Our youth are crying out for help child advocate in Saskatchewan releases

first_imgLarissa Burnouf APTN News Saskatchewan’s child advocate spoke to 256 young Indigenous people over the course of a year to come up with a report released this week.Corey O’soup said that young people in the province are “crying out for help” and that the government should listen to First Nation and leadership to help curb the problem.O’soup launched an investigation after the deaths of six First Nations girls in northern Saskatchewan last year.lburnouf@aptn.calast_img

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for November by province

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent in November. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 12.2 per cent (12.7)— Prince Edward Island 8.5 (7.2)— Nova Scotia 7.0 (7.7)— New Brunswick 7.9 (7.2)— Quebec 5.4 (5.2)— Ontario 5.6 (5.6)— Manitoba 5.7 (6.1)— Saskatchewan 5.5 (6.2)— Alberta 6.3 (7.3)— British Columbia 4.4 (4.1)The Canadian Presslast_img

DK’s career-best 97* propels KKR to 175/6

first_imgKolkata: Under-fire skipper Dinesh Karthik silenced his critics with a career-best 97 not out as Kolkata Knight Riders recovered from an atrocious start to post a competitive 175 for six against Rajasthan Royals in their must-win IPL fixture here on Thursday. Under pressure to perform after a string of five straight defeats, the World Cup-bound Karthik promoted himself to No. 4, shrugging off criticism, and smashed nine sixes and seven fours in his 50-ball unbeaten knock, as KKR hit top gear in the back end of the innings, scoring 126 from the last 10 overs and 75 off the last five overs. On a day their impact player Andre Russell looked lacklustre in his run-a-ball 14, in which he was dropped twice, it was a one-man show from Karthik who went berserk against the likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Shreyas Gopal. Karthik seized the momentum in the 11th over when he hit Shreyas Gopal for a six followed by three boundaries in an over that yielded 25 runs and KKR did not look back since then. Karthik completed his fifty from 35 balls and smashed Jofra Archer for successive sixes in the penultimate over before bettering his previous best of 86 when he went berserk against Unadkat by hitting him for two sixes and one four in the final over. Unadkat conceded 50 runs for his one wicket and was the most expensive of the lot as he undid all the good work done by Varun Aaron (2/20) who had a fine new ball spell of 3-1-10-2. Put in to bat, KKR got off to an atrocious start to be 32/2 in powerplay overs against an all out pace attack from Rajasthan Royals. Playing his only second match this season, Aaron extracted pace and swing from the fast-paced Eden track and removed both the openers Chris Lynn (0) and Shubman Gill (14) cheaply. Aaron set up Lynn brilliantly with his first two balls before bowling a delivery that sharply came back as the Australian played it on to his stumps in a wicket-maiden first over. Then the talented Gill had no answer to negotiate an inswinger as he was completely beaten by pace to see the ball clip his bails. Archer capped a superb powerplay for Royals with another maiden as the dispirited KKR found themselves going nowhere and seemed to be losing the plot before skipper Karthik revived them at the back end of the innings. Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 175/6 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 97, Varun Aaron 2/20) vs Rajasthan Royals.last_img read more

Iraq despite security boost human rights situation still worrying says UN

Although the security situation continues to improve in Iraq, a range of human rights abuses continue to be perpetrated in the strife-torn nation, according to a new United Nations report.The second half of 2008, the period covered in the study, was marked by a further drop in the number of high-visibility mass casualty attacks by militias, insurgents and others, with the numbers of Iraqi civilians and soldiers killed reaching their lowest levels in October since 2003.“Nonetheless, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) remains concerned about the overall human rights situation in Iraq since indiscriminate attacks remained a frequent occurrence,” the report noted.“The targeted killings of security forces, high ranking officials and civil servants, religious and political leaders, professional groups such as journalists, educators, medical doctors, judges and lawyers and other civilians continued at a high rate, as did criminal abductions for ransom.”Further, the reporting period saw attacks against minority leaders, as well as the uprooting of more than 12,000 Christians from the northern city of Mosul in October.Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, called on the Iraqi Government to seize the opportunity presented by the improved security situation.“This is an opportunity for Iraq to advance all aspects of the rule of law and human rights by introducing legal reforms, strengthening the judiciary, improving the conditions of detention and enabling access to justice,” he said.Gender-based violence continues to claim the lives of many women, and most of these cases are unreported, the new report said. “The sensitivity of Iraqi communities to issues concerning women is such that families are frequently not reporting to the authorities incidents of violence against women,” with the vast majority if women in Iraq facing at least one form of domestic violence on a regular basis, it added.“Violence against women in the Region of Kurdistan and the rest of Iraq remained one of the issues of serious concern as the pattern of the recorded incidents of suicide often points towards ‘honour’-related homicides,” the study, produced jointly by UNAMI and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said.In the Kurdistan, it said that female genital mutilation (FGM) remains a tolerated practice.“The situation of Iraqi women is extremely difficult,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “Violent actions are taken against them on a daily basis and I urge the authorities to make it a priority to both improve legislation and law enforcement in order to protect them properly.” 29 April 2009Although the security situation continues to improve in Iraq, a range of human rights abuses continue to be perpetrated in the strife-torn nation, according to a new United Nations report. read more

