Can you be obese and still be healthy?

first_imgNot everyone who is obese is unhealthy. So say some researchers, who note that a small fraction of overweight people have normal blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and are thus “healthy obese.” Now, scientists have identified a single protein that seems to determine whether obesity is harmful or benign.The protein is a new player in our understanding of how obesity leads to disease, says Alan Saltiel, a cell biologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, who was not involved in the study.It is well known that obesity leads to a wide range of health problems, from diabetes to heart disease to cancer. So established is the link between extra pounds and illness that last year the American Medical Association voted to classify obesity itself as a disease. Although some researchers have suggested that a small number of obese people are healthy, that idea remains controversial. Instead, the emerging consensus is that healthy obesity is a transient phase, says Ravi Retnakaran, an endocrinologist at the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes in Toronto, Canada. 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In a study of more than 14,000 metabolically healthy Korean people last year, scientists found early plaque buildup in the arteries of obese subjects more often than they did in the lean ones.To figure out when the transition from healthy to unhealthy obesity occurs, Harald Esterbauer, an obesity researcher at the Medical University of Vienna, and his colleagues took a closer look at a protein called heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), which was thought to suppress inflammation—the critical bridge that links obesity to metabolic disease. When the pancreatic islets, small masses of cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, are exposed to high levels of nutrients—as is the case among people who eat a lot—they become inflamed. This leads to the death of some islet cells,  in turn decreasing the secretion of insulin and causing type 2 diabetes.To understand the role of HO-1, the researchers examined blood, fat, and liver tissue from a group of 44 obese people and six controls. All the obese subjects were apparently healthy: They had normal fasting glucose levels, no obvious inflammation, and took no medicine. However, there was one critical difference among them: Twenty-seven of the subjects showed early signs of insulin resistance, a precursor of diabetes. Insulin responses were normal in the remaining 17 obese subjects. When Esterbauer’s team biopsied the tissues from both groups, it found HO-1 levels to be nearly twice as high in the insulin-resistant group. The finding suggested that HO-1 was causing the insulin resistance.To be doubly sure, the researchers removed the HO-1 gene from mice. When these knockout mice were fed a high-fat diet, they gained as much weight as normal mice did, but they managed to remain sensitive to insulin. In addition, the knockout mice also showed lower levels of inflammation.The researchers also tried the converse experiment: genetically engineering mice to produce more HO-1. This time, they found that the mice grew insulin-resistant, even when on normal diets.“We believe that HO-1 is a very early marker of metabolic disease,” says Esterbauer, whose team reports its findings today in Cell.Esterbauer’s team also found that levels of the HO-1 protein were slightly higher in healthy obese subjects than in the lean controls. This supports the concept of transient healthy obesity that Retnakaran advocates: Compared with lean, healthy people, obese people are already at a slight disadvantage.  Knowing what causes metabolic syndrome may make it easier to treat and diagnose it. Blocking HO-1 in mice controls inflammation, so it could possibly do the same in humans. But before that, it is important to understand how HO-1 causes inflammation, Esterbauer says. “Based on this knowledge, we can then develop drugs that interfere with a specific function of HO-1.”last_img read more

