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Patrick hoping to make ‘killer’ moves in transfer window

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first_imgCoach of promoted Maverley-Hughenden Anthony Patrick is hoping to add some ‘killer’ players to the team for the new year. Patrick was hired to replace Lijyasu Simms three weeks ago. At that point, Maverley-Hughenden were flirting with relegation in tenth position on 13 points from 14 games. Three games later, they have improved to seventh position on 20 points from 17 games. Since Patrick, who saved Waterhouse from relegation last term, crossed the road to neighbouring Maverley, the team has won twice and drawn once. “We are looking to add some young players to the squad during the upcoming January transfer window,” Patrick told The Gleaner following his team’s 1-1 draw against Harbour View on Wednesday in the final round for this year. “We want to have some ‘killer’ players coming from the bench. The plan is to add young quality players in all areas. We have quality players, but it is important to have a strong bench,” he informed. Patrick said that on arrival at Maverley, he told the players that the plan was to end the second round with at least 17 more points. “I told the players that we want to aim for at least 17 points from eight games, and we have achieved seven in three games. So, with five more games remaining in the second round, we are on target,” Patrick, who is also coach of St Catherine High in the Manning Cup schoolboy competition, added. When quizzed as to the difference in the team, he responded: “It is about self-belief. The players believe in me and I believe in them. I will continue to instill confidence in the players. The work ethic of the team is stepping up. However, we don’t want to push ourselves too much at this point.” Maverley-Hughenden will next face second-place-Tivoli Gardens (32 points) on January 4. “We will have more time to prepare for the next game against Tivoli and be ready for them,” Patrick concluded. ON TARGETlast_img read more

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Weight’s sharply up, cholesterol’s down

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week At the same time, the portion of adults using cholesterol-lowering drugs, mostly statins, increased from 3.4 percent to 9.3 percent, with higher rates in the oldest Americans. Senior author Clifford Johnson, a researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called the figures a glimmer of good news, although cholesterol levels were mostly unchanged in adults under 50. Other government studies have shown that between 1988 and 2002, the percentage of overweight American adults climbed from 56 percent to 65 percent, while obesity rates increased from 23 percent to 30 percent. Obesity is often accompanied by high cholesterol levels, and both factors raise the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. “A lot of people think once they’ve gone on statin drugs, they don’t need to diet and exercise anymore,” said Dr. Robert Eckel, president of the American Heart Association. The study appears in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association. It is based on a comparison of data from periodic government health surveys. CHICAGO – Despite the sharp rise in obesity in the United States, cholesterol levels in older Americans have fallen markedly over the past 40 years, mainly because of the introduction of statin drugs in the late 1980s, a government study found. Statins – which include such widely used medicines as Lipitor, Zocor and Pravachol – can dramatically reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, the bad kind that can clog arteries and lead to heart attacks. The drop in Americans’ overall cholesterol levels resulted from a decline in LDL. Between 1960 and 2002, average total cholesterol levels for men and women ages 20 to 74 dropped from 222 milligrams per deciliter of blood to 203, mostly because of declines in people 50 and up. Among Americans ages 60 to 74, average levels fell from 232 to 204 in men (a 12 percent decline) and from 263 to 223 in women (down 15 percent). Below 200 is considered desirable for people at average risk for heart disease. Also, in the study’s final decade, the percentage of adults with high cholesterol – a reading of at least 240 – fell from 20 percent to 17 percent, about eight years sooner than the government’s goal of reaching the 17 percent mark by 2010. Co-author Dr. James Cleeman, coordinator of the government’s National Cholesterol Education Program, said a slight reduction in Americans’ consumption of saturated fat probably contributed to the cholesterol declines. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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