Mangrobang can finally get good night’s sleep after gold medal win

first_imgView comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side READ: PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlon“I want to sleep, I wasn’t able to sleep last night because I was staring at the ceiling all night,” Mangrobang told the Inquirer after a three-hour wait for the required dope test.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Santa Rosa, Laguna-native started in the national junior team at the age of 12 when she qualified for the 1.5-kilometer swim and 3k run tryouts.“I consider myself as a lousy swimmer,” said Mangrobang. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Women’s triathlon gold medalist Kim Mangrobang. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — All race long and on her way to the women’s triathlon gold, Marion Kim Mangrobang was only thinking of one thing: Get this over with and catch some sleep.The 25-year-old, giddy after having won over close friend and former champion Ma. Claire Adorna, who took silver, said she could finally sleep all through the night.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ READ: No break for Huelgas, Mangrobang with their eyes set on Tokyo 2020“I consider her as a close friend,” said Mangrobang of Adorna. “Close as in we know each other’s love life.”But Mangrobang, who finished seven minutes ahead of Adorna, said they didn’t “fix” the results.“We hardly talked during the race, you can’t talk during the race,” said Mangrobang. “This morning it was too hot. All I had in mind was to finish it.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Cray not concerned with tight schedule aheadcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

Ravindra Gaikwad has 5 duplicates, even Shatrughan Sinha mistook one for Shiv Sena MP

first_imgLok Sabha MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra Ravindra Gaikwad, who was accused of assaulting an Air India Staffer last month, has been able to play hide and seek with media and people since March 23, when he allegedly assaulted an Air India staffer.Now, it has emerged that he did with the help of five supporters, who resemble him. These five people have similar appearance and look like Ravindra Gaikwad.They sport similar beard and dress the way this Member of Parliament does. Ravindra Gaikwad claims his look-alikes are so similar to him that even BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha mistook one of them for Shiv Sena MP and waved at him.India Today spotted Ravindra Gaikwad today at a Latur pan shop in Marathwada. Sitting next to the Lok Sabha MP was his driver, who looked liked him only.The India Today team followed Ravindra Gaikwad to the government circuit house. Another Gaikwad look-alike was spotted here walking along side the controversial MP. This man was Pradeep Madney, who is a teacher by profession. Madney resembles Ravindra Gaikwad so much that it is difficult to single the original MP out.LOOK-ALIKES ARE THERE BY CHOICETalking to India Today, Ravindra Gaikwad explained why he felt to have look-alikes with him.While heading back to Delhi after March 23-Air India controversy that Ravindra Gaikwad thought of using his duplicate to fool media-persons, who were trying every bit to locate him for an interview. However, Gaikwad used other trick like getting off the train before reaching Delhi to avoid persisting media-persons.advertisementGaikwad feels pride in using his look-alikes. This tactic was used by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj while escaping from the Agra fort, Gaikwad says. He is happy that media could not get to him before he reached Parliament.SHATRUGHAN SINHA, RAJDHANI PASSENGERS GOT CONFUSEDRavindra Gaikwad explained how fellow passengers in the Mumbai Rajdhani Express took his look-alike Ratnakar Sagar as the real Osmanabad MP.Ravindra Gaikwad had his supporter Sagar travelling in his name. Passengers of the Rajdhani Express even clicked photographs and selfies with Sagar.Gaikwad claims that even BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha spoke to Ratnakar Sagar and waved at him thinking he was the Shiv Sena MP.’COMMITTED NO WRONG’Now after 23 days of March 23-incident, Ravindra Gaikwad is still firm on his stand that he has not done anything wrong with the Air India staffer.His latest narrative to India Today is this: He tried to hit the Ai India staffer but he was stopped by an Air Hostess. After some time, when the senior Air India staffer was getting down, he used abusive language. Following this, Ravindra Gaikwad went up to the door of the plane and caught the staffer with his collar. Gaikwad tried to push him but the other Air India staffers caught hold of MP Gaikwad and took him aside.Gaikwad maintains that putting him on the no-fly list by Air India was wrong. He said that without conducting an inquiry the Civil Aviation Ministry took the decision, which was wrong.Ravindra Gaikwad argued that there had been two prior incidents, when TDP legislators ransacked the Air India office, broke furniture and equipment at one of the airports, but the Civil Aviation Ministry did not take any action against them. Air India and Civil Aviation Ministry were biased in his case, Ravindra Gaikwad feels.ALSO READ | Why Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad is not travelling by Air India Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who beat up Air India staff is repeat offender  ALSO WATCH |last_img read more

