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Blood from young people does little to reverse Alzheimer’s in first test

first_imgA company is testing whether plasma from young donors can help patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Blood from young people does little to reverse Alzheimer’s in first test By Jocelyn KaiserNov. 1, 2017 , 12:40 PM Christian Charisius/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images The first rigorous clinical test of whether blood plasma donated by healthy young people can help reverse Alzheimer’s disease in older adults has found that the treatment produced minimal, if any, benefits.In the study of 18 people with mild or moderate Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers reported that on average their charges performed slightly better at daily tasks after receiving weekly injections of young plasma, according to the abstract of a talk to be presented on Saturday at the 10th Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease meeting in Boston. But the patients did no better on cognitive tests administered by researchers—a crucial standard for whether the treatment had a significant impact. All the same, the sponsor of the trial—startup company Alkahest in San Carlos, California, is “encouraged” to run more trials, says CEO Karoly Nikolich.The notion that young blood may have antiaging or other beneficial properties comes from 150-year-old experiments that stitched together the skins of two still-living old and young mice, allowing their circulation to be shared. Researchers who recently revived the technique have reported that this so-called parabiosis revitalizes the liver, muscles, and brain of the old mice. 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And his group reported last year that injections of young mouse plasma improved cognitive function in mice with a form of Alzheimer’s.To test whether young plasma could similarly help people with Alzheimer’s, Alkahest—which Wyss-Coray co-founded—sponsored a small trial led by Stanford neurologist Sharon Sha. Nine patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s got four once-weekly infusions of either saline (as a placebo) or plasma from 18- to 30-year-old male donors. After a 6-week break, the infusions were switched so that the patients who had gotten plasma got saline, and the patients who had gotten saline received plasma. Another nine patients received young plasma only, and no placebo. Several patients dropped out of the trial for various reasons, including one who developed a rash from an infusion and another who had an unrelated stroke.The remaining patients who completed the young plasma treatment performed no better overall on objective cognitive tests given by medical staff. However, on average their scores improved slightly—4.5 points on a 30-point scale—on a caregiver survey about whether they needed help with daily activities such as making a meal or traveling. The patients’ average scores also improved modestly on another survey that asks caregivers how well patients can perform simple tasks like getting dressed and shopping.Non–Alkahast affiliated Alzheimer’s researchers who have read the abstract are intrigued but cautious. Howard Feldman of the University of California, San Diego, calls the results “interesting,” but adds that the study raises many questions, such as what cellular process in the brain the treatment is targeting.That’s what neuroscientist Zaven Khachaturian, who retired from the National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, and is now a scientific advisor to the Alzheimer’s Association, wants to know. “They need to explain the potential mode of action,” he says. He wants to keep an “open mind,” but adds that the positive effects reported by the caregivers could merely be a placebo effect: “[Patients] could feel better because somebody paid attention to them.”Wyss-Coray agrees that not much can be concluded from the small trial, but says, “It’s tempting to feel hopeful about the improvement in functional scores.” Because the treatment seemed safe, Alkahest now wants to launch another trial that will use just the fraction of the blood plasma that contains growth factors, but not coagulation factors and other components that may do more harm than good. In animals, this plasma fraction was more effective at improving cognition in the mice with an Alzheimer’s-like condition than whole plasma, Wyss-Coray says. Alkahest also wants to test a range of doses and include patients with more severe Alzheimer’s.Resolving whether young plasma works has recently taken on an increased urgency, as a private clinic in California is already offering plasma infusions for people, sick or healthy, willing to pay $8000 for a 2-day young plasma treatment. That treatment has been characterized by the company as a “clinical trial,” but researchers have criticized the effort as unscientific.*Correction, 8 November, 10:35 a.m.: The number of patients who completed the study has been corrected.last_img read more

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Kai Sotto raring to learn from Gilas seniors

first_imgKai Sotto. PBA IMAGESKai Sotto, pegged as the future of Gilas Pilipinas, is just humbled by the opportunity given to him by coach Chot Reyes to train with the national team.But the 7-foot center doesn’t want to feel pressured after being touted as one of the cornerstones for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Zark’s-Lyceum gets act together, staves off Akari-Adamson Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sotto hopes that he can get a chance to attend more of these Gilas practices, granting that he’s free from his school assignments and obligations with the Ateneo Blue Eaglets.“I can join here if we don’t have an exam or we don’t have a game the following day. I’m just really happy and excited to attend these sessions,” he said.center_img View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto “I just want to focus on what I’m doing. I don’t want to think about the pressure,” said Sotto on Monday after attending his first Gilas Pilipinas practice as a “23-for-23” cadet.The 15-year-old Sotto had his first chance to bang bodies with his contemporaries as he went to scrimmage with the likes of June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, and Calvin Abueva.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd it didn’t take long for him to learn his first lessons from the current Gilas pool members.“If you’re playing basketball everyday, you’ll know what’s happening on the court. I think all of us players can learn here. I try to reach out to the seniors because I want to learn from them,” he said. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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New Delhi: Sep 23, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with

first_imgCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL New Delhi: Homage at Teen Murti Chowk(B) New Delhi: Monkeys feed their infants(B) New Delhi : Smriti Irani and M Naqvi(B+A) Varanasi: PM Modi in Varanasi (B+A) Mumbai: Bollywood actor Aamir Khan(A) Mumbai: Annual Men of the Year Awards 2017 in Mumbai(B+A) Kolkata: Preparations ahead Durga Puja Festival(B+A) Bhoal: Devotees perform Garba Dance(B) Mumbai: Sunny Leone at an event(B) New Delhi: Rains in Delhi(B+A) Srinagar: Anganwari workers protest in Srinagar(B) New Delhi: New Bus Stand in Bindapur(A) Sirsa: Haryana DGP addressing a press conference(B) INTERNATIOAL Mexico City : Earthquake, in Mexico City(B+A) Washington : Melania Trump participates in an harvesting and planting event(B) San Francisco : Former World War II “comfort woman” Yongsoo Lee, of S Korea, stands by a statue of Haksoon Kim(A) Rio de Janeiro : Soldiers takes the street of the Rocinha favela during an operation(A) Dandong : N Korean solder stands guard near barrels stacked up near the river bank(A) San Gregorio Atlapulco : A woman goes through a pile of donated clothes, outside a shelter(B) UNDATED : A scene from the film “Sheikh Jackson.”(A) Balukhali : Rohingya Muslims, who travelled from Myanmar into Bangladesh(B) Bali : Villagers rest at a temporary shelter in Klungkung(B) Rio de Janeiro : Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro(A) Toronto : Prime Minister Justin Trudeau receives a gift from President of Ukraine(B) New York : Tribeca TV Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea(B) Toa Baja : Flooded road after the passing of Hurricane Maria(A) Hurghada : Cast members and makers of the film “Sheikh Jackson” pose for a photograph(A) UNDATED : Test launch of an intermediate range Hwasong-12 in North Korea(B) Ankara : Ismail Haniyeh, Recep Tayyip Erdogan salute together the lawmakers(A) Huntsville : Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally(A) SPORTS Prague : Laver Cup doubles tennis match(B+A) Los Angeles : Baseball game in Los Angeles(A) Indore: Australian cricket team at practice session(B+A) PTI PHOTO DLadvertisementlast_img read more

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Wales beat Georgia to set up Ireland showdown in World Cup qualifiers

first_imgWales secured a vital 1-0 victory in Georgia to keep their hopes of automatic World Cup qualification alive on Friday as Tom Lawrence sealed the points with his first goal for his country.Lawrence lashed home right-footed from just outside the area in the 49th minute to earn Wales only their fourth victory in nine qualifying games and put them clear in second spot in Group D with 17 points, a point behind leaders Serbia who suffered a shock 3-2 loss at fourth-placed Austria.Serbia are still favourites to win the group with a final home game against Georgia on Monday, while Wales play third-placed Ireland in what looks like becoming a shoot-out to see who finishes as runners-up to claim a probable playoff spot.Ireland, who beat Moldova 2-0 on Friday, have 16 points.Wales, bidding to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958, would be guaranteed at least runners-up spot in the group providing they avoid defeat against Ireland.However victory for either side would see them top the group if Serbia lost their final game.”I always knew this was going to be a tight group and always thought it would go the wire,” Wales manager Chris Coleman said.”All we can do is work hard and take care of our business. We have a huge test on Monday night against the Republic of Ireland. We have a game plan and we will see where it takes us.”An added complication is that even a runners-up spot might not be enough to secure a two-legged playoff.advertisementOnly the eight runners-up with the best records from the nine European groups will take part in the playoffs.Unbeaten Wales were ninth best going into the match in Tbilisi but victory lifted them to sixth in that complex table.Without Bale, Wales produced a disciplined performance against a tricky Georgian side who drew 1-1 in Cardiff — one of five draws for Coleman’s team.Chances were few and far between but Derby County’s Lawrence produced a quality finish to break the deadlock.Turning into space 30 metres out he advanced before firing a powerful drive across Georgia keeper Giorgi Loria.There were nerves at the end as Georgia pressed for an equaliser — their best chance coming when a superb pass sliced open the Welsh defence to leave Otar Kakabadze in the clear but he elected to cross rather than shoot and wasted the chance.”We are halfway there,” Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey said.”We wanted to finish with two wins. Hopefully we can give our fans something to cheer about on Monday.”last_img read more

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Earthquake at home, false alarm at hotel disturb Japan’s World Cup team

first_imgJapan players received a disturbing news ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener against Colombia in Saransk.They got to know that Osaka, which is Japan’s second-largest city, was hit by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake, killing three people and injuring over 300. The three deceased included a 9-year-old girl as well.Not only that, Japan’s team hotel was also rocked by an early morning false alarming, causing some panic among the players and people staying there.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERGAEHowever, it is the earthquake that has brought some serious sense of concern and distraction in the Japan camp ahead of their Group H opener on Tuesday.Coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday’s quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team’s Group H opener.”The psychological impact is something I’m slightly worried about at this point,” Nishino said through an interpreter before Monday afternoon’s training session. “As staff members, we are consulting with them and I’d like them to be settled down as soon as possible.”SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) entered the match site, Saransk after training behind closed doors at Kaza #football https://t.co/I401qjGM2A pic.twitter.com/eviDn90Dfijfa_en (@jfa_en) June 18, 2018Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto, speaking before his team’s Monday afternoon practice in Saransk, said that on behalf of the team, he “would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who’ve been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible.”advertisementMakoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area “might have been negatively impacted” emotionally.”The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that,” he said.Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck.”The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning,” Nishino said. “So I assume there was some negative impact.”OTHER OFF-BEAT NEWS FROM THE WORLD CUP:Englishman sails, Indian cycles to Russia to see their heroesVery few England fans have arrived in Russia to watch their team’s first match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup but one of them made a special effort to reach Volgograd to watch the Three Lions take on Tunisia.Gabriel Jesus painted Brazil streets in 2014. In 2018, he’s a World Cupper Gabriel Jesus played for Brazil in their opener against Switzerland on Sunday (AP Photo)The rise of Gabriel Jesus is nothing short of a dream! He is only a 21-year-old boy from Sao Paulo but at the moment, he is at football world’s biggest stage in Russia.World Cup 2018: Virat Kohli has a special message for Harry Kane’s EnglandVirat Kohli wished England captain Harry Kane good luck ahead of England’s 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign opener against Tunisia on Monday in Volgograd at the Volgograd Arena.World Cup 2018: German fans left speechless, Mexicans celebrate wildly Mexico beat Germany 1-0 on Sunday (AP Photo)Defending champions Germany suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sunday. Germany were handed their first defeat in a World Cup opening match in 36 years.The result left the German fans in absolute shock but the Mexicans danced in the streets and celebrated their team’s stunning victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.World Cup 2018: How South Korea tricked a Swedish ‘spy’ in AustriaIt’s very difficult for westerners to distinguish between Asians,” said South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong as he shrugged off spying by Sweden ahead of their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F opener.Sweden and South Korea begin their World Cup campaigns on Monday and have been creative in trying to study each other’s tactics in the build-up to the Group F match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.World Cup 2018: When Brazilian goalkeeper burst a Swiss balloon on live TV Alisson threw pieces away after bursting the balloon (AP Photo)In the 84th minute, a red balloon appeared at the ground in the Brazilian penalty area. Alisson jogged towards the balloon looking at the stands and smashed it with his feet.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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AI unveils revamped premium class to woo customers, increase revenue

first_img(Eds: Correcting name in para 11) New Delhi, Jun 22 (PTI) Air India today unveiled the revamped first class and business class in its fleet of Boeing aircraft flying to international destinations to woo high-end travellers and increase the occupancy from 60 per cent to over 80 per cent.The launch of the revamped service, along with new uniforms for the crew and cuisine, came in an eventful week when the government decided to put the breaks, for now, on the disinvestment plans for the loss-making State-run carrier.The revamped premium class has been christened as “MaharajahDirect” and the airline is expecting to boost its revenue to Rs 6.5 crore per day from the existing Rs 4 crore it nets from these premium classes.At present, the airline has a 17-per cent market share on international routes. It has over 2,500 international prime-time slots per week, spread across 43 overseas destinations.”The important revenue stream for any airline is the business class and the first class. Therefore, revamping the Air India business class is an attempt by the airline to be on par with the business class of any airline worldwide.”Passengers will get a much better experience for the same money they were paying earlier. They are not going to be charged anything extra,” Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said at the unveiling of “MaharajahDirect”.He added that following the upgradation, the revenue of Air India was expected to go up by about 20 per cent.On the occasion, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said, “The government is committed to making Air India a far better company than what it is today.”advertisementHe added that while the airline and its staff had little control over its financial and legacy issues, they could certainly improve the delivery of services and do wonders for the airline.Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha also spoke on the occasion.Air India Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Pradeep Singh Kharola said the existing first-class and business-class seats in its fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft flying to destinations such as the US would be upgraded by July-end, while the upgradation of the Boeing 787 aircraft, which mostly fly to European destinations, will take another month.Passengers travelling in the upgraded premium class will get a feel of the new ambience and provided with better upholstery, better nightwear, woolen blankets and travel kits, a statement from the airline said, adding that ipads will also be made available for personal viewing.The cabin crew will sport a new uniform — a mix of traditional and western attire.The passengers will also be treated to delicious gourmet food and region specific beverages — both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. PTI SAN RC RClast_img read more

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Inhaler use is wrong, says cyclist who pulled out of Tour with breathing issues

first_imgA Belgian road cyclist has revealed he refused to use the same asthma medication for which Chris Froome failed a drugs test because he feels uneasy about dependency on such medication, which he believes is widespread in the sport.Tim Wellens was praised in some quarters for his decision to withdraw from last year’s Tour De France, won by Froome, rather than apply for a therapeutic use exemption – effectively a doctor’s note – to allow him to take a corticosteroid for the treatment of a breathing problem.Now Wellens, who rides for the professional team Lotto Soudal, has revealed he has steadfastly refused to use a salbutamol inhaler, routinely used by Froome and other cyclists, despite being told it could improve his breathing capacity by 7-8%. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Drugs in sport Read more The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage “As a professional rider, I have undergone several tests in hospital,” Wellens said. “I sometimes feel some obstruction in my bronchi, and so I learned that with an inhaler, I could improve my breathing capacity by 7% or 8%. The doctors told me that I could use an inhaler, without any certification. But I’m against inhalers.“I think that when you start using inhalers, afterwards you don’t know how to live without them. I refuse to be dependent on that kind of thing. I’m clearly against them but a lot of people use them. If the public knew the number of riders who have an inhaler, it’s enormous.”Froome won last year’s Vuelta a España, becoming the first cyclist to claim the Tour/Vuelta double in the same year since 1978. But a joint investigation by the Guardian and Le Monde revealed a urine sample taken during the race showed he had twice the legal level of salbutamol in his system. Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, riders are allowed 1,000 nanograms per millilitre.Froome, supported by Team Sky, is seeking to explain the adverse finding and insists he did not commit any anti-doping rule violation. The 32-year-old claimed he increased his level of medication on the advice of a doctor after suffering acute asthma symptoms during the race but remained within permitted levels. But several current and former riders have expressed misgivings. The three-times Tour De France winner Greg LeMond last week expressed misgivings about Team Sky, winners of five of the past six Tours, and claimed salbutamol – if taken orally or injected – could manifest as a performance-enhancing drug in a similar way to an anabolic steroid.Wellens told the French broadcaster RTBF that his older brother Yannick, a talented amateur, had chosen to stop his cycling career altogether after he was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma. “When I was a young rider, I was on a team where five of my seven team‑mates had an inhaler. I can accept that a person might need an inhaler, but not five people out of seven.” Cycling Share on Facebook Reuse this content Froome has defended his use of an inhaler and after this newspaper published news of his positive test said he hoped it would not “prevent asthmatic athletes from using their inhalers in an emergency for fear of being judged”.Michael Rasmussen, the retired Danish rider who won four stages of the Tour de France before confessing to doping throughout his career, said he was perplexed by Froome’s failed test. “That is a mystery to me,” he told the Irish radio show Off The Ball. “The fact is that if the limit was too low you would see a line around the block of the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Lausanne trying to contest the results because so many people across all endurance sports have asthma.”Sir Dave Brailsford, the Sky team principal, said in December: “There are complex medical and physiological issues which affect the metabolism and excretion of salbutamol. We’re committed to establishing the facts and understanding exactly what happened on this occasion.” Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share via Email Read more Vuelta a España Team Ineos Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Leaking of Chris Froome’s failed drugs test harmed cycling – Julie Harrington Chris Froome news Topics Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Di Francesco questions Roma over Dzeko sale

first_imgTransfers Di Francesco questions Roma over potential Dzeko to Chelsea sale Stephen Crawford Last updated 1 year ago 17:53 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dzeko Roma Crotone Serie A Transfers Chelsea Roma Premier League Serie A Edin Džeko The 48-year-old has hinted that he would not be able to justify the sale of his preferred centre-forward in the January window Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco has questioned the reasoning behind the potential sale of Edin Dzeko to Chelsea, stating that he would need an explanation from the club if they were to allow their main striker to leave in the winter.The Bosnian has been locked in talks with the Premier League outfit, with personal terms said to be holding up the finalisation of a switch to Stamford Bridge, while a deal for Giallorossi team-mate Emerson is looking close to completion. Di Francesco appears to be none the wiser regarding his club’s transfer business, however, with the Italian questioning the justification behind allowing a first-choice player to exit the club in January. 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 “What counts is the club,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia, “My own hopes are relative. If they sell him, they will have valid reasons, which they will explain to me.”Do I hate the market? That depends: if someone arrives, no; otherwise, yes.”In the event that he leaves, we will do something else. Schick has the characteristics, together with Defrel, of being able to play in several roles in attack. “But it’s still to early to talk about it.”For Di Francesco’s part, the manager has no short or long-term intention of reducing the striker’s game time despite uncertainty surrounding his future in the Italian capital.”[Dzeko] made himself available for the game, despite the many rumours. He is a player who sometimes you can see little of, but then he appears,” the 48-year-old said.| Edin Dzeko scores the equaliser…#ASRoma #SampRoma pic.twitter.com/JHn4QFGthI — AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) January 24, 2018 “It’s a choice for the club, determined by many factors. As long as I have the player I will play him, because he has always shown me commitment, seriousness and professionalism.”Dzeko is a decisive player and he’s the one who scored the most goals for my team.”The sooner the transfer market ends, the sooner we will find a Dzeko with more serenity.”But for his part his availability is always the same.”last_img read more

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Majestic Athletic’s Swing IQ Will Make You the Mike Trout of Your Men’s League

first_img How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snipped Think Outside the Box on Memorial Day and Try This Chili-Lime Grasshopper Recipe 12 Best Men’s Athleisure Brands to Take You from Lay-Ups to Lounging Editors’ Recommendations To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport Majestic Athletic, despite being replaced by Under Armour as Major League Baseball’s official uniform provider come 2020, isn’t throwing in the towel.In fact, they’re doing the opposite and heading to the other side of the teeter totter, making sweet new products for the average Joe who will be playing on his Sundays off for the next 50 years.If you grew up playing baseball in high school, college, maybe even abroad in the semi-pros, and now come to bat on a local men’s league with your buddies, you’ll know that no matter the caliber of the diamond, you want to have the best on-base average. Hell, maybe even hit a few home runs. And that all comes down to swing.At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas the first week of January, Majestic unveiled a smart shirt powered by Intel technology that analyzes the 360-degree tracking of wrist, shoulder, and hip movement during your swing. Appropriately called Swing IQ, our pupils dilated at the prospect of suiting up with this new tech-driven garment come spring training (aka, batting cages with the boys and a strong stout to follow).Swing IQ ($199.99, preorder, shipping on Opening Day April 3) is able to pull data from your kinetic swing sequence thanks to three hardly noticeable motion sensors embedded into the long-sleeve shirt— which looks and feels like a high-performance baselayer. With only those three points of reference, Swing IQ comes out with 4,500 unique data points per swing.Accuracy was tested to a T, as Majestic and Intel pulled both MLB heavy hitters and Little League players during research & development for Swing IQ.Paired with its app for iOs or Android devices, the data manifests into overlay video and a complete-picture view that not only makes you say ‘shit, I gotta adjust my elbow,’ but tells you cut and dry via its prescriptive coaching function. You can also share your ace swing on Facebook to brag. It’s called intimidation, and it’s a proven strategy.“Majestic’s Swing IQ is shaping the future of performance apparel by leveraging technology to improve body kinetics,” says Michael Johnson, vice president of strategy at Majestic Athletic. Vice President and General Manager at Intel Corporation, Sandra Lopez, chimed in saying, “Data analytics is transforming the way athletes and coaches train to improve their performance.” And they’re right: coaching advise from Tom who played a little baseball in college doesn’t cut it anymore.Swing IQ is available in Men’s S-3XL sizes and Youth L-XL, meaning even the guy with the biggest beer belly on your team (dad bods are still in, right?) can hit like Mike Trout.Photos courtesy Majestic Athletic, Intel Corporation.  The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain last_img read more

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Effective Public Service Delivery Key in Facilitating Business – PM

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says that effective customer service is key in ensuring that Jamaica can serve its citizens and make the country attractive for business.The Prime Minister, who was addressing the seventh staging of the Public Sector Customer Service Competition awards ceremony held on Thursday, July 11, at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew, stated that no modernisation programme can succeed without first ensuring that the people in Jamaica and those overseas, who do business with the Government, are happy with the services provided.She lamented that too often; complaints are heard of long lines and slow processing times, which lead to people becoming frustrated, businesses being stifled and productivity being lost.“As a country, we must send a clear and unmistakable message that we are serious about facilitating business. This must be demonstrated in our attitudes to service delivery, always striving to ensure that our public sector is efficient, effective and service-oriented,” she said.She noted that otherwise, Jamaica runs a very real risk of being left behind in the journey to social and economic development.“Unless we can seriously cut the red tape and bureaucracy, there is no real hope of our country advancing its placement in the Doing Business index, something that is particularly important as we seek to improve Jamaica’s economic standing and global competitiveness in the world,” the Prime Minister said.“We must continue to encourage and promote the highest standards of service delivery in our Ministries, Departments and Agencies. Effective customer service should never be taken lightly, as our country is increasingly being called on to operate and survive in a highly competitive global market where we are competing against economies that are larger than ours, and with considerably more resources at their disposal,” the Prime Minister said.She called on all public servants to strive for greater innovation in the conduct of the Government’s business and seek to ensure the highest standard of service delivery at all times.She said that the public service is a critical foundation on which the nation is built, noting that the country is as strong, and the Government is as good, as the quality of the public service.“It is therefore necessary to ensure that customer service is of the highest possible quality and standard, and that our public servants fully understand and appreciate the needs of the public. In so doing, it is essential that they perform their duties in a courteous, compassionate, professional and efficient manner,” she stated.“As the largest employer of labour, we must ensure that the public sector leads the thrust towards increased productivity and quality service delivery in Jamaica,” she stressed.The Prime Minister further stated that the public sector must expand its services at the community level and into people’s homes through greater use of technology. In addition, she emphasised that accountability and transparency must be the order of the day “because the people’s money is involved and we are all servants of the people”.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

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LOSE CONTROL

first_imgHow’s the Kabir Singh fever going, Shahid? Good. But yes, hectic. The film has just been released but I am okay answering questions and giving interviews. It is better to keep yourself busy, especially now when the nerves are so very edgy! Do you still have that nervousness before a release? Yeah, yeah! Every time you think it shouldn’t be there; but it is always there. It’s the one thing that never changes. It’s not fear so much as an eagerness to know how people feel about the film, how they view what you have spent so much time on. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Would you say it is more relevant now than before, because reviews are out on social media so quickly? That is actually a good thing, from a certain standpoint, because if the film is good then it also gets appreciated that much faster, regardless of the size of the film. To me, the word of mouth is the most important aspect of how people perceive a film. And, it is not an individual’s point of view. Earlier, it was very restricted because it was just five or six people who would define the perception of your film. And that is not really fair because it should be perceived in the way the entire world is seeing it. I think it is actually more democratic now. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot They say that it is the oldest and best trick in the book. Yes, absolutely! And as I said, it is fair. If a film is good then people will like it and you will see that. You cannot stop a film that is good, that is great. (Smiles) Back to talking about Kabir Singh, had you already seen the original film? Yes, I had already seen the film. The reason I had met Sandeep (Reddy Vanga, director) was because I had seen it and I was very interested. But my condition was that I would only do it with the same filmmaker. The reason for this was that I had loved Arjun Reddy so much that I felt no one else would be able to do justice to it. It would have to be his vision. It was such an emotional film that it needed the same person to remake it. It was not a narrative or story or plot-driven film that another filmmaker could then re-do. It was all about the emotion. The entire film was an emotional arc. The first time I met him, we just sat and talked for about an hour or an hour-and-a-half. I told him I would love to do the film and he had seen my work in Udta Punjab and loved what I had done there… That’s how it happened? Not really. No, it was not like that. It was not that simple. What actually happened was that after that meeting, Sandeep went back. Then I met him through somebody who had the remake rights for the film but it was not Murad Khetani. But then Murad Khetani finally got the rights. And when he did, Murad bhai came to me and told me that Sandeep had committed himself to another film. Then I said that I would not do the film if the same director was not making it. Then it all got lost in translation for a while. It was another month or so before we came back to it. I got a call saying that Sandeep’s film was getting delayed and he now had the time to do this one. And since I hadn’t signed anything, we met to discuss it again and that is how it happened. So, it was a long journey. (Laughs) It was meant to happen like this! Why did you stress on only Sandeep Reddy Vanga directing the remake? It was amazing working with him. He is very passionate about what he wants to do, what he wants to show. And I think, there is a lot of stuff that has happened with him personally. That is very obvious. Woh kam batata hai lekin samajh mein aa jata hai (He speaks less but you can understand everything). The biggest challenge for both of us was how to keep certain elements that are so crucial and integral to the original film and yet, also rediscover it and bring it alive in a fresh manner so that it is a fresh experience for the audience. It doesn’t feel like a copy-paste job. Both he and I had to collaborate and really find our rhythm together, because for him there was always a reference point to go back to and compare with. But once you start comparing while you are in the process, it can be very disorienting and distracting. So, we had to focus our energies on Kabir. When we spoke to your co-star Kiara Advani about how one has a responsibility when one is doing a remake, she said you would be a better person to discuss that. (Laughs) Nicely done! But that was the first thing that I also felt when I saw the film. I thought why make it again and spoil it. That was my very first reaction. But then everybody around me was saying, it is such a good film and has been seen by a limited audience. The film deserves to be made for a pan-India audience. When I saw it, and I am part of the pan-India audience, I am not from Hyderabad, I do not understand the language, I could connect with it completely. Also, it is a great role. So they were saying, why would you not want to take this there? I spent some time with it and I said, yes, okay, I will do it, but only if the same director is making it in Hindi. Then the same guy agreed and I was like, ab toh yeh karna padega (Now, I have to do it)! Of course, there is a flip side to it. But that flip side doesn’t mean that you give up on a challenge that has so much potential. There is always going to be a downside, the other side of the coin. You have to go for it and hope for the best and give it your best. Also, when you know the stakes are high, you know that you have to push yourself. And that actually helps you. You give it your best, it raises the bar and that pressure actually works. You did have, if we can call it that, a reference point for your role… (Cuts in) That’s a good choice of word, reference point. You did have that after watching Arjun Reddy, knowing where the idea of that character stems from. But how did you individually approach this character? I am an Arjun Reddy fan. I love Arjun Reddy. I think Vijay (Devarakonda) is spectacular in the film. But the minute I started working on Kabir Singh, Arjun Reddy ceased to exist for me. I ejected it from my system and my sole aim was to find Kabir Singh. And there is the fact that Kabir Singh is not Arjun Reddy. I have said this before: they could be cousins but they are two different people. It is because we have based the character of Kabir Singh in Delhi and Bombay. I think Delhi University is very different from Hyderabad University. It has its own vibe and its own energy. Also, being an alcoholic doctor in Mumbai is very different, your upbringing is different. And of course, I think a Singh and a Reddy are very different. Then you have to forget about everything that you had liked in the film and get into the reality of what you are creating now. Kabir Singh stems from that reality. Is it emotionally taxing to play this kind of angry, destructive character? Or are you one of those actors who can effortlessly detach from a role? No, I had to learn how to detach. I think this film helped me learn how to detach because I had to come back home to my kids and I couldn’t carry that baggage home with me. This film is possibly the one that helped me learn how to step in and step out of a character like this. You also said that you don’t like loud characters… (Cuts in) I said that I don’t like loud performances, not loud characters. But there are people who would consider Kabir Singh loud, over-the-top. How do you make sure that your performance is not loud even if your character is? You will have to see the film for that. Once you do, we can talk about it at length. What you feel after you see the film, you come and tell me. You are an actor known to stay away from substance abuse. What do you think it is that attracts to you characters that are diametrically opposite, like Kabir Singh or even Tommy Singh from Udta Punjab? See, I am eating a vegetarian sandwich here with vegan cheese, so I have no idea why these roles come to me. I remember telling Abhishek (Chaubey) during Udta Punjab that the character is very good and the script is very goodbut why have you come to me when you know I do not do anything! He looked at me and said,how it feels, I will explain to you, I know it, but I want you as an actor for this film. So that is how that happened. And I think because that happened, today Kabir Singh has also happened. When you play roles like these, you have to play with many personal barriers and you have to break your own limitations to grow as an actor. These kinds of roles have provided me with the opportunity to do that and they do make you feel a lot more confident, because if you can pull off something that is so far away from your own reality, it gives you a lot more self-belief. So, I am really happy that I did them and I am very thankful and grateful that people have liked them.last_img read more

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AltaGas slashes dividend sells remaining stake in BC hydroelectric operation

first_imgCALGARY — AltaGas Ltd. is slashing its dividend by 56 per cent and selling its remaining majority stake in a B.C. hydroelectric power operation for $1.39 billion.The Calgary-based company says it will now pay a monthly dividend of eight cents per share, down from 18.25 cents per share.The cut to its payments to shareholders came as AltaGas announced plans to sell its remaining 55 per cent in the Northwest Hydro Facilities to a joint venture that is controlled by Axium Infrastructure Inc. and Manulife Financial Corp.AltaGas sold a 35 per cent stake in the operation to the same joint venture earlier this year.The company also says it has targeted an additional $1.5 billion to $2 billion in asset sales next year.AltaGas says the changes are part of a plan to regain financial strength and flexibility to fund future growth opportunities with a focus on its midstream and U.S. utilities business. Companies in this story: (TSX:ALA, TSX:MFC)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Fans protest at Dambulla stadium after Sri Lankas defeat

The Police and ground staff removed the fans before any damage could be done to the cricket pitch. The fans initially invaded the stadium as the match came to an end. Angry fans protested at the Dambulla cricket stadium this evening after Sri Lanka continued its losing streak in cricket.Sri Lanka lost the opening game of the five match One Day International series against India by 9 wickets after losing the just concluded Test series. However later large crowds gathered outside and inside parts of the venue preventing the team and Sri Lanka cricket board members, including its president Thilanga Sumathipala, from leaving the premises.Riot Police had to be called in to protect the team and the cricket board members and to clear the venue. The Sri Lanka team and Sri Lanka cricket board members were able to leave the stadium after several minutes. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Somalia Security Council strongly condemns bombings in Mogadishu

Suicide bombers set off at least two explosions at a popular restaurant in the capital on Thursday, killing at least a dozen people, including journalists and police officers, according to media reports. The attacks, which were condemned as “cowardly and senseless” by the top United Nations envoy in Somalia, come in the wake of a series of landmark steps over recent weeks helping bring an end to the Horn of Africa nation’s eight-year political transition period.“After Somalia has taken such an important step in completing the transition, it is deplorable that ordinary Somalis have again been targeted by those who do not wish to see a more peaceful Somalia,” the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press.“The members of the Council underline their resolve to support Somalia in its efforts for peace and reconciliation,” it added. Council members also extended their condolences to the victims and their families, the newly-inaugurated President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and the people of Somalia. Also today, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it is closely following the situation around the Somali port city of Kismayo as thousands of residents flee in anticipation of military activities and new clashes.So far this month, more than 10,000 people have fled from Kismayo fearing the resumption of fighting, a UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, told reporters in Geneva. Movements substantially increased on Monday and have been continuing since, and some 7,500 people fled the area in the past four days amid growing tension.The majority of those displaced are heading to villages in other parts of Kismayo district as well as villages in the neighbouring Jilib and Jamame districts. Some are also moving towards Mogadishu and Dadaab refugee camps.“According to our partners on the ground, most of those fleeing Kismayo say that they are planning to return as soon as the situation stabilizes,” said Mr. Edwards. “There are reports of sporadic militia attacks and looting. The displaced also fear being caught in the crossfire and possible reprisal attacks by armed groups operating in the town.”Despite recent advances in Somalia’s peace and national reconciliation process, after decades of warfare, the country is still dealing with the impact of the Al-Shabaab militant group, which has been pushed out of Mogadishu but still controls some areas, primarily in south-central regions, including Kismayo. Earlier this week, Kenyan military troops serving with the UN-backed African Union force in Somalia (AMISOM) assured the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, that they will endeavour to reduce the potential of civilians being hurt during their operation in Kismayo. read more

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Republic of Korea UN rights expert calls for probe in death of

“I call for a full and independent investigation into the police’s use of water cannon during the rally of November 2015 that unambiguously led to Mr. Baek [Nam-gi]’s death according to video footage available,” United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai said in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “The perpetrators should be held accountable and the family of Mr. Baek receive appropriate compensation; in addition, adequate measures must be taken to prevent a similar tragedy from happening in the future,” he added.On 14 November 2015, Mr. Baek, a 69-year-old farmer, was injured by the use of water cannon while taking part in a peaceful rally in the country’s capital, Seoul, and remained in a coma until his passing on 25 September this year. The Special Rapporteur also reiterated his recommendation made to the authorities in his country report of June this year to “review tactics used for the management of assemblies –including the use of water cannons and bus barricades – to ensure that they are not applied indiscriminately or against peaceful protestors, they do not result in escalation of tensions, and are directed at facilitating rather than preventing the exercise of assembly rights.” He also echoed similar recommendations made in his joint report with the former Special Rapporteur on the extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, on the proper management of public assemblies presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March this year. In the news release, the UN rights expert expressed his condolences to the relatives and friends of Mr. Baek, and called on the authorities respect the will of the family not to have the body of Mr. Baek taken for autopsy. According to OHCHR, the police and the Prosecutor’s Office had requested a warrant from the Seoul Central District Court to proceed with an autopsy as the cause of death is allegedly not clear, but it was denied by the court. They have reportedly filed another request. Mr. Kiai’s call has been endorsed by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mr. Michel Forst; the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Mr. Juan Mendez; and the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, Mr. Baskut Tuncak. Independent Experts and Special Rapporteurs, are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Ohio State powerlifters can push and pull to victory this weekend

Ohio State Rec Sports and the Ohio State Powerlifting Club are hosting the fourth annual Push-Pull competition on Nov. 20. Credit: Sara Stacy | Lantern reporterBoth veteran and novice Ohio State powerlifters will have the opportunity to show off their strength in the fourth annual Push-Pull Powerlifting competition on Sunday at Jesse Owens North. OSU Rec Sports and the OSU Powerlifting Club are hosting the event. Unlike a traditional powerlifting meet, which has three events, competitors will be performing a deadlift and a bench press. Alycia Israel, adviser of the OSU Powerlifting Club, and Rec Sports personal coordinator said each participant has three total attempts at bench press and at deadlift to win the weight class. The overall results are calculated with a bodyweight coefficient, which compares the amount of weight lifted to the competitor’s body weight.There will be awards for winners in each weight class and for the female and male overall winners.The OSU Powerlifting Club also hosts a full powerlifting meet in the spring, which along with the deadlift and bench press, competitors also compete in the squat. Israel said the Powerlifting Club hopes competitors in this event participate in the event in the spring.“We have the push-pull in the fall, and in February we have the full meet. And as you’re gaining interest hopefully you do both of those and then their actual meets and collegiate nationals kind of lead up until April,” she said. Lifters do not have to be a member of the Powerlifting Club to participate in the push-pull competition or in the full meet in the spring, and registration is open to any Ohio State student or anyone with a rec sports membership. Registration will cap once it reaches 50 participants.Matthew Casturo, a fourth-year in exercise science, has been helping run the event as a rec sports employee for the past two years. And he said his favorite part of the competition is the motivation and encouragement from all of the competitors.“I like to hear whenever people are about to make a lift people get really amped up cheering people on,” he said. “Other lifters cheer each other on even though they’re in competition.”Competitors can bring along friends or family members for support during the competition as well. According to Casturo, lifters often return every year just to compete in a more fun, relaxed setting than a traditional meet.“Usually once people do it once they stick with it until graduation, so there’s a lot of people that have been doing it for two, three four years,” he said. “There’s actually a lot of lifters that compete competitively and do this one just for a fun, practice kind of thing.”The Push-Pull Powerlifting competition will take place Sunday, November 20th at Jesse Owens North and will begin at 10 a.m. Registration is on the Rec Sports website. read more

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Altaaqa Global wins Power Project of the Year at Middle East Electricity

first_imgAltaaqa Global, as a global temporary power and energy solution specialist, recently won Power Project of the Year for its Yemen power project in Aden. Altaaqa Global CAT Rental Power was highly commended for its contribution to product innovation, social responsibility and impressive delivery during the Middle East Electricity Awards 2014, held at the Dubai International Convention Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. According to the judges, “Altaaqa Global played a critical role in the electric power industry. This award category is given to a company that offers the best planning, delivery and execution of any power plant in the Middle East region. “Altaaqa Global won in this category for its excellent design, innovative power solutions, fuel savings, record-breaking project installation and an exceptional commitment to provide support to its client.”The 54 MW temporary power plant was built in just 23 days from signing the contract and has the capacity to supply up to 150,000 homes with electricity, benefitting more than half a million people in the city of Aden.Khalil Abdul Malik, General Manager of Yemen’s Public Electricity Corp, commented, “Altaaqa Global is not only our supplier, but a real and genuine partner that helped us to solve the most difficult energy challenges in our country. Their strategic approach to solving complex electrical challenges combined with stellar innovation, unequalled customer support, the best of breed fuel-efficient power solutions and an impressive on-time delivery is a real testament to their achievement. They have gone the extra mile and made an indelible mark in Yemen as one of the most reliable temporary power companies.” Peter den Boogert, General Manager of Altaaqa Global said “we are proud of our record as the fastest energy rental company that can deliver power rental solutions at a moment’s notice, even during emergencies. Altaaqa Global has been recognised with this momentous award and I attribute our success to the team spirit and combined diligent efforts of our great people.”Steven Meyrick, Board Representative of Altaaqa Global, added, “We are always committed to deliver exceptional temporary power and energy solutions anywhere in the world. Every employee knows that hundreds of millions of people rely on us every day and that is what our job is all about – providing a service to the people. Our organisation goes beyond the paradigm of rental power: we not only provide boxes of generators, but we provide progress too. We bring hope and stability to communities, companies and entire nations through our energy solutions. No matter how complex our clients’ problems may be, we always have the right solutions and are always ready to serve.”Majid Zahid, Director for Strategic Accounts at Altaaqa Global, said, “This achievement demonstrates our capability to deliver effective and efficient energy solutions. Our strategic partners in Caterpillar, together with our engineering team, always provide the most modern equipment and innovative solutions that no other rental power company can match. Our work in Oman, where we installed 24 MW in just 96 hours, and our Yemen power plant, which took only 23 days to build, are energy industry record breakers.”last_img read more

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Chris Henry I think theres a lot more to come from this

first_img Source: James Crombie/INPHO“Then his running; he’s such a strong runner and I think he’s had a fantastic tournament. It’s always been a pleasure to play with him. He’s a great guy, a guy you know will dig in deep and put in the hard yards.“It’s been a pleasure to play with the likes of Andrew, but the whole squad in general, I’ve enjoyed everyone’s company. I think that showed, everyone dug in deep when we had to.”Henry himself has fitted into Schmidt’s international game plan with utter comfort, smashing rucks in attack, competing ferociously at the defensive breakdown, using his wrestling strength to grapple in the choke tackle and even adding those attacking flourishes when carrying.The flanker is greatly enjoying the experience of working under Schmidt, being pushed to constantly improve. The Kiwi has earned utter trust from his players, who believe in his the effectiveness of his game plans.It gives you a lot of confidence because you know if you execute the way Joe wants you to, there’s a good chance you’re going to be in the mix for the game. He’s been incredible to deal with.“It’s been pretty intense with him and he’s sort of on your toes for you to know your stuff. But that’s what you want; you want a coach to challenge you and I think that’s been something that’s been really, really good for everyone involved. THE MOST ENCOURAGING words to come from Ireland following Saturday night’s victory in Paris were those that suggested this year’s Six Nations triumph is only the beginning.Captain Paul O’Connell and head coach Joe Schmidt both stressed that there is more in this Ireland squad, and even in players who haven’t been involved on the pitch in 2014. There is no wild and baseless confidence, but rather determination to continue the improvement.Openside flanker Chris Henry serves ideally to encapsulate the sentiment. The 29-year-old has shown clear signs of progress under Schmidt’s coaching, and feels that there are further gains to be made, both individually and within the Irish group.“We’ve got such a massive run-in to the World Cup. When we get to together, we’ve got to focus. I feel a lot of us have improved individually in the last few weeks under Joe. That’s what we needed to do and we need to keep improving, because of the quality of players we have. “You come down to the camps and you’re challenged all the time. The pressure is on you to know your stuff, but once you get that knowledge, and know what he demands of you, you get confidence.”O’Driscoll thankful to sign off on his terms and as part of a great team ‘We have a very player-driven environment, I’m just one small cog’ – Joe Schmidt There’s no telling how far this team can go. We’ve got a great squad of players and I really think this will be a springboard for us. What a feeling, we’ll enjoy this, but moving forward I think there’s a lot more to come from this group of players.”Henry has developed into a more complete back row than ever before during this Six Nations campaign, with his flicked assist for Jonny Sexton’s first try on Saturday an example of that.The Ulsterman was happy to relive a somewhat uncharacteristic moment. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“I sort of thought the dummy and go might work, but then I saw that they had it covered. I saw Jonny in space and I think we had advantage at that stage, so I just thought ‘I can get this away.’ “Jonny had to do all the hard work but it was nice to be a part of creating a try. The feeling overall is just incredible. You don’t [have time to think about a flick pass like that], it’s just something that comes naturally.“I suppose I don’t usually give the one-handed offloads, but I said I’d try it there as we had the advantage. That’s why I went for it and I’m just relieved to have pulled it off.”The only better feeling that winning in rugby is winning alongside friends. In that sense, Henry has been delighted to play alongside the impressive Andrew Trimble during this campaign.“He’s such a strong runner. I’ve played with him since mini-rugby days and I just think he’s an amazing player. He always wins his aerial battle on kick chase and puts in those big hits.last_img read more

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926 WWE Results Rochester New York Cena vs Rollins

first_img Becky Lynch Twitter Google+ 9/26 WWE Results: Rochester, New York* WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day def. The Dudley Boyz & The Prime Time Players in a triple threat tag team match.* Chris Jericho def. Luke Harper.* Damien Sandow & Curtis Axel def. Los Matadores.* WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens def. Ryback via DQ.* WWE Divas Champion Charlotte & Becky Lynch def. The Bella Twins.* Big Show def. Cesaro.* WWE United States Champion John Cena def. Seth Rollins.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCharlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely LocationVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Videos Articles Facebook Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Winscenter_img Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Tenley Molzahn Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Impact and AAA announce partnership for Invading NY event on September 15 Videos Articles Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Charlotte Flair Now Playing Up Nextlast_img

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