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Pakistan recall Fawad Alam in Test squad for series against England

first_imgFawad Alam’s fading Test career was revived today after Pakistan recalled the left-handed batsman for the three-match series against England starting October in the United Arab Emirates.Fawad, 29, whose Test career was abruptly halted after playing just three Tests, was the only surprise selection in the 15-member squad as the national selectors also recalled left-arm pacer Junaid Khan. Junaid had last played in Bangladesh earlier this year.Fawad, who toured New Zealand in November 2009, has been rewarded for a string of consistent scoring in domestic first class and one-day matches and he was also in prime form in the just concluded national T20 championship in Rawalpindi.Also read: Right time to resume India-Pakistan cricket, says ICC president Although Fawad had represented Pakistan in the ODIs against Bangladesh in Arpil, the recall to the Test side is a dream-come-true for the Karachi-born player.”I just want to now perform and vindicate my selection if I get a chance in the test matches,” said the middle order batsman, who scored a century on debut against Sri Lanka.The rest of the Test squad contained no surprises with veteran Misbah-ul-Haq retained as captain while the Pakistani selectors have decided to include three specialist spinners for the three Test series starting October 13 in Abu Dhabi.Also read: England drops opening batsman Adam Lyth for Pakistan Tests  While leg-spinner Yasir Shah and left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar have been named straightaway in the 15-member squad, chief selector Haroon Rasheed said the two young left-arm spinners Muhammad Asghar and Zafar Gohar would compete for the 16th place in the squad.”They will play in the side matches against England in Sharjah and whoever performs and impresses will join the test squad as the 16th player,” he said.Pakistan squadMuhammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Shaan Masood, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq (Capt), Younis Khan, Fawad Alam, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali and Zafar Gohar/Muhammad Asghar.last_img read more

Max Verstappen apologises to Brazil for Felipe Massa remark

first_imgMax Verstappen apologised to Brazilian Formula One fans on Monday after a comment about Felipe Massa caused offence at the weekend. (Latest F1 stories)The 19-year-old Red Bull driver had accused the Williams veteran of wrecking his best lap in qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix and was asked by reporters whether he would be speaking to him.”Well, he’s a Brazilian. So there’s not much to discuss,” Verstappen had replied. (Vettel wins Bahrain GP)The Dutchman, who won huge admiration for a stellar drive through the field to third place at a rainswept Interlagos circuit last year, took to Instagram to clarify remarks that went down badly in Brazil.”Being a passionate racer, I was very disappointed with my last (qualifying) stint and gave an emotional reaction that was taken out of context,” he said.”By no means did I mean to insult the Brazilian people who I greatly respect and are always very nice to me when I visit the country.”I would like to apologise to any Brazilian who feel offended and look forward to racing in your country again,” he added, referencing Brazilian world champions Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet.Massa, the only Brazilian driver on the current starting grid, told UOL Esporte that he had spoken to Verstappen after the race and warned him to “be careful what you say because you’re going to have to go to Brazil to race there”.Verstappen crashed out of Sunday’s race at the Sakhir circuit after a brake failure.advertisementlast_img read more

