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Why Liverpool have advantage over Bayern Munich for second leg – Rio Ferdinand
LIVERPOOL are in the better position in their Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich. [...]
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Liverpool vs Bayern: Jurgen Klopp upbeat despite Champions League stalemate ahead of second leg in Munich
The Reds could not break down the Bundesliga champions at Anfield and now face a daunting task to make it to the last eight [...]
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No trace of missing Pulau Undan ferry passenger after second day searching
People are seen onboard a ferry bound for Penang island, February 7, 2019. ― Picture by Sayuti Zainudin GEORGE TOWN, Feb 16 — The search and rescue (SAR) operation for a passenger feared drowned after falling into the sea from a ferry yesterday was extended to 18 nautical miles from the area the victim is believed to have fallen.A spokesman for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Penang said the rescue operation entered the second day at 7.30am today and still no clues could be found of the victim who fell from the Pulau Undan Ferry, even after 12 hours of rescue operations.“Five MMEA boats, personnel from the Marine Police Force, Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia, Marine Department and Civil Defence Force were involved in rescue operations today.“As of today, there’s no police report on a missing person and we have not been able to determine the victim’s identity and gender,” the spokesman said in a statement, here today.The SAR operation was terminated at 7.30pm and will resume at 7.30am tomorrow.In the incident about 9.20am yesterday, a passenger fell into the sea at 1.2km northwest of the Butterworth Ferry Terminal. — Bernama [...]
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Alexa Chung imagines ‘off the grid’ escapism for second London show
A model presents a creation during the ALEXACHUNG catwalk show by designer Alexa Chung during London Fashion Week Women's A/W19 in London February 16, 2019. — Reuters pic LONDON, Feb 16 — Model, presenter-turned-designer Alexa Chung went back in time for her second catwalk show in London today, presenting a collection inspired by the idea of a group of women escaping to California’s Big Sur in the 1980s to go “off the grid”.Chung, a long-time darling of the British fashion industry with a Mulberry handbag named after her, turned to 1983, the year she was born, for the autumn/winter 2019 line presented on the second day of London Fashion Week.In a bunker-like setting with the odd sprout of greenery on the catwalk, models wearing black shiny leather outerwear opened the show, soon giving way to delicate prairie dresses and ruffled tops. A model presents a creation during the ALEXACHUNG catwalk show by designer Alexa Chung during London Fashion Week Women's A/W19 in London February 16, 2019. — Reuters pic There were also herringbone suits — long jackets worn with cropped trousers, green velvet ensembles and prints, floral or cow skin-like, on tops, dresses and outerwear.“I haven’t been interested in prettiness for a long time, and the world doesn’t look saccharine and innocent to me anymore,” Chung, who launched her eponymous brand in 2017, said in a statement.“So here we are with “Off The Grid” — a gaggle of women have retreated but there’s safety in numbers. They’re regrouping and plotting somewhere on the West Coast where nature is so beautiful and big... Deep beneath the soil, in an underground bunker a new form of beauty is preparing to grow up.”Adding to the natural theme, models wore headscarves and light makeup. Chung’s colour palette consisted of earthy and dark tones: Navy, green, yellow, pale brown, black and white.Accessories included studded collars, extra long colourful knit scarves, ankle bracelets, platform shoes and wedge sandals decorated with bows and wrapped around the ankle. — Reuters [...]
