Jamaica Gets Support to Eradicate Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes

first_img“We are doing something great for the nation, and that is one reason why we ask for collaboration with stakeholders,” she says.Meanwhile, Miss Henlon tells JIS News that coming out of a survey, which revealed that only one per cent of those polled in the targeted communities is aware that Zika can be transmitted through sexual contact, focus will be placed in this area.She says that advertisements will be placed on buses, among other measures.“We are promoting the use of condoms or dual contraception methods to ensure that persons, especially pregnant mothers, don’t get infected, as this can severely affect children,” Miss Henlon says.Zika has been linked to microcephaly, a rare condition in which infants are born with smaller or shrunken brains and heads.“We are targeting maternity stores, to reach pregnant women,” Miss Henlon adds.Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye, in endorsing the project, is appealing for persons in the communities to cooperate fully.While cases of Zika have significantly declined, and the disease is not the threat that it was a year ago, Dr. De La Haye notes that the virus is endemic to the country “so we don’t want the public to relax”.In addition, he says, there are still instances of dengue fever and chikungunya Virus (CHIKV) around, which are transmitted by the same mosquito that spreads Zika.“In the long run, it is you the individual that we are helping,” he adds.Dr. De La Haye is calling on householders to take personal responsibility for their surroundings and devote at least 10 minutes each week to inspecting their homes to ensure that they are not providing breeding ground for the mosquito. Jamaica’s programme to eradicate the aedes egypti mosquito, which is the primary vector for the Zika virus, has been given a boost through a US$250,000 provision under the Caribbean Zika Response and Preparedness Project.The 16-month undertaking is being implemented by the Jamaica Red Cross through funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Under the initiative, communities in seven parishes have been identified for targeted intervention, which include clean-up activities and public education.The parishes are Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, St. Mary, Portland, Westmoreland, and St. James.Teams of Red Cross volunteers, along with the organisation’s field officers are already in the targeted areas visiting homes and staging community sensitisation sessions to empower residents to take action to eradicate breeding areas in and around their homes.Project Manager, Jamaica Red Cross, Kalesha Henlon, says a big part of the programme is the cleaning of communities, which has already started.She informs that old tyres and containers that collect water, providing a breeding ground for the pests, are being removed.Miss Henlon, who was speaking to JIS News at a recent meeting at the Red Cross headquarters in Central Village, St. Catherine, says drum covers are also being distributed to householders.She notes that the covers have been working successfully, and the Red Cross is seeking additional support to widen distribution both inside and outside of the project areas. Story Highlights Miss Henlon, who was speaking to JIS News at a recent meeting at the Red Cross headquarters in Central Village, St. Catherine, says drum covers are also being distributed to householders. All kinds of garbage, including old fridges, hub caps, tyres that can collect rain water, can be home to mosquitoes. Jamaica’s programme to eradicate the aedes egypti mosquito, which is the primary vector for the Zika virus, has been given a boost through a US$250,000 provision under the Caribbean Zika Response and Preparedness Project. He notes that under the Mosquito Control and Research Unit, initiated by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, and housed at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI), Mona Campus, a number of agencies, including the Red Cross, are collaborating in the eradication of mosquitoes.“The work of those agencies… is all aimed at reducing the number of breeding sites and the possibility of persons being infected by the Zika virus,” he points out.Persons wishing to collaborate with the Red Cross Zika team can contact the organisation at 984-7860-2, or email jrcs@jamaicaredcross.org.The most common symptoms of the Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eye. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe illness requiring hospitalisation is uncommon. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat the virus.Aedes egypti mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water, in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases.All kinds of garbage, including old fridges, hub caps, tyres that can collect rain water, can be home to mosquitoes.last_img read more

Father kills infant daughter in Kolkata disfigures her face

first_imgKolkata: A three-and-a-half-month-old infant girl in Kolkata was killed by her father who threw her to the ground repeatedly, twisted her arms and disfigured her face, police said on Friday. “Seikh Raju, 25, a resident of Coal Berth Road has been arrested after his wife Afsari Begum reported the incident on Wednesday. The body of their infant daughter has been sent for post-mortem,” an officer of South Port police station said. He said that the man was upset after his wife gave birth to a girl and often fought with her. As per the complaint, Raju threw the baby girl down many times, twisted her arms and injured her face in order to kill her despite Begum’s resistance. The final charge sheet will be filed once the final post-mortem reports arrive, he added.last_img read more

Govt Oppn should hold regular interactions VP

first_imgNew Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu Friday asked the government and the opposition parties to hold regular interaction, both formal and informal, to arrive at some consensus on issues and clear pending bills.In past several sessions, the Rajya Sabha had witnessed frequent disruptions and adjournments, affecting the business of the Upper House. As many as 22 bills, pending in the Rajya Sabha, had lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month and another 33 bills have been pending consideration in the Upper House for years including three of them for more than 20 years. While appreciating members for good debates on water scarcity and environment, Naidu, during the Zero Hour, said MPs participated in the discussions and raised important points cutting across political affiliations. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahThe Chairman said that people have praised the functioning of the House during this week. On the issue of bills pending in the House, Naidu said the issues could be resolved through formal and informal discussions. The government and other members should interact and the former should take initiative to clear pending legislative business, he added. Naidu said efforts should be made to find out where the problem is, is it with the government, opposition, the House or the system. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony”At the end of the day, I want to see my House, our House get appreciation,” he added. Naidu, who is also Vice President of India, suggested that once a bill is cleared by a Parliamentary Commitee, comprising members from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, it should go through until and unless there is something very urgent that requires further deliberations. The Chairman also told the members that he was looking into their suggestions regarding “parliament scrutiny” of bills. Naidu again asked Leader of the House Thawar Chand Gehlot and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan to ensure that ministers reply to all Zero Hour and special mentions raised by members.last_img read more

With wind in her sails Steeltown Scrapper eyeing Ontario premiers office

first_imgST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Sitting behind a small table at the back of her campaign bus as it rumbles down the highway, Andrea Horwath ponders the winding road that has led her to the very doors of the premier’s office.If polls are even close to right, the leader of Ontario’s New Democrats has for the first time a real chance at crossing the threshold after Thursday’s provincial vote.Life, the Hamilton politician says, has prepared her for this moment.“They don’t call me the Steeltown Scrapper for nothing,” Horwath says. “As a cocktail waitress for 10 years, I know how to hold my own. I do know how to go to the mat.”She appears to have gained more confidence and mastery of the issues since the 2014 campaign, when she skewed to the right in an effort to bleed centrist Liberal votes — merely angering many long-time supporters.Some voters are concerned about Horwath’s current platform that, among other things, promises significantly more spending to end “hallway medicine,” $12-a-day childcare, as well as dental and drug coverage for most people.“I’m afraid that she’s promising all this free stuff,” said Helen Petrou, watching from across the road as Horwath visited a Toronto ice cream parlour. “Where’s she going to get the money?”It’s a question uppermost in many minds — particularly those who have come to view New Democrats as a party not to be trusted with the keys to the provincial vault.Horwath, no stranger to the criticism, makes no apologies for her platform.Unlike her Progressive Conservative rival Doug Ford, Horwath says she is at least upfront about where the money will come from: by raising taxes on the wealthiest Ontario residents and corporations.“Our vision is more balance in terms of the sharing of the prosperity,” Horwath says. “The only way you can do that is with these kinds of public policies and tax measures.”Encouraged by the polls, Horwath has been canvassing Liberal and Tory ridings, engaging the crowds, hugging babies, and picking up dogs.“She’s really developed this kind of folksy thing,” says Peter Graefe, an associate professor of political science at McMaster University. “She strikes me as someone who always tries to rein herself in because she’s not confident that she will be able to give the right answer in the moment, (but) this time she just has a bit more confidence that she’ll be able to say what’s right.”Horwath herself chalks up her evolution from four years ago to factors that include what the party is promising this go round.“There’s a sense that everything has matched up,” Horwath says. “It’s easy to talk about those things when they’re ingrained really in who I am. That’s part of the energy that I have.”The daughter of a Slovakian immigrant who became an auto worker and a French-Irish mother, Horwath did labour studies at Hamilton’s McMaster University — waitressing to make ends meet — and worked at a legal clinic. She ran unsuccessfully for federal office in 1997 before winning a seat on Hamilton council, where she served three terms.Horwath jumped to provincial politics in a byelection in 2004, becoming NDP leader in 2009. She helmed a strong showing in the 2011 election that left the NDP holding the balance of power but disappointed in 2014, resulting in a bruising leadership review. Dragging a party she says was mired in the past into the competitive present has been “quite demanding.”“I’ve been in politics for 20 years,” says the single mother of a 25-year-old son. “I haven’t had a life.”What has helped sustain her, she says, are those times she has made a positive difference in people’s lives.“It’s all of the wins if you will — w-i-n,” she says punning on her rival’s name, Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne. “That helps you keep going.”Given the pressure-cooker of a campaign, Horwath for the most part retains her affability. She says she’s finally learned the “art of the nap” — something her dad was big on — and tries to ensure she gets six hours of shut-eye a night.“I just take my makeup off and go to sleep — ear plugs in so that I don’t have any distractions,” she says.When she wants to escape for a bit or needs a reality check, Horwath turns to her son or brother. Or she picks up the phone and chats with a few long-time friends.“They get the drill,” she says. “Every time I call, it’s top secret, confidential and goes nowhere.”As the polls indicate, Horwath undoubtedly has the wind in her sails.Ironically, perhaps, the electoral mood is similar to the sentiment that propelled the Liberals under former leader Dalton McGuinty to office in 2003 after eight years of Progressive Conservative government. His campaign slogan back then: “Choose Change.”Myer Siemiatycki, who teaches political science at Ryerson University, says Horwath has been able to portray herself as the change candidate.“She’s very much signalling that she hears the mood of the public that wants something different and she’s played that very effectively,” Siemiatycki says. “She’s a lot steadier in her messaging, in the signals that she’s sending, of being a trustworthy architect of change.”Had Ford’s predecessor Patrick Brown not been forced to resign on the eve of the campaign, McMaster’s Graefe says Horwath might well have found herself sidelined again. Brown had a costed platform with promises that would have played better to Wynne’s policy strengths, he says.Instead, Graefe says, Ford’s determination to run a bumper-sticker campaign based on cutting taxes and making life more affordable for the “little people” has created a popularity contest that suits Horwath.“It’s a personality campaign,” Graefe says. “It’s a populist campaign.”If the NDP does win the big prize on Thursday, voters can expect Horwath to start implementing her ambitious set of promises right away, she says.For now, though, an exhausting but exhilarating campaign has a couple more critical days, and if Horwath has any self-doubt or fear, it’s well hidden.“I do have a very positive, optimistic personality,” she says. “That’s just who I am.”last_img read more

SC in disbelief over functioning of foreigners tribunal in Assam

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Assam government over inadequacies in the functioning of foreigners tribunals in the state and sought details on it by March 27. The government told a bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, that 50,000 migrants were declared foreigners by the tribunal in the past 10 years. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Assam government, said around 900 people were kept in six detention centres of the state. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said the state government would have to specify through an affidavit whether the foreigners tribunals functioning in the state were adequate and how they were functioning. The top court, however, added that it was not insisting on the presence of Assam chief secretary in the court at present. The apex court was hearing a PIL filed by activist Harsh Mander through advocate Prashant Bhushan on the plight of foreigners in detention centres. The plea alleges that they were kept in detention indefinitely just because they were not Indians and were treated as “illegal aliens”. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty During the previous hearing, the court had expressed concern over thousands of illegal migrants being kept in detention centres for years in Assam without being repatriated or deported to their countries of origin. It had raised several issues connected with the detention centre and said the detainees could not be held for an indefinite period. The apex court had also sought to know the condition of detention centres, saying the PIL alleged sub-human conditions there. Mehta had said there was a need for evolving a mechanism for repatriating them and it should be done expeditiously. The solicitor general was responding to the January 28 queries of the apex court which had asked the Centre and the state to provide details of functional detention centres in Assam and the foreigners detained in them during the last 10 years. He had told the apex court that 938 people were lodged in six detention centres in Assam and 823 of them have been declared foreigners by tribunals. The Centre had said over 27,000 foreigners have been pushed back at border points while attempting to enter India illegally.last_img read more

Public tours of UN Headquarters complex to change during renovation scheme

30 July 2008Public guided tours of United Nations Headquarters in New York will be modified as of this Friday, as the world body prepares for the five-year, $1.9 billion overhaul of the historic complex. The tours will take a new route that is limited to the General Assembly building while renovations of the Security Council permanent chamber are taking place, according to a press release issued today by the Department of Public Information (DPI), which oversees the tours. The new route will include Conference Room 4, the proposed temporary site of the Council, and will still include the General Assembly Hall.The cost of the 45-minute tour has been reduced to reflect the changed route, but as of Friday the route will feature a new special section for younger audiences known as the “Children’s Corner,” as well as a multimedia virtual tour of the six main organs of the UN. Many exhibits along the tour route have also been updated.Under-Secretary-General Kiyo Akasaka, who heads DPI, said the renovation scheme – known as the Capital Master Plan (CMP) – “has allowed us to explore new and creative ways to engage the thousands of visitors who take guided tours of United Nations Headquarters each week, reconciling logistical and safety imperatives with their wish to witness, and be a part of, a history that is ultimately their own.”As of Friday the tour will cost $12.50 for each adult, $8 for seniors and students and $6.50 for children. read more

Combining social protection with propoor investments can eradicate world hunger by 2030

The report, prepared by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), was presented in Rome today – ahead of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 13 to 16 July 2015.Entitled, Achieving Zero Hunger, the report notes that despite decades of progress, nearly 800 million people, mostly in rural areas, still lacked enough to eat – while underscoring that, on average, $160 annually would enable them access to food and improved livelihoods. Eliminating chronic undernourishment by 2030 is a key element of the second proposed sustainable development goal of the new post-2015 agenda, which will be up for adoption at the UN General Assembly in September. It is also at the heart of the Zero Hunger Challenge supported by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva saidthe message of the report was clear: “If we adopt a ‘business as usual’ approach, by 2030, we would still have more than 650 million people suffering from hunger,” which is “why we are championing an approach that combines social protection with additional targeted investments in rural development, agriculture and urban areas that will chiefly benefit the poor.” Noting that a total investment of some $267 billion per year over the next 15 years would eradicate world hunger, Mr. Grzaiano da Silva stressed, “given that this is more or less equivalent to 0.3 per cent of the global GDP, I personally think it is a relatively small price to pay to end hunger.” “We won’t see gains in reducing poverty and hunger unless we seriously invest in rural people,” said IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze. “Given the right kind of tools and resources, small-scale agricultural producers and rural entrepreneurs can transform struggling communities into thriving places.” “We need a dramatic shift in thinking to help the world’s poorest break the cycle of hunger and poverty by 2030. We cannot allow them to be left behind,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “We must invest in the most vulnerable and ensure that they have the tools they need not only to overcome hunger, but to enhance their resources and capabilities.” The report noted how the international community needs to build on the successful experiences of the countries that combined investment and social protection to combat hunger and poverty in rural and urban areas. The chiefs of FAO, IFAD and WFP, the UN’s Rome-based agencies, accompanied the report with an advocacy note, saying that the Financing for Development Conference sought to ensure all nations, especially developing countries, with the means to achieve their development objectives – including the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. According to the report, a “business as usual” approach would still leave some 650 million people hungry in 2030. Conversely, a combined social protection and investment scenario using public funded transfers would lift people out of chronic hunger by ensuring that they earn $1.25 a day, which corresponds to the World Bank-determined poverty line level. The social protection measure would cost an additional $116 billion per year, $75 billion for rural and $41 billion for urban areas. Some $151 billion in additional pro-poor investments – $105 billion for rural development and agriculture and $46 billion for urban areas – would also be required to stimulate income generation for those living in poverty. The combination of social protection and investments would bring the total to $267 billion. While most of the investment would come from the private sector – especially farmers – it would need to be complemented by additional public sector investments in rural infrastructure, transport, health and education. read more

