first_imgAdam Gilchrist rolled back years to come up with a superlative century helping his team to an impressive 111-run win against Bangalore during the 63rd IPL match on Tuesday. Score | PhotosBatting at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday, he and countryman Shaun Marsh also put up the highest T20 partnership scoring a massive 206 runs for the second wicket.In the face of a daunting 233-run target, Bangalore lost the plot early.Opener Chris Gayle went back without opening his account to a Ryan Harris ball in the second over and soon one-down batsman Virat Kohli followed in the fourth over. He became Harris’s second victim when the total was 17/2.The other opener Saurabh Tiwary departed on the last ball of the sixth over off Shalabh Srivastava and the next over saw Asad Pathan walk back, caught David Hussey, bowled Paul valthaty when the team total was 43/4.Mohammad Kaif was the next to take a walk. A turner off leggie Piyush Chawla beat him and Gilchrist removed the bails in a jiffy. He was the fifth wicket to fall from the Bangalore camp and the score at the time of his departure was 72.Chawla then came around to get rid of Arun Karthik AB de Villiers to reduce Bangalore to 89/7.With seven wicket back in the dugout, the rest was easy for the Punjab bowlers who quickly wrapped up the tail emerging triumphant by 111 runs with three overs to spare.Punjab inningsPunjab skipper Adam Gilchrist hit a century helping his team 232 against Bangalore – the highest total of IPL-4.advertisementCaptain Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh, who remained unbeaten on 79, scored 206 runs for the second wicket – the highest in T20s so far. Earlier, Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bat in this 63th IPL match of the season.Despite a good start, they lost their opener Paul Valthaty to a Charl Langeveldt ball in the fourth over when the team total was 25.But post that wicket, the two Aussies, Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh got going against the Bangalore bowlers. Soon the run rate shot up to more than 10 an over and by the 10th over the Punjab total was an impressive 99/1.The two started dealing in boundaries and over-the-fence shots making the opposition – Bangalore, table-toppers in the IPL so far, look like a team of novice players. Chris Gayle, who has been impressive both with the bat and the ball this season, too could not much for the team’s cause as the two Aussies went about their business with ease.Punjab crossed the 200-run mark in the 17th over off Johan van der Wath that witnessed as many as 16 runs being scored in it. A much better performance by Van der Wath compared to his last over that went for 30 runs.Gilchrist went on to complete his first IPL-4 century hitting a four off Charl Langeveldt on the second ball of the last over.But the captain’s innings came to a tame end on the penultimate ball of the innings when he prodded an away moving ball to Chris Gayle at short third man. His 106-run innings came off just 55 balls and was decorated with eight four and nine over-the-fence shot.The Gilchrist-Marsh 206-run partnership proved to be the highest in all T20s so far. And the score 232 was the highest of this IPL season. Marsh remained unbeaten on 79.last_img read more

first_imgManoj said that he will file a case in the Punjab and Haryana High CourtFeeling “insulted” after his name was not added to this year’s list of Arjuna awardees, boxer Manoj Kumar today said he would sue the Sports Ministry for the “injustice” meted out to him.The controversial recommendation of boxer Jai Bhagwan for the prestigious Arjuna Awards stands after the selection committee yesterday decided not to make any changes in the original 15-athlete list.Sports Authority of India Director General Jiji Thomson, who was part of the Awards committee, said the panel discussed seven athletes in the review meeting but it was unanimously agreed that no changes were needed.Manoj said that he had been assured by the sports secretary and Thomson himself that his name would be added in yesterday’s meeting and their backtracking was a “betrayal”.”When my elder brother met the Sports Secretary on August 13, the Sports Secretary had admitted that there was a mistake on the part of the ministry by mistakenly thinking that I was involved in a dope offence. Mr Ajit Sharan had told my brother that my name will be added in the review meeting,” Manoj, who is in the national camp at the NIS, said.”The SAI DG himself called me up the next day (August 14) that my case will be considered and no injustice would be done to me. He assured me that my name will be added in the Arjuna list. But all these turned out to be false promises and they have backtracked now. I have a trial for the Asian Games next week and I am in severe mental stress,” he said.advertisement”First, they tarnished my image by mistakenly calling me a dope offender and then betrayed me by backtracking on what they had promised. It’s an insult and betrayal,” a dejected Manoj, who won a gold in 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, said.Manoj’s elder brother and coach Rajesh Kumar said that he will file a case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.”This is an injustice to my brother. What motivation an athlete will have to bring laurels for the country if he was treated like this. I will file a case at the High Court in Chandigarh very soon.”I will file an RTI to the government tomorrow first and then the case at the High Court. I will ask for the points Manoj has got under the marking system used by the selection panel and the points earned by the 15 recommended athletes. That information will be used as evidence in the High Court case,” said Rajesh.Rajesh also wondered how Thomson can claim that Manoj has time with him and he can get the award later on. “How can it be? He (Manoj) won a gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and this achievement will not be considered for next year’s Arjuna Award as only four-year achievement is counted. Next year’s Arjuna will start counting achievements from 2011 onwards,” he said.”Otherwise, what is the point of waiting. If a person is deserving, then he is deserving. Many a times in the past, two athletes from the same sport were given Arjuna.”Rajesh said Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had also assured, through his personal secretary, that the case of Manoj will be addressed and those officials who committed the mistake of taking him as a dope offender will be taken to task.”I sought a meeting with the sports minister on August 13 and I waited for him late on that day. The Minister returned to office around 9:30pm after some work. The Minister sent his PS to tell me that Manoj’s case will be reconsidered in the selection committee meeting.”The PS also told me that the officials who placed Manoj’s name as a dope offender before the selection panel will also be taken to task. But now it turned out that all these were just talk in the air,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgLONDON (AP) — Russia’s sports reputation was ripped apart again Friday when a new report into systematic doping detailed a vast “institutional conspiracy” that covered more than 1,000 athletes in over 30 sports and corrupted the drug-testing system at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics.The findings were handed over to the International Olympic Committee, which will be under pressure to take action against the Russians ahead of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.“It is impossible to know just how deep and how far back this conspiracy goes,” World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren said. “For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by Russians. Coaches and athletes have been playing on an uneven field. Sports fans and spectators have been deceived.”McLaren’s second and final report said the conspiracy involved the Russian Sports Ministry, national anti-doping agency and the FSB intelligence service, providing further details of state involvement in a massive program of cheating and cover-ups that operated on an “unprecedented scale” from 2011-15.The Canadian law professor described the Russian doping program as “a cover-up that evolved over the years from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalized and disciplined medal-winning strategy and conspiracy.”The findings confirmed much of the evidence contained in McLaren’s first report issued in July, while expanding the number of athletes involved and the overall scope of the cheating program in the sports powerhouse.“Over 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sport can be identified as being involved in or benefiting from manipulations to conceal positive doping tests,” McLaren said.The names of those athletes, including 600 summer sports competitors, have been turned over to international federations to pursue disciplinary sanctions, he said.The 144-page report provided further forensic evidence of manipulation of samples at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, where sealed doping bottles were opened with special tools by intelligence agents and tainted urine was replaced with clean urine to beat the drug-testing system.Russians who won 15 medals in Sochi had their samples tampered with, including two athletes who won four gold medals, McLaren found.The report also found the Russian doping program corrupted the 2012 London Olympics on an “unprecedented scale.” While no Russians tested positive at the time of the games, McLaren said the sports ministry gave athletes a “cocktail of steroids … in order to beat the detection thresholds at the London lab.”The report said 15 Russian medal winners in London had been on a list of athletes who had been protected by Russian officials from testing positive before the games. Ten of those athletes have since had their London medals stripped after their samples were retested.Declaring that McLaren’s findings detailed “a fundamental attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and on sport in general,” the IOC said it would retest samples of all Russian athletes who competed in Sochi and London.IOC President Thomas Bach said any athlete or official involved “in such as sophisticated manipulation system” should be banned for life from the Olympics.The Russian Sports Ministry said it was studying the report and denied the country had any state-sponsored doping system.McLaren’s first report, issued in July, led WADA to recommend that Russia be excluded from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The IOC rejected calls for an outright ban, allowing international federations to decide which Russians could compete.The IOC has two separate commissions that will study McLaren’s report and make recommendations to the executive board for sanctions. While a blanket ban on Pyeongchang would seem unlikely, the IOC has indicated it will impose stiff sanctions.“We now have detailed information which will allow us to take serious decisions, so let’s take them,” WADA President Craig Reedie, who is also an IOC member, told The Associated Press. “If you look at the statements made by the IOC, it seems to be pretty likely they will take the appropriate decisions.”Other findings in the report include:— Six Russian athletes who won a total of 21 medals at the Sochi Paralympics had their urine samples tampered with.— Two female hockey players at the Sochi Olympics had samples that contained male DNA.— Eight Sochi samples had salt content that was physiologically impossible in a healthy human.U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart called McLaren’s report “another staggering example of how the Olympic movement has been corrupted and clean athletes robbed by Russia’s state-supported doping system.”Tygart said the Russian Olympic Committee should be suspended and no international sporting events should be held in Russia until its anti-doping program is in line with global rules.While the report again accused the Russian Sports Ministry, it found no evidence of involvement of the Russian Olympic Committee. The IOC had repeatedly cited the fact that the national Olympic committee was not implicated in defending its decision not to ban the entire Russian team from the Rio Games.McLaren’s first report set off bitter divisions and infighting in the Olympic movement and those recriminations have dragged on since the Rio Games.“I find it difficult to understand why were at not on the same team,” he said. “We should all be working together to end doping in sports.”McLaren opened his investigation earlier this year after Moscow’s former doping lab director, Grigory Rodchenkov, told The New York Times that he and other officials were involved in an organized doping program for Russian athletes. He detailed how tainted samples were replaced with clean urine through a concealed “mouse hole” in the wall of the Sochi lab.The new report further backs Rodchenkov’s account. McLaren’s investigation found scratches and other marks left on the doping bottles. WADA investigators were able to recreate the method used by the Russians to pry open the sealed bottle caps.The report also detailed how some Russian samples were diluted with salt or even coffee granules.