‘Wide access to OTC drugs frees up govt. resources’

first_imgSelf-medication is not new to India. A 2015 survey conducted by Lybrate among 20,000 people across 10 cities showed that 52% of people practised self-medication. But the country lacks a well-defined regulation for over the counter (OTC) medicines, important for patient safety. The government is in the process of finalising an OTC drug policy, which may bring more clarity on the drugs that a wider population can access. The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), a body of multinational drug companies, has worked with the government over the past one year by providing inputs to the draft of the OTC policy.The Hindu spoke to OPPI president Annaswamy Vaidheesh about the need for such guidelines and the changes they will bring about in healthcare.What role did OPPI play in creating the OTC policy draft?We brought experts together to help develop the guidelines. We also invited companies like Cipla, Glenmark, Sun Pharma and others who are not members of OPPI, but their inputs were valuable. Additionally, we got international experts to bring in perspective. The government has hailed the inputs and is seriously considering taking them forward. We have looked at the best practices in various economies and highlighted what we can take from them, the kind of drugs that should be included in the OTC list and the ones that should not.How will an OTC policy help?First of all, when you widen access to OTC drugs, it automatically releases the government’s time and resources, which can be focussed on drugs that need to be stringently prescribed. We are saying that drugs that are known to have negligible side effects and don’t require much explanation can be classified as OTC so that access to them becomes easy and wide. These drugs can be made easily accessible in small towns as well. The idea is to make sure that the right product rests in the right place. Society has learnt that OTC medicines are those that don’t have major side effects but help improve health. Many countries have brought more products under the OTC category to focus on drugs that need to be strictly regulated.We also face the threat of antibiotics resistance. Will bringing more drugs under the OTC category lead to overuse or misuse? An antibiotic is a drug meant to treat a bacterial infection. But people who have viral infections, fever and so on are taking antibiotics, causing the resistance. However, when drugs for common viral infections, sore throat, acidity, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, injury, cuts, wounds, burns, acne etc are made available under OTC, people will get access to the right medication. Many people are using such drugs without prescription anyway. But an OTC policy will improve access to drugs that are okay to be sold as OTC and restrict access to other drugs. Besides antibiotic resistance, steroid use is also a big problem. There are people who use steroid creams for skin whitening. But we are working with the government to spread awareness about the responsible use of antibiotics and steroids.What stage is the policy in?The submission has gone; we have crossed three-fourths of the passage. The government may take six months or a year. It is in the process of finetuning it and converting it into a legislation.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs get another elims sweep in UAAP women’s hoops

first_imgFEU completes Final 4 cast with Adamson win; UP out Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 The fourth-seeded Lady Tamaraws ended their elimination round campaign on a three-game winning streak and finished with an 8-6 card.Isabel Balleser had 16 points to lead FEU while Precious Arellado added 11 points.De La Salle (3-11) finished its season as the no.7 team after surviving University of the Philippines 75-72.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort National U completed another immaculate eliminations run in the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball tournament after mauling University of the East, 63-50, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.This is the fourth straight year that the defending champions have swept the elimination round, as the Lady Bulldogs have been undefeated since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments LATEST STORIES Ria Nabalan had 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists to lead the Lady Bulldogs, who grabbed an outright seat to the finals, while enjoying ample support from her teammates in terms of scoring.Trixie Antiquiera and Je Anne Camelo added 11 points apiece for NU while Janet Sison pitched in 10 points of her own.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 shutoutRuthlaine Tacula had 14 points to lead the 11-3 Lady Warriors, who will enter the step-ladder semifinals with a twice-to-beat advantage as the league’s no.2 team.In the other game, which was played at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Far Eastern University dropped Ateneo 69-60. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

I-League 2019-20 Fixtures Announced: Full List of Matches

first_img aizawlChennai CityChurchill Brotherseast bengal First Published: November 19, 2019, 8:22 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. The fixtures of the upcoming I-League 2019-20 season were announced on Tuesday by All India Football Federation (AIFF) with the first game on Saturday.Earlier this week, the AIFF had announced DSport as the new broadcasters of the league, a move that was lauded by a number of club officials. “The fixtures have been drawn after consulting our marketing partners FSDL, broadcasters DSport, and all the clubs involved in the competition,” said I-League CEO Sunando Dhar. “This season, we have a lot more flexibility as far as the fixtures are concerned, with the kick-off timings being at 2 PM, 5 PM and 7 PM.””I’m sure this would make all the clubs happy. Like always, we are looking forward to a great season of the I-League. Wishing all the clubs best of luck for the season,” he further added.The I-League 2019-20 kicks off with Aizawl FC hosting Mohun Bagan at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl, Mizoram, at 2 PM.All the 110 I-League matches will be produced with an 8-camera setup by Instat Limited and will be telecasted on DSport. With DSport taking over the I-League telecast from Star Sports, who also have a stake in the Indian Super League (ISL), the 7PM kick-offs are back from this year.I-LEAGUE FULL SCHEDULE -November 30: Aizawl FC vs Mohun Bagan (2.00PM)November 30: Gokulam Kerala FC vs NEROCA FC (7.00PM)December 1: Churchill Brothers FC Goa vs Punjab FC (5.00PM)December 1: Chennai City FC vs TRAU FC (7.00PM)December 4: East Bengal vs Real Kashmir FC (5.00PM)December 6: NEROCA FC vs Aizawl FC (2.00PM)December 6: Indian Arrows vs Gokulam Kerala FC (5.00PM)December 7: Punjab FC vs East Bengal (2.00PM)December 8: Mohun Bagan vs Churchill Brothers (5.00PM)December 9: Indian Arrows vs Aizawl FC (7.00PM)December 10: NEROCA FC vs East Bengal (2.00PM)December 10: Punjab FC vs Chennai City FC (2.00PM)December 11: Mohun Bagan vs TRAU FC (5.00PM)December 12: Real Kashmir FC vs Gokulam Kerala FC (2.00PM)December 14: East Bengal vs TRAU FC (5.00PM)December 15: Real Kashmir FC vs Churchill Brothers (2.00PM)December 16: Punjab FC vs Indian Arrows (2.00PM)December 16: Mohun Bagan vs Gokulam Kerala FC (5.00PM)December 17: Aizawl FC vs Chennai City FC (2.00PM)December 20: Aizawl FC vs Punjab FC (2.00PM)December 21: Chennai City FC vs NEROCA FC (7.00PM)December 22: TRAU FC vs Real Kashmir FC (2.00PM)December 22: Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal (5.00PM at Salt Lake Stadium)December 26: Real Kashmir FC vs Chennai City FC (2.00PM)December 28: Churchill Brothers vs Indian Arrows (7.00PM)January 4, 2020: TRAU FC vs Punjab FC (2.00PM)January 4: Churchil Brothers vs East Bengal (5.00PM)January 4: Gokulam Kerala FC vs Aizawl FC (7.00PM)January 5: Real Kashmir FC vs Mohun Bagan (2.00PM)January 5: Indian Arrows vs NEROCA FC (5.00PM)January 8: Aizawl FC vs Churchill Brothers (2.00PM)January 8: TRAU FC vs NEROCA FC (5.00PM)January 9: Mohun Bagan vs Indian Arrows (5.00PM)January 9: Gokulam Kerala FC vs Chennai City FC (7.00PM)January 10: Real Kashmir FC vs Punjab FC (2.00PM)January 12: Indian Arrows vs TRAU FC (5.00PM)January 12: Chennai City FC vs Churchill Brothers (7.00PM)January 14: Punjab FC vs Mohun Bagan (2.00PM)January 14: NEROCA FC vs Real Kashmir FC (5.00PM)January 15: East Bengal vs Gokulam Kerala FC (5.00PM)January 17: NEROCA FC vs Mohun Bagan (5.00PM)January 17: Chennai City FC vs Indian Arrows (7.00PM)January 19: Punjab FC vs Gokulam Kerala FC (2.00PM)January 19: Churchill Brothers vs TRAU FC (5.00PM)January 21: East Bengal vs Aizawl FC (5.00PM)January 25: TRAU FC vs Aizawl FC (2.00PM)January 25: Chennai City FC vs East Bengal (5.00PM)January 26: Indian Arrows vs Real Kashmir FC (5.00PM)January 26: Gokulam Kerala FC vs Churchill Brothers (7.00PM)January 29: Punjab FC vs NEROCA FC (2.00PM)January 31: Chennai City FC vs Mohun Bagan (7.00PM)February 1: Aizawl FC vs Real Kashmir FC (2.00PM)February 1: East Bengal vs Indian Arrows (5.00PM)February 2: Churchill Brothers vs NEROCA FC (5.00PM)February 2: Gokulam Kerala FC vs YTRAU FC (7.00PM)February 7: Aizawl FC vs Indian Arrows (2.00PM)February 8: NEROCA FC vs TRAU FC (5.00PM)February 8: Gokulam Kerala FC vs Real Kashmir FC (7.00PM)February 9: Mohun Bagan vs Punjab FC (5.00PM)February 9: Churchill Brothers vs Chennai City FC (7.00PM)February 11: Aizawl FC vs TRAU FC (2.00PM)February 11: NEROCA FC vs Indian Arrows (5.00PM)February 12: Chennai City FC vs Gokulam Kerala FC (7.00PM)February 13: East Bengal vs Punjab FC (5.00PM)February 14: Mohun Bagan vs NEROCA FC (5.00PM)February 15: Churchill Brothers vs Aizawl FC (5.00PM)February 16: Punjab FC vs Real Kashmir FC (2.00PM)February 16: TRAU FC vs Chennai City FC (5.00PM)February 17: Indian Arrows vs East Bengal (7.00PM)February 19: Churchil Brothers vs Real Kashmir FC (5.00PM)February 21: NEROCA FC vs Gokulam Kerala (5.00PM)February 22: Churchill Brothers vs Mohun Bagan (5.00PM)February 23: Real Kashmir FC vs Indian Arrows (2.00PM)February 23: TRAU FC vs East Bengal (5.00PM)February 23: Chennai City FC vs Aizawl FC (7.00PM)February 28: Indian Arrows vs Chennai City FC (5.00PM)February 29: East Bengal vs Churchill Brothers (5.00PM)February 29: Gokulam Kerala FC vs Punjab FC (7.00PM)March 1: Real Kashmir FC vs Aizawl FC (2.00PM)March 1: TRAU FC vs Mohun Bagan (5.00PM)March 3: Indian Arrows vs Punjab FC (5.00PM)March 3: Gokulam Kerala FC vs East Bengal (7.00PM)March 4: Real Kashmir FC vs NEROCA FC (2.00PM)March 4: TRAU FC vs Churchill Brothers (5.00PM)March 5: Mohun Bagan vs Chennai City FC (5.00PM)March 7: Churchill Brothers vs Gokulam Kerala FC (5.00PM)March 8: TRAU FC vs Indian Arrows (2.00PM)March 9: Real Kashmir FC vs East Bengal (2.00PM)March 9: Mohun Bagan vs Aizawl FC (5.00PM)March 10: NEROCA FC vs Punjab FC (5.00PM)March 14: Real Kashmir FC vs TRAU FC (2.00PM)March 14: NEROCA FC vs Chennai City FC (5.00PM)March 15: Punjab FC vs Aizaw; FC (2.00PM)March 15: East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan (5.00PM at Salt Lake Stadium)March 15: Gokulam Kerala FC vs Indian Arrows (7.00PM)March 20: TRAU FC vs Gokulam Kerala FC (5.00PM)March 21: Aizawl FC vs NEROCA FC (2.00PM)March 21: Indian Arrows vs Mohun Bagan (5.00PM)March 22: Punjab FC vs Churchil Brothers (2.00PM)March 22: East Bengal vs Chennai City FC (5.00PM)April 3: Indian Arrows vs Churchill Brothers (7.00PM)April 4: Aizawl FC vs Gokulam Kerala FC (2.00PM)April 4: Mohun Bagan vs Real Kashmir FC (5.00PM)April 5: East Bengal vs NEROCA FC (5.00PM)April 5: Chennai City FC vs Punjab FC (7.00PM) last_img read more

Pacquiao: Focus on sports where Filipinos can excel, win

first_imgMANILA, Philippines – Following the breakthrough world championship triumphs of gymnast Carlos Yulo and female boxer Nesthy Petecio, Senator Manny Pacquiao urged the country’s sports policymakers to focus on sports disciplines where Filipinos can excel and win.In a statement on Tuesday, Pacquiao said it is about time that Philippine sports policymakers support and develop events where Filipinos can most likely excel “instead wasting funds on sports that gives immediate advantage for big and tall athletes like basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Pinoys loves basketball, but…’“Just like many Filipinos, I love basketball and there is nothing wrong with it. But as far as the government’s sports development policy is concerned, we should refocus our resources and energy on other sports because there is no way that we could beat bigger and faster players in world basketball,” Pacquiao said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We should pour more support on weight-classed sports and other sports that does not give undue advantage to bigger and taller athletes,” he added.A premium on weight class, agility, endurance He said Filipinos could excel in almost all weight-classed sports such as boxing, taekwondo, judo, wrestling and weight lifting as well as in other sports that require intelligence, balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, and endurance like gymnastics, marathon, synchronized swimming, diving, cycling, shooting, archery chess and other similar sports.Pacquiao said the smashing victories of Yulo and Petecio, compared to the performance of the country in the 2019 FIBA (basketball) World Cup, should give the country’s sports policymakers and top sports philanthropists and promoters “the right perspective on which sports should be developed and given the best possible support.”READ: Olympics-bound Yulo wins historic gold for PH in world championships READ: Nesthy Petecio wins gold in boxing world championships Pacquiao added that the Philippines had “continuously tried but failed” to clinch a gold medal during Olympic games due to the fact the country’s sports decision-makers and policymakers “give too much attention to sports where there’s practically no chance for victory.”ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man MOST READ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ronaldo nets 700th career goal in Portugal’s loss to Ukraine Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?center_img Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect No to ‘excursionists’Pacquiao, likewise, urged sports officials to stop sending “excursionists” to international sporting events and field only athletes with potentials of winning a medal.He said that “instead of wasting taxpayers’ money to cover the expenses of ill-prepared athletes and their entourage during international sporting competitions such as the Olympics and the Southeast Asian Games,” the government should fund the modernization of sports facilities in every city and municipality across the country.He claimed that sports organizations have been sending a large delegation of athletes and support staff to international sporting competitions, many of whom, he said, “end up acting like tourists and excursionists.” /gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Karius completes loan switch to Besiktas

first_imgLoris Karius has ended his Liverpool nightmare by joining Besiktas on loan.Goal revealed earlier on Saturday that the 25-year-old was heading to Turkey to complete a move away from Anfield.The German goalkeeper made two dreadful errors in Liverpool’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid in May, with those mistakes edging him towards the exits. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Reds subsequently splashed out £65 million ($83m) on Brazil international Alisson from Roma – a world-record transfer fee for a goalkeeper at the time.And Karius has now been allowed to leave and rebuild his career in the Turkish Super Lig side after agreeing a two-year loan to Besiktas.Karius was named on the bench for Liverpool’s Premier League opener, a 4-0 defeat of West Ham, but was omitted from the squad for Monday’s trip to Crystal Palace and Saturday’s win against Brighton and Hove Albion.He made 49 appearances for Liverpool after arriving from Mainz in 2016.”Everybody at LFC wishes Loris the best of luck during his loan spell,” read a Liverpool statement.last_img read more

Dugarry: If Zidane joins Man Utd I’ll eat two rats!

first_imgZinedine Zidane continues to see a possible role as successor to Jose Mourinho at Manchester United mooted, but Christophe Dugarry doubts a deal will be done.The legendary Frenchman is currently out of work having walked away from Real Madrid on the back of a third successive Champions League triumph last season.He has been linked with various roles since then, with the 46-year-old admitting that he is eager to return to the dugout. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! With events at Old Trafford currently seeing Mourinho’s ongoing presence called into question, it has been suggested that Zidane’s next move could take him to England.A man who tasted World Cup glory alongside a modern day icon back in 1998 is, however, adamant that a former team-mate would have no interest in taking a role with the Red Devils.Dugarry told RMC Sport: “Zizou won’t go to Manchester. I’m telling you, he won’t go to Manchester.”Amid the links to United, it has been reported that Zidane has spoken with Mourinho in an effort to make it clear to the Portuguese that he is not angling for his job.Dugarry also doubts that such a conversation ever took place, adding: “If he called Mourinho, I won’t eat one rat, I’ll eat two.“I don’t believe it for one second, because the relationship between Zidane and Mourinho has never been good. Never.Zinedine Zidane won't join Manchester United Christophe Dugarry“So I don’t see why Zizou would call Mourinho to tell him he won’t take his job.“Zizou is on holiday, Mourinho is sorting his situation out by himself.”Mourinho has plenty of work to do if he is to bring the distracting rounds of rumours to a close.He has overseen United’s worst start through seven games to a Premier League season and is currently on a four-match winless run across all competitions.His side have failed to claim a victory on home soil since the opening weekend of the 2018-19 campaign, with a number of former stars having had their say on what should happen next.The general consensus is that Mourinho’s services should be retained, with Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes backing him to stay put while Paul Ince has called for underperforming players to shoulder more responsibility for an alarming slump.last_img read more

Prabhu announces out-of-turn promotions for women cricketers

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 23 (PTI) The Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu today announced out-of-turn promotions for the women cricketers of the Indian World Cup squad who are employed with the Railways. There are 10 girls from Railways in the Indian team, including captain Mithali Raj and vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur, out of 15-member squad. Besides out-of-turn promotions, there will be cash awards for the girls also. “Honble Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has conveyed his best wishes to the Indian team. He has announced out-of-turn promotions to women cricketers of Railways currently in the Indian World Cup squad in England,” Rekha Yadav, ED/Sports & Secretary of the Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), said. “There will be cash award too as per our extant policy,” she added. Apart from Mithali and Harmanpreet, others girls associated with the Railways are Ekta Bisht, Punam Raut, Veda Krishnamurthy, Poonam Yadav, Sushma Verma, Mona Mesharm, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Nuzhat Parween. PTI CM CMlast_img read more

Spending time barefoot may boost kids’ balancing, jumping skills

first_imgBerlin, Jul 11 (PTI) Children and adolescents who spend most of their time barefoot tend to develop motor skills differently and are better at jumping and balancing, scientists say. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics, is the first study to assess the relevance of growing up shod vs barefoot on jumping, balancing and sprinting motor performance during different stages of childhood and adolescence. The study shows that habitually barefoot children are noticeably better at jumping and balancing compared to habitually shod children, particularly from 6-10 years of age. While these beneficial barefoot effects diminished in older adolescents, the research nevertheless highlights the importance of barefoot exercise for motor development as children grow and mature.”Walking barefoot is widely thought to be more natural, and the use of footwear has long been discussed as an influencing factor on foot health and movement pattern development,” said Astrid Zech, a professor at University of Jena in Germany.”A few studies report that barefoot situations change biomechanics in children and adults during running and jumping – but only limited knowledge exists for the clinical relevance of this finding,” said Zech. “We wanted to investigate, for the first time, whether changes in foot biomechanics due to barefoot activities are actually relevant for the development of basic motor skills during childhood and adolescence,” she said.Researchers assessed three motor skills – balance, standing long jump and a-20 metre sprint – in 810 children and adolescents from 22 schools across rural Western Cape South Africa and urban areas of northern Germany.advertisement The two groups were selected to represent different footwear lifestyles: children from South Africa are habitually barefoot, while children from Germany wear shoes most of the time.The habitually barefoot participants scored significantly higher in the balance and jumping tests compared to the habitually shod participants. This difference was observed in both test conditions (barefoot and shod) and across all age groups (6-10, 11-14 and 15-18 years), but particularly evident in 6-10 year-old children. The habitually barefoot children also performed better when barefoot than when shod.”Most of the primary school children in our study (South Africa) go to school and perform sport and leisure activities barefoot,” said Ranel Venter from Stellenbosch University, who led the South African research team. “Our finding that these children performed better in balancing and jumping supports the hypothesis that the development of basic motor skills during childhood and adolescence at least partly depends on regular barefoot activities,” said Venter.Overall, the researchers’ work emphasises the benefits of barefoot physical activities for motor development.”Physical education classes, exercise and sport programs, and reactional activities that aim to improve basic motor skills could benefit from including barefoot activities,” said Zech. “Parents could also encourage regular barefoot time at home,” she said. PTI MHN MHNMHNlast_img read more

Structural flaws in Australia’s World Cup defence exposed in series loss

first_img Pucovski, Burns and Renshaw in Australia squad for Sri Lanka series MS Dhoni guides India home to complete ODI series win in Australia Read more Ellyse Perry scales final frontier with dominant WBBL batting form Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. “I honestly believe we should take confidence out of this series. India are a gun side and we got very close to them. We could have won tonight.” Support The Guardian To a degree, Australia coach Justin Langer was right after losing a home one-day series with the scoreline 1-2. His team was competitive despite conceding a gulf to India on paper. They posted scores of 288, 298, and 230, defending the first and losing the others with four balls to spare.But in other ways the series wasn’t that close at all. India was the team in control. Australia’s early three-wicket burst won them the first match, but only just: Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni looked like chasing it regardless until Dhoni was incorrectly given out. The second and largest chase wasn’t in doubt. The 230 was India’s least convincing win, when Australia gave multiple reprieves to Dhoni and Virat Kohli, the two most effective run-chasers in the game’s history.Irrespective of how the results panned out, each match showed that Australia has substantial structural problems only four months out from the 50-over World Cup. The opening batsmen are the first. In pairing two attacking players like Alex Carey and Aaron Finch, presumably the theory is that they can target the new ball and the fielding restrictions to give an early turbocharge.Except they’ve done exactly the opposite, trying to slowly and carefully build into the innings and pottering about at 2 or 3 runs per over before being dismissed. Taking one’s time at the top is also a legitimate tactic, but if that’s the approach, why pick the most dynamic players to do it, rather than have their muscle available later? Share on Twitter Read more Since you’re here… Spin will be key at the World Cup, with most teams likely to play a couple of specialists. Australia currently can’t play spin and isn’t much good at bowling it. The reluctance to pick more than one spinner also reflects in a shortfall of ready candidates. Adam Zampa has as much ability as anyone but has been left out of these sides more often than he’s been picked. Ditto Nathan Lyon, who has pedigree with the white ball domestically but has never been persisted with internationally. Neither took a wicket in their limited chances this series.Langer took a worldly view about playing such a good Indian side. “They give us really great role models for what we should be aspiring to. As hard as it is to lose, I’ll be amazed if our young guys don’t learn a lot from playing against these guys this summer. There is no better lesson for a young player than to rub shoulders with great players of the game.”This is sensible, and true. But with the 50-over game evolving as it always has, there’s a need to look to the rest of the world in how teams are assembled, not just how they play on the field. Share via Email Topics Read more The upshot is that this team can’t score enough runs: 288 and 298 look good by yesterday’s standards, but were too low on good batting pitches when Australia was in a strong position. Of course it’s possible to win some games defending 250, or 220, or 180. It’s just less likely than it ever was. Players are schooled in acceleration and have lost any reservation about attack, and that will define the coming World Cup.The way England have played for the last couple of years is relentless: a wave of players coming out to drive the pace, each sure of their place in the team and unconcerned with losing their wicket. These are no wild sloggers but controlled hitters. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy give way to Alex Hales, to Eoin Morgan, to Jos Buttler, all the way down the order. This is how they rattled up a world-record 481 against Australia less than nine months ago.Finch is this kind of player, and Australia desperately need their captain to rediscover his best. He was outstanding last year until he was picked in Australia’s Test side, then his white-ball form vanished. “He’s got 11 one-day hundreds, he’ll be right,” said Langer. He can have a rest during this Test series, spend a bit more time in his own bed.” And that’s probably what he needs, a rest after a taxing few months. But the intense months of lead-up to the World Cup won’t allow much of it.Equally, the bowling in this series looked piecemeal. Billy Stanlake plays like T20 is his game: outstanding for a couple of early overs, fading thereafter. Peter Siddle was a curious selection that didn’t come off. Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson had their moments, with Richardson knocking over Kohli a couple of times, but both were largely handled fairly comfortably. The Test pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Patrick Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will return, but whether they can click together in the 50-over format is largely untested. features Australia sport India cricket team Australia cricket team That lack of urgency continues through the middle order. Teams can have a lynchpin player: the kind who bats through an innings while rotating the strike and building a score. Shaun Marsh played a gem of this type in Adelaide. But Australia has used three such players in a row: Usman Khawaja, Marsh, and Peter Handscomb. With them at the crease, the run rate has hovered between four and five an over.Late hitting rests entirely on Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell. Australia’s lower orders have historically offered support with the bat: hitters like John Hastings, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andy Bichel. But whichever quartet was selected in this series lacked that capacity. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Cricket … 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. 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SEC DB ‘Medically Disqualified” From Playing Football

first_imgGeneral view of Williams-Brice Stadium.COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Florida Gators versus South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)South Carolina defensive back Tavyn Jackson’s football career appears to be over. The redshirt freshman has been medically disqualified.Jackson announced the news today via statement on his personal Instagram page. He is being kept on scholarship as a medical hardship.According to Jackson, his disqualification is due to possessing the sickle cell trait.To start this off, I’ve been experiencing hard times since I’ve arrived to college but always managed to see through. I appreciate all of the support from my family, friends and teammates. Without you guys especially my teammates I wouldn’t have gotten this far. The decision was made based on my future and what will come. I have been medically disqualified to play football again due to my sickle cell but USC is still honoring my scholarship and I’ll finish school with a degree. I thank everyone and keep me in your prayers. Spurs Up. – T. JackHere is the statement posted from Tavyn Jackson’s Instagram account: #Gamecocks pic.twitter.com/nFWlsDhaJc— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) August 19, 2018Jackson was a three-star prospect out of Tallahassee (Fla.) James Rickards High School in the class of 2017. Injuries forced him to redshirt last season.After moving from safety to cornerback this spring, Jackson was once again pushing for playing time for the Gamecocks. However, now his career his over.While this is terribly disappointing news for Jackson, his health is most important. Additionally, he’ll be kept on scholarship.Best wishes to him.last_img read more

Quebec liquor board workers stage oneday walkout as pressure tactic

first_imgMONTREAL – Employees at more than 400 Quebec Liquor Corp. outlets across the province held a one-day strike Tuesday in a bid to jump-start contract negotiations.It was the first of six strike days their union has planned as pressure tactics against the Crown corporation.The walkout affected most of the province’s liquor outlets, but management personnel was used to keep more than 60 outlets open.In June, the unionized employees voted 91 per cent in favour of the one-day strikes that are to take place at the opportune moment.The 5,500 workers have been without a contract since March 31, 2017, but negotiations have been ongoing for 16 months.Previous talks took place in late June and last week and the union determined the resumption of the discussions Tuesday was a good time to launch the strike.“The employer has moved a bit on its demands but it is not withdrawing its demands,” union president Katia Lelievre told The Canadian Press.The issue of schedules and work hours is at the heart of the impasse, with the union saying the government wants employees with more experience to work evenings and weekends, which the union considers a major setback.“There is no lack of employees on the weekend,” Lelievre said.She said 70 per cent of employees work part-time and already do full weekends, while more than one-half of the 30 per cent of full-time employees work at least one day on the weekend.In a statement, the liquor corporation said the 60-odd outlets that remained open were staffed by managers.“The SAQ (the corporation) wants to simplify its work methods and is proposing solutions that will both meet its need for flexibility while responding to the union’s priorities and demands, especially when it comes to getting full-time jobs, ensuring the quality of schedules as well as increasing the number of guaranteed hours for part-time employees,” the statement said.last_img read more

Afghanistan Woman Beaten to Death For Burning the Quran

Rabat – A mentally impaired woman was allegedly killed in Kabul on Tuesday by group of angry men over accusations of burning a copy of the Qur’an.An angry mob armed with sticks, bricks, and stones beat the woman to death near the Shah-e Doh Shamshira shrine in central Kabul, local police told the Afghanistan’s Tolo news agency.The 27 year-old victim’s body, whose father said has suffered from a mental illness for 16 years, was then set on fire and thrown into a muddy river after she died, according to witnesses. The victim was lynched by the mob over accusations that she burned a copy of Islam’s holy book, the Qur’an. Her father told the police that her behavior was not intentional, since she was “suffering from mental illness.”The incident caused worldwide outrage. Footage of the attack has gone viral on social media. In the video, hundreds of Afghan men appear to beat the victim using sticks and bricks. Once the victim died, her body was carried to the banks of a river, set on fire, and thrown into the water.The Daily Telegraph quoted the Twitter account of a spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of the Interior, confirming that four suspects had been arrested in connection to the attack. read more

UN human rights panel opens annual session in Geneva

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson said in her opening remarks that thanks to its expertise and experience, the 26-member Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights has been able to provide the UN with useful recommendations on many issues.”The United Nations and the human rights community have long benefited from the expertise of the Subcommission in drafting human rights standards, increasing our understanding of new issues, and devising procedures for the protection of human rights,” Ms. Robinson said. “It goes without saying that to maintain its high standing the Subcommission must continue to meet the highest standards of precision and objectivity.”Among the issues on its provisional agenda for this year’s session, which is scheduled to last until 17 August, the Subcommission is expected to look at questions related to the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in all countries; economic, social and cultural rights and the prevention of discrimination and protection of indigenous peoples and minorities.The panel will also examine the administration of justice, as well as the rights of women, slavery, trafficking in persons, the rights of asylum-seekers, the right of return of displaced persons, terrorism, and the promotion of democracy.Created by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1947, the Subcommission is made up of independent experts who conduct studies and make recommendations to the Commission. The panel is credited with spurring current worldwide interest in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, and with leading a widening campaign to end traditional practices such as female genital mutilation that are harmful to the health of women and children. read more

Brock moves to improve at being gender inclusive

Brock University is moving to processes and practices that are more gender inclusive, in light of changes to the Ontario Human Rights Code that include protections for gender identity and gender expression.This week the University’s Office of Human Rights and Equity sent a ‘Gender Designations Memo’ to the Brock community that discusses how to sustain a culture that is inclusive and non-discriminatory.This follows moves by the Ontario government to change how it displays sex and gender information on health cards and driver’s licences, to ensure the fair treatment of people with trans and non-binary identity. Non-binary is the term often used for people whose gender identity is not exclusively male or female.The Brock memo directs all departments to review University forms and remove questions or data fields that ask about gender, if the information is not required. The memo also examines ways of being inclusive in situations where there is a real need to ask about gender.When in doubt, states the memo, help is at hand.“If you are struggling to determine whether there is a legitimate need to ask for gender designations on a University form, whether more inclusive options are possible, or whether accommodations are necessary, consult with Human Rights and Equity.”The Office of Human Rights can be contacted at humanright@brocku.ca or via their website https://brocku.ca/human-rights read more

Berbice man who allegedly stabbed wife to death arrested on EC

Murder suspect, Ugan Kumal WilliamsAfter days of evading investigators, a Bath Settlement man who brutally killing his wife and left her body to decay in thier home was on Thursday evening nabbed at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.His wife, Chandrawattie Williams was discovered on Tuesday evening by the couple’s teenage son. Her body bore several stab wounds suspected to have been inflicted by the suspect.It was reported that Williams’ body was found at about 18:00h in her Bath Squatting Area, West Coast Berbice, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) home.The dead woman’s brother Dharampaul Mohan told the Guyana Times that his 13-year-old nephew received a phone call from his father who reportedly told him to go to the house and turn on the lights. It was then that he made the discovery.Having found his mother’s body, the teen raised an alarm and subsequently saw his father approaching him with a cutlass in his hand. According to Mohan, his nephew ran over to his aunt’s house to seek refuge.Chandrawattie WilliamsThis publication understands that the now dead woman was constantly abused by her husband, in their 20-year long relationship.Court records even showed that Ugan Kumal Williams, also called “Shahrukh Khan” has been charged with assault of Chandrawattie Williams with the most recent charges being implemented last week.However, when the matters were called in court, his wife had declined to give evidence.The suspect had been before the court for allegedly for burning the house they once shared. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWCB murder…Hunt on for dead woman’s husbandSeptember 27, 2018In “Crime”Berbice man stabbed to death during brawl; suspect arrestedJune 18, 2019In “Court”Berbice woman stabbed to death, Police seeking husbandSeptember 26, 2018In “Crime” read more

Microsoft abandonne le CES dès 2013

first_imgMicrosoft abandonne le CES dès 2013L’année 2012 sera la dernière participation de Microsoft au salon CES de Las Vegas. L’acteur, pourtant historique de l’évènement, souhaite être désormais maître de son calendrier.C’est un vrai coup dur pour le CES, le plus grand salon électronique au monde. L’édition 2012, se tenant du 10 au 13 janvier sera la dernière de l’un de ses plus grands acteurs historiques, le géant Microsoft. L’entreprise a décidé de se retirer de l’évènement dès l’année prochaine indique ZDNet.Steve Ballmer, PDG du groupe, tiendra donc sa dernière keynote inaugurale le 9 janvier 2012. Cette présentation donnait traditionnellement le coup d’envoi du salon. Mais il va falloir oublier les coutumes, comme le résume bien Franck Shaw, vice-président de la communication corporate de Microsoft: “Nous n’aurons plus de keynote et de stand après cette édition parce que nos échéances pour les nouveautés produits ne correspondent pas avec la période du salon en janvier.”C’est donc bien une politique de calendrier qui pousse l’éditeur à se retirer de cette grande messe du high-tech. La firme souhaite désormais rester maître de son agenda et de ses annonces. Une décision qui rappelle celle d’Apple en janvier 2009 qui avait tenu son dernier keynote à Macworld, le plus grand salon dédié à la Pomme. L’entreprise s’est progressivement retiré de tous les évènements indépendants pour lancer ces annonces quand bon lui semble, et non plus à des dates imposées.À lire aussiWindows 8 : Microsoft annonce 40 millions de licences venduesMicrosoft revoit entièrement sa communication, imitant celle de son concurrent. En 2013, les apparitions de Microsoft se limiteront à des rencontres avec le grand public, dans des salons ouverts à tous. L’entreprise mise aussi sur les réseaux sociaux et le web pour assurer un relais de son information.De son côté, la Consumer Electronics Association, qui organise le CES, garde la tête haute et déclare qu’elle souhaite le meilleur à Microsoft et que de nombreux exposants sont désormais intéressés par l’emplacement de premier choix qu’il abandonne.Le 23 décembre 2011 à 10:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Shine MSD Change the Ref host inaugural event in Parkland

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – Families and residents in Parkland came together to help foster change after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Shine MSD and Change the Ref, two organizations that formed in the wake of the Feb. 14 massacre, hosted a joint inaugural event at Pine Trail Park, Sunday.The event, called Actions for Change Food and Music Festival, encouraged people to vote and to get involved politically.Doug Zeif, whose child survived the shooting, said it’s important to support the students who are calling for change.“This is an amazing opportunity for us to have their voices continue to be heard,” he said. “They’ve captured America’s attention, and it’s really important right now that we keep our foot on the gas pedal on this movement that these kids have started and continue these efforts to get people registered to vote.”Thousands of people attended as well as several bands and musicians who supported the cause.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Vijay Mallya moves Supreme Court seeking stay on confiscation of

first_imgNew Delhi: Fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya on Saturday moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the confiscation of properties owned by him and his relatives. In his plea Mallya has said that he wanted attachment of only those properties related to Kingfisher Airlines facing cases of alleged irregularities. The matter is listed for hearing on July 29 before the apex court. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us A consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) had in 2016 filed a petition in the Supreme Court against Mallya for his failure to repay the loan amount of more than Rs 8000 crore to various banks. Mallya had allegedly failed to pay dues to more than 15 banks. The liquor tycoon had taken loans in order to pay dues of his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us The consortium of banks had urged the court to direct Mallya to return to India and repay the loan. On July 11, the Bombay High Court had dismissed Mallya’s plea seeking stay on the procedure for the confiscation of his properties by government agencies. Mallya had fled India in March 2016 and has been living in the United Kingdom since then.last_img read more

Festive demand for gold slumps despite jewellers promising good deals

first_imgFestive demand for gold in India got off to a tepid start, with local prices still at a heavy discount to the global benchmark, a bad sign for a period when buying is typically strong.Though sales picked up this week with the onset of the festival season, demand was lower than usual, retailers said, even as jewellers splashed newspapers across the country with ads promising good deals and discounts.Following the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri, India celebrates Dussehra on Thursday, when buying of gold jewellery, coins or bars is considered auspicious.The fourth quarter is typically a strong period for gold purchases in India, the world’s second biggest bullion consumer, due to festivals and weddings.”This year fewer customers are visiting our showrooms compared to last year,” said Tanya Rastogi, a director at Lala Jugal Kishore Jewellers in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.”For the last two to three years, gold has been giving negative returns. It has badly affected investment demand,” Rastogi said.Still, next month India will celebrate Dhanteras and Diwali, when demand could improve, she added.Global gold prices are on track to post their third straight annual loss this year, already down nearly 40 percent since hitting a record high in 2011.Dealers in India were offering a discount of $8 to $12 an ounce this week, compared to $7 to $11 last week.Demand from rural areas has been hit particularly hard as farmers suffer from the first back-to-back drought in India in three decades.Two-thirds of gold demand in India comes from farmers and residents of small villages who see jewellery as way to store wealth. But lower-than-normal monsoon rainfall this year due to El Nino weather pattern has eroded rural incomes.”Demand from rural areas has moderated due to drought. Jewellers from the countryside made thin purchases in the last few weeks,” said a Mumbai-based dealer with a private bank.Elsewhere in Asia, demand remained lacklustre. In top consumer China, prices on the Shanghai Gold Exchange ticked up to a premium from a small discount late last week, though dealers at bullion banks said physical buying wasn’t strong.”Demand is very sluggish,” said Ronald Leung, chief dealer at Lee Cheong Gold Dealers Ltd in Hong Kong, adding that a strong dollar and a recent price rally was hurting demand.In Hong Kong this week, premiums dropped to 80 to 90 cents an ounce, from $1.20-$1.30 last week.last_img read more

Where DC Kids Can Get Free Summer Meals

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAccording to the Capital Area Food Bank, 641,000 D.C. residents are at risk or currently experience hunger and 200,000 of them are children.  Many low-income Washingtonians can count on their children’s school to feed them throughout the school year. However, with school out for the summer, D.C. organizations are making a concerted effort to remind residents there are places for people under the age of 18 to receive free meals.The District ranked first in ensuring children had access to meals when school is out, according to a report on Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation.The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), known in the District as the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program (DC FSMP), provides food to children 18 and under in low-income areas.  Low-income areas are neighborhoods where 50 percent or more of the households receive free and reduced priced meals during the school year.In agreement with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), during the summer, the Department of Parks and Recreation oversees sites for children to participate in the DC FMSP.  The locations include participating schools, recreation centers, public libraries, faith-based organizations, Housing Authority locations and day care centers.In addition, organizations like D.C. Hunger Solutions, which works to eradicate hunger in the District, are also working to supplement meals.  D.C. Hunger Solutions teamed with Arcadia Mobile Market, which provides food insecure communities with fresh-locally grown produce year round, to go to DC FMSP sites and offer fresh meals at various locations.As the summer continues, D.C. Public Schools, D.C. Hunger Solutions and the USDA SFSP are all reminding Washingtonians through social media about the importance of taking advantage of the free meals.Free breakfast and lunch is available to all children ages 18 and younger across the city all summer long! Find your nearest school site with dates and meal times with the DC Summer Food Finder tool at https://t.co/muB0Aphzsu. #Meals4DCKids pic.twitter.com/xJm6oVz7Ab— DC Public Schools (@dcpublicschools) July 9, 2018For more information on where to access free meals, residents are encouraged to visit, dcsummerfoods.org, www.dpr.dc.gov, and www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.last_img read more