Health group urges overhaul of US food safety system

first_imgApr 30, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Calling the US food safety system antiquated and disjointed, a public health advocacy group today urged a major overhaul to make the system stronger, more coherent, and better attuned to today’s major threats. Among near-term steps to address the problems, the report calls for doubling the FDA’s food safety funds over the next 5 years and putting one person in charge of the agency’s food safety programs. For the long term, the nation should move toward consolidating all federal food safety programs in one agency, the group recommends. For example, said Levi, “FSIS agents are required to visually inspect every single one of the 8 billion chickens slaughtered each year. Given that the major threat is Salmonella, an invisible microbe, it’s clear that these expensive procedures are outdated.” Imbalanced fundingWith the divided responsibilities comes imbalanced funding, according to TFAH. It is estimated that 85% of foodborne illness outbreaks involve FDA-regulated products, but the FDA receives much less food safety money than the USDA. This year, for example, FDA’s food safety allocation is $619 million, compared with $1.07 billion for the USDA, the report says. Finally, TFAH recommends that states should be encouraged and given incentives to comply with two voluntary sets of food safety standards, the FDA Food Code and the National Retail Food Regulatory Program. “While it’s very important to look at the system as a whole, it’s really FDA’s program that’s in most dire need of help, due to its dwindling resources,” said Taylor. The agency has lost 20% of its science staff and 600 food inspectors in the past 3 years, the report says. Taylor said existing laws focus mainly on reacting to safety hazards rather than preventing them, and they have promoted the fragmentation of responsibility. The fundamental split is between the USDA, which regulates meat, poultry, and processed egg products, and the FDA, which regulates everything else. Other agencies involved are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which monitors foodborne illness outbreaks, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which deals with pesticides and toxic chemicals. Besides boosting FDA funding, the nation needs to raise the profile of food safety programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), TFAH advises. Further, the FDA has received no additional funds to combat deliberate contamination of the food supply since the Bush administration called for a national food-defense effort in 2004, whereas the USDA has received $150 million, according to the report. Further, it says the government should work toward assigning all food safety functions to a single agency for the sake of effectiveness, responsibility, and accountability. The agency should oversee not only regulation and inspection but also research and surveillance. A first step toward those goals is to at least double the FDA’s food safety funding in the next 5 years, the report says. Apr 30 FDA news release about plan to hire more staffhttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01829.html TFAH officials also said food safety generally takes a back seat to drug and medical device safety at the FDA. Outdated lawsOutdated laws are to blame for many of the kinks in the food safety system, according to TFAH. Taylor said the basic principles for regulating animal slaughtering were established in 1906, and the tools for addressing microbial pathogens in food and regulating food imports were set in 1938. Shift from “limited end-product and processing plant inspections” to an emphasis on preventing illnesses throughout the food production process and supply chain. The single agency should include the FSIS; the food functions of the FDA, including CFSAN, CVM, and the FDA’s field staff; and the food safety aspects of the EPA’s pesticide program. To make imported food safer, give food safety agencies the authority and resources to educate foreign regulators and producers about US food safety standards, to require food importers to show the standards are being met, and to inspect foreign establishments and food shipments. TFAH offers several general recommendations for building a “modern food safety system”: Commenting on the FDA announcement, Levi told CIDRAP News, “It appears that a significant portion of those are going to food safety, and that’s very good. The question is whether the budgetary resources will be there to sustain those positions over time, because FDA hasn’t received increases that would sustain those.” Report coincides with FDA hiring planThe TFAH report happened to coincide with today’s FDA announcement that it plans to fill more than 600 new positions and “backfill” 700 others over the next several months. The new staffers, including biologists, medical officers, statisticians, and investigators, are needed to implement the FDA Amendments Act of 2007 and the Food Protection Plan and Import Safety Plan announced last November, the FDA said in a news release. The announcement didn’t say how many of the positions are related to food safety. Apr 30 TFAH news releasehttp://healthyamericans.org/newsroom/releases/release043008.pdf “FDA’s food functions should be brought together under unified leadership, with a single official, reporting to the [HHS] Secretary, focusing full time on, and being responsible and accountable for, providing food safety leadership nationally and internationally,” the report states. Levi said various bills now in Congress address parts of the TFAH recommendations, but passage of major legislation in this session is unlikely, in his view. Frozen pizza offers a prime example of how responsibilities are oddly divided, the report notes. The FDA regulates frozen pizza—unless cooked meat or poultry toppings make up 2% of the ingredients or more, in which case the FSIS is responsible. The FSIS inspects plants making pepperoni pizza every day, whereas the FDA inspects cheese pizza plants an average of once every 10 years. Taylor said food safety responsibilities are also fragmented within the FDA, in that the Office of Regulatory Affairs, which manages inspectors in the field, is not accountable to the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). “We really haven’t paid attention to giving the food safety agencies, the FDA and USDA [US Department of Agriculture] in particular, the tools to do the job we expect them to do,” said Michael Taylor, research professor of health policy at George Washington University and former administrator of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). See also: In addition, the placement of the CDC’s foodborne disease surveillance program should be reviewed, the report says. The surveillance program needs to be better aligned with other federal, state, and local efforts in the interest of more timely reporting and improved detection and control of outbreaks. “I’d say the first and most important thing Congress can do is address the funding shortfall at FDA, and that doesn’t require legislation,” he said. Conduct research on emerging threats and up-to-date ways to contain them. Full text of TFAH reporthttp://healthyamericans.org/reports/foodsafety08/FoodSafety08.pdf The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Washington, DC, issued a report citing a long list of problems, including severe underfunding at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), obsolete laws, a largely reactive approach to safety problems, and the spreading of food safety responsibilities among 15 different federal agencies. “The major problem is that no one person is in charge,” said Jeff Levi, PhD, at a news conference about the report, titled Fixing Food Safety: Protecting America’s Food from Farm-to-Fork. Dec 5, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Report says stingy funding has put FDA in crisis” Nov 6, 2007, CIDRAP News story “US food safety plan calls for FDA recall power”last_img read more

Photos: The most memorable moments of Rio Olympics 2016

first_imgThe Rio 2016 Olympics have provided an abundance of memorable moments. Here are some of the best – good, bad, and ugly.One photograph quickly demonstrated that the Olympic games caters for all shapes and sizes. This photo of US gymnast Ragan Smith and basketball player DeAndre Jordan swept across the internet as soon as she posted it online.Another Olympic highlight captured on social media. Lee Eun-ju of South Korea and Hong Un-jong of North Korea provided a moment of unity as the two gymnasts – from countries technically still at war with each other – posed for a smiling selfie. It wasn’t always so friendly in the swimming pool. Twitter went into meltdown after swimming legend Michael Phelps was pictured giving rival Chad le Clos a “death stare”. He was caught putting his game face on while in the warm-up area of the Olympic pool, prompting #Phelpsface to trend on Twitter.The first golden moment for the host nation – the story of Brazil’s 57kg judo champion Rafaela Silva shone a light on some of Rio’s poorest residents. From one of Rio’s toughest neighbourhoods, the so-called City of God, Silva was disqualified at London 2012 and later labelled an embarrassment. Her victory marked a fairytale rise.It wasn’t long before Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, broke into a smile, beating le Clos of South Africa in the men’s 200m butterfly final.Some suggested le Clos should have been looking where he was swimming rather than watching his rival. It was not all about the winners in the pool. Rami Anis – a swimmer for the refugee team who fled war-torn Syria in 2015 before travelling by boat across the Mediterranean Sea to Turkey – earned a standing ovation after setting a personal best in the men’s 100m freestyle.It wasn’t just the swimmers attracting all the attention. Some bored-looking lifeguards – who had been charged with watching over the best swimmers in the world – caught the attention of many people on social media. A memorable moment for a small nation. Fiji’s rugby sevens players burst into song as they celebrated winning their country’s first-ever Olympic medal – a gold – after beating Great Britain 43-7 in the final.Nineteen-year-old US gymnast Simone Biles took the Games by storm, producing a stunning performance to win the women’s all-around Olympic gold medal. She ended up taking home four gold medals and a bronze. She was even watched by Buzz Aldrin, a man who has walked on the moon.The colour of the water at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre became a major talking point, after it turned from aquatic blue to a murky green overnight. Games organisers blamed chemical levels in the water. Pictures of Egypt’s women’s beach volleyball team swept the internet, after Doaa Elghobashy took part while wearing a hijab.American swimmer Katie Ledecky dominated in the pool, taking nearly two seconds off her own world record to win the women’s 800m freestyle final in eight minutes 4.79 seconds – finishing nearly 12 seconds clear of the rest of the field. She also won the women’s 200m freestyle, the 400m freestyle and the4x200m freestyle relay. The first world record inside the Olympic Stadium went to Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana, who smashed the previous record by more than 14 seconds to win gold in the women’s 10,000m.Egyptian Islam El Shehaby caused controversy when he refused to shake the hand of Israeli opponent Os Sasson after losing in the men’s judo. El Shehaby was roundly booed by the crowd and was later sent home from Rio, the International Olympic Committee said.Singapore’s gold medallist Joseph Schooling, who idolised Michael Phelps as a child, managed to get the better of his hero in pool, winning the 100m butterfly ahead of Phelps, Chad Le Clos and Laszlo Cseh – who finished joint second. A photograph of a young Schooling, then just 13, with Phelps at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 quickly went viral. One of the images from the track cycling came when Laurine van Riessen, of the Netherlands, managed to avoid a nasty crash with France’s Virginie Cueff by riding up and along the barrier at the side of the track. Such was the extent of her precautionary action, she became almost horizontal.Some athletes were disappointed to miss out on gold, or with having to settle with a mere silver or bronze medal. Not Aurimas Didzbalis of Lithuania. The weightlifter celebrated pocketing a medal in the men’s 94kg with an impressive back flip.A nation gasped when he tripped and fell, but despite taking a mid-race tumble, Britain’s Mo Farah became the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic gold medals as he retained his 10,000m title with a thrilling victory.It wasn’t all tears on the podiums. Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins instead poked out his tongue to celebrate winning the men’s cycling team pursuit – his fifth Olympic gold medal. He also became the first Briton to win eight Olympic medals.Chinese diver He Zi had just collected her silver medal in the 3m women’s springboard final when fellow diver Qin Kai entered the podium presentation. He duly got down on one knee, produced an engagement ring and proposed. She said yes.Never far from the spotlight, Jamaica sprinter Usain Bolt managed to find time to smile for the cameras while easing to a 100m semi-final victory. It prompted a flurry of internet memes. He later won the final in a time of 9.81 seconds – his third 100m crown in three Olympic Games.How do you upstage Mr Bolt? Why not break a world record less than half an hour before the great man was due to run in the 100m final? South Africa’sWayde van Niekerk shattered Olympic legend Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old 400m world record by 0.15 seconds to sensationally win Olympic gold. Apparently the credit goes to his 74-year-old great-grandmother – who happens to be his trainer.How can you forget a dancing weightlifter? Big David Katoatau, from Kiribati,threw some shapes every time he successfully made a lift. He finished sixth in the men’s 105kg Group B final but certainly kept the crowds entertained.Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas somehow managed to win a dramatic gold medal in the women’s 400m final – by diving over the line. Miller stumbled in the final stages and then lunged forward as she headed towards the track, edging out American world champion Allyson Felix to win in 49.44 seconds.Ireland’s bantamweight Michael Conlan went out of the boxing tournament in the quarter-finals – losing on points to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia. Conlan was furious at the verdict, which was booed by the crowd, and he vented his frustration at the judges afterwards, saying he had been “robbed” of his dream of winning Olympic gold.A golden night for Britain’s golden couple. Laura Trott first won gold in the women’s omnium – following up her victory in the women’s team pursuit.She then had to sit trackside as fiance Jason Kenny won his third gold of the games and his sixth in total in a dramatic keirin – which twice had to be restarted. One relationship, 10 Olympic gold medals. Not bad.There were tears on the podium for France’s Renaud Lavillenie, but for all the wrong reasons. The pole vault silver medallist was booed by the Rio crowd for a second time in 24 hours, having lost out to home favourite Thiago Braz da Silva in a dramatic final.One of the most bizarre stories from Rio involved American gold medal-winning swimmers and a petrol station. Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen and Jack Conger became embroiled in an international scandal over a made-up robbery. It became an Olympic mystery and resulted in a police investigation and a series of apologies.Was it fratricide? Was it brotherly love? It definitely ended well for the Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonny, who won gold and silver in the men’s triathlon. The image of the British brothers collapsing into each other arms at the finish line will live long in Yorkshire memories.Unperturbed Bolt, once again, shows his gregarious personality by pointing in admiration at Canada’s Andre De Grasse as both men cross the line – in first and second place respectively – in the men’s 200m semi-final. Bolt went on to win the final, of course.Morolake Akinosun ploughed a lonely furrow down the home straight after the USA women’s 4x100m relay team was allowed to re-run their heat after dropping the baton. They successfully argued they had been obstructed in their first race and ran on an empty track to qualify for the final. All the extra effort was worth it as the USA went on to win the final in 41.01 seconds – the second-fastest time in history.Nick Skelton became Britain’s second-oldest Olympic gold medallist when he won the individual show jumping event. The 58-year-old, who had retired in 2000 after breaking his neck in two places, triumphed after a six-way jump-off. The only person older than Skelton to win gold for Britain was shooter Joshua Milner in 1908 – aged 61. Skelton will not beat that record as he has ruled out competing in the Tokyo Games in four years’ time.The true Olympic spirit shone out when New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin (left) and Abbey D”Agostino of the USA helped each other out after colliding in their heat of the women’s 5000m. D’Agostino tore her anterior cruciate knee ligament in the incident but both runners insisted on completing their race. They were both handed places in the final but the injury prevented the American taking part.The triple triple? The treble treble? However you dress it up, Usain Bolt has nine Olympic medals from three Olympic Games. He said victory in the 100m, the 200m and the 4x100m relay would make him “immortal”. It is hard to argue.Brazil exorcised the demons of their 7-1 defeat by Germany in the World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte in 2014 by beating them in a penalty shoot-out to win the Olympic gold medal. The match had finished 1-1 after extra-time and star striker Neymar, who missed the World Cup humiliation because of injury, scored during normal time before converting the decisive penalty and bursting into floods of tears.Britain’s Mo Farah completed the double double as he became only the second man, after Finland’s Lasse Viren, to retain both the 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic titles. His four gold medals make him his country’s most successful track and field athlete.After the competition, came the party as Rio produced a carnival-style closing ceremony full of music, dancing and colour.The Olympic flame was extinguished with artificial rain – on a night where there had been plenty of actual rain.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as computer game character Super Mario, with the next Olympics being held in Tokyo in 2020.last_img read more

‘Four Centuries of Monmouth County Women’ Oct. 12

first_imgWalter D. Greason, associate professor and chair of the department of educational counseling at Monmouth University, will lead the first public program at 9:30 a.m., From the Pines to the Waves: Wealth, Leadership and Historic Preservation. The presentation will focus on the economic patterns of land-use and local governance, especially those in Monmouth County, that have historically shaped New Jersey. “Four Centuries of Monmouth County Women” will focus on extraordinary women, said Christine Giordano Hanlon, Monmouth County clerk, some of whom had an impact on the women’s suffrage movement will be highlighted. By Rick Geffken At 10:45 a.m., Melissa Ziobro, specialist professor of public history at Monmouth University, will focus on the marriages between American women and men of European nobility during the Gilded Age in her presentation, American Women and Royal Marriages: New Jersey’s Real-Life “Lady Coras.” Ziobro has been studying the history of these so-called “dollar princesses” for several years. Among them was the 16-year-old Florence Hazard from Shrewsbury who married an Austrian price in 1899. “These presentations will provide great background to accompany this year’s Archives and History Day catalog which profiles more than 50 notable Monmouth County women with a wide variety of achievements,” said Hanlon. Archives Day brings together researchers, scholars and historical society members from many of the 53 municipalities in the county. With backgrounds as professional genealogists, amateur historians, authors and writers, the group discusses new findings, books and events of various historical topics. The informal discussions are lively and the featured speakers and break-out sessions are well-attended. There will be a spotlight on the history of notable Monmouth County women at the county’s annual Archives and History Day, to be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan. The complete Archives Week program can be viewed online at the Monmouth County Clerk’s Archives Division at monmouthcountyclerk.com/ archives. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees can purchase books, historical maps and other documents, in many cases directly from the authors and creators. The day’s final presenter will be Carol Smith Levin, performing at 1 p.m. as Lillian Feickert, an early president of New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association. Her presentation will focus on the suffragists’ sustained efforts to restore women’s voting rights and their involvement on the national stage.last_img read more

