Akon building ‘real-life Wakanda’

first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 22 (PTI) Grammy-winning singer Akon has shared his plans to build “real-life Wakanda” based around his cryptocurrency AKoin.During a panel discussion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the musician discussed his plans for Akon Crypto City. According to PageSix, Akon, 45, said blockchain technology and cryptocurrency could be “the saviour for Africa in many ways” because of its high security factor. He said the app-based system “allows the people to utilise it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow government to do those things that are keeping them down.” The business plan says the city will be built on 2,000 acres of land gifted to Akon from the President of Senegal. The singer was born in St Louis, Missouri but is of Senegalese descent, and he spent significant parts of his childhood in the country.The city will feature colleges, schools, an airport and sports stadium.The proposal added, ”this mixed use, master-planned city, contains everything from residential to retail, parks, stadium, light manufacturing, universities, and schools.”Back in 2014, Akon took a big step away from his music career with the Akon Lighting Africa project, which brought electricity to 15 countries in Africa. Meanwhile, his charitable work also includes the Konfidence Foundation, which aims to provide support to underprivileged youth. PTI SHDSHDlast_img read more

Charlie Strong Says Texas Is “Trying” To Work Something Out With Texas A&M

first_imgCharlie Strong dons a cowboy hat.Twitter/@ThisIsMachadoTexas and Texas A&M haven’t met on the gridiron since 2011, but it certainly seems like Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is open to the idea of resuming the series. Friday, according to OrangeBlood’s Anwar Richardson, Strong, at the Touchdown Club of Houston, said that Texas is “trying” to work something out with its old rival. Richardson is also reporting, however, that Texas itself says no specifics have been discussed. So perhaps Strong got a little ahead of himself.Texas coach Charlie Strong was asked when the Longhorns would play Texas A&M again. Said there is something being worked out— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016Texas coach Charlie Strong says something is being worked out to play Texas A&M again pic.twitter.com/RZVHNpGGs7— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016A UT spokesperson said no specifics have been discussed about Texas playing Texas A&M again when asked about Charlie Strong’s comment— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016Texas vs. Texas A&M used to be an annual affair – until the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC. It’s certainly one of the rivalries that college football fans miss the most.last_img read more

Roger Federer trounces David Goffin to make US Open quarter-finals

first_img Associated Press New YorkSeptember 1, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 01:02 IST Roger Federer continues his quest for a record 21st Grand Slam tournament title. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer cruised through his second straight easy victory at the U.S. OpenFederer defeated David Goffin 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 to move into the his 13th quarterfinal at Flushing MeadowsThe five-time U.S. Open champion continues his quest for a record 21st Grand Slam tournament titleRoger Federer has gotten his groove back. The No. 3 seed cruised through his second straight easy victory at the U.S. Open, beating David Goffin 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 to move into the his 13th quarterfinal at Flushing Meadows.Federer, who dropped the first set in each of his first two matches, hasn’t dropped a set since. He thoroughly dominated the No. 15 Goffin in 1 hour, 19 minutes, blasting 35 winners to just eight for his opponent and serving up 10 aces. Federer closed out the match after a 20-stroke rally with an emphatic backhand winner down the line.The five-time U.S. Open champion continues his quest for a record 21st Grand Slam tournament title against the winner of the match currently underway between Grigor Dimitrov and Alex de Minaur.Federer lost the opening set in each of his first two matches for the first time in his 19 U.S. Open appearances, but the No. 3 seed has been pretty perfect since while playing the first match of the day in Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 15th-seeded Goffin broke for a 2-1 lead but that was about his last highlight, as Federer amassed a 35-8 advantage in winners and converted nine of his 10 break-point chances.Federer tied Andre Agassi for the second-most quarterfinal appearances at the U.S. Open, trailing only Jimmy Connors’ 17. He had been surprisingly stopped a round short in 2018 by John Millman, preventing what would have been a matchup with eventual champion Novak Djokovic.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow US Open Next Roger Federer trounces David Goffin to make US Open quarter-finalsRoger Federer dominated the No. 15 David Goffin in 1 hour, 19 minutes, blasting 35 winners to just eight for his opponent and serving up 10 aces.advertisementlast_img read more

