Tony Cascarino speaks to talkSPORT for first time since major brain surgery

first_img“The support I’ve had from everyone has been fabulous,” Casc said.“I was very lucky, having a benign tumour which is non-cancerous.“I lost someone I knew quite recently to a cancerous tumour, and that’s where I was very fortunate.“It’s a bit of an eye-opener, when you go through something like this. Your life changes.“I’ve lost the hearing in my right ear, I’m completely deaf. That’s something I’ll have to deal with. Tony Cascarino has thanked talkSPORT listeners and the wider world of football for their ‘amazing support’ as he spoke to the station for the first time since undergoing major brain surgery.The former Chelsea striker had an operation to remove a golf ball-sized tumour, which was thankfully benign, from his brain when he returned from covering the World Cup with us.Well wishes for the much-loved pundit have flooded in since the news of Tony’s procedure was revealed.And he joined Jim White on Thursday to say ‘thank you’ for the overwhelming support he has received, and give an update on his recovery – including when we can expect him back on the talkSPORT airwaves! “I’m so delighted I got through.” 🙏 Tony Cascarino back on @talkSPORT after his 12 hour brain surgery.Great to hear him so well 👊 pic.twitter.com/2DpZ5wOA10— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 23, 2018“But the surgeon said, other than that, I’ll make a full recovery.“I just count my lucky stars. I’m so delighted I got through.“I’m on the road. I’m going to come back to talkSPORT at the start of September, I feel ready.“I think Mrs Cascarino will kill me if I stay off any longer, having to deal with me all the time!”Listen to the full story from Tony Cascarino in the media player above!center_img 1last_img read more

Catching Up to Butterflies for Improved Security, Optics

first_imgButterflies do it better, but at least they provided the inspiration, and thanks to them, we may have cash that is more secure.  PhysOrg headlined, “From butterflies’ wings to bank notes – how nature’s colors could cut bank fraud.”    Scientists at the University of Cambridge were intrigued by the Indonesian Peacock or Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio blumei), “whose wing scales are composed of intricate, microscopic structures that resemble the inside of an egg carton” (a microphoto accompanies the article).  The structures, made of alternating layers of cuticle and air rather than pigments, set up optical patterns that intensify some colors and cancel others – producing vivid flashes of light.  These “photonic crystals” have been difficult to replicate – until now.    “Using a combination of nanofabrication procedures – including self-assembly and atomic layer deposition – [Matthias] Kolle and his colleagues made structurally identical copies of the butterfly scales, and these copies produced the same vivid colours as the butterflies’ wings,” the article said.  Kolle was ecstatic: “We have unlocked one of nature’s secrets and combined this knowledge with state-of-the-art nanofabrication to mimic the intricate optical designs found in nature.”  He quickly added that “nature is better at self-assembly than we are” but humans have more materials to work with.    One application of this technology will be to encrypt bank notes, making them nearly impossible for forgers to duplicate.  Kolle thinks this may be what butterflies are doing.  To some eyes they appear bright blue, but to others they appear green.  “This could explain why the butterfly has evolved this way of producing colour,” he said.  “If its eyes see fellow butterflies as bright blue, while predators only see green patches in a green tropical environment, then it can hide from predators at the same time as remaining visible to members of its own species.”    He did not explain how the butterfly could have “evolved” such a clever system.  Perhaps it was designed.  Whether design or evolution, though, one thing is clear: Kolle admitted, “The shiny green patches on this tropical butterfly’s wing scales are a stunning example of nature’s ingenuity in optical design.”  The article includes one of Kolle’s photos of the glittering scales on the butterfly wing.Regular readers have the patterns memorized by now: Darwinism contributes nothing to the story but a tacked-on, after-the-fact tale about the animal actively “evolving” some amazing capability “for the purpose of” doing something, with no explanation of how it did such a thing, even though human inventors, using intelligent design, cannot even come close to replicating it.  That’s why we award that part of the story the “Dumb Ideas” tag.  Any questions?    The rest of the story is amazing.  Wonderful physics, the imitation of design in nature, fruitful science using both design detection and design imitation, no real debt to naturalism or Darwinism, benefits to society, increased understanding, all-around good coming from efforts that really are based in intelligent design.  Any questions?(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

