The volunteer spirit: refugees seize the Rio 2016 opportunity

first_imgAmong the 50,000 volunteers taking part in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a small group of people for whom the Olympic values of friendship and respect for others have a very special meaning: 38 refugees and asylum seekers from areas of unrest and conflict who have chosen Brazil as their new home.For the refugees, providing valued services at the Games will help them reconnect with the outside world and build their self-esteem, after experiencing the anguish of losing their homes and leaving their friends and families behind.”The Games are an opportunity to interact with other foreigners,”  taxi driver Sekou Dabo from Guinea says. Dabo fled to Brazil after his mother was killed in religious violence in the African country. “They will gave us the benefit of being connected to other people.” “My father always told me that while we may need money, we also have to take advantage of any opportunity there is to grow,” says Prisca Mbamu, a journalist who fled war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo when she fell foul of local authorities. Prisca came to Brazil in 2013, currently works as a hairdresser in the Madureira district of Rio and has signed up to serve as a volunteer in the Games.Rio 2016 is working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and local Catholic organisation Cáritas to select refugees and asylum seekers to work in the Olympic and Paralympic Games either as employees or as volunteers. In their new positions, the refugees will help the organising committee in a wide range of key areas, including transport, interpreting and customer service.From Syria to BrazilOne of the volunteer refugees in Rio is Mohammad Ghannam, a 30-year old Syrian who left his devastated home country two years ago to build a new life in Brazil. “During the Games I want to introduce foreign visitors to the Brazilian culture that I am learning,” he says. “I want to show off Brazil’s heart.”Brazil has given thousands of Syrians the chance of a new start. At the beginning of May, a 12-year-oldSyrian refugee was chosen to be one of the first 10 bearers of the Olympic Torch on the day it arrived in Brazil. Hanan Khaled Daqqah and her family arrived in São Paulo in 2015, under a humanitarian programme run by the Brazilian government. Some 8,000 special visas have been issued to Syrians under the initiative. Hanan now studies at a public school near her home, speaks Portuguese fluently and has many Brazilian friends.In April, another Syrian refugee – swimmer Ibrahim Al-Hussein, who lost part of his leg in a bombing – carried the Rio 2016 torch through a refugee camp in Athens. Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee is mounting a team of refugees who will compete under the Olympic flag at the Rio 2016 Games.For some Syrians, adaptation to life in Brazil has been relatively straightforward even though they are far from their homeland. Refugees say that Brazil’s multi-ethnic culture has helped the integration process. The country has a long history of Arab immigration; Mohammad Ghannam points to the abundance of Arab restaurants in Rio and to the decoration of Catete Palace, partly inspired by the Moorish culture of medieval Portugal.Inspired by sportsThe volunteers say they are excited to be participating in the world’s greatest festival of sport. “My father used to say that with sport another person’s achievements can make you happy,” biomedical scientist Keila Castillo from Venezuela says. Keila arrived in Rio less than a year ago and is herself an active sportswoman, playing football and running marathons.Another sports fan who will be contributing to the Games as a volunteer is Aklah Fiasese, a 58-year-old film maker from Togo who fled the country after his television programmes upset the authorities. As well as working as a volunteer, Fiasese is confident that the very first Olympic Games in South America will provide plenty of material for a new production. One thing is for sure – there will be no shortage of stories to tell when the whole world comes to Rio in less than three months’ time.last_img read more

