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MLS confirms Nashville expansion team

first_imgMLS MLS confirms Nashville expansion team as 24th franchise Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 06:37 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Don Garber Eddie George Megan Barry Bill Haslam MLS Nashville Andrew Nelles MLS Nashville FC MLS commissioner Don Garber and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry were in attendance as the league’s next franchise went to Music City Major League Soccer has awarded an expansion team to Nashville, the league confirmed Wednesday.Nashville had been tabbed as one of four finalists — along with Sacramento, Cincinnati and Detroit — for the next two expansion slots, and the league’s 24th franchise was all but finalized Tuesday when MLS announced a news conference would be held Wednesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame.Nashville Soccer Holdings LLC will own the club, with the investment group also featuring Minnesota Vikings owners Mark, Zygi and Leonard Wilf and the Turner family of Nashville’s MarketStreet Enterprises. The club will play at a new 27,500-seat soccer stadium at the Fairgrounds Nashville in the city’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. 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 MLS commissioner Don Garber was joined by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Tennessee Titans legend Eddie George and Ingram for Wednesday’s event, which sealed a meteoric rise for the market from expansion underdog to the league’s next franchise.Officials did not confirm, however, whether Nashville will begin play in the 2019 or 2020 season.Watch MLS live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) “Nashville is a rising city with a passionate soccer fan base, a dedicated ownership group and civic leaders that truly believe in this sport,” Garber said in a news release. “Nashville continues its ascent as one of America’s most dynamic communities, with its incredible energy and creativity. For us, that makes it a perfect place for MLS expansion.”John Ingram and his partners had a plan to bring MLS to Nashville during the last year and they executed it at every level. Thanks to their vision, the soccer fans of Tennessee will soon have their own MLS club and a state-of-the-art soccer stadium that undoubtedly will be a centerpiece of the community.”Don Garber MLSNashville MLSLos Angeles FC will kick off as the 23rd MLS club in 2018, while David Beckham’s long-gestating Miami franchise will be greenlit if ownership can finalize plans for a soccer-specific stadium.With Nashville locked in, MLS plans to award its next team to Sacramento, Cincinnati or Detroit in the coming weeks. The two markets that miss out will be eligible for the next round of expansion, along with bidding cities that were previously eliminated from contention this time around: Charlotte, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.MLS announced in December 2015 that the league’s goal is to reach 28 franchises — with Nashville now an official piece of that puzzle.”This is a landmark day for Nashville and for all of the loyal and ardent soccer advocates in our state and our region,” Ingram said. “During the last year, with the support of our partners, the fans, and civic and community leaders, we were able to make a strong case for why Major League Soccer belonged in the great sports town of Nashville.”Thank you MLS owners and commissioner Garber for your confidence in us. We will have a team that everyone can be proud of, and we will take a leadership role in enhancing the growth of the sport in a region that already has a passionate soccer culture. Nashville is going to be a very worthy addition to MLS.”last_img read more

Wasps leapfrog Gloucester in table as Kyle Eastmond makes an impact

first_imgReuse this content match reports Rugby union Premiership The Observer Share on Messenger Topics The giddy heights of second gave Gloucester vertigo. Their first league defeat for three months was a reminder that there are times when it pays to play with your head rather than eyes. In the season of goodwill, they lavished their hosts with gifts and resembled discarded wrapping paper by the end as Wasps overtook them in the table.Even when they were 17-15 ahead at half-time, Gloucester were not convincing. Their three visits to the Wasps 22 had resulted in tries, with the home side initially as charitable in defence – too often standing off and being knocked back in contact – but, overall, the visitors played too often from deep while being heavily penalised in the scrum and wobbly in the lineout, they lacked a foundation.Gloucester were unbeaten in the Premiership since the end of September and had already equalled the number of victories they recorded last season, seven. Their line speed in defence has been a factor in their revival, but they suffered a defensive malfunction after 11 minutes, when Willie le Roux wandered across the pitch looking for an opening, and it set the tone for what was to follow.Gloucester had not recovered from losing the ball in their 22 after trying to work their way upfield from the kick-off and were hemmed in after being penalised in three scrums – yet their first attack resulted in a try when Willi Heinz shrugged off Kyle Eastmond’s challenge.Defence was a reason Eastmond’s England career stalled before his Achilles’ tendon injury in this fixture in February but, other than missing Heinz, he made an impact, quick to move up and overtly physical, once penalised for dumping Tom Marshall on his back. It was his presence that turned the match eight minutes into the second half after Gloucester indulged in a multiphase move.Eastmond picked up a loose ball on his 22 and fed Le Roux, who immediately released Thomas Young. The flanker had 75 metres to go to the Gloucester line and was surrounded by backs, but he dummied his way into space and then beat a centre, Martin Atkinson, for pace. The try resulted in the lead changing hands for the fourth and final time with Gloucester’s challenge then quickly unravelling.It took Wasps until 13 minutes from the end to secure the bonus-point try that ensured they would move above Gloucester in the table. Guy Thompson forced his way over after two Danny Cipriani penalties had given the home side a cushion to spark a madcap finish.Three tries were scored in the final five minutes after Wasps were reduced to 14 men when Josh Bassett suffered a leg injury, with all his side’s replacements on the pitch.Gloucester scored the first through Freddie Clark to secure a try bonus point, but then gave away two to Dan Robson and Christian Wade through an intercept and an improvised kick-off respectively, which summed up a contest that had contained some light on a dull day in the opening period.Gloucester led 12-5 after 30 minutes when Ollie Thorley’s break resulted in an Atkinson try, but they surrendered the lead to Cipriani’s first penalty and a try by Wade – who had earlier been denied by Thorley and Ruan Ackermann after crossing the line – only to regain it two minutes from the interval when Tom Marshall profited from some suspect tackling.Gloucester had their best period of the match at the start of the second half, but after squandering an attacking lineout they were then turned over for Young’s try and overrun.It was less a reality check for a team that, in recent seasons, has been anchored in the bottom half of the table than confirmation that decisions decide matches rather than live up to an ideal. … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here…center_img Danny Cipriani Gloucester Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Wasps Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Facebooklast_img read more

