First signs of change

first_imgOEEC takes place on 27 and 28 October 2020 in Amsterdam. In order to ensure safe connections at the event, the organisation is working on concepts such as wider aisles, one-way lanes, set routes, timeslots for visitors, sanitation stations and reservation systems in different areas. This year OEEC will be different than the previous years. However, we are convinced that OEEC 2020 will be a successful edition in which virtual and face-to-face connections are combined. This year it is not business as usual, however the first signs of change are starting to appear.  Last week’s press conference in the Netherlands announced that events can take place again starting from the first of July. This is great news! There will still be some restrictions with regard to the COVID-19 situation. For Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC), this means that we will follow the directions of the government and the protocol of the event industry to ensure your safety. last_img read more

Keshi’s ‘dirty deals’ forced me out of Super Eagles – Taye Taiwo

first_img ”I packed my bags and I told my wife and family that I cannot be involved in dirty deals.” Taiwo’s statement comes in the wake of the latest controversy in the Super Eagles after former Schalke 04 star Chinedu Obasi revealed he was dropped from Keshi’s team for the 2014 World Cup because he refused to pay a bribe. Meanwhile, Keshi’s assistants Daniel Amokachi and Valere Houdonou have reacted to Obasi’s claim. “Why come forward with such now when the man in charge is no longer alive to answer it?” Amokachi said. read also:How Taye Taiwo brought aura to Super Eagles – Yobo “Even look at it, this happened in 2014 and six years after you are coming forward with such claims? “Why wait until now? It doesn’t make sense to bring such an issue when the head is no longer alive to respond to you?” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The former AC Milan defender managed just a single appearance under late Keshi, an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Rwanda in February 2012, which was also the last of his 59 caps for Nigeria. Taiwo made his Nigeria debut in 2004 and went on to play at the three Afcon tournaments and the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa during his eight-year international career, in which he scored five goals. He claimed he dumped the three-time African champions because he does not want to be associated with dirty glory under Keshi, who guided the West African country to their last Afcon triumph in 2013 and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. “I am someone who doesn’t want dirty glory and in my life, I have never been involved in what is not clean and that was why I packed my bags and left the Super Eagles,” Taiwo was quoted by Legit. ”I cannot work or stay where I see that is dirty because I am serving a clean God, and if I am in an area that is not clean, I will have to leave the place. ”When they appointed Stephen Keshi as coach, he was acting somehow in which I told myself that it was time for me to leave the Super Eagles. Taye Taiwo has accused former Nigeria coach, late Stephen Keshi, of his early exit from the national team set-up because of his dirty dealings. Loading… Promoted Content7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksSurprising Things Women Found Attractive 50 Years Ago7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPThese Popular Hollywood Stars Got Their Start On Soap Operas7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more

Southern Iowa Speedway hosts IMCA Late Models on Aug. 5

first_imgOSKALOOSA, Iowa – IMCA Late Models return to Southern Iowa Speedway on Wednesday, Aug. 5, with a top prize of $750 at stake.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.Also on the weekly card will be Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Mach-1 Sport Compacts and the Iowa Sportsman Series.Sponsors for the evening are Supreme Lawn & Landscape, Van Wall Equipment, Farmers Support America, KBOE and Mahaska Bottling.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $6 for students and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $25.Kids’ Club is at 6:30 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.last_img