Rihanna gives perfect response to body-shamers

first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 6 (PTI) Rihanna gave a befitting reply to online trolls and a sports writer who called her “fat”.In an article titled Is Rihanna going to make being fat the hot new trend?, Barstool Sports writer Chris Spags took a jab at the Barbadian singer.A few people on social media also started commenting that the 29-year-old had gained some weight.In a perfect reply, the “Work” hitmaker took to Instagram where she shared a photo featuring a side-by-side meme of rapper Gucci Mane at different weights – one in 2007 and another in 2017.”If you cant handle me at my 2007 Gucci Mane, you dont deserve me at my 2017 Gucci Mane,” the meme read.The star simply added a tongue in cheek crying emoji to her post. PTI CORR SSNlast_img

Bengaluru face North Korean side in AFC Cup knock-out stage

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 6 (PTI) Last years runners-up Bengaluru FC will face April 25 Sports Club of North Korea in their two-legged inter-zone semifinals play-off of the AFC Cup in August and September. Bengaluru will host the North Korean side in the first leg of their inter-zone play-off semi-final on August 23, before heading to Pyongyang for the second leg on September 13. This was announced at the draw of the knockout stages of the AFC Cup, the continents second tier club competition, in Kuala Lumpur. If Bengaluru win the tie, they will take on the winner of the other inter-zone semifinals play-off between FC Istiklol of Tajikistan and ASEAN Zonal champion in the inter-zone final. The winner of this inter-zone final will, in the grand finale, take on the winner of the west Asian zone final between reigning champions Air Force Club of Iraq and Al Wahda of Syria. The AFC completely changed the tournament rules regarding group and knockout stages this season. If Bengaluru can go all the way to the title round, the Karnataka capital will be the venue for the summit clash as the 2017 AFC Cup final will be hosted by the winner of the inter-zone play-off on November 4. Bengaluru had booked a knockout stage berth after finishing as Group E winners. PTI PDS AH AHlast_img read more

Report: Texas Is Hiring Tom Herman As Its Next Head Coach

first_imgTom Herman walking off the field with his wife.ABC. According to ESPN, Texas has its man. The Longhorns, according to Heather Dinich, will hire Tom Herman as their next head football coach.The Texas Longhorns have their next head coach. Tom Herman, who has coached Houston for the past two seasons, will be leaving for Austin and the Big 12. Herman, who coached the Cougars to a 22-4 record the last two years, will be announced later on Saturday. ESPN’s Heather Dinich was the first to report the news.Herman’s hiring comes just hours after the school made it official that it had fired head coach Charlie Strong. Strong finished his three years in Austin with a 16-21 record.I have confirmed, per a source close to the situation, that Texas will hire Houston coach Tom Herman. Release expected later today.— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) November 26, 2016Texas will hire Tom Herman & announcement expected today @CFBHeather reports— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 26, 2016Herman coached the Cougars to a 13-1 record in his first year – which was capped off with an impressive Peach Bowl win over Florida State. This year, he led his team to a 9-3 mark.There’s no word on a potential replacement for Herman in Houston. Longhorns fans, however, have to be feeling pretty good right now.last_img read more

Cris Carter On Ohio State: “We Still Can’t Run The Rock”

first_imgjim harbaugh overratedOhio State is struggling against Nebraska at home on Saturday – just two weeks after getting blown out by Purdue on the road. Cris Carter thinks one aspect of the team’s game needs some work.The Buckeyes have rushed for 127 yards on 27 carries on Saturday – and they’ve scored two touchdowns on the ground. But former Ohio State wideout Cris Carter still doesn’t think the team can run the ball effectively.Two weeks back, against Purdue, the Buckeyes rushed for just 76 yards on 25 carries.Carter wants to see more out of J.K. Dobbins, Mike Weber and Parris Campbell.I’m a big fan of J.K. Dobbins. He’s not used enough.— Mekka Don (@MekkaDonMusic) November 3, 2018I’m so freaking frustrated with him, Weber and let’s not forget Paris Campbell. We still can’t run the rock.— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) November 3, 2018Ohio State does have the lead at the moment – 23-21. But the Buckeyes haven’t looked dominant just yet. Nebraska, at 2-6, is giving Ohio State a real run for its money.One thing is for sure – if Ohio State wants to beat Michigan in its final game of the season, the running game will need to improve. That one is going to be a slugfest.last_img read more

Pro Grooming Tips from the Best Beards on Instagram

first_imgWhat are other favorite products you like to use?For my 2-in-1, I like to use Milkman Grooming Co. Shampoo and Conditioner. The leave-in beard conditioner I swear by is Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner. My beard oil of choice is Kiehl’s Grooming Solutions Nourishing Beard Oil — it’s lightweight and smells great.Paul EliPaul Eli seems to have stubbled into beard stardom almost by mistake. (Get it? Stubbled?) As the manager of the expertly curated Canadian men’s and women’s boutique. LEO, in Calgary, his Instagram side-hustle has developed seamlessly along his day job. Which is all the more reason to ask, how the hell do you keep your beard looking so damn good? He gives us a bit on insight below: What is your morning routine?Every morning I’ll wash my beard with a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. After I rinse, I’ll apply a very small amount of leave-in conditioner. I find it the sooner I tend to my beard after washing it with the leave-in conditioner, the softer and less dry it gets. After I get dressed and do my hair, I apply a small amount of grooming oil.What’s the one tip you would share with a newbie?The main tip I would share with someone trying to start growing a beard is to use Jamaican castor oil. It has properties that promote growth, strength, and conditioning. 1. Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply Micro Bru All-Grain Starter Kit, .99 2. The Groomed Man Co. Morning Wood Beard Oil, .75 3. The Art Of Shaving Beard Wash & Conditioner, Whether subdued or substantial, fuzzy or full-grown, we all know by now that beards are a trend that is anything but fleeting. You can’t visit a men’s website without finding amazing information on the history of beards, how to keep them from itching, and roundups of the best beard oils in the world. Why is this? It’s simple. There’s a demand for details — men want to know how to grow the best beard they can have. There is so much demand, in fact, guys are out there making careers out of their big, beautiful, bearded selvesIf you’re able to make some cash of your chops, then nicely done — that’s no easy feat. If not, but you wouldn’t mind some pointers, you’re in luck. We chatted with four guys behind three Instagram handles who have perfected the art of the photographed whiskers. Below you will find their best beard grooming tips.Eliezer InfanteEliezer Infante may have started his blog, North of Man, as a menswear site to showcase his personal style, but it — along with his Instagram account — has quickly expanded to include styling, photography, and creative direction. It seems as his following grew, so did his impressive face of hair. His beard may stop inching along one day, but if we had to guess, his success is only nearing five o’clock shadow status. Here are Eli’s tips for how he grew his fashionable facial hair: What are a few of your favorite beard products?To wash and condition, I’m a big fan of Zeus Beard Shampoo and Conditioner. After that, I love Apothecary 87 Vanilla and Mango Beard Oil, and 5 O’clock Grooming Cafe Beard Oil.The Gay BeardsYou can’t talk about the famous beards of Instagram without mentioning these guys. Brian and Johnathan, better known as The Gay Beards, decided to go floral with their facial hair back in July 2008, and the rest, as they say, is history. They brought the art of beardistry to the mainstream with not only their well quaffed, pristine facial follicles, but with their seemingly endless ideas as to how to adorn them. If you are looking to get creative with your beard, take inspiration from their site or their YouTube channel. If you are just looking for tips to get your beard to their picturesque status without any of the props, you’re in luck, because they have shared some tips below: Editors’ Recommendations What do you guys say is the most important part of beard maintenance?Trimming your beard, no matter the size of your beard, is crucial to keeping it looking healthy and happy. A good trim once a month should suffice, and always do it post-shower (that’s when your hair is the softest and easiest to distinguish what should stay and what should go). Beard oil is a lifesaver, particularly if you find your beard gets itchy. Once again, always apply post-shower.What is your must-have beard oil?The Groomed Man Co. out of Australia is our favorite beard oil thus far. And, needless to say, we have tried a lot of beard oil. [Other products The Gay Beards have used to maintain their beard perfection are The Art Of Shaving Beard Wash and Conditioner and the Northern Brewery At Home Micro Bru Brewery Kit. Because everyone knows good beer helps great beards grow. It’s just a fact.] What would you tell someone who wants to start shaping their own beard?Just allow the professionals to do what they do best. For the most part, men don’t cut their own hair, so they shouldn’t be grooming their own beards, either!What do you do when you can’t make it to the barber?Between professional trims, I’ll use a trimmer with a guard to clean up the under beard area and my mustache, but I’ll avoid any further grooming unless I absolutely have to. How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy center_img What advice do you have to those guys who are frustrated by the thought of growing a beard?Patience truly is key. Nobody’s beard looks that great from the start, so push through the awkward phase, and we promise you won’t regret it. Not all beards are created equal, and that is okay. Some are thick, some are thin, others brown, red, black, curly, straight, etc. The point being, embrace your beard, let it be an extension of yourself, and wear it proudly. You only live once, and it’s very much a part of you, so love it and take care of it like it’s your child! The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens 1. Zeus Beard Shampoo & Conditioner, 2. Apothecary 87 Vanilla & Mango Beard Oil, 3. 5 O’Clock Grooming Cafe Beard Oil, Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard 1. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner, .49 2. Kiehl’s Grooming Solutions Nourishing Beard Oil, 3. Milkman Grooming Co. Shampoo & Conditioner, How to Grow and Maintain Stubblelast_img read more

