Alaska’s Abueva vows to get back at NLEX in Game 2

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Alaska coach Alex Compton said the Aces need to play with more control if they want to tie the best-of-three series in Game 2 on Wednesday.“We were too overeager and the competitive spirit needs to be a little more directed to executing our game plan,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRaring to jump out the gates, the Aces found themselves behind, staring at an 11-point hole, 50-39, at one point.“In the first half, we were stagnant. We didn’t move and we didn’t move the ball, and that really helped them get transition baskets. I thought that was the biggest part of the first half, that they did a good job right from the get-go against us,” shared Compton. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Alaska did a much better job after the break, getting back in the game and even held a five-point lead, 84-79 with 8:59 left to play that set up the tight finish.“I think our energy was much better directed in the second half,” he said. “I really felt like we started to play the way we have talked about playing, the way that we wanted to play: keeping the aggression and the energy on defense and with the press, and moving the ball on offense and sharing it.”The Aces even had a shot to steal the game late, but Abueva and Sonny Thoss missed their shots from close range while Road Warriors rookie Kiefer Ravena owned the endgame.“Hats off to NLEX. They did a really good job of closing out late,” remarked Compton. “I felt like it seemed to me like we must have missed five around-the-basket little bunnies, and even that last possession, we executed our play great but it felt just late. We got a lot of good looks but we couldn’t just knock it down.”Despite the loss, Compton is optimistic leading up to Wednesday’s do-or-die tiff.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games NLEX rookie Ravena flourishes in first playoff game Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDefiant in defeat, Alaska forward Calvin Abueva vowed to get back at NLEX after the Aces’ 99-105 loss in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals on Monday.“Makakabawi kami sa kanila (We’ll get back at them),” Abueva promised.ADVERTISEMENT “Hopefully, we’ll be able to bounce back,” said Compton. “The great thing about a series is we’re not done. Hopefully, we’ll be able to clean some things up and prepare for adjustments on their side.” View comments Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Commonwealth Games: The party is on

first_imgThe people responsible for the mess.Click here to EnlargeTime the worst seems over. Less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told all those involved in organising the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to “leave no stone unturned” to make the event a success, there was a sea-change at the much-maligned Games Village near the Akshardham temple in east Delhi.Upbeat English athletes arrive at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Friday as anxiety over the conduct of the Games lifted.The sudden activity to clean up the Village and get the Games going meant that five countries that were circumspect about India’s ability to host the mega event – Scotland, Australia, Canada, England and New Zealand – joined the party on Friday by confirming their participation.Sixty-one English athletes checked into a fivestar hotel on Friday. They are expected to move into the Games Village on Monday.It was also a day of hectic diplomatic activity.CLICK HERE FOR MOREHow showpiece turned shocker CWG: Army to bridge the gap Village filth that raised a global stinkFrom Village to Nehru stadium in 7 min flatOrganising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, vice-chairman Randhir Singh and secretary-general Lalit Bhanot took Commonwealth Games Federation boss Michael Fennell to the Village while sports minister M. S. Gill made phone calls to nations whose participation seemed in doubt after they complained of the “filthy” and “unlivable” conditions at the venue.In a statement, Fennell, who arrived in Delhi on Thursday night, said: “I am certainly pleased to arrive in Delhi to the news that Australia has moved into the Village to ready for the arrival of their athletes, and with the conformation that England and Wales will be on their way to Delhi shortly.” He added that ” considerable improvements have been made to the Games Village.” Sources said these improvements were done after the PM showed his annoyance by stopping sports minister Gill from making a presentation during a meeting of the cabinet on Thursday. Singh was understood to have told Gill, who had come with a file, that the situation had already been reviewed earlier that evening and that it was the time ” to act” and “not talk”. Minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office, Prithviraj Chavan, also hinted at Singh’s annoyance although he termed it as ” concern” over threats of pullout by some teams.advertisementInsiders associated with “Operation Cleanup” say that work in the last 48 hours has been going on a war-footing. Bhanot said: “Teams will arrive in large numbers from Saturday. Those who were mocking at the sanitation standards in the Village would themselves be laughed at. There were issues, but now the CWG Village is as clean as Beijing Olympics Village. The visiting teams will vouch for it.”Close to 2,000 workers were involved in Friday’s clean- up. The organisers were helped by the sunny skies instead of the cloudy gloom that covered the city for the last three weeks. “The Village is in a festive mood,” a government official, who was at the Village on Friday, said. “With just eight days to go for the opening ceremony, the Village workers were joined by Delhi government staff to ensure that there are no health or sanitation concerns.” Members of the Indian contingent that moved into the Village said they were happy with their accommodation. “We had a comfortable night’s stay and we even had a practice session today,” said Indian men’s hockey team assistant coach Harender Singh. Other sportspersons such as archers, weightlifters and table tennis players staying at the Village echoed a similar sentiment.Village officials said some of the smaller Commonwealth nations were, in fact, surprised over the brouhaha. A top Indian Olympic Association official said, “The mood has changed dramatically.Those who thought England would pull out were wrong. England could not have pulled out of a Commonwealth event. And whatever may have been Scotland’s fears about coming to India, it is also true that they are the next hosts and they couldn’t have risked skipping these Games.” The official said that Fennel met cabinet secretary K. M. Chandrashekhar on Friday and the two reportedly discussed the lastminute preparations for the Games. “There has been considerable speculation about Fennell’s meeting with the PM,” he said. ” But that is unlikely to happen. Fennell wrote to the cabinet secretary after which all hell broke loose and things moved fast forward.” On Friday, Commonwealth Games England’s chef de mission Craig Hunter gave the thumbs up to the arrangements and said India was gearing up for the event.advertisement”It’s a great Games Village. The venues are absolutely world-class. We are looking at getting the rest of the team out there and have a great Commonwealth Games,” Hunter said.UK sports minister Hugh Robertson spoke with his Indian counterpart M. S. Gill and assured him England was committed to the Games. Robertson reportedly confirmed that England’s participation was also encouraged by British Prime Minister David Cameron. CWG officials said the Canadian contingent, which screamed blue murder over the filth in the Village, was scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on Friday night. ” This will be a big boost for the Games,” an official said.Not that the day was entirely without any hiccups. Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates said India should never have been awarded the hosting rights.”Delhi is racing against time to be ready for the Games after several missed deadlines,” he said.But International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge said he hoped India could come through just as Greek organisers overcame doomsday scenarios to stage the Athens Olympics in 2004.last_img read more

