Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri tied 59th on the opening day of Augusta Masters

first_imgIndian golfer Anirban Lahiri got off to a poor start at the 80th Masters Tournament as he shot four-over 76 to be tied 59th at the Augusta National Golf Club here.The 28-year-old was on Thursday even-par till the 15th hole but had his round marred on the par-three 16th hole – which he cleared with six shots. The triple bogey derailed his round and it was followed by a bogey on the 17th which meant that he finished with a 76.Apart from this, the world No.51 had two birdies (sixth and 14th) and two bogeys (fourth and 11th).He was tied alongside world No.7 Adam Scott of Australia, No.10 Patrick Reed, No.61 Jason Dufner and Darren Clarke.Meanwhile, American Jordan Spieth kicked off his title defence in impressive fashion, firing a bogey-free six-under on Thursday to take an early first-round lead.The 22-year-old, second-ranked Spieth, who also won last year’s U.S. Open title, carded birdies on the third, sixth, eighth, 10th, 13th and 18th holes.More than his half-dozen birdies, Spieth was impressed by the zero bogeys he made on a blustery, windy Thursday in which he said his ball-striking was “average” but he scored “extremely well”.”I just didn’t feel confident after the first couple mid-iron shots I hit, I didn’t feel confident over the ball with irons,” he told “It was extremely special to stay bogey-free on a day like today at the Masters, yeah.”World No.38 Danny Lee of New Zealand and No.32 Shane Lowry of Ireland were two shots behind Spieth, while Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Soren Kjeldsen shared the fourth spot on 69.advertisementWorld No. 1 Jason Day of Australia was tied 21st with an even-par 72, while No.3 Rory McIlroy scored 70 to be joint ninth.In one of the bigger surprises in the opening round of the year’s first major, American Ricky Fowler, the world’s fifth-ranked player, shot 80 and will need a very low number on Friday just to make the cut.Fowler double-bogeyed the first hole but battled back to make the turn at even par. But he followed a triple-bogey at the par-five 13th with a pair of bogeys, then doubled the 16th after finding the water as he struggled to correctly judge the swirling winds.It’s the sixth time Fowler has recorded a round of 80 or more on the PGA TOUR — and the third time he’s done it at a Major.”Obviously golf’s tough,” he said. “It’s a fine line, especially at this place. I go play a decent back nine and I’m 3-under par. It can go either way and it can definitely go the other way, the high number way, a lot easier than it can the low.”South African great Ernie Els also got off to a dreadful start, shooting a 10 on the opening hole and finishing 8-over for his opening round.last_img read more

Groton: The submarine USS Illinois travels along the

first_imgThames River (A) Pembroke Pines : Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during a policy discussion event (A) Des Moines : Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shares the stage with the family of Sarah Root (A) Atlanta: Actress Kangana Ranaut in US (B) Medan : Indonesian police officers guard a church compound following an attack (B) Houston: Swami Ramidev at Houston (B) SPORTS Tanum: World Orienteering Championships in Tanum (B) Lauderhill: India vs West Indies Twenty20 match (B) Saint Denis: IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting (A+B) Salta: Rugby championship match in Salta (A) New Haven: Connecticut Open tennis tournament (A) Old Bridge: N.J. Hernandez won gold and silver medals at Rio Olympics during a welcome home celebration (A) London: England vs Pakistan ODI cricket match (A) Hull: Premier League soccer match (A) Needham : Aly Raisman, U.S. Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, shows off her gold medal (A) Vancouver: UFC Fight Night event in Vancouver (B) Hyderabad: Sachin at felicitation of Rio Olympians (B+A) PTI PHOTO VNA UPTO 72 AKNlast_img read more

Tagliafico Scores Twice as Ajax Beats AEK Athens 3-0

first_imgAMSTERDAM (AP) — Defender Nicolas Tagliafico scored twice Wednesday as Ajax celebrated its return to Champions League football with an emphatic 3-0 victory over AEK Athens at the recently renamed Johan Cruyff Arena.After dominating possession but failing to score in the first half, Argentina defender Tagliafico broke the deadlock just after the break and made it 3-0 in the 90th minute with an effort from an acute angle on the left that sailed over AEK goalkeeper Vassilis Barkas and into the goal.In between, substitute Donny van de Beek doubled Ajax’s lead with a powerful close-range volley in the 77th.It was four-time European champion Ajax’s first appearance in the Champions League in four years, while AEK was playing in Europe’s top club competition for the first time in more than a decade.“You can see with this type of evening that Ajax belongs to the Champions League, Ajax needs to be in Champions League,” said stand-in captain Dusan Tadic, one of the players brought to Amsterdam over the summer to add experience to a roster of talented youngsters like Van de Beek and Frenkie de Jong.Ajax’s dominant second half performance featured the kind of quick passing, fast-moving attacking play that was a trademark of the Amsterdam club’s teams that won the European Cup three times in the 1970s and again in 1995.“We played a very mature game,” said Ajax coach Erik ten Hag. “Patient but at a high tempo and finding space between the lines. You know you’re not going to create many chances so you have to be sharp at the right moments.”Indeed, Ajax dominated possession but failed to create a meaningful chance in the first half but that changed inside a minute after the break when a corner fell to David Neres, who scooped the ball into the penalty area where Tagliafico calmly slotted the ball under Barkas.Van de Beek made it 2-0 by volleying past Barkas after a cross from the right by Dusan Tadic before Tagliafico completed the scoring with his spectacular effort from the left, which he admitted after the match was intended as a cross, rather than a shot.AEK defended in numbers and looked dangerous on the break in the first half against a makeshift Ajax defense that saw midfielder De Jong replacing injured captain Matthijs de Ligt at center back alongside Daley Blind. But the Greek champion was outplayed after the break and rarely threatened.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Vivo V15 Pro shown off in hands-on image, Amazon India confirms 48MP camera

