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Changing Times and Medicaid

first_imgThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on June 2, 2017. Active duty military families are provided significant healthcare coverage and services under their TRICARE benefits. But sometimes they need to turn to other sources of assistance to get needed coverage and benefits.  This is especially the case for families that may have members with special health care needs. In addition, most families – be they in the military or not – face questions and sometimes challenges when helping older family members with healthcare needs. One resource that families may turn to is Medicaid – the public health insurance program which is operated in partnership between the states and the federal government.With a new Congress and President in Washington, there has been some discussion about changing and reforming Medicaid.  While the scope of change and reform is still unclear, and the prospects for any immediate change is uncertain, this is a good time to review some Medicaid basics and what they might mean to military families.While the Medicaid program is most often thought of as a program that helps those with low incomes, one of its major purposes is to assist those who might have special care needs that are not covered or provided through other forms of health benefits or insurance.  In many circumstances, Medicaid can help provide for home and community based health services that provide for caregiving in a non-institutional environment.  For example, a family with a child with severe disabilities might be able to use Medicaid to obtain services beyond those provided by TRICARE or TRICARE/ECHO.Adults in Military Families, often find themselves in the middle of a “sandwich.”  While caring for their children, they might also be looking after their parents or grandparents.  In addition to helping serve those with special health care needs, Medicaid can also be an important resource for older individuals. We often think of Medicare – a program primarily for those over 65 — as the government health insurance program for those who are older. But Medicaid can also play a role for those who are disabled or have low incomes.  Medicare provides relatively little coverage for long-term and in-home care, while Medicaid is a major source of support.  Medicaid can also help fill a gap for medical and prescription expenses when Medicare is not enough.Navigating Medicaid is not especially easy. Because Medicaid programs are operated at the state level, each state has its own eligibility criteria and application procedures.  For families moving from one state to another, this can prove to be a challenge.  Eligibility in one state does not transfer to another, which means that a family will need to make a new application when arriving at their new home.  Services in one state may not be available in another state.  Understanding these realities are important for military families, especially as they are faced with PCS, retirement, or separation decisions.Those who are in a position to help military families with their caregiving needs, can be a valuable asset in informing families about the various services and resources available through various public programs and community services.  Medicaid is one such resource. The Military Caregiving team is looking forward to presenting an up-to-date session on Medicaid on June 21, 2017 through a webinar entitled ‘Medicaid: Taking Stock of an Essential Program in Uncertain Times.’  This webinar will take into account recent developments as they unfold over the next few months, while also offering some information on Medicaid basics. We hope that you can join us then.We also remind you that an in-depth three-part series on Medicaid is available through the MFLN portal.  Just link to our Medicare & Medicaid Resources blog post.  To learn more about Medicare please see our recent blog ‘Are You Covered? – Medicare Overseas’ as well as our archived webinar Medicare 2017 & What it Means for You.last_img read more

Brownlee stars as Ginebra stays alive

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Though TNT roared back with a 12-0 blast to cut the deficit to nine, 56-47, late in the first half, the Gin Kings continued to press on the gas pedal in the ensuing periods, leading by as high 32, 125-93, on a Paolo Taha jumper with 1:37 left.The KaTropa failed to complete the series sweep as import Joshua Smith played subpar on his nine minutes on the floor.The burly reinforcement complained pain on his right foot which was earlier reported as an injured right pinkie caused by his shoe, prompting him to leave the game with the fourth quarter still yet to be played. He finished with four points and seven rebounds in the game.TNT gets another shot to close out the best-of-five series on Saturday with Game 4 set at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.The Ginebra defense also shut down the other TNT leaders, with Jayson Castro limited to just seven points, three assists, and two rebounds, and Game 2 hero Anthony Semerad being held to a measly three markers.RR Garcia paced the KaTropa with 16 points, three rebounds, and three assists, while Mo Tautuaa tallied 15 markers and five boards.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Justin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESGinebra kept its flickering hopes in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals alive with a rousing 125-101 blowout of TNT in Game 3 Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Justin Brownlee anchored the Gin Kings rescue mission as he scattered 31 points, on a 4-of-8 shooting from threes, alongside 11 rebounds, four blocks, three steals, and two assists for the top-seed.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Pocari drops Bali Pure to win another PVL title LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson added 17 markers, five boards, and four dimes, while Japeth Aguilar corralled 15 points, four rebounds, three rejections, and two assists in the dominant win.Sol Mercado chimed in 12 markers and five assists, while Joe Devance had 10 points, five boards, and three dimes for Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It helps a lot when you make shots. And we made shots today. When we can make shots, our offense is a lot different and it spills on our defense,” said coach Tim Cone, as Ginebra went 54-percent from the field in the survival game.Brownlee commandeered the 22-2 rampage for Ginebra in the second quarter as it took a commanding 56-35 lead. The Scores:GINEBRA 125 – Brownlee 31, Thompson 17, Aguilar 15, Mercado 12, Devance 10, Ellis 9, Cruz 9, Tenorio 8, Ferrer 5, Mariano 5, Taha 2, Jamito 2, Helterbrand 0, Caguioa 0.TNT 101 – Garcia 16, Tautuaa 15, Carey 11, Reyes 9, Rosario 8, Castro 7, Rosales 7, Hernandez 6, Nuyles 6, Smith 4, Pogoy 4, Semerad 3, De Ocampo 3, Golla 0, Tamsi 0.Quarters: 34-28, 61-47, 96-74, 125-101. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Indian Super League 2019-20: Coro Scores Late as Goa, Bengaluru Share Spoils