ICICI Appathon digital app gets 2,000 entries in 2 weeks

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 5 (PTI) ICICI Bank today said its ICICI Appathon that will offer platform to budding developers to create digital applications has received an overwhelming response with over 2,000 participants across the globe within a period of two weeks into the launch.Since its inception two weeks back, the programme has witnessed entries from over 2,000 participants, a significant portion of which are from international developers and start-ups, the Bank said in a release.”It is heartening to see the encouraging response that ICICI Appathon has received. The participation from across the country including women developers and technopreneurs from non-technology hubs reaffirms the idea of launching this programme that aims at offering a platform to budding developers who can create world-class digital applications”, MD & CEO Chanda Kochhar said in the statement.****** Axis Bank holds self-defence training camp to mark Womens Day *Axis Bank has organised a week-long self-defence training camp across the nation, starting today to mark International Womens Day onMarch 8.It will help empower women employees, women customers and girl students of schools and colleges.The bank has engaged local women police, army, certified martial art trainers and karate experts to train women and girls to safeguard themselves against miscreants and unforeseen situations, an Axis Bank press release issued here said.****** Jakson Engineers use Klip Lock mounting system *To overcome challenge of installing 400 kW Rooftop Solar power plant on metal roofing without piercing it, Jakson Engineers used innovative Klip Lock mounting system on Yamuna Sports Complex, New Delhi.Yamuna Sports Complex (YSC) has tied up with Jakson Engineers Ltd (JEL) to install 400 kW solar power plant on its metal roof without piercing it.advertisementThe plant will be commissioned by January end. YSC will only pay for the electricity consumed from the solar plant, rest is taken care of by Jakson which includes capital investment and O&M for 25 years.****** Ground breaking ceremony held for BHELs 1x800MW project *The North Chennai Supercritical Thermal Power Station Stage III project, valued at Rs 2,759 crore, has conducted the ground breaking ceremony, which is expected to go on stream in 2019. Government of Tamil Nadu had presented the Letter of Award to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) Ltd for the project in January, a company statement said. BHEL has bagged the contract valued at Rs 2,759 crore for the project to come up in Tiruvallur district near Chennai. Besides this project, the State electricity board Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) awarded the 2×800 MW Upper Supercritical Thermal Power Project in Tamil Nadu, the release said. (MORE) PTI SVS ARS KKS VIJ RC KPM SBT ABKlast_img read more

IoT design needs system focus

first_img January 23, 2017 at 9:16 pm For good or ill, the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. It’s still in its infancy, but the patterns are setting quickly. If we don’t rethink the way IoT designs are being done, however, we could be in for a lot of trouble, especially in the industrial sector.There is no question that the IoT is starting to take off. Wearables, sensors, predictive maintenance, production line analytics, connected cars, asset tracking, smart meters, smart homes, smart cities, and smart buildings are popping up everywhere. But all too often the design behind these devices is not all that smart. It’s clever, it’s innovative, but IoT designs are also all-to-often piecemeal and rushed to market. What’s being created is a system of systems, without the system-level design issues getting addressed.A prescription for correcting the IoT’s trajectory, at least for industrial and other critical systems, is coming out of the Object Management Group (OMG). The OMG is a technology standards consortium that has been helping bring together disparate networked systems for more than 30 years, starting with creation of the CORBA (common object request broker) standard making networked software objects interoperable. It has since created such standards as the data distribution service (DDS) and the unified modeling language (UML). The OMG turned its attention to the Industrial IoT (IIoT), taking on management of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) to help define a common IoT architecture and interoperability standards for industry.The prescription stems from the development of OMG’s profile for mission-critical defense systems, UPDM, through its extension for more general systems, the Unified Architecture Framework (UAF). The UPDM co-chairs, Matthew Hause and Graham Bleakly, spoke with me recently about the problems with current IoT design approaches and their suggestions for improvement. “We’re trying to get people away from building the IoT by hacking,” said Bleakley. “That’s happening because of the way the IoT is being pushed, with the idea you can connect anything to anything and it will be fine. The trouble is, in safety critical, medical, industrial, and other systems, if you do it this way you can get into a lot of trouble.”The idea, according to Hause and Bleakly, is to consider the IoT design in light of the entire system, using model-based systems engineering to define the system as well as the design’s requirements and to describe how the bits are to fit together. “This approach uses math notation to describe the system. Such models yield more precise specifications and standards for the system design,” said Bleakly. “It removes the ambiguity that can occur with just text.” With the system models defined, developers can then use simulation to test and refine the models and requirements.One advantage to this approach, Hause pointed out, is that it provides levels of abstraction that separate the what from the how. The approach uses layers, such as definition of the enterprise objective for the IoT design, desired outcomes, and performance metrics for ensuring the objective has been reached. This model layer is separate from the implementation details, allowing the requirements to be tested independent of the solution. Other layers might include how to handle the data the system generates and how the system is to interact with people such as users and product support. “You start by defining what you need to do,” said Hause, “then decide what things go where.”Another advantage of the method is that it can handle the full scale of an IIoT. “Getting the IoT to work at an enterprise level is not a small task,” Bleakley said. “These systems are becoming too complex; they don’t fit into a designer’s head any longer.”Not everything in the IoT can support such a formal and thorough design process, though, Bleakley noted. “This is for systems that absolutely have to work,” such as automotive, power generation and distribution, and medical systems. For the industrial IoT, then, taking the model-based systems of systems approach to design makes a great deal of sense.—Rich Quinnell covers industrial control for EE Times. Contact him at, Oriiginally published on Embedded’s sister site, EE Times: “The problem with IIoT design.” “”This is for systems that absolutely have to work,”nn- Couldn’t have said it better, second that.” Continue Reading Previous Funding your startup: A primer for techiesNext Can we trust the cloud for video analytics? Log in to Reply 1 thought on “IoT design needs system focus” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Sammy324 says: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

