Wright: West Ham must let Arnautovic go

first_imgAn unnamed Chinese club have made a reported £35m bid for West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic and Ian Wright believes the player must be allowed to leave.The Hammers issued a statement last week declaring the Austrian isn’t for sale, only for Arnautovic’s brother and agent to insist the player wants to move.Despite the transfer speculation, the 29-year-old striker started against Arsenal on Saturday as West Ham claimed a surprise 1-0 win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! As he departed the match, though, Arnautovic was seen clapping to and thanking West Ham’s supporters on his way off of the field.While a key player for Manuel Pellegrini this season, Wright is adamant Arnautovic should be let go by the club before he causes any problems for them.”You could see the way he came off the pitch on Saturday, he’s gone, he wants to go and I would let him go because I think West Ham have got something going,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 live’s Monday Night Club.”You look at his pattern and it always seems to be a little bit abrasive when he’s leaving. When it’s to go, it’s just bang, out. Abrasive.”I think he’ll be a problem [if he stays] and I think that’s what’s happened at Stoke. I think he’s been a problem most of the places he’s been.”He wants to go – I’d let him go.”With wages of £200,000 a week reportedly on offer in China, former Premier League striker Chris Sutton was critical of Arnautovic’s desire to leave West Ham. “How much money does he actually need?,” Sutton said.”I rate him so highly as a player but it’s just greed isn’t it?” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Haryana govt seeks share of athletes’ earnings, withdraws after flak

first_img(Eds: updating with Haryana government’s decision to put notification on hold) Chandigarh, Jun 8 (PTI) Inundated with criticism from elite sportspersons, the Haryana government today decided to put on hold a notification that required athletes employed by it to deposit one-third of their earnings from commercial and professional commitments to the state sports council. “I have asked for the relevant file of Sports Department to be shown to me & the notification dated April 30th to be put on hold till further orders,” Chief Minister M L Khattar tweeted. “We are proud of the immense contribution by our sportsperson & I assure them of a just consideration of all issues affecting them,” he added. His intervention came after athletes reacted sharply to the notification issued by Principal Secretary (Sports and Youth Department), Ashok Khemka. “One-third of the income earned by the sportsperson from professional sports orcommercial endorsements will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council. The money shall be used for the development of sports in the State,” it stated. Khemka had hit the headlines during his stint as head of land registration department by alleging irregularities in land deals involving Robert Vadra a few years ago. Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij had also defended the move, insisting it was not aimed at income generated from amateur sports “… here we are talking about income from professional sports,” he said. “It is government’s old rule/service rule, Rule 56, as per which if any government employee generates commercial income or professional income, then he shall have to deposit one-third of such earnings,” he added.advertisement The athletes employed with the state government include star boxers Vijender Singh and Akhil Kumar, both of whom are DSPs in state police, hockey captain Sardar Singh and wrestlers Geeta and Babita Phogat. Sardar, Geeta and Babita are also employed with the Haryana Police. Of them, Babita, who won a silver at the Gold Coast CWG, was the only one to react to the move, calling it disheartening. “This notification will hamper an athletes preparation. How can the government give such an order? We pay taxes over whatever we earn and now this notification to pay one-third,” Phogat told PTI. “Can the government understand how much sacrifice an athlete and his or families have to make to earn a medal for the country? The Haryana government should immediately take this order back and review it,” he added. Some other Haryana athletes, not employed with the state government, also reacted with shock. “I have not yet seen the notification, I am only coming to know of it through media reports. I can only say that the athletes who compete in Olympic sports are already from very poor families,” said double-Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, who is with the Railways Sports Promotion Board. “The government should make policies which encourage athletes. I haven’t heard of such a policy anywhere else in the world. The athlete should be competing with a free mind, not with stress like this,” he added. Fellow wrestler and Olympic bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, also a Railways employee, was harsher in his criticism of the move. “God save us from such officials, who are taking senseless decisions like this. Their contribution to development of sports in Haryana has been zero but I am sure, they will play a big role in the decline of sports in the state,” he tweeted. “Now, athletes will move to other states and these officials will be responsible for this,” he added. Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar said the move will demoralise the players, Congress’ Rohtak MP Deepinder Singh Hooda said the present government has made a mockery of the state’s athlete-friendly policy. The Haryana government had earlier courted controversy when it had decided to reduce the prize money for those Commonwealth Games medal winners from the state who were employed with other departments or states. The felicitation function planned for the prize money distribution on April 26 had to be eventually cancelled indefinitely when the athletes threatened to boycott it. PTI SUN VSD SSC PM PM PMlast_img read more

