Man Utd team news & likely line-up

first_imgManchester United will travel to Leicester City on Sunday looking to bounce back from their 2-2 draw with Burnley, which ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning streak with the Red Devils.Should Arsenal lose to Manchester City on the same day, victory will take the Red Devils above the Gunners in the league table and in strong contention to challenge for the top four.Solskjaer only has a few injuries to worry about as he prepares to take on the Foxes with most of his team returning to full fitness Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Man United Injuries Solskjaer will be hopeful of Anthony Martial’s return to fitness after he missed the draw against Burnley, with the France international since having signed a new five-year contract. Paul Pogba should also be fit after picking up a knock.Chris Smalling (foot) will be available for the Red Devils should the Red Devils boss choose to tinker with his defensive options.Anthony Martial Manchester United 2018-19Man United Suspensions Neither side have any suspensions.Man United Potential Starting Line-Up The Red Devils will likely revert to using Jesse Lingard and Martial for speed on the counterattack against the Foxes, hoping for the home team to leave space at the back to exploit.Andreas Pereira’s struggles against Burnley could allow Ander Herrera to return to the XI.On-form Marcus Rashford is expected to lead the line once again after having scored five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances.Possible Man United XI vs LeicesterLeicester Team News New Leicester arrival Youri Tielemans was brought in from Monaco earlier in the week, but the Belgium international is unlikely to play a part in the XI.Puel will be tempted to retain the same formation that was able to hold Liverpool to a draw on Wednesday.Harry Maguire Leicester City 2017-18Opta Match Facts Manchester United have won 16 of their last 20 matches against Leicester City in all competitions (D3 L1). Manchester United are the only team to have received a yellow card in all 24 of their Premier League matches this season. Manchester United are looking to win five consecutive away matches in all competitions for the first time since October 2012 under Sir Alex Ferguson. Man Utd’s Juan Mata has scored four goals and assisted two more in his last five Premier League appearances against Leicester, scoring in each of his last two games at the King Power (three goals). Since the start of the 2014-15 season, no player has scored more Premier League goals against Manchester United than Leicester striker Jamie Vardy (4, level with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Sergio Aguero). Paul Pogba has been involved in 53% of the 19 goals scored by Manchester United in the Premier League under Solskjaer (6 goals, 4 assists).TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time Kick off is 14:05 GMT (09:05 ET) on Sunday, and will be shown on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBCSN in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Video of sexual relations can be used at grievance in fire department

first_imgVANCOUVER — Two employees of the fire department in Vernon, B.C., are battling to keep their jobs after a videotape showed them having sexual relations in the interim fire chief’s office.The pair, who are not named, were fired two days after the incident earlier this year, but their union is grieving the dismissals.It argued the camera was hidden and its footage amounts to “an illegal collection of personal information” that should not be used against the employees.“The union does not deny the two employees engaged in the activity recorded in the footage, which the union characterizes as ‘a deeply personal and compromising interaction,’ ” says the decision.But it says the union did not agree to an admission of the activity as part of the arbitration process, asserting the employer has a legal onus to prove each employee engaged in activity that justified their firing.The camera had been installed several months earlier after David Lind, who was the interim chief at the time, became concerned that someone might be accessing his locked file cabinet, which contained sensitive staffing and budget documents.Video didn’t show a staff member accessing the file cabinet and the union applied to have the pictures excluded as evidence in the termination proceedings, but an arbitration ruling issued on Oct. 30 disagrees.A majority ruling by two of the three arbitration panel members found the “surreptitious surveillance” was both necessary as part of an investigation of alleged employee misconduct and a “reasonable exercise of management authority.”Union grievances of the firings were scheduled to be held last week, with the video permitted as evidence.The city said in a news release on Friday that the case involved a firefighter and another employee of the fire service.“Because this incident is before an arbitration panel, no additional information will be made available from the city at this time,” it said.In reaching their decision, arbitration panel chair James Dorsey and employer nominee John McKearney found the video footage was not a serious invasion of privacy. “The brief, fleeting loss of privacy by individual firefighters … was at the lower end of any range of seriousness of invasion of privacy at work,” the decision says.But Lorne West, the union nominee on the panel, wrote in a dissenting opinion that consideration is needed of the troubled labour management atmosphere in the fire department, where Lind had arrived as part of a complete turnover of department leadership barely a year earlier.The decision says when Lind was hired, he was “told there were relationship challenges” in the department.“The explicit message was to be cautious trusting union leadership,” it says.When Lind found the lock of his file cabinet in the unlocked position after he was sure he locked it, the arbitration decision says he and the deputy chief “speculated the most likely culprit was a union representative.”It says Lind and the deputy chief decided to install camera surveillance.The panel says it shares “some of the union’s concerns” about Lind’s testimony, but West goes further, writing it was “not believable.”“If there is no truth to interim fire Chief Lind’s testimony then there can be no justification for the video camera installation. Therefore, the video footage should not be admissible,” wrote West. He also says the employer’s efforts throughout the hearing were “laser focused” on one of the two employees.“The employee that is clearly the focus of the employer in this matter is a strong leader within the fire department and the last of the leadership to be removed and replaced. … Is it coincidental?”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Why Game of Thrones is the first and last of its kind