Hudong Zhonghua Names 1st Export LNG Carrier

first_imgzoom Chinese shipbuilder Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, has named its first LNG carrier built for export.The 172,000 cbm LNG carrier was named Papua during a ceremony held in Shanghai on January 8th.Construction of the LNG carrier was jointly financed by MOL, China Shipping Group and Sinopec.Papua will be hired by ExxonMobil to transport LNG from its PNG LNG facility.The Chinese shipbuilder has 13 LNG carriers on order, 10% of the global market share.These include three LNG carriers already being built for MOL slated for delivery in 2015 and 2016.Hudong-Zhonghua announced plans to double its annual shipbuilding capacity, the goal being construction of seven to eight 174,000 cum tankers annually by 2018, up from current two to three.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Toisa Fleet to Be Put Up for Sale

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: WSC Shipbroking services provider Clarksons has been selected to sell vessels of a financially-troubled shipping company Toisa Limited, according to the US Bankruptcy Court.On January 29, 2017, Toisa filed a petition for relief under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code with a debt of more than USD 1 billion.As explained, Clarksons has been employed to sell the company’s tanker and bulker fleets, as well as to assign the contracts for the purchase of six tankers under construction.Toisa has a fleet of thirteen tankers, seven bulkers and 26 offshore oil service vessels. The company’s offshore fleet is currently laid up in drydock.The sale of ships and the assignment of newbuilding contracts are expected to help Toisa in its restructuring efforts.last_img read more

First Nations face life or death struggle Atleo

first_imgAPTN National NewsMONCTON, NB–Saying First Nations were in a life or death struggle, Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo urged chiefs from across the country to back his ambitious, multi-year plan to scrap the Indian Act, the department of Aboriginal affairs and replace them with a First Nation-Crow n agreement “that advances and affirms our rights.”Atleo needs to get the majority of chiefs to endorse his plan if a planned, historic meeting this fall between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations chiefs is to become a pivotal encounter.“This gathering would be a meeting between First Nations leaders and the prime minister…We are calling for a focused agenda so that we emerge with a focused plan of action,” said Atleo.The AFN annual gathering in Moncton, NB, began with a procession lead by the organization’s eagle staff and the pounding of Mi’kmaq drums that reverberate off the cavernous walls and ceilings of the conference room at the Moncton coliseum.New Brunswick Premier David Alward welcomed the chiefs by describing his province’s efforts in working with First Nations, including beginning negotiations with the federal government to implement Jordan’s Principle, which aims to postpone funding disputes between Ottawa and the provinces whenever a child’s welfare is at stake.Atleo said he believed First Nations communities were on the cusp of massive, reformative change.“We are approaching a critical mass of public support to turn the tide, to push the tipping point,” said Atleo. “It is our time as the Indigenous Nations of this land, after all … this is life or death.”Atleo said the current federal system dealing with First Nations was irreparably broken and totally alienated from grassroots First Nations citizens.He highlighted the Conservative government’s decision to suddenly change the departmental name of Indian Affairs to Aboriginal Affairs.“We have the department changing its name, arbitrarily becoming Aboriginal Affairs and our communities left asking what does this mean, what is the impact?” said Atleo. “The results of a unilateral approach are as predictable as they are tragic.”Atleo acknowledged his calls for scrapping the Indian Act and the department are not new, they been made for years, including by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, which was created after the 1990 Oka crisis which saw Mohawks from Kanesatake face down police and the Canadian military to protect a burial ground from being turned into a golf course.“For decades, our Treaty Nations have watched as resources drain from the north to the south with no benefit to our communities,” said Atleo. “Now is the time for Canadians to learn the truth about our peoples, our Treaties and our nation to nation relationship so we can move forward in partnership.”Atleo has called for  replacing the department of Aboriginal Affairs in the past and it dovetails with his pledge to try to scrap the Indian Act. There was some speculation from the floor of the assembly, given the long-term nature of his goals, that Atleo was also preparing his reelection platform.Atleo also said the federal government needed to provide increased funding for First Nations reserves.“We have a major funding challenge and we are demanding that the inequity be addressed,” said Atleo. “We are calling for stable sustainable funding that is, at a minimum, equal to the guarantees enjoyed by the provinces.”The main thrust of Atleo’s speech, however, was to convince chiefs to support his blueprint for radically altering, structurally and politically, the relationship between First Nations and the federal government.“First Nations are all on a journey advancing their rights, there are different approaches, circumstances and realities,” said Atleo. “But it is a journey with a clear destination. A destination that affirms our rightful place in our lands and territories that cherish our children and creates a better future for them.”The AFN released a document, broadly outlining the plan, which it said was passed on a number of previous reports released over the past three decades.“All point to ultimately replacing or phasing out the department of Indian Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs) and establishing new contact points that properly reflect the nation-to-nation relationship and financing arrangements appropriate to a nation-to-nation relationship,” said the document, titled Pursuing First Nation Self-Determination: Realizing our rights and responsibilities.The document recommends replacing the department of Aboriginal Affairs with two new entities. One would focus on “First Nation-Crown relationship,” and the other would focus on “fair service provision.”While the actual details of how they would look remain vague, Atleo told reporters a meeting with the prime minister and  First Nations leaders would lay the groundwork for this massive shift.last_img read more

Facebook launches AI to find and remove revenge porn

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is rolling out technology to make it easier to find and remove intimate pictures and videos posted without the subject’s consent, often called “revenge porn.”Currently, Facebook users or victims of revenge porn have to report the inappropriate pictures before content moderators will review them. The company has also suggested that users send their own intimate images to Facebook so that the service can identify any unauthorized uploads. Many users, however, balked at the notion of sharing revealing photos or videos with the social-media giant, particularly given its history of privacy failures.The company’s new machine learning tool is designed to find and flag the pictures automatically, then send them to humans to review.Facebook and other social media sites have struggled to monitor and contain the inappropriate posts that users upload, from violent threats to conspiracy theories to inappropriate photos.Facebook has faced harsh criticism for allowing offensive posts to stay up too long, for not removing posts that don’t meet its standards and sometimes for removing images with artistic or historical value. Facebook has said it’s been working on expanding its moderation efforts, and the company hopes its new technology will help catch some inappropriate posts.The technology, which will be used across Facebook and Instagram, was trained using pictures that Facebook has previously confirmed were revenge porn. It is trained to recognize a “nearly nude” photo — a lingerie shot, perhaps — coupled with derogatory or shaming text that would suggest someone uploaded the photo to embarrass or seek revenge on someone else.At least 42 states have passed laws against revenge porn. Many such laws came up in the past several years as posting of non-consensual images and videos has proliferated. New York’s law, which passed in February, allows victims to file lawsuits against perpetrators and makes the crime a misdemeanour.Facebook has been working to combat the spread of revenge porn on its site for years, but has largely relied on people proactively reporting the content up until now. But that means by the time it’s reported, someone else has already seen it, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said in an interview with The Associated Press. And it’s often tough and embarrassing for a victim to report a photo of themselves.“This is about using technology to get ahead of the problem,” Sandberg said.Facebook still sees user-contributed photos as one way to address the problem, and says it plans to expand that program to more countries. It allows people to send in photos they fear might be circulated through encrypted links. Facebook then creates a digital code of the image so it can tell if a copy is ever uploaded and deletes the original photo from its servers.The company does not expect the new technology to catch every instance of revenge porn, and said it will still rely on users reporting photos and videos.By Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press read more

