Cargolux inaugurates 747-8F to Brazil

first_imgFlight CV7687 from Luxembourg to Sao Paulo Viracopos International airport was the first-ever commercial operation of a B747-8F into the country. The Brazilian authorities only recently certified Boeing’s flagship freighter to fly in its airspace. Until now, Cargolux has only been able to deploy its smaller, less fuel-efficient B747-400 freighters into Brazilian gateways. “The 747-8F will further support airfreight exports from Brazil, permitting export commodities like automotive parts, pharmaceutical products and fruits to reach their markets throughout the world in a more fuel efficient and, therefore, sustainable way,” said Pier Curci, Cargolux vice president the Americas. www.cargolux.comlast_img

CARPHA executive director urges caution on decriminalisation of marijuana

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Dr James Hosepdales (Photo: CMC)BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — The executive director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr James Hosepdales, is urging regional countries to “proceed with an abundance of caution” when it come to the decriminalisation of marijuana.Hospedales, who spoke on a government radio programme “Working for you”, said there is much discussion on the decriminalisation issue and that there have been several times in history where populations and societies have gone very liberal with substances of abuse.“The Americans are in the middle of a big opioid crisis and some many decades ago they had a huge problem with addiction and especially among white women,” he said.“We in the Caribbean have a problem with marijuana and clogging up of the courts and the justice system and that’s understandable to try and reduce that side effect. I think though, in introducing these kinds of public policies, consideration has to be given to the full range of impact.”He said said that if marijuana had to be decriminalised, there may be repercussions.“We don’t want that when you’ve solved the problem so to speak of reducing the burden of the judicial system and the prisons you create a great surge in the increase of mental health admissions for marijuana addiction and other addictions.“What I think needs to happen is that there should be strong public education concomitant with decriminalisation if government proceeds along that route; also, proper monitoring of impact policies,” Hospedales stated.He added that there are some countries where there are reports by the chief medical officers that they are indeed seeing major increases in admissions for mental health problems associated with marijuana psychosis and increased use.“So, generally you have to look at the whole thing when making a public policy decision,” he said, adding that research has shown that a significant percentage of young people in the Caribbean already use marijuana even if it is only infrequently.“The harmful consequences of this are well documented. From mental health to social interactions to occupational opportunities. If you are a young person, it is very bad for your studies and it tends to demotivate a lot of young people.“I think most Caribbean people are aware of others around us, for example, in our families and among friends, who have not achieved their potential because they have been smoking weed most of their lives or they have a problem with it.”The CAPHA official said because there is significant medical, social and occupational harm associated with marijuana use, the move to decriminalise it must be taken seriously and if decriminalised there needs to be proper regulation of the substance.Antigua and Barbuda is the latest Caribbean country to move towards the decriminalisation of marijuana for medicinal purposes.But Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the initiative would be undertaken in a controlled environment.“I want to make it abundantly clear that my government is not advocating the use of cannabis, we are against anything that is smoked.We do accept, though, on the other hand, that marijuana utilised in different forms has significant medicinal benefits and certainly we’ll move pretty quickly to ensure that we legalise the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes,” he said.The prime minister told Parliament that the government would be pursuing research in that regard and will also be looking to Canada, which has promised to legalise cannabis for recreational use by July. NewsRegional CARPHA executive director urges caution on decriminalisation of marijuana by: – April 25, 2018center_img 93 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Alaska Legislature Falls To Override Vetoes That Prompt Cuts

first_imgOfficials outside Alaska were beginning to take notice. A faculty group, United Academics, distributed a letter from Sonny Ramaswarmy, president of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, warning that UA accreditation could be jeopardized if student achievement is affected by budget cuts. University of Alaska officials say the system will lose $135 million on top of a $51 million cut over the past six years, which resulted in the loss of 1,200 faculty and staff members and 50 academic and degree programs. More than one-third of legislators did not attend the special session in Juneau. All but one in attendance, Rep. Tammie Wilson, a North Pole Republican, voted to override but the effort still fell short with a 37-1 vote. Senate President Cathy Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, an Independent from Dillingham, instead opted to meet at the Capitol, a decision that minority Republicans in the House said was illegal. He reduced spending for Medicaid, social service programs, reimbursement to communities for school construction, and the Civil Air Patrol, which provides training and search-and-rescue services for Alaska’s flying community. Dunleavy also vetoed funding for a program that provides money to low-income senior citizens and state support for public broadcasting, the state arts council and ocean rangers who monitor cruise ship discharges. Dunleavy has refused to consider new taxes or to tap into earnings from the permanent fund, as the Legislature has done for several years. He said last week that he based the budget vetoes on a desire to provide basic services “while understanding our fiscal constraints.” The absent lawmakers stayed away from the vote Wednesday because of an ongoing dispute about where the Legislature should meet. Critics say the cuts go too far and many turned out at rallies to protest. A crowd of nearly 2,000 people that gathered Tuesday night at UA Anchorage featured Portugal. The Man, a Grammy Award-winning band from Wasilla. The demonstrators took seats in a gymnasium that carried lawmakers’ names and chanted “Override 45!” referring to the number of lawmakers’ votes required to override the governor’s vetoes, and “Don’t hide, override!” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature failed Wednesday to override budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy that will prompt a massive 41% percent cut of state funding to the University of Alaska and lay waste to other programs the governor deemed unaffordable. Dunleavy called the special session and declared it should be held in his hometown of Wasilla, a city of 8,275 people about 43 miles (69 kilometers) north of Anchorage and in the heart of his conservative base. The special session began Monday and the Legislature has until midnight Friday to again consider veto overrides. He cut $334,700 for appellate courts, the same amount spent on abortion services through Medicaid in fiscal year 2018. Dunleavy opposed a state Supreme Court ruling in February that Alaska must fund abortion services through Medicaid. Alaskans pay no state income or sales tax and receive annual checks of more than $1,000 from earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund, a savings account created with oil wealth and grown over decades by investment earnings. State lawmakers needed 45 votes — a three-fourths majority of the 60 members of the state Senate and House — to override the vetoes by Dunleavy, a Republican who took office in December. Six senators were absent or excused Wednesday. Sixteen representatives stayed away. Many gathered at a makeshift legislative hall set up at a Wasilla middle school. Anchorage television station KTUU reported that protesters in Wasilla shouted over the lawmakers during an invocation and a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The officials warned that if the veto was not overridden, as many as 2,000 more staff and faculty would be lost, including 700 at UA Anchorage, along with 40 degree programs.last_img read more

Sevastova loses to Mladenovich and does not get out of the…

first_imgSevastova, who ranks 44th in the WTA rank, gave up 3-6, 4-6 to the Frenchman Kristina Mladenovich, who is in a higher position in the ranking.Losing in the first round, Sevastov finished the tournament with one WTA ranking. Her next stop will be the US Open.Sevastova already had two breakballs in the second game, but they were not used, while Mladenoviča broke the serve of Liepāja and reached 2-1. The Latvian tennis player could not deprive the opponent of his service, moreover, in the ninth game she was beaten – 6-3 in favor of Mladenovich.In the second set, Sevastova lost her first two serves, resulting in a 0-4 lead. Two convincing breaks and the opponent’s loss of confidence helped her reach 4-4. Mladenovich recovered at the right moment and returned to the lead with convincing service. In the next game, she broke Sevastova’s serve again and scored 6-4 for both the set and the match.Sevastova had two double mistakes in this match, while the opponent had eight. Mladenovich also performed three elusive services, but Sevastova was left without “passes”.The two tennis players have previously competed against each other three times. Ten years ago, Sevastov won the tournament in Strasbourg, but last year he dropped out of the second set in Rome in Mladenovich. In mid-October last year, in the second round of the Moscow tournament, the Frenchman won three sets, entering Sevastov’s long series of losses.This was the second tournament for Sevastova after the season resumed. Less than two weeks ago, she made concessions to Romanian Irina Begu in the first round of the Prague International Championship.This season, she has won only one of nine games, winning the Federation Cup over Serene Williams. In the WTA tour, the Latvian tennis player has not overcome the first round in six tournaments in a row this season, therefore the balance of Liepaja is 0-7.This summer, Sevastova took part in two show tournaments in Germany, winning one of them. She was also part of the Latvian national team in the Estonian-Latvian match in Tallinn, conceding the leading tennis players of the northern neighbors in both singles. Rank points were not shared in these tournaments.Mladenovich returned to the tournament in Palermo on the tour, where in the first match he acknowledged the superiority of the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrov. She has won three games in nine matches in the WTA Main Event this season.Mladenovich is better known as a doubles specialist, taking the high third place in the doubles match. Earlier this year, she triumphed with the Hungarian Tímá Babosz in the Australian Open and won her fourth Grand Slam doubles title.During her career, she has won one single-player title (in 2017 in St. Petersburg) and 23 doubles trophies.The tournament takes place in New York at the US Tennis Association’s National Tennis Center, named after Billy Gin King, where the US Open will begin at the end of August. Matches take place on outdoor courts on a hard surface.The Western & Southern Open tournament usually takes place in Cincinnati, but this time it has been moved to New York so that tennis players do not have to travel before the US Open, which would increase the risk of Covid-19 infection.Others are currently reading “Lidl” or “Aldi”? The British have found out which is the cheapest and which is the most expensive grocery store Lukashenko has ordered the closure of striking companies “Accepting yourself with a beard is the best I’ve learned in this life.” After several years of struggling with facial hair, the woman decides not to hide it anymorelast_img read more

