Province Plans Pictou Paving Project

first_imgUpcoming repairs to the storm-damaged road to Big Island and Merigomish Beach in Pictou County will restore first-class road access for residents and visitors before the end of the summer. Transportation and Public Works is calling for tenders today, May 18, for repaving on Big Island Road from 1.7 kilometres west of the junction of Route 245 for about 2.3 kilometres toward Merigomish Beach. Repairs will also be made to the sea wall. “The causeway to Big Island was damaged during a storm surge this winter,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This work will restore the seawall and upgrade the temporary repairs that were put in place.” The tender will close on Friday, June 3. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Blueberry First Nations back in court over industrial development

first_imgIn a post on the Blueberry River First Nation Website Friday, the First Nation “Instead of pursuing reconciliation and negotiating a solution, we are forced to seek a court imposed order to protect our treaty rights, which may prohibit any further taking up of land in our territory until our treaty rights are met.”The First Nation claims more than 73% of our territory is within 250 metres of a clear-cut, oil and gas well, processing plan, road, dam or other industrial infrastructure.A spokesperson for the B.C. Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation told the Globe and Mail they are still working to reach a settlement. “The issues we are discussing are difficult and complex, but we’ve made good progress and remain hopeful that we will still be able to reach a lasting resolution together.”A map of cumulative industrial development in the Blueberry River First Nations traditional territory. Photo by Blueberry River First Nations. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Blueberry First Nation will continue their court case against the Province of B.C. starting Monday.The provincial government announced in October of 2018 that they had reached an agreement with the Blueberry River First Nations to further adjourn a pending Treaty infringement lawsuit until April 29, 2019, to allow for continued collaboration on addressing the effects of resource development in Blueberry River traditional territory.Just over three years ago, the Blueberry River First Nations sued the B.C. government, claiming that the cumulative impact of industrial development on its traditional territory has breached the government’s obligations under Treaty 8. The First Nation claims that its members are no longer able to exercise their treaty rights as originally intended.last_img read more

Quality health care key to averting unnecessary deaths in childbirth says Ban

8 October 2009Investing in quality health care in poor countries can make a dramatic difference to the survival rates of the estimated 500,000 women worldwide who die each year while giving birth, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an address this evening spotlighting the need to support the work of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Investing in quality health care in poor countries can make a dramatic difference to the survival rates of the estimated 500,000 women worldwide who die each year while giving birth, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an address this evening spotlighting the need to support the work of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).“Pregnancy and childbirth are inherently dangerous,” Mr. Ban told the Americans for UNFPA Gala for the Health and Dignity of Women, held in New York. “Even a woman with access to the best possible services has no guarantee of an easy delivery, free of complications. But she and her baby are much, much more likely to survive.” Mr. Ban underscored his point by noting that less than one in 17,000 women in Sweden dies in childbirth, while in Sierra Leone, the number rises to one in eight. Statistics from 2005 indicate that more than 500,000 women die each year from complications as a result of childbirth, with almost all of these deaths occurring in developing countries. The quality of care and the placing of maternal health as a priority can mean the difference between life and death for women delivering a baby, said Mr. Ban, praising the audience for standing up for a woman’s right to reproductive health care and for backing their calls with funding. “You are all champions of women,” he said. “You have supported UNFPA in good times and in bad. The resources you raise save lives. Your moral and political backing is just as valuable.” read more

Walmart Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Walmart Inc. (WMT) on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $3.61 billion, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.On a per-share basis, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said it had profit of $1.26. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $1.27 per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.22 per share.The world’s largest retailer posted revenue of $130.38 billion in the period, which fell short of Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $130.49 billion.Walmart shares have climbed 14% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 13%. The stock has climbed 17% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on WMT at https://www.zacks.com/ap/WMTThe Associated Press read more

Youth envoy for UN Palestine refugee agency says goals can be achieved

“I want to give hope to my people. I want them to see that nothing is impossible,” said Mr. Assaf during his first press briefing in New York since being named in June the first-ever Regional Youth Ambassador for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. He won the 2013 Arab Idol singing contest earlier this year.“No matter how famous I become, I will never forget my roots; I will never forget that I belong to Gaza. This is the place that taught me that difficulties make you tough and ambitions,” he added.Mr. Assaf is at Headquarters participating in a host of events for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, observed annually on 29 November. The Day marks the date in 1947 when the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution partitioning then-mandated Palestine into two States, one Jewish and one Arab. The UN Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People kicked off the commemoration with a special meeting yesterday attended by the young envoy and Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, among other senior UN officials. At that meeting, Mr. Assaf described the challenging environment in which the children of Gaza grew up, saying they did not have real social or economic rights, including a decent standard of living, adequate housing, clean water, safety and dignity. Yet, UNRWA is there every day defending Palestinians’ right to those basic human needs, which is all the more important in light of the deteriorating circumstances. He appealed to UNRWA’s supporters to ensure that the agency, which faces a funding gap of over $30 million this year, could maintain its services. “Please support UNRWA, just as it has supported me and so many other Palestine refugees by giving us the strength to work for a better future”, he said.More than 40 per cent of the 5.3 million Palestinian refugees UNRWA aids are youths between the ages of 15 and 30, and speaking through a translator at today’s press confefrence, Mr. Assaf reiterated his plea, calling on donors to scale up support because the agency’s work is a “lifeline” for the Palestinian people. Asked about what was next for him, the 23-year-old said that while he would like to focus on his singing and “leave my mark” on the entertainment industry, he also wanted “to do something for my county and the cause of my people.” “I want them to feel that there is hope, no matter how hard their lives are and no matter how many obstacles there are. With hope, determination and creativity one can set a goal and achieve it,” he declared.Mr. Assaf said that creativity and talent exists in Palestine in abundance; but very few schools existed that could help that talent flourish. He again appealed to the international community to help support institutes that could instruct youth in music and arts. If their creativity is harnessed, Palestinian youth “can make a big difference,” he said. read more

At highlevel event UN officials call for end to death penalty

“We are seeing substantial progress towards the universal abolition of the death penalty,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared in his opening remarks at the high-level event, Moving Away from the Death Penalty: National Leadership, held on the margins of the annual General Assembly debate.“The right to life represents everything the UN stands for,” he affirmed, adding that the application of the death penalty deprived people of their lives “arbitrarily and cruelly” and that the practice itself was “unjust and incompatible with human rights.” Mr. Eliasson urged world leaders gathered at the event to make strides in bringing about either a moratorium or the abolishment of capital punishment in their respective nations. In addition, he called on all States to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which seeks to abolish the death penalty across the globe.“We call on you to show principled leadership on the matter of the death penalty,” he continued. “Depriving a person of his or her life is incompatible with life in the 21st century. Let us do away with the death penalty. In doing so we reaffirm faith in human life.”The event also marked the release of a new publication produced by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), entitled Moving Away from the Death Penalty: Arguments, Trends and Perspectives, which places particular focus on the political leadership required to move away from capital punishment. In his remarks to the event, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein underscored the need to reform judicial systems around the world, noting that only then would a practice based on vengeance truly be defeated. “Revenge alone is not justice,” said the High Commissioner, who encouraged the international community to “set course” towards a “more sophisticated, more human” form of justice which goes beyond punishment and seeks “a genuine recognition by the wrongdoers of their wrongdoing.”“As we work toward that objective, enabling contrition, we must continue to put an end to the application of the death penalty, which is the very example of human vengeance at its worst,” he declared. The High Commissioner dismissed capital punishment as “degrading and cruel in more than one sense” and acknowledged that it was “often discriminatory” of the condemned, disproportionately affecting the poor, the mentally ill, the powerless and minorities. But he admitted to being “impressed and heartened” by what he described as a “strong momentum” towards a global abolition of the practice. Recently, Equatorial Guinea, Pakistan, and the states of Washington, Maryland and Connecticut in the United States decided to establish a moratorium or suspend executions while last April, El Salvador, Gabon and Poland acceded to the Second Optional Protocol. These countries join more than 160 other Members States who have already either eliminated capital punishment or do not practice it. “These decisions to cease judicially sanctioned killings have been taken thanks to principled political leadership,” the High Commissioner confirmed, while urging those Member States that continue to apply the death penalty to liaise with his office and receive assistance on possible ways to abolish capital punishment. “The death penalty is too severe a sanction in the hands of humans,” he concluded. “Surely, we cannot reach far into the 21st century, claim to be an ever more sophisticated humanity, and still be practicing it. Its application must now be suspended by all States.” read more

Brock awarded 16 million in SSHRC funding

Scores of Ontario residents did something last week that may soon be a thing of the past: they lined up at polling stations, ballot in hand, ready to cast their vote to determine the next provincial government.While elections will remain, the physical queues at polling stations may one day be replaced by online and telephone voting, the implications of which Brock political scientist Nicole Goodman and her colleagues are exploring in their research. Goodman is one of 11 researchers at Brock who were recently awarded Insight Grants of more than $1.1 million from the federal government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). In addition, 16 students were awarded SSHRC student grants totalling $565,000 for a grand total of $1.6 million at Brock.Examining select municipalities in the 2018 Ontario municipal elections, Goodman is studying how online and telephone voting impacts voter turnout, the composition of the voting population and residents’ attitudes towards local political institutions and representatives.This is a significant issue for Canada. Paper voting has been eliminated and replaced with either online voting or a combination of internet and telephone ballots in select Ontario and Nova Scotia municipalities, making them the only jurisdictions in the world to do so, she says.“Online voting is becoming more commonplace: people are using it, and we know little about the effects,” says Goodman. “Nobody knows what happens when you make elections fully electronic. This research will give academics and government officials a sense of what types of effects this policy change could have.”Meanwhile, kinesiologist Kimberley Gammage, another Insight Grant recipient, is conducting body image research with a twist. She is looking at how people of all age groups can use physical activity as a tool to love and respect their physiques.She notes how research on body image tends to focus on why mostly young women have negative views of their bodies and how this dissatisfaction leads to harmful practices such as eating disorders.“In my lab, we look at positive body image, because it’s different than negative body image,” says Gammage. “It’s loving and appreciating your body for what it is now and not wishing you were something else. It’s focusing on the functioning of your body as opposed to what it looks like and realizing that what It looks like is not all that important in the overall scheme of things.”Gammage says her research will contribute to the design of exercise programs for various age groups that use physical activities, such as sports or yoga, to promote positive body image. Brock Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon noted how the success rate for Brock researchers applying for Insight Grants was 55 per cent in this latest competition, up from 32 per cent last year.“I’m delighted by the wide range of research being funded,” says Kenyon. “This variety reflects the diverse interests and expertise of our researchers as we engage with the issues of our community, country and world.”This year’s Insight Grant recipients include:      Kareen Brown, Goodman School of Business, “CEO post-retirement employment and firms’ reporting and operating decisions.”      Elspeth Cameron, Faculty of Humanities, “Biography of Canadian poet Dorothy Livesay.”      Xavier Fazio, Faculty of Education, “Connecting school science to local communities: promoting meaningful engagement for students”      Kimberley Gammage, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, “Learning to love the body you’re in: Using physical activity to promote positive body image across the lifespan.”      Nicole Goodman, Faculty of Social Sciences, “Electronic elections: the effects of voting modernization on local elections.”      Daniel Malleck, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, “Prescribing professionalism, druggists, doctors and the emergence of professional pharmacy in Canada.”      Thomas O’Neill, Faculty of Social Sciences, “Youth political engagement in emerging Nepali democracy.”      Rebecca Raby, Faculty of Social Sciences, “First jobs: young people’s reflections on very early paid employment in Canada.”      Larry Savage, Faculty of Social Sciences, “Academic unions, collective bargaining and contract academic faculty.”      Samir Trabelsi, Goodman School of Business, “The economic consequences of greenwashing.”      Dawn Trussell, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, “More than child’s play, it’s a family affair: board member, parent and family life identity in community youth sport.”SSHRC’s Insight Grants program provides funding for three to five years for research that accomplishes a number of goals, including building knowledge and understanding, supporting new approaches to research and providing training experiences for students. read more

Its Official Silas Redd Leaves Penn State for USC

The Penn State scandal very well could have catapulted USC to national champions. For, as expected, former Nittany Lions running back Silas Redd as informed the heavily sanctioned school that he is leaving Happy Valley to join the Trojans.Redd, who gained 1,241 yards last year for Penn State could be the final piece to a powerhouse USC squad that in some circles is a pre-season No. 1 in the country.Here’s the irony: Redd’s transfer could be the decisive piece to a program just getting over its own sanctions from the NCAA.Not only can Nittany Lion players transfer without sitting out a year, they can be aggressively recruited. And USC coach Lane Kiffin was especially forceful with Redd, according to reports. Remember, Kiffin was on the other end of the same rule two years ago after USC was hit with heavy NCAA sanctions stemming from the Reggie Bush scandal.Kiffin wooed Redd with a personal visit in Connecticut. He wowed him with a Power Point presentation on the lifelong benefits of joining the Trojan family and the short-term benefits of playing a season with senior quarterback Matt Barkley.He had backup quarterback Max Wittek, a youth football teammate of Redd, call his old buddy. He brought Redd to campus and walked him through the new 110,000-square-foot, $70 million John McKay Center. He painted a clear picture of national championship aspirations.While some coaches said they would not recruit Penn State players, Kiffin apparently did so with vim and vigor. There are not many who would be surprised that Kiffin would make his play for any player he desires. And he did so within the rules, so there really is no room for anyone to gripe.The Trojans’ offense needed a definitive rusher, and Redd proved he can handle a significant load. read more

