September 30, 2020
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first_imgDortmund, Aug 29 (AP) Borussia Dortmund has agreed to sign Spanish forward Paco Alcacer on loan from Barcelona with an option to buy. The Bundesliga side says the 24-year-old Alcacer completed a medical on Tuesday and will wear the No. 9 for the club. Should Dortmund take up the option to keep the player, he will be tied to the club for a further four years after the one-year loan spell. Kicker magazine reported Dortmund was paying 2 million euros ($2.3 million) for the loan spell, while a permanent transfer fee would be 23 million euros ($27 million) if the club decides to keep him. Dortmund had been looking for a striker following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal in January, and the end of Michy Batshuayi’s loan spell as his replacement. Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says: “We’re firmly convinced this type of player will be a good fit for our style of play.” Alcacer, who joined Barcelona from Valencia in 2016, scored 43 goals and set up two more in 151 Spanish league appearances including a season at Getafe. He has six goals in 13 appearances for Spain. AP KHSKHSlast_img read more

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first_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the heritage experience in Falmouth is being leveraged to enhance the town as a major destination for cruise-ship and stopover visitors. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the heritage experience in Falmouth is being leveraged to enhance the town as a major destination for cruise-ship and stopover visitors.He noted that the rich history of the town, with the Georgian architecture and various attractions, makes the Falmouth capital “a wonderful tourism asset”.The Minister was speaking at the ceremony to break ground for the new Ocean Coral Spring Hotel in Falmouth on February 6.He noted that the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has spent some $385.2 million on rehabilitation and beautification projects in Falmouth, inclusive of renovation of the Trelawny Parish Church, the Falmouth Post Office, Falmouth Courthouse and Water Square; streetscape improvements at Market Street, Harbour Lane and Falmouth Street; as well as rehabilitation of heritage buildings and the Jewish Cemetery as part of the Falmouth Heritage District.“In addition, we have another $629.3 million in projects on stream, inclusive of the artisan village at the old Hampden Wharf. We look forward to the completion of Ocean Coral Spring, which will strengthen Falmouth’s appeal as a destination by expanding its hotel offerings and raising the town’s room count,” the Minister said.Ocean Coral Spring Hotel is a 1,000-room property being developed by the Spanish Hotel chain, H10.The developers are investing US$250 million in the project and the first 500 rooms are expected to be completed by the end of the year. H10 operates 50 hotels in 18 destinations. The Minister was speaking at the ceremony to break ground for the new Ocean Coral Spring Hotel in Falmouth on February 6. He noted that the rich history of the town, with the Georgian architecture and various attractions, makes the Falmouth capital “a wonderful tourism asset”. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet AN investigation is underway after a woman died following an incident on a farm in Co Derry.The Health and Safety Executive (HSENI) said it is investigating the incident which happened in Garvagh on Wednesday night.A HSENi spokesperson said: “Our deepest sympathy is with the bereaved family at this sad time. “This incident serves as a reminder that there are many dangers that surround us on our farms.“It is important that those working on farms take caution and follow all safety procedures.”TRAGEDY AS WOMAN DIES IN CO DERRY FARMING ACCIDENT was last modified: October 20th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: #ADRIAN MCQUILLAN MLAgarvaghhseniTRAGEDY AS WOMAN DIES IN CO DERRY FARMING ACCIDENT “Given the recent tragic deaths on Northern Ireland farms, HSENI is strongly appealing to the farming community to always prioritise safety and think SAFE before starting any job on the farm.”East Derry MLA Adrian McQuillan also expressed his sympathies to the family.He said: “This news is very shocking to the entire close-knit community of Garvagh and the surrounding areas.“My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this deeply distressing time.last_img read more

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first_imgA ‘new and versatile biomarker’ for prostate cancerClark says the really exciting finding was that the test could predict disease progression up to five years earlier than when standard clinical methods are used. It also identified men who were eight times less likely to require treatment within five years of being diagnosed:”If this test was to be used in the clinic, large numbers of men could avoid an unnecessary initial biopsy and the repeated, invasive follow-up of men with low-risk disease could be drastically reduced.”The test is among a number of new tests, including other urine tests, as well as scans and blood tests, that are being developed by scientists in efforts to improve detection of the disease. Experts say a combination of such checks may eventually prove to be the best approach.Georgina Hill from Cancer Research UK called the findings “promising,” but said they need confirming in more patients before the test could be offered routinely.Connell says a larger trial is now planned. He hopes the test could become available as an add-on to PSA testing within the next three years.“PUR represents a new and versatile biomarker that could result in substantial alterations to current treatment of patients with prostate cancer,” write the researchers in the journal BJU International. Prostate cancer is more commonly a disease men die with rather than from. Unfortunately, we currently lack the ability to tell which men diagnosed with prostate cancer will need radical treatment and which men will not.”Shea Connell, Lead Author Invasive follow-ups could be a thing of the pastCurrently, when a man visits their doctor and presents with symptoms such as frequent urination during the night, they are given a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, a digital rectal examination (DRE), an MRI scan or a prostate biopsy.However, up to three-quarters of men with a high PSA level who have a biopsy do not actually have prostate cancer. This means many men experience unnecessary worry, monitoring and treatment, so routine prostate screening is not yet offered to men.”A policy of ‘active surveillance’ has been developed as a way to combat this uncertainty but it requires invasive follow-ups and constant reminders that a patient has a cancer with an uncertain natural history,” explains Connell.“This results in up to half of men who get monitored choosing to undergo treatment whether they need it or not. It’s clear that there is a considerable need for additional, more accurate, tests.”Meanwhile, 15% of men without a raised PSA level are found to have cancer after all and in 15% of those cases, the cancer is aggressive.Now, Shea and colleagues have developed the new PUR test using machine learning to assess gene expression in urine samples taken from 537 trial participants. By assessing the expression of 167 genes, the team found that a combination of 35 genes served as a more accurate risk signature for the disease.Previous urine biomarkers tests have only been designed for specific purposes such as checking for prostate cancer when a patient has a repeat biopsy. The new test, on the other, identifies four PUR risk signatures that reliably enable men to be stratified by risk (low, intermediate or high) and determine how aggressive the cancer is going to be.The researchers say that looking for the risk signatures in urine will identify patients who do not need a biopsy, even if they initially appear to be at risk. More research now needs to be done to see how accurate this is compared to the newer, non-invasive methods being offered, such as multi-parametric MRI scans.”David Montgomery, Prostate Cancer UK By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Jun 26 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Researchers have developed a new urine test to diagnose aggressive forms of prostate cancer, which could mean an end to the unnecessary treatment of men with non-aggressive cancers.Heiti Paves | ShutterstockThe test, which has been developed by researchers at the University of East Anglia and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, would allow doctors to differentiate between patients with aggressive prostate cancer who would need surgery and those with cancer that would progress so slowly that patient monitoring would be sufficient.The test, which is called ‘PUR’ (Prostate Urine Risk), would enable doctors to predict whether treatment would be needed up to five years earlier than conventional methods do.Lead author Shea Connell and colleagues hope that the breakthrough will result in many low-risk men avoiding unnecessary biopsies, active surveillance, and follow-up.Mark Buzza, director of biomedical research programs at the Movember Foundation says: “The PUR test has enormous potential to transform the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.”Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the UK with 47,000 new cases diagnosed annually. This type of cancer tends to develop slowly and may never cause any problems. It generally does not require treatment over the course of a man’s lifetime, but men with aggressive cancer do require treatment to prevent it from spreading.However, doctors have difficulty predicting whether the cancer will become aggressive, which makes it difficult to decide on the appropriate treatment approach. This research shows that our test could be used to not only diagnose prostate cancer without the need for an invasive needle biopsy but to identify a patient’s level of risk. This means that we could predict whether or not prostate cancer patients already on active surveillance would require treatment.”Jeremy Clark, Co-lead Author Journal reference:Connell, S., et al. (2019). A four‐group urine risk classifier for predicting outcomes in patients with prostate cancer. BJU International. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/bju.14811last_img read more

