Jog to help the sports stars of the future

Jog to help the sports stars of the future

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WT reinforces commitment to sustainability with signing of Sports for Climate Action Declaration

MANCHESTER, UK (May 19, 2019) – World Taekwondo today took another step forward in the imple…
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2019 Sports Emmy Awards: ESPN, NBC Lead the Pack With 6 Wins Each

NBC and ESPN were tied for the most prizes at the 40th Sports Emmy Awards on Monday, with each netw…
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Pope at Mass: The peace of Jesus is like the calm of a deep sea

Pope at Mass: The peace of Jesus is like the calm of a deep sea

Pope Francis’ homily considered the question of how we can reconcile the “tribulations” and p…
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Viewers Left Fuming After Prue MacSween’s Racist Comments On The Today Show

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Gender, Anonymity and Humour in Women’s Writing for Punch

Birch , K 2019 , Gender, Anonymity and Humour in Women’s Writing for Punch . in A Easley , C Gill & B Rodgers (eds) , Women, Periodicals and Print …
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Monday Sports in Brief

Monday Sports in Brief

NBA. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Draymond Green had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, and made a key 3-pointer in overtime as the Golden State …
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EXCLUSIVE: Mike Bushell takes the plunge (again)! BBC Breakfast’s much loved (but gaff-prone …

BBC Breakfast gaff-prone sports presenter Mike Bushell is to marry for a second time after a ‘whirl…
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Switch focus to good health, not illness

Switch focus to good health, not illness

Keep abreast of significant corporate, financial and political developments around the world. Stay …
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Types of Mental Health Issues

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Making Financial Mental Health A Priority

During Mental Health Awareness Week there was increased discussion about financial wellness – a s…
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Here's what you should be doing to protect your health in polluted places

