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  • India’s first female ice hockey team ready for tips from 2 Canadian greats

    first_imgEvery winter morning, in temperatures that often dip to minus 30, a girls’ hockey team heads out for its daily skate.The practice is not in Canada but on a frozen lake in the Himalaya Mountains of northern India.India’s first women’s ice hockey team was unknown until about a year ago when a video went viral and changed their fortune.Four-time Canadian ice hockey Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser and Stanley Cup champion Andrew Ference are among 13 people heading to the remote village of Ladakh to empower the group of unexpected young female hockey players.Read it at CBC Related Itemslast_img read more

  • UP’s Kobe Paras just relishing ‘rare’ fourth chance to play college hoops

    first_imgThis jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sibol athletes ready to make mark in SEA Games esports UP may be his first college in the Philippines, but the 21-year-old Paras bounced around several schools in the United States before settling down with the Maroons.“I’m just really blessed I’m given a fourth chance in college basketball and that’s rare,” said Paras. “For a lot of student-athletes, they know how it feels. Some of them know how it feels to try and try and try and not get a chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“Even though this is my plan B, this plan B is everyone’s dream so I’m still grateful for everything.”After graduating from Middlebrooks Academy wherein he was an honor roll student, Paras committed to attend college at University of California in Los Angeles but withdrew from the NCAA Division I school after failing to meet academic requirements. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The 6-foot-6 wingman then enrolled and played at Creighton where he appeared in 15 games and put up a total of 20 points and 15 rebounds.Paras’ stay with the Bluejays, however, lasted just one season and he then, committed verbally to play Cal State Northridge but pulled out shortly after Maradors head coach Reggie Theus was fired.“I’m just thankful for coach Bo (Perasol) and the whole UP community for giving me basically a fourth chance not just in basketball but in life,” said Paras who joined brother Andrei and father Benjie to have played for the Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Kobe Paras. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The third time may be a charm but the fourth one was what Kobe Paras dreamt of after he debuted with University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.Paras was instrumental in leading the Fighting Maroons to their 83-82 victory over Adamson University Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena finishing with 20 points, six rebounds, two blocks, and a steal.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more

  • Carlo Yulo’s rise to world champion started with a simple dream

    first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Yulo’s mother Angelica said their family just wanted her son to get a degree with a sports scholarship.READ: Yulo wants new home for his family; Petecio will use bonus to FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We did not expect he would reach this level because our main dream was just to see him finish college with a sports scholarship,” said Angelica in Filipino during Yulo’s courtesy call with Manila mayor Isko Moreno Thursday at Manila City Hall.“I didn’t know that this would be in his track,” she added. Yulo, though, said that he’s still adjusting to his newfound success and media acclaim.READ: Duterte gives P1M each to world champions Carlos Yulo, Nesthy PetecioEver since coming back to the Philippines in the early part of the week, Yulo has been one of the hottest names in the country with media and public appearances filling up his calendar.“At first I’m not used to this kind of treatment that there’s always a camera following me,” said Yulo with a smile in Filipino. “I’m slowly getting the feel of it and it’s quite tiring.”Nevertheless, Yulo is determined to put on a show in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but he first has to represent the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games in November.ADVERTISEMENT Napoli ‘ultra’ fan arrested in killing of Inter supporter This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img MOST READ Carlos Yulo with his mother Angelica during a visit at the Manila City Hall. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Carlos Yulo went home a sports hero after being the first Filipino Gymnast to become a world champion.Yulo’s reaped countless praises and monetary compensations for his gold medal-winning performance in the gymnastics worlds, but the 4-foot-10 dynamo and his family just started with a simple dreams.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ READ: More work to be done for Carlos Yulo ahead of Tokyo OlympicsYulo already qualified for the Olympics after advancing to the finals of the World Championships but he’s not the one to rest on his laurels.“My preparation would be tripled,” said Yulo. “The Olympics is next for me but there’s still the SEA Games so I will use all this experience to carry me forward.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

  • Virat Kohli has the ability to overcome tough times: Kapil Dev to India Today

    first_imgIndia are just a few weeks away from their title defence campaign at the ICC Champions Trophy and they have some issues to iron out before that. Their major stars have had a lukewarm IPL – the likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Kedar Jadhav have failed to light this season up while Rohit Sharma has been nowhere near his best after a return from injury.Moreover, R Ashwin has been out of match practice, as he was forced to sit out of the entire edition of the IPL after a hectic Test season at home.India Today spoke to Kapil Dev on various challenges Team India faces ahead of the Champions Trophy, which starts in England from June 1:On big Indian stars faring poorly in IPL 2017: It is fine. It is not possible for a big player to score runs at every opportunity. We have seen many big players losing form many times. But, a big player always returns to form sooner rather than later.On Virat Kohli’s forgettable IPL before the Champions Trophy:One is always concerned when a player like him doesn’t score big. But the reason he is rated the best is because he has the ability to overcome such circumstances and tough times. He has dual responsibilities as a batsman and as a skipper. How he tackles that is something which only time will tell. But Kohli being in form is very important for India.On Ashwin not playing the IPL and going straight to the Champions Trophy: advertisementCan’t say much (about that). He has so much experience. He shouldn’t face a lot of problems, bowling straightaway at he Champions Trophy. should not face much problem on bowling straightaway in the Champions Trophy. I think he bowled over 700 overs in the Test series. People said that he was quite tired.I don’t know the real thing; only he would be able to tell what it is. Sometimes, a little bit of rest does wonders and I think a bowler like him should not face any trouble in playing the big games straight after a comeback.On India’s pace battery: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has shown a great deal of improvement in the last couple of years. Whenever he got an opportunity, he showed his form. But, in a big tournament like the Champions Trophy, it will be great to see all these pacers – Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami – performing as one unitOn youngsters missing out and questions being raised on Dhoni’s form:Raising questions on selection is not an issue, I believe there should always be a discussion. A healthy discussion is always good On the much-awaited India-Pakistan game on June 4: It isn’t difficult (beating India) but on current form, India is a better team (than Pakistan). In the 1980s, Pakistan was a better team. But right now, the Indian team is far ahead if you compare the two sides one-on-one or on paper. What will really matters is how we play on the given day but yes, India are the favourite right now.last_img read more

  • Xiaomi Mi A1, OnePlus 5T, Pixel 2 XL: Best phones to buy this January

    first_img2018 has begun and it promises to be an exciting one for the smartphone market as we will see a major shift towards bezel-less smartphones, a trend that started last year. This year, more and more phones are expected to do away with bezel and this not only includes high-end flagships, but mid-range and low-end as well. However, before we start to see what major brands have to offer in the coming months, consumers who are looking for smartphones to buy right now still have a plethora of 2017 options to choose from.Smartphones do tend to age and they do get replaced by newer models pretty fast these days. OnePlus will agree to this as it typically follows a half yearly cycle. Nevertheless, this doesn’t take away the fact that we’ve seen some stellar phones to come out from last year that look good even today and have also gotten a little cheaper as well, at least some of them. Here are the best phones from last year that are still worth your money right now.Cheapest phone worth buying10.or D: Rs 4,999Had Amazon not launched the 10.or D in December, the Redmi 5A would have been the first up on this list. However, the 10.or D is here and it is an impressive entry-level smartphone to say the least, which goes on sale today exclusively on Amazon India. It will also be cheaper than the Redmi 5A once the latter’s price changes from its introductory Rs 4,999 pricing to Rs 5,999. The smartphone not only comes with stock Android Nougat, but also features a large 3500mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor.advertisementThe 10.or D sports a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280) display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The phone comes in either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB and 32GB of internal storage, respectively which is expandable via a hybrid card slot. The handset also boasts of a fingerprint sensor on the back, which is great to see at this price point and something that is missing from the Redmi 5A.I reviewed the device recently and found it quite impressive and a worthy challenger to the Redmi 5A. The stock Android user experience made it feel light and snappy. The 35000mAh battery gave me a good day and a half with above average usage and the fingerprint sensor was a delightful bonus.Redmi 5A: Rs 5,999The Redmi 5A is the successor to the popular Redmi 4A and completes the budget market along with the Redmi Note 4. The 5A arrived in November priced at Rs 5,999 for the 2GB and 16GB storage variant (Rs 4,999 for the initial 5 million customers) and Rs 6,999 for the 3GB and 32GB storage option. The Redmi 4A saw a fantastic response from the Indian market and the 5A is set to follow. However, following the launch of the 10.or D at Rs 4,999, the Redmi 5A may face some challenge, especially once its base price goes up to Rs 5,999.Despite its entry-level pricing, the Redmi 5A doesn’t make any compromises on hardware. It sports a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The dual-SIM phones runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity. Optics for the Redmi 5A includes a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and LED flash. Up front you get a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The handset houses a 3,000mAh battery that the company claims will offer up to 8 days of standby time.In our review , we found that the Redmi 5A with all its hardware, good battery life and its comfy design is one of best entry-level smartphones right now, and something worth consider especially if you missed out on the Redmi 4A.Best phone(s) under Rs 10,000Redmi Note 4: Rs 9,999There is perhaps no doubt right now that Xiaomi leads the pack when it comes to the budget segment. The Chinese phone maker has repeatedly pushed out some stellar budget smartphones with all-round specifications at value pricing. The Redmi Note 4 has been one of the company’s best selling smartphones, having sold 5 million units between late January to late July.The Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display with a 2.5D glass on top. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and comes in three storage options with the base 2GB + 32GB option priced at Rs 9,999. In our review of the device, we found that the Redmi Note 4 is an all-rounder, impressing with a premium build, good display and performance and an outstanding battery life all at a very affordable price.advertisementBest phone(s) under Rs 20,000Mi A1: Rs 13,999It’s not just the budget segment that Xiaomi has managed to capture this year. With the launch of the Mi A1 Android One smartphone, the company has offered a pretty solid mid-range device as well. The Mi A1 was launched in September at Rs 14,999 and got a Rs 1,000 price cut last month. At the new Rs 13,999 pricing, the smartphone is an even better deal than before. The Android One handset offers a stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat experience minus the company’s MIUI skin on top.The Mi A1 not only highlights a stock Android experience, but also comes with a metal unibody design, fingerprint sensor on the back and a dual rear camera setup with Portrait mode. In our review, the Mi A1 impressed us in pretty much all aspects. The phone is snappy running stock Android and the dual camera setup provided some of the best portrait shots at this price point.Moto G5S Plus: Rs 14,999Motorola has seen a huge popularity in the mid-range segment. After launching the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, the company came out with special edition phones, the Moto G5S and G5S Plus. Both the phones come with metal unibody designs, fingerprint sensors on their home buttons and are splash proof, among other things. Initially launched at Rs 15,999, the Moto G5S Plus recently got a price cut and can now be found for Rs 14,999.The Moto G5S Plus may feature the same internals as the Moto G5 Plus , but its metal casing gives it a slight edge over the latter as it provides a more premium and polished feel. It sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and runs on stock Android, making it a fantastic deal for Android fans. Overall, the Moto G5S Plus takes everything that was good about the Moto G5 Plus and makes it better. With a good performance, battery life and a premium design, the handset makes it one of the best right now in this price segment.iPhone SE: 17,999The iPhone SE is not a new phone, but it does carry a new pricing. After being launched in India at a hefty price of Rs 39,999, it saw a few price cuts that brought it down to around Rs 25,000. But last month, the iPhone SE got another major price drop that saw it fall under the Rs 20,000 price bracket. At