Month: July 2019

The disabled peer chosen to be the equality watchd

first_imgThe disabled peer chosen to be the equality watchdog’s new disability commissioner has still not attended a single board meeting, more than three months after his appointment, because of a continuing stand-off over the decision to scrap the post.Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin (pictured) is boycotting board meetings until the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) reinstates the role of disability commissioner, and allows him to chair the new disability advisory committee (DAC).He responded last year to an advert for the post of disability commissioner but was then told – just 36 hours before his first board meeting – that the role had been made redundant and that he would simply be a commissioner and would not lead on disability issues.The Conservative peer confirmed to Disability News Service (DNS) this week that he is continuing to boycott board meetings until what he believes is a vital post is reinstated, and he is allowed to chair the DAC.He said: “I would be delighted to attend board meetings when the disability commissioner post is reinstated and when I am allowed to chair the disability advisory committee. That hasn’t happened yet.“My understanding from what I have been told is that I have to accept the abolition of the disability commissioner post and that I will not be chairing the disability advisory committee. I cannot accept either of those.“I think it is absolutely essential that disabled people have a very strong voice as disabled people.“We have equality needs the other protected characteristic groups do not have, and they need to be championed.”He made it clear that when he applied for the post, he was applying for the role of disability commissioner, which is confirmed by a letter – seen by DNS – that was sent to the peer last November by the Government Equalities Office.Asked if he had consulted lawyers about his stand-off with EHRC, he said: “I am keeping my own counsel. I am finding it hard to believe, to be honest, that I am in this situation.“It is not just me who is in this situation, it is disabled people who are in this situation.“Just by abolishing a disability commissioner, an equality body cannot abolish the need for a disability commissioner, and that need continues and indeed it is growing.”The peer said that critics would be “really quite surprised” by his willingness to speak out against the government if needed.He said: “I think it is too easy for someone to say, ‘Oh, he’s a Tory, he’s not one of us.’“If I chaired the DAC I would be listening hard, I wouldn’t go in and impose my views.”Although he has generally been loyal to his party since he was appointed to the Lords in 2015, he points out that he has voted against the government.Last December, he voted against the government when the crossbench peer Baroness Deech – backed by EHRC – tried unsuccessfully to introduce measures that would have forced licensed premises to obey laws on accessibility when renewing their alcohol licences.He said: “If people were to say to me, ‘Are you prepared to actually take a stand? Yes, I am, on issues that I really believe in.”Asked if that meant opposing the government, he said: “If necessary.”Asked for a response to Lord Shinkwin’s latest comments, an EHRC spokeswoman said: “The chair and the rest of the board continue to hope that matters can be resolved so that we can focus our attention on tackling the serious inequalities experienced by disabled people in Britain.“The appointment of the new disability advisory committee continues. The arrangements for chairing the committee have not yet been finalised.”EHRC has previously said that, under its new approach, “rather than having just one named champion of disability rights on the board, all board members, including a number of disabled commissioners and others with direct experience, will have a responsibility to champion disability issues”.While he waits for a resolution, Lord Shinkwin said he would “continue campaigning on disability equality”, including on the need for the government to “make good on the commitments” it made in its original Disability Discrimination Act in 1995, including the duty to make reasonable adjustments.This also includes campaigning on his abortion (disability equality) bill (see separate story), which would make it illegal to abort a foetus with a significant impairment after 24 weeks of a pregnancy, just as it is with foetuses without impairments.At present, it is legal under the 1967 Abortion Act to abort a foetus right up to the point of birth, where [in the act’s words] “there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped”.last_img read more

SAINTS will take to the pitch in anger for the fir

first_imgSAINTS will take to the pitch in anger for the first time this year when they host Widnes in the Karalius Cup at the Totally Wicked Stadium this Sunday.Kick-off is 3pm and it will be the first time all five of Saints new signings will take to the field.Matty Smith is likely to line up alongside Theo Fages whilst Luke Douglas, Adam Walker, Tommy Lee and Ryan Morgan will all feature in the traditional clash.The game is Saints first hit out of the pre-season – a home date with Castleford follows a week later – before they face Leeds Rhinos on Thursday February 9 (8pm).That is a rematch of the dramatic 38-34 tussle that announced Jonny Lomax’ return to action last April.Starting the 2017 Betfred Super League season is paramount but the 2015 treble winners will provide stern opposition!Tickets for these games are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