“The report has proved without a shadow of a doubt there was organized manipulation of the doping process in Russia,” Reedie said. “Now the challenge is for Russia, first of all to admit that the report is worthy, and second to make sure they change their process so this does not happen again.”Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, the former sports minister in charge during the London and Sochi Olympics, said Russia would take legal action in response to the report. It was not clear what course any legal action might take.Asked how he would respond to Russian critics, McLaren said: “I would say, ‘read the report.’”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgFreefly Systems/FacebookFreefly Systems/FacebookWe’re fast-approaching a world where smartphones will replace every mobile gadget in your luggage, up to and including a studio-quality video camera. While we’re not quite there yet, these five gadgets are among the best for upping your smartphone video game to near-pro level. The best part is that you can snag this entire setup for less than USD $500.Freefly Movi Smartphone Gimbal – $299Shooting 4K mobile video is within reach for even the most novice, budget-minded videographer, but that hyper-real level of resolution highlights the imperfections in every video you take. We’ve all suffered through too-long, Cloverfield-like YouTube videos that look like they were filmed during an earthquake. The solution? The tried-and-true gimbal. Hollywood has been using them for as long as anyone can remember because they smooth out even the shakiest video. The Movi Smartphone Gimbal is purpose-built for on-the-go videographers who demand the latest gimbal tech in the tightest possible package. The company behind the scenes, Freefly, has provided professional filmmakers with industry-leading gimbal technology for years. As a bonus, the company bundles a ton of video presets in with their hardware so you can add flair to your footage with the latest cinematic effects.See ItLume Cube Smartphone Video Kit – $110Of course, the most incredible, eye-popping footage is no good if the viewer can’t actually see what’s on-screen. Lume Cube sells the brightest mobile lights in the world. At just 1.5 inches cubed and less than three ounces, tossing them in your messenger bag or backpack ahead of a shoot is a no-brainer. Multiple lights can be synced, all wirelessly, to your mobile device. Whether you’re just looking to knock out a few shadows or flood the entire stage, 10 manual brightness settings (up to 1,500 lumens each) allow for fine control over your scene. The Lume Cube Smartphone Video Kit is a good place to start. The bundle features one Lume Cube, a USB charging cable, a smartphone mount, and a comfortable handle with a ball head.See ItPurple Panda Lavalier Lapel Mic Kit – $26While smartphone video quality has improved exponentially, the microphones inside the devices hardly seem to have progressed past the days of flip-phones. The solution is an external mic. If your goal is to film yourself (narrating a travel video while strolling the streets of Rome, for example) or interviewing locals while traveling, a lavalier mic is key. Like all tech aimed at videographers, the sky’s the limit on how much you can spend (e.g., thousands of dollars for a studio quality setup), but we love the Purple Panda Lavalier Lapel Mic Kit. It’s ultra-portable, sounds great, and works with a ton of mobile devices, including GoPros. Even more importantly, it’s available for a fraction of the price you’d pay for a similar mic from, say, Sennheiser.See ItManfrotto Compact Tripod – $65Sure, you can get by without a tripod, but why would you want to? Especially if you’re planning on taking this whole travel videography thing seriously. Manfrotto tripods are arguably the best in the industry. Their Compact Light Aluminum Tripod is compact, ultra-lightweight (less than two pounds!), and the head makes attaching your camera or smartphone a literal snap. The entire process from setup to filming takes seconds, so you’ll never miss an ultra-smooth, level shot. It’s also a must-have for anyone planning to shoot time-lapse video.See ItQuik GoPro Video Editor – FreeQuik App/FacebookQuik App/FacebookOf course, serious videographers edit almost exclusively on a laptop, but if you’re looking to go all-in with your mobile videography game, there are plenty of great options for editing your videos right on your smartphone. Quik is a fantastic, free video editing app backed by GoPro (available for both iOS and Android). It packs a staggering amount of features and functionality into an easy-to-use mobile app. It won’t give you the same granularity or full creative control of a proper desktop suite like Adobe Premiere, but it’s the closest mobile alternative. Plus, did we mention it’s free?See It The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — When she was 17 years old, Liz was coerced by a Children’s Aid worker into having an abortion and being sterilized at a northwestern Ontario hospital, she says — an experience she’s carried for 40 years.“It was a matter of me almost (being) cornered, if you will, by my worker at the time saying, ‘You better have an abortion because if you don’t, either way, we are going to take that child from you’,” Liz says.New research shows the forced sterilization of Indigenous women is not just a shameful part of Canadian history. Reports from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the territories suggest it is still happening.Tubal ligations carried out on unwilling Indigenous women is one of the “most heinous” practices in health care happening across Canada, says Yvonne Boyer, a Metis lawyer and former nurse who is now a senator for Ontario.She was first contacted by Liz (who asked not to have her last name published, so she could talk freely about something so personal) in 2017 after a news story detailed research Boyer produced with Metis physician and researcher Dr. Judith Bartlett. Their report detailed how Indigenous women were coerced into tubal ligations — the severing, burning or tying of the Fallopian tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus — after childbirth in the Saskatoon Health Region.Boyer now wants the Senate to study the scope of the issue nationally, making it the focus of her first address to the upper chamber.