Second-hand smoke exposure numbers halve

first_imgNewsHub 1 April 2016Family First Comment: But wait until they legalise marijuana. Then we’re back to step 1 again. #ironicExposure to second-hand smoke in Kiwi homes has almost halved in a seven-year period, a study has found.Massey University research examined the effects of second-hand smoke exposure for children and non-smoking adults in New Zealand homes.It found that in 2012-13, about 150,000 non-smoking adults and children were exposed, down almost half from 2006-07.Maori exposure rates also dropped, but remained higher than the general figures.Exposure to second-hand smoke caused about 104 deaths in 2010, with the majority of deaths being heart disease and strokes among adults and sudden unexplained deaths among children.The research was published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/health/second-hand-smoke-exposure-drops-2016040105#axzz44QWkpCU3last_img read more

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First American dies of novel coronavirus in China

first_imgWhile the vast majority of cases havebeen in China, the virus has spread to some two dozen countries abroad,including five British nationals infected in a French mountain resort. A worker takes body temperature measurement of a passenger inside a vehicle following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei province, China Feb. 7, 2020. CHINA DAILY REUTERS BEIJING – A 60-year-old American hasdied of the new coronavirus, the first confirmed non-Chinese death of theillness, U.S. officials said, as millions of Chinese began returning home aftera Lunar New Year break that was extended to try to contain the outbreak.center_img The American man died on Thursday inWuhan, epicenter of the virus outbreak in the central Chinese province ofHubei, a U.S. embassy spokesman said in Beijing on Saturday. He did notelaborate. (Reuters)last_img read more

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Sudan discovers mass grave of military officers

first_imgHe is currently facing charges over the military coup that brought him to power in 1989. The attorney general on Thursday said the mass grave had 28 military officers believed to have been involved in a failed coup against former President Omar al-Bashir. Members of a forensic team at a first mass grave found south of Khartoum, Sudan. “The attorney has found strong evidences that there is a mass grave of military officers that were killed in 1990 and the grave is now under the protection of the authorities until the investigations would finish,” read a statement. Bashir’s regime foiled a military coup in 1990 and many reports said that the officers involved were killed.center_img If convicted, the former president, who ruled Sudan for 30 years, could face the death penalty. The Sudanese government has announced that it has discovered a mass grave dating to 1990. He was overthrown last year after months of pro-democracy demonstrations. (BBC)last_img read more

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Pochettino may join any of Europe’s top-five leagues

first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyA Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running ArtTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World read also:I always thought I’d replace Mourinho at Real Madrid – Pochettino “The Premier League has taken advantage in the commercial, the marketing [sense]. But La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga are also very powerful, and similar. “We adapted well to the Premier League, but we are open to new challenges and opening another horizon would be enriching.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is open to a job at any club in a top Europea league. Pochettino has not coached since losing his job earlier this season. Argentine has received a few offers, but none that matched his standard. Now he is suggesting any prestigious club at a top-five European League – Italy, Spain, England, Germany and France – would suit him. Asked by El Pais if he wanted a club that could win trophies, Pochettino said: “It is to find a club, president or people who go hand-in-hand with the ideas we have and that we believe can bring you closer to success. When that offer arrives, we will all say yes.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

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COVID-19: Sports Minister provides 57 Suites, other facilities for use at Stadium

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Fifty-seven executive suites at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja have been made available for use by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development under the leadership of the Minister, Sunday Dare, for the containment of the Coronavirus Disease. The minister, who spoke at the inspection of facilities at the stadium, said it has become necessary to get them ready for use when the need arises. Dare said: “We have 57 executive suites here; you can see how they are, self-contained, with toilets there, and we think this facility belongs to this country and that this facility is available if the need arises. “Like I said, the medical authorities, the health authorities will make that determination on a need basis, but this is a typical one. “You have seen the toilet and the bath there; you have seen the size of it. “It can fit in a proper bed for isolation and we have 57 of them and it is one of the facilities. “Earlier, we looked at the Velodrome and the multi-purpose sports hall and when you look at what we have here, we have something similar in Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna, we have something similar in Lagos. “Every stadium is a big complex and we have several parts and there are parts of those complexes that can be useful for the pandemic we are facing.” The minister reiterated that the suites would be available for any Nigerian as determined  by the health authorities. Dare said: “Beginning this weekend, we will start fumigating and cleaning them for any Nigerian who needs them as determined by the health authorities.” He also added that the open fields of the stadiums might be needed for distribution of medical supplies and as testing centres to allow for social distancing. Citing examples of the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida, Hard Rock Cinema in Florida, USA, seven football clubs in Brazil that have turned over their stadiums to the health authorities, as well as in Spain and Italy, the minister said it had become imperative for Nigeria to look at countries with high numbers of the infected cases and do same in order to stop the pandemic in its tracks. Dare maintained that sports has been the hardest hit by the coronavirus, but has to also be actively involved in stopping the pandemic.Tags: abujaCoronavirusCOVID-19Moshood Abiola National StadiumSports Ministerlast_img read more

