$200-million man: Curry inks ‘richest’ deal in NBA history—report

first_imgPacquiao’s title on the line vs Horn in ‘Battle of Brisbane’ MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments 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 LATEST STORIES Curry’s existing contract had been agreed when there were still doubts about his long-term fitness, with the player thought to have issues concerning the durability of his ankles.However, those doubts have been obliterated during a series of dazzling seasons for the Warriors that have helped him become a four-time All-Star.He was named NBA Most Valuable Player during the Warriors’ championship winning run in 2014-2015 and the following season became the first player in history to win the award in a unanimous vote.He averaged 25.3 points per game this regular season and has led the league in three-point field goals for five straight seasons.That remarkable run of scoring included 402 three-pointers in 2015-2016 — a single-season record. No other player had passed 300 threes in a season before Curry.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img News of the agreement wipes away any uncertainty concerning the future of Curry, who had been on a four-year contract worth a relatively modest $44 million until his new deal.Despite being one of the league’s highest profile stars, Curry had languished way down the pecking order of the NBA’s best-paid players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAccording to the basketball-reference.com website, Curry had been the 82nd best-paid player in the league, earning just over $12.1 million last season.That figure is dwarfed by the league’s highest-earner, LeBron James, who stands to earn $33.3 million next season and $35.6 million in 2018-2019. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. AP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has clinched a new five-year deal worth $201 million, the richest contract in NBA history, ESPN reported on Friday (Saturday, Manila).Curry, who recently helped the Warriors to their second NBA Finals crown in three years, is the first player to break the $200 million barrier, ESPN said, citing the player’s agent Jeff Austin.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Martin Guptill returns home from CPL for ‘family reasons’

first_imgNew Zealand opener Martin Guptill, who was in West Indies for the Caribbean Premier League, has flown back home because of an “important family health matter”.The 30-year-old was leading Guyana Amazon Warriors, who are currently standing at the fourth spot in the CPL with only two league games remaining.Reflecting on the same, Omar Khan, the operations manager of Warriors, said that it was quite disappointing to lose Guptill at this stage of the tournament, but they are looking forward to handle situation without him.”It’s unfortunate and hugely disappointing to lose Martin at this stage of the tournament but we empathise with his situation and he has our full support as he returns home to his family,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Omar as saying.Guptill, who notched up 142 runs in seven innings he played so far in the six-team competition, will be replaced by his recently-retired teammate Luke Ronchi.Coming off a stint with Leicestershire in England’s T20 competition, Ronchi smashed 429 runs in 14 innings he played for the county side , including three half-centuries, at an average of 33 and a strike rate of 180.25.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma glad to be back on his feet and playing again

first_imgRohit Sharma, who notched up a brilliant century against Sri Lanka in the second Test on Sunday, said he was “glad to be back on his feet playing cricket again”.Playing his first Test in more than a year after recovering from a career-threatening injury, Rohit scored his third hundred and his first since Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series in November 2013.”There will always be regrets in your life. Even if you score 10,000 runs, you will feel, ‘oh, I should have scored 15,000 runs’ or people will tell you, ‘you should have scored 15,000 runs, man!,” Rohit said when asked if 22 Test matches in an international career spanning 10 years do justice to the talent that he possesses.”But for me, I am glad that I am back on my feet, because when I went through that injury (thigh surgery in 2016), at one point I was thinking whether I will be able to walk or not.”I’m lucky that I am on my feet, playing and scoring some runs, so yes, I’m happy,” Rohit said after India defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs in the second Test, here today.300th Test wicket for @ashwinravi99 and #TeamIndia take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match Test series. India seal the 2nd Test in Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/mq56alEczD- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2017Currently India’s second best player in ODIs after skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit said he wants to live in the present and let bygones be bygones.”I am not someone who will think about what has happened in the past. I like to see what is in front of me, and yes, that is how I look at it. When I was inexperienced having just come into the team, there were lot of things that I used to think about, but not anymore. I have passed that age where I shouldn’t be thinking what happened in the past,” the stylish right-hander was at his pragmatic best.advertisement”I should be ready for what is ahead of me and that’s what matters. What has happened in the past is gone you can never change it. For me, I can change things looking forward, and looking forward is Delhi Test match and thereafter one-day series and then the South Africa series,” he said.’SIMPLE AND CLEAR PLANS’There was a point of time in his career when obsession with doing well in Test cricket made him “over-complicate” things and lose focus on his primary goal enjoying the game he loved.”My plans are simple and clear. I don’t want to complicate things which I have in the past, when had I just come into the team, At the end of the day, it’s just a cricket match that you have to play,” Rohit said.”Initially, my focus was much on Test cricket, like ‘Oh no this is Test cricket and I have to do well. I have to do this and that. In thinking that I lost a lot of focus and forgot (lost) what I was there for and what I needed to do and pretty clear in mind which is the most important thing.”Rohit’s batting has been more about elegance and sinewy wrists where the ball is not bludgeoned but caressed to the boundary but the Mumbaikar agrees that Mumbai cricket does make one tough.A century for @ImRo45 followed by the signal from the dressing room. India declare on 610/6, lead Sri Lanka (205) by 405 runs #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/m2SUb9w323- BCCI (@BCCI) November 26, 2017″Of course, coming from Mumbai, I have learnt the hardship of scoring runs and making every opportunity count.In Mumbai, you get few opportunities and if you slip, you might not get an opportunity for god knows how many years or how many months,” he said.”So every time you get an opportunity, you try and make it count. That’s what I’ve learnt playing for Mumbai and growing up as a kid and getting into that Ranji Trophy dressing room.”The VCA Stadium in Nagpur invokes a sense of de ja vu in Rohit, who was supposed to make his Test debut back in 2010 but a freak ankle injury during a game of football saw Wriddhiman Saha playing his maiden Test as a batsman.”Personally for me, it was very important as I was playing Test cricket after nearly 500 days. I have been waiting for this opportunity and I am glad that I could put some runs on the board for myself and team.advertisement”Really happy, that it was worth waiting for so long. I clearly remember this was the ground where I got injured and I had to wait 3 years to make my Test debut. This ground has now given me something now to go back,” Rohit concluded.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Can India repeat history in England after 47 years with new-age spin trio?