Mr. Fred Abraham “Freddie” Turner

first_imgMr. Fred Abraham “Freddie” Turner, age 71, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on August 15, 1947, in Patriot, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late, Curtis A. and Mary Margaret (Miller) Turner. He was raised in Patriot, Indiana where he attended Patriot High School. Freddie was united in marriage to Edna Ruth Ledbetter and this happy union was blessed with four children, Jennie, Susie, Johnny and Darrin. Freddie was later united in marriage on February 6, 2003, in Carrollton, Kentucky, to Cindy Jo Green. Freddie and Cindy shared over 16 years of marriage until his death. He was employed for North Bend Farms in Patriot, Indiana, for over 30 years. Freddie was employed in maintenance for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, Indiana, retiring in April 2018, after 18 years of service. Freddie enjoyed fishing, hunting, Cincinnati Red’s, going to the casino, playing euchre and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Freddie passed away at 7:05 a.m., Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at his residence.Freddie will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Cindy Jo (Green) Turner of Vevay, IN; his children, Jennie Turner of Rising Sun, IN, Susie Turner of Rising Sun, IN, Johnny Turner of Vevay, IN and Joshua Mitchell of Fortville, IN; his grandchildren, Heather Turner, Mary Ann Dole and her husband, Jason, Meranda Turner, Darrin Wayne Turner, Jr. and Lily McFadden; his great-grandchildren, Hayden, Nevaeh, Annelise and Elanore; his brothers, Wayne Turner and his wife, Kathy of Patriot, IN, Jerry Turner and his wife, Belinda of Patriot, IN, Steve Turner and his wife, Sharon of Patriot, IN and Terry Turner and his wife, Karen of Rising Sun, IN; his sisters, Sue Jones and her husband, Mike of Vevay, IN, Lorraine Fugitt and her husband, Tim of Patriot, IN and Juanita Jackson and her husband, Joe of Rising Sun, IN; his several nieces and nephews and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Galen and Billie Green of Vevay, IN.He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis A. Turner, died July 5, 1985 and Mary Margaret (Miller) Turner, died October 28, 2008; his son, Darrin Wayne Turner, died February 16, 2011 and his grandson, Spencer William Turner, died November 5, 2004.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Eastview Cemetery, Patriot, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 5, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Response Unit or Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Mighty Hurricane a true champion

first_img Press Association Walsh said: “I just rode the race as I found it. “In fairness to Hurricane, he quickened up well. He wasn’t great at the last, but when I got serious with him he found plenty. “Stamina was never going to be an issue with him.” Mullins said: “That was a huge relief. I have huge respect for the horse to do what he did, coming off the bit of work he did during the week. “If he had been an ordinary horse he wouldn’t have run today. It was his worst bit of work ever. “I was so disappointed coming off the gallops. I was saying to myself, ‘Is the dream over with him and has he had enough?’. “Thankfully we found he had a bruised foot. He seemed fine the next morning and he’s been fine since. “We had to run and take our chance. We did all the tests on him and everything was coming back right. “These races only come around once a year. I would have liked to have had another week with him. “I thought when Our Conor came upsides him at the last he was beat. “It was the first time he’s ever missed the last and I was thinking to myself, ‘There’s that bad bit of work’, but he showed his guts and he battled back. “For the horse to come here with a bad prep and win that I’m very happy with where I’m at with him.” Our Conor’s owner Barry Connell is looking forward to watching his charge renew rivalry with Hurricane Fly at Cheltenham in March. He said: “He probably settled a bit better than he did the first time (in the Ryanair Hurdle). “He was probably the last off the bridle and he travelled like a dream, but we got outbattled. “All credit to Hurricane Fly – this is his backyard and he’s unbeaten here. For a young horse to run him so close we couldn’t be more delighted. “We’d like to think there is more improvement from our horse. “He should get a bit closer at Cheltenham.” The Willie Mullins-trained 10-year-old was the 4-7 favourite to secure an extraordinary 19th Grade One success and travelled with his usual zest in the hands of Ruby Walsh. He quickened up to lead approaching the final flight, but Our Conor threw down a serious challenge. The two fought out a pulsating finish, but Hurricane Fly was going away again in the closing strides under a jubilant Walsh. Hurricane Fly had comfortably beaten Our Conor and Jezki in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival, but connections of the latter pair had reasons to believe they could bridge the gap this time. As he had done last month, admirable veteran Captain Cee Bee took the four runners along, with Hurricane Fly his closest pursuer, ahead of Our Conor and the free-going Jezki. Jezki was the first of the three main protagonists to come under pressure in the hands of Tony McCoy, but Walsh and Our Conor’s rider Danny Mullins appeared confident as they straightened up for home. There was little to choose between the duo jumping the final flight and, just for a moment, it looked like Dessie Hughes’ charge might be getting on top. But Hurricane Fly, who suffered an injury scare earlier in the week with a bruised foot, roared back and was a length and a half to the good at the line – even though he did not jump the last cleanly. Captain Cee Bee stuck to his guns to ensure fellow JP McManus-owned runner Jezki finished last of the four, albeit beaten little over three lengths. It was an eighth victory from as many starts at Leopardstown for Hurricane Fly. Hurricane Fly emulated the great Istabraq by claiming a fourth triumph in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. last_img read more

