Worldfirst trial shows single injection could help patients recover after heart attacks

first_imgWorld-first trial shows single injection could help patients recover after heart attacks The breakthrough could lead to improved quality of life and life expectancy for patients. 33,953 Views John Nolan, who took part in the trial Source: Clare KeoghA PROFESSOR AT University College Cork (UCC) has shown that a single injection could help repair damaged hearts.Professor Noel Caplice, the chair of Cardiovascular Sciences at UCC, and his colleagues at Cork University Hospital have shown that low dose insulin-like growth factor can help repair damage to the heart.Some 47 patients, who had all experienced large heart attacks, took part in the trial – the first of its kind in the world.Around 20% of people who suffer heart attacks have severe ongoing difficulties because of lasting damage to heart muscle even after the best current therapies, often resulting in patients developing long-term heart failure, associated with increased morbidity and mortality.As part of the trial, patients received two different low dose preparations of insulin-like growth factor or placebo. People who received the higher dose showing improved remodelling of their heart muscle in the two-month follow-up after their heart attack, which correlated with other measures of improved heart performance. Professor Noel Caplice with John and Margaret Source: Clare KeoghSpeaking about the development, Caplice said: “We are delighted that an important human study like this could be funded in Ireland and performed in Cork.“This pilot trial is the first of its kind worldwide showing that single injection of low dose IGF1 is safe and can improve cardiac repair after a large heart attack.We hope that these findings can be replicated in potentially larger trials of many hundred subjects in the future. A significant minority of our patients currently remain unwell after a large heart attack despite best clinical practice and we are excited by the possibility that cardiac repair therapy may help these patients.The trial was funded by a €1 million grant under a joint research programme run by the Health Research Board (HRB) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).If future bigger trials are successful, the growth factor could be applied more widely to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of patients who have suffered a large heart attack, and be financially beneficial to the health service by reducing ongoing care costs.‘I felt very vulnerable’John Nolan from New Ross in Wexford was one of the patients involved in the trial. He suffered a heart attack in December 2014. “I feel I was blessed to be asked to be involved. I had confidence that good would come from it, in terms of how they explained it to me,” he said.His wife Margaret added: “Even as a nurse, I felt very vulnerable at the thought that my husband could’ve died. I speak on behalf of myself and my children, I’m really grateful for the aftercare and attention John received as a result of being on his trial.” John and Margaret Source: Clare KeoghDr Mairéad O’Driscoll, interim chief executive at the HRB, said results like these are “a perfect illustration of why the HRB has invested so much in building Ireland’s capacity to conduct clinical trials”.Professor Mark Ferguson, SFI director general and Chief Scientific Adviser to the government, also welcomed the news, noting that collaborative research groups “can produce life-changing advances in health research, with the potential to positively impact on patient wellbeing globally”.The research has been recognised and peer-reviewed by the European Society of Cardiology and the trial will be presented for the first time at the organisation’s Heart Failure 2017 conference in Paris today.Read: ‘He ended up in an induced coma’: Matt Dawson on his son’s meningitis battleRead: Drug dealing happens in mental health facilities across the country, doctor says 17 Comments By Órla Ryan Share Tweet Email11 Short URL Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 6:30 AM Apr 29th 2017, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hanrahans longrange penalty gets Munster out of jail against Benetton

