first_imgDominion Post 7 Dec 2011Alcohol abuse is saddling the health system with “entirely avoidable costs” and causing despair among staff who pick up the pieces, Wellington’s health sector leaders say. In an open letter to The Dominion Post, 14 of the 18 members of Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley district health boards have called for “a community-wide conversation” about alcohol, saying the health system can do only so much on its own.The board members – who are voted in by the public or appointed by the Government – have added their voices to those of staff at both organisations, who have relentlessly decried the end effects of alcohol abuse. Alcohol, as well as contributing to patients showing up at emergency departments, is responsible for a significant proportion of cancers, organ diseases and other long-term illnesses that the health system treats. read more

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Robert Ferrante, centre, said he bought the cyanide for stem cell experiments(BBC) A US neuroscientist has been found guilty of murdering his wife by lacing her energy drink with cyanide.Prosecutors said former University of Pittsburgh researcher Robert Ferrante concocted the plan to kill Autumn Klein after she pressured him to have a second child.Ferrante now faces a mandatory life sentence.Ms Klein’s relatives burst into tears upon hearing the guilty verdict in the Pittsburgh court.“Justice for Autumn,” said her mother, Lois Klein, outside the court.Autumn Klein collapsed at the couple’s home and died in hospitalThe jury deliberated for 15 hours over two days before finding Ferrante, 66, guilty of first-degree murder.Ferrante hung his head when the verdict was read out.Police said Ferrante had given the supplement to his wife on 17 April 2013. She died three days later.Prosecutors described him as a “master manipulator” and said he may also have acted out of fear that she was having an affair or was planning to divorce him.Ferrante had denied poisoning his wife, saying he had bought the cyanide for stem cell experiments.Police said Ferrante used a university credit card two days before Ms Klein fell ill to buy more than 8oz (220g) of cyanide.His lawyers made the case that Ms Klein, 41, might not have been poisoned at all, citing three defence experts who said poisoning couldn’t be conclusively proved.The prosecution, however, maintained that a test on Ms Klein’s blood had revealed a lethal level of cyanide.The blood was drawn while doctors tried for three days to save her life, although the results were not known until after she had died and her body was cremated. Share Tweetcenter_img 240 Views   no discussions HealthInternationalLifestylePrint US researcher guilty of poisoning by: – November 8, 2014 Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Non-Nationals Caught in Dominican Waters Charged For Possession of Cannabis by: – July 26, 2011center_img 10 Views   no discussions In photo: Cannabis plants growing outdoors in hollows Photo credit:cannabis-pictures.comTwo non-nationals were granted cash bail of four thousand dollars each after they pleaded not guilty to a joint charge of possession of cannabis at the Roseau Magistrate’s Court on Monday.According to the facts of the case, Vincentian Kenrick Yearwood and St Lucian Francis St Romaine were charged after they were intercepted at sea, approximately 1.5 nautical miles west of Portsmouth on July 24th, 2011.Both men, who pleaded not guilty to the charge were represented by Attorney at Law Zena Dyer.Although the prosecution objected to bail on the grounds that both accused are non-nationals, Mrs Dyer was able to convince the court that it was ‘not right’ to have the men in custody for what she referred to as ‘a simple possession charge’.Mrs Dyer added that ‘we are one Caribbean; one nation’ and that her clients should be treated as ordinary citizens.Magistrate Ossie Lewis granted station bail advising the defendants to reappear in court for their trial on August 11th at Portsmouth.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

first_imgOLDENBURG, Ind. — Oldenburg Academy recently took home the top award in the Regional Maverick Challenge held in Columbus, Indiana.The Maverick Challenge is a high school business planning competition for students in Southern Indiana.Oldenburg Academy seniors Haleigh Reed and Samantha Nobbe created a business plan for a company called The Bean Company.The Bean Company takes coffee grounds and creates beauty products.The business specializes in custom-made products.The two seniors achieved first place at the regional level, bringing home $3,000 in prize money.last_img read more

