THE SAME FATE Foster’s Fairplay has never been a supporter of the good must suffer for the bad way of thinking. This is because it provides less incentive to do the proper thing. Equally, there is a strong feeling in this corner that those who do wrong should be punished. Putting together the two sentiments as expressed, gives birth to a dilemma in which there is a struggle to come up with the right formula. This is the situation that track and field the world over is facing following a European Athletics lobby. The group has put forward a suggestion, which in the view of this columnist, can best be described as scandalous. Coming after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ruling that there should be re-testing of athletes’ samples retroactive to the Beijing Olympics of 2008, the Europeans are taking it a step further. Their wish is that all world records in the sport be cancelled once they were achieved prior to 2005. From that year, a new compilation process would start. As a result, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will consider the matter at its next Congress to be staged during the London World Championships, this summer. A decision will be taken among the other geographic areas whether the idea should be ratified. Foster’s Fairplay is adamant that give the thumbs up to the thought of rewriting the record books would be a step in the wrong direction. Admittedly, there are existing marks that defy the wildest imagination as to how they could possibly be legitimate. A look at all the women’s track events from 10.49 in the 100m and 21.34 in the 200m by the now deceased Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 all the way to Jarmila Kratochvilova of Czechoslovakia’s incredible 800m time of 1:53.28, is more than enough to make the point. The 47.60 by the East German Marita Koch over the quarter mile attacks sane thinking even more forcibly. The fact that no athlete, faster tracks notwithstanding and even alleged and admitted substance assistance, has come close, strengthens the case against their authenticity. With all that in mind, one can understand that a sport frustrated by the knowledge that there is no irrefutable evidence on which to cancel performances as those mentioned is seeking a solution as that born of the Europeans. What they desire for approval is being carried on the crest of a wave that had its genesis in that frustration. It should not be ignored that the positive tests that have emanated from the WADA retesting, could have been the trigger that set off this latest decision. However, it should not be allowed to stand. There are athletes who campaigned in the period pre 2005 whose excellence is on the back of hard work, dedication, rigid, uncompromising discipline, and an undying effort to be the best in their event. They have worked diligently at establishing a template by which challenges have been conquered and injuries tackled and overcome in their quest to reach the top of their event. What is the message being transmitted to them? Why must they now suffer due to an accident of birth? The European way should not be shown the light of day. It only pampers to convicted drug cheats who might be seeking company with those who have never been found guilty of any illegal act, but now are likely to suffer the same fate. The president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, Dr Warren Blake has come out strongly against the European view. Meanwhile, IAAF President, Lord Sebastien Coe, himself a former world record holder, in talking to a section of the British Press, diplomatically said “I welcome the debate.” He went on to explain the process going forward which, according to him, could include counterproposals. Foster’s Fairplay has a request for the local boss. Sir, you too need to make a bolder move by communicating your thoughts to your regional supporters. They need to prepare themselves to vote alongside you against the ‘scrap them all’ lobby and have it turned down. The athletes, including Jamaica’s own Merlene Ottey, are under threat of their legacy being tarnished. It is essential that the opposing vote be loud and clear. Let us not have anyone abstain this time. – For feedback: email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 8, 2016 – For about five to ten percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer, hereditary factors are the root cause. In fact, having a first-degree (mother, sister, daughter) relative with breast cancer, increases the potential that you are carrying a mutated breast cancer gene. And, women who inherit a gene mutation have a much higher risk of developing breast cancer.A gene can often harbor an abnormality that changes how the cell works or responds to its environment. According to Sara Carroll, genetic counselor at Cleveland Clinic Florida, “the most common causes of hereditary breast cancer include mutations in the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene.” There are other hereditary causes of breast cancer, but these are the most prevalent. These genes can be inherited from either parent.BRCA genes help to correct DNA damage. In people with a mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2, the ability to repair damage is impaired and can sometimes lead to breast cancer. This suggests an estimated 87% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, which begins to steeply rise at the age of 30. The risk of developing breast cancer by the age of 50 is approximately 50%.There are several factors that can suggest the possibility that hereditary breast cancer runs in your family. You should be concerned if:There is both breast and ovarian cancer in your family.Diagnosis of breast cancer has occurred before age 50.Diagnosis of bilateral breast cancer (cancer in both breasts).Ask about genetic counseling if you are concerned, or call for a risk assessment appointment if you are unsure. High-risk women can be tested to screen for mutations in the BRCA genes. “Genetic testing can be beneficial in determining whether a cancer diagnosis was random or the result of an inherited mutation,” says Ms. Carroll. This is valuable information, as there may also be an increased risk for other cancers as well. Your family members will also benefit from discovering whether a hereditary risk exists.At the genetic counseling visit, a personal and detailed family medical history will be obtained. Depending what your hereditary risk factors are, we can determine whether or not genetic testing is appropriate, and which genetic changes to assess. Genetic testing involves a blood test, and the results are typically known in a few weeks. Hereditary risk assessment and genetic testing have become tools in the personalization of breast cancer treatment, by providing a basic understanding of the structure and function of genes at a molecular level. This knowledge allows the best clinical management to be determined. In some instances, additional breast cancer risk management options may be necessary. Tell your doctor about your family history of breast cancer and discuss whether that history might support the consideration of changes to your care.The Breast Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a designation given to centers that are committed to providing the highest quality breast care. The breast cancer team provides the most up-to-date information on the genetic components of breast cancer, and offers predictive testing for family members who may have inherited a specific genetic mutation.“Understanding the increased genetic risk enables you to evaluate your options in advance. Working with our breast cancer care team, you can create a personalized plan, designed to prevent or detect cancer at an earlier and more treatable stage,” states Ms. Carroll. Women can be empowered to make important health decisions, armed with the knowledge of their genetic breast cancer risk.
10 essential gardening tools and what they do 11 Photos 2 Tags Share your voice Comments My Lawn: A Guide to Lawn CareMy Lawn (download for iOS or Android) makes lawn maintenance understandable and creates an easy-to-follow care plan so you know which products to use and when. Recommendations are based on your lawn size, location and climate. You’ll get an alert when it’s time to feed, seed and water your lawn, so you will never have to guess. You can also create a custom lawn care plan.Monitor the amount of water your yard gets each week from rain, hoses or sprinklers. Keep track of the specific needs of different parts of your yard, like the parts that are mostly shaded versus the parts that are always in the sun.My Lawn App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive GrowIt!Share your garden and connect with others through the GrowIt! app (download for iOS or Android). Share photos of your plants and ask the community for help identifying them. The GrowIt! community is a valuable resource if you’ve just moved to a new area. If you’ve got a pest that’s eating your tomatoes, for example, others on the app might be able to help.See what the people around you are planting to get some inspiration. If you find a plant you like, tap on the information tab to find out how to grow it. The information tab tells you how big the plant can get, how often to water and feed it, and when it will bloom. GrowIt! teaches you how to properly prepare your soil for anything you plant, grow larger vegetables, and what you should and shouldn’t plant based on your location.Read: 6 gardening tips you’ll wish you’d known all alongGrowIt! App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive iScapeDesign your outdoor living area with iScape (download for iOS). Use the design tools to make your project come to life. Snap a photo of an area that needs landscaping and virtually add flowerbeds, trees and shrubs to get an idea of what your yard will look like before you begin.iScape offers 2D and 3D designs so you can see what your physical outdoor area looks like with virtual plants. Once you have a landscape layout, you can share with your spouse or a landscape pro and get your project started.The app offers a free lite version, but to gain full access, you will need to subscribe to a monthly pro subscription for $20, or a yearly pro subscription for $200.iScape App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive FlowerCheckerIf you’ve ever wondered about an unknown plant in your garden, then you need FlowerChecker (download for iOS or Android). This app has a team of experts who can help you identify plants, moss, lichen and fungi.To find out about your unknown plant, snap a few pictures of it and upload them to the app. Try to capture the different parts of the plant like the flower, leaves and stem. The typical response time for an expert to identify the plant can take a few minutes or a few hours. So far, the team of experts has been able to correctly identify an average of 90 percent of plants.Identification costs $1 per plant uploaded. If the team can’t confirm what your plant is, you won’t have to pay anything. You’ll also have to purchase the app for a one-time cost of $1.FlowerChecker App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Garden AnswersIdentify plants easily with Garden Answers (download for iOS or Android). Unlike Flower Checker, this app uses advanced image recognition technology to identify plants instead of an expert. Simply snap a picture and submit it to instantly get detailed information about a plant.To learn if your plants have pests or diseases, use the keyword search feature to ask Garden Answers a question. If you need more advice on gardening, ask the experts for more specific questions and recommendations. Access any of your previous plant questions and answers within the app.Garden Answers App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive SmartPlantLearn about healthy planting year-round with SmartPlant (download for iOS or Android). Watch videos, view images and learn more about how to care for your plants in the app library. Identify your plants and any pests that are preventing their growth. Scan plant barcodes in stores to receive monthly care tip notifications.The app has a free version that offers occasional access to premium features. If you subscribe to premium, you will have access to expert assistance. Premium costs $4 monthly, $10 quarterly or $35 annually.SmartPlant App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Gardening CompanionMake your garden immaculate with the help of Gardening Companion (download for iOS or Android). This app acts as your garden assistant to help you care for your plants. Browse through thousands of articles on horticulture to take the best care of your garden.Track your garden’s growth by storing photos and notes in the app’s journal. The app records the weather in your location and you can compare how your garden did this year compared with last year.Set up notifications to remind you to water and fertilize your garden. Gardening Companion can also alert you when the time is right to plant your vegetables.Gardening Companion App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive GardenateLearn what you can grow in your area with Gardenate (download for iOS or Android). The app uses your location to show what is best for you to plant each month. Access plant descriptions and growing tips to become a pro. In the app, record planting dates, harvest dates and notes about your plants. Save the details in the My Garden section. The app will send calendar reminders when it’s time to harvest your produce. Access detailed information about your plants like when they germinate and at what temperatures, how far apart to space your plants and the amount of time it takes for them to harvest. Gardenate App Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Mobile apps can make gardening easier. Dragon Images/iStockphoto Not everyone has a green thumb or an eye for landscaping. Some people don’t even get to try because they’re so busy. Others watch HGTV over and over again and still never achieve the yard of their dreams because it’s easy to forget most of what you learned by the time you get outside.But since you can take your phone with you when you walk out into the yard, there are now some digital tools that can make you a more effective gardener. We’ve gathered together some gardening and landscaping apps that can walk you through how to take care of your plants and keep your yard looking fabulous. Mobile Mobile Apps iOS 12
With Infosys’ Q3 earnings beating the Street’s estimates, the focus now turns to Wipro results, which will be released on 18 January.While it is widely expected that Wipro — India’s third largest IT firm — will not be able to spring any surprise in its revenue growth for the December quarter, investors may look for impact of Chennai floods on its income.India’s third largest IT firm Wipro also gave a similar warning about its Q3 earnings following floods in Chennai. The company had said that increase in costs due to deployment of business continuity plans would impact revenues and operating margins for the quarter ended December 2015.The Bengaluru-based IT giant is expected to post a 0.5% growth in dollar revenue for the October-December quarter on a sequential basis, according to an analysts’ poll conducted by CNBC-TV18.Wipro’s dollar revenue stood at $1,831.9 million in the second quarter of the current fiscal year.In constant currency terms, dollar revenue is likely to come at around 1-1.2% against guidance of 0.5-2.5% ($1841-1878 million), due to Chennai floods’ impact witnessed in December last year.Wipro has a headcount of about 22,000 people in its facilities in Chennai.”Revenues from our IT Services business are expected to be in the previously communicated range of $1,841 million to $1,878 million; However, we expect revenues to be in the lower half of the guidance range,” the company had said in the statement.Analysts expect the acquisition of Designit to slightly contribute to Wipro’s revenues in the third quarter. Wipro had acquired Designit, a Denmark-based global strategic design firm, in July last year to improve its income from the emerging digital vertical.In rupee terms, Wipro’s Q3 revenue is expected to increase by 2.7% to Rs 12,371 crore compared to Rs 12,042.8 crore in the September quarter.However, a depreciation in rupee during the quarter is expected to partly offset the impact of Chennai floods on its margins.
India’s surging sugar production is turning out to be bitter news for sugar producers and governments in sugar-producing states.The nation is set to overtake Brazil as the biggest producer of the sweet commodity with the production pegged at more than 35.5 million tonnes in 2019 financial year. Brazil’s production is estimated at 32.5 million tonnes.Farmers in general and sugar farmers, in particular, are up in arms demanding relief measures in many states including Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, media reports say.A meeting on Thursday between sugar factory owners and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who was looking for a solution to farmers’ agitation demanding a higher price for sugarcane and release of the arrears for the sugarcane already supplied, failed to reach a resolution. The farmer leaders have said they will continue the agitation until the millers meet their demands.The sugar factory owners took the stand that they would pay the government-announced Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) for this year, but many were unwilling to fulfil their ex-field commitment (agreement made with farmers promising rates above FRP), which they claim add up to Rs 450 crore. Mill owners have now sought more time to settle the matter.There were indications that the talks remained inconclusive and the millers wanted to talk directly to the farmers.Export ordersIndia has sought to get back to the export market for the first time in three years to bolster the prices. The country is exploring exports to China as a new market.Sugar millers in Mumbai have signed contracts to supply sugar to New York dealers, which have threatened the margins of Brazilian and Australian traders, a news report said. In March, India wanted the mills to export 2 million tonnes of sugar in order the reduce the inventory buildup. Though the authorities fixed mandatory export targets for each mill, the mills together managed to export only around 450,000 tonnes in the 2017-18 market year that ended on September 30 due to the uncompetitive prices, according to the millers’ trade body Indian Sugar Mills Association. The current year target is 5 million tonnes, which looks difficult to achieve, given the current price situation and bumper harvest in most producing nations. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:34Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:34?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Mumbai protests: Over 30,000 farmers on the streets of Mumbai, demanding government to fulfill their demands