Georgina Rodriguez seen cheering for partner Cristiano Ronaldo in World Cup

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez was in the stands supporting her superstar boyfriend, who has been scoring goals for fun at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Rodriguez was in attendance at the Luzhniki Stadium during Portugal’s second Group B fixture versus Morocco on Wednesday. She surely had reasons to cheer as her partner scored in the fourth minute of the game to land the hammer blow on Morocco and knock them out of the tournament.Rodriguez was rocking the No. 7 jersey as she spurred on the Portuguese, who beat the African nation 1-0. The 22-year-old was pictured hanging out with her friends and mixing with the fans during the tight affair.And, during the game, eagle eyed fans spotted a ring on the Spanish model’s fourth finger of her left hand and that has sparked rumours of her being engaged with the Portuguese superstar. Fans noticed a ring on the third finger of Georgina Rodriguez’s left hand sparking rumours of her engagement with Cristiano Ronaldo. (Reuters Photo)2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGERodriguez has been in the Real Madrid star’s life since the end of 2016. One year later, in November 2017, the couple celebrated the birth of their daughter Alana Martina. She is a regular visitor in Real Madrid’s game and recently, she came down on the pitch after Real beat Liverpool in the Champions League final in Kiev.Ronaldo, who has been a keen admirer and lover of the Spaniard, has been with her after breaking up with former model girlfriend Irina Shayk, who he dated for almost five years. Georgina, who was born in Jaca, Spain, worked as a waitress and then moved to Bristol, England to work. She studied dance and English in London but then moved back to Spain and perused to work at a Gucci store in Madrid. She started pursuing a career in modeling when she moved to Spain. She has been a keen dancer but after her move back to Spain, she has been focusing more on becoming a model.advertisement Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez celebrated Real Madrid’s Champions League victory together. (Reuters Photo)FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe Real Madrid star met her in the VIP area of a Dolce and Gabbana event in Madrid and since then they have taken the relationship forward steadily.Her recent appearance at the Fashion Week at Gran Canaria, where she was seen wearing a black mesh top and a lime green pencil skirt, also sparked off some rumours of her being pregnant. And, it gathered steam when a video posted on a Cristiano Ronaldo fan page showed Georgina looking stunning in the dress.Also read – World Cup 2018: Ronaldo scores record goal as Portugal knock out MoroccoWhile she looked incredibly elegant, some Instagram followers questioned whether she is expecting. She appeared to have a slightly rounder figure as she posed on the red carpet. However, Georgina’s Instagram posts didn’t let the fans speculate much as she tactfully covered her stomach with her arms, when seated on the front row.If the rumours are true indeed, this will be Ronaldo’s fifth kid and would mean that he is well on course of fulfilling his wish of having seven children.Os meus bebés Eva e Mateo cumprem hoje o seu primeiro aniversário! Parabéns meus queridos filhos! pic.twitter.com/BZuLX0OkH2Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 5, 2018Ronaldo’s eldest son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr is eight years old and the other two are one-year-old twins Eva and Mateo, all of whom were welcomed via a surrogate before he finally had the fourth child with Georgina.Also read – World Cup 2018: Ronaldo rules social media after bossing on pitchHowever, these things would matter little to the Portuguese now as he gets ready to take Portugal far in the World Cup in Russia. He has been sensational form and has been breaking records for fun. The 33-year-old scored a hat-trick against Spain and then a sole goal against Morocco and now has 85 international goals to his name — the most by any European player ever.last_img read more

China Open: Caroline Wozniacki claims third title of season with win over Sevastova

first_imgCaroline Wozniacki dispatched Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-3 in the final of China Open 2018 to win her third title of the 2018 season. Wozniacki is the reigning Australian Open champion.Wozniacki was in solid form throughout the tournament and did not drop a single set to romp towards the title.In the final against Sevastova, Wozniacki hit 12 winners and won four out of eight break point chances to storm past the Latvian in just 87 minutes.Wozniacki had last won in Beijjng in 2010, following which she had become world No.1 for the first time in her career.A special message from your @ChinaOpen champ, @CaroWozniacki! pic.twitter.com/JavVVpoFBDWTA (@WTA) October 7, 2018″I feel great being here. Having won again… eight is my lucky number and it is eight years ago I won here so I felt like it was my year,” world number two Wozniacki said.Also read – Naomi Osaka pulls out of Hong Kong Open with back injuryAfter easing through the first set, Wozniacki raced to a 4-1 lead in the second. Sevastova, who has been managing a stomach muscle injury since the round of 16, broke back to give herself a chance to mount a comeback.But Wozniacki saved three break points to take a 5-3 lead as Sevastova struggled for consistency. The world number 20 made 35 unforced errors in the match, including 21 in the second set, to allow Wozniacki to close out the victory.Sevastova, who has not beaten Wozniacki in five attempts, said was pleased with her performance this week despite missing out on a second title of the season.advertisementAlso read – Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova book WTA Finals spot”It was one of my best tournaments ever. Caroline played amazing today, it’s always tough playing against her and I have never won. I hope that we will continue to have good matches,” Sevastova said.Wozniacki’s victory is bound to boost her confidence ahead of this month’s season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore, where the 28-year-old is the defending champion.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

How good is this kid: Justin Langer impressed by Steve Smith’s Australia return

first_imgAustralia coach Justin Langer has said that Steve Smith is in the “best physical condition of his life.” Smith showed ominous form in Australia’s practice matches against New Zealand scoring an unbeaten 91 on Friday to lead Australia to victory. This was after he had scored an unbeaten 89 off 77 balls in the previous match.Langer said one of Smith’s goals when he started serving his one-year ban following the 2018 Newlands ball tampering scandal was to return to the squad in better physical shape. The 48-year-old former opener said that Smith has certainly done that in his time out.”I think his skin folds are the lowest they’ve ever been and they’re talking elite level,” Langer told SEN. “I certainly slept a lot better last night. It warmed my heart to be honest. I actually watched him on the weekend, he had a nets session on Sunday night and I was sitting with a couple of coaches and I just said How good is this kid’.”Langer said that Smith’s innings in the second practice match was a “tutorial in batting.” He also stated that David Warner, who is also returning to the squad after a one-year ban has done the same. Both players had recently undergone elbow surgery with Smith’s being a more serious case than Warner’s.”They’re in pretty good shape, they’re not throwing like Nathan Coulter-Nile or Jason Behrendorff at the moment or Glenn Maxwell, but they’re certainly working their way up to it and that’s good for us,” said Langer.advertisementWhile Warner was his typical ballistic self while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, he was not able to translate that form into the practice matches. In the three games he scored 39, 0 and 2 with the first score coming when he went in one down.Also Read | Steve Smith hits unbeaten 91 as Australia XI beat New Zealand XIAlso Read | Steve Smith hits 77-ball 89 but Australia XI lose to New Zealand XIlast_img read more

Georgia Lands 4-Star Recruit For 2019 Class

first_imgTwo Georgia Bulldogs football helmets sitting on a field.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs feature an offense stacked with talent in the backfield, which includes D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield. While Kirby Smart has more than enough options at tailback, it appears he’ll add another.From Todd Gurley to Sony Michel, the Bulldogs have produced several great running backs in the past few years. Next up on that list might just be Kenny McIntosh, who will now join Georgia.McIntosh is the No. 10 running back in his class, and the Bulldogs were able to pry him away from Alabama and Auburn among other elite programs.The four-star recruit made his decision public on Twitter:Glad to be 110% committed #GoDogs? @DellMcGee @KirbySmartUGA pic.twitter.com/USXh44upy1— Blueprint#1 (@1_blueprint) November 14, 2018Although McIntosh will battle for playing time in his freshman season, the Fort Lauderdale native has tons of potential. After all, Swift is seeing an abundance of snaps as just a sophomore for the SEC powerhouse.With the Bulldogs currently ranking as the No. 3 recruiting class, per 247Sports, this addition will only help.last_img read more

Chinese JV Sets Sights on Turkish Container Termi

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Closecenter_img zoom COSCO Pacific, China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI) and CIC Capital Corporation have, through their respective wholly-owned subsidiaries, formed a joint venture to acquire equity interests in Fina Liman and Kumport in Turkey. Fina Liman is an investment holding company whose only asset is its investment in Kumport, which is principally engaged in the ownership and operation of Kumport Terminal, a container terminal in the Ambarli Port Complex. The complex is on the northwest coast of the Marmara Sea on the European side of Istanbul.The subsidiaries of COSCO Pacific, CMHI and CIC Capital hold 40%, 40% and 20%, respectively, of the shares in the joint venture company named Consortium SPV.On September 16, the Consortium SPV as purchaser, Fina Holding as seller and Cosco Pacific, CMHI and LIC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of CIC) as guarantors entered into the Fina Liman SPA for the sale and purchase of approximately 64.522% of the issued share capital of Fina Liman for around USD 919.9 million.The transaction  is conditional upon the satisfaction of a number of  conditions, including the approval from the Turkish Competition Board.last_img read more

Morocco Receives Prestigious Award at Holiday World 2018 Conference

Rabat – Morocco received the prize of “Best Travel Exhibit” at the International Travel Fair, organized by INCHEBA EXPO PRAHA, on February 15 in Prague, Czech Republic.Holiday World is a significant event in the tourism industry in the Czech Republic and central Europe, where different travel agencies from around the world conduct presentations, organize workshops, seminars, and conferences.Holiday World’s 27th edition took place at the INCHEBA EXPO PRAHA event venue, in Prague, beginning on Thursday, February 15, and closing out on Sunday, February 18. In this year’s 27th edition of Holiday World international travel fair, Morocco’s participation culminated in an honorary prize for best communication and traditional architectural design, reported Map News website.The Moroccan exhibition stand – which was equipped by the Moroccan Tourism office and the Moroccan embassy in Prague – took over 60 square meters of the area, reported the same source.The event covered 18.800 square meters of INCHEBA EXPO PRAHA space, and constituted of 634 exhibitors, representing 45 countries, with 30.000 anticipated visitors.On Thursday, the conference opened exclusively for commercial attendees, while Friday, Saturday and Sunday were open to the general public, Holiday World website detailed. read more

UN agency hails largest donation so far to new food plan for

“WFP welcomes the very timely donation of the EuropeAid Cooperation Office of the European Union. It will enable us to purchase food before our new operation starts,” WFP’s Country Director Arnold Vercken said.In September the agency will launch a new two-year operation aimed at providing 154,000 tons of food assistance to 135,500 Palestinians in the Gaza strip and 344,500 in the West Bank.The fragile Palestinian economy has been crumbling under strict Israeli security measures and the erection of a barrier around the majority of the West Bank. These measures have weakened an already shaky economy and made tens of thousands of Palestinian workers unemployed.Over the past few years, the EU has been a solid supporter of WFP’s work in the occupied Palestinian territory. This latest contribution constitutes nearly 12 per cent of the $80 million required for this operation. Other donations have come from the United States – almost $1 million – and other multilateral donors. read more