Loblaw Q3 profit down from a year ago as tax court ruling

BRAMPTON, Ont. — Loblaw Companies Ltd. reported its third-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago as it was hit by a one-time charge related to a tax court ruling that it plans to appeal.The retailer says it earned a profit attributable to common shareholders of $106 million or 28 cents per share for the quarter ended Oct. 6.The quarter included a $367-million charge related to its former Barbadian banking subsidiary Glenhuron Bank Ltd. after a tax court ruling regarding Canada Revenue Agency’s reassessments. Loblaw has said it will appeal the decision.You’ll be paying more at the grocery store soon, supermarket CEOs warnCanada’s family-controlled businesses like Bombardier, Loblaw outperform TSX index: studyCanadians’ favourite credit card isn’t from one of the Big Six banks — it’s from a grocery chainThe result for the quarter compared with a profit of $883 million or $2.24 per share a year ago when its results were boosted by a gain of $432 million on the sale of its gas bar operations.Revenue totalled $14.45 billion, up from $14.19 billion.On an adjusted basis, Loblaw says it earned $562 million or $1.49 per share for its most recent quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $549 million or $1.39 per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.44 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. read more

Crude oil prices drops 15 on pipeline problems IMF caution on economy

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2013 5:06 pm MDT Crude oil prices drops 1.5% on pipeline problems, IMF caution on economy NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of crude fell by the biggest amount of the year on Wednesday on reports that the amount of oil moving through a key pipeline to the Gulf Coast had been cut in half.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude dropped $1.45, or 1.5 per cent, to finish at US$95.23 per barrel in trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the first decline of more than one per cent since Dec. 21.Even before the price sank in the afternoon, traders were questioning whether recent gains in oil had run their course. As of Tuesday’s close, the price of oil had risen more than $10 a barrel since Dec. 13.One catalyst for the recent price increase has been the apparent strengthening of the global economy. But the International Monetary Fund dampened that optimism when it projected only modest global economic growth in 2013 while warning that “there remain considerable challenges ahead.”Some oil analysts raised the caution flag as well.“The approximate 12 per cent crude advance extending back to early December has priced in a very optimistic global economic view,” Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a note to clients.The price of oil began to fall in the early afternoon after reports surfaced that the Seaway pipeline, which takes crude from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf Coast, was constrained and could only work at about half its 400,000 barrel-per-day capacity, according to Andrew Lebow, an analyst at Jefferies Bache. That will likely mean growing supplies at Cushing, the trading hub for U.S. benchmark oil, and lower prices.“There’s a logjam down there,” Lebow said. “Inventories have the potential to build further and they are already at record highs.”Analysts were already forecasting that the U.S. government would report a two-million-barrel increase in oil supplies in its weekly update Thursday, according to Platts, a division of McGraw-Hill.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, rose 38 cents to end at US$112.80 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, natural gas was flat at US$3.55 per 1,000 cubic feet, wholesale gasoline was unchanged at US$2.83 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and heating oil rose one cent to US$3.08 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

