May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Nova Scotia

first_imgTo raise driver awareness of increased motorcycle traffic on Nova Scotia roads, the province and Safety Services Nova Scotia have proclaimed May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks read the proclamation to motorcyclists at a ceremony in Fall River today, May 4. “Motorcycles have a special appeal to many Nova Scotians, but there are also special safety factors that all drivers must be aware of,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “For instance all drivers, whether of motorcycles or other vehicles, need to be alert and take a second look before proceeding from a stop or turn.” “At the beginning of 2011, there were 25,710 motorcycles registered in Nova Scotia,” said Ed Snow of Safety Services Nova Scotia. “We recommend that all motorcyclists take a training course and wear proper equipment.” There have been two motorcycle fatalities in Nova Scotia in 2011, nine in 2010, and 42 during the last five years. “Those numbers are unacceptable,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “We all have a responsibility to keep our roads safe for all users.” “Even though motorcycle awareness is everyone’s responsibility, it’s the motorcycle user who is most at risk in collisions,” said Mr. Snow. “Designating May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is intended to help drivers realize the importance of being extra alert at this time of year.” More information on motorcycle safety and training courses can be found on the Safety Services Nova Scotia at www.safetyservicesns.com .last_img read more

Kartik Rahul lead Indians into main draw at India Open

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian shuttlers expectedly dominated the qualifying round at the India Open with eight singles and 10 doubles pairs from the country securing berths in the main draw here on Tuesday. As many as 13 shuttlers were from India out of 16 in the men’s singles qualifiers, where Rahul Yadav Chittaboina, Siddharath Thakur, Kartik Jindal and Kartikey Gulshan Kumar made it to the main draw. World No. 257 Jindal hardly broke a sweat in dismissing the 365th Pavel Kotsarenko in the first round. He was then made to work hard by the spirited Sarath Dunna, who had knocked out Yehezkiel Fritz Mainaky, 21-9, 17-21, 21-16 in his opening round. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDunna showed the same resolve against Jindal before going down 12-21, 23-21, 19-21 in a tight contest that lasted 53 minutes. “I feel delighted qualifying for the main draw but need to recover from today’s play for tomorrow’s match against Khosit Phetpradab from Thailand,” the 20-year-old Jindal said. Chittaboina recorded a 21-14, 21-15 victory over Anant Shivam Jindal to qualify for the main draw. Thakur was equally impressive in his 21-6, 21-13 win over Gurpartap Singh Dhaliwal and was joined by Kartikey Gulshan Kumar. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIn women’s singles, Ritika Thaker, Prashi Joshi, Riya Mookerjee, and Vaidehi Choudhari progressed out of the eight qualifiers, which featured six Indians. While Thaker will face eighth seed Mia Blichfeldt, Joshi and Choudhari have tough opponents in the form of third seed He Bingjiao and seventh seed Han Yue respectively. Pranaav Jerry Chopra, one-half of India’s mixed doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy, had an easy outing alongside Shivam Sharma in the men’s doubles qualifying round where all eight pairs were Indians. The duo needed just 19 minutes to prevail over Vikas Chauhan and Sandeep Choudhary 21-10, 21-5. In women’s doubles, Megha Morchana Bora and Manali Sinha staved off a stiff resistance from Anamika Kashyap and Sanghamitra Saikia to register a 24-22, 21-13 win. In mixed doubles, Aparna Balan and Mohamed Muanis went down to the experienced Hong Kong pair of Tang Chun Man and NG Tsz Yau. On Wednesday, 2017 champion PV Sindhu will start her campaign against compatriot Mugdha Agrey, while 2015 winner Kidambi Srikanth meets the tricky Wong Wing Ki Vincent in the opening round and fifth seed Sameer Verma has Rasmus Gemke of Denmark as his first round opponent. Key results: Rahul Yadav Chittaboina (IND) bt Anant Shivam Jindal (IND) 21-14, 21-15; Siddharath Thakur (IND) bt Gurpratap Singh Dhaliwal (IND) 21-6, 21-13; Kartik Jindal (IND) bt Sarath Dunna (IND) 21-12, 21-23, 21-19; Pranaav Jerry Chopra (IND)/Shivam Sharma (IND) bt Vikas Chauhan (IND)/Sandeep Chaudhary (IND) 21-10, 21-5; Megha Morchana Bora (IND) /Manali Sinha (IND) bt Anamika Kashyap (IND)/Sanghamitra Saikia (IND) 24-22, 21-13.last_img read more