Official: Eibar-Real Sociedad, suspended due to pollution

first_imgPOSTING | In contact with LaLiga, the RFEF and the clubs involved, the Competition Committee, and on the recommendation of the Basque Government, has decided to suspend the #EibarRealSociedad that was going to take place tomorrow, February 16 at 4:00 p.m. at the Ipurua stadium. pic.twitter.com/zOmcYiSgKg– LaLiga (@LaLiga) February 15, 2020The decision was taken on Saturday by the Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation to ensure the health of the players. This organization, in contact with La Liga, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the two clubs involved, decided to postpone the meeting between the two Guipuzcoan First Division teams.Now, Eibar and Real Sociedad must reach an agreement, before 2 pm on Tuesday, February 18, to choose a date on which the meeting is held. If the two clubs do not agree, the Competition Committee would determine the day on which it would be played.Last Friday afternoon, Osakidetza (Basque Health Service, under the Basque Government) He recommended to the neighbors of Eibar, Ermua, and Zaldibar not to open the windows of their houses to ventilate them, and not to do outdoor sports, especially at night (when there is a phenomenon of thermal inversion that favors the expansion of air pollution from the landfill fire).Landslide CollapseThe Zaldibar landfill collapsed a week ago, on February 6, trapping two workers, which have not yet been found under the rubble, and caused fires among waste that have not yet been suffocated.These fires have motivated that on the 9th they will be detected in the air of the nearest area, among which are the Gipuzkoan town of Eibar and the Biscaynes of Ermua and Zaldibar (where Barça coach José Luis Mendilibar lives), 700 centigrams of dioxins and furans per cubic meter, some 40 times higher levels of environmental pollution than normal values ​​in an urban area.Faced with this risk situation, at the end of Friday, both Eibar and the Royal Society, in common agreement with the Royal Spanish Football Federation, and La Liga, agreed to wait until Saturday to see if air conditions improved or not . Based on this, a decision would be made as to whether or not the match that the two Gipuzkoan clubs in Ipurua would play on Sunday would be played. The Competition Committee received today, Saturday, a letter from the Deputy Minister of Health of the Basque Government informing that, due to the high levels of chemical compounds detected in the air and in strict application of the precautionary principle, It is recommended not to perform outdoor sports activity in Eibar, Ermua and Zaldibar.In view of the recommendation sent by the Basque Government, and after receiving writings from the two Guipuzcoan clubs and from The League, the Competition Committee decided to suspend the match. He has done so to ensure the health of athletes, and by applying articles 239 and 240 of the General Regulations regarding the possibility of suspension of matches due to force majeure; as well as in article 42.3 a) of the Federal Statutes referring to the possibility of suspension of a meeting by disposition of the competent authority.Concern and angerAt midnight from Friday to Saturday, shortly after the two Gipuzkoan clubs announced that on Saturday a decision would be made on whether or not the match was played, the smell of burning coming from the Zaldibar landfill was evident in the center of Eibar.Since Osakidetza advised on Friday not to ventilate the houses, and not to do outdoor sports, the ‘alert’ has jumped in the three affected populations of the Basque Country, which total 48,000 inhabitants.The neighbors are worried and, at the same time, angry that the fire at the Zaldibar landfill began on Sunday, February 9, and the results of the air quality analyzes were not made public until 5 days later, on Friday 14.The Diputación de Vizcaya suspended on Friday all the outdoor school competition sports planned in Ermua and Zaldibar for this weekend. Likewise, the meetings planned in the eibarreses fields of Unbe were also suspended, in an area other than the eibarresa of IpuruaWhile waiting to make a decision on whether or not the First Division Gipuzkoan derby was disputed, the two teams exercised normally. The eibarresa squad did it on Saturday morning in the field of Atxabalpe (Mondragón), where he usually trains.After the preparatory session, Eibar had announced the call for Sunday’s game, which included 20 players, all of the squad except the sanctioned Charles Dias, and the injured Pedro Bigas, Kike García, and Iván Ramis.For his part, the realistic coach, Imanol Alguacil, who offered a press conference in Zubieta on Saturday (before knowing the decision to suspend the meeting), stressed that “the most important thing is health.” The Eibar-Real Sociedad party, scheduled for Sunday (16 hours) in Ipurúa, has been suspended due to air pollution due to an existing fire at a Zaldibar landfill, a Biscayan town very close to Eibar’s Guipuzcoan.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP search for robbery suspect

first_imgGrande Prairie RCMP are searching for a suspect after a local bar was robbed.The robbery occurred Tuesday night at around 11:50 p.m. Police say the suspect approached the bartender demanding money.- Advertisement -Another employee subsequently approached the two and the suspect ran off without getting any money. The suspect then fled in an older, four-door burgundy vehicle that was parked at a strip mall nearby.The suspect is described as short and was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and had a white mask on at the time of the incident.Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment at 780-830-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

Sterling not on same level as Messi, Ronaldo, says Guardiola

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate suggested Sterling could eventually be mentioned in the same breath as Messi and Ronaldo when asked how far the City winger could go if he maintains his superb form.Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has also said that he sees Sterling as a potential future winner of the Ballon d’Or — an award Barcelona star Messi and Juventus forward Ronaldo have each won five times.City manager Guardiola is thrilled at Sterling’s progress during their three years working together, but having also coached Messi at Barca, he knows the exceptional standards required at that exalted level.“Right now, Raheem is not in that level, but maybe in the future I wish. It would be a dream for him and for all of us,” Guardiola told reporters.“The consistency of these two guys, they are legends, something unique in world football.“If Raheem can target that level –- wow. We will be there to help him and of course he can do it.“But right now, nobody, not in the club, or in all the clubs in the world can compare with these two guys and what they have done every single week for ten years. Nobody.”– Sterling in electric form –Sterling enjoyed his best goal-scoring season last year as he netted 25 times to help City win the domestic treble of Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.He has started the new season in electric form with eight goals in seven games for club and country. He scored in both Euro 2020 qualifiers for England during the international break.To understand what Sterling is up against, Ronaldo’s mark of 29 club goals last season for Juventus is the lowest figure either he or Messi have recorded in the last decade.As City prepare to resume their Premier League campaign, away to Norwich on Saturday, Guardiola has noticed how the 24-year-old is becoming much more clinical in front of goal — as Sterling aims to improve on his best league tally of 18 from 2017-18.“Before Raheem made good actions and dribbles, but he didn’t finish too much. Now he is a player who can win games for himself,” Guardiola said.“It is a case of practice, practice, practice –- and mentality. The guy who scores goals is because he arrives in front of goal. If you are not there, it’s impossible.“In the beginning, he didn’t get there. Now he is always there. I have the sense that he has the desire and commitment to score goals and that’s why he scores more goals and has more assists.”0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling isn’t ready to be ranked with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – Pep Guardiola would love Raheem Sterling to reach the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Manchester City manager is not sure if any player will be able to equal the feats of that legendary pair.Others have recently been comparing Sterling to the two dominant players of the last decade.last_img read more

