Category Archives: bjnmq

ScienceShot: Oldest Cardiovascular System Found in Ancient Shrimplike Creature

first_imgThey were crushed. Without warning, 520 million years ago an ancient tsunami or storm trapped 50 shrimplike creatures under layer after layer of fine dirt particles and mud in the seabed that formerly covered much of southwest China. But rather than pulverize them, the powdery silt and Cambrian oceanic chemicals preserved the 6-centimeter-long animals, known as Fuxianhuia protensa, with impeccable statuesque detail (top panel). This underwater Pompeii initially revealed the ancestral brains of arthropods—such as spiders, scorpions, and crustaceans—and today, scientists report in Nature Communications the discovery of the oldest known cardiovascular system (lower panel). It was both modern and unsophisticated. A simple, tubelike heart was buried in the creature’s belly—or thorax—and shot single blood vessels into the 20 or so segments of its primitive body. In contrast, x-ray scans of the specimen revealed profoundly intricate channels in the head and neck. The brain was well supplied with looping blood vessels, which extended branches into the arthropod’s alienlike eyestalks and antennae and rivaled the complexity of today’s crustaceans. From this Gordian architecture, the researchers can now speculate about the critter’s lifestyle. Its brain required abundant oxygen, so it presumably did a fair amount of thinking. The ancient arthropod could likely peer around its murky marine environment, taking cues from a relatively advanced visual and sensory system, the researchers say.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Indian cricket gets a refurbished team for West Indies

first_imgWith the refurbished Indian team having left for the West Indies last week, the focus of attention for cricket fans has already shifted to the Carribbean. But even though the recently-concluded Test series in Pakistan will best be given a quiet burial, it was obvious that the mauling the Indian,With the refurbished Indian team having left for the West Indies last week, the focus of attention for cricket fans has already shifted to the Carribbean. But even though the recently-concluded Test series in Pakistan will best be given a quiet burial, it was obvious that the mauling the Indian team received had taught some vital lessons.Former Indian cricket captain Bishan Singh Bedi was commissioned to cover the Pakistan series exclusively for India Today. In this, the last of his reports, he looks at the last two Tests at Lahore and Karachi and also the composition of the new team under its new leader, Kapil Dev. His report:With the Pakistan series decided overwhelmingly in favour lmran Inc before the teams went into the final two Tests, it was widely expected that some of the pressures would be lifted off the Indian tourists and they would come back with a vengeance, if only to salvage some of the lost pride.Kapil in action at Lahore: Career-best figuresLahore offered them a glorious opportunity to do so when, on a dampish track, the tourists had the pleasant choice of fielding first. The opportunity, as the record books show, was totally wasted. Once again sloppy fielding, especially in the slips, let the Indian bowling attack down and the man to profit the most was Mudassar Nazar.For sheer consistency, Mudassar matched the brilliance of Zaheer-and the sheer grit of Miandad. But I would still hesitate to bracket him among the greats of Pakistan cricket. Mudassar seems to inspire more confidence in the opposition than his own team. Like Chetan Chauhan, Mudassar has severe limitations and he manages to play well within them.advertisementHis biggest utility is as a team man. He is a dressing-room delight and very popular with his colleagues. But when he carried his bat through the innings to emulate his father Nazar Mohammed, he immediately became the toast of all Pakistan, if such a term can be applied to prohibition-bound Pakistan.Having won the toss and got the initial break, courtesy Kapil Dev, the Indians should really have gone for the kill. But sadly, this-vital ingredient for victory has been missing from the Indian psyche. Those familiar with the nuances of a drying wicket would have realised the importance of employing spinners as early as possible.Maninder Singh in the fourth Test: Under-bowledIndia’s Maninder Singh, taking over the role of senior spinner from Dilip Doshi, was given just one over before lunch on the opening day. As Imran Khan was quick to point out: “If we had fielded first, I would have thrown in the spinners after half an hour.”Dull Draw: Even though Kapil Dev came into his own at last, with career-best figures of 8 for 85, the home team reached the shores of safety through the sole determination of Mudassar. The best ball of the day was the one Kapil bowled to dismiss Zaheer caught behind.It was good to see the Haryana lad making amends but once again lack of a concentrated team effort negated whatever had been achieved. It is becoming boringly repetitious to say that the Indian fielding was atrocious but after the lessons of the previous Tests one would have expected some difference on the improvement chart.The game itself drifted into a dull draw with the weather taking its own toll. The only redeeming feature from the Indian point of view was Mohinder Amarnath underscoring once again the need for grit and determination at Test level. Off the field, the highlight was the lavish dinner hosted by the Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan (BCCP) where President Zia was in a generous mood.One can understand him rewarding the Pakistani heroes with handsome bonuses but he seems to have been rather undiplomatic in announcing an award of Rs 25,000 each for Gavaskar and Vishwanath, the former for completing 7,000 runs in Tests and