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ALTON MAN CHARGED IN FINANCIAL FRAUD CASE

first_imgA northwest Iowa man has been accused of lying to investors who authorities say lost more than $550,000 as a result.Federal court records say Lon Friedrichsen is charged with one count of wire fraud.He’s scheduled to enter a guilty plea on November 25th at U.S. District Court in Sioux City.Court documents say the Alton resident pretended to be a professional crude oil futures trader from June 2014 through March 2018.The documents say Friedrichsen used several aliases and email addresses so he could conceal his identity from investors.Prosecutors say Friedrichsen fraudulently boasted in online advertising that he had 30 years of trading experience and had previously worked on Wall Street and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.last_img read more

Premier League shoots itself in the foot

first_imgPremier League Premier League shoots itself in the foot with transfer window decision Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 19:19 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Arsene Wenger Alexis Sanchez Getty Premier League A. Sánchez Philippe Coutinho Manchester City v Liverpool Everton v Tottenham Hotspur Southampton v Watford Leicester City v Chelsea Brighton & Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth Stoke City v Manchester United Burnley v Crystal Palace Swansea City v Newcastle United West Ham United v Huddersfield Town Benfica v CSKA Moskva Manchester United v Basel Olympiakos Piraeus v Sporting CP Chelsea v Qarabağ Bayern München v Anderlecht Barcelona v Juventus Roma v Atlético Madrid Celtic v PSG Shakhtar Donetsk v Napoli Real Madrid v APOEL Maribor v Spartak Moskva Liverpool v Sevilla Feyenoord v Manchester City Porto v Beşiktaş Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund Qarabağ Anderlecht Porto Real Madrid Swansea City Borussia Dortmund Bayern München Olympiakos Piraeus Everton Beşiktaş PSG Spartak Moskva Maribor Leicester City Manchester United AFC Bournemouth CSKA Moskva Manchester City Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Watford Southampton Chelsea West Bromwich Albion Brighton & Hove Albion Arsenal Stoke City Burnley Crystal Palace Newcastle United West Ham United Huddersfield Town Benfica Basel Sporting CP Barcelona Juventus Roma Atlético Madrid Celtic Napoli Shakhtar Donetsk APOEL Sevilla Feyenoord UEFA Champions League Opinion The vote by 14 Premier League clubs to close the transfer window before the start of next season is monumentally self-defeating The quintet of Watford, Swansea, Crystal Palace and the two Manchester clubs (Burnley abstained) made the right decision in voting against the proposal for the Premier League’s transfer window to close before the season starts.Next summer we’ll have a situation in the Premier League where the transfer window will be open for 12 weeks – closing only 25 days after the World Cup final in Moscow.Other clubs outside the Premier League will be able to deal for three weeks beyond that. The top teams in England will not. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Why on earth would clubs from this league vote to fritter away the one clear advantage they have over their European rivals – that being their superior firepower in the transfer market?This is a world where Watford are buying players like Richarlison from Fluminense for £11m. This is a world where Swansea are taking Renato Sanches on loan from Bayern Munich.Big traditional European clubs in the bracket of Roma, Marseille, Hamburg, Sporting and Ajax are completely subservient to even modest English teams like Burnley and Bournemouth due to their TV cash.Without the support of other European leagues, it is a monumentally self-defeating decision.Phil Coutinho BrazilThe news that the transfer window will close next season on August 9 for Premier League clubs – meaning they will not be allowed to buy players but can sell them – will be met with a particularly loud guffaw in La Liga’s offices.Outside the Premier League teams, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the biggest vultures in the market. Players find it exceedingly difficult to turn down their advances when those two come calling.We are told that closing the Spanish window early is currently “not a priority” and why should it be? The Clasico clubs can destabilise their English rivals all through the last three weeks of August by threatening to sign their best players.That means the next episode of Coutinho to Barcelona cannot now be prevented due to the Premier League’s stance. Worse still, if a transfer in that regard does actually go through then a team like Liverpool are absolutely powerless to act in finding a replacement.Not only that, but if an English team fail to get a signing over the line by the deadline then European teams will be free to swoop in and resurrect the deal for a newly-available player.This is an era where the Premier League clubs are not just competing against one another; this is a globalised football world where rivals are no longer constrained by borders.Alexis Sanchez ChileThomas Lemar France 2017Ronald Koeman was dead right earlier this week when he said that voting to close the window for English clubs without reciprocation from other leagues was “silly”.”If we do it in the Premier League and the rest of Europe don’t do this, still we have a problem,” the Everton manager said. “The best is before starting the competitions, stop the transfer window because it’s very silly.”It’s not going to prevent players agitating for moves. It’s not going to stop teams being short-handed when the season starts. In fact, it could make things a lot worse.The UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin remarked earlier this week that he would like to see the transfer window close early – for all leagues in his jurisdiction.“I am aware there are serious discussions around Europe regarding the shortening of the summer transfer window and we are following them closely,” he said.“In my view, it is not good when footballers play for one club when the league starts and another club when the transfer window closes.“There is a lot of uncertainty for a long time. Therefore I would say that the window might be too long and I would support it being shorter.”For that to translate into genuine, meaningful Europe-wide change will take a monumental effort. It is a noble quest that the Premier League is embarking on but one that is totally useless without adherence from everyone.There appears to be some agreement in Italy where Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta spoke out in favour of the Premier League’s vote.”The Premier League’s decision to end the transfer window early is wise. Now we have to extend the discussion to a European level,” said Marotta.”It’s the right choice. Having such a long transfer window creates turmoil, a well-run club succeeds by planning out a transfer campaign.”The transfer market has to be limited, you can’t have players moving when the leagues have already started.”Ronald Koeman GFXKylian Mbappe Neymar Paris Saint-GermainPlenty of talk but, as yet, no legislation.In any case this was probably the wrong time for Premier League clubs to take the vote. Clubs, managers and executives still have deadline day well in mind this week and all the twists and turns it brought with it.For clubs like Arsenal, who lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and were unable to replace him, and who came perilously close to losing Alexis Sanchez, then it’s a no-brainer to have the window close earlier.Gunners 13/10 for the top fourFor City, on the other hand, it suits a club as rich and powerful as they are to keep rival teams on their toes right to the last knockings. But this vote should have been held when passions are lower regarding the transfer window later in the season.The 14 clubs voting in favour of closing the Premier League transfer window before the start of the season are 14 turkeys voting for Christmas. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Arsène Wenger urges change in rule that robs Arsenal of Aubameyang

