Transfers Juventus still monitoring Liverpool’s Can – Marotta Jamie Smith 06:32 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Juventus Liverpool Premier League Serie A With the Germany international out of contract at the end of the season, the Serie A champions have confirmed they remain interested Emre Can remains a target for Juventus as the Liverpool midfielder closes in on the end of his contract at the Premier League club.Can is in the final year of his Liverpool deal and will be free to discuss terms with non-English clubs in the January transfer window.Juventus have previously confirmed their interest in Germany international Can, with chief executive Giuseppe Marotta still keen to get a deal done for the 23-year-old. 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 “Emre Can is a name doing the rounds because his contract is running down,” Marotta told Mediaset Premium. “I won’t deny he is a player we too have monitored and many important clubs will try to close a deal over the next few weeks.”We are tracking the situation, nothing more.”Can has started 11 Premier League games this season for Liverpool but he missed Sunday’s 4-0 win at Bournemouth due to suspension.Marotta also denied reports Juve midfielder Claudio Marchisio could head to MLS in the January transfer window due to a lack of game time at the Serie A champions.”Claudio is very attached to the Juventus jersey,” the chief executive added. “He grew up in our academy and has asked us for nothing. I don’t think he’d move abroad.”
CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Today has been full of injuries in the college football world, but Georgia cornerback Rico McGraw’s has to be the weirdest. On the sideline after a play, special teams coordinator Mike Ekeler got very fired up, and gave McGraw a celebratory slap to the helmet, which apparently injured the freshman defensive back.Rico McGraw injury https://t.co/SfpAvZRMmq— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 14, 2015After the play, former Bulldogs superstar Todd Gurley joked about not being surprised. Apparently Ekeler is always a pretty high-energy guy.We all knew happy Coach Ekeler would injure a UGA player one day…— Logan Booker (@LoganMBooker) November 14, 2015Same Thing I told him when I was there lol https://t.co/A1Re33TPa7— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) November 14, 2015Obviously this is a freak injury, and we hope McGraw is okay. Ekeler might have to go with celebratory handshakes for a while.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the start of the Miami Hurricanes against the Clemson Tigers game at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2005 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)One of Clemson’s top stars from the early days of Dabo Swinney’s tenure is back in the NFL. After a year out of football, running back Andre Ellington has found his new team.On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they had signed Ellington to a contract. He reunites with his former head coach, Bruce Arians, who took over the job earlier this year.We have signed RB Andre Ellington.📰 » https://t.co/jPKHzx5hu9 pic.twitter.com/uWOHmXYWRP— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) February 19, 2019With Ellington leading the charge during his college days, the Tigers won three ACC Atlantic Division titles in four years. They claimed the ACC title in 2011 en route to an Orange Bowl appearance.His final college stats were 621 carries for 3,436 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns with a 5.5 yards per carry average. He added another 59 catches for 505 yards and two touchdowns.Ellington was eventually drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He went on to lead the league in yards per carry with 5.5 in his rookie season.But after back-to-back seasons with over 1,000 yards from scrimmage, injuries and poor production limited Ellington from 2015 and on.The Cardinals waived him in the middle of the 2017 season and he wound up on the Houston Texans for the remainders of the year.Ellington was out of football in 2018.
