Lasers Unearth Lost ‘Agropolis’ of New England

first_imgHidden ruins are customary in the wild jungles of South America or on the white shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Now, researchers have uncovered a long-lost culture closer to Western civilization—in New England.Today, southern New England is shrouded by lush forests, whose autumnal colors attract thousands of tourists and hikers each year. Urban hubs—Boston, Providence, Hartford—are peppered throughout. Rewind the clock 300 years, however, and the landscape would be unrecognizable, with much of the wooded countryside replaced by hundred-acre farms. Agriculture was king in New England until widespread industrialization in the 19th century led farmers to abandon their fields and move to cities. The forest stirred and soon reclaimed the disavowed land, cloaking the structural relics of a vast agrarian past.In a new study, which will be published in the March issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science, geographers Katharine Johnson and William Ouimet of the University of Connecticut, Storrs, uncovered these preserved sites without ever lifting a shovel. Using aerial surveys created by LiDAR, a laser-guided mapping technique, the team detected the barely perceptible remnants of a former “agropolis” around three rural New England towns.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(*)Near Ashford, Connecticut, a vast network of roads offset by stone walls came to light underneath a canopy of oak and spruce trees. More than half of the town has become reforested since 1870, according to historical documents, exemplifying the extent of the rural flight that marked the late 1800s. Some structures were less than 2 feet high and buried in inaccessible portions of the forest, making them essentially invisible to on-the-ground cartography.In rural Westport, Massachusetts, modern property boundaries overlapped with weathered stone walls that were unveiled by LiDAR. By examining historic maps from the early 1700s, the team learned these demarcations had barely changed over the centuries.The untold consequences of this agricultural abandonment on the modern ecosystem are another story told by LiDAR archaeology. Invasive plants like Japanese barberry shrubs capitalized on abandoned open fields that were reverting to forests. Native species benefited as well. White pine, an aggressive timber species, gained a foothold in New England in the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century as farms were abandoned, says ecologist David Foster of Harvard University, who was not involved with the work. “The basic fact is the history of a site strongly influences the environmental conditions and the type of vegetation that develops,” he says. “Therefore, it ends up having a legacy of impacts on the vegetation today.”“This fabulous work opens the eyes of people like me and other researchers,” says Foster, who plans to use LiDAR in his future investigations of forest ancestry in Massachusetts. It shows “that with relatively little effort, you can generate a completely new data set of information about the landscape.”Discoveries like a dam and the forgotten walls of a once-buzzing sawmill near Tiverton, Rhode Island, will help quantify the impact that English-style agriculture had on the continuity between historic and modern landscapes, Johnson says. Studying vegetation dynamics near the sites could create a living history of the ecosystem, she says, that explains how much earth was moved by farmers or how humans impacted river systems in the past to guide land conservation in the future. She will also help historical societies document new landmarks. Given that some ruins reside on private land, this mapping will preserve a fuller historical picture, in case the land is ever sold and developed, she says.last_img read more

Malinga gets suspended ban for media comments,Malinga gets suspended ban for media comments

first_imgSri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga. File Photo   –  Reuters COMMENT Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga has received a suspended one-year ban after pleading guilty to comments he made to the media in breach of his contract, the country’s cricket board has said.The 33-year-old’s sanction will be suspended for six months and he would also lose 50 per cent of his match from the next one-day international he plays in case of a similar breach, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.After his return from the Champions Trophy, Malinga had twice breached the terms of his contract by making statements to the media without the prior written consent of the board’s Chief Executive Officer, SLC had said while launching a disciplinary inquiry against the fast bowler.Malinga has been named in the 13-man squad for Sri Lanka’s first two ODIs against Zimbabwe at home. The African nation will play five ODIs and a lone test on their tour.Former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Nic Pothas has been named Sri Lanka’s interim coach after Graham Ford stepped down last week. SHARE × COMMENTS Published oncenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 28, 2017 cricket Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga. File Photo   –  Reuters He would also lose 50% of his match from the next ODI he plays in case of a similar breachlast_img read more

