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Winnipegs North End rallies in the face of recent violence


first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg’s North End neighbourhood is coming together in vigils and rallies to promote positive change, in the wake of recent violence in the community.Attendance was strong at two vigils held in remembrance of recent deaths in the community, while a weekly rally called “Meet Me At The Bell Tower” is seeing growing support from residents.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler speaks with some of the activists and leaders in the North End about their efforts and the response they’re seeing.last_img


Americas Got Talent Notre Dame football top ratings


first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – TV viewers are idling away the final weeks of summer the way they started it: with reality programs.Half of last week’s 20 most-watched programs were unscripted contests, according to Nielsen Co. figures released Wednesday.The field was topped by NBC’s two episodes of “America’s Got Talent” and the Notre Dame-Michigan football game, helping make the network the most-watched for the ninth consecutive week.Notre Dame’s prime-time 24-17 victory drew the team’s biggest audience on NBC in 13 years, since a game against University of Southern California in 2005.Amid a sombre week of tributes to the late Sen. John McCain, a rerun of “Saturday Night Live” provided a reminder of the politician’s trademark humour. The episode featuring him as host gave the show its biggest audience in six weeks, NBC said.NBC won the week in prime-time with an average of 5.1 million viewers. CBS had 3.5 million viewers, ABC had 3.7 million, Fox had 1.7 million, ION Television had 1.4 million, Univision had 1.18 million, Telemundo had 1.17 million and the CW had 780,000.Fox News Channel led the cable networks with an average of 2.2 million viewers. MSNBC had 1.8 million, USA had 1.36 million, HGTV had 1.3 million, ESPN had 1.2 million, History had 1.06 million and CNN had 1.05 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.2 million viewers. The “NBC Nightly News” had 8.1 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.8 million.For the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.78 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 9.9 million; Notre Dame Football: Michigan at Notre Dame, NBC, 7.1 million; “Sunday Night Kickoff,” ABC, 6.55 million; “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 5.86 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 5.84 million; “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 5.78 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 5.74 million; “World of Dance,” NBC, 5.06 million; “Dateline Classic,” NBC, 4.93 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comlast_img read more


Guide Outfitters Association of BC speaks about Bear Ban Lawsuit


first_img“If the judge grants certification, the lawsuit then gains momentum, has a timeline and has a schedule, a time when it goes to court. I guess there will be some process where all the outfitters join or are included in this, that have a grizzly bear quota, that want to be a part of this class action lawsuit. I think that people are rallying together quite strongly in support of Ron and his efforts. I guess we’ll see if the legal system agrees with the case he’s presenting.” “This is not about the number of grizzly bears, this has nothing to do with science or the need for more science. We have a lot of bears in British Columbia, they’re very healthy. The latest reports have their range expanding and their density is increasing. So it’s really about some politics and we’re, quite frankly, really disappointed that politics get involved in wildlife management.”Generally, Ellis feels that most people care about wildlife and that the outfitting community has the ability to file a lawsuit for damages.“I think, generally, most people care about wildlife and, in this particular instance, the outfitting community has the ability to sue for damages, the resident hunting community does not. So if we had a choice, I’m not speaking for Ron, but if we had a choice and if you were to ask him, I would bet my house that he would pick opening the hunt again and proper wildlife management over having to sue the Government for damages.”According to Ellis, this ban has repercussions on not just the economic side, but also on the lives of other wildlife that are having to deal with the grizzly bear population.“It has all kinds of repercussions, it’s common knowledge, and there’s a fantastic study out of Alaska if people are aware of that, they really need to look at the mortality on moose calves by grizzly bears. They put GoPros on the chests of grizzly bears and it was pretty amazing. The average was over six weeks or so, a grizzly bear was eating one moose calf a day. You can’t manage the land and you can’t manage the wildlife that lives on that land if you’re picking and choosing which species you’re going to manage and which ones you aren’t. You need to manage all of them and, I think, that’s really what we want.”The next steps for the lawsuit, according to Ellis, is they will be going forward for a certification where a judge will decide if this lawsuit has legal standing. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Back in December of 2017, the B.C. Government put a province-wide ban on grizzly bear hunting.In December 2018, Ron Fleming, owner of Love Bros. & Lee, had filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for all B.C. guide outfitting businesses allegedly harmed by the hunting ban.Scott Ellis, Executive Director of the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C., says the hunting ban is more about politics and less about the actual population of grizzlies.last_img read more


