Ten January window transfer targets – from Griezmann to Lozano and N’Zonzi

first_imgTopics Share via Email Ross Barkley Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook features It has been a long road to recovery for Fekir, who joined Lyon’s youth system at the age of 12. Having missed most of the 2015‑16 with a serious knee injury, the 24-year-old showed glimpses of the talent that led to rumours Real Madrid were keeping tabs on him in the previous campaign but has emerged as his side’s key players since the sale of Alexandre Lacazette, having scored 13 times in Ligue 1 before Christmas. Arsenal have been mooted as a possible destination for the France international – along with most of Europe’s big-hitters – although Lyon’s chief executive, Jean-Michel Aulas, is known to drive a hard bargain and will not allow a player who is contracted for two more seasons to leave on the cheap.Estimated value £60mSergej Milinkovic-Savic, LazioIf you believe the reports in Italy, Manchester United, Liverpool, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have been tracking the powerful midfielder this season after his impressive displays for Lazio in Serie A. Nicknamed “Sergente” for his imposing physique, the 22-year-old can play in several positions across midfield and scored five league goals before Christmas for the club he joined from the Belgian side Genk in 2015. Born in Spain but having won his first senior caps for Serbia this year, his value is only likely to rise with the World Cup on the horizon and that could explain why PSG are already said to be preparing an offer worth more than £100m through the super-agent Jorge Mendes.Estimated value £50mMalcom, BordeauxMany pundits in Brazil questioned Malcom’s wisdom in January 2016 when he decided to shun offers from clubs including Arsenal and Manchester City to sign for Bordeaux from his hometown club Corinthians, but he was cognisant of the French side’s history of providing South American players with their first step in European football, and the move has clearly paid dividends. A versatile forward capable of playing anywhere across the front line and in central midfield, the 20-year-old scored seven goals and provided four assists in Ligue 1 before Christmas and has attracted the scouts of most of Europe’s big guns. Manchester United appear the most keen at this stage and have been linked with a £30m bid, although the one-year extension to his contract signed back in September coupled with Bordeaux’s determination to hold on to their prized asset mean they may have to wait until the summer to get their man.Estimated value £40mHirving Lozano, PSVThe Mexican is enjoying a brilliant start to his career at PSV after joining from Pachuca in the summer on a six-year contract, with 11 goals from 16 appearances making the 22-year-old top scorer in the Eredivisie at the halfway stage. That has attracted the attention of several big clubs, with Arsenal reportedly considering him as a replacement should Alexis Sánchez join Manchester City, and Liverpool also keeping tabs on him. “El Chucky” has put his excellent record in front of goal – he has also scored four for Mexico in 2017 – to the help of former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy but it may take a few more goals like the individual effort against Venlo in December to convince someone to part with £40m.Estimated value £40m.Ryan Sessegnon, FulhamFulham’s achievement of tying Sessegnon down to a three-year contract in the summer after he had scored seven goals in 30 appearances during his debut season was tempered by the realisation that the teenager probably would not see out that term. Six months on, the clamour for his signature has only increased after the defender-cum-winger’s brilliant performances for England at the European Under-19 Championship that saw him finish as joint top scorer. Scouts from Real Madrid have been to watch him in several of Fulham’s fixtures this season, with the goal against Cardiff on Boxing Day his fifth of the league campaign. But Manchester United and Tottenham are the frontrunners, having been informed the 17-year-old will be allowed to leave Craven Cottage for £30m.Estimated value £30mRoss Barkley, EvertonExpected to join Chelsea having repeatedly rejected Everton’s attempts to make him sign a contract extension, Barkley has still yet to return from the hamstring injury that he sustained on the eve of the new season but remains a target for last season’s champions. They should face competition from Tottenham, who were also keen to sign the 24-year-old in the summer and have earmarked him as a potential long-term successor to Mousa Dembélé in midfield. With only six months of his contract remaining, it is debatable whether anyone will be willing to pay more than £25m, although Everton may be prepared to accept less considering they will receive nothing in the summer.Estimated value £25mSteven N’Zonzi, SevillaCalled up to the France squad for the first time in November at the age of 29, the former Blackburn and Stoke City midfielder has not played for Sevilla since being substituted at half-time of the Champions League draw against Liverpool at the end of November. The sacking of coach Eduardo Berizzo may offer N’Zonzi a way back to first-team selection, although his departure appears more likely given the number of English clubs who have registered an interest in the all-action midfielder. Everton’s Sam Allardyce and David Moyes of West Ham were among the first, with Arsenal also rumoured to be considering a bid. Anything north of £20m should be enough to tempt Sevilla into selling, having persuaded N’Zonzi to sign a contract extension in January to ward off Juventus.Estimated value £20mFirmin Ndombe Mubele, RennesWhen Mubele arrived in France last year, it was hoped that the forward who began his career at Congolese side Vita before moving to Qatar could go some way to replacing Ousmane Dembélé after his move to Borussia Dortmund. But while Dembélé now finds himself the second most expensive player in history following his switch to Barcelona, the DRC international took time to settle in Ligue 1 yet has now established himself as a key component of Sabri Lamouchi’s side having scored five goals in just 12 league starts, including one against Paris Saint-Germain. That has attracted interest from several clubs at the lower end of the Premier League, with Newcastle, West Brom, Swansea and Bournemouth among those keen on signing him. With goals at a premium in the fight against relegation, promising Young Boys striker Jean-Pierre Nsame could be another option for any of them.Estimated value £10m Share on Pinterest Transfer window Share on Messenger Read more The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Thomas Lemar, MonacoDespite Arsenal’s failure to secure the France international on the final day of the summer window after having a £92m offer accepted by Monaco, the size of the bid was an indication of how highly Arsène Wenger rates the versatile 22-year-old. He is not alone. Liverpool and Chelsea have also been keeping a close eye on his situation even if Monaco’s vice-president, Vadim Vasilyev, has insisted Lemar will not be sold in January following the big-money departures he sanctioned in the summer. But another bid in the region of £90m, particularly from either Jürgen Klopp or Antonio Conte, would probably be enough to persuade them to sell.Estimated value £90mAntoine Griezmann, Atlético MadridThere was always a sense that the contract extension he signed in June was only ever going to delay the inevitable, and having admitted leaving Atlético in the summer as they prepared to move into their new home at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium would have been a “dirty move”, Griezmann appears likely to wave goodbye in January. Barcelona are the overwhelming favourites to pay his €100m (£88.4m) release clause despite being reported to Fifa by Atlético along with a suggestion that the timing of the transfer was designed to disrupt their chances in La Liga’s title race, although Manchester United could be tempted as well after coming closest to prising him away in June. A disappointing end to 2017 that has seen the 26-year-old find the net only five times this season should not dissuade suitors from pursuing a player who has proven he is one of the world’s best since moving to Atlético from Real Sociedad in 2014.Estimated value £88mNabil Fekir, Lyon Reuse this content Sportblog Share on Twitter Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Conte: I don’t think Chelsea are in Alexis race