Opinion Baby Gammys sad story shows how much Down syndrome still scares

first_imgRead: Parents ‘abandoned’ baby with Down syndrome born to surrogateRead: Mother was asked by the HSE if her son ‘still had Down syndrome’ TIME. YOU NEED TIME. Not only to get used to the idea that your child has what society calls “special needs” but also to not be too weighed down by your child’s slower development. Yes – your child may not walk before the age of four, may not speak before the age of seven, may not be potty trained before the age of 11, but it will happen. Someday, after months, if not years of waiting and hoping and praying and a just a little bit of “why us?” you will wake up and something will click and your child will have mastered something extraordinary.This week I was reminded of that thing called time by reports of an Australian couple who pursued an avenue of surrogacy in a foreign land, only to leave one of their babies behind. On discovering that the Thai woman they had chosen to act as surrogate had received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome in one of the twins she was carrying, they reportedly requested her to pursue a termination. She refused and has now been left holding the baby – a little boy called Gammy, who has a congenital heart defect and a lung disorder – while the other twin, a healthy and non-special needs child, has been taken by the couple to live with them in Australia.I’m not here to judgeI don’t profess to know their circumstances. I’m not here to judge when I don’t know the full story, just what’s been reported in the news. I don’t believe them to be quite the monsters the mainstream media would have us believe. According to a 2012 report from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, approximately 67-85% of babies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome are aborted. It’s an uncomfortable figure, but are these millions of other parents vilified for their decision? I think not.It’s an incredibly sad story for all involved. The fact is, though, that if the twins had been carried by their Australian mother, that baby may have been just another abortion figure and nobody would have batted an eyelid. Having a surrogacy involved makes the children look like some kind of commodity and makes the parents’ rejection of their boy seem like a refusal to purchase a defective item; seeing those terms being applied to children makes it appear so very wrong. But Down syndrome still scares a lot of people. It shouldn’t be that way but, unfortunately, it is and you need time to accept the situation.I firmly believe that this couple are guilty of not giving themselves enough time and of not allowing their minds to fully process the information. They saw trouble and strife ahead and a harder path to travel. But in truth, all parenting journeys, even those with “normal” children, are long and winding with their own dips and peaks.I was a shell of a womanI know what they felt because I felt it too. Shock, pain, disbelief. I felt as if the birth of my daughter born with Down syndrome was not something to be celebrated. She was born at 1.43am. Her diagnosis came approximately 20 minutes later. There were friends and family waiting for a text or Facebook update from me. They knew I had gone into labour and was at the hospital.I didn’t sleep for the rest of that night. In the morning I took a deep breath and sent the text I had always wanted to send but, deep down, didn’t feel to be true.Baby girl, born 1.43 am, 7 lbs 8 oz. Mammy and baby doing well.I didn’t believe all was well. How could it be? The future seemed so uncertain.I was a shell of a woman, in floods of tears, unable to move forward, paralysed in that very moment, unwilling to give myself time, unwilling to give my daughter time.But, of course, she won me over. And it really didn’t take long for my entire mindset to change. But I needed the time – to get to know her, to get to know myself as a new parent and find out what I was capable of. I think of these new parents now, halfway across the world, having left one of their children behind in a foreign land and I wish they could have seen that sad, shell of a woman just three years later. Chasing her daughter around the garden, laughing and whooping as this little girl went ducking and diving, running and jumping; filling the summer air with peals of jubilant giggles. The little girl is still in nappies, she still has few words, the potty training is more than a work in progress. There are days when I feel as if it will never happen.But then I remember all the other times I have waited. Waited for her to take her first steps, sign and then speak her first words, for that first glorious “mama” to trip forth from her cherub lips, for nursery rhymes to be learned and dance routines to be perfected, for every kiss, every cuddle stolen in the faint glow of dawn, while the rest of the world slumbers on. All of these wonderful things that have happened and I know there are so many more wonderful moments to come.It could all have been so differentOne day this couple may be chasing their daughter around the garden, and it will come to them in a flash – the feeling that something is not quite right and the spectre of her twin will hang over them. He is the boy who should be laughing along with them but who they have left behind. He might not have been as sure on his feet as his sister, or been as vocal as her, or understood as much as she but he should be there as the brother of their daughter; their son. And that grim thought will hurt far more than the decision to give him up. An “imperfect” ghost, he will haunt them for years to come. It could all have been so different, if they had just given him, and themselves some more time.And for us parents who chose the path less travelled, we will continue to enjoy the positive fallout from this story while showing the world the many varied things our kids with Down syndrome are capable of.Aedín Collins is an aspiring writer living in the West of Ireland with her partner and two small girls.She blogs about parenting, lifestyle and special needs at www.minisandmum.com.last_img read more

Have a Very Slayer Christmas

first_imgIt’s that time of year again! The colorful lights go up, the snow comes down, and there’s a bit of that indescribable magic in the air. Like most people, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Christmas is the band Slayer. Yes, even that most evil of Satan-spawned thrash metal bands can’t help but get into the season’s spirit of giving and brotherhood.That’s why one enterprising lad choreographed the Christmas lights around his house to the music of the timeless holiday ditty “Raining Blood.”AdChoices广告This blast of yuletide fury was from 2009, and creator lacycute20 (who posted the video to his daughter’s YouTube account, so on the profile page it’s sharing space with a lot of Justin Bieber and Ke$ha videos) promises to have an all new choreography up for this year. But for now, enjoy the magical Christmas wrath.last_img read more

Smoking goes up in puff of smoke

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s health minister launched a promotional campaign last week to help introduce restrictions on smoking in public places as of July 1.Greek Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said the nationwide campaign is targeted at safeguarding the nation’s health.Speaking at a special event of the “National Alliance Against Smoking”, where he presented the actions and measures taken by the ministry as part of a new anti-smoking campaign begun in collaboration with Harvard University, Avramopoulos said the measures would be a break with a “sinful past.” Avramopoulos stressed that 20,000 Greeks die a year of smoking-related diseases, which annually costs the national health system over 2.8 billion euro.“Our fellow citizens that are smokers will have the choice of smoking in their private homes or outdoors but we need them near us. We need an alliance with them because smokers themselves know better than non-smokers that their lives and the lives of their families are at risk because of their habit,” he noted.The minister cited a recent public survey suggesting that six in 10 Greek smokers support the campaign.The law says all offices, restaurants, cafes and other public places must designate areas for smokers and non-smokers. Managers that fail to respect the law will face fines.last_img read more

Les serveurs du Parti Pirate allemand saisis sur demande française

first_imgLes serveurs du Parti Pirate allemand saisis sur demande françaiseLa France pense pouvoir retrouver l’auteur d’une cyberattaque contre EDF grâce aux données du Parti Pirate (PP) allemand. La police allemande a saisi vendredi dernier les serveurs informatiques du Parti Pirate, la 6e force politique outre-Rhin. Selon le communiqué du PP, relayé par Zdnet, cette saisie a été effectuée à la demande des autorités françaises, qui enquêtent sur une cyberattaque menée contre EDF. Ce dernier se serait servi de l’outil d’édition Piratepad pour publier une clé SSH utilisée dans l’attaque d’un serveur EDF.Si le PP n’est pas directement mis en cause dans cette affaire, il la regrette amèrement car cette action l’a privé de son outil de communication 48 heures avant des élections fédérales se déroulant à Brême. Le Parti Pirate français a d’ailleurs publié un communiqué de soutien à son homologue allemand suite à cette perquisition : “Le Parti Pirate français soutient le Parti Pirate allemand et condamne cette atteinte disproportionnée aux libertés d’expression et de communication d’un parti politique à la veille d’élections”.Le 24 mai 2011 à 12:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Googles 350 Smart Levis Jacket Goes on Sale This Week