Serena Bounced From Aussie Open

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia – Moments before she started pounding the first of her many winners past Serena Williams at the Australian Open, Ana Ivanovic listened intently to the announcer on Rod Laver Arena outlining the extraordinary accomplishments of the woman soon to be across the net from her.Williams, a five-time champion at Melbourne Park, won 78 of her 82 matches in 2013, and was coming into the fourth round on the second-longest winning streak of her career — 25 matches.It was her 70th match at the Australian Open, a record in the Open Era. And then, of course, there’s the 17 major singles championships.“When we were starting the match and they were talking about all her Grand Slam titles, it was quite impressive,” Ivanovic said, recalling the pre-match introductions. “But I didn’t think much about the occasion and who I was playing, because it can get overwhelming.”True to her word, Ivanovic, who had never won a set against Williams in four previous meetings, took on the biggest serve in women’s tennis without fear. And she hit pinpoint forehands — 20 of 33 winners were on that side — to all areas of the court. Williams, who later revealed she was carrying a back injury, didn’t even bother trying to chase some of them down.Just under two hours later, it was game, set and match: 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and an upset victory to put Ivanovic into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time since her run to the final in 2008.“It’s not easy playing such a champion … but she is also just a human,” said Ivanovic. “I just went out there swinging.”Williams never got into the swing of things, at least not to way Ivanovic expected. She noticed from the outset that Williams’ serve seemed to lack its usual zip. Williams also made some very uncharacteristic errors on her backhand, a telltale sign of back pain.“It wasn’t the best,” Williams admitted later, sounding surprised when asked about the back injury. Her coach had let it slip after the players walked off the court that Williams had been experiencing back pain for days.“Again, I don’t want to blame anything. I feel like Ana deserves all the credit,” Williams added. “I feel she played unbelievable today. I think she went for her shots. It’s not like I gave her the match.”Ivanovic will next play 19-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who had a 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-0 win over local hope Casey Dellacqua.The other quarterfinal in Ivanovic’s half will feature two-time finalist Li Na, who beat No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-0, and No. 28 Flavia Pennetta, who defeated No. 9 Angelique Kerber 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.The men’s draw progressed more according to rankings when three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic and No. 3 David Ferrer advanced to the quarterfinals, along with No. 7 Tomas Berdych and No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka.Djokovic continued his bid for a fourth straight Australian title with a 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 win over Fabio Fognini. Ferrer beat Florian Mayer 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-2, 6-1 and will next play Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon finalist.Djokovic will play Wawrinka, who finished off the Sunday night program at Rod Laver with a 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) win over Tommy Robredo.“I’ve been elevating my game as the tournament is going on,” said Djokovic, who later entertained the crowd with an impersonation of his new coach, Boris Becker. “The general feeling on the court, all the shots, using the court position really well, being aggressive, playing my style of the game.”Ivanovic will have the day off — she’s planning a celebratory dinner with some of her Serbian relatives who live in Melbourne.Asked if having Williams out of any Grand Slam makes a difference, Ivanovic said it “definitely” did, then explained why in effusive terms.“I think she’s done so much for the sport, and she’s still doing it,” Ivanovic said. “She’s such a great athlete and a great person to have on tour. We want her, because it pushes us.”With the challenge met, Ivanovic, at the urging of several fans, attempted to throw a souvenir towel into the stands. The breeze blew it back at her. She was plainly off the mark, perhaps for the only time all day.(Dennis Passa, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mic drop celebration reason behind match referee’s chat with Virat Kohli?

first_imgMatch referee Jeff Crowe was seen in discussion with India captain Virat Kohli ahead of the third day’s play of the first Test against England at Edgbaston on Friday. While it was not clear what the conversation was about, it could possibly have something do with Kohli’s celebration after running Joe Root out in the first innings.Kohli’s direct hit caught his opposite number Root short of the crease in the first innings. Root was out for 80 and his dismissal triggered an England collapse. The hosts eventually folded for 287 before Kohli’s epic 149 helped India get within 13 runs of England’s first innings total.In fact, Kohli was booed when he walked out to the crease on Thursday. Again, it was not clear why the star batsman received that kind of treatment but it could be do with his mic drop gesture after the Root dismissal two days ago.Kohli responded to the booing with a gutsy hundred, his first in Tests in England and 22nd overall. When he reached the milestone, Kohli kissed his wedding ring and dedicated the century to his wife Anushka Sharma, who was watching from the stands.Also read – Watching Virat Kohli bat was an eye-opener for young Sam CurranThe mic drop gesture was a fallout of Root’s own similar celebration after his second successive hundred helped England win the three-match ODI series. While Eoin Morgan, the England limited-overs captain, had this to say about the act: “A statement? No, he made a food of himself?”advertisementMeanwhile, Root who was at the receiving end of Kohli’s slightly sarcastic celebration, said it all added some humour to the series.”I actually think it adds to the whole spectacle of test cricket, it gives a bit of humour to it, and it makes for a very entertaining series for something like that to happen so early on, so well see how things pan out over the course of the five test matches,” Root told Sky on Thursday.Watch: Anushka Sharma applauds Virat Kohli’s dramatic hundred in EnglandHowever, there were certain sources who felt Kohli might have mouthed a few unpleasant words during his mic drop act. As of now, it is rather difficult to make out from video footage what was actually said.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea striker Tammy Abraham AWOL from Aston Villa training

