. They talked their wedding photographer into it.The bride’s white gown was a natural fit.“We said, ‘OK … what a chance we have to get a perfect picture,’” Bartlett said.“We just went there to get one picture and all of a sudden, an hour later, we were still there.”Fans surrounded the couple and took pictures which were quickly posted to social media sites.“Everyone was so excited to see us and … no one believed that it was our actual wedding day,” said Hiscock.All the excitement has organizers wondering how big the crowds will get if the Jets continue to do well in their playoff run, especially now that warmer weather has arrived. The second round against the Nashville Predators begins Friday.More street sections have had to be blocked off, more big screens have been put up. Police have said there have been virtually no problems so far, aside from a small number of people arrested for public intoxication.Organizers, who have also set up a family-friendly, no-alcohol zone for each street party, say they are prepared to expand further to accommodate growing crowds.“We’ll continue to tweak that every time we have a game,” said Dayna Spiring, president of Economic Development Winnipeg.“We’re going to continue to expand as we need to and we’ll see what the demand is.”For Ford, the sellout crowd inside the arena and the large crowd outside are proof that the city, a small population base by NHL standards, is a big market when it comes to the national game.“This is our sport.”last_img read more

PCs approve deal to merge with Wildrose uniting Albertas right

first_imgRED DEER – Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties have overwhelmingly voted to merge forces.Party members voted 95 per cent in favour of the deal, which would see the creation of a new United Conservative Party.The deal needed 75 per cent support to be approved.PC Leader Jason Kenney and Wildrose Leader Brian Jean have been criss-crossing the province in recent weeks to drum up support for a merger.If both sides approve the deal, it will spell the end of the Progressive Conservative brand that governed Alberta for almost 44 years. That run ended when Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP won a majority in the 2015 election.A merger has been kicked around in various forms for a decade, but caught fire a year ago when Kenney launched his successful bid for the Tory leadership.More than 50,000 Tories and about 40,000 in the Wildrose had signed up to vote.There had been pockets of resistance amid concerns the new party would move far to the right on social issues and open a spot for other parties to grab centrist voters.Former PC president Katherine O’Neill left the party after Kenney’s leadership win in March and now runs Alberta Together, a political action committee looking to attract progressive conservative voters, perhaps through the Alberta Party.If the PCs approve the deal, it will launch a leadership race that already has three participants. Jean and Kenney have said they’ll run, and Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer is already campaigning. Wildrose finance critic Derek Fildebrandt has said he is also considering it.As per the unity agreement, joint committees would be struck to get the machinery of a new party in place with constituency associations and candidates. The goal is to be ready for the next election set for the spring of 2019.Uncertainty remains over what happens if one side fails to ratify.Kenney has talked about a possible Plan B including some form of co-operation, such as the two sides not running against each other in certain constituencies.last_img read more

Unknown number of animals perish in SPCA fire in western Quebec

first_imgGATINEAU, Que. – A late-night fire has destroyed the SPCA of Western Quebec building in Gatineau, Que.Fire crews were called to the structure just before 11 p.m. and say the blaze caused the two-storey building to collapse, forcing firefighters to evacuate.Crews managed to rescue 12 dogs from the building, but say an unknown number of animals have perished in the fire.No humans were reported injured.There was no immediate word on what caused the fire northwest of Ottawa.Another SPCA office in region, the SPCA de l’Outaouais, said on its Facebook page that it was caring for some of the rescued dogs at its shelter.“Extremely shaken by this incident and the loss of so many animals,” the statement said, without indicating just how many animals had perished.last_img