first_img Next-Gen Google Glass Wearable Ready For BusinessCan Smart PJs Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep? Levi Strauss & Co. spent more than 160 years perfecting denim. Then Google came along and made it even better.Starting Wednesday, shoppers in California, New York, and Massachusetts can snag the new Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google.The $350 smart sheath is aimed at urban cyclists, but fits the bill for anyone who prefers wearing technology on their sleeve (literally).LED and haptic feedback let you know about incoming information (via Levi’s)Named after a weaving process, Jacquard embeds technology into clothing, turning your outfit into a gadget to tap or swipe, just like a cell phone. Tiny electronics embedded in a snap tag connect the Jacquard Threads in the jacket’s cuff to your mobile device.LED and haptic feedback (i.e. flashing lights and vibrations) let you know about incoming information, while customized controls make it easy to manage messages, phone calls, navigation, and music.Have texts read to you, send calls to voicemail, hear your next direction or updated ETA, and play, pause, or skip through playlists with just a touch of your sleeve.At launch, the jacket is available exclusively at Fred Segal in Los Angeles, Kinfolk in Brooklyn, and Concepts in Cambridge. It will hit virtual and (select) brick-and-mortar Levi’s shelves “soon,” Google project lead Ivan Poupyrev promised.“We started Project Jacquard in 2014 with a vision to create a platform that would allow designers and apparel companies to integrate connectivity directly into the things you love, wear, and use every day,” Poupyrev wrote in an email announcement. “This is an exciting moment for Jacquard that we have been building towards for the past three years.”The program was unveiled at the 2015 Google I/O conference by the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. The Jacquard team within ATAP designed conductive yarn for use on industrial weaving machines for mass production.The $350 smart sheath is aimed at urban cyclists (via Levi’s)Early adopters can visit the Jacquard Help Center online to find out more about the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket and all of its high-tech accouterments.Google isn’t the first to try its hand at smart clothes: Fashion icon Ralph Lauren debuted a smart Polo shirt at 2014’s U.S. Open; silver-based thread sensors knitted into the fabric read heart rate, breathing, and stress levels.There is also the NuMetrex sports bra, Sensoria smart socks, Athos capris, and LifeBeam bicycle helmet, among other intelligent garb.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Geek Daily Deals Last Easy Chance to Preorder a Playstation Classic

first_imgGet $100 Credit When You Trade-In Your Broken Digital CameraTrade in any broken digital camera or GoPro with an original retail value of $100 or more and get $100 off the newest generation GoPro Hero 7 Black or $150 off the GoPro Fusion. The biggest upgrades the GoPro Hero 7 introduces are the ability to record in 4K resolution at a full 60fps and vastly improved image stabilization.Get up to $100 credit for a new GoPro Hero 7 Haribo Gummi Candy, Peaches, 5-Pound Bag for $9.22Each 5-lb bag has about 1,000 pieces, which means you’re paying less than 1 cent per joyously peachy piece! You need to checkout using Subscribe & Save, and as a bonus you’ll get free shipping even if you aren’t a Prime member. If you have 5 or more items in your Subscribe & Save cart, your discount will increase by another 10%.Get it on Amazon for $9.99 (or less) Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and HDR for $39.99You must be logged into your Amazon Prime account to see this price. If you’re in the market for a streaming media player, you can get a Fire TV 4K at the lowest price it’s ever been. It’s 40% more powerful than the Fire TV stick and is recommended if you have 4K and HDR TV sets.Get it on Amazon for $39.99 Sony PlayStation Classic is Now PreorderableOnly one day after launch, and half the vendors we initially found have sold out of the Sony PlayStation Classic. Only Walmart and Gamestop have stock available. In terms of supply and demand, could this end up to be another SNES or NES frenzy? Maybe or maybe not, but why take your chances? The consoles will ship out in December, right in the middle of the holiday shopping spree,and this may be your best chance.20 games will be pre-loaded, but the only titles we know of for sure are Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Ridge Racer Type 4, Jumping Flash, and Wild Arms.Get it at Walmart for $99.99Get it at Gamestop for $99.99 Get $225 Credit Towards Nintendo Switch When You Trade In Xbox One S or PS4 Slim Only at GamestopOr you can get $275 credit for a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X trade-in (definitely not as good of a deal), $150 credit for an Xbox One original trade-in, or $100 credit for a 3DS, Vita, or Wii U trade-in.Get up to $275 credit for a new Nintendo Switchlast_img read more

Will 24th April 1970 Be Commemorated

first_imgFor years Foroyaa has tried to educate the Gambian people that the country was a constitutional Monarchy in 1965 and was still under the executive authority of the British Crown. The second Republic did not lead to the Commemoration of 24th APRIL 1970 as the birth of the Republic and full sovereignty.Next month may not be commemorated as 18th February 1965. However in subsequent years any government in office should shift the celebration of the National day to 24th April 1970. This would enable the government to reinforce the sovereignty of the Gambian people.last_img read more