first_imgThere will never be another television show like Game of Thrones. But there will be plenty of stories inspired by the eight-season epic that begins its last installment on Sunday night. How did this sprawling geek cult classic become blockbuster appointment television? What has its success done to the niche fantasy roots that birthed George RR Martin’s novels? How has television itself changed in the near-decade stretch since it debuted?Oh, and who ends up on the Iron Throne? And why does that jock in your Facebook feed who called you a nerd in high school now know how to speak High Valyrian? Does this show signify a final victory for geek culture? And why aren’t fans happy about that?GUEST: Andray Domise, writer, The Globe and MailAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at read more

AFN to vote on resignation call for MMIW inquiry commissioners after families

first_img(Maxime Goforth’s daughter Kelly Goforth, 21, was murdered by Regina serial killer Clayton Eichler, 35. She wants the families to pick the inquiry commissioners.) Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe remaining four commissioners for the murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls inquiry faced open calls for their resignation Wednesday during an emotional afternoon at the Assembly of First Nations’ annual general assembly in Regina.The AFN will vote Thursday on whether the commissioners should be replaced.First Nations leaders from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, speaking on behalf of the families of the murdered and missing, along with the AFN’s elder, said it was time for the commissioners to step aside and for the inquiry to undergo a hard reset.First Nations chiefs and proxies at the assembly are expected on Thursday to vote on a motion calling for the commissioners to be replaced. APTN saw a draft version of the motion which called for Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde to ask Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to replace the commissioners and reset the inquiry.A spokesperson for the AFN said the motion could not be released publicly until it was first distributed to chiefs.Two inquiry commissioners appeared before the assembly on Wednesday afternoon after meeting privately with families from Saskatchewan at a friendship centre in Regina.Inquiry Commissioner Michele Audette said the inquiry was in “crisis” but a vote against the commissioners Thursday would only be taken into consideration.“It will be a discussion we will need to have collectively,” said Audette. “I respect their choice…. Collectively, there will be pressure in your thinking, there is something there we need to look or examine in a ceremony. Oops we lost the faith of groups.”Audette said she was given an eagle feather by one family and she would need to go back and consult with them and undergo ceremony before she makes any decision on her future with the inquiry.Commissioner Brian Eyolfson said he was getting private messages of support despite the public calls for his resignation.“I am still getting messages of support, so I think it is premature to do anything, but I am going to take a lot of stuff I heard today to heart and give it a lot of thought and talk to a lot of people and see what happens,” he said.Inquiry Commissioner Brian Eyolfson, left, and Commissioner Michele Audette.Pressure has been mounting on the commissioners and the Liberal government to salvage the inquiry following a series of high profile resignations, including by inquiry commissioner Marilyn Poitras.While AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde, along with Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron have publicly challenged the assembly to support the remaining commissioners, other regional leaders are backing resignation calls.Manitoba AFN regional Chief Kevin Hart, whose portfolio includes the inquiry, said he supports calls for the commissioners’ resignation and publicly blasted the inquiry over its lack of transparency and accountability in its use of $53 million allotted by the Liberal government for the task.“The families and the women have spoken, you have heard the majority of families not only from the Manitoba region, but across the settler state of Canada, and you hear from the different families from all the different regions across the country, the clear indication is there needs to be a reset,” said Hart. “Obviously the commissioners are being asked to step down. I have to support the families in that endeavour…. If the majority of our chiefs do support the call for the resignation and the restart of the inquiry then the commissioners need to do the right thing, and this government.”Kawacatoose First Nation Coun. Lillian Ewenin, whose sister’s 1982 Calgary murder is still unsolved, said the commissioners need to go.“I do not make this call lightly, but with all the heaviness of those, including myself, who have worked tirelessly to bring this inquiry into being,” said Ewenin, whose community is based in Saskatchewan. “I believe wholeheartedly in the need for an inquiry, but the commissioners of this inquiry have maintained a misguided approach that is directly rooted in a colonial mentality.”Ewenin’s son was murdered in 2015.Six Nations Chief Ava Hill, whose Iroquois community near Hamilton, Ont., has the largest on-reserve population in the country, said the families of the murdered and missing in her home want the commissioners to resign.“I am here to speak on behalf of some of the families of my community,” said Hill. “They have been looking forward to this inquiry and I am taking my direction from them as I speak here today and they have lost confidence in the commissioners, they have lost confidence in the process, and they are asking as well, and supporting some of those families who are saying that the commissioners should step down and there should be a restart.”Hill said the issue is also dividing families.