British PM Theresa May Says Attack a “Perversion of a Great…

Rabat – British PM Theresa May was asked by MP Michael Tomlinson if she thought it was wrong to label Wednesday’s attack Islamic Terrorism. May surprised more than a few people by agreeing with the MP.May’s response caught a few people off guard. “I absolutely agree,” May said in the House. “And it is wrong to describe this as ‘Islamic Terrorism.’” Instead, May clarified, “It is ‘Islamist terrorism’; It is a perversion of a great religion.”Four people were killed and forty injured when a man went on a rampage Wednesday, outside the British House of Parliament in London. Khalid Masood, 52, used a rented SUV to mow down scores of pedestrians walking along Westminster Bridge, including a group of schoolchildren from France. Masood then exited the vehicle and attempted to gain entry to Parliament. He was stopped by two officers, one of whom he fatally stabbed, before moving on. He was confronted by two more officers approximately 20 yards from Parliament before being shot and killed.The suspect was known to police to be have been “inspired by international terrorism” but only as what May called a “peripheral figure.” His name had come up at one point during an MI5 investigation but no further details have yet been released. Masood is confirmed to have been born in Kent.May’s statement calling the incident a “perversion” is a clear contradiction of her Minister. Earlier Thursday, Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon made the following statement; “It was no accident that this attack was on Westminster, because it is at Westminster that we debate differences, very sharp differences, very freely and respectfully between us, and this kind of Islamic terrorism doesn’t respect those differences, so it is no accident that there was an attack here.”Twenty-nine people remain in hospital following the attack. Seven are in critical condition. read more

To prevent proliferation UN experts to review Iraqi Declaration before sharing it

Following closed-door consultations, Council President Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia said members had “decided to make UNMOVIC [UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspections Commission] the depositary of the Declaration, and asked UNMOVIC and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to review it immediately with their experts from the standpoint of existing international treaties” on disarmament and non-proliferation.”Members of the Security Council will meet next week to decide on the further handling of the Declaration,” Ambassador Valdivieso told the press.Also speaking to reporters, UNMOVIC chief Hans Blix said the members had discussed “the risks of releasing parts of this Declaration that might help to achieve proliferation of nuclear or biological or chemical weapons.” He added that the Council was “fully aware that as the highest authority in the UN system for security, they must make sure that they respect the conventions” related to arms, such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention.As such, Mr. Blix said, the Council had asked UNMOVIC and the IAEA to examine the documents and determine whether any parts should not be circulated. “All the Governments in the Council are aware that they should not have access to anything that anyone else does not have access to, so if any parts would be proliferation-prone, none of them would like to have it,” he said. “But we of course would have to report to the Council the criteria upon which we are advising that we should withhold any parts.”This process, he observed, “may take a little time, and before we get to that question, which is an important one – the Council was unanimous – there is the mechanical handling” of the Declaration. “There will be large parts that will be in Arabic, and as we understand it now, it is unlikely that anything will be on CD-ROMs, so we will have to attain that, and that’s a bit of mechanical work,” he noted, adding that he would report to the Council next week on the matter.A closer assessment of the document, which could run to 10,000 pages, “of course will take a little longer,” Mr. Blix cautioned.Responding to questions, he said the UN experts in Iraq would welcome “as much information from any Member State as to evidence that they may have on weapons of mass destruction, and in particular sites, because we are inspectors – we can go to sites.” Video of Blix & Council President press encounter read more

Feds halting preparations for Obama immigration program temporarily blocked by US judge

FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Homeland Security Department is ceasing preparations for a program designed to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. That decision comes as a result of Monday’s federal court ruling temporarily halting it. Johnson says his agency will stop working on the program to protect parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents until further notice. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) by Alicia A. Caldwell, The Associated Press Posted Feb 17, 2015 11:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Homeland Security Department will cease preparations for a program intended to protect millions of immigrants from deportation in the wake of a federal court ruling halting it, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday.Johnson said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will stop working on plans to launch a program to protect parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents from deportation until further notice.Late Monday U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas temporarily blocked the program and a second effort to shield young immigrants from deportation as part of an ongoing lawsuit involving 26 states.USCIS, the Homeland Security agency responsible for managing immigration benefits cases, was scheduled to start accepting applications for an expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Wednesday. The effort to protect immigrant parents living in the country illegally was to start in May.President Barack Obama announced the protection programs shortly after November’s midterm election. Republican lawmakers have argued that the efforts amount to amnesty for millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.The programs have become a sticking point in an ongoing budget battle involving the Homeland Security Department. The agency’s funding is set to expire on Feb. 27. Feds halting preparations for Obama immigration program temporarily blocked by US judge read more