Australia and US also welcome developments in Sri Lanka

Meanwhile, Australia said that it looks forward to working with Sri Lanka to take forward its commitments to deliver peace, reconciliation and prosperity. The Australian High Commission in Colombo said that Australia welcomes the resolution of the political uncertainty in Sri Lanka by constitutional means.Australia also noted the resilience of Sri Lanka’s democratic institutions during the crisis. (Colombo Gazette) Australia and the United States have also welcomed the latest developments in Sri Lanka.The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina B. Teplitz welcomed this weekend’s political developments, which she says upheld Sri Lanka’s democratic and constitutional norms. The Ambassador said that Sri Lanka is a valued partner in the Indo-Pacific region and the US looks forward to continuing to develop its relationship with the Sri Lankan Government and people of the country. read more

IsraeliPalestinian peace climate vastly improved but threats persist Security Council told

“We are convinced that 2005 is a year of opportunity,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast told the Security Council in his monthly briefing, citing the summit between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinians’ vow to stop acts of violence and Israel’s pledge to cease military activities. “We fervently hope that, as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice put it, the international community will help the parties to ‘transform opportunity into achievement,’” Mr. Prendergast added. He also noted that the people across the region had been outraged by the “cold-blooded terror attack that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.” Mr. Prendergast said that by their actions, Mr. Sharon and Mr. Abbas had effectively re-started the Road Map process, the peace plan sponsored by the diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States – which calls for parallel and reciprocal steps by both sides leading to two States living in peace, originally by the end of 2005. On the Palestinian side, Mr. Prendergast praised Mr. Abbas’ “courageous” actions to end violence, including his deployment of 1,000 security officers along the Gaza Strip’s northern border with Israel, his reorganization of the security forces and his efforts to secure a temporary ceasefire from the Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups. “We call on these groups to eschew terror and armed confrontation with Israel and to choose the peaceful, democratic road of negotiations and political activism,” he declared. “The path taken by President Abbas will not be easy. If he is to prevail against those who favour violence over peace, he will need strong support from both Israel and the international community.” But he also noted that “despite the vastly improved political climate” and Israel’s initial measures to ease conditions in the occupied territories, most movement restrictions remain in place in the form of checkpoints, curfews and the permit system. “The lack of improvement in the daily life of ordinary Palestinians poses a serious threat to the viability of a renewed peace process,” he said. Referring to the barrier Israel is building on the West Bank, which cuts off some occupied land and was declared illegal in an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice that called for it to be torn down, he acknowledged Israel’s “right and duty” to protect its people against terrorist attacks. “But, now more than ever, we urge the Government of Israel to address its legitimate security needs in ways that do not increase suffering among Palestinians, pre-judge final status issues or threaten longer-term prospects for peace by making the creation of a viable and contiguous Palestinian state more difficult,” he said. Video of Council meeting [18mins] read more

