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Cooperation Key to Beef Industry Improvements

first_imgAGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–Co-operation Key to Beef IndustryImprovements Nova Scotia will work more co-operatively with Prince EdwardIsland and New Brunswick to improve the beef industry, Chrisd’Entremont, Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries,said today, Sept. 22, following the annual meeting of federal,provincial and territorial Ministers of Agriculture. “One of the big challenges we face in Nova Scotia is the need toincrease our slaughter capacity so that we have a place to sendboth our beef and dairy cattle,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “I thinktogether we can make some positive things happen for our cattleproducers.” Ministers gathered in Brudenell, P.E.I. from Sept. 20 to 22 todiscuss advancing the federal cattle strategy to repositionCanada’s cattle and ruminant industry. Announced on Sept. 10, thestrategy looks at the long-term viability of the industry byincreasing slaughter capacity, sustaining the cattle industryuntil capacity comes online and expanding access to exportmarkets for both livestock and beef products. “There needs to be some flexibility within the strategy, becauseeach province’s issues are not the same and they requiredifferent solutions,” said Mr. d’Entremont. Ministers reviewed Canada’s response to BSE and will examineshort and long-term options for the handling, alternate use, anddisposal of animal waste. They also discussed the costsassociated with the cattle strategy and agreed to continue towork together to address this important concern. Other discussions resulted in the establishment of an annualreview process of the Agricultural Policy Framework (APF).Ministers also agreed to extend the 1/3 simplified deposit forthe Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization Program for the2004 stabilization year, and to extend the deadline by whichdeposits must be made to March 31, 2005.last_img read more

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BC Liberals make pitch to continue government as a minority in legislature

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia entered a new stage of political uncertainty Wednesday as the final vote count from an election held more than two weeks ago confirmed the province’s first minority government in 65 years.But with the balance of power firmly in his grasp, Green Leader Andrew Weaver indicated he wants to end the confusion that has gripped the province since May 9 by trying to reach a deal with either the Liberals or the NDP on a minority government by next Wednesday.“We’re committed to bring stability to this province and we’re committed to ensuring the decisions we make in the next few days are those that actually make government work in British Columbia,” he told a news conference.“We recognize it’s important over the next week or so … to give certainty to British Columbia and that’s our target as we stand today.”Weaver said he’s aiming for Wednesday or earlier to broker a working agreement with either the Liberals or the NDP, but he’s open to an extension if required.“It’s not a deal breaker if we’re so close and we still need more time,” he said.The Liberals finished one seat short of a majority, with 43 seats in the 87-seat legislature. The NDP has 41 seats and the Greens have three — a historic achievement for the party as it built on the lone seat held by Weaver before the election.The focus during the final count was on the riding of Courtenay-Comox, which the NDP won by 189 votes after holding a slim nine-vote lead on election night. The Liberals had hoped to swing the riding in their favour once absentee ballots were counted.Elections BC says none of the races finished close enough to trigger automatic applications for judicial recounts.Exploratory talks involving possible political collaborations with the Greens have been underway since the election, but the parties have said they were awaiting the final results to begin the talks in earnest on the shape of a minority government.Premier Christy Clark issued a statement saying the Liberals intend to form a government.“With 43 B.C. Liberal candidates elected as MLAs, and a plurality in the legislature, we have a responsibility to move forward and form a government,” she said.“The final result reinforces that British Columbians want us to work together, across party lines, to get things done for them.”The Liberals were trying to win their fifth successive majority government in the general election.As the incumbent premier with the most seats, Clark would normally be given the first chance to form a minority government by the lieutenant-governor.But NDP Leader John Horgan said the results of the election show voters want change and he believes he can work with Weaver to govern.“Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals came up short and after 16 years, it’s time for a new government,” Horgan told a news conference at the legislature.“The popular vote between the two major parties was absolutely split down the middle and this is an opportunity to build on a minority situation, to demonstrate, in my opinion, that people can have a government that works for them, can have a government that co-operates with like-minded people to bring in things like proportional representation, to finally ban the big money the B.C. Liberals have been so, so addicted to over the past 16 years.”The popular vote tightened as Elections BC finished counting almost 180,000 absentee ballots to finalize the results. The Liberals received just 1,566 more votes than the NDP from almost 1.8 million total ballots cast across the province.Weaver has said the major demands his party will be seeking in a minority government include being granted party status in the legislature. The Greens fell one seat short of official status after the election.The Greens also want reforms to the electoral system to allow for proportional representation and changes to party fundraising rules that currently allow unlimited donations from corporations, unions and individuals.Michael Prince, a social policy expert at the University of Victoria, said Clark is gambling that British Columbians are not in the mood to head back to the polls and the longer she can stay in power, if she can reach a deal with the Greens, her chances of winning another election improve.“I think she’ll be hoping there’ll be no appetite for an instant election,” he said. “She can try to bring in a throne speech and a budget with a lot of green tinges.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the NDP had a lead of 13 votes in Courtenay-Comox on election night.last_img read more