first_img bengaluru fcfc goaFerran Corominasfootball First Published: October 28, 2019, 10:03 PM IST Goa: The first meeting of the season between the two Indian Super League heavyweights finished all square after FC Goa and Bengaluru FC shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Monday.In what was a fiercely contested game in midfield, the teams struggled to carve out clear-cut chances but the visitors, who produced the better output in the final third, found the breakthrough through Udanta Singh in the 62nd minute. However, in dramatic fashion, Goa’s Ferran Corominas won a penalty in injury time and converted it himself to salvage a point for his team. The result sees FC Goa join Mumbai City FC and NorthEast United FC at the top of the table with four points from two games while Bengaluru have now played out a second consecutive draw.The goalkeepers were called into action within the first ten minutes of an intriguing game. Corominas played a good ball forward to Manvir Singh who released Seiminlen Doungel in behind the Bengaluru defence with a clever through-ball. But goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu rushed off his line just in time to collect the ball. At the other end, Udanta Singh’s looping cross from the right was punched away by Goa custodian Mohammed Nawaz.The teams resorted to a cautious approach when going forward after the early hustle. Bengaluru had more of the ball than the home side but chances were few and far between.Seriton Fernandes took matters into his own hands when he picked up the ball in midfield, danced his way past a couple of defenders and played the ball to Ahmed Jahouh with the game nearing half-time. The Moroccan midfielder tried to chip a cross into the box for Manvir but Ashique Kuruniyan, playing at left-back, made a timely interception. At the other end, a Dimas Delgado corner-kick almost bulged the net directly but Doungel’s header from the line kept the match goalless at the break.The hosts enjoyed a period of dominance after the break, with the likes of Ahmed Jahouh and Ferran Corominas getting slightly more time on the ball. The Spanish striker was fouled as he tried to dribble into the box close to the hour-mark but Brandon Fernandes sent the resulting free-kick high and wide.Goa couldn’t score during the period they were on top and Bengaluru handed out the punishment in the 62nd minute. Udanta collected a simple flick from Manuel Onwu at the edge of the box, outfoxed Mourtada Fall with a sublime touch and slotted the ball past Nawaz to score with the game’s first shot on target.Udanta’s agility got the better of the Goa defence again on the right flank a few minutes later but the winger’s cross to Chhetri inside the box was cut out by a vigilant Seriton.FC Goa came alive in the final minutes of the game, with Jackichand Singh wreaking havoc on the right flank and creating two big chances in as many minutes. His drilled crosses on both occasions failed to find a teammate inside the box, much to the relief of the visitors.But there was drama right at the end. With Bengaluru on the verge of victory, a clumsy challenge by Ashique Kuriniyan on Corominas after the youngster lost the ball resulted in the referee pointing to the spot. Corominas converted coolly from 12 yards to send the home supporters into delirium and earn a point for his team. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

PH judoka Kiyomi Watanabe nears Olympic berth

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ FILE – Kiyomi Watanabe of the Philippines clinches the gold medal in the women’s -63kg event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games judo competition Saturday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLMANILA, Philippines—Kiyomi Watanabe is on her way to securing a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Watanabe, the country’s top female bet in judo, is currently ranked 23rd, which makes her on track to qualify with the top 26 judokas in the world in each weight class automatically earning Olympic berths.ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? “Slots in the Tokyo Olympics are our bigger targets,” PSC chairman William Ramirez said. “We are looking at more Filipino athletes qualifying in the Tokyo Games after gymnast Carlos Yulo and pole vaulter EJ Obiena.”Watanabe is a three-time SEA Games gold medalist. She also won the silver medal in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.Carter sees the Philippine Judo Team capable of winning six to seven golds out of the 16 judo events in the 30th biennial games with the six Filipino-Japanese judokas suiting up for the team.The other five Filipino-Japanese judokas competing in the SEA Games are Maria Takahasi, Heisei Nakano, Shugen Nakano, Shin Matsumura and Riyoko Salinas all of whom are also primed to land podium finishes.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Kelly Nabong fined P30k for hit on Chris Newsome All Watanabe has to do is to compete in all the remaining Olympic qualifying tournaments to keep her ranking.Dave Carter, president of the Philippine Judo Federation, is confident about Watanabe’s chances of directly qualifying for the Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceWatanabe is slated to compete in the Osaka world championships next month just before the Southeast Asian Games, which serves as the last Olympic qualifier for the year.The 23-year-old Watanabe will then compete in three more qualifying tournaments in 2020 just before the cut off in July.center_img Rice industry paralysis Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Creating Higher Performance, Lower Power IoT devices while eXecuting-in-Place (XiP)

first_imgAs demand for higher performance, lower power consumption and lower cost continues relentlessly, system designers find that existing embedded solutions no longer meet requirements. Switching from embedded flash or SRAM to eXecute-in-Place (XiP) technology holds great promise for small embedded systems, but as many designers know, building a system with XiP requires solving key challenges in terms of performance and system cost. In this webtalk, Gideon Intrater, CTO of Adesto Technologies, presents a new approach for designing a XiP-based system that overcomes the performance and cost issues associated with existing MCUs and Flash devices.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Leading standards in the wireless charging marketNext congatec: SMARC makes digital cockpit designs smarterlast_img read more

Akira Nishino won’t continue as Japan coach after World Cup 2018 heartbreak

first_imgJapan coach Akira Nishino is unlikely to continue his role after the heartbreaking exit from FIFA World Cup 2018 earlier this week.The Japan Football Association (JFA) confirmed on Thursday that Nishino will step down from the post when his term ends at the end of July.Belgium beat Japan 3-2 in the penalty shootout after Japan let a two-goal lead slip with under 20 minutes left in the Round of 16 game.World Cup 2018: Japan win hearts with gesture after loss vs Belgium”We will not ask Nishino to stay on the job but hope he will continue to make contribution to Japanese football in other forms,” said JFA President Kozo Tashima at a press conference after the national team returned from Russia.READ – A nation in tears after Japan’s heartbreaking exitThe 63-year-old had taken over just two months before the World Cup following the surprise dismissal of Vahid Halilhodzic.Nishino, who also appeared at the press conference, thanked his team, saying that he hopes Japan could break the cycle of reaching the World Cup round of 16 every eight years (in 2002, 2010, 2018) and make a breakthrough at Qatar 2022, reports Xinhua news agency.READ – ‘Japan played like warriors’ – Blue Samurais win hearts”I coached the team with the notion that I will only do this until the end of the World Cup. I feel like I’ve fulfilled my duties,” said Nishino, who was the JFA’s technical director before taking the job.READ – Japanese fans clean stadium even after heartbreaking exitadvertisementNishino took up the job after the JFA abruptly fired former head coach Vahid Halilhodzic in April, citing lack of trust and communication between Halilhodzic and his team members.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFour years after a hugely disappointing campaign in Brazil, Japan entered the World Cup as one of the lowest-ranked sides. Few expected the Blue Samurai to get out of their group, not least because of the change at the top.But following a 2-1 victory over Colombia and a 2-2 draw with Senegal, Japan advanced from its group despite a 1-0 defeat to Poland in its final group match.Admittedly, its progress was down to the fact that it received fewer yellow cards than Senegal after the teams could not be separated on points, goal difference or goals scored.After a series of lackluster results in friendlies under Halilhodzic leading up to the World Cup, the JFA sacked the Bosnian saying there were communication problems between him and some of the players.Nishino took over with little time to prepare and got Japan to play a more attacking style which was on display when they took a surprising 2-0 lead over Belgium before three late goals dashed hopes of an upset.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

