AA: Mexico after U.S. youth international

first_imgUnited States Americans Abroad: Liga MX teen caught up in latest USA vs. Mexico battle? Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 02:11 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jonathan Gonzalez Monterrey United States Premier League Newcastle United Hamburger SV Huddersfield Town Monterrey Santos Laguna Liga MX Bundesliga Opinion U.S. youth international Jonathan Gonzalez is a regular starter at the top team in Liga MX and reportedly now has El Tri after his services While most of the gushing for teenage Americans abroad is reserved for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic, with a few eyes batted at Schalke’s Weston McKennie, there is another 18-year-old midfielder who is becoming a fixture in his team’s lineup.Only this teenager may not be a lock to be a senior U.S. international if Mexico has any say in the matter.That teenager is Jonathan Gonzalez, who lines up in the central midfield for the team currently top of Liga MX, Monterrey. He has played in eight of the club’s nine games, starting seven of them, as well as starting two Copa MX contests. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 The California-born Gonzalez’s performance at a young age may have caught the eyes Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio. The Record reports there are efforts to get Mexico to poach the U.S. youth international, who is eligible to play for El Tri.Having represented the U.S. at a youth level, Gonzalez would need to fill out a one-time switch to represent Mexico. But if offered a call-up, would he jump at the opportunity?Previously, Gonzalez had stated his desire to represent the U.S. at the senior level. In August he told American Soccer Now, “Until this moment, the United States has always guided and been there for me so I feel like I have the need to be with them.“I’d say for now I’d have to stick with the U.S. for all they’ve done for me. My family is supportive in whatever decisions I make so it makes it much easier for me.“International play for me is once in a lifetime opportunities, not everybody gets the chance to play international soccer so I’m very fortunate for everything I’ve been through and hopefully will be going through.”It’s also worth noting Gonzalez could have joined Chivas Guadalajara before Monterrey but declined because of the club’s policy of only allowing Mexico-eligible players suit up for them, which would have locked him out of playing for the U.S.Still, will the U.S. leave that to chance? The stakes of the October games makes it hard to hand out courtesy call-ups, but given that Gonzalez is a regular starter for the team currently top in Liga MX, one can argue he already merits a national team look. And with the potential to lose the teen to the team’s biggest rival, it will be interesting to see if that all adds up for an October call, and appearance to cap-tie, for Gonzalez.YEDLIN MAKES SEASON DEBUTDeAndre Yedlin Maxim Choupo Moting Newcastle Stoke CityOne of the trouble spots for the U.S. during September’s international break was its back line.All of the defenders had their issues at points over the two games, but the struggles of Graham Zusi against Honduras were particularly glaring. It wasn’t a matter of effort — Zusi simply didn’t have the pace to keep up with the opposition wingers — leaving many thinking wistfully of the speedy DeAndre Yedlin.Those thoughts look much closer to becoming a reality for October’s crucial qualifiers after this weekend.Yedlin made his first appearance for Newcastle this season as he went the full 90 minutes in their 2-1 win over Stoke City. He had been sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained earlier in the summer.And the fullback explained the situation with the injury after the win, detailing his precaution in not rushing back.“Obviously I injured my hamstring early in preseason, came back for a little bit and injured it again,” Yedlin told Newcastle’s official website. “The thing with a hamstring injury, or any muscular injury in your leg, is that you have to be careful — especially the type of player I am.“It’s a big asset to me. Sometimes, it can be a little bit scary to go out and sprint and jump and do those athletic sorts of things, but I thought I was fine today.“I think the medical staff have done a great job with me, so credit to them for getting me back fit and healthy. I’m looking to push forward from here.”While it’s good to see Yedlin back, he has to work to maintain his place on a resurgent Newcastle side that sits a surprising fourth in the Premier League after five games played.A healthy Yedlin who is starting every week for the Magpies would be a huge addition for the U.S. for its crucial qualifiers against Panama and Trinidad and Tobago in October, especially since the other spots on the back line are very much up in the air due to injuries.KNEE INJURY SIDELINES WOODBobby Wood Hamburg 090817Speaking of injuries, Hamburg striker Bobby Wood missed out on their 2-0 loss on Friday to Hannover. The club said the knee injury was something he picked up while on duty for with the national team, which may have come as a surprise given his goal against Honduras and the fact he went 90 minutes in the first game after the break — a 2-0 loss to RB Leipzig.However, regardless of where the injury was picked up, the big question facing the striker is how quickly he can recover and whether it’s a problem that lingers, as happened to Wood toward the end of last season.Hamburg has a busy slate this week — a Wednesday clash with Borussia Dortmund before a Sunday date with Bayer Leverkusen. If Wood can’t get into either one of those contests, it would be a bad sign with the break coming in a few weeks.With Jordan Morris sidelined with a hamstring injury, Wood being out as well would leave the national team short on proven striker options beyond Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey.Given that fact, and his recent success, it’s likely U.S. fans will be checking in on Wood’s status frequently over the next 14 days.WILLIAMS GETS FIRST PREMIER LEAGUE STARTKelechi Iheanacho Danny Williams Leicester HuddersfieldIt’s been a bit of exercise in patience and versatility for Danny Williams at Huddersfield. Joining David Wagner’s side on a free transfer from Reading following their promotion to the Premier League, the midfielder has had to wait for a chance to break into the side.Thus far, Williams was limited to two Premier League substitute appearances, with one coming at right back, though he did get a start in the league cup in August. However, Saturday afforded Williams the chance to get his first league start of the season and he went the full 90 in Huddersfield’s 1-1 home draw with Leicester City.Williams had a nervy moment early in the contest, getting caught in possession by Kelechi Iheanacho and needing his teammates to bail him out. But he rebounded after that and earned collective praise from Wagner, who hailed the three players who got their first Premier League start in the match.“(The players) were very energetic, played intense, scored a great goal showed a great togetherness, especially with the three new players who made their starting debut today,” Wagner told HtTV after the game. “All of them played well, especially these three players.“So I’m very happy with the performance. The players showed that they are capable of.” Huddersfield has another league cup match and two Premier League contests before the international break, so if Williams can maintain his starting spot, he can make a case as to why he’s deserving of a spot on the U.S. roster for the upcoming qualifiers.Williams is at least on the radar as Bruce Arena said he “would look at him” when asked about him following the draw in Honduras. Being good enough to start and keep his place for a Premier League side would go a long way turning that look into an actual roster spot.SCARY MOMENT FOR ALVARADOCenter back Ventura Alvarado suffered a scary moment Saturday as the defender had to be hospitalized after a concussion.Alvarado was substituted off after the incident and taken to a hospital for observation. While the injury is serious, the defender later confirmed he was out of danger on Twitter, thanking fans for their support as well.Muchas gracias a todos por sus mensajes. Ya me encuentro mejor y con muchas ganas de ayudar al equipo #SinGuerrerosNoHaySantos— Ventura Alvarado (@Ventuzzz) September 18, 2017″Thank you for all your messages,” Alvarado wrote on Twitter. “I’m already better and really wanted to help the team.”U.S. fans probably have not thought of the 25-year-old Alvarado much in the last year and he has found playing time a struggle at Santos Laguna. However, he had gotten a bit more action as of late, starting three of the club’s last five games. In total he’s started six games — three in Liga MX and three in the Copa MX after playing just four times in total for Santos Laguna in last year’s Clausura.Given the heightened awareness to the dangers of concussions, it’s possible Alvarado might be sidelined a while. Hopefully he can recover fully from this injury and keep up his recent push for a bigger role with the club. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