first_imgANKENY, Iowa – Half a century after the first Casey’s General Store opened, the Official Convenience Store of IMCA continues its support of both the biggest event in dirt track racing and the longest running Late Model series in the Midwest.Casey’s returns for a sixth consecutive season as presenting sponsor of the IMCA Speedway Motors Su­per Nationals, scheduled Sept. 3-8 at Boone Speedway, and to the title spon­sorship role for the redraw at each IMCA Late Model tour main event.Headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa, Casey’s has more than 2,000 stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mis­souri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennes­see and Wisconsin.Casey’s and IMCA both donate $10 to Hope for the Warriors on behalf of each heat winner during the week of Super Nationals. That organization, which serves post-9/11 service members and their families, has received more than $25,000 in the past five events.Super Nationals heat winners in all divisions also receive a hat and $20 gift card.Drivers drawing the pole for each Deery Series main event get $50 gift cards while those with per­fect attendance for the entire season receive $100 gift cards.Decal placement is required for both Super Nationals and Deery Series competitors. Gift cards are redeemable at any Casey’s location.In addition to selling grocery items, bakery goods and gasoline, Casey’s is the fifth larg­est pizza chain in the country and is becoming even more famous for pizza with online orders and a new app for smartphone and other mobile device users.The first Casey’s store opened in Boone 50 years ago. Casey’s continues to maintain a very visible loca­tion in the hometown of Super Nationals with a store that opened along Highway 30, just across the road from the Boone Speedway grounds.The Casey’s website is Information about new promotions is also on Facebook. The 2018 season is the third in the current three-year sponsorship agreement between Casey’s and IMCA.“The history and affiliation between IMCA and Casey’s runs deep yet the excitement remains strong as we look to the future,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “2018 is going to be a great year for the Deery Brothers Summer Series as well as the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, and we can’t wait to get underway.”last_img read more

first_imgDAVENPORT, Iowa – The winner earns $2,000 for his or her on-track efforts at Davenport Speedway’s IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified Madness 50 on Friday, May 22.The 50-lap feature is a qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State, but no local track points will be awarded for the draw/redraw show.The $50 entry fee can be paid at the gate.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., the drivers’ meeting is at 6 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. Racing on the quarter-mile oval starts at 7 p.m.Pit passes are $30. All other weekly divisions, including the IMCA Late Models and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, are on the evening’s card and race for all applicable points.Spectator admission will be $15 for adults and $14 for seniors and students, with kids ages 12 and under free when accompanying a paid adult.More information is available from promoter Bob Wagener at 563 652-5302 and at the website.The track race day number is 563 326-5338.last_img read more

first_imgVersailles, IN —Update: The Ripley County Health Department is now also cautioning anyone that attended the Prom at Romweber on July 11, 2020, that there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to COVID-19. If you begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19, please be tested and self-isolate.Symptoms of COVID-19 include:Fever or chillsCoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathingFatigueMuscle or body achesHeadacheNew loss of taste or smellSore throatCongestion or runny noseNausea or vomitingDiarrheaOriginal story:The Ripley County Health Department is cautioning local residents that if you attended the Milan 4th of July parade on July 4, 2020, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to COVID-19. If you begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19, please be tested and self-isolate.There is a testing site in Ripley County at the Ripley County Fairgrounds in Osgood. To register, please visit: or call 888-634-1116.last_img read more

