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October 14, 2019
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Some calling on Valcourt to resign over MMIW statistics

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are calls for Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt to resign.They come on the heels of the comments the minister made at a meeting in Calgary recently.Valcourt said he has seen data that shows the majority of Indigenous women in the last 30 years have been killed by Indigenous men.Thing is … no one has seen those statistics and the RCMP is refusing to release any data to support Valcourt.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.last_img

October 14, 2019
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Face To Face Dennis Ward sits down with Cree opera singer Rhonda

first_imgDennis Ward APTN Face To FaceShe may be the only Cree, opera singer in the world.  Rhonda Head grew up in Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba but the Mezzo Soprano didn’t discover her voice until she was 18 years old.Head has battled back from brain tumours to play on some of the world’s biggest stages including Carnegie Hall in New York City.  She joins Face to Face to tell her story.last_img

October 13, 2019
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This is Us gets big boost from Super Bowl slot

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Super Bowl ratings may have been slightly down for NBC, but the network’s entertainment division was buoyed by the showing of “This is Us” after the game.The second-year drama scored with an episode that explains how the character of Jack Pearson, played by Milo Ventimiglia, died in the aftermath of a fire. The show was seen by just under 27 million people, its largest audience ever and the highest for any show with the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot in six years.NBC’s habit is generally to give its hottest entertainment show that slot when it is telecast the game. Three years ago, it was “The Blacklist,” and six years ago it was “The Voice.”The Super Bowl itself was seen by 103.4 million people, down 7 per cent from the 2017 game. It will still wind up the most-watched television program for the year.With the help of the game, NBC averaged 23.1 million viewers in prime time. CBS had 6.1 million viewers, ABC had 3.8 million, Fox had 2.9 million, Univision and the CW tied with 1.42 million, ION Television had 1.3 million and Telemundo had 1.1 million.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 3.75 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.86 million, USA had 1.459 million, HGTV had 1.455 million and History had 1.28 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.3 million viewers, NBC’s “Nightly News” and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.9 million.For the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: Super Bowl: Philadelphia vs. New England, NBC, 103.39 million; “Super Bowl Post-Game,” NBC, 73.45 million; “This is Us,” NBC, 26.97 million. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 14.7 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 12.92 million; “State of the Union,” Fox News, 11.72 million; “State of the Union Analysis,” Fox News, 10.51 million; “State of the Union Preview,” Fox News, 9.95 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 9.32 million; “Mom,” CBS, 9.11 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comlast_img read more

October 12, 2019
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Algerian national arrested in eastern Morocco for belonging to terrorist group

Rabat   – The Moroccan police arrested an Algerian national suspected of belonging to the terrorist group of Jund Al Khilafa which claimed responsibility for the beheading of French hostage Hervé Gourdel, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.The Algerian national was arrested in eastern Morocco between Beni Drar and Ahfir in possession of large quantities of dangerous substances, wireless communication tools and firearms, the Ministry said in a statement.Investigations have shown that the suspect was accompanied by another individual whose identity is the subject of investigation. The suspect will be brought before justice for further investigation under the supervision of the General Prosecutor.The same source noted that Jund Al Khilafa, which pledged allegiance to the terrorist group ISIS, made of Algeria its rear base.The statement also recalls that, as part of a proactive approach to counter the terrorist threat, security services busted on November 22, 2014, a terrorist cell in the eastern city of Berkane with allegiance to ISIS which broadcasted a video on the emergence of Jund Al Khilafa in Morocco. The members of the cell were plotting terrorist attacks in Morocco including the assassination of foreigners in the eastern region in coordination with Jund Al Khilafa in Algeria.Mwn with map read more

October 8, 2019
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Key foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Friday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Fri Thu 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2685 1.2711 1.3707 1.2980 British Pound 1.6484 1.6506 1.7651 1.6824 Japanese Yen 0.0116 0.0116 0.0120 0.0129 Euro in U.S. 1.1812 1.1750 1.0865 1.1139 Euro in Cdn 1.4984 1.4936 1.4892 1.4458Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

October 4, 2019
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Nova Scotia premier says his government is open to helping Michelin if

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2014 12:52 pm MDT Nova Scotia premier says his government is open to helping Michelin if asked AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s premier isn’t ruling out future help for Michelin Canada but Stephen McNeil says any financial assistance will be free of grants to the multinational corporation.McNeil said Thursday the tire manufacturing giant has not asked for assistance but the government would consider a proposal if it is brought forward.Michelin had been a good corporate citizen during its time in the province, he said.“If they see their opportunities for expansion here, then our government would be willing to have the conversation, but there’s been no ask,” said McNeil.The Liberal premier was elected last fall after a campaign in which he promised to end so-called giveaways to large corporations.Asked whether he would break that pledge to keep Michelin in Nova Scotia, McNeil replied: “We’ve sent a message to companies in this province that were not in the business of giving out free money. We have not ruled out the possibility of being in a loan position with companies.”When prompted for clarification, McNeil said there would be “no grants.”He said the government is sending three cabinet ministers to Pictou County on Friday for discussions with local politicians on how best to respond to the loss of 500 jobs over the next two years at Michelin’s plant in Granton.The company says it will phase out production of small tires at the plant in response to a continuing shift towards larger tires in the North American car tire market. read more

October 2, 2019
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New allegations of sexual abuse surface against blue helmets in Central African

In anews release, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga, who is also the UN Special Representative in CAR, condemned the acts as “completely unacceptable” and emphasized his commitment to “ensure justice is served in each and every case.”The UN stabilization Mission, known by the French acronym MINUSCA, plans to today dispatch a multifunctional team to the location to gather the facts, sensitize the troops involved, and to take immediate preventive and disciplinary measures and more broadly to take corrective action against misconduct behaviour throughout the mission.Mr. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga reiterated his intention to take swift and appropriate measures should the allegations be substantiated.He stressed that although MINUSCA troops put their lives at risk to bravely protect CAR civilians every day with limited means and in harsh conditions, any single incident of abuse is “utterly abhorrent.”Lastly, he expressed his sadness that reports of sexual abuse and exploitation continue to emerge in spite of all MINUSCA’s transparency policy and zero tolerance policy and efforts to prevent, investigate, and ensure accountability for such misconduct.These new allegations follow what the UN has confirmed to be 63 allegations of misconduct at the Mission since it began operations last year, with Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous reporting after a four-day visit to CAR in September that out of these 63 allegations, “15 relate to possible sexual exploitation and abuse. […] Most of those cases are under investigation.”“Fifteen cases is definitely too much, and I had a long meeting with uniformed personnel in Bangui, I gave them a very, very, strong worded speech based, of course, on what the Secretary-General himself had said when the problem surfaced,” Mr. Ladsous stressed at the time.Mr. Ladsous’ press briefing on the issue was shortly followed by a meeting at UN Headquarters with troop- and police-contributing countries during which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlining specific actions aimed at ending sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations personnel that require “urgent” support from countries that provide troops and police to peacekeeping operations. read more

October 2, 2019
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Liberia Security Council seeks study of role played by UN mission in

UN Photo/Manuel EliasAlexander Zouev, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Liberia.Earlier this year, President George Weah succeeded Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who had led Liberia since 2006, marking the first peaceful transfer of power between democratically-elected leaders in 71 years.Mr. Zuev said that, now, with the people and Government of Liberia, lies the important work of continuing to build a nation – a unified, reconciled nation with an accountable Government committed to addressing corruption within its ranks, a nation where all citizens share the benefits of Liberia’s abundant natural and human resources, and a nation fully responsible for its own destiny, with institutions and a Government providing basic guarantees – of security, of protection, of services – to its citizens.“The conclusion of UNMIL’s mandate […] is a remarkable demonstration of confidence that the country is moving steadfastly along the path of sustained peace,” he stressed.The meeting was also addressed by Deputy Ambassador Irina Schoulgin Nyoni of Sweden, which is the chair of the Peacebuilding Commission’s Liberia Configuration, as well as Chid Liberty, the chief executive officer of “Liberty & Justice.” In a Presidential Statement adopted Thursday, the 15-member body said it “looks forward to the results of this study,” which can be useful when considering ways to enhance the overall effectiveness of UN peacekeeping.The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) closed on 30 March, ending a nearly 15-year presence in the West African country, which had been devastated by 14 years of civil war.In the statement, the Council welcomed the continued implementation of the peacebuilding plan for Liberia submitted by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and stressed that the UN will continue to be an important partner of Liberia after the closure of UNMIL.Addressing the Council, a senior UN peacekeeping official commended the people of Liberia whose resilience was the decisive factor in turning the page on crisis and conflict, and whose determination will ensure that the hard-won peace is sustained.“For nearly 25 years, the situation in Liberia was so concerning that it has been a constant presence on this Council’s agenda. But the country has turned an important corner,” said Alexander Zuev, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. read more

September 30, 2019
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March Madness Crib Notes Duke And Wisconsin Flip A Coin For The

So it looks like Kentucky is the odds-on favorite … oh, wait. Time to rework that lead!Instead of being 71 percent likely to beat Duke and win the NCAA tournament (as our model would have predicted had Wisconsin not short-circuited Kentucky’s offense down the stretch Saturday night), the formerly undefeated Wildcats are nowhere to be found. And after a season largely spent pondering just how heavily Kentucky should be favored, it will instead be either Wisconsin or Duke hoisting the John Wooden trophy on Monday night. It shouldn’t come as a complete shock, but it’s still strange to be talking about the championship of the 2014-15 college basketball season without Kentucky being involved.Then again, in terms of generating an evenly matched championship game, Wisconsin’s upset of Kentucky might have been for the best. Out of all the potential title-game combinations to which our pre-tournament model run assigned a 0.5 percent or greater probability of occurring, Wisconsin versus Duke ranked fourth-closest to a true toss-up:Meanwhile, each of the 10 least competitive title-game combinations involved Kentucky. So if you were looking for a high-quality championship matchup with no clear favorite, it’s hard to do better than Monday’s Duke-Wisconsin showdown.West No. 1 Wisconsin (53 percent win probability) vs. South No. 1 DukeWhen to watch: At 9:18 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Wisconsin 95.3, Duke 95.0FiveThirtyEight model point spread: Wisconsin by 1.0Upset probability: 47 percentPlayers to watch: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin; Jahlil Okafor, DukeBoth title-game combatants have elite tempo-free offenses, to say the least.Wisconsin led all Division I teams in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted offensive efficiency metric (paywall), while Duke ranked third. Although both attacks are outstanding, there are a few stylistic differences between the two: Wisconsin operates at a much slower pace and is slightly more reliant on post-ups and 3-point shooting, while Duke looks to push the ball more in transition. But both teams saw about 28 percent of their offensive possessions end in the hands of their respective centers, Kaminsky and Okafor, a pair of low-post scoring machines that may well have been the two best players (paywall) in all of college basketball this season.When it comes to offensive execution, though, the Badgers are simply on a different plane than the rest of the NCAA. The difference between Wisconsin’s top-ranked offensive rating and that of No. 3 Duke was the same as the difference between Duke and 13th-ranked Murray State. And the particulars of this matchup may tilt things even further in Wisconsin’s favor. Between Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Sam Dekker, the Badgers had the nation’s third-most-efficient post-up offense and its top isolation attack (by far), according to Synergy Sports. Meanwhile, Okafor’s defensive stats in the post were below average, and Duke’s biggest defensive weakness is against — you guessed it — isolation plays.All is not lost for the Blue Devils, however. The Badgers are more experienced and possess the bigger front line, but Duke was better defensively during the season. While both teams excel at keeping opponents off of the free-throw line, the Blue Devils are much better at forcing turnovers and defending against 3-pointers. In the battle of stars, Kaminsky has better individual defensive numbers1According to Synergy (paywall) and defensive box plus-minus. than Okafor, but Duke owns the edge in perimeter defense, particularly against pick-and-rolls.Statistically, Duke’s defensive advantage isn’t quite enough to cancel out the Badgers’ superior offense, but this is still an extremely close matchup.We have Wisconsin favored by about 1.0 point. Similarly, Pomeroy’s system predicts a narrow 70-69 Wisconsin win, and the consensus betting line also has the Badgers as 1-point favorites. Such a tight predicted margin doesn’t always lead to a close, exciting game — but a barnburner is probably more likely in this matchup than it would have been had either Kentucky or Michigan State prevailed Saturday instead.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

September 28, 2019
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Ohio State mens hockey jockeys for position as it heads into homeandhome

The Ohio State men’s hockey team is looking to take care of Robert Morris University in a two-game, home-and-home series before facing Miami next week in what could be a fight for first place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. This weekend, the Buckeyes, who are tied for second place in the conference with Notre Dame, will attempt to maintain their standing in the CCHA against the Colonials Friday night in Columbus before travelling to Pittsburgh for game two. In this series, OSU will try to keep pace with first place Miami, which leads the Buckeyes and Notre Dame by one point in the CCHA standings. Miami is home this weekend against eighth place Lake Superior State. If the Buckeyes and the Redhawks both win their respective series, their meetings on Dec. 14-15 in Columbus will be a head-to-head battle for first place in the CCHA. But OSU is trying not to look past Robert Morris. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said it’s a lesson the team learned last season. All the team is focused on now is a victory. “You want to go out there and win and it doesn’t matter who you’re playing,” Osiecki said. While OSU will look at Robert Morris’ tendencies as a team and prepare accordingly, it might ultimately come down to how well the Buckeyes execute their own game plan. “At the end of the day, all we are really focused on is us, and playing OSU hockey,” said sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel. The series is OSU’s only series this season where the two games will be held in different venues. When asked if this would affect the team, Osiecki said his players grew up playing in travelling junior leagues and had experience with the format. “They’re used to getting on a bus,” Osiecki said. “I don’t think it changes a thing, especially when you start at home.” Senior goalie Brady Hjelle echoed the sentiment about players having been in junior leagues. “It will be just like that, so it isn’t anything new to us,” Hjelle said. Hjelle was recently named CCHA goaltender of the week for the second consecutive week after holding Michigan State to one goal on 54 shots last weekend. It is Hjelle’s third goaltender of the week award this season. Both contests are set to begin at 7:05 p.m. read more

September 22, 2019
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You cant just put The Phoenix Park on your wedding invite Heres

first_imgWE’RE IN THE midst of peak wedding season at the moment, with hotels around the country doing a booming business in smoked salmon sandwiches, Prosecco, ‘chicken-or-beef’ main courses and all the rest of it.But hoteliers in West Cork say they’ve run into a hitch (sorry) in organising ceremonies, as the law that governs them appears to ban couples from getting married in marquees set-up in hotel grounds.Fine Gael TD Jim Daly, who raised the issue with Social Protection Minister Joan Burton this week, says the same law also means you can’t just put “the Phoenix Park” on your wedding invite and expect the registrar to be happy to go ahead with the event.“The Act indicates it has to be fixed building. It has to be identifiable as a public place.”Daly says some hotels, particularly in the Clonakilty area, have run into problems recently, and were told couples had to get married inside the hotel, rather than in the marquee outside.Replying to Daly’s parliamentary question on the issue this week, Burton said the law governing the area is currently taken to mean “that the place must be a building that is easily identifiable by its address, and that it is open to the public to enter at all reasonable times, but especially on the day on which an intended marriage is to be solemnised”.And the Minister appears to indicate some leeway for registrars, pointing out that:“Section 8 of the Act outlines the functions of an tArd-Chláraitheoir. Section 8 (4) states ‘An tArd-Chláraitheoir shall be independent in the performance of his or her functions…’ while section 8 (5) states ‘An tArd-Chláraitheoir may do all such acts or things as are necessary or expedient for the purpose of the performance of his or her functions…’.”The recent confusion as to whether marquees are suitable venues apparently arose after the Registrar General sent out a guidance letter on the issue.Burton said it had been brought to the Registrar’s attention “that it was intended to solemnise a number of marriages at private houses and at places where the exact locations were uncertain”.Daly said the Minister’s response appeared to offer some clarity on the issue, and that he would contact the HSE locally to see if they planned to make any changes to procedures in view of her response.It looks like this could be solved by having some sort of permanent structure in the grounds… A cement platform or a plinth. A flag even might do.So… there you have it.If you do happen to be planning a wedding in the Phoenix Park, perhaps just putting ‘the Wellington Monument’ would go some way towards helping you side-step this particular uncertainly in the legislation.Read: Don’t go swimming at Bettystown Beach – the water’s not fineRead: Nomadic beasts, hackneyed clichés and mild-mannered TDs: A not very productive day’s work in the Dáillast_img read more

September 22, 2019
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Opinion Is imagination more important than knowledge

first_imgIS IMAGINATION MORE important than knowledge?Albert Einstein certainly thought so. He said: “I’m enough of an artist to draw freely on my imagination, which I think is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”I have looked at imagination at work in life and it never ceases to amaze me. When I see my children share the knowledge they have learned I encourage and applaud with pride but when I see their imagination shine through I really stand back in awe… it is theirs, it is unique and it is truly amazing!So yes, I do believe imagination is more important than knowledge, but I also think that if you combine both you are really tapping into life’s power. What does science have to say about it?What is imagination?Imagination is creativity in action. It can be using our brain and our senses to create an image within our mind. Imagination draws on our experiences and knowledge of the world around us and combines them with the complete unknown to make something new.It allows us to explore beyond the constraints of our environment and our reality, into a world of dreams, where creativity and invention are at their strongest.How does it work?Science has long held that the complex nature of imagination must involve more than one area of the brain. The idea and the proof have been hard to amalgamate but recent studies using advancements in the monitoring of complex neural interactions within the brain provide new evidence for this theory. The findings from this study suggest that imagination uses a large portion of the human brain, creating an interconnecting network of activity across many different areas. Imagination really does light up our brains!Is imagination unique to humans?It would appear that imagination (at least in its complete form) is a uniquely human experience. It has allowed us to modify and develop our surroundings and to create and invent new ideas, new structures, new technologies. Imagination also allows us the very human emotion of empathy as we can literally imagine another person’s life experience without ever having actually experienced any of it.In the words of JK Rowling… “Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”The evolution of imaginationOur early ancestors, the hominids, showed basic levels of imagination in their tool making abilities, cooperative hunting skills and social interaction and colonisation. It would appear that their level of imagination was limited, though, perhaps with respect to their brain size and their compartmentalised thinking.As modern humans evolved, scientists have reported an increase in brain size, advances in technical skills and creativity, and a development in social complexities. Farming, sophisticated tool making, complex language development, the performance of rituals and the development of art and crafting all required a complex development of thought and mental interaction… Imagination!A more developed neural network within the brain, connecting the different areas of brain function, must have had some part to play in all this. The majority of these changes evolved between 500,000 and 200,000 years ago, to the eventual emergence of the modern human.The importance of imagination in developmentAs a parent this is the part that I am most interested in. What part does imagination play in my children’s development?Science has shown that imagination stimulates brain function and activity. It literally expands the mind as it encourages connections between so many areas within the brain.Both neurologists and psychologists agree that play in early childhood is necessary for children to develop at a normal rate and to reach their full potential.Imagination and play have been shown to increase brain development and growth in children. At a neurological level imagination can increase the number of neural connections within the brain, linking different regions. These links need repeated stimulation and activation to be maintained.Imagination is an activity that used the whole brain rather than isolated, individual sections. Use of the whole brain in this way increases a child’s problem solving abilities, emotional development and social interactions.Early childhood (between the ages of three and six) is usually when children are most actively involved in their imagination. Through pretend play children create their own imaginary world, allowing them to develop and learn from the new experiences they explore.When children start school there is often a shift in how they play, moving towards games with more social interaction and rules. These games still engage the children in creative play, often with a more cognitive imaginative thought process.Imagination and learningImagination is a vital learning tool within the classroom. Children will learn and remember more powerfully when imagination is included. Imagination will create more neural links within the brain, engage more regions within the mind and it will bring the subject to life!This holds true for all subjects not just the ones we consider more creative. I have always loved maths, for example, and I remember from a young age that each number took on a personality for me. This probably increased my enjoyment of the subject and certainly would have increased my memory and ability.As children grow it is important therefore that their imagination is constantly stimulated and encouraged. As they enter their teenage years imagination will allow better social interaction and social awareness as it encourages a better sensitivity to the needs and feelings of those around us.Imagination can also decrease stress levels as it encourages problem solving and the possibility of positive outcomes and solutions.A powerful imagination is a wonderful skill to have and a very important one to nurture throughout all stages of life. To really reach our full potential I believe imagination and play should be as important in our daily lives as love, nutrition and health.How can we encourage imagination within our children?We all have imagination within us, that is what makes us human. We do not need to instil it within our children but perhaps we can encourage and assist what is already there. Starting from a young age we can encourage pretend play, imaginative fantasies and the belief in some things unknown.An imaginary friend can be encouraged rather than feared. Dress up clothes are a great facility for a child’s imagination. There are many simple toys that can assist a child in a wonderful make believe world. It is also a wonderful reinforcement for children to see their parents actively involved in the imaginary worlds that they create.Dr Naomi Lavelle is a mum to three junior scientists who are always asking “how”, “why” and “what if”. She blogs at Science Wows where she aims to answer all their questions, one post at a time. She can also be found on Facebook and as @sciencewows on Twitter.Infographic: The differences between left and right brain peoplelast_img read more

September 20, 2019
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Choléra leau du fleuve source de contamination au Congo

first_imgCholéra : l’eau du fleuve source de contamination au CongoDepuis le mois de mars, une épidémie de choléra se propage dans le nord-est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Elle s’étend désormais à l’ouest, jusqu’à la capitale, Kinshasa, qui borde le fleuve Congo.L’épidémie de choléra qui sévit en RDC depuis le mois de mars s’est étendue depuis la province orientale jusqu’à celle de Bandundu, avant de rejoindre celles de l’Equateur et de Kinshasa en juin. Ces deux dernières provinces bordent le fleuve Congo et la population continue de boire son eau, par habitude, malgré la maladie qui a déjà emporté 280 personnes et contaminé 4.062 autres.”Je bois l’eau du fleuve, et pourquoi pas ? L’eau, c’est l’eau !”, déclare un habitant. Le choléra “je ne sais pas comment il s’attrape, ça a commencé où ?”, demande-t-il. Il raconte n’avoir jamais été malade après avoir utilisé l’eau du fleuve et “en tout cas, moi, je n’ai jamais entendu” que cela pouvait rendre malade, dit-il. Comme lui, faute d’eau courante, les riverains utilisent l’eau du fleuve pour boire, cuisiner et faire la lessive. En l’absence de toilettes, ils y font aussi leurs besoins, multipliant ainsi les risques de contamination, rapporte l’AFP.Le dispensaire de Ngamanzo a connu le premier cas à la mi-juin. Depuis, la petite structure hospitalière, en pénurie de gants stériles, a enregistré une quinzaine de malades, dont une femme de 35 ans qui est décédée. Ngamanzo n’avait jamais été frappé jusque-là par la “maladie des mains sales”, indique les responsables. Caractérisé par des diarrhées, de fortes fièvres et parfois des vomissements, le choléra inquiète sans que pour autant les habitants refusent de consommer l’eau du fleuve, rapporte TV5monde.Faire bouillir l’eau avant de la consommer À lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’Afrique”Ils disent que Dieu a créé l’eau, qu’ils ont commencé à prendre l’eau il y a longtemps et qu’il n’y a jamais eu de problème”, confie Gilbert Kanyinda, l’un des responsables communautaires qui sensibilisent la population depuis le 18 juillet. “Ils disent qu’on fabrique la maladie pour que le gouvernement nous donne de l’argent”, explique-t-il. Malgré tout, il continue, armé de son pulvérisateur et de son mégaphone estampillé au marqueur “Croix-Rouge”, de donner des conseils en lingala dans les rues, sur le port et au marché, où les femmes connaissent le message par coeur. “Il faut faire bouillir l’eau avant de la consommer. Avant de sortir des toilettes, il faut se laver les mains avec du savon monganga”, un savon médical, répète une commerçante. Mais d’autres relèvent que si “il faut bouillir l’eau, si on n’a pas l’argent pour acheter la braise, on ne la bout pas…”Dans un centre de traitement d’eau improvisé près du dispensaire, un collègue de Gilbert Kanyinda verse du chlore dans les seaux ou les bidons apportés par les femmes. Plusieurs milliers de litres d’eau sont ainsi traités chaque jour. “Avec la quantité que nous traitons, je pense que c’est bon”, juge Gilbert Kanyinda. Toutefois, ne disposant pas d’embarcations, il n’est pas possible pour eux de se rendre sur les îles d’où de nombreux malades proviennent. Pourtant, “il faut assainir là où chaque malade a habité, et les vingt maisons alentour”, explique-t-il.Le 31 juillet 2011 à 10:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 18, 2019
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Depoitre disappointed by the defeat in a crucial game

