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May
2

SEHA Gazprom Team in September: Karačić, Ilić, Stojković, Čip…

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsAfter 22 matches played in August and September, SEHA Gazprom PRESS team has picked ‘Best 7′ for this period of the season. What should be considered is that all teams did not play the same amount of matches, that Vardar, Veszprem and Zagreb still have not lost a match and that we have so far witnessed only two derbies – one in which Veszprem were better than Meshkov and PPD Zagreb’ big celebration in Brest. Looking back on all that, here is September’s ‘Best 7’.Goalkeeper: Ivan Stevanović (PPD Zagreb)Left winger: Bojan Županjac (Spartak)Right winger: Tomas Čip (Tatran)Pivot: Rastko Stojković (Meshkov)Left back: Momir Ilić (Veszprem)Middle back: Igor Karačić (Vardar)Right back: Luka Stepančić (PPD Zagreb)Coach: Veselin Vujović (PPD Zagreb)PHOTO: SEHA, Uroš Hočevar Click to comment Recommended for you Related Items:SEHA GAZPROM team ShareTweetShareShareEmail SEHA GAZPROM team in February 16: Alilović, Dibirov, Atman, Nilsson… Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Apr
20

European travel ban for 18 Saudis over Khashoggi killing

first_imgKhashoggi disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Riyadh offered contradictory explanations for his disappearance, before saying Khashoggi was killed after a government attempt to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia from Turkey “failed.”Maas’ office in Berlin could not release the names of the 18 Saudi citizens because of German privacy rules, according to the Guardian.Im Fall #Khashoggi haben wir weiterhin mehr Fragen als Antworten. Haben uns eng mit Frankreich & Großbritannien abgestimmt. Deutschland hat Verfahren angestoßen,um 18 saudische Staatsangehörige,die mutmaßlich im Zusammenhang mit der Tat stehen,mit Einreisesperren zu belegen. pic.twitter.com/gCeFfyiU2g— Heiko Maas (@HeikoMaas) November 19, 2018The U.S. on Thursday imposed sanctions targeting 17 Saudi officials. Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor announced the same day that it is seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the murder of Khashoggi. Germany imposed travel bans on 18 Saudi nationals alleged to be involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.“As before, there are more questions than answers in this case,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday while unveiling the sanction, Deutche Welle reported. The ban covers the Schengen area of border-free travel, Maas said, adding that he has coordinated the decision with France and the U.K. (the latter is not part of Schengen).The 18 Saudis are “allegedly connected to this crime,” Maas said. Also On POLITICO Trump hails Saudis as ‘spectacular ally’ in wake of CIA Khashoggi reports By Quint Forgey Trump administration slaps sanctions on Saudis over Khashoggi’s death By JESUS RODRIGUEZlast_img read more

Oct
6

DONG Energy Resumes Use of Siri Oil Storage Tank

first_imgDONG Energy has resumed production under normal conditions in the Siri area after having used a temporary solution for more than six months.The oil from DONG Energy’s oil fields in the North Sea: Siri, Nini, Nini East, Cecilie and Stine-1, is now sent directly to the oil tank below the Siri platform. This takes place after completion of extensive repair work lasting several years.Flemming Horn Nielsen, Country Responsible for DONG Energy’s Danish oil and gas activities, said: “It’s a milestone that we’ve resumed producing to the oil tank. The Siri repair work has been a huge project for the organisation.  We were faced with a complex offshore project where we had to optimise the design and construction solutions on a regular basis. Throughout the period, our employees have delivered a fantastic job.”The Danish Energy Agency’s final approval of the repair solution is still pending.Related:Noreco: Siri Subsea Storage Tank On Line in Q4Oil Production from Siri Area Starts Again[mappress]Press Release, October 01, 2014last_img read more

Sep
23

Prospective Student-Athlete Questionnaire

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Aug
27

Scholpp, Appel winners of Harris Race Tech drawings

first_imgAll race winners received certificates good for two shock rebuilds. AMES, Iowa – Their special event victories during the 2018 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Rac­ing season have made Kody Scholpp and Josh Appel winners for a second time. Both were winners of drawings to attend Bob Harris Enterprises Race Tech Info dirt chassis schools early next year. Other SportMod drivers were Lance Borgman, Joe Docekal, Ronnie Hults, Luke Krogh, Jake McBirnie, Rusty Montagne, Tony Olson, Kyle Raddant, Fred Ryland, Tyler Soppe, Jared VanDeest and Justin Whitehead. Scholpp was the winner of the Gunslinger Tour finale at Black Hills Speedway. Appel’s checkers came on night two of Spring Nationals at Beatrice Speedway. Modified winners entered in the drawing also included Casey Arneson, Bryce Borgen, Kyle Brown, Cayden Carter, Nick DeCarlo, Zane DeVilbiss, Jordan Grabouski, Richie Gustin, Jason Hughes, Danny Lauer, Hunter Marriott, Robert Miller, Bob Moore, Joey Price, Jake Sachau, Tyler Ste­vens, Kyle Strickler, Ricky Thornton Jr., Aaron Turnbull, Dominic Ursetta, A.J. Ward and Ja­son Wolla. Winners of 30 designated events for IMCA Modifieds and 15 specials for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods were entered in that drawing.last_img read more

Aug
26

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle step out holding hands at Invictus Games competition

first_imgOctober cover star Meghan Markle may be just the perfect woman for Britain’s iconoclastic royal https://t.co/3XHI3zRLnS pic.twitter.com/lriNBSfHgS— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) September 5, 2017“I can tell you that at the end of the day, I think it’s really simple,” Markle told the magazine. “We’re two people who are really happy and in love.”ABC News’ royal contributor Victoria Murphy said the article “shows the strength” of Harry’s and Markle’s relationship.“She would have had permission from Kensington Palace to give the [Vanity Fair] interview,” Murphy said. “It definitely shows the strength of their relationship and her confidence in their love.”Last month the couple traveled to Africa together on a three-week trip to celebrate Markle’s 36th birthday.The couple has maintained a transatlantic relationship, traveling between London, where Harry lives at Kensington Palace, and Toronto.The couple was spotted attending the wedding of one of Harry’s closest childhood friends in Jamaica in March, and attended the wedding reception for Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, and her now-husband James Matthews, in May.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation(NEW YORK) — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived holding hands at the Invictus Games Monday afternoon and cheered on athletes in the wheelchair tennis competition.Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, arrived to a wheelchair tennis match between New Zealand and Australia flanked by members of their security team.The couple chatted with children and family members watching the match, while also laughing, smiling and whispering to each other.The Invictus Games, a competition for wounded service members that was founded by Harry in 2014, has been a public coming out of sorts for Harry and his girlfriend of one year. Harry and Markle, an American actress, were introduced by friends last summer in London.Markle, who lives in Toronto while filming “Suits,” attended the opening ceremony of the games on Saturday, her first official public royal engagement with Harry.She sat with Markus Anderson, the mutual friend who reportedly introduced the couple, while Harry was seated several rows away with various foreign dignitaries including U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Markle’s appearances with Harry at the games have furthered speculation that an engagement is imminent.The Invictus Games are a deeply personal mission for Harry, who founded the Paralympic-style competition to raise awareness about the challenges wounded service members face and allow them to compete internationally against other soldiers with whom they served.“Invictus is about the dedication of the men and women who served their countries, confronted hardship, and refused to be defined by their injuries,” he said during the opening ceremony. “I hope you’re ready to see courage and determination that will inspire you to power through the challenges in your own life.”Harry, who was known as Capt. Wales during his 10 years in the British Army, previously hosted the games in London and Orlando.Markle first publicly declared her love for Harry when she appeared on the October issue of Vanity Fair.last_img read more

