Month: August 2020

21 storms named for hurricane season

first_imgThe hurricane season has officially started and the National Hurricane Center has released the list of names for 21 possible tropical cyclones to develop in the Atlantic Ocean.The list of names for 2017 are as follows:Arlene, Bret, Cindy,  Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, and Whitney.The National Hurricane Center releases a list of names on their website for hurricanes for each of six years. Meaning, we may see these names once again in 2023.Due to the development of Arlene in April, the next hurricane will be named Bret.Currently, there has been no development of any kind in the Atlantic Ocean of any tropical depressions or storms.The hurricane season ends on November 20.Above average hurricane season predictedlast_img read more

Dr. Iglesias’ guide to breast cancer awareness

first_imgDr. Arthur Iglesias, Radiation Oncologist at North Shore Medical Center Dr. Iglesias’ guide to breast cancer awarenessby Tanya RagbeerAs part of its Breast Cancer Awareness Month features, Caribbean National Weekly had a conversation with Dr. Arthur Iglesias, a Miami-born, Cuban-American Radiation Oncologist at North Shore Medical Center. He spoke candidly about the disease and cancer screening.“I think it all starts with educating the community,” said Dr. Iglesias. “I think everyone holds a certain stereotype of the doctor, they’re scared of being examined and we don’t realize it, but what happens is that patients are placed in a very vulnerable situation because you meet this individual for the first time and you are divulging your life history to that person and after that, you have to remove all of your clothes to let this person examine you.”Iglesias believes that younger people are more open and self-aware, but understands that when dealing with an older generation who are more private, it becomes difficult.Fear of Potential Diagnosis“You find something suspicious in your body and the first thing that we say, and me included, it has happened in my life, I’m talking from personal experience. The thought is, ‘I’m too young and it can’t happen to me’, or ‘yeah it looks like it, but I’m sure it will go away’.”As humans, our first response to something that we find, that we are not happy with, is denial. Iglesias thinks the onus is on the medical community to open up and to educate.“If you find something suspicious, we are here to help you to find out if what you have is indeed something, and if it is, by detecting it early it will help your treatment and will avoid problems later on, or make something that could be potentially endangering to your life less fatal.”Early detection is very importantBe AwareLocate the problemContact your physicianGet treatment earlyCaribbean people“My father got diagnosed five years ago with cancer. His first response was, ‘I have something abnormal but I’m not going to do anything about it’. Many older Caribbean men respond this way to inconsistencies in the body,” Iglesias reasoned.“The younger population also has the idea that, ‘I’m too young for this, nothing’s going to happen’.”Iglesias wants to break the barrier by educating the community, teaching people about early detection and prevention.Breast cancer awareness“My advice is getting you to know your body, being aware of what abnormalities are presented. Self-breast exams are beneficial because if you feel anything abnormal, you can detect it early and subsequently be evaluated by a physician that can also confirm the abnormality and do further workup and management.”The American Cancer Society recommends regular screening besides regular examinations, following up with your physician on a regular basis.  Cancer screening typically starts around the age bracket of 40-44 for women. That does not take away the fact that younger women should also be aware of what is going on. Mammography typically starts at age 40, but for younger women, he recommends:Close monitoring with a physicianSelf-examLook at your breast in the mirror to see if there are any skin abnormalitiesExamining your breastsThe American Cancer Society has some guides on how to do a proper breast exam, so you can have an early diagnosis.Cancer RiskBreast cancer awareness is key. The other thing to be aware of is cancer risk.Does my Mom have it?Did my Grandmother have it?These factors may put you at a higher risk, so it becomes important, and there are ways of talking to your physician in order to get the proper guide for health management.RecommendationsFor women, an average breast cancer risk (women who do not have a previous history), the American Cancer Society recommends screening starts:Age 40-44, and it’s typically done yearly45-54 should get it every year55 and older should get it every other year“Now, if there is an abnormality on an exam, it becomes more important,” Iglesias warned.If something abnormal is felt on the breast or the axilla (the area on the body directly under the joint where arm connects to shoulder), it should get evaluated immediately so that the doctor can get the appropriate tests.Dr. Arthur Iglesias will be giving a free lecture on Breast Cancer Awareness, on October 26 at North Shore Hospital on Cancer Screening and Management Options.last_img read more

Nearly 51 million Americans to travel this Thanksgiving

first_imgAAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. AAA forecasts highest travel volume in a dozen yearsAAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving; a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2005, with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year.“Thanksgiving kicks off the start of what will likely become the busiest holiday season in more than a decade,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence. These factors should help fuel consumer spending and generate a strong finish for the travel industry this year.”The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26.Florida ForecastTotal Travelers:6 million Floridians will travel 50 miles or more; an increase of 80,230 people (3.2%) over last year.Road Trip Ready:3 million will take a Thanksgiving road trip; an increase of 71,786 people (3.2%).Flying High: 190,720 Floridians are forecast to take a flight; the most since 220,000 flew in 2007. The 4.5% y-o-y increase (8,158) is the largest percentage increase among the three major transportation modes.Alternate Travel: 53,860 Floridians will travel by other means like trains, buses, and cruises. The 0.5 percent increase represents 286 more travelers than last year, and the most since 2008.Fueling Up: Gas prices in Florida averaged $2.10 on Thanksgiving 2016. This Thanksgiving, pump prices are likely to be the highest since 2014.AAA: Thanksgiving Gas Prices 2012-2016National ForecastRoad Trippers:89 percent of all travelers –45.5 million– are planning a Thanksgiving road trip; an increase of 1.6 million people (3.2%) over last year.Cheaper Airfare: Consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013. View the pricing indexFuller Skies:The largest growth in holiday travel is by air travel, at 5 percent, with 3.95 million travelers.Alternate Travel:Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) is expected to increase 1.1 percent to 1.48 million travelers.Fueling Up:Drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014.Holiday High:Car rental daily rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70/day due to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles.Travelers Still Hitting the Road, Despite Higher Gas PricesGas prices surged earlier this month. The state average rose 13 cents in three days. Some markets saw increases of 25 cents.On Wednesday, gas prices in Florida averaged $2.52.  The state average was $2.10 on Thanksgiving 2016, $2.08 in 2015, and $2.79 in 2014.Compared to last year’s holiday, it will cost the average motorist $6 more for a full tank of gasoline.Gas prices in the U.S. are averaging $2.56.The national average on Thanksgiving Day was $2.13 in 2016, $2.05 in 2015, and $2.80 in 2014.Highest gas prices in three years“AAA expects drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices in three years, thanks to strong demand and higher oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA- The Auto Club Group. “Although it will be more expensive to drive to Grandma’s house compared to recent years, the current price at the pump is not high enough to deter Floridians from taking a trip. Most people have already made their travel plans, and will not cancel them for moderate shifts in gas prices.”“Oil prices reached 2-year highs last week, causing the sudden jump at the pump,” Jenkins continued. “Fortunately, oil prices are beginning to soften, thanks to growth in crude production and inventories; and wholesale gas prices are slipping due to high gasoline production. This should set the table for small discounts at the pump, before the holiday arrives.”last_img read more

City of Sunrise spotlighted in podcast on national chess movement

first_imgThe US Chess Federation is pleased to announce the premiere of its second podcast, “One Move at a Time,” on October 12, 2018 to help kick of the October 13 National Chess Day activities around the nation. This monthly show will explore people and organizations that are advancing the US Chess educational mission of “Empowering people through chess, one move at a time.” Hosted by Dan Lucas, the US Chess Senior Director of Strategic Communication, the goal is to give listeners ideas and methods that can be used within their own community to expand the reach of chess.Mayor of Sunrise, Fl featured In the initial episode, the Honorable Mayor Michael J. Ryan of Sunrise, Florida explains how he made chess a key city initiative, including (among many other ideas and programs) adding the game to the school curriculum and having bicycle patrol police officers hand out travel chess sets; go to to listen to this show and see a summary of the city’s chess initiatives. In recognition of the positive chess activity in Sunrise, the Florida city was named “Chess City of the Year” by US Chess in 2015. You can see everything happening with chess in Sunrise here: Mayor Ryan can be reached at [email protected] podcast that goes behind the national chess scene This is the second podcast program offered by US Chess. “Cover Stories withChess Life,” which goes behind the scenes and in depth with each issue’s cover story author, premiered in April 2018. Additional podcasts are currently being developed by the non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. For an archive of all shows to date go to: .  Further tying in the chess world to our podcasts, the theme music for One Move at a Time, titled “So Don’t I,” was composed by National Master Alex King of Memphis, Tennessee. Alex will be featured in the November Chess Life’s “My Best Move” column.Chance to win a gift is sponsoring both podcasts. For a chance to win a $50 gift certificate, send an email to [email protected] and for One Move at a Time, put the show title in the subject header and your name and phone number in the body of the email to be entered into a random drawing for a winner. For Cover Stories with Chess Life, put the show title in the subject header and provide a question for our “Best Question” contest. The November guest will be Al Lawrence who wrote about the U.S. Open; your question can be specifically for him or a general one about Chess Life or US Chess.Going forward, One Move at a Time will drop on the second Tuesday of each month, with Cover Stories with Chess Life dropping on the first Tuesday.last_img read more

Mourinho Gives Paul Pogba Injury Update

first_imgManchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has declared that Paul Pogba will miss “few weeks’ of action following the Frenchman’s injury in United’s Champions League Opener against FC Basel.Pogba, who captained Manchester United on the night, was substituted in the 18th minute with a suspected hamstring injury after a collision with FC Basel midfielder and was later seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches.Speaking to MUTV after the game, Mourinho said: “In my experience, muscular injury stops you from playing for a few weeks, I think. It looks for me too [like a hamstring injury] but I haven’t spoken yet to the medical department.”“Squads are for this, squads are for injuries, squads are for suspensions. We don’t cry with injuries. So if no Paul for Sunday, we have Herrera, we have Carrick, we have Fellaini and we have Matic.” he concluded.Manchester United started their Champions League campaign on a comfortable note as goals from substitute Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford earned United a 3-0 victory against the Swiss Champions at Old Trafford. Relatedlast_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (CONCACAF): Favourites US Miss Out; Panama Qualify

first_imgUnited States of America (USA) surprisingly missed out on World Cup qualification after they were beaten 2-1 by bottom team Trinidad and Tobago in their final qualifier in the CONCACAF section of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.Hosts Trinidad and Tobago raced to a 2-0 first half lead before Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic pulled one back with two minutes played in the second half. Favourites USA pressed for an equaliser but met firm resistance from the hosts.Results from other centres meant the team missed out on qualification because of the surprising defeat to Trinidad and Tobago.Panama took the spot formerly occupied by the Yankees following a controversial 2-1 win over Costa Rica at home. The big moment of the match came in the 52nd minute when Panama star Gabriel Torres equalised after his side had trailed 1-0 from the first half. Replays however showed that the ball didn’t cross the line.Romain Torres later got the winner for the home side to ensure they secure a place at a FIFA World Cup for the first time.Honduras can join other CONCACAF participants like Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama via the CONCACAF/Asia Playoffs. They secured a playoff spot with a 3-2 comeback win over already qualified Mexico and will now face Australia in the playoff.Matchday 10 Results:Panama 2-1 Costa RicaTrinidad and Tobago 2-1 USAHonduras 3-2 MexicoFinal Table:Mexico 21 pointsCosta Rica 18 pointsPanama 13 pointsHonduras 13 pointsUSA 12 pointsTrinidad and Tobago 6 points Relatedlast_img read more

Top Stars Djokovic, Wawrinka To Return In December

first_imgTop tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka will make their return  from injuries at the World Tennis Championship in December.Former world number one and 12-time Grand Slam recipient, Djokovic, suffered a season-ending elbow injury and has pencilled down the Abu Dhabi exhibition event from December 28th to 30th for his comeback.Speaking on the issue, the world number seven said:“The line-up is very strong and it will be the perfect way to make my comeback and begin the season.”Swiss star and French Open finalist Stan Wawrinka is also set to make his return at the tournament. He ended his season in August because of a knee injury.The Abu Dhabi event is held two weeks before the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, begins.Djokovic and world number nine Wawrinka will play alongside world number one Rafael Nadal, Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta and 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic.Relatedlast_img read more

Russia 2018 World Cup Playoff: Honduras, Australia Clash End In Stalemate

first_imgAustralia are massive favourites to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after they played out a goalless draw with hosts Honduras in the first leg of their intercontinental playoff clash.The second leg is scheduled to take place in Australia on Wednesday, November 15 with the home side now firm favourites to book a spot at next year’s tournament in Russia.Honduras are at this stage after they finished behind Mexico,  Costa Rica and Panama in the CONCACAF region while Australia saw off Syria over two legs in the Asian playoffs to seal a meeting with their opponents in a bid to determine who will qualify for the tournament.RelatedJedinak Hattrick Sends Australia To The World CupNovember 15, 2017In “FIFA”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (CONCACAF): Favourites US Miss Out; Panama QualifyOctober 11, 2017In “FIFA”Denmark, Ireland World Cup Playoff Clash In The Balance After StalemateNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

Italian Serie A Wrap (Monday): Bologna Fightback Against Hellas To Take Points

first_imgRelatedItalian Serie A: Juve Strengthen Title Bid With Bologna Win As Milan Continue Indifferent FormDecember 18, 2017In “Europe”Serie A Review: Napoli Wrestle Top Spot From Juventus With Bologna Win As Milan Edge Lazio In Big ClashJanuary 29, 2018In “Europe”Serie A Review (Monday): Genoa Heap Further Relegation Misery On Hellas VeronaApril 24, 2018In “Europe” Bologna have moved into the top 10 in the Italian Serie A after they produced a fightback to edge Hellas Verona in a five-goal thriller played at the Stadio Bentegodi.Former Torino and AC Milan forward Alessio Cerci gave Hellas a 12th minute lead before they were pegged back nine minutes later courtesy Mattia Destro’s strike. Uruguay international defender Martin Caceres scored for the home side to take the lead again but a stunning second half fightback from Bologna plunged Hellas into further trouble in their bid to avoid relegation.With Hellas leading 2-1 from the first half, Nigerian substitute Orji Okonkwo and Godfed Donsah of Ghana scored in two second half minutes to help Bologna take the maximum points at stake with a 3-2 win.The comeback victory was enough to push Bologna into 10th position with 17 points while Hellas Verona remain in the bottom three (19th spot) with 6 points to show from the first 13 games of the season.last_img read more

Gambling Commission justifies remote licence fee increases

first_img The Gambling Commission has explained its motivation behind some of the changes in its annual fee structure which will see a number of remote operators facing higher costs than before, while many other operators will see a much greater reduction.Overall there will be fee reductions for around 1,900 operators while fees will be held at their current levels for around 1,000 operators, and around 75 operators will be subject to an increase in fees.In a response to submissions regarding its consultation document on fees, the Commission revealed that it had been asked to explain the increase in fees for medium-sized and large remote operators. The Commission estimates that 11 medium-sized or larger remote betting operators would see an increase in fees, but deliver ‘significant’ fee reductions for 100 much smaller remote betting operators, the majority of which have a GGY below £5m.Operators with GGY of £15m+ will see an increase in annual fees:£15m – £55m – was £38,123 – now £46,687£55m – £110m – was £48,893 – now £75,227£110m – £220m – was £74,012 – now £137,453£220m – £550m – was £117, 746 – now £281,058£550m+ – was £155,425 – now £494,856 (with additional £200k for every £500m GGY above £1bn)The regulator explained: “The Commission’s overall costs in respect of remote betting have reduced, enabling an overall reduction in the fees payable by remote betting operators as a whole. It is therefore a question of how those costs should be recovered. A large proportion of the Commission’s cost base can be described as thematic, in contrast to other costs such as direct compliance or enforcement costs, and the largely fixed costs of regulating each operator.“Thematic costs in respect of remote betting operators include, for example, betting integrity, the development of Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) and Remote Technical Standards including the testing strategy. As there are very few economies of scale available to the Commission in these costs, it is appropriate that they should be recovered in proportion to the gambling volume generated by each operator, with GGY considered to be the best measure in that regard. While we have sought to realign cost recovery among other sectors of the gambling industry as necessary (for example, in the terrestrial betting sector), the need for that realignment is most pronounced in the remote betting sector.“Since 2007 when fees were first set, the Commission’s cost profile has changed. The fixed, minimum costs of regulating smaller remote operators have fallen (which is why the proposals would see the smallest fee for a remote general betting (standard) or betting intermediary licence reduce from £13,529 to £3,408). However, its thematic costs base has continued to grow. The fees for large remote betting operators are currently set at too low a level to recover a fair proportion of thematic costs given the relative volumes of gambling they generate. The proposals therefore seek to ensure that thematic costs are spread more proportionately to GGY.”The Commission also noted that those remote betting operators subject to an increase will only be a relatively small increase when they are introduced in April. “We anticipate that their new annual fee as a percentage of their GGY will be only 0.09% to 0.27% for a medium-sized betting operator as described above, and between 0.06% and 0.13% for a larger remote betting operator.” StumbleUpon Submit Share Sharelast_img read more