a month agoEintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter: Fans crucial against Arsenal

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter: Fans crucial against Arsenalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter says the home support will be key against Arsenal tonight.The two clubs meet in their opening Europa League group opener in Frankfurt.Hutter said: “We know what we in Frankfurt are capable of. “The fans are making even more steam internationally than usual. Maybe this mood tickles ten percent more out of the team. Anyway, we expect an incredible atmosphere here again.”He added: “We want to start with a win.” last_img

Portia White and Prix GrandPré Nomination Deadlines Changed

first_imgNomination deadlines have changed for two of the province’s art prizes. The deadline for the Portia White Prize has been changed to July 15. The $25,000 award promotes excellence, innovation and expression in the arts. The deadline for the Prix Grand-Pré has been changed to Aug. 15. The $2,000 award recognizes artists whose work reflects Acadian cultural values and traditions. “These changes will improve the processing of applications and ensure peer juries have adequate time to review nominations before the recipients are announced at the annual Creative Nova Scotia Conference and Awards Gala in the fall,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Prix Grand-Pré nominations will now be accepted for artists or artistic groups working in any medium, instead of one discipline each year. Given the small size of the Acadian artistic community, this change will allow for more nominations. All of the changes were recommended to the minister by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, based on input from peer juries and staff. More information and nomination forms for these and other art prizes can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/culture/culture_prizes.asp .last_img read more

Passage of Bills to Help Accelerate HRM Development Highlight Productive Fall Sitting

first_imgNew legislation to spur development and growth in metro Halifax highlighted the sitting of the legislature that wrapped up today, Nov. 25. In all, 23 government bills were passed. “A priority of government has been to promote economic growth across Nova Scotia. With the passage of the Halifax Charter and Halifax by Design bills, we are giving the province’s largest region greater independence and the tools to adapt to the changing economic needs, pressures and opportunities by fostering development,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said. “It is good news in our quest to continue to find opportunities to grow the economy in times of global uncertainty.” The premier also noted the importance of new measures that make it easier for people who trained for a profession or trade outside the province to work in their field in Nova Scotia, and require Nova Scotians to report suspected child pornography to help reduce the sexual exploitation of children. “A number of significant issues have been dealt with during the fall sitting, from asking motorists to use their daytime running lights to prevent accidents, to legislation that will help strengthen our school boards,” the premier said. “Once again, in the spirit of co-operation, a number of opposition bills have also been passed which will make a positive difference to the people of this province.” The premier also spoke of the economic update from the finance minister in a few weeks that will provide Nova Scotians with details about the province’s economic situation. The premier has continued to meet with economic experts, provincial and federal counterparts, and business groups to discuss ways the province can effectively deal with the global crisis. Other legislative changes include: The Conservation Property Tax Exemption Act, which offers landowners who opt to protect their land a tax exemption, hopefully encouraging more land protection. The Animal Protection Act, which introduces amendments to guard the welfare of animals in Nova Scotia. A change to the Motor Vehicle Act that will help reduce accidents by requiring drivers to use daytime running lights An education amendment that strengthens school boards by offering tools to maintain discipline, respect and decorum. Allowing deposit protection for citizens entering into construction agreements for new homes — a first step in homeowner protection. Enhancing the ranks of the utility and review board. Prohibiting schools from charging fees for lunch-hour supervision starting in the fall. The legislature acknowledged the wrap up of celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of Nova Scotia’s pioneering role in shaping democracy in Canada with the country’s first representative government. The House also passed private members’ bills that recognize hockey as the provincial sport and acknowledge 2009 as the 100th anniversary of another Nova Scotia first — the flight of the Silver Dart, which carried Canada into the Age of Flight.last_img read more