Rs 17,999 now, it is the most affordable iPhone currently in the market and a pretty solid one at that.Despite being over a year old now, the iPhone SE still packs a few features that makes it a compelling buy at this price range. The handset sports a much-admired and elegant design language, a compact form factor and an excellent rear camera. It also sports the same A9 processor seen inside the iPhone 6s, which makes it one of the more powerful handsets in the mid-range market. advertisementBest phone(s) under Rs 30,000Honor View 10: Rs 29,999Huawei sub-brand Honor is yet to officially launch the Honor View 10 in India, but the company has announced the pricing ahead of its possible January 9 sale on Amazon India. At Rs 29,999, the View 10 replaces last year’s Honor 8 Pro in the sub-Rs 30,000 price range. The Honor View 10 sports a 5.99-inch Full-HD+ (2160×1080) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the company’s in-house Kirin 970 processor, which features a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI features such as advanced scene detection, voice recognition and natural language processing.We reviewed the View 10 and found it to be Honor’s best smartphone yet thanks to its vibrant edge-to-edge display, stellar rear cameras, blazing fast performance, great build quality and classy looks.. Best phone(s) under Rs 40,000OnePlus 5T: Rs 32,999The OnePlus 5T was launched six months after the OnePlus 5 and is now the de-facto OnePlus phone to buy. OnePlus’ latest smartphone brings a new design language for the company as it sports an near bezel-less display which is in keeping with the present trend. Apart from its edge-to-edge display and Face Unlock feature, the OnePlus 5T is pretty similar to the OnePlus 5.The 5T sports a bright and vivid 6-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixel) display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is also an 8GB + 128GB variant available for Rs 37,999. The dual-SIM smartphone runs OxygenOS 4.7 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and comes with a Face Unlock facial recognition feature as well. It is set to receive Android Oreo update soon.The cameras on the 5T have not received a major bump, although OnePlus says that they newer and better. The dual camera system on the back comprises of one 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor with 1.12-micron pixels and an f/1.7 aperture, and one 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K sensor with f/1.7 aperture. We reviewed the OnePlus 5T and found that the display is indeed one of its biggest highlights and its design and snappy performance make it the best OnePlus device as of now.Nokia 8: Rs 36,999HMD Global re-launched the Nokia brand last year with a series of smartphones (and a revamped 3310) that range from budget to high-end. The Nokia 8 falls on the higher end of the spectrum and was the company’s flagship phone for 2017. Despite not sporting a bezel-less design as has been the trend, the Nokia 8 still holds a solid place in this price segment simply for its elegant and classy design, stock Android experience and impressive cameras to name a few.The Nokia 8 comes with a 5.3-inch quad-HD IPS display with 700 nits of brightness, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,090mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging.It sports a dual camera system on the rear, which comprises of a 13-megapixel RGB sensor and a 13-megapixel Monochrome sensor, and supports Optical Image Stabilisation, laser and phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. Up front you get a 13-megapixel sensor and the phone supports Dual-Sight, a feature that lets you use both the rear and front cameras simultaneously to take stills/record videos.Best phone(s) money can buyPixel 2 XL: Rs 64,999It’s now time to get a little extravagant. The phones in this category are the most premium smartphones that money can buy. We start with the Pixel 2 XL, which was launched by Google as the successor to the Pixel XL. The Pixel 2 XL changes things in terms of design by sporting minimal bezels all around. Despite the numerous display related issues in the past, the Pixel 2 XL is still a fantastic premium smartphones thanks to its stock Android Oreo OS, AI smarts and top notch cameras.As far as hardware is concerned, the Pixel 2 XL comes with mostly all of 2017’s flagship trimmings including a Snapdragon 835 processor, 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.4, and a 3520mAh battery, among other things. DxOMark has given the Pixel 2 XL’s cameras a score of 98, which is the highest overall score for a smartphone. In our review, the handset indeed comes with exceptional cameras that are beyond comparable.Also see: The smaller Pixel 2 is pretty much identical to the Pixel 2 XL on the inside and mostly looks different outside as it features chunky bezels and a smaller display. Ergonomics aside, the Pixel 2 is in every way as good as the larger Pixel 2 XL. Notably, you can get Google’s flagship for as low as Rs 39,999 during the Flipkart 2018 Mobiles Bonanza sale, which makes it a steal.  iPhone X: Rs 89,000The iPhone X signalled a dramatic shift in the company’s design for its flagship smartphone. It is the first iPhone to sport an edge-to-edge display as well as a new facial recognition technology that it calls Face ID. It is also the most expensive iPhone to date, priced starting at Rs 89,000 in India for the 64GB variant.iPhone X sports a 5.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2436X1125 pixels. It is powered by the company’s own A11 Bionic chipset and runs on iOS 11. The X comes with dual rear cameras comprising of one 12-megapixel wide angle and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens. While the front camera includes a 7-megapixel sensor which is coupled with f/2.2 lens. The iPhone X is one of our best reviewed smartphones as it won us over on it’s gorgeous display and terrific performance. Apple fans who have the means will not want to miss this one.Galaxy Note 8: Rs 67,900The Galaxy Note 8 has tried to succeed following a disastrous episode with the Galaxy Note 7. The phablet did manage to come out on top thanks to its fantastic bezel-less design sporting a 6.3-inch QHD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display and powered by an Exynos 8895 SoC.The smartphone features a dual rear camera setup, one 12-megapixel wide angle sensor and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and Dual OIS. Up front you get an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus and f/1.7 aperture. The handset houses a 3300mAh battery with support for wireless charging. Apart from the battery life, the Note 8 pretty much nails everything else.last_img read more

