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Roundup 9/17: Glittering Prizes Edition

first_imgPresident Barack Obama announced that the United States will be scrapping plans to build a missile defense system in Poland and Czechoslavakia the Czech Republic, following the July advice of a group of prominent scientists, including 10 Nobel prize winners, who said it wouldn’t work.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The tributes to the late Nobelist Norman Borlaug from India continued to pour in. Earlier this week, Indian President Pratibha D. Patil called him a “friend of India” who brought the Green Revolution there; the government believes Borlaug’s work saved the lives of over 245 million people.  Are top government scientists making too much money? House of Representatives Republicans on the energy committee are investigating. ($335,000 was the annual take home pay last year for Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.) The U.S. Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force released an interim report today on a national ocean policy, including recommendations for coastal and marine spatial planning to balance conservation and economic activity. “It’s truly sea change we can believe in,” quipped National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco. A final report is due 9 December. (Photo of vintage anti-aircraft missiles: http://www.flickr.com/photos/x-ray_delta_one/, CC BY-SA 2.0 )last_img read more

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Spot-fixing row: Lorgat to meet PCB chief today

first_imgTo speed up the ongoing probe against tainted Pakistani cricketers, accused of spot match fixing, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat will meet Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt in London on Wednesday. The ICC chief said the world body is expecting that the investigation would be over by the weekend. He reiterated that stern action would be taken against whosoever is found guilty. Feeling the match fixing charges in international cricket were unfortunate Lorgat said, “We must be careful. This is very sad and disappointing. It’s not good for the reputation of the game. But we will clean it up.” “We have got some very strong measures in place. We have absolutely zero tolerance approach to corruption and we will pursue this to the end,” Lorgat added. Till Tuesday, the PCB chief was adamant on deferring any action against the accused players saying he first wanted solid evidence against them first. His stand was backed by the Pakistan government after Interior Minister Rahman Malik said in Karachi on Tuesday that the sting operation could be aimed at maligning the country and that the video could be doctored. On the other side, the Scotland Yard on Tuesday summoned three Pakistani cricketers accused of spot-fixing during the team’s ongoing England tour. Captain Salman Butt, along with pacers Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir will be grilled by Scotland Yard in connection with the scandal. Hours before the summons issued to the players, Pakistani cricket administration had showed the first signs of buckling under pressure. With calls for the suspension of the tainted players growing, the team management had barred Butt, Asif and Amir from practising in Taunton. Scotland Yard sleuths have already met the tainted Pakistani cricketers in their London hotel, confiscated their mobile phones and seized cash. The cricketers came under cloud after a UK tabloid reported that a bookie accepted money from its undercover reporter to get the team to bowl three no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England.advertisementlast_img read more

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Wait gets longer for Pandya, Rahul after Supreme Court adjourns hearing to next week

first_imgCricketer Hardik Pandya   –  THE HINDU sport SHARE Thursday’s developments mean that the return of the two players, who have already missed the ongoing ODI series against Australia, could well be delayed beyond the New Zealand series which starts next week COMMENT January 17, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL With the Supreme Court adjourning proceedings on all BCCI matters for a week, suspended Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul’s wait for a closure to the furore over their sexist comments got longer on Thursday.Pulled midway out of the tour of Australia, provisionally suspended and lambasted thoroughly, the two cricketers’ future was left uncertain after hearing was adjourned by the two-judge bench comprising Justices AM Sapre and SA Bobde following current amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium’s resignation on health grounds.“Now that SC has taken cognisance of the case and already asked the new amicus to come back after a week, the CoA chief cannot appoint an ad-hoc Ombudsman as it will be contempt of court,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Thursday.The appointment of an ombudsman was sought by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to investigate the duo’s comments on hookups with multiple women and being casual about it with their families, on the show ‘Koffee with Karan’ with film-maker Karan Johar.With the bench nominating former Additional Solicitor General PS Narsimha as the new amicus, the case of appointment of a permanent or ad-hoc ombudsman will only come up as and when the new amicus takes charge.Thursday’s developments mean that the return of the two players, who have already missed the ongoing ODI series against Australia, could well be delayed beyond the New Zealand series which starts next week.Asked what’s the way out now, the official said, “An ad-hoc ombudsman can still be appointed but only after the former ASG decides to take up the assignment and he is convinced that an ad-hoc ombudsman is a necessity for an early closure so that the cricketers can resume national duty.” After the two players were showcaused for their comments on the TV show, COA chief Vinod Rai had recommended a two-match ban but his colleague Diana Edulji wanted a legal opinion from the BCCI’s legal cell.The legal firm said that Rahul and Pandya didn’t violate the BCCI’s Code of Conduct with their on-air comments but it would need an ombudsman to investigate the matter.Edulji then proposed that CoA, along with BCCI members, form an inquiry committee to which Rai replied that the move will be in contravention to the Supreme Court order and he won’t be a party to any such committee.“Had Diana been ready to go with the recommended punishment of two matches and not sought legal opinion, we wouldn’t have reached this stage. Now everything is in a limbo.“Now it’s a legal matter and it can take time. All that one achieved through this ego tussle is that we have compromised the national team’s interest,” the senior official said.It is learnt, even on Wednesday Rai had sent an e-mail to Edulji, requesting a quick closure of the matter, keeping the cricketers’ future in mind. However, he got no response from the former India women’s team captain.Edulji attended Thursday’s hearing in the Supreme Court with her personal lawyer and told Rai in an e-mail that it was to “protect her own interest“.BCCI acting President C K Khanna schoed Rai’s sentiment on early resolution of the matter. “Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul certainly brought disrepute to the board with their inappropriate comments. For that, the BCCI has already suspended them provisionally. However, I am also of the view that the matter needs to be sorted at the earliest,” he told PTI.“While we need to sanction them for their transgressions but we are dealing with young careers. I would like to see them back in mainstream and also undergo gender sensitization programme with other young cricketers,” he added. Published on cricket Cricketer Hardik Pandya   –  THE HINDU × COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Indian football news: Sunil Chhetri on missing the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, Jamshedpur FC…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementWelcome to another installment of our daily Indian football news. In this section, you will find all the news pertaining to Indian football that happened on the given day.In case you missed out yesterday’s edition, you can check it out here.Sunil Chhetri on missing the 2015 AFC Asian CupChhetri felt extremely dejected after his team failed to qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian CupIndian football team captain Sunil Chhetri recently took part in an interview with FIFA.com where he detailed how his team felt after failing to qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Here is the excerpt via Indiatoday. I was really dejected when we missed out on the last edition. I think it’s very, very important for a country like us to keep qualifying for this big tournament because that tells you where you are and if you’re doing well. It also gives you a chance to rub shoulders with the biggest teams in Asia. If you do well, other teams take notice of you,” said Sunil Chhetri. Jamshedpur FC beat Delhi Dynamos 2-1In the only Indian Super League game of the day, Jamshedpur FC defeated rock-bottom Delhi Dynamos 2-1 at the JRD Tata Sports Complex through the sublime strikes of Tim Cahill and Farukh Chaudhary. It was the away side Delhi Dynamos which drew first blood at the 24th minute after Lallianzuala Chhagte rocketed the ball past the goalkeeper. Rene Mihelic had given an exquisite pass to the youngster after collecting Narayan Das’ through ball. Jamshedpur FC leveled things up five minutes later after Tim Cahill towered above the taller Zuiverloon to head home Carlos Calvo’s cross from the right flank. It looked as if the game was heading towards a 1-1 draw before Farukh Chaudhary gave the Reds the lead. The Dynamos defender failed to clear a corner-kick and, Farukh latched onto the rebound and unleashed a powerful shot which the rival goalkeeper failed to answer. At the 70th minute, the referee turned a blind eye towards a penalty claim from Delhi Dynamos as Nandhakumar’s shot was handled down by Robin Gurung. The Delhi players couldn’t recuperate from the decision and succumbed 2-1. Sony Norde and Enrique Esqueda might miss out the Kolkata DerbyMohun Bagan’s Sony Norde and East Bengal’s Enrique Esqueda might miss the first Kolkata Derby of the 2018-19 Hero I-League owing to injuries. According to Sportskeeda, Sony Norde has torn his thigh muscle and is struggling to even run. The Haitian didn’t train with the ball in the first practice session of the week. Instead, he took part in basic stretching and cycling alongside physiotherapist Samiran Nag. However, the website hasn’t ruled out the possibility of him entering the pitch as a substitute. Enrique Esqueda, on the other hand, might be out for six to eight weeks. The Mexican striker had broken his rib in the previous match against Gokulam Kerala.East Bengal’s latest signing Jaime Santos Colado has received his international clearance and may make his debut in the match against Mohun Bagan. Toni Dovale, on the other hand, will arrive in Kolkata on Friday. However, his chances of making an appearance in the Kolkata Derby is extremely slim. FIFA Workshop for the Technical Directors commences in MumbaiTechnical Directors are officials who are responsible for putting in place the framework for the improvement of both coaches and players in the country. A workshop conducted by FIFA to ameliorate the standards of the Technical Directors kicked-off in Mumbai with representatives from Syria, Sri Lanka, Oman, Iran, and hosts India participating.“I’m sure the Technical Directors workshop will help all participants go back enriched to their respective member associations and be a catalyst of change in their countries,” said FIFA Regional Development Manager for South Asia, Prince Rufu. That’s it for today. Don’t forget to catch the daily roundup of Indian football news only on Sportsindiashow.last_img read more

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Watch: Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher smash each other in hilarious Zorb challenge

first_imgImage Courtesy: Offside/Sky SportsAdvertisementGary Neville and Jamie Carragher- two of the most well known figures in English football, and the former Premier League rivals are known to every fan as the serious Sky Sports pundits. However, the video below will burst that bubble for sure.Image Courtesy: Offside/Sky SportsThe English top flight veterans- both of whom spent their whole careers at Manchester United and Liverpool from the youth academy, were caught in action as the formal rivals clashed again in a hysterical game of zorb football at Carrow Road, the home of Norwich City Football Club. Check them out in the clip below, courtesy to the official Twitter of Sky Sports Premier League.”That is me laughing, believe it or not!”Last night @GNev2 and @Carra23 went head-to-head in zorb football at Carrow Road 😂 It was sealed with a beautiful chip. pic.twitter.com/iMyPN42Bl5— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 9, 2019The comical clash between the compatriots took place just before today’s game between Norwich City and Watford. Neville in a yellow and Carragher in a blue orb, started the game from a drop-ball. The Anfield legend took the lead first, but the Devils right back equalized soon after, and won the game with a spectacular chip at the end.After Neville’s conversation with the Sky Sports anchor, Carragher was seen in a press box ‘analysing’ the face off with his old national teammate.The fixture went in favour of the visitors, as The Hornets snatched a 2-0 win thanks to strikes from Gerard Deulofeu and Andre Gray.Advertisementlast_img read more

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ICC World Cup Qualifier: Jason Holder 99* powers West Indies to 6-wicket win over PNG

first_imgJason Holder led from the front with an unbeaten 99 to lead West Indies to a six-wicket win over Papua New Guinea in Group A of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier at the Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare, Zimbabwe.In another Group A match, United Arab Emirates defeated Netherlands by 6 wickets, as Rohan Mustafa picked up five wickets.Over in Group B. Afghanistan’s poor run continued in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, as they succumbed to 30-run loss (DLS method) to Hong Kong.Scotland reached the Super Sixes with their 4-wicket win against Nepal, as skipper Kyle Coetzer leading from the front with the bat.West Indies captain Holder, though failing to reach his maiden ODI hundred, ensured the West Indies go into the weekend with two wins from two. after a hard-fought and at times nervy victory over a spirited Papua New Guinea. At one stage a monumental upset seemed to be on the cards, but from the precariousness of 58/4 chasing PNG’s 200, Holder and his resolute No.3 Shai Hope took the West Indies home with 46 balls and six wickets to spare.Choosing to bat, PNG got off to a nightmare start, losing Vagi Morea to a run out – Holder’s day starting as it would go on – from the third ball of their innings. Assad Vala hit a valiant 57 and Norman Vanua a frenetic 35 at number 10, but Carlos Brathwaite’s maiden ODI five-for helps West Indies. SCOTLAND BEAT NEPALScotland made it three wins from three in Group B and guaranteed their spot in the Super Sixes after an impressive all-round bowling display and unbeaten 88 from captain Kyle Coetzer inspired a four-wicket victory over Nepal, who are still waiting for their first win the tournament.advertisementAt 71/1 in pursuit of Nepal’s 149 all out, Scotland appeared to be cruising. But a mini-collapse of five wickets for 51 runs ensured an exciting finish at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, with Coetzer emerging the hero. HONG KONG BEAT AFGHANISTANAfghanistan’s fortunes did not change, as the skies opened to bring an early end to their chase Hong Kong’s total of 241/8. Anshuman Rath and the lower-order batsmen that guided Hong Kong, as Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi pick up three wickets each for Afghanistan. Mohammad Nabi and unbeaten Dawlat Zadran tried their best to take their team home ,but falling wickets at regular intervals dented Afghanistan’s chances when rain stopped pay. Ehsan Khan for Hong Kong was the danger man, as he wrecked havoc as he picked up four wickets for just 33 runs. UAE BEAT NETHERLANDS A five-for for Rohan Mustafa and a half-century from Chirag Suri led United Arab Emirates to a comfortable six-wicket win over the Netherlands to boost their hopes of qualifying from their group.Rohan Mustafa picked up 5/26 to headline an impressive bowling display for UAE as Netherlands were bowled out for just 176. Wesley Barresi and Max O’Dowd got off to a promising start as the pair added 52 runs for the opening wicket. UAE didn’t have everything their own way during their pursuit of 177, at one point losing three wickets for the addition of just 14 runs to leave them 84/4. Opener Chirag Suri and wicket-keeper Ghulam Shabber added 57 for the second wicket to take UAE home.(With inputs from ICC)last_img read more

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‘Liverpool more unpredictable without Coutinho’

first_imgLiverpool Klopp sees Liverpool as more ‘unpredictable’ without Coutinho Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 00:24 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Newcastle United Newcastle United Jürgen Klopp Videos The Brazilian’s January departure could have destabilised the Reds, but the man in charge at Anfield has been delighted with his side’s reaction Jurgen Klopp has praised Liverpool’s attacking players for quickly filling the gap left by Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona and making the Reds more “unpredictable”.Coutinho’s on-off move to Camp Nou finally came to fruition during the January transfer window as the Catalan giants stumped up €120 million, potentially rising to €160m, for the Brazil international.Despite leaving a big hole in Liverpool’s squad, Klopp’s side have been in impressive form, winning four and drawing one of their last five matches – including a thrilling Premier League victory over the previously unbeaten Manchester City. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The form of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane has particularly caught the eye, the trio all on target against West Ham last weekend and in their Champions League thrashing of Porto.Klopp is not surprised to see how his squad have evolved, though, and expects it to continue in the final months of the campaign. “Phil Coutinho was a very dominant player in our game, when we weren’t at our best it was a good idea to give him the ball,” Klopp told a pre-match news conference ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Newcastle United at Anfield.”When he didn’t play we had to do the job differently.”I’m really happy with the reaction from the boys, they’ve stepped up.”We wanted to keep Phil, he decided differently and I am happy that it has worked quite well so far.”They are smart enough to use good players in the team. They were smart enough to use Phil, now they are smart enough to use each other. It makes us a bit more unpredictable. “We have developed since January, but we have to do it again and again.”last_img read more

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Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq stuns reporter with cheeky response to ‘Tuk Tuk problem’

first_img Next Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq stuns reporter with cheeky response to ‘Tuk Tuk problem’Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, addressing a press conference ahead of the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka in Karachi, responded to a reporter’s tricky question with the nonchalance he was known for during his playing days. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 26, 2019UPDATED: September 26, 2019 09:09 IST Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq addresssed the press a day ahead of their 1st ODI vs Sri Lanka in Karachi (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMisbah-ul-Haq addressed the press ahead of 1st ODI vs Sri LankaPakistan host Sri Lanka in a historic limited-over series from September 27Misbah-ul-Haq took over as head coach and chief selector of Pakistan earlier this yearA reporter on Wednesday tried to put Misbah-ul-Haq into a tricky situation by asking the new Pakistan’s new head coach about the issue of not-so-impressive strike rate of the Pakistan batsmen. However, Misbah’s response to the “Tuk Tuk problem” stunned the reporter and cracked up the rest at the press conference.Former Pakistan cricketer and the newly-appointed coach Misbah was addressing a press conference on Wednesday when a reporter asked him about the ‘tuk tuk’ batting approach (slow batting approach) of the Pakistan batmen. Misbah was speaking to the press ahead of Pakistan’s 1st ODI vs Sri Lanka in Karachi.The question was: “There has been more of tuk tuk than hard hitting. The cricketers have scored centuries off 235 balls or more. Even in your time, as a batsman even you approach was more of tuk tuk than hard hitting. So as the new head coach and batting coach will you allow these players to continue with the tuk tuk?”Responding to the question, Misbah said, “In my opinion, there is a lot of stress on tuk tuk in your question.””I think you did not get the car today. Or maybe you were taught to come up with this question in order to anger the head coach.”Pakistan are set to play Sri Lanka in three-match ODI series and three Twenty20s at home. It is the first time since Sri Lanka’s team bus was attacked by terrorists in Lahore in 2009 that a foreign team will conduct a two-week tour of Pakistan. Major teams have avoided Pakistan since that ambush, which killed eight people and injured several players.advertisementHowever, 10 of Sri Lanka’s best players pulled out of the series due to security concerns including ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga.Meanwhile, Misbah also said Sri Lanka’s top players should have come for the limited-overs series in Pakistan after being assured of head-of-state-like security by the government.”Being a cricketer everyone’s life is very precious,” Misbah said on Wednesday. “We are also here, rest of the players are also here … I think they should have had considered it when the government is giving assurances.”Also Read | Misbah-ul-Haq says top Sri Lanka players should not have pulled outAlso See:For 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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan vs Sri LankaFollow Misbah-ul HaqFollow Pakistan cricket teamlast_img read more

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Quebec man indicted in officers stabbing at Flint Mich airport

first_imgFLINT, Mich. – A Tunisia native who lives in Quebec repeated the Arabic phrase for “God is great” prior to his arraignment Wednesday in the stabbing of a police officer at an airport in Flint.Amor Ftouhi said “Allahu Akbar” before the proceeding started Wednesday in federal court in Flint, according to The Flint Journal.He was indicted earlier Wednesday on charges of committing an act of violence at an international airport and interfering with airport security.Ftouhi, 49, of Montreal, is accused of stabbing Bishop International Airport police Lt. Jeff Neville in the neck June 21 with a large knife.Authorities have said Ftouhi referenced killings in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and yelled “Allahu Akbar” at the time Neville was attacked. The attack was being investigated as a possible act of terrorism.Bishop airport is about 80 kilometres northwest of Detroit.The FBI has said Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, N.Y., on June 16. The FBI said he bought a knife in the U.S.Prior to the attack, Ftouhi spent some time in public, unsecured areas of the airport before going to a restroom where he dropped two bags before attacking Neville with a 30-centimetre knife that had a 20-centimetre serrated blade, according to the FBI.Neville fought back and took Ftouhi to the ground as other officers arrived to help.Neville, who has since been released from a hospital, attended an Independence Day parade Tuesday in Fenton, near Flint.He described the stabbing as “a sneak attack … from the back.”“Who’s got eyes in the back of their head?” Neville told WNEM-TV. “There was absolutely no warning.”The time from the start of the attack to when Ftouhi was restrained probably took about 10 seconds, Neville said.last_img read more

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Akwesasne residents punished by CBSA for standing up for rights Grand Chief

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Akwesasne the daily commute to work for one woman landed her in a legal battle with the Canada Border Services Agency.It’s a case that could have implications for other Akwesasne residents.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.last_img

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Canadian inflation rate ticks up

OTTAWA — Canada’s inflation rate crept up one-tenth of a point to the Bank of Canada’s preferred level of two per cent last month as the cost of most consumer items rose moderately.The big surprise in a generally flat report from Statistics Canada was that energy costs — once the prime mover to some sharp fluctuations in the consumer price index — have become a non-factor in the overall annual inflation picture.For the first time since October 2009, energy costs rose at a lower rate than the overall index with a tiny 1.1% increase from last year.Statistics Canada noted that gasoline had been rising in recent months, pushing April’s gasoline index to its highest level since July 2008, but that on a year-to-year basis, the increase was the smallest since September 2010. That’s because gasoline prices hit near record levels last April, it said.On a monthly tracking, consumer prices rose 0.4% in April from March as the cost of gasoline increased by 3.2% in a month. It was the fourth consecutive time that prices have risen by the same amount on a monthly basis. Regionally, inflation was highest in Newfoundland at three per cent and lowest in Alberta, where the annual rate dipped to 0.8% on falling costs for electricity and natural gas.In April, prices rose year-over-year in all eight of the major groups that Statistics Canada tracks, led by transportation, which increased by 3.4%, and food, which cost 2.5% more.Other major contributors to inflation included the price of passenger vehicles, 3.4% higher than last year, and gasoline, up 3.3%.As well, household operations, furnishings and equipment rose 2.6%, clothing and footwear increased 2.4 per cent, car insurance costs were up 3.6%, and shelter costs edged up 1.1%.There were some big outright declines in the prices. Natural gas fell 13.9%, fresh vegetables 9.9%, video equipment 12.8%, and computer equipment, software and supplies decreased 6.6%.The report will cause few concerns at the Bank of Canada, whose mandate is to keep inflation as close to two per cent as possible and within a band of one-to-three per cent. The central bank’s core inflation index — excluding volatile items such as energy and some fresh foods — rose two-tenths of a point to 2.1, but was still well within the comfort zone.Bank governor Mark Carney had cited building inflation pressures as one factor in his signal last month that he may be eyeing raising interest rates in the near future, but analysts believe the state of the economy, rather than consumer prices, will be the key factor in any decision from the central bank.The Canadian Press read more

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St Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments up 18 per cent in first half