Pennsylvania Is A Battleground State … In Football

TEN66TEN63TEN 30, JAX 9-4.0– HOU68HOU67IND 24, HOU 21-0.4– SEA62SEA60SEA 21, MIN 7-4.2– CAR62CAR56CLE 26, CAR 20+4.8– MIN56.817.9MIA20.211.358.41491 CIN0.40.3OAK0.00.02.41370 DAL59DAL58DAL 29, PHI 23-3.3– PIT78PIT81OAK 24, PIT 21-6.9– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality DET3.53.3BUF0.00.010.11431 TEN34.519.1NYG0.50.540.81485 CAR8.99.4NO100.00.020.31605 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS GB3.24.2CHI99.90.210.01527 DEN5.13.2CLE0.50.79.01445 GB53GB55GB 34, ATL 20-0.1– Playoff %Playoff % IND27.212.3DAL99.20.926.51546 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION DEN63DEN68SF 20, DEN 14-9.0– BAL54.615.1TB0.81.132.81508 PIT62.3%+/-23.1NE99.3%+/-0.747.11617 LAR56LAR62CHI 15, LAR 6-8.9– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com WSH69%NYG51%NYG 40, WSH 16+21.1– BUF70BUF63NYJ 27, BUF 23+7.6– Pennsylvanians went into the 2018 season believing that it might be a banner year for the state’s NFL teams. The Philadelphia Eagles were league champs the season before, and the Pittsburgh Steelers had harbored their own championship aspirations before an upset playoff loss against Jacksonville. Although we’ve never seen a Steelers-Eagles Super Bowl, we’ve come close a few times this century — both teams made the conference championship in 2008-09 (Eagles lost), 2004-05 (Steelers lost) and 2001-02 (both lost). There was reason to think 2018 might bring another chance for a clash between Eastern and Western PA on the game’s biggest stage.Fourteen weeks later, that’s not looking so hot. The Steelers started strong despite a contract impasse with star running back Le’Veon Bell, but they’ve faltered recently in a three-game losing streak and now are in danger of missing the playoffs. And Pittsburgh is this year’s Pennsylvania success story. The defending-champion Eagles continue to suffer from one of history’s worst Super Bowl hangovers and are down to an 18 percent playoff probability after Sunday’s crushing loss to the Dallas Cowboys.In the midst of all of that turmoil, though, Pennsylvania will be at the center of the football universe for Week 15 of the NFL season. According to our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing every team’s odds of making the playoffs),1Which adds up a game’s potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league — including those not participating in the game itself. the Steelers’ game against the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon is the best of the week, while Philly’s Sunday-night clash against the Rams is tied for second-best: ATL0.10.0ARI0.00.01.51409 WSH10.58.6JAX0.00.019.81429 PHI17.614.7LAR100.00.030.81604 Elo beat the typical reader again in Week 14, but it was very close: On average, our predictions won the week by only 6.8 points. Relative to readers, Elo was rightly bearish on the Rams and Broncos, but the readers did get a huge victory over the model in the Giants’ 40-16 blowout of Washington. Knowing that the ‘Skins were down to Mark Sanchez at QB (who was later replaced by Josh “No, not that Josh Johnson” Johnson), readers preyed on Elo’s ignorance and picked Eli Manning and company to win. Although it wasn’t enough to win the week, it was the most lopsided single-game victory of the season by either readers over the computer or vice-versa.Anyway, congrats to Vyascheslav Tolbert (Mike Tolbert’s Russian cousin?), who led all users in Week 14 with 129.5 points, and to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who maintained his No. 1 ranking for the season with 963.4 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, get in on the action before it’s too late! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. LAC84LAC85LAC 26, CIN 21-1.0– The best matchups of Week 15Week 15 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions NO74NO79NO 28, TB 14+1.0– Despite their mind-blowing last-second loss to the Miami Dolphins — and their generally less-impressive-than-usual season — the Patriots don’t have a huge amount riding on their matchup with Pittsburgh. (Win or lose, our model gives them at least a 99 percent chance to make the playoffs.) But the game does have major implications for the Steelers’ postseason future. Right now, Pittsburgh is one of five AFC teams with between a 20 percent and 65 percent playoff probability, according to our model. If the Steelers win, their number goes from 62 percent to 85 percent; if they lose, it drops to 38 percent.Gone are the questions about whether the Steelers could maintain their offensive output without Bell. With James Conner carrying the load at RB instead, Pittsburgh’s offense ranks roughly the same in expected points added per game (fifth) as it did a year ago (third) and has improved from 21st to 11th in EPA on the ground. Even without Conner against the Raiders — and with backups Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley combining for just 32 yards on 16 carries — Pittsburgh’s offense exceeded its usual weekly EPA average (although most teams do that against the Raiders). The real issue has been on defense, where the team ranks fourth-to-last in EPA over the past three weeks, including dead last against the pass. When Derek Carr is shredding your D for a 122.4 passer rating, there are some problems that must be addressed by Mike Tomlin and staff.And Steelers-Patriots has ripple effects that stretch far beyond just Pittsburgh’s chances. The Baltimore Ravens’ odds will go up or down by 13 percentage points depending on who wins in Pittsburgh; Tennessee and Indianapolis will also see their odds shift by multiple percentage points based on the outcome. Three other teams — Miami, Denver and Houston — will get changes of about 1 percentage point apiece. All told, about 47 points of playoff probability will move around on the basis of New England and Pittsburgh’s contest.For the Eagles, their playoff chances all but evaporated after falling to Dallas. While they were able to beat Washington (which is now also sitting at 6-7, two games back of the Cowboys, and now auditioning quarterbacks who walk in off the street) two weeks ago in the most important game of Week 13, Philly was unable to replicate that feat in overtime Sunday, losing the most crucial matchup of Week 14. There are still scenarios left whereby the Eagles can make the playoffs, most of which involve them winning out — while facing winning teams in the Rams and Texans over their three remaining games — and the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers losing games down the stretch. But Philadelphia has dug a deep hole for itself with three weeks to go.As we noted in late October, Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense were above average throwing the ball, but that wasn’t enough to offset a suspect running game and a disappointing defense. Since then, Wentz has basically held steady, but the rushing attack has gotten even worse, and the defense has done nothing to turn its season around. After weeks of waiting for the real Eagles to show up and play like champions, it’s probably time to admit that these are the real Eagles — and their hopes of repeating are slim.A win over L.A. would drag Philadelphia’s playoff chances up to 42 percent, so there is plenty on the line for at least one of the two teams involved Sunday. But with the Rams having locked up their division earlier this month, the game’s second-biggest stakes belong to the Vikings, who would lose 14 points of playoff probability with an Eagles win and gain 6 points if Philly loses. In addition, Washington, Seattle, Detroit, Dallas, Green Bay and Carolina will see at least 1 point of movement to their postseason odds depending on whether the Eagles win or lose.But most of all, it should be a good game. For all their mediocrity this year, the Eagles are still probably better than their 6-7 record, while the Rams are locked in a fight for the No. 1 seed in the NFC and have something to prove offensively after a weak Sunday-night showing against the Bears in Chicago. The Steelers and Patriots are in similar positions — both teams rank among the best in the AFC yet have a lot of questions to answer. Add it up, and the state of Pennsylvania figures to be a key battleground in the playoff ace, even if its teams aren’t exactly as intimidating as they seemed three months ago.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersWant more playoff probabilities? Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings in our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks every team’s odds. You can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game. Try your hand and attempt to climb up our giant leaderboard.Based on data from the prediction contest, here are the matchups in which Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field of readers last week: SEA99.31.1SF0.00.03.31481 LAC99.70.2KC100.00.04.01656 NE72NE75MIA 34, NE 33-7.0– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 14Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 14 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game KC71KC72KC 27, BAL 24-1.1– ARI51DET55DET 17, ARI 3+4.6– HOU96.14.9NYJ0.00.012.71440 read more

Zdravko Zovko takes Zvezda Zvenizgorod

Former women’s NT coach of Croatia, Zdravko Zovko, signed one year contract with Russian TOP team and EHF CL competitor, Zvezda Zvenizgorod. He will succeed legendary Evgeny Trefilov, who wants to stay focus on National team of Russia in next 12 months, until Olympic Games in London next year.– Russia always has TOP quality handball, but we will be the pionners. Handball pionners – said Zovko for Balkan-Handball.com. “They wanted contract on two years, but let’s see, how will things going on…”With Zovko, in Russia going also his assistant Mato Matijevic and goalkeepers coach, Vlado Sola, who will leave his job in C.O Zagreb.The only problem is that Zvezda won’t play in the EHF Champions League next season, after team from Zvenizgorod suffered defeat in the Play-Off semifinal from Dinamo. Zvezda Zvenizgorod ← Previous Story Dejan Peric left Veszprem and moved to Celje! Next Story → ZRK Buducnost won WHRL read more

79yearold man questioned over Newry shooting is released on bail

first_imgA PENSIONER ARRESTED in connection with the shooting of 50-year-old man in Newry yesterday evening has been released on conditional bail.The attack happened at Parkhead Crescent in the town at around 7pm yesterday, and the man was arrested in the early hours of this morning.The PSNI confirmed this afternoon that he had been released on conditional bail pending further enquiries.The victim is being treated in hospital in Belfast, where he is said to be in a critical condition. It’s understood he was shot in the stomach and knee.Alliance Party justice spokesperson Steward Dickson condemned the shooting, saying that those behind it “cannot justify their actions and will not be allowed to drag our society back to the dark days of the past”“My thoughts are with the victim and his family and I urge anyone with information to come forward and contact the police immediately. Those behind this incident must be taken off our streets immediately.”SDLP MLA for the area Dominic Bradley said he had been “shocked” by the attack, and that it could not be justified.The investigation is continuing.Read: Masked men try to make delivery man bring package to police stationlast_img read more

2inch USB Android gaming console GameStick attempts to take on Ouya

first_imgJust last week, we saw the Ouya dev kits ship, and learned that the set-top Android gaming console is still on track for a consumer release. On the heels of that, a new challenger has emerged, and it’s a little different from the Ouya. Dubbed the GameStick, the console is true to its name and is actually packed into a 2-inch USB stick, which happens to fit inside the console’s own controller.At $79, the GameStick is cheaper than the $99 Ouya, and even though the Ouya is a fairly tiny and thus portable box, the GameStick is much smaller, and only really requires people to carry around a controller, rather than a box and controller. The tiny console plays the same games as the Ouya, as it is the same concept, and the developers note that out of the over 700,000 games found on Android, they have identified around 200 that are perfect for the GameStick, and are working with over 250 studios to help bolster the GameStick’s library.The console sports an Amlogic 8726-MX processor, with 8GB of flash memory and 1GB of DDR3 RAM. It supports Bluetooth 4.0, and also comes with the standard 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. The console ships with Jelly Bean.The developers, PlayJam, state that they have a working prototype, and though that prototype isn’t as pretty as the final build will be, they’re 90% of the way toward getting the final pre-production sample. If you aren’t into the GameStick’s own controller (whenever we see what the final build looks like), the console works with any Bluetooth controller supporting HID.As with all Kickstarter projects, there are some rewards for pledging funds. A small pledge of $25 gets you a user account name reservation, as well as being listed as a founder, while a $79 pledge will net you a GameStick console and controller. The retail unit is expected to begin shipping in April of this year, so check out the project if you’re interested.last_img read more

Apple introduces duallens technology for iPhone 7 Plus camera

first_imgDuring Apple’s new iPhone 7 announcement, many of us were focused on the changes to the headphone jack, but the company added another big hardware change. The camera will be getting a major upgrade and will now include two lenses on the larger iPhone 7 Plus.Both serve a separate purpose: one is for wide angle shots–the equivalent of what you already have if you have an iPhone–and another is for telephoto, long-range shots. The latter is the equivalent of 56mm telephoto lens, according to Phillip Schiller, who took the stage during the conference.Tapping the 1x or 2x button on the camera will switch between the two lenses.Together, the two lenses work together to mimic a depth of field effect in photos. This is apparent in portraits where the subject is in focus and the background is blurry (otherwise known as a bokeh). A new portrait mode in the photo editor will allow users to create this effect.Of course, with the new lens, aspiring photographers will be able to zoom in even closer to their subjects, up to a 10x zoom.Users with the standard iPhone 7 will still get an upgraded lens. The new phone will feature a f/1.8 lens that will bring in 50 percent more light than the one on iPhone 6S. There will also be a new 12-megapixel sensor with the same resolution as last year’s phone, but Apple said it will be faster and more efficient. A front-facing 7-megapixel sensor will upgrade the quality of your selfies.Schiller stressed that this new technology wouldn’t replace the power of a DSLR. Professional photographers have incredibly expensive rigs, which can cost thousands of dollars. The dual lenses do promise more options for people who use the iPhone as their primary camera.Out of all the features announced during the keynote on Wednesday, the new camera features are some of the most attractive. The photos taken by Apple smartphones are some of the strongest and no other smartphone out on the market uses two lenses in this capacity. It does bring the phone one step closer to replacing expensive cameras for many customers (just with an expensive smartphone).Additionally, the Retina HD display features a 25 percent brighter display, along with a much wider color gamut and color management. To keep up with the updates to the camera and display, Instagram announced that it will update the app with new filters and features, which will be out later this year.Apple has been touting its camera’s power in ads all over the country, so expect to see more examples to look at when you’re driving down the highway in the future.The phone will be available for pre-order on Sept. 9 and in stores on Sept. 16.last_img read more

Drunk driving suspect bites CHP officers arm in Chula Vista

first_img CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A man suspected of drunk driving was arrested after allegedly biting a California Highway Patrol officer and reaching for the officer’s gun.The officer was responding to a single-car crash reported around 1:15 p.m. Monday near the Main Street on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5, CHP Officer Jake Sanchez said.Firefighters arrived at the scene and found a 35-year-old Chula Vista man acting erratically, Sanchez said.An officer arrived and tried to calm the man down, but the driver continued to act aggressively, CHP Sgt. Steve Jio said. The man allegedly pushed the officer, prompting the officer to try to arrest him.A physical altercation ensued and the officer tried to wrestle the suspect to the ground, Jio said. During the altercation, the suspect allegedly reached for the officer’s gun and bit him on the arm.Footage from the scene showed it took firefighters, several other officers and a tow truck driver to help subdue the suspect.The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment of severe bite injuries to his arm, Jio said.The suspect was taken to a hospital to be evaluated for injuries, Sanchez said. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and assault on a peace officer causing injury. Posted: September 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom September 25, 2018 Drunk driving suspect bites CHP officer’s arm in Chula Vista Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Police Man fatally shot by officers at apartment complex was armed

first_imgVancouver police announced Tuesday that the man fatally shot by police on Jan. 18 was driving a stolen vehicle and was armed with a stolen handgun. Jesse John France, 29, was shot by officers of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in the Addison Apartments parking lot, 7531 N.E. 18th St. Law enforcement was searching for France, who was an ex-convict wanted for failing to check in with his community corrections officer. He was also a suspect in a suspect in several ongoing felony cases.In the apartment complex parking lot, France rammed an unmarked police vehicle, then escalated the situation before officers shot him, according to Vancouver police. France was pronounced dead at the scene.Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department, has declined to say how the situation escalated to the point where officers used deadly force.The Regional Major Crimes Team, a multi-agency team led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting. Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to contact the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.last_img read more

Trail Blazers hand Magic 6th straight loss 10392

first_imgPORTLAND — The Trail Blazers looked as though they would run away with a blowout. But they still needed a furious finish to vanquish the Orlando Magic. Behind 25 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and some late-game heroics from Wesley Matthews, the Blazers defeated the Magic 103-92 Saturday.Aldridge seemed like the only Blazer who had it going consistently much of the night. “He’s usually a stabilizing influence and he was that when he was on the court,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said of his All-Star. “We had to play him at the 5 a little bit tonight to give a different look, and he was effective with that.” Matthews scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter along with four of his eight rebounds and two steals that led to baskets. His best play was a steal on Orlando’s Victor Oladipo which gave him a chance for a 3-point play. “He came up with those and those are big momentum plays, big fourth-quarter plays,” Stotts said of Matthews’ defense.“That’s what he does for us,” said Damian Lillard of Matthews. “He does it every night. He plays hard, he’s a soldier and that’s what we’re used to. Tonight was him doing that once again.”Lillard had a rough night, going 3-of-10 from the field. But as usual he saved his best for the fourth quarter, scoring eight of his 16 points in the final period.last_img read more

Matisyahus Festival Of Light Promises Acoustic Inspiration

first_imgNews The unique Jewish reggae rapper/singer assembles fresh reasons for holiday cheer in BrooklynPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 28, 2018 – 3:53 pm Matisyahu’s unexpected combinations of Jewish faith, Jamaican reggae and rap have always included uplifting inspiration. Joined by The Soul Rebels and GRiZ on Dec. 6 — the fifth night of Hanukkah — all that and more will be on stage for an acoustic celebration of his annual Festival Of Light at Brooklyn Steel.At the 49th GRAMMY Awards, Matisyahu’s 2006 album Youth was nominated for Best Reggae Album. Although he no longer dresses in Hasidic garb, his musical presentation remains always unusual. The night’s featured jazz brass ensemble, The Soul Rebels , come from New Orleans and marching band traditions but are also eclectic and consistently unexpected, leading to unusual improvisations with Matisyahu on stage.GRiZ is also on the bill, the electronic DJ and producer known for his saxophone skills. Combinations of influences, traditions, brass, and funk should be surprising, set in Brooklyn Steel’s intriguingly industrial ambience. Tickets for the Dec. 6 event are available at AXS online. With so many different elements blending organically together, holiday inspiration and good-will are bound to be part of the night’s musical flow.GRiZ Gives Back To Hometown Of Detroit With Fifth Annual 12 Days of GRiZMASRead more Facebook Twitter Email Matisyahu’s Festival Of Light Promises Acoustic Inspiration https://twitter.com/matisyahu/status/1063086996954861568 Matisyahu’s Uplifting Festival Of Light matisyahus-festival-light-promises-acoustic-inspirationlast_img read more

Spain police arrest Putin critic

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 18 November 2014 Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the investment fund Hermitage Capital Management William Browder attends the `Prospects for Russia after Putin` debate in the Houses of Parliament, central London. AFPSpanish police arrested Bill Browder, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin heads a British investment fund, in Madrid on Wednesday, according to a tweet by Browder from the back of Spanish police car.Head of investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, Browder led a campaign to expose corruption and punish Russian officials he blames for the 2009 death of Sergei Magnitsky, who he employed as a lawyer.”In the back of the Spanish police car going to station on the Russian arrest warrant. They won’t tell me which station,” Browder sent from his Twitter account, including a photo of two police officers in the front of a squad car.Neither the Spanish police, High Court nor Interior Ministry could confirm the arrest on Wednesday.last_img

UPDATE Russian Shopping Mall Fire Kills 64 No Alarms Reported

first_imgWitnesses say fire alarms were silent and staff was nowhere to be seen when a fire at a shopping mall packed with children and their parents on the first weekend of the school recess killed 64 people in Russia’s Siberia.The fire at the Winter Cherry mall in Kemerovo, a city about 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, was extinguished by Monday morning after burning through the night.Sixty-four deaths were confirmed after firefighters finished combing through the four floors of the mall, Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov told a televised briefing. Six of the bodies have not yet been recovered. Some of the dead were found inside a cinema, which one witness said had been locked shut.Investigators said Monday that emergency exits were blocked and a security guard turned off the public announcement system when he received a call about the blaze, but they provided no information why that happened.On Monday morning, Kemerovo residents were bringing flowers, candles and stuffed animals to a plaza outside the mall, and local hospitals reported an influx of people wanting to donate blood for the victims.Out of 23 victims whose bodies have been identified, eight are children, the emergency officials said.Thirteen people have been hospitalized. Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova, who visited the Keremovo hospital where the victims were receiving treatment, said on Russian state television that the patient in the gravest condition is an 11-year-old boy who jumped out of a window from the fourth floor. The boy’s parents and younger sister died in the fire, Skvortsova said.Some 200 animals are also believed to have died in the mall’s petting zoo. The zoo’s manager told the Tass news agency that the animals included rabbits, turtles, pigs, goats and rodents.Russia’s top investigative body said Monday afternoon that they are searching for a security officer who appears to have turned off the PA system when he received a call about the blaze.Four people have been detained in connection with the deadly fire, including one of the mall’s tenants. The investigators did not give the cause of the fire but said they have obtained evidence proving “flagrant violations” that could have contributed to the heavy loss of life, including the fact that the fire escapes were blocked.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday it was too early to draw conclusions about whether local officials failed in Kemerovo.Witness testimony indicated that the fire alarms were not working, but it was not clear why. Eyewitnesses also said that staff did not arrange for the evacuation at the shopping mall, which was converted from a former confectionery factory in 2013.Winter Cherry was one of Kemerovo’s most popular entertainment centers for children, with its own indoor skating rink, petting zoo and trampolines. Kemerovo residents said the mall was packed with children and their parents.Anna Zarechneva, who was on the top floor where the fire started, watching a movie with her husband and son, said they only found out about the fire when a man ran into the theater shouting.“We didn’t hear the fire alarm, they even didn’t turn on the light during the show,” she said. “That movie could have been the last for us, I’ve only just realized that.”Alexander Lillevyali lost three daughters — 11-year-old twins and a 5-year-old — who were in a cinema hall on the top floor watching a cartoon.Lillevyali told the Meduza news website that one of his daughters called him, saying that they could smell the smoke but could not get out because the door was locked.“I was shouting into the phone, telling her to get out but there was nothing I could do — the fire was in front of me,” he said.The Prosecutor General’s Office on Monday ordered all shopping malls in Russia to be checked for fire safety features.Russian companies routinely complain about excessive checks from various government agencies, which often abuse elaborate rules and regulations to pressure businesses. As a result, many companies prefer to pay bribes instead of complying with outdated and excessive regulations, including fire safety rules.President Vladimir Putin late on Sunday offered his “deep condolences” to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called for a moment of silence at a session of the government on Monday.Pope Francis said in a telegram to Putin that he is “deeply saddened” by the loss of life. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel both issued condolences to Russia, with Merkel quoted as telling Putin: “We grieve with you.”More than 24 hours after the blaze engulfed the building, the owner of the mall still has not come forward.Local media named millionaire Denis Shtengelov who built his fortune through a company producing snack food as the owner of the mall. Shtengelov, however, insisted in an interview with the business daily Vedomosti that even though he was initially a majority owner of the mall, he now owns only a minority stake along with “many” other unnamed investors.Igor Yurgens, president of the Russian Union of Insurance Companies, told state television that individual shops were insured but the mall does not appear to have an insurance policy. Yurgens speculated that the mall did not sign an insurance contract because its fire safety features were below standards. Sharelast_img read more

Appreciation for Women

first_imgWOLB Radio One Talk Show Host and former senator, Larry Young, presented awards to local women that stated, “In appreciation for the achievements and positive contributions you have made to your family, community and society at large. As an African American male Carrying the Torch of Success, you make us proud.” Along with local attorney A. Dwight Pettit, Young presented awards to Tessa Hill Aston, Janet Blair, LaDawn Black, Del. Aisha N. Braveboy, Rev. Annie Chambers, Christina Flowers, Diane Hocker, Dr. Brenda Bowe Johnson and Del. Adrienne Jones.last_img read more

Netflix Picks Up Kim Jeewoons Wolf Brigade EXCLUSIVE

first_img Popular on Variety “Illang” was produced by Lewis Pictures on a budget reported by Korean media as $18 million. Production was announced in 2013, but a lensing debut was repeatedly stalled. Filming, largely in studios in Seoul, ran a lengthy six months from August 2017 to March this year, and was accompanied by extensive VFX work.Kim’s “Shadows,” which was selected as Korea’s foreign language Oscars contender, was also previously backed and distributed in Korea by Warner Bros.Netflix has a growing roster of Korean films and original series. Its first Korean series, “Love Alarm,” premiered earlier this year. It recently confirmed two seasons of “Kingdom,” a period, alien series, from writer Kim Eun-hee, and Kim Seong-hun, director of hit film “Tunnel.” The company previously backed another top Korean director Bong Joon-ho in making feature “Okja” which premiered at Cannes in 2017. Netflix has acquired nearly global rights to “Illang: The Wolf Brigade,” a new action thriller from leading South Korean director Kim Jee-woon.The film, previously also known as “Inrang” is a live action adaptation of 1999 Japanese-made animation “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.” Set in 2029, it follows the actions of a special forces squad set up to quell a terrorist sect which opposes the formation of a joint government between North and South Korea.Kim, whose credits include “The Age of Shadows,” and “The Good, The Bad, The Weird,” has assembled a star cast that includes Jung Woo-sung, Han Hyo-joo, and Gang Dong-won.The streaming giant is understood to have picked up all rights outside Korea, but it has not yet revealed a release date. Its holdback is likely to take into account both the Korean theatrical release, through Warner Bros. starting on July 25, and the film’s recent selection to play at the San Sebastian festival in September.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more