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Annan urges early agreement on new human rights council

After a year of significant commitments, this year must be a year of visible results, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today, calling on the “Group of 77” developing countries and China to pay particular attention to forging an early agreement on the new Human Rights Council.“I call on you to redouble your efforts for an early agreement on the new Human Rights Council mandated at the World Summit,” he said as the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China passed from Jamaica to South Africa.He said the decline in the credibility of the existing Commission on Human Rights was casting a shadow over the entire UN and urged the 132 developing country members of the G77 to act quickly to ensure a seamless transition between the Commission and the Council during the Commission’s final session this March.“With your initiative, we can ensure that human rights are restored to the prominence accorded to them in the Charter,” he said.A stronger renewed United Nations, while important for all Member States, remains most important to the people of the developing world, he added.General Assembly President Jan Eliasson said according to Jamaican Foreign Minister K. D. Knight’s words during last year’s handover from Qatar, “we see that the development agenda, resource flows and disaster management were three of Jamaica’s stated priorities. I believe that the whole of the General Assembly will look back on Jamaica’s Chairmanship of the G77 and China as one in which important and very real progress was made.”A key feature of the work this year would be the need to build bridges, he said, since so many of the issues of development and poverty reduction, communicable diseases, peacebuilding, human rights, the environment, organized crime, terrorism are areas in which the whole world has a common interest.“All Member States, be they North or South, large, medium or small, need effective international cooperation and good multilateralism. We have to prove that ‘together’ is better and more effective than ‘alone’,” Mr. Eliasson said. read more

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Clean industrialization critical for Africa to leapfrog outdated technologies – Ban

In a statement on the Day, Mr. Ban explained this that year’s theme Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development: Agro Industrial Development for Food Security focuses on the links between agriculture and development.“Agriculture still accounts for the major share of rural household income and employs over 60 percent of Africa’s labour force, particularly women,” the UN chief said.Low agricultural productivity continues to threaten food security in Africa as a whole. And while many African economies have shown impressive growth rates in recent years, increased prosperity does not always translated into inclusive wealth creation. “Far too often, economic development depends on the extraction of natural resources and on low-skilled labour, which has resulted in a weak manufacturing base and uneven distribution of wealth,” the Secretary-General said. Inclusive and sustainable industrialization is a “key stepping stone” towards sustained economic growth, food security and poverty eradication in Africa, he added. “I reaffirm the commitment of the United Nations to promote Africa’s inclusive and sustainable industrial development to help ensure an economically prosperous and socially integrated continent,” he pledged. In his remarks on the Day, President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa, a native of Uganda, explained today that accelerating industrialization in Africa goes hand-in-hand with improving productivity and addressing infrastructure deficits, namely in energy, roads, ports and air connectivity. “While remarkable progress has been made in production…a lot of the surplus is often wasted due to lack of processing capacity and marketing,” Mr. Kutesa said. In recent years, throughout the continent, agriculture has moved to the forefront of the development agenda at both the regional and national levels. The Africa Union Agenda 2063 lays out a 50-year transformative plan for the modernization of agriculture and agro-business through scaled-up value addition and productivity.Mr. Kutesa underscored that investments in agriculture must go beyond improvements of on-farm productivity. He emphasized that inventions with the private sector are essential in designing and creating industries, jobs and increasing incomes. Enhancing cooperation and integration among stakeholders is also essential, as it facilitates better mobilization of resources for infrastructure development, he added.Within the framework of the Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa (1991-2000), the UN General Assembly, in 1989, proclaimed 20 November Africa Industrialization Day (resolution 44/237). Commemorating the Day, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will host a symposium in Vienna on 24 November to showcase relevant actions and success stories that promote Africa’s industrial development. The event will bring together representatives from the diplomatic corps, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other relevant stakeholders. read more