Global efforts to promote health face serious challenges from big business –

“Today, the tables are turned. Instead of diseases vanishing as living conditions improve, socio-economic progress is actually creating the conditions that favour the rise of non-communicable diseases,” Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said in her address to the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion, held in Helsinki, Finland.“Economic growth, modernization, and urbanization have opened wide the entry point for the spread of unhealthy lifestyles,” she stated. Dr. Chan told participants that today, getting people to lead healthy lifestyles and adopt healthy behaviours faces opposition from forces that are “not so friendly.”“Efforts to prevent non-communicable diseases go against the business interests of powerful economic operators. In my view, this is one of the biggest challenges facing health promotion,” she stated. “It is not just Big Tobacco anymore. Public health must also contend with Big Food, Big Soda, and Big Alcohol. All of these industries fear regulation, and protect themselves by using the same tactics.”She said these tactics include front groups, lobbies, promises of self-regulation, lawsuits, and industry-funded research that “confuses the evidence and keeps the public in doubt.”They also include gifts, grants, and contributions to worthy causes that cast these industries as respectable corporate citizens in the eyes of politicians and the public, she added. They include arguments that place the responsibility for harm to health on individuals, and portray Government actions as interference in personal liberties and free choice.“This is formidable opposition. Market power readily translates into political power. Few Governments prioritize health over big business. As we learned from experience with the tobacco industry, a powerful corporation can sell the public just about anything,” said Dr. Chan.“Let me remind you. Not one single country has managed to turn around its obesity epidemic in all age groups. This is not a failure of individual will-power. This is a failure of political will to take on big business.”Dr. Chan also voiced concern about two recent and related trends. “The first relates to trade agreements. Governments introducing measures to protect the health of their citizens are being taken to court, and challenged in litigation. This is dangerous,” she stated.“The second is efforts by industry to shape the public health policies and strategies that affect their products. When industry is involved in policy-making, rest assured that the most effective control measures will be downplayed or left out entirely. This, too, is well documented, and dangerous.“In the view of WHO, the formulation of health policies must be protected from distortion by commercial or vested interests,” Dr. Chan stressed. The week-long conference, co-hosted by WHO and Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, will assess achievements and aims for health promotion globally. It aims to address what works and how, identifying options for action, available processes, mechanisms and tools. read more

UN appeals for funds as ongoing violence sends desperate Nigerians fleeing to

The security situation in Central Africa has significantly deteriorated in the last month. Boko Haram attacked several cross-border villages in northern Cameroon, raising fears that the insurgent group is expanding its attacks. Following the spate of violence, Chad announced that it was sending soldiers to Cameroon to halt the attacks from spreading. At a press briefing in Geneva this afternoon, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said that despite the increasing insecurity, the agency is planning to assist 96,068 people in Cameroon, including Nigerian refugees, internally displaced person (IDPs) and vulnerable local populations. “New population movements into Cameroon from Nigeria have been reported in recent weeks in addition to increasing displacement of local population fleeing from border areas, where whole villages had been destroyed and services closed,” she said. “Movements have been hampered, which has had a direct impact on access to land, as well as on economic and market activities that depended on movements between towns and across the border. The planting season has also been disrupted. Local communities are affected and food insecurity was on the increase,” added Ms. Byrs.She specified that some 29,000 Nigerian refugees are currently being hosted in a refugee site in Minawao, Far North region in Cameroon. WFP has been providing food to those arriving to the camps. Many women and children arrive malnourished. The Programme is supporting health centres in affected areas to treat malnourished children between six months and five years and pregnant and nursing women. Some 365 refugee children and 100 pregnant and nursing women have received nutritional support so far. WFP has also initiated the first distribution of aid to some 20,000 IDPs in the three most affected departments of the Far North. Due to breaks in commodity supplies, a second round has not yet been realized.In Cameroon, she said, about 20,000 to 30,000 persons had been internally displaced by attacks in three divisions of the Far North region. There were around 36,400 Nigerian refugees in that region of Cameroon. Turning to funding, Ms. Byrs said WFP’s financial requirements for 2015 for the Cameroon Emergency Operation are estimated at $23 million, but the initiative is currently facing a shortfall of 65 percent or $15 million of total requirements.Visiting Africa this weekend, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to address the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today to discuss the current crises in northern Nigeria and across the region. read more

Razer unveils BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard and Ouroboros mouse

