Reward Your Junior MVP’s Thanks To Red Rooster

first_imgWhether you want to honour your best and fairest or lifetime members, the new Red Rooster Trophy Room allows you greater flexibility to configure your clubs Trophy Room.Remember the people who have made your sporting club what it is today. Available to all SportingPulse website administrators, look for the Trophy Room icon in the ‘Administrator Control Panel’ to start creating your Award Wall and Honour Board. Dear SportingPulse is glad to announce an exciting new enhancement for your club membersbrought to you by Red Rooster. Put a smile on the face of your best and most hardworking junior players each week with a Red Rooster Junior MVP Award.The newly enhanced system gives junior team managers and coaches the ability to register their details and reward three of the most valuable junior players each week with a voucher for a free cheeseburger which they can exchange at their local Red Rooster Restaurant.center_img Please see below for further information. last_img read more

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10 months agoFulham boss Ranieri: I’ve contacted Mourinho. He’ll be back

first_imgFulham boss Ranieri: I’ve contacted Mourinho. He’ll be backby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri expects Jose Mourinho to bounce back from his sacking at Manchester United.Ranieri revealed he has been in touch with the Portuguese coach to pass on his support.He said: “I sent a message with him. We are very friendly. I think a man like Mourinho has to come back soon, so too Antonio Conte. These managers are the heart of football. They win in every country. It’s good for all the managers to see them on the pitch.”Mourinho famously wore a tracksuit furnished with Ranieri’s initials after the Italian coach was dismissed by Leicester less than a year after winning the Premier League title with the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Purdue Quarterback Austin Appleby Wrecks Marshall Defender With Stiff Arm, Throws Touchdown

first_imgA general view of Purdue's football stadium.WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – SEPTEMBER 12: General View during the game between the Indiana State Sycamores and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 12, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Cory Seward/Getty Images)Things did not start off well for Purdue, in the season opener against Marshall. On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Austin Appleby was picked off by Thundering Herd safety Tiquan Lang, who returned it for a touchdown. Appleby has rebounded well, and is now 10-for-13 for 94 yards and a touchdown. On the scoring throw, Appleby managed to deliver the ball after wrecking lineman Blake Keller with a stiff arm. Saturday Tradition captured the play on video.Austin Appleby says, “Get off me, human.” pic.twitter.com/0vUlZnbF4B— Saturday Tradition (@Tradition) September 6, 2015Keller’s going to be seeing that one during film review. Marshall leads Purdue 17-14 to start the second quarter.last_img read more

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Ottawa set to start negotiations with Indian Day School survivors lawyer

first_imgkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte Students in front of Trout Lake Indian Day School in Ontario.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe law firm handling settlement discussions with Ottawa says negotiations on compensation for former Indian Day School students should begin soon.“It’s early stages yet,” said Robert Winogron with Gowling in Ottawa.“But we are seeking compensation – direct compensation – to individuals.”The firm shared the news with chiefs at the Assembly of First Nations annual general assembly in Vancouver Thursday.Winogron said negotiations will get underway with federal government representatives and Department of Justice lawyers now that Ottawa recognizes the class-action lawsuit has been certified.He said the settlement is seeking compensation for two classes of victims – survivors and families of survivors.While survivors would be compensated financially, families could see their pain and trauma recognized through commemoration and healing programs.“That will be the subject of negotiation and different models are being considered,” Winogron said in a telephone interview.“There is nothing confirmed yet but we anticipate starting shortly.”So far, the legal team says there are between 120,000 and 140,000 living day school survivors who attended more than 700 schools.They were excluded from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, because they went home at night.But the lawyers say they suffered similar emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and a negative impact on their language and culture.“Many of them feel abandoned because they weren’t included,” Winogron said. “And so we’re trying to right that as best we can.”Winogron said day school survivors are eager for a settlement.“We get calls – I can’t tell you how many calls we get – we get calls daily,” he added.“People have been waiting a long, long time.”last_img read more

