Last year, nearly 400,000 smokers in England quit successfully, which is the equivalent to 1,069 smokers each day. Despite new smokers starting and ex-smokers relapsing, there are now 1 million fewer smokers in England since 2014.Of the 6.1 million smokers in England, 6 in 10 want to quit but most try to quit using willpower alone (or ‘cold turkey’) despite this being the least effective method. The most successful quit attempts use a combination of effective stop smoking support methods.The best way to quit is with expert help from local stop smoking services together with stop smoking aids. In 2017 to 2018, half (51%) of smokers who got this package of support managed to quit and among those who used an e-cigarette in their quit attempt, the success rate was up to 63%.New to this year, Public Health England’s Stoptober campaign is offering a free online ‘Personal Quit Plan’ to help smokers find the right stop smoking support for them. The online plan asks a number of questions and provides smokers with a suggested combination of support based on their level of tobacco dependency and what quitting support they have used previously.Smokers will be advised that nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products are most effective when used in combination – an all-day patch together with a fast-acting option such as an inhaler or lozenges to help them deal with any immediate cravings.Dr. Jenny Harries, Deputy Medical Director at Public Health England, said: There are many different types of stop smoking support available, so it can be difficult for a smoker to know what will work best for them. The important thing is not to be put off trying to quit even if you have not managed to in the past. This year, Stoptober can help you find a combination that could work for you. We predict that thousands of smokers will quit every day over the next 10 years – I urge smokers not to get left behind for the benefit of their health. Join in, find your best way to quit and start your 28-day journey to becoming smokefree. Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and TV doctor said: Wellington House 133-155 Waterloo RoadLondonSE1 8UG Public Health England press office Jeremy Kyle, TV presenter and until recently a smoker of 35 years, said: I was a 20 a day smoker for most of my life and am proud to say I quit smoking earlier this year. I’ve tried many times in the past to quit but nothing really worked for me. This year, however, the time was right and I wanted to do it for me. With the death of my mother, having cancer myself and becoming a grandad this year, I was determined and I’m so happy I’m now smokefree. I’m not going to pretend it is easy, but I knew my time smoking was up. The thing that is really helping me stay smokefree is vaping. I’m currently on the lowest nicotine strength and will then come off the e-cigarette altogether when the time is right for me. Since quitting I’ve learned just how important using support is and for people not to go ‘cold turkey’ – that certainly didn’t work for me in the past. If I can quit, I honestly believe anyone can quit if you just have the right support, and that’s what Stoptober is there to give you and I want people to know that and to do it this year. Out of hours 020 8200 4400 Stoptober is based on research that if you can make it to 28 days smokefree, you are five times more likely to quit for good. The new Personal Quit Plan will recommend a range of options to smokers including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies like patches, gum or inhalers, and e-cigarettes.E-cigarettes remain the nation’s favourite stop smoking aid, with an estimated 3.2 million adult users in Great Britain. Over time, the proportion who are ex-smokers has risen and over half (52%) of current vapers have stopped smoking completely. A further 900,000 people have given up both smoking and vaping.Search ‘Stoptober’ to use the Personal Quit Plan and to find out about the range of free and proven support available to help you start your quitting journey on 1 October.Background Telephone 020 7654 8400 Millions of people are living healthier lives as a result of our efforts to reduce smoking rates. Britain is a global leader on tobacco control and our robust policies mean smoking rates have fallen to record lows. But we are not complacent – we know we must do all we can to keep encouraging smokers to quit for good. Quitting altogether is the single best thing a smoker can do for their health — Stoptober is a brilliant chance to go smoke-free for 28 days and see the benefits for yourself. In 2017 there were 6.1 million smokers and 6.4% of those quit successfully last year (390,400). Total quits in 2017: 390,400 / 365 = 1,069 per day; 1,069 / 24 = 44 per hour; 60 mins / 44 per hour = 1 every 1.36 mins or 81 secs. Source: Smoking in England: Smoking Toolkit Study – Stopped smoking in the past 12 months, University College London. Email [email protected] I see many people in my surgery who want to quit smoking but far too many try without support, and they end up going back to smoking after a short period. Stop smoking aids and face-to-face support from local stop smoking services are proven methods of support that help many thousands of people to quit each year. The Personal Quit Plan is a quick and useful free tool for smokers looking to quit. People just answer a few questions about their smoking and they are then recommended a combination of support to increase their chances of quitting this Stoptober. Steve Brine, Public Health Minister said:
Darren Criss Star Files Related Shows View Comments Bring it home, Sugar Daddy! Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner (and former host!) Darren Criss will return to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Glee star will take over from John Cameron Mitchell at the Belasco Theatre beginning April 29, playing a 12-week engagement through July 19. Tony winner Lena Hall continues in the show as Yitzhak.Criss made his Broadway debut in 2012 as J. Pierpont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a role that earned him a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement. Perhaps best known for playing Blaine on the Fox series Glee, Criss returned to his musical theater roots on the small screen in Backstage with Disney on Broadway. His additional film and TV credits include Girl Most Likely, Eastwick and Little White Lie. In 2010, he released his first EP of original music, titled Human. He can occasionally be found at Marie’s Crisis belting Disney standards with Tony winner Lea Salonga.Written by Mitchell and directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score by Stephen Trask features “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more.Mitchell will play his final performance as Hedwig on April 26. The role of the internationally ignored song stylist is currently played by show alum Michael C. Hall, who steps in temporarily while Mitchell recovers from an onstage injury. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Hedwig and the Angry Inch
March 11, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):2:30 p.m.San Francisco is banning all large gatherings of more than 1,000 people for the next two weeks and the Golden State Warriors intend to play at least one home game without fans. 1 p.m.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a congressional committee Wednesday that he would recommend the NBA not allow fans at games in response to the coronavirus.That answer by Dr. Anthony Fauci came hours before NBA owners are scheduled to meet to discuss the next steps in responding to the growing concern about the virus.Fauci was responding to a question from Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin Republican, during a meeting of the House Oversight Committee. Grothman asked, “Is the NBA underreacting or is the Ivy League overreacting?” He was referencing how the Ivy League recently canceled its basketball tournaments, instead of having them played without fans in attendance or keeping the status quo.“We would recommend that there not be large crowds,” Fauci said. “If that means not having any people in the audience when the NBA plays, so be it. But as a public health official, anything that has crowds is something that would give a risk to spread.” ___— reporting by Janie McCauley——2:05 p.m.The Mariners will move home games from Seattle through end of March following the state of Washington’s decision to ban large group events in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The seventh-ranked Cardinal were expected to be picked as a host for the tournament that starts March 20. The top 16 teams are picked as hosts of the opening two rounds.The NCAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.— reporting by Josh Dubow___1:20 The Latest: Warriors to play Nets at home without fans ___1:35 p.m.Stanford is still willing to host the NCAA women’s basketball tournament with a strict limit on spectators if selected to do so next week.The school in Northern California said Wednesday that all sporting events on campus will be closed to the public through May 15 or until further notice in response to the spread of the new coronavirus.Only participants, coaches, working staff, officials, credentialed media and a very limited number of family members, friends and guests of the competing teams will be allowed to attend. Santa Clara County announced a ban earlier this week of gatherings of more than 1,000 people. Seattle had been scheduled to open the season at Safeco Field with a four-game series against Texas from March 26-29, then host Minnesota in a three-game series from March 30 through April 1.The Mariners say they are working with the commissioner’s office on alternative plans.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced a ban on all large gatherings in the three counties of the Seattle metro area through at least the end of March.That decision affects the Seattle Mariners’ first seven games of the season, when they host the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins. It also applies to home games for the MLS Seattle Sounders, XFL Seattle Dragons and a pair of junior hockey teams in the area.The restrictions do not include Spokane, where NCAA Tournament games are scheduled to take place next week. The men’s first and second rounds are being played at the Spokane Arena, while early rounds of the women’s tournament could end up being played on campus at Gonzaga. One of college basketball’s postseason invitational tournaments has been canceled.Organizers of the College Basketball Invitational, widely known as the CBI, say they’ve decided to cancel this year’s event because of the “uncertainty about the coronavirus and the impact it is having on college campuses across the country.”The tournament is played at campus sites for teams that aren’t invited to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.The statement issued Wednesday says officials look forward to bringing back the CBI in 2021.___ Mayor London Breed announced the ban Wednesday. She says she understands the order “is disruptive, but it is an important step to support public health.” She says the Warriors are in support of the efforts, and the team announced it would host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night with no fans, making it the first NBA game set to be played in an empty arena.The Warriors’ next home game after that is March 25 against Atlanta.Golden State also said all events through March 21 would be canceled or postponed. The G League Santa Cruz Warriors were set to host the Austin Spurs on Saturday, but that will be moved to Santa Cruz.Fans will receive refunds, the team said.Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics have canceled an exhibition game they’d scheduled against one another on March 24.
Guess who’s coming to feast on roller skates? Well none other than the Lumber Jackies and Killjoys — two Heritage City teams in the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League. The two clubs are part of the final regular season bout of the 2011 season, set for Friday at the NDCC Arena. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the teams on their venture with Team of the Week honours. One of the teams, the Lumber Jackies, are pictured starting, back row, L-R, Lois Slain (call-up from Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels), Cat Wheelie, Slap Chop, Ursula Aggress, Chain Sawndra, Smashinista, Courtney Shove and Brutiful Bits (another call-up from Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels). Front, MISS TREAT, Clara Violent, inger the stinger, tricky BOOM, Lady Lockdown, Slameron Diaz (another call-up from Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels).
If you build it, they will come.It appears the movie Field of Dreams, substituting Kootenay International Junior Hockey League President Bill Ohlhausen for actor Kevin Costner, will make a special showing during a meeting of the Board of Governors Sunday in Castlegar.The KIJHL has been building since the league started in 1966. And now the Junior B league is considering more expansion after interest was expressed by a group of hockey people in both Quesnel and Williams Lake to join.
PLETCHER TRAINEE FEATHERED SHIPS WEST FROM KENTUCKY FOLLOWING GRADE III TURF WIN ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2015)–Locally based Spanish Queen and New York invader Consumer Credit head a field of seven three year old fillies set to go a mile and a quarter on turf in the Grade I, $400,000 American Oaks at Santa Anita.Trained by red-hot Richard Baltas, California-bred Spanish Queen comes off a dazzling 1 ½ length win in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf Honeymoon Stakes on May 3, which was only her third career start. A first-out one mile turf maiden winner versus statebreds March 5, the Tribal Rule filly was subsequently second, beaten a neck, in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles turf Providencia Stakes in her second start.Owned by her breeders, Jack Nakkashian, Harry Bederian and Harout Kamberian, Spanish Queen, like the remainder of the field, will be trying a mile and a quarter for the first time on Saturday. With two win from her three starts, she has earnings of $183,600.Conditioned by Chad Brown, Consumer Credit comes off a narrow minor stakes win going 1 1/16 miles over a yielding turf at Aqueduct April 23 and, with four wins from seven starts, would appear to have a considerable conditioning edge over Spanish Queen. Second, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles turf Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs March 7, the Kentucky-bred daughter of More Than Ready was a one length winner of the Grade III, one mile turf Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream three starts back on Jan. 24.Owned by Gary Barber, Brous Stable, LLC and Wachtel Stable, Consumer Credit, who will be piloted by Flavien Prat, is 7-4-2-0 overall with earnings of $255,445.Brown will also send out a pair of recent turf allowance winners, Strict Compliance, who comes off a nose allowance win going 1 3/16 miles over soft turf at Keeneland April 19 and Mrs McDougal, who exits a 7 ¼ length win going one mile on a “good” turf at Aqueduct on April 24.A Florida-bred filly by Into Mischief, Strict Compliance has two wins and a second from three starts. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, Mrs McDougal also has two wins from three starts on turf.Trainer Todd Pletcher will be represented by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Feathered, who comes off a gate to wire win in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs May 1, which was her first start on turf. A close fourth in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies five starts back Nov. 1, the Indian Charlie filly was subsequently second to eventual Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi in the Grade I Starlet at Los Alamitos Dec. 13. With an overall mark of 8-2-2-1, she has earnings of $400,974, the most of any Oaks entrant.Second to Spanish Queen in the Grade II Honeymoon, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Sharla Rae has more game-day experience than anyone else in the field and she’ll try to turn the tables on Spanish Queen in her 11th career start. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Afleet Alex, Sharla Rae was third two starts back in the Grade III, one mile Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park March 21.Owned by W.C. Racing, Sharla Rae has run at six different tracks and has one second place finish from two tries on grass. She is 10-4-1-1 overall with earnings of $223,545.The complete field for the Grade I American Oaks, to be run as the fifth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Strict Compliance, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Spanish Queen, Brice Blanc, 123; Dating Lady Luck, Corey Nakatani, 118; Feathered, Tyler Baze, 118; Sharla Rae, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Mrs McDougal, Gary Stevens, 118 and Consumer Credit, Flavien Prat, 118. First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–