“This is a terrible start for an inquiry that is so important to so many people. The families want to have their stories told,” she said. “If they inquiry goes ahead as it is, there are going to be families who want their stories told who are not going to participate. I say to the commissioners, take all of these words to heart and look within yourselves to see if you can consciously move forward and do justice for these families.”AFN Elder Elmer Courchene, who rarely intervenes publicly in the proceedings of the assembly, took to the microphone to speak about the death by suicide of this two-spirited son as part of an impassioned plea to the commissioners to listen to the families and step down.“I buried my son, who was two-spirited,” said Courchene. “A lot of people don’t understand what it feels like. I can feel you people. We need to stand behind them, we have no choice. We have to. You don’t know what it feels like to lose someone that is very special. Commissioners, I will tell you this, listen to the voices you have heard today, they are asking you to step down. Think about and honour it. It’s not easy. But maybe there are other ways you can help them. Even outside of the process.”Maxime Goforth, right, and Michele Bear, outside the Regina friendship centre.Earlier in the day, at a friendship centre in Regina, Eyolfson and Audette, along with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, met privately in separate meetings with about 50 family members from the region.Benentt told the families that she had confidence in the commissioners, but admitted they needed to better communicate better with the families.“I think the commissioners know they have to communicate better and deal with families in an ongoing way,” said Bennett, according to a video of the closed-door meeting shared with APTN.Bennett said her government would not be waiting for the inquiry’s findings to act on the needs of the families.“But separate from the work of the commission we also want to make sure that the government doesn’t have to wait for a report again from yet another commission. Their report in November will give us their analysis of all the previous reports and what we don’t have to wait for to do again,” said Bennett. “But hearing all of you, the healing of families…is something we don’t have to wait for a report to tell us that this is important and that the work you do with one another is hugely important.”Outside the meeting, sitting in the grass, Maxime Goforth, whose daughter Kelly Goforth, 21, was murdered by Regina serial killer Clayton Eichler, 35, said family members should be involved in the selection of the commissioners.“(A family member commissioner) could have done a lot better job because they lived it and they’ve been there. You have to understand where we are coming from, be in our shoes. You have to live it,” she said. “It is very disappointing. After my daughter died I advocated for the inquiry and I was happy when it was announced. Now it is confusion and it’s disappointing.”Michele Bear’s daughter Richele Bear, 23, was also murdered by Eichler. She said it upset her the inquiry isn’t focusing on the conduct of the police and the justice system.“It should be focusing on how the system failed our children, how the system failed our families, how the investigations were handled. My daughter’s investigation, I believe, was not taken seriously right from the start,” said Bear. “When I was approached by the Regina police about my daughter, it was a phone call. There was no officer at my door telling me my daughter was missing.”Bear’s daughter Richele’s body has never been found. Police determined she was dead from photos found on Eichler’s cell phone. Bear said she identified her daughters through the photos.A tapestry image of Nadine Machiskinic is held up during the AFN annual general assembly in Regina.Krista Shore was 12 when her mother Barbara Stonechild was murdered in 1996 in the Saskatchewan capital city. Shore said she’s lost faith in the commission.“I don’t have confidence in it. It was hard to come out today,” she said. “I just came out to share my anguish, my frustration, my righteous rage with what’s going on in the inquiry.”Shore is a relative of Neil Stonechild, the teenager who froze to death after he was taken on a starlight tour by Saskatoon police in 1990. She said murdered and missing men should also be included in the inquiry’s mandate.For Delores Stevenson, aunt of Nadine Machiskinic, 29, who died in 2015 after falling 10 stories down a laundry chute at the Delta Hotel in Regina, her “righteous rage” was directed at the AFN. The chiefs organization chose the Delta as its main hotel during its annual general assembly, holding a networking social and regional caucuses there. Many chiefs are also staying in the hotel.Stevenson said her family is suing the Delta Hotel.“For me, it was a slap in the face. When you are staying at the Delta Hotel and you are putting millions of dollars back into where there was an Indigenous woman who was murdered,” she said. “The hotel denied any responsibility in terms of negligence.”Stevenson said the hotel’s security camera which could have captured her niece’s final moments were not working the night she died.A coroner’s inquest jury concluded it could not determine how Machiskinic ended up in the laundry chute. The conclusion overturned a finding by the Chief Coroner that the death was accidental.Regina police located two men who were with Machiskinic the night she died. They were questioned and released, said Stevenson.Stevenson said she found little support from the First Nations leadership following the tragedy.“I have been given the run-around by my leaders who I went to,” she said. “Where is the leadership who talks about supporting the issues around this?” read more

