‘Casemiro the world’s best defensive midfielder’

first_imgBrazil ‘Casemiro the world’s best defensive midfielder’ – Gilberto Silva Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 16:40 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Casemiro Real Madrid Las Palmas Getty Images Brazil World Cup Real Madrid The Real Madrid star has been lauded by a former Selecao icon ahead of the World Cup getting underway in Russia Gilberto Silva has pinpointed Real Madrid star Casemiro as the best defensive midfielder in world football, and believes he will be key to Brazil’s chances of winning the World Cup in Russia.The Selecao face Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Russia, but their minimum expectation will be reaching the last four of the competition.Casemiro is one of the more under-appreciated members of Brazil’s squad, with the likes of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus all likely to garner more headlines in the build-up to the tournament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva believes Casemiro is crucial to the side’s gameplan, and expects him to excel under manager Tite.”For me, Casemiro is one of the best, if not the best in the defensive midfield position,” the former Brazil midfielder told Sky Sports.”Since my retirement all the players that have played in this role for Brazil have played differently. With all respect to all of the other players that have played there, their style was completely different. At one point we had Paulinho playing with Ramires and they have the same style of play.”Neither of them played in the holding midfield role. However, now, with Casemiro, they have someone who holds the position and protects the back four. It frees up the attacking players.”It also frees up Paulinho. He can attack more and the combination between the two players works well. Casemiro’s role gives Paulinho the freedom to move forward and that’s good for Brazil because he’s very good when he gets himself into the box to get on the end of crosses.”Casemiro made 48 appearances for Real in all competitions this season, and played the full 90 minutes in his side’s 3-1 Champions League final victory over Liverpool.last_img

‘Higuain is what Chelsea & Hazard need’

first_imgGonzalo Higuain is “a goalscorer” and just what Chelsea needed, says Joe Cole, with his arrival allowing Maurizio Sarri to ditch a false nine experiment with Eden Hazard.The Argentine arrived at Stamford Bridge after a protracted transfer saga involving various striking options.In the end, he was snapped up on an initial loan deal from Juventus – with an option to make a permanent move in the summer – while Alvaro Morata was moved out of Stamford Bridge and back to his native Spain at Atletico Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Higuain will have to adapt quickly to the demands of life in English football, with questions having already been asked of his fitness and suitability to the Premier League.Former Chelsea star Cole believes the 31-year-old will prove to be a shrewd addition as he fills an important role for Sarri and frees others to operate in favoured positions where they are more effective.He told The Telegraph: “It’s a very logical signing.“Chelsea were playing with a false nine and they needed a number nine and he is just that – he’s a goalscorer.“It’s what they need and it’s what Higuain needs, so it suits everybody involved.”Cole added on the challenges which will face a man who has inherited a shirt which proved too big for the likes of Morata and Fernando Torres to fill: “One thing is for sure, you have to be the finished article to wear the Chelsea number nine shirt because it’s heavy.“And he has played for some big clubs, so it shouldn’t be a problem.“It will just be how quickly he settles in, but the great thing is Sarri knows him, knows what he’s about as a person and he knows the system. So it ticks boxes.”Higuain is still looking for his first goal as a Chelsea player.He passed up the chance to take a penalty during an FA Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday and drew a blank as the Blues suffered a shock 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth.There are, however, 290 club efforts on his CV, from 580 appearances, while he has also found the target 31 times over the course of 75 appearances for his country. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img

A Top JUCO DE Recruit Has Announced His Commitment

first_imgA general view of an Oklahoma Sooners football game.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)One of the country’s top JUCO recruits has announced his college decision.LaRon Stokes, the country’s No. 3 strong-side defensive end out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, has committed to Oklahoma.The top JUCO prospect chose the Sooners over Oklahoma State and Oregon, among other programs.Stokes announced his decision on Twitter.“Excited to say I’ve committed to the University of Oklahoma,” he tweeted.Excited to say I’ve committed to the University of Oklahoma @LincolnRiley @CoachThibbs @RuffinMcNeill @TFB_Sooners pic.twitter.com/htegiIH0ZC— LaRon Stokes Jr 1G ? (@LStokes35) December 17, 2018Stokes is ranked the No. 45 overall prospect in the 2019 JUCO class.Oklahoma’s 2019 class is ranked No. 9 in the country.last_img