Sri Lanka UNICEF voices concern for children victimized by conflict

As the conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continues, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has voiced its grave concern for the South Asian island nation’s children who are increasingly being recruited by rebels and who are being killed or injured.The agency’s Representative in Sri Lanka, where ongoing fighting has trapped some 250,000 civilians in the country’s northern areas, said that the LTTE has stepped up its forced recruitment of civilians, with children as young as 14 years of age being targeted.“These children are facing immediate danger and lives are at great risk,” Philippe Duamelle said in a news release issued yesterday. “Their recruitment is intolerable.”UNICEF has recorded more than 6,000 cases of children being recruited by the Tamil Tigers between 2003 and the end of last year.These soldiers are physically abused, and “instead of hope, fear defines their childhood,” Mr. Duamelle cautioned.UNICEF said it is also very alarmed at the high number of children sustaining injuries – including burns, fractures, and shrapnel and bullet wounds – in fighting in the northern Vanni region, where many wounded children have been evacuated in the past week.The UN Country Team in Sri Lanka has called on Government forces and the LTTE to refrain from fighting in areas of civilian concentration, following reports that weekend clashes in a so-called safe zone in the northern Vanni region has led to more deaths and injuries.“The UN calls on both sides to find an orderly and humane solution so that civilians – and children in particular – can be spared further bloodshed and loss of life due to both disease and the fighting,” according to a statement issued yesterday in Colombo.In a related development, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes will travel to the country this week at the invitation of the Sri Lankan Government, it was announced today.During his three-day visit from 19 to 21 February, the top UN relief official will discuss the humanitarian situation with authorities, Member States, UN offices in Sri Lanka, the International Red Cross, and others.While in the country, Mr. Holmes will also meet with internally displaced people in the northern town of Vavuniya and its vicinity, and will speak to reporters at the end of his visit. 18 February 2009As the conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continues, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has voiced its grave concern for the South Asian island nation’s children who are increasingly being recruited by rebels and who are being killed or injured. read more

Viet Nam Cambodia to further cooperate with the UN over Montagnard tribespeople

“It was very useful to sit down together and look at how we can practically continue the good cooperation we’ve developed over the last eighteen months on trying to resolve this issue,” said Hasim Utkan, the Bangkok-based regional representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Under the terms of the January 2005 agreement, Montagnards who had arrived in Cambodia and were recognized as refugees could either be resettled to a third country or returned to Viet Nam, which has guaranteed they would not be punished, discriminated against or prosecuted for illegal departure. Out of an original group of 750 Montagnards, 561 have been resettled in third countries – mainly the United States – 163 have returned to Viet Nam, and 26 remain in Cambodia. Some 237 Montagnards who arrived after the 2005 agreement are currently staying in Phnom Penh. Participants at Monday’s meeting in the Cambodian capital agreed that UNHCR would continue monitoring returnees to Viet Nam’s Central Highlands. The refugee agency has so far carried out 12 monitoring missions and visited 115 returnees, some of them more than twice. UNHCR says it has no serious concerns about the conditions of the returnees. The parties also decided to speed up the voluntary repatriation process, as well as joint missions by UNHCR and the Cambodian authorities to retrieve Montagnard asylum seekers in border areas. Viet Nam reiterated that Montagnards who wish to join their families in the United States can leave directly, noting that it has issued 435 passports to Montagnards to help accelerate their departure. read more

Filling classrooms with poorly trained teachers undercuts education gains warns UN

In a press release ahead of World Teacher’s Day, marked annually on 5 October, the Institute for Statistics of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported that at least 93 countries have “an acute teacher shortage,” adding that some four million teachers would have to be recruited to achieve universal primary education by 2015 when the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are expected to be met. “A quality universal primary education will remain a distant dream for millions of children living in countries without enough trained teachers in classrooms,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova through the press release. “Teachers are the core of any education system. Hiring and training new and already established teachers is fundamental to protecting children’s ability to learn in school.” The new findings note that, of all the areas surveyed, Sub-Saharan Africa faces the greatest shortage, accounting for two-thirds of the overall number of teachers needed by 2030. The problem, added UNESCO, is being additionally exacerbated by the region’s steadily growing school-age population. As countries are pressured to meet their universal primary education targets, many are recruiting teachers lacking even the most basic training. According to the data compiled by UNESCO, one-third of the countries surveyed had fewer than 75 per cent of primary school teachers trained following national standards. In Angola, Benin, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and South Sudan, this figure falls below 50 per cent. The costs of providing the training, however, would require an increased injection of funding into national education programmes, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa where the cost of paying salaries for the necessary additional teachers would total an extra $5.2 billion per year. In particular, the Central African Republic, Mali, Chad and Malawi need to “significantly increase” their educational budgets as would Nigeria, which boasts the greatest number of children out of school in the world. “Over the past decade, education budgets across Sub-Saharan Africa have been growing by 7 per cent in real terms, reflecting the commitment to get more teachers and children in classrooms,” observed Hendrik van der Pol, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. “The good news is that most countries can afford to hire the extra teachers if they continue to steadily increase investment in education,” he concluded. read more