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Strong El Niño will test disaster resilience in hazardprone Pacific region UN

“These coming months have the potential to be the most testing period in the history of the Pacific Islands. The region’s vulnerability was exposed during the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March when Cyclone Pam inflicted heavy losses on Vanuatu. Warming waters and rising sea levels resulting from climate change threaten the viability of life in many places in the region,” said Margareta Wahlström, Head of UNISDR.Addressing the 2015 Pacific Regional Disaster Resilience Meeting she added that the event is the first in the region since the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and will provide a platform for discussions ranging from the measures still required to ensure that the general public are risk informed and have access to early warnings and cyclone shelters.Further, the event will include discussions on strengthening risk governance, investing in disaster resilient infrastructure and having plans in place to build back better after disaster strikes.In a press release, Timothy Wilcox, Head of the Pacific Office for UNISDR, also reiterated that the region is a challenging environment for disaster risk management as it is exposed to extreme weather events.“Parts of the region are now suffering drought and water shortages because of El Niño while others are preparing for the strong likelihood that they will be hit by high winds, storm surges and heavy rainfall in the months ahead,’ said Mr. Wilcox.He also noted that the event will provide an opportunity for the region to examine how to implement the Sendai Framework, which was adopted as a global blueprint for reducing disaster losses earlier this year.The event will be attended by representatives from government, local government, the private sector, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, UN agencies, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and several non-governmental organizations.“The Pacific region is well-placed to take a lead on showing the importance of being able to manage disaster risk as opposed to simply focusing on disaster response. A lot of good solutions will be shared this week,” said Mr. Wilcox.OCHA is also responding to the climatic threats of El Niño by hosting the annual Pacific Humanitarian Partnership Meeting between 28th and 29th October to strengthen relationships between actors working in disaster response, resilience and recovery, as well as make preparations for the season ahead.“Humanitarian needs are on the rise across the world. In the Pacific, countries are acutely vulnerable to a range of increasing natural hazards and the emerging impacts of climate change. It has never been more important for those working across development, humanitarian response and risk reduction to be synchronized,” Sune Gudnitz, Head of the OCHA, Regional Office for the Pacific said.According to OCHA, approximately 4.5 million people across 11 countries in the Pacific are under the threat of El Niño. The OCHA event aims to bring development and humanitarian actors together to commit to auctioning some of the outcomes from the World Humanitarian Summit regional consultations earlier this year. read more

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Meyer addresses new talent and expectations in morning session of Big Ten

Urban Meyer (far left) joins other coaches of the Big Ten conference for photos at the 2016 Big Ten Media Days. Credit: Courtesy of Colin Hass-Hill | Lantern TV assistant sports directorCHICAGO — After offering his condolence to both the Nebraska and Michigan State football programs following the tragedy that befell both teams, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer got right down to business addressing his 2016 squad.Meyer opened his first media session of the day by discussing the magnitude of the departure of players the Buckeyes sustained after the end of the 2015 season. Many of the lost players were in starting roles. Only six total starters from last season, three on each side of the ball, will be suiting up with the Scarlet and Gray this fall.“Forty-four of our players, which is over half of our scholarships, are kids that never played in a game,” Meyer said. “So we have to get them ready. So our practices are going to be much different.”All six returning members for OSU are battle tested, with all three returning starters on offense competing in the 2014 national championship run for OSU. Junior cornerback Gareon Conley played in 13 games last year, junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan blossomed into one of the top linebackers in the nation in 2015, and fourth-year junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis led the team in sacks.Fresh on the minds of many, Meyer fielded the question that most individuals in attendance were curious about; if Bri’onte Dunn has any chance of coming back.“There is no chance,” Meyer said. With Dunn gone, Meyer said he will include both junior Curtis Samuel and senior Dontre Wilson as candidates for the backfield role. In terms of legitimate running backs on the team, the fifth-year OSU coach seems to be leaning towards redshirt freshman Mike Weber as his go-to guy this season.“I think so. His performance in spring, his issue is he has to stay healthy.” Meyer said after being asked if Weber would start in 2016. “I like where he’s at. I don’t like, I love where he’s at as far as the physical condition he’s in.”Weber will have a tall task in front of him trying to fill the void left by Ezekiel Elliott. The Cass Tech High School graduate had a solid spring game performance, and his impressed his coaches and peers alike. With fifth-year senior center Pat Elflein and fourth-year junior guard Billy Price at the lead of the offensive line, the remaining positions in the trenches are up for grabs. However, Meyer hinted towards the role of a true freshman in a vital role.“I can’t wait to watch our offensive line. Michael Jordan is probably going to be — a true freshman — will be in our starting lineup.” Meyer said. “From what I’ve seen, his development since he got here in January is outstanding.”Meyer also raved about the talent of his receiving unit coming into the year, saying they are “as good as we’ve had.” Players expected to take on starting roles, redshirt sophomore Noah Brown and sixth-year senior Corey Smith, are both coming off of injuries last year.“Talent shouldn’t be an issue. It’s consistent performance and playing when it’s showtime is going to be key.” Meyer said.Meyer unaware of Franklin’s commentsWhen asked about the criticism Penn State coach James Franklin had on the recruiting of OSU and Michigan and how it impacted the recruiting of the Nittany Lions, Meyer had little to say. Franklin spoke to the Reading (Pennsylvania) Eagle last month, and claimed OSU, Michigan and Michigan State negatively recruited against Penn State. Meyer was clearly shocked by the statements when asked about the claims and if the Buckeyes were intentionally impacting Penn State recruiting.“Absolutely not, and that’s the first time I’ve heard of that,” Meyer said. “I’ll address that with coach Franklin if that is an issue. That’s a pretty strong allegation that I’ve not heard yet.”Franklin told FOX Sports that his words were misinterpreted, and that two separate quotes were combined into one to create the allegation against OSU and other programs. read more

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Climate change strike Traffic outside Parliament at standstill as students take day

Youth Strike 4 Climate movement organisers said strikes are taking place in 60 towns and cities, with youngsters carrying banners bearing slogans saying: “There is no planet B”. Huge turnouts at London and Brighton caused roads to be closed as the disruption continued into Friday afternoon.  Traffic outside Parliament has been brought to a standstill by protesting students who have taken the day off school for a climate change strike.  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. In Parliament Square, two students brandishing a bottle of champagne climbed on to the roof of the number 11 bus to Fulham Broadway. Traffic… Schoolchildren are among those taking a stand with thousands of pupils walking out of class to demand immediate action. read more

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Surabondance de méduses Une impression plus quun fait scientifique

first_imgSurabondance de méduses ? Une impression, plus qu’un fait scientifiqueSelon une étude publiée ce mois-ci dans BioScience par des chercheurs américains, les invasions récurrentes des plages par des méduses, observées ces dernières années, ne sont probablement pas plus fréquentes qu’auparavant : elles font simplement l’objet d’une surmédiatisation. Robert H. Condon, du Dauphin Island Sea Lab, et 15 autres biologistes, ont épluché soigneusement les indices pouvant suggérer une forte augmentation, au niveau mondial, des populations de méduses, dont la concentration épisodique près des plages émeut la population et excite les journalistes. Le verdict de ces chercheurs : loin d’être en train d’envahir peu à peu les océans, ces invertébrés font tout simplement l’objet d’une attention accrue de la part des scientifiques et des médias.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?De plus, selon les auteurs, le manque d’information sur l’historique du phénomène encourage les comparaisons trompeuses. Mais les données fossiles et documentaires disponibles indiquent que de tels foisonnements occasionnels de méduses constituent une partie normale de leur histoire naturelle, liée notamment à des cycles climatiques.Déplorant un manque de consensus à ce sujet au sein de la communauté scientifique, et parce que d’éventuels changements dans les populations de méduses, importants pour l’écologie marine, pourraient survenir à cause de l’activité humaine, les auteurs ont toutefois assemblé une nouvelle base de données complète sur la question, qui permettra d’en cerner les tendances.Le 5 février 2012 à 13:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Future iPhones Could Fold In Half

