Exclusive – Arsenal MUST spend in January to strengthen injury-hit squad, insists Gunners hero Ray Parlour

first_imgArsenal legend Ray Parlour has called for the club to address their injury crisis in the January transfer window, after two more players were added to the club’s ever growing crocked list.Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta both hobbled out of Saturday’s shock Premier League defeat to West Brom, adding to the injury headache currently presented to manager Arsene Wenger.A total of seven first-team players are now out for the Gunners, with Coquelin – expected to be out for at least two months with knee ligament damage – and Arteta joining Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky (both knee), Jack Wilshere (calf) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott (both muscular) on the sidelines.After facing criticism for failing to sign a single outfield player in the summer, a January raid is expected from Wenger, with the likes of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, Portuguese starlet William Carvalho and young Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi all recently linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.And Parlour insists his former side can’t afford not to delve into the New Year market after their injury woes were intensified at the weekend.“They’re really short now,” the Gunners legend told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The injury list is unbelievable; I think they’ll have to build an extension on the medical room!“As soon as Coquelin went down you could tell it was a bad injury. I think he’ll be out for around eight weeks, and that is really bad news for Arsenal, because who else can come in now?“Arteta came on and had a nightmare. He gave away the free-kick and then lost his man for West Brom’s first goal, then he scored an own goal and then he was obviously taken off after getting injured.“Flamini will probably be the one who steps in but I really think Arsene Wenger has to look at the transfer window.“It’s not an easy time to buy players; you don’t know who is really available and all the best players will be tied down to their clubs.“But if there are some available, especially in that midfield area, I’m sure Arsene will go in the market.”last_img read more

PAT THE COPE MEETS COMPETITION COMMISSIONER OVER LOCAL AIRPORT WORRIES

first_imgMEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has met with the EU Competition Commissioner over concerns about proposals to reduce aid for regional airports including City of Derry and Ireland West Airport Knock.Pat The Cope Gallagher MEPPat the Cope met with Joaquín Almunia, the Vice President of the European Commission and EU Commissioner for Competition to express their concerns about draft proposals on state aid guidelines to airports and airlines.The draft guidelines by the European Commission will change the rules that permit EU Member States through national, regional and local authorities to invest in airport infrastructure, to provide operating aid to airports and to provide start up aid to airlines in order to launch a new air route. The European Commission are expected to approve the new rules by the beginning of 2014 Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP said “In early November, I along with over 45 MEPs from across the EU wrote an open letter to President Barroso, as we were extremely concerned with the proposal by the Commission to phase out operating aid for regional airports with over 200,000 passengers per year, after a 10 year transitional period.”“As a follow up to this initiative, I requested a meeting with Vice President Almunia, the Competition Commissioner to discuss directly with him the implications for Ireland West Airport in Knock, as passenger numbers per year are in excess of 700,000 and to outline similar concerns expressed by the City of Derry Airport.”Vice President confirmed today that he was willing to change his proposals to increase the minimum threshold from 200,000 to 500,000 passengers per year.He also confirmed that the proposals will undergo a comprehensive mid-term review in 5 years’ time before they are introduced in 10 years’ time, thus providing regional airports such as Knock and Derry with a window of opportunity. Mr Gallagher concluded “I believe that a much fairer and better solution would be to increase the minimum threshold to 1 million passengers per year. That said, I am pleased that the Vice President has shown a degree of flexibility by increasing the threshold to 500,000 passengers per year and by also including a mid-term review.“While the process will shortly conclude, I shall still continue to make the case for regional airports such as Knock and Derry, which contribute so positively to the economic well-being of the West and North West of Ireland.”Finally, Mr Gallagher stated that the decision to increase the minimum threshold to 500,000 will provide Carrickfinn airport in Donegal with ample opportunity to develop in the future. PAT THE COPE MEETS COMPETITION COMMISSIONER OVER LOCAL AIRPORT WORRIES was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Derry AirportKnock AirportMEPPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

