first_imgTestosterone may be the key to manliness, but it also stokes the growth of prostate cancer cells. So injections of the hormone might sound like the last thing a man with this type of cancer needs. But a new study shows that the shots can slow the progression of untreatable prostate tumors in some patients.Researchers have known since the 1940s that slashing the levels of testosterone and other male sex hormones can rein in prostate tumors. Today, a common treatment for prostate cancers that have spread to other parts of the body is chemical castration, drugs that cut the body’s production of testosterone and related hormones. But the cancer cells usually adapt to the low hormone levels and resume growing. For example, they sometimes crank out more of the receptor molecules stimulated by testosterone or switch to a version of the receptor that doesn’t need testosterone to prompt growth. Although researchers have devised new treatments to counteract this resistance, such as drugs that block the testosterone receptor, tumors often quickly develop resistance to them as well.Studies of cancer cells in a dish and tumors in animals have revealed a paradox about so-called castration-resistant prostate cancer. Cancer cells that prosper when testosterone is scarce often die when exposed to high levels of the hormone. Experiments suggest that the extra hormone disrupts DNA duplication and leads to DNA fractures, which can be fatal for a cell. 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Most of their tumors had spread, or metastasized. In the study, the men continued to receive chemical castration therapy, but every 28 days the researchers also injected them with testosterone. Each shot spiked blood testosterone levels well above normal, but they gradually declined until they were close to the level produced by chemical castration. The rationale for these oscillations, Schweizer says, is that “you don’t allow prostate cancer cells to get accustomed to one testosterone environment.” The hormone peaks will kill cancer cells that have adapted to low testosterone, whereas the valleys will stifle cells that require testosterone to grow.To gauge the subjects’ progress, the researchers measured the amounts of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood, an indicator of prostate cancer growth. Two patients left the study after the first round of treatment because of side effects. In seven of the remaining subjects, PSA levels rose during the first three rounds of treatment, suggesting that they weren’t benefiting from the injections. But PSA levels dipped in seven others, a sign that their tumors could be shrinking. “The fact that half of the guys who got through three cycles [of treatment] showed a response is encouraging,” Schweizer says.He and colleagues performed CT scans on 10 patients to check the size of their metastases, or tumor colonies spawned by the original growth. In four patients, the metastases had shrunk, and in one patient they had disappeared, the team reports online today in Science Translational Medicine. All five men were in the group that showed PSA declines.Over time, however, the advantages of testosterone injections waned. PSA levels began to rise after about 7 months, suggesting renewed growth by the tumors. But even a short-term response could extend the lives of patients, because prostate cancer that is resistant to chemical castration is typically incurable, Schweizer notes. Although a few previous studies attempted to gauge the effects on prostate cancer of boosting testosterone levels, they didn’t provide the large doses of hormone necessary to kill resistant cancer cells, he says. So the new work “is a first step toward finding out who will benefit from this treatment.”For the patients who remained in the study, side effects of the treatment included nausea and hair loss, and two subjects developed blood clots in their lungs. Of the two people who dropped out of the trial early on, one fell ill with pneumonia and died from sepsis, a body-wide inflammation that often results from infections. That’s not a typical consequence of testosterone therapy, Schweizer says, so the researchers think it was caused by a chemotherapy drug that the patients were also taking during part of the study.Some researchers and doctors have worried that testosterone treatment might speed tumor growth, notes Charles Ryan, a cancer endocrinology researcher and physician at the University of California, San Francisco, who wasn’t involved in the work. But the study shows that “there’s potentially a substantial number of patients for whom this treatment is not harmful but is possibly beneficial.” However, he’s not ready to change how he treats prostate cancer patients until researchers perform further studies that confirm the effects of testosterone and clarify the treatment’s risks.“They have intriguing clinical data,” says medical oncologist and prostate cancer researcher Christopher Logothetis of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, who also wasn’t connected to the study. But he was disappointed that the team didn’t test biopsy samples from the subjects to determine how testosterone was influencing the tumors. That analysis is essential so that researchers can figure out how to predict which patients will benefit from the treatment and which might be harmed, he says.Two other studies of testosterone therapy in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer have begun, Schweizer notes, so researchers may soon have a better idea of whether the treatment is superior to current approaches.last_img read more