Manhattan Project to be Unveiled

first_imgMonths of deliberation, undercover work by crazed message boarders, secret texts and emails, and rogue interaction with defected athletic department employees. All this for a new set of twill outfits worn thirteen times a year by people you and I will likely never meet.The semantics have been discussed ad nauseam and the “we have no idea if these are real” photos passed around as if they were lewd shots of Minka Kelly and Jeets during a scandalous All-Star break getaway to the Caymans.They (okay…we) have been talking since Weeden turned the lights off at the Alamodome last December. “Is OSU the new Oregon?!” “I heard there’s going to be three helmets!!” “We will never wear the same uniform combination ever again!”Okay, let’s settle down, take a breath, relax, and rationally consider this.On Tuesday Brett McMurphy wrote a post for CBS Sports and said that OSU’s uniforms will be unveiled on July 28th. This is a Thursday and it falls during the week of Big 12 media days. Needless to say, the Weeden2Blackmon campaign is going to be on overload for seven straight days.I have questions though (as always). Like, how will the unis be unveiled? Will Weeden come waltzing out in the all grays and his OSU golf sombrero on with Blackmon, Randle, and Martin flanking him in other multi-colored schematics? Will Gundy just hold each jersey/pant/helmet up for a few seconds of photos before moving on to the next? Will OSU fly in former players? “Yeah Zac you get the oranges, D’Juan you can have the white jersey and black pants, oh and Dez…yeah…if it’s not too awkward do you think you could run the video camera for a few minutes while these guys walk the runway? Thanks, Dez, appreciate it!!”The funny thing about all of this is that no matter how upset fans might be about not being granted their apparent right as OSU citizens to peek behind the curtain at all the shades of gray and orange Nike drummed up in their Oregon headquarters, the athletic department still has people talking.And that’s what you want as an athletic department, right? For as much as I’ve whined about them keeping this under wraps like it’s the second coming of the Manhattan Project, I’m still talking about it and have been all summer. Solid job by the crew over there for building anticipation, though I wouldn’t have minded a few grainy Blackberry photos of Weeden in the Stillwater Bagel Cafe ordering an asiago cheese with roasted tomato lox in his new pro-combat uni. Seriously, let that baby leak onto the message boards and you’d have a Zapruder film situation on your hands.There’s a 100% chance a horde of people will still “hate” the new uniforms. Many of them will have graduated from OSU before Boone Pickens stepped foot on campus. They will cite “rich traditions” and “orange power” as valid reasons to forgo this opportunity for new threads.That’s a fallacy though because OSU is not steeped in tradition like Texas or OU. In fact, like it or not, OSU has a worse overall football winning percentage than Baylor University.This is why, ugly or gorgeous, hated or loved, the new uniforms are a good thing for the program. OSU can afford to take a chance and revamp its wardrobe with Nike’s finest. OU and Texas can’t (or won’t) do this, ever. It won’t happen. There is the risk that Oklahoma State donors and patrons will pout and balk at purchasing their chair-backs ($30 value), a circumstance which I’m sure Mike Holder has lost hours of sleep over, but it won’t matter in the end.The reason it won’t matter is because of this. And “this” (in case you don’t have time to read it) is an article by Pat Forde citing sources from a certain school in the Northwest that say snazzy uniforms do matter. What players want to wear does weigh into their decision to attend a given school. If you’re still not convinced, consider this quote from OSU recruit, Nico Ornelas in the O’Colly:Honestly, (the facilities) weren’t a huge factor. I was really trying to get somewhere that had Nike. I want to go into work for Nike for some way because I love Nike so much.And that is why, no matter the eventual outcome, this is a terrific idea for Oklahoma State. Gundy will never be able to out-recruit [fill in Texas head coach’s name] or [fill in OU head coach’s name] but as of right now, in 2011, he’s about to be able to out-facilitate them and out-dress them as well. (not like personally, you probably aren’t out-dressing your kids if you’re still tucking rain jackets into your khaki pants, and he is…I just mean as a team).The uniforms don’t need to be great (and I’m honestly afraid they might not be), they just need to be different enough that people notice. Notably a few people with four or five stars next to their names.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Ireland can still reach Russia despite defeat

first_imgRepublic of Ireland v Serbia Serbia showing enough to prove Ireland can still reach Russia Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 04:51 9/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wes Hoolahan Filip Kostic Republic of Ireland Serbia 05092017 Getty Republic of Ireland v Serbia Republic of Ireland Serbia WC Qualification Europe Opinion The Boys in Green slipped to a 1-0 defeat in Dublin, but an improved performance from Martin O’Neill’s side indicates qualification is still possible COMMENTIn the build-up to the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Serbia, much was made of Martin O’Neill’s claim that the side from the Balkans were a much better side technically than the Boys in Green. It is a line that has long been trodden out by Ireland managers, with Giovanni Trapattoni using agricultural football to get results when he was in charge before O’Neill.International Football Odds HereThat was the excuse the former Northern Ireland international used when defending his side’s poor showing against Georgia when they managed just a 1-1 draw with a team ranked outside the top 100, and the same story was used to prepare fans for Serbia’s visit to Dublin. According to O’Neill, Ireland could not play slick passing football because they simply did not have the players. But on Tuesday evening, that is exactly what they did. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Ireland looked like a completely different side against Serbia, thanks mostly to the introduction of 35-year-old ball-playing midfielder Wes Hoolahan into the team and a switch back to a diamond midfield rather than the 4-5-1 utilised in Tblisi. Hoolahan lasted just over an hour as he is judged to be unable to play for as long as he once did, something which is also evident at club level with Norwich City. For the 62 minutes he was on the pitch, he helped Ireland raise their game. The Boys in Green passed the ball well, found space out wide, and Hoolahan’s ability to retain the ball in the opposition half helped the possession statistic stay around 50-50.For all Ireland’s endeavour, they did not really test goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic while Hoolahan was on the pitch. Shane Duffy had the ball in the net from a set-piece, but was ruled offside as free-kicks and corner-kicks looked to be the best chance of scoring. When a goal came, it was through a slick passing move from the visitors with Filip Kostic finding Aleksandar Kolarov well in the area before the Zenit defender fired home with power.Shane Duffy Filip Kostic Republic of Ireland Serbia 05092017Hoolahan was replaced soon after, with O’Neill choosing to send on Daryl Murphy and switch to a more direct style of play. Murphy’s strength almost saw him break through just minutes after his introduction, but he was taken out by Nikola Maksimovic as he looked to break and referee Cuneyt Cakir had no other choice but to issue a red card. Against 10 men, Ireland continued to look for the long ball to Shane Long, whose tireless running caused Serbia problems.With Ireland chasing a goal against 10 men late on, O’Neill went for broke. Tall defender Duffy was sent up front in the hope that his height and strength could make a difference. Cynical play from the visitors helped wind the clock down, much to the frustration of the home crowd, but despite all their hard work, the Boys in Green failed to make the extra man count. News of Wales’ goal in Moldova saw Ireland slip to third in Group D as an equaliser never arrived.Ireland sit just one point behind Wales with two games remaining and travel to Cardiff knowing that a victory could get them to the promised land of the playoffs unless Group D provides the worst second-placed side. Based on their excellent performance in a disappointing loss to Serbia, O’Neill’s side should have nothing to fear from Chris Coleman’s team. They proved themselves technically proficient to play an attractive passing game. All they need now is the goals to go with it.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool veteran Milner: Newcastle clash always exciting