Duchess of Cornwall Awarded Honorary Doctorate For Literacy Work

first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall has received an honorary doctorate for her literacy work.Duchess of Cornwall receives an Honorary DoctorateCredit/Copyright: Princeofwales.gov.ukThe Countess of Chester, as The Duchess of Cornwall is known when in the city, attended the University of Chester’s Graduation Ceremony and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her commitment to promoting literacy.In the historic Chester Cathedral, Her Royal Highness received a Doctorate of Letters in front of 500 graduands from a number of academic faculties who were being awarded their degrees.The Countess is a strong promoter of literacy in the UK and internationally, with particular focus on encouraging a love of reading and writing from an early age.Her Royal Highness is an avid reader and undertakes a number of engagements to promote the importance of supporting literacy, including the 500 Words Competition, an initiative which encourages children around the country to get creative and send in their stories of no more than 500 words, and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.The Countess said during a speech: “I want to begin by thanking you, Chancellor, for the Honorary Doctorate that you have just bestowed upon me. I am grateful, too, for the Public Orator’s generous words and for the wonderfully warm welcome I have received today.“As Countess of Chester, I take great pride in my relationship with both this beautiful city and now with your University.”Source:PrinceOfWales.govt.uklast_img read more

CBCs new drama Caught like a grownup Doyle

first_img Login/Register With: “Don’t take this the wrong way,” said Maggs, “but it feels like a grown-up ‘Doyle.’” Their latest project is “Caught,” a five-episode drama premiering Monday on CBC. It is grittier, more complex and much darker than “Doyle.” Facebook Two years ago, Allan Hawco was working on a script for a TV series when he asked another writer — fellow Newfoundlander Adriana Maggs — to read an early draft and give an honest opinion. That was exactly the reaction Hawco was hoping for. For six seasons, he starred in, and was the driving force behind, the lighthearted CBC detective series “Republic of Doyle.” The success of that series helped Hawco and his associates at Take the Shot Productions establish a production facility in St. John’s, N.L. The cast all had praise for costume designer Michael Ground’s low-key approach. The series is based on the 2013 crime novel of the same name from another talented Newfoundlander, author Lisa Moore. The novel, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was handed to Hawco at a studio meeting as a suggestion for his next project. “I hadn’t read it, which was weird,” says the 40-year-old actor/producer, “because the author lives up the street.” He read it, loved it and got in line for the rights.center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Set in 1978, “Caught” tells the story of David Slaney (played by Hawco) who busts out of a New Brunswick prison and quickly hooks up with his former drug-dealing partner in crime (Eric Johnson from “Fifty Shades Freed”). Broken down RCMP detective Roy Patterson (played by Paul Gross) picks up the trail. Allan Hawco in a scene from the new CBC crime drama “Caught”. Two years ago, Allan Hawco was working on a script for a TV series when he asked another writer ‚Äî fellow Newfoundlander Adriana Maggs ‚Äî to read an early draft and give an honest opinion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-CBC *MANDATORY CREDIT*last_img read more

Christie Administration accused of cronyism in health care contract awards

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 16, 2017 – Nassau – More millions promised within the final weeks of the ousted PLP Administration and the bills are left with the Bahamian public to pay.  When the Health Minister spoke, he talked about how the previous government left$25M in unpaid bills for medical equipment, rent, drugs and salaries at the Ministry of Health and the Public Hospital’s Authority.Minister, Dr Duane Sands claimed that even more surprisingly, despite the Christie Administration knowing of their IOUs, the PLP still entered into over $9.7M worth of security contracts, janitorial contracts, generator purchases and other miscellaneous items … Minister Sands said the contracts were with, and I quote, “people who may be considered the party faithful.”Shockingly, the Princess Margaret Hospital had a shortfall of $16.5M, critical work was stopped at the PMH he says, 67 beds were taken out of service at the PMH, and for an Abaco clinic not yet opened, the PLP was found, says Sands to have awarded contracts – $500,000 per month to clean the unopened clinic and $26,000 per month to landscape the grounds at that unopened clinic.#MagneticMediaNews#cronyisminhealthcarecontractawards Related Items:#cronyisminhealthcarecontractawards, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

