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‘Tag Time’ tournament in #Limerick this Saturday in aid of Childline

first_imgNews‘Tag Time’ tournament in #Limerick this Saturday in aid of ChildlineBy Staff Reporter – April 7, 2016 752 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleMajor media names for LimerickNext articleGarda move over asylum centre attack Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie THIS Saturday three university students from Limerick will be running a one-day tag rugby tournament in aid of Childline.The ‘Tag Time’ event will be held in Garryowen FC and will commence at 10am, and organiser Michael McInerney is urging people to get involved as it is for a very worthwhile cause.“The tournament itself will host 20 teams of 10 players and we want to attract as many people as possible to play or support on the day. Tag Time is all about getting together with friends to enjoy the festivities. There will be entertainment and craic to be had with an all day DJ, live band, raffles, prizes and much more. So even if you have no interest in the rugby, there will be plenty of activities to keep entertained”.Lunch will be available on the day with Garryowen running a BBQ and all facilities will be available so that participants can relax and enjoy themselves with friends and colleagues.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Each team of 10 players must have a minimum of 3 girls per team. Tags will be provided on the day. There is no need for specific team kits but if this is achievable then it will not be discouraged.The cost of entering a team is €200 and you can register on https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tag-time-tickets-20426574434, or email [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Print Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Facebook Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGScharitychildlinelimerickRugby Twitter Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

