Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming race

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rolex and the Championships, Wimbledon – partners in innovation UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor’s crossover from mixed martial arts to boxing has certainly caught a lot of attention—including that of the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps.The legendary swimmer recently took to Twitter and asked his 2.2 million followers if he should invite the Irish superstar to meet him at his domain.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’ PLAY LIST 02:28Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’01:12MMDA assures public: No escorts for Panelo’s commute challenge01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “All of this talk… Should we race as well??” Phelps wrote perhaps in jest, after he tagged McGregor’s Twitter account and shared an edited photo of the brash fighter wearing a swimming cap.All of this talk… Should we race as well?? @TheNotoriousMMA pic.twitter.com/l3JoMgb1qTFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 29, 2017center_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The 23-time gold medalist, of course, is no stranger to novelty sporting events, having recently participated in Discovery’s Shark Week special, where he lost to a Great White Shark.Phelps’ challenge would most likely not materialize, but it did get some netizens buzzing, as his post has been retweeted over 48,000 times as of this writing.Phelps retired from professional competition for the second and, perhaps, the last time in 2016, while McGregor is expected to return to the UFC in the coming months.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

Graduating Baniqued, Borlain reign in IronKids anew

first_imgQuirino closed in on Baniqued after falling behind by over a minute, making his chase in the run course with a time of 14:18. 2 PH kids earn slots to Bayern Munich training camp Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the reigning champion’s cushion was enough to get him past the finish line by just a millisecond to claim his fourth gold in Cebu.Adrian Thomas Dionisio placed third at 38:58Meanwhile, Tara Borlain extended her dynasty in the girls’ 13-14 category, running away with the crown with a time of 41:34The 14-year-old slowly pulled away from the field, clocking 6:27 in the swim, 20:19 in the bike, before putting an exclamation with her 14:50 time in the run course.Tara Borlain stays on top of the girls! pic.twitter.com/3R3IFf5jsdADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Photo finish for the boys! pic.twitter.com/UTmXTtnQX1— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Juan Francisco Baniqued. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Juan Francisco Baniqued and Tara Borlain capped off their careers in the youth circuit and once again topped the 2017 Alaska IronKids on Saturday morning at Shangri-La Mactan here.Baniqued edged Joseff Miguel Quirino in a photo finish in the boys’ 13-14 division as the two clocked an identical 38:50 to finish the swim-bike-run course.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017Nicole Marie Del Rosario was distant second at 45:21, while Marielle Estreba was at third with a 45:46 clocking.Hyonde Keum topped the boys’ 11-12 category as he finished the race in 35:28. Following him are Glendwyn Giles Mariscotes (36:22) and Matthew Justine Hermosa (36:40).Moira Frances Erediano won the girls’ 11-12 category, clocking in 34:25 to lead the field. Sophia Psalm Belican placed second (34:32) and Jeanna Mariel Cañete third (35:03).Beboy Dolen bested the boys’ 9-10 category with his time of 24:29, with John Christian Pabuaya (27:21) and Juan Alessandro Suarez (27:22) chasing him.Kira Ellis remained on top in the girls’ 9-10 category with her 28:16 clocking, outlasting second-placer Alexei Gunhuran (28:41) and third-placer Franchezka Borlain (30:04).Rafael Jopson conquered the boys’ 6-8 category with his time of 17:38, followed by Van Wincy Pagnanawon (18:02) and Ryonde Kum (19:57).Kyle Enialle Toledana paced the girls’ 6-8 category as she clocked 21:18, as she was chased by Eleora Caelle Avanzado (22:50) and Mireille Dee (25:21).Team Cebu protected the home floor as they won the Relay for 10-14 category with their time of 23:24, followed by two teams from TLTG/Omega 1 (24:26) and TLTG/ Omega 2 (25:16). View commentslast_img read more

Narendra Modi to today reply to criticism against President Pranab Mukherjee’s address

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra ModiWith the first session of the 16th Lok Sabha coming to end on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will respond to discussions and criticism against the motion of thanks on President’s address, in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.The PM is expected to speak in the Lok Sabha at 4pm and later in the Rajya Sabha, and outline the agenda of the government.Sushma Swaraj is expected to unfold the agenda of governance of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the Lok Sabha. This will be the first time she will defend the Modi government in the 16th Lok Sabha. The PM’s reply in the Rajya Sabha is likely to be a stormy one, as the BSP had staged a walkout from the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday to demand the dismissal of the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh over the Badaun gangrape and murder incident, and lawlessness in the state.In his address on Monday, the President laid out the priorities and goals of the Narendra Modi government. The speech also included a series of ambitious policy goals that had been laid out in the election manifesto of Mr Modi’s BJP, including the creation of 100 new cities and a revamp of the railway network.”The country is passing through an extremely difficult phase on the economic front,” said Mukherjee. “Putting the economy back on track is paramount for my government.”last_img read more

