How many Ebola cases are there really?

first_imgEvery couple of days, the World Health Organization (WHO) issues a “situation update” on the Ebola epidemic, with new numbers of cases and deaths for each of the affected countries. These numbers―9216 and 4555 respectively, according to Friday’s update―are instantly reported and tweeted around the world. They’re also quickly translated into ever-more frightening graphics by people who follow the epidemic closely, such as virologist Ian Mackay of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and Maia Majumder, a Ph.D. student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge who visualizes the data on her website and publishes projections on HealthMap, an online information system for outbreaks.But it’s widely known that the real situation is much worse than the numbers show because many cases don’t make it into the official statistics. Underreporting occurs in every disease outbreak anywhere, but keeping track of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone has been particularly difficult. And the epidemic unfolds, underreporting appears to be getting worse. (“It’s a mess,” Mackay says.)So what do the WHO numbers really mean—and how can researchers estimate the actual number of victims? 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In August, it said that the reported numbers “vastly underestimate” the epidemic’s magnitude. WHO’s situation updates frequently point out gaps in the data. The 8 October update, for instance, noted that there had been a fall in cases in Liberia the previous 3 weeks, but this was “unlikely to be genuine,” the report said. “Rather, it reflects a deterioration in the ability of overwhelmed responders to record accurate epidemiological data. It is clear from field reports and first responders that [Ebola] cases are being under-reported from several key locations, and laboratory data that have not yet been integrated into official estimates indicate an increase in the number of new cases in Liberia.”Where do the reported numbers come from, and why are they always too low?Officially, the governments of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia transmit the numbers to WHO, which then passes them on to the world. But WHO is also closely involved in helping determine the numbers. The data come from several sources, says WHO epidemiologist Christopher Dye; the three main ones are clinics and treatment centers, laboratories doing Ebola tests, and burial teams.Getting the numbers right is hard for many reasons. Many patients don’t seek medical care, for instance, because they don’t trust the medical system or because they live too far away. Of those who do, some die along the way, and some are turned away because treatment centers are overloaded. Of Ebola people who die at home, some are buried without ever coming to officials’ attention. It can also take time for recorded information to be passed on and entered into data reporting systems.Testing is a big problem as well. The reports break down the numbers into suspected cases, based mostly on symptoms; probable cases, in which someone had symptoms and a link to a known Ebola case; and confirmed cases, in which a patient sample tested positive in the lab. In an ideal world, all suspected and probable cases would eventually be tested, but testing capacity is lacking. In WHO’s 15 October report, only 56% of the cases in the three countries was confirmed; in Liberia, where testing is huge problem, it was just 22%. (Friday’s report did not break down Liberia’s cases and said the data were “temporarily unavailable.”)Dye says WHO and other groups are trying hard to improve the reporting on the ground. Among other things, they are trying to set up a system that would provide every patient with a unique identification number. Now, Dye says, patients who enter an Ebola clinic and then have a sample tested in the lab may enter the reports twice, because there is no way to know that the lab and the clinic were recording the same patient.Are there ways to estimate the extent of the underreporting?There are. For instance, In a technique called capture-recapture, epidemiologists visit one area or district and determine what percentage of the Ebola cases and deaths there has found its way into official records. “You throw out the net twice, and you compare,” says Martin Meltzer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, who is modeling the Ebola epidemic. (The term capture-recapture was borrowed from researchers who study the size of wildlife populations using two rounds of trapping.) But this method is logistically challenging and possibly dangerous, given the hostilities that some Ebola response teams have met, Meltzer says: “I’m not going to ask people to risk their lives to collect some data.”For a paper published last month, Meltzer and his colleagues used a different technique. CDC has a computer model that, among other things, calculates how many hospital beds should be in use at any given time based on the cumulative number of cases at that moment. For 28 August, the time the paper was written, that number was 143 beds for Liberia; but people in the field told Meltzer that the actual number of beds in use was 320, a factor of 2.24 higher. (These numbers can be found in an annex to the paper.) “We had heard some other numbers that were higher, so we rounded that up to a correction factor of 2.5,” Meltzer says. But it’s a very rough approximation. Also, underreporting is likely to vary greatly from one place to another and over time, he says.The CDC team’s widely reported worst case projection of 1.4 million cases by 20 January was based on the correction factor of 2.5, and assuming control efforts didn’t improve. It included only Liberia and Sierra Leone; in Guinea, the reported numbers of cases have fluctuated too much to make a reasonable projection, Meltzer says, which could also could be partly due to underreporting.What does WHO think is a reasonable correction factor?WHO hasn’t published an estimate. “It’s a point that has been greatly discussed but there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty,” Dye says. For its internal planning purposes, however, WHO uses a correction factor of 2.0. When WHO’s Bruce Aylward said at a press conference last week that the agency is expecting to see between 5000 and 10,000 cases per week by early December, “the difference between the 5000 and the 10,000 is that factor of two,” Dye says. A correction factor of 2.0 would mean that the total number of cases has now crossed 18,000 and the number of deaths 9000.If the numbers are that far off, should they be published at all? Even if many cases are missed, the trends in the numbers are still very meaningful. They clearly show that the number of cases has roughly doubled every 3 to 4 weeks and that this trend is continuing. If underreporting  gets worse, however, it may be even more difficult to discern such trends.Is there any good news in the recent numbers?There is. The number of new cases in some areas at the epicenter of the outbreak—Kenema and Kailahun districts in Sierra Leone and Liberia’s Lofa County—has been dropping, and that’s not a result of underreporting, Dye says. “It has happened for a sufficiently large number of weeks now that we are confident that it’s a real reduction in incidence on the ground, probably related to control measures,” he says. “Our colleagues working on the ground believe it is, too.”One important factor has been the increase in safe burials, Dye says. (The bodies of Ebola victims are very infectious.) People in the affected areas have resisted abandoning traditional burial practices that carry a high risk of infection, but in these three areas, local leaders, supported by WHO and others, have come to advocate a change. If that happens elsewhere, Dye says, “we expect to be able to cut out a substantial amount of infection in the community.”*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.last_img read more