the latter for creating a world record for continuous Test appearances.Mohinder on his way to third century at Karachi: True gritThe cash awards for the two Indians have not been taken kindly in some official quarters as well as by some members of the BCCP. No other government has acknowledged the performance of players from other countries with monetary benefits and the fact that Vishwanath’s final Test tour was hardly a memorable one did not help matters either.Karachi offered the Indians yet another opportunity to redeem themselves. They had nothing to lose and everything to gain while the home team had very little motivation left except going through the motions. In such meaningless circumstances, the viability of six-Test series came in for some heavy criticism from all sides.advertisementAs it turned out, the Indians decided to convert the final Test into a sort of trial for the West Indies which meant inflicting excruciating boredom on the hapless Karachi crowds. Even the statisticians must have derived little pleasure from adding the sixth Test into the record books. India took nearly two full days to score 393 for 8 before mercifully declaring. At no stage did the tourists show any sense of urgency of purposefulness regarding their objectives.Predictably, the Test faded out into a huge yawn. For a while, Pakistan looked like injecting some life into the game but their efforts were thwarted by a bunch of student unionists who decided to invade the field before tea on the fourth day. Pakistan at that stage were 420 for 6 and shaping well to pressurise the Indian batting on the final day.Mudassar Nazar: ConsistencyKarachi has, of course, a notorious reputation for such mini-riots. Nearly every touring team in the recent past has experienced match interruptions at the National Stadium. In this particular case, it was a demonstration against the arrest of some members of the student community.The Indian ambassador and the consul general in Karachi were actively concerned about the safety of the Indian team and their official vehicles came in for some stoning. But it was a farcical situation and was very soon brought under control. The Indian cricketers, however, were reluctant to take the field and quite rightly so. There was no concrete guarantee of safety given by the BCCP. But the locals felt cheated by the Indian refusal and the gossip columnist for the Pakistan Times sneeringly referred to the day’s play as “Shree 420 of Indians”, which incidentally was Pakistan’s score when the match was interrupted for the day.The game, however, resumed on the final day with Imran’s overnight declaration being more governed by his personal quest for the 40-wicket mark in the series which he, deservingly, eventually got. A scorching yorker which disposed of Gavaskar will satisfy Imran for a long time to come.Purely for the record, there were three unexciting centuries: Ravi Shastri reasserting himself in the makeshift opening spot, Mudassar Nazar completing his fourth hundred of the series and Mohinder Amarnath forcing the Pakistanis to help him get a farcical hundred, his third of the series, in the mandatory overs. But a hundred is a hundred in Test cricket and it earned Mohinder the “man of the series” award from the Indian side.Students invading the field at the Karachi Test: Notorious reputationThere was no doubt about Imran clinching the issue for the Pakistanis. His tremendous impact on the series as a whole cannot be more emphasised. Throughout, he was in total control of his mental and physical faculties.Success did not come to him on a platter. He worked extremely hard for it and in the bargain earned the respect and loyalty of his colleagues. Omar Qureishi summed up the Karachi Test very aptly when he said: “This Test will be eminently forgettable. Let it rest in peace in the record books. One must not speak ill of the dead.”advertisementSignificant Changes: Understandably, the Indian team was anxious to get back to Bombay. It was rather shabby of the BCCP that not a single official turned up to see the Indians off. Whether it was a petulant show of resentment against the type of cricket we played or just sheer callousness, it certainly was unforgivable.There was little time or inclination for post-mortems. It was gracefully acknowledged by the Indian manager and the Indian captain that “the better side won”. These two gentlemen were understandably sore with the “application and fitness” of some of the Indian players which really made the difference between the two teams. The Indians clearly played much below their ability.The team for the West Indies has already left and the changes are significant. Gavaskar has made way for Kapil Dev at the helm. It is casting no aspersions on Sunil’s ability as a captain. He has had a good run captaining the country 40 times and he has had his share of glory.(From left) Doshi, Vishwanath and Venkataraghavan: Significant changesBut during the Pakistan tour, it appeared that Sunil’s enthusiasm for the job was waning and it is possible that his own form suffered a bit as a result. This change should come as a relief for Sunil and his batting should flourish once again in the Carribbean.As an optimist, I am looking forward to the change at the top as a happy sign for Indian cricket. Sunil himself has been very generous in hailing Kapil’s elevation to captaincy and at the same time assuring him of his total support. Venkataraghavan too should lend a stable and balanced element to the fortunes of Indian cricket.It is sad to see Vishy and Doshi go but sentiments must not cloud sober judgement. The Indian board deserves special praise for sending an extra player instead of a second official. The conscientious Hanumant Singh as manager should be able to handle his end admirably. It is up to the team to do the same.last_img read more

