ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A judge has dropped drug and terroristic threat charges filed against former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra after an altercation with an Uber driver.A judge dismissed the charges Friday after Dykstra pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was fined $125.Dykstra said he is “happy this chapter of my life is behind me.”The three-time All-Star, who was a member of the New York Mets’ 1986 championship team, said the driver tried to kidnap him in May 2018 in Linden after he asked to change the trip’s destination.The driver told police Dykstra held a gun to his head, though no weapon was found.Dykstra’s attorney, David Bahuriak, previously called the incident “overblown” and that his client was innocent.Bahuriak had filed a motion to suppress evidence before the judge’s ruling, saying that a police search of the man’s belongings was improper and there were no witnesses to the alleged threat.The judge granted the motion, telling Dykstra, “I hope you have learned a lesson from this.”The driver told NJ.com that it was important Dykstra entered a guilty plea. He said Dykstra has “admitted to what he did in my car.”A kidnapping complaint filed against the driver is pending.Since retiring from baseball, Dykstra has served prison time for bankruptcy fraud, grand theft auto and money laundering.He is currently facing a summons for illegally renting out rooms in his home for $1,000 each.TweetPinShare33 Shares
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels that injury is not something that “one should hold against any player” as it is an inevitability that even Sir Don Bradman or Sachin Tendulkar couldn’t avoid during their playing days. Ashwin missed three Test matches on the tour of Australia due to an abdominal strain, something that also made him miss a Test match in England.Ashwin’s injuries prompted a “concerned” skipper Virat Kohli to urge the Tamil Nadu bowler focus on “correcting” this.”The injury has come and I have to deal with it in a certain way. Injury is not something you can hold up against a certain player,” Ashwin, who recently returned in action during a Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) league match, said on Saturday.”Injury has not missed Sachin Tendulkar, injury has not missed Don Bradman and it will not miss players in the future… Whenever I have done a fitness test or yo-yo test, I am at the top of the list. I am doing my best,” he further added.Ashwin said that he is slowly coming back to full fitness and will need more game time as he is currently a single-format (Test) regular.”I am almost back to 100 per cent. I’ve bowled close to 40 overs in the last game but I would like to keep going through the journey. I have not played games back-to-back. Now that I’m playing only one format, it is important that I get some game-time and also train…” he said.Ashwin said it was frustrating to miss games due to injury but one has to put it behind and keep moving on.advertisement”Any time you are playing well or bowling well, you want to keep playing. I have always loved playing matches together. It is quite unfortunate that when I was bowling really well overseas, I had to encounter injuries back-to-back. It’s frustrating but you have to put it behind and keep moving on,” he added.The owner of 342 Test wickets said that he is focused on staying positive and will play whatever game comes his way.”I am staying positive in terms of what cricket I have to play and how I have to play. I don’t leave any stone unturned in terms of how I have to train and practice. The opportunity needs to come my way,” he said.For Ashwin, it’s all about giving his best and “not trying to make a statement or trying to prove anything to anyone.””I have always given my best wherever and whenever I played. It doesn’t put any undue pressure on me. It is a game that I love. I am not trying to make a statement or trying to prove anything to anyone,” he added.’PUJARA, BUMRAH WERE FANTASTIC IN AUSTRALIA’Ashwin was all praise for Cheteshwar Pujara and Jasprit Bumrah for their stellar show in Australia.”A lot of credit needs to go to [Cheteshwar] Pujara because he dead-batted them all through the series and took the wind away from their bowling attack. Once we got some runs, that Australian batting line-up was pretty inexperienced and they struggled,” he added.Ashwin also said it was important for the Indian top-order to grind it out and that is what Pujara did.”It is really important for the top-order to grind it out. That’s exactly what Pujara did. Credit to him because it wasn’t that easy.”He stayed disciplined through hours together to get those runs. It wasn’t easy because in the past it was said that he was playing at a slow strike-rate. To go out of the team and come back and do what he does best and keep that mental focus was fabulous. I am very happy for him,” the Tamil Nadu cricketer said.Bumrah and Shami’s performance deserved special mention, he feels.”I thought Bumrah was fantastic. He definitely set the series up for us. In my view, both Bumrah and Shami were relentless with their pace. Especially Bumrah, you have to give him credit because he is in the first half of his Test career and he hardly gives any hit-me balls.”And seeing it from a bowler’s perspective and having led the bowling attack for a fair amount of time, I think it was fabulous,” he added.Also Read | Old warhorse MS Dhoni is very important to Team India, says Nikhil ChopraAlso Read | James Neesham on MS Dhoni: You haven’t won the game until you have got him outAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Can’t draw conclusions after one failure, says Sanjay Bangaradvertisement
Touch Football Northern Territory is pleased to announce that the City of Palmerston will host the 2016 NT Titles. Touch Football NT was successful in its grant application through the City of Palmerston Councilâ€™s Community Grant Scheme, with the event to be hosted at the Northline Oval in 2016.The event will be held at Palmerston from Thursday, 28 April to Sunday, 1 May, following 25 years at NT Touch Headquarters, inner Darwin Turf Club facility. During this time the event has only been hosted outside of the Darwin area on two occasions.Touch Football NT Business Development Manager, Isobel Appo said that the organisation is looking forward to hosting the event in Palmerston. â€œHosting of the NT Titles is very exciting for the City of Palmerston and their residents and we are really looking forward to hosting the event at the excellent facility at Northline Oval in 2016,â€ Appo said. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Northern Territory website â€“ www.nttouch.com.au. Related Links2016 NT Titles
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has admitted he is baffled by the decision to send off Lionel Messi during the Copa America third place play-off and questioned the use of VAR in two key games for his side. Messi lasted just 36 minutes of Saturday’s clash against Chile before he saw red along with Gary Medel when the pair clashed on the field . Medel showed more aggression during the stand-off, striking the Barcelona star with his head and shoulders while Messi stayed motionless – but despite Argentina’s protest referee Mario Diaz de Vivar had no hesitation in expelling both of the players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Argentina went on to win 2-1, scoring through Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala before Arturo Vidal cut the deficit with a penalty after the red card incident. But Messi refused to return to the Arena Corinthians pitch after full time to receive his medal for third place, and in heated comments to reporters hit out against alleged “corruption” and claimed the Copa is “all set up for Brazil” . And while Scaloni did not go quite as far as his captain, he nevertheless had some harsh words for the standard of refereeing on Saturday and in the Albiceleste’s semi-final defeat to hosts Brazil. “I still don’t understand what it is Messi did to get sent off,” he fired in a press conference. “I feel that we should be playing the final right now, but we got the consolation prize of winning the third-place game, which is the least we had to do. “We believe that when one of us is hit we all are, in a football sense. You cannot look away when a team-mate is mistreated. “We saw it with Leo and with others too. We built a team through our unity.” Scaloni also turned his attention on VAR, after suggesting before the match Argentina played “against eight men in black” in reference to the officials during the Brazil match. “The sensation from the game today is even stranger than the other day. I still don’t get the criteria for VAR in this Copa,” he added. “Either the criteria is wrong, or [the referees] cannot agree on anything. I think that they still are unsure about the VAR system.”
For Virat Kohli, 2010 game vs Mumbai Indians was his best for Royal Challengers BangaloreVirat Kohli recalled the Champions League T20 match against Mumbai Indians in 2010 as his most memorable in a Royal Challengers Bangalore shirt.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 19:51 IST Virat Kohli said that match gave him a lot of confidence and called it his #GameBanayegaName moment (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said the innings in Durban 2010 is one of the high points of his careerKohli scored 49 runs vs Mumbai Indians, but Royal Challengers Bangalore lost the match”Everyone who watched that game, appreciated me,” Kohli said was his #GameBanayegaName momentIndia skipper Virat Kohli has picked out the Champions League T20 game in 2010 against Mumbai Indians in Durban as his most memorable match for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).”I clearly remember the Champions League T20 Game in 2010 against Mumbai Indians in Durban, where I scored 49 runs, but we lost the game in the last delivery. I consider it as one of my most memorable innings wearing the RCB jersey,” Kohli was quoted as saying in a statement on Friday.”When everyone had given up, I stayed till the end and almost won us the game. This gave me a lot of confidence, and everyone who watched that game, appreciated me,” he added.Pointing out that the then Mumbai team contained a host of stalwarts including Zaheer Khan, Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, the RCB skipper asserted that the innings is one of the high points of his distinguished career.”That was my #GameBanayegaName moment,the innings that gave me extensive recognition. Mumbai Indians team consisted of Zaheer Khan who bowled that last over along with Sachin Paaji and Bajju pa; and they all saw the game and noticed what I could potentially do, and for me that was a big moment,” Kohli said.Also Read | World Cup comes every 4 years, we play IPL every year: Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Indian Premier League
zoom Douglas-Westwood (DW), a provider of market research and consulting services within the engineering, OEM and field services sectors of the energy industry, expects that over the next five years the Brazilian NOC will account for 35% of global demand for deepwater subsea construction vessels and more acutely 60% of dedicated flexlay vessels – that‘s serious buying power.Last week’s auction for production rights to Brazil’s 12bn barrel Libra field has dominated industry headlines. However, despite years of media and market analyst hyperbole the scale of Petrobras’ plans for its deepwater pre-salt developments still command a great deal of head scratching.Undoubtedly, many are questioning whether the supply chain will be able to support this kind of ambition – there are certainly not enough vessels currently in the market. This reality has seen Petrobras instigate a wave of newbuild orders to work on long-term construction contracts with the recently announced $1.6bn deal with Subsea 7 to provide three dedicated flex layers (Technip and SapuraKencana have similar arrangements). Whilst the long term nature of these contracts will provide the security of utilisation there is some concern that the length and relatively limited service scope may inhibit the earning potential of these high-end assets. During the difficult years between 2009-2012 Brazil was widely regarded as the lighthouse in the storm for the deepwater service industry. However, with most analysts now projecting a rapid return to prominence for African-based activity, options are opening up and with them the promise of increased profitability for EPCI contractors.With a new supply crunch for deepwater construction vessels expected in 2016 the challenge facing Petrobras appears to be providing the commercial incentive to continue attracting those largest contractors who are willing to invest heavily in the long term whilst also managing their internal costs to avoid further development delays.Douglas-Westwood, October 28, 2013
zoom ABS, a provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, has been selected by Offshore Japan Corporation (OJC) to class its newly ordered anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel, the first Japan-flagged ship built to ABS class.The vessel, featuring bollard pull of 150 tons and Dynamic Positioning-2 certification, will be built by Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) for delivery in February 2016. Construction will comply with 2013 ABS Rules for Building and Classing Offshore Support Vessels and also take account of requirements applicable to all vessels flying the Japanese flagged.Having worked closely with the country’s leading shipyards for many years, ABS was authorized as a Recognized Organization of the Japanese government in December 2012, expanding the role ABS has in serving the Japanese maritime industry.Akira Akiyama, ABS Vice President, Japan, said: “We are honored to have been awarded this prestigious contract by Offshore Japan Corporation to class its AHTS, which marks the first Japan-flagged vessel entered into ABS class. This agreement reflects the commitment of the ABS Japan team in meeting the high standards required by both the owner and shipyard in this strategically important shipping and shipbuilding nation.”Offshore Japan Corporation was formed in October 2013 as a 50-50 joint venture between Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line Kinkai) and Offshore Operation Co., Ltd. The newbuilding will be deployed by Offshore Japan Corporation in support of resource exploration and development and maintenance of renewable energy facilities as Japan boosts offshore development to reflect changes in national energy policy.JMU has built and delivered numerous types of offshore support vessels since the delivery of its first AHTS vessel in 2006. The shipyard is the only facility in Japan that builds both AHTS and platform supply vessels.An increasingly busy workload saw 23 Japan-built newbuildings delivered to ABS class in 2013. The class society holds the number two position in the orderbook among Japan’s shipyards, with 70 new orders booked by year-end 2013.ABS, January 30, 2014
OTTAWA – Respecting treaties with Indigenous Peoples, paying taxes and filling out the census are listed as mandatory obligations of Canadian citizenship in a draft version of a new study guide for the citizenship exam.The working copy obtained by The Canadian Press suggests the federal government has completely overhauled the book used by prospective Canadians to prepare for the test.The current “Discover Canada” guide dates back to 2011 when the previous Conservative government did its own overhaul designed to provide more information on Canadian values and history.Some of the Conservatives’ insertions attracted controversy, including increased detail about the War of 1812 and a warning that certain “barbaric cultural practices,” such as honour killings and female genital mutilation, are crimes in Canada.Getting rid of both those elements was what former Liberal Immigration Minister John McCallum had in mind when he said early in 2016 that the book was up for a rewrite. But although work has been underway for over a year, there’s no date set for publication of a final version.In the draft version, the reference to barbaric cultural practices is gone, as is the inclusion of getting a job as one of the responsibilities of citizenship.Instead, the proposed new guide breaks down the responsibilities of citizenship into two categories: voluntary and mandatory.Voluntary responsibilities are listed as respecting the human rights of others, understanding official bilingualism and participating in the political process.Obeying the law, serving on a jury, paying taxes, filling out the census and respecting treaties with Indigenous Peoples are mandatory.“Today, Canadians, for example, can own their own homes and buy land thanks to treaties that the government negotiated,” the draft version says. “Every Canadian has responsibilities under those treaties as well. They are agreements of honour.”The draft guide delves extensively into the history and present-day lives of Indigenous Peoples, including multiple references to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report on residential schools and a lengthy section on what happened at those schools. The current guide contains a single paragraph.The draft also devotes substantive sections to sad chapters of Canadian history when the Chinese, South Asians, Jews and disabled Canadians were discriminated against, references that were absent or exceptionally limited previously.The new version also documents the evolution of the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups, as well as other sexual minorities. Bureaucrats had sought to include similar themes in the 2011 book but were overruled by then-immigration minister Jason Kenney, with their efforts reduced to a single line on gay marriage.There’s also an entirely new section called “Quality of Life in Canada” that delves into the education system — including a pitch for people to save money for their children’s schooling — the history of medicare, descriptions of family life, leisure time, effects of the environment on Canadian arts and culture and even a paragraph seeking to explain Canadian humour.Canadians like to make fun of themselves, the book notes.“Humour and satire about the experience of Indigenous, racialized, refugee and immigration peoples and their experiences is growing in popularity,” the section says.The rewrite is part of a much broader renewal of citizenship laws and process that is underway. In June, legislation passed that changed the age for those who need to pass the knowledge test for citizenship, among other things.Briefing notes obtained separately from the draft copy show nearly every government department is being consulted for input into the guide. But the team inside the Immigration Department didn’t just look there.They were also taking cues from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sharing copies of his remarks for themes to incorporate.One of Trudeau’s often repeated mantras — “Canada has learned how to be strong not in spite of our differences, but because of them” — appears to be paraphrased directly in the opening section of the book: Canadians have learned how to be strong because of our differences.”The briefing notes say the guide is to be released to mark Canada’s 150th birthday but elsewhere note that production time is at least four months once a final version has been approved.A spokesperson for the Immigration Department stressed the importance of the consultations that have gone into the new guide.“While this may take more time, this broader approach will result in a final product that better reflects Canada’s diversity and Indigenous history, as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” Lindsay Wemp said in an email.
Rabat – The imam of the Great Mosque of Paris Dalil Boubaker urged all imams in France to take part in a Friday “solemn prayer” for the victims of Paris bombings that killed at least 129 and injured about 352.“I call on all imams in France to attend a solemn prayer on Friday, to show our compassion and help ease the pain of the families,” said Boubaker during a press briefing at the Mosque of Paris on Monday.The imam wanted to express his “solidarity,dismay and rejection to these unspeakable acts,” which killed “absolutely innocent victims.” Dalil Boubakeur, France’s top religious authority for Islam’s followers, strongly condemns #ParisAttacks pic.twitter.com/gqymlcpdDu— Columbia University (@ReidHall_CU) November 16, 2015“We, Muslims of France, cannot help but emphasize national unity to deny all this calamity that strikes us and attacks us indiscriminately,” the imam said, adding “We are all victims of this barbarity.”Boubaker, former president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), also called on French people to reject any “confusion” between France’s Muslims and “people who call themselves Muslims but who are nothing but barbarians.”The CFCM condemned “with the utmost firmness” the “heinous and despicable attacks” of Paris, calling “Muslims in France to pray so that France can face this terrible ordeal in peace and in dignity.”Last September, France and Morocco signed a joint statement on cooperation in the training of imams at the Mohammed VI Institute, opened in Rabat in March. The training aims to promote “an Islam with the right balance” that conforms to “values of openness and tolerance”.
