Giants Batter Colon, Mets, 3-0

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain was more impressed by Hunter Pence’s defensive gem in the sixth inning than he was with his own winning return to AT&T Park.Pence’s sliding catch that he turned into a double play ended the New York Mets’ best chance of scoring and helped preserve Cain’s first win in nearly a year.It also convinced Cain why the Giants desperately need Pence healthy and in the lineup.“He brings that energy, that excitement,” Cain said after San Francisco ended its seven-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the Mets on July 7.“He was probably fired up as anybody after he made that play. The moment was just perfect.”Pence, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, provided the Giants with a big spark offensively and defensively.The veteran outfielder drove in San Francisco’s first run with a fielder’s choice grounder in the third and singled in Joe Panik in the fifth to make it 3-0.He also came up with the game’s defining moment when he made a sliding catch in foul territory on Ruben Tejada’s long fly ball in the sixth, then threw home to catch Curtis Granderson trying to tag up from third.“He put it right on the money,” San Francisco Manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s one of the best plays I’ve seen.”Cain (1-1) had not pitched at the Giants’ waterfront ballpark since July 9, 2014, when he earned his last win before missing the final half of the season following elbow surgery.The three-time All-Star pitched two-hit ball over six innings with seven strikeouts. Cain retired the first seven hitters, struck out Daniel Murphy to get out of a bases loaded jam in the third, then allowed just one runner over his final three innings.“It’s been a long time, a long road,” Cain said. “I definitely didn’t think it was going to be this long in between being back out here but it did. Today, it couldn’t have been better.”All-Star reserve Panik had two hits and scored twice for the Giants.New York’s Bartolo Colon (9-7), winless since June 12, allowed three runs and 10 hits in six innings.Kevin Plawecki had two of the Mets’ four hits.One night after getting shut out for the eighth time this season, the Giants jumped on Colon and took advantage of New York’s sloppy defense. Colon misplayed a soft comebacker in the second inning, while Murphy bobbled a ground ball in the third that led to two San Francisco runs.That ended the Mets’ 21-inning scoreless streak, their longest of the season.Both of Pence’s RBIs came against Colon. “He’s a good player. If you check you’ll see that he has good numbers against me. I think maybe that’s why they put him in the lineup today.”Four San Francisco relievers combined to retire the final nine batters. Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his 21st save.(MICHAEL WAGAMAN)last_img read more

Premier League: 9-man Tottenham Hotspur go down 1-0 against Bournemouth

first_imgTottenham Hotspur had two men sent off and failed to make sure of a Premier League top-four finish after slipping to a 1-0 defeat by Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.With Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United – Tottenham’s rivals for third and fourth – not in action until Sunday, a win for Spurs on the south coast would have sealed a top-four finish and qualification for next season’s Champions League.They dominated early on in the sunshine at the Vitality, but found Premier League debutant goalkeeper Mark Travers in inspired form for the hosts as the 19-year-old made a string of fine saves.Tottenham’s task was made all the more difficult two minutes before the interval when forward Son Heung-min was sent off for pushing Jefferson Lerma and halftime substitute Juan Foyth lasted 125 seconds before seeing red for a lunging tackle.Bournemouth struggled to make their numerical advantage count until Nathan Ake climbed highest to meet a corner and head a dramatic winner in the 90th minute.Spurs, who trail Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 going into their Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday, stayed third, two points clear of Chelsea and four ahead of Arsenal with the top-four race set to go to the final day of the season.”The first 40 minutes we played well and created chances but didn’t score,” Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “Then we know football can be cruel, they scored in the last minute.”We need to move on. I will respect the decision of the referee (on the red cards).”advertisementTravers, the first teenage goalkeeper to start a Premier League game since Joe Hart in 2006, produced a string of fine saves to deny Spurs an early goal.A moment of madness from Son earned him a straight red card for shoving Lerma to the floor right in front of referee Craig Pawson.Pawson was called into action again as he brandished the red card at Foyth for a dangerous lunge on Jack Simpson.Spurs, though, looked comfortable in defence before poor marking at a corner allowed Ake to power home a header and send Tottenham to their 13th league defeat of the season.”It’s important to do well against the top teams,” Ake said. “I think we want to do this more and it’s good we’ve done that today.”WEST HAM SINK SOUTHAMPTONTwo goals from Marko Arnautovic and Ryan Fredericks’s first Premier League strike helped West Ham beat Southampton 3-0 at London Stadium on Saturday to complete their first league double over the Saints since 2001.Austrian Arnautovic, who had last found the net on Jan. 2, bagged the opener after Yan Valery misdirected a 16th-minute pass to Mark Noble. The midfielder slipped the ball through for Arnautovic, who produced a typically clinical finish past Fraser Forster.Southampton’s keeper was back between the posts for the first time since December, 2017 and will be disappointed with his failure to clear danger ahead of Arnautovic’s second on 69 minutes.Forster only succeeded in punching the ball at the striker who headed home from close range for his fifth goal against the Saints in as many games. Fredericks completed the rout, firing home after a clever one-two with Jack Wilshere three minutes later.Before the Hammers’ second-half goal burst, Southampton had looked the more likely to score, with the lively Nathan Redmond, who had replaced Danny Ings at the interval, forcing a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski.But the visitors always looked vulnerable to the counter-attack and Arnautovic went close to securing his hat-trick when he curled a late shot wide.last_img read more

