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Some New Brunswick lobster fishermen park boats concerned with low prices

first_imgSHEDIAC, N.B. – Some lobster fishermen in eastern New Brunswick tied up their boats and remained onshore Thursday in a protest over the prices they’re getting for lobster.Fishermen in ports such as Pointe-Sapin and Richibucto remained at the docks, saying landings are down and prices are low.“Some processors were telling some fishermen that their price was going to be $5 and $5.50 a pound, and last week they found out from those same buyers and processors that their price was going to be far less. You can imagine the frustration of fishermen right now,” said Michel Richard, an organizer with the Maritime Fishermen’s Union.Fishermen say right now they’re being paid about $4.25 per pound for canners and $4.75 per pound for market lobsters.They say it’s a big drop from about $7.50 per pound in the spring.Richard said fishermen aren’t getting any answers from the processors and buyers about the price drop.“The fishermen are frustrated because they don’t know exactly where to get that information,” he said.But Jerry Amirault, president of the Lobster Producers Association of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, said producers are paying what the market can bear.“At this time the markets are fragile, and we are working with the MFU and the fishermen,” he said.Amirault said the change in the value of the Canadian dollar has had an impact on exports.Since late July the value of the U.S. dollar has gone from $1.35 Canadian to $1.25 Canadian, the equivalent of a 7 per cent drop for Canadian exporters selling in U.S. dollars.The provincial Department of Fisheries issued a statement, saying it is working with the fishermen and the processors.“The price of lobster is determined by market conditions. There are many components of pricing within the marketplace. They include … availability of supply, fluctuation in market demand and fluctuation in exchange rates,” the statement reads.In 2016, the value of New Brunswick’s exports of seafood increased by $157 million to $1.6 billion compared to the year before.It’s not the first time fishermen have protested over lobster prices.In 2013, fishermen in New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Nova Scotia stayed at the docks in a protest over prices. At the time, prices had dipped to about $2.75 per pound for canners and $3.25 per pound for market lobsters.New Brunswick fishermen blocked trucks delivering Maine lobsters to three producers in Cap-Pele and Shediac in 2012.Richard said not all the current lobster fishermen are protesting the prices. He said some of the boats didn’t go out Thursday because of high winds.The fall season, for the zone covering much of the Northumberland Strait, opened Aug. 8 and runs until Oct. 9.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.last_img read more

Ontario man pleads guilty to animal cruelty in deaths of 1500 pigs

first_imgSIMCOE, Ont. – Ontario’s animal welfare agency says a man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in the deaths of more than 1,500 pigs.The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Ben Stein, of Tavistock, Ont., pleaded guilty Thursday in Simcoe, Ont., court to permitting an animal to be in distress, failing to provide adequate sanitary conditions, failing to provide adequate ventilation and failing to provide adequate medical attention.Stein is to appear in court on April 26 for sentencing.Ontario SPCA officers went to a pig farm in Langton, about 80 kilometres southeast of London, last February after receiving a concern about the welfare of pigs on the property.Upon entering a flooded, manure-filled barn in total darkness, the officers discovered dead and dying pigs.The OSPCA says 1,265 pigs were dead and an additional 250 pigs had to be euthanized on site due to the severe condition in which they were found.“There is no excuse for not providing the proper care your animals require,” OSPCA senior inspector Bonnie Bishop said Thursday. “There are resources available for those who require assistance to provide care for their animals.”last_img read more

Ontario First Nation declares state of emergency after radioactive particles found in

