Louie Alas defends Phoenix big men: They’re physical but not dirty players

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Chua, Kramer and Marcelo take turns in defending Beermen giant June Mar Fajardo, who was roughed up several times since the beginning of the series.walang record c Doug Kramer,Jus Chua,Dave Marcelo na dirty player cla,its true physical cla,the truth is maraming masakit sa kanila tama ng siko,balikat etc.etc.we re not complaining,thats part of it and willing cla isacrifice ang body nila pare makadepensaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— Louie Alas (@CoachLouieAlas) April 16, 2019 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Phoenix head coach Louie Alas came to the defense of his big men following a highly-physical semifinals Game 2 won by San Miguel Beer Monday night.Alas said his wards Justin Chua, Doug Kramer and Dave Marcelo are just physical players and not “dirty.”ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel got into its groove late behind Terrence Romeo and Marcio Lassiter, who combined for 17 points in the final frame.Lassiter topscored with 24 points while Romeo finished with 14 off the bench. Fajardo posted 19 points and 18 rebounds.The series resumes on Sunday after the Holy Week break with the Fuel Masters looking to avoid a 0-3 hole.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Alas also took the blame for the Fuel Masters’ loss in Game 2.my fault,bad decision making,mis handling!— Louie Alas (@CoachLouieAlas) April 15, 2019Phoenix lost after blowing a double-digit lead.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Ayel Estrañero moves on from UP’s early exit: ‘Life doesn’t end in UAAP’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi 7A goes official with Snapdragon 439, 4000mAh battery, 13MP AI rear camera and more

first_imgAhead of the Redmi K20 launch on May 28, Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi has announced an entry-level phone called the Redmi 7A. As the name suggests the Redmi 7A succeeds the Redmi 6A that was launched last year. As of now, the Redmi 7A has been announced in China, but considering the company’s past records we believe the entry-level phone will hit the Indian stores very soon. Notably, the complete specs of the Redmi 7A have been revealed by the company but the price still remains a mystery. The Redmi 7A price is expected to be official on May 28 at the launch event of the Redmi K20.The product shots and the official specs sheet reveal that the Redmi 7A is a big upgrade over the Redmi 6A. As far as the specs are concerned the Redmi 7A comes with a 5.45-inch IPS LCD HD display and offers an aspect ratio of 18:9. Sadly, unlike other Redmi 7 series phones including the Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi 7, the all-new Redmi 7A includes very thick bezels on all sides. There’s no notch on the phone. The interesting bit is the phone comes with P2i nano-coating that makes the phone water splash proof.On the hardware front, the Redmi 7A is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor. It is a good news that Redmi hasn’t used MediaTek chipset to power the Redmi 7A, unlike the Redmi 6A. To recall, the Redmi 6A comes with a MediaTek Helio A22 SoC. The Redmi 7A is backed by a 4000mAh battery. Well, this Redmi phone sadly has no Type C support. So users will need to use Micro USB port to charge the phone. The Redmi 7A also includes triple card slot that can be used to put two SIM cards and one microSD card. The storage space can be expanded up to 256GB storage.advertisementAs far as the camera setup is concerned, the Redmi 7A sports a 13MP AI based camera on the back panel and 5MP selfie shooter on the front. The rear camera setup of the Redmi 7A includes several camera features like AI beautification. The front camera too comes with several AI based camera features like AI Beauty camera, AI Background Blur and supports AI Face Unlock. Glad to see face unlock support on the Redmi 7A. Notably, there’s no rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as was also the case with the Redmi 6A.As noted at the beginning of the article, Xiaomi Redmi is yet to reveal the price of the Redmi 7A. The official price of the Redmi 7A will be revealed on May 28 at the launch event of the Redmi K20.ALSO READ | WhatsApp rolls out sticker notification on Android smartphonesALSO READ | Google Pixel 4 could feature a button-less designALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi K20 price may start at around Rs 20,000, predicts analystlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: South Africa are satisfied with bowling effort, says Ngidi

