Tennis: In-form Nicolas Almagro keen to extend run

first_imgSpanish tennis star Nicolas Almagro is looking to carry forward this year’s spectacular form into the new season which begins with the Aircel Chennai Open on Jan 2 in Chennai.The 26-year-old Almagro, who will be making his maiden appearance in Chennai, made it to the fourth round of the Australian Open in 2010 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 9 in May before bagging his third title of the season.”Many people told me that Chennai Open is really good tournament and I will have a great experience in the city,” said the world No. 10. “I hope it will be a great week for me.”Almagro said the low point of the 2011 season was his first round defeat at Rolland Garros in a marathon near-four-hour match against Polish Lukasz Kubot.Almagro will compete against an impressive line-up of Indian and global stars including Serbian world No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic, Swiss world No. 17 and defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka, former champion Xavier Malisse of Belgium and ATP World Tour’s Newcomer of the Year award winner Milos Raonic of Canada.”I just want to try to play my best tennis and if possible remain in the top 10, but I need to work very hard,” said Almagro, who had an impressive clay court run with titles at Costa do Sauipe and Buenos Aires and a third successive final in Acapulco this year.”I need to work on my physical and my mental strength. I need to improve my volley and try to be regular all the season,” added Almagro, who draws a lot of inspiration from compatriot and former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal. “Rafa has had a lot of influence on all the Spanish players. He is a hero and all of us want to be like him.”advertisementDoubles wild cards for two Indian pairsThe young Indian doubles pair Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and N Sriram Balaji along with Ramkumar Ramanathan and Mohit Mayur have been given wild cards for the main draw.Left-handed Nedunchezhiyan, with a singles ranking of 556, is the highest-ranked among the four players, all of whom are well-established in the national circuit.The organisers preferred to give chance to youngsters and not go with tried and tested names.The four are part of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association’s (TNTA) Advanced Players Program.”It’s heartening to know that four young players from Tamil Nadu will get an opportunity to showcase their talent on a truly international stage. These opportunities go a long way in developing the confidence of young players and I wish the boys the very best,” said TNTA president MA Alagappan.Tournament director Fernando Soler said the move would promote homegrown talent and ensure spectator interest.last_img read more

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USWNT gets cushy WC draw – but danger looms later

first_imgEven before the World Cup draw, we knew that the U.S. women’s national team was a near certainty to get out of its group. Saturday’s draw in Paris only confirmed that notion, with Jill Ellis’ side given a spot in cushy Group F alongside Sweden, Thailand and Chile.Advancement from the group stage, of course, is hardly the goal for the defending World Cup champions and the side currently ranked first in FIFA’s world rankings. Beyond the group lies potential pitfalls for the U.S., who are looking to become just the second team to repeat as Women’s World Cup champions.Here is Goal’s breakdown of Saturday’s World Cup draw. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It’s Sweden…againIt was always going to be Sweden, wasn’t it? It is now five consecutive World Cups that the U.S. has been matched up in the group stage with the Scandinavian nation, who also shockingly knocked the Americans out of the 2016 Olympics in penalties at the quarterfinal stage.“I’m excited to play Sweden,” U.S. fullback Kelley O’Hara told reporters on Saturday.“They obviously knocked us out of the 2016 Olympics, so there’s going to need to be a little bit of redemption there and I think that’s going to be a very good game to evaluate us for the rest of the tournament.”The U.S. will play Sweden in their final group stage match, which very well could be for first place in the group if both sides win their opening two games. That could provide Ellis with a selection headache, as she’ll potentially be forced to start her top lineup in a match that could have otherwise been an opportunity to rotate her squad.On the other hand, having their toughest group game last will likely better prepare the U.S. for the step up in competition that the knockout stage will provide.”I like having Sweden in the third game, I think it allows us to settle into the tournament,” Ellis told reporters at the draw in Paris. A diverse, if cushy Group F drawThe U.S. isn’t expected to have many issues in either of their first two Group F games. Thailand is one of Asia’s top sides but isn’t nearly at the level of other regional powers like Japan and Australia. Chile has the potential to surprise, having recently beaten Australia in a friendly, but the U.S. took care of them by an aggregate score of 7-0 in two recent friendlies.Despite a relatively easy opening pair of games, O’Hara is looking forward to matching up against different styles of play. That diversity could help the U.S. be better prepared to face a variety of different opponents in the knockout stage.  “They are actually a very diverse group, I’d say,” O’Hara said.“Sweden is very different from Chile who is very different from Thailand. Chile is very technical, a smaller team. Sweden has some taller ladies on their team. I would say that the styles vary drastically. That’s kind of exciting.”Travel will be at a minimumAfter the 2015 World Cup took place in Canada, the world’s second largest country by area, the travel in France was always going to look minimal. But the USA’s travel was reduced even further by their draw into Group F, with the team potentially not leaving the north of France until the semifinal stage.All three group matches for the U.S. are in northern France, with Reims, Paris and Le Havre all within a few hours driving distance. Should the U.S. top their group, they will then have a last-16 match in Paris and then a quarterfinal game in Rennes, also in the country’s north. While other tournament favorites will have to travel from the north to the south of the country during the group stage, the U.S. wouldn’t have to leave their northern enclave until the semifinal and final, both of which are set for Lyon.That means the U.S. would be in the same region from their group opener on June 11 all the way until they depart for a semifinal in Lyon on June 3. Danger awaits in the knockout roundThe pressure and the competition level will ramp up quickly after the group stage for the U.S. Should they top Group F, a round-of-16 match against the Group E runner-up awaits. That will likely mean a date with regional rival Canada or European champion Netherlands.Win that game, and a date with Germany, ranked second in the FIFA world rankings, could be on the cards for the quarterfinal. The extremely dangerous Aussies are a potential semifinal opponent, while France or England appear most likely to reach the final from the other side of the bracket.“The way I approach tournaments is one game at a time, and I think that’s how our team has always been and I think that’s a very important strategy,” O’Hara said.“There’s no sense in looking towards the final or even worrying about, ‘If we go here or this team wins this or they lose, we’ll play this.’“It’s just not worth stressing over. Like I said before, we concentrate on ourselves, focus on what we need to do and I think that’s the best approach to it.”FULL USWNT GROUP STAGE SCHEDULE Date Opponent Location Time (ET) June 11 Thailand Reims 3 p.m. June 16 Chile Paris  9 a.m. June 20 Sweden Le Havre 3 p.m.last_img read more