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India grouped with Taiwan and Singapore at Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 16:23 IST The 11 nations are going to battle in the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships in Hong Kong for the trophy. (@Badminton_Asia Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are drawn in Group B of Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships with Taiwan and SingaporeIndia were seeded in the tournament behind Japan, China, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei and ThailandHS Prannoy will lead the men’s team at the tournament while Ashmita Chaliha will be leading the womenIndia have been drawn alongside Taiwan and Singapore for the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships, which will be held in Hong Kong from March 19-24. There are 11 teams participating in the biennial continental event and they are Japan, Hong Kong (hosts), Taiwan, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, Malaysia and Macau.The teams are divided in groups on the basis of their seedings according to the latest BWF rankings. The seeding of a team is calculated by the total world ranking points accumulated by their top shuttler or the top team in men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.While India have been grouped in Group B with Taiwan and Singapore, hosts Hong Kong are in Group A with Japan. Group A is the only group which has just two teams.Group C consists of Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka while China, Malaysia and Macau form Group D.Here is the final result of Badminton Asia Tong Yun Kai Cup 2019 group stage draw, stay tune for the video of the draw!All the best teams! pic.twitter.com/ephmeO1BwTBadminton Asia (@Badminton_Asia) February 28, 2019On the cut-off date, India were the sixth seeded team, behind Japan, China, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei and Thailand. Here are the rankings of the top Indian shuttlers/teams:Men’s singles: Kidambi Srikanth, world No.8Women’s singles: PV Sindhu, world No.6Men’s doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty, world No.20Women’s doubles: Ashwini Ponnappa-Sikki Reddy, world No.25Mixed doubles: Ashwini-Satwik, world No.24Even though India have been seeded according to the rankings of the above-mentioned shuttlers, Badminton Association of India (BAI) have announced a second-string team for the tournament, just like the other nations.advertisementMen: HS Prannoy, Sourabh Verma (both singles); MR Arjun, Shlok Ramchandran, Arun George, Sanyam Shukla (all doubles).Women: Ashmita Chaliha, Vaishnavi Bhale (both singles); Ashwini Bhat, Shikha Gautam, Rutaparna Panda, Arathi Sara Sunil, Mithula UK (all doubles).From each group, the top two teams will qualify for the knockout stages. There will be another draw for the knockout stage and teams from the same group will not be drawn to meet in the first round of knockouts.Also Read | Transitional struggle from junior to senior: Indian badminton’s not so smashing success storyAlso Read | National badminton champion Sourabh Verma rues lack of financial supportFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Badminton Asia Mixed Team ChampionshipsFollow IndiaFollow TaiwanFollow SingaporeFollow JapanFollow ChinaFollow ThailandFollow Hong KongFollow BWF rankingsFollow HS PrannoyFollow Sourabh VermaFollow Ashmita Chaliha India grouped with Taiwan and Singapore at Badminton Asia Mixed Team ChampionshipsBadminton Asia Mixed Team Championships: Team India were seeded sixth at the tournament on the basis of the world rankings of their top shuttlers in BWF rankings.advertisementlast_img read more

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Mouni Roy pulls off incredible yoga asana in workout video. Watch

first_imgMouni Roy pulls off incredible yoga asana in workout video. WatchMouni Roy shared a video on Instagram in which she was seen doing a difficult yoga aasana. Her video has gone viral.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 16:00 IST Screenshot from video posted on Instagram by Mouni Roy.Mouni Roy shared a glimpse from her yoga session as she did a perfect asana during her class on Wednesday. We are floored, honestly, because it isn’t easy to pull off the stretch. In a video shared on Instagram, Mouni stands on her head while balancing against a mirror on the wall. It’s called Pincha Mayurasana as Mouni wrote in Hindi as her caption.Dressed in a black sports bra and tights, Mouni did the asana with effortless ease while her teacher Rahul Patel directed her. Work in progress is what Mouni used as one of the hashtags and if that is the case, we wonder what the final result will be.Watch Mouni nailing the aasana:The fact that Mouni was incredibly good during her yoga class is something that the internet has agreed with as well. Within an hour of being shared online, Mouni’s video has been viewed over 87,000 times.”Awesome”, “wow,” “super” and “great” are some of the comments that we spotted on the thread. Some even found Mouni “sexy” in the clip. We agree. Most of Mouni’s Insta fam, in fact, posted heart and fire emoticons.Mouni Roy started off as a television actress and made her debut with Ekta Kapoor’s show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi in 2006. She subsequently appeared in the television series Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev and Naagin apart from participating in several reality shows.advertisementIn 2018, Mouni Roy made her debut in Bollywood with Gold opposite Akshay Kumar. Last seen in Romeo Akbar Walter, Mouni’s upcoming films include Made in China and Brahmastra.ALSO READ: Mouni Roy is smouldering hot in backless bodysuit and pants for new photoshoot. See picsALSO WATCH | Mouni Roy, Ankita Lokhande and Aamna Sharif steal the show at award nightGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRaya Ghosh Tags :Follow Mouni RoyFollow Yogalast_img read more

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Minister Prakash Javadekar offers prayers at Tirumala

first_imgTirupati (AP): Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala here.Accompanied by family members, the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, arrived here last evening and after an overnight stay on the hills, they visited the shrine this morning, a temple official said. On arrival at the shrine, Javadekar and his wife were accorded a warm reception by top officials along with priests of the shrine, he said. Before leaving the temple, the IB Minister was honoured with a sacred silk cloth, a holy portrait of the presiding diety, and laddu prasadam, he added.last_img read more

