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first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Kia Picanto coach Chris Gavina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKia coach Chris Gavina said that he could not ask for more from his wards after their gallant stand in a 102-94 defeat to Alaska on Sunday.“Amazing effort from my guys. Despite all that’s happening, we’re 0-9, I couldn’t be proud of my guys tonight,” Gavina said.ADVERTISEMENT Gavina had sensed the turnaround even before the game as he saw how focused his players were in practices in leading up to the duel.“Going into this game, our focus in practice, the way guys have the mental approach coming in, I knew we were gonna play well. I told my guys that you just showed against a really tough Alaska team that we can compete,” he said.“I told them if you guys keep believing, keep turning this corner, stay together, you guys will be able to compete against anybody.”And that strong belief is exactly what Kia needs to have as it seeks to upset San Miguel on Saturday and finally end its dry spell in the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.“I know we have a really tough opponent against San Miguel coming up on Saturday, but like what Russell Westbrook says, ‘Why not?’ As long as you put in the work, and you’ll learn from our mistakes in this game where we didn’t fold in the last minute and a half, and keep our composure, who knows? We’d pull out a win. So let’s hope everybody will keep their heads up and their spirits high,” Gavina said.ADVERTISEMENT Fajardo says Slaughter ‘got stronger’ since return from injury Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “At this point, all we can play for is pride and have that level of togetherness which we’re gonna use as a platform for next year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img The Picanto were in control for the majority of the game and even held a 10-point advantage, 77-67, going to the fourth quarter.And even if Calvin Abueva imposed his presence late in the game, Kia refused to wilt as import Geron Johnson gave his all and poured 39 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists before faltering in the end game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSeeing how hard his team fought, Gavina noted that the effort the Picanto had especially their import Geron Johnson, who collected 39 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, against the Aces was a huge jump compared to how they played in their past outings.“The effort that we gave, this is a game I could take. Majority of our games, I couldn’t take it because there was no effort, there was no heart. But today, all our guys were fighting for each other,” he said. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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November 27, 2019 | gzfrmzwx | No Comments

first_imgThis is the spine and the sacrum with the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), and lumbar (lower back) vertebra. Notice how the appearance of the vertebra change as you look down the spine. The change in shape and size reflect the different functions of the neck, mid-back, and lower back.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img

first_img Continue Reading Previous AAEON presents AI applications at China International Industry FairNext Pixus: 5-slot OpenVPX rackmount chassis features conduction-cooled card guides AbsInt provides cutting-edge development tools for embedded systems with a focus on validation, verification, and certification of safety-critical software.  Phaedrus Systems supports engineers at all stages of embedded safety-critical and high-integrity projects.The Key AbsInt tools listed below will ensure reliable and robust software that usually means less expensive and faster development cycles.•            Astrée is a static program analyzer that proves the absence of run-time errors and data races in safety-critical C code (e.g. division by zero, out-of-bounds array accesses, erroneous pointer manipulation, arithmetic overflows).•            RuleChecker checks compliance to coding standards, such as MISRA C and C++.•            CompCert is a formally verified optimizing C compiler. The level of confidence in the correctness of the compilation process is unprecedented and helps meet the highest standards of software assurance.•            StackAnalyzer determines the worst-case stack usage of the tasks in your application and can formally prove the absence of stack overflows.•            aiT statically computes tight upper bounds for the worst-case execution time of tasks in real-time systems. The bounds are guaranteed to hold for every possible execution scenario. aiT directly analyzes binary executables and takes the intrinsic cache and pipeline behavior into account.•            TimingProfiler computes execution time estimates of programs without the need to repeatedly provide test inputs, execute, and measure. It is based on AbsInts award-winning static WCET analysis technology and is ideally suited for constantly monitoring timing behavior during software development.•            TimeWeaver is a new analysis tool to bound the worst-case execution time (WCET) by combining static path analysis and static value analysis with real-time instruction-level tracing. This approach works for a wide range of modern high-performance (multi-core) processors.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

