first_imgThe Donegal panel are expected to return home from Dubai later today.The Donegal Senior squad are due to return home from their team holiday later today after a week in the sun-soaked city of Dubai.However, the Donegal panel will be thrust straight back into action with training planned for both tomorrow and Sunday, with the focus now swiftly turning on their next league encounter with Cork.Manager Rory Gallagher who didn’t attend the trip to Dubai, was keen to gather his squad as quickly as possible following their return to Ireland. With preparations for the Cork match hampered by the team holiday, Gallagher will start his plans for that game when the squad assembles for training tomorrow morning.Donegal defeated Derry at home in their National League opener, but suffered defeat at the hands of Dublin in Croke Park prior to their departure for Dubai.That defeat meant Donegal’s miserable away record continues in the league.Donegal now face Cork in Ballyshannon on March the 1st and will be hoping to attain another crucial two points. After two rounds of games, it already looks like being a volatile league, with six teams on two points already.For the meantime the Donegal team will have to shake off their jet-lag and get back on the training park after a week of rest and relaxation in the UAE.  DONEGAL TEAM RETURN HOME FROM DUBAI WITH FOCUS NOW ON CORK was last modified: February 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CorkdonegalDubaiGAAholidaynewsReturnSporttraininglast_img read more


first_imgFounder: Operation Bobbi BearWhy is Jackie an Everyday Hero?Often described as a maverick crusader, Jackie Branfield, the founder of Operation Bobbi Bear, first took action against sexual crimes in 1992.In a moment of frustration, Jackie demanded to see the docket of an alleged statement made by a four-year-old girl.The police officer handling the case replied that the child did not make the statement as she was simply too traumatized to speak. As a result, the officer wrote “I was raped” on the docket – a statement completely insufficient to be used in a court of law.Jackie decided to do something about this, and created Bobbi Bear, a teddy bear with a difference.Bobbi Bear comes with a permanent marker and plasters so that a victim can indicate directly on the bear where he/she was violated. This bear is completely permissible in a court of law.In her own words.“Operation Bobbi Bear is unique. We’re the cowboys. We go to the children, kick in the door if necessary and rescue them so that we may cut down on the risk of HIV.”Fast FactsReported cases of child sexual abuse have increased by 400% in the past eight to nine years.In KwaZulu-Natal it is estimated that 51% of adults between 16 and 45 years are HIV-positive.Rape and abuse charge dockets are difficult to complete due to language barriers. The loss of facts results in cases being refused to be heard in a court of law, culminating in perpetrators walking free.Jackie’s vision with Bobbie Bear is to collaborate with the criminal justice system to ensure that the safety and rights of sexually abused children are upheld.How can I help?Find out how you can support Jackie and her team at the Bobbi Bear Foundation.Contact the Bobbi Bear FoundationTel: 031 903 2424Fax: 031 903 2430Story first published on SAinfo on 5 May 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more


first_imgAmid the raging controversy over Padmavati, an education officer in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas district has issued a circular banning a song from the film from being played at cultural programmes in schools.However, the district collector on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of the circular with immediate effect and said a showcause notice has been served to the officer concerned to explain his action within three days.In the circular issued on Wednesday, Dewas district education officer (DEO) Rajiv Suryavanshi directed the principals and head masters of all government and private schools to stop using the film’s song, titled ‘Ghoomar’, during cultural programmes in their respective institutions.last_img


