Rabat – Former head of government and businessman Mohamed Karim Lamrani, died Wednesday night, at the age of 99.Lamrani was born in 1919 in Fez and became a wealthy businessman in Morocco. Lamrani served as an economic advisor to the Moroccan government.Lamrani held the position of head of government three times: from August 6, 1971 to November 2, 1972; from November 30, 1983, to September 30, 1986; and from August 11, 1992, to May 25,1994. In 1967, he was appointed general director of Morocco’s OCP Group, one of the world’s largest phosphate producers and exporters.Morocco’s King Hassan II and Prime Minister Karim Lamrani pray during Friday noon prayer in 1985 at Moulay Abdelaziz mosque in Laayoune, southern Morocco.A successful businessman and politicianAlthough Lamrani had never stepped foot in school, he became a successful wealthy businessman and politician.“I was born to do business and in the world of business,” Lamrani said in an interview with Ramzi Sofia, a famous Iraqi journalist.Sofia conducted an interview with Lamrani when he was head of government between 1992 and 1993, but it was published in 2014 in the newspaper Al-Ousboue. Sofia had lived in Morocco since 1975 and written in many Arabic newspapers. He also wrote many books, including two about King Mohammed VI.Ramzi Sofia and Mohamed Karim LamraniFor Lamrani, success is to know how to seize the best opportunity which will change one’s life completely. “I was a man who seized life opportunity and moved towards wealth. My wealth opened chances for me to go into politics and high positions.”Despite being a prime minister in the governments of the late King Hassan II, Lamrani said, “I never neglected my business and I even transformed French colonial companies into Moroccan ones.‘The best politicians are businessmen’Lamrani believed that businessmen are the most fit for politics and that they can bring economic interest to their country.When Sofia asked Lamrani how he managed to enter politics even though he was a man of money and economy, Lamrani responded: “There is no single businessman who is not fit for politics and public affairs.”“I can tell you with all credibility that the best politicians are businessmen, because these people think about the financial interests of the country above all and they know how to bring money to the state budget.”Lamrani believed that the quality of the economy is an integral part of the stability of states.According to Sofia, Lamrani’s most important asset was his friendship with some of the old French businessmen, who not only made him speak their language fluently and acquire their ways of behavior and thought, but who also gave him useful techniques to succeed in his projects. Lamrani was an independent politician with no political party orientation. read more

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,454.23, down 0.69 of a point):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down 14 cents, or 5.91 per cent, to $2.23 on 9.6 million shares.Pembina Pipeline Corp. (TSX:PPL). Oil and gas. Down 71 cents, or 1.66 per cent, to $42.12 on 5.2 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 24 cents, or 1.93 per cent, to $12.69 on 4.6 million shares.Polaris Materials Corp. (TSX:PLS). Building Materials. Up 84 cents, or 30.43 per cent, to $3.60 on 4.5 million shares.Air Canada (TSX:AC). Airline. Up $1.11, or 4.20 per cent, to $27.51 on 3.8 million shares.ECN Capital Corp. (TSX:ECN). Financial Services. Up 19 cents, or 5.04 per cent, to $3.96 on 3.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Down 22 cents, or 0.27 per cent, to $79.97 on 227,813 shares. A group representing frustrated Tim Hortons franchisees says its board members have been accused by the company of helping leak confidential information. The Great White North Franchisee Association said its board members have been served with notices of default. read more

“Every effort must be made to halt this odious practice, and bring the perpetrators to justice,” Mr. Annan told an African Union (AU) Session on Gender in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, yesterday, noting that such violence had reached “almost epidemic proportions” in parts the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and in the Darfur region of Sudan. “I urge African States to do everything they can to translate into reality the objectives of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security – and to do so without delay,” he declared, referring to the October 2000 resolution aimed at enhancing the role of women in preventing conflict, promoting peace and assisting in post-conflict reconstruction within UN operations. Mr. Annan noted that in the past year alone, Africa’s women “have made great strides forward” and he congratulated the AU on electing five women out of a total of 10 commissioners. “Increasingly, Africans understand that their continent cannot develop unless its women exercise real power – in the home, in the local community, in the nation, and in the Union itself,” he added. Stressing the “devastating obstacle to development” posed by HIV/AIDS and its “increasing and terrifying toll on Africa’s women,” he underlined the indispensable part they had to play in all aspects of the struggle against the disease. “No less important is recognition of the role of women in the work for peace and security,” he declared. “Time and again, women have played a constructive and essential part in peace processes. “They are gradually finding a place at the negotiating table, in the implementation of peace agreements, in post-conflict rehabilitation, reconstruction and disarmament,” he added. “It is high time they were included in those processes in a more formalized way, at all levels and at all stages.” read more

The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team claimed a victory against the San Diego State Aztecs, 19-11, at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Wednesday night after tying its season-high for most goals in a period. Thanks to a team-high of five points off three assists and two goals by sophomore attackman Jackie Cifarelli, OSU improved to 5-6 overall and 4-1 at home. The Buckeyes played at full speed in the first half of the game, scoring 12 points and shooting with 63 percent accuracy. Less than a minute into the match, Cifarelli made the first score of the game. After another 20 minutes, OSU had built a 9-2 lead. The Aztecs, though, would answer and trade goals back and forth with OSU, but OSU didn’t lose the lead, going into the half with a score of 12-5. Junior attackman Katie Chase said it was teamwork that got OSU going. “We started playing together really well,” Chase said. “Our defense got some really big stops for us and our attack got it flowing. Once we got into the flow of the game, our goals just kept coming. It was a strong team effort all around.” Coming out of the game’s intermission, though, the Aztecs scored four goals in the first five minutes of the half, cutting OSU’s lead to three, 12-9. Chase, though, said the comeback was expected. “We knew that was going to happen,” she said. “We just needed to get back in the flow of our game.” The Buckeyes quickly called a timeout, and after that, they controlled the rest of the half. Chase said remembering the team’s theme this year provided the boost necessary. “Our theme is ‘Buckeye Strong,’ be strong all over the field,” Chase said. “Our thing this year is just playing with heart, playing like you want it all over the field, play for each other.” The Buckeyes went on to score five consecutive goals and earn their biggest lead of the game, 18-10, with just more than 10 minutes left in the game. “San Diego State is a great team,” OSU’s women’s lacrosse coach Alexis Venechanos said. “They took us to our last limits and it was a very challenging game but we definitely responded so we are able to take some positives.” The Buckeyes finished with 11 saves and 15 groundballs despite 22 fouls and seven turnovers. OSU is scheduled to take on Vanderbilt at noon Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

ivica obrvanMacedonia handball ← Previous Story Croatia beat Norway for Olympic VISA Next Story → Qatar win 10th international tournament in Doha Macedonian national team will have to find a new head-coach for the upcoming World Championship 2017 Play Off matches against Czech Republic in June. After they missed to qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio, coach Ivica Obrvan overtook responsibility and resigned from the position on which he came in 2013.Macedonians lost matches against Poland and Tunisia, while victory over Chile wasn’t enough to achieve their dreams to play in Rio, for the first time in sports history of this Balkan country.

first_imgSPOKANE — Authorities have made 14 arrests in connection with a prostitution operation involving more than 70 people, including five children, across Washington state.The Spokesman-Review reports that federal agents and several local agencies used undercover agents to make contact with the people involved. The arrests were made last week in more than a dozen cities across the state.FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich-Williams says there was one arrest and 13 women recovered in Airway Heights, while authorities made one arrest in Spokane and recovered three women there.The undercover operation is part of a wider FBI initiative being carried out in the U.S. and other countries, including Cambodia, Canada, the Philippines and Thailand.last_img

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the man who, they said, shot and killed two men in Southwest Miami-Dade before taking off in one of the victims’ car, early Saturday.According to Miami-Dade Police, a gunman walked up to Edward Seymour and VonTavius Sands and opened fire as they stood outside Seymour’s four-door Cadillac CTS, near South Dixie Highway and Southwest 222nd Street, at around 4 a.m.Investigators said the attacker then robbed a third victim inside the car, then told her to get out and took off in the vehicle. She was not hurt.A friend of one of the victims was left in disbelief after driving by the scene. “He’s a very nice person. Never get in no problems, never fight with nobody. He’s just a friendly person,” he said. “I don’t know why they would kill him.”If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgTanana Chiefs Conference Village public safety officers are on track to be the first in the state to carry guns.Listen Now State legislators approved a bill in 2014 allowing for the arming of VPSO’s, and under a pilot project with the Alaska Department of Public Safety, Tanana Chiefs Conference officers will be the first to carry firearms. TCC VPSO Director Sargent Jody Potts tied the initiative to a proactive stance on public safety.”We’re very heavily village-driven and in the villages, they know what’s going on out there, how dangerous and unsafe it is,” Potts said. “I have so many villages that have said, ‘Look. It’s not just about officers’ safety, it’s about community safety. We have things that happen in our community that we want an officer to adequately protect not just them but our community.”Sergeant Potts said two TCC VPSO’s have completed firearms training at the state police academy, and the primary obstacle to them carrying guns on duty is insurance.”Enough coverage to make sure that our villages, the officers and our organization will be okay,” Potts said.Captain Andrew Merrill is commander of the Alaska State Trooper VPSO program.