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Pragya Thakurs comment on Karkare her personal view Karkare a martyr BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP Friday distanced itself from Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s controversial comment that IPS officer Hemant Karkare died in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had cursed him, saying it was her personal view which she might have made “due to years of physical and mental torture”. “The BJP believes that Karkare died while bravely fighting terrorists. The BJP has always considered him a martyr, ” the party said in a damage-control exercise. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The party, which has fielded Malegaon blast accused Thakur from Bhopal in the Lok Sabha election, claimed she had suffered “physical and mental torture” for years in police custody that might have caused her to make such a statement. The comment is her “personal view”, it added. Karkare, who headed the Mumbai anti-terror squad, had died in the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. Addressing BJP workers in Bhopal, Thakur claimed Karkare died as she “cursed” him for “torturing” her in custody.last_img read more

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More migrants enter Spains north African territories

first_imgMadrid- Fifteen African migrants, including a young girl, entered Spain’s north African territory of Melilla illegally on Monday on a small inflatable boat, Spanish authorities said.Three other African migrants entered Ceuta, Spain’s other north African Territory, by passing underneath a barbed wire border fence, officials said.Ceuta and Melilla — which sit across the Mediterranean from mainland Spain, surrounded by Moroccan territory — are a key entry point for migrants seeking a better life in Europe. The two cities have the European Union’s only land borders with Africa. The rubber dinghy carrying the 15 migrants entered Melilla in the early hours of Monday though the territory’s commercial port, the regional government said in a statement.“The migrants started to run as soon as they reached the port and were detained by police,” the statement said. The migrants included one girl aged under 18 and 14 adult men.Meanwhile in Ceuta, located about 400 kilometres (250 miles) to the west of Melilla, three African migrants crossed underneath the barbed wire fence separating the territory from Morocco through a pipe, a spokesman for the regional government said.Police on Sunday caught a 19-year-old from Mali hiding inside a suitcase that was being carried by a Moroccan man across the border into Melilla from the Moroccan border town of Beni Ansar.“The difficulties which the man had in carrying the suitcase raised the suspicions of the authorities,” police said in a statement.At least 14 migrants drowned in Moroccan waters on February 6 while trying to enter Ceuta by sea after several hundred tried to storm the land border.In that incident, Spanish security forces were accused by human rights groups and witnesses of firing rubber bullets at the immigrants, sparking a heated debate in Spain.In response Spain’s interior ministry said last week it had banned border guards from firing rubber bullets to stop migrants crossing the fence into its north African territories.More 200 migrants stormed across a triple-layer border fence into Melilla on Friday in what Spanish authorities said was one of the largest such crossings in years.last_img read more

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Ohio State womens track and fields Khadevis Robinson ready for challenge

No current or former Ohio State track and field athletes qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, but the Buckeyes’ newest track and field coach did.Khadevis Robinson, who competed in the 800-meter run in London and also at the 2004 Athens Games, was announced as an assistant coach for OSU women’s track and field on Aug. 30. Robinson will lead the cross-country program and coach the track and field team’s distance runners.Before accepting the OSU position, Robinson had served in the same coaching capacity at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for the men’s and women’s teams since January 2011. Under his guidance, junior Kelsey Williamson earned indoor and outdoor 800 meter Mountain West Conference indoor track and field championship titles, while senior Brett Zorich qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the same event.OSU women’s track and field coach Karen Dennis said she was impressed by what Robinson achieved in his time at UNLV, and believes it will translate to success at OSU.“When I looked at what Khadevis had done at UNLV, he was really getting some solid performances out of some women who I didn’t think had the talent,” Dennis said. “I didn’t think they had the same talent and depth that we have. I thought we have good, better talent, but we just weren’t getting the performances.”Robinson said he is excited for his new opportunity.“I’ve coached at almost every level … but I hadn’t coached at a big university,” Robinson said. “I like challenges and this will be a great challenge for me.”Robinson’s accomplishments as a professional athlete include four U.S. indoor titles and four U.S. outdoor championships in the 800 meter.A graduate of Texas Christian University, Robinson was also the 1998 NCAA champion in the 800 meter. He failed to qualify out of the opening heats of the 800 meter in both of his trips to the Olympics, but at 36 years old, he was the oldest competitor in the event in London.Robinson explained how his success as a professional athlete on the track has helped him achieve success coaching.“What it comes down to is really being able to relate to the athletes,” Robinson said. “So if they’re going through something, you can say, ‘Well, I know how you feel because I’ve gone through this also.’”Dennis said that while Robinson’s athletic success increased his appeal as a candidate for the job, there were other factors as well.“Well, I think that any time you’ve got somebody that’s coming in from the Olympics, sure they’re attractive,” Dennis said. “But at the same time, that wasn’t the sole reason. I would’ve still considered him as a strong candidate because I’m looking for somebody that showed results. I felt like he’s a good motivator, he’s very articulate …. and I felt like that’s what our kids needed.”Dennis said there were “probably 80 applicants,” and about 30 of them were what she would consider “strong, qualified applicants.”But Robinson stood out.“When it came to interviewing and bringing people on campus, he just proved himself. He just moved to the top of the pack,” Dennis said.An athletic spokesman stated that Robinson’s annual salary is $60,000.An Olympic runner on the track and a Division I coach on the sidelines, Robinson has had to learn how to balance two challenging jobs. He described the balance as “very, very, very, very, very difficult.”“If I was just running and not trying to be top 10 in the world, or making the Olympic team, it wouldn’t be as difficult because competing at the highest level is extremely difficult,” Robinson said. “On the other hand, some of the same things I tell my athletes, I can hear myself saying it to myself when I’m competing. So it gives me accountability, because when I tell some of the athletes I’m coaching to be A, B, C and D, then it makes me be accountable to doing A, B, C and D when I’m competing also.”But Robinson said coaching is a way for him to fulfill what he believes to be his purpose in life.“I think everything in life has a purpose,” Robinson said. “I found out my purpose is to inspire, motivate and help others. That’s my purpose in life. It just so happened that God blessed me as an athlete to be able to get my message out.” read more

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Mens Hockey No 1 Ohio State falls to UMass 63 in home

Ohio State redshirt senior goalie Sean Romeo (30) prepares for a UMass shot in the first period of the game against the University of Massachusetts on Oct. 19 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNo. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to UMass 6-3 after falling into an early hole in its home opener.Ohio State (2-1-0), ranked No. 1 in the polls for the first time in team history, allowed six goals against UMass (3-0-0) on only 27 shots. Though the loss was disappointing for the Buckeyes, head coach Steve Rohlik said there were positives from their first home outing, and they know what they need to work on.“Number one, we’ve got to just keep getting better. It’s the beginning of the year, it’s our third game, it’s a long season,” Rohlik  said. “We played a really good hockey team tonight, we knew that. You know, we didn’t have the start we wanted. I liked their compete coming back.”UMass senior forward Brett Boeing opened up the scoring off an assist from sophomore defenseman Cale Makar with just under ten minutes remaining in the first period.It wouldn’t be the last time Makar would leave his impression on Ohio State, as he would provide another assist and an empty net goal of his own later on.With just over seven minutes remaining in the second period, it was 3-0 in favor of the Minutemen and the Buckeyes seemed out of sorts, and were looking for a jump start on offense.“At that point is was kind of a do or die,” senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said. “You know we had to come out and give them our best to stay in the game, and the guys battled really hard, we got back into it.”After the Buckeyes killed a penalty, junior forward Carson Meyer gave the Buckeyes some momentum late in the second period off a penalty shot for his second goal of the season. He followed it up minutes later with his second goal of the game to cut the UMass lead to one.Though the game ended in defeat for the Buckeyes, Meyer still had an impressive game for the Buckeyes, scoring two goals that gave Ohio State a chance to mount a comeback.Halfway through the third period, senior forward Dakota Joshua scored to again cut the lead to one. But with less than five minutes remaining, UMass freshman forward Bobby Trivigno made it 5-3 in favor of the Minutemen to ice the game. An additional goal was tacked on a minute later by Makar to bring the final score to 6-3.Ohio State outshot UMass 38-27 on the night and were one for five on the power play. Redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo saved 21 shots and allowed five goals.Looking to tomorrow’s game, Larocque said the team knows what it needs to improve on to earn its first home win of the season.“I think just, like coach has been saying, coming out ready to play, start to finish. It’s something we’ve struggled with in past years, being consistent throughout an entire game, and it’s something that we really need to improve,” Larocque said.The Buckeyes will return to the Schottenstein Center to play their second game against UMass at 5:00 p.m on Saturday. read more

