We cannot have “zero suicides” if we allow euthanasia

first_imgThose who support assisted dying but not suicide must ask why they approve of a terminally-ill person taking her life when they take a zero tolerance approach to other suicides. The similarities are there. Most of the reasons put forward for allowing assisted death can be reasons for any suicide. If autonomy is important, why isn’t the autonomy of those without a terminal illness? Many if not most suicides reflect an attempt to end suffering, just as the Falconer Bill wishes to do in the terminally ill. The reasons why people take their lives under the US state of Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act, the model for Falconer’s bill,reflect existential issues around loss that can be felt by anyone – of autonomy, of enjoyment of life’s activities, of dignity. Pain didn’t make it into the top five. Many of the 4700 suicides Clegg referred probably took their lives because they, too, felt the remainder of their lives unbearable. The Telegraph 20 January 2015Nick Clegg wants to end suicide. At a mental health conference on Monday he called on every part of the NHS to help reduce the current rate of 4,700 people a year. “Suicide is, and always has been, a massive taboo in our society,” he told the audience. “People are genuinely scared to talk about it, never mind intervene when they believe a loved one is at risk.”In this he follows the World Health Organization, which has long pointed to suicide as an international problem. They point out that more than 800,000 people every year die by suicide worldwide. As the WHO noted in 2000: “Suicide should not be depicted as a method of coping with personal problems …Instead, the emphasis should be on mourning the person’s death.” If assisted dying is suicide, then the effect of the Falconer Bill is very clear. It will treble suicides amongst the terminally. Extrapolating from the example of Oregon, Dignity in Dying estimate that 1000 people per year will opt for ingesting poison if the Falconer Bill passes. But they estimate that there are currently about 330 suicides by terminally-ill people in Britain. Right now suicide is legal in Britain; with encouragement and assistance – who knows? – we might get the rate even higher.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/assisted-dying/11357000/We-cannot-have-zero-suicides-if-we-allow-euthanasia.htmlcenter_img Yet the campaign against suicide throws up questions about assisted dying, which was debated in the House of Lords last week. Here we find another example of the “massive taboo” that people are scared to talk about. That is: isn’t assisted dying really suicide? How can we wage a war against suicide for some whilst encouraging it as a legitimate choice for others? Though the Lords voted down an amendment to Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying bill that would have changed the term to “assisted suicide”, and though Dignity in Dying insists otherwise, it is difficult to argue that what is being proposed is not essentially suicide. Ingesting poison in a room with the intent to die does not magically become “assisted dying” if the poison is prescribed. Over the border in Scotland, the similar proposed legislation was called – less euphemistically – the “Assisted Suicide” bill.last_img read more


IFAB confirms five substitutes rule will be extended into 2020-2021 season

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Football’s rule-making body IFAB on Wednesday said teams would be allowed to continue to use up to five substitutes next season.IFAB, the International Football Association Board, had agreed to a temporary change to allow teams to use five substitutes, rather than the usual three in May to “protect player welfare” during the COVID-19 pandemic. “…the IFAB Board of Directors has extended the option to competitions, scheduled to be completed by 31 July 2021 and to international competitions, scheduled in July/August 2021,” the body said in a statement.IFAB said the decision on whether to apply this temporary amendment remains at the discretion of each competition organiser.Each team will only have three chances to make substitutions, although changes made at halftime are not counted as one of the three opportunities.Reuters/NAN.Tags: COVID-19FOOTBALLIFABlast_img read more


Martin County officials confirm first case of coronavirus in the Treasure Coast

first_imgOn Thursday, Martin County officials announced the first confirmed case of the coronavirus on the Treasure Coast.Officials with the Florida Department of Health in Martin County say the case was confirmed through a drive-through Cleveland Clinic testing site, and it is a travel-related case.The patient is currently in good condition and in self-quarantine.A local epidemiology team has been in contact with the patient.last_img


Takeaways from Warriors’ season-opening win over Thunder

first_imgOAKLAND – Below are the takeaways from the Warriors’ 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.The Warriors’ ring night had a new twist.Nearly eight years ago, Steve Kerr laughed at Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob.Shortly after being part of an ownership group that purchased the Warriors for $450 million, Lacob proclaimed he would hang a championship banner. Kerr found it absurd to make a proclamation for an organization that had not won an NBA title …last_img read more


Ernst Mayr Recounts 20th Century Evolution Battles

first_imgapostle of Darwinian evolution, Ernst Mayr, turned 100 recently.  His mind still sharp, he recounted in the July 2 issue of Science1 the battles that led to “Neo-Darwinism” in the 1940s.  Surprising though it may be to some, there was no consensus on speciation, natural selection and other key evolutionary concepts for eighty years since Darwin published his book.  Only in the 1940s did a compromise called the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis satisfy the majority of Darwinians.  Neo-Darwinism still reigns today, despite strong minority positions such as punctuated equilibria and Gaia, along with a number of sects that deny certain aspects of the Synthesis.    Mayr lays the background of his youthful acceptance of evolution:Curiously, I cannot pinpoint the age at which I became an evolutionist.  I received all of my education in Germany, where evolution was not really controversial.  In the gymnasium (equivalent to a U.S. high school), my biology teacher took evolution for granted.  So, I am quite certain, did my parents–who, to interest their three teenage sons, subscribed to a popular natural history journal that accepted evolution as a fact.  Indeed, in Germany at that time there was no Protestant fundamentalism.  And after I had entered university, no one raised any questions about evolution, either in my medical curriculum or in my preparations for the Ph.D.  Those who were unable to adopt creation as a plausible solution for biological diversity concluded that evolution was the only rational explanation for the living world.Nevertheless, he continues, “Even though creationism was not a major issue, evolutionary biology was nonetheless badly split by controversies,” namely, “the causation of evolutionary change and the validity of various theories of evolution.”  These seem pretty all-encompassing.  He describes some of the early battles:Philosophy of science:  “… the philosophy of science at that time was totally dominated by physics and by typology (essentialism).  This philosophy was appropriate for the physical sciences but entirely unsuitable as a foundation for theories dealing with biological populations….”Sub-issues:  “…the paradigm of Darwinian evolution was not a single theory, as Darwin always insisted, but was actually composed of five quite independent theories.  Two of these were readily accepted by the Darwinians: the simple fact of evolution (the ‘non-constancy of species’ as Darwin called it) and the branching theory of common descent.  The other three–gradual evolution, the multiplication of species, and natural selection–were accepted by only a minority of Darwin’s followers.  Indeed, these three theories were not universally accepted until the so-called Evolutionary Synthesis of the 1940s.”International rivalry:  “Superimposed on these conceptual differences were others that arose because of the preferences of evolutionists in different countries.  The evolutionary theories considered valid in England or in France were rejected in Germany or the United States.  One powerful author in a particular country often could determine the thinking of all his fellow scientists.”Interdisciplinary rivalry:  “Finally, different evolutionary theories were often favored by scholars in different branches of biology–say, genetics, or developmental biology, or natural history.”Gradual vs. jerky change:  “We naturalists thought that evolution was indeed a gradual process, as Darwin had always insisted.  Our material provided hundreds of illustrations of widespread species that gradually changed throughout their geographic range.  By contrast, most early Mendelians, impressed by the discontinuous nature of genetic changes (‘mutations’), thought that these mutations provided evidence for a saltational origin of new species.”Biodiversity:  The founders of population genetics accepted natural selection, but “Several historians have mistakenly thought that this synthesis within genetics had solved all the problems of Darwinism.  That assumption, however, failed to take account of an important gap.  One of the two major branches of evolutionary biology, the study of the origin of biodiversity, had been left out of the major treatises of Fisher, Haldane, and Wright.”  Mayr claims that this problem had been solved by European taxonomists.Paradox and schism:  “Thus, evolutionary biology around 1930 found itself in a curious position.  It faced two major seemingly unsolved problems: the adaptive changes of populations and the origin of biodiversity.”  For instance, “As a student in Germany in the 1920s, I belonged to a German school of evolutionary taxonomists that was unrepresented in the United States.  Our tradition placed great stress on geographic variation within species, and particularly on the importance of geographic isolation and its role in leading to the origin of new species.  It accepted a Lamarckian inheritance of newly acquired characters but simultaneously accepted natural selection as facilitating gradual evolution.  We decisively rejected any saltational origin of new species, as had been postulated by DeVries.”Object of selection:  “The two belief systems had only one inconsistency—the object of natural selection.  For the geneticists the object of selection had been the gene since the 1920s, but for most naturalists it was the individual.  Elliot Sober showed how one could resolve this conflict.  He pointed out that one must discriminate between selection of an object and selection for an object.”Mayr claims that the taxonomists and the population geneticists had solved parts of the problem; all that remained was to get the parties together.  That compromise was achieved by Theodosius Dobzhansky with Mayr’s assistance.  He claims the neo-Darwinian synthesis that resulted has been remarkably stable, even through the discovery of DNA and the revolution in molecular genetics, but part of that stability has been due to enforcement: “At a meeting in Princeton in 1947, the new paradigm was fully acknowledged and it was confirmed again and again in the next 60 years.  Whenever an author claimed to have found an error in the Synthesis, his claim was rapidly refuted.”    In his conclusion, Mayr notes that new battles have arisen over allopatric vs. sympatric speciation, the enormous amount of biodiversity, and non-allopatric genetic mechanisms such as “speciation by hybridization, by polyploidy and other chromosome rearrangements, by lateral gene transfer, and by symbiogenesis.”  He regrets he will not be able to continue exploring the new frontiers of evolutionary biology.1Ernst Mayr, “80 Years of Watching the Evolutionary Scenery,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5680, 46-47, 2 July 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1100561].Did you know that believers in natural selection were in the minority in the 1920s, and that many evolutionists believed in rapid, saltational change instead of gradualism?  You heard one of the living legends of Darwinism, Ernst Mayr, say it himself.  Notice how nothing has changed.  Early 20th century evolutionists disagreed on the mechanism of evolution (natural selection, Lamarckism or other) on the pace of evolution (gradual vs. saltational), and on mechanism of speciation.  Those seem like pretty major issues.  How can Darwin’s hunch rise above the status of hypothesis without answers to these questions?  The only things they agreed on were: (1) evolution is a fact, and (2) things change.  The same controversies go on today.  Evolutionists fight over how species split into two, how fast things happen, and the role of natural selection, and other major issues, but they still dogmatically claim that (1) evolution is a fact, and (2) things change.  The first is belief, not science, and the second is too vague to be called science; even creationists acknowledge that things change.  It does not follow that humans had bacteria ancestors.    Mayr’s account sounds less like a scientific law emerging from the evidence, and more like a victory of two major factions of storytellers over rivals, until they agreed to give a little and meet in the middle (thesis vs. antithesis -> Synthesis).  The antagonists came to a compromise, and hashed out new talking points for the students: “Father Charlie was right about gradualism and natural selection, but Mendel has helped forge an even better story: mutations provide the raw material for variation, then natural selection preserves the fittest.  We will call this neo-Darwinism.”  Students, attracted to anything that is Neo, thought this was cool.  The official sound bite for reporters became, “We may have some disagreements about the mechanism of evolution, but all scientists agree evolution is a fact.”  These short, glittering mythoids sufficed to keep most peasants compliant.    Those interested in the relation of Mendel to Darwin will find this paragraph interesting:When Mendel’s laws were rediscovered in 1900, there was widespread hope that they would lead to a unification of the conflicting theories on speciation.  Unfortunately, it turned out that the three geneticists most interested in evolution–Bateson, DeVries, and Johannsen–were typologists and opted for a mutational origin (by saltation) of new species.  Worse, they rejected gradual evolution through the natural selection of small variants.  For their part, the naturalists erroneously thought that the geneticists had achieved a consensus based on saltational speciation, and this led to a long-lasting controversy between the naturalists and the early Mendelians.Long-lasting, all right; it was about 47 years after this “rediscovery” of a 33-year old paper (70 years total) before the Darwinians found a way to incorporate Mendel’s inconvenient laws of discrete inheritance into their story.    Textbooks present Darwin as if his ideas were so intuitively obvious that late 19th century scientists instantly saw the light and embraced it, and lived happily ever after.  As we know from frequent reports on Darwinism and Evolutionary Theory in these pages, controversies still rage about the mechanisms of evolution, the pace of evolution, the mechanism of speciation and the origin of complex structures.  Nothing has advanced except the power of the Darwin Party to enforce their views.    How tragic to hear that the Reformation was dead in Germany by the time Mayr went to school.  The country where Martin Luther had taken his brave stand on the Word of God had cast off its heritage for a radical revolutionary, Ernst Haeckel, who replaced it with the Word of Charlie.  The early Protestant reformers had the will to withstand the Catholic counter-reformation, but their heirs, asleep at the switch, let the Darwinian revolution take over with hardly a word of protest.  So now the revolution has become the mainstream, controlling the propaganda outlets, the universities, the schools and the official creation myths of the culture.  The rallying cry for the Darwinian revolution is “just-so storytelling by faith, not by lab work.”  Instead of A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, the official anthem is (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow), “We all take Charlie for granted (3x), which nobody can deny.”  Try to deny it and face the wrath of the counter-reformation (see 08/19/2003 headline).(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Bafana disappoint in Afcon opening draw

first_img20 January 2013The 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) got off to a raucous start when hosts South Africa took on Cape Verde in the opening match of the tournament at the National Stadium in Johannesburg.The drone of the vuvuzela resounded around the ground, which was packed despite rainy conditions. The teams, unfortunately, didn’t respond with a pleasing game as they played out a disjointed, goalless draw.It was Bafana Bafana’s first appearance in the continental finals since 2008, while for the Blue Sharks it was a first ever appearance in the Afcon finals, and it left the opposing coaches with very different feelings after the contest.“Not too many of my players came to the party in the first half, which I thought was a total waste of time – and we weren’t much better in the second,” Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said at a post-match press conference.‘There were big gaps’Explaining where he thought his players had gone wrong, Igesund added: “There were big gaps between the midfield and we tried to get the ball to the strikers too quickly. Too many balls were played over the top at 100 miles per hour, which is something we don’t want to do.“Some of the players seemed to freeze when the whistle blew and lost their nerve. Perhaps for some of them the occasion was a bit too big.”Looking ahead, he said: “We now have to go for it in our next two games against Angola and Morocco. Of course we wanted to win and get a goal and get all three points, and we are not doomed yet. But we need to improve.‘Credit to Cape Verde’“Credit to Cape Verde. They are a good, well-organised team and play like Europeans. They defended well, slowed the game right down in the second half, and got the point they came looking for.”Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes declared himself satisfied with his team’s performance: “For me, it was mission accomplished. The team was excellent, we did the job we came to do and met our objectives and now we can concentrate on our next match against Morocco.“I am happy, the players are happy and the technical staff are happy.”Wide of the markBafana Bafana striker Bernard Parker was wide of the mark with a header from close range in the second minute as the players on both sides struggled to exert any kind of control. Numerous fouls were swopped early on, which undermined the flow of the contest, but Cape Verde came close to making a breakthrough in the 15th minute when Luis Platini was played in on top of the South African box. He pulled his shot across the face of the goal, however, much to the relief of the home supporters.Neither team was managing to hold onto the ball for long as those players on the ball were hassled into giving it away with poor passes.A ball from the right to the far side of the South African box from Nando Neves picked out a team-mate whose ambitious bicycle kick was met by fresh air. Then Bafana almost caught out the islanders with a long ball out on the counter-attack, but Lehlohonolo Majoro couldn’t bring it down quickly enough to make Cape Verde pay.A Cape Verde free kick from 10 metres outside the home team’s box, almost directly in front followed, but it was sent flying high above Itumeleng Khune’s crossbar.A little squareThere were suggestions that the Blue Sharks were playing a little square at the back when Majoro again came close to getting behind the defence, but once more a better first touch was required.The litany of fouls continued, resulting in Cape Verde earning another free kick some distance outside the South African area, but the resulting shot was a disappointing, gentle effort easily dealt with by Khune.From a South African free kick on the left, Thuso Phala should have connected on the volley, just to the right of the Tubaroes Azuis goal, but he failed to make contact.Luis Platini, who had already won a good number of free kicks off South Africa’s defenders, although he was going down very easily, responded with a left-footed shot that found the side of the netting.Terribly scrappyThe game was terribly scrappy, yet there were no rough fouls, and Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi, despite the plethora of niggling illegal tackles, chose not to produce a yellow card until a minute before the break when Anele Ngcongca was booked.When Haimoudi blew the half-time whistle, the contest was still looking for a spark to ignite it.Coach Gordon Igesund opted for only one change at half-time, bringing on Lerato Chabangu for Kagisho Dikgacoi.As the second half began, the pattern of the first half continued, with the opposing midfielders shutting one another down and preventing any meaningful domination of possession by the other.Edgy and nervousThe first 45 minutes were over, but both sets of players still looked edgy and nervous. There were not enough passes to the feet of players, leading to many games of aerial ping pong in the high altitude of Johannesburg.Majoro had a decent opportunity for a shot, but dallied on the ball. He passed square to Bernard Parker, but the his pass was cut out by the Cape Verde goalkeeper, who was able to knock the striker’s cross away.Seeking a spark, Igesund withdrew the scorer of South Africa’s splendid goal against Mexico in the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Siphiwe Tshabalala, after an hour and sent on Thulani Serero.Then, with 22 minutes to go, Katlego Mphela took over from Lehlohonolo Majoro as Igesund made his final change.Increasingly frustratedThe vuvuzelas continued to blow, but the crowd itself was relatively quiet as both sides struggled to open up the other. Igesund, on the sideline, was looking increasingly frustrated.Cape Verde tested Khune when a cross from Ramos Nhuck was headed towards goal, but the South African goalkeeper deflected the ball behind for a corner after it took a nasty bounce.When an opportunity opened up for Lerato Chabangu to either get off a shot or find a man just outside the Blue Sharks’ box with 10 minutes to go, his pass missed everybody; it was, in a way, a microcosm of the game, which was certainly missing a controlling influence pulling the strings in the midfield.Ryan Mendes created a bit of space outside the South African box, but with three defenders nearby had to fire from distance and his effort flew well over the crossbar.One could sense a little desperation in Bafana Bafana’s play as they sought an unlikely late winner, but Cape Verde resolutely maintained their defensive shape.TentativeWith two minutes left on the clock, Katlego Mphela had a chance to emulate his effort against Spain in the 2009 Fifa Confederation’s Cup from a similar position, but his tentative shot lacked venom and conviction and was too high.A snapshot from Thabo Matlaba in the 90th minute caused the crowd to ooh and aah, but it passed harmlessly wide of goal.A corner shortly after that saw the islanders under pressure, but again, the ball passed over the goal and the game ended nil-nil.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor

first_imgUSA Gymnastics announced Tuesday it hired Kerry Perry as the organization’s new president and CEO. Perry starts Dec. 1. NVGRELATED STORIES:US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctorUS Olympic gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to child porn charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Read Next FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, United States’ Aly Raisman rests between apparatus’ during the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Raisman says she is among the young women abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding ‘He took advantage of so many people’s trust’The 23-year-old Raisman has been highly critical of USA Gymnastics in recent months, calling for leadership change at the top of the organization while advocating for athlete’s rights.Nassar began working with USA Gymnastics as an athletic trainer in 1986 and became the national team doctor in 1996. He stepped down in 2014 but remained on staff before being fired in 2015.“These girls, they should be comfortable going to USA Gymnastics and saying ‘I need help, I want therapy. I need this,’” Raisman said in an interview with The Associated Press and USA Today in August during the 2017 national championships.Raisman declined to get into specifics at that time about whether she was abused by Nassar but painted a vivid picture of how Nassar’s behavior went unchecked.ADVERTISEMENT Raisman, the captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning teams, details the abuse in her book “Fierce,” which will be released on Tuesday. Raisman’s interview with “60 Minutes” will air Sunday night.Raisman is the latest gymnast to claim she was sexually abused by Nassar. McKayla Maroney, who won two medals at the 2012 Games as Raisman’s teammate, said last month she was molested for years by Nassar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNassar also is awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging sexual abuse. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, and the dozens of civil suits filed in Michigan are currently in mediation.USA Gymnastics said in a statement Friday that Raisman sharing her personal experience took “great courage” and it is “appalled by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused.” “I think that, you just want, you want to trust people and that he was just a disgusting person, he took advantage of so many people’s trust,” Raisman said. “And I think, it just disgusts me he was a doctor. It’s crazy. Because when a doctor says something you want to believe him and it’s just awful.”Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, filed a lawsuit against Nassar in California in September 2016. She says Nassar touched her inappropriately while disguising the abuse as treatment. Dantzscher initially filed as “Jane Doe” but came forward publicly to “60 Minutes” in February.USA Gymnastics adopts SafeSport PolicyUSA Gymnastics launched an independent review of its policies in the wake of the allegations against Nassar and reporting by the Indianapolis Star in August 2016 that highlighted chronic mishandling of sexual abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of its more than 3,500 clubs across the country.In June, the gymnastics board adopted the new USA Gymnastics SafeSport Policy that replaced the previous policy. Key updates include mandatory reporting, defining six types of misconduct, setting standards to prohibit grooming behavior, preventing inappropriate interaction and establishing accountability.In July, the organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted several recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw the review. USA Gymnastics now has the power to withhold membership from clubs that decline to report claims of abuse.Clubs are now “required to report child abuse or neglect, including sexual misconduct, to proper authorities, including the U.S. Center for SafeSport and law enforcement authorities.”The organization has taken some steps to provide more oversight and safety to its national team gymnasts.Team members who fly into Houston for training camps must be escorted to the camp with at least two other people to avoid any one-on-one interaction. Underage female gymnasts with male coaches who are picked to compete internationally must now travel with a credentialed female chaperone. One-on-one visits by medical staff are prohibited at cabins the athletes use during overnight stays at the national training center.center_img LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Krizziah Tabora wins 53rd Bowling World Cup championships Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more


a month agoChelsea 2019 is the new Class of 92′ – Cascarino

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Chelsea 2019 is the new Class of 92′ – Cascarinoby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino is hyping up the club’s youngsters as they continue to produce on the pitch.The likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are starting to reward Frank Lampard’s faith in their talent.With Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to come into the team, Cascarino believes the Blues have a core of great young players.He is even comparing them to Manchester United’s famous Class of 92, which included the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.He told talkSPORT: “When we had the ‘Class of ’92’ at Manchester United we applauded them for bringing all these young players through.”Fergie (Sir Alex Ferguson) was very fortunate to have such a group of players coming through at the same time.”I’ve always been frustrated of Chelsea having so much success in the youth system but never having that conveyor belt of bringing those players through into the first team.”Tammy was one of a good number of players who probably wouldn’t have been in the team if Chelsea had a transfer budget. They probably wouldn’t have been anywhere near the first team, Tammy would have gone on loan somewhere else.”So let’s give Lampard some credit here because he has got choices at Chelsea, their squad is big enough not to play these young players. Olivier Giroud could easily have played at centre-forward [against Wolves].”At the start of the season it probably would have been Giroud first choice, Michy Batshuayi second and Tammy third, but Tammy has become the number one choice in a matter of three games. That’s credit to him but also the manager, because Frank has chosen to make that decision.”Then you’ve got Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi waiting in the wings and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is older than the others but you’d like to think he’ll play a lot this season.”I’ve always thought it would have been such a mistake to have had all these great academy players and them not to have some sort of say in Chelsea’s future in the next five years, so I’m delighted.” last_img read more


Photo: Chad Kelly Is Practicing At Ole Miss Facility

first_imgChad Kelly practices at Ole Miss.While there hasn’t been any kind of official update from Ole Miss regarding quarterback Chad Kelly’s status with the team, Rebels fans were given a decent clue Tuesday night. Kelly, who ran into a bit of legal trouble up in Buffalo, New York, back in December, took to Instagram to post a photo of himself practicing inside the school’s Manning Center with two teammates – Tony Bridges and Derrick Jones.Assuming Kelly’s status on the team remains unchanged, he’s expected to compete for a starting job in 2015. He began his career with Clemson back in 2012 before transferring to East Mississippi Community College this past season.last_img read more


OFE A Glimmer of Hope for Asian Tanker Market

first_imgzoom Already at the start of the second quarter of 2017 Asia’s crude tanker market finds itself flooded with a flurry of newbuilds that hit the water over the last quarter, according to a report from Ocean Freight Exchange (OFE).New tonnage delivered hit 15 million dwt in the first quarter and is expected to stand at 8.7 million dwt in the second quarter, OFE cited data from Lloyd’s List Intelligence.The gradual but steady unwinding of floating storage in global hotspots due to a flattening Brent futures curve is likely to release a constant stream of tonnage into the market, exacerbating the situation of oversupply.The negative impact of unusually heavy refinery turnarounds in Asia as well as OPEC production cuts seems to have been offset by increased ton-mile demand from a surge in long-haul shipments, which has put a floor under tanker spot rates.Amidst such bearish factors, a recent spike in long-haul trades from the Americas has provided a much-needed boost to the Asian very large crude carrier (VLCC) market. Around 27 VLCCs are headed to Asia in April, with not all cargoes confirmed.“We might see some recovery in VLCC rates at the end of Q2 as peak turnaround season comes to an end and a slowdown in newbuild deliveries takes place,” OFE said,  adding that lower cargo flows from Iran and Iraq are expected to add downwards pressure to the Suezmax market in the second quarter of the year.last_img read more