Varane: a date with history

first_imgMarcelotwenty-one32 Sergio Ramostwenty-one3. 4 5 Casillas19 Varane is from that lineage of players born to win. He has been doing it for nine years, since his signing for Real Madrid, and it will be rare that he does not maintain that vice for trophies until it is time to retire to contemplate them. The question is whether or not he will do it in white, with a powerful reason for the ‘yes’: the possibility of becoming the most successful footballer of the club ever. As AS has said, there are still no movements for the renewal of his contract, which ends in 2022. It is not an urgent matter, especially with the coronavirus stopping the world, but The experts, and this is how Madrid usually proceed, see it as crucial to start channeling the negotiations for the extensions two years before the end of the link. Once that border has been exceeded, time picks up speed towards the last 18 months, after which the player leads the hand in the negotiations. And Varane, who could go free with 29 years, suitors will not be missing. Camacho19 Gento2. 3 Chendo18center_img Say Stéfano17 But At the moment, at 27, he has an appointment with history. ‘The silent champion’, without making any noise, look at a certain distance Gento, on top of the club’s winners with 23 titles. Between La Galerna and him are, tied at 21, Sanchís, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo; equaled in 19, Casillas and Camacho; in 18 Benzema and Chendo; and with 17, Di Stéfano, Hierro and Varane himself. His biggest ‘rivals’, then, are his current companions, all with ages that allow them less travel that to the French: Ramos has just turned 34, Marcelo is going to make 32 in May, which Benzema already loads.PLAYERS WITH MORE TITLES IN MADRID PLAYERTITLESAGE* Varane1727 Iron17 Benzema1832 * Only active players.Waiting for how this 2019-20 ends, The average in Varane’s Madrid, fourth captain, is almost two trophies per season, one every 18 games. It has the margin to continue feeding its large track record until 2022, but to crown himself on the heights he would have to renew. It would be the first step for a very complicated task, although the reward is worth it.last_img read more

Teng shows he can do more than just score

first_imgJeron Teng. PBA IMAGESShooting blanks to start the game, Jeron Teng thought that he was in for a long night as Flying V played his old team AMA Online Education on Monday.With the Titans defense swarming on him, the 23-year-old could only muster two points on a paltry 1-of-9 shooting in the first period.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission “Our goal in the last two games is to get better and use it as our preparation for the semis,” he said. “I hope we don’t get too overconfident especially that we haven’t proven anything yet. I hope the hunger will still be there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA: San Beda vents ire on St. Benilde End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade But the former La Salle stud knew that he can do more than just score, heeding coach Eric Altamirano’s reminders that he has to focus on the other facets of his game.READ: Teng posts triple-double as Flying V books top seedFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Prior to this game, me and coach Eric talked and he told me to add dimensions to my game, like on defense, rebounds, and also assists. That’s what I did,” he said.From there, Teng’s 7-of-24 shooting was deemed an afterthought as he became only the fourth player in PBA D-League history to record a triple-double, racking up 21 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds in the Thunder’s 114-91 win. View comments He joined the elite club to achieve the feat, alongside BDO-NU’s Ray Parks, Phoenix’s Mike Tolomia twice, and Racal Motors’ Kent Salado, who also notched it this  conference.READ: Jeron Teng says D-League team Flying V has ‘high potential’ But more than the impressive statline, Teng said that his goal is to help the team succeed, as Flying V secured the top seed in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup eliminations after cruising to its eighth straight victory.“We’re happy because we’re blessed, but we just made it to the semis and we can’t be contented. It’s a continuous learning experience for me and I just try to get better,” he said.And Teng and the rest of the Thunder are taking these final two games as their chance to finetune their game in preparation for the bigger wars in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

