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Queen of aces: Kyra Shorff

first_imgKyra ShorffAll of 18, she is known as India’s latest tennis sensation. She has won many accolades in her fledgling career. Mumbai’s Kyra Shroff is a teen idol and is being christened the next best thing in Indian tennis. At 12, Shroff was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes but her talent couldn’t be stemmed. She made it to the world ranking of 946 in the doubles in the women’s category as of January 2011.And today, four doses of insulin a day are all she needs to keep her going. “Life needs to go on. My father, Firdaus Shroff advises me to take it in my stride, consider it a speed breaker and drive over it,” says Shroff who studied at St. Anne’s High School. Supplements recommended by her dietician, Nataly Haddard help her serve aces in the court. Born and raised in a family of sports lovers, Kyra finds her inspiration from her parents and her siblings. At six, she walked into the Wodehouse Gymkhana where her father used to play tennis. She first picked up the racquet at 10 and started regular practice sessions. Sporting a headband and professing her admiration for Roger Federer, she wants to take on the mantle. Her biggest inspiration is Lance Edward Armstrong, the former American professional road racing cyclist who is best known for winning the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times, after having survived testicular cancer. Shroff first came into the limelight after winning the international U-18 singles tournament in 2008. Till date Shroff has won 12 Singles and 15 doubles All India Tennis Association (AITA) National level tournaments. Her never-ending spirit comes from the family who believes that playing well is in their genes. Her father played county cricket for six years in Surrey, UK and has won the Maharashtra juniors in badminton. Her sister, Maia loves playing badminton, rugby and football while her brother Porus is the captain of Maharashtra (U-16) football team.”My brother is very talented,” reveals Kyra. “He has done exceptionally well in football over the past eight years. He represented the Kenkre Football Team travelling to Sweden for the Gothia Cup 2010 as well as will be representing the Maharashtra MSSA U-16 team in the Manchester United Cup this year. I hope as a sister I have inspired him in some way,” smiles Kyra.advertisementlast_img read more

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Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

first_imgAll in a day’s work DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 View comments “These qualities embody the American spirit of pushing boundaries, defying limits and always striving for greatness,” the president said.Woods choked up as he thanked his mother and two children during the ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.FEATURED 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“You have seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows,” said Woods, who battled back from injury to claim his first major title last month since the 2008 US Open. /cbb Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ US President Donald Trump presents US golfer Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 6, 2019. AFPWASHINGTON, United States — Tiger Woods, fresh off his epic Masters comeback win, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday.Presenting the golfing great with the nation’s highest civilian honor, Trump praised Woods’ “relentless will to win, win, win.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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SPORT-TASKIN-BCB 2 LAST

first_imgNazmul said anyone who thought his claims about Taskin Nazmul said anyone who thought his claims about Taskin were incorrect should come forward and challenge him. “If anyone thinks that I am wrong, they should come and prove me wrong. The ICC still has the opportunity to prove me wrong. The World Cup is still ongoing, lets see if they can suspect two bowlers of any team and suspend them. Let them set an example, then I will have nothing to say on Taskin issue. I cannot accept a suspension that has come for no reason and against a key bowler of a team,” he said. He said Taskin not bowling an illegal delivery during a match and still getting suspended is something that has happened first time history. “All my life I knew that a bowler gets suspended if he bowls an illegal delivery in a particular game. But Taskin got suspended despite not having bowled any illegal delivery in that game (against the Netherlands). This has happened for the first time in history. “The match referee (Andy Pycroft) had said all of his deliveries in that game were suspicious but during the test, none of the deliveries were found illegal. So, this is a new learning curve for us in that a bowler can get suspended in this way. This is something new to us,” he said. PTI CM PDS CMlast_img read more

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JJ Abrams to produce TV drama about MJs final months

first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 21 (PTI) “Star Wars” filmmaker JJ Abrams is developing a new drama chronicling the final months of King of Pop Michael Jacksons life.Abrams and his partners at production company Bad Robot have teamed up with author, activist and US broadcaster Tavis Smiley to adapt his upcoming biography “Before You Judge Me”, reported Deadline.Abrams and Smiley will serve as executive producers for the event series, though no network has picked up the drama yet.Smiley and the Bad Robot partners last worked together on the 2015 adaptation of Smileys Martin Luther King, Jr book “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr Martin Luther King, Jrs Final Year.” PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