first_imgIndia had won their first Test series in England way back in 1971 with captain Ajit Wadekar lifting the trophy at the end of a three-match series.Kapil Dev and Rahul Dravid repeated history in 1986 and 2007 respectively.11 years after Dravid’s triumph, Virat Kohli will be looking repeat history in the five-match Test series starting August 1.Back in 1971, Wadekar had led India to victory on the back of some stunning performances from three of the best spinners in Test history – BS Chandrasekar, S Venkataragahavan and Bishen Bedi. The deadly trio picked up a total of 37 wickets in that series – Chandrasekar (13), Venkataragahavan (13) and Bedi (11).India in England: Brief history of 6 Test wins in 43 yearsThe current team also has three world class spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and rookie Kuldeep Yadav, who has already proved his mettle in the shorter formats in England.The pitches here might not be best suited for spin bowling which is why experience will come into the play in this series for Ashwin and Jadeja, while Kuldeep will need help from the two veterans if he gets a chance to play.Sachin Tendulkar feels India can hurt England if conditions favour spinnersAshwin is the senior bowler in this trio in terms of matches played and wickets taken but has till date played just two Tests in England. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner will be eager to make a mark for India this time around on his second tour after 2014.Ashwin played just two Tests on the last tour managing just three wickets at an average of 33.66 against a career average of 25.34.advertisementTendulkar hopeful of a good show from Kohli, Team India in England TestsJadeja on the other hand, has proved to be more successful in England than Ashwin having played four Tests on the last trip with 9 wickets.Jadeja bowls at a slightly quicker pace than Ashwin which is why he has been more successful as the ball doesn’t spin much here but if it does at speed then the batsman gets lesser time to react which makes the left-arm off-spinner a big threat in such conditions.Kuldeep Yadav needs more discipline to succeed in Tests, feels Alec StewartAnd then there is Kuldeep Yadav, the 23-year-old chinaman, who is coming back into the Test squad after bamboozling the English batsmen in the limited-overs series this month. Kuldeep Yadav has troubled most of England’s batsmen with only Jos Buttler and Joe Root managing to read his variations till now (Reuters Photo)Kuldeep has troubled most of England’s batsmen with only Jos Buttler and Joe Root managing to read his variations till now.Virat Kohli probably embarrassed by 2014 tour, wants to do better: Graeme SwannLooking at his success in the limited-overs series, Kohli and the Indian team management might be tempted to play Kuldeep straightaway but for that to happen, either Ashwin or Jadeja will have to warm the bench if India decide to play with just one spinner.Joe Root’s bat-drop in front of Virat Kohli could be a huge mistakeBesides, Kuldeep has played just 2 Tests and both on spin-friendly conditions in the sub-continent.But Sachin Tendulkar feels Kuldeep is ready for the longest format.”I have always maintained that he’s ready for the longest version of the game and that will be the most challenging one. I think he’s ready. Looking at his repertoire he has the capability to go there and compete, without any doubt,” Tendulkar said.Interestingly, England is in the middle of its warmest summer in recent years and there is a chance the conditions will favour spinners. In fact, the hosts were also contemplating recalling leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who was in top form during the one-day series.And Tendulkar, whose last tour of England ended with the dismal Test series of 2011, reckons the results could depend on whether the pitches are conducive to spin.”It will depend on the kind of surfaces that we get to play on. The English summer is pretty warm this time. If there’s a bit of help for our spinners then I am sure we will be in a position in the series to hurt them. That will be a critical factor,” Tendulkar told Reuters.last_img read more

Britney Huie – From Adversity to Academic Excellence

first_img The former Head Girl of Irwin High School in St. James, who was presented with the award during a ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on June 27, tells JIS News that her father, Randall Huie, who was ailing, succumbed during her preparations to sit 10 subjects in the 2017 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. “In order for me to overcome that and get good grades in those subjects, I had to tell myself that ‘God will give me the strength’. I believed those words and somehow found the strength to carry on,” Britney says. Story Highlights Top student for the National Child Month Committee’s (NCMC) 2018 Youth Academic Achievement Awards, Britney Huie, says copping the award was not an easy feat. Top student for the National Child Month Committee’s (NCMC) 2018 Youth Academic Achievement Awards, Britney Huie, says copping the award was not an easy feat.The former Head Girl of Irwin High School in St. James, who was presented with the award during a ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on June 27, tells JIS News that her father, Randall Huie, who was ailing, succumbed during her preparations to sit 10 subjects in the 2017 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.“In order for me to overcome that and get good grades in those subjects, I had to tell myself that ‘God will give me the strength’. I believed those words and somehow found the strength to carry on,” Britney says.She points out that her mother, Jenny Taylor-Huie, also motivated her, even as she struggled to come to terms with the loss of her husband.“With mom working through that time and still not having enough cash to send me to school, sometimes I would stand at the gate (at home) and pray for someone to just give me money to go to school. I would sometimes wonder if I would get my education… but I stuck to my faith and said ‘I’m going to make it. No matter what, I am going to make it. This will not be the end. I will make it’,” she reflects.In August 2017, Britney, a native of St. James, got her results which saw her gaining grade one in Biology, Chemistry, English Language, Mathematics, Principles of Accounts, Information Technology and Principles of Business, and grade two in Geography, Social Studies and Physics.The 18-year-old subsequently enrolled at the Montego Bay Community College, where she is pursuing science subjects at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) level, in her quest to become a pediatric neurosurgeon.“I am intrigued with the brain. I have a drive to help people who feel outcast… people with disabilities… to feel accepted in society and to feel like they are whole again and even children with brain tumors… to help them to get back on track,” she said.Once successful in her CAPE subjects, Britney intends to apply to the University of the West Indies, Mona, to pursue a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree to become a doctor, which will lay the foundation for her career goal in pediatric neurosurgery.Britney tells JIS News that she is motivated by the passage of Bible scripture which states: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, adding that her experiences in the aftermath of her father’s passing have made her stronger.The NCMC’s Chairperson, Dr. Pauline Mullings, says Britney is one of 16 students who have faced or are still facing challenges, who were awarded this year.She tells JIS News that since the initiative’s inception five years ago, “we just wanted to keep going at it because we are finding young people who have challenging situations, but are doing well academically and are involved in community service.”Dr. Mullings says key among the Committee’s mission is seeking out and helping students in difficult situations, who are doing well academically.last_img read more

State Minister Says Government Will Continue to Advocate for Windrush Generation

first_img “The Government will continue to actively advocate for resolution to this Windrush immigration crisis, including the matter of just and adequate compensation to victims,” Senator Charles Jr. said. State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says the Government will continue to actively advocate on behalf of the Windrush Generation.“The Government will continue to actively advocate for resolution to this Windrush immigration crisis, including the matter of just and adequate compensation to victims,” Senator Charles Jr. said.“We intend, therefore, to utilise our resources both locally and in the United Kingdom (UK) to encourage more persons who have been affected to come forward, seek assistance and to make legitimate claims,” he added.He was making a presentation on the topic, ‘Challenges of the Windrush Generation’, during the University of the West Indies (UWI) Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work’s biweekly departmental seminar.The Seminar was held at the Senate Building today (October 25) at the UWI, Mona Campus.Despite living and working in the UK for decades, thousands of people who arrived in the country as children in the first wave of Commonwealth migration (called the Windrush Generation) were being threatened with deportation.Many of those affected are of Jamaican and Caribbean heritage.The State Minister said the Government will continue to work collaboratively with the UK government on specific cases, which, to date, has borne fruit.“This crisis has presented an opportunity for Jamaica and our Caribbean friends and partners to unite. It is [also] a cause for us to bolster the influence of our diaspora in the UK, while also simultaneously providing the well-needed support to those who are vulnerable,” Mr. Charles Jr. said.The Empire Windrush, a passenger liner, is regarded as the symbolic starting point of a wave of Caribbean migration between 1948 and 1971, known as the ‘Windrush Generation’.Many were enticed to cross the Atlantic by job opportunities amid the UK’s post-war labour shortage.The ship, which sailed from Jamaica on May 27 and arrived in London almost a month later on June 21, was carrying 1,027 passengers, according to the UK National Archives.More than half of the passengers on board (539) gave their last country of residence as Jamaica, while 139 said Bermuda and 119 stated England. There were also people from Mexico, Scotland, Gibraltar, Burma and Wales. Story Highlightscenter_img State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says the Government will continue to actively advocate on behalf of the Windrush Generation.last_img read more