No jobs will be lost consequent on the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries’ assumption of the functions of the Management Authority, which previously advised the Government on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.This is according to Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who piloted the Protection of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Amendment) Act during the Senate’s on May 3.The legislation makes provisions for certain functions of the Authority, which was established under the principal Act, to be formally integrated into the Ministry’s Research and Development Division.“The Management Authority… wasn’t actually a separate entity that employed separately and now needs to be rationalised. Persons who functioned therein, functioned together with the Research and Development Division, as it exists,” Senator Johnson Smith explained.She further noted that the Act will allow for “an alignment closer to the reality, with some adjustments to [ensure greater] accountability [and] efficiency, and effectiveness of assignment of roles and responsibilities will be more clearly implemented and implementable”.This move, Senator Johnson Smith said, is in keeping with the Government’s Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme, “which has been broadly designed to increase the overall effectiveness of public sector service delivery, reduced cost of government and to contribute to economic growth and development”.She noted, however, that the policy advice function of the previous Management Authority is to be carried out by the Plant Genetic Resources Advisory Task Force – a new body to be established under the Act, and comprising members similar to those of the former body.The task force will advise the Minister on matters of policy and legal measures that facilitate the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources and the equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of their use.The principal Act was promulgated in 2013 to support Jamaica’s obligation under the 2001 International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, which the country ratified in 2006.The Treaty aims to guarantee food security through the conservation, exchange and sustainable use of the world’s plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.“The Bill seeks to assure full integration into the Ministry responsible for agriculture, by repealing the provision in the principal Act… for corporate status of the Management Authority while ensuring that Jamaica continues to operate as required under the Treaty,” Senator Johnson Smith informed.Specifically, she noted that the amendments will require that the Ministry integrate the activities under the Treaty into the Government’s relevant agricultural and rural development policies and programmes, cooperate with the relevant international organisations in order to establish or strengthen the capabilities of developing countries with respect to sustainable use of plant genetic resources, and promote the sharing and exchange of plant genetic resources.“It will also be required to manage the plant resources fund and establish and maintain the register of plant genetic resources,” she said.The Bill was passed without amendments. It was previously approved in the Lower House on February 26. The legislation makes provisions for certain functions of the Authority, which was established under the principal Act, to be formally integrated into the Ministry’s Research and Development Division. This is according to Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who piloted the Protection of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Amendment) Act during the Senate’s on May 3. Story Highlights No jobs will be lost consequent on the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries’ assumption of the functions of the Management Authority, which previously advised the Government on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.
More should have been done to shield young Indigenous and African Nova Scotian students from seeing racist graffiti that was scrawled on one of their school buses and a sign nearby, a Mi’kmaq band council member said Thursday.Darlene Prosper said kids arriving at the East Antigonish Education Centre on Tuesday were faced with a hate-filled piece of graffiti targeting Indigenous people that was spray painted across a bus. They also saw a message against black people on a sign near the school in Monastery, N.S.Prosper said the Strait Regional School Board should have notified the Paqtnkek First Nation about the messages so something could have been done to inform parents or develop a plan to deal with the situation.“What was the most frustrating was the fact that this graffiti was sprayed on the walls and the bus and the sign the evening before and it was maddening to find out that the kids had to drive into it and see it,” she said.“We should have been notified when they became aware of this, so together we could have worked out a plan as to how we were going to deal with that.”The school has about 100 Mi’kmaq students.School board spokeswoman Deanna Gillis said they only learned about the extent of the graffiti on Tuesday since it was dark when it was first noticed late Monday. She said they immediately contacted police and also put in supports for students on Tuesday when they understood the nature of the messages.One of the messages said: “F–k natives.”She said the bus was moved after police informed them they could relocate it and the graffiti was removed. Gillis said they also had to wait for a driver to move the spare bus, since they were all out on their routes Tuesday morning.The school also had an assembly Thursday with their incident response team to allow students to share their concerns. Gillis said RCMP were at the school Thursday to ensure safety.Principal Richard Britten said in a message Wednesday that culturally insensitive incidents would not be tolerated.“Here at The East we celebrate our differences and our cultural diversity,” he said in the statement. “Each and every day, we all need to continue to work together … to keep our school a welcoming, respectful, safe and supportive learning environment.”The school was closed Wednesday after reports of a threat against the school being disseminated on social media. Gillis said it has now been determined there was no threat.Still, some parents say the incidents have left a lingering unease in the community.Rose Paul’s daughter is in Grade 11 and saw the graffiti when she arrived Tuesday.“It affected the school community greatly,” said the mother of eight children who attended the school over the years. “Hopefully we will learn from this and get stronger from this.”The Mounties issued a statement Tuesday saying vandals spray-painted the graffiti close to the school.
