TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arnesen on Anderlecht axe: No chemistry with Kompanyby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Arnesen has spoken of his axing by Anderlecht.The former Chelsea and Tottenham football chief was dumped by the Belgian giants last week.”It didn’t catch me. I’ve always thought it was a matter of when. Our conversation was mature and respectful,” Arnesen told BT.”They thanked me for what I did, but also told me why. “One of the things was that they didn’t feel the chemistry was the way it should be between me, them, and Kompany (Anderlecht’s coach Vincent Kompany).”
Paul Ince believes his Liverpool team should’ve won Premier League titleby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool captain Paul Ince believes his team should’ve won the Premier League title.Ince reckons that he could have been a Premier League champion with the Reds if he’d had the current side’s defence alongside him.The former midfielder told the Liverpool Echo: “I felt that we had a very talented team. Jamie Redknapp in midfield, Patrick Berger and (Steve) McManaman, I think we had the most goals in the league in those roles, and then you’ve got Michael upfront, Robbie Fowler, (Karl-Heinz) Riedle, so we had some top, top players.“At the back we never got it right. I look at the Liverpool team now, if we had that back five, we would’ve won title after title after title because the rest of the team was pretty much in order.“That kind of rankles with me a bit, also the fact that I was there two years. I should’ve really had longer.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
(Photo of a recent anti-pipeline protest in New Brunswick. APTN/file photo)APTN National News OTTAWA—New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says the duty to consult with First Nations on natural resource and energy projects does not give a veto to those Indigenous communities.Gallant, whose province will be the end-point for TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline, said the duty to consult must be met whenever projects infringe on the rights and territories of First Nation communities, but that does not include the power to veto.“I think it’s important for us to recognize that there’s not a veto that comes with a duty to consult,” said Gallant. “There’s a duty to consult, a duty to accommodate if ever their rights would be infringed by development of natural resources or energy projects….That’s something that has been upheld and made very clear by the Supreme Court of Canada. And, of course, it’s the right thing to do as well.”Gallant partly won the last provincial election because he promised a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing following intense 2013 demonstrations and confrontations between an exploration company, the RCMP and resident of the Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog and supporters from other First Nations along with area Acadian and Anglophone residents.Gallant said consultation with First Nations is key to ensuring the success of new energy and natural resource projects.“We’re also going to have to continually show them that we’re doing it in a sustainable and responsible way,” said Gallant, who was speaking to reporters before Monday’s Ottawa meeting between premiers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the upcoming climate change conference in Paris.firstname.lastname@example.org@APTNNews
VANCOUVER – The B.C. Securities Commission is changing its crowdfunding exemption rules to enable B.C.-based issuers to access investors in Alberta.The regulator says the changes will also increase the amount that some will be able to invest.The changes increase the limit to $5,000 from $1,500, if an investor has obtained advice from a registered dealer that the investment is suitable for them.Crowdfunding allows businesses to raise small amounts of money from a large number of investors, often for a specific project.The BCSC made the changes after consultations with technology industry stakeholders and businesses earlier this year.
TORONTO – A union local that represents nearly 8,000 hospitality workers in the Greater Toronto Area says it continues to represent employees of Four Points by Sheraton after they voted against joining Unifor.Unite Here Local 75 announced the victory Thursday after a sealed ballot count by the Ontario Labour Relations Board.It’s a setback for Unifor — the country’s largest private sector union — after it left the Canadian Labour Congress in mid-December after complaining about CLC’s regulations around allowing workers to change unions.Unifor had attempted to represent workers at 24 of the 48 hotels represented by Unite Here Local 75, but the majority have voted to remain with Unite.Results from most of the votes were announced in February but several were delayed by sealed ballot counts by the province’s labour relations board.With the vote at Four Points, Unite Here continues to represent at least 18 of the 24 contested hotels, while Unifor won over Unite Here members from at least five hotels. The one uncounted vote is for the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel.Companies in this story: (TSX:)
Jammu: Police have seized the car used in the Kishtwar terror attack in which a senior RSS functionary and his PSO were killed, an officer said Sunday.The vehicle was recovered from an area in Kishtwar district, he said. Police have released a photograph of the owner of the vehicle, Zahid Hussain, who had been absconding since the attack, the officer said. “We have identified and tracked down a vehicle (used in the terror attack). We have identified its owner also,” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu Zone, M K Sinha said. Hussain has reportedly joined terror outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen recently but police did not confirm this. According to sources, the car had a false number plate and had changed hands four times. Senior RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma and his security guard were killed on April 9 when a militant opened fire inside a health centre in Kishtwar town.
