The deaths of two men—one yesterday and one today—and a rash of recent hospitalizations in Australia, all suspected to result from the use of synthetic cannabis, are focusing attention on a growing worldwide problem.Drug users have been embracing products touted as producing a natural marijuanalike high. The effect is produced by synthetic compounds designed to mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, which are sprayed onto plant material then often marketed as “Spice.” However, “synthetic cannabinoids certainly have the potential to be significantly more dangerous than the natural plant material that they supposedly mimic,” says David Caldicott, an emergency medical doctor at the Australian National University in Canberra.The compounds were originally designed to study the neurobiology of cannabis in animals. They were never intended for human use. But “these drugs aren’t too difficult to synthesize,” says Richard Kevin, a psychopharmacology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sydney in Australia who is studying the effects of the synthetic compounds on mice. He says a competent chemistry grad student could cook them up in a university lab. So a worldwide cottage industry has sprung up producing synthetic cannabis. But with no standards, no regulation, and no quality control, there is “a large variety of synthetic cannabinoids with largely unknown toxicity,” Kevin says. 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According to news reports, synthetic cannabis use killed 25 and sickened more than 700 in northern Russia alone last fall.Kevin says one reason people use these products is to foil drug testing. Although the synthetic cannabis targets the same brain regions as THC, the molecular structures are different and escape detection by standard drug tests. Australian states have outlawed drugs that mimic cannabis. But proving cannabislike effects of any particular compound “can be tricky,” Kevin says. And to keep ahead of the law and drug testing, makers are constantly tweaking their recipes. “The rate of evolution of these drugs is such that many have never been seen before,” Caldicott says.When buying synthetic cannabis, “you can’t know exactly what you’re getting, so you’re taking a big risk,” Kevin says. He says that although some synthetic cannabinoids appear to be relatively well tolerated, others have been linked to acute kidney injury, panic attacks, and seizures. His own studies with mice suggest “long-term memory impairment after heavy chronic dosing.””We need wittier and wiser responses to the problem of harm from drugs if these deaths are not to become a more frequent occurrence,” Caldicott says.
If only for a brief, but bright, spell, Americans are fed up with hypocritical Right Wing blowhards.The Lord at last has issued his thundering answer in response to all the Right wing prayers of the past decade.His writ is to be found in the New York Times Best Seller List in which three of the top 10 best sellers include Dude, Where is My Country? by Michael Moore, Lies (And Lying Liars Who Tell Them) by Al Franken and Bushwhacked by Molly Ivins. And oh yes. For the record and without any spin, there is also a book by Bill O’Reilly titled, Who is Looking Out For You? Hmm…This serious, religious Christmas season most Americans will be buying books from humorists, satirists and intelligent columnists from the Left. Americans, it seems, if only for a brief, but bright, spell, are fed up with Right Wing blowhards.Let us start with the first of these Giants. William Bennett dominated the 1980s and 1990s with his unrelenting lectures on morality. With his books on virtue, he became something of a Moral Avtar standing guard against the disappearing morality of Americans. Every way you looked, there he was, hectoring parents, teachers and self-taught moralists on how to behave and how to draw lessons from the past. He successfully recycled fairytales and historical lore to supplement what he protested was missing from family and public life: good, old-fashioned morality. He became a star of the Right. Variously a drug czar, secretary of education and even potential presidential material. It was not too long ago that this Guru of morality had to confess his sinful addiction to gambling in Las Vegas. He is rumored to have lost something close to $7-8 million dollars in gambling. We do not know how much he made lecturing the rest of us heathens on morality.It was sinfully beautiful to watch Bill Bennett dance around his retractions, his apologies and his explanations. First he said he did not feel guilty, because he had not used the “family milk money.” Then he said he was fully in control of his addiction and that made it a different problem altogether. Almost every other blowhard of the Right, such as Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, came to his defense. Their justification was that Bill Bennett had never preached specifically about gambling, so it was acceptable that he had indulged in it. It turned out he did preach about that as well.We concur with liberal commentator Michael Kinsley who opined that watching Bill Bennett squirm had him convinced that there was God after all. Finally, there is some other power watching over and punishing these blowhards who make millions hectoring us on the so-called lack of morality among Americans. They think they are above the law and above the moral code they lay out for us simply because they are so in charge of telling us what to do.The list of these pretentious and pompous teachers on the Right is too long. The public fall of a private person is nothing new in our age or any other. But the divine pleasure in watching the Right preach morality and then come up with all kinds of “holier-than-thou” explanations for their own sins, oh Jim Baker, alas my Lord Jimmy Swaggart, hallelujiah, there is indeed a God and She must be watching over us right now!Glory, O Lord, for Rush Limbaugh!There hasn’t been a bigger blowhard with most of his brain tied behind his back. There hasn’t been anyone more smug, more pretentious, ah well, more of a blowhard than Rush Limbaugh. For three-four hours a day, five days a week, he lectured us just how things were wrong with progressives of every stripe. Listen to him for a day and you would think the Devil was here walking in our midst in the form of Liberals and the Left. No one could do anything right except the Right itself. They get so pumped up with all their huffing and puffing that they float over all of us and assume this omniscience of the good Lord herself. But if their God is listening, she does dispense Sweet Justice every now and then!This time it came in the form of a revelation that Limbaugh is addicted to painkillers by the thousands. There are even allegations afloat about technical violations of money launderin and drug trafficking laws and what not. Nothing may come of them, but in the meantime, Limbaugh had to admit to the addiction and he went on a one month long hiatus from his loudmouth excursions into Excellence in (Blowhard) Broadcasting.There fell another star of the Right.But Limbaugh has not given up. Even in his confessionals in public, in pompous speeches, he could not give up posturing that he was a better drug addict than most Liberals. Unlike liberals, he could not blame his addiction on any social ill, he said. Instead, he blamed it on his failed surgery and a persistent pain. Well, now you know, Limbaugh. Liberals just do not have the clever pretensions that you do. Those poor miserable creatures think there are social causes to individual problems. You think there are other individual reasons for individual pain. The point, ditto head, is that you are asking for forgiveness for a deadly addiction.The incestuous love among these Right-wingers is so intense that they step up to help each other from faltering. When he heard of Limbaugh’s problems, President Bush said Limbaugh was a great American and he wished him the best. Great American? Of course, he is. Any lying and pretentious hypocrite can see that. Bush can surely see that! Is there a lesson in morality here? Any thought on why the rest of the world is so angry at this country? Should we teach that to our children, on what makes a great American?Bill Bennett rushed to Good Morning America to Limbaugh’s aid. His explanation this time: Limbaugh is an entertainer and as such the sins of entertainers are more forgivable. On another platform, you could hear Bill Bennett rap that the sins of Hollywood entertainers were ruining this country.Then there was the parade of other patron saints of the Right lining up to defend Limbaugh. Hannity and Grant and O’Reilly looked upon his “admission” as a heroic act – that he was seeking to overcome his fallibility by facing up and moving forward. Admission? He was outed, for Christ’s sake!Gone were the relentless attacks on the morality of a whole creed of people by these Right wing talk show blowhards. Gone were the rhetorical flourishes of the Clinton era when they could place the blame of individual sins on a whole group or a generation or a set of believers. All you heard were the syrupy affirmations about how Limbaugh was fighting it. There was no mention of Limbaugh’s shameless hypocrisy urging stiff sentences for criminals who are involved in drug trafficking. There was nary a peep about how this “rugged individualism” could fall so low under the weight of its own hypocrisy. How come the Gods of self-discipline and guards of moral fiber lost it so disgracefully?We are not even bringing up the likes of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his ilk. Now a consultant to Fox News, he is flying around pretending he did nothing wrong when he was blowing rage against Clinton’s indiscretions while keeping a mistress, which finally broke up his own marriage. If you ask for his interpretation of history, as he was by Susan Stamberg on NPR recently, he will assert that all Clinton is about is infidelity and an affair with an intern and what Gingrich is about is a whole set of revolutionary legislations, like balanced budgets, welfare programs, etc. You have to admire the pretentious duplicity of these guys: they have elevated hypocrisy and lying to a new art form?The only way to deal with this is laughter. Loud, earth shattering laughter.Al Franken put us on that path with his satirical look at the Right and particularly at Bill O’Reilly. With his self-tailored show, The O’Reilly Factor or often simply The Factor, O’Reilly blows into your ears and into your living rooms with his own worldview, which he says, avoids spin. Five days a week, O’Reilly holds court on Fox TV asking guests questions, which are punctuated by his diatribes, accusations and judgments. The idea is that you don’t get any spin. Sure enough.There is no middleman here. You’ve got to admire that. O’Reilly does all that by himself. The popularity of his show only testifies that Americans are tired of all other spins; they love this direct vitriol, which passes for journalism or even entertainment.O’Reilly’s is a careful persona, crafted to suggest that he is a hero, a man with honest and upright upbringing, a model for the lesser humans who watch him. Al Franken and his dozen or so student assistants at Harvard conducted a research project to investigate claims by O’Reilly about himself. Many of them, they concluded, turned out to be lies and Al Franken presents their findings in a satirical form, poking fun at the style of O’Reilly’s as much as the content of what he has been claiming so far.While the moral indiscretions of the Right simply prove that they are small human beings like the rest of us (and not Gods or preferred children of Gods, as they claim to be), the truly scary thing about them is their contempt for free speech. They seem to think that free speech is a shield to openly support their Commander in Chief, their own minions here and there, and it is an bludgeon to attack anything that seems to dissent from their own worldview.This attitude alone explains a lot about why the Right has gotten hold of the airwaves as effectively as it has. O’Reilly and Fox sued Al Franken seeking to block publication of the book, which they said amounts to defamation (entertainingly enough, that is a title of a book by another Right wing blowhard, Ann Coulter). By all accounts, the court had a hard time quelling the resulting laughter and the judge summarily dismissed the case. Win one for free speech!O’Reilly’s gift is akin to a child’s who loves to hurl insults at people out of his own window, but dare not wander into the street. We can be open to believing O’Reilly if he wants to argue that Al Franken and the Harvard team cooked their investigation, but he never engages the debate on factual issues. He likes to stroke his own ego and on that count, he is like the rest of them. On a recent Fresh Air show with Terry Gross (NPR), O’Reilly got testy and walked out of the set as questions were directed at his style of dealing with critics. At least you’ve got to give credit to Bill Bennett and Rush Limbaugh who have a good spin on their own sins and hypocrisies. O’Reilly wants to avoid spin so much that he does not even want to get into debating the factual issues surrounding his life and work.After all of this, Yo immigrants, you’ve got to love the Liberals and the Left. We enjoy life as it comes, with its sins and pleasures, with its ups and downs and with its style and adventures. Sure, once in a while, we find someone who says he didn’t inhale, but that is such a good line you admire his chutzpah with a chuckle. Sure, once in a while, we end up with someone who sleeps with an intern and does not admit it outright, but then we did not elect him not to sleep with interns! All right, all right, that is not fair.But by and large, we admit to having some fun every now and then. But then we are ready to talk about women’s rights and other serious stuff. That is the way life is and the Lords of the Right miss out on all the fun and ever so often when they venture out, they get caught and stand disgraced.Thank you, O Lord for such simple pleasures. Related Items
Memories of a sparkling tour exactly four years ago still fresh in his mind, India medium pacer S Sreesanth is again travelling to South Africa with the belief that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men have it in them to win a Test series there.Talking to PTI before leaving for South Africa last night, the 27-year-old said thst in the last four years he had become more matured, restrained and focussed.”People always ask me what is the difference between old and new Sreesanth. It’s just the same… But I guess I’m more matured and focussed now, which is obvious. You get matured with age,” Sreesanth said.The hard and bouncy pitches of South Africa might have been India’s nemesis, but Sreesanth strongly believes that this time there would be a turnaround.”There is nothing difficult there. If it’s difficult, it’s possible as well (to win a series there). We love challenges and are really looking forward to the series. It’s about taking one ball, one day at a time,” he said.As a 23-year-old, in his sixth Test appearance four years ago, he had produced his best bowling effort to pack off South Africa for a paltry 84 at the Wanderers, leading India to a famous win. The visitors, hwoever, lost the remaining two Tests and returned home defeated.His Wanderers performance — 5/40 in an innings and 8/99 in the match — till day remains his best-ever bowling effort.Thanks to that spell of fast bowling, India managed their first win in South Africa after 12 attempts.advertisementRecalling the team’s last tour of South Africa, the Kerala bowler said: “In the last series, I was about 23… I was full of energy as every youngster is.”Sreesanth also added that he was lucky to be a part of the No. 1 Test side, which boasts of some of the world’s best cricketers. .”Every member of the side is a great motivator. I’m really lucky to be part of the side. There is Sachin paaji, Rahul Dravid, VVS (Laxman), Virender Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan… There is something to learn from every one.”Asked if this was the best side ever, he said: “You people will be best to comment on that. But this is a brilliant side. We have all the ingredients for a win there.”Along with Harbhajan, he was also involved in a tenth-wicket partnership of 105 — India’s highest against New Zealand and their third highest.”I understand the game better now. My skill has got better both with the bat and the ball,” he said.He thanked the national selectors for bringing him back to the side. Sreesanth reposed the faith by bagging eight wickets in three Tests and seven wickets from two ODIs against New Zealand in the ongoing series.”I’m really thankful to the selectors for having faith on my abilities. I will look to continue with my good work. It’s always special to play for your country. God has been extremely kind to me. I’m really lucky and thankful.”A Tendulkar admirer, Sreesanth also hoped that the maestro notches up his 50th Test century in the first match of the series at Centurion from December 16-20.”I wish Sachin paaji all the best wishes and sincerely hope that I will be there when he records the milestone.””I’m always indebted to him for his support and motivation. He is always there for you, guiding you from behind.”The speedster also said India strike bowler Zaheer Khan had helped him in a big way as a youngster.”I know him since my academy days as an under-19 cricketer. I’ve always looked up to him and he always speaks to me, guiding me on and off.”Sreesanth further said he was not looking too far ahead.”I am taking one match at a time and not thinking so much ahead, about the World Cup.”Prior to the 2011 World Cup, India will play three Tests, one Twenty20 and five-ODIs in South Africa.
Producer Madhu Mantena plans to have Ranveer Singh woo Sonakshi Sinha with some of Dev Anand’s hit songs in the upcoming action adventure Lootera. Sources said, Madhu is applying for the rights of the songs as he plans to use them keeping the mood and flavour of the originals.Apparently, director Vikramaditya Motwane is so taken in by this idea that he even wishes to shoot the songs in the traditional black and white. Ranveer, who is a huge Dev Anand fan, will portray the character of a fan too in the film, sporting similar characteristics and traits that fans came to know and love about Dev Sa’ab. Mantena commented about the Dev Anand influence in the film and said: “We’re most certainly going all-out to get the mood right. Beyond that it would be premature to reveal our exact plans”.