Swizz Beatz Supports National Foster Care Awareness Month

first_imgMay is a month marked by students celebrating academic feats and achievements. However, May is also National Foster Care Awareness Month, and for the more than 670,000 who spend time in U.S. foster care every year, the month of May can tell a very different story.To “school” the nation on the challenges foster youth face when attaining their education, in and after their time in state care, Children’s Rights and FosterClub have today released a new spoken word PSA as a part of Children’s Rights fifth annual storytelling campaign, Fostering The Future.Grammy Award-winning producer and Children’s Rights supporter Swizz Beatz explains, “Education in this country is a fundamental right for every child, but right now, we are turning our backs on our foster youth. We all need to do whatever we can to help make sure these kids’ voices are heard. They’re not someone else’s responsibility; they’re all of ours. Let’s foster their futures by really fostering their education.”Adds Sandy Santana, Children’s Rights Executive Director: “As a society, we are failing thousands of our most vulnerable children. It is unconscionable that youth in foster care face multiple barriers to accessing their educations, and the young adults in this video know better than anyone else that changes must be made. We are honored to work with them.”• Fewer than 60 percent of foster teens graduate high school by age 19. • Only 4 percent of foster alumni go on to receive a college degree by age 26. • The average reading level of 17 and 18 year old foster youth is 7th grade. • 50 percent of foster youth become incarcerated within the first two years of aging out. • 31 percent become homeless within the first two years of aging out. • On average, they miss 5 weeks of school per year.“This puts a face and a voice to a problem of which so many Americans are sadly unaware,” states Celeste Bodner, FosterClub Executive Director and Founder.“FosterClub is about helping to empower current and former foster youth to advocate on their own behalf, and this PSA does just that. It amplifies the voices and educational needs of a population that is rarely seen or heard.”Eight of the nine individuals featured are members of FosterClub’s vast national network of current and former foster youth. Joining them is comedian and foster alum Monroe Martin.“Look, trying to get an education in foster care is no joke,” Martin says. “And the first step to systemic change is raising mass awareness about the fact that the problem even exists. Storytelling, whether it’s through comedy or a PSA is the most effective way to do that.”Children’s Rights’ 2017 campaign can be viewed by visiting FosteringTheFuture.com or by doing a search of the hashtag #FosterMyEducation.last_img read more

Several countries confirm participation at Colombo seminar

A galaxy of world-wide defence partners, strategists, policy-makers, security experts and analysts, capable of collectively evaluating fast changing global concerns and exploring ways and means of challenging such issues have already confirmed their presence at the invitation of the Army, the Army media unit said. Over 800 foreign and local participants are to attend the Colombo defence seminar on August 30 and 31 at the BMICH.The ‘Colombo Defence Seminar – 2018’ will be held under the theme ‘Security in an Era of Global Disruptions’ and will have 13 foreign and 14 local speakers. Adding a new dimension to the sessions, many intellectuals, political heavyweights, opinion makers and retired veterans of the field would share their views with similar counterparts in separate panel forums on the second day of the parley before their recommendations are read out. Among the host of distinguished invitees and contributors to the Seminar include High Commissioners, Chiefs of Defence Staff, Commanders, Security Advisers, Foreign Secretary, Senior Lecturers, Directors, Senior Researchers, Senior Tri-service Officers, Political Advisers, Under Secretaries, Administrators, Telecom Experts, Analysts on Terrorism and Scholars representing more than 40 countries.This year’s topic, ‘Security in an Era of Global Disruptions’ underlines the importance of contemporaneous security issues that appear to be increasingly interconnected and unpredictable in the wake of a multitude of threats looming large against respective statecraft and national security concerns.By third week of August 2018, representatives from Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, Chile, Canada, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Maldives, Mozambique, Netherland, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, UK, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe have confirmed their participation. (Colombo Gazette) This year’s seminar sessions would mainly shed light on ‘Demographic Transformation & Implications on Security’, ‘Technological Disruptions’, ‘Human-Induced Climate Change’ and ‘Political Extremism’ themes with close focus on ‘Human Factors & Homeland Security’, ‘Global Challenge of Internal Displacement’, ‘Urban Security in the 21st Century’, ‘Cyber Conflicts & Future Power’, ‘Social Media & Authenticity: Global Security Challenges’, ‘Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Weapons’, ‘Role of the Military in Response & Mitigating Strategies (Regional Perspective)’, ‘Role of the Military in Response & Mitigating Strategies (Global Perspective)’, ‘Climate Geo – Engineering: Challenges & Opportunities’, ‘Role Played by Violent Non – State Actors’, ‘Ideological Polarization’, ‘Destabilizing the International System’, ‘Diaspora Communities Amidst & Conflict’, ‘Technological Creativity: Challenges to Armed Forces’, ‘Climate Change: Future of Warfare’ and ‘Leadership in Mitigating Violent Extremism’.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has been invited to deliver the keynote address after the opening remarks by Kapila Waidyaratne, Secretary Defence during the inaugural ceremony. read more