Beijing: China on Wednesday said its economy grew 6.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, slightly more than expected despite the world’s second largest economy facing a host of headwinds, including a long-running trade war with the US. China’s GDP reached 21.343 trillion yuan (about $3.18 trillion) in the first three months of 2019, and the growth pace was the same with that of fourth quarter 2018, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said in a statement on Wednesday. The Chinese economy grew 6.4 per cent in the year’s first quarter compared with the same period in 2018. The first quarter GDP growth was in the range of 6 per cent to 6.5 per cent target fixed by the Chinese government for this year. Last year the economy grew at 6.6 per cent. The tertiary sector reported the strongest growth in added value by expanding 7 per cent to reach 12.232 trillion yuan, which accounted for 57.3 per cent of the total first quarter GDP, picking up by 0.6 percentage points compared with first quarter 2018. Consumption continued to be the mainstay in driving up demand, contributing 65.1 per cent to first quarter economic growth, NBS data showed. The industrial and agricultural sectors saw their added value grow 6.1 per cent and 2.7 per cent respectively, the figures said. China’s industrial output, an important economic indicator, expanded 6.5 per cent year on year in the first quarter. The growth rate came in 1.2 percentage points higher than that recorded in the January-February period, the NBS said. In March alone, industrial output increased 8.5 per cent year on year, a record-high since July 2014, up 3.2 percentage points from the January-February period. The industrial production saw faster growth in the first quarter, with more presence of high-tech industries, the NBS said in a statement. Industrial output, officially called industrial value added, is used to measure the activity of designated large enterprises with annual turnover of at least 20 million yuan (about $2.9 million) The Chinese economy, the world’s second largest, has been slowing down facing a host of headwinds which included a long-running trade war with the US, weak consumption at home and slower export demand abroad, as well as debt problems in both the public and private sectors. Expectations were high about reaching durable deal with the US to end the trade war as both the governments gave a positive assessment of nine rounds of talks reaching agreement on a host of issues. US President Donald Trump who kicked off the trade war last year is demanding China to reduce the $375 billion trade deficit and protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), technology transfer and more access to American goods to Chinese markets. He has already increased the tariffs on over $250 billion Chinese exports to US and threatened to extend tariffs on $200 billion Chinese imports to 25 per cent. China too slapped reciprocal tariffs on some US exports to the country. Trump held back his threat to impose additional tariffs on the rest of Chinese imports as both sides stepped up talks to finalise the text of the deal.