first_imgIt was a very important relegation battle for both teams but Newcastle United managed to score the late winner and gained a crucial 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town – and the attacker of the guests was left disappointed.Laurent Depoitre, so as the rest of the team, was unsuccessful in his efforts to break the deadlock and it was the opponent who managed to score the only goal of the game thanks to Ayoze Perez.The Belgian striker spoke about this match as he said, according to Examiner:“Of course we were disappointed.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We knew that they were good in the transition game so we played quite deep and then we knew that we had to be good in the transition games.”“They had a few chances in the first half and fortunately they didn’t score.”“They didn’t have as many chances in the second half, but they got a goal in the 80th minutes so it was hard.”“We didn’t create many chances and that was the problem.”last_img read more

September 15, 2019
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1 hospitalized after fiery crash blocks Turnpike in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a driver to the hospital after a fiery crash along the Florida Turnpike in Northwest Miami-Dade led to the temporary closure of the highway near Interstate 75.An air rescue helicopter was called to the scene near Northwest 74th Street to transport the victim, Friday, just before 1 p.m.Officials said the driver apparently crashed into a guard rail in the center of the roadway, causing their vehicle to catch fire.Paramedics transported the victim to Ryder Trauma Center in unknown condition.Authorities shut down the Turnpike in both directions while the helicopter landed, and first responders loaded up the victim. All lanes have since reopened.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.  Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

September 15, 2019
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Bride dances with terminally ill father at wedding

first_imgPOINT CLEAR, Ala. (WSVN) — An Alabama bride didn’t let anything stop her from dancing with her father at her wedding.Jim Roberts was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer called Glioblastoma.The disease has left him in a wheelchair. But despite that, his daughter Mary Bourne was determined to share a father-daughter dance at her wedding.Video taken at her wedding shows Mary dancing with Jim as he sat in his wheelchair.Jim could be seen tearing up as his daughter, a professional dance teacher twirled and guided him on the dance floor.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

September 10, 2019
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Facebook blames bug for brief page redesign

first_imgFacebook’s page redesign was an accident, the social networking giant says. Dominic Lipinski/Getty Images Don’t get too excited about that new Facebook page design that popped up Tuesday. It was a mistake, and it’s already gone.The social media giant tinkers with the look of its pages from time to time, but the apparent makeover that appeared on several accounts yesterday replaced the previous three-column layout for one that incorporates only two columns. The content on pages also looked less cluttered, with plenty of eye-appealing white space and an increased emphasis on thumbnail images.  But, alas, as intriguing as the redesign seemed, it wasn’t meant to be, Facebook said Wednesday.”We recently experienced a bug that impacted the way Pages were displayed on desktop when searching for a Page,” a Facebook spokeswoman said. “This bug has been fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.” Facebook Tech Industry 0 Share your voice Tags Post a commentlast_img read more

August 31, 2019
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Borexino experiment detects geoneutrinos

first_img Explore further Citation: Borexino experiment detects geo-neutrinos (2010, March 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-borexino-geo-neutrinos.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com In the current two-year study, named the Borexino experiment, there were no strong background signals because the nearest nuclear reactor is hundreds of kilometers away. The detector, photomultiplier tubes and liquids used were also specifically chosen because of their low levels of intrinsic radioactivity.The aim of the Borexino experiment was to detect low-energy solar neutrinos in a detector comprising 300 tonnes of pseudocumene, a doped hydrocarbon fluid, encased inside a nylon sphere. The sphere was encased inside a stainless steel sphere containing 1,000 tonnes of pseudocumene and lined with 2,200 photo-sensors capable of detecting single photons of light. The steel sphere was suspended in an 18 meter diameter steel tank containing 2,400 tonnes of highly purified water. During the experiment, 9.9 geo-neutrino events were detected, with uncertainties of +4.1 and -3.4. One of the researchers, Professor Gianpaolo Bellini from the University of Milan, said the results rule out the hypothesis that most of the planet’s internal heat is generated by a uranium-fuelled nuclear geo-reactor in the Earth’s core.Several larger experiments are being planned, including one in which a 10,000 tonne detector would be built on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, where the Earth’s crust is very thin. Professor Bellini said the experiment marks the start of a new era in the study of Earth’s interior. New results confirm standard neutrino theory Neutrinos are extremely inert, chargeless, fundamental particles of almost zero mass that are emitted by the Sun and created by cosmic rays arriving on Earth. They have been the subject of research for many years, and studies of them have increased our knowledge of the physics of the Sun.Geo-neutrinos are electron antineutrinos that are created inside the Earth when radioactive nuclei of elements such as thorium and uranium decay. Measurements of the flux of geo-neutrinos may help scientists understand how much of the Earth’s internal heat is caused by radioactive decays, and this could increase our understanding of processes arising from convection currents within the mantle that affect movements of the tectonic plates and volcanic activity.Detecting any kind of neutrino is difficult since huge volumes of detector material must be used, and the detector must be deep underground to avoid interference from cosmic rays. Solar and atmospheric neutrinos can be studied by their interactions with heavy water nuclei, but signals from geo-neutrinos would be swamped by the radioactivity in the heavy water, and so the researchers used hydrocarbon materials instead. A geo-neutrino passing through the hydrocarbon can collide with a proton to create a neutron and positron, and this collision generates a dual gamma-ray emission and small burst of detectable light.Geo-neutrinos were first detected by Japanese researchers in 2005 during a project known as the KamLAND experiment. Their detector was in a mine one kilometer underground, and was located close to several nuclear reactors, since the team was studying reactor antineutrinos. They had to separate the geo-neutrino signals from the stronger antineutrino emissions from the reactors. — The group’s paper will be published in the Europhysics Letters B and is available on Arxiv website.– Borexino Experiment: borex.lngs.infn.it/ (PhysOrg.com) — The Borexino collaboration of about 80 scientists from six countries, who have been working with a detector buried 1.5 km beneath the Gran Sasso mountain near l’Aquila in Italy have detected geo-neutrinos, which are electron antineutrinos created by radioactive decays inside the Earth’s mantle and crust. More information: View of the Borexino “Stainless Steel Sphere” (SSS) from from the “Water Tank”, before cables and PMTs installation. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Borexino vessel installation (View from the Borexino CCD cameras) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

August 19, 2019
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Mexican police detain drug kingpins fatherinlaw‎

first_imgNo related posts. MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities have captured the father-in-law of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the most wanted man in the country, a government official said Tuesday.The official, who requested anonymity, confirmed the arrest of Inés Coronel, who was identified by the U.S. Treasury Department as a key operative of the Sinaloa drug cartel earlier this year.The official said more details would be provided at a news conference later Tuesday. Mexican media said Coronel was captured in the northern state of Sonora.In January, the Treasury blacklisted Coronel and a senior lieutenant of Guzmán, barring any U.S. citizen from conducting business with the pair and freezing any assets they may have in the United States.Coronel is the father of Guzmán’s third wife, Emma.Guzmán has been in hiding since escaping from a Mexican maximum security prison in 2001. He had been captured in Guatemala in 1993.The United States has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Guzmán, a billionaire widely considered to be the world’s wealthiest drug trafficker. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

August 10, 2019
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TORONTO – Visitors to a Yoko Ono art exhibit in To

first_img TORONTO – Visitors to a Yoko Ono art exhibit in Toronto will get a chance to take home pieces of the installation as it winds down this weekend.The Gardiner Museum says the first 500 visitors Sunday will receive white boxes to fill with some of the broken ceramic cups and saucers that made up the exhibit, as well as colourful materials to decorate them.It will mark the end of “Yoko Ono: The Riverbed,” which encouraged visitors to shape the three-part installation by mending broken ceramics and nailing string into the gallery walls over the past three months.The museum says Ono created Sunday’s participatory work exclusively for them, and they hope it will allow the “creative energy to be preserved and shared beyond the exhibition’s run.”Visitors will also be allowed to take photos of the exhibit for the first time.The exhibition remains Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon before “Cleaning Piece For Gardiner” begins. by The Canadian Press Posted May 29, 2018 8:54 am PDT Last Updated May 29, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Museum visitors to dismantle, take home pieces of Yoko Ono exhibitlast_img read more