The 16-year-old ‘new Messi’ signed for €25m

first_imgTransfers Who is Pietro Pellegri? The 16-year-old ‘new Messi’ Monaco signed for €25m Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 20:05 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Miranda Inter Pietro Pellegri Genoa 240917 Getty Transfers Monaco Monaco v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique Lyonnais Cagliari Ligue 1 Serie A Opinion The teenager was compared to the world’s best player by Genoa president Enrico Preziosi but, while he is quiet, he plays more like Zlatan Ibrahimovic The 16-year-old Pietro Pellegri had just made history as the youngest player ever to have scored two goals in a Serie A game, yet he handled his first post-match interview like a veteran. Addressing a live TV studio which contained Ciro Ferrara among others, the Genoa starlet was calm, humble and reserved, his focused facade broken by a smile only when the legendary Juventus defender jokingly asked if he’d have to go to school the following day.However, when Pellegri was shown in-game footage of his father Marco fighting back the tears as he sat on the bench in his role as the Grifone’s team manager, Pietro was overcome with emotion himself. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “In football, my father has looked after me since … I was a kid and … no, yes, anyway,” the flustered, misty-eyed teenager said, his voice cracking, before pausing again to compose himself. “To see these images of my father is so beautiful.”He used to bring me to training, in the rain and the cold. My father took me on the right path in football, while my mother took me to school.”Pellegri’s parents have certainly done an excellent job in not only developing a player of incredible potential but also raising a grounded, level-headed teenager – no mean feat in any situation let alone one as unique as this.Such prodigious talent is rare, as the stats underline. As well as his aforementioned record-breaking brace – which makes it three goals in just 10 senior appearances – Pellegri is also the joint-youngest player to have ever featured in Serie A, having made his debut in December 2016, against Torino, at the age of 15 years and 280 days old.The facts and figures are remarkable for one so young but, then, Pellegri’s promise has been well known to Europe’s top scouts for some time now. Indeed, Manchester United were so taken with the forward’s performances in a youth tournament in 2015 that they reportedly offered his father a job to persuade them to move to England.However, Pellegri senior declined, determined to see his son represent his hometown club, the one he himself had supported and represented at Primavera level.”The day Pietro steps out at Marassi wearing a Genoa shirt I can go ahead and die,” Marco famously stated. Pietro Pellegri father PSGiven the intense emotional investment, it was, therefore, wholly unsurprising that he broke down in tears after watching Pietro score twice in front of the Gradinata Nord last September.What is surprising, though, is that he has now sanctioned his son’s sale to Monaco. While a move has long been inevitable for a young player of such impressive strength and technique, the destination seemed strange. Given his tender age, Pellegri had been expected to remain in Italy. Genoa president Enrico Preziosi revealed last September that AC Milan were one of four Serie A sides chasing his most prized possession, along with three English clubs. Juventus had jumped to the head of the queue by the time the winter window opened but the Italian champions were unwilling to match the €25 million offer made by Monaco. “We had a verbal agreement with Pellegri but, faced with such an increased bid, we stepped aside,” Bianconeri CEO Beppe Marotta mournfully explained. “But there are regrets at seeing an Italian talent leave the country.”Pellegri’s departure is undeniably a blow for Serie A, given the league’s decreasing star power. It was hoped that Pellegri would be at the forefront of a new generation of homegrown talent – one so badly needed in a nation still reeling from the failure to quality for this summer’s World Cup – and many were understandably quick to hail a changing of the guard when Pellegri netted his first Serie A goal in Francesco Totti’s final game for Roma last May.However, Pellegri’s personal and professional development is obviously the primary concern and there is obviously a risk that he may be destabilised by a move abroad at such a young age. There were three key factors in the transfer from the family’s perspective, though. Firstly, Pellegri had not featured for the first team since November 4, the day before his father’s boss and friend, Ivan Juric, had been sacked as coach and replaced at the helm by Davide Ballardini.Secondly, despite the obvious linguistic and cultural differences, Monte Carlo is as close to the family home in Genoa as Turin or Milan. It is also possible to get by in the principality speaking Italian.Thirdly, Pellegri’s parents looked at Monaco and saw a club renowned for nurturing world-class players.As Pietro himself said, “I was very quickly convinced by the project, which allows youngsters like me to progress and flourish in the future.”Pietro Pellegri Stats PSCertainly, his development should be less scrutinised than it would have been in Serie A, while he should enjoy working under Leonardo Jardim and training alongside Radamel Falcao – two men who played pivotal roles in Kylian Mbappe’s ascent to superstardom.There will be less pressure and more stability, a far cry from Genoa, where he was immediately hailed as “the new Messi” by Preziosi. The comparison was as unnecessary as it was inaccurate, given that the 1.95-metre-tall Pellegri boasts a similar stature and skill set to his idol, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He remains a raw talent, though, as Juric was always at pains to point out. “He’s got real power but he never used to attack the penalty area,” the former Genoa boss explained last year. “He always wanted to play with his back to goal. “He’s changed completely and is also improving with his left foot. He can have a really great career.”For now, though, he will be concentrated solely on settling into his new surroundings at the Stade Louis II. Given his support network, it would be a surprise if he has his head turned by the trappings of fame and fortune in Monte Carlo.Indeed, when previously asked about all of the talk surrounding his first-team prospects at Genoa, Pellegri explained, “I prefer to keep my mouth shut.” So, maybe he’s not so dissimilar to Messi, after all!last_img read more

Australian Masters Games

first_imgWhy not participate in one of seventy different sports with your friends and family and enjoy a summer holiday? The 12th Australian Masters Games is a ten day sports and entertainment festival open to people over the age of thirty, regardless of sporting background or ability. Held biennially, the Games are run by the Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS), the peak body for sport in Australia. Geelong will come alive with over 10,000 people from Australia and overseas participating in 70 sports across 80 different venues in the Geelong region. Whether you are a regular athlete, gym junkie, seasonal recreational enthusiast, on the come- back trail or just want to experience some Serious Summer Fun, the Games have something for you. From bocce to baseball; bowls to surfing; soccer to netball. While the competition is important, one of the key attractions of the Games is the social interaction and spirit of camaraderie experienced by the participants. Registrations for the Games are now open. Participants can use the simple and easy to use Online Registration System at or phone 1300 725 266 to arrange for a Registration Booklet to be posted.last_img read more

The Best Places to Explore and Things to Do in Ecuador

first_img Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Previous Next Genevieve Poblano/The Manual If you have the time to explore a less-visited destination, you should check out the Cochasqui Pyramids. At first sight, you may not see the “typical” pyramid shape but they are definitely there — just partially underground. Cochasquí is an important ceremonial and cultural location to the people of Ecuador, as it is a source of great spiritual energy and history. You may want to book a private tour as the Cochasquí tour guides on site speak Spanish only.OtavaloSan Pablo Lake Genevieve Poblano/The Manual 1 of 7 Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling Next 1 of 6 Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual If you want to see a beautiful waterfall, stop off at the Cascada de Peguche (or “Waterfall of Peguche). It is a very easy hike on a stone path that makes for some peaceful, low-intensity site-seeing.Baños de Agua SantaBaños de Agua Santa (“Baths of Holy Water”) is a small tourist town nestled at the base of the Amazon river and surrounded by a volcano and natural hot springs, hence the name. There is a strip of restaurants and bars where people can try local foods and dance to salsa. You can also find a large number of adventurous activities.Guango Lodge Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Next Genevieve Poblano/The Manual If you love outdoor activities, consider booking with Parque Adventura San Martin. The adventure company does a great job of making sure participants, both amateurs and experienced, had fun and felt secure. Some of the activities available in Baños include canyoneering, zip-lining, horseback riding, bridge-walking, and rock climbing.Swing at the End of the World Genevieve Poblano/The Manual 1 of 18 Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Previous Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Next Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual There are a lot of beautiful places, great outdoor activities, and delicious (and adventurous) food to try in Ecuador. We’ve put together a quick introduction to the best of the best. If you’re planning a trip soon, here’s what to know before you go.QuitoHistorical Center Next If you are are the kind of person that loves a good bird-watching stroll, Guango Lodge is a hummingbird sanctuary that houses over 50 different species. This makes a good stop if you are heading to Baños and need to stretch out your legs and grab some coffee.Devil’s Cauldron Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Previous Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Previous Otavalo Market is probably the most-visited destination in Otavalo. Here, you can buy anything that you see being sold anywhere elsewhere in Ecuador but at a better price (and try your hand at bartering). If you are looking to buy some beautiful Alpaca scarves or some llama trinkets, you should definitely pay a visit. Most of the people selling items at this market are indigenous to Ecuador — if you are going to take a photo, you should ask and, hopefully, purchase something from them.Cascada de Peguche 1 of 9center_img Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Next Previous There is a great view of the Cayambe Volcano along the shore of San Pablo Lake. The grounds of the Puertolago Country Inn & Resort is right along the edge; on their property, you’ll find llamas and alpacas so you can grab a quick selfie with before heading to your next destination.Otavalo Market Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Pailón del Diablo, or “Devil’s Cauldron,” is an impressive, magical-looking place of mystery (as another person put it, very Lord of the Rings). The stone staircases, the giant waterfall, and the two bridges it takes to get there make it an epic viewpoint.Parque Adventura San Martin Previous Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Previous Next The can’t-miss place in Ecuador is, of course, the equator. There are a few places where you can visit, but one that is fun and interactive is the Intiñan Solar Museum, where you can receive an education on the significance of the equator through demonstrations. Another top spot is the Quitsato Sundial, which is situated at exactly at 0° 0’ 0” latitude. The guides here provide more of a scientific explanation of how the sun affects the equator and Earth. Your third option, which is the most famous, is the Monumento Mitad del Mundo (the “middle of the world monument”). It is not exactly at the equator, but it is very close to the Intiñan Solar Museum.Cochasqui Pyramids and Ruins Genevieve Poblano/The Manual 1 of 8 If you are looking to score some sweet pics and make all of your friends jealous, you must visit La Casa del Arbol, the “Swing at the End of the World,” on a clear day. There is a spot you have to get your friend or traveling companion to stand and get just the right angle of you swinging in the air with the volcano in the background to make it look like the edge of the Earth. Do expect a bit of a line, but it is well worth the wait.Private and Group ToursTaking a tour makes getting around and exploring so much easier and more efficient. Private tours allow for customization of your itinerary and a bit more freedom with planning out pit stops. On a recent trip to Ecuador, I booked a private tour with Creter Tours in Quito, Ecuador, which made visiting destinations in Quito and Otavalo both hassle-free and informative.Group tours, on the other hand, are also great because you get to travel with other adventurers and make new friends. I took a group tour with Contiki for a week and it was a great way to explore the country. Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual A lot of Ecuador’s history can be found by in the remaining Spanish presence throughout the city, especially in Quito, which is home to the Centro Histórico. Seek out the old churches, basilicas, and the president’s house while you enjoy the overall architecture.The Equator Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Editors’ Recommendations Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Previous 1 of 12 1 of 4 1 of 5 Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Previous 1 of 10 Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Next Next Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Genevieve Poblano/The Manual 1 of 11 Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Previous Next Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United Stateslast_img read more

Ricky Martin Starts YouCaring Fundraiser For Hurricane Maria Relief In Puerto Rico

first_imgYouCaring, the world’s trusted leader in free crowdfunding for personal, medical, and charitable causes, today announced that international pop star Ricky Martin launched a fundraiser on YouCaring to support the victims of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.Puerto Rico was badly hit by hurricane Maria, which plunged the island in darkness, foreseeably without electricity for months, and leaving millions of people without their possessions and, in many cases, unable to communicate with emergency services. Ricky Martin’s campaign has raised to date over $300,000.“Puerto Rico is going through one of the toughest times in its history, and the island desperately needs us,” said Ricky Martin. “Hurricane Maria left devastating damage and affected hundreds of thousands – that’s why I decided to create this fundraiser to help provide basic needs and rebuild all that was lost. My donation of $100,000 is already in, and I hope I can count on your support.”“If there’s anything we learned from recent natural disasters like hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, it’s that government support is just not enough and will likely never be,” said Maly Ly, YouCaring’s CMO. “People still need to rely on family, friends, and their broader communities for material and emotional support, and online crowdfunding provides a way for these communities to rally for causes in an organic way.”As a certified B-Corporation with a focus on helping people faced with hardship, YouCaring does not take a cut of each donation, but instead relies on voluntary donor tips to fund operations.Donate to Ricky Martin’s fundraiser, as well as other fundraisers started by athletes and artists by visiting YouCaring’s Puerto Rico Relief Center.last_img read more

UN debate hears calls for greater voice for poorer and smaller nations

“We need a United Nations that reflects a more equitable North-South representation and that can effectively deliver,” Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred Elkington told the debate’s final day, saying key UN organs should be reformed to reflect this.“The process of decision-making must ensure coherence and be inclusive. And, above all, equity and justice must inform our mechanisms for delivery. The reform we seek goes much deeper than the changing of the guards. It is a reform that would rebuild trust amongst each other and confidence in the system.”Mr. Elkington said too often the relationship between North and South is a “donor-driven dialectic” rather than one of true partnership, with poorer countries lacking sufficient input in key decisions.Bhutan’s Foreign Secretary’s Dasho Daw Penjo noted in his address that the vast majority of the UN’s 192 Member States are small countries and that the UN Charter stresses that all States must be given equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to the work of the UN.“How can we members of the UN credibly espouse equity among nations and peoples if we fail to practice it among ourselves?” he asked. “After 39 years of membership, Bhutan continues to believe that the UN still has room and role for smaller States, as equal partners in global affairs, including the maintenance of international peace and security.”Speaking yesterday, the Chairman of the Delegation from Cape Verde said the international community had a responsibility to support smaller and more vulnerable countries by helping them to minimize risks, particularly regarding climate change.“Let us not offer up the weakest as sacrificial lambs, for tomorrow we might be in their situation,” said Antonio Pedro Monteiro Lima. 29 September 2010Poorer and smaller countries should have a greater role in the affairs of the United Nations to make the Organization even more representative of the world and its peoples, the General Assembly’s high-level debate heard today. read more

