Even with United in final, Van Gaal won’t discuss future

first_img Brought down LONDON (AP): Qualifying for the Champions League looks increasingly out of reach for Manchester United. The season could still end with silverware after Louis van Gaal’s side reached the FA Cup final by beating Everton yesterday. And yet van Gaal still has the air of a manager who could be leaving his job. Even amid the joy at seeing Anthony Martial score in the third minute of stoppage time to clinch a 2-1 victory over Everton in the semi-final, van Gaal responded curtly to a question about the team beyond this season. “I am not looking beyond this competition, the FA Cup, because we live in the present,” van Gaal said. “As for the future, I will discuss that with my board and not with you.” When it was pointed out that he had another season remaining on his contract, the 64-year-old Dutchman said: “Yes. You repeat what I have always said.” Martial set up Marouane Fellaini’s opener in the 34th minute against his former club. Although David de Gea saved Romelu Lukaku’s penalty early in the second half to preserve United’s lead after Ross Barkley was brought down by Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Gerard Deulofeu’s cross was inadvertently turned into his own net by United defender Chris Smalling with 15 minutes remaining. Martial’s winner was a slick completion of a rapid attack that prevented extra time. The 20-year-old France forward linked up with Marcus Rashford on the left flank and then played another one-two with Ander Herrera before slotting in the winner. The 11-time FA Cup winners will discover today whether Crystal Palace or Watford will be their opponent in the May 21 final. With four games remaining, United remain fifth, four points behind Arsenal, who play relegation-threatened Sunderland today. Crosstown rivals Manchester City are a further point ahead in third place after beating Stoke 4-0 in one of four Premier League games yesterday. Kelechi Iheanacho, City’s 19-year-old forward, scored twice after first-half goals from Fernando and Sergio Aguero from the penalty spot. Newcastle remained in the relegation zone despite coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Liverpool, who announced before the game that defender Mamadou Sakho failed a drugs test before a Europa League game last month. After conceding goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana in the first half, Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle salvaged a point, thanks to strikes from Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback on the manager’s return to the club he won the Champions League with in 2005. Disappointing season Southampton kept alive their outside shot at qualifying for the Europa League by compounding already-relegated Aston Villa’s woes. Dusan Tadic scored twice in a 4-2 victory for seventh-place Southampton, between headers from Shane Long and Sadio Mane. Deposed champions Chelsea are a place behind after cruising to a 4-1 victory at Bournemouth, who have already secured a second season in the Premier League. Cesc Fabregas played a key role in all four goals, including Eden Hazard’s double that produced his first league goals of a disappointing season for the reigning player of the year. Pedro Rodriguez and Willian also scored for Chelsea. The focus shifts to the title race in the coming days. Leicester, who have a five-point lead over Tottenham, host Swansea today. Tottenham face West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane tomorrow.last_img read more