“We have an insurance policy that covers our VPSO and any armed VPSOs,’ Merrill said. “We still have questions as to what it looks like if and when a VPSO would use deadly force.”Merrill said Troopers are working with VPSO contractor organizations like TCC across the state to resolve insurance and other issues.”A team of attorneys from the state Attorney General’s office as well as attorneys from each of the organizations are working together to make sure that we all know what it means for the VPSOs as well as the organizations,” Merrill said.Captain Merrill said in the meantime, all new VPSO candidates are undergoing firearms and other training exactly like that required for municipal police and Alaska State Troopers. TCC’s Potts said there’s no timeline on fielding armed VPSO’s anticipates that doing so could make the job more attractive.“Working unarmed, alone in a village with no backup. I’m not getting a lot of people,” Potts said.Potts added that the ten percent crime rate in the TCC region is twice that of Fairbanks or Anchorage.”There’s definitely room for improvement,” Potts said. “There’s some things we definitely need to address and I don’t think that keep operating as ‘business as usual’ is the right approach.”Potts said TCC currently has officers in 14 villages, but another 30 lack a resident VPSO, and  that Alaska Native health and safety contractors like TCC also need more state assistance to help fund VPSO positions.last_img read more

first_imgMore Baltimore residents died as a result of drug overdose than homicide last year, a startling fact in light of how easy it is to prevent opioid overdoses. We know how to prevent deaths, and there are effective treatment options for addiction. The question is, how we get the necessary resources to those who need them most?This was the message at the first community update meeting of the Mayor’s Heroin Treatment and Prevention Taskforce. The meeting, an opportunity for the task force to hear community ideas on how to best address Baltimore’s heroin issue, took place April 1, and was headed by new Baltimore City health commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen.There are about 19,000 people in Baltimore who use heroin, said Wen, which makes heroin addiction an issue that touches every facet of our city, including the economy, public safety, and, of course, public health. Two hundred twenty-six people died of drug and alcohol overdoses between January and September of 2014, a nine month total that surpassed Baltimore’s notoriously high homicide total for the entire year.“How often do we hear about deaths from homicide? A lot, and it’s certainly a big issue . . . [but] why don’t we talk about deaths from overdose?” asked Wen.One of the reasons we need to discuss overdose deaths is that they are highly preventable, said Wen, who then demonstrated how easy it is to administer the drug naloxone – which effectively reverses the effects of a heroin, or other opioid, overdose – with a volunteer from the audience. The simple life-saving process basically consists of putting a few sections of the delivery device together and then spraying the medication into each nostril of an overdose victim.While preventing deaths through the use of drugs like naloxone is easy, the challenge is in getting the drug into the hands of those in the best position to save the life of someone who has overdosed, a challenge exacerbated by its price.“If the price has more than doubled, then we can only save half as many lives,” said Wen.The meeting was well attended by various community stakeholders, including community advocates, peer addiction counselors, doctors, researchers, and city officials working on addiction related issues, and who made suggestions regarding different strategies to best address Baltimore’s heroin problem.Carlos Hardy, CEO and founder of Maryland Recovery Organization Connecting Communities, said that while many people have heard of NIMBY (not in my back yard), fewer people are familiar with BANANA (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything), which is a common response when a new drug treatment center is slated to be built in any given community. Hardy said that when a new center is being planned in a community, that both the program’s concerns and the community’s must be heard, and that by working with one community at a time, memoranda of understanding and other agreements can be entered into which lay out the expectations for all stakeholders, thus smoothing the path to more treatment centers.Dr. David Jernigan, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said it is not enough for the city to create neighborhoods that are compatible with recovery centers if those neighborhoods are not also compatible with recovery itself. “When we’ve got twice as many liquor stores as we’re supposed to have per population, when it is far easier to put a liquor store in this city then it is a treatment center, then we’ve got a larger problem,” said Jernigan.Part of what has made heroin addiction difficult to curb is the easy access to other forms of opioid drugs, particularly in the form of prescription pain killers, which one person at the meeting referred to as the ‘poor man’s heroin.’ According to Wen, while the U.S. makes up only five percent of the global population, we consume 80 percent of the world’s prescription pain medications.Dr. Suzanne Doyon, medical director of the Maryland Poison Center and an emergency room physician, said that while there are guidelines in Maryland for emergency room physicians that, if abided by, could greatly reduce the number of prescriptions for opioid pain killers in emergency departments, the bigger issue is how often primary care doctors prescribe the drugs.“The number of prescriptions coming out of emergency departments throughout the country are really really high. But the number of tablets dispensed per prescription is very, very, very low, because [emergency doctors] tend to prescribe for three days, or something like that. What seems to be the bigger problem is the lesser [number of] prescriptions for months, and months, and months going on years that occur in other settings such as primary care,” said Doyon.The effectiveness of peer counseling (programs that use recovering addicts to help those just entering recovery) and the need for stable housing for addicts in recovery (the lack of which can drive relapses) were other prominent themes among the community’s suggestions at the meeting.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

first_img If you watch Top Chef or any cooking shows, you know that somehow, food just tastes better when it’s presented beautifully. But who has the time and the skills to prepare a restaurant-worthy gourmet plate every time? Well, there’s an app for that.Eatense is a “digital dining plate” that aims to elevate your flavor and plating game — no chef skills required.Created by South Korea-based Expernet, Eatense is described as “the world’s first customizable plate” that allows users to create their very own personalized plate with a smartphone app. It’s equipped with a digital display so users can turn a simple plate into a one-of-a-kind work of art using designs, photos, and videos from their phone.Need a festive, holiday theme? Check. An elegant birthday cake plate? Check. Something romantic for a dinner for two? Check. The “world’s first digital dining plate” makes it easy — and also kind of fun.Photo Credit: EatenseAccording to the company, the Eatense plate can be washed just like any other plates and can be charged easily with a wireless charging pad. The smartphone app lets users customize the plate with unique designs or special messages.Eatense is available for pre-order at Indiegogo starting at $159. After the campaign, the company anticipates manufacturing and delivery to be fulfilled by the end of July 2019.Photo Credit: EatenseMore on Geek.com:How to Cook Perfectly Fried Rice, According to ScientistsKFC’s Firelog That Smells Like Their Fried Chicken Sold Out in HoursThis Slice of Pizza Will Outlive You Staring at Seagulls May Help Avoid Food TheftWe Now Know the DNA of Guacamole Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgIllustration of a squeezed spin state used to demonstrate Bell correlations. Credit: Engelsen et al. ©2017 American Physical Society Natural systems show nonlocal correlations Citation: Bell correlations measured in half a million atoms (2017, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-bell-million-atoms.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters The researchers, led by Mark Kasevich at Stanford University, have published a paper on the large system exhibiting Bell-type quantum correlations in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”Our results illustrate the richness of quantum many-body states involving many entangled systems,” Kasevich told Phys.org. “Little is known at this frontier.”In order to use quantum correlations for practical purposes, the correlations must be measured. Until recently, the only way to measure Bell correlations in a system of atoms (or other components) was to measure the correlations between all of the individual atoms. But a few years ago, physicists developed a new method of measuring Bell correlations that does not require measuring individual components, but can be done by measuring the collective properties of the system as a whole. Last year, scientists used this method to demonstrate Bell correlations in a Bose-Einstein condensate of around 500 atoms.In the new study, the researchers have increased this number to a record 500,000 atoms. To do this, they used a method called spin squeezing, in which they started by preparing all of the atoms’ spins in a superposition of up and down states. The researchers then reduced (or “squeezed”) the uncertainty of one spin component below the value allowed for uncorrelated atoms, which simultaneously increases the uncertainty of the conjugate spin component to satisfy the uncertainty principle. By making collective measurements on the spin properties of the entire system, the researchers demonstrated that the spin states exhibit correlations beyond what is expected by classical physics. Currently, it’s unclear exactly how nonlocal Bell correlations may be used in such large systems. In smaller systems, Bell correlations have been used to generate random numbers, which have applications in cryptography. The physicists also expect that the experimental methods used here could be used to test the predictions of quantum theory.”We hope to test quantum mechanics in news ways with spatially extended versions of the states used in this work,” Kasevich said. “Imagine a quantum many-body state extending over one meter involving thousands of correlated particles. The squeezed states used for this work also have practical application in sensors, as they can be exploited to reduce sensor noise.” More information: Nils J. Engelsen, Rajiv Krishnakumar, Onur Hosten, and Mark A. Kasevich. “Bell Correlations in Spin-Squeezed States of 500 000 Atoms.