Karim Benzema scored his 200th Real Madrid goal in a 5-0 Champions League rout of Viktoria Plzen at the Doosan Arena on Wednesday.A superb solo strike provided Benzema’s landmark moment and put Madrid on the path to a commanding win that sent them top of Group G in Santiago Solari’s first European match at the helm.The opener came after Sergio Ramos escaped punishment for an elbow on Milan Havel, but there was no stopping the visitors as Casemiro extended their lead in the 23rd minute. 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! Benzema doubled his tally and set up Gareth Bale in the space of 144 seconds towards the end of the first half, and Toni Kroos floated a beautiful 67th-minute chip home to wrap up the win and leave Plzen playing solely for third place.Madrid’s injury-hit defence almost conceded in the ninth minute when Nacho Fernandez sent Patrik Hrosovsky’s cross against the bar.Havel was left with a bloody nose after being caught by Ramos’ in a 14th-minute challenge, and the injury sustained by the Plzen midfielder eventually led to his first-half withdrawal.Madrid soon asserted their superiority when Benzema was granted space to run into and he used it to slot his milestone strike between the legs of Ales Hruska in the 20th minute.goals for Real Madrid!Karim Benzema #UCL pic.twitter.com/2B0w1thZvg— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 7, 2018More shoddy defending from Plzen enabled Casemiro to glance Kroos’ corner home, before Benzema took his tally for Madrid to 201 by nodding Bale’s cushioned header past Hruska.The Frenchman returned the favour three minutes later, flicking Sergio Reguilon’s delivery on for Bale to volley back across goal and into the bottom-left corner.Solari handed Javi Sanchez and Vinicius Junior Champions League debuts in place of Ramos and Benzema and the Brazilian marked the occasion by setting up Kroos for a fine goal.Lucas Vazquez was denied by a contentious offside decision and Bale rattled the upright in stoppage time as Madrid cantered to three important points. What does it mean? Roma trip could define top spotWith Madrid and Roma locked on nine points at the top of the group, their clash at the Stadio Olimpico in three weeks could well prove pivotal to who potentially earns a better draw in the last 16. If Solari can continue his winning start into that match, it will be tough to see past Madrid getting what they need to finish top.Benzema back on songBy surpassing 200 goals for Madrid, Benzema became just the seventh player to reach the total in the club’s history, joining names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano. Having struggled so much in front of goal over the past two months, he now has four in his last five outings in all competitions and will hope to maintain his resurgent form.Limbersky at a lossPlzen left-back David Limbersky appeared to duck out of the way when Casemiro rose to head in Madrid’s second, and his lack of aerial prowess was exploited again by Bale and Benzema as they assisted one another to take the visitors’ tally to four before half-time.10 – Gareth Bale has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last eight Champions League group stage games for Real Madrid (five goals, five assists). Impact. pic.twitter.com/a4bTPFspLh— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 7, 2018Key Opta Facts- Santigo Solari is the second Real Madrid manager to win his first three competitive games without conceding a goal (Luis Carniglia in 1957).- This 5-0 victory is the biggest win by a Spanish side away from home against a Czech team in European competition.- Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has scored more headed goals than any other LaLiga player this season in all competitions (four).- Toni Kroos provided his 50th assist for Real Madrid in all competitions and his first this season for the club.- Madrid’s Gareth Bale has been involved in 10 goals in his last eight Champions League group stage games (five goals, five assists).- Czech and Spanish clubs have met 10 times previously in the Champions League – Spanish clubs have won all of those 10 games, scoring at least twice in each victory.What’s next?Madrid will be hoping to close in on LaLiga’s top four when they travel to Balaidos to face Celta Vigo on Sunday, while Plzen take on Pribram at home on the same day. read more
There are as many approaches to fundraising as there are nonprofit organizations, but if you really want to raise money online, then you need to have a donation page that is easy to find and to use. Your donors are no different than the rest of the internet users and study after study has found one thing in common amongst them—they don’t dawdle. When a visitor arrives at a website, they decide in a matter of a few seconds if they will read the page. If a donor arrives at your website and isn’t sure who you are, or what you are about, they aren’t going to stay on the page very long.Get to the PointThe same is true of your donation page. Even if donors get there from your main website, and know you are a worthy cause, they are not going to fight their way through a bunch of irrelevant text, follow a series of links, or fill out a long form.If your main page has inspired them to give, they are ready and just want to get it done. The longer it takes to make a donation, the more likely it is that they will stop the process, usually thinking they will get to it later, or maybe send a check. So while it may be tempting to try and get as much information as possible and build your database; refrain.Your donation page should be attractive and reflect who you are. Use your brand, including your logo, colors, familiar fonts, slogan, etc., but keep the layout clean. You need to make your point in a straightforward manner and get the donation.Be Brief, but Include a StoryYou have a lot of room elsewhere to talk about who you are and what you do, but it’s still important to have a brief version of your story on the donation page. Keep the importance of your work right in front of the donor.Explain Donation LevelsWe highly recommend posting clickable buttons that specify differing amounts, and having a note beside each one, saying just what you can do with that amount of money. That gives donors a concrete sense that their money is being well used, and often also inspires them to give at a higher level than they originally planned to.Don’t restrict donors to presets, though. Always include a “fill in the blank” option that lets donors give whatever amount they choose to. Some will give less and some will give more, so again, make it easy for them to give just what they want to give.Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your fundraising efforts, so contact us today.