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Gilas cadets crush host Malaysia for 3rd victory

first_imgView comments The win, which came after victories over Thailand and Myanmar, assured the Philippines of a place in the semifinals.Filipino fans packed the MABA stadium cheering for the Gilas Cadets, which is practically guaranteed the gold medal here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThings got a little hot in the third quarter when Kuek Tian Yuan fouled Kevin Ferrer and locked up the arm of the former UST star.This drew the ire of the Gilas players with Baser Amer, Bryan Cruz and Troy Rosario engaging Malaysian players in a pushing contest. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Malaysia managed to ruffle Gilas Pilipinas’ feathers, but it paid a big price for doing so.Before a loud crowd cheering for the host squad, the Philippines blew Malaysia apart, 98-66, to score its third straight win Wednesday night and inch closer to the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Philippines needed some time to heat up, trailing Malaysia, 15-20, in the first quarter as it put up poor defense and could not hit its shots. Cignal guns for crown vs CEU five Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES As a result, Cruz and Amer were ejected with 5:41 left in the third quarter with Gilas protecting a 57-41 lead.Surprisingly, no Malaysian player was expelled after the incident.This fueled the Filipinos, who widened the gap to 73-46 going into the final period.Naturalized player Christian Standhardinger scored 18 points and got 18 rebounds for Gilas.Kobe Paras also had a solid outing for the second straight game to finish with 16 points off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

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PSC to award gold medalists Nesthy Petecio, Carlos Yulo P1 million each

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “If not for the PSC, Caloy won’t be a world champion. Our family is really grateful for the support of the PSC,” said Angelica Yulo, Caloy’s mother.Boxer Eumir Marcial likewise received a bonus from the government worth P500,000 for a silver medal in the recent Aiba World Boxing Championships in Ekatirinburg, Sverdlosk Oblast, Russia. View comments “We will provide them with everything that they need to win a medal in the Olympics. If they can’t win the gold in Tokyo, we will continue helping them to become better in Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028),” said Ramirez.He noted that it took Diaz three Olympic cycles before seizing the silver medal in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics.To motivate them further, both Yulo and Petecio will receive P1 million each for their achievements.Yulo got P500,000 for his gold medal in Germany, a world-level qualifier that booked him an Olympic ticket and join Obiena in Tokyo.The PSC added P500,000 more as monetary reward for setting a historic mark as the first Filipino world champion in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “We will be all-out in financially supporting our Olympic-bound athletes,” said PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez on Monday during a press briefing at Rizal Memorial Sports Center.The 19-year-old Yulo became the latest toast in Philippine sports for a historic feat of winning the floor exercise event in the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practicePetecio, on the other hand, clinched the gold medal in the 2019 Aiba Women’s Boxing World Championships after beating Liudmila Vorontsove on her turf in Ulan-Ude, Russia.These heroes, plus pole vaulter EJ Obiena, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and skateboarder Margielyn Didal, are considered by the PSC as top prospects to end the country’s gold-medal drought. This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Philippines’ Carlos Edriel Yulo poses with gold medal on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Floor event after the apparatus finals at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, southern Germany, on October 12, 2019. (Photo by Thomas KIENZLE / AFP)Buoyed by the consecutive success of Filipino athletes in the international front, the Philippine Sports Commission is preparing a war chest of P50 million for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Thanks to the feats of Carlos Yulo of gymnastics and lady boxer Nesthy Petecio, these world champions have brought hope that the elusive gold medal in the Olympics will finally be won in Tokyo 2020.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Japan hits rankings high to buoy World Cup hosts after deadly typhoon Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

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NBA to livestream select games in PH for free on Facebook Watch, Twitter

first_imgNBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Games will also continue to be available on NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service.Starting Wednesday, Oct. 23, select games will be available to fans in the Philippines for the first time across the league’s accounts on Facebook (NBA Philippines) and Twitter (@NBA_Philippines), providing live and on-demand access to one game per day during NBA Tip-Off Week from Oct. 23-29, and one game every Monday and Thursday from Oct. 31 onwards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We are excited to celebrate the start of the new season by streaming games on social media for the first time in the country,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson.“The Philippines is one of the world’s leaders in social media penetration and usage with over 17 million followers of the league’s social media accounts, making it an ideal platform to livestream NBA content. With NBA games on Facebook Watch and Twitter, we are empowering the digital lifestyle of our fans with the ability to enjoy the NBA anytime, anywhere. As the media landscape evolves, we look forward to introducing more ways to bring NBA games to a nationwide audience this season.” DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 04: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles past Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los A Clippers during the second half of a game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on March 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-105. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Filipino basketball fans will be in for a treat just in time for the new NBA season’s tipoff on Wednesday.The National Basketball Association (NBA) on Tuesday announced that select 2019-20 NBA regular-season games will be livestreamed in the Philippines for free on Facebook Watch and Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kicking off the free streaming is the keenly-anticipated battle of Los Angeles with the Lakers, featuring their fearsome one-two punch of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, taking on the new-look Clippers and their superstar forward Kawhi Leonard at 10:30 a.m. (Manila time) followed by a matchup between Eastern Conference rivals Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday at 7:30 a.m.The Houston Rockets’ new dynamic duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook will be tested against the Milwaukee Bucks, who will once again be led by reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on Friday, 8:00 a.m.The Lakers will then, host the Utah Jazz on Saturday, 10:30 a.m followed by a game between the New Orleans Pelicans, who will be without their injured prized rookie Zion Williamson, and the Rockets on Sunday, 8:00 a.m.Free streaming continues with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks on Monday at 7:00 a.m. and will be capped off by a duel between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Rockets next Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.NBA League Pass will once again provide fans with the most comprehensive live and on-demand access to a complete season of NBA games in high-definition with live stats and multiple viewing options, including the NBA Mobile View, which delivers a closer shot of the action optimized for viewing on mobile phones, tablets and connected devices. Exclusive NBA TV programming headlined by flagship show NBA Gametime will also be featured in the League Pass package.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP suspends UE’s Nick Abanto for one game The NBA offers the League Pass, Team Choice and 3-Game Choice packages in annual and monthly pricing options for fans starting as low as Php 100, while weekly pricing is offered for the League Pass package. New users will be provided with a seven-day rolling free trial valid from tip-off until the end of the regular season.Team Choice is available for all 30 teams, giving fans the option to follow one team and watch their favorite players throughout the season, while the new 3-Game Choice enables users to watch up to three games of their choice per month.Fans in the Philippines can subscribe to NBA League Pass by visiting watch.nba.com and downloading the official NBA App on the App Store and Google Play.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View commentslast_img read more

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Kovalev Pounds Hopkins For Title

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Bernard Hopkins will turn the big 5-0 without a championship belt around his waist.Sergey Kovalev roughed up Hopkins from the opening bell, sending the aging fighter to the canvas — and possibly into retirement — with the fight he needed to serve as validation that he’s the class of the 175-pound division.Kovalev used his punishing knockout power to abuse Hopkins for 12 rounds, winning a unanimous decision early Nov. 9 to stake his claim as the best light heavyweight.Kovalev, who missed the birth of his son because he was training for the fight, has three versions of the 175-pound belt after taking two from the 49-year-old Hopkins in the decisive victory. Kovalev is 26-0-1 with 23 knockouts.And he’s really just getting started. “It was not easier than I thought,” Kovalev said. “I was ready for 12 rounds. I thought he was the best fighter in the world at light heavyweight.”Kovalev received winning scores of 120-107 from two judges and 120-106 from the third. The 31-year-old Russian won the IBF and WBA light heavyweight belts to go with his WBO title.Two months shy of 50, Hopkins (55-7-2) could face retirement after a rare title bout where he was never a factor. Kovalev knocked down Hopkins in the first round and never backed off his hammering pace.“No matter what age you lose, you lose,” Hopkins said.Kovalev hadn’t fought past the eighth, but was at his best and showed his stamina against Hopkins in the 12th. He wanted the KO and battered Hopkins against the ropes, making the Philadelphia fighter at last look his age.“I wanted to show fans that I know how to box and I did,” Kovalev said. “I tried to go for the knockout in the 12th round. He has great defense. He’s the best boxer in my division.”Hopkins felt every single one of Kovalev’s blows in the 12th. And there were plenty of them in that final round. Kovalev landed 38 punches in the final round, the most ever against Hopkins in 41 fights tracked by CompuBox.The pro-Hopkins crowd chanted “B-Hop!” and “U-S-A!” to rally the veteran driver. It didn’t work.Kovalev dropped Hopkins with a solid right early in the first round, but the veteran hopped right up. Kovalev smelled blood and became focused on finishing off Hopkins with a knockout.He pummeled Hopkins in the final 45 seconds of the third round. Kovalev was at his best when he backed Hopkins into a corner and unloaded body shots that left him reeling.Hopkins just wouldn’t go down for good. He had his best round in the seventh, landing a couple of rights that had little meaning in the long run.Kovalev answered in the eighth with a hard right that wobbled Hopkins. He kept the hits coming until the 12th. Respect for Hopkins’ Hall of Fame resume was about the only thing that kept the referee from stopping the fight.“I give him a lot of respect, we both would fight anyone,” Hopkins said. “That’s how we ended up here tonight. That’s what brought us together.”But did it bring Hopkins to his professional end? Hopkins will return to Philadelphia and consider his options.“I really don’t want to say anything,” Hopkins said. “It’s been 50-50 for the last nine years.”Hopkins lost his professional debut to Clinton Mitchell at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City in 1988. Kovalev was just 5 years old and living in Chelyabinsk, Russia at the time.Hopkins took 15 months off before fighting again, defeating Greg Paige at Philadelphia’s Blue Horizon, the first of 22 straight victories that wouldn’t end until he lost to Roy Jones Jr. in 1993. The 45-year-old Jones was on HBO’s broadcast team for the fight.Never a stylistically crowd-pleasing fighter, Hopkins hasn’t knocked out an opponent since Oscar De La Hoya in September 2004. De La Hoya was at the fight, too. Hopkins is a minority partner with De La Hoya in Golden Boy Promotions.De La Hoya said after the fight Hopkins will fight again and still has options in a lower weight class. “One thing I know for sure is that he is not going to retire,” De La Hoya said.At 46, Hopkins became the oldest fighter to win a major world championship in 2011 when he defeated Jean Pascal. He dropped the WBC version of the light heavyweight belt to Chad Dawson in 2012, setting him up again to break his own record of oldest fighter to win a championship in 2013 with a unanimous decision victory over Tavoris Cloud.Hopkins was 48 when he beat Cloud. He won his next two bouts to set up the unification fight with Kovalev. Now, it’s Kovalev’s turn to stand atop the division.“This is why I took a shot,” Hopkins said. “The danger is always there with a puncher. That’s why I chose to fight him. I’ve been in there with a lot of great fighters from the middleweights to know, and Sergey is the real deal.”(DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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De Sciglio confident despite ‘wasted’ lead

first_imgJuventus v Tottenham Hotspur De Sciglio confident of Wembley win despite Juve’s ‘wasted’ 2-0 lead Joe Wright 07:50 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mattia De Sciglio Christian Eriksen Juventus Tottenham Champions League Getty Images Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League Juventus Tottenham Hotspur Spurs came from 2-0 down to force a 2-2 draw against the Serie A side, something the defender blamed on his side’s tactical approach Juventus defender Mattia De Sciglio admits his side “wasted” a big opportunity against Tottenham as they let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 in Turin, but remains confident that they can earn a win in London. Gonzalo Higuain’s double in the first nine minutes put Juve in control of the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, but goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen gave the visitors a slight edge ahead of the return game at Wembley next month.Higuain also missed a penalty in the first half, but Spurs largely controlled the match after their nightmare opening, with Massimiliano Allegri’s side managing just 33 per cent possession on home soil. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And De Sciglio conceded the Serie A champions dropped far too deep once they had their two-goal lead.”We knew it was going to be a difficult game,” he told Mediaset Premium . “Tottenham are very strong, especially in midfield and attack.”I think we made a mistake when we were 2-0 up. We started to defend too deep allowing them to have the ball easily in midfield. It’s a pity because we wasted a very important lead, but I’m sure that we can win at Wembley.”We know it will be difficult again because we are facing strong opponents, but we must remain confident, especially after watching what we did in the first 10 minutes.”Winger Federico Bernardeschi felt Juve deserved to win the match, despite their largely lacklustre display.9 – Harry Kane has scored more goals in his first nine Champions League appearances (9) than any player in the history of the competition, ahead of Ronaldinho, Simone Inzaghi, Didier Drogba & Diego Costa (8). Greatest. #JUVTOT #UCL pic.twitter.com/b7RCpdRrwn — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 13, 2018 “I think we played a great game against a very strong side, with the right grit and determination,” he said. “We had a great start, but, after going 2-0 up, we did not manage to maintain the same tempo.”It’s a pity because we had several chances to score and we deserved to win, but we remain confident ahead of the second leg. We know that we can win there [in London].”Juve will travel to England on March 7 for the return leg.last_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp hits out critics of Robertson: Way of the world

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp hits out critics of Robertson: Way of the worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hit out critics of Andrew Robertson.The German believes that if there is any criticism of his defender, then it is because of “the world out there” and not his quality.Klopp is adamant any abuse his defender has been forced to endure is totally misplaced: “The criticism has nothing to do with the expectation. It is to do with the world out there.“He has played well for weeks and months and then you take it for granted. If there is one game less than another, you start asking what has happened to Andy Robertson. Nothing.“It’s completely normal. The game before he was maybe the best player on the pitch.”Robertson has been criticised over the past week for his form with Scotland and in the Champions League. last_img read more

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Uppercut Deluxe Has Knockout Grooming Gifts

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How about spreading some old school cool this holiday season? Treat all the surfers, skaters and rockabillies in your life to gift boxes from Uppercut Deluxe.This Australian brand features high quality grooming products with a 1950’s barbershop vibe. Founded by childhood mates turned barbers, Luke Newman and Steve Purcell, this brand delivers heritage inspired hair styling products with modern formulations. Even the company’s namesake pays homage to the past, as “Uppercut” was the nickname of Newman’s Grandfather Willy Shea, a boxer that toured Australia during the great depression. These manly grooming boxes make great gifts for the toughest guys on your list.Give the gift of a super looking coif with this Uppercut Deluxe Travel Kit, $70, on Revel. Any dude would appreciate these traditional hair products packaged in vintage mini tins. There’s original Pomade with a medium hold and medium-high shine. Featherweight with a medium hold and matte finish works for messier looks. Matt Clay with a strong hold and matte finish can wrangle long hair and tame unruly locks. Lastly, Monster Hold has a strong hold and medium waxy finish for hardcore control that last for days. There’s also a back pocket Flick-Comb, leather card wallet and key chain to compliment your pompadour while on the road.The Basin Kit by Uppercut Deluxe, $35 on Revel will appeal to the guy trying to bring out his inner Elvis, James Dean or Bruno Mars. It comes with stainless steel cup to store all the tools of the trade, along with some actual tools. It opens with a Bamboo Toothbrush for a megawatt smile. There are two old school barber shop inspired, pocket sized combs, one black and one tortoise shell. And the hero of this handsome gift set, a Quiff Roller to add height and volume to a perfectly styled pomp.Why not stuff his stocking with something he’ll actually use? Uppercut Deluxe Defense Soap, $4.99 on Revel will get him clean without all those skin drying perfumes and dyes. Oatmeal cleanses and exfoliates while goat’s milk moisturizers and nourishes even the most sensitive Secret Santa. Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beardlast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Colchester County

first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Robie Street Robie Street, Truro, will be reduced to two lanes for paving and construction of curb and sidewalk from Wednesday, Sept. 13, to Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.last_img

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PM Modi holds talks with his Bhutanese counterpart

first_imgThimphu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering on Saturday during which the two leaders discussed steps to further expand the bilateral partnership across several sectors. “Infusing new energy and trust in our close relationship. PM @narendramodi held delegation levels talk with @PMBhutan Lyonchhen Dr. Lotay Tshering. Discussed steps to further expand our partnership across several sectors,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Kumar said the MoUs exchange will take place at Simtoka Dzong, built in 1629 by Shabdrung Namgyal, which functions as a monastic and administrative centre and is one of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan. This is Modi’s second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election in May this year. Prime Minister Modi also inspected a guard of honour during his ceremonial welcome at Tashichhodzong Palace, Bhutan. “Traditional Chipdrel procession and welcome ceremony at the Tashichhodzong Palace for PM @narendramodi before the audience with His Majesty the King of Bhutan. The ceremony symbolises the purification of path along which the guests are led,” Kumar tweeted. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Earlier, Prime Minister Modi received a red-carpet welcome at the Paro airport where he was received by the Bhutanese prime minister. “I am extremely grateful to @PMBhutan for welcoming me at the airport. His gesture is deeply touching,” Modi tweeted. “A memorable welcome in Bhutan! This is a land blessed with natural beauty and wonderful people. There is immense enthusiasm here and the people of Bhutan want to see the India-Bhutan friendship scale newer heights of success,” the prime minister said. Waving the Indian tricolour and the Bhutanese flags, people lined up along the route from Paro to the capital city Thimphu to welcome Prime Minister Modi, who is in Bhutan on a two-day visit. Prime Minister Modi will also address young Bhutanese students at the prestigious Royal University of Bhutan.last_img read more

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Prince Charles Visits Macmillan Cancer Centre

first_imgThe Prince of Wales was recently left marvelling at an innovative cancer treatment that gives patients their vital chemotherapy – through a backpack.The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall admire a wooden plaque unveiled by the Prince, during a tour of the new Macmillan Cancer Support unit Credit/Copyright: http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/news-and-diary/the-prince-of-wales-and-duchess-of-cornwall-visit-the-new-macmillan-cancer-supportHis Royal Highness learnt about the procedure during a visit with The Duchess of Cornwall to a £100 million groundbreaking centre that is leading the country in standards of care for people with the disease.Patients can visit the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre and have a chemo backpack or bum bag fitted and then go out shopping, sightseeing or just have the freedom to move around the building.Their Royal Highnesses met Chris Hemblade, who was diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, last November. The patient joked about the utilitarian dark blue hue of the rucksacks.Mr Hemblade, who looks after Macmillan’s celebrity ambassadors, made The Prince and Duchess laugh when he told them “they haven’t found a colour that works for me yet,” to which The Prince replied: “All these fussy patients.”The modern facility opened in April last year and with its bare concrete walls and open plan design has the feel of a stylish office block and even boasts floor murals by renowned artist Grayson Perry.It treats patients as a whole with University College Hospital staff providing conventional outpatient care on the centre’s upper floors, and at ground level Macmillan run a walk-in service for emotional support and advice alongside complementary treatments like yoga, massage and aromatherapy.The Duchess of Cornwall talks with cancer patient Angela KingCredit/Copyright: http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/news-and-diary/the-prince-of-wales-and-duchess-of-cornwall-visit-the-new-macmillan-cancer-supportThe Prince is Patron of Macmillan Cancer Support, which has collaborated with University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to create the centre. He was joined for the visit by Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins.The singer is an ambassador for Macmillan and has personal experience of the work of its nurses as her father died of lung cancer when she was a teenager.The performer is planning to run a marathon to raise funds for the cancer charity and her sister works for its intelligence and research team.She said: “It’s kind of a family charity. When my father was sick I was 15 and my sister was 13, and the Macmillan nurses came in to take care of him and help my mother. And ever since then we’ve tried to say thank you and do our little bit.“My family last year cycled from London to Paris and my sister Laura works for Macmillan, and I’m running the marathon this year in aid of Macmillan.“I’ve got a schedule I’ve got to stick to. I’m on tour with Il Divo, from about half way through March, and the tour finishes in London and two days later is the marathon – so I’m going to be running in the morning and singing in the night.”Speaking to those present during the visit, The Prince said: “I’ve been so impressed over the years by the extraordinary way in which Macmillan can make such a difference to so many people’s lives particularly at such a very difficult point in their lives.”Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more