“If it’s happened in Saskatoon, it has happened in Regina, it’s happened in Winnipeg, it’s happened where there’s a high population of Indigenous women,” Boyer says in an interview. “I’ve had many women contact me from across the country and ask me for help.”Some Indigenous women interviewed for the report also felt pushed into signing consent forms for the procedures while they were in active labour or on operating tables, Boyer says, noting a class-action lawsuit against the Saskatoon Health Region was launched in 2017 by two of the affected women.Each claimed $7 million in damages. Now about 60 women are part of the lawsuit, she adds.“If there are 60 women just in the Saskatoon area, there are many more that haven’t come forward in that area and there are many more that wanted to come forward but were too traumatized to,” Boyer says. “There’s many more that have buried those memories.”Alisa Lombard, an associate with Maurice Law — a firm leading the proposed class action — says women from outside Saskatoon Health Region have also reported being sterilized without proper and informed consent. She says she’s heard from others in Saskatchewan as well as Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta.Records and research show the practice was prevalent in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut as well, she adds.Lombard says her firm will raise the issue of coerced sterilizations of Indigenous women at the UN Committee Against Torture this month.In its submission to the committee, Lombard’s firm calls out provincial and federal authorities for not investigating and punishing those responsible for the practice despite having received “numerous reports of numerous cases of forced sterilization.”It also outlines specific steps to combat the practice, including criminalizing forced sterilization through the Criminal Code and having Health Canada issue guidance to health professionals regarding sterilization procedures.“I think any and all attention brought to such egregious human-rights breaches is not only necessary, but it ought to be expected,” Lombard says. “I think upon any kind of inkling that something this terrible is happening, that it is reported and the fact it is reported by so many women … I think our governments have an obligation to look into it deeply and to fix it, mostly importantly.”Canada must ensure the practice stops, says Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, with policies, education and awareness-raising.“The issue of forced sterilization of vulnerable people, including Indigenous women, is a very serious violation of human rights,” she says, noting it has gone on in Canada for a long time.She also calls what happened to Liz “absolutely appalling and reprehensible.”“The story that you’re telling where not only was apprehension being threatened … that she was forced into not only giving up the baby she was carrying but give up her future unborn children, is frankly a horrifying concept,” Philpott says.Liz remains haunted by what has stolen from her. Sometimes she hears her baby in her sleep.“I’ve had a few dreams … where you could hear a baby crying or you could have a sense of a baby,” she says. “The first time I had it I didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl. And then another time I had it, it was a boy.”She says it took years before she understood that what happened wasn’t her fault.“You say to yourself, ‘I deserve this, this is my sacrifice, this is my cross to bear’.”—Follow @kkirkup on TwitterKristy Kirkup, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgJessica and Jerry Seinfeld hosted the Baby Buggy Summer Dinner, in partnership with Vanity Fair and supported by Giorgio Armani, at their home in the Hamptons on July 26.Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian and Jessica Seinfeld Attend Baby Buggy Summer DinnerCredit/Copyright: BFAAmong the guests were Alec Baldwin, Rachel Zoe, Roger Berman, Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick, Nacho Figueras, Delfina Blaquier, Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos, Alina Cho, and Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor.Hilaria and Alec BaldwinCredit/Copyright: BFABaby Buggy, founded by Jessica Seinfeld in 2001, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing families in need with essential equipment, products, clothing, and services for their infants and children up to age 12. With an extensive network of community-based organizations across the country, Baby Buggy has donated more than 7.3 million items to thousands of children.Rachel Zoe and Roger BermanCredit/Copyright: BFAlast_img read more

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 52-year-old Dennis Whitcomb.According to RCMP, Whitcomb was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on June 19, 2019.Whitcomb is being described as: Male5’5″ in heightWeighing 195 lbsGrey hairPolice say there is a concern for his well-being.Anyone with information regarding Whitcomb’s whereabouts is being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

NOEL, N.S. — They were first created by the Acadian settlers of the 1700s, one shovel full of clay-rich soil at a time.Over the centuries the dikes protecting the Maritime lowlands have been extended, expanded and, in the 1950s and 60s, built higher and stronger through a massive federal rehabilitation program.But geomorphologists who study the changing shape of the coast say climate change is threatening anew the 241 kilometres of dikes that line the coasts and tidal rivers of Nova Scotia and another 100 kilometres in New Brunswick.A recently completed draft study by a team of geographers at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax indicates 70 per cent of the dikes in Nova Scotia are now vulnerable to even a one-in-50-year storm.In that scenario, a sustained tidal surge that comes up the Bay of Fundy with low atmospheric pressure, with gusts up to 80 kilometres per hour during a high spring tide, could push water over the tops of the structures.At risk: many homes, fertile land and roadways.Danika van Proosdij, a geographer who leads the Saint Mary’s team, says the fixes needed now are far more complex and ambitious than the renovations led by Ottawa in the last century, which rebuilt poorly maintained dikes.“It’s a different battle,” she said in an interview.