first_img West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview Dier crashed into Ramos in the early running at the Estadio Benito Villamarín on Monday night, taking the ball first – deep inside the Spain penalty area – and was then the man to collect what Pochettino felt was an unjust yellow card.The Spurs manager, once an uncompromising centre-half, stopped short of saying he loved the physical aspect of the challenge (he obviously did). But he talked up what it said about Dier’s mentality, chiefly his desire to impose himself on big games and against big-name opponents. It is easy to imagine Pochettino asking for more of the same from Dier when his team travel to West Ham on Saturday.“The tackle was nice, eh?” said Pochettino. “He touched the ball. In England, that’s never a foul. In Europe, it’s different. But to be brave like this – look, Dier is a holding midfielder and he was pressing Sergio Ramos in the penalty area. That is the mentality that, from day one at Spurs, we have tried to translate to the players. I feel proud about that. It’s a fantastic attitude, one that we always need to keep pushing.” The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Dier spoke after the game about how Ramos had congratulated him on the challenge. “It’s important we respect all our opponents and Ramos is one of the best of all-time,” Dier said. “But once we start the game, we have to put a marker down and be aggressive. We have to be on the front foot and show nothing is going to intimidate us. That’s just as important as playing good football.” Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Pinterest Reuse this content Pochettino was asked about the significance of the early “reducer” in a match. “The signal that you send to your opponents is important,” he replied. “To say: ‘We are not scared of you. We come here and we want to beat you.’ We can play good or bad but always it’s about the attitude. With different attitudes, sure, the game would be completely different and have different results. With only talent you cannot beat any team. But talent with attitude is everything.”Dier has been erratic, at times, for Spurs this season, with a low point being his performance in the 2-1 home loss to Liverpool on 15 September. He was left out of the starting XI for the Champions League tie against Barcelona at the beginning of this month, which his team lost 4-2. But he made a difference when he came on as a second-half substitute and after the Spain game, he was compared to his opposite number, Sergio Busquets, by Sam Allardyce, the one-time England manager who claimed that Dier had been the better player on the night. Share via Email Twitter Tottenham Hotspur Share on Facebook Read morecenter_img Topics Tottenham’s Eric Dier: Some people forget I’m essentially a foreign player Share on LinkedIn news Pochettino takes the broader view, just as he does with Tottenham’s season so far. There has been the impression that they have yet to truly fire; that moments of individual quality have sometimes bailed them out. But the Spurs manager can still point out that the club have made their most productive start to a Premier League campaign, with six wins out of eight.“Football is about perception and always the last performance is the perception that stays in our minds,” Pochettino said of Dier’s season. “I try to translate to the players that they need to improve and improve. It’s the same whether you don’t perform well or you play well and get a very good result. Always move on, move on. That’s the idea.” Mauricio Pochettino felt Eric Dier’s thunderous tackle on Sergio Ramos during England’s 3-2 victory over Spain was a symbol of everything he has sought to instil in his Tottenham players. Mauricio Pochettino Read more Eric Dier received a yellow card for his tackle on Sergio Ramos but was congratulated by the Spain defender after Monday’s match. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Facebook last_img read more