first_img Getting rid of the headphone jack isn’t really an innovation, and it doesn’t actually require courage to do it. But an iPhone that folds in half? Now you’re talking.Apple has just received a patent for exactly that. The actual title is “electronic devices with carbon nanotube printed circuits,” but that image at the top makes it pretty clear what Apple thinks those carbon nanotube PCBs might enable them to build.And yes, it does look an awful lot like the Microsoft Courier concept that you never had a chance to buy. It also looks like a scaled-down version of the recently-released Lenovo Yoga Book, which you can actually buy right now.Lenovo’s slick dual-touchscreen Yoga BookBased on the language in the patent, it doesn’t sound like Apple is specifically talking about a device that has a fully bendable display. It mentions one that can bend “along edges of touch sensors or displays.”The carbon nanotube PCBs provide flexibility for some of the phone’s internals, but not all of them. Those other parts will likely be covered by other patents if Apple is genuinely working on a seamless foldable device.The usual caveats apply here. For now, this is simply yet another patent padding Apple’s already massive portfolio. Could they be planning to release an iPhone that folds in half? Definitely.Will it be the iPhone 8, like Newsweek asks? That depends on whether or not carbon nanotube PCBs and reliable, flexible displays are a real, mass-produced thing in just two more releases. Right now it doesn’t seem like a strong possibility, especially not from a company that many believe is playing it safe right now. These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Bales agent lambast Valdano in latest rant

first_imgGareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett heavily criticised the comments of Real Madrid legend Jorge Valdano about his client’s abilities.Valdano, a former player, Coach, and general manager of Madrid recently questioned the quality and value of the Welshman who joined Los Blancos in 2013.“It comes from nothing so it is taken as nothing,” Barnett told ESPN FC and was reported by Football Espana.The reaction came from comments Valdano made to Cadena Ser: “Bale’s price left the fantasy that he is world class, but his last five seasons do not match what Real Madrid paid for him.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He can score the goal of the season any year, and that must be applauded, but [other players like] Sergio Ramos are consistent throughout the season and have also scored historic goals for Real Madrid.“Bale is one of many players at Madrid who play very freely, he had the job to follow Jordi Alba, and his concentration lasted just seven minutes.“Alba was completely free to set up the first goal. There are players in the squad who, like Bale, think they are so important they can do whatever they want. That goes against the collective.”last_img read more

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Autopsy Demanded on Manatees Death

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, 17 Nov 2014 – An autopsy is being demanded on the now dead manatee which days ago paid a surprise visit to the capital Grand Turk and had been taken into the care of Katherine Hart and the Department of Environment Maritime Affairs. The manatee on Wednesday morning died, and it is causing outrage in some quarters that the sea mammal was fed lettuce and given gallons of fresh water to drink. Government issued a release to explain that it believed the male juvenile manatee got off its usual course due to the stormy weather and on November 5 and ended up in Grand Turk. The manatee was spotted by workers at the Carnival Cruise center. It was explained that manatees need fresh water to survive, though they also live in sea water. The plan had been to invest $2,000 to fly the manatee to Puerto Rico where a proper rehabilitation facility would have nursed the juvy back to health. But one opinion posted at Speak Your Mind TCI expresses that those who were caring for the manatee may have been out of their depth, I quote now: It appears there may have been lack of qualification and competency to carry out the exercise and, there should be question in the effectiveness and the management thereof. That matter should have required professional health personnel.” Another opinion came in a letter to media, Devon Williams former radio station owner, has written to Greenpeace, summoning the global organization known for its sometimes radically resolute stances on nature and the environment; he wants them involved. Williams sarcastically points out: A mammoth sized rescue was performed, the sea was not safe for the sea creature, he would be much better off in a backyard pool and so he was taken thereto.” Williams added that a map of the territory of the West Indian Sea Cow shows the TCI is a part of the mammal’s home territory and that he believes the juvenile was too young to digest so much lettuce and stand the change in water temperature. Our research shows that Manatees are indeed believed to be able to go as long as a week without fresh water, but that fresh water is a part of their diet….and several sites show manatees enjoying eating lettuce, saying younger manatees love it. There had been a drive to raise that $2,000 with the help of the TCI Reef Foundation. No word on whether an autopsy is indeed planned to determine the cause of death for the animal. Related Items:Department of Environment Maritime Affairs, devon williams, katherine hart, manatee, tci reef restoration, west indies sea cow Katherine Hart Hailed as a Mother to the Juvenile Manateelast_img read more