God is good says Guyanese Bishop charged with killing wife in

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related‘She didn’t deserve this’ – relatives of murdered T&T-based Guyanese pastorOctober 15, 2018In “Crime”Canadian remanded to prison for cocaine in AcharFebruary 27, 2014In “Crime”Trinidadian jailed for fraud conspiracy, overstayingMay 23, 2017In “Court” ‘God is good’ were the words from Melroy Corbin after his court appearance on the charge that he murdered his wife, pastor Alisa Ali.Charged: Melroy CorbinAccording to a report in the online edition of the Trinidad Express, Corbin, 45; a Guyanese bishop residing in Trinidad, cried as he faced Chaguanas Magistrate Adrian Darmanie.The magistrate told Corbin he was not called upon to plead to the indictable offence that he murdered Ali; also a Guyanese, at Gill Trace, Lamont Street, Longdenville on October 13, the Express stated.Ali, a grandmother, was stabbed multiple times at her home, located next to her church.The charge was laid on Monday by corporal Jane Stephen-James of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations.Murdered: Pastor Alisa AliCorbin who is also known as Mel, was told by the court that it was a non-bailable offence.According to the Express, when asked about representation, Corbin mentioned applying to Legal Aid but also said that he will try to get his mother to organize a lawyer for him.The magistrate remanded him into custody until November 20.Corban said, “God is good” as he was being led away by police officers, the Express reported. read more

Botswana Geoscience Portal goes live

first_imgGeosoft has launched the Botswana Geoscience Portal, a partnership initiative with the Botswana Geoscience Institute and industry sponsors. Developed and hosted by Geosoft, the portal provides free access to multi-disciplinary datasets from Ngamiland, a district in the country’s northwest. It is available online at: http://geoscienceportal.geosoft.com/Botswana/searchThe portal aims to help Botswana attract new investment in resource exploration, improve transparency and stimulate collaboration between government, industry and the public to advance understanding of the economic and social needs of the North-West district.Tiyapo Hudson Ngwisanyi, Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Geoscience Institute said: “Making geoscientific data more accessible and transparent is critical to furthering understanding of the North-West district, and encouraging new investment in resource exploration within Africa. The portal is a welcome development that will assist us in promoting ongoing, productive collaboration between government and industry.”“Geosoft is excited to be part of an initiative that demonstrates how government and industry can work together to encourage mineral exploration investment and thus downstream economic growth in the country,” said Tim Dobush, Chief Executive Officer of Geosoft. “We are continually engaging with government organizations like the Botswana Geoscience Institute and industry leaders to innovate, and maximize the value of geoscience data for resource discovery and to meet the social/economic needs of the broader public sector.”Data available on the Botswana Geoscience Portal includes airborne geophysics, ground geophysics and geochemistry. Future updates will provide access to borehole data, remote sensing, seismic surveys and information products including interpretations and 3D models.last_img read more

Google activates 500000 Android devices every day

first_imgAt Google I/O, Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin announced that Google was seeing over 400,000 activations of new Android devices each day. Now, Rubin tweeted that the number has jumped to 500,000, just over a month after the previous announcement. Plus, he says, it will continue to grow.Rubin said that Android activations worldwide are already 100,000 per day higher than they were at Google I/O in May, and they’re rising at a rate of 4.4% week over week. It’s likely that Google is seeing some boost from the feverish launch of Android tablets running Honeycomb from companies like HTC and Samsung, and the proliferation of lower-end tablets from Viewsonic and other niche companies looking to make budget tablets just to get into the market.AdChoices广告The growing demand for 4G service and 4G smartphones also lends Google a helping hand, at least in North America where wireless carriers are battling it out to see who has the biggest and fastest 4G networks. In the rest of the world, Android is rising in popularity quickly partially because so many OEMs can get their hands on it.At Google I/O, the company said that there were over 310 Android devices in 112 countries on a variety of carriers, and that number has only increased since May.The real question is how long it’ll take Android to reach number one, toppling RIM, Nokia, and Apple from the mobile charts worldwide. Smartphones in general are already eroding market share from feature phones around the globe, and Android phones also reach the pre-paid phone market, which is huge outside of the United States and Europe. It’s possible that by the end of the year, Android will be the most popular mobile OS around the globe.via TheNextWeblast_img read more