MONTREAL — The St. Lawrence Seaway is recovering from the worst cargo season in years with an unexpected resurgence in exports of iron ore and grain in the first half of the shipping year.Cargo shipments increased 18 per cent between March 20 and July 31 from a year ago to 16 million tonnes, according to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.Momentum that started last fall has continued through the first half of the year, said Seaway CEO Terence Bowles.“The main drivers have been U.S. iron ore and Canadian grain exports along with domestic demand for steel, salt, and construction materials,” he said in a release.Iron ore shipments grew 68 per cent to 3.7 million tonnes to meet higher demand from Japan and China for the key ingredient in steelmaking. An export program started last year and higher prices spurred activity a year after weak conditions curtailed exports, said Julia Fields of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.U.S. iron ore pellets loaded at Minnesota ports by Canadian carriers are shipped through the seaway to the Port of Quebec, where they are transferred to larger ocean-going vessels.“The economies of Canada and the United States have generally improved since the spring of 2016, and that’s also reflected in the increase in some of the other cargo categories,” she wrote in an email.Seaway salt shipments from Ontario and Quebec mines rose 42 per cent to 1.4 million tonnes.Canadian grain shipments were up nine per cent to 3.1 million tonnes as last fall’s harvest in the Prairies and Ontario was sent to overseas markets.The Port of Thunder Bay, the main Great Lakes gateway for Prairie grain, shipped 350,000 tonnes more grain than usual as of July 31.Total traffic at the Port of Windsor was up nearly 20 per cent, with much of the traffic being shipped on foreign vessels.“We had anticipated a slight recovery after the downturn in 2016, but these numbers have exceeded our projections,” said Windsor Port CEO David Cree.The size of this fall’s grain harvest will be a factor in determining total shipments through the seaway during the rest of the season.Total cargo passing through the seaway fell to a seven-year low last year, with tonnage slipping 3.4 per cent to 35 million tonnes. An increase in grains and liquid bulk volumes failed to offset a 13 per cent drop in iron ore and nearly 10 per cent decreases in coal and dry bulk goods.Slowing growth in China had previously curtailed international cargo demand, which hasn’t been able to keep up with a surge in the number of vessels after a shipbuilding boom between 2002 and 2008.Meanwhile, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority said Tuesday that cargo passing through the port increased four per cent to 69 million tonnes, with mid-year records in bulk grain and containers.Container traffic grew 9.6 per cent to a record 1.6 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalents) due to a strengthening economy and global demand for Canadian products and higher demand in Canada for consumer and manufacturing goods from Asia. Grains were up 55 per cent as bulk grain marked its sixth consecutive year of record mid-year volumes. read more

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Spam maker Hormel bulks up by buying Muscle Milk maker CytoSport for

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Candice Choi And Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Posted Jul 1, 2014 7:34 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The maker of Spam is bulking up on its protein with Muscle Milk.Hormel Foods is paying $450 million to acquire CytoSport, which owns Muscle Milk sports nutrition drinks, bars and powders. The move builds on Hormel’s push to expand beyond its stable of packaged meats, which include Dinty Moore stews and its namesake chili, with different kinds of protein. Last year, the company also added Skippy peanut butter to its lineup.Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger said people are increasingly looking for portable, easy-to-eat products packed with protein. It’s why the company recently introduced Rev snack wraps that contain meat and cheese, and Skippy Singles, which are portion-controlled packs of the peanut butter.As for Muscle Milk, Ettinger said in a phone interview that the brand’s customers tend to be younger and have expanded beyond serious athletes over the years. He noted that the drink is advertised on college campuses, for instance, and that students often drink it as a replacement for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.“There are so many meals and quasi-meals that are consumed on the go now,” he said.Americans have been looking to boost their protein intake in recent years, and packaged food makers have been responding by adding it to a wide array of products. General Mills Inc. even recently rolled out a version of Cheerios with extra protein and offers versions of its Nature Valley granola bars with protein.The demand for protein is showing up in the drinks as well. PepsiCo’s Gatorade has a “post-game recovery” drink with 16 grams of protein. And last year, Coca-Cola Co. bought a stake in the maker of Core Power, which is marketed as a post-workout recovery drink.Muscle Milk, which does not contain any milk, is shelf-stable but is usually sold chilled in convenience stores, where it generates 30 per cent of its total sales.Hormel’s canned meats, meanwhile, haven’t exactly been a booming growth area despite their protein content. In the latest quarter, the company said sales of its grocery products were flat, with Spam suffering a decline. Its refrigerated foods such as Black Label bacon fared better, reflecting the trend toward foods people feel are fresher.The company, based in Austin, Minnesota, said private-equity firm TSG Consumer Partners will sell its stake in CytoSport, which is based in Benicia, California.CytoSport founders Greg and Mike Pickett, who are father and son, will still be involved in day-to-day operations. For 2014, Hormel said it expects sales of CytoSport to be about $370 million. The deal will add about 5 cents per share to its fiscal 2015 earnings, the company said.Shares of Hormel Foods Corp. slipped 14 cents to $49.21.The deal is expected to close within 30 days.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi Spam maker Hormel bulks up by buying Muscle Milk maker CytoSport for $450M read more

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Brock staff alumni honoured by JCI St Catharines

When Cara Boese attended her first Jaycees meeting more than a decade ago, she didn’t realize the impact it would have on her life.She joined the St. Catharines Jaycees in 2006 as a fairly new Niagara resident in an effort to learn more about the area and to get involved in the local community. On the same night she joined, Boese offered to chair the service group’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.“I didn’t know I had just signed up to run a major city event with 4,000 kids and 75,000 eggs,” she recalled. “It was definitely a sink-or-swim moment.”Swim she did. Boese, now Brock’s Director of Co-op, Career and Experiential Education, has been involved with the Jaycees ever since, participating in several committees and boards, and acting as a mentor to new members.Now known as Junior Chamber International (JCI), the non-profit organization provides leadership and professional development opportunities to young active citizens age 18 to 40 to create sustainable impact in their communities.JCI St. Catharines recently honoured Boese with the Senator’s Dedicated Service Award in appreciation of her passion, energy and long-term service to the organization.Boese was one of several Brock employees and alumni who were recognized at the JCI St. Catharines Awards Night Nov. 30.Jesse Barraza (BSc ’04, BSc ’06, MEd ’11), Student-Athlete Services Co-ordinator for Brock Sports, was awarded Member of the Year and Committee of the Year for the Victory Cup Golf Tournament, and Dana Monterosso (BA ’14), Recruitment Officer, Market Development for Brock’s Registrar’s Office, won Rookie of the Year. Brock alumnus Steve Boese (BA ’06) received Project of the Year for Wishlist, a community event that raised 14,000 pounds of food in four hours, becoming Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold’s second-largest one-day event.Dana Monterosso (BA ’14), Recruitment Officer, Market Development for Brock’s Registrar’s Office, is the 2017 recipient of the JCI St. Catharines Rookie of the Year Award.At the 2017 National Awards for JCI Canada, Crispin Bottomley (BA ’04, BEd ’05) was awarded Best Local President and was elected Executive Vice-President for JCI Canada. Barraza was also honoured at the national level as Best New Member.JCI is an important part of its members’ lives. In addition to providing opportunities to create positive change in the community, members cultivate transferable skills, gain new experiences, develop business and community partnerships and form new friendships.The involvement Cara Boese has had in JCI also provided her with an opportunity to lead by example. While some people may reduce their community involvement once they have children, Boese continued to push forward.“It was very important to me that my children understood what it meant to be an active citizen in their community,” she said. “JCI has been part of their upbringing; getting involved in community events that better our city is something they know to be important.”Boese attended her last JCI St. Catharines event last week. Once a member turns 40, it’s expected that they’ll move on to other organizations, bringing with them their experience and knowledge.She recently took on an executive role with Niagara Business Group, but is still deciding what her next steps will be in her ‘JCI retirement,’ she said.Looking back at her past 12 years with JCI, Boese recommends that people get involved with organizations they can be passionate about.“It doesn’t seem like work if you are passionate about the organization,” Boese said. “It rounds out your life in a fulfilling way, knowing that your contributions can make a difference.” read more

