The Telegraph 15 November 2017Family First Comment: “Dr Peter Bennie, chairman of BMA Scotland, said the decision was great news for everyone who wanted to reduce the harm caused by alcohol misuse, adding: “As doctors we see every day the severe harms caused by alcohol misuse and the damage it causes to individuals and their families. There are no easy solutions, but minimum unit pricing can make a significant contribution to reducing these harms and saving lives.”Scotland is set to become the first country in the world to set a minimum price for alcohol as a way of improving public health after the Scotch Whisky Association lost an appeal against the plan at the UK’s highest court.The SWA, with other sections of the drinks industry, argued the move to impose a 50p minimum price per unit for alcohol would be “disproportionate” and illegal under European law.But seven judges at the Supreme Court unanimously backed the Scottish Government, ruling that the plan passed by MSPs five years ago but held up in legal battles could now go ahead.Ministers have promised to move as quickly as practicable, and it is thought the legislation could come into force early next year.The proposal is backed by health professionals and would make the price of a bottle of spirits at least £14, the cheapest bottle of wine £4.69, and a four-pack of 500ml cans of lager at least £4.The intention is to target problem drinkers by hitting the price of strong alcohol that is sold at low prices, and is unlikely to affect pubs. It would mean the price of a two litre, mid-range bottle of cider, jumping from £3.99 to £7.50.READ MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/15/scotland-become-first-country-world-introduce-minimum-pricing/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Gabby Adcock and Lauren Smith won a fiery Anglo-Scottish clash against Imogen Bankier and Kirsty Gilmour on Wednesday evening. The English pair, seeded fourth, edged out Scottish rivals Bankier and Gilmour 21-13 17-21 21-18 amid a boisterous atmosphere at the Emirates Arena to reach the women’s doubles last 16. The Scots had the majority of the crowd on their side for the late-night encounter, but neither pair disappointed in a match of high intensity. The perceived rivalry between Adcock and Bankier – who played mixed doubles alongside Adcock’s husband Chris at London 2012 – added an intriguing sub-plot as momentum shifted from side to side. Tensions did come to the surface in a tight and niggly final game, with both pairs complaining about line calls and the umpire getting the scores mixed up, but eventually it was the English who who prevailed after 74 draining minutes. The final game saw the lead change hands several times and finished after 11pm. Smith said: “It was a very nervy, scrappy game but we got through it and that is all that matters. “We were a little bit behind in the third game but we stepped it up when it mattered at the end.” England’s other women’s doubles pair of Heather Olver and Kate Robertshaw had a more straightforward – and low-key – 2-0 win over Uganda’s Daisy Nakalyango and Margaret Nankabirwa. Adcock’s victory was her second of the day after victory in the mixed doubles. She and husband Chris looked strong as they eased into the second round with a 21-12 21-13 win over Northern Ireland’s Tony Murphy and Alannah Stephenson. Chris Adcock was also victorious in men’s doubles as he and Andy Ellis – the top seeds – brushed off Douglas Clark and Ross Stewart 2-0 to join team-mates Peter Mills and Chris Langridge in the next round. Langridge and Olver also enjoyed mixed doubles success, beating Kenya’s Patrick Mbogo and Mercy Joseph 2-0. Men’s singles hopes Rajiv Ouseph and Kieran Merrilees, of England and Scotland respectively, remained on course for a potential quarter-final meeting. Third seed Ouseph saw off Sahir Edoo of Mauritius 21-11 21-6 while Glaswegian Merrilees, his regular training partner and eighth seed, overcame Victor Munga, of Kenya, 21-6 21-7. Ouseph will next play Tony Murphy of Northern Ireland, who edged past Muhammad Bhatti of Pakistan 2-1, while fellow Ulsterman Tony Stephenson won 2-0 against South African Prakash Vijayanath. The loss for Bankier and Gilmour took the gloss of what had otherwise been a good day for both players and the Scottish team in general. Bankier had earlier combined with Robert Blair for an impressive 15-21 21-14 21-14 win in a high-quality mixed doubles encounter against the unseeded but highly-rated Malaysians Wei Shem Goh and Loo Yin Lim. Blair said: “We thought this could be our hardest game until the latter stages. I hope to God they get easier than that. “Maybe there was a loss of concentration from them, as once we got the lead a few errors crept in, but we had to keep our concentration.” Blair also combined with Paul van Rietvelde for a 21-7 21-6 win over Mohamed Sarim and Hussein Zaki of the Maldives while Gilmour, world number 17 in singles, beat Australia’s Verdet Kessler 21-14 21-5. To add to the host nation’s success, Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh beat another Maldives pair, Ajfan Rasheed and Nasheeu Sharafudden, 21-11 21-7. There were further good results for Northern Ireland on the doubles front with victories for Stephenson and Caroline Black, Stephenson and Murphy, and Black and Sinead Chambers in the various disciplines. Also making progress in the women’s singles were Sarah Walker and her former England team-mate Liz Cann, who now represents Jersey. The pair will meet for a place in the last eight. Carissa Turner of Wales also went through, beating Guernsey’s Elena Johnson in revenge for a defeat at Delhi four years ago, before having further success in women’s doubles with Sarah Thomas. Press Association
After a tough stretch of seven consecutive losses, the women’s basketball team may be turning its season around with back-to-back victories against Arizona and Arizona State over the weekend. While the Trojans struggled to find a rhythm on Friday night against Arizona, they fought throughout the game, ultimately earning USC its first wins since 2016.“You know what, we won,” head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said after her team’s first game against Arizona. “I didn’t think we played a great game. One of the things we talked about in pregame was grinding. We needed to grind out a win — do whatever it took to come away with a victory — and I thought we did that.”With the career-high performances from freshman forward Ja’Tavia Tapley and senior center Ivana Jakubcova, the team was able to clinch the much-needed victory over the Wildcats. Standing at6-foot-3 and 6-foot-6 respectively, the two were able to use their length and solid form under the basket to combine for 26 points and 18 rebounds.“It was very important,” Tapley said. “With boxing out and the height advantage, we just put two and two together and just made it happen on the boards.”Having players like Tapley and Jakubcova come through for the Trojans was even more important given the loss of yet another player due to injury this season. Sophomore guard Aliyah Mazyck had previously missed five games with a stress fracture in her foot but was able to come back for both games against UCLA last week. Those games exacerbated her injury, and there is now no timetable for her return to the court.“We were trying to work through it,” Cooper-Dyke said. “But it was clear after the UCLA game that she couldn’t play anymore. Not only did she reaggravate it, but it is also more swollen, more painful. So we had to almost restart her rehab.”The Trojans did not let Mazyck’s injury keep them from competing against Arizona State on Sunday. USC and ASU had the number one and two 3-point range defenses in the conference respectively going into the afternoon, meaning the game was played mostly from the inside. The Trojans shut the Sun Devils down from that range, holding Arizona State to 0-5 from beyond the arc in the first three quarters — much to the delight of Cooper-Dyke.“What a great defensive game by my Women of Troy,” she said. “This team came out from the beginning and established ourselves defensively, and we did not let up off that pedal. It allowed us to get out on the fast break and get some buckets that we needed to keep our engine going.”In the first half, neither team was able to pull ahead, and it was 26-25 at the break, with ASU barely holding on to its one-point lead. After the half, the Trojans were plagued with unforced turnovers, and the Sun Devils finally managed to surge ahead. By the end of the third quarter, however, the Trojans had come alive, igniting the fans in Galen Center with their play. A four-point play by freshman guard Minyon Moore started a USC scoring run, and ASU would never recover.“When we turned over the ball it was demoralizing,” junior guard Sadie Edwards said, “[but] we didn’t put our heads down. Our coach called a timeout, and we said, ‘Let’s get this right, and let’s fix this.’ We did, and we made plays and played together.”The Trojans will now look to build a winning streak as they head onto the road for the next four games. Their newfound spirit could be just what the team needs to turn its season around.