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ryan Bailey Hanrahan’s long-range penalty gets Munster out of jail against Benetton The replacement out-half landed the winning score, as Johann van Graan’s side survived a major scare at Thomond Park. May 4th 2019, 5:09 PM 171 Comments 30,546 Views Saturday 4 May 2019, 5:09 PM Munster 15Benetton 13 Ryan Bailey reports from Thomond Park IF — AND THAT’S a big if — Munster go on to end their eight-year wait for silverware in Glasgow this month, nobody will remember just how poor they were here, but the result — a narrow, and lucky, two-point win — cannot conceal their underlying shortcomings.At the end of a tight and tense tussle, Johann van Graan’s side survived an almighty scare to book their place in the Guinness Pro14 semi-finals, where they will face Leinster, but this was about as disappointing an attacking display you’re likely to see from the hosts.  Hanrahan celebrates his winning kick. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThat they escaped was down to a superbly-struck long-range penalty from replacement out-half JJ Hanrahan and some never-say-die defensive resilience at the death, with history-making Benetton pushing them every inch of the way.The Italians, who had qualified for the end-of-season play-offs for the first time, led for much of the game and had two attempts at the end to advance to the last four, but Antonio Rizzi and then Jayden Hayward were both off the mark with their drop-goal efforts.  You had to feel for Kieran Crowley’s side, who played with confidence and conviction, and ought to have become the first Italian side to win here, but it is Munster who keep their season alive and progress through to a fourth Pro14 semi-final in five years.With a trip to RDS on 18 May coming up, the southern province will need to raise their game considerably if they are to stand any chance in Dublin, with their blunt attack completely malfunctioning here again. Despite dominating the first half, Munster went in behind at the break and their frustrations continued through the second half, with van Graan’s side playing with little shape or pattern, while appearing completely devoid of ingenuity. They were guilty of rashly kicking the ball away rather than remaining patient through the phases and their approach was far too one-dimensional, slow and pedestrian, which played into Benetton’s hands. Van Graan this week suggested he is looking to bring in a new attack coach for next season and, on this evidence, getting a new and experienced voice into the set-up is an absolute must if they are to become truly competitive again. Still, they showed heart and fight to grind out a win and maintain their unbeaten record at home this season, with Hanrahan proving the hero as he came off the bench to kick nine second-half points.  CJ Stander is held up. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOMunster dominated the possession and territory stakes from the off, pitching tent inside the Benetton 22, but again lacked a real cutting edge in the red zone as the visitors held firm through siege-after-siege.After Rory Scannell’s kick gained good yards for the hosts, Munster looked to strike off their lineout maul, flashing it out right through the hands before CJ Stander was held up just short, although Toa Halafihi was penalised in the process.Peter O’Mahony, cognisant of his side’s failure to turn their dominance into early points, asked Tyler Bleyendaal to have a shot at the posts, but then changed his mind when Nigel Owens, on advice from his TMO, moved the penalty attempt to the right position, closer to this near touchline.The frustration continued as the maul option malfunctioned. Jean Kleyn soared to take Niall Scannell’s throw, the forwards worked their way infield, but when Conor Murray took control at the back, Abraham Steyn wrapped the scrum-half up and ripped possession off him.As much as Benetton were stoic and unrelenting in their defensive duties, Munster weren’t helping themselves. Off another set-piece strike move, Murray and Bleyendaal created space out wide but, again, having fixed the last defender, Mike Haley’s pass forced Darren Sweetnam to check his run and the green shirts scrambled back to hold Chris Farrell up. Then, after Stander put the head down for the line, Tadhg Beirne spurned a gilt-edged opportunity from a couple of yards out as he failed to cleanly take Murray’s pop pass and ride the last tackle for the opening score.Bleyendaal eventually knocked over a penalty to get Munster on the board, but for all their huffing and puffing, they went into the break behind. Brilliant Benetton showed them how it’s done at the other end. Tommaso Allan got the Italians up and running with an instant response off the tee after O’Mahony was pinged by Owens at the breakdown, and then Crowley’s men struck on the stroke of half-time to stun Thomond.  Share8 Tweet Email Subscribe Short URL Tavuyara finishes brilliantly. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOA loose Haley kick return allowed Italian international Allan time and space to pick his spot in the far corner with a beautifully-judged kick, and while Munster initially cleared their lines through Bleyendaal, Monty Ioane’s quick lineout set the Benetton wheels in motion.What followed was special. Jayden Hayward picked the gap to expose the red shirts and with Munster caught narrow, Allan pulled it back for the Benetton fullback to create the overlap and once fed by Marco Zanon, Fijian winger Ratuva Tavuyara did the rest in stunning fashion for a TMO-confirmed try in the far corner. Allan’s touchline conversion was sweet, sending Benetton into the sheds with their tails up and a seven-point advantage on the scoreboard, and although Bleyendaal’s second penalty on the restart cut the deficit, there was little in the way of improvement from a Munster perspective. Van Graan introduced Hanrahan for Bleyendaal and Billy Holland for Beirne in a bid to spark Munster into action, and while the former brought renewed energy and enterprise to proceedings, it was the visitors who were doing all the running.Another quick lineout caught Munster dozing and Tito Tebaldi, on as a blood sub for Dwaldt Duvenage, weaved and ducked his way through the first line of defence, before offloading brilliantly off the ground for Luca Bigi.With Ioane on his shoulder, the hooker released the Pro14′s most prolific offloader and Munster were in real trouble, only for the final pass — from Hayward to Steyn — to go to ground, while moments later, Halafihi was unable to finish after Tavuyara had burst through the tackles of Kleyn, Scannell and Stander.Munster were living on the edge and would have been thankful to cough up just three points after a period of Benetton territory, with Allan nailing another penalty to extend his side’s lead out to 13-6 with 20 minutes left on the clock.From there, the momentum swung back Munster’s way, largely thanks to the impact of their bench, with Hanrahan bringing it back to a one-point game through back-to-back penalties.Dean Budd’s dangerous hit on John Ryan cancelled out Allan’s three-pointer, and then Arno Botha’s charge and a big Stander hand-off yielded a second penalty in front of the sticks for Hanrahan. 12-13.  Monty Ioane was a livewire for Benetton. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOBenetton weren’t deterred, though. Crowley’s men came flooding forward again, pulling and stretching Munster on both sides, before Ryan and then Stander came up trumps with season-saving turnovers close to their own line, providing the platform for Hanrahan to make the headlines. Again it was Stander who clamped himself over the ball, proving immovable to win the turnover penalty, and when Duvenage stupidly kicked the ball away, Owens marched it forward 10 yards to the halfway line. That proved all the difference.With the wind at his back and the clock on 76 minutes, Hanrahan struck it sweet and true, the ball sailing between the uprights to send Munster through to the last four and a semi-final date at the RDS. They played their get out of jail card. Munster scorers:Tries:Conversions:Penalties: Tyler Bleyendaal [2 from 2], JJ Hanrahan [3 from 3].Benetton scorers:Tries: Ratuva Tavuyara. Conversions: Tommaso Allan [1 from 1].Penalties: Tommaso Allan [2 from 2].MUNSTER: 15. Mike Haley, 14. Andrew Conway, 13. Chris Farrell, 12. Rory Scannell (Dan Goggin 70′), 11. Darren Sweetnam, 10. Tyler Bleyendaal (JJ Hanrahan 48′), 9. Conor Murray (Alby Mathewson 66′); 1. Dave Kilcoyne (Liam O’Connor 73′), 2. Niall Scannell (Kevin O’Byrne 73′), 3. Stephen Archer (John Ryan 50′), 4. Jean Kleyn, 5. Tadhg Beirne (Billy Holland 48′), 6. Peter O’Mahony (captain), 7. Chris Cloete (Arno Both 63′), 8. CJ Stander. BENETTON: 15. Jayden Hayward, 14. Ratuva Tavuyara, 13. Marco Zanon (Alberto Sgarbi 66′), 12. Luca Morisi, 11. Monty Ioane, 10. Tommaso Allan (captain)(Antonio Rizzi 78′), 9. Dewaldt Duvenage (Tito Tebaldi 77′); 1. Nicola Quaglio (Derrick Appiah 48′), 2. Luca Bigi (Hame Faiva 48′), 3. Marco Riccioni (Tiziano Pasquali 63′), 4. Marco Lazzaroni (Irne Herbst 50′), 5. Federico Ruzza, 6. Sebastian Negri (Dean Budd 50′), 7. Abraham Steyn, 8. Toa Halafihi.Referee: Nigel Owens [WRU]Attendance: 10,042. Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