Womens lacrosse youth a bright spot during down season

Ohio State freshman midfielder Sage Darling receives a pass in the offensive zone against Rutgers on March 25. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team struggled throughout much of its 2017 campaign despite beginning the season 5-1. Their 11 losses are the program’s most since 2006, when the Buckeyes amassed an 4-12 mark. They finished the 2017 season 6-11 following a 12-6 loss to Johns Hopkins on Senior Day in Ohio Stadium.The team’s on-the-field issues have more to do with inexperience than anything else, according to junior attack Molly Wood. “We’re definitely young,” Wood said. “We have a lot of girls in younger classes stepping into bigger roles who didn’t get a lot of playing time last year, and it’s just hard when you don’t have as much experience as you did in the past. We’re working through that.”A three-year starter, Wood has been one of the few bright spots for OSU, not to mention the Scarlet and Gray’s most consistent performer. She leads the team in multiple statistical categories, including 47 points and 64 shots on goal.Though the team lacks more experienced players like Wood, they make up for it by showing effort and preparation in every game and practice, Wood said.“The coaches see how hard we go every game,” Wood said. “Even though we might not get the outcome we want, I think they’re proud of how hard we go in these games. We’ve continued to improve and compete, and as long as we keep fighting until the very end of the game, that’s the biggest win for them.”Before suffering a season-ending injury, freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez helped lead OSU’s offensive attack, recording 34 points in just nine games.She wasn’t the only underclassman to contribute. Freshman attack Alex Vander Molen, sophomore midfielder Mackenzie Maring and sophomore midfielder Erika Keselman all started at least eight matches. One of the standout underclassmen this season was sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott, who even as a second-year player, started every game this season for the Buckeyes. Parrott finished second on the team in points with 38, including the second most goals on the team (30).As one of the young leaders for the team, she said she believes that the talent will translate into the win column sooner rather than later. “Although we’re a young team this year, and while we did struggle, we’ve had some brilliant moments with our young players,” Parrott said. “I think that can be something we can move forward with, just knowing that we have the potential to be so much better because we’re such a young team.” read more

