Day: November 22, 2020

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola admits serious concerns over Sergio Aguero’s fitness

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Pep Guardiola has admitted serious concerns about Sergio Aguero’s long term fitness.

Guardiola left the club’s record scorer on the bench even though Manchester City desperately needed a goal to stop their disappointing start to the campaign suffering another defeat.

But City boss Guardiola insisted they will have to manage his games very carefully from now on which casts doubt over the 32-year-old’s future in terms of being able to be their No1 striker.

Aguero, whose contract expires in 2021, has struggled to come back from a raft of injuries, the last one being a serious knee issue suffered in June which kept him out of their Champions League campaign and has restricted him this season.



a man holding a football ball: LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)


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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Guardiola said: “I’m not going to say we don’t need Sergio, we need him. But Sergio, when he was 31 years old, was injured for five months with a difficult and dangerous injury.

“He came back, played 50/55 minutes and then got injured again. We want him and I want Sergio fit because I now discover how important he is for us with what he has done in the Premier League.

“But we have to be careful so he doesn’t come back and get injured again. We need the right moment to put him inside. Hopefully it can be soon and maintain the regularity to play games.”

City are struggling to score goals, they are stuck in mid-table and yet Guardiola admits that the fixture schedule has made it impossible to do anything on the training pitch other than match fitness.

When asked how easy it is to work on the training ground, Guardiola said: “Impossible. But for all the clubs it is the same so I’m not saying we have an advantage or disadvantage. It’s just impossible. No chance.

“It is my responsibility as a manager to lift them and to give them as much as possible. I have never in 12 years pointed the finger at someone. Everyone is going to solve it.

“I would love to have Sergio back, I would love to have Gabriel back but they are not going to solve all the situations. We scored in two seasons more than 100 goals and 80/90 percent of the players are the same, especially up front.

“We lost Leroy Sane, but he didn’t play much last season because he was injured all season and we

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Court dismisses dentist’s appeal over tax on earnings, Singapore News & Top Stories

The High Court has dismissed a dentist’s appeal that he should be charged the corporate tax rate for earnings paid to a company he created, finding his main goal in setting it up was to avoid tax.

Justice Choo Han Teck ruled in the first such case to go on appeal to the High Court that Dr Wee Teng Yau’s move would enable him to pay less tax on the same services he provided.

This is because his fees paid into the company would be its income and taxed at the lower corporate tax rate. But if the fees had been paid directly to him, the personal income tax rate – which is higher – would be levied.

Justice Choo’s ruling pivots on a provision in the Income Tax Act, according to judgment grounds released earlier this month.

The provision at issue is Section 33 of the Act.

The tax authorities said last week that Section 33 has been applied to more than 100 medical professionals.

Referring to the section, Justice Choo said it is meant to cover arrangements created by the taxpayer to reduce the taxes which he would otherwise have to pay.

The judge found in this case “the facts show (its) main, if not only, purpose was to enable Dr Wee to avoid tax. This is precisely the type of arrangement that is covered by Section 33(1)”.

The case is the first to be heard before the court as previous such appeals were not pursued beyond the Income Tax Board of Review.

Dr Wee was employed by dental clinic Alfred Cheng Orthodontic Clinic (ACOC) from January 2011 to May 2012.

He set up Straighten (SPL) in May 2012, and was its sole director and shareholder. He continued to provide the same dental services to ACOC’s patients, but ACOC made the payments to SPL instead of to him, the court noted.

SPL, in turn, paid him a salary and director’s fee. Tax-exempt dividends were also declared and paid to him from SPL’s profits.

For assessment year 2012, ACOC paid Dr Wee $279,194.60 in fees.

Between assessment years 2013 and 2016, the fees ACOC paid SPL and reported as SPL’s income totalled $1,470,764.

SPL paid $336,000 in director’s remuneration to Dr Wee who also received tax-exempt dividends totalling $765,205 as a shareholder.

Each year, the remuneration he received from SPL ranged between $40,000 and $110,000. This is significantly lower than the $279,194.60 he got as income in 2011 from ACOC, the court noted.

The Comptroller of Income Tax treated the fees SPL received from ACOC as Dr Wee’s income and imposed the personal income tax rate instead of the corporate tax rate as sought by Dr Wee.

The Income Tax Board of Review affirmed the Comptroller’s position and Dr Wee appealed further.

In the High Court, the Comptroller’s counsel Zheng Sicong and Serene Lau relied on Section 33(1) as the ground for the levy.

But Dr Wee’s lawyer Lau Kah Hee argued, among other things, that Dr Wee would

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Usman Buzdar launches ‘Insaaf Medicine Card’

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has inaugurated Insaf Medicine Card in a ceremony held at CM’s Office on Sunday. The chief minister distributed Insaf Medicine Card among the patients of Hepatitis, AIDS and TB. Health Minister Dr. Yasmeen Rashid, SACM Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Secretary Primary & Secondary Health, Secretary Information and other officials were also present on this occasion.

Usman Buzdar said that under Insaf Medicine Card, project of providing free of cost medicines to Hepatitis, AIDS and TB patients has been started. In the first phase of this project free medicines will be provided to 9862 AIDS patients, 23560 Hepatitis and 70047 TB patients. A simple procedure has been adopted to facilitate the patients. Under this procedure patient will be biometrically verified along with the original ID card from his concern Tehsil Headquarters Hospital or District Headquarters Hospital.

Completion of this procedure and after the diagnostic process, Insaf Medicine Card will be issued the patient. The patient will be able to take free medicines from concern center. The government is speedy heading towards its goal of establishing the state like Madinah and projects like Punjab Ehsas Program, Sahat Insaf Card and now Insaf Medicine Card is proof of this fact, Chief Minister added. The Chief Minister directed to establish separate desks for Hepatitis, AIDS and TB patients. A total of 174882 patients in 36 districts of Punjab will receive Insaf Medicine Cards. The Chief Minister thanked Allah Almighty for having a chance of serving ailing humanity. The day is not far away when every citizen of Punjab will have access to free treatment in public sector hospitals, this is our commitment, the CM asserted.

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the sad demise of mother of Nawaz Sharif and Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. The chief minister extended heartfelt sympathies and condolence with the bereaved family members. He prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the family members to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has taken notice of a murder of a minor girl at Jhang road in Faisalabad and sought a report from RPO. He has directed to immediate arrest of the accused and ensure justice to the affected family.

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the sad demise of brother of Gulraiz Ahmad Assistant in PRO section of CM’s office. The chief minister extended heartfelt sympathies and condolence with the bereaved family members and prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the family members to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.

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Five things learned as Bielsa makes goalless stalemate exciting

In a Premier League encounter that had everything except a goal Leeds United and 10-man Arsenal shared the spoils at Elland Road.

The Gunners were enduring a frustrating evening prior to Nicolas Pepe’s sending off, with the Ivorian given his marching orders for a headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski seven minutes after the restart. Leeds continued to press and probe but to no avail and Arsenal held firm at the back. 

Mikel Arteta commented that facing Leeds was comparable with a ‘trip to the dentist’ when these sides met in the FA Cup back in January, which ended in a 1-0 home win for the Gunners. Well, this was another visit for the Spaniard, only this time he left with a toothache.

A point apiece keeps both sides in the bottom half of the table, but what did we learn from this pulsating encounter?

1. Kalvin Phillips the heartbeat of Bielsa-ball

Every club has that one player who is simply undroppable, and for Leeds that man is Kalvin Phillips. The 24-year-old England international had missed the previous three outings with a shoulder injury but returned this evening, and his presence exuded a confidence in Leeds as he orbited the centre circle, dictating play.

The metronomic midfielder operates as Bielsa’s conduit, linking midfield to attack by procuring the ball and recycling play. There are more explosive players on the pitch: Raphinha looked threatening ghosting into the box, while Rodrigo was lively upon his introduction. But, it was Phillips further back who kept play ticking over like clockwork.

He was the heartbeat of Leeds’ scintillating play this evening, making more passes than any player on the pitch (87) and more than triple that of Granit Xhaka (25), who was playing a similar role in front of defence in the opposing third.

Leeds can feel hard done by that the desired result was not forthcoming, but this was a much improved performance from the previous two matches (back-to-back 4-1 defeats), and it is no surprise that this impressive showing coincided with the reintroduction of Phillips: Leeds’ luxurious axis.

2. Willian’s worrying form contiues

Chelsea fans were lamenting the departure of Willian on matchday one after the seasoned Brazilian winger provided two sumptuous assists on his Premier League debut for Arsenal, who sunk a toothless Fulham in an opening-day 3-0 win. Nine games later and that narrative has taken a 180 spin.

Since that Craven Cottage salvo, Willian has failed to provide a single direct contribution, with the proceeding nine league games largely passing the 32-year-old by. His acquisition in the summer on a free transfer looked a masterstroke on paper, but his half-time withdrawal this evening was indicative of a player seemingly on the wane.

Granted Willian is not the only culprit of Arsenal’s misfortunes up front, and perhaps some leeway is permitted in

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Health, fitness expert Stephanie Mansour shares tips on how to lose weight over the holiday

The holidays can be a great time to spice up your workout routine, according to health and fitness expert Stephanie Mansour.

Spice up your at home workout this holiday season

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Mansour suggested investing in a few things to switch up your at home workout including a vibrating foam roller and a pilates ring.

The pilates ring can be used to tone multiple areas of your body and the roller can help massage your muscles before and after a workout to increase blood flow.

If you’re trying to be mindful about what you eat, Mansour also suggested a few easy swaps.

Skip some of the calories for an extra serving of vegetables by swapping pasta noodles for zucchini noodles.

Try some alternative flours such as almond or coconut in your holiday baking, Mansour suggested.

Or, to cut down on sugar, you can sub out sugar for apple sauce or honey, she said.

And if you are looking to treat yourself to some new athleisure wear this holiday season, Mansour shared some fashion trends.

Opt for leggings with cropped look or cut-outs as well as workout shirts with back cut-outs, she said. All the pieces are great for running laps and running errands.

Mansour has a whole host of other health and fitness tips available on her website.

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Can’t visit the dentist? Here’s how to take better care of your teeth

For many of us, the routine trip to the dentist is just one of the ways in which our lives have been disrupted in 2020. The British Dental Association (BDA) estimates that, since the March lockdown, dentists in England have provided nearly 19m fewer treatments than in the same period last year.



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Does it matter what type of brush or toothhpaste you use?


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Does it matter what type of brush or toothhpaste you use?

What do you need to know about dental emergencies, and what more can you do to care for your teeth? We asked the experts.

What dentistry services are currently available?

Although some routine dental treatments are now available again, in the UK, surgeries’ operating capacity has been reduced and some are triaging patients according to their level of need and risk.

If you would like to see your dentist, it is advisable to contact them by phone or email to see if it is necessary for you to visit. For up-to-date advice on accessing dental care in the UK, see the NHS website.

What is the risk of catching coronavirus at the dentist?

Although they are assumed to be at high risk of contracting Covid-19, a recent study of nearly 2,200 US dentists found that fewer than 1% tested positive in June. Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser to the BDA, says dentists’ routine attention to infection control puts them at an advantage. “It’s almost second nature to us.”

A heightened potential risk of coronavirus transmission is in the use of instruments such as dental drills or ultrasonic scalers, which create a fine mist.

How are dentists adapting?

The profession is still adapting its procedures as more becomes known about how the virus spreads. For example, some dentists have switched to handheld tools that are slower, but create less spray. “Everything’s a bit of a compromise,” says Walmsley.

Access to services is improving. In England, the “fallow time” during which a treatment room must remain empty after any aerosol-generating procedure was recently reduced from an hour to 15-20 minutes (depending on ventilation), enabling dentists to see more patients.

What can I do to care for my teeth while I can’t get to a dentist?

“The majority of dental problems are preventable,” says Walmsley. Brushing your teeth in the morning and at night, for two minutes each time, will generally be enough to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Studies have shown, however, that people brush for an average of 43 seconds. “Four minutes a day is not a lot to ask,” says Dr Nigel Carter, the chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation.



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What kind of toothpaste should I use?

Any toothpaste with fluoride will do. Not only does it help to prevent tooth decay, but it slows down the rate of progression of any existing decay. Carter is concerned by the increasing

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Holiday health, weigh loss advice from Stephanie Mansour

CHICAGO (WLS) — The holidays can be a great time to spice up your workout routine, according to health and fitness expert Stephanie Mansour.

Mansour suggested investing in a few things to switch up your at home workout including a vibrating foam roller and a pilates ring.

The pilates ring can be used to tone multiple areas of your body and the roller can help massage your muscles before and after a workout to increase blood flow.

If you’re trying to be mindful about what you eat, Mansour also suggested a few easy swaps.

Skip some of the calories for an extra serving of vegetables by swapping pasta noodles for zucchini noodles.

Try some alternative flours such as almond or coconut in your holiday baking, Mansour suggested.

Or, to cut down on sugar, you can sub out sugar for apple sauce or honey, she said.

And if you are looking to treat yourself to some new athleisure wear this holiday season, Mansour shared some fashion trends.

Opt for leggings with cropped look or cut-outs ass well as workout shirts with back cut-outs, she said. All the pieces are great for running laps and running errands.

Mansour has a whole host of other health and fitness tips available on her website.

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Real Madrid | Zidane sweating on Benzema fitness for Inter Milan Champions League clash

The fixtures are piling up and Real Madrid face a pivotal trip to Milan to take on Antonio Conte’s Inter in the Champions League with question marks over the availability of Karim Benzema. Zinedine Zidane’s side were held to a 1-1 draw in the Cerámica by Villarreal on Saturday where Mariano Díaz provided the visitors’ sole strike, laying bare the issues facing Zidane when his compatriot is not available.

Benzema keeping Madrid afloat

Benzema has accounted for six of Madrid’s goals this season with Vinicius the only other forward with more than one to his name. Eden Hazard, Rodrygo and Mariano have one each while Sergio Ramos and Fede Valverde, both out injured, have three apiece. Luka Jovic is hardly Zidane’s go-to solution when he needs a replacement for Benzema and the Serbia striker is sidelined after a positive test for covid-19. Mariano has played 99 minutes this season, 85 of which came against Villarreal in the absence of any other options.

Benzema has been struggling with a muscle issue that forced his substitution in the 4-1 defeat at Valencia and it remains unclear if he will be available to Zidane for the trip to the San Siro. The Frenchman was out on the turf at Valdebebas on Sunday morning but faces a late fitness test for the Inter match.

Casemiro and Éder Militão are also doubts after testing positive for coronavirus and will undergo fresh tests on Monday while Ramos and Valverde will not feature in Milan. Jovic is definitely out for the Champions League clash and Zidane will have to find a solution to the lack of a cutting edge on display in Villarreal where Madrid managed a single shot on target from just six attempts.

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Many UK fitness venues may not survive winter Covid closures, say bosses | Business

Many hundreds of gyms and swimming pools will go out of business this winter if new post-lockdown restrictions being considered for England force them to remain closed, industry leaders have warned.

Huw Edwards, the chief executive of ukactive, said the government was thought to be considering keeping gyms and pools closed as part of a tradeoff for reopening other parts of the economy, such as pubs and restaurants, in December.

The prime minister is due to make a statement setting out a new system of tiers, potentially with a tougher top level. Pubs and restaurants have demanded a week’s warning of new rules that would kick in after the English lockdown ends on 2 December.

The UK’s 7,000 gyms, pools and leisure centres have sought to be reclassified as essential services vital to public health. The move is being debated by MPs on Monday after a petition attracted more than 600,000 signatures.

Gyms are currently shut in England and parts of Scotland, and are due to close in Northern Ireland on Friday. To further penalise the fitness industry would be a “political choice”, Edwards said as there was “no science” to support the idea that its venues were a source of infection.


Public Health England has also warned that any respite at Christmas would be paid for with tough restrictions afterwards. Shutdowns in January and February would be even more damaging for gyms, as it is their busiest period with Britons undertaking new year fitness regimes.

Edwards said having to shut again in the new year would be another hard blow for businesses. “Missing out on those months would be devastating, and we could end up losing up to 20% of all facilities if there is a sustained period of closure.”

About two-thirds of gyms and leisure centres in England are in private hands, with the 2,116 council-owned sites typically run by charitable trusts on their behalf. While the big chains have been bailed out by deep-pocketed investors, the operators of public facilities, which are often providing services for less affluent communities, are struggling.

Last week, GLL, the UK’s biggest leisure trust, which has more than 270 leisure centres – including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park venues – on its books, announced that Oasis, the Swindon leisure centre that gave one of the UK’s biggest bands its name, was closing. Other centres, including sites in Preston and Newcastle, have already shut.

Mark Sesnan, the GLL chief executive, said it had used up its £20m rainy-day fund during the first quarantine. The Oasis centre, he said, relied “on getting a lot of people through the door. The business model doesn’t work under social distancing and it doesn’t work when you are shut. The costs are unsustainable.”

Sesnan is worried the government will decide gyms and pools can’t open because it sees the industry as “easy pickings”. Public leisure facilities were “very vulnerable,” he said. “Furlough covers 80% of the staff costs, but that is only half of our costs and the

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Sidra Medicine marks World Prematurity Day

November 22 2020 01:47 PM

Sidra Medicine - in purple
* The QF entity lights up hospital in purple in recognition of premature and sick babies

Sidra Medicine marked World Prematurity Day on 17 November in support of raising awareness about preterm birth.  The hospital hosted several information sessions with staff and parents and also lit up its main building in purple, the official color for the observance. World Prematurity Day is observed on 17 November each year to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide.
Dr. Charlotte Tscherning, the Division Chief of Neonatology at Sidra Medicine said:
 

Dr. Charlotte Tscherning – Div. Chief of Neonatology

“Approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year, accounting for about one in 10 of all babies born worldwide. In addition, premature birth is the leading cause of death globally in children under the age of five. For preterm babies who survive, the additional burden of prematurity-related disability may affect families and health systems. Observing this important day is a major step towards raising awareness, educating families and

 

Baby Winifred at Sidra Medicine NICU

healthcare professionals of the milestones and advancements in the field and what we can all do in not only continually improving the quality of care but also saving the lives of preterm babies. We also wanted to acknowledge the role of our own Neonatal ICU staff and their tireless efforts in saving the lives of premature and sick babies at our hospital.”

On 17 November, the NICU team from Sidra Medicine gathered with families whose babies were NICU patients to mark the occasion along with senior leadership, including Mr.
 

Baby Winifred and Eme

Mohammed Khalid Al Mana, the Managing Director and Member of the Board of Governors at Sidra Medicine and Prof. Ziyad M. Hijazi, Acting Chief Medical Officer.


The agenda included presentations about the challenges of giving complex neonatal care to the babies, along with making sure that the sensorial inputs to the babies are controlled and also supporting the  parents to connect with their newborn baby. The day ended with a
 

One year old Winifred 

walk around the main hospital building with staff and guests sporting purple glow sticks in support of families everywhere.


The program also featured the stories from three mothers, who each shared the journeys of their sick babies and the challenges they overcame. Eme, whose daughter Winifred was born premature last year, shared her experience as a NICU parent and the care that was provided at Sidra Medicine following her daughter’s surgery to treat Short Bowel Syndrome.
Eme said: “Thank you to everyone at Sidra Medicine who took such good care of us. We spent seven months in the NICU ward and we could feel the love and care for our little fighter Winifred.  We are truly grateful for the amazing care and for saving her life. There were some very hard and challenging days however the team at Sidra Medicine were wonderful in supporting us every step of the
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