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.140401center_img (Phys.org)—Physicists have demonstrated Bell correlations in the largest physical system to date—an ensemble of half a million atoms at an ultracold temperature of 25 µK. The presence of Bell correlations indicates that all of the atoms share nonlocal quantum correlations with each other. These correlations could one day be used in quantum information systems and to design new tests of quantum mechanics. © 2017 Phys.org Explore further 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

first_imgKolkata: After 12 persons were killed in widespread violence during the West Bengal Panchayat election a day ago, post poll clashes continue to rock parts of the state on Tuesday. The state administration, however, claimed only six of those deaths were poll-related, State Election Commission (SEC) said.”According to the report received from the state administration, 12 deaths are reported on the polling day on Monday. Among them six are poll-related deaths, while the rest were due to different reasons,” SEC Secretary Nilanjan Shandilya told IANS. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPost poll violence was reported from parts of Howrah district where bombs were hurled in at least 20 houses during a clash between Trinamool Congress workers and BJP activists. A few vehicles were also vandalised and torched.Sporadic incidents of violence took place in South and North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts late on Monday.The single-phase rural polls in the state on Monday saw large scale violence and clashes between opposing political outfits throughout the day even as more than 60,000 armed personnel and 80,000 civic volunteers were deployed to guard close to 58,000 polling booths. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAs the day progressed, reports of clashes, booth capturing, vandalising of ballot boxes and rigging were received from pockets of South and North 24 Parganas, North Dinajpur, Nadia, West Midnapore and Cooch Behar districts.In several places, gun-toting goons attacked policemen on duty at polling premises, leaving at least two police officers severely injured. Several attempts to rig the election process were also reported across the state as miscreants poured water into ballot boxes or set them on fire. Additional Director General of West Bengal Police Anuj Sharma on Monday said Trinamool activist Arif Ali Gazi died in poll-related violence in South 24 Parganas while two other workers of the party died in Nadia. He said two Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) workers died in Nandigram in East Midnapore district and a Jharkhand Disom Party worker died in Kushmundi of South Dinajpur.The opposition parties accused the Trinamool Congress of orchestrating unprecedented terror on the polling day and alleged the SEC and state administration completely failed to conduct a free and fair election.Representatives of CPI-M held a protest demonstration outside the SEC office on Monday evening demanding an answer from the poll panel about the adverse situations across the state.The state’s ruling Trinamool Congress, however, claimed that the people were able to exercise their democratic rights and said the situation was well handled barring a few isolated incidents.It accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of bringing in people from Bangladesh, Assam and Jharkhand with the help of Border Security Force personnel on the polling day to create unrest.Voting for the rural bodies in West Bengal was to be held on May 1, 3 and 5, but as the nomination process started in April, it was rescheduled to May 14 by the SEC following a Calcutta High Court order to extend the nomination deadline and announce a fresh polling date.last_img read more

first_imgHilton has announced the launch of Motto by Hilton, its newest affordable lifestyle brand. Hilton says that, approaches its 100th anniversary, it continues to pioneer the hospitality landscape with a new brand to address the needs and desires of the evolving global traveller.“Hilton prides itself on being a leader in the hospitality industry and evolving with the needs of our guests,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton. “Innovation is in our DNA, and as we embark on our 100th year as a company, we are innovating more than ever before. With Motto by Hilton, we are bringing to market something the industry has never experienced with its flexible and affordable room product, desirable locations and guest-empowered service.”Motto by Hilton is a micro-hotel with an urban vibe in prime global locations.Hilton evaluated the emerging lifestyle hostel model globally to understand the opportunity to enhance the shared room concept. But, extensive research showed that travellers who stay in hostels, in fact, do not like rooming with strangers and often book just with their friends or family. They want more from their hostel experience but are limited by