Lionel Messi has reacted after Argentina’s goal-less draw against Brazil in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and claimed both teams tried their best on the counter to net the goal. Argentina have now qualified for the Qatar World Cup after the draw as they are currently placed at the second spot in South American qualifiers. Brazil are at the top of the table. In the high-intense clash between two arch-rivals, Messi started after recovering from the knee injury but he failed to inspire his team in the SuperClassico. Argentina dominated the possession but failed to produce many chances. Even a late effort from Messi after jinking past Fred was straight at Alisson. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner admitted that it’s always hard to hard to play against rivals Brazil and claims that it was important that Argentina didn’t lose the match. " We knew that it is always hard to play against Brazil, that it was going to be stuck and with a lot of friction. It was difficult to play. The … [Read more...] about Lionel Messi Opens up on His Fitness After Draw Against Brazil, Hopes to Finish Year Well
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Surgery to remove cataracts, which cause the eye’s normally clear lens to become cloudy, can restore vision almost instantaneously. New research suggests cataract surgery may have another benefit as well: a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. For the study, scientists looked at 3,038 men and women with cataracts who were 65 or older and free of dementia at the time of their diagnosis. Of these, 1,382 had cataract surgery, and the rest did not. All of the subjects were part of a decades-long memory study that followed them over decades. The researchers found that the overall risk for dementia was 29 percent lower in those who had cataract surgery compared with those who did not. The researchers also looked at glaucoma surgery, another type of eye operation that does not restore vision but can help prevent vision loss. It had no effect on dementia risk. The study, in JAMA Internal Medicine , adjusted for age at first diagnosis of cataracts as … [Read more...] about Cataract Surgery May Reduce Your Dementia Risk
The two most jarring events in the past decade of American life both had the whiff of a grand con about them. One was the crisis of 2008, after which a lot of ordinary Americans turned their attention to the financial-services industry and discovered something that looked, on the surface, uncannily like a classic bilking: There was a lot of hard-to-follow shifting about of who owned what and who owed what to whom, and in the end a lot of people found that their retirement savings had vanished. The other was the election of Donald Trump, who has always been fairly open about his talent for old-school hucksterism. To the very end, many people were convinced his entire campaign had been a long-game self-promotional exercise — a man wandering past real estate, casinos, reality television, mail-order steaks and wealth-building seminars to arrive at right-wing politics as a high-quality grift. “Grift” and “grifter” are old-fashioned words, but ever more useful ones. “Grift” evokes not so … [Read more...] about Why Are We Suddenly Surrounded by ‘Grift’?
California's largest public school system is no longer allowing its students to wear cloth masks and requiring that they wear coverings with a good fit and a nose wire. The change comes as both state and national health officials have been increasingly citing the boosted protection offered by some masks, such as KN95s and N95s, compared with others. A Los Angeles Unified School District spokesperson told Newsweek that the system follows guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and that this newest change will help make schools as safe as possible for students and workers. The updated rules on the district's website specify that students must wear "well-fitting, non-cloth masks with a nose wire," even while outdoors, and all employees are "required to wear surgical grade masks or higher." "Los Angeles Unified will continue to provide these kinds of masks to students and employees at school sites if they need them," the district's guidelines … [Read more...] about Why California’s largest school district is no longer allowing cloth masks
Time Magazine is promoting a boy for “Kid of the Year” because of his public advocacy for transgenderism — even though the boy’s mother declared him to be transgender only after she failed to convert the boy’s feminine character to be more like a boy. The magazine reported January 12 about the boy, Kai Shappley: The now-5th grader has been publicly telling her story and calling for trans equality for years. She’s traveled the country with her mother, speaking at rallies for LGBTQ rights. She’s worked with the ACLU on pro-trans projects. She’s met with national lawmakers to urge them to pass the Equality Act, which would outlaw discrimination on the basis of … gender identity. “Time Magazine and all of these other magazines are endorsing the trans-the-gay away process,” responded Natasha Chart, an activist who argues that transgender ideology destroys the cultural and legal foundations of women’s rights and status. Instead of accepting a feminine boy who may well grow up … [Read more...] about Time Magazine Promotes ‘Trans-the-Gay-Away’ Child