first_imgBrandi MorinAPTN National NewsA First Nation in northwestern Ontario has declared a state of emergency after receiving a do not consume water advisory from Health Canada officials February 12.The advisory is step above a boil water advisory and was ordered due to traces of radionuclide found in the local water source and higher than normal lead levels.Northwest Angle #33 First Nation Chief Darlene Comegan said in a statement that her community is tired of being ignored by both provincial and federal governments and is calling on them to take immediate action to help.“In light of the Federal government’s plan to ensure clean drinking water for First Nations … we are living in third world conditions and it is just not acceptable. It is beyond Chief Comegan’s understanding that we can be forgotten by everyone,” the statement read.The chief and other leadership met with a cancer study team in Toronto last week to come up with a plan to address the high cancer rates found in the community and surrounding area believed linked to their water source.“It’s a very scary issue. Our members always knew there was an issue with the water,” said Norma Girard, land manager for Northwest Angle #33. “How many more of our people do we have to see suffer and die from cancer?”Although there are fewer than 50 people living on reserve due to safety concerns around water and road access, Girard said they’re concerned for the elders, young children and new born baby that are living currently there.The First Nation has been supplying bottled water to community members since 2011, which Girard said was funded via “wherever they could find it”.They’ve been utilizing two portable water treatment plants for the last 15 years.“Those were put in place at the time as a temporary solution,” said Girard.The reserve is located in the Kenora district of northwestern Ontario and is only accessible by boat in the summer time and ice road in the winter.Leadership is further concerned about the upcoming spring breakup that will make it more difficult to deliver clean drinking water.The problem extends to a lack of access to electricity that could power a proper water treatment plant.The community sits on the Manitoba/Minnesota border and currently pays high costs for hydro electricity from the U.S. which purchases it from Manitoba and is fed there on a marine cable. They’re in the midst of applying for a direct power line through Manitoba Hydro.“We’ve always been on a capacity issue. We can only do so much with that cable that we have. If we want a water plant we have to have power to push it,” said Girard.The lack of power means no school and limited infrastructure. Most families move to the City of Kenora so that their kids can go to school.It’s the most vulnerable, like elders and younger children that are left being behind, said Girard.She said leadership spoke with Indigenous and Northern Affairs today via telephone who advised they will provide money to continue supplying bottled water.But Girard said they need more than that. Her community is dying out and they want their children back home.“How can we have a community without children? What is home without the sounds of their voices playing nearby?”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to end the water crisis in First Nations communities within 5 years and Girard said they’re trusting him to keep his word.“Based on the Speech from the Throne, Justin Trudeau’s promises…we’re hoping. That’s our hope that the Federal government will do something,” said Girard.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Lanka breaks ground for oil refinery with investments from Indian firm Oman

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka on Sunday began construction of a $3.85 billion oil refinery next to a Chinese-run port as part of a joint venture between India’s Accord Group and Oman’s oil ministry, the island nation’s biggest foreign direct investment ever. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, whose 70th birthday coincided with the ground-breaking ceremony, said that with investments coming from India, China and Oman, Hambantota is set to become a multinational investment zone. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOman and Sri Lanka have centuries-old relationships, Oman’s Oil and Gas Minister Mohammed Hamad Al Rumhy said at the ceremony. The $3.85 billion project is the single largest foreign direct investment in the island nation’s history. The refinery project, expected to complete in four years, came under criticism last week when a media report claimed that the government of Oman had rejected any knowledge of the project. China has acquired the Hambantota port for a 99-year lease as a debt swap. Beijing on Thursday said that it is “not narrow minded” to oppose the Indian investments in Sri Lanka, as it reacted guardedly to the $3.85 billion joint venture between India’s Accord Group and Oman’s oil ministry. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostChinese investments over the years in Sri Lanka amounted to over $eight billion adding pressure to Colombo’s external debt burden. China’s acquisition of Hambantota port as a debt swap has raised concerns about Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which US has cautioned as debt trap specially for smaller countries. The Belt and Road Initiative is a multi-billion-dollar initiative launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping when he came to power in 2013. It aims to link Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea route.last_img read more

Burundi Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeepers until midJanuary

The 15-member Council voted unanimously “to extend the mandate of the United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB) until 15 January.”In his report to the Council on the situation, Secretary-General Kofi Annan had recommended extending the mandate of a reduced ONUB until next May, saying that the most urgent priority was to ensure that the conflict with the rebel Palipehutu-National Liberation Forces (Palipehutu-FNL) is brought to an end.Meeting the press afterwards, the Russian Permanent Representative, Ambassador Andrey Denisov, read a statement saying the extension of the mandate was a technical one, to allow time for discussion of ONUB’s future.Members would now start to review ONUB’s mandate, taking into account the development of the situation in Burundi and in the region, as well as the numerous challenges waiting to be addressed, he said.The Council called on ONUB and the Government of Burundi to hold close consultations on ONUB’s gradual disengagement, Mr. Denisov said.On the question of continued fighting by the hold-out rebel militia, “The members of the Council once again call upon the Palipehutu-FNL to join the peace process without further delays or conditions. They welcome the willingness shown by the Government to achieve a peaceful solution.”Through Burundian Foreign Minister Antoinette Batumubwira, who participated in the meeting, Mr. Denisov said, “The members of the Council took this opportunity to congratulate the people of Burundi for the successful conduct of the electoral process and the peaceful transfer of authority to an elected Government.”The Council also encouraged the new Burundian authorities to continue on the course of stability and national reconciliation and to promote social concord in their country, Mr. Denisov said. read more

