Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Indian Point Bridge There will be one-lane closures on the Indian Point Bridge nearMahone Bay until Friday, Nov. 12, while the bridge is replaced.The bridge will also be closed to loads wider than 3.5 metres (11feet). Local area office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 On Sunday, Nov. 7, traffic will be rerouted off Highway 101 atExit 13, at Trunk 12, while bridge work is carried out on theoverpass. Traffic control persons will direct traffic to exit thehighway at the off ramps, both eastbound and westbound, crossTrunk 12 and re-enter Highway 101 via the on ramps. Motorists are asked to use caution. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Work will continue on two sections of Highway 102 until Sunday,Nov. 14 while road crews complete bridge repairs. Section one is about eight kilometres south on Highway 102 fromExit 2 (Kearney Lake) to Ralston Avenue, off Bayers Road. Section two is about three kilometres north on Highway 102 fromRalston Avenue to Exit 1A (Highway 103). Motorists may experience minimal delays. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge The Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309, located 3.4 kilometres southof Highway 103, will have a 12-tonne weight restriction until thebridge is replaced. Heavy vehicles are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge onHighway 103. KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsigns. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Furlong Bridge The Furlong Bridge on Trunk 2 near Southampton will be closeduntil Tuesday, Nov. 30, while the bridge is replaced. Traffic will be rerouted to a temporary two-lane panel bridgeparallel to the existing bridge. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Coxheath Road Coxheath Road will have occasional daytime lane closures untilWednesday, Dec. 15, while the Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced.New interchange ramps will also be constructed. Work willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control persons will be inplace. A detour is available via Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local area office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, between exits 4 and 5,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Botheastbound and westbound motorists may experience short delays.Motorists on Trunk 3, near Exit 4, may also experience delays.Traffic controllers will be in place. Work takes place from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 DIGBY COUNTY: Gates Bridge The Gates Bridge, located near the intersection of Sissiboo Roadand Gates Lane, will have a 10-tonne weight restriction untilbridge repairs are completed in 2005. Heavy vehicles are advised to use Trunk 1 and cross the SissibooRiver at Weymouth. COLCHESTER/HALIFAX COUNTIES: Route 224 Route 224, from the intersection of Route 277 at Gay’s River tothe Elderbank Road, about six kilometres, will have intermittentlane closures due to repaving. Traffic control will consist of apilot vehicle. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. andwill be completed by Friday, Nov. 12. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 There will be ramp closures at Exit 0 on Highway 102 on Tuesday,Nov. 9 and Wednesday, Nov. 10 for repaving. On Tuesday Nov. 9, the outbound ramp from Joseph Howe Drive ontoHighway 102 will be closed between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Nov. 10, the inbound ramp from Highway 102 ontoJoseph Howe Drive will be closed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. On both days, a marked detour will be provided. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 4 (Hubley) The existing bridge at Exit 4 (Hubley) has been removed and workhas begun on its replacement. Motorists crossing Highway 103 onTrunk 3 are asked to detour, with caution, over a temporarystructure. Efforts will be made to minimize delays at peaktravelling times. Work will continue until the end of January 2005. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Route 305 Route 305/Seaview Drive, will have occasional lane closures untilMonday, Nov. 15, to facilitate the removal of the temporary panelbridge used during the construction of the new Leitches CreekBridge. Work will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5:30p.m. Traffic controllers will be in place when necessary. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 4 Three kilometres of Trunk 4 will have periodic lane closures nearMiddle Cape until Wednesday, Nov. 10, for repaving. Work willtake place west of Breac Brook Bridge to the top of the hill inMiddle Cape, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Traffic control willconsist of a pilot vehicle. Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternateroutes where possible. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 There will be one-lane closures on Highway 104 on the West RiverBridge in Antigonish, near the intersection of Church Street andthe highway, until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Road crews will be carryingout joint replacement work and repaving. Traffic control persons will be in place and motorists are askedto use caution while travelling in the area. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 A 500-metre section of Trunk 10, north of the intersection withHighway 103, will be closed until Monday, Nov. 15. A temporarygravel detour will be in place. Motorists may experience shortdelays and are advised to use an alternate route if possible. Local area office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX COUNTY: Route 333 There will be one-lane closures on Route 333, from Brookside Roadsouth to Burkes Road, until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Crews will bepatching and repaving the road. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, signsand cones. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to usean alternate route. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detouris available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125 The shoulder lanes on the four-lane section of Highway 125 nearSydney River will be closed 24 hours a day until Wednesday, Dec.15, while the highway and the Sydney River Bridge are widened andthe Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced. Work in the area willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control will consist of traffic drums and concretebarriers. A detour is available via Route 305. -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 5 (HammondsPlains Road) The existing bridge at Exit 5 (Hammonds Plains Road) has beenremoved and work has begun on its replacement. Motorists crossingHighway 103 on Hammonds Plains Road (Route 213) are asked todetour, with caution, over a temporary structure. Efforts will bemade to minimize delays at peak travelling times. Work will continue until the end of January 2005. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860last_img read more