first_img It’s time to ignore the sceptics and take delight in this Tottenham team Europa League Ostersund Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter news Arsène Wenger has lamented the archaic rule that has left Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible to face Östersund in the Europa League on Thursday, and the Arsenal manager has been forced to turn to Danny Welbeck to lead the line in Sweden in the absence of their record signing and Alexandre Lacazette.Arsenal touched down in snowy northern Sweden to resume their Europa League adventure with a considerably stronger squad than Wenger’s usually rotated selection, with the notable exception of a striker shortage. Lacazette was set to start until undergoing knee surgery on Monday while Aubameyang stayed in London because he had played for his old club, Borussia Dortmund, in the Champions League this season. Wenger insisted that, across Europe, clubs “unanimously” think this rule is completely outdated.“I believe that all the clubs agree now this rule has to disappear in Europe,” he said. “When you look at the transfer amounts you spend now, that you have to spend £50m, £60m, £70m in the middle of the season, that the players cannot play doesn’t make sense.”Wenger finds Aubameyang’s situation especially bizarre as the Gabonese striker is not available for a competition in which he has not kicked a single ball this season. Under the circumstances Welbeck is the only available senior striker, and the fact he will be supported by Mesut Özil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is indicative of how much more seriously Wenger is taking the Europa League now than when he was able to coast through the group stage. “We go into direct knockout, so of course the risk is higher,” he said.Arsenal arrived in these unusual conditions – a 4G artificial surface with a significant wind chill is expected in Östersund – aware that the challenge will be different.Wenger is full of praise for the way this young club has grown under the stewardship of the Englishman Graham Potter. “He has done a great job here and is very influential in the way they play football – in a very intelligent way. When I saw them on the tape I understand why they did well against Bilbao and Berlin. It is not a coincidence.“We have to adapt quickly because we never practise on this kind of pitch. Our technical level should help us to adapt quickly. The temperature at the moment I don’t find a big difference with London. We have cold wind as well so I don’t think it will be a big problem.”Potter will try to use the conditions to his team’s advantage. “Our advantage is an 8,000-seater stadium in the north of Sweden. Their advantage will be a slightly bigger stadium in a slightly bigger city. Share via Email Reuse this content “But it doesn’t really matter, we have to play well. The cold or the pitch doesn’t win you a game. We want to be brave and we want to try and be ourselves on the pitch.”Potter made no bones that beating Arsenal would be his greatest achievement. “I’ve never got through to the last 16 of the Europa League, so of course it will be the biggest. Everything we’ve done, every stage we’ve got to, is new to us. I have complete faith in the players in terms of their ability to deal with the challenge and the opportunity.”Wenger admitted he never imagined he would play a European match against a team formed in the same year he arrived at Arsenal. “But what is great in life is that it can be bigger than your imagination,” he said.“If they are where they are today it is because they have earned it through the quality of their work, so they deserve to be where they are. If we are where we are it is similar. So we are not in the Champions League for the first time for a long, long time so we have to deal with it. That is why we face Östersund.” Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Read more The Europa League is back and more than ever is a competition to savour Arsenal Read more Share on WhatsApp Arsène Wenger Topicslast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish GP as Mercedes seal fifth consecutive one-two