Tsipras demands debt relief

first_imgAny agreement between Greece and its lenders will have to include several elements, including debt relief, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Tuesday as he aimed more criticism at the country’s creditors.Speaking in Parliament at a meeting of SYRIZA’s parliamentary group, Tsipras said that there have to be three conditions for his government to sign up to an agreement: Pensioners and workers must not be burdened further, any discussion about Grexit must be put to bed, and binding terms must be adopted for tackling Greece’s funding problem.The prime minister focused on the issue of debt relief, accusing the country’s European lenders of adopting the International Monetary Fund’s recommendations for fiscal measures but ignoring its call for Greece to have its debt reduced.“Right now, what dominates is the IMF’s harsh views on tough measures, and Europe’s insistence on denying any discussion over debt sustainability,” Tsipras told his MPs.He also claimed that the IMF bore “criminal responsibility” for the impact of the austerity measures implemented in Greece over the last few years.Earlier, Tsipras met with PASOK’s new leader Fofi Gennimata and Potami chief Stavros Theodorakis. Both publicly encouraged him to reach an agreement with lenders and avoid the pitfalls that would accompany a bankruptcy. Tsipras is reported to have told the two opposition leaders the government would not pay the IMF the 1.6 billion euros it owes unless a deal is reached with lenders. The government denied that the prime minister said this during the meetings.Tsipras’s strong words were matched by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. “I don’t care about the Greek government, I do care about the Greek people,” he said. “The debate in Greece and outside Greece would be easier if the Greek government would tell exactly what the Commission… is really proposing,” added the Commission chief, who denied that Brussels was in favour of raising value-added tax on medicines and electricity.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Opening Of Popeyes Represents Confidence In Economy – Robinson

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 16 (JIS): State Minister in the Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Ministry, Hon. Julian Robinson, says the opening of the latest branch in the Popeyes restaurant franchise represents confidence in the growing economy. “Any new business in this economic environment is important. Popeyes employs about 20 persons and that is 20 new jobs in an economy, which is critical to (its) overall growth and development,” the State Minister said. Mr. Robinson was speaking at the restaurant’s official opening at the Cross Roads Shopping Centre, in Kingston, on February 16. The State Minister, who is also Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South Eastern, the area in which the restaurant is located, hailed the effort of its staff in incorporating locally sourced ingredients in meals. This, he said, is critical as it further enables growth and development of the local economy. Mr. Robinson wished the business continued success and longevity. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Restaurant Associates Limited, Richard Lake, said three more Popeyes are scheduled to be opened across the island by the end of the year. Restaurant Associates are the owners of both Burger King and Popeyes. Mr. Lake also told those in attendance that the business was opened on time and within budget. Following the opening, the State Minister, the CEO and other stakeholders toured the facility. Related Items:Hon. Julian Robinson, popeye restaURANT, Richard Lake Recommended for you Government Continues To Create Environment For Technology And Innovationlast_img read more

Two Vancouver men charged in MexicotoWashington drug ring

first_imgTwo Vancouver men were among 13 defendants indicted today on charges related to a drug-trafficking ring that sought to move large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico to Washington state.Hector M. Hernandez-Hernandez, 36, and Alberto Bernal-Rodriguez, 43, were arrested early Thursday at their homes in Vancouver and transported to Seattle to appear in U.S. District Court. They both were charged with a count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, said Doug James, assistant special agent in charge at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Their trial, along with those of 11 other defendants, is set for May 20, said Thomas Bates, a spokesman at the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.If convicted, the defendants face between 10 years and life in prison, due the volume of the drugs, Bates said.The drug ring had tentacles throughout the state, from Everett to Vancouver and between the coastline and Eastern Washington, according to a news release.During a yearlong investigation led by the DEA, law enforcement from multiple agencies seized more than 56 pounds of heroin and more than eight pounds of crystalline methamphetamine.last_img read more

Three dead three hurt in fatal road mishap

first_imgHyderabad: In a fatal road accident three people died and three sustained grievous injuries near Kattamaisamma temple in Shamirpet on Rajeev Rahadari road on Sunday. According to Shamirpet police station SHO B Naveen Reddy, deceased were identified as Kosuru Kishore Chary (47), his wife Bharathi (42) and their son Sudhansh (20). The incident occurred when the driver of Eco-Sport car Kishore along with his wife and two sons Sudhansh and Thaneesh (18) were proceeding to their home at Nagol in Bandlaguda from Siddipet. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us Kishore allegedly was driving his car in a rash and negligent manner and rammed into a divider near Kattamaisamma temple. Due to which the car turned turtle and went onto the other side of the road and crashed into Ertiga car which was coming from the opposite direction. Thaneesh and the driver of another car Raju (30) and his friend Mahesh (35) who were travelling to Siddipet received bleeding injuries, whom the police shifted to a nearby private hospital for treatment. Doctors said the condition of Thaneesh is critical. As the dead bodies were stuck to the damaged car, police with the help of crane took out the dead bodies and shifted them to Gandhi Hospital mortuary for post-mortem.last_img read more