PC and wildlife officer arrested over Rathgama killing remanded

Human hair and bones believed to be that of the two businessmen had been found from the Walasmulla, Madagamgoda forest.Investigations revealed that the two businessmen were abducted by men dressed in clothes similar to that of the Police. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID), which is investigating the incident had unearthed the details. Investigations have revealed that the two businessmen in Rathgama had been killed and the bodies were later burnt. A Police Constable and a wildlife officer who were arrested yesterday over the murder of two businessmen in Rathgama have been ordered to be further remanded till March 13.The two businessmen, Manjula Asela and Rasheen Chinthaka, had been reported missing since January 23 this year. They were kept in a house, killed and the bodies were later burnt.The Officer in Charge of the Southern Crimes Investigations Unit and a Sub Inspector were arrested and 15 policemen were ordered to be transferred over the incident. (Colombo Gazette) read more

New Brunswick seafood giant announces product line with Martha Stewart

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — A fast-growing New Brunswick seafood giant is partnering with lifestyle guru Martha Stewart for a new product line.Cooke Aquaculture Inc. announced a forthcoming collaborative line with Stewart, through Sequential Brands Group, Inc., and Cooke’s True North Seafood.CEO Glenn Cooke described the product line as convenient, quality products for home cooks with all levels of confidence in the kitchen.The products will include Atlantic and sockeye salmon, Alaska pollock and a seafood medley, all sold with Martha Stewart spice blends and recipes.Founded in 1985, Cooke Aquaculture has since expanded into the world’s largest independent seafood company.The company’s group of brands now has facilities across North and South America, Asia and Europe.“It is great for us to be able to work with Martha’s team to bring delicious, well thought-out meals to all tables, even those who have busy schedules and minimal prep time,” Glenn Cooke said in a statement.Stewart praised True North’s “passion for the environment and community” in the joint statement with the company, proclaiming herself a fan of the brand’s seafood.“After visiting True North’s salmon farms near my Skylands home in Maine, I saw first-hand their innovative and industry leading methods of sustainable farming and fishing,” Stewart said in a statement.The Martha Stewart for True North Seafood line will be showcased this spring in Boston and be available in U.S. grocery stores starting in May. read more