A year after Pakistans devastating floods UN continues effort to rebuild lives


Some 20 million people were affected by the floods that began in late July 2010, submerging almost one-fifth of the country under water. The disaster claimed 2,000 lives and destroyed 1.6 million homes across the provinces of Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh.The lives of millions of people were changed in a matter of days and there were numerous challenges for those who survived the disaster, including loss of shelter, crops and livelihoods. UN agencies and their partners provided emergency aid in the aftermath of the floods and have been continuing to help families get back on their feet.The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Assistance to Pakistan, Rauf Engin Soysal, stressed how much he admired the “resilience, strength and courage” of the Pakistani people, and acknowledged the hard work and continued commitment of the country’s authorities in the post-flood response.Speaking at a news conference in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, Mr. Soysal also noted that while there has been a generous response to the relief operations, support to early recovery is lagging behind. “We certainly need to do more. We certainly need to draw lessons… we certainly need to keep up the momentum to continue to deliver the promises we made one year ago to our brothers and sisters in Pakistan,” he stated. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, who visited flood-stricken Pakistan last September on her first day on the job as UN humanitarian chief, said that the scale of the disaster galvanized everyone: the Government, the military, the aid community, civil society, individuals and countries, who provided emergency funding to the largest appeal in the history of the UN.“In close cooperation with the Government, the humanitarian community provided emergency aid, including food, water, shelter and health care,” she noted in a statement. “Today, we continue to support families, helping them to rebuild their lives, their homes, their livelihoods. Given the scale of the disaster, the response by the humanitarian community is to be commended. “But it’s the people of Pakistan who showed remarkable resilience, courage, and strength in overcoming a crisis of such immense magnitude,” stated Ms. Amos. “We will, of course, continue to support them.”The Pakistan Floods Relief and Early Recovery Response Plan launched in the aftermath of the disaster requested nearly $2 billion, the largest UN appeal on record, of which $759 million (38 per cent) has been received, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is headed by Ms. Amos. 28 July 2011The United Nations today pledged its continued assistance to the people of Pakistan as they rebuild their lives one year after the country faced devastating floods – the largest natural disaster in its history. read more


Bell Medias CraveTV expands service to all Internetconnected Canadians


TORONTO — Bell Media’s CraveTV streaming service is now available to all Internet-connected Canadians.CraveTV’s catalogue includes older off-air HBO TV series like “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” and Showtime shows including “The Affair,” “Penny Dreadful” and the new drama “Billions.”It costs $7.99 a month to subscribe, with a one-month free trial available to new users. TV customers with providers including Bell, Eastlink, Sasktel and Telus can bundle in CraveTV access for a lower rate.CraveTV competes with Netflix and Shomi, a streaming service launched by Rogers and Shaw.In Canada, Netflix offers three plans ranging from $7.99 to $11.99 a month. Shomi charges $8.99 a month.Netflix to block proxy access to content not available in subscribers’ home countryNetflix, Shomi or CraveTV? How to choose the streaming service that’s best for you read more


Norways State Secretary to visit Sri Lanka next week


State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Tore Hattrem, is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from 31 May – 2 June 2016, the Foreign Ministry said today.The State Secretary will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 31 May where discussions are expected to take place on follow-up to the visit in January this year of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. He had served as Ambassador to Sri Lanka from 2007 to 2010. (Colombo Gazette) He will visit Jaffna on 1st June where he will meet the Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray and Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran. State Secretary Hattrem will also meet the Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan, Minister for development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, Minister for Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage Rauff Hakeem, and the Secretary General of the Secretariat for Reconciliation Mechanisms Mano Tittawella. read more


Indian envoy briefs Chief Prelates on Modis Sri Lanka visit


“India and Sri Lanka are very close neighbours, are brothers, are a family,” the envoy told reporters after meeting the Chief Prelates.Meanwhile, the Chief Prelates had raised some concerns on Bodh Gaya but the envoy said he was not aware of the concerns raised. (Colombo Gazette) The High Commissioner also said that Buddhism was a gift from India to Sri Lanka. “My Prime Minister has a very high regard for Buddhism and he has a lot of respect for it,” Taranjit Singh Sandhu said. The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu today called on the Chief Prelates in Kandy and briefed them on the visit to Sri Lanka by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the UN Vesak Day celebrations in May.Taranjit Singh Sandhu said that he is hopeful the Indian Prime Minister will visit Kandy during his Sri Lanka visit. read more


UN envoy urges Sudan to open access to Darfur camp closed to


UN envoy Jan Pronk welcomed a list of Government pledges which he received today from Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail, but he stressed the need for these words to translate into improved security in Darfur, widely viewed as the site of the world’s worst current humanitarian disaster. Mr. Pronk also expressed concern about the lack of progress so far on the ground and at the fact that the Janjaweed militia still constitute a threat around camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The envoy’s comments followed the recent killing of an IDP employed by CARE-International and the closure of a South Darfur camp by the Sudanese authorities.Reacting to those events, he noted that for three days the UN and humanitarian workers have been denied access to Kalma camp, and said this “will have serious consequences on the IDPs’ needs for relief and assistance, particularly severely malnourished children who require daily assistance in therapeutic feeding centers inside the camp.” While the issue is under discussion with the Sudanese authorities, Mr. Pronk voiced hope that “full access to the camp will be granted as soon as possible.” He has asked UN officials to visit the camp tomorrow.On 12 August, a crowd attacked some IDPs from an Arab neighboring camp hired by CARE-International because they were viewed as having participated in attacks. In addition to the IDP who was killed, another has been hospitalized. Two CARE-International staff members were held briefly in police custody but later released, while a third remains in detention.The Government authorities ordered the suspension of all humanitarian activities at the camp and African Union (AU) monitors were denied entry. read more