CALGARY – Estate planning expert Lynne Butler loves to tell the cautionary tale of a widow in her 80s who had six children and six real estate properties.When it came time for her to make her final wishes known, she sat at her desk and hand-wrote a will that bequeathed her home to the child who lived with her and cared for her, and carefully doled out the other parcels of mainly rural land to each of her other five grown children.What she didn’t account for was something called capital gains tax — all of the properties had gained in value over the decades and all except her principal residence (which is exempt) owed thousands of dollars in taxes. There wasn’t nearly enough cash in the estate to pay the tax bill.“Normally, (the heirs) can’t inherit the property until the tax is paid, so what actually ends up happening is that one or more of the properties gets sold to pay the tax. So someone ends up not getting their property,” said Butler.“And that’s where the fight begins, right? Whose property are you going to sell?”The widow’s dilemma is all too typical of the drama that can split families apart when poorly written or out-of-date wills legally bind the hands of an executor who has to figure out how to make the deceased’s final wishes a reality.Butler said the widow was lucky to have sought advice from an expert before it was too late.She bought life insurance — at a very high price because of her age — to provide the funds the estate would need to pay off its tax bill.Everyone should review their will every five to seven years or after every substantial life event, says Henry Villanueva, counsel for MacMillan Estate Planning in Calgary.Those life events include birth or adoption of a child or grandchild, marriage, recovery of an inheritance, children moving out of the home and loans to relatives to buy a house or pay for education, as well as death, divorce and remarriage.“When we pass — and we will pass — all of our assets are deemed to be disposed upon death, and along with this deemed disposition is an assessment for tax on the gain on assets at the point of death, to the exclusion of assets that are rolled over from spouse to spouse … or assets that automatically flow over, as when spouses jointly own property,” Villanueva said.Butler said many people draft wills when they get married and have children because they want to ensure their spouse inherits their goods and that their children, if both parents die, are sent to a chosen guardian. Many people use do-it-yourself will kits because their wishes and assets are simple.Decades later, however, the kids are out on their own and the family fortune has grown to include a home, retirement funds, bank accounts, part ownership of a vacation condo, stocks and bonds and multiple vehicles.“A lot of people make their wills when they’re married and start having kids. Then one day they realize, ‘Well, now I’ve got grandkids.’ So it’s time to update. All their kids are over 18, they don’t need guardianships any more,” Butler said.In all Canadian provinces except B.C., Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan, getting married revokes previous wills, which means a new will must be signed.New wills should contain a clause revoking all previous wills. Minor adjustments to a will can be made via a “codicil” or addition, although Butler said that isn’t done very often anymore.Changed circumstances could also mean changing your executor, noted Villanueva.A close relative who was able 20 or 30 years ago to handle the crucial executor duties of listing assets and liabilities, then paying the bills and distributing the remaining assets to heirs, may not have the financial acumen to do the same now with a more complicated portfolio.The original executor may now be elderly or infirm or may have moved out of province.Butler said she’s a big fan of hiring a trust company to act as executor, especially if the estate is complicated. She said a professional executor has the knowledge to shepherd the process through efficiently without any emotional baggage.The trust company’s fees will be extracted from the estate, she said, but are usually set at the same rate or lower than what a court might authorize to be paid for any executor, including a close relative, in recognition of the work involved.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter
Rabat – The recently-elected president of Tunisia Béji Caïd Essebsi is due to pay his first official visit to Algeria and Morocco later this month.Tunisian Daily Kapitalis quoted the future official spokesman of the presidency Moez Sinaoui as saying that the date of the visit has not yet been specified.He went on to add that the visit will take place before the 24th session of the African Union Summit, which is scheduled to take place on January 30. Sinaoui clarified that President Essebsi will visit both Algeria and Morocco in the same day,”so as to spare the feelings of the neighbors who have an equal place in the hearts of Tunisians.”This is not the first time Béji Caïd Essebsi has visited Morocco. In 2011, he visited Rabat with an official Tunisian delegation a few weeks after his appointment as president of the Tunisian interim government.Edited by Timothy Filla.