Stadia built for IX Asiad in New Delhi lay echoingly empty and idle

first_imgThe Talkatora diving pool: Financial burdenOnce they resounded to the cheers of packed crowds. Today, the stadia built at such enormous expense for the IX Asiad are echoingly empty, and maintenance expenditure estimated at half the country’s sports budget for the year is being used up to keep them in,The Talkatora diving pool: Financial burdenOnce they resounded to the cheers of packed crowds. Today, the stadia built at such enormous expense for the IX Asiad are echoingly empty, and maintenance expenditure estimated at half the country’s sports budget for the year is being used up to keep them in perfect condition – and idle.Last fortnight, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium – 75,000 seats and 641 rooms spread over 110 acres was used for the first time since the November Games when veteran Asian athletes sweated on the track with only a couple of hundred spectators in the stands.The fully air-conditioned Indraprastha Indoor Stadium, which can seat 25,000, has been used for just one sports meet by the Taekwondo Sports Federation for two days in February. The Talkatora pool complex has been lifeless since December 1982.Perhaps the most pathetic plight is that of the Talkatora pool, where not a single swimmer has turned up since the Games. Says Satya Narayana, chief engineer, New Delhi Municipal Committee (NDMC) and in charge of the complex: “For two weeks after the Games we kept the water heated hoping that someone would come to use it. But no one did.” The heating has been turned off but the water continues to be filtered.When the capital’s most popular football tournaments – the DCM and the Durand – were held some time ago, the venue continued to be the Ambedkar Stadium (capacity: 18,000) rather than the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where the Asiad football matches were held. A spokesman for the Sports Department said that this was because the fans would have had “transport problems”.advertisement Says R.K.Gupta, president of the Delhi Football Association: “What to talk of using the Nehru Stadium, after the Asiad renovation of the Ambedkar Stadium the rates have been hiked here as well, making it impossible to use it for the football league matches as in the past.”High Charges: One reason for the empty stadia is the forbidding rates. At present, only the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which built the Rs 26 crore indoor stadium and now runs it, has fixed rates for its charge: sports bodies must pay Rs 39,000 per day in summer and Rs 15,000 per day in winter; government agencies and charitable organisations Rs 1 lakh per day in summer and Rs 76,000 per day in winter, commercial organisations Rs 1.52 lakh per day in summer and Rs 1.28 lakh per day in winter.The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: High maintenance costsThe DDA engineer in charge of the stadium considers these rates reasonable; says he: “If you consider my indirect costs which include interest rates at 10 per cent and depreciation at 2 per cent then the costs work out to Rs 2.5 crore a year.To break even on my indirect costs I would have to charge Rs 1.25 lakh a day; if you add direct charges then it becomes necessary to charge Rs 2 lakh a day.” He says that the stadium’s maintenance costs work out to around Rs 50 lakh a year and electricity and water charges to another Rs 40 lakh. Forty people in three shifts look after the security – the contract has been given to a private firm.With such high maintenance costs the rates have to be high, although the DDA has thoughtfully offered half-rates to those using only half the stadium. But so far, there have been few takers. Besides the Taekwondo Sports Federation, six non-sports bodies have hired the hall, three of them for film star ‘nite’ shows.Asks V.K. Malhotra, president of the Indian Archery Federation: “With rates as high as these, which sports federation would think of using the stadium?” The steep rates for users not connected with sports also make it unlikely that there will ever be regular bookings.The chief engineer notes that whether the stadium is used or not a minimum charge has in any case to be paid to the electricity undertaking as the stadium consumes 6,000 kw in summer and 1,500 kw in winter when in full use.Another reason why the stadia are unused is that the equipment and playing area are considered too sophisticated to be used by all comers. The National Stadium was refitted with astroturf which requires a special watering system; says K. Basu, director, maintenance, Special Organising Committee (SOC): “Ordinary teams can’t be allowed to use astroturf. It is like giving a sitar meant for Ravi Shankar to a fresher.”A spokesman for the Sports Department says: “The organisers of the hockey nationals held recently in Meerut did not ask for the ground, perhaps because it would have meant the use of special shoes, special balls and more stamina would have been required. But the astroturf has been used for the Indian women’s hockey team practice matches.”advertisementIn the same way, joggers, athletes and gymnasts cannot use the Nehru Stadium. Observes S.K. Chawla of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), superintending engineer of the stadium: “It would be a security risk and in any case one has to ensure that special shoes with spikes no more than 6 mm long are used so that the tracks are not spoilt.” The Delhi University grounds were enclosed within a tall fence for the handball and archery events – not very popular sports in India – and are now out of bounds to the joggers and gymnasts who used the grounds in the past.Swollen Costs: But the stadia have to be kept in condition whether they are used or not. Chawla estimates that the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium would cost about Rs 65 lakh a year to maintain, assuming that it will be in active use 120 days in a year.He explains that when the stadium” is in use, expense on electricity, water and staff increases enormously – often, extra staff has to be recruited. Not included in the estimate are the 80 men of the Central Reserve Police Force who guard vital installations such as the lighting towers, the public address system and the score-board.In fact, Sports Minister Buta Singh, replying to a question in Parliament in February, admitted that the maintenance, minus the operational expenses of just the two main stadia and the swimming pools, would work out to Rs 1.2 crore a year. Later, at a sports Ministry meeting on March 2, the caretaker organizations – DDA, CPWD and NDMC – were asked to submit revised estimates for maintaining the stadia according to what a spokesman calls “international standards”. The annual cost of maintenance and limited operational usage then works out about Rs 2.5 crore, for just the big three. If the other Asiad legacies are added, the cost rises to a whopping Rs 3 crore.Big Drain: Compared to national sports budgets, the stadia maintenance costs are staggering. The, national expenditure on sports was just Rs 2.69 crore in 1980 – 81, Rs 3.06 crore in 1981 – 82,and Rs 4.90 crore in 1982 – 83. For the year 1983 – 84 the budget has been hiked to Rs 6.36 crore.The amount allotted for the upkeep of the three sports institutes at Patiala, Bangalore and Calcutta is Rs 3 crore which is about the same as the maintenance cost of the Asiad stadia. As against this, grants to various state sports councils for 1983 – 84 will be around Rs 80 lakh, and grants to national sports federations around Rs 90 lakh.The Government has also to work out the ticklish question of who is to ultimately manage the stadia. At present the agencies that built them are doing the job on the understanding that the expenses will eventually be reimbursed.The SOC, which was in charge of sports grounds during the Asiad, says it is no longer concerned. Says K.S. Bains, additional secretary-general, SOC: “We will be winding up 90 per cent of our operations by the end of March. It is no longer our problem.”advertisementThe hope is that eventually a sports authority will come into being to mother the facilities. But, as the debate continues, it is now clear that when the grey pachyderms from Kerala left Delhi after taking part in the Asian Games ceremonies, they left some spotless white brethren behind.last_img read more

