Horton came second to Sun in the 400-meter freestyle event at the 2019 World Aquatic Championships in South Korea on Sunday, then refused to acknowledge his Chinese competitor, who he has previously called a “drug cheat.”
Sun received a three-month ban after testing positive for a banned substance in 2014, and is facing renewed allegations according to ABC.
“I just won’t share a podium with someone that behaves in the way that he has,” Horton said after the race. When asked how he felt, the 23-year-old Australian summed it up as “frustration,” the ABC reported.
According to Chinese state media CGTN, Sun responded to Horton’s actions, saying: “You could choose not to respect me, but you must respect China.”
The pair have a long, bitter rivalry.
Before the 400m freestyle race at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Horton said his rival was a “drug cheat.”
After the race, Horton described his win as “one for the good guys.” Sun broke down in tears surrounded by Chinese media after his defeat, while the Chinese swim team manager Xu Qi demanded an apology.
Australia’s chef de mission Kitty Chiller said Horton had every right to express his views — and the team had no intention of making an apology.
Horton’s2016 comments went viral in China, where many believed he had deliberately tried to psych out Sun. Horton’s Instagram page was bombarded with derogatory messages, and an op-ed published by the nationalistic tabloid Global Times described Australia as a country “at the fringes of civilization” and referred to its history as “Britain’s offshore prison.”
Taking a stand or disrespecting China?
Once again, Horton’s Instagram posts have become the target of pro-China users, who left comments such as “You don’t deserve to shake Sun’s hand” and “You will lose forever.”
The issue was also one of the top trending topics on Chinese microblogging site Weibo on Monday — although Chinese media did not mention the drugs context, and used a picture that made it appear that Horton was kneeling at Sun’s side.
“Horton is a man with a small heart,” wrote one person on Weibo. “Being this dramatic because of his bad performance — Sun Yang should stay away from this kind of toxic rubbish,” said another.
The response was very different in Australia, where fellow swimmers praised Horton’s stance.
In an Instagram story, Australian Olympic medal-winning swimmer Cat Campbell called Horton a “legend.” “Taking a stand for clean sport,” she captioned a photo of Horton standing to the side of the podium. “Mack Horton, we salute you.”
David McKeon, another Australian Olympian, tweeted: “Absolutely awesome to see Mack Horton protesting clean sport by not getting up on the podium next to Sun Yang.”
CNN has contacted the sport’s national governing body, Swimming Australia, and international federation, FINA, for comment but has not yet received a response.
Sun is not the first Chinese swimmer to be accused of doping. In 2012, then 16-year-old swimmer Ye Shiwen won gold at the Olympics and set a new world record, prompting allegations of doping. International Olympics Committee spokesman Mark Adams called doping allegations against Ye “sad” and “pure rumor.”
At the time, the head of China’s swimming team, Xu Qi, noted that similar allegations hadn’t dogged other top swimmers in recent years.
“Ian Thorpe was called a genius, Michael Phelps got eight gold medals in Beijing. Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin are both recognized as geniuses. There were geniuses in France and South Africa. We admit and accept these geniuses, but why can’t a genius come from China, a country with a large population?”
The animals’ symptoms became much more severe after having a dose of antibiotics to kill their gut microbiome.
“We were very surprised,” said researcher Prof Eran Elinav, who could see the difference in the mice’s muscle and brain tissue.
The team honed in on the gut microbes and found 12 species that seemed to exist in much higher or lower numbers in the diseased mice.
By adding these bacteria, one species at a time, into mice with ALS the researchers showed some made the disease more severe.
One species Akkermansia muciniphila slowed the pace of the disease.
“But in no way are we implying we have stopped, cured or reversed the disease,” Prof Elinav told BBC News.
But how can gut bacteria affect the brain?
“The bacteria are in the gut, but disease is very far from the gut,” said Prof Elinav.
He added: “Our working hypothesis is this is done by secretion of small molecules that can penetrate into the bloodstream and then different organs.”
Researchers identified a chemical, called nicotinamide, that was being produced by Akkermansia muciniphila, which when injected into diseased mice also improved their condition.
It is thought the chemical is involved in minimising oxidative stress and preserving healthy neurone function for longer.
