Embiid, Simmons led 76ers from Process to postseason success

first_img“I’ve been waiting for this moment,” Embiid said.Embiid had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Simmons had 14 points and 10 boards, and the entire team was energized by Mill’s surprise appearance. Mill made a dramatic return hours after Pennsylvania’s highest court ordered him freed while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions.They await the winner of Milwaukee-Boston. The Celtics lead the series 3-2.The Sixers are the latest team to sweep up the city in a sports euphoria that hasn’t died down since the Eagles beat the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl.Look around the arena, and the champs were all around.ADVERTISEMENT Mill, the Philadelphia-born rapper released from prison only hours earlier, snagged the Game 5 headlines.Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and the rest of the Sixers stole the show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEmbiid and Simmons shined again in front of Mill, and the dominant duo ushered the nightmares-into-dreams Process of the Philadelphia 76ers into the second round with a 104-91 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.The 76ers, winners of 10 games just two seasons ago, are in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2012. The Sixers won the series 4-1 and turned the Wells Fargo Center into the wildest house party in the city. “When he was in jail, I went to visit him. He wasn’t feeling good. You could tell,” Embiid said. “For him to come to this type of game … I was just happy.”DY-NO-MITE!!!The 76ers caused a few eyes to roll around the league when they signed free-agent guard JJ Redick to a $23 million, one-year deal in the offseason. Redick was coming off a solid four-year run with the Clippers, but even by NBA standards, the Sixers appeared to overpay for the 3-point ace. Redick has been worth every dollar, and he delivered again in Game 5. He made 5 of 10 3 pointers, all 10 free throws and scored a game-high 27 points.It was the second time this postseason that Redick scored at least 27 points and the third time in his playoff career. He had consecutive 20-point games in the postseason for the first time in his career.“We’ve changed our goals like four times,” Redick said. “First, it was make the playoffs, then win 50 games, then getting home court, then getting the No. 3 seed.”All four goals have been reached.ROOKIE ROCKS ITSimmons had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the series. He is the first rookie to post at least four double-doubles in his first five postseason games since San Antonio’s Tim Duncan in 1997-98.Simmons was a force against the Heat. He had 91 points, 53 rebounds and 45 assists in the series and showed why he’s the favorite to win the NBA rookie of the year.“This is what I’m going to expect now,” Simmons said. Lurie was in the house and so were a handful of Eagles. The national champion Villanova Wildcats were feted during the game. The Wildcats posed with Mill in the locker room and then stopped for selfies on the way to the court for a brief celebration. The city has already thrown two championship parades this year — the 76ers have played like a team that could add one more.“We all got a taste of it with the Eagles, we all got a taste of it with Villanova’s tremendous win,” coach Brett Brown said. “You feel it with the city from afar.”He added: “Everybody is excited to be a part of, what I think, is playing out to be a cool story.”Embiid, who came to personify the Process, had his second consecutive double-double and tallied 56 points, 31 rebounds and nine blocks in just three playoff games. Embiid again played in a black mask to guard a face injury, and he’ll have plenty of time to rest and recover with the other Eastern Conference playoff series expected to stretch into the weekend.“We feel like we’re unstoppable and we can get whatever we want to,” Embiid said. “That’s the goal and we’re going to do what it takes to get there.”Here’s what else to know about the 76ers in the postseason.MEEK FREEThis was no run-of-the-mill Game 5 victory for the Sixers. Mill was there just hours after being released from prison.He was brought by helicopter to Philadelphia, where he rang the ceremonial bell to start the game. Mill sat courtside next to Hart and Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin.Rubin had organized prison trips with Embiid, Simmons and Markelle Fultz to support Mill, and the rapper’s songs played in the locker room and during warmups. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC And now, Dwyane Wade decides if this was the end Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, right, of Australia, holds the ball away from Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, left, during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 104-91. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Kevin Hart laughed as he tried to floss dance with a kid as they were both egged on by rapper Meek Mill. Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie awkwardly waved his arms around the way any 60-something-year-old man would attempting to look hip next to star entertainers.This postseason potpourri of comic, ex-con and champion unfolded on the sideline of another 76ers’ romp.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