Dabo Swinney Yelled At Refs In The Tunnel After First Half Clock Controversy

first_imgDabo Swinney celebrates and talks to an ESPN reporter.dabo swinney hype video clemsonClemson ended the first half with a 44-yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Alabama and fell short. The Tigers were forced to burn their final timeout and lost an additional play after referees somehow allowed several seconds to tick off the clock after a first-down completion.The refs are taking heat for this on social media, and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made sure to let them know they messed up on his way into the locker room. In hallway on way to locker room, Dabo Swinney screamed repeatedly at officials “you made us use a time out” on late first half scenario— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 12, 2016Our only hope? That clock snafu and the points it might have cost Clemson doesn’t end up costing the Tigers the game in the long run.last_img read more

Ellis: USWNT win the ‘most intense game I’ve ever been a part of’

first_imgU.S. head coach Jill Ellis has praised her side’s defeated rival France, saying that Friday night’s World Cup quarterfinal was the most intense match she’s ever been a part of.The USWNT got past the host nation with a 2-1 win at Parc des Princes, as Megan Rapinoe’s two goals were enough to see her side through to the semifinals.Unlike most U.S. matches, however, Ellis’s side ceded much of the possession and initiative to their opponent. France had 60 percent of the possession while taking 20 total shots, in comparison to 10 for the USWNT. 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? But, in front of a vociferous sold-out crowd in Paris, the U.S. held on and made the most of their chances. After the game, Ellis said the combination of the atmosphere and the opponent made Friday’s game unparalleled for her. “That’s a fantastic team we played tonight,” Ellis said. “That is the most intense match I’ve ever been a part of. They have superb players, coaches, so it was very special.”Part of France’s dominance in possession can likely be attributed to Ellis’s controversial decision to bench Lindsey Horan for a second consecutive game. Horan, known for her aptitude with the ball among other qualities, entered the game in the 62nd minute as a substitute and Ellis explained that her benching was simply because she preferred Sam Mewis instead.“Just playing Sam, that was kind of it,” Ellis said of her decision. “I think Sam is in-form, you saw that in the domestic games [before the World Cup] and Lindsey is as well, so the beauty is we have legs. You make those decisions every day as a coach.”That decision didn’t cost the U.S. on a night when the Parc des Princes was a cauldron of noise. It seemed like every fan – most of them French but a solid contingent of American supporters as well – was chanting, cheering and singing the entire game. “What a feeling to be able to play in front of a crowd like this,” U.S. defender Kelley O’Hara said. The night’s two-goal hero agreed.“It was everything you want,” Rapinoe said. “Obviously we’re not at a home World Cup so [there was] a good healthy hostile crowd. “Our fans were amazing, they screamed their little hearts out but they were no match for the Frenchies tonight. It was unbelievable obviously, there was so much energy in the stadium tonight.”last_img read more

Eden Hazard can leave Chelsea if he wants, says Maurizio Sarri

first_img Reuters LondonJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 30, 2019 15:38 IST Eden Hazard has 10 goals and 10 assists in the league this season (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said Eden Hazard is free to leave the club if he wants toHazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent monthsChelsea are looking to renew his contract, which expires next seasonChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said Eden Hazard is free to leave the club if he wants to but the Italian hopes the forward stays at Stamford Bridge.Hazard has been linked with a move to Spanish side Real Madrid in recent months and the Belgium international had said in October last year that it was his dream to play for the reigning European champions.Chelsea are looking to renew his contract, which expires next season, and the west London side risk losing him for free in the close season in 2020 if he does not extend his current deal.”Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go,” Sarri told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash at Bournemouth.”Of course, I hope the opposite, I hope he wants to stay here. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.”Hazard has 10 goals and 10 assists in the league this season, often playing up front in a ‘false nine’ role to lead the attack but Sarri might play him on the wing again after the arrival of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain.”It’s my job to improve him and put him in a position to do his best,” Sarri added.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Eden HazardFollow Maurizio SarriFollow Chelsea Eden Hazard can leave Chelsea if he wants, says Maurizio SarriEden Hazard has been linked with a move to Spanish side Real Madrid in recent months and the Belgium international had said in October last year that it was his dream to play for the reigning European champions.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