Amid surging violence in Libya UN warns of potential displacement crisis

The wider United Nations again today turned the international spotlight on the deteriorating situation, following statements from the Security Council and UN Support Mission in the country (UNSMIL) strongly condemning the car bombings yesterday morning in Tripoli of the embassies of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. In a press briefing in Geneva earlier today, a spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said the Office is alarmed by reports of increased human rights abuses, beheadings of activists and the recent closure of Libya’s national human rights institution in Tripoli.“The dramatic increase in use of car bombs in the last few days, with civilians the main victims, illustrates the rapidly deteriorating security and human rights situation in the country,” said spokesperson Rupert Colville. In the past week alone, there were two explosions in Shahhat, three each in Tobruk, al-Baida and Benghazi, and two in Tripoli, causing several deaths and injuries.OHCHR is also concerned about the “continuing threats, intimidation and other repressive measures” being taken against Libya’s national human rights institution, the National Council of Civil Liberties and Human Rights.Mr. Colville recounted that, in mid-October, a group of armed men had visited the Council, and demanded the hand-over of keys to the premises and the organization’s official stamps. In a separate incident, armed men also sought to question a number of senior Council members, including the current General Secretary, while on 21 October, when UN human rights officers visited the building during a visit to Tripoli, they found it deserted. On 9 November, armed men in military uniform arrived at the Council, led by a man known for his support for Operation Libya Dawn, the spokesperson said. According to an eyewitness, the group locked the building and told passers-by that the Council was being shut down by Libya Dawn, and anybody attempting to re-open the Council would be arrested. “We urge those in control of Tripoli to ensure that the office premises of the Council are immediately re-opened and that this key institution is allowed to resume its work without any form of intimidation or obstruction,” Mr. Colville said. Stressing the importance of allowing the Council to function “smoothly and independently at a time when Libyans are facing serious human rights violations,” the spokesperson also noted that the need for independent monitoring in the country is “critical.”In related news, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), briefing on the situation in the east, south and west of Libya, warned that intense fighting among rival armed groups in the eastern towns of Benghazi and Derna, as well as in the country’s southeast at Ubari and in the west at Kikla, is fuelling a “displacement crisis.”At least 106,420 people had fled their homes in the past month alone, meaning that displacement amid the violence since May now exceeds 393,400 people, said the spokesperson, Adrian Edwards.Meanwhile, the insecurity is hampering humanitarian operations, with aid agencies still trying to accurately calculate the scale of internal displacement, UNHCR said in a press release today. Specifically, UNHCR has confirmed reports from its non-governmental organization partners that 56,500 people have fled Benghazi in the past few weeks, including 2,500 Tawerghans who had previously sought shelter there after earlier waves of violence in 2011. Still more people have fled from Derna, although UNHCR cannot yet confirm how many. Local crisis committees in the south-east of the country confirmed some 11,280 people have fled fighting in Ubari, while in the west civilian groups reported 38,640 people have been displaced by fighting in Kikla, including many women and children, Mr. Edwards said. He noted that the displaced are scattered across 35 towns and cities, and are in dire need of shelter, health care, food, water and other basic commodities.The fighting has been fiercest in Benghazi, from where people have fled to the nearby towns of Al Marj, Ajdabiya, Al Bayda, and Misrata, Mr. Edwards said. “These towns are now reaching the limits of what they can do to help the displaced,” the spokesperson said. In particular, Al Marj has had to close its schools to accommodate people unable to stay with host families. Al Bayda and Tobruk are also straining to house the rising tide of displaced people seeking shelter there, from Derna as well as Benghazi. Schools in Tobruk will also be closed so they can host the displaced people, Mr. Edwards added. Moreover, the situation of some 2,500 Tawerghans who fled their camp in Benghazi in mid-October is of particular concern to UNHCR, as they are now staying in parks, schools and parking lots in Ajdabiya and neighbouring towns, with only thin plastic sheets and some tents for cover, Mr. Edwards said. While UNHCR and its partners delivered aid to some 19,000 displaced people through cross-border aid convoys – the only way to get in supplies – in August and September, funding and access are constraints, the spokesperson said. UNHCR is also concerned about the welfare of some 14,000 of the 37,000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya, almost half of whom are from Syria, who are stranded in conflict zones or unable to provide food for themselves and their families. Many of those people have irregularly departed by boats to Europe and, so far this year, more than 156,000 have arrived in Italy – more than 85 per cent departing from Libya, Mr. Edwards said. Mr. Edwards added that UNHCR released yesterday its latest position paper on returns to Libya. The paper calls on all countries to allow civilians fleeing Libya access to their territories, and urges all States to suspend forcible returns to the country until the security and human rights situation has improved considerably. read more

UConn Just Got A Shortcut On Their Road To Perfection

UConn has been slightly less efficient on both offense and defense. As a result, the Huskies have beaten their opponents by only 45 points per 100 possessions this season, down from around 55 points per 100 last season. So if Mississippi State was close to 10 points worse than the Huskies last year, it might be within striking distance now. But 60 points worse than the Huskies …Regardless, FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness prediction model (which does not account for “oh my God, did you see how badly they got crushed last year?”) gives UConn an 87 percent chance of beating Mississippi State and an 85 percent chance of beating whoever they play after that. Good luck.Check out our March Madness predictions. This is the proverbial 60-point game that wasn’t even that close. UConn led 61-12 at the half and scored more points in the first 12 minutes and 14 seconds than Mississippi State would score in the whole game. But here’s the important part: This year’s Bulldogs squad is almost exactly the same team. All but one of the players Mississippi State put on the floor against Baylor (including all five starters) played in last year’s ignominious UConn defeat.UConn, of course, is a different team. Having lost three top players to the top three slots in the WNBA draft, they’ve declined precipitously from a year ago. And by “precipitously,” I mean like so: The University of Connecticut Huskies are good at the basketball. After beating Oregon handily Monday night, UConn’s win streak now stands at 111 games and they’re headed back to the Final Four. Since we’ve pretty much run out of sports comparisons for a streak this epic, note that UConn now has one win for every year of Bilbo Baggins’s life when he finally gave up the One Ring and left the Shire (and they barely look 50!).More importantly, UConn’s road to a fifth straight championship got a lot less interesting than it was before the Elite Eight. Rival Notre Dame is gone, beaten by Stanford. And so is Baylor, the other powerhouse in the tournament, following an amazing upset by Mississippi State. Bulldogs point guard Morgan William had the game of her life, hitting six of eight 3-pointers, while gathering 41 points and 7 assists with no turnovers to help down the Lady Bears.But let’s face it: Baylor losing has likely ruined any suspense left in this tournament. There’s still a chance that the Huskies will get upset by one of their two remaining opponents, but it’s not likely. Stanford, whom UConn could face in the finals, is the last team to beat them — 862 days ago. South Carolina, the Huskies’ other potential title opponent, played them close in February, losing by only 11. But Baylor looked like it might have had the best chance of beating UConn of any team in years.And Mississippi State, whom UConn will face next in the Final Four, let’s see … these teams faced each other in the Sweet 16 last year, and it went like so: read more

EHF Cup Goppingen and La Rioja to TOP8

Situation about the TOP 8 teams at the EHF Cup is much more clear after the Round 5.Eskilstuna – Goppingen 25:31Naturhouse La Rioja – Cimos Koper 35:28Naturhouse La Rioja: Martinez, Aguinalde, Dos Santos 4, Elizaga 2, Arrieta 2, Villarrasa 2, Velasco, Tjomuncev, Lopez 5, Romero 3, Sanchez 2, Čuruvija 3, Alvarez 4, Capote 8, Silva.Cimos Koper: Škof, Vran, Darovec, Dobelšek 1, Bombač 7, N. Poklar 2, Hrastnik, Konečnik 1, Rapotec 3, Gavranović 3, Bošković 1, Bratkovič, Osmajić 10. 2. HBC Nantes421198:95(3)5 2. Team Tvis Holstebro5221143:131(12)6 EHF CupGoppingenla riojaNantesTOP 8 EHF Cup 3. TATRAN Presov5203138:162(-24)4 4. HC Motor Zaporozhye400498:127(-29)0 4. Besiktas JK5104108:140(-32)2 Besiktas – Magdeburg 17:27 3. Orlen Wisla Plock5302138:131(7)6 ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16: HSV storm over “Zlatorog” – Outstanding Mackovsek! Next Story → Your opinion: Kielce, Atletico, Flensburg, Barca and Veszprem to TOP8! RNL – Tatran 36:20 2. KIF Kolding4301111:89(22)6 4. Elverum Handball Herrer5014125:152(-27)1 2. Naturhouse La Rioja5401140:123(17)8 3. RK Cimos Koper5203151:162(-11)4 3. Stiinta Municipal Dedeman Bacau410392:103(-11)2 ORLEN WISLA PLOCK – ELVERUM 30:25RK MARIBOR BRANIK – TEAM TVIS HOLSTEBRO(DAN)   31:27(14:12)RK Maribor Branik: Čudić 5 saves(1x7m), Pešić 15 saves; Štefanič, Mirković 4, Tarabochia, Svalina 1, Oštir 1, Špelić 5, Špende, Razgor 9(7m-6/5), Pučnik, Zarabec 7(7m-1/1), Šoštarič 2, Sok, Šimič, Mlakar 2; Trener: Marko ŠibilaTeam Tvis Holstebro: Lind 1 save(1x7m), Petersen 12 saves; Thoustrup, Hansen 2, Larsen 5(7m-1/1), Nielsen A. 5, Christiansen 7, Sörensen, Bramming 3, Mose, Thomsen, Jensen 1, Jeppesen, Nielsen M. 4; Trener: Klavs Bruun Jorgensen 4. Eskilstuna Guif5005127:157(-30)0 1. Rhein-Neckar Löwen5401156:125(31)8 1. SC Magdeburg5410146:106(40)9 1. Frisch Auf Göppingen5401168:144(24)8 1. RK Maribor Branik5311143:135(8)7 read more

Hong Kong kills 20000 chickens over bird flu fears

first_imgA CULL OF 20,000 chickens is under way in Hong Kong Tuesday after the deadly bird flu virus was found in poultry imported from mainland China.Fears over avian flu have grown following the deaths of two men from the H7N9 strain in Hong Kong since December. Both had recently returned from mainland China.The number of human cases in China this month is 102 with 22 deaths, according to an AFP tally, and the worst-hit province of Zhejiang has closed live poultry markets in major cities there.Officials wearing masks and protective suits piled dead chickens into black plastic bags at Hong Kong’s Cheung Sha Wan market where the virus was found, television footage and photographs showed.Image: Vincent Yu/AP/Press Association ImagesCheung Sha Wan – Hong Kong’s only wholesale poultry market – is now shut for 21 days for disinfection.Vendors are unable to buy live chickens and farmers have nowhere to send their stock, leaving traders and shoppers disappointed in the holiday period.Traditionally Hong Kongers buy a live chicken for Lunar New Year celebrations with family.“I wanted to buy one for my mother for the festival,” one shopper in the city’s Wan Chai Road food market told AFP.“But now there is none, I will have to buy something else. Live chickens just taste better than frozen chickens. The texture is different,” said the woman.At a nearby live chicken stall, the cages were empty.“Of course there is inconvenience because we still need to pay the rent and we want to get paid. The sales volume will be affected”, a 59-year-old trader told AFP.Protest at slaughterThe mass cull started at 10am and was set to last for 10 hours, an agriculture department spokesman said.Chickens would be given a “chemical treatment” to kill them, after which they would be sent to a landfill.Hong Kong last week introduced widespread testing of imported live poultry following growing concern over the safety of imports, particularly from the mainland.Local chicken farmers and wholesalers questioned why chicken imports suspected to contain viruses had not been stopped at border checkpoints, but a government spokesman told AFP that there was nowhere to keep them.“The government should be held fully responsible. It should have stopped the chickens at the border until they were confirmed to be clear of bird flu,” wholesaler Cheng Chin-keung told the South China Morning Post.“Now the chickens from China get mixed with local chickens in the wholesale market and all of them have to be culled.”He said he would lose HK$5 million ($650,000).The city’s health minister Ko Wing-man said the government would consider a “mechanism” to separate local and imported chickens. He added that as of 4.30 pm, more than 11,000 poultry had been culled.A dozen chicken traders protested outside the residence of Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying on Monday night.But Leung called into question the tradition of buying live chickens for fresher meat.“In the long run, should we keep the customs of eating live chickens? Hong Kong people should look into this issue,” he told reporters.Pandemic?The H7N9 outbreak began in China in February 2013 and reignited fears that the virus could mutate to become easily transmissible between humans, potentially triggering a pandemic.Hong Kong is particularly alert to the spread of viruses after an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome swept through the city in 2003, killing 299 people and infecting around 1,800.The city culled 17,000 chickens in December 2011 and suspended live poultry imports for 21 days after three birds tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.- © AFP, 2014Read: Here’s why you shouldn’t worry about swine fluMore: Boy from Northern Ireland diagnosed with swine flulast_img read more

Thousands of carers didnt receive their weekly payment today

first_img Short URL Thousands of carers didn’t receive their weekly payment today The Department of Social Protection said carers who need financial assistance should contact their local Intreo centre. Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 12:05 PM File photo. Image: Shutterstock/ 24,353 Views 44 Comments By Ceimin Burke Share162 Tweet Email4 center_img Feb 22nd 2018, 12:05 PM File photo. Image: Shutterstock/ Updated 4.25pmNEARLY 3,000 CARERS didn’t receive their weekly Carer’s Benefit payment today.The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is investigating why the weekly payment wasn’t processed as normal for the 2,800 people affected.Carer’s benefit is a payment made to people who leave the workforce in order to look after someone who needs full-time care.The maximum weekly rate for someone caring for one person is €210. It’s capped at €315 for someone caring for more than one person.People who receive Carer’s Allowance are not affected by the error.The department apologised to people whose payments have been affected and advised them to contact the Community Welfare Service at their local Intreo centre if they need financial assistance today.“The Department is working on restoring payments to these customers as quickly as possible and we will keep you updated,” a spokesperson said.It later issued a statement saying all carers who experienced a delay with their payment today will receive the money in their accounts tomorrow morning.READ: The new project helping parents develop their kids’ emotional resilience> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article last_img read more

Publishers Debate Pricing Marketing Models For Apps

first_imgSimplifying (and clarifying) the purchasing process—regardless of newsstand–and finding new ways to effectively market among the crush of new apps being launched is critical for publishers to succeed, according to speakers at MPA’s Digital E-Reading conference today. In a session called “Choosing the Right App Model for Your Band,”, Macworld, Consumer Reports and The Knot shared lessons from early attempts at creating paid apps. The typical approach across the industry right now is offering a paid iPad app for the magazine while developing free ancillary apps for that brand across multiple devices. Primary apps for Macworld include AppGems, which plucks appropriate magazine and Web content that work in a smartphone format. Macwold initially charged $2 for the app, which features content in small forms for phone access, which allowed the freedom needed to experiment with advertising. Macworld Daily Reader is an iPad app that bridges the gap between Web site and monthly magazine. Editors curate XML feeds for daily updates. “This is more like the magazine, in that it gets away from the ‘firehose approach’ of the Web where we have 30 new stories each day and it uses the same typefaces and a similar layout as print,” said Jason Snell, editorial director of Mac Publishing. “The target is someone who wants more than the monthly magazine but not the firehose of the Web.” Consumer Reports offers a smartphone app called Mobile Shopper that lets users scan products in-store and see other prices online and from stores in the vicinity. In keeping with CR’s reliance on paid content, they set a high price point of $9.99. However, “We’ve been hearing from users that this isn’t going to work for something that they hold in their hand,” said Jerry Steinbrink, vice president of publishing at Consumers Union. “Dropping to $4.99 has been moderately successful.” However, the price change requires a specific marketing approach. “If we tell them in the App Store that Mobile Shopper is available for a couple days at half price, we get good response. If we just cut the price, there is no change in sales.” Steinbrink said that most CR subscribers are in their mid-60s, and want an iPad experience that is similar to the magazine, which offers a free sample for download and an upsell for the regular issue. He added that CR plans to launch data-driven app products for the enthusiast market in the near future. The Knot has been early to apps, launching its first in 2009. Its approach has centered on very community-oriented apps, allowing brides to talk among themselves. Similar apps such as PregnancyBuzz followed a similar approach, but require more management than typical apps, according to director of mobile and social media marketing Kate Ward. “It can be a difficult launch with the real-time aspect and we had to set up moderation for each app to make sure quality is up to standard,” she added. Marketing Apps: The Apple Dilemma Generating buzz around apps can be difficult with the flood of new apps being launched and the limitations Apple puts on publishers. Snell said that the Macworld Daily Rader originally was pitched as a subscription product but was rejected when Apple changed its subscription policy without informing the publisher. “Now we’re having to back into subscription pricing,” he said. However, offering an app for free does have some advantages in visibility and introducing people to the product. “Being free can be a good thing because it gets you on the app charts,” Snell said. “You can let 300,000 people try it, and then maybe they’ll buy it.” Consumer Reports does e-mail blasts and advertises its apps in its publication, while does its own app-specific updates and notifications. Snell said MacWorld is considering Apple’s push technology notification. When it comes to publishers just getting started with apps, Snell acknowledged his bias but said that the iPhone is a good launching pad. “The iPhone is good for getting your feet wet. You’re talking about one development firm, one screen-to-aspect ratio.”last_img read more