TSX falls on low gold US mixed on weak jobs data blamed

North American markets headed lower Thursday amid a slew of earnings reports and corporate news in Canada and attention in the U.S. on next week’s Federal Reserve policy meeting.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 90.21 points to 12,735.21. The Canadian dollar was up 0.06 of a cent to 96.89 cents US.The likelihood that the Fed will start to reduce its stimulus program has shaken markets in recent weeks after the U.S. central bank indicated it will start to wind down its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases on signs of an improved economy.The asset purchases are widely credited with holding down interest rates and breathing life into stock markets, and the investment terrain will likely endure a shake-up if the Fed announces it will taper asset purchases, which could happen as early as next week.As a result, U.S. indexes fell as the Dow Jones industrials dipped 21.16 points to 15,305.44, the Nasdaq was down 7.06 points to 3,717.93 and the S&P 500 retracted 3.99 points to 1,685.14.“We’ve had an amazing 10 days now, basically since the end of August,” said John Tsagarelis, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “We’ve had an aggressive run and everybody now is ready to cool their heels and wait for the Federal Reserve, see what they come up with next week.”The Toronto stock exchange was pulled down early in the day amid steep declines in the gold, materials and metal and mining sectors. The gold sector was the leading decliner at 3.34 per cent, as shares in Barrick Gold fell more than three per cent, or 71 cents, to $18.49. December bullion fell $33.80 to US$1,330 an ounce.Tsagarelis said the falling price in gold can be attributed to a large, unexplained sell-off early Thursday morning, coupled with the release of disappointing jobs figures from the U.S.The U.S. Labor Department reported the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plummeted last week by 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 292,000. It said the drop was mostly due to technical issues in two states that delayed the processing of applications. The less volatile four-week average fell to 321,250, the lowest in six years.On the TSX, the metals and mining sector was down 1.75 per cent, as Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) saw its stock go down by 2.16 per cent or 93 cents to $28.54. December copper dipped five cents to US $3.21 a pound.Meanwhile, the energy sector was ahead at 0.36 per cent, as the October crude contract rose $1.02 to US$108.58.In corporate news, Rogers Communications said it has appointed the CEO of Vodafone U.K. to succeed its outgoing president and CEO. Guy Laurence, 52, will become top executive of Toronto-based Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) in December. He is replacing Nadir Mohamed, who had previously announced his intention to retire as CEO of the wireless, cable and media company. Rogers shares were up 0.078 per cent, or 34 cents, to $43.11 following the announcement.Shares in athletic clothing retailer Lululemon Athletica Inc.. (NASDAQ:LULU) fell more than six per cent, or US$4.55, to $64.47 after the Vancouver company lowered its full-year outlook, and reported mixed earnings results. It said its second-quarter revenue of US$344.5 million was up 22 per cent from the same time last year.Shares in travel company Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX:TRZ.B) rose more than 10 per cent, or $1.01 to $10.34 after reporting record results for the third quarter on higher transatlantic selling prices, reduced capacity and cost-cutting initiatives. The Montreal-based company’s net income attributable to shareholders exceeded expectations, more than quadrupling to $41.1 million from $9.4 million a year earlier.In economic news, Statistics Canada said its new housing price index rose 0.2 per cent in July, following an identical increase the previous month. The agency says the combined metropolitan region of Toronto and Oshawa, as well as the Calgary region, were the top contributors to the increase. The largest local monthly price advance in July, 0.7 per cent,  came in St John’s, N.L., where builders cited an increase in land development costs as the primary reason.On Friday, the U.S. Commerce Department will release its retail sales data for August. Retail sales figures are an important economic indicator because it gauges discretionary spending. read more

SLMC to oppose 19 A

Hassan Ali said that the SLMC is willing to discuss the issue with the government but will not agree to the implementation of the 19th Amendment. He also said that the SLMC will contest the Northern Provincial Council elections independently and not under the government ticket.Hassan Ali also said that Muslims had lodged complaints with the police regarding issues they faced at the hands of some extremist groups. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is to oppose the implementation of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.SLMC General Secretary Hassan Ali said that under the 19th Amendment land and police powers proposed under the 13th Amendment will be removed. However he said the police have not yet acted on those complaints.He called on the IGP to investigate the complaints and take legal action against those responsible.Meanwhile last week the SLMC met and decided to seek a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss issues faced by the Muslims in the East. Hassan Ali said that the SLMC leadership will first meet with the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province to gather information on Muslim related issues in the area. He insisted that removing land and police powers is unfair and should remain as far as his party is concerned. He said that once the information is collected the SLMC leadership will seek a meeting with the President to discuss solutions to the issues.Ali however rejected the idea that the SLMC may withdraw from the government if proper solutions are not put forward to the issues faced by Muslims in the East.Report by Indika Sri Aravinda read more

Number of Angolans needing food aid in 2003 double previous estimates UN

The UN agency warned that its efforts to provide urgent food aid to skyrocketing numbers of people in Angola will be “seriously crippled” unless donations are received immediately from the international community.Francisco Roque Castro, WFP Country Director in Angola, is scheduled to meet today with representatives of the main donor countries in Luanda to brief them on the agency’s activities in 2002. He will also present WFP’s prognosis for 2003 and call for urgent support, particularly for the Central Highlands region, where more than half of the country’s vulnerable population is concentrated. “We believe that a special integrated humanitarian effort to eradicate hunger and suffering is of key importance for this region,” he said.Earlier this year, Angola recorded a drop in the percentage of people suffering from life-threatening shortfalls of food and medicine, but since the end of hostilities between the Government and National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and the influx of more than 700,000 internally displaced people, malnutrition levels have reportedly increased. read more

Some 1400 stuck at HungarianSerbian border amid dire conditions UN refugee agency

