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first_imgIn athletes who suffered a concussion, a protein in their blood may be able to predict when they can return to action. A new study finds that those who took longer to return to play had higher levels of a protein known as tau in their blood in the 6 hours following the trauma than players who were cleared to return to the field sooner. Tau blood testing isn’t ready for prime time, but experts say that if it pans out it would become an invaluable tool for coaches and physicians alike.Trainers, sports physicians, and neurologists deal with some 3.8 million sports-related concussions in the United States each year. But they still lack an objective medical test to establish whether someone has sustained the injury, and at what point they have recovered enough from one to resume playing. Instead, they are forced to rely on often-nebulous physical signs, and on players’ self-reporting of symptoms. And it’s known that players, keen to get back on the field, often minimize these.“We don’t want a biomarker that just says somebody had a concussion,” says study leader Jessica Gill, a neuroscientist at the National Institute of Nursing Research in Bethesda, Maryland. “We want a biomarker that says who needs to be out of play to recover.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Gill, with concussion physician Jeffrey Bazarian of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York, and colleagues took preseason blood samples from more than 600 male and female University of Rochester athletes who participate in contact sports: football, basketball, hockey, and lacrosse. In it, they measured levels of tau, a protein linked to traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease, which has been found to be elevated in the blood of Olympic boxers and concussed ice hockey players. Then, in the 46 collegiate players who sustained concussions during the season, the researchers measured tau in the blood again—as they did in 37 uninjured, control athletes—at multiple time points: within 6 hours of the injury, and 1, 3, and 7 days later. (The concussions were witnessed by on-field, certified athletic trainers. The players’ symptoms also met the definition of concussion in a widely used test that evaluates symptoms like memory and balance.) Twenty-one nonathlete controls also had additional blood drawn and measured for tau, before the season.Tau is so scarce in blood that it is notoriously difficult to measure. “It’s like looking for a couple grains of sand in an Olympic size swimming pool,” Gill says. So the researchers turned to a machine made by Quanterix of Lexington, Massachusetts, that uses magnetic beads coated by an antibody that binds selectively and extremely tightly to the protein in the blood.As a group, the roughly 61% of the concussed athletes who weren’t cleared to return to play for more than 10 days had significantly higher concentrations of tau in their blood at 6, 24, and 72 hours after their injuries than did the players that experts said could return to the field sooner, the team reports today in Neurology. The biggest difference between the two groups was in the bloods taken within 6 hours of the athletes’ injuries.Counterintuitively, in the group of athletes who were cleared to return to play sooner, the average tau level in the blood drawn within 6 hours after injury was actually lower than it was in the baseline, preseason blood draw. Possibly, this is because tau levels are known to rise, independent of injury, with exertion; thus the fall in tau from the preseason level may have reflected the players’ immediate, enforced rest after their injuries.The nonathlete controls had lower levels of tau in their blood than the athletes at baseline, supporting the idea that exercise may lead to naturally higher tau blood levels. Why that may be is unclear, although the blood-brain barrier is thought to become more permeable during exertion; whatever the reason, the finding in the nonathletes will have to be accounted for if a blood test for tau as a measure of concussion severity is to become a reality.The tau measure was also far from infallible. Blood tau levels within 6 hours after injury predicted with only 81% accuracy whether a given player would return to play in 10 days or less. What’s more, tau in the blood is only a proxy for tau in the brain, notes Barry Kosofsky, who directs the pediatric concussion clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.“The bottom line is they are measuring something in the blood that they hope is reflective of injury to the brain, but the signal may be obscured because it’s an indirect measure,” he says. He nonetheless calls the work “critically important” and says that an objective biomarker would be a “godsend” in his daily practice.One avenue that needs exploring soon, says Gill, is whether other protein markers in the blood rise after concussions. Discovering those, she says, might fill out the picture, bringing that 81% to 100%.last_img read more