Chillin’: LeBron, Cavs trying to thaw from mid-season freeze

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers players, from left, LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love, JR Smith and Jae Crowder take a break during a review in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. James and the Cavaliers are going through their annual January freeze. It’s taking them longer to thaw this year, raising questions about whether they’re still the best team in the Eastern Conference or good enough to make their fourth straight NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — With sweat streaking down his face and into his bushy beard, LeBron James was not in a playful mood following practice.The cold stare. The pursed lips. The focus.ADVERTISEMENT This is no time for frivolity.With Cleveland in the midst of its annual January deep freeze, a troubling stretch where losing multiplies quickly into rumors, drama and even more distractions for the NBA’s most scrutinized superstar and his teammates, the Cavaliers are being questioned again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd for good reason.While they played well for more than three quarters in a loss — their ninth in 12 games — on Monday night to the defending champion Golden State Warriors, James found little to be encouraged about. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed The three-time champion conceded that this season has been difficult.“It’s been very challenging just from the simple fact of how many guys have been in and out,” he said. “This is a difficult year for our team. Seems like I say that every year, but this one has been even more challenging. It’s been very challenging on our team. But we have to figure it out. At the end of the day, we have a game every other day or every two days just like everybody else in the NBA. We have to go out and play.”These are fascinating and frustrating days for the Cavaliers, who opened the season 5-7, ripped off 18 wins in 19 games and have gone just 3-9 since Dec. 19, losing twice in that span to the Warriors, their rivals in each of the past three Finals.Following Monday’s fourth straight loss, James said he was pleased with the team’s effort.However, the same night, some unnamed Cleveland players told several media outlets privately that there was growing concern that the Cavs’ problems might not be fixable.Coach Tyronn Lue was aware of the reports, and joked that the comments didn’t come from any players he knows.“I’ve seen where people said sources say and I look down the roster and I don’t see no guy named sources,” Lue said. “We’re going to be fine. The guys are putting in the work. The last couple of games have been very positive even though we lost, so things are going to be fine.”Things are looking better.Thomas showed flashes of his All-Star form against the Warriors, playing his most minutes (32) since his return, and his role will expand. Derrick Rose could be back as early as Thursday against Orlando after being sidelined since Nov. 7 with a severe ankle injury. And the Cavaliers are in a stretch of playing seven of nine games at home.The record should improve. Will the roster? LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “You don’t win championships … losing a game is not encouraging at all,” he said. “I liked the way we played in the first half. I liked the way we competed. But you get encouraged when you come out here and work when there ain’t nobody watching. I’m more encouraged on what we did today than I am in the game the other day.”The Cavs remain a work in progress, an incomplete picture.Maybe even a damaged one.Their aging roster, defensive deficiencies, injuries, Isaiah Thomas’ slow-and-still-uncertain comeback from a hip injury and an inability to beat the league’s elite teams have conjoined to raise doubts about whether the Cavs are still the best team in the Eastern Conference or one good enough to reach their fourth straight NBA Finals.James, who is having another MVP-caliber season, didn’t offer any excuses for the team’s recent struggles, a stretch he called a “rough patch.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ With the Feb. 8 trading deadline approaching, the Cavs might be able to land a top-tier player to help James if owner Dan Gilbert is willing to part with the first-round pick the team acquired from Boston in the summer trade involving Kyrie Irving. Of course, with James potentially becoming a free agent after this season, there’s major risk involved.The Cavaliers must weigh whether it’s better to make a major move now and take another championship run this season or hang onto the pick to build for the future in case James leaves.Whatever happens, Lue is confident his team will thrive.“I believe,” he said.James doesn’t seem as certain.As the speculation builds about his future, he gave an interesting response when asked if the current team has enough to win a second NBA championship.“That’s our goal and that’s what we got to work towards,” James said. “That’s what we’re here for.” Anthony, Adams lead Thunder past Lakers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Alab holds off Mono for sixth straight win

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Alab’s run propelled them to third place with a 9-4 record while the Mono Vampire fell down to fourth at 9-5.Balkman not only delivered in the clutch for Alab but he was also the focal point of the team’s offense putting up 31 points with 13 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJustin Brownlee, meanwhile, missed out on a five-by-five for Alab as he finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, five blocks, and four steals.Samuel Deguara led Mono Vampire with 21 points and 15 boards. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:31In Thailand, Paul Zamar resuscitates PBA dream with Mono Vampire01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlab Pilipinas stretched its winning run to six games after surviving Mono Vampire, 86-84, in the ASEAN Basketball League Wednesday at Baliuag Star Arena in Bulacan.Renaldo Balkman hit the game-winning jumper for Alab with four seconds remaining 15 seconds after Mike Singletary drilled a three-pointer that tied the game at 84.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Ginebra bounces back, rips Kia MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