BCCI ethics officer gives clean chit to Sachin Tendulkar in conflict of interest issue

first_img Rahul Rawat MumbaiJune 30, 2019UPDATED: June 30, 2019 15:01 IST BCCI ethics officer gives clean chit to Sachin Tendulkar in conflict of interest issue. (Photo: India Today)The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ethics Officer Justice DK Jain has given a clean chit to Sachin Tendulkar following a complaint of conflict of interest. However, the Ethics officer has found that VVS Laxman, who is a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee, a team official in the Sunrisers Hyderabad and a commentator, has a conflict of interest.Justice Jain, in his ruling, has said that Laxman’s conflict of interest is tractable and has directed BCCI to ensure that Laxman relinquishes his interests, which give rise of conflict of interest and does not occupy more than one post at any given point of time, within two weeks.Justice Jain had last month dismissed the ‘conflict of interest’ allegations against Tendulkar after the cricket icon refused to be part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) unless he is provided with agreeable ‘terms of reference’.It effectively means that Tendulkar won’t be a part of the new coach selection process after the World Cup unless CoA gives proper terms of reference.It was Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta, who had alleged that both Tendulkar and VVS Laxman are conflicted for performing dual roles as CAC member as well as mentor/icon with their franchises Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.However, Tendulkar in his affidavit had categorically denied that he has any financial agreement in both his roles and hence doesn’t come under tractable ‘conflict of interest’.It has been learned that CoA is ready with terms of reference and will be handed over to him now that the case is over.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Loss against India was turning point for Australia, feels Mitchell StarcAlso Read | India vs England Live Cricket Match Streaming: Watch ENG vs IND Live Match on Star Sports and DD SportsAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow BCCI BCCI ethics officer gives clean chit to Sachin Tendulkar in conflict of interest issueMadhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta, who had alleged that both Tendulkar and VVS Laxman are conflicted for performing dual roles in the BCCI and IPL.advertisementlast_img read more

Jamaica Test hat-trick belongs as much to Virat Kohli as it does to Jasprit Bumrah: Harbhajan Singh

first_img Next Jamaica Test hat-trick belongs as much to Virat Kohli as it does to Jasprit Bumrah: Harbhajan SinghIndia vs West Indies, 2nd Test: Jasprit Bumrah was not convinced about an LBW call in the hat-trick ball but captain Virat Kohli opted for a DRS review and got the on-field decision of not out overturned. advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 1, 2019UPDATED: September 1, 2019 12:05 IST Jamaica Test: Jasprit Bumrah picked up a hat-trick to rattle West Indies on Day 2 (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSBumrah became the 3rd Indian after Harbhajan and Irfan to get Test hat-trickHe is a rare diamond: Harbhajan on BumrahBumrah jolted the West Indies batsmen with 2nd successive 5-wicket haulHarbhajan Singh believes Jasprit Bumrah will forever remain indebted to Virat Kohli’s “gut feeling”, which got him the hat-trick, just like he is grateful to Sadagopan Ramesh for an incredible catch at forward short-leg 18 summers ago.Harbhajan, India’s first-ever hat-trick man in Test cricket, lauded Bumrah, who became only the third (Irfan Pathan was second) from the country to achieve the milestone in the longest format.In 2001, Harbhajan’s hat-trick against the mighty Australians (Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne) set the tone for the series. On Saturday, Bumrah got Darren Bravo, Samarah Brooks and Roston Chase.India vs West Indies, 2nd Test Day 2: Highlights | Report”This hat-trick belongs to Virat as much as it belongs to Bumrah. The bowler wasn’t convinced but the skipper had a gut feeling. What if Virat wouldn’t have gone for that DRS? It was a brilliant call by the skipper which complemented his magnificent effort,” Harbhajan told PTI on Sunday.The Turbanator still feels that without Ramesh’s flash of brilliance, he wouldn’t have been able to create history.”I remember that I discussed with Dada (Sourav Ganguly) and we decided to keep it on stumps and try for a third leg before but Warne flicked it.”Now to be honest, Ramesh wasn’t the most athletic of the guys in that team. Yet at forward short-leg, he pulled off that stunner with a less than split second reaction time. Whenever I have later met Ramesh, I told him, ‘buddy my hat-trick belongs to you’,” Harbhajan fondly recollected.advertisement”That’s why I believe that some things happen that come together and such a beautiful thing happens. It was Ramesh’s brilliance then and it’s Virat’s conviction now,” said the owner of 711 international wickets.The most endearing thing, according to Harbhajan, was Rahul Dravid’s celebration.”I have never seen Rahul so excited, jumping with joy. Perhaps, he also didn’t believe Ramesh can pull off such a catch,” he said.Indian cricket is blessed to have a match-winner like Bumrah: HarbhajanFor Harbhajan, Bumrah is the biggest blessing that Indian cricket could have had.”Indian cricket is blessed to have a match winner like Bumrah. This hat-trick will only help his legend grow but even without that he is an incredible performer. I mean 5 wickets in 7 overs in last game and 6 wickets in 9 overs in this game. You can’t ask for more. He is a rare diamond,” said Harbhajan.What makes it more creditable is that the hat-trick has come in a Test match.”A hat-trick is always a praiseworthy feat but if it happens in Test cricket, it’s all the more creditable,” he felt.”In ODIs, you are always in with a chance in the death overs — say from 47th to 50th when batsmen are attacking. If they attack you will always fancy your chances of a bowled or a catch in the deep,” he explained.”But in Test matches, it is a different ball game. The batsmen are not always attacking. The defence will be tighter and their skill comes into play. Look at Bumrah’s deliveries. The length and how it was tailing in. That’s pure skills,” he said.Harbhajan is not liking people raising questions about the quality of West Indies batting.”Obviously Sir Viv (Vivian Richards) and (Brian) Lara won’t be playing on forever. They are playing their best Test team, the same outfit that beat England this year. And for Bumrah, he is the best fast bowler in world cricket at the moment,” Harbhajan concluded.Also Read | Harbhajan Singh welcomes Jasprit Bumrah to hat-trick club: So so so proud of youAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah hat-trick: How Virat Kohli’s DRS call sealed the landmark wicket for India pacerAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Harbhajan SinghFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Brian LaraFollow Vivian RichardsFollow India VS West IndiesFollow ViratFollow Eden GardensFollow Sadagopan Rameshlast_img read more