first_imgSacramento County Sheriff’s Department deputies leave the California home of Joseph James DeAngelo, who last week was arrested on suspicion in a string of violent crimes in the 1970s and 1980s. He was identified using a public database of people’s DNA. Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo By Jon CohenApr. 29, 2018 , 1:50 PM Yaniv Erlich, a geneticist at Columbia University, was far from surprised at last week’s news that police may have found a serial murderer and rapist, California’s long-sought Golden State Killer, by tapping a public DNA database to match crime scene DNA: Erlich had cautioned in a June 2014 article about genetic privacy, published in Nature Reviews Genetics, that GEDmatch, the website that was reportedly used, could allow for such “genealogical triangulation.” On GEDmatch, people voluntarily supply their own DNA sequences that they obtain through consumer sequencing companies—such as MyHeritage, where Erlich serves as chief science officer—and provide email addresses, which allows presumed relatives to contact each other. In this case, the investigators fished the database with a DNA sequence obtained from a frozen, 37-year-old rape kit used in a murder case attributed to the Golden State Killer.Police have not yet revealed precise details about how GEDmatch, or other such sites, were used, but Erlich, who was not involved with cracking this decades-old case, spoke with Science about how the suspect’s DNA sequence likely led to his arrest and related privacy issues.This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)center_img A chat with the geneticist who predicted how the police may have tracked down the Golden State Killer Q: How do you think police narrowed down the many matches they found on GEDmatch?A: I would be surprised if it was more distant than a second cousin—[it was] probably a first cousin because with a second you have too many people. Then they had three choices: no cooperation, just figure out the family tree; contact the relative and make up a story like, “I’m an adoptee and saw you on GEDmatch”; or explain, “We’re the police and you’re not a suspect but you can help us because of your DNA.” Probably the safest thing is to come up with a story and say, “Oh, thank god I found you, let’s meet.” When they meet, police come as a team and say we’re investigating this type of thing, please walk us through your family tree. It’s not very nice to say no. Then if you have 20 people on the tree, it’s quite trivial to go for the one person you’re looking for who is quite old, male, lives in California, and who, some of the victims said, had light colored eyes.Q: GEDmatch has information from the sex chromosomes (X and Y) and the autosomes (the 22 other chromosomes). You think only the autosomal data are needed?A: Yes. It’s been reported that one search tried to use the Y chromosome and had a poor match. [Editor’s note: An earlier search of a Y chromosome database, Associated Press reported, mistakenly led police to target another man.]  X wouldn’t be very helpful because it goes in different directions: If the closest match was female, the X can go from her mother’s side or her father’s side. You don’t know which line to go from. And it’s only one chromosome. It helps, but it’s much more complicated.Q: There’s a lot of concern about privacy being compromised here, but people voluntarily put their data into GEDmatch.A: It’s not like people fully understand the consequences of putting their DNA into a public database. They think, “So many people use the website, so it’s OK.” Or: “Oh, it’s a website for genealogy.” What if it was called Police Genealogy? People wouldn’t do it. We don’t think about everything. We think about the most likely thing.Q: You’ve shared your own genetic data. Have you learned anything?A: I found someone who was my fifth cousin, a man in Poland who didn’t know he had Jewish roots. This match was very important to him. My entire family for the first time was going to Poland—me, my father, my grandfather, an aunt, and a cousin—and I told him, “Why don’t you join us?” He came and spent 2, 3 days with us. He later made Aliyah [moved to Israel] and converted to Judaism. Why do people do genealogy and why do we have these databases? Every day we connect to people we want to find, and once in a blue moon, we find there’s a murderer or something.Q: We’ve both put our DNA into GEDmatch, and we both have Jewish ancestry. Can we compare and see how closely we match?A: Sure. [Cohen: We each put the other’s “kit” number into GEDmatch with our own kit number and select a graphic display of each chromosome that shows regions that match.] We share something at chromosome 16 since we’re both half Ashkenazi: Every pair of Ashkenazi Jews behaves like fourth cousins. But we don’t share meaningful stuff. Your father and my mother are underrepresented populations in the database. We don’t get many relatives there. [Editor’s note: Cohen’s father was Yemenite, Erlich’s mother Bukhari.]Q: Do you think this arrest is going to change anything with GEDmatch and other public DNA databases?A: It’s too soon to say. Let’s wait to see how they did it. But it’s good to have these types of discussions and to respect people’s autonomy. Privacy means different things to different people.last_img read more

first_imgFor once, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) was efficient and left no stone unturned to ensure there were hardly any organisational problems on Saturday. However, the same can’t be said about the Delhi Police.In a bizarre incident, the bus carrying the players’ baggage was asked to be driven out of the Ferozeshah Kotla and return with the correct parking label.Even though the players and the bus carrying their baggage was allowed to enter the stadium at first, the latter wasn’t allowed to be parked as the label designated for parking inside the stadium wasn’t the one put on the bus.Eventually DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan had to intervene before the bus was allowed to stay.Even though he was seen shouting at the officials, Chauhan played down the incident when MAIL TODAY enquired about the mess.”Well, these things keep happening when you are hosting an international match. You can’t really blame anyone and it is more a case of misunderstanding. The police also have to do their job and be cautious of every movement as security is of prime importance,” he said.While the bus driver kept shouting and Chauhan tried to calm everyone down, an official of the Delhi Police could be overheard screaming that he wouldn’t allow anyone unless the stickers on the vehicles weren’t proper. But the police’s insistence on maintaining a strict vigil wasn’t restricted to the baggage bus. Even the commentators’ car was stopped outside the stadium. They had to walk the few hundred metres from the Kotla Fort to enter the ground.advertisement”The police stopped us suddenly as we were about to enter the stadium and said we didn’t have the sticker that was designated to be put on the commentators’ vehicles. So they said we needed to get down and walk to the ground. We all know that there is no point trying to argue with the police, so we preferred keeping shut,” one of the commentators told MAIL TODAY.last_img read more