NEW YORK — Actress Taylor Swift, TV journalist Gayle King and soccer star Mohamed Saleh are among the six famous faces featured on the covers of Time’s annual “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue.The other cover stars also included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and actors Sandra Oh and Dwayne Johnson.Fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton wrote Pelosi “is living proof that when it comes to getting the job done, more often than not, it takes a woman.”Johnson was praised for establishing a positive work environment, while Oh is cited for her creative life.Musician Shawn Mendez wrote Swift “makes anyone older feel young again.”The issue is comprised of short tributes to its honorees that are written by fellow global leaders throughout all industries.President Donald Trump, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, former first lady Michelle Obama were among the 100 people on this year’s list.The Associated Press
31 August 2010The leaders of Cyprus’ Greek and Turkish communities will hold intensive talks next week as part of United Nations-led reunification negotiations, a senior official with the world body announced today. The issue of property will be the focus of the talks, which is scheduled to run all day on both 7 and 10 September. That aspect of the talks tries to resolve numerous complex claims between the two sides on property seized decades ago.The meetings began in 2008 after the then-leaders of the two communities committed themselves to working towards a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias met today to work out the dates for upcoming talks.Alexander Downer, the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, told reporters after today’s talks that the UN recognizes that negotiating the settlement is “a very difficult process,” noting that “if this was so easy it would have been solved long ago.”He said the leaders have made strides in the key area of governance and power-sharing, as well as in issues pertaining to the economy and the European Union (EU).“It has taken time, of course, but on the other hand, it’s best to take time and get it right, not to rush through things for the sake of rushing through them and get it wrong,” Mr. Downer said.He said any agreement must be “very carefully thought through,” given that “both sides have to be able to sell it to the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, respectively.”For its part, the UN, the official said, is “very pleased that the leaders are very committed to achieving a successful outcome and they are working on it.”
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today announced the launch of a two-year campaign to fight a debilitating pregnancy-related complication across sub-Saharan Africa. Obstetric fistula, which the agency calls “the most devastating” disability linked to maternity, affects up to 100,000 African women each year. The UNFPA-sponsored campaign will focus on both the prevention and treatment of the condition by raising awareness, equipping health centres with essential supplies and training medical personnel to perform surgeries and provide post-operative care. An obstetric fistula is an injury to the pelvic organs that most often occurs when a very young, poor girl experiences a long and obstructed labour, according to UNFPA. With no access to medical care, the girl suffers extensive tissue damage to her birth canal and the baby usually dies. The damage creates a hole between the vagina and the bladder or rectum, leaving victims to suffer from a constant leakage of urine or feces. “UNFPA hopes that this campaign will help to eventually make fistulas as rare in Africa as they are in other parts of the world,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid. Stressing the right of all women to have healthy pregnancies and to give birth safely, she voiced confidence that the campaign would “help to make that a reality.” Obstetric fistulas are both preventable and treatable. Reconstructive surgery, which can be performed even if the woman has been suffering from the condition for several years, has a success rate between 88 and 93 per cent. During the two-year campaign, UNFPA will provide financial and technical support to existing fistula treatment centres in Benin, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — As the Packers look to end their road futility, coach Mike McCarthy would like to see another turn of events transpire when they play the rival Minnesota Vikings in prime time on Sunday.“We definitely need turnovers,” McCarthy said Friday. “That’s always been a staple of our success here, and Sunday night will hopefully be that game.”Easier said than done, however.Not only is Green Bay’s playoff hopes teetering because of an 0-5 record away from Lambeau Field, but its defence is struggling to take away the football.“We need that,” veteran linebacker Clay Matthews said. “I think we’ve played really good defence. It’s just that the turnovers haven’t really been in our favour.”The Packers (4-5-1) rank among the NFL’s best this season defending the pass, bolstered by 34 sacks, but they are near the bottom with only 12 takeaways. Just six of those have been interceptions – three by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who’s no longer on the Packers.It’s been that type of head-scratching season in Green Bay.“It’s tough, man,” said veteran defensive back Tramon Williams. “Out of the sacks, the big plays haven’t been coming, the ill-advised throws haven’t been coming. We’ve just kind of been getting sacks, and that’s it, not making a big-impact play off it.”Not helping matters is a Packers secondary that has been shuffled by roster turnover and injuries for most of the season.“We’ve still got guys who are very capable of getting the job done,” asserted Williams, who switched from cornerback to safety three games ago after the Packers sent Clinton-Dix to Washington in a surprising midseason trade.Just who will line up with Williams on the back end of Green Bay’s defence against the Vikings’ dangerous passing game is uncertain.The Packers have four defensive backs on the injury report. Starting safety Kentrell Brice, who missed Green Bay’s last game with an ankle injury, and cornerbacks Kevin King (hamstring) and Bashaud Breeland (groin) are all questionable to play Sunday.“As I tell the staff, as the injuries pile up and we’re continuing to have to juggle, I say, ‘Check the mail. There’s not going to be any sympathy cards from around the league,’” first-year Packers defensive co-ordinator Mike Pettine said.Especially from the Vikings (5-4-1), who are just ahead of Green Bay in second place in the NFC North and have the league’s most prolific pass-catching tandem with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.The Packers had only one takeaway – an interception by Clinton-Dix – as the combination of quarterback Kirk Cousins (425 passing yards, four touchdowns), Thielen and Diggs rallied Minnesota from a late 13-point deficit to a 29-29 tie at Green Bay in Week 2.What remains of Green Bay’s secondary hopes to flip the script in the rematch. Indicative of their struggles on the road, the Packers have forced just two turnovers in those five games.“We’ve just got to do our job on the back end and get the ball,” rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander said.NOTES: The Packers’ defence will be without DL Mike Daniels (foot) and LB Nick Perry (knee) on Sunday. Daniels moved around in the locker room Friday on a knee scooter with a large cast on his lower left leg. Daniels isn’t sure if he will play again this season after suffering the injury in the loss at Seattle on Nov. 15. … WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) and TE Jimmy Graham, who broke a thumb in the last game, also are questionable for Sunday night.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTodd McMahon, The Associated Press
An Ohio State student organization is welcoming those who are looking to get in shape through strength training.The Buckeye Barbell Club has two primary goals — to give OSU students, faculty and staff the opportunity to get stronger and to promote the sport of powerlifting — with a focus on the latter. Participating in club workouts is free of charge, but a $20 fee is required each academic year to help cover entry fees for meets and the club T-shirt.“When it originally started, it was meant for people to strength train together and to help new people learn how to (lift), and actually competing was in the background,” said Evan Byrne, club member and graduate student in electrical and computer engineering. “As we’ve gone forward, it’s shifted to more of an emphasis on competing.”Powerlifting is a sport that consists of three specific types of lifts — the squat, the bench press and the deadlift — and club members learn how to correctly and efficiently do them in hopes of competing in meets, whether it be at the local, regional or national level. These lifts are learned through the “wealth of knowledge” experienced weightlifters provide, fifth-year in electrical and computer engineering and club member Alex Cramer said.“There’s a lot of instruction and encouragement,” Cramer said. “It’s a lot easier to go to the gym every day when there’s someone invested in helping you.”While emphasis is placed on training for and competing in meets, the club also provides a more casual atmosphere for those who just want to strength train for personal recreation and people with all levels of experience are encouraged to join.“A lot of people are hesitant to join because they have this mental image of what a powerlifter looks like, but in Buckeye Barbell, you can see that we have tons of different kinds of people represented: different majors, athletic backgrounds and body types,” said Victoria Liang, president of Buckeye Barbell Club and third-year in information systems. “We have people who have never touched a barbell and we have nationally-ranked athletes. Our common goal of getting stronger brings us together, and that supportive network drives everyone to succeed.”Liang said that mental image of what a powerlifter looks like was a driving force behind the creation of the club.“When I started lifting my freshman year, I was terribly clueless and self-conscious like many beginners,” Liang said. “I often wished I had a community of people who could help, support= and motivate me, and that became my inspiration for the club.”Another staple of the club is the opportunity to get involved. Members of the club regularly do volunteer work at high school powerlifting meets in the winter, as well as the Arnold Sports Festival, which takes place at the Columbus Convention Center annually.Liang said the club has about 50 active members who participate in various activities that the club takes part in, from training sessions to seminars to volunteering.
Children as young as nine are talking about suicide in class, a teachers’ survey has revealed as they warn that mental health issues are on the rise.Four in five teachers said they have seen a rise in pupils experiencing mental health problems, according to a poll conducted by the National Education Union (NEU).The survey of over 8,674 teachers and support staff found that 83 per cent saw a rise in the past two years. “Sats pressure and general expectations are taking their toll on more vulnerable pupils,” one teacher commented, adding: “We have nine-year-olds talking about suicide.”Another said she had seen “much more anxiety” and self-harming among pupils, adding that there have been “three suicides in three years in my school alone.”Some of those questioned said student mental health was at a “crisis point”, with others saying it was affecting “younger and younger children”.The staff were also asked whether their workplace had the provision for supporting pupils with mental health issues.Just under half (49 per cent) said they had a school counsellor, but the majority of teachers (59 per cent) said they had learning support assistants. 29 per cent reported having a school nurse, and 12 per cent said they had a mental health first aider.Rosamund McNeil, the NEU’s assistant general secretary, said: “We are hearing from teachers and headteachers that social media is one of the triggers that is leading them to worry about mental health.“Social media is part of the picture and young people being on screens for more of the time. At home children can be on screens quite a great deal, it means people don’t have a break from peer relations and bullying can be a factor.”Ms McNeil said that over the past three to five years, spending time online has become a “significant feature” in children’s lives.Asked what prevents them from fully supporting pupils with mental health issues, the most common reasons cited by teachers were workload and difficulties accessing support such as Educational Psychologists.57 per cent of teachers blamed funding cuts, while 32 per cent said the “narrowing of the curriculum” was also a factor.Research published last month suggests that more than one in 10 boys at primary school are being labelled as suffering from a mental disorder, amid growing concerns about their classroom behaviour.An NHS report, which examines the factors which may increase the risk of mental illness, found young boys were twice as likely as girls the same age to suffer such problems.Experts said that “difficult” behaviour in young children could be a sign of emotional distress that they struggled to talk about. Compulsory health education lessons, due to be introduced next year, will encourage children to limit their time on Facebook, smartphones and games consoles and spend more time outdoors with friends.A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Mental health is just as important as physical health and should be treated as such.“Through our new compulsory health education all children will be taught how to look after their mental wellbeing and recognise when classmates are struggling.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have enlisted celebrity teammates for their head-to-head charity yacht race next week, as the Duke signs up Bear Grylls to take on the Duchess’ Olympic rowing champion. The royal couple are taking part the King’s Cup regatta, each skippering their own yachts to raise money and awareness for eight of their charity patronages.Today, Kensington Palace announced they would be joined by six public figures working as ambassadors for each charity, from an England football Lioness to a historian Dan Snow already starting the fighting talk. Eight yachts will represent causes supported by the Duke and Duchess and will race on August 9 on waters around Cowes on the Isle of Wight.The Duke will compete on behalf of Child Bereavement UK, England Women’s footballer Fara Williams represents Centrepoint, historian Dan Snow will race for London’s Air Ambulance Charity’s 30th anniversary campaign and Bear Grylls will skipper a yacht for wildlife conservation organisation Tusk. The Duchess has chosen four of her patronages and will compete on behalf of the Royal Foundation, in connection with her work on the early years development of children.Comedian John Bishop will compete for Action on Addiction, BBC presenter Katie Thistleton for Place2Be, and Olympic champion rower Helen Glover for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Helen Glover “But me and the @LDNairamb [London Air Ambulance] will annihilate all comers, like the terrible wrath of the divine wind that smashed the giant fleet of the Great Khan on the rocky shores of the Tsushima Straits.”The Duke and Duchess hope the King’s Cup regatta will become an annual event, bringing greater awareness to the benefits of sport, while also raising support and funds for their causes.The event will also give the couple the chance to renew their sporting rivalry.The duke trounced his wife when they competed in a dragon boat race in Canada in 2011, but his wife sought revenge three years later when she won a sailing event in Auckland during their tour of New Zealand. The winning team will be awarded the King’s Cup, a trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920. Sharing the news yesterday, Snow said on Twitter: “I know this is all for charity and they are all wonderful causes etc. Footage from the race will play on screens across the town and there will be a number of family-friendly activities and exhibits to promote sailing around the event, including initiatives and programmes for children and young people. Fara Williams Prince William took the honours again during a visit to the German city of Heidelberg in 2017, when he was victorious in a riverboat race.Members of the public can watch the race from the SailGP Race Village along the Cowes foreshore, which is free to access and will include an 800-seater grandstand. Explorer Bear Grylls
Quick response by the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) resulted in a Republic Park home being only partially damaged after a fire erupted in one of the rooms in the upper flat of the two storey building.The lot 461 Phase Two, Republic Park home is reportedly owned by persons who reside overseas, and was being rented to a mother and her two children.The family, according to residents in the area, only moved in to the neighborhood approximately three weeks ago.Based on information received, residents in the area became aware of the smell of something burning and upon inspection, smoke was seen coming from the wooden ceiling of one of the rooms in the concrete home.Inews understands that some construction workers assisted the fire fighters to put out the fire. Additionally, the fire fighters were forced to break the door of the house since no one was at home at the time of the incident.As such, only the rooms in the upper flat of the building were scorched.Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnother home goes up in flames leaving 6 persons homelessFebruary 16, 2017In “latest news”Elderly couple homeless as West Ruimveldt home destroyed by fireMarch 9, 2018In “Crime”Fire destroys Tucville range housesFebruary 3, 2019In “latest news”
Trisomie 21 : un médicament utilisé pour la maladie d’Alzheimer testé sur des trisomiquesLundi, un laboratoire pharmaceutique japonais a annoncé qu’il débutait des tests thérapeutiques d’un médicament habituellement utilisé pour la maladie d’Alzheimer sur des personnes atteintes de trisomie 21. Ce médicament pourrait potentiellement ralentir le déclin de leurs facultés.Le laboratoire pharmaceutique japonais Eisai va tester son médicament “Aricept” (à base de chlorhydrate de donépézil) sur des dizaines de personnes atteintes de trisomie 21 ayant entre 15 et 39 ans. Ce traitement anticholinestérasique est habituellement destiné à traiter certains symptômes de la maladie d’Alzheimer, notamment ceux qui découleraient d’un déficit en acétylcholine. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Chez les patients concernés, le donépézil améliore ainsi certaines fonctions cérébrales. C’est pourquoi les chercheurs japonais pensent qu’il pourrait aider à réduire les symptômes chez les personnes atteintes de trisomie 21. En effet, dans le syndrome de Down, plus couramment appelée trisomie 21 (en raison de la présence d’un chromosome 21 excédentaire dans chaque cellule), on retrouve des problèmes de coordination, des troubles du sommeil et diverses difficultés comportementales chez 6% des patients. Ces symptômes sont donc assez proches de ceux que ressentent les malades souffrant d’Alzheimer et qui sont soulagés par Aricept. Aussi, la société Eisai souhaite “évaluer dans quelle mesure le médicament pourrait améliorer la qualité de vie de ces personnes (trisomiques) en diminuant les problèmes auxquels elles sont confrontées”, a indiqué son porte-parole qui a annoncé le début de tests thérapeutiques. Si, après quatre ans d’études, les résultats sont concluants, ce traitement pourrait aussi alléger le fardeau de l’entourage, a tenu à souligner le laboratoire.Le 3 juillet 2013 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambert
TROUT LAKE — Gifford Pinchot National Forest road No. 24 has been plowed to Peterson Prairie and a state sno-park permit is required.With no snow at Atkisson Sno-Park, the U.S. Forest Service and Washington state parks have temporarily moved the winter recreation parking lot to Peterson Prairie, at the junction of roads No. 24 and 60.Peterson Prairie is 2.5 miles west of Atkission and about 100 feet higher in elevation.Flattop and Pineside sno-parks also have no snow.SnowKing Sno-Park has patches of snow, while Smith Butte has about 6 inches. Road No. 82 is not plowed beyond SnowKing, so high-clearance vehicles are necessary to access Smith Butte.Snow flurries are forecast later week at the Mount Adams sno-park areas, but significant accumulations are not expected.