first_imgRazer has today launched a brand new keyboard and mouse that are sure to get a few gamers excited.First up we have the 2013 edition of the BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, which offers up full mechanical keys using blue switches and 10-key roll-over (copes with up to 10 key presses simultaneously). Razer promises key motion faster than any standard keyboard, and detection of every key press regardless of how fast you can repeatedly tap them.The BlackWidow Ultimate also offers up improved green key backlighting and a matte black finish that is “anti-fingerprint.” Those of you with additional peripherals will be glad to hear Razer has included both audio and USB passthroughs. The BlackWidow Ultimate may be perfect for your desk at home, but Razer also wants to cater to those attending LAN parties and tournaments. So they’ve also launched the BlackWidow Tournament Edition, which offers up the same feature set, but removes the numpad for a smaller, lighter keyboard.Complimenting the BlackWidow is one of the most customizable rodents I have ever seen. It’s called the Razer Ouroboros, and is referred to as an “elite ambidextrous gaming mouse” with good reason.The Ouroboros has been designed for any size of hand by letting you adjust its ergonomics. This is done by allowing the length of the mouse to be adjusted, the angle of the arch where you palm rests to be tweaked, and the side panels to be interchanged allowing for three different grip types (claw, palm, or hybrid). And being ambidextrous, it works for both left or right-handed gamers.The wireless mouse can perform for up to 12 hours using a single rechargeable AA battery, but you will probably never run out of juice if the recharge stand is used between gaming sessions.Accuracy is assured as the Ouroboros achieves 8200dpi using a dual sensor that consists of both a laser and optical sensor fitted to the base of the unit. There’s also a “clutch trigger” that allows the DPI to be cut instantly when you need it, and if you prefer to use your mouse wired, Razer promise the same level of accuracy regardless.Both the new keyboards and mouse take advantage of Razer Synapse 2.0, which allows your game preferences to be stored in the cloud. That means wherever you take your peripherals, as soon as you are hooked up to the web your settings will be available.The BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 and Ouroboros don’t come cheap. You’ll be expected to pay around $139.99 for the keyboard and $129.99 for the mouse. That’s sure to come down a bit when online retailers get stock, though.If the price hasn’t put you off then the BlackWidow will be available from August, but you’ll be waiting until the fourth quarter for the Ouroboros to appear.Read more at Razer [1][2]last_img read more

Computer from 1983 movie WarGames up for sale

first_imgThere’s a unique opportunity to own a piece of computing history if you’re the nostalgic sort of geek, and also happen to have about $25,000 to spare. The IMSAI 8080 used in the 1983 Matthew Broderick film WarGames is up for sale, and it still works. They don’t build them like they used to.The IMSAI 8080 was an early microcomputer running on the 2MHz Intel 8080 processor. The 8080 was one of the most important chips of the early personal computer era, and found its way into many devices. The The IMSAI 8080, in case you were wondering, is not the giant W.O.P.R. mainframe from the movie — it’s the big box-like PC used by Matthew Broderick’s character. There were only between 17,000 and 20,000 units ever produced.The device is currently owned by one Todd Fischer, who provided the equipment as props to the filmmakers back in 1983. In addition to the computer, Fischer will include the IMSAI IKB-1 intelligent keyboard and IMSAI 212A modem used in the movie. However, he won’t sell to just anyone.The famous computer was set to go up for auction a few years ago with a starting price of $25,000, but Fischer pulled out over fears the items could be damaged in transport. A working IMSAI 8080 is not the kind of thing you want to throw around. He is now hoping someone interested in preserving the device will step forward and make an offer.It’s not often that a piece of computing history and movie history are one in the same. Feel free to contact Fischer if you think you’re the right steward of this device. It does not come with Global Thermonuclear War. Sorry.last_img read more

As someone who was assaulted I know how frightening it is Dancing

first_img‘As someone who was assaulted, I know how frightening it is’ – Dancing With The Stars contender New statistics from An Garda Síochána show that three in four victims of phone theft are aged between 18 and 39. Mar 5th 2017, 2:13 PM GARDAÍ HAVE LAUNCHED a new campaign aimed at cutting the number of robberies that occur on nights out.The Streetwise campaign is supported by Irish model and former Dancing With The Stars contender Thalia Heffernan. Heffernan, who was a victim of a mugging incident in July 2015, is advising 18 to 39 year-olds who are going out to mind their personal property and possessions, such as a bag, wallet, phone or set of keys.New statistics from An Garda Síochána show that three in four victims of phone theft are aged between 18 and 39, while three in every five thefts happen on a street, road or footpath.Heffernan said:“Everybody likes to go out and have fun, but it’s also really important to mind yourself and your stuff when socialising. Avoid walking alone and take care of your property, particularly mobile phones and purses or wallets. Plan your night before you leave too – tell someone where you’re going and when you will be back.“In short, be streetwise.As someone who was assaulted and had my bag stolen not that long ago, I know what a really frightening experience it is and how inconvenient it is to lose all your stuff. I never thought it would happen to me – and it did. If it does happen to you, always report the crime to the Gardaí.She added: “Whatever you are doing this month, make sure you enjoy yourself. Have fun but have a plan’.The gardaí are advising people to:Plan your night out, how you are getting there and how you are getting backLet someone know where you are going and when you are coming backAvoid walking alone in dark placesNever attempt to reason with drunk or aggressive peopleKeep your phone out of public viewDon’t call or text crossing a roadSergeant Kelvin Courtney of the National Crime Prevention Unit said:Last year €2.5million worth of mobile phones were stolen. In three out of four thefts where a mobile phone was stolen the victim was aged between 18 and 39.This campaign is a reminder to people to be streetwise when out in public as 40% of all thefts and robberies took place on a street, road or footpath with a further 20% taking place in a licensed premises or restaurant-type location.”Read: Investigation after garda car involved in Cork city crash Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 2:13 PM Thalia Heffernan and Sergeant Kelvin Courtney of the Garda’s National Crime Prevention Unit. Image: MAXWELLS DUBLIN 20 Comments Image: MAXWELLS DUBLINcenter_img 30,741 Views Thalia Heffernan and Sergeant Kelvin Courtney of the Garda’s National Crime Prevention Unit. By Paul Hosford Short URL Share37 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Reduced train tickets for passengers

first_imgTrainOSE, the operational arm of the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE), is to start offering thousands of cut-price tickets every month in a bid to boost passenger traffic and facilitate travel for young people with dwindling incomes.As of today, TrainOSE will offer 3,000 reduced price train tickets every month with a trip from Athens to Thessaloniki, for example, costing 12 euros. Young Greeks aged between 13 and 30 are eligible for a European Youth Card. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Résistance aux antibiotiques  des chercheurs découvrent une solution pour lutter contre certaines

first_imgRésistance aux antibiotiques : des chercheurs découvrent une solution pour lutter contre certaines superbactériesAlors que la résistance aux antibiotiques est devenue une menace réelle, une équipe de chercheurs est parvenue à mettre en évidence un mécanisme capable de faire mourir un certain type de bactérie en altérant sa membrane. La découverte pourrait aboutir à terme sur une toute nouvelle génération de traitements. Même les “superbactéries” résistantes aux antibiotiques ont leur talon d’Achille. Celui-ci a été récemment mis en évidence par une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université d’East Anglia, au Royaume-Uni. Leurs travaux de recherche représentent une véritable avancée dans la lutte contre la pharmacorésistance et laissent d’ores et déjà entrevoir des perspectives tangibles en termes de traitements. 

L’étude, publiée cette semaine dans la revue Nature, s’est centrée sur un certain type de bactéries, à savoir celles à gram négatif parmi lesquelles figurent la Klebsiella pneumoniae et E. coli. Ces micro-organismes se caractérisent par la présence d’une membrane externe imperméable, une sorte de barrière qui leur permet de survivre. En affectant cette enveloppe, il est ainsi possible de faire mourir ces agents pathogènes. Cibler la membraneLa membrane protégeant les bactéries à gram négatif se compose principalement de molécules de lipopolysaccharides. Selon les chercheurs, il est possible de l’altérer en intervenant directement sur les cellules impliquées dans le transport de ces composants. “Nous avons identifié le chemin utilisé par la bactérie pour transporter les éléments qui vont constituer la barrière. Nous avons également démontré que si la voie d’accès était bloquée, la bactérie mourait”, explique dans un communiqué Changjiang Dong, co-auteur de l’étude. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?

La découverte de ces mécanismes ouvre la voie vers de nombreuses applications. Les auteurs de l’étude envisagent en effet la mise au point d’une toute nouvelle génération de médicaments ciblant spécifiquement la membrane de la bactérie et non la bactérie elle-même. “Comme ces nouveaux médicaments n’auront pas besoin de pénétrer dans la bactérie, cette dernière ne devrait, à notre avis, plus être en mesure de développer de résistance” indique Haohao Dong, membre de l’équipe à la base de la découverte. Une percée dans la lutte contre la résistance aux antibiotiques  Cette nouvelle apporte une note d’optimisme à l’heure où l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) tire la sonnette d’alarme pour avertir des risques inhérents à la résistance des bactéries aux antibiotiques. Dans son rapport publié en avril dernier, l’organisation a en effet mis en garde contre une “ère postantibiotiques”, où des maladies et infections aujourd’hui traitables risqueraient de redevenir d’ici peu mortelles. Le document citait également le cas de quatre bactéries qui, à l’heure actuelle, sont capables de survivre aux traitements dits “de dernier recours” : la Klebsiella pneumoniae,E. coli, le gonocoque et le staphylocoque doré. Selon les estimations, il y aurait environ 25.000 cas de décès par an en Europe liés à des infections d’agents pathogènes résistants aux médicaments.Le 20 juin 2014 à 12:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more