The Latest 2 more Americans identified as Brussels victims

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2016 7:45 am MDT Last Updated Mar 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Right wing demonstrators protest at a memorial site at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Sunday, March 27, 2016. In a sign of the tensions in the Belgian capital and the way security services are stretched across the country, Belgium’s interior minister appealed to residents not to march Sunday in Brussels in solidarity with the victims. (AP Photo/Valentin Bianchi) BRUSSELS – The Latest on the attacks that left 31 dead and 270 wounded in Brussels. (all times local):1:30 a.m.A State Department official confirms that two more Americans have been identified as killed in the attacks in Brussels, bringing to four the total number of U.S. citizens confirmed as victims.An official confirmed the deaths on grounds of anonymity Sunday night because this person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The official did not disclose the identities of the victims “out of respect for the families in this difficult time.”Officials have said previously that at least a dozen Americans were injured in the attacks last Tuesday.Earlier Sunday, the White House said that President Barack Obama had telephoned the parents of an American couple identified as among the dead in the attacks.The White House said Obama offered his condolences and praised Justin and Stephanie Shults as epitomizing all that was good about America.Justin Shults was originally from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and his wife, Stephanie, was a native of Lexington, Kentucky. They graduated together from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. A family member says they were dropping Stephanie’s mother off at the Brussels airport and were watching her walk through security when the bombs went off.— Associated Press writer Merrill Hartson contributed to this report.___10:25 p.m.Some 150 Jordanian Christians have attended a prayer service for the victims of last week’s bombing attacks in Belgium.The Belgian ambassador to Jordan joined Sunday’s service at the Mary of Nazareth Roman Catholic Church in the Jordanian capital of Amman. The diplomat, Hendrik Van de Velde, says that prayers are an important gesture and that “it means a lot to the Belgian people.”___9:30 p.m.The White House says President Barack Obama has telephoned the parents of an American couple who died in last week’s terror attacks in Brussels.The White House says Obama offered his condolences on Sunday afternoon and praised Justin and Stephanie Shults as epitomizing all that was good about America.Justin Shults was originally from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and his wife, Stephanie, was a native of Lexington, Kentucky. They graduated together from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. A family member says they were dropping Stephanie’s mother off at the airport and were watching her walk through security when the bombs went off.The White House says the president also assured their parents that the thoughts, prayers and resolve of the nation are with them at this difficult time.___7:45 p.m.More than 300 soccer hooligans clad in black have clashed with riot police after rallying in central Brussels where a temporary shrine has been made for victims of Tuesday’s attacks.Police Commissioner Christian De Coninck said Sunday that “we had 340 hooligans from different football clubs who came to Brussels and we knew for sure that they would create some trouble.”Riot police backed by water cannon surrounded the group, whose members held a banner denouncing the Islamic State group that claimed responsibility for the bombings, and forced them toward a nearby train station.Chairs, trash cans and other objects were thrown during the chase.De Coninck said “it was a very difficult police operation because lots of families with kids were here.”He said around 10 people were arrested and that two police officers were injured.___3:25 p.m.A Brussels square that has been a memorial site turned agitated on Sunday when black-clad men started shouting slogans and carrying a banner with an expletive against the Islamic State group.Hundreds of people were remembering the 31 victims of Tuesday’s attacks when dozens of men, some in balaklavas and anonymous masks, barged to the centre of Place de la Bourse and mounted the steps of the stock exchange building.Riot squads joined plainclothes policemen to move the protesters away from the square. A water cannon sprayed the protesters.The anti-IS rally came despite government appeals not to hold a march against fear Sunday in Brussels since the security forces were stretched too thinly to provide security.___3:15 p.m.Belgian authorities have held police raids in Brussels and two other Belgian cities and kept four of the people they picked up under detention.The federal prosecutor’s office says the raids are linked a “federal case regarding terrorism” but did not specify whether it had anything to do with the March 22 suicide bombing attacks in Brussels that killed 31 people and left 270 wounded.The 13 raids in Brussels and the northern cities of Mechelen and Duffel came early Sunday. An investigating judge will decide later Sunday whether the four new suspects will remain in custody. Five others were released after questioning.___1:20 p.m.Messages of sadness, solidarity and grief left for victims of the bomb attack at a Brussels subway station are being collected for storage in the Belgian capital’s archives.The messages are being laid Sunday on kitchen paper to dry after overnight rain and carefully stacked for transport. Those that can’t be taken for safe keeping are photographed.Head archivist Frederic Boquet says “we are trying to collect as many documents we can find and they will be preserved at the Brussels Archives.”Catholic priest Philippe Sandstrom says “archives are always important for life, and for the future.”Marina Queralt, who often walks with her dog by the Maelbeek metro station that was hit by a suicide bomber, says the public response to the attacks has been very spontaneous and focused on peace.She said “every morning, every afternoon, it was packed with people who wanted just one thing: that people stop killing each other.”___1:05 p.m.Italian police say they have arrested an Algerian man wanted by Belgian authorities for alleged involvement in a Belgium-based network of false IDs used by suspects implicated in the Paris and Brussels attacks.The man, arrested near Salerno, came to Italy’s attention by applying for a residency permit. Police Sunday noted he had the same name of man sought by Belgium for alleged involvement in “a criminal network dedicated to false documents on a large scale” that emerged last year in Brussels.Belgium issued a warrant in January, three months after a raid in the Brussels suburb of Saint-Gilles yield about a 1,000 digital images used for false documents.Police are investigating why the man was in Italy and expect extradition procedures to begin. They didn’t identify the man or specify when he was arrested.___12:25 p.m.Sweden has confirmed that another Swedish woman was among the victims of the suicide bombings in Brussels.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Cecilia Gillberg says the woman in her thirties from northern Sweden was killed in Tuesday’s subway attack. Gillberg did not identify the victim or give other details Sunday.The government earlier said that a Swedish woman in her sixties from central Sweden was also killed in the attacks. Two Swedish men were slightly injured in the bombings Tuesday at Brussels Airport and a city subway station that left 31 dead and 270 wounded.___12:15 p.m.Belgium’s interior minister says the Belgian government has invested 600 million euros ($670 million) into police and security services over the past two years but acknowledged that neglect over decades had caused deficiencies that have hampered an effective response to violent extremism.Minister Jan Jambon said errors were made in the run-up to the March 22 Brussels attacks that killed at least 31 people and wounded 270 others, but says fresh investments need time before they become visible. He said Sunday that hiring anti-terror specialists and specialized equipment could not happen in weeks or months.Jambon says “it is also not because you put the money in now, that tomorrow all this is visible on the ground.”___5:10 a.m.Italian police in the southern city of Salerno say they have arrested an Algerian wanted in Belgium for facilitating illegal migration linked to the attacks in Paris.The police announcement was made on their official Twitter account. No other details are immediately available Sunday morning. The Latest: 2 more Americans identified as Brussels victims read more

Saskatchewan government says budget is on track despite spending bump

Saskatchewan’s Finance Minister Kevin Doherty discusses the province’s 2017 budget at the Legislative Building in Regina, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. After the first three months of the fiscal year, Finance Minister Kevin Doherty’s projection of almost $685-million deficit remains unchanged. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2017 10:56 am MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saskatchewan government says budget is on track, despite spending bump REGINA – The first indication of what impact Saskatchewan’s spring austerity budget has had shows things are on track despite a slight jump in spending.After the first three months of the fiscal year, Finance Minister Kevin Doherty’s projection of almost $685-million deficit remains unchanged.Revenues were about $42 million higher than expected — less than one per cent above the original budget prediction — while expenses were up about $82 million.To make up the difference, the province plans to draw $40 million from a $300-million contingency fund built into this year’s budget.Another $125 million from the fund is being used to cover public-sector salaries while the government tries to push through wage reductions announced earlier this year.Doherty says the province’s economy is getting healthier.“The Saskatchewan economy is performing well so far and for the first time in two years is projected to post positive growth,” the finance minister said in a release Friday.“We still have work to do to control government’s overall costs, including savings we are working hard to achieve in total compensation expense.”The government remains committed to balancing the budget within two years, he added.But the Opposition suggests the results aren’t as positive as the government suggests. Interim NDP Leader Nicole Sarauer said half of the $300-million contingency fund is already spent.“It’s pretty ridiculous for the minister to say that they’re on track. They’ve used up half of their contingency fund in the first quarter alone. I don’t think you have to be an accountant to realize that that’s not really on track,” Sarauer said.The austerity budget delivered in March was — by Premier Brad Wall’s own admission — unpopular with voters because of cuts that were made to help tackle a $1.3-billion deficit from last year.The deficit was due in large part to the ongoing impact of low resource prices.The Saskatchewan Party government took a number of measures in the most recent budget to fight the deficit. They included increasing and expanding the provincial sales tax and shutting down the Crown-owned Saskatchewan Transportation Co.The government also slashed funding to libraries, community-based organizations and to funeral services for people on social assistance, although it has backtracked on those plans. read more

UN chief expresses support for dialogue on reopening Korean industrial complex

“The Secretary-General remains seriously concerned about the suspension of the Kaesong Industrial Complex. He is particularly concerned about the economic and humanitarian implications of this suspension,” Mr. Ban said in a statement attributable to his spokesperson. The Secretary-General believes that this project should not be affected by political and security considerations, the spokesperson added.Mr. Ban has described the Kaesong Industrial Complex as a “successful example of inter-Korean cooperation which has promoted economic growth and served as a bridge between the two Koreas.”The complex is located in the border town of Kaesong just across the Demilitarized Zone. It employs more than 53,000 citizens of the DPRK at 123 companies of the Republic of Korea (ROK), according to media reports. Earlier this month, the DPRK banned personnel and goods from its southern neighbour from entering the facility, forcing the complex to suspend operations. Today, the ROK Unification Ministry proposed working-level talks to resolve the humanitarian issues affecting workers in the complex and to normalize the Kaesong industrial zone.Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in the statement that he “sincerely hopes the operation of the Complex can return to normal as soon as possible through dialogue.”He reiterated that Mr. Ban has been closely following the situation on the Korean peninsula, and has sought to encourage dialogue between the two Koreas. “He also appreciates the efforts of other concerned parties, including China, to this end,” the spokesperson said.In February, the DPRK conducted its third, long threatened nuclear test, a move that was in violation of Security Council sanctions and drew widespread condemnation, including from Mr. Ban.The test prompted the Security Council to tighten sanctions on the country’s trade and banking, as well as travel by targeted officials. The DPRK then reportedly said it was cancelling the 1953 Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War. read more