Two to debut for MTN-Qhubeka in Gabon

first_imgTeam MTN-Qhubeka powered by Samsung begins its 2014 season at the La Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon next week, with two of the six riders in their line-up making comebacks to professional cycling.John-Lee Augustyn and Linus Gerdemann will both make their debuts for the team and team principal Douglas Ryder said in a statement that he is excited to see them in action.‘Fantastic’“It is fantastic that the return of Linus Gerdemann and John-Lee Augustyn to racing will happen in an African race on an African team. Both riders are exceptional talents that have big roles to play in Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung this year and into the future for African cycling,” Ryder commented.“I know they cannot wait to pin numbers on their new team jerseys in 2014 and get back in the peloton. They are both really happy to be back.”With Team MTN-Qhubeka being Africa’s first first registered UCI Professional Continental team, Ryder said the La Tropicale Amissa Bongo is significant for the team because it takes place in Africa.‘Important’“It is fantastic to be able to end our season in Rwanda and start 2014 in Gabon. We are a proudly South African and African team and it is important for Team MTN- Qhubeka p/b Samsung to race as much as feasibly possible in African races.He added: “Our participation also adds to the profile of the events we participate in in Africa and this year’s Tour of Amissa Bongo has the best field ever for an African race, which is wonderful for cycling on the African continent.”SprinterAlgerian Youcef Reguigui will lead the team in the sprints and showed his form is strong by winning a local event in Algeria earlier this week. Songezo Jim, who finished fourth on the general classification last year, Adrien Niyonshuti, and Ferekalsi Debesay complete the line-up.The La Tropicale Amissa Bongo runs from 13 to 19 January and features seven stages. Stage four, from Lambarene to Mouila is the longest at 190 kilometres, while the second stage from Awoua to Oyem, measuring 120 kilometres, is the shortest.The event starts in Bitam and finishes in Libreville.TEAM LINE-UP Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa)Ferekalsi Debesay (Eri)John-Lee Augustyn (RSA)Linus Gerdemann (Ger)Songezo Jim (RSA)Youcef Reguigui (Alg) SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Yoder to speak on 2018 Farm Bill and U.S. agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fred Yoder of Plain City, a current member of the Trump Agricultural Advisory Committee, will be speaking on the 2018 Farm Bill and U.S. Agriculture at the final event in the 2018 Farmers’ Breakfast Series. The talk titled, What’s going on in Washington: 2018 Farm Bill and U.S. Ag Committee Update will allow farmers to learn more about current trends and issues impacting agriculture from a national level.Provided through a strategic partnership between Madison County Farm Bureau and The Ohio State University Extension, this educational breakfast series allows farmers the opportunity to learn more about legislation and policies that will impact their farming operations. The 2018 Farm Bill and federal trade agreements are two major issues that help determine grain markets, conservation programs, and crop insurance in the coming years. Fred Yoder will be able to provide insight on key factors that influence legislation. Fred Yoder is a long time member of Ohio Farm Bureau and has served in numerous leadership roles throughout the agriculture community.The breakfast will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Der Dutchman, 445 S. Jefferson Ave, Plain City. The breakfast buffet will begin at 8:30 a.m. with Fred Yoder scheduled to speak at 9:00 a.m.This event is compliments of Madison County Farm Bureau and The Ohio State University Extension. The event is open to the public, but pre-registration is required by March 6. Please register by calling 740-852-0975 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Corn, Soybeans to Have Higher PLC Yield

