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first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiefer Ravena surveys the floor during a scrimmage at the PBA Draft Combine at Gatorade Hoops Center. PBA IMAGESAfter giving it much thought, Kiefer Ravena feels that the timing is just right for him to enter the PBA.“I really thought about this with my family and a decision that really took so much time. Once I submitted my papers, I knew my future is already here,” Ravena said.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Standhardinger says he will be at PBA Draft after missing combine LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set One of the most sought after prospects in the game today, Ravena believes that joining the draft is the culmination of all of his work back from his days playing for Ateneo.“It’s all for this. We look forward to this day since we all started playing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRavena, who is projected to go second after Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, said he’s more than ready to play for whichever team he suits up for.But he admitted that the possibility of playing for coach Yeng Guiao at NLEX, which holds the No. 2 pick, makes him giddy. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene READ: Guiao eyes Standhardinger, Ravena as NLEX’s draft pick“If ever NLEX picks me, I’m excited to be under coach Yeng. I’ve been under a fiery coach before such as coach Jamike (Jarin), and I guess that was a good practice for me. But I don’t think coach Jamike is anywhere close to how coach Yeng is,” said the 23-year-old guard.“I’m very excited and I’ve talked to coach Yeng a couple of times prior to the combine, so hopefully everything pans out. If ever I go number two, I’ll be with him in NLEX.”Ravena cleared he will give his best effort to whichever team picks him.“For us, as long as we get our foot inside the PBA, we’ll control what we can control which is how we play, and that is giving 110 percent for the team that will pick us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgA vendor was on Monday slapped with four armed robbery charges when he made his first court appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Eighteen-year-old Leon Patterson appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the charges when they were read to him.Police stated that on October 11, 2019, at Meadow Brook Gardens, Georgetown, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Jerome Mitchel of a motorcycle valued at $290,000.The second charge alleged that on October 14, 2019, at Baramita Street, South Ruimveldt, Patterson, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, robbed Richard Porsha of a motorcycle valued at $435, 000.The third charge alleged that on the same day at Freeman Street, East La Penitence, he robbed Tyrese George of an iPhone 7 Plus valued at $87,000.He was also accused of robbing Timothy Estwick of a motorcycle valued at $175,000 and an iPhone valued at $60,000 on the same day.Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris objected to bail being granted to the defendant and as such, he was remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on November 25, 2019.last_img read more

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first_imgCoach Steve Hansen admitted that the scrambling nature of some of those victories had caused public disquiet in rugby-obsessed New Zealand.“If we’d won that (British and Irish Lions) series rather than drawn it probably people wouldn’t be so down in the mouth,” he said.“It would appear this is a year we’re finding out about ourselves.”The last time the All Blacks had a misfiring season was in the lead-up to their successful World Cup defence two years ago which was explained then as fine-tuning strategies.But Hansen said the situation was different this time as the All Blacks grappled with shifts in defensive patterns, season-ending injuries to Owen Franks, Joe Moody and Jordie Barrett, a suspected long-term injury to Israel Dagg and Ben Smith’s sabbatical break from the game.In the team named to play South Africa, the back three of Damian McKenzie, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Rieko Ioane have only 20 Tests between them while Kane Hames and Nepo Lualala have a combined eight Tests.“At the World Cup we had a team that was primed … this group is in the infancy of that at this stage,” Hansen said.“It’s another two-and-a-half years before we get to that point and if we keep growing and learning as I would like us to then we’ll be a far stronger side than we are at the moment.“Getting injuries makes you uncomfortable, drawing a Test series makes the All Blacks uncomfortable because it feels like we lost it,” he added.“Not playing for 80 minutes makes you feel uncomfortable, making errors that normally we wouldn’t make but because of being put under pressure, because of good defensive systems makes you uncomfortable.“So there’s plenty of uncomfortableness. We’ve just got to overcome it.”Hansen said players brought into the squad this year may lack international experience but “we just can’t panic”.“We’ve got to back them and believe in them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000New Zealand have played seven Tests in 2017 with five wins, one loss and one draw © AFP/File / SAEED KHANAUCKLAND, New Zealand, Sep 14 – The world champion All Blacks admitted Thursday to being uncomfortable with their patchy performances so far this year, but rejected talk of panic in the ranks.Going into their Rugby Championship Test against arch-rivals South Africa in Auckland on Saturday, New Zealand have played seven Tests in 2017 with five wins, one loss and one draw.last_img read more