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Vijender Singh will perform fantastically, says John Abraham

first_imgLending his support to Vijender Singh, actor John Abraham said he is confident that the Indian boxer will perform fantastically in his bout against Australia’s Kerry Hope for the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title.The match is scheduled to take place on July 16 of this month and in a media interaction, John, whose upcoming film ‘Dishoom’ is gearing up for release, said:, “16th July is an important day for Vijender as much as ‘Dishoom is important for me.”If it was me, there would be a lot of pressure on me. He (Vijender) has the whole country’s pressure on him and I feel he is going to perform fantastically. We were talking about it and he is very confident.”Vijender, an Olympic bronze medalist, has won his first six professional fights since he turned professional, but this clash is highly anticipated as Kerry has an experience of 30 bouts. (Also read: Vijender Singh plays down hype ahead of first professional bout at home)John also compared Vijender’s title fight with his own ‘Dishoom’, stating: “‘Dishoom’ has action, comedy, thriller romance and it’s got everything. It’s a fun filled and a film that the entire family can watch. I hope you guys enjoy it. Dishoom releases on 29th July, so that’s my title fight.”Vijender is also not a stranger to the entertainment field having featured in Akshay Kumar’s “Fugly” and the reality show “Roadies” among others.last_img read more

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Drop Kieron Pollard for final ODI: Waqar Younis to West Indies

first_imgLegendary Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis believes Kieron Pollard is hurting the West Indies team’s morale with his lackadaisical approach and should be axed for Wednesday’s final One-Day International against Pakistan.Waqar said the big-hitting all-rounder “did not even try” as the Caribbean side slid to a 59-run defeat in pursuit of an imposing 338 for victory at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday, reports CMC.Pollard entered in the 38th over with the West Indies on 194 for four and facing a required run rate of nearly 12 runs an over but displayed little aggressive intent. “His approach and the way he played in this game and in any of the T20 games, you’re destroying the morale of the team,” said Waqar on Monday, the second highest wicket-taker in Pakistan Test history with 373 scalps from 87 games.”The way he batted – he went in with 11 an over or about 12 an over required and he is known for this sort of situation. And he just went in and he hit one boundary and batted the entire time and not going anywhere.”He wasn’t there, he was not in the middle so I feel he needs a break. Whoever you want to bring in, Pollard needs a break. That’s how I feel.”Pollard has been a peripheral figure in what has been a wretched series, as the West Indies have lost all five of their games against Pakistan, spanning the three-match Twenty20 series and the ongoing two of the three-match One-Day series. (Also read: 2nd ODI: Babar Azam hits another century as Pakistan clinch series against West Indies)advertisementThe right-hander managed nine from 17 balls in the first T20 which the West Indies lost by eight wickets, scored 18 from 13 deliveries in the side’s 16-run defeat in the second game and got 16 from 12 balls in the last game which ended in an eight-wicket loss.So far in the two One-Days, Pollard has scored nine and 22 – the latter innings on Sunday requiring 29 balls and ending with him getting out in the deep in the penultimate over with the fate of the game already decided.Former West Indies batsman and captain Vivian Richards, also a television analyst for the series, agreed changes were necessary for the final One-Day, with Pollard perhaps sitting out and left-hander Jonathan Carter coming in. He also argued for Shannon Gabriel to play alongside 19-year-old speedster Alzarri Joseph, who made his debut in the second One-Day.”I think that if Shannon is fit for the next match why not play the two individuals (Gabriel and Joseph). It’s a good suggestion in terms of Pollard, (he) didn’t really show up tonight (Sunday),” Richards said on Monday.” …but those particular two in that sense in the fast bowling department, it would be nice to see Shannon Gabriel back (alongside) Alzarri Joseph.”last_img read more

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Nia Sharma to Rubina Dilaik: It’s a shame that these 9 TV actresses were slut-shamed this year