Netherlands politicians trying to score political points at expense of homeless migrants

As it stands, the Netherlands refuses to give emergency food, clothing, and shelter (popularly called “bed, bath and bread” in the country), despite repeated disapproval by international and regional human rights bodies. Recently, the Dutch central Government denied an appeal for help from over 60 local municipalities for 15 million euro in budget support to fulfil their responsibilities towards migrants in need during the coming winter months.“In these dark days before Christmas, it is appalling that the Dutch Government will not even commit less than 0.01 per cent of its yearly budget to help people living in absolute misery and poverty,” the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, Mr. Philip Alston, said. Providing basic emergency assistance is a matter of international obligation, not of political expediency, said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau. “Politicians in the Netherlands have been trying to score political points at the expense of homeless irregular migrants in the national debate about immigration,” he added, warning that “human migration patterns will not change by letting migrants sleep on the streets.”Currently, central authorities leave it up to municipalities and local charities, on an ad-hoc basis, to decide whether or not to provide assistance to irregular migrants who live on the streets. “A number of municipalities want to provide emergency housing for this population. The central government must provide the means for municipalities to do so. Forcing the most vulnerable people into homelessness during the harshness of winter is particularly egregious,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha. “Emergency services such as homeless shelters, and adequate housing alternatives, must be made available to migrants, regardless of their legal status in the country,” Ms. Farha said. The European Committee of Social Rights, a body that oversees the European Social Charter, recently decided in two separate cases that the Netherlands is violating the right to emergency assistance of adult homeless irregular migrants. The UN Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity. read more

Thesis defences — July 3 to 6

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from July 3 to 6.All are open for the University community to attend.Applied Disability Studies thesis defenceApplied Disability Studies student Monty Hardy will defend the thesis, “Deaf Accessibility in a Three-Day Instructional Skills Workshop: An Explorative Study,” on Wednesday, July 4 at 1 p.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Kevin Gosine, Chair; Nicola Simmons, External Examiner (Brock University); Maureen Connolly, Supervisor; and Tom Craig and Kimberley Maich, Committee Members.PhD in Educational Studies comprehensive portfolio defenceEducation student Jacqueline Beres will defend the portfolio “Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There: A Mantra for My Doctoral Journey” on Wednesday, July 4 at 10 a.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Robert McGray, Chair; Susan Holloway, External Examiner (University of Windsor); Michelle McGinn, Supervisor; Leanne Taylor, Committee Member; and Ken Montgomery, Committee Member (University of Windsor). read more

In This Years NBA Finals The Reigning Champions Are The Underdogs

FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (May 30, 2017), we discuss the final rounds of both the NBA and NHL playoffs. First, we break down this year’s Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals, discussing how likely the Cavs really are to repeat as champions and whether parity will return to the NBA anytime soon. Next, Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog joins us to discuss the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators’ fight for the Stanley Cup. Has Preds’ goaltender Pekka Rinne peaked? Will the Penguins pull off an improbable repeat championship? We investigate. Plus, a significant digit on Mike Trout’s injury.Here are links to stories we discussed:You can continue checking FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, updated after every game, through the rest of the Finals.Our founder, Nate Silver, wrote this weekend about how LeBron James destroyed our Elo ratings — but can he beat the Warriors again?Guest Neil Greenberg joined our hockey conversation, and he also did this analysis of parity in the NBA and found that until further notice, the NBA is a two-team league.This year’s Stanley Cup Final is between the title holders and the league’s trendiest team, according to The Ringer’s Katie Baker.FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine argues that the march of the Pittsburgh Penguins to another Stanley Cup victory shouldn’t be this difficult.Significant Digit: 2.2, the projected number of wins above replacement that Sunday’s injury to Mike Trout will cost the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Trout will be out for six to eight weeks. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code read more