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first_img• Photo Gallery: Bill Clinton in Pasadena• Video: Bill Clinton in Pasadena PASADENA – Dimples no longer have to compete for space with the once-fleshy fullness of his face, but an older, thinner Bill Clinton showed Tuesday he could still work a room. Sidewalk-weary fans who waited 15 hours or longer outside of Vroman’s Bookstore erupted into smiles when the Bill Clinton Experience ambled into the room to sign 1,000 copies of his new book, “Giving,” at his only California appearance. The line wrapped around the block of the Colorado Boulevard bookseller. “Getting the book signed is secondary,” said Naomi Anderson of Covina. “When you walk into a room when he is at an event, you can feel it. He has a presence. You don’t even have to see him.” The media were not allowed to ask any questions of the former president, who left office with a job-approval rating higher than any other postwar president – including Ronald Reagan – despite being impeached by Congress. Clinton did stop to comment on his book, described as his “call to action” for people to change the world through charity works. “There’s been a huge explosion in America,” he said. “And not just in charitable giving.” The Southpaw Southerner signed one person’s book with his left hand, while simultaneously shaking someone else’s hand with his right and occasionally speaking to a third person while looking at a fourth. At the minimum, everyone got a “hi” and a handshake. Deborah Butcher of Pasadena scored a hug with the Celebrity in Chief after telling him how she had just fought off paramedics after collapsing from the heat outside. Pat Zunek came out from Riverside with several Inland Empire friends. “How often do you get to see a president?” he said. “Plus the Secret Service are really hot,” said Wendy Quinn, who said she checked herself out of a Northern California hospital against her doctor’s wishes last week to make it back down in time for the signing. Clinton signed for about three hours before departing. It was an easy crowd for the seasoned palm smith, quite different than the situation faced by the other Clinton, wife and presidential candidate Hillary, who spent much of Tuesday on the campaign trail responding to criticism of her plans for health-care reform. Of 15 people informally polled outside, only six said they’d vote for Hillary Clinton if the primary election was held today. “If Bill was running, I’d vote for him hands-down,” said Megan Hamilton of Pasadena. “In terms of ideas, I prefer Barack (Obama).” Hamilton and four others said although they preferred Obama, John Edwards or one of the other Democratic candidates, they’d back Hillary if she won her party’s nomination. William Young of Pasadena supports Hillary because he wants a Clinton “two-for.” “He’s always been there for the little people,” he said. “If she comes in, don’t you know, she’ll bring a lot of his ideas back.” His dream ticket? Clinton-Obama, Young said. Identifying himself as one of few Republicans in the surging line, Jim Hyatt of Riverside said that with time, more of his politically aligned friends have come to agree with his view of Clinton. “The way he left the county after his term was the way it should have been,” he said. todd.ruiz@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 www.insidesocal.com/pasadenapolitics160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgThe Donegal International Rally will resume again this morning after organisers were forced to cancel the last stage of the event yesterday.The cancellation came after a protester blocked a roadway in the Knockalla area with a tractor.It is understood the man was interviewed by Gardai at the scene. A stand-off developed and organisers decided it was best to cancel stage 14 duirng yesterday’s second day of rallying.Hundreds of disappointed spectators were forced to abandon the stage at Knockalla which is one of the most popular of the three day event.The Knockalla stage was the scene of one of the most tragic incidents in the rally’s history two years ago when Meath navigator Thomas Maguire was killed.  RALLY TO CONTINUE DESPITE CANCELLATION OF STAGE AFTER TRACTOR PROTEST was last modified: June 17th, 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