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Real Madrid are happy with Santiago Solaris performance

first_imgReal Madrid director Emilio Butragueno says Madrid are happy with interim coach Santiago Solari’s performance since being in charge as the club grabbed their fourth consecutive win by beating Celta Vigo on Sunday.Madrid grabbed a 4-2 win at Balaidos, bringing it to four victories with 15 goals since Solari’s tenure while bridging the gap behind Barca to four points in La Liga.“He has done excellently,” Butragueno said on Sunday.”“He arrived in a very particular moment and has achieved very good results, above all today against Celta in a very difficult game. We are very happy with how things have gone.”“We will see,” Solari said, according to AFP.“I usually don’t plan too far ahead but in principle, it’s my day off tomorrow.”“The important thing is to do everything for the good of the team and Real Madrid. Nothing else is important for me.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The team showed a lot of personalities to come through all the circumstances of the game.”“Gareth made a massive effort, his ankle was very swollen”“Celta played very aggressively, on the edge of the rules.”On the other hand, Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola believes Madrid players are behind Solari.“These things are decided by those at the top, we just have to work to get out of the crisis,” Odriozola said.“We’ll go to the death with him, he’s a great coach and of course we want him to continue.”last_img read more

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Heskey believes Puel deserves more time

first_imgEmile Heskey believes Claude Puel is the right man for the Leicester City job and rightly deserves more time.The Foxes were closing in on a point at Molineux when the game was locked on 3-3 on 87 minutes. But hat-trick hero Diogo Jota capitalised on defensive mistakes to seal the win.“Puel is under a lot of pressure [to keep his job] because every single week it seems to be he is getting sacked,” former Foxes striker Heskey told Sky Sports.“There is no smoke without fire, so I’m guessing there will be rumblings at the top of the club to see if it is the time.”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.Asked whether he thought Puel’s time at Leicester was up, Heskey added: “I don’t see why it should be time.“I don’t think they will go down. If you told me at the start of the season they would have around 30 point halfway through the season, I’d have been happy with that.“He’s ticked the boxes I think he should be ticking. It’s about the style of play now and he’s trying to take the club to the next level and advance us.”last_img read more

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Man hospitalized after being struck by Brightline train in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews rushed a man to the hospital after he was struck by a Brightline train in Fort Lauderdale.Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash at 500 East Sunrise Blvd., Saturday night.Paramedics transported the pedestrian to Broward Health Medical Center as a trauma alert. His condition is unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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KPBSD Instructional Team Hosting Facebook Live Q A

first_imgParents and students, staff, community members, KPBSD partners, and KPBSD Key Communicators are all invited to participate. Afterwards, the Q&A will be saved as a video for review online. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Facebook-Live-event.mp3VmJennifer-on-Facebook-Live-event.mp300:00RPd Then click the blue dot indicating Facebook LIVE is happening in Soldotna, and the video will pop up. Click on the video image to enlarge it on your screen. https://www.facebook.com/livemap The event starts at  7:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 22, go to https://www.facebook.com/livemap. Locate the live event streaming from Soldotna, Alaska, using the interactive map. This Facebook live event is the first in a series to expand the KPBSD Key Communicator program, in order for the district to engage people with conversation, and offering accurate stories, information, and responses to questions about the KPBSD.center_img note: You cannot post questions without a Facebook account. You can email them to communications@KPBSD.org, and we will answer as many as we can during the video LIVE Q&A. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Instructional Team will be hosting a Facebook Live Q & A event tomorrow evening. KPBSD Assistant Superintendent John O’Brien: “Ask any questions you want. We’ll be talking about some of the exciting instructional initiatives that are going on in the district as part of our five-year strategic plan.”last_img read more

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Survey Shows Dense Breast Reporting Laws Increase Breast Density Awareness

first_img October 2, 2018 — Results from a new study show that dense breast reporting laws in the United States significantly increase breast density awareness, as well as prompt conversations between women and their healthcare providers about supplemental screening. Furthermore, the study shows that nearly 90 percent of women surveyed, regardless of the state’s law status, completely or mostly agree that they would prefer to know their breast tissue type than not know.The study from the nonprofits Are You Dense Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy Inc. is published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR).1  “Women and their physicians should talk about the woman’s breast density and its impact on breast cancer screening and diagnosis. At the American College of Radiology’s urging, inclusion of breast density information in mammography reports to physicians began long ago based on the ACR’s BI-RADS [Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System] classification system. In states without legislation, women may not automatically receive density information but should be aware that it is generally available in the mammography report. This information is helpful for both radiologists and referring providers as they discuss density status with their patients,” said Dana Smetherman, M.D., FACR, and chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Commission.   Study results also show that women from states where density reporting laws have been in place longer are more likely to know their own density type and to report that their provider talked to them about supplemental screening.“These study results confirm that women who participate in mammography screening want this important breast health information, and that the mammogram results letter leads to further conversations between them and their physicians about breast screening,” stated lead study author Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D, founder of Are You Dense Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy Inc., and the inspiration behind the first density reporting law in the United States, which has led to 36 state laws. “This is particularly important as it shows that these laws, despite how they’re written, promote informed patient-provider shared decision making.”Study co-author Christoph Lee, M.D., MS, professor of radiology and health services at the University of Washington School of Medicine, stated, “The results from this national survey suggest that density reporting laws are associated with improved awareness of breast density and is associated with greater engagement between women and their providers. This type of engagement is important for more personalized, risk-based screening efforts.”Are You Dense Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy Inc. commissioned this survey of U.S. women to determine:Their knowledge about dense breast tissue and its masking of and risk factor for breast cancer;Their preferences on learning about their dense breast tissue status after having a mammogram; andAs a result of notification, whether or not they had subsequent conversations with providers about supplemental screening.The survey, conducted in February 2018, included 1,500 women in all 50 states, between 40 and 74 years old, who had a mammogram within the past two years. Survey results were compared across five groups based on law details and between women residing in states with laws versus without laws. While the majority of women in each of the sample groups were white, there was representation of minority women in each of the groups.Science for decades has demonstrated that dense breast tissue is associated with a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer and that dense breast tissue can mask cancers on mammograms. Adjunct screening to mammography, such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), significantly increase detection of early cancers in dense breasts.Added Cappello, “Today’s study results further support our relentless mission to reduce missed, delayed and advanced stage breast cancer by increasing access to early detection for women with dense breasts leading to reduced harms from aggressive treatments and better survival outcomes.”For more information: www.areyoudense.org, www.areyoudenseadvocacy.orgReference1. Cappello N.M., Richetelli D., Lee C.I. The Impact of Breast Density Reporting Laws on Women’s Awareness of Density-Associated Risks and Conversations Regarding Supplemental Screening With Providers. Journal of the American College of Radiology, Oct. 1, 2018. 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Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more last_img read more

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UN Sex exploitation by peacekeepers strongly underreported

