Having asthma as a player won’t hold you back

first_imgIt’s important to get the right medication, as evidence suggests that if asthma remains untreated it can cause ongoing changes to a person’s lungs, which can cause problems later in life.Dr Falvey says…– Everyone involved in a winter sport should be screened for asthma– Exercise-induced asthma is different to baseline asthma– You may be asthmatic, even if you’ve never had any symptoms– Don’t leave asthma untreated – it can damage your lungsThis article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Rugby asthmatics: (from left) Al Kellock, Ben Gollings and Cian HealyHaving asthma doesn’t mean you can’t be as fit as the next athlete. Ireland team doctor Eanna Falvey gives you the low-downBaseline asthma can be related to an allergy to pollen or dust, whereas exercise-induced asthma is brought on by highly intense physical activity, especially in cold weather. So, everyone involved in winter sports should be screened for exercise-induced asthma to get the correct treatment.It’s commonly thought that asthma sufferers experience problems getting enough air into their lungs, but in fact they’re unable to get the air out. They then can’t get the next breath in, so feel short of breath.To test if someone is asthmatic, we measure their forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), or how much air someone can move in one second. If there is a drop of 10% or more in that figure after exercise, they have exercise-induced asthma.All sports players subject to World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) drugs tests need to undergo testing to obtain evidence and confirmation from a doctor that they’re asthmatic before they can legally take medication.Normally testing involves running on treadmills, but at the IRFU we devised a rugby-specific challenge. As rugby players have to use their upper limbs, chest and back, our challenge involved using a weighted medicine ball that players had to pass against a wall, bounce, and jump and run with, interspersed with 20-metre sprints to mimic a game-type situation. Everyone had their lung function tested before and after the exercise, and we examined how it had changed to decide whether or not treatment was required.One player at the peak of his fitness was found to be asthmatic despite having experienced no symptoms. Following treatment, he had a fantastic following season, and we’d like to think we had some effect on this!last_img read more

Alzheimer Scotland and Alzheimer’s Society are Tesco Charity of the Year 2011

first_imgAlzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland have been selected as Tesco Charity of the Year 2011 and the partnership aims to raise £5 million.Tesco is encouraging its customers to donate Tesco Clubcards points to the charity. The face value of each Clubcard voucher will then be donated to the appeal.Tesco Bank is also donating money to the appeal. Until 29 February 2012, for every transaction made on ATMs at Tesco stores, Tesco Bank will donate 0.0125p to Alzheimer’s Society, which will give 10% of that money to Alzheimer Scotland. The bank expects to raise £65,000 from this method of giving. Until the end of January 2011 ATM transactions generated £62,130 for CLIC Sargent, Tesco’s charity of the year for 2010.Since 1988, Tesco has chosen a different charity every year to be the focus for staff fundraising. The Tesco Charity Trust then tops up staff fundraising to a maximum of £500,000.www.alzheimers-tesco.org.uk About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  56 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 23 March 2011 | News Tagged with: charity of the year corporate Alzheimer Scotland and Alzheimer’s Society are Tesco Charity of the Year 2011last_img read more