According To Tom Arnold, Nick Saban Had “Interest” In New York Giants Job

first_imgNick Saban addresses the media with a bottle of coke.Alabama remains No. 1.Comedian Tom Arnold says Nick Saban expressed interest in the New York Giants head coaching job this past offseason.After every college football season, there are rumors that Alabama head coach Nick Saban is going to leave Tuscaloosa – either for another top program or for an NFL franchise. According to comedian Tom Arnold, after the 2015 campaign, there might have been some truth to it all.Arnold joined Paul Finebaum on ESPN Friday and told listeners that Saban “expressed interest” in the New York Giants job just hours before the franchise hired Ben McAdoo.Obviously, we need to consider the source. Arnold, however, doubled down on Twitter..@TomArnold told me hours before the Giants hired Ben McAdoo, Alabama coach Nick Saban expressed interest in the job. pic.twitter.com/z8kvfQQDhB— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 28, 2016True but it’s the G-men. Can you blame him? He HAD to reconsider it. https://t.co/cbL3SgKa7x— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) October 28, 2016I know, right? Except in this case it totally makes sense https://t.co/plTEZXn5Zv— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) October 28, 2016I saved it for Paul. 100% true. Roll Tide. You guys are winning 3 out of next 4 national championships minimum so don’t sweat it Matt https://t.co/9ZrQVfpit2— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) October 28, 2016Arnold says he is friends with Giants chairman Steve Tisch – hence his information. We can’t wait until some unfortunate soul asks Saban about it.last_img read more

Kirby Smart Getting Crushed For What He Just Did vs. Alabama

first_imgA closeup of Kirby Smart in Georgia Bulldogs apparel.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs walks the field prior to facing the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is facing some serious criticism for the move he just pulled late in the fourth quarter against Alabama.With Georgia and Alabama tied, 28-28, late in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs’ head coach pulled out the trickeration.It did not work.Georgia called for a fake punt in the area of their own 50-yard line on a 4th and 11 attempt. Alabama sniffed it out easily.The Crimson Tide took over in great field position and Jalen Hurts led the offense down the field for a touchdown.People aren’t happy.“FOLKS, MORE LIKE KIRBY DUMB,” one writer tweeted.FOLKS, MORE LIKE KIRBY DUMB— The Other Matt Brown (@MattSBN) December 2, 2018“Did Kirby Smart just give away a Playoff berth and SEC Championship on a fake punt?” another added.Did Kirby Smart just give away a Playoff berth and SEC Championship on a fake punt?— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) December 2, 2018“What are you doing, Kirby? On fourth-and-11????” Yahoo! Sports college football insider Pete Thamel tweeted.What are you doing, Kirby? On fourth-and-11????— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 2, 2018It was certainly a puzzling decision and one that instantly came back to cost Georgia and its chances of winning the SEC Championship Game (and, maybe, an appearance in the College Football Playoff).There’s still some time left, though.Alabama and Georgia are playing on CBS.last_img read more