first_imgTransfers Conte: I don’t think Chelsea have joined Alexis Sanchez transfer race Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 22:15 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) AlexisSanchez-Cropped Getty Images Transfers Chelsea A. Sánchez Antonio Conte Manchester United Premier League Arsenal The Italian played down speculation the Blues were rivaling Manchester United for the Arsenal forward’s signature but did not give a definite answer Chelsea manager Antonio Conte does not believe the club have been trying to sign Alexis Sanchez.As reported by Goal, Alexis’s proposed move to Manchester United has stalled, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who would be used as part of the deal, undecided as Mino Raiola seeks a contract pay-off for the player.There had been reports that Chelsea were interested in hijacking the deal, with Jose Mourinho having hinted that there may well be rival interest in securing Alexis despite Manchester City having already pulled out of the race. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But asked in a media conference ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup third-round replay with Norwich City if the club had been pursuing Sanchez, Conte replied: “I don’t know but I don’t think so.”Pressed for his general view on the transfer window, in which Chelsea have added midfielder Ross Barkley from Everton, Conte remained consistent in refusing to offer an opinion.”I refer to the top of the club. I don’t want to give my opinion about the transfer market,” he added.The Alexis to Manchester United transfer hinges on Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction, while the Gunners are also looking at Bordeaux winger Malcom and Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as potential replacements.last_img read more

World Cup 2019 final: Former cricketers and fans slam ICC after England beat New Zealand in Super Over finish