first_imgFormula One 2019 Michael Schumacher feature film rights up for grabs at Cannes Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Since you’re here… Facebook news Share on Messenger Lewis Hamilton has expressed in the past his admiration for Ferrari and in the paddock of the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, questions of a potential future move to the Scuderia were once again bandied about. After his dominant victory for Mercedes at the Circuit de Catalunya and Ferrari’s capitulation to the once more all-conquering silver arrows, it is difficult to imagine any entreaty from the sport’s most historic marque that would currently appeal to the British driver.Hamilton completed his victory from his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, in second having beaten the Finn off the start. Having taken the lead through turn one it was not to be relinquished. Ferrari’s difficult weekend yielded only fourth and fifth for Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton led home a Mercedes one-two for the fifth time this season. Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images Share on Pinterest Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Pinterest Show Hide Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Twitter Thank you for your feedback. Share on Twitter Support The Guardian It continues Mercedes’ record-breaking run of five-successive one-two finishes this season and has almost certainly ensured the title is now a two-horse race between Hamilton, who has retaken the title lead, and Bottas. Attempting to take a sixth world championship and third in a row, Hamilton’s form is ominously strong, with this 76th career victory. As things stand only Bottas looks like coming close to him. He leads the Finn by seven points and is 46 clear of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who was third here and is third in the championship.Most ominous, however, is the 48-point gap to Vettel in fourth which is a chasm after only five races. Strong as Mercedes have been, Ferrari’s challenge has been at best staccato and at worst a forlorn effort that looks increasingly as if it is falling away alarmingly early. Ferrari had brought an early engine upgrade and aerodynamic improvements to Spain and, with a straight-line speed advantage, had hoped to be strong here.But Mercedes had also brought aero upgrades and, with Ferrari still struggling with pace through the slower corners, they look to have found another step ahead of the Scuderia, who have been left once again trying to ascertain the best way forward for their car. Beaten here by Red Bull and off the pace of Mercedes all weekend they are floundering as the title slips away.The Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, said on Saturday the potential of a Hamilton move to Ferrari had been discussed with him and within the team. “You have to simply acknowledge that probably it’s in every driver’s head to drive at Ferrari one day,” he said.In the wake of this race Hamilton did not appear in the slightest bit tempted. With five championships he is closing in on Michael Schumacher’s record of seven and, should Mercedes take the constructors’ title this year, they will have equalled Ferrari’s record of six in a row.“I’m just enjoying driving with this team and enjoying growing with this team,” he said. “It’s incredible what we’re achieving and what we have achieved in these six or seven years. I plan on making this team and working with this team to make it the most successful team of all time. That’s my current goal and my sole focus.”Hamilton had a fine start from second behind Bottas on pole. He just had his nose in front and the inside line into turn one and Bottas could do nothing, losing the lead through the apex. The Finn had suffered a clutch vibration that cost him at the start and accepted that, with overtaking so hard in Spain, it had cost him the race.Hamilton had given the Finn room as they vied with one another through the opening turns in Baku but had warned he would not be so generous again and duly held his line and the lead through turn one.Bottas stayed with him but without sufficient pace advantage to challenge. Hamilton was calm and controlled and handled a late safety car which closed the pack up with ease. It was a consummate performance by the world champion, who also secured the extra point for the fastest lap. Mercedes GP Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook “Obviously it was a disappointing weekend for us,” Vettel said. “We were hoping to be a lot faster. Now we find ourselves not so fast.”Ferrari employed team orders switching Leclerc in front of Vettel and later vice-versa but to no great effect in the overall result but Vettel said they would discuss it with the team“We will talk about it internally but inside the car we try to do our own race. I think in the beginning it was clear Charles was faster,” Vettel said. “When he was putting on more and more pressure I was happy to let him go.” Motor sport Topics He refused to write off the threat from Ferrari and genuinely seems to enjoy the battle with an opposing team but it is hard not to accept that his desire to see it this season is increasingly wishful thinking.“I prefer it when they are in the mix with us,” he said. “I prefer the races where, for example Bahrain, they were on the front row. I like that. Especially when we’re intertwined, when it’s Ferrari-Mercedes or Mercedes-Ferrari. The last couple of years that’s what we’ve had and, from a driver’s or a team’s point of view, it’s much better when you’re competing with another team.“When it becomes more internal, it’s less exciting I would say but it’s still massively challenging for the drivers. We still have to deliver.”They are in every position to do so. Much as Hamilton may admire Ferrari’s road cars, he and Mercedes look to have put their F1 model already to the sword. Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 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Liverpool closing in on £60m Fekir deal

first_imgTransfers Liverpool hoping to wrap up £60m Fekir deal before World Cup Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 03:00 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Nabil Fekir Lyon Getty Images Transfers Liverpool France v United States United States France Olympique Lyonnais Friendlies Premier League Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said negotiations were at “a standstill” but Reds are increasingly confident of landing their top target Liverpool are looking to clinch the £60 million (€68m/$80m) signing of Nabil Fekir before he heads off to the World Cup with France.The Lyon captain is the Reds’ primary target as they seek to add creativity to their attacking midfield options.Progress over a deal has been slow, with Jean-Michel Aulas, the French club’s president, stating on Thursday that he felt the move would not be completed until after the World Cup . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Despite this, Goal understands Liverpool believe a deal can be thrashed out before Fekir flies to Russia with his national team this weekend.Fekir is understood to be keen to move to Merseyside, and there is an acceptance at Lyon that he will be leaving the club this summer. Lyon’s hope that some strong performances at the World Cup might trigger a bidding war, or a significant increase in Fekir’s valuation, are offset by the player’s desire to link up with Jurgen Klopp and his squad.Liverpool are mindful of the dangers of letting the situation drag on throughout the summer, especially given the possibility of France going deep in the tournament. Klopp is keen to have the bulk of the club’s key transfer business done by the time his squad reconvene for pre-season training at Melwood in early July.Chelsea have tracked Fekir extensively over the past 12 months, but their failure to secure Champions League football for next season, as well as the current state of flux concerning the management situation at Stamford Bridge, means they have been bypassed by Liverpool.The Reds see the 24-year-old as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, capable of playing as an attacking central midfielder or, if needed, as part of the forward line.Aulas’ comments had cast doubt over the deal, with the notoriously difficult 69-year-old telling Lyon’s official website: “The record is at a standstill, there is no way forward. The record will certainly not close during the World Cup and I do not think there is any change before the World Cup.”He added: “[We] have not set a base price because we have not discussed this yet.”Despite this, Goal understands negotiations have moved on this week, with Liverpool closing in on a deal which would make all parties happy. Sporting director Michael Edwards has been leading negotiations and feels a breakthrough has been made.Fekir is set to play for France on Saturday evening against the USA, a game that will take place in Lyon’s Stade des Lumieres. Liverpool’s medical staff have been on standby this week and a deal could be completed in next 48 hours. Nabil Fekir France 2017-18Meanwhile, the Reds have interest in Nigerian winger Moses Simon , who is entering the final year of his contract at Belgian club Gent. The 22-year-old is seen as one for the future, a pacy, direct player who can operate on both flanks. It is unlikely, at this stage, that he would be considered a starter were he to sign.Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri has also been linked, with reports suggesting the Swiss star could be available for around £12m (€14m/$16m) following the Potters’ relegation. Liverpool have already signed midfielder Fabinho from Monaco in a £40m €45m/$54m) deal , while Naby Keita will join from RB Leipzig on July 1.The Reds loaned out young midfielder Ovie Ejaria to Rangers on Thursday , while Goal understands they have no interest in signing Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho: Rashford untouchable as a pro