Xbox One June update includes external storage smarter SmartGlass and

first_imgThe update train just keeps on rolling for Xbox One fans, and the June feature list contains more than a few goodies for everyone to enjoy.A big criticism from the launch of the Xbox One was the lack of external storage support for the console. Sure it came with a 500GB hard drive and you could store every launch title on the system and still have plenty of space left over, but what happens in two years when you’ve bought a bunch of games and don’t want to have to negotiate with your hard drive to install a new game?Now we know that the USB 3.0 port on the side of the console can be used to add storage to the console. Microsoft is limiting this to a minimum of 256GB for expansion, and once it is connected the drive has to be formatted and merged into the OS, but the only limit to storage after this update will be your wallet.Microsoft is pushing the Xbox One SmartGlass update that we’ve seen in the beta groups for a little while now, and it’s going to make your OneGuide a lot more useful while making SmartGlass more like a Universal Remote. You can check out our hands on of the beta version of SmartGlass if you’d like a more detailed breakdown of the features. If you’re a fan of watching TV through your Xbox One, this is a going to be a big deal for you.The nickname system in the Xbox One Friends layout is getting a Real Name mode, and with that comes a complicated explanation from Major Nelson himself to make sure you aren’t accidentally giving your real name to that 14 year old whose mother you insulted during a Call of Duty session last night.You can set groups of friends so that they can see your real name, making it easier to recognize you in the list of friends unless you’ve been using the same handle for years and all of your friends online know that. The feature looks plenty easy to activate and control, which will be cool for anyone who has had their Xbox Live handle forever and doesn’t want to be known as RainbowSuperCuddles907 anymore.Like the last update, now that the Xbox One has logical update policies, you can get the update while you’re sleeping or you can try and force the update by checking in the system menu once it becomes available. The update should roll out over a weekend, and will also update the console to move a bunch of the Xbox Live apps from the other side of the paywall.It’s an exciting month of shiny new things for Xbox from Microsoft, and solid evidence of continued momentum for the platform.last_img read more

At least 43 dead 40 injured in Guatemala bus crash

first_imgRelated posts:Guatemala: Adapting to climate change Made in Guatemala: Building a dream home Central America’s first penguins adapt to new home in Guatemala Guatemalans continue speaking out on atrocities during Ríos Montt era GUATEMALA CITY – A bus carrying scores of passengers plunged down a steep cliff in western Guatemala on Monday, killing at least 43 people and injuring 40 others, firefighters said.Cecilio Chacaj, a fire department spokesman, said the bus fell 70 meters (230 feet) to the ground after careening off the road in the municipality of San Martin Jilotepeque, 64 kilometers (40 miles) west of the capital.Local residents who rushed to the scene of the crash volunteered to help rescuers pull victims stuck in the wreckage, Chacaj said.“Forty people were confirmed dead at the site of the accident and three more at the hospital,” Chacaj told reporters.Some victims were taken to hospitals in Guatemala City while others were treated at local hospitals.The bus had left from the western province of Chimaltenango on its way to San Martin Jilotepeque.This is the second mass tragedy to affect Guatemala in the past three days. Over the weekend, a shooting at a liquor store left 11 dead and 15 injured. The motive for the attack remains unknown. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Thatcher even in death divides world opinion