Wimmer makes Spurs move

first_img Despite qualifying for the Europa League, Spurs had the joint-fifth worst defensive record in the Barclays Premier League last season, conceding 53 goals in 38 matches. Wimmer is looking forward to the challenge of breaking into Tottenham’s first team. He told Cologne’s website: “Tottenham is a huge chance for me. Nonetheless, it won’t be easy saying goodbye to Cologne. “I experienced wonderful moments here, such as the promotion and the Klassenerhalt (staying up). “I want to thank the training staff, my team-mates, and all those involved in the club for their extraordinary support. “FC and its fantastic fans will always remain something special for me.” Cologne general manager Jörg Schmadtke added: “Kevin has improved tremendously during his time here and has developed into an Austrian international player. “Of course it is with some regret that he will be leaving us, but we understand that he is getting the opportunity to play for one of the biggest traditional clubs in London. Press Association “In our dealings with Tottenham we were able to reach an agreement that all parties were happy with.” Pochettino is expected to add further names to his squad this summer. The Spurs boss has been linked with players like Danny Ings and Morgan Schneiderlin as he looks to turn Tottenham into serious challengers for Champions League qualification next season. Chairman Daniel Levy insists he will leave it up to the Argentinian to decide who comes and goes at White Hart Lane this close season. “As has always been the case the coach always makes the final decision,” Levy said in a Facebook Q&A session with fans. Pochettino gave Harry Kane his maiden run in the Tottenham first team last season and the move paid off handsomely, with the striker scoring 31 goals. Next term, young striker Alex Pritchard will be given a chance to make his mark on the first team after scoring 12 goals on loan at Sky Bet Championship side Brentford. “He is in our plans for next season,” Pochettino said of the 22-year-old. “He starts pre-season when he gets back from the (Under-21) Euros and we are looking forward to having him back after a successful loan with Brentford.” Spurs will round off their post-season tour on Saturday when they play Sydney FC. On Wednesday Tottenham beat a Malaysia XI 2-1 in Kuala Lumpur thanks to a brace from Kane, who was substituted after 57 minutes. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has highlighted defence as one of the areas where his team needs to improve next season and he has moved quickly to sign 22-year-old Wimmer on a five-year deal. Pochettino gave spells to Vlad Chiriches, Younes Kaboul, Federico Fazio and Eric Dier alongside the near ever-present Jan Vertonghen, but Spurs regularly looked weak at the back last year. Tottenham started their summer recruitment drive with the £4million signing of Austria centre-back Kevin Wimmer from Cologne. last_img read more

Study links brain activity and political beliefs

first_imgA USC-led study aims to explain the neurological reasons behind the growing national political divide.Conducted by the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC and Project Reason, the study shows how different parts of the brain are activated when an individual is presented a challenge to strongly held political beliefs.The study gathered 40 self-professed “strong liberals” who were then asked eight political and non-political questions. While political statements came from a small pool of questions, non-political statements were tailored to each person. “We started with a series of beliefs that people had previously told us they believed really strongly, so we gave them a scale from one to seven and asked them how strongly they believed these things,” said Jonas Kaplan, lead author of the study and an assistant research professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “All of these beliefs we showed them while inside the brain scanner were beliefs they had rated six or seven, so they were rated pretty strongly. Then after we [presented] the arguments to them, we asked them again how strongly they believed this.”According to Kaplan, a change in belief was recorded if an individual modified their response from a higher to a lower ranking on the scale after the counterargument was presented.This occurred while the participant was in a brain scanner, allowing the study to determine which parts of the brain were activated. Researchers found that the amygdala, insular cortex and default mode network were all triggered more when contrary thinking was presented against political questions than non-political ones. The researchers found that these regions were also activated in people less likely to change their minds.“The insular cortex is a part of the brain that processes feelings from the body,” said Sarah Gimbel, a co-author of the study and a senior research assistant at the USC Brain and Creativity Institute. “We know from other research that it’s important for emotion and emotional salience — like how emotionally important something is to you. The fact that we saw increased activation in this region … shows us when we feel threatened or anxious or emotional that we’re less likely to change our minds about these strongly held beliefs.”While the amygdala and the default mode network act as separate mechanisms in the brain, they share similar functions. When challenged, an individual becomes emotional and threatened, which Gimbel said reveals something deeper about politics and personal identity. “Activity when the political beliefs are challenged compared to when the non-political beliefs are challenged shows us that these areas of the brain have been linked to thinking about who we are,” Gimbel said. “It’s showing that these strongly held political beliefs have become a part of our sense of self and our sense of identity.”The study may also have implications for similar kinds of thinking as well. Kaplan believes that the results are not confined to politics, but rather he uses politics as an example of a more general group of ideas that people resist changing their minds about.“We used politics as a test case because we thought it would be difficult to change people’s minds about political things, and we were testing what happens when we resist changing our minds,” Kaplan said. “We don’t think this process is specific to politics. We think it’s probably more general to everything we think is important to us — so politics, religious beliefs and maybe beliefs about the USC football team if you’re a sports fan.”last_img read more

Professor awarded research grant for arthritis research

first_imgAfter receiving a $1.69 million grant from the National Institute of Health, associate professor Denis Evseenko will work to find a potential cure for diseases like arthritis. “We want to figure out what makes those cells special,” postdoctoral fellow Ben Van Handel said. “Why are they able to maintain STAT3 levels that are high and not suffer the bad consequences that typically happen when they activate STAT3?” The team hopes to use this research to develop an inflammation-reducing drug that would kickstart the regenerative state of the joint cartilage, Van Handel said. “[We want to] find out what are the molecular mechanisms that trigger these stem cells from working,” Bajpai said. “Once we figure this out, we can potentially apply them in various contexts where you want to regenerate cartilage in people.” The research team will be looking at the STAT3 gene, which is beneficial in fetal cartilage but can lead to inflammation and arthritis among adults. “Stem cells can make cartilage when they’re young, but when you become an adult, you can no longer make any cartilage,” said Ruchi Bajpai, an associate professor on Evseenko’s team. “They can’t repair anymore, so the question is: Do we not have the stem cells or do we not have the mechanism to activate them?”   “Very often patients who have arthritis get these cartilage defects that they have to live with for the rest of their life,” Bajpai said. “It’s so hard because there’s no way to repair or heal or work with them.” The project will find ways to delay or minimize the effects of arthritis by manipulating stem cells and reversing or delaying aging in the synovial joint, the most common joint in the human body, according to Evseenko.   Levels of STAT3 decrease as cells lose their ability to regenerate, leading the research team to believe there is a correlation between aging and regeneration, Evseenko said. From there, the team plans to manipulate the mechanisms that involve STAT3 to create a more efficient cure for those suffering from arthritis. Currently, patients can undergo therapies like hydrotherapy or acupuncture,  take medicines or receive joint, hip or knee replacement surgeries. However, there is no cure for most types of arthritis, only treatment. Arthritis affects about 54 million adults and 300,000 infants in America, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis is already the leading cause of disability in adults, and the number of people affected in the U.S. is expected to rise to 78 million by 2040. The team will also conduct research regarding adults who have high levels of STAT3 but do not suffer from arthritis. Once they solve the mystery behind the differing effects, the team will attempt to heal the damage at the root source rather than prescribing pain medication or suggesting joint surgery. Associate professor Denis Evseenko’s research will focus on the regenerative capacities of cartilage cells that affect arthritis. (Kevin Fohrer/Daily Trojan) Evseenko’s research will focus on the regenerative capacities of joint cartilage cells, which affect such diseases. The grant will disperse in February and last five years. Evseenko has received close to $4 million for his stem cell research over the past few years, which has resulted in several breakthroughs in regenerative and anti-inflammatory medicine, along with the formation of human joint cartilage.last_img read more

USC can start a new era with win

first_imgTal Volk | Daily TrojanHolding it together · Head coach Clay Helton’s season turned around after he named redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold the starter in Week 4. This week, the Trojans face No. 4 Washington.The last time USC faced Washington, it was the final game before all hell broke loose and a new era of the football program emerged, for better or for worse.You probably recall it — the No. 17 Trojans entering as double-digit favorites against the unranked Huskies at the Coliseum on a Thursday night in October. You remember it being utterly depressing — former quarterback Cody Kessler throwing two interceptions, the Huskies taking the lead on a trick play and then closing out a 17-12 win. But that was hardly the story.It was the tweet-storm that emerged in the weekend that followed: then-head coach Steve Sarkisian showing up to practice inebriated, revelations that he was drunk on the sidelines two weeks prior against Arizona State, the indefinite leave of absence followed quickly by the firing and the public humiliation of USC somehow topping itself when it comes to football controversies.And from all this emerged a forced changing of the guard and the emergence of Clay Helton, a man who has been tabbed with bringing USC back to its glory days.Now, a year removed from the forgettable unfortunate series of events, the Trojans have another date with the Huskies, and it could mark another shift for USC to pull off a road upset against a team seemingly destined for the College Football Playoff.A win over fourth-ranked Washington would prove so many things. For one, it would validate the five-game win streak the Trojans are currently on as a sign of an improving team rather than the result of a favorable schedule. Since losing to Utah on Sept. 23, USC has beaten Arizona State, Colorado, Cal and Oregon at home and Arizona on the road. Of those teams, Colorado is probably the only quality opponent in what has been a very strange season for the Pac-12.The Washington game is USC’s first chance to redeem themselves on the national spotlight since the season-opening debacle against Alabama. With the game being broadcast on FOX, a 4:30 p.m. PST kickoff and one of just two matchups between Top 25 teams, the game will receive a lot of eyeballs from fans wondering whether the Huskies can maintain their top-four spot or if USC is really on the rise again.If they are, then beating this Washington team on Saturday would send a statement, and look no further than the respective sidelines as to why. In hindsight, it’s a given that USC should have hired Chris Petersen — now the head coach of the Huskies — instead of Sarkisian in 2013 to replace Lane Kiffin. Petersen was an up-and-coming, smart football mind who had built a perennial contender at Boise State and was willing to jump ship to a bigger program. But an interview with then-Athletic Director Pat Haden wound up being akin to a “bad date,” according to ESPN. Instead, Haden tapped Sarkisian — the Huskies coach at the time — and the domino effect resulted in Peterson replacing Sarkisian at Washington.Since then, the Sarkisian debacle has kept USC stagnant, while Petersen has built a monster at Washington that is finally rearing its head in his third season. His team is 9-0 and has its best chance to win its first national championship since 1991. He has a Heisman-contending quarterback in Jake Browning who is just a sophomore. He has the best scoring offense and best scoring defense in the Pac-12, which does not seem fair. He has a speedy wide receiver in John Ross and a shutdown corner in Kevin King, both of whom are significant because they were part of Sarkisian’s recruiting at Washington.I’m sure USC would love to forget about Sarkisian, but his fingerprints are all over this game. He recruited players who have helped turn the Huskies program around and could cause fits on Saturday for USC, the same program that Sarkisian royally embarrassed in his short tenure.But the irony here goes three or four levels deep. Petersen, the coach that USC could have had instead of Sarkisian, has constructed a balanced system that the Trojans are trying to emulate.“Two really similar teams,” Helton said about the Huskies this week. “We look at their offense to be able to look at what they’re doing against other defenses because formationally, personnel, we’re so similar.”The difference, though, is that USC is more like Washington-light, ranked middle-of-the pack in the Pac-12 in both total offense and defense while the Huskies lead in both categories. For the Trojans to beat the Huskies, redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold will have to play the best game of his young career, and the Trojans will have to go much further than simply duplicating their effort during this five-game win streak.If they do, then not only will the Trojans have pulled off a significant upset, but they also would have beaten a program they look up to with a coach that should be on their sideline and players who were recruited by the calamity of a coach they hired instead. And Helton, the benefactor of all of the above, would have his first signature win and redeem USC from the failures of years’ past. How’s that for the start of a new era?   Eric He is a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Mary Kom beats Zareen to make Indian team for Olympic qualifiers

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 28th December, 2019 12:46 IST Mary Kom Beats Zareen To Make Indian Team For Olympic Qualifiers Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) defeated  Nikhat Zareen in a split verdict trial bout to make the Indian team for next year’s Olympic qualifiers LIVE TV First Published: 28th December, 2019 12:46 IST Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) defeated  Nikhat Zareen in a split verdict trial bout to make the Indian team for next year’s Olympic qualifiers in China.READ | Weightlifter Seema Banned For 4 Years For DopingIn a bout which had very few clear punches,  Mary Kom prevailed 9-1 to make the squad.READ | Marshawn Lynch Should’ve Joined Raiders Instead Of Seahawks According To Derek CarrIn other results, two-time world silver-medallist Sonia Lather (57kg) was upstaged by a swift-moving Sakshi Chaudhary. Lather, also an Asian medallist, couldn’t cope with Chaudhury’s relentless attack.READ | Marshawn Lynch Should’ve Joined Raiders Instead Of Seahawks According To Derek CarrIn the 60kg category, former world champion L Sarita Devi lost to national champion Simranjit Kaur. It was once again a battle of pace as Kaur outwitted Sarita with her precise hitting and quick reflexes.READ | Female Darts Star Loses 4-2 At PDC World Championship center_img FOLLOW US COMMENT Press Trust Of India WATCH US LIVElast_img read more