first_imgThe Vivo V15 Pro is coming with a bunch of new upgrades in design and hardware compared to the V11 Pro. We already know that the phone will the world’s first to bring a 32MP selfie camera that will pop out from the top much like the Vivo Nex. The V15 Pro now has a dedicated landing page on Amazon India that confirms a few more details including a triple camera system on the back with a primary 48MP sensor and an in-display fingerprint sensor. And if renders and promo videos weren’t enough, we now have a live image of the V15 Pro as well.A live hands-on image of the Vivo V15 Pro was spotted on Weibo this week, showing off the back of the device in a shiny gradient blue colour. The rear panel is likely going to be glass or glass-like and the blue colour pictured looks deeper and darker compared to the blue we have seen in renders and the promo video. We can also clearly see the AI triple camera setup in a strip on the top left side, and the pop-up selfie camera. The triple camera system on the back will see a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP secondary camera and a ToF (Time-of-Flight) camera for 3D depth mapping. It seems the primary camera will use pixel binning to offer a large 1.6-micron pixel and an effective output of 12MP. Apart from the camera module and the Vivo logo, the rear panel looks clean and glossy. As mentioned, the phone will not get a physical fingerprint sensor but an in-display sensor, which is Vivo go-to choice now.advertisementRecently, a full spec sheet was spotted online, revealing pretty much everything else about the Vivo V15 Pro. It seems the phone may sport a 6.39-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display and will be powered by a Snapdragon 675 chipset. Vivo may offer the device with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone is also said to house a 3,700mAh battery.The Vivo V15 Pro is rumoured to cost around Rs 30,000 in India, which would be a few notches higher than the V11 Pro, which was launched in the country at Rs 25,990. The V15 Pro is set to launch on February 20 where the company is expected to announce the pricing and availability details.ALSO READ | Vivo V15 Pro India price to be under Rs 30,000, flaunts pop-up selfie camera in official teaserALSO READ | Vivo V15 Pro revealed in full glory in official TV commercial ahead of Feb 20 India launchlast_img read more

Rain is only threat to Enable winning second Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

first_imgWas this helpful? As much as it pains me to back an even-money shot in a field of 19, Enable (3.05) appears to be the sensible call and she can become the eighth horse to win a second Arc. Bookmakers understate her chance in suggesting it is no better than a coin-toss.Her reappearance at Kempton last month was not far short of a joke, given that she was never put under pressure by her only serious rival and was essentially gifted success. But that made it the ideal preparation, as a battle would have undermined her chance here.John Gosden, her trainer, said on Saturday that he lacks the confidence with which he approached last year’s Arc, in view of her troubled season. But Kempton showed Enable has not lost her aptitude for racing and such a light campaign may be an advantage over her rivals who have been on the go since spring.So I shall take the evens and trust that the ground will be bon souple rather than souple. For an additional interest, 40-1 is a fair each-way price about the well‑drawn Patascoy, runner-up in the French Derby. He is to be ridden for the first time by that wily old master, Olivier Peslier and should give him a thrill. But Peslier’s friend and rival Frankie Dettori is surely on the best horse in the race. Share on Twitter When the ground is good or good to soft at Longchamp, the Arc winner usually comes from one of the six stalls closest to the inside rail. The extra distance the others must cover appears to be a real obstacle in those circumstances. But winners have sometimes come from wider stalls when the going has been soft or heavy, raising a suspicion that those on the inside meet the worst of the ground for the first quarter-mile if it is soggy.Enable is to start from stall six. Her three main rivals, Waldgeist, Kew Gardens and Sea Of Class, will be imprisoned together in 13, 14 and 15. It is a perfect set-up for the favourite, who will begin the race surrounded by horses priced at 25-1 or bigger. But the 13mm of rain predicted for Paris by one respected forecaster could take that edge from her.One way or another, Sea Of Class looks up against it. If there is only a modest amount of rain, she is probably drawn too wide in stall 15. If, on the other hand, Parisians are soaked during the morning run for croissants, Sea Of Class will not have the decent ground that she is generally thought to prefer.Waldgeist is not good enough, on the strength of his narrow win over Coronet in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud this summer. He produced a career-best last month but that was against a couple of older stablemates.Kew Gardens looks a much more potent threat. He is trying to do what Nijinsky could not in landing the Arc a month after the St Leger. But remarkable feats are the stock in trade of his trainer, Aidan O’Brien, who saddled the first three in this race in 2016.An emphatic Doncaster success over Lah Ti Dar suggests Kew Gardens is still improving and he has won over this course and distance, in the Grand Prix de Paris. If brilliance is required, however, he will be found wanting. He is a grinder and a galloper, with a regrettable tendency to hang in the closing stages. Share on Messenger Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Talking Horses: Waldgeist can upset Enable, says Head-Maarek Thank you for your feedback. Horse racing Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content It all hangs on the rain. Steel grey skies are expected over Paris on Sunday morning and anyone with an interest in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will want to know how much of the wet stuff is dropped on Longchamp as it prepares to stage the race for the first time in three years.Committed fans of the hot favourite, Enable, may feel entirely sanguine about the prospect. The flashy filly has shown top-class form on fast ground and soft, after all. Let the others worry about ground conditions; she will be fine, whatever happens.That kind of thinking is entirely understandable when talking about a horse who has not been beaten for 18 months, but it could be misguided just the same. What it overlooks is that a lot of rain will undermine the advantage handed to Enable by the draw for Europe’s most prestigious horse race. Topics Share on Facebook Quick guide Horse racing tips: Sunday 7 October Read more Since you’re here… Show Support The Guardian The Observer news Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Uttoxeter 2.00 Third Estate 2.30 Zamparelli 3.00 Anytime Will Do 3.35 Vinegar Hill 4.05 Wenyerreadyfreddie 4.35 Ballyart 5.05 Polished Rock Kelso 2.20 Rocky’s Treasure 2.50 Chookie Royale 3.25 Noah And The Ark 3.55 Aye Right 4.25 Vosnne Romanee (nap) 4.55 Bocasien Desbois(nb) 5.25 Boogie Life  Hide last_img read more