WASHINGTON — President Trump widened his war on critics of color on Monday with new attacks on the Rev. Al Sharpton and other political opponents even as he gathered his own African-American allies at the White House to defend him against charges of racism. In a third straight day of broadsides against black figures, Mr. Trump denounced Mr. Sharpton on Twitter as “a con man” who “Hates Whites & Cops” and again assailed Representative Elijah E. Cummings and his Baltimore-based district, drawing rebukes from Maryland Republicans as well as Democrats. Mr. Trump’s determination to intensify the furor rather than move on guaranteed that it would continue to dominate the political debate in Washington and force many of the president’s fellow Republicans to choose whether to stand by him, break with him or, in the case of most, find a way to keep out of the discussion. [Related: How Trump and Sharpton became the ultimate New York frenemies .] The president linked the … [Read more...] about Trump Widens War on Black Critics While Embracing ‘Inner City Pastors’
The Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) in the SF Bay Area where we live, announced on Tuesday that it was planning on "transitioning all students and staff" to KN95 respirators. If worn properly, such respirators filter 95 percent of particles the size of those that carry the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The BUSD has proposed this measure as a means to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep schools open. These respirators would be required for the entire school day, including outdoors during gym and recess. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of respirators is vastly overestimated, and there is scant evidence that they stop community transmission. Moreover, NIOSH-approved respirators are tight, uncomfortable, and can impede breathing. OSHA requires both fit testing and a medical evaluation before workers can wear them. We've all seen images of health care workers with bruised faces from properly worn respirators. The truth is, the burdens of these masks outweigh their benefits for kids. … [Read more...] about We’re a physician and mathematician and a data scientist. N95s won’t work for kids | Opinion
KUALA LUMPUR: Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa joined a congregation of more than 50 people for a Solat Hajat and Yasin recital ceremony to pray for the good health of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Muhammadi Angkasapuri Mosque here Monday (Jan 24). Also present at the event organised by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry were the ministry's secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek, Information Department director-general Datuk Mohd Sukari Abd Hamid, National Film Development Corporation Malaysia chief executive officer Prof Dr Md Nasir Ibrahim, as well as the top management and staff of Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM). Ustaz Mohd Fadhli Md Desa led the congregational Maghrib prayers followed by the Solat Hajat, Yasin recital, prayer ceremony, as well as Isyak prayers. The event was held in accordance with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the National Security Council, including physical distancing and the … [Read more...] about Comms Ministry organises special prayers for Dr M’s good health
The decline in college enrollment since the pandemic began has raised alarm bells in some quarters. Doomsayers claim that declining enrollment implies a bleak future for America, one characterized by an increase in inequality, a decline in life expectancy and a loss of international competitiveness. But reality is far more complicated and nuanced. There is a tendency for those within the higher education sector to overstate the economic significance of getting a college degree. Not all college degree holders can expect to attain successful and highly remunerative careers, and the widely reported average earnings gap often fails to acknowledge the enormous range and variance in earnings that results from factors such as field of study, occupation, age, gender, race and ethnicity, and location. The choice of college major is of particular salience in influencing lifetime earnings. In an era of widespread grade inflation , undertaking challenging coursework and … [Read more...] about Is the US higher education bubble about to burst?
Need a new mattress? You’re not alone. The Better Sleep Council recommends that you replace your mattress every seven years, as by this stage it will have lost much of its original support — but time and budget constraints can often move dreams of a fresh place to slumber further and further down your to-do list. The Simba January sale, where you can pick up an award-winning hybrid mattress for a fraction of its RRP, is worth moving it back up the agenda for. There may be dozens of bed-in-a-box companies these days, but Simba’s hybrids stand out from the crowd thanks to the brand’s titanium aerocoil spring layer; tiny coils that replace the traditional bulky bed spring to create a comfortable experience for all types of sleepers, no matter how much you (or your partner) shift during the night. These streamlined springs are so small they’re just 0.9mm thick — that’s around the size of a paper clip, for those who need a visual. Yet while they may be small, they’re still … [Read more...] about Save up to 45% on Simba’s award-winning mattresses in the January sale event