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One Heartbeat per Second to Beat the Clock
Immanuel Kant, the famed 18th century philosopher, described the chemistry of his day as a science, but not really science, as it wasn’t grounded in mathematics—at least not until a century later. The same could be said for biology, the study of life. In math, physics, and quantum physics, there are constants: physical quantities thought to be both universal and unchanging. Biology, though, was considered too complex and too messy to be governed by simple, natural laws. In 1997, however, a theoretical high-energy physicist from Los Alamos joined two biologists to describe universal scaling laws that appear to apply across the board. Are there any clinical implications of these types of theories? A fascinating observation was published. As I discuss in my video Finger on the Pulse of Longevity, the number of heartbeats per lifetime is remarkably similar whether you’re a hamster all the way up to a whale. So, mice, who typically live less than two years, have a heart rate of about 500 to 600 beats a minute—up to 10 beats a second. In contrast, the heart of a Galapagos tortoise beats 100 times slower, but they live about 100 times longer. There’s such a remarkable consistency in the number of heartbeats animals get in their lifetimes that a provocative question was asked: “Can human life be extended by cardiac slowing?” In other words, if humans are predetermined to have about three billion heartbeats in a lifetime, then would a reduction in average heart rate extend life? This is not just some academic question. If that’s how it works, then one might estimate that a reduction in heart rate from an average of more than 70 beats per minute down to what many athletes have, 60 beats per minute, could theoretically increase life span by more than a decade. This reasoning may seem a bit off the wall, but that’s how the scientific method works: We start out with an observation, such as this striking heartbeat data, and then make an educated guess (or hypothesis) that is then put to the test. How might one demonstrate “a life-prolonging effect of cardiac slowing in humans”? Perhaps a first attempt would be to see if people with slower heart rates live longer lives. Unfortunately, researchers couldn’t just give subjects drugs that only lower heart rate. Drugs like beta blockers at the time lowered both heart rate and blood pressure, so they weren’t ideal for testing the question at hand. We can, however, do that first part and look at whether people with slower heart rates live longer. “From the evidence accumulated so far, we know that a high resting heart rate,” meaning how fast our heart beats when we’re just sitting at rest, “is associated with an increase in…mortality in the general population,” as well as in those with chronic disease. A faster heart rate may lead to a faster death rate. Indeed, faster resting heart rates are associated with shorter life expectancies and are considered a strong independent risk factor for heart disease and heart failure. Researchers found that those with higher heart rates were about twice as likely over the next 15 years to experience heart failure. This was seen in middle-aged people, as well as observed in older people. It was also found in men and women. What’s critical is that this link between how fast our heart goes and how fast our life goes is independent of physical activity. At first, I thought this was painfully obvious. Of course lower resting heart rates are associated with a longer lifespan. Who has a really slow pulse? Athletes. The more physically fit we are, the lower our resting pulse. But, no: Researchers “found that irrespective of level of physical fitness subjects with higher resting heart rates fare worse than people with lower heart rates,” so it appears a high resting heart rate is not just a marker of risk, but a bona-fide risk factor independent of how fit we are or how much we exercise. Why? If our heart rate is up 24 hours a day, even when we’re sleeping, all that pulsatile stress may break some of the elastic fibers within the arterial wall, causing our arteries to become stiff. It doesn’t allow enough time for our arteries to relax between beats, so the faster our heart, the stiffer our arteries. There are all sorts of theories about how an increased resting heart rate can decrease our time on Earth. Regardless, this relationship is now well recognized. It is not just a marker of an underlying pathology nor can it be said to be merely a marker of inflammation. The reason it’s important to distinguish a risk factor from a risk marker is that if you control the risk factor, you control the risk. But, if it were just a risk marker, it wouldn’t matter if we brought down our heart rate. We now have evidence from drug trials—indeed, there are now medications that just affect heart rate—that lowering our heart rate lowers our death rate. It’s been shown in at least a dozen trials so far. Basically, we don’t want our heart to be beating more than about one beat per second at rest. (Measure your pulse right now!) For the maximum lifespan, the target is about one beat a second to beat the clock. Don’t worry if your heart’s beating too fast: Heart rate is a modifiable risk factor. Yes, there are drugs, but there are also lifestyle regimens, like eating beans, that can bring down our resting pulse. See Slow Your Beating Heart: Beans vs. Exercise. Other lifespan-expanding strategies are detailed in: Methionine Restriction as a Life Extension Strategy Nuts May Help Prevent Death Increased Lifespan from Beans Why Do We Age? Caloric Restriction vs. Animal Protein Restriction Turning Back the Clock 14 Years Longer Life Within Walking Distance Prevent Cancer from Going on TOR Does Meditation Affect Cellular Aging? Telomeres: Cap It All Off with Diet The Okinawa Diet: Living to 100 In health, Michael Greger, M.D. PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my free videos here [...]