first_imgMan Utd boss Mourinho: Rashford untouchable as a proby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hailed the attitude of Marcus Rashford.The striker again scored in the Champions League win at Valencia.Mourinho said, “I’m always pleased because he always plays on his limits. “He gives absolutely everything and that’s what I demand from players. After that, more quality, less quality, better performance, not as good, but I think that’s the basic thing of a professional and, at that level, Marcus is untouchable because he’s fantastic in terms of his contribution for the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Island Offshore Takes Delivery of PSV Island Duchess

first_imgzoom Island Offshore took delivery of the platform supply vessel (PSV) MV Island Duchess from the Vard Brevik yard in Norway on Tuesday, October 22.MV Island Duchess is the second vessel in a series of four PSVs of Rolls-Royce UT 717 CD design to be delivered from Vard Brevik in 2013 and 2014.The vessel was christened earlier this summer together with her sister vessel MV Island Duke. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Island Offshore, October 25, 2013 My locationlast_img read more

Michael J Fox Foundation To Host Clinical Trials Fair In New York

first_imgThe Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) will host a Clinical Trials Fair in New York City on Saturday, October 19, to raise awareness and understanding of local Parkinson’s research opportunities among patients, their families and friends, and other interested volunteers.“I am grateful to the researchers, neurologists and everyone in the Parkinson’s community for their contributions and dedication to the pursuit of a cure,” said Parkinson’s patient Steve DeWitte, who will speak on a panel at the fair. “But there’s one thing patients must do ourselves: participate in clinical trials. By making the decision to get involved in research, we can help overcome a major roadblock on the path to a cure.”Clinical trials are a critical step in bringing new treatments to the patients who need them, yet 85 percent are delayed and 30 percent never get off the ground due to a lack of participation, stalling the progress of potential therapies. Though 60 percent of people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) say they are willing to participate in a clinical trial, fewer than 10 percent ever do.In 2012, MJFF launched Fox Trial Finder, an online platform that connects volunteers with and without PD to clinical trials in their area—increasing the efficiency of the enrollment process and empowering patients to get more involved in the discovery of new therapies.At the New York City Clinical Trials Fair, MJFF CEO Todd Sherer, PhD, will discuss the critical role that patients and their loved ones play in accelerating new therapies by participating in clinical research. Representatives from leading research centers in the surrounding area will also be present to provide information on more than 40 clinical trials recruiting locally. MJFF staff members and local Fox Trial Finder volunteers will be on site to answer questions about the Fox Trial Finder tool.“We hope attendees will gain further knowledge about what it means to be a research trial participant and feel empowered to put that knowledge into action. Anyone who attends will have the opportunity to be able to connect with a trial that day or register on Fox Trial Finder to volunteer for other or future trial opportunities,” said Claire Meunier, director of clinical trial strategies of MJFF.The New York City Clinical Trials Fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Grand Hyatt Hotel located at 109 East 42 Street. The event is open to the public and includes free parking and refreshments. For more information, please visit www.michaeljfox.org/nyctrialsfair. The first MJFF Clinical Trials Fair kicked-off in Chicago last month and several more around the country are planned for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation exists for one reason: to find the cure for Parkinson’s disease in our lifetime. Parkinson’s is the second most common brain disease, estimated to affect one in 100 individuals over age 60. Founded by Michael J. Fox in 2000, the Foundation has quickly grown to become the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research globally, with over $350 million in research funded to date, and has been called “the most credible voice on Parkinson’s research in the world” by The New York Times. As Michael returns to network television full-time after more than two decades living with Parkinson’s disease, the Foundation has launched think/able, a project celebrating the power of optimism and determination to overcome challenges and achieve our biggest goals.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Tariq Ramadan Confesses to Having Relations with Complainant

by Alexandra GrittaRabat – Islamologist Tariq Ramadan denies all accusations of sexual relations with his first two complainants, but admits to having relations with the third.Ramadan’s lawyer, Emmanuel Marsigny, has acknowledged his client’s relations with one of the complainants. To date, five women have accused Ramadan of rape, but Ramadan’s defense indicated that the third incident is not what it seems. Marie, Ramadan’s third complainant, relayed statements Thursday to French newsource Europe 1. She also provided investigators with a dress allegedly stained with Ramadan’s sperm. Tests are still being conducted to determine if there is a correlation between DNA samples.Up until now, the Islamologist denied having any relations with the first two women who accused him of rape. But when confronted with the third woman’s evidence, he admitted to having sexual relations with her, if not the kind of relation she has specified. “My client admits having a relationship with this woman, but not one like she describes,” stated Marsigny.On another note, Ramadan is currently suffering from multiple sclerosis, but his medical treatment thus far has not been deemed “incompatible” with prison detention. Ramadan has been imprisoned just outside of Paris since February.The 55 year-old theologian had banked hopes on being released due to his health condition. According to sources, he has suffered from “multiple sclerosis” since 2006,” informed doctors in a report filed with judges on Wednesday.While Tariq Ramadan’s current care is not incompatible with detention, experts insist that Ramadan would benefit from access to better care, including its drug treatment and four times weekly physiotherapy sessions. read more