first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Lucky Liverpool? Yeah – and they deserve it Leno, Mourinhoby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Bernd Leno was doing his best Jose Mourinho impersonation in the aftermath of Liverpool’s trouncing of Arsenal on Saturday…The goals – all five of ’em – were “unlucky”, claimed the Gunners goalkeeper. And the foul for Mohamed Salah’s penalty debatable. Fortune was simply with the hosts on the day.And to be fair, you can understand Leno’s reasoning. Another day. Another ref. And Sadio Mane is shown red for grabbing Stephan Lichtsteiner around the throat early doors. With Arsenal still in touching distance after halftime, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t missing from under Alisson’s crossbar. And just as Mourinho had complained a fortnight ago before losing his job at Manchester United. Liverpool’s goals in both games were full of ricochets. Deflections.But what was also common over the two games was how through sheer force of will, Liverpool managed to find those goals. Yeah, they were lucky. But they made that luck themselves. Driving forward. Attack. Attack. Attack. There’s nothing subtle about Jurgen Klopp’s team at the minute. Nothing measured. They go at it at 110%. And what tends to happen to people – to teams – who behave like that, they end up being luckier than most. The more shots. The more waves of attacks. The more chances you have of scoring.Okay, okay. Itis a bit more sophisticated than that. But Liverpool are not nine points clear at the top of the table for second guessing themselves. For holding back. Something has clicked these past 18 months. That drive. That passion we see on the pitch. It’s reflective of what has been occurring inside the boardroom – whether that be at Anfield or in Boston. And that approach is being rewarded in spades.While others held back – including Manchester City and Khaldoon al-Mubarak – Liverpool paid what was needed to ferry Virgil van Dijk away from Southampton. Another board. Another know-it-all exec. And Klopp would’ve been told to cool his jets. To make do with Joel Matip. But not FSG.When others – including an England captain – spoke against adding Xherdan Shaqiri to his squad. Klopp backed his judgment. Was supported by his transfer committee. And rolled the dice. Alisson Becker? Andrew Robertson? None were deals celebrated unanimously by those inside the game. But the manager – and the club – never hesitated.For the moment, everything they touch is turning to gold. But the differences is, this club. And these players. They’re not holding back waiting – hoping – for it to all fall in place. They’re out there. Making it happen. Yeah, fortune appears to be with Liverpool, but only because they’re willing to fight for it.So now they’re three wins clear at the summit. But there is a qualifier. There has to be at the midway stage of the season. But it’s a qualifier that is part tribute to what Klopp and Liverpool have managed to do in recent weeks.It was only a month ago and many were saying how far City? And not just this season. But in terms of an era. A Blue dynasty. They appeared unstoppable. Untouchable. Yet now, Pep Guardiola’s lot are more concerned about second place and Tottenham than keeping in touch with the runaway Reds.City haven’t suddenly turned from champions to chumps. But it’s a tribute to the work of Liverpool that a team some were declaring the greatest seen in English football are now eating their dust.Liverpool haven’t benefitted from City being dragged back down. They’ve taken their standards to a new level – and City are now having to find it within them to catch up. And they surelywill come again. A returning Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy will make sure of that. And then the onus will be thrown back on Liverpool to find another gear – something which Klopp has always insisted is well within them.Guardiola threw it out there last week. ‘It’s far easier being the hunter than the hunted’, he declared. A warning which fell flat on it’s face after Saturday’s Anfield performance.The City manager must know, it’s going to take much more than a generic throwaway line to force this Liverpool team off their stride. There justis something about them this season.Witness Mo Salah’s gesture. On a day when Aboubakar Kamara is being slated by his manager and fans for his behaviour around a Fulham spotkick. Salah does the opposite. A Golden Boot. A goals bonus. He sacrificed it all. And won praise from Klopp after giving up his penalty for Roberto Firmino to complete his hat-trick. That’s something no amount of spending can buy.Leno. Mourinho. Yeah, they can point to lucky moments in games. But you don’t haul in today’s Manchester City team on good fortune. Liverpool have made their own luck. And the standard to beat. It’s now up to the rest in 2019 to catch up.last_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Bournemouth boss Howe has no regrets over Defoe signingby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe does not regret signing Jermain Defoe.The former England international is heading to Rangers on an 18-month loan deal, per Sky Sports News.And despite the fact he had a limited impact in his stay at the Cherries, Howe does not feel the transfer was a mistake.”The deal (signing Defoe) has been a good one from our perspective, I would do it again in a heartbeat,” he said in his press conference.”He scored some massive goals for us last year, I don’t think anyone should forget that.”Then you add the other value that he brings in the changing room and on the training pitch. He’s definitely been a role model for a lot of our younger players. As I say it’s something I would do again and again if given the same circumstances.” last_img read more


first_imgzoom Since the beginning of 2016 the Athens-based containership owner Costamare Inc. has completed debt financing transactions of over USD 760 million, according to the company.In August 2016, the company entered into a loan agreement with a European financial institution for the financing of the third and fourth 11,000 TEU vessels on order, acquired under the JV with York Capital. The facility is for an amount of up to USD 87 million which will be repayable over 3 years. Costamare said that the proceeds are expected to finance the remaining yard installments for the two vessels.During the same month, the shipowner finalized the refinancing of two credit facilities secured with the 2006-built vessel Cosco Beijing and the 2000-built ships Sealand New York and Sealand Washington. Under the new financing arrangements, balloon installments of USD 90 million, due in the second and third quarter of 2018, have been extended to be amortized over three years.Furthermore, the company finalized the refinancing of its USD 1 billion facility in September 2016. Under the new agreement, the balloon payment of USD 270 million, due in the second quarter of 2018, has been extended to be amortized over three years.“Our goal is to strengthen the company and enhance long term shareholder value. Managing our debt repayment schedule, minimizing our capital commitments and adjusting the dividend are necessary steps in today’s market environment,” Gregory Zikos, Chief Financial Officer, said.Out of the USD 760 million worth of debt financing transactions, around USD 400 million involve the extension for 3 years of debt maturing in 2017 and 2018, some USD 175 million relate to the financing of Costamare’s newbuild program, USD 150 million relate to the refinancing of existing facilities, and USD 40 million relate to new financings.“We have no debt maturities in 2017, we have reduced our 2018 balloons from approx. USD 440 million to approx. USD 80 million and we have minimized our capital expenditure requirements,” Zikos said.last_img read more