Can Christian Pulisic Possibly Live Up To The Hype

Christian Pulisic made U.S. soccer history last week when he reached an agreement to join Chelsea in the coming summer transfer window. Borussia Dortmund, where Pulisic has played since 2015, will pocket $73 million for the rights to him — by far the largest fee ever for an American. But this transfer raises a number of questions: Is Pulisic worth the money? What can Chelsea expect from a young player out of the Bundesliga, and how well does the American fit his new club’s needs? How will Pulisic slot into manager Maurizio Sarri’s system, and what can fans expect to see from him in the coming years?The first question is how to adjust for a transfer from the Bundesliga, the top tier of German soccer. Do we expect Pulisic’s production to drop off significantly from Germany to England? Given the players who have moved between the two leagues before, the answer is no.Since 2010-11, 103 midfielders or attackers have transferred between the Bundesliga and the Premier League. Normalized for minutes, these players created about 371 expected goals and assists in the Bundesliga and 364 in the Premier League, based on data from analytics firm Opta Sports. That’s a difference of about 2 percent. Not every young star hits: Lucas Ocampos remains a capable but unspectacular Ligue 1 attacker for Marseille, Erik Lamela has struggled at Tottenham and faced major injury problems, and Xherdan Shaqiri stagnated for years before becoming a key cog in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad this season. But on average, results are strong. In up to three seasons after their age-20 seasons, these players averaged 0.54 nonpenalty goals and assists per 90 minutes. That’s an improvement for their expected goals and assists numbers — players who are this good at 20 tend to get even better in their early 20s.And as befitting that production, players like this tend to find their way to big clubs. Excluding the players currently in their age-20 seasons, 18 of 27 are regulars at teams in the Soccer Power Index top 20. Further, when players this young and this productive make their moves to big clubs, it’s expensive. Ousmane Dembele, Pulisic’s teammate at the time at Dortmund, cost Barcelona well over $100 million. Pulisic’s teammate-to-be Eden Hazard cost Chelsea only about $40 million in a less inflated market after his age-21 season. A few others came more cheaply — Inter Milan selling Philippe Coutinho for less than $15 million after the numbers he put up as a 20-year-old looks like a historically poor decision, while the less impressive futures of Ocampos and Domenico Berardi suggest the roughly $10 million fees paid for their services were more in line with their values. On average, the players on this chart who transferred within two years of their age-20 season cost about $44 million.Pulisic’s future looks bright, and Chelsea’s fee is not out of line with what players of his pedigree tend to command. But one concern that arises here is that Pulisic’s best production came in his age-17 to -19 seasons. Now at 20, when he should be coming into his own, his production has declined from his usual 0.4 to 0.5 expected goals and assists per 90 minutes to less than 0.3. He has even lost starting minutes in the Bundesliga to Jadon Sancho.The decline represents fewer than 1,000 minutes, and Pulisic’s total production including these minutes remains strong. But the drop is still concerning. The problem appears to be Pulisic’s role in the system of new Dortmund manager Lucien Favre. Favre prefers a more defensive and counterattacking system than the high-pressing, high-possession style of Thomas Tuchel, under whom Pulisic broke in. This year, Pulisic is playing much deeper on the pitch than he ever used to. Only about 8 percent of his open-play pass receptions have been in the penalty area or on the flanks near the penalty area, compared with about 13 percent in previous seasons with Dortmund. Instead, Pulisic has done much more buildup work, with 13 percent of his passes received in the central area of the defensive half, compared with 6 percent previously.Pulisic is currently expected to contribute to a slower buildup style or help run counterattacks through the center, rather than making himself available as a passing outlet near the goal or near the endline. But it’s that latter skill where he has stood out.Pulisic has averaged just fewer than 1.5 open-play passes received into the penalty area in his career so far. The most comparable players at such a young age are strikers — a few being among the best forwards in the world. Raheem Sterling2011-150.542016-180.78 Through age-20ages 21-23 Kylian Mbappe201520182.15 NameFromToReceived passes inside penalty box per 90 minutes Marcus Rashford201520181.31 * Season listed is the year in which the season startedMinimum 2,500 minutes played in the big five European leaguesSource: Opta Sports Marco Asensio2015-160.542017-180.41 Florian Thauvin2012-130.412014-160.43 Leroy Sane201320161.28 Philippe Coutinho2010-120.472013-150.43 Keita Balde2013-150.522016-180.76 Xherdan Shaqiri2010-120.452013-150.52 Julian Draxler2010-130.442014-160.44 Kingsley Coman2012-160.492017-180.54 Timo Werner201320161.12 Dele Alli2015-160.552017-180.61 Mario Gotze2010-120.572013-150.67 Pulisic is great at finding spaceEuropean soccer leaders in rate of receiving passes inside the penalty area per 90 minutes, among players prior to turning 21 Richarlison20170.4620180.61 Thomas Lemar2014-160.422017-180.34 Christian Pulisic2015-180.44—— Gabriel Jesus201620171.16 Manolo Gabbiadini201120121.24 Roberto Firmino2010-120.422013-150.69 Lucas Ocampos2013-140.422015-170.36 Antoine Griezmann2010-110.392012-140.57 Erik Lamela2011-120.542013-150.43 Raheem Sterling201120151.26 Aaron Ramsey2010-110.402012-140.52 Leroy Sane2013-160.552017-180.90 Eden Hazard2010-110.432012-140.52 Koke2010-120.402013-150.48 Mauro Icardi201220131.51 Season listed is the year in which the season startedMinimum 2,500 minutes played in the big five European leaguesSource: Opta Sports While there is variation, on average a player who creates attacking chances in the Bundesliga can be counted on to do the same in the Premier League.With more than 6,000 minutes played before his 21st birthday, Pulisic is in rarefied air already. Since the 2010-11 season, only 47 players have more than 6,000 minutes played among one of the top five European leagues1England’s Premier League, the German Bundesliga, Spain’s La Liga, France’s Ligue 1 and Italy’s Serie A. and the Champions League.And even among that group, Pulisic’s production stands out. Here are players since 2010 with at least 2,500 minutes played before their age-21 season, sorted by expected goals and expected assists per 90 minutes, with strikers excluded. Pulisic does not look like a better prospect than Leroy Sane or Raheem Sterling in shot production. And he certainly falls behind strikers like Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi, Gabriel Jesus, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku in goal-scoring prowess. But what you get in Pulisic is good shot production and an elite ability to make himself available for passes in dangerous areas. In Favre’s system, where deep possession sequences around the penalty area are less common, his best skills are wasted.Sarri’s high-possession Chelsea attack, however, might just be the perfect place for Pulisic’s game. At the same time, Pulisic may be just the attacker that Chelsea needs to get Sarri’s attack flowing. At Napoli, Sarri’s team completed elite numbers of open-play passes within or into the penalty area, 11.7 per match in his final season in 2017-18. But Chelsea this year has completed just 9.8 open-play passes in the penalty area per match despite a higher share of possession (61.9 percent) than Napoli had last year (60.3 percent). Favre’s Dortmund, with its less possession-heavy style, has only 9.1 of those passes per match. Pulisic may find the right fit for his skills at Chelsea, and the Blues appear to need a player with Pulisic’s ability to find space in the penalty area to execute their manager’s tactics.While other Americans have found steady work in the English Premier League — Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride — none has commanded even close to the money that Pulisic has. All eyes will be him from day one. But Pulisic’s combination of production at a young age and skills that fit the needs of his new club make him a good bet to succeed even under international scrutiny.Check out our latest soccer predictions. Malcom2015-170.4320180.70 Goncalo Guedes2015-170.4620180.10 Christian Pulisic201520181.41 Romelu Lukaku201120131.09 Mattia Destro201020111.29 Playerseasonsexp. goals + assists/90 minutesSeasonsnonpenalty goals + assists/90 min Ousmane Dembele2015-170.6020180.92 Erik Lamela201120121.09 Federico Chiesa2016-180.40—— Maxwell Cornet201520161.28 Paulo Dybala201220141.18 Maxwell Cornet2015-160.412017-180.74 Domenico Berardi2013-140.422015-170.38 Yann Karamoh2016-180.49—— Julian Brandt201320161.24 Julian Brandt2013-160.402017-180.41 Pulisic is one of Europe’s elite youngstersEuropean soccer leaders (excluding strikers) in expected goals plus expected assists per 90 minutes prior to turning 21 and nonpenalty goals plus assists for up to three seasons* afterwards read more