first_imgWorld Cup 2019 final: Former cricketers and fans slam ICC after England beat New Zealand in Super Over finishWorld Cup 2019 final: England were crowned new world champions after they won the Lord’s final against New Zealand on Sunday. The match went to the Super Over which also ended in a tie but Eoin Morgan’s men were declared winners because the number of boundaries hit came into play.advertisement Akshay Ramesh LondonJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 01:38 IST World Cup 2019: New Zealand were heartbroken after England won the Super Over due to higher number of boundaries scored (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland hit 26 boundaries while New Zealand managed only 17England were declared World Cup 2019 winners despite tied Super Over vs New Zealand in finalEngland won their 1st-ever men’s 50-over title at Lord’s on SundayEngland were crowned world champions for the 1st time in men’s cricket history after they beat New Zealand in the thrilling World Cup 2019 final at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday.Scorecards, somtimes, don’t tell you the entire story, the say. It’s entirely true for the World Cup 2019 finals as New Zealand realised that cricket is a game of fine margins in the hardest way possible. New Zealand posted 241/8 in 50 overs. England finished with exactly the same total but were all-out in their quota of 50 overs.The World Cup 2019 final was tied but a Super Over was played to decide the champions. In a freaky outcome, even the Super Over was tied with both teams managing 15 runs in 6 balls each. However, England were crowned world champions as they had hit more boundaries during the match — 17 for New Zealand and 26 for the hosts.There was delight for Eoin Morgan’s men but heartbreak for Kane Williamson’s side as the cricket fraternity errupted after having witnessed one of the most thrilling matches ever. The stakes were high as both England and New Zealand had an opportunity to become first-time winners but, in the end it was decided by the number of boundaries hit in a low-scoring thriller.Will remember the 2019 WC which had an England v New Zealand finals & had England & New Zealand as winners.#CricketWinsSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 14, 2019Nice work @ICC … you are a joke!!!Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) July 14, 2019Because one team scored more boundaries than the other, they are the winners. For what joy? Why can’t it be “The team that has scored more singles will be the winner”? An absolutely ridiculous rule. @ICC, it’s a real shame!advertisementSrini Mama (@SriniMaama16) July 14, 2019Neither Team deserved to lose that .. What a day for Cricket .. that is how it inspire a new generation of cricketers .. #CWC19Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 14, 2019For World Cup 2023, BCCI must now bully ICC into tweaking the rule to: ‘In case of Super Over tie, team with finest beards wins World Cup.’ #CWC19Final??? Desai (@MalayD) July 14, 2019NZ lost the super over & World Cup Final due to hitting less boundaries. Another rule that needs changing @icc we should have had another over to decide until we get a outright winner although it probably won’t happen ever again. #onceinalifetime #CWC19Final #ENGvsNZMajid Haq (@MajidHaq) July 14, 2019Well done to England but I’m genuinely confused how we have won the World Cup.The scores were tied with NZ losing less wickets but we go into a super over?The scores are tied again but England win because?Unsatisfactory ??#EngvNZLStephen Holt (@StephenEHolt) July 14, 2019Awwww.. heartbreaking to see the faces of New Zealand cricketers. Super over ?! And that too tie!!!! I think first time it’s decided on basis of number of fours. #CWC19FinalD Roopa IPS (@D_Roopa_IPS) July 14, 2019@ICC please amend rules to say if the Super Over ends in a tie another Super Over will be played with different set of players than those who played the first. It won’t take much time & it is much more fair. Awarding #CWC19 on the basis of a technicality is just sad #CWC19FinalSumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) July 14, 2019WHO MADE THIS RULE ?After super over , maximum boundaries will be winning criteria ?It’s simply USELESS Rule .TIE means TIE … Or else .. Toss karaa lo ..#CWC19Final #RjAlokRJ ALOK (@OYERJALOK) July 14, 2019Having said that, a Super Over is a really weird way to decide a final #ENGvsNZ #CricketWorldCupFinal #CricketWorldCupShay (@shayandahalf) July 14, 2019@ICC need to give this rule a serious thought! Super over is just a myth otherwise.Himani Chandna (@ChandnaHimani) July 14, 2019Never been an admirer of this boundaries count thing to decide a tie in the Super-Over.A shared trophy would have been a better result as neither side deserved to end as a loser. #CWC19Final #ENGvsNZ #ENGvNZRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) July 14, 2019Nobody won that.That was a brilliant tie in regulation and another brilliant tie in the Super Over.Have another Super Over and let’s find a winner.#CWC19 #CWC19FinalMatt Baseley (@MattBaseley) July 14, 2019If the final was washed out by rain, teams share the trophy.If teams are level on scores in the game AND in the Super Over – the team with more boundaries wins.Cricket.Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) July 14, 2019What Eoin Morgan and Kane Williamson, the two captain said after the Super Over thriller”Both the teams showed a lot of fight. It had to go down to the last ball, and then the last ball of the next little match, but a great match all round,” losing captain Kane Williamson said.advertisementEoin Morgan added: “There was a lot in that game, jeez. I’d like to commiserate Kane and his team. The fight that they show is worth aspiring to. The example that they lead is hugely commendable to him and his team. It was a very hard-fought game.”Also Read | Why England won the World Cup 2019 even after Super Over tie?Also Read | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Final Prize Money: England get USD 4 million, New Zealand pocket USD 2 millionAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson named Player of the TournamentAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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? 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AI predicts longterm mortality from chest Xray data

first_imgNew York: Researchers have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered tool that can harvest information in chest X-rays to predict long-term mortality. The findings of this study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, could help to identify patients most likely to benefit from screening and preventive medicine for heart disease, lung cancer and other conditions. “This is a new way to extract prognostic information from everyday diagnostic tests,” said one of the researchers, Michael Lu, from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) of Harvard Medical School. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “It’s information that’s already there that we’re not using, that could improve people’s health,” Lu said. Lu and his colleagues developed a convolutional neural network – an AI tool for analysing visual information – called CXR-risk. It was trained by having the network analyse more than 85,000 chest X-rays from 42,000 participants who took part in an earlier clinical trial. Each image was paired with a key piece of data: Did the person die over a 12-year period? Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The goal was for CXR-risk to learn the features or combinations of features on a chest X-ray image that best predict health and mortality. Next, Lu and colleagues tested CXR-risk using chest X-rays for 16,000 patients from two earlier clinical trials. They found that 53 per cent of people the neural network identified as “very high risk” died over 12 years, compared to fewer than four per cent of those that CXR-risk labeled as “very low risk.” The study found that CXR-risk provided information that predicts long-term mortality, independent of radiologists’ readings of the x-rays and other factors, such as age and smoking status. Lu believes this new tool will be even more accurate when combined with other risk factors, such as genetics and smoking status.last_img read more