CRISIS IN GERMANY A message to Handball World

handball crisishandball financehandball future Financial crisis making problems where they aren’t expected. HSV Handball president Andreas Rudolph has announced that HSV Handball is struggling with financial problems and that budget for the next season will be even two million smaller than before – about 7.500.000. Moreover team will get a new look much “cheaper” as it known that a lot of players won’t stay in Hamburg as Domagoj Duvnjak (THW Kiel), Lackovic (probably PICK Szeged), Marcus Cleverly, Davor Dominikovic, Matthias Flohr, Torsten Jansen and Zarko Markovic.HSV director Christoph Wendt is also sacked. HSV’s coach Martin Schwalb will have to make a new squad, but with the same ambition to stay among the best in Germany and Europe. Sincerely, it won’t be to tough to make it, because crisis in handball is well known – fact.The biggest rival on the North, THW Kiel have also announced a minus of 500.000 in the previous season. Team who have sold-out hall with 10.275 seats during whole season, what is a “dream” for all the rivals who are dealing with the problems of hall capacity or attracting the fans, had to pay for “expensive” team of stars in generation of Omeyer, Narcisse, Ilic, Andersson, Ahlm…The most positive example of “business model” in world of handball couldn’t keep the economical balance with the roster in which the best players had salaries between 25.000 and 35.000 EURO. How we can assess future if we have this fact in our minds?If the best of the best can’t survive on the basic principle of selling product (match tickets and all about that) is the only destiny of TOP handball to be as a “toy” in hands of bosses – no matter if he called Qatari Investment, Samsonenko, Servaas,etc? It does not have to be bad, but still, handball needs also a “healthy” model… ← Previous Story Hans Lindberg will be out for 6 to 8 weeks! Next Story → AALBORG IN CRISIS: Skjern and KIF for the first place! read more

Star Warsstyle 3D Holograms in the Works

first_imgIt looks like we might finally be catching up with a long,long time ago in a galaxy far, far away–in a couple of years, at least Researchers at the Universityof Arizona have reportedly designedan almost 360 degree hologram that updates at a rate of two seconds–not quiteanimation-level, but a step in the right direction, perhaps.Said researcher Nasser Peyghambarian, “We foresee manyapplications, including for example, car or airplane manufacturing. They canlook at the hologram and design the system they have in real-time and look atthe model and make changes on it as they go.”He didn’t mention anything about messages from the RebelAlliance, but we all know he was thinking it.The group has been working on the technology for some time.Back in 2008, they created a black and white 3D projection that updated everyfour minutes. The new technology updates more than 100 times faster than that.Just don’t expect the thing to land in your living room anytime soon. Says Peyghambarian, “I don’t think you can see these in ourhouses in less than seven to 10 years.”last_img read more

Antonio Valencia set to leave Manchester United

first_imgManchester United captain Antonio Valencia is expected to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season, according to Daily Mail.The Premier League giants have until March to extend the Ecuador international’s contract by a further 12 months but recent reports say they have no plans to do so.Inter Milan are now leading the hunt to sign the former Wigan Athletic star in the summer.Reports in the Mirror suggests Valencia’s representatives have already began negotiating with the San Siro outfit.The Nerazurri would like to sign the 33-year-old this month but the Red Devils are reluctant to weaken Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Valencia fell out with former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho earlier in the season, after supposedly liking a social media post asking for the Portuguese to be sacked.This has limited the right-back to just five Premier League appearances all season.Caretaker manager Solskjaer has now restored him back to the team as the former Villarreal winger played his first league game against Newcastle since September.last_img read more

Sarri plans to make changes

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed he plans to make changes to his team selection ahead of the team’s trip to Turf Moor.The Blues face Burnley away from home on Sunday as they look to maintain their title challenge this season, after an impressive start to this season’s Premier League campaign.According to Sarri, there is likely to be further rotation for the game against Burnley, given the lack of recovery time following the match against BATE Borisov.“I think we need to change six or seven players for Sunday,” he said, according to the club’s official website.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“It’s very difficult in England to play in Europe. In the Champions League, Liverpool had to play against Napoli after two matches against Chelsea.”“Man United had to play against Juventus three days after the match against us at Stamford Bridge. We have to play 65 hours after the BATE match, so it’s very difficult for an English team to be competitive in Europe.”“I think the game against Burnley will be very difficult because last season I saw a lot of Burnley’s home matches and so I know very well it will be a difficult match, especially there.”last_img read more

Governor Dunleavy Offers Alaskan Troops To Patrol US Southern Border

first_img“While the southern border may seem far away and distant, this crisis is real and a potential threat to every American, including Alaskans.” President Trump issued an emergency declaration to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, on Friday. Today I notified the @WhiteHouse & @realDonaldTrump that #Alaska and our National Guard – if called upon – stand ready to support the national security crisis on the US Southern Border.— Governor Mike Dunleavy (@GovDunleavy) February 16, 2019 Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy announced on Friday that the State of Alaska is offering President Donald Trump the use of the Alaska National Guard to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. Governor Dunleavy made the announcement in a video message that the soldiers would “stand ready to support the national security crisis on the U.S. southern border.”last_img read more