TOMMY Makinson is calling on Saints to have a big

first_imgTOMMY Makinson is calling on Saints to have a big start when they take on Wakefield Trinity at the Totally Wicked Stadium this Friday.A poor first half was one of the reasons why Keiron Cunningham’s men failed to take the spoils at Leigh last week, despite crossing the line on a number of occasions.“You can look for excuses and look at the disallowed tries, but we weren’t good enough in the first half and that cost us,” he said. “We have to turn up with the right attitude, have a big start this week and get back on the horse.“There aren’t any bad sides in Super League anymore. Wakefield are playing some great rugby have signed quality players in the off season.“All sides want to turn us over at home so we need to hit top form and  have a good attitude. If we do that, it will stand us in good stead.”Tommy was out for the majority of last season with ACL injury and he says one of the things he missed the most was the atmosphere on gameday.He continued: “The fans stick by us through thick and thin. One of the things I missed last year apart from playing was the atmosphere so to have 3,000 or more at Warrington following us every step of the way in that final game was superb.“Then to have 3,000 again at Leigh was outstanding.“Fair play to Leigh, they put on a passionate display. We have to turn St Helens into that as well.”Tickets for Friday’s game are on sale from the Totally Wicked Stadium, online, or by calling 01744 455 052.last_img read more

Iconic Whiteville Bakery closed indefinitely following fire

first_imgCrews fight fire at Darel’s Bakery and Sweets in Whiteville on Dec. 19, 2018. (Photo: Hal Lowder) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — An iconic bakery in Whiteville is closed indefinitely after a fire tore through the business.It happened at Darel’s Bakery & Sweets on Jefferson Street.- Advertisement – Hal Lowder with Emergency Services says someone spotted smoke coming from the roof around 6:15 Wednesday night.Lowder said fire crews aggressively fought the flames, but there is still heat and smoke damage.The bakery had closed at 5 p.m. so no one was inside.Related Article: Barbershop finds new home after shopping center fireThe business posted online that they will not be open in the near future.The cause is still under investigation.last_img read more

Wilmington YMCA is booming with business

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It has been one week since the YMCA of Wilmington opened its doors on Market street and the health and wellness center is booming with business. New members are signing up every day.The morning has been the favorite time for gym goers. The group exercise programs and swimming pool are the most popular features of the new facility.- Advertisement – Parents say they also enjoy the convenient Discovery Center for their children.Branch Director Shannon Berg says the center is ready to start their yearly challenges to help residents reach their 2019 fitness goals.If you are interested in joining, the Nir Family YMCA is located at 2710 Market Street in Wilmington, NC.last_img read more

NHRMC sees significant drop in opioid prescriptions overdoses in one year

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Community physicians and New Hanover Regional Medical Center have reported a reduction of opioid prescriptions by almost 20 percent one year after changing prescribing guidelines on addictive opioids.According to NHRMC, that means more than 836,000 fewer pills distributed in the community.- Advertisement – The hospital says opioid overdose visits to the NHRMC Emergency Department have been cut by more than half through 10 months of 2018.“Encouraging news for a community two years ago cited by a national study as home of the nation’s worst opioid problem,” NHRMC wrote in a news release.“When a community decides to come together, you see results like this,” said Dr. Kevin Cannon, Chair of NHRMC Opioid Task Force. “This is a result of our doctors, pharmacists, nurses and especially our patients’ efforts. This is a win, and not just because of the reduction of opioid pills in our community. This is about saving lives, and I couldn’t be more proud. We still have a long way to go and many other factors to address, but we are proving we can make a difference in the community we serve.”Related Article: US health officials move to tighten sales of e-cigarettesHarold King owns King’s Pharmacy in Wilmington and has been a pharmacist in Wilmington for 41 years. He’s noticed a difference lately when it comes to opioid prescriptions.“We saw a big decrease in the number of prescriptions for opioids after the legislature changed the law and encouraged or mandated lower limits on prescribing,” said King.The NHRMC health system, NHRMC Physician Group and community physicians implemented new prescribing policies beginning Oct. 12, 2017. In the 12 months since, more than 19,000 fewer opioid prescriptions have been dispensed through NHRMC, and the number of patients prescribed opioid alternatives has increased by more than 700 percent.King says he has not seen many prescriptions for Naloxone, the drug that reverses the symptom of an overdose,at his retail pharmacy.“It’s rather expensive and that’s been a real drawback and barrier for people to get that,” said King.But, NHRMC reports prescriptions for Naloxone increased over those 12 months from 168 to 576, an increase of almost 250 percent.“The stigma is definitely being taken off both from the prescribing stand point and the patient stand point,” said Cannon.Meanwhile, from January through October, NHRMC says opioid overdose-related visits to NHRMC’s Emergency Department dropped to 72, down from 155 during the same time period in 2017.“The catalyst for these improvements was the Medical Executive Committee adopting guidelines that encouraged physicians to balance safe and effective pain-management,” NHRMC wrote in a news release. “This resulted in opioids prescribed less often, for less duration and with fewer pills. It also promoted more use of non-opioid therapy.”NHRMC has also been participating in community-wide opioid reduction efforts along with law enforcement, the courts, county government and other non-profit partners. Additional permanent medication drop boxes have been added at the NHRMC Outpatient Pharmacy, ED-North and Pender Memorial Hospital, and a medication takeback event.last_img read more

