Manchester: Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola hopes that a breakthrough in negotiations that benefits “all parties” will soon be made regarding the Manchester United midfielder’s future. The French World Cup winner has stated his desire for a “new challenge”, whilst Raiola said in an interview at the weekend that “everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on”. Pogba has travelled with the rest of the United squad for the start of their pre-season tour to Australia despite initial claims he could boycott the trip in order to try and force through a move. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”The player has done nothing wrong. He has been respectful and professional in every way,” Raiola told UK radio station talkSPORT. “The club has known his feeling for a long time. “It is a shame other people only like to criticise without the right information, and I am also sorry that the club does not take any position against this. “Hopefully there will be soon a satisfying solution for all parties.” Despite scoring 16 goals this season, half of which came from the penalty spot, Pogba was often criticised for his contribution under both Jose Mourinho and his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United limped to a sixth place finish in the Premier League. Real Madrid and Juventus have been rumoured as possible destinations, but should he move on, United are likely to seek a higher fee than the then world record £89 million ($111 million) they spent to buy Pogba from Juventus three years ago.
Chiefs demand treaty promises be fulfilled as “health crisis” grips three First Nations Onion Lake Cree Nation ordered to post financial docs online A member of the Cote First Nation says the results of a forensic audit back up long-running concerns around alleged mismanagement of band funds.Stanley Cote said a Deloitte audit, delivered to the current band chief and council on July 26, has its roots in the First Nation’s 2016 election.He said many people in the community had become concerned about a lack of progress on housing and youth programming in the years after the band was awarded about $130 million in a 2012 land claim settlement.“Nothing was happening on the reserve for housing, for programs for the youth, for adults, for the elders. There wasn’t much being done to help our First Nation.”Cote said this eventually led to calls to replace several councillors and former chief Norman Whitehawk.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Nine of 12 council positions went to new people after the 2016 vote. Whitehawk did not seek re-election and was replaced by current Chief George Cote.The new council hired Deloitte to do a forensic audit looking at the period from June 2012 to February 2018.The auditors’ report, a copy of which was obtained by the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, outlines instances when money appeared to be paid out with little accountability.Cote said he is hopeful that band members will keep calling for accountability and transparency as the First Nation prepares for another election to be held at the end of August.Travel expenses were one area of concern flagged in the audit. The report authors wrote that they found cases where expenses were paid out far in excess of estimated costs for the travel. In one case, the First Nation reportedly paid for 10 people to attend an Assembly of First Nations event held in Whitehorse, Yukon in 2013. The auditors found each individual was given a $5,168 travel allowance. Supporting documents suggested the figure was determined based on the cost of driving by motor vehicle from Kamsack, Sask. to Whitehorse, a distance of about 2,900 kilometres, requiring more than 30 hours of travel. The auditors compared this to an estimated cost based on what were described as “reasonable assumptions,” including the use of air travel to make the trip. They found the First Nation had overpaid by roughly $2,300 per person. The report’s authors went on to note that no supporting documents were filed to confirm whether people who got payments actually attended the conference. The auditors also noted potential conflict of interest concerns surrounding payments made by the band.In one case, a parcel of land purchased by former chief Whitehawk in 2011 for $35,000 was sold to the First Nation in 2015 for $100,000. The auditors found no indication of a third-party valuation supporting the price the band paid. They also found Whitehawk had signed off on one of the band council resolutions (BCR) authorizing the payment.“Given that the BCR relates to the purchase of land from him at a price of $100,000, there would be an apparent conflict of interest with Whitehawk signing the document,” the authors noted. The report detailed salary, benefit and expenses packages totalling well into the six-figure range for many involved in the First Nation’s leadership during the period covered by the audit.Cote noted that during the audit period, conditions on the First Nation were deteriorating. In 2016, Cote was one of three Yorkton-area bands to sign on to an open letter to the federal and provincial governments declaring a crisis around addictions, mental illness and chronic diseases.“We’re freaking millionaires. No one on Cote First Nation should be hurting,” he said.Neither former chief Whitehawk, nor any current members of the band council or anyone from the band office could be reached for comment. A notice on the First Nation’s website indicates the band office is closed until Aug. [email protected]
by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 12:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 6:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toyota Toyota shows robotic leg brace to help paralyzed people walk TOKYO – Toyota is introducing a wearable robotic leg brace designed to help partially paralyzed people walk.The Welwalk WW-1000 system is made up of a motorized mechanical frame that fits on a person’s leg from the knee down. The patients can practice walking wearing the robotic device on a special treadmill that can support their weight.Toyota Motor Corp. demonstrated the equipment for reporters at its Tokyo headquarters on Wednesday.One hundred such systems will be rented to medical facilities in Japan later this year, Toyota said. The service entails a one-time initial charge of 1 million yen ($9,000) and a 350,000 yen ($3,200) monthly fee.The gadget is designed to be worn on one leg at a time for patients severely paralyzed on one side of the body due to a stroke or other ailments, Eiichi Saito, a medical doctor and executive vice-president at Fujita Health University, explained.The university joined with Toyota in developing the device.A person demonstrating it strapped the brace to her thigh, knee, ankle and foot and then showed how it is used to practice walking on the treadmill. Her body was supported from above by a harness and the motor helped to bend and straighten her knee. Sensors in the device can monitor the walking and adjust quickly to help out. Medical staff control the system through a touch panel screen.Japanese automakers have been developing robotics both for manufacturing and other uses. Honda Motor Co.’s Asimo humanoid can run and dance, pour a drink and carry on simple conversations, while WelWalk is more of a system that uses robotics than a stand-alone robot.Given how common paralysis due to strokes is in fast-aging Japan, Toyota’s device could be very helpful, Saito said. He said patients using it can recover more quickly as the sensitive robotic sensor in Welwalk fine-tunes the level of support better than a human therapist can.“This helps just barely enough,” said Saito, explaining that helping too much can slow progress in rehabilitation.The field of robotic aids for walking and rehabilitation is growing quickly. A battery-powered wearable exoskeleton made by Israeli manufacturer ReWalk Robotics enables people relying on a wheelchair to stand upright and walk.Such systems also can aid therapists in monitoring a patient’s progress, Luke Hares, chief technology officer at Cambridge Medical Robotics in Britain, said in a phone interview.“They can be so much more precise,” he said.Previously, Toyota has shown robots that play the violin and trumpet. It plans to start sales in Japan of a tiny boy-like robot for conversational companionship. It is also investing in artificial intelligence and developing self-driving vehicles.Toshiyuki Isobe, Toyota’s chief officer for research, said Welwalk reflects the company’s desire to apply robotics in medicine and other social welfare areas, not just entertainment. The company also has an R2-D2-like machine, called the Human Support Robot, whose mechanical arm can help bed-ridden people pick things up.“Our vision is about trying to deliver mobility for everybody,” said Isobe. “We have been developing industrial robotics for auto manufacturing, and we are trying to figure out how we can use that technology to fill social needs and help people more.”___Yuri Kageyama can be reached at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama