India vs Australia: Virat Kohli says his men not motivated by history ahead of SCG Test

first_imgIndia are on the cusp of their first Test series victory in Australia but skipper Virat Kohli made it clear his men were not motivated by history ahead of the New Year’s Test which starts at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.India lead the four-match series 2-1 with victories in Adelaide and Melbourne. On Sunday, India sealed their first ever Boxing Day Test in history and Australia, struggling without Steve Smith and David Warner, will be hard pressed to stop India from winning the series.However, Kohli said his team wanted to focus on the present and do everything in their control. Indian teams have stressed on the need to do processes right and it now seems things are coming together for Kohli’s side after a string of overseas Test defeats.India began 2018 with a 1-2 series defeat in South Africa before losing 1-4 in England. However, against a depleted Australian team down under, India have been dominant with bat and ball. Besides, after the debacle in Perth where they went in without a single spinner on a green pitch. As it turned out, Australia’s off-spinner Nathan Lyon picked eight wickets to win the man-of-the-match award.On the eve of the SCG Test, Kohli urged his men to understand the importance of the match and what is at stake.”If you ask me very honestly, no. Because what is gone is not in our control and what is to come is something that we need to think about. We need to stay in the present and focus on things that we can do, the controllables, we need to figure out what the controllables are and focus on them,” Kohli told the media on Wednesday.advertisement”The reason why we want to win this Test is because we understand as cricketers how difficult it is to come here and play. As I said at the high tea yesterday, it is not the team that you are playing against, the whole nation because they get behind the team so well. And when you walk into bat you feel like 40,000 people want your wicket, not just the eleven guys on the field, so we understand as cricketers how difficult it is and purely just to take that challenge on, we want to win here. And it has nothing to do with proving that we have done something that which haven’t been done in the past.”Every team that comes here wants to win, obviously. So I’m sure that they would have had the same intention, but the motivation has never been to change history.”It’s only been to overcome the challenge that is in front of you, as a sportsman and as a cricketer, you can ask anyone, that’s the most important thing, that’s something you look forward to, not necessarily proving something to someone or changing history, just crossing a hurdle and making your self believe that you are good enough to be at this level and beat any team anywhere in the world and that’s the most important thing,” Kohli said.Meanwhile, India will be without Rohit Sharma for the fourth and final Test as he returned home following the birth of his child. It looks like SCG will offer a turning pitch but there is a cloud over R Ashwin’s availability.Ashwin was named in the 13-man squad for the SCG Test but a final call on his availability will be taken on Thursday.Kohli said Ashwin is crucial to India’s plans in Test cricket and added the off-spinner was very disappointed with his current status.”Well, it is unfortunate that he has had two niggles that are quite similar in the last couple of away tours. That is something obviously him more than anyone else will be focussed to correct. The physio and trainer have spoken to him in terms of what is required, in order to get over that injury. He is very important for sure. In Test cricket, he is a vital part of this team and we want him to be hundred per cent fit and for a longer period, so that he can contribute more to us in the test format, as you mentioned.”He is very disappointed with the fact that he is not able to recover in time. But the things have been laid out to him, to get back to full fitness and honestly you can’t predict an injury, only when it happens you can manage it and he is doing what he can to get over that injury.”advertisementAlso Read | Ishant out injured, Kuldeep named in 13-man squadAlso Read | Australia delay announcing playing XI for SCG TestAlso Watch | Fans in Sydney enamoured with Virat Kohli ahead of New Year’s TestAlso Watch | Dog agrees with Virat Kohli as India captain says: No pressure in SydneyAlso Watch | Virat Kohli’s press conference in Sydneylast_img read more

Shakib Al Hasan has got a point to prove in World Cup 2019: Bangladesh coach Rhodes

first_imgThe tag of world’s premier all-rounder rightfully belongs to Shakib Al Hasan, who is all set to prove a point to his critics, feels Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes.Shakib has recently regained his top ODI all-rounder’s position in ICC rankings and Bangladesh’s greatest ever cricketer with more than 5000 runs and 250 wickets in the 50-over format will play a key role for the ‘Tigers’.There were some doubts surrounding Shakib’s fitness but the coach insisted that he is fine.”Shakib is fine. He is in a great position physically. He had a little problem in Ireland but he’s got over that and is raring to go. He is looking forward to a wonderful tournament. I think he’s got a bit of a point to prove and he probably thinks that as well,” Rhodes was quoted as saying in the ICC website.The talented all-rounder, according to Bangladesh coach was falling off the radar a bit but is now slowly getting back to his best.”He (Shakib) seems to have been a little bit forgotten but now he’s back as the world’s No.1 all-rounder in ODI cricket – and that’s where we think he belongs. But he’s got a point to prove to make sure everybody else believes that.”One area of concern has been the injury to another key all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad, who is currently nursing a shoulder niggle.Rhodes said: “Mahmudullah’s shoulder is coming along a little slowly. I don’t think it would have been possible for him to bowl against Pakistan in the warm-up game. We are very optimistic that we can get him up and running for the early stages of the World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

Finalistes dévoilés aux prix provinciaux pour les arts

first_img Simon Docking, pianiste classique Sue Goyette, poète et romancière Sheilagh Hunt, chorégraphe célébrée Shandi Mitchell, auteure et cinéaste Sara MacCulloch, artiste visuelle Scott Macmillan, compositeur et interprète primé Ivan Murphy, artiste visuel et éducateur Dan O’Neill, graveur, artiste visuel et éducateur Susan Tooke, artiste visuelle et illustratrice de livres pour enfants Dinuk Wijeratne, compositeur, pianiste et chef d’orchestre Thom Fitzgerald d’Halifax, cinéaste primé qui a apporté d’importantes contributions aux arts des médias et de la scène. Gerald Gloade de la Première nation Millbrook, artiste mi’kmaq accompli, illustrateur, sculpteur et éducateur. James MacSwain d’Halifax, photographe, artiste du collage et cinéaste. Le lauréat du Prix Portia White, présenté par le ministère des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, reçoit 18 000 $ et est chargé de choisir un artiste ou un organisme culturel néo-écossais qui recevra le Prix de protégé d’une valeur de 7 000 $. Trois collectivités ont été choisies comme finalistes au Prix communautaire pour les arts et la culture, présenté par le Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse. Antigonish, Chéticamp et l’île Christmas sont les finalistes au prix d’une valeur de 10 000 $, qui vise à appuyer l’intégration des arts et de la culture dans la vie communautaire. Dix artistes ont été choisis comme finalistes aux Prix de mérite pour un artiste établi, d’une valeur de 5 000 $ chacun. Ces prix sont également présentés par le Conseil. Les finalistes sont : Les Néo-Écossais se préparent à célébrer les contributions des arts et de la culture dans le cadre du sixième gala de remise des prix pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse, et les finalistes à trois prix pour les arts ont été dévoilés, aujourd’hui 20 octobre. Les prix seront remis lors du gala, présenté par le Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse, le 28 octobre prochain au Centre Cunard à Halifax. Les gens peuvent se procurer des billets pour le gala au « La Nouvelle-Écosse a une fière tradition d’excellence en matière de création, a dit David Wilson, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Les finalistes de cette année poursuivent cette tradition et contribuent à améliorer la vie des familles dans les communautés de la province. » Un comité indépendant d’artistes a évalué les mises en candidature au Prix Portia White et a choisi les finalistes. Les finalistes au Prix communautaire pour les arts et la culture et aux Prix de mérite pour un artiste établi ont été choisis par des comités indépendants distincts. Trois artistes distingués ont été choisis comme finalistes au prestigieux Prix Portia White, d’une valeur de 25 000 $ : Le Prix du chef-d’œuvre de la lieutenante-gouverneure de la Nouvelle-Écosse sera également remis dans le cadre du gala. Les finalistes à ce prix ont été dévoilés le 26 septembre. Des renseignements supplémentaires à ce sujet sont disponibles au read more

Ownership rights in Delhis unauthorized colonies

first_imgNew Delhi: Residents of unauthorized colonies in Delhi will soon be allowed to register their houses, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday, adding that the central government had given a positive response to the Delhi Cabinet’s proposal. Speaking to the media, Kejriwal said that in November 2015 the Delhi Cabinet approved a proposal to grant ownership rights for people living in the unauthorized colonies. “In November 2015, we sent a proposal to the Centre. On Wednesday evening, the Centre gave a positive response,” Kejriwal said. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic He said the Centre had asked some technical questions, to which the Delhi government would respond in two to three days. According to the government, there are 1,797 unauthorized colonies in the city. Kejriwal said the people living in the unauthorized colonies would be allowed to register their houses after the final approval from the Centre. “The reply from the Centre seemed to be very positive. I want to thank the Central government for the same,” Kejriwal said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The Chief Minister said that people in unauthorized colonies had been cheated repeatedly. “Bus as soon as we came to power, we decided that we will provide their rights to them.” Kejriwal said he has directed the Registry Department to gear up for the “large number of people coming up for registry”. “I am happy that the dream of the poor are fulfilled. Their living standard was very bad. Our government has spent about Rs 6,000 crore for the development of these colonies,” he said. Asked if the step was taken as the Assembly elections were approaching, Kejriwal said the process was complex and so it consumed time. He said he does not want to indulge in any blame game over the delay.last_img read more