New NSR Transit Record for Christophe de Margerie

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: President of Russia/CC 4.0 license Christophe de Margerie, the icebreaking LNG carrier owned and operated by Russian shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF Group), has crossed the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in a new record time.The vessel covered the distance of 2,360 nautical miles eastward, from the port of Sabetta (Yamal Peninsula) to Cape Dezhnev (the Bering Strait), in just seven days and 17 hours during the month of July. The vessel navigated independently without any icebreaker support, sailing at an average speed of 12.8 knots.The LNG carrier was transporting a cargo of liquefied natural gas from the Yamal LNG plant at Sabetta to the port of Tangshan, China, where it arrived on July 31.The completed voyage also represents the beginning of regular shipments of LNG along the NSR from Russia’s Arctic gas fields to the countries of Asia Pacific.“This remarkable, safe passage across the NSR has required the crew’s utmost attention and concentration. Ice conditions along the route were severe, especially in the East Siberian Sea, and the vessel experienced navigation in extended periods of limited visibility. The navigational and hydrographic situation within Arctic regions remains as challenging as ever,” Igor Tonkovidov, Executive Vice President and COO/CTO of SCF Group, said.“The crew of Christophe de Margerie was able to maintain a rapid yet safe speed for the tanker through effective organisation of bridge watch-keeping, highly skilled navigation, slowing the ship when approaching challenging ice fields and passing them at a safe speed, and moving reasonably quicker in areas of reduced ice cover.”The 172,600 cbm Christophe de Margerie is the first in a series of 15 icebreaking LNG carriers ordered for the Yamal LNG, to transport LNG year-round in the challenging ice conditions of the Kara Sea and Gulf of Ob.The vessel can sail independently through ice of up to 2.1 metres thick. Its propulsion system has a power capacity of 45 MW, which is comparable to that of a nuclear-powered icebreaker.The icebreaking LNG carrier can sail unassisted along the NSR westward from Yamal all year-round, and eastward for six months of the year (from July to December).The ships is membered by all-Russian crew numbers 29, including 13 officers, each with significant Arctic shipping experience, according to SCF.last_img read more

With 90 accuracy new kit can detect TB meningitis in 30 mins

first_imgNew Delhi: Early detection and treatment are crucial to prevent spread, outbreaks of TB. Scientists at the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, have jointly developed a diagnostic test kit for TB meningitis (the most severe form of TB) which has almost 91 percent accuracy in detecting disorder. The kit has been developed by a multi-institutional team led by Professor Jaya Sivaswami Tyagi from the Department of Biotechnology at AIIMS. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe performance of the diagnostic test was evaluated in approx 100 cerebrospinal fluid samples obtained from paediatric subjects, and for pulmonary over 300 tests have been conducted so far, said Dr. Tarun Kumar Sharma from the Centre for Biodesign and Diagnostics at Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad. The diagnostic test is based on a derivative of a DNA aptamer (a small single-stranded DNA molecule that binds to a specific target molecule and is a chemical rival of antibodies) that shows high binding affinity in nanomolar range and high specificity to a TB antigen (HspX). Besides higher binding affinity, there is significantly higher load of the HspX antigen in cerebrospinal fluid samples, leading to higher sensitivity. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsA rapid, point-of-care diagnostic test for TB meningitis that uses the DNA aptamer has already been adapted to a sensor format and is being evaluated on clinical samples. “It takes all of 30 minutes to get the result as we are using an electrochemical sensing platform. The test which will cost around Rs 300 only is being done in AIIMS and RML hospital in Delhi,” says Prof. Tyagi. The aptamer-based diagnostic test for TB meningitis has been patented by AIIMS and THSTI and licensed to AptaBharat Innovation Pvt Limited, a THSTI spin-off founded by Dr Sharma. “The currently used diagnostic methods microscopy and culture of cerebrospinal fluid suffer from huge limitations in terms of poor sensitivity and long turnaround time of up to eight weeks, said the official.last_img read more

Côte dIvoire UN condemns violence at political gathering in Abidjan

According to media reports, youths armed with sticks attacked a rally organized by the Front Populaire Ivoirien (FPI) party of former president Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan, the country’s commercial capital, on Saturday, disrupting the meeting.The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) urged the authorities “to take the appropriate action to find out the truth about the circumstances, nature and extent of the incidents, in order to identify those responsible with a view to taking the required measures in accordance with the law.”The mission also appealed to the people of Côte d’Ivoire and supporters of all political parties to exercise restraint and work for national reconciliation and the consolidation of peace.The West African nation is emerging from a crisis that ended in mid-April, when Mr. Gbagbo finally surrendered, ending months of violence in the wake of his refusal to step down after he lost last November’s UN-certified run-off election to Alassane Ouattara, who was sworn in as President in May.The country now faces a number of key post-crisis tasks, including the restoration of law and order, national reconciliation, the holding of legislative elections, and economic recovery.Cote 10 October 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire today condemned acts of violence at a political gathering in Abidjan over the weekend and appealed for calm to enable campaigning for the forthcoming legislative elections to proceed in a peaceful atmosphere. read more