Aug
25

Foreign medical students say travel ban places their futures in jeopardy

first_imgCourtesy Ahmed Alsayed(NEW YORK) — Sudanese-born Ahmed Alsayed graduated high school at age 15 with a single-minded goal: become a doctor.A precocious student, Alsayed managed to finish both college and medical school and realized his dream of becoming a practicing physician at the young age of 20. But just a few months into his professional life he knew he had to leave his home country of Sudan, a nation severely lacking in resources and technology.What followed was a two-year journey punctuated by numerous obstacles — from passing required board examinations and completing elective surgery rotations to research assistant positions and volunteering at a free health clinic — all to earn spot at a highly competitive surgical residency in the United States.Alsayed was certain that his efforts would pay off, but all that changed on Jan. 27, when President Donald Trump issued a sweeping executive order that banned travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Sudan, Yemen, Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, and at that time, Iraq.The travel ban was halted by a federal judge in Washington in February and a revised order was issued earlier this month. On Wednesday, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order on the revised ban, casting doubt over whether it will be implemented.Amidst this uncertainty, Alsayed and thousands of other aspiring doctors — many of whom hail from outside the United States — are anxiously waiting to find out what careers await them in medicine.March 17 is Match Day, the day that medical students and foreign medical graduates alike find out whether they have been accepted as resident physicians at institutions across the country, where they will delve deeper into specialties of their interest. It is the culmination of the process by which medical students transform into full-fledged doctors.An estimated 850 foreign medical graduates are affected by the travel ban, according to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), the agency responsible for certifying international medical graduates for training in the U.S. Many of these students have been grappling with the possibility that their dream of working in the U.S. as a doctor could be over.The immigration upheaval has hit residency programs as well. Foreign medical graduates largely come to the U.S. on J-1 or H1-B visas to complete their medical training — the very visa programs that the executive order targets.“This is a very uncertain time because there hasn’t been a lot of clarity on how policies may be changing with respect to the executive order,” said Dr. William Pinsky, president and CEO of ECFMG.Hospital administrators must now weigh these competitive candidates against the reality that they may not be able to enter the U.S. to begin training or be able to leave the country abruptly for a personal emergency, creating vacancies that strain a hospital’s finances and ability to care for patients.“I can’t remember a time when I ever thought, ‘Well gee, country of origin matters in how I’m going to rank a candidate’, and I’ve heard several program directors struggle with that as well,” said Dr. James Jarvis, President of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.Though the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), a leading organization in advanced medical training and education, and ECFMG have both issued statements imploring residency programs to not weigh nationality and visa status when choosing candidates, some residency applicants say they are anxious that they will not be evaluated on their merits alone.“I don’t feel like my chances are the same as before. It’s really frustrating,” said a female Sudanese national applying for a residency in the U.S. this year. “I spent a lot of time, money, effort, and at the very last end step, you find out that you’re not going to get as equal of a chance as other applicants.” This Sudanese national, along with two others, asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the travel ban.Applicants worry that a rejection now may dash their hopes forever. Traditionally, foreign medical graduates have just one shot at being accepted into a residency program. If they’re unable to earn a spot during their first application cycle, chances rapidly diminish thereafter, leaving many contemplating whether to pursue training elsewhere, such as the UK or Ireland.“The major problem is ranking,” said another foreign medical graduate from Sudan, referring to the process in which residency programs select potential candidates for their incoming class. “The executive order may be temporary, but the damage is long lasting. If program directors don’t rank Sudanese nationals, then the opportunity is much less for us in the coming years.”Pinsky doesn’t necessarily dispute these concerns. “Perception is reality. I think their concerns are certainly warranted,” he said.If these potential doctors start to leave or other foreign-born doctors no longer wish to train in the U.S., it will be a staggering loss for America’s health care system, which depends on foreign medical graduates to fill critical gaps in the physician workforce.These doctors often stay after their training is complete, practicing in underserved urban and rural medical communities as a part of a J-1 visa waiver system. By 2025, the U.S. will face a shortage of 61,700 to 94,700 physicians, according to the American Medical Association.According to Jarvis, the current residents in the pipeline who graduated from medical schools in the original seven countries may go on to serve as many as 4.2 million patients in the U.S. once their training is complete.Alsayed was fresh off the interview trail and confident that Match Day would turn out well for him when the original executive order was issued in January. He and other students have since scrambled to reassure programs of their long-standing commitment to training in the U.S.“It’s disheartening, honestly, after working continuously, working very hard to be a competitive candidate for residency,” said Alsayed. “I was so happy to get my interviews and with how well they went. And when the executive order came out, I just began contemplating whether or not I still have a future.”Some have expressed frustration over what they see as a political decision entering into the selection process.“We feel that this is unfair, unjust. We are being judged on our nationality at this last step of Match. Not qualifications, not merit,” said the female Sudanese medical graduate in the application cycle.“We were shocked, frustrated, sad, angry,” said another female Sudanese student also vying for a residency spot this year. “We can accept the situation, but it’s unfair. We are qualified, but we are being excluded from our dream because of a political reason.”“My main focus was always training and medicine,” said Alsayed. “I never focused on how politics would affect that. Now, this executive order is the first time I’ve thought back on all the sacrifices I made and whether or not they were worth it, contemplating whether any of this was worth it.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Aug
13