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Changes To the Offensive Line Could Be Imminent

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Let’s get to the point: the running game has been horrendous this year.Most expected a step forward after an offseason of work, coupled with the hiring of former NFL coach Greg Adkins.4.1 yards per carry ranks No. 84 in the nation in FBS. The number is good, but there have been some glaring issues on the line that require attention.Saturday, for example, highlighted bad play and frankly some laziness.https://twitter.com/crshall/status/647902719282401281“Hassan Ridgeway ’bout to eat.” Heck, I think ANYONE could ‘eat’ if they were facing that. Ridgeway blew the play up before Rudolph was even able to drop back into his progressions. And Lewis was only able to get one hand on him.AdChoices广告Paul Lewis has looked bad at times at right guard, where, granted, he is new to the position. It’s been suggested that his backup, Jesse Robinson, could be in the dog house which has allowed Lewis more time on the field. Regardless, when it gets that bad, there will likely be changes made.When coaches review this on film, they may decide to make adjustments either with Lewis’ technique or with personal adjustments. At this point, Robinson or redshirt freshman Lemaefe Galea’i stand to require immediate playing time to see if things can get settled quickly up front. Look for changes to take place as early as Saturday.last_img read more

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Wilshere: I can’t get a game!

first_imgPremier League I can’t get a game! – Wilshere aims thinly veiled dig at Arsenal boss Wenger Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 22:55 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jack Wilshere Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Arsène Wenger Despite being named in the Gunners’ 25-man Premier League squad, the midfielder has complained he doesn’t play for the club regularly Jack Wilshere has expressed his frustration over his lack of football at Arsenal, writing that he “can’t get a game” underneath an Instagram post from former Bournemouth team-mate Tyrone Mings.The England midfielder was reportedly told he could leave the Emirates Stadium during the transfer window by manager Arsene Wenger, but a move failed to materialise.Arsenal 7/1 to win Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Wilshere spent last term on loan at the Vitality Stadium where a hairline fracture to his left fibula in April ended his season.The 25-year-old, though, says he is now fit and ready to play and, when responding to an Instagram post by former Bournemouth team-mate Tyrone Mings about his new football academy, Wilshere hinted at his discontent with an apparent thinly veiled dig at Wenger.”Do you take 25-year-olds who can’t get a game?” Wilshere wrote. “I’m fully fit and ready go.”A classic of the thinly veiled dig genre from Jack Wilshere…He admits he “can’t get a game” at Arsenal. #AFC #PremierLeague pic.twitter.com/m7jCGGUI3z — Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) September 2, 2017 Wilshere is yet to feature for Arsenal in the new campaign and the England international was sent off in an Under-23 appearance against Manchester City last monthRegardless of his lack of action for the Gunners, Wilshere has been included in Arsenal’s 25-man squad that was submitted to the Premier League. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Urban Meyer Now Has A Grandson – Named Urban