High Profile Magazine Editors Drink Whiskey Discuss Industrys Gender Gap

first_imgThose were some of the questions raised by a high-profile group of consumer magazine editors at Mediabistro’s third annual dinner and discussion—sponsored, fittingly, by assorted perfume and lotion retailers and Maker’s Mark whiskey—held here Tuesday.During a wide-ranging, often candid discussion, the panel—Glamour editor Cindi Leive, Elle executive editor Alexandra Postman, Marie Claire editor Joanna Coles, Details editor Dan Peres, Maxim editor Jim Kaminsky and Playboy editor Chris Napolitano—addressed some of those topics, and a few more.Story ideas that were once almost exclusively seen in women’s magazines are now common in men’s titles, the panelists said.“Details draws a lot of inspiration from women’s magazines,” Peres said. “We now run grooming packages, ‘How to Prep Your Body for the Summer.’”The digital era has had an impact on consumer magazine editors well beyond how they approach breaking news, the panel said. “Magazines used to be a little more monolithic,” Napolitano said. Now, “every page needs a little bit more direct and approachable.”Even for fashion magazines, the rise of the Internet has made magazine editors change their editorial approach. “Readers are much savvier than they used to be,” Postman said. “It’s virtually impossible” to break fashion news in print. “Readers have images off the runway the same day as the fashion editors,” she said. “We’ve become curators.”That modern savvy has also led women’s magazines to branch out into an area once exclusive to men’s magazines: humor. Readers are smarter, and the humor is a little more knowing, Leive said. Still, the “specter of political correctness” hangs over women’s magazines while the “specter of political incorrectness”—think Maxim’s irreverence—hangs over women’s magazines, Myers said.Part of that, Kaminsky said, is because “Maxim changed the way men digest magazines.”‘Pumping Gas’The rise of celebrity has also changed the way both women’s and men’s magazines cover them. “Celebrity is just as big a part of the cultural conversation as anything else,” Postman said. “They are the new fashion icons, and our readers are interested in seeing what they wear on the runway, what they wear pumping gas.”Leive said the appeal of a female celebrity on women’s magazine cover is “not so much about her being sexy as being relatable.” Readers, she said, could “smell the fakeness” of a model on the cover. Like it or not, she said, celebrities “have real body issues” and are more like the average reader than models. “That’s not a terrible thing.” Peres said that while Details continues its “vow of chastity” to feature men exclusively on its cover, he was “not opposed to putting a woman on the cover.” But he added he had no plans to do so. (Napolitano mockingly begrudged the access other magazines get to A-list male celebrities. “Esquire gets to put George Clooney on the cover every other month, six times a year,” he said. “Who’s jumping up and down about Seth Rogen?”)The downside of this, Kaminsky said, was the “manufactured controversy” drummed up by Vanity Fair’s instantly-infamous Miley Cyrus photo shoot. “They went out of their way to sexualize a 15-year-old girl,” Kaminsky said, “and it sold a lot of copies of the New York Post and probably will sell a lot of copies of Vanity Fair.” But to be shocked that a 15-year-old girl is brimming with sexuality, Leive said, “is disingenuous.”Switching SidesMost of the editors—both on the panel and in separate discussions beforehand—agreed that while theoretically possible, having a woman or man as the chief editor of a magazine targeted to the opposite sex was not in the best interest of the reader. The reason, they concluded, was that the editor needs to be as close to the reader as possible. Besides, Leive said, the job of editor-in-chief has become so public and outward facing—one that includes TV and radio appearances—it would be difficult to properly market the magazine with the opposite sex at the helm.“Now, I’d like to be deputy editor of a women’s magazine,” Napolitano said. The newsstand crisis many consumer magazines are facing has, in some way, helped editors focus on their core subscribers.The point was highlighted by Leive, when asked whether or not—given the rise of women’s magazines doing serious journalism within their pages—women’s magazines have been largely overlooked at the National Magazine Awards program. “I have so given up caring about that question,” Leive said. “Millions of readers, they get it. We don’t care that the larger world does.” Left-to-right: Kaminsky, Peres, Napolitano, Postman, Leive, ColesNEW YORK—Could a woman edit a men’s magazine? Could a man edit a woman’s magazine? Why are women’s magazines shunned by the National Magazine Awards? Why don’t women’s magazines cover politics seriously? Why aren’t they as irreverent as men’s magazines? How has the newsstand crisis affected the way both men’s and women’s magazines approach editorial?Did Vanity Fair know what it was doing with Miley Cyrus?last_img read more

Wilmingtons Curbside Collection Of Christmas Trees To Begin January 7

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Department of Public Works will be collecting Christmas trees curbside beginning January 7, 2019.  Residents should remove all decorations and plastic wrapping from their tree and place it curbside on their regular trash pickup day.  It is anticipated that the collection will take approximately 2 weeks (January 7-January 18).  Please note that the pickup may be delayed by weather and other work demands on the DPW.The Christmas trees collected by the Town will be recycled into mulch.  The mulch will be made available to residents in the spring at the Recycling Center, and will also be used on Town projects.For details on public works services, please refer to the “Public Works” link on the Town’s website at www.wilmingtonma.gov, or call the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington DPW.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Curbside Collection Of Christmas Trees To Begin January 7In “Government”Get Ready For Wilmington’s Curbside Collection Of Christmas Trees To BeginIn “Government”Get Ready For Wilmington’s Curbside Collection Of Christmas Trees To BeginIn “Government”last_img read more

Trump off to rocky start

first_imgUS president Donald Trump (C) speaks to the press as he waits at his desk before signing conformations for General James Mattis as US Secretary of Defense and General John Kelly as US Secretary of Homeland Security, as Vice President Mike Pence (L) and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (R) look on, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, 20 January, 2017. Photo: AFPDonald Trump’s White House came under fire Sunday for falsely accusing media of misreporting inaugural crowd numbers, after millions took to the streets in protest against the new president.The brash billionaire and his chief spokesman launched a startling assault on the media on Saturday, Trump’s first full day in office, accusing reporters of downplaying the turnout at his swearing-in ceremony.The attack came as more than two million people flooded US cities in protests led by women opposed to Trump, who many fear will roll back the rights of women, immigrants and minorities.The scale of the mass protests, echoed in sister rallies around the world, highlight the challenge former reality TV star Trump faces as he leads the world’s most powerful nation—taking office with an approval rating of just 37 percent.Usually, new US leaders start the job with approval ratings above 50 percent, and this has put 70-year-old Trump, who comments regularly about his popularity and ratings, on the defensive.Pick a fight -Trump and his chief spokesman lambasted the media for the reporting of the inauguration turnout, in what analysts said was an attempt to change the subject.Non-stop news network coverage of Saturday’s sprawling demonstrations against Trump were replaced within hours by debate over his “war on the media,” which is likely to play well among his supporters.Visiting the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Virginia, Trump insisted, despite evidence to the contrary, that he drew 1.5 million people to his Friday swearing-in ceremony.“I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people,” he told CIA staff.“They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. And they said, Donald Trump did not draw well,” he added.The comments drew criticism from outgoing CIA director John Brennan, who resigned on Friday, according to a New York Times report.The Times quoted Nick Shapiro, who served as Brennan’s chief of staff saying Brennan “is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump’s despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA’s Memorial Wall of Agency heroes.“Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself,” Shapiro added.White House press secretary Sean Spicer doubled down on the media assault, using his first press conference in the White House briefing room to blast the journalists seated before him for “deliberately false reporting” on crowd size.“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period!” Spicer said.“These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”Spicer left the briefing without taking questions.An estimated 1.8 million people flooded the National Mall area in 2009 when Barack Obama was first sworn in as president, according to federal and local agencies at the time.Washington authorities reportedly predicted 800,000 to 900,000 would attend Trump’s inauguration Friday, about half of the 2009 crowd.‘Packed’ -Spicer appeared eager to lay down the new law with the press, whom Trump criticized repeatedly on the campaign trail and even branded mainstream media outlets “fake news.”The intensity of Spicer’s delivery suggested he and Trump were furious at the coverage of the inauguration, which many outlets said fell well short of Obama’s 2009 inaugural in terms of crowd size.A comparison of aerial photos taken on January 20, 2009 and Friday appeared to bear that out.Washington city authorities do not provide official crowd counts but TV footage clearly showed the gathering did not stretch all the way to the Washington Monument, as Trump asserted.Trump’s attack at the CIA headquarters came as he made a fence-mending mission after his public rejection of the assessment by US intelligence agencies that Russia meddled to try to help him win the November election.Trump, standing in front of a spot sacred to the CIA—a wall with stars honoring employees killed while serving the country—proclaimed he was fully behind the spy agency.last_img read more

