How to Sell During the Holiday Season – Episode 223

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Audit questions U.S. oversight of lab animal welfare

first_imgIn 2009, a lab technician at a research facility in Missouri left a chinchilla in a cage that was run through an industrial washer. The animal died after being repeatedly blasted with jets of scalding water. Though the facility had multiple other violations, the agency responsible for overseeing lab animal welfare in the United States gave it a “good faith reduction,” slashing the size of its fine by 25%.That’s just one of many failures of oversight documented in an audit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The report, released last month by the USDA Office of the Inspector General (OIG), also finds that APHIS wasted resources by inspecting facilities that haven’t housed animals in more than a decade, failed to properly punish labs for causing unnecessary pain to research animals, and did not conduct investigations into “grave or repeat” animal welfare violations. APHIS, the report concludes, is not making the best use of its limited resources and is not placing sufficient emphasis on animal health and safety.“The audit could damage APHIS’s reputation,” says Taylor Bennett, the senior scientific adviser for the National Association for Biomedical Research, a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit that advocates for the use of animals in biomedical research. But Bennett, who oversaw animal research at the University of Illinois, Chicago, for decades, says that APHIS is constrained by government regulations and that, for the most part, the agency is doing the best it can under the circumstances.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) The APHIS audit is the fourth since 1995. The first of these found that the agency’s fines were so low that violators simply considered them “a cost of doing business.” Ten years later, OIG levied similar charges, stating that lax APHIS enforcement and insufficient fines had made its penalties “basically meaningless.”The 2014 audit comes to similar conclusions. OIG conducted a nationwide review of APHIS’s units, including its Animal Care unit, which inspects facilities that use, sell, or transport animals covered by the Animal Welfare Act (i.e., most warm-blooded creatures except for birds, mice, and rats). The audit included site visits to 29 of the more than 1100 facilities APHIS inspects, as well as a review of APHIS records from 2009 to 2011.APHIS conducted at least 500 inspections of 107 research facilities that hadn’t housed regulated animals for at least 2 years—and some that hadn’t housed such animals for up to 13 years, auditors found. They calculate that APHIS, a billion-dollar agency, wasted more than $115,000 on these efforts—not including employee benefits and travel expenses—and that the inspections diverted APHIS from investigating more problematic facilities.Bennett takes issue with this part of the report, noting that APHIS’s guidelines require it to inspect facilities that are registered as housing regulated animals, regardless of whether they actually have animals. “They’re hamstrung by the law,” he says.Far more concerning to him is a section of the audit that deals with APHIS’s Investigative and Enforcement Services (IES). The unit is tasked with probing serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act, yet the audit states that IES has closed dozens of cases without investigating them. One of these involved a research facility in Oregon that was supposed to euthanize a rabbit with a broken leg—but killed a healthy animal instead. The audit also found that IES’s fines for animal welfare violations were, on average, just 14% of the maximum the government allows. In response to prior complaints about APHIS’s low fines not deterring violators, Congress authorized penalties of up to $10,000 per violation in 2008. However the audit found that IES continued to slash its fines—often “without merit”—resulting in its lowest penalties in more than a decade.“It’s pretty damning,” Bennett says. “This is the third audit in a row that IES has been questioned about how it handles its investigations and fines. It looks like OIG has found that IES doesn’t do what it says it’s going to do.”The audit also found that universities themselves are not doing enough to protect animals. From 2009 to 2011, it noted violations by more than 500 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs), which are overseen by APHIS. These include IACUCs not adequately exploring alternatives to painful procedures, misrepresenting the number of animals used in experiments, and turning a blind eye to improper veterinary care. An IACUC at a Maryland facility, for example, failed to ensure that researchers complied with a protocol for inducing tearing in guinea pigs; instead of placing chili pepper flakes on the animals’ cheeks, the scientists were dropping them into their eyes.Animal welfare and animal rights groups have long expressed concerns that IACUCs, which are supposed to be objective, are dominated by animal researchers who don’t make welfare a priority. The audit confirms these fears, says Kathleen Conlee, the vice president of animal research issues at the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C. “IACUCs are not functioning properly, and they’re failing animals,” she says. “It’s too much like the fox guarding the henhouse.”Conlee gives credit to APHIS for being more transparent with its inspections than it has in the past, but she says that the agency’s lax enforcement will hurt animals—not just now, but far into the future. “They’re falling down on the job,” she says. “If they aren’t taken seriously, what’s the incentive for facilities to improve their animal welfare?”For its part, APHIS says agrees with the various recommendations in the audit, including improving its inspections and levying harsher fines. “APHIS welcomes OIG’s findings and is committed to continued improvement of our enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act and inspections of research facilities,” it wrote in a letter to ScienceInsider. “APHIS has already begun addressing these recommendations and anticipates completion by the end of September 2015.”Bennett says he doesn’t expect the audit to have much impact on animal research labs. His own analysis of USDA data shows that welfare citations have been dropping each year for the past 5 years. “The veterinarians at these facilities don’t look at animal welfare in terms of whether they’re going to get dinged or fined,” he says. “They want to do a good job, regardless of an audit.”last_img read more

Cadets for Asia tilt

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera 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 Instead, the lineup that Reyes will play in the Jones Cup Invitational in Chinese Taipei starting this weekend would most likely be the same squad that could battle Australia, New Zealand, Iran and defending champion China in Lebanon.Andray Blatche will be the naturalized player for Gilas in Beirut, as he takes the place of Mike Myers, who will play as an import in Chinese Taipei.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 stars“The teams would likely be not compelled to lend their players,” the source, who spoke on condition that he not be identified, said. “It will be up to the teams to give Gilas the players if it’s OK with them.”The PBA had earlier committed to lending its best to the national team program, but with the Fiba Asia not included in the hectic World Cup qualifying process, some of the member teams feel that it is an exercise in futility to disrupt their respective teams during the course of a conference. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong But, to show that it is truly supportive of the Gilas program, the PBA has put in motion plans to open the next season late December to be able to accommodate the national team in the home-and-away qualifying starting in November.And since the current season will end on Oct. 19 at the latest, Reyes would have at least one full month to whip his 24-man pool into razor-sharp form when the Philippines plays Japan in Tokyo and then in Manila.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer, which is seeking to complete just the league’s sixth Grand Slam and the franchise’s second Triple Crown sweep, has dealt rookie Arnold Van Opstal to GlobalPort in exchange for gunner Von Pessumal.The deal was approved on Monday by the Office of the Commissioner and Van Opstal’s transfer gives him some sort of chance to have playing time since he won’t have a June Mar Fajardo to play behind to with the Batang Pier.Pessumal, on the other hand, comes into a San Miguel crew that is loaded with so much firepower that he could struggle finding minutes on the floor.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Bahadoran lifts global to 2nd spot With the PBA Governors’ Cup to open on July 19 and the Fiba Asia Championship to run smack into the meat of its elimination round schedule, Gilas Pilipinas could be sending Cadets to the regional event set in Beirut from Aug. 8 to 20.A separate source confirms an earlier Inquirer report that said pro teams are not likely to lend their franchise players—who were named to coach Chot Reyes’ 24-man pool—to Gilas 5.0 that will try to regain Asian supremacy in less than six weeks.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Reyes working on imports’ visas

first_imgChot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChooks-to-Go Pilipinas is doing everything to secure visas for American import Isaiah Austin and Congolese standout Rod Ebondo so they can suit up for the country in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup starting Friday in Chenzhou, China.On the eve of the team’s departure, Austin, a 7-foot-1 star from Baylor, and Ebondo, the wiry forward of CEU, are still unsure if they can play in the event.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re moving heaven and earth to secure their visas,” said coach Chot Reyes. “That’s the reason we have 12 players and two alternates.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Adelaide Byrd must’ve judged a footrace MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups 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 Gameslast_img read more

Suresh Raina to miss second ODI vs New Zealand, yet to recover from viral

first_imgStar batsman Suresh Raina will miss the second One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand to be played here on Thursday as the southpaw is still recovering from a bout of viral fever.After thrashing the Kiwis 3-0 in the Test series, India have now taken on the visitors in a five-match ODI series.The hosts won the first match at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharamsala by six wickets last Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the series.”The BCCI medical team has confirmed that Suresh Raina, who is recovering from a bout of viral fever and had missed the Dharamsala ODI, is ruled out of the second ODI of the PayTm ODI Trophy against New Zealand,” the board said in a statement on Tuesday.”The team management has allowed Suresh Raina more time to recover. There will be no replacement in the team.”The third and fourth ODIs will be played at Mohali (October 23) and Ranchi (October 26) respectively.The final match will be hosted at Vizag on October 29.last_img read more

US Open: Naomi Osaka warns she’s just getting started after beating Angelique Kerber

first_imgNaomi Osaka ruthlessly tossed aside defending U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber in the first round on Tuesday, but she warned that she was just getting started at Flushing Meadows, where she used to practice.The Japanese teenager, who grew up in Long Island, was never in danger against former world number one Kerber, winning a one-sided contest 6-3, 6-1 despite some late nerves.”When we were little, we would come to the U.S. Open every year. And even to practice, sometimes I would play here,” the 19-year-old Osaka, who has dual nationality, told a news conference.”So the site feels really familiar to me…It’s nostalgic every time I come here, so I’m always really happy to play here.”Reuters PhotoYet, Osaka felt nervous against Kerber in the 23,771-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium, having lost to American Madison Keys in the third round of the U.S. Open last year after leading 5-1 in the third set.”I was so nervous on the last point. I just barely returned the serve,” said Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese.”I just really didn’t want to play a long point on the last one, so I was really glad when she made an error.”When I stepped on the court and I heard all the people and I saw how big the stadium was, I got a little bit freaked out, but I tried to hold it in.”It was, however, Osaka’s aggressive style, more than Kerber’s mistakes, that won her the match and the youngster, who could play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko if she reaches the fourth round, can look ahead with confidence.advertisement”Moving forward, I feel like I know that I can play with the top players now, so I don’t have to be as nervous as I was today,” she said in a warning to her next opponent, Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson or Czech Denisa Allertova.last_img read more

Notes On Mike Gundy’s Pittsburgh Press Conference

first_imgHoo-boy! This was a little longer than usual, for obvious reasons. But, Coach was composed, styling, and discussed Pitt, the CMU debacle, Big 12 officials…and probably got himself fined!Opening Remarks• “Looking forward to getting back to work. We had a great practice last night. Players’ attitudes are really good. This will be a good football team we have coming in here Saturday. In the summer when we looked at them, in our opinion, we felt like they should be in the top 25. They have several potential NFL guys, in our opinion.”• “It’ll be a real challenge for us and a lot of different areas. We know what our task is and we just got to have a good week of practice and go out and play hard on Saturday.”Let’s Talk About Saturday…• Did you feel like on Saturday morning that we were not ready to play? “No. We practiced well last week. We were poor on 3rd down defense and we were terrible on 3rd down on offense. That’s really what it came down to.”• Have you had a chance to process your emotions since the game? “After the game, had a chance to go home and go over my 14-year old’s games. So, he got 2 hours’ worth of punishment.”• “Not really anger or frustration as much as disappointment just from the fact that there are so many variables involved that could have changed it. And then you get right back to the decision’s been made and you move forward.”• This was cool to hear for some reason: “When you’re involved in a game like that, that’s something that will cross my mind 500 times if I live long enough. Those games don’t ever get away from you.”• What other coaches or individuals do you draw from? “I mean, I’ve gotten a lot of texts. Most of them from people who like OSU or like me, so they’re on my side. But, I haven’t heard from any other coaches that have been in the situation we were in.”• Can you/will you protest the result? (much of this is pretty mundane, so I didn’t write it up; but, it’s worth a listen for the analytical side of it.) “I would say that there’s a good chance that this rule will be changed. That’s just my guess. In my final analysis, the one area that disappointed me is that I couldn’t just take my shirt off and lay on the field and protest and say, ‘I know this rule is this way because I know 9 years ago when we studied it, there was enough people in that room, and we’re detailed enough with our staff and what we do…’ The only thing that crossed my mind was maybe it’s changed and I didn’t know it.”• “Looking back I would have said, ‘I know we’re smart enough to check everything. We would’ve not ever had a play in the playbook that’s going to give them another play. We wouldn’t do it, we’d do something else.”• “The game was over. And the evidence is clear. I’ll bet you, in the future, somebody has to say, ‘We have to change it (the result). I’m sorry.’ That would be my guess.”• “In a lot of things that happen, there’s still some time left on the clock, there’s still 2 or 3 plays left, and you really don’t know. Here we knew. But, honestly, I thought they were going to change it. When I was in the locker room I thought, ‘They’ll change it.’”• In hindsight, would you run a different play? “Why would you change it? The game was over. Why would you change? We already studied that. The only thing that I was deficient in is not knowing the rules. The game was over. I could have done just what I did and the game is over.”• Then there was this… “We had eight guys on the field, a guy in the box, and the Big 12 Office that all screwed it up. I’m disappointed that I could have said, ‘Listen, I’m taking my shirt off, laying on the field and said don’t do it! It’s over!’ They would have done it.”• “I’m self-critical because I’ve got 132 guys that busted their butts all week and because of me not being strong enough with the rules to say, ‘You’re wrong’ my guys lost a game. I didn’t know for sure that I was right. I wish I would have.”• “Would I change what we did on offense? No, because the game’s over. That’s why I was so frustrated that night, because I knew that an accepted penalty by the defense, with the clock expired, the game’s over. At the end of the night, laying down, that’s why I was so upset. Because I should have just said, ‘I know the rule!’”On having Power 5 Officials for Power 5 Games• “I feel like we should have our officials in our games… in power 5 conference games. That’s just my opinion. There’s a lot of good officials out there, but they’re all working to get to that level right? Aren’t most umpires in AA trying to get to the majors? That’s just my personal opinion, that’s not sour grapes. Now when we play one-and-one with somebody, you’re going to switch officials. That’s just common.”• “This is probably a better question for the conference. I think that we have been 12 officials in Dallas watching the game with the buzzer to the people here is that right? So that is being done. They’re watching every game.”• Then came this beauty! “So um, jokingly, ever watch cartoons when like they have a guy sitting up in a fort, and he’s watching, and he’s like this? (Gundy acts like he’s sleeping)”• “I’m serious. I wonder if that’s happening. I know they’re going to be mad at me, and they’ll probably fine me for that. But, I’ve been fined by them a lot of times.”Moving Along to a New Week• “Anybody want to talk about Pitt? Guys, they’re a really good team now.”• What do you tell the players? “When you go to practice I don’t want to hear anything about it from you because you can’t do anything about it. It’s my fault for making that call and me not knowing that that rule was the way it was. You guys can’t do anything about it. But, we didn’t play very good on third down. You guys need to do something about that. And they accept that, they understand that.”• “They’re (Pitt) going to try and run the ball. That part of their world, they pride themselves in it. I’ve lived in that world with Les (Miles). ‘We’re going to knock you off the ball, we’re going to pound you, we’re going to hurt you, we’re going to use the clock.’ I think they were 117th in the country in plays per game, meaning their tempo.”Miscellaneous• “We abandoned the run too early in the last game. That was the thing we’d correct in the game, going back. That’s what happens when you start to press a little bit. The quarterback they had, made you want to press a little bit.”• Have Hill and Carson begun to stand out in practice? “We like all of them. I wish Rennie could’ve touched the ball more. But we abandoned it too early so the touches got reduced. 27 needs to touch the ball more. The one thing that I like with Chris is…his attitude and the way it is playing right now. To me he’s better, he’s more aggressive than he was last year.• On the O-line: “We’re better. We still have a ways to go.”• On the D-line: “We need to keep them healthy. The one area I was really disappointed in is Tre Carter had two personal fouls in that game that extended drives.”• “Those (defensive) tackles have given us a lift. They’re going to have a real challenge this week. We’re going to need all six of them.”• “(Averette’s play) was a great play to put us back in the game. The defense made two plays at the end to essentially give us the game and they don’t get talked about because of what took place. That play and the interception were big-time plays to secure the game.” If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Kane second only to Shearer on PL goal chart

first_imgHarry Kane Spurs star Kane second only to Shearer on Premier League goal chart Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 01:02 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Tottenham Getty Images Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City Stoke City Premier League The England international was on target once again during a meeting with Stoke City, taking him to 90 efforts in English top-flight competition Harry Kane latest goal-scoring exploits for Tottenham mean he is second only to Alan Shearer on a Premier League goal chart.Winner of the Golden Boot in each of the last two seasons, the England international is chasing down a personal hat-trick.He remains very much in that hunt, with the 24-year-old on target once again in his latest outing against Stoke City. 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 That contest saw Kane reach 90 efforts in English top-flight competition, with Newcastle legend Shearer the only man to have reached that tally in fewer games.131 – Only Alan Shearer (113) has reached 90 Premier League goals in fewer matches than Harry Kane (131). Chase.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 9, 2017Kane’s record is remarkable given that it appeared at one stage as though he may never make his Premier League breakthrough.He was, however, to take his chance when it presented itself and is now one of the most fearsome frontmen in world football.The 20-goal barrier has been broken in three successive top-flight campaigns, while last season saw him record a personal best of 35 efforts across all competitions.Kane has already passed 20 goals for club and country this term, with his contribution keeping Spurs in the hunt for another top-four finish and England en route to the 2018 World Cup.last_img read more

Fan ejected for alleged racist abuse at Manchester United v Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Manchester United Greater Manchester police have been informed after Manchester United stewards ejected a supporter during the 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday because of alleged racial abuse.United have opened an investigation with a club spokesman saying: “We are aware of an incident at yesterday’s game where an individual in the home section has allegedly engaged in racial abuse. The individual was identified and ejected from the stadium.“We are investigating the matter as a priority. Racism and all forms of discrimination are completely unacceptable and do not reflect the values of our club.”If found guilty, the fan could be banned indefinitely. The Premier League held its No Room for Racism campaign at the weekend that encouraged fans to report any abuse heard at matches.A Liverpool spokesperson said: “At this stage it would be inappropriate to comment further on the alleged incident itself other than to welcome the swiftness with which Manchester United have launched an investigation and support their stance that racism and discrimination must be treated with zero tolerance.”The alleged racial abuse is the latest in a series of incidents that have taken place since the start of the season. At the end of August, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba suffered slurs on Twitter after they missed penalties against Crystal Palace and Wolves, respectively.Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Reading’s Yakou Méïté have also been racially abused on the social media platform.Northampton have been made aware of alleged discriminatory chanting from Salford fans during Saturday’s game at Sixfields, while Bedfordshire police have conformed they are investigating two allegations of racist and indecent chanting coming from the Bristol City section during the Championship match at Luton. news Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Batshuayi puts off talks on future

first_imgTransfers Batshuayi puts off Chelsea plans until after World Cup Joe Wright 20:56 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) michy batshuayi - cropped Bongarts Transfers Chelsea Borussia Dortmund Premier League Bundesliga Michy Batshuayi The Belgium international says he would happily commit his future to either Chelsea or Borussia Dortmund, but only after the World Cup Michy Batshuayi wants to concentrate on earning a place in Belgium’s final World Cup squad before considering his long-term future.The striker joined Borussia Dortmund on loan from Chelsea in January and made a big impression in the Bundesliga, scoring seven goals in 10 appearances before injury curtailed his season.With Antonio Conte expected to leave, Batshuayi has been tipped to stay at Stamford Bridge with a view to earning a place in the next manager’s plans ahead of 2018-19. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now However, the 24-year-old does not want to think about his club prospects for now as he is focused on heading to Russia next month.”Dortmund was a great experience for me,” he told a news conference. “They welcomed me very warmly. I was in a good environment and you could see that on the pitch.”It was a while since I had played so much. I can’t remember being allowed to play two games in a row at Chelsea. It was good to gain confidence.”I don’t have a preference; they’re two beautiful clubs. My focus is on the World Cup right now and I don’t want to think about what happens afterwards.”Batshuayi injured his ankle in the 2-0 Bundesliga loss to Schalke on April 15 and missed the remainder of 2017-18.The former Marseille forward admits he was initially worried he had broken his leg and would therefore be forced to miss the World Cup.Now, Batshuayi feels in good shape and is determined to convince head coach Roberto Martinez to keep him in the squad when the 28-man provisional group is cut down to 23.”I was scared and in a lot of pain,” he recalled. “I feared I had broken my leg. I didn’t even dare look. The next day, the doctors in Germany even told me to forget the World Cup.”Two, three days later, I could already take normal steps. I’ve done a lot to strengthen my ankle. I’m now running without any worry.”I trained here alone for five days. I feel good physically right now. My ankle is fine.”Now, I want to play games and score goals. Portugal [on June 2] will be an important test for me. I worked hard to be here. I didn’t allow myself any rest.”last_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking nominations from SELECTORS to officiate at the 2006 Senior National Touch League tournament being held from 15-18 March 2006 in Coffs Harbour. The TFA will be selecting the following squads in preparation for the 2007 World Cup in South Africa in January 2007:* Senior Mixed:* Mens and Womens 30’s:* Mens 35’s:* Mens 40’s: Your nomination MUST reach the TFA Office by COB Monday 16th January 2006. The TFA will advise you of the outcome of your nomination.Please note: the respective State Director of Selectors must approve and recommend all nominations prior to it being forwarded to the TFA (see attached form).Click here for the: SELECTORS NOMINATION MEMOClick here for the: SELECTORS NOMINATION FORMlast_img read more

State Cup Live Streamed!

first_imgFor the first time, New South Wales State Cup games will be live streamed. The following games will be streamed, please click on the links below to be taken to the event. 8.00am – Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs (Men’s Open) – Bankstown Jets v Manly Sea Eagles (Men’s Open) 12.40pm – Eastern Suburbs Roosters v Murwillumbah Mavericks (Mixed Open) 1.15pm – Taren Point v Penrith Panthers (Mixed Open) 3.00pm – Manly Sea Eagles v Wallsend Wolves (Women’s Open) 3.35pm – Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels (Women’s Open) Related LinksState Cup Live!last_img read more

4th ODI: Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Shinwari help Pakistan level series vs South Africa

first_img Associated Press JohannesburgJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 20:57 IST 4th ODI: Imam-ul-Haq scored 71 to lead Pakistan to an 8-wicket victory over South Africa (@OfficialCSA Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa lost their 1st Pink ODI as Pakistan won the 4th ODI by 8 wicketsPakistan registered their 1st win The Wanderers Stadium in JohannesburgImam-ul-Haq scored 71, Usman Shinwari set up the win with his figures of 4 for 35Pakistan leveled the one-day series at 2-2 with an eight-wicket walloping of South Africa with 111 balls to spare on Sunday, leaving the teams facing a deciding final game in Cape Town next week.Pakistan overtook South Africa’s 164 all out with ease, with opener Imam-ul-Haq leading the chase with 71 to follow up on his century in the third game.Fakhar Zaman made 44 in their opening stand of 70 and Babar Azam then joined Imam for a 94-run partnership for the second wicket. Pakistan cruised to 168-2.4th ODI South Africa vs Pakistan in Centurion: As it happenedImam was out one ball before Pakistan clinched victory. Mohammad Rizwan, in the team in place of banned captain Sarfraz Ahmed, hit the winning runs by cutting a four away through point first ball he faced.Match Summary!Pakistan win the fourth #SAvPAK ODI by 8 wickets.Scorecard: Official (@TheRealPCB) January 27, 2019Pakistan won with more than 18 overs to spare and held their concentration for a convincing victory on the same day it was confirmed captain Sarfraz had been banned for four games for a racist taunt aimed at South Africa allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo in the second ODI. “In our previous games we were committed too, but you need a bit of luck to end up on the winning side. It’s our responsibility to get to the ground and give it our best. The goal is to keep taking wickets, and that’s what all our bowlers did,” Pakistan’s stand-in captain Shoaib Malik said at the post match presentation.advertisementLeft-arm seam bowler Usman Shinwari set up Pakistan’s victory with his 4/35 after being recalled to the team.”Definitely a great day for cancer awareness, and it feels special to perform today. I made a few mistakes with the ball, with the new ball especially, but improved upon them with the old ball. This is the second time I have missed my hat-trick, but no problem, there’s always a next time,” Shinwari said at the post match presentation after winning the man-of-the-match award.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 Tags :Follow 4th ODIFollow Imam-ul-HaqFollow Usman ShinwariFollow PakistanFollow South AfricaFollow South Africa vs PakistanFollow South Africa vs Pakistan 4th ODI 4th ODI: Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Shinwari help Pakistan level series vs South AfricaImam-ul-Haq lead the Pakistan chase with 71 after Usman Shinwari set up the win with his figures of 4 for 35. South Africa lost their 1st Pink ODI as Pakistan registered their 1st win The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.advertisementlast_img read more

Minister Neita Headley Congratulates Special Olympians

first_imgMinister Without Portfolio with Responsibility for Sport in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, has sent a congratulatory message to Nigel Davis and Tamra Mitchell after their success on Sunday, February 3 in ice figure skating at the Special Olympics World Winter Games being held in South Korea. Nigel Davis placed second in the Singles Male Level One category and later on skated with Tamra Mitchell to capture another silver medal in the Teams Level One segment. “There is no doubt that Jamaica is a great country filled with extraordinary, talented individuals as was displayed by our special Olympians at the Winter Games. Nigel and Tamra have made us proud and on behalf of the people of Jamaica I extend heartiest congratulations to them on their achievement,” said Minister Neita Headley. “This historic accomplishment is an inspiration to all of us. We salute your performance and wish you all the best in future competitions. You have done us proud. I also salute your coach, Ms. Jacqueline Bennett who must be beaming with pride and joy. This spectacular feat would not have been possible without her commitment and hard work. We thank you for your service to this country and hope that the team will grow from strength to strength under your guidance,” she added.The 11th Special Olympics World Winter Games is a multi-sports event being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from January 29 through February 5, 2013.Contact:OPM Communications UnitTel:926-0244Fax:920-4684Email: read more

CMA CGM to Set Up Its Own StartUp Incubator

first_img Follow World Maritime News Twitter Facebook Newsletter RSS Share this article zoom French container shipping company CMA CGM is planning to create its own start-up incubator in Marseilles, and to attract start-ups from around the world, Rodolphe Saadé, CEO of CMA CGM, announced at the Salon des Entrepreneurs trade fair in Marseilles.“With this project, CMA CGM wishes to play a leading role not only in the economic development of the territory but also in the development of start-ups. “The incubator complements the group’s digital ecosystem to accelerate its transformation and benefit from the best in the world, in the interests of our customers, the society, and the territory,” Saadé said.CMA CGM said that the project complements its various initiatives, including support for the Carburateur, the incubator for the northern districts of Marseilles, along with partnerships with Aix Marseille French Tech, a digital innovation player, The Camp, a campus bringing together companies, start-ups, teachers and researchers, and Infosys, a global IT company, to accelerate the transformation of its information system.This also complements the initiatives implemented through the corporate ventures fund, CMA CGM Ventures, the company added.center_img Posted on October 12, 2017 with tags CMA CGM, start-up. Facebook Twitter Print Email AddThis 2Sharelast_img read more

WI Test call a doubleedged sword for Wriddhiman Saha

first_imgNew Delhi: While announcing the squad for the upcoming West Indies tour, BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad made it very clear that left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is the future wicket-keeper of Indian cricket and will play in all the three formats of the game. But old warhorse Wriddhiman Saha has also been given a go in the Test series as the second keeper. Saha has been brought back into the Indian set-up following his full recovery since suffering an injury during the tour of South Africa in 2018. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”We have an unwritten norm when a senior cricketer is injured, he should get a comeback opportunity. That’s what we have given to Saha,” Prasad said explaining the thought process about bringing in the Kolkata batsman for Windies Tests. Saha returns to the national squad after missing 14 matches since suffering a series of injuries. First, a hamstring during the 2018 Cape Town Test ruled him out of the rest of the entire South Africa series. Then he suffered from a thumb injury during 2018 IPL and then a shoulder injury that required surgery. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe right-handed batter, however, would not be the first choice wicketkeeper in the Windies Tests. And with Pant delivering in the last Test series in England and Australia, chances are bleak that Saha will find a place in the playing XI in the two Tests against the Jason Holder-led side. However, as the BCCI chief selector said, Saha will come into the picture only when the team management decides to rest Pant or when he suffers from an injury.last_img read more