Ethiopian farmers need urgent assistance amid major drought warns UN agency

“FAO urgently needs $13 million by the end of March to support more than 600,000 of the worst affected people,” said FAO’s country representative, Amadou Allahoury Diallo, in a press release. “We’re expecting that needs will be particularly high during the next few weeks,” he added, “so it’s critical that we’re able to respond quickly and robustly to reboot agriculture now before the drought further decimates the food security and livelihoods of millions.” Humanitarian needs have tripledHumanitarian needs in Ethiopia have reportedly tripled since the beginning of 2015 as the drought has led to successive crop failures and widespread livestock deaths. As a result, food insecurity and malnutrition rates are alarming in the Horn of Africa country, with FAO reporting that some 10.2 million people are now food insecure. In addition, one-quarter of all districts in Ethiopia are officially classified as facing a food security and nutrition crisis. Meanwhile, the agency is highlighting that with planting for the country’s first rainy season, known as the belg, which is already delayed, and the meher season – Ethiopia’s main agricultural campaign – fast approaching, farmers need immediate support to help them produce food between now and September for millions facing hunger. The meher produces up to 85 per cent of the nation’s food supplies. Recent estimates by Ethiopia’s Bureau of Agriculture indicate that some 7.5 million farmers and herders need immediate agricultural support to produce staple crops like maize, sorghum, teff, wheat, and root crops, and livestock feed to keep their animals healthy and resume production. Farming families are said to have either exhausted seed reserves through successive failed plantings, or to have consumed them as food. Animal feed stocks are also depleted, and support is needed to enable families to produce fodder. Hundreds of thousands of livestock have reportedly already died and the animals that remain are becoming weaker and thinner due to poor grazing resources, feed shortages and limited water availability, leading to sharp declines in milk and meat production. ‘Not just a food crisis’”It’s important to understand the current drought is not just a food crisis – it is above all a livelihood crisis,” said Mr. Allahoury Diallo, who highlighted that last year’s losses have severely diminished households’ food security and purchasing power and forced many to sell their last remaining agricultural assets. FAO is underlining that meeting immediate needs of farmers now is essential to longer-term recovery, as it helps farmers feed their country and keep their productive assets intact. Its call for $13 million by the end of March is part of the agency’s larger $50 million appeal for its Ethiopia El Niño Response Plan but currently less than 10 per cent of the plan is funded. FAO’s response to El NiñoAs part of the emergency response, FAO is already providing planting materials to help seed- and food-insecure households in the worst-affected regions plant in the belg and meher seasons. But it is warning that this support urgently needs to be scaled up. In an effort to preserve livestock, FAO has been distributing nutrient blocks in pastoral and agropastoral areas meant to strengthen livestock and bolster the resilience of the cooperatives that produce them. FAO is also providing survival animal feed and support to help farmers produce fodder and improve access to water for livestock. Herds across the country have also benefited from vaccination and treatment campaigns to address their increasing vulnerability as a result of drought. In Ethiopia’s Somali Region, FAO is enhancing the financial stability of drought-affected households through the purchase of weak sheep and goats for immediate, local slaughter, and providing the meat – rich in protein – to nutritionally vulnerable drought-affected families. The intervention will help reduce stress on available feed, enable households to focus their resources on their remaining productive animals, and invest in productive assets. In addition, FAO is closely working with the government to conduct seasonal assessments and develop preparedness and response plans, along with guidelines for emergency agriculture support. read more

Woman 34 dies after Cornish Obby Oss May Day celebrations

Hundreds of people gathered in Padstow to take part the annual event on Wednesday Credit:PA A woman who was injured during a traditional May Day celebration in Cornwall has died.Emergency services were called at around 7.35pm on Wednesday after Laura Smallwood, 34, collapsed and became unresponsive.Hundreds of people had gathered in the streets of Padstow to mark the centuries-old Obby Oss event.Mrs Smallwood, from Padstow, was resuscitated and airlifted to Derriford Hospital with a serious neck injury.She died in hospital on Saturday morning. Her family have been informed.Detective Inspector Paul Norlund, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with Laura’s family at this very sad time.”We continue to follow a number of lines of enquiry to establish how Laura sustained her injuries.”At this time, we would like to hear from any witnesses and anyone with information, particularly anyone with any relevant mobile phone or camera footage taken around the event.” The Obby Oss event sees dancers parade through the town with stylised recreations of two horses – the Old and Blue Ribbon Osses.They are accompanied by drummers and triangle and accordion players.Police previously said they were investigating reports that Mrs Smallwood may have been struck by the Obby Oss.The Blue Ribbon Obby Oss was examined and returned, with the Health and Safety Executive informed. It is also believed that Mrs Smallwood may have been assaulted by another woman earlier in the evening.Anybody with information or footage is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by phone on 101, quoting log number 116 of 01/05/19. 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. Hundreds of people gathered in Padstow to take part the annual event on Wednesday  read more

Davis David retires from proffesional handball

andebolDavis DavidFC Porto handballhandball retires Former BM Ciudad Real and BM Atletico Madrid left wing David Davis retires from proffesional handball at age 37. He helped Portuguese FC Porto to qualify for the VELUX EHF Champions League for the first time after many years, but his decision made before was to finish career after only a month in a new team.– My decision was already taken when FC Porto’s proposal appeared, and staying a month was always one of the options – explained Davis for OJOGO.Davis began his career in Granollers. Important part of his career was in BM Valladolid from 1999 to 2005, when he became a part of golden Ciudad Real era… ← Previous Story HUNGARY: Hard-fought Pick victory in Orosháza Next Story → Hero of Plock, Marin Sego: “Play Off Final against Kielce tighter than last season” read more

Tension artérielle une nouvelle technologie voit le jour

first_imgTension artérielle : une nouvelle technologie voit le jourUne nouvelle technologie vient d’être mise au point pour déterminer la pression sanguine. Cette technique, qui permet de mesurer à proximité du cœur, directement dans l’aorte, est plus fiable.Des chercheurs de l’université de Leicester ont mis au point une technologie qui permet de prendre la tension artérielle avec plus d’efficacité. Le principe consiste à mesurer la pression sanguine directement au niveau de l’aorte au plus près du muscle cardiaque.À lire aussiInfarctus : définition, signes et symptômes, causes, comment réagir face à un infarctus ?Concrètement, il s’agit d’un capteur placé au niveau du poignet qui enregistre le pouls. Les informations recueillies sont analysées par un logiciel qui va calculer la pression aortique centrale systolique. Comme l’indique Sciences et Avenir, l’appareil est peu encombrant et peut facilement se porter pendant plusieurs heures comme une simple montre lorsqu’un contrôle continu est demandé.Censée être plus précise et plus fiable que la méthode actuellement utilisée par les médecins (le plus souvent à l’aide d’un stéthoscope et d’un nanomètre), cette technique pourrait aider les médecins à repérer plus facilement les personnes victimes d’hypertension artérielle.Le 26 février 2011 à 11:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The 90s Called And Said To Tell You Zima Is Making A

first_imgPeg your jeans and get ready to start Livin’ On The Edge, 90s geeks! A blast from your boozy beverage past is making a comeback. They’re bottling Zima again.Yes, Zima… The drink that made Greendale Community College alumnus Luis Guzman “dude, I wouldn’t clean my floor with this” will soon be heading to your favorite beer vendors. Not everyone feels the same way about Zima as Luis, of course.Like so many 90s trends, Zima had a pretty loyal following back in the day. MadTV fans might remember it being the preferred drink of Rusty Miller. And, hey, if Crystal Pepsi is worth bringing back for round two then clearly Zima deserves another shot.Zima had a pretty good run. Coors started bottling it way back in 1993 and it was popular enough to stick around on store shelves until 2008. What ended Zima’s 15-year run? Pete Coors himself told Ad Age how things went down.“We decided to do Zima Gold, which was a huge disaster,” he said. They also made the decision to nix Zima’s trademark fluted bottle with a smooth, generic one which, Coors said “killed the brand, frankly.”Like a lot of trendy American products, Zima remained big in Japan. And now that innumerable other 90s fads are making a comeback, Molson-Coors decided that the time was right to bring the lightly carbonated malt beverage that offered “Zomething different” back for the “one of the zillion fans who have missed Zima.”If you count yourself among them, you’ll have to move quickly. It’s reportedly only being offered for a limited time. Of course, you could say the original Zima was, too, so you may be able to buy it until 2032 for all we know.last_img read more

Migrating Exoplanet Sculpts Disk Around Young Star in Neon Photo

first_img There might be a baby exoplanet moving through space: A new high-resolution image from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) shows a protoplanetary disk that has an isolated outer region with a system of thin gaps and rings surrounding a young star.Researchers observed the strange ring structures in the isolated outer region of a dust and gas disk circling HD 169142, a young star located roughly 370 light-years from our planet, Space.com reported. The disk, which doesn’t have a wide or smooth ring and instead, has these isolated structures, hasn’t been spotted before, leading researchers to believe that a single, migrating tiny planet that’s 10 times the mass of Earth is sculpting dust particles into many narrow rings, said an ALMA Observatory press release.“Planetary migration naturally explains the distinct mutual separations between the narrow rings,” researchers wrote in a new study, which was published on June 14 in The Astronomical Journal. Their findings suggest that connecting the gaps between protoplanetary disks and planets’ properties enables researchers to investigate and detect young planets thriving in our solar system.#BreakingNews The star HD169142 and its protoplanetary disk are 370 light-years away from us. Even so, we discovered new structures that can be explained by a mini-Neptune-like planet. https://t.co/Px1bkkpW2v pic.twitter.com/2T88HpBkeN— ALMA Observatory (@almaobs) June 14, 2019Researchers leveraged the ALMA, a network of radio telescopes in Chile, to analyze HD 169142. Over the past few years, ALMA has spotted many newborn star systems and observed gaps and rings in nearly all of their protoplanetary disks. The origins of these mysterious structures are still up for debate, but some researchers hypothesize that these structures could be shaped by the planets coming together to form one mass there.This ALMA image shows the structure of the protoplanetary disk in HD 169142. (Photo Credit: N. Lira – ALMA (ESO / NAOJ / NRAO); S. Pérez – USACH / UChile)ALMA detected gaps and rings in the protoplanetary disk surrounding HD 169142 and the results were shocking: The researchers conducted computer simulations to try to understand where HD 169142 disk’s thin gaps and rings came from. Researchers said these structures might derive from a small Neptune, which developed approximately 69 astronomical units (AU) from a parent star and then migrated inward to roughly 64 AU. Since the middle ring is in close proximity to the inner ring, this demonstrates planetary migration in disk observations, since the planet travels closer to the star and shrinks its orbit.“Here, one small planet interacting with tiny dust particles can reproduce these rings in isolation, revealing its properties in an indirect way,” Sebastian Pérez, lead author of this research, said in the press release. “This one and other similar experiments open new possibilities of characterization of super young extra-solar planets.”More on Geek.com:ESO’s Very Large Telescope Upgrade Aids Hunt for Habitable ExoplanetsNASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Discovers New Sculpting in Saturn’s RingsHubble Space Telescope Spots Explosive Galaxy NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on targetlast_img read more

Jayne: Roseanne reinforced worst stereotypes of Trump fans

first_imgGreg Jayne, Opinion page editor At least she didn’t kneel.Roseanne Barr, who allegedly is a comedian of some sort, had her eponymous TV show canceled by ABC last week despite success in the ratings. You might have heard about this; it was in all the papers.The cancellation occurred after Roseanne tweeted an offensive comment about a former Barack Obama adviser. Why she was attacking this particular Obama confidant is unclear; well, somebody probably explains it amid the thousands of stories that have been written, but I’m really not that curious.I did read enough, however, to know that the comment was indefensible and was awash in racism. It was so indefensible that Roseanne skipped over the typical “my account was hacked” excuse and went right to The Ambien Defense, claiming she was in a sleeping-pill-induced stupor when she wrote the tweet.Some historians believe Vlad the Impaler first used The Ambien Defense to explain his torturous ways during the 15th century; others note that this is unlikely because Ambien was not marketed until 1988. Either way, the makers of Ambien responded to Roseanne’s claim by saying, “racism is not a known side effect.” Seriously, they did that, proving that drug manufacturers are funnier than Roseanne Barr.All of this has given the 37 percent of the American population that makes its living as political commentators plenty to talk about. Roseanne’s show, a reboot of her earlier hit sitcom, depicted a working-class family and was sympathetic to President Trump, and some Trump supporters believe ABC was simply looking for an excuse to cancel the show.last_img read more

ASA Awards Banquet Sold Out Record Numbers Expected

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association‘s (ASA) annual Awards Banquet is sold out! The annual dinner, sponsored by the United Soybean Board/Soy Checkoff, DuPont and Monsanto BioAg, brings together ASA members from across the country to recognize and celebrate successes, accomplishments and education of the many farmer-leaders, soybean associations and industry representatives who have done outstanding work to benefit the U.S. soybean farmers and industry.Awards will be presented for ASA membership and association outstanding achievements, leadership building, conservation stewardship and industry accomplishments and support.Entertainment this year will be provided by comedian, Jay Hendren, an Ohio farmer who draws from his experiences for some good-clean humor.The banquet will be held on Friday, March 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. It is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation and consistently ranks as one of country’s top ten facilities. The annual banquet is a part of Commodity Classic 2016.A very special thank you goes out to our sponsors United Soybean Board/Soy Checkoff, DuPont and Monsanto BioAg for making this event possible and for their continued support.last_img read more

Vancouvers violentcrime count rose in 2009

first_imgSearch an online version of the FBI crime statistics database (and others) at our Datacenter web page.Violent crime in Vancouver rose last year, bucking a nationwide trend, according to preliminary statistics released Monday by the FBI.According to the data, violent crime in the nation fell 5.5 percent in 2009, the third consecutive year of declines. Vancouver, though, went the other way, posting an 8.4 percent increase.The Vancouver totals for violent crimes: 656 in 2009, compared with 605 in 2008. That figure includes a jump in homicides from 0 to 6; forcible rapes from 105 to 117; and aggravated assaults from 324 to 375. Robberies fell from 176 to 158.Property crimes in Vancouver dropped from 6,298 to 5,944, or 5.6 percent, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, which details the year-over-year ups and downs of vilent crimes — murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault — and property crimes — burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. A one-year increase does not necessarily signal that Vancouver has become a significantly more dangerous place, police said.Instead, a Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman said increases in violent crime can, in part, be attributed to the data’s narrow scope. According to five-year trend lines analyzed by the police department, homicides, rapes, robberies, burglaries and auto thefts are all at or below yearly averages.last_img read more

Macrovision Sells TV Guide Net in 300M Deal

first_imgMacrovision, the Santa Clara, California-based digital software solutions firm, has reached an agreement to sell the TV Guide Network—including TVGuide.com—to Allen Shapiro and One Equity Partners for an initial payment of $255 million, the company announced Thursday. Up to an additional $45 million in “earn-out” can be paid through 2012, the company said.According to Macrovision president and CEO Fred Amoroso, the divestiture “will further streamline our business operations.” The deal is expected to close April 1. One Equity Partners manages $8 billion of investments and commitments for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Shapiro most recently served as president of Mosaic Media Group.In October, Macrovisiion sold the print edition of TV Guide to Beverly Hills, California-based investment firm OpenGate Capital for $1, keeping the Web site. As part of the financial terms, Macrovision was to loan OpenGate up to $9.5 million at 3 percent interest.In April, Gemstar-TV Guide stockholders approved the company’s merger with Macrovision, which agreed last December to acquire Gemstar for $2.8 billion in cash and stock.last_img read more

Throwback When Sreesanth said Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni ditched him during

first_imgFile photo of S SreesanthHamish Blair/Getty ImagesS Sreesanth, the Indian cricketer who was allegedly involved in the IPL spot-fixing scandal inhaled a breath of relief yesterday when the honorable Supreme Court revoked his life ban imposed by the BCCI. At this moment, we took you to those old days when Sreesanth alleged that Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni did not support him during the time of crisis, thus spoiling his cricketing career.Sreesanth made these comments during an interview given to Republic TV a few years back. During the interview, Sreesanth revealed that he felt disappointed to see Rahul Dravid standing with the Rajasthan Royals franchise, despite sharing the dressing room with him for many years during his tenure in the national side.Sreesanth added that then Indian skipper MS Dhoni too did not respond to his emotional message after he was arrested in the spot-fixing case.”I was sad that Rahul Dravid stood by Rajasthan Royals and didn’t support me despite knowing me well. I messaged MS Dhoni, sent him an emotional message. But he didn’t respond too,” said Sreesanth during the interview.In the same interview, Sreesanth had alleged that he was made a scapegoat, as many names taken by the Delhi Police in association with the spot-fixing scandal are still playing IPL, and even in the national side.Sreesanth now believes that the recent Supreme Court order to revoke his life ban will help him to make a comeback soon. In a recent interaction with media, Sreesanth expressed his hope to play this year’s Scottish League, and he urged BCCI to take a quick decision before the stipulated 90 days time frame given by the Supreme Court to the cricket board.After the judgment, Sreesanth’s wife Bhuvaneswari also shared her excitement, and she revealed that her husband has finally got justice from the Indian judiciary. She also added that Sreesanth has started vigorous practice to make a strong comeback.last_img read more

PM to brief media on Brunei visit Friday

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina will hold a press conference on Friday afternoon to brief the media about the outcome of her official visit to Brunei Darussalam, reports UNB.The press conference will be held at her official residence Ganabhaban at 4:00pm, PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told UNB on Thursday.The prime minister made the three-day visit to Brunei on 21-23 April at the invitation of Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.last_img

Iraqi forces halt ISIS march to Baghdad

first_imgIraqi security forces have retaken most of the town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from ISIS , the biggest gains in months of fighting for the strategic area, senior local officials said on Saturday. Full control of the town could allow Iraqi authorities to prevent the Sunni insurgents from edging closer to the capital and maintaining connections to their strongholds in western Anbar province as well as infiltrating the mainly Shia south. ‘We have managed to push out ISIS from the town of Jurf al-Sakhar and now we are raising the Iraqi flag over the government offices,’ provincial governor said. Some ISIS fighters had fled towards the city of Falluja while fighting still raged near a bridge linking Jurf al-Sakhar to Anbar.last_img