Childs out w/ injury, Carson could play but not 100 percent, Carr the starter for #Okstate— Gerald Tracy (@GTracySports) October 1, 2015Carr is averaging 5.1 yards per carry for the Pokes this season; a number that can be deceiving, considering he has only carried the ball 10 times. As a senior, Carr rushed for 1,710 on 179 carries and helped lead his team to a state championship with Temple, Texas.Carr turned heads in fall camp and earned a spot in the running back rotation, as well as the starting job as the starting kick returner.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! After Chris Carson suffered what was an apparent ankle injury in Austin last weekend, Rennie Childs appeared to be the back that would jump in as the lead back. This morning the Orange Factor Twitter account noted that Childs had suffered a concussion in practice and has been ruled out.Now Gerald Tracy of Cowboys Ride For Free is reporting the same thing and saying that true freshman tailback Jeff Carr will make his first start for the Cowboys. This has not been confirmed by the OSU staff, but that’s a lot of chatter suggesting that Carson is still gimpy and Childs may be out indefinitely for it to not be true.
The Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSEC) is undertaking an education programme to sensitise public-sector employees about the procedures involved in utilising the Public Investment Management System (PIMS).The major activity is a webinar, which began in July 2018 and will run for seven months.Additionally, a website will be established to outline the steps to be taken in the processing of projects through the PIMS, and a YouTube page will also feature training sessions on the procedures and use of the system.“There will be multiple opportunities and ample platforms for our stakeholders to interact with us and to continue to learn about the PIMS,” Executive Director of PIMSEC, Douglas Levermore, told JIS News.Mr. Levermore said the PIMS is now the common framework for the proposal, appraisal, approval and management for all public investments in Jamaica, irrespective of the source of funding.He explained that public investment projects are non-recurrent expenditures on goods, works and services carried out by any public entity within the specified public sector, to achieve development objectives.“In the event that there are grant funds that are going to form the base of public investment projects, these will also be subject to scrutiny by PIMSEC,” he pointed out.In the meantime, PIMSEC continues its scheduled workshops and training sessions with various ministries, departments and agencies. PIMSEC is the key technical body for public investment planning and implementation, and provides technical advice to Cabinet, through the PIMS committee, on investments that are to be included in the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP).
zoom Denmark will invest some DKK 15 billion (USD 2.5 billion) towards 2025 in an effort to strengthen the country’s position as a global maritime hub.Under a political agreement reached between the Danish Government, the Danish People’s Party and the Danish Social-Liberal Party, up to DKK 14.7 billion will be allocated to strengthen Danish businesses through a range of initiatives that will increase investments, strengthen the focus on digitalization and life science and expand the tax scheme for foreign researchers.“This agreement is an investment in the future. We are paving the way for more entrepreneurs to become successful and more Danish businesses to grow big and become more internationally competitive,” Brian Mikkelsen, Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, said.One of the industries benefiting from the new agreement is the Danish maritime cluster as the agreement includes several initiatives that will help making Denmark a global maritime hub.These initiatives include the abolition of registration fees for registration of merchant ships in order to attract more global maritime companies and investments, hence positioning Denmark as an attractive flag state.Also the DIS tax scheme will be extended to include seamen working onboard special vessels such as security and supply ships, construction vessels, ice-handling vessels, ASVs.