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Ellsworth surges past Caribou after loss to Presque Isle

first_img Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Bio Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Ellsworth’s Hannah Sargent shoots the ball in the Ellsworth girls’ basketball team’s 40-23 win over Caribou on Saturday at Ellsworth. PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENELLSWORTH — With just an 8-7 lead after one period, the Ellsworth Eagle girls scored 15 unanswered points in the second quarter and went on to down the Caribou Vikings 40-23 on Saturday afternoon at Katsiaficas Gymnasium.The Eagles, ranked sixth in the Eastern Maine Class B standings, upped their record to 10-6 with the win while the Vikings slipped to 1-13.The tough Ellsworth defense limited the Vikings to just 10 points over three periods while building a 32-10 lead.Junior guard Madison Card sparked the Eagles early, scoring nine of her game-high 14 points in the first half, and senior forward Hailee Langley had five of her seven points in the second period as the Eagles pushed the lead out of reach of the Vikings.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJunior guard Caitlin Bean also chipped in with six points for Ellsworth, and freshman Gabrielle Marquis led the Vikings with nine points.John Bapst 58, Bucksport 35At the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, the John Bapst Crusaders jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the game’s first three minutes en route to their Monday night victory over Bucksport.Crystal Bell led John Bapst (13-2) with 17 points.Breanna Coons led Bucksport (1-13) with 13 points, and Madysen Robichaud netted nine.MDI 84, Presque Isle 60Mount Desert Island’s Sierra Tapley, Kelsey Shaw and Sarah Phelps combined for 57 points against Presque Isle en route to the Trojans win on Saturday at home.The Trojans remain undefeated this season with a 15-0 record. Presque Isle dropped to 13-2, with both losses coming from MDI.Ellsworth’s Hailee Langley looks for a shot in the Ellsworth girls’ basketball team’s 69-42 loss to Presque Isle on Friday at Ellsworth. PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENPresque Isle 69, Ellsworth 42Unleashing a barrage of 15 three-pointers, six of them in the first period, the Presque Isle Wildcats raced out to a 20-8 lead over Ellsworth en route to their win on Friday night at Katsiaficas Gymnasium.Back-to-back threes by senior Hannah Graham and sophomore Emily Lagerstrom put the Wildcats in 6-0 on their first two possessions.Ellsworth cut the lead back to two points as sophomore Sammy Mason scored back-to-back baskets, but Presque Isle followed with yet another three and it was off to the races for the Wildcats.Before the first period was over, Lagerstrom had connected on three of her five threes and freshman Emily Wheaton added another.Lagerstrom opened the second period with another bomb from outside the circle, junior Regan Nelson hit a free throw and Wheaton scored on a layup, pushing the Wildcat lead to 26-8.Presque Isle pushed the lead to more than 30 points in the third period and the Wildcats maintained most of that cushion the rest of the way.Lagerstrom, who had five threes, and Wheaton, who had three, each finished with 15 points and Graham added 10 for the Wildcats.Mason led the Eagles with eight points, junior Caitlin Bean had seven and senior Hailee Langley and freshman Katelynn Bagley chipped in with six each.Ellsworth dropped to 9-6, and Presque Isle improved its record to 13-1.MDI 75, Caribou 34At Mount Desert Island, Sierra Tapley poured in 20 points to propel the MDI Trojans to their 14th win of the season on Friday.MDI’s Sarah Phelps added 14 points, and Kelsey Shaw chipped in 10.Brianna Judd paced Caribou with 10 points.Taylor Vortherms contributed to this story.center_img Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017last_img read more

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Yash Chaurasia stuns third seed Chaiyarin in ITF Juniors

first_imgKolkata: Credit Chaiyarin of Thailand, seeded third in the qualifying draw and belonging to the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) team, went down against India’s Yash Chaurasia by a marathon 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (6) in the qualifying round of the ITF Juniors here on Saturday.On a similar note, Switzerland’s Thomas George Brun refused to give up after losing the opening set to the fourth seeded Tim Gauntlett of Hongkong and also belonging to the ATF Team, as Brun made a stunning come back to win the second round qualifying match by a long 6-3,3-6,6-4. The top four seeds of the girls singles qualifying draw, Maanya Viswanath, Bhakti Shah, Shuoran Wang and Archita Mahalwal respectively, made it to the final rounds which will be played on Sunday. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

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PINSTRIPE : Syracuse vs. Kansas State: Pregame Breakdown

first_imgBY THE NUMBERS4The number of schools to ever win 11 games six times over a seven year-stretch, one of which is Kansas State (1997-2003).8The number of different bowls – including the Pinstripe Bowl – Kansas State has played in since 1993.1987The year of the final football game in the old Yankee Stadium. In the final Whitney M. Young Urban League Classic, Central State University of Ohio defeated Grambling 37-21.12The number of passes Raymond Berry hauled in ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played’. The NFL Championship Game on Dec. 28, 1958 was the first sudden death overtime game in the league’s history, with the Colts defeating the Giants in Yankee Stadium 23-17.7The number of All-Big East selections Syracuse garnered in 2010, the most for the program since 2004. Doug Hogue was the Orange’s only first-team selection. BEAT WRITER PREDICTIONSAndrew L. JohnSyracuse 17, Kansas State 14Doug Marrone adds his name to Yankee Stadium lore.Brett LoGiuratoSyracuse 21, Kansas State 20More than a month of what Doug Marrone called another ‘spring football’ of practice will pay off for Syracuse. The Orange wins in a thriller in Yankee Stadium.Tony OliveroKansas State 20, Syracuse 13SU is simply missing too much. From the offense to the punting game. No amount of bowl magic will be able to quell that. CURRENT STATISTICAL LEADERSPassing                 Comp-Att            Yds         TD           IntRyan Nassib        189-337                2095       16           8Rushing              Att            Yds         Avg        TDDelone Carter    204         1035       5.1          7Antwon Bailey    107           504         4.7          2Receiving            Rec        Yds           Avg       TDVan Chew            41           611         14.95     5Nick Provo           32           356         11.1        1Antwon Bailey     32           277         8.7          3Alec Lemon         30           377         12.6        4 –– compiled by SU football beat writers Andrew L. John, Brett LoGiurato and Tony Olivero; aljohn@syr.edu, bplogiur@syr.edu, aolivero@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ DID YOU KNOW?This isn’t the first time that Syracuse and Kansas State are playing in a bowl game versus each other. The two teams last played in 2001, in the Insight.com Bowl at Phoenix, Ariz. The Orange defeated the Wildcats in that game 26-3. Kansas State got the better of Syracuse four years earlier in the Fiesta Bowl, though, when KSU defeated the Orange 35-18 at Tempe, Ariz. It is also the first Big 12 team that sU has played since the Insight.com Bowl win.center_img Published on December 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm STARTING LINEUPSSyracuse offense12           QB          Ryan Nassib3              RB           Delone Carter49           FB           Adam Harris15           WR         Alec Lemon82           WR         Van Chew85           TE           Jose Cruz67           LT            Justin Pugh75           LG           Zach Chibane70           C             Ryan Bartholomew66           RG          Andrew Tiller74           RT           Michael HayKansas State defense46           DE           Prizell Brown94           DT           Raphael Guidry95           DT           Ray Kibble40           DE           Antonio Felder50           SLB         Tre Walker26           MLB       Jarell Childs27           WLB       David Garrett16           CB           Terrance Sweeney8              CB           Stephen Harrison28           SS           Logan Dold12           FS           Ty ZimmermanKansas State offense14           QB          Carson Coffman8              RB           Daniel Thomas37           FB           Braden Wilson89           WR         Aubrey Quarles3              WR         Chris Harper80           TE           Travis Tannahill73           LT            Manase Foketi59           LG           Zach Kendall74           C             Wade Weibert67           RG          Kenneth Mayfield75           RT           Alyde AufnerSyracuse defense54           DE           Mikhail Marinovich94           NT          Bud Tribbey96           DT           Jay Bromley99           DE           Chandler Jones11           SLB         Marquis Spruill25           MLB       Derrell Smith32           WLB       Doug Hogue6              CB           Da’Mon Merkerson35           CB           Mike Holmes21           SS           Shamarko Thomas1              FS           Phillip Thomas Comments KEY MATCHUPSRyan Nassib, QB vs. Prizel Brown, DENassib has struggled throughout most of Big East play. He has thrown an interception in three straight games. Kansas State will key on the SU run game. It’ll be up to Nassib to step up. It’ll begin with facing the pressure of Brown and the KSU line.Doug Hogue, LB vs. Daniel Thomas RBHogue is coming fresh off a first-team All-Big East selection. Thomas is the key component of a Top-25 rushing attack. He rushed for 1,495 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDa’Mon Merkerson, CB vs. Aubrey Quarles, WRQuarles is the one receiver that has been a consistent downfield threat this season for the Wildcats. He has 47 catches for five touchdowns. Merkerson and fellow corner Mike Holmes will need to key on him.Ryan Lichtenstein, P vs. Tysyn Hartman, PRLichtenstein has been thrust into action once again with the absence of steady starter Rob Long because of surgery to remove a tumor in his brain. How Lichtenstein, SU’s starting kicker last year, handles spot punting duties will go a long way in a field-position battle.last_img read more