Rabat – Police at the Mohammed V international airport in Casablanca have recently arrested five Nigerian nationals for attempt of cocaine trafficking, the national police (DGSN) announced on Monday.Over 7 kg of the illicit substance, concealed in 360 pills, were removed from the intestines of the suspects at the Ibn Rochd hospital in Casablanca.The accused, coming from Sao-Paulo, were arrested following a routine operation after the scanner detected suspicious pills hidden in their stomach and that might contain cocaine. They were remanded in custody pending the completion of the investigation under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Takal Molson hit three free throws in the final half-minute to preserve a 68-62 Canisius win over Robert Morris on Wednesday night.The Griffs played their first home game in 18 days and five straight road games.Matty McConnell scored at the basket with 1:14 left to pull the Colonials within five, 62-57, but neither team managed a field goal after that.Molson, who came in averaging 16.7 points per game, finished with 14 points, converting 5 of 7 from the line, and now has scored in double figures 11 straight games for Canisius (2-6). Scott Hitchon added 13 points and Isaiah Reese contributed 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished seven assists.Josh Williams scored 17 points for Robert Morris (4-5), which now has lost five of six road games to start the season. Charles Bain added 12 points.The Associated Press
LeBron James put Jason Terry in a poster Monday night, punctuating the Miami Heat’s 23rd straight victory, the second-longest streak in NBA history, with one of his all-time greatest dunks. According to James, the spectacular jam could not have happened on a better guy.You see, James expressed a problem with Terry’s penchant for brash talk. So, catching an alley-oop pass and colliding midair with Terry before hammering home the dunk – and then staring down a sprawled-on-the-floor Terry for so long he received a taunting technical – was serendipitous.“I’ve had a chance to [review] it, and it was one of my better ones,” James said. “The fact that it happened to J.T. made it that much sweeter. Because we all know J.T. and he talks too much sometimes. And I’m glad it happened to him.”Hardly do players pile on after slamming on an opponent. There usually is a “feel-sorry” element to embarrassing a foe.Not this time. James took it as some form of restitution toward a good player who talks better than his game.Recall, if you will, Terry in 2011 saying said James wouldn’t be able to guard him effectively for the entire NBA Finals when the Heat challenged the Dallas Mavericks. Terry played well and the Mavs defeated Miami in the seven-game series, 4-2.“I’m welcoming the challenge,” Terry said then. “We’re going to see if he can do it for seven games.”Last week, Terry said he wasn’t impressed with the Heat’s then-21-game winning streak.“[I’m] not really impressed with it or anything that they do,” Terry said.No word on if he’s impressed with James’ memorable throw down over him.
More provocation is coming from Turkey putting the sovereignty claims over several Aegean islets in the spotlight again.Speaking on Afrin and Ankara’s ongoing operations in northwest Syria, Turkey’s Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar made statements that were directed to Greece, given the ongoing tensions between the neighbouring countries.“We can conduct operations in Afrin [in northwest Syria]. We can conduct operations in [Turkey’s] east and southeast. If necessary, we will fulfill any duty that may be assigned to us in the Mediterranean and in the Aegean without hesitation. No one should make any miscalculation on this issue,” Akar said during a visit to the TCG Gaziantep battleship.Speaking to the TCG Gaziantep crew who are taking part in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) White Strom military exercise based in the Mediterranean Sea he added that “What is essential is good neighborly relations, friendship, and respect for human rights and international law”, Anadolu reported.“We are expressing our views on this issue at appropriate platforms. But we have always expressed that we are ready to use all the authorities pledged to us if dialogue and cooperation do not work,” he added. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists the high expectations surrounding the club is hindering its progress.Paul Lambert who also managed midlands rivals, Wolverhampton Wanderers as recent as the 2016-17 season, has suggested that managing Aston Villa is a difficult task due to the expectancy levels at the club.The Villans are currently spending their third campaign in the Sky Bet Championship and after a poor start to the season, former Brentford manager Dean Smith has been appointed as a replacement for Steve Bruce.Smith who will be joined by former Villa defender has been tasked with trying to earn the club a return to the Premier League but Lambert, who had a three-year spell at Villa between 2012 and 2015 feels that the new manager will come under immediate pressure.Lambert told Sky Sports News, as quoted by Sports Mole: Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“It’s difficult because of the expectation level really. The club was trying to get sold [when I was there] but the fans have got the history of a European Cup-winning football club.“You’ve got that, a big fanbase behind you, who every time expect you to be up there.”Villa are currently placed 15th on the Championship standings.
As SVP and general counsel, she oversaw the Time Inc. corporate legal group, and managed the department’s M&A and securities function, working closely with the Board of Directors. Time Inc. has made yet another change to its staff lineup. Today the company named Lauren Ezrol Klein its executive vice president, general counsel. “With her experience and skills, Time Inc. is very fortunate to have someone of Lauren’s caliber take on the critical general counsel role. I’m delighted to have her on my executive leadership time,” Time Inc. chairman and CEO Joe Ripp said in a statement. Klein, who most recently served as senior vice president and deputy general counsel, will succeed Lon Jacobs. Jacobs is said to be leaving the company on September 2. Klein joined the company in 1996, and has worked on the majority of Time Inc.’s significant acquisitions, dispositions, and other corporate transactions. She played an integral part in Time Inc.’s spin off from Time Warner Inc. in June 2014. The company has made a number of acquisitions in recent years, most recently buying Viant, the owner of MySpace. Given Klein’s extensive background in M&A, it’s likely this will be a major focus for her. The brand then added the position of group general manager to its revamped brand group structure. Meredith Long was named SVP and GM of the News and Luxury group, Susan Parkes was appointed SVP of the Brand Marketing and Communications group, and Bruce Gersh became SVP of the Brand Business Development group. Shortly thereafter, Time Inc. split its titles into four groups — Celebrity, Entertainment and Style, News and Luxury, Lifestyle, and Sports — each of which is led by an editorial director. Following all of those changes, company-wide layoffs hit the company, with reports that as many as 110 employees will be let go. Only two days later, the company unified its sales force by dividing advertising and marketing into category, brand, and digital sales, and eliminated the title of publisher. The move comes in the wake of extensive restructuring at the company, which began with Alan Murray succeeding Norman Pearlstine as chief content officer. Rich Battista was also named president of brands, while Jen Wong became head of Time Inc.’s creative studio, The Foundry, among other changes.
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According to travel experts, such high charges might stop people from booking tickets early to get low fares. Many air passengers planned trips early to take advantage of lower fares.Besides increasing the cancellation price, the airlines companies have also recently hiked charges for check-in luggage more than 15 kg on domestic flights.”India has seen a doubling of air travellers in the last 3.5 years, a growth rate that has not been witnessed anywhere globally,” said Sinha.Despite such hikes in air travel, India is expected to become the third largest aviation market by 2025 surpassing the United Kingdom driven by a robust demand. A Jet Airways Boeing 737 aircraft taxis past an Air India Airbus A321 aircraft at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport February 3, 2013. Picture taken February 3, 2013.Reuters fileThe government has told airlines to cut down on the cancellation fee of Rs 3,000. The Centre believes it is too high and needs to be reduced soon.The Centre will soon negotiate with airline companies and ask them to reduce the fee to a reasonable amount, The Times of India reported.”We believe cancellation charges are on the high side and onerous for passengers. The Rs 3,000 fee is in many cases more than the price of the ticket itself,” said Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha.”Our UDAN (subsidised regional flying) scheme has capped fares at Rs 2,500 per hour of flying. These cancellation charges need to be brought back into balance,” he added.He has also ordered a review of the high amount charged by airlines.This comes after SpiceJet earlier this month became the latest airline to raise its cancellation charges. The company hiked its fee to Rs 3,000 for domestic flights and Rs 3,500 for international bookings which were Rs 2,205 and Rs 2,500 respectively, before.The price of cancelling air tickets has almost doubled in the past one year, putting customers at a larger risk of losing money for early bookings.To add to the woes, if an air ticket is bought from an online travel portal then the customer has to pay additional charges to the portal as cancellation fee.That often leaves the traveller with very little or no refund at all.
Russia intervened in the Syrian conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of its ally Damascus targeting both the Islamic State group and other jihadists as well as rebels fighting government troops. AFP file photoRussian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Monday for the last leg of a day-long diplomatic dash, during which he ordered the partial withdrawal of Russia’s troops from the war-torn country.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Putin at his presidential complex in Ankara for a closed-door meeting.This is the eighth face-to-face meeting between Putin and Erdogan this year, a sign of the intensity of a relationship that had hit rock bottom in November 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian war plane over Syria.Putin was welcomed earlier in the day at Russia’s Hmeimim airbase by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on a surprise first visit to the country.In a televised speech to Russian troops, Putin said he had ordered his Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to start a partial withdrawal.“I have taken a decision: a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning home to Russia,” he said at the base in Latakia Province, a government stronghold.Russia first intervened in the conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of Assad which targeted both the Islamic State group (IS) and other jihadists as well as rebels fighting government troops.Putin said the troops had helped the Syrian army crush the “most battle-ready group of international terrorists,” apparently referring to IS.