first_img “For me he is one of the best players in the history of this country,” Mata said at his unveiling. “He is unbelievable, he can score and he can assist. “I will try to connect with him as much as I can. I will try to find the gaps in rival defences, try to be in the positions I have to be in to assist the strikers.” Asked about the pressure that comes with his price tag, Mata said: “I like the pressure, I think it’s good for a footballer to try to improve. “People are expecting big things from me and I am looking forward to it.” Mata, who will wear the number eight shirt, said he was attracted by the character of United and their reputation for never giving up, even claiming they were not out of the Barclays Premier League title race. “It’s a new challenge for me,” he said. “This one was a massive challenge for me. “What I like the most about this club is the character. I think if another club were in this position in the league, I think it would be very difficult to come back and take first position, but this club can do it. Juan Mata has revealed he is relishing the chance to link up with Wayne Rooney at Manchester United as well as the pressure of his club-record price tag. “This is the real image I have from Man United, always fighting to win titles, always coming back from difficult moments. “The team is really good, the squad is really good. This season they have had some unlucky moments they didn’t deserve. Hopefully from now until the end of the season we will win as many games as we can.” Mata revealed the move was “really important” to his hopes of making Spain’s squad for the World Cup, and said he was “really happy” to be at United. “I just wanted to go to a place where I would feel happy,” he added. Asked about what position he would prefer to play in, Mata diplomatically responded: “I think that’s a question for him (Moyes). I would like to play anywhere.” Moyes emphasised his surprise that the club were able to do such a deal mid-season and said he would bring in more players of Mata’s calibre. “I am thrilled, I got wind a month or two ago it could be possible, but I never thought we would pull it off,” he said. “When we got the sniff there was a chance Juan could be available we went after it right away. Congratulations to the club and (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward for getting the deal done.” The Scot added: “There will be more players like Juan in the future, I’ve no doubt about that.” The Spain international has moved to Old Trafford from Chelsea for £37.1million. The 25-year-old should provide the creativity and invention which has been sadly lacking from David Moyes’ team this season, and he cannot wait to play alongside Rooney. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Nevertheless City still hold matches in hand on their title rivals, and are just two points off the pace, although they could be back further behind Liverpool should they beat Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday. It is all shaping up to be a tense run-in, with the Reds also building momentum and would themselves be back in the driving seat if they can secure maximum points from key home games against City and Chelsea still to come. Pellegrini said: “Four points from Manchester United and Arsenal when both games were away is a good week for us. “Of course we could be more happy if we won today – and we had, especially in the first half, the chances to do it. “Arsenal had a better second half, but no chances to score apart from the goal.” The Chilean coach added: “It is not easy to come to Arsenal’s home and beat Arsenal. “All of us want to win all the points, but, I repeat, we had a good performance against a very difficult team at their own stadium.” Pellegrini is expecting more drama before the final whistle of the campaign in May. Following Chelsea’s shock 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace earlier on Saturday afternoon, City – who thumped Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford in midweek – would have gone ahead on goal difference with victory over the out-of-form Gunners. However, despite taking an early lead through David Silva, it was Arsenal who showed the more desire as they recovered to turn in a strong second-half display and levelled through Mathieu Flamini. Manager Manuel Pellegrini maintained it had been a “good week” for his Manchester City side despite missing the chance to go top of the Barclays Premier League after being held to a 1-1 draw at Arsenal. “The four teams have chances in the future to win the title, and four teams will drop points between now and the end of the season,” he said. “It is always difficult at the end of the season because there are a lot of teams in relegation positions who fight for every point. “Ask Chelsea today what can happen away. We must just continue thinking about the next game. “It is very difficult for me to know what will happen in the future. What I know is that if we win our matches it will just depend on what we can do.” Arsenal – thrashed 6-0 at Chelsea to ruin manager Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match last weekend – needed a response to make sure they were not overrun once again in a showdown with a top-four rival. Indeed, but for a fine reaction save from England keeper Joe Hart to deflect a fierce angled drive from Lukas Podolski behind in the 60th minute, the Gunners could have gone on to win the match. Wenger was pleased that his side finally showed the required character. “We were a bit nervy at the start, insecure in our attitude by our last two results, but even when we were 1-0 down you could see the team was ready for a fight,” said the Arsenal manager, whose side had conceded a last-minute own goal to draw 2-2 at home against Swansea on Tuesday night. “We controlled the second half, we controlled the first 20 minutes and overall in the first half maybe they had another chance, in the second half we had a second chance. “We could have won it in the second half, but overall it was a game of quality between two good teams and the game was played with a great spirit on both sides.” Arsenal remain in fourth place, five points behind Chelsea. Wenger said: “Chelsea lost today at Crystal Palace, so that means all of us have to be careful and consistent. “It just shows that we have absolutely to fight until the end of the season because everybody can beat everybody. “Mathematically we are still in there, but it is not in our hands. “We have to look above us and behind us as well, because behind us they are coming as well.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgPARIS, France (AFP) – FIFA yesterday relaxed the rules on the release of players for the upcoming international window “in light of the recent evolution of the coronavirus pandemic”.Clubs are usually obliged to release players to national teams during those parts of the calendar reserved for international games. However quarantine rules in many countries will make travel impractical, FIFA said in a statement.“Many national governments have again implemented travel and immigration restrictions due to a renewed increase in COVID-19 infections. Some of these measures directly impact international competition, such as mandatory periods of quarantine or self-isolation and travel restrictions,” the statement explained.Clubs will not be obliged to release their players if there is a mandatory quarantine in the country where the club is based, in the country where the international game will take place or when there are travel restrictions between the two locations and there are no specific exemptions for the players.The ruling applies to the men’s international window from August 31 to September 8 and the women’s window from September 14 to 22.FiIFA had already decided that international matches in those slots could only take place in Europe.last_img read more