first_imgChelsea striker Tammy Abraham AWOL from Aston Villa trainingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham was missing from Aston Villa training today.The Mirror says Abraham went AWOL from Aston Villa earlier today to force through a move to Wolves.The on-loan Chelsea striker ,21, who has 16 goals in 20 games, was expected to report for Villa training Monday morning.But he didn’t show after asking Chelsea to cancel his loan and send him to Premier League Wolves instead.It is a nightmare for Villa who will be forced to splash out on a new striker instead this month. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Jamaica to increase renewables target to 50% – PM Holness

first_imgStory Highlights The previous target of 30% renewables was set as policy by Cabinet. Prime Minister Andrew has announced that Jamaica will officially increase its target for use of renewable energy to 50 percent. Prime Minister Andrew has announced that Jamaica will officially increase its target for use of renewable energy to 50 percent.The previous target of 30% renewables was set as policy by Cabinet.However, speaking at the handing over ceremony to install solar panels at the Office of Prime Minister yesterday (October 16), Prime Minister Holness said the previous target of 30% renewables to Jamaica’s energy mix was not ambitious enough.“We are working even harder to a more ambitious target to reach 50% of our electricity generation being from renewables by 2030. Pushing our energy generation to be 50-50 by 2030; fossil fuels and renewables is in our national security interest, in our survival interest,” declared Prime Minister Holness.He said at present pace the previous target of 30% could be achieved by 2020, if the country remains on track in diversifying its energy use.He called on all Jamaicans including Government agencies to remain committed to using renewables.In the meantime, the Prime Minister is calling on Small Island Developing States to embrace renewables in a larger way.According to Prime Minister Holness those countries more susceptible to the effects of climate change are SIDS like Jamaica.“People who will be on the front line of climate change catastrophes will be SIDS like Jamaica. The ignorance of the threat is not just on those who for political or academic reasons decide to be blind it; it is also those who will be directly impacted by it but are too poor to have the information, to process the information, to understand the information and so they exist in ignorant oblivion to what could potentially unfold to their disaster”, explained Prime Minister Holness.Mr Holness said SIDS must therefore encourage inclusiveness in matters pertaining to climate change.“It behoves members of Small Island Developing States to bring their population along to the conversation about climate change to explain to them what is happening but to also take the proactive steps in ensuring that we can recover from climate change disasters. In other words, we have to take steps not just so that we can adopt, not just so that we can adapt new technology but so that we are resilient, that we can recover and survive,” explained Mr Holness.The installation of solar panels at the OPM was done through a partnership with the National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL), the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), the international non-profit group Solar Head of State and the Clinton Foundation.The installation of the panels at the OPM will result in a diversified energy mix and a reduction in electricity costs. However, speaking at the handing over ceremony to install solar panels at the Office of Prime Minister yesterday (October 16), Prime Minister Holness said the previous target of 30% renewables to Jamaica’s energy mix was not ambitious enough.last_img read more

DSME Wins Order for Two LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has secured an order to construct two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.The deal, which was signed with an undisclosed Oceania shipowner, was agreed on February 26.Under the contract, the shipbuilder will construct and deliver the LNG carrier pair to their owner by the end of September 2020.In a stock exchange release, DSME said that the shipbuilding contract has a value of around KRW 394.3 billion (USD 366.7 million).DSME added that the delivery date and final settlement amount might be changed according to the progress of the shipbuilding schedule.The deal comes less than a month after the builder secured its first newbuilding contract in 2018.Namely, in early February, DSME received a KRW 394.1 billion contract to build two LNG carriers from BW Gas, Clarksons Platou Shipbroking data shows.The two 173,400 cbm LNG carriers are set for delivery in the first half of 2020 from DSME’s Okpo yard.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

More Fednav Ships to Feature Optimarin BWTS

first_imgzoomFednav’s Federal Dart – the firm’s first newbuild delivered with an OBS unit installed. Image Courtesy: Optimarin Canada’s dry bulk shipping company Fednav has decided to install ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) on seven more vessels. The company signed a contract with Norwegian BWT specialist Optimarin for the supply of seven USCG-approved Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS).As informed, five of the units will be fitted on existing vessels within the 63-strong Fednav fleet, with two deliveries set for newbuilds.The order comes on top of agreements for five units made last year. Fednav initially ordered one retrofit and four newbuild units in 2017 and is now rolling out further installations.Optimarin made its initial retrofit delivery to Fednav earlier this year, with Goltens installing an OBS on Federal Kumano at MPG Dolphin Shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The first newbuild orders concerned projects at Oshima shipyard in Japan.OBS has now been successfully retrofitted in over 200 vessels. The system has certification from a comprehensive range of classification organizations, including ABS, BV, DNV-GL, LR & MLIT Japan.last_img read more

Alvaro Morata has No Idea About His Future

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Real Madrid’s striker, Alvaro Morata, has no clue regarding his future with his squad when his contract comes up for renewal.Most recently, the 24-year-old player scored 3 goals for his club during Wednesday’s game against Leganes. Several international outlets have been talking about Alvaro leaving his current team at the end of the season. Morata, however, has refuted all rumors saying that he has no future intentions. He added that he is choosing to focus on achieving his objectives as an important part of his team.“I feel good at Real Madrid and that is what important,” said MorataHe also said that he is trying to take advantage of any opportunity he has when he plays, adding that he has dreams of winning everything possible with his team.“I am scoring goals and helping the team. It’s important for me personally to continue this way and support my team,” he added.According to Spanish outlet, AS, Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte, is ready to do anything to sign Morata. Conte would reportedly be willing to offer GBP 65 million to make a deal happen.A press report issued by Tuttomercatobweb has promoted this news, stating that Chelsea club president, Roman Abramovitch, might use Zinedine Zindan’s interest in Eden Hazard and include Alvaro Morata in the deal. read more

Construction Site of the TangierCasablanca HSL 92 Complete

Rabat – The construction site of the Tangier-Casablanca high-speed rail line has reached 90 percent completion, according to Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water. Amar visited the sites of the future HST railway station in Tangier, the maintenance workshop, and the El Hachef viaduct.The construction works of the HSL Tanger-Casablanca line increased by 1 percent during the month of August. “It now has an overall turnover rate of 92 percent,” the Minister confirmed to MAP. “This mega-project will promote Morocco’s entry into an advanced phase of HST technology, while allowing it to be ahead of several countries and to set itself up as a model on the field at the African and Arab levels.”ONCF General Director Mohamed Rabie Khlie said the first tests at 320 km per hour of this high-speed train will begin during the month of September on a 120-kilometer stretch. He also ensured that “the preparation for operation is progressing according to the agreed schedule, in particular in terms of training drivers, maintenance personnel and commercial staff,” while pointing out to the MAP that “civil engineering works are already completed, while those of railway equipment will be completed before the end of 2017.” The first half of 2018 will be devoted to the testing of the certification of the system and to its running-in, while “the commercial commissioning of the project is planned during summer 2018,” the minister said.Amara also recalled that “the El Hachef viaduct, with an investment of MAD 1.092 billion, constitutes the longest viaduct of the line with 3.5 kilometers, and one of the most spectacular works of the project,” adding that it presents “impressive technical characteristics and illustrates the magnitude of the component of this large-scale project, noting that it has 12 viaducts, 169 road bridges and railway bridges and more than 100 hydraulic structures, realized at 80 percent by Moroccan companies.”The new Tangier station will be built on an area of ??10,500 m² with 77,000 m² of outdoor facilities. It will include passenger traffic areas, counters, boarding rooms, and shops. The project, with a budget MAD of 360 million dirhams, currently sits at 65 percent completion.The high speed train maintenance workshop will accommodate up to 30 HST. It will spread over 12 hectares including 20,000 m² of covered buildings. Inaugurated by the king in September 2015, it required an investment of MAD 640 million. read more