Security Council fails to adopt three resolutions on chemical weapons use in


Had one of the two mechanisms proposed in the drafts been approved, it could have filled the vacuum left by the Organisation for Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) when its mandate expired last November.The first draft considered today – penned by the United States – which would have established a new investigative mechanism for one year, as well as identify those responsible for the use of chemical weapons, was rejected owing to a negative vote from Russia.The draft received 12 votes in favour, two against (Bolivia and Russia) and one abstention (China).A negative vote – or veto – from one of the Council’s five permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States – blocks passage of a resolution.Today’s meeting marked the twelfth time Russia has used its veto to block Council action on Syria.Similarly, a competing draft – penned by Russia – which would have established the mechanism for one year as well but would have given the Security Council the responsibility to assign accountability for the use of chemical weapons in Syria, was also not adopted.This draft received six Council members’ votes in favour (Bolivia, China, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Russia), seven against (France, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States) and two abstentions (Cote d’Ivoire and Kuwait).The Council rejected a third text – also proposed by Russia – which concerned the work of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM).The draft received five votes in favour (Bolivia, China, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Russia), four against (France, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States), and six abstentions (Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Peru, and Sweden).Ahead of the Security Council meetings today, UN Secretary-General António Guterres had repeated his call on 15-member body to “find unity” on the issue of use of chemical weapons in Syria and ensure accountability.“The norms against chemical weapons must be upheld. I appeal to the Security Council to fulfil its responsibility and find unity on this issue,” he said.“I also encourage the Council to redouble its efforts to agree on a dedicated mechanism for accountability.” read more


Novak Djokovics Chase Of Tennis Records Is Speeding Up


Novak Djokovic isn’t just chasing the records of his sport’s all-time greats. He’s accelerating in his pursuit.After winning his first French Open title on Sunday, Djokovic holds all four major titles at the same time, the first man to do so since Rod Laver in 1969. He is halfway to winning all four in one year, leaving him closer to winning a Grand Slam than any man since Jim Courier won the first two in 1992.1Mats Wilander was the only man other than Courier to win the Australian Open and French Open back-to-back since Laver’s 1969 Grand Slam. Wilander did it in 1984-85 (back when the Australian Open was in December) and in 1988. He has won 12 major titles, just two behind Rafael Nadal and five behind all-time leader Roger Federer. And on Monday he will be No. 1 in the rankings by the enormous margin of 8,045 points, leaving him in a strong position to overtake Federer’s record for the most weeks at No. 1 as soon as 2018.History suggests Djokovic should be slowing down, not speeding up, at age 29. Even all-time greats have rarely won many major titles so close to 30. While the sport has become kinder to veterans, just two majors were won by a man 29 or older in the last decade: Federer, at Wimbledon in 2012; and Stan Wawrinka, over Djokovic at last year’s French Open. Three factors are speeding Djokovic’s chase:1) He’s playing outstanding tennis, the most dominant of the Open era. Our Elo ratings at the end of last year showed Djokovic topping all other men since 1968, an era that encompasses just about every contender for the greatest career of all time, though it omits many of Laver’s best years. More conventional stats confirm Djokovic’s dominance. Men’s tennis has three types of events that feature nearly all of the best players who are fit to play: the four majors, nine Masters and the World Tour Finals. Djokovic has reached the final of 21 of the last 22 of these events he has entered, winning 17 of them. No man has ever had a stretch that dominant.Andy Murray should be Djokovic’s biggest rival. Murray was born exactly a week before Djokovic, has an eerily similar game and has dealt him three of his biggest recent losses: in the finals of the 2012 U.S. Open and 2013 Wimbledon, and in the 2012 Olympics semifinal. But since Murray’s Wimbledon win, Djokovic has beaten him in 13 of their 15 meetings, including all five of their matches at Grand Slams. The reasons were evident in Djokovic’s defeat of Murray in Sunday’s final: In just about every facet of the game, Murray is great but Djokovic is greater. Murray has an edge in one scenario: When he’s lobbing the ball and Djokovic is smashing it. That doesn’t happen often enough to swing a tennis match.2) The men who used to hold Djokovic back when they were at their peak are fading as he continues to soar. If Federer and Nadal hadn’t been around, Djokovic probably would have won many more majors by 2010. He faced them 11 times at majors through the 2010 U.S. Open and lost nine of those matches. Since then, Djokovic has beaten them in 11 of 17 meetings at majors, including the last five. And he may not meet them many more times at majors, with both men struggling with injuries. Federer withdrew from the French Open before it began, and Nadal withdrew after the first two rounds.3) Djokovic doesn’t yet have any younger rivals. That is stunning for a man at age 29. Players younger than him have won just two majors combined: Marin Cilic and Juan Martín del Potro, both born a year after Djokovic, have one apiece. Neither has made more than one major final. And men born in 1989 or later have not won a single title of note. No major, no Masters, no tour final. The entire generation of men younger than Djokovic who should be leading the sport hasn’t lifted a single significant trophy. By this stage of the season two years ago — when he was the same age as the 1989ers — Djokovic by himself had won six majors, three tour finals and 19 Masters titles.This might look like a chicken-and-egg problem: Have players younger than Djokovic struggled because he is an all-time great who keeps ousting them, or because they’re not very good? The answer is a little of both, but more the latter. Djokovic has ousted men younger than him from Slams in the fourth round or later only 17 times in his career. None were in a final. The primary reason the younger guys aren’t breaking through isn’t because Djokovic keeps stopping them. It’s because other older guys are.While the men ages 23 to 28 might retire as a collective lost cause — a weird void in the tennis record books — the men younger than them show real promise, including Dominic Thiem, who will enter the Top 10 on Monday, and Nick Kyrgios. They will have to grow up in a hurry if they are to slow Djokovic’s run at the record book. At the moment, aging or injury look likely to be his biggest obstacle. read more


Women Earn The Glory While Men Earn The Money In US Soccer


NWSL salary54.0 Sponsor appearance15.0 Ticket revenue22.9 World Cup roster bonus15.0 Subtotal without salaries240.0 Friendly wins$18.9K Olympic qualifying bonus15.0 USSF World Cup victory75.0 The men earned bonus money for every point earned in the World Cup group stage, as well as $5,500 for each group-stage match for which they were rostered. The women earned no such bonuses.The caveat here, of course, is that the women draw a salary for playing on the national team, while the men are only paid by U.S. Soccer for participation in camps, friendlies and tournaments. If the women’s salaries were replaced with the men’s bonus figures for friendlies, players would have earned $109,600 in 2015, nearly $40,000 more than their $72,000 national team salary — and that’s before we include any other bonuses or fees they’d receive for being named to tournament rosters and other non-game events.3The men’s national team did earn a salary from U.S. Soccer for a period of time, because of the lack of a professional domestic league in the United States from 1984 to 1996.While U.S. Soccer is not responsible for FIFA prize money, it’s worth noting that the men’s prize money for losing in the round of 16 amounted to $9 million. The women’s prize money for winning the whole tournament was $2 million. If we distribute these totals evenly across the 23-player rosters, Lloyd’s and Solo’s earnings increase to $326,976 each. Dempsey’s and Howard’s, meanwhile, increase to $819,326 and $789,799, respectively. The 2014 men’s World Cup generated approximately $4.8 billion in revenue for FIFA. Revenue for the 2015 Women’s World Cup have yet to be reported but will certainly be much lower.On top of the specific financial disparities laid out above, the women’s inability to specify what kind of field surface they play on, when such consideration is offered to the men, is surely a sore spot, one that blew up in December when the USWNT boycotted a friendly over concerns about the quality of the artificial turf at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium.Another footnote in the memo of understanding concerns travel arrangements. The women’s national team is booked to fly economy for the majority of its travel, while the men exclusively fly business class.Granted, the women’s and men’s national teams both collectively agreed to these respective compensation structures — and since the men are neither salaried by the federation nor play in a league owned and operated by the federation, it could be argued that their compensation should be distributed differently than the women. But it is interesting to observe the discrepancies in areas where one would assume they would be equitably compensated. Also, the USWNT players’ complaint to the EEOC could expose the lack of transparency by U.S. Soccer relative to the revenues the women’s national team generates, which may have artificially depressed the players’ market value.The court will decide whether U.S. Soccer’s memo of understanding with the players union is a valid labor agreement at the end of May; dates for potential action on the EEOC complaint have yet to be determined. Regardless of either outcome, it appears that the U.S. women’s national team has a real case regarding the gender pay gap. Negotiations for their next collective bargaining agreement will continue all year, and the likes of Lloyd and Solo intend to leverage their recent success for better treatment by their employers. The U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup title in 2015 — an achievement never equaled by a U.S. men’s team — but the glory doesn’t come with full benefits. On Wednesday, five women’s team players filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming that the U.S. Soccer federation engaged in wage discrimination by paying the women far less than the men.The complaint, filed by Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Alex Morgan, says the men’s team takes home far more than the women’s team for no discernible reason other than being male. After the filing, the soccer federation issued a statement wherein it highlighted its support for women’s soccer in the United States and across the globe. It did not address the specific allegations of pay discrepancy. The complaint also contains the minutes from a federation meeting in which the budget shows the federation expects the women’s team to produce more revenue than the men’s team in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.Based on our findings — using financial statements released by the soccer federation for fiscal year 2015, along with the USWNT’s collective bargaining agreement and memo of understanding released in court after the federation sued the players union over an earlier negotiating dispute — top men’s players earned almost twice as much as top women’s players from the federation during their respective World Cup years, despite