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool veteran Milner: Newcastle clash always excitingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is looking forward to facing Newcastle United today.Milner moved from Leeds to Newcastle in 2004 and enjoyed four years at St James’ Park, making 136 appearances across all competitions. He made no secrets about his excitement of facing his former team on Boxing Day.”It’s an exciting fixture,” he said. “The amount of goals and classic games you see. Two clubs who are very well supported so there’s always a great atmosphere at the game.”I think you always want to see your former clubs doing well. People want to see Newcastle doing well.”It’s a great football club, very well supported and when things are going well in that city, the fans get behind them and you feel that momentum everywhere you go.” last_img read more

Trudeau visits peacekeepers in Mali defends decision not to extend mission

first_imgGAO, Mali — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is returning from Mali this evening after paying a surprise visit to Canadian peacekeepers at their hot and dusty UN base there only days before Christmas.The trip was Trudeau’s first — and likely only — visit to the West African nation, where about 250 Canadian peacekeepers have been providing lifesaving medical evacuations and transporting equipment and personnel.After watching a mock evacuation and serving the peacekeepers a pre-Christmas dinner, Trudeau told the troops they were continuing the Canadian military’s long tradition of helping around the world.Yet even as he emphasized the importance of bringing peace to Mali, the prime minister defended his government’s refusal to extend Canada’s mission by several months next summer.Romanian peacekeepers will take over in Mali next year, but they aren’t expected to arrive until several months after the Canadians have stopped operations.Sources say the United Nations wants Canada to extend its mission to prevent a gap.Trudeau, whose government also has yet to deploy a promised transport aircraft to Uganda and a 200-strong rapid reaction force for the UN, played down the effects of a gap and said Canada and the UN are working to ensure a smooth transition.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NATO Commends “Excellent” Partnership With Morocco

first_imgBrussels-   Spokesman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Oana Lungescu, commended the “excellent” partnership existing between Morocco and the Organization.Speaking to Moroccan reporters who visited on Monday Nato offices in Brussels, Lungescu highlighted Morocco’s leading role in establishing peace in Bosnia and Kosovo, stressing that Morocco is “a strategic partner which takes initiatives and provides particular contribution to NATO”.The same opinion was shared by NATO assistant secretary for political affairs and security policy Thrasyvoulous Terry Stamatopoulos who underlined that cooperation with Morocco is conducted in a pragmatic and open framework that promotes dialog as a means to establish peace and stability.last_img read more

Ohio State volleyball prepares for No 5 Wisconsin

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team huddle up before a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternComing off loss to a top-20 team, the Ohio State women’s volleyball is set to turnaround and face a top-five opponent.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face No. 5 Wisconsin (9-2) on Sunday at 2 p.m.After facing No. 17 Minnesota (11-0) on Wednesday, the Buckeyes (9-4) are looking to build on the limited success they had against the Golden Gophers in a five-set loss.Senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said she expects the Badgers to be fully prepared for OSU after a successful 2013 season.“Coming off them playing in the national championship last year, I think they’re going to be ready to go,” she said.With the help of Badgers’ sophomore setter Lauren Carlini, who was named co-Big Ten setter of the week, the Badgers might have an upper hand against the Buckeyes.But in the 11 games the Badgers have played this season, they swept five of their opponents, and have only allowed three opponents to win a set, on their way to losing just two games.Combined, the Badgers are 1-2 against ranked competition, with their only loss coming to USC.In games where the Badgers opponent has given up two sets, they’re 0-1. Additionally, the Badgers are coming off two straight losses, including being swept by the Nittany Lions at home.Junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said the Buckeyes’ ability to stop Wisconsin’s attack will be key after having a successful defensive night against Minnesota.“Definitely defense (is the key),” Richardson said after the Minnesota game. “The blocking set-up was great tonight.”She added “we all kept our heads up … (we wanted them to know) that we deserved to be here.”The defense is something coach Geoff Carlston has talked about all season as the team has spent the majority of their time in practice tweaking.Following their game against the Badgers, the Buckeyes are set for face a back-to-back matches next week as they travel to Iowa and No. 8 Nebraska. The Hawkeye match is scheduled for a 8 p.m. start Oct. 3, while the Cornhuskers match is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start Oct. 4. read more

Rookie RB Trent Richardson Returns To Practice Set To

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson practiced for the first time in nearly a month on Monday as the team prepared for Sunday’s season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.Richardson, the third overall pick out of Alabama in April’s NFL Draft, has been sidelined since Aug. 9, when he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.Wearing a protective rubber sleeve over the knee, he looked smooth running drills during the 15-minute viewing portion of Monday’s practice and didn’t show any signs of limping, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.“If he’s ready to go, he will be our starter,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “Trent looked good. He was in team. I knew he’d be out here today and he did a good job. It was his first day back in practice, so we did what we could do. Trent looked healthy running around.”Richardson is expected to play in the season opener, although his workload likely will be limited until his knee has added time to heal.Cleveland drafted him with the expectation that his impressive blend of speed and power running would provide an instant lift to a Browns offense lacking in playmakers.Richardson signed a four-year, $20.5 million contract last month that was fully guaranteed and included a signing bonus of $13.3 million.Anticipation about his presence in the backfield became even greater with the designation of quarterback Brandon Weeden as the team’s starter. The Browns desperately want a running game to alleviate some of the pressure from Weeden.Richardson underwent what the team termed “routine arthroscopic” surgery by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Aug. 9. Andrews had performed a similar procedure on Richardson on Feb. 3 to repair a torn meniscus the running back suffered in the same knee while playing for Alabama during its BCS national championship victory over LSU.Richardson rushed for 3,130 yards and 35 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide. read more