Singapore Japan Looking into LNG Bunkering for Car Carriers

first_imgzoom The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) will helm a working group to conduct a feasibility study on LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore. The working group will include Japan’s big three shippers – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL).MPA said that the study will focus on the technical details such as fuel tank capacities and refueling requirements to assess the feasibility of running LNG-fuelled car carriers between Japan and Singapore.The joint feasibility study was announced at the inaugural Singapore and Japan Port Seminar 2017 held in Singapore today.The study will be one of the activities jointly undertaken by MPA and MLIT under the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed in April 2017 that aims to bolster cooperation between the duo in areas such as port planning, port management and technological development in the port sector.“Shipping can be less pollutive and the International Maritime Organization has introduced a 0.5% global sulfur cap by 2020. This is an opportunity for Singapore and Japan to co-lead in a global search for solutions to make shipping greener. In particular, the joint study on the feasibility of LNG bunkering for car carriers between Japan and Singapore offers great promise. It extends bilateral cooperation to shipping and raises bilateral cooperation to a new level,”  Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Transport of Singapore, said. “I believe that Singapore, the world’s top bunkering port, and Japan, the world’s top LNG importer, have the responsibility to contribute to the development of global shipping through jointly promoting the use of LNG as marine fuel,” Keiichi Ishii, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan, added.Today, both countries are ready to provide LNG bunkering operations using trucks and are now looking into the next phase of LNG bunkering for ocean-going vessels.In October 2016, MPA and MLIT signed a multilateral Memorandum of Understanding, concluded in Singapore, to widen the network of LNG bunker-ready ports in Europe, the US, and Asia.last_img read more

Visiting governors of Virginia and Maryland say Trump bluster hurts NAFTA talks

first_imgTORONTO – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says protectionist rhetoric coming out of the White House is only hurting ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.McAuliffe, a Democrat and critic of many of U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies, made the comments during a trade mission to Ontario on Tuesday.McAuliffe, was accompanied by the Republican Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser.All three urged Ontario to deal directly with local and state leaders in the U.S. as Trump continues to “bluster” about NAFTA talks.Premier Kathleen Wynne, who hosted the group at the Ontario legislature, said she talked about the uncertainty surrounding the trade discussions which are taking place in Ottawa.In August, Trump suggested NAFTA be terminated, tweeting that both Canada and Mexico are being “very difficult.”McAuliffe said Tuesday that Trump needs rein in his attacks on the U.S.’s two best trading partners.“I would argue that this rhetoric has to be toned down a bit,” McAuliffe said. “We’ve got to work together. We’ve got to trade internationally, we’ve got to do business with one another. We just need to be careful about attacking those folks with whom we do business with every single day around the globe.”Hogan said he was skeptical that the president’s tone will translate into tough action during the negotiations.“I think it’s probably safe to say that some of the bluster and the rhetoric you hear coming out of one part of Washington is not necessarily what the policy is going to end up being,” he said. “If you take a look over the long haul, I don’t think it’s going to be anything like what the worst fears are.”Wynne said during the meeting the leaders spoke about the auto sector, tourism and the NAFTA talks.“We did talk about the uncertainty,” she said. “It feels to me that there remains uncertainty about the direction of the talks except that all of the governors that I’ve talked to believe that it’s critical that we get to a good deal and that we do no harm.”last_img read more

Canadians told to brace for a classic Canadian winter with lots of

first_imgTORONTO – One of Canada’s high profile weather forecasters is warning Canadians across the country to brace for a whole lot of snow this winter.Chris Scott, The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist, says the message from his forecast team is “buckle up, because it looks like a stormy winter.”Scott says this year’s La Nina weather system bears a striking resemblance to that of 2007-2008, when Toronto had its snowiest winter on record.“History tells us that when we have cooler waters off the coast of South America, that’s La Nina, and those winters tend to be classic Canadian winters.”British Columbia, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada are all in store for above normal levels of precipitation, according to the forecast.In western Canada, that precipitation will likely be snow as the region shivers in below normal temperatures.In Atlantic Canada, where temperatures are expected to be close to above normal, forecasters expect plenty of snow and ice but periods of milder weather and rain will keep snowbanks from getting too high.Scott says storms with lots of snow are forecast for December in the eastern half of Canada, while in the western half of the county, the winter conditions are expected to start in January.La Nina winters often mean changeable weather, and Scott says that while Canadians can expect to be pounded by numerous snowstorms, there will also be sustained periods of milder weather.“You might get two out of three months where you think, ‘wow, that was a wild winter,’ and then one month where the winter goes away,” he explains. “But this will be a winter that’s more on than off.”Scott says Southern Ontario and Quebec might see mild conditions during all of January.The weather pattern also calls for a winter that lingers, meaning the country could experience snowstorms as late as March.Scott notes that in the prairies a strong snow pack could benefit soil conditions and help produce a bountiful spring harvest.Ski resorts are also anticipating a banner season, especially in western Canada, where the coastal mountains are already getting snow.The only region of Canada not following the nation-wide trend is Nunavut, which has seen warming temperatures in recent years due to global warming. Scott says Nunavut can expect warmer than usual temperatures again this winter, along with average levels of snow.last_img read more