NBA Finals: Raptors start fast, lead 25-21 after 1st quarter

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Curry led all scorers with 11 points in the quarter. Gasol led the Raptors with eight.The first Warriors’ sub wasn’t DeMarcus Cousins, but rather Kevon Looney. He replaced Jordan Bell with 6:12 left in the quarter. Cousins was on the floor to start the second quarter for his first game action since injuring a quadriceps muscle on April 15.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives around Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)The Toronto Raptors have started fast in their first NBA Finals game.Marc Gasol made a pair of 3-pointers and the Raptors took a quick 25-21 lead over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors after one quarter of Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stephen Curry’s first three baskets of these finals were, predictably, 3-pointers — giving him 101 in his finals career. He gave a courtside look at Raptors superfan Drake afterward after the first one dropped.The @Raptors are out in front after 12 minutes of Game 1!#WeTheNorth 25#StrengthInNumbers 21Marc Gasol: 8 PTS, 4 REB, 2 3PMPascal Siakam: 5 PTS, 3 ASTSteph Curry: 11 PTS, 3 3PM: ABC : Sportsnet— NBA (@NBA) May 31, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Toronto’s first four baskets were all 3-pointers, and eight of the Raptors’ first nine field-goal attempts were from beyond the arc. It definitely set a tone — 14 of the Raptors’ 23 field-goal attempts in the quarter were from 3-point land, and 10 of the Warriors’ 23 shots came from long distance. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES The Warriors and Raptors are going at it in Game 1! 💪@Raptors lead 25-21 after 1Q of action!#NBAFinals— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 31, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LOOK: Drake rocks Dell Curry Raptors jersey for NBA Finals Game 1 Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Fitness guru Luke Coutinho tells you how to get fit through food

first_imgMIND AND BODYFitness guru Luke Coutinho, a doctor of alternative medicine, specialises in helping cancer patients stay in remission through better nutrition and a holistic lifestyle. He spoke with India Today about getting fit through food. Q. Tips to meet New Year’s resolutions about health and fitness?We all know new,MIND AND BODYFitness guru Luke Coutinho, a doctor of alternative medicine, specialises in helping cancer patients stay in remission through better nutrition and a holistic lifestyle. He spoke with India Today about getting fit through food.Q. Tips to meet New Year’s resolutions about health and fitness?We all know new year resolutions are fads. If you need to wait till the new year, it’ll be short term. The tip is to start now.Q. Your philosophy on fitness?Fitness is mind and body combined. Having a fit body but a messed-up mind or a fit mind and a messed-up body is poor health. Health needs to be holistic and revolve around balanced nutrition, adequate exercise, quality sleep and good emotional health.Q. What foods can help with stress?Only lifestyle can heal stress. But food rich in tryptophan and serotonin-boosting foods like dark chocolate, caffeine, bananas, pumpkin seeds, almonds and nuts can help along with herbs like Ashwagandha-taken under professional guidance. Meditation and inner peace are the foods that heal stress.Q. What are your key cooking tips for health and fitness?Use the right oils, unrefined and pure unfiltered oils, and the right salt, which is not processed. Cook lightly and steam a lot. Never use olive oil for Indian cooking. Go back to traditional methods like using jaggery instead of sugar.Q. What are the top five myths about nutrition and food?(1) You need more protein to gain muscle and lose weight, (2) Fat makes you fat, (3) Eating salads and soups will make you healthy and thin (4) Nuts will make you fat and (5) eat less and work out more to lose weight.advertisementQ. What are the five things you can do for your health and weight on holiday or during festival season?(1) Eat whatever you love, but don’t indulge in guilt eating and do not overeat (2) Catch up on your sleep whenever you can. (3) Movement is necessary-go for a quick walk, do Tabata. (4) Have a glass of water (add lemon if possible) between every glass of alcohol (5) Consume as much raw food, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and home food as possible to maintain immunity when having outside food.WEARABLESGet in gear health trackersWearable fitness trackers help you achieve a healthy lifestyle by tracking physical workout, recording sleep patterns, heart rate and more. There’s one for everyone.BEGINNERBargain fitness bands track steps and exercise, monitor your sleep and offer notifications for incoming calls and messages. The Xiaomi Mi Band HRX edition (Rs 1,299) is also splash resistant, while the Honor Band 3 (Rs 2,799) comes with custom swim mode and optical heart rate monitoring.A STEP FARTHERFitbit (from Rs 4,999) offers a wide range of activity trackers with advanced features and social network “challenges” like daily showdown, weekend warriors, workweek hustle and adventures.Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 Pro (Rs 13,999) features a 1.5 inch curved AMOLED touchscreen and allows the user to record water and caffeine intake on the band itself.HEALTH CONSCIOUSGoqii (from Rs 1,999) records workouts and sleep and motivates users to log what they eat manually. But each user also gets a human coach, who analyses the data and motivates the user to achieve a healthy lifestyle and meet their goals. Interaction with the coach is mostly through the app. The basic 3-monthsubscription also includes a teleconsultation with a doctor.DATA MANIACSSmartwatches offer more data and functionality-at a steeper price. Apple Watch Series 3 (from Rs 29,900) can help you in deep breathing sessions and even motivate to take a five-minute extra walk to reach your daily goal. The Samsung Gear Sport (Rs 22,990) has a circular design with a variety of watch faces and the rotating bezel for navigation. ATHLETESTomTom offers a range of GPS-enabled fitness trackers, addressing the needs of athletes, hikers, runners, skiers and more. The Spark 3(Rs 12,499) has a big display and physical keys for navigating through the menu. TomTomAdventurer (Rs 23,499) can automatically detect runs, and provide real-time metrics for elevation for ascent, descent, distance, pace and speed.last_img read more

Canadians swindled out of 17M via cryptocurrency scams this year to date

first_imgTORONTO – Canadians have been swindled out of than $1.7 million via scams involving cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin so far this year — more than double the amount during all of 2016.The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says that’s more than five times the amount people lost to these types of scams in 2015, which was roughly $284,000.As bitcoin becomes more popular with investors, sending the price above US$17,000 mark last week, criminals appear to be increasingly turning to cryptocurrencies to extort payment from their victims as well.These new figures come after police in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario warned in recent months to beware of scams involving demands for a transfer of funds using bitcoin.RCMP in Langley, B.C., last month said a woman received a call from what she believed was her husband’s cellphone and someone posing as a police officer, asking for bail to secure her spouse’s release.Police said the woman followed the caller’s instructions and paid them $5,000 in bitcoin, before receiving a call from her husband who was sitting at home and never arrested in the first place.last_img read more

Driver charged after plywood flies through the windshield of another car

The Ontario Provincial Police have tracked down the driver they say was responsible for a piece of plywood flying into the windshield of another car in Brampton.OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt says a 51 year-old man has been charged with having an insecure load.It happened on highway 410 in Brampton that a sheet of wood came flying off another vehicle earlier this week. Police remind drivers to make sure loads are strapped and properly secure.Luckily the 3 women who were in the car only suffered minor injuries.Police say the situation could have been much worse.Witnesses got the licence plate of the vehicle that was hauling the wood. It drove away from the scene.The 51 year-old driver will appear in court at a later date.