SEHA FINAL4 with three EHF CL TOP 8 teams Is this the

← Previous Story VIDEO: Best saves in SEHA GAZPROM League 2015/2016 Next Story → SG FLENSBURG VS DHF: Vranjes calls for better communication, Eggert: We are tired! SEHA GAZPROM FINAL4 will be played in Croatian city of Varaždin, the place of handball gathering in 2009 (World Championship) and 2014 (Women’s EHF EURO 2014) with nice Arena (5.000 capacity). Four best teams will fight for the glory, three of them are coming from the EHF Champions League TOP 8 – MVM Veszprem, RK Vardar and PPD Zagreb, alongside ambitious Belarussian squad HC Meshkov Brest.FRIDAY:MVM Veszprem – Meshkov Brest 18 hrsVardar – PPD Zagreb 20.30 hrsSUNDAY:Third place match 16.30FINAL 19 hrsEXPERIENCE HANDBALL!Varaždin Arena will look like never before in SEHA colours. Remarkable vocal soloist Danijela Pintarić will take care of sound surround. Light show, cheerleaders coming all the way from Belarus, drummers, trumpets, dancers from ‘Escape’ dance studio, different performers and a visual spectacle as an intro for every match is what fans in Varaždin Arena will experience from Friday to Sunday. SEHA Gazprom F4 will be broadcasted by TV stations from Belarus, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia and SEHA TV will also find its place there. Record number of journalists: 132 from three continents which says a lot about the media interest for one of Europes best leagues.About 70% of tickets is already sold and it is confirmed that Arena Varaždin will host fans from Hungary, Macedonia, Belarus and of course, home-team fans who will surely do everything to outnumber guests.Fan zone will also be there with amazing and interactive content: quiz giveaways, Final 4 T-shirts, Be8player corner, leaving messages for players in #be8player corner, amazing social media content and much more…There will be a lot of ways to have fun during the high quality handball weekend. And every year is a new step forward and a chance for improvement, so this Final 4 will be more entertaining than ever.Come to Varazdin and experience handball! SEHA F4 read more

Greece when a stock market isnt a market

first_imgIs a market really a market if buyers can’t buy and sellers can’t sell freely?Greek officials setting the ground rules for a reopening of the Athens Stock Exchange after almost four weeks of forced shutdown are faced with that question as they make a grim choice: exempt investors from capital controls and risk more money heading for the exit, or safeguard scarce liquidity and get further isolated from global markets.“A stock exchange with restrictions in place is not a real stock exchange,” Spyridon Kyritsis, president of the Association of Members of the Athens Exchanges, or Smexa, a body representing brokerages in Greece, told reporters on Tuesday.Like so much of Greece’s pain as it clings to precious membership of the euro, the dilemma cuts to the heart of the country’s status as a functioning capitalist economy plugged into the world. Greek markets remained closed even after banks reopened with limited services on Monday.Representatives of the Bank of Greece, the Hellenic Capital Market Commission and the Finance Ministry will issue a decree on their reopening after parliament votes late Wednesday on new laws demanded by creditors in return for aid, two officials with knowledge of the matter said earlier this week.Cash settlement of transactions on securities will continue to be suspended, the commission said earlier today in a statement on its website. Spokespeople at the Finance Ministry and central bank declined to comment.Not genuine“The market can’t stay closed for longer, but imposing any strict limitations on trading would not really make it a genuine market,” said Antonis Georgakakis, a fund manager at Merit Securities in Athens. “It’s very difficult now because even a free market will have its issues.”Foreign investors hold 59 percent of stocks traded in Athens, which already lost 85 percent since peaking in 2007. The combined value is now $41 billion, roughly the same size as a single Italian bank, UniCredit SpA.After joining debtors including Cuba and Zimbabwe when it missed a payment to the International Monetary Fund at the end of last month, Greece risks further ignominy.Prolonged restrictive measures could lead to a downgrade by MSCI Inc. to “standalone market,” a designation that includes Jamaica, Botswana, Zimbabwe and mainland China, from emerging market. That might mean trading and prices would decline even further and Greek companies would be cut off from a crucial source of funding.Cautious sellingInvestors would have less money available to trade if the market reopens with restrictions on the free movement of capital from bank accounts, members of Smexa’s board told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday. There may be no buyers for stocks, said one member, Nikolaos Chryssochoidis.If, on the other hand, regulators lift the restrictions for equity traders, the nation risks a deposit flight. Greece imposed capital controls on June 28 to stop banks bleeding cash, with depositors now limited to withdrawing 420 euros ($459) a week and transfers abroad banned.“Brokers will want to be cautious in how much clients utilize them to execute in Greece, particularly for selling,” said Duncan Higgins, managing director and head of electronic sales at Investment Technology Group Inc. in London. “Where foreign owners are selling, will they be able to get their euros out of the country?” Cutting BackBrokerages are increasingly desperate to get back to business. A senior executive at one said his company has already imposed a 50 percent cut on all salaries and the loss of commission revenue on transactions may lead to redundancies. The broker asked not to be named, as he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about its compensation policy.Smexa members say that fears about an uncontrolled deposit flight are unfounded. Data from Hellenic Exchanges Group show that monthly capital outflows from the bourse in March, the worst month of the year so far, were just shy of 170 million euros. Last week, the ECB raised the maximum potential Emergency Liquidity Assistance for Greek banks by 900 million euros.A US-listed exchange-traded fund tracking Greek stocks gives an indication of where traders expect the shares will go when trading resumes. Since collapsing a record 19 percent on June 29, when the exchange was shut, the security has rebounded 5.8 percent. Whatever happens, Greek stocks won’t slump more than 30 percent a day, the threshold for an automatic halt.“There’s no reason for optimism at the opening of the exchange,” said Antonis Tsompopoulos, a senior trader at NBG Securities SA in Athens. “I wouldn’t say it will be chaotic, but I am 100 percent sure liquidity will be constrained during the first sessions.”Source: Bloomberg, Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Turkey threatens Greece and Cyprus