“New legislation extended border controls to an eight-kilometre range area inside Hungarian territory, and authorized the police to intercept people within that area and send them to the other side of the fence, often to remote areas without adequate services,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), William Spindler, told a press briefing in Geneva. Since the new legislation came into force last month, a total of 664 individuals had been sent back through the fence, Mr. Spindler said. He added that the Government had “significantly enhanced border security with 10,000 soldiers and police officers and also drone and helicopter surveillance.” People stopped at the border are instructed to go to one of the transit zones to submit an asylum claim, a push-back that has resulted in more than 1,400 refugees and migrants stuck at the border. That includes infants, unaccompanied minors, pregnant women and persons with disabilities and other specific needs waiting to enter the transit zones. “Currently, only two transit zones were functional along the 175-kilometre-long Serbian-Hungarian border, at Röszke and Tompa, where on average only 15 individuals were admitted in each transit zone per day,” said Mr. Spindler. Health, hygiene and sanitation conditions posed serious challenges, with people staying in the open or setting up makeshift tents on muddy fields next to the fence. Mr. Spindler further noted that several hundred people were sheltered by the Government of Serbia in the Refugee Aid Point near Subotica but the capacity there was overstretched. The spokesperson further said that the agency continued to receive reports of abuse and violence occurring when people were apprehended within the transit zones, or in police detention facilities. “Such reports included cases of bites by unleashed police dogs, the use of pepper spray and beatings,” he said, adding that the agency has requested the Hungarian authorities to investigate those reports. He also recalled a UNHCR statement, issued in June, after a young Syrian refugee had drowned, when allegedly pushed back into the Tisza River. read more

Scientists develop glowing gel to identify infected wounds

first_imgMonitoring a wound for infection usually requires daily cleaning and replacement of bandages. But what if you could bandage a wound and then leave it to heal undisturbed? Scientists at Sheffield University are working on a special kind of dressing that would produce a pinkish glow when viewed under an ultraviolet light if there are in fact any harmful bacteria in the wound.The researchers have developed polymers that more or less glow in the dark when bacteria is present. The key to this clever dressing is a new gel that contains molecules that will actually bind to bacteria and trigger the fluorescent dye that can then be seen under a UV light. As part of the project’s funding comes from the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, which is an agency of the Ministry of Defense, the gel is expected to be taken full advantage of during operations where soldiers may be wounded, but have to continue being moved with little time for checking dressings.Besides being used on the wounds of soldiers, the researchers intend the gel to be used by doctors treating chronic wounds like ulcers. The gel can also “rid a wound of up to 80 percent of the surface bugs in about three hours.” Normally, it can take a few days to find out if there are high levels of bacterial growth after taking swab samples and waiting for the bacteria culture to grow in the laboratory. The research team is confident that the gel will reduce the detection of bacterial infection to within a few hours or less.Not only does the gel help identify bacteria and kill the surface bugs, it can also help reduce overusing antibiotics. The gel can inform doctors as to whether or not they should use antibiotics, and also what the best kind is to prescribe. Certain antibiotics can leave a patient feeling depleted and that overusing antibiotics can build your body’s resistance to the drug’s effects. Not needing to take as strong of a dose, or any antibiotics at all, could be very beneficial in the long term.The researchers are hoping to start testing on patients with an early-stage clinical trial in the next two to three years. The dressing will be able to identify bacteria that cause legionella, salmonella, E. coli, MRSA, meningitis, C difficile, and peritonitis.The idea of having a dressing react to infection isn’t a new one. Last year the  Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in Munich created a new dye for plasters and bandages that changes color if infection is detected. With two teams now working on solutions, it shouldn’t be long before we see them available for mainstream use.More at the University of Sheffield, via BBClast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Scottish Power to discuss performance management at Employee Benefits Live

first_imgScottish Power will discuss the organisation’s experience of implementing an online performance management system at Employee Benefits Live 2016.Gillian Thomson (pictured), reward manager at Scottish Power, will speak alongside Evan Davidge, head of reward at Arup, in the session titled Reinvigorating the performance management process on Wednesday 12 October.Thomson will talk through the process of putting Scottish Power’s performance management system online, outlining the expectations the organisation had at the start of the process and how those assumptions were challenged as the process got underway.She will discuss the steps that the organisation took to address issues that came to light during the project, and how it is working to ensure the performance management system is effective across all roles and areas of the business.Thomson said: “It is still a journey, but we have made a lot of steps to try and make it a better employee experience and a better line manager experience.”The continuous improvement of the performance management system has incorporated a number of activities, including manager and employee feedback, process re-engineering, and support sessions for managers to demonstrate how the system works and highlight why performance management is of value to them.Thomson said: “Most organisations have a performance management system, but do [they] know that it is actually working? What are [they] measuring to see if it’s working?“If [they] are measuring the fact that at year end everybody has a performance rating, that doesn’t actually indicate that people have had stretching objectives and that they’ve been considered throughout the year.”Employee Benefits Live 2016 will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October at Olympia National London. Register to attend for free and view the full conference programme.last_img read more

Tillerson to visit Myanmar 15 Nov

first_imgUS secretary of state Rex Tillerson testifies about authorisations for the use of military force before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, US 30 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersUS secretary of state Rex Tillerson will go to Myanmar next week, the State Department said, becoming the most senior US official to visit since the start of the Rohingya crisis.Tillerson’s spokeswoman said he would visit Naypyidaw on 15 November for talks on the “humanitarian crisis in Rakhine state and US support for Burma’s democratic transition.”The secretary’s visit will come after he accompanies president Donald Trump on a five-nation Asian tour that will include a stop in Beijing and at the US-ASEAN summit in Manila.Myanmar’s Rakhine state was plunged into violence in August, when troops cracking down on a local insurgency embarked on the alleged slaughter and expulsion of the Rohingya minority.Since then, more than 600,000 people have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, bringing with them accounts of rape, torture and arson by the military and pro-government militia.United Nations officials say the crackdown is likely tantamount to ethnic cleansing and pressure has mounted on Myanmar to protect the Rohingya and allow people to return home.The United States, while condemning the violence, has been careful to say it holds the military responsible, not Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government.Tillerson has been pressing her to speak up, and for the powerful military to allow diplomatic observers and humanitarian workers to operate freely within northern Rakhine.Myanmar has been transitioning from rule by military junta to elected civilian leadership since elections were held under a new constitution in 2010.But the military still wields broad powers in security matters and crisis-hot regions, and as “state counsellor”, a role akin to a prime minister, Suu Kyi’s power is limited.Observers say Suu Kyi chose not to criticize the army in fear of a backlash from powerful generals and their rich friends.But there is little for the Nobel laureate to gain politically from supporting the Muslim Rohingya, who enjoy little sympathy among the broader Buddhist-majority population.last_img read more