At ABM Forum Publishers Wonder If Marketers Have Lost Touch With Branding

first_imgDuring the American Business Media Executive Forum in New York yesterday, BusinessWeek chief economist Michael Mandel gave long suffering publishers some hope by saying he believes there is a “media boom” coming in which marketers will reinvest in many of the traditional channels they’ve cut back.The ABM Executive Forum was held in place of ABM’s usual Chicago-based Top Management Meeting, and drew around 200 attendees.  Other speakers weren’t so sure about Mandel’s forecast. “I don’t think print will ever come back, it will probably stay at the current level,” said Anthea Stratigos, co-founder and CEO of Outsell Inc. Stratigos also threw cold water on paid content. “Paid content could be more challenged in 2010 than 2009,” she added. “Spending by the end-user is decreasing and there is no automatic leverage from ad-based assets to paid content. Media companies come in at the lowest price point.” However, one speaker wondered about the marketer backlash against branding. ‘I’m concerned that marketers have lost touch with branding,” said Jeff DeBalko, president and CIO of Reed Business Information. “We can show them research where at least 30 percent of the audience wants to read print in favor of any other medium and marketers don’t get it. Direct response used to be the gutter of marketing, now it’s the nirvana.”That’s not to say Reed is ignoring it. In recent years, lead generation has gone from zero to one-third of Reed’s overall online revenue and is a component of 80 percent to 90 percent of Reed’s online products, DeBalko added.Still, DeBalko is worried about advertiser mindset. “We spoke with one agency guy who just talked about how he could cut the budget by 30 percent. A couple years ago advertisers would pay us $1 million for something with a lot of neat features. Now they’ll pay one-third of that and everything has to be measured and provide leads. If we as an industry continue to offer the same thing but for 30 percent less, we’re out of business.”last_img read more

Alaska VA launches pilot program to schedule appointments

first_imgThe Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System has launched a pilot program to revert the process of scheduling appointments to how it was before reforms.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that Alaska veterans will no longer have to call a third-party company to schedule appointments, as they did with the nationwide Choice Program. Instead, they will speak directly to Alaska VA staff.The change comes after a Senate committee field hearing in Eagle River in August. At the meeting, veterans were highly critical of the Choice Program, which was supposed to increase health care access. Many veterans and health care officials said the program instead added more bureaucracy to trying to make appointments and pay bills.last_img

Palin for VA She seems eager

first_imgFormer Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. File photo by Gage Skidmore – WikimediaThe Donald Trump transition team hasn’t named a Veterans Affairs secretary yet, but news broke today that ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is vying for the job.Listen NowSeveral news outlets, including ABC, NBC and the New York Times, report Palin is interested in running the Department of Veterans Affairs and is under consideration. The news accounts cite unnamed aides close to Palin and the Trump team.Palin acknowledged the reports on Facebook and Twitter. She posted a link to the ABC story, and reposted a video of her speaking about veterans. It begins with accolades from her son-in-law, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer.“The amazing woman that I’m introducing knows what veterans have been through,” he says on the video. “She knows because she’s lived it.”Palin’s son Track is an Army veteran who served in Iraq in 2008. At campaign rallies for Trump, and at national conservative conferences, she has repeatedly spoken about vets’ issues. In one, Palin criticizes VA bureaucracy, which she says is killing vets, and she offers a three-point plan to help.“First, with healthcare: Give vouchers for treatment outside the VA,” she says in a 2015 speech, which she used as the foundation for a video to promote SarahPAC, her political action committee.That seems to be the approach Congress took with the VA Choice card. But vets, particularly in Alaska, complain the program adds more layers of bureaucracy.Palin’s second suggestion was to make it easier for skilled vets to get civilian jobs.“Let them use the skills they learned in the military,” she says on the video. “Let them test out, and their military certification can transfer over. Common sense.”That common sense has occurred to others, too. It’s the aim of multiple laws and government programs, stretching back years. Palin’s third point was that Congress should secure veterans benefits and not cut them.Last year, Palin told CNN she wanted to be Trump’s Energy secretary.“Because energy is my baby. Oil and gas and minerals – those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind’s use,” she said in that interview.Palin’s name has also been floated as a possible secretary of the Interior, the department that manages most federal lands and regulates oil and gas development. But another governor is said to be on the short list for Interior – Mary Fallin of Oklahoma.Sen. Dan Sullivan, who sits on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, served as Alaska Attorney General under Palin. Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson says in Alaska, with the highest number of vets per capita, the VA job is critical.“Sen. Sullivan has much respect for Gov. Palin and believes our state would be well-served with an Alaskan serving in President-elect Trump’s cabinet,” Anderson said.Palin may have a champion in Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist. In 2011, Bannon made a two-hour movie lauding the former Alaska governor for her guts in taking on the establishment.But it’s not clear Palin is the favorite for the job. Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts has been spotted in the lobby at Trump Tower, and he told reporters he thinks he’s the best candidate for VA secretary.last_img read more