A pamphlet calling for support of theFreedom Charter.(Image: South African History Online) MEDIA CONTACTS • Julian RoupBonhams press office+44 207 468 8259Janine ErasmusUpdate: The Liliesleaf Trust and a group of South African businessmen, spearheaded by hotelier Adrian Gardiner, CEO of the Mantis Group, and former British ambassador to South Africa, Lord Robin Renwick, bought the copy of the Freedom Charter just hours before it was due to go under the hammer.The group dramatically prevented the auction of the priceless document, ensuring its return to South Africa.A Business Day report suggests that the group paid more than £50 000 (R554 000) for the Charter.A copy of South Africa’s Freedom Charter was due to be auctioned in London later in March, and is expected to fetch anything up to £30 000 (R333 613).The Freedom Charter is an important part of South Africa’s past and was the forerunner of the country’s Constitution, universally hailed as one of the most progressive in the world.The historical document was adopted at the Congress of the People, which was convened in Kliptown, Soweto, in June 1955. This meeting was attended by about 3 000 people, of which 320 were Indian, 230 coloured and 112 white. One of the delegates was Nelson Mandela, although his movements and activities had been restricted by the government of the time.Auction house Bonhams said it expected the Freedom Charter to bring in between £20 000 (R222 407) and £30 000 when it goes under the hammer on 24 March.However, the document will not leave South Africa because it will be sold without an export licence. The identity of the seller has been revealed as former president of the South African Congress of Trade Unions, Leon Levy.According to Bonhams spokesperson Julian Roup, the document is a copy but has been signed by the signatories to the original Charter. These include then African National Congress (ANC) president Albert Luthuli, Pieter Beyleveld of the South African Congress of Democrats, James “Jimmy” La Guma of the South African Coloured Peoples’ Congress, Gagathura Mohambry “Monty” Naicker of the Natal Indian Congress, and Levy himself.Other South African works on offer on the night include a number of pieces by some of the country’s most famous artists, including William Kentridge, Cecil Skotnes, Gerard Sekoto, Maggie Laubser and Irma Steyn.Charting the way to freedomThe Freedom Charter arose out of the Congress of the People campaign, instituted by the ANC in the mid-1950s to bring the various liberation movements in the country together with a common list of demands, in accord with the 1948 UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights.The ANC sent over 50 000 so-called “Freedom Volunteers” out to the townships to publicise the forthcoming national freedom convention, and to collect suggestions and demands for the Freedom Charter which had been mooted at the ANC’s Cape congress in 1953.It was the distinguished academic Professor ZK Matthews who came up with the idea, saying, “I wonder whether the time has not come for the ANC to consider the question of convening a national convention, a congress of the people, representing all the people of this country irrespective of race or colour, to draw up a Freedom Charter for the democratic South Africa of the future.”Once all the demands were in the National Action Council of the Charter set to work sorting and categorising them. The backbone of the document slowly emerged from the jumble of information, and the council presented it to the ANC the day before the opening of the Congress of the People.Its famous opening words, “We, the people of South Africa, declare for all our country and the world to know that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white,” are today enshrined in the Constitution.The Congress alliance consisted of the ANC, the South African Indian Congress, the Coloured People’s Congress and the South African Congress of Democrats. These organisations together presented the Freedom Charter as the statement of their principles.Police interrupted the two-day congress on the second day, but by then all those present had already heard the tenets of the Charter and were fired up for action. To escape arrest, Nelson Mandela had to disguise himself as a milkman, a situation described in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.The government denounced the Charter as a communist document, and because communism was banned at the time, they proceeded to arrest over 150 activists, including Mandela. This led to the notorious Treason Trial of 1956, which dragged on until 1961 when all 156 accused were found not guilty.Their arrest and incarceration could not stop the surreptitious circulation of the Charter among young and old freedom fighters, and it kept the hopes of the people alive.
The New York Marathon will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday despite the huge damages from Superstorm Sandy, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said.Marathon officials were proceeding as planned to stage the annual event that runs through all five boroughs of the largest city in America, but they were awaiting the final word from city officials regarding the staging of the race, reports Xinhua.Flooding and power outages remained a concern around the city and subway and other transit systems are still shut because of the damage caused by the superstorm.Mary Wittenberg, president of the New York Road Runners, said the organising group was set to hire private contractors to replace city workers who would typically handle such things as security and medical needs for the race.Meanwhile, Elite Kenyan runners supposed to participate in the marathon have delayed their departure, awaiting confirmation that it was safe for them to fly to New York.According to Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat, the federation was awaiting communication from organisers after the city was ravaged by Sandy on Monday.”They are still around (in Nairobi) waiting to be told of their travelling plans and I can confirm none of them has left the country yet,” Kiplagat said.”We expect communication by Thursday so that we can be certain that our athletes will be safe. What happened there is very unfortunate and we understand the pain organisers are going through.”Berlin marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai said they were concerned about their chances of making it in time. “I have seen what happened there on television and it was a huge blow to the city. My colleagues left here (Eldoret) Tuesday but I understand their flights were held back.”advertisement
Eight members of the judiciary have been appointed to serve at higher levels within Jamaica’s courts.They are David Fraser, who will act as Judge of the Court of Appeal, effective April 29, 2019 until July 31, 2019; Tricia Hutchinson, who has been appointed to act as Puisne Judge, effective April 24 to July 31, 2019; and Natalie Hart Hines, who has been appointed Master-in-Chambers, effective April 23.Also taking the Oath of Office were Yvonne Brown, Andrea Pettigrew Collins, Calys Wiltshire, Simone Wolfe Reece, and Anne-Marie Nembhard, who have been appointed Puisne Judges. Their appointments become effective April 23, 2019.They were sworn in by Deputy Governor-General, Hon. Steadman Fuller, during a ceremony at King’s House.Congratulating the new appointees, the Deputy Governor-General encouraged them to continue to maintain the high standard of professionalism that is required of them.“We know that they have already proven their worth, and we wish them all well as they assume their new responsibilities,” he said.Mr. Fuller said the country’s judicial system is highly respected in the region, the Commonwealth and the wider world, adding that “we continue, therefore, to be proud of the service rendered by our legal luminaries and the justice system”.“Across the region, across the Commonwealth and beyond, we enjoy an enviable reputation for the probity of our judges and the respect in which our judicial system is widely held,” he added.Mr. Fuller said the recent steps taken by the Chief Justice to improve the efficiency of the court system are important, adding that the administrative measures, coupled with the relevant technologies, are guaranteed to impact the timeliness of decisions and, ultimately, the greater satisfaction of all those connected with the courts of law.For his part, President, Court of Appeal, Dennis Morrison, urged the appointees to continue to serve the country with dignity, while upholding the rule of law.Meanwhile, Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, said the appointments are critical in accelerating the rate of transformation to make the country’s courts more efficient.“This is not a reward for long service. Judicial appointments at higher or lower levels are expressions of trust, confidence in your ability to be balanced, fair and prepared to keep up-to-date with the law. In other words, you are prepared to work and work hard to ensure that the governance of Jamaica takes place in accordance with the rule of law,” he said.Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Mr. Fraser expressed gratitude for the trust reposed in them. “We aim to do our best,” he said. Eight members of the judiciary have been appointed to serve at higher levels within Jamaica’s courts. Story Highlights Also taking the Oath of Office were Yvonne Brown, Andrea Pettigrew Collins, Calys Wiltshire, Simone Wolfe Reece, and Anne-Marie Nembhard, who have been appointed Puisne Judges. Their appointments become effective April 23, 2019. They are David Fraser, who will act as Judge of the Court of Appeal, effective April 29, 2019 until July 31, 2019; Tricia Hutchinson, who has been appointed to act as Puisne Judge, effective April 24 to July 31, 2019; and Natalie Hart Hines, who has been appointed Master-in-Chambers, effective April 23.
#MagneticNewsMedia#EarthquakeAwarenessWeek Recommended for you Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#EarthquakeAwarenessWeek, #MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 13, 2017 – Earthquake Awareness Week did more than host activities in Providenciales; in a rare opportunity the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies visited several other islands with the message of Drop, Cover and Hold – its what you do if an earthquake hits.On Thursday though, it was a series of scenarios as the DDME welcomed stakeholder input in the aim to develop a national plan for handling an earthquake event. Kayana Bowen of the DDME called it a worthwhile exchange; “It’s very heated right now at the moment, because persons are saying that they have a command, they know what their role and responsibility is, however, when you actually come to the table and faced with the situation you realize that you’re stumped. So the good thing about it is we have other stakeholders around the table who are providing feedback, giving them ideas who are discussing what are better ways to approach things and do things to make sure they respond effectively.”As many as 25 stakeholders were represented at the session held at the DDMEs office. Thursday, January 12 also marked the seventh anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, which some had reported was felt even here in Providenciales at the time. The TCI was put under a tsunami watch in 2010 due to the quake in Port Au Prince, which killed nearly half a million people and displaced one million others. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner