News story: Michael Walker appointed to FSA Scientific Advisory Committee

first_imgFor more information about the work of the Government Chemist or enquiries related to food and feed testing contact: Queens RoadTeddingtonTW11 0LY Government Chemist The Food Standards Agency, FSA, has recently appointed 35 members to its Scientific Advisory Committees.The Scientific Advisory Committees advise on the development of policy issues that have major implications for public health and ensure that policy decisions are based on the most up-to-date science and evidence.Michael Walker, has been appointed as an independent expert to the Committee on Toxicity. Michael is currently Head of the Office of the Government Chemist and responsible for ensuring the scientific resolution of technical appeals in the UK official food and feed control system and the activities of the Food and Consumer Products Testing Unit.Dr Walker has held independent public appointments including serving as a board member of the Food Standards Agency (2000 to 2004), member of the Northern Ireland FSA Advisory Committee (2006 to 2012) and a subject matter expert to the Elliott Review, (Department of Health/Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2013 to 2014).Michael said:center_img I feel honoured to be a member of the Committee on Toxicity, in the Food Contact Materials Joint Expert Committee, especially with such a collaborative, knowledgeable and friendly group of colleagues Email [email protected]last_img read more

Newly restored Milan water tower to be dedicated this weekend

first_imgMilan, In. — The newly restored water tower in Milan celebrating the miracle 1954 state championship team will be dedicated Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m.The event includes activities at the Milan Town Hall, a showing of the movie “Hoosiers” at 1 p.m., autographs with players and tours of the restored Nichols’ Barber Shop.Donations will be accepted.last_img

Former player sues English club over concussion

first_img(REUTERS) – Cillian Willis has become the first professional rugby player to sue an English club for clinical negligence over concussion in a landmark case for the sport, his solicitor said yesterday.The former scrumhalf is taking the action against Sale Sharks over two head injuries he suffered in a game against Swansea in the LV Cup in March, 2015.The Irishman, a cousin of former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll, received treatment in the first half for a head injury before receiving a second head blow.Willis was replaced in the game and never played professionally again. He had suffered previous concussions and was forced to retire aged 28.Willis’s solicitors McHale and Co told Reuters that the case is going to court but did not make any further comment.The Rugby Players’ Association said it did not know of any other cases of players taking similar legal action.Sale said they would not comment on the case which is not likely to be heard for at least 18 months.Concussion is rugby union’s most common injury. A study published by Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players’ Association said the number of such injuries suffered by professional players in England rose by 59 per cent in the 2013-14 season, the last where figures are available. On average there were 10.5 concussions per 1 000 playing hours.Concussion has also been identified as a serious problem in other sports and in the United States has been the subject of legal action by thousands of former American Footballers against the NFL.last_img read more

Mandela ‘an inspiration for the world’

first_img19 July 2013 The international community was “united in concern” for South Africa’s ailing former president, and also “joined in admiration for a towering figure in the worldwide fight for equality and justice,” secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said as the UN marked Nelson Mandela International Day 2013. Ban was speaking on Thursday at a special General Assembly meeting in New York attended also by former US president Bill Clinton, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, singer, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte, and Andrew Mlangeni, a close friend of Mandela who was imprisoned with him on Robben Island. “The heart of Nelson Mandela International Day is good works for people and the planet,” Ban said. “Its theme … is meant to mobilize the human family to do more to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world. This is the best tribute we can pay to an extraordinary man who embodies the highest values of humanity.” With Mandela still in hospital in Pretoria nearly six weeks after being admitted for treatment for a lung infection on 8 June, Ban said: “We are united in concern. “We are also joined in admiration for a towering figure in the worldwide fight for equality and justice, a model of compassion and integrity, a man who took on and then gracefully relinquished the responsibility of power.” Also addressing the General Assembly, Bill Clinton recalled his friendship with Mandela, saying that “his heart was so big, and his humanity so great, that we often had trouble keeping our official roles apart from our personal friendship”. He praised Mandela’s efforts to stop the spread of HIV/Aids in South Africa years after he left office, saying he had also encouraged Clinton to help him renegotiate the prices South Africa was paying for Aids medicines, saving millions of dollars each year that could be invested in the country’s development. Reverend Jackson praised Mandela’s commitment to achieving reconciliation and his emphasis on forgiveness and tolerance, as well as his determination to not give up, but to continue fighting for social justice. “Social transformation is an intentional act,” Jackson said. “It is because of Mr Mandela’s sacrifice that South Africa is free today.” He said that Mandela’s struggle should not be in vain, and called on the international community to keep his legacy alive. Speaking to the UN News Centre on Thursday, Ban’s deputy special representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas “Fink” Haysom, who served as chief legal adviser throughout Mandela’s presidency, said Mandela’s work served as an inspiration for countries across the world. “As Afghanistan prepares for its historic presidential election next year, I hope the acts and words of Madiba can be of some inspiration to people here, that they realize from South Africa’s experience just how important it is for leaders and potential leaders – at whatever level, whether it be at the national or the village level – to be bigger than the divisions that can tear communities apart,” Haysom said. He added that the widespread concern for Mandela’s recovery was “a reminder that Madiba holds a special place in the hearts and minds of people all over the world”. Source: United Nationslast_img read more