October 2018 stormiest month on record – Met Office

first_imgOctober 2018 was the stormiest month ever recorded by the Meteorological Office at Malta International Airport.In all, 16 thunderstorms were recorded during this month alone.The news comes as the Met Office celebrates World Meteorological Day on the 23rd March, an event that remembers the formation of the wider World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), back in 1950.Malta’s Met office is staffed by 5 forecasters who are responsible for producing regular updates for the 3 day mariner’s forecast and hazards at sea, as well providing detailed predictions of the weather for air transport and the crews operating at the International Airport.When dangerous weather is on its way, the Met Office is responsible for issuing weather warnings to the public, mariners and emergency responders.To recognize the key date in professional meteorology, a special theme is selected every year.This years’ theme is ‘The Sun, the Earth and the Weather’WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Public transport arrangements from Isle of MTV

first_imgMalta Public Transport is operating a special bus service from Valletta after the Isle of MTV event in Floriana on Tuesday.The special network covers all towns to accommodate all those going to the music event as follows:Route S10 – Departs from Valletta Bay A2 at 23:00, 23:45, and 00:30 towards Kalkara and makes stops in Floriana, Blata l-Bajda, Marsa, Paola, Għajn Dwieli, Isla, Bormla, Birgu, and Xgħajra.Route S20 – Departs from Valletta Bay A3 every 30 minutes between 23:00 and 00:30 towards Msida and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà, Gżira, Mrabat, San Ġwann, Taż-Żwejt, Kappara, and Tal-Qroqq.Route S30 – Departs from Valletta Bay A4 every 15 minutes between 23:00 and 01:00 towards Buġibba and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà, Msida, Tal-Qroqq, Birkirkara bypass, Lija, Iklin, Għargħur, Naxxar, Mosta, Tarġa Gap, and Burmarrad.Route S40 – Departs from Valletta Bay A6 at 23:30, 23:45, and 00:30 towards Għajn Tuffieħa and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà, Msida, Tal-Qroqq, Birkirkara Valley Road, Lija, Mosta, Tarġa Gap, Mġarr, and Manikata.Route S41 – Departs Valletta Bay A5 every 15 minutes between 23:00 and 00:30 towards Ċirkewwa and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà Msida, Tal-Qroqq, Birkirkara bypass, Lija, Mosta, Tarġa Gap, Burmarrad, St Paul’s Bay, Xemxija, Mellieħa, and Għadira Bay.Route S50 – Departs from Valletta Bay A7 every 15 minutes between 23:00 and 00:30 towards Rabat and makes stops in Floriana, Ħamrun, Santa Venera, Mrieħel, Attard, Ta’ Qali, Saqqajja, Rabat Interchange, Mtarfa, Rabat Vjal il-Ħaddiem, and Dingli.Route S60 – Departs Valletta Bay A8 every 20 minutes between 23:00 and 00:00 with a final trip at 00:30 towards Siġġiewi and makes stops in Floriana, Ħamrun, Marsa Park & Ride, Qormi San Sebastjan, Qormi San Edwardu, Qormi Polyclinic, Qormi Mdina Road, and Żebbuġ.Route S70 – Departs Valletta Bay A9 every 20 minutes between 23:00 and 00:00 with a final trip at 00:30 towards Mqabba and makes stops in Floriana, Blata l-Bajda, Marsa, St Vincent de Paul, Luqa, Kirop, Safi, Żurrieq Xarolla, Żurrieq Blue Grotto, Żurrieq Centre, and Qrendi.Route S80 – Departs Valletta Bay A10 every 20 minutes between 23:00 and 00:40 towards Gudja and makes stops in FLoriana, Blata -l-Bajda, Marsa Park& Ride, Marsa Aldo Moro, Paola, Tarxien, Santa Luċija, Bulebel, Żejtun, Bir id-Deheb, Marsaxlokk, Birżebbuġa, and Għaxaq.Route S90 – Departs Valletta Bay A11 every 20 minutes between 23:00 and 00:40 towards Marsascala and makes stops in Floriana, Blata l-Bajda, Marsa, Paola, Fgura, Zabbar, and Marsascala Qaliet.Route N13 – Departs Valletta Bays A12 and A13 according to demand towards Pembroke Park & Ride and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà, Msida, Gżira, Sliema Ferries, Sliema Tower Road, Spinola, St Julian’s, and Paceville.Read also : Dos and Don’ts at the Isle of MTVWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Kenya abolishes tax on software imports

first_imgAdvertisement “In order to restore dignity in the industry and attract foreign investments, I propose to remove duty on all imported software to make it cheaper to our people and further attract foreign investors in this industry,” said Kenya’s Finance Minister Njeru Githae.The commercial value of unlicensed or pirated software on computers in Eastern and Southern Africa, excluding South Africa, stands at $108m USD in 2011.This has left investors such as Microsoft and other similar companies counting losses, even after pumping in more money in research for quality genuine software. – Advertisement – The 83% piracy level in this region is almost double the global piracy rate for PC software, which is 42% according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA) 2011 Global Software Piracy Study findings, which evaluates the state of software piracy around the world.Some of the main reasons of the high piracy levels include the high prices placed on genuine software, and also lack on stringent rules and regulations to deal with the piracy.The Kenyan government hopes that the expected reduction in prices will encourage an increased uptake in ICT  considered one of Kenya’s critical factors in its Vision 2030.Source: The Next Weblast_img read more

Journalists Can Now Broadcast Live Over Facebook

first_imgAdvertisement Social media giant Facebook wants to be the choice distrobution channel for journalists, and is giving reporters the ability to stream live on Facebook itself.Verified journalists, experts, and other “influencers” can use its Mentions app, which was formerly available only to select celebrities.The app will allow journalists to post live to Facebook during breaking news, for behind-the-scenes reports, or to host live Q&As with followers, among other possibilities.“We want to make Facebook a better experience for journalists whether it’s used for news-gathering or better connecting with their readers or to drive distribution to their content,” says Vadim Lavrusik, Facebook’s product manager for Mentions. – Advertisement – The Mentions app also lets users monitor what people are saying about them, follow topics that interest them, see what’s trending on Facebook, and have a greater ability to decide with whom they share their posts.To get a verified profile, the company says anyone can apply, but only those who qualify will be approved. (Facebook didn’t go into detail about the criteria for approval.)The social giant hopes that by broadening the scope of who can use its livestreaming capability, more journalists will use its platform.Via Wiredlast_img read more

Scientists at NASA Develop a CrashLanding Software For Drones

first_imgA trial of parcel deliveries by drone will be kicked off by Australia Post next year. Image Credit: AllureMedia Advertisement Drones have been in existence since the 1900’s and till today, businesses are increasingly using drones for things like; product delivers, video and photo captures, inspecting rooftops or power lines, military and so forth – raising the risk of in- flight mechanical and software problems that could put people below in danger.Well! according to online reports, Washington D.C based aeronautics and aerospace research firm; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has its scientists that have developed a new software that will help drones automatically spot the best places to crash-land in case of an emergency, without hurting anyone on the ground.With the increasing numbers of drones in the sky has raised the risk to people and property below being hit when these unmanned aerial vehicles develop mechanical problems. This will come to an end as Patricia Glaab, Aerospace Technologist at NASA Langley Research Center, and her colleagues develop a crash-landing software for these unmanned aerial vehicles. – Advertisement – According to the reports, eight different test flights were carried out to see if the software worked as expected, and the results that turned out, showed that the technology successfully spotted safer landing sites such as swamps or drainage ditches to crash instead of cars or people on the ground.The Fortune website reported that the software links on-board drone components like batteries and motors to monitor their health. The technology identifies when something on the drone goes wrong, and puts the drown in a crash-landing mode.Patricia in a statement said, when triggered, the software checks a pre-installed database of nearby safe zones that it can then pilot itself towards, and also incorporates technology that lets drones recognize and avoid objects on the ground using on- board cameras.[related-posts]last_img read more

The Real McCoy apologies for headline

first_imgWASTE NOT WANT NOTThe average UK household throws away the equivalent of six meals every week, costing almost £60 a month, a study has found.The waste costs £12.5bn a year despite a significant drive to reduce the problem, a report by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) said.The equivalent of 24 million slices of bread, 5.8 million potatoes and 5.9 million glasses of milk are thrown away every day, while 86 million whole chickens are discarded every year. McCoy 4,000TowcesterLIVE ON ATRTHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH BEING CALLED McCOY….What other headline CAN you use ???The phrase “The real McCoy” is a corruption of the Scots “The real MacKay”, first recorded in 1856 as: “A drappie o’ the real MacKay,” (A drop of the real MacKay). Two things are certain. When McCoy hits the 4,000 landmark, probably today at Towcester, he won’t be touching a drop of any MacKay, real or not, as he is tee-total.And secondly, he’ll be as relieved as anyone to get the media off his back and get back to doing what he enjoys best – riding winners whether it be at Plumpton on a wet Monday or at the Cheltenham Festival.Church Field (2pm) and Mountain Tunes (3.10pm), are his two runners today with the betting preferring the latter.McCoy said: “It would be great if Mountain Tunes or Church Field could win today. Jonjo and JP have been so supportive and we’ve had such good days together, that would put the icing on the cake.Just about everyone is hoping he does it today. The only exception being the courses due to stage meetings in the next couple of days !A massive crowd is expected at Towcester today to witness what will become a day in racing history.But you can’t help thinking that Towcester might just be regretting their free admission policy today.Mountain Tunes for me. And then I’ll settle back and count the number of Real McCoy headlines tomorrow.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)5 points MOUNTAIN TUNES (3.10 Towcester) at around 7/4last_img read more

ROYAL ASCOT Friday Preview

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Commonwealth Cup is a new addition to the Royal Ascot Friday card and the six furlong Group 1 sprint looks a belter of a race.USA trainer Wesley Ward has already struck this week with the remarkable Acapulco in the Queen Mary Stakes and he looks to have an outstanding chance here with Hootenanny who made all to win the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot last year. Ryan Moore is onboard today and he’s doing OK so far this week!Limato has only met with defeat once in six starts and that was last time out at Haydock where he found Adaay a length too good. I’m not sure why Adaay is priced bigger than Limato today as I fully expect that form to be confirmed and he looks the danger to the selection Hootenanny.The opening Albany Stakes can give Richard Hannon his second winner of the week with Illuminate. The trainer suffered a reverse in the opener yesterday when both his fancied runners were beaten but Illuminate quickened smartly when making a winning debut at Salisbury and the trainer was very quick to highlight her chances when discussing his hopes for the meeting on Channel 4 earlier in the week.In the King Edward VII Stakes at 3.05 Ol’Man River has been more Slow Man River this season beating just one horse home in two starts and finishing tailed off in the 2000 Guineas. So far it’s a big fall from grace for the former Derby favourite who looked very smart as a two-year-old but even with the Ryan Moore magic assisting today the jury is very much still out on him.A better bet might be the David Simcock trained Balios who was well backed on debut and then chased home Best Of Times in a Listed race at Newmarket. He is entitled to continue to improve on only his third racecourse appearance.In the Coronation Stakes at 4.20 the English and Irish 1000 Guineas runners-up Found and Lucida do battle but maybe ‘found’ out by the French Guineas winner Ervedya who is expected to handle the faster ground.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK ILLUMINATE (2.30 Royal Ascot) for 5 points at around 4/1 with Star SportsBACK BALIOS (3.05 Royal Ascot) for 3 points at around 4/1 with Star SportsBACK HOOTENANNY (3.40 Royal Ascot) for 4 points at around 3/1 with Star SportsBACK ERVEDYA (4.20 Royal Ascot) for 4 points at around 7/2 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 47.04 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 14 SeptemberRACING2.30 BrightonRebel Smile 8/1 > 5/13.10 WolverhamptonTop Cop 7/2 > 2/13.40 WolverhamptonSunrise Dancer 11/2 > 100/304.40 WolverhamptonHeisman 5/1 > 3/1FOOTBALLPremier League 20:00Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD11/10 West Ham 5/2 Newcastle United 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 12 AprilRACING1.50 ExeterSay My Name 100/30 > 2/12.10 NewmarketMy Favourite Thing 12/1 > 8/13.55 NewmarketMustajeer 7/2 > 11/44.10 ExeterPied Du Roi 7/1 > 11/25.50 ExeterBlazing Whale 5/2 > 2/1LIVE FOOTBALLUEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg19:45 BT Sport Showcase / BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD1/5 Real Madrid 10/1 Wolfsburg 13/2 DRAWUEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg19:45 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD15/8 Man City 29/20 PSG 13/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Man City v Barcelona

first_imgBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 5 points at 5/2 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +97.23 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]B[/dropcap]arcelona brushed Man City aside 4-0 in the reverse fixture and thankfully, from City’s perspective, we haven’t yet reached the knockout phase.It’s all about progression at this stage and the Monchengladbach v Celtic game could have more Group C significance for City than what they do themselves in front of their home supporters.The potent strike force of Messi, Suárez and Neymar is confirmed for Barcelona despite this being a match they don’t need to win. Barcelona are not having a great season by their own exceptional standards and looked only perfunctory in their win over Granada at the weekend to move into second, behind Real Madrid, in the La Liga table.Man City manager Pep Guardiola is acutely aware of the challenge ahead. He said: “We have to be focused for 90 minutes, knowing they are going to provoke mistakes because of the quality they have.“But we had a few chances [in the first game] and have to keep going in that sense and try to finish better than we did in Barcelona.“We will try. I have never entered a match thinking we can’t win but we have to play almost perfectly.”Man City v BarcelonaUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2016 EUROPEAN CUP Barcelona 4-0 Man CityMar 2015 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Barcelona 1-0 Man CityFeb 2015 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Man City 1-2 BarcelonaMar 2014 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Barcelona 2-1 Man CityFeb 2014 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Man City 0-2 BarcelonaSTARTING XIMan City13 Caballero5 Zabaleta30 Otamendi24 Stones11 Kolarov25 Fernandinho7 Sterling17 De Bruyne8 Gündogan21 Silva10 AgüeroBarcelona1 ter Stegen20 Sergi14 Mascherano23 Umtiti19 Digne4 Rakitic5 Busquets21 André Gomes10 Messi9 Suárez11 NeymarIt’s a tough call for punters given the dynamics of the competition but a must-watch encounter and I’m hopeful of a return from the DRAW at 5/2 with Star Sports with the market struggling to split both sides.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 5 points at 5/2 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +102.23 pointslast_img read more

Aintree Festival ON COURSE

first_imgDAY 2 – Friday 7 AprilSIMON NOTT reports from the Star Sports pitch on day two of the Aintree Festival with a race by race analysis of the highs and lows of the day.BEN’S THOUGHTS BEFORE RACINGJOHN FROM JOHN WHITELYNN FROM CORAL1:40 Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)The opening race wasn’t ideal at around 8/1 the field. Business was steady but small. Even less ideal was that the winner Rather Be at 10/1 was worst in the book. The office called in the morning, they’d laid a £40,000 – £20,000 River Wylde in the next, so no time for wound licking off to work we went.2:20 Crabbie’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)Betting got going very quickly in the Crabbies. The office had laid a £40,000 – £20,000 River Wylde in the morning. Ben started off by getting stuck into Mount Mews at 9/4 and laid a bet of £5,000 cash which we had losing five figures. There had been money for The Unit which looked our chance, then as the office called, they laid that one £2,500 each way at 9/1. We needed a real result or we’d be on the serious back foot…. and we got it with 16/1 Pingshou.2:50 Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)After a brisk start the money dried up in the Mildmay with Might Bite very hard to lay off the floor. We managed to lay a £400 – £600 in the hole to make the jolly a loser in what was a poor betting heat after starting so promisingly. We considered losing a monkey when Might Bite won the race a bit of a get out of jail free result. It could have been a whole lot worse. It was just fortunate that the cash punters generally didn’t want to be on.3:25 JLT Melling Chase (Grade 1)The JLT Melling was a whole lot more competitive and by this time the sun was beating down. Betting 7/2 the field the object was the just fill the hod. Business was steady but you couldn’t say the joint was rocking. The ladies appeared to prefer a retreat to their champagne buckets rather than bother Ben and Kyle with bets, how could they resist? We had three losers at the off, Fox Norton the worst. The writing was on the wall a long way out which meant a long payout queue.4:05 Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (National Course)The Topham captured the punters’ imagination despite being 8/1 the field. The bets were a steady flow of modest money. The office laid Gowanauthat £40,000 -£1,000 eachway and £33,000 -£1000 each way Imjoeking. Nobody backed 50/1 winner Ultragold , a skinner in the book. Aye Aye! We’ll be hoping for a turn-up like that in the Grand National tomorrow.4:40 Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)The office had laid a £50,000 to £20,000 The World’s End this morning in the Doom Bar Sefton. It was virtually friendless for a while drifting out to 7/2 but firmed up again near the off. The office called to say they’d laid £2,000 each way West Approach, their book was more interesting than ours. The World’s End was a small winner for us on course but a disaster back in the office.5:15 Weatherbys Private Bank Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2)The lucky last looked a heat that night take off and so it proved with the punters keen to get involved. We let them come at us and it turned out to be the busiest betting race of the day. Lalor winning at 33/1 was a dream result for us. A virtual skinner in the book so hardly anyone to pay. Bring on the Grand National – this time tomorrow!KYLE’S THOUGHTS AFTER RACING 1:45 Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)It was totally glorious weather as betting got underway in the opener. More like Royal Ascot than Aintree! Sadly betting was very light. We still had three four-figure losers in the book, two of them for more than we took. Luckily the 11/1 winner Fountain’s Windfall wasn’t one of them, and we got away with it.2:25 Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)Business was steady but once again modest in the Betway Mersey. We had 3/1 Finian’s Oscar and outsider Cultivator losing us. The favourite won cosily which cost us pretty much what we got on the first. Back to square one.We were giving away Star Sports baseball hats to our punters. A young lady came to the pitch holding some smart shoes and asked ‘If we did flip flops too?’ Now there’s a thought for Royal Ascot.3:00 Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)The caps were more popular with the punters than Charbel who was almost impossible to lay despite chasing it out to half-arm 6/4. We had it winning in the course book at the off. The office laid £10,000 the jolly to even things up though which was just as well. 4/1 winner San Benedeto was a small cash loser which was frustrating for the on-course team.3:40 Betway Handicap Chase (Listed)The Betway came alive, Potters Legend was backed from 8/1 into 9/2 with us, mostly each-way. One off course firm came in for I Just Know at 8/1 and those two were our worst, 10/1 winner Sizing Codelco was an excellent result despite us being 12/1 at the off but Potters Legend scraping into 4th was a nasty fly in the win money ointment.4:20 Ryanair Stayers Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1)Betting was steady but small again on-course but the office laid a £50,000 – £20,000 Yanworth and £16,000 – £2,000 each way Ballyoptic.Yanworth