IOA seeks medical report of athletes, team officials; asks details about smoking, drinking habits

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 1 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association has sought medical fitness report of all the athletes and team officials who are scheduled to take part in the Asian Games, including details about their smoking and drinking habits. The IOA in a recent letter to all the NSFs, whose athletes are scheduled to compete in the Asian Games, asked them to submit a medical assessment report of all the athletes and team officials by August 10. In the sample medical assessment form, there were columns to be filled about questions regarding habits like smoking and drinking, with clear questions about ‘number of cigarettes per day’ and ‘number of glasses per day’. It is, however, not clear whether these questions on smoking and drinking habits are meant for athletes or team officials. It is likely that these questions are meant for team officials. “The NSFs that undertake the training of athletes have the responsibility to ensure that the athletes and team officials participating in the 18th Asian Games are in optimal physical and psychological conditions to carry out their games time duties at their best,” the IOA said in the letter written by its Secretary General Rajeev Mehta. “We request all participating NSFs to conduct necessary medical assessment and submit the attached undertaking on or before August 10. Further, the NSFs are also requested that if there is any case of sickness or medical issues that cause incapacity of athletes to perform at their best during the Games, it shall be informed to the IOA at the earliest in writing,” the letter added.advertisement Besides giving personal details, the athletes will also have to give information about past and present medical history (like injury, operation and hospitalisation), information whether he is taking any medication for illness as well family history (like whether there was any serious illness in the family). The athletes will also have to answer whether he or she is taking any dietary supplements or medication for sports performance and the details regarding these. Starting with ear, nose and throat, there are questions about the overall conditions of the various organs, including the glands, heart, kidney, liver as well as answering whether they have blood pressure, skin allergies, diabetes, etc. Certainly, some questions will not be applicable to the athletes but it is not clear which ones apply to them and what are meant for team officials. PTI PDS PDS ATKATKlast_img read more

21 days agoBarcelona in contact with River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo

first_imgBarcelona in contact with River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardoby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRiver Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo is a shock target for Barcelona.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is under pressure at the Nou Camp after a stuttering start to the season.TNT says Barca are searching out alternatives, with Gallardo high on the agenda.Indeed, the Argentine has already spoken with Barca management, but he replied that he could not make a decision yet as he’s focused on River’s Copa Libertadores campaign.Gallardo made his name in France with successful spells at PSG and Monaco. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Georgia Releases “A Call To Action” Video Ahead Of Spring Game

first_imgUniversity of Georgia stands during a football game.Georgia’s first-year head coach Kirby Smart is set to show off his team for the the first time in front of the home crowd Saturday afternoon at the spring game. With so much excitement surrounding the program, it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate how UGA got here. So, to make sure fans are all caught up, Georgia posted this awesome “A Call To Action” video to its official Vimeo page to highlight the Bulldogs’ short journey under Smart.Georgia’s spring game is scheduled to kick off Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.last_img

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew – Unemployment at Record Low

first_imgPrime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew – Unemployment at Record LowPrime Minister th Most Hon. Andrew Holness says Jamaica’s unemployment rate has declined to a record low 9.6 per cent, as at the end of January 2018, down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for the October to December 2017 quarter.The figures, provided by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, (STATIN) also show that the unemployment rate of 9.6 per cent in January 2018 was a decrease of 3.1 per cent when compared with 12.7 per cent in January 2017.The Prime Minister made the announcement during the launch of Workers’ Week and National Labour Day activities for 2018, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on May 1.Mr. Holness said of note is the decline in youth unemployment, which fell to 23.8 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from 31.7 per cent for the corresponding period last year.He further pointed out that the unemployment rate among male youth fell by 4.7 percentage points to 20.4 per cent, while citing the 4.9 per cent decline in the female rate from 17 per cent in January 2017 to 12.1 per cent as at January 2018.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness also reported significant investments and development interest in business process outsourcing, tourism and hospitality, services, mining, construction and civil development.last_img read more

PM Announces Addition to Cabinet

first_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced the immediate appointment of Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. as Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC). Story Highlights Prime Minister Holness today (March 25) asked Governor General Sir Patrick Allen in writing to make the appointment. Senator Charles Jr. was the State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced the immediate appointment of Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. as Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC).Senator Charles Jr. was the State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.Prime Minister Holness today (March 25) asked Governor General Sir Patrick Allen in writing to make the appointment.The letter stated that “In accordance with the provisions of Section 77 (1) of the Jamaican Constitution and pursuant to section 70 (1), Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. be appointed as Minister with effect from March 25.”Minister Pearnel Charles Jr will now work closely with Prime Minister Holness in the MEGJC on the Housing and Infrastructure Portfolio.In the meantime, Hon. Karl Samuda has been assigned to the Ministry of Education. He is now conducting an administrative review of that Ministry.Prime Minister Holness maintains oversight of the Education, Youth and Information portfolio as the administrative and governance review continues.last_img read more

The Latest Apple to appeal iPhone ruling in China

first_imgNEW YORK — The Latest on Apple-Qualcomm dispute (all times local):1:55 p.m.Apple says it’s appealing a Chinese court ruling that would ban some iPhones in China as part of a long-running patent dispute with chipmaker Qualcomm.Apple said it filed a request Monday for the court to reconsider its ruling.Qualcomm had announced earlier Monday that the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court has granted preliminary injunctions ordering four Chinese subsidiaries of Apple to stop selling and importing iPhones.It’s not immediately clear what the full scope of the ruling is. While Qualcomm says the ban covers iPhones 6S through X, Apple says all iPhone models remain available for customers in China.The dispute is over two Qualcomm patents enabling consumers to format photos and manage phone apps using a touch screen. Apple calls it a “desperate move” by San Diego-based Qualcomm.___12:20 p.m.U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm says it’s won an order in a Chinese court banning some Apple phones in China as part of a long-running dispute over patents.Qualcomm said Monday that the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China has granted preliminary injunctions ordering four Chinese subsidiaries of Apple to stop selling and importing iPhones.It’s not immediately clear what the full scope of the ruling is. While Qualcomm says the ban covers iPhones 6S through X, Apple says all iPhone models remain available for customers in China.The dispute is over two Qualcomm patents enabling consumers to format photos and manage phone apps using a touch screen. Apple says it will fight Qualcomm’s “desperate move” in the courts.Apple and Qualcomm also have cases in the U.S. and the U.K.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open lower on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street a day after the market took a big plunge.Health care companies and consumer products makers had some of the biggest losses in early trading Thursday.UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurer in the country, fell 1.8 per cent. Procter & Gamble lost 1.3 per cent.Walgreens fell 2.8 per cent and Conagra, a giant food maker, fell 7.4 per cent. Both companies reported weaker sales than analysts were expecting.The S&P 500 index lost 14 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,491.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 118 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 23,191. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite slipped 27 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6,611.Bond prices rose, sending yields lower.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Man injured in early morning shooting in Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Mounties in Grande Prairie were called out to a shooting early Tuesday morning at Evergreen Park.Upon arrival, police located a man inside a trailer suffering from a single gunshot wound.The 62-year-old man was transported to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition. Police believe this was not a random act and that there is no additional risk to public safety.The RCMP say they are continuing to investigate the incident.Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700 or call your local police detachment. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.last_img

