Scottish football has had its fair share of controversy over the past few weeks, years or decades but in the past 24 hours the English Premier League has made a case for Most Divisive Issue with just one sacking.Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Leicester City just months after leading the side to a Premier League title, taking them into the Champions League and booking them a place in the International Champions Cup.On one side of the argument are the romantics who believe he should have had a job for life after achieving the unthinkable. On the other, those that see removing a manager in danger of taking his team to relegation as perfectly normal. Nobody wants the inevitable Leicester City movie to be titled Champions to Championship.Poor Claudio leaves the club with only a Premier League winner’s medal, a career highlight on his CV and a reported £3m pay-off.Now the Italian has some time on his hands, he might want to relax and travel. He would be well advised to watch Day Off with Liam Boyce for some tips on how to spend your leisure time.Who would have thought the Ross County striker also possessed some fine comedic acting skills? Elsewhere, Gavin Gunning’s dance moves have been given the social media treatment, Ian Cathro has delivered a stark warning to his Hearts players and Brendan Rodgers has pointed out that allowing tackles that could end careers isn’t really on in 2017.And Mark McGhee has vowed to fight “injustice”, which makes him sound like a superhero. Steelman?Rangers were 1-0 winners when the sides met at Ibrox. SNS GroupThere’s Friday night football in the Premiership as Inverness play host to Rangers. It’s on BT Sport 1 and kicks off at 7.45pm.
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD – D.C. Everest swept the four singles matches and remained unbeaten in the Wisconsin Valley Conference, edging Marshfield 4-3 in a dual match Tuesday at Boson Courts.Marshfield won all three doubles matches but couldn’t break through in singles in its home finale.Olivia Haessly and Emily Serchen won at No. 1 doubles, Martha Kupfer and Jenny Madden did not lose a game at No. 2, and Autumn Packard and Krishna Patel swept two sets at No. 3 for Marshfield.The Tigers dropped two tight matches in singles. Ashley Schultz lost to Kenzie Bradley at No. 2, 7-6, 7-5, and Hanah Gadke took Carmen Gennermann to three sets at No. 3, but fell 7-6, 4-6, 6-1.Marshfield (3-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference) wraps up its conference dual meet schedule Thursday at Wausau East.D.C. Everest 4, Marshfield 3Singles: 1. Gabi Kitchell (DC) def. Lara Prebble 6-1, 6-0; 2. Kenzie Bradley (DC) def. Ashley Schultz 7-6 (5), 7-5; 3. Carmen Gennermann (DC) def. Hanah Gadke 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-1; 4. Nicole Williams (DC) def. Maggie Schreiner 6-2, 6-4.Doubles: 1. Olivia Haessly-Emily Serchen (M) def. Emily Adams-Kristin Holue 6-3, 6-1; 2. Martha Kupfer-Jenny Madden (M) def. Taylor Melk-Kaylee Heiting 6-0, 6-0; 3. Autumn Packard-Krishna Patel (M) def. Ryanne Wolfe-Megan Ninnemann 6-2, 6-1.Records: D.C. Everest 5-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 3-2 WVC.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com).
11 September 2003South Africa has welcomed the publication of a United Nations report on the state of protected areas around the world, saying the document is an important source of information for the conservation community and government agencies.Addressing media after the release of the report on Tuesday, environmental affairs and tourism director-general Chippy Olver said the report showed that good progress was being made towards conserving the world’s most spectacular habitats and wildlife.The report was released at the World Parks Congress currently under way at the International Convention Centre in Durban.More than 100 000 protected areas, including a number in South Africa, are listed in the report, which was compiled by the UN Environmental Programme’s (UNEP’s) World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, in collaboration with the World Conservation Union and the World Commission on Protected Areas.The listed areas include World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves and conservation areas ranging from the vast Greenland National Park, which at 97 million hectares is the largest in the world, to thousands of sites smaller than 10 square kilometres.The report shows that progress in other fields has been much slower, with less than 10% of the world’s lakes currently protected. The world’s marine areas fare even worse, with only 0.5% enjoying protection, a situation described by the UNEP as “disturbing” in view of the importance of fisheries as a source of protein and a job creator for millions of people.World Conservation Union chief executive Achim Steiner said that bigger efforts were needed to achieve a representative network of marine-protected areas by 2012, the target date set last year at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.UNEP executive director Klaus Toepfer said, however, that the UN and the global environment movement should be proud of the progress made in the growth in protected areas.“Since 1962, the year of the first World Parks Congress, the number of such sites has really mushroomed, increasing from an area of some two million square kilometres to over 18 million square kilometres today”, Toepfer said.Source: BuaNews
Representative Tom Price (R–GA), the physician and congressman who is Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), represents a wealthy suburban district just north of Atlanta that is regularly ranked by Forbes and others as one of the best places to live in the country.But Price’s district is also experiencing some public health crises that he will likely be dealing with as HHS secretary: a serious heroin and opioid abuse epidemic, as well as elevated HIV infection rates.The heroin problem was described in great detail in this investigative special by the local NBC affiliate 11Alive, which aired in March. 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Atlanta’s most affluent area is dealing with a nearly 4000% increase in heroin-related deaths over the past 5 years.” She names as particular problems towns including Alpharetta, Roswell, and Johns Creek—all in the heart of Price’s district.Data released this week by the Big Cities Health Coalition Project further flesh out the picture. It shows Fulton County—which takes up a chunk of Price’s district, as well as much of the city of Atlanta—with a higher rate of HIV diagnoses in 2013 and of accidental deaths from opioid overdoses in 2014 than all but one of 28 cities studied.The problem has clearly caught the attention of some in the Price household. Price’s wife, Betty Price, an anesthesiologist who since 2015 has represented the couple’s home district in the Georgia House of Representatives, pushed through the Georgia House this last March a bill that would have liberalized state needle exchange programs. (Dirty needles used by injectable drug users are a prime source of HIV and hepatitis C infections.) Betty Price’s bill would have allowed counselors, programs for the homeless, drug treatment centers, and other organizations, in addition to doctors and pharmacists, to distribute sterile syringes to intravenous drug users. However, the bill failed in the state Senate, “due to some controversial aspects,” Betty Price told Georgia Health News.The other Dr. Price, on the other hand, voted to block U.S. funding for needle exchange programs in 2009, several years into his now-12-year stint representing Georgia’s sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also voted in 2007 to prevent the District of Columbia from using its own, nonfederal funds on needle exchange programs.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine, and numerous other scientific bodies have found needle exchange programs to be highly effective in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.It’s unclear whether, and to what extent, Tom Price’s experience of the opioid epidemic plaguing his home district will influence his priorities should the Senate confirm him as HHS secretary; neither of the doctors Price was available for comment.At least one advocacy group, however, is not optimistic about the impact of a Tom Price tenure as secretary of the $1 trillion HHS. The Washington, D.C.–based group Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief issued a 30 November statement pronouncing itself “deeply concerned” by Price’s nomination, not least because of his intent to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has allowed full health insurance coverage for many more people living with HIV.In the meantime, the new U.S. representative from Georgia’s sixth district could end up voting differently on needle exchange than the current occupant of that seat: Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, reports this week that Betty Price may be running for her husband’s seat.