Buckeye Brief Urban Meyers thoughts on Ohio States Early Signing Day

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer observes the field at Memorial Stadium prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorA year ago at this time, no players had signed letters of intent to play football for Ohio State. But this year, the first in which the Early Signing Period was introduced, the Buckeyes inked the signatures of 21 players in its 2018 recruiting class, which, despite recent key decommitments, is currently ranked No. 1 by 247Sports.Wednesday morning, just a few hours after Ohio State received its first letter of intent — which came from four-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell — head coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media about the latest recruiting class. Here are four takeaways from the press conference.Update on Micah ParsonsFive-star defensive end Micah Parsons signed a letter of intent with Penn State Monday morning after a tumultuous recruiting cycle that included a decommitment from the Nittany Lions. A couple months ago, Ohio State looked like a favorite to land his commitment, but the Buckeyes interest faded for an unknown reason as time passed.On Tuesday, The Lantern reported Ohio State self-reported NCAA violations stemming from the Parsons family’s visit to the set of College GameDay. The university self-imposed punishments, which included an agreement to end the recruitment of Parsons, who the program deemed ineligible. “Everybody in our program should know the rules, and that shouldn’t have happened,” Meyer said. “It’s presented to me, and I agree with it or disagree with it, and we move on.”Even if a violation sounds minor, Meyer said he does not believe it to be minor.“I get extremely upset when I see that there was something done that was done incorrectly, and we do everything we possibly can to make sure that does not happen again,” he said. Meyer declined to comment on whether the violation was the reason Ohio State ended its recruitment of Parsons.Ohio State found its quarterback. Eventually. Since July 29, 2016, Ohio State held a commitment from Emory Jones, the fourth-ranked dual-threat quarterback, according to 247Sports composite rankings. But on Early Signing Day, he flipped to Florida and signed with the Gators. The Buckeyes, though, were prepared for what seemed like the inevitable after Jones took visits to Florida, Florida State and Alabama as Wednesday’s signing day neared. On Dec. 7, Ohio State received a pledge from three-star quarterback Matthew Baldwin, a former Colorado State commit.Baldwin, a first-year starter at Lake Travis High School in Texas, was brought to the attention of Meyer by quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day.“We’re sitting there getting ready to play Penn State, and he’s coming up to me saying, ‘Hey, let’s watch this kid from Lake Travis,’” Meyer said. “And I’m ready to pass out, saying it’s 10:30 at night, I’ve got 3rd down and 6 in my mind and we’re trying to watch another quarterback.”Meyer went to watch Baldwin practice and liked what he saw. The head coach said he evaluates five traits in quarterbacks: competitive spirit, toughness, leadership, intelligence and the ability to get out of a bad play.“I think you see so many mistakes made at that position because people don’t categorize like that, and he checks the box off perfectly going right down the list,” Meyer said.Jeremy Ruckert: best tight end prospect Meyer has seen?Since Meyer arrived in Columbus in 2012, Ohio State has coached tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, both future third-round picks in the NFL draft, and landed commitments from four-star tight ends such as Marcus Baugh, Jake Hausmann and Luke Farrell.But he thinks four-star tight end Jeremy Ruckert is different.“I think Jeremy Ruckert might be the best tight end prospect that I’ve ever seen and recruited,” Meyer said. “His skill set is ridiculous. Now it’s a question of getting him ready to play.”Ruckert, the top-ranked player from his home state of New York, is the best tight end and the No. 29 overall player in the nation, according to the 247 composite rankings. Given his athleticism, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound physical specimen could be viewed as more of a receiver at times. He will offer Ohio State a receiving threat from the tight end position to which the program has not been accustomed. Baugh, the Buckeyes’ starting tight end, ranks fourth on the team with 24 catches this year. Next season, Ruckert will compete with Hausmann, Farrell and redshirt sophomore Rashod Berry for the starting tight end position following Baugh’s departure.Late addition of Alex WilliamsAs Ohio State’s recruiting strategy has a more national focus, the Buckeyes have moved away from in-state recruiting. But on Wednesday, Ohio State flipped Pickerington, Ohio, product Alex Williams from West Virginia to the Scarlet and Gray.The three-star athlete who plays for Pickerington North is ranked the 589th-best player in the country and the No. 26 player in Ohio by the 247Sports composite rankings. He is listed as a defensive end by recruiting services, but Meyer said he intends to try him at both tight end and defensive end.“Big athlete,” Meyer said. “I think he can do either. I know where — there’s needs at both spots, but I don’t know.”Meyer said his decision to pursue Williams was partially due to his desire for more players from Ohio. He and the recruiting staff often look for in-state late bloomers because he does not feel like the team has enough Ohioans.“I started watching him, and he’s a late developer player that I think he was hurt some of his junior year, and I like the fact he plays extremely hard and he’s a big athlete.” read more