The future development of the TseKwa caves in Charlie Lake

first_imgRezoning Report; CLICK HERETreaty 8; CLICK HERESimon Fraser University Research; CLICK HERENorthwest Coast Archeology; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A rezoning application has been submitted to the Peace River Regional District to restore and protect the previously known Charlie Lake Caves, now Tse’K’wa land, by establishing an Indigenous cultural museum.Gary Oker, President of Tse’K’wa Heritage Society, shares the Tse’K’wa holds deep historical and cultural importance. The goal is to recreate the space to what it would have looked like in the stone age, to include an amphitheatre space as well as buildings to display the vast collection in 1000 piece range of found artifacts from the site.Oker says it would become a space for ceremonies, drumming and different things could be shared such as food, traditional song and stories for people to come and enjoy the history. It is important to Oker to increase the visibility of the indigenous people in the area. March 18th, 2019 there will be an open house at the Charlie Lake Community Hall. As the proper steps are being taken to rezone the land, Oker wants an opportunity to share with the Community what the vision for the land will be.The Simon Fraser University recognized Tse’K’wa as a significant space because of the historical content that was found and unearthed as it was being studied by the University.Oker said this will be a place that provides an opportunity for school children to come and learn as well as being a point of interest for tourism and visitors to the area and passing along the Alaska Hwy.To date, the biggest challenge Oker says they face is the defacing of the caves and he hopes that with the development of the site the cultural importance will be recognized so everyone can enjoy the land.Also represented is Diane Bigfoot, Director from Prophet River and Laura Webb, Director from West Moberly.For more information on the caves and report follow the links below.last_img read more

Commentary Decision to elect game captains unfair to Buckeyes proven leaders

Luke Fickell hasn’t even endured his first game as the head coach yet, but he’s already made his first mistake. After a summer full of speculation about which players would lead the team onto the field as OSU’s captains this fall, Fickell announced Tuesday that he would be departing from the program’s tradition of selecting season-long captains. Instead, Fickell said that the team will be choosing captains on a game-by-game basis. The reasoning behind Fickell’s decision is pretty clear; it would be tough to select OSU’s typical four to six captains without including one of four Buckeye seniors who are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for receiving impermissible benefits. The decision to select captains on a game-by-game basis essentially rewards DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Daniel “Boom” Herron and Solomon Thomas by giving them the opportunity to be selected after they return from their suspensions, but that’s not where I have a problem. My issue with Fickell’s decision is the indirect punishment for players who would likely have been season-long captains, regardless of the transgressions committed by the aforementioned players. Even if Posey, Adams, Herron, and Thomas had not been suspended for the start of the 2011 season, it’s almost certain that senior center Michael Brewster would be representing the Buckeyes at midfield for each coin toss this upcoming fall. Brewster committed to OSU during his junior year of high school in Orlando, Fla., but even before then, he was helping recruit a top-rated 2008 recruiting class to Columbus that would go on to be nicknamed the “Brew Crew.” Upon arriving at OSU, all Brewster has done is become a four-year starter and the face of a team who was in desperate need of one when turmoil struck last December. He could have been named a captain as a junior and nobody would have batted an eye. Now it appears he won’t even be a captain for all of his senior season. The absence of season-long defensive captains is even more absurd considering that the only suspended Buckeye on that side of the ball — Thomas — happens to be a back-up. So, thanks to the transgressions of a player who’s played sparingly throughout his time at OSU, a player like sixth-year defensive back Tyler Moeller, who’s bounced back from being the victim of an assault that cost him all of the 2009 season, and a torn pectoral that cost him most of the 2010 season, from being a season-long captain. Or what about senior linebacker Andrew Sweat, who is entering his second season as a starter at OSU and, despite having roomed with former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, has managed to keep his name out of the press for negative reasons?   You mean to tell me that he doesn’t deserve to be a season-long captain? I’ll grant Fickell that allowing players to vote for four (or in the case of last season, six) captains would have likely resulted in one of the suspended players — most likely Posey — being selected a captain, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t better alternatives than electing game-by-game captains. One option would have been for Fickell to simply select Brewster, Moeller, and Sweat as the team’s three captains and say “that’s that.” Just because former coach Jim Tressel allowed his team to vote for captains doesn’t mean that Fickell needs to do the same. Another option would have been to allow the players to vote on captains and if a suspended player were to be selected, he could either be absent or replaced by a rotation of players for the first five games. There’s even a precedent for this —  during the 2009 season, three defensive captains were named and were then joined by a rotating offensive player each week. Now more than ever, the Buckeye football program needs stability in its leadership. Not just in its coaching staff, but in its players too. The idea of different captains on a game-by-game basis is anything but that. Fickell said that season captains will eventually be named, possibly at the team’s postseason banquet, which will be a nice moment for deserving players like Brewster, Moeller, and Sweat, even if it comes a few months too late. read more