GM cuts losses, but still in red ink

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventWhile it was GM’s sixth straight quarterly loss, it was an improvement over the January-March period of 2005, when GM lost $1.3 billion, or $2.22 per share, and stopped providing financial guidance. “The first quarter represented an important milestone in GM and GM North America’s turnaround,” GM Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said in a statement. GM’s shares rose $2.07, or 10 percent, to close at $22.64 on the New York Stock Exchange. Its shares have been edging up from a 52-week low of $18.33 reached in December. “We are pleased to see results improve, but our enthusiasm is tempered by several factors,” Morgan Stanley analyst Jonathan Steinmetz said in a note to investors. Steinmetz said GM’s high production levels boosted profits in the first quarter but are likely to decline now that the automaker has built up inventory. Henderson said GM is concerned about gas prices but believes there is still demand for full-size SUVs. “There are still customers who want the full-size sport ute and we have no intention of walking away from that,” Henderson said. The Detroit-based automaker, which lost $10.6 billion in 2005, is in the midst of a major North American restructuring that calls for cutting 30,000 jobs and closing 12 facilities by 2008. GM said restructuring charges for North America, Europe and elsewhere totaled $111 million. Included in the first-quarter results was a one-time pretax charge of $1 billion for expenses related to a recent settlement that requires hourly retirees to pay more for their health care. GM must contribute $3 billion to a fund for retiree health care by 2011. GM expects the settlement will save $750 million per quarter, but not until the second half of this year. GM also is waiting to reap financial benefits from some of its other restructuring efforts, including a buyout offer made this spring to its 113,000 U.S. hourly employees. GM expects to see a windfall in the fourth quarter, when its $14 billion deal to sell a 51 percent stake in its financial arm, General Motors Acceptance Corp., is expected to be completed. But some of GM’s restructuring actions are already contributing to the company’s bottom line. The new lineup of SUVs and a pullback on expensive incentives helped raise GM’s average price per vehicle by $1,000 for the quarter, to $19,960. GM also realized gains from the sale of noncore assets such as its stake in Suzuki Motor Corp., which fetched $317 million. Quarterly revenue rose to a record $52.2 billion from $45.8 billion a year ago, thanks in part to strong sales outside North America. While U.S. sales were down 5 percent in the January-March period, that was offset by increased sales in China and other developing markets, GM said. The company’s global market share was flat at 13 percent. GM’s struggling North American division reported a loss of $946 million, compared with a loss of $1.5 billion a year ago. Henderson said GM is on track to meet its goal of $4 billion in cost reductions by the end of this year. “It’s a quarter of good, solid progress,” he said. “Obviously, the job’s not done.” GMAC earned $605 million for the quarter, down from $728 million a year ago as mortgage earnings took a hit due to higher interest rates. Mortgage earnings slipped by more than half, to $206 million. GMAC remained a heavy contributor to GM’s bottom line in the first quarter, pitching in an estimated $1.07 per share, but that will change when the majority stake in GMAC goes to new owners, Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy said. “This will raise much needed liquidity but will push GM’s largest profit contributor for years out the door,” Murphy said in a note to investors. GM hasn’t provided earnings guidance since last April, and Henderson said the company doesn’t plan to provide guidance for the rest of this year. Henderson said it would be inappropriate for GM to issue guidance until it comes to a resolution with Delphi. Delphi wants to lower hourly workers’ wages and has asked a federal bankruptcy court to throw out its union contracts. If those contracts are voided, the United Auto Workers and other unions have threatened a strike that could devastate GM.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – General Motors Corp. managed to reduce the flow of red ink in the first quarter, significantly narrowing its losses as a major restructuring began to take hold, but the world’s biggest automaker acknowledged it still has a long way to go before it returns to profitability. “We’re still burning cash. We’re still not comfortable where we are with our cash flow,” said GM Chief Financial Officer Frederick “Fritz” Henderson. Wall Street analysts said the results were better than expected, but they warned that GM faces significant head winds, including rising gas prices that could hurt a new lineup of sport utility vehicles and ongoing negotiations over wages at Delphi Corp., GM’s former parts division. GM is expected to be on the hook for billions of dollars in Delphi labor and pension costs. GM reported a first-quarter loss of $323 million, or 57 cents per share, on Thursday. last_img read more

Is this Man United’s next season line-up with Bale, Maguire and more new signings?

first_img ATTACK: Gareth Bale, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware gameday Now that the signing of Fred has been officially completed, United’s first-choice midfield three for 2018/19 has taken place. The Brazil international will combine with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in a trio that should allow the latter to finally express himself at Old Trafford, following two relatively disappointing campaigns by the standards expected of him.Fred will take up the supporting role previously played by Ander Herrera or Scott McTominay, and the biggest upgrade comes from his ability on the ball. Whereas Herrera and McTominay would win the ball from the opposition but fail to do anything notable with it, Fred will look to claim possession and immediately dictate United’s play from the centre of pitch. Mourinho has been relying on a one-dimensional midfielder for far too long in this role, but he has finally fixed perhaps the biggest weakness in his starting XI.Matic, who turns 30 before the start of the season, started to fade as last season wore on, but has more than enough about him to remain a guaranteed starter at holding midfielder, while Pogba has to enjoy a truly great season in his favoured position – slightly to the left of a midfield three – otherwise questions may start to be asked about just how good he actually is. DEFENCE: Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Alex Sandro How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Antonio Valencia establishing himself as one of the best full-backs in the Premier League has been one of the division’s biggest surprises since Mourinho’s appointment as United manager. He is set to start the season still as first-choice right-back, with summer signing Diogo Dalot likely to rotate with the 32-year-old until he establishes himself at Old Trafford.Eric Bailly has fallen in and out of the starting line-up under Mourinho, but he is, on paper, the best of all United’s current central defensive options. A pairing of Bailly with Harry Maguire, who has been linked with a £50m switch to Old Trafford, would be extremely tough to break down for attacking teams.Maguire, who has impressed for England and Leicester over the last year, is also something United’s defence has lacked for a long time – a player who can carry the ball out of the back. He would be able to link play between the defence and midfield, which means Paul Pogba would not have to drop deep to collect the ball – something which was seen far too often last season – and could simply focus on his attacking duties.Cover for centre-half comes in the shape of Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, all of whom have played under under Mourinho to prove they are trusted by their manager.The left flank conundrum is set to be remedied this summer by replacing Young with a natural left-back who is left-footed. Mourinho can already call upon Luke Shaw, but it appears as if the manager does not trust him, so he has targeted a move for Alex Sandro of Juventus. Sandro endured a rather mediocre campaign in 2017/18, but prior to that he was viewed as perhaps the best full-back in Europe, and his attacking abilities make him the perfect option to provide width on the left of United’s attack. Young has done more than enough to stay at Old Trafford, and he will likely be used as a rotation option with Sandro, whilst also providing cover at right-back and in midfield due to his incredible versatility. possible standings NEW ERA 7 This was United’s starting XI from April’s 2-1 defeat of Arsenal MIDFIELD: Fred, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba Mourinho will be hoping to guide Man United to their first Premier League title since 2012 next season 7 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has already started strengthening his Red Devils squad ahead of the new Premier League season.United have completed three signings this summer, bringing in teenage full-back Diogo Dalot from Porto, goalkeeper Lee Grant from Stoke, and Fred, the Brazil midfielder, from Shakhtar Donetsk, but Mourinho wants further transfers made before the campaign begins in early August. 7 Man United’s system with inverted wingers (left) and traditional wingers (right) 7 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? center_img predicted How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? If reports are to be believed, Mourinho wants to bring in a new first-choice left-back – with Dalot seen as a rotation option as he develops – and a right winger, having failed last summer to prise Ivan Perisic away from Inter of Milan for that position.In 2017/18, Mourinho alternated between a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-3-3 system, favouring the latter as the season drew to a close. Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku are guaranteed to start the season in the positions they ended the last, left-wing and centre forward respectively, and there is cover for both players in the shape of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata. Anthony Martial is another option, but his agent has made it clear the France forward wants to leave Old Trafford this summer.The right-wing position is the one Mourinho wishes to upgrade, and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is said to be a prime target – with talks already being held over signing the 28-year-old.Bale, the Wales international, is capable of playing anywhere across the front line, but having him making driving runs down the right would be perfect for United as he would stretch opposition defences using his incredible physicality on the ball.He provides more final product in the attacking third than the likes of Lingard and Mata, who played in that position at times in 2017/18, although he will not bring one thing to United’s squad that Mourinho loves – a high defensive work-rate.One issue would be that Bale would always look to cut in onto his left foot if selected on the right flank, but this can be remedied by having Bale and Sanchez alternate positions while the game is being played. Either they are both selected as inverted wingers who move centrally to attack the box, or they take up more natural positions to get down the flank and send balls into the area for Lukaku and the marauding Pogba to attack. possible xi 7 Latest Premier League news ALTERED 7 How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener who plays? smart causal Paul Pogba provided the attacking role from midfield, with Nemanja Matic shielding the defence and generally one of Ander Herrera or Scott McTominay offering further defensive support fromm a position slightly higher up the pitch.The right flank had width from both full-back and winger, although problems were created on the left with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, and then Alexis Sanchez when he was signed, always looking to cut inside to play the ball with their stronger foot.This is is a viable tactic as long as width is being provided from full-back, but Ashley Young – also right-footed – would make overlapping runs before also being forced to cut back to deliver a cross. This caused United’s attacking play to be very lopsided, and made them easy to defend against if an opponent overloaded United’s right flank with bodies, especially as United’s right-sided attacking players are well below the quality of the ones available for the left-wing position.The signings Mourinho is targeting will fix United’s problems, on paper at least, but how are the Red Devils shaping up ahead of the new season?talkSPORT have built a predicted Manchester United XI for 2018/19, which you can see below… If there is any player in the Premier League guaranteed of his place in his team, it is De Gea, the Man United goalkeeeper. He has been the best glovesman in England’s top flight for a good number of years now, and arguably established himself as the best in the world last season. Real Madrid do not seem to have any ambition of signing De Gea this summer, so United should be holding onto their key man for at least another campaign. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes REVEALED GOALKEEPER: David de Gea 7 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?last_img read more

