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first_imgTNT big man Kelly Williams wished himself and everyone a new start for 2019 after a “turbulent” past year.Williams and the KaTropa did not have the best 2017-18 PBA season only making the playoffs twice and getting booted out in just the quarterfinals. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Still, the 2008 league MVP had a positive outlook for the New Year.Barangay Ginebra forward Kevin Ferrer also embraced 2018’s challenges as point for improvement for the coming year. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 Continuing with happy families, Phoenix forward JC Intal and wife Bianca also celebrated the birth of baby daughter Carmen Eliana.Intal also sneaked in his best nine memories of his 2018 that centered on his family and new daughter. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The NLEX Road Warriors had one a rocky 2018 to say the least, entering the semifinals for the first time but losing two key players to various reasons.The Road Warriors finished with a 6-5 record for the sixth seed in the Philippine Cup before losing to eventual runner-up Magnolia. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Kevin Alas missed most of the season after tearing his ACL in March before Kiefer Ravena received a hefty suspension that extended to his PBA stint for a doping infraction during a Fiba game.The 44th Season of the PBA opens on January 13.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—As the world ushered in the new year, PBA stars looked back on the past 365 days that brought smiles, tears, and all sorts of emotions.It can be said that Paul Lee and Magnolia teammate Jio Jalalon had one of the most memorable 2018 of all PBA players, celebrating the birth of their first children and capping off the year with the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup titleADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lee, whose daughter Tokyo was born in October, also won his first Best Player of the Conference award.Jalalon and partner Kristina Apan also celebrated the birth of their baby girl Jiana Skyla just five days earlier before Tokyo was born. Manny Pacquiao throws shade at Floyd Mayweather with his New Year’s resolution No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


first_imgThe Cavern: Victim of assault lost two teeth thereA MAN who lost two teeth in a violent attack in a local pub is “absolutely fed up” waiting for his attacker to pay his medical bills, a court has heard.David Gibson, who is 21, has already admitted the attack on his victim at The Cavern Bar in Letterkenny on May 19 last year. Gibson, from 52 The Green Ballymacool in Letterkenny pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at a previous court.Judge Paul Kelly has been adjourning his sentence in the case until compensation to the victim is paid.But Letterkenny District Court heard that Gibson still owes €150, and according to his solicitor Kieran Dillon, has been doing his best to come up with the rest of the money.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that the victim wanted the case dealt with and he was impatient at the rate at which Gibson was paying for his medical bills.“He’s absolutely fed up with it going on and on,” said Inspector Sheridan.The victim, she said, had lost two teeth in the attack.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until next month to allow Gibson to settle the balance of the medical bills.VICTIM WHO LOST TWO TEETH IN ATTACK ‘FED UP’ WAITING FOR COMPENSATION, JUDGE TOLD was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:assaultballymacoolGibsonteethThe Cavern Barlast_img read more


first_imgEver send a bottle of wine back at a restaurant? If you weren’t just being a pretentious snob, then it was probably because the wine seemed “corked”—had a musty odor and didn’t taste quite right. Most likely, the wine was contaminated with a molecule called 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), the main cause of cork taint. But a new study by Japanese researchers concludes that you do not smell TCA directly; rather, TCA blocks up your sense of smell and distorts your ability to detect odors. The findings could help the food and beverage industry improve its products and lead to less embarrassment for both you and your waiter.Wine tasters are well aware that TCA can ruin a bottle of wine. “More experienced tasters can recognize TCA taint at the first sniff of an affected wine,” says Thomas Matthews, executive editor of Wine Spectator magazine. “However, some of our tasters are much more sensitive than others to the flaw and pick it up at much lower levels.” In some cases, wines that tasters said were OK to drink but that reviewers rated as inferior turned out to have small but detectable concentrations of TCA when subjected to laboratory analysis, Matthews adds.Researchers had long assumed that contaminants like TCA activate nerve cells involved in smell called olfactory receptor cells (ORCs), although they have not been able to explain how even extremely low concentrations of the molecule produce the corked odor. So Hiroko Takeuchi, a biophysicist at Osaka University in Japan, and colleagues set out to see what’s really going on when ORCs are exposed to TCA and similar contaminants. First, the team isolated ORCs from newts, whose ORCs are the largest among vertebrates and about three times as large as those of humans. The cells’ size made it easier to measure electrical currents across an ORC’s outer membrane by puncturing it with a thin glass tube called a micropipette. 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Instead, it stopped the flow by blocking passages through the membrane, called cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) channels. TCA was up to 1000 times more effective in blocking CNG channels than other odor blockers sometimes used in making perfume, the researchers report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Turning to human subjects, the researchers recruited 20 volunteers from the Daiwa Can Co. in Tokyo, which manufactures packaging for foods and beverages. The volunteers were experienced at tasting for “off” flavors and odors but were not experts in wine tasting. The subjects tasted glasses of both red and white wines to which the researchers had added minute amounts of TCA. In double-blind tastings, the subjects recognized cork taint from TCA at concentrations as low as 10 parts per trillion. (They also detected similar levels of two other common wine contaminants.)TCA and other contaminants don’t activate your sense of smell directly but distort it, giving the sensation of a musty odor, the researchers say. They suspect that TCA inhibits only a subset of CNG channels and thus mixes up the signals sent to the brain. TCA is also found in apples, raisins, chicken, shrimps, peanuts, cashews, sake, green tea, beer, and whiskey, as well as in packaging for these products. So the food and beverage industry “has to pay attention to TCA contamination,” Takeuchi says.The study still doesn’t reveal how such small concentrations of TCA create the effect. The molecules cannot stopper the channels directly because the typical ORC has about 100,000 CNG channels but the lowest concentrations of TCA applied to the newt cells would supply only about 600 molecules to a cell. So one TCA molecule must be affecting a number of CNG channels simultaneously. Takeuchi and her colleagues hypothesize that TCA-like contaminants are probably absorbed into the fat layers that make up the cell membrane to cause widespread disruption of the channels.The findings are “not totally surprising,” says Barry Ache, director of the Center for Smell and Taste at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Many other chemicals are capable of blocking ion channels, he says, and “there is reasonable, if not compelling, evidence that a reduction in excitation is as much a part of the olfactory [sense] as excitation itself.” He agrees that TCA might be able to exert its powerful effect by dissolving into the cell membrane.So, the next time you send back a bottle of wine, tell the waiter that you have detected unacceptable levels of TCA. That—and a decent tip—might persuade him that you’re not just being pretentious.*Correction, 16 September, 6:18 p.m.: The last sentence of the seventh paragraph initially began, “Takeuchi and his colleagues,” when it should have read, “Takeuchi and her colleagues,” as Hiroko Takeuchi is a woman. This has now been corrected, and we apologize for the error.last_img read more


first_imgThe USD 500 plus billion global wellness tourism industryA group of seasoned wellness industry executives have joined forces to create the Wellness Tourism Association (WTA). Registered in the State of Colorado as a not-for-profit, privately-held organization, the WTA has been established and designed to serve this booming travel sector.“Our mission is clear and concise,” says Co-Founder and Chairman Andrew Gibson, VP Wellbeing, Accor Hotels, “We plan to support and further the growth and development of the wellness tourism industry through networking, education, communication and marketing.”The new association will be a network of and for qualifying members of the wellness tourism industry. Its objectives will help to define the industry, as well as educate consumers to recognize legitimate and credible wellness suppliers and operators.Co-Founding member Tom Klein, President & COO of Canyon Ranch stated, “The WTA will fill a gap in this global industry by providing a credible and unified voice.” Klein added, “As with all associations, the goals and objectives will be determined by the members.”According to the Global Wellness Institute’s 2017 Global Wellness Economy Monitor, the Wellness Tourism segment is a $563 billion industry — growing faster than the tourism industry itself.  “It makes perfect sense to have our own association,” says Co-Founder and President, Anne Dimon, Founder/CEO of TravelToWellness.com “Especially since there is some confusion with consumers and travel agents as to what constitutes legitimate ‘wellness travel.”Nilendu Srivastava, Managing Director of The Art of Living Retreat Center, a year-round wellness retreat facility in Boone, North Carolina is another Founding Member.The association’s first tourism office member – the Monaco Government Tourist Office – will be represented by Cindy Hoddeson, Monaco’s Director, North America. The wellness history of this city-state dates back to 1860 and the Etablissement des Bains, Monaco’s first baths where people traveled to benefit from the curative powers of the Mediterranean.Madeleine Marentette, owner of Grail Springs — recent recipient of Canada’s Best Wellness Retreat 2017 — will also sit on the first Board of Directors – – as will Jim Forberg, Founding Partner and COO of Unicomm LLC, producers of the long-running Travel & Adventure Show and introducing a wellness element to their shows in 2018.Wellness Tourism is not a new industry, as people have traveled both nationally and internationally with health or wellness the primary focus since the time of the Roman Baths. Today, the commitment to ‘health as your wealth’ transcends borders, cultures and ages, with many new companies flocking to the sector.Membership will be open to qualifying destination marketing organizations, hotels and resorts, destination spas, tour operators, travel advisors, wellness educators and others with an interest in supporting the industry and helping shape its future and sustainability. Dimon adds that, “while ‘wellness’ is often thought to be a luxury category of travel, we also want to ensure we represent a diverse range of members across consumer segment.”For more information, please visit http://www.wellnesstourismassociation.org and for interview opportunities and additional details, email the WTA at admin@wellnesstourismassociation.orgSource = Wellness Tourism Association (WTA)last_img read more