Indian Dental Association conducts workshop on preventive dentistry

first_imgKolkata: A two-day of workshop on interceptive and myofunctional appliances was organised by department of pedodontics and preventive dentistry in association with Indian Dental Association, state branch, at the Dr.R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital for the first time in Eastern India.Prof. Dr Baby John, president Indian Society of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry was the chief guest of the programme while prof Dr Bimalendu Saha , deputy secretary of the department of Health and Family Welfare and Dr Tapan Giri, Principal of R. Ahmed Dental College graced the occasion. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDr Partha Pratim Chowdhury, assistant professor of Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital was appointed as an observer from West Bengal Dental Council. Distinguished personalities such as Dr T K Pal, Dr J K Singh , Dr Subhra Nandi, Dr Pranab Banerjee, Dr Sitangshu Ghosh, Dr Timir Baran Sarengi, Dr Sibram Karmakar, Dr Jiban Mishra ,Dr Amitava Chakroborty, Dr Tirthankar Debnath, Dr R D Rekhade ,Dr Anant Pal Singh also took part the programme. Dr Raju Biswas secretary IDA West Bengal State Branch said: “Innovative workshops helps participants to specialise on latest expertise of pedodontic dentistry. Especially in an era of development in dentistry such seminars and workshops provide the latest updates in patient service.” Dr Biswas also added: “We hope to conduct more such workshops in future for the betterment of people and spreading awareness. I thank all the participants to make this program a grand success.”last_img read more

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Morocco and Switzerland Sign MoU on Road and Rail Transport Cooperation

Rabat – During a visit to Switzerland, a Moroccan delegation led by the Minister of Equipment, Abdelkader Amara, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommaruga, Minister for the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications. The two parties signed the memorandum following their bilateral talks during a train journey to Erstfeld where they visited the Ripshausen Heavy Traffic Control Center. The memorandum aims to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the field of road and rail transport. Road safety is one of the issues at the core of this cooperation. In a statement to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), Amara said that the memorandum of understanding “covers about twenty areas of cooperation, from planning to the operational phase.” According to Amara, the transports issue concerns, at least, two levels. The first is related to the theme of “sustainability,” noting that “this is a strategic theme in Morocco as the country has adopted a pioneering strategy of renewable energy.”The second level relates to the efforts needed for the development of railway transportation. The goal is to give this type of transportation enough “importance given that it is ecological and allows mass transport and optimized territorial planning.” Swiss Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommaruga welcomed the signing of the memorandum noting that the discussions were an opportunity to tackle different issues related to transportation and infrastructure.Sommaruga stressed “the importance of transporting more goods on railways from an ecological and efficiency point of view although the needed infrastructures can take a lot of time to be accomplished”. She also emphasized that “financing such infrastructure is also very important.”The Federal Councilor highlighted the determination of the two countries “to collaborate on issues related to the transport sector, whether funding, infrastructure issues, road safety, or tunnels, in which Switzerland has gained a great deal of experience.” read more

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Workers fired over alleged abuse caught on video at chicken farms in