Kolkata: At least 15 people, including BJP leader Anupam Hazra, were briefly detained by police during a protest in Kolkata on Monday. Hazra claimed that the authorities had give a go-ahead to the rally, while police said the approval was not granted for the same.Demanding jobs for trained teachers who had qualified in 2005-06, members of the West Bengal Primary Trained Teachers’ Association organised the rally from Central Avenue to Esplanade. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersHaving been prevented from moving forward, the protesters squatted on the road. While trying to lift the blockade, police clashed with the participants and arrested 15 of them, including BJP leader Joy Banerjee. WBPTTA president Pintu Parui was taken to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital after he fell sick. His condition is said to stable.” “The protesters had taken prior permission, but police came to the spot at the eleventh hour and stopped the rally. Police, which are acting as TMC cadre, is not allowing us to raise justified demands of the teachers,” said Hazra. (With inputs from Indian Express)
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Almost seven months after he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, Justice Malcolm Rowe appears poised to finally sell his home in St. John’s, N.L., where a moribund economy continues to take its toll on the housing market.Last month, the federal cabinet recognized the judge was having trouble selling his three-bedroom home when it issued an order in council extending his eligibility for relocation allowances by an additional six months to Oct. 29, 2017.Under the Judges Act, Rowe was allowed to claim for six months reimbursement for travel and living expenses incurred while moving to Ottawa, which included visits with “members of his household” still living in the old residence.The May 5 cabinet order recognized Rowe was facing “unfavourable conditions in the real estate market.”Unfavourable is a bit of an understatement. Amid slumping world oil prices, the economy in Newfoundland and Labrador has stalled, making it difficult for those selling higher-end homes.According to a Remax listing, the 3,600-square-foot house in the city’s north end was initially listed at $529,000 in December and later reduced in February and again April to $485,000.The side-split home, built in 1968, includes two fireplaces, a sunken living room and a view of the city.A bidder for the property locked in earlier this month, but the sale is still pending, said local real estate agent Michelle Thorne. She declined to confirm who owned the home, citing client confidentiality, but a check of the province’s registry of deeds shows a Malcolm Rowe has held a mortgage there.Andrew Duggan, another Remax agent, said the market “adjustment” in St. John’s has dealt a blow to new home construction and more expensive properties.“What’s dropped off has been the luxury market, the big new homes over $500,000,” he said in an interview.As a result, average sale prices have skewed downwards.Still, Duggan said sales volumes remain healthy because of first-time buyers seeking homes under $250,000 amid rock-bottom interest rates.“It’s been an interesting adjustment period,” he said. “The easy math would be to say the economy is in the toilet, the Liberal government doesn’t seem to know what they’re doing and we’ve got a bad situation — but the housing market has shown a fair amount of resilience.”According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the province’s economy is expected to continue shrinking this year as the government deals with an “unprecedented” level of debt and an elevated level of unemployment.“Lower oil prices, as well as negative or weak economic growth, will impact resale housing activity within higher price segments,” the corporation said in a market outlook for the Atlantic Region.However, the report confirmed buyer activity under $300,000 had been very strong.The average house price in St. John’s is expected to hover between $248,500 and $269,500 in 2017, CMHC said.