Owning a sports club, the new status symbol for the uber-rich

first_imgFor India’s richie rich, flaunting a sports club is the latest status symbol with the country’s billionaire’s led by Mukesh Ambani investing in teams ranging from cricket and hockey to badminton and now traditional kabaddi, according to Forbes magazine.India’s leading billionaire for the eighth year in a row, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Ambani, who along with his wife Nita, is ahead of the rest with his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians being worth an estimated $200 million, Forbes said. Forbes points out that RIL had picked up the Mumbai Indians cricket franchise for more than $110 million in 2008.The Ambanis are also looking at what they see as the next big thing: soccer, a sport that is popular in the country but in which the playing standard has been falling. The newly launched Indian Super League, in partnership with sports management firm IMG, made its debut in October with Brijmohan Lall Munjal’s Hero MotoCorp as the title sponsor.Mohit Burman, scion of the Burman family and ranked number 18 on Forbes India rich list, has three sports teams. In 2008, the Burman family, which runs the Dabur Consumer Goods empire, acquired a stake in the Kings XI Punjab cricket team at the inaugural auction of the IPL.The IPL tournament has generated $3.2 billion in sponsorship fees and broadcasting revenues over the years. Last year, the Burman family had picked up the Mumbai Magicians field hockey team and the Pune Pistons badminton team, the magazine added.Other billionaire IPL team owners include G.M. Rao, ranked 98th in the Forbes India rich list, who owns the Delhi Daredevils, and media magnate and SpiceJet promoter Kalanithi Maran (ranked 38), who owns the Sunrisers Hyderabad.advertisementElectronics and oil magnate Venugopal Dhoot and Sanjiv Goenka are among the eight franchise owners.Kabbadi recently got a fresh lease on life after Mahindra and Mahindra chairman and managing director Anand Mahindra (ranked 74th) created the Pro Kabbadi League in March. The inaugural edition of the Pro Kabbadi League has garnered 435 million TV viewers over the 37-day event. It is now the country’s second-most-viewed sporting tournament.Banker Uday Kotak (ranked15th) is a fellow team owner. Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, who has been dropped off the billionaires list because of the Kingfisher Airlines financial collapse, is not mentioned by Forbes but fits the trend. He owns the Royal Bangalore Challengers IPL team and has a stake in Mohan Bagan and East Bengal.last_img read more

Indian women’s football team set to play Malaysia under first-ever woman coach Maymol Rocky

first_imgThe Indian senior women’s team arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday to play two international friendlies against Malaysia.The first match is slated for July 29 while the second one is to be played on July 31. The team headed to Kuala Lumpur on the back of a 12-day Camp in Delhi.Head Coach Maymol Rocky, the first-ever woman coach of an Indian senior national team informed that the entire squad is “looking forward to the two matches.””The two matches will provide the girls valuable match experience which will help them in the future. An international match adds to your confidence and the entire squad is looking forward to it,” Rocky said.”I need to thank the AIFF for the two friendlies. Women’s Football in India has been on a high with the inaugural edition of the Indian Women’s League being a huge hit earlier this year,” she added. “That has added to the confidence of the girls as well.”Rocky becoming the coach of the Indian women’s team is a huge step and Rocky understands the significance of the task in her hand.”It is an honour and a privilege to be the Head Coach of the Senior Women’s National side. I know there is pressure on me to perform but ever since I took up coaching, it has always been a dream. The real job starts now,” said the former player. Striker Bala Devi, who has been declared the captain, rated Malaysia as a strong opponent and said they are confident and raring to go and perform. advertisement”They are a strong team. But we need to play better than them and we will try our best,” she stated. “We have practiced very hard and are raring to go.””The two matches will help us immensely and I need to thank the AIFF for providing us such an exposure tour,” she added.Devi said that the players feel very comfortable with Rocky but at the same time she is a hard task master.”It’s nice to be training under Maymol ma’am. Though there is always that comfort level with her, she has always been a hard task master. But we are not complaining as we understand that she wants us to be better players,” Devi expressed.The other players too are excited about the lady in charge.Forward Pyari Xaxa says, “It is really exciting to be able to play under her. She has been an inspiration during my age-group days and now even more, especially to all girls wanting to take up football.”Jabamani Tudu is happy with the familiarity of things.”I’ve played under Maymol ma’am earlier at the U-16 level. This will be helpful as I know what she expects of me.”Manipur has been like a factory supplying players to the women’s team and Kashmina is one such product.”Maymol ma’am was with us at the junior level and has helped my game a lot. She is strict but is the perfect guide,” Kashmina opines.Meanwhile, Ashalata Devi has been named the vice captain of the team.The 22-member squad is as follows:GOALKEEPERS: Panthoi Chanu, Roshini Devi.DEFENDERS: Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Umapati Devi, Dalima Chhibber, Radharani Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Tony Devi.MIDFIELDERS: Premi Devi, Prameshori Devi, Lochana Munda, Sanju, Mandakini Devi, Ritu Rani, Bindyarani Devi.STRIKERS: Bala Devi, Kamala Devi, Anju Tamang, Dangmei Grace, Pyari Xaxa, Kashmina.last_img read more