Notification for filling 24 faculty posts in MBNR medical

first_imgHyderabad: The State government on Tuesday issued a notification for filling of Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor’s posts in Government Medical College in Mahbubnagar. In all 24 teaching faculty posts will be filled including 4 Professor posts, 10 posts each of Associate Professor and Assistant Professor. However, these are contract based and not permanent posts. The last date for submission of applications is June 29 while interviews would be conducted on July 1. Selected candidates names would be put up on the website on July 2. Meanwhile, Junior Doctors Association expressed their disappointment at the contract notification as they represented Health Minister Eatala Rajender few days ago for considering filling posts on permanent basis instead of settling for contract appointments.last_img read more

SDCC Announcement Stranger Things New Trailer and Casting News

first_img A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life The breakout hit Stranger Things is coming back to Netflix, and I wish it would hurry already.We got our first look at the teaser trailer for Stranger Things 2 this year at the Superbowl, but we’ve finally been given the gift of the first full trailer for the new season.The new trailer carries many details, but we still have so many questions! The biggest question coming into this new season is with the troubling mental, and physical state of Will after his experiences in the upside down? The boys are back, their friendship looking as solid as ever, but how long will it last? We have a sneak peek of the new cast including Max played by Sadie Sink. It looks like Nancy and Steve are on the rocks, but Jonathan and Nancy are doing just fine. Joyce is worried about her son, but we just hope everyone gets out of this alive!The biggest things, however, are the return of Eleven, who survived both the Upside Down and Demogorgon and she’s reaching back into our world and the brand new threat that very well may be the dreaded Thessalhydra.The feel of the 80s is still within Stranger Things as we see references to Reagan/Bush, Dragon’s Lair and Michael Jackson’s Thriller playing along with the trailer. This season is already turning out to be an epic one, and we’ve only just seen what it will do.Stranger Things Season 2 is set to premiere on October 27. Catch the first season of Stranger Things on Netflix now.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Ocean Bacteria Alters Skin Microbiome After Just 10 Minutes Of Swimming

first_img Ads by Amazon All Search Close How long does it take for bacteria to colonize our skin? Evidently, for ocean bacteria, it takes just 10 minutes of swimming to alter our skin microbiota.Swimming In The OceanExposure to ocean water is only natural during the summer months, but according to a new study just 10 minutes of swimming is enough for ocean bacteria to colonize the skin. Researchers discovered this after conducting an experiment at the beach.For the study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, researchers focused on a group of selected beach goers. They chose ones who did not swim in the ocean too frequently, were not using sunscreen at the time, have not bathed in the last 12 hours, and have not taken any antibiotics in the past six months. DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийThe participants’ skin microbiomes were tested via a skin swab at the back of the calf before they went in for a swim, right after the 10-minute swim, six hours after, and again a day after.Ocean Bacteria ColonizationInterestingly, the participants’ skin microbiomes were quite distinct from one another before they went in for a swim, but became very similar after just the 10-minute swim. That said, the changes were temporary, since by the six-hour mark, the participants’ skin microbiomes were beginning to look like the post-swim microbiomes, and by the 24-hour test, they were already far into the process.What’s worrying, however, is not the amount of time that the participants’ skin microbiomes were altered and colonized by ocean bacteria, but the bacteria the researchers discovered on their skins. Upon testing, researchers found that while most of the bacteria were essentially harmless, they also discovered the presence of the Vibrio species, which includes the bacterium that causes cholera.“While many Vibrio are not pathogenic, the fact that we recovered them on the skin after swimming demonstrates that pathogenic Vibrio species could potentially persist on the skin after swimming,” said lead author Marisa Chattman Nielsen, MS.Further, researchers also note that the amount of Vibrio detected on human skin was 10 times greater than the amount they detected in the ocean water samples. This could mean that the species has an affinity to attach to human skin.Skin MicrobiomeInterestingly, the results of the current study actually line up with the pattern of how the beach-goers who swim are more likely to get infections soon after compared to those who just stay on the sand. What’s more, recent studies have shown that skin microbiome is an important player in immunity and protection against infectious diseases. TAG Ocean Waters, bacteria, Skin Microbiome Bestseller AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Ads by Amazon ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