Report: Arsenal 3 Stoke City 0

first_imgArsenal 3 Stoke City 0: Aubameyang to the rescue as Gunners leave it late Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 22:30 4/1/18 lacazette-auba-cropped Getty Images Although it looked set to be a frustrating day, Arsenal scored three in the final 15 minutes to run out comfortable winners over Stoke City. A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace and an Alexandre Lacazette penalty all in the final 15 minutes saw Arsenal ultimately cruise to a 3-0 home win over struggling Stoke City on Sunday.Arsene Wenger’s men were frustrated by their relegation-threatened visitors for much of the contest, but were gifted two penalties in the closing stages to help them over the line, in a result that eases some of the heat on their manager.Chances were few and far between in a turgid first half at the Emirates Stadium, as Xherdan Shaqiri went close early on, before Aaron Ramsey clipped the top of the crossbar in the only two clear-cut opportunities. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lacazette, appearing for the first time since mid-February due to injury, was introduced from the bench soon after the hour and made himself a nuisance, but Aubameyang was the one to get things moving as the hosts improved in a productive second-half showing.The Gabon international coolly swept home a penalty 15 minutes from the end after Mesut Ozil was fouled by Bruno Martins Indi, before doubling his tally soon after with a well-taken volley, making it five goals in his first six Premier League games.Lacazette then wrapped things up a minute from time with the Gunners’ second spot-kick, scoring for the first time in the Premier League since early December and ensuring Stoke remain three points adrift of safety.for @LacazetteAlexfor @Aubameyang7@premierleague pointsHappy days— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 1, 2018Arsenal were given an early warning of the threat Stoke can possess when Shaqiri is involved, as the Switzerland international saw a fine 20-yard curling effort go just wide of the top-left corner.The home side did not look remotely dangerous until the 22nd minute, when Ramsey pounced on a loose bouncing ball in the area and saw his effort hit the top of the crossbar, though Jack Butland in the Stoke goal appeared to have it covered.Arsenal increased the tempo upon the restart and a clear chance was eventually crafted by the hosts just before the hour – Mohamed Elneny meeting Hector Bellerin’s cut-back 12 yards out and seeing his effort crucially blocked, Nacho Monreal then forcing a decent stop from Butland with the rebound.The ineffective Danny Welbeck was withdrawn soon after for Lacazette, returning after six weeks out with a knee problem, but Stoke were the next to go close – Shaqiri’s in-swinging corner causing havoc and coming back off the far post.And Arsenal capitalised on that let-off in the 75th minute, as Ozil wriggled his way into the area through a crowd of Stoke players and appeared to be tripped by Martins Indi, allowing Aubameyang to convert from 12 yards.Aubameyang then put the game beyond Stoke 11 minutes later, producing a lovely volley from just inside the area to find the bottom-right corner.LACA. IS. BACK. GET IN @LACAZETTEALEX!#AFCvSCFC 3-0 :white_circle: (89)— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 1, 2018The ex-Borussia Dortmund star then passed up the chance to complete a hat-trick, allowing Lacazette to take the second penalty after the Frenchman had been shoved over by Badou Ndiaye, the striker taking his top-flight tally to 10 as the Gunners celebrated a fourth straight win in all competitions. Key Opta Stats:- Arsenal have won their last 16 home matches against Stoke in all competitions, a run stretching back to August 1981.- Arsenal made seven changes to their starting XI, more than in any Premier League game since January 1, 2011 (8 v Birmingham).- The Potters are without a win in 11 away Premier League games (D4 L7), with no side ewnjoying fewer top-flight away victories this season (1, level with West Brom).- Arsenal have scored at least three goals and kept a clean sheet in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2015.- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has netted five goals in his first six Premier League games for Arsenal, more than any other player for the Gunners in the competition.- The Gunners have scored two penalties in a Premier League game for the first time since December 2012 (v West Brom). read morelast_img read more

Virat Kohli giggles as Ravi Shastri thanks Indian media for their ‘support’