  • Bangladesh set to form 47-member cabinet tomorrow, will induct 31 new faces

    first_imgBangladesh is set to form a 47-member cabinet, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, tomorrow (January 7), the Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said on Sunday (January 6).Awami League returned to power for the third successive term in a landslide victory in the election held on December 30. Out of the cabinet ministers who have served for the last five years, 36 were excluded. Almost all of those dropped were senior ministers and leaders.PM Sheikh Hasina did not hand any ministry to any coalition partner in this cabinet.”Thirty-one new faces will be inducted in the cabinet to be formed with three technocrat ministers,” Cabinet Secretary said during a briefing in the afternoon.There will be 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers in the cabinet. They will take oath at 3:30 pm in Bangabhaban.The official gazette over the new cabinet will be published immediately after the oath-taking ceremony, the cabinet secretary said.With the publication of the gazette, the outgoing cabinet will be abolished, he added.According to the list of the cabinet members, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will keep the portfolio for the Cabinet Division, Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Defence, Armed Forces Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources and Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.The would-be ministers include AKM Mozammel Huq (Liberation War Affairs), Obaidul Quader (Road Transport and Bridges), Md Abdur Razzaque (Agriculture), Asaduzzaman Khan (Home Affair), Mohammad Hasan Mahmud (Information) and Anisul Huq (Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs), among others.The would-be state ministers include Kamal Ahmed Majumder (Industries), Imran Ahmad (Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment), Md Zahid Ahsan Russel (Youth and Sports), Nasrul Hamid (Power, Energy and Mineral Resources), and Md Ashraf Ali Khan Kashru (Fisheries and Livestock), among others.advertisementThe three would-be deputy ministers are Begum Habibun Nahar (Environment, Forest and Climate Change), AKM Enamul Haque Shamim (Water Resources) and Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury (Education).Also Read | Bangladesh terror group leaders keen on crossing border after Awami League’s election winAlso Watch | How Sheikh Hasina became one of world’s most powerful Muslim leaderslast_img read more

  • Klopp won’t punish Lallana for reckless red

    first_imgLiverpool Lallana will not face Liverpool punishment for reckless U-23 red card Peter Hanson 23:55 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Adam Lallana Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Tottenham Hotspur U23 v Liverpool U23 Southampton v Liverpool Premier League 2 Division One Premier League The England international’s misdemeanour in a meeting with Tottenham will not affect his chances of being named in the Reds squad to face Southampton Jurgen Klopp says Adam Lallana is an option for Liverpool’s squad to face Southampton on Sunday despite admitting to speaking with the midfielder about his red card for the Reds’ Under-23 side on Monday.England midfielder Lallana has not played competitively since Liverpool’s defeat to Swansea City on January 22 due to a slight tear in his thigh.Lallana stepped up his comeback by playing in the Premier League 2 match against Tottenham, but was dismissed on the hour after reacting angrily to a challenge from Spurs’ U-23 captain George Marsh. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A fuming Lallana jumped on Marsh’s back and wrapped his hands around his throat following an aerial challenge, before being led away and ultimately shown a red card.Klopp was not happy with Lallana’s reaction, but says that as a former player he can sympathise with in-game frustrations.”He had 60 minutes, it’s not nice. I spoke to him, it’s not how it should be, he’s not happy about it, but I understand it, there was another challenge before that situation,” he told a news conference ahead of Liverpool’s visit to the St Mary’s Stadium.”Adam was not happy about the reaction as I wasn’t, but it doesn’t change my mind about Adam of course.”He’s on the way back again this season, we will not rush it for sure. He’s an option for the squad.”Klopp insists that Lallana’s indiscretion will not change his mind on asking senior players to play for the U-23s.”No, it was match practice, to give them time to play. Ingsy [Danny Ings] was there, [Dominic] Solanke was there, he [Lallana] was fine with it,” he added. “It wasn’t that he was angry playing Under-23s, it’s not the most lucky season for Adam Lallana, there’s a frustration in him.”There is nothing too good to say about his reaction, but as a former footballer when I see the other challenge I understand a bit, not to excuse it, but we all did things we’re not proud of.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

  • M&U Wallets Stand The Test of Time

    first_imgWe are firm believers here at The Manual that some of the best brands out there are the smaller, lesser known brands that stand by the ideas that handmade, American-made products tend to stand the test of time.We’d like to introduce you to a leather goods company – Maxx & Unicorn, or M&U Co. for short. The company designs artful products for everyday use – and of course made here in the USA. Their items are manufactured locally – and created from the finest, domestically sourced materials.It all started with a wallet back in 2007 – and although the item has gone through a few changes stylistically, there has been no change to the manufacturing process. Assembled by hand in their Brooklyn studio and made from American tanned bridle leather that has been vegetable dyed in Pennsylvania at a tannery that has been around since the early 19th century. Oil and wax create a smooth and durable finish on the leather goods. M&U Co. stands by their products 100 percent – so much so that if you need refinishing, re-waxing, or repairing – they’ll do it. And if it can’t be fixed – they’ll replace it.The wallets come in two styles: folded or hand-stitched. If you are the type of person who likes to know how things are made, make sure to check out M&U’s blog where they take you behind the scenes – from the factories to the first stitches. You can take a look here.M&U Co. also has an interesting assortment of wooden trays made from sustainably harvested American hardwoods. The website also has a cool selection of brass key rings, and money clips that would make a great gift.Check out M&U Co.’s website here. Save the Environment in Style: Taylor Stitch Makes New Apparel from Old Garments Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know PrepDeck Makes Meal Prep Work a Breeze A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Rabbit Hole Rebrands and Launches New Whiskeylast_img read more