first_imgLokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten to take India to 71/1 at stumps.Mitchell Starc struck in the first over of India’s reply to Australia’s imposing 572 for 7 declared before Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul combined to guide the visitors to 71 for 1 at stumps on Wednesday on the second day of the fourth Test.Australia declared just after tea with their top six batsmen all scoring above 50, including centuries for Steve Smith (117) and David Warner (101), and then Starc took the first wicket without a run on the board when he had Murali Vijay caught behind. But Sharma (40 not out) and Rahul (31 not out) ensured there was no further damage for India in the last session, cutting the first-innings deficit to 501.Bat has dominated ball in every session so far at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Smith continued his fine form, scoring his fourth century in as many Tests and sharing a 196-run partnership with Shane Watson (81).His milestone matched the marks of Don Bradman (vs South Africa in 1931-32) and Jacques Kallis (vs West Indies in 2003-04) in scoring four hundreds in four consecutive Tests in a series. Smith, promoted to the Test captaincy due to Michael Clarke’s latest recurrence of back and hamstring trouble, leads the scoring this series with 698 runs at an average of 139.6.Only Bradman (715 runs in 1947-48) and Ricky Ponting (706 runs in 2003-04) have scored more runs in a series between Australia and India.Umesh Yadav (1 for 137) eventually dismissed Smith for 117 caught behind when Australia had reached 400. Watson again failed to convert a promising start into a century when he heaved a short-pitched Mohammad Shami (5 for 112) delivery straight to deep midwicket where Ravichandran Ashwin made no mistake taking the catch – he dropped Watson on the penultimate ball of day one.advertisementWatson has 24 half-centuries to go with only four Test hundreds in his 55 Tests. With Shaun Marsh (73) and Joe Burns (58) adding half-centuries, Australia set a benchmark with their top six batsmen all passing 50 in the same Test for the first time.Marsh had two reprieves before he as acrobatically caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off Shami’s bowling. Burns offered good support to post his first Test half-century before lofting a catch to Rahul in the outfield off Shami as Australia chased quick runs to end its innings.Ryan Harris produced a brief cameo, belting 25 off nine balls before Shami had him caught by Ashwin for his fifth wicket and prompted Smith’s declaration.On the first day, David Warner smashed 101 and Chris Rogers made 95 after Smith won the toss and chose to bat first. Australia have an unassailable 2-0 series lead, and regained the Border-Gavaskar trophy, with two wins and a draw in the first three Tests.last_img read more

first_imgLionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2 Lionel Messi scores on Argentina return Lionel Messi lit up Camp Nou and devastated Man United before firing a warning to Barcelona that they can’t start slowly again. Barca dominateBarca were superior to United in all departments for the best part of 80 minutes on Tuesday, a 3-0 win perhaps even flattering for their opponents, who were two down in 20, both goals belonging to Messi.Related News La Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retire By the time Philippe Coutinho had curved in a third to send Ernesto Valverde’s side into the Champions League semi-finals, United’s stirring opening was long-forgotten, except by Barcelona’s captain. “We put on a spectacle,” said Messi. “But we came out cold and looked nervous in the first five minutes. We cannot come out like that in a Champions League match. Five bad minutes can knock you out. We have shown who we are,” added Messi, who pounced on two Man United mistakes to score twice. After an excellent start, United were undone twice in four minutes by Messi, who first nicked the ball off the careless Ashley Young and then watched as a weak shot from distance squirmed underneath David de Gea. Philippe Coutinho, in perhaps his best performance of the season, added a third with a curling effort into the top corner and by the end, an outclassed United might have been relieved the score was not more traumatic than 3-0, 4-0 on aggregate. Solskjaer disappointed”You can plan as many tactics as you like but if you give Messi time and space, he will score,” said United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

first_imgEverton defender Lucas Digne has revealed how well he’s settling into life at the club and that he’s thrilled with the attacking responsibility given to him by manager Marco Silva.Having signed from Barcelona in the summer for a fee of £18 million ($23.5m), the 25-year-old France international has been one of the revelations of the Premier League this season.Indeed, Digne has chalked up some impressive numbers lately, with three goals and two assists arriving in the last eight matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Speaking exclusively to Goal , the Frenchman discussed how he’s adapting to life in England and that he’s enjoying Everton playing to his strengths.“I’m enjoying my football,” he said. “I’m enjoying having more responsibility and confidence from the manager. I focus on marking, positioning, winning my duels on the ground and in the air. But nowadays being a left-back is also about attacking, and I am happy to contribute to the team in this way too.“I enjoy having good personal stats and it’s nice to hear those because I try to give my best every time. “In football and in life it is always important to develop – never stand still – and the feeling of developing together as a team where we all have the same ambitions and dreams for the club is amazing.“What really counts is how the whole team performs. And we must improve in the last part of the season. We are building a new team with a new style under a new manager, and we always want to progress. We have shown good things, but we will get better and more consistent.“I like the way we play with crosses, which have quickly become part of my game. In Barca, I never crossed the ball like here – it’s not their style to play that way because there are no tall players in the box!”Additionally, he has shown quite a talent from free-kicks, scoring twice, which was a chance he was never afforded at Camp Nou because of the presence of the “best player in the world” in Lionel Messi.“I didn’t take any direct free kicks in my two years at Barca so I’m enjoying taking them now, and of course it’s been a pleasure to score two of them in the last month,” he added. “When you have Messi on the pitch, it is natural that no one else should get near the ball on a direct free kick. He is in a class of his own – also in that discipline. “For me Messi is without any competition the best player in the world. The best I have played with – and the best I have seen.”Although he is enjoying a fine run of form on the field, he is also thriving in the intimate atmosphere off it on Merseyside.Lucas Digne 2018-19 Everton“The Premier League is the biggest league in the world and Goodison Park is great – it is intimate and the fans sit so close to us out there on the pitch,” he added. “They’re like a 12th man. When I take a throw-in, a corner, or a free kick – they always are right behind me shouting to help me do things better.“It was easy to adapt here. My team-mates and manager – the whole club – helped me a lot. I felt at home from the beginning. “It’s definitely been an advantage that I’ve played in top leagues before, not only in France, but also in Italy and Spain, and that I’ve gained international experience with my national team.”Having been warmly embraced into the Everton family, Digne is looking to give a little back via the club’s charity.“I have been impressed with the great work that the club do with the local community in Liverpool,” he added. “Everton in the Community is a fantastic charity and I have enjoyed meeting so many people across Merseyside who have benefitted from its great work. “Going with the club to different projects and meeting people has helped me settle in. I feel connected to the Evertonians and to the people of this city, and they have been so warm and friendly to my wife and me.”And ahead of the FA Cup meeting with Millwall on Saturday, he is targeting silverware with the club, with Everton having not won a trophy since 1995.“The FA Cup is not only important to our supporters but also to the club and the players,” he said. “Everton are a club with a great history winning a lot of trophies. We want to bring that back to the Evertonians, and everybody at the club is working hard to achieve that goal. “This team wants to win trophies – and right now we want to advance and get to the most exciting phases of the FA Cup. I have been used to winning trophies with my previous clubs – like last season I won the double in Spain. “At Everton we are building for the future of this great club, and right now the FA Cup is our chance to play for a trophy.”last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Leipzig director reveals how Liverpool beat Barcelona to £48m Keita deal Chris Burton 16:19 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Naby Keita RB Leipzig Getty Transfers Liverpool Barcelona RB Leipzig Bundesliga Primera División Premier League Naby Keïta The Reds pursued the Guinean for much of the summer and were eventually able to fend off Spanish interest and put an agreement in place for 2018 Liverpool were more “driven” in their pursuit of Naby Keita than Barcelona were, RB Leipzig director Oliver Mintzlaff has revealed.The Reds pursued the Guinean midfielder for much of the summer transfer window having identified him as a top target.Jurgen Klopp was unable to bring the highly-rated 22-year-old onto his books, but a club record deal has been put in place which will be pushed through in 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A £48 million agreement will take Keita to Anfield and Mintzlaff says it was Liverpool’s determination not to miss out which ultimately saw them pip rivals such as La Liga giants Barca to a prized signature.He told Sport Bild: “Barcelona enquired about the signing of Naby Keita.”But it seems they were not as driven as Liverpool.”Naby Keita Leipzig Liverpool BarcelonaMintzlaff also believes that the agreement eventually put in place has proved beneficial to all parties, with Leipzig retaining Keita for a Champions League adventure in 2017-18 while also generating the best possible fee for his services.He added: “We wanted our focus to be 250 per cent on our triple burden this season, but it had become difficult for Naby.”That way, we found a solution which gave the player back his security.”Also, we were able to negotiate for a much higher transfer fee.”Keita recently revealed to Goal that while he remains fully focused on his efforts at Leipzig, he is looking forward to making his way to Merseyside next summer.He said: “I used to watch Xabi Alonso in the Champions League and Premier League when I was in Guinea and last season I got to play against him in midfield before he retired.“When I think about things like this, it reminds me of how blessed I am, but also of how hard I’ve worked and far I’ve come. But this is only the start, I am never satisfied, I never get comfortable.”That will be music to the ears of Liverpool and Klopp as they seek to see their persistence in a protracted chase handsomely rewarded. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgTransfers Man Utd hoping to sign €20m Dalot this week Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 19:08 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diogo Dalot Porto 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Porto Premier League Primeira Liga The Red Devils have been tracking the young full-back for some time and would like to finalise a deal in the next few days Manchester United are hopeful of signing Porto full-back Diogo Dalot before the end of this week, Goal understands.The 19-year-old, who is a natural right-back but can also play on the left, has been followed extensively by United in recent months as they look for a long-term solution in their defensive ranks. He was also named in Goal’s NxGn XI – a squad made up of the greatest teenagers in the game earlier this year.Current first-choices Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young both turn 33 before the start of the 2018-19 season, and Jose Mourinho has told United’s money-makers that he needs deeper stocks in the wide roles. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now United have resolved to meet Dalot’s buyout clause of €20 million (£17.5m/$23m), and a source close to the operation says the Red Devils are hoping to have the deal done before the week is out.Dalot has only seven senior appearances to his name, including a single Champions League outing in the 0-0 draw away to losing finalists Liverpool in March, but United have been impressed enough with his performances at youth level and his early form in the Porto first team to make a play for the youngster.In 2016 Dalot was a member of the Portugal side which won the Euro Under-17 Championship and even scored his side’s goal in the final against Spain, while 12 months on he was a beaten finalist in the Under-19 edition as Portugal lost to England in Georgia.A naturally right-footed player, Dalot has shown his versatility by also playing on the left side throughout his Porto career. Most notably, his Champions League debut at Anfield came as a left-back as the Portuguese side shuffled the pack following a 5-0 leg loss at the Estadio do Dragao.The expected addition of Dalot comes at a time when United are preparing for the departure of Matteo Darmian to Juventus for around £10m, while Daley Blind is also set to leave Old Trafford this summer. Luke Shaw’s future is also still to be decided with only one year left on his contract with the Red Devils.Diogo DalotManager Mourinho is keen to make moves quickly in this summer’s transfer market, with the earlier closure on August 9 giving the club three fewer weeks to do deals compared to previous years.And while United are also runaway favourites to snap up Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, Dalot could yet be the first of their signings this summer.last_img read more

first_imgDiego Simeone has insisted that signing and developing young players is a key part of Atletico Madrid’s philosophy as they reportedly close in on the signing of Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix.The 19-year-old forward has impressed in his native Portugal, scoring 15 goals and registering nine assists in just 26 league appearances last season.He is reported to have a €120 million (£107m/$134m) release clause and had previously been strongly linked with Juventus, among other interested clubs, but Atletico appear to have won the race for the youngster’s signature, something Simeone believes is an integral part of how the club is run. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Historically, Atletico buy young players to develop them here. Like what happened with [Jan] Oblak, [Jose] Gimenez, Lucas Hernandez when they came through from youth teams – or Griezmann,” Simeone told Fox Sports Argentina.“We want a talented guy who can absorb our ideas. Our technical staff is already working on some situations to help to develop players.”Simeone is dealing with a changing of the guard at Atletico, with a generation of veterans, including Diego Godin, Filipe Luis and Juanfran at the end of their contracts, but he trusts that the younger players at the club will step up to fill the void.“It’s a difficult transition we’re going through, but we face it with hope. It is a challenge and today we have to face it because we are losing senior guys who have given a lot to the club.“We are looking for Atletico to compete again as they have done so far. For seven and a half years, we were second, third, first, second. It’s not easy.“Our renovation began last year with Fernando Torres, Gabi, now Juanfran, all references, my men, those who gave me everything and who did it wonderfully well.“At this time we were preparing Oblak, Saul, Gimenez to make them the leaders of the new squad. They are not the same as they once were – you have to try to empower them and convince them.“If Joao Felix and others come with different characteristics than we had before, then we will have to play differently.“In training we will see where we are going … It is clear that this year’s challenge is one of the most complex since I arrived at the club.”last_img read more

first_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Paris is a city full of wonders. It has the usual tourist destinations like the iconic Eiffel Tower, which was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris. There’s also the gothic masterpiece, the Notre Dame de Paris, which sits on the Ile de la Cite in all its glory, one of the first structures to use flying Buttresses. Then there’s the museums — we can go on and on about this, from the Impressionist-filled Musée d’Orsay, to the Mona Lisa’s home, the Musée du Louvre to the contemporary art haven, the Palais de Tokyo. And the parks, from Park Monceau to the glorious Jardin du Luxembourg.But did you know, that there’s a little-known hidden gem that surrounds Paris? It’s called the Petite Ceinture (Little Belt), and at almost 20 miles long, the Petite Ceinture is a long abandoned train track that was built some 150 years ago around the periphery of Paris. In many ways, it’s like the High Line of Paris. The lush green space attracts flora and fauna of all sorts, and while it’s still far from being a fully developed park, the Petite Ceinture has several trails where you can get a moment of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of Paris. For a hip eatery along the Petite Ceinture, head to Le REcylerie, where you can sit outside along the Petite Ceinture. You can grab everything from a relaxing glass of wine to a coffee to energize you for the rest of the day. Go for a soups or salads if you want lunch and they also have a brunch menu as well. If you want to get away from the lights of Paris and have an experience that is tranquil, relaxing, and something that’s a little different from your typical Paris tourist experience, check out the Petite Ceinture, and see the greenery and charm away from the throngs of people in the City of Light.For more information, visit en.parisinfo.com. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway last_img read more