MLB Games Are Slow Again And Its Helping Older Hitters

Atop the hitting leaderboards this season, you’ll find an unexpected — yet familiar — name: 40-year-old David Ortiz leads baseball in Weighted Runs Created Plus, a full 12 points beyond wunderkind Mike Trout. Big Papi’s return to the ranks of the elite hitters corresponds with a de facto loosening of one of his least-favorite rules: a restriction on how much time batters can take to ready themselves for the next pitch. This season, the pace of play has begun to creep back toward 2014 levels, and older hitters such as Ortiz may be reaping the benefits.Just before the 2015 season, new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred added new rules designed to speed up the game. And they worked: after the average game took an all-time high of 3 hours and 2 minutes the previous year, it fell by 6 minutes in 2015. Manfred’s tweaks had the desired effect, and his attention moved to other problems in the game, like the lack of offense.But unlike offense, which continues to spike, Manfred’s pace-of-play fixes didn’t last long. The average game has nearly reverted to its 2014 high this year, at an even 3 hours. Part of that increase is due to the surge in offense — it takes longer to get 27 outs when outs are happening less frequently — but some of it comes from a decrease in pace, or the time between successive pitches. On average, the time between pitches has increased by 0.07 seconds per pitch compared to last season, which explains about 9 percent of MLB’s overall 4-minute increase in average game time.1Here, I am using PitchInfo data.Manfred’s rules aimed to shorten this time by forcing batters to keep one foot in the box between pitches, thus eliminating some hitters’ long and involved pre-pitch rituals. But the rule has numerous exceptions: if the hitter swings, steps back to avoid a pitch or even if he simply asks for a timeout, he may leave the box to refasten his gloves or kick the dirt. As hitters became more familiar with the rule, they began taking advantage of each exception, so that over the course of the 2015 season, time between pitches increased from just under 21 seconds at the beginning of the year to around 21.6 seconds by the end. That gradual slowing of the game’s pace has continued in 2016, with the average time between pitches swelling to 21.69 seconds.Whether because veterans command more respect or have a better grasp of the exceptions to the rules, older hitters have always moved a little slower at the plate than youngsters. In 2015, for instance, hitters older than 28 took 21.49 seconds between their pitches, while hitters age 28 and younger took 21.25 seconds.2I used age 28 because it was the median for MLB hitters in 2015, making it a rough dividing line between young and old. But this year, older hitters have widened that gap dramatically: They are taking 21.87 seconds between pitches on average, as opposed to only 21.47 for their younger counterparts. While both populations have seen their average pace decline, the difference between old and young has also expanded some 67 percent.3Older hitters tend to be more disciplined, and hitters’ counts tend to take more time to get into, so it’s possible that we’re seeing a decrease in pace as an effect, rather than a cause, of older hitters being better. However, even after adjusting for count and the presence of men on base, older hitters tend to take an additional 0.3 seconds per pitch, suggesting that the increased time is not just a result of superior plate discipline.As I wrote last year, some older hitters may derive special benefits from taking their time between pitches. Ortiz claims that the additional time lets him make better guesses about the next pitch, perhaps allowing him to offset a decline in raw bat speed with the benefit of experience. That benefit may not apply equally to less cerebral players, and so not all 40-year-olds are seeing the same success as Big Papi.But even if old hitters don’t derive any special time-related benefit relative to youngsters, they have still received the lion’s share of the extra seconds in MLB’s pace slowdown — and more time is correlated with better outcomes for hitters.4The correlation coefficients between time and linear weight value for both 2015 and 2016 were statistically significant with a p-value under 2.2e-16. This really shows up when the time between pitches exceeds 30 seconds: hitters produce an average of 0.05 runs5Using pitch-type linear weights. on those pitches, vs. -0.01 runs per pitch when hitters have 30 seconds or less to think. While there are thorny issues of correlation vs. causation here, it’s generally true that the longer a player has to ponder the next pitch, the better he fares. And this season, older hitters have gotten a disproportionate share of that extra time.Ortiz is far from the only veteran batter witnessing a late-career revival. Daniel Murphy has seen his performance soar far beyond expectations, and Robinson Cano is on pace to have one of his best seasons in 2016 after one of his worst in 2015. After years of steady decline by MLB’s senior citizens, the weighted age for MLB batters in 2015 was the lowest it had been since the early 1990s — but that figure has actually increased this season. In fact, MLB is seeing the largest single-year bump in WAR-weighted age since the strike-shortened 1994 season; before that, you have to go back to 1981 to see a similar swell.It’s hard to tell whether and how much of the resurgence of older hitters is due to additional time at the plate, vs. the many other factors which may be lengthening careers. On top of pace, we could also point to a combination of better training, medical advancements and a (potentially) juiced ball as prolonging hitters’ careers. But the next time you find yourself checking your watch mid-plate appearance, you’ll know who to blame for — and who may be benefitting from — MLB’s slower pace of play. read more

Buckeye Briefs for April 27

The men’s tennis team won its fifth consecutive Big Ten regular-season title after defeating Wisconsin 4-3 in Madison. No. 2 singles player Justin Kronauge took back-to-back sets to seal the victory for the Buckeyes. Kronauge has won 21 consecutive matches this season. The Buckeyes finished the season undefeated in Big Ten play and 29-1 overall and will receive the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.The men’s golf team closed out regular-season play with a second place finish at the Boilermaker Invitational. The team finished 3-over 867 on the par-72 Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind. Brad Smith led the charge for OSU, finishing 4-under on the 54-hole tournament.The No. 19 women’s golf team finished in third place at the Big Ten Championships held in Madison, Wis. The team shot 37-over in four rounds of golf on the par-72 course and finished behind Michigan State. League champion Purdue swept the competition, finishing 6-over. read more