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Atom 10 Flyers soar at Williams Lake hockey tournament

first_imgThe final period saw each team exchange goals, with Kurtis Lee scoring the lone Atom Flyers goal, producing the final 10-5 score.As the buzzer sounded, signifying the end of the tournament, gloves and sticks were launched into the air, as the Fort St. John Atom 10 year old Flyers emerged as undefeated tournament champions following the dramatic final game. The Atom 10 Flyers jumped out to a quick lead in the first period, as Flyers Chase London, Eric Melnyk, Michael Young and Nathan Brownlee each scored, while the Silverbacks scored once on the power-play, concluding the first period 4-1 in favour of Fort St. John.The second period was much like the first, full of Fort St. John offence, and it only took our Atom team 2:25 to produce a 5-1 score, after Michael Young scored his second goal of the game.Just 55 seconds later, Brophy Dunne scored a beauty, undressing three Silverback defenders and firing a wrist shot to beat the goalie short side, providing the Atom Flyers a 6-1 lead, while forcing the Salmon Arm coach to make a goalie change.- Advertisement -Switching goalies seemed to motivate the Silverbacks, as just 20 seconds after the change in net, Salmon Arm scored to cut the lead to 6-2.Goals continued to pour in for Fort St. John, as Tyler Musgrove and Michael Young each scored, bringing the Atom Flyers goal total to eight.However, a couple quick goals from the Silverbacks saw the lead cut to 8-4, but Noah Lang added to the Fort St. John lead as the second period neared conclusion, with the scoreboard reading 9-4 at the end of the middle frame.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Funeral today for Sgt. Lamping

first_imgHospital officials credited Lamping’s quick actions for saving the infant’s life, Salazar said. He also was an active board member on the Whittier Police Officer Association, serving as its president for two years. “Tom’s strong work ethic was demonstrated by the fact that he did not use any sick time, even though he was ill for almost one year before being diagnosed with cancer,” Salazar said. “Tom could always be counted on at work or with his side work as a successful contractor. Tom’s hard work was a testament of his love for his family and for police work.” Lamping is survived by his wife, Janet, and four daughters, Amy, Rebecca, Kaitlyn and Savannah. In lieu of flowers, his family asked that donations be made to the Tom Lamping Children’s Education Fund, c/o Whittier Municipal Employee Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 9305, Whittier, CA 90608. WHITTIER – Funeral services will be held today for Whittier Police Department Sgt. Tom Lamping, who died Sunday of complications from cancer. He was 51. Services begin at 9 a.m. in the Sky Rose Chapel at Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, 3888 Workman Mill Road. Lamping was diagnosed with a rare heart tumor last August, police officials said. “He worked until the day before his surgery,” said the Police Department’s spokeswoman, Diana Salazar. Lamping’s roots in Whittier ran deep. A 1973 graduate from California High School in Whittier, he began his career as a reserve officer before being hired by the Whittier Police Department in 1980. He went on to serve for 22 years with the department, including stints as an investigator and a detective before becoming a sergeant six years ago. Colleagues called him hard working and dedicated. Salazar recalled how Lamping in 1998 saved the life of a 6-week-old infant who had stopped breathing. Realizing that time was of the essence, Lamping and his partner, Sgt. Dan Lowe, rushed the baby to a hospital in their squad car, with Lowe driving and Lamping administering CPR to the infant. last_img read more

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Congress under pressure to act on subprime meltdown

first_imgWASHINGTON – Charges of blame were flying Thursday for the meltdown of the high-risk mortgage market as pressure mounted for Congress to do something about rising foreclosures among homeowners unable to meet high payments. Under fire from lawmakers, federal regulators said they lacked full authority to prevent the crisis spawned during the soaring housing boom of 2003-2005. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, laid out what he called a “chronology of regulatory neglect” as banks and other lenders loosened their standards for making riskier mortgage loans during the boom. “Our nation’s financial regulators were supposed to be the cops on the beat, protecting hardworking Americans from unscrupulous financial actors,” Dodd said. “Yet they were spectators for far too long.” With millions of homeowners said to be at risk of losing their homes in coming years, the issue took on an increasingly political complexion Thursday. While a number of politicians, consumer advocates and community activists are clamoring for Congress to act, industry interests and some Republican lawmakers are warning that new restrictions on mortgage lending could choke