Get ready for coffee’s next wave: Cuppings and $200 grinders

first_img This July 24, 2016 image shows Peter Higgins, tasting room manager at Parlor Coffee, pouring hot water over ground coffee during a coffee tasting, known as a cupping, at the company’s Brooklyn, New York, facility. The free public cuppings are a way to educate consumers about how the coffee the Parlor sells is grown, roasted and prepared, and to teach coffee drinkers to appreciate its subtle flavors. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) This July 24, 2016 image shows Warwick Mayn, center, head roaster at Parlor Coffee, roasting beans at the company’s facility in Brooklyn, New York. Parlor Coffee, a small independent company, supplies coffee wholesale to restaurants and other businesses, but also sells some coffee retail and hosts free public coffee tastings called cuppings. As part of the latest wave of U.S. coffee culture, consumers interested in specialty coffees are showing a willingness to spend more on beans and grinders and are eager to learn more about how coffee is grown and prepared. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) NEW YORK | Get ready for the next wave of coffee culture. Consumers are learning more about coffee — how it’s grown, roasted and prepared. They’re attending tastings called cuppings and they’re being asked to drink fine coffee black to experience its true flavors. They’re also spending more for gourmet beans and fancy grinders.“Coffee in many ways is now being treated as a very fine ingredient that requires a tremendous amount of care and stewardship from seed to cup,” said Nick Brown, editor of Roast magazine’s Daily Coffee News, noting “tremendous growth in the high-end, upscale, specialty coffee segment.” This undated photo provided by Baratza shows a Baratza Virtuoso coffee grinder, which sells for about $220. As consumers become more interested in specialty coffees, gourmet beans and home preparation techniques, the market for high-end coffee grinders has grown. Baratza has been growing about 30 percent a year for the past five years and sold 80,000 grinders last year. (Baratza via AP)center_img While some say the trend is part of the farm-to-table movement, others compare the shift in coffee to wine and beer consumption. Wine tastings were once mocked as the province of snobbish elites, while beer brewery tours were a novelty. But now wine bars, trails and tasting rooms are ubiquitous, as are brew pubs, microbreweries and craft beer.“The more varieties consumers become aware of, the more they want,” said National Coffee Association spokesman Joe DeRupo. “People are eager for anything and everything new. They are accumulating the knowledge and sophisticated tastes that come with that knowledge.”While coffee consumption overall has declined slightly in the U.S. in recent years, 31 percent of Americans say they drink specialty coffee daily, and 45 percent drink it each week, according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America.___CREAM IN YOUR COFFEE? NOT SO FAST!Semilla is an 18-seat restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, known for its adventurous, “vegetable-forward” $85 tasting menu. As each dish is served, the staff provides information about ingredients and preparation. What they don’t provide is milk and sugar for coffee, unless guests ask.“If somebody of their own volition asks, ‘Could I get milk and sugar?’ of course we provide it,” said Gabriela Acero, Semilla’s maître d’. “That’s their personal preference. But generally the way I phrase it is, ‘If you’re willing, I’d ask you to try the coffee without that and let me know what you think.’ I would say 90 to 95 percent find they don’t need milk and sugar.”Milk and sugar, she added, are used to “mask coffee that’s bitter or over-extracted.” Semilla’s coffee is “sweeter, more delicate, more floral” than ordinary coffee. “It’s about the purity of the product,” she said.Semilla’s coffee comes from a small Brooklyn roaster called Parlor Coffee. Parlor’s business is mostly wholesale, but the company also hosts cuppings for the public: twice-weekly free tastings featuring a half-dozen coffees, served black with spoons for slurping and spit cups for those worried about caffeine. At a recent cupping, tasting room manager Peter Higgins pointed out hints of “candied peaches and raspberries” in Kenyan coffee; “floral, like black tea or bergamot” flavors in an Ethiopian brew; and “dense, chocolatey” notes in a Guatemalan blend.Parlor’s founder, Dillon Edwards, says the “niche world of micro roasters” to which Parlor belongs is viable thanks to what came before: the Starbucks boom in the 1990s followed by artisanal retailers like Blue Bottle, now a small chain, “supporting and celebrating the coffee producers.” Those waves paved the way for a marketplace where some consumers are “willing to spend $5 on a cup of coffee or $20 on a bag of coffee.”___GRINDER GLITZ AND THE COFFEE JOURNEYAre you proud of grinding beans fresh each morning at home? If you’re using a $10 or $20 electric grinder, experts say you’re better off using a bag of coffee ground at the store. That’s because inexpensive blade grinders don’t grind beans evenly. You end up with different size particles, resulting in an uneven extraction that damages subtle flavors.Industry mavens recommend burr grinders instead. Burrs are rough metal parts that crush beans uniformly. But even gourmet coffee lovers may be taken aback by the price tag. Popular burr grinders include the Capresso Infinity Die-Cast, $150, and the Baratza Encore, $130, while Baratza’s vaunted Virtuoso model runs $220.“People are upping their game,” said Baratza co-founder Kyra Kennedy. “They want to taste the flavors and learn about that. Our growth really matches with what I would call the manual brew craze — the pour-overs, the AeroPresses, the press pots. People need a grinder if they’re going to do that stuff at home and get the same flavor they’re getting from a really good independent store.”Baratza has been growing about 30 percent a year for the past five years and sold 80,000 grinders last year. But the challenge for Baratza and others riding this latest wave of coffee culture is to make sure the focus on quality — whether it’s eschewing milk and sugar or recommending a $200 machine — doesn’t come off as effete or snobby.“Coffee is a journey,” said Kennedy. “The baristas and the specialty coffee world have been made fun of for being elitists. So we are very sensitive.” This July 24, 2016 image shows beans and ground coffee set out in cups for a tasting known as a “cupping” at Parlor Coffee in Brooklyn, New York, with tasting room manager Peter Higgins at the other end of the counter. Parlor Coffee’s free public cuppings are a way to educate consumers about how the company’s coffee is grown, roasted and prepared, and to teach coffee drinkers to appreciate its subtle flavors. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)last_img read more