University of Cambridge admits significant problem with sexual misconduct

first_img 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. “The University of Cambridge has now passed that point.”Alongside the anonymous reporting tool, Cambridge launched a Breaking the Silence campaign in October last year and that is credited with prompting the second largest spike in reports in the University’s history.  Prof Virgo said: “We expected high numbers, and view it as a metric of success. It appears victims have confidence in our promise that these figures will be used to judge the nature and scale of sexual misconduct affecting students and staff, and to act on it accordingly.”A number of other institutions , including the University of Manchester, have introduced the anonymous reporting tool but are yet to report results. Prof Virgo said that whilst recent concern over high profile acquittals in sex abuse cases because of a lack of disclosure show the “fundamental importance of the rule of law”, they could also mean victims are less likely to come forward.  He added: “With anonymous reporting, these students may start to have confidence that they can come forward and be heard in person and be given the emotional support, advice and guidance they might need.” The University of Cambridge has admitted that it has a “significant problem” with sexual misconduct after receiving almost 200 complaints in a matter of months. The University is the first to reveal high numbers of reports after launching an anonymous system which has also been adopted by other institutions. The majority of the 173 complaints – 119 – are allegations by students of misconduct by other students. Two students have made complaints about staff and seven staff members have complained about the action of colleagues. The other complaints, made between the launching of the anonymous reporting tool in May 2017 and January 31 this year, related to neither staff or students. Some of the reports are thought to be historic. Graham Virgo, Professor of English Private Law and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at the University of Cambridge, wrote in a blog:  “It supports our belief that we have a significant problem involving sexual misconduct – what we now need to ensure is that those who have been affected receive the support and guidance they need.”Whilst anonymous reports have risen, Cambridge received only six formal allegations between October and December. Prof Virgo said: “Trust in universities’ ability to safeguard students and staff from sexual abuse will remain low until reports of sexual misconduct are in triple figures, according to Graham Towl, former chief psychologist for the Ministry of Justice.last_img read more