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The chairman of the extreme right Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli openly threatened Greece and Cyprus. Speaking to his party’s parliamentary group on 26 February, Bahceli said: “If the Greek Cypriot administration wants to, it can emigrate to Athens,” he said. “The Greek Cypriots must understand that Cyprus is Turkish, is home of the Turks.”Commenting on the recent increasing tensions between the two countries in the Aegean Sea as well as the longstanding Cyprus issue, Mr. Bahceli said that Turkey would respond to the Greek moves in the Aegean as it had done in the past, Tornos News reports.“The union is a fantasy… The Greek Cypriot administration wants to unite with Greece. If they do, they must leave the island and emigrate to Athens… Why do the Turks accept such absurdity?” Bahceli said. “Cyprus is legacy of our heroes, it cannot be abandoned,” he stated.“If the Greek-Cypriots want to unite with Greece at all costs they must leave the island and migrate to Athens and never return back.”Expending on the Greek-Turkish confrontations in the Aegean and using Greece’s top military official’s visit to the Greek island of Oinouses claiming it belongs to Turkey.“Someone must explain to this spoiled brat to not try our patience,” Bahceli said referring to his Greek counterpart. “The Greek Foreign Minister is making threats,” he continued, “Greece besieged with hostility the islands and islets that were not won in the Balkan wars and not to given to them in Lausanne. They must unconditionally put an end to this occupation. Their behavior must be based on international standards.”“If they (Greeks) want to fall into the sea again, if they want to be hunted down, they are welcome, the Turkish army is ready. Someone must explain to the Greek Government what happened in 1921 and 1922. If there is no one to explain it to them, we can come like a bullet in the Aegean and teach them history all over again.”last_img read more

Bird or bunny Internet optical illusion sends viewers down a rabbit hole

first_img The optical illusion came to life, it’s official, someone has a magic pen!!! pic.twitter.com/EDX84LTzT8— Keisha Renee (@Broadwaybandit5) August 20, 2019 Post a comment Forget the blue/black (or was it white/gold?) optical illusion dress. The Yanny or Laurel debate is so last year. Now we want to know: Is the animal being petted in this Twitter video a fuzzy black bunny, or a sleek raven? Share your voice Quintana himself is enjoying the public response.”I’m surprised to see how popular the tweet has been. I only expected that psychological scientists would be interested, but it’s gone much further than my community,” he told me. “It seems about two-thirds of people are insisting it’s a bird, and the remainder are either insisting it’s a rabbit or can’t decide.”Now that we’ve got the bird-bunny controversy straightened out, there are plenty of other confusing animals out there to identify. 0 Yanny or Laurel this: Viral illusions freak out the internet Many social-media users figured out the solution on their own. “That is not a rabbit, it is indeed a corvid,” wrote one, indicating the nictitating membrane Quintana also noted.  Not sure if rubbing left looking rabbit on the nose oran upward looking bird on the head (ears=beak) pic.twitter.com/RxTMwWD7za— ꜱᴡᴀᴘɴɪʟ ಠ_ಠ ʙʜᴀᴛɪᴀ (@synbiocs) August 18, 2019 Daniel Quintana, a senior researcher in biological psychiatry at the University of Oslo in Norway, posted the video to Twitter on Sunday. As of Tuesday, the clip had been viewed 1.7 million times on Twitter, retweeted more than 8,000 times, and liked 33,000 times. More optical illusions Random ok so I posted this on your fb too, but gotta make sure people appreciate it here too haha pic.twitter.com/zFl1uEvmDi— Dani Crain (@DCrainium) August 18, 2019center_img That is not a rabbit, it is indeed a Corvid. Notice the nictitating membrane when it blinks. Instead of moving up and down, it sweeps across the eye horizontally like a windscreen wiper and is translucent.— Greta GG (@GretaGarbolini) August 19, 2019 pic.twitter.com/69qPk87yss— Brainoscience (@brainoscience) August 18, 2019 Give yourself a hand if you can make sense of this optical illusion Wolf optical illusion shows internet a howling good time Gaze at ‘ghost ship,’ the latest optical illusion haunting the Internet Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose pic.twitter.com/aYOZGAY6kP— Dan Quintana 🐰 (@dsquintana) August 18, 2019 18 Photos pic.twitter.com/IeWEPVE5bW— ShadowSpade (@ShadowSpadeXIV) August 19, 2019 “Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose,” a cheeky Quintana wrote. And then the controversy erupted. Because… the animal being petted does look quite a bit like a soft, fluffy black bunny rabbit, except perhaps for some unusually sharp looking ears.Move your attention to the ears, and… hey, are they ears after all? They might be the major giveaway that this is no bunny, but instead a bird, and the “ears” are its open beak.Quintana told me that’s not his original video. He spotted the clip on a tweet sent by photo service Imgur on Saturday and shared it to his own feed. A representative for Imgur didn’t immediately respond to queries about the origin of the video.”The static bird/rabbit illusion is well-known within psychology and philosophy, so when I saw a video, I thought it would be interesting to share it, ” Quintana told me in an email.Quntana himself was never fooled by the feathers-or-fur dilemma.”I thought it was fairly clear that the video was of a bird… as you can see the translucent nictitating membrane sweep across the eye horizontally (rabbits don’t have membranes like this) and the positioning of the ‘ears’ are a little strange,” he said.But he intentionally captioned the video to send readers falling down a rabbit hole.”I made the rabbit comment to prime readers into thinking it was actually a rabbit, to give it a fighting chance at least,” he said. “When you only see the beak in your peripheral vision, it really seems like they’re ears. Without this misleading cue, I thought most people would have seen a bird.”As for the bird itself, Quintana says, “I’m pretty confident this is a white-necked raven, but I’m not a corvid expert so I can’t say this with 100 percent certainty.” (Corvid is the bird family that includes crows and ravens.)Social-media users had fun with the confusion. Was it Duck Season, or Rabbit Season? One Twitter user summed it up nicely, writing, “Not sure if rubbing left looking rabbit on the nose or an upward looking bird on the head (ears=beak).” Tags Snailed it! Here’s my rabbit pic.twitter.com/KuSGNOAAQR— Stan O’Connor (@TourguideStan) August 18, 2019 Twitterlast_img read more

Kanakanak Hospital pharmacy is Medicare and Medicaid compliant

first_imgThe Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham serves 28 Alaska Native tribes in the Bristol Bay area. (Photo by Austin Fast/KDLG)The Kanakanak Hospital pharmacy has met the Medicare Hospital Conditions of Participation, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.In September, CMS found during a survey that the Kanakanak Hospital’s pharmacy practices put patients at risk of harm and death. The survey described serious medication errors, unsystematic labeling of medication and incompetence among the staff.The hospital was at risk of losing its Medicare and Medicaid funding, and it developed a plan of correction. That plan included hiring and training pharmacy staff. CMS established in a recent follow up survey, that the hospital met the Jan. 11 deadline to bring the pharmacy into compliance.In a statement, Robert Clark, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation President and CEO, said, “I want to thank everyone involved for their commitment and dedication to improvement that was required over the past several weeks to ensure we made the necessary improvements in pharmacy services which will allow us to continue providing safe pharmaceutical care services to the people of our region. Compliance is a daily, ongoing effort for all of us as we strive to provide quality health care with competence, compassion, and sensitivity.”In November, the Curyung Tribal Council in Dillingham called for a special meeting of the BBAHC Board of Directors, and five other tribes signed the petition.The meeting was not held because the petition was not signed by a majority of the 28 Alaska Native tribes that authorize BBAHC to provide health services to their members. BBAHC board chairman, Mark Angasan was critical of the petition in a Nov. 15 letter he sent to board members.“I urge you to help the corporation avoid this expensive step,” Angasan said. “You would not have all the information about the CMS audit if we hold a board meeting now, during the holidays. The annual meeting is scheduled for early March, and I encourage you to wait to hear the whole story then.”The Curyung Tribe also passed a resolution at its annual tribal meeting in November, urging the BBAHC board to terminate top administrators and authorizing the tribal council to leave BBAHC and work with Indian Health Service to authorize a different tribal health organization to provide health care to the tribe’s membership.Curyung and two other tribes who signed the petition, New Stuyahok and Togiak, declined to comment for this story.Raymond Apokedak is the Levelock representative to the BBAHC Board of Directors, and he signed the petition last fall. However, now that the pharmacy has been brought into compliance, he said that his concerns have been alleviated. Levelock is no longer asking for a special meeting.He said the Curyung Tribal Council was “jumping the gun before they got all the facts straightened out. They got everybody in an uproar… They weren’t waiting for everything to go through the right channels at the hospital at the time.”The remaining two tribes that petitioned for a special meeting, Clark’s Point and Portage Creek, did not respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu retailers stop stocking CocaCola and Pepsi from today will promote

first_imgRetailers in Tamil Nadu on March 1 began boycotting global cola giants Pepsi and Coca-Cola, along with all their other soft-drink products, citing reasons pertaining to health and the environment. Instead, they will now retail local alternatives — a move that is bound to promote home-grown businesses and products, especially with the temperatures starting to soar and summer just around the corner.Also read: Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangam backtracks on Coke-Pepsi ban, says only appealing to shops to not sell soft drinksRoots in Jallikattu protestTamil Nadu Vanigar Sangangalin Peramaippu (TNVSP) president AM Vikrama Raja has told IANS: “After the Jallikattu movement, we found many youths are not in favour of the two cola brands.” While he failed to provide a rationale that connects the two, keen-eyed observers will see the link to be a kind of nationalism that abhors foreign products.In case of Jallikattu, a big argument against its ban was that organisations like the Indian wing of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was supporting it because it was funded by foreign entities. These entities reportedly wanted to introduce other breeds of cattle in India and make a killing, and banning Jallikattu would weaken the native breeds.Concerns raisedWith Pepsi, Coca-Cola and other brands out of the way, local brands of soft drinks and drinkables are expected to make a killing. However, this is not good news for the two big beverage brands, and even the Indian Beverages Association (IBA) has expressed its doubts over the move.IBA secretary general Arvind Verma has been quoted by IANS as saying: “The proposed call is not just against the interest of the farmers, traders and retailers, it also undermines the role the industry can play in economic growth and development.” He added: “We urge individuals and organisations not to be misled by rumours and spread of misinformation. We hope good sense will prevail and normalcy will be restored soon in this matter.”last_img read more

Clarius Mobile Health Announces Clarius AI Collective Intelligence Ultrasound Platform

first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | November 21, 2018 Clarius Mobile Health Announces Clarius AI Collective Intelligence Ultrasound Platform Platform combines with Clarius portable ultrasound scanners to acquire and label large amounts of data to train artificial intelligence tools News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more November 21, 2018 — Clarius Mobile Health will announce a new collective intelligence ultrasound platform at this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov. 25-30, 2018, in Chicago. The Clarius AI (artificial intelligence) solution focuses on data and image quality, ease of data collection, and a collaborative platform for both physicians and researchers to label and augment acquired images.”One of the most challenging aspects of AI in healthcare is the ability to capture quality data that focuses on specific clinical needs,” said Reza Zahiri, Ph.D., director of innovation at Clarius. He said the Clarius AI platform combined with their ultrasound scanners makes it easy to acquire and label large amounts of data.The labeled data, which are created by medical experts, can then be fed into various AI frameworks such as TensorFlow or PyTorch for training. The trained models would eventually be deployed as clinical solutions for the Clarius app and Clarius Cloud and made available to medical experts around the world.Compared to other imaging modalities, ultrasound has the advantage of being real-time. However, it is challenging to run images through trained algorithms at high frame rates. Clarius has leveraged and developed key technologies to run AI algorithms in real-time, where users will be able to simply download an updated app and get access to new AI features.Zahiri said the Clarius Cloud is compliant with the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), with built-in security and scrubbing techniques from the ground up. This allows data to be automatically anonymized when being accessed for labeling and algorithm training. Clarius also follows the HITRUST CSF framework for regulatory compliance and risk management.The Clarius AI platform will be available to any clinical research group or medical professional interested in developing their own AI tools.For more information: www.clarius.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.center_img Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more last_img read more