UN refugee agency rushing aid to Angolans expelled from DR Congo

A Boeing 747 jet from Johannesburg, South Africa, touched down in Angola’s capital, Luanda, over the weekend carrying thousands of tents, sleeping mats and blankets, as well as a prefabricated warehouse. Upon arrival, the supplies – sent in response to a request from the Angolan Government – were loaded onto army aircraft bound for Uige and Zaire provinces bordering the DRC. Angolan authorities have said that 50,000 Angolans – most of whom had refugee status in the DRC – have either been expelled or have come back to their home country of their own accord. “Many were not even given any opportunity to collect their personal belongings before being forced back to Angola,” said Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR). Those who have returned are living in extremely difficult conditions, he said, with the agency having found some 500 people sleeping on a cement floor in an old school building without sleeping mats or mattresses in Kitumu in Uige province. “The returnees’ stress is exacerbated because many became separated before being forced back to Angola,” Mr. Mahecic noted. When it visited the Mbaza Congo area of Zaire province three weeks ago, UNHCR found that also some 30,000 forcibly returned Angolans are in need of shelter, water, medicine and food. Before the expulsions, the agency was already helping to pave the way for the return of those Angolans wishing to go back to their home country. “UNCHR now looks forward to working with the Angolan and DRC governments to arrange a safe and dignified repatriation of Angolan refugees to their homeland,” according to Mr. Mahecic. As of the end of September, there were still 111,000 refugees registered in the DRC and a further 40,000 in Zambia, South Africa, the Republic of Congo and Namibia. 3 November 2009The United Nations refugee agency has rushed relief items to help tens of thousands of Angolans expelled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month.

SF says no letter from Tiran

There is also strong speculation that Alles will leave the DNP to join the government.By Indika Sri AravindaRELATED STORY: http://colombogazette.com/tiran-resigns-from-dna-post/ When contacted by the Colombo Gazette earlier DNA General Secretary Vijitha Herath said that Alles has not resigned from the DNA alliance.However he could not comment on reports that Alles had resigned from the Democratic Party. Fonseka said that he will be making a full statement regarding the controversy that had arisen over the next couple of days. Democratic National Party (DNP) leader Sarath Fonseka says he has not received a letter from Tiran Alles stating that he has resigned from the party.Speaking to the Colombo Gazette, Fonseka also said that he was misquoted by a weekend newspaper regarding some comments he had made on Alles. There were reports today to the effect that Alles had resigned from the DNP and had handed over his resignation letter to Fonseka.

Police arrest 8 wouldbe asylum seekers

The police arrested eight asylum seekers who were preparing to travel to a foreign country by boat, the police media unit said.According to the police the would-be asylum seekers were arrested on suspicion by the Puttalam police this morning. The police also seized two vans used to transport the asylum seekers to the location where the boat was.Investigations had revealed that the suspects were residents of Jaffna, Killinochchi and Vavuniya. (Colombo Gazette) Initial investigations revealed that the asylum seekers are residents of Vavuniya and Jaffna, the police media unit said. Last week the Matara police had arrested 28 people who were attempting to go to Australia by boat illegally to seek asylum.A boat which had been prepared for the journey was also found near the Mirissa fisheries harbor. The people who were arrested are to be produced in court today.

Australias Labor party wants Lankans returned

The Coalition has come under fire for returning asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka, which has persecuted Tamils following the country’s civil war, and Vietnam, where communist authorities are cracking down on political dissent. Shorten declined to rule any countries out of the turn-back policy.“You have to look at the circumstances of the asylum-seekers in terms of are they in danger of persecution in their home country,” he said. “We would adhere to our obligations under the Refugee Convention.”Scott Morrison, who implemented Operation Sovereign Borders as immigration minister, criticised Labor’s approach as “a very bad karaoke version of the Coalition’s policy”.“They not only said it couldn’t be done, that is turn backs, they said it shouldn’t be done in terms of turnbacks and so you can’t have any confidence in their ability to implement a policy that they clearly don’t believe in,” the Social Services Minister told Sydney radio station 2GB. Asylum-seekers, including those from Sri Lanka, intercepted at sea could be handed back to their home countries if a Labor government assessed they were not owed refugee protection, The Australian newspaper quoted Bill Shorten as saying today.The Opposition Leader, asked to elaborate on his vision today, confirmed that “like the government” he would want asylum-seekers returned to their home countries if possible. “When it comes to the issue of returning boats to source countries, what we would do is, like the government, we would assess whether or not the people coming from the source country are in danger of persecution, we would make that assessment. We will, the Labor Party will, honour our obligations under the Refugee Convention,” Shorten said in Melbourne.