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first_img Tags: Bul FCExpress FCGeorge SsemwogerereJean Pierre KambalePeter OnenStarTimes Uganda Premier League Express have lost all three of their second round games (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueBul FC 1-0 Express FCFUFA Technical Center, NjeruSunday, 10-02-2019NJERU – Express new head coach George Ssemwogerere was handed a baptism of fire as his side lost 1-0 away to Bul FC at FUFA Technical Center in Njeru.In the only game played on Sunday, Ssemwogerere who was without several key players could only look on as Jean Pierre Kambale struck inside the first minute of additional time to win it for Peter Onen’s side.Bul started well with Hamis Tibita and Deogratius Ojok troubling but the Express backline with wave after wave of attacks.At the other end, goalie Hannington Ssebulwanyo made a block with his feet to deny Disan Galiwango who had a good game as a left winger and also denied stand in forward Joel Male.The two teams left the pitch at half time deadlocked at 0-0.Peter Onen made an instant change after the break introducing Kambale for the off colour Ezekiel Katende and later Douglas Owori came on for Ojok.The Red Eagles made their first change in the 71st minute with Pius Mbidde taking over from injured Davis Mayanja.The game looked destined for a goalless stalemate but Kambale had other ideas, striking at the death of a rebound after Mathais Muwanga had initially saved Bruhan Matovu’s effort and in process become the first Bul player to score in successive wins over Both Express and SC Villa.The Congolese export was also on target as Bul defeated Villa 1-0 in December.There was no time left for Express to restore purrity as Bul took home all three points.The defeat leaves Express, who have lost all three of their second round games, 10th on the standings with 21 points from their first 18 games.For Bul, they climb into fourth in the log with an impressive 30 points, the best they have had at this stage since they were promoted to the top tier.Express’ next game will be a trip to Mbarara to face relegation threatened Nyamityobora on Wednesday while on the same day, Bul visit table leaders KCCA at Lugogo.Comments last_img read more

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first_img Tags: French Ligue OneGerman BundesligaItalian Serie ASpanish La Liga Bayern are now 4 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. (Agency Photo)Bayern Munich moved ever closer to winning yet another German Bundesliga title, following a 3-1 win over Hannover 96 at the Allianz Arena this past Saturday.The Bavariens who have won all of the last six League titles, took the lead on 27 minutes through top scorer Robert Lewandowski. 5 minutes before the break, Leon Goretzka doubled their tally to ensure a comfortable lead at halftime. Jonathas de Jesus pulled one back for the visitors before Frank Ribery sealed the three points for Nico Kovac’s side late in the game.The win, Bayern’s 23rd for the season, takes them to 74 points this season, four ahead of second placed Borussia Dortmund with only two games to play.For Dortmund, they were held to a 2-2 draw away to Werder Bremen on the same day.Tomas Tuchel’s side raced into a 2-0 lead by halftime thanks to Christian Pulisic and Paco Alcacer. However, they conceded twice in the second to draw their 7th game of the season. Bremen’s goals were scored by Kevin Mohwald and 40 year old Claudio Pizzaro.Dortmund move onto 70 points from 32 games and will now lose the title to Bayern if they fail to win in their next game and the Bavariens don’t lose in theirs.Third placed Leipzig saw their six game winning run brought to an end as they drew 3-3 away to Mainz 05. However, they are still 3rd on the standings with 65 points.In the battle for the other remaining Champions League position, Bayer Leverkusen (5th) defeated Eintracht Frankfurt (4th) 6-1 on Sunday, Borussia Monchengladbach (6th) drew 2-2 at home to Hoffenheim (8th) while Wolfsburg powered past Nuremberg 2-0.Elsewhere, Hertha Berlin defeated relegation threatened Stuttgart 3-1 on Saturday.In the Spanish La Liga, Real Madrid returned to winning ways on Sunday afternoon, defeating Villarreal 3-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu.Mariano Diaz *2 and Jesus Vallero scored the goals for Zinedin Zidane’s side while Jaume Costa and Gerard Moreno struck for the visitors.Diaz struck a double as Real beat Villarreal on Sunday.Real who had not won in their last two, remain third on the standings with 68 points from 36 games.On the same weekend, the top two of Barcelona (1st) and Atletico Madrid (2nd) both lost their respective fixtures. Barca lost 2-0 away to Celta Vigo while Atletico were downed 3-0 away to Espanyol.Despite the loses, Barcelona remain top of the standings with 83 points from 36 games while Atletico are still second, 9 points adrift of Ernesto Valverde’s side.In the battle for the other remaining Champions League spot, Getafe (4th) defeated Girona 2-0, Valencia (5th) humiliated relegated Huesca 6-2 away from home while Sevilla (6th) were shocked 3-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, by Leganes.Elsewhere, Real Sociedad defeated Deportivo Alaves 1-0 away from home, Eibar were 1-0 winners at home to Real Betis, Levante registered a 4-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano and Real Valladolid scrapped to a 1-0 win against Athletic Bilbao.In the Italian Serie A, Juventus were held to a 5th draw of the season as they shared spoils at home to city rivals Torino.The two Turin sides drew 1-1 at the Allienz Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Saa Luki put Torino ahead after just 17 minutes but his side were denied all three points by Christiano Ronaldo’s second half