Open letter to Hillary Clinton on eve of human rights dialogue with China

first_imgNews RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News May 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Hillary Clinton on eve of human rights dialogue with China Follow the news on China News June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Secretary of State Hillary ClintonUS Department of StateWashington DCUSAParis, 12 May 2010Dear Secretary of State Clinton,When the United States and China begin the next round in their Human Rights Dialogue in Washington tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders urges you to raise the question of China’s censorship of the Internet and news media, in line with the statement of support for online free expression that you made on 21 January.It is essential that the United States put pressure on the Chinese authorities for concrete results and a specific follow-up to the priorities that have been identified and to the undertakings they have given. We encourage you to do everything possible to bring Chinese NGOs into this process, above all to ensure an independent evaluation.We also urge you to press the Chinese negotiators for the release of the approximately 100 journalists and netizens who are imprisoned in China, making specific reference to the intellectual Liu Xiaobo, the website editor Huang Qi, the human rights activist Hu Jia, the cyber-dissident Zhang Jianhong, better known by the pseudonym of Li Hong, and the online journalist Yang Tianshui. The health of the last three is very worrying. Their lives are in danger.Finally, we ask you to ensure that the cases raised in this session are also raised by the Department of Commerce during the next round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue that is due to start on 23 May. It is a positive sign that Assistant Secretary of State Mike Posner will be participating. We think that censorship of the media and Internet has an impact on economic exchanges and, in particular, on the transparency and monitoring of investments, and can be regarded as an obstacle to trade.Every effort must be made in this dialogue to avoid the unproductive outcome seen so often in the past, an outcome marked by vague statements of intent that are quickly ignored, while being used by the Chinese authorities to claim that they are making progress on the human rights front. The opposite is the case – repression has been stepped up in recent months.China is the world’s biggest prison for journalists, bloggers and cyber-dissidents. Not content with having its Internet users monitored by a 40,000-member cyber-police, China has established a very sophisticated system of online censorship that combines blocking of websites and blocking of keywords covering subjects ranging from human rights and democracy to the Dalai Lama. The regime has its propaganda everywhere online and it can count on the cooperation of international companies such as Yahoo! and Microsoft which, unlike Google, still censor the results of their search engines.Thousands of websites have been closed using the pretext of a campaign against pornography launched in January 2009. The authorities have announced that websites must be registered on a white-list to avoid being blocked and that Internet users will have to identify themselves in order to post comments online. The State Secrets Law has been amended to force Internet and telecommunications companies to cooperate closely with the authorities on matters relating to national security.But more and more Chinese Internet users are becoming aware of the scale of the censorship and are using circumvention tools in order to access blocked sites. They are also waging campaigns of support for Iranian dissidents and for their fight for democracy. We call on you to make their voices heard by the authorities and to help them to reverse the growth in censorship.The traditional media are also subject to draconian censorship. The Propaganda Department and the government’s Information Office have imposed strict rules on coverage of the Shanghai World Expo. It is hard to imagine a “Better city – Better life” in a country that censors the Internet and jails human rights activists on such a wide scale. The Expo 2010 Shanghai slogan is meaningless. To denounce all this censorship and repression, Reporters Without Borders has launched a virtual Garden of Liberties on its website at http://en.rsf.org/shanghai_en.html.In your historic speech of 21 January, you clearly affirmed your country’s support for online free speech and freedom of opinion, making it a cornerstone of US diplomacy. We now urge you to defend these principles in your relations with the country that has undeniably developed the world’s most elaborate mechanisms for controlling the Internet.We thank you in advance for the attention you give to our requests.Sincerely, April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Generally good climate for presidential election marred by public TV’s bias in favour of incumbent

first_img No constraints were placed on either the local or international media in the course of their coverage of the Maldivian president elections, but state-owned TV broadcaster MTV failed to observe the required balance in its coverage of the two candidates’ activities between the first and second round, which is taking place today, Reporters Without Borders said. September 12, 2018 Find out more Follow the news on Maldives Receive email alerts RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist MaldivesAsia – Pacific No constraints were placed on either the local or international media in the course of their coverage of the Maldivian president elections, but state-owned TV broadcaster MTV failed to observe the required balance in its coverage of the two candidates’ activities between the first and second round, which is taking place today, Reporters Without Borders said. The elections, in which President Abdul Gayoom of the ruling Maldivian People’s Party (DRP) is pitted against Mohamed “Anni” Nashed of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), are widely regarded as historic as the government has for the first time allowed opposition parties to take part.While MTV undeniably made consistent efforts to allow opposition representatives, including MDP leaders, to speak on the air, the government still got the lion’s share of air time, the press freedom organisation said.“We hail the government’s efforts to guarantee a satisfactory level of freedom and safety for both Maldivian and foreign journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We nonetheless regret that it did not go the whole way by ensuring the ruling party and the opposition got the same amount of time on the public TV station.” The organisation added: “We call on the winner of this historic election to work during the coming years to ensure that press freedom takes a lasting hold in the Maldives.”During yesterday’s 2 p.m. news programme on MTV, the opposition was given 5 minutes 35 seconds of air time, while the ruling party got nine minutes and the government got another five minutes. Similarly, during MTV’s news programmes on 24 October, the opposition candidate got 6 minutes and 40 seconds while the ruling part got 14 minutes 37 seconds and the government got 9 minutes 52 seconds.The day before, the bias in favour of the president and the ruling party was even greater. The DRP got 13 minutes 14 seconds of air time and the government got 5 minutes 25 seconds, while opposition candidate Nashed’s supporters only got 9 minutes 53 seconds. On 21 October, the DRP was accorded twice as much air time as the MDP.Reporters Without Borders measured MTV’s allocation of air time systematically during the 10 days prior to today’s polling.The organisation did learn of a few sporadic incidents during the election. A journalist employed by the pro-opposition newspaper Haama Daily was, for example, asked to leave a news conference held by the government. News RSF_en News to go further October 28, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Generally good climate for presidential election marred by public TV’s bias in favour of incumbent July 15, 2020 Find out more News News April 23, 2018 Find out more RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates MaldivesAsia – Pacific Organisation Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Release of Al Jazeera journalists held by Israelis

first_img Receive email alerts July 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release of Al Jazeera journalists held by Israelis News to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Israel Reporters Without Borders condemns the detention of two journalists employed by the Qatar-based satellite TV station Al Jazeera, who were aboard the “Spirit of Humanity”, a ship carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, when it was intercepted by the Israeli navy on 30 June.“Othman Al-Battiri and Mansour Al-Ibbi were aboard the ‘Spirit of Humanity’ as journalists, not for activist reasons,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They must be freed at once.”The ship, which was chartered by the Free Gaza human rights group, was boarded by the Israeli navy at 3 p.m. on 30 June as it was approaching Gaza’s territorial waters and was escorted to the Israeli port of Ashdod (located just to the north of the Gaza Strip). All those aboard, including the two Al Jazeera journalists, were taken to a detention centre near Ben Gurion international airport.“We expect them to be deported in the next few days, but we want a guarantee that everything aboard the ship will be returned to us,” a Free Gaza activist told Reporters Without Borders.The “Spirit of Humanity” left Cyprus on 29 June with 21 human rights activists from 11 countries aboard. They included Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland, a co-winner of the Nobel peace prize in 1977, and former US Representative Cynthia McKinney. It was also carrying three tons of medical supplies, toys and material for the repair and rebuilding of 20 houses. “The aim of this aid was to circumvent the blockade that Israel has imposed on the Gaza Strip since June 2007 and to symbolically help reconstruction in Gaza following the 22-day Israeli military operation in the territory,” the Free Gaza activist told Reporters Without Borders. IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Organisation May 16, 2021 Find out more News News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 28, 2021 Find out more IsraelMiddle East – North Africa The two Al Jazeera journalists who were arrested on 30 June have been released from Ramleh prison, on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. Jordanian Othman Al-Battiri was freed on 5 June as a result of his lawyer’s intervention and returned to Jordan by the Allenby Bridge border crossing. Yemeni Mansour Al-Ibbi was released this morning.The chief of the Al Jazeera bureau in Israel, Majid Khader, said the two journalists were pressured by the Israeli authorities to admit to entering Israel illegally. “But they did not enter Israel illegally,” he said. “They were aboard the Spirit of Humanity covering an operation heading for Gaza. They were forced to come ashore.”All the people aboard the Spirit of Humanity who were arrested on 30 June after the ship’s interception by the Israeli navy were released in the course of the past two days.——–3 June 2009 – Two Al Jazeera journalists held by Israeli authorities since 30 June WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalistslast_img read more

Mystery arson that killed 5 members of Senegalese family still unsolved

first_imgClayton Sandell/ABCBy CLAYTON SANDELL, ABC News(DENVER) — More than three months since a mysterious arson fire killed five members of a Senegalese family, the blackened, burned-out shell of a house where they died stands untouched, surrounded by a chain-link fence covered with dry, faded flower bouquets and dirty stuffed animals.The house, located in a new subdivision not far from the Denver airport, looks much the way it did on Aug. 5. Around 3:30 a.m., police say three suspects in eerie face masks approached in darkness, igniting a fire that took the lives of three adults, a toddler and an infant.The suspected arsonists were captured in an image from a neighbor’s security camera. But despite a $40,000 reward, police say they have made no arrests, and most leads have gone nowhere.Djibril Diol, 29, his wife Adja Diol, 23, and their 2-year old daughter Khadija were killed, along with Djibril’s sister Hassan and her infant daughter, Hawa. Friends and family say Adja, Khadija, Hassan and Hawa had recently emigrated to the United States from Senegal. Djibril came to America in 2012 and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in civil engineering. Before his death, he was working for a construction company on a major highway project.Despite the apparent lack of progress, the Denver Police Department says the case is still a top priority.Two detectives are assigned to the case full-time, said Lt. Matt Clark of the major crimes unit. The department is also getting help from agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to Clark.As credible tips have come in suggesting possible leads or suspects, investigators have recently been serving search warrants for potential evidence like cellphone records, Clark said.“Some of these are connected to tips, and some are just general investigative tactics to identify and place someone at a location,” he said. “A lot of these are digital warrants. They’re not physical locations.”In addition, the department has assigned a sergeant from the cold case unit to help, though Clark insisted it is not considered a cold case.“This is just a resource I had available that I think could be beneficial to the investigation,” he said.Some community members are growing increasingly frustrated and discouraged at the lack of arrests and the addition of a cold case investigator.“Everybody is asking for updates, and there’s been nothing,” said Ousman Ba, a Diol family friend.Friends, family and the police said the victims appeared to have been thriving in the United States and had no past trouble or enemies that would suggest a motive.For now, there is hope that new digital billboards and posters on city buses will keep the case in the public eye and hopefully yield a clue that might break the case.“We haven’t given up,” Clark said. “This is a very complex case, and it’s getting the resources and diligence that I think it deserves so we can bring justice to the family.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gazprom Neft, Shell set up JV to develop Gydan Peninsula hydrocarbon cluster

first_imgThe joint venture will study and develop Leskinsky and Pukhutsyayakhsky license blocks on the Gydan Peninsula Gazprom Neft, Shell establish partnership to develop hydrocarbon cluster. (Credit: Gazprom Neft PJSC) Russian oil producer Gazprom Neft has concluded a deal with Royal Dutch Shell to establish a joint venture (JV) for the development of a major hydrocarbon cluster on the Gydan Peninsula.The transaction follows an agreement signed by both the companies to establish the JV in July this year.As per the terms of the deal, the two companies will have an equal interest in the charter capital of the joint venture.The joint venture will study and develop the onshore Leskinsky and Pukhutsyayakhsky license blocks on the Gydan Peninsula.The two companies will consolidate their capabilities and competences to develop the exploration cluster, which is located in the north—eastern part of the Gydan Peninsula.Covering over 3,000km² of area, the Leskinsky licence block is located in the Taymyr district of the Krasnoyarsk Krai.Its hydrocarbon resources are estimated to be more than 100 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe).Pukhutsyayakhsky block estimated to contain 35 mtoeLocated in the Tazovsky district of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Pukhutsyayakhsky block covers an area of more than 800km2 and is estimated to contain nearly 35mtoe.Gazprom Neft Exploration and Production deputy CEO Vadim Yakovlev said: “We’ll be splitting investments on this project with our strategic partner, Shell, and combining our experience and technological expertise.“Going forward, data on the structure of these blocks will make a major contribution to investigating these as yet undeveloped areas.”The company said that the 2D seismic survey has already been completed on both Leskinsky and Pukhutsyayakhsky license blocks.Currently, the prospecting and appraisal activities are being undertaken at the Leskinsky block to collect data that will be utilised to refine the geological concept and prepare a future project development plan.Gazpromneft-GEO, which is established to execute major geological prospecting projects, will be the operator on the initial stage of the project and will be responsible for exploration works at Leskinsky and the Pukhutsyayakhsky blocks.last_img read more

Detyens Shipyards Lands USNS John Lenthall Contract

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Detyens Shipyards Lands USNS John Lenthall Contract Share this article Industry news The winner of a solicitation posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website is Detyens Shipyards, Inc., North Charleston, S.C , which will be the signatory of $8,108,084 firm-fixed-price contract, Marine log informs. Nevertheless, the contract foresees  additional options, which, if used, could result in higher costs rising up to $9 mill.The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Fleet Support Command is the contracting authority awarding contract on 55 calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and drydocking of Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189).USNS John Lenthall is engaged in providing fuel refill to Navy ships already at sea, thus enabling them to remain sailing for a considerable period of time, without having to interrupt their routes.The activities stipulated by the contract, which are to be carried out at North Charleston, S.C. will encompass: cleaning and repairing anchor chains, 12,000 hour maintenance of port main engine, propeller maintenance, cleaning switchboard controllers, replacing the air conditioning chillers and cleaning and painting the underwater hull.The completion of the works is scheduled for June 25.Detyens Shipyards provides large commercial ship owners with quality dry-docking services, a variety of craft expertise, remarkably flexible facility and a growing port. It also provides ultra-high-pressure water blasting as an alternative to grit blasting, a safer and cleaner method than traditional sand blasting.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 03, 2012; Detyens Shipyards Lands USNS John Lenthall Contract View post tag: Lenthall View post tag: News by topic View post tag: John View post tag: Detyenscenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: lands View post tag: USNS View post tag: contract View post tag: Shipyards View post tag: Navy April 3, 2012last_img read more

Adjunct Faculty – Physics

first_imgAurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Aurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionateabout teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualifiedpart-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based oncourse demand and staffing.Aurora University is looking for qualified instructors withMaster’s degree or PhD in Physics to teach lecture and laboratorycourses such as General Physics I and II.Please email resume or curriculum vitae, plus cover letter statingthe specific areas you are interested in teaching to:[email protected]last_img read more

Reporting in

first_imgMike Holling, president, National Association of Master BakersRecently I had the privilege of attending the National Association of Master Bakers’ (NA) Northern Region annual dinner in Newcastle. It was a grand event and an opportunity to listen to members’ views on several issues.Apart from the serious concerns over the spiralling costs of key ingredients, the future of the high street and dominance of the major supermarkets are issues that seem to be raised on a continual basis.In the media, the fallout from the Competition Commission’s latest report is evident; the Commission seems to believe that the big four need a larger presence on the high street to create fair competition.But what about the pressure this will put on existing independent businesses – not only bakers, but butchers and other specialist traders? A prime example is the recent demise of small Post Offices.We all need to see a successful thriving high street or town centre, which serves the community. While the Commission may have addressed the issue of competition between the supermarkets, it hasn’t examined how their growth is affecting other high street outlets.At the NA, we will continue to lobby strongly on behalf of our members and hope the Commission’s next update will take our concerns into consideration.last_img read more