UN food aid agency calls for permanent opening of crossing from Israel

With the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip deteriorating and food and other supplies running short due to Israeli closures, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that it was crucial for this week’s 48-hour opening of the Karni crossing point to become permanent.WFP, which provides food aid to some 160,000 Palestinians in Gaza, was able to bring in 16 containers, containing 300 tons of food, mainly beans and vegetable oil, but this was a very limited amount, agency spokesperson Christiane Berthiaume told a news briefing in Geneva.A further problem was that the Israeli authorities were not allowing WFP to bring out the empty containers, and the agency needed to fill them again and bring them back in. Israel closed the crossing earlier this month, citing security concerns.A second crossing, Kerem-Shalom on the Egyptian side, had been opened and WFP would try to bring food in from there, but it was a new checkpoint and was not yet organized sufficiently to bring in the amount of food required, Ms. Berthiaume said.Five trucks, containing 260 tons of food donated by Egypt, had gone through, mainly with wheat flour.It was very important for the two checkpoints to stay open, and crucial in the case of Karni not only for food relief but also for commercial transactions.There was currently very little wheat flour in the Gaza Strip, which required 450 tons per day. The 300 tons of other foods that had been brought in would not feed many people for very long and WFP was currently investigating how it could buy wheat flour outside Gaza and bring it in, Ms. Berthiaume said.Earlier this week, WFP appealed to the Israeli authorities to allow consignments to reach the tens of thousands of people who depend on outside assistance to survive, warning that the extended closures of Karni could have had a devastating effect.

Whos a clever boy then Parrot foils burglar after savage bite yields

first_imgDetective Constable Richard Sears said: “Vitalij Kiseliov showed no concern for any potential confrontation during these burglaries and targeted his victims at a time when they would have been asleep or were woken as a result of it.”Burglary can have a huge and detrimental impact on people’s lives and I do hope that those affected by Kiseliov’s actions can take comfort in this successful conviction.”A spokesman for Kent Police confirmed this week that Kiseliov, of Chatham, Kent, had ‘removed a parrot from a cage’ during one raid.  Steve Finn A parrot was the unlikely hero to bring a serial burglar to justice after its savage bite caused blood to seep from the thieving man’s hand – which was then used as crucial DNA evidence.Serial burglar Vitalij Kiseliov managed to break into the home of of Peter and Trudy Rowing in Gillingham, Kent, in the dead of night, stealing a laptop and phone.He also stole two oxygen tanks which help Mrs Rowing with her breathing, as well as four cans of lager.His plan was foiled when he tried to take Rocky the African Grey parrot out of his cage – the expensive birds can sell for £500.Crime-fighting Rocky bit the burglar on the hand, leaving his blood around the house. When police were called to the scene they found Kiseliov’s blood by the door.Because of his serial crimes, his DNA was in the police database – so law enforcement managed to arrest him the next day – June 16.Speaking this week, Mr Rowing, 72, said he and his wife have had Rocky for more than 20 years – and hailed him a hero for helping convict Kiseliov.He said he reckoned the burglar had tried to pinch Rocky, knowing he was a valuable bird, but got “more than he bargained for” when the bird bit him. He said: “(The police) reckon Kiseliov threw Rocky out of the window because he bit him.”They found blood by the door. They got him the next day because he was on their database.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Credit: Steve Finn Rocky the parrot was soon reunited with his owners after their granddaughter put out an appeal on Facebook for anyone to look out for the parrot.Recorder Sarah Elliott QC told Kiseliov : “Your burglary spree caused real misery to your victims and in many ways real fear.”The victims were asleep in their own homes at night. Some were brave enough to go down and try to confront you or find you.”Victims talk of their distress and fear and lasting feeling their homes have been invaded. Night time burglaries when people are in their beds asleep are terrifying for them and have lasting consequences.”One lady had poor eyesight and needed a breathing machine. Among other things, you stole her oxygen.”Kiseliov, who admitted six counts of burglary – five between the hours of 3,45am and 5.20am on June 15 and one on June 11 – and was jailed for four years at Maidstone Crown Court last week, and will be deported at the end of his sentence. Steve Finn Credit:Steve Finnlast_img

A sickening incident Appeal after 64yearold woman found dead in north Belfast

first_img Image: Google Streetview Feb 12th 2018, 10:51 PM DETECTIVES FROM THE PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch are appealing for information following the suspicious death of 64-year-old woman in her home in North Belfast in the early hours of Sunday morning.Mother of two May Stevens was found in her Lismoyne Park home shortly after 3am by officers enquiring about her car which had been seen a short time earlier on the North Circular Road having failed to stop for police.Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: “At this stage we are treating Mrs Stevens’ death as suspicious. We now know that her car was stolen between 1.30am and 2am on Sunday before it was found abandoned in Glenbank Place at around 6.45am.“I am keen to trace the movements of the car, a red Hyundai i30, bearing registration plates NRZ 3370, in North Belfast between 1.30am and 6.45am. The vehicle has damage to its nearside. I would also like to speak to anyone who has information about two men who were seen walking away from the car after it was abandoned in Glenbank Place in the direction of the Crumlin Road.“I am investigating a possible link to two other attempted burglaries in the area in the early hours of Sunday morning – one of which was also in Lismoyne Park.“I can fully understand the shock and devastation felt in the community today following this sickening incident, “Mrs Stevens was last seen alive in her house late on Saturday evening and I am awaiting the results of the post mortem.“May touched the lives of many people living in this community as she was a long standing public servant teaching maths to pupils at the Boys’ Model as well as working at Newtownabbey Region College in recent years.“This incident has left the Stevens’ family mourning the loss of a wife, mother and sister. Mrs Stevens was looking forward to becoming a grandmother.“We take the issue of crime against older people extremely seriously and remain committed to putting those responsible before the courts. We work to prevent such crimes, to catch those responsible for incidents which do occur and to help older people keep themselves and their home safe.”Read: Masked gang attacks man with hammers in aggravated burglary > Monday 12 Feb 2018, 10:55 PM 19,388 Views ‘A sickening incident’: Appeal after 64-year-old woman found dead in north Belfast The woman was found dead yesterday. Short URL The entrance to Lismoyne Park in north Belfast. Image: Google Streetview center_img By Garreth MacNamee 7 Comments The entrance to Lismoyne Park in north Belfast. http://jrnl.ie/3849076 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share1 Tweet Email1 last_img