International Court of Justice to open hearings on Israeli wall case next

So far, Palestine, as well as South Africa, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Belize, Cuba, Indonesia, Jordan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Senegal, Sudan and Turkey – as well as the League of Arab States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference – have indicated their desire to present oral statements in the case, The Hague-based ICJ said. The Court’s action comes in response to a request by the General Assembly, which at a December, 2003, emergency session on Palestine adopted a resolution asking the ICJ to urgently render an opinion on “the legal consequences arising from the construction of the wall being built by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem.” The Court was also asked to consider the rules and principles of international law, including the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention as well as relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. read more

New UN publication advises how to reduce deaths from cervical cancer

The 255-page “Manual for Planning and Implementing Cervical Cancer Prevention Programmes,” outlines low-cost ways of visually inspecting the area at the base of the womb, freezing pre-cancerous lesions and giving follow-up treatment.It says about 80 per cent of the half a million new cases of cervical cancer that occur annually are found mainly in Latin America, the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian sub-continent.The manual was compiled by the Pan-American Health Organization, WHO’s division in the Americas and a member of the Alliance for Cervical Cancer Prevention (ACCP), and four other organizations.The World Health Assembly next March will discuss a resolution on reinforcing comprehensive cancer policies and strategies of member states, PAHO said.

Security Council welcomes African Unions peacekeeping role in Darfur Sudan

A statement read by this month’s Council President, Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark, said the 15-member body looked forward to close coordination between the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) in the south and the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) in the west.It recalled its request to UNMIS “to closely and continuously liaise and coordinate, at all levels, with the African Union Mission in Sudan with a view towards expeditiously reinforcing the effort to foster peace in Darfur, especially with regard to the Abuja peace process” and AMIS.Talks between the rebel movements and the Government of Sudan in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, stalled in December. The AU has been trying to revive the negotiations.The Council also supported the decision by the AU Peace and Security Council on 28 April, after a joint assessment mission of the AU, UN and other representatives to Darfur reported back, to expand its mission to 7,731 personnel by the end of September.The European Union has played an active role in assisting the AU, as have some bilateral donors, the Security Council said.It welcomed a second joint assessment mission earlier this month, as well as “the effort and intention” of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to consult closely with the African Union on the scope and nature of possible UN support to AMIS.A UN spokesperson said the 10,000 troops of UNMIS would be in place in 240 days from the start of the mandate on 24 March.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said clashes took place yesterday at a camp for refugees from Darfur in neighbouring Chad because Chadian gendarmes responsible for guarding the 12 refugee camps objected to the refugees selling plastic sheeting. Plastic sheeting is one of the non-food relief items UNHCR provides.The gendarmes arrested three refugees and a group of refugee protesters burned down the community centre in a nearby village, provoking further clashes with the local authorities.UNHCR said it learned that one Chadian gendarme was killed, while two Sudanese refugees, two humanitarian aid workers and one gendarme were injured. read more

UN atomic watchdog urges Iran to cooperate says little progress on nuclear

In a statement to the IAEA Board, which is meeting today in Vienna, the Agency’s Director-General, Mohamed ElBaradei, says that the report “makes it clear that the Agency has not made much progress in resolving outstanding verification issues.”“I would continue to urge Iran to provide the cooperation needed to resolve these issues. I remain convinced that the way forward lies through dialogue and mutual accommodation among all concerned parties.”Mr. ElBaradei also welcomed the recent efforts to reach a comprehensive agreement “that would address the need of the international community to establish confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme, while also simultaneously addressing Iran’s security, technology and economic needs.”The report, entitled Implementation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran, covers developments on the issue since April. Last week, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that European Union-led talks with Iran over its nuclear ambitions had got off to a “reasonably good start,” and he was hopeful that this time it will lead to serious negotiations where all the parties will find themselves at the table.The IAEA has repeatedly called on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, the condition set by the United States for joining in the discussions with the Islamic Republic aimed at ensuring its nuclear programme is solely for peaceful purposes.Iran says its activities are aimed at the production of energy but the United States and other countries insist it is clandestinely seeking to produce nuclear weapons. Last August, Iran rescinded its voluntary suspension of nuclear fuel conversion, which can produce the enriched uranium necessary either for nuclear power generation or for nuclear weapons.The IAEA Board meeting, which will run from today until Friday, will also discuss various other Agency issues, including those related to nuclear safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), something that Mr. ElBaradei also raised in his opening statement.Noting that verification issues in the DPRK were terminated at the end of 2002, at the request of the Government, he said that the Agency “has been unable to draw any conclusions regarding the DPRK’s nuclear activities,” but remains ready to work toward a diplomatic solution.“I continue to believe in the importance and urgency of finding a negotiated solution to the current situation. The Agency stands ready to work with the DPRK – and with all others – towards a solution that addresses the needs of the international community to ensure that all nuclear activities in the DPRK are exclusively for peaceful purposes, as well as addressing the security and other needs of the DPRK,” Mr. ElBaradei said. read more

