Ankle blow for Hughes

first_img Hughes, 34, injured his ankle in Brighton’s 3-2 defeat at Bournemouth at the weekend and is unlikely to feature in Bucharest on November 14. The centre-half has been ever present in his country’s best ever start to a major qualifying campaign – playing 90 minutes in successive wins over Hungary, the Faroe Islands and Greece. Fears of a broken ankle have been allayed and though he may yet appear in manager Michael O’Neill’s squad on Tuesday, it seems unlikely he will be fit to feature. Seagulls boss Sami Hyypia told the Argus: “There is nothing on the bone, so that’s a good thing. “If the bone was broken or something happened to the bone it would be a long process. “Now we are waiting for the swelling to go down. Then we will be able to assess it a little bit better. “If it’s ligament damage we are talking about weeks more than months I think. I’m not a doctor so I can’t really say how long and every individual heals in a different time frame.” The former Northern Ireland captain is currently on 93 caps, on track to become his country’s first ever outfield centurion. Press Associationcenter_img Defender Aaron Hughes is set to miss Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania.last_img read more

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Another Health Crisis Looms: ‘More FISTULA’

first_imgThe alarm bells are beginning to ring again of another looming health crisis that might arise as a result of the breakdown of the nation’s healthcare system due the Ebola virus disease.This time it is “more fistula because more pregnant women are giving birth in their communities without the supervision of trained and skilled birth attendants or doctors.”Dr. John K. Mulbah, Lead Surgeon of the Liberia Fistula Project (LFP), who just returned from the 5th conference of the International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons (ISOFS) in Kampala, Uganda, told journalists yesterday that the gains LFP has made in restoring hope for most fistula survivors might be eroded as more pregnant women could come down with the condition as they are giving birth in the community not in a health facility.“Just yesterday I met a renowned doctor from ELWA Hospital who said to me, ‘Doc, just get ready for more fistula.’ He had performed more than 10 surgeries and reported that all the women exhibited leakage of urine and feces either because the women are not coming to the available health centers or most of them are being rejected at the health facilities and hospitals due to fear of Ebola by medical staff.It was evident that the progress made in reducing the backlog of fistula patients would recede as more cases appeared, said Dr. Mulbah, who is a Gynecologist and also a professor at the University of Liberia’s A.M. Dioglotti College of Medicine.Last February he told this newspaper that the LFP team had been able to fix the fistula problems of more than a thousand girls and women from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and La Côte d’Ivoire. He had also disclosed that Liberian women and girls comprised at least 92 percent of fistula cases operated on while three percent were Ivorians and the rest Guineans and Sierra Leoneans.He had cautioned during that interview that it was too early to celebrate the gains that had been made in trying to eradicate fistula from Liberia.In August and September, there were reports everywhere that pregnant women were being rejected at hospitals and health facilities. Reports also said some died in labor because there was no one to attend to them. A well-known incident was of a woman who delivered her babies in the street with the assistance of a few other women who had to quickly create a lappa fence around her. Thankfully, she successfully gave birth to twin boys. The incident occurred a few yards from a renowned hospital in Paynesville.  Also speaking yesterday, Dr. Philderald Pratt, UNFPA-Liberia Fistula Focus Person and Assistant Resident Representative, UNFPA-Liberia, stated that most fistula victims are often shy to come out because the condition is demeaning to their person.Dr. Pratt, who, too, attended the just-ended 5th ISOFS conference in Kampala, said the Ebola epidemic has “arrested all of the progress that has been made in rebuilding our health system, especially for maternal and newborn child health.”He stated that Liberia, being one of the major players trying to eradicate Obstetric Fistula in the world, would likely see more fistula cases after the Ebola crisis.Both Drs. Pratt and Mulbah were given international awards by ISOFS for their outstanding roles in trying to “restore health and dignity to women and girls.” They said the awards were not only theirs but was also for every nurse and the women whose conditions have been fixed through surgery and other components of the LFP programs.About FistulaOne of the most serious injuries of childbearing is obstetric fistula, a hole in the vagina or rectum caused by labor that is prolonged – often for days – without treatment. Usually the baby dies.Because fistula leaves women leaking urine or feces, or both, it typically results in social isolation, depression and deepening poverty. Left untreated, fistula can lead to chronic medical problems. It can be prevented, however.Fistula can cause involuntary passage of urine and feces by its sufferers.  A woman with fistula can feel the urge to urinate or defecate but cannot control or stop the flow. Both are discharged anywhere at any time, leaving the woman very embarrassed and ashamed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Green Building Priority #2 — Reduce Water Use

first_imgWater is such a high priority in part because so much else depends on it. Most of our power plants draw water from rivers and lakes for cooling, and during severe droughts power plants have to shut down. (In 2007 one nuclear plant in Alabama had to shut down for lack of water.) Our food system depends on irrigation—though the U.S. is less dependent on irrigation than China, India, and many other countries. We drink and wash with water. And it takes a lot of water to generate electricity: on average 2.0 gallons per kilowatt-hour in the U.S.In addition, water is energy-intensive. Pumping water out of the ground, moving it from one place to another, treating it, and then treating the wastewater after we use it accounts for about 4% of the nation’s electricity. In many municipalities, water and wastewater infrastructure comprises the single largest use of electricity.There are lots of good ways to reduce water use. A few of my favorites are listed here:Replace showerheadsOne of the easiest, least expensive strategies for reducing water use is to replace older showerheads with models that use significantly less water. Some older showerheads use 5 gallons per minute (gpm) or more, while models sold (legally) since 1994 use no more than 2.5 gpm. I’ve been using a Delta H2Okinetic 1.5 gpm showerhead for years and find it highly satisfactory, even with the low water pressure on my rural water system. Saving water with a showerhead also saves energy—because it’s heated water that you’re using less of.Replace toiletsIf you have a pre-1994 toilet (one that doesn’t list the water consumption on it), chances are pretty good that it’s using at least 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf). Since 1994, all toilets sold in the U.S. have had to use 1.6 gpf or less. More recently WaterSense-certified “high-efficiency toilets” (HETs) have been introduced that use no more than 1.28 gpm and meet various flush performance standards defined by the EPA WaterSense program. Unless your house has very long drainline runs (over 20 feet) with very low slope (nearly horizontal), choose WaterSense HET toilets.Reduce the water consumption of bathroom faucetsMore and more new lavatory faucets today meet the WaterSense limit of 1.5 gpf, while most faucets in use deliver far more water. Since 1994, faucets could use no more than 2.2 gpm (at 60 psi water pressure), but older faucets often use a lot more. Most relatively modern faucets can be retrofit with screw-in low-flow aerators. You can go as low as 0.5 gpm, which is usually plenty for brushing teeth, washing hands and face, and shaving. Note that the lower the flow, the longer it will take hot water to reach the tap.Install an on-demand circulator pumpTo avoid wasting water as you wait for hot water to reach your bathroom or kitchen, you can install an on-demand recirculation system. Unlike continuous-circulation systems that are used in hotels, on-demand systems are activated by a user. Several companies make these systems, most using D’MAND technology licensed by ACT Metlund.Buy a water-saving clothes washerHorizontal-axis, front-loading clothes washers use significantly less water than most vertical-axis top-loaders. They also use half the detergent, and most of them wring more moisture out during the spin cycle (saving energy needed for drying). If you’re replacing a clothes washer or buying your first, look for a water-saving front-loader.Buy a water-conserving dishwasherCheck the energy- and water-efficiency of available dishwashers if you’re in the market for a new one. The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) has the best information.Plant low-water-use landscapingIn many parts of the country, outdoor water use exceeds indoor use. Native landscaping that does not require irrigation can save a tremendous amount of water, compared with lawns and most other conventional landscaping. The term “xeriscaping” is sometimes used to describe this landscaping practice.Harvest rainwater for irrigatingIf you must irrigate, capture rainwater and use that for irrigating. You can install a simple rainbarrel that sits under a downspout at the corner of your house, or install a more sophisticated system with greater storage capacity.These suggestions are just a starting point; there are lots of other opportunities for savings. Huge savings can also be achieved simply by changing your behavior: taking shorter showers, and not running the water when washing dishes or brushing your teeth, and skipping lawn-watering, for example. To a significant extent, water savings is about common sense.My top-10 list of green building priorities so far:#2. Reduce water use#3. Ensure a healthy indoor environment#4. Reduce the need for driving#5. Build smaller and optimize materials use#6. Ensure durability and reuse existing buildings#7. Protect and restore the site#8. Use green materials#9. Create resilient, climate-adapted buildings#10. Make it easy for homeowners to be green In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog Alex’s Cool Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. RELATED ARTICLES Resilient Design: Water in a Drought-Prone EraSaving Energy by Saving WaterAll About Washing MachinesAll About Dishwashers Can Swimming Pools Be Green?The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las VegasWater, Water EverywhereIn the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’The DOE Showerhead RuleGBA Encyclopedia: Green Irrigation Reducing water consumption should be a high priority not only in the parched Southwest but throughout the country. Some argue, in fact, that water is going to be an even bigger challenge than energy over the coming decades.In the United States, nowhere is the focus on water greater today than in the Colorado River Basin. A series of reservoirs on the Colorado, including Lake Powell and Lake Mead, provide water for some 25 million Americans, and allocations of water from the river exceed the available flow. Lake Mead currently stands at half-full, its scenic shore marred by a giant bathtub ring several hundred feet high. A university study a few years ago said there was a 50% chance that the reservoir would be functionally empty (its level too low to draw from) by 2021!But in many ways, water resource issues are an even bigger problem in parts of the country that aren’t as used to thinking about water. In the fall of 2007, Atlanta came within 30 days of running out of water, with no provisions for what to do if that occurred. Eastern reservoirs tend to be a lot shallower than western reservoirs, so have less storage capacity.last_img read more

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Naval war room case: Fearing threat to life, Delhi Police seek protection for Abhishek Verma

first_imgThe Delhi Police have written a letter to the Tihar jail authorities requesting to augment the security of navy war room leak case prime accused, Abhishek Verma .The city police, which suspect a threat to the life of Verma, have requested the director general (prisons) to take necessary action to step up the security of Verma in jail as well as in the court.The letter, sent on October 5 from the office of commissioner of police and signed by deputy commissioner of police (headquarters) V.A. Gupta, was received by the Tihar jail authorities on October 12. The same day, Abhishek was asked to restrict his movements within the premises.The letter clearly mentions that Abhishek had requested the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take up his security matter with the Delhi Police officials and provide him round-the-clock protection.”The joint director of the CBI, vide his letter, has also requested for taking necessary action to ensure Verma’s safety,” the letter reads.The letter mentions that Verma’s employee received threats on his phone last year, which was reported to station house officer, Vasant Kunj, requesting him to register an FIR in the case and also deploy police officers for his security.However, in 2012, the Delhi Police arrested Verma and his wife Anca Maria for allegedly forging a letter from Ajay Maken, minister of state for youth affairs and sports, to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.Cases of money laundering, violating Official Secrets Act, forgery and helping an arms company to get off the black list of Indian government are registered against Verma. He has turned an approver in a CBI case registered in 1999.”He is being provided with adequate security. He is jail number 4 and one police officer is deployed outside his cell round the clock. Besides, whenever he comes out of the cell, two or three security officers guard him,” Sunil Gupta, spokesperson of the Tihar jail, said.However, he refused to comment on the communication with the Delhi Police. The Delhi Police too refused to confirm that a letter was sent to the jail authorities.Verma will be produced in the court on October 20 for his next hearing and may be brought under tight security.Interestingly, Verma’s wife, Anca Maria, has also filed an application in a Delhi court seeking protection from wife of alleged mastermind of multicrore Defence Colony heist.Anca claimed she received death threats from Rashmi Sharma, arrested along with others in connection with the Rs 5.25 crore loot, and is presently lodged in the women cell of Tihar jail.Anca claimed Rashmi’s husband Hari Kishan Sharma, his brother Deepak Sharma and their aide Vijay Nahar Singh – prime accused in the Defence Colony heist – have old enmity with Verma.Anca’s counsel informed the court that after an attack on Verma in 2007 by Deepak and Hari Kishan, the court had provided a bulletproof jacket to the former and arranged a separate vehicle for his visits to the court and hospital.”He (Verma) feels threatened every time he wants to move outside his cell. It’s like being in jail within a jail,” a close aide of Verma, said.advertisementlast_img read more

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‘Unprepared’ Tokyo 2020 boxing boss vows to put athletes first

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The 60-year-old, currently head of the International Gymnastics Federation, told reporters at a news conference in Tokyo that the call had come out of the blue.“It was two days ago at night. I was having dinner and all of sudden, the (country code) 44 appeared on my phone. I was wondering who it was and it was (IOC) President (Thomas) Bach!” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“He told me to become chair of the task force. I was happy. I was aware of the challenges and issues and I knew there were athletes who are suffering and if there are athletes suffering, it is the obligation of an IOC member to go out and support them,” he said, talking through an interpreter.He said he had always tried to put athletes first at the gymnastics federation, even revealing he had asked “to clean the bathrooms” on a recent trip, “because that’s what the president should be doing”. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Bucks need better bench play to regain control vs Raptors MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “Getting the voice of the athletes is really important… I want to understand their concerns,” he said.After months of dancing around each other, the IOC Wednesday delivered a knock-out blow to AIBA, removing its right to organize the Tokyo boxing competition but insisting that a tournament would nonetheless take place.The IOC had frozen preparations for the boxing at Tokyo 2020 pending a months-long investigation into alleged serious mismanagement at the crisis-riddled association.The details have yet to be hammered out, but the IOC has said qualifications will take place between January and May 2020.Watanabe said there was “no choice” but to organize the tournament quickly despite the tight time-frame, and joked “I might not be getting much sleep.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Asked what his strategy was, he replied: “I was told just two days ago. This is something I was totally unprepared for. I wasn’t expecting this.”He said he would be flying immediately to IOC headquarters in Switzerland to begin work, admitting: “At this point in time, so many things are still unclear.”“I need to conduct a thorough analysis to build a good way forward,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japanese Morinari Watanabe, in charge of organising the Tokyo 2020 boxing competition, speaks to reporters in Tokyo on May 23, 2019. – The IOC tapped Morinari Watanabe from the Japanese Olympic Committee to run a special taskforce to organise the Tokyo 2020 boxing competition after stripping the world amateur governing body (AIBA) of the right following misconduct allegations. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)The Olympic official hastily put in charge of organizing the Tokyo 2020 boxing competition admitted Thursday he was “totally unprepared” for his appointment, but vowed he would put athletes’ interests first.The IOC tapped Morinari Watanabe from the Japanese Olympic Committee to run a special task force to organize the Tokyo 2020 boxing competition on Wednesday after stripping the world amateur governing body (AIBA) of the right following misconduct allegations.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan Are Hanging With Local Elementary Students Today

first_imgFrank Kaminsky on the court against Duke.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 06: Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after falling to the court in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils during the NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team last played at Michigan on Saturday and won’t take the court again until this Saturday at Iowa. With some extra free time this week, Badger big men Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan are hanging out with the students at Glacier Edge Elementary School in nearby Verona, Wis. All three players spoke with the students as part of the school’s Kindness Week activities. The All-American Kaminsky even took a selfie with some students: #BadgersGiveBack #Notor #NigelHayesA photo posted by Frank Kaminsky (@fskpart3) on Jan 28, 2015 at 9:00am PST Dukan, who is 6-foot-10, tried to blend in with the crowd but it didn’t work out too well.New game: #WheresDuje? pic.twitter.com/GOY5bm3J8V— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 28, 2015 Hayes, meanwhile, may not have a future as a comedian judging off this joke, but he does know his state geography. Stand-up comedy with Nigel Hayes #BadgersGiveBackA video posted by Wisconsin Basketball (@badgermbb) on Jan 28, 2015 at 8:39am PSTOne underrated aspect of these photos and video is the impressive jersey game of some of the students at Glacier Edge. The local staples (Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers) are of course represented, but shoutout to the kid in the sweet Dallas Mavericks throwback, and the two young men who wore the NFL jerseys of Badger alumni Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt.last_img read more

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September 8 2002 At our 21st Annual Colly Concert

first_imgSeptember 8, 2002 At our 21st AnnualColly Concert, celebrating the late CollySoleri’s birthday, Lila Downs performed at the Arcosanti Amphitheater.With her broad range voice, Lila delivered a captivating stageperformance with lyrical prowess in Spanish, English and a language ofher own indigenous Mexico. [Photo & text: T] Despite thelong-waited, yet untimely thunderstorm in the dry desert thatthreatened the evening event, the show went on as scheduled and createdan extraordinary experience for the audiences. [Photo & text: T] As with most of ourconcert/dinner events, the Arcosanti Cafe hosted the attendees at a special dinnerfeaturing the South-of-Border flavors: Guacomole with Yacca Chips,Chilled Chayote Squash Soup, Spring Mix, Orange Tabouli, Mole Chicken,Blue Corn Tamales, Pinto and Pumpkin, Cinnamon Vanilla Ice Cream andAlmond Cookies. [Photo & text: T]last_img read more

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Chief Metals and Mining Investment Strategist Loui

first_imgChief Metals and Mining Investment Strategist Louis James sees great things for both silver and gold producers just over the horizon. In this podcast interview for Gecko Research, he explains why now may be the time to act despite your fears, and offers some specific guidance. Listen to the podcast here.Having been mentored by legendary speculator Doug Casey himself, Louis James’ track record speaks for itself. And it doesn’t come from luck nor other people’s work: he spends most of his time traveling to remote areas of the world so that he can kick rocks with company geologists and talk to locals to assess the politics surrounding exploration and mining. Right now he’s got his eye on several juniors that appear poised to be taken over by larger companies – that’s precisely where the junior precious-metals sector offers its most outsized gains. Can you set aside your fear and position yourself to reap large rewards?last_img read more

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