Minerva Punjab to get rematch against Real Kashmir: AIFF

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 11:47 IST AIFF are awaiting Real Kashmir’s reply for rematch against Minerva Punjab (@ILeagueOfficial Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMinerva Punjab and Real Kashmir were slated to meet in Srinagar on February 18The I-League encounter did not take place after Minerva refused to travelReal Kashmir were awarded all three points as Minerva gave a walkoverDefending champions Minerva Punjab FC, who pulled out of their I-League clash against Real Kashmir in Srinagar citing security concerns, will get a re-match against the debutants, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided.The game was originally scheduled for February 18 but did not take place after Minerva refused to travel to Srinagar, insisting that their foreign players had been advised against it by their respective embassies in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.Minerva said the AIFF failed to give written security assurances that were sought by the club after the terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.”The AIFF Emergency Committee on Monday decided that there will be a re-match of Real Kashmir and Minerva Punjab but the date and venue is yet to be decided,” I-League CEO Sunando Dhar told PTI.”We have communicated this to Real Kashmir (since they are the host team) and we will take a decision (on the venue and date) after they give a reply. The plan is to have the match before the Super Cup preliminary round starts (on March 15).”I don’t want to say anything on date and venue now,” he added.Real Kashmir had turned up for the game last month, asserting that all the security arrangements were in place and they be awarded the three points after Minerva’s no-show.Minerva went on to argue that their pullout could not be considered a forfeiture as it was security grounds. The club refused to forego the three points, taking the matter to the Delhi High Court.advertisementThe court asked Minerva to go back to the AIFF I-League Committee for a resolution. The decision to have a re-match was, however, taken by the AIFF’s Emergency Committee.The League Committee had referred the matter to emergency panel, which comprises the AIFF President, five vice-Presidents and the Secretary General.Asked if there was still a chance of the match being held in Srinagar, Dhar said, “Let us wait for what Real Kashmir wants, in their reply.”Both the clubs are already out of title contention.Also Read | Delhi High Court rejects Minerva Punjab plea against AIFF over Real Kashmir game in SrinagarAlso Read | Exclusive: Secure or not? Minerva Punjab, Real Kashmir in war of words over Srinagar matchAlso Read | Disappointing not to play the game vs Minerva: Real Kashmir coach David RobertsonFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow i-leagueFollow AIFFFollow Minerva PunjabFollow Real KashmirFollow SrinagarFollow rematch Minerva Punjab to get rematch against Real Kashmir: AIFFMinerva Punjab and Real Kashmir were slated to meet in Srinagar on February 18 but the I-League encounter did not take place after Minerva refused to travel to Srinagar with Real Kashmir being awarded three pointsadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

Second Nor Lines LNG Cargo Ship Leaves China

first_imgzoom The 5,000 dwt short sea cargo ship MS Kvitnos has left China and is on its way to Norway, joining its sister ship MS Kvitbjørn to become the only two vessels to travel between Asia and Europe solely on liquefied natural gas (LNG), the ships’ owner and operator Nor Lines says.The vessels were built by Tsuji Heavy Industries shipyard in Jiangsu, and are powered by Rolls-Royce pure-gas engines.MS Kvitnos has left the Malacca Strait, and is en route to Cochin, India, to undergo bunkering. It will make one more bunkering stop in Cartagena, Spain, prior to arriving in Norway in August.Once delivered, MS Kvitnos will join MS Kvitbjørn on a service linking Oslo fjords and Hammerfest with Germany and the Netherlands.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Carnival to Invest USD 200 Mn in Carnival Triumph Makeover

first_imgIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons licenseCarnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation, revealed plans for a nearly USD 200 million bow-to-stern makeover for Carnival Triumph in the spring of 2019.The ship will join Carnival’s Sunshine Class and will be named Carnival Sunrise after a two-month-long refurbishment that will take place in Cadiz, Spain, starting March 1.Following the renaming, Carnival Sunrise will re-enter service with a series of five- to seven-day voyages from Norfolk, Virginia, beginning April 29, 2019, a summer schedule of four- to 14-day departures from New York commencing May 23, 2019, then move to Fort Lauderdale in October.The dry dock makeover will add all of Carnival’s wildly popular branded food, beverage and entertainment innovations, as well as update all staterooms.“The new Carnival Sunrise is part of our multi-billion-dollar ship enhancement program that is transforming our fleet on an unprecedented scale,” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said.last_img read more