first_img Twitter Substitutes 14 Henderson LEI49LIV51% 25 Ndidi 66 Alexander-Arnold 8 Keita Share on Messenger 2 Justin (s 46′) Match stats Possession 12 Gomez 10 Maddison Facebook Pinterest 6 Evans 13 Adrian The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 1 Schmeichel 10 Mane Corners Liverpool Share on WhatsApp Share via Email 5 Wijnaldum 4 van Dijk 26 Praet 10 Liverpool Off target 1 Leicester 7 Liverpool On target 1 Leicester 3 Fabinho It is likely that Jürgen Klopp’s description of Leicester as the toughest Premier League opponent to face at the moment was meant as a compliment to Brendan Rodgers rather than a dig at Manchester City, but either way the Foxes lived up to their billing by giving Liverpool their biggest scare of the domestic season so far.A James Maddison equaliser 10 minutes from the end appeared to have stopped Liverpool’s winning sequence at 16 and prevented the leaders opening an eight-point overnight gap on Manchester City, until a Marc Albrighton mistake in added time handed the game to the home side, who can now equal the Premier League record of 18 straight wins when they visit Old Trafford after the international break. 11 Albrighton 11 Salah Goal attempts Read more 12 Ward LEI LIV 8 17 The players lock horns after the final whistle. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters (s 86′) 5 Morgan Reuse this contentcenter_img 7 Milner 62 Kelleher 15 Barnes Leicester Liverpool 4 Soyuncu 9 Firmino 67 Elliott Share on Pinterest (s 90′) 3 Chilwell Jeff Hendrick edges Burnley past Everton after Séamus Coleman sees red Leicester were looking good value for a point when Albrighton cleanly dispossessed Divock Origi as the substitute tried to set up one last attack, only to eschew the option of allowing Kasper Schmeichel to take over for fear of the back-pass rule and instead turning into trouble in the form of Sadio Mané. The Senegal striker reclaimed the ball six yards out, obliging Albrighton to concede a penalty.Schmeichel and the Leicester players protested furiously but VAR upheld the decision and James Milner struck a last-gasp winner from the spot. It is debatable whether Albrighton would have been penalised had he allowed Schmeichel to gather, though doubt must have existed in his mind. Given his time again he would probably choose the safer course of clearing for a corner.“When you come to the European champions and show resilience like we did, to lose in the 95th minute is hard to take,” said Rodgers. “I thought it was a soft penalty, Mané has made the most of the contact, but strikers now are clever.”Klopp was happy to agree with the referee, though he did feel that the cynical challenge by Hamza Choudhury that forced Mo Salah off late in the game was too leniently punished by a yellow card. “I don’t want to cause the boy any problems but he needs to calm down,” the Liverpool manager said. “Salah was at full sprint, the ball was far away, there is only one card for that in my eyes. It was as dangerous as hell.”Though Liverpool led for much of the game Klopp was right to feel the encounter might prove difficult. Leicester are third in the table for a reason, and Liverpool were pushed all the way by a side playing a similarly high-energy, in-your-face sort of game. While Rodgers’ players never did quite enough to look like winning the match they were never out of it either.Liverpool were in front at the interval thanks to Mané’s typically confident strike, though the lead could have been greater had Milner shown a little more composure from close range after Trent Alexander-Arnold had tricked Ben Chilwell on the right with a little help from the corner flag. Mané shot straight at Schmeichel when the referee played advantage after Wilfred Ndidi upended Milner, and when another Alexander-Arnold cross reached Roberto Firmino at the far post after half an hour the Brazilian could not direct his effort on target.While Leicester probably expected a first-half battering they were just beginning to show some attacking enterprise of their own when they went behind, the ever-reliable Milner sending Mané clear down the left with a pass from half way. Momentary hesitation from Jonny Evans saw the Liverpool forward overtake him on the inside, and once he reached the area unchecked a goal was inevitable, Mané steering a low shot into the bottom corner. 20 Choudhury 20 Lallana Lineups 6 Lovren 9 Vardy 27 Origi Premier League (s 78′) 17 Perez Substitutes (s 73′) 26 Robertson 21 Ricardo Pereira Topics 8 Tielemans The Observer Share on LinkedIn Leicester City Leicester needed Schmeichel again to deny Salah at the start of the second half, yet though Caglar Soyuncu and Evans were stretched at times the visitors never allowed Liverpool to relax. In between shots from Firmino, Andy Robertson and Georginio Wijnaldum at Schmeichel’s end Jamie Vardy got just the one sniff at the other, staying onside but showing Adrián too much of the ball. The introduction of Ayoze Pérez made a difference for Leicester – it was the substitute’s short pass that allowed Maddison to beat Adrián with a shot on the turn.Leicester looked all set for a happy journey home until the drama in stoppage-time turned the afternoon on its head, with Pérez clearly miffed after the whistle at the exuberance of some of the Liverpool players’ celebrations. Share on Facebook match reports Fouls (s 78′) 49 51 4 6 7 Gray Share on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgWhen your father is a professional footballer, you quickly get used to moving from one place to the next and having to make new friends time and time again.  It was no different for Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara. The Spain international was born in Italy while his father Mazinho played for Lecce, before his dad returned to Brazil at Palmeiras, and then moved to Spain for spells with Valencia and Celta Vigo.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It’s then quite convenient to have a little brother to keep you company regardless of the city you find yourself living in.  “I have a collection of great memories from my childhood because I was with my brother all the time,” Thiago told Goal. “We are very close and the difference in age was less than two years. He was my shadow and it was awesome.  “We had different great moments, playing in all the cities where my dad played after the games, at school playing with friends.” It was in Vigo that Thiago took playing football with friends to the next level. The 28-year-old was one of the standout performers in the ED Val Minor Nigran team that that saw off several of Spain’s biggest clubs. His performances did not go unnoticed elsewhere and he eventually ended up joining Barcelona at the tender age of 14, snubbing Real Madrid in the process. “I was playing in a team in my hometown of Vigo. My mom didn’t allow me to play on my dad’s former team because my dad had some issues when he was a player. My mom didn’t allow me or my brother to go there,” Thiago added. “So we played in a team and my friends from school were there. We had a great season. We beat Real Madrid. We beat Celta. We beat Deportivo. We beat all the teams in Spain.  “One game when we played Barcelona, after the game, my dad said, ‘Thiago, I didn’t want to tell you before but they want you to be part of Barcelona next year. So what do you think?’  “At that moment, you get shocked because Barcelona was a great team. Also at that time, he told me about Madrid and other great clubs. But my decision was very precise.” Gai AssulinHis move to Barcelona saw him team up with some of the best players around in his age category, but there was one youngster in particular that stood out. “At that time, it was a guy from Israel who impressed me the most, Gai Assulin,” Thiago continued. “He was my age and he was one step quicker than me, all the time. He reached the second team but then he didn’t reach the first team, and he was not consistent in the first division. At the end, he was playing in the second and third division in Spain.  “But he was the biggest talent that I saw at La Masia.” After impressing at Barcelona’s famed academy, Thiago eventually made the step up to the first team and he loved learning from his more experienced team-mates. “As a professional, I’m not a guy who could get impressed with players, but I have a lot of respect for them,” the midfielder went on. “The amount of respect at that moment was, ‘Wow!’ You are excited to play against them, to learn with them, to fight with them. This is very exciting.  “But I always look at their behaviour, how they are on the field, how they are in the locker room. For me, that was more important. I have respect for a guy because of how he is, not because he’s a football player.” The Spain international made his official first-team debut at Barcelona in 2009 at the tender age of 18, but he eventually opted to leave Camp Nou for Bayern Munich in 2013 in search of greater first-team opportunities. He has since gone on to make close to 200 appearances in all competitions, winning six Bundesliga titles and two DFB Pokals in the process.  With players such as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben having left the club, Thiago is now one of the more experienced heads at Bayern and he is looking forward to taking on the extra responsibility that comes with it. “The players we have now have to take this role. Before, those legends were there. Very young people are coming, people with experience but also who are younger than us,” the former Barcelona midfielder went on.  “We have to lead them in some way and, also, learn from them. It will be a great mix and we are very excited about it.”  Both Robben and Ribery completed a full decade at Bayern, but Thiago does not know just yet whether he could achieve the same. “I’m just trying to enjoy this job, this passion that I have, to leave with this feeling every morning when I wake up,” he concluded.  “You have to keep going that way. In three years, you never know. I don’t want to make plans. I hate plans. Let’s live today and live tomorrow.”last_img read more

Hubline Pulls Out of Container Shipping

October 24, 2019 | gzfrmzwx | No Comments

first_imgzoom Malaysian-based shipping company Hubline Berhad has decided to exit the container shipping business amid depressed freight rates and stifling overcapacity in the market.The company’s Board of Directors decided to sever the container shipping arm of the group, and instead focus on its break bulk division, which, according to Hubline, has the potential to develop without being challenged by the pressures of subsidizing the container shipping division.“Due to the losses incurred by the container shipping division over the last few years, the Board has been forced to reassess the group’s financial and operational strategies. It has determined that continued participation in the container shipping market without immediate turnaround in the industry landscape, will eventually ‘harm’ our profitable operations of the break bulk division,” Hubline said in a filing to Bursa Malysia.According to Hubline, the exit process will involve withdrawal from various trade routes, termination of related service and operational contracts, as well as the disposal of container shipping related assets.The liner business is expected to cease its operations by the 30th of September, 2015.The company explained that the decision is expected to impact various subsidiaries and agencies, which are related to the liner business.“The exit will have a material effect on the financial results of the group for the financial year ending 30 September 2015, as impairments and losses will be crystallized to terminate the drain to the group’s resources,” the company said.The company’s container shipping division, in the last four years, has contributed an average of 79% to the group’s overall revenue, and an average of -134% of profit before tax, hence an overall negative impact to the group’s overall net result, Hubline went on to say.last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Royal Caribbean/Meyer Werft Odyssey of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s second Ultra Class cruise ship, received its first block as the keel was officially lowered into place on May 3, 2019.Held at Neptun Werft shipyard, the keel laying ceremony signifies the beginning of the ship’s physical construction.During the ceremony, a 79-ton block was lifted into the building dock with an 800-ton crane. Newly minted coins were placed under the keel, which then stays in place until the end of the construction.The first steel parts for the Odyssey of the Seas were cut to size already back in February 2019.Scheduled to be delivered by Meyer Werft in Papenburg in autumn 2020, Odyssey of the Seas will be one of the five largest cruise ships in the world with a gross tonnage of about 169,000 tons, according to the shipbuilder.The construction of the next cruise ship for Royal Caribbean starts only a few weeks after Spectrum of the Seas was delivered by the shipbuilder.The cruise company took delivery of the similar sister ships Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively.last_img read more

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter will travel to the United States from June 26 to June 29 to promote Nova Scotia’s life sciences and energy industries, and meet with Michelin executives. While in Washington, June 26 to 28, the premier will attend the world’s largest biotechnology conference, addressing delegates at the opening of the Canadian pavilion and the National Bio-Economy Roundtable. Last year, more than 15,000 industry leaders from 65 countries attended the annual BIO International Convention. “Nova Scotia’s life sciences industry holds tremendous potential for creating high-value jobs and improving the province’s competitiveness on the world stage, key components of our jobsHere plan, and ultimately, for growing the economy and making life better for Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. Nova Scotia is home to more than 50 companies in such commercial areas as pharmaceuticals and vaccines, and nutraceuticals, medical technologies, Bio IT and Bioproducts. The local industry exports products and services to more than 100 countries, with sales at close to $300 million annually, and employs 1,100 Nova Scotians. Another 2,300 people are employed as a result of research and development activity underway in local research facilities. In Washington, Premier Dexter will also meet with Senator Jeff Bingaman, chairman of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, to discuss opportunities associated with the development of the Lower Churchill hydroelectric project. The premier will then travel to Greenville, South Carolina to meet with Richard Wilkerson, chairman and president, Michelin North America. Michelin has plants in Bridgewater, Granton, Pictou Co. and Waterville, Kings Co., employing close to 3,500 Nova Scotians. After 40 years of operations, Michelin has built more than 224 million tires in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: A 68-year-old man was arrested at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport for impersonating as octogenarian. The investigating agency said that the accused had been travelling abroad with the help of fake passport.Gurdip Singh (accused), a resident of Moga in Punjab, landed in Delhi from Hong Kong on Thursday and approached the immigration officer counter. He gave a document at the counter for immigration clearance. Singh appeared suspicious to the immigration officer who felt that he looked much younger than his age. Singh’s date of birth in the (fake) passport was October 20, 1930, that means he was impersonating as an 89-year-old. The accused was questioned and he revealed his real name. Singh further stated that he departed for Hong Kong last year on the basis of Hong Kong permanent residence card and Indian passport issued in the name of Karnail Singh. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that Gurdip Singh, during interrogation, stated that he went first time from India to Hong Kong on his own passport in 1995 and thereafter regularly he visited there. “But despite best efforts, he couldn’t obtain the permanent ID of Hong Kong. Thereafter in 2006, he contacted an agent who arranged a fake passport. Since 2008 he was visiting Hong Kong on the fake passport and also got the permanent ID of Hong Kong, ” said DCP IGI. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsA case has been registered under the relevant sections and further investigation is underway. Investigators added that they are probing the angle why people are changing their looks to flee other country. Recently a 32-year-old man was apprehended at the Delhi airport for allegedly impersonating as an octogenarian passenger by using a fake passport. He wanted to go to the United States for employment. He had coloured his hair and beard white and arrived in a wheelchair to board a flight to New York from the Indira Gandhi International Airport allegedly using a fake passport with the name of Amrik Singh, aged 81.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin downplayed concerns about his potential successor’s lack of managerial experience Monday, saying the key for improving the VA will be surrounding White House doctor Ronny Jackson with a good team “because no one person can do this alone.”Shulkin and the White House have engaged in a highly public campaign surrounding his departure from the VA last week. Shulkin said he was fired. The White House said he resigned.On Monday, Shulkin told CNN there was no reason he would resign. He said he had been given a heads-up on his ouster by Chief of Staff John Kelly moments before President Donald Trump tweeted it.Shulkin said he supports the person President Donald Trump selected to replace him.“I have comfort because I know Dr. Jackson,” Shulkin said. “Dr. Jackson is a very honourable man who wants to do the right thing.”Shulkin’s comments represented a different tone from the fractious back-and-forth Sunday when the White House hit back at Shulkin for claiming that he was fired from his job and that he was only informed about it shortly before President Donald Trump tweeted about his replacement.The Trump administration says he left his job willingly amid a bruising ethics scandal and mounting rebellion within the agency.On Sunday, chagrined by Shulkin’s public statements blaming his ouster on unfair “political forces” in the Trump administration, the White House circulated a “talking points” memo to some veterans groups in a bid to discredit him.The three-page memo, obtained by The Associated Press, points out seven “lies” that it said Shulkin had spread. They include statements in which he minimizes a VA watchdog report in February that concluded he violated ethics rules by accepting free Wimbledon tennis tickets. The VA inspector general has previously found Shulkin made misleading statements about the trip to investigators and the news media.In television interviews earlier Sunday, Shulkin said he had not submitted a resignation letter, or planned to, and was only told of Trump’s decision to replace him shortly before the Twitter announcement. He said he had spoken to Trump by phone earlier that day about VA improvements, with no mention of his job status, and was scheduled to meet with the president the next morning.“I came to run the Department of Veterans Affairs because I’m committed to veterans,” Shulkin said. “And I would not resign because I’m committed to making sure this job was seen through to the very end.”Last week, Trump named Defence Department official Robert Wilkie to the acting position, bypassing Shulkin’s deputy secretary, Tom Bowman. Bowman has come under criticism for being too moderate to push Trump’s agenda.Under federal law, a president has wide authority to temporarily fill a federal agency job if someone “dies, resigns, or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office.” There is no mention of a president having that authority if the person is fired. Still, it’s unclear if courts would seek to draw a legal distinction between a firing and a forced resignation, if that is indeed what happened to Shulkin.The day after announcing he was replacing Shulkin, Trump told a rally in Richfield, Ohio, that he had been dissatisfied with efforts to improve the VA. Shulkin had enjoyed Trump’s support for much of his first year in the administration, but that eroded in February after mounting ethics questions and political infighting at the VA.Wilkie, now listed on the VA website as acting secretary, took over Shulkin’s duties last week.The back and forth over the circumstances behind Shulkin’s departure — and what it could mean for Wilkie’s status — comes as the nomination of Jackson is drawing concern among lawmakers and veterans groups. They worry the Navy rear admiral and lifelong physician lacks the experience to manage an enormous agency paralyzed over Trump’s push to expand private care.Trump’s new Cabinet nominees also are beginning to pile up in the Senate, likely leading to weeks of confirmation battles and other delays in the run-up to congressional midterm elections in November. That could mean an extended reign for an acting VA secretary.Shulkin’s dismissal comes amid a broader shakeup of top Trump administration officials and accusations of excessive spending by Cabinet officials. Also currently under fire are Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.Shulkin had agreed to reimburse the government more than $4,000 after the VA’s internal watchdog concluded last month that he had improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and that his then-chief of staff had doctored emails to justify his wife travelling to Europe with him at taxpayer expense. Shulkin also blamed internal drama at the agency on a half-dozen or so rebellious political appointees, insisting he had White House backing to fire them.___Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed from Palm Beach, Florida.last_img read more

Sri Lanka is committed to world peace

October 8, 2019 | gzfrmzwx | No Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka is committed to world peace. He said this when a group of representatives of The Comprehensive Nuclear- Test –Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) met him at the President’s Official Residence.The President appreciated the visit of the delegation headed by Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO. These representatives met with the President during their trainingprogramme held at the Kandalamahotel, Dambulla from 29thNovember to 05thDecember. Nearly 100 persons representing 13 countries including Sri Lanka participated at this training programme. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization is an international organization that will be established upon the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, a Convention that outlaws nuclear test explosions.The representatives apprised the President regarding the importance of endorsing initiatives taken by the Organization and the President said Sri Lanka as a country, which is committed to world peace will provide every possible support in this regard. During the meeting, a cordial discussion was held between the President and the representatives. Chairman of the Geological Surveyand Mines Bureau – Dr. KithsiriDissanayake, Dr. Bernard Prem – Director General of the Bureau and officials from Foreign Ministry also participated in this meeting. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team A young girl and her father were rescued after she was blown out to sea on an inflatable unicorn.The local coastguard issued a warning about the “dangers of inflatables” after the incident at Irvine Beach Park in Ayrshire on Saturday.Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team spotted the girl “some distance away from the shore”, with her father swimming out to try to rescue her.Both were brought safely back to the shoreline, the coastguard said in a post on Facebook.They had both swallowed sea water and were checked by paramedics and taken to hospital as a precaution.  Kevin Paterson, Station Officer of the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team, said: “This was an incredibly lucky escape for the young girl and her father after a sunny day at the beach quickly turned into an emergency.”Fortunately in this instance, Coastguard rescue assets were already on scene as the incident unfolded and were quick to react with additional resources being immediately launched to the area.”Inflatables are not designed or suitable for use in the sea, especially on days like today when the wind is blowing off shore. These inflatables should only be used in swimming pools where there’s no risk of being blown out to sea and there’s lifeguards on duty. “We would urge everyone to leave their inflatables at home when visiting the beach, or if you were thinking of buying one on the way, spending your money on something else.”Thankfully today’s incident had a positive outcome with only the inflatable unicorn being lost to the sea.” Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team saved the girl and her father Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Nikola Dzono to Cimos Koper

September 22, 2019 | gzfrmzwx | No Comments

← Previous Story Ibolya Mehlmann to Krim Mercator Next Story → Metz defeats Buducnost in a friendly Cimos KoperNikola Dzono After Milan Mirkovic left to Maribor, Cimos Koper began looking for a left-handed right back to fill the position after Mirkovic’s departure. For this position, they chose Nikola Dzono (25), who played in Croatia last year, for Siscia. He also has in his “CV” that he played for Metkovic, Zagreb, Bosna, Karlovac, etc.. He used to play for Croatia’s national team, and now joining Cimos, it will be a good chance for him to prove himself and maybe get to play again for the national team.

Know Your Sport Take our weekly quiz

September 21, 2019 | gzfrmzwx | No Comments

first_img Slovenia Share Tweet Email Which Galway player hit two goals as they stormed to a league title win on Sunday? 15 months 23,911 Views Dele Alli You scored out of ! Mark Selby Jason Flynn Bronze Share your result: Casemiro Dublin Gold CJ Stander Marcelo Simon Zebo Zvonimir Durkinjak Anders Antosen Which of these sides is not in Ireland’s qualifying group for the 2019 Women’s World Cup? How long is Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney’s proposed ban for a verbal altercation with an official? Who scored Tottenham’s only goal in their Premier League win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday? Of these four, who did not make the world championship semi-finals? http://the42.ie/3363351 Tweet Wooden Spoon 2 years By Emma Duffy Norway Harry Kane You scored out of ! Scott Evans bowed out of the European Championship on Wednesday. Who did he lose out to? Share your result: Tweet 1 year Javier Mascherano Sture Johnsson Share Share your result: Netherlands 7 Comments Son Heung-Min Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. Friday 28 Apr 2017, 5:00 PM Maria Sharapova made her return to professional tennis on Wednesday following a drug ban. How long was she out for?center_img Cathal Mannion 12 weeks Conor Whelan Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross announced his retirement this week. Where is he originally from? 8 weeks Cork Joe Canning Waterford Share 4 weeks Antony Antosen Limerick Sergio Busquets Short URL Slovakia Apr 28th 2017, 5:00 PM Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like sport? Which of the following scored their first goal in 7 years on Wednesday night? Tweet Keith Earls You scored out of ! Silver Tweet Answer all the questions to see your result! Tyler Bleyendaal You scored out of ! 18 months Share The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Maybe try again next week. Barry Hawkins Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz How closely were you paying attention to the sports headlines this week? Christian Eriksen Tipperary appeal against ‘severe injustice’ of Forde ban to be heard next weekLam rings changes as he bids farewell to Sportsground Share Top of the pile, you really were paying attention this week. Share your result: 10 weeks Ding Junhui The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.ie Who was the only Munster player to cross the whitewash in their Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Saracens? Marco Fu Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Diego Maradona Its better not to have a coach

September 18, 2019 | gzfrmzwx | No Comments

first_imgDiego Maradona has doubts about reports that Argentina players picked the team instead of Jorge Sampaoli at the World Cup.After Argentina’s 3-0 defeat to Croatia, there were reports that Sampaoli would relinquish his selection responsibilities for the crunch clash against Nigeria, with his players wanting him changed and replaced with general manager Jorge Burruchaga.The Argentina’s legend described such reports as would have been outrageous and even went further to says that’s not possible.Maradona was an exuberant attendee in St Petersburg and does not believe the players are in charge of picking the line-up.“I don’t believe that’s possible. If that happened, it’s better not to have a coach,” he told Marca via Goal.“I think it’s outrageous, anyway. Not having a leader for certain things would not be good.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“Although you also have to rely on experienced players, but even they need the coach to tell them something, to lead the way.”“I back the president. He was very brave. He did what I would have done as president of Dynamo Brest. I would’ve acted the same,” said Maradona.Speaking further Maradona showed solidarity to Royal Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales’ quick replacement of Lopetegui with Fernando Hierro for the Russia tournament.“Lopetegui was not only the coach of the president of the federation, he was the coach who represented all Spaniards.“It was a lack of respect and Rubiales’ decision is justified.”last_img read more

I lacked confidence at Madrid – Hernandez

September 17, 2019 | gzfrmzwx | No Comments

first_imgReal Sociedad defender Theo Hernandez has revealed he lacked confidence during his first year at Real Madrid.The former Atletico Madrid left-back who is on loan at San Sebastián from Real Madrid is expected to be the in the starting lineup when Sociedad visit the Wanda Metropolitano to play Atletico this weekend.In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, Hernandez spoke about the reception he’s expecting at the Wanda Metropolitano, “It will not be the best atmosphere. After being at Atletico nearly all my life, and then going to Madrid—the fans did not like it. But these are things that happen in football. What the fans say will not affect me” he commented.The former Alaves defender spoke at length about his decision to swap Atletico for Real Madrid:“It was very complicated, it was not an easy decision. I had to think about everything that could happen, but when Madrid said they wanted me, I didn’t have to think much.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“It’s the greatest club in the world. I had a very hard time at the beginning of the year, when I was at Real Madrid, but now I know what Madrid is and what it takes to succeed.”Theo continued to talk about some of the struggles he faced last season:“It was complicated when I first arrived, I was only 19 years old and to be thrown into a team like that is difficult. I had criticism from all angles, everything I did was wrong.”“But as the months went by, I found myself calmer, happier. It’s true, I lacked confidence—when you don’t play that’s normal, and you aren’t happy” he explained.last_img read more

Rice growing into defensive midfield role

September 17, 2019 | gzfrmzwx | No Comments

first_imgWest Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is relishing playing in central defensive midfield for the Hammers this season.After an impressive pre-season, Rice has established himself in the West Ham team this season under Manuel Pellegrini.The 19-year-old’s frequent involvement in the team also coincided with West Ham’s return to form starting with their 3-1 victory at Everton.“I’d say Everton away was my best performance since I came back in, because we’d lost the first four and we couldn’t lose five in a row,” Rice told the club’s website.“The manager changed the team up and we went out there, everyone played really well, we won our first game and got the three points and there’s no better feeling than that, to be honest.“If you compare the first game I played at Liverpool compared to the ones I’m playing now, my positioning at Anfield wasn’t the best for a holding midfielder.Mason MountRice tips Mount for greater things Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Declan Rice says that Mason Mount is going to match the exploits of Frank Lampard when he was in his prime during his playing…“Positioning is one of the main things when you play in that position because you’ve always got to play in the center of the pitch.“I always look back at that Liverpool game because it was the first time I’d played CDM (central defensive midfielder) in a while and I was not really in the back four, I was wide, and sometimes it’s not about that.“You’ve just got to hold your position and trust that the ball is going to come near you.“I think, since I’ve started to do that, the amount of interceptions and tackles I have made has gone up.”last_img read more

Fleeing suspects paint car forget license plates

September 16, 2019 | gzfrmzwx | No Comments

first_imgNOOKSACK, Wash. — A group of fleeing robbery suspects was ahead of pursuing officers when they decided to paint their getaway car a new color, but they forgot to change the license plate on the vehicle.The Bellingham Herald reports the alleged driver, 22-year-old Westley C. French, outran the law for five more hours this past weekend.French and his alleged accomplices used those fleeting moments of freedom to give his green Nissan 240 SX a new coat of black spray paint. But they neglected to swap out the car’s South Dakota plates when border agents found the car and the suspects outside of Nooksack Valley High School.Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell says the suspects were wanted for beating two men during a car robbery.last_img