Magician disappears in water as trick fails feared drowned

first_imgKolkata: A man reportedly feared drowned in Ganga while he was performing a magic show on Sunday afternoon. Extensive search operations were conducted but till Sunday night he was not traced. According to sources, Chanchal Lahiri, a resident of Hooghly, performed magic with the stage name, ‘Jadukor Mandrake’. He had performed several dangerous acts earlier.He attempted an act, which was similar to a trick performed by well-known illusionist Harry Houdini. He claimed he would locked himself up inside a box and throw it into the Ganga and within seconds he would set free himself and come out of the water. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAccording to the plan, on Sunday, he boarded a vessel from Fairlie Place Ghat and went towards Howrah Bridge. Around 12:35 pm, near pillar number 28, Lahiri was locked inside a box and it was pulled up by a crane and thrown into the Ganga. However, Lahiri did not come out of the water as seconds passed and even when it was close to a minute. Panic grew within the spectators. Immediately, North Port police station, River Traffic Police and Disaster Management Group were informed. Disaster Management Group divers jumped into the water to trace Lahiri but the efforts went into vain. Despite several hours, Lahiri was not found. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDue to non-availability of sufficient light, search operation was suspended during night. Lahiri has successfully performed several dangerous acts in the past. He claimed, he freed himself from a locked cage within 29 seconds. The greatest all Houdini’s escapes was Chinese Water Torture Cell. Houdini was to escape an extraordinary contraption resembling a fish tank, which was filled with water while Houdini is placed head down. His feet were tied and the tank was covered. During his lifetime and for many years after, he was the only man to perform the escape from the water torture cell. With all its danger and difficulties, Houdini never failed in the escape.
 However, he failed a similar trick in 2013 where he had locked himself up in a box and thrown it into the water. At that time when he was performing the act, some spectators saw Lahiri coming out of the box through a concealed opening. He was put inside a box and locked up and the box was thrown into the water and within a few seconds he emerged from the river and climbed up to the vessel. But, when he reached the Howrah jetty, people surrounded him and alleged that he cheated the spectators and assaulted him. In Sunday’s incident, cops have asked other police stations whose jurisdiction falls adjacent to the river Ganga to keep a watch to trace Lahiri.last_img read more

13 Rising Artists From Toronto You Should Know

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement There’s levels to the buzzing Toronto music scene. Superstars like Drake and The Weeknd dominate the headlines, while artists like Daniel Caesar and Jazz Cartier stay in heavy rotation. Dig even deeper, however, and you’ll find that there’s always new talent coming from the city, ranging from versatile producers and incredible singers, to rappers across the full spectrum of the genre. There’s no shortage of quality music from Toronto, with both the heavy hitters and the newcomers delivering time and time again.Since there are so many new artists gaining momentum, we put together a list featuring just some of our favorites so you can stay plugged in to Toronto’s rising talent. Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Ihattaren The Politics of DualNationality Footballers Choosing Morocco

Rabat – Promising footballer Mohammed Ihattaren, born in the Netherlands to Moroccan parents, faces the difficult choice of choosing between the Netherlands’ national football team or Morocco’s Atlas Lions.Having started his professional career with Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and quickly established himself as “one of Netherlands biggest talents,” Football Oranje reported recently, the 17-year-old Ihattaren is currently the center of “a tug of war” between the Atlas Lions and the Netherlands’ Oranje.For both teams, the young player could bring dividends to their dreams of prospective glory. Ihattaren, who currently plays for the Dutch under-19 team, can still choose to switch to Morocco for his senior international career. Choosing between two ‘homes’According to numerous reports from Moroccan sources, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) hopes to convince him to opt for Morocco.FRMF’s “mission” is to compel Ihattaren to be part of the dream team competing at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) in June.Depending on their political affiliations, Dutch media outlets frame the issue from different angles. More liberal-leaning observers often query about whether the problem is with the Dutch football team or society.Questions of allegiance are bound to be raised and fingers pointed at Ihattaren’s potential “disloyalty” to his country of birth.The underlying assumption of such considerations generally has to do with the waning glory of the Dutch national squad.Maybe after all, playing for the Oranje, as the Dutch team is called, is no longer as compelling as it once was, when the Netherlands graciously and confidently swaggered through the footballing world. Not long ago, the Oranje could take on the world’s reigning champions and make them look like amateurs.Liberal outlets sometimes note the discomfiting looks and phrases that Dutch players of migrant background encounter on a daily basis. The discomfort tends to influence their career-defining choices.In more right-leaning networks, meantime, questions are bound to be raised of the degree of nationalist or patriotic attachment from “those children of immigrants” who, after reaping all the benefits the Netherlands had to offer, such as education and state-of-the-art sporting facilities, end up opting for their country of origin.Patriotism is questioned, multiculturalism caricatured, and questions asked as to why the country should keep investing in people of doubtful commitment. People, elated and angry right-wing critics often point out of these players, whose hearts beat for places miles away from the Dutch academies where they spent their formative years.Identity mattersWhile it is unclear which side Ihattaren will pledge allegiance to, choosing Morocco would not be as much of a surprise as it would years ago when elite players were more interested in career advancement than in identity or belonging.Increasingly, choosing origin countries over birth countries has become a routine, a rapid reversal of situations as more Moroccans with dual nationality in Europe feel some missing links in their sense of attachment and belonging.“The Netherlands I love you; Italy I love you; America I love you; Porto Rico I love you. But I love Morocco the most,” heavyweight legend Badr Hari shouted after securing a major victory in March 2018.At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Atlas Lions’ lineup featured 17 foreign-born players, including 5 Dutch-born.Reporting on FRMF’s successful campaign in winning the hearts of foreign-born Moroccan talents, the New York Times dismissively wrote that Morocco’s team was essentially an “imported” squad.The country’s recent successes on the pitch, which some commentators have likened to a renaissance, boil down to the contribution of “players born outside the country and forged in the academies of clubs and national associations scattered across Europe,” according to the Times’ report.For the Russian World Cup, Morocco’s Dutch importees notably included Hakim Ziyech; Noussair Mazraoui; and the Amrabat brothers, Nordin and Sofyan.As an increasing number of Moroccans switch their allegiance in favor of the Atlas Lions, Moroccan Netherlands-residing columnist Fouad Laroui remarked recently, the Dutch are surprised and “keep asking ‘but why?’”Laroui gave the example of Mazraoui, who in 2018 faced a forest of questions from the Dutch media demanding that he justify his decision to choose Morocco over the Netherlands.Mazraoui declined to pick sides, saying he felt attached to both countries. Upon insistence from interviewers, however, the Ajax player said, “I really like the Netherlands. But since it appears I have to choose, I would go with Morocco.”Reaction to populismBeneath the simple-looking move of opting for Morocco, Ihattaren, Ziyech, Mazraoui, the Amrabats, and all foreign-born choosing their origin countries constitute in large part a reaction to a growing pattern: Surging populism and the tense debate about identity and patriotism in a number of Western countries.Even the Times’ article conceded, albeit marginally, that Europe’s resurgent nativism and nationalism is driving many children of migrants to question their countries’ comfort with having them around.On the streets, on public transport, and even in stadiums while watching or playing matches, they are constantly reminded that they do not really belong there and that their religious and cultural way of life is not welcome.When times are rough and the goals are not coming for national teams, players from minority backgrounds take the brunt of the criticism. The racism and Islamophobia-saturated breakup between Mesut Ozil and German football after Germany’s 2018 World Cup fiasco is a textbook example.In the blink of an eye, the majority of German fans and footballing authorities forgot that Ozil, whose parents came from Turkey, was one of the most defining faces of Germany’s dominance in the world of football in 2014.After winning the World Cup in July 2018, France’s Africans and Arabs-filled team was celebrated and given the highest of French national accolades.Many French were quick to opine that the success of Les Bleus, as the team is nicknamed, spoke volumes about France’s successful integration model.But that World Cup euphoria stood in stark contrast with Les Bleus’ World Cup fiasco in South Africa in 2010. Reacting to a poor performance from Les Bleus in 2010, rightwing philosopher Alain Finkielkraut went as far as suggesting that the players, in majority of migrant backgrounds, were “arrogant and unintelligent thieves with mafia morals.”Listening to the heartIn origin countries, meanwhile, players feel valued, celebrated, and welcome. Their mistakes are forgotten, or at least tolerated, because no one questions which country their hearts beat for.In Russia, Morocco lost its first match against Iran. Many had predicted an easy win for the Moroccan Lions. But the game’s only goal was a last-minute own goal by Moroccan striker Aziz Bouhaddouz.After the game, Bouhaddouz’s error was marginally discussed in the Moroccan media. In fact, rather than humiliate the visibly distraught player, Moroccan fans sent supportive messages. “Mistakes happen to everyone. We are proud of you,” a number of Moroccans wrote.Such occurrences increase the connection and deep emotional attachment that players already felt.Families also help in making the difficult choice as parents often dream of seeing their children play for their origin countries. However, the underlying politics of shifting allegiances, in the minds of many elite players, comes down to the daily reminders that identity matters.“I think with the heart, and the heart was for Morocco,” the New York Times quoted winger Mimoun Mahi explaining his decision to ditch Oranje for Morocco’s Atlas Lions.Ahead of a continental trophy that Moroccans dream of lifting after decades of underwhelming continental displays, many Moroccan fans and footballing authorities hope that Ihattaren and other talents will, too, listen to their hearts. read more

Manitoba party leaders spar over taxes poverty in only TV debate

by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2016 5:59 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Manitoba party leaders spar over taxes, poverty, in only TV debate NDP Leader Greg Selinger, left to right, Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari, Green Party Leader James Beddome and Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister take part in the provincial leaders’ debate in Winnipeg on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan WINNIPEG – Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister was the main target as the heads of Manitoba’s four main political parties squared off Tuesday night in a televised debate.Pallister, the frontrunner in opinion polls for next week’s provincial election, faced accusations he would cut government services, increase poverty and privatize parts of the health care system.“You’ve mused about two-tier health care, you’ve mused about doing experiments with families in terms of how they’re treated,” NDP Leader Greg Selinger threw at Pallister during one exchange.“If elected, would you privatize any part of our health care system or sell off any part of our Crown corporations?”Pallister ruled out selling Crown corporations, but did not directly answer about health care.“When we talk about two-tier health care, we’ve got it with Mr. Selinger,” Pallister said, referring to long hospital wait times and ambulance fees that top $500 in some rural areas.Selinger, Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari and Green Party Leader James Beddome each chose to target Pallister with their one allotted question.“Mr. Pallister, quite frankly, he’s the one who’s most likely going to be premier if the polls are any kind of indication, and I wanted to get some promises from him,” Beddome said afterward.Beddome accused Pallister of planning to hurt the poor by cutting the provincial sales tax.Selinger was also a target on occasion over the NDP government’s track record after 16 years in office, most notably a 2013 sales tax increase that broke an earlier campaign promise and stirred up public anger.Selinger was accused by Pallister of planning another sales tax increase — an accusation he denied.Pallister also worked in jabs over the 2014 mutiny that Selinger faced when five cabinet ministers resigned after challenging his leadership.“Mr. Selinger knows what it’s like to have caucus members leave who feel they’re not being listened to.”Bokhari was often left out of the fray, and said later the 50-minute debate was too short.“I kind of wish we’d had some more time. I would have liked to get some more jabs in there.”While the NDP has sunk in opinion polls because of the tax hike and a growing deficit, the Tories have faced accusations they are planning deep cuts if elected.Pallister said at the start of the election campaign that there are “no sacred cows” in his search for savings, but insisted front-line services will not be affected.Asked by reporters following the debate to respond to Selinger’s question and rule out any further privatization of health care services, Pallister hedged, and said it would depend on input from workers.“Some of the front-line workers might make suggestions like that. I don’t want to rule out suggestions that are going to come from people in our health-care system for getting better health care for Manitobans. I’m not an ideologue here.” read more

UConn Has Been Slightly Less Dominant In The Tournament Than It Was

In case you haven’t been reading this site lately, here’s the latest reminder that the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team, which is seeking its third straight national title Tuesday in Tampa, is really, really good. UConn is way more dominant than Kentucky’s men’s team was even before the Wildcats lost in the national semis. It’s way better than its closest rivals in the women’s game: Notre Dame, its opponent Tuesday. And it’s even way more dominant than its worthiest rivals: other recent UConn teams.Before the tournament began, we tracked how much UConn led by in its games, on average, throughout the 40 minutes of regulation. Not only had UConn crushed its opponents by an average of 42 points per game this year, but it was even more dominant earlier in the game — for instance, it led at halftime by an average of 25 points. And at just about every stage of the average game, the Huskies were ahead by more points than the UConn teams of the previous four years. The big exception was their Elite Eight game against Dayton, in which UConn had a lead of more than 10 points for less than a quarter of the game.What we didn’t know then is whether the comparison would hold up once the NCAA tournament began. UConn would have to face some tough competition — could it continue to dominate?The answer is a qualified yes. UConn’s average halftime margin has been 18.2 points during the tournament, compared to 24.8 points in the regular season and American Athletic Conference tournament — a drop-off of 27 percent. But it has caught up a bit in the second half of games, winning by an average of 37.4 points — just 11 percent lower than its 42.1-point average lead at the end of regulation coming into the tournament. That may mean that UConn peaked at different times in tournament games, or that the 11 percent gap is understating the extent to which UConn has struggled in the tournament, since it spent less time with its foot off the gas pedal in the second half. Of course, struggling is relative for these Huskies: They’ve still won each of their tournament games by at least 21 points.A related question we faced was how much of this team’s apparent edge over its UConn predecessors would drop away once it, like its predecessors, had to play in the tournament. The answer is, not much.This chart isn’t finished yet — Notre Dame will have something to say about it. Our March Madness predictions give the Fighting Irish only a 14 percent chance of winning. They have an even smaller chance of winning by enough to change UConn’s overwhelmingly dominant profile.Correction: An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to a tournament in which UConn played. It was the American Athletic Conference tournament, not the Big East. read more

Measles Half a million UK children unvaccinated amid fears of public health

Measles vaccination Meanwhile in the first three months of 2019, more than 110,000 measles cases were reported worldwide, up almost 300 per cent on the same period the year before.The United States recorded 695 cases of measles in 2019, the most of any year since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000, health authorities said on Wednesday. Andrew Wakefield's fraudulent Lancet paper sparked a worldwide scare Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent Lancet paper sparked a worldwide scareCredit:Paul Grover “However, due to ongoing measles outbreaks in Europe, we will continue to see cases, particularly in unimmunised individuals.”This could lead to some spread in communities with low MMR coverage and in age groups with very close mixing.”Measles can be extremely serious, so make sure you and your family are protected.” Public Health England data shows the proportion of children in England receiving the MMR vaccine by the age of two fell to around 80 per cent in 2003.Professor Akbar said a significant proportion of measles cases last year were in teenagers and young adults who were not vaccinated when younger.“If you or your child has missed out on the benefits of vaccination, it’s not too late to get immunised,” he said. “Don’t regret it by waiting to catch one of these diseases.”Globally, 85 per cent of children received their first dose in 2017 and 67% got the second dose.Unicef said the rates reflected “lack of access, poor health systems, complacency, and in some cases fear or scepticism about vaccines”. An estimated 110,000 people, most of them children, died from measles in 2017 globally, a 22 per cent rise on the previous year.Professor Arne Akbar, President of the British Society for Immunology, said: “Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can lead to very serious complications, including death.“Because the measles virus spreads so easily between individuals, it’s vital that a high percentage of the population is vaccinated to block this spread.“The World Health Organisation state we need 95 per cent coverage.” Mr Stevens described vaccine rejection as a “serious and growing public health timebomb”.“With measles cases almost quadrupled in England in just one year, it is grossly irresponsible for anybody to spread scare stories about vaccines, and social media firms should have a zero tolerance approach towards this dangerous content,” he said.Coverage for MMR at two years decreased in 2017-18 for the fourth year in a row, the lowest it has been since 2011-12, which marked the high point of the recovery from the Wakefield scare.Anti-vax conspiracies have gained traction again in recent years, however, fuelled by social media and endorsement from celebrities such as Jim Carrey and Robert de Niro.The new Unicef research places Britain third worst among 10 high-income countries for the number of children left unvaccinated, estimated to be 527,000.Only in the US, where approximately 2,593,000 youngsters are not vaccinated, and France which has 608,000, is the situation worse.In 2017 there were 259 measles cases in England, rising to 966 in 2018. Symptoms of measles can be sore, red eyes, high temperature and spots on the inside of the cheeks, while serious complications involve pneumonia, fits and diarrhoea. More than half a million British children are unvaccinated against measles, new figures show, as the head of NHS England challenged social media giants to block “grossly irresponsible” anti-vax propaganda. Sites such as Instagram and YouTube should adopt “zero tolerance” regimes, Simon Stevens said as Unicef data revealed the UK to be among the worst high-income countries for uptake of the jab.The new data, which tallies children left unvaccinated between 2010 and 2017, follows a steep rise in measles cases in England last year.The hike is thought to be a direct result of the drop in vaccinations that followed the publication of fraudulent research linking the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) jab to autism by the disgraced British doctor Andrew Wakefield in 1998.Vaccination coverage among children reaching their second birthday in England is now 91 per cent, with just 87 per cent receiving the second dose by their fifth birthday.This falls below the 95 per cent coverage experts believe is necessary to achieve “herd-immunity”, where outbreaks are effectively unable to spread. Mary Ramsay, Public Health England’s head of immunisations, said: “The UK achieved WHO measles elimination status in 2017, so the overall risk of measles to the UK population is low. MMR take-up has fallen below ‘herd immunity’ levels in the UKCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Des empreintes de dinosaures modélisées sur PC

first_imgDes empreintes de dinosaures modélisées sur PCDécrit dans le Journal of The Royal Society Interface, un système de modélisation informatique conçu par des chercheurs britanniques permet de simuler la probabilité que tel ou tel animal puisse laisser une empreinte de pas durable dans tel ou tel type de terrain.L’effet “Boucles d’Or” : c’est ainsi que le Dr. Peter Falkingham et ses collègues de l’Université de Manchester ont surnommé le fait que seuls certains animaux puissent laisser une empreinte de pas repérable par les paléontologues, des millions d’années plus tard, les induisant parfois à sous-estimer la variété des faunes anciennes à certains endroits du globe.À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesPour prendre en compte cette réalité, Peter Falkingham, aidé de biomécaniciens, de paléontologues et d’ingénieurs en géotechnique, a mis au point un outil informatique qui permet de dire si un animal – un dinosaure, par exemple – laissera ou non une empreinte durable en marchant. Nature du terrain, assèchement de la boue, poids de l’animal, forme de sa patte… autant de paramètres modulables à l’infini pour établir des pronostics.Des perspectives qui pourraient permettre aux paléontologues de réévaluer les écosystèmes qui ont existé il y a plus de 100 millions d’années, comme par exemple sur le site de Paluxy River, au Texas, recelant de nombreuses traces de grands dinosaures, qui n’étaient sûrement pas les seuls à habiter cet endroit. Le 12 février 2011 à 13:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nokia Lumia 900 Windows 8 serait au programme

first_imgNokia Lumia 900 : Windows 8 serait au programmeUne image qui aurait fuitée montre des bribes du futur Windows Phone 8, mais sans possibilité de verifier si c’est un trucage. Après que l’internet eut parlé de la possibilité d’un appareil Samsung sous Windows Phone 8, des éléments plus concrets arrivent pour soutenir l’hypothèse. Sur le site PhoneArena, grâce à un lecteur, une image du futur téléphone de Nokia aurait été dévoilée. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Alors qu’actuellement le Lumia 800 se tient au sommet de la gamme Nokia, le modèle que l’on découvre serait un Lumia 900. Mais surtout, il semble fonctionner sous Windows Phone 8, nom de code « Apollo ». Actuellement c’est encore Windows 7 qui emplit les smartphones Nokia, la version 8 n’existant qu’en version de développement. Cette huitième version doit apporter la gestion des processeurs multi-cœurs et de la haute définition pour les écrans. De plus, des références à ce nouvel OS apparaissent de plus en plus souvent dans l’actualité, ce qui laisse espérer que Microsoft présentera des avancées concrètes lors du Windows Phone Developper Summit, le mois prochain. Peut-être que cet Apollo dévoilera alors ses belles mécaniques. Certains parlent même d’une date de sortie en juin.Le 4 mai 2012 à 13:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les flatulences de dinosaures responsables de réchauffement climatique

first_imgLes flatulences de dinosaures responsables de réchauffement climatique ?Selon une étude américaine, les flatulences des dinosaures sauropodes auraient suffit à entraîner un réchauffement climatique à l’époque préhistorique.Les dinosaures sauropodes tels que le diplodocus étaient des herbivores de 20 tonnes. Ce régime alimentaire qui favorise le développement de bactéries au niveau de la flore intestinale et une fermentation entraînait immanquablement des flatulences, comme c’est encore le cas avec nos bovins. Or, le gaz rejeté, le méthane, est un puissant gaz à effet de serre.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Un simple modèle mathématique [qui tient compte de la taille des animaux] laisse penser que les micro-organismes qui vivaient dans le système digestif de ces dinosaures sauropodes pourraient avoir produit suffisamment de méthane pour avoir un impact important sur le climat de l’ère du Mésozoïque”, entre -250 millions et -65 millions d’années, explique Dave Wilkinson chercheur à l’Université de Liverpool cité par l’AFP. Ce scientifique, principal auteur de l’étude parue hier dans la revue américaine Current Biology, souligne que les calculs réalisés révèlent qu’en fait “ces dinosaures pourraient avoir produit plus de méthane que toutes les sources modernes naturelles et provenant des activités humaines”.En effet, si on prend pour référence un dinosaure sauropode de masse moyenne d’environ 20 tonnes, et sachant qu’il en existait à l’époque des dizaines par kilomètre carré, les chercheurs ont calculé que ces animaux produisaient 520 millions de tonnes de méthane par an. Comparativement, les ruminants modernes produisent de 50 à 100 millions de tonnes de méthane chaque année, ce qui contribue partiellement au réchauffement climatique. Au vu de cette différence, les chercheurs supposent donc que l’impact des dinosaures sur le climat a dû être bien plus important que celui de nos bovins, victimes des mêmes problèmes de digestion.  Le 9 mai 2012 à 18:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Stanford Students Took a Crack at Brewing That 5000 Year Old Beer

first_imgLast spring, archaeologist made a surprising discovery in China: a 5,000 year old recipe for beer. It’s no secret that humans have a longstanding love of beer, but its presence in this particular beer showed that the Chinese had known about barley almost 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.So what do you do when you’re an archaeology professor, and you uncover an ancient recipe for beer lying around? You get your students to try to reproduce it, naturally! Stanford Prof Li Liu says that “archaeology is not just about reading books and analyzing artifacts,” which sounds a lot like a sentiment uttered by Indiana Jones in The Crystal Skull: “If you want to be a good archaeologist, you gotta get out of the library!“Liu added that “trying to imitate ancient behavior and make things with the ancient method helps students really put themselves into the past and understand why people did what they did.” In this case, the why is obvious: because beer is tasty.That’s not to say the 5,000-year-old-concoction would appeal to the average beer drinker or craft brewing aficionado today, obviously. This recipe isn’t exactly the sort of thing that fits the German Purity Law.In addition to barley, the Chinese brew featured millet, yam root, and lily root. It also looks a bit more like old-timey bubble tea (or maybe steel cut oats that you’re trying to soak out of the pan you cooked them in?) than a freshly-pulled pint, what with all the sprouted barley and other brewing byproducts resting on the bottom of the jar.last_img read more