Striking right balance between career and personal life can be a real struggle, but it becomes even more challenging when you are a mother – striving to secure your position in a man dominated world, while discharging the responsibilities of a whole other human being. This Mother’s Day, we thought to interact with some of these rock stars who are effortlessly balancing the jobs of a housemaker, a professional, a mother, a wife and what not.Shubhaavi Choksey, Television actress Also Read – The Puja carnivalI am lucky to be blessed with two mothers (mother and mother-in-law) to take care of my child, but despite all the support it hasn’t been easy. Building a career, while fulfilling my duties as a mother has not been a cake walk. Whether I have time or not, whether I have slept enough or not at all, whether I am unwell or absolutely in the pink of health, by default my responsibility is the same. Being a working mother, even 24 hours seem less to me. But I still try and do my level best in the available time. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraDr Prakriti Poddar, Mental Health Expert There is no supermom! You have to give up on one job to be good at the other. Balance is really a distant dream, no matter how hard you try. But I still try… However, there are days when meetings supersede the bedtime. Those days, I have to step out and make a quite phone mail to fill prayers into the ears of my children. Sundays are non-negotiable to me. I spend it with my children – Quality over Quantity. Also, we have family groups on WhatsApp, for constant interaction. Luckily, we are all great at communication and my kids have a safe emotional outlet. Arunima Kumar, Kuchipudi dancer The most beautiful thing in this world is to become a mother because you learn to put somebody else before you. But it takes a lot of sacrifices and you have to be on your toes to manage it well. In a dancer’s life, nothing is predictable. You can’t plan your days in advance. Sometimes you are constantly rehearsing , travelling to places – and still, have to be always available for your child. For example, recently I went to France with my group for a performance. We had to rehearse all day and night for it. The schedule was so tight that I couldn’t manage to spend time with my daughter, and so she used to come, watch me dance. It is difficult, but we make it work somehow. Chef Veena Arora, Chef De Cuisine, The Imperial Although I have all grown up children now (and grandchildren too), my biggest support has always been my husband when they were young. I used to work in the evenings while he made sure he comes back home before I leave the house. I used to cook before leaving for work and help the kids with their homework too. We handled everything mutually. If a woman decides to achieve something, she can definitely turn impossible to possible. In my case, it was raising my children along with being a chef and I gave equal priority to both. I taught my children to be independent and maintained my passion and honesty for my work. It’s all about striking the right balance. Kanta Mehra, Art Gallery In-Charge I am a single parent of two kids, working in the most reputed organisation of Delhi for almost 20 years. Initially, it was all very difficult – forgetting about my wishes and desires, and only focussing on work and home. But time teaches you everything. Now, I have a routine. I get up at 5 am to complete all the housework, go out for a walk (because health cannot be ignored), send kids to school, get ready for my office and then rush to catch the 8 am bus. After spending 12 long hours in the office, heading towards home is a big sigh of relief but only until I reach home. Because then, my second shift starts – I cook dinner, and spend time with kids. As the clock strikes 12, I am exhausted enough to crash and sleep.
CAIRO – Egypt’s public prosecutor Wednesday referred a former minister to trial for offering state television equipment to a satellite channel broadcasting demonstrations backing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, judicial sources said.Salah Abdel Maqsud, who was information minister under Morsi, and an official from state television, have been referred to trial, the sources said.The two are accused of offering state television’s equipment to be used by a satellite channel for broadcasting pro-Morsi demonstrations before the Islamist leader was ousted by the army on July 3 following mass street protests against his rule. The two are also accused of illegally benefitting from state funds, the sources added.Egyptian media reports claim the equipment was offered to Al-Jazeera television.Police had started a crackdown on the Doha-based satellite broadcaster’s Egyptian affiliate, Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, almost immediately after Morsi’s ouster, by raiding its offices and seizing its equipment.A Cairo court ordered its closure in September.Authorities and the media have accused Al-Jazeera of biased reporting of the popularly backed coup that toppled Morsi.