  • Province Moving Quickly on Disaster Assistance Claims

    first_img The province is moving quickly to ensure that those whoselivelihoods were placed in jeopardy as a result of Hurricane Juanare receiving needed financial assistance. Over the weekend, the first cheques were issued to fishersneeding financial assistance. In all, 11 cheques totalling$108,825 have already been issued to fishers who suffereduninsurable damage to their wharves, bait and gear. Since noon on Friday, Oct. 24, 15 more applications have beenreceived from fishers for immediate assistance. These claims willbe processed in the same expedient manner. “Last Monday, when the expanded Disaster Financial Assistanceprogram was announced, our government made a commitment toprovide assistance swiftly,” said Ernest Fage, Ministerresponsible for the Emergency Measures Act. “With the delivery ofthese first cheques, we are honouring that commitment to thoseNova Scotians who are in greatest need.” To date, 62 applications have been received under the DisasterFinancial Assistance Arrangement. This includes applications fromfarmers, fishers, woodlot owners, small businesses andindividuals. Applications for assistance under this program are available atdesignated provincial and municipal locations. The deadline forsubmissions is Friday, Nov. 21. Individuals with inquiries related to the disaster financialassistance program, or those wanting to know the designated sitesfor applications, can call the province’s public information lineat 1-800-670-4357 (902-424-5200 in the Halifax RegionalMunicipality). EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION–Province Moving Quickly onDisaster Assistance Claimslast_img read more

  • Ohio State victory fueled by big plays in the secondary

    OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) guards Tulsa redshirt sophomore wide receiver Justin Hobbs (29) during the first quarter against Tulsa on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorA pick-six and three interceptions against Bowling Green in Week 1 was the start coach Urban Meyer was looking for out of his defense. However, all along, he knew Tulsa’s offense would be more of a test for his secondary.From the very first play from scrimmage, the OSU defense made its presence felt.Tulsa redshirt senior quarterback Dane Evans threw to his left on the first play of the opening drive where redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore made a diving interception the pass inside the Tulsa 20 yard line.OSU only mustered a 29-yard field goal from the short field, taking an early 3-0 lead, and continued to look sluggish throughout the first quarter.Redshirt quarterback J.T. Barrett was 2-for-6 passing for 19 yards in the first quarter. Junior H-back Curtis Samuel — who accumulated 261 yards of total offense against Bowling Green — didn’t register a touch on the team’s four possessions in the first quarter, three of which ended in three-and-outs.The offense started to move the ball in the second half, but only could add another short field goal to extend the lead to 6-0.OSU was likely heading into the half without a touchdown when the defense decided to take matters into its own hands.Redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker intercepted a pass from Evans and returned it 26 yards for his first touchdown as a Buckeye, giving the Scarlet and Gray a more comfortable lead heading into halftime.Then, right before the half, the defense struck again. Lattimore returned to the scene in the middle of an intense rainfall at the end of the second quarter, making his second interception of the game when the intended Tulsa wide receiver lost his footing and the ball fell right into the hands of Lattimore, who returned it 40 yards for his first-ever pick six.“Just getting here on defense and having the whole team get hyped for you, it’s a blessing,” Lattimore said. “I love it. I loved getting everybody hyped like that.”The play of the defense thus far has lifted the team at several points in OSU’s first two games. Hooker and Lattimore each sit with a touchdown and five combined picks in just the first two weeks of the season. Hooker said after the game that he had been battling a stomach bug and a nagging back injury throughout the week, yet his performance yielded more raving reviews of his athleticism.At halftime, the Buckeyes led 20-3 without having an offensive touchdown and with just 161 total yards of offense. Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell that his defense prides itself on harnessing momentum when it’s available.“Whether it’s the offense, defense or special teams, there is momentum in every game and once you get it, you got to keep it,” Fickell said. “If you don’t have it, you got to find a way to get it. We have to be able to feed off of each other, and I think we did a good job of that today.”Fickell compared the 2016 defense to that of 2006 when the Buckeyes had to replace several starters, yet caused turnovers at will.Meyer credits the play of the defense thus far to coaching and the ability of young players to buy into the coaching. He said guys like Lattimore, Hooker and sophomore cornerback Denzel Ward have waited for their opportunity and it’s paying off now.“Secondary tonight, we knew they were going to come out and try to throw the ball around a lot,” Hooker said. “We just wanted to go out there and play our technique, our fundamentals and it ended up working out for us.”Gareon Conley had his first pick of the season late in the third quarter for the defense’s fourth on the day. Moving forward, OSU has its toughest opponent yet of the young season in No. 14 Oklahoma next week in Norman.The secondary has been the best unit on the team for Meyer and company through the first couple weeks, but it knows the road that lies ahead.“The great thing is we have some depth and we have talent,” Fickell said. “But we have to make sure we understand this is a process that we’re going to continue to grow.” read more

  • Calombaris heads to Sydney

    first_imgGeorge Calombaris has secured a site near the newly-opened Sydney hotspot Firedoor, right on the corner of Albion and Mary Streets.“I can confirm we have purchased a location in Surry Hills, however [we] don’t plan to do anything until 2016,” said Calombaris’ spokeswoman.“It will be a new concept that we bring to Sydney, however, we haven’t started fleshing this out yet, as we still have a few projects in Melbourne that we need to complete and get open first.”Last month, three hospitality titles which are currently leased by Calombaris were listed for sale, following his decision to leave Melbourne.Paul Tzamalis, of CBRE, said it was a prime retail opportunity, which was difficult to secure in the eastern end of the CBD.The properties which currently house Gazi, The Press Club and The Press Club Projects have attract widespread interest from both local and offshore investors, expected to fetch the chef at least $9 million.CBRE and Fitzroys are jointly selling the property via expressions of interest by June 25. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Get ready for Cultural Diversity Week