PM Trudeau appoints new chief justice for Newfoundland and Labrador

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Deborah E. Fry to be the new chief justice of Newfoundland and Labrador.She replaces J. Derek Green, who elected to become a supernumerary judge last December.Fry worked as a nurse and taught nursing before attending law school.After becoming a lawyer, she worked in the Newfoundland and Labrador public service and held several senior positions, including clerk of the cabinet.She was appointed to the trial division of province’s supreme court in 2007 and most recently was senior administrative judge of the family division.Over her career, she gained extensive experience in mediation, and will be a great asset to the court, Trudeau said in a statement.last_img

Bombardier identifies Bahrains Gulf Air as mystery CSeries customer

MONTREAL — Bombardier has identified Bahrain’s Gulf Air as one of the customers for its CSeries, a new generation of commercial jet that will compete with some of the smaller planes offered by Airbus and Boeing.The Middle East carrier ordered 10 CSeries CS100 aircraft in June 2011, but declined to be identified until Tuesday. It also has options for six additional planes.Gulf Air currently operates a fleet of 26 Airbus planes but said Tuesday in a joint news release with the Montreal-based company that it’s working with Bombardier Aerospace to ensure the CSeries meets the airline’s goals.The money-losing national carrier is focusing on high-yield routes that connect Bahrain businesses with regional markets.It has has laid off more than 1,000 employees, or 15% of its staff and cut four routes since January.The Montreal-based manufacturer has received commitments for 388 CSeries, including 145 firm orders.Bombardier says it has tripled its commercial aircraft presence in the Middle East and Africa over the past four years.There are more than 200 Q-Series turboprops, CRJ regional jets and CSeries in service or on order in the area.Bombardier has delivered more than 2,600 Q-Series and CRJ planes around the world.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares gained five cents at $4.80 in Tuesday midday trading. read more

UNHCR welcomes swift end to case of DPR Korea asylum seekers in

“UNHCR is pleased that Spanish and Chinese authorities quickly found a humanitarian solution for the 25 North Korean asylum seekers,” Ron Redmond, a spokesman for the agency, said in Geneva.“We understand they are now en route to the Philippines,” the spokesman added. “We appreciate the efforts of the two governments to reach a speedy conclusion.”

Hecla Mining makes 796million friendly offer to buy Aurizon Mines

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hecla Mining makes $796-million friendly offer to buy Aurizon Mines by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 4, 2013 7:04 am MDT VANCOUVER – Aurizon Mines Ltd. shareholders will see more cash and a chance to participate in a diversified company with strong growth prospects through a friendly $796-million takeover offer from Hecla Mining Co., Aurizon CEO George Paspalas says.Hecla’s cash and stock offer, valued at $4.75 per Aurizon share (TSX:ARZ), is 10 cents more than a hostile bid by Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI) which was valued at $4.65 per share when it was announced.Hecla is also prepared to pay more cash — up to $513.6 million of the total bill, almost $210 million above the cap in the Alamos stock and cash bid.“Our agreement with Hecla represents immediate value today and upside for tomorrow,” Paspalas told a conference call with financial analysts Monday.“It offers a good strategic fit and exposure to what we believe is a bright future.”Paspalas called Hecla a better partner than Alamos.“Aurizon shareholders get a higher premium with greater value certainty and an opportunity to participate in further upside in three long-life, low-cost mines in excellent jurisdictions in the new company,” he said.Aurizon shares were up 17 cents at $4.52 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.The company has eight properties in Quebec, including the Casa Berardi gold mine, as well as several development and exploration projects.Alamos, which has its head office in Toronto, has a mine and mineral rights in Mexico and an advanced development project in Turkey while Hecla has mines in Alaska and Idaho, where its headquarters is located, as well as land packages in several other U.S. states and in Durango, Mexico.Hecla chief executive Phillips Baker praised the Cada Berardi gold mine with its reserve life and potential to grow.“We are focusing on growing silver production, but with the dearth of quality silver projects and mines we have continued to invest in gold projects,” Baker said.The deal with Hecla requires approval of two-thirds of the votes cast by affected Aurizon securityholders and two-thirds of the votes cast by Aurizon shareholders at a special meeting.Assuming the deal is approved and all court and regulatory approvals are received, the agreement is expected to close in the second quarter.Aurizon’s board has given Hecla the right to match any competing bid that comes up and will pay Hecla a $27.2-million termination fee under some circumstances.Aurizon said it has waived its shareholder rights plan, as previously announced, had cancelled that a March 7 special meeting of shareholders to vote on the plan.Hecla has capped the amount of cash it will pay at $513.6 million and the maximum number of shares it would exchange at 57 million. That would work out to about $3.11 in cash and about one-third of a Hecla share per Aurizon share.Alamos has offered $4.65 in cash or 0.2801 of an Alamos share for each Aurizon share with the cash portion capped at a maximum of $305 million and the stock portion limited to 23.5 million Alamos shares. read more