When science and art produce nanosculpture marvels

first_img © 2014 ( —Quite a claim: a sculpture as the smallest creation of the human form in history. The sculptor, Jonty Hurwitz, said he loves the Internet. That is because, since the nanosculpture exhibit launch, so many people have viewed his nanosculpture work online and the work has been covered by numerous sites around the world. He created the nanosculptures using a 3D-printed photosensitive material. Softpedia’s Sebastian Pop delivered an account of the creation process and aftermath. A key word about the sculpture was “were,” he said, since the lifespan of the sculptures was accidentally cut short, by the man’s colleague who made an attempt to see them from a different angle. Hurwitz had spent ten months on seven sculptures; but the images remained. Sarah Anderson in referred to this as impressive art that we will never see, at least not with the naked eye, as the sculptures are so small. He did a series of seven sculptures. The largest, she said, is about the width of a human hair; the smallest is less than half that width. Hurwitz did not achieve this alone; he recognized this was an effort where art meets science. It was a case of creating art with the use of quantum physics. Hurwitz enlisted a team to work this out. Hurwitz said, “The only way to perceive these works is on the screen of powerful scanning electron microscope. So how can you ever know that this sculpture really exists? Your only way to engage with it is through a screen, and a mouse separating you and the art via a vacuum and a series of mathematically mind-blowing quantum processes that shower the art with particles to map its contours. Can you be sure of its existence if your basic senses are telling you that nothing is there? The line between myth and science is fine.”Multiphoton lithography was the technique used. “If you illuminate a light-sensitive polymer with Ultra Violet wavelengths, it solidifies wherever it was irradiated in a kind of crude lump. Some of you may have experienced a polymer like this first hand at the dentist when your filling is glued in with a UV light. If however you use longer wavelength intense light, and focus it tightly through a microscope, something wonderful happens: at the focus point, the polymer absorbs TWO PHOTONS and responds as if it had been illuminated by UV light, namely it will solidify. This two photon absorption occurs only at the tiny focal point – basically a tiny 3D pixel (called a Voxel). The sculpture is then moved along fractionally by a computer controlled process and the next pixel is created. Slowly, over hours and hours the entire sculpture is assembled pixel by pixel and layer by layer.”He credits the support he received from experts from the Institute of Microstructure Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, for fabrication and imaging and advice from Weizmann Institute of Science. “Trust,” a piece depicting a female human model, is around 80 x 100 x 20 microns. Rodin’s hand sculptures diagnosed as part of exhibit Explore further Credit: Jonty Hurwitzcenter_img “He used around 250 cameras to gather all the photos he needed for the subjects of study, all arranged in a dome around the woman, sculpture, etc. Then he spent 10 months designing, sculpting and rendering virtual models, with the help of a high-powered program that reassembled the images into ‘digital clay,’ wrote Pop. “Finally, the models were ready to be 3D printed.” Had they survived, he remarked, “We’d have liked to see a mirror+microscope installation in a museum exhibit, where visitors would take a peek at the little marvels.” More information: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: When science and art produce nanosculpture marvels (2014, November 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Credit: Jonty Hurwitzlast_img read more

Get picture perfect hair make up in easy ways

first_imgIn the age of selfies, it’s important to get your hair and make up in place to get the best frame. So make sure you are opting for the perfect trend to keep the like button buzzing on social media.Experts list down ways for seemingly perfect and classy hair and make up everyday. Select hairstyles that are flattering to you: The hairstyle you opt for, should complement your face cut and the outfit that you are wearing. Avoid extreme hairstyles; you don’t want a hairdo bigger than your head. Try not to completely pull your hair back from your face, as this could make you look older. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEliminate flyaways: Ladies obsessed with picture perfect hair understand the necessity of moisturizing the hair to avoid flyaways. When our hair lacks moisture, it tends to look and feel dry, brittle and unhealthy. Spending time outside in the sun can majorly influence the moisture (or lack of) in your hair. Thus, use of hair serums, masks and sun protection is a must to maintain your hair’s health and protect it from damage.Go a little messy: Messy hair never goes out of style. So, just when you think you’ve styled your hair, toss your coif around to loosen things up in a right amount and you are all set to rock the camera. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSelect hair colour that enhances your hair: If you are planning to get those natural hair coloured, try the latest colours which go well with the Indian skin tone like honey brown, wine, caramel, chocolate brown in a balayage with highlights instead of going for global or simple highlighting. You must choose a hair colour that matches with your skin tone and don’t just go for any random hair colour.Don’t shy away from volumizing products: A regular and a great haircut is the foundation of any great hairstyle for fine hair-one that provides with volume in appearance. Other than this, a bit of strategic teasing along with volumizing products will work wonderfully on the camera. For the perfect make upSunscreen is a must: No matter what, you should apply sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Apply sunscreen before you apply foundation or primer. Titanium based or Zinc oxide based sunscreens are considered to be best for the sensitive skin type. Summer make up kit must have a spray sunscreen or a gel-based sunscreen with minimum SPF 30.Kind of make up products: Use only long-wearing, smudge-proof, waterproof cosmetic that stays for long and gives a perfect finish to your makeup. Use face powder to set makeup and reduce the excess shine on your face. Foundation with a matte finish works as a miracle.Avoid the catchy look: Everyone loves a nice glow that shimmer gives us, but there is a big difference between a healthy radiance and an over-the-top shine. Do not use any cosmetics with a shimmery, shiny or glowing finish it can make you look bad in the photographs. A concealer and a nude lip colour is all you need this summer.Maximise the impact of those eyes: Curled lashes and mascara are musts as both open up your eyes, and the eyes are the focal point of a picture. Use clear light to medium colour eye shadow for highlighting. The more open they are, the more the light hits them and that’s what makes them twinkle.last_img read more

