UCL Preview: Manchester United face tricky test, City and Real to cruise on last matchday

first_imgOnly victory will guarantee Manchester United’s passage to the last 16 of the Champions League, but they have major injury worries ahead of Tuesday’s trip to wounded Wolfsburg.United dropped to fourth in the Premier League on Saturday after recording their sixth stalemate of the season at home to West Ham.And boss Louis van Gaal is all too aware that their killer instinct must return by the time they take to the field in Germany, otherwise they are likely to exit Europe’s elite competition at the group stage for only the fourth time in their history.The Dutchman was expected to lead his team through their group untroubled but after drawing 0-0 at home to PSV Eindhoven last month, there is a real danger they could drop into the Europa League.Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking will be out to repair damaged pride against United after their 29-game unbeaten home run came to an end against Borussia Dortmund at the weekend.A draw against Van Gaal’s side will be enough for Wolfsburg to progress beyond the group stage for the first time, and a win would secure first place in Group B.  Rafa Benitez will rest Gareth Bale and Luka Modric when Malmo visit the Bernabeu on Tuesday evening with Real Madrid’s Champions League progress already assured.Third in La Liga, Benitez’s side will be seeking a convincing performance to appease fans left disgruntled by the recent 4-0 mauling at the hands of Barcelona and the club’s disqualification from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player.However, they have at least strung together four consecutive victories since their humiliation against Barca and Saturday’s 4-1 win over Getafe saw Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo all score in the same game for the first time this season.Real face a tough visit to Villarreal on Sunday, and having sealed their place in the last 16 as Group A winners ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, Benitez will rest a number of his star names.Malmo, meanwhile, need to better Shakhtar Donetsk’s result in the other game if they are to snatch third spot and a Europa League berth. With the Swedish domestic season now finished, Age Hareide’s side have only played once in the last month, when they went down 5-0 at home to Paris Saint-Germain.Hareide will be taking charge of the club for the last time in the Champions League after announcing his decision to step down at the end of the year.Manchester City host a revitalised Borussia Monchengladbach needing a win and a favour from Sevilla to top their Champions League group – from which they have already qualified – to give them a much-needed easier last-16 draw.Manuel Pellegrini’s surrendered top spot in the Premier League to Leicester after they were out-played in every department in a 2-0 defeat at a windswept Britannia Stadium against Stoke on Saturday. And Gladbach arrive in buoyant mood having brought an end to Bayern Munich’s unbeaten record this season thanks to an emphatic 3-1 win.City’s defence have recorded just two clean sheets in the last 18 matches, after not conceding a goal in their opening five games of the season, and it is no coincidence the absence of captain Vincent Kompany to injury has affected their stability at the back.However, in Europe, they have already booked their spot in the knockout stages, although their hopes of topping Group D rest on Sevilla needing to beat Juventus at home as well as a win of their own at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.Gladbach can go into the Europa League if they match or better Sevilla’s result against Juventus and have risen from bottom of the table to third under new coach Andre Schubert, with his only defeat coming against City in the reverse fixture in late September. –This game will be  live on SuperSport, your world of champions.last_img read more

Active shooter situation reported in PSL

first_imgBoth the Port St. Lucie police and St. Lucie Sheriff’s deputies are at the scene.This is a developing story. Multiple agencies are currently on the scene of an active shooter situation at a home in Port St. Lucie.The incident is near Morningside Elementary school on SE Morningside Blvd.Authorities say the suspect is in a two-story home .Not much is known about the incident at this time but authorities say this will give an update on the situation once one is available.UPDATE: Media stage at the corner of 2400 block of SE Morningside Boulevard and 1700 block of SE Greendon Avenue by the Morningside Library.@WPTV @CBS12 @WPBF25News @TCPalm https://t.co/KYlejVCuWx— Port St. Lucie PD (@PSLPolice) July 6, 2020last_img read more

Overdose and Addiction, And Those Left Behind

first_imgBy John Burton |HIGHLANDS — For Caitlin O’Neil, Aug. 31 seemed like an appropriate time to share the story of her late boyfriend – and to spread the word about the dangers of addiction and overdoses.“I wanted to bring this to Highlands,” O’Neil said last Thursday, “because there’s a lot going on here.”O’Neil and others gathered at the Robert D. Wilson Community Center, 22 Snug Harbor, last Thursday for a program and candlelight vigil recognizing the loss many families and communities have faced due to the terrible heroin and opioid epidemic that is plaguing Monmouth County and the rest of the nation.Daniel Silvestri, O’Neil’s 30-year-old boyfriend and the father of their 10-month-old daughter, Selina, and soon-to-be-born son (expected in the next week), died in May from a heroin/fentanyl overdose. O’Neil wanted to help raise public awareness, especially given that last Thursday was International Overdose Awareness Day.O’Neil helped organize the program that featured personal reflections of addressing addiction, as well as observations from professionals working in the field. “I know this is something that he would have wanted for others,” O’Neil said of Silvestri.Silvestri, who grew up in Leonardo, loved his daughter and was joyously awaiting the birth of his son, O’Neil said. But he continued to fall prey to the draw of heroin and the influence of those in that orbit. “He really wanted to get clean. He hated that he kept going back to using,” she said. Silvestri had been in and out of rehab a number of times, O’Neil said, remembering a letter he wrote to her on one of those occasions. He didn’t want to live the life of an addict, O’Neil said. “He didn’t want to do this to his kids,” she said.Heather DiBlasi, coordinator of the Highlands/Atlantic Highlands Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, offers information for a Aug. 31 gathering at the Highlands Community Center discussing the opioid crisis impacting communities throughout the county and state.O’Neil hinted that this is a prevalent issue for the waterfront community. Heather DiBlassi, who is coordinator for the Highlands/Atlantic Highlands Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, said drug use, especially heroin and other opioid abuse, isn’t necessarily any more widespread there than in other communities—all of which are having to address its impact. The size of the small, tightknit community, about a mile square, means everyone knows each other, which can make things seem more widespread than is the case, DiBlassi said.Which is not to downplay the impact drugs are having here and everywhere, she added. Heroin has become so accessible, so potent and so cheap it is overwhelming communities, she explained. “You can buy heroin for three to five dollars,” she observed. “You can’t buy a hot meal for that.”“Now the focus is, we acknowledge we have a heroin epidemic,” she added.“Really, what this is about is prevention and knowledge,” explained Karen Van Natten, who chairs the Highlands/Atlantic Highlands alliance.This event had a three-pronged benefit, Van Natten explained, to find out what’s going on in the community; to remember the many who have been lost; and to dispense information about programs available to help addicts.Another important component is to bring the matter into the light of day and do away with shame, said Renee Muscenti, a Leonardo resident and coordinator for Fed Up! Coalition, a national public awareness collection of organizations combating the opioid crisis. “The children, the loved ones who are suffering don’t be embarrassed by them,” Muscenti said.Chrissy, 22 and a Middletown resident, who didn’t give her last name, told the audience of about 30 members, “The truth is I’m always going to be a heroin addict.” The difference now, though, she continued, is “I’m a heroin addict in recovery.”She’s been sober for 1 ½ years. She began using drugs as a 16-year-old and “fell in love” with heroin, beginning her decline into the dark and terrible world of addiction.“I’ve done things I’m not proud of,” she said, including stealing from family members, wrecking her car, and spending about a month homeless. “I’ve seen a lot of things someone my age shouldn’t see,” said Chrissy.Her mother became frustrated and distraught, as all the measures her family attempted failed to reach Chrissy, she acknowledged. So much so, that Chrissy was thrown out of her family home. She wound up sleeping under a house, sometimes passing out with a syringe in her arm, she remembered. She was eventually arrested by Middletown Police, living in an area transient motel, and realized, “I don’t want to do this anymore but I didn’t know what to do.”Chrissy found a program and fellowship that reached her, helping her on the 12-step road to recovery. Now, “I love my life,” she said, noting she is healthy, has a job where she’s in line for promotion, and is in a positive relationship.Chrissy’s brother is addressing addiction issues but she believes there is always hope. “I’m very happy to be standing here, trying to spread the word,” she said.Small kindness stones, offering messages of encouragement, wereavailable at last week’sprogram in Highlands in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day.Members of the gathering were asked to take what have become known as kindness rocks—fist-size stones, in this case painted purple (the color designating overdose prevention awareness), etched with short positive messages; they were asked to place the rocks around the community. And then the group lit candles and walked the length of beach area in the rear of the community center, in a display of unity.“It would be great if we could do something like this every month,” Van Natten suggested, to get the word out about addiction.The Highlands/Atlantic Highlands will be conducting a program on Oct. 11 on how to use Narcan/Naloxone, an effective opioid overdose treatment. The program will take place at 6 p.m. at the Atlantic Highlands First Aid and Safety Squad building, 10 East Highland Ave.In recognition of the day, Gov. Chris Christie signed an official proclamation, designating the day as Overdose Awareness Day in the state. Christie has made addiction and recovery issues a centerpiece for his administration’s efforts especially in the last couple of years. After signing the proclamation, Christie said, “Today, communities around the world remember individuals who were lost to drug overdoses and those who’ve been saved from the depths of an overdose and given a second chance at life.”This article was first published in the Sept. 7-14, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

These Feet Were Made for Walking (and Running)

first_imgWe usually walk or run.  When walking, we roll from heel to arch to toe and rock our arms back and forth.  When running, we bounce up and down slightly while pumping our arms.  Did you know that many other gaits are possible?  Why do we use only two?  A team of specialists in bio-robotics at Cornell decided to apply a mathematical model to human foot travel.  Like true scientists, they asked questions about the obvious:Why do people not walk or even run with a smooth level gait, like a waiter holding two cups brim-full of boiling coffee?  Why do people select walking and running from the other possibilities?  We address such questions by modelling a person as a machine describable with the equations of newtonian mechanics.  The basic approximations are: first, that humans have compact bodies and light legs; second, that gait choice is based on energy optimization; and third, that energy cost is proportional to muscle work.  We use a simplification of previous models, perhaps the simplest mechanical model that is capable of exhibiting a broad range of gaits that includes walking and running.  Although the model is a mechanical abstraction that is not physically realizable, it is subject to the laws of physics.  Because of its simplicity, the model is amenable to interpretation.  It can also be studied with exhaustive and accurate simulation experiments, far beyond what is possible with human subjects.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)So, putting the model in the computer and cranking out the equations, they discovered that these two gaits are the most energy efficient for beings our size and shape.  Their only mention of evolution referred to the fact that, in their model, running did not require elastic spring energy: “human ancestors could have started to run before the modern human long Achilles tendon was fully evolved.”  Their derivations were published in Nature.11Srinivasan and Ruina, “Computer optimization of a minimal biped model discovers walking and running,” Nature 439, 72-75 (5 January 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04113.That statement merely assumes evolution, again – the mortal sin of Darwinists.  “Before the Achilles tendon was fully evolved,” right.  Since evolution is already a fact to these dogmatists, it must make perfect sense.  After all, running in circles in a big enough squirrel cage provides the illusion of making progress down a straight track.    Human bodies can be treated like physical objects and described according to physical laws.  Drop yours out a window and you will accelerate at thirty-two feet per second squared till reaching terminal velocity.  The crater you formed can be measured, and the force you generated on impact can be calculated.  The mechanics of running can be described, quantified, and modeled (see 11/18/2004).  This is all wonderful and useful, but says nothing about how humans, and these mechanical abilities, arose.  Nor does it say how we should use them.  Newton needed to look elsewhere for those laws: Walk circumspectly; do not run in vain.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Innovations and Opportunities to Achieve MDG 5: View the Live Stream Today!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 14, 2010August 17, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Marie Stopes International and EngenderHealth invite you to view a panel discussion entitled, “Innovations and Opportunities to Achieve MDG 5”. Panelists include Pam Barnes (President, EngenderHealth), Michael Holscher (Senior VP, Marie Stopes), Monica Greene (Clinical Director, Marie Stopes) and Wendy Trumbull (Director of International Advocacy, (Population Action International).Join us for this session in the lead-up to the UN General Assembly Special Session. Key opportunities and challenges in scaling up family planning and reproductive health services are explored. View the live streaming video today at 2:30pm EST here.For more information go to www.engenderhealth.orgShare this:last_img read more

Australian squads in camp this weekend

first_imgThe Australian Men’s and Women’s squads will train in Sydney this weekend as they commence the new cycle in the lead up to the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. The squads will train together for the first time since their 2015 Touch World Cup wins in May last year, with the Mixed Open squad to train next weekend. The athletes have a busy start to 2016, with several playing in the TFA All Stars match in a fortnight, as well as the 2016 Harvey Norman National Touch League in March followed by the 2016 Trans Tasman Series in late April in Auckland. Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia website and social media channels over the weekend for updates and contributions from our Camp Correspondents, as well as Tour Diaries next week:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia  Related LinksAussies in Camplast_img read more

4 days agoEmery adamant Arsenal will be title challenger

first_imgEmery adamant Arsenal will be title challengerby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery is adamant his Arsenal can be a title challenger.Victory over Sheffield United at at Bramall Lane on Monday night would take Arsenal up to third, despite their poor start to the season. “We can be better in the table, we can play better each match,” Emery said.”I am very happy with the club. I am really happy with the players. “The last two, three, four weeks, every player — and Mesut Ozil — are working very well. We can be positive and can think we are going to do something important this year.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ma Murray School hopes to hold opening ceremony by early September

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The Peace River North School Board discussed a plan for the opening ceremonies of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School at a meeting on Monday.The Board pitched the idea of holding the opening ceremony on August 27th, but that could be pushed back until September if Board Trustees were not able to attend. The School Board will also take suggestions from the City of Fort St. John, the Ministry of Education, and BC Hydro on when they think the ceremony should take place, as all three organizations made sizable contributions to the new school.Peace River North MLA Dan Davies and Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier have agreed to tour the school on June 12th, after which they will take part in a meeting with School Board members. The Board also briefly discussed community facilities such as a daycare that would be incorporated in another new Elementary school that is proposed for the City’s Northeast side. Board Chair Erin Davies said that the Ministry of Education has been pushing to have a daycare included in the new school, but has not volunteered to fund it, which has raised questions from the Board. Funding for the daycare will be brought up during the June 12th meeting with the two MLA’s.last_img read more

NEB approves modified Burnaby Terminal plans for Trans Mountain project

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says it has approved modified plans for the Burnaby Terminal of the Trans Mountain pipeline project, clearing a final regulatory hurdle for construction to start.The regulator says the approved variance application will significantly improve safety at the terminal, which is the end point for the controversial pipeline the federal government has agreed to buy as part of a $4.5-billion acquisition of Kinder Morgan Canada’s core assets.The new plans reduce the diameter of five of the 14 tanks and the overall capacity of the facilities by about 320,000 barrels, increase the space between the tanks, and reconfigure the secondary containment system at the tank farm to reduce fire risk. The NEB says its approval of the variance and Kinder Morgan Canada’s fulfillment of certain conditions allows it to begin construction at the Burnaby Terminal, subject to any other permits or authorizations which may be required.Burnaby, in a submission to the NEB, said the company failed to consult with the city, and that the modified plans don’t address its significant concerns on boil-over, vapour cloud explosion, and other risks.The Burnaby site has been a focal point of opposition to the project as protesters raise concerns about potential spill damage and emissions increases the pipeline will allow.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Ayurveda cell to address patients grievances

first_imgKolkata: A Pharmaco vigilance cell on Ayurveda has been thrown open at the Central Ayurveda Research Institute for Drug Development (CARIDD) in the city to directly receive complaints from the patients in regard to various Ayurveda drugs.To strengthen knowledge and regular practices about the safety and efficacy of the Ayurveda medicines, the Bengal chapter of the National Ayurveda Studends and Youth Association(NASYA) in collaboration with the CARIDD under CCRAS, Ministry of AYUSH has come up with the unique initiative A seminar was recently organised on Pharmaco vigilance in the city by the All India Institute for Ayurveda along with NASYA and CARIDD when lot of issues relating to the standard of Ayurvedic drugs were discussed. The programme was inaugurated by Dr V Subhos, assistant director (Ayurveda), CARIDD, Kolkata, Dr Prasanta Kumar Sarkar, director , State Medicinal Plant Board and Dr Tapas Kumar Mondal, principal superintendent, Rajib Gandhi memorial Ayurveda College and hospital. Dr Achintya Mitra, research officer (Ayurveda), CARIDD also graced the occasion. The patients can directly visit the cell if they have any issues regarding quality of Ayurveda drugs. There are also plans to start online platform where the patients can lodge their complaints against the medicines prepared by any particular company. If the patients face any side effects after consuming such medicines they can register the complaint. The competent authorities will conduct the probe and will also examine the quality of the medicine. Dr Prasanta Kumar Sarkar delivered a lecture on “Concept and need of Pharmaco vigilance in AYUSH System” during the seminar. Dr Tripathi, professor and head, Dept of Clinical Pharmacology, Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine also delivered his lecture on the topics —”Pharmaco vigilance of Ayurveda, Sidhha, Unani and Homeopathy medicines — program implementation, procedures and operational issues.” Dr Kesab Lal Pradhan, Vice President of NASYA, West Bengal said: “We welcome the move taken by the Union Ayush Ministry to ensure the quality of Ayurveda drugs.”last_img read more