first_imgOn a daily basis a woman is shamed and judged for her looks, weight, complexion or behaviour. Be it a girl-next-door or a celebrity, no one gets spared by this evil eye. More so, celebrities are scrutinised and shamed publicly by pervert minds for two-minutes fame. Like every year, this year too a lot of television actresses were slut-shamed, body-shamed, fat-shamed, bra-shamed (call it by any name but it is a shame on us). Some were trolled for exposing too much flesh, while others were shamed for being too skinny or overweight.Of course, the incidents disturb and anger us, but it doesn’t surprise us. But what is great is that the celebrities in question didn’t take the negativity lying down, in fact, they were bold about their choices and gave fitting responses to their trolls.Here we list down such nine celebrities who were shamed by trollers in 2017. Let’s take a look.Nia SharmaNia Sharma , who recently won the title of second sexiest Asian woman, was slut-shamed not too long ago for putting up a music video of herself. Nia being Nia, gave it back in full to people who thought she would feel ashamed for all the unwarranted attention she had received.The actress posted a similar video of herself with the caption, “Oops! Here’s one more from the photoshoot!! Ready to slut-shame a girl again? Go aheadddddd. I’ll post five more coz that’s exactly why I got this shoot done!! I appreciate everyone who took out time from their absolutely worthless lives to write filthy long comments on my previous video. I got u job again!”advertisementRubina DilaikThe Shakti actress had also faced some heat when she had posted pictures of herself in a bikini on a social media site. Rubina shut down the hate with a powerful post that read, “I am more than just my body.”Aneri VajaniThe actress had posted a lingerie pic on the occasion of International Yoga Day captioned as, “When You Own Your Breath NoBody Steals Your Peace! Happy Yoya Day!”.The moment the photo was posted on social media, the actor got trolled for looking skinny and was tagged as ‘malnutritioned (sic)’. She was even made fun of wearing an ‘over-sized lingerie’, which made her the victim of body-shaming.”Yes I posted a picture on Instagram! Some people liked it some didn’t. But honestly, what’s wrong with you people? If you are fat and you post a picture, the world has problem. If you are skinny and you post a picture again world has problem. Guys, if you have so much of issue then ignore the picture. The picture is for me. I posted it on my account! So take a chill pill. God must have given you a good face then even learn how to talk. But no worries, God will make it all good but change your mindset. Thank You,” she have an apt reply to the trolls.Anusha DandekarVJ Anusha Dandekar was slut-shamed on social media site Instagram after she posted a picture of herself on her account.Anusha had captioned the picture as, “My body, my choice, my life, my karma. Free yourself from people’s judgement, feel liberated, live with a kind heart & love yourself, or change till you do, for when you truly love yourself, you can truly love someone other than you—Anusha.Thank you @kkundrra for giving me the confidence to post this. Thank you baby Sash @sashajairam for shooting me like never before. Thank you @shaazjungphotography for making it postable (new word). Here goes nothing.”Soon Anusha’s post was filled with comments that were directed at her body, and her personality.Ridheema TiwariGhulaam actress Ridheema Tiwari, who played the role of a seductress called Maldawali in the Life OK show, was shamed by trolls for her bold avatar on the show on social media. The actress finally broke her silence after people started commenting about her parents.”I understand that I play a seductress and it’s bound to attract male attention. People call me sexy and compliment my curves, my navel, I understand that, but when you think of me as a sex object, I object. Some men just can’t get over words like ‘cleavage’, ‘breasts’, ‘panty’ and ‘condom.’ They never grow up. They are obsessed with these words. People should not mix reel with real,” Mid-day quoted the actress as saying.”They should understand that for an actress to do bold roles is difficult and if you can’t compliment her, at least don’t objectify her by posting nasty comments and jokes related to them. We actresses choose to ignore it most of the times, but this time around, when they commented on my family, I was really hurt,” Ridheema added.Sonarika BhadoriaThe Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev actress had posted pictures of herself in a bikini while she was vacationing abroad. People posted filthy comments but she gave them all a perfect response.She posted a message on Instagram that read, “I don’t know what world I am living in. People in the west are fighting for body shaming, and here it is a crime for a girl to wear a bikini, let alone body shaming. I had posted a photo of myself in a bikini a few minutes back and had to delete it simply because I couldn’t tolerate the cursing and shaming that came my way! I could have ignored it but I don’t think I am mature enough to handle that kind of negativity yet.”Monali ThakurThe singing sensation was slut-shamed for wearing a western dress on the singing reality show Rising Star that didn’t quite appeal to viewers sitting at home, and so they went on a rant about it on the social media. Monali said that she didn’t care about anyone, and what she wore was her business.She wrote: “Before blocking a moron like you i wanted to let you know what i think of brains and minds like yours. You feeling uncomfortable with my short dress is your perverted psychological problem which is not my responsibility or any girl’s! So shove that ‘sabhyata’ nonsense of yours up your a**. And please pray that i never spot you ever in person coz then no one can stop me from showing you what my legs which made you feel uncomfortable can do to your little groin with just one kick! Please dont mind. It’s just a request.”advertisementDiandra SoaresThe former Bigg Boss contestant had done a bold photoshoot a while ago and had posted pictures from it on a social media site. Of course, things followed its course as it does in such cases, and Diandra received a lot of comments shaming her for her pictures. She hit out at the haters by posting yet another picture of herself with the caption that read “You are a girl, you should not abuse. F**k you.”Priya Malik Priya is known for having a strong opinion. She has also voiced her support for ‘Freethenipple’ campaign. When she was trolled by a guy for using the word sexy in her tweet, she didn’t let him go easily. She had tweeted, “Sexy isn’t always sexy. Intelligence is usually sexy. But, do you know what is always sexy? Kindness.”Do you find anything wrong in the tweet? No, right? But apparently it perturbed this guy who said that such tweets invited rape.Sexy isn’t always sexy. Intelligence is usually sexy. But, do you know what is always sexy? Kindness.- Priya Sometimes (@PriyaSometimes) April 11, 2017last_img read more