first_imgVirat Kohli giggles as Ravi Shastri thanks Indian media for their ‘support’India vs Australia: Brief Scores: India (626/7 dec) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0).India (626/7 dec) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0). India head coach Ravi Shastri also slammed the critics after the team’s historic 2-1 series win in Australia on Mondayadvertisement Akshay Ramesh SydneyJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 14:37 IST Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli were all smiles after India drew the final Test at SCG and clinched a historic series win in Australia on Monday (@imVkohli Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia (626/7 decl) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0).India (626/7 decl) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0)Ravi Shastri said India wouldn’t have played well without Indian media’s ‘support’Shastri also said the Indian team will go any distance to win a match for the country4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ends in a draw. Full ScorecardIndia head coach Ravi Shastri was brimming with joy and pride as he sat down with captain Virat Kohli to address a press conference after India’s historic 2-1 series win in Sydney.While Shastri consciously made it a point to attack the Indian cricket team’s critics during the interaction, the head coach also took a low blow at the Indian media with a sarcastic comment.”Just one thing before I leave. I want to thank all my buddies from the Indian media. Without your support, I don’t think we would have played as well as we have right through the last 12 months. Thank you very much,” Shastri said.Even as Shastri made the comment, Kohli was seen giggling before both of them made their way out of the conference room in Sydney.Shastri hit back at Team India’s critics for firing blanks, saying that Kohli’s men blew away all the criticism “like a tracer” bullet.”I said in Melbourne – I think I mentioned people taking pot shots and firing blanks. I wasn’t joking there, because I knew how hard this team had worked. When you fire from there, by the time it crosses the southern hemisphere, it’s blown away by the wind like a tracer bullet,” Shastri said.Shastri was referring to former teammate and batting great Sunil Gavaskar’s comments made during the fourth day of the recently-concluded Test in Sydney.advertisement”And how did that wake-up call come? Because of the blanks being fired from thousands of miles away. The blanks made the noise that woke this team up!” Gavaskar has said.”… But lead, with something in it, can be pretty serious. And that’s what we have fired right through the series against Australia. We were committed, and it jolly well bloody made a difference at the end of it all. This is not a team of gods or demigods, seniors or juniors.”Also Read | Test series win in Australia will give this Indian team a different identity: Virat KohliAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsThe hard-earned win in Australia came after some disappointing results in South Africa and England for which the captain, the coach, and the team management were criticised. Tactical errors and the poor team selection were highlighted by both the media and the expert commentators over the last year.While conceding that India learned from the mistakes committed in the previous tours, Shastri also heaped praise on the determination that was on display from his team throughout the four-match series.”This is an Indian cricket team that will jump over a cliff to win a match for the country. And that’s the determination, that’s the ruthlessness, that’s the mindset with which this team went to play in this series. Hats off to them for showing that courage,” Shastri added.”Today I can say I am proud of my boys and I can also tell them one thing, which Virat touched in the presentation, that this team now has an identity to look at any other Indian team from the past in the eye and say ‘We play proper Test match cricket. You did, we did too but without being intimidated.”Also Read | Hats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s menAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat KohliAlso Read | Australia Test series win as big as 1983 World Cup triumph, says India coach Ravi ShastriAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Ravi ShastriFollow Sydney Cricket GroundFollow Virat KohliFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow Indian medialast_img read more

This Australian Beach House is a Modern-Day Seaside Villa

Live the High Line Life at This Zaha Hadid-Designed Penthouse For god’s sake, don’t get a cheesy beach house in Miami… you’ll regret it.Instead, escape across the globe to the remote Mornington Peninsula region of Victoria, Australia, where this perfect modern beach house sits unbothered by guidos or aggressive seagulls.Designed by architects Ola Studio of Melbourne, the beach house Martha is the epitome of summer vacation houses, satisfying our need to retreat and float away for a while.The single story, four-bedroom structure sits literally at the cusp of the water, perched in a calm and quiet nook of the Mornington Peninsula. The majority of visitors to this area are looking to escape to wineries and calm beaches, so there’s no need to fear obnoxious frat bros on your only break during the year.The lack of housing clutter in the area allowed architects to build a horizontally expansive and robust dwelling with jaw-dropping views of the Peninsula. The sensation is one of extreme privacy, yet tremendous openness… which you won’t get with the majority of beach houses found in popular summer spots around the world.Ola Studio built Martha on a sloped site, allowing the structure to blend into its wide landscape. The effect of this is nothing short of the illusion of floating. And this airy design seeps into your pores and gives new meaning to the term vacation. It also helps that the house was built in three zones that separate a parent’s area, kids or guest zone, and a living/kitchen space that opens up to the coastal views. This blending of intimate and social is spot freakin’ on.And while the beach house is light, it was built strong enough to withstand the effects of its natural coastal surrounding.Taking into account the extreme weather conditions that can hit this local, Ola Studio concealed Martha’s windows behind operable timber shutters and various screens to give the retreat all-season usability. One detail we love: when the shutters are open they can be manipulated into various framed views, letting the sunshine pour into the space from a multitude of perspectives.We’re also drooling over the use of natural Australian timber hardwood for the external cladding and the way the sand literally meets you at the back door.Last but not least… what’s a beach house without a pool? Editors’ Recommendations This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner read more

Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program Celebrates 20 Years

first_imgMore Nova Scotia women are benefitting from early cancer detection because of the Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary today, Oct. 14. “The single most effective way to detect breast cancer early is to be screened regularly,” said Paula English, chief of program standards and quality, Department of Health and Wellness. “The Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program makes it easier for every woman in the province who should be screened to have regular mammograms easily and conveniently.” The program opened its first fixed site at the Halifax Shopping Centre in 1991. Today, there are 11 sites and a mobile service, providing access to breast screening for women in all parts of the province. It has screened 177,617 women, performed nearly 720,000 mammograms, and detected more than 3,000 cases of breast cancer since its beginning. The program was one of the first in Canada to switch to digital screening. It was also the first to eliminate opportunistic screening (screening asymptomatic women in a diagnostic setting), leaving the diagnostic facilities free for those who need it. Dr. Judy Caines, medical director for the Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program, introduced the stereotactic needle core biopsy in 1991, a procedure to assess whether an abnormality detected on a mammogram requires surgery. Nova Scotia now has the lowest benign breast surgery numbers in the country. Dr. Caines said the Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program is seeing 67.6 per cent of Nova Scotians who should be getting routine mammograms and she would like to see that rate increase. “We are seeing many women, but there are more women out there who should be screened. Every Nova Scotian woman over the age of 40 should visit the program. With nearly 18 Nova Scotian women in 1,000 showing signs of breast cancer, it’s important to detect it early and begin treatment as soon as possible.” Nova Scotians can call 1-800-565-0548 or visit to book an appointment for a screening in their area.last_img read more