Fisherman beaten to death brother hospitalised

A fisherman was on Thursday evening beaten to death while his brother was admitted a patient at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) in a serious condition.The dead man has been identified as 20-year-old Alvin Seenarine also called ‘Chockoloo’ of Lot 820 ‘G’ Zeelugt North, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) while his brother is Devendra Shameer Seenarine.Based on reports received, the two men were imbibing alcohol a relative’s home in Zeelugt but left on a bicycle at about 22:45h on Thursday evening.Soon after, a loud commotion was heard and as persons in the area rushed to investigate, they noticed three men armed with instruments beating the brother who is now in hospital.The other brother was found in a motionless state a short distance away with multiple wounds about his body.Both men were picked up and taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where Alvin was pronounced dead on arrival and his brother was treated and due to the severity of his injuries, he was transferred to the WDRH where he was admitted.The matter was reported and the Police are on the hunt for the three suspects. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFishermen charged for murder of Zeelugt residentJuly 25, 2019In “Court”Battered body of fisherman found close to home, 3 in custodyDecember 7, 2018In “Crime”Upper Mazaruni farmer stabbed to death avenging brother’s assaultJuly 16, 2018In “Crime” read more

Wicklow Council fined €355k over Bray firemen deaths

first_imgWhen the case was first raised, there was much unease amongst Wicklow councillors and council management who feared that people could be charged as individuals in the case.However, it was decided that the Wicklow County Council would be charged as a corporate body.Council’s financesThere was speculation that the council could face a maximum fine of €3 million, which was cause for concern due to the council’s finances. For the end of 2012, figures shows that the council’s long term capital debt amounted to €117.5 million. There closing debit balance on their operating account, which covers everyday expenses, stands at €1, 995, 147.Mr Kidd said IFESA was calling on the Health and Safety Authority to conduct a special report into the fire service nationally as provided for under  mechanisms under the , Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.Originally published at 15.30pmInterview: ‘My husband died five years ago but nothing has changed’ >Read: Wicklow council pleads guilty to charges over firefighter deaths >Read: Court defers sentencing Wicklow County Council over firemen deaths > Irish Fire and Emergency Services AssociationFollowing the conviction and sentencing of Wicklow County Council  today, the National  Chairman of the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA), John Kidd said the IFESA welcomed the outcome of the trial and hoped it would bring some relief to the family and friends of the two men seven years after the tragedy.The council faced three charges under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and were brought against them by the Health and Safety Authority. The charges related to the local autohorities failure to ensure the safety of the firefighters which resulted in injury to them, the safety of the equipment they used, a lack of proper risk assessment and a lack of training.Before pleading guilty to the charges, the council had pleaded not guilty but later changed their plea.Mr Kidd said the attitude of  Wicklow County Council since the tragedy and up until it pleaded guilty to criminal health and safety violations, was “deeply disturbing and had added enormously to the trauma and grief of the deceased firefighters families’, friends and colleagues”.‘Shameful’“While IFESA has the highest praise for the actions of the gardaí and Health and Safety Authority in trying to get to the causes of this tragedy, the behaviour of  Wicklow County Council and senior officials there, has been  nothing less than shameful,” he said, adding:From day one there has been a concerted policy by the council to deny all liability for the deaths of Brian and Mark until the harrowing evidence emerging at the trial left the council with no option but to admit a guilty plea.The attitude of the council to these two men, who laid down their lives in public duty, has been chilling and there are serious questions to be asked about the strategy followed by the council and who authorised it. Updated 22.00WICKLOW COUNTY COUNCIL has been fined €355,000 today in connection with the death of two firemen in Bray in 2007.Judge Des Hogan said that it appeared to him that the system used by Wicklow County Council was flawed.Judge Hogan order the council to pay additional costs of €95,793.32. The maximum possible fine could have been up to €3 million.Disbelief in courtThe reaction in the court was one of disbelieve, said a source. Once the fine had been read out in court, the families of the deceased got up and left the court, with a source stating that they were not happy “at all” with the fine.Earlier this year, the local authority pleaded guilty to three out of four charges related to the death of 25-year-old Mark O’Shaughnessy and 46-year-old Brian Murray, who died when the roof of a disused building collapsed on them as they fought a blaze in a disused building in Bray.In a statement, Wicklow County Council said that they “accepted that there were breaches in a number of systems of work in the operation of its Fire Services between 2005 and 2007″.They state that the “amended indictment importantly acknowledged that the deaths of Sub-Officer Brian Murray and Firefighter Mark O’Shaughnessy while fighting a fire in Bray in September 2007 were not as a consequence of the breaches of the Act of 2005″. They added:The Council understands and is sensitive to the distress caused during the course of the hearing. However, the immediate acceptance of the amended indictment facilitated the trial being brought to a close at the earliest possible date.Wicklow County Council again extends its deepest sympathy to the families of the deceased men – two dedicated and brave firefighters who tragically lost their lives in the incident.The Council has since addressed all of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work issues raised by the case.last_img read more

Iron Age graveyard throws lights on enigmatic Gauls

first_imgON A MUDDY field located between a motorway and a meander of the Seine southeast of Paris, French archaeologists have uncovered an Iron Age graveyard that they believe will shed light on the great yet enigmatic civilisation of Gaul.In popular imagery, the most famous representations of Gauls are the cartoon characters Asterix and Obelix, and archaeologists still have many unanswered questions about how this Celtic civilisation actually lived, worked and played.The site, earmarked for a warehouse project on the outskirts of Troyes, is yielding a stunning array of finds, including five Celtic warriors, whose weapons and adornments attest to membership of a powerful but long-lost elite.Archaeologist Emilie Millet crouched at one of 14 burial sites that have been uncovered in recent weeks after a nine-year excavation of the 260-hectare (650-acre) site.At her feet are the remains of a tall warrior, complete with a 70-centimetre (28-inch) iron sword still in its scabbard.“I have never seen anything like it,” said Millet, gazing at a metal-framed shield whose wood-and-leather core has long rotted away.Large bronze brooches decorated with precious coralBuried next to the warriors are several women, whose jewellery – twisted-metal necklaces known as torcs, and large bronze brooches decorated with precious coral – also speak of high status.In one grave, a woman was buried next to a man, separated by a layer of soil, speaking of a close but as-yet unfathomable bond.“This graveyard is exceptional in more ways than one,” says the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap), which excavates sites of potential interest before the bulldozers are allowed in.The jewellery suggests that the dead were buried between 325 and 260 BC, in a period known as La Tene. Another clue may come from analysis of the scabbards, whose decoration changed according to military fashion. Designs in this period typically had two open-mouthed dragons facing each other, with their bodies curled.The glory years of the CeltsLa Tene, whose name comes from an archaeological site in Switzerland, ran from about the 5th century BC to the first century AD, marking the glory years of the Celts.During this time, the Celts expanded from their core territory in central Europe to as far afield as northern Scotland and the Atlantic coast of Spain.They clashed with the emerging Roman empire, whose writers recorded the invaders as pale-skinned savages, dressed in breeches with bleached hair, who cut off their enemies’ heads, preserving those of high rank in cedar oil.The barbarian image, though, has been dispelled by historical research in recent decades.It has laid bare a complex civilisation that had a mastery of metal and a trading system which spanned Europe and generated great wealth.The find at Bucheres raises several questions, for there has never been any trace of major Celtic settlement in this neighbourhood.The graves were uncovered at a depth of about two metres (6.5 feet) but if they had any external markers, none remains.Excavation has yet to find pottery or foodAn earlier civilisation, from the Bronze Age, left a line of burial mounds nearby, “which would have been visible for miles (kilometres) around,” said Inrap archaeologist Cecile Paresys.Just as intriguing, the excavation has yet to find any pottery or evidence of food, which were often added to Iron Age burials to sustain the dead in the spirit world.No remains of children have been found, although this absence is common to Celtic necropolises – something that anthropologists are at a loss to explain.Years of patient forensic work lie ahead to tease out clues about how these people lived and died. In the meantime, the remains are being recorded where they lie before being gently prised from the earth and preserved.- Laurence Banguet© AFP, 2013last_img read more

Microsoft isnt happy with OnLive Desktop for iPad and Android tablets

first_imgA couple of months ago we told you about OnLive Desktop, the cloud gaming company’s transition into the virtual desktop arena. After the release of the iPad app in January, OnLive issued an Android version last week. Customers get to use Windows 7 and Office on their tablets, OnLive is making serious bank, and everything is peachy. Right?Microsoft begs to differ. Apparently OnLive doesn’t have any licensing agreements with Microsoft, and Redmond isn’t about to let this one slide. After a period of silence, Microsoft released a statement, asserting that it is “actively engaged with OnLive,” with the goal of “bringing them into a properly licensed scenario.”So, in other words, Microsoft sees OnLive for Desktop and says “WTF??” and OnLive says “Oh, hey guys, we were just going to call you,” negotiations begin — possibly laced with legal threats — and the two companies are now trying to hammer out a mutually beneficial deal.If they can’t come to an agreement, then it appears that Microsoft could throw the hammer down. Microsoft’s licensing clearly states that customers who want to host Windows 7 virtual desktop software need to provide their customers with licenses through agreements with Microsoft. Additionally, Microsoft Office isn’t, by default, included in these licensing agreements.No matter how this plays out, it looks OnLive is going to have to pay up to Microsoft. After this happens, it’s hard to see OnLive Desktop surviving with a free version (as it currently provides), and without jacking its prices way up. In other words, all of the perks of the cloud desktop service — affordable access to Windows, Office, and Internet Explorer on tablets — could be null and void.You can expect to hear more on this front in the coming months. Enjoy OnLive Desktop for now, but don’t be shocked if its prices take a steep hike before too long.Microsoft via ExtremeTechlast_img read more

The Ulysses 96th Annual Ball

first_imgIthacan Philanthropic Society “The Ulysses” invites all to attend their 96th Annual Ball, 1916-2012We as Australians of Ithacan decent , up to the 5th generation and beyond at this point of time, are so proud to be still organising successful annual balls, after so many years. The first Ithacans arrived in Melbourne in the 1850’s, and we still manage to attract over 200 patrons to the balls. When: Saturday 13 October 2012, 7.00pm Where: The Hilton on the park, 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne Cost: $125 adults – $100 concession (25 years and under) all inclusiveFor further information Helen Vlass 9857 6716 / Kristalenia Collins 0409 357 747 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La musculation un traitement efficace contre la sclérose en plaques

first_imgLa musculation : un traitement efficace contre la sclérose en plaques ?Aarhus, Danemark – Selon une nouvelle étude, la pratique d’un sport ne serait pas néfaste aux personnes souffrant de sclérose en plaques, bien au contraire.Pendant longtemps, les médecins ont préconisé aux patients atteints de sclérose en plaques d’éviter les activités trop physiques. Finalement, des scientifiques de l’université d’Aarhus ont découvert que contrairement à ces idées reçues, le sport est bénéfique dans la lutte contre la maladie.À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?L’étude a porté sur 38 personnes souffrant de sclérose en plaques. La moitié d’entre elles se musclaient les jambes lors d’entraînements intensifs deux fois par semaine, les autres évitaient les activités sportives. Les chercheurs ont opté pour la musculation puisque c’est, par excellence, le sport idéal pour renforcer ses muscles. Il s’est avéré que les activités sportives, même très intenses, renforçaient le capital musculaire des patients. Ceux ayant fait du sport pendant une durée de douze semaines marchaient 12% plus rapidement, se levaient 28% plus vite de leur chaise et pouvaient faire 12% de pas en plus que les malades ne pratiquant pas de sport.De plus, contrairement aux croyances, le sport permet de lutter contre la fatigue et de garder la forme. De ce fait, les patients sont moins exténués et d’humeur moins maussade, ils gagnent en mobilité et sont ainsi plus enclins à se battre contre la maladie.Cette étude permettrait donc aux malades d’améliorer leur condition en évitant d’autres traitements médicamenteux lourds. Toutefois, cette thérapie n’est pas valable pour les stades plus avancés de la maladie, pour lesquels les données sont trop rares.Le 30 janvier 2010 à 12:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Tax split between House Senate poses a big challenge