Canadian dollar lower as traders avoid risk amid growing eurozone worries

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar lower as traders avoid risk amid growing eurozone worries by News Staff Posted May 14, 2012 4:36 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Monday as traders opted for safety amid the failure of Greece to form a government despite moves by China to relax lending in order to encourage growth.“The Canadian dollar is weaker … and weighed down by broad-based risk aversion,” said Scotia Capital currency strategist Eric Theoret.“In this environment, commodities are weak. The currency remains vulnerable in periods of risk aversion. Near-term movement … will be driven by risk aversion in the absence of domestic data.”The commodity-sensitive loonie lost 0.2 of a cent to 99.71 cents US as traders avoided assets such as oil and metals and resource-based currencies such as the Canadian dollar — instead they bought into the perceived safe haven of U.S. Treasuries.Worries about the European debt crisis were front and centre as it looked increasingly likely that Greeks would head back to the polls next month after the May 6 election failed to produce an outright winner.The second-placed left wing party, Syriza, has refused to join a coalition, demanding that the terms of an international bailout be scrapped or radically renegotiated.Greece’s president called a meeting of party leaders in yet another attempt to form a coalition but Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras has said he won’t attend.Investors fear that because Greeks voted heavily in favour of parties that want to either cancel or renegotiate Athens’ international bailout, the country may be forced to default and, ultimately, leave the eurozone.Nobody knows how catastrophic that could be for Europe or the global economy.Commodity prices failed to find lift from a weekend move by China’s central bank to cut bank reserve requirements by 50 basis points following Friday’s release of disappointing economic data. Scotia Capital’s Theoret observed that such a move would normally be expected to support risk appetite.The reserve cut is expected to free more than 400 billion yuan (US$63.4 billion) in financing.Prices for oil and metals have been buffetted by indications of slowing economic conditions, particularly in China. Its huge appetite for commodities has sent resource prices sharply higher. But growth has slowed as Beijing deals with high inflation.The June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.35 to US$94.78 a barrel Monday, down sharply from US$106 at the beginning of May and its lowest close since just before Christmas.July copper was off nine cents to US$3.55 a pound, the metal’s lowest settlement since mid-January and down 7.5 per cent from May 1. June gold lost $23 to US$1,561, its lowest close since late December.Meanwhile, Spain, which is considered the next most likely European country to need a bailout, managed to raise €2.9 billion in a short-term bond auction on Monday. But concerns over the future of the euro currency union pushed investors to demand higher interest rates to lend the money and caused the Madrid stock market to plummet.The Treasury paid a rate of three per cent to sell €2.2 billion in 12-month notes, compared with 2.6 per cent in the last such auction April 17. It paid 3.3 per cent to sell €711 million in 18-month notes, up from 3.1 per cent. read more

Joint UNAfrican Union envoy urges greater efforts to advance Darfur peace plan

“History has shown us time and again that bold concessions are often a tool of change for the better,” said Aïchatou Mindaoudou, Acting Joint Special Representative of the AU-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and Joint Chief Mediator ad interim.Addressing the second meeting of the Joint Commission in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, Ms. Mindaoudou urged the Government and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) to demonstrate “commitment and flexibility” in efforts to advance progress on the various elements of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).Signed by the Government and the LJM in 2011, the DDPD forms the basis for a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace agreement to end the fighting that began in Darfur nine years ago, pitting Government forces and allied militiamen against rebel groups.The Joint Commission, which held its inaugural meeting in last December, is one of two ceasefire monitoring and implementation mechanisms provided for in the DDPD. It is tasked with resolving disputes referred to it by the Ceasefire Commission, the other mechanism under the agreement.In her remarks, Ms. Mindaoudou noted that efforts by the parties to implement the provisions of the agreement have been confronted by a number of challenges. “Today, we have to note that the process has been very slow and, in the case of the work of the Ceasefire Commission, can even be described as stagnant,” she stated.One example is the fact that the outcome of the verification of LJM forces and strength, held in early March of this year, remains inconclusive. “UNAMID undertook a number of initiatives aimed at coordinating the parties’ efforts to resolve the deadlock and move forward to the most critical aspects of the implementation of the security arrangements provisions, but a solution is yet to be found,” said the envoy.Therefore, she pointed out, no progress has been made towards the implementation of the provisions related to non-military logistical support to the movements; limited arms control; the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants into the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Police Forces, or their social and economic reintegration into civilian society. The parties have also not been able to establish the Joint Coordination Mechanism (JCM) designed to promote confidence-building between LJM combatants and the SAF, and to contribute in maintaining security in Darfur. In addition, steps have not yet been taken by the Sudanese Government to recruit male and female volunteers from the local communities, internally displaced persons (IDP) and returning refugees into community police bodies, to participate in maintaining the security and safety of the IDP camps and voluntary return areas. “No progress is recorded against all these benchmarks because they are directly or indirectly contingent upon a conclusive outcome of the verification exercise,” Ms. Mindaoudou stated.“It is evident that the impasse in the verification exercise will significantly impede the establishment of a secure environment, a prerequisite not just for the voluntary and dignified return of IDPs and refugees but also for the effective and evenly spread implementation of reconstruction and development projects,” she added. read more

Commentary SECs depth argument seems unrealistic

In college football it is widely accepted the Southeastern Conference is the best.Seven straight national championships is hard to argue with, especially when six of those title games have been by double digits.But the argument that the SEC is the deepest conference in America because any team can beat any team doesn’t seem to be realistic.From the start of the 2012 season until last Friday, the top six teams in the SEC based on their conference record: Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas A&M had a combined total of one loss to the bottom eight teams in the conference.Now after five of those teams lost to lower tier SEC squads – LSU to Ole Miss, Texas A&M to Auburn, South Carolina to Tennessee, Florida to Missouri and Georgia to Vanderbilt – the conference is being touted as the deepest in America.That just doesn’t seem logical, you cannot go from being blatantly top heavy to ultra deep just because the stars lined up one weekend and a bunch of teams lost.One week simply does not make a deep conference.If things continue along this trend and the top teams continue to falter then maybe that argument could be made, but for now, it doesn’t have enough merit.Even if you look at the SEC’s national titles over its collective run of dominance it is top heavy. Of the four championships won since Florida claimed their second in 2008-09, Alabama has won the title three times, with arch-rival Auburn being the only team to unseat them.And after the BCS rankings were released Sunday, the Crimson Tide, ranked No. 1, look poised to bring home another this year.If you are a league that supposedly boasts parity then shouldn’t those championships be more spread out? Wouldn’t you expect a team like Georgia or Texas A&M to contend for a championship?Last season the argument was made that the Big Ten conference was made up of Ohio State, who could not participate in the postseason because of sanctions stemming from tattoo-gate, and then everyone else.Couldn’t you make the same argument with Alabama this season?Sure, until someone manages to unseat the SEC as reigning national champions they will remain as the class of college football. But the conference doesn’t need the added hype making it seem better than it is.The gap in talent between conferences is closing, but until the SEC is brought back down to earth things will remain as they are in college football. read more

IVF finance company offers baby or your money back scheme for childless

first_imgIVF rates are currently around 30 per cent for women between 35 and 40 and around 15 per cent for over 40s. Many CCGs have started discriminating on grounds of age, weight and smoking status as well as banning some couples if they have children from a previous relationship.Although the price may seem steep compared with free treatment on the NHS couples would be guaranteed a family, or they would pay nothing. And couples will be sent to the best clinics in Britain because the company has a vested interest in achieving pregnancy in fewer than three cycles. William Harris, Chief Executive of Assured Fertility said: “We’re at a point where we can indemnify the patient. No baby, no charge. And we’re not talking about pregnancy, we’re talking about a healthy three month old baby.  “Fertility has traditionally been an area which finance companies have not wanted to touch because it is very difficult to ask for money from people who are going through a tragedy, such as failed conception or a miscarriage.“But we thought there must be a way to predict outcomes in IVF which would make the risk viable. We were told it wasn’t possible to work out the risk, and I thought ‘hang on a minute’ that can’t be true. But every way I looked people refused to give a clear answer.“So we went to the University of Manchester and they did some analysis for us based on HFEA data. We believe we have found the criteria which predict the odds of having a baby, and interestingly it seems to be regardless of age. So as long as people pass the screening there is no age cut off.” But new advances in fertility treatments have seen success rates improve significantly in recent years and are often not factored into calculations.  Time-lapse technology now allows clinics to monitor embryos in their first few days to see which are developing consistently, so the healthiest can be implanted. Pre-genetic screening (PGS) also checks for chromosomal abnormalities which could prevent a healthy pregnancy.Although the algorithms that the company uses are commercially sensitive, the scheme shows that IVF success rates are better, and more predictable than previously thought.Fertility expert Professor Charles Kingsland, of Liverpool Women’s Hospital, said the scheme was a good option for childless couples.“People will quite happily pay for a house, and what’s the point of having a house without a family, so I think people will be prepared to pay for their family,” he said.  “Compared to a mortgage it’s actually quite a small amount.  And if you don’t get a live baby you get your money back.“And it’s no secret that the NHS is considering cutting back on fertility treatment across the board, so I think if offers the NHS a way of getting results for their money.” IVF has around a one in three birth rate for most couples, but Assured Fertility claims to have worked out a better way of predicting success The scheme launches this weekend with several clinics across Britain ready to take patients.center_img IVF has around a one in three birth rate for most couples, but Assured Fertility claims to have worked out a better way of predicting success  Commenting on the principle of IVF refund schemes, Susan Seenan, chief executive of leading patient charity Fertility Network UK, said: ‘We would prefer all eligible patients to be able to access fertility treatment on the NHS.“But where this is not available, and patients have to pay for private treatment then this is another choice. It will not be right for all, but for those who want to set a budget and know that at the end of it all they will either have a baby or will receive some refund, so they can perhaps try again, then this may be the right option.“However, it is unfair if couples have to resort to this approach when they should receive NHS treatment but have been denied it because of the IVF postcode lottery.’”Mr Harris said the NHS groups may start using the scheme as a way to keep costs down. Currently some CCGs are paying more than £6,000 per cycle for treatment,“It’s undeniable the IVF is going to be financially constrained in coming years,” he said. “This could offer a solution.” IVF is now so successful that a company is offering a ‘baby or your money back’ scheme which has no age cut off.British medical funding firm Assured Fertility have spent nearly two and half years studying records from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and have employed statisticians from Manchester University to crunch the numbers,They believe that recent advances in IVF, which ensure that only the healthiest embryos are implanted, have made it possible to offer couples or singles the chance of starting a family for around £10,000. And if the procedure does not work, they get their money back.The scheme comes at a time when NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are cutting back on funding for fertility treatment. A report published this week found that just 16 per cent of areas are following guidelines to offer three rounds of IVF to infertile men and women, the worst it has been since the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) brought in guidance in 2004. 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.last_img read more