5 shot as gunmen create mayhem at Ramada Princess Casino

first_img– 1 arrested after left behind by colleaguesFive persons were shot after gunmen invaded the Ramada Princess Casino, at Providence, on the East Bank of Demerara in the wee hours of Friday morning.According to reports, pandemonium broke out at the gambling facility after four gunmen stormed the Casino at about 03:45h and discharged several rounds as they relieved patrons and staff of cash and other valuables.During the shooting, Eon Garraway was shot to his left hand; James Gregory was hit to the left foot; Orlando Knights received injuries to the left hand; and Udairan Sookraj was shot to his right hand. They were all admitted to a city hospital.The Ramada Princess Hotel and Casino, ProvidenceIn addition, Melissa Ferguson, Jermaine Mason and Roshel Fraser were also assaulted by the armed men during the episode. Based on reports received, after the men entered the facility, they held a security guard on duty at gunpoint and took away his shotgun and several rounds of ammunition.The gunman captured by Police is loaded into the back of a Police vehicleThe men then ordered everyone to lie on the ground and escorted the security guard to the cashier’s cage where they relieved the cashier of an undisclosed sum of foreign and local currency. By this time, the police were alerted about the robbery in progress and responded promptly.As they arrived at the scene, they were confronted by the armed men which resulted in an exchange of gunfire. During the exchange, Police Lance Corporal Andrew Richardson attached to Impact Base, Brickdam Police Station was shot to his abdomen. He was admitted to a city hospital and reportedly underwent emergency surgery.Meanwhile, during the shootout, one of the bandits was captured and taken into Police custody. The firearm that was taken away from the security guard was recovered. The other three men managed to escape.Guyana Times understands that the car that was used in the robbery was hijacked at Brush Dam, Buxton, on the East Coast of Demerara.Hid in the wash roomHowever, a waitress attached to the casino told this publication that she went to use the wash room located in the lunchroom and as she was leaving, she saw the gunmen making their way into the gambling hall.Upon seeing this, she alerted her colleagues and without hesitation, they joined her in the washroom since they were fearful that something was “going down”. The women, amounting to 12, were joined by two male colleagues who further assisted in securing the area by barring the doors and closing the windows that were open.While hiding in the washroom the woman claimed that they heard footsteps in the kitchen and thought that the gunmen wanted to use the back entrance. Soon after, a hail of gunshots was heard then there was silent.They breathed a sigh of relief after they heard the sound of sirens. As they stepped out of the washroom and went into the gambling hall, they realised that two coworkers were shot. At the scene on Friday morning, A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Clifton Hicken confirmed that the Police were able to capture one of the bandits who was hiding on the premises after he was left behind by his colleagues.Management tightlippedHicken could not say how much money was stolen from the casino. As Police investigated the scene, they recovered more than 20 spent shells.When Guyana Times visited the scene later in the day, investigators were tightlipped about the incident and so were the traumatised employees who were seen milling around the area, seemingly in shock. The Manager of the casino also refused to speak with the media.This attack comes as quite a surprise, since anyone going to the casino has to first go through a number of security checks. From reports reaching this newspaper, the Police might be thinking the robbery might have been an inside job.last_img read more

Kompany better than ever 10 years into City career

first_imgNext up is at visit to newly-promoted Wolves on Saturday, and Kompany, 32, is enjoying City’s dominance under Pep Guardiola so much he wants to extend his playing career at the Etihad.“I’m actually really lucky to be a really good athlete naturally so I still feel mobile, I still feel strong, I’m improving and I’m learning so much more about the game,” said Kompany, whose current contract expires at the end of the season.“I’m not stressed or nervous about any possible scenario because I’ve prepared for every eventuality.“I’m enjoying the game more than I’ve probably ever enjoyed the game. Probably my first year at City and this last year now have been the best in my career so you want to make it last as long as you can.”On top of his leadership and ability on the field, Kompany is a key symbolical figure as the only player to have joined the club before Sheikh Mansour’s takeover poured in billions of pounds to make City’s squad and facilities the envy of the Premier League.Signed for a bargain £6 million from Hamburg in August 2008, Kompany had only been in England for a matter of days when the Abu Dhabi owners took over with riches that have backed City to three league titles.“Every club you sign for they give you the same pitch: ‘We’ve got a big project, big ambitions, we want to achieve this and that, we want to kick on,’ and I just happen to be lucky that City was the one club that didn’t lie about it,” added Kompany.The only early season set back for Guardiola’s men has been a couple of long-term injuries suffered by playmaker Kevin de Bruyne and second choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.Bravo’s rupture of an Achilles tendon in training this week forced City to recall Aro Muric from a loan spell with Dutch side NAC Breda.But City’s strength in depth was highlighted when Guardiola left club record signing Riyad Mahrez on the bench alongside Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi.Indeed, the absence of De Bruyne may offer Bernardo Silva, who has started the campaign in impressive fashion, the chance to showcase his abilities on a more regular basis, starting with a meeting against a host of his Portuguese international teammates at Molineux.“I think in your second season, it’s normal to feel more at home and that definitely applies to me,” said Silva.“We all know there is plenty of hard work ahead in the coming months, but it is great to start the way we have.“We are happy with the way we have begun and now we must continue against Wolves on Saturday, even though we know what a difficult game this will be – they have many quality players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vincent Kompany feels his is playing better than ever after 10 years at Manchester City © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – Vincent Kompany believes he is playing better than ever as he celebrates a decade as a Manchester City player, with the club captain even talking of extending his stay at the Premier League champions.The Belgian international, whose time at City has been plagued by injuries, appears to have finally found consistent fitness and is a key component of the City team that has started this season in ominous fashion with convincing victories over Chelsea in the Community Shield and Arsenal and Huddersfield in the Premier League.last_img read more

Watford complete signing of Mario Suarez from Fiorentina

first_img Mario Suarez 1 Watford have completed the signing of Spanish international midfielder Mario Suarez.The 28-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Vicarage Road and joins from Serie A side Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee, understood to be around £4million.The transfer was confirmed on the official Watford website after the Hornets had progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest.Suarez started his career at Atletico Madrid before having loan spells at Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo and completing a permanent switch to Mallorca in 2008.The three-times capped Spain international made 64 appearances for Mallorca before returning to Atletico two years later in a deal worth £1.8million euros.Back in Madrid, where he spent one season under current Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, he played 180 games in five years and won Primera Division, Europa League and Copa del Rey winners’ medals.Suarez joined Fiorentina last July where he made 13 appearances, scoring one goal.“I am very happy to be here because it is a dream come true to play in the Premier League,” Suarez told the official club website.“I am very excited with the project of the club, to be trained again by Quique and to start playing for Watford.”Sanchez Flores said on Thursday that Suarez’s imminent arrival was a statement of intent for the Hornets, who lie in 10th place in the Barclays Premier League with 32 points from 23 games following their promotion from the Sky Bet Championship last season.“I think the amazing news for Watford is that we have the possibility to convince players to come here,” Sanchez Flores said.“It means Watford is improving a lot in the last years.“The players are really clever and they have a lot of information.“Before they come to Watford they know everything – the owner, the players, the squad, the staff, the fans – so, when they decide ‘okay, I want to go to Watford’ it is because the conditions are really good.“There are a lot of teams in the Premier League with a lot of history so if they decide to come here it is amazing for us.”last_img read more