PDM presents 20172018 Budget no need for UK approval

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PDM2017/18budget, #TCIGovernmentbudget Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 3, 2017 – Providenciales – For the first time since elected government was returned to the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Budget crafted by Cabinet Ministers did not need UK approval before being brought to the House of Assembly to be debated.The PDM Administration was expressively thrilled at the feat announced today in the House of Assembly.  Led by Premier and Finance Minister, Sharlene Robinson the PDM Administration revealed that the fiscal plan has met all of the debt sustainability indicators set out in the framework document between the UK and the TCI.The PDM Budget is 6% more than last year’s budget allocation, at  $273.5 million, and the country will continue to see the lion’s share of the expenditure go to Health, with 66% and next to Education with 15.3% of national spending.   It was shared that when it comes to education, the Community College will get more money, a new primary school will be built in Provo and Long Bay High School will get more staff.Other notables include: $29.8M or 11% for TCI Police and that will mean CCTV for what was called ‘civic areas’, a bolstered K-9 Unit and 18 new police officers.  Road repairs will have an investment of $4M and Home Affairs will get 10 more staff for the prison and two more for the fire services department.   At Border Control, there is to come eight new members for an Immigration Task Force, enhancement of the radar software and digitizing of records.The Finance & Investment Minister explained that this is the biggest accomplishment of her government to date; adding that it normally takes eight months to prepare the budget, but the PDM Government did it in three months. Customs and the tourism sector will bring in the over 60% of the country’s revenue, with 9.8% of revenue to the country’s coiffeurs earned from work permits.Tomorrow, the PDM will elaborate more on its first 100 Days when it holds a press conference in Provo.#MagneticMediaNews#PDM2017/18budget#TCIGovernmentbudgetlast_img read more

Open Sky Media Buys Gulfshore Media Properties

first_img“Open Sky Media is a very attractive buyer because of their interest in the city magazine space and belief in long-term prospects for that industry,” says Dan Denton, president of Gulfshore Media LLC. In 1999, Denton bought the titles and then in 2004 sold Gulfshore Media to CurtCo Publishing. In 2010, CurtCo Publishing sold Sarasota and Gulfshore Life magazines back to Denton. When asked why he decided to sell the Gulfshore title again, Denton says he is looking to focus on his other regional title.“I have 30-plus years of involvement with the Sarasota titles and founded the main magazine,” says Denton. “I originally sold them and when the opportunity came to buy them back the (Gulf and Sarasota) titles were together so I had to buy the whole business back, which was a terrific opportunity. I was already based in Naples (Gulfshore headquarters) and because I was there I was able to turn around the operation and build a lot of value into it pretty rapidly. As a result, the opportunity arose to spin off the Naples division and return to Sarasota.”Sarasota Magazine has an audited distribution of 21,100 average monthly copies, selling about 4,500 on newsstands. SarasotaMagazine.com gets about 20,637 unique visitors per month. Gulfshore Life has a total monthly distribution of 24,000 copies, 4,000 of which are sold on newsstands.“The re-tooling of the business that we’re all going through in relation to digital initiatives, sometimes it’s easier to do on a smaller scale with a group of people you’ve worked with for a long time and not have the pressures of scale and always looking for opportunities to build a business with a broader footprint,” says Denton. “The option here is to concentrate on one city magazine property and build it out and really work with it as opposed to expanding into other markets which had been our direction before.”According to a release from the companies, all Naples-based staff and management will be maintained by Open Sky Media. Mediabankers DeSilva + Phillips brokered the deal. Open Sky Media, a portfolio company of Chicago-based private equity firm Hadley Capital, is expanding its network of regional magazines with acquisition of several properties from Gulfshore Media LLC. Terms of the deal were not released.The Florida-based Gulfshore Media division will now be among the largest of Open Sky Media’s (OSM) five regional offices. The deal includes monthlies Gulfshore Life and Gulfshore Business, and annual titles like Gulfshore Life At Home, Forever Young, the Southwest Florida Guide to the Arts and several custom publications for local Florida organizations.OSM has been rapidly expanding its regional publishing business with several acquisitions in multiple markets. As previously reported in November by FOLIO:, the company—which formed in March 2011 when it acquired titles Austin Monthly, Austin Monthly Home, and San Antonio magazine from Wisconsin-based Conley Publishing Group—is looking to have a portfolio of ten to twelve titles over time. In August 2011, the company acquired Slice magazine, which serves the greater Oklahoma City area.last_img read more

Army to recreate victory scenes to mark 20th anniversary of

first_imgGarkhon: Twenty years after Indian troops recaptured several mountain tops overlooking the strategic Srinagar-Leh highway from Pakistani intruders, they will again scale the jagged heights and recreate the victory scenes to mark the anniversary of the Kargil war on July 26. People living along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Batalik sector, where the intrusion by Pakistani troops was first detected by some residents in early May 1999, say they are looking forward to relive the moment when the troops unfurled the Indian flag after some of the fiercest battles of the conflict. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The 20th anniversary of “Operation Vijay” will be celebrated with the theme ‘Remember, Rejoice and Renew’ and troops from three battalions will undertake expeditions to the peaks where their units had fought under impossible conditions to drive out the intruders. “We ‘remember’ our fallen heroes by revisiting their sacrifices which instills pride and respect. We ‘rejoice’ by celebrating the victory in Kargil and we ‘renew’ our resolve to safeguard the honour of the tricolour,” an Army official said on Saturday on the theme of this year’s celebration. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Troops from 2 Rajputana Rifles will scale Tololing peak, 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles will climb Point 4875 (now known as Batra top) and 1/9 Gorkha Rifles will ascend Khalubar summit, he said. Another officer, who fought in Batalik, said, “Everyone talks of Tololing and Tiger Hill, but the battles of Khalubar, Jubar and Kukarthang were far tougher.” Besides the rugged terrain and freezing temperatures, tactically too the Batalik battles were more difficult, he said. “The enemy had made deeper inroads over a wider area, meaning there were more heights to be won with fewer resources,” he explained. Advertise With Us A treacherous ridgeline in the Batalik sector, Khalubar saw a major battle with 1/11 Gorkha Rifles leading the fight. Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey led the final assault and was awarded the country’s highest gallantry award Param Vir Chakra. The terrain of Batalik-Yaldor-Chorbatla sector is the most rugged after the Siachen Glacier, with heights ranging from 15,000 feet to 19,000 feet. The temperatures in winter range from minus 10-15 degrees Celsius on a sunny day to minus 35-40 degrees Celsius at night. Even in summer, the night temperatures hover around minus 5-10 degrees Celsius. In the heights of Kargil, the signs of the battles may have long obliterated, but the locals still vividly recall the Indian Army’s bravery. “We are proud of our Army which fought a deadly short war in these rugged, remote and inhospitable sectors and reclaimed all our posts,” a resident of Garkhon village in Batalik sector, Tsering Dolkar, told PTI. A shepherd from Garkhon village, Tashi Namgyal, had first spotted the intruders at Jubar ridgeline in Batalik on May 3, 1999, and alerted the Army. He, along with two of his friends, had gone looking for a lost yak. While peering through his binoculars, he saw six Pakistani soldiers dressed in black Pathani outfits. “We are eagerly waiting to take part in the 20th anniversary celebrations of ‘Operation Vijay’. We will visit the war memorial at Drass to pay tributes to our slain soldiers,” another villager, D Namgyal said. “We want to witness the Army troops and units recreate the victory scene,” he added. Recounting the horror that the villagers went through during the war, D Namgyal said the mountains shook with the constant heavy artillery fire. Like the residents of Garkhon, people in other villages are also excited about the 20th anniversary of “Operation Vijay”. “We will also take part in the anniversary celebrations and pay homage to our brave soldiers,” a resident of Batalik village, Mohammad Habib, said. The Kargil war was declared over on July 26, 1999, after Indian soldiers pushed back the Pakistani troops, a bulk of them drawn from the neighbouring country’s Northern Light Infantry, from the captured peaks. The day is observed as ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ to commemorate India’s victory. The celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the war will be spread over three days, from July 25 to July 27.last_img read more

Maryland Senate Committee Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

first_imgANNAPOLIS – Maryland is one step closer to decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana this legislative session, but a series of hurdles remain. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Friday voted 8 to 3 in favor of a measure that would shift possession of fewer than 10 grams of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil one punishable by a $100 fine. The change would free up time and resources of law enforcement officials, allowing them to focus on more serious, violent crimes, according to supporters like Sen. Robert Zirkin, D-Baltimore County, who sponsors the bill. “Just walk into the District Court any day of the week and you’ll see rows of police officers sitting there,” Zirkin said. “It’s just a huge waste money.” But many of the committee members who spoke in support of the measure  focused on the effect it would have on helping young people avoid a criminal record that could limit job and education opportunities. Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, the committee chairman, said the bill will stop people from being jailed for conduct that is “widespread” and, in many ways, less dangerous than alcohol. Committee members who raised concerns about the bill during the votingsession expressed worry over the potential negative impacts. Few remarks were made in ardent opposition to the idea of decriminalization. Sen. James Brochin, D-Baltimore, who said he was “torn” on the issue of marijuana, voted in favor of the decriminalization measure, as did Sen. Christopher Shank, R-Washington, who said his opinion has changed since he voted against a similar measure last year. Brochin cited testimony from last month’s hearing by people who had dealt with marijuana-related charges and said he struggled with the fact that possessing a small amount of marijuana could become a “life ruiner”. “This [bill] is like reigning in the police a little bit and saying, ‘You know what, it’s just a simple citation. You can give all the lectures you want, and they probably deserve a lecture, but at the end of the day you’re not invoking terror on these kids.’” However, Sen. Norman Stone, Jr., D-Baltimore County, argued that marijuana is often a gateway drug that leads to more harmful behavior. Critics of decriminalization say that it would promote a dangerous message. The Washington, D.C., Council voted earlier this week to decriminalize marijuana, joining 16 states that have similar laws. The bill that passed the Maryland Senate committee is more conservative than the District measure, which makes possession of up to one ounce of marijuana punishable by a $25 fine. Zirkin told committee members that the amount of marijuana his proposal would decriminalize is smaller than what is covered in any other decriminalization law in the country, and pointed out that states like Mississippi and North Carolina, considered more conservative, have moved to decriminalize small amounts of the drug. A similar decriminalization bill died in Maryland’s House last year after passing through the Senate. Delegate Heather Mizeur, D-Montgomery, is also sponsoring a decriminalization bill, scheduled for a hearing next week, while Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, is pushing to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana. Raskin’s bill is awaiting a vote by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.last_img read more