Court kept in the dark about role Justin Brake played during Muskrat

first_img(The front page of The Newfoundland and Labrador Independent. Its editor, Justin Brake was named in a court order to evict occupiers at Nalcor’s offices at Muskrat Falls)Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsThe lawyer for Justin Brake says the court was not made aware that he was a journalist at the time a judge expanded an injunction to include his name.Brake, a reporter, and editor for the Newfoundland and Labrador online publication The Independent, was covering the protests over the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador.“From what I’ve seen so far,” said Geoff Budden, “Nalcor did not advise the court that Justin Brake was a working journalist. We say that was a failure to provide material fact. On the basis of that failure, we wish to challenge whether the order should ever have been issued.”Nalcor Energy, a Crown corporation in Newfoundland and Labrador, filed for an initial injunction in mid-October, as protests picked up and people blockaded the gates at Muskrat Falls.The main concern is how the dam will impact the health and way of life of Innu and Inuit who live downstream.On October 22, a group of land protectors cut the padlocks on the gate and marched into the Muskrat Falls site along the Lower Churchill River.Innu leader David Nuke on the phone inside Nalcor’s offices at Muskrat Falls. This is one of the many photos taken by Justin Brake while covering the occupation.Around 50 people occupied the main Nalcor building, Brake followed and spent the next four days reporting from inside the occupation, tweeting and going Live on Facebook.Innu elder Bart Jack was one of the people who occupied Muskrat falls camp. He called Brake’s coverage “very important” because “people were able to get the whole story from right where we were. We were able to give the atmosphere of the camp and how we were conducting ourselves.”Jack described the occupation as peaceful and emotional. Brake’s presence put eyes on what was unfolding in real time.“This is an example of how the underdog can get into the picture and say, ‘this is our fight,’” said Jack. “So we’re not going to give up because the opponent has all the elements in their favour to run over us.”The occupation effectively shut down the multi-billion dollar operation for five days. Nalcor was forced to send 700 workers home and in an affidavit submitted to the court, said the occupation cost the corporation $3-million a day.Nalcor went back to court and asked the judge to expand the injunction to include a list of 22 names and “any other persons unlawfully occupying the Project Site.”That’s when Justin Brake appeared on the list.“Nobody is suggesting journalists are outside the law,” said Budden. “But there’s a pretty high duty on a party seeking ex parte order to provide all material facts.”Journalist Justin Brake of The Independent.Budden said that’s relevant because the press has certain constitutional protections. The question remains on whether the judge would have included Brake’s name knowing he was working as a journalist.“It’s long been recognized in other contexts that a free and unrestrained press is a social good that should be promoted,” said Budden. “There are particular rights attached to press coverage that we believe the court must consider as they ultimately address Justin Brake’s situation.”In an email response, Nalcor Energy wrote, “Mr. Brake was treated in the same manner as all individuals who chose to enter the site and take up occupation at the camp. Mr. Brake’s profession and reporting was not a consideration.”Brake made a snap decision to follow the land protectors past the gate at Muskrat Falls and continue his coverage from inside the occupation.“There were a lot of really newsworthy and wonderful scenes that happened in there that I think changed the narrative of how we interpret this whole project on the outside and people’s whole struggles against it, and resistance to it,” said Brake in an interview with APTN National News.He said his coverage gave weight and perspective to the mainly Innu and Inuit, underrepresented in mainstream coverage. Brake pointed out that Call to Action number 84 of the Truth and Reconciliation Report is aimed at media.“To fairly and accurately report on Indigenous struggles and Indigenous issues,” said Brake. “And a lot of the people in there who are Inuit and Innu who were occupying that building say they don’t feel like they’ve had a voice at all.”Bart Jack agrees. He said the coverage shone a spotlight on the issues and concerns.“That plays a role a different role for people who are being oppressed,” said Jack. “We are facing the oppressor and they are doing everything to make our lives miserable. But here we are, still alive and doing what we can to survive.”Brake left the occupation when he found out his name was on the court injunction. He said he didn’t want to get arrested and not be able to cover the story at all.The case was on the docket this week at the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in Goose Bay where 21 people who occupied the Muskrat site appeared to face contempt of court charges.It’s a civil charge and no one at this point is facing criminal charges. Most people a have a new court date, giving them time to seek legal advice.Brake is back home in Newfoundland. Budden, based in St. John’s, called into the courtroom Tuesday morning on his behalf.Brake has received support and backing from organizations like the Canadian Association of Journalists.“We want to know why a reporter’s name was not removed from the subpoena as soon as it became apparent that he was simply following a story and telling it to his readers,” said CAJ President Nick Taylor-Vaisey. “It’s imperative that reporters be allowed to work in the public interest, as is our constitutional right.”Brake’s next court date is December 7.The fight against Muskrat Falls isn’t over.Innu and Inuit land protectors in Labrador are planning to meet Tuesday evening to figure out next steps as word spread that Nalcor Energy is looking to flood the reservoir at Muskrat Falls as early as this weekend.A study by Harvard University predicts that trees and topsoil left in the reservoir can create high levels of methylmercury. As the naturally-occurring toxin flows downstream, it could contaminate traditional food sources.Indigenous groups in Labrador have called for Nalcor Energy to fully clear the reservoir before initial flooding.The Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and Indigenous leaders reached an agreement to set up an advisory committee, increase monitoring, and make scienced based decision. But that has not fully calmed concerns that important country foods like fish and seal could be poisoned.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

