Cyprus Rally gets underway

first_imgSixty-two crews are entered for this year’s Cyprus Rally, the fourth round of the European Rally Championship (ERC).The action starts on Friday morning at a stage near Klavdia just outside Larnaca with free practice (from 7 until 9 am) and then qualifying, which begins just after 10am and will determine the choice of starting order for the rally proper, which gets underway from the Finikoudes seafront in Larnaca on Saturday at 8.30am.This year’s event has attracted crews from 19 different countries: 39 from Cyprus, three from Hungary, two from the Czech Republic, Great Britain and Russia and one crew from Portugal, Poland, Finland, Germany, Turkey, France, Spain and Italy as well as Brazil and Argentina.As the rally also counts towards the Middle East Rally Championsip, there are also crews from Lebanon, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman. Russia’s Alexey Lukyanuk, who won here in 2016, heads the ERC Drivers’ standings on 83 points, with Portugal’s Bruno Magalhaes, winner of the Acropolis Rally in Greece two weeks ago, chasing hard in second place on 69 points. Norbert Herczig of Hungary lies third with 40 points and Nikolay Gryazin and Ricardo Moura round off the top five, both on 30 points. With eight rounds in all, there’s everything to play for – and, of course, the kudos and prize money up for grabs on the last two ‘Golden’ special stages of the rally on Sunday afternoon.Probably the favourite to take the winner’s laurel is five-time Cyprus Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar, who is very familiar with our terrain – although the move to Larnaca this year means there’s a slightly different feel to some of the special stages. Lukyanuk is well aware of the Qatari’s experience and record in Cyprus. “We know Nasser can be really fast and if it takes too much risk to compete with him maybe we will think to back off a bit and score as much points as we can without taking any extra risks,” he said.Ten of the Cypriot crews will compete for points in the ERC, headed by last year’s Cyprus champions Simos Galatariotis and Anotnis Antoniou in a Skoda Fabia R5. They secured fourth place in the Acropolis Rally and are hoping for an even better result on home turf. Meanwhile, upcoming contender Alexandros Tsouloftas in a Citroen DS3 R5 showed his speed and talent last year and will be looking to impress again. The ERC3 category will include 2WD cars and there are two female drivers in the starting line-up: Briton Catie Mannings and Canary Islander Emma Falcon.The rally covers a total distance of 758.36km of which 204.92km are Special Stages.After the Ceremonial Start on Friday evening at 6.30pm at Finikoudes, the action will begin in earnest on Saturday with crews covering six special stages to the north and west of Larnaca. They will spend the night in parc ferme before setting off on Sunday to tackle another seven stages, including the Super Special Stage in the heart of Nicosia. The ceremonial finish will be at Finikoudes at 6:30pm on Sunday night.last_img read more