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Swipes for the Homeless receives $30,000 prize

first_imgUSC Swipes for the Homeless, an annual event which donates students’ extra dining dollars to people in need, will return this year from Dec. 1-5. The national organization won $30,000 in prize money from a social innovation pitch competition.“At the end of each semester, we get people to donate their unused dining accounts, which is their remaining balances once winter break starts,” said Lauren O’Neil, co-president of USC Swipes for the Homeless.USC Swipes for the Homeless typically stations members outside Trojan Grounds, the bookstore, and other prominent campus locations to encourage students to donate leftover dining dollars at the end of the semester.The money is then converted by USC Hospitality into canned food, which is then donated to the Los Angeles mission.Unlike last year, this year USC Swipes for the Homeless will also be on Tapingo, a smartphone application that allows students to order food for takeout or delivery.“Students can sign up to donate their unused balances on the Tapingo app,” O’Neil said.This was the first time that Swipes for the Homeless participated in the Social Venture Partners’ national fast pitch competition, and the organization was awarded three out of the six awards, amounting to a total of $30,000. O’Neil said hundreds of charities applied.The three awards that the organization was given were the Judges Grand Prize Award, The Annenberg Audience Award and the Media Prize.“One of them was the Audience Award, where the audience [was] able to vote for their favorite pitch,” said Rachel Sumekh, national executive director of Swipes for the Homeless. “The Grand Prize was given to us by a panel of judges, which amounted to $15,000.”The company Ad-Prose also gave USC Swipes for the Homeless a donation of $5,000.Sumekh was the youngest person presenting at the event, and Swipes for the Homeless was the newest organization.According to the organization’s website, USC Swipes for the Homeless was created in spring of 2012 to assist with the issue of homelessness in the L.A. area.“The last two weeks of every semester, we collect donations for Swipes for the Homeless,” O’Neil said. “It has been our basic model to get unused dining dollars at the end of each semester when accounts are frozen and students can no longer access them.”The organization applied to the competition in July. Twenty semifinalists were chosen based on their applications. The list was then narrowed down to 10 finalists through presentations of their fast pitches to a panel of judges.“The 10 finalists also go through a two-month training program on how to make speeches and how to make proposals,” O’Neil said.USC Swipes for the Homeless was one of the 10 finalists chosen to present their three-minute fast pitch at the event, which was held at the Skirball Cultural Center on Oct. 29.“It’s a networking event that connects innovators, sponsors, different philanthropic initiatives,” O’Neil said.O’Neil and Sumekh attended the event as representatives for USC Swipes for the Homeless.“The national director is going to use the prize money to create a national e-board,” O’Neil said. The national e-board will support the local chapters of Swipes for the Homeless and implement other awareness programs.Originally, Sumekh was working out of a Starbucks, so this money will allow her to have an office. Hopefully, this will help her “to create the organizational structure to make Swipes for the Homeless stronger in a national sense,” O’Neil said.The organization also plans to use the money to fund possible volunteer trips and support other local chapters of Swipes for the Homeless.last_img read more