Hunter Tankers Secures ShortTerm Loan from Apollo Asset

first_imgzoomSource: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hunter Tankers, a subsidiary of Norwegian investment company Hunter Group, has signed a short-term USD 3 million revolving credit facility agreement.The loan, signed with the company’s largest shareholder, Apollo Asset, a company owned by board member Arne Fredly, does not include any financial covenants and may be used to partially finance the group’s current newbuilding program and for general corporate purposes.The USD 3 million facility carries a total interest rate of 5.00% p.a., all inclusive. The outstanding amount is secured by parent guarantee from Hunter Group ASA.The company informed that the loan is available as from the date hereof, and any outstanding amount must be repaid at the latest on the date prior to the date for the first VLCC delivery.Apollo Asset has the option to cancel the facility at any time, whereupon any outstanding amount become due and payable, on the earliest of the date falling one month after such demand, or the date prior to the date for the first VLCC delivery.last_img read more

Prince William Visits Charity Initiatives In East Yorkshire

first_imgPrince William was in East Yorkshire this week for a number of charity visits.Prince William’s trip included a visit to Goole High School to launch a new award for primary school children as Royal Patron of the charity SkillForce.SkillForce draws on the values and skills of ex-forces personnel to inspire young people to achieve at school.The Duke watched the youngsters take part in a team bridge-building exercise in the school yard which was inspired by the 70th anniversary of D-Day later this week.The Duke chatted about the SkillForce initiative with staff, pupils and representatives of the charity.The new SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award is aimed at nine and 10-year-olds, especially under-privileged children who do not have easy access to these kind of activities. It is particularly aimed as smoothing the transition for children between primary and secondary school.The award involves team-building and problem-solving challenges, team sports, outdoor pursuits including camping, first aid, navigation, observing remembrance and community projects.Goole High School has worked with a group of local primary schools to develop the new national award programme.Speaking before the visit, Peter Cross, Chief Executive of SkillForce, said: “The award is designed to engage younger learners in exciting lessons, challenges and community projects that prepare them for secondary education, a time when some students can begin to lose their way.“Our programme builds up the children’s confidence, resilience, team work and problem solving to give them a boost before the start of new adventures and encourage them to take a more active role in their town, city or village.“It’s SkillForce’s 10th birthday, and we are honoured that our Royal Patron has marked the occasion by lending his support to the Junior Prince’s Award for roll-out across the country.”Later, The Duke travelled to West Yorkshire where he visited the youth homeless charity Centrepoint’s base in Bradford and joined young people undergoing media training.His Royal Highness followed in his mother’s footsteps by taking on the patronage of Centrepoint as his first charity, influenced by memories of visiting the charity’s premises with his parents as a child.Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

Ban Kimoon names top aides to deal with poor countries information technology

6 July 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named the Ambassador of Mali to the United Nations as his top aide dealing with the world’s most vulnerable countries and appointed a veteran information technology professional from the Republic of Korea as the world body’s new Chief IT Officer. Cheikh Sidi Diarra of Mali will serve as the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, succeeding Anwarul Chowdhury, a spokesperson for Mr. Ban announced today.Spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York that the full mobilization of the UN system in support of these countries is a high priority for the Secretary-General and reflects his commitment to the developmental objectives of the UN. She said the new High Representative would also serve as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).Mr. Diarra has over 25 years of professional experience in international relations, law and development. He has been actively involved in furthering African integration efforts and the African development agenda, and has long engaged in multilateral diplomacy.Choi Soon-hong of the Republic of Korea was named Chief IT Officer, responsible for all substantive and operational needs on information and communication technologies of the United Nations, Ms. Okabe said. He is the first person to serve in the post, which was created by the General Assembly in July 2006 as part of a reform package. Mr. Choi has 30 years of technical and management experience in the public and private sectors. He joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1981 and has served as its Head of Information Technology Services since 2004. He also has experience in the private sector. read more