first_imgKhartoum: Sudanese protest leaders on Wednesday threatened to launch a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience after accusing the country’s military rulers of delaying the transfer of power to a civilian administration. Thousands of people remain camped outside the military headquarters in Khartoum nearly four weeks after the armed forces toppled autocratic president Omar al-Bashir as demanded by a months-long protest movement. The two sides are grappling over whether an overall ruling council that would replace the existing army council — made up solely of generals — should have a civilian or military majority. Last week the Alliance for Freedom and Change protest group handed over its proposals for a civilian structure, including executive and legislative bodies, that it eventually wants to rule Sudan after replacing the generals. The 10-member military council late on Tuesday said it agreed to the overall proposals, but had “many reservations”. The protest leaders said on Wednesday that the military council was delaying the entire transfer of power. “The military council’s response to the proposals of the Alliance for Freedom and Change was disappointing and risked putting the country in jeopardy,” protest leader Khalid Omar Yousef told reporters. Responding to a journalist’s question on what steps demonstrators would take after the army expressed reservations, Yousef threatened “escalatory measures”. “The measures of escalation for us are defined — they are continuing with the sit-in, and we are now preparing for a civil disobedience” campaign across the country, he said. The alliance also expressed concerns about the military dragging the process out. “The military council’s response… is moving in the direction of extending the negotiations and not in the direction of a transition” of power, it said in a statement. On Tuesday the military council said the alliance had remained silent in its proposals on ensuring that Islamic sharia remains the bedrock of Sudanese legislation. The protest leaders said the generals “raised irrelevant issues including the language and sources of legislation in a tedious repetition of the biddings of the former regime”. “We call on the military council to reach an agreement to transfer power,” they said in the statement. The Alliance for Freedom and Change is made up of several political groups, leaders and activists, many of them of the view of building a new secular Sudan. Sudanese media and websites have often reported that for the protest leaders the issue of legislation and Islamic law is something that can be discussed later, but they first want a civilian body established in order to govern the country.last_img read more

Taroudant, Morocco – Marcel Khalife, the renowned Lebanese composer, oud master and singer, is reportedly going to launch a big music institute that will bear his name in Tangier, according to Rai Al-youm.According to the same source, the famous Arab singer, 64, has collaborated with the Moroccan Ministry of Culture and the Mayor of Tangier to run a music conservatory called “Marcel Khalife Institute for music and Art.”The Lebanese singer will be in charge of the institution and will personally, along with famous Moroccan an international music and art professionals, teach some music classes. This institute will provide music and art classes to students free fo charge, abd it will be responsible for conducting musicological research to identify and document Morocco’s traditional and folk music.The same source said that Marcel Khalife, who left his Parisian residence, has decided to settle permanently in Tangier.In recognition of his fervent and generous engagement in favor of musical heritage, Marcel was named Artist of the UNESCO for Peace by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura, in 2005.The Moroccan northern city of Tangier has long ago been an attractive city of world celebrities.Here is one of the most famous songs of Marcel Khalife, Rita,  an epic love song ballad about a girl named Rita, with English subtitles. read more

2 September 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti is assisting local authorities in rescue and relief efforts in the northern city of Gonaives after it was hit this morning by floods and mudslides triggered by Tropical Storm Hanna, the second storm in a week to strike the country. Peacekeepers from the UN mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, are assessing the safety of roads and bridges in the wake of the storm, as part of the technical and logistical assistance the mission is providing to authorities.“At noon today, the UN mission provided a helicopter to help lift stranded patients to the third floor of the hospital in Gonaives to escape flooding,” MINUSTAH spokesperson Sophie Boutaud de la Combe added. “As soon as meteorological conditions allow a helicopter will be dispatched to assist the evacuation.”Ms. Boutaud de la Combe reported that the situation is very similar to Tropical Storm Jeanne four years ago, which left around 2,500 dead or missing in Gonaives, a port city in the north of the impoverished Caribbean country.Media reports say at least 10 people have been killed so far in Haiti by Tropical Storm Hanna, which has also lashed the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands and is now heading for the United States.In the past week Hurricane Gustav has claimed dozens of lives, mostly in Haiti, as it has swept across the region, while Tropical Storm Fay – which struck in mid-August – also claimed lives in Haiti and caused widespread flooding and damage to infrastructure.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are already providing life-saving assistance to thousands of Haitians living in temporary shelters as a result of Gustav, while MINUSTAH and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have also assisted in recovery efforts.MINUSTAH peacekeepers have distributed drinking water to about 10,000 people in Cité Soleil, one of the poorest neighbourhoods of the capital, Port-au-Prince. A helicopter was also dispatched to carry three tons of relief materials to Bainet, a hard-hit area in the south-east. read more