World Cup medical team appointed

first_img17 June 2008The South Africa 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) has appointed the team that will co-ordinate the medical strategy at each of the 10 match venues during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Launching the Medical Advisory and Venue Medical Officers team in Johannesburg last week, Dr Victor Ramathesele, the LOC general medical officer, said the team of medical experts would ensure the involvement of the local healthcare industry and help to implement Fifa and the LOC’s Health and Medical Services Plan.The overall medical programme, ranging from injury prevention and nutrition consultation to anti-doping activities before and during the events, will be handled by Fifa’s chief medical officer, Professor Jiri Dvorak, in close collaboration with Ramathesele.Chaired by Martin Schwellnus, a professor at the University of Cape Town and a sports physician at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, the medical advisory team will help formulate policies, protocols and standard operating procedures regarding medical services at various venues and events.The team will also co-ordinate scientific support, medical education and training for the healthcare providers, including 24-hour availability of specialist and sports medicine services for the participating teams.It will be supported by Fifa medical officers appointed to co-ordinate medical activities, research and doping control services at each of the 10 match venues around the country.“These individuals will work in close collaboration with the LOC venue medical officers who are responsible for the management of all medical services at the match venues and host cities, including transfer of patients to accredited hospitals,” said LOC chief executive officer Danny Jordaan.“The LOC takes great pleasure in welcoming 10 accomplished doctors who will be serving in this capacity for both tournaments and related events.”The 10 venue medical officers, chosen for their expertise and experience in the areas of research, emergency medicine, mass gathering medicine and sports medicine, will establish, at each stadium, one medical centre for players and match officials and another for Fifa, the LOC and their guests.In addition, the venue medical officers will work closely with government service providers managing emergency medical posts for spectators and the media in the stadiums. They will also manage the two stretcher teams for the pitch, each comprising a doctor and four paramedics.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau creates Financial Essentials workshops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Retirement planning, financial risk management and farm transition planning are topics to be presented at several Farm Bureau Financial Essentials workshops scheduled in August and September.The workshops are designed to help mitigate the stress that comes from important questions regarding family, farm and business financial issues. The resources provided will help guide the path to financial security.Sponsoring organizations are Ohio Farm Bureau, Nationwide, Farm Credit Mid-America, Wright & Moore Law, numerous county Farm Bureaus and others. The sessions are free for members of Ohio Farm Bureau and cost $10 for nonmembers. A meal is included.The retirement sessions address how financial needs change during retirement, how the Social Security program and health care costs impact retirement, what long-term care is and the stresses it can create in retirement, how to leverage an adviser’s experience for comfort in retirement and how to be better prepared for this step in life.Financial risk management sessions will help build a better understanding of risks, teach strategies and solutions to mitigate risks, provide a basic understanding of insurance options available to protect an operation, help identify opportunities that can help grow the operation and how to be better prepared to manage a business for the future.The farm transition planning sessions will demonstrate the tools necessary to ensure the farm and family are ready for the transition, build confidence to manage the interpersonal, emotional, legal and business aspects effectively, show how to work effectively with advisers, CPAs and legal services and provide a framework to achieve the farm and family’s transition goals.Workshop information is listed below. Registration and more information is available at ofbf.org/financial-essentials or by calling the numbers listed.Retirement: 6 p.m., Aug. 8, Lima, 419-523-5874 6 p.m., Aug. 15, Paulding, 419-523-5874 6 p.m., Aug. 16, Strongsville, 440-877-0706 6 p.m., Sept. 5, Gibsonburg, 419-849-2128Financial Risk Management: 6 p.m., Sept. 6, Middlefield, 440-426-2195 6 p.m., Sept. 12, Warsaw, 740-452-2356 6 p.m., Sept. 17, Hartville, 330-456-4889Farm Transition: 8 a.m., Aug. 6, South Bloomfield, 740-474-6284 8 a.m., Aug. 21, Somerset, 740-452-2356 8 a.m., Aug. 23, Plain City, 740-363-1613.last_img read more

MI retain Tendulkar, Harbhajan, Pollard and Malinga

first_imgMumbai Indians have informed the BCCI-owned Indian Premier League that they were retaining four players Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, West Indian Kieron Pollard and Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga for the next two seasons. “Mumbai Indians have confirmed that we are retaining two players — Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh — among Indians and two foreign players — Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga,” a MI spokesperson told PTI today. The MI official also claimed that the franchisees have the option of retaining more than one foreigner in their squad as per the decision of the IPL governing council on retention of players. A media release issued by the BCCI over player retention after the meeting of the IPL GC on September 5 stated: “Up to including four players per franchise may be signed for retention of which only up to three shall be Indian players. The Player must have been included in the franchise’s registered squad for the 2010 season. “The franchise and player must mutually agree to be retained and the player fee to be paid by the franchise to the player for the 2011 and 2012 Seasons.” As a result of MI’s decision to retain all four players as permitted, the franchise will have only USD 4.5 million at their disposal for buying the remaining members for 2011 and 2012 at next month’s player auction as its salary cap has been halved. The player contract will be for a period of two years plus one year right of extension by franchise, as per the decision of the IPL’s governing council. advertisementlast_img read more

Eden Hazard’s slow start gathering pace as Real Madrid look for attacking release

first_imgMOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Real Madrid’s Belgian forward Eden Hazard runs during the Spanish League football match between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on November 2, 2019. AFPMADRID — Eden Hazard is beginning to show glimpses of his best form and it cannot come soon enough for Real Madrid.They play at home to Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday, when victory would put them within touching distance of qualification from Group A.ADVERTISEMENT “Everyone expects a lot from him and he knows that. But we support him and as the games go by I am sure he is going to be the player we want him to be in this Real Madrid team.”But the international break checked Hazard’s momentum and he missed Madrid’s first match back, a 1-0 loss away at Mallorca, due to the birth of his fourth child.In the three games since, he has appeared in bursts, delivering exhilirating moments like the glorious flick inside against Galatasaray and a run in behind to win the penalty against Leganes.“He sees things that other players cannot see,” Zidane said.Yet there have been disappointments too, not so much glaring errors as a general hesistance, a tendency to choose the safe option or fail to choose at all when in those attacking positions he usually relishes.Hazard’s most impressive showing so far was arguably against Real Betis last weekend, when Madrid failed to score but he had his exuberance back, not to mention the change of pace that at times has appeared worryingly absent.He was darting through gaps rather than turning away from them, taking risks, and unfortunate to see a superb goal ruled out for offside.“Everyone wants to see Eden playing better,” Zidane said last week. “But I see him getting much better every day. He will get there in the end for sure.”Madrid’s goalless draw against Betis shows why Hazard’s crescendo must find its climax, and quickly, if Zidane’s team are to avoid the same problems up front that proved their undoing last season.Despite the best efforts of Benzema in recent months, the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo is still to be filled and although Hazard has never been a prolific scorer, he can contribute and enhance the numbers of others. LATEST STORIES You don’t pass up on Banchero—Victolero ‘A game changing day:’ Gordon releases Senate panel report on ‘ninja cops’ probe PLAY LIST 02:29‘A game changing day:’ Gordon releases Senate panel report on ‘ninja cops’ probe00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Hazard has endured a disjointed and disappointing start in Spain, where expectations soared following his long-awaited 100-million euro move from Chelsea in June.A week later, 50,000 thousand fans streamed into the Santiago Bernabeu to see Hazard wear the shirt while some even ran to the entrances to grab a better seat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAs supporters left, Hazard was giving his first press conference underneath the stadium, telling a packed auditorium he wanted to be a galactico.“I’m not a galactico, not yet, but I hope I will be one day,” he said. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress But the grand opening fizzled, in part due to events off the pitch, a combination of bad luck and personal circumstances that have spared the 28-year-old harsher critique from fans and journalists alike.On the day before Madrid’s first game of the season away at Celta Vigo, Hazard pulled a muscle in his thigh in training and had to withdraw from the squad.He sat out three matches before making his first start against Paris Saint-Germain, but looked off the pace and it was a night to forget as Madrid were thrashed 3-0.Hazard was left on the bench against Osasuna amid reports he was overweight and then scored his first goal against Granada, a delightful looping finish that promised finally to unleash the Belgian’s best.“We know the quality of player we have and we know he is going to deliver,” said Zinedine Zidane in September.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis View comments Those that know Hazard say he has a relaxed, down-to-earth personality, unfazed by attention and uninterested in the pizazz of modern football. Perhaps it is one of the reasons his move to Madrid was not pushed through sooner.But to succeed, he is likely not only to need that zip again that comes only with full fitness but self-belief, to take ownership of this Madrid side in the same way he once commanded the adoration of Stamford Bridge.Few doubt Hazard will soon rediscover his peak, certainly not Zidane, who insists goals are all he needs. Real Madrid need them too.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week!last_img read more