New UN Arms Trade Treaty Boosts Central American Gun Control Efforts

first_img “In a crime scene, all that’s left are shells, so we want the investigation police to be able to track each shell back to the manufacturing batch and back to the person who bought them,” Chacón explained. This means that if passed, both the UN treaty and Costa Rica’s proposed law would require the participation of gun manufacturers around the world. The United States, Japan, China, Russia and Brazil remain the world’s largest gun-producing countries and compliance with new requirements would be necessary for these initiatives to have a broad impact. “It may be difficult for them to agree,” said Castillo. “But it would have to start with the manufacturers themselves, reporting their production and sales in detail such as number, type, buyer’s identity and inventory.” New gun-control laws spring up throughout the region Costa Rica is not the only country in Central America striving for better gun-control mechanisms. In 2012, Guatemala passed a reform that extended the registration period of guns by two more years, while Panama changed its penal code to double the penalty for illegal arms purchasing and sales, as well as for possession of drugs. El Salvador is now working on new gun-control legislation, with help from the UN Development Program. And in Honduras, that nation’s congress is discussing changes to its arms law, after a recent study showed that 81 percent of guns there are illegal. Nicaragua’s particular social system, in which communities organize themselves to keep the organized crime out of their neighborhoods, has also worked as a shield from violent gangs, protecting Costa Rica and Panama to the south. “As a region, in this way, we are divided: the countries in the north are caught in a bloody fight where they must attack the criminals that have already permeated society, while the rest of us in the south have to strengthen our prevention programs,” Chacón said. In 2011, the Central American Integration System (SICA) approved a single security strategy that offers countries a guide on how to tackle escalating homicide rates. But so far, only the countries in the south have lowered their homicide rates, while Central America’s so-called “northern tier” remains the most violent region on the planet outside a war zone. Treaty is a wake-up call for the world, say advocates The isthmus’s geographic location is both a blessing and a curse, said Morataya of CASAC. “It’s attractive for its rich natural resources and for facilitating trade,” he said. “But among other merchandise, drugs are traded from the south to the north and guns are traded down from the north to the south.” Organized crime is not just in the business of drug trafficking, says Costa Rica’s Chacón. Illegal arms dealing, money laundering and human trafficking also help diversify criminals’ income. She said “forced labor and human trafficking now constitute the second-highest source of income for organized criminals in this region.” Despite the increased presence of criminals in Central America, Chacón remains optimistic now that the highly visible UN resolution is shining a light on the global gun-control debate. “Regardless of what happens from here on, what matters is that this vote is the first in history to back up a global consensus that says that the weapons market should be regulated in some form, and it establishes criteria to do it,” she said. “This tells us that 154 countries agree something must be done so that guns are not taken to countries where they would be used in crimes against humanity — and that really matters.” SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica — Central American security officials hope that an international arms treaty which has just been approved by the United Nations will aid their struggle against a drug war that has exponentially increased the influx of guns into the region. On April 2, the UN General Assembly approved the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by a vote of 154-3, with only Iran, Syria and North Korea blocking it. Another 23 countries abstained, including China, Russia, Bahrain, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The historic ATT — which took seven years to negotiate — aims to regulate the global weapons market, estimated at $60 billion to $70 billion a year. The treaty’s goal is to ban the transfer of weapons when there are substantial reasons to believe their use would violate human rights or impair social and economic development, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo explained. Costa Rica is among the seven countries that first proposed such a treaty at the UN in 2006. The ATT would also block the transfer of guns if there is a risk of gender-based violence, or if the weapons might fall into the hands of organized criminals. It does not, however, “interfere with domestic arms commerce or the right to bear arms in Member States; ban the export of any type of weapon; harm States’ legitimate right to self-defense, or undermine national arms regulation standards already in place,” according to the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. Gun-control advocates praise ATT’s passage “This agreement could prove particularly helpful to Central American nations, where one of the biggest problems is the illegal traffic of guns. So we would hope that this could contribute to putting an end to the consequences of this trade,” said Hefer Morataya, director of the Nicaragua-based UN Coordinating Action on Small Arms in Central America program (known by its Spanish acronym CASAC). “Of course, the fact that the treaty has been approved doesn’t mean that it will start working immediately,” he added. “It’s going to take time and ratification by individual governments.” In fact, ATT needs at least 50 countries in order to be put into action, with all the challenges and setbacks that could entail. But Central America has no time to waste, said Marcela Chacón, the vice-minister for security in Costa Rica, where a heated public debate on arms regulation is now underway. President Laura Chinchilla is pushing lawmakers to pass a new arms law that would tighten gun-holding permits as well as rules on the importation and sale of ammunition. “A gun with no ammunition is simply a useless metal bludgeon,” Chacón said. Illegal weapons flooding Central America, says UN Of the 2.9 million firearms that have poured into Central America, only one million are legal, according to the 2010 UN Human Development Index. But officials say that for every registered firearm, as many as four more unregistered — and therefore illegal — guns are in circulation. And that number, they say, is rising as drug traffickers expand their business south of Mexico and depend on weapons to operate. Costa Rica’s proposed law would prohibit arms dealers from selling bullets without gun permits, while limiting the sale of bullets only to people who fit those permits’ profiles. It also would forbid the importation of ammunition that is not individually registered by the manufacturer. By Dialogo April 22, 2013last_img read more

U.S donates helicopters to help Guatemala fight drug trafficking

first_img The ongoing effort by Guatemalan security forces to modernize their equipment received a boost recently when the United States, the Central American country’s partner of choice in the battle against organized crime, donated six helicopters. The new equipment will help Guatemala in its battle against international drug traffickers, security analysts said. In January 2012, Otto Pérez Molina was sworn in as Guatemala’s president. During his inaugural speech, Pérez Molina, who spent 30 years in the Guatemalan Army, vowed to crack down on organized crime and drug traffickers. Guatemalan security forces have captured several important alleged traffickers since then: • In September 2013, Guatemalan anti-narcotics agents with the Public Ministry and investigators with the National Civil Police (PNC) captured Waldemar Lorenzana Cordón, who is suspected of being a high-ranking member of the Lorenzana drug trafficking organization. He is the son of Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, the alleged leader of the drug trafficking organization. He is known as “The Patriarch.” In recent years, the Lorenzana drug trafficking organization has collaoborated with the Sinaloa Cartel, which is led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, to smuggle thousands of tons of cocaine from Guatemala to Mexico and the United States. • In 2011, Guatemalan security forces captured The Patriarch, at the request of U.S. authorities, who suspect him of working with El Chapo. The Patriarch is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. In July 2013, a Guatemalan appeals court denied the last of The Patriarch’s legal motions to avoid extradition. An extradition date has not been set. • Also in 2011, Guatemalan security forces captured another of The Patriarch’s sons, Elio Elixander. He is wanted in the U.S. on federal charges of drug trafficking, conspiracy, and money laundering. No date has been scheduled for his extradition to the U.S. Improving operational capacity The donations of helicopter and other equipment were “a vote of confidence for Guatemala from the United States,” Pérez Molina said. The helicopters can seat up to 13 people and have 1,800 horsepower, officials said. They are the same model that U.S. military forces used during the Vietnam War. The helicopters will allow Guatemalan security forces greater mobility, Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla said. “We are setting the tone that we are a serious and responsible country that has the capacity to develop whatever process of receiving cooperation on these terms, to mobilize and keep them within the standards that the US demands,” López Bonilla said. “For us it is a great privilege to receive these six helicopters and be able to have greater mobilization.” The donations of the helicopters and other gear is not the first time the U.S. has provided equipment to Guatemala. In April 2013, the U.S government donated 42 vehicles, J8 Jeeps, to help Guatemala in the shared fight against transnational criminal organizations. The vehicles, which are worth about $5.5 million, were donated to the Ministry of Defense during a visit by Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim, the commanding general of U.S. Army South. The Lorenzana family Guatemalan security forces have made good progress against the Lorenzana drug trafficking organization, but they must remain vigilant, Alarcón said. “Since Pérez Molina took power, the government has made some important captures,” the security analyst said. “However, the problem persists and what has happened is simply a reshuffle of the arrangement of forces between national and international drug cartels; new alliances and conflicts between these groups have increased.” Guatemala is a key transshipment point for international drug traffickers. About 90 percent of the cocaine that drug traffickers smuggle into North America passes through Central America, according to the United Nations Narcotics Control Board. New alliances and conflicts The helicopters and other donated equipment should help Guatemalan security forces seize more drugs, authorities siad. In 2009, security forces seized 6,936 kilos of cocaine, according to the Interior Ministry. Security forces seized less than half that amount – 3,292 kilos – in 2012, according to the Interior Ministry. Between January and October 2013, Guatemala security forces seized 2,236, kilos of cocaine, authorities said.center_img The donated helicopters will be used in training and in operations against drug traffickers nad other organized crime groups, López Bonilla explained. “Principally, there are two things that for us are really key,” López Bonilla said. “The helicopters are (available) for permanent training. And they will give us 24-hour operational capacity. The crews are ready to use night vision visors and have all the tools to fly during the night. We can be in any part of the country as needed, and are not limited by day or night.” The donated cranes will be used to build landing strips for helicopters and airplanes, Pérez Molina said. “We want to have a strong state that has the framework to stop drug trafficking and international organized crime,” the president said. By Dialogo November 17, 2013 Training and operations The donated helicopters are worth an estimated $11 million. The helicopters were not the only equipment the U.S. donated to Guatemala to help fight drug traffickers. The U.S. also provided night vision devices and other military equipment. In addition to the military equipment, the U.S. gave Guatemala cranes, which will be used to improve the country’s infrastructure. Altogether, the donated equipment is worth about $40 million, according to a press release by the Guatemalan government. The equipment should help Guatemalan security forces conduct operations against drug traffickers and other organized crime groups, said Adolfo Alarcón, a security analyst at the Guatemalan think tank ASIES. “Whatever help that strengthens the operational capacity of security forces in Guatemala is welcome,” said Alarcón said. “The [military donations] can help if they are utilized in the framework of a policy and an integral strategy for combatting this problem to modernize the security forces, which don’t have complete resources to stop international drug trafficking.” Drug seizures A vote of confidence last_img read more