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day British Prime Minister David Cameron lauded his 1980s predecessor as “a great Briton,” but others _ particularly Europe’s socialists who often clashed with her _ were less enamored in their reactions to the death Monday of the conservative icon.Flags at Buckingham Palace, Parliament and across the United Kingdom were lowered to half-staff. Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II would send a private message of sympathy to the Thatcher family. Government officials began preparations for a London funeral with military honors at St. Paul’s Cathedral next week, followed by a private cremation.“As our first woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher succeeded against all the odds,” Cameron said in Madrid. He cut short his trip to Spain and canceled a visit to France to return to London for the funeral preparations.“The real thing about Margaret Thatcher is that she didn’t just lead our country. She saved our country,” Cameron said, “and I believe she’ll go down as the greatest British peacetime prime minister.”In Washington, President Barack Obama said many Americans “will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President (Ronald) Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history. We can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will.” And former first lady Nancy Reagan said her husband and Thatcher “enjoyed a very special relationship” driven by a common hatred of Communism. “Ronnie and Margaret were political soul mates,” she said in a statement that lauded Thatcher’s “clear vision and strong determination to stand up for her beliefs at a time when so many were afraid to rock the boat.”In Poland, Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said his country should erect a statue of the British leader. In a tweet he praised Thatcher as “a fearless champion of liberty, stood up for captive nations, helped free world win the Cold War.”Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who ousted the Conservative Party from power seven years after Thatcher’s resignation, conceded that Thatcher had been right to challenge labor union power _ the traditional bedrock for Blair’s own Labour Party.“Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast,” said Blair, who credited Thatcher with being “immensely supportive” despite their opposing views on many issues. Top Stories “She was presented as the Iron Lady, but she was open to change and she did change,” said Noel Dorr, one of Ireland’s senior diplomats in the 1980s who had close personal dealings with Thatcher.Argentina’s government offered no official reaction, but many Argentines blamed Thatcher for the deaths of 649 Argentine troops during the South Atlantic conflict. Some 255 British military personnel and three Falkland Islanders also died.“Thatcher _ it’s more or less a bad word here in Argentina,” said Buenos Aires resident Ruben Chaves. “Nobody here has good feelings towards that name.”Falklands lawmaker Mike Summers said Thatcher was “one of very few political leaders who could have mounted the expedition she mounted in 1982 to restore our freedom, and from a Falkland Islands perspective she will be forever remembered for that.”Pop culture figures past and present sounded off, too.Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor and former Republican governor of California, offered a Twitter tribute to Thatcher as “a visionary, a warrior and a once-in-a-lifetime leader who left the world better than she found it.”Others noted her inspirational role to women, even though Thatcher famously eschewed feminism and rarely promoted women herself. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Harsh criticism came from Northern Ireland and Argentina, where Thatcher’s reputation for unbending determination received early tests _ when breaking an Irish Republican Army prison hunger strike in 1981 that left 10 inmates dead, then leading Britain into a 1982 war to reclaim the Falkland Islands from Argentine invaders.Gerry Adams, leader of the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party that gained strength from Thatcher’s confrontation with IRA prison demands, denounced her as a hypocrite who sanctioned secret talks with senior IRA figures yet refused any concessions in public.“Here in Ireland her espousal of old draconian, militaristic policies prolonged the war and caused great suffering. She embraced censorship, collusion and the killing of citizens by covert operations,” said Adams, whose party ultimately gained a share of power in Northern Ireland after the IRA ceased fire and Blair invited Sinn Fein to the negotiating table.Many other Irish politicians countered that Thatcher talked tough, but was more pragmatic in private _ and dramatically demonstrated this by signing the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985 giving the Republic of Ireland a role in Northern Ireland for the first time. She struck the deal, infuriating the north’s Protestant majority, barely a year after the IRA tried to assassinate her in a hotel bombing. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix “Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a green grocer’s daughter who taught me anything is possible,” tweeted a former member of the Spice Girls band, Geri Halliwell.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) (AP) – Combative and determined to get her way, Margaret Thatcher divided opinion down the middle in life _ and in death.Many leaders lauded Thatcher for her steely determination to modernize Britain’s industrial landscape, even at the cost of strikes and riots, and to stand beside the United States as the west triumphed in the Cold War versus the Soviet Union. Others saw a pitiless tyrant who preferred conflict to compromise. Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 “You could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life,” Blair said.Not all Britons agreed. Several hundred people gathered in Glasgow and in London’s Brixton neighborhood for impromptu celebrations, complete with party hats and streamers.The National Union of Miners _ which tussled with Thatcher in a long 1984-85 strike, and lost _ expressed condolences to Thatcher’s family, but said: “The damage caused by her fatally flawed politics sadly lingers on. Good Riddance.”A cooler breeze also blew from across the English Channel, where many of the men who ran European governments in the 1980s expressed admiration for Thatcher’s toughness mixed with femininity _ but not her European Union-bashing politics.European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso of Portugal called Thatcher “a circumspect yet engaged player in the European Union.”Former French President Valerie Giscard d’Estaing called her “a woman unique in history” with “an unwavering strength.”D’Estaing recalled her impressive entrance to one meeting of EU premiers in France, where all the men were in black tie. “She went out of her car and she wore a long dress, a gown for a sort of ball, and everybody was sort of surprised and impressed. All the other members were flattered to speak with her,” he recalled. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Name your Price Buyers Tell Homeowners