US manufacturing activity accelerates in June as new orders boost employment

WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturing growth improved in June, helped by a jump in employment.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its manufacturing index rose to 53.5 last month from 52.8 in May. Manufacturing activity matched January’s level for the highest this year. Any reading above 50 signals expansion.Manufacturing growth has accelerated for the past two months, evidence that U.S. factories are beginning to adapt and overcome the drags caused by a rise in the dollar’s value and cheaper oil prices, two trends that date back to last fall.The index’s measure of production fell, but it remained above 50. The gauge of new orders rose slightly to 56 from 55.8. But manufacturers are responding to the increased demand by hiring more workers, as the employment measure increased to 55.5 from 51.7, a sign that many companies expect additional orders in the coming months and are hiring in advance.“When it goes up like that, it’s in anticipation of future orders,” said Bradley Holcombe, chairman of I.S.M.’s manufacturing business survey committee.Falling oil prices forced energy companies to curtail orders for new equipment and pipelines as their margins were squeezed and rigs were shut down. The stronger dollar made U.S. goods more expensive overseas, which weighed on sales.Those two trends seem to have tailed off.Oil has stabilized at around $60 a barrel. It had plunged as low as $50 a barrel at the start of the year from roughly $110 in June 2014. The decrease caused a decline in oil refining in May that weighed on factory output, according to the Federal Reserve.The dollar, too, has steadied in recent months. While U.S. currency will continue to be a drag on exports, manufacturers say they can at least adjust production schedules to account for it.This leaves manufacturers dependent on greater demand domestically from consumers. Solid job growth over the past year has flowed into spending on cars and trucks, which should bolster manufacturing. Auto sales rose 2 per cent in May compared to the prior year, as people bought 1.64 million cars and trucks, the highest total since July 2005, according to Autodata Corp. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US manufacturing activity accelerates in June as new orders boost employment by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jul 1, 2015 8:31 am MDT read more

Lithium in water associated with slower rate of Alzheimers disease deaths

Trace elements of lithium in drinking water can slow death rates from Alzheimer’s disease, Brock University research has found.Rates of diabetes and obesity, which are important risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, also decrease if there is a particular amount of lithium in the water, says the study, published recently in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.Postdoctoral fellow Val Fajardo and Rebecca MacPherson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, collected statistics on various lithium levels in drinking water in 234 counties across Texas.Lithium is a water-soluble alkali metal found in igneous rocks and mineral springs. It is commonly used to treat bipolar and other mood disorders, but at much higher doses than what occurs naturally in drinking water.The research team, which included Associate Professor of Health Sciences Paul LeBlanc, compared lithium levels naturally found in tap water with Alzheimer’s disease mortality rates, along with the incidence of obesity and diabetes, in the Texas counties.“We found counties that had above the median level of lithium in tap water (40 micrograms per litre) experienced less increases in Alzheimer’s disease mortality over time, whereas counties below that median level had even higher increases in Alzheimer’s deaths over time,” says Fajardo.The frequency of obesity and Type 2 diabetes also went down when the drinking water contained similar lithium levels, the researchers found.Fajardo says he and his team focused on Texas because data on lithium levels were “freely available.”Previous studies have demonstrated lithium’s ability to protect against Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and diabetes.“However, we are one of the first groups to show that lithium’s potential protective effect against Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and diabetes may translate to the population setting through very low levels of lithium in tap water,” says Fajardo.The Brock research comes on the heels of an August study from the University of Copenhagen linking high lithium levels in drinking water to decreases in dementia rates.But Fajardo warns it’s too early to start advising authorities to add lithium to drinking water.“There’s so much more research we have to do before policy makers look at the evidence and say, Ok, let’s start supplementing tap water with lithium just like we do in some municipalities with fluoride to prevent tooth decay,” he says.Fajardo, who came to Brock from the University of Waterloo, specializes in how a protein called GSK-3 affects skeletal muscles. GSK-3 is involved in dozens of signaling pathways that control cell growth, migration, glucose regulation and cell death.But GSK-3 has also been implicated in a number of diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and cancer.As he studied the protein, Fajardo learned that lithium inhibits the function of GSK-3.“Studies have shown that trace levels of lithium can improve mental health and reduce rates of suicide, homicide and violent crimes,” says Fajardo.“Based on what I knew about GSK-3 in skeletal muscle and its potential impact on whole-body metabolism, I was thinking that maybe trace levels of lithium in tap water could also potentially reduce the prevalence of obesity and diabetes.”He says he teamed up with MacPherson, who researches Alzheimer’s disease, when he saw how lithium could have “neuroprotective effects on Alzheimer’s disease.”MacPherson says that, in the brain, GSK-3 is associated with another protein called tau. Tau damages brain cells essential for learning and memory and causes the brain to develop structures called tangles.GSK-3 is also involved in the formation of another structure in the brain called plaques. Tangles and plaques are found in the brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.“If you could inhibit GSK-3 with lithium or anything else, you would reduce both tangles and plaques, which is what we’re trying to tease out with the mechanisms in the lab,” she says.MacPherson says there is an urgency to the research.“A large amount of our population is moving towards the 65-plus age range, which some are calling the ‘silver tsunami’ because there are so many of these people,” she says. “This is something we need to be proactive about.” read more

Football Ryan Day adds Matt Barnes as special teams coordinator

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day speaks during the Ohio State offensive availability at the Residence Inn LA Live on Dec. 29. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter adding two former Michigan assistants, Greg Mattison and Al Washington, to his coaching staff, head coach Ryan Day hired another Big Ten assistant Thursday. Ohio State announced that former Maryland linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Matt Barnes would join the Buckeyes as their special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach next season.“Matt is young coach who has really done a great job at Maryland,” Day said in a statement. “He’s an energy guy who has considerable knowledge of the Big Ten Conference plus experience coaching in the Southeastern Conference. He’s going to work well with our staff and I’m pleased to have him on board.”Last season, Barnes helped lead a Terrapins linebacker room that excelled in terms of tackling, housing Tre Watson, the Big Ten’s leader in tackles, who was named as a first-team All-Big Ten as well as a second-team All-American member by the Football Writers Association of America. Barnes was a defensive and special teams graduate assistant at Florida under former Gators head coach Will Muschamp from 2012-14. In 2013, the Gators held the second-best kickoff coverage and the third-best punt returns in the country. In 2015, Barnes spent a season at Michigan as a defensive analyst. The Wolverines had the No. 4 total defense in the NCAA that year.He was named as the Special Teams Coordinator of the Year by footballscoop.com in 2012. Barnes is one of three new coaches that have joined Day’s coaching staff with Washington, Mattison and newly-hired co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley. read more

Its a rematch Vardar are in the final

← Previous Story Győr to defend the EHF Final 4 title Next Story → CSM claimed bronze at the EHF Final 4 Amandine Leynaudana paula rodriguesAndrea LekicAndrea PenezićEHF Final 4Ekaterina Ilinahc vardarRostov Don On the second semifinal of the day, HC Vardar defeated Rostov Don 19-25, in a match that did not have many equivalents. With an astounding performance from Amandine Leynaud (finished with 50% of saves) and a good defense, the Macedonian team made it to the final for the second year in a row and will now try to lift the title for the first time ever after having qualified for the tournament in all editions.It was the match of the contrasts. The debutants from Rostov Don against the experienced HC Vardar. Debutants, in a way. Because it might have been the club’s first time in an EHF Final 4, but the coached by Frederic Bougeant is a squad with Olympic, European and World champions. But none of that mattered this afternoon as the girls from HC Vardar showed, once again, why they’ve reached this stage.The match started off better for the Macedonian team, who were finding the net and were counting with the unsurpassable Leynaud, who at one point had stopped 9 out of 13 shots (that’s 69%, yes). Vardar were hurting the Russians mainly through their 9-meter shots, but they also did good in the comeback, cutting one of Rostov’s most deadly weapons, their fast breaks.After a first half that finished 7-10, the match continued to be tight, but dominated by last year’s silver medalists. The difference was not bigger than 3 or 4 goals, but it was very difficult for Rostov to catch up. 15’ into the second half, Brazilian centre back Ana Paula Rodrigues suffered an injury on her right ankle and was taken out of the court on a stretcher. Her replacement, Ekaterina Ilina had some outstanding minutes that helped Rostov stay in the game, but given the time left on the clock, it was too late for an epic comeback and Vardar took the victory by 19-25.One of Vardar’s top scorers, Andrea Penezic (7 goals, just like Andrea Lekic) explained the reasons for the team’s success: “I think we started very well. This was our main goal, to open the game very good on the first 15 minutes, being strong in defense. I think that we achieved that, we stopped their fast breaks, which I think is their main weapon, and we deserved this victory today. We had the lead for two or three goals the whole game, the whole game was in our hands. Maybe in some moments we played a little bit slowly, but we are saving the strength for tomorrow also”.Tomorrow’s final will be a rematch from last year’s final and Penezic is well aware that it will be a tough one. “It will be hard against Győr tomorrow, but if you want to win sometimes you have to have luck and all the players have to be on a high level. Last year, unfortunately we lost by one goal, I think last year it was just a matter of luck. We didn’t really prepare for the final game, we were focused just on Rostov, but I know our coach has prepared everything. Tomorrow will be emotional for us, but this is life, this is sport, we are professionals, we will give it all, we will leave our hearts on the court and the better team will win”.A visibly excited Dragana Cvijic, who already knows what is like to be an EHF Final 4 winner, felt confident about Vardar’s chances ahead of the final against the Hungarian powerhouse. “I am very happy, we won by six goals against a very good team, our defense was very good we stopped their fast breaks and this is very important; we prepared for this game for three weeks and we came here very well prepared. I’m really happy because we fought for each other and this is the most important. Tomorrow we must play much better than today, we must show them from the warm up that we want this trophy, like today. We must not give them any chance against us, that’s the only way we can succeed tomorrow, because if we just come to play the final we will lose for sure because Győr is a very, very good team, their constant, they have very good matches on the Hungarian league, that means that tomorrow it will be a very good final.It is quite present for everyone in Vardar the fact that the team as we know it will no longer exist, so that sense of nostalgia and eagerness to finish the era with a trophy is definitely one of their motivations. It is not any different for Cvijic, who’s only been in the team for one season, but who feels at ease with the group: “I lost many times against Győr and I have to prove tomorrow that I can win against them, and I’m sure that if we play like today we will take the trophy. We came here because of this trophy, we will no longer exist next season and this is painful; some said that this is something that could put us away from the court, but we are here for us and we will kill for each other, that’s the most important thing”.The final EHF Final 4 decisive match will be today at 18hs and HC Vardar will try to steal the trophy from the title holders, Győri Audi ETO KC. read more