Ravens to rest Jackson, other veterans for regular-season finale

first_imgAWAY: Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Washington, New England OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After clinching the No. 1 seed in the AFC, the Ravens will keep the expected NFL MVP and several key veterans out of harm’s way in the regular-season finale against Pittsburgh.Head coach John Harbaugh announced quarterback Lamar Jackson, running back Mark Ingram, right guard Marshal Yanda, safety Earl Thomas, and defensive tackle Brandon Williams are among those who won’t play against the Steelers on Sunday. At least a couple others are expected to be added to that list this week as Ravens players return to the team facility on Christmas Eve.With Jackson having already locked up the MVP award in the eyes of most as the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in a single season, there was just no compelling upside to playing him compared to exposing him to even the slightest risk of an injury. For what it’s worth, more than three weeks lapsed from the 22-year-old’s final preseason snaps until Week 1 when he threw five touchdowns and produced a perfect passer rating.Acknowledging the balance between resting players and keeping them sharp for what the organization hopes will be a long postseason run next month, Harbaugh is choosing not to expose his best players to even a small chance of injury in a game carrying no tangible value to Baltimore’s Super Bowl aspirations. The 12th-year head coach has never been in this position before, but he rested multiple starters in Week 17 of the 2012 season after the Ravens had clinched the AFC North division championship the previous week and had only a small chance to move up from the fourth spot to the No. 3 seed in the playoff field.“I talked to a few guys on the plane. Marshal was the main guy that I had some time talking to about it,” Harbaugh said. “I feel confident that everybody is on board. I talked to the coordinators, assistant head coach [David Culley], and [director of football research] Scott Cohen was involved in that today.“It was pretty straight forward. It’s not really hard. It’s not a hard decision really if you really sit back on it and think about it. It’s a solid decision.”Veteran backup Robert Griffin III will start at quarterback against the Steelers, but Harbaugh left open the possibility of rookie sixth-round pick Trace McSorley also seeing playing time.Though many pundits and fans are referring to Sunday’s game as a glorified preseason game from the Ravens’ perspective, Harbaugh doesn’t have the luxury of a 90-man roster to navigate 60 minutes of play like he does in August. With only seven players deactivated for games, many veterans will still see action, but you’d expect workloads to be eased for select starters.“We’re very healthy, so that does bode well,” said Harbaugh, who added that the Ravens will play to win with all players active against the playoff-hopeful Steelers. “It will be an opportunity for some guys to play who have been inactive, so that’s a big plus for us. It gives some guys some experience, and we’ll just roll with it.”Harbaugh acknowledged there being merit to the other side of the debate suggesting a team already holding a first-round bye is in danger of losing its edge with too long a layoff from live-game action. It’s a fair concern that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy without taking the proper measures, but the practice schedule, mental preparation, and how players take care of their bodies over the next couple weeks carry more weight than playing an arbitrary numbers of snaps — and risking injury — in an inconsequential game that’s still two full weeks before the divisional round. In other words, there’s still much time to collect rust if you’re not managing those other variables wisely, no matter how you handle the Week 17 game itself.Harbaugh confirmed all healthy players will practice this week and during the bye.“Our goal is to be the very best football team we can become for that divisional game,” Harbaugh said. “We have a number of practices between now and then, and we have to make the most of every practice, every rep, every meeting, everything we do to be a much better football team than we are right now.”If the Ravens were unsure how to handle the regular-season finale, seeing Ingram exit with a left calf injury early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win in Cleveland probably ended the debate.Harbaugh described the results of Ingram’s MRI as “good news” after the Pro Bowl running back suffered the non-contact injury, but his status will be one of the major questions going into the postseason. Second-year running back Gus Edwards and rookie Justice Hill will handle greater workloads against Pittsburgh, but the Ravens remain hopeful that Ingram will be ready for the second weekend in January.“He has a mild-to-moderate calf strain, so he won’t play this week,” Harbaugh said. “He probably wouldn’t play this week no matter what the circumstance was with that calf strain. We’d be looking for him to be ready in two weeks, so we’ll see how that goes going forward.”2020 opponents revealedWith first place in each of the four AFC divisions now decided, the Ravens’ slate of 2020 opponents has been finalized.Already scheduled to play the entire AFC South and NFC East divisions next season, Baltimore officially learned it will host AFC West champion Kansas City and travel to AFC East-winning New England.HOME: Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Dallas, New York Giants, Kansas Citylast_img read more

Hopeful Ayeleso Sets Sights on Winning FA Cup with Kano Pillars

first_imgKano pillars Goal tender Suraj Ayeleso has set his sights on winning this year’s edition of the Aiteo Cup. The Goalkeeper who joined the 2018 Aiteo Cup finalists after a three-year stint with Nasarawa United has made three appearances for the Sai Masu Gida this season, all those coming at the super six playoffs where he kept two clean sheets.The boys from the Pyramid City have already secured their semifinal spot after a 4-nil bashing of Nasarawa based Aklosendi FC in Kaduna.Speaking after the game, Suraj Ayeleso maintained that Aklosendi was a good side while relating his desire to win the competition. “With all due respect I don’t think Aklosendi had the capacity of defeating us, after defeating Nasarawa United and EFCC we came together and said we will not give these lads any opportunity for an upset and thank God we executed the game to perfection, now we will concentrate and work hard so as to play in another final then hopefully win this year’s edition of the Aiteo Cup”, he stated. Ayeleso has already played in a Federation Cup final with Nasarawa United in 2016 where he lost on penalties to Ifeanyi Ubah FC and he’ll be aiming to get a winners medal this year, but will first need to cross the hurdle of Calabar Rovers in the semi-final.Relatedlast_img read more

“Star Wars” launches a scavenger hunt to reveal “Last Jedi” characters

first_img Related Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) — In a cool way to attract foot traffic back to brick-and-mortar stores, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced a new global augmented reality event called “Find the Force,” timed to “Force Friday II” on Sept. 1 — when a new line of products inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be revealed.Find the Force is a virtual treasure hunt utilizing a special viewer on the Star Wars app. If you shop at one of 20,000 participating retail locations, you can use the viewer to scan characters with the “Find the Force” logo, revealing characters who come to life before you, Pokemon Go-style.While some characters will be fan favorites, some are brand new characters who won’t be seen until The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15.The app also lets you record videos and share the experience with your unlocked character on social media.The experience runs from Sept. 1 through Sept. 3, but a sneak peek of one of the new characters is already available if you download the app now.  To learn more, visit StarWars.com/findtheforce.Disney is the parent company of Lucasfilm and ABC News.last_img read more

Kohli’s India boast firepower to make World Cup charge

first_imgIndia boast the game’s undoubted superstar batsman in Virat Kohli but their bowling attack could hold the key to their hopes of World Cup glory.Despite their status as the game’s global powerhouse, India have only won the showpiece tournament twice, in 1983 and 2011.But Kohli’s men, second behind England in the one-day international rankings, will start the tournament in England and Wales among the favourites alongside the host nation and defending champions Australia.For all the focus on captain Kohli, the number one batsman in the world in the 50-over format and Test cricket, the ability of India’s seamers to exploit the conditions could be the most important factor.Jasprit Bumrah, the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world, leads the pace battery alongside Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya.Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal add variety to India’s attack.Former India skipper Rahul Dravid believes the tournament could be a high-scoring affair.“I believe, having experienced some of the conditions in England last year with the A-team tour, it would be a high-scoring World Cup,” he told Star Sports.“And in a high-scoring World Cup, having bowlers who can take wickets in the middle will be very important. I think India is lucky in that regard.“People like (Jasprit) Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal…. (India have) got bowlers who can take wickets.”The 25-year-old Bumrah, with his ability to bowl yorkers at the death, has picked up 85 wickets in 49 ODI matches since making his international debut in January 2016.Yadav and Chahal did not have a great Indian Premier League season but have played an important role in India’s recent successes.And former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar told AFP that the spin twins could have a crucial role to play for India, who kick off their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.“In T20 cricket if you don’t have anything in the pitch for these spinners then the batsmen, by slogging them, have a tendency to get the better of these guys,” he said.“In the 50-over World Cup, in the middle stages, that kind of pressure won’t be there on these two guys.”Kohli, 30, has scored more than 19,000 runs across all formats of the international game and shone during India’s tour of England last year, despite defeats in the Test and ODI series for the visitors.But the rest of the batting line-up appears far from settled, with Lokesh Rahul and all-rounder Vijay Shankar vying for the number four spot after Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli in the top three positions.Kedar Jadhav and M.S. Dhoni are expected to form the core of the middle order.“I don’t think the Indian batting looks settled. Virat Kohli is the only guy that gets me very excited,” said Manjrekar, who admitted Dhoni’s IPL form had been good.All-rounders Pandya and Shankar will also be crucial to India’s chances of making the final four in the round-robin event.An attacking middle-order batsman, a medium-fast bowler and quick in the field, Pandya has the abilty to turn games single-handedly.The 25-year-old Pandya, who earlier this year was suspended over sexist remarks on a TV chat show, is fresh from winning the IPL title with Mumbai Indians and keen to focus his energies on his first 50-over World Cup.“There is no one even close to Hardik Pandya’s talent with both bat and ball,” former India opener Virender Sehwag told cricketnext website.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final Preview – Francis Forde

first_imgThis Sunday, Galway will bid to win back to back All-Ireland Senior Hurling Titles for the first time since the 87/88 All-Ireland Wins. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email We start the week by hearing from Francis “Franny” Forde, One of the selectors on the Galway Team.He has been speaking to Sean WalshAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/FRANNY%20FORDE%20PRE%20ALL-IRELAND%20FINAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img All this week on Galway Bay FM and www.galwayfm.wpengine.com we will hear from those who will be going for gold on Sunday in Croke Park.last_img

Trippier joins growing list of Prem stars out of international duty

first_imgSwitzerlandStephan Lichtsteiner (hamstring)Alexandre Lacazette (unknown) FranceBenjamin Mendy (knee)Paul Pogba (knock)Anthony Martial (knock) KIERAN TRIPPIER has pulled out of the England squad with a groin injury.The full-back picked up the problem for Spurs in their away win against Crystal Palace at the weekend.3 Kieran Trippier went down for Spurs against Crystal Palace and could play no further part in the gameCredit: ReutersHe will now miss the game against the USA as well as the Nations League clash against Croatia.The Football Association announced Trippier’s withdrawal today [Tuesday], following assessment of the injury at St George’s Park.The 28-year-old joins Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck (broken ankle) in withdrawing from Gareth Southgate’s initial 28-man squad.And he joins a long list of Premier League stars who have pulled out of their respective international squads with injury.3 The Spurs full-back trudged off the pitch int he 24th minute as Serge Aurier came on to replace himCredit: Reuters3 Gareth Southgate has been hit with another injury withdrawal as Kieran Tripper has gone back to SpursCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alexandre Lacazette have all decided to stay in England for treatment.Trippier was injured in Spurs’ Premier League win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.He has 16 caps, scoring his only goal in the World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia.The FA said: “He’ll return to his club to continue rehabilitation.”Latest England NewsRacing TipsHOT OFF THE PRESSDon’t miss The Sun’s each-way thief and NAPs for today right hereDEIDRE’S CLASSIC PHOTO CASEBOOKSingle mum Penny avoids telling her date about baby PoppyMYSTIC MEGJuly 27: Passion is full-on and might ask a lot of you - but is worth the effortMIXED DOUBLESTennis legends Boris Becker and Bjorn Borg set sail with partners in IbizaHIT & RUN ‘MURDER’Woman, 38, ‘killed in hit & run’ after getting into van as man arrestedBLADE SHUNNERSAshley Banjo reveals Dancing On Ice could ditch studio audience in 2021PREMIER LEAGUE PULL-OUTSEnglandDany Welbeck (ankle)Kieran Trippier (groin)center_img IcelandGylfi Sigurdsson (ankle)PortugalAndre Gomes (fitness issue)Wayne Rooney’s England farewell has descended into a farce over whether he starts against the USA and Southgate hasn’t confirmed anythingTrippier has established himself as a first-choice defender in Southgate’s England team since making his debut against France in June 2017.The former Burnley man has made nine competitive appearances for his country which includes six of England’s seven World Cup games at Russia 2018 as Southgate’s men finished fourth.Trippier was also in the team which earned a memorable 3-2 Nations League victory over Spain in Seville last month.England face USA in the Wayne Rooney Foundation International on Thursday at Wembley, with Croatia visiting on Sunday in the Nations League.FRENCH DON’T FANCY ITBENJAMIN MENDY has become the latest Premier League star to withdraw from the France squad.City’s left-back suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s Manchester derby win over United.And he will no longer play a part in upcoming matches against the Netherlands and Uruguay.Mendy has been in superb form for Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions this season.And he has decided not to take any risks by making himself unavailable for the world champions this month.Mendy becomes the third English-based player to drop out of Didier Deschamps’ squad, with Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial also withdrawing.last_img read more