TORONTO – If you took a peek at Nic Capobianco’s calendar over the last few years, you’d find a dizzying number of suit-fittings, bachelor parties, rehearsal dinners and weddings.His busy social calendar centres around a handful of friends and family members who have tied the knot recently, along with four couples who have asked him to be one of their groomsmen this year alone.While he’s thrilled to be included in their big days, the Toronto-based technology company executiveadmits the invitations trigger a struggle: deciding how much money to give the couple.“It is always a head-scratcher to figure out the appropriate amount,” he said. “It has become a source of contention.”It’s a common source of anxiety for wedding-goers in Canada, where stories of elaborate nuptials and pricey parties abound, said Tracey Manailescu, the vice-president of the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada.In lieu of formal guidelines regarding how much to gift the happy couple, Manailescu advises guests to add a bit extra to what the venue charges per plate, which she says can sometimes be found by searching online. It’s not unusual for wedding meals to cost more than $100 and up to $200 in some places, she said.“If the typical plate is $150, then maybe you should give $175 a person and if the typical plate is $100 a person, then maybe you want to give $125 or $150,” she said. “If you’re very, very close (to the couple), you will want to look at $250 a person and up depending on your economic status.”If the couple has opted for a wedding registry, she said to spend whatever amount you would have given in cash on items from the provided list.When attending a wedding without a date, Capobianco — who is often invited to big Italian weddings, where he says couples are known to keep a ledger detailing their presents to guide their future gift giving — usually sticks with an amount between $200 and $250.When he is a best man, he pushes it to $400.Those gifts usually come on top of what he spends on a host of other events related to the wedding. Stag fundraiser tickets usually cost him between $80 and $100. And, he added, bachelor parties are becoming increasingly expensive as more seem to involve overseas destinations or going to concerts or other big events.Women similarly face costs adding up from bridal showers and bachelorette parties, which often necessitate fancy outfits and a gift.To juggle those costs, millennial money expert Jessica Moorhouse said to start saving as soon as you find out you will be invited to the wedding or in the wedding party. If you were thinking of buying a new outfit for the event, she suggests reaching into your closet for something you’ve worn before, as most people don’t remember what you wear every time they see you.Moorhouse usually gives $100 when attending a wedding and explains that financial constraints needn’t be cause for stress or embarrassment.“More times than not, if you can’t afford something or are freaking out because you don’t have $100 to give, if you ask the bride or groom, I am sure they will be totally fine and if they are not, then maybe you shouldn’t even go their wedding,” she said.Edmonton-based wedding planner Jennifer Bergman said there are many factors that should dictate how much to give a couple, but she sees a typical range of $150 to $200.She feels the method of adding extra money to the per-plate cost is “outdated” and is loath to dictate what people should give, but said she doesn’t think guest should give less than $100 per couple and said “don’t attend if you can’t afford it.”The bottom line with all wedding-related gift giving, said Moorhouse, is to not let the stress of the whole process get to you.“Don’t get caught up in what you think is right or wrong or proper. The last thing you should worry about as a wedding attendee is money. That should be the bride and groom’s worry.”
Taroudant, Morocco – Tom Cruise is reportedly furious at his son Connor Cruise for leaving the Scientology Church and embarking in a spiritual journey in the Moroccan desert.Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise, who is in Morocco to shoot scenes of the fifth installment of “Mission Impossible 5,” is also angry at Nicole Kidman, his ex-wife, “for convincing their child to make his decision,” according to the Inquisitr.According to the October 13th edition of OK! Magazine, “Nicole reportedly encouraged Connor Cruise to leave the church and question his faith.” “Connor went on a spiritual trip to Morocco and started examining the principles of Scientology,” the magazine said.The same source added that Nicole Kidman, who was always wary of the Scientology Church, strongly supported her son’s mission to Morocco to “find himself” and “planted seeds of doubt” in his mind.In September the Inquisitr had reported that Connor Cruise, who is the adoptive son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, was exploring other “spiritual paths, currently looking into Islam in Morocco.”Although Cruise never officially announced he was leaving Scientology, the religion of his father, he posted images of himself having “Epic time riding camels in the desert!” and “a lot of fun!”Three weeks ago, Connor Cruise posted on hi instagram a selfie with two of his friends, with the statement: In the mountains of Morocco @jonoislife @liam_darmody.