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, August 10, 2018

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by John Cannon There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments. We’ve collected a few stories that were published this week by other news outlets.Tropical forestsNew aerial images track the continued destruction of the Amazon for gold mining (Wired).Brazil’s environment ministry says it has cut its carbon dioxide emissions to below its 2020 emissions target (Reuters).The life span of captured Asian elephants is shorter than that of elephants born in captivity (University of Turku/Phys.Org).Funding for forest conservation must increase, conservation groups say (Environmental Finance).A World Bank-supported chimpanzee sanctuary in Guinea is now threatened by a World Bank-backed dam project (The Guardian).Fire is a more potent degrader of Amazon forest than logging, new research finds (Pacific Standard).A company building a new dam in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative insists it won’t cause the extinction of the Tapanuli orangutan, but scientists say the evidence suggests otherwise (National Geographic News, Christian Science Monitor).Opponents of a “new” dam in Malaysian Borneo say it’s the same project they’ve fought against for years because of the communities it will displace and the environmental problems it will cause (The Star).Lemurs use millipedes to treat the symptoms of threadworm infections (The Economist).A look back into our planet’s climate history reveals that the carbon dioxide we’re liable to add to the atmosphere by 2100 could radically change life as we know it (The Atlantic).Brazil has created a zero-extinction alliance to protect the habitat of some 230 species of wildlife (American Bird Conservancy).Women in Guyana lend their knowledge to help address climate change (Demerara Waves).A new study lays out three strategies that seeds employ to survive often hostile tropical environments (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute/Science Daily).Other newsScientists have created “biological passports” to follow the movements of individual whale sharks (Science Magazine).Authorities confiscated more than 1,100 endangered Indian star tortoises in India on their way to Bangladesh (The Hindu).Right now, it looks like 2018 will be the fourth-hottest year ever recorded (The New York Times).The latest algal bloom in Florida is menacing the state’s wildlife (The New York Times).Trump administration officials must disallow the use of a pesticide harmful to children’s brain development, a court says (Los Angeles Times).The last of the 11 black rhinos moved to Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park in June has died after a lion attack (Capital News, The Daily Mail).California has signed on to a “green financing” pact (Global Climate Summit).Scientists warn of drastically different “hothouse Earth” climate, even if humans do cut carbon emissions (BBC News, New Scientist).The algae that live with corals may have evolved 160 million years ago, much earlier than previously thought (BBC News).Scientists turn up evidence that cities are driving the evolution of some wildlife species (The Guardian).A controversial $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation would force applications for taxpayer money to go through a private organization, critics say (The Guardian).A chronicle of a necropsy on the blue whale, the largest animal that’s ever lived (Hakai Magazine).Sixteen days after her calf’s death, a mother orca is still tending to her baby’s body (BBC News).The ocean’s mammals have lost the gene that protects land-dwelling mammals from the mind-altering effects of a pesticide (University of Pittsburgh/Phys.Org, The New York Times).Is this what the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge might look like with gas and oil drilling? (The New York Times).A corn variety acclimated to low-nitrogen soils could help cut the use of fertilizer (The Atlantic).White House officials reel back controls on a pesticide that may threaten essential pollinators like bees (The Guardian).Zoologists describe two new species of lizards from India (The Natural History Museum, London).New EU law holds promise for indigenous community rights around the world (Underrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization).A board member of the UN’s Green Climate Fund explains the turmoil surrounding a recent meeting, leading to a failure to approve around $1 billion in projects (Devex).Banner image of an Indian star tortoise by Davidvraju (CC BY-SA 4.0), via Wikimedia Commons.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update last_img read more

UG social work class honoured for domestic violence advocacy

first_imgThe University of Guyana’s class of 2014-2016 Social Work diploma students was honoured for their role to eradicate social ills in the society. They received an award at the first ever Guyana Social Work Practitioners and Educators Conference, held Thursday and Friday at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre at Liliendaal, Georgetown.Demonstrating Leadership: From left, Shelisa Camacho-Khan, Kimberly Conway, Shanice Edwards, Jonmal Johnson, Barbara Thomas-Holder (Lecturer), Nickesha BacchusThe social work students were awarded for “demonstrating leadership in advocating for the eradication of social ills within the Guyanese society.”According to the media release, the award followed a walkathon and rally against domestic violence held on June 25. The walkathon’s PRO Anil Persaud had explained that the event was timely, given the prevalence of domestic violence throughout the country.“Some of us may not know much about the issue and it’s complexities but what we all do know is that domestic violence is unacceptable and it must end if we are to see the brighter future everyone dreams of,” he had noted.The walkathon was held under the theme, “Stop Domestic Violence: Preserve the family and Humanity.” And the initiative was executed in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry and included the support of NAMILCO (National Milling Company), St Joseph Mercy Hospital and the Civil Defence Commission.last_img read more