Sam Greenwood confirms Arsenal departure ahead of Leeds United transfer

first_img But, the Englishman has decided it is time to move on and paid tribute to the north London club on his Instagram page.AdvertisementAdvertisement’I want to say a big thanks @Arsenal and the supporters for the last 2 years of my career,’ he said.‘Been an honour to play for the club while meeting some special people and making even better memories.’ Comment Skip 1/1 PLAY Greenwood is moving on from the club (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal’s talented young academy star Sam Greenwood has said his goodbyes to the club ahead of a reported move to Leeds United.The 18-year-old is said to be on the verge of joining Marcelo Bielsa’s side, where he will continue his fine development.Greenwood signed his first professional contract with the Gunners in September 2019 after impressing in the Under-18s’ title-winning 2018/19 season.The attacker then progressed to the Under-23s in January, making five appearances and scoring one goal in Premier League 2.ADVERTISEMENT by Metro About Connatix V67539 Sam Greenwood confirms Arsenal departure ahead of Leeds United transfer Video Settings Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Coming Next Skip Ad Read More 1 min. story Full Screen Advertisement Read More Top articles Read More Read More / Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Aug 2020 11:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link157Shares SPONSORED In first-team news, the Gunners are set to announce the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes this week after the Lille centre-back reportedly put pen to paper on a five-year contract.The Brazilian will be Mikel Arteta’s second major recruit of the transfer window after bringing in Willian on a free transfer.Gabriel’s arrival will mean Arsenal have nine centre-backs on their books, including Konstantinos Mavropanos, who has been sent out on loan to VfB Stuttgart for next season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalGunners fans finally got to see William Saliba in action in the first half of their pre-season friendly win over MK Dons on Tuesday.The 19-year-old has linked up with the squad after spending last season on loan at Saint-Etienne.MORE: Arsenal reject Wolves’ bid of below £20m for Ainsley Maitland-NilesMORE: Atletico Madrid to tempt Arsenal by offering choice of three players in exchange for Alexandre LacazetteFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more

Alecta hires Skandia’s Sterte for investment chief role

first_img“His long experience as a leader in various types of organisations and his deep knowledge of asset management will be very valuable for Alecta and for the execution of Alecta’s mission.”Frennberg left in the wake of a disagreement with the chief executive about the company’s business response to increasing digitalisation.He had worked at Alecta since 1995, rising to the position of CIO and a becoming a member of the leadership group in 2009. Before his job at Skandia, Sterte worked at LänsföRSäkringar, an insurance group, and before that he held roles at Sweden’s Finance Ministry and the central bank, Riksbanken.Sterte said: “Alecta’s asset management model, with successful active management and direct ownership in more than 100 companies, had created great values for corporate and private customers.”After Sterte’s arrival next year, Persson will go back to his job as head of the company’s interest and strategy group, Billing said. Sweden’s biggest pension fund Alecta has hired Hans Sterte as its new permanent CIO, filling the top management gap left after the swift departure of Per Frennberg in May.Sterte, who is coming to the SEK800bn (€83.5bn) pension provider from a corresponding role in Skandia, will start his new job in the first quarter of 2018.He will take over from Tony Persson, who has been acting as interim CIO since Frennberg’s departure.Magnus Billing, Alecta’s chief executive, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Hans as new manager of Alecta Asset Management.last_img read more