WHERE’S YOUR BOTTLE? FURY OVER RECYCLING CENTRE MESS

first_imgThis is the scene which greeted people using one of Letterkenny’s most-used bottle banks this morning.The bottle bank at the back of Dunnes Stores has nine different banks.However users were this morning forced to take their bottles home with them after finding the banks stuffed to overloading. Other people who used the banks over the Bank Holiday Weekend were not so civic-minded.Many just left hundreds of bottles and cans in bags and crates outside the bottle banks leaving a huge mess.Many of the bottles had smashed leaving glass spread all around the car park.Paddy McMenamin, a pensioner from Glencar, who regularly uses the bottle bank, said he was disgusted after finding the mess this morning. “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I pulled up this morning to empty a couple of wine bottles and some beers cans.“All the banks apart from the two dark glass banks were completely stuffed up to the top.“It ended up that people were just dumping their bags and boxes of bottles on the ground in front of the banks. It was a real mess.“I can’t understand why these banks were allowed to overflow like this. I would like to know when was the last time they were emptied?“These banks are very big and they didn’t just fill up overnight. “It just looks very bad that this mess has been allowed to build up. It also puts people off bringing their bottles and cans for recycling.“I have no doubt that a lot of people who pulled up to empty their bottles wouldn’t have bothered because the banks were full and because of the mess,” he said.WHERE’S YOUR BOTTLE? FURY OVER RECYCLING CENTRE MESS was last modified: June 5th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEE

first_img“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.”Dave BarryFor any of you who don’t know me, some would say that I have a slight addiction to the rich, dark, silky smooth, fantastical beverage that is coffee. (Too much?) I still find it hard to believe that there are some who don’t drink coffee and even don’t like the taste, because what’s not to like?Coffee has recently been found to have an array of health benefits.“I don’t really like coffee, she said, but I don’t really like it when my head hits my desk when I fall asleep either. ”Brian Andrea Coffee Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter:Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levelsThis is because it contains a stimulant called caffeine, which is actually the most commonly consumed stimulant in the world.Many studies show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function.This includes memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels and reaction times. A source of anti-oxidants:Fruit and vegetables are both excellent sources of anti-oxidants for the human body, but coffee has been found to have the highest levels readily available for us.While many fruits and vegetables are loaded with anti-oxidants it is the body’s ability to absorb these that is more important and we seem to be able to absorb the most from coffee.Coffee can help you to burn fat: Caffeine is found in almost every fat-burning supplement and with good reason.Caffeine is one of the few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning.Caffeine has been shown to boost the metabolic rate by 3-11%.Caffeine can also increase the burning of fat, by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people.However, these benefits can decrease for people who consume coffee daily.Also it should be noted that for someone who is naturally thin and is trying to gain weight, stimulants such as caffeine are best avoided as you do not need your metabolism boosted.“I decide to turn to my old faithful solution to all that is wrong in life. Coffee.”Lisa Renee JonesCoffee could reduce your chances of getting skin cancer (if you’re a woman).A 20 year study of over 100, 000 men and women found that women who drank 3 or more cups of coffee per day were less likely to develop skin cancer than those who don’t.Coffee could reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.Coffee also lowers risk of Type 2 diabetes.Researchers found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 50 percent.Subsequently, with every additional cup, the risk gets lowered by 7 percent.Coffee can improve athletic and physical performance.The New York Times reports: “Scientists and many athletes have known for years, of course, that a cup of coffee before a workout jolts athletic performance, especially in endurance sports like distance running and cycling.”Caffeine increases the number of fatty acids in the bloodstream, which allows athletes’ muscles to absorb and burn those fats for fuel, therefore saving the body’s small reserves of carbohydrates for later on in the exercise.Drink a cup of coffee half an hour before your training session, and see the difference.Other benefit of coffee range from lowering the risk of Prostate Cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.It has been shown to have a positive effect on the liver can help with depression and can even lower the risk of stroke.Whether you like coffee or not, you simply cannot ignore the array of health benefits that it has.#TrainSmartEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEE was last modified: June 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Coffeeemmet rushesfitness columnhealth benefitslast_img read more