Whistler Film Festival Taps Industry Veteran Julie Di Cresce

first_imgWhistler, B.C. (August 29, 2018) – With 13 weeks until its 18th edition, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has hired Toronto-based industry veteran Julie Di Cresce as its new Director of Industry Programming. Di Cresce will oversee all of the industry, project development and talent programs associated with the Whistler Film Festival and Summit. She takes over from Angie Nolan, who has been part of WFF since its inception and worked on the industry programming team since 2004. Di Cresce will be on-site taking meetings for the festival during the Toronto International Film Festival.“We’re excited to have Julie join our team as Director of Industry Programming, and are confident that her experience, passion for storytelling and creative and market instincts will serve to elevate our industry programming and talent development programs,” says Shauna Hardy Mishaw, Whistler FIlm Festival Executive Director.Di Cresce brings over a decade of experience in broadcast programming and production to the role and is passionate about storytelling. She is currently the Program Advisor for the NSI Totally Television program and most recently taught screenwriting at the Humber School of Media Studies. She holds an MA in Film from York University and a Cinema Specialist from the University of Toronto. Twitter Advertisement She was Head of Development for Two in Hand Media (the production arm of Vanguarde Artists) and VP of TV Development for First Generation Films. Before moving into production she was the Director of Canadian Programming at Super Channel where she was responsible for honing their original programming strategy. She was production executive on commissioned projects such as SLASHER (Netflix) and VERSAILLES (Canal +). She also pre-licensed Canadian feature films such as TURBO KID (SXSW Audience Award Winner 2015) and pre-bought a robust slate of feature-length documentaries such as A SKYJACKER’S TALE and TOKYO IDOLS, which premiered at Sundance in 2017.Prior to joining Super Channel she held the post of Director of Original Programming for HBO Canada, where she managed a robust slate of series in development and was acting production executive on all prelicensed feature films and documentaries, as well as series greenlit into production, including titles such as GOON, PILLARS OF THE EARTH (Starz) and LESS THAN KIND.*From November 28th to December 2nd, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate, and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com.FESTIVAL DATESNOV. 28TH TO DEC. 2NDTO PURCHASE TICKETS VISIT THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL WEBSITEhttps://whistlerfilmfestival.com/ Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

JU fails to resolve admission debacle English Comparative Lit depts adamant on

first_imgKolkata: The Executive Council (EC) at Jadavpur University (JU) on Monday failed to resolve the long-standing admission debacle, with the English and Comparative Literature departments still sticking to their stand of admitting students in undergraduate level only on the basis of marks scored in entrance test. The EC, which is the highest decision-making body of the varsity, reverted the matter back to the admission committee, asking for reconsideration. The other Humanities departments, namely Bengali, International Relations, Philosophy and History, are in favour of the equal weightage system of admission, where 50 percent weightage will be given to marks obtained in the admission test, with the other 50 percent to marks scored in higher secondary or equivalent examination. The two-member admission committee formed by the varsity had recommended admission following the equal weightage system. It may be mentioned that in 2018, there were allegations of improper evaluation of answer scripts of History and the varsity had to conduct re-evaluation with external academicians. It was found that there was a significant variation of marks secured by the candidates in the first and second evaluation. The first evaluation was conducted by professors of the varsity’s History department while the second one was done by external experts. As a result, there were multiple changes in the revised selection list for History. A total number of 15 candidates, who were on the waiting list after the earlier evaluation, made it to the selection list after re-evaluation. A total of 344 scripts were re-evaluated. The merit list for admission was prepared on the basis of 50 percent of marks in the board examination and 50 percent of the marks scored in the admission test.last_img read more

Apple to offer cash for reporting security flaws

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 4, 2016 8:21 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Apple to offer cash for reporting security flaws LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Apple says it will start offering cash rewards of up to $200,000 to hackers who come forward with information about security flaws in the company’s software.The iPhone maker is joining other big tech companies that offer so-called “bug bounties” to people who discover vulnerabilities in their computer code. The goal is to encourage individuals to come forward so the company can fix the problem — and to discourage hackers from exploiting the flaw or selling the information to others.Google, Facebook and others have long offered such rewards. To start, Apple says it will offer rewards to a limited number of researchers it has worked with before, but it may expand the program.Apple announced the program at a computer security conference in Las Vegas. read more