Wane of social media influencers as big brands drop stars over fears

“Their power comes from a deep, authentic and direct connection with people, but certain practices like buying followers can easily undermine these relationships”, said Mr Weed. 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. “Part of the problem is it’s hard to determine return on investment with influencers”, said Julia Ogden, Content and PR Director for the company.“Some do it for free, they’re happy to do whatever for an incentive. Some are charging a couple of hundred pounds, some tens of thousands. It’s even more when they have an agent.”Keith Weed, the Chief Marketing Officer of Unilever said that trust needed to be built back into the digital world, through improving integrity and transparency of influencers. “The key to improving the situation is three-fold: cleaning up the influencer ecosystem by removing misleading engagement; making brands and influencers more aware of the use of dishonest practices; and improving transparency from social platforms to help brands measure impact.“We need to take urgent action now to rebuild trust before it’s gone forever.”Protect yourself and your family. Find out more about our Duty of Care campaign to regulate social media The appeal of social media “influencers” to advertise products may be slipping, as Unilever called for “urgent action” to address the problem of fake followers.The consumer goods company has pledged never to use influencers who buy followers to advertise its brands, which include Marmite, Dove soap and Colman’s Mustard.They also warn of the limited ways of accurately tracking the benefits of promotion from social media stars and measuring “authentic engagement”.Zazzle Media, a UK-based marketer, said the appeal of influencers is falling and they are “not a key focus” for any of the brands they work with.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––A survey of brands done by the company found that influencers were not a focus for a single one. read more

Charlie Gard Last precious moments for parents with their son

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCharlie Gard parents announce death of ‘beautiful boy’July 28, 2017In “latest news”Parents of terminally-ill UK baby end fight for US treatmentJuly 24, 2017In “latest news”Charlie Gard’s parents ‘denied final wish’ for more timeJuly 27, 2017In “latest news” (BBC) Charlie Gard’s parents are spending their “last precious moments” with their terminally ill son after ending their legal fight to take him to the US for treatment.Chris Gard and Connie Yates want to spend the “maximum amount of time they have left with Charlie”.The couple ended the case after a US doctor told them it was now too late to treat Charlie’s rare genetic condition.Lawyers for the couple are due back in court on Tuesday afternoon.Charlie has been in intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital since October (PA/BBC photo)Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has not said when life support will end.However, Mr Gard and Ms Yates, from Bedfont, west London, said Charlie would not reach his first birthday on 4 August.In its statement to the High Court, the hospital said it was “increasingly surprised and disappointed” the US doctor, Professor Michio Hirano, “had not read Charlie’s contemporaneous medical records or viewed Charlie’s brain imaging or read all of the second opinions about Charlie’s condition”.GOSH said Professor Hirano had not taken the opportunity to see Charlie until last week, despite being offered the chance to do so by the hospital in January.Even though the professor gave written evidence at all the court cases, the hospital said it only emerged last week that he had not read the judge’s ruling following the first High Court hearing in April.The hospital added it was concerned to hear the professor state in the witness box at the High Court hearing on 13 July that he had a financial interest in some of the treatment he proposed prescribing for Charlie.‘Sorry we couldn’t save you’Charlie has encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. He has brain damage and cannot move his arms or legs.His parents had asked Mr Justice Francis to rule that their son should be allowed to undergo a trial of nucleoside therapy in New York, a move opposed by London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, which argued it would be “futile”.The Family Division of the High Court heard on Monday that US neurologist Dr Michio Hirano was no longer willing to offer the experimental therapy after he had seen the results of a new MRI scan last week.Speaking outside court, Mr Gard said: “We are now going to spend our last precious moments with our son Charlie, who unfortunately won’t make his first birthday in just under two weeks’ time.“Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn’t save you.”Mr Justice Francis said he hoped lessons could be learned from the “tragic” case.He has suggested that parents and hospital bosses who disagree over life-or-death treatment for children should be forced to mediate in a bid to avoid litigation.“I recognise, of course, that negotiating issues such as the life or death of a child seems impossible and often will be,” he said.“However, it is my clear view that mediation should be attempted in all cases such as this one, even if all that it does is achieve a greater understanding by the parties of each other’s positions.”Mr Gard’s and Ms Yates’s five-month legal battle started after doctors at Great Ormond Street had said the therapy would not help and that life-support treatment should stop.They subsequently failed to overturn rulings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London, and also failed to persuade judges at the European Court of Human Rights to intervene.The couple made the “most painful of decisions” on Monday after reviewing new scan results which showed Charlie had deteriorated to the “point of no return”.In a statement, Great Ormond Street said: “The agony, desolation and bravery of their decision command GOSH’s utmost respect and humble all who work there.”Mr Gard and Ms Yates hope to establish a foundation to ensure Charlie’s voice “continues to be heard”.They had raised more than £1.3m for the treatment in the US. read more

Lekic and Radicevic two more years in ZRK Vardar

Two world class stars in Women’s handball, Andrea Lekic and Jovanka Radicevic have decided to stay in ZRK Vardar Skopje for two more years! Serbian playmaker and Montenegrian right wing have signed new deals with the Macedonian champion, who is on the way to qualify for the Women’s EHF F4 this season. This duo came from Gyor last summer, where they spent two unforgetable years with EHF CL trophy in the second one… ← Previous Story Larvik keeps dream about Budapest open! Next Story → PICK Szeged “19 od 19” Andrea Lekic and Jovanka Radiceviczrk vardar read more

Healthcare company to create 150 jobs in Mayo

first_imgA HEALTHCARE SERVICES company based in Mayo is to expand its operations and create 150 new jobs in the next three years.UK-based Northgate announced the expansion this morning.The jobs will focus on the company’s core services including IT and transactional services, as well as document management services and an extension to the health services already in place.Northgate already employs 200 people in a service that provides hearing screening for newborns.Northgate’s Executive Director, Joe Bradley said that the jobs were good news.“The creation of an additional 150 jobs is good news for the country and will provide a boost for the Irish economy over time, as well as enhancing Northgate’s contribution to providing key public sector services in Ireland.”The announcement was made at the first conference of the West/North West Hospitals Group.Also announced at the conference were plans to establish a new collaborative Centre for Learning and Innovation, the first of its kind Ireland.The new centre will place an emphasis on simulated training and will include mocked up wards and theatres.Read: 10 more years! New Tara Mines lease means 650 jobs are retainedRead: Microsoft looking to hire 95 people in Irelandlast_img read more

Mac OS X Lion has a Safarionly boot option

first_imgMac OS X Lion will be available in July for $30 bringing with it a host of updates and new features for Mac and MacBook owners. These include system-wide auto-saves, a reboot/resume feature allowing apps to save state and run instantly on restart, and Launchpad giving you an iOS-like experience when accessing apps.Although we know about these big, new features, there are some surprising and potentially very popular features that have yet to be formally introduced. One such feature has just been discovered in the latest Mac OS X Lion beta that limits a restart to just your web browser.AdChoices广告It is called “Restart to Safari” and allows a Mac to reboot into the Safari browser rather than the full OS X experience. As well as offering Mac users a Chrome OS-like experience and faster boot time, it also brings with it a number of security advantages. The main one being you can let a visitor or family member browse the web on your machine without fear of them deleting important files or messing with your OS X settings.Another potential use is for MacBooks being used on public networks. Rather than boot into OS X Lion fully, you boot to the browser and cut off access to the main file system while surfing on that unsecure wireless connection.Regardless of whether Apple intend to make a big deal of this browser reboot option or not, you can’t help but feel it is a response to Google’s forthcoming Chromebooks and the potential they offer for quick boot and safe-surfing laptops through Chrome OS.Read more at MacRumorslast_img read more

Chess prodigy plays 10 games simultaneously with his back turned

first_imgTo get good at any sport or game you need a lot of training and some natural skill if you want to be the best. Chess is no different, but in order to be classed as a chess prodigy a person has to be very special indeed.We’ve seen some fantastic chess champions in the past, with Bobby Fisher and Gary Kasparov being the two that first come to mind. But 21-year-old Magnus Carlsen is the latest prodigy, Grandmaster, and world number one, and his abilities seem to extend far beyond what has gone before.As well as having the second highest peak ranking of all time (behind Kasparov), he’s also the third youngest Grandmaster of all time, which he achieved at the tender age of 13. He reached number one status at 19.His most impressive achievement outside of a tournament so far is to play 10 games of chess simultaneously, but with his back turned to the boards. He never saw the 320 chess pieces, yet remembered where they were and what moves to perform to beat his opponents. Add to that his ability to name any one of 10,000 famous games just by looking at a board layout, and it’s clear to see why he’s thought of in such high regard.Carlsen also looks to be in it for the long haul. Already the best player in the world, he still spends time getting physically fit to ensure he can focus through the long championship games. He also openly admits enjoying seeing his opponent suffer, suggesting he has a very strong desire to continue beating anyone who cares to challenge his number one position.As for any future goals? They all seem to revolve around chess, and he definitely wants to try playing 20 players blind if he gets the opportunity.Read more at CBS Newslast_img read more

Physiotherapy CEO Massis lends support to womens rights

first_imgThe Indian physiotherapy student who died after a vicious sexual attack, has inspired the Greek Australian CEO of the Australian Physiotherapy Association to take action. CEO Cris Massis along with the Association has raised $3,500 for the UN women anti-violence campaign. Mr Massis said it was the first time the organisation had taken the initiative to support such a worthy cause. Other than raising funds for the UN Women anti-violence campaign, the APA has put up anti-violence posters and created a dialogue with their patients on the issue. Physiotherapy is a female-orientated industry, with women making up more than 70 per cent of the APA. “Violence against women is one of the most widespread human rights abuses across the globe,” Mr Massis said. “It affects women of all ages, races and cultures, overseas and in our own backyard. “As a community, we want to take a stand and help stop this appalling cruelty. The sum of money raised will not stop there, as the APA hopes to raise $10,000 for the cause. World Confederation for Physical Therapy Asia Western Pacific Region chair Gillian Webb said the issue of violence against women was close to the hearts of physiotherapists. “Not only was this young woman a dedicated physiotherapy student with a bright future ahead of her, but all too often physiotherapists are called to treat and rehabilitate the victims of violence and trauma,” she said in a statement The death of the student has galvanized a country, where the issue of women’s rights has often been pushed under the rug. Campaigners have called for tougher rape laws and reforms to the police, who critics say often fail to file charges against accused attackers. International Women’s Day is on March 8. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Conférence de Doha les négociations sur le climat senlisent autour de lair