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Review Juventus – Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid won 3-0 at Juventus, but that’s not the main news from this match, believe or not. Go see Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal of the match and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.Massimiliano Allegri had to make a couple of tweaks to his starting lineup. Pjanic and Benatia were unavailable due to accumulation of yellow cards. Barzagli started in place of Benatia and Bentancur replaced Pjanic. Both Alex Sandro and Kwadwo Asamoah were on the pitch from minute one, as Allegri decided to go with a bit more careful approach. Dybala was in the starting eleven as well, while Mandzukic and Matuidi were on the bench. Zidane went classic, putting his best team (the one that has won this competition in the past two seasons) on the field. Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo and Benzema with Navas on goal.It took three minutes for Real Madrid to take the lead. Marcelo made a terrific pass to Isco, fooling two defenders. Isco started moving towards the box and saw Ronaldo coming. He sent a low pass and the Portuguese master marksman flicked the ball in for the 1-0 lead. There couldn’t have been a worse start for Juventus, who were on the receiving end of an early goal this time around, after doing the same to Tottenham in the previous round. It was Ronaldo’s 13th Champions League goal this season. Higuain almost scored in the 23rd minute after a free kick landed on his foot. Navas used his reflexes to deflect the shot and prevent the equalizer.Bentancur received the first yellow card of the fixture in the 27th minute for a sliding challenge on Casemiro that the referee saw as a foul, although it wasn’t. In the 36th minute, Toni Kroos hit the cross bar with a thumping long-range effort. Juventus was trying to create something. However, it lacked ideas in the midfield, it lacked a creator. Khedira was doing his best, but one player isn’t enough. Real was simply too dangerous on the counter-attack for Juventus to completely open up. In the 45th minute Dybala was booked for diving. The Champions League holders had the lead at half-time.Marcelo doesn’t think Madrid needs more players Manuel R. Medina – August 20, 2019 According to Real Madrid defender Marcelo, the team doesn’t need more footballer as the transfer window is set to close really soon.It was somewhat surprising to see that Allegri didn’t make any lineup changes at the half. In the 50th minute, Ronaldo took a shot from a tight angle and almost found the corner of the goal at the far post. Five minutes later, the referee Cakir showed Ramos a yellow card that will see him miss the second leg. Dybala took the ensuing free kick, which deflected off the wall and almost ended up in Madrid’s net. Zidane pulled the trigger first, replacing Benzema with Lucas Vasquez. There were too many fouls being made. They sliced the game up and didn’t allow for any momentum to be built. The experiment with Asamoah as the left back and Alex Sandro as the left winger wasn’t working for Juventus.What a sensational goal we saw in the 64th minute!!! Chiellini made a mess of an easy situation at the back by stealing the ball away from Buffon. Ronaldo took it and passed it on to a free Vasquez who took a shot which was saved by Buffon. The ball ended up with Carvajal, who crossed the ball in the center of the box hoping someone will use it. Ronaldo set himself up quickly and fired an amazing bicycle kick. Buffon was powerless. An absolutely brilliant moment of pure magic. Even Juventus’ fans gave one of the best footballers in history a standing ovation. Dybala high-kicked Carvajal just a minute after the goal, earning his second yellow card. The game was firmly in Madrid’s hands.In the 72nd minute, Marcelo made a great forward run. After a one-two pass with Ronaldo, he was face-to-face with Buffon, managed to push the ball past him and scored in the empty net. The difference in class between the teams was becoming more obvious by the minute. Allegri used all of his substitutions, but Juventus was just trying to prevent further embarrassment. Barzagli almost gifted Ronaldo a hat-trick in the 85th minute. Two minutes after that, Mateo Kovacic, who came in place of Modric, hit the cross bar, Real Madrid’s second of the match.Waiting for the sound of the final whistle was torture for the home team. Buffon saved Ronaldo’s 90th minute hat-trick attempt. In the 92nd minute, Ronaldo was all alone in the box. Lucas Vasquez found him, but the ball was just a bit behind, enough for Portugal’s captain to misshit it. Juve was close to a consolation goal in the 93rd minute, but Cuadrado missed. That was it. Everyone should be scared of Los Galacticos at the moment. In the form they’re currently in, it’ll take a Herculean effort to beat them.last_img read more

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Surprise offer for Benzema

first_imgReal Madrid’s Karim Benzema is being reportedly lined-up for a shock bid from Paris Saint-Germain, reports Diario GolThe French forward had his most disappointing campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu last season since his arrival after only finding the back of the net 11 times in his 45 appearances, despite having scored three goals in Real’s last two matches in the Champions League.But, despite his struggles in front of goal, Benzema always remained as Zinedine Zidane’s main centre-forward.However, since Zidane’s shock exit last month, Benzema appears to have run out of key allies in the locker room with the board having reportedly lost confidence in the Frenchman some time ago.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The 30-year-old now appears set to leave the European champions in the summer transfer window with Real reportedly asking for a transfer fee in the region of €80m.But while many rival clubs are understood to be unwilling to pay for such a high fee, PSG have emerged as a surprise destination for the struggling Benzema with new coach Thomas Tuchel believed to be a big admirer.The German coach feels that Benzema’s seniority and experience in the Champions League will prove to be invaluable for PSG as they finally aim to win in Europe.PSG released manager Unai Emery this summer after the Spaniard failed to lead the club to Champions glory in his two years in charge, despite having won a domestic treble last season.last_img read more

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Hughton reveals he is excited about facing Warnock

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton reveals he is looking forward to crossing paths with Neil Warnock when the Seagulls travel to the Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon.The former Newcastle United manager takes his side to Wales in 12th position in the Premier League after three wins from three in October, and Hughton was keen to repay the positive comments made by Warnock.He said, according to the club’s official website:“It’s always nice to hear people say good things about you, but it’s also very difficult in this profession to be nice all the time because you always have to make tough decisions that you hope can lead to success.”BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Chris Hughton, Manager of Brighton and Hove Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Hughton’s first words after being sacked Manuel R. Medina – May 22, 2019 The former Brighton and Hove Albion manager says he was “hugely disappointed and surprised” when he was fired from the club.“For us, success is about keeping the team in the Premier League and building from there, so it’s impossible to do all of those things and be nice all the time – what you try to do is try to approach the game within your personality.”“What I do look forward to is seeing Neil – he’s somebody I know very well, and we’ve crossed paths on many occasions both on and off the pitch.”“He’s a manager who I have great respect for, and he has a wonderful track record – he’s brought a team into this division and continues to do a very good job there – it makes Saturday very tough for that reason.”last_img read more

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Skull analysis of Qingmenodus offers insight into creatures between prelobed fish and

first_imgQingmendous, a 409 million-year-old predatory fish provides unique insights into early the evolution of modern lobe-finned fishes. Credit: Life restoration drawn by Brian Choo (Flinders University, Australia) (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has uncovered new characteristics of Qingmenodus, an Onychodont that lived during the time between fish without lobed fins and tetrapods. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their study of the fish and discuss its possible place in the evolutionary history of the creatures that eventually made their way onto land. Onychodonts lived approximately 400 million years ago, which means their fossil remains are few and far between, and study of those that have been found has not always been very productive. Still, scientists have found evidence of very ancient primitive fish that did not have lobed fins and evidence of less primitive fish with fully formed lobed fins (necessary for the development of fins that could be used to initially walk about on land), but have not had much luck in finding fish samples that represent the time between these other two groups. This has led to lively debates among early life scholars regarding the evolutionary tree regarding all of the various fishes that eventually led to the ones that actually crawled out of the sea to become our true ancestors. Recently, however, a good sample was found, the remains of a 409 million year Qingmenodus—in China—and more importantly, it had a well-ossified skull. To get a good look at it, inside and out, the team used high-resolution tomography to capture images of the internal structures of the braincase, which allowed them to reconstruct the cranial endocast.The team reports that the brain structure of Qingmenodus was similar in some respects to lungfish (a modern fish that has lungs and lives in mud) and other osteolepiforms (prehistoric lobe-finned fish), it had other clear differences as well—the brain case was elongated and it had well-developed processus connectens, which the researchers suggest was closer in nature to coelacanths (prehistoric large bony fish with fleshy pectoral fins).The team suggests further study of the Qingmenodus sample, and others that have been found may help piece together the relationship between Onychodonts, other prehistoric fish and more specifically, those that eventually climbed out of the sea and slowly evolved into land dwelling creatures. © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Journal information: Science Advancescenter_img Oldest actinopterygian from China provides new evidence for origin of ray-finned fishes Citation: Skull analysis of Qingmenodus offers insight into creatures between pre-lobed fish and tetrapods (Update) (2016, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-skull-analysis-qingmendous-insight-creatures.html More information: J. Lu et al. A Devonian predatory fish provides insights into the early evolution of modern sarcopterygians, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600154AbstractCrown or modern sarcopterygians (coelacanths, lungfishes, and tetrapods) differ substantially from stem sarcopterygians, such as Guiyu and Psarolepis, and a lack of transitional fossil taxa limits our understanding of the origin of the crown group. The Onychodontiformes, an enigmatic Devonian predatory fish group, seems to have characteristics of both stem and crown sarcopterygians but is difficult to place because of insufficient anatomical information. We describe the new skull material of Qingmenodus, a Pragian (~409-million-year-old) onychodont from China, using high-resolution computed tomography to image internal structures of the braincase. In addition to its remarkable similarities with stem sarcopterygians in the ethmosphenoid portion, Qingmenodus exhibits coelacanth-like neurocranial features in the otic region. A phylogenetic analysis based on a revised data set unambiguously assigns onychodonts to crown sarcopterygians as stem coelacanths. Qingmenodus thus bridges the morphological gap between stem sarcopterygians and coelacanths and helps to illuminate the early evolution and diversification of crown sarcopterygians. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Whatever Happened To The Kids Whose Lead L