Geoff Carlston leads Ohio State womens volleyball on and off the court

Women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston directs his team during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFrom being a 19-year-old college sophomore coaching 17-year-old girls, to working with the Belize National Team while in the Peace Corps, volleyball kept finding its way into Geoff Carlston’s life.While the sport has been a constant for the Plymouth, Minn., native, Carlston said he never expected early on to make a career out of coaching.“I can’t sit here and say I planned this out,” he said. “That would be a flat out lie.”Although he is now leading the women’s volleyball program at Ohio State, Carlston also spent time coaching at Concordia University, St. Paul (Minn.) and Ohio University before landing in Columbus. Prior to those stops, he led the 17 and under Minnesota One Junior Olympic club to the U.S. nationals for three straight years and  was the head coach of the women’s Belize National Team while serving in the Peace Corps. He helped them earn the country’s first international victories and finished fourth in the Central America championship in 1997.He took over a Concordia program in 2000 that was 0-18 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference the year before. In just his third season at Concordia the team finished with a 24-9 record, making a run at the conference championship.The University of Minnesota graduate headed to Athens to take over the Ohio program in 2003, finishing each of his five seasons with single digit losses. His best mark came in 2005 when the team finished 33-3.From there, Carlston has turned the Buckeyes into a perennial contender in the Big Ten, picking up career victory No. 300 on the way against Green Bay in OSU’s second match the 2013 season at the NIU Invitational.After the win, Carlston returned to the locker room to find his players greeting his arrival with noisemakers and cheers.“I actually didn’t even know,” he said.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said assistant coach Laura Benzing had the noisemakers in the locker room and told the team to go crazy.“We started doing that and he was just awkwardly laughing,” Mandolfo said. “He didn’t know what was going on.”Carlston said while success is always welcome, it has never been the most important thing to him.“I love the whole experience of competitiveness, but also trying to figure out the puzzle of putting the team chemistry together,” he said.Even though he has reached many achievements in his career, Carlston’s personal accomplishments take a back seat to the success of his players, Mandolfo said.“He doesn’t even care about what he’s accomplished,” she said. “It’s nice knowing that all he cares about is the team.”She added she is grateful to be part of such an accomplished program.“It’s an awesome opportunity to be under such a great coaching staff,” Mandolfo said. “Knowing that he’s our head coach, I just feel grateful for it.”Junior setter Taylor Sherwin said Carlston is concerned about his players’ lives on and off the court.“He’s really concerned about our grades, (and) mentally and physically how we’re doing,” she said.Mandolfo echoed her teammate.“We’re very close off the court,” Mandolfo said. “I can call him for the littlest things and he always helps me out.”In one word, sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits described Carlston as “eccentric.”“He’s very hippy-dippy,” Kacsits said. “It’s not uncommon to go into his office and see him without shoes on and just walking around.”While he is laid-back off the court, Carlston’s attitude changes once the whistle blows.“He’s very go with the flow off the court, but on the court he’s very inspired, very detail-oriented,” Kacsits said.Carlston and the Buckeyes have fought their way to a 9-0 record to start the 2013 season and look to extend the streak this weekend at the Blue and White Classic in Buffalo, N.Y.OSU is scheduled to take on Maryland Eastern Shore Friday at 4:30 p.m. before playing two matches Saturday against Valparaiso at 11 a.m. and Buffalo at 7 p.m.The Buckeyes are set to return to Columbus Sept. 27 for a match against Michigan to open Big Ten season play. read more

