Grosvenor hits a six for Liverpool

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Duterte decision on doctors’ plea for ECQ return out today

first_imgDozens of doctors’ groups on Saturday warned the Philippines was losing the coronavirus fight, calling for a “timeout” and urging President Rodrigo Duterte to tighten a recently eased lockdown to an enhanced community quarantine. FILE PHOTO Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) is scheduled to meet with medical frontliners group on Monday to reconfigure existing strategies in dealing with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In a letter signed by 40 medical societies, it said that the health care system has been overwhelmed, with hospitals temporarily closing to decongest and health workers falling ill as COVID-19 cases in the country surged under eased lockdown measures. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision on whether to grant medical professionals’ call for Mega Manila to revert to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) will be known today. directed the IATF-EID to act on these concerns immediately,” Roque said. “Your voices have been heard. We cannot afford to let down our modern heroes. This is our commitment,” he added.center_img The letter cited a potential collapse of the health care system, with more COVID-19 patients being admitted into packed hospitals, while health facilities are understaffed as medical workers have also contracted the disease./PN The groups called for a return to ECQ for at least two weeks, from Aug. 1 to 15, to give exhausted health workers “breathing space” as they served in the frontlines of a pandemic that has seen no letup. “President Rodrigo Duterte has heard concerns of the medical community and the Chief Executive “We propose that the ECQ be used as a timeout to refine our pandemic control strategies addressing the following urgent conditions or problems: hospital workforce efficiency; failure of contact tracing and quarantine; transportation safety; workplace safety; public compliance with self-protection; social amelioration,” the letter read.last_img read more

GFF Elite League clubs participate in pre-season technical preparedness session

first_imgIN preparation for the restart of the GFF Elite League, Season 5, scheduled for March, Guyana Football Federation (GFF) held a one-day refreshers workshop for referees, and the Technical Department held an information session for head coaches/representatives of Elite clubs.The referees’ refresher course was held last Saturday at the National Track And Field Centre, Leonora and there were 21 referees in attendance. Among the areas covered in the session, which was facilitated by Member Association Instructors Ingram Johnson, Abdullah Hamid and Tyrone Tyrell respectively, were changes to the Laws of the Game, Understanding the Offside and Misconduct Rules and the Importance of Fitness.Meanwhile, the Technical Department held a session with the head coaches/representatives of the Elite clubs on February 7, which addressed the importance of a pre-season programme. A strong pre-season programme is geared towards ensuring the players are in the right shape to maximise their chances of avoiding injury when the season starts. Injury prevention work is crucial and should form a large part of club training, especially early in the pre-season.In an invited comment, Technical Director, Ian Greenwood, said the head coaches were briefed on the types of high-intensity interval training and workouts that challenge players to perform short, sharp explosive actions like sprinting, jumping and shooting, repeatedly. For the players, this kind of work enables them to do their job with the same level of efficiency in the 90th minute, as they do in the first.“Pre-season is a great opportunity to overload the players to give them a superior base of fitness; you have six weeks to get everyone in shape. Each individual is different so they need bespeak training plans and diets that progress at the right pace,” said Greenwood.“Running that extra yard during a game could be the difference between winning and losing. A poor pre-season could see a team make a slow start because they won’t be up to speed fitness-wise,” Greenwood added.“Successful managers set expectations and clarify their vision during pre-season,” Greenwood continued. “It’s an opportunity for them to establish relationships and build understanding so when the going gets tough, everyone understands his job and has a solution to combat and overcome. All of this provides a road map for future success,” he concluded.Developing a strong pre-season culture in Guyana is vital to improve the quality on and off the pitch of the Elite League. The overall product of senior men’s football starts here.last_img read more

Japan goes small vs PH

first_imgView comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Andray Blatche will return for another tour with the Filipinos, who will play the Japanese in the first round at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.Brown plays for the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the Japanese B League and posted efficient numbers for the national team by leading Team Nippon in rebounds, steals and blocks in the 2016 Fiba Asia Challenge Cup in Tehran, Iran.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBorn in Corsicana, Texas in the US, Brown went through a two-year period learning the Japanese language extensively. He currently resides in Tokyo.That was the last time that Brown played for Japan, which has a relatively tall team of homegrown talents led by the versatile Joji Takeuchi, a 6-foot-10 center who has a deft perimeter jumper and is agile to leave other big guns on the move. Blatche last played for the Philippines in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship in Manila last May. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Falcons secure 3rd semis seat Yuta Tabuse, a 5-foot-8 guard who saw action for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA and played against the Filipinos in the 2015 Jones Cup, is not in the roster initially submitted by the Japanese association.Team Philippines, ranked higher (30th) than Japan (43rd) and Chinese Taipei (57th) in the latest world rankings, will play the Taiwanese and a very familiar foe, Quincy Davis III, at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Nov. 27.The Filipinos are 1-1 with the Taiwanese in their last two clashes, with the Chinese Taipei victory happening in 2013 in Manila, 84-79, during the first round of the Fiba Asia Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.Team Philippines got back at the Taiwanese in the Jones Cup in front of a boisterous Taiwanese crowd, 88-72, with Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger and Mike Myers at the helm.Gilas played that game without its PBA veteran pool members led by June Mar Fajardo, Jason Castro, Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding While Gilas Pilipinas and Chinese Taipei have enlisted services of centers as naturalized players, Group B mate Japan has included 6-foot-4 guard Ira Brown in its list of pool members submitted to Fiba (international basketball association) for the World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers starting Nov. 24.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

10 months agoNuno upbeat in Liverpool defeat: Wolves can’t think about table

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nuno upbeat in Liverpool defeat: Wolves can’t think about tableby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno was frustrated after their 2-0 defeat at home to Liverpool.Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk scored for the Reds as they stay top of the table for Christmas.Nuno lamented, “We started the game well, chances for both teams. We didn’t maintain the consistency through the game. The start of the second half is not good. Better decisions or composure we could have harmed a very good team.”The boys worked very hard and it’s difficult to play against Liverpool especially when they’re in front.”We deserved one goal at least. We have to now rest.”I’m happy because of the way we work and pass the moments football gives. We are consistent – the table doesn’t mean anything.” last_img read more

New target identified for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

first_img Source:Experimental Biology and Medicine Dai and colleagues have demonstrated that IL-25 and its receptor are upregulated in lung tissue from patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Further, they demonstrated that IL-25 can recapitulate IPF-like lung fibrosis in mice via activation of alveolar epithelial cells and lung fibroblasts. Future studies will help to determine the link between IL-25 and the clinical features of IPF.” Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 29 2019An article published in Experimental Biology and Medicine (Volume 244, Issue 9, June 2019) (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1535370219843827) identifies a new target for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The study, led by Dr. Huaping Dai in the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and the Center of Respiratory Medicine at China-Japan Friendship Hospital and the National Clinical Research Center for Respiratory Disease in Beijing, China, reports that interleukin-25, an inflammatory cytokine, is elevated in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and contributes to lung fibrosis in an animal model.More than 50,000 people in the U.S. die from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) each year. Related StoriesStudy: Two-thirds of pneumonia patients receive more antibiotics than they probably needRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairIPF is a type of lung disease that results in fibrosis, or scarring, of the lungs. As the disease progresses and the scarring worsens, patients are unable to take a deep breath and the lungs can no longer provide sufficient oxygen for the body. There is no cure for IPF and there are no treatments that remove the scarring from the lungs. Studies have shown that inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin-25 (IL-25), potentiate the pathogenesis of allergen-induced airway diseases by promoting inflammation and remodeling of the airway. However, the role of IL-25 in inflammation and fibrosis in IPF is not known. The identification of pathways that drive IPF progression will provide new targets for drug discovery and may lead to effective treatments for this and other lung diseases. In the current study, Dr. Dai and colleagues examined the potential role and mechanisms of IL-25 in IPF. IL-25 levels (protein and mRNA) were significantly higher in IPF patients when compared to normal controls. Intranasal administration of IL-25 to mice induced the expression of other inflammatory cytokines, extracellular matrix proteins and growth factors in lung epithelial cells. IL-25 administration also induced the proliferation of lung fibroblasts and the expression of several genes that promote fibrosis. Collectively, these studies demonstrate that IL-25 contributes to lung fibrosis by direct activation of lung fibroblasts and epithelial cells. Dr. Dai said that “treatment targeting IL-25 may be a novel method for treating IPF patients.”Dr. Steven R. Goodman, Editor-in-Chief of Experimental Biology & Medicine, said:last_img read more

To fight off unemployment Iraqi youth plant startup seeds

first_imgFour out of five jobs created in Iraq in recent years are in the public sector, according to the World Bank.And in its 2019 budget, the government proposed $52 billion in salaries, pensions, and social security for its workers—a 15 percent jump from 2018 and more than half the total budget.But with graduates entering the workforce faster than jobs are created, many still wait indefinitely for work.Among youth, 17 percent of men and a whopping 27 percent of women are unemployed, the World Bank says.After IS, innovation reignsWhen IS declared Mosul its seat of power in Iraq back in 2014, resident Saleh Mahmud was forced to shutter the city’s incubator for would-be entrepreneurs. “What we’re doing is showing youth what entrepreneurship is—not necessarily so they succeed, but so they at least try,” said organiser Ibrahim al-Zarari.He said attendees should understand two things: first, that the public sector is saturated. And second, that oil isn’t the only resource on which Iraq—OPEC’s second-largest producer—should capitalise.More than 65 percent of Iraq’s GDP and nearly 90 percent of state revenues hail from the oil sector. Many youth turn to it for work, but it only employs one percent of the workforce.Widespread corruption and bureaucracy also weaken Iraq’s appeal for private investors. The World Bank ranks it 168th out of 190 for states with a good business environment.Under current legislation, private sector employees are not offered the same labour protections or social benefits as those in the public sector. And Iraq’s stuttering banking industry appears too cautious to dive in, said Tamara Raad, 26, who researches start-ups. Stuck between an endless waitlist for a government job and a frail private sector, Iraqi entrepreneurs are taking on staggering unemployment by establishing their own start-ups. Iraqi entrepreneurs find business success in smartphone apps “The banks have a role to play. They must make loans without interest and help young entrepreneurs,” she said.Banks or no banks, Mahmud in Mosul is already planning how he’ll grow his business in 2019.”We will open a new, larger space for new gatherings,” he said excitedly, to bring together returning designers, developers and other inventors. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further After graduating from university, many Iraqi youths spend years waiting to be appointed to a job in the government, Iraq’s biggest employer. Among Iraqi youth, 17 percent of men and 27 percent of women are unemployed, according to the World Bank Iraqi youth at computers in “The Station”, Baghdad’s incubator for would-be entrepreneurs “Around 600-700 youth have already passed by Mosul Space” to attend a seminar or seek out resources as they start their own ventures, said the 23-year-old.He was inspired after watching fellow Mosul University graduates hopelessly “try to hunt down a connection to get a job in the public sphere.””A university education isn’t something that gets you a fulfilling job,” he said.Another start-up, Dakkakena, is capitalising on Mosul’s rebuilding spirit, too.The online shopping service delivers a lorry-full of home goods every day to at least a dozen families refurnishing after the war. Some 70 young Iraqi innovators attended a recent three-day workshop in Baghdad on founding start-ups The building in central Baghdad called “The Station” is where self-starters begin to create their own project in a country with high youth unemployment “On the web, we can sell things for cheaper than stores because we have fewer costs, like no showrooms,” said founder Yussef al-Noaime, 27. Noaime fled IS to the Netherlands, where he was introduced to e-commerce. When he returned home, the computer engineer partnered with another local to found their venture.A similar service, Miswag, was set-up in the capital Baghdad in 2014 and last year reported hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits. Banks and big dreamsOn an autumn day, some 70 young Iraqi innovators converged for a three-day workshop in Baghdad on founding start-ups. They flitted among round tables planning projects, their Arabic conversations sprinkled with English terms. The first murmurs of this creative spirit were felt in 2013, but the Islamic State group’s sweep across a third of the country the following year put many projects on hold.Now, with IS defeated, co-working spaces and incubators are flourishing in a country whose unemployment rate hovers around 10 percent but whose public sector is too bloated to hire.Many self-starters begin their journey at an aptly named glass building in central Baghdad: The Station.There, they sip on coffee, peruse floor-to-ceiling bookshelves for ideas and grab a seat at clusters of desks where other stylish Iraqis click away at their laptops.”We’re trying to create a new generation with a different state of mind,” said executive director Haidar Hamzoz. “We want to tell youth that they can start their own project, achieve their dreams and not just be happy in a government job they didn’t even want,” he told AFP. Youth make up around 60 percent of Iraq’s nearly 40 million people.After graduating from university, many spend years waiting to be appointed to a job in the government, Iraq’s biggest employer. With Mosul now cautiously rebuilding after the jihadists were ousted in 2017, Mahmud is back in business. © 2019 AFP Citation: To fight off unemployment, Iraqi youth plant start-up seeds (2019, February 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-unemployment-iraqi-youth-start-up-seeds.html Iraqi youth are also participating in the “Mosul Space”, that city’s incubator for would-be entrepreneurs in northern Iraqlast_img read more

Demonetisation bitter medicine to treat corruption PM

first_imgPublished on Prime Minister Narendra Modi   –  PIB M.P. Assembly polls: BSP eyes Bundelkhand route to reach Bhopal Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said he used the “bitter medicine” of demonetisation to bring back money into banking system and to give “proper treatment to deep-rooted corruption system” in the country.Addressing a poll rally here for the November 28 Assembly elections, Modi said, “We use poisonous medicine to eradicate termite. Similarly, I used note ban as a ‘tez’ (bitter) medicine to treat corruption in the country“.“People who used to hide their money under beds, in their houses, offices and factories are now paying tax of every single penny and we are using this money for the right schemes for the common man,” Modi said.Modi cautioned the Madhya Pradesh farmers not to get carried away by the Congress’ loan waiver promise, adding it was a sham.“The Congress made loan waiver promise to farmers in Karnataka before state Assembly polls there but instead of doing so, it is preparing to send peasants to jail,” he said.“In 2008, a year ahead of general elections, the Congress promised loan waiver to the farmers which turned out to be an eyewash,” he said.“My government is aiming to double farmers’ income by 2022,” the prime minister said.The CAG in its report pointed to anomalies in the farmers loan waiver during the Congress regime, he said. The Congress is anti-farmer, he added.Modi said his government has so far disbursed loans to 14 crore people, “that too without guarantee”, under the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.“The amount of work we (BJP-led government) have done in four years, Congress would be able to do it in 10 years,” Modi said.“Remember the time when Congress was in power here in Madhya Pradesh, what was the condition of people? Madhya Pradesh does not deserve a government which never thinks about the state’s welfare,” Modi said, targeting the Congress party.Modi said that during the Congress’ 55 year rule in Madhya Pradesh, 1,500 schools were made, but Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan established 4,000 schools in the state in just 15 years.“Our mantra is to provide education to boys and girls, income for youth, irrigation facility to farmers and medicines to elders,” Modi said.On ‘housing for all’, Modi said, “My dream is to provide ‘pucca’ houses to everyone in the country by 2022. We have so far given keys of such houses to 1.25 crore people“.Attacking Congress, Modi termed the Congress-led UPA regime as ‘Madam ki Sarakar’ and ‘remote controlwali sarkar’“I am working for the 125 crore people of the country. I am living for them and this is troubling Congress,” he said.Congress speaks about farmers, but at least 15 big irrigation projects, which were meant for farmers of Madhya Pradesh, were kept hanging for years for no reason, he said. SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE regional elections November 20, 2018center_img Government is aiming to double farmers income by 2022, asserts Modi Madhya Pradesh Notebandi, a disaster: Opposition COMMENT RELATED COMMENTSlast_img read more