Soy Growers Applaud Precision Ag Connectivity Act

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today applauded the Commerce Committee for moving forward the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018. ASA President and Iowa soybean grower John Heisdorffer issued the following statement:“ASA welcomes the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018 and thanks Sens. Wicker and Klobuchar and Representatives Lotta and Loebsack for introducing legislation which understands the unique needs of growers in rural America.“We urge swift passage in the U.S. Senate as wireless broadband connections in the field support on-farm operations and in turn rural communities. This legislation is important to rural America and soy growers everywhere.”last_img read more

Pathogens On A Plane How To Stay Healthy In Flight

first_imgBenjamin Arthur for NPRSuspicious travel companions: Bacteria can survive for days on surfaces inside a plane. But that doesn’t mean you have to take these critters home with you.If you want to cut your risk of catching the flu on your next flight, pick a window seat and stay put.That’s a key take-home message of a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“I have always chosen window seats,” says Vicki Hertzberg, a biostatistician at Emory University, who co-led the research with scientists at The Boeing Co. “But after this study, I have stopped moving around as much on flights.”People in window seats come into contact with fewer passengers, Hertzberg and her team found, because they leave their seats less often than those sitting near the aisle. And they are farther away from the action in the aisle, with its potentially coughing and otherwise germy passersby.“So the window seats are a little less risky than the aisle seats,” Hertzberg says.The finding comes from an effort to model how pathogens spread through the air in planes. To do that, Hertzberg and her colleagues created what she calls “Fantasy Flights.”“We were working on the study while it was fantasy football time,” she says. “So we started to call it that.”It’s an appropriate name because in essence, the Fantasy Flights work in a similar way to a game of fantasy football: Hertzberg and her team created simulations of people moving around the cabin during a three- to five-hour transcontinental flight.“Then in the simulations, we could make a passenger sick — like the passenger in seat 14C — and see what’s the probability of somebody coming into contact with the sick person,” Hertzberg says.Overall, passengers had the greatest chance of catching the bug when they sat right next to the sick passenger or in the row in front of or behind the sick person.“There was a perimeter around the person with increased risk,” Hertzberg says. “Everywhere else, the risk of getting sick was was minimal.”Hertzberg and her team created the computer simulations by documenting how people moved around the cabins on 10 transcontinental flights, from Atlanta to the West Coast.Their findings are consistent with previous studies looking at how real viruses and bacterial pathogens spread on planes. In general, sitting near a sick person puts you at the highest risk. But the size of the “transmission zone” depends on the specific pathogen and how it transmits.For instance, there’s a chance you could catch tuberculosis when you sit within two rows of someone infected with TB and the flight is longer than eight hours.And for SARS, that transmission zone very likely extends to at least three rows around the sick passenger — or perhaps up to seven rows.Of course, pathogens don’t just spread through the air. They can also land on surfaces — like the armrest or headrest — and survive there for hours, even days.“When you look at most infectious diseases, the overwhelming majority are transmitted when you touch a contaminated surface,” says Dr. Mark Gendreau, who specializes in aviation medicine at Lahey Medical Center in Peabody, Mass. “You grab the doorknob of the airplane bathroom, and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.”“But we’re not all doomed to get sick after a plane flight,” Gendreau adds. “You can change behaviors when you’re traveling and substantially reduce the risk of catching anything.”First off, keep your hands microbe-free. “I recommend bringing aboard a sanitizing gel with 60 percent alcohol,” he says. “Before you eat or drink, sanitize your hands.”And don’t forget to use the sanitizer after you wash your hands in the bathroom’s sink, Gendreau recommends. The water in airplanes has a dirty track record.In 2004, the Environmental Protection Agency found high levels of fecal bacteria in the drinking water of 15 of the 327 planes it tested. Then in 2009, the agency set forth new guidelines for airlines to test their water. Now the EPA says that water on the airplane is safe to drink if you don’t have a suppressed immune system.But Gendreau still wouldn’t risk it. He wouldn’t even brush his teeth with the water in an airplane bathroom. “I use bottled water,” he says.And if a person is coughing right next to you and the plane isn’t jampacked, maybe just ask for another seat.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Annapolis Focuses on Citys Surging Violence

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROA hearing to address violence in Baltimore held in Annapolis this week featured a litany of accomplishments related to new programs aimed at curbing crime. But it was unclear if the discussion between legislators and city officials would result in any new legislation during the upcoming session.Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby both testified during an Annapolis hearing convened by Sen. Bobby Zirkin, chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee. (Courtesy Photo)The hearing was convened by State Senator Bobby Zirkin, who characterized the recent surge in violence as troubling.“The violence is in a proportion I haven’t seen,” Zirkin said. “No one bill is going to cure what’s going on.”Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby discussed in detail what they were doing to combat another record year of mayhem which has put the city’s per capita homicide count well above the far more populous New York.Speaking for nearly an hour, Pugh provided an in-depth, and at times somewhat rambling, account of a variety of city programs and initiatives that she said were part of her overall crime plan.  Among them: installing more street lights; providing wrap around services for the city’s homeless; more city sponsored youth jobs and reentry assistance for residents returning from jail.“I certainly did not campaign without a plan,” said Pugh, “I think that we have taken a holistic approach”Pugh also argued the police department was understaffed, noting that the number of sworn officers has dropped significantly over the last five years.“This police department has been under invested for a long time,” Pugh testified.  “There was a time when we had almost 3,000 police officers and today we had about 2,200,” she said.She also touted a recently proposed tax credit for police and firefighters to encourage them to move into the city, and a just passed gun law that would require a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for possession of a firearm near a school, church, or government building.Police Commissioner Kevin Davis focused in part on the uptick of juvenile crime, noting that roughly 1,100 juveniles had been arrested thus far in 2017.  However, Davis argued the city needed to make a distinction between teens who commit minor crimes and youth involved in more violent and destructive behavior.“Nearly 90 percent of juveniles charged as adults end up back in juvenile courts, that requires a discussion,” Davis said.Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said the number of caseloads were an issue for her agency, particularly in the homicide division where prosecutors are overwhelmed.“The national average a prosecutor should be dealing with is approximately 20 cases,” Mosby said, “My prosecutors on average have about 54.”Despite the high caseload, Mosby said her office has won convictions in 81 percent of the murder cases tried this year.Looming over the hearing was a report by the Baltimore Sun that the Justice Department would not pursue civil rights charges against the six officers charged but later cleared in the death of Freddie Gray.  The announcement means that the criminal phase of the case is over.Last week the city scheduled administrative hearings for five of the six officers starting in October.   The hearings are part of the department’s internal disciplinary process.The officers requested what’s known as a ‘trial board’ after an independent investigation by the Montgomery County police found they had violated departmental policy during Gray’s arrest. Investigators recommended that Lt. Brian Rice, Officer Caesar Goodson, and Sgt. Alicia White face termination.The administrative trial of Goodson, the driver of the van in which Gray suffered fatal injuries, is scheduled for Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. Lt. Brian Rice’s trial is Nov. 13-17; Sgt. Alicia White’s is Dec. 5-11, Officer Garrett Miller’s is Dec. 18-19, and Officer Edward Nero’s is Dec. 20-21.last_img read more

Open manhole poses danger to children

first_imgA manhole that does not have a cover was spotted by a local resident next to Egerton Primary School’s Agar Field. The resident raised his concern by coming to the Ladysmith Gazette, saying that children who walk and play in the area could get hurt.“It is a residential area and the children who school at Andante, not to mention the Egerton children who play sport on the field, could be badly injured,” said the concerned resident.The manhole is at the side of the road and is covered by grass, making it difficult to see. This adds to the danger.Alfred Duma Local Municipality has thus far failed to provide comment on the matter. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Costa Rican Happy Hour 7 The ultimate World Cup playlist

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican Happy Hour #4: ‘No me visto para vos’ Costa Rican Happy Hour #5: Get your FIA 2018 groove on Costa Rican Happy Hour #6: A music video filmed at the Coca Cola Market All together, boys Costa Rican Friday Happy Hour #2: ‘Malpaís’ ‘El otro gol’ – GandhiThe popular Costa Rican rock group turned their attention to soccer in this ode to Costa Rica’s favorite sport. ‘Lo daremos todo’ – 1990 National TeamWe’ve arguably saved the best for last. Nothing is more heartwarming, futbolísticamente hablando, than watching Costa Rica’s World Cup pioneers, the 1990 Sele, pledge that ‘We’ll give it all.’ They sure did. (Watch for the magical costume change around the one-minute mark.) Take a listen and check out more of our Happy Hour selections here. Got a recommendation for us of a favorite Costa Rican or Costa Rica-inspired tune? Let us know at elang@ticotimes.net. Ready to get in the mood to watch Costa Rica’s 2018 World Cup debut on Sunday (at 6 am Costa Rica time, against Serbia)? Here’s our playlist of can’t-miss Costa Rican soccer tunes to kick off your weekend.‘Agárrense de las manos’ – La NotaA beloved classic and Costa Rica’s best-known soccer anthem. This video includes unforgettable moments from La Sele’s extraordinary performance at the first World Cup in which Costa Rica participated, in 1990, as well as later contests. ‘Playa, montaña y gol’ – Gonín featuring Alonso SolísFormer National Team player Solís was popularly known as ‘El Mariachi,’ in honor of his family’s mariachi band, and he put his vocal stylings on display in this number. ‘Agarrense de las manos’ 2018 Remix – William Fallas and Kenny ErickzonI mean, you really can’t listen to this one too many times. The best part of this video is the reaction of the barbers who are cutting hair while watching the 2014 tournament. (Free travel tip: Do NOT get a haircut from a Costa Rican during one of La Sele’s World Cup matches.) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Help wanted Tijuana offers Central American migrants a job

first_imgRelated posts:At Mexico-US border, pope decries migrant ‘tragedy’ VIDEO: New Costa Rican documentary explains forced Central American migration Panama drops off Cuban migrants on Costa Rica’s doorstep Hondurans form a new US-bound caravan, drawing fire from Trump They’re not just migrants, they’re builders, cooks, painters and seamstresses: the caravan of Central Americans gathering at the U.S. border boasts an attractive workforce and Tijuana, their last stop before California, wants to tap it.Under a white awning near a packed shelter in a poor neighborhood of commercially bustling Tijuana, hundreds of the migrants line up for a job fair staged just for these determined travelers.Since setting out more than a month ago from Honduras, they have covered about 4,400 kilometers (2,700 miles), either walking or hitchhiking, until several thousand reached Tijuana, Mexico which is just across the border from San Diego, California on their journey seeking a better life in America, whose President Donald Trump has deployed soldiers to help stop them.“These are very strong people. They are a valuable workforce for our industry,” said Nayla Rangel of the National Employment Service and director of the job fair, which will last a month.Companies advertise job vacancies and interview candidates, while migration authorities and officers of the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees are also on hand to give the migrants temporary residency papers.“The idea is to give them a visa on humanitarian grounds while their residency status is sorted out so they can obtain a work permit,” said Rangel.Around 3,000 people who traveled with the caravan are now in Tijuana, most of them living in a makeshift shelter that Mexican authorities set up in an open-air sports arena, with tents and mattresses.Another 1,000 who lagged behind in the nearby town of Mexicali were on their way Tuesday to Tijuana, persevering along a hot, dry road. Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico’s Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo / AFPWork doing anything“Worker wanted,” reads a job ad that Wilmar Correa holds while waiting in line at the fair.He is a 27-year-old Honduran who studied to be a teacher, but he never made it because of the gang violence and lack of jobs in his country.Correa says he is willing to work at anything in the prosperous industries operating along the US-Mexico border.As in other cities along the frontier, what drives the economy in Tijuana is manufacturing, especially automobiles, aerospace, pharmaceuticals and electronics.To the south, along the fine beaches of Baja California, the state that includes Tijuana, restaurants and hotels catering to foreign tourists abound.US-Mexico bilateral trade totals about $500 billion a year and 80 percent of Mexico’s exports go to the US, its main trading partner.At the job fair, employers are offering 7,000 to 10,000 jobs in manufacturing and areas like the hospitality industry, said Salvador Diaz, president of a local manufacturing association.He says it’s a win-win situation: migrants get an above-board job and business get tax-deductible labor, said Diaz.For the equivalent of around $90 a week, Cesar Elvir hopes to work as a painter in a factory.This 20-year-old Honduran traveling with his wife and two children has already gone through the interview process and is waiting for the company to call him on his cell phone with a formal offer.“It looks good. My goal is not to stay in Tijuana, but while I am waiting for other opportunities I would stay here for a while,” Elvir said with a smile. (Photo by Pedro Pardo / AFP)Success storiesThe Central American caravan is giving a taste of deja vu to Tijuana, which two years ago saw the arrival of thousands of Haitians also bound for the US. Many made it but many also stayed and put down roots in Mexico.“The Haitian case was very positive,” said Diaz. About 2,500 of them ended up working, legally, in manufacturing plants, he said.“The most important thing is they blended in to society very well. We have not had any problems with them. We want to do the same thing with the Central Americans,” Diaz added.But hundreds of residents of Tijuana protested the presence of the caravan, asserting that many of the travelers are members of street gangs called “maras” and will trigger violence.Trump has made similar allegations.As of Tuesday, 40 migrants with the caravan have been deported, out of 57 detained for offenses such as drug possession, fighting and public disorder, city officials said.But the vast majority are families with good intentions and “they tell us they can help identify those people (gang members) and turn them over to be deported,” said Diaz.After filling out a job application, Karla Vallecio, 34, recalls that back in Honduras she worked taking care of babies, cleaning other people’s houses — “whatever I could get.”“If I got a job the first thing I would do is find a room for me so I can stay in Tijuana, she said, explaining that the process of asking for asylum in the United States is slower and more complicated than she expected.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2017 10:06 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 18, 2017 at 10:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celeb birthdays for the week of Dec. 24-30 Dec. 24: Actor Clarence Gilyard (“Walker, Texas Ranger”) is 62. Actress Stephanie Hodge (“Unhappily Ever After”) is 61. Bassist-synthesizer player Ian Burden of Human League is 60. Actor Anil Kapoor (“Slumdog Millionaire”) is 58. Singer Mary Ramsey of 10,000 Maniacs is 54. Actor Mark Valley (“Boston Legal”) is 53. Actor Diedrich Bader (“The Drew Carey Show”) is 51. Singer Ricky Martin is 46. “Twilight” series author Stephenie Meyer is 44. TV host Ryan Seacrest is 43. Actor Michael Raymond-James (“Once Upon a Time,” ”True Blood”) is 40. Singer Louis Tomlinson of One Direction is 26.Dec. 25: Actress Hanna Schygulla (“Barnum,” ”Casanova”) is 74. Singer John Edwards of The Spinners is 73. Singer Jimmy Buffett is 71. Country singer Barbara Mandrell is 69. Actress Sissy Spacek is 68. Actress CCH Pounder is 65. Singer Annie Lennox is 63. Singer Steve Wariner is 63. Guitarist Robin Campbell of UB40 is 63. Singer Shane McGowan (The Popes, the Pogues) is 60. Actress Klea Scott (“Millennium”) is 49. Guitarist Noel Hogan of The Cranberries is 46. Singer Dido is 46. Singer Mac Powell of Third Day is 45. Country singer Alecia Elliott is 35. Singer Jess and Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas are 33. Singer-guitarist Lukas Nelson of Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real is 29.Dec. 26: Actor Donald Moffat (“Clear and Present Danger”) is 87. Actor Caroll Spinney (Big Bird on “Sesame Street”) is 84. Singer Abdul “Duke” Fakir of The Four Tops is 82. Record producer Phil Spector is 78. “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh is 72. Keyboardist Bob Carpenter with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 71. Humorist David Sedaris is 61. Drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica is 54. Country singer Audrey Wiggins is 50. Guitarist J (White Zombie) is 50. Guitarist Peter Klett of Candlebox is 48. Singer James Mercer of The Shins is 47. Actor-singer Jared Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars is 46. Singer Chris Daughtry (“American Idol”) is 38. Actress Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”) is 32. Actor Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”) is 31. Actress Eden Sher (“The Middle”) is 26. Singer Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix is 25.Dec. 27: Actor John Amos (“Men In Trees,” ”The West Wing”) is 78. News correspondent Cokie Roberts is 74. Guitarist Mick Jones of Foreigner is 73. Singer Tracy Nelson is 73. Actor Gerard Depardieu is 69. Singer Karla Bonoff is 66. Guitarist David Knopfler of Dire Straits is 65. Actress Tovah Feldshuh (“Law and Order”) is 64. Drummer Jeff Bryant (Ricochet) is 55. Actor Ian Gomez (“Felicity,” ”The Drew Carey Show”) is 53. Actress Theresa Randle (“Bad Boys”) is 53. Actress Eva LaRue (“CSI: Miami”) is 51. Bassist Darrin Vincent of Dailey and Vincent is 48. Guitarist Matt Slocum of Sixpence None The Richer is 45. Actor Wilson Cruz (“Party of Five,” ”My So-Called Life”) is 44. Actor Masi Oka (“Hawaii Five-0,” ”Heroes”) is 43. Actress Emilie de Ravin (“Once Upon A Time,” ”Lost”) is 36. Guitarist James Mead of Kutless is 35. Singer Hayley Williams of Paramore is 29. Singer Shay Mooney of Dan and Shay is 26.Dec. 28: Comic book creator Stan Lee (“Spider-Man,” ”The Incredible Hulk”) is 95. Actress Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”) is 85. Actress Maggie Smith is 83. Saxophonist Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers is 79. Singer-keyboardist Edgar Winter is 71. Drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste of The Meters is 69. Actor Denzel Washington is 63. Country singer Joe Diffie is 59. Drummer Mike McGuire of Shenandoah is 59. Actor Chad McQueen (the “Karate Kid” films) is 57. Country singer-guitarist Marty Roe of Diamond Rio is 57. Actor Malcolm Gets (“Caroline in the City”) is 54. Comedian Seth Meyers (“Late Night With Seth Meyers”) is 44. Actor Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”) is 41. Singer John Legend is 39. Actor Andre Holland (“Selma”) is 38. Actress Sienna Miller is 36. Actor Beau Garrett (“The Good Doctor”) is 35. Actress Mackenzie Rosman (“7th Heaven”) is 28. “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta is 27. Actress Mary-Charles Jones (“Kevin Can Wait”) is 16. Actor Miles Brown (“Black-ish”) is 13.Dec. 29: Actress Inga Swenson (“Benson”) is 85. Actor Jon Voight is 79. Country singer Ed Bruce is 78. Flutist Ray Thomas (Moody Blues) is 76. Singer Marianne Faithfull is 71. Actor Ted Danson is 70. Singer-actress Yvonne Elliman is 66. Actress Patricia Clarkson is 58. Comedian Paula Poundstone is 58. Guitarist-singer Jim Reid of The Jesus And Mary Chain is 56. Actor Michael Cudlitz (“The Walking Dead”) is 53. Singer Dexter Holland of The Offspring is 52. Actor Jason Gould is 51. Director Lilly Wachowski (formerly Andy Wachowski) (“The Matrix”) is 50. Singer-guitarist Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 47. Actor Kevin Weisman (“Alias”) is 47. Actor Jude Law is 45. Actress Maria Dizzia (“Orange Is The New Black”) is 43. Actor Mekhi Phifer is 43. Actor Shawn Hatosy (“Reckless,” ”The Faculty”) is 42. Country singer Jessica Andrews is 34. Actress Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”) is 28.Dec. 30: Actor Russ Tamblyn is 83. Singer Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary is 80. Director James Burrows (“Cheers,” ”Taxi”) is 77. Actor Fred Ward (“The Right Stuff”) is 75. Singer Mike Nesmith of The Monkees is 75. Actress Concetta Tomei (“Providence,” ”China Beach”) is 72. Singer Patti Smith is 71. Musician Jeff Lynne is 70. TV host Meredith Vieira (“Today,” ”The View”) is 64. Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Moesha”) is 62. Country singer Suzy Bogguss is 61. Actress Patricia Kalembar (“Sisters”) is 61. Former “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer is 60. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 58. TV host Sean Hannity is 56. Actor George Newbern (“Providence”) is 54. Singer Jay Kay of Jamiroquai is 48. Drummer Byron McMackin of Pennywise is 48. Actress Meredith Monroe (“Dawson’s Creek”) is 48. Actor Jason Behr (“The Grudge,” ”Roswell”) is 44. Actress Lucy Punch (“Ben and Kate”) is 40. Singer-actor Tyrese is 39. Actress Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse,” ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 37. Guitarist Tim Lopez of Plain White T’s is 37. Actress Kristin Kreuk (“Smallville”) is 35. Singer-guitarist Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers is 35. Singer Andra Day is 33. Singer Ellie Goulding is 31. Actress Caity Lotz (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) is 31. Drummer Jamie Follese of Hot Chelle Rae is 26.last_img read more