BOSTON — The trial of a drug company founder accused of scheming to bribe doctors into prescribing a powerful painkiller is putting a spotlight on the deadly opioid crisis.Insys Therapeutics Inc. founder John Kapoor has said he committed no crimes and believes he will be vindicated at trial, which begins Monday in Boston’s federal court.Kapoor and other former Insys employees are accused of conspiring to pay doctors bribes and kickbacks that were disguised as fees for speaking events.Prosecutors have touted the case against Kapoor and other Insys executives as illustrative of their work to fight the drug epidemic.Kapoor’s lawyers have blasted prosecutors for trying to tie the company to the drug abuse crisis. They note that the fentanyl spray makes up a small fraction of the prescription opioid market.Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Press
The draft received 12 votes in favour with two abstentions (Norway and United Kingdom) but was not adopted after the United States exercised its veto power in the 15-member body. The representative of the United States, Ambassador John Negroponte, said the draft failed to address the dynamic at work in the region. Instead, its purpose was to isolate politically one of the parties to the conflict, through an attempt to throw the weight of the Council behind the other party. A fundamental flaw of the resolution, he stressed, was that it never mentioned the recent acts of terrorism against Israelis or those responsible for them.By the terms of the draft, the Council would have demanded the immediate cessation of all acts of violence, provocation and destruction, as well as the return to the positions and arrangement which existed prior to September 2000. Also by the draft, the Council would have condemned all acts of terror, in particular those targeting civilians.Further, the Council would have called on the two sides to start the comprehensive and immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Mitchell report in a speedy manner, and it would have encouraged all concerned to establish a monitoring mechanism to help implement the recommendations of that report and help create better conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories.The draft was sponsored by Egypt and Tunisia, whose representatives addressed the Council during a three-hour debate that involved over 20 speakers. Ambassador Ahmed Aboul Gheit of Egypt, Chairman of the Arab Group, said that the draft resolution before the Council required both sides to take the necessary measures to put an end to the violence, provocation and destruction, as well as to implement the recommendations of the Mitchell report. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine, said the Israeli decision to end negotiations meant the abandonment of the peace process, instead of resolving the conflict and establishing peace in the region. He said the Palestinians had expressed their readiness to pursue the peace process and the Israeli Government must stop doubting that. The Palestinian Authority had taken a clear stand against terrorism and had joined the coalition against terrorism after 11 September, Mr. Al-Kidwa stressed, and it also condemned the terrorist attacks committed by suicide bombers against Israel.For his part, Ambassador Aaron Jacob of Israel said the past two weeks had seen an incredible escalation of Palestinian terrorism against his country that was unparalleled in more than 14 months of violence. And Palestinian violence was continuing even as the Council met, despite the insistence by the international community that Chairman Arafat fulfill his responsibilities to fight terrorism. He said the primary obstacle to peace in the Middle East and a negotiated settlement was the continuing murder of civilians, and the attempts to justify those murders by the Palestinian leadership. Calling the draft text unbalanced and counter-productive, he said it would not help the parties to return to the negotiating table, which was the only place where outstanding issues could be resolved.
Senior forward Brandon Kearney (25) faces-off in the second period of Ohio State’s game against UMass on Oct. 19. Ohio State lost 6-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternFollowing its series tie with UMass, the No. 4 Ohio State men’s hockey team will attempt to bounce back in a home-and-home series against No. 15 Bowling Green.Ohio State (3-1-0) swept its season opener against Arizona State before splitting its home opener with UMass. Bowling Green (4-1-0) enters the game outscoring its opponents by more than three goals per game, with its only loss coming on the road to Robert Morris. The Buckeyes fell to No. 4 in the most recent USCHO men’s hockey poll after dropping their first home game against UMass. Ohio State’s previous No. 1 ranking was its first in team history.“It was a wake-up call. We were ranked No. 1 and that was a good thing, so [the loss] hurt in a lot of ways,” junior defenseman Matt Miller said. “I think we were too comfortable with where we were. We came back, watched some video, learned a lot, and we were ready on Saturday.”The Falcons are one of the highest-scoring teams in the nation through the first few weeks of the season, scoring 26 goals in only five games. Their 5.2 goals per game is No. 3 in the NCAA.Sophomore forwards Max Johnson and Brandon Kruse are in the top five in scoring in the NCAA and the Falcons have 22 players with at least one point.“[Chris Bergeron] does a great job. They play downhill, they’ve got some offensive weapons and the one thing they do is they go to the dirty areas,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “You know, for us, it’s about doing the little things, and, again, we’ve been working on that this week. You know, we’ve got to match their energy.”The power play has been a struggle for the Buckeyes this season, converting only 3 of its 18 attempts, but the Falcons will give Ohio State an opportunity to jump-start its special teams. Bowling Green was one of the most penalized teams in the nation last year, with junior forward Lukas Craggs getting 34 penalties last season,having already earned seven this season.The Falcons give many chances to their opponents to score on the power play, and are just as effective stopping them, killing 25 out of the 29 power plays they’ve faced this season — No. 13 in the nation. On the other end, Bowling Green holds the No. 5 power play with a 30.77 percent success rate.Though the Buckeyes have struggled on special teams, freshman forward Quinn Preston understands what they need to do to improve.“I think we’ve just really got to focus on the little things on special teams, winning little battles, making sure we’re getting entries on the power play and clearing pucks on the penalty kill, and just do what we do,” he said. “We have a really good power play and penalty kill so we’ve just got to make sure we execute.”Game one for the Buckeyes will take place at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. on Friday. The team will visit the Falcons at 7:07 p.m. on Saturday.