“On the whole the task has been completed. And completed brilliantly.”‘Our homeland thanks you’Putin said last month that efforts to end the war were entering a “new stage” as the focus shifted from military intervention to political reforms.He said both Hmeimim and Russia’s naval facility in Tartus would continue to function and warned that Russia would repel any new attacks by militants.Putin made the Syria stopover, the first by a Russian head of state since president Dmitry Medvedev visited in 2010, en route to Egypt, where he met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, one of Ankara’s prime foes in recent years.Putin thanked the troops for defending Russia from terrorism and helping Syria remain a “sovereign independent state”.He said the conflict proved that Russia’s armed forces, including intelligence officers, pilots, sailors, special forces, military police, sappers and military advisers, were on top form, and he also praised the country’s defence industry.“Our homeland thanks you, my friends,” he said.‘Deep gratitude’Putin also held talks with Assad, who expressed his “deep gratitude” for Russia’s role in the conflict.“The Syrians will never forget what the Russian forces did,” official Syria media quoted him as saying.Putin said he would discuss Russia’s efforts to convene Syria’s political congress with the leaders of Egypt and Turkey, and then brief Assad.While Turkey has backed the anti-regime opposition and Russia along with Iran is the main international supporter of Damascus, Putin and Erdogan have worked closely to resolve the Syrian conflict in recent months.Ankara officially remains opposed to Assad staying in power in any transition but has notably toned down its rhetoric against the Syrian leader in recent months.After talks, Erdogan said the next step to help resolve the Syrian conflict would be to hold a second summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi “as soon as possible”.Last month Putin held a summit with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Erdogan in the city to discuss Syria.Putin said at the beginning of 2018 that a congress of national dialogue should be held to seek a political solution for Syria, adding that he spoke to Assad about it.Pentagon scepticismLast week Putin announced he would be standing in the March presidential election that he is widely expected to win, and his lightning visit to Syria was likely to play well with Russian voters.The commander of Russia’s forces in Syria, Sergei Surovikin, said 23 Russian planes, two helicopters and military police would be returning to Russia soon, national television reported.Asked how long the process of bringing back the contingent from Syria would take, Shoigu said: “They have already started coming back, we will see how it goes,” Russian news agencies reported.The Pentagon voiced scepticism about Putin’s announcement, saying such declarations were not necessarily reflected by action.The size of the Russian deployment in Syria is not known, but Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent Russian military expert, has told AFP that up to 10,000 troops and private contractors may have taken part in the conflict.Putin had ruled out dispatching ground forces in Syria, making the air force the mainstay of Moscow’s Syria campaign.Around 40 Russian servicemen have reportedly been killed in Syria since Moscow’s intervention. The Kremlin has acknowledged some of those deaths.But the losses may be higher given the number of Russian troops and mercenaries believed to be in the country, observers say.More than 340,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict broke out in March 2011 with protests against Assad’s rule that sparked a brutal crackdown.
– / 7More than 25,000 runners are participating this Sunday in the 2018 edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon.According to the event’s organizing committee, more than 11,000 people signed up to participate in the marathon and over 16,000 did the same for the half marathon. Besides, approximately 250,000 fans are expected to line the course, according to Wade Morehead, executive director of the Houston Marathon Committee.Ethiopian runner Bazu Worku won the full marathon men’s race, accomplishing his third victory in the Houston Marathon, while Jake Robertson –from New Zealand– got the victory in the men’s half marathon.As for the women’s races, Biruktayit Degefa, from Ethiopia, won in the full marathon and Ruti Aga, who is also an Ethiopian runner, obtained the victory in the half marathon competition.Also in the women’s half marathon, Molly Huddle broke the USA’s record.The races are the largest single-day sporting event in the city. Share
SHUTTERSTOCKMigraines can result from certain genes, a stressful life, environmental conditions or some changes in your diet. They often develop in your 20s to 40s.Various medications and therapies can provide relief, but the FDA has approved the first in a new class of drug aimed at heading off migraine headaches before they start. There are headaches, and then there are migraines.“Oh, my god. I can’t tell you how disabling migraines can be,” said Dr. Priyanka Chaudhry, a neurologist at Baylor University Medical Center specializing in headaches.“When patients come to me, they often say, ‘When I have a bad headache, I’m missing a social event. I’m missing time with my family. I can’t go out or do work.’ So, it’s that disabling.”The new drug is a CGRP monoclonal antibody developed to prevent headaches.“It’s a once-a-month injection used to decrease the number of headache days that they have in a month,” Choudhry said. “In some cases, it will also make sure that you have less intense headache or the duration of the headache actually goes down.”Interview HighlightsOn the importance of the new drug: This is the most exciting phase in the headache world because in the last several years, we have not had a new drug which has been developed specifically for migraine. This drug is a CGRP monoclonal antibody. The fancy name is “calcitonin gene-related peptide,” which basically was developed to prevent headaches or to use it as a rescue. It’s one-of-a kind because CGRP is released when someone has a migraine or a head attack and [the drug] actually helps to inhibit or to antagonize the effects of CGRP.How the new drug works: It’s a once-a-month injection used to decrease the number of headache days that they have in a month. In some cases, it will also make sure that you have a less intense headache or the duration of the headache actually goes down.How the new drug differs from current medication: We use two kind of medications now: One is rescue, usually use triptans or over-the-counter inserts, and then, preventives like antidepressants, anti-nausea medication, antihypertensive — something you use once a day. The problem with preventives is the high side effects and it takes a long time for them to work.What we’re noticing with this new drug is that patients don’t really get much side effects. Also, it works a lot faster. It works within a month where as some of the other drugs can take eight to 10 weeks to show an efficacy.The drug’s cost ($6,900 per year, depending on insurance): The company is providing at least two doses free, which means you get to experience the drug and see if it’s even worthwhile. And then the company will work with your insurance and try writing preauthorization letters and letters of appeal to see if we can get you on the drug.Hopefully, I’m assuming, when insurance companies start seeing how much it prevents patients from going to the ER, how much it prevents patients coming to doctors again and again for headaches and it helps with their migraine, this will soon be on most commercial plans. Other similar medications to come: There are three more in the pipeline and hopefully we’ll have some of those by the end of the year. There is one more that is presumed to come next year, hopefully.Are we close to a cure for migraine: No. We can improve the quality of life with these medications to the point where patients either don’t have that many headaches or when they have a headache, they’re able to break it pretty quickly so they can go back to what they were doing. The problem is that there is no real path of physiology of migraine.Migraine can happen due to various reasons. There are several theories that we know, but there’s just one pathway that we know. However, with this new drug, we are a lot closer than we were a couple of years ago to finding a good, happy balance to someone having a migraine but still having a great quality of life. Share
Share Listen A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of non-experts to discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all.This week, our panel weighs in on these stories:Houston’s dueling MLK Day paradesA New York Times article naming Houston as one of its 52 Places to Go in 2019Our panel of non-experts this week includes:Lisa Falkenberg, editor of opinion for the Houston ChronicleVlad Davidiuk, communication director for the Harris County Republican PartyMarcus Davis, owner of The Breakfast Klub restaurant and host of Sunday Morning Live on Majic 102 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00
Hackers Take Over Account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Tweet Racial Slurs & Bomb Threat The company is first testing topics on Android, and is kicking it off with curated sports topics like Formula 1 and the MMA. Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour said that the company was going to start off with a whitelist of approved topics, and that it would exclude some topics. He said that the work on which topics to include and which to avoid was ongoing.The company showed off the test at a press event at its office in San Francisco Tuesday, where executives outlined key areas of work for the coming months. In addition to interests and topics, Twitter also wants to work on improving its product for international markets, as well as issues around abuse.“It is imperative that we increase the health of the public conversation,” said Beykpour. As part of a Q&A, Keykpour also said that he was sad that Twitter shut down Vine in early 2017. “I do regret that we shut down Vine,” he said. Beykpour attributed the decision to shut down the social video app to the state the company was in at the time, and the need to focus its investments on its core service. “I think it’s sad that we were unable to make Vine successful,” he said. Twitter is exploring ways for its users to follow interests on its platform, executives announced Tuesday. To achieve this, the company will curate tweets around a number of popular topics that users can then follow. The goal of the new feature was to make it as easy to follow an interest as it is to follow a person on Twitter, said Sriram Krishnan from the Twitter product group.Once a user follows a curated topic, they will get to see relevant tweets and live events right in their timeline. Users will also be able to hide events and mute topics to avoid spoilers around TV shows or sports events. The topics a user follows will be public, and it will be easy to subscribe or unsubscribe to a topic.Topics are being curated with the help of machine learning. “Twitter is about what is happening right now,” said Rob Bishop from the company’s product group. Human curation would be too slow to curate such topics, he argued. Sacha Baron Cohen Says Trump Wouldn’t Be President Without Twitter Related Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15