At ICC review conference nations reaffirm commitment to Rome Statute

2 June 2010More than 80 nations have reaffirmed their commitment to the Rome Statue, which led to the founding of the International Criminal Court (ICC), emphasizing the crucial role of justice in achieving sustainable peace. More than 80 nations have reaffirmed their commitment to the Rome Statue, which led to the founding of the International Criminal Court (ICC), emphasizing the crucial role of justice in achieving sustainable peace.The so-called Kampala Declaration was adopted yesterday at the end of the general debate segment of the two-week-long ICC review conference under way in the Ugandan capital.During the debate, 84 States, along with Palestine, international organizations and others, reiterated their support for the Court’s mission of tackling impunity, bringing justice to victims and deterring future atrocities.In the Declaration, States underscored their determination to end impunity for perpetrators of the most serious crimes and pledged to enhance efforts to promote victims’ rights under the Rome Statute.During the general debate, many delegations stressed that an amendment to the Statue to adopted to include the crime of aggression, the focus of the remainder of the Kampala conference.United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is expected to discuss the gathering tomorrow.So far 111 countries have become parties to the Rome Statute that established the ICC, while 37 others have signed but not yet ratified it. But some of the world’s largest and most powerful countries, including China, India, Russia and the United States, have not joined.For the ICC to have the reach it needs, it must have universal support, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the start of the review conference on Monday. “Only then will perpetrators have no place to hide.”More than one decade after the Court was set up, a new “age of accountability” is replacing the “old era of impunity,” he underlined.Twelve years ago when world leaders gathering in Rome for its establishment, “few could have believed, then, that this court would spring so vigorously into life,” Mr. Ban said.“Seldom since the founding of the United Nations itself has such a resounding blow been struck for peace, justice and human rights.”The Kampala event, the Secretary-General said, marks an occasion to bolster “our collective determination that crimes of humanity cannot go unpunished.”The new “age of accountability,” he noted, dawned with the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals, gaining strength with tribunals for Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Lebanon.“Now we have the ICC – permanent, increasingly powerful, casting a long shadow. There is no going back,” Mr. Ban stressed.“In this new age of accountability, those who commit the worst of human crimes” – be they rank-and-file foot soldiers or top political leaders – “will be held responsible.” read more

Pentagon report to Congress notes Chinese involvement in Sri Lanka

The Pentagon’s annual report to the US Congress on military and security developments involving China, has taken note of Sri Lanka’s deal with China on the Hambantota Port.The report China’s leaders increasingly seek to leverage China’s growing economic, diplomatic, and military clout to establish regional preeminence and expand the country’s international influence. According to the report, the “One Belt, One Road,” now renamed the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI), is intended to develop strong economic ties with other countries, shape their interests to align with China’s, and deter confrontation or criticism of China’s approach to sensitive issues. Countries participating in BRI could develop economic dependence on Chinese capital, which China could leverage to achieve its interests. In April 2017, Chinese special forces, under the cover of an Indian naval helicopter, boarded a hijacked cargo ship and rescued the crew. China also continued to send submarines to the Indian Ocean, ostensibly in support of its counterpiracy patrols.Chinese attack submarines conducted port calls in Seppangar, Malaysia and Karachi, Pakistan, but they were denied a port call in Colombo by Sri Lanka.The Pentagon report says the submarine patrols demonstrate the PLAN’s emerging capability both to interdict key sea lines of communication (SLOC) and to increase China’s power projection into the Indian Ocean. (Colombo Gazette) The report released last week, notes that in July 2017, Sri Lanka and a Chinese state-owned enterprise (SOE) signed a 99-year lease for Hambantota Port, following similar deals in Piraeus, Greece, and Darwin, Australia.The report also notes that In 2017, China continued counterpiracy operations in the Gulf of Aden by deploying its 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th naval escort task forces to the area since 2008. read more

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

U.S. stocks pushed to record heights Friday following strong profit reports from Google’s parent company, Twitter and other big corporations.Companies are nearly midway through earnings reporting season, and results have generally been better than the dismal expectations that analysts had coming into it. A government report on Friday also showed that U.S. economic growth slowed in the spring, but it was still better than economists expected.On Friday:The S&P 500 rose 22.19 points, or 0.7%, to 3,025.86.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 51.47, or 0.2%, to 27,192.45.The Nasdaq composite jumped 91.67 points, or 1.1%, to 8,330.21.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks rose 17.52 points, or 1.1%, to 1,578.97.For the week:The S&P 500 rose 49.25 points, or 1.7%.The Dow rose 38.25 points, or 0.1%.The Nasdaq rose 183.72 points, or 2.3%.The Russell 2000 rose 31.07 points, or 2%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 519.01 points, or 20.7%.The Dow is up 3,864.99 points, or 16.6%.The Nasdaq is up 1,694.93 points, or 25.5%.The Russell 2000 is up 230.41 points, or 17.1%.The Associated Press read more