first_imgConférence de Doha : les négociations sur le climat s’enlisent autour de “l’air chaud”Depuis 1997, les pays qui prenaient des engagements sur la réduction de leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES), recevaient des “unités de quantité attribuée” (UQA). Mais à Doha, ces jours-ci, les milliards de crédits carbone donnés aux ex-pays de l’est agacent et posent problèmes.Avec le protocole de Kyoto de 1997, les pays industrialisés ont reçu des “unités de quantité attribuée” (UQA), chacune correspondant à une tonne d’équivalent CO2 qu’ils avaient le droit d’émettre en échanges d’engagements chiffrés de réduction d’émissions de GES (gaz à effet de serre). Dans ces attributions, les pays de l’ex-bloc de l’est ont été très généreusement servis. L’objectif était ainsi de favoriser leur présence au sein du protocole malgré des économies effondrées.Avec une importante marge de manœuvre, ces pays ont aussi sans difficultés atteint les objectifs fixés. Ils ont même fait mieux que ce qui leur était demandé, ce qui leur à donner des droits d’émissions de GES en plus, une réserve de milliards de tonnes qu’ils sont autorisés à vendre à des pays qui ne parviennent pas à réaliser leurs objectifs. Mais ces milliards de crédits carbone empoisonnent actuellement les derniers jours de pourparlers à Doha, à la conférence de l’ONU sur le climat. “Je crains que ça reste jusqu’à la fin l’un des sujets majeurs” des discussions censées aboutir à un accord dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi, s’inquiète l’ambassadeur climat pour la France, Serge Le Peletier. Car tout le monde n’est pas d’accord sur les modalités de la prolongation du protocole de Kyoto (Kyoto 2). En effet, la législation de l’UE ne permet pas aux Etats-membres d’utiliser leurs surplus d’UQA pour remplir les objectifs de réduction de 20% des GES d’ici 2020. Mais les pays s’accrochent et la Pologne, par exemple, tient à ses 800 millions de tonnes. Elle estime y avoir le droit, selon les règles actuelles du protocole. Un négociateur explique que le pays a “déjà fait beaucoup d’efforts et que cela tient compte de la crise qu’elle a connue”. Les autres dirigeants de l’UE bataillent donc ferme pour trouver une solution de compromis avec Varsovie.Un “comportement de banquier” qui agace à DohaÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Même son de cloches chez les Russes qui souhaitent conserver ses 5,8 milliards d’UQA sans faire partie de Kyoto 2. Autrement dit, Moscou, Varsovie ou Kiev, deuxième détenteur d'”air chaud” (2,6 milliards de tonnes de GES), “n’auront pas de marché dans Kyoto pour les 8 prochaines années” pour ces UQA, explique Alden Meyer de l’ONG américaine, Union for Concerned Scientists. Il souligne que tous ces pays “pensent à l’après-2020”, date prévue de l’entrée en vigueur du traité impliquant tous les pays et devant être signé en 2015. D’ici-là,  “ils veulent pouvoir utiliser ces crédits pour remplir les obligations qu’ils négocieront ou pour les vendre”. Mais ce “comportement de banquier”, agace Emmanuel Guérin de l’Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (Iddri), qui estime que “quand les pays auront pris des engagements plus sérieux, ces UQA auront plus de valeur”.Le 6 décembre 2012 à 18:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Western Melbourne Well respect FFAs marquee criteria

first_imgWestern Melbourne says they will respect FFA’s marquee calls but will aim at bringing foreign talents who will help build the club.Western Melbourne hopes to sign Scott Brown who is currently the Captain of Scottish side Celtic as their marquee but reports from Scottish Daily Record says the FFA has refused to allow Western Melbourne to dip into the governing body’s marquee fund to help sign the 33-year-old Bhoys captain.The club has now come out to state they will respect they’ll respect any marquee fund decisions from FFA whether or not the Scott Brown deal pulls through.“Whether or not a player qualifies for funding from FFA is up to FFA criteria, we respect whatever they deem fit,” Lou Sticca, one of the major players behind Western Melbourne, told FTBL.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Western Melbourne is about recruiting foreign players that we feel will be important to our club in our formative seasons.“What this means is setting the right leadership from our foreigners to help the team be successful on the park, but importantly in dressing rooms and at training, to help build a real football culture.“Strong and experienced players that will protect our younger players and give them the confidence to express themselves.”last_img read more