TSX down sharply amid Greek political turmoil worries of economic slowdown

The Toronto stock market is sharply lower as political turmoil in Greece and worries about slowing economic conditions took a big bite out of commodities.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 86.09 points to 12,846.The Canadian dollar is down 0.63 of a cent at 99.54 cents US as traders continued to avoid riskier assets such as oil and metals and resource-based currencies like the loonie.New York’s Dow industrials fell 87.27 points to 12,844.82. The Nasdaq dropped 35.21 points to 2,911.06 and the S&P 500 index lost 10.33 points to 1,353.39.Greece has weighed on markets since inconclusive elections Sunday failed to produce a party that could form a government, raising worries the country could default and exit the eurozone.Oil fell $1.24 to US$95.77 a barrel.

Canadas vehicle makers headed for most profitable year since 2001 report

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canada’s vehicle manufacturers are poised to have their most profitable year in a decade in 2012, according to the Conference Board of Canada.The Ottawa-based economic forecaster estimates the industry will have $1.35 billion in pre-tax profits this year, its best year since 2002.“The industry will continue to benefit from brisk growth in vehicle sales, both this year and next,” said Michael Burt, director, industrial economic trends.Burt noted that while Canadian sales are set to surpass their pre-recession level this year, sales in the United States are not expected to return to 2007 volumes until 2014.“This increasing U.S. demand is expected to lead to a prolonged recovery in Canadian auto exports,” he said.Through the first eight months of 2012, Canadian automotive production rose almost 20 per cent compared with the same period last year, according to the Conference Board report.Sales in Canada surged 7.1 per cent between January and August of this year and are on track to reach 1.72 million vehicles — the most since 2002.Across Canada, truck sales continued to outnumber passenger car purchases, particularly in the Prairies where brisk activity in the mining and construction industries is driving sales.Sales to the U.S. have posted double-digit sales growth three years in a row, culminating in a 15 per cent increase in Canadian exports this year.Yet, U.S. sales remain 1.7 million units below where they stood in 2007, leaving room for further growth assuming that Congress and the White House take measures to avoid the looming “fiscal cliff” — the combination of big U.S. government spending cuts and the end of Bush-era tax breaks set to kick in automatically at the start of 2013.Going forward, production growth will slow over the next five years from this year’s “torrid pace,” with Canadian sales gains limited because demand that built up during the recession “has effectively dried out,” the report said.The Conference Board also noted that General Motors will close one of its Oshawa plants in 2014 and growth in sales will also start to level off in the United States. Canada’s vehicle makers headed for most profitable year since 2001: report by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 22, 2012 9:46 am MDT read more

Iraq UN officials voice concern about humanitarian situation abuse of women girls

“As the security situation continues to worsen, I am extremely worried about the families urgently in need of water, food, shelter, healthcare, sanitation and protection from violence,” said Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. That includes targeting of women and children, who have reportedly been kidnapped, raped and forcibly married to militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) and other armed groups. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, expressed deep concern yesterday following the reported suicides of some women who had been raped, and of men who had been forced to watch the rape of their wives and daughters. “UN Women strongly condemns sexual and gender-based violence, and calls on all parties to address such reports and protect the rights of Iraqi women and girls,” she said. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said such targeting is “a grave violation of human rights” and warned against the risk of growing extremism to women’s rights in the region and worldwide.An estimated 20,000 women and girls in Iraq are at an increased risk of sexual violence as a result of the mounting crisis in the north and west, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said earlier this week. The agency also noted since this latest violence erupted three weeks ago in northern Iraq, of the approximately one million people displaced by the crisis, some 250,000 women and girls – including nearly 60,000 pregnant women – are in need of urgent health care.In total, more than 2.2 million people are now displaced in Iraq, including one million people already seeking refuge in Iraq as a result of the Syrian conflict and previous conflicts. The bulk of them have fled to the autonomous Kurdish region, where UN agencies are doing their best to support the humanitarian response despite continued finding and ongoing security constraints, Ms. Amos said, adding: “But we have struggled to raise the funds required.”To that end, she echoed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s gratitude to the Government of Saudi Arabia, which yesterday donated $500 million towards the humanitarian effort. More than 2,417 Iraqis were killed last month and another 2,287 were injured in acts of terrorism and violence, according to the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMI) human rights team.Mr. Ban and senior UN officials have called for the immediate formation of an inclusive Government in the country and for all sides to take immediate steps to protect civilians. read more

Lockout protest Minimarch TD jostled and pepper spray

first_imgUpdated 11.20pmPROTESTERS BEGAN GATHERING at Leinster House at 5am this morning for the Dáil Lockout protest. By around 11am there were approximately 150 people gathered outside, however after lunchtime numbers grew to around 400 people.Members of the public gathered at the gates of Leinster House, while gardaí stood guard at the barricades.Approximately 40-50 members of the gardaí were in and around the Kildare Street area, with a further six members of the mounted support unit also present.The ‘Lock the government out of the Dáil’ protest was organised in response to people’s disillusionment with the government and against austerity.No to austeritySpeakers addressed the crowds with megaphones, telling people it was time to stand up and tell the government that the people could take no more austerity.However, people began to get restless, with some people shouting: “They won’t even know we are here unless we march.”At about 11am, a small crowd broke away from the protest and marched from Molesworth Street, down to Nassau Street and back up around the other side of the barricades at Kildare Street.Two eyewitnesses claimed the gardaí created a human barrier to prevent people from moving any further up Kildare Street. The said that some jostling took place between the gardaí and some protesters and one man was sprayed with pepper spray.Claims of pepper spray use“It didn’t just spray on him, some of it went on the crowd, including me and also a photographer, I think,” said the eyewitness. To view footage of the incident, click here.Despite these claims, gardaí at the scene told TheJournal.ie that they had not heard of the incident, but said that if pepper spray is used at a protest, a report would have to be logged. The Garda Press Office told TheJournal.ie that no formal report had been made about any such incident.Laura Hutton of Photocall Ireland took this photograph on Kildare Street today:At about 2pm, the crowd broke away again, for another ‘mini-march’ however, this time the crowd decided to head to the Central Bank. Protesters made their way on the public road, disrupting traffic on the way.Protesters shouted: “Enda, Enda, Enda, out, out, out!” They also urged members of the public to join their march, with one protester shouting: “It’s your country too.” Gardaí followed the protesters as they walked.Here is some footage of the march:Back at Leinster House, Willie O’Dea was spotted by members of the crowd. People shouted: “Shame, shame, shame” at the Fianna Fáil TD.Kerry South TD jostledIndependent TD for Kerry South, Michael Healy-Rae then made an appearance and attempted to get into the crowd through theGarda barricade. It is unclear if he was doing so as he wanted to address the crowd or if he was merely trying to get through.Members of public would not let him by and the TD was jostled while the gardaí tried to come to his assistance. He was then forced to retreat.Here are some images from today’s protest:last_img read more

Amoxicilline Un antibiotique néfaste pour la santé

first_imgAmoxicilline : Un antibiotique néfaste pour la santé ?Une étude britannique vient confirmer une nouvelle fois que les antibiotiques tels que l’amoxicilline ne sont d’aucune utilité contre les maladies virales comme la bronchite qui sévit en hiver.”Les antibiotiques ce n’est pas automatique”, et une nouvelle étude menée par les chercheurs de l’université de Southampton le rappelle une nouvelle fois. Les résultats publiés dans la revue médicale The Lancet montrent en effet que l’amoxicilline, l’antibiotique le plus couramment prescrit, est inefficace pour traiter la bronchite et ses symptômes (fièvre, toux grasse, gène pour respirer).Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les tests ont été menés auprès de 2.000 participants, tous atteints de cette infection respiratoire. Tandis que la moitié du groupe devait prendre de l’amoxicilline trois fois par jour, l’autre moitié recevait un médicament placebo. Après une semaine de traitement, aucune différence significative n’a alors été retrouvée en termes de durée et de sévérité des symptômes chez les deux types de patients. Mais l’étude va même plus loin. D’après les résultats obtenus, le médicament est encore moins efficace lorsque les malades sont âgés de plus de 60 ans. C’est pourtant à cet âge-là que le risque d’infections respiratoires ne doit pas être pris à la légère. En outre, les chercheurs ont également noté la présence d’effets secondaires dans le premier groupe : nausées, eczéma et diarrhée. “Donner des antibiotiques à des personnes dont l’infection ORL ne dégénère pas en pneumonie ne sert à rien et peut même être contre-productif puisque le recours excessif à ces médicaments peut favoriser le développement de résistances. Sans compter les possibles effets secondaires”, explique le Pr Paul Little, auteur principal de l’étude.Des antibiotiques inefficaces contre les virus À lire aussiUn nouvel antibiotique prometteur capable de lutter contre les bactéries résistantesEn effet, dans la très grande majorité des cas, la bronchite aiguë est d’origine virale. Or, les antibiotiques ne peuvent rien contre les virus. Ils ne sont efficaces que contre les bactéries qu’ils empêchent de se multiplier mais ils n’ont aucune action sur les symptômes. Malgré cela, selon les autorités sanitaires, les antibiotiques continuent à être trop prescrits dans l’Hexagone. Une tendance qui n’étonne pas quand on sait que la France “détient le record européen de consommation d’antibiotiques derrière la Grèce”, selon l’Assurance maladie. En cas de bronchite, la Haute Autorité de Santé recommande donc de se tourner vers des antitussifs et des antalgiques même si cette maladie guérit spontanément la plupart du temps.Le 21 décembre 2012 à 12:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Researchers Piece Together Ancient Marsupial Lion Skeleton

first_imgStay on target 7th-Century Skeleton From Merovingian Era Unearthed in France3,300-Year-Old Chamber Tombs Filled With Bones Discovered in Greece If the 20-hour flight doesn’t kill you, Australia’s fauna probably will.Its assortment of venomous animals is well documented. But poisonous platypus, spiders, jellyfish, and snakes have got nothing on the legendary “marsupial lion.”An extinct species of carnivorous marsupial, Thylacoleo carnifex is the largest meat-eating mammal known to have existed in Australia (or anywhere in the world) some 1.6 million to 46,000 years ago.The robust creature—2.5 feet tall, 5 feet long, and an average 240 lbs—possessed retractable claws for securing prey and climbing trees.Basically, you wouldn’t want to meet one in a dark alley.While some is known about these pouched animals, new analysis of the first complete marsupial lion skeleton provides paleontologists even deeper insights.A team from Flinders University in Australia found that, despite its heft, the lion was a skilled climber, whether moving through canopy or caves; its heavy, muscular tail helped it balance, freeing up the forelimbs for prey capture and food manipulation.“Our analysis of the tail suggests that it was held up in the air and that it was being used in a way that differs from all living marsupials,” Aaron Camens, lecturer of paleontology at Flinders University, said in a statement.A reconstruction of the Marsupial Lion (Thylacoleo carnifex), with an outline estimating its musculature (via Rod Wells & Dr Aaron Camens/Flinders University)Its anatomy, according to a study published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, is not unlike the Tasmanian Devil—the largest marsupial carnivore still living in Australia today. “These recent fossil discoveries in South Australian caves enabled us to finally assemble a complete skeleton of the marsupial lion, including the tail and collar bone, for the first time ever,” study co-author Rod Wells, a professor in the College of Science and Engineering, said.“We concluded that the marsupial lion was a stealth or ambush predator of larger prey,” he continued, describing a niche “not dissimilar to that of the Tasmanian Devil, which feeds on smaller prey in comparison.”Research into the lion dates back to 1859, when paleontologists first tried to determine its lifestyle based on incomplete skull and jaw fragments. Recent fossil discoveries included the first known remains of the tail and collarbone.“Examining the whole skeleton reveals what a truly unique animal Thylacoleo wa,” Camens said. “It looked like a cross between a possum and a wombat, climbed a bit like a koala, and moved with the stiff-backed gait of a Tasmanian Devil, all whilst filling a niche different to any other animal on Earth.There is still plenty more to be found, including whether the lion was a cooperative hunter or “simply an opportunist,” as the University put it; the fact that multiple adults and young were found in caves suggest they operated in social groups.More on Geek.com:The Huge Gopher Tortoise May Be ‘Largest on Record’ in Florida‘Badass’ Bobcat Named Mr. Murderbritches Released Into the WildStudy: Giraffes Prefer to Dine With Friendslast_img read more

Revenue falls losses widen for Aquis Entertainment

first_img South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Aquis remains locked in long-standing negotiations with the ACT Government over a proposed AU$330 million redevelopment of Casino Canberra which would include an amendment to laws prohibiting the operation of slot machines in the casino. At present, poker machines in the nation’s capital are only allowed in licensed clubs.However, Aquis’ original plan to operate 500 slot machines was rejected in December and it has so far baulked at the government’s reduced offer of 200 slot machines and 60 EGMs.In announcing its 1H19 results, Aquis said it was advancing its strategy to improve the underperforming property by focusing on marketing activities and implementing cost controls as well as “the ongoing liaison with the ACT Government in relation to redevelopment options and associated legislative conditions.”The company added that it expects positive EBITDA and cash flow for the full year in 2019, despite EBITDA falling by 176.2% in the first half to AU$557,242. Aquis Entertainment, the owner and operator of Casino Canberra in Australia’s capital city, reported widened losses of AU$2.6 million for the six months to 30 June 2019, 18.4% more than in the same period last year.A combination of lower revenues and higher operating costs were behind the loss, with revenue down 2.7% year-on-year to around AU$12 million against expenses of AU$14.5 million. RelatedPosts RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline Load More Aristocrat wins battle over intellectual property rights with US$3 million settlementlast_img read more

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Plot cast where to watch release

first_img Culture Share your voice 77 Photos Everything we know about Disney Plus 1:29 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is headed to Disney Plus in fall 2020. Marvel If Avengers: Endgame left you wondering about the fate of certain characters — say, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes — you won’t have to be scratching your head for too much longer. While Endgame served as a conclusion for many of the Marvel heroes we’ve been following for the past decade, it was only the beginning for Wilson and Barnes, who are getting their own show (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) on the forthcoming Disney streaming platform, Disney Plus. Here’s what we know so far. Release and where to watch While there’s not a specific date attached to the show, you can expect The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in fall 2020 on Disney Plus.Disney Plus is Disney’s streaming platform, which will house not only all the animated classics you’d expect from Bambi to Frozen, but also everything Marvel and Star Wars, along with original movies and shows, like Loki, The Mandalorian and the reboot of Lady & the Tramp, to name a few. It’ll cost $7 per month. What’s the plot?We last saw Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes at the finale of Endgame, when their friend Steve Rogers gave Sam a new role. As CNET’s Mike Sorrentino points out, the logo for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier show incorporates Captain America’s shield, which could be an indication of where the story is headed. At D23 in August, fans got a look at a poster for the show, featuring Sam and Bucky. Of note: Bucky’s shorter haircut and Sam’s new suit with red and white design. That doesn’t mean Sam is Captain America, though. Mackie told Variety “I am the Falcon. I will always be the Falcon.” image-from-ios Disney Plus Instagram Cast and crewSteve Roger’s story arc in Endgame probably rules out a cameo from Chris Evans, but the original Captain America is a big influence in the lives of both Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson, so who knows. Anthony Mackie as FalconSebastian Stan as Bucky BarnesDaniel Brühl as ZemoEmily VanCamp as Sharon CarterWyatt Russell as John Walker/US AgentNote: This story was originally published July 30 and is updated as news rolls in. 0center_img Tags 2019 movies to geek out over Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Disneylast_img read more