US household wealth ticks up 14 per cent to 948 trillion

FILE – In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, pedestrians walk past the New York Stock Exchange. On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the Federal Reserve reports on household wealth for the January-March quarter. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) US household wealth ticks up 1.4 per cent to $94.8 trillion by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 8, 2017 10:09 am MDT Last Updated Jun 8, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Buoyed by higher stock prices, Americans’ household net worth rose 1.4 per cent to $94.8 trillion in the first three months of this year, a trend that could support future spending.U.S. stock and mutual fund portfolios jumped $1.3 trillion in value in the January-March quarter, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. Home values increased $499 billion.Total household wealth includes checking and savings accounts, and subtracts mortgages and other debt. Unlike some other economic measures, household wealth has fully recovered from the Great Recession and gone far beyond pre-recession levels.The proportion of American adults with jobs, for example, remains nearly three percentage points below where it stood in December 2007, when the recession began. And average hourly pay is rising more slowly than it was before the downturn.But in the nearly eight years since the recession ended, U.S. household net worth has soared past its pre-recession level of $66.5 trillion. It fell to $56 trillion in 2008 before slowly recovering. The figures aren’t adjusted for inflation.That disparity between household wealth — which is highly concentrated — leaping higher while jobs and income growth lag reflects some of the unequal aspects of the economy’s recovery.Record-high stock prices are the primary driver of greater household wealth. The Dow Jones industrial average has more than tripled from its recession-era low of 6,547 to 21,174 on Wednesday.Yet just 10 per cent of the U.S. population owns 80 per cent of stock market wealth. Meanwhile, middle income households derive most of their wealth from their homes. Nationwide, home prices didn’t fully recover from the downturn until last September.Americans typically spend a bit more when their home values and other wealth rises, which economists call “the wealth effect.” Yet there are signs that the post-recession buildup in wealth hasn’t led to as much spending as it may have in the past.For example, U.S. consumers haven’t increased their spending since the recession at the same pace as they did before. Consumer spending has increased at just a 2.3 per cent annual pace since 2009, compared with 3.4 per cent in the three decades before the downturn.One reason for the sluggish spending is that Americans are borrowing less for immediate consumption. Household debt has reached record heights, but the debt has been driven mostly by ballooning student and auto loans. Mortgages, credit card debt and home equity lines of credit still lag pre-recession levels. read more

Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson freed from prison after judges quash contempt

To print the document, click the “Original Document” link to open the original PDF. At this time it is not possible to print the document with annotations. In the afternoon, Robinson emerged from Onley Prison, Warwickshire, in a blue T-shirt, jeans and carrying a black holdall, but refused to answer reporters’ questions.As he was ushered into a black people carrier by some of his supporters, he said: “I’ve got a lot to say, nothing to you. I just want to say thank you to the British public for their support.”At the appeal hearing the judges had been also urged to overturn a contempt of court finding against Robinson that had been made last year at Canterbury Crown Court. « A Free Tommy Robinson march in JuneCredit:AFP/Daniel Leal-Olivias Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The appeal judges also found he was sentenced as if he had pleaded guilty, despite it being unclear what he was admitting to, and there had been a “muddle” about the nature of the contempt he faced. Loading Loading Jubilant Tommy Robinson supporters celebrate outside courtCredit:John Stillwell/PA The founder of the English Defence League, “Tommy Robinson”, has had his conviction for contempt of court quashed as the Court of Appeal orders a new trial.The far-right activist, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was released from prison on bail after three judges ruled that he was jailed earlier this year following a series of procedural “flaws”.Robinson, 35, had been convicted of contempt in May after broadcasting on Facebook a 1.5 hour video from outside Leeds Crown Court about a case which has a blanket reporting restriction imposed for legal reasons. His footage was watched by 250,000 people when it went live.Within hours of posting the video online he was brought before Judge Geoffrey Marson QC in Leeds and jailed for 10 months with an extra three extra months for an earlier suspended sentence for contempt.Yesterday the Court of Appeal found that that judge had rushed into proceedings despite Robinson having removed the video from the internet. The decision to free him from prison was met with a round of applause from his supporters in court. However, activists supporting Robinson and rival anti-fascist campaigners faced each other chanting outside the court. Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson pictured leaving prison after judges quash contempt ruling Credit:Joe Giddens/PA In May 2017, he was filmed outside court commenting on a trial of four Asian men who were later convicted of gang-raping a teenage girl.He was given a suspended three-month sentence and told his conviction was not about “freedom of speech”  but about “justice and ensuring that a trial can be carried out justly and fairly”. Reporting restriction on that case were later lifted. Such reporting restrictions are usually imposed if a judge fears publication of the case could prevent a fair trial in that hearing, or any linked cases.Jeremy Dein QC, for Robinson, told the appeal hearing the Canterbury conviction should be quashed along with the Leeds one because of a “conglomeration of procedural deficiencies” which had given rise to prejudice. Previous Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson pictured leaving prison after judges quash contempt ruling  Read the Royal Courts of Justice’s full judgement here: for “” Next Tommy Robinson: The divisive founder of the EDLFor years, Tommy Robinson faced the prospect of slipping into obscurity. With the demise of the English Defence League, a group he founded in 2009, he struggled to find a platform to air his extremist rhetoric.After becoming a self-declared journalist, he used social media to broadcast claims about ongoing “secret” trials in the UK.But his new found fame came not from breaking stories, but instead from coming into conflict once again with the law of the land.When he was jailed in May for contempt of court after filming outside Leeds Crown Court, a case to now be retried, a series of protests were held across the country. Page Note  1 of  24 0 Jubilant Tommy Robinson supporters celebrate outside court The judges said they were satisfied that the decision at Leeds to proceed to committal to prison “so promptly”, and without “due regard” to rules governing procedures surrounding someone alleged to have acted in contempt of court “gave rise to unfairness”.They added that the haste in bringing him to court back in May meant his barrister, found during a 33 minute adjournment, had “limited opportunity… to investigate mitigation” or obtain character references.Delivering the ruling in the Court of Appeal in London, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett said: “Where a custodial term of considerable length is being imposed, it should not usually occur so quickly after the conduct which is complained of; a sentence of committal to immediate custody had been pronounced within five hours of the conduct taking place.”After granting Robinson conditional bail they stressed the need for a fresh hearing before a different judge to be held “as soon as reasonably possible”. Robinson, who was not in court for the hearing, was banned from going within 400 metre of Leeds Crown Court as part of his bail conditions. The fresh contempt case will be now heard at the Old Bailey in the capital. Original Document (PDF) » p. 1 Show more p. 2 Yaxley Lennon Full Judgment p. 3 Loading Loading Yaxley Lennon Full Judgment A Free Tommy Robinson march in June Related Article » Document Pages Notes Text Contributed by: Telegraph Graphics, The Telegraph However, the appeal judges only quashed the Leeds case. Zoom Contents Among those, Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has compared the Quran to Hitler’s Mein Kempf, yesterday tweeted that it was “fantastic” Robinson was now free.The anti-fascist group, Hope Not Hate claim their arch-rival remains a violent thug (he posted a clip of him once hitting a migrant in prison) who in Canterbury last year nearly brought down a case that could have meant rapists were freed.The clamour to free him could be renewed if a future hearing rules he was in contempt when broadcasting about that case heard at Leeds Crown Court. Yaxley Lennon Full Judgment (PDF)
Yaxley Lennon Full Judgment (Text) CLOSE Sensing a conspiracy, his supporters immediately claimed he was “gagged”. It prompted Donald Trump Jr to defend him, urging America not to “follow in the footsteps” of the UK.Donald Trump’s controversial right-wing advisor, Steve Bannon, waded on UK radio to declare Robinson, who has criminal convictions dating back to 2005, as the “backbone of this country”.Meanwhile, anti-Muslim figures and organisations campaigned and raised funds to call for his release. Loading Loading » read more