first_imgHanded a massive defeat in their World Cup opener, South African pacer Lungi Ngidi said the team was satisfied with their bowling effort as they managed to restrict England to what he feels was a “below-par” total.South Africa were thrashed by 104 runs by hosts England in the opening match of the ICC World Cup, which began at The Oval on Thursday.Opting to field first, the South African bowlers did well to restrict the powerful English batting line-up to 311 for eight but were later shot out for 207.”We believed we could have kept them to under 300. Even when they got to 311, I thought they were below-par,” Ngidi said after the defeat.Ngidi, who was hit for 27 runs in his first four overs, said initially he was bothered by the thought of preventing England from scoring 350.”I was very disappointed with my bowling performance upfront. I might have been overthinking it. All the talk was how they post totals of 350 so maybe that was at the back of my mind,” he said.However, the 23-year-old soon found his bearings, adjusting his pace according to the wicket.”There were a few opportunities in the Powerplay, where they nicked it through the slips and I started to think, ‘These people are humans, just like me’. I kicked into my rhythm from there.””I listened to what the wicket was telling me. Slower balls were working so I stuck to that. Even though they were trying to come after me, they couldn’t seem to get it away,” Ngidi said.advertisementNgidi finished with figures of 3/66 and took the crucial wickets of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali.”I was happy to take three sticks but would have preferred two up front,” he said.Despite restricting England to a gettable total, South Africa realised they had a mountain to climb after two early wickets.Veteran opener Hashim Amla retiring hut in just the second delivery after being hit on the head too made life difficult for South Africa.”We realised it was not an easy wicket to bat on, having bowled all those slower balls at the back end. And they kept us on the back foot. They kept throwing punches at us,” Ngidi said.”Hashim retired early which was unfortunate for us. When he came back on, batting with the all-rounders and the tail, he was probably less effective than he would have been up front.”Putting the loss behind, South Africa still have their eyes firmly set on the semi-final spot. They will take on Bangladesh in their next game here on Sunday.”Every game is important. Everyone had hyped up their first game to the point where you started feeling as if it was the final already but we didn’t let that get to us. We know what we need to do in order to get to the semi-finals,” Ngidi said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli bowls off-spin at nets, Team India has fun fielding sessionAlso Read | World Cup 2019: The more you see, the more you like it – Ben Stokes catch leaves cricket world in aweAlso Seelast_img read more

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Fulham hand QPR first home defeat

first_imgQPR 1 Fulham 2: Late drama as Holloway’s men suffer first home defeat Chris Myson 05:24 30/9/2017 Johansen - Cropped Twitter @FulhamFC QPR are without a win in five Championship games after suffering a dramatic London derby defeat at the hands of Fulham. Fulham held off a late QPR fightback to win 2-1 at Loftus Road and hand Ian Holloway’s men their first home defeat of the Championship season.Jack Robinson deflected Ryan Fredericks’ shot in for an own goal four minutes before half-time as the visitors moved in front.Rui Fonte blazed a penalty over the bar for Fulham with seven minutes to go, but redeemed himself by setting up Stefan Johansen to seemingly seal victory two minutes later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Fulham still had work to do, though, as QPR threatened a fightback.Substitute Conor Washington scored with a deflected effort two minutes into stoppage time, before defender Tomas Kalas had to clear Matt Smith’s header off the line to preserve the points during a frantic finale.QPR’s first loss in front of their own fans leaves them 14th in the table and without a win in five league games. Fulham, meanwhile, are now four better off and move up to eighth, Slavisa Jokanovic’s side gaining momentum, having only lost once in seven games.FULL-TIME: @QPRFC 1-2 @FulhamFC.The visitors pick up all three points at Loftus Road. pic.twitter.com/65oR6V62GN— EFL (@EFL) September 29, 2017last_img read more

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Do Yourself a Favor in 2018 and Resolve to Clean Your Closet

first_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time Editors’ Recommendations Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style This is it. The year everything changes. The first year of your adult life where you actually accomplish a New Year’s resolution. “Outrageous,” you might be thinking. “Who do you think I am, Mark Zuckerberg?!” Normally you would be right — it’s basically impossible for non-Zuckerbergs to keep resolutions. But here’s our sneaky little secret to success: Just pick a resolution that you can accomplish with a measly one day’s worth of solid work. Piece of cake! You’ll be done and about your business in a matter of hours, then you can spend the rest of the year reveling in braggadocio about how you totally slayed your goal. Sounds great, right? So now there’s just the business of choosing a resolution that fits those guidelines, which — givers that we are — we’ve already taken care of for you: This year will be the year you clean your closet.Lest you doubt the feasibility of purging your closet in one day, or the impact such a simple task can have on your quality of life, we guinea-pigged ourselves and tackled a staffer’s overstuffed closet as a trial run. In the end, he walked away with two full trash bags (one destined for the garbage and the other for a tax-deductible donation to Goodwill) and the light-as-a-feather freedom that comes from clearing away all that built-up closet detritus. And all for the low, low price of one day’s work. So roll up those sleeves, grab some garbage bags, and follow our quick guide to take your closet from a fabric monster’s vomitorium to a pristine, organized wardrobe.Step 1: Prepare ThyselfWhen it comes to learning how to clean your closet, it’s important to know that it will take time. This isn’t a 10 -minute affair; the whole process requires emptying your closet and drawers, piling everything in a gloriously intimidating mountain around you (Ok, you don’t have to do it all at once if you don’t want to), and sorting items into three piles: keep, donate, and destroy. This is gonna take a while, so get comfy.Don’t be this guy.Step 2: Start with the Small StuffNow that you’ve steeled your resolve, keep yourself from being bogged down by the difficulty (or annoyance) of the task by starting with the easiest genre of clothing: undergarments. That’s right, choke back your shame and pop open that sock drawer. Is it full of mismatched pairs, lonely singles, socks with holes, or socks that are so over-worn the bottoms have mutated into an entirely separate color from the rest? If so (and who are we kidding, you are reading this, after all), it’s time to start tossing.Do the same thing with your undershirts and underwear. Anything with a hole in it gets tossed immediately. Oh, it just has that one tiny little hole that’s only visible if you move your arm forward, backward, up, down, or outward? Well that’s fine to keep then. We’re joking of course — get that trash out of there, what are you even doing? You know those emergency rations at the back of the drawer that you’ve convinced yourself you should keep in case the world is ever ending on laundry day and you’d rather be caught in stained undies than no undies? Come on, we both know what those “mystery” stains are. Dear god, get those out of there. Toss them into the trash pile without a second thought.Next, let’s tackle that old T-shirt collection. This is also pretty simple: Dump or donate all the old tees you haven’t worn in the past few months. Some people may suggest a year, but the fact that you’ve ended up here proves you can’t be trusted with that sort of leniency. If you haven’t worn it since Thanksgiving, it’s probably a no-go. We’re not heartless, though: We get that tees are especially prone to having emotional and nostalgic trappings, like college football shirts or social event tees. You can keep those (for real this time, you can), but if you’re not wearing them, then they should be banished from your regular closet or dresser. Put them somewhere out of sight, in an airtight container away from the sun, and they’ll still be fresh and stable when you’re ready to re-live those quarterback days after your 60th rolls around.Undergarments are relatively inexpensive, so it’s not a huge financial loss. Besides, you know half that stuff was a decade old anyway, you monster. If you’re looking for a new pair to replace the ancient ones you just jettisoned, try out some of our favorite skivvies, socks, and undershirts.Step 3: Sort Your Shirts and Oust OuterwearOnce you’re done sorting through those old tees, move on to your other shirts. Typically, these should be hanging in your closet. If we’ve already lost you on this step, you need to take a few quiet moments of honest reflection to figure out what made you into a person who would fold up an Oxford button-down and put it in a drawer. Come back when you’re done … we’ll wait.If your shirts already were hanging up (or if you’ve just quickly hung them all up in abject shame), do a quick scan and eliminate any shirts that immediately stand out to you. You know the ones we’re talking about — those flashy prints and risky colors you can’t pull off and never should have bought, those outdated styles, and all that stuff you know damn well doesn’t fit anymore. Once the first pass has been made, go back and try on every remaining shirt. Every. Single. One. If it doesn’t fit properly, donate it. Chances are you’ll never get around to hauling it down to the tailor anyway. If you’re trying to lose weight and keeping a too-small-shirt is a good motivator for you, by all means, keep one goal shirt. But only one. Just like with your T-shirts, if anything has a tear or stain or hole, chuck it. You’re never going to hunt down the exotic ingredients for the mystical poultice to remove those set-in spaghetti stains from your lucky sweater, dude. Just let it go.Do the same with jackets and other outerwear items. You don’t need to keep every single coat Gam-Gam has ever given you for Christmas, so donate the ones you seldom use — someone out there will make them a much better home than the forgotten back corners of your closet. A suit or blazer really doesn’t make you look super profesh if there’s a big mustard stain on the collar or a busted seam. And no, you can’t just slap a flag pin over it and start acting really patriotic. Throw it out.Step 4: Purge Those PantsFinally, it’s on to pants. You probably have fewer of these than shirts, which makes this a nice cool down after that pro-level purge you just tackled. Toss out torn, ripped, or worn out sweatpants and joggers, along with any other sportswear that is just too bruised, beaten, or coated in next-level stank to hold onto. Pants that are too small also need to go. Resist the urge to hold onto them, even if you’re convinced you’ll be squeezing back into them in a few months’ time. If you lose weight, reward yourself by buying new ones — it’ll be a lot more fun anyway.As with all your other clothing, any pants that have holes or stains should make a bee-line right for the destroy pile. Those frayed jean cuffs were pretty dope when you were an angsty teen trying to cobble your garage grunge band together, but you have to adult now, so give ‘em a good culling.Step 5: The Reveling in Braggadocio PartSo there you have it — an easy resolution that will make dressing in the morning a snap and will save you the embarrassment of ever having to dip into a shame-filled closet in front of company. Now that you’ve experienced the glory and satisfaction of accomplishing a resolution, you basically own Facebook. Congratulations! Plus, you’ve earned the bonus reward of freeing up enough space for some new duds, which, as a fashion-loving magazine, we applaud. Next step (if you’re feeling up to it): closet organization. Although it would be easier to check out one of our favorite apps for keeping non-closet resolutions.Featured image courtesy of ©2011 Dorann Weber/Getty Images. Article originally published by Chase McPeak on January 8, 2017. Last updated by LeeAnn Whittemore on January 23, 2018.last_img read more

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Jamaica Mortgage Bank to Finance 4,000 Housing Solutions

first_imgThe Jamaica Mortgage Bank (JMB) intends to finance over 4,000 housing solutions under its Construction Financing Programme over the next five years.Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, made the announcement on May 21, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House.He informed that as at April 2013, the JMB has nine projects in the pipeline with a combined value of $1.2 billion.“The Jamaica Mortgage Bank is another agency committed to that mandate of providing affordable housing solutions for Jamaicans. It continues to be a major player in mortgage facilitation and now stands ready to mobilise even more funds for on-lending to developers and other lending institutions,” he stated.Under the Construction Financing Programme, the bank will finance up to 80 per cent of the infrastructure and house construction cost to developers.“Furthermore, in certain instances, the bank will be seeking to fund housing construction projects with unit prices below $15 million at interest rates as low as 10.5 per cent to developers,” he informed.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

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Seaspan Looking at 18,000 – 20,000 TEU Containerships

first_imgEven though 10, 000 TEUs are foreseen with a bright future utilization on the market, Seaspan Corp is also looking at 18,000 and 20,000 TEUs for their fleet, it was said during a conference call on the containership company’s quarter results.“We will see what happens in the forthcoming three to six months but it is no secret that we are looking at that class of ships as well,” Seaspan’s Chief Financial Officer Sai Chu said.The company’s revenue increased by 7.8% to USD 185.9 million and 4.5% to USD 527.7 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, respectively, over the same periods for 2013.These increases were due primarily to the delivery of four 10000 TEU vessels in 2014, the delivery of two 4600 TEU secondhand vessels in mid-2013 and a decrease in unscheduled off-hire.These increases were attributed by Seaspan to  lower charter rates for three of its vessels which were on short-term charters and a decrease in vessel management revenue.Vessel utilization was 99.2% and 99.1% for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, respectively, compared to 98.5% and 97.9% for the same periods in 2013.Gerry Wang, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Seaspan, said, “During the third quarter, we entered into time charter agreements with Maersk for four state-of-the-art 10000 TEU vessels, underscoring the success of our SAVER design. We also extended time charters for five 14000 TEU vessels with Yang Ming and confirmed Seaspan will build and manage a total of 15 SAVER design vessels for Yang Ming under 10+2-year fixed-rate time charters.”Mr. Wang said that the company has signed all of its newbuildings to fixed-rate time charters, “increasing our total committed revenue to $6.6 billion. With a strong balance sheet and capital structure, we remain well positioned to further solidify our position as the largest containership supplier.”The company has 28 vessels under construction at three shipyards YZJ, HHI and at CSBC versus spend and at GCI, according to Wang.Seaspan has six 10,000 TEU and eight 14,000 TEU newbuildings due for delivery during November 2014 and the end of 2016.The company also has options to build six 10,000 TEU or 14,000 TEU boxships at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Pap Test Quality Excellent

first_imgWomen in Nova Scotia are receiving excellent care from Pap testproviders in the province, according to Cancer Care Nova Scotia’sGynaecological Cancer Screening Program. Personalized specimen adequacy report cards were sent out to morethan 900 Nova Scotia doctors who performed Pap tests during 2003.The report cards indicate an average satisfactory rate of 99.6per cent. “Based on this first report card, it is clear that Pap testproviders in Nova Scotia are doing an excellent job, as are thetechnologists and cytopathologists who report on the results,”said Dr. Rob Grimshaw, medical director of the screening program.”By monitoring this activity, we are able reassure patients ofthe high-quality cervical screening being performed throughoutthe province. This kind of information also supports us in ourefforts to encourage all women to have regular Pap tests.” Cytology laboratories, when screening Pap tests, evaluate eachtest as satisfactory, satisfactory but limited by a specificproblem, or unsatisfactory. This detailed information is sent tothe screening program for entry into their data registry.Specimen adequacy reports for each doctor are created from thisdata. A Pap test must meet certain specifications before it can beconsidered satisfactory. The doctor must have gathered cells froman area of the cervix known as the transformation zone, whereabnormal or pre-cancerous cells can appear. Because gatheringthese cells becomes more difficult as women age, the report cardshave one set of data for women aged 50 and under, and another forwomen above the age of 50. “Reports like these are very valuable,” said Dr. Anne Houstoun, afamily doctor with the North End Community Health Centre inHalifax. “In addition to receiving important feedback on thequality of our screening technique, I believe the report is alsoa good reminder to physicians about the groups of women that arenot getting regularly screened. In my practice, for example, Ineed to encourage women over 40 about the importance ofcontinuing to have regular Pap tests.” Specimen adequacy reports will be provided to doctors each yearin February. The Gynaecological Cancer Screening Program is dedicated todecreasing the incidence of gynaecological cancer in Nova Scotia.Initial efforts focus on cervical cancer and are aimed atprevention, early detection and appropriate management. Regular Pap tests can prevent 90 per cent of deaths from cervicalcancer. The screening program recommends that all women, aged 18years and older, have regular Pap tests. Women under 18 shouldalso have regular tests if they are sexually active. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, familiesand the health-care system through prevention, screening,education and research.last_img read more

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Iran releases nine Indians held from detained ship

first_imgNew Delhi: Iran has released nine out of 12 Indians who were on board the ship MT Riah that was detained in early July, official sources said Thursday.However, 21 Indians are still in detention in Iran — three from MT Riah and 18 from British oil tanker Stena Impero which was seized last week by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Strait of Hormuz for alleged violation of international maritime rules. Indian Embassy on Thursday got consular access to the 18 Indians who were on board Impero. Also, 24 Indian crew members, who were on board shipping vessel ‘Grace 1’, which was detained by Gibraltar police authorities, are also under detention. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The boats have been seized amid ongoing tensions between Iran and the US since Washington began reimposing sanctions on Tehran. Indian officials have met the 24 Indian crew members who were on board shipping vessel ‘Grace 1’ and assured them that the government will take necessary steps to ensure their release and repatriation, the External Affairs Ministry said Thursday. Iranian oil tanker ‘Grace 1’ was seized off the Spanish coast earlier this month by British marines and Gibraltar police. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA team of the Indian High Commission in London met the Indian crew and staff on board VLCC Grace 1 on Wednesday, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said. “Crew’s morale is high. Assured all assistance for early release. HCI London will facilitate necessary travel document and related arrangements,” the minister tweeted. MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, at a media briefing here, said India had sought consular access which was granted on Wednesday and a three-member team visited and met all the 24 crew members. “What we saw was that the crew members were very calm, very composed, and there was no sense of panic. They had been in regular touch with their family members. We had assured them that the government of India will undertake all the necessary steps to ensure their early release and repatriation,” Kumar said. Giving an update on 18 Indians on board the British oil tanker Stena Impero which was seized last week by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Muraleedharan said the embassy in Tehran has got consular access to the Indians. All of them are fine, the minister said, adding India will continue to push for their early release.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia private members bill seeks solace after still birth miscarriage

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia woman who miscarried after contracting a serious infection and later lost a young child is urging the province to establish a day of awareness about miscarriage, still birth and infant death.Paula Harmon said families are often forced to suffer with the painful loss of a pregnancy or young child in silence and isolation.“This is a pivotal opportunity to improve awareness around the issues related to still birth, miscarriage and infant and early child loss,” she said of a private member’s bill introduced by Progressive Conservative MLA Tim Houston Wednesday seeking to proclaim Oct. 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.Harmon said the awareness day would honour grieving families and help break down the taboo of speaking about pregnancy loss and infant death — something she knows all too well.She was 17 weeks pregnant with twins when she got sick.She called her local hospital in rural Nova Scotia and said she might be miscarrying.“I was high-risk with twins and told them my symptoms,” she said. “The nurse told me that because I wasn’t yet 20 weeks, the pregnancy wasn’t viable … Their advice was that I should take a warm bath.”Instead, Harmon called the IWK Health Centre, and was told to go immediately to the women’s and children’s hospital in Halifax.“When I got there the weaker twin had already died,” she said. “It turned out I had the worst infection you can get when you’re pregnant, listeria.”Her daughter, Grace, was born at 26 weeks, and although she survived numerous complications, she later died of an infection at age 3.“The physician later told us that when we left the hospital that night, she felt like she was throwing us to the wolves,” Harmon said.She struggled to cope with the loss of her twins and to find information and resources. Over time, she learned that almost 3,000 babies are stillborn in Canada every year, 1,800 die before their first birthday, and one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage.“I also discovered the stigma that exists for parents who lose a child and how important it is to moms and dads to validate their child’s existence, to say their name and hear their name from others,” Harmon said.A similar bill was passed unanimously in Ontario in late 2015, proclaiming Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on Oct. 15 and promising better resources, support and research on the issue.The proposed bill has received widespread support across Nova Scotia, including 28 municipalities that have agreed to proclaim the day.Houston said it’s the third time he has introduced similar legislation in a bid to recognize families mourning a death.The bill falls short of promising new resources for bereaved families, but he said that his last two attempts to pass more sweeping bills failed.“This is a slightly different, kind of watered down version,” Houston said. “We’re just asking for the government to show some respect and some compassion.”Health Minister Randy Delorey said that for a decade the province has recognized Oct. 15 by passing a resolution in the legislature.“I think it is important for those individuals that have been through a situation like this, that they do know that the members of the legislature … do recognize that this important,” he said.Delorey wouldn’t commit, though, to supporting the Tory bill, saying he hasn’t seen it yet.Houston is hopeful the bill could help build momentum to provide bereaved families with better support to deal with such tragic experiences.Raylene MacPherson, who has suffered through two miscarriages, said there is a lack of adequate support for families coping with the loss of a pregnancy or infant.“The sad reality of losing a pregnancy is something many families experience,” she said. “These families go through many stages of grief and oftentimes they do so alone with minimal support. Instead of being sent home from the hospital with an empty heart and lots of questions, families could be guided to a place to help them heal.”— With files from Keith Doucettelast_img read more

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14 per cent of sausages tested across Canada had meat not on

first_imgA federally funded study has found sausages sold in grocery stores in several provinces contain meat not declared on the label.The research, conducted by a team at the University of Guelph and commissioned by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, looked at 100 sausages collected from grocery stores in three locations in Ontario, Quebec and Western Canada. All were labelled as a single type of meat.The study found that 14 per cent of sausages sampled contained meats that weren’t on the label.“This demonstrates a breakdown in traceability and if you have a breakdown, you have potential risk for food safety,” said lead author Robert Hanner, an associate professor with the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph.Hanner conducted a similar study two years ago that found 20 per cent of sausages sampled had been mislabelled.“It’s a positive story in that it is trending in the right direction,” Hanner said of the latest findings.The team looked for beef, pork, chicken, turkey, horse, sheep and goat in the sausages.In five beef sausage samples, for instance, researchers found sheep meat actually made up more than one per cent of the sausage.“This is not trace carryover,” Hanner said, adding that his team also found trace levels of sheep in 27 other samples.“How is mutton getting into significant amount of these products, even in the trace level?” he said. “We don’t know.”Four of the beef sausages that contained sheep also had pork, and one contained chicken, the study found.All of the beef sausages contained the meat declared on the label as the predominant ingredient in the sausage, the research noted. Among the 20 chicken sausages sampled, the study found one was predominantly made up of beef. Another was also made up largely of beef, with 20 per cent turkey and less than five per cent chicken. One turkey sausage likely contained bison meant, the study found.  There weren’t any unlabeled species in the pork sausages.“At least we didn’t find horse meat this time,” Hanner said, referencing a finding from two years ago. “(That) has personal, religious or cultural implications.”The latest findings — published in the journal Food Research International — have food safety recall repercussions, the researcher said.“If we have an E. coli-tainted batch of beef, we’ll recall that beef, but if it’s finding its way into pork products and things we don’t know it’s in, we can’t recall them,” he said.Hanner said the CFIA took “follow-up actions” after his last study, but doesn’t know what they were.“There were five turkey sausages last time that were wholly replaced by chicken and we don’t see any evidence of that this time,” he said. “That problem seems to be resolved, but we have discovered other issues, such as the mutton problem.”The CFIA did not immediately respond to questions but has applauded Hanner’s team on his cutting edge research that uses DNA barcoding technology among other methods to figure out what’s inside the sausages.“Scientific innovation helps protect Canada’s food supply on many levels, and DNA barcoding plays a key role through species identification,” agency’s deputy chief food safety officer, Dr. Aline Dimitri said in a statement.Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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General Assembly President calls for food democracy in face of global crisis

“Without innovative and broad changes in our food policies, we will see hunger once again spread across the world like a mediaeval plague,” he told a conference on the politics of food at Columbia University in New York.“The shameful reality is that, despite the fact that we have the knowledge, the financial and technological means to prevent it, half of the human population subsists at levels of malnutrition and poverty completely incompatible with their inherent dignity and rights. This is not only shameful – it is, to use religious terminology, downright sinful.”Mr. D’Escoto called for an end to the dominance by the monoculture of industrialized food giants and the birth of a multi-functional policy focused on the poor and their right to food.“In food politics, I would advocate food democracy,” he said. “We can move our food provisioning away from dominance by a few very large corporations to the control of people-oriented food systems that respect communities and their right to food sovereignty, and localized and regionalized food systems at the local and regional levels.”But for many, solutions are coming too late. “Hunger and malnutrition, exclusion and poverty are taking thousands of lives each day,” he said. “We must stop deluding ourselves and face up to the fact that the ‘haves’ of this world must change their way of life, the patterns of consumption that show little or no regard for the disastrous impact of their lifestyle on the wellbeing of their neighbours, our brothers and sisters, and our shared home, the planet Earth.” 19 November 2008General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto today called for a new politics “that starts from the bottom up, not the top down” in the face of the current global food crisis of soaring prices and mass hunger. read more

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Kosovo UN envoy condemns stonethrowing against returnees

Lamberto Zannier, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, echoed Pristina’s strong condemnation of the harassment, which continued for several nights against returnees living in tents in the town of Zallq/Žać.“Such incidents can influence negatively the delicate process of returns of displaced people to their homes throughout Kosovo,” he said.Mr. Ban’s latest report to the Security Council on Kosovo found that although voluntary minority returns remain low, there has been an increase from 2008, with more than 1,100 people returning from both inside and outside Kosovo last year, compared with just 679 in 2008.In the first two months of this year, 259 uprooted members of ethnic minority communities – 22 Albanians, 90 Serbs, 30 Roma, 89 Ashkali and Egyptians, 16 Bosniaks and 12 Goranis – voluntarily returned to Kosovo, up from 55 in the same period last year.A registration effort last year carried out by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Serbian Ministry for Kosovo and Metohija and the Ministry for Communities and Returns in Pristina, the report noted, “has revived interest among the displaced and has given new impetus to the returns process.”But the Secretary-General pointed out that in spite of the recent spike in numbers of returns compared to previous periods, “the overall numbers of returns remains disappointingly low,” calling on cooperation between all parties to enhance returns.Mr. Zannier, who heads the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), today welcomed Pristina’s strong condemnation of the attacks against those returning to Zallq/Žać.“Pristina authorities rightfully termed the incidents ‘cowardly and intolerable,’” as well as calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, he noted.In spite of the efforts by authorities to be visible on the ground and investigate the incidents, the envoy underscored the need for a “long-term commitment to the process” to ensure that there will be no more such provocative actions, with the only durable solution to the issue of returns lying in “open and honest dialogue.”UNMIK, deployed in Kosovo in 1999 after North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid bloody ethnic fighting between Serbs and Albanians, gave up its administrative role after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in early 2008, a move that Serbia rejects. 23 April 2010The top United Nations envoy to Kosovo today voiced his concern over stone-throwing against people returning to a town in the east, urging dialogue between the ethnic Serb and Albanian communities “that must live side by side.” read more

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Brantford standoff ends

(Updated)A police stand-off in downtown Brantford is over.The incident began about 6:30 Sunday morning, when a man barricaded himself inside an apartment located above a store at the corner of Pearl and Palace streets.Initial reports indicated a hostage was involved, but police say that was not the case.  They say they are investigating an assault that happened early Sunday morning.Several residents were kept from their homes throughout the day, even though police maintained there was no threat to the public.Then, at around 11:45 last night, neighbours say police entered the apartment, but didn’t bring anyone out.About 45 minutes later witnesses say a forensics van arrived.  At this point police are only saying they’ve cleared the scene, but the investigation is ongoing.

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UN health agency urges steps to prevent bird flu causing human pandemic

“While these outbreaks thus far remain restricted to poultry populations, they nevertheless increase the chances of virus transmission and human infection of the disease,” the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) said of the new cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 reported in China, Thailand and Viet Nam. The same virus killed 22 people in Thailand and Viet Nam earlier this year when more than 100 million birds died or were culled in at least nine countries across Southern and Eastern Asia. WHO re-emphasized the need to protect individuals involved in culling infected poultry by giving them proper equipment, including protective clothing, masks and goggles, since there is a high risk of exposure during the slaughtering process. It also recommended that all those involved in mass cullings, transportation and burial or inclination of carcasses should be vaccinated with the WHO-recommended influenza vaccine to avoid the co-infection of avian and human influenza, which could lead to the emergence of a pandemic influenza virus. Other recommendations include close monitoring of all those exposed to infected poultry or to farms under suspicion, and antiviral treatment for suspected human cases. If antivirals are available in sufficient quantities, prophylactic use should be considered. Meanwhile the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) urged against culling wild birds in the present outbreak. “Killing wild birds will not help to prevent or control avian influenza outbreaks,” Juan Lubroth of the FAO Animal Health Service said. “Wild birds are an important element of the ecosystem and should not be destroyed.” Although certain species of water fowl can be a reservoir of bird flu viruses, “to date, there is no scientific evidence that wildlife is the major factor in the resurgence of the disease in the region,” he added. The major factors contributing to the spread of the virus are poor hygienic practices related to the production, processing and marketing of poultry, contaminated products, gaps in biosecurity and individuals not following recommended control measures, FAO said. read more

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Religious communities must embrace shared values to foster peace – UN officials

“All of the world’s great religions share the values of peace, human dignity and respect for others,” said Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, at a special event at UN Headquarters to mark World Interfaith Harmony Week. “We welcome opportunities to join forces with people of faith who are working for peace, development, human rights and the rule of law.”Mr. Eliasson noted that many religious groups have been at the forefront of grassroots efforts to help the poor, provide health services and support young people. However, he warned that religious extremism is causing lasting damage and widespread suffering.“We cannot let small numbers of extremists of any faith obscure the good work of the vast majority of believers in our world.”In particular, he expressed concern over young people who turn to extremists promising rewards or salvation, and are conscripted to campaigns of hate and violence. “Young people naturally have much energy and idealism. We should find ways to help them use these positive qualities to improve conditions of life.”While many conflicts in the world are marked by religious disputes, Mr. Eliasson underlined that inter-faith dialogue can help resolve conflicts. “With dialogue, we can combat hate. With inter-faith harmony, we can build bridges to a better future.” The President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, said the UN can greatly benefit from engaging with religious leaders around the world who are working to achieve peace, and pointed out that many UN agencies have strengthened their partnerships with faith-based groups.“We ought to re-embrace the calls of our respective faiths for individuals to show respect for all and compassion for the most vulnerable, notwithstanding their differences, in recognition of God’s image not only in ourselves but in everyone else – however they may worship and wherever they may live,” Mr. Jeremic said.“Let us reach out to one another, on equal footing, and truly work on healing the wounds of centuries of conflict between peoples of different religions – vigilantly mindful of the danger that the ills and grievances of bygone centuries, if they continue to be reawakened, can engulf us in a maelstrom of unmatched ferocity.”The event, entitled “United for a Culture of Peace Through Interfaith Harmony,” was organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) and the Committee of Religious Non-Governmental Organizations. read more

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Knightsbridge School placed into lockdown after nearby stabbing

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. “When something like this happens we go into lockdown and make sure the children are safe and that’s what happened on this occasion.”  A top London school reportedly went into lockdown on Monday after a man collapsed at the entrance following a knife attack.Police responded to reports of a stabbing in Lennox Gardens in southwest London around 4pm.The man in his 20s was understood to have been attacked by two males on a moped before seeking help at the nearby Knightsbridge School.  Teachers helped the man, who was reportedly stabbed in the leg, until paramedics arrived and he was taken to hospital, it was reported.  A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “The man – believed aged in his 20s – was taken to a central London hospital; at this early stage it is not thought his condition is life threatening.”The victim was approached by two males on a moped before being attacked. The moped then drove away from the scene. One line of enquiry is that this was an attempted robbery.”Police say inquiries are continuing.Magoo Giles, principal of Knightsbridge School, told MailOnline that teachers found the man in the school’s doorway bleeding heavily. “The victim sought refuge in our doorway. That’s when we became aware something had happened and he was then supported by my teachers and staff until the ambulance arrived. read more

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Appeal for witnesses after man in 60s killed in Tipperary collision

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses following a single vehicle collision in Tipperary in which a man in his 60s was killed.The incident occurred shortly after 4pm today on the M8 motorway, (northbound) near Junction 7 Cahir, when the car left the motorway before colliding with a ditch.The driver of the car, a man in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger in his 20s was taken by ambulance to Clonmel Hospital where his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.The road is closed and forensic collision investigators have been notified to attend the scene. Traffic diversions are in place.Gardaí are asking anyone with information to contact Cahir Garda Station 052- 7445630 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Read: Man becomes 14th motorcyclist to die on Irish roads this year>last_img read more

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On this night in 1992 you were listening to Snap

first_imgTHIS SONG HAS possibly one of the worst rhyming couplets in the history of songwriting, but we forgive its faults because the rest of the track is genius.With a video filmed in a space-age factory/shuttle launchpad/site of an alien invasion, it is a slice of off-the-wall 90s video action… and we salute Snap for making what could be the defining 90s classic.(mysterious2b/YouTube)On this night in 1994 you were listening to… BlurOn this night in 1997 you were listening to… Sash!On this night in 1993 you were listening to… Snowlast_img

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