“It presents a very exciting prospect of understanding how our unique signature of microbes, and their function, affect processes not necessarily where the microbes live,” Prof Elinav said.
Does this happen in people too?
There is some early stage work in people.
Thirty-seven patients living with the disease had their blood, microbiome and in some cases spinal fluid compared with healthy people with whom they were living.
Again, differences were found in gut microbes and levels of nicotinamide in the body.
However, this is the limit of the human research and further trials are planned.
“We cannot overinterpret these findings,” Prof Elinav said.
“We cannot even think these findings are a new cure or treatment that people can do at home.”
Will this help patients?
The hope is further research will identify a drug that that can change the pace of the disease and buy people more time.
The Weizmann team is not anticipating a way of preventing or curing motor neurone disease.
Prof Elinav said: “This is a cureless, devastating disease.
“Doing something to slow down ALS is a very important step in a disease we have almost nothing we can do about.”
What do the experts think?
“This adds to an emerging, but still fuzzy, picture of a different metabolism that seems to occur in people with ALS,” Dr Brian Dickie, the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s director of research development said.
He added: “Diet and exercise are also being studied as potential factors associated with the disease.”
Jun 11, 2019; Frisco, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jalen Jelks (74) and defensive end Joe Jackson (56) on the field during practice at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
(Reuters) – The Dallas Cowboys were ranked the world’s most valuable sports team for a fourth consecutive year according to an annual list published by Forbes here on Monday that was dominated by National Football League clubs.
The NFL’s Cowboys, who unseated Spanish soccer club Real Madrid for top spot on the list in 2016, were valued at $5 billion, a 4% rise when compared to last year, Forbes said in a statement.
Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, who last year enjoyed a 10% jump in attendance along with strong ratings on the team’s YES Network, moved up three spots to sit second on the list with a value of $4.6 billion.
Real Madrid ($4.2 billion), Spanish soccer club Barcelona ($4.02 billion) and the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks ($4 billion) rounded out the top five.
“The values of teams in major sports leagues are booming thanks to sky-high TV deals, both local and national,” said Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor, Forbes Media. “And with revenue growing faster than player salaries, franchises are more profitable than they have ever been.”
Teams from the NFL, whose lucrative broadcast contracts are not comparable to any other league, accounted for 26 of the 50 teams on the list, down from 29 teams a year ago as some other major sports chipped away at its dominance.
The NBA had nine teams on the list, one more than last year, while European soccer and MLB each had one more team represented this time around with eight and seven, respectively.
No ice hockey, Formula One or Nascar teams made the cut.
Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Christian Radnedge
The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):
Technology companies were a standout in midday trading on Wall Street in an otherwise sluggish day for the stock market.
The tech sector was the only one to boast sizable gains Monday, led by Apple and Microsoft.
Many other sectors were lower, especially makers of consumer products like Philip Morris International and J.M. Smucker.
The S&P 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,982.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 7 points to 27,147. The tech-heavy Nasdaq climbed 47 points, or 0.6%, to 8,193.
Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.03%.
Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street led by gains in technology and energy companies.
Apple rose 1.3% in the first few minutes after the opening bell Monday.
Energy companies were rising along with the price of crude oil. Schlumberger climbed 1.7%.
Equifax rose 1.5% after a settlement was announced calling for the company to pay up to $700 million over a huge data breach two years ago that exposed personal information of nearly 150 million people.
The S&P 500 index rose 7 points, or 0.2%, to 2,984.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 45 points, or 0.2%, to 27,199. The Nasdaq climbed 31 points, or 0.4%, to 8,177.
Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.03%.
“Marvel are trying to strive for diversity in a way that doesn’t feel forced,” presenter and Marvel fan Claire Lim tells BBC News. “They’re just trying to represent what we see on the streets.”
Some cynics have accused the studio of only improving representation after 2018’s Black Panther became a blockbuster hit, however.
“Does anyone else feel a little icky that in this vast #MCU they didn’t care about diversity or representation until phase 3, and then AFTER they made sure it’s profitable they announce ALL THE DIVERSITY for #MarvelPhase4?” wrote LJ Thomas.
Fellow Twitter user Hippie J wrote: “I’m happy we have more diversity in phase 4 but I’m not overly about to praise the mcu and marvel studios be[cause] they waited until it was profitable to do so.”
Lim, though, believes there is no ulterior motive. “I think it’s genuine, because a lot of millennial and Gen-Z people expect diversity,” she says. “They don’t want it as an add-on.”
‘This is huge’
The casting of deaf actress Lauren Ridloff as superhero Makkari in 2020 release Eternals has been particularly applauded on social media.
“This is huge,” wrote Twitter user Adam Pottle. “Millions of deaf kids will see Lauren as a superhero and feel that they too can act and play superhero[e]s.”
“Congratulations, @LaurenRidloff!” wrote Mary Harman, who describes herself as a “proudly deaf sci-fi junkie”. She added: “Can’t wait to see authentic representation on the big screen.”
Other social media users praised Marvel for casting the black actress as a character who has always been depicted as a white male in its comic books.
On Saturday, Ridloff herself expressed delight at the prospect of co-starring with Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden and others under Chloe Zhao’s direction.
“I am so honoured to be here,” she signed as she stood on stage alongside her co-stars, who also include Pakistani-American actor Kumail Nanjiani and South Korean actor Dong-seok Ma, aka Don Lee.
Mexican actress Salma Hayek also voiced pride at being “a part of a movie that is going to allow people who never felt represented in superheroes”.
According to Claire Lim, Ridloff’s casting represents “a bit of a sea change”.
“We talk about LGBTQ+ people, we talk about people of different races and genders, but I think we forget that diversity means people of all different abilities as well,” she says.
‘So much at stake’
Meanwhile, Hawaiian director Destin Daniel Cretton revealed that Canadian star Simu Liu will play the MCU’s first Asian-American superhero, in Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings.
“It’s amazing to see Kevin [Feige] and his team create an MCU that reflects all the beautiful colours that we see in this room,” he said.
Many Twitter users were no less delighted that Shang-Chi – a kung fu master who made his first comic book appearance in 1973 – was headed for the screen. “I know comics are for everyone but this film is clearly specifically for me,” wrote Amanda Yeo.
Others were quick to remind Marvel of some of its previous mis-steps over the representation of its ostensibly Chinese characters. The Shang-Chi movie will feature Hong Kong actor Tony Leung as The Mandarin, a villainous character who previously featured in 2013’s Iron Man 3.
On that occasion, however, ‘The Mandarin’ was revealed to be an imposter named Trevor Slattery who was merely pretending to be the fearsome terrorist. “Is Disney finally admitting that Iron Man 3’s Mandarin twist was a terrible idea?” asked one Twitter user.
‘A big deal’
In 2017, the Power Rangers reboot made headlines for making one of its heroes, yellow ranger Trini, openly gay. Last year, meanwhile, shooting began on a Batwoman TV series that will see Ruby Rose play the comic book world’s first openly lesbian superhero.
On Saturday, Marvel rather belatedly got in on the act by confirming the sexual orientation of Valkyrie, the female superhero introduced in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
In the next Thor film, actress Tessa Thompson revealed, Valkyrie’s “first order of business” would be “to find her queen”. Marvel supremo Feige later confirmed that meant Valkyrie would be the first openly LGBTQ superhero in a Marvel film.
Writing on the LGBTQ Nation website, Daniel Villarreal said the news was “a big deal” because “Marvel Studios’ 23 superhero films… have basically had no queer representation”.
Yet Gay Times’ Matt Moore said “this moment could have happened earlier”, citing Marvel’s decision to remove a reference to Valkyrie’s bisexuality from Thor: Ragnarok.
ESPN’s Dan Le Batard was not at his radio show Monday after attracting attention for criticizing President Donald Trump’s racist tweets and his network’s policy of avoiding politics unless it involved sports.
There was no explanation for his absence. ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys declined comment and Le Batard did not immediately return a telephone message.
An ESPN employee says it was Le Batard’s choice to take the day off and this was not a disciplinary action. The employee was not authorized to speak publicly about personnel matters and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.
Le Batard said last week that Trump’s attacks on four Democratic congresswomen were un-American. As for ESPN’s policy of avoiding politics, he said the network doesn’t have “the stomach” for the fight.