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Virat Kohli, after 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds, finally feels jaded

first_imgVirat Kohli, after 2818 international runs, 11 hundreds including three double hundreds (two of them back-to-back) has finally decided he is exhausted.The time, therefore, is ripe for a short break.Kohli, the most prolific run-scorer of his generation, has been unstoppable over the last two years.The run glut started in January 2016 when he smashed 381 runs in a five-match ODI series in Australia. He then smashed 90*, 59* and 50 in the three-match T20I series helping India to a clean sweep. And that was just the beginning.After leading India to triumph in the Asia Cup T20, Kohli continued his form at the World T20. It was at the IPL last year that Kohli really signalled his intention – 973 runs and four hundreds. There was no looking back.In the course of time, he would go on to become the first man to slam double hundreds in four successive series.  In 2016, Kohli aggregated 641 T20 International runs from 15 matches, 739 ODI runs from 10 matches and 1215 Test runs from 12 matches.MS Dhoni’s decision to step down as captain of India’s limited-overs teams meant more responsibility for Kohli but that spurred him on to greater heights. In 26 ODIs, Kohli finished with 1460 runs – the leading scorer in the format by a wide margin. Despite an average run in Test cricket, he made that up with a 610-run series against Sri Lanka and moved up to No.2 in the ICC rankings.Despite those runs and wins, Kohli also managed to highlight headlines for other reasons.The Indian captain’s furious response to Steve Smith’s DRS brain-fade in the Bengaluru Test set the tone for a rivetting series. Kohli was not amused when Smith looked at the Australian dressing-room for a referral and claimed it was not the first time the Australian players tried to seek external help over the use of technology.advertisementThen there was the rift with Anil Kumble, who eventually stepped down as India coach after his partnership with the captain became “untenable”.But Kohli seems to have come out even stronger. His passion for Indian victories, runs, hundreds, fitness and a team spirit based on mutual trust, respect and friendship has taken Indian cricket to dizzying heights.Time for a short break then, and Kohli has earned it. Make no mistake, 2018 will be one of the most challenging years in his glittering career.last_img read more

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Huawei Enjoy 7S with dual rear cameras, Android Oreo to launch on Dec 18

first_imgA new Huawei smartphone has surfaced online.  Dubbed as Huawei Enjoy 7S, the phone is expected to be a mid-ranger and will launch on December 18. This is the same phone that recently received certification from China’s certification agency  TENAA.The TENAA listing had revealed that the new Huawei Enjoy 7S could come with a Kirin 659 chipset and 2.36 GHz octa-core processor. The fresh leaked live images now reveal few more details of the phone. First the image confirms that the phone will launch on December 18.Further, the image reveals the design of the phone. The bezels seen on the top and bottom of the display are thinner in comparison to the other phones seen in the same category. The phone apparently sports an 18:9 display, a trend which has gone viral these days and can be seen in both premium and  mid-range segments of smartphones now.The new live image of Huawei Enjoy 7S also reveal a Blue colour variant of the phone. With past leaks we already know that there will be a White colour mode also. Expecting more colours of phones from Huawei won’t be wrong as the company knows how to play with colours of the smartphone. We remember how it released  8 colour variants of the P10.Also Read: Honor 9i review: Beauty that’s only skin-deepThe live images also reveal that there would be no physical home button in the smartphone which could also double as fingerprint sensor. Instead a circular fingerprint scanner is seen on the rear panel of the phone. The left corner of the rear panel holds the dual rear cameras. The two lenses are aligned horizontally along with a dual tone flash.    advertisementWhen looked closer, the volume and power buttons are seen on the right edge of the phone which means the SIM tray would be on the left edge of the phone. Going by the past rumours, the Huawei Enjoy 7S is expected to come with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory and backed by a 3000mAh battery. The device could feature a 5.65-inch FullView display and run on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. This also means that the Huawei Enjoy 7S will receive timely software updates. On the camera front, rumours indicate to a 13MP+2MP camera set up on the back. The phone is expected to cost around USD 240(Rs 15, 400 approx) and could reach Chinese markets by December 22.last_img read more

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In The Spotlight – New South Wales Scorpions

first_imgIn the fourth edition of In The Spotlight, the New South Wales Scorpions’ Sam Brisby speaks about his team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series?It is very exciting to be a part of the new system and I’m looking forward to the series in March. It is going to be a very tough series as all eight teams will be even due to the great spread of talent. I believe it will also be a great experience playing in the Elite Eight series as the best players in Australia will be competing.How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event?The team’s preparation is going well. We have had some good training sessions lately and are starting to mix well. The team is a lot of fun and we are all having a good time. We are a very relaxed team which is good.What would you say are the strengths of your team?The bulk of our team played in last year’s NTL winning Scorpions team. I think this will be our strength and many of the boys will know what it takes to win a tournament such as this one.Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents?The Country Mavericks look to have a good side, although all the teams will be tough due to the spread of talent with the new system. All seven round games are going to be hard so we have to be switched on for each game.What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight Series?It would be a great honour to win the Elite Eight series and to beat some of the best quality teams in Australia. I would be extremely happy to win a tournament with this team and it will also be a great experience with all the boys.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com and don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook by clicking on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384last_img read more

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Ohio State Could Reportedly Hire Major Program’s Top Assistant Coach

first_imgRyan Day coaching at Ohio State.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Interim head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during The AdvoCare Showdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Ryan Day isn’t expected to make a ton of changes as Ohio State’s head coach in 2019, but the Buckeyes’ new leader is going to bring in some of his own assistants.At least one of those assistant coaching hires will be a big one, as Ohio State needs a new offensive coordinator with Day’s promotion.Lettermen’s Row is reporting that Ohio State is looking at a big name to fill that role.Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator, Mike Yurcich, is reportedly a candidate for Ohio State’s offensive coordinator gig.From the report:Multiple sources have indicated to Lettermen Row that Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is a name to watch for the Buckeyes once the Rose Bowl is in the rearview mirror and Day gets to work on putting his imprint on the staff. At the moment, Ohio State has been using Corey Dennis to fill the 10th spot on the staff as a recruiter, and it will be interesting to see what role the senior quality control coach will have moving forward since the only other potential change on that side of the ball would likely be on the offensive line.It feels like a reasonably safe assumption that Kevin Wilson would be retained to continue his prolific partnership with Day, but adding another quarterback guru with Ohio ties and recruiting experience like Yurcich would be a strong, savvy move.Ohio State’s offense was one of the best in the country in 2018, so the Buckeyes aren’t going to want to make a ton of changes regardless of what hires are made.The Buckeyes are set to end their season on Jan. 1.Ohio State and Washington are set to kick off at the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. E.T. on New Year’s Day.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

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Cant believe Im working with Jon Snow Salma Hayek

first_imgLos Angeles: Hollywood star Salma Hayek is excited to work with “Game of Thrones” heartthrob Kit Harington in Marvel’s “The Eternals”. The veteran actor took to Instagram to share her ‘fan girl’ moment with Harington on Tuesday. “I still can’t believe that I’m working with #jonsnow! Kit you’re the best! #theeternals #gameofthrones #kitharington,” Hayek captioned the picture. Harington was sporting a shorter crop, bidding his Jon Snow days goodbye. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The announcement of Harington, who played fan favourite Jon Snow in the HBO series, was made at the D23 Expo last month. He joined fellow “GOT” star Richard Madden, who is also a part of the star-studded cast. “The Eternals” also boasts of Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan and Gemma Chan. Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Chloe Zhao is attached to direct the movie from a script by Matthew and Ryan Firpo. The film is slated for a November 6, 2020 release.last_img read more

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Brain activity dampened by vaped THC similar to those with schizophrenia study

first_imgA new study by Ontario researchers suggests that brain activity in rats exposed a single time to THC — the vapourized psychoactive component of marijuana — is similar to those with schizophrenia and cannabis-induced psychosis.Lead author Jibran Khokhar, an assistant professor of neuroscience at the University of Guelph, said the rats’ “dampened” brain activity lasted at least one week after the exposure.“It was really surprising,” he said.Khokhar and his team are trying to tease out the long-known relationship between marijuana use and schizophrenia.A genetic predisposition to schizophrenia combined with exposures to cannabis can increase the risk for that person to have a psychotic episode or to then have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, Khokhar explained.But the causal relationship between the two is not known.“The goal and focus of the lab is to try to crack this chicken or egg question of substance use and schizophrenia,” Khokhar said.His team surgically implanted electrodes into the brains of eight healthy rats that had never been exposed to tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. After the animals recovered from the surgery, his team pumped pure vapourized THC or a saline solution into sealed rat chambers.Then they monitored the rats’ activity in several regions of the brain, including the prefrontral cortex, the orbitofrontal cortex and the dorsal striatum.“We found across all the regions the single exposure to THC changed the individual activities of these brain regions, but also altered how these regions communicate, or jive, with one another,” Khokhar said.The research was published recently in the Canadian Journal of Addiction.Khokhar said they have built customized chambers to study vaping further.“Vapourized cannabis is gaining popularity and as more concentrates come on the market, we see an increase in wax and shatter — high concentrate forms of THC — and will probably be vapourized with these vape pens,” Khokhar said.Public health officials south of the border are investigating hundreds of serious breathing illnesses — including at least seven deaths — with most related to vaping marijuana oil. Last week, Canadian officials announced what is believed to be the first vaping-related illness in London, Ont., that left a teen on life support before recovering.Canada’s chief public health officer said last week that at least three reports of potential vaping-related illnesses are being investigated, but nothing has been confirmed.Khokhar said the rising popularity of vaping and the reported pulmonary illnesses underscore the need to do more research.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2019.Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UN seeks clarification on trial of human rights expert in Bangladesh

13 July 2007The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that it is seeking clarification from Bangladeshi authorities about the situation surrounding a UN independent expert who is facing trial in the Asian country on corruption charges. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that it is seeking clarification from Bangladeshi authorities about the situation surrounding a UN independent expert who is facing trial in the Asian country on corruption charges.The trial of Sigma Huda, the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, is understood to have already started and there are reports that she is in ill-health, OHCHR spokesperson José-Luis Diaz told reporters in Geneva.But he said that while OHCHR has been in constant contact with Bangladeshi authorities, the Office has not yet received the information it requested seeking clarification of the case against Ms. Huda, a Bangladeshi national.A number of UN Special Rapporteurs – who work in an independent capacity and report to the UN Human Rights Council – are considering issued a public appeal, Mr. Diaz added.Ms. Huda was due to make a presentation to the Council last month but had been prevented from doing so by Bangladesh, and Mr. Diaz said the Office of the High Commissioner wanted to hear the reasons for this decision.Responding to journalists’ questions, Mr. Diaz said Ms. Huda was covered by the privileges and immunities enjoyed by UN experts on mission while she was exercising her duties, and presumably Bangladesh did not consider that immunity applied in this case. read more

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Poor nations must also play role in global response to financial crisis

Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) today voiced concern for what he called “innocent bystanders” in the widening global financial crisis.“The impact on developing countries will be much deeper than was anticipated,” he said during a meeting with UNCTAD’s governing body, the Trade and Development Board, in Geneva. Certain sectors of their economies “are beginning to suffer, and this is only the beginning,” he cautioned, adding that volatile exchange-rate movements affecting some of these countries will not help.“Trade will suffer, and the commodities boom that has helped developing countries for a number of years now is ending,” said Mr. Supachai. He noted that a real issue will be whether any cash will be left for credit and development aid needed for efforts such as achieving the anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as to boost productive capacities and cope with issues like climate change.Other issues that need to be addressed include the fate of smaller private banks, preventing “capital from fleeing from developing countries,” and regulating liberalized global markets to reduce volatility and risk, especially for small nations.Mr. Supachai stressed that adapting the global financial system “must be a global effort,” that includes the participation of all countries and the UN.The President of the Trade and Development Board, Debapriya Bhattacharya of Bangladesh, noted that the crisis “is complex and interrelated, it has yet to fully unfold, and the impacts are not yet completely clear.” However, there will be repercussions for trade, the currencies, and the investment prospects of the world’s less-advanced nations, he told the meeting. “It’s not just the extent of the problem, but how to manage the pace of it.”Heiner Flassbeck, Director of UNCTAD’s Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, described the current financial turmoil as “a global de-leveraging, a global going out of risky positions. That is all right on its own – in fact we have said for several years that this was going to happen – but it can go too fast. It must be slowed down by government intervention.”He warned of a “huge slowdown in trade due to the global recession that is looming.“The current malaise is that we have built a huge casino next to the real economy, and given too many people the means to play there, and now that casino has collapsed,” he told participants. “We need to realize, to learn the lesson, that this kind of casino is not productive, is not helpful. We must go back to balanced and real economic relations and to balanced relations between currencies.”The current financial crisis will also feature high on the agenda when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes a meeting of his senior Chief Executives Board, which brings together the heads of the world body’s various entities, next week in New York. 16 October 2008A wide range of countries should play an important role in shaping policies to cope with the current global financial crisis, according to senior United Nations development experts who warned that the impact of the turmoil on poor nations is being overlooked as “economic giants” deal with the emergency. read more

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Cholera outbreak in DR Congo near end in one area but ongoing

29 December 2011The cholera outbreak that has infected thousands of people across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is almost over in the worst-affected province, but fresh cases are being recorded in two other areas, the United Nations humanitarian arm reports. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in a news update released yesterday, said a Government committee in the province of Equateur is set to announce the end of the outbreak there after three weeks with no reports of new cases.The committee has decided to close a dedicated cholera treatment centre in Mbandaka, the provincial capital, this month and has identified a hospital in the same city to house a treatment unit to deal with other cases.OCHA warned that despite this progress, 15 zones in the province remain under surveillance from health authorities.With a reported 165 deaths and 3,045 cases as of last Sunday, Equateur is the province most affected by this year’s outbreak across the DRC, although Bandundu and Eastern provinces and the national capital, Kinshasa, have also been hit.In Kinshasa, new cases are still being recorded, with an alarming 351 fresh cases and at least 13 deaths in the past three weeks.OCHA noted that many of Kinshasa’s growing population of over eight million people live in poor hygienic conditions, increasing the likelihood that the disease will spread. The city is also a base for river craft to other provinces affected by the outbreak.South Kivu, in the country’s far east, has also recorded a rise in the number of cases recently – almost 70 new cases were registered between 19 December and 25 December.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been assisting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to chlorinate water in the urban areas of Bagira, Ibanda and Kadutu.In total, at least 575 Congolese have died in the current outbreak and more than 21,500 cases have been recorded. Poor access to clean water and decent sanitation remains the biggest problem in halting the spread of the outbreak.Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with the bacterium known as vibrio cholerae. The disease has a short incubation period and produces a toxin that causes continuous watery diarrhoea, a condition that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment is not administered promptly. Vomiting also occurs in most patients.The disease remains a global threat and is one of the key indicators of social development, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). While cholera no longer poses a threat to countries with high standards of hygiene, it remains a challenge in countries with limited access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. read more

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Spokesman China has made deals to buy US soybeans pork

BEIJING — China’s government says importers have agreed to buy American soybeans and pork.Thursday’s announcement comes as the two sides make conciliatory gestures ahead of talks next month aimed at ending a costly tariff war with President Donald Trump over trade and technology.A Ministry of Commerce spokesman, Gao Feng, said Chinese buyers have “completed deals to buy soybeans and pork of considerable scale.” He gave no details.Beijing earlier announced it was lifting punitive tariffs on soybeans, China’s biggest import from the United States.The Associated Press read more

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SMMT President delivers warning shot to Government to back UK automotive ahead

Warns of the “devastating waste” of effort if spending cuts undermine supply chain recovery.Major challenges ahead for industry, including an EU referendum and skills shortages.Britain’s global automotive success requires partnership with government to stay competitive.The UK automotive sector is leading Britain’s resurgence as a competitive industrial powerhouse, but needs government to work with industry to ensure continued success. That’s the message delivered by Gareth Jones, President of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), in his keynote speech at SMMT’s 99th Annual Dinner in London this evening.Addressing industry leaders, politicians and media on the eve of the government’s Spending Review, Jones called on the Chancellor to maintain the vital investment support and competitive business environment that have helped strengthen the UK automotive industry’s post-recession growth.The industry has delivered an impressive performance in 2015: the domestic new car market is now the second largest in Europe; manufacturing output is up, with exports leading the growth; employment is at its highest level since 2008; and the sector’s annual economic contribution is, at £15.5 billion, at a record high.There is much to be proud of, Jones said, “While the UK’s productivity is falling behind that of global competitors, in automotive we excel. We have the best record in Europe and our productivity has increased four times faster than the UK average. How? Sheer hard graft, hard won investment and a culture that demands continuous improvement and innovation.”However, he added that there are also major challenges to overcome, including a referendum on whether the UK leaves its most important trading partner, a skills shortage and tomorrow’s Spending Review,1 with cuts expected across government departments, including those that help smaller businesses enter new markets around the world.He also called on government to recognise the serious challenges faced in the automotive supply chain which is severely affected by exchange rates, higher energy and business costs. To grow, these companies, often SMEs, rely on government-supported funding initiatives.2 “So much has already been invested successfully and to pull the rug away now would be a devastating waste,” he said, adding, “It’s a stark reminder that while our industry is a net exporter, the export deficit for parts sits at almost £8 billion. However, with the right support, re-shoring to the UK is possible – and with £4 billion of potential growth, the benefits are worth it.”With continued government partnership and sound policies to attract investment and encourage innovation, UK automotive has the potential to deliver that growth – and more, Jones said. “We have shown Britain has what it takes to be a manufacturing powerhouse again. But we can’t do it alone. So we say to government: Create the conditions that allow us to develop the quality products for which we are world-renowned. Back us to create the jobs, economic growth and prosperity that Britain needs. We have shown we can deliver; work with us to make sure that success continues.”1. The Government’s Autumn Spending Review will be announced on 25 November 20152. Successful initiatives include: The Regional Growth Fund loan programme; the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative; and the Long-Term Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Programme, as well as the Trade Show Access Programme and other schemes that help smaller businesses enter new global markets.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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NHL Seeks Formal Proposal From Players Union

The NHL, after two hours of negotiations with the players association, requested a formal proposal from the union.The bargaining session — the first formal face-to-face meeting between the two sides in over a week — lasted less than two hours and covered key topics such as player contracting rights and core economics.NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league wants to see a proposal from the NHLPA on these topics, among others, and feels they haven’t seen that yet in the negotiation process.“We had hoped to engage them in a discussion about the players contracting issues that are so important to the players,” Fehr said. “At least tonight, they were unwilling to do that.”The league, however, views both the core economics — such as the division of revenue — and player contracting issues as linked. Daly said the league pushed the union on their stance on the economics and did not receive any clarity.“We’ve never heard a full proposal from them. We’ve heard their proposal on economics — they’re still suggesting that they’re moving in our direction on economics,” Daly said. “Until we know exactly where they stand on economics … we think it’s all tied together. We’d like to hear it all together.”Daly affirmed the league’s interest in seeing the NHLPA make an offer that is linked to revenue growth, as opposed to a guaranteed player amount. The NHLPA’s last offer proposed that players receive $1.883 billion (equivalent to the amount they took in last year) with 1.75 percent interest in Year 1, although it is believed that the league would like to see the division of revenue accounted for on a pure percentage basis.“If their proposal continues to be a guaranteed player amount, sitting here on Nov. 19, that’s not a proposal that would … ever be acceptable to us,” Daly said. “If that happens to be where we are, we will be a long way apart.”“It’s our position (that) we’ve made a couple comprehensive proposals in a row. We’d like to know where they are on all the issues and we asked them to think about putting together a comprehensive proposal for us to consider,” Daly said.NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr declined to address the details of the core economics discussion. Fehr said he’d go back to the NHLPA offices, consult with his membership on the evening’s meeting, and confer with the league Tuesday morning.Multiple sources confirmed that the two sides might not meet again until Wednesday. It is believed the union wants to take time to work on putting together a new proposal.Fehr said the union addressed player contracting rights — a contentious point in negotiations as both sides have dug in on the issue — but to no avail. read more

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Opinion Columbus Blue Jackets primed to contend with NHLs best

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save with Minnesota Wild’s Jason Zucker (16) in front of the net during the second period on Jan. 19 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe 2015 NHL season has finally arrived, and that only means one thing: meaningful hockey games will be abundant.The Columbus Blue Jackets start off their season on Friday against the New York Rangers at Nationwide Arena starting at 7:05 p.m. Coming into the season, the Blue Jackets have big expectations after some offseason moves and look to continue to take steps toward a Stanley Cup coming to Columbus. With a new captain in place for the first time since Rick Nash was traded in 2012, forward Nick Foligno is ready to lead this team on the march for the playoffs.StrengthsIf one should give credit to anyone on the team, it is Sergei Bobrovsky. The goalie has emerged as one of the best in the league and is the backbone of the team. He took Columbus by storm in his first year with the team by winning the Vezina Trophy (the best goaltender in the league) in 2012-13. Bobrovsky has also been working a bit differently this year. He normally takes a few months off after the season to relax his body and mind away from the rink. This year, he worked more on and off the ice to be ready for this season.Having a healthy Bobrovsky is always a plus for the defense, which also has some bright spots. Ryan Murray, a young defenseman, has been considered the key to the defense. However, he has also been hurt quite a bit the last two seasons. If he can stay healthy, he can give Bobrovsky some relief from taking unnecessary shots. He has 70 shots on goal in his two seasons, meaning that he can bring the puck down the rink and even put the puck on goal.Alongside Murray is another young defenseman, David Savard. Savard is entering his fifth season in Columbus, and is coming off a 36-point campaign. Savard also had three game-winning goals last season, an impressive mark for a defenseman. Those two should help keep some pressure off Bobrovsky, and help keep the puck with the offense.Speaking of offense, the top line has not yet been mentioned. Center Ryan Johansen has made a statement over the last two years, and is now considered one of the best young players in the league.Teaming him up with Johansen is the new captain Foligno, who had an all-star year last season, even being named the captain of his squad in the 2015 All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena.He had a career year with 31 goals, 42 assists and three game-winners.Those two should be lined with a third potential all-star, in Brandon Saad.Saad comes over from Chicago, where he won two Stanley Cup Finals in 2013 and 2015. The forward is only 22 years old, but he is considered one of the up-and-coming superstars in the league. Having a top line of Foligno, Johansen and Saad should stack up against any other team’s.WeaknessesColumbus, on paper, doesn’t seem to have too many weaknesses, but that does not mean that it is perfect. After an injury-riddled 2014-15 season, regaining the team’s timing is going to take some time. With the loss of center Artem Anisimov, who was moved for Saad, that leaves a hole on the power-play and short-handed lines. Saad will be shifted to his spot, which he should be able to handle.The third and fourth lines are a mystery right now. Players such as winger Corey Tropp and center Mark Letestu’s departures could hurt the team’s depth. Tropp was a good physical presence last year, and gave fits to other defenses, while Letestu could score from the bottom lines — notching seven goals and six assists — and had a knack for ending up with the puck. This team, just like last year, needs younger guys to step up and produce in order to have any chance with the likes of the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals.Overall, this club has a good-looking roster to compete with any team in the NHL, especially with the blue-collar attitude that Todd Richards has incorporated into the Jackets’ play over the last few years.Expectations have changed in Columbus. The city expects the club to not just compete, but win. These are not the same old Jackets that were pushovers in the Western Conference. This team has tasted the playoffs, and can see the opportunity of this year. If it plays up to expectations, it should return there for the third time in franchise history. read more

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