Despite new opportunities stereotypes still keep women out of key jobs –

Although globalization has raised women’s awareness of employment options and improved job opportunities – particularly in the service sector – lingering stereotypes and rigid gender roles can keep them from entering male-dominated sectors or accessing top managerial positions, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report. Further efforts are needed to address the gender wage gap and gender segmentation of the labour market and to improve women’s job security, including in the largely female dominated service sector, Mr. Annan says in a report to the General Assembly on women in development. The report focuses on the impact of globalization on women’s empowerment and employment, using examples from the service sector, which is estimated to be the largest and fastest-growing segment of the world economy and includes professions ranging from education and health services to professional and business services. Mr. Annan also notes the impact on migrant women and trafficked women, who often find themselves trapped in sweatshops and types of exploitation that constitute contemporary forms of slavery. Many migrant women also work in health sector jobs such as nursing or physical therapy, following well-recognized gender stereotypical paths to what is perceived to be “acceptable economic activities for women.” “The gender segmentation of the labour market creates an additional challenge for women in the economy,” Mr. Annan says, calling for policies that enable both men and women to take advantage of service sector opportunities, particularly in traditional areas such as information and communication technology and tourism. He also says that national policies and practices needed to be reviewed to eliminate discrimination against migrant women employed in the service sector. “Increased attention should be given to gender-specific barriers to migration, recruitment practices, access to information, human rights protection and remittance procedures,” he adds. read more

States must act to save hundreds of millions of abused children UN

“Meeting the Millennium Development Goals depends on reaching vulnerable children throughout the developing world,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said, launching the agency’s report in London and referring to UN targets set at a 2000 summit which aim to address a host of socio-economic ills by 2015, including extreme hunger, poverty and lack of access to education and health care.“There cannot be lasting progress if we continue to overlook the children most in need – the poorest and most vulnerable, the exploited and the abused,” she added. The State of the World’s Children 2006: Excluded and Invisible is a sweeping assessment of the world’s most vulnerable children, whose rights to a safe and healthy childhood are exceptionally difficult to protect. These children are growing up beyond the reach of development campaigns and are often invisible in everything from public debate and legislation, to statistics and news stories.Noting that millions of children disappear from view when trafficked or forced to work in domestic servitude while others, such as street children, live in plain sight but are excluded from fundamental services and protections, enduring abuse and denied school, healthcare and other vital services, the report probes four main causes and proposes four key remedies. As the four principal culprits it cites:Lack of formal identity – every year over half of all births in the developing world (excluding China) go unregistered, denying more than 50 million children a basic birthright: recognition as a citizen. Without a registered identity, children are not guaranteed an education, good healthcare, and other basic services.Lack of parental care – millions of orphans, street children, and those in detention are growing up without the loving care and protection of parents or a family environment. Some 143 million children in the developing world – 1 in every 13 – have suffered the death of at least one parent.Imposition of adult roles – children are forced into adult roles too early, missing crucial stages of childhood development. Hundreds of thousands are caught up in armed conflict as combatants, messengers, porters, cooks, and sex slaves for armed groups. Despite laws against early marriage, over 80 million girls in the developing world will be married before they turn 18 – many far younger. Some 171 million children work in hazardous conditions, including in factories, mines and agriculture.Exploitation – shut away by their abusers, these children are among the most invisible. Some 8.4 million work in the worst forms of child labour, including prostitution and debt bondage. Nearly 2 million are used in the commercial sex trade, where they routinely face sexual and physical violence. A vast but unknown number are exploited as domestic servants in private homes.Outlining concrete remedies that Governments should take, the report proposes:Research, monitoring and reporting on the nature and extent of abuses against children are vital to reaching those who are excluded and invisible.National laws must match international commitments to children, and legislation that fosters discrimination must be changed or abolished.Child-focused budgets and the strengthening of institutions that serve children must complement. Reform is urgently needed in many communities to remove entry barriers for children who are excluded from essential services, for example, eliminating the requirement of a birth certificate to attend school. The report warns that without focused attention, millions of children will remain trapped and forgotten in childhoods of neglect and abuse, with devastating consequences for their long-term well-being and the development of nations. read more

Mining issues lead TSX to modest gain New York markets closed for

by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 26, 2015 5:24 am MDT Last Updated Nov 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mining issues lead TSX to modest gain; New York markets closed for Thanksgiving TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Thursday, with mining issues leading the way even as an early rally in copper prices faded.The S&P/TSX composite index ended the day up 21.77 points at 13,425.19, with metals and mining the leading sector, gaining 3.5 per cent on the day.U.S. markets were closed for that country’s Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen for an abbreviated session on Friday.In commodity markets, the January contract for benchmark U.S. crude rose 17 cents to settle at US$43.04 a barrel in electronic trading, while January natural gas fell 2.5 cents to US$2.299 per mmBtu and December gold fell $3.80 to US$1,070 an ounce.After a big gain earlier in the day, copper settled down 0.85 of a cent at US$2.046 a pound.Industrial metals, including copper, had jumped earlier in the day on reports that Chinese authorities are considering measures to boost prices, including cracking down on short-selling and cutting domestic output, but fell back in afternoon trading.Prices for many commodities, including oil and copper, have fallen dramatically over the past year.Oil is down from a peak above $110 in July 2014, while copper was trading above $3 a little more than 12 months ago.The advance on the TSX followed bigger gains on European bourses, where London’s FTSE 100 index added nearly 0.9 per cent on the day, while France’s CAC 40 rose 1.08 per cent and Germany’s DAX rose 1.35 per cent.Norman Raschkowan, senior partner at Sage Road Advisors, said the slide in commodities has been positive for Europe because it is a net importer of raw materials.“Europe generally benefits from lower commodity prices, while Canada unfortunately is on the other end of that trade,” he said.Raschkowan said traders expect the European Central Bank to continue its monetary stimulus program when it meets next week and that faith has helped the market shake off the after-effects of the Nov. 13 terrorist attack in Paris.The Canadian dollar rose 0.01 of a U.S. cent to end the day at 75.22 cents U.S.Despite the slight uptick in the loonie on Thursday, Raschkowan said the continued strength of the American dollar benefits Canada, especially when it comes to companies that export to the country’s largest trading partner.“The reality is that the weaker Canadian dollar can cover up a lot of sins,” he said, adding that it will provide support for the economy while Western Canada deals with the oil price bust.“It will help, and it’s one of the reasons I don’t think you’ll see that weakness in the West pull the Canadian economy into a recession,” he said. read more