SPANISH JOY IN KRAKOW The Hispanos in the final after 10 years

After a shaky start, Spain took a 33-29 victory against Croatia in the Tauron Arena in Krakow and made it into the final of the EHF Euro after 10 years.It was Croatia that started off better on the match, a quick 1-4 forced Manolo Cadenas to call the first time out after only four minutes. The team did not respond in attack and the defence was just too flat and still on the six meter line. The balkans were dominating in attack and with the help of some good saves from Alilovic, the three goal difference was extended until the 20th minute.Cadenas made some changes on Spain’s line-up and the team reacted just on time. Gonzalo Perez de Vargas made some saves and Cristian Ugalde ran the fast breaks to tie the match 13-13 in 22 minutes. With a superb performance from Barcelona’s centre back, Raúl Entrerríos, the Spaniards went from -3 to +4 at the end of the first 30 minutes (18-14).Things looked good for the Iberic team as they maintained the four goal lead. The ever fighting Croatian team struggled to shorten the gap and after 15 minutes of the second half, they managed to be only one goal down (24-23). Horvat’s goals via fast break and Sliskovic’s power shots helped Babic’s team to be back on tracks. With 8 minutes left on the clock, the one goal difference remained, but some technical mistakes in key moments made them lose their chance to go up in the scoreboard.Two fast breaks in less than 30 seconds from Victor Tomas set a four goal difference with only 6 minutes left to be played (31-28). From then on, Croatia’s defence stepped out and tried to suffocate Spain’s attack, but it only gave the Spaniards more space to run and extend the lead. Perez de Vargas shut down the goal with two spectacular saves from 7 meter line (the last one, a double save after a rebound) and Spain took a 33-29 victory that put them in the final, where Germany awaits.Antonio García was named MVP of the match, where he finished with 6 goals and 3 assists. Valero Rivera and Ivan Slišković also finished with 6 goals each. Photo credit: ← Previous Story Germans about amazing success: Our key – no superstars! Next Story → Manolo Cadenas after semi-final win: Always difficult to come to the final! read more

H1Z1 Battle Royale Leaves Open Beta and Officially Launches on PS4

first_img H1Z1: Battle Royale is a Fine, if Average Battle Royale Game Stay on target Love them or hate them, no one can deny the popularity Battle Royale games are currently enjoying. It seems as if everyone is either playing or has at least tried out a BR title. One of the biggest entries in recent months is Daybreak Games’ H1Z1: Battle Royale. Over ten million users played the game during its open beta. Today, Daybreak has announced that H1Z1: Battle Royale has officially left the beta stage and launched as a free-to-play game on PS4.A number of updates have gone live along with the game. These include Battle Pass Season 1, two new weapons, a new vehicle, and new launch bundles. PS4 players can unlock up to 30 rewards across three different lines including free, premium, and PS Plus. The Season 1 premium line is available for $5.49, while PS Plus members automatically receive the PS Plus line. The new weapons include the “explosive” RPG and the “deadly” SOCOM sniper rifle. The RPG is found in gold tier airdrops while the sniper rifle is inside of purple tier drops. The ARV fits a team of five and has a hatch on top that a squad mate can fire out of.The new launch bundles let players customize their character through the new Viper Starter bundle ($4.99) or Hardline Deluxe bundle, which come with the premium battle pass ($34.99). Both launch bundles are available for a special launch discount in North America. PlayStation Network subscribers get a 10% discount while PlayStation Plus members get a 15% discount.“Everyone here at Daybreak Games is thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response to H1Z1’s debut on PS4,” said H1Z1 Producer Terrence Yee. “Ten million new players in our first month in Open Beta is an incredible milestone, and our entire development team has worked tirelessly to build on that early success. We’re beyond excited to officially launch H1Z1 on PS4—this is our fully realized vision for Battle Royale on console.”We’re going to post our review of H1Z1: Battle Royale sometime in the coming days so make sure to head back to hear our thoughts. For more information about H1Z1 on PS4, head over to the official website. You can also check out the game’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

22yearold Army soldier dies from gunshot in Fairbanks

first_imgWombacher is the eighth soldier attached to the Army in Alaska to die this year. The causes range from training accidents to traffic collisions, and some are still being investigated. Six of those killed were attached to Fort Wainwright. Recently departed commander Major General Mark O’Neil was concerned enough about the the relatively high number of preventable deaths that he had a team from the Army’s Division of Behavioral and Social Health conduct an assessment at Fort Wainwright. According to the U.S. Army in Alaska, Private First Class Jeremiah Wombacher had been attached to the 1st Stryker Brigade, stationed at Fort Wainwright since last July. John Pennell is the chief of media relations for the Army in Alaska, and says the incident happened at an apartment off-base. “The Fairbanks Police Department are investigating the death,” Pennell said Monday. FPD spokesperson Yumi McCulloch confirmed the department is handling the case, and said Wombacher’s death does not appear to be suspicious. A 22-year-old soldier died in Fairbanks over the weekend from a gunshot wound. “It’s also extremely emotionally difficult for the unit. For the fellow soldiers,” Pennell said. “No matter what the cause, every death is a tragedy.”center_img According to Pennell, USARAK expects the results of that assessment to come out in January. “Once we get the results, we do plan to release as much as is publicly releasable,” Pennell said of the assessment. “If we find that there is an issue or a problem that we can address, that is exactly what we’re going to do.” According to Pennell, the loss of any soldier has an impact on the base-community. Wombacher was a cavalry scout, originally from Missouri, and joined the military in March of 2018.last_img read more

Was Drag Race alum Robbie Turner actually in a fatal car crash

first_imgGay twitter is awash with conspiracy theories about an alleged fatal car crash involving RuPaul’s Drag Race alum, Robbie Turner. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) WATCH: Lady Bunny on London, drag queen advice and community infightingMeet the gay Spaniard who dated 7 men in 7 cities and made it into a vid seriesGay guys tell their horror stories from vacations with their straight friendsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Robbie Turner. | Photo: Facebookcenter_img Something doesn’t add upHundreds of people reached out in support to Turner, offering condolences.But a few inquisitive minds began to realize that something wasn’t adding up.Media reached out to Uber and Seattle Police who said they had no records of any such accident occurring.Seattle Police told People the city had not recorded any fatal crashes since February.The team over at The Stranger worked out the the only incidents recorded near where Turner would’ve travelled from her regular Saturday night gig to her home in Capitol Hill did not line up with the timeframe on Turner’s social media posts.The owner of Queer/Bar where Turner regularly performs said he also discovered some inconsistencies in the queen’s story.‘In full support of our friend and manager, we reached out to evaluate Robbie’s condition and offer any help with his physical and mental recovery,’ Joey Burgess told People.‘We also reached out in an attempt to support the driver’s family in their difficult time. And then we discovered some inconsistencies with the story.’Turner taking a leave of absence from workBurgess also said that Turner would be taking a leave of absence after the alleged accident.‘We sincerely hope that this time will be used well to focus on [his] health and wellness,’ he said.‘We will continue to ensure he has access to adequate resources to help him succeed. The company learned of this supposed incident last weekend from Robbie’s social media post.‘We support Robbie’s art and wish him a speedy recovery so that he can continue to create and express himself to the world.’Gay Star News has reached out to Turner for comment.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The season eight queen posted on social media over the weekend that an alleged drunk driver hit the Uber she was travelling in. She claimed her driver was killed in the accident.‘I just woke up. I’ve been in a car accident. I didn’t recollect it. I’m not certain what happened. My driver did not survive,’ Turner wrote.‘I’m home with barely a scratch, but when I was informed of what actually happened, my closest family and friends came to mind. Wear a seatbelt. I did.’I just woke up. I’ve been in a car accident. I didn’t recollect it. I’m not certain what happened. My driver did not survive.I’m home with barely a scratch, but when I was informed of what actually happened, my closest family and friends came to mind.Wear a seatbelt. I did.— Robbie Turner (@TheRobbieTurner) April 15, 2018Turner took the opportunity of surviving the alleged crash to encourage people to value their friends and family.‘Sometimes, not often enough, we reflect upon the good things & those thoughts centeraround those we ,’ she wrote on Twitter.‘I think about those people who mean so much 2 me & 4 so many years have made me so very happy& I count the times I’ve forgotten 2 say Thank you, & just how much I them.’Sometimes, not often enough, we reflect upon the good things&those thoughts centeraround those we I think about those peoplewho mean so much 2 me& 4 so many years have made meso very happy& I count the times I’ve forgotten 2 sayThank you, & just how much I them— Robbie Turner (@TheRobbieTurner) April 16, 2018 GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

Woman dies in car crash outside Tulum

first_imgPhoto: La Fiscalía General del EstadoClick 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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The collision resulted in the death of the woman and injuries to the three children traveling inside the car. Police and la Fiscalía General del Estado arrived on scene along with firemen and paramedics. Tulum, Q.R. — A woman has died after the car in which she was traveling was struck by another vehicle near a centoe outside Tulum. The driver of the car that allegedly caused the accident, was reported to have fled the scene. The accident was reported Saturday afternoon along the Tulum-Felipe Carrillo Puerto highway when the family, who had left Cenote Dos Osos, was hit by another vehicle. last_img read more