MANILA, Philippines—-With La Salle at the disadvantage in the Final Four for the first time in the decade, the Lady Spikers’ season could end as early as Saturday as they face a feisty University of Santo Tomas side, which holds the win-once edge.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Lady Spikers are also gunning for a fourth straight title, something that hasn’t been done since University of Santo Tomas won seven consecutive from 1985 to 1991.De Jesus’ team can be treated as someone of a rebuilding squad after the leadership troika of Mary Joy Baron, Kianna Dy, and Dawn Macandili all left in 2018.Baron was the Season 79 MVP and Season 78 Best Blocker while Dy and Macandili were one-time winners of the Finals MVP plum in Seasons 78 and 80, respectively.Macandili was also named as the league’s Best Receiver twice and Best Digger once.Left from Season 80’s championship squad are Season 79 Finals MVP Desiree Cheng, Tin Tiamzon, May Luna, and Aduke Ogunsanya but in terms of individual notoriety none of them—with the exception of Cheng—can matchup to the ones who left.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES But Ramil De Jesus is banking on De La Salle’s championship tradition to bolster the Lady Spikers back into UAAP women’s volleyball finals.“There are times that winning tradition alone, even though I don’t have that strong of a lineup, is enough,” said De Jesus, who’s the head coach of F2 Logistics in the Philippine Super Liga, in Filipino Thursday.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“Sometimes the players carry this pride with them. Like this year, I can’t say that I have the strongest of lineups but they themselves believe that they are strong.”La Salle won its first title in 2000 and has since become the most dominant team in the UAAP for two decades compiling a total of 11 championships. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew 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 Semenya case: A clash over ensuring an even playing field Still, De Jesus is confident that his team still has that championship moxie few players in the league has.“This winning faith is a big thing for us because the players still believe that they’re still one of the best,” said De Jesus, whose team had always carried that twice-to-beat advantage since Season 71.De Jesus added that the Lady Spikers must want it more than the Golden Tigresses, who last won the title in 2010 and had missed the Final Four in five of the past six seasons.“I told them that UST is thirsty for that win because it’s been a long time since UST has been to the finals,” said De Jesus, who owns all of La Salle’s 11 titles. “We should want those wins more to get back to the finals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
The NFL Players Association has defended players’ right to protest. Trump’s former Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton, also backed the players, saying in a speech on Monday, “They are protesting racism and injustice, and they have every right to do so.” The president continued his broadside on the National Football League in a separate tweet on Tuesday morning, saying the league should not be given tax breaks, a long-simmering controversy surrounding America’s richest league, which is expected to take in $14bn in revenue this year.“Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!” Trump wrote.It was not clear what exactly Trump was demanding, and representatives for the White House did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The NFL gave up its federal tax-exempt status in 2015, according to media reports, although US states and localities still offer the multi-billion dollar league tax breaks in order to attract teams and to finance stadiums. Jemele Hill (@jemelehill)If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don’t place the burden squarely on the players. https://t.co/Gc48kchkuvOctober 9, 2017 Pence follows Trump order and walks out of 49ers-Colts after players kneel Share on Messenger Sports team owners make huge political donations. Where does their money go? NFL Read more Jemele Hill (@jemelehill)If fans really are that upset about what JJ & Stephen Ross have done, don’t call the players sellouts, but you’re watching every Sunday.October 9, 2017 Share on Facebook Trump took aim at the ESPN veteran in a tweet on Tuesday morning, writing: “With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have ‘tanked,’ in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!”Hill’s co-anchor on the nightly SportsCenter highlight show, Michael Smith, sat out Monday night’s telecast in a decision a network source characterized as mutually made by Smith and ESPN. He will anchor the show alone for the duration of Hill’s suspension, the network said.“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” the network said in a statement. “She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.”Hill’s initial criticisms of Trump last month prompted also a response from the White House, albeit through press secretary Sarah Sanders, who said during a briefing that Hill’s comments about Trump were “a fireable offense by ESPN”.“I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make,” Sanders said at the time. Trump has been on a tear for weeks against NFL players who kneel during the national anthem played before games, saying the gesture disrespects the country. His strongly worded call last month for players who did this to be fired touched off an initially sharp response, including from some team owners and coaches. The players’ silent demonstration, which began last year in protest against police violence toward racial minorities, was embraced more widely in reaction to Trump’s more recent comments, with more players taking the knee while others chose to lock arms. A number of Republican lawmakers suggested in September that tax sweeteners should end given the protests, the Washington Post reported. On Sunday, vice president Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game after some players knelt. The next day, Trump himself invoked the episode in a fundraising email. Critics of Trump, a Republican, have said he is fanning a controversy over the national anthem at NFL games to distract from pressing issues his administration is dealing with, from a powerful hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico to tensions with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. The first amendment of the US Constitution bars the government from limiting free speech, including prohibiting protests around the national anthem or punishing people who choose not to stand. The national anthem is played before every NFL football game and many other sporting events. Share via Email Jemele Hill (@jemelehill)Just so we’re clear: I’m not advocating a NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.October 9, 2017 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Reuse this content Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham)Trump invoked Mike Pence’s walkout from yesterday’s 49ers-Colts game in a fundraising mailer that went out today. pic.twitter.com/IhrWKuH37mOctober 9, 2017 Donald Trump Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Read more US sports Share on Pinterest Topics Share on WhatsApp ESPN Donald Trump lashed out at ESPN anchor Jemele Hill on Tuesday morning, one day after she was suspended by her employer for her public criticism of two NFL owners’ directives over silent player protests during the national anthem.The Disney-owned broadcaster suspended Hill for two weeks on Monday for a series of tweets in response to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ comments that he would have benched any Cowboys player who “disrespects the flag” by kneeling during the national anthem. Hill had previously tweeted that Trump is a “bigot” and “a white supremacist”.Hill, who had said that those who took objection to Jones’ remark should look at the team’s advertisers, later tweeted that she was not urging an NFL boycott but pointing out the “unfair burden” for players on teams with rules against protesting the anthem. She also referenced Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, whose team will now be required to stand for the anthem or remain in the locker room after “Trump changed that whole paradigm of what protest is”.
LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of the stadium during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Syracuse Orange at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)A Louisville football player has been accused of rape, according to a new report by the Louisville Courier-Journal.Kemari Averett, who was arrested last week for allegedly holding a gun to a woman’s head, was reportedly already under investigation for an alleged rape of a different woman.From the report:University of Louisville police are investigating an Oct. 9 report filed by a 20-year-old student that alleges Cardinals’ football player Kemari Averett raped her at his apartment in mid-August, according to documents obtained by the Courier Journal.It means that Averett was already under investigation in the alleged sexual assault, which the woman first reported in mid-August, when he was arrested Oct. 15 for allegedly holding a gun to a different woman’s head.Just days after campus police opened the rape case, the 20-year-old sophomore tight end played in Louisville’s Oct. 13 road game against Boston College.The sophomore tight end has denied the accusation.He told the Courier Journal he had a previous relationship with the accuser but did not have sex with her that August morning and had not been in contact with her for “about four months.”“I told her that I never want to be with her, and I’m quite sure that’s the reason why that she’s trying to say I raped her,” he said.At the time he is accused of raping the alleged victim, “I was at practice,” Averett said. “I was at the football stadium at 7 o’clock.”You can view the full report here.
The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard Beards are in, my friends, and as long as Congress doesn’t reinstate the draft (which killed off our fury companions during World War I), they are likely here to stay—and for good reason. Beards make dumb people look smarter. They award grace and nobility to even the ugliest of faces, and if you’re lazy (like me), they save you those few precious morning minutes. Let’s say you spend five minutes a day shaving, a very conservative estimate, that’s over thirty hours a year, over 300 hours in ten years—over twelve days you could have spent sleeping, drinking more coffee, or making sweet, sweet morning love.But how, you ask, is one supposed to get that morning affection when your beard smells like the porterhouse you gnawed on the night before? Two words: Beard Buddy. (We know, we know. We’ve mentioned Beard Buddy before, but this article has that new article smell. Mmmm…fresh, steamy beard article…) As a proud grower of a face muff for years, long before they were ironically cool, there have been times when I have struggled to keep my chin mop smelling and looking like the hair wonder it is. Thankfully, a couple of beard aficionados out of LA have stepped up to the plate. With their line of beard washes and oils packed full of organic goodness, my beard finally smells as good as it looks, and is so soft it puts the top locks to shame.Personally, I’ve always had a hard time finding a wash that has the right balance of toughness to obliterate the grime but still gentle enough for that virgin skin hiding underneath. No longer. Beard Buddy Beard Wash doesn’t strip away your man oils like a run-of-the-mill face wash, nor does it leave you smelling like you fell face first into bucket of daisies. But don’t stop there. Massage in a couple of drops of the Beard Oil and watch out! With its silky smooth texture and all-man scent, doors will open, women will flock, and the beard gods will look down upon your curly waves of jawbristle and smile, for you are no longer just a man who grows one hell of a beard. You are a beard that has grown a man! How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard How to Grow and Maintain Stubble Editors’ Recommendations How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster
TORONTO – Cases of a rare polio-like condition have begun turning up in some Canadian children, following reports of dozens of cases in the U.S. in recent weeks.Known as acute flaccid myelitis, the condition causes muscle weakness in one or more limbs, and typically occurs after some kind of viral infection.Dr. Jeremy Friedman, pediatrician-in-chief at the Hospital for Sick Children, wouldn’t give an exact number, but said doctors at the Toronto hospital have seen less than 20 cases of limb-based paralysis since the beginning of September — with about a dozen of them confirmed as acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.That figure may seem small, but Friedman said Sick Kids normally sees only about two cases of AFM a year and the condition carries an annual incidence risk of about one case per million children.“The way that it presents in children is with a pretty sudden weakness or paralysis of one or more of their limbs,” he said Monday. “So maybe an arm or maybe a leg or maybe an arm and a leg, and in this particular acute flaccid myelitis, it’s usually on one side.”The trigger for the condition is unknown, but MRI imaging shows that those with AFM have an inflammatory abnormality in a region of the spinal cord called the anterior horn cell.While it’s speculative, many doctors believe those who develop AFM may have an underlying genetic predisposition to the condition.“Even with the spike of cases that we have at the moment, it’s still an incredibly rare condition,” Friedman said.“When you think about how many kids will get a viral infection at this time of year, you’re literally talking about huge numbers. So a tiny, tiny percentage seem to go on to get AFM.“So there does seem like there’s more to this than just the virus infection and there has to be some sort of genetic setup that makes these children vulnerable to that particular virus.”Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported a spike in AFM, with more than 60 cases confirmed in 22 U.S. states in the last several weeks. Since the beginning of the year, 127 cases of AFM were reported in the U.S., including one death. The average age of those affected is four.Friedman said the Sick Kids cases are all among children under 15, with most clustered among kids of pre-school age. A couple of the children ended up being treated in the ICU, but there have been no deaths.A spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada said there have been 25 probable and five confirmed cases of sudden-onset muscle weakness in children reported in the country this year, but current surveillance data have not picked up any recent surge in cases.Friedman said the risk of a child developing the condition “is still incredibly low.”“But that said, because we are seeing quite a few more cases than we would normally see, we certainly want our colleagues … to be aware of what to look for,” he said of other practitioners and hospitals.“The message I would send out is there’s no cause for alarm,” Friedman said, but if a child develops sudden limb weakness or is not moving an arm or a leg, parents should have them seen by their health-care provider as soon as possible.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
Participants in the two-day International Conference on the Reconstruction of Liberia will include UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Secretary of State Colin Powell of the United States, Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin of France, Chairman Gyude Bryant of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Liberia, Jacques Paul Klein.Senior officials from the European Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will also join representatives from the UN and its family of agencies, funds and programmes at the Conference.The first day will be devoted to technical discussions, while the second session will hear statements, reports and presentations by senior officials, as well as pledges of contributions to Liberia’s reconstruction.A team comprising representatives from the UN, World Bank, IMF, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Liberian transitional government has been working for the past two months to prepare a report for the Conference on the country’s needs, which range from $400 million to $500 million over the next two years, in addition to a $170 million humanitarian appeal made in November, according to UN officials.
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 8:33 am MDT TSX down amid CN revenue miss, miners up on reassurances on China growth TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower Tuesday, weighed down by an earnings report from industrial heavyweight Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR).However, mining stocks got a lift after China’s leadership indicated it would take measures to support the economy.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 13 points to 12,745.38, after running ahead for the past four sessions.Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) depressed the TSX even as the railroad handed in quarterly earnings that beat expectations following the close Monday.CN earned $717 million or $1.69 per diluted share, up from $631 million or $1.44 per diluted share a year ago. Ex-items, CN earned $1.66 per share, up from $1.50 per share a year ago and four cents ahead of estimates.Revenue totalled $2.67 billion, up from $2.54 billion and slightly below estimates of $2.7 billion and its shares fell $3.37 or 3.2 per cent to $101.68 as CN also cautioned that a slowdown in grain and fertilizer exports during the summer months could make for a challenging second half of the year.Rival Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP), which posts earnings Wednesday, lost $2.44 to $130.18.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.56 of a cent to 97.23 cents US after retail sales for May came in much better than expected. Statistics Canada reported that sales ran up 1.9 per cent, much higher than the 0.4 per cent gain that economists had expected.The agency said the largest sales increase in dollar terms was a 4.3 per cent gain at motor vehicle and parts dealers.Meanwhile, Chinese media said Premier Li Keqiang said that growth wouldn’t go below seven per cent. He also said that China’s economic growth needs to be kept above that minimum, according to Beijing News and reaffirmed 7.5 per cent as this year’s growth target.The report cleared uncertainty about how much China’s government would let the economy slow as it tries to shift the basis of growth toward domestic consumption and away from reliance on exports and industrial investment.