first_imgUrban Meyer and his wife exit the field.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Urban Meyer and his wife Shelley received an early Christmas present today: their second grandchild.The Meyers’ daughter Nicki Meyer Dennis gave birth to her second child today, a boy named Urban Gray Dennis. She had her first son Troy last December.According to Shelley, Urban’s namesake won’t go by his first name. Instead, he’ll be called Gray.Here he is….❤️❤️Buddy and Urban Gray Dennis (to be called “Gray”). We’ve already filled him in on The Game. ? #GoBucks #WelcomeToBuckeyeNation ?? #WaitTilTroySeesThis ? pic.twitter.com/QoygtWboPe— Shelley ❌eyer (@spinnershells) December 21, 2018As you can see, little Gray received his “Beat Michigan” blanket from Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.Newborns born in the week leading up to “The Game” against Michigan normally receive those blankets, but we imagine it wasn’t too hard to save one for Urban Meyer’s grandson.Maybe Urban will be on babysitting duty next month when his retirement from Ohio State officially kicks in.Congrats to the Meyers’.last_img read more

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Refurbishing of Annotto Bay Hospital A Symbol of Public/Private Partnership

first_imgStory Highlights The project was spearheaded by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the RJR Communications Group. Funding was provided by a wide cross section of public and private sector stakeholders. Renovation of the Annotto Bay Hospital is consistent with the government’s 2013/14 human capital development strategic priority focus. The recently completed rehabilitation of the Annotto Bay Hospital in St. Mary, done at over $90 million, represents one of the most significant displays of public/private sector collaboration on a major project undertaken in Jamaica.The work was to repair damage to the institution’s infrastructure, which was sustained during the passage of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.The project was spearheaded by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the RJR Communications Group, which launched a public appeal for assistance and contributed $250,000 to the project.Completed less than one year after the hurricane’s onslaught, the project’s scope of works entailed repair and refurbishing of the female, medical, paediatric, and maternity wards; kitchen, doctors’ quarters, administrative office, linkage corridors; and the accident and emergency, and medical records departments.Other works carried out included: construction of a new laundry area at the nurses’ quarters; installation of water tanks at all critical areas of the hospital; retrofitting two 40-foot containers for storage; road repairs; and landscaping. These were complemented by the Ministry’s provision of a new ambulance.Funding was provided by a wide cross section of public and private sector stakeholders. Chief among these were: the National Health Fund (NHF); Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund; Japanese Embassy in Jamaica; National Works Agency (NWA); St. Mary Parish Council, which waived all fees for construction activities; and North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA).Residents of Annotto Bay and adjacent communities also showed their appreciation for the institution though their various inputs.  These included some $70,000 from the Annotto Bay Anglican Church; another $80,000 was raised by the Annotto Bay High School; while 50 bed tables for the wards were donated by a community worker.On a smaller, but no less significant scale, some $3,400 was contributed by several residents, who made the donations out of their personal resources.Renovation of the Annotto Bay Hospital is consistent with the government’s 2013/14 human capital development strategic priority focus, emphasizing development and strengthening of health care at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels.Speaking at the recent rededication of the hospital, Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said he was “deeply moved” by the “tremendous outpouring” of support for the hospital, in the collective efforts to repair the damage.“Even before that, when I visited, I saw the conditions …and I am very pleased with what has taken place. It is a lesson learnt…that with a sense of mission and fixity of purpose…what has happened at Annotto Bay…can be replicated right across Jamaica in all 24 public hospitals… once we can come together…to get that kind of….partnership,” he stated.In thanking all stakeholders and donors for their inputs, Dr. Ferguson urged the nation to “look…seriously… at partnerships… and see how we can capitalize on these to build our country.”Annotto Bay Hospital’s Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Dr. Ray Fraser, stated that the renovation was long overdue. “It now allows our staff to provide services in a more comfortable and conducive atmosphere, which can only enhance the quality of patient care.”Dr. Fraser informed that the hospital, currently a Type C institution, has, over the years, benefitted from improvements in its staff complement and health care service delivery capacity, to better enable it to fulfill client needs.He noted that the staff complement at the 146-year old facility has increased from 80 in 1994 to 270 currently, including 70 nurses, four medical technologists, and 40 doctors, providing services in medicine, paediatrics, surgery, laparoscopy, obstetrics and gynaecology, anesthesiology, psychiatry and child guidance, accident and emergency,  laboratory and x-ray services.The SMO contended that the renovation will also serve to “consolidate and strengthen” the institution, as it seeks official status as a Type B facility, and also enhance its effectiveness in providing some services to health facilities in adjacent communities such as St. Mary’s capital, Port Maria; and Buff Bay and Port Antonio, Portland.The SMO noted several defining moments at the hospital during and after hurricane Sandy’s passage, which he contended underlined the staff’s and residents’ commitment to the institution.One such, he recounted, occurred in the height of the storm’s passage. He explained that while sections of roofs were dislodged and sent flying by the gale force winds, forcing several persons to seek alternative coverage, “the staff skillfully relocated the paediatric ward to the administrative block and managed five critically ill patients located on other wards.”In emphasizing the close relationship between the community and hospital, Dr. Fraser disclosed that following the hurricane’s impact, residents joined “dedicated” members of staff to initiate preliminary remedial work. This, he pointed out, ensured that the hospital’s activities continued uninterrupted, adding that, “despite the adversity (the institution) never closed.”The SMO also informed that one patient, who was critically ill and received medical attention during the storm, showed her appreciation by mobilizing her family and friends to make significant donations and provide workmen to assist with the refurbishing.Dr. Fraser commended the hospital’s administration and staff,  whom, he said, have provided “yeoman service” in effectively delivering quality health care, particularly over the past year, “under some of the most difficult and (challenging circumstances).”“This Annotto Bay Hospital is not just a hospital; it functions as a stabilizing institution within the community. Apart from providing quality health care, (it) gives hope, it instills pride, and gives a feeling of belonging and a sense of security, knowing that there is a reliable health facility that is easily accessible to them and their families,” the SMO added.Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Yasuo Takese, indicated that his country’s approximately $11 million (US$123,000) assistance, was facilitated under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects. This contribution was used to fund work on the female ward.“I am very pleased to see the wonderful job of construction of the female ward which will cater to the medical needs of women in the communities. I sincerely hope that the cooperation project for the Annotto Bay Hospital will further strengthen the friendly relations between Jamaica and Japan,” Ambassador Takase said.In his remarks, RJR Group Managing Director, Gary Allen, commended all the various stakeholders for making the project a success.He explained that the RJR’s support for the hospital was influenced by the timely medical assistance, which the institution’s staff extended to members of his family at critical points, and the highly professional manner in which they executed same, when this was sought.Member of Parliament for South East St. Mary, where the hospital is situated, Dr. Winston Green, said he was “elated” by the institution’s transformation.“What a change (that) has come over the hospital. I have been brought to a place of insightful realization. We are, indeed, grateful to all persons who have assisted in this cause. I (also) laud the efforts of the valiant team of members here at the Annotto Bay Hospital. Your work through the night, during Sandy, and in…the… days, after… also helped to bring (this) seed of hope into fruition,” he said.Port Maria’s Mayor, Councillor Levan Freeman and Custos Rotulorum for St. Mary, Hon. Alric “Bobby’ Pottinger, also hailed the project.The Annotto Bay Hospital holds pride of place, not only in the hearts of residents of the community nestled at its feet, but also those across the island who, at some point, have benefitted from its services. It has, undoubtedly, established a credible reputation as a guardian angel of effective health care delivery.last_img read more

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500 children died under provincial care in Saskatchewan

first_imgAPTN National NewsSome alarming numbers have been published in Saskatchewan.In the last two decades nearly 500 children have died either under the watch of the provincial government or shortly after leaving provincial care.And the majority of them are First Nation or Metis children.APTN’s Larisa Burnoff talks with Saskatchewan’s children’s advocate about what needs to be done to stop those numbers from getting worse.last_img

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Saudi King Receives Head of Moroccan Delegation to Hajj Sends Greetings

Rabat – Saudi King Salman  Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, received, on Saturday in Mina, the heads of official delegation to  the 2017 Hajj .Among the attendants was Mohammed Laaraj, Moroccan Minister of Culture and Communication.According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), Laaraj said that he  conveyed greetings and gratitudes sent by King Mohammed VI to the Saudi sovereign, thanking him for giving his instruction to Saudi authorities to well serve the  pilgrims and provide them with all means safety and comfort during the 2017 Hajj season. The Saudi monarch in turn told Moroccan minister to transmit his greetings to King Mohammed VI and the Moroccan people.Between July and August King Salman spent a one month-long vaccation in the Moroccan city of Tangier where the northern port city turned into a destination for heads of states and high officials.During King Salman’ stay Tangier, he met with King Mohammed VI. The meeting was highly signicant as it provided proof relations between the two monarchies remain strong despite differences over the Qatar crisis .The Saudi monarch also received the Sudanese president in his guest residency in the northern Moroccan city.Another significant meeting took place when King Salman received Qatari Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassem.Following that meeting, King Salman gave instruction to open borders with Qatar to allow Qatari piligrims to cross to perform Hajj. read more

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Carlsberg net profit more than triples in 2018

COPENHAGEN — Danish brewer Carlsberg says its full-year 2018 net profit soared to 5.31 billion kroner ($811 million), up from 1.26 billion kroner, on strong beer sales across its major markets, boosted by unusually hot weather in western Europe and the football World Cup.The company said Wednesday its revenue increased 3 per cent to 62.5 billion kroner.CEO Cees ‘t Hart said the Copenhagen-based group had “delivered a strong set of results for 2018.”Carlsberg didn’t publish net income figures for the fourth quarter of 2018. It said its operating profit outlook for 2019 was “mid-single-digit percentage organic growth.”The brewer noted organic net revenue increase in Asia and eastern Europe, adding that its key Russian market grew for the first time since 2007.The Associated Press read more

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Maldives says it has decided to leave the Commonwealth

“The Commonwealth’s decision to penalise the Maldives was unjustified especially given that the Commission of National Inquiry (CoNI), established with the help of the Commonwealth, found that the transfer of power in the Maldives was consistent with the constitutional provisions,” the Maldives Foreign Ministry added.The Maldives says the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) and the Commonwealth Secretariat have treated the Maldives unjustly and unfairly. However the Maldives says the Commonwealth has sought to take punitive actions against the Maldives since 2012 after the then President of Maldives resigned, and transfer of power took place as per the procedures set out in the Constitution. The Government of the Maldives has decided to leave the Commonwealth, the Maldives Foreign Ministry announced today.The Maldives says the decision to leave the Commonwealth was difficult, but inevitable. The Maldives joined the Commonwealth in 1982 with high hopes and expectations, convinced that the organisation will be an arena for coordinating critical issues that the member States, in particular, the smallest members of the organisation face. Since 2012, the government of Maldives has been giving maximum cooperation to the Commonwealth, shown maximum transparency, and engaged with the Commonwealth at the highest levels. “The Commonwealth has sought to become an active participant in the domestic political discourse in the Maldives, which is contrary to the principles of the Charters of the UN and the Commonwealth. The CMAG and the Commonwealth Secretariat seem to be convinced that the Maldives, because of the high and favourable reputation that the country enjoys internationally, and also perhaps because it is a small State that lacks material power, would be an easy object that can be used, especially in the name of democracy promotion, to increase the organisation’s own relevance and leverage in international politics,” the Maldives Foreign Ministry said.The Maldives reassured that its international engagement will continue both bilaterally and multilaterally. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Mylan announces new offer for Perrigo says it will take 2714B bid

Mylan announces new offer for Perrigo, says it will take $27.14B bid directly to shareholders NEW YORK, N.Y. – Dutch drugmaker Mylan says it will launch a $27.14 billion offer for Irish generic drug and ingredients maker Perrigo next Monday.Perrigo has already turned down several offers from Mylan, so Mylan said Tuesday that it will take the latest offer directly to the company’s shareholders. Perrigo said in August that it was confident its shareholders would reject Mylan’s overture.Mylan is offering $75 in cash and 2.3 shares of its own stock for every Perrigo share. Based on Friday’s closing prices, that values Perrigo at about $185.52 per share, a premium of about 4 per cent. Perrigo Co. stock added $1.85 to $180.65 on Tuesday.Dublin-based Perrigo did not immediately comment on Mylan’s announcement.Mylan wants to combine its prescription generic drug business with Perrigo’s business in over-the-counter products like vitamins, nutritional products and infant formula, and it says the two companies would have about $15 billion in combined annual revenue. Mylan shareholders voted in favour of the acquisition last month and European Union regulators have cleared it.Mylan NV offered to buy Perrigo for $205 per share in April and later increased its offer to $232.23 per share, or $34.1 billion. Perrigo said that cash-and-stock offer wasn’t worth as much as Mylan said. At the time Mylan’s stock price was elevated as an even larger generic drug company, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., was trying to buy Mylan. Mylan fended off Teva, which decided to buy Allergan PLC’s generic drug business for $40.5 billion instead.Shares of Mylan traded as high as $76.68 in April and closed at $48.05 on Friday. They fell about 15 per cent on the day that Teva’s offer for the Allergan generic unit was announced.Mylan stock rose 67 cents to $48.72 on Tuesday. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 8, 2015 9:45 am MDT Last Updated Sep 8, 2015 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Syria among issues discussed in Bans talks with United Arab Emirates officials

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues on his visit to the WFP Warehouses. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the WFP Warehouses in the complex called the International Humanitarian City. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues on his visit to the WFP Warehouses. UN Photo/Evan Schneider In his meeting in Dubai with Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Ban discussed developments in the region, including Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan, and in the Middle East Peace Process, according to a readout provided by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.They also discussed women’s empowerment, as well as the important role played by the Emirates in supporting the work of the UN. He expressed the hope that the UAE would contribute further to UN-led humanitarian efforts and peacekeeping operations. The Secretary-General also thanked the Vice President for his country’s support for the International Humanitarian City, where their meeting took place. The two men toured the complex’s extensive warehouses, used by UN and other humanitarian agencies as a logistics hub.Also in Dubai, Mr. Ban met with Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussein and thanked her for her humanitarian work, including through the International Humanitarian City, and for her role as a UN Messenger of Peace. ‹ › They discussed the MDGs, the Zero Hunger campaign and the post-2015 development agenda as well as the Syria crisis and its impact on neighbouring countries. Also while in Dubai, the Secretary-General met with Mohammad Gargash, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the UAE. In Abu Dhabi, Mr. Ban held talks with Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the CEO of Masdar, an Abu Dhabi-based commercial venture aimed at advancing clean energy to the forefront of the global power business. They discussed climate change developments and the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.Launched in September 2011, the initiative is designed to catalyze global action in support of three, interlinked and complimentary objectives, all to be achieved by 2030 – ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement of energy efficiency, and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (CEO, Masdar). UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues on his visit to the WFP Warehouses. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with the UN Country Team in Abu Dhabi. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with the local UN staff. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon poses for a photo at the Burj Khalifa. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues on his visit to the WFP Warehouses. UN Photo/Evan Schneider read more

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BMT WBM managing large mining machinery around the world

first_imgBMT WBM, a subsidiary of BMT Group, a leading international engineering and risk management consultancy, celebrates 30 years of success at its Denver office this year. For owners of large mining machinery, such as draglines, rope shovels and longwalls, BMT WBM provides specialised products and independent maintenance and machine upgrade advice for improving production, reducing costs and extending asset life. In the 1970s, BMT WBM developed the dragline Roller Load Test which enabled the condition of the crucial roller circle to be diagnosed and its service life to be predicted. This paved the way for the company to expand its presence in the North American region back in 1982.  David Proud, Business Development Manager for BMT WBM’s Machinery group comments: “Over the last 30 years we have built a strong reputation within the mining industry as a company that provides specialised products and expert engineering services to help our customers identify and overcome the most complex of machine operational and maintenance challenges.”Based on its dragline test and measurement experience, BMT WBM introduced the first commercially available boom monitoring system in 2001.  That product has been continually improved over the years and it is now a combined production and machine health monitoring system.  In the US market BMT has sold more than 50 units of this type, “more than any other vendor,” it claims.  “A similar product for rope shovels was also developed.  The breadth and depth of its expertise allows the company to be recognised as the source of knowledge for some of the largest mining companies in the world.”David Proud continues: “With the continuing development of larger and more complex mining machines, there is a growing need for BMT WBM’s services in new machine acquisition and in overcoming a range of problems in those units newly commissioned.  Having offices in Australia, the US and Canada allows our highly qualified engineers to share valuable knowledge on the challenges customers face whether it is early structural fatigue cracking or early gearing or bearing failures.”BMT WBM’s Vancouver office is also celebrating its 15th year of operation.  The organisation will be exhibiting at MINExpo.last_img read more

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3rd DANAON CUP IN GREECE Imagine a summer full of sea sun

3rd Danaon Cup ArgosDanaon Cup Are you looking for a perfect summer handball combination? The center of worldwide famous mythology (region of Argolis) which atrracts millions of tourists every year, one of the most popular summer destionation, sea, sun and your beautiful sport? What do you need more? The third International Youth Tournament – DANAON CUP in Argos (Greece) waiting for all the handball teams worlwide (generation 2000 and younger) from 6 to 11 July, ready for unforgetable handball experience.The whole event is organized by the best Greek handball team, Diomidis HC, the former winner of the EHF Challenge Cup in 2012. The best Greek side making from Argos in the last 30 years, the real home of handball.Danaon Cup is a brand new project that is accredited and officially supported by Kempa. It has not pure athletic scope, but also demonstrates a strong cultural and educational character.Find more about DANAON CUP on the official WEBSITE.PROMO KIT ← Previous Story Markovic (BH): “Beat Iran and Austria, then the golden point hunt” Next Story → Denmark beat Sweden in Malmo read more

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Release a song You can now receive royalties for 70 years

first_imgMany performers start their careers in their early 20s so that, with increasing life-expectancy, a 50-year term of protection term meant that a performer entering their seventies would lose the benefits of their creative works at a time when they may be in most need of the income stream from royalties due.The regulations came into effect on 1 November 2013, and can be read in full here.Read: Proposals on new online copyright laws presented to Government>Read: Robin Thicke files legal papers over Marvin Gaye plagiarism claim> PERFORMERS IN EUROPE now own the rights for their works for 70 years after they were first made available to the public – an increase of 20 years.This means that as artists age, they have less of a chance of losing royalties due to copyright ending.The move is thanks to the signing into law of the European Union (Term of Protection of Copyright and Certain Related Rights) (Directive 2011/77/EU) Regulations 2013, the Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, announced today.The regulations provide an extended term of protection in sound recordings for performers and producers to 70 years after the performance was first made available to the public.It means that artists who released songs in the 1960s will still be able to receive royalties. After copyright ends, people will be free to use the songs in advertising or other campaigns.Minister Sherlock said the increase “will make a real difference for performers”.last_img read more

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Gillard meets Greek Prime Minister at EU Summit

first_imgPrime Minister Julia Gillard has invited Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to visit Australia, in a meeting at Brussels for the ASEM Summit yesterday. Ms Gillard told journalists in Brussels that the Greek PM was receptive to the offer. “I certainly issued a very warm invitation to him to come and visit Australia. He would very much like to do that,” she said. “Coming as I do from Melbourne – very strong Greek community in Melbourne and in Australia that I’m sure would welcome a visit. I think he would get a very, very enthusiastic reception if he was able to visit,” she said. Trade between Greece and Australia stands at around half a billion dollars annually and is an area which both leaders want to extend. Given the recent investment by China in Greece of over 5 billion euros and the purchace of Greek goverment bonds by China, Mr Papandreou will be seeking Australian expertise in dealing with China. He also said that the Greek government is currently utlising Australian experts from a range of fields in their efforts to restructure the Greek economy. President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, told journalists in Brussels that Prime Minister Gillard made proposals to further develop the European Union-Australia relationship, an initiative he is welcoming. “As partners in the G20, we have discussed financial and economic governance and also the need to cooperate in multilateral fora,” Mr Barroso said. Mr Barroso said he and Ms Gillard also briefly discussed climate change, and agreed on a common interest in strengthening their prospective countries’ abilities to deal with these challenges. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Cypriots against measures but in favor of euro

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cypriots are strongly against the measures imposed on them by the Eurogroup but are in favor of staying in the eurozone, a snap opinion poll showed on Sunday.The survey conducted by Insights Market Research and the University of Cyprus showed that 72 percent of people believe that deposits under 100,000 euros should not be affected.A similar 71 percent said that the Parliament of the republic should reject the bill imposing a haircut on bank accounts and a tax hike on interest and corporate takings.President Nicos Anastasiades is seen to have failed to get a decent agreement by 73 percent of Cypriots, but 62 percent are still in favor of the country staying in the eurozone, against 28 percent who are in favor of a return to the Cypriot pound.last_img read more

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NSRL and WSF Release Nicaraguan Study Funded by Illinois Soybean Association

first_imgAfter years of sitting idle, soy once again runs through the Insta-Pro 2000R extruder in Nicaragua.The World Soy Foundation (WSF) recently released a study of the humanitarian food aid market in Nicaragua completed by the National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL), and funded by the Illinois Soybean Association.The purpose of the study was to analyze the Nicaraguan market to provide possible next steps for WSF partners in Nicaragua interested in re-commissioning an Insta-Pro 2000R extruder to be used to produce soy-based foods to reduce malnutrition in the country.Until last August the equipment had sat idle in a Nicaraguan government storage facility. The study provides WSF partners in Nicaragua the knowledge they need about the equipment and the market to make a final decision about where to place the extruder. WSF was excited to see soy once again run through the extruder and partners were energized by the possibilities the equipment offers.last_img read more

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Latin Academys Gabriel Abaroa Makes Latin Power Players List

first_img Email Facebook News Twitter Latin Academy’s Gabriel Abaroa Makes Latin Power Players List Gabriel Abaroa Is A Billboard Latin Power Player latin-academys-gabriel-abaroa-makes-latin-power-players-list President/CEO of the Latin Recording Academy among the “behind the scenes” innovators who are helping reshape Latin music and cultureTim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 3, 2017 – 1:19 pm With revenue spiking in 2017, the Latin music scene is not only thriving for artists but for the professionals behind the scenes. With that thought in mind, Billboard has revealed its 2017 Latin Power Players.The more than 40-deep list name-checks the “innovators” who are contributing to Latin music’s uptick, spanning categories such as labels, publishing, radio, touring, digital, and organizations.Making the list is The Latin Recording Academy’s own Gabriel Abaroa Jr., who has helmed the organization since 2003. With the Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast bolstering its position as The Biggest Night in Latin Music, Abaroa has recently focused the organization’s efforts on funding scholarships for the next generation of Latin musicians.In 2014 the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation was launched with the mission of furthering the awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world’s culture through scholarships, fellowships, grants and education programs. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than 100 scholarships totaling $2.5 million, including branded scholarships with artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Juan Luis Guerra and Miguel Bosé.”We have done a lot, and largely due to Latin power and pride in Latin music,” said Abaroa.Abaroa was promoted to his current position as President/CEO in 2010. In 2014 his contract was extended until 2019.Other professionals making Billboard’s list include Nacional Records President Tomas Cookman, W.K. Entertainment CEO Walter Kolm, Lionfish Entertainment founder Rebecca Leon, Jenni Rivera Enterprises CEO Rosie Rivera, and Spotify Head of Global Cultures Rocio Guerrero.​Why The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Matters​Read morelast_img read more

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Peaceful filing of nominations in Purulia lays Oppn claims to rest

first_imgKolkata: The peaceful submission of nomination by the Opposition parties in the ensuing three-tier Panchayat election in Purulia, has demolished the claim made by them that the ruling party workers had prevented their candidates from filing nominations.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had categorically stated on Wednesday that incidents of violence had taken place only in seven districts and in Purulia, along with some other districts, nomination papers were filed peacefully. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn Purulia, the statistics show that the Opposition parties had filed nominations in Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samity and Zilla Parishad in great numbers.However, the intra-party fighting in Left Front has come to light as in addition to CPI-M, Front constituents Forward Bloc, RSP and CPI candidates have also filed their nominations.In Gram Panchayat, there are 1,944 seats. For these seats, Trinamool Congress has fielded 2,373 candidates, followed by 2,388 candidates by BJP. CPI-M has submitted 1,049 candidates while CPI, Forward Block and RSP have fielded 8, 169 and 7 candidates respectively. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedCongress has fielded 625 candidates. There are 527 Independent candidates and 291 other candidates.In Panchayat Samity, Trinamool Congress has fielded 680 candidates for 446 seats. BJP, CPI-M and Congress have fielded 609, 317 and 188 seats respectively. Forward Block has filed 51 candidates, while CPI and RSP have filed two candidates each. There are 98 Independent candidates followed by 83 others.In Zilla Parishad there are 38 seats. For these seats, Trinamool Congress has fielded candidates. BJP, CPI-M and Congress have filed 65, 33 and 32 candidates respectively. Forward Bloc has fielded seven candidates, while the Independents and others have filed 13 and 49 candidates respectively. Trinamool Congress has launched its poll campaign in full swing. The candidates have started visiting every household. Meghdoot Mahato, a Zilla Parishad candidate of Trinamool Congress, visited every household in Joypur. He, along with his party colleagues, are highlighting various steps which the state government has taken to strengthen rural economy, apart from improving the condition of roads and giving scholarships to the students coming from backward classes.last_img read more

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