the women’s victory in 2015 and the men’s early knockout elimination in 2014.We compared the differences in how male and female players are compensated by the federation under similar working conditions — namely, preparations for and participation in the 2014 FIFA men’s World Cup in Brazil and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Because not every member of a national team is paid the same, and to properly compare apples to apples, we focused on two similar sets of players from the women’s and men’s national teams — Lloyd and Solo for the women, and Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard for the men. Here, we have two major goalscoring threats and two veteran goalkeepers who played every minute (or, in Dempsey’s case, all but three minutes) of their respective World Cups.The first thing we need to do is set aside the salaries that Lloyd and Solo earn, because USWNT compensation works a little differently than setups across the world. Typically, a club pays a player a salary, and a national federation compensates the player for caps and other appearances. For the USWNT, however, it’s the federation that pays the club salary; the women then draw a second salary for their national play — a departure from the U.S. men. (If you think this arrangement is odd, you’re not wrong. The National Women’s Soccer League is owned and operated by the federation, which pays the club salaries for national team players to offset costs for club owners.)In the case of Lloyd and Solo, this salary totaled $126,000 in 2015 — $72,000 for falling into the “Tier I” salary bracket (reserved for veterans who also were named to the 23-player World Cup roster) and an additional $54,000 for playing in the NWSL.1Should a player wish to play for a club outside the U.S., she forfeits that portion of the salary. In 2015, however, all national team players did play in the NWSL.Now that we have salaries separated out, we can see from the collective bargaining agreement and memo of understanding that the women’s national team is paid in a similar fashion as the men: appearance fees for U.S. Soccer sponsors; bonuses for qualifying for major tournaments (along with bonuses based on tournament finishes); a share of ticket revenues in friendlies played on U.S. soil; and bonuses for winning those friendlies. The USWNT also earned a $1.8 million bonus for the Victory Tour, 10 friendly matches played in the U.S. from August through December of last year. INCOME SOURCELLOYD/SOLO 2015 EARNINGS For each friendly, including the send-off series, the men earned between $7,500 and $14,100 per win, based on the FIFA ranking of the opponent. They earned between $5,000 and $6,500 for draws and $4,000 for a loss. The women earned $1,350 for wins, receiving no bonus for draws or losses. Total366.0 The men’s bonus for being named to the final 23-player World Cup roster was $55,000 each; the women earned $15,000 each. This is an itemized breakdown of the projected non-salary earnings for Lloyd and Solo in 2015, based on all the data contained in the memo of understanding. When it comes to shared bonus pools, we assume the money is being divided evenly among all players on the roster. However, that may not be true, as there is no language in either the collective bargaining agreement or the memo of understanding that would stipulate even distribution. In fact, based on comments Solo made in her 2013 memoir, veteran players may get a larger share of the bonus pools.Below we compare Lloyd’s and Solo’s estimated 2015 earnings with Dempsey’s and Howard’s earnings for 2014, when the U.S. men’s team lost in the World Cup’s round of 16. The men’s earnings are based on U.S. Soccer’s financial statements for fiscal year 2015 (which ran from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015).2Women’s earnings are projected estimates for fiscal year 2016, which ran from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016. Lloyd and Solo: $240,019 eachDempsey: $428,022Howard: $398,495Dempsey is pocketing almost $200,000 more than Lloyd; Howard gets almost $160,000 more than Solo. How can that be? (U.S. Soccer declined to comment for this story.)While the men’s team’s bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer is confidential, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl discovered some figures before the 2014 World Cup that would account for at least some of the disparity:The men’s shared bonus for qualifying for Brazil totaled $2 million. The women’s total qualifying bonus for Canada was $300,000. The men played 16 qualifying games, whereas the women played only five, but that is still a difference of $125,000 per game vs. $60,000 per game. In addition to the share of ticket revenues for home friendlies, the men earned $1,500 per game in the three-match send-off series leading up to the World Cup. The women earned $1,350 per game, and only if they won them. Victory tour bonus78.0 NT salary72.0 read more


Which NBA Coach Is Next On The Chopping Block


Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. The Los Angeles Clippers announced Tuesday that All-Star forward Blake Griffin has sprained his MCL and could be out for two months. On this week’s show (Nov. 30, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down how this could affect the once-promising team and whether there’s any hope for the rest of the Clippers’ season. On Monday, the Memphis Grizzlies fired head coach David Fizdale after the team lost eight straight games. The news took the league by surprise, with many players and coaches speaking out against the firing. We take a look at why Fizdale was fired now and which other coaches might be in trouble. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on the Portland Trail Blazers.Here are links to what we discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Over at The Ringer, Kevin O’Connor asked, “Where do the Grizzlies go from here?”Kyle took a look at the NBA’s best defenders. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner read more


Rooney joins Uniteds 200 club then snaps at postmatch interviewer


first_imgRooney celebrates scoring last night. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesDAVID MOYES LAUDED WAYNE Rooney’s milestone performance in Manchester United’s 4-2 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.The England international striker scored twice to take his tally to 200 goals for United, only the fourth man in the club’s history to achieve the feat after Bobby Charlton (249), Denis Law (237) and Jack Rowley (211).Rooney also set up Antonio Valencia for his side’s fourth in a stellar display at Old Trafford as United opened up their UEFA Champions League campaign with a convincing win in Group A.The 27-year-old, the subject of two rejected bids from Chelsea before the start of the season, could have had a hat-trick if he had converted an earlier first-half chance when he rounded the goalkeeper with the score still at 1-0, but put his shot wide from a tight angle.Robin van Persie also got his name on the scoresheet for United, with goals from Simon Rolfes and Omer Toprak for Leverkusen the only sour note for Moyes’ side.And the Scot reserved special praise for Rooney’s contribution.Speaking to ITV, Moyes said: “I said about a month ago he’s got a real chance to join the greats here at United with his goalscoring record and I thought his goals were great.“He got round the goalie and that could have been his hat-trick, his second at the time. He was terrific.He’s been great in training, he’s worked hard, he looks fit, he’s lean and I think he showed that in his performance again.”Moyes was also happy with the fruitful partnership developing between Rooney and Van Persie, adding: “I think they’re both such good players.“I mean Robin’s goal was great, he could have had another as well.“I said a week or so ago if we can get those two scoring through the season they will be formidable and obviously help get us as many points as we can.”Rooney’s future was the focus of great scrutiny after news of Chelsea’s interest became public during the transfer window.But the forward refused to be drawn on whether he asked to leave Old Trafford, and insisted he was just happy to be playing well for the team.Listen, I’m concentrating on my football as I said all summer,” said Rooney. “I’ve got my head down and worked hard to get myself fit and ready for the season. I’m delighted with how I’ve come back.“I’m delighted to be back playing and scoring. It’s a good result, the first game in the Champions League is always important.”Watch the interview below:YouTube credit: MrBeanyman62Ronaldo completes hat-trick with this rocket as Real cruise against GalaMan City sweep aside Pilsen in Group D openerlast_img read more


2 seriously injured in Ridgefield car crash fire


first_imgTwo people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries early Monday after a single-vehicle crash and fire in Ridgefield.Emergency personnel were dispatched just before 3 a.m. to the 3600 block of Pioneer Street. A four-door Jeep veered off the road and hit a tree before catching fire, Ridgefield Police Chief John Brooks said.A man and woman inside the car sustained serious injuries, Brooks said. The man, who was driving the car, was taken by Life Flight to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center in Portland with burn injuries, while the woman was taken to a hospital in an ambulance.“The driver got some pretty bad burns,” Brooks said.Clark County Fire & Rescue responded to the scene with three engines and a battalion chief, Chief John Nohr said. The road was closed roughly three hours while emergency crews transported the occupants, put out the fire and cleaned up the scene, Brooks said.The crash is being investigated by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit.last_img read more


Britain could attract 37bn funding to develop new antibiotics


first_imgClose A British government-backed review released on Thursday (14 May) is seeking billions of dollars to fund the development of 15 new antibiotics to counter antibiotic resistance.The review, led by former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim ONeill, said the lump sum payments could add up to $16-$37bn (£10-23.5bn) over 10 years, but should only be made when companies have fully developed a successful bug-killing drug.Seen in a global context, and compared to the cost of inaction, its actually peanuts. Critically linked to that were also calling for an innovation fund, about $2bn perhaps over five years, that the pharmaceutical industry itself essentially finances, ONeill said.The review says that companies that develop new antibiotics should be awarded prize money of up to $3.5bn for each new drug, instead of selling the medication at a profit.Because if you come up with the specific incentives and rewards were suggesting to get them to produce more drugs, its essentially giving them a lot of financial relief. So we think its only right that they play a role in financing the research at the early stage, ONeill added.The prizes, of between $1.5bn and $3.5bn, should be funded in part by the pharma industry itself, ONeill said, probably also with input from national governments and the global taxpayer.I think the proposal were suggesting is better than what the pharma industry would like itself, which is much higher prices so they can just charge a lot more for it. I dont think that would be a better option for every individual in this country and elsewhere in the world, he said.The successful drugmaker would then be required to make no profit from its sales of the drugs to governments and healthcare providers around the world, ONeill added, saying this approach would de-link the profitability of a drug from its volume of sales.I think there are two core problems. Theres a demand problem and a supply problem. The paper weve published today focuses all about the supply issues of getting more drugs, he saidIn recent years, bugs resistant to multiple drugs have evolved at the same time as drugmakers have cut back investment in finding new ways to fight them, creating a global health threat as superbug strains of infections like tuberculosis and gonorrhoea have become untreatable.ONeill, who was asked last year by British Prime Minister David Cameron to take an economists view of the problem, said far too little is currently invested in hunting for new drugs against drug-resistant infections.In his initial report, ONeill estimated that anti-microbial resistance (AMR) could kill an extra 10 million people a year and cost up to $100tn by 2050 if it is not brought under control.ONeill has also proposed that a $2bn innovation fund financed by drug companies should be created to invest in early-stage research and speed up development of new medicines to fight drug-resistant superbugs.Sally Davies, the UK governments chief medical adviser, welcomed ONeills latest report, saying it would stimulate important conversations between governments, pharmaceutical companies and other funders.last_img read more