South Sudan UN agency scales up cholera response with 500000 doses of

“Cholera is endemic in South Sudan and historically, outbreaks have occurred along major commercial routes and rivers in the dry season as well as during the rainy season,” said Joseph Wamala, an epidemiologist at the World Health Organization (WHO), in a news release from the agency’s Africa office. Earlier this week, WHO received 500,000 doses of oral cholera vaccine and is working with South Sudan’s Ministry of Health and partners to carry out a vaccination campaign from 28 July to 3 August in four selected counties – Tonj East, Kapoeta South, Kapoeta North and Kapoeta East.“South Sudan has suffered from several major cholera outbreaks in the last four years. Following other successful oral cholera vaccine campaigns, WHO and partners can make a real difference in controlling the outbreak in Tonj and Kapoeta states and in other parts of the country,” Mr. Wamala said. Along with the use of the vaccine, South Sudan is implementing the integrated approach to control cholera, such as improving access to patient care, surveillance, social mobilization, water, sanitation and hygiene.As a result, cholera transmission in Bor, Mingkaman, Duk, Ayod, Bentiu, Leer, Aburoc, Malakal Town, and several other areas has been controlled.Food insecurity is putting people at increased risk of starvation and malnutrition, which in turn will further the risk that cholera outbreak in South Sudan will spread. Drought has also led to the drying of water points in some regions leading to the population using contaminated water from the remaining few unprotected points leading to repeated outbreaks of cholera and other water-borne diseases. read more

Week in Westminster – Week ending Friday 29 November 2013

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John McEnroe reignites row with Serena Williams with jibe over her Vanity

first_imgJohn McEnroe has reignited his spat with Serena Williams by claiming she courted publicity over a magazine cover featuring her pregnancy.The presenter and former Wimbledon champion provoked controversy when he suggested the tennis star would rank 700th if she played against men.Ms Williams, who won the Australian Open earlier this year while two months pregnant, responded by asking McEnroe to “respect” her after he stated would be “like 700” in the world tennis rankings if she played on the men’s tour. McEnroe initially said he regretted his commentsCredit:Julian Finney /Getty The pose echoed the infamous 1991 Vanity Fair cover of actress Demi Moore, who was then seven months pregnant. At the time, the image, taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz, divided opinion.McEnroe told ESPN: “[Serena] also said to me, ‘Respect my privacy’—and then I saw her doing a Demi Moore lookalike thing on the cover of Vanity Fair.”Asked by McEnroe where Williams would be ranked if she were on the men’s circuit,  former women’s number one Chris Evert said: “It’s not relevant. It’s apples and oranges.” The 23-time Grand Slam champion wrote on Twitter: “Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.”I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”McEnroe initially responded apologetically, saying he regretted the comments. The tennis star’s Vanity Fair coverCredit:Annie Leibovitz /PA John McEnroe “It would have been better not to have said it. I didn’t realise it would create something like this,” he said ahead of the start of the Wimbledon championships.But on the first day of the tournament on Monday he returned to the subject, suggesting Ms Williams had used her pregnancy for publicity, posing naked on the cover of Vanity Fair.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The tennis star's Vanity Fair coverlast_img read more

OGM les obligations de la Commission européenne modifiées

first_imgOGM : les obligations de la Commission européenne modifiéesDepuis ce mardi, la Commission européenne n’est plus dans l’obligation d’autoriser la culture et la commercialisation des organismes génétiquement modifiés en cas d’impossibilité pour les 27 à trouver un accord. De nouvelles règles concernant ce processus viennent en effet d’entrer en vigueur. Jusqu’à présent, la Commission européenne était contrainte d’autoriser la culture et la commercialisation des OGM lorsque l’Efsa avait rendu un avis favorable, et que les Etats membres de l’UE n’avaient pu parvenir à une majorité. La Commission risquait alors si elle ne se pliait pas à cette obligation, d’être poursuivie devant la Cour européenne de justice pour carence, ou pour manquement aux obligations internationales de l’UE.À lire aussiCet homme a fabriqué un Jurassic Park miniature pour sa tortueDepuis ce mardi 1er mars, cette obligation n’existe plus, rapporte le site de la RTBF. Désormais, Bruxelles peut faire le choix de valider un projet en cas d’absence d’accord au sein de 27. Mais la Commission n’est plus contrainte de le faire. Le président de la Commission, José Manuel Barroso, ne pourra alors plus faire prévaloir cette obligation, et les décisions qu’il prendra en matière d’OGM deviendront des décisions politiques.A ce jour, seuls deux organismes génétiquement modifiés sont autorisés à la culture dans l’Union européenne : le maïs 810 du géant américain Monsanto et la pomme de terre Amflora de l’allemand BASF. Des cultures qui s’étendent aujourd’hui sur un peu plus de 100.000 hectares. Mais quinze autres OGM, en grande majorité des maïs, ont soumis des demandes d’autorisation, bloquées par les divergences qui opposent les pays membres.Le 1 mars 2011 à 16:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more