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Cops: Son of Sarawak’s second finance minister suffered brain haemorrhage
The police yesterday classified the death of Datuk Andrew Wong Kee Yew, the only son of Sarawak Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, as sudden death. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri SIBU, Feb 12 ― Datuk Andrew Wong Kee Yew, the former deputy chairman of the Sibu Municipal Council who died on Sunday, had suffered a haemorrhage on the left side of the brain, according to the police.Sibu District Police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit, when contacted today, said this was gathered during the post-mortem conducted at the Sibu Hospital yesterday.He also said that there was bleeding in the aesophagus (food pipe) and stomach.“However, the cause of death has yet to be ascertained because we are still waiting for further reports from the Sibu Hospital laboratory,” he said.The police yesterday classified the death of Kee Yew, 43, the only son of Sarawak Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, as sudden death.Kee Yew was found unconscious on the floor of the dressing room in his bedroom by his mother, Datin Seri Leong Poh Lin, on Sunday night.He was pronounced dead by medical personnel at about 11 pm after efforts to resuscitate him failed.Kee Yew contested in the 14th general election in May last year as the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Sibu parliamentary seat.He secured 22,389 votes but lost to incumbent Oscar Ling of DAP who polled 33,811 votes in the four-cornered contest. ― Bernama [...]
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Works Minister: Second phase of Pan Borneo Highway to start next year
Work Minister Baru Bian said construction will begin once a technical study is completed. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim KUCHING, Feb 5 — Works Minister Baru Bian today said that construction of the second phase of the Pan Borneo Highway, stretching from Miri to Lawas, will start next year.He said the construction will begin once a technical study is completed.“I will look for the money for the second phase,” he told reporters at the Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Chong Chieng Jen’s Chinese New Year open house here.He said he does not know how much it will cost to build the second phase, described as the missing link, of the Pan Borneo Highway.The  first phase, from Sematan to Miri, is in various stages of construction while the 33km Telok Melano to Sematan stretch has been completed.Baru, who is also Ba’Kelalan State Assemblyman and Selangau Member of Parliament, said he does not want any delay in the construction of the second phase with the proposed route to start from Miri to Limbang and then Lawas, without passing Brunei.He said the route will open up the highlands and interior areas for development and other economic activities.He said the second phase, once completed, will open up the interior of Miri and Limbang, through road connectivity.Deputy Minister Tan Sri James Masing had recently expressed support for the construction of the second phase of the highway, saying that it would open up the upper reaches of Sungai Limbang and Sungai Trusan in Lawas.Masing, who is also the state minister of communications and transportation said the state government had proposed that the route  should originate from Marudi Town to Long Terawan then alongside the Mulu National Park at the border with Brunei, straight to Hulu Sungai Limbang, Hulu Sungai Trusan and then to Lawas town before joining Sabah’s stretch of the highway.He had said the distance of the missing stretch is about 250km and it would cost about RM3.5 billion to construct. [...]
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Medical News Today: Pain, bleeding, and discharge in the second trimester
Pain, bleeding, and unusual discharge can occur during the second trimester. This does not always signal a problem, but people should see a doctor if they are uncertain. In this article, we look at the causes, when to see a doctor, and when to go to the emergency room. [...]
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Karunaratne resumes batting after blow on second day
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Sri Lanka opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne has passed a concussion test and returned to the crease after being cleared to bat after being hit by a bouncer on the back of the neck during the second test against Australia. [...]
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Son Heung-min hits late winner as Tottenham beat Newcastle to go second in Premier League table
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Newcastle United: Suddenly, and thanks almost entirely to Son, Tottenham's treacherous February is starting to look a whole lot more manageable [...]
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Australia set Sri Lanka target of 516 to win second test
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Usman Khawaja completed his eighth test hundred before Australia declared their second innings closed on 196-3 in the final session of the third day on Sunday to set Sri Lanka a target of 516 to win the second test at Manuka Oval. [...]
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Athletics – Coe to stand for second term as IAAF chief
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe on Thursday all but confirmed that he would run for a second term as President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at the global governing body's congress in September. [...]
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Anthem studio gears up for second test weekend
Sci-fi action game Anthem has emerged from its first public beta weekend, a VIP Demo for players who pre-ordered the late February game, and has sights set on better performance for a bigger open access test running Feb 1-3. [...]
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Paris Men's Fashion Week: Elegance, nonchalance feature on second day
Streetwear is still very much part of Off-White's DNA, the label also presented more classic looks with plenty of suits in a wide range of colours in Paris, January 16, 2019. — AFP pic PARIS, Jan 18 — The second day of Paris Fashion Week Men's was marked by much-anticipated shows for Virgil Abloh's Off-White label, the Raf Simons brand, and the Walter Van Beirendonck fashion house.On the catwalks were 2019-2020 fall-winter collections featuring extensive volumes, Parisian chic, prints, an enduring sportswear spirit, and some streetwear looks.JW Anderson, who has opted to present in Paris rather than London this season, caused a sensation on the second day with an ultramodern mixed show. Voluminous coats and shirts, juxtaposing a wide range of materials and prints, dominated this latest collection, which also featured animal-skin print knee socks.     View this post on Instagram         LOOK 4 AW19 | PARIS @jonathan.anderson @benjaminbruno_ @michelgaubert @ashleybrokaw @anthonyturnerhair @lynseyalexander #JWANDERSON #JWAAW19A post shared by JW ANDERSON (@jw_anderson) onJan 16, 2019 at 12:00pm PSTMen's Fashion Week continued yesterday with shows by Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto, Vetements, and, of course, Louis Vuitton. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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Police: Second World War air bomb found in Kudat
A bomb from the Second World War was discovered in Kampung Pinangsoo near Kudat. — Picture via Twitter/Bernama KUDAT, Jan 13 — A bomb from the Second World War was discovered in Kampung Pinangsoo, near here yesterday.Kudat district police chief Supt Mohd Firdaus Francis Abdullah said a man who was clearing his farm immediately informed the police at about 2 pm when he noticed an object suspected to be a bomb,On receiving the information, officers and staff from the bomb disposal unit (UPB) were sent to the scene to identify the object.“The police have marked the area where the World War 11 air bomb was located,” he said adding that the public and nearby residents have been restricted from entering the area. — Bernama [...]
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Johor task force aims to shorten processing time for motorcyclists following delays at Second Link
Motorcyclists travelling along the Second Link Crossing. — Picture by Cheo Yee How JOHOR BARU, Jan 11 — The Johor government’s Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (KSAB) operations task force will submit a proposed solutions to better coordinate the increased volume of outbound motorcycles since January 1, to shorten the average processing time during peak traffic hours.KSAB operations task force chairman Cheo Yee How said with the recent abolishment in tolls on January 1, the Second Link Crossing at KSAB in Tanjung Kupang has reported an increase in motorcycle traffic.He said authorities have reported a 30 per cent increase in outbound motorcycles using the Second Link Crossing to Singapore daily.“We estimate that more than 42,000 motorcycles now uses the Second Link Crossing on a daily basis.“Prior to the toll abolishment last year the average was 35,000 motorcycles a day,” said Cheo when contacted by Malay Mail.In November last year, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced during the tabling of Budget 2019 that the government will abolish tolls for motorcyclists on the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link Crossing and Penang's First and Second Bridges effective January 1.Cheo, who has been personally monitoring the issues at the Second Link Crossing, said the average processing and waiting time was still at 15 to 20 minutes for motorcyclists despite the increase in traffic after the toll abolishment.He said most of the congestion only occurred for outbound traffic during the peak period of between 6.30am and 7.30am daily.“The task force will proposed that the outbound motorcyclist can be diverted to the underutilised Counter B, which is located slightly further inside KSAB, to improve the motorcycle traffic flow.“We hope to implement this soon in order to cut the average waiting time for outbound motorcyclist once the KSAB task force report is submitted to the state government,” said Cheo.Cheo, who is also the Perling assemblyman, said other issues that will be proposed by the task force included a temporary area for inbound passenger and public buses using the Second Link Crossing.At present, he said the buses are grouped together and share the same lanes as heavy vehicles which is not conducive for passengers.“Our suggestion is for the buses to temporarily make use of the open land in the inbound side of KSAB to better coordinate the buses,” said Cheo.The Second Link Crossing, located in Tanjung Kupang near Gelang Patah, is one of two land routes connecting Johor and Singapore. The other is the busier Johor Causeway that is connected to JB Sentral in Johor Baru.It is estimated that more than 450,000 people enter and exit Singapore from Johor via both the Johor Causeway in Johor Baru and the Second Link Crossing on a daily basis, in what can be described as one of the region’s busiest border crossings. [...]
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