first_imgPune: Girls outscored boys yet again in the Maharashtra Secondary School Certificate (SSC) or Class X exams, results for which were announced by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) on Friday.The pass percentage for girls was an impressive 91.7% as against 87.27% for boys.The cumulative pass percentage was 89.41%, higher than last year’s 88. 47%.As many as 17, 51, 353 students appeared for the three-week long exam process this year, which commenced on March 1 and ended on March 24. It was conducted across nine divisions and 4,657 centres in the State.The total number of students who appeared for the exams this year is lower than that of last year’s 17.66 lakh, but higher than 2016’s 17.27 lakh students.While Konkan division recorded a pass percentage of 96%, the highest among the nine divisions, Nagpur registered the lowest pass percentage of 85.97%.The two most populous divisions, Mumbai and Pune, recorded robust pass percentages of 90.41% and 92.08% respectively.This year the results have been declared almost a week earlier than in 2017.last_img read more

first_imgIn the industrial belt of Jajmau, at the city’s periphery, there’s visible anger at the government. In the name of cleaning the Ganga, the tannery industry has been vilified and strangulated, workers claim.Ahead of the Kumbh Mela this January, the Yogi Adityanath government ordered the tanneries shut — to prevent their effluents from contaminating the Ganga.However it’s over a month since the Kumbh Mela ended and the closure hasn’t been lifted. “Effectively, it’s been six months since we’ve operated. Business is down by nearly 80%,” says Naiyer Jamaal, who runs the Makhdoom tannery here and a former secretary of the Small Tanners Association. “In spite of being non-operational, we’ve been slapped with a bill of ₹8.4 million by the Pollution Control Board for operation and maintenance of the effluent treatment plant.”In a rally earlier this week, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav proclaimed that “however many crores (of rupees) it takes, we will open the tanneries and also clean the Ganga…there are livelihoods at stake here.”The Jajmau tanneries, of which 260 are operational out of the registered 405, employ about 200,000 workers. Through the closure of tanneries there’s also been an effect on allied industries that supply chemicals for the tanning industry, said Anees, a tanner.Ram Kumar, the Samajwadi Party nominee for the Lok Sabha polls, said the tapping of the Sisamau naala was a “trick” played by the government to deceive people into believing that the Ganga had been cleaned in Kanpur. “It’s because the tanneries are shut there’s less load on the sewage lines. This hides the fact that the promised treatment plants haven’t been developed. In several villages, overloaded sewer lines overflow into dwellings,” he claimed, “This is a major poll issue and the residents will reflect their dissatisfaction with their vote.”In March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that his government was making the “impossible possible” as far cleaning the Ganga was concerned. This was based on the city administration’s claim to have prevented sewage and industrial effluents in the city’s most infamous drain, the Sisamau naala, that spewed about 140 million litres of muck everyday, from emptying into the Ganga.Kanpur contributes the highest pollution load among all of the cities of Uttar Pradesh, which itself accounts for 75% of the pollution load in the Ganga. Consequently, Kanpur has garnered about ₹1,000 crore of funds — more than any other city — from the ₹20,000 crore-plus Namami Gange Programme, the government’s flagship programme to clean the river.However many BJP voters don’t see Namami Gange-work as a key factor ahead of polling on Monday.Satya Dev Pachauri, the BJP candidate for the Kanpur city constituency and a Minister in the current dispensation, says, “Promoting industry, improved solid waste management, and having a metro rail” are the major prongs of his campaign. “My victory will strengthen Modiji and make our country stronger,” the two-time MLA adds. The Ganga cleaning progress doesn’t feature in the BJP’s list of achievements.The prospects of the BJP will not be dimmed by the tanner’s unrest, says Mr. Pachauri. “We cannot allow the tanneries to pollute and authorities — from the National Green Tribunal to the Central Pollution Control Board — have pointed to the excessive chromium content from tanneries. How can that be ignored?” he asks.last_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Futsal competition starts on Sept. 10 at University of Asia and the Pacific gym.“We balance the rigors of education and sports and try to excel in both,” said Poveda president Dr. Azucena Camagan, who led the season launch yesterday at Poveda Quezon City.CEU also ruled taekwondo, table tennis, badminton, swimming and cheerleading last season to bag the seniors overall crown. DLSZ was overall midgets and juniors winner.Poveda will defend the midgets cheerdance crown. Angelicum College, Assumption College, Chiang Kai Shek College, La Salle College Antipolo, Miriam College, St. Scholastica’s College and St. Stephen’s High School are the other member schools.ADVERTISEMENT First-time host Poveda College will lead 15 other schools in the opening ceremony which starts 10 a.m. at Philsports Arena in Pasig. Poveda alumnae who have excelled in their sports careers will be among the special guests. This season’s theme is “Audacia Sin Limites” (Courage without limits).UMAK will see action in all seniors sports–badminton, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, futsal, swimming, taekwondo and table tennis, according to athletic director Dominador Lera, Jr. 