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I thought I won the fight,” Alvarez said. “I was superior inside the ring. I won at least seven, eight rounds. I was able to counterpunch and even make Gennady wobble a couple of times. “It is up to the people if we fight again. I felt frustrated over this draw.”Golovkin and Alvarez now look set to rule the resurgent middleweight division for years after their slugfest ended in a stalemate.READ: Golovkin and Alvarez deliver classic middleweight fightThe controversy came via the judges — one of whom scored the nail-biting fight 118-110 in favour of Alvarez. The evenly-matched fight was so close it could have gone either way. Challenger Alvarez fought well enough to win on his own but Adalaide Byrd’s mind-boggling scorecard fuelled conspiracy theories on social media.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “I wanted to finish him off, but he was a stong opponent with lot of experience. It didn’t unfold the way I wanted it to,” Alvarez said.Former two-division champion Alvarez connected with a devastating punch series about 30 seconds into the round. A rubbery-legged Golovkin then went into a defensive shell, shook the cobwebs off, and managed to stay on his feet.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 shutoutIt was a rare moment of vulnerability for Golovkin who has never been knocked down in his pro career and, before that, in 350 amateur fights.Until his last two fights, which both went the distance, Golovkin had been jackhammering his way through the middleweight division. In March, he showed he could go the distance and win over Daniel Jacobs but their 12-round fight snapped a string of 23 consecutive knockouts for Golovkin.  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Judge Don Trella had it 114-114 while Dave Moretti scored it 115-113 in favour of Golovkin.Golovkin got his first taste of Nevada-style judging in his Sin City boxing debut, but despite the kerfuffle he still managed to keep his World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles.Asked about Byrd’s lopsided scorecard, which had Golovkin winning just the fourth and seventh rounds, he replied, “unbelievable”.“Of course I want a rematch. This was a real fight,” Golovkin said.So the stage is set for a Golovkin-Alvarez 2, likely sometime in the first half of 2018. Kerber exorcises New York demons in Tokyo Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Gennady Golovkin (R) exchanges blows with Canelo Alvarez (L) during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship fight at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Gennady Golovkin retained his three world middleweight titles, fighting to a draw with Mexican star Canelo Alvarez in a showdown for middleweight supremacy that lived up the hype./ AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKIA somber Canelo Alvarez was left wondering what more he could have done to wrest the middleweight world titles away from Gennady Golovkin after their controversial 12-round draw on Saturday in Las Vegas.The 27-year-old Mexican star said he executed his game plan the way he wanted to, but missed his big chance when he failed to knock the champion out in the 10th round.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgCOMMENTS The fastest man rose gingerly to his feet and limped the last 30 metres to the line. × August 13, 2017 Usain Bolt of Jamaica stumbles injured during the World Athletics Championships 4 x 100 meters relay final, in London Stadium, London.   –  Reuters RELATED Bolt leads Jamaica into final, US run year’s fastest time athleticscenter_img Usain Bolt of Jamaica stumbles injured during the World Athletics Championships 4 x 100 meters relay final, in London Stadium, London.   –  Reuters Published on Usain Bolt’s unparalleled career ended in extraordinary drama on Saturday as he pulled up with injury on the anchor leg of his very last race, the 4×100 metres relay final at the World Championships.The 30-year-old had taken the baton for Jamaica a few metres adrift of the two leaders when, straining hard to catch them, he stopped abruptly with cramp in his left hamstring, began hobbling and tumbled to a halt after a forward roll.As Britain went on to win gold, Bolt lay on his back in his lane, his head in hands, being tended to by medics as one waited with a wheelchair to help push him off the track. Yet the sport’s greatest entertainer was determined that one of the finest careers in sport was not going to end with him in a wheelchair.So the fastest man of all-time, surrounded by his three worried team mates, Omar McLeod, Julian Forte and Yohan Blake, rose gingerly to his feet and limped the last 30 metres to the line.The official result recorded that the Jamaicans did not finish but Bolt had been absolutely determined to ensure he completed the last race after a matchless career in which he won 19 major championship gold medals.Typically, Bolt’s only thoughts were with the team mates he felt he had let down. “He kept apologising to us but we told him there was no need to apologise,” Forte said. “Injuries are part of the sport.”McLeod added, “It just happened – Usain Bolt’s name will always live on.”Third placeJustin Gatlin, the American winner of the individual 100 metres who had consigned Bolt to third place in his final individual race last Saturday, paid tribute to his rival. “I think it was the elements (that caused the injury). I’m sorry he got this injury. He is still the best in the world,” Gatlin said. “This is farewell time, I am sentimental about it already now. In the warm-up area, we give ourselves respect and greeted each other. Usain Bolt is a great athlete.”Kevin Jones, the Jamaican team doctor, said Bolt had suffered cramp in his left hamstring. Blake was angry at having to wait for two medal ceremonies to take place before the race. “It was 40 minutes and two medal presentations before our run … we were kept 40 minutes. It was crazy,” Blake said. “They were holding us too long.“We keep warming up and waiting, then warming up and waiting. I think it got the better of us. It hurts to see a true legend, a true champion go out there and struggle like that.”Jamaican team manager Ian Forbes praised Bolt for “going out there and giving his all” and added that the squad were “very saddened”.“The diagnostic work will be done shortly to determine how serious it is. He was able to walk to the team bus so hopefully that signals it’s not as serious as it possibly could be,” Forbes said.With the 56,000-strong crowd going wild about the British victory, there was still time for them to hail the sport’s favourite performer, who waved to them a mite forlornly while hobbling away from the track.Five years ago, almost to the very night, British distance running hero Mo Farah had broken into Bolt’s lightning bolt pose in this same stadium and the Jamaican had reciprocated with the Briton’s trademark “Mobot” to mark their joyous supremacy at the London Olympics.Yet in the same stadium on Saturday, they attempted in vain to reprise that triumphant night, Farah ending up with silver in his final track race, over 5,000 metres, and Bolt suffering his anti-climactic farewell.Their leaving of the track scene leaves a void in the sport that does not look like being filled any time soon. COMMENT SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

first_img(Eds: updating with details) Jakarta, Aug 23 (PTI) India’s nearly unchallenged domination of the Asian Games kabaddi competition ended today with the men’s team failing to make the final for the first time, left shell-shocked and battered by an ever-improving Iran in the semifinals here. For the first time in its history, India ended with a bronze medal in its indigenous sport, in which a gold is taken for granted every four years at the Asiad. The 18-27 loss, which left some in the Indian camp in tears, and others stone-faced, ended a reign of domination dates back to the 1990 Asiad. It was a nightmare that unfolded for India at Theatre Garuda where the Iranians played like champions and India seemed completely out of sorts. The writing was perhaps on the wall given that Iran had come close to upstaging India in the 2014 finals in Incheon. Considered another Asian powerhouse, Iran had finished runner-up in the last two Asian Games and will square off for gold as firm favourites against Korea, a team that beat India in the group stage this time. The match saw Pro-Kabaddi League players facing each other with Iran having the likes of defenders Fazel Atrachali and Abozar Mighani. The Indian team which had PKL stars like Ajay Thakur, Pardeep Narwal, Rahul Chaudhari, Deepak Niwas Hooda became the first to finish an Asian Games without the top prize. As the Indians slumped to the mat, their faces a picture of disbelief, the Iranian spirits soared. The chest-bumping, wide smiles and dancing fans in the stands made for dramatic images.advertisementIndia began the proceedings with a 6-4 lead but the defending champions lost a chance to inflict an all out on Iran. Iran made a strong comeback and Ajay Thakur was dismissed after sustaining a cut on the forehead, an ominous sign. Then, Iran had a supertackle to make it 6-7. Mighani, who played for Telugu Titans in the PBL, and Attrachali — who played for Telegu Titans — proved to be unconquerable for the Indian raiders. Another supertackle by Iran and this time Monu Goyat was taken down. Iran levelled for the first time in the game and the scoreline read 8-8 before they took the lead. India managed to inflict a tackle and draw level. Iran continued to have less players on the mat but their defensive pair of Attrachali and Mighani kept them in the game. The tense match was levelled at 9-9 at half time but Iran surged ahead to 14-11 with some fine tackles by its players. India trailed 12-16 with 10 minutes to go and Rahul Chaudhari was brought in to salvage some quick points. It was desperate times for the Indian team. Rahul Chaudhary’s successful raid took Mighani out but Iran replied with a successful raid of its own. Rishank Devadiga was then dismissed and Iran’s lead increased to five points at 19-14. India were under tremendous pressure with less than five minutes to go in the match but Iran held on to their nerves to fashion the most shocking upset in Asian Games kabaddi. PTI PDS PM PMlast_img read more

first_imgIndia all-rounder Vijay Shankar is hopeful of taking the field against Afghanistan in their World Cup clash on Saturday despite picking up a knock during training on Wednesday.”Personally, I’m hopeful of playing. Someone like Jasprit Bumrah, you expect it in the nets (to get hit), you have to be ready,” Shankar said in the pre-match media interaction.Hit on the toe during a rain-hit training session, Shankar was forced to skip training on Thursday.All-rounder @vijayshankar260 on tackling Bumrah’s yorkers & playing at the World Cup stage #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/IOUQBCOw8QBCCI (@BCCI) June 21, 2019India are already without Shikhar Dhawan who has been ruled out of the tournament with a fractured thumb.Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also out for eight days and will only be in contention for the England game (June 30) in Birmingham after suffering a hamstring niggle against Pakistan.Shankar, who replaced Dhawan in the Pakistan game, impressed with the ball, picking up a wicket off the first ball in his World Cup campaign.Shankar, replacing injured Bhuvneshwar in the fifth over, got the ball to swing back into Imam-ul-Haq and had the Pakistan opener trapped in front. Shankar picked up two wickets in that game.”Feels great to play for your country. The World Cup happens every four years. Getting wickets in the last game, especially against Pakistan, my World Cup debut against them, gave me a lot of confidence,” Shankar said.Virat Kohli-led India have so far won three of their four games convincingly, with the one against New Zealand being washed out without a ball bowled. In their opener, the Men in Blue beat South Africa by six wickets to follow it up with a 36-run victory over fellow favourites Australia.advertisementAgainst arch-rivals Pakistan in the big-ticket clash, India romped to a 89-run win (D/L method) in a rain-affected tie.”It’s not about who we’re playing. We look to get better. It’s about how we play against each individual,” Shankar said when asked about India’s next opponent Afghanistan who have had a forgettable campaign thus far.Also Read | World Cup 2019: People forget 10 good days and conveniently remember one bad outing, says Rashid KhanAlso Read | India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Why Rashid Khan, Nabi and Mujeeb face stern test vs Indialast_img read more

first_imgMumbai: With the countdown to his next release “Dream Girl” already on, actor Ayushmann Khurrana took out time to post a pose with his real-life dream girl — wife Tahira Kashyap. The actor took to Instagram to post a photo of the couple in which he is smiling and posing for the camera. Tahira, on the other hand, is holding on to him and looking down. “With my #Dreamgirl @tahirakashyap”, Ayushmann captioned the pic. Tahira reposted the snapshot and wrote: “But I thought I was with mine! We as a couple believe in balancing it out. When Harish meets Dream girl. #aboutlastnight #dreamgirl.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Tahira had revealed that hubby Ayushmaan has given her the funny nickname of Harish, in an earlier IANS report. She had shared two photographs. In the first, she strikes a pose against the sun, with an outline of her hair visible. In the second, she shared a picture of 1990s’ actor Harish Kumar. She captioned the image: “That’s me right in the morning without any hair product and Ayushmann calls me Harish! For the longest time I could not recollect and found it cute in a weird way. You know at times you call people you love by different weird names… I thought it was that until… swipe for what I found! Look-alike anti-gravity hair.”last_img read more

first_imgIn celebration of Giving Tuesday, Habitat For Humanity will launch Habitat Humanitarians to recognize the invaluable contributions of its high-profile volunteers.This generous group serves as mission champions, advocates and spokespeople to raise awareness of the need for decent, affordable shelter in the U.S. and around the world. The inaugural Habitat Humanitarians are former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.Habitat Humanitarians is launching on Giving Tuesday as a reminder of the important contributions an individual can make in improving our world. On #GivingTuesday and through the holiday season, join the Habitat Humanitarians by pledging support of Habitat’s work in helping families in need of affordable homes.“Habitat Humanitarians honors influencers and ambassadors who exemplify extraordinary dedication to service in alignment with Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “President and Mrs. Carter, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have been dedicated volunteers and passionate voices on behalf of Habitat about the issue of affordable housing, and we are excited to celebrate their longtime support and service in this unique way.”Country music stars and longtime Habitat volunteers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have volunteered with Habitat for more than a decade. They first volunteered together with Habitat in New Orleans to help build the 1,000th and 1,001st post-Hurricane Katrina Habitat for Humanity home on the Gulf Coast. Brooks and Yearwood have lent their names and support to numerous Habitat events and projects, including the Carter Work Project and National Women Build Week.“Garth and I are honored to be named Habitat Humanitarians, alongside President and Mrs. Carter,” said Yearwood. “We have had the privilege of building Habitat houses with the Carters and Habitat homeowners and countless volunteers over the past 10 years. This important work offers a hand up to those in need of a decent place to call home and transforms the lives of all who touch it. We are proud to be able to do our part.”“Rosalynn and I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor than our dear friends Trisha and Garth,” said Carter. “We are pleased to congratulate them and look forward to working with them next July during the Carter Work Project in Canada.”Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have been champions and strong voices for affordable, decent housing for all, donating their time and leadership each year to build and improve homes through Habitat for Humanity’s Carter Work Project. Over the course of more than 30 years, they have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes, and inspired millions more through their dedication to the mission.This holiday season, the public is asked to pledge their support of Habitat’s mission. Every contribution can help Habitat homeowners build the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.To donate, visit habitat.org/GivingTuesday.last_img read more

Rabat – Released in early April, the Good Country Index ranked 153 countries based on how they contribute to the greater good of humanity. Morocco ranked 77th in the most recent edition of the index, which was developed by British independent policy advisor Simon Anholt. Morocco ranked second in North Africa, fourth in the Arab world, and eighth in Africa.South Africa topped the list of African countries, followed by Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Tunisia, Malawi, and Senegal. The United Arab Emirates ranked first in the Arab world, followed by Tunisia and Kuwait. Globally, Finland ranked first, the Netherlands second, and Ireland third, whereas Mauritania, Libya, and Iraq held the last three spots, respectively.The index measures what each country provides to “the common good” and what it takes, relative to its GDP and size. According to the index, a good country is “a country that serves the interests of its own people, but without harming – and preferably by advancing – the interests of people in other countries too.” The results, drawn from data provided by the UN and other international organizations, rank countries in seven categories: Science and technology, culture, planet and climate, prosperity and equality, world order, and health and wellbeing.Morocco’s rankingsAccording to the survey, Morocco ranked 37th in prosperity and equality, 47th in science and technology, and 61st in health and wellbeing. Within prosperity and equality, Morocco ranked well due to its open trading policies and the UN volunteers it sends abroad. The number of international students in Morocco, accumulated Nobel prizes, and number of articles published in international journals contributed to its ranking in science and technology.However, the kingdom ranked 82nd for culture, 100th in planet and climate, 105th in international peace and security, and 129th in world order. In international peace and security, Morocco ranked poorly due to low contributions to UN peacekeeping as well as its contribution to “international violent conflict.” With respect to world order, Morocco was rated poorly due to the low percentage of the population that gives to charities and refugees hosted.The index began in 2014, and since then Morocco’s score has fluctuated significantly. In 2014, Morocco ranked 67th, but subsequently ranked 80th in 2016, and then gained more than 30 places to rank 44th in 2017.The goal of the index is to start a global conversation about how countries can serve the needs of their own citizens, while supporting the wider world. In the end, the researcher hopes people reflect on whether their country exists “purely to serve the interests of their own politicians, businesses and citizens, or are they actively working for all of humanity and the whole planet?” read more

In his talks, Mr. Ban reiterated “the terms of the Quartet statement released at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday,” his spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today. In that statement, the diplomatic grouping comprised of the UN, Russia, European Union (EU) and United States reaffirmed its “support for a Palestinian government committed to non-violence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Road Map.”The Quartet has for several years now been championing the so-called Road Map plan aimed at securing a two-State solution to the Middle East conflict, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace, originally slated for completion by the end of 2005. Friday’s Quartet statement also welcomed Saudi Arabia’s role in reaching the agreement to form a Palestinian National Unity government and expressed hope that the desired calm would prevail.Mr. Ban will be going to Germany next week for a meeting of the Quartet in Berlin on 21 February where the four peace brokers will continue consideration of latest developments and review the status of the agreement on the Palestinian government.In his telephone call to Mr. Olmert, Mr. Ban also expressed his concern over construction work initiated by Israel in the Old City of Jerusalem, which has been widely condemned by Arab and Muslim Governments. When asked what Mr. Ban had said, Ms. Montas said he had conveyed the concerns presented to him by UN ambassadors at the UN.UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura last week voiced “deep concern” the work and called for the suspension of any action that could exacerbate tensions. “The wisest course would be to suspend any action that could endanger the spirit of mutual respect until such time as the will to dialogue prevails once again,” Mr. Matsuura said. 12 February 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon telephoned King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over the weekend, reiterating international terms for solving the Middle East conflict that include recognition of Israel, and urging support for the Palestinian unity accord. read more

Canadian dollar dips ahead of BoC, Fed speeches; commodities come in flat by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 24, 2014 7:18 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was slightly higher Wednesday despite remarks by a top Bank of Canada official warning that the currency was a risk of further declines.The loonie advanced 0.10 of a cent to 90.44 cents US.Timothy Lane, the central bank’s deputy governor, cautioned that the Canadian currency was at risk once the Fed concludes its monetary stimulus policy, put in place to help with the economic recovery south of the border.Last week, the U.S. central bank said it was making another $10-billion cut to the pace of its monthly bond purchases, which have fuelled stock markets and kept long-term borrowing rates low. The program is slated to wind up at the end of October.Lane said that although the Fed’s actions will create some risk for Canada, the country’s economy is strong enough to withstand the changes.