NASA is already walking on Mars using an Oculus Rift and Omni

first_imgOne day NASA hopes to send someone to Mars at which point they’ll get to walk on the surface of the distant planet. Training for such a mission will require a lot of simulation time, and it looks as though Oculus Rift and the Omni treadmill may become a key part of such a setup.NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been collecting all the imagery it can from Mars, using assets collected by Curiosity on the surface and the satellites monitoring from above. That data was then formed into a 360-degree stereoscopic panorama, which you could walk around using an Xbox 360 controller.Such a setup is “good enough” for looking around Mars, but it isn’t great. Then NASA got a look at the Oculus Rift at PAX last year and signed up to get a dev kit. Then they spotted the Omni treadmill and contacted Virtuix to get one in the lab. The two have now been combined to form a much more immersive experience where the wearer can actually walk around on Mars while remaining in the breathable atmosphere of Earth.As the images from Mars continue to be sent back the simulation can be expanded upon and detail added. One day we may even get the point where the planet is fully mapped and you can download the simulation to explore at home on using your own Oculus Rift.As an added bonus, the JPL didn’t stop at just simulating Mars, they also decided to recreate the International Space Station, too. You don’t so much walk as float around on the ISS, but it certainly counts as another reason to get your hands on an Oculus Rift and bug NASA to release the simulation to the public.last_img read more

Worldrenowned mountaineers presumed dead following avalanche on nightmare route in Canada

first_imgWorld-renowned mountaineers presumed dead following avalanche on ‘nightmare’ route in Canada The three climbers went missing on Tuesday. Banff National Park, where the mountaineers went missing Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images 5 Comments THREE WORLD-RENOWNED professional mountaineers are missing and presumed dead following an avalanche on a western Canadian summit.American Jess Roskelley, 36, and Austrians Hansjorg Auer, 35, and David Lama, 28, went missing on Tuesday evening in Banff National Park, local media has reported.The three men were attempting to climb the east face of Howse Pass, an isolated and difficult route, according to Parks Canada.They were part of a team of experienced athletes sponsored by American outdoor equipment firm The North Face, the company confirmed to AFP.Following the avalanche, authorities launched an aerial search for the trio.Rescuers subsequently found signs of several avalanches and debris consistent with climbing equipment, Parks Canada said, leading them to presume that the climbers were dead.It is unlikely the three men survived, John Roskelley, father of missing Jess Roskelley, told local media in the US state of Washington.“This route they were trying to do was first done in 2000,” he told the Spokesman-Review.“It’s just one of those routes where you have to have the right conditions or it turns into a nightmare. This is one of those trips where it turned into a nightmare”Poor weather conditions have increased avalanche risks in the mountainous area on the border between Alberta and British Columbia, and the search has been halted for safety reasons.With reporting from – © AFP 2019 Share Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Stephen McDermottcenter_img Banff National Park, where the mountaineers went missing Friday 19 Apr 2019, 10:34 AM Apr 19th 2019, 10:34 AM https://jrnl.ie/4599799 25,709 Views Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Imageslast_img read more

Why is it cheaper to fly to Istanbul than Athens

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The unlucky few who haven’t booked their summer tickets to Greece by now will be playing a juggling act: trying to find a cheap flight that also avoids long layover times, all while flying on a reputable carrier.It’s a tough ask, seeing as peak season is less than three months away and most of the good flights are already booked out.Yet in quite a new phenomenon, a number of Greek Australians are forgoing the direct flight to Athens and instead adding on a stopover in Istanbul, saving a couple of bucks and opening themselves up to more airline options. Some are saving around $200-$500 in flights during peak season.It sounds like a win-win situation, but there are a couple of catches.Those flying to Istanbul will need to add on the extra cost of booking the connecting flight from Turkey to Greece. Most of the time you can book with a budget airline, adding about $150 extra on the price of the overall return flight.But pick a connecting flight that is at an unpopular hour or on a day that is heavily booked and you might be looking at paying a lot more or a long layover. A direct return flight to Istanbul in July with minimal layover times will set you back around $1,800 (according to Skyscanner figures on Wednesday), while a flight to Athens at the same time with similar hours will cost upwards of $2,000.The price discrepancy isn’t news for travel agent Kon Kavalakis. Dealing with many members of the Greek community over a number of years at Grecian Tours, he’s seen airlines jump at the chance to increase flights to Istanbul and minimise their Athens flights.“Basically what happens with Istanbul is that a lot more carriers fly into Istanbul out of Australia, hence there’s a lot more availability and it’s more competitive,” he tells Neos Kosmos.Singapore Airlines, for instance, flies into Istanbul every day during peak and only three times a week into Athens.A spokesperson from Singapore Airlines admitted that the interest in the Australian direct flight to Athens hasn’t been strong enough to rival the Istanbul flights.“We previously operated scheduled year round flights from 1972 to 2012, when services were suspended due to sustained weak performance on the [Australia-Athens] route,” they said. “In 2013 a seasonal service was introduced to cater to the busy northern summer peak period, which will continue in 2015.”Currently, Singapore Airways offers the same base ticket price to Australians travelling to Athens or to Istanbul, but increases the pricing based on the country’s airport tax fees.One of the biggest hindrances to airlines making Athens a European hub is its high airport fees.In 2013, Athens International Airport had the highest landing fees in Europe and as a consequence had seen a steep decline in air traffic.The Greek government announced it would lower the fees and add more incentives to airlines and companies that increased their services.While they have seen a big jump in passenger traffic, most of it has come thanks to an increase in tourist demand.One of the major factors in airlines choosing to add flights to a certain destination is an increase in cargo demands.Turkey boasts a higher population than Greece which helps them consume more and produce more, making the transport of cargo quite profitable for airlines.“Its population is five or six times greater than Greece,” Mr Kavalakis says of Turkey.“The costs of airport stoppage is cheaper [in Turkey] than Greece and other European countries.“It also comes down to trade agreements and governments play a big role. As Greeks, we’ve only got tourism.”At least many Greek Australians are pushing up demand for direct flights to Greece, with a number of Middle Eastern and Asian airlines seeking partnership with Greek airlines and offering more flights during peak. Emirates recently added another daily flight to Athens from its Dubai base to deal with the flow on from the summer peak in September and October. But those looking to lower the price of a peak airline ticket will need to be more flexible. Vasilis Samolis of Touchdown Tours says people with more time to spare can manage a fare that’s closer to the earlybird specials at a later date.“Most people prefer to get the quickest way to Athens, but few people, like pensioners prefer fares with two stops instead of flying 14 hours in a row,” he tells Neos Kosmos. The easiest way to get a cheap and timely fare is of course booking as early as possible.“Take advantage of the early bird specials that airlines introduce, and that’s always the year before,” Mr Kavalakis says. “So last year they released the last round of early bird tickets around the end of September and ran it until November.“That is the cheapest time to get European flights for about $1,600.”last_img read more

Cannabis les tests salivaires sontils réellement fiables

first_imgCannabis : les tests salivaires sont-ils réellement fiables ?France – Après les alcootests, les tests salivaires anti cannabis étaient annoncés comme la nouvelle arme des autorités dans la lutte contre la conduite sous l’emprise de stupéfiants. Il semblerait finalement que la fiabilité de ces tests ne soit pas prouvée.Il y a deux ans déjà, lors de leur mise en circulation, les tests salivaires étaient décriés et leur fiabilité remise en cause. Un groupe d’experts européens avait même conclu, après étude, que ces tests n’étaient en aucun cas fiables à 100%. Aujourd’hui, le président de la Société française de toxicologie analytique, le Dr Patrick Mura, explique dans une nouvelle étude la dangerosité du dispositif.Il explique ainsi qu’après avoir comparé les résultats des tests salivaires anti cannabis, et les résultats de prises de sang, il apparaît que dans 10,1% des cas, le test salivaire indique un faux positif. Ce qui signifie que non seulement des personnes sobres peuvent se voir accuser de conduite sous l’emprise d’un stupéfiant, mais également qu’un faux négatif peut permettre à une personne droguée de reprendre le volant. La piste des tests urinaires, actuellement étudiée, semble ne pas être véritablement fiable elle non plus.Le 29 septembre 2010 à 16:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les dentistes français dénoncent le risque des bars à sourire