off credit to those who most need it. Away from the hearing, Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama called on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to convene a “homeownership preservation summit” bringing together major players for the purpose of stemming the foreclosure tide. “We cannot sit on the sidelines while increasing numbers of American families face the risk of losing their homes,” Obama said. Dodd, who also is seeking the party’s presidential nomination, warned at the hearing that some 2.2 million homeowners could lose their homes in the next few years. Acknowledged Roger Cole, head of the Federal Reserve’s banking supervision division, “I will say that given what we know now, yes, we could have done more sooner.” Under pointed questioning from Dodd, Cole promised to put in motion a process at the central bank that could lead to a broadening of federal rules governing mortgage lending standards. A patchwork of federal and state regulatory agencies hold jurisdiction over financial companies, putting many subprime mortgage lenders outside of stringent regulation, the regulators said. Earlier this month, the Fed and the other four federal agencies that regulate banks, thrifts and credit unions called on lenders to exercise caution in making subprime mortgage loans. The regulators said the guidelines, if formally adopted by the agencies and followed by lending institutions, could result in fewer borrowers qualifying for subprime loans. Dodd said he wanted to know why it took the regulators more than three years to act “despite evidence that they themselves identified problems in the subprime market.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Many mortgage lenders haven’t come under the Federal Reserve’s supervision because their primary regulators are state banking authorities. However, Dodd and others maintain, the central bank does have authority under federal law to exert jurisdiction over those companies and broaden lending regulations to cover them. Some of the biggest companies in the so-called subprime mortgage market were called to account before the banking panel. The distress in subprime mortgages – higher-priced home loans for people with tarnished credit or low incomes who are considered greater risks – has roiled financial markets and stoked anxiety that it could spill over into the broader economy. Company executives said they had tightened their lending practices and eliminated some higher-risk types of mortgages and urged Congress not to rush in and overreact. “We take the situation very seriously and we’re taking strong steps” to correct problems, testified Brendan McDonagh, the chief executive of HSBC Finance Corp. last_img read more

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Allen remembered at Palmdale High

first_imgAllen also has a younger brother, Adam, who is in the Air Force and is stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. “This is what John would have wanted. He loved to be the center of attention,” said Braxton, who now lives in Redlands. “We were total opposites. I’m serious. He loved life too much.” Allen, 25, and three other soldiers died when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle March 17. All four soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, in Fort Bliss, Texas. A second plaque with Allen’s name on it will eventually be mounted in the cafeteria next to an 8-by-4-foot stained-glass artwork made in the 1970s by students to honor 11 alumni who died in the Vietnam War. “Today we ensure his name will be remembered by his alma mater and the community for all time,” Principal Eric Riegert said. The school plaque has blank plates on it should others die serving their country. “We are hopeful the rest of the boxes won’t be filled,” Riegert said. Choir director Michael McCullough said Allen was a member of the school singing ensemble. His favorite song was Anton Bruckner’s “Ave Maria.” Before leading the choir in a song about freedom and peace, McCullough said, “John always felt he could do what it took to get a job done. He felt it would always get better.” Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford also spoke, urging residents to do all they can to support Allen’s family. “As a community, we are here to say we share in your sorrow, hurt and loss, and we are here to show support and pay our regrets,” Ledford said. Allen was a health care specialist who joined the Army in July 2005 and was doing his first tour in Iraq. Allen was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, eight plots away from where his grandfather, an Army master sergeant with whom Allen shares his name, is buried. Allen’s parents recalled their son as a daredevil who loved the outdoors, a musician who taught himself to play the piano and an artist whose work graces the walls of their home. Allen went into the Navy right after high school and served from 1999 to 2003; he enlisted in the Army in 2005. Allen’s military awards and decorations include a Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and a Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Army officials said. Allen and the other three soldiers were posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Slain Army Sgt. John E. Allen of Palmdale High School’s Class of 1999 was remembered Friday at his alma mater as a kid who loved life. In a ceremony held at the school’s flagpole, the school choir that Allen had sung with performed, and a memorial plaque was presented to his parents. “I think it’s wonderful that they did this for John and us,” said Allen’s mother, Kellie Allen, after the event. “It’s a very special day.” Other family members present were Allen’s father, Richard; his twin sister, Amanda Braxton; and his wife, Aspen, his high school sweetheart whom he married in July. last_img read more