Childrens books explore restoration amidst tragedy of Halifax Explosion

first_imgHALIFAX – A fresh generation of children’s books is finding the grace notes in Halifax’s worst moment — a massive explosion that levelled much of the city 100 years ago but inspired acts of kindness that still resonate.The books vary on how closely they approach the widespread injury and nearly 2,000 deaths that resulted from the massive Halifax Explosion of Dec. 6, 1917, when a French munitions ship collided with a Belgian relief vessel in the city’s wartime harbour.Still, as hurricanes and earthquakes batter communities around the globe, the retelling of Halifax’s time of trial tend to come together in their desire to find hope amidst the floods and rubble.“I didn’t want to dwell on the destruction, but more on the help that people gave,” said Marijke Simons, author of The Flying Squirrel Stowaways: from Nova Scotia to Boston (Nimbus), one of two picture books for young children that recall how Boston residents rushed north in a train to assist.Other books deal with the experiences of a Halifax newsboy, and of an orphaned girl who loses her family.The Christmas tree given each year as a gift by Halifax to its southern neighbour is a key theme for Simons as well as for illustrator Belle DeMont and her father John DeMont in their book The Little Tree by the Sea: From Halifax to Boston with Love (MacIntyre Purcell Publishing).The main character in The Little Tree by the Sea is an imaginary tree that grows on the slope of Citadel Hill overlooking the city, calling out in alarm as the Mont Blanc collides with the Imo.Belle DeMont’s fiery depiction of the blast doesn’t shy away from the terror of the event, though the story shows just a few examples of injured citizens.Canary yellow streets and pea green city buildings prior to the event move into more sombre indigos and deep purple skies and seas afterwards, as the tree’s cry for help drifts across the water to Boston.The little tree eventually grows tall in the “city by the sea” and offers itself as recollection of love.“It’s finding the sweet that counters the bitter always, in any situation. My favourite kids’ books are ones that goes down and up just like life does. You find solutions. You find silver linings,” Belle said in an interview.Simons’ book only references the explosion indirectly, though it is focused on coping with adversity. The artist and teacher has created flying squirrels whose enormous eastern spruce becomes the annual gift from Halifax to its southern neighbour, forcing them to seek a new home.Simons, her husband and her granddaughter travelled to the site at Waycobah, N.S., and watched as Mi’kmaq elders performed a smudging ceremony in the tree’s honour before it was cut and loaded on a truck for its journey into Halifax and then southwards.The author leans over to speak to her granddaughter as the sacred ceremony unfolds, saying, “Boston sent us a trainload of nurses and doctors. No one forgets a kindness like that.”She says she was inspired by how the Bostonians responded with its supplies, people and its knowledge of how to rebuild.The artist said in her research she also ran across the work of the Massachusetts-Halifax Health Commission, formed as a direct outcome of the explosion, which produced health reforms that saved lives for generations to come.More detailed accounts of response are found in Allison Lawlor’s non-fiction book Broken Pieces: An Orphan of the Halifax Explosion (Nimbus), aimed at seven- to 10-year-old readers.Lawlor tells the story of 14-year-old Barbara Orr, who was walking to a friend’s house when the explosion occurred. Readers learn about rescue efforts and historical events such as the bravery of Vincent Coleman, the railway dispatcher who stayed at his station to send out a warning.The writer quotes television personality Fred Rogers, who said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me: ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”Jacqueline Halsey, whose book Explosion Newsie (Formac) was published in 2015, will join John and Belle DeMont and Simons to discuss how children relate to the city’s most notable moment at a book festival in the city this weekend.Her book told the story of nine-year-old Macky as he delivers newspapers both before and after the explosion. His efforts help people discover their injured loved ones.The former librarian says children continue to need stories of disaster and of redemption, for this is what life is like.“My mother grew up in the Blitz, night after night being bombed … and my daughter was in Fort McMurray (Alberta) and her house was burned in a blink of an eye,” she said in a telephone interview.“Looking back at the Halifax Explosion you see people rise again. If you love your community and you love each other, you can rebuild.”Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Previous versions said The Little Tree by the Sea was published by Nimbus, not MacIntyre Purcell.last_img read more

Stars Attend Tony Bennetts Exploring The Arts Gala

first_imgEarlier this week, Tony Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto, hosted the 7th annual gala event for Exploring The Arts which raised more than $1M for arts education in public high schools in New York City and Los Angeles.Kevin Spacey attends Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto’s Exploring the Arts GalaGayle King, Co-Anchor of CBS This Morning and editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine, hosted the evening with special performances from Kevin Spacey and Natalie Cole. The event honored Netflix Chief Content Officer and ETA board treasurer, Ted Sarandos who has led content acquisition for Netflix since 2000 and is seen as an innovator in film acquisition and distribution.The evening began with Kevin Spacey’s performance of “In the Wee Small Hours of the morning” and “All the Way”, followed by Natalie Cole singing iconic favorites including “Best is Yet to Come” and “Unforgettable”. To everyone’s delight, Tony ended the evening with “They All Laughed,” “Who Cares,” and “The Way You Look Tonight.” Students from the Professional Performing Arts School, which is an ETA partner school, also performed a rendition of “Get Happy.” Among the more than 400 guests who attended the event at Cipriani on Wall Street, were Allison Williams, Regis & Joy Philbin, Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, and Russell Peters: Notorious.“2013 was a defining year for Exploring the Arts,” Tony Bennett commented, “In May, we expanded our programs outside New York to three public high schools in East Los Angeles. ETA’s main goal is to positively impact and change the lives of those involved in public school art programs across that nation and Susan and I are so thankful for the tremendous and continuous support year after year.”Exploring the Arts (ETA) was founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto. Tony Bennett and ETA’s initial endeavor was the founding of, in association with the Department of Education of NYC, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts — a state of the art NYC public high school offering an extensive arts education curriculum located in Tony’s hometown of Astoria, Queens. ETA programs connect private funders, individual artists, and cultural institutions to Partner Schools to achieve greater equality of resources and opportunity for youth of all means and backgrounds. ETA transforms the lives of young people by working collaboratively with public high schools to help them build quality arts programs through strategic planning and funding support. Currently, ETA serves 14 partnering high schools throughout New York City’s 5 boroughs, benefiting more than 10,000 public school students, the majority of whom live below the poverty line. In May 2013, ETA expanded to support 3 public high schools in East Los Angeles.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Sikkim Police constable on poll duty feared drowned in Ganga

first_imgKolkata: A constable of Sikkim Police, who had come to Bengal on poll duty, reported went missing while he was bathing in river Ganga at Jangipur in Murshidabad.Despite extensive search operations the police constable was not found till Sunday. According to sources, a few sections of Sikkim Police have been deployed in Bengal as Central Forces for the Lok Sabha elections. They have been sent to Jangipur for the third phase of elections, which is scheduled on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBefore the poll duty, some of the police personnel decided to spend some time to explore the area. On Saturday afternoon, five constables of Sikkim Police, including the missing one identified as Ningur Chiring Lepcha, went to the bank of Ganga. All of them were taking a bath in the river when suddenly one of them noticed that Lepcha was missing. After waiting for him for almost one hour other constable informed their unit and superiors about the incident. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayImmediately, police personnel from Raghunathgunj Police station went to the spot along with divers and started a search operation. Some local residents also went to the river to search for the missing police constable. However, till night Lepcha could not be traced. Again from Sunday morning search operation was conducted but till evening there was no trace of Lepcha. Sources informed that the search operation will continue on Monday as well. Lepcha’s family members have been informed in Sikkim. Other police stations adjacent to the Raghunathgunj police station area have been asked to keep a vigil on the banks of the Ganga. They have provided with the details about Lepcha’s physical description.last_img read more