Les tenrecs rayés animaux piquants à la communication surprenante

first_imgLes tenrecs rayés : animaux piquants à la communication surprenantePour la première fois, une équipe de la BBC a filmé dans leur habitat naturel à Madagascar des tenrecs rayés. Des petits mammifères aux allures de musaraigne qui communiquent par stridulations.La vidéo est surprenante. Réputés pour ces documentaires animaliers, la BBC a cette fois-ci filmé d’étranges petits animaux vivant à Madagascar et connus sous le nom de tenrecs rayés. Lointains cousins des porcs-épics, ces mammifères insectivores sont dotés de piquants blancs qui dépassent de leur fourrure rayée. Mais si ces aiguilles servent évidemment de moyens de défense, ce sont aussi de vrais outils de communication.À lire aussiLa harpie féroce, l’un des plus grands et plus puissants rapaces au mondeEn effet, les tenrecs rayés utilisent leurs piquants pour émettre des stridulations aigües, un peu à la manière des criquets. Pour cela, ils frottent leurs aiguilles les unes contre les autres, générant alors des sons qui se propagent dans la forêt et leur permettent de communiquer avec les autres animaux. Dans la vidéo, l’équipe de la BBC a suivi une famille de tenrecs. Alors qu’un des jeunes s’est égaré, on peut alors observer les membres de la famille commencer à émettre leurs stridulations. Après quelques minutes, le jeune mammifère parvient à retrouver sa famille, guidé par les sons. En réalité, ces stridulations sont quasiment inaudibles pour l’homme. Les réalisateurs ont donc dû utiliser des détecteurs de chauves-souris pour capter les “conversations” des tenrecs plutôt bavards.Environ 30 espèces de tenrecs ont été découvertes à Madagascar, principalement dans les forêts humides. Et bien que de temps en temps chassées par l’homme, ces espèces ne seraient pas menacées. Néanmoins, le tenrec rayé serait bien le seul mammifère au monde à communiquer de cette façon. Découvrez la vidéo de la BBC et les stridulations des tenrecs rayés en cliquant ci-dessous :  Le 7 avril 2011 à 13:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hasselbaink backs Sarri at Chelsea

first_imgThe former Chelsea footballer believes Maurizio Sarri can still do well in the English Premier League.Chelsea started the 2018-2019 English Premier League season with a bang, winning 12 consecutive matches.But then they fell into a slump, and have struggled recently to pick up points.The Blues are currently in the fourth position of the standings with 50 points, seven behind third-place Tottenham Hotspur and 12 behind second and first place, Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.And for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, a former Chelsea striker, boss Maurizio Sarri can still lead the team to greatness.“I think the criticism is a little unfair towards him, he had a really good start to the season,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports News.“You need to give him the time, it’s only six or seven months that he’s been in the building, so you need to give him the time and you need to give him the trust.”“He’s put Kante in a different position because he sees that position in a different way and that’s where it (the criticism) started,” he added.“Whatever you say, Kante’s the best defensive midfield player at winning the ball back, so that has raised eyebrows.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The ex-Netherlands international played for Chelsea from 2000 to 2004, scoring 70 goals in 136 matches.He also played for Telstar, AZ, Campomaiorense, Boavista, Leeds United, Atletico Madrid, Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic, and Cardiff City.And now he’s a coach, having managed Royal Antwerp, Burton Albion, Queens Park Rangers, and Northampton Town.“He believes in playing football in a certain way and that is dominating the ball in possession,” the 46-year-old continued talking about Sarri.“That’s how he believes Chelsea is eventually going to win titles and cups.”’I want to see him happy.’— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 8, 2019last_img read more