10 months agoInce slams Man Utd handing England trio new contracts

first_imgInce slams Man Utd handing England trio new contractsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Paul Ince has slammed the new contracts handed to three players.Ince questioned the decision to hand new deals to Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard, insisting there are too many players at the club who ‘aren’t fit to wear the shirt.'”When players like Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard are getting long-term contracts, it shows how backward they are going,” Ince told Paddy Power.“Give them two or three-year contracts to keep them hungry, but don’t spoil them when they aren’t good enough for the club anyway.”He continued: “A resounding issue at the club is that there are far too many players who aren’t fit to wear the shirt. Something has got to give.“I’m not one to call for Jose Mourinho’s head, but something urgently needs to change. The board need to decide whether they’re going to pay him off or give him more money for players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Luke Wilson to headline 12 Mighty Orphans

first_imgLos Angeles: Luke Wilson is set to star in director Ty Roberts’ historical drama 12 Mighty Orphans. The movie is an adaptation of Jim Dent’s novel of the same name which tells the true life story of a group of Fort Worth orphans who form a football team and vie for the state championship during the Great Depression. Wilson, 47, will essay the role of the team’s coach, Rusty Russell, a World War I veteran who arrives with a troubled past, much of which is due to being abandoned in an orphanage when he was a child. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Looking for redemption by trying to turn around the fortune of other orphans, he accepts a job as the head football coach to a Texas orphanage/high school. Through dedication, he redirects his players’ feelings of loss and humiliation into a dominant team that played in the Texas state championship,” the official plotline of the film read. Roberts has penned the script in collaboration with Lane Garrison, reported Deadline. The project will be produced by Mike De Luca, Angelique De Luca and Brinton Bryan.last_img read more