first_img Top Stories In their response to the report’s findings, which is included in the draft, U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous and field support chief Atul Khare point out that while the number of peacekeepers has increased dramatically over the past decade, the number of allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation have gone down.The U.N. prohibits “exchange of money, employment, goods or services for sex,” and it strongly discourages sexual relationships between U.N. staff and people who receive their assistance, saying they are “based on inherently unequal power dynamics” and undermine the world body’s credibility.But that has led to some confusion on the ground, the new report says, with some members of peacekeeping missions seeing that guidance as a ban on all sexual relationships with local people. The report says the guidelines need to be clarified.“Staff with long mission experience states that was a ‘general view that people should have romantic rights’ and raised the issue of sexuality as a human right,” the report says.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The report, expected to be released this month, says major challenges remain a decade after a groundbreaking U.N. report first tackled the issue.Among its findings: About a third of alleged sexual abuse involves minors under 18. Assistance to victims is “severely deficient.” The average investigation by OIOS, which says it prioritizes cases involving minors or rape, takes more than a year.And widespread confusion remains on the ground about consensual sex and exploitation. To help demonstrate that, investigators headed to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.A year ago, the report says, investigators interviewed 231 people in Haiti who said they’d had transactional sexual relationships with U.N. peacekeepers. “For rural women, hunger, lack of shelter, baby care items, medication and household items were frequently cited as the ‘triggering need,’” the report says. Urban and suburban women received “church shoes,’ cell phones, laptops and perfume, as well as money.“In cases of non-payment, some women withheld the badges of peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media,” the report says. “Only seven interviewees knew about the United Nations policy prohibiting sexual exploitation and abuse.” None knew about the mission’s hotline to report it. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Each of those instances of transactional sex, the report says, would be considered prohibited conduct, “thus demonstrating significant underreporting.” It was not clear how many peacekeepers were involved.For all of last year, the total number of allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation against members of all U.N. peacekeeping missions was 51, down from 66 the year before, according to the secretary-general’s latest annual report on the issue.The draft report doesn’t say over what time frame the “transactional sex” in Haiti occurred. The peacekeeping mission there was first authorized in 2004 and, as of the end of March, had more than 7,000 uniformed troops. It is one of four peacekeeping missions that have accounted for the most allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation in recent years, along with those in Congo, Liberia and South Sudan.One of the U.N. staffers who produced the report would not comment Tuesday, saying it was better to wait until it was released publicly. A spokesman for the peacekeeping office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The U.N. doesn’t have a standing army and relies on troops contributed by member states. The states are responsible for investigating alleged misconduct by their troops, though the U.N. can step in if there’s no action. UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Members of a U.N. peacekeeping mission engaged in “transactional sex” with more than 225 Haitian women who said they needed to do so to obtain things like food and medication, a sign that sexual exploitation remains significantly underreported in such missions, according to a new report obtained by The Associated Press.The draft by the Office of Internal Oversight Services looks at the way U.N. peacekeeping, which has about 125,000 people in some of the world’s most troubled areas, deals with the persistent problem of sexual abuse and exploitation. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipes Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_img After rising for two consecutive weeks, mortgage rates approached the 5 percent mark during the week, rising 19 basis points to 4.9 percent according to the latest Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Markets survey released on Thursday. With this increase, Freddie Mac said that rates had risen to their highest point in seven years.While the 30-year fixed rate mortgage increased from 4.7 percent last week to 4.9 percent, it had averaged 3.91 percent during the same period last year. The survey revealed that the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also rose from 4.15 percent last week to 4.29 percent and had stood at 3.21 percent during the same period in 2017.Similarly, the five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) rose to 4.07 percent from 4.01 percent. The rate had averaged 3.16 percent during the same time last year.Looking at the macro trends that impacted mortgage rates this week, Danielle Hale, Chief Economist, Realtor.com said that the jump was the result of investors being prompted by inflation concerns and the strong jobs report to demand higher rates to compensate for the lower value of future dollars.In terms of the impact of this rise on the housing market, Sam Khater, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac said that rising rates along with high and escalating home prices were “putting downward pressure on purchase demand.”According to Khater, “While the monthly payment remains affordable due to the still low mortgage rate environment, the primary hurdle for many borrowers today is the down payment and that is the reason home sales have decreased in many high-priced markets.”However, with the rates approaching the 5 percent mark, Hale said that  though a 5 percent mortgage rate was historically low, crossing this threshold could have a ‘sticker shock effect’ on some buyers currently in the market. “We could see some buyers, especially first timers, leave the market next week as a result,” Hale predicted. Mortgage Rates Approach 5 Percent October 11, 2018 484 Views Freddie Mac Homebuyers HOUSING loans Mortgage Rates 2018-10-11 Radhika Ojhacenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Sharelast_img read more

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