HC stays Suriender Kolis execution till 25 November

first_imgOn Tuesday, the Supreme Court, in the first open court hearing of the review petition of death sentence cases, had cleared the decks for Koli’s execution after it dismissed his plea seeking a review of the judgment.‘We are fully satisfied that this court has not committed any error that may persuade us to review the order,’ a bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu, Justice AR Dave and Justice SA Bobde had said. Koli’s lawyer, Ram Jethmalani, had argued that he was not given proper legal assistance to defend himself and that the entire evidence relied upon by the trial court in convicting and sentencing him to death showed that he was tortured by police to confess the crime. The autopsy report showed that the murder of 14 children was committed with the precision of a medical expert with the alleged objective of trading in organs, he argued. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIJethmalani had said that in none of the 14 cases of killing was the torso of the dead recovered, pointing to the possible dimension of organ trade in the case. On 24 July, the apex court had rejected Koli’s plea seeking the recall of its 15 February, 2011 order upholding his death sentence in one of the 16 cases of rape and killing being faced by him. President Pranab Mukherjee had in July also rejected Koli’s mercy plea. He visited the Donation and Transplantation Institute Foundation, Barcelona, one of the leading centres of the world for research in organ transplantation housed in University of Barcelona University.The health ministry said the Indian organ and tissue donation and transplantation scenario is in for major development with the government committed to make National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation a world class institution. Regional centres will also be commissioned in six cities subsequently.last_img read more

South African Police Service vacancies still up for grabs Apply before its

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Initial story: Want to join the South African Police Service? Vacancies are up for grabs, so apply ASAPSuccessful applicants will report for training in January 2019 for a period of 21 months. Remuneration for the Induction Phase and Basic Training Phase will be a stipend of R4500.Do you meet the requirements?Between the age of 18 and 30In possession of a Grade 12 certificateProficient in at least two languages, of which one must be EnglishPrepared to take the oath of officeNO CRIMINAL RECORD/NO PENDING CRIMINAL CASESIf you answered yes to all these requirements, then apply now!You are encouraged to seek application forms at your nearest police station or visit www.saps.gov.zaSpokesperson for the SAPS Commissioner: Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo on 0825674153Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The South African Police Service (SAPS) is calling on people from the age of 18 to 30 to join the Service and serve their communities.An official advert has been published and can be found on the SAPS website www.saps.gov.za under the careers section, and in various newspapers nationally, provincially and locally.Young people who possess the required  leadership skills and who regard themselves as honest, focused and driven individuals, and are passionate about policing, are encouraged to apply.Those who have a criminal record or any pending criminal charges, or have previously served in a government department and were dismissed due to misconduct, should not apply.“To ensure that we enlist the ‘best-in-class’, all applicants will be subjected to fitness, psychometric and integrity testing, as well as medical evaluations during the recruitment, selection and enlistment process,” say the SAPS.The closing date for applications is June 15, 2018, in KwaZulu-Natal, so apply ASAP!last_img read more

Make better use of inexpensive Superfoods

first_imgCounted as both a protein and a vegetable, beans are an excellent source of fibre, folate, plant iron, vitamin B1, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper, while being naturally low in sodium.Eating beans may help improve blood cholesterol, a leading cause of heart disease, as well as other conditions such as diabetes and obesity.Regardless of type or form (canned, fresh, dried) they are a nutrient rich food which should form part of an overall healthy diet.BroccoliImage by © Riou/photocuisine/CorbisThis green is packed with vitamins, minerals, disease-fighting compounds, and the fibre essential in any diet. Though all members of the cruciferous vegetable family are super healthy, broccoli stands out for its exceptionally high levels of vitamin C and folate (which can reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and stroke). Broccoli contains phytonutrients that may suppress the growth of tumours and reduce cancer risk.AppleAn apple a day keeps the doctor away. It’s true. Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.GarlicWhole Roasted Garlic Bulbs — Image by © the food passionates/CorbisGarlic contains a compound called allicin, which has potent medicinal properties. Chopping or crushing garlic stimulates the enzymatic process that converts the phytonutrient alliin into allicin, a compound to which many of garlic’s health benefits are attributed. In order to allow for maximal allicin production, wait at least 5 minutes before eating or cooking the garlic.OatsYoghurt with berries, linseed, rolled oats and oat bran — Image by © the food passionates/CorbisFull of fibre, oats are a rich source of magnesium, potassium, and phytonutrients. They contain a special type of fibre that helps to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Magnesium helps regulate blood-sugar levels, and research suggests that eating whole-grain oats may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite EggsA relatively inexpensive protein source loaded with nutrients, eggs certainly earn their superfood status. A single large egg is just about 70 calories and offers six grams of protein. Eggs are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for normal body function and heart health.Tomato SauceTomatoes are a good source of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that might reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and macular degeneration. The cooking process brings out more of the lycopene in tomatoes, making cooked tomato sauce a significant source of the antioxidant. Tomatoes also contain other antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, that help fight cell damage that can cause cancer, heart disease and other chronic health conditions.Cooked tomatoes are low in calories and fat and supply you with a good dose of protein and fibre. They’re easy to incorporate into a healthy eating plan.SardinesImage by © Jamie Grill/Tetra Images/CorbisOne can (92 grams) of sardines will net you more than 100% of your daily B12, 63% of your Vitamin D, 24% of your B3, and 12% of your B2, as well as slightly smaller amounts of every other vitamin except for C. And that’s less than 200 calories. Sardines are also a top source of omega-3 fats.The Vitamin D content is especially notable, because so few foods contain it. We used to get most of our Vitamin D from sunlight until we started spending most of our time inside. In northern countries where sunlight is scarce and winter can bring 24-hour darkness, residents know the value of oily fish like sardines, and eat them frequently to stave off deficiency.Beanslast_img read more

PHOTOS San José Childrens Hospital lights up its giant Christmas tree

first_img Facebook Comments Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico TImes Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico TImes Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Timescenter_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Downtown San José lit up Thursday night with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at the Children’s Hospital. The tradition has taken place since 1964 in the heart of “Chepe,” as San José is known, and this year the tree was decked out with 22,000 lights, according to an event manager. Hundreds of kids and parents enjoyed the latest edition of the tree-lighting ceremony, which included music and other festivities.Here’s a look: Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Related posts:WATCH: Making tamales in Costa Rica WATCH: Making tamales in Costa Rica PHOTOS: Perfection in a block of wood National Theater inaugurates nativity scenelast_img read more