WATCH: Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez posts bizarre tribute to his dogs

first_imgAlexis Sanchez loves his dogs…and Phil Collins, apparently.The Arsenal star puzzled football fans with this hilariously strange tribute video to his canine pals, which you can see in the video above!Clearly a dog fan, this isn’t Sanchez’s first musical homage to furry friends Atom and Humber, having previously shared a slightly intrusive video accompanied by the Aerosmith classic I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing during their puppy days.Cute…last_img

EMMET RUSHE: THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON A CANCER DIAGNOSIS

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: I was honoured to have been asked to talk at the ‘Fight Back Conference’ at Relay For Life 2015. My talk was on ‘The Positive Impact Of Physical Activity On A Cancer Diagnosis’.The following article is a breakdown of my talk. If you’re becoming more active during or after cancer treatment, you’ll need to consider how much activity is appropriate for you.This will depend on different things, for example any side effects or symptoms you may have and your level of fitness before treatment.It is important to set yourself realistic goals and to listen to your body and you should start with gentle and low intensity activities.You’ll be able to build up progressively as you become stronger and fitter.There are a number of tips that can help you to get started.They’ll also help you stay motivated; Join an activity group or association.Walk or cycle to the shops.Keep a record of how active you’ve been.Set goals you can achieve.Take up activities you enjoy. Make sure they are fun.Tell your friends about it.  They may want to join you.The activities you do will depend on different factors. Make sure you keep to the level of activity that is appropriate for you and choose activities you enjoy and, if possible, do a mix of activities:Aerobic exercises – walking, dancing, running, cycling or swimming – are good for heart health.Resistance exercises – lifting small weights or ‘sit to stand’ exercises that you can do at home – help strengthen muscle.Flexibility exercises – stretches, yoga, Tai Chi/ Qi Gong – improve suppleness. These are also great for balance.If you are living with advanced cancer, being physically active can benefit you. It can help improve symptoms such as tiredness, poor appetite and constipation.It reduces stress and helps you sleep better.Start slowly and gradually build up the amount you do.To begin with try to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting or lying down. Just moving around the house and doing simple day to day things will help.You may be able to manage short walks or gentle stretching exercises.See if you can get your family and friends to join in with you.Resistance exercises can help strengthen your muscles and bones.This helps with getting in and out of chairs or baths, going up and down stairs, and going shopping.It also helps reduce the risk of accidentally falling. There are chair-based exercises that can help improve your muscle strength and flexibility. Example from the evidence;An RCT in Glasgow offered a 12 week group exercise sessions for women with early stage breast cancer as an addition to standard care.8The study found significant improvements in physical functioning, active daily living, shoulder range of movement, cardio-vascular fitness, positive mood, and breast cancer-specific quality of life. There were no adverse events reported. There was also evidence that the intervention group spent fewer nights in hospital and made fewer visits to their GP than the control group.  It’s important to get advice before you start becoming more active.Your cancer doctor, GP or specialist nurse can tell you what type of exercise is most appropriate for you.You can also get support from a physiotherapist or an occupational therapist.Your physiotherapist can show you exercises that will help improve your fitness and an occupational therapist can show you ways to help you to save your energy so that you can take some gentle physical activity.Good evidence exists to support the promotion of physical activity throughout the cancer care pathway.Activity should be promoted to patients at all stages of cancer from initial diagnosis through to the later stages, where being active can continue to benefit physical function and quality of life. The evidence shows that if an activity recommendation is carefully tailored to the individual, and takes account of potential side effects, it is likely to have a positive impact.#TrainSmartIf you are unsure how to start or would like to join a friendly and supportive team, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE: THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON A CANCER DIAGNOSIS was last modified: May 31st, 2015 by John2Share 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:emmet rushefitness columnRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Eyebrows raised over decision to stop HGVs using cross border road