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first_img Photos: Vikings Accessorized with Tiny Metal Dragons Photos: 10th-Century Viking Tomb Unearthed in Denmark Fierce Fighters: 7 Secrets of Viking Seamen Archaeologists recently unearthed two Viking burial boats in Uppsala, Sweden — one of which was exceptionally preserved and held the remains of a dog, a man and a horse. The Vikings sent a handful of their powerful elites to the afterlife in boats laden with sacrificed animals, weapons and treasure; the funeral practice dates back to the Iron Age (A.D. 550 to 800) but was used throughout the Viking age (A.D. 800 to 1050), according to a statement. These richly appointed graves have been discovered across Scandinavia. For example, archaeologists had previously found one such burial boat in Norway that had evidence of human remains and one in western Scotland that contained a slew of burial items such as an ax, a shield boss, a ringed pin, a hammer and tongs. The elites who were given such elaborate send-offs were also often buried with animals, such as stallions.These Sharks Were Too Busy to Notice a Bigger Predator Watching ThemThe unexpected twist at the end of this feeding frenzy delighted scientists.Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really Loud00:35关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65892-viking-burial-boats-discovered-sweden.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2802:28  These burial boats were typically built with overlapping wooden planks (called “clinker built”) and had symmetrical ends, a true keel and overlapping planks joined together, said Johan Anund, the regional manager for The Archaeologists, an archeological organization working with the National Historical Museums in Sweden. Archaeologists have also found other, simpler boat structures, such as logboats, which are like a dugout wide canoe, Anand told Live Science in an email. [Photos: A Man, a Horse and a Dog Found in Viking Boat Burials] The remains of the dog and the horse were nestled in the bow of the well-preserved boat, while the remains of the man were found in the stern. “We don’t know much” about the man yet, Anund said. But analysis of the skeleton will reveal how old he was, how tall he was and if he had any injuries or diseases. Anund’s group may even be able to figure out where the man grew up and where he lived for most of his life, Anund said. As for the animals buried with him, they could have been sacrificed to help the dead person on the “other side” but could also be there to show the man’s status and rank, Anund said. It’s common to find horses and dogs in such burials, but also big birds like falcons. Archaeologists also found other items on the boat such as a sword, spear, shield, an ornate comb, and leftover wood and iron nails that were likely used in its construction. The other boat was badly damaged, probably because a 16th-century medieval cellar was built right on top of it, according to the statement. Some human and animal bones were still preserved on the damaged ship, but they seem to have been moved around, making it difficult for archaeologists to say much about them, Anund said. Archaeologists discovered the ships, the well and the cellar after a plot of land outside Uppsala was marked off to become a new building for the vicarage of Gamla Uppsala parish. They excavated the boats last month and some of the finds will go on display at Gamla Uppsala museum and the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm. Live Science Editor-in-Chief Jeanna Bryner contributed to this story. Editor’s Note: This article was updated to correct the fact that “clinker” boats meant the boats were made of overlapping wooden planks. Originally published on Live Science.last_img read more

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first_imgCOMMENTS Rahul likely to continue helming Congress despite backlash against poll drubbing The Congress Working Committee, scheduled to meet on Saturday, will reject party President Rahul Gandhi’s offer to resign as expected, but some in his immediate circle are likely to be replaced with more experienced people with a solid ‘Congress’ background. The Congress will shift its focus to States such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh, where it is in power. The party has sensed threats to the Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh governments not just from the BJP, but also from power feuds within.When asked about the possibility of Rahul’s resignation, a Congress insider said: “People don’t blame Brahma for their problems. If we start blaming Rahul Gandhi for everything that happened, there is no end to it. We will analyse the work done by each and everyone at the decision-making level and will take a decision then,” he added.The party managers feel that any step discounting the prominence of the Gandhi family in the party will be counter-productive. So the party is not giving much attention to suggestions even from “well-wishers” that Rahul must step down.Historian Ram Chandra Guha had said on Twitter that it is astonishing that Rahul has not yet resigned from his post. “His party performed very poorly, he lost his own pocket borough. Both self-respect and political pragmatism demand that the Congress elect a new leader. But perhaps the Congress has neither,” he said.Resignations announcedMeanwhile, a host of Congress leaders have offered their resignations. Uttar Pradesh unit chief Raj Babbar, Odisha unit chief Niranjan Patnaik and senior leader from Odisha Bhakta Charan Das have announced their resignations owing moral responsibility. The CWC meeting will discuss the resignations of State leaders, too.