Real Madrid are considering an ambitious approach for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.The Spaniard has endured a difficult second season at Stamford Bridge and was booed by Chelsea fans on Saturday following the alleged part he played in Jose Mourinho’s sacking.Reports in Spain are claiming that the former Barcelona playmaker is on Real’s shortlist of summer targets, along with club team-mate Eden Hazard.According to Fichajes.net, Fabregas has fallen out with a number of his Chelsea colleagues and is now thinking about a move back to La Liga.Real are set for a huge summer spending spree to try and bridge the gap between themselves and arch-rivals Barcelona.And although playing for Real would be a moral dilemma for Fabregas, the 28-year-old is understood to be open to a move to Los Blancos. 1 Cesc Fabregas
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greece-based dry bulk shipping firm Star Bulk Carriers has closed the acquisition of 15 dry bulk vessels from Norwegian shipowner Songa Bulk.The ships were acquired for an aggregate of 13.725 million common shares of Star Bulk andUSD 145 million in cash.Following the closing of the transaction, the company said that Arne Blystad will be appointed to the Board of Directors of Star Bulk as Class C Director and Herman Billung will join the management team of Star Bulk as Senior Vice President. Additionally, Songa is expected to distribute the consideration shares to its shareholders.First trading day of the secondary listing of the company’s common shares on Oslo Børs is expected to take place by mid‐July.The cash portion of the Songa consideration was financed through proceeds of a five‐year capital lease of USD 180 million with China Merchants Bank Leasing with a margin of 280 bps, offering USD 35 million of additional liquidity for Star Bulk.
Researchers have found a strong link between smoking and peripheral artery disease – a circulatory condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs – and this elevated risk can persist up to 30 years after quitting smoking. A recently published study also found that the link between smoking and peripheral artery disease was even stronger than that for coronary heart disease and stroke. “The study suggests that campaigns about smoking’s health risks should emphasize the elevated risk of peripheral artery disease, not just coronary heart disease and stroke,” said senior study author. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe study found that compared with never-smokers, those who smoked for more than 40 pack-years had roughly four times more risk for peripheral artery disease, versus 2.1 times and 1.8 times more risk for coronary heart disease and stroke, respectively. A pack-year is a parameter of smoking – 10 pack-years can mean one pack per day for 10 years or two packs per day for five years or some other combination. Similarly, participants who reported currently smoking more than a pack per day had a relative increased risk – 5.4 times more for peripheral artery disease versus 2.4 for coronary heart disease and 1.9 for stroke – compared to those who had never smoked. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardPeripheral artery disease features the atherosclerotic build-up of cholesterol-laden deposits in arteries serving the legs. The reduction of blood flow leads to limb pain, poor wound healing, and other signs and symptoms. The effect of smoking on peripheral artery disease risk was not just stronger; it was also longer-lasting. Only after 30 years of smoking cessation did the peripheral artery disease risk for former smokers return to the baseline level seen in never-smokers. By comparison, coronary heart disease risk took about 20 years to return to baseline after smoking cessation. The good news is that quitting smoking appeared to bring a meaningful drop in peripheral artery disease risk fairly quickly. “We observed a lower risk for peripheral artery disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke within five years of smoking cessation,” says Ning Ding, a data analyst and author of the study. “Smoking almost always starts in adolescence or early adulthood, and it’s very important that young people understand how long the elevated health risk persists even after they’ve quit,” the researchers noted.