JAMAICA Nurses Charged to Play Greater Role in Promoting Public Health

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, March 1, 2018 – Kingston –  Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has charged the nation’s nurses to prepare to play a greater role in promoting and protecting public health.  He noted that nurses, given the regular and frequent contact they have with people, are in a unique position to promote healthy lifestyles and advise persons against habits that can endanger their health.“The nursing profession has to prepare itself… (for nurses) to be greater advocates for the cause of public health and wellness in our society,” he said.The Minister was addressing the launch of Nursing Now, a global campaign aimed at promoting the profession, held on Tuesday (February 27) at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St. Andrew.  The initiative is geared at, among other things, raising the status of nurses globally, and maximising the contribution that nursing makes to universal health coverage and women’s empowerment and economic development.Its key partners are the World Health Organization (WHO), International Council of Nurses, the United Kingdom (UK)-based Burdett Trust for Nursing, and nursing organisations across the globe.Minister Tufton, in endorsing the campaign, said it is going to reinforce the value of the nursing profession to public health locally, in the region and internationally.  He noted that the impact of nurses is greatest at the level of primary healthcare; the preventative side of health, which is a major thrust of Governments globally.“It is a good time to highlight, to reinforce that importance, in order for us to take note and to do more to promote the interest, role and the contribution of a very crucial sector in the delivery of public healthcare,” he said.Dr. Tufton said the initiative will enable “greater empowerment of our nurses and provide them with the ability and the capacity to prepare themselves to provide greater leadership, as an important response to the public health challenges the country faces”.last_img read more

Fuel Cell to Power Connecticut Sub Base

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials last week held a groundbreaking at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., for a 7.4-megawatt fuel cell park adjacent to the base’s power substation, part of an effort to improve the installation’s energy resiliency and cut its energy costs. Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy will sell the power generated by the fuel cells to the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, which oversees the local grid and has entered into a 20-year purchase power agreement with the Navy, reports the Day. The fuel cell park will meet a majority of the daily needs of the base, with any excess power being exported to the Groton Utilities distribution system, according to a press release.“It is designed to compete with the grid, and be better than grid power, but it’s also about resiliency and the reliability of having power locally on base,” said Tony Rauseo, senior vice president and COO of FuelCell Energy, which is designing, manufacturing and overseeing the installation of the fuel cell park.Day photo by Tim Martinlast_img read more

Hey Google I want a sound bar that also streams Netflix

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: JBL Link View gives Google Assistant a smart screen with… 2:58 Best sound bars under $300 Comment TVs Audio Media Streamers Preview • JBL Link Bar brings Google Assistant, better TV sound for $400 JBL Offering both Google Assistant and Android TV, the JBL Link Bar is one of the most feature-packed, and most delayed, sound bars on the market. Originally scheduled to debut in 2018, JBL’s voice-controlled combo sound bar-streaming box is finally on sale for $400.  The JBL Link Bar is a do-everything Frankenstein: an HDMI-connected sound bar that offers Google Assistant voice control in addition to streaming content via Google’s own Android TV system. Android TV is similar to the more popular Roku and Amazon Fire TV systems, with direct access to apps including Netflix, Hulu, ESPN and thousands more. The system is available on devices such as the Nvidia Shield and Sony smart TVs, but this is its first appearance built into a sound bar. The Link Bar appears to be based on the company’s earlier smart sound bar, the Link 300, which doesn’t offer video streaming. It has three 4K-compatible HDMI ports and an HDMI ARC output, plus it has built-in Chromecast for multiroom streaming from phones and Chrome browsers. The company also offers an optional subwoofer for $300.For those who don’t like the idea of having a live microphone in the house, the Link Bar also includes a feature called PrivacySwitch the company says will “ensure the highest level of security and privacy and leave hackers out of the house.” The Link Bar is late to the party, and at least two competing products offer compelling alternatives, though neither offers video streaming. The first is the Polk Command Bar, which was designed in conjunction with Amazon, incorporates Alexa and includes a subwoofer. The second is the Sonos Beam, which has both Alexa and Google Assistant plus the well-established Sonos ecosystem. Look out for a review of the JBL Link Bar in the near future.  1 18 Photos JBL Link Bar Review • JBL jams Google Assistant and Android TV into a sound bar Amazon Google Share your voicelast_img read more

Skateboarding at the 2020 Olympics Everything you need to know

first_img Now playing: Watch this: The eclectic sport of skateboarding will debut at the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Carroll Photo/Getty Images Skateboarding, a rebellious street sport, will debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Often seen as renegade or rebellious, characterized by dizzying midair twists and turns, skateboarding will make its way into the structured and mainstream world of the Olympic Games. Though the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously supported skateboarding for inclusion at the 129th IOC session in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, not all skateboarders feel the same way. Some athletes have expressed gratitude and excitement at the idea that skateboarding will get more exposure as a sport, while others worry that the Olympics will damage the culture and lifestyle that accompany it. I suppose no one will know how the sport might change until the Olympics arrive next year, but for now, you can read all about the structure, scoring and qualifications process for skateboarding at the 2020 Olympics.  Skateboarder jumping at a skate park.The park discipline will feature a course that resembles a large basin with lots of dips, twists and turns. Daniel Milchev/Getty Images What will the event be like? Skateboarding at the Olympics features two disciplines: park and street.  The park competition will take place on a hollowed-out course featuring a complex series of twists and turns. Park courses resemble large bowls with steep sides, nearly vertical at the top. Skaters send themselves to dizzying heights, performing jaw-dropping spins and tricks midair, and then gracefully bring themselves back down to the bowl to do it all over again on the other side.  The street competition features a straight course with stairs, handrails, benches, walls and slopes to mimic a real street. This kind of skateboarding is characterized by riding along curbs and rails, leaping into the air without using hands, and that familiar grind of board on metal.  Olympic skateboarders will experience at least some of the creative freedom they get in their home parks and streets: They’re free to choose which parts of the course to cover and, of course, which tricks to perform. Also, in an attempt to maintain the feel of the sport, music will accompany each rider.  Only one athlete rides at a time, and competitors get three timed runs to post their best score. Young men skateboarding in urban environment.The street discipline mimics what it’s like to skateboard in a city environment. The course will feature rails, benches, curbs and other things you’d find on a real street. MoMo Productions/Getty Images How do athletes qualify to skateboard at the 2020 Olympics? The IOC has allotted 80 quota spots for skateboarders at the 2020 Olympics. There will be 40 spots for women across the two categories and 40 for men, with 20 skaters in both the street and park competitions for each gender. Between the 80 qualifying athletes, 38 men and 38 women will come from different nations, with four total slots (two men and two women) reserved for the host nation of Japan.  Each National Olympic Committee (NOC), the governing body for each country’s Olympic goings-on, is allowed six men and six women for skateboarding, but no more than three athletes per gender per event.  Qualifications are managed by World Skate, the international governing body for roller sports.  Like all other Olympic sports, skateboarders must comply with the Olympic Charter to be eligible. Aside from that, the qualifying pathway for each event (20 athletes) is as follows:  Three athletes will directly qualify as the highest-ranked skaters in the 2020 Season World Skate World Skateboarding Championship events.16 athletes will qualify through the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings (OWSR) as of June 1, 2020.One athlete will qualify as the allocated host nation slot. This person is the highest-ranked skater in the host nation; in this case, Japan.There are 16 available slots to fill via the OWSR, but no nation can fill more than three. For example, the US may have five skaters in the top 16, but only the first three of those five will qualify. Once a country’s three spots are filled, the qualification moves down to the next country that hasn’t fulfilled its quota. Learn more about the qualifications process.  When and where is the skateboarding event? Olympic skateboarders will compete in Tokyo at the Aomi Urban Sports Venue, which will also host 3×3 Basketball and Sport Climbing. The competition takes place throughout the entire Games, from July 24 to Aug. 9.  How will athletes be judged? Judges will score athletes based on speed, difficulty, originality, timing, stability and the overall flow of the performance. One important skill judges will be looking for is the ability to seem suspended in midair.  0 Share your voice Fitness Sports Tags Intel developing 3D Athlete Tracking for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Post a comment 3:36last_img read more

ExIPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt sentenced to life imprisonment

first_imgIPS Sanjiv Bhatt (2L) poses with his wife Shweta (2R), daughter Aakashi (L), and son Shantanu (R) after receiving the 5th Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice in Ahmedabad on December 31, 2012. Bhatt was honoured for his accomplishment for standing against communal forces to ensure the protection of vulnerable and insecure minorities.SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]A former Gujarat cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and another police officer have been sentenced to life imprisonment by Gujarat’s Jamnagar Sessions Court after finding them guilty over a custodial death case.The verdict was given out by Judge DM Vyas after finding the accused Sanjiv Bhatt and another police officer Pravinsinh Zala guilty under Indian Penal Code Section 302 for the custodial death of Prabhudas Madhavji Vaishnani.The incident dates back to 1990 when Bhatt was posted as the additional superintendent of police at Jamnagar. He had arrested nearly 130 people in connection with communal violence in Jamjodhpur town at the time of BJP leader LK Advani’s Rath Yatra.Prabhudas, who was released nine days later, died at a hospital due to renal failure allegedly due to custodial torture.last_img read more