Does A Team Really Need A Star To Get To The NBA

On these lists you’ll find all the old standbys but probably some surprises, too. Kyle Lowry’s performance last year put him the 97th percentile, well within the mark we’d expect to find for the best player on a championship-caliber team. The Toronto Raptors team around him just wasn’t up to that level.You’ll also notice that four members of the San Antonio Spurs appear on these lists, while just one member of the Miami Heat does: LeBron James. The Heat were something of an outlier last season as Dwyane Wade, the team’s second-best player, had an SPM that placed him in the 82nd percentile, more than a standard deviation less than the average second-best player on finals teams. In fact the average SPM percentile rank of the Heat’s three best players last season — James, Wade and Mario Chalmers — was just 82. On only six of the 40 finals teams in this sample did the three players have a lower average mark. By comparison, the average SPM percentile rank of the Spurs’ three best players last season was 92nd.Which brings us to the 2004 Pistons, the championship team often acknowledged as lacking a transcendent star. But this perception is a misconception. No players on the team were dominant individual scorers, sure, but the Pistons’ best players performed at levels of elite stardom. Their three best players that season — Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace and Chauncey Billups — had SPM marks that placed them in the 95th, 95th and 92nd percentiles, respectively. In fact, the average of the trio’s SPM percentiles that season ranks higher than that of all but five of the 40 teams in this sample. The 2004 Pistons may have been starless in terms of the subjective ways we define the term, but by objective measures of performance, they had as much star power as nearly any championship-caliber team of the last 20 years.This should bring hope to teams like the Warriors, Grizzlies, Raptors and Wizards. We may not see Andrew Bogut, Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Kyle Lowry or John Wall as the kind of stars who can help lead a team to the finals. But each has been at or near that level of production in the past. If the teams around them can provide the necessary support, the fact that they aren’t dominating scorers or sneaker-selling heroes won’t stop them from winning championships. You need stars to win championships. It’s one of the oldest pieces of NBA conventional wisdom, and every year it’s validated as another star leads his team to the title. So far this year the Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards may hold some of the top spots in each conference while seemingly lacking the celestial requirements for championship contention. But at some point they’ll be overtaken by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs or Los Angeles Clippers.It’s an idea that gains more credence every time an NBA analyst trots it out. Bill Simmons asks, “Can you win an NBA Championship if Carmelo Anthony is your best player?” Jeff Caplan wonders if a team “lacking a legit superstar” like the Grizzlies or the Indiana Pacers can really win it all. NBA.com roundtables lead off with questions like, “Can a team win it all nowadays without an MVP-type superstar?” The starless 2004 Detroit Pistons are often acknowledged as the exception that proves the rule.What we do know for sure is that it takes an elite team performance to win a championship, and elite teams are usually (but not always) driven by elite players. The problem is that there is no objective definition of what makes somebody a suitable enough star to win championships. Dwyane Wade didn’t have the experience to lead his team to a title … until he did just that in the 2006 NBA Finals. After his playoff struggles in 2006 and 2007, Dirk Nowitzki clearly couldn’t help his team break through … until he did in the 2011 finals. Often we don’t recognize the players who meet our imagined championship threshold until the second before they cross it.But the data — the data holds some answers. We can use it to look at the rosters of teams that made the finals and better understand just how good their best players were. Using Statistical Plus-Minus — an estimated measure of a player’s value in points per 100 possessions relative to the league average — I looked at where each finals player ranked, relative to the league, in the season his team made the finals.The table at left covers the past 20 seasons and shows the average, minimum and maximum SPM percentile for the first, second and third-best players on finals teams.That bottom row is not the fabled 2004 Pistons. It’s the 1999 New York Knicks, who made their way to the finals as an eight seed during the lockout-shortened season. Only two other finals teams over the past 20 seasons had their best player rank below the 90th percentile in SPM — the 2010 Boston Celtics and the 2000 Indiana Pacers.So the best teams are indeed almost always driven by the best players. But who are those players? Let’s use last season as an example. The table below shows SPM percentile ranks from 2013-14. The table is color-coded, separating the players into two groups: those who are within one standard deviation of the average for the best players on NBA Finals teams for the 1994-95 through 2013-14 seasons, and those who just missed the cut.1Percentile ranks are for players who played at least 115 minutes, a pool of about 200 players per season. read more