Marvels Agents of SHIELD episode 3 live blog and discussion

first_imgIt’s that time of the week again, everyone. Grab your favorite Avengers cup and settle in for the third episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.Last week’s episode left a lot of people with some mixed feelings. The episode very much felt like the standard team building episode that maybe should have been a part of the premiere, but outside of the campy and predictable action it gave us the necessary backstory required to bond with the crew of The Bus. Now that we’ve moved on to a new mission with the team spirit at its peak, it’s time to settle in and see what “The Asset” is all about.We’ll be firing up live commentary to follow this episode starting at 8PM Eastern. Feel free to join in the discussion and add your thoughts about the episode in the comments. We don’t have a whole lot to go on this week as far as spoilers go, outside of the #EveryVillainHasAnOriginStory tag that has been floating around the Marvel social networking accounts this week. Could this be in reference to Skye, who we know from last week still clearly has not chosen a side?And here we go! Great big truck on the open road. The driver isn’t expecting any trouble on the way to his destination, but whatever just sent that SUV flying out in front of him clearly had other ideas.Wait, what is going on in that truck. Is that SHIELD tech?Trucks are not supposed to fly like that. Agent Mack (seriously?) appears to be down.The truck appears to be a SHIELD vault containing what is most likely a prison. Whoever they just busted out was clearly not meant to leave that big box.Agent Ward is in the middle of training Skye now, and she’s clearly not a fan of the early morning workout. Ward is trying to explain that it is worth it to be a well trained Agent of SHIELD. The “defining moment” is ahead for Skye.Doctor Franklin Hall — Coulson describes him as “one of us” and explains that he was in protective custody instead of prison-like containment.Oh good, Agent Mack is alive, and not too badly damaged.It looks like it might not have been a who so much as a what that is responsible for the flying vehicles. Lots of flying particles responding to a magnetic field? “Something big” is all we get from Coulson.Time for lots of research. Fitz-Simmons are working on the strange ball, Coulson is tracking down a big excavator, and Sky is looking through logs. Everyone has something to do while Ward and Coulson are in the field.The bad guys paid in gold bars from Tanzania, a man named Ian Quinn appears to be responsible. Coulson talked as though everyone should know who he is, but we on the other side of the TV don’t.Oh look, here he is. Quinn appears to have Doctor Hall in Malta.Hall and Quinn have a history, where one has made a ton of money and they other has been living in fear.Quinn seems to think he saved Hall, and is showing him a proof of concept for a device Hall thought up as a teenager.Gravitonium, another wonderful Marvel made up element! Hall appears to be the foremost expert on this imagined element, and Quinn has been scouring the earth looking for it.We’ve seen marble sized balls of this mystery element, but Quinn seems to be planning to make a gigantic version. It appears as though we are seeing the origin story for Graviton.Everyone at SHIELD seems to really want to get Hall back, but no one can get into Malta without breaking international law. Fortunately, Skye isn’t technically a SHILED member and is all about doing what it takes to get the right information.Skye’s loyalty and dedication are in question as she gets ready to jump into this rescue op. Ward has run out of ways to connect with Skye, and Coulson is trying to help him out. We know Skye hasn’t left The Rising Tide, and she’s obviously not ready to choose.Ward figured out how to talk to Skye like a person really quickly, but it doesn’t seem to really accomplish much more than the warm fuzzies. Skye is going in solo, and no one is really sure that she’s ready to go or not. Fortunately, she’s got tech from Fitz-Simmons in the form of a compact.Nevermind, Coulson is going to act as backup. After all, he’s seen plenty of action with The Avengers.Everyone is surprised that Skye is actually doing a good job blending in.“This is so cool, it’s like Siri if it worked” – epic.Quinn’s meeting with Skye seems have happened without a doubt in their minds, and Skye seems to empathize with Quinn during his speech. Fortunately, it wasn’t enough to distract her from the mission for very long.It didn’t take Skye long to get caught. Quinn must have some straight from his speech to meet her. When confronted, Skye folds and explains that SHIELD is listening by writing it down. It is getting harder and harder to see what side Skye is on.Skye dropped the ear bug into a glass of Champagne, and now no one can track her. Coulson and Ward are on the outside of the energy barrier and are basically trapped unless Skye helps them out.Quinn explains to Skye why it is that SHIELD was interested in Skye to begin with, acting as a shelter for people who are down on their luck and in need of a family. Skye seems to be buying what Quinn is selling, and then she reaches in and grabs the compact.Energy shield was down just long enough for Coulson and Ward to get in. The security guards aren’t able to bypass it?As soon as Quinn figured out something was up, he leveled a gun at Skye.Coulson finds Hall as he begins the process of burying the massive ball of Gravitonium at the bottom of the ocean. He planned this entire event, so he could get captured and get to this control panel to stop Quinn from possessing the ability to control this much of the mystery element.This seems to be very different from the Marvel origin story for Graviton, where Hall was the one messing with the massive amount of Gravitonium and SHIELD tried to intervene. The addition of Quinn as the control point is new to this universe.Coulson and Hall are now upside down. Fitz-Simmons agrees that the generator could do some serious damage, but there’s no obvious way to shut it down.Quinn decides against pursuing Skye when he realizes what Hall has done to his generator. Meanwhile, Hall accuses SHIELD of being just as bad as Quinn at experimenting without thought of consequence. He references the Chitauri invasion as evidence of their guilt.Ward finally got to punch a guy in the face.Fitz-Simmons explained that Coulson needed a catalyst to shut down the generator. Coulson shot the glass “floor” and sent Hall sailing into the generator, which consumed his body.Coulson has noticed that what should be muscle memory isn’t working as well as it should, like his body isn’t his. It looks like The Cavalry is coming off the bench in the next episode.The remaining shiny silver blob is being put in the deepest level of “The Fridge” for containment. Eventually, it’s going to spit Hall back out as Graviton.Skye seems to have finally confirmed her decision to join SHIELD when she spills her defining moment to Ward.The episode wraps up with the door closing on The Fridge, and the name plate being removed. Hall’s hand reaches out for just a second, and no one is around to see it happen. Gravitron is clearly something we’ll be pursuing later on, but that’s a superhero level enemy. Maybe this is one of the many set ups for the Marvel movies, as was promised before the show started. Either way, it’s interesting to see how they edited this origin story.More on Agents of SHIELDlast_img read more

New murals brighten Vancouvers Fourth Plain corridor

first_imgArtist Christian Barrios doesn’t live along East Fourth Plain Boulevard anymore, but he still feels a connection to his old neighborhood. So when he saw an opportunity to brighten up the corridor with a mural, he jumped on it.“I thought I’d love to do something here,” he said. “I was really excited to apply for this.”His mural, a mix of people from different cultures playing music and dancing together, was one of four murals recently completed as part of the Fourth Plain Forward Summer of Murals. It was also one of the few artistic visions among around 30 submissions that made it past the selection committee and was chosen by building owners who offered their walls up for art.On Saturday afternoon, Barrios and other artists, families and community groups gathered at Anderson Glass along East Fourth Plain to celebrate the newly finished art with a mix of speakers, live Andean music, tacos and self-guided mural tours.Erin Timmerman, secretary of the Fourth Plain Forward Business Association, said the organization has been working to bring a refreshed focus to the businesses along the corridor. One way of doing that was a collaboration with the Clark County Mural Society to create the Summer of Murals event.“A perfect way to show the vibrant community of the Fourth Plain corridor is to partner with the mural society and have some really incredible pieces on both ends facing east and west, and a really great way to welcome people in to the community and represent the multicultural nature of the corridor,” she said.last_img read more

The top 5 New Years resolutions and how to break them

first_imgIt’s March, and those resolutions you made on New Year’s Eve are a fading memory. You’re not alone. Have you checked out gym parking lots around town? There are a lot more empty parking spots than there were in the first week of January.Fear not! Join your fellow resolution breakers by returning to your old bad habits — and maybe even find some new ones. So here’s a list of common resolutions and recommendations for breaking them.• Tidy Up and Get Rid of Things That Don’t Spark Joy.You Marie Kondo’d your whole life and you’re left with a book, a spatula and a pair of sneakers. Time to go shopping! My favorite place to pick up cool stuff at a fair price (for men and women) is Wild Fern Boutique in Uptown Village.Wild Fern is on Main Street sandwiched between the Tip Top and The Thirsty Sasquatch. In 2016, owner Deanna Gaines remodeled this former paint your own pottery studio, transforming it into a tranquil oasis of comfy joggers, thick sweaters, stylish jeans, chic casual dresses and fun sleepwear.There are also swanky handbags, unique handmade jewelry (such as Wonder Woman-ish wide band gold rings and bracelets), subtly fragrant candles and oils, and hip brands such as Spiritual Gangster and Free People.last_img read more

Recovery behind bars

first_imgBroadcast: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.Please note: This special episode is pre-recorded. We will not be accepting phone calls.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast. Community members, staff, and inmates gathered at Goose Creek Correctional Center on July 27, 2018, for Community in Unity.On the next Talk of Alaska we’re stepping outside of the studio and into Goose Creek Correctional Center. During the special, pre-recorded episode inmates at the prison speak with community members about substance use treatment. It’s a chance to hear from people who can’t call in but have something to say.This episode is part of Alaska Public Media’s Solutions Desk and Community in Unity. The conversation was recorded at Goose Creek on June 27, 2018 and has been edited for clarity and length. Listen to other Community in Unity conversations here.HOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Inmates and staff at Goose CreekCommunity memberslast_img read more

Why Is Texas So Red And How Did It Get That Way

first_imgJORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTTexas wasn’t always a dependably Republican state. It was once a bastion for Democrats, but has since drifted red. So how did that happen?Editors’ Note: This story was originally published on Oct 24, 2016.We all know Texas is a red state. Democrats haven’t won a statewide election since 1994, and Republicans have carried the state in every presidential election since 1976.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016The question of how that came to be got Gilda Garcia wondering, so she asked TXDecides – our statewide public radio collaborative that’s answering Texas voters’ questions ahead of Election Day.“I remember growing up my parents talking about Texas being all Democratic – period,” Garcia said. “So what happened?”In short, it’s complicated.Go WestLet’s start by talking about what happened to voters. Even when Texans voted for Democrats, it was still a conservative state. It still had two parties, but the parties were conservative Democrat and moderate Democrat.  Up until the 1970s, voting for Democrats was just what you did.“A lot of southerners would be Democrats back then,” explained Lynn Foster, who grew up an Oklahoma Democrat. “And, so, they would inherit the Democratic party from their parents, on down and grandparents and so on.”When he came to Texas in the late ’70s, just like hundreds of thousands of others did, the state’s economy was booming. Matthew Dowd, who worked on President George W Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, says the people that came here brought even more conservative ideals with them. “People that were coming here because they wanted lower taxes, or they were coming here because they didn’t like regulations, or they were coming here because they had a greater degree of freedom,” he said.Those people settled in the state’s metro areas. People like Lynn Foster, who moved to Fort Worth.“There were a lot of conservatives where I worked. It was a military contractor,” said Foster. “I got to listening to what they were saying, and seeing what the Democratic Party was doing, and I decided that they were right and the Democratic party was wrong.”Changing PartiesSo, more conservatives were moving to Texas, but, like Foster, many were still Democrats. Changing that took encouragement, or discouragement, from the parties. Dowd says that began with the parties moving away from the middle.“The brands of the two political parties. The way they became and the way they moved to the outer edges,” said Dowd. “The Democratic brand becoming more liberal or progressive; the Republican brand becoming more conservative.”Former Democrat Foster says it was his perception that Democrats were giving away tax dollars to help others.“Well, certainly one of the big things was the welfare state. I certainly as a college student had a lot of sympathy for people and things like that,” said Foster. “But, after I later determined that other people were having to pay for that kind of thing, I didn’t think it was right.”Creating a Villain Here’s where the Republican Party jumped in. It used concerns like this to create the idea of the “tax-and-spend liberal.”And for presidential elections, that tactic worked pretty well. Foster, along with most Texans voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980. But, when Republicans used the same attack against Democrats in local races, it didn’t work as well. Harvey Kronberg is publisher of a political newsletter called Quorum Report.“When they started running these harsh negative campaigns against them, it backfired for almost a decade,” explained Kronberg. “People would say, ‘candidate or State Representative X is a tax-and-spend liberal.’ But the folks that sat around the coffee shop with them knew that he wasn’t a tax-and-spend liberal. And so it undermined the Republican message.”So, that provided a bit of a firewall for Democrats, but, as those known lawmakers started to retire, the unknown Democrats running to replace them had a harder time shaking the liberal label.While the state started voting for Republican presidents in 1980, Republicans didn’t lock down all the statewide offices until the mid to late ’90s, and didn’t totally control the state legislature until 2003.Now along the way, there weren’t just wins at the ballot box. There were wins in back rooms. Meetings convincing business groups that had given money to Democrats for decades to start funding Republican campaigns, and, Dowd says, meetings with conservative Democrats on the brink of losing their next election.“There was a lot of convincing that Republicans were doing for Democratic office holders saying, ‘You better switch or you’re going to get beat.’ And that happened,” said Dowd. “They basically just ran the numbers for them and said, ‘If you want to hold office, you better switch parties.’”And, switch they did; probably the most famous one being a West Texas Democrat named Rick Perry.Red Today, Blue Tomorrow?Texas is now a Red State. But, how long will it stay that way? Polls in Texas show GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump leading Democrat Hillary Clinton by just 3 or 4 points. But there’s a lot of evidence that suggests it’s not support for Clinton, but dislike of Trump that’s causing the close race.Dowd said mix that with ongoing dislike of the Democratic brand and you have a state ready to elect an independent candidate.“So you have Democrats who can’t elect somebody statewide that’s disenfranchised. You have independents who don’t participate in the two parties that’s disenfranchised. And you have about a third of Republican primary voters who are reasonable, thoughtful, sort of main stream, who really have no power because of what the party has become,” Dowd explained. “That is a large group of voters that really, fundamentally, can only be tapped by an independent.”Who will that independent candidate be? What office will they run for? And when will they run? We may be able to start answering those questions after Nov. 8.Copyright 2016 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM. Sharelast_img read more

Onam sadya in Champakulam

first_imgOnam in Kerala is a festival that celebrates collaborations, communities, and camaraderie. My mom belonged to Changanacherry (Kottayam District) and my father belonged to Champakulam Allapuzha district). Interestingly Onam at both places was differential because Changanacherry my mom’s home was next to the High Court whereas Champakulam by father’s home lay on the banks of the Pamba. If Changanacherry was accessible by road, Champakulam in the 50’s to 70’s was accessible only by motor boats or passenger liners. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTracing back to the interesting beginnings of this festival, the Maharaja of Kochi used to march from Tripunithura to Vamanamoorthy temple in Thrikkakara where according to legends the festival of Onam originated. Onam is grandly celebrated throughout Kerala with a lot of joy and gaiety. But there are a few places where a majority of people gather for celebrating the festival.My uncle was one of the patrons of the Nehru trophy boat race. ‘Champakulam’ is an important region – which celebrates Onam with the Snake boat race or Vallamkali. More than 100 oarsmen in each boat participate in the celebration and sing worship songs of King Mahabali while racing. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn this day my uncle’s home called ‘Shanti Bhavan’ – was an open house and long rows of banana leaves would be laid out in three rooms to serve ‘Onam Sadya’ to visitors. At my uncle’s home, pickles and vegetables would all be cut and ready the night before while mountains of freshly grated coconut would be grated early morning. Supervision would be done by a veteran ‘Namboodhiri’ who belonged to the – ‘Ambalapuzha’ temple of which the family was patrons for generations. The sadya is served on plantain leaves – the top part is kept for visitors and the lower part for house inmates. When hot red rice is served along with the many curries – the subtle aroma of the blanched leaf mixed with the delicate smell of various curries tickles the palate.The ‘Onasadya’ is renowned to be “disciplined” and tradition-bound and has many health goals. There’s a ritual to how it’s served on the banana leaf. Chips and pickles go on the leaf first and then, in clockwise order, inji curry, pickles, three varieties of kichadi (cucumber with mustard, beetroot with ginger and bitter gourd with garlic), two pachadis, Madeira curry, thoran, avial, and koottu curry.On the banana leaf, each element has its place. The banana leaf is a medley of a variety of banana chips. The sweet sharkkaravaratti combines jaggery, dried ginger, and chips. Acids in the stomach and circulation are stimulated and aid metabolism.The injipuli, a ginger and jaggery concoction soothes the digestive system. It is a dish of abundant fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C and also serves to balance acidity in the stomach. All the curries are first put in their respective places except the parippu,sambar and rasam. The pappadum an eternal favourite is placed just before the rice which is put last, and just a small portion. The idea is that all the vegetables when eaten fill you up so you eat very little rice. A health goal in the alchemy of traditions.The sadya opens with pappadum, parippu (lentils) and ghee, a balanced diet fat and protein. This combination aids digestion. Then there is the eternal aviyal ( a melange of vegetables), eaten in combination with sambar. The flavour of fresh coconut oil in the aviyal is a heavenly flavour.This is followed by olan (without black-eyed peas), rasam and buttermilk. Each curry gets priority. Olan, which is a light curry made with ash gourd and coconut milk, is said to have medicinal properties. The pumpkin and coconut dish laced with curry leaves – errissary is yet another antioxidant-rich curry. Rasam and buttermilk too aid in digestion because of their lithe lightness.Then come the historic sweet payasams – ada, parippu/wheat or pazham pradhaman and boli with paal payasam made with broken chemba rice. Each dish has medicinal properties and aids digestion even as it speaks of health goals. After lunch was over we would all head to the banks of the river sit on the steps and watch the Vallamkali (boat race).last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgStokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudStokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/1:20Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:19 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Video will play in  Click to playTap to play Video Loading Video Unavailable We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comHello and welcome to Stoke-on-TrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday, November 29. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 20:58Tree falls onto slip road at Keele ServicesOne lane closed and heavy traffic due to fallen tree on M6 Northbound from J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to Keele Services.A Tree has fallen on the slip road into Keele Services. As a result there is no access to Keele Services Northbound and a Lane one (of three) closure has been implemented on the main carriageway whilst the tree surgeon chops up the tree. 18:42Two lanes closed due to accident on M6 in West MidlandsA Highways England spokesman said: “Lanes 3 and 4 closed on M6 northbound btwn J8 (m5) and J9 Walsall due to a 2 car collision. Highways England and West Midlands Ambulance Service are on scene, long delays building on the approach.”18:38Knife seized after police stop man in Stoke-on-Trent streetPolice found the knife after using stop and search powers in Hanley today. More here.The knife police recovered earlier today (Image: Staffordshire Police)18:16Accident reported on A50 A50 Eastbound partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A5006 (Sideway Roundabout).On the exit going towards Longton. (Image: Inrix)18:00Temporary traffic lights causing delays on Stone Queueing traffic on A520 Stafford Road in both directions near Stafford Close. Congestion to Christchurch Way beyond Morrison’s and back to the A34 The Fillybrooks. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights for water main works causing delays. 17:55’She’s left a massive hole in our family that will never be filled’ – loved-ones pay tribute as mum, 29, laid to rest Emma Pender, of Newcastle, died in ‘tragic circumstances’ while on holiday in Lanzarote. More here.17:03Trains delayed and cancelled due to windTrains serving railway stations in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire face disruption until the end of the day. More here.16:50Broken down car on A500One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down car on A500 D Road Southbound at A52 (Stoke Road Interchange).Officers on scene are directing traffic.16:42Accident on the M6M6 Southbound lane closed on slip road into the services due to accident at M6 (Stafford Services). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.One lane is closed heading into Stafford Services from the Southbound M6. 16:35’Despicable act’ – two puppies found dead near footpath after being ‘dumped like rubbish’The puppies were found on a footpath in Newcastle. More here.16:02Hospital issues alert to patients over A&E works tonightPeople are being asked to only attend A&E if absolutely necessary this evening. More here. People are advising people only to visit the Accident and Emergency Department if absolutely necessary 15:12Issues with credit card payments at railway stationsAn East Midlands Trains spokesman said:There is currently a nationwide fault with debit and credit card payments at all stations. We are working with suppliers to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Please seek the Train Manager on board your service if you are travelling with a booking reference only.” 15:07Good afternoonTom here, I’ll be bringing you the latest traffic and travel news throughout the afternoon.12:59Lorry fire causes five-mile tailbacksThe broken down truck on the M6 southbound between J20 and J19, has caught fire. The fire has now been extinguished, but two lanes are closed while the remains of the burnt-out vehicle is removed. There is about five miles of queuing traffic.12:43Flooding in HanleyThere might be beautiful blue skies at the moment over North Staffordshire, but this video shows the scene from this morning’s weather and flooding on Botteslow Street, in Hanley.12:29Long delays on the motorwayThere are now long delays on the M6 and two lanes are closed due to a broken down lorry on Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 45 minutes.Lanes one and two (of three) are now closed to aid with recovery. 12:07Fallen tree on the M6One lane of the M6 is closed and traffic is slow due to a fallen tree on Northbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe).Lane one (of three) is closed. The sensors show a build up of traffic just prior to Keele Services.11:43There’s a place for banter but NOT violence (Image: Northcliffe Media Ltd.)Tuesday night will see Port Vale and Stoke City meet for the first time since 2002 and this should and can be an event that we can all look forward to. Read what Chief Supt Wayne Jones, of Staffordshire Police, says about planning for a game which has generated much interested in Stoke-on-Trent.Read the full story10:50Tyre changeOne lane of the M6 is closed due to a lorry having a tyre changed Southbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well.10:10One lane of the M6 closedOne lane of the M6 is closed due to an accident involving a lorry Northbound before M6 (Sandbach Services). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. Sandbach services is located between J16 (Stoke-on-Trent / Crewe) and J17 (Sandbach / Crewe). 09:34Fire in CreweTwo crews from Crewe attended the fire just before 6.20am today at an outhouse of a property in Wood Street.When fire crews arrived smoke was seen issuing from the ground floor extension. Wearing two breathing apparatus, firefighters used one hose reel and had a covering jet in place to help bring the fire under control. A spokesman fore Cheshire Fire and rescue Service said firefighters will continue to monitor the temperature until it is safe.09:10Train informationDelays and some cancellations expected on West Midlands Railway due to adverse weather conditions.A 50 mph emergency speed restriction has been applied by Network Rail across the West Midlands this morning. Strong winds are expected which may blow debris onto the tracks. Passengers are advised to check their journey before travelling.08:49Motorcyclist suffers ‘life-changing injury’A motorcyclist has suffered what is believed to be a ‘life-changing injury’ following an accident on a busy road this morning.The man was involved in a collision with a car on Hartshill Road, Newcastle, just before 7.30am today.Read the full story here.08:24Traffic hotspotsWe have the usual traffic hotspots this morning, including:- Queueing traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is seven minutes. – A527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). – Heavy traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. – Slow traffic on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout.- Queueing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is 13 minutes. – Usual slow traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. – Queueing traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). Travel time is 13 minutes. – Heavy traffic on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). Travel time is seven minutes. – Heavy traffic on A53 Elder Road at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). Travel time is four minutes. 07:35Accident on A52Reports of an accident, on A52 Hartshill Road near Bombay Club in Newcastle. Traffic is coping well 06:55Today’s weatherToday is going to be a mild, wet and very windy day, with a risk of gales for many. The rain will clear to sunny spells and scattered blustery showers by midday, with the strong winds easing a little. The maximum temperature is set to be 14 °C. 06:53One lane of the M6 closedOne lane of the M6 is closed this morning and traffic is heavy due to a broken down vehicle on Northbound from J14 A5013 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). 06:50Good morning!Good morning everyone and welcome to today’s live blog. Stick with us for all the latest breaking news, traffic and travel and weather reports. Don;t forget, if you have a story for us, this is how you can get in touch – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. 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State could do more to help MS sufferers

first_imgThe biggest problem for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers is that new drugs are not made available in the public health sector and thus patients cannot receive the most advanced treatment available, MS association chairman Savvas Christodoulou said on Wednesday.Speaking on the occasion of World Day for MS which is marked on May 31 he said that despite the enormous efforts the association is making, “a number of problems that affect and mitigate patients with multiple sclerosis remain unresolved, with enormous and often tragic consequences for patients’ lives.”“When a drug exists and can be used to slow the progression of a disease and to provide a better quality of life for the patient, then it is the duty of the state to help,” he stressed, adding that many efforts have been made by the association to resolve this problem without success.These drugs, if properly positioned, he noted, will not incur costs to the state budget but reduce it.Regarding the issue of MRI diagnostics, he said this was discussed at a recent meeting with health minister Giorgos Pamboridis and news about the renewal of contracts with private diagnostic centres is expected.At a meeting in April with labour minister Zeta Emilianidou, several problems faced by patients with MS were discussed and “we were promised that our requests will be studied with the aim of solving them.”Christodoulou went on to say that the way to deal with the illness is to deal calmly with it, think positively, follow the doctors’ instructions and to continue to live as normally as possible.“What we usually say to our new members and to all the people who suffer is that they should not be deprived of their lives. It is a fact that limits will be placed on their endurance and life. They may have to diversify their dreams and goals, but they can always continue to work and be active. It just needs certain adjustments.”For her part, Emilianidou, said the state supports people with multiple sclerosis, their families and organisations which represent them.She added the ministry is implementing a range of actions and measures with financial contributions, care allowances and special schemes to ensure a decent and independent living and to face the problem of disability. It also implements plans to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities or illnesses and subsidises organisations through various plans to provide many programmes and services.Needs are many and vary, necessitating a multidisciplinary assessment and personalised intervention, Emilianidou concluded.It is estimated that over 2,500,000 people worldwide suffer from multiple sclerosis. In Cyprus, around 2,000 people are believed to have the condition. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMarie Claire | Hanacure4 Stars Who Tried The “Benjamin Button” Facial All Over Your Social FeedsMarie Claire | HanacureUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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