The NFL playoffs begin Saturday, and if recent reports are any indication, this season could mark the end of the 12-team postseason era. In March, the league will vote on whether to expand its tournament field to 14 teams for the 2015 season — after which the floodgates may open for further expansion in subsequent seasons.This is not necessarily a bad thing. The NFL playoffs are a TV ratings bonanza, and it doesn’t seem as though our appetite for football is waning (despite a trying year off the field). Plus, teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans — all of which missed the playoffs this season despite winning records — make a case for creating more playoff spots. (And the 7-8-1 Carolina Panthers hosting a home playoff game makes the case for re-seeding the field.)But which expanded format is best? As I’ve done in the past, I’ll take the perspective that the best format is the one that sees the most deserving team win the most often, using a Monte Carlo simulation to test playoff fields of various sizes.More specifically, I generated random preseason Elo ratings for every team (based on the historical distribution of real-life preseason Elo ratings) and simulated the real-life 2014 regular season schedule 1,000 times — an exercise similar to that performed by Doug Drinen in this classic post at the Pro-Football-Reference.com blog. For each of those simulations, I tracked the regular season standings, seeding the teams within each conference using simulated point differential as the tiebreaker.The preseason ratings represent the starting talent levels for every team, but they can go up or down depending on the simulated game outcomes, in accordance with the Elo formula. For instance, a team assigned an initial Elo below the league-average mark of 1500 could tear off an improbably great regular season and finish above 1700. That would be used as the team’s strength rating going into the postseason.For potential expanded fields of 14, 16, 20, and 32 teams, I tracked how often the most talented preseason and end-of-regular-season Elo team won the Super Bowl, as well as the average preseason and pre-playoff Elo ratings (and rankings) of the simulated Super Bowl champs. For comparison, I also ran this test for contracted fields of 2, 4, and 8 teams, as well as the current 12-team setup.Here’s a little more to help decipher that chart. When the playoffs contained just 2 teams, the average simulated Super Bowl winner had an Elo of 1565.3 before the season, which gave it an average ranking of 9.2 among the NFL’s 32 teams. Also, 12.8 percent of those Super Bowl winners were ranked No. 1 in the preseason. After the regular season was simulated, those teams averaged an Elo rating of 1690.1, with an average ranking of 2.5 within the league, and they led the league in post-regular season Elo 44.7 percent of the time. Finally, following the Super Bowl the average winner from our two-team-playoff universe had an Elo rating of 1711.6.Comparing those categories across all formats, the irony is that a BCS-style two-team playoff produces the most talented champion from the perspective of both preseason and end-of-regular-season Elo ratings. But since that’s clearly neither realistic nor desirable, it appears the 14-team bracket is the superior option. On average, it yields the most talented team of any expanded format, and enables that team to win the Super Bowl with quite a bit more frequency — perhaps due to first-round byes only being given to the top seed in each conference.Interestingly, a 14-team bracket also yields the best average post-Super Bowl rating for the champ among any format tested, expanded or not. (Granting that the current 12-team setup sees the better regular-season team win more often.) Based on this research, then, a 14-team playoff seems to strike the best balance between letting teams settle things on the field and putting the most deserving teams in a position to succeed.
AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso says he is ‘happy with all the players Milan have signed’ this summer.According to Football Italia, Gattuso has expressed his happiness at the signings brought in by the club.“There’s sincerity and respect, a touch that brings new air and adrenaline to the club. I see the team fired up in front of them, and that makes me feel good.” Gattuso said.“Caldara comes from a totally different brand of football, but he has great desire and mentality, he’s working hard and he won’t have any problems.“He’s a cut above the others. Bakayoko? I thought he was slower than he is, but he’s amazed me with his dynamism.“He has to improve, but technically he can also have his say. Donnarumma-Reina? They’ll be split between competitions, which is why Gigio can become the best in the world.“He must watch Pepe for how he fulfils the role, for how he is on and off of the field. He already seems like a different goalkeeper.Serie 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….“He’s been incredibly lucky. Now it’s up to him: all he needs to do is ‘copy and paste’ [from Reina].“Montolivo? He’s injured, but he knows that once he starts training again, he’ll be part of the group.“Castillejo? He has fizz in his legs. He knows how to turn in an instant. I’m happy with all the players we’ve signed.“Gordon Singer told me not to read and believe what was written,” he said at a Press conference.“It was my funeral for a month and a half, but instead the club gave my staff and I confidence for us to work serenely. He asked me to improve.”
International defender Filippo Romagna has maintained that the Italy Under-21 side “are well aware of the mistakes” against Slovakia as they plan to make up for it with Albania.The Azzurrini were flattened 3-0 in a friendly and face another test match on Tuesday.“We analysed Thursday’s loss and are well aware of the mistakes we made, leading to a bad performance and a bad result,” defender Romagna told reporters via Football Italia.“We are ready to get back on track. We want to send a strong signal to ourselves, as we know that the team seen in that last outing was simply not the real us.“We have to first and foremost work on the attitude, as I feel technical issues like misplaced passes and tackles come as a consequence of the mentality.Serie 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….“Criticism is constructive, we know that we made mistakes and analysed everything with the Coach, but are convinced that this performance does not accurately reflect who we are.“It’s a wake-up call and we’re all determined to sort things out as soon as possible.”This is played at the Sardegna Arena, where Cagliari defender Romagna plays his home football.“I’m glad it’ll be at Cagliari and I’m sure the fans will give us a big hand.”