Ohio States Corey Philly Brown ignites inferno for Urban Meyer

Maybe Corey “Philly” Brown just needed his coach’s permission. Three days after Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said – only half kidding – that the junior wide receiver is “allowed to make a guy miss,” Brown answered Meyer’s call with one of the biggest plays in Ohio State’s biggest victory of the 2012 season. Brown returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown roughly five minutes into the third quarter, putting OSU up, 49-31, against Nebraska Saturday night at Ohio Stadium. The highlight-reel worthy play all but sealed the now-No. 8-ranked Buckeyes’ 63-38 win against the then-No. 21-ranked Huskers. At the same time, the touchdown showcased the skills Meyer has wanted to see from his should-be playmaker all season. “The thing I’m looking for from Philly is, we need some explosiveness in this offense,” Meyer said last Wednesday. After going down on contact and failing to run past defenses through five games, Brown said he was pleased with the “explosiveness” he displayed during the return. He deferred credit to his teammates after the game, though. “Basically they made the perfect blocking and made it easy for me,” Brown said. “The blocking was so good all I saw was me and the punter. I knew I had to make just one person miss and change the game.” Brown said he knew he had to make a play as he jogged onto the field and prepared himself for the return. Not just because Meyer had been imploring him to, but due to the way the game had been hanging in the balance. OSU was up 11 points at the time, but the Buckeyes had not yet had a lead bigger than two scores. Nebraska’s offense – after scoring with relative ease through two-and-a-half quarters – just had its first three-and-out possession of the second half. Brown said he saw an opportunity to change the way the game was flowing, as did his coaches. “Going out there, I knew I had to make a play. (OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton) was in my ear, he was in my face, telling me I had to change the game,” Brown said. After the game, Meyer and many other OSU players claimed Brown’s return, along with the interception sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby returned for a touchdown in the first quarter, were the plays of the day. “We do a ceremony after the game (and) let some guys talk who performed well, and every one of them to a man said that,” Meyer said of the praise Brown received from his teammates. Brown’s performance Saturday night didn’t just include the special teams touchdown. He had three catches for 35 yards and was the only Buckeyes wide receiver with a reception. On OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller’s 72-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, it was a block from Brown that sprung the OSU sophomore quarterback. “Philly Brown probably turned (the game around),” Miller said. Yet again though, Brown gave credit to his teammates before accepting any praise of his own. “We had a couple punts leading up to (Miller’s run), and having someone like Braxton to excite the crowd – because the crowd kind of got out of it and everything – having someone like Braxton to be able to make a play like that, (to) get us into the game, being able to score was good,” Brown said. While Brown has trouble accepting praise from the media, he will gladly accept praise from his head coach with a smile. “It’s always good to be one of (Meyer’s) guys,” Brown said. “He told me he loved me, I told him I love him, I appreciate him. He’s turning most of the wide receivers’ careers around, basically.” Brown has been arguably the most consistent wide receiver on OSU’s roster. He has 35 catches on the season, the most on the team. The junior said he’s grown tremendously since the start of the season and that he is “learning now” every day. Still, Brown said he knows there is plenty of room to improve, with Meyer’s call for more broken tackles near the top of his things to do list. “I’ve just got to get better using my vision, speed and obviously, like (Meyer) said, break some tackles,” Brown said. read more

InterHealth Canada sponsors basketball team trip to Puerto Rico

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 6, 2017 – Providenciales – A team of basketball players from the TCI Rising Stars Basketball Club is preparing to compete in an international basketball tournament on July 18th – 22nd 2017 in Puerto Rico. The  tournament is expected to attract teams from countries such as Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Mexico.InterHealth Canada is a key sponsor of the team from the Turks and Caicos Islands, which will consist of fourteen young male athletes from Grand Turk and Providenciales. The corporate arm of the healthcare management company provided financial aid and purchased the team uniforms.During a media briefing on Wednesday, July 5th 2017 at the Downtown Ballpark in Providenciales, Public Relations and Marketing Manager for InterHealth Canada TCI, Nikira John said the donation reflects the company’s commitment towards health promotion and encouraging youth, especially young men, to stay physically active and productively engaged. Secretary of the TCI Basketball Federation, Trevor Cooke also participated in the media briefing to offer best wishes to the team during their final two weeks of practice.President and Vice-President of the Rising Stars Basketball Club, Marvin and Jarrett Forbes intend to utilise the opportunity to promote their older athletes on an international scale with hopes of receiving a college scholarship.The TCI Rising Stars Basketball Club has managed to seize unique overseas opportunities for its basketball stars in the past. Dwaine Simmons, a young athlete of Grand Turk most recently secured a college basketball scholarship with Dakota College in the United States.The club was established in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2012 with a mission to empower today’s youth and teach young basketball players to have respect for themselves, their peers, and their community by instilling a code of ethics built on honesty, responsibility and team work.Currently, there are 90 athletes registered in Providenciales and 82 athletes registered in Grand Turk ages 8-18. The goal is to eventually expand to the islands of South Caicos, Middle Caicos and North Caicos.Press Release: interHealthCanadalast_img read more