What is hepatitis C and should gay men be concerned

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) How widespread is hepatitis C infection?In the UK, around 214,000 have chronic hepatitis C infection. In the US, the Center for Disease Control estimates that around 2.7-3.9million people have chronic hepatitis C infection. The figure is 71million people globally.WHO estimate that around 1.3million people died from hepatitis C infection in 2015. The majority of these deaths are in parts of the world where treatment is harder to access.Countries with particularly high rates of hepatitis C include Egypt, Pakistan and parts of Africa. You might also want to think twice before visiting a tattoo parlor in a country where they’re unregulated!The CDC says the risk of sexual transmission is low, but increases for rough sex or if someone has HIV or another sexual infection. However, it concludes: ‘More research is needed to better understand how and when hepatitis C can be spread through sexual contact.’Condoms help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (Photo: Durex | Facebook)‘The risk of spreading hepatitis C through sex is low’NHS England concurs: ‘The risk of spreading hepatitis C through sex is low.’That risks increases if there is any blood present, ‘such as menstrual blood or during anal sex.‘Condoms aren’t usually necessary for long-term heterosexual couples, but it’s a good idea to use them when having anal sex or sex with a new partner.’In the US, around a quarter of those who have hep C also have HIV.Phillips says people with HIV are more at risk.‘At 56 Dean Street along with the other Chelsea and Westminster Hospital sexual health clinics we have seen large numbers of Hepatitis C infection in our HIV positive patients.‘There is data showing that the viral load of hepatitis C in the semen of HIV positive men is higher than in HIV negative men. HIV disrupts mucosal barriers to infection and so it can make you more susceptible to being infected with hepatitis C from sex.’Can you die from hepatitis C? What is the treatment?According to the World Health Organization, ‘Antiviral medicines can cure more than 95% of persons with hepatitis C infection.’ Public Health England states, ‘Hepatitis C is a curable infection.’Modern treatment includes administering direct-acting antiviral drugs (DAAs). These can stop the virus from replicating and greatly reduce its impact on your liver. If you’re in the acute stage, you may not even be given treatment. Doctors often first wait to see if your body is able to fight off the virus, and will only prescribe if you proceed to the chronic stage of infection.If you do require medication, you may need to take the drugs for several weeks or months. You may also have to make lifestyle changes to minimize liver damage, i.e. reducing you alcohol intake or abstaining.What should I do to minimize the risk of contracting hepatitis C during sex?Wearing a condom for anal sex will offer protection. If you’re into fisting, wear latex gloves, and check your hands for any cuts or bleeding cuticles. Change the gloves between partners and use new lube.Do not share sex toys with different partners. Use condoms on sex toys or wash them thoroughly.Take a break from receptive anal sex if you’ve had any bleeding down there recently. This might be due to rough sexual activity or if you’re recovering from hemorrhoids.Do not share drugs during sex. This doesn’t just include syringes. There is evidence that using a rolled-up banknote or straw to snort drugs, and then handing it to someone else, can pass on hepatitis C. Snorting drugs can often make your nose bleed, leading to particles of blood on any equipment you share.So if I get diagnosed before it does too much damage, I’ll be OK?‘Generally speaking,’ says Phillips at 56 Dean Street, ‘the earlier hepatitis C is treated the better the outcome.‘That being said, hepatitis C is a slow progressing condition that only really causes problematic, long term liver problems if it is left untreated for many years. Although the liver will be inflamed in an early infection it is very unlikely to sustain any long-term damage if the infection is treated early enough.‘New treatments for hepatitis C are effective at clearing the virus in over 95% of people.’See alsoSyphilis: what is it and why should gay men be concerned? But what about hepatitis C? How concerned should gay men be about this potentially fatal illness?What is hepatitis C?Hepatitis C is an infection of your liver. As one of your vital organs, anything that goes wrong with your liver can have serious consequences.Vaccines exist for hepatitis A and B, and all gay and bi men should take advantage of them. However, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C, which was only identified in the late 1980s.If you acquire the hep C virus, you can have it for years before symptoms appear. This is one reason why, if never tested, you might want to ask about being screened.‘It’s becoming more common to include hepatitis C in sexual health screens,’ says Joe Phillips, a Nurse Specialist in hepatitis C at 56 Dean Street, run by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.‘If someone is worried about hepatitis C from a recent risk they can certainly come in and request a test as part of their routine screen too.’How do you know if you have hepatitis C?If you have acquired the virus, symptoms can include the following: exhaustion; pain in the limbs; nausea; flatulence; feelings of fullness; pain in the abdomen; loss of appetite; and pale-colored stools or dark urine.Hep C can wreak havoc on your liver before any of these symptoms appear. The severity of infection can range from a mild illness that lasts a few weeks soon after infection (‘acute’) to a life-long, ‘chronic’ condition.Some people will be fortunate to recover from an acute hepatitis C infection of their own accord. However, around 60-80% of people who have acute hepatitis C will go on to develop the chronic condition.This in turn can lead to cancer or cirrhosis of the liver, which can be fatal.Gay poet Allen Ginsberg died from liver cancer in 1997 after suffering for many years with hep C. Singer Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers died last year, aged 69, after complications related to a long-term hep C diagnosis.How is hepatitis C transmitted?The most common route for transmission of hepatitis C is via the blood of someone infected. This includes blood transfusions, sharing injecting needles, sharing razors and even toothbrushes with small quantities of blood on them.For many years health experts believed hepatitis C was not sexually transmittable – so why do they now think gay men should be concerned?It’s now believed that the virus can be present in small quantities in semen. However, this remains a less common route of transmission. What’s more common is if sexual activity includes any blood.‘Although hepatitis C is predominantly passed on by blood-to-blood contact, and it isn’t as easily passed on sexually as other infections (such as syphilis), some more recent studies have shown that there are detectable levels of the virus in semen,’ says Phillips.‘This is particularly true in HIV positive people with an early (or acute) infection and on-going research is looking at sexual transmission risk of hepatitis c in gay men in general.’Rough sex and fistingGay men are thought to be at particular risk if they engage in certain practices, such as fisting – which can be more traumatic to your anus and anal lining.Also, group sex carries particular risks. If someone vigorously fucks a guy or inserts a sex toy into him, and then pulls out and puts his cock/toy inside another man, blood from the first guy can be passed to the second – as well as any infections in that blood.This bottom-to-bottom transmission partly explains what some gay men are testing positive for hepatitis C.In the UK, an increase in the number of gay men attending chemsex parties, where they might have sexual encounters with multiple men, has been linked to an increase in the transmission of hepatitis C. It’s not uncommon for men at these parties to also inject drugs, and the sharing of needles can easily spread the virus. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… With better treatments for HIV and the arrival of PrEP, an increasing number of gay are thinking of ditching condoms.However, condoms don’t just offer protection against HIV. They also help prevent the spread of other sexually transmitted infections. This is particularly relevant for an infection such as gonorrhea, which has shown increasing resistance to known antibiotics in recent years.center_img New Hepatitis epidemic hits gay and bi men across Europe, deaths predictedThe first gay man diagnosed HIV+ in London has this message for younger guysSexually transmitted diseases hit record high in US for fourth year in rowRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more