Manchester City was down 2-0 at half time but ended up winning 3-2 against Swansea City in a game nobody will ever forget.Current English Premier League champions and leaders Manchester City found themselves in a very difficult situation.The Citizens were 2-0 down at half time, during today’s FA Cup Quarterfinal match.And they could have been kicked out of the competition, but they came from behind and ended up winning 3-2 to eliminate the Championship side.When asked about if this means Manchester City will continue to pursue the quadruple (winning all four titles they are participating at), manager Pep Guardiola was very honest.“Ask me at the end of April [about quadruple] and I will answer you,” Guardiola said to the team’s official website.“I want to congratulate the players and staff for being here at this stage. I am already satisfied.”“I know for the people it will be a big failure if we don’t win three or four titles, so I’m sorry!” he added.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Now we are going to fight every game after the international break.”“We played a good game in general. We made some mistakes and conceded goals,” he said.“We adjust something in a defensive way. Celina moved well between the lines and we defended better with two holding players.”“But we spoke in half time and said we need a goal and then hopefully the rest will be easier. The spirit didn’t drop,” he explained.“We started really well at the beginning but missed the last pass and last actions, that’s why we had problems. Swansea played good. But we started the second half very good, found a goal and after we created a lot of chances.”Está prohibido en este equipo rendirse antes de tiempo. Siempre peleando hasta el final 👊🏻It is forbidden in this team to surrender ahead of time. We always fight until the end 👊🏻 #cmonguys #cmoncity #SemiFinals 👉🏻 #FACup #manchestercity pic.twitter.com/5UHnrFc4MH— Nicolas Otamendi (@Notamendi30) March 16, 2019
On the heels of reducing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on a number of items, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said the government is working towards a single tax rate regime.This new tax rate could be a mid-point between 12 per cent and 18 per cent, Jaitley has written in a blog post on simplifying taxes.Currently, the lowest GST slab is 5 per cent and the highest 28. There are two slabs of 12 per cent and 18 per cent falling in between.Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the other day that the government wanted most goods and services to fall into the 18 per cent slab so that the 28 per cent slab will become redundant.The GST Council meeting over the weekend changed the tax slabs of 22 items of which seven were from the highest slab of 28 per cent. Estimates show the government would annually lose an estimated Rs5,500 crore because of the change of slabs.Jaitley writes that the government is close to rationalizing the slabs now that the GST transformation is complete.”Multiple slabs were fixed transiently to ensure the tax of no commodity goes up radically. This contained the inflation impact,” Jaitley writes.”A roadmap could well be to work towards a single standard rate instead of two standard rates of 12 per cent and 18 per cent. It could be a rate at some mid-point between the two.”The country should look towards having slabs of zero, 5 per cent and a single rate for luxury and sin goods (alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, etc.), he says.Pointing to the current system, the minister said that among the items of common use only cement and auto parts are left in the 28 per cent slab. The government’s priority would be to lower the tax slab of cement. The other building materials are now on the18 per cent and 12 per cent slabs.Of the 1,216 commodities of common use, 183 are in the zero-tax category. Another 308 are on the slab attracting 5 per cent rate, 178 in the 12 per cent tax category, and the maximum number of 517 in 18 per cent category.Describing the 28 per cent slab as the ‘dying slab’, the minister said only 28 items, including luxury and sin goods, auto parts, dishwashers, AC and cement currently remained in the highest slab.With the goods and services tax (GST) transformation completed, we are close to completing the first set of rates of rationalisation i.e. phasing out the 28 per cent slab except in luxury and sin goods, he said.He recalls that the standard pre-GST rate was 31 per cent on a large number of commodities.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina attending the outreach session of the G7 Summit 2018 in Canada on Saturday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday joined the outreach session of the G7 Summit 2018 for the third time.When Sheikh Hasina reached the venue at Manoir Richelieu Hotel in La Malbaie, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau welcomed her.She attended the special outreach session as Trudeau invited 12 world leaders, including Sheikh Hasina, to take part in it.Hasina for the third time joined such outreach programme of the G7, the group of seven countries with advanced economies — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States — in the world.She earlier took part in the outreach meeting of the G7 Summits held in Italy in 2001 and in Japan in 2016. This year, the special outreach session is focusing on healthy oceans and resilient coastal communities.Bangladesh is highlighting issues related to climate change, sustainable use of ocean resources, blue economy and its initiative on women empowerment at the G7 Forum. Heads of international organisations also joined the special outreach session. Sheikh Hasina arrived here on Friday (local time) on a four-day official visit to Canada.During her visit, she will have a bilateral meeting with her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in Quebec on Sunday morning and join a views-exchange meeting with Bangladesh expatriates in Toronto on Sunday evening. Besides, Hasina will hold a meeting with Canada’s special envoy on Rohingya crisis Bob Rae in Torontoon 11 June.Trade, investment, cooperation in achieving SDGs, political consultations, cooperation in blue economy and Rohingya issue are expected to be discussed at the bilateral meeting with the Canadian prime minister.