Aug
12

Hurricanes shut out Rebels for WPYAA Termites title

first_imgGOING ALL THE WAY—The Pittsburgh Hurricanes choose Brandon Jackson #1 to run the ball on a 3rd down play on their own 40 yard line and he runs the whole way into the end zone for another Hurricane touchdown in the 26-0 shut out. (Photos by J.L. Martello) WPYAA CHAMPIONSHIPS—The Western Pennsylvania Youth Athletic Association, which is a 5-14 year old youth football and cheerleaders league, held its championships at Highmark Field last month. The league is comprised of local Pittsburgh area teams which are: thre Braddock Tigers, the Clairton Bears, the Duquesne Dukes, the Hill District Rebels, the Lincoln Saints, the North Shore Stallions and the Pittsburgh Hurricanes. Above Brandon Jackson #1 from the Hurricanes gets the call as he led his team to a 26-0 Termite division championship over the Hill District Rebels. Hill District Rebels Cambrin Edmond #26 runs back a kickoff return 60 yards before he steps out of bounce on the 40-yard line. On another kickoff return Edmond #26 made a huge play for his team picking up 40 yards on a kickoff. But his team didn’t take advantage of the field position. THE DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME—Defensive play of the game goes to Hurricanes’ Micheal Henderson # 00 for another force turnover as he knocks the ball out of Hill District’s Kolondre Strokes #6 hand in the red zone. Henderson was a defensive force throughout the game.center_img KOLONDRE STROKES #6 runs the ball and gets away from the defense for a 10 yard gain. RAQUAN CARPENTER #7 gets a chance to run the football as the Hill District Rebels defender Kolondre Strokes #6 closes in on him.last_img read more

Aug
6

Toni Kroos knocked one of Vieirinha’s teeth out during game

first_img Upd. at 23:40 06/04/2016 Sport EN It’s without doubt, one of the images of the game. Wolfsburg’s Portuguese attacker Vieirinha lost a tooth after receiving a big whack from Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos as the pair fought fo ra ball.  CEST The player hit the turf, along with his tooth, which lay a short distance away from him. Vieirinha recovered and continued to play, and Kroos was not booked for the incident, although he did apologise to his opponent. Real Madrid lost the game 2-0 and now must launch a huge comeback at home if they are to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League.last_img read more