Emery wants LaLiga ace, Man United still want Bale and Bayern eye Everton man

first_img1 Here’s a round-up of all the football gossip and transfer stories from Sunday’s papers…Manchester United want to sign Gareth Bale so they can get the best out of big-money signings Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez (The Sunday Times)Bayern Munich are eyeing up a shock move for Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as Manuel Neuer’s future remains unclear (The Sun on Sunday)Valencia forward Rodrigo could be leading the line for Spain at the World Cup this summer, with Arsenal reportedly keeping an eye on him (The Sun on Sunday)Manchester City have stepped up their efforts to sign Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez (The Sun on Sunday)New Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to bring Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi back to the Premier League (Sunday Mirror)Watford are expected to issue a ‘hands-off’ warning to Everton if former boss Marco Silva lines up a move for Richarlison (Sunday Mirror)Meanwhile, West Ham United HAVE told Manchester United to forget about signing talisman Marko Arnautovic this summer (Sunday People)Losing the Championship Play-Off Final meant John Terry missed out on a £4 million bonus (Daily Star)Wayne Rooney’s move from Everton to MLS side DC United could be wrapped up next week (Sunday Express)Real Madrid fans want Jurgen Klopp to be their new manager, despite links with Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino (Sunday Express)And here are the top stories from talkSPORT.com for you to enjoy…Former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel thinks England can win the World Cup after they beat Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley on SaturdayEmre Can has agreed a four-year deal with Juventus and will reportedly have a medical imminentlyFormer Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has exclusively told talkSPORT David Elleray spurred him on to succeed because of his ‘negativity and bullying’ Ryan Fredericks is expected to swap Fulham for West Ham United on  a free transfer by the start of next week Former Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello believes Cristiano Ronaldo would love to return to Manchester United Christian Eriksen’s agent has admitted his client has a lot of interest from other teams, but the Dane is solely focused on the World Cup and fatherhoodEverton are reportedly in pole position to sign Norwich City starlet James Maddison this summer Here’s a round-up of all the football gossip and transfer stories from Sunday’s papers… last_img read more

NEW ANGLING LAWS NEXT WEEK, WITH CHANGES ON DONEGAL RIVERS

first_imgMinister of State Fergus O’Dowd has approved a suite of regulations and bye-laws that will govern the wild salmon fishery in 2014. These will come into effect from Tuesday 1 January 2014 on all Donegal rivers.One river which was open in 2013 – the Owenwee (Ballyshannon) – will be catch and release next year.Minister O’Dowd said: “I am pleased to note that 87 rivers will open for angling activity in 2014. Fifty seven rivers will be fully open while a further 30 will be open for angling on a “catch & release” basis. This will provide opportunities for commercial fishermen and anglers to share this important resource on a sustainable basis. “In 2012 I lowered the cost of fishing licences and I have decided to maintain that price cut for 2014. I am anxious that lower costs will encourage sales of annual licences and incentivise angling tourists to avail of the Ireland’s first-class angling product”, he added.Minister O Dowd received management and scientific advice on the current status of Irish salmon stocks from Inland Fisheries Ireland and considered submissions received through the public consultation exercise. Based on this he has introduced conservation measures for the management of the wild salmon and sea trout fishery in 2014.In all, the Independent Standing Scientific Committee for Salmon (SSCE) assessed 143 rivers and have advised that:-· 57 rivers are open as a surplus of fish has been identified in these rivers; · 30 rivers have been classified as open for angling on a “catch and release” basis only; and· 56 rivers are closed as they have no surplus of fish available for harvest in them.The Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations for 2014 are in essence unchanged from the Regulations which were introduced for 2013. A number of minor amendments to the Regulations, recommended by Inland Fisheries Ireland, will provide for more effective administration of the tagging scheme regulations in 2014.Summary of main changes to the management of the wild salmon fishery in 20143 Rivers which were closed in 2013 will open for “catch & release” in 2014 Clonee (Kerry Fishery District), Owenagarney (Limerick Fishery District), Skivaleen (Limericky Fishery District),4 Rivers which were open in 2013 will be “catch & release” in 2014Suir (Waterford Fishery District), Owenmore (Kerry Fishery District), Owenwee (Ballyshannon Fishery District), Owenmore (Bangor Fishery District)6 Rivers which were open for “catch & release” in 2013 will open for harvest in 2014 Screebe (Connemara Fishery District), Bunowen (Ballinakill Fishery District), Owenwee Belclare (Ballinakill Fishery District), Glyde (Dundalk Fishery District), Argideen ( Cork Fishery District), Sheen (Kerry Fishery District)1 River which was open for catch and release in 2013 will close in 2014Owenavorragh (Wexford Fishery District)Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations, 2013 for the 2014 seasonprovide for, among other things, the total allowable catch of fish that can be harvestedby commercial fishing engines and rod and line from identified rivers.Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (bag limits) Bye-law No. 915, 2013 provides for anannual bag limit of 10 fish being either salmon or sea trout (over 40 cm) per angler and provides for a season bag limit of 3 fish in the period1 January to 11 May, a daily bag limit of 3 fish from 12 May to 31 August and a daily bag limit of 1 fish from1 September to the end of the season. The Bye-law also provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait once the specified number of fish have been caught in the specified periods.Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (catch and release) Bye-law No. 914, 2013 provides for catch and release in respect of salmon and sea trout (over 40 cm) in rivers that are meeting at least 65% of their Conservation Limit as mentioned in the Bye-law. The Bye-law also provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for salmon and sea trout over 40 cm.Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (closed rivers) Bye-law No. C.S. 316, 2013 prohibits the taking or attempting to take by rod and line salmon and sea trout over 40 cm in the rivers specified in the Bye-law.Angling Byelaw 913, 2013This Bye-law prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, and also prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in the waters specified in the Bye-law and revokes Angling Bye-law No. 907, 2013.Conservation of Sea Trout Bye-law 916, 2013This Bye-Law provides for a daily bag limit of 3 sea trout (less than 40 cm in length) and provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait once the specified number of sea trout have been caught.NEW ANGLING LAWS NEXT WEEK, WITH CHANGES ON DONEGAL RIVERS was last modified: December 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What we heard from 49ers defensive coaches Kris Kocurek, Joe Woods