“Clearly them putting the floor on growth is comforting because for starters, you never really can be that confident about the data out of China,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer Scotia Asset Management PM Advisor Services.U.S. indexes were mixed as traders took in a solid earnings report from United Technologies and looked ahead to earnings from Apple Inc. after the close.The Dow Jones industrials gained 22.19 points to a new all-time closing high of 15,567.74, the Nasdaq composite index declined 21.12 points to 3,579.27 and the S&P 500 index was down 3.14 points to 1,692.39.United Technologies climbed $3.05, or 2.99 per cent, to US$105.16. The conglomerate said second quarter earnings ran up 17 per cent as strong orders for its Otis elevator business in China and commercial airline parts helped lift sales and profits.After the close, tech giant Apple turned in results that were slightly better than expected with earnings per share of $7.47, a bit higher than the $7.32 a share that analysts had expected. Revenue came in at $35.3 billion, slightly higher than the $35.02 billion that was forecast.Apple shares had closed down $7.32 or 1.7 per cent to US$418.99 in New York and rose about three per cent in after hours trading in New York.After the close Monday, online video streaming company Netflix said it earned $29.5 million, or 49 cents per share, in the latest quarter, up from $6.2 million, or 11 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts had forecast earnings of 40 cents per share. Netflix’s revenue climbed 20 per cent to $1.07 billion, mirroring analyst projections. But it failed to meet expectations for new subscribers and its stock declined 4.47 per cent to $250.26.Beyond the slide in railway stocks, the financial sector was the biggest decliner on the Toronto Stock Exchange, down 0.44 per cent with Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) down 61 cents to $58.35.The base metals sector led advancers, up 3.73 per cent with September copper up a cent at US$3.20 a pound after gaining five cents on Monday. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed 40 cents to C$24.37.The gold sector erased early losses to move up about 2.25 per cent, adding to Monday’s gain of over six per cent, down about 0.7 per cent while August bullion lost $1.30 to US$1,334.70. Bullion ran ahead $43 to a nearly five-week high Monday, its biggest one-day gain since June, 2012. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) rose 32 cents or 6.07 per cent to C$5.59.The energy sector was flat while the September crude contract gained 25 cents to US$107.19. Prices fell almost $1 Monday following the release of soft existing home sales data and ahead of the latest inventory data. Wednesday’s report on U.S. crude and fuel stockpiles from the Energy Information Administration will be watched for confirmation that the recent trend of falling inventories, which suggests stronger demand, is continuing.Sharp drops in U.S. crude supplies for the past three weeks have helped propel oil to its highest price in about 16 months. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) advanced 21 cents to C$12.22.In other corporate news, AlarmForce Industries Inc. (TSX:AF) said Tuesday it has “terminated” chief executive Joel Matlin after a strategic review of the company. Matlin, who holds a nearly eight per cent stake in the company, will continue to serve as a company director. AlarmForce completed a nearly year-long strategic review, including a possible sale of the company, earlier this month without a deal. It shares were up 20 cents to $10. 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Ex-NBA player Tate George sentenced to 9 years for fraud by Ben Finley, The Associated Press Posted Jan 20, 2016 7:53 am MDT Last Updated Jan 21, 2016 at 5:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TRENTON, N.J. – Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George was sentenced in a New Jersey federal court Thursday to nine years in prison for running a real estate Ponzi scheme.A federal judge in Trenton also ordered George to pay $2.5 million in restitution and serve three years of supervised release.George was convicted more than two years ago on four wire fraud counts. His victims included current NBA player Charlie Villanueva, former player Brevin Knight and “The Apprentice” winner Randal Pinkett. They lost several hundred thousand dollars altogether, prosecutors said.On the final day of a sentencing process that spanned several days beginning in December, George argued for more than an hour and a half for leniency while maintaining his innocence.He didn’t offer an apology to his victims, but instead claimed to be a well-intentioned businessman whose real estate projects unexpectedly fell through. He also repeated that his ventures were still alive and the money still out there but beyond his grasp in jail.“For the umpteenth time, I’m sorry — I’m sorry the projects got delayed,” he said.He also blamed prosecutors for withholding evidence that he said would allow him to prove his innocence.“I don’t sleep at night,” he added. “I’m begging to go to the law library (in jail) to get the information out.”The U.S. attorney’s office said George persuaded victims to invest in real estate opportunities by lying about his company’s assets and projects, then took their money and used it for personal expenses and to pay off earlier investors.George, a 6-foot-5 guard, played for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. The Newark native is best remembered for a buzzer-beating shot for UConn in a 1990 NCAA tournament game against Clemson.Assistant U.S. Attorney Zach Intrater pleaded with U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper to lock George up for as long as possible to protect society. Federal guidelines called for a sentencing range of about seven years to nine years.“There was a saying about Michael Jordan that you couldn’t stop him — you could only contain him,” Intrater said. “I submit your honour that is exactly Tate George. … You know that he will commit more crimes.”Intrater said George had everything going for him: a full ride to UConn, a first-round NBA draft pick and the charisma to make business connections and draw investors.The prosecutor claimed George’s crimes are the “monstrous result of our culture’s elevation and celebration of professional athletics.”
ATHENS, Ga. — Sophomore Nicolas Claxton scored 16 points and claimed a career-high 15 rebounds in Georgia’s 84-51 win over in-state foe Kennesaw State Tuesday night.Rayshaun Hammonds added 14 points for Georgia (4-3). Jordan Harris came off the bench to score 10.Kennesaw State (1-7) got 12 points from Ugo Obineke, 11 from Tyler Hooker and 10 from Bryson Lockley.The Bulldogs won the rebounding battle, 53-35, and limited the Owls to an abysmal 28 per cent shooting.The Owls were able to stay close the first seven minutes, trailing 11-10 at 13:02 after a short jumper by Lockley. But the Bulldogs went on a 13-1 run over the next 4:51, stretching the lead to 24-11 after two Turtle Jackson free throws.Georgia had another 15-0 run near the end of the half, featuring a pair of 3-pointers by Tyree Crump.If it seemed like time was standing still for the struggling Owls, it was. Crump’s second 3-pointer came with 2:18 showing on the clock. Moments later Hammonds scored on a layup, and the clock still showed 2:18. Officials had to stop the game to reset the clock to 1:39, based on the electronic scorebook kept at courtside.Another 19-2 run by the Bulldogs in the middle second half settled the outcome. It also stirred the Georgia crowd after a quiet first half. The attendance was announced at 5,947, the smallest yet during Tom Crean’s first season as the Bulldogs’ head coach.UP NEXTGeorgia: With no game until Dec. 3 against Texas Southern, Georgia’s basketball team can afford to get caught up in football mania as the Bulldog football team points to the SEC championship game with Alabama Saturday. Texas Southern (2-5) is having a Jekyll and Hyde season, opening the season with a win over and Baylor and then losing five straight before beating No. 18 Oregon Monday night.BIG PICTUREGeorgia: After two one-sided losses in the Cayman Islands to No. 16 Clemson and Georgia State, the Bulldogs found firmer footing in Stegeman Coliseum, site of its next three games. Playing a faster pace this year under new coach Tom Crean, the Bulldogs have been averaging 17.3 turnovers a game. They were only marginally better against Kennesaw State with 16.Kennesaw State: The Owls came into Tuesday’s game shooting 37 per cent from the field, and went backward. The Owls shot 27.9 per cent, their worst single-game performance of the year. Discounting the one-for-one season so far by Adili Kuerban, the Owls have only one other player who has made more shots than he has missed. Isaac Mbuyamba is 5-for-9 this year.UP NEXTGeorgia: With no game until Dec. 3 against Texas Southern, Georgia’s basketball team can afford to get caught up in football mania as the Bulldog football team points to the SEC championship game with Alabama Saturday. Texas Southern (2-5) is having a Jekyll and Hyde season, opening the season with a win over and Baylor and then losing five straight before beating No. 18 Oregon Monday night.Kennesaw State: The Owls will try to break their seven-game losing streak when Hofstra visits Saturday, December 1. Hofstra won last year in the first-ever meeting between the two schools by the palindromic score of 75-57.Blake Giles, The Associated Press
I, Zack Meisel, an aspiring journalist, used Spark Notes.I didn’t use them to help my performance on exams. I only used them when necessary to assist me in catching up on missed reading assignments in high school.Trust me, Spark Notes can’t explain a character’s symbolization of love. Spark Notes can’t produce a detailed essay exploring a novel’s motifs. Ever since I was young, I’ve been a skilled writer. I can confidently declare that reading Spark Notes did not affect my grades in any way. I still would have fared well in English classes without the extra boost from the ‘Notes.This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, to admit to such wrongdoing (now choking up, holding back tears).Hopefully my admission to such a heinous act won’t deter voters from considering me for the Journalism Hall of Fame one day.Coming clean about my dependence has given me vindication. It cleanses my soul that I can finally talk about the past.Enter Mark McGwire.The once-robust home run machine has received a paltry portion of the vote for the Hall of Fame. So — coincidentally, we are to believe — just one week after Andre Dawson was the only slugger selected to baseball’s exclusive club, McGwire finally pronounced his sorrow for juicing up during the ‘90s.He attributed his steroid use to aiding in his recovery from countless injuries. He claimed that not one of his 583 home runs resulted from an injection of any performance enhancing substance.And yet, no one seems satisfied.Even Ray Charles could see that the likes of McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds and hundreds of others were using during the 15-year steroid rage, but hindsight is 20/20. No one seemed to care about all of the bulging biceps in 1998 when Big Mac and Slammin’ Sammy were jockeying for the main slice of MLB home run history.The torrential downpour of steroid revelations has stirred up a cloud of hypocrisy around baseball’s most controversial era. We want athletes to be truthful, but our memories of those athletes become tarnished once they admit to “cheating.” Don’t ask for the truth if you’re afraid to hear it.Whether McGwire and Co. should earn a spot in the Hall of Fame depends on the consensus opinion of baseball experts around the country. The problem is, we’re far from a unanimous viewpoint.No one is buying McGwire’s assertion that the juice didn’t enhance his play on the field. But what purpose do his admittance and apology serve if the public can’t agree on its reaction to it?We all suspected the man of loading up syringes during his career, so why is it now that we jump on his decrepit back? Did his admission really re-shape anything anyone assumed about him?McGwire wouldn’t talk about the past before a congressional hearing in 2005, and he wasn’t the only one looking foolish on the stand. Sosa suddenly forgot the English language and Rafael Palmeiro lied through his teeth.Finally, though, when the man decided to open his closet full of skeletons, no one was content with the confession.The guy clearly messed up, along with hundreds of others, many of whom haven’t been made public yet. We know that for an extended period of time, the sport of baseball was completely diluted.But followers of America’s pastime must arrive at a consensus about what treatment these untruthful athletes should receive. Last May, Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez earned a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. Immediately upon his return, he was embraced by his Los Angeles following. Fans brushed his misdeed under the infield grass, as if he never cheated. Ah, Manny just being Manny.That’s the double standard that keeps Major League Baseball in limbo. Both Ramirez and McGwire knew the effects and consequences of their actions. For McGwire, there were no potential punishments. Yet, he is the one crucified after revealing his transgressions.It’s time to implement an even playing field for all athletes linked to performance enhancers.I fessed up to my Spark Notes use. I knew what I was doing was wrong. I can only hope that my ninth-grade English teacher forgives me.
As Siemens Drive Technologies Division celebrates 500 years of gearless mill drive operation (combined total of installations) it is delivering the gearless drive technology for two new mills for the Toromocho mine in the Peruvian province of Yauli. The order comes from Minera Chinalco Perú, a subsidiary of Aluminum Corp of China (CHINALCO). In future, two gearless mill drives will be used in the new production line with one SAG mill and one ball mill. Thus, 1 Mt of copper concentrate, 10,000 t of molybdenum and 4 Moz of silver oxide can be produced annually.The Toromocho mine in Morococha lies at an altitude of around 4,600 m above mean sea level and is situated just less than 150 km from the capital city of Lima. Minera Chinalco Perú is aiming to boost the mine’s productivity with a new production line. At this high altitude, special requirements were applied to the mill drives. Not only must they be able to cope with the rugged mine environment, they must also fulfill the special requirements of the remote, difficult to access mine site topography.Siemens will be delivering two gearless mill drives to meet these special Toromocho requirements. In future, the 36’ SAG mill of the new production line will be operated with a 13.5-MW. A further gearless mill drive with 22 MW output will ensure equally efficient and reliable driving of a ball mill with an inner diameter of 28’. Gearless drive systems are distinguished by their high efficiency of up to 4% better than conventional drives, low maintenance effort and a high availability of over 99%. Complex maintenance operations at an altitude of 4,600 m can thus be avoided, which affords time and cost savings.
← Previous Story EHF Cup 2015/2016: Sporting CP, Alingsas, Haslum and Bregenz end European season Next Story → Beatriz Fernández: Focus on Denmark Nikola Karabatić Handball Planet Nikola Karabatić (31) had two reasons to celebrate last night in Celje. He was, once again, match-winner for his team in a hot atmosphere of one of the most beautiful halls at VELUX EHF Champions League, Zlatorog Arena”, where 5.500 fans cheered for the success of his teams. The second was the trophy for the WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014, which was given to him by the Handball-Planet.com editor Žika Bogdanović.One of the greatest players ever in our sport spoke afterwards about many aspects of new era in Paris Saint Germain, especially, about his relation with Zvonimir Noka Serdarušić, who was one of the biggest reason for arrival in Paris last summer.Did Noka changed a lot in his coaching philosophy since your winning seasons in Kiel?– Of course, it is different system because we don’t have same profile of the players. We have to built our game on something we have in the roster, to improve our qualities. We can’t play as Kiel before, because now team’s profile isn’t same.Is your role of “extended coaching hand on the court” even bigger than it was in Kiel?– I had the same role in Kiel. I was listening Noka very carefully, I learned a lot and give another perspective to my game. I always carefully listen his suggestions. Now, my position is playmaker, so I have to find more tactical solutions to be successful. It is different than in Kiel, but our basic cooperation between coach and player is on the same level.Noka was your “second father” in a years before, is that relation evolved in some direction?– We respect eachother in every single moment. Our relation is the same off the court. I don’t see why should something change?He was very expressive in the critics after the match in Istanbul against Besiktas Mogaz. You know him very well, do you think that other guys understood his words?– Noka is that type of coach, always knows why he tells something. There is always a purpose behind his comments. He wanted to wake up the team because we didn’t play on the necessary level in most of the matches at the start of the season. Problem weren’t only results, while also attitude, level of aggressiveness. He wanted to kick our egos. Now, I can say that team’s reaction was positive.How is your relation with Mikkel Hansen. People can’t stop wondering, who is “No.1”, who is the biggest star in the team?– The biggest star is team. All the players, all of them are the biggest. Actually, we don’t have stars. Our team is the biggest one, we all want only to win. It doesn’t matter who will score, who will have more shoots…The rest of Europe thinks different and calling you “Galacticos”…– Yes, of course, because we have big names, same as Veszprem, Barca, Kiel, also Kielce, they have big names. There is no such a huge difference between these rosters. The only difference is, how, as you called us “stars”, playing for their teams – concluded Nikola Karabatić his interview for Handball-Planet.com.PHOTO: SLAVKO KOLAR
IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair. We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. No filterAlexia Nader takes a trip to Bed-Stuy in New York, the neighbourhood of photographer Ruddy Roye. His Instagram photos capture his home district as he sees them, and as he wants others to see the people living there. He uses his photos to spark debate, and bring attention to inequality.(Bklynr – approx 19 minutes reading time, 3860 words)The captions he writes prominently feature his views on race and inequality, and his social mission — to change perceptions of poor, black people — guides the way he takes pictures of his subjects. He often frames them in the most flattering way possible: in one of his photos, a man with visible tattoos of a skull and crossbones, the number 666, and the words “Eat P***y” looks mellow and even almost wholesome.2. Love in FlorenceZadie Smith writes about the Boboli Gardens in Florence, and the trip she took (aged 17) with her father using money from her first advance. From here, she explores the notion of parks, the freedom they bring and the importance they hold.(New York Books – approx 19 minutes reading time, 3853 words)Harvey and I knew from experience that it takes a while for immigrants to believe a park is truly public and open to them: my mother always used to complain, exaggerating somewhat (and not without a little pride), that she was the only black woman to be seen pushing a stroller through St. James’s Park in 1975. Sometimes a generation of habitation is needed to create the necessary confidence; to believe that this gate will open for you too. David Sedaris. Pic: Wikimedia Commons5. Goodbye, TiffanyDavid Sedaris‘s sister Tiffany took her own life in May of this year. She hadn’t been in touch with her family for quite some time, and in the wake of her death they went to a beach house on Emerald Isle. There, they reminisced about their childhood, and their struggle to deal with Tiffany’s death looms large.(New Yorker – approx 21 minutes reading time, 4275 words)Each of us had pulled away from the family at some point in our lives—we’d had to in order to forge our own identities, to go from being a Sedaris to being our own specific Sedaris. Tiffany, though, stayed away. She might promise to come home for Christmas, but at the last minute there’d always be some excuse: she missed her plane, she had to work.6. Deportation dateMike Giglio tells the story of ‘Wild Bill’ Suess, who was born in Germany but raised in Missouri. After a life of drug use, motorcycle gang membership and multiple crimes, he was arrested on conspiracy to sell cocaine. He was eventually removed to the United States – sent to Germany, where he had not been since his birth.(Buzzfeed – approx 24 minutes reading time, 4905 words)When Suess was arrested in the summer of 2009, America was in the midst of a new deportation push. Hoping to appear both tough and humane on illegal immigration, Barack Obama has ramped up deportations but moved the focus to people with criminal convictions. Local government agencies increasingly share information with immigration authorities in hopes of weeding out criminal aliens.…AND ONE FROM THE ARCHIVES… Jonathan Jay Pollard in 1998. Pic: AP Photo/ Karl DeBlaker, FileIn 1998, Peter Perl wrote about Prisoner #09185-016, Jonathan Jay Pollard, said to be an Israeli agent sent to jail for espionage. He had sent classified information to Israel – and was granted citizenship there in 1998. Perl looks into Pollard’s past, and what drove him to such measures.(Washington Post – approx 24 minutes reading time, 4905 words)These officials still consider Pollard a dangerous traitor whose release would send a terrible message that it’s okay to spy for a friendly nation or to help an ethnic or religious homeland. And they portray Pollard as an arrogant, greedy and sometimes delusional young man who sold out his country for $50,000 in cash, jewelry and lavish trips abroad. President Clinton has heeded their opposition in rejecting annual pleas to commute Pollard’s sentence.Interested in longreads during the week? Look out for Catch-Up Wednesday every Wednesday evening.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday >The Sports Pages – the best sports writing collected every week by TheScore.ie > Eckersley: I kept thinking, OK, everybody relax. OK, let’s play. It sounds awful, me even saying it. But that was my thinking. Everybody in a crisis reacts differently.Ley: We make our way downstairs. At that point, people are still being led into the stadium. The cops haven’t stopped it. Nobody knows what’s going on.Gallagher: We had no emergency power. We had no way to talk to people. The emergency preparedness, if you will, was really sorely lacking. Rubble seen in Oakland after the 1989 earthquake. Pic: Paul Sakuma/AP/Press Association Images3. Rocking the World SeriesBryan Curtis and Patricia Lee collaborate on an oral history of the 1989 World Series, wich was held in San Francisco. Just minutes before the scheduled start of the third game, a massive earthquake hit the city. Those who were there talk about what happened next.(Grantland – approx 59 minutes reading time, 11808 words) 4. Fund meAndrew Leonard meets Chad Whitacre, who, unhappy with his software developer job, started the site Gittip. It’s about ‘sustainable’ crowd-funding, funding the salary of independent workers. How does this work, and should we be sceptical of it?(Salon – approx 10 minutes reading time, 2035 words)To a cynic, the whole thing sounds hopelessly idealistic and maybe even a little bit crazy. And the more you learn about how Gittip actually works in practice, the more odd certain aspects of it become. But philosophically, Gittip’s mandate is rooted in the most ancient of Internet cultural traditions, the “gift economy” dream that great things can be built by freely cooperating communities of volunteers.
FORMER PAKISTANI LEADER Nawaz Sharif has appealed for cross-party support to help rebuild the nuclear-armed but economically crippled nation after winning historic elections that defied Taliban violence.Partial, unofficial results from yesterday’s election represented a stunning comeback for the wealthy 63-year-old tycoon who was deposed as prime minister in a 1999 military coup and spent years in jail and exile.But Sharif looked short of an outright majority, raising the prospect of coalition rule, as the party of former cricket star Imran Khan achieved its own breakthrough on an anti-corruption platform that resonated with younger voters.Khan’s party was set to take power as the provincial government in the restive northwest, where he has vowed to end US drone strikes. Sharif too has tapped into public anger about the missile attacks and pledged peace talks with the Taliban.The landmark polls mark the first time that one elected civilian administration will hand power to another after a full term in office, in a country where there have been three coups and four military rulers.Official results were emerging only slowly on Sunday but TV projections suggested no single party would win an absolute majority in the 342-seat national assembly.Sharif’s centre-right Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) was well ahead with at least 115 of the chamber’s 272 directly elected seats, according to various projections by private channels, and as many as 126 according to Geo TV.A Pakistani woman shows her ink-stained thumb after casting her ballot at a polling station in Lahore. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)‘Thank Allah’Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was projected to win more than 30 seats, after a high-octane campaign that ended with the former cricketer immobile in hospital after falling at a rally.The Bhutto clan’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which led the outgoing coalition government, was trailing in third place as voters punished its record of ineffectual administration over the past five years.Flanked by his brother and daughter, Sharif gave a victory speech to hundreds of jubilant supporters at PML-N headquarters in Lahore.“We should thank Allah that he has given PML-N another chance to serve you and Pakistan,” he said, after nearly 60 percent of the 86 million electorate turned out to vote despite polling day attacks by the Taliban that left 24 dead.Sharif, who has vowed a pro-business agenda to revive Pakistan’s feeble economy, struck a conciliatory tone following Khan’s emergence as a new powerbroker in the country’s clan-dominated politics.“I appeal for all parties to come to the table and sit with me and solve the country’s problems,” Sharif said.Supporters of former cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan stand beside a wall covered with the posters of Khan at PTI office in Lahore. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)The election was fought over the tanking economy, an appalling energy crisis that causes power cuts of up to 20 hours a day, the unpopular alliance in the US-led “war on terror” and chronic corruption.Prime minister twice before in the 1990s, Sharif’s historic third term will begin only after he brokers a deal with rivals to form a coalition. Political analysts said the PML-N would most likely have to team up with its former opponents from the outgoing PPP government.“(Sharif) needs to solve the issue of terrorism and other problems crippling the economy. If he delivers quickly, fair enough, if not then he will face crisis and criticism,” pundit Hasan Askari told AFP.Dancing in the streetsBut Sharif’s supporters hailed a new dawn for the nuclear-armed country. Youths in Lahore danced in the streets holding stuffed tigers — the PML-N’s election symbol — and people offered sweets to celebrate the win.Chief Election Commissioner Fakharuddin Ebrahim praised the authorities for cooperation “which enabled us to hold free and fair elections” and record the highest turnout figure since 1977.But there were complaints of vote-rigging. Khan’s PTI said it would meet later to look into allegations of ballot fraud including against the PML-N in Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province and Sharif’s political heartland.Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-N party celebrate the primary unofficial results for country’s parliamentary elections at a party office in Lahore. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)Besides the national assembly, voters also elected four provincial assemblies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan.Khan’s party emerged on top in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and PTI member Shaukat Yousafzai said “we will form our government here with the help of like-minded political parties”.Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a hotbed of militancy.Both Sharif and Khan have vowed to negotiate with the Taliban but analysts say it is too early to say how this will affect the course of America’s war on terror on the Pakistani-Afghan border.- © AFP, 2013Read: Irish journalist Declan Walsh ordered to leave PakistanMore: 11 dead in Karachi bomb blast as voting takes place in Pakistan
Le travail sur la réforme concernant la dépendance a débutéAfin de pouvoir apporter une solution viable au casse-tête du financement de la dépendance, des groupes de travail ont été mis en place par Roselyne Bachelot, ministre des Solidarités et de la Cohésion sociale.Ancienne ministre de la Santé et des Sports, Roselyne Bachelot doit aujourd’hui s’attaquer à un nouveau chantier en tant que ministre des Solidarités et de la Cohésion sociale : le financement de la dépendance, un sujet qui devrait prochainement faire l’objet d’une réforme. Ainsi, Roselyne Bachelot a fait savoir à l’AFP : “J’ai commencé un certain nombre de consultations. Aujourd’hui, je vais installer les quatre groupes de travail qui ont été décidés par le Premier ministre”. Les quatre groupes en question auront pour mission d’étudier, dans l’ordre : le financement de la dépendance, les enjeux à long terme de la dépendance, ainsi que l’accueil et l’accompagnement des personnes âgées.À lire aussiPourquoi la perception du temps s’accélère-t-elle avec l’âge ? La science a la réponseChaque groupe sera composé d’une quarantaine de personnes, explique l’AFP alors que les quatre entités devraient régulièrement s’entretenir jusqu’à présenter le résultat de leurs travaux d’ici l’été. La Dépêche explique que plus passent les années, plus la proportion de personnes âgées et dépendantes augmente et cela notamment du fait de l’allongement de l’espérance de vie. Ainsi, l’année 2040 pourrait d’ores et déjà compter 1,4 million de personnes âgées devenant dépendantes. Plusieurs pistes ont été évoquées concernant ce sujet, comme la hausse de la contribution sociale généralisée ou l’ouverture d’une cinquième branche de la Sécurité sociale. Quoi qu’il en soit, le problème est tel (il touche 40% des Français) qu’une solution devrait obligatoirement être trouvée. Et le directeur du département Politique-Opinion de CSA de faire savoir : “L’expérience de la dépendance semble être plus fréquente au sein des catégories plus favorisées que des catégories populaires (46 % des cadres, professions libérales et intermédiaires y ont été ou y sont confrontés, contre 35 % des catégories populaires) ; signe d’un effet de l’inégalité face à l’allongement de la vie ou d’une sensibilité différenciée au sujet (…). Selon plus d’un Français sur trois, lorsque l’on s’occupe d’une personne âgée dépendante dans son entourage proche, on sacrifie avant tout sa vie familiale (39 %), et le temps libre pour prendre soin de soi (36 %)”.Le 5 janvier 2011 à 19:06 • Emmanuel Perrin
SIDA : un traitement préventif bientôt sur le marché aux Etats-Unis ?Jeudi, un comité d’experts a recommandé à l’Agence américaine des médicaments (FDA) de mettre sur le marché le Truvada, le premier traitement préventif contre le SIDA. C’est un pas majeur dans la lutte contre le SIDA que pourraient franchir d’ici peu les Etats-Unis : introduire sur le marché le tout premier traitement préventif contre le VIH. C’est du moins ce qu’a suggéré un comité de 22 experts à l’agence américaine du médicament (FDA). Le traitement en question, baptisé Truvada, est fabriqué par le laboratoire américain Gilead Sciences et est en fait déjà prescrit pour des personnes infectées par le VIH.Mais il a montré de l’efficacité à prévenir d’une contamination par le virus au cours d’un vaste essai clinique réalisé de juillet 2007 à décembre 2009 dans six pays, dont le Brésil, l’Afrique du Sud et les Etats-Unis. En effet, à l’issue des travaux financés en grande partie par les Instituts nationaux américains de la santé (NIH), le Truvada a réussi à réduire de 44% le risque d’infection chez les hommes homosexuels qui utilisaient aussi des préservatifs. Parallèlement, une autre étude clinique a montré que le traitement a diminué le risque d’infection jusqu’à 75% chez les couples hétérosexuels dont l’un des deux partenaires étaient séropositifs.Au vu de ses résultats, le vote soumis au comité comportait ainsi trois sous-questions. Par 19 voix contre 3, les experts ont recommandé d’autoriser le traitement préventif pour les hommes homosexuels séronégatifs. Par 19 voix contre 2 et une abstention, pour la vente du Truvada aux couples hétérosexuels dont l’un des partenaires est séropositif. Enfin, par 12 voix contre 8 et 2 abstentions, ils se sont prononcés pour la commercialisation aux “autres individus risquant d’être infectés en raison de leur activités sexuelles”. Des craintes sur une plus large utilisation du Truvada Ces votes sont intervenus suite à une longue journée de présentations et de délibérations. Une quarantaine de personnes dont des médecins et infirmières soignant des séropositifs, des représentants d’organismes privés engagés dans la lutte contre le sida et des personnes infectées par le VIH étaient ainsi venus témoigner devant le comité. Cependant, une majorité d’entre eux se sont déclarés hostiles à la mise sur le marché du Truvada, évoquant pour cela plusieurs arguments.”Je suis préoccupée par le danger de voir se développer une résistance au Truvada”, a déclaré Roxanne Cox-Iyamu, un médecin qui soigne des personnes infectées par le VIH. Karen Haughey, une infirmière, a elle fait valoir la rigueur nécessaire à la prise du Truvada. Présenté sous forme de comprimés, il doit être pris quotidiennement pour être efficace. Or, selon elle, ce traitement préventif “ne marchera pas car ce n’est pas dans la nature humaine de faire 100% ce qui est recommandé”. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Toutefois, alors que plus de 30 millions de personnes vivent actuellement avec le VIH et que plus de 2 millions sont chaque année nouvellement infectées, les résultats prometteurs obtenus ont convaincu les membres du comité. “Nous avons besoin d’un tel traitement car aux Etats-Unis nous avons encore 50.000 nouveaux cas d’infection chaque année, surtout parmi les hommes homosexuels et nous n’avons pas eu beaucoup de succès ces dernières années pour réduire ce nombre”, avait ainsi souligné, avant le vote, le Dr Anthony Fauci, directeur de l’Institut national américain des allergies et des maladies infectieuses (NIAID) cité par l’AFP.Un traitement en complément d’autres moyens de prévention “De ce fait, tout médicament préventif est important”, avait-il ajouté. En revanche, comme le soulignent les spécialistes, le Truvada ne doit surtout pas “être utilisé pour se substituer aux autres méthodes de prévention” existantes, notamment le préservatif, ce qui multiplierait les comportements à risques. Face au fléau que représente le SIDA, considéré depuis 2002 comme une pandémie globale, tous les moyens doivent en effet être mis en oeuvre pour contenir le virus et empêcher la contamination.En avril dernier, une étude a d’ailleurs démontré que prescrire des anti-rétroviraux à titre préventif à des hommes homosexuels ayant plus de cinq partenaires par an et risquant donc fortement de contracter le virus du sida serait économiquement rentable en réduisant la propagation de l’infection. D’après les chiffres communiqués, la prise du Truvada coûte entre 12.000 et 14.000 dollars (entre 9.200 et 11.000 euros) par an. Le 11 mai 2012 à 12:10 • Maxime Lambert