THE FATHER OF Emiliano Sala, the Argentine footballer who died in a plane crash earlier this year, has died at the age of 58 following a heart attack, the local mayor has said.Horacio Sala’s sudden death comes just three months after his son.“Horacio’s wife called me at five o’clock in the morning (8am Irish time). The doctors were already there, he never managed to get over the death of Emi,” Progreso mayor Julio Mueller said.The light aircraft carrying Emiliano Sala from Nantes to his new club disappeared near the British island of Guernsey on 21 January.Sala’s body was recovered from sea but the pilot, David Ibbotson, is still missing.An inquest has since found that Sala died of “head and trunk injuries”. Sala’s disappearance sparked an outpouring of grief and a flood of cash to support a private hunt for the plane when the official search was initially called off.In a statement following Emiliano’s death, the family said in a statement: “We can now begin to mourn our son and our brother. We would like to thank you all for your signs of affection and support in the most painful time of our life. “To see everyone doing everything possible to join us in the search has been a precious help to us.”Includes reporting by – © AFP, 2019 Tributes at Cardiff City Stadium for Emiliano Sala Image: PA Wire/PA Images Apr 26th 2019, 2:51 PM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4608179 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Father of footballer Emiliano Sala dies three months after son’s fatal plane crash The light aircraft carrying Emiliano Sala disappeared near the British island of Guernsey on 21 January. Friday 26 Apr 2019, 2:51 PM By Hayley Halpin Image: PA Wire/PA Images 10 Comments Tributes at Cardiff City Stadium for Emiliano Sala Share Tweet Email 40,752 Views
Declan Reagan, the Vancouver boy who won the hearts of Clark County residents with his resilience in facing multiple cancer diagnoses, died early Friday morning.Declan was 6 years old.News of the death was posted on Declan’s Facebook fanpage, “Declan the Dinosaur,” the nickname he earned because of his fondness for the prehistoric creatures.“At 7:27 this morning, Declan gained his wings surrounded by both his parents and his brother,” the post reads.His family thanked everyone for their love and support over the past two years since they learned Declan had cancer.In 2016, the boy’s mother, Lauren Reagan, noticed her son was sleeping more than usual. Small red dots appeared on his body thereafter. A trip to the hospital turned into additional testing at Randall Children’s Hospital that determined Declan had acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, a rare leukemia that is especially uncommon before age 45.Declan spent six months in the hospital, enduring doses of chemotherapy. He achieved remission but relapsed quickly after the treatments, decreasing his three- to five-year life expectancy to 30 percent.Things were made worse in April 2017 when Declan was diagnosed with a second cancer, T-cell lymphoblast lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.Declan had his first bone marrow transplant three months later, but his cancer returned. He received a second bone marrow transplant in January, but the cancer returned again.
Almost a quarter (23%) of respondents believe workplace productivity is an issue for their organisation, according to research by industry body Group Risk Development (Grid).Its Group risk employer research study, which surveyed 501 employers, also found that almost a third (29%) of respondents offer their staff flexible working options in a bid to improve productivity.The research also found:22% of respondents encourage their workforce to be more active.18% encourage staff to improve their health.Just 6% of respondents have invested in fitness technology within their organisation.Katharine Moxham (pictured), spokesperson for Grid, said: “It’s clear from these results that employers are starting to recognise the importance of acting to combat losses and are implementing a range of measures, which in itself is encouraging, but central to improvement is staff wellbeing.“Ill health, stress and, therefore, absence can still strike. When they do, they have a significant impact over the long term, so there is clearly more to be done to prevent this from becoming a continuous drain on the business.“Group income protection products may seem like an extra step to take, but they are hugely effective in keeping people in the workplace and giving them the support they need. At the end of the day, a business grows on the people behind the ideas and their delivery, so investing the time and effort in ensuring staff retention, support and motivation is kept up is key.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials at Robins AFB, Ga., have opened an off-site lab outfitted with 3-D printers which are being used to make obsolete metal aircraft parts needed to keep an aging fleet operating. The Air Force Advanced Technology and Training Center, located in a former Publix grocery store in the city of Warner Robins, will allow engineers to use additive manufacturing to save time and money over existing methods, reported the Telegraph. “Much of the work that has been done on the base has been done in the same method for years and years,” said Maj. Ben Steffens. “This equipment, this technology, this material that we are dealing with here is cutting edge and will bring us to the next level as far as keeping our schedule down, keeping our cost low,” he said.Housing the facility off base will make it easier for the installation to attract young engineers to start careers at Robins. Officials can bring in high school and college students for tours and offer them internships. A second reason for the lab’s location is the base does not have space for a new building with parking.Telegraph photo by Beau Cabell