first_imgMarch 12, 2004One of Paolo Soleri’s Special Assemblies is selected as part of a collection of permanent sculptures for Skyharbor Airport in Phoenix. [Photo: Chris Olinger & Text: sa]One of Paolo Soleri’s Special Assemblies is selected as part of a collection of permanent sculptures for Skyharbor Airport in Phoenix. [Photo: Chris Olinger & Text: sa] The bell assembly is mounted between escalators for incoming travelers in the International Terminal. [Photo: Chris Olinger & Text: sa]last_img


first_imgEndemol has taken a majority stake in Kuperman, the production company create by ex-Endemol and Fox Kids boss Ynon Kreiz. Following the deal, the production and distribution company has formed a new Israeli unit, Endemol Israel.Israel has proved a hotbed of creativity in recent times with a slew of entertainment and drama formats coming out of the country. Endemol said that taking over Kuperman and creating Endemol Israel will allow it to invest in format development across all genres in Israel for both the local and international markets.Endemol Israel will also produce Endemol’s international formats for the Israeli market.Elad Kuperman, co-owner of Kuperman, will lead Endemol Israel as CEO.Media investor and entrepreneur Ynon Kreiz, has sold his 50% stake in Kuperman, which he acquired in 2009 and will exit the company as part of the deal.Just Spee, CEO of Endemol Group comments: “The high volume of innovative formats coming out of the region continues to grow and our ability to deliver this content to our clients around the world makes this an exciting opportunity. Kuperman is already Israel’s number one TV producer and our partnership underlines Endemol’s commitment to investing in the very best creativity and talent around the world.”last_img read more


first_imgOrange has come on board as a partner for Google’s submarine cable project, Dunant, which is due to link the US with the French Atlantic coast when it goes live in late 2020.As the French landing partner, Orange said it will build and operate the landing station on the French Atlantic coast and provide the backhaul service to Paris.The move his will enable Orange to boost its capacity to meet the large growth in data and content demands between Europe and the US.“I am extremely proud to announce this collaboration with Google to build a new, cutting-edge cable between the USA and France,” said Stéphane Richard, chairman and CEO of Orange.“The role of submarine cables is often overlooked, despite their central role at the heart of our digital world. I am proud that Orange continues to be a global leader in investing, deploying, maintaining and managing such key infrastructure. Google is a major partner for Orange and this project reflects the spirit of our relationship.”Google announced project Dunant in July, claiming that the private cable will add network capacity across the Atlantic, supplementing one of the busiest routes on the internet and supporting the growth of Google Cloud.The cable will link Virginia Beach in the US with the French Atlantic coast and Google is working with TE SubCom to design, manufacture and lay the cable.last_img read more


first_img Source:http://www2.cnrs.fr/presse/communique/5741.htm Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 15 2018To protect neurons and limit the damage after a stroke, researchers from the CNRS, the University of Caen-Normandie, University Paris-Est Créteil, and the company OTR3 have pursued an innovative path: targeting the matrix that surrounds and supports brain cells. Their results, just published in the journal Theranostics, have confirmed this strategy on rats, and will lead to a clinical study between now and late 2019. With over 300 cases per day in France, stroke is the leading cause of handicap among adults, and the second cause of death. 80 to 85% are caused by the occlusion of a cerebral artery by a blood clot (ischemic stroke), with nearby neurons dying because of oxygen deprivation. The only existing treatment involves eliminating the blood clot, which is only possible during the first few hours following a stroke, and consequently available only for a minority of patients. Moreover, brain lesions can persist and worsen long after the start of a stroke, with no treatment being currently available to slow them, or to improve functional recovery.Related StoriesPeople who worked long hours have higher risk of stroke, shows studyUse of statins linked to reduction of mortality risk in dementia patientsStem cell stimulation shows promise as potential stroke treatmentNumerous avenues of research are studying how to protect neurons from this degeneration. However, treatments attacking this degeneration have only met with clinical failure, which prompted a team led by a CNRS researcher, Myriam Bernaudin, to take an interest in a little explored domain: the environment of the cells, known as the extracellular matrix. This matrix, which offers the cells structural support and houses growth factors, ends up being disorganized following a stroke, thereby amplifying neuronal death. The team from the laboratory Imagerie et stratégies thérapeutiques des pathologies cérébrales et tumorales (CNRS/UNICAEN/CEA) thus approached colleagues specializing in the extracellular matrix at the laboratory Croissance, réparation et régénération tissulaires (CNRS/UPEC), along with the biotechnology company OTR3, which had already brought to market “matrix therapy” treatments for the healing of cutaneous or corneal ulcers.The researchers demonstrated on rats the effectiveness of this new approach in protecting the brain and improving functional recovery after an ischemic stroke. The intravenous injection of an agent that mimics certain structural components of the extracellular matrix, known as heparan sulfates, protects and reconstitutes this matrix, promotes the development of new neurons and the regeneration of blood vessels, and improves the recovery of sensory and motor functions.It is therefore a promising avenue for limiting the aftereffects of a stroke, one that would complement existing techniques for eliminating blood clots. Pilot clinical trials should begin between now and late 2019.last_img read more