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Autism diagnosed, treated in babies

first_img Eyes are special Tamie Day noticed the first ominous clue the night she and her husband, Chris, brought Jacob home after his birth. “We walked in the door, and he wouldn’t stop looking at our ceiling fan,” she said. “The next day, that’s all he would look at.” Babies typically begin making eye contact soon after birth and “understand at a basic, perhaps hardwired level, that eyes are special – they look more at eyes than at other parts of the face,” said Sally Ozonoff, an autism specialist at the University of California, Davis, Institute for Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. When his mother expressed her autism concerns at Jacob’s six-month checkup, the doctor said “we were being a little overzealous,” Day said. Still, there was no pointing, no clapping, no shared smiling, and when Jacob would laugh, it was like his own private joke. So his parents sought out UC Davis specialists, who gave them the heartbreaking diagnosis. Jacob, now 31/2, has made meaningful progress thanks to treatment, his mother said, including a breakthrough moment at age2. It still makes her cry to recall it. She was giving Jacob a bath, playing the “itsy bitsy spider” finger game, when he looked up and really gazed into her eyes. “He was smiling up at me, and I realized that was the first time he had done that,” she said. “He has gorgeous blue eyes, and I was like, `My God, your eyes are so beautiful.”‘ Earlier diagnosis Interest in infant mental health has been boosted by awareness of the prevalence of attention deficit disorders and autism, which government officials said in February affects 1 in 150 U.S. children and may be more common than previously thought. In April, researchers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders presented a report emphasizing earlier diagnosis and treatment. The report said that about 17percent of U.S. children have a developmental disability such as autism, mental retardation and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, but that fewer than half are diagnosed before starting school. The authors say warning signs include failure to: Focus on sights and sounds by 2months. Initiate joyful behavior with parents by 4months. Exchange smiles and sounds with parents by 8 to 9months. Take a parent’s hand to find a toy and point to objects by 12 to 16months. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that pediatricians routinely evaluate children for developmental problems such as autism starting in infancy, and begin testing at age 9months. “Waiting until a young child misses a major milestone such as walking or talking may result in late rather than early recognition … depriving the child and family of the benefits of early identification and intervention,” the academy said. Some critics worry that the trend will trigger needless diagnoses in children with normal variations in behavior. Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, a London physician, said that while early recognition and treatment of true disorders are important, “the extension of these categories to include 20 to 30percent of all children reflects a social trend of pathologizing and medicalizing children’s lives, which seems to reflect difficulties of parents and teachers in dealing with familiar problems of childhood development.” Dr. Stanley Greenspan, a psychiatry professor at George Washington University who co-wrote the CDC-Interdisciplinary group report, said the idea is not to slap a label on babies and give them medication. Greenspan said the goal is to raise awareness about early warning signs and to encourage treatment to increase the chances that children can develop normally. Research on identifying early clues and testing treatments is booming. For example: Dr. Fred Volkmar at Yale University is studying potential ways to diagnose autism in the first months of life, including whether looking at objects rather than people is a sign. “I think we’re on the verge of being able to do a much better job” of diagnosing autism in infancy, Volkmar said. Researcher Stephen Porges at the University of Illinois at Chicago is starting a five-year study of whether excessive crying past 6months of age might be an early sign of autism, attention deficit or other behavior problems. Greenspan is launching a multimillion-dollar study involving parents and babies at risk for autism or attention deficit disorder. One group will receive intensive behavior training, the other will not; both will be compared through age5. While rigorous scientific evidence is