University Graduates Urged To Pursue Political Office

first_img The State Minister, who was addressing the Honours Convocation ceremony at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville, Manchester, on October 19, noted that he got involved in politics because he wanted to make a contribution to this very important area of national development. Story Highlights State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green is calling for more university graduates to pursue political office. Noting that this is part of his ‘Jamaican Dream’, Mr. Green said the country needs its brightest people to serve in Government. State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green is calling for more university graduates to pursue political office.Noting that this is part of his ‘Jamaican Dream’, Mr. Green said the country needs its brightest people to serve in Government.The State Minister, who was addressing the Honours Convocation ceremony at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville, Manchester, on October 19,     noted that he got involved in politics because he wanted to make a contribution to this very important area of national development.“Consider what would happen in a country where the best and the brightest don’t get involved in politics. Just who would get involved?” he asked.Other aspects of his Jamaican Dream include encouraging tertiary-level students to start youth clubs in their communities to reach vulnerable youth, and for universities to incorporate mentorship programmes for high schools with students serving as mentors.Meanwhile, the State Minister pointed to the need for more Jamaicans to pursue tertiary education.“The reality is that tertiary education is critical; it is no longer optional. It is no longer hard to become a tertiary graduate; we now have online universities, so we have to get more of our young people trained up to the tertiary level,” he said.He noted that the Government has made it easier for students to access tertiary studies, by lowering interest rates on loans from the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB).“We have reduced the interest rates on students’ loans from 9.5 per cent to six per cent for Pay As You Study (PAYS) loans. We also reduced the interest rates on postgraduate loans from 13 per cent to 9.5 per cent, because you cannot just stop at a first degree in this new world. We have also started to calculate your loans on a reducing balance method, which lowers the amount to be repaid,” Mr. Green pointed out.He said there are also lower rates for areas of study that are directly related to the Government’s growth agenda.Mr. Green said the Government is looking at lengthening the number of years that graduates would have to repay their loans, as it is recognised that it may take some time for persons to find a job.The State Minister lauded the NCU for having produced some of the finest graduates in Jamaica.“I have found that the NCU graduate is much more equipped to take on the working world. I have come in contact with a number of your media graduates and find them to be very professional, honest and hard-working, so you are clearly doing something right at NCU that needs to be emulated,” he said.He encouraged the students to “maintain your commitment to academic excellence while seeking ways to be of service to your community and the wider nation.”He cited the United Students Movement as providing a platform for young people to give service.“I also encourage you to dream big, broadly and ensure that you do all you can to achieve your dream,” he added.The State Minister noted that the Government has big plans for Mandeville to become a university town, and NCU is critical to achieving that goal.last_img read more

LeBron James Dunks Viciously Over Ben McLemore

Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore learned a valuable lesson in Friday’s game against the Miami Heat, never stand in front of LeBron James when he is going to dunk the basketball.The play happened in the first quarter of the game and watch as LeBron rises high over McLemore for the incredible one-handed jam.“I just went over there to try to take the charge,” McLemore said. “He dunked the ball. Afterwards, I thought I should have just fouled him.”The Heat scored a season high 122 points. They shot 61.4 percent (51- of-83) from the floor, registered 70 points in the paint — also a season high — and netted 32 points on 20 Sacramento turnovers.Miami has won 18 straight contests against Western Conference teams. read more