Satbir, Manorama win in Elite category at Cyclothon

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 5 (PTI) Satbir Singh and T Manorama Devi emerged victories in the Elite Mens and Elite Womens events of the National cycling championship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today.Rounding out the elite mens podium were Arvind Panwar from RSPB and SSCBs Krishna Naikodi, while Manipurs Sonali Chanu and Keralas Amrtiha Ragunathan finished with silver and bronze respectively in the womens elite race.”I would like to congratulate all the medallists at the National Cycling Championship. The 2017 edition had a strong field of the best 180 elite cyclists in the country,” said Onkar Singh, Secretary General, Cycling Federation of India.The 2017 edition of the National Championship was hosted by Saksham Pedal Delhi ? Indias Premier Cyclothon and it saw over 4500 cyclists participate in an atmosphere of gaiety and revelry.Based on the distance to be covered, the Cyclothon featured four categories ? Elite (Men ? 45 km/women – 27 km), Amateur (27 km), Open and the popular Green Ride.While the Elite and Amateur categories were for serious cyclists, the 9 km Open and the 5 km Green Rides allowed participants the experience the joy of cycling.Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan also participated in the 5 km Green Ride.The Cyclothon attracted participants from all walks of life including officials from various ministries, sports personalities, celebrities Farhan Akhtar, school and college children cycling professionals, amateurs and housewives.The Cyclothon under the banner of Saksham Pedal Delhi was organized by Petroleum Conservation & Research Association (PCRA), and supported by the oil companies viz. IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, ONGC, GAIL, OIL, MRPL, CPCL, NRL and IGL with technical guidance from Cycling Federation of India.advertisementAnother 76 such cyclothons are planned Pan-India over the next 2 months to sensitize the country to adopt the ideology of conservation for a greener environment. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

Elton John To Deliver Landmark Lecture On HIV In Remembrance Of Princess

first_imgThe Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on HIV will be delivered by Elton John in front of an invited audience of politicians, health workers, journalists, civil society leaders, celebrities, and people living with HIV, on June 8th, 2018 in London.The lecture was launched by United Kingdom’s National AIDS Trust (NAT) in 1999 as a living tribute to Princess Diana (who was a patron of NAT until her tragic death in 1997). This lecture is being delivered in partnership with Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and is supported by Gucci. Sir Elton follows in the footsteps of Kofi Annan and Bill Clinton who delivered previous NAT lectures in Diana’s memory in 1999 and 2001, respectively.During the lecture, Elton will set out a vision for an AIDS free future. He will call on governments and the private sector to show leadership and accountability in order to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to end AIDS by 2030. He will also reflect on his close friendship with Princess Diana and their shared commitment to ending HIV.Elton said, “I am delighted to be able to deliver this lecture and to remember the enormous contribution Diana, Princess of Wales made to this cause. In the quarter century since the Elton John AIDS Foundation was established, the global AIDS fight has changed beyond recognition. Yet tolerance and courage has never been more important in the fight to create an AIDS-free generation and make the world a more accepting place for those living with HIV.”Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of NAT said, “It’s an honor to have Sir Elton John deliver our Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on HIV. In our 30th year, it is particularly timely to focus on the challenges ahead in the fight against HIV, as well as paying tribute to the lasting impact of Princess Diana’s work.“2018 is a critical time in the global HIV epidemic. We have all the tools we need to beat HIV, yet we lack the level of investment or political priority necessary to use them fully. We are delighted that Sir Elton John, who has enormous credibility in this battle, will be speaking on this subject.”Anne Aslett, Executive Director of EJAF UK said, “The Elton John AIDS Foundation has been a supporter of the National AIDS Trust from its inception. We share a commitment to ending AIDS in the UK and around the world. Today, we are at a critical inflection point where we can commit to consigning this disease to history, or we will blight another generation with death and loss.”last_img read more

HAVE A PROJECT IN THE WORKS PITCH IT AT THE HOT DOCS

first_img Facebook Have a project in the works?Want to pitch it in front of the world’s most influential industry decision makers?Applications for the 2019 HotDocs Forum close on January 7! North America’s most effective international documentary market, the Hot Docs Forum is a dynamic pitching event that stimulates international co-production financing.Taking place over two days, pre-selected international projects are presented to a round table of leading commissioning editors, film fund representatives, financiers, programming executives and delegates from around the globe. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Any filmmaker with a feature, broadcast-length, series and cross-platform project can apply.HOW IT WORKSSeven-minute pitch…eight-minute feedback…endless potential.Selected documentary producers pitch their projects to a room of over 200 key international decision makers and accredited observers.CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION last_img read more