equalizer.Ronaldo scored Juve’s equalizer against Torino on Saturday.The result meas Juve’s lead at the top of the standings is cut to 16 points while Torino climb into 6th with 57 points.The following day, second placed Napoli scrapped to a 2-1 win at home to Cagliari. Luca Pavoletti put the visitors ahead on 63 minutes but a late double by Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne saw Napoli register a 22nd victory of the season.Napoli now have 73 points, 16 behind leader Juventus with just two games to play in the season.In the battle for the remaining two other Champions League spots, Inter Milan (3rd) were held to a 0-0 draw away to Udinese, Atalanta (4th) were 3-1 winners over Lazio (8th) while Milan (7th) will be in action on Monday at home to Bologna.Elsewhere, only SPAL and Empoli were the other winners this past weekend. SPAL triumphed 4-0 away to Cheivo  while Empoli defeated Fiorentina 1-0.In the French Ligue One, none of the top three registered victories this past weekend.Leaders PSG drew 1-1 at home to Nice with star player Neymar Jr saving the day for the Parisians, poking home the equalizer from the spot in the second half after Ignatius Ganago had given the visitors a first half lead.Neymar (10) scores the penalty against Nice on Saturday.Despite the draw, PSG maintained their 16 point lead at the top of the standings with 85 points from 36 points.For second placed Lille, they drew 2-2 away to third placed Lyon on Sunday night. Martin Terrier gave the visitors the lead on 11 minutes, one they held till halftime. After the break, Lille scored two quick goals to overturn the game by the 68th minute but Leo Dubios equalized with 16 minutes to play for Lyon.Lille have now gathered 69 points from their first 36 games of the season while Lyon have 63 points.Fourth placed Saint Etienne moved a point off Lyon, thanks to a 3-2 comeback victory over Monaco earlier in the day.Elsewhere, Nimes, Nantes and Angers were all victorious this past weekend. Nimes defeated Reims 3-0, Nantes were 3-0 winners Dijon while Angers overcame Bordeaux.All Results from the German Bundesliga-Mainz 3-3 Leipzig-Bayern 3-1 Hannover-Hertha Berlin 3-1 Stuttgart-Gladbach 2-2 Hoffenheim-Wolfsburg 2-0 Nuremberg-Bremen 2-2 Dortmund-Schalke 0-0 Augsburg-Freigburg 1-1 Dusseldorf-Leverkusen 6-1 FrankfurtAll Results from the Spanish La Liga-Sevilla 0-3 Leganes-Levante 4-1 Rayo Vallecano-Espanyol 3-0 Atletico Madrid-Deportivo Alaves 0-1 Real Sociedad-Celta Vigo 2-0 Barcelona-Getafe 2-0 Girona-Eibar 1-0 Real Betis-Real Madrid 3-2 Villarreal-Real Valladolid 1-0 Athletic Bilbao-Huesca 2-6 ValenciaAll Results from the Italian Serie A-Juventus 1-1 Torino-Chievo 0-4 SPAL-Udinese 0-0 Inter Milan-Empoli 1-0 Fiorentina-Lazio 1-3 Atalanta-Sassuolo 2-2 Frosinone-Parma 3-3 Sampdoria-Genoa 1-1 Roma-Napoli 2-1 Cagliari*AC Milan vs BolognaAll Results from the French Ligue One-Starsbourg 1-1 Marseille-PSG 1-1 Nice-Bordeaux 0-1 Angers-Guingamp 0-0 Caen-Reims 0-3 Nimes-Montpellier 1-1 Amiens-Nantes 3-0 Dijon-Toulouse 2-2 Rennes-Monaco 2-3 St. Etienne-Lyon 2-2 LilleComments last_img read more

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first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Budgets Are HealthyBudgets are less than $500,000 in most organizations but 52 percent of the respondents have budgets between $500,000 and $5 milliion. ConclusionThe 2.0 Adoption Council survey results unquestionably show that Enterprise 2.0 is well becoming a core part of organizations. The challenges will come as more scrutiny is placed on how the organization benefits from Enterprise 2.0. What really is the ROI? We expect this question will answer itself as more advanced analytics provide more detailed views about how the efforts are faring.A Final NoteIn addition to its survey research, The Council has also released its first “how-to” report, “A Framework for 2.0 Adoption in the Enterprise,” which gives additional insight into how to successfully implement Enterprise 2.0 technologies within organizations. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#news#Trends center_img ROI is Hard To DefineThe one weakness that Enterprise 2.0 faces is the abstractness of its return on investment. It’s important to note, though, that 55 percent of the respondents are very satisfied with their Enterprise 2.0 efforts. Another 26 percent of respondents are somewhat satisfied. Who’s Driving The EffortsWe often use terms like “groundswell,” to describe the phenomena around social applications in the consumer world. In the enterprise, it’s a different story. Adoption is often user driven but management is dictating a lot of the efforts. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair When you look at Enterprise 2.0, you can see the hype pretty clearly but what is not so evident is how social computing efforts are faring within corporations and large organizations.That’s what’s striking about the report from the 2.0 Adoption Council. The group did a web survey of its 100 members with 77 responding. That may seem like a small number to use for any quantifiable conclusion about the state of Enterprise 2.0. But the people who responded lead or help lead Enterprise 2.0 efforts at some of the largest organizations in the world. Thirty-four percent of the respondents work for companies with more than 10,000 employees. Twenty-five percent work for organizations that have more than 100,000 employees.These people have solid footing into how social enterprise technologies are being adopted.Let’s get to to the results:Manufacturing Has Surprising High AdoptionIt’s not surprising to see high tech companies as leading the way in uses of Enterprise 2.0 technologies. But it’s interesting that manufacturing businesses are proving to be adopters. These are companies with roots deep in the industrial age that are showing that they see it as important to bring social computing into the work of its employees. Projects Are Well Under WayEnterprise 2.0 is not just a concept any more but a reality in the enterprise with 34 percent saying they have multiple projects underway. We are curious about five percent having Enterprise 2.0 technologies fully ingrained into their work places. These must be more service oriented companies that do not rely on deeply entrenched technologies like ERP software. No Surprise About Early AdoptionIt should be no surprise that Enterprise 2.0 is still in the early adopter phase. last_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The 6-foot-3 Yap spearheaded his team’s fightback from 21 points down by firing 10 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter.READ: Ejected Caloy Garcia says Rain or Shine ‘not getting any calls’His Game 4 performance also ended his scoring slump in the series.“I realized I was too eager in the first three games. It’s like every time I get the ball, I wanted to score right away instead of just letting the game come to me,” Yap said of his adjustments in Game 4.“For this game, I just relaxed myself and allowed the game come to me and it’s worked so far.”ADVERTISEMENT Yap hopes to sustain his play in the pivotal Game 5 on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA D-League: Petron-Letran escapes St. Clare College “I have no regrets in my mind right now knowing I took a good shot which I’m not going to take back even if it missed,” Yap said in Filipino after a 94-91 loss that tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2.READ: Hotshots blow lead, escape Painters in Game 4 to tie semis seriesFEATURED 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, logisticsYap hit the back iron on his potential game-tying 3-pointer as time ran out before sinking one from almost the same spot seconds earlier that made it a three-point game.The 37-year-old Yap may have missed the biggest shot of the game but the Elasto Painters wouldn’t have been in the thick of things had it not been for the two-time MVP. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess James Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—James Yap has made a career out of making clutch shots.That’s why the Rain or Shine swingman won’t lose any sleep over a missed attempt in the final seconds of Game 4 of the Philippine Cup semifinals against Magnolia on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgWashington, Sep 20 (PTI) Birth control pills cause a small but significant increase in the risk of the most common type of stroke, according to a new report. For healthy young women without any stroke risk factors, the risk of stroke associated with oral contraceptives is small, researchers said. But in women with other stroke risk factors, “the risk seems higher and, in most cases, oral contraceptive use should be discouraged,” said report co-authors Marisa McGinley, Sarkis Morales-Vidal, and Jose Biller, of Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Worldwide, more than 100 million women currently use oral contraceptives or have used them in the past. Strokes associated with oral contraceptives were first reported in 1962. Early versions of the pill contained doses of synthetic estrogen as high as 150 microgrammes. Most birth control pills now contain as little as 20 to 35 microgrammes. None contain more than 50 microgrammes of synthetic estrogen. Oral contraceptives increase the risk of ischemic strokes, which are caused by blood clots and account for about 85 per cent of all strokes, researchers said. In the general population, oral contraceptives do not appear to increase the risk of hemorrhagic strokes, which are caused by bleeding in the brain. There are about 4.4 ischemic strokes for every 100,000 women of childbearing age. Birth control pills increase the risk 1.9 times, to 8.5 strokes per 100,000 women, according to a well-performed meta-analysis cited in the report. This is still a small risk; 24,000 women would have to take birth control pills to cause one additional stroke, according to the report. But for women who take birth control pills and also smoke, have high blood pressure or have a history of migraine headaches, the stroke risk is significantly higher. Such women should be discouraged from using oral contraceptives, the researchers said. Hormone replacement therapy with estrogen alone or combined with progesterone increases the risk of ischemic stroke by 40 per cent; the higher the dose, the higher the risk, the report said. The report was published in the journal MedLink Neurology. PTI RCL AKJ RCLadvertisementlast_img read more

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