Seniors Property Tax Program

first_imgThe department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relationswill now administer the Seniors Property Tax Rebate Program. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnetannounced today, Aug. 13, that his department will deliver the program on behalf of the department of Community Services. The program is designed to help eligible seniors stay in theirown homes by providing them with an annual rebate on theirmunicipal property taxes. It provides a 50 per cent rebate on themunicipal property taxes paid the previous year, up to a maximumof $400 per year. “Government is constantly working for ways to deliver publicservices more efficiently, and this is one of the reasons ServiceNova Scotia was created,” said Mr. Barnet. The Property Tax Rebate Program runs from July 1 to Dec. 31 eachcalendar year. To be eligible this year, individuals are requiredto: — have received the guaranteed income supplement or theallowance in January 2004;– still live in their home when they applied to the program; and — have paid the 2003 municipal residential property taxes infull. Application forms for the 2003 property tax rebate program willbe mailed to those who received a rebate last year, or who havecontacted the department to advise that they are now eligible. For more information call the department’s toll-free informationline at 1-877-296-9338 or see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/, click on rebates programs.last_img read more

Governor writes to CM

first_imgKolkata: Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Saturday wrote to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee advising her to take immediate steps to provide security to the doctors and to take them into confidence about a firm and credible assurance of arrangements of their security. The Governor also urged the Chief Minister to conduct quick probe on the incidents of assault on the junior doctors so that suitable atmosphere is generated enabling the doctors to resume their duties. In his letter, the Governor also expressed his sadness at “her non-responsiveness to his efforts to talk to her” and in the same letter he mentioned that he had written her a letter on Friday in which he mentioned the grievances and demands of doctors and their willingness to resume their duties upon redressal of their grievances. However, later, Banerjee said that she has already spoken to the Governor and apprised him about the steps taken by the state government to resolve the impasse in the hospitals.last_img read more

What good is development minus clean air water asks Richa

first_imgThimphu: Bollywood actress Richa Chadha has questioned urban development at the cost of the green carpet, and raised concern over how the basic human need for water and clean air is becoming a luxury thanks to increasing pollution. “I feel traumatised seeing how we treat nature. I am not saying this because, now that I am an actress, these are the things I should say. I am one of those people who would always not only wear natural fabric and I choose cotton over silk and leather. I am against a lifestyle that goes against nature. Although I have a luxury car I carpool, which I feel is the a logical solution to stay resourceful and control pollution,” Richa told IANS here, at the Mountain Echoes festival 2019. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka At the festival, change and how rapid urbanisation was affecting the world’s green carpet, as well as creating the water crisis, were important topics of discussion On her first visit to Bhutan, Richa was impressed by the clean and peaceful environment of the country. She said that she felt like settling down in Bhutan because the country maintained its natural wealth. “I live in Mumbai, where trees are cut to construct highrises and people have to go to Khandala to chill out during the rains. They forget that Mumbai once used to be like that. (It is now) a city that is becoming a concrete jungle and we have no plan where are we,” said Richa. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna While weather change and floods concern Richa, she also questioned the growing air pollution in Delhi, a city where she grew up. “We really need to wake up and ask our government why can’t we breathe clean air in Delhi. The Delhi I grew up in — the one that (late former chief minister) Sheila Dixit had built — had green cover, which decreased pollution. I think the last time I saw a lush green Delhi was in 2012. Since then, pollution has increased. Look at the air quality of the city now!” said the actress. “What will we do with development if we don’t have basic things like water and clean air?” she summed up.last_img read more