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Dee Ford, Nick Bosa, Kwon Alexander and Jason Verrett are not the only additions designed to upgrade the 49ers defense this year.Meet Kris Kocurek and Joe Woods, critical hires as position coaches for the defensive line and secondary, respectively.Kocurek’s impassioned instructions, complete with F-bombs, are becoming standard affair on the practice fields, while Woods, formerly the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator, is more subdued yet diligent in repairing a sub-par …last_img read more

Tamiflu helps, newest study in long-running debate says

first_imgThe latest—and possibly last—salvo in a long-running debate over the merits of the influenza-fighting drug Tamiflu was fired off today, but it seems unlikely to quell skeptics or nurture unanimity around the drug’s effects. For years, members of the Cochrane Collaboration, an international network of scientists who review medical evidence, have charged that Tamiflu’s benefits are overstated. They agree that if taken soon after symptoms surface, the drug reduces by about a day the length of time someone feels sick. But they dispute that the evidence—including 12 randomized trials conducted by Roche, which makes Tamiflu, known generically as oseltamivir—shows that it cuts down on serious complications, hospitalizations, and deaths. The Cochrane group has also put a focus on transparency in science: It argued that publication bias had left Tamiflu looking better than it really was.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The dispute prompted Roche and some influenza researchers to pledge to reanalyze the data—and that’s what’s being released online today. Writing in The Lancet, four flu experts describe blending data from nine clinical trials of more than 4000 patients to assess Tamiflu. Pooling data makes it easier to discern the drug’s effect on rarer outcomes, such as pneumonia. And, the authors report, Tamiflu makes a meaningful difference, reducing the risk of hospital admission by 63%. The actual numbers are small: Nine of 1591 participants who took Tamiflu were admitted to the hospital, and 22 of 1302 those not taking the drug ended up there. The drug was also associated with fewer cases of lower respiratory tract infections that called for antibiotics, the authors say, such as bronchitis or bacterial pneumonia. Patients on the drug had a 4.9% risk compared with an 8.7% risk if not on the drug. “Significant risk reductions were detected,” the authors note, acknowledging that Tamiflu also had side effects, particularly nausea and vomiting, which must be balanced against its benefits.The Lancet paper may be unlikely to compel many people to switch sides, however. “There are no new data presented here on complications or hospitalizations that we did not already know of,” says epidemiologist Peter Doshi of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, a critic of Roche and part of the Cochrane group that reviewed Tamiflu studies. The differences, he says, stem from how complications are interpreted: For example, were all those cases recorded as pneumonia really pneumonia? Clinical study reports, examined by Cochrane reviewers such as Doshi, suggest they weren’t always, he believes. More troubling, Doshi says, is that the new analysis was funded by Roche through a foundation called MUGAS that it helps support. That detail was not shared in The Lancet’s press release—which Doshi says is “disappointing”—though it does appear at the end of the paper. “This is not independent science,” Doshi asserts.Others suggest that the new report doesn’t change much about our understanding of Tamiflu, though they praise Roche for supporting it and agree with its finding that the drug reduces hospitalizations. “The important thing about this study is that it shows that Roche [was] not hiding skeletons in its cupboards,” said Peter Openshaw, director of the Centre for Respiratory Infection at Imperial College London, in a prepared statement. “Oseltamivir is not a perfect drug, but it does what you might expect,” especially when given after the flu has taken hold and is harder to beat back.last_img read more