FIFA 2014 World Cup Countdown

By Marisa FernandezBuenos AiresThe most important sporting event in the world is in its final countdown to June 12th.  On that day, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the men in yellow will be taking on the men from Croatia.  The tournament will host 32 teams from all corners of the globe, competing at 12 venues throughout Brazil, accompanied by over 600,000 fans all passionately supporting their teams and eagerly hoping for the final glory. The hubbub for football madness is overwhelming everywhere, but especially in Brazil and Argentina, the two eternal death-match contenders. Brazil is the land of football, Brazilians like to say and they have been preparing for the event since they were elected as hosts of it.  Football means life and passion for them, and they really “live” this championship in their country.Airports, travel agencies, hotels, banks, merchandisers and others are all bracing to welcome international travelers for the football premier, despite Brazil enduring a year of international news showing protests over charges in political affairs such as wasteful spending, corruption and other complaints. Brazil is hoping that negativity will be left aside when people are engaged in football.“We’re prepared to offer the world a marvelous spectacle made richer with happiness, respect and kindness that is characteristic of Brazilian people” said President Rousseff Dilma when presenting the World Cup Trophy for public viewing in Brazilia, as reported by Associated Press. In fact, everything there is well-prepared: TV broadcasting, blogs, ads, stamps, games, clothes, banners, flags, mascots, ball, and more unusual objects transformed just for the sake of football passion.When talking about winners, Brazil will declare for sure to get the sixth cup as they have painted on buses showing their extrovert sense of pride in football.  But Pelé, the greatest Brazilian footballer, who won the World Cup three times, is wary about tipping them as winners. “Football is a box of surprises” he said to CNN, pointing to Argentina, Italy, Germany and Spain as major challengers. “But Brazilian football is still the best and most beautiful in the world,” he added.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

UN declares Myanmar free of maternal and neonatal tetanus

4 June 2010Years of persistent efforts to vaccinate all pregnant women in Myanmar against maternal and neonatal tetanus have borne fruit with the country now declared free of the disease, the second East Asian nation to have achieved that milestone status, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today. Years of persistent efforts to vaccinate all pregnant women in Myanmar against maternal and neonatal tetanus have borne fruit with the country now declared free of the disease, the second East Asian nation to have achieved that milestone status, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.“The achievement came as a result of joint efforts of all the partners collaborating with the Ministry of Health, who worked hard for many years to reach this stage,” said Ramesh Shrestha, UNICEF Representative in Myanmar. “But it is also a reminder that the momentum needs to be sustained and routine immunization must be further strengthened to ensure maintenance of the elimination status,” he added.Myanmar’s status as a maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination country was confirmed last month by international experts through a process led by the UN World Health Organization (WHO). Viet Nam is the only other country in the region to have achieved that status.The achievement followed Myanmar’s systematic efforts for several years to reach all pregnant women with tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccines and making provisions for safe and clean deliveries throughout the country, as well as conducting extensive supplemental TT immunization activities with strong support from UNICEF since 1999 that targeted women of child-bearing age.The status validation process included a community-based survey of neonatal mortality rates due to tetanus in all children born from April 2009 to April this year in the townships selected for the survey.The community-based survey used standard WHO methodology and was conducted in the townships of South Okalappa (Yangon Division), Singaing (Mandalay Division) and Saw (Magway Division). The townships were chosen for survey through an extensive review process that indicated they were likely to have the highest maternal and neonatal tetanus burden.On 18 May, the results of the survey revealed that neonatal tetanus mortality was reduced to less than 1 case per 1,000 live births in the surveyed townships. The survey confirmed that the disease has been eliminated as a public health problem in those townships, as well as Myanmar as a whole.Neonatal tetanus is a form of generalized tetanus affecting infants during the first month of their life and is estimated to cause approximately 59,000 deaths per year worldwide. Maternal tetanus has a similar nature and affects women during pregnancy and, more often, following unclean deliveries and abortions. Since both share the same risk factors and means of prevention, neonatal tetanus elimination acts as proxy for maternal tetanus eradication.Between 1999 and 2006, some 6.7 million women of child-bearing age in Myanmar were targeted and more than 80 per cent of them were protected with two doses of TT. In 2007, review of relevant health indicators led to the identification of 60 and 27 townships respectively for receiving one and three rounds of intensified TT immunization activities for about 3 million women of child-bearing age. In 2008 and 2009, the targeted areas were further narrowed down and corrective supplementary immunization was administered in seven townships. The final 1 million eligible women were reached by additional mass TT campaigns.While the validation of maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination status by WHO experts is an important milestone, the partners will now need to make sure that this status is maintained. The Ministry of Health has already developed plans to sustain the elimination status by maintaining high protection levels against tetanus in mothers and newborns and controlling chances of contracting tetanus during and after delivery and birth.Despite the progress made since the late 1980s, maternal and neonatal tetanus continues to be a public health problem in many developing countries and can account for a considerable proportion of maternal and neonatal deaths in high-risk areas. Since 2000, 18 countries have eliminated the problem. Elimination efforts will now focus on 40 other countries. read more

TD makes donation

From left: Doug Earle, Thomas Dunk, Monique Homer, Douglas Kneale, Amy ElderMonique Homer, TD Canada Trust’s District Vice-President for Niagara, visited Brock this month to drop off the first installment of a $500,000 donation to the university.The company made the donation as part of the Campaign for a Bold New Brock. The gift will help create a TD Bursary for Environmental Studies as well as support the development of the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts campus in downtown St. Catharines.At the event was, from left, Doug Earle, executive director of the Campaign for a Bold New Brock; Thomas Dunk, Dean of Social Sciences; Homer; Douglas Kneale, Dean of Humanities, and Amy Elder, director of Career Services.Related story:• TD donates $500,000 to Bold New Brock read more

Celgene Corp to pay 280M to settle cancer drug fraud suit

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Celgene Corp. has agreed to pay $280 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the pharmaceutical company committed fraud promoting a drug with a notorious history that was re-purposed to treat leprosy and another therapy for unapproved cancer treatments, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.The agreement settled a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court by a former Celgene saleswoman who said the New Jersey-based company submitted false claims to Medicare and health care programs in 28 states and Washington, D.C., which were all parties to the settlement.“Patients deserve to know their doctors are prescribing drugs that are likely to provide effective treatment, rather than drugs marketed aggressively by pharmaceutical companies,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Brown.The lawsuit filed by Beverly Brown was brought on behalf of the U.S. government under a federal whistleblower law. She could receive as much as $84 million as her share of the settlement.Celgene denied wrongdoing and settled to avoid uncertainty, distraction and expensive litigation, the company said in a statement.Brown was an “immunology specialist” trained by Celgene to promote Thalomid and Revlimid drugs for cancer treatments that had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the lawsuit said.Thalomid, another name for thalidomide, a drug prescribed for morning sickness in the 1950s and 1960s that caused severe birth defects, was approved by the agency in 1998 for treating leprosy.Because Thalomid would only be useful to a fraction of the few hundred leprosy cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year, the company developed a plan to promote the drug for cancer, the lawsuit said.Doctors can prescribe drugs for other purposes if they think they will be effective, and the company marketed the drug directly to them to treat blood cancers and tumors, the lawsuit said.The FDA contacted Celgene and sent letters warning about its promotional efforts and for failing to warn about potential fatal risks from the toxic drugs, the lawsuit said.“Their use in off-label indications was tantamount to human experimentation,” Brown’s lawyers wrote in one court filing. “Celgene compounded this by instructing its sales representatives to conceal the drugs’ risks, including most notably the potential for lethal blood clots.”While Thalomid and Revlimid, a successor derived from thalidomide, were later approved for limited cancer treatments, their widespread promotion in advance of approvals led Celgene “from the verge of extinction to the multi-billion company it is today,” the lawsuit said.In one of its annual reports, the company said in 1999 that 90 per cent of Thalomid prescriptions were for cancer and the drug earned more than $100 million a year in sales through 2005, when it earned approximately $389 million, the lawsuit said. Revlimid brought in more than $1.7 billion in 2008 and 2009, the lawsuit said.The lawsuit also claimed Celgene used false and misleading statements and paid kickbacks to doctors to prescribe the drugs.A judge threw out the kickbacks allegation last year, but allowed the lawsuit to proceed.Under the False Claims Act, Brown can receive 25 per cent to 30 per cent of the settlement. She would have been eligible for a smaller share if the government had intervened to take over the case.In 2012, a former banker earned $104 million — the largest individual government whistleblower award — for helping expose a widespread tax evasion scheme by the Swiss banking behemoth UBS AG.For Brown, who brought the case in 2010 after leaving the company, it was a long and, at times, emotional experience, attorney Thomas Bienert said.“I’m extremely pleased to have been a part of recouping this amount of money for the taxpayer and for seeing our courageous client, Beverly Brown, vindicated in pursuing this matter,” Bienert said. Celgene Corp. to pay $280M to settle cancer drug fraud suit by Brian Melley, The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2017 3:02 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 25, 2017 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Womens Hockey Ohio State reaches NCAA tournament for first appearance in program

Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve (32) sits on the puck after a save in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 5 Ohio State women’s hockey team has made history — again.The Buckeyes reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history and now have a shot to bring home their first national title with three straight wins. They will face fourth-seeded Boston College (30-4-3, 19-2-3 Hockey East) in the NCAA quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.After losing 2-0 to Minnesota on Saturday during the WCHA Final Face-Off, the Buckeyes (23-10-4, 14-6-4 WCHA) were named an at-large team an at-large team in the tournament Sunday.  Ohio State will compete in the tournament with Clarkson, Mercyhurst, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colgate, Northeastern and Boston College. Each winner of the quarterfinals will advance to the 2018 Women’s Frozen Four. Should Ohio State win, it would face the winner of top-seeded Clarkson’s matchup against Mercyhurst. Second-seeded Wisconsin will host Minnesota. No. 3 Colgate University hosts Northeastern University. Boston College holds the fourth seed in the tournament and hosts the Buckeyes. Following two straight losing seasons, Ohio State made history this season by claiming the program record for wins in a season and at one point was ranked third in the country, higher than ever before in program history. A win in the NCAA tournament would add another improbable feat to the continued turnaround under second-year head coach Nadine Muzerall, who was named WCHA coach of the year.The Buckeyes will lace up their skates and take the ice at the Conte Forum at 1 p.m. Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. read more