first_imgConcern has been raised over the decision to deny vehicles over 7.5-ton access to an  ‘important’ cross border road at Clady, Northern Ireland. Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar Municipal area Patrick McGowan has called for a meeting with the Derry & Strabane District Council and the NI Department of Infrastructure over their proposal to stop all lorries over 7.5 tons going through Clady village.Speaking on the matter yesterday, McGowan said: “This is a very busy route for a lot of traffic crossing the border and we need assurances that local businesses, especially in the Castlefinn area, will be catered for.“What will happen in the event of road works in Lifford and or Strabane?“What if the bridge in Lifford had to be closed for any reason, would this route through Clady automatically open or will it take a meeting with the Department of Infrastructure NI before the go-ahead is given to reverse the weight restriction and allow lorries through until the Lifford Strabane route is open again?” McGowan queried.“I appreciate that there is ongoing concern about the number of large lorries going through Clady and the noise can be very disturbing especially when lorries are stopping and starting when trying to weave through parked cars parked on both sides of the road in Clady itself.“I think at a time when the uncertainty of Brexit is putting a lot of businesses under pressure there should be more advanced consultations with authorities in Donegal, especially at a political level.“And as the Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar municipal area, I have requested our senior official to contact both officials and public representatives across the border to meet with my Municipal district members as soon as possible.“Everything must be out on the table before an agreement can be reached,” he added.“Most lorries and tractors with any kind of load would be over 7.5 ton including some vans and a lot of Donegal businesses are doing business locally.“So, we need a level playing field when it comes to selecting which businesses would be allowed to enter the village.”Eyebrows raised over decision to stop HGVs using cross border road was last modified: April 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Driving SA software development

first_img30 May 2005The University of the Witwatersrand and the City of Johannesburg, in partnership with government and industry in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, have launched the Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE).The centre aims to serve as a “nucleus for software development in South Africa and on the continent”, said Professor Barry Dwolatzky, a director at the centre.The JCSE, he said, would grow South Africa’s capacity to deliver world-class software, develop research and training initiatives to strengthen the local software development industry, and promote best practice in software development within an African context.According to Dwolatsky, international corporations are increasingly outsourcing software development to emerging countries such as South Africa, India, China and Russia, taking advantage of high levels of skills at lower costs.“The SA software development industry has flashes of brilliance and some really notable successes, but it is largely immature, ad hoc, and small-scale”, Dwolatsky said.“It will not be able to compete against other global markets unless something is done now. The government, business – both SMMEs and large corporates – and academic worlds need to get together and get the ball rolling right now.”The centre, established within the university’s School of Electrical and Information Engineering, will offer high-level public lectures, master classes, continuing professional development courses and technology incubation to develop ICT leadership for the country.It will also offer consulting and software certification and accreditation services, and carry out applied research in collaboration with various companies and organisations.“Facilities will also be established, including world-class infrastructure, specialised computer laboratories, a software engineering library and lecture and meeting rooms,” Dwolatzky said.In one of the centre’s first collaborations with business, IBM is to set up a Linux Centre of Competence at the JCSE, installing IBM server equipment worth over R2-million, as well as a large suite of Linux-based software.According to the JCSE, IBM’s Linux centre will provide both a Linux demonstration environment for IBM customers and a powerful research and teaching environment for JCSE students and clients.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Large pork supply being addressed by checkoff efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest America’s pig farmers will produce a record-breaking number of market hogs this year, resulting in ample supplies of pork hitting grocery stores and restaurants. It is anticipated that this high level of production will continue well into 2017.“The U.S. economy is growing, and that is good for meat demand,” said Len Steiner, a pork industry economist. “Some key indicators of growth include the stock market recently hitting all-time record highs, increasing consumer confidence and an unemployment rate now at 4.9%, demonstrating the U.S. economy is at or near full employment.”Steiner added that total meat production continues to increase, moving from 90.9 billion pounds in 2014 with expectations for meat output to exceed 101 billion pounds this year. Not since the mid-1990s has meat production increased so quickly.“We estimate that 2016 U.S. pork production will set an all-time record just shy of 25 billion pounds, with even more pork expected to be produced in 2017,” Steiner said. “The good news is that retailers and foodservice operators feel more secure about the growing meat supply, which can translate into falling meat prices and more promotional activity.”National Pork Board President Jan Archer, who is a pig farmer from North Carolina, noted that the Pork Checkoff is taking a number of significant steps right now to help move the large supply of pork through the U.S. market place.“As a pork producer, I’m very excited about the work going on behind the scenes to help producers market this much product,” Archer said. “Our goal always is to provide high-quality, delicious pork to consumers in the U.S. and around the globe.”Consumers can expect more pork at potentially lower prices at U.S. meat counters and in restaurants.This quarter, the Pork Checkoff has been:Partnering with major grocery retailers. The Pork Checkoff is working with the top 10 U.S. grocery retailers — representing 65% of the U.S. retail market — to feature key pork cuts. Retail promotions are underway with Walmart, Costco and Kroger, among others.Focusing on foodservice. The foodservice team works closely with most of the top 100 high-volume restaurant chains to share the opportunity pork presents through versatility, profitability, availability and customer appeal. A focused effort is also underway to launch pork promotions with food distributors who provide groceries to independently owned restaurants, contract foodservice providers and large, independently operated colleges and universities.Implementing digital marketing and online promotion. For the holidays, the Pork Checkoff launched the Make it a Moment campaign on social media to help pork stand out.Connecting with multicultural consumers. Latinos and African Americans are some of pork’s best customers. Building on the success of this year’s summer campaign, promotions for the fourth quarter’s “Make it a Moment” campaign will include a Spanish-language web site and new videos.“The fourth quarter is consistently the strongest quarter for pork sales,” said Patrick Fleming, director of market intelligence for the National Pork Board. “In 2015, fourth-quarter pork sales totaled $3.6 billion, with the 1.125 billion pounds representing 28% of the sales for the entire year. The industry is prepared for a similar situation in 2016.”Fleming added that in foodservice, pork is on trend as the fastest-growing protein.“Pork is featured in the top three items on restaurant menus today,” Fleming said. “And it is not just main entrees like ham and pork loin, but now includes such items as candied bacon, pork belly and porchetta. Flavor, versatility and value set pork apart.”While the high value of the U.S. dollar and competition from other countries in key export markets have curbed U.S. pork export demand, there are positive signs on the horizon.“About 25% of U.S. pork production goes overseas, and we need to keep moving product to keep producers profitable,” said Becca Nepple, vice president of international trade for the National Pork Board. “Mexico, China, Japan, Korea and Canada are our big five buyers, and the Pork Checkoff, through the U.S. Meat Export Federation, continues to invest in pork promotions overseas.”last_img read more

BCCI secretary in favour of more u-19 and India ‘A’ tours

first_imgNew cricket board secretary Sanjay Jagdale is quite clear about his priorities. One of his top priorities is to push for organising “good tours” for India ‘A’ and India under-19 teams so as to build a strong bench for the senior national side.Jagdale, who is aware of the available young talent as he looked after junior cricket as joint secretary and convened the selection committee meetings till recently, wants matches on these tours to be played on different kinds of pitches to help players improve their skills.The Indore-based Jagdale has taken over the reins of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at a crucial stage vis–vis the imminent transition in the national team.Soon senior pros like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Zaheer Khan would be on their way out and the selectors will have to find com-petent youngsters to step in.That’s why Jagdale wants to organise meaningful junior tours that would throw up youngsters who could slip comfortably into those big shoes.”The BCCI is a well organised and well structured body. Whatever scope of improvement is there, I would like to organise tours for India ‘A’ and India under-19 teams with an eye on the future,” Jagdale, who turns 61 on Thursday, told MAIL TODAY in an interview.”I want these to be good tours, which are given more weightage, as preparation is a long-term process.”These tours will help build the bench strength for the senior team and also take care of the fitness-related issues. I’ll try and see that the unfortunate England tour is not repeated.” A former Madhya Pradesh captain, Jagdale, however, felt that tours like England, where the Indian team failed to win a Test or a One-day International or the lone Twenty20 International, happen rarely.advertisementHe said that players are the best judges of their injuries and illnesses, and that they will have to be honest about it. “Ultimately, it comes down to the individual, even if you have physiotherapists accompanying the team. In tennis, if Novak Djokovic gets spasms, he will have to decide if he can play the next tournament or rest,” he said.”I feel most of the players are honest. But still situations like the recent one can be avoided.There’s no foolproof formula to avoid injuries.” A former national selector, Jagdale said that the recent accomplishments of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team were the maximum that a side could achieve.”The team was No. 1 in Test cricket and it won the World Cup. You can’t go higher than where we were two months ago.Most of the credit for that should go to the players,” he averred.Despite that Jagdale is keen to unearth players that would add muscle to the bench. “I want to focus on India ‘A’ tours, which have produced players like Virat Kohli. I believe we are at a crucial stage (of transition) and we have to keep an eye on the future,” he stressed.”There’s talent, but talent alone is not enough. What you do with the talent is important – like how you apply yourself to the game, how much hard work you can put in, and how much can you sacrifice.” Jagdale feels the Vizzy Trophy all-India inter-varsity tournament has been a source of throwing up talented youngsters.But sadly the tournament was not played last season. The BCCI promised to organise it this season before backing out.Now, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) says it will revive it.”BCCI tried our best to help the AIU financially. The University Sports Board will have to come up with some strong ideas. We are open to it. If they come up with something constructive we’ll think about it again,” said Jagdale, himself a product of university cricket.Jagdale pointed out that Sunil Gavaskar too was spotted while in school.He made his Ranji Trophy debut largely on the basis of his heavy scores during the Indian schools team’s tour of Sri Lanka in 1970.”Immediately after Sunil scored a double century there he was called midway to Mumbai and made his Ranji Trophy debut,” recalled Jagdale, a member of that team.last_img read more

Sebastian Vettel in fine fettle for F1’s August break

first_imgSebastian Vettel will enjoy Formula One’s August break as championship leader but the Ferrari driver knows the job is only half done and it will not get any easier in the months ahead.The German, a four-times world champion with Red Bull, is unlikely to spend the vacation fretting about his future, however.Out of contract at the end of the season, Vettel’s comments after winning in Hungary on Sunday did not sound like those of a man expecting anything other than a continued spell at Maranello.Reports in Italy have already suggested that Ferrari, the sport’s most successful and glamorous team, will confirm both Vettel and Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen at their home Italian Grand Prix in September.Vettel has now won four of 11 races this season, making 2017 his best season with Ferrari, and has led the championship from day one in Australia.He is 14 points clear of Lewis Hamilton, who shared the lead with him briefly after China in April but gifted Vettel three extra points on Sunday by handing back third place to his Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas.Vettel does not have to worry about such displays of sportsmanship, the 30-year-old a clear number one at Ferrari, and can be single-minded about the remaining nine rounds.”It’s what I dream about, to be honest. I want to win so that’s where you want to be,” he told reporters on Sunday when asked whether the season so far had been more than he could have dreamed of after a barren 2016.advertisement”The mission has been to get back to the top so obviously we had a great year, I’m only two and a half years in with the team,” he added.”Over the winter I think we were the team that made the least noise… I was very happy that we just worked, we just kept to ourselves and did the job. We have a great car.”Hungary, a slow circuit like Monaco where Ferrari also excelled, is very different from the next two high-speed races — Spa in Belgium and the flat out blast of Italy’s venerable Monza circuit.Mercedes dominated in similar circumstances at Silverstone, where Hamilton savoured a home win, and the Briton can hope to level the points tally by the end of the first week of September.He too will go away to recharge his batteries for the battle ahead, ready to deny Vettel a fifth title and secure his own fourth.”I definitely think it’s come at a good time,” he said of the break. “It’s definitely been a difficult season up to now.”This break I think will be really good for everyone to spend some time with family, recharge and come back fresh. I truly believe we have the capability of winning this championship.”But it’s going to take absolutely 100 percent of everyone’s effort to pull it off.”last_img read more