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Braxton Miller to be a game time decision against California

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) hands the ball off during a game against Buffalo Aug. 31, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.Credit: Ritika Shah / Assistant photo editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer said whether or not to play Braxton Miller will be a game time decision for Saturday’s matchup against California (1-1).Meyer said he remains fairly optimistic Miller will be available come game time. Miller left last weekend’s win over San Diego State with a sprained left MCL, but has been practicing in limited fashion this week with a support on his injured knee.“(His knee’s) a little unstable. He’s getting used to that brace,” Meyer said Wednesday after practice.Meyer also said he and his staff would have a better sense of Miller’s progress as the week went on, but that ultimately the decision of who will start at quarterback will be made near the time of Saturday’s kickoff.When asked, Meyer did not rule out the possibility of starting redshirt-senior backup quarterback Kenny Guiton.Some of Miller’s defensive teammates said he looked decent on the practice field this week.“Braxton looks good, I’ve seen him throw the ball a few times. I think he’s really just focused on getting back so he can be ready,” said senior safety Christian Bryant.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said Miller has not been testing his knee the past couple of days, but he has been working on other facets of his game.“He looked like Braxton, throwing the ball and everything. He didn’t really do too much running.”Aside from the questionable status of their signal caller’s left knee, multiple players said they are right where they want to be in preparation for their first road test of the season.“We’ve been locked in since Tuesday,” Bryant said, then added the team had “great practices” both Tuesday and Wednesday.Shazier said the first road game of the year is a good test for the underclassmen on the squad.“We’re just going to see how some of the guys (react) going on the road to another environment,” Shazier said. “It’s going to help us build for this season, for when we have to travel.”OSU is set to take on the Golden Bears at 7 p.m. Saturday in Berkeley, Calif. read more

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Judge catches disability discrimination couple speeding on their mobility scooters

first_img“His latest gripe is that he wants a pre payment meter installed but only at a certain height.”I am not prepared to be intimidated with threats of disability discrimination.This man concedes has the money to pay so why hasn’t he and stopped these proceedings.”If it is is about principles then principles are a food you can choke on.”I have seen with my own eyes these people outside court and so what they can do?”At an earlier hearing Hughes said he would appeal to a higher court but there is no recourse to appeal in such proceedings.Hughes told the earlier hearing: “They can cut me off and I will freeze to death with my partner and my sensory dog Jake.”Hughes did not attend the latest hearing when the warrant was granted.The judge told British Gas to act as quickly as possible. If it is is about principles then principles are a food you can choke on. I have seen with my own eyes these people outside court and so what they can do?District Judge Gary Garland 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. The judge granted British Gas a warrant to enter the couple’s home to install a prepayment meter and described a 15-page email Hughes had sent to court as “tripe”.”Mr Hughes has got away without paying his British Gas bill for over ten years. I am amazed the supplier has allowed this to carry on for so long. A sharp-eyed judge rumbled a couple who claimed they were victims of disability benefit when he caught them speeding on their mobility scooters during a court break. Former Royal Artillery gunner David Hughes, 58, and his partner Wendy ran up a bill of over £10,000 by refusing to pay British Gas for over a decade.When Hughes, of Annesley Avenue, Blackpool, appeared in court he told District Judge Gary Garland that he was registered  blind  and could not read documents sent to him.Then his partner collapsed in court with apparent breathing problems and paramedics had to be called in.But Judge Garland revealed that during a break in proceedings at Blackpool Magistrates Court he came across Hughes and his partner.”They were speeding along the footpath in their electric buggies both of them smoking cigarettes,” he told Blackpool, Lancs magistrates court.”Mr Hughes’ partner seemed fit and healthy.When they saw me they immediately slowed down.”last_img read more

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Victims engulfed in ash as volcano kills at least 15