Davis LandGovernor Greg Abbott meets with county and city officials in League City, TX on December 20, 2017.The state of Texas is paying for 10% of Harvey debris removal costs for some cities and counties, with the federal government paying for the other 90%, Governor Greg Abbott announced today.Abbott handed out checks to area officials at a meeting in League City. He says the 90/10 split deal and a new $81 billion relief plan from Congress is a start, but Texas still needs more from the feds.“It is clear that the House is doing a good job of increasing the amount of money that would be allocated,” Abbott said. “What’s important to emphasize is we have dug into the details that the strategies are being used to appropriate that money are not necessarily the strategies that are best for what the state of Texas needs.”Rebuffing criticism that the state should tap its Rain Day Fund now, Abbott said he wanted to make it clear that the state is spending money meant to be reimbursed by that fund. However, Abbott said he expects to see mitigation efforts — including a third Houston reservoir — paid for with federal money, citing Representative John Culberson’s remarks to the Houston Chronicle. Share
Harald Rösch presenting TSNMaltese cable operator Melita and telecom rival GO have teamed up to offer a unified sports offering, ending an ongoing competition to secure rights to top-tier football.Starting from August, the pair will launch Total Sports Network (TSN), which will be available on both their platforms.TSN will offer a mix of premium sports content including English Premier League, Italian Serie A, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, German Bundesliga, the Maltese BOV Premier League and FA Cup football, alongside Formula 1, Moto GP, tennis and other sports.In total, eight new HD sports channels will be offered to both Melita and GO subscribers under the TSN brand. Melita and GO will separately communicate directly with their customers with further details in the coming weeks.“We have agreed to pool our rights with GO for the benefit of all our customers who follow sports. The breadth of premium sports we’ll be offering will be unparalleled in Europe, and marks another step forward for us in delighting our customers,” said Harald Rösch, Melita CEO.“We are excited to bring Total Sports Network to the local market. By combining TV broadcast capabilities and rights of both GO and Melita, customers in Malta and Gozo can now enjoy a richer sports experience. This has been a long time request from customers, and we are glad to be in a position to make this happen,” said Nikhil Patil, GO CEO.The agreement between the pair was also welcomed by Maltese parliamentarian Silvio Schembri, who is responsible for the country’s digital economy.Both Melita and GO have suffered from competition from a range of semi-legal and illegal IPTV services.Earlier this year, Melita was forced to abandon plans to merge with mobile operator Vodafone Malta after GO objected to the plan and the country’s competition watchdog set conditions that the parties felt unable to meet.
