Gut Bacteria May Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis

first_imgThe bacteria that live in your intestines are a mixed blessing. Scientists have known for decades that this so-called microbiota helps us digest our food and crowds out infectious germs. The bugs have also been implicated in allergies and obesity. Now, a new study adds one more potential malady to the list: rheumatoid arthritis.”It’s been suspected for years and years, both in humans and in the animal model, that the development of autoimmune diseases like arthritis is dependent on the gut microbiota,” says immunologist Diane Mathis of Harvard Medical School in Boston. Now, she says, those suspicions are beginning to be confirmed in humans. “It’s a very striking finding.”Rheumatoid arthritis is a mysterious disease. It can strike at any age, typically beginning in young and middle-aged adults and causing painfully stiff, swollen joints in the hands and feet. It can also destroy bone and cartilage and damage organs like the lungs and kidneys. Scientists aren’t sure what causes rheumatoid arthritis, but they do know that it’s an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the body’s immune system is attacking its own tissues. 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We need to be able to tolerate helpful microbes while still recognizing and fighting invaders. Immunologist Dan Littman of New York University knew that gut microbes are important to the development of a particular type of immune cell his team studies, known as a Th17 cell. Mice that are reared in sterile conditions produce very few of these cells, and his group had previously found that mice bought from one supplier had far more Th17 cells than those that came from a different supplier. The difference turned out to be due to the rodents’ gut microbes.When Littman presented that result at a conference several years ago, Mathis, who was in the audience, told him that she had seen a change in her lab animals when they were moved to a lab in a different town. Instead of spontaneously developing a mouse version of arthritis, they remained healthy. Littman and Mathis collaborated to find out why and tracked down the difference to a particular type of bacterium that, when present in the intestines, trains the immune system to produce Th17 cells, which in turn release molecules that cause inflammation and bone damage in arthritis.Littman wondered if rheumatoid arthritis in humans might also be due to specific gut microbes. His team tested fecal samples (which reflect the population of gut bacteria) from 114 residents of the New York City area. Some subjects were healthy; others had been living with rheumatoid arthritis for years; still others had psoriatic arthritis, a different autoimmune disease whose causes are also unknown; and some had been recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Members of this latter group were especially important because, although they had rheumatoid arthritis, they hadn’t yet been treated for it. In this group, a bacterium named Prevotella copri was present in 75% of patients’ intestines, the researchers will report online tomorrow in eLife. P. copri only appeared in 37% of patients living with either rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis and 21% of healthy controls. This last number is similar to the prevalence of P. copri that previous studies found in the general population in industrialized countries.”That they were able to associate one bacterium with one pathology is remarkable,” says Yasmine Belkaid, an immunologist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland, who was not involved in the work.But the results aren’t enough to convict P. copri as the mastermind behind rheumatoid arthritis, she notes. The authors can’t ethically give the bacterium to healthy subjects, so they couldn’t prove that P. copri caused arthritis in patients, just that the bacterium and the disease tend to occur together. Genetics and other environmental factors, like smoking, have been associated with rheumatoid arthritis, so even if P. copri is the culprit, it doesn’t necessarily act alone. “The next step is to be able to understand how causative these microbes are,” Belkaid says. That would require surveying people’s microbes and waiting to see who develops the disease.To build its case against the bacterium, Littman’s team gave a lab-grown strain of P. copri to mice and watched what happened in the rodents’ guts. P. copri easily took up residence, and the researchers found that the mice developed increased inflammation, especially in the gut. They didn’t get arthritis, possibly because the strain of P. copri was different from the human ones, but Littman says the gut inflammation corroborates the idea that gut microbes are prodding immune cells to develop and that those cells then go forth and lead an attack on other parts of the body.That is the most exciting possibility, Mathis says. But, she explains, other hypotheses can’t be ruled out. It’s possible that arthritis patients’ immune systems allow P. copri to grow out of control, or perhaps a third factor affects both the microbes and the immune system independently. Rheumatoid arthritis, Littman says, seems to have several environmental triggers, but how and whether they combine is not well understood.The findings, Mathis says, open the possibility of new therapies to prevent or treat rheumatoid arthritis. Current treatments for the disease include drugs with scary side effects—Remicade, for instance, seems to increase the risk of developing certain cancers and serious infections. Perhaps P. copri could be attacked with antibiotics, Littman says, or crowded out with probiotic pills full of good bacteria. Either way, patients may someday be able to relieve their joint pain by focusing on their guts.last_img read more

Education department worried about rising number of Class 9 students: Wants remedial coaching to be provided

first_imgThere have been reports of large number of Class 9 students failing in exams and being unable to make it to Class 10. Due to this, the education department has not just asked schools to provide data regarding the same, but also requested the authorities to give remedial coaching to students and make sure that they were promoted to Class 10.According to newspaper reports,in July, last year, after receiving complaints of parents through activists, Minister Of State For Higher And Technical Education Ravindra Waikar called a meeting with the education officials. He proposed to either have a re-examination or pass the students, as it is done till Class 8, under the Right to Education Act. As a result of this meeting, the department was also asked to gather data from schools regarding the number of ailing Class 9 students.Also, the schools were requested by the education officials to help the students clear their examination successfully. But no particular directions, however, were given on how to do that.Schools in certain regions, such as Nagpur,  have been directed to make sure that students failing their Class 9 exams are given remedial coaching for 30 days. Also, their re-examination was taken in the first week of July, so that they could be promoted. The circular issued by the Nagpur education department also stated that if the school had 100 Class 9 students but only 50 were admitted in SSC, then the school will be considered to be giving only a 50 percent result.Similarly, the Solapur education department also issued a circular to all their regional secondary schools to send details of Class 9 and Class 10 students from 2013 till 2015.advertisementRead: Don’t be dissuaded by failures: Smriti to students Read: High number of students from Mumbai division leads to demands of splitting division to reduce workload For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund blasts the ‘hardest 15 minutes’ of Marc Bartra’s life

first_imgBorussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra has said he experienced the “hardest 15 minutes” of his life after fracturing his wrist in Tuesday’s attack on the team bus.The 26-year-old had an operation after breaking the radial bone in his arm when three explosions went off as the bus made its way to the stadium shortly before Dortmund’s Champions League clash with AS Monaco. (Also read: Borussia Dortmund’s Marc Bartra undergoes operation for bus blast injury)”The pain, the panic, and the uncertainty of not knowing what was going on, nor how long it would last…they were the longest and hardest 15 minutes of my life,” the Spain international wrote on Instagram on Friday.”About all of that I want to tell you that I think the shock of those days is easing all the time and the desire to live, struggle, work…play (and) train…is getting stronger.””What do I feel when I look at my swollen and badly damaged wrist? I feel pride, thinking that all the harm they wanted to do to us on Tuesday led to nothing worse than that.”The accompanying photo showed Bartra looking towards his family. He had a cast on most of his right arm and around his left wrist.Dortmund said on Thursday that Bartra, who joined the club for 8 million euros ($8.50 million) from Barcelona at the start of the season, should return to playing in “about four weeks”.Tuesday’s match was rescheduled for 24 hours later and Monaco secured a 3-2 victory over Dortmund, who will next host Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday.advertisementGerman newspaper Bild said on its website that Dortmund’s stadium programme for the weekend game featured a message from the club’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke saying: “Like on Wednesday evening in the game against Monaco, we’re not playing just for ourselves today.”We’re playing for everyone. We wanted to clearly express that terrorism and hatred should never be allowed to determine how we behave.”It’s up to all of us — the players, officials and fans in equal measure — to show society that we won’t give in to terrorism.”And of course we’re also playing for Marc Bartra, who wants to see his team win!”On Thursday, a German judge authorised the arrest of a 26-year-old Iraqi man, who was detained after the attack and prosecutors said they believed he was a member of Islamic State.The prosecutors, however, said there is no evidence he took part in the attack in Dortmund.A spokeswoman for the federal prosecutors said on Friday there was no new information to give.($1 = 0.9411 euros)last_img read more

Valuable tips from Bindra, Narang helped: Ravi Kumar

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 25 (PTI) His World Cup Final debut may not have panned out in the manner he would have liked, but rifleman Ravi Kumar says tips from Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang have definitely helped him become better.Competing in the 10m air rifle final at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, Kumar finished at the bottom of the heap in an eighth-man field, scoring 123.4.Just after the high-scoring final ended, the 27-year-old Kumar expressed his disappointment, but he knows he can look forward to a bright future being mentored by people like Bindra, an Olympic champion, and London Games bronze winner Narang.”I am just a beginner. When I am in any sort of trouble I take their help ? from technical aspects of the sport to the mental side ? they have been very helpful all the time,” Kumar, who along with the likes of Deepak Kumar, are trying to fill illustrious boots, told PTI after his event.The Air Force shooter from Meerut has reached two of the three finals of the World Cups ? New Delhi and Munich — he competed this year, finishing eighth and fifth respectively. In Munich, he also shot a personal best of 629.1 in qualification.Asked about areas that still need improvements, he mentioned finals.”That is one area ? the finals ? I believe I need to work on.”Summing up the day, Kumar said he was disappointed to have finished eighth after rubbing shoulders with the best in the business.The opportunity to make amends would come when he takes to the range at Gold Coast in the upcoming Commonwealth Championships.advertisement”I am not happy with my performance but in the Commonwealth Championships, I will look to put up a better performance.”There has been good training, but dont know what happened today. It was not my day I would like to believe. All the shooters were very good, so it was a great experience for me ahead of the upcoming events.”Kumar had teamed up with Bindra and Narang, winners of many medals in top international competitions, to win team bronze at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. PTI AH ATK ATKlast_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2018: Younis Khan wants regular cricket between India and Pakistan

first_imgFormer Pakistan batsman Younis Khan batted for regular and organised cricket between India and Pakistan and believed that would also reduce the pressure on the players of both sides when they face each other for matches.Younis also said the age of social media has also contributed to the pressure players are under because they know exactly what is being talked about by the public and the media.”India-Pakistan series should be regular and organised, not like how it happens at the moment. These days players have more pressure because of the rarity of the occasion. We all want India to come to Pakistan and play. In 2004, India came to play and you guys were there and you all got a warm welcome. Everyone wants India-Pakistan cricket to be played in a better manner so that the pressure also reduces,” Younis said at Salaam Cricket 2018.”Players have more pressure now because on social media, this is all that is talked about. Players are also humans, it’s not like they can overlook everything in the media. Even if the players decide not to see news, their relatives will tell them. Back in time that didn’t happen. Conditions, pitches, umpiring and structure has improved but now the cameras have increased and there’s nothing hidden so that increases pressure.”Mohammad Azharuddin also felt that players receive a lot more flak when it comes to an India-Pakistan match and the reactions are extremely extreme when it comes to this match.”India-Pakistan cricket always has pressure, nowadays it’s more because press and TV also follow more now. Players receive a lot of flak now, either public don’t want their teams to lose. During Kargil war also we played in Manchester and I was told that you won against Pakistan, felt like we won the World Cup. But like I said, we can keep talking but whatever the diplomats decide will make a difference. Both players are treated well in either countries. I ate in Pakistan but also ran as much and trained. During Sunny bhai’s time the batting and fielding fitness was different. I feel if you don’t play Pakistan then don’t play anywhere. I don’t agree with this choice policy,” Azhar said.advertisement”Pakistan should make a move I feel. Imran bhai has talked positively but they will have to come ahead first and it’s between countries, so I would not want to say much.”YOUNIS-AZHAR DESCRIBE HOW PLAYERS FROM EITHER COUNTRIES HELPED THEMYounis: My first tour against India in Sharjah, since then I have been following Azharuddin. We couldn’t play much after that but I have learnt a lot from him and even during my captaincy, I tried to learn from him. Two years ago, when I was struggling, Azhar bhai gave me an advice and that helped me score 200 against England in my last Test.I got a lot of criticism by the end of my career but Azhar bhai called me and told me that batsmen also use the crease and he asked me to try in the nets. He did not force me into it but asked me to try and I did and it helped me. Younis Khan and Mohammad Azharuddin discussed how seniors players have helped their game. (India Today Photo)Azharuddin, I followed since his debut. Sunil Gavaskar, everyone used to say there was a charm in his batting and we were told to watch them. Even Kapil Dev, I used to try bowling like him, we tried to play onside like Azharuddin. Hearing radio commentary we used to create images and tried to learn. If you wish something, you get it and we have got that. Nowadays, everything is out there, so much analysis is available, there is more pressure but things have become easy.Azhar: I told him [Younis] whatever I had learnt in England and I think he implemented it.In 1989, I was dropped from the first Test but there were no regrets because I was not batting very well. Zaheer [Abbas] bhai came to me in the nets and adviced me to change my grip. It hurt me initially but then I thought I had tried everything so I should try this too. After that my game changed completely, I used to play well onside but then I began playing well offside too.INDIA, PAKISTAN CHANCES IN ASIA CUP 2018Azhar: I haven’t seen the new Pakistan players but everyone is saying they are very good but I can’t comment. I feel India is a settled team, they didn’t play very well in England but they are in touch and so I feel we have the edge. I would want to see India-Pakistan final but we cannot write off Bangladesh.advertisementVirat Kohli is the No.1 player so obviously the team will miss him but like I said, even other teams will miss seeing him. If he is injured like people are saying then we should not talk much about him as he would not want to aggravate the injury. I think he would have played had he been fit.Main difference in Champions Trophy was Amir’s bowling. Pakistan have always had fast bowlers and if the team plays on their potential then they can beat anyone. The advantage they have is the fact that they have been playing here. But I feel the Indian team is also good.Younis: Team India will miss Virat Kohli’s form and his aggressive captaincy and they would not want to go from here without doing well considering also how they did in England but you learn from these situations. Pakistan always missed an all-rounder and now we have that.But we all know this is a nerves match however the teams may be. The matches are always competitive. I have seen in my career that as a young team we went to India and drew Test series 1-1 and won ODIs 5-2 even though India had players like Sachin, Sehwag, Dravid and Ganguly and bowlers like Kumble, Harbhajan.DHONI’S DEBUT SERIES VS PAKISTANYounis: The way Dhoni scored 148, it was amazing. Indian cricket changed after that. Mahi became captain and took the Indian team to the top. In such series, players are broken, even Sourav Ganguly did but a lot of players rise also like I also rose from there, just like Dhoni.In those days the comical thing was we used to go to India and won and India used to come to Pakistan and win and our families would not talk properly to us. It got really tough and I guess the same happened with Indian team.Whenever Sehwag would come to bat, there will be massive runs always. His 300 in Multan, we all saw. He always used to perform against Pakistan. Same with me, I always used to play against India.INDIA’S CHANCES AT ASIA CUPAzhar: Kuldeep can surely be a trump card because he’s a chinaman and Pakistan haven’t played many chinaman. Like Younis and Misbah said the wickets are also going to be tough so he can be important.Rohit Sharma has a chance to play Test matches again because the way India have played in England, many won’t be selected for Australia.WHY PAKISTAN HAVE HAD SUCCESS IN ENGLAND AND INDIA HAVE NOTYounis: We have always had leg-spinners whenever we go to England and they have dominated so they are little things that make a difference.For batsmen, like I took advice from Azhar bhai, there are so many Indian legends and they should learn from them and even if they don’t say themselves, the players should go themselves. The learning should not stop. I went to Rahul Dravid in 2004 Champions Trophy in Birmingham and I asked for 5 minutes but Dravid himself came to me and I was a junior player. I asked him a few questions and I took them ahead and it changed my cricket. If they take advice properly, they will never struggle in England.advertisementAzhar: I think players feel they know everything, it becomes about ego I feel. Sunny bhai won’t ever go to anyone, he’s the best player and senior so it’s very sad that these players don’t go to him. You can learn from bowlers like Muralitharan also because he can tell how to counter as a batsmen. If players feel they are the best then they can’t be helped but there is no harm in approaching a legend. You should approach to learn, legends will approach very often.last_img read more