You may have noticed that WellnessMama.com recently got a slight website redesign this past week. I seriously dislike updating and redesigning, as the process always takes longer, costs more, and is even more mentally exhausting than expected. One of the things I’ve learned since 2006 (when I first started blogging) is that I’d almost rather go through labor then redesign the blog, but sometimes it’s a necessity. And this redesign was no exception. It’s been in the works for over a year!
Although I liked the old design, I decided to make a few changes that I think will provide a better user experience for you. Here are some of those changes:
Updated Resources Page
For years we’ve had a resources page listing all my favorite companies, products, ingredients, courses, and other resources that I personally use and recommend to family and friends. It’s always been a reader favorite since you can find all the products I recommend in one easy location. But over time it got a little unwieldy and wasn’t organized nearly well enough for a good user experience. With the new and improved resources page, it’s much much easier to sort and search through all the recommendations, so you can always find what you’re looking for. This is still a work in progress and will continue to get updated over the next few weeks, but you can check out the new design and functionality here.
Medical Review Board
Over the past year we’ve been putting together a medical review board of doctors, researchers, and expert advisers to review all the articles on Wellness Mama and ensure the information presented is up-to-date, balanced, and backed by science. It’s always been my goal to take complex topics and break them down into easy-to-understand articles that will improve the quality of your family’s life. By utilizing known experts to quality check my work, you can rest assured that what you’re reading is factually accurate and trustworthy. Each article that has been medically reviewed will list the reviewer’s name next to the post author, which you can click on to learn more about him or her and see the other articles they have contributed to. You can learn more about our medical review board here.
In the past, when reading a blog post on your computer, there was a right-hand sidebar that linked to other posts, social media, a search box, recent podcasts, and recommended resources. While some readers found it helpful, I do want the focus of the blog to be on the articles and information provided instead of distracting asides. Because of that, we’ve removed the sidebar and some of the ads so you can focus on the content… which is why you’re here in the first place, right?
Improved Mobile Experience
The majority of Wellness Mama readers visit on a mobile device, so ensuring that the website loads fast and is easy to use on a phone, tablet, or any other device is of the utmost importance. We’ve simplified the design and removed some of the distractions and slow loading components so the site should load much faster and be easier to read as well.
Along with the obvious design changes, there were a lot of behind-the-scenes coding changes that I don’t fully understand which help the site work better and faster.
Thanks to the amazing Wellness Mama tech team at Spears Marketing and Biz Budding, this transition went relatively smoothly, even though we still have a few more tweaks and updates to make over the next few weeks.
Wellness Mama Design Time Capsule
As we finished the recent updates, I looked through all of the past designs I’ve had over the years (since 2006). Each one has definitely been an improvement over the last. If you’ve been a long-time reader, how many of these designs do you remember?
My original site on blogspot.com:
First WordPress.com design:
Second WordPress.com design:
Second self-hosted WordPress design. I didn’t keep a screenshot of the first one, but I did it myself and rest assured, it was pretty bad! 298 people liked me on Facebook back in 2010 and I remember each of them by name. Many of them still comment pretty regularly and I feel like we’ve become e-friends since then.
And then there was the pink theme with the cartoon me 🙂
And my first mobile-friendly design with custom hand-drawn typeface logo:
My first truly custom blog design, with the updated logo that I’ve used for years:
This was an updated version of the above, but with a more personal touch on the homepage:
An improved version of the above, with the old membership site:
And this one that we’ve had for several years that announced my new books:
I get asked for my blogging tips pretty often, and to be honest, I don’t feel qualified to answer most of the time. My goal when I started blogging was to help other moms provide a natural and healthy lifestyle for their families so they can improve their health and happiness.
I’ve learned a lot over the years about formatting blog posts and using social media, but at the end of the day, my best tip (as corny as it may sound) is to make sure that the focus is always on helping others. If you truly care about your readers, authenticity will show through in your writing and others will be attracted to it.
My Blogging Resources
This is a list of the blogging resources that I use for my site in case they can be helpful to any of you who blog or are thinking of starting a blog (go for it!):
What do you think? Do you like the new design changes? Anything you’d do differently or still has bugs that need be fixed?