current options in the market.As it evaluated the existing market, Hilton understood that what these travellers wanted was an affordable urban lifestyle brand – one that combined comfort and accessibility with travel and lifestyle trends that centred around:Prime Locations: It’s about giving travellers access to the best location – being in the heart of the city and in the most popular neighbourhoods. Right neighbourhoods make a difference.Authenticity: What does it mean to be “here”? Locality breeds identity, community, and ultimately, a sense of place.Affordability: Competitive rates that open the doors to cities and locations that travellers didn’t think they could afford.Flexibility: One size doesn’t fit all — choice is paramount. Multi-purpose spaces are growing in popularity because of the flexibility they afford.Guest Rooms: With an average footprint of 163 square feet or 14 square meters, the highly efficient rooms will include space-saving features such as wall-beds, lofted beds, segmented shower and toilet stalls, and multi-functional furniture that can be discreetly stowed when not in use.Linking Rooms: Eliminating the hassle of coordinating travel for larger groups, Motto by Hilton hotels will have the option for guests to book multiple connecting rooms in advance.Split-payments: Motto by Hilton hotels will allow guests to split payments between more than one person at the time of booking, avoiding the sometimes-complicated math exercise during checkout.Connected Room: All Motto by Hilton rooms will be outfitted with Hilton’s Connected Room technology – the first mobile-centric hotel offering that allows guests to control features in their room (i.e., temperature, lighting, TV, window coverings, etc.) from their Hilton Honors mobile app.Curated Sleep Experience: Motto by Hilton hotels will put an emphasis on a premium sleep experience. Whether it is a premium mattress; a Sleep Kit with eye masks, essential oils or vitamin bars; a white noise app; blackout window shades; or sound absorbing materials throughout the room, Motto by Hilton is sleep-obsessed and prioritises quality sleep for every traveller.“The launch of Motto by Hilton emphasises our relentless commitment to creating innovative brands that meet what today’s travellers want,” said Phil Cordell, global head of new brand development, Hilton. “The unmatched flexibility of Motto offers tremendous value by empowering travellers to tailor every stay to their specific needs.” HiltonhotelsMotto by Hiltonlast_img read more

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals may have entered free agency hoping to retain their own players, but a couple days in they seem to be struggling to do so.Wide receiver Steve Breaston is heading to Kansas City to join the Chiefs, and now they’ve lost a starting offensive lineman. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Agent for Cardinals G Deuce Lutui says reached 2-year deal in principle with Bengals. 2nd-round pick out of USC. Big, physical AFC North guyless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyGeoff HobsonGeoffHobsonCin Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   Drafted in the second round in 2006, Lutui was a consistent starter on the line, though his production was anything but.Lutui battled weight problems, especially last season, but worked his way back into shape and was productive once again. His departure leaves the Cardinals in search of a guard, as the rest of their offensive line seems set. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “As we get enamored with these players over the next couple weeks and we see them jump high, run fast or do the three-cone in a low time, we just have to remind ourselves that at one o’clock on Sunday, we don’t run the three-cone,” Keim said.Related LinksNewest ‘Cardinals Flight Plan’ covers Kingsbury’s upbringing, new coaches’Cardinals Flight Plan’: Offseason moves, including Pugh’s dancing“Having the first pick in every round is obviously going to put a premium on our team, but the one thing that I want to make sure is that when they get through that Cardinal filter that we talked about before, they have to love the game,” Keim added. “Those are the types of players we win with, and if they don’t love it, we’ll leave them over on the other board. Let’s just make sure that the guys that we have that are fighting with us in this room love the game and give us every opportunity to succeed.”The episode then transitioned to media day at the combine, where it showed head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s many different interviews with outlets such as ESPN, NFL Network and NFL Radio. Keim’s media availability was also shown, and he echoed a lot of the same sentiments that were mentioned in his speech earlier in the episode.Interviews with director of pro personnel Quentin Harris and west area scout Josh Scobey were shown next, where they both shared their experiences with the combine as former players who went through it themselves. Things concluded with a breakdown of the interview portion of the combine, where director of college scouting Dru Grigson explained the ins and outs of that part of the process.“In some cases, this might be the only chance that Steve or Kliff or [President] Michael [Bidwell] get to actually sit with a kid, because you’re so limited by how many players you can talk to and how many interactions you can have with them, especially in the fall,” Grigson said. “There are times where an interview makes you say, ‘I want this guy to be a Cardinal,’ and there are many that make you say, ‘I do not want this guy to be a Cardinal.’”The next installment will air on March 28. That episode will be all about free agency, including the recent signing of Terrell Suggs. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The newest installment of “Cardinals Flight Plan” dropped on Thursday, and it gave viewers an in-depth look into the Cardinals’ presence at the NFL Combine that took place two weeks ago.The episode opened with general manager Steve Keim addressing the Cardinals’ staff during a pre-combine meeting. In his speech, Keim discussed the team’s strategy in evaluating players at the combine, and what exactly they would be looking for while there. “I was nervous, because there was a bit of an unknown to what exactly the process was,” Harris said about his time at the 2002 combine. “You knew the drills and you knew what you were going to be doing, but you didn’t know the interview part of it, you didn’t know the psychological testing part of it, and you just didn’t know what was next. It was very high-paced and confusing at times.”“It was kind of intimidating coming up on stage, based on the people that were in the audience,” Scobey said.The middle portion of the episode was filled with comments from potential No. 1 picks to the media. Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams were all shown talking about what being the No. 1 pick would mean to them.“I’m a competitor, and I love the game,” Murray said. “To be the No. 1 pick, that’s a kid’s dream come true. If my name was called No. 1, I’d be ready to go for sure.”The episode covered the storyline surrounding Murray and the Cardinals, showing clips of speculation on whether or not he will be the choice for the Cardinals at the top spot. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2 Comments   Share   Cardinals GM Steve Keim (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities evacuated four houses in Paralimni on Tuesday after a fire broke out at 1am inside a container whose cargo included fireworks.The fire service cordoned off the scene due to the explosions. The fire was extinguished but fire trucks remain at the scene as a precaution.Police and fire service officers were investigating the incident.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgHellenic Bank, Cyprus’s third largest, said that it approved 220 applications for its voluntary retirement scheme which will help it reduce its annual payroll by €14m.“The total cost to the group is expected to be approximately €42m,” the bank said in a statement on the website of the Cyprus Stock Exchange on Friday. “The completion of the scheme marks a significant step in the bank’s reorganisation process and its efforts to strengthen its financial position”.The cost of the voluntary retirement scheme which provided a compensation of up to €200,000 per beneficiary, “is expected to affect the bank’s financial results for the quarter ending December 31, 2017,” the bank said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgBy Andria KadesAs if cancer treatment wasn’t enough of a traumatic ordeal, those patients living towards the west of Cyprus – Limassol, Paphos, Peyia and Polis Chrysochous – have the additional disruption of having to travel all the way to Nicosia to get the comprehensive therapy they need.The Bank of Cyprus oncology centre in Nicosia is the sole provider of radiotherapy, and if you don’t live in the capital, it can take hours to get there.Radiotherapy requires a number of sessions which varies from patient to patient, however it’s not unusual for someone to need a month or more of treatment, five days a week. A session itself takes about 10 minutes.The oncology centre, set up in 1998, also offers chemotherapy. This is available elsewhere, but if hospitals are overloaded, then once again the long trek to Nicosia is unavoidable.Michalis Christofides, chairman of Limassol Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society“Imagine a patient living in Polis Chrysoschous who essentially has to travel across Cyprus to get their radiotherapy. All for 10 minutes,” chairman of the Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society Limassol branch Michalis Christofides told the Sunday Mail.The charity offers free transfers to the oncology centre and back to all patients irrespective of their financial status, as does PASYKAF (the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends).Every week day, each bus takes an average of 12 patients, though this can rise to 22, according to the general manager of Limassol’s PASYKAF branch, Spyroulla Argyriou.It is a journey that Paphos cancer patient Lizzie Ferguson is all too familiar with.“I get the bus at 5.50am and get to the oncology centre at 8.30. It stops in Pissouri and Limassol to pick up other patients, and there are two buses back at 12.30 and 2pm,” she said.“It’s a life saver especially if you have to go every day and you’re not feeling well enough to drive and you don’t want to rely on family and friends.”Both charities are fully aware of the toll the journey takes on the patients they help.“It has gone on long enough. Can you imagine what it’s like? Patients that have anal cancer are incontinent. I’m sorry to say this but do you know how humiliating this is for them? And there’s no bathrooms on the highway, we have to stop at a restaurant. We would like to have a bathroom in the bus but that’s too high a cost for us,” said Argyriou.Spyroula Argyriou, PASYKAF, Limassol general managerThen, there’s the heat. “Imagine radiating the brain and then having to absorb the sun rays especially in August.”Patients also lose their day. Someone that lives in Nicosia can get their radiotherapy and then go to work if they want to. “A patient from Limassol or Paphos however needs to be stuck at home for two months,” she said because they are wasting about four hours or more a day in travelling.But for patients living in Limassol and Paphos, 2017 should see the start of major changes for those needing radiotherapy.The German oncology centre set up by Dr Nicos Zamboglou in Ayios Athanasios, Limassol should be fully operational this year. President Nicos Anastasiades himself conceded the new centre would cover needs “which the state has failed to meet” and went on to say every year, there were around 3,500 new cancer cases, half of whom need radiotherapy. About 40 per cent of these patients live in Limassol and Paphos, he said.The centre will provide services covering the whole spectrum of needs, from prevention and diagnosis to treatment, rehabilitation and support for patients, plus offering modern radiotherapy techniques.Additionally, Ygia Polyclinic Private Hospital, in cooperation with their Swedish company Elekta, will begin operating their own oncology centre this year starting with chemotherapy in January and with radiotherapy and brachytherapy which available from April, according to a news release posted on their website.Administration and financial governance manager of Ygia, George Zachariades told the Sunday Mail the new setup would have adequate capacity to cover a large portion of the patients needing radiotherapy in Limassol and Paphos.Furthermore, the Bank of Cyprus confirmed at the beginning of the month that a new deal has been struck with the health ministry to operate a new oncology centre in Limassol. While there were initial thoughts to expand the Nicosia operation, they’ve finally settled on making a new oncology centre with the bank financing €11 million for the project.Bank of Cyprus oncology centreWhat remains to be seen, however, is how the health ministry will coordinate the new treatment providers. The Bank of Cyprus centre offers free treatment to all cancer patients, but Ygia Polyclinic is, for example, a private facility. Although the ministry did not respond to repeated requests for comment, Ygia told the Sunday Mail they were in the midst of discussions as to how an arrangement would work.Currently, the ministry has a budget for the running of the Bank of Cyprus oncology centre while the bank shoulders some running costs.News of the new facilities has of course been welcomed by the charities. At present, the cost to PASYKAF for offering the free bus service alone is close to €56,000. That’s without the driver’s salary, maintenance costs and daily cleaning and sterilising. Though PASYKAF would continue to transfer patients wherever they need to go for treatment, shorter distances would reduce costs and release funds to be spent on other aspects of the charity’s cancer care.For Ferguson, the thought of the shorter journey from Paphos to Limassol means she would feel just that little bit less tired after her gruelling treatment day after day.“It would be fantastic,” she said. “Half the stress, half the journey.”  PASYKAF minivan which transports patientsA cancer patient’s lifelineWhile the bus services PASYKAF and the Anti-Cancer Society both offer are crucial, they are just a small section of what the two charities offer cancer patients and their relatives.PASYKAF have medical staff on call 24 hours a day, psychologists, physiotherapists, doctors and nurses available for free to all patients. PASYKAF’s Limassol branch has 22 full time staff, including the bus driver trained in first aid while the Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society has 15 staff in Limassol.Both make sure they pick up medicine for the patients to spare them the cost and effort of having to pick them up themselves and say their services are open to everyone – irrespective of race, religion or financial status.In Limassol, the Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society operates the Evagorion – a palliative care centre – which also administers injections such as Zoladex and Zometa and blood transfusions.A patient’s room at the Anti-Cancer Society’s Evagorion centre in LimassolEach charity has operating costs of approximately €2.5 million each per year. In the case of the Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society, €1.5 million of that is absorbed by their Nicosia-based palliative centre Arodafnousa.The charities rely largely on donations from the public and private companies, though the government does provide some funds.PASYKAF for instance has 550 volunteers to visit patients in their homes to help out with cooking, shopping, chores or even offer some company. The Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society offer similar help.For PASYKAF, a major future project is a rehabilitation centre in Moniatis after a couple donated the money to set it up.“It’s to help people get back into a normal life routine. Yes, there is life after cancer. I had stage three cancer at 34. Now I’m 62 and cancer free,” said Argyriou.For more information on donating, volunteering or support visit http://anticancersociety.org.cy/el/page/home (22 446 222) https://pasykaf.org/ (22 345 444)You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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