‘Real behind Zidane until death’

first_imgReal Madrid Marcelo: Real Madrid behind Zidane until death Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 22:39 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v PSG PSG Marcelo Zinédine Zidane Videos The Brazil international has backed his manager with a passionate statement as the Spanish giants prepare to face PSG in the Champions League Marcelo claims that Real Madrid are fully behind Zinedine Zidane “until death”, as the club continues to stutter.The Spanish giants sit fourth in La Liga, a staggering 17 points behind leaders Barcelona, and 10 behind second-placed Atletico Madrid.Real have won two of their last four games in all competitions, and beat Sociedad 5-2 last time out, but their victory came after a draw with Levante and a Copa del Rey exit at the hands of minnows Leganes. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With a mouthwatering tie against PSG looming in the Champions League Round of 32, Marcelo has thrown his weight behind Zidane, who remains a club legend.”Zidane is a great coach. We are with him until death,” he told reporters at a news conference.Marcelo has repeatedly talked up the talents of compatriot Neymar, previously insisting that he will eventually join Los Blancos.And he has now stepped up his charm offensive, as the two prepare to step onto the same pitch this week.”I think the Real fans would love to watch Neymar playing for Real Madrid,” he said.”He is a world star. Every fan would like to have Neymar in their team.”Zidane has attempted to look past the gigantic billing given to the clash of Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Marcelo has echoed his manager’s sentiments.”Neymar and Ronaldo are great players, that can score in decisive games,” he added. “But I think the game is not just on both of them. They are great players.”last_img read more

8 days agoEx-Wolves stalwart Edwards lauds strong leader Coady

first_imgEx-Wolves stalwart Edwards lauds strong leader Coadyby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves stalwart Dave Edwards has praised Conor Coady for his leadership skills.The former Liverpool man has been a mainstay for Wolves since Nuno took over the dugout.Edwards said: “Conor has always been a leader. He’s so vocal – such a big talker.”He’s like that every single day in the dressing room, and such a happy guy as well, always having a smile on his face.”That raises the energy in training and around the place, even when you’ve lost a game.”Conor was the natural choice for Nuno, and he has revelled in the centre of defence.”It was a natural option. He can see the pitch from there and organise.”He has been a leader since he was a teenager, captaining England at youth level. I just hope he gets a chance at senior level with England now.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Q&A: Corey Calliet on Training Celebs, Revenge Bodies, and Benching 515 Pounds

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Photo by Bobby QuillardPhoto by Bobby QuillardBad news: Between 80 and 90 percent of fitness resolutions end up failing (especially if you’re living in these cities.) Good news: The Manual has your secret weapon, which comes in the form of celebrity trainer Corey Calliet.Calliet makes a living sculpting actors into Greek gods for the silver screen, having been hired by Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Marvel, MGM, and Universal to work his muscle magic on their stars.He’s currently working with the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther as lead trainer and previous trained Michael B. Jordan for his role in Creed. Calliet’s other trainees include rapper A$AP Rocky, NBA force Tyreke Evans, Star Wars’ John Boyega — the list goes on. Calliet splits his time between these efforts and being a trainer on E!’s hit show Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian and doing motivational speaking.So yeah, he knows a thing or two about keeping with your gym routine and becoming a beast. We chatted with Calliet to get you tips reserved for celebrities and to talk muscle, food, and mantras for when you feel like quitting.At what number of pull-ups and crunches is a man considered “fit?”One hundred crunches, 20 pull-ups.What are some celeb training secrets an average guy can use today?Training twice a day gets the results I’m looking for with my celebrity clients. The first session includes moderate to heavy weightlifting and typically [high intensity interval training (HIIT)] training for the second.If you could workout with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.Why are our fitness resolutions and goals important to stick with?I used to overweight and unhappy. Becoming healthy changed my entire life, from my job, to the way I feel every day! A healthier life is a happier life.What are your earliest memories of wanting to be strong?In 2002, a friend of mine told me I wouldn’t work out every day when I went to college. He was a high school football player and I was in the band. Needless to say, I proved him wrong, and here I am.Speaking of strong … what do you bench?My best bench press was 515 pounds!How many hours do you spend in the gym a week?Around 25.What was your journey to becoming such a renowned trainer?I was a bodybuilder for eight years, and that’s when I learned a lot of what I know about training and sculpting the body. When I came to [Los Angeles], Michael B. Jordan was my only client, but after Creed, my client list grew very quickly.We hear you’re a father, so we have to ask: What are your thoughts on “dad bods”?Dads should strive to be the healthiest they can be. We have a very important job to do.Being a motivational speaker, can you explain the importance of mental fitness as well as physical?It’s easy! If your mind is not prepared to lead you on the journey you want to take, your body won’t follow.Can you give us some mantras to keep pushing through in 2018? Repeatedly tell youself “Let’s Go!”“Don’t quit on me.”“Don’t cheat yourself, treat yourself.”“Work for it!” Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) center_img How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie You’re a trainer on Khloe Kardashian’s Revenge Body. How can we use revenge as a motivator?Men want revenge bodies as much as women. Either it’s because they’re hurt or they’re ready to make a change. The reward is finally being able to be happy with themselves, inside and out.Any foods or drinks you suggest staying away from if we want to look, well, like you?Candy, soda, anything fried! If you naturally feel bad about it, stay away.What is the biggest workout joke that nobody should be doing?The biggest joke is not working out! If you are physically able to, you should be.Keep rolling with more fitness tips from expert trainer Mike Barwis, RUMBLE Boxing co-founder Noah Neiman, gladiator Lee Jimenez, and model Michael Markiewicz. Feature image by Bobby Quillard.last_img read more

Ban on Public Smoking A Major Achievement – Cancer Society

first_img Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, is hailing the ban on public smoking is a major achievement. Story Highlights The JCS was very instrumental as part of a team that worked to bring about the ban. Young people also played a role in the effort, citing the lobbying of students of Campion College. Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS), Yulit Gordon, is hailing the ban on public smoking as a major achievement for individuals and organisations, which have long agitated for such legislation.She noted that as a member of the Coalition for Tobacco Control in Jamaica, the JCS was very instrumental as part of a team that worked to bring about the ban. “We have been experiencing first-hand, the suffering of Jamaicans to the different types of cancer and this ban has been a long time coming,” she stated.Mrs. Gordon was speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank to mark Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed in November.The ban, which took effect on July 15 with the implementation of the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013, has already yielded results.Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has reported a 20 per cent reduction in asthmatic admissions to hospitals since the imposition of the no smoking policy in public spaces.Mrs. Gordon said that the young people also played a role in the effort, citing the lobbying of students of Campion College.She informed that the students, as part of their annual ‘Kick Butts Campaign’ which encourages young people to speak up and take action against tobacco use, took a petition to the Jamaican Parliament to ban smoking.“They too should be very happy to see this piece of legislation passed,” she said.The Executive Director said it is reported that children in Jamaica are having their first cigarette before the age of 10. This information, coupled with the scientifically proven fact that tobacco use is linked to most types of cancers, paints a grim picture for the country’s future if the habit is not curbed.Volunteer with the JCS, Dr. Aldyth Buckland, who also addressed the Think Tank, said that doctors are seeing young people in their 20’s with lung cancer. This, she said, is alarming, as the disease does not normally manifest until a person is in their 60’s.She said it was quite likely that those persons were exposed to tobacco smoke at an early age, possibly second hand smoke, which is just as dangerous.“Tobacco smoke is very different from usual smoke. It has very tiny particulate matter, less than 2.5 microns, which penetrate deep into the tiny airways of the lungs and can cause multiple toxic hits on the cells.“This happening each day is going to cause malignant change, especially over an extended period of time. It is said that every 15 cigarettes smoked causes one mutation, imagine someone smoking a pack a day for many years. The risk increases, the more somebody smokes. There is no safe level of exposure, even one cigarette is dangerous,” Dr. Buckland warned.last_img read more