Everton legend issues relegation warning

first_imgAndy Gray fears Everton are going to be drawn into a relegation battle this season.The Toffees drew their fourth Premier League home game in a row on Sunday, with only a last-gasp equaliser preventing defeat against bottom club Leicester.They are now just six points above the relegation zone and, with trips to Arsenal and Stoke to come, Gray believes Roberto Martinez will be anxiously looking over his shoulder.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Everton star said: “They have only won three at home this season.“They need to start winning games somewhere and I don’t see where that is.“It is two tough, tough games [coming up]. Maybe they will play better away from Goodison, the pressure might be a little less.“They might enjoy Arsenal, they will let them play, but Stoke is never an easy place when you need to go and get a result, and they do.“I said about a month ago I don’t include Everton in the relegation candidates but if the results keep going like this, they are going to be drawn in.”And Gray believes Martinez may have to axe Tim Howard if Everton are to turn things around.The American goalkeeper has struggled since returning from injury to take his place from Joel Robles earlier this month, and was at fault for both of Leicester’s goals on Sunday.“He has had that kind of season, Tim. He has not been his usual assured self,” added Gray.“You need a goalkeeper with authority, who is assured, whose mind is clear and focused on the job, because any mistake you make as a goalkeeper is punished fully. Leicester did that with a couple of errors he made.“It may be something that Roberto has to look at. I know Robles played half a dozen games earlier this season in the league when Tim was out injured and it might be for his own sake, as much as Everton’s, that Tim drops out of the firing line and Robles is brought in to finish the season.”last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img WEDNESDAY Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit for location. THURSDAY Information meeting for potential foster or adoptive parents, 6:30-8 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call the Children’s Bureau at (661) 272-9996. Toastmasters Club No. 9641 will meet, 7-8 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Dan Jordan at (661) 296-9891. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Summer Fun Story Time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Terrific Techniques scrapbooking class, 10 a.m.-noon at Remember When Scrapbooking, 23407 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Cost: $20. Call (661) 254-7802. Democratic Reunion Picnic, 4:30-7 p.m. at Bouquet Canyon Park, 28127 Wellston Drive, Saugus.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh User’s Group will meet, 7 p.m. at Rogers Systems, 25030 W. Avenue Tibbetts, Valencia. Call (661) 250-4149. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. TODAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Talk & Tea with Ronda B. will discuss “Estate Planning,” 10:30 a.m.-noon at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call (661) 222-2405. last_img read more

‘Without Lifford, what are they going to do?’ Uncertainty abounds Lifford traps close for last time

first_imgAS THE lights flicked off at Lifford Greyhound Stadium last night, the few remaining in the venue took a longer look around than usual.By Chris McNulty at Lifford StadiumFor as they trooped off into the night, they were unsure if they’d be back. A week-and-a-half ago, the Duffy family confirmed that the venue was shutting down due to ‘an ongoing lack of support from the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB)’.An emergency meeting this week in Strabane heard appeals for the stadium to be kept alive.A statement from the IGB on Thursday suggested that a lifeline had perhaps been issued when they indicated to Lifford that race cards of a maximum of 12 races could be maintained until a strategic review was completed.“This arrangement is offered to Lifford Greyhound Stadium on the basis of this report maintaining the operation of the track in the coming months,” the IGB said. “The IGB is also working to cater for greyhound owners and trainers, traditionally part of Lifford and/or Longford’s dog pools, by facilitating extra racing at Mullingar and Dundalk stadia in the near future.” A general view of Lifford Greyhound StadiumA larger-than-usual crowd trundled through the turnstiles last night.Some arrived for a nostalgic night, others came curiously, but for the hardcore it was another night at work, but also a night shrouded in uncertainty and concern.“A lot of the people I work with don’t know what to do,” said Matthew Duffy, the Racing Manager at Lifford Greyhound Stadium.“They’re as uncertain as I am. It’s desperate, it’s heartbreaking. This has been my life. There are hundreds of people affected by this.”The Derry native’s passion was clear as he mused that he was going ‘home for a good cry’. Whispers that the stadium would be opened again next weekend circulated, but no entries were being accepted.A meeting in mid-week may well give some light to the darkness, but the worry extends far beyond the loss of around 30 jobs. ‘I’ve been keeping dogs in the area for 30 years and I just don’t know what will happen now with this place closing,’ one long-time trainer said.“It’s a big family here…It’s a club, really, but for all these people, this is a livelihood,” Duffy said.“Without Lifford, what are they going to do? Where will the dogs go? This is going to be a massive change for everyone. “The dogs have to come first. If the local track isn’t here, then what? People would be out extra fuel costs and then would be in competition to get on at other tracks. They won’t buy in two or three extra dogs, they won’t be keeping as many dogs.”Since 2013, Lifford has only been operating a ten-race card one night a week.Ten years previously, the 17.5-acre Ballyduff Road venue underwent a huge transformation and the 240-seater restaurant heaved to capacity as racing was held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.Duffy wonders if ‘better advertisement and better promotion’ could have prevented the decision to close.A general view of Lifford Greyhound StadiumAn exciting night of action on the track and the big crowds who fluttered through the impressive grandstand felt like a throwback to the good old days.The last race, the HPW Getting Out For The Last Time 525 was won by Super Don, owned and trained by Derry’s Gregory Moore.‘The dog’s just finding its form and now the place is closing,’ one of the dog’s connections sighed.“My heart bleeds for these people,” Duffy said.Super Don with owners and Lifford Stadium Race Manager Matthew Duffy“Here was their home and here was their hub. It’s where they started off with dogs and where they retired the dogs here. It is heartbreaking.“The doggy people are my people and I came here from keeping dogs myself to being manager here.”Super Don, out of trap 5, won by half-a-length from Ray White’s Do It Quick.The Unraced 350 final was won by Colarhouse Candy, owned and trained by Patsy Whyte. Colarhouse Candy sped from trap 2 and finished in a blistering time of 18.88 seconds – one of the quickest times of the year – winning by four lengths from Whyte’s Colarhouse Misty.Dogs and owners line up before the last race at Lifford Greyhound StadiumConvoy’s Eunan McBride had joy in the Burma Kennels Feature 525 race, as Smurfing Season pipped Dower Romeo by a neck.The Cathal McGhee-trained Skirk Duke won the 350 sprint and Ryan McGranaghan’s Fleetwood Fagan won the The Irish Retired Greyhound Trust A6 525.A lively 350 sprint was taken by Black Padge as Kyle McCarron’s dog edged out Titanic Jack by a short head on the line.The quality of the night perhaps added to the sense of regret.“The track hasn’t been doing as well as what it should,” Duffy said.A general view of Lifford Greyhound Stadium“It’s been a constant decline with further cuts and the latest cuts were the straw that broke the camel’s back. The whole place would need a restructure. Essentially, it needs to make use of the facility and become about more than the racing.“There is always hope. I’m an optimist anyway, but you just don’t know.“The support for the last week has been unreal. We want to thank everyone who came here to show support, to people who commented on Facebook, even just texting to wish us well. That helps the hurt.“On the back of tonight, you’d think ‘of course’ it could stay open, but this is something as a business it needs to continue and can’t be a one-night thing.”‘Without Lifford, what are they going to do?’ Uncertainty abounds Lifford traps close for last time was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cathal McGheeEunan McBrideKyle McCarronLiffordLifford Greyhound StadiumMatthew DuffyPatsy Whytelast_img read more

Report: Allergy vaccine tests look promising

first_imgBALTIMORE – Could the sneezy, runny-eyed misery of hay fever one day be a thing of the past? Scientists are reporting encouraging results from early tests of a vaccine they hope will give long-lasting relief from this seasonal scourge. The experimental vaccine has been tested on only a couple of dozen people so far, but it substantially relieved symptoms for those who received it in six weekly shots, and the benefit lasted for at least two years, doctors report in today’s New England Journal of Medicine. The vaccine “holds great promise,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which helped fund the study. “A short course of immunotherapy that reduces allergic symptoms over an extended period of time will significantly improve the quality of life for many people.” Millions suffering However, the vaccine reduced sneezing, runny nose and eyes, and itchy ears and throats by 60percent on average in the 14 who received it compared with the 11 who did not. The eight vaccine recipients who stayed in the study a second year said they continued to benefit even though they were not given any more shots. “They’re all saying the same thing to a T – I don’t have problems in the fall anymore,” Creticos said. The company plans a larger study of the vaccine. Dr. Jordan Fink, a Medical College of Wisconsin professor and past president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said a vaccine that changes an allergic individual’s immune response without the risk of big side effects has been a goal of allergists for years. The vaccine needs far more study, but it “may be a boon to treatment of allergic patients,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ Up to 40 million Americans suffer from hay fever, which is caused by an allergy to ragweed pollen and is most common in the Northeast, Midwest and the South, especially in late summer and early fall. To relieve symptoms, many take antihistamines and other medications. But the only option for longer-lasting relief has been dozens of shots over three to five years to try to desensitize the immune system. This helps only about one-third of patients, and many of them give up before the series of shots is completed. There is also the risk of an allergic reaction to the shots. The study tested a vaccine made by California-based Dynavax Technologies. It was led by Dr. Peter Creticos, director of Johns Hopkins University’s Asthma and Allergy Center, and included researchers from the company. Hay fever sufferers were given either six shots of the vaccine or dummy shots. The vaccine did not improve the main measurement doctors were using to gauge its effectiveness – a drop in a protein in mucus that is normally lower after traditional allergy shots. Symptoms eased last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Neymar boxing match? Football superstars square off for advert

first_img AJ reacts after Hearn reveals he is on verge of being forced to vacate world title Boxing legend praises Dubois after vicious KO leaves opponent requiring oxygen UPDATED AJ insists he was serious about sparring Fury – ‘I might batter him around the ring’ POLITICS STOPPED POWER Meet Russian brute Evgeny Romanov, the only man to knock out Deontay Wilder As we said, quite how this relates to Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar pretending to punch one another about is, at present, still a mystery.More from the campaign will likely be released in the coming weeks and we may even find out who won this battle for the ages. CONFIDENT Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar have gone head to head in a boxing shoot for filming of a new ad campaign to be released soon.A brief clip uploaded this weekend has shown the two superstars of world football squaring up to one another in the ring and beginning to mimic a fight.Exactly what the purpose behind this bout will be is currently unknown, however we do know that it is designed to promote Portuguese technology company MEO.Their website states: “MEO is a brand that revolutionised the Telco market in Portugal.“For the first time, a voice service provider also offered TV and internet services, using next generation optical fiber.” Watch astonishing moment heavyweight out on his feet turns tables and floors prospect Things we loved OUCH center_img SHOCK Robertson’s revenge mission, another Messi milestone and Dubois KO ‘His punch power is 10 out of 10’ – What it’s like to take a Deontay Wilder punch PLAN NR Sports Daniel Dubois sends stern warning when asked about future fight vs Anthony Joshua British champ Edwards shows he may have won title with broken hands in painful video Neymar and Ronaldo went face to face HIGH PRAISE 1 Boxing schedule 2020, all major upcoming fights and results LATEST BOXING STORIESlast_img read more

Celtic to face Flora Tallinn or Lincoln Red Imps in Euro qualifying

first_imgRodgers’ side returned to pre-season training on Monday as he begins the task of rebuilding his squad ahead of their bid to reach European football’s top club competition.The Red Imps play their home matches at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar, which holds 5,000 spectators. When Scotland drew the Gibraltar national side in Euro 2016 qualifying, the match was moved to Portugal. Celtic have been drawn to face Flora Tallinn or Lincoln Red Imps in the second round of Champions League qualifying.The matches will represent the start of Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic tenure following the draw at UEFA’s HQ in Nyon.Dates and kick off times are yet to be confirmed with the ties due to take place on July 12/13 and 19/20.Estonian side Flora Tallinn will take on the Red Imps from Gibraltar in the first qualifying round on June 28/29 and July 5/6.last_img read more

Internet and Technology: Video to Dominate Internet Traffic by 2021

first_imgBy 2021, video is expected to dominate all content on the internet.In June Cisco updated their forecast for the volume of Internet traffic in 2021 and estimates for the number of internet-connected users.  Total Internet data transfer is expected to triple and exceed 3.3 zettabytes with a total of 4.6 billion users.  But beyond users, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine  (M2M) connections is rapidly growing and will account for half of all connections by 2021 — 27 billion devices will have access to the Internet.But the content that will take up most of Internet traffic  is video. By 2021, video is expected to account for more than 80 percent of the total IP traffic.  Live video streaming will make up 13 percent of the video traffic. Users will view 3 trillion videos every month or a million video minutes per second. VR and AR traffic is expected to jump 20 times by 2021 and will reach 1 percent of global entertainment traffic.last_img read more