“It’s not just rebuilding dikes in place and shoring them up. It’s actually changing how we design our dikelands and we protect our dikelands to a changing climate and forces that are greater than we’ve seen in the past.”A 1987 book, “Maritime Dykelands: The 350 Year Struggle,” describes the outpouring of federal support by the Maritime Marsh Rehabilitation Agency in the 1950s as the “decade of salvation.”Engineers raised the structures to levels that put communities and farmers at ease, and installed much tougher aboiteaux — the culverts beneath the dikes with sluice gates that let fresh water out and close to prevent seas from entering during high tides.During a recent walk along the Noel shore, local resident Eleanor Anthony recalled how in 1959 — when she was just 10 years old — she watched the hydraulic machinery build the current barrier against the Minas Basin.Behind the current dike, the faint outline of the much lower Acadian dikes remains visible.A bit further along, neighbour Anne Crowe’s recently restored lowland fields flourish and grow enough hay to feed a quarter of her 100 head of cattle.But the tides are inching higher as the Bay of Fundy rises — almost 40 centimetres in just 70 years, with international climate change scenarios projecting an acceleration in the decade to come.Boulder-sized ice blocks that glisten on the chocolate brown beach appear benign at low tide, but Anthony and Crowe have watched them play their role in erosion when Fundy’s tides rush in.The shining ice rides up to the crest of the dike’s armour rock, fuses into the stone, and drags it piece by piece into the sea.The two women also anxiously point to a massive, five-metre bite being chewed out of a steep, sandy shoreline the dike ties into, with each storm bringing the waters a step closer to their lands.“The field at the end (of the dike) is washing away, so we need some kind of solution for this end of the structure,” said Anthony, standing a few hundred metres from a home she fears would be flooded if the dike’s rearguard gives way.However, van Proosdij says the problem isn’t simply that seas are closer to the top of the dike, but the foreshore — the beach in front of the women — is being eroded by the sea.That means that simply raising a dike like Noel’s isn’t the only answer, as it’s the foreshore that ultimately protects the dike from being battered by the mighty current.“Noel is a high vulnerability (dike), the rate of erosion for that area is quite high,” she says.A team of experts will need to identify portions of the Noel dike that could be moved back or altered, she said, to buy the community more time and “provide a greater ability to save their lands for the future.”However, for Crowe, the possibility of losing land is a worrying option after spending thousands of dollars working the lowlands to create feed for her dairy cattle.“We’re talking about fossil fuels and let’s not burn too much — if I have to bring feed in from Quebec or Ontario, that’s going to take a lot more fuel than me just bringing it in from Ontario,” she said.In the 1970s, Ottawa left the dikes to provincial departments to maintain the structures and fund upgrades.Inspection reports obtained under freedom of information legislation shows ongoing maintenance, with several dikes being raised to 2055 sea level rises predicted five years ago.But it also notes the vulnerabilities.“Area stable, however erosion at graveyard is at risk of washing around the dike,” an inspector says about a dike further down the shore from the Burncoat dike.The notation for the Kennetcook dike says its elevation is low and “on some high tides water over flow the dike.”Kevin Bekkers, the director of land protection in the provincial Agriculture Department, says his department has a growing budget for capital improvements as climate change concerns grow.The capital plan introduced in March projects a $50-million, nine-year plan for dikeland improvements will reduce flood risk, with an expectation about half the money will come from Ottawa, the department says in an email.Bekkers also says he’s busy applying for money from the federal National Disaster Mitigation fund.These improvements would “strengthen the resilience of dikes” in the Annapolis River, the Southern Bight, the Cumberland Basin and along Cobequid Bay, the email says.Whether this kind of provincial response, with federal help, will be enough to produce a freshly reworked dike system capable of dealing with climate change remains to be seen.Van Proosdij says a variety of approaches may be necessary: A retreat of some dikes, the use of less permeable materials, careful tie-ins with higher lands.Whether Crowe and Anthony will ultimately be safe from flooding remains unclear.“It’s a real worry,” says Crowe, gesturing to her family marshland.“We have to reinforce these things and keep them going. If it works in Holland, it should work here.”Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press read more

4 June 2011Welcoming the progress made during peace talks aimed at resolving the eight-year conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the parties to the fighting to now make the necessary compromises to secure a lasting peace. The All Darfur Stakeholders Conference, held in the Qatari capital, Doha, wrapped up earlier this week with delegates voicing support for a draft document that would form the basis of a permanent ceasefire and a comprehensive peace pact.Delegates said significant progress had been made on several fronts, including power sharing and the administrative status of Darfur, human rights, compensation and the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban welcomed the outcome of the conference, noting it laid the basis “for reaching a permanent ceasefire and inclusive peace settlement, and sustainable peace and stability in Darfur.”An estimated 300,000 people have been killed since the conflict between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen erupted in 2003 and about 2.7 million others have had to flee their homes. Both sides have been accused of numerous human rights abuses.In today’s statement Mr. Ban urged the parties to immediately end hostilities, sign a ceasefire and “make the compromises necessary to reach a sustainable peace.”He also thanked Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, and other international partners for the support they have given to the joint African Union-United Nations mediation efforts. read more

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 21, 2013 8:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar lower, Fed minutes raise questions about length of stimulus TORONTO – The Canadian dollar fell to a fresh seven month low against the greenback Thursday amid concerns over how long the U.S. Federal Reserve will continue its current stimulus program of bond purchases.The loonie was down 0.14 of a cent to 98.16 cents US and went as low as 98 cents as traders avoided risk and resource-based currencies such as the loonie.The release of the minutes from the Fed’s last policy meeting showed some policy-makers were worried that the bank’s US$85 billion in monthly bond purchases could eventually unsettle financial markets or cause the central bank to take losses.The purchases, commonly known as quantitative easing, are designed to boost the U.S. economy by increasing liquidity in financial markets.“The take-aways of the minutes are important as they suggest that there is increased concern over QE, particularly with how it might complicate the ultimate withdrawal from asset purchases in the future,” observed Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton.The Fed said it would review its asset purchases program at its March meeting.Traders flocked to the perceived safe haven of U.S. Treasuries following the release of the Fed minutes Wednesday, pushing the greenback higher and commodities lower.A higher U.S. dollar pressures commodities because a stronger greenback makes it more expensive for holders of other currencies to buy oil and metals, which are dollar-denominated.The April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost $2.38 to US$92.84 a barrel on top of a $2 slide Wednesday.Oil prices were also undercut by data showing U.S. oil inventories rose last week by a much more than expected 4.14 million barrels.Copper prices were down sharply for a second day with the March contract on the Nymex off five cents at US$3.55 a pound, adding to a four-cent fall Wednesday.Gold prices surrendered earlier minor gains to move lower for a seventh straight day. The April contract edged closed down 60 cents to US$1,578.60 an ounce after closing at a seven-month low Wednesday.The latest declines in bullion prices were sparked by the Fed minutes because the central bank’s quantitative easing has supported gold. That is because the bond buying program has encouraged worries about rising inflation and gold is seen as a hedge against rising prices. read more

In a press statement, the 15-member Security Council “underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice” and urged all states to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard.According to news reports, a suicide bomber rammed into a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led foot patrol as it moved through a village close to the base, which is 45 kilometres (28 miles) north of Kabul.The Council members also “reiterated their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levan (ISIL, or Da’esh) affiliates, illegal and armed groups to the local population, national defense and security forces, and international presence in Afghanistan.”In addition, they “reiterated that no violent or terrorist acts can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and by the international community.”The statement “reaffirmed the need and reiterated [Council members’] determination to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.”“Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group,” it said. read more

first_imgThe LSO perform the world premiere of The Hogboon, a children's opera by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at Barbican Centre in June 2016 Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, which has hosted artists including Philippe Parreno Even the staunchest of classical music fans might admit a three-hour concert after work on a weekday can sometimes feel a little bit daunting.Anyone who likes an early night can rejoice, then, as the London Symphony Orchestra introduces a special series of one-hour concerts to allow audiences to fit in music and dinner before bed.Sir Simon Rattle, who is to make his much-anticipated return to London this year as the LSO’s music director, will take the lead in the “Half Six Fix” series, aimed at commuters who want to get home in good time and older people who do not like to stay out too late.It will also target new audiences, with organisers hoping a one-hour-long informal session will be less daunting than a full-length concert.The performances were announced as part of a new season for the LSO, which celebrates Sir Simon’s appointment with a ten-day musical celebration in September opening with a concert by all-British composers. It will include a “silent symphony” broadcasting music through headphones in the Barbican sculpture court, plans for all under-18s tickets to cost £5 and a performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s masterpiece, Gruppen, in the notoriously difficult acoustics of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.Kathryn McDowell, managing director of LSO, said they had come up with the idea of the Half Six Fix after hearing from audience members who felt the traditional 7.30pm concert start made it difficult for them to get home in time.If an initial run of concerts led by Sir Simon, Gianandrea Noseda and Francois-Xavier Roth prove popular, she said, they would be extended to regular performances next season.Appearing at a press conference, Sir Simon also spoke proposals for a new “world class” London concert hall, previously championed by him but suffering from setbacks including the withdrawal of government funding for an initial feasibility study. 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.  Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO perform Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre at Barbican Centre, January 2017 The LSO perform the world premiere of The Hogboon, a children’s opera by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at Barbican Centre in June 2016 His comments come after the City of London pledged up to £2.5 million in funding to complete a detailed business case for the music centre near London Wall, after the Government withdrew funding.Sir Simon suggested that he was glad that the centre, originally projected to cost £278 million, would not be Government-funded.”There are wonderful arguments for this project and wonderful arguments against it as well, but the minute you feel this could be spent by the Government on something else, this is a very difficult area,” he said.”Anybody with half a brain would agree with that, even a conductor. It’s very important that we are now looking at other ways of funding it.”Sir Simon, 61, is returning from Germany where he has been principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. The conductor told an audience that the LSO’s current home of the Barbican was unsuitable for 20 per cent of the classical repertoire, with the stage too small for a choir or enough musicians for certain works.”There are pieces that we do play in the Barbican that we probably shouldn’t for health and safety reasons,” he said.”Obviously the stage was beautifully designed for a certain size of orchestra, but not for a very large orchestra and certainly it was made without a chorus in mind. Anything you want to do which is theatrical is a problem.”Citing health and safety issues, Sir Simon said there is a huge “amount of sound that comes out of a small space with an orchestra crammed too close to each other”.He joked: “It might be fun to listen to the Alpine Symphony in the Barbican. But I don’t think the RSPCA, if they were dealing with the orchestra, would allow it. And sometimes you need some space for sound to expand and develop.”  Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO perform Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre at Barbican Centre, January 2017 Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, which has hosted artists including Philippe Parrenolast_img read more

first_imgAcide urique : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?L’acide urique est un déchet métabolique provenant de la dégradation des cellules mortes, mais aussi du produit de la digestion de certains aliments tels que les abats. L’évaluation du taux d’acide urique est souvent préconisée pour diagnostiquer la goutte et de nombreuses autres pathologies.Qu’est-ce que l’acide urique ?Produit de la dégradation des acides nucléiques (ARN et ADN) et des purines, l’acide urique est naturellement évacué par la voie urinaire. Une certaine quantité d’acide urique provient également de l’alimentation humaine puisque l’on en retrouve, notamment, dans les gibiers, les coquillages, les abats, le fromage à fermentation ou encore l’alcool. Une consommation excessive de ce type d’aliments peut, à terme, accroître le taux d’acide urique contenu dans le sang, pouvant, de fait, occasionner des crises de goutte ou la formation de calculs rénaux.Le dosage de l’acide uriqueLa mesure de l’acide urique est réalisée à partir d’un échantillon de sang prélevé par ponction veineuse dans le pli du coude. L’examen est pratiqué sur un patient à jeun étant donné que le taux d’acide urique varie considérablement après un repas. En règle générale, le médecin prescrit cette analyse sanguine lorsqu’il suspecte un dysfonctionnement rénal ou chez des patients souffrant de douleurs articulaires. Les femmes enceintes font également l’objet d’une surveillance accrue, car elles sont susceptibles, plus que d’autres, de voir leur taux d’uricémie augmenter ou diminuer. Les valeurs normales du taux d’acide urique se situent entre 40 et 60 mg/L chez l’homme, entre 30 et 50 mg/L chez la femme et entre 25 et 40 mg/L chez l’enfant. Il faut cependant noter que les normes indicatives peuvent fluctuer d’un laboratoire à un autre.Acide urique trop bas : qu’est-ce que cela signifie ?Lorsque le taux d’acide urique observé est inférieur à 20 mg/L, on parle d’hypo-uricémie. Celle-ci est plus rarement observée qu’une hausse du taux d’acide urique et reste, la plupart du temps, moins sérieuse. Plusieurs pathologies peuvent être à l’origine d’une baisse de l’uricémie. C’est le cas, entre autres, de l’insuffisance rénale, des pathologies hépatiques sévères, d’un régime pauvre en purines, de la maladie de Wilson ou du syndrome de Fanconi. La grossesse peut également favoriser une baisse de l’acide urique sanguin.Acide urique trop haut : qu’est-ce que cela signifie ?À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Un taux d’acide urique supérieur à 80 mg/l est qualifié d’hyperuricémie. Dans ce cas-là, le médecin pourra, en fonction des signes cliniques présentés, orienter ses investigations vers les pathologies suivantes :- la goutte, – le diabète, – la leucémie, – l’hypoparathyroïdie, – la défaillance rénale aiguë, – le myélome multiple, – les calculs rénaux, – le cancer métastasé… À noter qu’un régime riche en purines peut également engendrer ce type d’augmentation. Dans tous les cas, des examens complémentaires devront être pratiqués afin de spécifier le diagnostic.Le 6 avril 2017 à 16:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Opioid overdoses are a major health issue in the U.S., yet a new high-tech wristband might help doctors detect the warning signs of fatal painkiller reactions.A group of Carnegie Mellon University students developed the HopeBand, a wearable wristband that can sound an alarm, flash repeatedly, and issue a text message alert with the wearer’s location if it senses really low blood oxygen levels, IEEE reported. With this high-tech wristband, a health care professional can administer a medication to reverse the overdose before it’s too late.“Imagine having a friend who is always watching for signs of overdose; someone who understands your usage pattern and knows when to contact [someone] for help and make sure you get help,” Rashmi Kalkunte, a software engineering student at Carnegie Mellon University, told IEEE. “That’s what the HopeBand is designed to do.”Unlike other medical devices, the Carnegie Mellon University students’ HopeBand is an inexpensive wearable device to track people’s health on the go. With a sponsorship from Pinney Associates, a pharmaceutical consulting firm, the students moved forward with a watch-style solution that leverages pulse oximetry as an overdose detector.Pulse oximetry sensors track oxygen levels in the blood with a very high-tech process. They shine LED light through the skin and then detect light absorption changes. If oxygen levels are low due to a potential overdose, HopeBand evaluates the warning sign for 10 seconds before sounding an alarm.Even though the HopeBand could be promising for overdoses, the team still has to validate whether the device can detect warning signs on real people. Despite this challenge, the team has used simulated inputs to put HopeBand to the test, and the results have been positive.Following testing, the team plans to distribute free HopeBands to opioid users via local needle exchange programs. If this distribution step is successful, the team could begin selling a commercialized version of the HopeBand between $16 and $20 in the future.More on Geek.com:Instagram Accidentally Released a Horizontal Scrolling FeaturePhony Alexa ‘Setup’ App Is Topping Apple’s App Store ChartsTeen Charged For Selling Sock Disguised as iPhone SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgCaretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is relishing the prospect of leading Manchester United out against old rivals Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA CupThe Red Devils booked their spot in the fourth round by defeating Reading 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday through goals from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku.Solskjaer, who started in United’s semi-final wins over Arsenal in 1999 and 2004 on route to FA Cup glory, believes his players need the challenge of facing top-level opponents.