first_img by NPR News Susan Brink 8.29.19 12:28pm In January 2016, Goats & Soda reported on lead levels in the soil of neighborhoods near an abandoned smelter in Kabwe, Zambia — and in the blood of the children. For nearly 100 years, smoke from the smelter, which closed in 1994, had been releasing heavy metals, including lead, in the form of dust. Children have grown up playing in that dust, inhaling it — and being poisoned by it. How are the people of Kabwe faring 2 1/2 years later?To date, little has changed for the 76,000 people living in the most contaminated areas of Kabwe.In 2016, there was reason to hope for improvement. The World Bank lent the Zambian government $65.5 million for a five-year project to clean up lead-contaminated areas and treat the people affected by lead poisoning,But the title of a report from Human Rights Watch, released this month, is decidedly pessimistic: “We Have to be Worried: The Impact of Lead Contamination on Children’s Rights in Kabwe, Zambia.””It’s not getting any better,” agrees Richard Fuller, president of Pure Earth, an organization that identifies environmental toxins in poor communities and helps with cleanup. “I’ve been working on this town for 18 years. And when we looked at the place again recently, nothing has happened. It’s really upsetting.” Fuller is co-author of a book with a chapter focusing on Kabwe, The Brown Agenda: My Mission to Clean Up the World’s Most Life-Threatening Pollution.Past studies of Kabwe offered sobering statistics. To identify children with abnormally high lead levels, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses a reference level of 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. A deciliter is a metric measure equal to about one-tenth of a quart. The lowest blood level in the children measured in Kabwe was 13.6 micrograms per deciliter; the average was 48.3; and the highest couldn’t be measured because more than 25% of the children had levels higher than the 65 micrograms per deciliter the instruments could measure.Affected children can have short attention spans, behavioral problems and a host of health problems.A 2018 report in the journal Environmental Research re-analyzed data from three existing studies and estimated that more than 95% of children in those areas have elevated blood lead levels; about half of those children have levels high enough to require medical intervention.In November 2018 and April 2019, Human Rights Watch visited lead- contaminated areas to see if any progress had been made. They interviewed officials, teachers and community members, both adults and children.They found almost no encouraging signs. “A loan from the World Bank, launched in 2016 — and still no visible results on the ground,” says Joanna Naples-Mitchell, research fellow in the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.Testing of blood levels in some children of Kabwe was done until 2016 when test kits ran out, according to the Human Rights Watch report. It also found that medicines for children with extremely high levels of lead have run out as well, so those children go untreated. Cleanup efforts of homes, schools, yards and fields are small and inconsistent, the report noted.The Human Rights Watch report found that the Kabwe cleanup and treatment project was still in the planning stages. In a June 2019 status report, the World Bank rated the Kabwe project “Moderately Unsatisfactory.” The Zambian government has responded by saying that it intends to begin cleanup of contaminated soil as well as testing and treatment of affected people before the end of 2019.There’s no clear-cut plan yet, but past pilot projects to address the problem consisted of cleaning up soil outside homes, schools and public areas, as well as ridding individual homes of dust using special vacuum cleaners, Fuller says.Dirt roads present a special challenge. In previous efforts to address lead contamination in other parts of the world, Pure Earth has found that existing dirt roads should be paved or tarred so that passing traffic doesn’t kick up contaminated dust. “But the government has said they don’t have enough money to do the roads,” says Naples-Mitchell. “If a home is cleaned but the road next to it is not, it’s only a matter of time before everything is recontaminated.”The World Bank loan is also intended to pay for diagnosis and treatment of children with lead poisoning. Naples-Mitchell says she hopes that efforts will be coordinated, or they will fail. For example, when a child is treated for lead poisoning — with nutrition or, in severe cases, with medical therapy — the child must go home to a lead-free environment or else could be recontaminated.Lead cleanup can work. “A success story is in Dong Mei in Vietnam,” says Jack Caravanos, a consultant on Pure Earth’s effort in this village of 3,000. The main industry was the informal recycling of lead acid batteries, Caravanos says. The result was highly contaminated soil — and children with blood lead levels five to 13 times higher than the CDC’s levels of concern, according to a case study by Pure Earth. During the year of the project, blood lead levels in 206 tested children dropped by 75%, according to Pure Earth’s summary of the project.But the lead contamination in Kabwe is even worse than in Dong Mei. “This is really a public health emergency that has never been treated with the urgency it deserves,” says Naples-Mitchell. “I’m hopeful that, given the attention to Kabwe right now from the World Bank project and this report, that we’ll see real change.”Fuller is not so much hopeful as just plain determined. “This is a massive human rights violation and disaster,” he says. “It has to get fixed. We have to keep pushing. We’ll find a way.”Susan Brink is a freelance writer who covers health and medicine. She is the author of The Fourth Trimester, and co-author of A Change of Heart.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Whatever Happened To … The Kids Whose Lead Levels Were… last_img read more

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Ramayana miniatures go on show in Canberra

first_imgAn exhibition of 101 vintage miniature paintings that string together a grand narrative of the ancient Indian epic ‘Ramayana’ opened at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) here, said a statement.Titled “The story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi”, the three-month show features paintings done between the 17th and 19th centuries. And it is the first major initiative under a recently-inked agreement on culture between India and Australia. NGA director Gerard Vaughan said the exhibition of “vibrant and exquisite Indian miniature paintings is important” for the gallery. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“It forms part of our commitment to share the art and rich cultural heritage of India with all Australians,” he said.The exhibition began on Wednesday and is open till August 23, 2015. In November 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of arts and culture between Australia and India was inked during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the continent-country. The agreement demonstrates India’s readiness to partner with countries and celebrate the arts, pointed out India’s High Commissioner Navdeep Suri.last_img read more

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Man suspected to be childlifter assaulted

first_imgKolkata: A mentally-challenged youth was allegedly thrashed by some local residents at Dalimtala Lane in Burtolla on Sunday night.Later, police rescued the youth and provided medical treatment to him. According to a source, local residents saw a youth roaming aimlessly in their locality and after a while he was seen talking to a child. The man was detained and questioned by the people as they thought he could be a child-lifter. The man reportedly told them that he had come there to attend a marriage ceremony. Local residents immediately took him to a ceremonial house where a marriage reception was taking place. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBut no one there could identify the youth. Suspecting him to be a criminal, they started thrashing him despite his repeated appeals for mercy. Meanwhile, some of the local residents informed police about the incident. Police rushed to Dalimtala Lane and rescued the youth. He was immediately taken to the R G Kar Medical College and Hospital for his treatment. Later, the police came to know that the youth had said the truth and he had come to Burtolla to attend a marriage ceremony at Sahitya Parishad Street, which is a bit far from the incident spot. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter a round of questioning, the police came to know about his family members and got in touch with them. Later, the youth was handed over to his family. Though the youth suffered minor injuries, police have registered a case against the local residents under Sections 341 of IPC (punishment for wrongful restraint), 323 IPC (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 IPC (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). However, no one could be arrested till Monday night. Recently, many cases of attack have been reportedly in the city over rumours about child-lifters.last_img read more

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