LAST YEAR: Stumbled underneath weight of Super Bowl goal they carried with expensive new QB Kirk Cousins into 2018, following trip to NFC championship game previous year. Won just one of seven games against teams that made playoffs, including home loss in finale to rival Bears to miss postseason for third time in five years under coach Mike Zimmer. Fell from 10th in NFL in scoring to 19th, with kicking trouble partly to blame. Rookie Daniel Carlson was dumped after three missed field goals cost team victory over Packers in tie on road in Week 2, with Dan Bailey now on duty. Offensive line failed to help running game get going and keep Cousins upright, though he made share of mistakes in tense season that led to firing of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo before end of first year.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: C Garrett Bradbury, RG Josh Kline, DT Shamar Stephen, TE Irv Smith Jr., RB Alexander Mattison, WR Jordan Taylor, assistant head coach/offensive adviser Gary Kubiak.
IMPORTANT LOSSES: DTs Sheldon Richardson and Tom Johnson, RB Latavius Murray, RG Mike Remmers, PR Marcus Sherels, SS Andrew Sendejo, WR Aldrick Robinson.
CAMP NEEDS: Establish continuity and confidence up front, with rookie Bradbury anchoring line and Pat Elflein shifting from C to LG. Identify reliable No. 3 WR behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, with under-radar free agent signing Taylor emerging in pack that includes so-far-failed 2016 first-round draft pick Laquon Treadwell. Get Bailey, league’s fifth-most accurate FG kicker of all time, back on track. Decide on third-rounder Mattison or returnee Ameer Abdullah as reliable backfield complement to RB Dalvin Cook in light of Murray’s departure.
EXPECTATIONS: Though Zimmer recently had contract option exercised to be on books through 2020, failure to return to playoffs, or perhaps even advance in postseason, could mean end of 63-year-old’s run in Minnesota. Cousins enters critical second season of fully guaranteed $84 million contract, determined to better slightly less than-.500 career record. Committing new money to stalwarts LB Anthony Barr, Thielen and TE Kyle Rudolph, on top of megadeals doled out in 2018 to Cousins, Diggs, DE Danielle Hunter and LB Eric Kendricks, has pushed team even harder against salary cap and further cemented aggressive approach to securing franchise’s elusive first championship.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump, members of the U.S. Supreme Court and others paid their respects on Monday to liberal Justice John Paul Stevens, who died last week, as his body lay in repose in the courthouse’s stately great hall.
Stevens, who was appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975 and retired from top U.S. judicial body in 2010, died on July 16 at age 99 of complications from a stroke in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was one of the longest-serving justices in U.S. history.
Five of the nine current justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, attended a brief ceremony. They stood somberly with heads bowed in front of the black casket, which was draped with a U.S. flag.
Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, visited after the ceremony, pausing silently in front of the casket for a few moments.
Before walking to the casket, Trump shook hands with Roberts, who the Republican president has criticized in the past. Roberts last year issued an unusual statement rebuking Trump for his criticisms of judges who have ruled against him, and in June was the author of a ruling that blocked the Trump administration from including a contentious citizenship question in the 2020 national census.
During the ceremony, liberal Justice Elena Kagan, who replaced Stevens on the court, delivered brief remarks.
“He was a brilliant man with extraordinary legal gifts and talents, which he combined with a deep devotion to the rule of law and a deep commitment to equal justice,” Kagan said of Stevens.
Stevens’ family members and dozens of his former law clerks also attended. Stevens’ male relatives wore bow ties, echoing the late justice’s signature sartorial preference.
The four absent justices had previously scheduled commitments, a court spokeswoman said.
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Stevens was scheduled to be buried on Tuesday in Arlington National Ceremony in Virginia.
Stevens was a Republican appointee who became a key liberal vote on the court. As it moved to the right in the early 1990s under Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Stevens became the leader of the court’s liberal faction. That continued when Roberts replaced Rehnquist in 2005, with the justices often sharply divided on social issues such as abortion.
He retired in 2010, allowing Democratic President Barack Obama to pick Kagan to replace him. Stevens became more outspoken in his views after he retired and was openly critical of the increasingly conservative court he left behind.
Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham