How Reliant Is The NHS On Foreign Doctors

first_imgTheresa May is on the verge of lifting an immigration cap that prevents doctors and nurses coming to Britain to work in the NHS, according to reports.The prime minister has faced pressure from within her Cabinet to act, amid concerns that strict immigration quotas are stopping vacancies in the health service being filled.Read it at Independent Related Itemslast_img

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Horsing around: Riderless colt races to Preakness finish

first_imgJockey John Velazquez tumbles to the track after falling off Bodexpress (9) as the field breaks from the starting gate in the 144th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race course, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Baltimore. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post via AP)BALTIMORE (AP) — Unencumbered by a jockey and suddenly free to run wherever he darn pleased, Bodexpress decided to take a shot at winning the Preakness.Taking one of the most memorable trips in the 149-year history of Pimlico Race Course, Bodexpress followed the leaders without a rider on board and at one point appeared to be a contender in the 13-horse race.ADVERTISEMENT “You’ve got to be careful because some of them try to win,” said trainer Bob Baffert, who saddled race favorite Improbable. “I’ve had horses that try to win. They actually run a great race sometimes.”From the moment the frisky 3-year-old hopped from the gate, ejecting Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, craziness ensued . Running on his own in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, Bodexpress began his obligatory trip around the track, driven either by instinct or the desire to be part of the crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFortunately, Velazquez quickly rose from the dirt and scooted off the track without injury.“When the doors opened, I was off right from the start. He kind of jumped sideways,” Velazquez said. “I had my feet out of the irons so I lost my balance then, I went off.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “He had that look of disappointment,” Baffert said. “It’s like a bull rider getting bucked off the first jump.”Velazquez can take consolation in that Mark Casse, the trainer of Preakness winner War of Will, hopes the first-place finishing jockey, Tyler Gaffalione, can one day match the fallen jockey’s greatness.“One ironic thing is,” Casse said, “I call Tyler the next Johnny Velazquez.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fact, he ran the entire track again before finally calling it a day — a veritable victory lap for the social media champion who was still trending on Twitter hours later.Bodexpress, the Florida Derby runnerup in March, was placed last and officially gets a did-not-finish.When has was finally done running, Bodexpress was fine. The son of 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker and career non-winner was finally brought under control after taking another lap around the track.Turns out, Bodexpress wasn’t the only horse getting antsy in the gate. The same applied to favored Improbable, whose pre-race dance turned into a sixth-place finish.“He was acting pretty well and then he got fired up and then after that, when horses do that it just takes a lot of energy out,” said Baffert, who was denied a record-setting eighth Preakness win. “He got in the gate, and when he did that, I knew that was it.”Regarding Bodexpress, Baffert could sympathize with Velazquez and appreciate what the other riders (and horses) were thinking as the jockey-less horse strode by.“There are so many things that can go wrong in a horse race,” Baffert said. “It’s scarier for the horses that are in there because they’ve got to watch him the whole way.”Although it doesn’t usually happen in a Triple Crown race, this isn’t the first time a horse has thrown his rider.“I’ve seen everything. I’ve seen that, yeah, of course,” Baffert said. “I had one that did it. I was a heavy favorite a while back that did it. I never had one before and it happened to me this year. I thought I’d seen everything.”The good news is, Velazquez — winner of four Triple Crown races — emerged unscathed and said he won’t be seeing a doctor. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless running horse MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too There was an indication that things weren’t going right when Bodexpress veered left from the post parade instead of right, along with the other horses.“He was just not behaving good in the gate. He was not sitting really well,” Velazquez said. “He got me against the wall and the gate.”Coming out of the nasty spill with his health was a positive, but the 47-year-old jockey won’t soon forget this (non) ride.“When you come in here to a big race and then things like this happen with the horses, it’s disappointing,” Velazquez said.An outrider tried to corral Bodexpress at the top of the stretch, but he wasn’t about to let the horseplay come to an end. The colt sped up and passed a few competitors near the finish line and kept going.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

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Panathinaikos Boots OFI, 3-2

first_imgATHENS — Nikos Karelis scored twice as Panathinaikos came from behind to beat host OFI 3-2 in the Greek league on Feb. 15.Danijel Pranjic also scored for second-place Panathinaikos, which stayed six points behind Olympiakos. The leader beat Ergotelis 3-0 on Feb. 14.Third-place PAOK lost 4-0 at Atromitos, and is now five points behind Panathinaikos.Also, Kerkyra beat Kalloni 2-0 and Veria won 2-0 at Levadiakos.Karelis opened the scoring in the second minute from close range, but OFI led 2-1 at halftime through Manolis Moniakis’ free kick in the 27th and Giorgi Merebashvili’s penalty in the 44th.Pranjic equalized in the 48th when his long-range shot was deflected by a defender into the net. Karelis scored the winner in the 75th with a low drive from near the penalty spot.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Williamson hopeful of SRH’s playoff chances despite crushing defeat to RR

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson called for improvement after Saturday’s crushing defeat to Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 meeting in Jaipur. RR vs SRH – Report | HighlightsHowever, Williamson said he is hopeful Sunrisers would come up with better performances in their last three league matches of IPL 2019 and make a strong bid to reach the playoffs.Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered their second straight defeat on Saturday but have managed to retain the fourth spot on the IPL 2019 points table. With 10 points from 11 matches, Sunrisers need to win at least two of their next three matches to stand a chance of making the playoffs.Sunrisers are tied on 10 points with Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals but have a better Net Run Rate than their nearest rivals.”The last three games are going to be big names naturally for us to qualify. Look we go into every game to win it. It’s nice to back home. We also appreciate the fact that every game is a tough game. Everybody has been beaten at some point in time,” Williamson told the media in Jaipur after SRH’s 7-wicket defeat.He added: “For us, it’s about focussing on our game. Today’s performance was certainly not our best. But we do need to build on it and be better in our next one.”Sunrisers have three more matches to play in IPL 2019. Williamson’s men will host Kings XI Punjab on Monday before playing Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on the road next week.advertisementWeren’t able to build momentum: WilliamsonOn Saturday, Sunrisers suffered a middle-order collapse after a solid start given to the team by David Warner (37 off 32) and Manish Pandey (61 off 36). Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda and Wriddhiman Saha all failed to get into double figures as Sunrisers went from 103 for 1 in 12 overs to 160 for 8 in 20 overs.In reply, Rajasthan Royals got off to a good start, thanks to some big-hitting display from Liam Livingston who was ably supported by Ajinkya Rahane. Sanju Samson remained unbeaten on 48 (32 balls) as the Royals went past the finish line with five balls and seven wickets to spare.Conceding that Sunrisers weren’t able to stitch partnerships on a sluggish wicket, Williamson added: “In some ways, there were able to do to us what we weren’t able to do to them, which is just to be able to pick up wickets and get new batters in. It wasn’t easy for a new batsman to start on this wicket. Unfortunately for us, we did lose wickets and weren’t able to build any momentum. Something we would want to look on certainly going into the last three matches.”The last three games are going to be big names naturally for us to qualify. Look we go into every game to win it. It’s nice to get back home. We also appreciate the fact that every game is a tough game. Everybody has been beaten at some point of time. For us, it’s about focussing on our game. Today’s performance was certainly not our best. But we do need to build on it and be better in our next one.In some ways, there were able to do to us what we weren’t able to do to them, which is just to be able to pick up wickets and get new batters in. It wasn’t easy for a new batsman to start on this wicket. Unfortunately for us, we did lose wickets and weren’t able to build any momentum. Something we would want to look on certainly going into the last three matches.Also Read | Need to continue winning, says Steve Smith on playoff chances after beating SRHAlso Read | David Warner hits 600 runs in 3rd successive IPL seasonAlso See:last_img read more

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Dream11 Prediction: England vs Australia 1st Test Ashes Series 2019 Playing 11

first_imgJoe Root-led England will hope to round off a memorable season by completing a World Cup and Ashes double when they on Australia in the first Test at Edgbaston starting from Thursday.This series will be the first Test matches of the inaugural 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. The 1st Test kicks off at Edgbaston on August 1, lasting until August 5.Australia are the holders of The Ashes after they won the last series at home 4-0 against England. England are riding high on confidence before heading into the Ashes this year after just having being crowned world champions.Australia have not won an Ashes in England for 18 years, with their batsmen struggling against the heavily stitched Dukes ball on pitches that offer seam movement.BatsmenWith Jason Roy making his Ashes debut on Thursday and David Warner returning to Test cricket after a year-long ban, they would walk in any team as dream openers. At No. 3, you have got England Test skipper Joe Root, who averages 40.47 in 40 Test innings with two centuries in the top three. Steve Smith should be your automatic choice for No.4 considering his explicit Test average and batting exploits. Usman Khawaja can fill up at No.5 as he is known for steadying the innings with his cool batting approach.WicketkeeperThere is no doubt that Australian wicketkeeper and Captain Tim Paine is a talented batsman and excellent behind the stumps but he is no Jos Buttler. The England wicket-keeper is one of the best batsman in his team and terrific with his glovework as well.advertisementAll-roundersBen Stokes has been the most influential player in England setup and his return as the vice-captain of the team would surely improve his performance with the bat and bowl. Moeen Ali’s inclusion will give you spin bowling option in a pace heavy bowling attack.BowlersEngland’s leading fast bowling duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad will make it 10 out of 10 teams in any leading Test team. Mitchell Starc is another deadly bowler who can swing the bowl both the sides and pick up wickets with his toe crushing yorkers.England vs Australia Dream 11 team: David Warner, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Steve Smith(vice-captain), Usman Khawaja, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes (Captain), Moeen Ali, Mitchell Starc, James Anderson, Stuart Broad.England: Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root©, Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam Curran, Olly Stone, Jofra Archer.Australia: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine(w/c), James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser.Also See:last_img read more

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Bobby Petrino: “We Will Go Beat” Alabama

first_imgBobby Petrino is introduced as Louisville's next head coach.LOUISVILLE, KY – JANUARY 09: Bobby Petrino talks to the media after being introduced as the head coach of the University of Louisville at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on January 9, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Louisville will open its 2018 campaign with a tall task. The Cardinals, who no longer have Lamar Jackson at quarterback, will be tasked with taking down the reigning national champion in Alabama.Apparently, the team’s head coach has faith that they can get it done. Speaking at the Louisville kick-off luncheon on Friday, Bobby Petrino said the team “will” get it done and beat Alabama.It was a quote that quickly went viral. Jason Anderson of ESPN Louisville was the first to post the quote.Nick Saban & Co. probably didn’t need any motivation heading into the contest. But they now have some, should they want it.Bobby Petrino at UofL Luncheon ending his remarks on the Alabama game:”I believe we’re gonna go beat em. And we will go beat em”— Jason Anderson (@J680Anderson) August 17, 2018Of course, these luncheons are spirited affairs in which coaches often try to amp everyone up with bold, positive statements. But Petrino also had to figure that what he said would get out.The spread for the contest is just under four touchdowns – so it’s fair to say that there aren’t many people who share Petrino’s opinion regarding which team is going to win. To be honest, most eyes will be on Alabama’s quarterback situation.That said, you never know. Louisville knocking off Alabama would probably be the upset of the year – in week one.last_img read more

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Shop Class: A.K. Rikk’s

first_img An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 7 Couples Costumes That Don’t Suck Editors’ Recommendations Ok, Ok, we know Grand Rapids is a decent sized city. We know it’s where Anthony Keidis, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Gerald Ford were born. But we had zero idea that it’s where A.K. Rikk’s, one of the flossiest menswear stores in America is located. Guys, we aren’t kidding. This place is no joke.A.K. Rikk’s began as a menswear store in October of 1987 with 2,500 square feet. It was well known for bringing niche European brands to the Mid West and being quite successful at it. 25 years later in 2012 they built a brand new building and expanded into womenswear and art as well as furniture (this is Furniture City after all). There is also an event space and a 25,000 square foot park behind the building. Yeah, these guys know how to throw a great party. As their President Jim Murray explained to us, “We know who we are but we are not afraid to change or adapt to connect with our consumer.”We spoke to Jim to hear more about their ‘fashion campus’ in Grand Rapids.Where did the name come from?The story is that A’s and K’s were the strongest letters visually in the alphabet.  So Rick was changed to Rikk and A.K. were the initials of the first buyer Rick had working for him here. Her name was Annie. The best part is having a company starting with ‘A.’ puts us at the top of every list!Are there other stores that inspire you guys?Yes!-Collette in Paris because of their exceptional curation. We love the idea of mixing clothing, design, furniture etc.-Bergdorf Goodman in New York is a one store operation and they pride themselves in making the single store a great store, the best.  We could have been three small stores with the money spent on this is one big store but we like the idea of building one experience better than any other.  Don’t get me wrong – we dream about having multiple stores or another outlet for sales but this store is our number one priority. Until we know we can build an equal experience without taking away from this one we will hold off.-Opening Ceremony because they create an image and are not afraid of who they are. And they have such a diverse group people working for them.How have you grown so big in a smaller town (compared to New York and L.A.)?Well there are a lot of us who care about fashion but we love living here too. We don’t want to move to New York or L.A., so we have created this ‘mecca’. When we started in the 80s we garnered an excellent clientele and now we have that customer plus his wife plus his kids. That is one reason we bring in introductory price ranges like Theory to the mix so a wide range of people can still shop here. Another reason we have done so well is because we literally listened to the customer and grew according to their tastes and it has worked for us. Whoever we are going to be in five years will be customer focused.We do have a lot of corporations like Herman Miller, Wolverine, Amway and Kellogg, so many of the CEO’s shop here as do their wives, kids and co-workers. We also get people who have been loyal customers and moved to other cities and they miss our service and our brands so they end up continuing to work with us. One of our top ten clients hasn’t been here since 2007 and lives in New Orleans. Let’s say we were Trunk Clubbing before they were around! One of our mottos is, “We want to make people a better version of themselves.” So many stores want you to look like them, and that is not how we operate.You must buy differently than others around town?We go to market to buy the best of the best, at many price points.  The retail of a garment, bag or shoe does not deter us from making the purchase for the store.And you have this amazing event space.Yes, another competitive advantage we celebrate is involving our client in a culture.  We love to party.  We understand we need to meet friends of our clients and the best way to do it is to get people talking about us.  So we throw parties… all the time.  One of which is the annual Runway for Charity event every spring.  We raised just under $300K this year and that brings our total in two years to a half a million raised for the local Children’s hospital.What is next?A lot.On September 19-20 we will be hosting a tailoring event with Strong Suit and it just happens that ArtPrize is going on at the same time so we are hoping they will be in the mix too.We have many vendors like Eton, To Boot and others that have become an essential for our clients over the years so we are bringing them all in on one day for a massive trunk show on Oct. 7th.  We are excited and details of the event will follow soon.Our dream trunk show that we have been trying to coordinate for a while is a trunk show with Isaia on the balcony of their showroom.  The collaboration would be with Herman Miller but the invitation would extend to our best Isaia consumers over the past few years.  It will be a chance to say thank you and also an opportunity to think differently about how we approach our business and connect with our consumers! All photos courtesy of Brad Gillette. 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Outdoor Retailer Summer 2017: The Best Gear On The Planet