Jeff Sessions controversial senator consistently accused of racism confirmed as US Attorney

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3231299 Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 3:23 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 14,561 Views 59 Comments Jeff Sessions, controversial senator consistently accused of racism, confirmed as US Attorney General Sessions, a former attorney general of Alabama, was finally confirmed by the US Senate last night. Feb 9th 2017, 3:23 PM Jeff Sessions Source: Alex BrandonTHE US SENATE has confirmed Jeff Sessions as attorney general, despite fierce debate about his civil rights record and Democratic concern over whether he serves as the nation’s top law enforcement officer independent from President Donald Trump.Lawmakers greenlighted the senator as the 84th US attorney general on a mostly party line vote of 52 to 47, with one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voting with the Republican majority.When the tally was announced, many senators broke into extended applause for their colleague.Trump has harangued Democrats for slow-walking his nominees, blasting their unprecedented obstruction as a “disgrace”.He appeared particularly angered by the delay on Sessions, who as attorney general would wield enormous power regarding the administration of justice, including on the issue of voting rights.“Congratulations to our new attorney general,” Trump tweeted shortly after the vote.Sessions, widely seen as an inspiration for Trump’s anti-immigration policies, is just the sixth of 15 cabinet members to be confirmed, in addition to the cabinet-rank positions of CIA director and US ambassador to the United Nations.He takes charge of the Justice Department and its 113,000 employees amid a swirling legal debate over Trump’s most controversial White House action to date, an executive order temporarily blocking all refugee arrivals and immigration from seven mainly Muslim countries.AcrimoniousWith Trump using Twitter to bully a judge who rolled back the ban, and an appeals court weighing whether to reinstate it, debate over Sessions grew increasingly acrimonious and personal.On Tuesday night, it turned ugly. Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sternly rebuked Democrat Elizabeth Warren for reading a letter written by the widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr that criticized Sessions’s civil rights record.“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” McConnell said of Warren’s violation of the chamber’s rules of decorum. Coretta Scott King, pictured in July 1987 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesWarren, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, later said: “I will not be silent about a nominee for AG who has made derogatory and racist comments that have no place in our justice system.”In 1986, Coretta Scott King wrote a letter to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee urging senators to reject Sessions’s nomination as a federal judge. His appointment ultimately failed.“Mr Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens,” King wrote.At that time Sessions was dogged by racist comments he was accused of making while serving as US attorney in Alabama. He was said to have called a black assistant US attorney “boy” and the NAACP “un-American” and “communist-inspired.”“Jeff Sessions is a throwback to a shameful era, which I know both black and white Americans thought was in our past,” the late Massachusetts Democrat, Senator Edward Kennedy, brother of assassinated president John Kennedy, said during the 1986 confirmation hearing.During the hearing, a former assistant US attorney, Thomas Figures, who is black, said Sessions referred to him as “boy,” and told him to be careful what he said to “white folks.” Sessions said he never called Figures “boy,” but Kennedy produced a letter from an organisation of black lawyers that said Figures made the allegation about Sessions to the organisation’s investigators at least twice.Present-day Senator Sherrod Brown expressed concern about Sessions in light of Trump’s recent executive order.“We need an attorney general who will be an independent voice beholden to the Constitution and the American people, not the president,” Brown said.‘August responsibilities’The genteel Sessions, who like the president is 70, was an early loyal Trump supporter who became a pivotal figure in his campaign and his transition team.Sessions grew up in Alabama, in the segregated South. He was a US prosecutor from 1981 to 1993, before serving as the state’s attorney general. He won a seat in the US Senate in 1996.His career was almost derailed when the Senate panel rejected him for a federal judgeship amid concerns over past comments he had made about blacks, and voter rights.At his confirmation hearing last month, Sessions endured pinpoint attacks by Democrats on his civil rights record, but he insisted that “this caricature of me from 1986 was not correct”.Shortly after his confirmation he sought to assuage concerns about how he would run the department.“I fully understand the august responsibilities of that office,” he said.Sessions also recognized the heated US political debate since Trump’s election victory and urged Americans to come together.“Our nation does have room for Republicans and Democrats,” he said.But Senate Democrat Chris Murphy said he was “scared” about changes Sessions could bring.Sessions’s “history of opposing civil rights, anti-gun violence measures and immigration reform makes him uniquely ill-fitted to serve” as attorney general, Murphy said.“I want a chief law enforcement official that will be a champion of the disenfranchised and dispossessed, not a defender of discrimination and nativism.”With AP reporting© – AFP, 2017 Read: Tributes paid to three Irish people who died in UK house fireRead: Explosion at French nuclear plant causes injuries but no ‘radiation risk’ By AFP Share74 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Final 3/19 WWE Smackdown rating, number sees increase