    first_imgVictorians are invited to celebrate our rich multicultural society during Cultural Diversity Week, 12-20 March 2016.Coordinated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the week coincides with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March.With hundreds of events and activities set to take place across the state, Cultural Diversity Week provides Victorians from all walks of life with an opportunity to come together and recognise, embrace and celebrate each other’s cultural heritage.This year, the state’s premier multicultural celebration promises vibrant festivities under a music theme: ‘Together we stand in harmony’.The week opens with the Premier’s Gala Dinner at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 12 March, where guests will enjoy a spectacular line up of Victoria’s best multicultural music and dance acts, as well as a sumptuous three-course meal and wine.Celebrations will peak at the end of the week with Victoria’s Multicultural Festival at Federation Square on Sunday 20 March.The family-friendly festival will showcase culturally-diverse music and dance across four stages, delicious international cuisines, a world art and craft market, children’s activities, demonstrations and workshops.Victoria’s young people are also invited to use their creativity to voice what multiculturalism means to them in the Primary School Art Competition. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Bielsa We should have scored more

    first_imgLeeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa believes his side should have blown away Wigan in their 2-1 victoryBielsa’s men ruined the farewell party of David Sharpe and owner Dave Whelan with a win to return to the top of the Sky Bet Championship“If we look at the chances we created, chances they created, possession… we should have scored more goals,’ acknowledged Bielsa.“But it was very important to win, especially having only drawn at home in our last game. One of our goals is to prevent the opposition from having the ball.“If we can prevent the opposition from making passes, if we can recover possession quickly, we feel safer.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“We also have to take into account Wigan weren’t able to call on their four first-choice attacking players.”The win saw United move back to the top of the second tier, but again Bielsa was not getting carried away.“There are a number of teams near the top of the league who are at the same level,’ he told daily mail.“In order to be top of the pile, we have to make a difference against teams at the top. We did that at the beginning of the season, but we stopped doing that.“If we want to reach the goals we have set, we have to show more regularity in gaining points.”last_img read more

  • Giampaolo believes Sampdoria can win today against Genoa

    first_imgThe Derby Della Lanterna will be played today in the Italian Lega Serie A and Giampaolo has respect for his rivalsSampdoria and Genoa will face off today in the Derby Della Lanterna in the Italian Lega Serie A.And for Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo, his rivals are to be respected, but he believes his team can win.“The Derby is an important moment for the city and a football match cannot be confused with a real drama,” Giampaolo told Football Italia.“Anyone who has experienced a Derby knows that it is a special night, one that is enjoyable.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“There should still be mockery and healthy competition between the sets of fans because that rivalry is what football is all about,” he added.“In a way, it helps us embrace normality in the city again.”“The lads who haven’t played in it yet do talk to each other, they have video clips to look back on, plus our fans will be sure to show them just what it means when they gather outside the team hotel,” Giampaolo commented.“I don’t want my team to change its approach just because this is a Derby. Determination and aggression are all part of the game, but I want Sampdoria to above all play football.”last_img read more

  • GoFundMe Campaign Raises 38M To Support Las Vegas Victims

    first_img Facebook Twitter Campaign Raises $3.8M For Las Vegas Victims gofundme-campaign-raises-38m-support-las-vegas-victims These are some blood donation centers here in Vegas. If you’re out here, check in w/ Red Cross, United Blood Services, on how to donate:— Bob Aquavia (@ShadyBob) October 2, 2017Read More: Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Ariana Grande Speak Out For Gun Control News center_img Email Crowdfunding campaign’s $2M goal has been moved to $4.5M after outpouring of support Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 3, 2017 – 2:00 pm The tragedies that occurred in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 have left many lives broken and many people feeling powerless. But there are some ways we can help. A GoFundMe campaign started by Steve Sisolak, Las Vegas’ Clark County Commission chair, has raised a total of $3.8M as of Tuesday at 2 p.m. PST to support victims of the mass shooting, and the number continues to grow.According to Billboard, Sisolak says the funds “will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting.”The campaign quickly surpassed the original goal of $2 million and has moved the goal up, first to $3.5 million and now to $4.5 million. In additional to financial contributions coming in from around the globe, local citizens have been coming out in droves to donate blood for the victims.You can contribute to the GoFundMe campaign here. If you are in the Las Vegas area, you can donate blood at the following locations. GoFundMe Campaign Raises $3.8M To Support Las Vegas Victims last_img read more

  • Patients suffer as govt hospitals lack specialists

    first_imgRajendranagar: Government hospitals in Rangareddy Reddy District, especially at Rajendranagar, got a raw deal in the absorption process of specialist doctors into Director of Medical Education (DME) on Monday during the counseling process that was held at the office of the Directorate of Health.Rajendranagar, with more than 8,00,000 population, has been reeling under shortage of specialist doctors in the State-run hospitals. The people have to turn towards the private city hospitals in case of emergencies and are forced to pay extra bucks to get the proper medications for their near and dear ones. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us This, after a repeated representations made to district administration to fill the posts of specialist doctors in the area towards helping people to get better medical facilities in their own area. “Though we have made representations to the government to provide special doctors at the government hospitals especially in areas hospitals around Rajendranagar, no such attempt gets any positive response yet. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Only Basti Dawakhanas with para-medical staff is being run in some of the localities that are not sufficient enough to deal with patients in emergency cases. If the government is sincere towards providing effective medical facilities to the people of Ranga Reddy especially of Rajendranagar than it should appoint special doctors to the hospitals being run in the areas that to with inadequate staff and under lack of special medical facilities,” said Mohammed Misbah Uddin, corporator Shastripuram Division. Advertise With Us In the counseling 500 to 600 doctors participated, including some 60 employees who are designated as Andhra cadre by the Telangana authorities. Presently, they are working either under Director of Health (DH) or Vaiya Vidhana Prishad (VVP) from where they are seeking absorption into Director of Medical Education (DME). The counseling programme lasted till 5 pm and witnessed a huge turnout of the specialist doctors who wish take absorption through availing the opportunity. Out of more than 500 employees, a total of 251 got absorbed into Director of Medical Education. The counseling was held to absorb the positions in different wings which includes Medicine, Pediatrics, TBCD, DVL, Psychiatry, Ortho, ENT, Opthal, Hospital Admin, Neurology, Cardiology, Biochemestry, Pathology, Microbiology and Community Medicine. As per the data received from the office of the Director of Health Osmania Medical College 4, Gandhi Medical College 3, KMC 4, Nizamabad 3, Mahboobnagar 1, Siddipet 1, Nalgonda 2, Suryapet 4 and RIMS gets 1 absorption under Department of Medicine.last_img read more