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Slovenias premier resigns over court ruling on referendum

first_imgLJUBLJANA, Slovenia – Slovenia’s prime minister said Wednesday he is resigning after the country’s top court annulled last year’s referendum on a key railway project and ordered a new vote.Miro Cerar said he sent his resignation to parliament and will formally notify the president Thursday. The move means that Slovenia’s parliamentary elections, which were due in early June, will be held a few weeks earlier.“I have made a decision any trustworthy politician should make in such a situation,” Cerar said in a statement broadcast live. “You (citizens) will have a chance in the elections to judge between right and wrong and who deserves your support.”Cerar also praised his centre-left government’s achievements in curbing an economic downturn in the tiny European Union nation of 2 million people that is the home country of U.S. first lady Melania Trump.“During my term the economic crisis ended. Slovenia has stable economic growth, third strongest in EU,” he said. “We have the lowest unemployment rate after 2009.”The government also has faced a wave of strikes and protests by public sector workers demanding higher wages amid economic recovery. Many schools in Slovenia were closed Wednesday as teachers went on strike for the second time in a month.Slovenia’s Supreme Court ruled earlier Wednesday that government backing for the railway project during the referendum campaign was one-sided and could have affected the outcome of the vote.The referendum in September approved the government’s plan to build 27 kilometres (16 miles) of additional railway linking the Adriatic port of Koper with the Divaca hub near the border with Italy.The vote was initiated by independent campaigner Vili Kovacic, who also took the issue to Slovenia’s top courts. Kovacic was supported by some opposition parties.Cerar said the rail project is of “strategic importance for the development of Slovenia.” He complained that “some are jeopardizing Slovenia’s development.”The date for the new referendum wasn’t immediately set.___Associated Press Writer Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Brock hosts blood drive Jan 24

Perhaps you made a New Year’s resolution to do more good deeds this year.A blood drive is the perfect opportunity to help make that resolution stick. Brock is hosting an on-campus drive through Canadian Blood Services on Friday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ian Beddis Gym.Those interested in donating are asked to book an appointment online or by calling 1-800-2-DONATE (366283).

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Applications for US unemployment benefits increase to 302k still at prerecession levels

WASHINGTON – More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remain at pre-recession levels.Weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The prior week’s claims were revised down to 279,000, the lowest since May 2000.The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 3,500 to 297,250. That’s the lowest average since April 2006, more than a year before the Great Recession began at the end of 2007.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. When employers keep their workers, it suggests potential income gains, active hiring and confidence that the economy is growing.“The claims data continue to signal an improving labour market,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, in a client note.Employers added 288,000 jobs in June, the fifth straight month of job gains above 200,000. That’s the first such stretch since 1999, during the height of the dot-com boom. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 per cent, the lowest since September 2008.Economists forecast that the July employment report being released Friday will show that 225,000 jobs were added, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet. They forecast that the unemployment rate held at 6.1 per cent in July.Payroll provider ADP said Wednesday that private employers added 218,000 jobs in July, down from 281,000 in June.Steady hiring gains have yet to lift wages by much. Wage growth has slightly outpaced inflation since the recession ended more than five years ago.But more people with jobs increases the total number of paychecks, which could boost consumer spending and growth. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 6:37 am MDT Applications for US unemployment benefits increase to 302k; still at pre-recession levels AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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BMO Scotiabank beat expectations but beyond the numbers concerns arise

BMO, Scotiabank beat expectations, but beyond the numbers, concerns arise TORONTO – Two of Canada’s big banks reported first-quarter results Tuesday that were higher than expected, but the earnings were driven by potentially unstable trading revenues as slowing loan growth and rock-bottom interest rates offset gains.The Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) reported net income of $1.49 billion, up 39 per cent from a year ago. After adjustments, the profit amounted to $2.28 per share, beating analyst expectations of $1.88 per share by a wide margin, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS), which also reported Tuesday, had $2.01 billion of net income during the first quarter, up 10 per cent compared to the same period last year. On an adjusted basis, the bank had $1.58 of earnings per diluted share, just one penny higher than analyst estimates.While the headline figures may seem strong, Edward Jones analyst Jim Shanahan cautioned that income from trading and other capital markets activities provided much of the boost.That’s potentially problematic because trading activities are generally not considered reliable sources of earnings growth, Shanahan said.“Fee income can be volatile,” he said.Trading activity was robust during the quarter as the election of President Donald Trump created expectations of greater economic growth in the U.S.“But that may not be the case next quarter, or for the balance of the year,” Shanahan said.Net-interest income at the banks — the profit generated from loans — felt the weight of low interest rates and stunting consumer loan growth.“With the lower interest rate environment that we’re in there’s still continuous downward pressure,” Scotiabank chief financial officer Sean McGuckin said during an interview.Debt-laden consumers have begun tapping out at a time when Canadian household debt has hit record highs. Statistics Canada reported in December that the ratio of household credit market debt to adjusted disposable income climbed to 166.9 per cent in the third quarter — up from 166.4 per cent in the previous quarter.“You can either grow net-interest income by growing your loan portfolio or generating higher margins,” Shanahan said. “There’s no loan growth, and margin growth is hard to achieve when interest rates are as low as they are.”Going forward, McGuckin said the bank expects Canadian consumer loan growth to be in the mid-single digits.“We’ve had outsized retail growth two years, three years, four years, five years ago, as an industry,” he said. “Now you’ll see us grow a bit more in line with the nominal GDP outlook for the country.”Shares of Scotiabank on the S&P/TSX composite index were down 2.3 per cent, or $1.80, in late afternoon trading to $77.45. BMO climbed two per cent, or $1.98, to $100.56.CIBC (TSX:CM) and Royal Bank (TSX:RY), which both reported last week, also beat analyst expectations. TD Bank (TSX:TD) will wrap up the banks’ earnings season Thursday.BMO also reported $5.41 billion of revenue, up from $5.08 billion a year ago. Scotiabank increased its revenue to $6.87 billion from $6.37 billion during the first period of last year.Scotiabank also increased its quarterly dividend by two cents to 76 cents per share, while BMO announced plans to return capital to shareholders by buying back 15 million of its shares.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 28, 2017 9:26 am MDT Last Updated Feb 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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2500 cancer diagnosis could be avoided each week if Britons made lifestyle

first_imgDr Katrina Brown, Cancer Research UK’s statistical information and risk manager, and the study’s lead author, said the public did not understand the risks of smoking until relatively recently, and it is hoped that increased information and awareness will mean the same will eventually become of obesity.Asked about accusations of fat shaming following a recent obesity-related campaign by the charity, she said: “We definitely need to change attitudes towards obesity.”As a charity we have a responsibility to communicate evidence about risk.”Highlighting studies that show public perceptions of what is a normal weight have gone up,Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert, said: “Obesity is a huge health threat right now, and it will only get worse if nothing is done.”People regard being large as increasingly normal – that is a shift in cultural norms and acceptability.”So we need to not only convey the message about the health risks, but also that our population is getting larger.”Sir Harpal added: “Leading a healthy life doesn’t guarantee that a person won’t get cancer, but it can stack the odds in your favour. These figures show that we each can take positive steps to help reduce our individual risk of the disease.”This research clearly demonstrates the impact of smoking and obesity on cancer risk.Prevention is the most cost-effective way of beating cancer and the UK Government could do much more to help people by making a healthy choice the easy choice.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said the landmark study demonstrates that prevention is the best way of beating the killer disease, adding that the Government could be doing “much more” to help people make healthier choices.The latest figures, calculated from 2015 cancer data, show more than 135,500 cases of cancer a year could be prevented – equating to 37.7 per cent of all cancers diagnosed in the UK every year and rising to 41.5 per cent in Scotland.Smoking remains the biggest preventable cause of cancer – responsible for around 32,200 cases of cancer in men and around 22,000 in women.Excess weight is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer, with around 22,800 (6.3%) cases down to being overweight or obese.The research published in the British Journal of Cancer shows that obesity causes 13 different types of cancer, including bowel, breast, womb and kidney, and more than one in 20 cases could be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight. Smoking rates are falling, and obesity will soon take over as the leading modifiable risk factor for cancer center_img More than 2,500 people a week would avoid being diagnosed with cancer if they made lifestyle changes, such as exercising and lowering their weight,  research suggests.Nearly 40 per cent of all cancers diagnosed in the UK every year could be avoided, a new report by Cancer Research UK has found.Smoking is the biggest avoidable cause of cancer, followed by excess weight, overexposure to UV radiation from the sun and sunbeds, drinking alcohol, eating too little fibre, and outdoor air pollution.Experts presenting the data warned that with smoking rates continuing to go down and rates of obesity on the increase, obesity could overtake smoking as the biggest killer.Cancer Research UK chief executive Sir Harpal Kumar said: “Obesity is potentially the new smoking, if we’re not careful.”My sense would be it’ll be some time in next couple of decades that we’ll see those two switch around.” Smoking rates are falling, and obesity will soon take over as the leading modifiable risk factor for cancer Credit:Jonathan Brady PAlast_img read more

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Rapist on the run after arrest because EU freedom of movement allowed

The judge called for an inquiry at the Royal Northern College of Music, condemning staff for failing to intervene as his unconscious victim was subjected to a horrific ordeal.He criticised the supervision of student functions after the court heard that Serafin sexually assaulted the woman in a practise room having earlier spiked her drink with a date rape drug at a fresher’s party.Serafin from Hulme, Manchester, was spotted by a guard forcing himself on his victim as she lay helpless on the floor but Serafin urged him not to call the police. Jacek Serafin, who is understood to be in his native Poland “That remark should have triggered alarm and should have caused him to take action. For what he saw was a young woman unconscious. Not asleep – unconscious.”The judge added: “Once awake he tried to avoid detection by weeping. But she had the courage to complain to the police. These offences are grave matters irrespective of his previous good character.” EEA citizens can travel on the Eurostar with either a passport or a national identity card. Jacek Serafin, who is understood to be in his native Poland Afterwards, he was seen dressing the woman then carrying her “like a dead weight” to a taxi before he took her back at his flat.Mr Cross said: “In my judgement there ought to be an inquiry by the Royal Northern College of Music into the staff supervising events such as these.”The defendant was observed by witnesses acting strangely. One described him observing what was going on, staring as though he was recounting events.”He isolated his target and waited for her outside a toilet and when they were in a practice room she was unconscious and she was brutally raped. I am satisfied a drug was used by the defendant to incapacitate the victim. A concert pianist who raped a student was able to flee the UK after his arrest because EU freedom of movement rules allowed him to board the Eurostar without a passport, a court has heard.Jacek Serafin, 30, who studied piano performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, had his passport confiscated by police after he was arrested for the sexual assault of his 22-year old victim, whose drink had been spiked.But on April 26, just days before he was due to face a retrial for rape, Serafin used an ID card to board a Eurostar train bound for France and vanished.It is thought he is now in his native Poland but police have not been able to make contact with him despite efforts to track him down.Serafin, a former graduate of Music Academy in Kracow, was yesterday (FRI), jailed for 14 years in his absence, having been found guilty of rape and assault by penetration.Judge Anthony Cross QC, told the jury at Manchester Crown Court: “He was due to attend on the first day of the trial but didn’t turn up. Following his failure to attend police made enquiries and discovered a person holding the defendant’s identity left England for France by Eurostar.’’ The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (stock image) The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (stock image)Credit:Anthony Moss/Cavendish Press Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “By 2am he was disturbed by a security guard and it was quite plain that he feared discovery and asked the guard not to report the matter to the police. Sadly he did not. read more

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Terex Trucks partners with Ascendum in Turkey

first_imgTo lay a strong foundation for the expected long-term growth in Eurasia, Terex Trucks has struck an alliance with distinguished equipment supplier Ascendum Makina. With customers active in mining and other industries, Ascendum Makina will take charge of distributing and supporting the Scottish manufacturer’s articulated and rigid dump trucks throughout Turkey.Mahir Hocaoglu, CEO at Ascendum Makina, commented: “As a company dedicated to clients, it’s important to build partnerships with manufacturers who provide proven products, and we believe Terex Trucks is exactly that. The total market in Turkey has a lot of potential, and with the addition of Terex Trucks to our portfolio we will be able to offer customers a wider range of products, as well as the highest standard of aftersales across our 19 branches in Turkey.”Founded in 1959, the Ascendum Group is currently one of the world’s largest distributors of Terex Trucks’ parent company Volvo Construction Equipment. With global operations in countries such as Angola, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and the USA, Ascendum Makina has been present in Turkey for nearly 20 years.Defined as a newly industrialised nation, Turkey has an abundance of natural resources, including coal, gold, and oil, with the transcontinental country producing around 60 different minerals – with boron salts being its richest. Turkey is also a leading producer of motor vehicles, electronics, agricultural products and construction materials. An emerging economic force, Turkey is a member of the MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) countries as it is expected to show growth and deliver significant returns for investors in the coming decade.The construction of Istanbul’s third airport, which is set to be the biggest international terminal in the world, is just one of a handful of ambitious projects underway in Turkey. Others include the Istanbul Canal project, the production of 500,000 homes and the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) venture. “To aid the country’s brightening prospects, Terex Trucks’ off-highway equipment will have no problems showcasing its versatility in the country’s varied sectors.”“Designed for heavy-duty hauling operations, Terex Trucks’ machines “present the perfect balance of power, torque, and effective gearing, coupled with optimum weight distribution to move more material in less time, with less fuel, even in the toughest terrains. Made in Motherwell, Scotland, the reliable rigid dump trucks – the TR45, TR60, TR70, and TR100 – offer payloads ranging from 41 to 91 t, while the three models of articulated haulers – TA250, TA300, and TA400 – provide payloads from 25 to 38 t.”Guy Wilson, EMEA Director at Terex Trucks, said of the agreement: “A strong and dynamic organisation, Ascendum Makina is a leader in the distribution of construction equipment and has a team of skilled technicians to assist aftersales support in Turkey. The company’s ethos of providing unmatched customer satisfaction is well suited to Terex Trucks’ philosophy, and we look forward to a fruitful future.”last_img read more

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The Cycle of Life

first_imgThe Cycle of Life a production celebrating life, celebrating Hellenic heritage showcasing the Greek Folk Dancers of NSW Thrasyvoulos 1992-2012. The event will be held on Sunday 14 October at 3:00 pm at the Marana Auditorium, 16 McMahon Street, Hurstville. For bookings 0407 081 875 or 0423 301 770 or email greekdancer@optusnet.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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