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 shutoutOther events are cheerdance (midgets division only) and softball (juniors only) and demonstration sports poomsae and mini cheerdance (for Preparatory to third grade students).Volleyball defending champion San Beda College Alabang jumpstarts its bid on Sunday against Philippine Women’s University in the 2 p.m. main game at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know00:50Trending 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WNCAA secretary general Ma. Angelica Dela Cruz, vice president Juanito Alamillo of CEU and executive director Maria Vivian Manila; Poveda academic support head Charisse Marie Raagas and Basic Education principal Annabelle Sanchez; commissioners Bryan Tabanag of basketball and Adrian Tabanag of volleyball; and representatives of the members schools joined Camagan in the press conference. ROMINA S. AUSTRIACentro Escolar University seeks a seventh straight senior basketball title while De La Salle Zobel, despite the graduation of four players to the junior ranks, is confident of nailing an unprecedented eighth consecutive midgets championship as the 48th Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association unfurls this Saturday at Philsports Arena in Pasig.CEU will open its bid against league rookie University of Makati at 3 p.m. after the 12 noon junior clash between Poveda and Saint Jude Catholic School and the 1:30 p.m. midgets match pitting DLSZ and St. Paul College Pasig. ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Move on? Not so fast View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis said he was focussing on preparations for the Asia Cup and World T20 events and not thinking about an extension of his coaching contract that expires in May.”I have still three to four months of my contract left and right now I haven’t given a thought to the future,” he told reporters.Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan has said that the board had decided to extend the contract of Waqar for the tour to England which lasts from July to September. Also read: Pakistan likely to change squad for World Twenty20 “Coaching of any team is always a tough job. It doesn’t matter whether you do well or disappoint. It is a tough job and I knew about this when I accepted this challenge. I enjoy taking up tough challenges,” Waqar said.The former Pakistan captain said at present, he was only focusing on preparations for the Asia Cup and World T20 events and not thinking about his contract. He said when the time came, he will think about it.Waqar was also candid about Pakistan’s chances in the two forthcoming events, pointing out that Pakistan will have to work very hard to do well. Reminded that the Pakistani selectors can make changes in the World Cup squad until March 8, Waqar said there could be changes.”Yes, changes could be there but right now we have to see how the team performs in the Asia Cup. The selectors have done their job and we will have to see how the new players perform,” he said.advertisementAsked about the decision by selectors to drop opener Ahmed Shehzad for the two events, Waqar said Shehzad had been struggling for runs and consistency for a while.”It is not a question of likes or dislikes or egos. He has not been consistent and he now has to go back to domestic cricket and get back into form. He is a talented player and can definitely make a comeback to the Pakistan team,” he added.The Pakistan coach who has, for some reason, not gone to Dubai to watch the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches said the league should help bridge the gap between international and domestic cricket.”I think the PSL is a good platform for our young players to get exposure and get ready for international cricket,” he said.Meanwhile, PCB chairman Shahryar Khan has ruled out the possibility of appointing separate coaches for Test and limited overs cricket. The PCB chief also assured Younis that he would continue as coach for all three formats of the game.”There have been suggestions to have separate coaches for Test and limited overs cricket but this is not feasible in Pakistan cricket and we just need to fully support Waqar. We will have one coach for all formats,” Shahryar said.The decision came after Shaharyar held a meeting with the national team coach Younis.”Waqar made some valid points and he is concerned about improving the team’s performance. The PCB will back him completely,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgZverev will next play Matteo Berrettini, an 11th-seeded Italian who defeated fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem 7-6 (8), 6-4.Until Friday’s match, Djokovic had won 24 straight sets in Asia, a run that included last year’s Shanghai Masters and the title in Tokyo last week.Tsitsipas has now beaten Djokovic twice in three matches. The Greek player defeated Djokovic in their first meeting at the 2018 Toronto tournament and Djokovic won their match in Madrid this season.“It’s the best comeback that I have ever had probably,” Tsitsipas said of Friday’s victory.Tsitsipas also earned a place at the year-end ATP Finals for the first time on Friday. But that was guaranteed when third-seeded Daniil Medvedev beat Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6 (4) in another quarterfinal match.Medvedev, who will face Tsitsipas in Saturday’s semifinals, is one match away from reaching a sixth consecutive tournament final. He reached his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open, and then won titles in Cincinnati and St. Petersburg.Medvedev leads the tour with 57 match wins this season and is 40-1 on hard courts when winning the first set. The only time he lost a hard-court match after winning the first set was against Gael Monfils in Rotterdam.Prior to Friday’s match, Fognini said Medvedev was one of the most dangerous players to face.“If some top players like Fabio can say this about me, shows that I’m on the good way, I’m playing good, and it’s not easy to play against me,” Medvedev said. “Surely, yeah, that’s what I tried to show today on the match and it worked out.” DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:11Makabayan 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 Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Federer saved five match points in the second set and received a point penalty in the third in the 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3 loss to fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev. Djokovic, the defending champion, lost to sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.“He deserved the victory,” Djokovic said of the 21-year-old Tsitsipas. “He was the better player in the second and third sets. I started well in the first set, but I wasn’t sharp enough.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manDjokovic had been 8-0 in quarterfinal matches at the Shanghai Masters, and won four titles. Federer had been 5-0.Federer received a code violation for hitting a ball into the stands, and then received a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after flicking a ball into the air when trailing 3-0 in the third set. Becoming his own man Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to spectators as he leaves the court after he lost to Alexander Zverev of Germany in their men’s singles quarterfinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)SHANGHAI — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic went from perfectly unbeatable to unbelievably beaten in the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters.Federer and Djokovic had been a combined 13-0 in Shanghai with a spot in the semifinals on the line, but both lost Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Frustrating triumph Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ When asked about the point penalty after the match, Federer didn’t want to go into any detail.“So you could write on Twitter, you mean?” Federer answered. “No, it would be nice to write something nice once also about the game.“Next question.”The 22-year-old Zverev now leads Federer 4-3 in career meetings.“I mean, they’re knocking on the door big time, the young guys,” Federer said. “It’s exciting. They’re great. It’s really open now, I think, for the finish of this tournament.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgSports Minister Vjay Goel on Sunday congratulated the Indian cricket team for its win over Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy, terming it a “significant” victory.Defending champions India launched their campaign in the tournament with a 124-run victory over Pakistan in Birmingham.”It’s a significant victory for the Indian team. I am very happy and I congratulate each and every member of the team for this spectacular victory over Pakistan,” Goel said after the win.”It’s a happy moment for all cricket loving Indians and I congratulate them,” he added.Batting first, India notched up a competitive 319 for three after two rain interruptions reduced the match to 48 overs a side.Set a revised target of 324 in 48 overs at the start of their innings under the Duckworth/Lewis method, Pakistan were required to chase 289 in 41 overs when play resumed after the day’s third rain interruption.The task proved too much for Pakistan, who were bowled out for 164 in 33.4 overs.last_img read more

first_imgUEFA Champions League Kane in fitness race to be fit for Tottenham’s key Champions League date with Real Madrid Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 23:38 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) HarryKane-cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Harry Kane Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur v Real Madrid The striker sat out his side’s defeat at Manchester United due to a hamstring injury and will be assessed on Sunday Tottenham striker Harry Kane faces a fitness test to determine whether he will be fit to face Real Madrid in the Champions League.A hamstring injury kept Kane out of Saturday’s trip to Manchester United, with Spurs drawing a blank before Anthony Martial struck late on to snatch a 1-0 win for Jose Mourinho’s side.Spurs 12/5 to beat Real Madrid Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mauricio Pochettino selected Son Heung-min in attack rather than Fernando Llorente and Spurs made good progress in wide areas in the first half, where they lacked Llorente’s physicality, and then seemingly abandoned the tactic once the Spaniard was brought on in place of Son just after the hour.Wednesday’s Wembley clash could determine whether Spurs or Madrid top the group, but Pochettino is yet to receive word on Kane’s condition.”We’ll see in the next few days if he will be fit against Real Madrid,” Pochettino told a news conference.”We need to asses him tomorrow and then take a decision.”Prior to Martial’s winner, Dele Alli had scuffed wide from Christian Eriksen’s superb chipped pass – an event Pochettino considered far more significant than Kane being out.Asked if his side missed Kane, Pochettino told Sky Sports: “If Dele Alli had scored now the question would be different.”It is always about the result. You are always going to miss your main striker but it is not fair to talk about Harry Kane.”It was the best chance to go 1-0 up, and then from then to go 1-0 down. But now we move on.”last_img read more

first_imgReuse this content Share on Facebook The West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku has been banned for six games by the Football Association for spitting at the Wigan midfielder Nick Powell.The Hammers left-back apologised after being sent off during Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup defeat to the League One side on Saturday.The FA’s website published an updated suspension list on Monday with Masuaku scheduled to be out of action until 10 March. He will therefore miss Tuesday’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace, then fixtures versus Brighton, Watford, Liverpool, Swansea and Burnley.The West Ham manager, David Moyes, offered no excuses for Masuaku’s conduct, calling the spit “despicable” and suggesting that the club would offer their own punishment, in addition to the FA suspension. Masuaku apologised via a statement on the West Ham official website on Sunday.“I want to say sorry for my actions on Saturday,” he said. “I let down my team-mates, the manager, coaches, board and the fans.“I am very sad because the manager and coaches have put a lot of faith in me but I will work very hard to try and win that back. It was in the heat of the moment and out of character for me. I know it was totally unacceptable and I will learn from the first red card of my career.”Masuaku’s suspension only adds to West Ham’s personnel crisis. Pedro Obiang suffered a knee injury during the game against Wigan, a game for which Moyes was already without nine first-team players.Reece Oxford, who could have returned to Borussia Mönchengladbach on loan, may now be retained as the club look for reinforcements in the last few days of the January transfer window. Topics Will Grigg hits double as Wigan cause FA Cup upset against 10-man West Ham Read more West Ham United Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn news Share on Messenger Share on Twitter FA Cuplast_img read more

first_imgJammu: A suspected Pakistani intruder was shot dead by BSF personnel while he was trying to cross the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district on Monday, officials said. The incident took place around 3 am when a man in his 60’s was trying to sneak into the Indian territory near the S M Pura border post, they said. The officials said the intruder was gunned down by the BSF men of 62 battalion near the fence after he ignored repeated warnings to surrender. The body was kept at S M Pura border post, they said, adding that a probe into the matter was underway.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Dental Council of India (DCI) has written to the Union Health ministry urging it to lower the qualifying marks in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2019 to fill up the vacant seats in various private and government dental colleges across the country.In its letter, the DCI pointed out that around 44 per cent seats in government dental colleges have been lying vacant in the current academic session. In case of private dental colleges around 42 per cent seats are yet to be filled up. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn Bengal, there are 250 permitted seats of Bachelor of dental surgery (BDS) in state owned dental colleges and the number is 300 in case of private colleges. Out of the total 550 seats, 103 seats have not been filled up in all the government colleges put together in Bengal. Around 4 seats have been lying vacant in private dental colleges. The number of total vacant seats stands at 107 in the state so far. According to the DCI letter, around 147 seats have so far been filled up in government dental colleges and 296 in private colleges have been filled up. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIf the vacant seats are not filled up, the government will not only incur losses but the scarcity of dental surgeons will be further intensified in the state. This comes at a time when the Bengal Chief Minister has been keeping no stone unturned to increase both MBBS and BDS seats in the state. The Bengal government is in the process of introducing many more new medical colleges in the state. The joint secretary (L&A), DCI has written to the secretary of the Union health ministry spelling out the situation in the dental colleges across the country. The letter contains a detailed description on how a large number of seats are yet to be filled up. The letter also mentions how the seats in various dental colleges across the country are vacant. The letter also points out that a total of 7,97,042 candidates have qualified NEET for admission in both MBBS and BDS courses out of which total 26,749 seats are permitted for the BDS for the academic session of 2019-20. The Union health ministry has been requested to lower the qualifying marks in the NEET so that the vacant seats can be filled up not only in Bengal but in all the states. It may be mentioned that the Centre has made it mandatory that both the MBBS and BDS seats would be filled up through NEET. Earlier, the MBBS students were selected through the NEET.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Friday launched mobile methadone vans to provide treatment to opioid addicts in inner city neighbourhoods.As a pilot project, the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) of AIIMS has initiated the new service of delivering methadone through a mobile van in East Delhi. Opioid addiction is a significant problem in India, professor at NDDTC Dr Atul Ambekar said, adding these people require medicines such as methadone or buprenorphine for getting rid of the addiction. Methadone is a prescription drug given in a syrup form to patients as it helps in controlling the craving and withdrawals due to opioid addiction. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe drug usually comes in liquid form but is also available in powder and tablet variants. It is usually taken under the supervision of a doctor because of its potential for abuse, Ambekar said. There are very few treatment centres providing these medicines while the need is very high. It is estimated that less than 2 per cent of the population addicted to opioids in India is receiving this treatment, which is recommended by various UN bodies and the World Health Organization (WHO),” Ambekar said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsA recently released government survey report “Prevalence and Extent of Substance Use in India”, estimated that India has about 28 lakh people affected by addiction to opioids such as heroin, opium and various pharmaceutical products. Since methadone is a highly regulated medicine, it is only provided as daily observed treatment. It is available in just about a dozen cities in India, in-charge of the methadone clinic at NDDTC Dr Ravindra Rao said. “Patients often find it difficult to come to the clinic daily to receive methadone, which leads to them dropping-out of treatment midway,” Rao informed. The mobile methadone dispensing unit plans to bridge this gap and improve retention of patients into treatment enabling them to work and lead a healthier life, Dr Rao said. Currently, such dispensing vans or buses are available in few select developed countries in the world, such as USA, Portugal, Spain, Canada and Netherlands. With the launch of mobile delivery of methadone, India joins this elite club, he said. In fact, India is the first country in the South Asian region to initiate these services, Rao claimed. The van will be parked at strategic places in East Delhi and adjoining areas for fixed time period in the day where the patients can come and receive their medicine without having to travel to the main clinic. “In the trial run for the last two weeks, we already have more than two dozen patients enrolled in the facility and the response is very encouraging,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgProstate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancerCredit:Alamy Prostate cancer treatment can involve hormone therapyCredit:Alamy Co-author Dr Kevin Nead, from the University of Pennsylvania, US, said: “I was surprised at how ubiquitous the effects on all types of dementia were, but I would definitely not alter clinical care based on our results.”He said more research was needed to look at the link between ADT and dementia and identify what kinds of patients might be most at risk.Male hormones are known to play a role in the health and growth of neurons, which may help explain the association, said the scientists.Another type of treatment blocks the action of testosterone on tumours rather than cutting off supplies of the hormone.There is no suggestion that taking these drugs, known as anti-androgens, increases the risk of dementia.Dr Matthew Hobbs, deputy director of research at the charity Prostate Cancer UK said: “Although this research suggests that there may be a link between hormone therapy and dementia, it’s very hard to draw clear cut conclusions from studies like these and further research is needed to confirm the findings.”Men having treatment for prostate cancer are likely to be living with other health problems which may also increase their risk of dementia. No man should stop taking hormone therapy based on these findings,” he said.Dr Laura Phipps of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “This study is part of an active area of research into the role that sex hormones like testosterone could be playing in the brain in dementia. Studies like this, which take advantage of the rich data held in medical records, can be very useful for highlighting trends and potential risk factors for further research.”While these results suggest a link between androgen deprivation therapy and an increased risk of dementia, they do not show that ADT is definitely causing this increased risk. We need to better understand the impact of sex hormones in the brain in diseases like Alzheimer’s to delve deeper into the possible reasons for this link.” Man prostate  Around 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the UK, about half of whom are caught at an early stage before the disease has spread.There is currently no screening for the disease, although men are entitled to a test if they ask for one.The study, published in the journal Jama Oncology, found that men aged 70 and older, and who had been on ADT for at least 12 months, were most at risk.The most common form of ADT used in the UK is a drug called goserelin, sold under the brand name Zoladex, which is injected.It interferes with signals from the brain that instruct the testicles to make testosterone.The scientists urged prostate cancer patients receiving ADT not to change their treatment without consulting their doctors. In absolute terms, the risk is still small. Of the 1,829 patients who underwent androgen deprivation, just 7.9 per cent developed dementia.This compared with 3.5 per cent of the group not treated with ADT.Lead researcher Dr Nigam Shah, from Stanford University in the US, said: “The risk is real, and depending on the prior dementia history of the patient, we may want to consider alternative treatment.” A common prostate cancer treatment that lowers testosterone could double the chances of men developing dementia, research suggests.Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) shuts down the body’s main supply of the male hormone and is a less drastic alternative to physical castration.It is a standard treatment for men whose cancers have started to spread and cannot be eliminated by surgery or radiotherapy alone.But a new study suggests there may be a serious hidden danger associated with ADT – an increased risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.center_img Scientists who analysed the health records of more than 9,000 patients found that when men were given ADT their chances of having dementia within five years doubled. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. ‘Men having treatment for prostate cancer are likely to be living with other health problems which may also increase their risk of dementia. No man should stop taking hormone therapy based on these findings’Dr Matthew Hobbs, Prostate Cancer UK ‘The risk is real, and depending on the prior dementia history of the patient, we may want to consider alternative treatment’ Man and scanlast_img read more

first_imgTogether, they are the world’s earliest figural tattoos…. Tests on a female mummy from the same period (3351-3017BC) identified what archaeologists believe to be a crooked stave, an object used in rituals of the time. As a young man, Ginger had a tattoo on his arm. So far, so ordinary. But Ginger is a 5,500-year-old Egyptian mummy, the oldest inhabitant of the British Museum’s public galleries, and the inkings represent a major scientific discovery that has pushed back evidence for tattooing in Africa by a millennium.center_img What had previously shown up as dark smudges on the mummy’s upper arm were revealed under infrared light to be two overlapping tattoos, thought to be of a wild bull and a Barbary sheep.last_img read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeen accused of raping 17-yr-old girl granted $200,000 bailJune 12, 2018In “000 bail”Bible college student slapped with rape charge; granted $200,000 bailFebruary 18, 2019In “Court”Man charged for raping, impregnating 14-Y-O daughterJune 8, 2015In “Crime” A 30-year-old man was, earlier today, (Monday) granted bail in the sum of $200,000 after he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on a charge of raping a 6-year-old girl.The accused: Val SmithThe accused; Val Smith, was not required to plea to the indictable charge which stated that on July 28 2012, while in the North West District, he engaged in sexual activity with his relative who is under the age of consent- sixteen.Smith appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs and is expected to return to court on March 5 2018 as the case continues. read more

first_imgAround 150 people gathered at the Heartlands Chi-an-Bobel conference centre near Camborne, Cornwall, UK on October 11 to hear presentations by Cornwall-based companies providing products and services to the worldwide mining industry. The event had been organised by the Cornish Institute of Engineers to mark their centenary year and had the title Mining – A Knowledge Cluster in Cornwall. The Institute has always had an interest in current and future developments in all forms of engineering as well as mining, providing a series of lectures, visits and other events each year, but for this special event it had been decided to focus upon the original mining roots. The event displayed how, despite the lower level of actual extractive activity locally, a significant cluster of innovative, entrepreneurial companies is based here, bringing revenue into the county.The Institute’s founders in 1913 had been mainly managers and engineers from the mines in West Cornwall, with the then manager of South Crofty, Josiah Paull, elected as the first President.The presentations spanned the whole mining process, from the economic and social planning and the codes and principles governing modern projects through state-of-the-art use of laser surveying, underground tracking of people and vehicles, electrical demand management, the efficiency of pumps and ventilation fans, ore grinding and processing through to dealing with waste tailings and the physical and social legacies of mining.  There was also a fascinating insight into real-time remote services provided to the oil industry. The companies presenting were North Coast Consulting, 3Dmsi, SGS, Kennedy Networks, Williams Mine Electrical, Riventa, Wardell Armstrong International, Patterson & Cooke, Grinding Solutions, Micon International, Applied Geo-Environmental Solutions and Geoscience. Display stands were provided by PR Consultants (with Belzona), G T Jones, Holman-Wilfley and MinAssist. The strong influence of the Camborne School of Mines (now part of the University of Exeter) in maintaining these leading-edge activities was apparent throughout, with most of the companies either founded by or employing graduates from a number of past years.It is intended to publish the presentations in due course at www.cie100.org.uk .last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Welcome to the 21st Century, McDonald’s.The fast-food restaurant is making good on its high-tech promises: 29 locations in California began accepting mobile orders and payments on Wednesday.The pilot will expand to an additional 51 joints in Spokane, Wash., next week.As reported by Reuters, McD’s held out on implementing the new technology until other companies ironed out the kinks in their digital debuts.Starbucks, for example, pissed off a lot of caffeine-deprived customers in January when an excess of mobile orders created backlogs that the staff couldn’t process fast enough.Learning from other firm’s mistakes, McDonald’s will continue to streamline the app before rolling out a finished product in nearly all 14,000 US restaurants—as well as  6,000 locales in Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, and China—before the end of the year.“It’s better to be right than to be first to market,” CEO Steve Easterbrook told Reuters.Chomping into a Big Mac Extra Value Meal has never been easier: Simply enter your request into the mobile app, then sit back and relax as your food is delivered directly to the table.“We are building a better McDonald’s, one that makes delicious feel-good moments easy for everyone,” Easterbrook said in a recent statement. “And I believe the moves we are making will reassert McDonald’s like the global leader in the informal eating out category.”Last year, the 61-year-old chain introduced self-serve kiosks: Instead of waiting in line to carefully convey your complicated order, folks can tap it into a giant touch screen. Mobile customers can place online orders for pickup, or wave the app in front of a kiosk to recognize their profile (which saves customized favorites and preferred payment methods).McDonald’s is also testing drive-thru smart menu boards, which change throughout the day to highlight the most timely and relevant deals and items. On-the-go users, meanwhile, can choose curbside delivery or read their placed order code to the drive-thru crew for instant gratification. KFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in AtlantaMinneapolis Bans Construction of New Drive-Thrus last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 22, 2017 – Nassau – President of The Bahamas Press Club 2014, Anthony Capron has responded to remarks made by Dr the Hon Hubert A Minnis, Prime Minister, during his Keynote address at The Bahamas Press Club Awards on Saturday, November 18, 2017.The Prime Minister seemingly bashed the media and suggested what they should be reporting on, instead of critcizing him and his Government.“I would say that the Prime Minister was perhaps misguided in the opinions he expressed about the media and the hard-working professional men and women who daily gather the news from every corner of this archipelago,” Mr. Capron said.But that is exactly why The Bahamas Press Club has instituted the annual media awards, he noted.“Because you always hear the press being bashed for what it is not doing.  The good goes unspoken, unrecognized and unappreciated by the critics.“And so, we cannot and will not be put off by the bad mouthing that will come our way. We have a job to do and we will do our job.”Press Release: Bahamas Press Club Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgA Wednesday morning traffic stop by Oregon State Police south of Canyonville led to the arrest of an Idaho man after a trooper found approximately 10 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.On April 18, about 9:30 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 1989 Dodge Caravan displaying Idaho license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 90 for a traffic violation. The trooper contacted the lone occupant identified as Robert J. Nuszkiewicz, 50, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.Subsequent investigation with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine led to the discovery of approximately 10 pounds of marijuana in the van. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $25,000.Nuszkiewicz was taken into custody and transported to the Douglas County Jail. Following booking he was cited to appear at a later date in Douglas County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana.last_img read more

first_imgThe IRS has given a sliver of ground in how it has applied tax rules to air taxi flights. Sen. Mark Begich is calling it a win for small air carriers, but Joy Journeay, executive director of the Alaska Air Carriers Association, says the concession is less than it appears.Download Audio“It is not clear at this time that it is going to help anyone,” she said.The association has said the rules were unclear on when a small plane operator has to collect federal excise taxes from passengers. Several air taxi businesses say they didn’t know they were supposed to collect the money until they were audited and hit with tax bills that, in some cases, exceeded a million dollars.  The IRS last week wrote a letter to Begich saying it will refund any excise tax air services paid for day tours. The IRS letter doesn’t say whether it will also refund the penalties and interest audited businesses had to pay, and an IRS spokesman said the agency didn’t want to talk about its decision. But the letter says the agency is only lifting the tax retroactively. Next month it will apparently revert to its previous interpretation of the rules, which Journeay called baffling.“The letter issued to Sen. Begich from the IRS doesn’t clear up any of the ambiguous language in the regulations or address any of the items that the Alaska Air Carriers have asked them to address for multiple years,” she said.The IRS has previously said whether the tax applies to a day trip depends in part on the purpose of the trip. If the passengers deplane to see a glacier or watch bears, the air service doesn’t have to collect the tax, but if they land to fish, that might be taxable, if the pilots fly to the same places with some degree of regularity. The way the agency has defined regularity has also exasperated air carriers.Journeay says as she reads the letter, the refund only applies to carriers that already paid the tax. For years, even attorneys and tax accountants advised air carriers the excise tax didn’t apply to their small planes, Journeay says. She notes small carriers would still pay a tax to the federal government in the fuel they buy.last_img read more