An Ohio fertility clinic said that the remote alarm system on its storage tank was turned off, so it didn’t know that the temperature had fluctuated, and that the consequences were worse than it initially thought — all 4,000 eggs and embryos in the cryofreezer are likely nonviable.In a letter to affected patients on Tuesday, the University Hospitals health care system wrote: “[W]e have determined that the total number of affected eggs and embryos for these patients is more than 4,000, not the estimate of 2,000 previously used. We are heartbroken to tell you that it’s unlikely any are viable.”University Hospitals said its investigation into the incident on March 3 to 4 at its fertility clinic in suburban Cleveland suggested the problems might have been caused by human error, mechanical failure or both.The first problem was that the remote alarm system on the tank, designed to alert a staff member if there were swings in temperature, was turned off.”We don’t know when the remote alarm was turned off,” the letter explained, “but it remained off through that weekend, so an alert wasn’t sent to our employee as the tank temperature began to rise on Saturday night, when the lab isn’t staffed. An alarm should have been sent and received. We don’t know who turned off the remote alarm nor do we know how long it was off, but it appears to have been off for a period of time.”The letter also said the tank that failed needed preventative maintenance. The tank had been having issues with the mechanism is that is supposed to automatically refill the liquid nitrogen to keep the specimens cold. As a result, the liquid nitrogen was being filled manually.”On the Friday before the weekend of the failure, the liquid nitrogen was brought in a container from the nearby Andrology Lab and poured into the tank,” the letter says. “The liquid nitrogen levels in the tank were monitored and appeared to be appropriate on Friday and Saturday, but we now suspect that may not have been the case.”Just before the tank failure occurred, the clinic had been preparing to move all the specimens to an extra storage tank to perform maintenance on the automatic fill.Dr. James Liu, chairman of the hospital system’s department of obstetrics and gynecology, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the clinic was “about a day or so out” from moving the eggs and embryos when the failure happened.The hospital system says it is refunding storage fees to those patients who had stored eggs and embryos, as well as offering tailored emotional and medical support, including a free round of IVF for those who want it. The hospital system isn’t asking patients to sign a release in order to access the services.In a video statement, Tom Zenty, the hospital system’s CEO, apologized for the failure:”We understand that our patients are grieving and we grieve with them. Clearly, we can’t give back what was lost. We hope to help them recover some of that loss through the medical and emotional support services we have offered. I can’t say it any more plainly: we failed our fertility clinic patients. We are sorry. I am sorry. And we are going to everything we can to regain our patients’ trust.”The first court hearing in the matter was held on Monday. The Plain Dealer reports that 57 plaintiffs have come forward thus far and that 22 lawsuits have been filed against University Hospitals. It remains to be seen whether class action status will be granted.One couple who lost their embryos, Jeremy and Kate Plants, told the Plain Dealer in an email that the hospital system’s letter and video were “horrifying.””We had accepted that our embryos were lost, but our hearts break for those who were holding on to hope that their embryos were still alive,” Jeremy Plants wrote.He also criticized University Hospitals for not resolving its problems sooner.”What were they thinking,” he asked, “and why was nothing done before this disaster happened?” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
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There’s no shortage of news and feature stories about addiction. Oftentimes, they follow a similar narrative — from painkillers overprescribed, to heart-wrenching family interventions, to challenging stints in rehab, to the happy endings of sobriety.But for people who have lived through addiction, a lifetime remains after initial treatment ends. What happens next?For many of those in recovery, the true test of sobriety comes not during the initial stages of treatment but in the months, years and decades to follow. After the addiction ends, the situational causes and contributors of it are likely to persist.Here’s what journalist Maia Szalavitz wrote in Scientific American:If we want to reduce opioid addiction, we have to target the real risk factors for it: child trauma, mental illness and unemployment…Many people would prefer it if we could solve addiction problems by busting dealers and cracking down on doctors. The reality, however, is that as long as there is distress and despair, some people are going to seek chemical ways to feel better. Only when we can steer them towards healthier—or at least, less harmful—ways of self-medication, and only when we reach children before they develop this type of desperation, will we be able to reduce addiction and the problems that come with it.Addressing the risk factors can help prevent addiction and help those who relapse.What happens after treatment ends?Show produced by Bianca Martin.GUESTSSam Arsenault, Director, National Treatment Quality Initiatives at Shatterproof, a national nonprofit; @PHwithSamBarry Grant, Director of Outpatient Services, Hope House Treatment Centers in the greater Annapolis, Maryland area; certified chemical dependency counselor; @risewithbarryBrooke Feldman, A person in recovery; social worker; writer; advocate; currently serves as the Philadelphia Center Manager for CleanSlate Outpatient Addiction Medicine; @BrookeM_FeldmanFor more, visit https://the1a.org.© 2019 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2019 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.