first_imgWASHINGTON — The House and Senate tax overhaul plans are broadly similar, but crucial differences are creating headaches for Republican leaders determined to keep myriad interest groups and factions of the GOP satisfied. And then there’s the ambitious timetable they’ve set of finishing in time to get legislation to President Donald Trump by Christmas.The most politically challenging decisions involve dealing with popular and widely used tax deductions, structuring tax cuts for business and balancing personal income tax rates between middle-class families and the rich.All of these decisions come against a generous — but firm — 10-year, $1.5 trillion cap on the measure’s cost to the federal deficit. Both House and Senate have adopted accounting gimmicks to squeeze tax cuts that appear larger down to fit that restraint.Trump’s enormously expensive demand for a cut in the corporate tax rate to 20 percent — from the current 35 percent — is a big complication, as is unrest among House Republicans hailing from affluent suburban districts who are upset over the proposed loss of the deduction for state income taxes.Here’s a rundown on the major differences between the House and Senate bills:INDIVIDUAL TAX RATESThe Senate measure keeps the current number of personal income tax brackets, seven, though it changes the rates to 10, 12, 22.5, 25, 32.5, 35 and 38.5 percent. That last top bracket for the wealthiest earners carries a higher rate of 39.6 percent under current law.last_img read more

Employees not receiving recognition are twice as likely to leave

first_imgEmployees who have not received recognition recently are twice as likely to be looking for another job, according to a study by employee engagement organisation Tiny Pulse.The Employee retention report 2018 surveyed over 25,000 employees across the world from January to October 2018 and found that 24% of employees who felt they had not received recognition from their direct supervisor in the past two weeks had recently interviewed for another position, compared with just 13% who had received recognition.The report also found that employees who do not feel valued at work are 34% more likely to leave their employers within the next year, and employees who rate their benefits package highly are 11% more likely to stay.Andrew Sumitani (pictured), director of marketing at Tiny Pulse, said: “In today’s competitive job market, there’s no magic bullet for retention. But as the report reveals, every organisation has an opportunity to improve its numbers. Whether that’s through benefits, career-pathing or management training, there are lots of areas to focus on. Ultimately, it all boils down to feeling valued at work. That’s what people want and the only way leaders can help employees feel that way is by finding out what’s behind that feeling.”According to the report, employees who rate their work-life balance highly are 10% more likely to stay. The study also found that employees who rate their organisation’s culture poorly are 24% more likely to leave, and workers who believe their employer has a higher purpose are 27% more likely to stay.Sumitani added: “Retention is top-of-mind for all the leaders that we work with. It’s hard to craft a great employee experience if employees don’t stick around. We’re uniquely positioned to assess what truly drives retention, because hundreds of thousands of employees answer questions anonymously through our platform each week. When compiling this report we were surprised to see the strong correlations across so many different drivers of retention.”last_img read more

2020 Subaru Forester sees price increases across the board

first_img Subaru 2020 Subaru Forester makes a play as the value crossover SUVs Crossovers 2019 Subaru Ascent review 1 Tags Enlarge ImageA little more money, but there’s more to love about the functional crossover. Subaru For the 2020 model year, the Subaru Forester will be slightly more expensive. According to a release from Subaru on Thursday, buyers will find the base model is $200 more than the 2019 Forester.Out the door, the cheapest way to drive off in a 2020 Forester will be with a base model that costs $25,505, including destination. The actual MSRP rings in at $24,495, up $200 from the 2019 model. Destination charges have also increased from $975 to $1,010, according to Subaru’s announcement.As mentioned, buyers will get a little more standard equipment with the small price hike. Subaru’s suite of active safety equipment, EyeSight, is standard on all models for 2020. Now, it also includes lane centering and a lane-departure prevention in addition to precollision alert, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and steering intervention. Noting some brands still lock active safety equipment away in higher trims or charge extra for it, that’s a pretty nifty value in itself.The same 2.5-liter flat-4 engine provides hustle for the Forester and produces 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. A CVT is the only transmission offered. All-wheel drive is, of course, standard. This is a Subaru after all. Other features Forester buyers will find in the base model include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, Bluetooth and keyless entry.Prices also climb for the other Forester trims. The Premium model jumps $700 and rings in at $28,405 after the increased destination charge. Yet, there’s still value packed in. Rather than make it an option, Subaru now bundles the All-Weather Package as standard equipment. It comes with heated front seats, heated mirrors and a windshield deicer.Forester Sport models only see the $200 price jump and carry a $30,005 starting price after destination, while the Forester Limited and Touring models climb $300 to start at $32,105 and $35,605 after destination respectively.As buyers climb through the hierarchy of trims, they’ll find more niceties ranging from a leather-wrapped steering wheel to a power liftgate and additional active safety technology. Features such as automatic reverse emergency braking, blind-spot detection and more are optional on most trims.Look for the 2020 Forester at dealers, and most likely in colder climates, later this year. Review • 2019 Subaru Forester review: Smart camera tech watches the road and the driver Comment More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this:center_img 2:49 More about 2019 Subaru Forester Share your voice Preview • 2019 Subaru Forester: Keep on keepin’ on 2020 Subaru Legacy first drive: It’s what’s inside that counts 2020 Subaru Outback first drive: Tech and trail mix 11 Photos 2019 Subaru Forester watches the road, keeps an eye on… Subarulast_img read more