  • Gay Broadway actor snatches Trump banner from audience member during bows

    first_imgDuring last night’s performance of Disney’s Frozen on Broadway, an audience member wearing a Make American Great Again visor unfurled a Trump 2020 banner during the bows. Cast member Timothy R. Hughes did not let that slide.When the person in the audience showed off the banner, Hughes quickly leaned down and snatched it away. Without saying a word, he tossed it aside and continued taking his bows with the rest of his cast.Hughes posted a video of the moment on Instagram, along with a caption explaining his action.‘What does it say about our country and politics when a man at the show tonight felt the need to protest Disney’s Frozen on Broadway with a pro Trump flag??’ he questioned.‘How frightening is it that our show’s messages of love, acceptance, and diversity have become the opposition to supporting Trump?’ Our hero | Photo: Facebook/Tim Hughes Fox News host’s gay brother blasts her on Twitter, allegedly calls her ‘monster’11 LGBTI shows to see on Broadway and West End this fallFact check: What is Mike Pence’s record on LGBT rights?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : — Matt (@broadway_4me) September 6, 2018Frozen premiered on Broadway in March 2018 at the St. James Theatre. It’s based on the hit Disney animated film from 2013, and follows the story of royal sisters Anna and Elsa.Hughes plays Grand Pabbie in the show, the leader of the Hidden Folk. He originated the role. It’s hardly the first time Broadway has gotten political.In 2016, then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended a performance of Hamilton. Other people in the audience began booing him, and Brandon Victor Dixon (Aaron Burr) ended up addressing him from the stage.‘We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us,’ he said.More from Gay Star NewsZachary Quinto in full drag is exactly what we needed to see todayCher spills tea on Broadway musical ‘The Cher Show’Check out these awesome photos from Wigstock’s returnGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img He further said he would not apologize for what he did.‘Not at our show!’ Hughes declared. ‘Not in front of my beautiful, diverse, talented cast.’Here is another view of the moment.Some asshole decided to hold up a Trump flag @FrozenBroadway eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

  • Zotec Offers Radiologists the Chance to Meet Football Coach Lou Holtz at

    first_img Related Content Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 05, 2019 Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform Highlighted at 2019 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Visage Imaging will be exhibiting the latest version of the Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform at the 2019 Society of… read more center_img An Evening with the Lou HoltzZotec is giving radiologists who attend the RSNA a unique opportunity to meet legendary former football coach and sports analyst, Lou Holtz during a special off-site event. The event will feature Holtz as a guest speaker, touching on themes of leadership and determination. Where: Trump Hotel Grand Ballroom, 401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 from 6-10 pm.Hospital Administrator’s Symposium with Zotec’s Founder and CEOOn Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 from 1:30-4:50 p.m., Zotec Partners Founder and CEO, T. Scott Law will deliver a session during the Hospital Administrator’s Symposium titled, “How your Radiology Group’s Big Data Can Leverage Your Hospital’s Success.” The Symposium is geared toward physicians, non-physician healthcare providers, and administrators. The session will be comprised of six speakers, including Zotec’s T. Scott Law. Each will be speaking for 30 minutes. Topics are designed to address current strategic planning and economic issues pertinent to radiology, including leadership, the leveraging of big data, radiology quality, future healthcare payment and delivery, radiology integration and population health management, and the 2017 CMS mandate for pre-order decision support.Live Business Intelligence Technology DemonstrationsZotec will provide radiology practice managers and administrators attending the show with live demonstrations of our Comprehensive Zotec Analytics and Reporting (CZAR) technology and our unique Zotec Interface for Physician Productivity (ZiPP) for enhanced practice transparency and revenue cycle management. The demonstrations will be shown on large screens and mobile devices during exhibit hours.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more Zotec Partners announces that it will exhibit, host live demonstrations, special events and educational sessions at RSNA 2015. Special events the company will offer to radiologists attending the show include: News | Radiology Business | November 24, 2015 Zotec Offers Radiologists the Chance to Meet Football Coach Lou Holtz at RSNA Zotec to offer special events, demos and education at largest U.S. radiology trade show News | Breast Imaging | April 03, 2019 Konica Minolta Highlights New Exa Mammo Features at SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. will highlight new features of Exa Mammo, a picture archiving and communication… read morelast_img read more

  • US group to open hospital focused on attracting medical tourists

    first_imgRelated posts:New plan aims to boost medical tourism industry in Costa Rica Costa Rican companies visit U.S. to promote medical tourism services Medical tourism healthy in Costa Rica Costa Rica: Medical tourism hot spot Arizona-based company American World Clinics (AWC) confirmed the construction of a private hospital in Costa Rica that will offer health care services to foreign retirees and medical tourists.The group will invest $150 million in the construction of a 12,000-square-meter hospital scheduled to open in 2016 in San Rafael de Alajuela, on a nine-hectare property along Route 27, the main road connecting San José with the Pacific province of Puntarenas.The hospital will provide general surgical services and medical specialties including orthopedics, cardiology, urology, oncology, plastic surgery, and others.AWC estimates the hospital will have the capacity to perform up to 18,000 surgeries annually.The project also includes construction of a five-star, 100-room hotel operated by California company K-Hotels, and a retirement community  for some 400 people.The initiative will be funded with capital from National Standard Finance, a long-term investor based in New York, and locally, AWC will work with real estate developers Brenes & Salas, said Enrique Volio, AWC’s representative in Costa Rica.The venture will create some 300 direct jobs, mostly for Costa Rican professionals including doctors, microbiologists, nurses, physical therapists and other support staff.“The quality of its medical professionals, political stability and geographic location of Costa Rica were the main factors for choosing the country,” Volio said.The company currently is developing similar projects in the Dominican Republic and Barbados.Data from the Council for International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine (PROMED) show that Costa Rica in 2012 attracted nearly 50,000 medical tourists and each one spent an average of $7,000. Medical tourism generated some $338 million in revenue for the country that year, PROMED reported. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