Marking Africa Days 40th anniversary Annan praises continents unity

“The OAU has not only embodied Africa’s shared values and aspirations, it has also fostered a sense of collective identity and growing partnership among Africa’s diverse peoples and countries,” Mr. Annan said in an address to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York.Mr. Annan noted that 40 years ago, the founding fathers of modern Africa joined hands in Addis Ababa to set up the OAU, now transformed into the African Union. He marked Africa Day – observed on 25 May each year – by celebrating the achievements of the OAU.”It has played a critical role in regional conflict resolution, and facilitated the steady growth of an architecture for promoting peace and security through, for example, the OAU Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Mediation and Resolution,” the Secretary-General said of the OAU.In addition, he praised “the dynamic role of the OAU’s Liberation Committee, the courageous role of the Frontline States and other Member States, as well as the sacrifices of African peoples in the long and ultimately successful struggle for freedom and against apartheid.”At the same time, Mr. Annan noted, the celebration of the anniversary was “necessarily tempered” by horrifying images of killings in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Liberia and elsewhere. HIV/AIDS also continues to devastate the continent, including on agriculture and governance, he added.The Secretary-General said it was fortunate that African countries have a long tradition of working together, as well as a new framework to continue to do so through the African Union.”Today, the newly established African Union marks an important new phase in Africa’s efforts to empower itself,” Mr. Annan said. “The United Nations, for its part, will continue to be a close partner. Our cooperation is active and diverse, spanning the full spectrum of issues, involving virtually all aspects of the UN system.”Meanwhile, General Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic said the “African continent is a critical piece to the global mosaic and at this critical juncture in Africa’s development, we have to continue with our pledge to work towards the common goal of African parity with the global community.”Mr. Kavan stressed that Africa remains a priority for the UN, and the world body continues to play an important role in strengthening partnerships for development and peace on the continent. read more

UNbacked measles initiative in sight of goal of preventing 1 million deaths

“Though we can vaccinate a child against measles for less than one dollar, millions of children still remain at risk,” UN Foundation Chairman Ted Turner said of the disease which, while barely remembered in affluent countries, is one of the leading vaccine-preventable childhood killers in the world.“The Measles Initiative has dramatically reduced measles’ cases and deaths in Africa. We must build upon the Initiative’s success by expanding our activities into other measles-ravaged areas such as Asia and by incorporating additional life saving tools such as malaria bed nets.”Launched in 2001, the Initiative partners the UN Foundation, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the American Red Cross and the United States Centres for Disease Control (CDC).The financial and technical support provided by the Initiative and the commitment of African governments have resulted in an enormous public health success story; measles death have fallen 60 percent between 1999 and 2004 in Africa. This decline provides important progress toward the UN Millennium Development Goal of reducing the overall under-five mortality rate by two-thirds by 2015. But even so, more than 500,000 people – 470,000 of them children under the age of 5 – still died from the disease in 2003, half of them in Africa alone. A safe and highly effective vaccine has been available for more than 40 years, costing less than $1, but millions of children still remain at risk.With the measles campaigns in northern Nigeria and Benin taking place this month, nearly 31 million children will be reached, bringing the total number of vaccinations to more than 200 million. read more

Transcontinental endures doubledigit decrease in advertising revenues in Q3

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 11, 2014 10:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Transcontinental endures double-digit decrease in advertising revenues in Q3 MONTREAL – Transcontinental says a double-digit decline in national advertising was a drag on the printing and publishing company’s third-quarter revenue.“For us it was a pretty soft quarter, much softer than we had anticipated,” CEO Francois Olivier said Thursday during a conference call about its latest results.He said national advertising was down 10 to 15 per cent for most of its publications in the quarter, but flyer distribution and acquisitions helped push up overall revenue by 1.9 per cent to $500 million from 490.7 million a year earlier.The Montreal-based company (TSX:TCL.A, TSX:TCL.B) had $44.2 million in net income in the third quarter or 56 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended July 31, up from $30.1 million or 39 cents per share a year earlier.Adjusting for one-time items, earnings grew 12.6 per cent to $37.6 million or 48 cents per share from $33.4 million or 43 cents per share a year earlier. The general analyst estimate was 46 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters data.Excluding revenues from the acquistion of Capri Packaging and Sun Media newspapers in Quebec, Transcontinental’s revenue declined 2.7 per cent.“We are indeed pleased with the continued improvement in the profitability of our media sector despite a very challenging advertising market,” Olivier told analysts.The printing segment’s adjusted operating profit increased to $49.6 million. Printing revenue was up 2.4 per cent to $345.8 million in the quarter, but down 1.9 per cent excluding acquisitions.Media profits increased 55 per cent to $12.1 million Transcontinental benefited from cost reductions and new distribution agreements with Postmedia (TSX:PNC.B) publications in Calgary and Montreal, and three Quebec weeklies acquired from Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B).Media revenues increased 1.3 per cent to $174.7 million, but excluding acqusitions they fell 3.5 per cent due to lower newspaper and magazine advertising, partially offset by new flyer distribution agreements with Target, Sears and Jean Coutu (TSX:PJC.A).Transcontinental said it’s in discussions with several Canadian newspaper publishers to offer cost savings by taking over the printing of their publications.“It’s not a secret for anybody, the advertising dollar for big metropolitan newspapers last year was really challenging and the more challenge they have on the revenue side, the more you have to look at how you could save money,” Olivier added.“And I think our network across Canada of newspaper printing operations are a way to, in my opinion, to reduce a publisher’s cost.”The purchase of Capri Packaging added $19.1 million in revenues and $4.2 million in pre-tax operating earnings (EBITDA).Transcontinental said it expects about $20 million in additional EBITDA from the Sun Media transactions, but that cost savings may take slightly longer to realize because of delays in receiving approval from the federal Competition Bureau.Last week, Transcontinental announced the closing of 20 publications and the sale of 14 others following acquisition of Sun Media weekly newspaper portfolio in Quebec from Quebecor.The decision to close the papers was made after buyers could only be found for 14 of 33 publications that the Competition Bureau said had to be sold before it would allow Transcontinental to buy 74 weekly newspapers from Quebecor’s Sun Media.Transcontinental publishes more than 30 magazines, including Canadian Living and Elle Canada, as well as books and flyers. It also has a network of community newspapers in the Atlantic provinces and websites such as AutoGo.ca and JobGo.ca, and is the owner of the Metro weekday daily in Montreal and co-owner of Metro Halifax.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Transcontinental’s shares closed up two cents to $15.54 in Thursday trading. read more

As seizures top 400 in US China carfentanil trade thrives

As seizures top 400 in US China carfentanil trade thrives by Erika Kinetz And Raphael Satter, The Associated Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 4:08 am MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SHANGHAI – Seizures of the deadly chemical carfentanil have exploded across the United States, with more than 400 cases documented in eight states since July, The Associated Press has found.Fueled by a thriving trade out of China, the weapons-grade chemical is suspected in hundreds of drug overdoses in North America. An a href=’https://apnews.com/7c85cda5658e46f3a3be95a367f727e6/Chemical-weapon-for-sale:-China’s-unregulated-narcotic’AP investigation/a last month showed how easily carfentanil can be purchased online from China. Of the 12 companies that initially offered to export carfentanil, just three have stopped. Nine continue to offer carfentanil for sale, no questions asked, and the AP identified four additional companies willing to sell the drug.Asked for comment, most denied making the offers.Jilin Tely Import and Export Co. initially claimed in an email that carfentanil was one of its “hot sales product.” After being named in AP’s story, the company’s website vanished and it denied ever producing carfentanil.Carfentanil is a controlled substance in the U.S., where it can be used legally to immobilize large animals like elephants. But it is not controlled in China, the top source of fentanyl-related compounds that end up in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.“It’s a loophole that needs to be closed because even small quantities can have a terrible lethal effect,” said Andrew Weber, a former U.S. assistant secretary of defence for nuclear, chemical and biological defence programs. “Terrorists could acquire it commercially as we have seen drug dealers doing.”Some 5,000 times stronger than heroin, carfentanil is so toxic that an amount smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person. It was researched for years as a chemical weapon and used by Russian forces to incapacitate Chechen separatists in 2002.The AP did not buy carfentanil from the vendors and did not test whether the products on offer were genuine.DEA and State Department officials have discussed carfentanil’s dangers with Chinese authorities, who have already controlled 19 fentanyl-related compounds, and urged them to blacklist it. But China has yet to act. China’s Ministry of Public Security did not respond to requests for comment.Dealers cut carfentanil and other synthetic opioids into illicit drugs like heroin to boost profit margins.Since July, when carfentanil was first identified in the U.S. drug supply, the DEA has confirmed at least 407 carfentanil seizures in eight states, according to data obtained by the AP. Ohio, the hardest-hit state, has 343 confirmed carfentanil seizures.The resulting wave of human misery has been overwhelming. In just 21 days in July, paramedics in Akron, Ohio, logged 236 overdoses, including 14 fatalities, with suspected links to carfentanil, according to the DEA. In the first six months of this year, in contrast, they dealt with a total of 320 overdoses. In September, the Ohio coroner’s office confirmed eight carfentanil overdose deaths in Cincinnati, DEA said.Direct exports of fentanyl-related chemicals from China arrive in the U.S. as air cargo or postal shipments, but are difficult to identify, according to congressional testimony obtained by the AP.“Standard field kits do not accurately detect fentanyl,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said in answers to committee questions. He added that information from Chinese authorities on shipments destined for the U.S. could help customs more effectively intercept illicit packages.For now, vendors appear brazenly confident about their ability to evade customs.Shanxi Jinwei Technology Co. offered carfentanil and other drugs for export to the U.S. and Europe. “Please don’t worry,” the company said in an email. They said they’d hide everything in aluminum bags and reship packages that failed to arrive. The company didn’t respond to requests for comment.Carfentanil vendors also take advantage of loose oversight on major trading platforms like Korea’s EC21.com and China’s LookChem.com marketplaces. Both screen their listings, but some companies appear to be evading those checks by misspelling the contraband they offer. A search for “fentanyl” yielded zero results on EC21, but “fentanyll” yielded 806 products from 422 suppliers. One company selling through LookChem printed “fentanyl” in red letters across multiple photographs of baggies plump with crystalline powder, without making the drug name searchable.All this just describes sales on the open internet. The darknet, a collection of shadowy websites invisible to most internet users, is also a vibrant marketplace for drugs.China’s actions can have a profound impact. After Beijing controlled 116 new synthetic drugs last October, U.S. seizures of key narcotics plunged, DEA data show.The reverberations of that law can still be felt. A sales manager named Eric from Shanghai Golden Time Biological Technology Co. refused to produce fentanyl and acetylfentanyl, both of which are controlled substances in China. “I can’t make it,” he said.But he was happy to export the far more potent, unregulated carfentanil for $8,000 a kilogram.___Satter reported from Paris. Associated Press reporter Desmond Butler contributed from Washington and researcher Fu Ting contributed from Shanghai.___Follow Kinetz on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ekinetz and Satter at http://twitter.com/razhael. read more

Brock scientists discovery advances lung cancer screening

Brock epidemiologist Martin Tammemägi’s new method uses already-existing data to create a “risk threshold” that greatly helps doctors determine who should be prioritized for lung cancer screening.A Brock University scientist’s new way of identifying people most likely to get lung cancer could help cash-strapped health care systems devote more of their resources to patients who need it most.Brock epidemiologist Martin Tammemägi’s new method uses already-existing data to create a “risk threshold” that greatly helps doctors determine who should be prioritized for lung cancer screening.As published in the Dec. 2 issue of the American medical journal PLOS Medicine, the risk threshold is also better than current methods at detecting lung cancer in early stages.Currently, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that people undergo low dose computed tomography (CT) lung screening if they are between 55-80 years old, have a heavy smoking history and have quit smoking less than 15 years ago.Tammemägi’s lung cancer risk prediction model (PLCOm2012) is combined with a new risk threshold to improve how individuals are selected for lung cancer screening. “This method appears superior to the way the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial or the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force chooses individuals for screening,” he says.Tammemägi and his team found that using this approach led to 8.8 per cent fewer individuals requiring screening, and yet identified 12.4 per cent more lung cancers in their research participants.“Because this risk threshold method is more efficient than the existing selection criteria, it is expected to save more lives and, because it will reduce the number of false positives, it will relieve some of the anxiety and risks associated with false positive screens,” says Tammemägi.Tammemägi explains that computed tomography or CT lung screening of high-risk individuals can lead to detection of lung cancer at an earlier stage, which can often be treated successfully by surgery. Advanced stage lung cancers are usually treated with various combinations of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but survival for these advanced lung cancers is generally poor.Tammemägi notes that, in the U.S., the Affordable Health Care Act will, as of Jan. 1, 2015, require insurance companies to pay for screening of high-risk individuals 55 to 64 years of age. He says in February, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicate Services is expected to recommend and cover the cost of screening high-risk individuals age 65 to 75 years.“In Canada, lung cancer screening is expected to unfold over the next few years,” says Tammemägi.Tammemägi and his team report their findings in their paper “Evaluation of the Lung Cancer Risks at Which to Screen Ever- and Never-Smokers: Screening Rules Applied to the PLCO and NLST Cohorts,” published Dec. 2 in the leading open-access medical journal PLOS Medicine.Tammemägi’s latest research builds on his earlier work. He created risk calculation software that can reduce surgical procedures by helping doctors know if nodules showing up on CT lung scans have a high probability of being cancerous. This research appeared last September in the New England Journal of Medicine.He published research in May 28, 2014 in The JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute showing that the more serious the CT results, the more likely a smoker will be to quit smoking. read more

Austerity Number of people who say they have been affected by cuts

first_imgPerceptions about the future of policing have declined to the lowest levels since 2002. Two in five people think that the way their area is policed will decline over the next few years, with just one in ten believing it will improve. There are similarly low levels of optimism about education, with 40 per cent of people saying they expect standards to get worse, compared to 32 per cent in the previous year.The figures suggest that more people are worried about the possible future impact of cuts than are feeling the effects they are having now. But the figures, by researcher Ipsos Mori, also show that people are more pessimistic about public services now than at any other point in the past 15 years. Three in five think they have declined in the past five years, an increase from the 43 per cent who said the same in 2015. The figures show that people feel more pessimistic about almost every aspect of public services than they did in 2015. But only 26 per cent said they or their families have been directly affected by cuts. The number of people who say they have been affected by austerity has fallen from more than one in three to one in four. Six years ago, 36 per cent of people said they had felt the impact of cuts to public services. This has now fallen to 26 per cent, despite continued reports about the impact of austerity measures.  There was also a drop in the number of people who felt cuts had been necessary, with just 45 per cent feeling that way compared to 59 per cent in 2013. Analysts said the data showed “record levels of concern” about public services, but that worries were not yet affecting the significant Conservative poll lead, which currently stands at 21 points.Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos Mori, said: “Confidence in the government’s policies for public services is much lower than in its economic policies, but so far that isn’t stopping the Conservatives keeping a clear lead in people’s voting intentions.” 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.last_img read more

Womens EHF CL Rostov and Gyor win derby matches

Podravka : Ferencvaros 24:27 (12:16)Fleury – Thüringer postponedSTANDINGS:1. Ferencvaroš 5 – 92. Fleury 4 – 53. Thüringer 4 – 34. Podravka 5 – 1GROUP C Hypo Niederösterreich : Midtjylland 27:33 (10:16)Györ : Vardar Skopje 28:27 (14:17)STANDINGS:2. Györ 5 – 81. Vardar 5 – 63. Midtjylland 5 – 64. Hypo 5 – 0GROUP D Lubin : CSM Bucuresti  27:30 (13:15)Sävehof : Budućnost Podgorica 18:25 (11:14)STANDINGS:1. Buducnost 5 – 92 CSM Bucuresti 5 – 73. IK Sävehof 5 – 44. MKS Selgros Lublin 5 – 0 EHF Champions League  GROUP B ← Previous Story EHF CL: Swiss Kadeten are back inTOP 16 race! Next Story → Asian battle for RIO 2016: Qatar begin with +40! Russian Rostov Don beat Larvik HK 26:25 in one of two derby matches of the Women’s EHF CL weekend to stay only team on 100% after five matches.Hungarian Gyor beat ŽRK Vardar 28:27, once again, securing the first place at the end of Preliminary Group.GROUP A:Rostov : Larvik 26:25 (15:14)Baia Mare : Krim 35:28 (16:14)STANDINGS:1. Rostov–Don 5 – 102. Larvik 5 – 63. Baia Mare 5 – 44. Krim 5 – 0 read more

Man in his late 70s arrested after cannabis seizure worth €250k

first_imgTWO MEN HAVE been arrested after Gardaí discovered a large number of cannabis plants during a search of two houses in rural Cork this morning.The men, one aged in his late 70s and the other in his mid 50s, are being held at Kanturk Garda Station in connection with the seizure.Gardaí carried out a planned search of the houses in Kanturk and Newmarket this morning  where they found cannabis plants with an estimated street value of up to €250,000.Investigations are ongoing.last_img

Alzheimer la maladie se développerait à partir dune seule zone du cerveau

first_imgAlzheimer : la maladie se développerait à partir d’une seule zone du cerveauSelon une nouvelle étude, la maladie d’Alzheimer se développerait à partir d’une seule et même région du cerveau. Une découverte qui entrouvre la voie à de nouveaux traitements.C’est une découverte importante dans la lutte contre la maladie d’Alzheimer, devenue aujourd’hui un enjeu majeur de santé publique. En effet, une étude américaine parue hier dans la revue PLoS ONE révèle que la maladie se propagerait d’une zone à l’autre du cerveau en suivant les connexions entre les cellules cérébrales (les synapses, qui font communiquer les neurones entre eux). Elle fonctionnerait ainsi un peu comme une infection et se développerait à partir d’une seule région du cerveau, souligne l’étude. Néanmoins, avec la maladie d’Alzheimer, ce n’est bien entendu pas un agent infectieux qui se propage, mais une protéine anormale. Cette protéine, appelée tau, va s’agréger sous forme de filament et va étouffer et détruire progressivement l’ensemble des cellules nerveuses (neurones). Pour l’heure, les travaux n’ont porté que sur des souris. Mais cette découverte laisse penser que bloquer ce processus suffisamment tôt pourrait empêcher la propagation de cette maladie aujourd’hui encore incurable.”Des recherches précédentes dont celles conduites avec des IRM (imagerie pas résonance magnétique) sur des humains avaient déjà révélé ce type de propagation de la maladie”, souligne le Dr Scott Small, professeur de neurologie à la faculté de médecine de l’Université Columbia à New York et co-auteur de l’étude. “Mais ces différentes recherches ne permettaient pas de montrer avec certitude qu’Alzheimer se propage directement d’une région du cerveau à l’autre”, ajoute-t-il dans un communiqué relayé par TV5monde.Trouver un moyen d’arrêter la progression de tau À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Chez les souris, la progression de la protéine tau depuis le cortex entorhinal jusqu’à l’hippocampe puis au néocortex “est très similaire à ce que nous voyons aux premiers stades de la maladie d’Alzheimer chez les humains”, explique le Dr Karen Duff, professeur de pathologie en psychiatrie à la faculté de médecine de l’Université Columbia et principal auteur de l’étude.Avec cette nouvelle compréhension du processus pathologique de la maladie, de nouveaux “traitements cliniques prometteurs” capables d’arrêter sa progression pourraient voir le jour, estime le Dr Duff. “La meilleure façon de soigner Alzheimer pourrait être de l’identifier et de la traiter tout au début pour bloquer sa progression car aux premiers stades, la maladie est plus sensible aux thérapies”, relève le Dr Small. “Si nous trouvons le mécanisme par lequel tau se propage d’un neurone à l’autre on pourra potentiellement empêcher cette protéine anormale de passer d’une cellule nerveuse à l’autre via les synapses en recourant peut-être à une forme d’immunothérapie”, juge pour sa part le Dr Duff. Ainsi “la maladie ne se répandrait pas aux autres régions du cerveau ce qui est lié à des formes plus graves de démence”, ajoute-t-elle.Le 2 février 2012 à 14:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Zilla Parishads function sans Standing Committees

first_imgHyderabad: Standing Committee in Zilla Parishads have not yet been constituted though a fortnight passed since the election of chairpersons. Usually, Zilla Parishads (ZPs) used to elect Standing committees soon after their formation. Confusion has arisen over the constitution of the Standing Committee because the ZPs have fewer number of Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency members. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Each ZP is required to constitute seven Standing Committees to examine various aspects and adopt resolutions. The ZP general body will discuss the resolution passed by the Standing Committee and take a decision. Standing Committees will be constituted on education, agriculture, health, rural development, women, social welfare and planning. Each committee used to comprise six to seven members in the past. The chairperson of ZP will head some of the committees. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us These committees will consist of ZPTC members, MLAs, MLCs and MPs as members. Between seven and eight ZPTC members used to be appointed as members on each committee. However, now most of the ZPs do not have required number of ZPTCs. After the formation of 32 ZPs in the State the average number of ZPTCs in each ZP has come down to 16 from the previous average of 60. In the past with large number of ZPTCs, there was not difficulty in electing the Standing Committees in the past. Advertise With Us With the delimitation of the ZPs, the number of ZPTCs in them has come down making it difficult to elect the Standing Committees. Some ZPs like Medchal have just five ZPTCs. The Warangal Urban district has seven and the Mulugu district has eight members. The number of MLAs, MLCs and MPs is also low per each district. Each district has three to four MLAs and one or two MLCs. One MP is representing two districts. As the average ZPTCs number is less than 31, it would be difficult even to allocate the ZPTCs without election. If the ZPTCs have to be allocated at the rate of six to seven for each committee, the number of ZPTCs required would be 42. The officials of the Panchayat Raj said that the government has to take a decision on the constitution of the Standing Committees and guide the ZPs in this regard. The government has to reduce the number of Standing Committees or replace the system with other one.last_img read more

Selfie the right portrayal of self

first_imgCovering your true self with multiple layers of makeup, ‘Selfie’ – a trend in the digital era of smartphones and hashtags, has taken over the senses of today’s millennials. In the urge of getting accepted by the world, they have forgotten their individuality and are living in a web of lies.Taking the current scenario into consideration, Tanaaz Irani is coming up with a play titled ‘Selfie’. The theatre performance would tell a story about five different women with different perspectives. Meeting in a ladies waiting room at a remote railway station, each of them finds their lives intersecting with cathartic consequences. The story would unfold gradually, highlighting the importance of believing in self and not faking by applying makeup to correct our individuality. Besides Tanaaz, Kishwar Merchant, Priya Malik, Dimple Shah and Shweta Gulati will also be playing quintessential roles in the play. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe play which will be presented for the first time at Kamani auditorium on June 16, is very close to Tanaaz’s heart and she believes that such issues should be taken up by filmmakers and theatre groups. She feels that the comedy roles are enough done and now is the era of meaningful content which the audience is ready to accept.Speaking of how she landed in this field, Tanaaz says, “I started my career on stage when I was 8 years old and it has been almost 10 years since then that I have not been in touch with theatre. I was just waiting to go back on the stage as I was done with having the slice of comedy, suspense, dramas. There was no fun and Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveI felt a void for good scripts.”‘Selfie’, which is an adaption of a Marathi play by Shilpa Navalkar is very close to Tanaaz’s heart. “I was eagerly waiting to work on something different than what I had been doing. While I was thinking of something like this, a friend sent me a CD of some Marathi play and asked me to watch it,” she stated, adding, “I was completely taken back by the story of five women who are strangers and living their own lives, facing difficulties and towards the end coming together and solving each other’s problems just by changing each other’s perspectives. They did this in a very funny manner because their nature is very sarcastic. This is where I realized that this is the script I need to do, something I was looking for.” Talking about the unique name, the director of the play said, “The reason behind the name selfie is self-explanatory. When we take selfie sometimes we are concerned about pimples, expressions, color correction and we tend to correct our entire individuality. This play tells you that you are just perfect the way you are and need to maintain your own characteristics, because nobody can play you, play your real self. Even when I play a 60 year old who is irritable and angry, I still give my natural expressions because Ibelieve I am beautiful this way. It’s a fantastic play because the script is the hero and all you need to do is Add On. Moreover I have such amazing actors working with me who have added substance to the play.”Enacting a 60-year-old lay, directing the play, incorporating five stories without making it look messy sounds like a difficult task but Tanaaz calls it an extremely exciting and beautiful journey one could think of.Tanaaz and her cast are very excited about their performance in the Capital and are eagerly waiting for the positive response to the unconventional plot.last_img read more

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More than 200 celebrities artists poets and academics announce support for Villaltas

first_imgMusicians, television personalities, and public intellectuals voiced their backing for progressive candidate José María Villalta as Costa Rica’s next president.Approximately 20 of these supporters joined the Broad Front Party candidate at his San José office on Monday morning. A party representative read the list of 200 names. The freshly announced backers said their support stemmed from a desire to see broad social change in the country.Guanacaste singer-songwriter Guadalupe Urbina said Villalta’s candidacy offered the best chance to transform positive aspirations into tangible changes.“More than belonging to a political party or belonging to a set political strategy, I belong to a country that is moving towards reform,” Urbina said.An author and University of Costa Rica (UCR) philosopher, Arnoldo Mora, urged the crowd to support Villalta as part of the country’s growing social change.“It’s the beginning of a new age,” Mora said. “We need to transform our Costa Rica. It’s a defeated country now.”Mora also served as culture minister during Rafael Ángel Calderón’s presidency from 1990-1994.  José Figueres Olsen’s presidency from 1994-1998. [Updated Jan. 22]On the back of staunchly progressive rhetoric, Villalta has seen his political fortunes and those of his party grow during the campaign. Villalta’s platform has included advocacy for same-sex civil unions and broader distribution of wealth.While the party won less than 1 percent in the previous presidential election, recent polls have Villalta either tied for the lead with former frontrunner Johnny Araya, of the ruling National Liberation Party, or in second place.Villalta has repeatedly singled out neoliberalism – free trade, privatization and deregulation – as having caused Costa Rica’s economic woes.“This is a party of the new majority,” Villalta said on Monday. “This new majority does not want neoliberalism.”Critics and political opponents have characterized Villalta as extremely leftist or as inexperienced. This critique did not hold weight with his new supporters, such as former television star Leonardo Perucci. The native Chilean said the currents of change in Costa Rica reminded him of Chile.“The youth lead the way on change,” Perucci said after the Monday conference. “For me, [Villalta’s inexperience] is a virtue.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Villalta calls budget deficit focus ‘alarmist’ CID-Gallup poll shows Araya might avoid presidential election runoff Libertarian candidate Otto Guevara could become Costa Rica’s next president Villalta’s rise and Araya’s fall could upset 50 years of political dominance in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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