Thailand travel advisory on the Royal Cremation for the late King Bhumibol

first_imgExhibition of the Royal Crematorium for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej opens in NovemberThailand’s new banknotes to launch in AprilRecord numbers of international LGBT+ travel industry exhibitors at ITB Berlin Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Royal Thai Government has announced that the Royal Cremation for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled for 25-29 October, 2017. Thursday, 26 October, will be the royal cremation day, and it has been declared a public holiday by the Cabinet to allow the people to take part in paying a final tribute to the late King.During the process of the Royal Cremation which will last five days, tourist attractions across Thailand will be open as usual. This is with the exception of Bangkok’s Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which will be closed from 1-29 SAWASDEE:center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) You can read full article here: read more

M5 motorway shut in both directions after pedestrian dies in accident on

first_imgThe M5 motorway is set to remain closed throughout much of the morning due to a fatal accident in the West Midlands near Birmingham early this morning (Saturday November 3 2018). The carriageway is closed in both directions between Junction 4 (near Lydiate Ash) and Junction 3 (near Quinton) after a pedestrian on the motorway was struck by a vehicle and killed. Highways England, West Mercia Police and the Central Motorway Police Group are at the scene – with Highways England saying shortly before 6am the road is expected to remain closed for several more hours. The closure was first reported at around 2am this morning – with a nearby bridge also shut. Diversions (listed below) are in place in both directions – with Frankley Services also inaccessible due to the closure. A West Mercia Police spokesman said: “Police dealing with the collision on the M5 this morning are appealing for any witnesses to get in contact. “Between 1.45am and 2am a pedestrian on the carriageway was struck by on-coming traffic. The pedestrian, a man in his late 50s, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the incident. “Police are appealing for any motorists travelling north or south on the M5 near to Frankley Services to get in contact.” “The road remains closed while emergency services continue to deal with the incident. Any witnesses should contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 55s 031118.” Inspector Russ Barker added: “The M5 is a central route for people travelling across the country and we’re keen to speak to anyone who was on the stretch of the motorway between junction 3 and 4 near to Frankley Services early this morning.” Read MoreRevealed: One stretch of M6 saw 1,100 accidents in just two-and-a-half years Diversions on the M5 this morning (Saturday November 3)Northbound:Road users approaching the closure are advised to exit the motorway at junction 4. Then join the A491 westbound towards Hagley. At Hagley, join the A456 eastbound, to then re-join the M5 at junction 3. Follow the solid black circle diversion symbol. Southbound:Same route as the northbound, but in reverse. Follow the solid black diamond diversion symbol. Road users should expect delays and allow plenty of extra time for their journey. A Highways England spokesman said: “The M5 is closed in both directions between junction 4 (near Lydiate Ash) and junction 3 (near Quinton), due to a collision. “If you need to visit a motorway service area this morning, perhaps for fuel or refreshments, a reminder that Frankley services is within the section of the M5 that is closed. “The M5 is expected to remain closed both ways this morning for several more hours.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

Amari Don Muang renames airport

first_imgThailand’s gateway, Amari Don Muang Bangkok has officially been renamed, opening as Amari Don Muang Airport Bangkok late last week.In a statement, the airport said commencing from the start of this month, 1 October 2012, it had added the word ‘airport’ to its title.As well as unveiling the new name, the airport also revealed its new logo (see right).Amari Don Muang Airport Bangkok services all low cost carriers into the city. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img