first_imgLes dentistes français dénoncent le risque des “bars à sourire”Pour les dentistes, les “bars à sourire”, ces boutiques où on se fait “blanchir” les dents, banalisent un acte médical qui est loin d’être anodin. L’Ordre national des chirurgiens-dentistes (ONCD) part en campagne contre ce phénomène.L’Ordre national des chirurgiens-dentistes (ONCD) a lancé une attaque d’envergure contre les “bars à sourire”, un phénomène qui prend de l’ampleur. Dans ces boutiques qui se sont multipliées ces derniers mois, on se fait “blanchir les dents” dans une ambiance design. Pour cela, isolé dans une cabine, le client se fait déposer un gel sur les dents et doit sourire pendant 15 à 20 minutes devant une lampe à lumière bleue qui active le processus de blanchiment. Coût de l’opération : 29,90 euros.Mais cette pratique est dénoncée par les dentistes qui ont décidé de lutter contre les boutiques notamment en mettant à la une d’une revue professionnelle un avertissement rectangulaire encadré de noir dans le même style que ceux qu’on retrouve sur les paquets de cigarettes : “Les bars à sourire peuvent nuire à la santé”. Le secrétaire général de l’ONCD, Alain Moutarde, a expliqué à l’AFP qu’il “assumait” cette propagande contre les centaines de commerces français parfois “peu scrupuleux”.”Nous sommes là pour défendre la santé publique et dénoncer ceux qui ne respectent pas la loi”, explique-t-il en référence à la récente directive européenne qui impose des limites dans la concentration de l’agent chimique blanchissant : le peroxyde d’hydrogène (eau oxygénée). Ce produit chimique ne “présente aucun risque” à condition qu’il soit utilisé à des concentrations minimes (inférieures à 0,1%). Au-delà de cette concentration (et jusqu’à 6%), l’utilisation doit être encadrée par les dentistes.Des doses maximales respectées ? Ainsi, à la demande de l’Ordre des dentistes, plusieurs “bars à sourire” ont reçu la visite d’huissiers pour relever les noms et compositions des produits utilisés. La Direction générale de la concurrence et des fraudes (DGCCRF) a été alertée et a procédé à toute une série de contrôles. Le cofondateur de la principale chaîne française “Point sourire” (qui compte une vingtaine de boutiques), Yann Toledo, indique avoir eu “cinq à sept contrôles de la DGCCRF ou d’huissiers sur ordre de l’ONCD. Je n’ai pas eu une seule fermeture” précise-t-il. D’ailleurs, les boutiques de la chaîne précisent respecter les doses maximales tolérées dans l’UE. “La directive européenne n’a rien changé pour nous, nous avons toujours respecté le seuil des 0,1%”, assure M. Toledo.”On a essayé de contacter l’ordre national des dentistes pour leur expliquer que c’est un phénomène qui existe depuis 10 ou 15 ans aux Etats-Unis, qu’en Belgique des dentistes ont créé une chaîne de bars à sourire”, explique-t-il. Mais les dentistes sont restés sourds à ces avances. Joël Trouillet, le secrétaire général de l’Association dentaire française (ADF), indique que “la profession n’est pas en retrait. Elle veut simplement tirer la sonnette d’alarme pour souligner que les gens dans le bar à sourire n’ont aucune qualification”.Des concentration supérieures pour une réelle efficacité ? À lire aussiPourquoi on claque des dents quand il fait froid ?Au principal syndicat dentaire, la Confédération nationale des syndicats dentaires (Cnsd), on doute du respect de la norme européenne par les boutiques. “Si vous voulez des résultats vous devez forcément avoir des concentrations supérieures aux normes autorisées par la directive européenne”, affirme Catherine Mojaïsky, secrétaire générale de la Cnsd. Un avis confirmé par Jacques Wemaere, chirurgien dentiste : “s’ils respectent la norme européenne, le résultat sera très faible”. Pourtant, ce jeune professionnel ne réagit pas comme ses confrères face au phénomène : “Moi je n’ai pas du tout peur des bars à sourire, je dirais même que c’est une chance pour la profession” estime-t-il.Le 28 novembre 2011 à 19:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Switzerland sorely disappointed with exit – Petkovic

first_imgSwitzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic admitted that they are “sorely disappointed” with their World Cup exit, but congratulated Sweden for their progressLike their opponents, the Rossocrociati were unable to take full advantage of their opportunities and were made to pay for their poor finishing when Emil Forsberg struck the decisive blow for Sweden midway through the second half through a deflection off Manuel Akanji.Speaking after their last-16 exit, Petkovic confessed that his side were not at their best for the encounter.“We’re sorely disappointed, the whole team is. We clearly wanted to do more,” the former Lazio boss said on the FIFA website.Victor Lindelof, SwedenEuro 2020 qualifiers round up from group F George Patchias – September 6, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group F saw Scandinavian neighbours Sweden and Norway keep the race for the groups second automatic qualifying spot alive.Spain had already…“But we also congratulate the Swedish team as they have done precisely what they are very good at, and it has been enough to beat us. Once they score a goal, they’re an extremely tough nut to crack.“We should have done better but were simply below par and not good enough to win the game. There was something missing in that match from us but in all the games Sweden have been involved in, their opponents have had a difficult time developing the emotions and momentum you need.“In the last 10 or 15 minutes, we tried to play with more emotion and it went better, I think. But in the end, it wasn’t enough.”Tuesday’s defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 in a World Cup qualifier against Portugal, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches.last_img read more

DNA evidence confirms Great White Shark attacked boy at Encinitas Beach

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter October 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, DNA evidence confirms Great White Shark attacked boy at Encinitas Beachcenter_img Updated: 9:11 AM Posted: October 10, 2018 ENCINITAS (KUSI) – DNA evidence obtained from the wetsuit of a 13-year- old boy who was seriously injured in a shark attack at Beacon’s Beach in Encinitas last month confirmed the boy was attacked by a great white shark, the city announced Wednesday.Laboratory results obtained Friday provided conclusive evidence that a great white shark attacked the boy, said Chris Lowe, director of Long Beach State University’s Shark Lab.Keane Hayes of Encinitas was mauled by the shark at about 7 a.m. on Sept. 29, while lobster diving on the first day of this year’s season for legally harvesting the crustaceans.Four beachgoers, including a kayaker, helped the injured boy get to shore and provided first-aid prior to the arrival of an ambulance. Paramedics airlifted Keane to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition.The boy underwent surgery for a wound that stretched over the left side of his body and head, from his upper back and torso to his arm and the side of his face, said physician Tim Fairbanks, chief of pediatric and trauma surgery at Rady Children’s Hospital.Keane was released from the hospital on Oct. 4 and continues to recover at home, according to city officials.“Shark bite incidents are exceedingly rare considering the number of people that use southern California waters, but people do need to be aware that the fall season is a time when more large juvenile and adult sharks may be moving along the coast,” Lowe said.RELATED STORY: 13-year-old boy suffers major injuries from shark attack in EncinitasA GoFundMe.com donation page set up to help the Hayes family with medical expenses had raised more than $37,000 as of Wednesday morning. last_img read more

King tide rolls into Hollywood Pompano Beach neighborhoods

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida is still dealing with tidal trouble this weekend.A homeowner in Hollywood recorded cellphone video of the king tide rolling into her backyard. High water topped the seawall and swamped boat docks.A similar situation developed in Pompano Beach, where waves of water flooded parts of Canal Drive and A1A.Coastal communities can continue expect to see flooding at high tide throughout the weekend.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

AutoNation brings Give Love Drive Pink Tour to Fort Lauderdale

first_imgA second event took place Sunday at the O-B House.FOR MORE INFO:O-B House333 Himmarshee St.Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – AutoNation’s Give Love Drive Pink Tour made a stop at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Saturday.Attendees took part in a variety of activities, including a photo booth, VIP dinner and quilt-making. Visitors were also able to write personal notes to encourage cancer patients.Singer Andy Grammer, whose AutoNation-sponsored concerts will help raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, also made an appearance at the event to raise awareness.“About 10 years ago, my mom passed away from breast cancer. She was really, really awesome,” said Grammer at the event. “This has been wonderful. That’s all.”WSVN station owner Ed Ansin, consultant Bob Leider, anchor Lynn Martinez and 7Sports anchor Steve Shapiro were among those in attendance.The Give Love Drive Pink Tour will help raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.“Thank you for the energy that’s in the room,” said Mike Jackson, chief executive officer of AutoNation. “Many times you’re at evenings like tonight, and you can already sense people are waiting for it to be over. I have the feeling everybody is actually happy to be here, so thank you for that.” last_img read more