Man dies after being hit by car in Wazirabad

first_imgNew Delhi: A 22-year-old man died after he was hit by a car in North Delhi’s Wazirabad area. Police said that they have arrested the accused in the case.According to police, the incident was reported on July 29 when the deceased identified as Rishab with his friend Rishab was sitting at divider of Jagartpur flyover when a rashly driven car hit Rishab. The impact of the hit was such that he was thrown at another side of the road. “The car also turned turtle after the incident. Near the flyover, a police vehicle was standing. The deceased’s friend alerted them about the incident. Rishab was taken to hospital,” police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe complainant in the case told police that two persons were found sitting inside the vehicle which hit his friend. “They were drunk at the time of the incident,” the complainant told the police. According to police, the car, before hitting the deceased, had lost the control and hit Rishab. Police said that the accused identified as Arbaz Khan (21) and Mustafa (21) have been arrested in the case. In another case reported from East Delhi’s Preet Vihar area, police are probing a case in which a lawyer was being blackmailed by a few persons including women. Police said that they were trying to extort money by giving legal notices.last_img read more

Joan Walsh announces move to CNN after being dumped by MSNBC

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Political analyst Joan Walsh announced on Saturday that she would be moving to CNN next year after MSNBC said it had decided not to renew her contract as a paid contributor, a decision that has caused an uproar on social media.“I am overwhelmed by the support I’ve received today from all of you. And I’m thrilled to tell you I’ll be heading to CNN in the new year,” Walsh tweeted. “Thanks to everyone who made this happen. A Christmas miracle.”Earlier, Walsh had said on Twitter that she had learned of the New York-based network’s decision Friday while baking pies with her daughter. Her followers have expressed their dismay with the trending #KeepJoanWalsh tag.MSNBC says the paid-contributor list is reviewed annually. It says while Walsh’s contract wasn’t renewed she’s “a key voice” who’s “absolutely still welcome” and would be invited to appear on shows.Walsh says she’s proud of the work she did. She tweets she’s given her “heart and soul to the network,” from the George W. Bush years through today.MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Joy Reid have tweeted in support of Walsh.last_img read more

Go and vote UN official urges Afghans ahead of upcoming elections

“This is your chance, this is your right; you should not allow anyone to deprive you of your right to go and vote and determine, by peaceful democratic means, the future of your country,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Jan Kubiš.His comments came at a press conference in the capital, Kabul, ahead of the end to the official campaigning period tonight for candidates in the upcoming polls on 5 April, which will lead to the country’s first democratic transfer of power.The elections come at a crucial time for the country, which this year will see the withdrawal of the majority of allied international military forces, with national forces assuming full responsibility for security countrywide.“The election will mark yet another indispensable step in moving forward in building democracy, but also in providing the necessary legitimacy to the next leadership,” said Mr. Kubiš, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).He briefed reporters on the preparations for the elections – which are led and managed by Afghans – as well as his recent meeting with the Security Council in New York.He noted that there was a hope on the part of the Council that the Afghan people will come through the elections “with flying colours,” given that the country is much better prepared for these polls than they were during the elections in 2009. “Yes, there might be difficulties and security problems,” said the envoy. “Nevertheless, the overall preparations, the overall atmosphere is much better.”Mr. Kubiš has also urged the country’s women to maintain and build on the momentum behind a recent petition – signed by more than 250,000 women and girls – calling for peace and a cease-fire.In early March, the women’s committee of the High Peace Council, an Afghan body leading the country’s peace efforts, submitted the petition to UNAMA for onward transmission to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who received it on 21 March. Mr. Ban welcomed the peace campaign as another indication of the strong demands of the Afghan people for peace in their country.Mr. Kubiš urged the leaders of Afghanistan and the leaders of the anti-Government elements to listen to the message in this petition from Afghan women and girls, adding that the UN stands ready to support them in these efforts in any way it can. read more

Afghanistan UN chief appalled and deeply saddened by deadly attack on aid

In a statement issued Wednesday by his Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, the Secretary-General expressed his deep sympathy to the families of the victims.According to initial reports, the attack on the offices of Save the Children in Jalalabad killed two people and wounded dozens, including children.“Humanitarian organizations provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable men, women and children in Afghanistan. Aid workers, and their premises and assets, should never be a target,” the statement said. “The Secretary-General reiterates that all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan are obliged under international law to protect humanitarian workers and civilians,” it added.Security Council Press Statement on terrorist attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan here read more