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Changes to Price Loss Coverage, or PLC, in the 2018 farm bill could result in higher federal payouts on the crop insurance program, according to a new analysis from Farmdoc at the University of Illinois.In particular, the new farm bill allows for a one-time option to update payment yields.“Of 21 program commodities, only corn, soybeans, upland cotton, and, especially sorghum have a U.S. national PLC yield that is higher with the 2018 than the 2014 farm bill update formula,” the Farmdoc analysis said. (https://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/…)Not only did an update in the PLC formula account for the change, but Farmdoc said there were a number of “yield-affecting” events during the update periods of 2013 to 2017 and 2008 to 2012.As a result, the analysis said at the U.S. market level, corn, soybeans, upland cotton and sorghum have higher 2018 than 2014 PLC update yields. “The other 17 program commodities in this study have a 2018 update yield that is the same or lower than their 2014 update yield,” Farmdoc said.Because of the 2018 update to PLC, Farmdoc said, the federal government likely will be making higher payments.“Since a large share of base acres potentially can benefit from the 2018 update and since a higher PLC payment yield unambiguously increases PLC payments, the 2018 farm bill PLC yield update option could materially increase federal outlays if PLC is elected for most base acres, as is currently expected, and if PLC payment rates per unit of program commodity are non-trivial,” the analysis said.The 2018 farm bill yield update also allows crops with above-trend yields in 2008 to 2012 to keep their high 2008-to-2012 yields. “Rapeseed and large chickpeas especially fall into this category of gainers from recent PLC yield updates,” Farmdoc said.The idea of updating yields in PLC came about as a means to address the negative effects of the 2014 drought.“The enacted 2018 update formula likely achieves this goal in general,” Farmdoc said. “It also may increase PLC yields for farms and crops that had yields below trend in 2008 to 2012 for reasons other than drought, and had yields above trend in 2013 to 2017.”The analysis found all four crops with a higher 2018 than 2014 update yield had average yields below trend in 2008 to 2012. Corn, soybeans and sorghum also had average yields above trend in 2013 to 2017.Back in October, USDA began issuing checks totaling about $3 billion for last year’s Agriculture Risk Coverage, or ARC, and PLC programs. That total was less than half of 2016’s $7 billion payout.An October 2018 analysis by Farmdoc on ARC shows benchmark prices for corn in 2018 is $3.70 per bushel, or 25 cents below 2017. For soybeans, the benchmark price is $1.23 lower per bushel at $9.63. Wheat’s price benchmark, at $5.66 per bushel, is 46 cents lower than 2017.County yields, and therefore reliable estimates of 2018 ARC-County payments, won’t be determined until the National Agricultural Statistic Service releases county yields this month.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(AG/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Westbrook has triple-double, new-look Thunder rout Knicks

first_imgPaul George, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Indiana Pacers, led the Thunder with 28 points. Anthony, who was traded from the Knicks to the Thunder right before training camp began, had 22 points against his former team.Kristaps Porzingis had 31 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks. Enes Kanter, who joined the Knicks in the deal that sent Anthony to the Thunder, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. No other New York players scored in double figures.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGeorge broke away for a dunk as time expired in the first half to give the Thunder a 53-42 lead. Porzingis scored 19 points before the break to keep the Knicks in it.Kanter made three buckets early in the third quarter to keep the Knicks in it, but Westbrook found Steven Adams and Andre Roberson for back-to-back alley-oop dunks to give the Thunder a 69-52 lead. Punch aimed at Lyon player by fan holding child at Everton CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES After that, it was time for the Westbrook triple-double watch. He reached double digits in points and assists midway through the third quarter. He grabbed his 10th rebound with about four minutes remaining in the game.TIP-INSKnicks: Kanter and F Doug McDermott, the other player sent to the Knicks in the Anthony deal, got a standing ovation during pregame warmups. … McDermott scored four points on 2-for-5 shooting. … The Knicks shot 55.6 percent in the first quarter and still trailed 27-24, in part, because of 11 turnovers. They finished with 26 turnovers.Thunder: Kanter and Adams are best friends who were known as the ‘Stache Brothers when they played together with the Thunder. … The game marked the start of the 10th season for the Thunder in Oklahoma City. … Thunder C Dakari Johnson scored four points in his NBA debut. He was a G League All-Star last season. … F Jerami Grant’s fadeaway at the third-quarter buzzer gave Oklahoma City a 79-59 lead.UP NEXT:Knicks: Host Detroit on Saturday night.Thunder: At Utah on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives against New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had a triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks, 105-84, on Thursday night in their first regular-season game with All-Star additions Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.Westbrook, the NBA MVP last season when he averaged a triple-double, had with 21 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Shah Faesal sent back to JK from Delhi detained under PSA