ONE: Team Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio back on track after convincing win over Korean foe

first_imgMOST READ Go For Gold skateboarding Mindanao leg unfolds Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad02:42PH 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 Eustaquio (12-7) connected with combinations after combinations tagging Kyu with a spinning back fist that transitioned from a head kick in the third round.The Team Lakay stalwart then connected with the stable’s patented back spinning elbow in the fourth round that stunned Kyu (9-3).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, logisticsDespite the win, Eustaquio said he’s not fully satisfied with what he did in the fight.“I’m not a hundred percent satisfied with my performance. I’m looking forward to getting better and I’m willing to go back to the drawing board and be a better athlete,” said Eustaquio. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Team Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio vs Kyu Sung Kim of South Korea. Photo from ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—Geje Eustaquio got back to winning ways with a dominant performance against Korea’s Kyu Sung Kim in ONE: Enter the Dragon at Singapore Indoor Stadium.The former ONE World flyweight champion put on a commanding striking display that earned him the unanimous decision win, his first victory since losing the title in January against Adriano Moraes.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Exclusion from TOPS funding right decision: Sushil, Yogeshwar

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 13 (PTI) Omitted from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme, Indias Olympic medal winning wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt today gracefully accepted the move, saying there was no point taking funds from the government when they are out of action. Besides Sushil and Yogeshwar, the famous Phogat sisters — Geeta and Babita — faced the axe too. “I think it is a right decision. My name should have been removed from the list since I am not in action. If I am not contributing on the mat, why should I be a part of any funding,” Sushil told PTI. “I dont want to take anything from anyone when I am not playing. I am a very satisfied person and I am absolutely fine with the move,” Indias lone double Olympic medallist added. While Sushil was not a part of the Indian squad at the Rio Games last year following a snub by the WFI, Yogeshwar, who bowed out in the first round, had already made it clear that Rio was his last Olympics. So, Sushil and Yogeshwars exclusion from the list hardly came as a surprise. “I agree with the decision. There is nothing wrong with it. I had already conveyed that Rio was my last Olympics, so chances of including my name in TOPS do not arise in any case. “The government must give the funds to those kids who need it at this stage of their careers,” London Olympics bronze medal winner Yogeshwar said. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) have sent a revised list of grapplers to the Sports Ministry for funding under the TOPS, with an eye on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Apart from the stalwarts of Indian wrestling, the list also does not have the likes of Rahul Aware, Amit Kumar Dahiya and Praveen Rana, all of whom figured in the original list, made in 2015-16, ahead of the Rio Olympics. Keeping the future in mind, WFI has included names such as Sandeep Tomar (mens 57kg), Bajrang Punia (mens 65kg), Jitendra (mens 74kg), Ritu Phogat (womens 45kg), Vinesh Phogat (womens 48kg), Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik (womens 58kg) for the TOPS funding. Sakshi, Vinesh and Bajrang figured in the original list of 2015-16 also. Although Sakshi has been included, some doubts have emerged over her continuation in the sport after her marriage. Sushil, who has become a national observer, said he has accepted the role of observer since he is currently not active on the mat. “Since I am not playing at the moment, I have accepted the job of national observer and I feel I can contribute to the young wrestlers growth by performing this role. But that does not mean I would not play again. Till the time, I decide to take the mat again, I would handle this role,” said Sushil. Although Geeta, 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Babita, 2014 Commonwealth Games gold winner, are still competing, their form off late have not been encouraging. Geeta has not participated in tournaments regularly, while Babita has had injury issues in recent times. Both the sisters hardly fought during the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) earlier this year, citing injuries. When asked about WFIs move to exclude her and Geeta from the TOPS list, a visibly upset Babita said that she had no information about the omission. “I dont want to comment on it because I do not have any information about it,” Babita said. WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar said the list was prepared by the national coaches with an eye on 2020 Tokyo. “The coaches, who have been closely observing the wrestlers in the national camps and in the tournaments, have approved the list for the TOPs funding and have chosen only those who they felt are medal prospects for India at the Tokyo Games,” Tomar said. “But there is still three years to go and the list might be updated depending on the performances of the wrestler and the injuries they face,” he added. PTI CM AH CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Sreejesh to lead Indian hockey team as Rupinder returns

first_imgHockey India on Monday announced the 18-member men’s squad for the upcoming Asian Games 2018, which is slated to begin in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18.Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will continue to led the Indian side as Indian forward Akashdeep Singh has made a return to the squad after being sidelined due to an injury.Meanwhile, experienced drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh has also been named in the squad after being rested for the Champions Trophy.Midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kangujam will be joined by the experienced Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singh and Vivek Sagar Prasad in the midfield.India’s forward line will see Akashdeep, experienced SV Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Dilpreet Singh.The team’s defence will be handled by Rupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar and Birendra Lakra.Reflecting on the team’s composition, India coach Harendra Singh said that the team is a good mix of players who have proved their abilities in past. He, however, admitted that the team will miss the experienceof Ramandeep Singh who was ruled out of the event due to a knee injury.”We have a great mix of players who have shown their abilities in the recent tournaments. Though it is unfortunate we will be missing out on Ramandeep Singh’s experience as he is ruled out of the Asian Games due to a recent knee surgery he underwent,” Harendra Singh said.”But it is good to have Akashdeep Singh back in the mix. Both Rupinder and Akashdeep have remained in camp when the team was away in Breda and have had good match practice against Bangladesh over the past week and are raring to go,” he added.advertisementThe 18-member squad will join the rest of the core group at ongoing National Camp in Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru after a short five-day break.The next three weeks in camp will see a mix of players take on the Korean national team in five practice matches and the New Zealand national team in three matches ahead of the all-important Asian Games.Indian coach has asserted that the practice match against Korea and New Zealand will be good for team’s preparation ahead of the Asian Games and they will be aiming for gold in the event to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The full squad for the Asian games is as follows:Goalkeepers – PR Sreejesh (Captain), Krishan B PathakDefenders – Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Surender Kumar, Rupinder Pal Singh, Amit RohidasMidfielders – Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice-Captain), Simranjeet Singh, Sardar Singh, Vivek Sagar PrasadForwards – SV Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Dilpreet Singh.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

Chicago Blackhawks ban four fans for racist taunting during game

first_imgUS sports Devante Smith-Pelly says racial taunting from NHL fans was ‘disgusting’ Washington Capitals Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Chicago Blackhawks … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. NHL Topics Since you’re here… Read morecenter_img Share on WhatsApp Evan Sporer (@ev_sporer)Next, he clearly has had enough of whatever is being said, gets up to address the fans. 18, 2018 Share on Pinterest Reuse this content “Totally unacceptable in our game, in any sport and in society today,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the morning skate ahead of Monday night’s home game against the Los Angeles Kings. “We’ve got to learn from something like that. It can’t happen.”Quenneville said he talked to Washington coach Barry Trotz on Sunday and apologized.  The Blackhawks’ only black player, Anthony Duclair, said he wasn’t surprised there had been racial abuse at an NHL game. “[It] happens so often, not only in hockey, not only in sports, but in society as a whole,” Duclair told the Chicago Tribune on Monday. “You’d think there would be some change after some years, especially [after the NHL] came out with the ad, ‘Hockey is for Everyone’.“If they were Blackhawks fans they would know there’s a black player on their team. These four people think a certain way, and it’s not just those four people. It’s a lot more. There’s a lot more racism than you guys think.”Smith-Pelly was sitting in the penalty box in the third period of Saturday night’s 7-1 loss to Chicago when the fans yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” toward the winger, who is black. An off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly notified United Center security and the fans were promptly ejected. Share on LinkedIn The Chicago Blackhawks have banned four fans from their home games for directing racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly. The Blackhawks also apologized to Smith-Pelly and the Capitals.“Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks,” team spokesman Adam Rogowin said on Monday. Share on Messenger Share via Emaillast_img read more

LSU Basketball Has The No. 1 2015 Recruiting Class After Commitment Of 4-Star Brandon Sampson

first_imgLSU head basketball coach Johnny Jones had already locked up a pretty transformative 2015 recruiting class, and added to it today with the commitment of four-star shooting guard Brandon SampsonBrandon Sampson in his #LSU hat— Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) April 20, 2015Sampson chose his hometown Tigers over schools like Cal, St. John’s, and USC, and joins a class that already features consensus No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons, and five-star guard Antonio Blakeney. With Sampson in the fold, LSU has jumped conference-mate Kentucky for the No. 1 class in the country. 247lsu2015Kentucky is still pursuing a few top players, so there is a chance that the Wildcats will retake the top spot by the time the classes are finalized, but this should be considered a major victory for Tiger fans either way.last_img read more

Lincoln Riley’s Latest Tweet Leads To Jalen Hurts Speculation

first_imgalabama quarterback jalen hurts at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A new tweet from Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has fans speculating about Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts.Hurts, who’s expected to transfer out of the Crimson Tide program, was reportedly at Oklahoma on Saturday.The Sooners have had some major success with transfer QBs in recent years – Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray – and they’re looking for Hurts to be next.Is a commitment coming?Riley is hinting at some big news…?— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) January 13, 2019Oklahoma fans are excited, anyway:— Marcos??™ (@HeismanMurray) January 13, 2019— Matt (@I_Kill_Poptarts) January 13, 2019— Lukas The Future (@zak_blanton) January 13, 2019Hurts has also been linked to Maryland and Miami. The quarterback was seen at Maryland on Friday and was expected to visit Miami today, though that visit hasn’t been confirmed.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Lasith Malinga moves up in latest ICC T20I rankings

first_img Asian News International PallekeleSeptember 7, 2019UPDATED: September 7, 2019 16:55 IST Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga in action (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLasith Malinga moved from 41st to 21st position in the latest International Cricket Council rankingsMalinga has made major gains in the T20I Player Rankings after the conclusion of the three-match seriesNew Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee moved 14 places to 15th spotAfter an exceptional performance in the last T20I against New Zealand, Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga moved from 41st to 21st position in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings updated on Saturday.Malinga’s five-wicket haul in the final match on Friday, which included the incredible feat of four wickets off consecutive balls for the second time in his international career, helped him finish with seven wickets in the series and advance from 41st to 21st position.Malinga, along with New Zealand’s left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, have made major gains in the T20I Player Rankings after the conclusion of the three-match series, which New Zealand won by 2-1.Santner’s four wickets in the series has helped him enter the top five — up from 11th position. Fast bowler Tim Southee moved 14 places to 15th spot, while New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme gained 43 places to 80th in the latest rankings update for batsmen.For Sri Lanka, batsmen Kusal Mendis was up 33 places to 40th spot and Niroshan Dickwella gained 28 places to the 54th spot. Isuru Udana gained three places to 50th position and Lakshan Sandakan was up by 30 places to 7th in the bowler’s list.In the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings — which are led by Pakistan — New Zealand and Sri Lanka remain in sixth and eight positions with 252 and 229 points respectively.Also Read | Lasith Malinga takes historic hat-trick after becoming 1st bowler to 100 T20I wicketsAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Lasith MalingaFollow Sri Lanka Lasith Malinga moves up in latest ICC T20I rankingsLasith Malinga, who has become the only second bowler in T20I history to pick four wickets off four consecutive deliveries, moved from 41st to 21st position in the latest ICC rankings.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

EMO Issues Precautions for Impending Storm

first_imgEMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION–EMO Issues Precautions forImpending Storm A heavy snowfall and blizzard warning has been issued for NovaScotia, today, Feb. 18. The provincial Emergency MeasuresOrganization (EMO) advises the public to take precautions. “Even though severe winter storms are common in Nova Scotia, theyare not to be taken lightly,” said Ernest Fage, Ministerresponsible for the Emergency Measures Organization. “NovaScotians should exercise care and caution.” One of the most important things individuals can do is listen forupdated weather information or public safety bulletins and actaccordingly. A battery-powered radio and spare batteries will bevital in getting up-to date information, especially during powerfailures. In addition, everyone should have an emergency kit ready at alltimes. In addition to a radio, this kit should include: food, asupply of water, clothing, blankets, medication, flashlight,extra batteries and a first aid kit. “I think the public is very aware of the effects severe weathercan have on our daily lives, especially in the wake of HurricaneJuan. The key to limiting the impact is to take precautions priorto the impending storm,” said Mr. Fage. Individuals are also encouraged to contact seniors or others wholive alone and may be more vulnerable during storms to ensurethey have an emergency plan in place. Nova Scotians can also visit the EMO website at obtain more information on emergency preparedness. -30-last_img read more

JSW Steel decides to double tinplates capacity to 05 mt

first_imgMumbai: To tap growing demand for tinplates primarily from the packaging industry, JSW Steel is doubling its tinplates capacity to 0.5 million at its Tarapur facility investing around Rs 420 crore. The company had last fiscal commissioned a 2.5 lakh tonne tinplates plant at the Tarapur facility at an investment of Rs 575 crore and to double the output, it will invest an additional Rs 419 crore. It however, did not offer a time-line for the expansion plan. The company attributed the rationale for capacity augumentation to the rising demand from the packaging industry, which is opting for sustainable packaging material as an alternative to single-use plastic which the government plans to eliminate by 2022. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”This will spawn higher demand for tinplates, and the company is plannign a second tinplate plant at Tarapur, which will double its capaciy to 0.5 million tonne,” it said Friday. Accroding to JSW Steel’s annual report, it will be investing Rs 419 crore for this. JSW Steel currently has an installed capacity of 3.5 lakh tonne tinplates, of which 1 lakh tonne is with JSW Vallabh Tinplate joint venture, and the balance 2.5 lakh tonne come from its Tarapur facility, in Maharashtra. It markets its tinplates products under the label of JSW Platina. “Our total investment in tinpaltes will be close to Rs 1,000 crore at Tarapur and this capacity expansion reflects the burgeoning opportunity for tinplates,” commercial director Jayant Acharya said.last_img read more

KISS to host world anthropological meet

first_imgNew Delhi: The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed to be university, the first-ever tribal university of the world and regarded as the world’s largest anthropological laboratory is all set to host the 19th International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) World Congress – 2023.According to KIIT & KISS founder Achyuta Samanta, the Anthropological Congress would be held from January 15 to 19 in 2023. “The Anthropological Congress is held every five years in different parts of the world and India will be hosting this prestigious meet after a long gap of 45 years, which is a matter of pride for the country in general and Odisha in particular,” Samanta said. The IUAES World Congress is the largest gathering of academicians and researchers in the fields of Anthropology and Ethnology in the world. In this global meet of the scholars engaged in the scientific study of humankind, KISS and Odisha would be projected in all its beauty and charm, Samanta stated. India hosted the IUAES World Congress only once, way back in 1975.last_img read more

AutoCanada sues former CEO Patrick Priestner over dealerships acquisitions

EDMONTON — AutoCanada Inc. says it has launched a legal suit against company founder and former CEO and chairman Patrick Priestner over his private acquisition of some auto dealerships.The Edmonton-based dealership group has alleged that during Priestner’s tenure at AutoCanada he breached his fiduciary and other duties by “appropriating” corporate opportunities for his own holding companies including Canada One Auto Group Ltd.Priestner, who served as CEO from 2006 to 2014 and then executive chairman for two years, says in a statement that the claims are completely without merit.He says that during his time at AutoCanada he repeatedly and thoroughly disclosed dealership acquisitions that the company could not buy because of restrictions by certain manufacturers on public companies owning dealerships. He says the acquisitions were specifically authorized by AutoCanada’s board of directors as in the best interest of the company.The company says it has filed the yet-to-be challenged claims in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and is seeking an accounting of profits, damages and establishment of a trust on the disputed dealerships.AutoCanada operates 68 franchised dealerships in eight provinces in Canada as well as a group in Illinois in the U.S. and has over 4,200 employees. Companies in this story: (TSX:ACQ)The Canadian Press read more