first_img WWE Smackdown Live Ratings: Viewers up slightly on March 19, WWE wins the night Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Many WWE Stars Want To Go To AEW Now Playing Up Next Velvet Skycenter_img Twitter Google+ 205 Live Highlights: Tony Nese wins tournament, Mike Kannelis vs. Akira Tozawa WWE 205 Live Results – 3/19/19 (Finals of the WWE Cruiserweight Title Tournament) The 3/19 WWE Smackdown on Syfy drew a 1.91 cable rating with 2.60 million viewers. This is up from last week’s show that drew a 1.83 cable rating with 2.57 million viewers.Source: Prowrestling.net, TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remissionlast_img read more

Pizzeria La Sorrentina to reopen despite fire damage

first_imgAn upstart pizzeria food cart has been forced to close temporarily after an accidental fire in the middle of the night caused more than $10,000 worth of damage.Pizzeria La Sorrentina, a 20-foot trailer selling Neapolitan pizza in Hazel Dell, received fire and smoke damage in the middle of the night Oct. 20. Co-owner Amy Matsumoto said two cherry wood planks were laid on a table away from the wood-fired oven, which was not in use, but smoke and heat conditions inside the trailer still ignited the planks.Plastic water pipes and some equipment — speakers and iPads — melted. Parts of the trailer are singed and soot-covered. Matsumoto said the smoke odor lingers. She and her husband, chef Daisuke Matsumoto, will take the trailer to a repair company in Portland to bring everything back to standards.“Being that it is a food establishment, we must be sure everything is up to health code and does not damage our product in any way and that is where the restoration company comes into play,” Matsumoto wrote in an email.A GoFundMe page has been established to help the owners recoup about $5,000. The couple estimates replacing all the damaged equipment will cost between $7,000 and $8,000, with another $5,000 to be spent on cleaning.last_img read more

Fuel prices expected to spike after Harvey shuts down refineries

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 1, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas and Caribbean were not directly hit by rainy #HurricaneHarvey but fuel shortages due to Texas oil refineries being down will impact local supplies say money experts.    Financial reports are revealing that the cost of #fuel at some gas stations in the United States have already spiked due to the limited supply caused when refineries were forced to close due to flooding caused by the storm which is now dissipated.Oil refineries reopened today but it is unclear at this point whether that is enough to stave off a negative effect, including higher prices at the pumps for the region.Reuters reports that: “At least two East Coast refiners, including #PhiladelphiaEnergySolutions and #IrvingOil, have already run out of gasoline for immediate delivery as they have rushed to send supplies to the U.S. Southeast, Caribbean, Mexico and South America to offset the lack of exports since Harvey.”It was said in that news report that 24% of US capacity was impacted by the storm and that wholesale gasoline and jet fuel prices have soared.    It was said that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued fuel waivers in 38 states and Washington, D.C. to ease concerns of supply shortages, still some are reporting a spike of 30 cents per gallon in states like Mississippi.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto credit: Wall Street Journal Recommended for you Related Items:#HurricaneHarvey, #IrvingOil, #magneticmedianews, #PhiladelphiaEnergySolutions, fuel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp NO LEGISLATION TO GOVERN FUEL PRICESlast_img read more