Report ponders future of University of Alaska athletics

first_imgA conceptual image of the Alaska Airlines Center. Image from Alaska Airlines.The future of athletics for the University system is at financial risk.Listen nowThe programs get more than half their current budget from state funds and the UA system plans to dramatically reduce that in the next few years.A new report takes a look at steps the athletic departments can take to save money.The goal of the report is straightforward.“Look at ways to reduce expenses, reduce costs,” University of Alaska Anchorage athletic director Keith Hackett said. He’s a member of the committee that produced the report. “And how it would look with reductions in general fund dollars.”This year, UAA gets $5.3 million from the general fund for athletics – more than half the department’s annual budget and Hackett’s group is looking to cut that in half by 2020 and eliminate it by 2025.The University of Alaska Fairbanks is faces a similar challenge.The committee came up with three potential options that could, theoretically, meet that goal.“The most drastic one was to eliminate sports at one or both campuses. And that would a very, very difficult thing,” Hackett said.If that option were chosen, he says it would make the University of Alaska the only state university in the country without intercollegiate athletics on at least one campus.Option 2 is a consortium model where student athletes could attend classes at one campus, and compete on the other’s athletic teams.It’s not unheard of in the NCAA, but Hackett says the distance between UAA and UAF would make it a unique, and difficult, option.“There’s a lot of things that are different from the typical consortium, the NCAA has, but I think it’s an option that we should consider,” Hackett said. “It would potentially keep athletics at both campuses, and it would certainly be better than the elimination option.”The third option would be to reduce one, or both, UAA and UAF to sports in the Division 2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference known as GNAC.“We’re Division 2 institutions at the core of our athletic programs,” Hackett said. “So I think that’s why that option came up, and we’ve had a very successful run in the GNAC; we won 7 of the 9 conference championships that we competed in last year.”“And the GNAC is a great league, it’s a great Division 2 conference that both of us are partners in.”That option, however, would mean the non-GNAC sports – like hockey, gymnastics, skiing, among others – would be dropped entirely.Sparky Anderson is the head coach of UAA’s ski program – which would be affected by any of the options. He hopes the Board of Regents goes back to the drawing board, and says the program brings much more to the table than just skiing:“We’re out there promoting the university; we’re creating opportunities for kids; we’re recruiting top minds to the state who stay, who graduate who excel in the community and add to the overall quality of life in Alaska,” Anderson said.Each year, UAA’s ski team provides more than 250 hours of community service. And Anderson says the team is an integral part of the Anchorage community and beyond.“We’re out there with the high school teams; we’re out there with the junior teams; we’re in the schools; we are working with Special Olympics; we’re out there in the community and it’s really rewarding for our kids to be visible for everybody, for the entire community,” Anderson said.Anderson hopes the community will come out in force and weigh in on the options presented in the report.“I think that if we get enough people to turn the tide of opinion so that the regents and the president understand we are already doing what they seek to do and we are promoting the educational mission of the university, maybe we can have them go back to the drawing boards and understand how important the ski team is to their educational mission here at the University of Alaska statewide,” Anderson said.A final decision may be different than any of the current ideas, but Director Hackett says one thing is certain – change is coming:“I have spoken to our coaches and staff about that, and right today, there’s no decisions that have been made and everything is still an option,” Hackett said.Forums are scheduled on each of the main campuses to discuss and take comment on the athletics report, as part of the university’s quest to reduce costs.The report is expected to be on the agenda at the upcoming Board of Regents meeting in September.last_img

Journalist 2 family members die after fridge catches fire in Chennai flat

first_img(Representational Image)A journalist and his family members were found dead at their house in Chennai on Thursday. It is being speculated that they died of asphyxiation after the refrigerator in their apartment caught fire. Prasanna, 36, was a journalist working with NewsJ, a Tamil news channel owned by AIADMK. He had previously worked with Thanthi TV and GTV.Prasanna, his wife Archana, 30, and his mother Revathy, 59, were in the house in Tambaram when the refrigerator’s compressor caught fire. The police suspect that the fire was caused due to high voltage, reports The News Minute.”The fire is suspected to have started Thursday early morning. While it did not engulf the house, it burnt the plastics and created more smoke. The family is said to have passed away after inhaling the smoke. They must have shut the doors to switch on the air conditioner and as a result, trapped the smoke inside the house,” a source was quoted as saying by TNM.The bodies were found in the living room.”Prasanna had even come to the office the previous day and had gone home after his afternoon shift. On Thursday, he was missing in office and his colleagues tried calling him. But there was no response,” a source said.last_img

S Korea pledges 500000 for Rohingyas

first_imgProthom Alo file photo The government of South Korea has pledged $500,000 more through United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) for the Rohingyas, reports UNB.Earlier Korea donated $1.5 million through IOM for relief operation in support of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh.At present, the total humanitarian aid provided by the Korean government to support the Rohingyas stands around $2 million (Tk 160 million), said a press release on Thursday.The Korean government has repeatedly expressed its profound concern about the Rohingyas seeking safe place across the border.The national and international humanitarian agencies have been responding in support of government efforts, however, instant scale-up is required to handle the relentless crisis.In addition, KBAA (KOICA Bangladesh Alumni Association) consisting of 2,000 members as well as the Korean Community in Bangladesh, voluntarily provided emergency relief to Rohingyas.last_img

People pay final tributes to Golam Sarwar

first_imgPeople pay final tributes to the dainik Samakl editor Golam Sarwar. Photo: UNBPeople from all walks of life paid their final tributes to vernacular daily Samakal editor Golam Sarwar, who died at a Singapore hospital on Monday night, at Central Shaheed Minar in the city on Thursday.The body of the veteran journalist Sarwar, also the president of Editors’ Council, was taken to the Shaheed Minar around 10:00am and was kept there until 12:30pm, reports UNB.From the Shaheed Minar, Sarwar’s body was taken to the Jatiya Press Club where journalists paid their tributes to him before his last janaza there after Zohr prayers.The mortal remains of the senior journalist will be buried at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard after Asr prayers today, Thursday.Earlier, his body was taken to his workplace at Tejgaon Industrial area around 9:00am where his colleagues paid last respects to their late editor and his third namaz-e-janaza was held at the field of Bangladesh University of Textiles adjacent to Samakal office.Sarwar breathed his last around 9:25pm (Bangladesh time) on Monday while undergoing treatment at Singapore General Hospital.He was 75.last_img

Police need help finding Khululiwe

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? Police would appreciate assistance in finding a missing woman.20-year-old Khululiwe Maphumulo went missing on Monday (January 18). She was last seen by her neighbour while en-route to her work. She never arrived.She is 1.6m tall, has a fair complexion and is of average build.Anyone who has seen Khululiwe or knows of her whereabouts is requested to contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer RP Singh, at Ladysmith SAPS on 036-638-3353 during office hours. Alternatively, call 10111 or Crime Stop on 08600-10111.last_img

Beijing to share more of Great Wall with tourists

first_imgBEIJING (AP) – Beijing will open two new parts of the Great Wall to tourists to meet high demand for one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, state media reported Saturday.The municipal government will open the Huanghuacheng and Hefangkou sections of the Great Wall to the public and expand the popular Mutianyu and Badaling sites in the capital’s northern suburbs, the official Xinhua News Agency said. No specific dates were given. Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family On weekends and holidays, the existing four public Great Wall sites often are crammed with tourists. Xinhua said some tourists instead scale closed sections of the wall and cause damage to the historic structure.Kong Fanzhi, chief of Beijing’s cultural relics bureau, told Xinhua the new measures aim to ease the congestion at the open sections of the wall.Most of the wall in Beijing is in good condition, Wang Yuwei, a cultural relics protection official, was quoted as saying.The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications built throughout centuries to protect the country’s ancient empire.Wang said the city is building a Great Wall database, which will be open to the public.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories center_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How men can have a healthy 2019 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments   Share   last_img

Top long haul travel tips

first_imgDue to Australia’s geographical location, many destinations require a long haul flight to get to, and whilst travelers often are just sitting down for the majority of the time, long haul flights are actually very taxing on health.Being aware of the health risks while flying and being organised with the remedies to treat them will have you arriving happier and healthier the next time you step off the plane after a long haul flight.    Dr Natalie Gray, an Australian travel doctor, gives her top tips on how to manage some of the most common long haul travel issues.Issue #1: Dehydration: The main cause of dehydration during long haul travel is the dryness of the cabins. Comfortable humidity is 60 -70%, yet aeroplane cabins range from just 12-21% (this is the same as a desert!). Common symptoms of low cabin humidity are thirst, dry mouth, skin, eyes and nose.   – To minimise dehydration, try and drink 2–3 glasses of water plus a dose of oral rehydration solution (such as Hydralyte) every five hours. Dry, scratchy eyes are one of the most uncomfortable health issues to have on a flight; they disrupt sleep and can become extremely irritated. Using eye drops or an eye mist (such as Murine Eye Mist) will provide immediate relief.Issue #2: Changing Cabin Pressure: Most commercial long haul flights travel at an altitude of 28,000 – 35,000 feet.  Cabins are pressurised to a maximum of 8000 feet to allow travellers to breathe comfortably as planes cruise through thin air at high altitudes. This discomfort can be minimised by using a saline nasal decongestant (such as FESS saline spray) thirty minutes prior to take off and landing.  The use of mentholated sweets or gum promotes swallowing and helps equalise pressure in the air.Issue #3: Jetlag: Jetlag is the term used to describe the uncomfortable aftermath of a long haul flight through several time zones, where your circadian rhythms (internal clock) become out of sync. As soon as you board the flight, set your clock to the local time of your destination. Stay hydrated, and avoid excess alcohol and caffeine. When you land at your destination, do some light exercise like going for a casual stroll or a relaxing swim that will get the body moving again.Issue #4: Stressed immune system Pre travel time can be stressful with work deadlines to meet and plenty to organise before you take off. During long haul travel you also spend long periods of time in enclosed or confined spaces with lots of other people and odds are if you’re not sick at the start, sitting next to someone for more than six hours who is sick, could mean you are by the end of the flight. To boost your immune system try taking a supplement (like the Frequent Flyer Health Boost).Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img

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first_imgSeattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Dwight Freeney (54) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) If it comes to that, though, then the future Hall of Famer with 119.5 career sacks to his credit could end up providing good value for a team looking for a pass rusher as well as veteran leadership. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After the Cardinals were eliminated in the NFC Championship Game, Freeney reflected on the season and admitted he was not sure if he would continue his career next season.“We’ll see what happens,” he said. “I like to give it like a month or so to really kind of like let whatever emotions kind of die down, whether angry or whatever, and try to make that decision, what’s best for me and my family.”If the linebacker decides he’s not done just yet, according to Sam Monson in an ESPN Insider piece, he will be one of the top 10 sleeper free agents for 2016.Believe it or not, Freeney’s spin move still has juice. About to turn 36, Feeney is a short-term rental for somebody, but if your team is struggling to generate pressure on defense, Freeney is well capable of playing 300-plus snaps and providing a guaranteed level of pressure. He had 36 pressures in just 264 snaps this season.When discussing his future last month, Freeney said Arizona is “like another home for me,” and noted how if he does return, he would like to be back with the Cardinals. But, the veteran of 14 NFL seasons played with three different teams understands that it is possible if he does play, it will have to be with a different team.center_img When the 2015 NFL season began, Dwight Freeney was a man without a team.The 35-year-old was coming off a season in which he tallied 3.5 sacks in 16 games for the San Diego Chargers, which no doubt helped keep demand for his services down. At the same time, the veteran was also not going to sign with just any team, preferring instead to land with a contender if he was to play another season.As the story goes, Freeney signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals in mid-October, and went on to record a team-leading eight sacks to go along with eight QB pressures and seven QB hits in 11 games with the team. He added another sack, four QB pressures and one QB hit in two playoff games, and in the process showed he still had something left in the tank. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories last_img

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first_imgPonant’s 2016 voyages, including itineraries, pricing and shore excursion highlights are contained in the brochure that is currently available directly through Ponant. According to this arrangement, the Veuve Clicquot house becomes Ponant’s exclusive special partner, for the greatest pleasure of onboard passengers:The Captain’s Cocktail – Veuve Clicquot: The traditional Captain’s Cocktail, organised at the beginning of each cruise, will exclusively serve Veuve Clicquot champagne; this will premier on Le Lyrial, the latest jewel in the Ponant fleet, and then be extended to the company’s four other ships.Aboard Le Lyrial, the Panoramic Lounge, located on Deck 6 at the bow of the ship, will soon play host to a Veuve Clicquot corner where passengers can enjoy a glass of champagne looking out over the ocean. This area will be progressively rolled out to the sisterships: Le Boréal, L’Austral and Le Soléal.A new Premium Bar Menu (not included in the Open Bar) will offer an exclusive selection of Veuve Clicquot champagnes (Brut Carte Jaune Clicquot, Rosé, La Grande Dame) and spirits from the luxury drinks house Moët Hennessy.Veuve Clicquot events will also be regularly organised aboard the ships allowing passengers to discover and sample the creations of this prestigious company. The famous French Champagne house Veuve Cliquot have signed an exclusive partnership deal with Ponant that will see them offering Veuve champagnes aboard the French cruise line’s five yachts (32 to 132 staterooms and suites).last_img

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