“The Fed’s unconventional monetary policies affected Canada through various channels, notably by pushing down market interest rates worldwide,” he said in a speech at Carleton University in Ottawa.“By the same token, as Fed policy returns to normal — which is likely to be a different state than before the crisis — that will tighten financial conditions in Canada. But this will be happening against the backdrop of stronger economic growth.”Lane’s speech follows comments Monday by senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins, who cautioned that “persistent headwinds” still exist in Canada’s economic recovery, and that could mean stimulus will need to continue for some time to keep inflation on target.Meanwhile, in the U.S., there continued to signs that the economy is gaining strength. The U.S. Commerce Department reported that new home sales surged 18 per cent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000. Analysts had been expecting a rate of 450,000.Investors are still digesting this week’s mixed manufacturing data from Europe and China.Business confidence in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, dropped for the fifth consecutive month — continuing a slide that has been fuelled, among other things, by turmoil in Ukraine and sluggish overall growth in Europe. The Ifo institute says its confidence index dropped to 104.7 points for September from 106.3 last month.On Tuesday, financial information company Markit said its purchasing managers’ index for the eurozone — a closely watched gauge of business activity — fell to a nine-month low of 52.3 in September from the previous month’s 52.5.HSBC’s latest purchasing managers’ index for China edged up to 50.5 this month from 50.2 in August, based on a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 indicate a contraction in manufacturing orders. The figures came in ahead of analysts’ expectations, which anticipated that the reading would fall for a second month. Still, August’s PMI reading was a sharp decline from the 18-month high of 51.7 in July.Commodities were relatively flat, as December gold declined $2.50 to US$1,219.50 an ounce, while the November crude contract rose by $1.24 to US$92.80 a barrel. December copper added two cents to US$3.05 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter read more

BERKELEY, Calif. — Kristine Anigwe scored 26 points — including California’s first 12 — to lead the No. 15 Bears past Cal State Northridge 67-42 on Sunday night.Anigwe became the third player in Cal basketball history — male or female — to reach 2,000 career points and the 20th in Pac-12 women’s basketball history. She joins Collen Galloway (1978-81, 2,320 points) and Ashley Walker (2006-09, 2,142) on the list. Anigwe also grabbed 10 rebounds for her seventh double-double in as many games, and 48th overall.Cal (7-0) held Channon Fluker to seven points and five rebounds. She entered the game averaging 25.1 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. The Bears led 31-28 at halftime and took control after the break, holding the Matadors (4-5) to 2-of-14 shooting in the third quarter and outscoring them 19-6. Kianna Smith scored 14 points for Cal.De’Jionae Calloway paced Cal State Northridge with 13 points and Jordyn Jackson added 10.The Associated Press read more

Ohio State junior kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) kicks a field goal in the second quarter in the game against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLINCOLN, Nebraska — Ohio State redshirt junior kicker Sean Nuernberger drilled an extra point with 5:39 remaining in the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska Saturday night to become the Big Ten record-holder for most point after attempts converted in a row. This extra point was the 142nd in a row.Nuernberger has not missed an extra point in his career. He has converted seven of nine field goals this season. In his career, Nuernberger has made 23 of 33 field goals.Nuernberger broke kicker Drew Basil’s Ohio State record for most consecutive made extra points last season. read more

first_imgOutotec has signed a contract with RB Met Engineering and Xstrata Merafe on the delivery of chromite sintering technology to Xstrata Merafe’s ferrochrome plant located in Rustenburg in South Africa. The contract value is approximately EUR17 million. Outotec’s scope of delivery covers basic engineering, technology license and supply of proprietary equipment as well as services for training and supervision of installation and plant commissioning. The plant will treat 600,000 t of chromite ore annually. Xstrata Merafe’s project is subject to an environmental permit by local authorities in Rustenburg and the plant is expected to be operational in 2012.“Outotec Ferrochrome Process is rewarded for its sustainability, because it improves energy efficiency and reduces carbon footprint of the plant. For Outotec, this is the third chromite sintering project with Xstrata Merafe in South Africa,” says Outotec’s CEO Pertti Korhonen.last_img read more

← Previous Story EHF CL: Meshkov Brest and Besiktas JK last teams to book CL tickets! Next Story → PSG Handball wins “Trophee des Champions” Newcomers to the Bundesliga, the team of Friesenheim, have recorded their first victory in the Bundesliga. In the fourth round of the worlds’ best club league, Friesenheim took the home advantage and have defeated Hannover-Burgdorf with 27:24 (10:12). With this win for Friesenheim, the only team that remains without a victory in the Bundesliga is HC Erlangen. Fuchse Berlin had a really hard game at home, but the “Foxes” in the end were better to score a 30:27 win over Kurtagic’s Gummersbach.Bundesliga scores: HBW Balingen 23:23 Lubbecke, Fuchse 30:27 Gummersbach, Friesenheim 27-24 Hannover-Burgdorf, Magdeburg 32:32 Goppingen, Melsungen 35:30 TBV Lemgo read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Activist and member of the left wing ANTARSYA coalition in Greece, journalist Katerina Thoidou, was in Melbourne earlier on this week, where she addressed a number of meeting at the Democritus Greek Australian League, at the Trades Hall Council Building and at the University of Melbourne. Her speeches were about various aspects of the current multiple crisis in Greece and in Europe. Talking about the resistance of sectors of the Greek society to the austerity measures of the government she raised the issue of the continues strikes and occupations, as a result of the shrinking of the public sector economy. She made special reference to the occupation and the continues broadcasting by its sacked employees, of the Greek state run National Television and Radio network ERT, which was officially shut down by the government two months ago.Amongst others Thoidou raised the issue of the antifascist struggle in Greece and called upon the Greek left to respond to the radicalisation of the Greek working class, as she said. She also criticised the two main left wing parties in Greece. The Greek Communist party is a sectarian party she stated while SYRIZA, the main opposition party today in the country was accused of drifting to the right since there is “an open perspective of a coalition with the Independent Groups a split New Democracy party.Katerina Thoidou is in Sydney this weekend participating at the Conference “Crisis, Resistance and Revolution: Ideas for a world in crisis” that is taking place at the University of Technology.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site St. Patrick’s Day is coming, which means it’s time to wear green, have some beers, and nosh on warm soda bread. To get you ready for the big day, we’ve listed the best green food and drink freebies and discounts for the holiday weekend, which takes place from March 15 to March 17.Are you ready to get lucky? We can’t gift you a pot of gold, but these St. Patrick’s Day food and drink deals hit the sweet spot. (Just beware of leprechauns!)Applebee’sMarch’s #NeighborhoodDrink, the $2 ABSOLUT Rainbow Punch is made with ABSOLUT vodka, green apple, lemon, ginger, and topped with a candy rainbow. And our DOLLAR HURRICANE is available till Fat Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/eM5027Aouh— Applebee’s (@Applebees) March 1, 2019Applebee’s might be in your neighborhood (or not), but the restaurant chain has a cool deal for St. Patrick’s Day: All month long, it’s serving up an ABSOLUT Rainbow Punch, which comes with all the goods, including a candy rainbow, for only $2.Buy it HereBruegger’s BagelsPSA: Green bagels are available ALL WEEKEND LONG! Get them at your local Bruegger’s while they last! https://t.co/v6ESJLb6fx(: tasteofmichigan via IG) pic.twitter.com/n6THEntotZ— Bruegger’s (@Brueggers) March 15, 2019Green bagels? Yes, please. Bruegger’s Bagels has a special deal where you can get $2 off a big bagel bundle, which will give you 13 fresh-baked bagels and two tubs of cream cheese, from March 15 to March 17.Buy it HereDairy QueenHere it is: The créme de menthe of the crop. The Mint @Oreo BLIZZARD of the Month. pic.twitter.com/zZYf2tvlrn— Dairy Queen (@DairyQueen) March 8, 2019Dairy Queen’s Blizzard of the Month is Mint Oreo, and through Sunday, you can buy one Blizzard and get a second one for 99 cents at participating locations.Buy it HereChili’sJameson Irish Whiskey and Lunazul Blanco Tequila unite for our $5 margarita of the month, the Lucky Jameson. No kilt required—but you do you! pic.twitter.com/xxO6K1gYDv— Chili’s Grill & Bar (@Chilis) March 1, 2019Did someone say St. Patrick’s Day happy hour? Chili’s is offering its special Jameson Irish Whiskey and Lunazul Blanco Tequila hybrid drink for $5 all month long.Buy it HereDunkin’ DonutsLucky you! Our Irish Creme coffees and Mint Brownie donut are back! Get them before your luck runs out pic.twitter.com/2NCjfH82oJ— Dunkin’ (@dunkindonuts) March 6, 2019Dunkin’ Donuts goes all out for holidays, and this St. Patrick’s Day, it’s bringing back its Irish Creme coffee and Mint Brownie donut, and you can buy them together for less than $7.Buy it HereKrispy KremeStart #StPatricksDay weekend off right with GREEN O’riginal Glazed Doughnuts and a chance to win FREE doughnuts for a year! https://t.co/GpWQu7Uujq pic.twitter.com/xk8JZXNYm8— Krispy Kreme (@krispykreme) March 15, 2019Green O’riginal Glazed Doughnuts are back at Krispy Kreme, plus you’ll get a chance to win free doughnuts for a year. (See contest rules here.) The best part? One St. Patrick’s Day donut will only cost you $1.29.Buy it HereMcDonald’sNow you see it, soon you won’t. Find a Shamrock Shake near you on our App and get sipping before #ShamrockShakeSZN ends. pic.twitter.com/96rxO6XI8y— McDonald’s (@McDonalds) March 8, 2019It’s Shamrock Shake season, and McDonald’s is offering the creamy, mint-rich ice cream shake for only $2.19.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:Peeps Get a ‘Scientific Makeover’ in Cool Diorama Contest ‘SNL’ Momo Sketch Reveals Creepy Fried Chicken Chain Mascot ‘Game of Thrones’ Oreos Are Coming for Your Sugar Fixlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#BeachesReopensforbusiness, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 19, 2017 – Providenciales – Thousands of employees returned to work last Thursday when Beaches Resort TCI reopened 14 weeks after a devastating encounter with September’s Hurricane Irma.    Also significant, the resort – a six diamond family all-inclusive – recorded having some 800 guests on opening day with figures steadily climbing and an expected 3,000 guests booked by New Year’s Day.In a luncheon designed to share the story of what it took to get the 770 room resort, set on 75 acres on Grace Bay re-opened with stakeholders and country leaders, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon Butch Stewart said the rebuilding will amount to $50m.“I want to thank the government and the Premier, and of course our Prime Minister, I can’t bring him all this way without him saying a few words.  Once again I’d like to thank you, I’d like to thank you very much.”To make it happen was an incredible feat shared by the Chairman who praised his team which included staffers in the Turks and Caicos and specialists from around the Caribbean.   There were 18 hour days, special engineers, 79 containers of supplies, over 3,000 purchase orders went out, over a dozen chartered flights came in and $3.75m was spent on landscaping alone.Turks and Caicos Governor Dr. John Freeman and Deputy Governor, Anya Williams were among the leaders at the Chairman’s Appreciation Luncheon held Friday at the Key West Village; but also included in the list of government dignitaries was a group from Stewart’s home country of Jamaica, led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.“We’re a very diverse region, and we are open for business, the Caribbean remains open for business even if some of our islands were affected, but it is important to make the point here that even where islands have been affected, the Caribbean has the very deep capacity in terms of the skills, the requisite management capabilities to very quickly get back on track and reopen our facilities to provide the excellent service that we do to our visitors.   And what has happened here with Butch’s leadership and the support and hard work of  the team, is that we are opened for business.”#MagneticMediaNews#BeachesReopensforbusinesslast_img read more

first_img 0 Now playing: Watch this: Stronger data privacy laws may be coming to the US Post a comment 1:41 Tags In conjunction with the settlement, TikTok said that starting Wednesday it’ll direct younger users to “a limited, separate app experience that introduces additional safety and privacy protections designed specifically for this audience.” The version for younger users doesn’t allow sharing of personal information and puts “extensive” limitations on content and interactions, TikTok said. TikTok also launched a series of safety videos Wednesday aimed at guiding users through the app’s community guidelines, privacy settings and digital well-being tools. As part of the settlement, the app must also comply with COPPA going forward and take down videos made by kids under the age of 13.  TikTok has reportedly surpassed 1 billion downloads on iOS and Android. Joel Saget / AFP/Getty Images Social video app TikTok will pay $5.7 million dollars to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it illegally collected personal information from children. TikTok, previously known as Musical.ly, lets users record themselves lip-synching to popular music videos and share the clips with friends. The app has reportedly surpassed 1 billion downloads on iOS and Android. The FTC had alleged that the app’s operators violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act by failing to obtain parental consent before collecting personal info on kids under the age of 13, according to a release Wednesday. TikTok also failed to delete that personal information when they received complaints from parents and their children, according to the FTC.”This record penalty should be a reminder to all online services and websites that target children: We take enforcement of COPPA very seriously, and we will not tolerate companies that flagrantly ignore the law,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons in the release, which noted that this is the larges- ever civil penalty obtained by the commission in a children’s privacy case. Privacy FTC Mobile Digital Media Share your voicelast_img read more

first_imgMentioning the proposed Digital Security Act as a threat to the freedom of speech, expression and the safety of the citizens, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) called for the amendment of the draft law on the basis of the opinion of all stakeholders, reports UNB.TIB in the statement on Thursday said, “The proposed ‘Digital Security Act of 2017’ comes in contradiction to the constitutional rights of free speech and opinion and the International Convention on the Rights of the People. The government should amend all the controversial clauses of the law and revise it on the basis of the respective experts and partners immediately.”TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, “Due to the scope of defamation, fraud and misuse, it will push the people and their right guaranteed by the constitution rather at risk, instead of ensuring the national security, freedom of speech and expression.”He said, “It is the updated version of section 3 of the Official Secrecy Act of 1923 on the spying. The law has inserted many clauses in the proposed Digital Security Act under section-32.The misuse of the proposed law, TIB feared, would hinder rights ensured by the Right to Information Act 2009.Iftekharuzzaman said the possibility of disclosure of true information through the internet and social media will face hindrances if the proposed digital security law is approved in parliament.The practice of democratic and fundamental rights will be hampered which will be the suicidal approach for the country’s democratic advancement, TIB added.TIB feared wide misuse of the proposed law by investigation officers as it has given them the power to check anyone without any warrant and arrest.Earlier on 29 January, the cabinet approved the draft of the Digital Security Act-2018.last_img read more