GéoMégA spins out separation rights creates Innord

first_imgGeomega Resources has created Innord, a wholly owned private subsidiary, and has transfered its separation rights and laboratory equipment. All current and future research and development initiatives of the company will now go through Innord, starting with the scale-up of its proprietary physical separation process. “The goal of Innord, the innovation arm of GéoMégA, is to optimize the value of the separation process by facilitating its development through direct investments of key financial partners.” comments Simon Britt, President and CEO of GéoMégA.Pursuant to the January 14, 2015 news release, the company completed the installation and calibration of its customised reactor. Batch process (up to 1 kg) with Montviel ore has started. The rare earth elements (REE) concentrate produced based on the Montviel flowsheet will solidify the REE recovery numbers and provide sufficient quantities for separation and quality certification testing.Based on free flow electrophoresis technology, GéoMégA’s physical separation process has the potential to reduce the capital required to build separation facilities compared to conventional techniques (i.e. fractional precipitation, ion exchange and SX), optimise REE recovery and improve the environmental performance of operations. Electrophoresis is the migration of charged species (ions, proteins, particles) in solution in the presence of an electric field.Montviel, located approximately 100 km north of Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Quebec benefits from permanent access, public infrastructure and skilled labour in the immediate project area. The initial NI 43-101 resource estimate published in September 2011 identified (base case) 445,958 t of neodymium oxide in the Indicated category and 160,347 t of neodymium oxide in the Inferred category.last_img read more

EtatsUnis un séisme dune puissance record de 56 secoue lOklahoma

first_imgEtats-Unis : un séisme d’une puissance record de 5,6 secoue l’OklahomaSamedi, le centre de l’Oklahoma au centre des Etats-Unis a été agité par deux tremblements de terre dont un de magnitude 5,6. Une puissance record pour cette région, selon le centre américain de géophysique (USGS).C’est un évènement rare qui s’est produit ce week-end dans l’Etat américain de l’Oklahoma. Dans la journée de samedi, les habitants ont été surpris par deux secousses sismiques : une survenue dans la nuit à 2H12 heure locale (7H12 UTC) et une autre à 22H53 (3H53 UTC dimanche). Or, si la première était de magnitude 4,7, la seconde s’est élevée à 5,6, une puissance encore jamais atteinte dans cette région, a précisé le centre américain de géophysique (USGS). En effet, le séisme le plus puissant enregistré auparavant dans cet Etat remonte à 1952 avec une magnitude de 5,5.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageD’après les données établies par l’USGS, l’épicentre du premier séisme était situé à 9 kilomètres au nord de la ville de Prague à une profondeur de 4 kilomètres. Celui du second, par contre, était situé à 6 kilomètres à l’est de la localité de Sparks à une profondeur de 5 kilomètres. Ressentie jusqu’au nord du Texas, la dernière secousse n’a fait aucune victime, seulement des dégâts matériels mais a causé une grande frayeur chez les habitants.”Un tableau près du téléviseur s’est décroché du mur et nous avons sursauté car nous avons alors cru que quelque chose avait heurté la maison. C’était comme un grondement et je n’avais jamais entendu quelque chose d’aussi fort”, a raconté au journal The Oklahoman, Noeh Morales, un résident d’Oklahoma City. De son côté, le responsable des services d’urgence du comté de Lincoln, Joey Wakefield cité par le quotidien The Tulsa World, a mentionné des déformations de la chaussée sur des portions d’une autoroute et l’effondrement d’une cheminée d’une maison de deux étages près de la ville de Prague. D’autres bâtiments ont aussi subi des dommages, selon lui. “Cela a été un assez mauvais petit tremblement de terre”, a-t-il déclaré cité par l’AFP.Le 7 novembre 2011 à 09:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hugo Lloris handed £50k fine and a driving ban

first_imgTottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been banned from driving for 20 months and fined £50,000 after entering a guilty plea for drink-drivingThe 31-year-old attended a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court early today after being detained by police on August 24.The court was how Lloris provided a sample containing 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, which is two times over the legal limit in the United Kingdom.Lloris was spotted by an unmarked police car while driving his Porsche Panamera in the early hours.Prosecutor Henry Fitch claimed that the Frenchman went past a red light before being stopped.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.But Lloris’ lawyer, David Sonn, said that his client had been dining in a restaurant where he received drinks from fellow diners.“On July 15 he was arguably the proudest man on the planet [after France’s World Cup triumph],” Mr Sonn said on BBC.“Just 40 days later, he was arrested. He experienced the indignity of being handcuffed and put in a police station overnight.“The spectacular fall from grace is not lost on Mr Lloris,” he said.last_img read more

Lawmaker withdraws bill after threats

first_imgOLYMPIA — A Washington lawmaker last week withdrew a bill to limit self-defense rights after saying she received threats by telephone and email that have made her fear for her life.Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, said House Bill 1012, filed last month, was spurred by the Trayvon Martin shooting last February, in which a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida shot dead the unarmed Martin, 17, after confronting him on the street.The shooter, George Zimmerman, was not immediately arrested after the shooting, with local law enforcement citing Florida’s “stand your ground” law as justification for his actions. Zimmerman was subsequently arrested and charged with second-degree murder last April. His case is pending.Appleton’s bill would have required a person to retreat from a dangerous confrontation whenever that person “knows or should know” that doing so would afford “complete safety.”“I was so appalled by the Trayvon Martin shooting,” Appleton said. “I did the bill because we have no verbiage on ‘duty to retreat’ in Washington.”last_img read more

Earthquake Awareness State of the Art

first_imgThe earth is restless in Alaska, with more earthquakes than all the other states combined – plus volcanoes and tidal waves. The Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 was critically important scientifically, and that science has made remarkable advances in recent years.Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Michael West, Alaska State SeismologistCallers StatewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

ONGC organises mega medical camp at ASD Govt College

first_imgKakinada: ONGC Eastern Offshore Asset conducted free mega multi-disciplinary medical camp at ASD Govt Women’s College on Friday for women’s college and government polytechnic students here in association with Apollo Hospital and Inodaya Hospital, Kakinada. This medical camp was organised as part of Swachhata Pakhwada campaign from July 1 to15 under CSR programme. The medical camp was organised at an expenditure of about Rs 9 lakh for 1,500 patients including students and staff of both ASD Govt College and polytechnic. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Executive Director Sanat Kumar on this occasion urged the students and staff of the two colleges to make use of the free medical check-up, tests and free medicines distributed during the occasion. Arumugam, CGM, RS Prabhuji, CGM, Satyapal Singh Chauhan, GM -Security, D Malik, GM-HR, Rahul Ramakrishna Joshi and others attended.last_img read more

Mahesh Babu poses with his wax statue from Madame Tussauds in Hyderabad

first_imgSneak-Peek! ?? Superstar @urstrulyMahesh wax statue looks so Real.?❣️@amb_cinemas #MaheshBabuMTSG #MadameTussaudsSG #MTSG #SSMBWaxFigure #MaheshBabu— Shreyas Group (@shreyasgroup) March 25, 2019 Mahesh Babu poses with his wax statue in AMB CinemasTwitterHere is good news for all the fans of Tollywood superstar Mahesh Babu. His wax statue has been brought from Madame Tussauds, Singapore and placed in AMB Cinemas, Hyderabad on Monday. [Scroll down to see photos]Mahesh Babu fans were are extremely delighted with the announcement about his wax idol to be placed in Madame Tussauds, Singapore. Another exciting news for them is that the statue will fly all the way from Singapore and will be placed in his AMB Cinemas on March 25 for a day.This is the first time Madame Tussauds is organising a prestigious event outside Singapore and the wax statue of Mahesh Babu will be flown back to Museum after the event. Such events have restricted visit for fans and outsiders as they are filled with stars and VIPs. But this time, it is going to be a pure press-fans event and the regional, national and international press has been invited for the grand launch. Mahesh Babu’s wax statue in makingTwitterSoon after the big announcement, the organisers received thousands of messages from Mahesh Babu’s fans through social media if they can join and be a part of the lavish event. A set of special and skilled fans are selected by Mahesh Babu’s team and Madame Tussauds through sketching and other contests.The special set of selected fans came out with the best artwork of Mahesh Babu that looks like the wax idol. After he unveils his wax idol, all these superstar fans will get an opportunity to take selfies with the wax idol till 6 pm in AMB Cinemas. The event will be telecasted live across all the platforms (television and web). Mahesh Babu’s wax statue in makingTwitterIt is going to be one of the biggest events of superstar Mahesh Babu on March 25 and his fans across the nation and abroad will get a chance to have the glimpse of his wax statue.Mahesh Babu has piqued the interests of the audience for his upcoming movie Maharshi, which marks the 25 films of his career. After the remarkable performance as Chief Minister in Bharat Ane Nenu, he slips into the character of a charming college boy in his next film. The first look and teaser were released on his birthday and they received an exceptional response from the masses. Mahesh Babu’s wax statue in makingTwitterMahesh Babu’s fanbase knows no bounds, nationally as well as internationally and the actor has created an immense buzz for his upcoming film. He has already carved a niche for himself in India. His films are not only viewed in metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, but also in Punjab.Superstar @urstrulyMahesh with his wax statue?? #MadameTussaudsMahesh— Suresh Kondi (@V6_Suresh) March 25, 2019 .@urstrulyMahesh at Wax Figure Launch #MadameTussaudsMahesh #MaheshBabu #AMBCinemas— Mirchi9 (@Mirchi9) March 25, 2019last_img read more

ICICI Group launches 100 ICICI Digital Villages

first_imgICICI Foundation has imparted free-of-cost training under its ‘ICICI Academy for Skills – Rural Initiative’ programme at these villages. Any resident of the village is eligible to get the training free of cost. The skill training is offered in a range of disciplines, which are identified based on the local economy around a particular village. The bank and ICICI Foundation assist the villagers in selling products through their market linkages in the local and nearby catchment areas. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Chanda Kochhar, managing director and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank at the inauguration of 100 Digital Villages in New Delhi on May 2, 2017.IANSThe ICICI Group on Tuesday dedicated 100 “ICICI Digital Villages” to the nation at an event in New Delhi, marking the bank’s efforts to partner the nation’s progress by empowering rural India. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also currently holds defence portfolio, inaugurated the event, ‘ICICI Rural Summit – Sashakt Gaon, Samriddh Bharat.’The inauguration of the digital villages follows the bank’s commitment given in November 2016 to transform 100 villages into ‘ICICI Digital Villages’ in as many days. The programme involves end to end digitisation of transactions and other commercial activities, providing vocational training to villagers, extending credit facility and helping the villagers to access markets and earn a sustainable livelihood.The 100 villages which have been transformed into ‘ICICI Digital Villages’ are located across 17 states in India. These include 16 in Gujarat, 14 each in Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh, 12 each in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and 11 in Rajasthan among others.Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and CEO, ICICI Bank, spoke about the features of the villages. “We have created a less cash ecosystem at these villages, provided vocational training to over 11,300 villagers, including more than 7500 women and offered them credit linkages. We have done all of these in the past 100 days. We intend to expand the number of such villages by another 500 by December 2017. In the process, we will train an additional 50,000 individuals and impact 12.5 lakh lives,” she said.The villages are spread across the length and breadth of the country; the villagers can use digital channels for banking and payments transactions.They can also open bank accounts using Aadhar-based e-KYC (electronic Know Your Customer), make cashless payments at retail stores using Point-of-Sale (POS) machines and use an SMS based mobile solution. Villagers can also deposit and withdraw cash at their doorstep. The digitisation at the village dairy co-operative units enables the societies to pay the members digitally and directly into their bank accounts.Additionally, ICICI Bank in association with ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth (ICICI Foundation), the CSR arm of the ICICI Group, is imparting free vocational training to the villagers with a special focus on training women.As of now, over 11,300 villagers, including more than 7500 women, have been trained in the last 100 days to help them earn a sustainable livelihood. The bank is also extending credit facilities to credit-worthy trained villagers in a bid to boost self-employment opportunities in the villages. The programme has positively impacted the lives of nearly 2.5 lakh people here.This ambitious move of transforming over 100 villages into digital villages is inspired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision to scale up the digital village programme. In January 2015, he had dedicated the first ‘ICICI Digital Village’ at Akodara in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, to the nation at an event commemorating 60 years of the ICICI Group.The ‘ICICI Digital Villages’ initiative have many significant benefits and aspects: ICICI Bank is using Aadhar-based e-KYC to help villagers open accounts in a paperless manner, without submitting physical documents. The saving accounts are linked to Aadhar to enable direct transfer of government benefits into these accounts. There is a dedicated ICICI Bank branch in each village to service these accounts. The bank has provided an SMS based mobile service which facilitates the villagers to transfer funds, receive SMS alerts & mini-statements and know their account balance. It is available in 10 regional languages and functions on basic feature phones as well. These languages are Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. The bank has also set up POS machines which enables the retailers at the village including merchants, ration shops and village dairy cooperatives to accept digital payments. The Bank has also equipped Business Correspondents (BC) at these villages with micro-ATMs with GPRS facility. This allows villagers to deposit and withdraw cash by authenticating themselves with their Rupay debit card or through Aadhar based biometric authentication. Over 260 POS and micro-ATMs have been installed across these villages. · The list of the disciplines includes comprehensive agriculture, dairy and vermicomposting, agriculture equipment service and repair, dress designing and sandstone cutting, mobile phone servicing and electrical home appliances. These trainings are of duration of 15 to 30 days.center_img ICICI Bank facilitates the villagers to form Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Joint Liability Groups (JLGs) and then offers loans to the members. ICICI Bank is also extending loan facilities to the credit-worthy villagers in the form of Kisan credit cards, gold loans and farm equipment loans among others. The bank sanctions these loans using tablet devices at the door step of the villagers and SHGs, thus helping them to save time and effort to travel to a nodal branch. Additionally, the bank has created a cashless payment solution for the village milk cooperative societies and its members for sale of milk. Available across many villages, it has enabled the members to receive money directly into their accounts. A signboard of the ICICI Bank is pictured outside an automated teller machine (ATM) booth in New Delhi, India, March 4, 2016.Reuters filelast_img read more