Maori tribesman sprinting set designer and woman from everywhere and nowhere help

first_img Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times UVITA, Puntarenas — The transformation has begun.On Monday morning, carpenters, artists and volunteers began converting a field on Playa Hermosa near Dominical into a tented jungle paradise for this year’s Envision Festival. Now entering its fourth iteration, Envision is a four-day music, art and sacred movement festival on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. The psychedelic festivities go from Feb. 20-23.“Today is our first build day,” said event producer Jessica McStravick, who was handling some details at the Dominical hotel Costa Paraiso with fellow producer Justin Brothers. In between organizing transport, ticketing and press details, the producers each had time for a quick Thai massage from Whakapaingia, a burly member of the Maori tribe from New Zealand. Whakapaingia gives an acro-Thai massage Ashley Harrell/The Tico Times“We’re more ahead of the game this year,” Brothers said, referring to how construction is beginning 10 days before the festival. Last year, he said, the build began just five days prior. After a hot and rainy event in 2013, organizers have also secured a new venue, Rancho La Merced in Uvita, which contains a shady field just a two-minute walk from Playa Hermosa.At the grounds, numerous employees and volunteers were hard at work. Stage designer Gerard Minakawa, a Santa Barbara, California native who has worked for Envision for three years, was jogging around, shirtless and excited about his plans.“These are our best stages so far, no doubt,” Minakawa said, flipping through a book of sketches. In addition to the plans for each of the stages, the book included an elaborate drawing of a jack fish that he and other festival planners had caught spearfishing that morning. The stages will be designed using fabric and bamboo, Minakawa said, and will feature giant triangular shards.Across the field, another group was constructing a bamboo sky playground. Made up of ladders and platforms, the tree-supported jungle gym will serve as a meeting place for festival attendees.“I want it to be a space where people are forced to move around each other,” said playground designer Thea Rae, who said she was from everywhere and nowhere. “I think you can learn more about a person through play than through conversation.”Going there: The Envision festival grounds are located off the coastal highway between Dominical and Uvita. Free parking is available outside the grounds and a shuttle will transport attendees to the festival. Car camping and VIP parking are available for $70.Ticket information: Through Feb. 12 (today) tickets can be purchased from $80 for a Sunday pass to $265 for the entire festival for international attendees. Costa Ricans and other Central Americans can purchase tickets from $60-$125. Thursday multi-day ticket prices jump from $250-$290 for international guests and $140-$150 for Central Americans. Tickets can be bought here or at the festival gates. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Timescenter_img Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Related posts:Overheard at Envision 2014 Envision Festival begins 6 things you need to know about Envision Festival 2015 Retransformed: A sophomore experience at the Envision Festivallast_img read more

US womens football team not at its best before roundof16 match against

first_imgRelated posts:Women’s World Cup expanded field nets lopsided scores, but perhaps long-term gains World, meet Ms. Sloth Kong. Ms. Sloth Kong does the Gangnam Style (강남스타일) US beats Colombia, advances to quarterfinals at Women’s World Cup EDMONTON, Canada – The summer solstice drenched this far northern outpost in more than 17 hours of sunlight each day this past weekend, perhaps a symbolic forerunner to brighter days for the U.S. women’s football team.This is not to say the U.S. squad has been swathed in darkness during the World Cup campaign. They did, after all, finish atop a difficult group to remain embedded among the favorites ahead of the knockout stage of this month-long tournament. The next obstacle is upstart Colombia in the Round of 16 on Monday night at Commonwealth Stadium.But from the beginning of this adventure, a 3-1 victory over Australia that was more arduous than the final scoreline suggested, the U.S. has not looked comfortable with themselves.They have enjoyed fine moments — a good half here, a scoring spell there, dense defense throughout — but not the complete performance that punctuated much of their 25 years of excellence.They have gotten by. If not careful, though, they soon could be saying goodbye.Everything seemed in place for a run to the July 5 final in Vancouver: an emotional wave supplied by thousands of traveling fans, a mostly healthy roster, experience and positional depth. Through the group stage, though, the U.S. failed to exhibit special qualities that portend a championship.Acknowledging their shortfalls, Coach Jill Ellis and the players have leaned on the old cliché that it’s better to be playing best at the end, not the start. Fair enough, but they have made only incremental strides. They have been good but not great. Young USA fans watch the team warm up prior to a Group D football match between Nigeria and USA at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 on June 16, 2015. Andy Clark/AFPTrue, their path here was more problematic than Germany’s, France’s, Brazil’s or Japan’s. But they also were outplayed in the first half against Australia before rallying in the second. They sputtered through a scoreless affair with Sweden and cheated defeat thanks to Meghan Klingenberg’s goal-line clearance. Abby Wambach’s volley subdued Nigeria.Based on history, rankings and reputation, the U.S. has the cleanest path among the favorites to reach the semifinals. On paper, Group D, the so-called Group of Death, posed greater threats than the first two rounds of the knockout stage: By defeating Colombia, they would face an inexperienced Chinese side in Friday’s quarterfinal in Ottawa.The Colombians, who stunned France en route to their first advancement in a major international tournament, are not the slightest bit in awe of their highly decorated opponents. In recent days, they have spoken in bold, confident terms.American swagger has been more intimidating than their actual play. And because that play is not at full capacity, the U.S. team is bracing for a determined insurgence.“Colombia is a fantastic team,” Ellis said. “They’ve got a lot of technical players, a lot of special players. It’s a thoughtful transition; they try to pull you apart. It’s going to be a great challenge for us.” Colombia’s goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda, left, stops the ball during a Group F match at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup between France and Colombia at Moncton Stadium, New Brunswick, on June 13, 2015. Colombia won 2-0. Franck Fife/AFPEllis’s comments reflect her respect for Colombia’s accomplishments and perhaps restraint about her own underperforming team. She realizes that, despite the massive disparity in program resources and tradition, this is not going to be easy.Aside from an emboldened foe, the U.S. again will confront their own limitations. Through three matches, they have been defined by Hope Solo’s exceptional goalkeeping and Julie Johnston and Becky Sauerbrunn’s seamless partnership in central defense; by Megan Rapinoe’s energy and ingenuity on the left wing; by a void of creativity in central midfield; and by a rotating set of five forwards.Without nuance and surprise, new ideas and unpredictability, opponents are better prepared, if not fully equipped, for the trial.The U.S. has conceded just one goal but hasn’t scored in the run of play since Rapinoe’s late clincher against Australia. Since then, the lone goal came off a set piece near halftime against Nigeria: Wambach’s leaping one-timer off Rapinoe’s corner kick.Goal production has been a concern for months: five scoreless performances in 14 matches since December, an alarming figure given the wealth of attacking riches. The longer they go without scoring or maintaining the lead, the tighter they become. And lesser opponents have seized upon those faults.The U.S. program has not failed to reach the semifinals of a major tournament: five Olympics and six previous World Cups. And in all likelihood, the second-ranked U.S. will break from their shell, cast aside Colombia and China and forge a showdown with the top-ranked Germans in the semis in Montreal next week.Through hard times, they have always found a way, whether with ruthless domination or late-game persistence (i.e. Wambach’s unfathomable equalizer against Brazil in the quarterfinals four years ago in Germany).This squad, though, remains functionally incomplete. And unless Ellis uncovers the answers soon, the World Cup trophy is likely to remain overseas for another four years.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