5 ways Bungie can make Destiny 2 bigger and better

first_imgDestiny is about to enter its third year with the latest expansion: Rise of Iron. With each new add-on, Destiny becomes a stronger, more robust title. Also with each new piece of DLC, players ask themselves the inevitable question: “When is Destiny 2 coming out?” Given how much money Activision and Bungie made from this generation’s most popular game, a sequel is all but assured. But how can Destiny 2 be better than its predecessor?Though a success, there were many things about Destiny that folks (including myself) weren’t too thrilled about. The game seemed to be on the cusp of true greatness, but fell short of becoming the next big thing. Yes, it was huge, but it could have been much better.We don’t have an idea of when Destiny 2 will be officially announced, let alone released, which gives us time to think about what we want to see in the game. There is much that Destiny 2 can do to improve upon the original formula and give players a truly generation-defining experience. Below you’ll find the top five things we want most from Destiny‘s sequel.1. A storyI’m starting this off with the number one thing people have wanted from Destiny: an actual story. Originally, Destiny was going to feature an epic tale with a rich lore and memorable characters. Instead, we got an endless string of fetch quests that lead to more fetch quests with next to no story in between them.Sure, Destiny had a story, but it was handed out in small unsatisfying pieces. Even when it appeared that the game would finally give players some semblance of a plot, characters would spout lines like “I don’t have time to explain why I don’t have time to explain.” For a game whose developers made Halo — a franchise with one of the finest stories in gaming — this was borderline insulting.Yes, it’s supposed to be a multiplayer game, but if Bungie and Activision really want the franchise to become a cultural phenomenon, then Destiny 2 needs to have a central plot that blows everyone away. Again, this is Bungie behind the wheel, so there is absolutely no reason they can’t pull this off. If Destiny 2 has an engaging story on top of a fun gaming experience then it is almost certain that sales will be even more impressive than they were for the first game.2. Destiny on PCThis one is a bit of a no-brainer, but Destiny 2 needs to be available on PC. For a game that is so heavily influenced by MMOs, it is strange how Destiny is only playable on consoles. With the PC market becoming bigger each day, there is no good reason why Destiny 2 shouldn’t be on this platform.How does Destiny 2 benefit from being on PC? The most obvious gain would be with the graphics. Don’t get me wrong, Destiny is one fine looking game, but if would look exponentially better on PC, especially running at 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. Pardon the cheesy pun, but the game would be visually out-of-this-world.The other advantage is larger servers. For a game that is half MMO, Destiny felt very small even if you were in the game’s central social hub. Destiny 2 on PC could greatly expand the amount of in-game users. If the console manufacturers play nice with one another, we could even have the game be cross-play compatible across all three systems. That last part may be a bit of wishful thinking, but it is certainly possible.And of course, let’s not forget mods, which would no doubt produce years and years worth of content and memes for the game.3. An expanded universeBefore the launch of Destiny, we were told that it would be a game with an expansive universe full of diverse locations. The concept art backed these statements up with images that teased us with glimpses of strange alien worlds and technologies. From everything we were told and everything that we saw, it looked like we would be treated to a massive galaxy full of secrets and wonders.Instead, we got a game that featured only three planets: Venus, Earth, and Mars. Though the game would eventually let players explore the moons of Earth and Mars, every single location in the game was confined to our solar system. Going back and forth between three of the four innermost planets was a far cry from having an entire galaxy to explore. Having such a meager amount of locations to check out limited the scope of the game considerably. This wasn’t the grand space opera we thought it was.For Destiny 2, we need to have as many different solar systems and planets as the game can possibly contain. Destiny 2 will be exclusive to current-gen consoles so Bungie should be able to cram in more locations, and of course, more things to do in these places. With both Sony’s PS4 Pro and Microsoft’s Project Scorpio on the horizon, it is possible for the game to take advantage of these powerful machines and deliver a game that truly lives up to its potential. There is no excuse for the next Destiny to not feature more explorable worlds — especially if Bungie wants to make it a space epic for the ages.4. Space battlesDestiny features a multitude of spaceships for players to choose from. Each one has their own unique aesthetic style, but aside from looking pretty during loading screens, the ships offer absolutely nothing in terms of gameplay. Destiny had players traveling between hostile planets in a spaceship with offensive capabilities, but never once did they have to engage in space combat. This is something that has to change in Destiny 2.These space combat sections don’t have to be small diversions. They can be fully realized missions where players team up with friends to attack enemy motherships and space stations while fending off thousands of smaller spaceships. These portions can take inspiration from space combat games such as Freespace 2, Descent, Elite Dangerous, and Star Wars: TIE Fighter. These have some of the very best space battles in gaming and Bungie would do well to try to base Destiny 2’s outer space engagements on them.Of course, these sections don’t have to limit people to inside their spaceship. For example, players can cut a path through a swarm of enemy ships to make it on board a space station where the game would then return to the standard FPS mode. Here, the mission continues with the players meeting their objective(s) before returning to their spaceships to engage in more space battles. This should be done seamlessly in order to not break immersion.Space combat during campaign missions would be amazing enough on its own, but it would be even more incredible if there could be Crucible missions where players fought against each other in heated battles. Blasting friends or random folks away online is something that Destiny players would no doubt find exciting. The game’s FPS competitive multiplayer is great already, but toss in PvP space battles and you’ll have one of the best multiplayer games on the market.5. A better single player experienceHave you ever tried to play Destiny by yourself? It sucks. Though the game can technically be played solo (raids notwithstanding), it is clearly designed to be played with a team of three people. While this is all well and good, some of us prefer to play games solo. However, not only do missions contain too many enemies for only one person to handle, but there isn’t even any sort of narrative reward when one completes missions on their own (because of the lack of story). Destiny 2 has to be structured in a way that makes it more appealing to folks who would rather play alone.This can be done by having A.I. partners who accompany players on missions. Think of Mass Effect where you always have two NPC characters at your side. It could even be that the others share some back and forth banter with you. This would go a long way to giving Destiny 2 more of a personality. These partners can even help revive you if you should fall in battle. In turn, you can help revive your NPC team mates. This would make it seem as if you are playing with others without actually playing with anyone.People don’t always have the time to coordinate their schedules to play online so it would be fantastic if Destiny 2 was more single player friendly. Adding an actual story (as mentioned above) can help in this regard as well, because you’ll know that after completing a mission you will be treated to a nice bit of exposition.What else do you think Destiny’s successor should have? Sound off in the comments section and let us know.last_img read more