In the news today Dec 13

first_imgFour stories in the news for Thursday, Dec. 13———CHINA CONFIRMS DETENTION OF TWO CANADIANSTwo Canadian men have been detained in China on suspicion of “endangering national security,” the country’s foreign ministry said today. Spokesman Lu Kang confirmed that entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody on Monday and that they are being handled separately. Canada has been informed of the detentions, Lu said, but declined to say whether the men have been provided with lawyers. The two cases ratchet up pressure on Canada, which is holding the CFO of telecommunications giant Huawei at the request of the United States.———KHADR ASKING COURT TO CHANGE BAIL CONDITIONSLawyers for former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr are scheduled to appear in Edmonton court today to seek changes to bail conditions he faces while he appeals war crime convictions by a U.S. military commission. Khadr, who is now 32, is seeking a Canadian passport to travel to Saudi Arabia and wants permission to speak to his sister. An application filed by his lawyer, Nathan Whitling, suggests Khadr’s appeal in the U.S. been overly delayed and he has obeyed all the conditions of his release.———POT STORES ON AGENDA AT TORONTO COUNCILCouncillors in Toronto are set to debate whether to allow retail pot shops in Canada’s largest city. City staff recommend councillors allow privately run cannabis stores to operate in Toronto, saying it would “would have the unintended consequence of encouraging the illegal market.” The issue is on the agenda for today’s council meeting, a day after councillors in two neighbouring municipalities voted against having pot shops within their boundaries.———SEX ASSAULT TRIAL RESUMES FOR EX-GYMNASTICS COACHThe trial of a former high-ranking gymnastics coach accused of sexual assault resumes in Sarnia, Ont., today. Dave Brubaker has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching at his judge-alone trial. The former head coach of the women’s national team is accused of sexually assaulting a young gymnast years ago. At the beginning of the trial in October, a woman who is now in her 30s testified that Brubaker would kiss her on the lips to say hello and goodbye starting when she was 12 years old.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— A coalition of fishing, environmental and tourism operators will protest new oil leases they say are putting the Sable Island National Park Reserve in Nova Scotia at risk.— The case of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is due in court. McArthur faces first-degree murder charges in the deaths of eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay community.— The trial of Edward Downey, 48, will continue today. He faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sara Baillie and her daughter Taliyah Marsman in the summer of 2016.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Also on New Year’s Eve, CTV NEWS: 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW (Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and the CTV and CTV News apps) takes a look back at the stories that shaped the year, hosted by CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme.Spreading the cheer even further, CTV and CTV2 set the table for viewers with a delicious roundup of new holiday programming including new original event specials, blockbuster movies, and timeless holiday classics to whet appetites and satisfy seasonal cravings.CTV’s festive programming will also be available on demand throughout the holiday season on the Holidays on CTV.ca hub and the CTV app.Social Media links Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2018 – CTV hits all the high notes this season as the network announces its holiday programming lineup.Among the all-new specials are A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS WITH JOHN AND CHRISSY (Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) and the highly anticipated THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW HOLIDAY SPECIAL (Sunday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT). As revealed in Cineplex theatres across the country this past weekend, CTV also announced the return of CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS, airing Sunday, Dec. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, which joins previously announced CTV original event specials THANK YOU CANADA (Sunday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV) and WE DAY (Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV).The network also announced today all-new holiday and New Years’ specials from the comedy team at THE BEAVERTONbefore the series debuts an all-new season on CTV in 2019. THE BEAVERTON RUINS YOUR HOLIDAY SPECIAL airs Thursday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV; while THE BEAVERTON YEAR IN REVIEW: 2018 is confirmed for New Year’s Eve (Monday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement  @CTV_PR @CTV @CTV_PR @CTV Facebook.com/CTVABOUT CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 17 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.last_img read more

UN outlines strategies to combat neglected tropical diseases

14 October 2010The United Nations health agency today unveiled a report detailing ways to combat a group of chronic infectious diseases, found almost exclusively in very poor populations, and which are increasingly being overcome through generous donations of drugs by the international pharmaceutical industry. The United Nations health agency today unveiled a report detailing ways to combat a group of chronic infectious diseases, found almost exclusively in very poor populations, and which are increasingly being overcome through generous donations of drugs by the international pharmaceutical industry.The report, “Working to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases,” released by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), covers 17 neglected tropical diseases that thrive in poor environments, where housing is substandard, living surroundings are contaminated with filth, and disease-spreading insects and animals abound.“These are debilitating, sometimes horrific diseases that are often accepted as part of the misery of being poor,” says Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “The strategies set out in this report are a breakthrough. If implemented widely, they can substantially reduce the disease burden, breaking a cycle of infection, disability and lost opportunities that keep people in poverty,” Ms. Chan stated.At the launch of the report in Geneva, several pharmaceutical firms made additional commitments to continue donating drugs to fight some of the diseases.Novartis renewed its commitment to donate an unlimited supply of multi-drug therapy and loose clofazimine to treat leprosy and its complications. GlaxoSmithKline announced a new five- year commitment to expand it donation of albendazole through WHO to treat school-age children for soil transmitted helminthiases in Africa. The donation is in addition to the company’s current donation for lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) treatments.Sanofi-aventis, for its part, agreed to renew its support for the WHO programme against sleeping sickness elimination and support for Buruli ulcer, Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis) and leishmaniasis for the next five years.In addition, Bayer started discussions with WHO on how to evolve their current commitment to fight African sleeping sickness and Chagas disease, while EISAI committed to work towards the global elimination of lymphatic filariasis by providing diethylcarbamazine (DEC).Johnson&Johnson announced last week that it is expanding its donation of mebendazole to supply up to 200 million treatments per year for tackling intestinal worms in children.The consequences of untreated, long-term infection of some of the tropical diseases vary. They include blindness, disfiguring scars and ulcers, severe pain, limb deformities, impaired mental and physical development, and damage to internal organs.Worldwide, the diseases are endemic in 149 countries and territories, and impair the lives of at least one billion people.In Afghanistan, where an outbreak of cutaneous leishmaniasis has been reported in Herat province, WHO and the health ministry used the launch of the report as an opportunity to raise awareness about and advocate for neglected diseases in the country, with special emphasis on the disease.In the capital, Kabul, commonly considered the “world capital” of cutaneous leishmaniasis, the number of new reported cases dramatically rose from the estimated yearly figure of 17,000 to 65,000 in 2009, mainly among women and girls, according to WHO.“Existing interventions, including safe, simple and effective medicines, are having an impact. By expanding coverage, we can actually prevent many of these diseases. This is a first-time opportunity for some very ancient diseases,” said Ms. Chan.According to the report, activities undertaken to mitigate the impact of the neglected tropical diseases so far are producing unprecedented results. Treatment with preventive chemotherapy reached 670 million people in 2008 alone. Guinea worm disease will be the first disease eradicated by health education and behaviour change.Reported cases of sleeping sickness have dropped to their lowest level in 50 years, and elephantiasis is targeted for elimination as a public health problem by 2020.The report also recognizes the challenges that lie ahead and the opportunities to alleviate the suffering of people in disease-endemic countries. Delivery systems, for example, need to be strengthened.“The use of the primary school platform to treat millions of children for schistosomiasis and helminthiasis in Africa is a perfect example. It provides opportunities to broaden health education, thereby ensuring healthier future generations,” said Lorenzo Savioli, Director of the WHO Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases.The report also notes that better coordination is needed with veterinary public health as an essential element of controlling diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans. For example, every year, tens of thousands of human deaths occur from rabies, usually contracted from dogs. An estimated 95 per cent of cases occur in Asia and Africa and up to 60 per cent of cases are in children under the age of 15.Among the neglected tropical diseases are Buruli ulcer disease (Mycobacterium ulcerans infection), Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis), dengue, dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease), human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), leishmaniasis, leprosy (Hansen disease), lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), onchocerciasis (river blindness) and rabies. read more

WatchEnergy stocks punish TSX amid worries oil prices are in for further

TORONTO — The energy sector helped pull the Toronto stock market lower amid worries that oil prices will further deteriorate.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 39.23 points to 14,731.49 as the TSX energy sector dropped 0.55% and oil prices declined for a fourth day with the April contract down $2.21 to US$44.84.Oil prices dropped Friday after the International Energy Agency said U.S. oil production was up 115,000 barrels a day in February.The IEA warned that “behind the facade of stability, the rebalancing triggered by the price collapse has yet to run its course, and it might be overly optimistic to expect it to proceed smoothly.”“The stats have been pretty disappointing in terms of the builds in inventory, people are speculating now that the U.S. can’t continue to build inventories because there’s no place to put the inventories,” said John Stephenson, president and CEO of Stephenson & Co. Capital Management.“So I think we’re heading towards the low 40s, maybe even high 30s before this is all said and done.”The drop in oil came as the Canadian dollar fell 0.53 of a U.S. cent to 78.19 cents after falling below the 78-cent level during the morning for the first time since March 2009.The move followed a report by Statistics Canada that the economy shed 1,000 jobs during the month and the national unemployment rate rose 0.2 of a point to 6.8%.New York markets also tumbled as traders also looked to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s meeting on interest rates next week.The Dow Jones industrials dropped 145.91 points to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq was down 21.53 points to 4,871.76 and the S&P 500 index shed 12.55 points to 2,053.4.There has been much talk about when the Fed will start to hike interest rates from near zero, where they have been since the 2008 financial collapse. A strong U.S. jobs report a week ago raised speculation the Fed could move earlier than expected to raise rates, perhaps as early as June. But a weak retail sales report Thursday raised doubts about that timetable.Elsewhere on the TSX, the base metals sector retreated one per cent while May copper was unchanged at US$2.66 a pound.The TSX closed well off the worst levels of the session as the gold sector turned positive, rising almost one per cent as April bullion was ahead 50 cents to US$1,152.40 an ounce.The consumer staples sector dropped 0.45 per cent. But shares in convenience store chain Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B) added 47 cents to $46.99 as the company said its proposed acquisition of The Pantry has passed the required waiting period under U.S. competition law, without changes. The US$1.7-billion deal which will add 1,500 locations in 13 states to Couche-Tard’s North American network is expected to close Monday.The Toronto market fell 221 points or 1.5% this week, pressured by a drop of about 5.5% in the energy sector. Crude prices fell almost 10% this past week. read more

Ohio State football has a new focus for 2016 The Edge

Quarterback J.T. Barrett throws a pass against Hawaii in Ohio Stadium on Sept. 12, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAlmost the entire starting lineup for the Ohio State football team will be different from the 2015 campaign, and the success for the Buckeyes this year hinges on the quick development of the young athletes. OSU coach Urban Meyer described the development as a type of threshold the Buckeyes need to cross, and he called it “The Edge.” “The whole mantra for our team this summer … the whole thing is going to be ‘The Edge.’ And ‘The Edge’ is where the average stops and elite begins,” Meyer said. “The great players we’ve been around and individuals, that’s when those (guys) become their best.”The athleticism and physical capabilities of the players will not be the main concern according to Meyer, but rather the toughness and unity of the team. The difference between the Scarlet and Gray for the upcoming year as opposed to the 2015 squad is the youth of the members. Many of the starters from the national championship team returned for the next season, giving the team a veteran presence. This year, that presence is not there. The entire idea behind ‘The Edge’ is credited to Tim Kight, Meyer’s appointed leadership consultant for his team. Kight has spent the last few years giving emotional training to the Buckeyes in a position that truly is unique. Meyer said that this year, he, Kight and strength coach Mickey Marotti met more times than ever before in preparation for the season.‘The Edge’ has an impact on more than just the coaching staff for OSU. Key players like redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett know that the idea behind the motto is important to their on-field development. “For me, and I think for a lot of other teammates, it’s something that really hits home being that everybody can be pushed to a certain point,” Barrett said. “But whatever point that may be—and it’s different for each individual—whatever that point may be, you have to find a way to get through that, and you can’t get through it by yourself.”While the threshold will be crossed by members of both the offense and defense, the first day did not have any standout performances by any particular players, according to both Meyer and Barrett.The new outlook for the team does not scare Barrett, as he is confident in how the young players will respond to being placed into key moments of key games for 2016. “We still have the same approach, the same feel. Everybody was juiced up to go out there,” Barrett said. “It’s just different faces, different numbers. I think it would’ve been different if we didn’t go over some of the basic stuff last year because we were older but that’s not how we work.” read more

The charts that show how the NHS crisis has spiralled out of

first_imgHealth Secretary Jeremy Hunt has already been forced to apologise after around 50,000 operations were axed last week to help deal with a winter crisis in the NHS. 3,000 ambulances had a delay of over half an hour on News Years Day Over 50,000 ambulances were left waiting outside stretched hospitals in December – but the crisis’… The new data prompted more than 60 Accident & Emergency units heads to write to the Prime Minister warning that patients are “dying prematurely” amid “intolerable” safety risks.  But new NHS England figures show that the problem is just getting worse – with major A&E delays dropping to record lows in December 2017 as more people require assistance at hospitals over winter.last_img read more

CES 2013 la sortie du Samsung Galaxy S4 lors du salon

first_imgCES 2013 : la sortie du Samsung Galaxy S4 lors du salon ?Samsung vient de poster une vidéo sur Internet et ses intentions sont claires : étonner le monde de la technologie avec un ou plusieurs nouveaux produits. La date est fixée, ça sera pour le CES 2013 de Las Vegas.Quand Samsung fait du teasing, le constructeur a du savoir-faire ! La firme coréenne vient de poster une vidéo sur Internet (disponible sur cette page) faisant mention de phrases, seulement de phrases, mais dont les contenus donnent envie d’en savoir plus : “En 2013, le monde attend de l’innovation, des idées, du Design,la technologie, des rêves, des merveilles…Le Future”Après une courte pause, le texte reprend sa cadence : “Quelque chose de nouveau…Soyez prêts”, suivi d’une période correspondant au prochain CES 2013 de Las Vegas : entre le 8 et le 11 janvier prochain.Le teaser viendrait-il corroborer les dernières rumeurs planant sur le Samsung Galaxy S4 : un écran incassable, ou un écran souple. Pour la première hypothèse, Nicolas Gaudois, analyste chez UBS, avait expliqué sur le site MCETV : “Nous pensons que les préparatifs concernant la production en volume d’écrans incassables à substrats de plastique continuent. Dans l’ensemble, nous pensons que les premiers produits haut de gamme intégrant ces éléments arriveront durant le premier trimestre”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Concernant la deuxième rumeur, la mise en production des écrans souples serait déjà en marche, depuis une informations parue au mois de juin dernier. Mais vu ce qui est écrit dans le teaser, il pourrait tout simplement s’agir d’un nouveau produit mobile ou fixe, voire peut être de l’avènement du très futuriste Samsung Galaxy Skin ?Le 10 décembre 2012 à 14:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

First 5 Ballon dOr nominees announced

first_imgSergio Aguero and Gareth Bale are among the first names selected for this year’s men’s Ballon d’Or awardBale is joined by fellow Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema in the shortlist, while Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is also among the first five names.Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani made the cut after playing a starring role for both club and country last season.French magazine France Football will announce a shortlist of 30 names for this year’s Ballon d’Or award throughout the day.Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-GermainKylian Mbappe could return to PSG training next week Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that Kylian Mbappe could make a return to training to next week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.The Ballon d’Or is a prestigious individual award that was first presented to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1956 and has since been awarded to the best player of the year ever since.Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the prize for the past decade, although Luka Modric is considered the strong favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or after claiming the FIFA and UEFA Player of the Year awards.But, as France Football releases the names in alphabetical order, there will be no spot for PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon or Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.last_img read more

Zika virus getting stern reaction from country leaders

first_img CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region Recommended for you Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM No Zika reports for TCI Related Items:barack obama, brazil, center for disease control, ZIka Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jan 2016 – Here are most of the countries with recorded cases of the Zika virus according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the mosquito borne illness which is causing tourists to cancel vacations to the region, some airlines to offer refunds to those travellers and which caused US President, Barack Obama to call an emergency meeting. Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, United States of America, U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Somoa and Cape Verde. Brazil has reported some 4,000 cases and 200,000 troops going house to house to combat Zika ahead of the Olympic Games and Mr. Obama has sanctioned research on the spread of the virus which can cause harm to unborn babies; namely brain damage and an abnormally small head. In its effort to proactively cope with the fall out Zika is causing, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association on Thursday held a webinar for its 32 members with presentations by CEO, Frank Comito; Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the CTC and the Caribbean Public Health Agency. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Small Business Networking in Montgomery County

first_imgOn Jan. 19 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. David Petr, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, will discuss resources available for small business and entrepreneurship. The event will take place at Montgomery Community Media, 7548 Standish Place, Rockville, Md. 20855. For more information call 301-424-1730.last_img

I nearly died from tuberculosis – and why world must do more

first_imgHIV Positive? Why you owe it to yourself to be HIV Happy Paul Thorn nearly died from a tuberculosis outbreak on a hospital ward (Photo: Chris Giles Photography) I’ve been HIV-positive since 1988, and I was 17 years old when I was infected. GAYSTARNEWS- How Ruth Coker-Burks became the angel of America’s AIDS crisisWhat has gay culture become if men are choosing to become infected with HIV?Prince Harry and Meghan Markle mark World AIDS Day: ‘We owe it to this generation to eradicate AIDS’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/tuberculosis-paul-thorn/ My diary became the place where I expressed my fears, a dialogue with myself trying to make sense of what was happening to me. The experience was at times surreal. Those who were looking after me always wore masks, for three months I didn’t see anyone smile, I never even knew what some of the people caring for me looked like.The treatment was grueling. Over 30 tablets a day and three very nasty injections a week. There were times I was a hair’s width from giving up. The only thing that sustained me was my anger at how I had come to be infected.The United NationsToday (Wednesday 26th September), at the United Nations in New York, a High-Level meeting on Tuberculosis will take place. World leaders and high ranking officials will discuss TB and sign a declaration committing to tackle the disease.This is only the fifth time ever an health issue has been discussed at the UN at this level, and the first time TB has been the topic. In 2001 a similar High-Level meeting on HIV was a game changer in terms of funding and access to ARV treatment, it’s hoped that this High-Level meeting will achieve the same.I’ve published my diary to mark the event. Diary of a Modern Consumptive also includes quotes from media coverage that occurred in response to the outbreak, and letters that were sent to me by the LGBT community, often people that I never had to pleasure to meet or know. They are brought together to tell my story.The inspiration behind the book is the work of ‘consumptive’ writers now long gone: John Keats, the Bronte sisters, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Louis Stevenson, George Orwell and Katherine Mansfield.Tuberculosis kills more people with HIV than any other opportunistic infection. It’s a sad fact that people in some countries of the world, who could be thriving on anti-retrovirals are dying of another often curable disease.If the leaders of the world are truly united in their determination to end TB in our lifetime they can. Their failure will mean millions more lives lost needlessly. If history shows this High-Level meeting not to be the turning point, then may it judge those who lead our nation’s accordingly.Paul Thorn is the author of Diary of a Modern Consumptive, available now. Follow Paul at @Paul_Thorn on Twitter.See alsoHow can you mend a broken heart more quickly?center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In 1995, as I was becoming ill with an AIDS-related illness, I was infected with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). If you read between the lines of my new book you will see that I’m more than a virus or disease. I’m a human being, full of hopes and dreams and prone to fear like everyone else.As I write now, it is 2018. There’s still, hopefully, a lot of life to live.I was a patient on an HIV unit at a West London hospital when I contracted MDR-TB. Theoutbreak occurred when staff didn’t follow infection-control procedures. They carried outseveral induced sputum sample tests on a patient who had come from Brazil (via Portugal) onthe open ward where we were also situated.Inducing sputum is a simple procedure whereby the patient breathes in vaporized salty water (saline) so that he coughs, and sputum samples can be collected for testing. We should never have been in the same room as him whilst the procedure was carried out.Sole survivor of tuberculosis outbreakConsequently, seven others, including me, breathed in the infectious bacterium that he coughed up. I am the sole survivor of this oversight of safe procedure.For some time prior to my experience, experts had been predicting that it was only a matter oftime before an outbreak of TB/MDR-TB occurred in such a way on an HIV unit.Three months after exposure to the potentially deadly bacteria, I was told of the ‘accident’. My health had already been deteriorating prior to my knowledge of the event.During that time, the tuberculosis bacilli multiplied slowly in my lungs without me knowing. My slowly-advancing chest pain and breathlessness was finally explained.Then, without warning, I lost my liberty and was locked away from society in a negative-pressure isolation room so that I didn’t infect anyone else. I was told it was probable I would never leave, and to prepare to die. I was aged 24 and my short life was seemingly over.Tuberculosis todayTB today is the leading cause of death from an infectious disease in adults. An estimated 10.4million new people fall sick with TB each year, of whom at least 1.7 million die of the disease.Drug-resistant forms of TB – which require treatment with prolonged and toxic regimens that are only able to cure about 50% of those who receive them—are also on the rise and are poised to be the leading cause of death due to antimicrobial resistance.TB, in whatever form it comes, is a horror that nobody should have to face: it is characterized by fever, coughing (oftentimes blood), and a weight loss so profound that it has been given the colloquial name of “consumption”, since the body is often left skeletal and wasted by the disease.It is also characterized by stigma, discrimination, and an imposed solitude that is said to consume the soul.Kept in isolation for three monthsI spent three months in the isolation room and whilst there I kept a diary. It details my declineto the ravages of this ages old adversary. The main purpose was to try and keep a track ofthings as the days seemed to merge together. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

SanDisk 120GB SSD Plus Hits AllTime Low Price of 2290 Today Selling

first_imgHave an old PC lying around that needs a new lease of life? Throw in this 120GB SSD from SanDisk for just $22.90 today.An SSD is a game-changing upgrade for an old PC. Just throw one in and you’ll immediately experience fast boot-up times, better battery life and a quieter operation, of course.Some SSDs are pretty expensive, but the ones from SanDisk are extremely reasonably priced. In fact, a 120GB SSD from SanDisk from its Plus lineup will set you back $65 on a bright and sunny day. But for a limited time only, you can pick one up for just $22.90. You read that absolutely right. It’s not a typo. A 120GB SSD can be had today for just $22.90.What do you get for the price? Here’s a complete rundown:Easy upgrade for faster boot-up, shutdown, application load and response (As compared to 5400 RPM SATA 2.5” hard drive. Based on published specifications and internal benchmarking tests using PCMark Vantage scores.)Boosts burst write performance, making it ideal for typical PC workloadsThe perfect balance of performance and reliabilityRead/write speeds of up to 530MB/s/400MB/s (Based on internal testing; performance may vary depending upon drive capacity, host device, OS and application.)Even compared to the extremely high-end SSDs that are available today, this one from SanDisk holds its unique ground. It’s cheap, it’s fast, it’s rugged – it just demands a place to be placed into. And we’re certain that old PC of yours is craving for an upgrade for a long time. So why not do yourself a favor and pick this up before stocks run dry or it returns to its original price?Buy SanDisk SDSSDA-120G-G27 SSD PLUS, 120GB – Was $65, now just $22.90 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

A redesigned helmet from Mississippi State researchers claims to be 3x

first_imgThat’s where the effectiveness of the spiral shape of the rams’ horns come in, as the shape provides an escape route for shock waves away from the brain.The biggest difference in their design and the design used in helmets being used today actually takes place in the inner lining of the helmets. Here’s an excerpt from the article: “Using information from our research, we replaced traditional helmet lining with a foam made of microstructures similar to those found in rams’ horns. Tests show our helmet is three times more likely to reduce concussions than helmets worn today.”All of that actually seems to make a ton of sense, but one area that doesn’t seem to be addressed in the research is the role that the neck muscles play, and I know a lot of coaches and strength departments that are dedicating significant time to strengthening the necks of their players, so it would be interesting to see where the study and new helmet design stands on the neck’s role.Head over to the Mississippi State article to read more on the ongoing research to provide football with safer helmets. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix By studying woodpeckers and rams, researchers at Mississippi State claim to have created a helmet that is significantly safer than the helmets being worn today.If you think about the head trauma that both those animals incur in nature, it actually makes a lot of sense. Researchers found that the beak of a woodpecker apparently has a unique composition that prevents brain injury in the bird, and it is able to absorb the shock “up to 10 times greater than those withstood by football players.”Through their research, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and key member of the design team Mark Horstemeyer noted that today’s helmets are designed more for visual appeal than safety.The article outlining the research notes that after the team created a virtual model of the human head, they learned that most brain injuries don’t come from the initial hit, but rather from the stress waves that it causes that move back and forth through the tissue, damaging that tissue in the process. Today’s helmets help absorb the initial impact, and do little to stop those damaging shock waves that make their way through the tissue.last_img read more