Safety procedures at Russian smallpox lab satisfy UN health agency

A team of experts appointed by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has inspected a smallpox research laboratory in the Russian Federation, concluding that safety concerns are being addressed, the agency announced today. The team concluded that the State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology, known as Vector, can safely be used for work with the virus which causes smallpox provided that current protocols are strictly applied. Located in Koltsovo, Vector is one of two WHO collaborating centres which currently house stocks of the Variola virus which causes smallpox. The other is at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. Under the terms of a series of resolutions passed by the World Health Assembly since the eradication of smallpox was officially confirmed in 1980, these facilities are regularly inspected by WHO-appointed biosafety teams. The most recent resolution, passed in May, specifies that the purpose of the inspections is to confirm the strict containment of existing stocks and to ensure a safe research environment for work with the Variola virus. An acutely contagious disease, smallpox historically decimated entire populations, killing up to 30 per cent of its victims and badly scarring most of those who survived the lesions which spread over the bodies of those infected. There is no known treatment. The last natural case of smallpox was documented in Somalia in 1977. read more

UN agencies help 10000 families affected by floods in Bulgaria

United Nations agencies are assisting 10,000 Bulgarian families affected by heavy flooding following a Government request for help, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.The UN Country Team has found that the most urgent needs include the prevention of water-borne diseases and relief assistance to the 10,000 families whose houses have been completely or partially destroyed by floods that poured into nearly 50,000 buildings, destroyed 62 bridges and spawned 68 landslides.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is providing technical assistance in planning the response and conducting assessments while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will early next week provide materials to safeguard drinking water and prevent water-borne diseases.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are also reviewing possible support. read more

UN rights expert calls on Myanmar authorities to protect Rohingya population

Concluding a four-day visit to parts of Bangladesh where she met with members of Myanmar’s Rohingya community who fled the violence there following attacks on a border post in early October and the ensuing military operations, a United Nations expert called for urgent action by the Government of Myanmar to end the suffering of the Rohingya population in the country. “The magnitude of violence that these families have witnessed and experienced is far more extensive than I had originally speculated,” highlighted Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. She recounted several allegations of horrific attacks including the slitting of some people’s throats, indiscriminate shootings, houses being set alight with people tied up inside and very young children being thrown into the fire, as well as gang rapes and other sexual violence. Earlier this month, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a flash report, based on its interviews with the people who fled Myanmar, in which it documented mass gang-rape, killings, including of babies and young children, brutal beatings, disappearances and other serious human rights violations by the country’s security forces. In addition to the alleged human rights violations occurring within the context of the security operations that followed the 9 October attacks, Ms. Lee also highlighted today how the Government of Myanmar appears to have taken, and continues to take, actions which discriminate against the Rohingya and make their lives even more difficult.RELATED: UN report details ‘devastating cruelty’ against Rohingya population in Myanmar’s Rakhine province “I urge the Government of Myanmar to immediately cease the discrimination that the community continues to face, to act now to prevent any further serious rights violations and to conduct prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigations into those already alleged to have occurred,” said the UN rights expert. “We all owe it to those I have met and their fellow community members to do everything in our power to ensure this is done and to give the Rohingya people reason to hope again,” she added. During her mission to Bangladesh, Ms. Lee visited the capital Dhaka and the town of Cox’s Bazar, located near its border with Myanmar, where many members of the Rohingya community had fled to. Ms. Lee will present her full report to the UN Human Rights Council on 13 March. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Metso agrees to acquire Chilean mining technology and maintenance major HighService Service

first_imgMetso has agreed to acquire HighService Service, the service business of the Chilean mining technology and maintenance provider HighService Corp. HighService Service is a high-quality service provider for the mining industry, with operations in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Its sales in the fiscal year 2017 were €60 million euros and it has 1,300 employees. The acquisition is pending regulatory approval from the Chilean authorities and is expected to close during the first half of 2019. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the transaction.“The acquisition supports Metso’s growth strategy and will expand our service offering in the important Chilean and Pacific Rim mining markets. We are very happy to welcome HighService Service to Metso and look forward to offering full support to our existing and new customers in the region”, says Mikko Keto, President of Metso’s Minerals Services business area.“We have worked hard as a company to excel in services, development, innovation and technology in an industry that presents us new challenges every year. This milestone will allow us to deepen our position in the area of engineering and construction, and continue to develop cutting-edge technology for the industry”, says Hugo Salamanca, President of HighService Corp.HighService Service is part of HighService Corp, with extensive experience and recognised track record in integral, electrical and instrumentation maintenance since 1998. Building on the development of human capital and incorporation of new technologies, HighService Service is committed to providing safety, quality of services and operational excellence.HighService Service is divided into two areas, Plant Maintenance Service Management and Drive and Automatic Control Management, specialising in technical assistance and remote monitoring in concentrator plants.last_img read more

Thomas Mogensen stays in Flensburg until 2015

← Previous Story Now, Officialy: Poland without Marcin Lijewski at EHF EURO 2012! Next Story → Contest for the World’s Best Men’s Coach 2011: “Dead heat” between Onesta and Sigurdsson Thomas Mogensen One of the leading figure in SG Flensburg in last years, Danish playmaker, Thomas Mogensen (28) prolonged contract with the German team from the Danish border until 2015. As the important part of successful German squad, always on the edge of EHF Champions League qualification through the strongest League in the World – Toyota Handball Bundesliga, Mogensen rised to a important player for the Danish NT squad also.HHe is part of the Danish squad for the EHF EURO 2012 preparation, which will start 2nd of January. read more

The Fakers Guide to the VELUX EHF Champions League 201314

The biggest handball club competition is about to throw off and this year’s edition promises to be the most intriguing in a while. Below is a quick-fire guide for the uninitiated. Most games will be broadcast freely on www.ehftv.com.Main storyline: One superpower (Atletico Madrid) has collapsed and at the same time a new one has emerged in Qatari-backed PSG. Clubs from Eastern Europe are also re-emerging as dominant forces in the game, with Hunargy’s Veszprém, Poland’s Kielce and newly-minted Macedonian champions Vardar at the forefront.Favourite: BarcelonaBiggest rival: THW KielOutside bet for the title: Flensburg-HandewittMy Final4 forecast: Barcelona, Vive Targi Kielce, Veszprém, Rhein-Neckar LöwenSeven players to watch:Niklas Landin Jacobsen (goalkeeper, Rhein-Neckar Löwen)Igor Vori (pivot, PSG)Cristian Ugalde Garcia (left wing, Veszprém)Filip Jicha (left back, THW Kiel)Domagoj Duvnjak (playmaker, HSV Hamburg)Kiril Lazarov (right back, Barcelona)Ivan Čupić (right wing, Vive Targi Kielce)Five unmissable group ties:Veszprém – Rhein-Neckar Löwen (10/10/2013 in Hungary, 5-9/2/2014 in Germany), these two look to be head and shoulders above the rest of Group AVive Targi Kielce – THW Kiel (16-20/10/2013 in Poland, 12-16/2/2014 in Germany), Kielce was the surprise winner of their third place play-off last year and may be the overall favourite in Group BPSG – Barcelona (16-20/10/2013 in France, 12-16/2/2014 in Spain), handball latest superpower battles the sport’s most successful club of all timeMetalurg Skopje – Vardar Skopje (16/11/2013 and 20-24/11/2013), Macedonia’s top two will be facing each other more often than Real Madrid and Barcelona do in football, and these two clashes a week apart are likely to determine who makes it out of Group C and in what orderHSV Hamburg – Flensburg-Hanewitt (13-17/11/2013 in Hamburg, 20-24/11/2013 in Flensburg), the favourites in Group D clash in a repeat of last season’s quarter-final tie Every team in a sentence (in my predicted order of finish in each group):Group A1. Veszprém – New additions to the squad, headed by left back Momir Illic, are intended to ensure that there is no repeat of last year’s disappointing failure to make it to the Final42. Rhein-Neckar Löwen – The Lions have an excellent track record in Europe, including winning last year’s EHF Cup, and will be targeting a place in the Final43. Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb – The team is young and entirely home-grown, so a place in the second round would be a nice achievement4. Celje Pivovarna Lasko – The former Champions League winners would be happy with a place in the second round after losing young star Borut Mačkovšek to the lure of the German league5. Motor Zaporozhye – Simply making it through the qualifying round was a nice result for the Ukrainian champions6. St. Petersburg – Russia’s sole representative this year, following the financial collapse of eternal champions Chehovski Medvedi, would have their best chance to get out of the group stage after failure to do so in the past three seasonsGroup B1. Vive Targi Kielce – Having added the best attacking pivot in the game and the star of Spain’s World Championship win, Julen Aguinagalde, the Polish champions will want to at least match last year’s success and qualify to the Final42. THW Kiel – Almost unrecognisable from the side that won the Champions League just two years ago, but despite a major squad overhaul handball’s most dominant team over the past decade is expecting nothing less than another Final4 appearance3. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn – The Danish champions are loaded with experience and would be targeting at least a quarter-finals berth4. Orlen Wisla Plock – Having shocked (former) French powerhouse Montpelier in the wild card round, Poland’s runners-up would be confident that they could at the very least make it out of the group stage5. Dunkerque – A tough draw does no favours to the surprise second place finishers in the French league in their quest to make it out of the group stage6. Porto – Port’s objective was clear – qualify to the group stage – and everything beyond that would just be icing on the cakeGroup C1. Barcelona – Last year’s losing finalists added two of the best players in the game in playmaker Nikola Karabatic and prolific goalscorer Kiril Lazarov, meaning that anything less than lifting the trophy on 1 June 2014 in Cologne would be tantamount to failure2. PSG – Led by the last two Player of the Year winners – playmaker Daniel Narcisse and left back Mikkel Hansen – the wealthiest club in the world needs to jell in order to achieve its objective of competing for the European title3. Vardar Skopje – Russian-backed (and increasingly Russian-staffed), the Macedonian champions will aim to finish ahead of their cross-town rivals and are capable of sneaking into the quarter-finals4. Metalurg Skopje – Rode a stingy defence and a favourable draw all the way to the quarter-finals last season, but may be happy with just making it out of a tough group this time5. Dinamo Minsk – Challenge on the domestic front from Meshkov Brest could inhibit the Belarusian champions’ ability to dedicate its attention to the Champions League6. Wacker Thun – The surprise Swiss champions look to be the most over-matched team in the competition this year and would try not to get embarrassed by their significantly more talented and more experienced rivals Group D1. HSV Hamburg – The reigning champions lost pivot Igor Vori – the heart of the team on both defence and attack – to PSG, but strengthened the backcourt and retained enough quality overall for another assault on the Final42. Flensburg-Handewitt – The German runners-up are a model of consistency and would relay on their experience to push for a place in the Final43. Aalborg – Lost two of their most important players from last year (goalkeeper Johan Sjöstrand to THW Kiel and experienced left back Kristian Kjelling to domestic rivals Bjerringbro-Silkeborg) and will struggle to go beyond the second stage4. Naturhouse La Rioja – Capitalised on the vacuum created by the financial difficulties of more established Spanish sides to finish third in the domestic league last season, but lack the quality to be real contenders in the Champions League5. Gorenje Velenje – The Slovenian champions lost virtually every key contributor to a side that impressed in last year’s competition, and are now forced to rebuild from the ground up6. DROTT Halmstad – Sweden’s champions had an easy route through the qualifying round (only having to beat the representatives from Luxembourg) and are not expected to make a mark in the group stageTEXT: BEN SHAFRAN ← Previous Story POLAND: Kielce over Azoty Pulawy for 15 goals! Next Story → SEHA SSL (Round 2) “All star” team: Ivan Karacic MVP! VELUX EHF CL 2013/2014 read more