All India Student Federation opposes fee hike in engineering

first_imgOsmania University: AISF (All India Student Federation) conducted a protest near Arts College in the Osmania University campus on Sunday against private Engineering colleges approaching court in illegal way for increasing fee. They burned an effigy of private engineering colleges and expressed their anger.Speaking on the issue, AISF state organizing secretary R N Shankar said, “Some Engineering colleges which are in the hands of Government leaders formed a syndicate and started collecting huge fees from students without following TFRC rules. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Even the government is also supporting them by not appointing the TFRC chairman.” Furthermore, he added, “The same issue happened last year with Srinidhi and Vasavi colleges and after the order of Supreme Court, it is clear that every college should collect as per the rules of TFRC.” They are requesting Government to clear the problem and reduce the fee structure. Vamsi, Sathya, Kishore , Naveen, Suresh and others participated in the protest.last_img read more

Chinese Wanda Group to set up 10 billion industrial park in India

first_imgIn what could cement India’s position as a favourable investment destination, Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group said on Friday it would invest $10 billion to build an industrial park in Haryana.Wanda, the company owned by China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, wants to be the lead investor in the initial infrastructure of the industrial park. It also said it would ask frims from China and other countries to participate in the project.The company said the first phase of development of the industrial project, spread across 13 sq km, would begin this year.”Haryana will provide Wanda with the most preferential policies,” Reuters quoted Wanda as saying in a statement.Wanda, China’s biggest commercial property-developer, has signed a preliminary agreement with Haryana to construct the industrial zone.The company is ramping up investment across various sectors to diversify its business as its real-estate operations in China struggle to grow due to slowdown in the domestic economy. Earlier this month, it said it would buy Hollywood’s Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion, marking the first Chinese acquisition of a major film company in the US, Bloomberg reported.It plans to generate more than a third of its revenue from overseas operations by 2020. The company earned revenue of $44 billion in 2015.last_img read more

Survios Partners With MGM on Creed Rise to Glory VR Game

first_imgLos Angeles-based virtual reality (VR) startup Survios has partnered with MGM Interactive on the production and release of a “Creed: Rise to Glory” VR boxing game. Survios plans to first show off the game at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, and release it around the time the “Creed” sequel reaches theaters later this year.Players of the game get to step into the shoes of Adonis Creed to practice with Rocky Balboa and eventually take on opponents in the ring as well. The title makes use of some special VR game mechanics that Survios has dubbed “phantom melee technology,” and that are supposed to recreate the feeling of taking punches, and getting fatigued as the fight drags on.“We are excited to bring MGM’s IP to life in virtual reality with our partners at Survios,” said MGM global licensing VP Tricia Samuels in a statement. “As our first VR collaboration, ‘Creed: Rise to Glory’  instantly delivers in both style and substance. The immersive experience truly allows players to become Adonis Creed with every blow they take and punch they throw.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 MGM led a Series C round of funding in Survios in 2016. The VR startup is best known for the VR game “Raw Data,” but recently branched out with the release of the VR racing game “Sprint Vector,” as well as the recently-announced “Electronauts” VR music creation app. Survios is also one of the pioneers of location-based VR, and has built out a distribution network for VR arcades in 36 countries. The company also has plans to open its own VR arcade in Torrance, Calif., and partner with retailers to bring custom-designed VR pods to locations across the country. “Creed: Rise to Glory” will be available in VR arcades as well, confirmed a spokesperson.“In all the VR experiences we build, we aim to make our players feel empowered, and ‘Creed: Rise to Glory’  accomplishes this in a very cinematic and active way,” said Survios co-founder and chief creative officer James Iliff in a statement. “We’re throwing players into iconic boxing arenas, trading blows with the top fighters from the franchise, all while experiencing the thrills and showtime dramatics of the ultimate Hollywood-style boxing exhibition.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more