Walker doubles down on opposing Pebble Mine

first_imgWhile Gov. Bill Walker expressed concerns about EPA’s earlier actions, he came out strongly against the project in an interview. (Alaska Governor’s Office photo)Tomorrow, Pebble Limited Partnership CEO Tom Collier is expected to publicly outline a plan for the proposed Pebble Mine project for the first time.Listen nowBut in an interview today, Governor Bill Walker said he’s against the controversial mine.“I am not supportive of the Pebble Mine,” Walker said.Walker said the mine’s developers have not yet proven to him that the project can be done without harming the Bristol Bay region’s salmon fishery.“I do not have information sufficient for me to be comfortable or supportive of the Pebble Mine. The burden is on them to prove that it can be done without a risk to the fish in that area. It’s a high burden – it’s the highest burden, and to me, they have not met that yet,” Walker said.Walker said he will consider what Pebble’s developers have to say, but he’s also listening closely to concerns from people who could be affected by the mine.The governor did not say he’s planning to take any specific actions to halt the project.“I don’t know that there’s a lever for me to pull that’s going to absolutely stop it,” Walker said, adding, “I think that there are a lot of protections that are already in place.”It’s not the first time the Governor has said he’s not in favor of the mine — he came out against the project while campaigning for office in 2014. But the state will likely take on a bigger role in the Pebble Mine controversy soon.Under the Obama administration, U.S. EPA proposed restrictions on the mine before the standard permitting process began.Walker said he did have concerns about EPA’s previous action.“Alaska’s a resource state…and my concern with that is that they sort of overstepped and didn’t let a process play out. If [EPA] could do that on that issue, then there are other issues they could do that as well,” Walker said. “It’s a delicate issue, but I certainly would not want to have that happen on a development that was not anywhere near a risk to a fishing area.”However, Scott Pruitt, the EPA Administrator under President Donald Trump, reached a settlement with Pebble this spring, opening the door for the project to begin the permitting process. If that happens, the state also will begin its review of the mine.Mike Heatwole, a spokesman for Pebble Ltd. Partnership, responded to Walker’s remarks in an emailed statement.“The governor is correct that the burden is on us to demonstrate we will not impact the fish resource in the region,” Heatwole said. “While we believe our plan meets this hurdle, the next step is to have our plan thoroughly and objectively evaluated via the permitting process to determine if we meet the high standards Alaskans expect for development.”last_img read more

Three weeks in health care sign up pace in Alaska is way

first_imgJessie Menkens hands 3-year-old Mayzie Sheakley toothpaste and a toothbrush at a health care booth in Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. Menkens works for the Alaska Primary Care Association, which sponsored the booth to promote enrollment in insurance plans through the health care exchange. Also pictured: Sue Clayton and Herb Sheakley. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)If you need health insurance, you’ve got three weeks left to shop for it on the federal health care exchange. Then, open enrollment closes.While the federal budget for enrollment outreach and the amount of time to shop have been slashed since last year, the pace of enrollment in Alaska has picked way up.Jessie Menkens is the coverage initiatives coordinator for the Alaska Primary Care Association. That means she oversees health care navigators statewide, and she keeps a close eye on health care enrollment numbers. She says she’s pleased with the latest tallies.“Just Wednesday morning, we saw the numbers for week three here in Alaska. We’re up 49 percent in participation compared to where we were at this time last year,” Menkens said. “Last year, we had 3,805 individuals in Alaska covered. This year, we have 5,667 people covered with a plan.”To hit parity with last year, Menkens said they’ll need about 11,000 more sign-ups by the deadline. She said she’s hoping for 12,000 or more, and thinks it can happen because insurance prices have fallen this year.However, the amount of time to sign up was halved to 6 weeks from last year.“We have a very short amount of time, so again, it’s just really important for Alaskans to not wait,” Menkens said.The deadline is Dec. 15, and the uninsured are subject to federal income tax penalty under the Affordable Care Act.Though Menkens’ organization lost a lot of grant money for enrollment outreach, she’s still finding potential enrollees one at a time. Amid Christmas music and artists’ booths at a holiday craft fair in Juneau on Friday, Menkens handed out pamphlets, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and answered a lot of health care questions, including some from Sue Clayton.Clayton gets health care through a tribal health system. After talking with Menkens for a few minutes, Clayton explained that she’s interested in supplemental coverage through the exchange.“Yeah, I picked up two-program information things here, and the tribal affiliated program sounds like it’s the one I need to sign up for first,” Clayton said with pamphlets in hand. “And then later on down the line, Medicare will kick in.”Clayton may be the latest tick mark for Menkens’ enrollment tally.Enrollment information is available at, including contacts for one-on-one help in communities across Alaska.How to reach health care navigators in AlaskaAlaska Primary Care Association – Get Covered AlaskaSEARHCHelpline: 1-844-PLANSAKlast_img read more

19yearold womans body found stuck between highrise buildings

first_imgNoida: The body of a 19-year-old woman was Tuesday found stuck 120 feet above the ground in a 1.5-foot space between two high-rise residential buildings in Noida in a suspected murder case, officials said. The incident was reported in the morning from Amrapali Silicon society in Noida Sector 76, following which a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was deployed to bring down the body, they said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The woman, a native of Katihar district in Bihar and worked as a domestic help in a married couple’s house in the same society, had gone missing since June 28, a police official said. “The couple had gone to Gurgaon, Haryana for some personal work where they came to know about the incident this morning when locals reported it to police after stench emanated from the body. They came back and identified the body,” he said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The body was disfigured, swollen and bore injury marks, the official said. NDRF official Jeetendra Kumar Yadav, who led the 35-member team that brought the body down, said the operation began at 12.35 pm and ended at 2.55 pm. “Using rope skills, the NDRF personnel had suspended themselves from the terrace of the 16-storey building to reach the body. The body was badly stuck in the 1.5-foot space between the C and D blocks of the building. We then used machines to cut the wall slightly and brought down the body from 120 feet height,” Yadav told PTI. Officials from the local police station said so far it could not be ascertained how the body ended up being there and a probe is on. “The body has been sent for post-mortem after which a probe would be conducted,” Ajay Kumar Aggarwal said.last_img read more

Moscow warns Trump over dangerous nuclear pact pullout

first_imgRussian president Vladimir Putin (L) and foreign minister Sergei Lavrov attend a ceremony to receive diplomatic credentials from newly appointed foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on 11 October. Photo: ReutersMoscow on Sunday warned US president Donald Trump that his plan to ditch a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty with Russia was a dangerous step.Ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who signed the original document back in 1987, condemned the move as showing Trump’s “lack of wisdom.”Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov warned that withdrawal “would be a very dangerous step” and said Washington faced international condemnation in its bid for “total supremacy” in the military sphere.He insisted that Moscow observed “in the strictest way” the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, while accusing Washington of “flagrant violations”.The treaty was signed by then US president Ronald Reagan and Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, who on Sunday told Interfax news agency that “dropping these agreements… shows a lack of wisdom” and is a “mistake”.Germany “regrets the planned withdrawal” and it will require discussion among NATO countries, a government spokeswoman said, calling the treaty “an important element of arms control”.But Trump on Saturday claimed Russia had long violated the treaty.“We’re the ones who have stayed in the agreement and we’ve honoured the agreement, but Russia has not unfortunately honoured the agreement, so we’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out,” he told reporters.“Russia has violated the agreement. They’ve been violating it for many years,” he said.“And we’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons (while) we’re not allowed to.”Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton arrived in Moscow on Sunday and is set to meet Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies that president Vladimir Putin may also meet Bolton to seek “clarifications”.The row comes ahead of what is expected to be a second summit between Trump and Putin this year.The Trump administration has complained of Moscow’s deployment of Novator 9M729 missiles, which Washington says fall under the treaty’s ban on missiles that can travel distances between 310 and 3,400 miles (500 and 5,500 kilometres).The INF resolved a crisis over Soviet nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles targeting Western capitals.The latest rift could have “the most lamentable consequences”, political analyst Alexei Arbatov told Interfax news agency, dragging Russia into a “new cycle of the arms race”.US or Russia at fault?A Russian foreign ministry official earlier accused Washington of implementing policy “toward dismantling the nuclear deal”.For many years, Washington has been “deliberately and step by step destroying the basis for the agreement,” said the unnamed official quoted by state news agencies.The official accused the United States of backing out of international agreements that put it on an equal footing with other countries because it wanted to protect American “exceptionalism”.Russian senator Alexei Pushkov wrote on Twitter that the move was “the second powerful blow against the whole system of strategic stability in the world” after Washington’s 2001 withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty.Bolton himself is pressuring Trump to leave the INF and has blocked talks to extend the New Start treaty on strategic missiles set to expire in 2021, according to The Guardian newspaper.US withdrawal from the INF “will destroy any prospects of extending the New Start treaty,” the head of the Russian Senate’s foreign affairs committee Konstantin Kosachev warned on Facebook.The US plan to withdraw from the INF is also targeting China. As a non-signatory, Beijing can develop intermediate-range nuclear weapons without constraints.US-Russia ties are under deep strain over accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 US presidential election. The two countries are also at odds over Russian support for the Syrian government in the country’s civil war, and the conflict in Ukraine.On Friday, the US Justice Department indicted the finance chief of Russia’s leading troll farm for allegedly interfering with US congressional elections to be held in November.Russia accused the United States of fabricating the charges.While no new summit between Trump and Putin has yet been announced, one is expected in the near future.The two leaders will be in Paris on 11 November to attend commemorations marking 100 years since the end of World War I.A senior Trump administration official said another potential date could be when both presidents attend the Group of 20 meeting in Buenos Aires on 30 November and 1 December.last_img read more

Dos and donts for running a marathon

first_imgRunning a marathon is never easy but with the right training and following the dos and don’ts, one can not only avoid serious injuries but also enjoy the run, says an expert.Before the run:* Ensure that a part of your longest run (full marathon – 32 to 38 km, half marathon – 21 to 24 km) has about 60-70 per cent distance being run at your goal/race pace. For example, if you intend to finish the half marathon in one hour 59 minutes, the goal pace is 5:40 per km. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Also, you need to get familiar with the running course so that you don’t get bothered with unexpected inclines. Practice your long runs with some inclines added so you know how much to slow down on such inclines on the day of the run.* A day before the marathon, it is recommended to stay off one’s feet, and drink a lot of fluids to stay well hydrated.* One also needs to ensure that you don’t skip food, nor go on any kind of diet just before the race. Taking meals that are high (65-75 per cent) in carbohydrates is recommended. There should also be adequate protein intake. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Lastly, mentally preparing for your race by visualising the course and your race plan is an integral part of the final preparation. A night before the big run, lay out your gear, have an early dinner and go to bed early.* On the big day, it is critical to take an easily digestible meal two hours prior to the race start time. Additionally, drinking adequate water to digest this meal is also important.On the start line and during the run:* Just before one starts running for the big race, it is important to do a light warm up. Also, sipping water every now and then until the start, is recommended. * For the first half of your race in a half marathon, do not run faster than your goal pace as it might lead to cramps. If the sun isn’t being too nice, use a sponge to cool your head and back of the neck. Also, it is vital that one keeps sipping on water in order to avoid dehydration because once this sets in it becomes difficult for one to keep up to the goal pace.After the run:* On finishing the race no matter how tempted one is to sit down on the grass and stretch the muscles, don’t. This is because the muscles are inflamed and to ensure that one recovers fast, they need to move around to facilitate smooth blood circulation.* Having a meal which comprises of carbohydrates and proteins as early as possible will replenish ones glycogen levels. The proteins will help in repairing the damaged tissue.* For quick post marathon recovery, getting a good night’s sleep, drinking lots of fluids throughout the day and eating food which is high in proteins and carbohydrates is the key to repair and refuel yourselves.* Stretching and ice baths are other ways to boost one’s running recovery. This will help in increasing blood flow to the muscles while an ice bath will help in reducing post marathon soreness by reducing inflammation.last_img read more