Archbishop urges people to put rivalries and hatred aside

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Archbishop of Canterbury has used his Christmas Day sermon to urge the British public to put rivalries and hatred aside.In comments that appear to echo the Queen’s Christmas Day message encouraging people to overcome “deeply held differences,” the Most Reverend Justin Welby said that fears surrounding “gathering shadows” or “great events” could be allayed by the teachings of Jesus Christ.Addressing a congregation at Canterbury Cathedral, he said: “God’s language of love is exclusive. It requires us to forget other languages of hatred, tribalism, rivalry, political advantage and of materialism, pride, greed, and so many more.”The Archbishop added that the Christian faith also offered support when “suffering overwhelms and all answers seem vain”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––While he did not mention Brexit in his sermon, the archbishop has caused controversy in the past by saying a second referendum was “possible, but not preferable” and he feared a no-deal could create a “significant danger more people will be pushed into poverty”.He told worshippers: “God’s language of love is not mushy sentiment. In the Bible we see the richness of its vocabulary.”It encompasses every aspect of living, and every aspect of knowing God. Jesus the adult spoke it perfectly. The sermon came after thoughts of peace, joy and sadness were raised in the Christmas messages of the Bishops of the Church of England.The bishops spoke of modern-day challenges from modern slavery to political divisions and urged people to remember those who struggle with Christmas as a lonely or difficult time of year.Graham Usher, the Bishop of Dudley, recalled a recent visit to Bethlehem but also thought of divisions that are closer to home.He said: “Our current political debates also put up barriers between those who voted in different ways. Our country needs, more than ever, to seek grace and generosity in our political conversation so that there are not winners and losers, just the flourishing of all.” Meanwhile, the Archbishop of York retold the Nativity through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy who imagines Dr Who intervening to use her sonic screwdriver tlo turn back time and then a choir playing “the biggest gig on earth”.When the child tells his parents the story they say he may have got it wrong, to which the boy replies: “If I told you how it really happened, you would not believe it.”He told York Minster: “Even in uncertain times – like Brexit – the hope is still there, the belief that into darkness God can still shine a light.” “The baby in the manger lives it flawlessly before he can speak a word, because by his mere existence he is the word of God to us. It can be spoken by the generous and wealthy and powerful.”Describing how Christmas had numerous “sounds,” he said the traditional family time is marked by people “arguing, or joking, or sitting quietly enjoying being together”.He added that the “language of love” is spoken by God “for the poor and suffering and oppressed in every place at every time”.Explaining how the world does not stop at Christmas, he continued “to think so is a dangerous illusion because God came into the reality of the world, to change it, not to give us an escape from it.” Archbishop of York delivers his Christmas Day speech at York MinisterCredit:Charlotte Graham Archbishop of York delivers his Christmas Day speech at York Minister read more

Imad Wasim surges to top of T20I bowlers rankings

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMunro, Sodhi and New Zealand top T20I rankingsJanuary 4, 2018In “Sports”Santner, Babar rise to the top of T20I rankingsJanuary 30, 2018In “latest news”India knocks West Indies off the perch as top T20I team – Kohli remains world’s number-one ranked T20 batsmanFebruary 1, 2016In “Sports” Pakistan’s left-arm spinning allrounder Imad Wasim has risen to the top of the ICC’s T20I rankings for bowlers. Imad displaced South Africa’s Imran Tahir, who dropped two positions to third following a poor performance in his side’s series defeat to England. The legspinner had claimed the No. 1 ranking in January but leaking 75 runs in his last seven overs, for only one wicket, has not helped his cause.Imad Wasim has maintained an economy rate of under six after 19 matches in his T20I career (Photo: Getty Images)As a result, Imad, enjoyed his first spell at the top of the T20I bowlers rankings. India’s Jasprit Bumrah occupied second place. Among the other big movers were Tahir’s South Africa team-mate Chris Morris, who jumped up 32 places to the 29th spot, and England’s Liam Plunkett, who rose 26 places to No. 38.England, who had begun their series against South Africa, ranked No. 2 along with Pakistan, now have sole ownership of that position. New Zealand remain the top-ranked team in T20Is.AB de Villiers, who topped the batting charts in the England series with 146 runs, returned to the top 20 in the batsman’s rankings, climbing up 12 places. England opener Jason Roy, who put behind a disappointing Champions Trophy with 103 runs in three T20Is, was rewarded with a career-best 25th position. Virat Kohli continues to be the No. 1-ranked batsman, followed by Aaron Finch and Kane Williamson.England gained two points after their 2-1 victory over South Africa, allowing them to take control of the second spot on the team rankings. Although they had held the same position earlier, it had been together with Pakistan, who have now dropped to No. 3. read more

Explainer All you need to know about the EUs new road safety

first_img Mar 28th 2019, 6:06 AM 30 Comments Image: Shutterstock/kpakook Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 6:05 AM 14,296 Views Explainer: All you need to know about the EU’s new road safety technology proposals The EU yesterday announced a string of new measures proposed by the EU to help improve road safety. Image: Shutterstock/kpakook If last night’s agreement is given the formal green light, it will represent another of those moments, preventing 25,000 deaths within 15 years of coming into force.The Road Safety Authority have been “big supporters” of the proposals, according to communications manager Brian Farrell. “We’ve been calling for the introduction of this safety package for quite a while. It’s been over a decade since we’ve seen any new vehicle safety improvements on cars,” Farrell said.“It’s long, long overdue.”What happens next? As mentioned above, this agreement is only provisional. So, what happens next? How concrete are these plans? Well, the political agreement reached by the European Parliament, Council and Commission in so-called “trilogue negotiations” will now be subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council.Once that approval happens, the new safety features will become mandatory from 2022, with the exception of direct vision for trucks and buses and enlarged head impact zone on cars and vans. These will follow later due to necessary structural design changes, according to the EU. center_img THE EU YESTERDAY announced that a provisional agreement has been reached with member states that will see road safety technologies become mandatory on vehicles sold in European from 2022 onwards. Last year, 148 people were killed on Irish roads, according to the RSA.The European Commission said it hopes these measures will help save over 25,000 lives and prevent at least 140,000 serious injuries by 2038. So, what exactly are the new safety features?Certain cars are already fitted with advanced safety features. There are also differences between EU countries. Yesterday, the Commission proposed a revision of its general safety regulation to “ensure that all Europeans benefit from the latest developments in technology”. The Commission is proposing that within three years, all new models introduced on the market must have 11 advanced safety features. A further four measures will follow a few years later.Here’s a breakdown of what these features are: For cars, vans, trucks and buses – Warning of driver drowsiness and distraction (eg. smartphone use while driving), intelligent speed assistance, reversing safety with camera or sensors, and data recorder in case of an accident (‘black box’).For cars and vans – Lane-keeping assistance, advanced emergency braking, and crash-test improved safety belts.For trucks and buses – Specific requirements to improve the direct vision of bus and truck drivers and to remove blind spots, and systems at the front and side of the vehicle to detect and warn of vulnerable road users, especially when making turns. Source: EUWhy are these measures being proposed by the EU? 25,300 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2017. As a result, the EU has said reaching its objective of halving road fatalities between 2010 and 2020 is now “very challenging”. “Beside the victims, road accidents affect the society as a whole, with an estimated socio-economic cost of €120 billion a year,” the EU said. As a result, the EU said all this calls for “fresh efforts from all actors to make European roads safer”. “While national and local authorities deliver most of the day-to-day actions, the Commission is proposing a number of measures with strong EU added value,” it said.Will the changes make vehicles more expensive? Aside from the obvious safety improvements, the proposals will also lead to savings for consumers, according to the EU. According to the Commission’s analysis, the proposal would have little or no impact on the price of new vehicles. “On the contrary, lives saved and injuries avoided would lead to societal benefits estimated at €73 billion.” Has Ireland changed its driving laws recently? A number of road safety measures have been introduced by the government in recent months. In July, the controversial drink-driving legislation that had been delayed for over a year passed all stages in the Dáil, which sees an automatic ban for drivers on their first offence in their regard.December saw the commencement of the unaccompanied learner driver provisions of the Road Traffic Amendment Act 2018, known as the ‘Clancy Amendment’. These new provisions now make it an offence for the owner of a vehicle to knowingly allow an unaccompanied learner or an unlicensed person to drive his or her vehicle. How will this affect Ireland? Well, there are no car brands manufactured in Ireland, so it won’t affect the country from a manufacturing perspective. However, if these changes are implemented in 2022, all cars sold in Europe, including Ireland, will have these technologies built in as standard. It won’t impact cars made before 2022. What has the reaction to the proposals been? The new proposals have been warmly welcomed by the European Transport Safety Council. Its executive director Antonio Avenoso said: “There have only been a handful of moments in the last fifty years which could be described as big leaps forward for road safety in Europe.  The mandatory introduction of the seat belt was one, and the first EU minimum crash safety standards, agreed in 1998 was another. 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Man scoops €112 million Lotto jackpot after stopping into garage for a

first_img A WICKLOW MAN has today described how he won €11.2 million after he stopped at a garage in Enniskerry to pick up a chicken fillet roll with a money he received as a tip from a customer at work.The family syndicate who officially became the 15th largest Lotto winners since the game began in Ireland were in Lotto HQ today to pick up their cheque for €11,225,280 – the highest Lotto jackpot prize in over two years.The winners who wish to keep their win private bought their winning Lotto Quick ticket the Spar Service Station on Monastery Road in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.One of the winning syndicate members explained how he only bought the lucky Quick Pick ticket because of a tip he received from a satisfied customer in work.“I was at work that morning and a happy customer gave me a €10 tip so I decided to pop into the Spar garage to get myself a chicken fillet roll for my lunch and with the change, I got myself a Lotto Quick Pick – it was a simple act of kindness from a customer which led my family to a win of a lifetime. It’s something I will always be grateful for,” he said.Despite the win, the Wicklow family has promised to stay grounded and will stay in their current family home and continue to work as normal.“We’re just a normal family and while the win is life-changing, it really won’t change us all that much. We have no intention of giving up work just yet and we’re currently making some plans to renovate the house. You always think that you’re going to go mad and lose the run of yourself when you win the Lotto but at the top of our shopping list at the moment is a new dishwasher and a new oven!”Despite winning the huge jackpot on Wednesday,it was another two days until the family checked their ticket:“I was sitting in the car eating my lunch on the following Friday while I was reading the paper and I overheard a conversation on the radio about the Lotto win in Enniskerry. My heart absolutely jumped out of my chest because I knew that’s where I bought my ticket. I pulled my ticket out of my wallet and checked the numbers on the paper. I was absolutely speechless.” Sep 2nd 2019, 10:07 PM 39 Comments The jackpot cheque. By Garreth MacNamee Monday 2 Sep 2019, 10:07 PM Share8 Tweet Email4 65,529 Views The jackpot cheque. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Man scoops €11.2 million Lotto jackpot after stopping into garage for a chicken fillet roll Will he cut it in half? last_img read more