New TrudeauTrump opioid plan helps rebuild frayed relations from trade talks

first_imgOTTAWA — The ranking U.S. diplomat on drug enforcement policy is to visit Ottawa in July to kick-start a fresh round of co-operation between the two countries on tackling the opioid crisis.That includes a renewed focus on stemming the flow of fentanyl into the two countries from China, The Canadian Press has learned.The visit of Kirsten Madison, the State Department’s assistant secretary for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, would be the first tangible step forward in the new joint Canada-U.S. effort that hatched out of the June 20 White House meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump.Stamping out opioid overdose deaths, especially in the Rust Belt states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, has been a declared priority for Trump, whose path to victory in 2016 depended on voters in those states.Trudeau announced the new initiative after his meeting with Trump, saying the two countries will work together and in multilateral organizations to find solutions to the crisis while deepening law-enforcement co-operation to combat trafficking.A senior government official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the high-level initiative, said Madison’s July visit will start the discussion by reviewing existing co-operation and mapping out new strategies.Only a small amount of illegal opioids enter the U.S .from Canada, which the U.S. readily acknowledges. The biggest source of the deadly drug for both countries is mail and courier packages from China, said the official.Jim Carroll, the director of White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, has also expressed interest in coming to Ottawa to discuss opioids, said the official.The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa said it wasn’t announcing any upcoming meetings between Canada and the U.S. but that the two countries are working closely to combat the opioid crisis and the emerging global synthetic-drugs crisis.A leading health expert questions whether all of the sudden flurry of cross-border meetings will actually lead to any concrete reduction of fatal overdoses in either country.Donald MacPherson, the director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, said the focus on law enforcement — particularly intercepting mail from China — ignores the need for better medical intervention such as “substitution treatment.”Some medical journals suggest using methadone as a substitute to wean addicts off fentanyl.MacPherson is also skeptical that either country can do anything to stem the flow of fentanyl from China.“Fentanyl is a drug-smuggler’s dream. It’s so powerful. It comes in very small packages. It’s very easy to move across borders. It’s hard to detect. It’s changed the nature of the illegal drug market, and possibly forever.”Ben Rowswell, the president of the Canadian International Council, says the initiative has a greater symbolic importance because it is part of the upward arc in bilateral relations from the last year’s bottoming-out after the G7 summit in Quebec, when Trump insulted Trudeau on Twitter.“I take it as a sign that the relationship is operating as it should now, after a year or two of not,” said Rowswell, a retired diplomat who last served as the Canadian ambassador to Venezuela.“It seems we’re taking advantage of this new opening from the United States to normalize the relationship.”Tackling the crisis is clearly a passion of Trump’s. That was on full display during a June 12 White House cabinet briefing that was televised on the U.S. non-profit C-Span broadcaster.Carroll, the U.S. drug-policy chief, told Trump China is starting to take its fentanyl outflow seriously, and that he’s planning to visit the People’s Republic in the summer to follow-up.“Absolutely, they’re now at the table,” Carroll told the president. “They want to talk to us. They’re engaged.”Admiral Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health, brought Trump more good news: new data from the Centers for Disease Control that showed overdose deaths falling for the sixth consecutive month versus the same months the previous year.That included drops of 4.8 per cent in New Hampshire, 8.1 per cent in Florida, 10.3 per cent in West Virginia, 18.2 per cent in Iowa, 18.5 per cent in Pennsylvania, and 23.3 per cent in Ohio.Dan Ujczo, a cross-border expert with the Ohio law firm Dickinson Wright, said his state has been devastated by the opioid crisis, particularly in rural and industrial areas that are seen as “Trump country.”As a result,  if Canada and the U.S. find common cause on tackling the crisis it will build a “reservoir of goodwill between the two countries and leaders,” said Ujczo, a trade specialist who paid close attention to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement that spawned the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.“If all politics is local, all trade is personal. Collaboration on issues that are devastating communities in Canada and the U.S. show that we are in this together,” said Ujczo.“While I do not believe that this type of collaboration will move the needle on USMCA, it builds that goodwill for other issues such as (customs) preclearance, migration issues, and serves as a preventative measure from any future tweetstorm.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN warns it may halt food aid to Palestinians displaced from Lebanese

22 September 2008The United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees warned today that a funding shortfall means it may soon have to stop distributing food to more than 3,000 families displaced by deadly violence at a camp in northern Lebanon last year. Unless funds are found in the coming weeks, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported that it will have to cease food distributions to 3,100 families and also halt rental subsidies for about 27,000 people by the end of next month.As many as 30,000 Palestinians were displaced – some for the third time in their lives – from Lebanon’s Nahr el-Bared refugee camp last year amid heavy fighting between Lebanese Government forces and Fatah el-Islam gunmen.UNRWA said in June that it needs about $445 million to rebuild Nahr el-Bared, which was devastated by the fighting.The reconstruction of the camp would be the largest undertaking in the agency’s history, and requires the building of a new town with houses, schools, health centres, mosques and other community facilities, as well as a UN compound and associated infrastructure. read more

Ohio State mens soccer season ends with 20 loss to Michigan State

Senior defender Sage Gardner misses a penalty kick during a match against Michigan State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-0.Credit: Elizabeth Dickey / Lantern photographerFor the fourth consecutive season, the Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-8-5, 1-3-2) fell in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.After a scoreless first half, the Michigan State Spartans (11-4-3, 3-2-1) scored two goals in a span of 12 minutes en route to a 2-0 victory over the Buckeyes.Buckeye coach John Bluem said the team was well aware of the level of difficulty the Spartans brought into Wednesday’s match.“We knew that we were in for a difficult game and Michigan State is a very good team,” Bluem said. “We had to be at our very best to get a result tonight and we fell a little bit short of that.”The Spartans’ first goal came in the 57th minute when redshirt-senior midfielder Brent McIntosh scored his first goal of the season from 10 yards out.The Buckeyes had a chance to tie just three minutes later after Buckeye freshman forward Danny Jensen earned a Buckeye penalty kick when he was taken down inside the Spartan penalty box. Senior defender Sage Gardner took the shot for OSU, but the ball bounced off the crossbar and went out of bounds for a Spartan goal kick.Bluem said the missed penalty and the pressure of being down a goal was too much to rebound.“The first goal we made some bad mistakes and allowed them a goal,” Bluem said. “Then we have a chance to get back into it and unfortunately, Sage hits a great penalty but it’s an inch too much to the left. That kind of took the wind out of us.”In the 69th minute, the Spartans added to their lead after a goal from sophomore midfielder Sean Conerty. He scored after he received a bouncing ball on the left side of the box and volleyed it off the far post outside of Buckeye redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov’s reach.Junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic said the pressure from the second goal distracted the team from performing their original game plan.“We didn’t keep the ball as much as we wanted to,” Ivancic said. “They’re a good team. They put us under a lot of pressure.”Ivanov recorded nine saves in the game, bringing his total for the season to 110, good for fifth in program history for single-season saves.Bluem said the play of Ivanov throughout the season kept the team alive in some difficult times.“Ivy (Ivanov) has had a brilliant season,” Bluem said. “Without him, things could have been worse. He had a great year.”The Spartans ended the match with a 20-16 advantage in shots.The Buckeyes have been playing all season with a majority of younger players, having 10 freshmen, two walk-ons and five transfers. Ivancic said the inexperience may have played a role in the loss.“We’ve been playing with that (inexperience) all year and we found a stride in the last five games of the season,” Ivancic said. “But I think (inexperience) might have a little to do with it. They’re an older team and physicality showed a bit today.”Following the loss, other OSU players declined to comment. read more

Football 5 plays that mattered in Ohio State vs Rutgers

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) catches a snap in the second quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEach game, the momentum can shift from one team to the other on one play. Other than last week’s get-well game against UNLV, each week, we will list five plays, elements of plays or series of plays that made the most significant impact in Ohio State’s games.Here’s the five plays that mattered most in No. 11 Ohio State’s 56-0 blowout win at Rutgers.Dante Booker interceptionLooking at the final score, it’s difficult to remember that Ohio State struggled in the first quarter. Leading by seven with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter, Rutgers drove to the Ohio State 15-yard line and threatened to tie the game. On second-and-11, Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker picked off quarterback Johnathan Lewis after the ball bounced off the intended receiver and Booker tipped it to himself.Ohio State followed that interception with an eight-play, 87-yard touchdown drive in fewer than three minutes.Johnnie Dixon 70-yard touchdown catchOhio State was facing third-and-17 from its own 30-yard line when quarterback J.T. Barrett found redshirt junior wideout Johnnie Dixon behind the defense for a score.The Buckeyes were nearing their second consecutive three-and-out at 7:27 left in the second quarter and only leading by two scores. Barrett scrambled to his right and the Rutgers safeties lost Dixon behind them. Ohio State would score two more times before the half. Barrett to Victor, 48 yardsBefore the end of the half in another third-and-long situation, Barrett stepped up in the pocket and delivered a strike to sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor for 48 yards down to the Rutgers 32-yard line.That completion with 1:55 left in the first half set up the Buckeyes’ final touchdown of the half to extend the lead to 35-0.Nick Bosa third-down stopOhio State stalled on its first drive on the second half after a failed fourth down attempt. On its ensuing possession, Rutgers picked up 22 yards on second-and-23 to create a third-and-short situation. That’s when sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa blasted through the line and tallied his first tackle for loss of the game with 11:38 left in the third quarter.Had Rutgers gotten a first down, the Scarlet Knights likely wouldn’t have drove the rest of the field for a score, based on their offense’s consistent inability to move the football. Despite that, those are the types of plays Ohio State should be able to make when prompted later in the season.Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) catches a pass for a touchdown in the third quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorVictor touchdown grabThis play had little to do with the outcome, but had everything to do with the growth of the offense. Barrett threw his best ball of the day to Victor for a 22-yard score on a near-perfect, back-shoulder fade to the left pylon.Redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins replaced Barrett on the next offensive drive with the Buckeyes leading 42-0. read more

Ohio State rallies around LaQuinton Ross after technical foul

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) attempts a layup during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — Sometimes the littlest spark can start the biggest fires.For the Ohio State men’s basketball team in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals against Nebraska, that spark came in the form of a technical foul called on junior forward LaQuinton Ross.With the Buckeyes trailing by 12 — after the Cornhuskers went on an 11-2 run out of halftime — Ross was called for an offensive foul. In frustration, OSU’s leading scorer shoved an opposing player and was charged with a technical.“It was a lot of extra stuff going on after the play was over, so I think that got to me a little bit,” Ross said after the game. “So that was the reason for the technical foul, a little frustration. But after that I was just trying to win the game.”Despite Nebraska scoring six straight points after the foul, taking an 18-point lead in the process, the Buckeyes would storm back on the shoulders of Ross and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle.OSU outscored Nebraska 41-25 after Ross was hit with the technical, and held on for a 71-67 victory.Junior forward Sam Thompson — who tallied seven points in the win — said the technical brought an end to Nebraska’s tough play, and turned the game around.“We thought they were playing a little bit too physically,” Thompson said after the game. “They got some shots at us after the whistle was blown, we didn’t like how they were dancing on the bench, just the whole vibe we didn’t like that. (LaQuinton’s) technical brought it to an end, we were able to rally around that.”This wasn’t the first time this season Ross’ been given a technical foul for shoving a player, having gotten one against Northwestern that led to his ejection and then another against Indiana.“Unfortunately that’s a little familiar,” Craft said after the game against Nebraska. “He’s done that a couple times this year. I just think after the whistle, they catch the second guy. He threw an elbow and hit him in the face after the play … and they’re going to catch LaQuinton.”But Craft said, unlike in previous incidents, this foul served as a motivator for OSU.“It was kind of like an NBA game. (A) player or coach gets fired up and you get ejected and you start rallying around him,” Craft said. “I don’t condone that because that got us down 16 at one point. They made the free throws and got a bucket. We don’t want that to happen, but if it works out, it works out.”After picking up a technical caused by emotion — much like the one Ross picked up — coaches often elect to bench the player to give them some time to calm down.But OSU coach Thad Matta elected for the opposite, leaving Ross on the floor and giving his leading scorer a chance to bring his team back from the brink of elimination.Ross went on to score 16 of his career-high 26 points after the technical foul, including the 3-pointer that started the run.“That play was over,” Ross said of the technical foul. “I wasn’t thinking about that play again. I looked up at the score and how bad we were down and we just had to get some motivation and get back in the game.”Ross added that the comeback was partially because of OSU refusing to lose control.“We stayed together through the whole thing,” Ross said. “There was never any panic during the whole situation. If you watch some of our games earlier in the year, we (were) down less points than that, I think we were down 18 here. A couple games, like Minnesota, we (were) probably down five and we panicked. But that game right there we (were) able to not panic and got through it.”Next up Ross and the Buckeyes will look to push themselves past top-seeded Michigan Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Tipoff is set for 1:40 p.m. read more

Russian TV crew spark military alert with suspicious behaviour at UK barracks

The news, reported by the Mail on Sunday, comes amid heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia after Moscow’s GRU military intelligence agency was blamed for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.Last month, the new head of the British Army, General Mark Carleton-Smith, warned Russia posed a far greater threat to national security than Islamic terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and Isil. The barracks in Hermitage, Berkshire 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 barracks in Hermitage, Berkshire Modelled on the Chindits, a specialist unit which fought in Burma during the Second World War, the 77th Brigade was set up in 2015 comprising soldiers with propaganda, political activism and social media skills.At the time, the Army said the regular and reserve unit was being created “to draw together a host of existing and developing capabilities essential to meet the challenges of modern conflict and warfare”, adding: “It recognises that the actions of others in a modern battlefield can be affected in ways that are not necessarily violent.” A Russian journalist was monitored for “suspicious behaviour” close to a British military base, the Ministry of Defence has said.Timur Siraziev was seen repeatedly passing the 77th Brigade’s barracks in Hermitage, Berkshire, according to reports.The journalist said he had been recorded by the base’s security cameras and had been seen filming close to the perimeter fence.Mr Siraziev is listed on the Russian Embassy website as bureau chief for television station Channel One.A senior Army source said: “Timur Siraziev’s suspicious behaviour was monitored by the base’s security systems throughout.”Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “We take the security of our bases and personnel incredibly seriously.”If a member of the public sees anyone acting suspiciously in or around a military base it should be reported to the police as a matter of urgency.” read more

17yearold boy pleads guilty to murdering lawyer with a screwdriver

The youth stole screwdrivers from Poundland, one of which he used to carry out the attackCredit:Iain Buist / ncjMedia Ltd “It is captured on CCTV footage.”The defendant took exception to that, took hold of the deceased and a struggle ensued.”Mr Duncan managed to push the teenager off, at which point the youth stabbed him once in the heart.He managed to walk a short distance away before he collapsed to the floor.CCTV camera tracked the youth’s movements through the city centre and the murder weapon was found later.At the previous bail hearing, Newcastle Crown Court heard he had 17 convictions for 31 offences between 2017 and 2019, including an incident where he grabbed a knife during a family argument and an occasion where the threatened a driver with a blade after he was challenged about drinking alcohol on the bus.At the time of the murder, the boy was on bail for affray.Following the case, Detective Chief Inspector Jane Fairlamb said: “This was a shocking incident in which a much-loved family man was murdered in an unprovoked attack after a chance encounter.”I want to make it crystal clear it can never be acceptable for anyone to carry a weapon on our streets – as this case highlights the consequences can be truly devastating.”I would urge anyone who thinks otherwise to think again. “He was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend and loved by all who knew him. His death will leave such a huge hole in our lives and he’ll be deeply missed by us all.”Words can’t quite describe what life will be like without him.”He had so much of his life left to live and he’ll be in our hearts and thoughts every day.” 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. A 17-year-old has admitted murdering a much-loved lawyer who was stabbed with a screwdriver as he walked through a busy shopping centre on his way home from work.Devoted father Peter Duncan, 52, suffered a fatal chest wound as he walked into Eldon Square shopping mall in Newcastle, close to a Greggs outlet, on August 18.The youth, who cannot be named by the media due to his age, appeared via a videolink from HMP Wetherby to admit murder, as well as stealing screwdrivers from Poundland and possessing an offensive weapon.Northumbria Police last month said the murder was unprovoked and described it as a “chance encounter”, and they quickly arrested a group of teenagers in the hours after the attack.The day after the murder, Mr Duncan’s family said: “Peter was a kind and caring man who was always first to help others. Police guard the murder scene in Newcastle The murderer wore headphones for the case which was linked to Leeds Crown Court where the judge and prosecution barrister were sitting, and to Newcastle Crown Court where his defence barrister was present.He will be sentenced in December after psychiatric and psychological reports are prepared.Judge Andrew Stubbs QC told him: “The appropriate form and length of your sentence will be decided at the start of December when the necessary reports have been prepared and served on the prosecution and defence.”At a previous hearing, it was said that 52-year-old Mr Duncan was “simply in the wrong place at the wrong time” when he crossed paths with the teenager who has a history of violence and carrying knives.Mr Duncan worked as a lawyer for a multi-national maritime firm and lived in the Benton area of the city.At a previous bail hearing for the youth, prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said Mr Duncan and his killer came into contact with each other by chance at the entrance to the shopping centre, when they were walking in opposite directions.The teenager had stolen the screwdrivers and was looking for another youth with whom he had previously argued about cigarettes.Mr Wardlaw said: “The deceased raised his arm to let the defendant get past. “Not only could you destroy someone else’s life and those of their loved ones – but also think of the impact on your life and that of your family and friends.”I can assure you if you are caught with a weapon you will be dealt with robustly and put before the courts.” read more

Commodity price plunge ushers in greater need for lowcost strategies says Deloitte

first_imgCommodity prices have plunged to five year lows, raising the stakes for companies to survive and still achieve results for their stakeholders. But finding ready capital for development needs is proving elusive for marginal projects, once attractive at higher prices, leaving companies little choice but to seek out the development of low cost mining assets with clear advantage of higher grade reserves, says Deloitte. In this environment companies will focus heavily on costs and continue to explore selling non-core assets so that they can meet cash flow expectations and selectively move after growth opportunities as well as expansion strategies.“The strategy is to have low cost positions and to develop pipelines of growth which create more low-cost opportunities,” African mining leader at Deloitte, John Woods, commented at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town last week.“In an environment with expectations for softening commodity prices, all mining companies are going to look at their portfolios. When they look to sell an asset, they must do it within a strategy and consider the value for shareholders,” he says.Oil prices are important from an operating cost perspective and a drastic reduction in oil prices and diesel in particular do have an advantage in the short term for the sector. “Depending on the type of operation, diesel would be between 10-20% of the cost for surface mining operations,” says Woods.But for those countries with a high reliance on oil as an export, the picture is bleak. “The current oil price will make you sit up and reach for your coffee,” he says.Wage negotiations looms as another risk factor for mining companies in light of the fall in prices and strain being placed on their bottom lines.“Wages are always important for both parties. It would seem to me that the issue in SA is more intense than I observe the issue to be across the rest of Africa at present. That may change. I’m seeing more focus across the rest of Africa on jobs and building the capacity of people within each country,” says Woods.Weakening currencies are another challenge to manage. “It is tough if you bought in one currency and have to transact in another. If you’re on the wrong side of that then that can be very difficult indeed,” he says.While there is always volatility in the commodity market, it is just a matter of degree and “we will see degrees of volatility going forward”.But the picture is not all doom and gloom if increased levels of demand are tied to growth in manufacturing in key markets.“If you link consumer demand in the US to manufacturing in the US, China and India you would think that would be a helpful complement for the buoyancy of selected commodity prices,” says Woods.According to Deloitte six key factors set any mining project or operation up for a successful outcome. These are:A good mineral depositThe deposit is located in an economic region with good governance and consistent application of civil and tax lawInfrastructure in the form of roads, rail, ports, electricity and communications to support the mine should be available and functioningA well understood inbound and outbound supply chain supporting the mine and points to marketA competent and cohesive team which safely works togetherSocial licence to operateWoods says consistency in governance and in tax structures in certain areas, a lack of power supply and a general lack of infrastructure continue to pose threats to investment and project development in Africa.The picture shows Maptek’s I-Site Drive for stockpile management (see yesterday’s news of this new product).last_img read more

We need those boys home Sister of missing Rescue 116 crewman appeals

first_img THE SISTER OF one of the missing Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter crew members has described the “living nightmare” of waiting for news of her brother, and appealed for fishermen along the west coast to assist in the search efforts.Speaking to RTÉ News, Orla Smith – whose brother Ciarán Smith remains missing – said that she and her family were trying to stay as strong as possible but that they “need those boys home now”.Crewmembers Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby remain missing after the Rescue 116 Coast Guard helicopter went down on its way to refuel at Blacksod lighthouse on March 13 as it prepared to assist in a medical evacuation mission.Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered at sea soon after the helicopter went down, but died later in hospital. The body of pilot Mark Duffy was found in the wreckage of the helicopter last week.The wreckage of the helicopter was recovered from the water yesterday, but there was no evidence of casualties found under the wreckage.Speaking today, Orla Smith said that it was very tough on the family when the men were not found in the wreckage of the helicopter.“It is a living nightmare for all of us. For all of my family and for Paul Ormsby’s family it is a living nightmare,” she said.We’re doing our best to keep going and to stay as strong as possible and as positive as we possibly can, but it is tough, it is really, really tough.We need those boys home now. We really do. My parents need them home, my sister-in-law needs him home, my nieces need him home. They have to come home now. We need to find them.Smith called on all fishing vessels on the west coast to assist in the search to find the bodies.“To all fishing vessels big and small… we are appealing to them to please come and help us now,” she said.We need them, we need their knowledge. We need them to assist in the ongoing efforts to find Ciarán and Paul, we need them, we need their.Smith said that the families had been “cocooned by people’s generosity” and that stepping away from that outpouring would be like “going form a warm bed out into the cold”.Read: Wreckage of Rescue 116 recovered but no sign of missing crew members By Cormac Fitzgerald Monday 3 Apr 2017, 9:24 PM Apr 3rd 2017, 9:24 PM Short URL 4 Comments Share473 Tweet Email center_img 16,043 Views Image: RTÉ News Orla Smith said the search for missing Rescue 116 members has been a “living nightmare” for the family. Image: RTÉ News ‘We need those boys home’: Sister of missing Rescue 116 crewman appeals for search help from fishermen Orla Smith – whose brother Ciarán Smith remains missing – said that she and her family were trying to stay as strong as possible. Orla Smith said the search for missing Rescue 116 members has been a “living nightmare” for the family. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

How far can the Aussie dollar climb

first_imgSo how much further can AUD/USD go? In our FX Roadmap for 2011, published in December of last year, we predicted a rise to as high as $1.07– John KyriakopoulosHead of currency strategy, NABIt’s been onward and upward for the Australian against the US dollar over the past fortnight, with the AUD rising three percent to a fresh 29-year high of 1.0584, according to NAB head of currency strategy John Kyriakopoulos.Last week, the currency gained almost US$0.03 from trough to peak (and was the best performer in the Group of Ten) amid rising confidence in the global economic outlook (reflected in higher commodity prices and stock markets holding onto recent sharp gains) and a widening yield advantage over the US, Kyriakopoulos said. “Meanwhile, our bullish Australian dollar-Japanese Yen call from late last-year has been vindicated with a 9 percent climb over the past fortnight to our long standing target of 90.00,” he said. A weaker JPY is part of Japan’s road to economic recovery and while risk-appetite might wax and wane, this fundamental driver of AUD/JPY, along with Australia’s commodity prices remaining historically elevated, suggests the cross will remain well supported.In the wake of Australia’s blockbuster jobs report on Thursday, traders moved to price a two-thirds chance the RBA will hike rates at year-end, up from 30 percent before the report. In the jobs report, employment rose by a larger-than-expected 37,800, all but 5700 full-time, pushing the unemployment rate down to 4.9 percent. “We had argued that for AUD/USD to hit our long standing forecast of $1.05 would require an RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) kicker and this has been delivered,” Kyriakopoulos said. “Meanwhile, it appears that the US Fed won’t be ending quantitative easing mark two early, which has reinforced expectations that US interest rates could remain unchanged this year,” Kyriakopoulos said. The Australia-US two-year swap yield differential has rebounded from 414 basis points last Tuesday (April 12) to 429 bps. All three drivers of our “fair value” model for the AUD/USD increased last week, Kyriakopoulos said. Investor risk-appetite improved a little further, the Australia-US two-year swap yield spread widened by 15 bps, while the Journal of Commerce Industrial Metals Price Index was up 2.8 percent to a record high. The current “fair value” estimate is 1.0150 with the one-standard deviation band at 0.9760 and 1.0530. This was the eighth week this year that “fair value” has been above parity and the year-to-date average is 0.999. “So how much further can AUD/USD go?,” Kyriakopoulos asks. “In our FX Roadmap for 2011, published in December of last year, we predicted a rise to as high as $1.07. At $1.10, we would be very cautious since the RBA could then hose down official rate hike expectations,” he said.NAB has acknowledged upside risks to its AUD/USD forecasts for the second half of the year which have the currency averaging around parity ($1.05 by the end of June; $1.01 by the end of September; and $0.98 for the end of December). “Firstly, the two 25 bps rate hikes by the RBA that NAB forecasts are not priced by the market, which currently assigns only a two-thirds chance of a 25 bps hike at year-end,” Kyriakopoulos said. “With Australian economic growth starting to pick up we can see further falls in the unemployment rate triggering another step up in RBA rate hike expectations over coming months.” After several quarters of underlying Consumer Price Index inflation averaging just 0.5 percent quarter on quarter, NAB forecasts a slight acceleration to 0.6 percent QOQ in the first quarter of 2011 (released April 27), suggesting inflation has bottomed.Secondly, the JPY-funded carry trade could continue to boost demand for the AUD as the Bank of Japan increases quantitative easing (implying Japan’s interest rates will remain at zero for years to come) and the threat of intervention to prevent any strengthening of the JPY persists, Kyriakopoulos said.Thirdly, the likelihood that the United States doesn’t raise interest rates over the next six months is rising, suggesting a slim possibility of a sharp rebound in the USD.“As such, we could see AUD/USD spending the next three to six months trading between $1.00 and $1.10,” Kyriakopoulos said.“There is a good reason not to get too carried away with how much further AUD/USD could climb,” he said. “The trade-weighted value of the AUD is currently 5 percent above the 74 level that underpinned the RBA’s CPI inflation forecasts published in early February. This is a material difference and could moderate the RBA’s inflation outlook, suggesting a less aggressive policy tightening by the central bank”. The Statement on Monetary Policy will publish updated forecasts on May 6. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Walcott looking forward to facing Liverpool

first_imgIt will be the first Merseyside derby for Theo Walcott and he admitted that he is really looking forward to facing Liverpool as Everton will take on them at Goodison Park.The former England international managed to score three goals in his nine matches for the Toffees so far and he hopes that he will be able to help his team against their biggest rival in the upcoming derby match.The former Arsenal winger spoke about his expectations as he said, according to Liverpool Echo:“You might get drowned out – it’s been so loud at Goodison.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’ll be a very passionate game. I’ll be relaxed until I step off the coach and get into the dressing room.”“That’s when my game face is on. Up to this point, it doesn’t matter what has happened this season. This is the game and it’s my first derby here. I can’t wait.”“I never knew what it was going to be like having been at Arsenal for so long and coming to somewhere completely different, but the fans have taken to me and been so welcoming.”“I’m pleased with how passionate they are, it’s one reason why I came here because I feel like they’re competitive and want to improve.”last_img read more