A man riding his bike past a destroyed mosque in Arbin in eastern Ghouta on 6 April 2018. Photo: AFPAir strikes on Syria’s rebel-controlled Douma killed eight civilians on Saturday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as government forces resumed a military blitz of the town.The Britain-based monitor said it could not confirm whether the strikes were carried out by Syrian government warplanes or those of its ally, Russia.It was the second day of heavy bombardment on Douma, with at least 40 civilians killed on Friday in a sudden resumption of strikes after a more than week-long lull.The renewed raids appear to be an attempt to pressure Jaish al-Islam-the Islamist group that holds the town-to agree to the regime’s terms of a withdrawal.Six civilians were also killed and dozens more wounded as Douma rebels shelled the capital Damascus on Saturday, Syrian state media said.State television broadcast live footage from a hospital in Damascus, where pools of blood stained the floor and wounded could be heard wailing in pain.
Stay on target Netflix Films Can Still Win Oscars (For Now)Netflix Claps Back at Steven Spielberg’s Push to Ban It From Oscars Banning streaming services from the Oscars could raise antitrust concerns and violate competition law, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.In a letter published by Variety, DOJ Antitrust Division Chief Makan Delrahim warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences against limiting the eligibility of Netflix and its ilk.“In the event that the Academy—an association that includes multiple competitors in its membership—establishes certain eligibility requirements for the Oscars that eliminate competition, without procompetitive justification, such conduct may raise antitrust concerns,” Delrahim wrote to AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson last month.The memo, dated March 21, came in response to reports that Academy board member and Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg pooh poohed streaming films as Oscar contenders.Days earlier, Netflix walked away from the annual awards with golden statues for best director, best foreign language film, and best cinematography for original movie Roma.Delrahim cited Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890—the first measure of its kind passed by the U.S. Congress—which outlaws monopolistic business practices.“If the Academy adopts a new rule to exclude certaint ypes of films, such as films distributed via online streaming services, from eligibility for the Oscars, and that exclusion tends to diminish the excluded films’ sales, that rule could therefore violate Section 1.”While the AMPAS did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment, a spokesperson told Variety that “We’ve received a letter from the [DOJ] and have responded accordingly.”Handily, the Academy’s Board of Governors will meet later this month for its annual awards rules meeting, “where all branches submit possible updates for consideration.”Spielberg, part of the Director’s Branch, will likely be there, pushing for change.The acclaimed filmmaker is not alone in his fight against streaming services.On stage at this week’s CinemaCon, the annual convention of movie exhibitors, actress Helen Mirren—promoting her new Warner Bros. film The Good Liar—reportedly hurled obscenities at the streaming competitor.“I love Netflix, but f**k Netflix,” she said, according to Variety. “There is nothing like sitting in the cinema.”More on Geek.com:‘Black Panther’ Best Picture Nod Brings Oscars Into MCU‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Trailer Teases a Retro Teenage WastelandBear Grylls Stars in Netflix’s Next Interactive AdventureHere’s Everything Coming to Netflix in April 2019
While binge drinking affects health of both males and females, the effect of gene expression in an area of the brain linked to addiction was found to be different, finds a new study.Repeated binge drinking was found to significantly alter molecular pathways in the nucleus accumbens – a region of the brain linked to addiction. But, in females the genes linked to hormone signalling and immune function are altered, whereas in males genes related to nerve signalling are affected. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study has significant implications for the treatment of alcohol use disorder as they emphasise the importance of tailoring effective therapies towards male and female patients, said researchers led by Deborah Finn, Professor at Oregon Health and Science University.Repeated binge drinking can be a risk factor for the development of alcohol dependence. For the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Genetics, the team analysed gene expression in nucleus accumbens. Experts noted that a consideration of sex is critical in the development of potential pharmacological therapies for the treatment of alcohol use disorder.