Decorate your home in a minimalistic way

first_imgSimplicity is the special ingredient of decorating a home and size of the house should never matter for converting it into your dream house. With modern décor and eye catching furniture, anyone can make the living space attractive with minimum number of furniture and showcases.Experts share some tips to decorate home in minimalistic way: Keep it simple: White and clean walls, simple textures and blending decor makes minimalist designs spaces- large and inviting. It is more of ‘straight line concept’ rather than ‘classical and ornate’. To balance out the minimalistic approach use crisp and rich natural tones of colours. It will add up the comfort and warmth to your room. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfClear all surfaces of clutter: Cluttered home signifies cluttered mind’, thus leading to increasing stress levels. Keeping home clean is a chore that requires daily diligence. Thus the easiest way is to become minimalistic, where ‘less is more’. Concept of “do I need it’ has taken over from ‘I like it’ and “I must have it’. Even Feng shui advocates minimalistic clutter free décor and living.Choose quality over quantity: Less number of designer décor items can make your home looks attractive and cluster free. You really have to consider each piece carefully for your home. Choose well made pieces that are build to last, will withstand daily use and look better as a result. Try to use old material after showing creativity in it.Balance is the key minimalist design: Balance is very essential to pay attention in the minimalistic design. Arrange pillows, artworks or lamps in flanking pairs or use asymmetrical pattern to look good. This will give you a big difference in how you perceive the space if the placement of items builds off each group through balance or juxtaposition.last_img read more

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Landmark chlamydia vaccine passes first stage of human trials

first_img MedicalXpress, 2019 We recommend First ever phase 1 trial of genital chlamydia vaccine finds it is safe and provokes immune response The results from a Phase 1 trial into the safety of a landmark chlamydia vaccine have just been published demonstrating promising signs the treatment is safe, and potentially effective in preventing the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the world.Over 100 million new cases of chlamydia are diagnosed every year, and while it is easily treatable with antibiotics, it can often be symptomless, going undiagnosed for months or even years. As well as causing inflammation, arthritis and ectopic pregnancy, the infection can lead to infertility in women if not diagnosed and treated early.”The major issue with chlamydia is the long-term consequences,” says Robin Shattock, from Imperial College London. “It is very treatable if identified, but as many people don’t have symptoms it can be missed, and the biggest problem is that it can go on to cause infertility in women. One of the problems we see with current efforts to treat chlamydia is that despite a very big screening, test and treat program, people get repeatedly re-infected. If you could introduce a protective vaccine, you could break that cycle.”This early human trial is the culmination of over 15 years of research, from first finding a weakness in the chlamydia bacterium, to developing a vaccine that exploits that weakness. As with all Phase 1 human trials, the primary outcome was to evaluate safety. Out of the 30 women in the trial receiving active doses of the vaccine, no serious adverse reactions or complications were noted. A secondary outcome was also evaluated in this trial, investigating whether the vaccine simulated an immune response in the human subjects. All the subjects receiving the active vaccine displayed significant signs of an immune response, suggesting it should be effective at preventing infections in real-world conditions.”We took blood samples of the women during the trial,” explains Frank Follmann, from Statens Serum Institut (SSI) in Denmark and co-author on the new research. “They showed that all vaccinated women had generated specific antibodies and T cells against chlamydia. Also, as local immunity in the genital tract is important to stop the infection as quickly as possible, during the trial, we collected mucous secretion in a menstrual cup and found high levels of antibodies, including the special mucosal antibody, IgA, which effectively blocks chlamydia early in the course of infection.”All prior research suggests these immune biomarkers indicate the vaccine protects against chlamydia infection, but of course this cannot be completely confirmed without broader trials. The next step for the research is to expand into larger trials with more subjects. So realistically it may be some years before this vaccine makes it into broad human use but Peter Andersen, from SSI’s Center for Vaccine Research, already envisions the vaccine easily being combined with the HPV vaccine.”The HPV vaccine has shown us how effective vaccination can be against a sexually transmitted infection,” says Andersen. “We hope to do the same with Chlamydia and, in the long term, combine the two vaccines.” The new trial data was published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases.Sources: Statens Serum Institut, Imperial College London WSU files for patent on researcher’s vaccine technology for chlamydia MedicalXpress, 2011 MedicalXpress, 2011 MedicalXpress, 2011 ‘Get vaccinated,’ says HPV expert at UB Medical School Powered by Google Analytics settings Privacy policy I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more MedicalXpress Yes No New Chlamydia test shows type of infection Vaccine targeting latent TB enters clinical testing MedicalXpress HPV vaccine is effective, safe 10 years after it’s givenlast_img read more