Gentrification Pushing Black Churches Out of DC


first_imgLong-standing Black churches are disappearing from the nation’s capital one at a time, the culprit – residential only parking. As the city’s new, mostly White residents push for special neighborhood parking, they are inadvertently forcing churches out of the District of Columbia, city officials and church members said.On K Street in Washington’s southeast neighborhood, two churches have been demolished since August. In their places are empty, gated plots of land waiting to be developed into condominiums. Word of God Baptist Church, once located at 1512 K St., SE, and nearly century-old Mount Paran Baptist Church, two blocks away, have sold their properties and relocated to Prince George’s County in Maryland. City officials said many other churches have done the same including, Metropolitan Baptist Church, a church attended by former President Bill Clinton.As apartment buildings replace old businesses and homes, parking is getting tighter in the District. Now, residents can petition for exclusive street parking, known as resident zoned parking. Once a street is zoned, vehicles without the appropriate zoning sticker are limited to only two hours of parking during the hours designated on the sign. As a result, one person’s solution becomes another’s problem.Edward E. Doxen III, a community outreach specialist in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Frank Wiggins for 6E03 in Ward 6 agreed parking is a major issue for Washington churches. “There are known problems in the past couple of years where people had to pay $250 for coming to church on Sunday,” Wiggins said. “People have to decide between coming to church and getting a ticket. That hurts the church, especially if those parishioners are living in Maryland.”Not only is Sunday parking an issue for church members, but also during the week, said the Rev. Dwayne Gilliam of Word of God Baptist Church. “Residents made it challenging at times,” Gilliam said. “There were instances where they called police to ticket us, not just Sunday, but during the week when we had classes, like Bible study or prayer meetings.”Deacon Paul London, president of the missionary ministry at the church, said he received at least two tickets attending either a Bible study or prayer meeting. “We had to go down to the police station and explain to them that we park there because of Bible study,” London said. “They kind of eased up on the ticket writing, but they started again when the community started complaining.”According to London, over the past 15 years, members of various churches have been moving out of the District because of high taxes and expensive real estate. Suburbs outside the city are more appealing because of the affordability.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Black population in the southeast region of the District was about 55 percent in 2000. The White residents made up 41 percent of the population. As of 2014, the White population increased to 60 percent. The Black population decreased to 34 percent.Stacey Smith, a member of Word of God Baptist Church for about two decades, says about 70 percent of the congregation is from outside the District, which meant that members were traveling from Maryland to participate in Sunday service and other events. “When we saw the changes in our neighborhood, it became very difficult,” Smith said. “We would argue, fight, try to get permits for us to park there. It felt like they were trying to push us out. There were a lot of handicap signs in front of our church. So our members couldn’t even park there. That went on for the last two years we were there.”Though the issues with parking might have been a nightmare, members said they have benefited from the churches relocating. Officials at Metropolitan Baptist Church, now in Upper Marlboro, Md. near the Washington professional football team’s stadium, said because of the move they are closer to their members and they have a larger facility. Member Phyllis Davis said she is extremely pleased that she is now five minutes away from church.Word of God Baptist Church is also closer to the congregation and has expanded dramatically. According to Deaconess Janet Humphrey, the church administrator, the new site is about four times bigger than the old site. The K Street site was a one room church, squeezed between townhouses. It could seat about 100 people.The new church in Prince George’s County has balcony seating and a basement that houses the fellowship hall. The church now has its own parking lot and is surrounded by trees and grass. Across the street there is a soccer field and in the back, there is a playground just a couple of steps from the church.“We have more opportunities,” Smith said. “In our old location we had two buildings, the church and then an apartment building right next to it. Now we’re all under one roof; the children don’t have to be in a different place,” she said.Gilliam said the church is planning to expand its programs and services for the community. “The pastor had some visions of a school and daycare and things like that,” he said.The church’s fellowship hall and a new boy scouts program serves the University Park community, he said.London said things are much better. “Everything seems more tranquil,” he said. “Now the kids have a place to run, and I have yet to see a ticket. So, we’re happy.”last_img read more