needed to prove that early intervention succeeds, Greenspan said his work with patients has shown promise. Intensive treatment Jacob didn’t say his first word, “more,” until he was in treatment and almost 2 – about a year later than normal. He didn’t say “mama” until he was 3. He gets 33 hours of weekly home treatment with trained college students, including six hours most days. The tab is $70,000 yearly, paid for by California, one of the few states that pay, through state and federal funds, for early intensive autism treatment. Jacob’s sessions involve lots of repetition, and rewards, including praise and treats, for a job well done. For example, to improve eye contact, teachers bounce him on a favorite giant ball, then stop. If he turns to look at them, he gets praise, maybe a piece of candy, and more bouncing. To teach language, they use activities such as swinging that get him excited enough to make sounds, then offer rewards for sounds such as vowels or consonants rather than humming. Then they name objects, encourage mimicking, and offer more rewards. Now he knows the alphabet, understands commands such as, “Bring me the cow and the horse toy,” and can say simple sentences such as “I want juice,” his mother said. “We definitely hope to mainstream him. We hope that he will have a job and have a life where he can take care of himself and be happy,” Day said. “Everyone has given us reason to believe that’s not an outlandish expectation.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – Within days of their birth, healthy babies will look you in the eye. By 4months, they will delight in others. And by 9months, they will exchange smiles. Jacob Day did none of those things. “We used to say it was like it burned his eyes to look at you,” said his mother, Tamie Day of Antelope, Calif., near Sacramento. “It was like a physically painful thing for him. It wasn’t just that he wasn’t looking at us; he was purposefully looking away.” Day, who has a psychology degree, suspected her son might have autism. She enrolled him in a study, published in April, that found that babies like Jacob are indeed at high risk for autism if they do not respond to their names by 12months of age. At 18 months, he was formally diagnosed with autism, about a year earlier than usual. Before he turned 2, Jacob began daily intensive behavior treatment designed to help him lead a more normal life. He is part of a growing field in psychiatry called infant mental health. Doctors and scientists are increasingly looking for early signs in babies of autism, attention deficit disorder and other mental problems that just a generation ago, scarcely anyone thought could appear in children so young. Some scientists even believe that intensive treatment in some susceptible babies can actually prevent autism, attention deficit disorder and other problems. An influential Institute of Medicine report in 2000 helped energize this idea. The report emphasized the plasticity of babies’ brains. It also explained how interacting with babies can change their brain wiring. “We used to say `nature versus nurture,’ but now people really think it’s `nature through nurture,”‘ the University of Chicago’s Dr. Lawrence Gray said. last_img
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Gor in sticky situation with Oktay yet to return

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay rejoicing after being named April Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month. Photo/SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 6 – Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier says the team might be forced to hire an interim coach if current boss Hassan Oktay will not be able to return to the country before their CAF Champions League first round tie away to Burundi’s Aigle Noir on Sunday.Oktay asked for leave of absence from the club to fly back to his home in the United Kingdom to sort out urgent family matters and is yet to return to the country, leaving new assistant Patrick Odhiambo in charge of the Kenyan champions. “I last talked to him on Thursday and he wasn’t sure yet when he will return. I will get back in touch with him and see when he will return. If it will be hard for him to return, then in the extreme we might be forced to hire an interim coach for this game,” Rachier revealed to Capital Sport.He added; “Our current assistant Patrick Odhiambo does not have a CAF A license or its equivalent and the rules stipulate he cannot be on the touchline. I want to ask the coach if he can come back even just for this one match then we see whether he can go back and solve his issues.”New Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay gestures during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAccording to Rachier, he has been aware of the coach’s situation back at home in England and says the Turkish-Cypriot tactician is not trying to engineer a move out of the team as was the case with ex AFC Leopards coach Nikola Kavazovic last season.“I have known these issues for a while and it is true, he is facing some challenges. He is a professional and I don’t think he can go behind our backs and try to leave. We will give him time to resolve them of course but we also have to look out for the affairs of the club,” the tactician stated.Had Zedekiah Otieno remained at the helm of the club then the situation would have been averted as the experienced tactician has the requisite documents.Gor are scheduled to travel to Burundi on Friday for the first round qualifier and Rachier hopes the next few days can offer a window for a solution to be arrived at.Meanwhile, the club has confirmed that Burundian forward Francis Mustapha will leave the club. Mustapha has failed to get his wheels running since joining from Rwanda. Gor is also set to drop one other foreigner in the squad with midfielder Hashim Ssempala said to be on his way out.Gor Mahia forward Francis Mustafa celebrates with Jacques Tuyisenge after scoring against Rayon Sport in a CAF Confederations Cup tie at the Kasarani Stadium on August 19, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The transfer window is still open and we will look at the next few weeks to see where we can strengthen. We have brought in two foreigners and a host of young players who we know will be vital for the team,” Rachier noted.Gor lost two dependable players in striker Jacques Tuyisenge and Francis Kahata.Meanwhile, the club has named its squad for the  Champions League0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Reports – La Liga side agree deal with Chelsea for winger

first_img1 Gael Kakuta in action for Vitesse Arnhem Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta is set for a move to Sevilla, according to sources in France.The 23-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge in 2009, but he has since failed to live up to the hype and been loaned to six different clubs.Last season the Frenchman was out in Spain with Rayo Vallecano, where he scored four goals and laid on five assists.That form had sparked interest from several clubs, including sides in England and Germany.But, according to sources in France, the winger is set to join Sevilla after they agreed a fee of £2.1m with Chelsea for his service.Personal terms are expected to be a formality and there is hope the former France Under-21 international could complete the deal by the end of the week.last_img read more

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Diabetes: Southland resident Alfred E. Mann has invested much of his estate in developing new drug.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I believe this is one of the most valuable products in history in the drug industry, and I’m willing to back it up with my estate,” Mann said at his 23,000-square-foot mansion overlooking the San Fernando Valley. The interview took place on a Saturday evening, which Mann said was the only chance in his seven-day work schedule. Despite Mann’s remarkable entrepreneurial career – he has founded more than a dozen aerospace and medical-device companies – there are people who wonder whether he has so much invested in this latest effort, both financially and emotionally, that he cannot see any odds against him. “I don’t know of an individual who has spent as much of a personal fortune on a long shot,” said Andrew Forman, an analyst with WR Hambrecht & Co. Forman said MannKind faced numerous regulatory and patent challenges, as well as possible competition from injected-insulin leaders Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk, which are also developing inhalable products. So far, Mann has invested $566million in MannKind and owns just under half of the company. He has also agreed to lend it an additional $350million. The total of $916million represents a “big part” of his estate, he said, declining to comment on an estimate by Forbes that he is worth $2.2billion. The money was necessary to keep the company afloat. MannKind, which has spent more than $700million on its insulin, has attracted some high-profile investors, including Legg Mason’s marquee stock picker, Bill Miller. But it has faced skepticism from many other investors and has not yet attracted a big pharmaceutical company to market its drug and to help defray development costs. MannKind’s stock, which was above $20 several times in 2006, closed Thursday at $8.66. Pfizer, the world’s biggest drug company, flopped miserably with a seemingly can’t-miss idea. But Alfred E. Mann is so certain he can succeed that he is betting nearly $1billion of his own money on the effort. Pfizer’s failure was a form of insulin that people with diabetes could inhale rather than inject. But last month, after selling only $12million worth of inhaled insulin in the first nine months of the year, Pfizer said it would take a $2.8billion charge and abandon the product. But Mann, the 82-year-old chief executive and controlling shareholder of MannKind Corp., is not deterred. He says his company’s inhalable insulin is a way to avoid needles and is medically superior to Pfizer’s product and to injected insulin. If he is right, he could help change the way diabetes is treated. Still, some experts say there is promise in MannKind’s product, Technosphere Insulin. “It is different from anything we have now, and it’s different from any of the other inhaled insulins,” said Dr. Irl B. Hirsch, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington who said he had consulted for MannKind but donated his pay to charity. He said that of all the inhaled insulins, Technosphere had the best chance of succeeding. Mann, the son of a grocer, studied physics at UCLA but quit before getting a doctorate so he could take a job to support his wife at the time and their child. One of his early successes was Pacesetter Systems, a heart-pacemaker company he started around 1970 and sold to Siemens for $150million in 1985. Then came Minimed, a maker of insulin pumps for diabetics, which was sold to Medtronic for about $3billion in 2001. Three years later he sold Advanced Bionics, a maker of implants that allow deaf people to hear, to Boston Scientific for $740million plus possible future payments. Then he got much of Advanced Bionics back after a nasty legal fight with Boston Scientific. MannKind, based in Valencia, is in the final stage of clinical trials for Technosphere Insulin. Mann said the company would be ready by the end of next year to apply for federal approval to sell the drug for Type 1 diabetes, which often starts in childhood, and the far more prevalent Type 2, which often occurs at older ages. Controlling blood sugar, or glucose, by using insulin or other drugs, helps diabetics avoid complications such as cardiovascular problems and blindness. The distinguishing feature of Technosphere Insulin is that it goes to work faster than any other insulin on the market, even so-called fast-acting injected insulins. That could be better at helping control the spike in blood sugar levels that occurs after a meal. Technosphere Insulin also finishes its work of helping the body use glucose in two or three hours, faster than other products. That might reduce the risk of dangerously low glucose levels several hours after a meal – a big concern for diabetics. “That it is inhaled is incidental to the very rapid onset of its action and the short duration of its action,” said Dr. Jay Skyler, a diabetes expert at the University of Miami, who has bought stock in MannKind. The International Diabetes Federation issued guidelines in September urging better control of post-meal glucose spikes, saying there was evidence they could contribute to complications of diabetes even if average blood sugar levels were kept in control. But there is disagreement about this, and some studies have not shown a risk from such spikes. Dr. David M. Nathan, director of the diabetes center at Massachusetts General Hospital, contends that the new emphasis on post-meal glucose spikes was “all marketing talk” by companies developing fast-acting drugs. In any case, MannKind has yet to show that its insulin is better than others, and there is some suggestion it might even be too short-acting. In clinical trials, it has lowered average glucose less than a fast-acting injected insulin, though the differences were not statistically significant. Moreover, many more patients on Technosphere than the injected insulin discontinued treatment, for reasons not fully clear. The former chief medical officer of MannKind, Dr. Wayman Wendell Cheatham, filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit in 2005, accusing MannKind of hiding information about the formulation of the drug from the Food and Drug Administration. MannKind denied that and countersued for libel. The case was settled in June on undisclosed terms. Analysts say there were several reasons Pfizer’s product, called Exubera, failed, including missteps by the company and that injections hurt less than they once did because needles are thinner now. Critics said the Exubera inhaler, about the size of a tennis ball can, was cumbersome. Insurers balked at paying higher prices for a product that offered no medical advantage over injected drugs. And Exubera caused a slight decline in lung function. Mann said Exubera was “an expensive way to fairly inconveniently deliver insulin in a manner which has no clinical advantage.” MannKind’s inhaler is only slightly larger than a cell phone. The company says its product has not caused lung problems, although longer testing is needed to prove that. The FDA might require lung testing for patients using any inhaled insulin, just as it did for Exubera. Both Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk are also in late-stage testing of inhaled-insulin products. And Nektar Therapeutics, which licensed Exubera to Pfizer, is looking for a new partner in an effort to keep the product on the market. Nektar, which says it has received e-mail messages from patients desperate to keep using Exubera, has been developing a smaller, improved inhaler. Another uncertainty is Mann’s age. “If something were to happen to him, you wouldn’t have that pot of money to reach into all the time,” said Solomon Steiner, who helped invent Technosphere technology and started a company in 1991 to develop it. When that company, Pharmaceutical Discovery, ran out of money around 1997, Steiner persuaded Mann to invest. In 2001 Mann merged the company with two others he controlled and named the new entity MannKind, a decision Steiner questions. “Once you put your name on it, how can you let it fail?” said Steiner, who left MannKind in 2003, apparently after some disagreements with his new boss. He now runs a potential competitor, Biodel, a company developing a rapid-acting injected insulin. Mann, who survived two minor bouts of cancer but said he was healthy, said his will instructed the foundation that will inherit his wealth to make sure that his companies have enough money. And he said the company’s name was meant to be a joke. It may be for the best that he is putting his money into diabetes because Mann has had some trouble giving it away. About a decade ago he said he would give $100million each to up to 12 universities to establish institutes to help turn faculty ideas into marketable medical devices. But only three institutes have been set up so far, in part because some schools feared losing control of faculty inventions. As for his six biological children, Mann said he had already given them more than he should have, turning them into idle multimillionaires. (He has also adopted the daughter of his current wife, his fourth). “One tried working for three days and didn’t like it,” Mann said. “Another didn’t work a day in his life.” He added, “I would feel more comfortable if my kids were doing something worthwhile.” Mann controls seven other companies working on other devices, such as one that would allow the blind to see and another that would treat ringing in the ears. “I feel I’m blessed with some ability and resources that enable me to tackle these issues,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgDonegal is leading the way in the introduction of an innovative food and marine tourism project that will see businesses in both the food and tourism sector working together to create a unique visitor experience for those exploring the Wild Atlantic Way.Last night, the Certificate in Marine Tourism and Seafood Fundamentals course was launched by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey at the LYIT Tourism College in Killybegs.This course is a key component of the Donegal Atlantic Coastal Trail project and according to Dr. Seán Duffy, Head of the School of Tourism it has been deliberately designed in such a way that anyone with an interest in this area can take part in the course.“We wanted to design a course that would suit a diverse range of individuals and not just those working in the food industry. We have worked closely with a number of partners including BIM to develop this course. The course will introduce people to what marine tourism is all about and will have a particular focus on the seafood industry in Donegal. The course will be hands on and will include guest speakers as well as visits to businesses operating in this sector”. Speaking at the launch, Seamus Neely Chief Executive, Donegal County Council highlighted the potential that continues to existing in Donegal from the success of the Wild Atlantic Way.“The last few years have seen an increase in visitor numbers to the North West and indeed to Donegal and yet only 12% of visitors who come for the Wild Atlantic Way journeys north of Galway. We should look at this as an opportunity in that there is still great growth potential in this sector. Our market share is still relatively small but if we can be creative in how we package our product offering we have the potential to significantly increase our share in this market space”.Meadbh Seoighe, Development Executive with Údaras na Gaeltachta agrees and believes that Donegal is to the forefront in developing an initiative such as this.“Donegal has a great story to tell and this course will help people do this. This course is for everyone and because it is part-time it means that you can continue to work or to run your business while studying. It will be a great springboard for someone interested in this sector and in availing of the opportunities it presents. Donegal is competing with some very well experienced regions such as Kerry and therefore it is important that we are all on message and that everyone is telling our story and creating the unique and special experience that our visitors are looking for”. While Tourism is and has been a very important sector for Donegal, one of our greatest challenges has been to extend the season from the traditional Summer period and according to Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey the Donegal Atlantic Coastal Trail has the potential to do this.“I believe that we need to stretch out the tourism season for businesses in Donegal. This is one of my own key priorities for my term of office and this project has the potential to do this. We have a unique product and the inclusion of the islands in this initiative adds even more. Our islands are to a large extent unexplored and their culture, folklore and way of life remains as intriguing today as it did in the years gone by.“For the discerning visitor this is a very attractive proposition and if we can be creative in our thinking and in how we work together to package this experience then I am confident that we can continue to build on our share of visitors to this island”.To find out more about this course contact the School of Tourism (LYIT) at 074 91 86600.DONEGAL LEADING THE WAY WITH LAUNCH OF DONEGAL ATLANTIC COASTAL TRAIL was last modified: July 6th, 2016 by StephenShare 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) Tags:donegaltourismWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more