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Flag debate requires broader dialogue

first_imgLast month, federal judges in Virginia voted to uphold a Confederate flag ban on new Virginia license plates —  the latest in a series of actions taken by southern states to decide whether to fly the Confederate flag. Indeed, the national debate over the Confederate flag that followed in wake of the June 17 Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting has stirred controversy and discussions about the symbol that shooter Dylann Roof appeared to hold so dear.The Confederate flag, like many symbols, means wildly different things to different people based on their cultural upbringing. It can represent pride, conviction, equality and unity. It can also represent intolerance, hatred, discrimination and separatism.A person’s individual interpretation of what it stands for is rooted in his or her cultural and social experience, education and resulting understanding of the symbol. But perhaps bringing the issue closer to home — to campus, even — will show us that symbols are owned by those who claim allegiance.Negative perceptions that result from symbols are valid, especially within the context of the Confederate flag. But that perception must be tempered with rationality. When people are offended, they have two choices: They can feel upset and decide that they are being attacked individually, or they can question why they feel offended and the motivations behind the perceived offense and begin a dialogue. Let’s begin that dialogue here.Take the Bruin, for example. To many loyal Trojans, the Bruin represents something that must be vanquished again each November — the enemy. There is a tradition of rivalry, a long-standing dislike of the Bruin for being blue while we are cardinal, for being public while we are private, for being awful at sports while we have 135 Olympic Gold medals.This tradition exists because it is expected to continue and is actively promoted. We have our differences, but these should be celebrated, not criticized, on both ends of the aisle. What matters is the good that both universities do for their students, the city of Los Angeles, the United States and the world. As long as both universities are promoting higher education and making leaders and entrepreneurs out of young adults, they are performing their roles admirably. If we are so similar, then why do we insist on annually attempting to cause thousands of dollars of damage to their sacred icon, their symbol of self?If we were to distance ourselves from the social pressure to personify them as “the other,” we’d find that they are as easy to befriend, get to know and engage with as any other Trojan. So let’s not tarnish the Bruin, either. Respect the Bruin as we want Tommy Trojan to be respected.It is easy to classify a group uniformly as “the other,” especially for both social justice advocates and traditionalists. It is also wrong. It leads to the negative things that some symbols come to represent – intolerance, hatred, discrimination and separatism. We must remember that Americans who live in the South are still Americans. They are our fellows and equals even if they hold opinions and perceptions that clash with our own.The Confederate flag is often viewed as both a symbol of hate and a celebration of slavery by those who do not identify with it. However, to many individuals who live in the South, the flag isn’t a symbol of slavery or hatred, it’s a symbol of pride. To many of them, it is the flag of their ancestors, a flag that has a prominent spot in their history and identity.While the Confederate flag and the conflict over slavery and states’ rights does not equate to the rivalry between two neighboring universities, each group has its own very different interpretation of what the symbol means.It should be the group that identifies most with the symbol that determine its meaning. We wouldn’t want Bruins telling us what to do with Tommy and Traveler or outlining what they really represent. Those icons are ours, and it is our right to revere them, display them and declare what they mean to us as a part of our heritage.That being said, there should be dialogue between social justice advocates and traditionalists that uncovers the reason behind the drastically different views of the same image. After all, if one simply categorizes another as the enemy, there isn’t much reason to get to know them. That trend of categorization, which lends itself to the cycle of hate, can only be vanquished through acceptance of and engagement with “the other” as “the equal.”last_img read more

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