first_imgSrinagar: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal on Wednesday was sent back to Kashmir from the Delhi airport and detained here under the Public Safety Act (PSA), officials said.Faesal, who was bound for Istanbul, was detained at the airport during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, they said. His purpose of visiting turkey was not immediacy known, they said. The former bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir had floated a political outfit after resigning from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’After being detained at the Delhi airport, he was again detained under the PSA on his arrival in Srinagar, the officials said. Post the removal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, provided under Article 370, Faesal had said Kashmir is experiencing an “unprecedented” lockdown and its eight million population “incarcerated” like never before. He is among the last political leaders who have been placed under house arrest. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were detained after the Centre revoked the special status and announced that the state be bifurcated into the territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Faesal is the president of the J&K Peoples Movement party. The Jammu and Kashmir authorities last week airlifted a fresh batch of 20 “potential troublemakers” from Srinagar to Agra as a precautionary measure in the wake of constitutional changes made by the government. PTIlast_img read more

Elton John AIDS Foundation Will Introduce New Film The Promise At Academy

first_imgAt the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party to be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at West Hollywood Park, Sir Elton John and David Furnish will introduce Open Road and Survival Pictures new film – The Promise – which tells the story of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey at the outset of World War I.Written by Terry George and Robin Swicord and directed by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), The Promise stars Oscar Issac, Christian Bale, and Charlotte Le Bon.“We have only to look at the horrific HIV/AIDS outbreak that followed in the wake of the Rwandan genocide in the mid-1990s to understand the direct connection between human rights atrocities and public health crises like the AIDS epidemic,” said EJAF Founder Elton John. “Through our friendships with the Manoukian family and producer Dr. Eric Esrailian from UCLA, David and I became more personally aware of the Armenian Genocide and its timely relevance to social issues today. The film’s theme #KeepThePromise can be interpreted as keeping the promise to remember and learn from the atrocities of the past, as well as keeping the promise to end AIDS. At EJAF, we are committed to #KeepThePromise and raise awareness about this powerful film that uses classic storytelling to inspire people to take action today. We are honored to share the important timing of our Oscar-night event to introduce people to The Promise.”In addition to sharing EJAF’s vision for championing human rights, The Promise team at Survival Pictures has taken the unprecedented step of making the commitment to donate all proceeds from the film to nonprofit organizations including EJAF and other human rights and humanitarian groups. As part of this commitment and to inspire Party guests to give generously, Survival Pictures will match the pledges guests make to EJAF via text and live auction purchases made during EJAF’s Academy Awards Viewing Party with the goal of making this a record-setting evening.“Such giving has never happened with a film of this scale, we wanted the world to know about it, and we are incredibly grateful,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “We are honored to announce this generosity, thanks to the late philanthropist and humanitarian Kirk Kerkorian, on the eve of EJAF’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party. Not only is The Promise committing to support EJAF’s work, but matching funds will be provided to inspire donors even more throughout the event and live auction.”Survival Pictures has also developed a social impact campaign for The Promise to help educate the global public about the genocides and mass atrocities of the 20th and 21st centuries, the discussion about the legal definition of genocide, and historical denialism. The impact campaign will inform and inspire people to take action so they become part of the anti-genocide movement led by human rights organizations like EJAF as well as change-makers dedicated to ending crimes against humanity and bringing perpetrators to justice.The film sets a love story in the midst of the growing unrest in 1914 Turkey leading up to the horrors of the Armenian Genocide. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos. Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them. Promises are made and promises are broken. The one promise that must be kept is to live on and tell the story.“The Armenian Genocide must, of course, never be forgotten and should be recognized, but our current headlines show that the same patterns of human rights violations are being replicated in too many parts of the world today,” said producer Dr. Eric Esrailian. “We are honored to have the support of Elton, David, and the entire EJAF family, and by joining forces, we can help the people in the world who need assistance right now.”last_img read more