Top UN envoy condemns suicide blast in Afghanistan

10 July 2007The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan has expressed his outrage over today’s terrorist attack in Uruzgan province resulting in several deaths and injuries, stating that such utter disregard for innocent lives is “staggering” and makes a “mockery” of recent statements indicating concern for the safety of civilians. “In no culture, no country, and no religion is there any excuse or justification for mass murder,” Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tom Koenigs, said in a statement. Mr. Koenigs, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), added that today’s incident underscores UNAMA’s deep concern about the use of suicide attacks. He voiced particular concern at reports of a large number of children being among the dead, and noted that the mission has “stressed repeatedly the need for all sides in this conflict to do their utmost to prevent harm coming to civilians.”Mr. Koenigs said today’s attack represents a “heavy violation” of international humanitarian and human rights laws, and stressed that those behind it must be held responsible. Afghanistan has witnessed a string of attacks in recent weeks, constituting some of the worst violence since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, including an attempt on the life of President Hamid Karzai, the bombing of a bus carrying police trainers, shootings outside a girls’ school and the murder of prominent female Afghan journalists.Today’s attack also drew criticism from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), whose Representative in Afghanistan spoke out against continued attacks against schools and schoolchildren. “UNICEF is concerned by these incidents and the intimidation in some communities aimed at stopping families from sending children to school,” Catherine Mbengue said in a statement. “Schools of course are a visible sign of reconstruction and progress, and there are those who perhaps fear such progress.” Over the past couple of days, rockets fired by militants struck a primary school in Kunar province, killing one child instantly and injuring three other children, and a school in Ghor province was burnt down. UNICEF continues to be in discussion with local leaders, village elders and religious leaders to identify ways in which education can be continued, she said, adding that the agency stands ready to support any initiative “that will keep children learning in safety.” read more

Amedeo Della Valle ready to contribute in year 2 as a Buckeye

Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle (33) watches his shot during an exhibition game against Walsh Nov. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 93-63.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternAt times during the 2012-13 Ohio State basketball season, Amedeo Della Valle wasn’t sure if being in Columbus — more than 4,400 miles from his hometown of Alba, Italy — was for him.“I’m here by myself,” Della Valle said at OSU Media Day Oct. 10. “I don’t have family with me, so it’s not the easiest thing to do.”The sophomore sharpshooter spent the summer back home, earning Most Valuable Player honors during the U20 European Championship after averaging 13.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while playing with his Italian team. Della Valle said although his lack of playing time last season was tough, he decided to come back because of assurances from the coaching staff and the relationship he has with his teammates, who he calls his “best friends.”“Coach (Thad) Matta’s a great coach, not just as a coach, as a person (too), and coach (Chris) Jent was here too, so sometimes when I wasn’t playing, I used to talk to them and be like, ‘What am I doing wrong?’” Della Valle said at Media Day. “They would tell me, ‘It’s not just about being ready today. We know what kind of player you can be, so just work hard on your game.’”Jent has since joined the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, but Della Valle continued to work hard in the offseason. It paid off, as he logged 21 minutes in OSU’s 93-63 exhibition victory over Walsh Sunday, totaling 13 points.“I like his confidence. Amedeo is a young man who cares about the welfare of the team,” Matta said after the win. “He wants to do everything he can do to help this team win; I put that in higher regard than a lot of things that happen.”The 6-foot-5-inch 190 pound sophomore has never been shy about taking his shot when it is there, hoisting 26 3-pointers last season while only averaging 7.2 minutes per game. Spending the majority of his time toward the end of the bench during his freshman year was because of one simple thing.“Definitely defense,” Della Valle said at Media Day. “Definitely wasn’t surprised that defense was something I had to work on, because I’ve never been a great defender my whole life. You just look at your teammates and what they do, and how they do it, and you just try to see yourself doing that.”His defense might have improved, but the Buckeyes could need Della Valle’s help offensively more than they think as they try to replace 2012-13 Big Ten leading scorer Deshaun Thomas, who left following the 2012 season for the NBA.Junior forward LaQuinton Ross said he thinks Della Valle can certainly be that guy because of how he’s always been able to score.“I would say Amedeo has probably been one of the most consistent guys since he’s been here as far as scoring the ball,” Ross said at Media Day. “What he did overseas this year with his Italian League was incredible … I think he’s one of the best scorers.”Della Valle made three of the Buckeyes’ four 3-pointers in Sunday’s win, something Matta said he was pleased with, even though shooting from the behind the arc might not be what the team is looking for a lot this year.“Obviously shooting the ball is very, very important to us in terms of percentage and that sort of thing,” Matta said. “Fortunately for us, (Amedeo) knocked down some threes. But we didn’t attempt a lot of them, which is good.”The Italian, though, said going away from the outside shot is not necessarily the team’s mindset.“I feel like that’s not the plan, or something we are focused on. I think we are focused on running the right play, and taking the right shots,” Della Valle said Sunday. “You don’t want to take a forced three — I mean the threes that I shot, I was open, so I had to take those shots.”At Media Day, Matta said replacing Thomas is going to be a team effort this season. That was clear in the win against Walsh, as Della Valle was one of five players who scored in double figures.“I don’t think we necessarily need somebody that shoots 20 shots per game or averages 30 points,” Della Valle said. “But I feel like we have enough scorers, enough players to make plays.”Della Valle believes he is one of those players, and said he is excited to be on the court more this winter after a “fun” first year as a Buckeye.“I’m lucky,” Della Valle said at Media Day. “It was definitely fun, and it was definitely a good freshman year. It helped me a lot. I feel like if I would have played more, I would have never realized what I need to work on more, and I would have never been motivated like I was last year to push myself.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to open their regular season Saturday at the Schottenstein Center against Morgan State at noon. read more

Column Autism – the hidden condition – has been ignored for too

first_img“I’m like a wasp in a jar – I see and hear people around me but when I try to get into their world I just keep hitting the glass.”THESE ARE THE words of a person with autism – the complex developmental disorder that affects one in every 100 people worldwide.Autism has long been known as the ‘hidden condition’ because it may not be immediately evident in people who have the disorder. The result is a sector that has been historically underfunded, meaning its services lag far behind that of other disabilities, often leaving people with autism unable to reach their full potential and live independent lives.Enabling people with autism to break through the metaphorical glass jar is at the heart of the Autism Bill which I brought before Dáil Eireann last Friday. The Bill received unanimous cross-party support in the chamber and was accepted by Minister for Health James Reilly, who acknowledged the need for a national policy response to autism. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said it was an ‘historic day for people with autism’ and that it marked ‘a first step in making autism a national priority’.Ireland is trailing behinds its European counterpartsAs a local TD for the constituency of Cork South-West, I have encountered too many families who are frustrated with poor access to autism services locally. Their stories struck a chord with me and it was clear that something had to be done on a political level to address their very genuine and sincere concerns.Ireland has been trailing its European counterparts for many years in this particular policy area. Since 2008, Autism Acts have been introduced in England and Northern Ireland, while Wales and Scotland implemented national autism strategies which I understand are working well.Now the Irish Government has fallen into step with these jurisdictions by approving an Autism Bill that provides for a national autism strategy. It aims to ensure a unified standard of autism care nationally and that services are delivered in a more consistent manner.Currently autism services in Ireland are under-developed and lack co-ordination. A HSE review published in February 2012 found that autism services varied from patchy and ineffective in some places to comprehensive and integrated in others. A national autism strategy would put an end to this postcode lottery system while also ensuring equity of service and early intervention.Measures such as an autism awareness campaign and clear pathways of support for families are covered by the strategy. It also provides for the establishment of a data collection system and the commissioning of research to record and report the incidence of autism here. The lack of available data on autism in Ireland is something which stakeholders repeatedly flag as being a key problem in terms of planning for future service needs and something which further differentiates it from other disabilities.‘Falling off a cliff face’A fundamental aspect of the autism strategy is that it will be cross-Departmental and will require various ministers to plan and implement strategies in their own sectoral areas. For example, there is scope for the Department of the Environment to ensure the type of housing provided to people with autism is commensurate with their needs and abilities. I also believe there is a role for the Department of Jobs to devise job-ready programmes for adults with autism who may progress through the education system, or to encourage businesses to run special programmes for hiring autistic employees who may possess certain valuable skills such as focus and attention to detail that are common characteristics of the condition.Not only is this legislation autism-specific, it is also adult-specific. Many Irish parents with experience of autism will tell you that appropriate services cease to exist once their child turns 18 and that there are no transitional arrangements available to ease their child into the adult services. Many parents have likened this experience to ‘falling off a cliff face’ and the vacuum is thought to be the main reason why adults with autism have high rates of depression, unemployment and social isolation.Why does this ‘cliff face’ occur? As adult services are organised into separate mental health and learning disability teams, adults with autism often end up falling between two stools because autism is neither a learning disability nor a mental health condition – it is a developmental disorder (although it does happen from time to time that people with autism have an accompanying learning disability and/or mental health needs). Therefore the structure of adult health services effectively discriminates against adults with autism and is a leading cause of inequality for them.The first step in making autism a national priorityAn autism strategy will address this anomaly in the system and ensure that parents won’t have to endure the awful uncertainty of not knowing how the needs of their autistic child will be met once they turn 18.Last Friday was a historic day for people with autism in Ireland. It marked the first time in the history of our State that an Irish Government acknowledged the rights of citizens with autism and those of their families. It will ensure that future Governments will be obliged to meet the needs of these people – whether those needs are of an educational, social, health, economic or environmental nature.This legislation is our first step in making autism a national priority in this country and I hope it will be a springboard for many new developments in the autism field in Ireland. I know that we will all look back on this monumental legislative development as the first step in a truly historic journey towards breaking the glass jar of autism.Deputy Michael McCarthy is a Labour Party TD for Cork South-West and is also Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht. McCarthy was elected to Dáil Eireann in 2011, having previously served as a member of Seanad Eireann for nine years. He is also on the Constitutional Convention. McCarthy first entered public life in 1999, when he was was elected to Cork County Council for the Skibbereen Electoral Area, making him the youngest county councillor in the country that term.last_img read more

Realistic scale mail armor depicts plumbers deflects arrows

first_imgOh, noble knight, can I interest you in some new chain mail? No, not a chain letter. That’s completely different and superstitious. What we’re talking about here is armor to protect one in battle, or to make a neat retro fashion statement. A skilled smithy over at the Ambulatory Armament Depot by the name of Turomar has designed some really stylish scale mail with Mario and Luigi depicted on it. Forsooth!Scale mail is a sub-category of chain mail armor. It usually consists of small individual plates, or scales attached to a metal lattice or cloth backing. Turomar didn’t explain his process, but the inlays appear to be attached by metal loops. Mail armor in general is one of the oldest forms of protective metal armor. References to this style date back several thousand years to ancient Chinese volumes describing scale mail horse armor (presumably not obtained through a microtransaction).These armor inlays are made of small pointed scales with designs for Mario and Luigi. Turomar also posted a classic Apple logo done with scale mail. Before beginning the weaving process, Turomar plans out the entire design with a spreadsheet of colored cells indicating which scale goes where.It is not clear how well the Mario scale armor would protect you from a spear, but it sure looks cool. The style of individual squares lends itself well to depicting 8-bit characters. Turomar appears to simply be making things for fun — there is probably no way to buy armor from him before you ride into battle next.last_img read more

One person killed and three injured as gunman opens fire in US

first_img 62 Comments Share Tweet Email Short URL One person killed and three injured as gunman opens fire in US synagogue The suspect was arrested after fleeing the scene. https://jrnl.ie/4609790 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 7:32 AM By Hayley Halpin People outside of the Chabad of Poway synagogue following the shooting Source: Denis Poroy via APONE PERSON HAS been killed and three others have been injured after a 19-year-old gunman opened fire at a synagogue in California, US. Those wounded included the rabbi – who had injuries to both index fingers – as well as a female minor and a man (34) who was injured by shrapnel, the San Diego County Sheriff said.A 60-year-old woman died from her wounds. The suspect was arrested after fleeing the scene and has been identified as 19-year-old John Earnest, who had no prior arrest record. Earnest burst into the Chabad of Poway synagogue – where there were around 100 people – shortly after 11.20 am local time yesterday and opened fire with an assault weapon that appears to have malfunctioned, preventing him from inflicting more harm, the sheriff said. An off-duty border patrol agent who was at the synagogue at the time of the shooting opened fire on the gunman as he was fleeing, striking his car but missing the suspect.The man was eventually apprehended by a San Diego police officer who had been monitoring dispatch radio and raced to the scene.“He clearly saw the suspect’s vehicle, the suspect jumped out with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody by the San Diego police department,” San Diego police chief David Nisleit said.center_img 16,188 Views Heavily armed San Diego police officers approach a house thought to be the home of 19 year-old John Earnest Source: John Gibbins via APHate-filled manifestoAuthorities examined Earnest’s social media activity and have established the authenticity of an anti-Semitic open letter he apparently published on a far-right message board hours before the attack, the sheriff said. “We have copies of his social media posts and his open letter and we’ll be reviewing those to determine the legitimacy of it and how it plays into the investigation,” he said.Los Angeles officials have said they were boosting patrols around synagogues and other places of worship in light of the attack. The Chabad of Poway Synagogue Source: Denis Poroy via APSpeaking at a rally, US President Donald Trump denounced the shooting as a “hate crime” and offered his support to the victims. “Tonight, America’s heart is with the victims of the horrific synagogue shooting in California,” he told supporters. Apr 28th 2019, 7:32 AM Source: CNN/Twitter California’s Governor Gavin Newsom also denounced the tragedy.“While we continue to learn more about what transpired, we can’t ignore the circumstances around this horrific incident,” he said. No one should have to fear going to their place of worship, and no one should be targeted for practicing the tenets of their faith.Includes reporting by – © AFP 2019 Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community. We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate which must be defeated. President Trump calls the shooting at a synagogue in Poway, California, a “hate crime” and “hard to believe.” He adds, “My deepest sympathies to all of those affected.” https://t.co/XVORtke1Bi pic.twitter.com/sAjHV2o73q— CNN (@CNN) April 27, 2019last_img read more

Greece fails in bid for early cash release

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece failed in a bid on Wednesday to secure a quick cash payment from the euro zone rescue fund to help stave off potential bankruptcy next month, raising pressure on Athens to deliver a convincing reform programme within days.Athens had appealed for the European Financial Stability Facility to return 1.2 billion euros ($1.32 billion) it said it had overpaid when it transferred bonds intended for bank recapitalisation back to the Luxembourg-based fund this month.But senior Euro zone officials agreed in a telephone conference on Wednesday that Greece was not legally entitled to the money, although they said they would consider how to deal with the issue in the future.The decision by the Eurogroup Working Group was a setback for leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who is struggling to secure fresh funds to keep his government afloat while he presents a comprehensive reform plan and argues for debt relief.A source familiar with Greece’s financial position told Reuters on Tuesday Athens would run out of money on April 20 without new cash.EU paymaster Germany, to which Tsipras made a fence-mending visit this week after weeks of acrimony between Athens and Berlin, was among the countries that opposed handing back the 1.2 billion euros.“We see no reason to release it,» German Finance Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger told a routine news conference, adding that EFSF funding was made available to Greece last year as a safeguard during bank stress tests but had not been needed.Jaeger said euro zone finance ministers decided last month, when they extended Greece’s bailout agreement, to transfer that money back to the EFSF in Luxembourg where it would be available for bank recapitalisation should Greece need it in future.The German stance made clear that despite the improved atmosphere in relations between Tsipras and Chancellor Angela Merkel, Berlin has not softened its position in substance.“We love Greece” Tsipras has promised to deliver a full list of planned reforms by next Monday, but it is not clear whether it will include measures agreed by the previous conservative-led government such as privatisations and pension reform.Euro zone officials have said it will be hard for Athens to make the budget numbers add up without a forecast 4 billion euros due from the sale of state assets this year and savings through later retirement and a merging of pension funds.However, both reforms are bitterly opposed by Tsipras’ leftist Syriza party, and ministers have already halted several planned privatisations.Greece is also hoping to secure another 1.9 billion euros in profits made by the European Central Bank on past purchases of Greek government bonds, but the euro zone has tied that to approval of its reforms by the institutions representing its main creditors – the International Monetary Fund, the ECB and the European Commission.Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the European Parliament he had been «very pessimistic» about Greece in recent weeks but now believed its bailout process was back on track.“I have to recognise that I was very pessimistic during the last weeks because there was no progress whatsoever,» Juncker told the European Parliament.“But now we are back in a normal process and I do think that we can come to a conclusion that will be both in favour of Greece – we love Greece – and the European Union,» he said.The ECB slightly loosened its leash on Greek banks on Wednesday, increasing the amount of emergency cash they can borrow from the Greek central bank to above 71 billion euros, from 69.8 billion previously, a banking source said.However, wearing its other hat as the euro zone’s banking supervisor, the ECB ordered Greek banks in a letter not to increase their holdings of short-term government debt.ECB chief economist Peter Praet called on policymakers to exercise more «verbal discipline» on Greece to avoid stoking already high political and market tensions.[Reuters]last_img read more

SDPD says overdose reversing drug Narcan is saving lives

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 23, 2018 John Soderman, Posted: August 23, 2018 John Soderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego police are calling it a real game changer, a game changer the department says is saving lives.In July officers started carrying Narcan, a drug overdose-reducing antidote officers say has saved the lives of four overdose victims.Narcan, which is the brand name, consists of the nasal spray Naloxone which is especially effective in opioid overdose cases.Officers report drug overdose victims who are found unconscious can be revived in a matter of seconds after Narcan is administered.The Sheriff’s Department, according to the Union Tribune, has been using Narcan since 2014 resulting in deputies saving the lives of 60 drug overdose victims. SDPD says overdose reversing drug Narcan is saving liveslast_img read more

Taxi drivers feel targeted in recent string of BB gun attacks

first_imgTaxi drivers feel targeted in recent string of BB gun attacks 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Local taxi drivers are speaking out because they feel like they are caught in the crossfire of a recent string of BB gun attacks in San Diego.There have been dozens of BB gun shootings targeting businesses and people in San Diego County in recent months. Taxi drivers say at least six taxis have been hit in just the last few days.Police are working to investigate about four dozen incidents over the past month. Pedestrians, drivers, passengers in ride-sharing cars, businesses, and homes have all become targets as an apparent trend of BB gun attacks grows in San Diego — from Ocean Beach to La Mesa to Chula Vista. KUSI Newsroom August 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 28, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Ershad still not out of danger GM Quader

first_imgHM Ershad.AFP file photoJatiya Party acting chairman GM Quader on Friday said the health condition of his brother HM Ershad, now on life support at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka, remained unchanged, reports UNB.”The physicians said the Jatiya Party chairman’s physical condition remained unchanged and he is still not out of danger,” he said.GM Quader came up with the remarks at a press briefing at Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office.He said the infection in his brother’s body reduced significantly while wastes from his blood are being removed through dialysis.However, he said Ershad’s liver is still not functioning properly and he is being given necessary components of blood through transfusion.Quader also said his brother is not being taken abroad as per the advice of Singapore’s physicians while he is receiving world-class treatment at the CMH.Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, was admitted to the CMH on 26 June as his condition deteriorated.He has been suffering from various old age complications, including low haemoglobin and liver problem, high bilirubin and serious keen pain.last_img read more