Snapchat Gains 4 Million Users in Q1 as Snap Beats Earnings Estimates


first_imgSnap topped Wall Street estimates on the top and bottom lines in the first quarter of 2019 — and the still-unprofitable company managed to show an uptick in Snapchat users for the first time in a year.Revenue for the quarter was $320 million, up 39% year over year, while it narrowed its net loss to $310.4 million in Q1 2019 (an adjusted loss of 10 cents per share) vs. $385.9 million in the year-earlier period.Analyst consensus estimates for Snap’s Q1 were for revenue of $306.5 million and an adjusted net loss of 12 cents per share. Snap shares rose as much as 8% in after-hours trading Tuesday on the results but later fell to around +1%.Snapchat’s daily active users were 190 million in Q1 2019 — up 4 million, or 2%, from 186 million in the prior quarter, but down from 191 million in Q1 2018. In North America, the messaging and media service’s DAUs were 80 million (up from 79 million in Q4 and down from 81 million in the year-earlier quarter). Snapchat Parent Company Raises $1.265 Billion in Debt Financing, Citing Potential Acquisitions Related Snapchat had ended 2018 with 186 million daily active users, flat sequentially and down 1 million versus the end of 2017.Three weeks ago, at its first partner summit in L.A., Snap announced several initiatives designed to spur growth and broaden its reach. Those include a new games platform; the ability to let third-party apps give their users the ability to create Stories from Snapchat; an ad network to bring Snapchat ads to third-party apps; and a new slate of original shows from BuzzFeed, New Form and others.“In the first quarter we delivered strong results across our business with growth in daily active users and revenue,” Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said in a statement. “This month we announced several new products that we believe will drive further engagement and monetization. As we look towards the future, we see many opportunities to increase our investments, and will continue to manage our business for long-term growth.”According to Spiegel, as of March, Snapchat ads can now reach 75% of U.S. consumers 13-34 — more than Instagram.In addition, Snap by the end of Q1 had widely launched its revamped Android application for Snapchat “with promising early results,” according to Spiegel. On some of the “lowest performing” Android devices, the new app produced a 6% increase in the number of people sending snaps within the first week of upgrading. Compared to the prior version, he said, the Android rebuild is 25% smaller, opens 20% faster on average, and is modularized to allow for “efficient ongoing innovation.”In a nutshell, “this is the price of admission to international markets,” Spiegel said about the Android app rebuild, on Snap’s earnings call.In discussing the new Snapchat Landmarkers augmented-reality feature — which lets users interact with real-world landmarks — Spiegel called out the company’s deal with HBO, which bought a sponsored AR lens to promote “Game of Thrones” in which a zombie dragon lands on New York City’s Flatiron Building.Snap said that in Q1 2019, the Snapchat Discover section now includes more than 450 content channels. Nearly half of its daily Discover viewers watched Discover seven days per week in the quarter, the company said. In addition, Snapchat content partners in March increased their total mobile monthly audience in the U.S. by an average of more than 30% just by publishing to Discover, according to the company (citing comScore research). Average revenue per user was $1.68, up 39% year-over-year and down 19% sequentially (reflecting seasonality in the business). Total ad impressions were up 155% year-over-year and 6% sequentially, while pricing was down 42% year-over-year and down 22% driven primarily by an increase in supply.Also on the earnings call, Jeremi Gorman, Snap’s chief business officer, said the company reorganized its U.S. advertising team as of April 1 to have a “more scalable structure” and is extending that to its international ad group. The Snap ad groups are organized into three teams: enterprise (large brand advertisers), emerging advertisers and direct-response clients. “While we expect some disruption to our near-term business, we are confident that this is the right long-term structure,” she said.For the second quarter of 2019, Snap said it expects revenue to be $335 million-$360 million (up 28%-37% year-over-year) with loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $150 million-$125 million (versus EBITDA of -$169 million in Q2 2018).Snap, of course, calls itself “a camera company,” not a social networking or messaging service. “We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate,” the 7-year-old company’s mission statement reads.center_img Popular on Variety Snap Intros $380 Two-Camera Spectacles — A Fashion Accessory for Snapchat AR Content ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. 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first_imgTechnology | July 29, 2011 New Two-Step Platform Released for C-Arm DR Systems News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Related Content News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more center_img Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Panama celebrates Independence Day


first_imgRelated posts:Beyoncé and 4 other celebrities who visited Costa Rica during 2014 Costa Rican Embassy opens to public for Washington’s annual ‘Passport DC’ festivities Ayahuasca, the sacred jungle vine that lures Westerners to the Amazon Honduras to convert US-built airbase into airport for capital A parade of soldiers marches through Casco Viejo on Nov. 3 to celebrate Panama’s Independence Day. Also translated as “Separation Day,” the holiday commemorates Panama’s secession from Colombia in 1903. Panama City was filled with day-long events, although much of the population vacated for the beaches. The celebration comes in the middle of a flurry of Panamanian holidays, including Día de los Difuntos (Day of the Dead, Nov. 2), Flag Day (Nov. 4),  Colón Day (Nov. 5), and a second Independence Day (from Spain) on Nov. 28. In a letter from John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state said, “The Republic of Panama has much to celebrate this year. You marked the 100-year anniversary of the Panama Canal. Your government created the Panama Bilingue initiative which will significantly increase educational exchanges between our two nations. And you inaugurated a new president after a spirited campaign. … On this day of celebration, I send best wishes to all Panamanians. Felicidades!” Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Propeller of 1946 US plane crash in Swiss glacier


first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? Swiss newspaper Der Bund reported three young climbers found a piece of the propeller about three kilometers from the crash site in late July.The plane went down in poor visibility on its way from Austria to Italy with four crew members and eight passengers, causing some injuries but no fatalities.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) GENEVA (AP) – Mountain rescuers have recovered the propeller of a U.S. Air Force plane that crashed in November 1946 on a glacier in the Bernese Alps.The crash of the Douglas C-53 Skytrooper on the Gauli Glacier marked the first time a rescue mission used an aircraft to land on a glacier and led to the creation of Switzerland’s air rescue services.The propeller was removed Thursday from the glacier and taken to nearby Gauli hut at 2,205 meters (7,234 feet). New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories center_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more