MezzoMill creates NES controller as capacitive sensing circuit board

first_imgEvery Kickstarter project needs a good hook to catch potential funders’ attentions. There are, after all, so many to choose from. The MezzoMill is no exception, and its hook will appeal to anyone who owns a NES console or is into retro gaming. The MezzoMill is a milling machine specifically designed for creating circuit boards out of small sheets of copper. Its uses are many, but the example project is pretty exceptional: it’s a fully-functioning NES controller consisting entirely of a flat copper plate. You can see an extended video of it in action at the bottom of this post.Although not optimal, the circuit board controller was combined with an Arduino and some supporting code to allow it to act as a replacement for an official NES controller. If you’re wondering how a sheet of copper can act as a controller, it uses capacitive sensing to allow different regions of the copper to be detected as buttons.Unfortunately, the NES controller example doesn’t seem to have garnered that much attention for the project. The MezzoMill Kickstarter page has only raised $1,191 of its $30,000 target with 8 days remaining. That’s quite a steep goal, but the project does seem worthwhile. The MezzoMill consists of a 33cm cube machine capable of carving boards up to 2 x 3-inches. It effectively allows you to take a circuit design and produce a working board using custom software to aid the printing process, then iterate it out until it’s exactly what you need. And it works via a USB connection to Windows, Mac, or Linux PCs.One sticking point is the price. If you check out the pledge amounts it requires $1,999 for a base MezzoMill package fully assembled. There are cheaper options, but that’s the option most people are going to want. I for one hope the MezzoMill becomes a readily available circuit milling solution, but I doubt that’s going to happen through Kickstarter unless there’s a rush of money pledged before the project closing date of January 31.Read more at MezzoMill, via Engadgetlast_img read more

Watch a nanoscale race car get 3D printed with a laser

first_img3D printing is a hot topic at the moment, especially as the price of the hardware continues to fall. There’s also a few popular gadgets coming out that will benefit from 3D printing, a prime example is the Raspberry Pi which ships without a case.But while consumers may be looking for the largest 3D printing area they can get for their budget, researchers at the Vienna University of Technology are going in the opposite direction. A team there has managed to perfect printing 3D objects precisely at the nanoscale.Their nano 3D printer can create complex objects that are no bigger than a grain of sand. Yet, they actually depict very complex structures. Examples include a racing car, a model of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, and the Tower Bridge in London.The ability to model such complex objects at this scale has been made possible by two-photon lithography. The team have managed to create a system whereby a laser is directed by a series of mirrors through a liquid resin which then hits a surface and leaves behind a “polymerized line of solid polymer.” The thickness of that line is just a few hundred nanometers.The printer isn’t slow, either. In just 4 minutes it can print 100 layers consisting of 200 lines per layer. That translates into five meters of polymer printed in one second, which is actually a world record.The biggest hurdle that had to be overcome to achieve this precision and speed was controlling the movement of the mirrors. As they are constantly in motion to direct the laser beam, their movement had to be very fast while remaining precise.With the technique now perfected, the researchers are starting to experiment with bio-compatible resins. That means one day soon we may have a super-fast 3D printer capable of producing biological parts for use in our bodies.Read more at the Vienna University of Technology, via TGDailylast_img read more

La découverte dun nouveau primate éclaire la recherche sur nos ancêtres

first_imgLa découverte d’un nouveau primate éclaire la recherche sur nos ancêtresArabie saoudite – Des restes fossilisés d’un primate jusqu’ici inconnu ont été découverts en Arabie saoudite. Ils tendent à prouver que nos ancêtres se sont séparés d’un groupe de singes il y a moins de 30 millions d’années.Ce nouveau primate identifié par Iyad Zalmout et son équipe de l’université du Michigan grâce à des parties fossilisées de son crâne, de son palais et de ses dents, aurait vécu il y a 29 à 28 millions d’années. Il pourrait être à la fois l’ancêtre des singes dits de l’Ancien Monde tels que le babouin et le macaque, et des hominoïdes, comme le gorille et l’humain.À lire aussiPourquoi les hommes ont-ils une érection le matin ?Baptisé Saadanius hijazensis, ce primate de taille moyenne, qui devait peser entre 15 et 20 kilogrammes, pourrait rapprocher de nous la période où se sont séparées les deux lignées. Jusque là, l’analyse de l’évolution des génomes poussait les scientifiques à estimer qu’elles s’étaient séparées il y a 35 à 30 millions d’années. La découverte de ce nouveau primate tend à démontrer que la séparation serait en réalité survenue voici 29 à 24 millions d’années.”Cela ne change pas la façon dont nous concevons l’origine de l’Homme”, souligne auprès de l’AFP William Sanders, l’un des auteurs de l’étude publiée dans le magazine Nature. “Mais cela permet de recentrer notre recherche sur la période durant laquelle a surgi le groupe qui a finalement conduit à l’apparition des humains et de leurs ancêtres directs, les hominoïdes” explique-t-il.Le 18 juillet 2010 à 12:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La surmortalité des grands dauphins serait due à un morbillivirus

first_imgLa surmortalité des grands dauphins serait due à un morbillivirusMardi, les autorités américaines ont révélé que la surmortalité qui touche actuellement les grands dauphins de l’Atlantique était liée à un virus appartenant au genre Morbillivirus comme celui de la rougeole. C’est une véritable hécatombe que connaissent les grands dauphins de la côte atlantique depuis juillet. Selon les derniers chiffres, plus de 330 de ces mammifères marins ont été retrouvés morts ou mourants sur les côtes américaines depuis le 1er juillet, soit neuf fois plus que l’année dernière. Un phénomène préoccupant dont l’origine semble avoir été élucidée. D’après les autorités américaines, ceci serait du à une épidémie virale provoquée par un morbillivirus. “Désormais nous considérons qu’il s’agit d’une épidémie de morbillivirus”, a ainsi déclaré Teri Rowles du service des pêches de l’Agence américaine océanique et atmosphérique (NOAA) lors d’une conférence de presse téléphonique. “Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, près de 100% (32 sur 33) des dauphins morts analysés sont suspectés d’avoir été infectés ou ont été formellement considérés comme infectés par cet agent pathogène”, a-t-elle précisé citée par l’AFP.Un virus souvent mortel chez les animaux L’infection par ce virus qui appartient au même genre que celui de la rougeole est souvent mortelle. Elle touche les poumons des animaux, provoquant une pneumonie et entrainant des difficultés à respirer. Elle touche aussi le cerveau, où elle entraîne des lésions. D’après les spécialistes, le morbillivirus se transmet le plus souvent par contact entre les dauphins ou par ingestion de gouttelettes infectées, ce qui explique pourquoi il contamine tant de mammifères marins.”La principale hypothèse dans cette épizootie de morbillivirus, c’est qu’une partie des populations de grands dauphins n’a pas de réponse immunitaire suffisante pour lutter contre ce virus”, a dit Stephanie Venn-Watson, de la National Marine Mammal Foundation, lors de la conférence de presse. Les cétacés deviennent ainsi particulièrement vulnérables aux maladies provoquées par le virus. Mais les chercheurs ignorent encore quels groupes sont affectés.En effet, il existe quatre population distinctes de grands dauphins le long de la côte américaine de l’Atlantique dont environ 22.000 vivent dans la zone côtière et plus de 80.000 en eau profonde, a précisé Lance Garrison de la NOAA. Il n’est ainsi pas facile de savoir exactement d’où provenaient les cétacés échoués. Néanmoins, ce n’est pas la première fois qu’un morbillivirus cause une telle hécatombe.Le virus a déjà frappé par le passé À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En 1987-1988, ce même micro-organisme avait provoqué la mort de quelque 740 grands dauphins sur les côtes atlantiques américaines. Le même virus avait également causé le décès de nombreux cétacés dans le Golfe du Mexique en 1992 et 1994. Mais cette nouvelle hécatombe est la plus forte mortalité observée depuis l’épisode des années 1980. Un phénomène d’autant plus inquiétant que cette épizootie pourrait ne pas en rester là et se prolonger jusqu’au printemps 2014 en se répandant vers le sud, selon Teri Rowles.  Cette hécatombe ne représenterait en revanche pas de danger pour l’homme. D’après le virologue Jerry Saliki de l’Université de Géorgie (sud-est), “rien n’indique que ce virus peut se transmettre aux humains”. “Dans de nombreuses parties du monde en Afrique et en Asie, les humains ont été en contact avec différents morbillivirus chez des animaux et il n’y a jamais eu une indication de transmission”, a-t-il précisé cité par l’AFP. Toutefois, les habitants sont invités à ne pas toucher les dauphins qui s’échouent sur les plages. Le 28 août 2013 à 13:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Powerball jackpot jumps to 400 million

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing has risen to an estimated $400 million, one of the largest prizes in lottery history.The prize soared after no one matched all six numbers in Saturday’s jackpot drawing, according to lottery officials.California joined the multistate game in April, and, since then, enormous jackpots have become more common. About a month after the state joined the $2 game, a Powerball jackpot climbed to about $600 million, setting a record for the game.Officials say that with Powerball’s $2 tickets, jackpots in that game can rise faster with fewer tickets sold than in a game such as Mega Millions, which costs $1 per play.The odds of winning Wednesday’s big Powerball prize are about 1 in 175 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.For Saturday’s drawing, California sold more than 151,000 winning tickets for smaller prizes ranging from $3 to $5,937, according to the California Lottery.Drawings take place every Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets must be purchased by 7 p.m.last_img read more