Talkeetna Guides With Everest Experience Speak About Deadly Incident

first_imgOn Friday, a deadly incident claimed the lives of at least 12 people on Mount Everest.Willi Prittie and Ellie Henke, both residents of Talkeetna, have extensive experience on Everest.Download AudioEven with the most current gear and knowledgeable guides, mountain climbing carries inherent risk. Willi Prittie has led six expeditions on Mt. Everest, and currently works as a coordinator for a guide service on Denali. He says that major incidents remind people of the risks involved in trying to reach the world’s tallest peaks.“It’s a roll of the dice whether you’re going to be there when something big moves or not, and people forget that,” Prittie said. “They forget that you are incurring risk any time you’re going through an area like this, just like you would when you get in your vehicle and you drive down the Parks Highway you’re incurring risk.”“We forget that as well; we tend to have a very convenient memory as a species on these sorts of things.”On Friday, reports conflicted regarding where the avalanche actually took place. Willi, says that the description that makes the most sense is that the “avalanche” was in the area of the Khumbu Icefall. An icefall occurs when a glacier, which is essentially a very slow river of ice, crosses steep terrain, causing stress fractures. Willi Prittie says that the Alaska Range also has a number of large icefalls, but that climbing routes avoid them because of differences in conditions.“Something of that size and scale here in Alaska is far more active, and you’d have to have a death wish to walk into it,” Prittie said.Speaking about Friday’s tragedy, Ellie Henke, who managed base camp for 10 seasons of Everest expeditions, says that using the word “avalanche” may be premature.“Because it could have been something like a serac collapse,” Henke said. “It could have been ice-fall from way up on the West Ridge somewhere, coming quite a distance down.”“At this point, I haven’t heard anything that tells exactly what this was.”Mt. Everest is in a remote region, and even in the age of satellite phones and internet, there is still a human factor in reporting accurate information. Ellie says that one year, falling ice destroyed much of a large camp on the climbing route. Willi Prittie was the first one to reach the site, but had not reported back with accurate information. Still, Ellie says someone sent word to the outside world.“Somebody in base camp put it out internationally, and next thing we know, BBC is carrying this story of, ‘The biggest disaster in Everest history: Dozens killed.’  Once the dust settled, nobody was killed,” Henke said. “BBC had to do a total retraction later on because it was so inaccurate.  That is really common that that kind of stuff happens.”The story of the Everest incident resonates in Talkeetna, the launch point of nearly all expeditions on Denali. Willi Prittie says that while there are environmental hazards to contend with, the most popular route to North America’s tallest peak is very different from the climb up Mt. Everest. On much of Denali, the danger does not come as much from avalanches above climbers, but the cracks in the ice, or crevasses, below their feet.“Generally, the majority of those crevasses will be covered over by wind and snowfall in the winter time,” Prittie said. “You’re often crossing many hundreds of those snow bridges without even knowing those crevasses are down there.”“Quality of the snow on top of the snow bridges deteriorates as the season warms up, so hidden crevasses are probably the single biggest problem.”Despite the dangers, Willi Prittie says that the reason stories like the Everest tragedy make news is that they are fairly uncommon.“It’s not like climbers go up and have this death wish to kill themselves,” Prittie said. “For the most part, you can mitigate a lot of these risks, and you can stay safe in these areas.”“Look at Everest; there has been many thousands of people up and down there in the last couple of decades or so, and this is the first one of these incidents that’s happened in a very long time, there.”Conditions and the lack of an official agency, like the National Park Service in the U.S., mean that it could be awhile before the full details emerge of exactly what happened to claim the lives of the 12 or more Sherpas on the world’s highest mountain.last_img read more

Leaner Times In Store For Alaskas Budget

first_imgGovernor Bill Walker’s State of the Budget speech made clear that leaner times are ahead for Alaska. His address was a somber departure from the optimistic state of the state address. He noted almost right away that managing the state’s finances into better standing will not be easy.Download AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Bill Popp, executive director, Anchorage Economic Development CorporationAlyssa Shanks-Rodriquez, economist, State Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentKSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m.Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 24 at 4:30 p.m.last_img

Kitchen fire sparks Fairbanks lodge evacuation

first_imgThe 328-room lodge underwent a $1.5 million renovation in 2013, according to the company. Guests staying at the lodge through June 15 are being sent to other local hotels, Princess Public Relations Director Negin Kamali said in an email Friday. Firefighters respond to the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge for a structure fire on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo credit University Fire Department) A fire at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge led to the evacuation of more than 500 guests and staff Thursday evening. “Any impacted dates beyond that will be evaluated and announced as soon as possible,” Kamali wrote. There were no reported injuries, according to the University Fire Department. The fire began around 8:30 p.m., and when the first firefighters arrived, they found flames from the kitchen had spread to the floor, burning the hotel’s wooden support structures. They were able to keep the fire from spreading to other parts of the building. A total of 78 emergency personnel from more than a dozen different agencies responded to the fire, according to the fire department. The University Fire Department said fire marshals are still investigating the cause of the fire.last_img read more

Texas Medical Center CEO Says The Institution Is Committed To Growth And

first_imgPhoto by Davis Land | Houston Public MediaDuring an event held in Houston on December 14, 2017, William McKeon, president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center, highlighted that the institution is embarked in a path towards growth and innovation.William McKeon, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Texas Medical Center (TMC), highlighted Thursday that the TMC is fully embarked in a path towards growth and innovation.During the ‘State of the Texas Medical Center’ event, which was organized by the Greater Houston Partnership, McKeon assessed the TMC’s work during 2017 and expressed his pride about the fact that the hospitals that form the institution remained operational during Hurricane Harvey.Located near downtown Houston and with over 100,000 employees, the TMC is the largest medical complex in the world and McKeon emphasized the institution plans to continue combining the clinical care and medical research that has always distinguished it.In that regard, he highlighted the work of the TMC’s Center for Device Innovation (CDI) and other initiatives that, for instance, focus on combining medicine and engineering, as well as a bio-design, regenerative medicine and genomics research. Sharelast_img read more