Unemployment in Gaza remains high despite improved economy – UN

7 December 2011The rate of unemployment among refugees registered with the United Nations in the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory stands at 33.8 per cent, indicating that their participation in the labour market has declined despite growth in the construction industry, a new report unveiled today indicates. The rate of unemployment among refugees registered with the United Nations in the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory stands at 33.8 per cent, indicating that their participation in the labour market has declined despite growth in the construction industry, a new report unveiled today indicates.The report by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which is based on a comparison of macro-economic indicators in Gaza for the first half with those the similar period in 2010 found that there were 1,430 more refugees employed in the public sector and about 18,670 in the private sector, a net gain of about 20,100 jobs.The rise in the number of jobs, however, did not keep up with the robust population growth in Gaza. Refugees accounted for less than 20 per cent of workers taking up new jobs in the public sector and about 55 per cent in the private sector. Overall refugees account for nearly 62 per cent of Gaza’s labour force.The report also found that there was a “surge in private employment” as a result of “expanded importation of much-needed building materials and other productive inputs.”The UN estimates that 46,500 tons of building materials came through the Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel into Gaza in September, whereas 90,000 tons came through the tunnels.Some 9,195 tonnes of cement came through Kerem Shalom, while 90,000 tons of the commodity were brought in through the tunnels. An estimated 1,418 tons of steel bars came through Kerem Shalom and 15,000 tons were imported into Gaza through the tunnels.Despite the easing of restrictions on the Israeli-imposed blockade, tight controls of the crossings from Israel into Gaza are a significant factor in the growth of the “tunnel economy,” according to UNRWA.Construction jobs grew by more than 9,400, more than three times the rate of expansions in the first half 2010, accounting for 27.7 per cent of all job growth.That growth was still significantly lower than pre-blockade levels, dampening the prospect of reversing the trend of worsening poverty and aid dependency among ordinary people in Gaza, UNRWA points out.“The private sector accounted for 90 per cent of all job gains in first-half 2011 relative to second-half 2010 as it added 42,450 positions,” according to the report. “Public sector employment grew by 4,660 jobs or 5.1 per cent in the same period.”The private sector continues to be badly affected by the restrictions on exports. While the informal economy provided for wider imports, the blockade continues to restrict exports, which currently stand at just over 3 per cent of pre-blockade levels, preventing sustainable economic growth, the report points out. read more

TSX advances resource sectors positive after sharp selloff

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday with the resource sectors positive as buyers started to nibble at companies that have sustained a severe mauling because of a steep drop in oil prices and other economic concerns.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 51.56 points to 14,195.73.The Canadian dollar was up 0.32 of a cent to 87.41 cents US.Worries that last week’s positive jobs creation data could result in the U.S. Federal Reserve moving sooner than expected to raise interest rates punished most U.S. indexes.The Dow Jones industrials fell 51.28 points to 17,801.2 and the S&P 500 index dipped 0.49 of a point to 2,059.82, while the Nasdaq gained 25.78 points to 4,766.47.Oil prices rose 77 cents to US$63.82 a barrel after tumbling almost US$3 a barrel Monday in the wake of weak trade data from China and a report from Morgan Stanley that suggested prices for Brent crude, an international benchmark, could fall to as low as US$43 a barrel next year.The TSX energy sector closed up 1.13 per cent Tuesday — but the component, which makes up 23 per cent of the TSX, is still under water almost 20 per cent year to date as markets try to work out a huge imbalance in supply and demand. “The energy space is almost looking like capitulation,” observed Paul Vaillancourt, executive vice-president, private wealth, at Fiera Capital in Calgary.“When we see days like this, they’re expected. Never waste an opportunity and in this situation here . . . fear and panic have resulted in some pretty indiscriminate selling.”Canadian energy companies continue to be impacted by plunging oil prices. Baytex Energy (TSX:BTE) is reducing its monthly dividend by more than half to 10 cents a month. The company is also cutting 2015 spending plans by 30 per cent from earlier estimates as well as its production ranges. Baytex shares gained 44 cents to $16.90.Another bright spot on the TSX was Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM), which said several parties, including Spanish energy company Repsol, have approached it about potential deals. Talisman and Repsol held inconclusive talks during the summer but the Calgary company’s shares have plunged about 60 per cent since then, making it a more attractive takeover target. Its shares rose 11.85 per cent to $4.81.Miners also provided some lift to the TSX, with the gold sector ahead 4.4 per cent as February bullion gained $37.10 to US$1,232 an ounce.The base metals sector was up 2.25 per cent as March copper rose four cents to US$2.93 a pound.Elsewhere, Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) had a quarterly net loss of $13 million or seven cents a share and “normalized” earnings of $116 million, both improvements from the same time last year. Retail sales nearly doubled to $1.91 billion from $984 million a year earlier and its shares edged up 51 cents to $24.Financials led decliners, down 0.3 per cent. Financials have been steadily sliding since last week after the big banks delivered a mixed bag of earnings and warned of a challenging 2015. Investors have been cutting their exposure to banks because of worries that falling oil will negatively impact economic growth and cut back on bank lending.AGF Management Ltd. (TSX:AGF.B) was the major drag on the sector Tuesday, down 14.65 per cent to $8.28 after the company said it would cut its quarterly dividend by 70 per cent to eight cents a share as of the first quarter of 2015. read more