“Fantastic,” Solskjaer told MTV on his reaction to the FA Cup draw.“We need these games. These players need big games to be challenged.”Of course, everyone says we’ve won the last five games but [they have] not been [against] big opposition.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“But you can only beat the teams you play and, for us to get tested and go to the next level, you need those games. And if you want to win the FA Cup, you have to beat everybody.“In the competition, United have claimed seven wins to Arsenal’s six with the other two meetings ending in a draw.Last month, the two sides settled for a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in the Premier League.#MUFC have been drawn away to Arsenal in the #EmiratesFACup fourth round. The tie will be played between 25-28 January. pic.twitter.com/xnxUvc9qHp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 7, 2019last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil plunged again Monday, falling below $50 a barrel for the first time since April 2009 as evidence mounted that the world will be oversupplied with oil this year. Benchmark U.S. oil dipped to $49.77 before closing down $2.65, or 5 percent, to $50.04 a barrel. Brent crude, a global benchmark used to price oil used by many U.S. refineries, sank $3.31, or 5.9 percent, to $53.11. In June of last year, oil traded above $107 a barrel. But rising production outside of OPEC, especially in the U.S., boosted supplies just as weakness in the global economy slowed the growth in oil demand. OPEC’s decision in November to maintain existing production levels accelerated the rout in oil prices. Slower growth in China’s economy, a driver of oil demand in recent years, and a strong dollar, which makes oil more expensive for holders of foreign currencies, have also pressured oil prices.On Monday Citigroup cut its forecast for 2015 global oil prices as a result of high supplies. Citigroup analyst Ed Morse wrote in the report that the first half of this year will bring “a step-up in oversupply, more volatility and turmoil.” Morse reduced his forecast for global crude to an average of $63 a barrel for 2015, down from $80 a barrel.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are investigating the death of a man who was found floating in the Miami River.Miami Police received a call of a body found along the east side of the Miami River near Northwest 22nd Avenue and 14th Street, early Tuesday morning.The body was removed from the river and taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.Officers said they did not notice any injuries to the body.If you have any information on what might have happened, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe State of Alaska must recognize and enforce the Tlingit-Haida Central Council’s child support orders, according to a state Supreme Court decision issued Friday.Download AudioGov. Bill Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, and Tlingit Haida Central Council President Richard Peterson at last year’s council assembly. (Creative Commons file photo courtesy Alaska Governor’s Office)Central Council President Chalyee Éesh Richard Peterson says that while the court decision is an important milestone, there are still more issues the tribe is working on when it comes to how it serves tribal children, namely how it administers Indian Child Welfare Act cases with other tribes.Earlier this month the Central Council signed an agreement with the state that lets the tribe oversee custody and funding for tribal foster children.Peterson says there are families in Juneau that encounter issues when it comes to their children and foster care — they may live in town but are still under the jurisdiction of their home tribe. Because local tribes also receive federal dollars to oversee child welfare, Peterson said the Central Council must be careful to not overstep its bounds.“That’s a hurdle we’re still trying to get across,” Peterson said. “A lot of our folks want us to step in and solve the problem but we’re really going to have to work with some of the tribes to work out jurisdictional issues and come to agreements. We’re always going to uphold the sovereignty of other tribes and we’re not going to push our weight around.”Peterson says the court decision sets a precedent for other tribes that may want to more actively oversee their own child support programs.Read the entire decision below:Correction: A previous version of this story referred to an agreement signed earlier this month by the tribe and state that concerns tribal children in foster care, but mischaracterized it as being related to tribal child support. We regret the error.last_img read more

first_imgBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of his 99th birthday.The premier paid the homage by placing a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu placed in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at historic 32 Dhanmondi Road in Dhaka in the morning.After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to the memory of Sheikh Mujib, reports BSS.Cabinet members, PM’s advisers, parliament members and senior leaders of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) were present here.The birthday of Bangabandhu is also being observed across the country as the National Children’s Day.Later, flanked by the central leaders of Awami League, Sheikh Hasina laid another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu as the party president.Part senior leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Begum Matia Chowdhury, Obaidul Quader, advocate Sahara Khatun, Satish Chandra Roy, LGRD minister engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, shipping minister Shajahan Khan, food minister advocate Quamrul Islam, Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Jatiya Sangsad chief whip ASM Feroze, among others, were present.Later, Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokan, leaders of associate bodies of Awami League and other socio-cultural organisations placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.last_img read more