FINN HARPS manager Peter Hutton has tonight insisted he wasn’t attacking the Board of the club when he bemoaned the lack of resources for the Ballybofey outfit.In a lengthy statement on the football club’s official website, the Harps boss said he didn’t want comments made after Friday’s game with Mervue taken out of contest.Here is his statement in full: It has come to my attention that comments made by myself following the recent Mervue game have been attributed in some way to me inferring that the Board is in some way to blame for our poor league campaign. This is certainly not my point of view and I would like to clarify my comments which I accept, could have been articulated much better.First and foremost, our league campaign has unquestionably been very poor after our early season promise, and for that I take sole responsibility.I am employed as the manager of this football club and I will not blame anyone else for this, while yes, there have been contributing factors but overall there are no excuses. I have certainly learned a great deal in my first season managing a senior club and no doubt will continue to learn every day. I more than anyone have a huge respect for the chairman, the board, and the volunteers of this club who give huge time and commitment.My comments were intended to highlight that I strongly feel we need a fresh impetus and investment to move the club forward to the next level. If the club is serious about promotion then the current board needs help, support and investment in order to have a realistic chance of obtaining that goal. When I refer to investment for the club I meant investment in the infrastructures of the club, not just on the playing budget. There is an ever increasing amount of administration, information gathering and co-ordination required if we are to continue to upgrade the footballing operations here. Structures like strength and conditioning, sports nutrition and video analysis are considered as a necessity for modern football. These are all elements I introduced prior to the season and I believe they certainly helped, but due to a lack of finance the club had to end these early in the season. This was extremely frustrating for all concerned but unavoidable due to the sustainability of the club naturally taking precedence. These components are now all essential requirements of a progressive club and help set a professional approach and mindset, but they obviously cost money. The sustainability of the club is and always should be paramount and nobody disputes that, but what I’ll reiterate is that I believe that if, as a club, we are serious about promotion then investment is required both on and off the field. We cannot undertake a promotion push without the proper investment that ensures both the challenge is viable but also that it isn’t in jeopardy of ruining the club financially. If the latter however isn’t a viable option then we should look to investing in our youth and provide them with the proper tools and platform to become top quality young players with a totally professional mindset. We all know the huge potential the club has and if we can encourage more people to support the board and the club we can have a very exciting future. I fully appreciate the work that goes into running this club and experience this daily at first hand. In regard to the footballing aspect of the club I understand the supporters’ frustrations and disappointment this season but I can assure you no one is as disappointed as me and the players. I am more than happy to meet with any supporter or supporters who wish to discuss the future direction of our football operation. HARPS MANAGER HUTTON: ‘I WASN’T ATTACKING BOARD’ was last modified: September 22nd, 2013 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:finn harpsPeter Huttonstatement
Source = Virgin Australia Virgin Australia International has been voted best airline to Australia and New Zealand by the readers of the US-based Global Traveler magazine; www.globaltravelerusa.com.Virgin Australia Group Executive Commercial Liz Savage said the win was an endorsement from the readers of Global Traveler that Virgin Australia provides a unique and truly award-winning inflight service.“This award reflects the opinions of our Guests and readers of Global Traveler magazine on one of the world’s longest, non-stop flights.“From extensive criteria, Virgin Australia International has emerged as the airline that provides the best service from the United States to Australia and New Zealand,” she said.Ms Savage said that the airline also won the coveted award for Best Champagne International Business Class with Lanson Gold Label Brut 1999 as selected by Global Traveler’s Wines on the Wing Wine Survey; www.globaltravelerusa.com“Virgin Australia’s wine panel is meticulous in their research for the best onboard wines and champagnes that complement our extensive inflight menu.“We are delighted to know that our International Business Guests enjoy this quality champagne,” Ms Savage said.Virgin Australia International operates 14 services each week from Los Angeles to the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Virgin Australia International also operates three flights each week from Sydney to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.