first_img Home sellers have had a windfall in 2017 with buyers paying more than the list price on 24.1 percent of home sales during the year according to a report by real estate website Zillow. The report said that approximately one in four U.S. homes sold above the asking price as a combination of factors led to sellers netting an average of additional $7,000 over their initial price over.The report indicated that the share of homes selling above list price has grown considerably since the beginning of the housing recovery in 2012 when slightly more than one in six home sales closed above asking price. This share of homes selling above their asking price has risen every year in the past three years. The typical price increase for homes that sold above the listed price was 3.1 percent in 2017.Low mortgage rates, limited supply and high demand, demographic shifts, and a strong economy were some of the factors that have led to this surge in prices, the report said. Additionally, a shortage of home inventory, especially at the entry level and a growing demographic of young first-time buyers looking to start families have also been responsible for this kind of a market.Cities where the lucrative tech market is booming were more likely than others to see this trend, according to the report. More than half the sellers in San Jose, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Provo sold their homes for more than their asking price.The report indicated that in each of these markets, on an average, sellers made at least an additional of $20,000 over their initial asking price. The largest difference in asking price and what a house sold for was found in  San Jose, where the average home sold above list netted sellers an additional $62,000. Name your Price, Buyers Tell Homeowners Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img January 12, 2018 680 Views asking price Buyers homes HOUSING Listing Price market mortgage Sellers selling price trends 2018-01-12 Staff Writerlast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   At any rate, the last few seasons have provided some memorable moments in the rivalry, and here are five of them.2015 – Ellington TD leads to Stanton danceA hard-fought game that saw the Cardinals cough up a substantial lead only to reclaim it was still hanging in the balance at the two-minute warning, with Arizona holding a 32-29 edge but facing a 3rd-and-8 at the Seattle 48. Too far for a field goal and not wanting to punt and give the Seahawks a chance, the Cardinals handed the ball off to Andre Ellington and watched him bounce to the outside, elude a tackler and race down the sideline to the end zone. The touchdown and ensuing PAT put the Cardinals up by 10, and they went on to win the game 39-32. Besides what the score did for the Cardinals and their hopes of winning the division, it also led to the Drew Stanton dance, which despite what Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said after, is a good thing.Dansby INT to seal game in 2013No one knew it at the time, but in 2013 the Seahawks were on their way to winning the Super Bowl when the Cardinals went to CenturyLink Field trying to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The odds were not in Arizona’s favor, as Seattle had won 14 straight home games and the Cardinals, while playing well, were an underdog. The game was close throughout, and with the Cardinals trailing 10-9 late in the fourth quarter, on a 3rd-and-6 from the Seattle 31, Cards QB Carson Palmer lofted a pass down the sideline to Michael Floyd, who made an outstanding catch to give to put the Cardinals on top. The two-point conversion gave Arizona a 17-10 lead, but the Seahawks were still alive until the very first play of their ensuing drive, when Russell Wilson’s first pass bounced off of receiver Doug Baldwin and into the arms of a diving Karlos Dansby. The TV announcers were not sure of what happened at the time — and one even thought the ball hit the ground — but upon replay the pick was ruled legit and the Cardinals left Seattle with a big-time victory. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Sunday night in Glendale, the Cardinals will host the Seahawks in what is absolutely a big game with regards to the 2016 season. The visitors come to town with a 4-1 record and a lead in the NFC West, while the Cardinals are chasing them with a 3-3 mark.Since Bruce Arians arrived in 2013 (the season after Arizona lost 58-0 in Seattle), the teams have been fairly competitive. The Seahawks hold a 4-2 edge, though two of the games — in 2014 — were played when the Cardinals were without Carson Palmer (one was started by Ryan Lindley, so…) and they not surprisingly lost both. Floyd TD that gave Arizona the lead in 2013So, that Floyd touchdown catch mentioned above in the Dansby pick section? Yeah, it was great. The Cardinals’ “no risk-it, no biscuit” mentality was on full display with that throw, as they were in range for a long field goal at the Seattle 31 but instead identified single coverage and attacked it. It was Floyd’s first and only catch of the game, and he beat cornerback Byron Maxwell for the score with a bobbling grab in which he was able to get his feet in bounds.Skittles for everyone in 2013Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was known for a lot of things, but one of them was his affinity for Skittles. So, when the Cardinals clinched their victory over Lynch and the Seahawks in 2013, Dan Williams and John Abraham celebrated with, you guessed it, the tasty candy. It was a solid troll job, and likely happened in part because Lynch infamously brought some Skittles with him to the sideline for the first meeting between the teams that season, which the Seahawks won 34-22 in Glendale.Lynch goes ‘Beast Mode’ to finish off CardinalsNot all memorable moments have been good for Arizona, though there are few specific things to point to in most of Seattle’s victories because they were such blowouts. However, one moment from the 2014 matchup in Glendale is likely to be remembered by all. In a game that essentially would decide the NFC West, the undermanned and outmatched Cardinals were officially put away when running back Marshawn Lynch ran for a 79-yard score with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter to give Seattle a 28-6 lead. The run saw him break multiple tackles, including one attempt from Patrick Peterson, before outracing the rest of the defense on the way to the end zone. Besides the fact that it was a great run, it will largely be remembered for a gesture Lynch made while diving into the end zone. He was fined by the league for it, though that likely did little to make the Cardinals feel better. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker 92

first_imgArizona Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker (92) celebrates a stop as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) gets up during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Rucker added the players could be anywhere right now in the offseason, but that they’ve chosen to try to improve their craft.“People want a chance, people want an opportunity and here’s a chance to do it,” he said. “Get ahead now. Don’t wait until workouts start. Workouts start when you wake up.”Rucker has played for three teams since entering the NFL as a third round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft out of USC. The first five seasons of his career were with the Cincinnati Bengals, and then he spent one season with the Cleveland Browns before heading to Arizona.He said he wants to keep playing until he is done learning, and as of now there is still plenty he does not know.“My football IQ’s going up and I’m still learning,” he said. “My body feels great. I think I can do it a couple more years. I feel good right now, so I’ll take that.“As soon as I stop learning, that’s when I’ll be done.” Top Stories Frostee Rucker was not necessarily the most heralded free agent pickup the Cardinals made in in 2013, but all he has done since then is establish himself as a solid player and team leader.He stepped up big in 2014 after fellow defensive lineman Darnell Dockett went down, recording a career-best five sacks to go along with 37 total tackles and two forced fumbles.But after three straight seasons of playing in all 16 games from 2011 to 2013 and 15 in 2014, the last two seasons he has battled nagging injuries that limited him to 13 games each year. LISTEN: Frostee Rucker – Cardinals Defensive Lineman Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element. The team has more than 20 free agents to decide on, but received some good news over the last couple of weeks as both receiver Larry Fitzgerald and quarterback Carson Palmer announced they would return for the 2017 season.“For the most part, Larry and Carson are coming back and that’s huge,” Rucker said. “Huge for the franchise, huge for the community.“I’d like to see Calais get back…what he does for the community just means so much and I’ve watched him grow; he does a tremendous job of being himself.”Rucker added he believes the team has plenty of leaders, but that the leadership roles may need to be redefined.“I think it’s time for everyone to look themself in the mirror and come back with a hungry appetite and a hungry attitude and energy when the workouts start to get this done. There doesn’t need to be a lot of talk.”What there would have to be, at least for Rucker, is a new contract. He said he would like to come back to Arizona because they’ve built a foundation that can be improved upon.“It’s a different feeling, it’s a different atmosphere when you walk into that building,” he said. “I know the guys, I mean, half the team’s in there working out now. I went in there and half the team’s in there working out.” This past season, a knee injury cost him three games after an ankle injury limited him the year before.A free agent, Rucker said watching the Patriots knock off the Falcons in Super Bowl LI reminded him how much he wants to win a ring.“I’ll do whatever it takes to get one,” he told Off the Edge with B-Train on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday.That meant getting right back to football as soon as the NFL season officially came to an end.“I watched the game with about 15 of my teammates,” Rucker said. “We watched the game closely; you know, I don’t think there were much words said. We were just really on it because that was our goals, obviously we all know that — I think everybody in the state of Arizona knows those were our goals and we want to do that.“I got right into the gym the next day; I’ve been rehabbing my ankle. I suffered that two years ago and went through the whole season playing hurt, doing whatever I could, and now I have the ability to take the time to rest and rehab, rest and rehab.”A 33-year-old with 20 career sacks, Rucker said he feels wonderful now and is excited for what lies ahead. For the Cardinals, the immediate future holds quite a bit of intrigue. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Cyprus international film festival to inaugurate new building