Marée noire suite mais pas fin une gigantesque masse de pétrole détectée

first_imgMarée noire, suite mais pas fin : une gigantesque masse de pétrole détectée entre deux eauxÉtats-Unis – La revue Science publie vendredi 20 août les résultats d’une analyse faite par les océanographes d’un institut indépendant. Selon eux, un nuage de pétrole de 35 kilomètres de long glisse entre deux eaux dans le golfe du Mexique.À environ 1.000 mètres de profondeur, un nuage diffus d’hydrocarbures de 35 kilomètres de long, 2 kilomètres de large et 200 mètres d’épaisseur se déplace actuellement à 270 mètres à l’heure vers les côtes américaines. Cette description effrayante a été rendue possible grâce à 57.000 analyses chimiques. Effectuées du 19 au 28 juin par un spectromètre ultra-perfectionné embarqué sur le robot sous-marin Sentry, ces mesures ont été analysées par les chercheurs de l’Institut océanographique de Woods Hole (WHOI), un établissement mondial privé d’études océanographiques à but non lucratif.  À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Le robot a également pris des photos du panache, composé de gouttelettes de pétrole dilué à raison de 2 cuillérées à soupe dans un mètre cube d’eau. Une dilution qui ne garantit pas son innocuité sur l’environnement, précise Richard Camilli du WHOI, qui explique que ce type de formation est mal connu des scientifiques.Michel Girin, ancien directeur du Centre de documentation, de recherche et d’expérimentations sur les pollutions accidentelles des eaux, estime pour sa part que le pétrole devrait se diluer peu à peu. Le processus de dégradation par des bactéries marines friandes d’hydrocarbures est très lent, et le robot du WHOI n’a détecté qu’une faible activité microbienne. Richard Camilli conclut : “(…) nous avons démontré qu’il existe bien un panache de pétrole dans le golfe du Mexique (..) ,nous avons également déterminé son origine et sa composition. Jusqu’ici, ce panache était considéré comme théorique”.       Le 20 août 2010 à 13:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cabinet ratifies deal on forming Intl Solar Alliance

first_imgThe cabinet on Monday ratified an agreement under which Bangladesh became a member of 121 solar-resource-rich nations for research, low-cost financing and rapid deployment of clean energy.The decision was taken at a regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at Prime Minister’s Office with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Briefing reporters after the meeting at the secretariat, Cabinet Division secretary (Coordination and Reforms) NM Ziaul Alam said the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was launched at the UN climate change conference in Paris on 30 November 2015 by Indian prime minister Narendera Modi and then French president Francois Hollande.Following that, he said, Bangladesh signed the agreement on the sidelines of the COP22 Conference in Morocco. “Today, the ‘Framework Agreement on the Establishment of the International Solar Alliance’ has been ratified.”Highlighting some salient features of the deal, Ziaul Alam said the alliance will take steps to remove the obstacles and problems in boosting the solar power of the solar-resource-rich member countries alongside taking integrated efforts for financing solar power projects, conducting research, ensuring necessary development and boosting capacity.”Besides, various programmes and proposals of the ISA will be adopted through discussions,” he added.The Cabinet Division secretary said there will be an assembly and one secretariat under the ISA, while the member states will be the member of the assembly and decision will be taken in the assembly through votes.”The ISA secretariat will execute the assembly decisions,” Ziaul Alam added.He also said India will act as the depositor of the Alliance while any member state can withdraw its membership after giving a three-month notice.The ISA aims to channel $300 billion in 10 years to promote renewable energy projects under a global mega fund for clean energy.The cabinet meeting, however, directed the Internal Resources Division (IRD) to resubmit the draft of ‘The Income Tax Bill, 2017’ after reviewing the draft law in details.last_img read more