Gold Coast market on a downward slope but don’t panic just yet

first_imgVarsity Lakes is one of the Coast suburbs that’s performing well.Herron Todd White Gold Coast director Tod Gillespie said there were a number of reasons the market was softening, but assured there was no reason to panic.Different lending criteria potentially as a result of the banking inquiry and Chinese buyers disappearing from the market were partly responsible.But he said low consumer confidence was making buyers, particularly locals, cautious.“It’s a combination of the press about the Sydney and Melbourne markets slowing,” Mr Gillespie said.“Generally the Gold Coast market follows.“We’ve just gone through four years of sustained growth year on year so at some point, it has to slow down.”He encouraged anyone looking to buy on the Coast to do their research.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenElizabeth Tilley talks prestige property07:29 A new report predicts the Gold Coast property market will slow down in coming months.THE Gold Coast property market is on a downward slope, a new report reveals.The latest report by property valuation and advisory group Herron Todd White suggests both the housing and unit markets on the Glitter Strip are “starting to decline”.The findings are based on property market performance in major cities and regions across the country over the first half of the year and where they are likely to go in the next six months.Following a dull period during the Commonweatlh Games, the report said agents indicated the market had improved to level back out.Despite sales dropping over the past year in most areas, some suburbs were still performing well, particularly Varsity Lakes and Mermaid Waters. The Gold Coast property market has sustained strong growth over the past four years.“They have attributed the positive levels of buyer inquiry in these suburbs to a shortage of good quality stock in central areas and asking prices being more affordable in comparison to neighbouring suburbs,” the report said.However, it said agents were finding it tougher to get quick sales for units priced between 500,000 and $1.5 million.“If the apartment is not reasonably priced from the get go, feedback has indicated that it will likely sit on the market for an extended period,” the report said.“There are many new medium to high rise developments under construction between Mermaid Beach and Surfers Paradise at the moment. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It will be interesting to see if this will create a huge oversupply in the near future.”The second half of the year is expected to remain stable.“Whilst we don’t expect sales volumes to increase any time soon, steady levels of demand and a lack of listed stock will likely continue in most central suburbs,” the report said.“An unexpected rate rise in the next six months however would definitely make things very interesting.”last_img read more

How did Man United goalkeeper David de Gea fare in his first start this season?

first_img Press Association Despite it being his first game of the season, Liverpool failed to properly test the Spain international and he was fairly assured with the ball in hand. PRESENCE Had one slip in the second half which could have led to a goal but for most of the game up to that point he was a spectator. SHARPNESS A brilliant save from Danny Ings and another decent effort to deny Jordon Ibe showed despite his time in the wilderness he has lost none of his reflexes. OVERALL His return to the side was something of an anti-climax in many respects as he hardly had anything to do but his name was cheered to the rafters louder than any other player, representing the perfect comeback. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea made his first appearance of the season in the 3-1 win over Liverpool just hours after signing a new contact. center_img Press Association Sport looks at how he handled his return to the side, having been minutes away from joining Real Madrid at the end of the transfer window. HANDLING last_img read more

NBA commissioner Adam Silver consults with Clippers’ Chris Paul about All-Star Game

first_imgMILWAUKEE — After watching the East and West combine for nearly 400 points in last month’s All-Star Game in New Orleans, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver decided something needed to change.So he reached out to Chris Paul, the Clippers point guard and the president of the NBA Players’ Association.Paul, who was not selected to the All-Star Game for the first time since 2007, had some thoughts.“We collectively want to try to make All-Star weekend better for the fans,” Paul said after the Clippers’ 112-101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. “All the way around. Even in (Collective Bargaining Agreement) talks and stuff like that, that was one of the things that the players, the owners and everybody was talking about. Trying to fix that, spice it up a little bit to keep interesting.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The primary concern: Finding ways to make the midseason exhibition more competitive.Speaking on Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, Silver said he and Paul spoke last month and brainstormed ideas, including having captains draft teams. Silver reportedly suggested adding a 4-point line.Some former All-Stars said players didn’t previously need gimmicks to get their competitive juices flowing. “When you had Michael (Jordan), those guys were about competing,” said Bucks coach Jason Kidd, who played in 10 All-Star games from 1996 to 2010. “The first maybe three quarters was a showcase. It was always close. Then that fourth quarter was to go against the best and to win.“Hopefully it will get back to that.”center_img Doc Rivers was an All-Star in 1988, and remembered Friday that Mike Fratello, coaching the East, yelled at him for not picking up his man full court in the first quarter.“I don’t know when this thing changed,” he said.Rivers suggested rather than every player getting a financial bonus for appearing in the game, only the winning team should get paid.Paul Pierce, a veteran of 10 All-Star games, said the bonus would have to climb significantly from the $50,000 winners get paid and the $25,000 for the losers.“Don’t nobody care about that $25-$30,000, when everybody role players are making $70 million and then you got All-Stars making $100 (million),” Pierce said. “Don’t nobody care about that. They care about not getting hurt. Make the incentive bigger. Give out Mercedes.”Pierce said the players he entered the league with, like Kobe Bryant, were more competitive and that nothing the league could do would reverse the trend.“Go to Costco,” he suggested. “If they sell competitiveness, buy that, give it to the players and maybe it will change. … If you don’t buy that, or they don’t sell that, nothing is going to change.”Back to schoolRivers took his team to school while in Milwaukee.The Clippers practiced lightly Thursday night at Marquette, Rivers’ alma mater, and the coach returned Friday to speak to the current crop of Golden Eagles.Rivers’ team did not waste the chance to tease their coach.“The guys give you stuff about it,” he said. “They see your pictures and they wanted to know how much I had to pay to get my jersey retired.”That invited a natural follow-up made in jest.How much?“I paid a lot,” joked Rivers, who played at Marquette from 1980-83. “I have pride. I had to get it done.”AlsoRookie Diamond Stone, who won four championships at Dominican High School in suburban Milwaukee, had more than two dozen friends and family members at the game. Stone has played just 24 minutes in seven games this season. He is nursing a bone bruise in his knee and was inactive against the Bucks.last_img read more

1700 new appointments made as Test Iowa screenings open to anyone who wants to be tested

first_imgJOHNSTON — Governor Reynolds yesterday announced that Test Iowa screenings would be open to anyone who wants a test. During her press conference this morning she said many people took advantage of submitting an assessment.She says, “As of 8:00 AM this morning, nearly 1700 appointments were scheduled at sites across the state. For Iowans returning to work and restaurants and retail stores or other establishments that serve the public, this is a resource that you can use at any time to ensure your health and well being.”Reynolds says there’s no restrictions now for people who feel they may need to be tested.  “For health care workers, first responders and law enforcement that are at high risk of exposure at work, having the ability to be tested frequently is important. For anyone who is symptomatic or thinks they may have been exposed, getting tested as soon as possible is critical, whether it’s a Test Iowa site or through your own doctor.”Reynolds says increasing the number of Iowans tested is one of the best things that can be done for the overall health of the state.  “If you’re interested in being tested, the first step is to complete an assessment on TestIowa.com. Even if you’ve already taken an assessment, you’ll need to take it again, or be sure and take it when you get the reminder if you’ve taken one before. Your health changes from day to day, and the information you provide tells us about your condition, and it might also identify other information that’s important for public health and may identify new trends that will help us continue to better understand the virus.”Reynolds announced that new Test Iowa testing sites will open next week in Burlington, Council Bluffs, Marshalltown and Sioux Center.last_img read more

He’s back: Neymar rejoins PSG on China tour

first_img0Shares0000Football star Neymar endured a turbulent World Cup as Brazil were stunned by Belgium in the quarter-finals and he was widely lampooned for his play-acting © AFP/File / Miguel SCHINCARIOLSHENZHEN, China, Aug 2 – Dozens of screaming fans welcomed Brazil star Neymar on Thursday as he flew in to China to rejoin Paris Saint-Germain after his disappointing World Cup.The world’s most expensive player, wearing a canary-yellow hoodie, posed for pictures with airport staff before his noisy welcome in the arrivals hall. Footage on Neymar’s Twitter account showed him signing Barcelona, Brazil and PSG shirts before being guided through the crowd by minders and security staff.Neymar’s arrival, ahead of Saturday’s French Super Cup game against Monaco in Shenzhen, comes more than five months after his last appearance for PSG following a foot injury in late February.The flamboyant forward then endured a turbulent World Cup as Brazil were stunned by Belgium in the quarter-finals and he was widely lampooned for his play-acting.“I didn’t want to see a ball, or to see any more football played,” the 26-year-old told AFP last month in an interview, describing his World Cup disappointment.However, Thursday’s enthusiastic welcome indicated that his popularity in China remains very much intact.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more