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Power outage stalls downtown CTrain

first_imgHope you made it in to work okay. FYI, the loss of power to the LRT was not caused by ENMAX but we’re helping get the lines running again.— ENMAX (@ENMAX) September 21, 2017 City of Calgary CTrains ground to a halt Thursday morning, due to a power outage. Major delays on the Red and Blue Lines left commuters in panic, and many late for work.The trains were finally back up and running at around 11:40 a.m., with Enmax saying the issue was caused by a train on 7th Avenue.CTrains on the #RedLine and #BlueLine are running through the core now and the power has been restored. #CTRiders pic.twitter.com/HNCZVKBMyp— Calgary Transit (@calgarytransit) September 21, 2017Shuttles were put in place for the several hours the trains were down, but still the delays caused headaches for many Calgarians, who vented on social media.I literally can’t get to work.— Sasha Spencer (@SashaSpencer09) September 21, 2017 Totally understand about the power. Bus drivers were confused and almost every passenger was confused. Communication needs to be better ??????— Just a Bee (@Mrsbell2008) September 21, 2017 @calgarytransit the time on your app are a out of sync. Or at least for route 5, haven’t checked any other. #yyc #transit— Karl Ove Sonnichsen (@WhiteWolf_yyc) September 21, 2017 I didn’t know it is walk to work day today ??????— yycwanderer (@startupdba) September 21, 2017last_img read more

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Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones Infowars

first_imgLONDON – Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company’s decision not to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his “Infowars” show, as many other social media platforms have done, saying he did not break any rules.Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify took down over the past week material published by Jones, reflecting more aggressive enforcement of their hate speech policies after rising online backlash and raising pressure on Twitter to do the same.Jones’ Facebook account has also been suspended for 30 days but he still has a “verified” Twitter account. A separate Twitter account for “Infowars” is also still running.“We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday,” Dorsey said in a series of tweets late Tuesday . “We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does.”Dorsey said Twitter did not want to take “one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories.”He said he wanted the company to avoid succumbing to outside pressure but instead impartially enforce straightforward principles “regardless of political viewpoints.” He also linked to a blog post Tuesday by the company’s vice-president for trust and safety, Del Harvey, outlining the company’s policies.“Twitter is reflective of real conversations happening in the world and that sometimes includes perspectives that may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted,” she said. “While we welcome everyone to express themselves on our service, we prohibit targeted behaviour that harasses, threatens, or uses fear to silence the voices of others.”Jones, who has 858,000 followers on Twitter, has built up his profile while promulgating conspiracy theories, including the claim that the 9-11 terror attacks were carried out by the government. He is perhaps most notorious for claiming that the 2012 Sandy Hook mass school shooting, which left 26 children and adults dead, was a hoax and that the surviving relatives are paid actors. Family members of some of the victims are suing Jones for defamation.Dorsey said that it’s up to journalists to “document, validate, and refute” rumours and sensationalized issues spread by accounts like Jones’s so “people can form their own opinions.”Twitter is taking other steps besides account deletions to combat misuse in its battle to rein in hate and abuse even as it tries to stay true to its roots as a bastion of free expression. Dorsey acknowledged last year that the company hasn’t done enough to curb such abuse and protect users.Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio and online platforms and had been available on YouTube, reached at least 70 million people a week. It’s unclear how big his audience is now after the latest bans.last_img read more

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A look at efforts to make legal pot foster social justice

NEW YORK — Questions about marijuana and social justice have played a prominent role this year in several U.S. states’ debates about pot legalization. But other states and cities where recreational or medical marijuana already is legal have also endeavoured to make up for the consequences and racial disparities of decades of policing pot.Efforts have included clearing convictions; trying to carve out a place in the burgeoning cannabis business for minorities, the poor and people with past pot arrests; and channeling pot tax money to communities where arrests were prevalent.Results have been mixed, fueling arguments from legalization proponents who want new campaigns to do more to combat social inequity and from critics who say legalization only makes it worse.A look at some initiatives around the country:____CALIFORNIAWhen voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, they also invited people to petition to have old pot convictions expunged or reduced. But relatively few people went through the expense and time.Some prosecutors tossed out or reduced thousands of convictions en masse, but many others said they didn’t have the resources to identify eligible cases.Aiming to galvanize the process, lawmakers last year required state justice officials to identify an estimated 220,000 cases statewide by this July. Meanwhile, some local prosecutors have been using technology to pinpoint and dismiss cases.Some California cities are attempting to promote opportunity for people who were most affected by pot enforcement — for example, by setting aside some marijuana licenses for poor residents with pot convictions and pairing them up with other companies for financial help.A 2018 state law provides $10 million for local efforts to help such entrepreneurs. But some activists and applicants say programs have been slow-moving and partnerships problematic.___COLORADOColorado was one of the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana, and advocates say automatic expungements and other social justice provisions seemed like too much to add to the already pioneering 2012 referendum.But equity concerns have simmered since legalization — a state report last year found marijuana arrest rates remained higher among blacks than whites, and state and city officials have made some efforts to address the issues.A 2017 state law lets people ask courts to wipe pot offences off their records, and a new Denver program aims to make that process easier with an online form. A proposal to make it easier for people with drug convictions to get into the cannabis industry passed the state legislature this spring and is awaiting action from Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.___MARYLANDMaryland’s 2013 medical marijuana law required regulators to seek “racial, ethnic and geographical diversity” in awarding licenses. But no black-owned companies were selected for any of the initial 15 growers’ licenses in a state where about one in three residents are black.After lawsuits and a couple of rounds of legislative effort, a 2018 state law added licenses in hopes of diversifying the industry. Applications are being processed.___MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts’ 2016 recreational pot ballot initiative specifically called for policies to get people “disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition and enforcement” involved in the legal cannabis industry.Regulators gave licensing-review priority to black- or Hispanic-owned businesses and aspiring marijuana entrepreneurs from certain areas, among other provisions. Some cities have their own social equity programs.Still, about 2% of approved licensees statewide so far are minority-owned businesses, though minorities make up as many as 27% when prospective staffers, executives and board members are counted, according to state statistics . License applications are pending from several more minority-owned and “economic empowerment” businesses.Meanwhile, a 2018 state law allows for expungement of small-scale marijuana possession convictions and some others.___MICHIGANWhen voters last year made Michigan the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana, they told regulators to “positively impact” communities where pot enforcement was intense and encourage their residents to participate in the pot business. Officials are working out the details of what that will mean.___OREGONPortland voters who approved a city marijuana sales tax in 2016 aimed to devote proceeds partly to small businesses — especially minority- and women-owned businesses — and economic and education programs in communities where pot was heavily policed.A city auditor’s report this month found 16% of the over $8 million tax haul so far has gone to those purposes. About 80% has gone to traffic safety initiatives, and the rest mainly to services for drug and alcohol users.“The limited money to address the historical effects of cannabis prohibition may not be” what voters who backed the tax expected, the auditors wrote.___WASHINGTONMore than five years after Washington state legalized marijuana, Seattle officials last year began moving to clear past pot possession misdemeanour convictions automatically, without defendants having to request it. The city estimated up to 600 cases, going back to 1997, would qualify.This week, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee signed statewide legislation requiring judges to grant requests to erase many misdemeanour marijuana possession cases that predate legalization. Inslee in January announced a streamlined pardon process for small-time pot convictions, but his initiative had stricter eligibility requirements than the new law.Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press read more