first_imgTHE 12th Cyprus International Film Festival ‘Golden Aphrodite’ which starts on Wednesday will be the inaugural event held at the newly refurbished Attikon theatre in Paphos.Christos Makariou, deputy mayor of Paphos, made the announcement at a press conference held for event at the town hall on Monday morning.“We are very proud to have this well-established festival here in Paphos. The award, the ‘Golden Aphrodite’ shows it is in the right place, as Paphos is the birthplace of the goddess, and the festival has come home,” Makariou told the Cyprus Mail.The deputy mayor said that the municipality has supported the festival both financially and by offering Attikon as a venue. He added that Paphos is determined to keep the event in the town in the future.“The festival will be the first show in the building, we are very happy about that,” he said.Although Pafos2017 are now utilising the exterior space of Attikon for cultural events, this will be the first time the radically transformed interior space will be used, after months of upgrading works.Entrance to the festival screenings is free and screenings will be held at both the University of Neapolis amphitheatre and Attikon. The festival runs from June 14 until June 24.A new category in this year’s festival is ‘Women filming in Greece and Cyprus’ which sees female directors competing for the Aphrodite Cinema Award.According to festival director Petra Terzi, 120 films from 95 countries have been selected this year.Various activities will take place for the duration of the festival, including a winning script writer being given the chance to film and create a short film in Paphos which will be screened during the Golden Aphrodite awards ceremony on June 24.The VIP jury includes Bill Butler, director of photography, Vivek Singhania a producer, Anthony Skordi an actor, film director Wang Jingguang, and George F Roberson a producer and writer.Terzi also announced that a chapter of the Women in Film and Television is being established in Cyprus. WIFTI is a global network comprised of over 40 Women in Film Chapters worldwide with over 14,000 members, dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video and digital media. Further details and a full screening programme is available at:  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoSenior Living | Search AdsLuxury Senior Apartments in Rowland HeightsSenior Living | Search AdsUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Farrington administered ceremonial oath of office

first_img Newly elected state Rep. Diana Farrington, R-Utica, is joined by her husband, Jeff, as she is administered the ceremonial oath of office by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman. The 99th Michigan Legislature began session today following the swearing-in ceremonies. People can contact Rep. Farrington by calling 517-373-7768, by email at or by mail at N-794 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing MI 48909.##### Categories: Diana Farrington News,Diana Farrington Photos,News 11Jan Rep. Farrington administered ceremonial oath of officelast_img read more

Rep Alexander will play key role in House Agriculture Committee

first_img Categories: Alexander News Legislator will serve as vice chairState Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, was today named vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee by Speaker Tom Leonard.“It’s an honor to be given this opportunity to serve a committee that is so relevant to Jackson County,” said Alexander, who owns and operates a third-generation dairy farm. “Agriculture is a major industry in our state and it contributes greatly to our economy and job creation.”The House Agriculture Committee is responsible for deliberating on all policy related to the agricultural industry in Michigan.  This includes, but is not limited to, issues regarding Right to Farm, agri-business and agri-tourism.Alexander was also appointed to serve as a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure, Local Government and Education Reform Committees.“As a former middle school teacher, I look forward to serving as a member of the Education Reform Committee,” said the freshman legislator. “Every child in Michigan deserves a quality education and we will work together to ensure that we are paving the way for student success across the state.”Alexander also noted that her experience as a Jackson county commissioner would lend her well as a member of the Local Government Committee. As a county commissioner she gained experience with road commission efforts, which she believes will provide her with a good background as a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.House committees will begin holding their first meetings in the coming weeks.### 26Jan Rep. Alexander will play key role in House Agriculture Committeelast_img read more

Rep Griffin announces two local recreational grant recommendations

first_img20Dec Rep. Griffin announces two local recreational grant recommendations Categories: Griffin News,News State Rep. Beth Griffin today said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board recommended two recreational development grants for South Haven.Griffin, of Mattawan, said the board recommended funding for improvements at Black River Park and Riverfront Park. Funding for the projects is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.“I am delighted the Trust Fund Board has recommended these two improvement projects that are so important to families and boating enthusiasts in the South Haven area,” Griffin said. “We are blessed with an abundance of beautiful natural resources in our community, and every effort should be made to make them easily accessible to everyone.”The projects are:A $300,000 development at an area of city-owned Riverfront Park in South Haven to include construction of a splash pad. The new water feature will be located near public restrooms, parking, the beach and the downtown area. It will provide a safe alternative for water recreation users, especially young children, when Lake Michigan conditions are unfavorable. The splash pad is also designed as an educational tool for the local Maritime Museum as elements of the splash pad are designed to reflect the “Friends Good Will” historic vessel owned by the museum.Construction to replace skid piers at the Black River Park in South Haven, at a cost of $37,500.The Legislature will consider the recommendations in 2018.#####last_img read more

Rep Albert supports money saving measures for Michigan families

first_img Bills provide tax relief, end driver responsibility feesState Rep. Thomas Albert today supported two measures that will allow Michigan families to keep more of their hard-earned money in their own pockets.The first measure would continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, potentially saving families hundreds of dollars overall.“This is a fair and uniform way to help Michigan families,” Albert said. “Raising the personal exemption benefits everyone who pays the state income tax, providing broad relief across the spectrum regardless of age or other factors. This tax cut should help families make ends meet and benefit our economy.”The bills ensure Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes, a necessary step after federal tax reforms signed into law in December. The measure also increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,900 by the 2021 tax year.The legislation also allows taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Albert also voted to end driver responsibility fees effective Oct. 1, 2018 and forgive outstanding debt associated with the fees.Albert said the fees, which were enacted by a previous administration to fill a budget shortfall, resulted in financial hardships for families across the state.“Hundreds of thousands of Michigan drivers are required to pay these useless fees, which were sold as a way to improve driving skills but did nothing of the sort,” said Albert, of Belding. “This legislation will relieve people of burdensome debt they never should have had to begin with.”The bill package ends the fees on Oct. 1 and forgives all outstanding debt in connection to the fees. The legislation also creates a grace period from enactment of the bill thorough Dec. 31, 2018 that enables them to get their driver’s licenses back without paying a $125 restoration fee. People on monthly payment plans will receive immediate forgiveness, and others may participate in workplace development training programs to regain their driver’s licenses prior to Oct. 1, 2018.Both money-saving measures were approved by the House and move to the governor’s desk to be considered for state laws.##### 14Feb Rep. Albert supports money saving measures for Michigan families Tags: driver responsibility fees, Tax relief center_img Categories: Albert Newslast_img read more

Senate panel advances Noble bill to revoke medical licenses for sexually assaulting

first_img Categories: News,Noble News State Rep. Jeff Noble today announced the Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved his legislation to pull the state medical licenses for doctors convicted of sexually abusing a patient under the guise of a medical procedure – in Michigan or any other state.“It’s simply abhorrent when a licensed professional takes advantage of their position to sexually assault anyone,” said Noble, of Northville. “A health care professional has the responsibility to protect us and help us feel better, not violate our trust and induce a lifetime of trauma. Anyone who does that, in Michigan or across this nation, should be stopped cold to protect all patients.”Noble’s plan requires a conviction under partner legislation that provides stronger criminal penalties for health care professionals who engage in sexual contact or penetration under the guise of a medical treatment. Current Michigan law does not require a doctor who is convicted of such sexual misconduct to have his or her medical license revoked, with suspensions or fines among possible penalties.Noble’s House Bill 5789 joined a landmark bipartisan package approved Wednesday and advancing to the Senate. The plan was developed in response to the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.“Not all doctors are Larry Nassar, but anyone who commits similar crimes should no longer be allowed to practice as a licensed doctor,” Noble said. “Medical professionals, educators, students, several private and public organizations and even survivors of Nassar’s crimes all spoke before a House committee and agreed that Michigan must improve its protections against sexual assault. This is one part of making that a reality.”##### 07Jun Senate panel advances Noble bill to revoke medical licenses for sexually assaulting patientslast_img read more

Rep Wozniak issues statement after latest car insurance fee increase

first_img State Rep. Doug Wozniak, of Shelby Township, issued the following statement after the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announced it will raise the per-insured-vehicle assessment to $220 for the 2019-2020 period (from the current $192):“This is an outrageous move by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association. Our state’s drivers – who pay the highest car insurance rates in the nation – deserve much, much better than this.“The MCCA fee increase – nearly 15 percent in a single year – reflects a serious problem. It’s become an annual slap in the face to Michigan drivers and continues to dangerously drain their pocketbooks. The annual per-vehicle fee has more than doubled within the last decade – making it tougher and tougher for drivers to afford the car insurance they are mandated to have through state law. It’s no wonder so many in our state are driving without insurance.“We need true transparency within the MCCA system to get a real understanding of why these increases are an annual occurrence. We need true transparency to understand whether fee increases are needed at all.“It’s time for a complete, systematic review of everything that goes into making Michigan’s car insurance system so expensive. That’s why the Michigan House created the Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates. We can’t continue to allow special interests to make big bucks at the expense of Michigan drivers and their families. We need reform. We need it now. And I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Legislature to make it happen.” Categories: News,Wozniak News 28Mar Rep. Wozniak issues statement after latest car insurance fee increaselast_img read more

Rep Bollin votes to reform car insurance and deliver guaranteed savings to

first_img24May Rep. Bollin votes to reform car insurance and deliver guaranteed savings to Michigan drivers State Rep. Ann Bollin joined House colleagues today approving a bipartisan plan to deliver significant car insurance rate relief for drivers across Michigan.The House voted to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, sets reasonable fee schedules and fights fraud and abuse.This bipartisan solution is designed to end Michigan’s long tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.Reducing car insurance rates has been a top concern of drivers in Livingston County and throughout Michigan. This issue has been discussed for decades and today the Michigan House of Representatives delivered a solution that will lower auto insurance rates to seven million Michigan drivers.Bollin said: “I am proud to play a part in delivering these reforms to drivers in Livingston County and across Michigan. These changes will lower costs, crack down on fraud and provide more coverage choice.”##### Categories: Bollin Newslast_img read more