first_imgINDONESIAN OFFICIALS HAVE been searching through thick ash for bodies today after Mount Sinabung volcano erupted, killing at least 15 people.Scorching clouds engulfed victims during the eruption on Saturday, leaving rescuers with little hope of finding survivors as they searched through ash up to 30 centimetres (12 inches) thick.About 170 people, including from the military and police, armed with chainsaws and oxygen apparatus spread out through apocalyptic-like destruction in Sukameriah village, officials said.Sukameriah, just 2.7 kilometres from Sinabung’s crater, is located in the “red zone” around the volcano, where human activities are strictly banned, disaster official Tri Budiarto said. Residents had been evacuated.‘No sign of life’“It’s very dangerous and completely out of bounds. But many of the tourists still secretly went to the area to take photographs,” Budiarto added.An Indonesian soldier runs on an ash-covered road as he searches for victims. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) The first team to enter the village on Sunday morning emerged 15 minutes later empty-handed, a correspondent there said.“There’s no sign of human life. All the crops were gone. Many houses were damaged and those still standing were covered in thick white ash. It was hard to walk in ash which nearly reached my calves,” Gito, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP.He added: We didn’t find bodies but we picked up a bag belonging to one of the victims. The cellphone was ringing.Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency, was unable to put a figure to the number of people still missing, but said there was a “chance” that the death toll might rise.People search for victims. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) “A body was spotted near a tree, but we have yet to evacuate (it),” he said.SurvivorsOfficials said finding survivors was unlikely.“I doubt it would be possible for anyone to survive the heat clouds yesterday. So far, we have not found any more bodies,” said Lieutenant Colonel Asep Sukarna, who led the search operation.The volcano on the western island of Sumatra started erupting in September, but on Saturday spewed hot rocks and ash 2,000 metres (16,00 feet) into the air, blanketing the surrounding countryside with grey dust.A motorbike covered in dust from the volcano. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) Fourteen people — mainly local tourists, including four secondary school students on a sightseeing trip — were killed by lethal heat clouds which cascaded down the volcano.A 24-year-old man who was accompanying his father to pay respects at the graves of their relatives died from his injuries early on Sunday, raising the death toll to 15, Nugroho said.Search operationTwo other people are being treated for serious burns at a local hospital.Officials warned that the threat of more searing heat clouds and weather conditions may affect search operations.A man weeps after identifying a victim of the volcano. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) “It’s cloudy today so we worry that it might rain,” Karo district spokesman Robert Peranginangin said. “If it rains, the area will be muddy and hard to walk, so we will have to stop search and rescue.”Officials are also putting up more signs to warn people not to enter the area, officials said.Mount Sinabung is one of 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia that straddle major tectonic fault lines, known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.The country’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, killed more than 350 people in a series of eruptions in 2010.- © AFP, 2014Read: Hello, world: New island off Japan coast after volcano eruption > Read: Volcano erupts 30 times in one day >last_img read more

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Biped robot walks a tightrope unaided

first_imgAbout a year ago we reported on an amazing little robot that was capable of riding a bike at speeds of 6mph unaided. It was the creation of Dr. Guero, and was just as memorable for the way the robot braked (both feet down on the ground) as it was for the way it managed to remain balanced while pedaling.Now Dr. Guero is back, and this time he’s created a robot that can walk a tightrope unaided. The bike riding robot was called PRIMER V2, but for tightrope walking we present you PRIMER V4.Dr. Guero created the new robot by modifying a Kondo KHR-3HV robot to give it foot grooves. They sit over the 4mm-thick steel wire the robot slides its feet along while maintaining balance using its arms. The original arms have been replaced to be lighter, but maintain the same length. They react to an inclination sensor in order to make quick, micro movements and allow the body to remain balanced.The end result is rather impressive. At no point does the robot look in any danger of falling off the tightrope, but the arms are hard at work the entire time ensuring balance is maintained.If you are wondering what happened to PRIMER V3, that was Dr. Guero’s first attempt at a robot that could walk while balancing itself. It worked, but required a surface big enough for its feet to stand on. However, it is still very impressive as the video below shows.Read more at AI & Robot (translated), via Gizmaglast_img read more

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I can feel the tension the worry Niall Tubridy on what its

first_img‘I can feel the tension, the worry’: Niall Tubridy on what it’s like to give people a serious diagnosis The MS expert and brother of RTÉ broadcaster Ryan Tubridy has written a new book about his career. By Aoife Barry Short URL Apr 14th 2019, 8:01 PM 6 Comments I love the stories, and some are slightly bordering on the sad and some are not so sad. Some are weird: symptoms a lot of us have a lot of the time. A lot of us wake up with a numb hand now and again, shake it off and move on, but other people obviously can’t. Share18 Tweet Email1 A PAINTER WHO believes her left hand is her guardian angel. A man who feels like his head is exploding every time he orgasms. A chef who loses his memory for six hours.As a neurologist, Professor Niall Tubridy has come across all sorts of fascinating and strange cases. The brother of RTÉ broadcaster Ryan, Niall – who works in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin – followed in their psychiatrist father Patrick’s footsteps by working in the medical industry (their grandfather was a GP).Now he has written a book called Just One More Question: Stories From A Life In Neurology, about the types of cases he’s come across in his work, but also about what he’s learned from neurology. It’s a book that will fascinate you with the patients’ tales (they’re amalgamated and anonymised) but leave you at the end pondering the notion of what life really is. The nature of lifeAs a young man, Tubridy wrote stories, but when a couple of people told him they weren’t very good, he gave up the pursuit. Later in life, he decided it was time to put pen to paper again. Every day, Tubridy has to break news about diagnoses to people. He has to tell them things they might not want to hear. His approach has evolved over the years, and he’s also learned that each person is so individual in terms of what they want to be told. He sees himself as trying to unravel the stories of people’s conditions. At first, his career was about learning the ropes, and the more he worked the more he got interested in “what layers lie beneath” each diagnosis. https://jrnl.ie/4588167 Sunday 14 Apr 2019, 8:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 30,157 Views The older I get the more confident I am and clear about what I’m doing, the physical stuff, but the psychological stuff… [the] background to each person has become more fascinating.He says he learned from his ‘old school’ psychiatrist dad that the best approach was to “listen, listen, listen”.“And that’s something I’ve had to develop – I wouldn’t have been the world’s best,” he laughs. Like his brother, he’s a great chatter.  “My dad was certainly a big influence, just a kind guy. Whenever I saw myself doing the wrong thing, I tried to adopt more of his kind bits,” he says. ‘I can feel the tension, the stress, the worry’One of the most common diagnoses he has to give is MS, and it’s most often young people to whom he’s handing that news. “MS can present in myriad of ways but it still comes around to young, usually young, people having a weak arm or weak leg,” he says. It was easy to conflate the stories for the book, as the road to diagnosis tends to be similar.He tells between four and five people a week they have MS. “I can feel the tension, the stress, the worry. And there’s two steps: one of confirming the diagnosis and the next is what’s going to run through their heads.”Women often ask if they can have a family, while men will ask can they still work – “slightly old-fashioned” approaches, Tubridy acknowledges.The answer is usually yes to both. “And if it goes as bad as the worst case scenario can be, no one can do anything really about that,” he says.Most of the time it’s going to be OK and that’s what we’re here for – to try and treat, monitor, and there’s new treatments, new drugs. So I’m much more truly and honestly positive and optimistic about it. It’s the truth.He wants to show with the book that doctors have imperfections – they don’t always get it right. He is more confident with age, and says he has more insight, but can still get things wrong.“The didactic nature is altered I think even in my career so far, that we’ll just accept what the doctor says and that’s the way it is,” he says. “So thankfully that has changed.”Dr GoogleThen there’s Dr Google. Most people, before they get to his office, “have googled themselves up to the hilt”.Does he mind this? Not at all, as it turns out.People often come into him having “run themselves round in circles of clutter of worry” and need some direction. But sometimes there is no answer. In the book, he details how there are some cases where there is no concrete answer, where a case cannot be explained. He will tell people in these cases: “I’m maybe not sure what it is but I know it’s not MS, I know it’s not motor neurone, I don’t think you’ll end up in a wheelchair.”He says that works two ways – some people say that’s all they wanted to know. But others will tell him: “I never thought of this…”But he does think that constant internet use “has cluttered all our heads”, causing stress which might manifest in symptoms.So they say, ‘oh gosh, I’m getting tightness in my chest or pins and needles in my hands or my face’. Google that – they’re not going to get ‘you’re having a panic attack’ or [are] anxious, you’re going to get MS, wheelchair. Or at least that’s what I think our cognitive bias leads us to.Over the last three to four years it’s been “peak Dr Google”, where “people are now googling so early that they are finding themselves in a place of chassis and worry before they’ve even had time to think about it”.“Instead of talking to a friend or asking someone ‘could [this] be a tension headache, I’m stressed at work’, which we all get, rather [they think] ‘this is a brain tumour’. I don’t know when that changed but it seems to me to be more pervasive in the last say five years in particular, I don’t know why.”But he does admit that it is “quite frequent” that someone has googled their symptoms and pre-empted the correct diagnosis. “Say someone has a shake and they’re above the age of 70 they are going to Google and find Parkinsons and the chances are people are very savvy about this – they will go on YouTube and juxtapose a pic of themselves with their dad or grandad or Michael J Fox… and go ‘that’s what this looks like’ and they’ll be right nine times out of 10. They will go to their GP, he will have spotted it. And I’m only there to try and confirm it, so by that stage that’s really helpful for me.”This used to make him feel insecure – but he says it’s the opposite now. “I’d see it much more positive they are informed,” he says.   With some patients, the answer might just be doing nothing. They might be asked – given all their circumstances – if they can live with the situation for six months and monitor it, see how it goes. “And it’s not always the answer but it gives people great confidence to say right, I’m in control of this rather than the doctor being in control,” he says. That’s one of the biggest learnings for him: people want to feel in control of their lives.His only caveat is with something like MS, “if you go heavy complementary therapy and only complementary, there is no evidence to show it works so I would always go use the word complementary as an adjunct to other treatments”. He has seen an increased use of complementary treatments: “…cannabis oil, everything under the sun”, though sometimes people won’t admit what they’re taking.“But the psychology again is very important and if they feel it’s helping them, as long as they’re doing it in conjunction with a bit of conventionalism what’s lost?” he says. “I used to be a little bit sharp about it, I used to think it was wrong.” But he’s mellowed on this – within reason.What his work has shown him is that one day, his own brain will fall apart. “I like the reality of it,” he says. “And I just think this is it: one turn of the merry-go-round, so sometimes it can be a little bit bleak. But I think overall I’m quite an optimistic person.”I enjoy my job. If you see a lot of bleakness or badness you say gosh stop whinging about your broken car or your dodgy washing machine. You do worry a little bit less.Just One More Question is published by Penguin Ireland and in bookshops now.last_img read more

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No Joke Yakuza 7 Goes Full TurnBased JRPG

first_img It may have taken many years and lots of wasted money on celebrity English voices no one listens to, but Yakuza is now A Thing in America, dammit. Depending on how you look at it, Sega’s Yakuza series is either the Japanese answer to Grand Theft Auto, the actual successor to the Shenmue series, or something in-between. But regardless, recent entries in the franchise like Yakuza 6, Yakuza 0, and Yakuza Kiwami have seen worldwide success.So with the series in a better place than ever, Yakuza 7 is seriously changing things up. Check out this first trailer.Two constants in the Yakuza series have been protagonist Kazuma Kiryu and the Kamurocho setting. But that story is finished. Yakuza 7: Whereabouts of Light and Darkness ditches them both for a new hero and a new backdrop. The game follows recently released prisoner Ichiban Kasuga in Yokohama. Kamurocho was a dense environment but not exactly sprawling. Yokohama promises to be three times bigger.Even more shocking is the revamped combat system. Yakuza 7 replaces the 3D beat ‘em up fighting with a turn-based combat like something from a JRPG. Even the detective-themed Yakuza spin-off Judgment didn’t do anything this radical. The change is so huge Sega initially teased it with an April Fool’s Day Joke. But it’s real.Yakuza 7 launches in Japan in January 2020 and worldwide later that year. For all of its changes, we’re still holding out hope Majima makes some kind of an cameo. For more on Yakuza watch us play Yakuza 6 and check out the latest with Shenmue III. Sega Genesis Mini Heats Up Retro Console WarsHands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems Fine Stay on targetlast_img read more

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