MCU News Marvel Movies Leaving Netflix Thor Ragnarok details and More

first_imgStay on target In the lead-up to Avengers: Infinity War, you might be tempted to watch through every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that precedes it. Good thing the most recent ones are on Netflix, right? Well, that won’t be the case for much longer. When Disney first announced they were ending their partnership with Netflix in favor of launching their own streaming service, the company hadn’t decided whether that included Marvel and Star Wars films. They’ve decided now, and it’s exactly what we all suspected they would do.During a question-and-answer segment of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment conference, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed the decision, Variety reports. “We’ve now decided we will put the Marvel and Star Wars movies on this app as well,” he said.Right now, this appears to affect the movies only. Marvel’s Defenders shows were made in partnership with Netflix, and will most likely remain on the streaming service while their feature film cousins jump ship. It’s super annoying to know there will be yet another streaming service we’ll have to pay for if we want to stream certain content. The one bright side is it will be nice to have all the MCU in one place, rather than spread across Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix. At this point, all we can do is hope it doesn’t cost too much. Or go back to buying physical media. Sure it’s expensive and takes up space, but remember knowing for sure whether or not you owned a thing? That was nice.We don’t know when the Marvel and Star Wars movies will leave Netflix, but the good news is it’s not going to happen right away. At the conference, Iger said Disney’s unnamed streaming service will launch in “late 2019,” so you probably have some time to enjoy Rogue One, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange before they go away.In better, more fun news from the MCU, Thor: Ragnarok is only a couple months away. We already know it will do a lot to set up for Avengers: Infinity War, but Slashfilm reports it might have explicit connections to Guardians of the Galaxy as well. In a visit to the set, the site saw concept art from the upcoming movie featuring some intriguing imagery. One featured Star-Lord’s ship from GOTG, hinting that it might make an appearance in Ragnarok. We already know from Disney’s D23 event and San Diego Comic Con that Thor will crash into Star-Lords ship in Infinity War, so it wouldn’t be a total surprise for it to make an appearance before than happens. The most likely explanation: It shows up in a post-credits teaser, possibly showing the moments before Thor crashes into Star-Lord’s windshield.Another cool GOTG connection Slashfilm noticed was some concept art featuring Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster speaking with The Broker. If you remember the first Guardians of the Galaxy, The Broker was the guy Star-Lord was trying to sell the Infinity Stone-containing orb too. It’s thought that The Grandmaster, The Broker, and Benicio Del Toro’s Collector are all Celestials, like Star-Lord’s dad. It’s possible The Grandmaster will try to get his hands on an Infinity Stone in Thor: Ragnarok. Maybe that’s part of how Thanos gets his hands on all six Infinity Stones (and the Gauntlet) in Infinity War.Though Thor: Ragnarok appears to be doing a lot of set up for Marvel’s gigantic crossover next year, it still looks like a lot of fun. Just going by the trailer, it has a humor and energy that’s completely different from either of the previous two Thor movies. A lot of that comes from the Thor-Hulk fight, which might be the most exciting part of the movie. Even Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo is drumming up hype for the showdown, with the help of some well-posed action figures. Though the trailer appears to imply that Thor will prevail in the fight, Ruffalo might be hinting at a different outcome. Of course, he would be biased, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see one shot like this in Thor: Ragnarok. Though he could be hinting to director Taika Waititi that he would have preferred this outcome. Also interesting about this post are the two hashtags, ragingfire and smolderingfire. They appear to reference Hulk and Thor, respectively. Maybe the two fires will join together to escape (and burn down) the Grandmaster’s arena.We’ll have definite answers to all these questions once Thor: Ragnarok arrives in theaters on November 3, 2017.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Venom’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News last_img read more

Syrian government reportedly recaptures part of Aleppo

first_imgDAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian government forces have recaptured all the areas of western Aleppo taken by rebels in a major offensive aimed at breaking the siege of the opposition-held east of the city, a monitoring group said Saturday.The government forces have retaken all of the Dahiyat al-Assad district and the nearby village of Minyan on the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Rebels including the former Syrian branch of al-Qaida, the Fatah al-Sham front, launched an offensive in October aimed at breaking through to besieged eastern Aleppo for the second time.The rebels opened a corridor to the area in August, allowing some supplies in, but were forced back again in September.The United Nations Thursday warned that the quarter of a million residents of eastern Aleppo were at risk of starving after the last aid rations in the area were distributed.last_img read more

Hogwarts seeks to recruit wizarding staff

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Wannabe wizards will be rubbing their hands together at the latest recruitment drive from Warner Brother Studio Tour London, as the movie studio hunts down candidates to work in the hallowed halls of magicking school Hogwarts.Those looking to work with JK Rowlings’ fictional Harry Potter series will attend a recruitment assessment day on Friday 22 September 2017, with spellbinding performances earning successful candidates the chance to work at the studio’s The Making of Harry Potter tour.Job-seeking muggles can apply for roles as interactors, sales associates or warehouse associates, which provides them with the opportunity to explore the famed school of witchcraft and wizardry for themselves.According to Warner Brother Studio Tour London’s recruitment site: “The warm welcome that visitors receive from all our employees makes a huge difference to their excitement and enjoyment of the Studio Tour. If you have enthusiasm, personality and a flair for customer service, this could be the place for you with either a full-time, part-time or seasonal role.“Our visitor hosts are the frontline team, responsible for meeting, greeting and assisting our visitors upon arrival and again when they depart. Our knowledgeable interactors are full of behind-the-scenes filmmaking secrets, which they are eager to share, and our retail associates help visitors find the perfect souvenir following their special day with us.”Here at Employee Benefits, we cannot think of anything better than grabbing a wand and heading to work at Hogwarts every day, although we imagine it is all too easy to get hooked on nibbling chocolate frogs alongside an 11am cuppa in the Great Hall…last_img read more

Marathi TV actor kills daughter herself leaves poignant suicide note

first_imgPradnya Parkar hanged herself in Kalwa area of Mumbai.Representative image | Creative CommonsIn a shocking incident, a 40-year-old woman allegedly strangulated her teenage daughter and then hanged herself in Kalwa area of Mumbai on Friday, August 9.The woman, identified as Pradnya Parkar, had written a suicide note purportedly, in which she alleged that she was under extreme stress and hence she killed her 17-year-old daughter Shruti and killed herself.Preliminary reports suggested that Parkar, who worked in the Marathi TV industry, was not getting much work these days and her husband too was facing problems in his business, said senior police inspector Shekhar Bagde.The incident apparently took place between 8 and 9 this morning when her husband had gone to the gym.On returning back, he found the door of the flat locked from inside. When it was broken open, the bodies of Pradnya and Shruti, who studied in Class 12, were found. An investigation into the incident is underway.(With agency inputs)last_img read more