Opposition force emergency meeting of defence committee on Norman affair

first_imgOTTAWA — Three Conservative and one NDP MP are requesting that the House of Commons national defence committee be reconvened to examine the government’s conduct in the investigation and prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.Norman was the second-in-command of Canada’s military before he was suspended and then charged with breach of trust over alleged leaks of secret information about a navy shipbuilding contract.Federal prosecutors stayed the charges on Wednesday, saying they had no reasonable prospect of getting a conviction.In a letter sent Sunday to the clerk of the committee, the MPs say they are also looking to call a number of witnesses to the committee including Norman himself and the prime minister.Norman’s lawyer, Marie Henein, has questioned why members of the former Conservative government had not been questioned during their investigation.The Mounties say they respect the Crown’s decision to drop the case and that their officers conducted a thorough, independent and highly-professional investigation.The letter from the MPs also alleges the prime minister prejudiced the conduct of the matter by inappropriately anticipating the RCMP’s investigation would result in a prosecution.“This suggests that he and his cabinet had inappropriate access to information regarding an independent criminal proceeding,” their letter said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kate del Castillo Would Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur

first_imgStanding in a snowscape and wearing nothing more than icicles, La Reina del Sur star Kate del Castillo appears in a new holiday shopping campaign for PETA that proclaims, “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur.”Kate del Castillo I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur Ad UnveilingCredit/Copyright: Derek Pashupa Goodwin She unveiled the ad today in person outside Macy’s flagship store in New York’s Herald Square — where fur coats are still sold.In an exclusive video interview, del Castillo reveals why she stripped down for the cause: “They’re still killing animals for fur. There’s a lot of work to do, and that motivates me,” she says. “You don’t need to wear fur to be beautiful. It’s not the moment to be silent. I think we have to go naked, go bold.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” — notes that every year, millions of animals are confined to cramped, filthy cages before being drowned, beaten to death, strangled, electrocuted, or even skinned alive in order to produce fur coats, collars, and cuffs.last_img read more

Nunavut sees eight per cent growth in population

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut’s population has risen eight per cent between 2006 and 2011.That means 31,906 people are now living in Canada’s newest territory.The population growth is tied to fertility rates. Women in Nunavut have 3.2 children on average.Nunavut, however, has an alleged population density of zero.Why is that?When you divide 1,877,787 square kilometres by just over 30,000 people, you end up with a population density of zero.last_img

Devour Super Bowl ad

NEW YORK — Sex sells … frozen food dishes?Kraft Heinz’ frozen-food brand Devour is trying to make waves during its Super Bowl debut with an ad taking a humorous jab at one man’s “frozen food porn addiction.”Super Bowl ads have long used raunchiness and sex stand out during the Super Bowl, advertising’s biggest stage. But the approach runs the risk of offending the audience.The stakes are high since a 30-second ad can cost more than a reported $5 million.Devour says the 60-second version that debuted online Wednesday is “uncensored” and that a toned-down, 30-second version will air during the Super Bowl 53 broadcast Feb. 3.Mae Anderson, The Associated Press read more

Security must improve before displaced in Darfur can return home – UN

Darfur’s hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) will only return to their home villages and areas once security conditions improve and basic services are operating, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today after visiting one of the war-wracked Sudanese region’s biggest IDP camps. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes met with IDP representatives at South Darfur state’s Ed Daein camp, which is currently home to an estimated 50,000 people. “Clearly, after living in camps – in some cases for over three years – they are frustrated,” he said. “While they expressed a strong desire to return to their home areas, all the people I spoke with were unequivocal that they would only be able to do so when security conditions were right and services were in place.” In total, at least 2.2 million Darfurians are either internally displaced or live as refugees in neighbouring countries because of fighting between rebels, Government forces, allied militia and tribal groups since 2003. More than 200,000 others have been killed. Mr. Holmes also met today with aid workers to discuss the continuing challenges they face in trying to bring relief in Darfur, where car hijackings, assaults and harassment have become increasingly common. “Many organizations also expressed their frustration at bureaucratic impediments which continue to hamper an effective and efficient response,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a media statement. A combination of poor rainfall, infestations and birds mean there could be a poor harvest this season, and UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are warning about a serious food gap emerging, possibly as early as January next year. While in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, the Emergency Relief Coordinator held a short meeting with the Wali, or provincial governor, to discuss mutual concerns about the situation. Tomorrow Mr. Holmes is scheduled to travel to El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur and the home of the planned hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID), for talks with UN staff, partner organizations and local authorities. 30 November 2007Darfur’s hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) will only return to their home villages and areas once security conditions improve and basic services are operating, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today after visiting one of the war-wracked Sudanese region’s biggest IDP camps. read more

Global Fund on AIDS TB and Malaria expected to approve almost 1

The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is expected to approve requests from almost 100 countries for $950 million over two years to support programmes to combat the global scourges that kill over 6 million people annually.The Fund’s Board is expected to give the green light to the proposals at a meeting in Guatemala City from 31 October to 3 November. But some grants may have to wait for further donor pledges because the Fund has a current shortfall of around $300 million, the Fund said in a press release today.“This robust demand for new resources shows that countries both need and can absorb substantial additional resources to fight the three pandemics,” said Professor Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund.“Donors are being presented with high-quality programmes which will save thousands of lives and build a global response to these three pandemics. Donor countries must respond to this challenge by pledging sufficient additional resources so all recommended programs can be funded.”In May, the Global Fund issued its sixth call for proposals for grant funding and, after careful scrutiny, the independently constituted Technical Review Panel has recommended 85 requests for $949 million over two years ahead of the meeting later this month of the Board.Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has become the world’s primary financing mechanism for programmes against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, financing 20 percent of international projects against AIDS worldwide, as well as two thirds of all international tuberculosis and malaria programmes.The Fund is a global partnership between Governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities and represents a new approach to international health financing. It is not an implementing agency but relies on local ownership and planning to ensure that new resources are directed to programs on the frontline of this global effort to reach those most in need. It has approved grants for 386 programmes in 132 countries with a total commitment of $5.5 billion. read more

Xrays reveal secret side to Picassos blue period masterpiece

first_imgThe original landscape hidden behind Picasso’s La Misereuse accroupieCredit:PA La Miséreuse accroupie, 1902. Oil on canvas La Miséreuse accroupie, 1902. Oil on canvasCredit:Art Gallery of Ontario The woman’s back was once a Catalonian landscapeCredit:PA X-rays revealing what's beneath Picasso's painting Picasso masterpiece x-ray reveal different landscape The garden was a popular spot for artists at the time, and the lost oil painting bears similarities to the work of Santiago Rusinol, a great friend of Picasso, and the leader of the Catalan modernist movement.“We know that Santiago Rusino painted this site and we believe other younger Catalan painters would have painted this site too,” said Kenneth Brummel, assistant curator of modern art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.“Because we have not uncovered a signature we cannot attribute the painting to any particular individual, but we are confident it was a younger artist, who lived in or around Barcelona at the turn of the century.”La Miséreuse accroupie was created at the height of Picasso’s Blue Period in 1902, when the artist was suffering from major depression following the suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas, who shot himself to death in a Paris café.  Reflected in his art, his glum mood led to a series of paintings composed almost entirely in blue and green hues, featuring prostitutes, beggars and drunks. The gloomy subjects and somber colours proved deeply unpopular with the public, and Picasso struggled to sell the work, falling into a period of poverty.Around the same time as the painting Picasso was moving away from Rusinol and the Barcelona artists so the re-use of the canvas could have been a deliberate attempt to destroy the work of former associates, or simply out of necessity because he could no longer afford fresh materials. Researchers suspected there may be another painting underneath because of an uneven texture on the paint, which had cracked revealing unexpected colours underneath. Picasso was also known to paint over other compositions without scraping away the paint beneath and is known to have worked over other artist’s work during his Blue Period. X-rays taken 20 years ago had suggested another composition was beneath but it was only with new technology that the full details emerged. The breakthrough came when senior conservator Sandra Webster-Cook rotated the landscape clockwise by 90 degrees and noticed it matched the woman’s back.center_img The new scans revealed details about the original composition of the painting showing that Picasso originally intended for the woman to be holding bread, a depiction found in a watercolour by Picasso dating from the same year. “The works of art are linked and it allows us to understand what Picasso is thinking about,” said Marc Walton, a research professor at Northwestern University where the imagine techniques were developed. “So what is this hand holding bread – is it a scene of the eucharist, is it something that is religious but he then decides to paint over it because he doesn’t want that connotation in this particular painting? “He used the landscape as inspiration for the shape of the woman. “The hills that were painted in the background become the contours of her back and he uses, it is part of the genius of Picasso, that he sees things in shapes and forms that other people wouldn’t see and then he transforms them into these quintessential works of art.”The new findings were presented at the AAAS annual meeting in Austin, Texas.  Mr Brummel added: “It became evident to both of us that Picasso repurposed the line formed by the ridge of the hills in the background of the landscape as the contour of the right-hand side of the crouching woman. “The similarities in shape and placement of these two forms prompted us to mobilize the resources and support to explore the relationship between the underlying landscape and the visible surface of the painting more deeply.”John Delaney, senior imaging scientist at the National Gallery of Art, also studied the painting with infrared reflectance hyperspectral imaging, which records underlying images depending on their relative transparency of the paint layers.  Picasso hidden side Distribution maps of a few elements characteristic of the pigments present in the different paint layers of La Miséreuse accroupieCredit:PA At first glance the undulating lines of Pablo Picasso’s La Miséreuse accroupie (The Crouching Woman) appear to have been meticulously placed to hint at a shoulder, waist and hip beneath the beggar’s green cloak.But new scans of the Blue Period masterpiece suggest that the Spanish artist actually traced the contours of her back from an image of Barcelona on the canvas beneath.X-rays have revealed an entirely different scene below Picasso’s work, which experts think was a painting of the Parc del Labertint d’Horta, a formal garden on the outskirts of the city.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Behaviour of health care workers at GPHC not acceptable CEO

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNewly-appointed GPHC boss aims to better public image of hospitalJune 14, 2017In “latest news”HERO medical team completes 31 successful surgeries in GuyanaMarch 16, 2018In “Health”Government to address shortage of nurses – Dr. NortonJuly 28, 2016In “Health” Retired Brigadier, George Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of the GPHCIn admitting that some nurses and doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) have bad attitudes, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Hospital, Brigadier (Ret’d) George Lewis during an interview with this media group said that the Institute is working to tackle the issue through training.The CEO explained that he received quite a number of complaints from patients when it comes to the attitude of nurses as well as some doctors.He noted, “The behaviour of not only nurses but of health care workers in general has not been one that is acceptable”.Lewis was keen to note that while some health care workers may have unacceptable attitudes, there are a number of other dedicated and hardworking professionals who ought to be recognized for their service as well. “However in every barrel there might be one and two bad apples and we are working to address that,” he said.According to him, the Hospital hopes to address this issue through training for their health workers.“When we address it through training we are looking at letting the persons understand what is the acceptable behaviour (and) what we expect from them and we think that by providing training, it will help to alleviate the situation,” the CEO noted.He was sure to point out that the attitude of those health care providers will not change overnight but the Hospital will “over a period of time” reduce the amount of reports being received.According to him training has begun with those health care providers. He explained, “We are doing training with two fronts. In some cases it’s in-house, locally at Georgetown Public Hospital where we are doing customer care training. In some cases we bring in facilitators from outside of the hospital”.In addition to that he said that a number of other programmes are ongoing at the Accident and Emergency Department which is working along with a University by the name of Vanderbilt.These programmes are designed to help the Emergency nurses when it comes to professionalism, behaviour, attitude, knowledge and other areas the CEO said.“We are hoping that over time and with training, we are going to eliminate this problem,” the optimistic head asserted.Patients have often times complained about not getting the quality service they require at the GPHC. read more

Une bactérie inconnue découverte dans un lac caché sous lAntarctique

first_imgUne bactérie inconnue découverte dans un lac caché sous l’AntarctiqueVendredi, des scientifiques russes ont affirmé avoir découvert une bactérie inconnue dans le lac Vostok enfouie sous des kilomètres de glace en Antarctique. Après plus de deux décennies de forage, une équipe russe est parvenue en février 2012 à prélever des échantillons dans le lac Vostok, l’un des endroits les plus inaccessibles de la Terre. En effet, ce lac est enfoui sous plus de 3.700 mètres de glace en Antarctique et abrite ainsi un monde protégé de l’extérieur depuis des millions d’années. Un environnement que les scientifiques rêvent de pouvoir étudier depuis des décennies et on dirait qu’ils avaient bien raison.Alors que les premières analyses des prélèvements effectués avaient déçu, les chercheurs russes ont fait une annonce d’importance vendredi : ils auraient découvert une bactérie encore inconnue dans le lac Vostok. C’est en étudiant l’ADN des micro-organismes identifiés dans les échantillons que les scientifiques ont constaté l’existence de celle-ci. Pour poser un nom sur chacun des spécimens présents, ils ont fait appel à une vaste base de données mais n’ont rien trouvé qui correspondait à cette bactérie. Celle-ci était seulement similaire à 86% aux bactéries déjà connues sur Terre.Une vie “non classifiée et non identifiée” Mieux encore : les scientifiques n’ont même pas pu affilier cette bactérie avec d’autres. “Après avoir écarté tous les éléments possibles de contamination, l’ADN n’a coïncidé avec aucun des types bien connus de la base de données. Nous avons qualifié cette vie comme non classifiée et non identifiée”, a expliqué Sergey Bulat, un généticien du Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics cité par RIA Novosti. Pour l’heure, cette conclusion reste à confirmer mais elle a d’ores et déjà attiré l’attention de nombreux scientifiques. En effet, les formes de vie sont façonnées par leur environnement qui est lui-même souvent modifié par ses mêmes formes. Aussi, en savoir plus sur les bactéries qu’abritent le lac Vostok pourrait permettre aux chercheurs de mieux comprendre à quoi ressemble la vie des espèces dans ces eaux piégées dans les glaces depuis des millions d’années.  “L’étude d’observation des organismes et de leur environnement est réellement une étude de l’écologie. En apprendre davantage sur les formes de vie qu’abrite Vostok, nous permettra probablement d’en savoir un peu plus sur le lac lui-même”, a indiqué Alison Murray, professeur associé au Desert Research Institute, un groupe de recherche environnemental basé au Nevada. Interrogée par OurAmazingPlanet, cette scientifique a précisé que l’équipe russe, auteur de la découverte était très consciencieuse et avait certainement réalisé plusieurs tests avant d’annoncer sa découverte. Une découverte qui doit être confirméeÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après elle, les 86% de similarité découverts sont un indicateur plausible qu’il s’agit d’une nouvelle bactérie. Dans la mesure où toute vie terrestre est reliée d’une manière ou d’une autre, toute valeur en dessous de 80% aurait paru suspecte, a t-elle souligné. Néanmoins, cette découverte ne convainc pas encore tous les scientifiques qui appellent à davantage de vérifications.”Ce type de ‘communique de presse’ scientifique est un peu dangereux. Cela nécessite réellement de passer par la rigueur d’une relecture par d’autres experts du domaine avant que je ne ‘saute à bord’. Que d’autres [scientifiques] regardent leurs méthodes et leurs données fournira un soutien à leurs conclusions”, a commenté pour OurAmazingPlanet Peter Doran, un microbiologiste de l’université de l’Illinois. Mais “si c’est vrai, c’est très excitant”, a t-il ajouté. L’équipe russe prévoit de réaliser une nouvelle collecte d’échantillons en mai prochain et d’atteindre le fond du lac à l’horizon 2014. La profondeur de l’eau en dessous du trou de forage est estimée à 600-700 mètres. “Si nous découvrons dans cette eau les mêmes groupes d’organismes, nous pourrons être sûrs d’avoir découvert sur Terre une nouvelle forme de vie qui n’existe dans aucune base de données”, a ainsi estimé M. Bulat. Le 8 mars 2013 à 10:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les oiseaux respectent les limitations de vitesse

first_imgLes oiseaux respectent les limitations de vitesse !Selon une étude qui a été publiée il y a deux jours, les oiseaux adapteraient leur envol aux abords des routes en fonction des limitations de vitesse.Selon de très sérieux travaux publiés dans les lettres de la biologie de la revue britannique Royal Society, les oiseaux adapteraient leur envol aux abords des routes en fonction des limitations de vitesse.Comme l’explique Pierre Legagneux, un chercheur spécialisé dans le comportement écologiste à l’Université du Québec à Rimouski, les oiseaux comme n’importe quel autre animal, se prémunissent de leurs prédateurs. Pour eux, cela équivaut à évaluer, dans leur environnement, à quelle vitesse un danger va arriver sur eux et le temps dont ils disposent pour s’envoler.De fait, les oiseaux ont pris la mesure de la vitesse généralement respectée par les véhicules.Pour vérifier cela, M. Legagneux et Simon Ducatez ont sillonné les routes de campagne de l’ouest de la France pendant un an. Ils ont ainsi pu observer le comportement de 21 espèces d’oiseaux dans des zones de vitesse variables : 20, 50, 90 ou 110 km/heure. Les deux chercheurs ont calculé la vitesse des oiseaux depuis leur envol pour éviter le véhicule, jusqu’au moment où celui-ci atteint la dernière position du volatile au sol. Réactifs à la vitesse moyenne autorisée sur la route ! À lire aussiCette perruche imite à la perfection R2-D2, le robot de Star WarsAinsi, les deux scientifiques ont constaté que “les oiseaux ne réagissaient pas à la vitesse de la voiture mais à la vitesse moyenne autorisée sur la route”, a indiqué Pierre Legagneux à l’AFP.Au final, un tel comportement animal plaide pour le respect des limitations de vitesse afin de préserver les espèces d’oiseaux menacées, en particulier dans les zones habitées. En effet, “quand on dépasse la limite de vitesse, cela devient plus dangereux pour les oiseaux qui n’adaptent pas leurs réponses aux dangers qui arrivent”, soulignent les scientifiques. Par ailleurs il semblerait que  les oiseaux “associent les intersections avec des vitesses limitées comme un moyen d’abaisser le risque de collision”.Le 23 août 2013 à 17:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more