first_img Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations Every six months the entire outdoors community descends on Salt Lake City, Utah for the ultimate tribal gathering of adventurers, product designers, athletes, and brands. From the latest in hiking boots and packs to innovative power and paddle technology, brands bring their new products for a huge collective launch. We spent the entire show scouring the convention center floor for the absolute latest and greatest new outdoors gear to fuel your next adventure.Image Courtesy of TecnciaBest Technical Boots: Tecnica Forge and Forge S ($250+)Taking the knowledge of fit and design from decades in the ski and alpine trekking world, Tecnica’s all new Forge line of boots are the first true game changing technology in footwear we’ve seen in years. Built around the simple mantra “Design, Fit, Versatility,” the Forge and Forge S feature a custom fit through heat mold materials – the first hiking boot of its kind. The molding process takes about twenty minutes, and through two steps you will make a footbed that molds to your feet, and then customize the boot (both models feature heat mold material at the heel, ankle and arch of your foot) to your foot shape. This molding process makes both the leather and synthetic material versions fit perfectly right out of the box. Expect to see the Forge line in specialty outdoors retailers early next year. – Written by Austin ParkerPhoto Courtesy of HydroflaskBest Cooler: Hydroflask Soft Cooler Pack ($275)Hydroflask has long been a staff favorite at The Manual from everything from IPAs to espresso. Taking their knowledge of insulation to larger coolers, the new Unbound Series of soft coolers will be a big hit with campers, beach goers, and paddlers alike. The welded body features fully waterproof zippers, extra insulation at the top and bottom, and will stand free on its own – freeing you to root down in it for that last can of beer, which of course will be ice cold even after a long day at the beach. – Written by Austin ParkerPhoto Courtesy of Mark Going/ColumbiaBest Apparel: Columbia Omni-ShadeSunburn and dehydration are our two biggest enemies whether we’re on the trail or at the beach. Columbia’s new Omni-Shade  material aims to combat both those problems. Reflective dots are applied to every piece in the collection that not only block UV rays, but prevent your skin from absorbing heat from infrared wavelengths. The result is less sweat, no sunburn, and getting to spend a longer time in the sun. It works, too. Our brother site Digital Trends field tested the new gear in Mexico earlier this summer. – Written by Austin ParkerImage Courtesy of BioliteBest New Technology: Biolite Solar HomeFrom portable lighting to campfire cooking, Biolite is one of our favorite innovators in the outdoors. Their new Solar Home kit promises to bring portable power and light to the masses. Whether you need emergency back ups around the house, want a classy solar lighting solution for basecamp, or are building the perfect adventure rig for vanlife, this little solar panel, controller and lighting kit is an amazing solution for small form, off-grid living. – Written by Austin ParkerImage Courtesy of RokaBest Sunglasses: RokaRoka is a relatively new brand focused on “performance design” primarily for triathletes. While we’re not taking on Ironman competitions anytime soon, we did really like their sunglasses line, especially the Kona. The sunglasses feature high-strength, impact-resistant Carl Zeiss vision lenses and are scientifically engineering for a snug fit (again, these are meant for elite athletes). However, the island-inspired design is an easy transition from beach to bar without breaking a sweat. The best part is, the entire package weighs less than an ounce. – Written by Geoff NudelmanImage Courtesy of VIVOBAREFOOTBest Environmental Product: VIVOBAREFOOT Ultra 3 ShoesVIVOBAREFOOT have long been a favorite minimalist shoe brand of ours. Their new collaboration with Bloom though, could be a serious change of direction for the entire industry. Using Bloom’s algae biomass harvesting program, they have been able to make the first sustainable alternative to EVA foam in footwear. The result, the new Ultra 3 shoes, returns 57 gallons of clean water to habitat, and is a net carbon sink, as the dead algae used in manufacturing of the foam sequesters carbon out of the water and air where it is harvested. The Ultra 3’s are not just comfortable, they deliver a positive impact for our planet for every pair made. – Written by Austin ParkerImage Courtesy of NemoBest Tent: Nemo Chogori TentNemo’s tents are designed from the floor up with livable space and protection from the elements in mind. The all new Chogori is a their new flagship 4-season expedition tent, and will protect you in the absolute harshest weather on earth. We expect to see this tent pulling serious duty in places like the Himalayas and Denali National Park. – Written by Austin ParkerImage Courtesy of OspreyBest Pack: Osprey Levity PackWe’ve carried Osprey packs from the tallest peaks in the Tetons to the beaches of Thailand. One thing they get right on every single pack from backpacking gear haulers to light day packs is comfort. The Levity ultralight pack is no exception to this. Built for dedicated thru-hikers and ultralight backpackers, the Levity is sure to be a favorite on the Appalachian and and Pacific Crest Trails when it hits the market early next year. – Written by Austin ParkerImage Courtesy of SmartwoolBest Socks: Smartwool PhD Outdoor Approach SockLast year Smartwool collaborated with famed mountaineer Conrad Anker on a sock built for the worst weather, highest altitude, and coldest temperatures on the planet. As much as we love their Outdoor Mountaineer Sock, unless you’re planning on extreme winter travel, it can be a little overkill for the average user. Taking the lessons learned from it, the all new Outdoor Approach is built for serious hikers and trekkers. Whether you’re hiking in to Everest Basecamp, hitting a serious thru-hike, or just out for a quick pre-dawn scramble up one of the Flatirons, these are the absolute best socks for outdoors pursuits. – Written by Austin ParkerImage Courtesy of White’s BootsBest Heritage Brand: White’s BootsWhite’s Boots has flown largely under-the-radar while amassing an impressive heritage in the American logging and firefighting industries. The White family began producing boots in 1853 in West Virginia, eventually migrating west to Spokane, Washington where all of their footwear has been produced for the last 90 years. “White’s Reserve” marks their first real foray into lifestyle boots with a stunning lineup of chukkas. Each boot is hand made in the White’s tradition and built for decades of wear. Although the price of entry is steep (around $500), these are a lifetime investment. Full American leather and impressive construction means these boots’ quality is second-to-none. The boots are available for pre-order through the company and will hit select stores later in the year. – Written by Geoff NudelmanImage Courtesy of BripeBripe: Coffee Brew PipeAn ultra-convenient and innovative piece of cooking gear hailing from Costa Rica, the Coffee Brew Pipe – otherwise known as the portmanteau, Bripe – is as easy to use as it is compact. Developed by Tim Panek and Craig Hall, the Bripe is a single shot coffee brew system capable of whipping up a tasty shot of coffee in a matter of minutes. Lacking the bulk of most coffee gadgets intended for camping, this device is nothing more than a small silver and copper pipe outfit with a cork handle that users heat up using a companion lighter. With its integrated temperature gauge, the Bripe allows anyone to brew coffee to its perfect temperature (185 degrees Fahrenheit) before enjoying it right from the pipe’s built-in straw. What’s most impressive is that the entire brew process takes less than just three minutes. Furthermore, because it packs easily into a companion carrying case, the Bripe should have no trouble fitting snugly into a backpack, offering backpackers and car campers alike the ability to keep their kit lightweight. – Written by Rick StellaImage Courtesy of Hyrda-LightHydra-LightFor most flashlights, dunking them in water is the best way to short circuit the device, thus rendering it useless. For the Australian company Hydra Light, however, its similarly named range of Hydra-Light products thrive when exposed to water, actually using the liquid to function. Debuted at Outdoor Retailer this summer, Hydra Light’s innovative HydraCell technology activates after being dunked in water for roughly 10 to 15 seconds. Once activated, the HydraCell then powers lanterns and flashlights for upwards of 250 hours as the water actually hydrates the battery to create an electric current. A fascinating new technology, it’s not hard to recognize the positive benefits a Hydra-Light flashlight would have in developing countries or its impact on the environment due to its ability to reduce the number of dead batteries produced annually. This is the definition of innovation. – Written by Rick Stella The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America last_img read more

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Hanjin Shipping to Sell Vietnamese Terminal Stake

first_imgzoom South Korea’s cash-strapped shipping firm Hanjin Shipping decided to sell its stake in the Vietnamese Tan Cang Cai Mep International Terminal (TCIT) as it struggles to raise more money, the company said in a stock exchange filing.On Tuesday, the shipping firm said that it is selling its stake of over 21 percent in the terminal, raising a total of some KRW 37.7 billion (USD 32.8 million).TCIT is a joint venture company of Saigon Newport Corporation with three shipping lines including the Japanese Mitsui O. S. K. Lines, Hanjin Shipping, and Taiwan’s Wanhai Shipping.Last week, Hanjin Shipping started negotiations with local and financial companies in an effort to delay the repayment of its KRW 2.5 trillion (USD 2.16 billion) debt by up to three years.The company, which is currently under creditor-led restructuring, has been in talks with shipowners on charter rate cuts. Hanjin’s first round of talks with 22 shipowners failed to receive any positive response.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Rough seas complicate situation for cargo boat stranded off Newfoundland coast

first_imgInclement weather is causing a dangerous situation as crews try to tow a disabled cargo ship to safety near the coast of Newfoundland, says a Canadian Coast Guard official.MV Baby Leeyn, a 132-metre cargo ship with nearly 300 tons of fuel onboard, ran into engine trouble just after midnight Sunday when it was 15 kilometres south of Cape St. Mary.Larry Crann, a senior response officer with the Canadian Coast Guard, said the vessel was drifting in the ocean Sunday afternoon in what he called a “fluid” situation because of rough sea conditions.The owner of MV Baby Leeyn has hired a tug boat, but Crann said the conditions make it difficult to safely attach the disabled ship.“The biggest challenge for us right now is the safety of the people who are on board and the safety of the crew that’s trying to attach the tow line,” he said.Gusting winds in the area created waves about three metres tall on Sunday, Crann added.The coast guard has hired a second tug boat and have sent one of their own ships to assist with the situation in case any complications arise.Crann said that in the current conditions, a tug boat would have to move very slowly back to port if they are able to get a tow line attached.“Right now we’re just monitoring the situation and getting updates from the tug on site,” he said. “It’s hard to say how long it’ll take because of the sea state.”Crann said the vessel was not on a collision course with land as of Sunday afternoon.MV Baby Leeyn was not carrying any cargo when it left port from Argentia, N.L, on Saturday night.last_img read more

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The Mountain Between Us Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba Fatal Vision

first_imgThe Mountain Between Us (Feature)The Mountain Between Us is based on a novel of the same name written by Charles Martin. The story follows 2 strangers, a man and woman, who decide to take a charter plane after their original flight is delayed due to bad weather. Things go from bad to worse after their charter plane crashes and leaves them stranded on a mountain. Although they survived the crash, the two are forced to work together in order to survive the wildness and temperatures well below freezing.Production kicked off at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on December 5th where, ironically, several flights were delayed due to winter weather conditions.The following day filming took place on a plane and in a hangar at Abbotsford International Airport. Unlike their first day, the weather was clear and beautiful with Mount Baker very prominent in the background. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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UN experts urge States to do more to respect rights of detainees

6 October 2008A group of 13 independent United Nations experts today urged that the human rights of the millions of detainees worldwide be respected, as the world body begins a week-long campaign aimed at stepping up pressure on States, parliaments and other bodies to abolish, or at least reduce, arbitrary and unlawful detention. “Deprivation of liberty as such, whether lawful or not, makes persons extremely vulnerable to a broad range of human rights violations,” the experts said in a statement issued today at the start of Dignity and Justice for Detainees Week – a global initiative launched by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The initiative, which runs until 12 October, also seeks to ensure that conditions in prisons and other places of detention are brought in line with minimum international standards. The experts, all mandate holders of the Special Procedures of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, visit places of detention in many countries and receive information from all around the world. “A serious problem we encounter is that often there are no proper records of those deprived of liberty, or, worse, they are held in places of detention that are not officially recognized,” they stated.“It is also of great concern that many people should not be deprived of their liberty at all, since their detention is arbitrary. Others are being detained solely on the basis of administrative orders unrelated to the criminal justice system, for example irregular migrants.”In addition to migrants, other groups that are often illegally detained are people with disabilities, refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as journalists, human rights defenders and political activists.Announcing the initiative last week, High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay stressed it is time to take more effective action to reduce this “hidden, large-scale violation of human rights,” noting that the number of people around the world who are believed to be held in some form of detention that is unjust or inappropriate runs into the millions.In their statement, the experts noted that persons deprived of their liberty run an increased risk of being subjected to torture and ill-treatment, and in some extreme cases, to enforced disappearance. “The range of forms of violence we have witnessed in detention facilities is wide and includes beatings and electroshocks to various parts of the body, threats, stress positions, burning, putting needles under fingernails, shooting, water boarding and sexual violence. Unfortunately this is by no means an exhaustive list, and new methods keep being invented,” they stated. “Since violations of detainees’ rights by definition take place behind closed doors and, in many places, no effective channels exist to denounce them, injustice done to detainees all too often remains unknown of and unaccounted for,” the experts added.The group called on all States to do all they can to ensure that detainees are treated with respect and dignity. “We also appeal to States to provide for effective complaints and monitoring mechanisms in places of detention, including efficient avenues to challenge the legality of detention and access to legal counsel, with a view to making human rights a reality for them.” read more

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Nobel laureate launches UNbacked truth commission in Solomon Islands

28 April 2009Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu is set to launch the United Nations-backed Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the Solomon Islands, which will help to bring peace to communities still divided by violence during five years of civil unrest. “Reconciliation is the number one priority of the government, as it affects the ability of thousands of Solomon Islanders to participate fully in social, cultural and economic life,” said Knut Ostby, the UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative designate of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for Solomon Islands. The Commission will for the first time provide a forum for victims and perpetrators to speak publicly about the violence that took place from 1998 to 2003, according to a UNDP news release.The signing of the Townsville Peace Agreement in 2000 and the arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands in 2003 – an international peacekeeping and development mission – brought an end to active conflict and restored law and order. However, outstanding grievances remain unresolved in a society which still places high value on traditional means of reconciliation over formal judicial proceedings, UNDP stated.The Commission is an independent body, comprising three national and two international commissioners. It is supported by, among others, the Governments of Solomon Islands, Australia and New Zealand; the European Commission; the International Centre for Transitional Justice; the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and UNDP.Archbishop Tutu, who arrived in the capital, Honiara, today to officially launch the new body, is deeply revered in the largely Anglican South Pacific country, both for his role in chairing his own country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and for his commitment to promoting human rights and opposing racism. “We are truly fortunate to have one of the elder statesmen of truth commissions and victims’ rights here to assist with the formal opening of the Solomon Islands Commission,” said Mr. Ostby. “UNDP is proud to support this initiative.” read more

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US House of Representatives to strengthen USLanka ties

During the visit, the delegation will meet with the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Speaker of the Parliament, numerous Parliament members, and civil society.  The delegation in Sri Lanka is led by HDP Chairman, Congressman Peter Roskam (Republican-Illinois) and includes Ranking Member Congressman David Price (Democrat-North Carolina), Congressman Gerry Connolly (Democrat-Virginia), and Congressman Adrian Smith (Republican-Nebraska). The HDP is a bipartisan, twenty-member commission of the US House of Representatives that works directly with partner countries around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislative institutions. A bipartisan delegation from the US House of Representatives arrives in Colombo today for three days of meetings as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP).The US Embassy in Colombo said the HDP delegation is pleased to continue the important partnership begun with the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between the US House of Representatives and the Parliament of Sri Lanka on September 14, 2016 in Washington D.C.  The visit serves to underscore the strong bipartisan support for Sri Lanka in the US Congress.  “This visit by our nation’s elected representatives in Congress shows that bipartisan support for strong US-Sri Lankan ties is robust across the branches of the U.S. government,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap. read more

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McDonalds to serve chicken raised without human antibiotics milk not treated with

by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2015 8:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email McDonald’s to serve chicken raised without human antibiotics, milk not treated with hormone FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, file photo, the McDonald’s Golden Arches logo at a McDonald’s restaurant is covered with snow in Robinson Township, Pa. McDonald’s on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 said it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – McDonald’s says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years.The company says its suppliers will still be able to use a type of antibiotic called ionophores that keeps chickens healthy and isn’t used in humans. Later this year, McDonald’s also said it will no longer serve milk from cows treated with a particular artificial growth hormone.Many cattle, hog and poultry producers give their livestock antibiotics to make them grow faster and ensure they are healthy. The practice has become a public health issue, with officials saying it can lead to germs becoming resistant to drugs so that the drugs are no longer effective in treating a particular illness in humans.Chipotle and Panera already say they serve chicken raised without antibiotics, but the announcement by McDonald’s is notable because of its size; the company has more than 14,000 U.S. locations. Chipotle has nearly 1,800 locations, while Panera has almost 1,900 locations.“This really does move the ball quite a bit,” said Gail Hansen, a senior officer with the antibiotic resistance project with The Pew Charitable Trusts. Hansen said that ionophores, the antibiotics that will be allowed by McDonald’s, are not considered medically important for humans.Hansen noted the poultry industry had already been moving away from the use of antibiotics used in human medicine, which likely made the decision by McDonald’s easier.McDonald’s noted that while suppliers can still use medically important antibiotics to treat sick animals, those animals would not be used in its food supply Marion Gross, senior vice-president of McDonald’s North America’s supply chain, said the change will cost the company more but noted the increase won’t necessarily be passed on to customers because several factors are used to determine restaurant prices.“I think you will hear more from us as it relates to our food,” Gross added.The announcement comes as McDonald’s Corp. struggles to transform its image amid intensifying competition from smaller rivals positioning themselves as more wholesome alternatives.The company has long battled negative perceptions about its food, but that has become a bigger vulnerability as more people shift toward options they feel are made with ingredients that are higher quality or meet standards on social responsibility.After seeing customer visits to U.S. stores decline two years in a row, McDonald’s had recently hinted that changes could be on the way. Franchisees were told of the upcoming chicken and milk announcement Tuesday at a “Turnaround Summit” in Las Vegas.Scott Taylor, a McDonald’s franchisee who was at the conference, said ingredients are “becoming more and more important” to customers and that McDonald’s has suggested more changes could be in store.In a statement, chicken supplier Tyson Inc. said it looks forward to working with McDonald’s to meet its new standards. Tyson noted it has reduced the use of antibiotics effective in humans by more than 84 per cent since 2011. The National Chicken Council also said in a statement that chicken producers have been working to phase out the use of antibiotics important in human medicine to promote growth in animals.Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said McDonald’s plan to sell milk produced without rBST was also a good step because the artificial growth hormone can cause health problems in dairy cows.As McDonald’s fights to hold onto customers, the company has also made a number of leadership changes. The pressures reached the top of the company in late January, when McDonald’s said CEO Don Thompson would be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, its chief brand officer.The CEO change officially took effect this week, and Easterbrook was at the franchisee summit in Las Vegas.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi read more

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Poll Should uniformed gardaí be allowed have beards

first_img Short URL By Garreth MacNamee YesNoNo opinionVote Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Poll: Should uniformed gardaí be allowed have beards? Currently, gardaí must be clean-shaven while on duty. 126 Comments THE GARDA REPRESENTATIVE Association (GRA) national conference is underway in Galway.The body, which represents over 10,000 rank-and-file officers, is to debate 32 motions over the next two days. Some relate to serious issues like how prepared the force is for a potential terror attack.Others are not so pressing.One motion being put forward by the Kildare branch of the GRA is a vote to change garda rules to allow members the “personal preference of the wearing of a beard on duty”.Currently, wearing a beard if you are a uniformed officer is not allowed.So today, we’re asking: Should uniformed gardaí be allowed have beards?  No (6481) 39,305 Views Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 8:05 AMcenter_img Apr 25th 2017, 8:05 AM Poll Results: http://jrnl.ie/3356841 Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie No opinion (1776) Yes (14667) Share186 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Veteran BBC journalists family takes on pharmaceutical titan

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram If you’ve tuned into the BBC World Service for news of Greece over the past two decades, you’ll be familiar with the work of Malcolm Brabant. A veteran foreign correspondent and long-term Greece stringer for the BBC, Brabant hasn’t filed many stories over past months. It’s a conspicuous absence, given his old-school dedication to the news and his in-depth understanding of the Greek political landscape. So, where has he been? Turns out, he’s been fighting for his life. Brabant’s wife, author Trine Villemann, says Brabant suffered an acute adverse reaction to a routine travel vaccination received in April this year. As a prerequisite for an Ivory Coast assignment with UNICEF, Brabant attended the Vaccination Centre East Attica in Pallini, Athens for a yellow fever shot. The Centre is a regional, administrative office, not a medical facility. He was injected with Stamaril, a yellow fever vaccine produced by Sanofi Pasteur, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer. Within twenty-four hours, the Brabant family’s nightmare had begun. According to Villemann, Brabant became ill very rapidly, developing a high fever and violent shivering. He was admitted to the Igea Hospital in Athens, into the care of Professor Giamarellou (a prominent infectious diseases specialist) and her team. The high fever persisted and he became increasingly anxious and agitated, developing insomnia. Eventually, Professor Giamarellou and her team were able to bring the fever under control, but Brabant’s mental health continued to deteriorate and he was transferred to a psychiatric clinic in Athens, suffering severe psychosis. Brabant recovered sufficiently from this episode to return home to his family, but he is currently hospitalised in Copenhagen, receiving further treatment, undergoing a battery of tests and suffering his third psychotic event since his Stamaril vaccination in April. Villemann says, ‘Before the Stamaril vaccination my husband was a happy, bouncy and healthy journalist and father of four. Now he is severely depressed, has psychotic episodes and among other things has suffered several embolisms in his lungs. I have consulted two independent experts, who strongly believe that the subject Stamaril batch was contaminated. Villemann says Sanofi Pasteur repeatedly ignored her requests for information, until she began a public internet campaign to demand answers. Sanofi Pasteur was flooded with emails and demands to provide Villemann with information, and to address the safety of the batch of Stamaril administered to her husband in Greece. ‘First, Sanofi Pasteur claimed there were no other reports of adverse events stemming from the batch in question, but on Wednesday they admitted in an email to me that there are other reports of adverse events from the same batch of vaccine. ‘According to Sanofi Pasteur’s own information supplied to me, 120 000 doses of vaccine from this batch have been distributed to countries like Denmark, Finland, Holland and the U.K – plus Greece, where my husband had his jab. ‘Sanofi Pasteur claims no safety issues came to light during the quality control of this batch of vaccine, but they have not answered my repeated question as to whether they’ve taken a physical sample of the batch in Greece and tested it – or if they have checked that the vaccine was transported and stored correctly. ‘Sanofi Pasteur says it has investigated my husband’s extremely severe adverse event, but where is the proof of that investigation? And why are they not sharing their findings with us, his family? ‘With the batch of vaccine having been distributed to so many countries, there is in my view a serious public safety issue here. Nobody else should have to endure the suffering my husband is going through if it can be prevented. I will not rest until we find out why Stamaril turned my once so healthy and happy husband into a very sick man.’Malcolm Brabant continues to battle for his health. Though he’s not filing reports at the present time, he is, unfortunately, still making the news.last_img read more

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A dedicated player has finished Pokémon Go

first_imgIn just two short weeks, a Reddit user known as ftb_hodor has done the seemingly impossible and captured every available digital creature in Pokémon Go. However, despite capturing 142 Pokémon, the user hasn’t technically captured them all.According to the Reddit user’s game, he walked 153km during his Pokémon hunt. Walking nearly 96 miles to catch Pokémon is impressive already, but the user says that he actually walked more than that. While playing, he used a separate health app that says he walked 129.04 miles (roughly 200km) during his travels. Whatever the case may be, it cannot be argued that the user is in better shape now than when they first started playing.As for the elusive Pokémon mentioned earlier, the ones missing from the user’s collection are: Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, Ditto, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo, and Mew. The last six of those are supposedly the rarest Pokémon in the game and there is no record of them naturally appearing anywhere in the world. The first three of those, however, are believed to be region specific. Farfetch’d is supposedly an Asian exclusive, Kangaskhan resides in Oceanic territories, and Mr. Mime can be found in Western Europe.Unless ftb_hodor plans to travel outside of the United States to catch those region-specific Pokémon, he can take a much deserved respite after completing such a long journey. This user is the first, but certainly won’t be the last person to complete Pokémon Go. That is, until Nintendo updates the mobile game with a fresh batch of new monsters for people to collect. There are hundreds more to choose from. Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><>last_img read more

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