Researchers develop glowing probes to detect germs via RNA

first_img Imaging instruction: Researchers produce ‘primer’ to guide the use of STORM Citation: Researchers develop glowing probes to detect germs via RNA (2012, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-probes-germs-rna.html Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: RNA signatures allow rapid identification of pathogens and antibiotic susceptibilities, PNAS, Published online before print April 2, 2012, doi:10.1073/pnas.1119540109AbstractWith rising rates of drug-resistant infections, there is a need for diagnostic methods that rapidly can detect the presence of pathogens and reveal their susceptibility to antibiotics. Here we propose an approach to diagnosing the presence and drug-susceptibility of infectious diseases based on direct detection of RNA from clinical samples. We demonstrate that species-specific RNA signatures can be used to identify a broad spectrum of infectious agents, including bacteria, viruses, yeast, and parasites. Moreover, we show that the behavior of a small set of bacterial transcripts after a brief antibiotic pulse can rapidly differentiate drug-susceptible and -resistant organisms and that these measurements can be made directly from clinical materials. Thus, transcriptional signatures could form the basis of a uniform diagnostic platform applicable across a broad range of infectious agents.via Discover Blogs This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In recent years, people in the medical profession have had to rely on DNA analysis to identify certain pathogens, which can take days, or even sometime weeks to carry out. Time that could be better spent treating the diseases they cause. The research team, led by Deborah T. Hunga, following up on findings by Amy Barczak has found that focusing on RNA molecules instead offers much more timely results.The probes are based on the fact that when DNA molecules are switched on, they pass on information to RNA molecules, which are far more prevalent in the body and thus easier to find and look at. Thus, when DNA molecules are switched on due to coming under attack by a pathogen, RNA molecules are notified, which opens up the possibility of simply watching RNA molecules for reactions instead of testing DNA directly. That’s just what the team has done. They’ve created so-called glowing probe molecules that physically light up when they come into contact with the material that is transmitted to RNA molecules from DNA when it comes under attack. And because different DNA molecules switch on for different germs, the message sent is different causing specific probes to light up, which allows for identifying which pathogen has struck.In lab tests, the glowing probes have been able to identify HIV, herpes, influenza, several kinds of bacteria and even the fungus that causes thrush. The team believes that their probes could be used together to test for a variety of ailments in one fell swoop, saving countless hours.As impressive as their results are thus far, there’s more to the story. The team also found that their glowing probes were also able to discern whether a discovered bacteria was drug-susceptible or resistant, a result that could save precious time when trying to figure out the most appropriate drug to use to treat patients infected with dangerous pathogens.Because their research is still so new, more work will need to be done to ensure that the probes are as accurate as they seem and to figure out exactly which pathogens can be identified by them and which cannot. (PhysOrg.com) — A team of researchers from the Boston area have developed a “glowing probe” molecule that is able to detect the presence of many common types of bacteria, viruses and even fungi. The results of their work, which they describe in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that the molecular probes can be used to help diagnose diseases. © 2012 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

easyJet just pulled off the worlds biggest light show involving an aircraft

first_img Posted by Share Friday, December 21, 2018 Travelweek Group easyJet just pulled off the world’s biggest light show involving an aircraftcenter_img LONDON — Forget your neighbour’s annual Christmas lights display. For a real holiday showstopper, head over to London’s Luton Airport where easyJet is lighting up the season in the most magical of ways.In celebration of the holidays, and to commemorate the airport’s 80th anniversary, a team of special effects artists created a spectacular light show inside the easyJet hangar that included 850,000 choreographed sequences and 1.5 miles of lights wrapped around an easyJet Airbus A320. To add an extra festive touch, the show was timed to a festive remix of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ from The Nutcracker.But what was truly magical was the fact that the team only had 24 hours to pull the whole thing off! (No word as to whether they received help from Santa’s elves.)Of course, no show would be complete without an audience so the airport invited staff, families and children from Chantry Primary Academy and Whitefield Primary School to ‘ooh and aah’ over the spectacle.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsAirport operations director Neil Thompson told the Daily Mail: “As we reach the end of our redevelopment – the largest in the airport’s 80-year history – we wanted to extend a huge thank you to staff and customers and give them a special Christmas gift.” Tags: Christmas, easyJet << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more