A soldier committed suicide at an army camp in Veyangoda this afternoon, the police media unit said.The police said that the soldier had shot himself inside his guard post. The cause for the suicide was still not known.

No one is being targeted for defeating the LTTE, Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said today.Speaking to reporters during a visit to the Fishing Market in Peliyagoda, the Minister said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa will not face action for defeating terrorism. He said that action has been initiated against former Ministers and officials accused of corruption and even members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party are being questioned. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Hakeem and the SLMC Parliamentarians as well as the Parliamentarians of the ACMC left the country this week on pilgrimage to Mecca and are expected to return next week. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) says its vote in Parliament to give majority to one of the two main political parties to form a Government, will be used in a dignified manner.SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem said in a tweet that a media report published today on the SLMC and All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) was misleading. “Pleased to link with leader of http://www.slmc.lk  .@Rauff_Hakeem during #srilanka http://www.acmc.lk  MPs’ #umrah #عُمرَة pilgrimage to holy #mecca led by me-Extend our Party’s friendship, brotherhood for a better #Srilanka & united #lka #Muslim community,” Bathiudeen tweeted. (Colombo Gazette) There is speculation they will not return in time for the vote in Parliament on November 14th.Meanwhile, ACMC Leader Rishad Bathiudeen met Hakeem in Mecca for talks. “We will in the best traditions of representative democracy assert the independence of the legislature and use our votes in a dignified manner. Meeting ACMC Leader @rbathiudeen today,” Hakeem tweeted. read more

(Update)The 65 year old man at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal has pleaded guilty to one hundred charges — including indecent assault, sexual assault and gross indecency. And some of these charges date back to 1965. Gordon Stuckless appeared in a Toronto courtroom Tuesday.This was the first day of Gordon Stuckless’ second trial but ironically, it would have also been the 52nd birthday of the first victim who ever came forward in 1997 — Martin Kruze. He ended up throwing himself off the Bloor Viaduct after that first trial when Gordon Stuckless was sentenced to two years less a day. His brother Gary Kruze was in the courtroom though as were many other victims. This trial concerns 18 new victims who have come forward since the previous trial. One of them died of a drug overdose but his mother has been in court bringing those charges forward.Today, Stuckless pled guilty to 100 charges but 8 other charges he pleaded not guilty to and that’s because they relate to a now obsolete charge of buggery and to weapons. And both of those he says are because that’s not his modus operandi.He does admit that he sexually abused boys as young as 8 for a period of 20 years from 1965 to 1985 — those are the years that this case involves. He used his job as an usher at Maple Leaf Gardens and his other jobs — as a teacher at school and as a coach for a hockey team — and even at a dentists office and at a community centre and those positions of power to lure his victims. Here’s what his lawyer and some of his victims told us today outside court.Ari Goldkind is Stuckless’ lawyer: “Mr. Stuckless — from the time that he was in jail — took very, very intensive therapy. The most serious of offenders, Mr. Stuckless was obviously flagged as someone who was a very high risk back in 2001. Mr. Stuckless made sure he saw the right therapists, the right doctors. And to this day — as you all may be aware — Mr. Stuckless continues to be chemically castrated to make sure that he is absolutely no risk to any young man in this city and this society.”Allan Donnan was abused by Stuckless: “The man is 64-years old. If you think any of the victims are looking for something horrible to happen to Mr. Stuckless, then you are sadly mistaken. But I am not a victim, I am a survivor! The victim is the next person that’s offended because the system does nothing.”Michael McTauge was abused by Stuckless: “I’m sitting here today. I’m bleeding inside. I bleed every day. The nightmares never go away. I’ve had counselling, I’ve seen psychriatrists, I’ve been on pills, everything. I see him now standing there and I’m cringing. It’s hard to look at him in the face. I want to jump over. What are you going to do? Put me in jail? Been there, done it!”Gary Kruze is Martin Kruze’s brother: “He can reoffend anytime. I mean sure — he’s had chemical castration that sort of thing. But, that’s all smoke and mirrors. The root of the problem is that he’s a dangerous perpetrator — he perpetrated on hundreds and hundreds of innocent children. And we kind of equate it to murder. When the victim dies, the pain ends. With sexual abuse, it continues on for the rest of their lives. It’s a life sentence of pain.”So in just over two weeks, on May 5th, the trial will start on those 8 remaining charges in front of a judge alone. But the assistant crown attourney also wants to try him for a dangerous offender status which would mean an indeterminent jail time. All of the victims agree that he should be labelled a dangerous offender. But his lawyer is opposed to that — he says Stuckless has been chemically castrated since 2001 and he hasn’t reoffended since then and that he’s no longer a danger to society. read more