New DNA research suggests second migration influx of early farmers to Europe

first_img More information: Ancient DNA reveals male diffusion through the Neolithic Mediterranean route, PNAS, Published online before print May 31, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1100723108AbstractThe Neolithic is a key period in the history of the European settlement. Although archaeological and present-day genetic data suggest several hypotheses regarding the human migration patterns at this period, validation of these hypotheses with the use of ancient genetic data has been limited. In this context, we studied DNA extracted from 53 individuals buried in a necropolis used by a French local community 5,000 y ago. The relatively good DNA preservation of the samples allowed us to obtain autosomal, Y-chromosomal, and/or mtDNA data for 29 of the 53 samples studied. From these datasets, we established close parental relationships within the necropolis and determined maternal and paternal lineages as well as the absence of an allele associated with lactase persistence, probably carried by Neolithic cultures of central Europe. Our study provides an integrative view of the genetic past in southern France at the end of the Neolithic period. Furthermore, the Y-haplotype lineages characterized and the study of their current repartition in European populations confirm a greater influence of the Mediterranean than the Central European route in the peopling of southern Europe during the Neolithic transition. The cave, known as Treilles, held the skeletons of 149 people, both adult and children, and mostly male; all of whom were laid to rest there some 5000 years ago. Testing using mtDNA on 29 of the remains showed lineages associated with hunter gatherers of early central Europe, while Y-chromosome testing showed a lineage more closely aligned with the people that lived along the Mediterranean and farmed for a living. The results also revealed that most of the people buried in the cave were related to one another along patrilineal lines; i.e. father-son, brothers, etc. which suggested that they lived in a community of sorts which of course meant growing food to sustain themselves.The researchers conclude that these results show that farmers from along the Mediterranean moved into southern Europe, began planting crops and mated with the local women, thus introducing farming into south central Europe.In addition, the research also showed that the people buried in the cave lacked the allele (DNA coding that occupies a given position on a chromosome) necessary for humans to digest lactate as they grow into adults, as contrasted with other skeletal remains found in other parts of central Europe from roughly the same time period that did have the allele and thus were able to drink the milk produced from domesticated cows. People from the Mediterranean also generally lack the allele, which accounts for the domestication of goats and sheep instead, which can be fermented and thus contains less lactate.The new research suggests that there were at least two major routes of farmer migrants into central Europe, as recent research done in Germany shows DNA from early populations there were of mixed local hunter gatherers and farmers from other regions as well. Explore further Citation: New DNA research suggests second migration influx of early farmers to Europe (2011, June 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-dna-migration-influx-early-farmers.html (PhysOrg.com) — In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) a French team led by molecular anthropologist Marie Lacan of Paul Sabatier University documents the results of their DNA testing of a group of skeletons found in a cave in the 1930’s in southern France. The group tested both female linage (mitochondrial) and male (Y-Chromosomal) and found evidence to support the theory that one way that farming made its way into southern Europe was via migration of male farmers from Mediterranean areas, who produced offspring with resident female hunter-gatherers.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Europe’s first farmers replaced their Stone Age hunter-gatherer forerunners This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Parts of the A50 are to to be closed for five nights

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman 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 . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being warned a section of the A50 is to be closed next week as part of essential roadworks. The dual carriageway is to be closed in both directions for five nights between the Blythe Bridge roundabout and the McDonald’s roundabout in Uttoxeter to allow works to continue on the A522 near to the JCB World Parts Centre. The closures will be from 8pm until 5.30am and will apply on the following dates: closed overnight eastbound only on Wednesday, January 16; closed overnight westbound only on Thursday, January 17; closed overnight in both directions Friday, January 18; Saturday, January 19; Sunday, December 20. The A50 between Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter (Image: Google Maps) Diversions will be in place through Tean, Lower Tean and Checkley. Read MoreFOUR speed bumps are set to be installed on this Stoke-on-Trent ‘rat-run’ road (and residents think they’re a great idea)   Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Jobs and Growth, said: “I am delighted that this major piece of engineering is such a success and will deliver so many benefits, supporting the creation of new jobs and more homes locally, while cutting congestion and improving road safety. “As always, I’m grateful for people’s patience while the work is carried out.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

Pakistan officials US drone strike kills 5 militants

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say missiles fired from a U.S. drone struck a compound in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border, killing five militants.The two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, said three of the militants killed Saturday were Uzbeks and the other two were Pakistanis. They say the compound had been used by the Pakistani Taliban. U.S. drone strikes have killed several leading militants in rugged areas of Pakistan over the years, but are deeply unpopular in Pakistan because they have also killed civilians.Pakistan has been waging a military offensive in North Waziristan for nearly a year, trying to drive out Taliban and other militants who have long enjoyed safe haven in the lawless region.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more