3 sentenced to death for Mymensingh murder

first_img.A court in Mymensingh on Sunday sentenced three people to death for killing an auto-rickshaw driver in a bid to snatch away the vehicle in 2011, reports UNB.The convicts are Ziaul Hasan, 25, son of Abdul Halim of ujanpara village in Trishal upazila, Ismail Hossain, 24, son of Afaz uddin of Bhaluka upazila and Suruj Mia, 25, son of Sirajuddin of Sreepur upazila of Gazipur district.According to the prosecution, three convicts, in guise of passengers, hired the auto-rickshaw of Shafiqul Islam at Kachina Bazar in Bhaluka upazila on 12 March 2011.Later, they stabbed and strangled Shafiqul to death after tying his hands and legs and dumped the body in Bilaijura canal near Jamidia Masterbari in the upazila.Locals spotted the body on the following day and being informed by them, police recovered the body from the water body.Abul Hossain, father of the victim, filed a murder case with Bhaluka police station.Police arrested Ismail Hossain and he gave a statement before the court under section 164, admitting his guilt in the killing.After examining records and witnesses, Mymensingh additional district and session judge court-1 Mohammad Iqbal Hossain handed down the verdict.last_img read more

Houston Matters Exclusive Rep Kevin Brady on Healthcare and Taxes

first_img Listen Houston area Republican Congressman Kevin Brady serves as the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which means there’s plenty we can talk with him about concerning the Republican healthcare plan and the tax cuts he’s pursuing. On this edition of Houston Matters, Craig Cohen sits down with the congressman to discuss those issues and to talk about civility and bi-partisanship on Capital Hill in the weeks following the shooting at a GOP baseball practice in June. Plus Brady updates us on the status of his colleague (and roommate when he’s in Washington) Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot during the attack.Also this hour: we discuss cyber security concerns when it comes to our election process, Dr. Lori Teller answers your pet care questions, and we discuss recent Houston sports news.Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. 00:00 /49:44 flickr Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Apple Musics HipHop Programming Head Carl Chery Exiting for Spotify EXCLUSIVE

first_img Popular on Variety Carl Chery, Apple Music’s head of artist curation overseeing hip-hop and R&B programming, is leaving the tech giant, Variety has learned. According to sources, Chery is headed for a position at Spotify where the streaming service’s RapCaviar playlist is among its most popular destinations. Last month, RapCaviar curator Tuma Basa left the company after three years for YouTube.At Apple Music, Chery developed popular playlists as well, namely A-List: Hip-Hop and A-List: R&B. He was also responsible for securing two Apple exclusive releases from Chance The Rapper, including the Grammy Award-winning album, “Coloring Book.” Cherry’s additional credits include playing a key early role in breaking such artists as Cardi B, Bryson Tiller,  Post Malone, Khalid, Daniel Caesar, 6LACK and H.E.R. A former music journalist who has written for SOHH.com, XXL and BET, Cherry joined Apple in 2014 as part of the company’s Beats By Dre/Beats Music acquisition.As Variety reported, Apple Music recently named Oliver Schusser as new lead for Apple Music worldwide. The service also recently passed 40 million paid subscribers.As of January, Spotify claimed 70 million paying subscribers worldwide. The Swedish company went public on April 3 and its market cap is currently valued at $25.5 billion.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Microsoft says Edge wont bleed your battery dry like Chrome

first_imgYour laptop’s battery is in grave peril. Your web browser is slowly sucking the life out of it, and there’s only one cure: switch to Microsoft Edge. According to Microsoft, running Edge as your primary browser can dramatically extend its battery life. Just how much? As much as an additional 70% compared to other top browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.To find out which browser was the most efficient, Microsoft lined up four Surface Books and turned them loose on the web. In one test, they streamed HD video through the browsers until each laptop died. Chrome was the first to drain, at 4:19, Firefox lasted just over five hours, and Opera — even with the battery saving mode the company just finished boasting about enabled — flatlined at 6:18. Edge kept running for another hour.“Big deal,” you say. “Edge performed better while locked in and playing the same video over and over, so what?” Well, Microsoft also offered up power consumption metrics from real Windows 10 machines in the wild. Their chart shows that Edge sips just 465mW on average, narrowly besting Firefox at 493mW — while Chrome is thirstily chugging nearly 720mW.How much truth is there behind Microsoft’s numbers? You and I may never know for sure, but Microsoft says that they based their analysis on “billions of data points from millions of Windows 10 machines around the globe.”On a related note, if you wondered what Windows 10 was telling Microsoft when it phoned home, here’s a perfect example. It’s telling them how much juice your browser is sucking out of your battery while you’re streaming Rick and Morty on the bus ride to work.last_img read more