Up close with the rare and unique aircraft of the Yanks Air

first_img Amid the steel, aluminum and rust at the Yanks Air Museum Boneyard Related on CNET The decay, rust, and sky of an aircraft boneyard A vast oasis of aircraft lies deep in the Arizona desert Welcome to the Boneyard, a desert tomb for US military aircraft Inside the amazing Spruce Goose at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Protectors of planes past at the Yanks Air Museum Tags 38 Photos Out back is another gem of this museum: a boneyard. Partially complete aircraft sit in the sun, waiting for their time to be restored to their former glory. It’s one of the few boneyards you can actually walk through unsupervised. We did a whole separate story on that, and took a bunch of pictures. When I was a kid, three models of fighter jet dominated the media. The iconic F-14 was immortalized in Top Gun. Then there’s Iron Eagle and its F-16. Its three (!) sequels were watchable in that “Blockbuster at 9:30 on a Friday night pick-something or we’re leaving” way. And as far as the F-15 goes, I hope everyone who wanted one was able to have Starscream … or at least Leader-1.Today the F-14 is retired, but the F-15 and -16 are still widely in service. While many museums have some or even all of these aircraft in their collections, it’s rare to see them all next to each other. The toys of my youth, full-size. I’m exploring the Yanks Air Museum, in Chino, California. It includes a full restoration shop that rebuilds and restores classic aircraft. Many of the planes at the museum were restored on site. Even more amazing, most of these aircraft are still flyable. Here’s a look around. Post a comment Aircraft of everyone’s youthI’ve seen F-16s at other museums before, but its two contemporaries put its diminutive size in sharp relief. To give you a rough idea, the F-16 is like a compact car sitting next to the Mack-truck-esque F-15 and even larger F-14. Before you get to the jets, however, there’s the Legends hanger, where propeller aircraft from the dawn of flight through WWII sit in beautifully restored form. In another rare pairing, there’s even an early P-51 Mustang next to a late-model P-51 Mustang. It’s amazing to see how rapidly the design progressed during the war. Once you’ve had your fill of biplanes and gyrocopters and medium-size bombers, you head to the Starfighter hanger, with myriad jets from the end of WWII to the modern era. There’s a few more WWII aircraft in here, including an SBD Dauntless, a P-40, and even a Wildcat built by General Motors.Next I proceed over to the Restoration hangar. A half dozen restorers are working diligently on several WWII-era aircraft. This is a slow process; one restored P-39 took nine years to complete. Finding pieces is always a challenge, as you’d expect. Many of the aircraft they restore here go beyond beautiful museum pieces. They get restored all the way to being airworthy again. Share your voice Protectors of the pastChino isn’t a long drive from Los Angeles. Even better, the drive will let you tour Yanks Air Museum, the boneyard and a whole other air museum on the opposite side of the airport. That one’s called the Planes of Fame, and we’ve got a full tour of that coming soon. As far as Yanks goes, I recommend timing your visit during one of their special events. Several times a month they’ll have things like cockpit tours of some of their aircraft. Air museums are great, but being able to see inside these beautiful beasts is a whole other experience.    But for now, check out the galleries above to see all the hard work the expert restoration team has put into these classic and historic aircraft.As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more. You can follow his exploits on Instagram, Twitter, and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel.  0 54 Photos Culturelast_img read more

Bhutanese conjoined twins to undergo separation surgery

first_imgPhoto: ABC NewsFourteen-month-old Nima and Dawa Pelden, supported by their mum, flew from their remote Himalayan region home in Bhutan to Melbourne on Tuesday, report Australian media.The girls are looking forward a separation surgery as, reports say, doctors are confident they will get a new life.Their ‘life-saving surgery’ evokes the story of Nepalese twins, Ganga and Jamuma, who were separated in Singapore in 2001 that drew global attention.Nima and Dawa were born conjoined at the chest facing each other and scans carried out in Bhutan suggested they shared a liver, wrote ABCNet Australia.”Mum said the girls are getting a little frustrated with each other,” Children First Foundation chief executive Elizabeth Lodge was quoted by The Australian.”The girls are losing weight. They’ve been in hospital in recent weeks getting some extra nutrition so mum’s really keen for them to get here [in Melbourne].”A team of six surgeons and dozens of specialist nurses have been assembled for what is likely to be a lengthy operation on the twins, according to 9News.It said the Royal Children’s Hospital is offering the surgery to the Children First Foundation at a humanitarian rate but it will still cost more than $250,000. The foundation reportedly raised the fund.The aim of the surgery is to separate the girls in a single surgery, hospital head paediatric surgeon Joe Crameri told reporters on Tuesday. “We just want to facilitate a good outcome for these twins to go home and live a normal life.”Nine years ago surgeons at the hospital successfully separated Bangladeshi sisters Trishna and Krishna, who had been joined at the head, recalled The Australian.last_img read more