  • Super Committee May Axe Home Benefits Agency Debt

    first_img Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing The Cato Institute 2011-08-11 Ryan Schuette in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing On the heels of “”Standard & Poor’s””: controversial downgrades for U.S. debt ratings, Congress passed the deficit reduction axe to a bipartisan, six-member “”super-committee”” for each chamber, with both parties finally naming lawmakers to the commission Thursday. Capitol watchers say important housing laws and provisions may await the congressional guillotine, with the mortgage tax rate deduction, mortgage debt, and other housing-related giveaways in line.[IMAGE]House minority leader “”Rep. Nancy Pelosi””: (D-California) tied off her side of the lower chamber’s committee by tapping “”Rep. James Clyburn””: (D-South Carolina), “”Rep. Chris Van Hollen””: (D-Maryland), and “”Rep. Xavier Becerra””: (D-California), who will take turns negotiating with Republican colleagues “”Rep. Dave Camp””: (R-Michigan), “”Rep. Fred Upton””: (R-Michigan), and “”Rep. Jeb Hensarling””: (R-Texas), according to “”_Bloomberg News_””: The Senate side will include “”Sen. Jon Kyl””: (R-Arizona), “”Sen. Pat Toomey””: (R-Pennsylvania), and “”Sen. Rob Portman””: (R-Ohio) as well as “”Sen. Patty Murray””: (D-Washington), “”Sen. John Kerry””: (D-Massachusetts), and “”Sen. Max Baucus””: (D-Montana).Pelosi offered encouraging remarks in a “”statement””:, saying the “”Joint Select Committee has a golden opportunity to take its discussions to the higher ground of America’s greatness and its values. It must meet the aspirations of the American people for success and keep America number one.”” She outlined several areas that she said deserves the super committee’s focus, including deficit reductions helpful to job creation, economic growth, and wage productivity.The super committee appointments follow a recent Senate proposal that aims to progressively slash the mortgage tax rate deduction. Senators say that trimming the deduction could raise as much as $1 trillion in revenue and slash deficits by about $4 trillion over the next decade. The cost for homeowners: approximately $1.2 trillion in tax hikes over 10 years.And the $1.2 trillion question: Will the Senate super committee take an axe to the mortgage tax rate deduction?Edward Pinto, a resident fellow with the “”American Enterprise Institute””:, seems to think so. He says that other tax laws known to benefit the housing industry ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô capital gains taxes, property taxes, home equity loan rates, among others ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô may also have their day in the bicameral hot seat.Lawmakers “”will probably have more hearings, discussions, and bills they introduce”” as Congress seeks to gouge over $14 trillion out of the national debt, he says.Not many Americans would agree with the reductions, according to a recent “”_New York Times_/CBS poll””: [COLUMN_BREAK]The poll, released last month, held some 90 percent of Americans opposed deductions in mortgage interest rates, alongside other numbers reflecting that most of the nation’s homebuyers value homeownership as an important asset.Neither, apparently, would the “”National Association of Home Builders””: (NAHB), which lobbied House lawmakers back in March to co-sponsor a resolution favoring the mortgage tax rate deduction in response to the Senate proposal. Some 40 lawmakers agreed to co-sponsor the bill.Commenting on the proposed House resolution in a “”statement””:, NAHB chairman and home builder Bob Nielsen said it “”acknowledges the importance of homeownership to individual households, the economy and the nation,”” adding that “”[t]he mortgage interest deduction has been a cornerstone of the nation’s housing policy for almost a century, and it is vital to homeownership and healthy housing markets.””The tax rate deduction may not be the only benefit that goes, says Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at the “”Cato Institute””: From his office in Washington, D.C., he says that he thinks other housing-related giveaways, such as the low-income housing tax credit and rental depreciation schedules, may also fall under the axe.Pinto says that super committee lawmakers may also set agency debt in their sights ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô something he says he agrees with. “”It is not good for the government to be taking 95 percent of all the credit risk in the country from mortgages,”” he says.He chalks up the problem to a system of competition between Treasury debt and government-backed mortgages, which, in turn, exacerbate the national debt ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the same crisis begetting S&P debt downgrades and action from Congress in the form of super committees.””We’ve now got to this problem where our own Treasury debt is so large and mortgage debt relative to it is so large that buyers are interested in both Treasury debt and mortgage debt with government guarantees,”” he says.With gridlock in the nation’s Capitol at all-time highs, analysts say the super committee may suffer from the same disputes that frustrated public officials ahead of the August 2 debt-ceiling raise. If the committee fails to come to a consensus, the law signed by President Barack Obama creating it will trigger instant cuts in debt, services, and tax deductions across the board.How important is the deficit to the housing industry and economy at large?Speaking to _MReport_, Mike Fratatoni, VP of research and economics for the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:, says an unaddressed deficit will force the federal government to borrow more and erase gains from the recovery over the next several years.””Under the current trajectory, U.S. debt will pose a real threat to the economy in just a few years,”” he says. “”You’re going to have the federal government borrowing more, and that will impact borrowers and investors.””People can debate the fine points but the overall trend is troubling, and I think it’s important for policymakers to do something,”” he says. Super Committee May Axe Home Benefits, Agency Debtcenter_img Share August 11, 2011 417 Views last_img read more