“The results are depressing for the Uttar Pradesh Congress. I find myself guilty of not discharging my responsibility in a proper manner,” Babbar tweeted.“I will meet the leadership and apprise it of my views. Congratulations to the winners for winning the confidence of the people,” he said.Patnaik also said that he has sent his resignation letter to Rahul. “While the Congress faced defeat in the State, I too lost at the hustings. The party needs to take concrete steps to set the organisation in proper shape by getting rid of opportunists and attracting youth into its fold,” the leader said.Apart from Rahul, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the party’s star campaigner and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior leaders will attend the meeting. COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on SHARE Indian National Congress Congres President Rahul Gandhi   –  Bloomberg May 24, 2019last_img read more

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first_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to authorise subpoenas for a dozen witnesses including President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner. The vote gives panel Chairman Jerrold Nadler discretion on whether to subpoena current and former Trump advisers such as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, as part of a broad corruption and obstruction of justice probe of the Trump presidency.”These include government officials who worked, or continue to work, in close proximity to the president,” Nadler said at a meeting to consider the subpoenas. “We will not rest until we obtain their testimony and documents.”The committee also authorized subpoenas for documents and testimony connected with Trump’s immigration policies, including family separation and detention and “zero tolerance” for migrants. The move comes as Democrats who control the House of Representatives prepare to escalate their scrutiny of the Trump presidency, with public testimony from former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on July 17 and a vote next week to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas.Republicans dismissed the committee’s action as a partisan fishing expedition against Trump and a bid to heal political rifts within House Democratic ranks. “That’s all today’s episode is about. It sure isn’t about oversight. It’s simply about politics,” said Representative Doug Collins, the Judiciary Committee’s top Republican.Nadler’s committee, which could launch an impeachment inquiry if it uncovered evidence of presidential misconduct, is pursuing actions and events described in Mueller’s 448-page report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.Mueller found insufficient evidence to show that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia despite numerous contacts between campaign officials and Moscow. He also did not find that the president obstructed justice, but said specifically that the evidence did not exonerate Trump. In addition to Kushner, Sessions and Kelly, the committee authorized subpoenas for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and others.The subpoena list also includes David Pecker, chief executive of American Media Inc [AMRCM.UL], which publishes the National Enquirer, for testimony about hush money payments made during the campaign to two women who said they had affairs with Trump.Thursday’s proceedings drew fresh criticism from Trump in a pair of tweets. “Now the Democrats have asked to see 12 more people who have already spent hours with Robert Mueller, and spent a fortune on lawyers in so doing. How many bites at the apple do they get before working on Border Loopholes and Asylum,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Enough already, go back to work! I won, unanimously, the big Emoluments case yesterday!” Trump wrote, citing Wednesday’s U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissal of a lawsuit by Maryland and the District of Columbia accusing him of violating anti-corruption provisions of the U.S. Constitution. The judicial panel found that the state and district lacked legal standing to bring the case.Trump and his administration have sought to stymie committee investigators by directing former Trump aides, including former White House Counsel Don McGahn, not to cooperate with Congress. The Judiciary Committee is expected soon to file a key lawsuit against McGahn as early as next week over his refusal to testify before the panel in May. (Reporting by David Morgan; editing by Jonathan Oatis) World 10 Jul 2019 U.S. House panel to authorise subpoenas for Trump aides Related Newscenter_img World 12 Jun 2019 U.S. Senate intelligence panel to interview Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday – source Related News World 03 Jun 2019 Donald Trump meets Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palacelast_img read more

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