winning was a disaster but with the Grand National to come we had plenty of chance to get out and make it a winning day. The trouble was the punters were either very ‘refreshed’ by 5pm or potless. Pretty much everyone wanted £2.50 each way on while they spilt their champagne into their handbags looking for their lost lists. We laid some hedge money on some rags which meant a ‘result’ for the rest of the ring could cost us plenty.5:15 Randox Health Grand National (Grade 3 Handicap Chase)On the whole business on the National was very disappointing, maybe the sun went against us in the end.In hindsight maybe it didn’t. You’d think that everyone knows an ‘Arthur’ but luckily not the people that bet with us. The 14/1 winner One For Arthur was a £700 winner in the book even taking away the bad places. It’s fair to say we got away with it in the big one.6:15 Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys And Amateur Riders)The punters did muster up the energy to get stuck into the last. We had a couple of losers at the off with So Celebre the worst in the book for a couple of grand.The winner Chesterfield was a taker in the book. No damage done and a satisfactory end to an excellent three days. What wasn’t was the drunk bloke and his mates insisting he’d lost a winning ticket.Next stop Epsom for the Oaks and Derby !!RACING BLOGGER DESCENDS ON THE STAR PITCHKYLE’S THOUGHTS AFETR RACING AINTREE 2017HOME ANTEPOST PRICES LATEST NEWS PREVIEW NIGHT DATES SWEEPSTAKE KIT SPECIAL OFFERS STAR ON COURSE OPEN AN ACCOUNT DAY 3 – Saturday 8 AprilSIMON NOTT reports from the Star Sports pitch on day three of the Aintree Festival with a race by race analysis of the highs and lows of the day including The Grand National.GRAND NATIONAL DAY: WHAT THE RING SAYSBEN’S THOUGHTS BEFORE RACINGMICHAEL STARPAUL GOLD OF PICKWICKTONY FROM DAN DALYRICH OF RICH RACINGDEBS OF DAVE SPICEBARRY ‘THE TASH’ OF PINNODIANE FROM GW SPORTS DAY 1 – Thursday 6 AprilBEN’S THOUGHTS BEFORE RACING1:45 Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)The punters didn’t really steam into in for the first at our pitch on the rails as they started to find their feet. We did lay a £3,000 accumulator on the first five jollies in the office so 5/1 winner Flying Angel was a very decent start for us.2:20 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)We bet without the favourite, there didn’t seem to be much strength in depth – people prepared to bet Defi Du Seuil at long odds-on. Divin Bere second was a winner in the book.Not laying a massive lump on Defi Du Seuil then watching it win for the book was like dodging a bullet. With that in mind, it was time to get to work getting Cue Card and Empire Of Dirt in the book for the Betway Bowl. Ben and Kyle were ready.2:50 Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1)Empire Of Dirt was weak in the market so Ben chased it all the way out to 7/2. Liabilities were very modest compared to Cheltenham but still four thick figures. What a fantastic race Lizzie Kelly winning on Tea For Two for Nick and Jane Williams though only a modest winner in the book. Lizzie Kelly was very popular with the punters. Tremendous roar from the bookies ‘Come On Lizzie’! Amazing scenes.3:25 Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)We bet on three markets in the Betway Aintree Hurdle, straight, without and forecast. It was hard to lay Buveur D’Air, so much so he was a small winner in the book. We dodged another winner when the 4/9 shot hosed in. It doesn’t bear thinking about what we’d have been losing if our monster Cheltenham backer was having a pop.We dodged another ‘potential bad loser’4:05 Randox Health Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase (National Course)Ben did his level best to get On The Fringe in the book in the Foxhunters’. One of the first on the rails to go 7/4 he was desperately trying to spot a plastic bag carrying huntsman to have it on. Stakes were steady but modest, an enthusiastic but not really punting crowd. Then the phone went office laid £2,000 each way Poole Master at big prices to make things interesting. At the off the jolly is a taker in the book, not for want of trying. We’ve had a handful of rags losing four figures too. It was in the lap of the Gambling Gods.They weren’t smiling on us, the winner Dineur was the worst in the book for over £3,000. Not being able to get the favourite cost us dearly this time.The Racing Blogger (TWITTER @racingblogger) came to visit the pitch after the race. Did he back the favourite? Not with Star Sports he didn’t – come on Blogger open an account!4:40 Betway Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3)The Betway Red Rum was too hard for the punters, bets were modest from even the bravest backers. At the off we had three losing four figures then the 8/1 winner Double W’s took the book which was very frustrating.5:15 Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2)The Bumper failed to ignite the punters, as they set off we had seven losers the worst for over £5000. Anyone who watched the Aintree Preview feed last night would have been on the winner Dame Rose, 25/1 last night, returned 14/1 we ducked it! Aye Aye. See you all tomorrow.KYLE’S THOUGHTS AFTER RACINGlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Mon Movers Specials

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 23 JulyHORSE RACING4.10 AyrCrazy Tornado 12/1 > 6/14.25 CartmelNicholas Chauvin 10/1 > 11/25.25 CartmelIolani 6/1 > 7/26.20 BallinrobeNational Wealth 2/1 > 6/46.40 WindsorHackney Road 9/4 > 13/87.30 BeverleyIdeal Candy 5/1 > 3/1FOOTBALLNO MATCHESBET NOW or 08000 521 321last_img

BENS BLOG A few words of warning for Tom Kerr

first_imgThe big announcement has come, and the next Editor of the Racing Post, such a powerful mouthpiece for The Game, was made on Friday. And Tom Kerr is the man who has stepped up to the plate.First of all; Well Done to the Racing Post for not choosing a daft, cut-out Hooray, to drag us all back to, err, well, the present. The appointment of somebody, both young and non-nepotistic, is certainly progressive.However, I warn Mr Kerr of the following:He will now be surrounded by public sycophants and nodders, who are actually private slagger-offers. ‘He’s way out of his depth’. ‘He won’t last until Ascot’. ‘He only got the job because of X,Y,Z (all untrue)’. ‘Who does he think he is? Rupert Bloody Murdoch?! Ha!’.And when he’s proved all of these idiots, who of course didn’t put themselves forward for the advertised-opportunity, DEFINITELY none of them will apologise, withdraw their lies, and say that they were wrong.PATHETIC & TRAGIC UNDERACHIEVERS.In other news:I do hope that Tom will be giving his full backing to Greyhound Racing. As we need all the help we can get! He has some highly skilled and passionate journalists on the Doggy Team and I think it’s high time we saw a return of the Greyhound Derby Pullout and lots more interesting features. He can make a real difference too, if he helps the push for The Dogs to receive the same Levy as Horseracing.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

New Blood Substitute Prototypes Engineered Without Blood Pressure Effect

first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: Mike Cinelli PHONE: (713)831-4794E-MAIL: NEW BLOOD SUBSTITUTE PROTOTYPES ENGINEERED WITHOUT BLOODPRESSURE EFFECTFor most people in an emergency room,having blood available–and disease-free–is of utmost concern. To guard againstshortages and potential disease transmission, blood substitutes are beingdeveloped to deliver oxygen to the brain and heart. Most of the protein-based blood substitutes now in clinicaltrials have a side effect that may not be desireable for some patientpopulations–increases in blood pressure. Researchers from Baxter Healthcare Corporation’s HemoglobinTherapeutic Division in Boulder, Colo., (formerly Somatogen, Inc.) and Ricebiochemist John Olson have determined why blood pressure increases whenhemoglobin-based blood substitutes are given to animals, and they haveengineered new prototype molecules without this side effect. “Researchers have known that hemoglobin, the carrier of oxygeninside a red blood cell, also reacts with nitric oxide, a compound that isrequired for maintaining normal blood pressure,” Olson says. “When the tworeact, the nitric oxide is depleted and blood pressure tends to goup.”Hemoglobins designed to steer clear of nitric oxide may be moresuitable for certain blood replacement uses than those which cause significantloss of nitric oxide (NO).Using genetic engineering methods to alter the hemoglobinreaction with NO, the Baxter team, led by Douglas Lemon, who received a Ph.D.from Rice in 1989, and Olson found that the rate of reaction with NO determinesthe magnitude of the blood pressure effect. The faster the cell-free hemoglobinreacts with the NO, depleting the resevoir of NO in the system, the greater theincreases in blood pressure. Their research appears in the July issue of Nature Biotechnology.Nitric oxide is found in the endothelial and smooth musclecells lining the outer walls of blood vessels. It is thought that because simplecell-free hemoglobins are small, they slip through the blood vessel walls toreact with NO. Researchers first designed interconnected hemoglobins to increasetheir size and discourage passage through the walls.Olson, the Dorothy and Ralph Looney Professor of Biochemistryand Cell Biology, said he adopted an alternative strategy to this problem:figure out the chemical mechanism of the reaction with nitric oxide and thengenetically engineer the hemoglobin to inhibit the process.“We needed a way to keep the bound oxygen molecule fromreacting with nitric oxide and the iron atom from rusting,” Olson says, “so weplaced a protective film of large oily amino acids around them.”Says Lemon: “When the engineered hemoglobin molecules weretested in rats, the blood pressure increase was proportional to the rate ofreaction with nitric oxide. At the lowest reaction rate, the blood pressureeffect was nearly eliminated.”It is possible that other side effects sometimes seen inclinical trials with blood substitutes, such as gastrointestinal dysfunction,are also based on nitric oxide depletion and inhibition of smooth musclerelaxation, making the new prototype molecules attractive choices for a secondgeneration blood substitute. ###Contact information:John Olson, Ph.D., Dorothy and Ralph Looney Professor ofBiochemistry and Cell BiologyRice University(713) 527-4762For more information about John Olson’s researchsee: Farmer, Ph.D, Director, TechnicalCommunicationsBaxter Healthcare Corp., Hemoglobin TherapeuticsDivision(978) 526-1084last_img read more