TEMPE Ariz — Like the offense as a whole Larry

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — Like the offense as a whole, Larry Fitzgerald appeared more comfortable as the 2013 season progressed.It was a bit of a bounce-back season for the Pro Bowler, whose 82 receptions were the most he’d had since 2010 and his 10 touchdowns his highest total since 2009. About to enter his 11th NFL season, all with the Cardinals, the 30-year-old admits he’s more comfortable now than he was a year ago when he was being asked to learn new positions and a different offense by a first-year coaching staff. 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It’s light years ahead, so much more comfortable,” he said after an OTA Tuesday. “With the play calling and what my assignments are. And not only what my assignments are, but what conceptually what everybody’s doing and what everybody has and hots and sights and stuff like that.“It’s night and day.”It’s the difference between year one and year two in a new system, and it was apparent as last season went on that Fitzgerald, who caught 46 passes for 484 yards and five touchdowns over the final eight games, six of which were Arizona victories.That success has translated into momentum that has carried over to this offseason.“We watched the tape from last year at this time, there’s a stark contrast, so it’s great to see guys flying around knowing exactly what they need to do,” he said.So perhaps it should not come as a surprise that there is no shortage of confidence at this point, which is a time of year where some players, especially veterans, may find it tough to stay completely motivated.That’s not the case in Arizona, Fitzgerald said, noting that everyone in the locker room believes in each other and has no complaints about what they’re being asked to do, even if it means working out in the desert sun, which nobody else in the NFL has to deal with. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “There’s nobody holding their head down, everybody is eager to be out here getting better.” – / 22last_img read more

Health minister says Gesy is on track

first_imgHealth Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Thursday that timeframes set for the introduction of the National Health Scheme (Gesy) are tight but feasible.The newly appointed minister spoke after his first meeting with the House health committee, where he briefed MPs on the goals and the next steps that must be taken on health sector reforms.Ioannou said his ministry’s goal is to see the administrative and financial autonomy of state hospitals achieved.As regards the implementation of Gesy, he said that phase one concerning outpatient care must be completed by June 1, 2019 and a year later, on June 1, 2020 Gesy must be in full swing.At the same time, Ioannou said, hospital autonomy – which is a prerequisite of the plan – is proceeding as planned.He added that the board of directors of the organisation of state health services (Okyy) has been appointed and that his ministry has set in motion procedures to implement reform of outpatient care.“The timeframes are tight but I believe that we will make it,” Ioannou said.On criticism from opposition parties on the appointment of some members of the Okyy board, Ioannou said that the goal was to appoint the most competent individuals as it concerns one of the greatest reforms in the country.He gave the example of the Okyy chairman of the board, Sir David Nicholson, who he said ‘was responsible for running the corresponding reform in England, working in over 10 countries as a consultant and carrying tremendous experience’.“The goal when the board was appointed was qualifications. We were looking for specific qualifications and we found them in these people,” he said.When the first employees are hired at Okyy, he said, procedures concerning hospital autonomy will run faster.He said that the bills discussed last week by the committee concerned the budget of Okyy, but that a correction had been made to an article concerning conflict of interest of the board members.“It used to be ‘in any businesses’ […] We changed it to ‘any businesses that deal with health issues’. That was the amendment,” Ioannou said.The minister said that there is no issue of conflict of interest for any of the Okyy board members.Opposition MPs had accused the government last week of attempting to legitimise the appointment of the board of Okyy through the amendment in question.Akel and Edek deputies, had said that the composition of the Okyy board was contrary to the law, and also cited possible conflict of interest.Ioannou said that such accusations ought to be substantiated.The eight-member board of the organisation of state health services was appointed last December, following cabinet approval. The main responsibilities of the board of directors are to oversee the operation of all public hospitals and centres of primary health care as well as the implementation of administrative and financial autonomy in public hospitals. Okyy will replace the health ministry in providing health services. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more