Eid celebrations in Hamilton

Millions of Muslims around the world celebrated Eid Saturday, including thousands of people in Hamilton.The city’s Muslim community is growing, and is in the midst of creating new prayer spaces to accommodate that growth.Thousands of Muslims across the city attended prayers to celebrate the end of this year’s Hajj season.Eid, also known as the festival of sacrifice, is marked by sacrificing animals to feed the poor.Over two million Muslims took part in the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj in Saudi Arabia this year.Hajj is regarded as one of the pillars of Islam and according to the Quran every Muslim who can physically and financially afford the pilgrimage must perform it at least once in their life time.After prayers, the Muslim community marked the celebration with a day long family Eid festival in the parking lot of the new mosque in downtown Hamilton.The mosque will also serve as a community centre when construction is complete.Hamilton’s Muslim community includes about 30,000 people, thus the need for another prayer space in the downtown core.The festival featured henna tattoos, food, and even bouncy castles.All the money collected at the festival will help pay for the new mosque.Community members expect the mosque to be completed by the end of the year.By then the mosque will be a fully functional community centre, with a gym, fitness centre and mostly importantly more prayer space. read more

Annan head of international employers group urge support for Global Compact

The statement signed by Mr. Annan and President François Perigot calls on employers’ organizations to urge their members to embrace and enact the principles of the Global Compact. The Compact’s nine guiding principles are drawn from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Fundamental Principles on Rights at Work, and the Rio Principles on Environment and Development.The joint statement released following a meeting today in New York said that the two sides agreed that the Global Compact should remain inclusive and open to employers, regardless of their size or location, “especially given that there are many ways to make progress in implementing the principles of the Compact.” They also agreed that the Global Compact “is not a substitute for other approaches, such as regulation, and that it is a voluntary initiative that seeks to motivate employers to act within their sphere of influence.”The International Organization of Employers has used its global network to promote the Compact throughout the world by convening meetings on the initiative and preparing materials on the subject, including an Employers Guide to the Global Compact in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Russian, according to the statement.The Secretary-General expressed appreciation for this commitment to the Compact emphasizing the importance of involving companies from the developing world in the future efforts of this nature, the statement said. read more

After moving 10000 refugees inland UN to close two border camps in

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today that the sites at Rugombo and Gatumba would be closed over the next weeks. The Congolese settled at the two camps after fleeing fighting between two rebel movements in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) south Kivu region.“We have transferred all the Congolese refugees there to the new camp. This site will be closed as soon as nearly 600 Burundian returnees who came back from south Kivu following the conflict in October are re-integrated in their home districts,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said in Geneva, referring to Gatumba. “We are talking with government authorities about their re-integration.”The new camp, which now has some 5,746 Congolese refugees transferred from the two border sites, is in the north-western province of Cibitoke, some 40 kilometres from the border between Burundi and the DRC.Meanwhile, some spontaneous returns to the south Kivu region continue, UNHCR said. In the last few weeks, nearly 500 Congolese have returned to the Uvira area, which is relatively calm. read more

Pakistani general new commander of UN forces in Sierra Leone

General Akram replaces Lt. Gen. Daniel Opande, who is now the Force Commander for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Until his appointment, General Akram was Deputy Force Commander of the Sierra Leone operation.The Security Council had unanimously agreed on 19 September to extend for six months the mandate of UNAMSIL, instructing it to continue the gradual drawdown of the peacekeeping force without jeopardizing the security situation in the country torn apart by a decade-long civil war.At that time, the Council welcomed the increasing security in Sierra Leone and encouraged “further progress towards strengthening the capacity of the Sierra Leone Police and armed forces to maintain security and stability independently.” read more