first_imgApple is quite the odd-man-out in the electronics industry. They are one of the few forces that manage to generate huge demand without cut-rate prices. In fact, Apple pretty much never sells product below their original MSRP, save for products that are about to replaced with newer versions.They exact a similar amount of price control over their partners that sell Apple products as well, preventing resellers from taking anything but a very small amount of money off new products. Thankfully they loosen the reins a bit on the older products that are still in the market. As a result, we got some pretty hot deals on Apple products that are still industry-leading and desirable.Apple retailer MacMall is running a 4th of July sale right now that takes some nice discounts off their already low prices. You can choose from any of several MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Pro computers. Our pick of the bunch is the entry-level 11.6″ MacBook Air, model MC968LL/A, which is available for just $829.99. That’s $169 off Apple’s MSRP and $30 less than the last time we priced it.If you need more speed, the well-loaded MacBook Pro 15.4″ MD318LL/A has a quad-core Core i7, Radeon HD switchable graphics, Thunderbolt, and more for $1,499.99 (Apple MSRP $1,799). You can even get the now-discontinued 17″ MacBook Pro models, like the well-loaded MD311LL/A for $2,249.99, after $249 savings.There’s bound to be an Apple computer for everyone in this sale, but all good things must come to an end and unfortunately MacMall’s July 4th sale ends today. We expect that some of the deals might stick around post-sale, as MacMall works to clear last generation inventory, but if you’ve been itching for a discounted Mac be sure to head over and check it out.Visit LogicBuy for the July 4th MacMall Apple Sale or see more deals & coupons from MacMalllast_img read more

first_img 10 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tributes paid to ‘fearless and brilliant campaigner’ Donal Toolan President Michael D Higgins said Toolan was “a deeply committed advocate for legislation on disability rights”. By Órla Ryan Apr 24th 2017, 5:54 PM Monday 24 Apr 2017, 5:54 PM Share1402 Tweet Email5 https://jrnl.ie/3356364 25,123 Views Donal Toolan Source: RollingNews.ieTRIBUTES HAVE BEEN pouring in following the death of leading disability rights activist and journalist Donal Toolan.President Michael D Higgins said Toolan was “a deeply committed advocate for legislation on disability rights”.“As a journalist, actor and campaigner he made a contribution to Irish public life that was of immense value. He will be missed in particular by all of us who had the privilege of knowing him.“Sabina and I express our condolences to his family, colleagues and wide circle of friends.”Toolan was the founder and coordinator of the Forum of People with Disabilities and former member of the Council of State.‘An enormous loss’He also previously served as a board member of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL).Speaking today, ICCL Executive Director Liam Herrick said: “Donal made an enormous contribution to defining the rights of people with disabilities as a question of fundamental human rights.He was a fearless and brilliant campaigner who believed passionately that people with disabilities must lead the fight for dignity and justice for all those affected by disability in all its forms. Donal also was committed to a broad human rights agenda and stood in solidarity with all those seeking justice in Irish society.“Perhaps most significant, in terms of Donal’s contribution to human rights in Ireland, was his commitment to shining a light on the human rights of those who lived in ‘closed spaces’, including disabled children and adults.“Through his activism, his journalism and his artistic expression, Donal helped change the landscape for disability rights in Ireland in a profound and lasting way. His death is an enormous loss to the world of arts and broadcasting, but especially to the human rights and disability rights community in Ireland.” Pictured with Taoiseach Enda Kenny outside Leinster House Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieSéamus Dooley, acting general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, also paid tribute to Toolan.In 1993, Toolan was awarded National Broadcast Journalist of the Year and also received a Jacob’s award for his work on the documentary series In From the Margins. “Donal was a passionate advocate for equality: fearless, wise and funny. He was a talented writer, actor and broadcaster. As presenter of the RTÉ Radio 1 programme Not So Different he championed the rights of people with disabilities. He did so with eloquence and courage.“He was a true champion of inclusion with a stubborn commitment to human rights. Donal used all his talents – as an actor, a writer and social commentator, to champion his vision of equality not just in Ireland but internationally, through the UN Association of International Service and the European Anti-Poverty Network,” Dooley said.Read: ‘It was scary last night. You could hear animals in the valley’: Gorse fire in Cork brought under controlRead: Paschal Donohoe: Eighth Amendment should be dealt with by current Oireachtaslast_img read more