Food supply was protected after Fukushima, study finds

first_imgTOKYO—On the 4th anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, there is one bit of reassuring news: A new study concludes that contaminated food was likely kept out of the market.”In my honest opinion, the Japanese government did a terrific job to keep their people safe” from contaminated food, says Georg Steinhauser, an environmental radiochemist at Colorado State University,  Fort Collins, who led the study.The meltdowns at three reactors and subsequent explosions released massive radioactive plumes. To limit exposure, authorities evacuated more than 150,000 residents. (And many more left the area in fear of the radiation.) Mindful that drinking contaminated milk led to most of the cancers that resulted from the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, the Japanese government also launched a massive effort to check foods for contamination and ban any items exceeding set limits. The limit for most food was initially set at 500 becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg), and then lowered to 100 Bq/kg a year later. 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Steinhauser and colleagues at the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Tokyo mined the data, looking for trends and lessons. They report that radioactivity in tap water in the Tohoku region, which includes the Fukushima plant, had dropped below the specified limit for liquids within a month of the accident. Contamination in fruits and vegetables peaked immediately after sampling started, which was within 10 days or so of the accident. But by early summer, only some mushroom and dried produce samples exceeded the limit. The team says mushrooms are known accumulators of radionuclides and serve as sentinel products when watching for contamination.Sampling of meat and eggs was slower to ramp up. But the number of contaminated samples and level of contamination peaked by July 2011 and then decreased. The exception was wild boar meat, which peaked somewhat later as the boars were apparently eating contaminated wild mushrooms.  “It seems very unlikely that more than very few members of the public in Japan exceeded the maximum permissible internal exposure of 1 mSv [millisievert]/year,” the team writes in the 3 March issue of Environmental Science & Technology. One millisievert per year is the recommended maximum radiation dose for the general public set by the International Commission on Radiological Protection.Nongovernmental watchdog groups have reported finding items on grocery store shelves that exceed the limit. Steinhauser is not surprised, noting that the government’s random sampling program was aimed at ensuring the overall safety of the food supply. “The consumption of one singular above-limit food item does not automatically pose a radiological risk to consumers,” he says.The paper does not address what Keith Baverstock, a radiation health expert formerly at the World Health Organization and now at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu, considers the most important public health question: What were the external and internal doses in the days and months after the release of the radiation? “A significant quantity” of the vegetable foodstuffs initially exceeded the government’s limits, he notes, while acknowledging that those limits are much stricter than those in force in Europe. “How these data can be interpreted in terms of doses is not at all clear,” he says.Steinhauser and others think that the government’s food-screening program effectively limited the amount of contaminated food reaching the public. “I believe the conclusions about exposure are generally solidly based; they are believable and reassuring, as well,” says Steven Simon, a radiation epidemiologist at the U.S. National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.One gap in his study, Steinhauser concedes, is that it doesn’t cover seafood, a major component of the Japanese diet. “The reason for not looking at seafood was simply the huge amount of data,” Steinhauser says. A preliminary assessment suggests there were fewer cases of seafood exceeding allowable limits, he says. But follow-up studies are expected to also cover seafood.last_img read more