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Test run at Mattala airport successful

He said that construction work of the Mattala International Airport in the Hambantota district would be completed at the end of the year and its commercial operation will be launched early next year. The dual engine Beach aircraft used for the test run was piloted by a Pakistani pilot, Wickremasuriya said. The test run carried out today at the Mattala airport using a test aircraft of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Department was successful, the Civil Aviation Department said.The government information department quoted the Chairman of the Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka Ltd Prasanna Wickremasuriya as saying that more test runs will be conducted for a week at the new international airport. Construction work of the Mattala International Airport is being handled by a Chinese firm while the testing of the equipment is being carried out by the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority. read more

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Premiers wrap meeting by agreeing in principle to internal trade deal

by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 22, 2016 10:50 am MDT Last Updated Jul 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Premiers wrap meeting by agreeing in principle to internal trade deal WHITEHORSE – Canada’s premiers and territorial leaders have agreed in principle on an internal trade deal they say will help create jobs and improve the economy.“This truly is a historic day,” said Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, speaking at the end of a two-day premiers meeting in Whitehorse.It’s not clear, however, what will immediately change under the agreement, which will replace an old agreement dating back 23 years.“The old agreement covered only specific sectors of the economy,” said Pasloski. “The new agreement covers virtually the entire Canadian economy and will have unprecedented transparency.”Provinces and territories will be able to keep exemptions and preferential programs they now have but creating new exemptions will become more difficult.“Yukon and the other two territories as well as other provinces have exemptions in place. We will be using those exemptions,” Pasloski said.The premiers also agreed to remove many of the barriers that now exist, although a list of those changes has not been made public yet. Pasloski said that will happen down the road.“There will be an opportunity to have that list provided.”He said there are still some technical issues to work out before the deal is submitted to the federal government and First Nations.Pasloski said the deal also establishes a working group to study how to improve trade in beer, wine and spirits across the country.Earlier in the day, Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec agreed to allow online purchases of wine from each other’s provinces.“We haven’t freed the grapes entirely, but they’re a little bit freer,” said B.C. Premier Christy Clark in making the announcement.A deal to allow consumers to purchase wine online through each province’s government-controlled liquor monopoly may seem like a small step in the context of the overall agreement on free interprovincial trade the premiers were seeking at their Whitehorse meeting this week.But Quebec’s Philippe Couillard said it was just the start.“More will come,” he said. “We didn’t want to tie us down and wait until we work on the whole gamut of issues around our state-sponsored agencies.”Couillard said that could take another two or three years. He added Nova Scotia, another wine-producing province, is interested in signing on to the deal.The announcement was an indication of the difficulty of achieving a deal to allow Canadians to trade freely with their fellow citizens.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley acknowledged that several provinces, including hers, are seeking exemptions for economic development initiatives.“It’s really important that we open up trade across the country,” she said. “But it’s also important to ensure that, where there’s a need for provincial governments to engage intentionally in economic stimulus or regional development, that they’re able to do that.”Alberta is planning to spend billions on infrastructure to energize an economy damaged by low oil prices and the Fort McMurray wildfire.Earlier in the day, Clark emphasized the importance of internal free trade, especially after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s criticism of the North American Free Trade Agreement during his speech Thursday night.“If there was ever a time when Canadians need to come together and have free trade in our own country, it must be now when Americans are making noises like that,” she said.The premiers were also debating how many strings they’re willing to accept on new federal money for health care. They have been asking the federal Liberals to increase their share of the funding to 25 per cent from an average of about 20 per cent.Ottawa has suggested it’s willing to provide more money, but wants much of it spent on federal priorities such as mental health.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said he’s willing to listen.“What the premiers are saying is let’s deal with the funding situation first,” he said. “Then we discuss federal government priorities. If their priorities are long-term care and seniors care, that will be the priority of almost every province and territory.”Couillard repeated his opposition to any strings at all.“We are totally opposed to targeted funding,” he said. “This is a concept we will never let go. We will decide how to use the funds.”At the end of the day, the premiers agreed that new federal health programs should allow for separate agreements between Ottawa and another province or territory.The next summer meeting of the premiers is scheduled for July 17, 2017, in Edmonton.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 Canada’s Premiers are seen during the closing news conference following a meeting of Premiers in Whitehorse, Yukon, Friday, July, 22, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward read more

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Depression is a physical illness which could be treated with antiinflammatory drugs

first_imgOne in 13 people in Britain suffers from depression Dr Alan Carson, Reader in Neuropsychiatry, at the University of Edinburgh, said: “All psychiatric and neurological disorders are based in brain and brain is not static but structurally and functionally responsive to a range of biological, psychological and social issues.“Yet institutionally we use an outmoded code which separates brain disorders into psychiatric ‘f’ codes and neurological ‘g’ codes which holds back both scientific and clinical progress.”Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at mental health charity Mind, said more research was vital to pick apart the various causes of depression and find new treatments. “We must acknowledge a wide range of potential causes and treatments,”  he said. “For many people, long term physical illness can cause mental health problems, such as depression. This could be because of the impact of living with the illness, the pain and discomfort or side effects of medication, among many other reasons.”We also need to look at people’s broader experiences, their lives and other challenges they face – such as a lack of access to services, experience of abuse or trauma, poor housing and exclusion, to ensure everyone with a mental health problem gets the support they need.”One promising treatment for depression on the horizon is the use of electrical stimulation to change the signals between the brain and the immune system.Prof Kevin Tracey, President and CEO, of the US Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, discovered that the brain controls production of a deadly inflammatory chemical called TNF, which if released in high doses can be fatal, causing people to, literally, die of shock.He has recently developed a electrical device which reproduces the connection and switches off the chemical. Three quarters of patients with rheumatoid arthritis recovered following trials.“This is the tip of the iceberg of a new field called bio-electric medicine,” he said.“This is a new way of thinking about medicine. We’re using electrons to replace drugs. This will not replace all drugs. But there will be many drugs that are either too expensive, too toxic which may be replaced by these devices.” Scientists at Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust are hoping to begin trials next year to test whether anti-inflammatory drugs could switch off depression.“There is evidence to suggest it should work,” added Prof Bullmore.The immune system triggers an inflammatory response when it feels it is under threat, sparking wide-ranging changes in the body such as increasing red blood cells, in anticipation that it may need to heal a wound soon.Scientists believe that associated depression may have brought an evolutionary benefit to our ancestors. If an ill or wounded tribal member became depressed and withdrawn it would prevent a disease being passed on.However a link has taken so long to establish because until recently scientists believed the brain was entirely cut off from the immune system, trapped behind a ‘Berlin Wall’ known as the blood brain barrier.But recent studies have shown that nerve cells in the brain are linked to immune function and one can have an impact on the other. Around 60 per cent of people referred to cardiologists with chest pain do not have a heart problem but are suffering from anxiety. Likewise when doctors give drugs to boost the immune system to fight illness it is often accompanied by depressive mood – in the same way as how many people feel down after a vaccination.Professor Ed Bullmore, Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, believes a new field of ‘immuno-neurology’ is on the horizon.“It’s pretty clear that inflammation can cause depression,” he told a briefing in London to coincide with this week’s Academy of Medical Sciences FORUM annual lecture which has brought together government the NHS and academics to discuss the issue.“In relation to mood, beyond reasonable doubt, there is a very robust association between inflammation and depressive symptoms.  We give people a vaccination and they will become depressed. Vaccine clinics could always predict it, but they could never explain it.“The question is does the inflammation drive the depression or vice versa or is it just a coincidence?“In experimental medicine studies if you treat a healthy individual with an inflammatory drug, like interferon, a substantial percentage of those people will become depressed. So we think there is good enough evidence for a causal effect.” 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.center_img Figures also show that around 30 per cent of people suffering from inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis are depressed – more than four times higher than the normal population.Likewise people who are depressed after a heart attack are much more likely to suffer a second one, while the lifespan for people with cancer is hugely reduced for people with mental illness.“You can’t separate the mind from the body,” said Prof Sir Robert Lechler, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences.“The immune system does produce behaviour. You’re not just a little bit miserable if you’ve got a long term condition, there is a real mechanistic connection between the mind, the nervous system and the immune system.“Our model of healthcare is outdated. We have a separation. Mental healthcare is delivered by mental health professionals, psychiatrists, mental health nurses and so on, often in separate premises from where physical health care is delivered and that is simply wrong and we need to find ways to ever more closely integrate and train amphibious healthcare professionals who can straddle this divide.”Research has also shown that people who have suffered severe emotional trauma in their past have inflammatory markers in their body, suggesting their immune system is constantly firing, as if always on guard against abuse. One in 13 people in Britain suffers from depressionCredit:Anna Gowthorpe  Depression could be treated using anti-inflammatory drugs, scientists now believe, after determining that it is a physical illness caused by a faulty immune system.Around one in 13 people in Britain suffers from anxiety or depression and last year the NHS issued 64.7 million prescriptions for antidepressants, double the amount given out a decade ago.Current treatment is largely centred around restoring mood-boosting chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, but experts now think an overactive immune system triggers inflammation throughout the entire body, sparking feelings of hopelessness, unhappiness and fatigue. It may be a symptom of the immune system failing to switch off after a trauma or illness, and is a similar to the low mood people often experience when they are fighting a virus, like flu.A raft of recent papers, and unexpected results from clinical trials, have shown that treating inflammation seems to alleviate depression.last_img read more

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Cas and Jonesy are off

first_imgAdventurers James Castrission and his friend Justin Jones have finally arrived in Antarctica after bad weather saw them stranded in South America. Castrission and Jones, known as Cas and Jonesy, landed in Hercules Inlet on the coast of Antarctica this week to begin the arduous journey of walking completely unsupported to the South Pole and back. The first leg of the journey has been brutal on these two adventure seekers with steep, icy and uneven terrain, low visibility, not to mention the fact that they are dragging 150 kilograms of pulks behind them. But they say they are taking every day as it comes – even with the long, tiring days and odd blisters. If Cas and Jonesy do complete their expedition successfully, they will be the youngest team to ever reach the South Pole. The boys will have live tracking and constant updates on their website http://casandjonesy.com.au/ or go to their Facebook page Cas and Jonesy and leave a message of support. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Mayor Faulconer Councilmember Zapf open new Point Loma Fire Station

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 24, 2018 Posted: July 24, 2018 Updated: 3:54 PM Congratulations to the Point Loma community. New and improved Fire Station No. 22@KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD pic.twitter.com/pX1eCDMgeo— ELIZABETH ALVAREZ (@EAlvarezKUSI) July 24, 2018The full press release announcing the opening can be read below.Mayor Faulconer, Councilmember Zapf to Open New Point Loma Fire StationMARKS EIGHTH NEW OR IMPROVED FIRE STATION TO OPEN SINCE MAYOR FAULCONER TOOK OFFICESan Diego – Marking the eighth new or improved fire station to open since he took office, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer will be joined today by City Councilmember Lorie Zapf, interim Fire-Rescue Chief Kevin Ester and community leaders to officially open the new Fire Station No. 22 to better serve Point Loma and its surrounding communities.Originally built in 1942, Fire Station No. 22 is located at 1055 Catalina Boulevard on the western edge of Point Loma Community Park. The new 6,180-square-foot facility includes two vehicle bays with a redesigned driveway that will reduce traffic disruptions on Catalina Boulevard when the engines respond to emergency calls.Since Mayor Faulconer took office, the City has opened new fire stations in four neighborhoods – City Heights, Little Italy, Mission Valley and Point Loma – and renovated four others that serve the communities of La Jolla, Mira Mesa, North Park and Southcrest. KUSI Newsroom center_img The new Point Loma Fire Station No. 22 replaced an aging 76-year-old facility with a brand-new, modernized station that will help protect the surrounding community well into the future. Major investments like this are how we build our better future! https://t.co/LDFaWJhSLt pic.twitter.com/mBJSrqZRzC— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) July 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Mayor Faulconer, Councilmember Zapf open new Point Loma Fire Station 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOINT LOMA (KUSI) – Things just got much smoother in one Point Loma neighborhood. There will now be less traffic disruptions on Catalina Boulevard thanks to a new and improved fire station.“It’s official. Welcome to the new Fire Station 22.” San San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer.Located on Catalina Boulevard in on the western edge of Point Loma Community Park… the firehouse underwent a complete overhaul.Point Loma residents showed up for the city’s rededication of the Firehouse which has so much history with this community. The fire station was originally built in 1942. It is now over 6,000 square feet. It has two vehicle bays with a redesigned driveway.“By moving the station over like a 45 degree angle, it allow the fire apparatus to get out of Catalina Boulevard to protect the firefighters as well as to continue the flow of traffic” said Deputy Chief J.L.Gaboury about the redesign of the driveway.We got a tour of the inside on Good Morning San Diego.There’s a cool TV room but it’s also used as a training room. In the heart of the firehouse is the kitchen. But this isn’t just any ordinary kitchen. This is a commercial state-of-the-art kitchen. Look at how many refrigerators there are!It is literally, a state-of-the-art, fire house.“My dad was stationed here many many years ago and when he was here they pulled the rig out front and this is me about 55 years ago sitting in the truck” said Debbie Hall about a painting she helped to sponsor to have put up on the fire station’s property. Her late father was Capitan Bill Pollock. ” This is dedicated to him and to our Point Loma neighbors to enjoy.”Captain Tony Jefferys grew up in the Point Loma and Ocean Beach. He says ” Point Loma/ Ocean Beach are very tight-knit people tend to grow up here live here and stay here and I am fortunate enough to serve out the remainder of my career here.”last_img read more

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Joe Roetz

first_imgJoe loves to scuba dive, sky dive and run races.  He and his wife Mary have two daughters.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Weekend Co-Anchor 7 NEWS Weekend EditionJoe Roetz, a Emmy-winning journalist joined 7 NEWS in October 2016 from NBC2 Fort Myers where he spent 6 years.Follow @JoeRoetzDuring his time at NBC2, Joe covered a number of stories impacting the community, including Lee County Government’s handling of taxpayer-funded VR Labs, along with student and faculty unrest at Edison State College, and President Barack Obama’s first trip to the Florida Everglades in 2015.In 2014, Joe won an Emmy award for his coverage on a Naples family who moved to Colorado to seek alternative treatment in the form of a marijuana-based liquid in for their son’s seizures.  In 2013, Joe was part of the team that won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of an underwater art exhibit on board the scuttled U.S.C.G. U.S.S. Mohawk.Joe has also multiple Associated Press Awards for his work covering topics like the 2010 State Amendments and then again for his 2012 continuing coverage of the sinking of the U.S.S. Mohawk.A graduate of Temple University, Joe grew up in a family that loved watching news, and his passion for the industry developed at a young age. He quickly began his career at WTXF-TV in Philadelphia before moving on to report at WZBN-TV in Trenton, New Jersey and then up to snowy Syracuse, New York.  While in Syracuse, Joe was a Reporter at WTVH and WSTM for two years. last_img read more

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NASAs mission to visit asteroid that may hit Earth launches September

first_imgAll systems are go for NASA to launch a first-of-its-kind mission next month. The OSIRIS-REx probe will lift off on September 8 on its way to study the asteroid Bennu, an object that could impact Earth in the next few centuries. Not only will OSIRIS-REx produce a detailed map of Bennu’s surface, it will collect a sample of regolith from the asteroid’s surface and return it to Earth.It will take OSIRIS-REx approximately two years to reach its target, at which time it will begin an extended 505-day surface mapping mission. This will be done from a safe distance of 5 kilometers. The data from this process will be used to help NASA decide where the sample collection will be attempted.OSIRIS-REx will be equipped with a long sample arm that can scoop up as much as 4.4 pounds of gravel and dust from the surface of Bennu, but the process will be touchy. OSIRIS-REx will descend to 5 meters from the surface of the asteroid, being careful not to fire its thrusters too often in order to avoid contaminating the surface of the asteroid. The sample arm has a five-second timer that will ensure the spacecraft backs off after coming in contact to avoid a crash. This is necessary because the entire operation will happen autonomously as Bennu is too far from Earth for real time control of the probe.NASA expects the asteroid sample to be returned to Earth in 2023 for analysis. Asteroids like Bennu are believed to be time capsules of the early solar system. They contain the same organic molecules that were present when the planets formed, but these molecules are contaminated when they enter Earth’s atmosphere. Knowing more about Bennu in particular could be of use to humanity in the mid 22nd century. That’s when there is a slim chance that Bennu could hit Earth. It’s 492 meters (roughly a third of a mile) in diameter. That’s large enough to cause significant devastation, though probably not the end of the world as we know it.last_img read more

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A Panic Button and No Steering Wheel A Look at Googles First

first_imgMay 28, 2014 2 min read Imagine getting into your car, sitting back and relaxing, not having to stress about hectic highway traffic, parking or just about anything else associated with the driving process. For some people, that might sound like a dream come true. It’s been more than three years in the making, but Google has finally pulled back the curtain on a prototype of its first self-driving car. It was unveiled late yesterday by Google co-founder Sergey Brin at the Recode conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.Google’s prototype is tiny and appears to have a face on the front and camera attached to the top. The vehicles are not equipped with a steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedal. The only controls a driver has is a start button and a red “e-stop” button for panic stops. Related: Are Self-Driving Cars Only a Matter of Time?Right now, the vehicle maxes out at 25 mph.”They have sensors that remove blind spots, and they can detect objects out to a distance of more than two football fields in all directions, which is especially helpful on busy streets with lots of intersections,” Google said in a blog post announcing the prototypes.Here’s a short promo video of the self-driving car:Earlier this month, Google showed off its self-driving tech in real-world demonstrations using vehicles made by Toyota and Lexus. With this project, Google is assuming the general public will gladly relinquish its control of hitting the open road to a smart car. I, for one, enjoy driving and wouldn’t plan to go 100 percent driverless.Related: The Only Thing Scarier Than Self-Driving Cars Are the Hackers Waiting to Attack ThemIn the meantime, Google is planning to build about a hundred of these prototype cars and a team of safety drivers will begin testing them later this summer. “If all goes well, we’d like to run a small pilot program here in California in the next couple of years,” Google said. “We’re going to learn a lot from this experience, and if the technology develops as we hope, we’ll work with partners to bring this technology into the world safely.”Would you want a self-driving car? Or do you prefer having control behind the wheel? Let us know in the comments below. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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Caribbean surpasses 30 million mark a major victory in spite of hurricanes

first_imgCaribbean surpasses 30 million mark, a major victory in spite of hurricanes BARBADOS — Despite the catastrophic hurricanes that pummelled several islands last September, the Caribbean has reached a new benchmark, surpassing 30 million tourist visits for the first time ever.Speaking at the annual Caribbean Tourism Performance Review news conference this morning, Ryan Skeete, acting director of research at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) said that stay-over arrivals were on track for a strong performance during the first-half of 2017, growing by an estimated 4.8%. But growth was curtailed in the second half of the year by the storms, which resulted in a 1.7% drop between July and December.Despite the slight drop, the region enjoyed an overall increase of 1.7% in 2017 to reach 30.1 million visits, marking the 8th consecutive year of growth (albeit slower than the average global growth rate of 6.7%).Skeet explained that strong economic performance in the main markets helped spur the region’s performance, with some destinations recording strong double-digit growth (ie. Saint Lucia at +11%, and Belize at +10.8%). The U.S. continued to be the primary market, growing by about 0.5% to reach an estimated 14.9 million visits to the region. Canada, meanwhile, rebounded strongly with a 4.3% increase in arrivals, compared to a decline of 3.1% in 2016. The country’s strong economic performance and increased seat capacity to the region helped support this recovery.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe increase in arrivals was not reflected in hotel occupancy, which fell by 1.2%, according to STR. However, both average daily rate and revenue per available room recorded increases, though slightly.“Notably, the hotel performance indicators excluded most of the hurricane-impacted destinations at this time, due to the disruption in operations caused by the hurricanes,” said Skeete.The cruise sector also set a new high of 27 million passengers, 2.4% higher than 2016, despite the hurricanes.“The cruise passenger performance mirrors the performance of tourist arrivals, as it grew strongly 4.6% – in the first half of 2017, but contracted marginally – by 0.4% – in the second half of the year. Indeed, cruise passenger arrivals fell dramatically in September by some 2%. However, growth resumed in October, which saw a 2% increase,” added Skeete.The CTO said the economic conditions are expected to be favourable for further growth in 2018, therefore it predicts growth of 2-3% in both stay-over and cruise arrivals. Thursday, February 15, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share Posted by Tags: Caribbean Tourism Organizationlast_img read more

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PO Cruises is one of the many companies taking ad

first_imgP&O Cruises is one of the many companies taking advantage of Corporate Prepaid Cards to reward and recognise staff. “As Australia’s leading corporate prepaid card provider we have a range of products and quick solutions to help Australia’s travel industry end the year on a high note and give your staff, customers and suppliers something to enjoy over the holidays,” says Lauren Jenkins, Marketing Director at Corporate Prepaid Cards. “As the holiday season approaches travel companies, particularly travel agents and wholesalers, see a massive increase in bookings and business. Corporate Prepaid Cards can be a great way to recognise loyal customers and partners as well as refunds.“This year our customers also have access to a new single load Tap & Pay card. Australians have the highest use of Tap & Pay cards in the world and with 90% of face to face payments in Australia now Tap & Pay, we expect this will be a popular choice this Christmas.”Powered by Zenith Payments, Corporate Prepaid Cards works with companies across Australia providing a range of tailored solutions including reward and recognition, customer acquisition and retention, commissions, business expenses and refunds. Liz Simbaqueba, Trade Marketing Manager P&O Cruises, says the company has been using the Gift cards since 2015 for its incentives and rewards program.“The ability to use the prepaid gift card on so many different things is extremely appealing as they can be used on everything from Shopping Sprees, Travel/Holidays and Gifts. Very easy platform to use, ordering is a breeze and efficient customer service.” Christmas GiftCorporate Prepaid CardsGift Cardslast_img read more

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Opened in April 2012 Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit ha

first_imgOpened in April 2012, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit has made a name for itself in the luxury hotel market by marrying French sophistication with Thai hospitality and design. Available between now and Oct. 31 of this year, the ‘5th Anniversary Package’ offers guests the chance to stay for up to five nights in a Luxury Club Millésime Room starting at THB 5500 per night. The offer includes a commemorative, five-­item gift basket, daily breakfast and access to the hotel’s posh club lounge, Club Millésime, where a selection of sweet treats, gourmet canapes and refreshments are served up throughout the day. “It’s been an exciting and eventful first five years,” said William Haandrikman, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit’s general manager for the past three years. “By always listening intently to our guests and being fearless about incorporating new features, we’ve turned a luxury hotel into one that is undeniably in a league of its own.   “And to think: We’ve got more in the works, for this year alone. Bring on the next half ­decade.”‘5th Anniversary Package’ patrons are also encouraged to visit the lobby bar during the 5 o’clock p.m. hour, when specialty cocktails and fine wines can be had for US $5 a glass.Inspired by the art deco period, the 345 ­room, limestone,­ steel and ­glass structure extends 32 stories above fashionable Sukhumvit Road and is capped by L’Appart, a Parisian­style restaurant, bar and lounge designed to look and feel like a penthouse apartment.  A rice motif — in honor of the grain that has shaped Thailand’s landscape and culture — runs throughout the property, site of the country’s only Le SPA with L’Occitane and the sole art gallery inside a hotel in Bangkok.last_img read more

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