Striker out to score the goals that will save QPR

first_imgDJ Campbell says he can score the goals to keep QPR in the Premier League, the Daily Mirror reports.Campbell, who impressed for Blackpool last season, is available again after a hamstring problem.His return could be a timely boost for Rangers given that Djibril Cisse is suspended.And Campbell said: “It’s not quite worked out for me this season with injuries, but I scored a lot of goals last year, so why not?“It’s what I get paid to do and that’s what I hopefully can do when I come back.“I feel I can make an impact straight away. I believe we can do it. If I can score the goals to help us do so, then my job’s done.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

American woos China Southern, reports say.

first_imgChina Southern has confirmed it is negotiating “a possible major strategic co-operation” with a third party tipped to be American Airlines.The statement, released on March 24, comes after media reports said American Airlines was in advanced talks to acquire a stake in China Southern.China Southern shares have been suspended since March 23 and are due to resume trading in Hong Kong Monday.According to Bloomberg News, the negotiations focus on an investment of about $US200 million by American in China Southern’s Hong Kong-listed shares.Unidentified sources told Bloomberg the sale would likely take place through a private placement.China Southern later issued a clarification saying it had noted the recent media coverage about talks with a third party and confirmed it was in negotiations with a third party over a “possible transaction”.“ The Company wishes to emphasize that the possible transaction is subject to internal approvals by the board of directors and shareholders (if applicable) of each party, the approvals by the relevant governmental authorities (if applicable), and the entering into of certain final legally binding documents by the relevant parties thereto and the terms thereof,’’ China Southern’s statement said.“As of the date of this press release, the company does not have any binding arrangement or definitive agreement in relation to the Possible Transaction. The possible transaction may or may not proceed.’’A deal with China Southern would give American a foothold in a burgeoning Chinese market in which US carriers have had difficulties obtaining slots and flight frequencies are limited by a bilateral air services agreement.The move would also give China Southern exposure in the US through an alliance with that country’s biggest airline.Other Chinese carriers already have minority airline shareholders: Delta Air Lines has a stake in China Eastern and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific owns about 18 per cent of Air China.Some observers have noted American is a member of the oneworld alliance while China Southern belongs to the rival SkyTeam but that is unlikely to be a problem.American’s oneworld partner Qantas has partnerships with both  China Southern and China Eastern, which also belongs to SkyTeam.In a separate development, Qantas was last week granted the right to unlimited capacity on the China route by Australia’s International Air Services Commission.The capacity may be used by Qantas or wholly-owned subsidiary Jetstar or to provide services jointly with China Eastern.Australia last year liberalised its air services agreement with China to remove all capacity restrictions.last_img read more