Here’s what you should be doing to protect your health in polluted places

You’re double-checking to make sure you have everything before you leave on a trip: phone… wallet… respirator mask? Even if you don’t have asthma or another pulmonary condition, it’s something to consider if you’re going to an area with high levels of air pollution. Poor air quality is exceedingly common; the World Health Organisation (WHO) says 91 per cent of the population lives in places where air pollution exceeds WHO guidelines. A 2018 report from the Journal of Travel Medicine says ambient air quality may affect “both the acute and chronic state of health of the traveller”. As Earth warms, there is more cause for concern. According to the National Climate Assessment, climate change will increase ground-level ozone, which can cause health problems. More drought conditions may bring more wildfires, exposing people to smoke and associated respiratory issues. Research has also “demonstrated the exacerbation of the impact of air pollution on health in hot, dry conditions”, Miriam Byrne says. Byrne is a senior lecturer of the Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies at the National University of Ireland and co-author of the Journal of Travel Medicine study. This makes it important to research potential destinations as you craft your travel itinerary. Keep in mind that common wisdom might be outdated. For example, while most people would likely put Beijing near the top of a list of international cities with air pollution, a report from IQAir AirVisual in collaboration with Greenpeace Southeast Asia shows that seven of the 10 most polluted cities are in India, with just one in China (Hotan, in the far west of the country). Bakersfield, California, tops the American Lung Association’s recently released list of the top 10 cities with the most short-term particle pollution. Here are some other steps you can take before you go and while on the road to protect yourself, in case the skies at your destination are not so friendly. See your doctor The International Association of Medical Assistance for Travellers advises that people with respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) see a doctor before travelling and get any medications they may need. Exams are also recommended for the elderly, and those travelling with young children should avoid visiting areas with bad air quality. Consider a different season Pollution varies by season, depending on weather and the area you’re visiting. In New Delhi, for example, pollution rises in autumn and winter because of crop burning and India’s festival of lights – Diwali – which involves four nights of fireworks, reports fire researcher Vijay Koul of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSRIO) of Australia. Indochina’s dry season runs from January through April, which allows factory emissions, crop-burning smoke, exhaust and construction dust to accumulate, reports AccuWeather. Summer is traditionally wildfire season in the United States, but the US Forest Service reports that climate change and warmer, shorter winters are making it a year-round issue. Consult websites and apps With numerous websites and apps that give real-time air pollution data, it’s easy to be informed. There are two common ways pollution is measured: PM 2.5 or PM 10. PM 2.5 refers to the number of particles that are 2.5 microns or less in width per cubic meter of air. These particles are a mix of liquid and solid, can include combustion particles or organic compounds, and are too small to be seen by the naked eye, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. These particles are dangerous because they can “get to the lowest and deepest level of the lungs and even get into the bloodstream,” says Afif El-Hasan, a paediatrician and spokesperson for the American Lung Association. Pollution is also measured in PM 10, particles of 10 micrometers – one-tenth the width of a human hair – or smaller. The best measure for travellers’ purposes, though, according to Janice Nolen, assistant vice president of national policy for the American Lung Association, is the Air Quality Index, or AQI. This system “considers all monitored pollutants, including ozone and particle pollution in the air,” Nolen says. It rates samples in one of five colour-coded categories from “good” (code green) to “hazardous,” (code maroon), with instructions for each level. Nolen says people with asthma or other conditions that make them more sensitive should take precautions even when the level goes up to “moderate” (code yellow), and that at the next level, “unhealthy for sensitive groups” (code orange), everyone should begin taking precautions. Bring a mask While your destination may not have a high pollution rating, conditions can change in a hurry. “During the wildfires that we had in southern California and northern California not too long ago, the worst air quality in the world was up in the Bay Area,” says Tiffany Allegretti, public relations manager at IQAir. It is “reasonable to assume that the same precautions should be taken when travelling to a polluted city or to a wildfire region,” Byrne says, including having any medications such as an inhaler close at hand, “minimising exercise and time outdoors, and wearing a protective face mask.” For wildfires, El-Hasan recommends an N95 respirator mask – so named because it filters out 95 per cent of test particles as small as 0.3 microns. On a heavy pollution day, these are a good bet. “They are easy to get, reasonably effective and relatively cheap,” El-Hasan says. Check with your doctor to see if a mask is OK for you to wear, as some people have a harder time breathing through a mask. And before you go, make sure the mask fits well. A 2018 study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine tested four disposable face masks on volunteers in Beijing, who were exposed to diesel exhaust while performing active and seated tasks. Most of the masks didn’t provide adequate protection, because of movement and poor fit. Check indoor air quality When the air quality outside is bad, you want the air inside your hotel to be much better. Hotels are realising that guests are willing to pay for perks designed to enhance air quality, as well as to facilitate relaxing and sleeping. “More hotels are offering (wellness packages), and more customers are requesting them,” says Rohit Verma, a professor at the hotel school at Cornell University. For example, Stay Well rooms by Delos include air purifiers, aromatherapy and custom lighting to facilitate sleep. You can also use a portable air monitor such as the IQAir AirVisual Pro to check the quality of the air outdoors and inside. Taking the monitor on a test run at home, I was astonished to find that the sun room, long claimed by my cat, wasn’t choked with dander and other pet-related fallout. It was fine. The bedroom with the windows that are stuck shut was the one with the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” rating. If you’re in a hotel room with poor air quality, the first thing to do is determine the problem and whether it can be fixed. If there are fumes from a room recently being cleaned, for example, it could be a matter of just opening a window. If the problem is mould or another issue that isn’t immediately resolvable, however, you should ask for a room change. Curb outdoor activities On bad air days, keep the exercise inside, El-Hasan says. If you’re planning a jog and the AQI rating is way up, hit the treadmill in the hotel. If you’ve scheduled a bike tour but conditions are bad, consider postponing or taking a tour in an air-conditioned vehicle. Minimise outdoor activity around high traffic or rush-hour times and when there is fire or other pollution-heavy conditions. “Heed warnings from local authorities regarding being outdoors,” Vickie Sowards, director of nursing resources for PassportHealthUSA Travel Clinics, advises. Know when to seek help Symptoms of air pollution’s effects can include dry eyes, throat, nose and skin; coughing, sneezing and wheezing; and tiredness and dizziness, which may clear up after you leave the destination. For the very young or the elderly, and people with conditions such as asthma or COPD, pollution can be much more dangerous. Do not be afraid to seek medical treatment if necessary. “I would take shortness of breath and chest pains very seriously,” El-Hasan says. If you’re outside and feel sick and those symptoms “don’t resolve fairly quickly, you should be seen. You should always err on the side of caution.” If you feel hot, sweaty, dizzy, short of breath or have chest pain or your breathing starts coming faster, “go to the ER immediately”, Hassan says. Air pollution is a serious issue: it’s responsible for 4.2 million deaths yearly. But with a bit of research and preparation, plus flexibility when you arrive at your destination, you should be able to breathe a little easier. © Washington Post
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Want to live longer? Rethink sugary drink consumption

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Behavioral health cases doubled over a decade

Behavioral health diagnoses ballooned over the past decade as more youths cope with mental health a…
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Ringside Politics – May 20th, 2019

Ringside Politics – May 20th, 2019

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere. Today’s Hot Topics: 1) Fox News town hall with Mayor Pete. How did you feel about …
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Building the Brexit party: how Nigel Farage copied Italy’s digital populists

The former Ukip leader forged an alliance with the Five Star Movement just as they bulldozed Italian politics using a tightly controlled digital operation.
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Germany’s long-awaited antimissile program is about to face politics

COLOGNE, Germany, and ROME – The German government expects to receive a long-awaited industry off…
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Oregon baseball loses to to UC Riverside on Monday

Oregon baseball loses to to UC Riverside on Monday

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Oregon fell back to .500 on the season when UC Riverside defeated the Ducks 3-1 Monday afternoon.The Ducks (27-27, 10-17) …
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Faze Clan and Tfue’s legal dispute could reshape e-sports and YouTube contracts forever

The lawsuit could be a turning point for e-sports organizations We use cookies and other tracking t…
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Ballston-Based Startup Turns Memorable Sports Moments into Merchandise

Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by ARLnow.com, Startup Monday is a weekly column tha…
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ESPN President: 'Our Fans Do Not Want Us to Cover Politics'

ESPN President: ‘Our Fans Do Not Want Us to Cover Politics’

Pitaro has also satisfied ESPN’s more traditional fans by steering commentators away from politic…
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A new president wants to transform Ukraine’s politics — and stay out of America’s

The new European data protection law requires us to inform you of the following before you use our …
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Federal election 2019: Scott Morrison’s government on track for majority with 78 seats – politics live

Josh Frydenberg confirms that the government will be taking its tax rebates policy to the parliament as a whole package. Which includes reducing the …
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Tax rate still unresolved in proposal to legalize sports betting

Tax rate still unresolved in proposal to legalize sports betting

Maine is among more than 20 states hoping to capitalize on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year th…
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Sports the Thrones: Breaking down ‘Game of Thrones’ as sports one last time

Well, that’s all she wrote. The final chapter of “Game of Thrones” concluded with a polarizing finale that wrapped up eight seasons of the show.  While the penultimate episode featured a fiery battle for King’s Landing and the long-awaited Clegane Bowl, the final installment didn’t feature a whole lot of action — at least in the physical sense. There were some loose ends to tie up but most of them were worked out maturely and without massive amounts of bloodshed (with one major exception) and to that we have to say … BOO!!! In any case, it’s time for the final edition of Sports The Thrones, the recap in which we take the latest “Game of Thrones” episode and turn it into sports by highlighting the best sports moments and athletic achievements from around the Seven Kingdoms. One last ride. Here we go. *Spoilers Ahead* There wasn’t a ton of athletic achievements in this episode so we’ll have to start here. Tyrion went on the hunt to find Cersei and Jaime and eventually managed to fit through some small openings to get to a massive pile of stone that buried his siblings. He then swiftly discovered their bodies by pulling off a handful of those stones. Didn’t require a ton of athleticism but it was some damn good detective work. Earlier this season we chastised Jon Snow for ghosting Ghost, his own direwolf, and neglecting to pat the good boy farewell at Winterfell. Well, we got a much-deserved redemption arc in the finale when Jon was reunited with Ghost at Castle Black and actually gave him some acknowledgment. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t rooting for Ghost to take a bite out of Jon just to remind him of his prior transgressions, but it was a nice moment. There was a TON of walking in this episode. It seemed like the first quarter of the episode was just people dramatically walking to and from places. Just because the war is over doesn’t mean you get to quit on your cardio, I guess. There were plenty of leisurely strolls during the first half of the episode, but only one of them was interrupted by Drogon from out of nowhere. It seems like it’d be hard to miss a dragon in your direct vicinity but as Jon was going to meet with Dany, he was greeted by a completely camouflaged Drogon breaking cover to say hello. Without context it’s a pretty bizarre scene that seems like a CGI flex more than anything else, but credit to Drogon for the stealth abilities. It’s important to disguise your coverage while on defense. Not the best bodyguard, though … So, yeah, about that meeting. Jon and Dany got together in what used to be The Throne Room but is now more like The Throne Convertible, and things didn’t exactly work out the Mother of Dragons. After spending nearly eight seasons fighting for the Iron Throne, she got to touch it for about three seconds before Jon showed up and delivered a knife to the gut, ending her reign as queen. Tough break, but you’ve gotta give credit to Jon for the sneak attack. This is a guy who barely knew how to kiss a few short seasons ago and now he’s kissing and killing at the same time. Pretty cool! In a very interesting turn of events, Drogon responded to Dany’s murder by incinerating the Iron Throne instead of Jon, a move which I guess we’re supposed to interpret as the dragon recognizing what really killed his “mother” and exacting his revenge. It was a cool visual display and you’ve got to give the beast credit for making quick work of the Throne but, man, if the dragon was smart enough to break down that metaphor you’d think maybe he’d also be smart enough to figure out that the only other living person standing in the room with his dead mama was probably the one who literally stuck the dagger in her.  The most brutal murder of the final season may have been Sansa absolutely and ruthlessly dunking on her own uncle in front of the most powerful people in Westeros. Ol’ Edmure Tully thought this was his golden opportunity to step up and make his case for the Throne but, as it turns out, not even his own family was willing to hear his case. You could feel him starting to pick up some momentum in his rah-rah speech when Sansa just stepped in, stole the rock, and then straight-up dunked it in his face. It was so brutal that all anyone could do was laugh in Tully’s astonished face. At this moment, Sansa should have immediately been crowned queen of the Seven Kingdoms. It was the only choice. Designated for Assignment: Daenerys Targaryen
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Houston Rockets among teams who see Twitter accounts suspended

But the Rockets don’t appear to be the only sports team whose account has been temporarily disabled in the face of “Digital Millennium Copyright Act” …
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The Times view on traffic pollution and mental health: Age of Anxiety

The Times view on traffic pollution and mental health: Age of Anxiety

To be able to sense impending danger is a vital part of growing up. Being anxious can keep children…
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Cramer: Health care stocks are rising on hopes Biden will snag the 2020 Democratic nomination

CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Monday suggested that investors load up on managed care stocks, as long a…
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Children and young people stuck in mental health hospitals too long, report finds

People with learning disabilities and autism face lengthy periods of seclusion and “punitive care…
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