Workers fired over alleged abuse caught on video at chicken farms in B.C. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2017 12:41 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – A company responsible for catching chickens at farms in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley says it has fired five employees after an animal rights group released video of alleged abuse.Dwayne Dueck, president of Elite Services based in Chilliwack, says in a statement the company is taking “immediate corrective action” and one of the fired employees was a supervisor.“Elite Services understands the importance of ensuring the proper care and handling of animals. Proper handling techniques help maintain production quality and effectively reduce stress on the animals,” he said in a statement issued Tuesday.“We are sickened with the footage and want to ensure all our suppliers and producers that this is not reflective of who we are, our fundamental beliefs or behaviour we accept from our employees.”The SPCA in British Columbia has launched a formal investigation.Lindsay Wolf, vice-president of investigations with the group Mercy For Animals, says the abuses were captured by a whistleblower working for the company that supplies services at more than a dozen factory farms in the Fraser Valley.Wolf said the birds were slaughtered at a plant in the Vancouver suburb of Port Coquitlam before they were shipped to Loblaws and Loblaws-owned stores.“The shocking video footage we obtained showed workers hitting, kicking and throwing birds, and smashing them into walls and transport crates,” Wolf said in a conference call from Toronto.“Birds are run over by forklifts and crushed by transport machinery.”It wants grocery giant Loblaws to ensure the welfare of animals in its supply chain.Loblaws said it is investigating.“We stand firmly behind the standards set by the National Farm Animal Care Council, the policies outlined by the Chicken Farmers of Canada, and our own commitment to animal welfare which is clearly articulated in our supplier code of conduct, and in our animal welfare principles,” it said in a statement.“We continue to work with industry partners and animal welfare experts to ensure standards and codes of practice are upheld so our customers can remain confident in the food they buy.”Loblaws said it has told its supplier, Ontario-based Sofina Foods Inc., that it has “zero tolerance for any kind of animal abuse.”Sofina said it has reviewed the “horrifying footage” allegedly taken of the company it contracted to catch chickens at its facilities in British Columbia and it is “appalled and extremely shocked” by it.“Ethical and responsible treatment of animals is of utmost importance to our organization,” it said.“We are taking immediate steps with our supplier to initiate a comprehensive investigation of the situation and have engaged internal and external expertise to help us determine proper course of action in line with our animal care commitment and expectations.”The whistleblower, who is a volunteer with Mercy For Animals, was hired by Elite Services and witnessed abuse soon after being hired, Wolf alleged, adding a hidden camera was used to capture the video.SPCA spokeswoman Marcie Moriarty said its investigation started after the society received undercover video, which she said was shot by the animal advocacy group between May 10 and June 9.“The video includes some of the most brutal and sadistic acts of violence against animals I have ever seen,” she said. “It is extremely difficult to watch.”Investigators with the SPCA are working on a report that will be forwarded to Crown counsel.Moriarty said they will recommend multiple charges of animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. She said convictions carry a fine of up to $75,000, a maximum five-year prison sentence and possible bans for life from owning or being around animals.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled the company name of Sofina Foods Inc. and said volunteers captured the video. read more

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Flooding keeps force majeure in place for Macarthur mines

first_imgOn December 3, 2010, key Australian coal miner Macarthur Coal had declared force majeure to customers as a result of unseasonal heavy rain in the Bowen Basin. On January 5, Macarthur advised the market that its declaration of force majeure with customers remained in place. Force majeure allows the coal miners to be released from delivery obligations due to the flooding.  Cockatoo Coal has also advised that severe flood conditions resulted in a significant water inflow into the main pit of its Baralaba coal mine. No company or contract personnel associated with the mine have been injured as a result of the flooding. Flooding in Queensland has resulted in the temporary closure of 8% of the global thermal coal exports supply, according to ANZ Bank. The mainly produces coking coal used for steel making, but also produces thermal coal for power generation.  Record rainfall at Macarthur’s Coppabella and Moorvale mines in December (Coppabella 611 mm and Moorvale 475 mm) has continued to hamper coal mining and production. But despite the weather conditions, coal sales for the six months to December 31, 2010 were 2.4 Mt, in line with guidance provided to the market in mid-December.The Goonyella rail corridor has reopened and Macarthur Coal has been able to resume transporting coal to Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, however, future railings will be dependent on coal availability. Commenting on the status of the mines, Nicole Hollows, managing director and CEO said: “We have activated our water management plans and are currently able to mine overburden at both sites. Coal is already being mined at Moorvale, but the sustained wet weather has slowed coal recovery at Coppabella. Dewatering of the pits at both sites is underway and we are aiming to have coal recovery progressively return to normal over the next few weeks. Once the pits are free of water, we’ll have more coal exposed that can be processed and transported but it is not possible to predict when we will return to a steady state of mining as that largely depends on any future rain.”All Baralaba mine’s key capital assets, including offices, workshop and coal processing equipment at Cockatoo’s operation remain undamaged and on high ground. It says “advising a timetable for recommencement of Baralaba main pit production is currently premature, given the extent of current flooding and uncertainty regarding future weather patterns. At a minimum however, a production delay of some weeks and potentially longer should be anticipated.“The company has sufficient cash reserves to meet the relatively low fixed costs of this small (50,000 t/month) mining operation during any reasonably foreseeable restoration period. Typically less than 20% of the mine’s quarterly operating costs are from fixed costs.”Peak flood levels in the region have passed, and access to the mine by Cockatoo staff is occurring today to conduct a safety audit, and preliminary assessment. Cockatoo has activated its water management plan, and dewatering processes will begin once approvals are in place. Mining engineers, hydrologists and environmental scientists will work in conjunction with the relevant Queensland Government departments to ensure all dewatering is conducted in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound manner.Cockatoo also advises that exploration activities at its Bowen and Surat Basin projects will resume as soon as access permits.Xstrata Coal, Rio Tinto Coal Australia, Peabody Coal and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance are all also affected by the flooding in Queensland to varying degrees with warnings of missed deliveries should the heavy rains continue. It is not unusual for Queensland’s wet season to disrupt coal mining, but in late 2010 the rains began sooner than usual, making it harder for coal producers to build stockpiles to last through first quarter of 2011.Australia is the world’s biggest coal exporter when supplies of coking coal to make steel and thermal coal to generate power are combined. The country shipped 259 Mt of coal in 2009, according to data compiled on the World Coal Association.And not only Australia is affected. BHP Billiton, Xstrata and Anglo American have all said that their South African operations are also being hit by unusually high rainfall. South Africa has just raised the flood-warning level for its central Orange River area as water levels in places are expected to reach their highest since 1996.last_img read more

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La Nasa remet ça lancement dun observatoire spatial cet aprèsmidi

first_imgLa Nasa remet ça : lancement d’un observatoire spatial cet après-midiÉtats-Unis – La Nasa doit lancer cet après-midi à 16h26 heure française, Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO),  un observatoire spatial qui permettra d’approfondir les connaissances sur le Soleil et ses effets climatiques sur la planète Terre.Le lancement du SDO devait en principe se dérouler mercredi 10 février mais il a été retardé de 24 heures à cause des vents violents qui ont soufflé sur Cap Canaveral, en Floride. Le SDO sera envoyé dans l’espace par une fusée Atlas 5. Celle-ci décollera du Centre spatial Kennedy (KSC), d’où a également été envoyé Endeavour lundi dernier (afin de livrer le module Tranquility et le poste d’observation Cupola à la Station spatiale internationale). À lire aussiCanicule : Comment se protéger efficacement contre la chaleur ?D’une extrême précision, le SDO effectuera une mission longue de cinq ans qui aura pour but d’en apprendre plus long sur l’activité du Soleil et de voir l’influence de ses cycles sur le climat terrestre. En effet, l’activité de notre étoile varie par rapport à un cycle qui dure en général vingt-deux ans. Pendant les onze premières années, l’activité solaire est croissante, et lorsqu’elle atteint son maximum, les éruptions et les effusions de lave ne se comptent plus, les taches à sa surface sont très nombreuses. Puis, durant les onze années suivantes, le Soleil “ralentit” en quelque sorte, les éruptions à sa surface se font alors rares, jusqu’à arriver à un seuil minimum. Le Soleil est alors “endormi”, il n’y a plus aucune tache sombre à sa surface. Or, voilà treize ans que notre Soleil était plongé dans sa profonde léthargie. Deux ans de trop ? Les scientifiques commençaient à s’inquiéter. Et si ce calme plat avait une réelle influence sur notre environnement ? C’est l’une des questions auxquelles le SDO va tenter de répondre. Cet observatoire, géosynchronisé à une altitude de 35.000 km, permettra également d’estimer la durée du prochain cycle solaire et peut-être même de savoir quand les vents solaires intenses et chargés de particules frapperont la Terre. Ces vents peuvent être néfastes au bon fonctionnement des satellites, des systèmes de distribution électrique, et même aux astronautes en mission dans l’espace.En tout cas, le Soleil est finalement reparti : les 19 et 20 janvier, cinq éruptions de classe M (le deuxième type d’éruptions en matière de puissance) ont été recensées.Le 11 février 2010 à 15:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Thaïlande Bangkok ne peut plus être préservée des inondations

first_imgThaïlande : Bangkok ne peut plus être préservée des inondationsLa Thaïlande est dépassée par les pires inondations qu’ait connues le pays depuis des décennies. Alors que plus de 300 morts sont à déplorer, le Premier ministre a lui-même reconnu que le gouvernement était débordé par la catastrophe. Ce jeudi, le gouvernement a pris la décision de ne plus préserver la capitale.Depuis la fin du mois de juillet, la Thaïlande est en proie à des inondations historiques. D’après le dernier bilan de la catastrophe, publié ce jeudi matin, elles ont emporté 320 personnes tandis que trois autres sont portées disparues, rapporte l’AFP. Hier, le Premier ministre Yingluck Shinawatra a reconnu que son gouvernement était dépassé par la situation, et ce matin, elle annonçait qu’il n’était plus possible de continuer à préserver Bangkok, la capitale du pays dont les défenses ont été renforcées avec, notamment, l’édification de murs.”On ne peut pas bloquer l’eau indéfiniment. Plus nous la bloquons, plus l’eau monte”, a-t-elle déclaré selon l’AFP. Le gouvernement a alors décidé d’ouvrir les écluses de la capitale pour évacuer quelque dix milliards de mètres cubes d’eau vers la mer. “J’ai décidé de demander à Bangkok d’ouvrir toutes les écluses, ce qui pourrait provoquer des inondations, afin de drainer l’eau vers la mer aussi vite que possible. “Simultanément, les pompes vont fonctionner”, a expliqué Yingluck Shinawatra. Jusqu’alors, le gouvernement ne savait que choisir : soulager les zones proches de la capitale les plus touchées en inondant une partie de la ville de douze millions d’habitants, ou préserver encore Bangkok. Mais hier, un conseiller du Centre d’alerte national pour les catastrophes naturelles, l’amiral Kohlak Charoenruk, a estimé nécessaire cette évacuation des eaux à travers la capitale, sans quoi le pays pourrait être frappé par “des épidémies et un désastre humanitaire” a-t-il alerté.Alors que mardi, le gouvernement a décidé d’augmenter le déficit budgétaire de l’année fiscale en cours de 50 milliards de bahts (1,18 milliard d’euros), de nombreuses zones industrielles sont inondées, et certains secteurs, comme l’automobile et la haute technologie s’en trouvent paralysées. “C’est une crise nationale donc j’espère obtenir la coopération de tous les secteurs” a insisté la chef du gouvernement.Découvrez en images la ville de Bangkok et ses environs noyés sous les eaux Le 20 octobre 2011 à 15:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Néandertal chassait et pêchait dès 250000 ans

first_imgNéandertal chassait et pêchait dès – 250.000 ans De nouvelles fouilles réalisées en Ardèche viennent de révéler que l’homme de Neandertal était un chasseur-pêcheur complet. Il était capable de cela il y a au moins 250.000 ans.Les recherches effectuées depuis plus de dix ans dans la grotte de Payre, en Ardèche, ont permis de découvrir plusieurs niveaux d’occupation du Paléolithique moyen (entre – 250.000 et – 125.000 ans), rapporte Sciences et Avenir. À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesParmi les nombreux vestiges qui y ont été retrouvés, on compte : des outils en silex, des restes osseux d’ongulés (bovidés, cervidés, équidés) portant des traces de découpe caractéristiques d’un travail de boucherie et de tannage des peaux… mais surtout des restes de plumes d’arêtes de poissons, et d’amidon qui témoignent de la découpe d’oiseaux, de pêche et de la consommation de féculents.Les résultats, publiés dans la revue PLoS One, indiquent que les hommes de Neandertal étaient capables de chasser les petits gibiers comme les oiseaux ou les poissons. Si les paléontologues pensaient l’inverse, c’est sans doute parce que les restes d’oiseaux ou de poissons sont plus fragiles et ne laissent pas de traces archéologiques. Cette étude montre donc que les hommes de Neandertal étaient capables de s’adapter à leur environnement immédiat et de consommer une large gamme de gibiers ou de poissons.Le 21 octobre 2011 à 17:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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‘Minimizing contact’: Amid measles outbreak, some parents taking no chances

first_imgIt was quiet Friday afternoon in the Goss family’s Salmon Creek home, where the only immediate sign that it was a special day was toddler Shep’s new shirt.“Young, wild and three,” it read.Friday was Shep’s third birthday. There were plans to throw a camping-themed birthday over the weekend complete with tents, hot dogs and s’mores cupcakes. But in light of the ongoing measles outbreak in Clark County, the family decided to wait until Shep’s half-birthday this summer to celebrate.“This whole thing has spiked my anxiety,” his mother, Christina Goss, said Friday.Christina and Ian Goss, Shep and their 4-month-old daughter Faye are among several Clark County families who reported to The Columbian that they were hunkering down and waiting for the proverbial storm to pass before taking their children out or inviting friends over. Shep is vaccinated, but Faye is still too young to receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine; babies cannot receive the shot until they’re between 12 and 15 months of age.Other parents with babies worry about exposing their children to the highly contagious virus, which causes a high fever, cough, runny nose and rash.“We’re pretty much minimizing contact with any outside areas,” said Samantha Randall, who has daughters 3-year-old Lily and 7-month-old Lexi. There are no public play areas on the Vancouver-area exposure site list, but Randall said they’re still avoiding those places, just in case.last_img read more

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The stars of Cars 3 visit Bayside Marketplace

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – They’ll soon be burning rubber on the big screen, but first, Lightning McQueen and some new racers made a South Florida stop.Disney’s “Cars” are revved up for a return to the box office, and South Floridians can join in on the excitement this weekend. The Road to the Races Tour is stopping in Miami, and after kicking off at Walt Disney World, the tour will stop in more 25 cities, gearing up for the release of “Cars 3,” this summer.“Everyone is kind of left on a cliffhanger, and they are wanting more, let me tell you,” said Lisa Cabello, a Disney field marketing specialist. “There’s some serious racing going on in here. It’s going to be amazing.”All the stars of the hit series are at Bayside Marketplace through Sunday.“Lightning McQueen, he’s really our favorite from all the previous films, but then we have two new friends of his,” Cabello said. “Cruise Ramirez — she’s this tech savvy trainer that’s really going to whip him into shape. And then also Jackson Storm, who is not really his friend. I would more say his nemesis in this film.”Family friendly and free, there is something for everyone to get you ready to see Lightning McQueen’s next move on the big screen.“You come on down and you find a host of activities from our five amazing title sponsors,” Cabello said. “Each has an activity for someone to have so much fun. It’s all ‘Cars 3’ themed.” Once you’ve seen all that’s outside, visitors will want to head inside the trailer transformed into a movie theater, where they can watch an extended sneak peak of “Cars 3.” But to see the whole movie, you’ll have to wait until June 16.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Freedom House Resident Assists With The Swan Lake Fire

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Freedom House is a local long term recovery residence in Soldotna that is open to individuals in the community working towards a lifestyle of sobriety, and one of those residents is using her sobriety to assist crews out at the Swan Lake Fire. Tammi: “God blessed me with the opportunity to help the swan lake fire team. It means a lot to me to protect the community I grew up in. I spent a long time causing destruction in this area and I’m thankful I get a chance to do something positive for Sterling” Freedom House took to Facebook to show their support for their resident: “One of our residents is out helping with the Swan lake fire. Please pray for her and all the fire fighters keeping our community of Sterling safe!!” Tammi has been pulling 16 hour days running heavy equipment and assisting with the over 467 crew members currently working on the fire in Sterling.center_img Freedom House is a home for women any women coming out of hurts, habits, or hang ups located in Soldotna. Freedom House just recently opened their first location for men that is also located in Soldotna. Tammi, a resident at Freedom House Woman, currently works for a company running heavy equipment that was hired to assist with the ongoing work out at the Swan Lake Fire.last_img read more

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Despite decades of backcountry experience beloved coach died in avalanche

first_imgThe recent avalanche death of a longtime Anchorage ski coach with decades of experience in Alaska’s mountains shocked those who knew him.Listen nowBut as much as Randy Bergt knew about avalanche danger, his death represents a phenomenon not unfamiliar in backcountry skiing: sometimes, even snow safety experts get caught in avalanches.Bergt spent years coaching up-and-coming cross-country skiers, including the dominant Service High School teams in the mid- to late-’90s and even some athletes who went on to the Olympics. The recently retired 60-year-old was considered a pillar of the ski community. Service’s recent Snowball ski race finals we’re dedicated to Bergt.It isn’t a surprise Bergt’s contributions to skiing are part of how he’s being memorialized. More unexpected is that he died skiing, in the alpine, buried under 4 feet of snow at Hatcher Pass the day before Thanksgiving.“It’s like finding out the best driver you knew just got in a bad car wreck,” Gary Snyder said. Snyder is a high school science teacher and fellow ski coach who spent time in the backcountry with Bergt.“Here’s a guy who had a ton of experience,” Snyder said. “He thought things through a lot. He paid attention to details, and clearly he knew a lot about avalanches, and then to have him die in an avalanche is really shocking.”Snyder is not alone in struggling to understand what happened.Bergt was with two other skiers on Marmot Mountain and was the first to descend. The most recent avalanche forecast noted a weak layer in the snowpack.Bergt triggered an avalanche reportedly 150 feet wide by 800 feet long. His group carried the recommended avalanche rescue gear: beacons, probes and shovels. Bergt’s partners dug him out, but their attempt to resuscitate him was unsuccessful.Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center director Jed Workman said a major factor in the accident is that instead of fanning out, the snow funneled into what’s known as a terrain trap.“This was a fairly thin avalanche, but getting buried in a ravine, it increased the depth,” Workman said.The avalanche hazard was rated “considerable.” But considerable is in the middle of a scale that has five degrees of risk, and it doesn’t mean the entire forecast area is unsafe.The forecast is just one part of the puzzle, Workman said.“There’s just no guarantee that any one of us is going to put all the pieces together every single time. Accidents are going to happen, and it’s not a reflection, necessarily, of our skill,” Workman said.Still, friends and family said Bergt was about the last person you would expect to be buried in an avalanche.Bergt was a professional ski patroller at Alta Ski Area in Utah for 11 winters. He made hundreds of human-powered alpine ascents and descents. Bergt’s backcountry buddies said he was one of the most careful skiers they’ve ever known.But Workman and Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center Director Wendy Wagner said the more time someone spends in avalanche terrain, the more they are exposed to the risk of getting caught in one.“There is no way you’re going to be able to reduce a risk to zero, to be able to know for sure a slope’s not going to avalanche,” Wagner said.Avid skiers will face so many variables that are often unseen and completely out of their control that the odds of an accident increase over time, Wagner said.“It just takes that one day, with that one wrong decision, in the wrong spot, and you have a really bad outcome,” Wagner said.Like everyone else interviewed for this story, Wagner doesn’t blame Bergt for his death. But the impulse in others to assign blame might have deeper origins.Paul Wunnicke was a longtime friend and ski buddy of Bergt’s, and also a trained avalanche professional. He’s on the Alaska Avalanche School board of directors.Though he admits he’s no psychoanalyst, Wunnicke has a theory about why people are quick to judge victims of accidents like the one that befell his friend.“If you can sit in your armchair and say, ‘Well, you know, I would do this and I would do that, and I wouldn’t have done this or wouldn’t have done that,’ then you feel a little bit better about all the times that you had near-misses you had that you don’t even know about,” Wunnicke said.There’s a lack of negative feedback for bad decisions made in the backcountry, because more oftentimes, nothing goes wrong, Wunnicke said.“If it didn’t avalanche, and we’re home by our sweeties by the fire at the end of the day, then we must’ve made good decisions,” Wunnicke said. “And that isn’t necessarily what happened. In reality, it might just be that we were very lucky.”Bergt would’ve wanted his death to cause others to learn more about traveling in the mountains, to think critically about the risks while they’re there and to communicate with their partners, Wunnicke said.And Wunnicke says Bergt would’ve also wanted one other thing:“Absolutely, without a doubt, I know Randy would say, ‘Go skiing.’ That’s what Randy would want us to do.”last_img read more

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Apple Ericsson sign patent license deal ending yearlong dispute

first_imgSwedish mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson (ERICb.ST) announced it had signed a patent license deal with Apple Inc (AAPL.O), ending a year-long dispute and sending its shares up 7 percent on Monday.Ericsson did not specify how much it would earn from the deal but estimated overall revenue from intellectual property rights in 2015 would hit 13 to 14 billion crowns ($1.52-$1.64 billion), including positive effects from the settlement with Apple, up from 9.9 billion crowns in 2014.Investment bank ABG Sundal Collier said in a note to clients it believed the deal meant Apple would be charged around 0.5 percent of its revenue on iPads and iPhones by Ericsson.Ericsson Chief Intellectual Property Officer Kasim Alfalahi said the agreement was broad, covering the latest 4G-LTE generation of mobile technology, as well as the earlier 2G and 3G technologies.”It means we can continue to work with Apple in areas such as 5G radio network and optimization of the network,” Alfalahi told Reuters, but declined to provide further financial details.Ericsson filed a complaint against Apple over mobile technology license payments in January, responding to a lawsuit filed by the iPhone maker that month.Analysts had estimated that if the dispute with Apple went Ericsson’s way, the U.S. firm would have to pay it between 2-6 billion Swedish crowns annually, based on estimates of levels of handset sales and royalty payments per phone.Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

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Full Show More Evacuations More Shelters And Environmental Concerns Aug 29 2017

first_imgLaura IsenseeMore Houstonians gather in shelters.On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: We continue to follow the latest developments around Greater Houston as remnants of Harvey linger over the region. We learn the very latest on shelters and evacuations from Francisco Sanchez from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Then, we get an update on Harvey’s track from Dan Reilly of the National Weather Service. Also, we check in with News 88.7 reporters all over the region who’ve been talking with Houstonians impacted by this unprecedented severe weather. We check in with Gail Delaughter, Laura Isensee, and Al Ortiz.We also learn about a new round of flooding problems in Galveston from Daily News reporter Samantha Ketterer.Plus, we learn why one environmental group is concerned about the impact Harvey’s having on our air quality. And we discuss how firefighters, local businesses — and even rock band Coldplay — are reacting to Harvey.Finally, Gray Matters columnist Cort McMurray joins us to discuss five things non-Houstonians should know about Houston and Harvey.We also welcome your stories from wherever you are. Join the conversation at talk@houstonmatters.org or tweet us @HoustonMatters. Use the hashtags and #Harvey and #HoustonStrong. Sharelast_img read more

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Mexican Groups Seek ICC Probe Of Drug War Crimes By Military

first_imgWikimedia CommonsMexican military soldierHuman rights organizations called on International Criminal Court prosecutors Monday to investigate atrocities allegedly committed by the Mexican military in a crackdown on drug crime in the Chihuahua region.The rights groups presented a dossier to prosecutors documenting alleged slayings, torture, rapes and forced disappearances involving 121 victims during 2008-2010, saying they amounted to crimes against humanity.The groups allege that military vehicles and facilities were used during the crimes and that the cases “reveal the existence of a clear organized policy by the authorities against the civilian population.”They want ICC action because of the “lack of independence and impartiality” of Mexican judicial authorities and the absence of “authentic national procedures,” the groups said.It is the third time the rights groups have sought ICC action on Mexico. Previously, they presented cases from Coahuila and Baja California.The court has not yet opened a preliminary investigation into any of the cases.Even so, activists see progress in some judicial reforms in Mexico since they began submitting their evidence to the ICC several years ago.“When we started the work on submitting the communication, the issue of international crimes being committed in Mexico was not an issue,” said Jimena Reyes, Director for the Americas for the International Federation for Human Rights. “So right now it is on the table, on the agenda.”However, she added when it comes to investigating allegations of atrocities leveled at the armed forces, “the state of Mexico is in complete denial. They don’t want to hear about crimes against humanity.”The military has played a central role in the war on drug cartels since at least late 2006, when the then-newly installed President Felipe Calderon deployed soldiers across the country to fight the gangs. The militarized offensive has continued under current President Enrique Pena Nieto.A study published last year by the Washington Office on Latin America concluded that the vast majority of human rights abuses allegedly committed by soldiers in Mexico’s war on drug gangs go unsolved and unpunished despite reforms letting civilian authorities investigate and prosecute such crimes.The study found there were just 16 convictions of soldiers in the civilian judicial system out of 505 criminal investigations from 2012 through 2016, a prosecutorial success rate of 3.2 percent. Moreover, there were only two “chain of command responsibility” convictions for officers whose orders led to abuses, it said. One was of an officer involved in a forced disappearance case in Chihuahua.The ICC is a court of last resort, set up to prosecute the most senior perpetrators of serious crimes when local authorities cannot or will not take on cases.“When it comes to responsibility of the armed forces, we have not had a single positive development. There is almost 100-percent impunity for the crimes by the (Mexican) armed forces,” said Jose Antonio Guevara Bermudez, Executive Director of the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights. Sharelast_img read more

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Rob Liefeld Wants Russell Crowe for Cable in Deadpool 2

first_imgHmmm… @robertliefeld thoughts? https://t.co/l7MpN0JQGp— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) February 28, 2017Again, this isn’t confirmation on any casting decisions. Crowe wasn’t our first choice for the role but it does make sense. Cable, in the comics, is the son of Scott Summers and Jean Grey who traveled from the future. He’s visibly older than a lot of the heroes he interacted with, but is also more powerful, with a range of psychokinetic powers and combat skills. He also wears a lot of pouches.This wouldn’t be Crowe’s first appearance in a comic book movie. He played Superman’s Kryptonian father, Jor-El, in Man of Steel. But considering his character is dead and didn’t appear in Batman v Superman, he’ll probably be free to move to a different comic book property.Either way, Liefeld admitted that the decision to tweet at Crowe was probably due to caffeine so, again, we’ll have to see who actually gets cast. Note to self, don’t caffeine tweet @russellcrowe before nodding off to sleep.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) February 24, 2017 I’m sure if @VancityReynolds has any interest in that idea he’ll find a way https://t.co/KFUC6fIxjS— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) February 24, 2017That seemed to be the end of that, but Crowe tweeted at Liefeld on Monday with art a fan had sent him depicting the actor as Cable. He seems a bit more intrigued now. Granted, the art is very good and if we were Crowe, we’d want to look like that. Toy Tuesday: The Most Delicious Deadpool Toys11 New Year’s Resolutions for Our Favorite Characters Ever since the Deadpool after-credits scene confirmed that the second film would feature frequent Deadpool buddy Cable, the rumors have been swirling. Who would play the gruff, painfully 90s superhero?A lot of big names have been attached to the speculation: Pierce Brosnan, Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), and Steve Lang (Avatar). But a recent tweet has added yet another name to that list: Russell Crowe.This isn’t remotely a confirmation of the casting, but the actor at least seems interested in the role. It’s also the first time an actor who might have a shot with playing the part has expressed an outward interest in the role beyond just letting speculation fly.It started last week when Rob Liefeld, the comic book artist responsible for the creation of the Deadpool and Cable characters, tweeted at Crowe suggesting that he should read for the role. Surprisingly, Crowe responded. I should read for it? https://t.co/kLONW0gBGI— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) February 24, 2017This weird reaction has to do with Crowe’s experience and caliber in the acting industry. “Reading” for a role requires auditioning, which Crowe probably hasn’t done in over a decade.Liefeld doesn’t have a say in any creative decisions on the film, but he certainly wants it to happen. Crowe said that if Ryan Reynolds wanted it, he’d find a way. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Chris Broussard tells Colin jealousy mostly behind KDs toxic comments about LeBron

first_imgKevin Durant made headlines this week when he said that many players don’t want to play with LeBron in L.A. because of the environment surrounding LeBron and the Lakers is ‘toxic’ due to the overwhelming media attention surrounding James.Today in The Herd, FS1 NBA Analyst Chris Broussard discussed KD’s comments and told Colin he thinks the motivation behind the dig was Durant’s jealousy of LeBron and his perception that LeBron gets a pass from the press while he gets routinely crushed.Broussard thinks Durant is off-base because much of the media criticism he receives is self-inflicted – like his burner account story or general thin-skinned reaction to harmless critiques that fan the flames of stories. Broussard also believes KD won’t be joining LeBron in L.A. because he views him as a competitive rival and wants to surpass him by winning more titles, something he can’t accomplish if the two join forces.Watch Colin and Broussard hash it out the KD/LeBron drama: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Have you ever had sex with an ex after youd split up

first_img ckid, cktst, ps/analytics _smb_api_session, _smb_api_session, gs_trk_id, gs_user_id, LSW_WEB GAYSTARNEWS- Let Hawaii Happen – A Surprise LGBT Wedding videoLGBT tourism: 10th edition of GNETWORK 360Istanbul LGBT Pride Parade and tourism: A violent NO by Dictator ErdoganRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/have-you-ever-had-sex-with-an-ex-after-youd-split-up/ Unclassified cookies are cookies that we are in the process of classifying, together with the providers of individual cookies. _asc, _auc, _smb_api_session, address_bar_tracking, atrk.gif, ckid, cktst, gs_chn_id, gs_trk_id, gs_user_id, gsHideBar, LSW_WEB, ps/analytics, trackedUrl eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… _asc, _auc, address_bar_tracking, trackedUrllast_img read more

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Experts Mayas prophesized but not end of world

first_img“The Maya long count system is like a car odometer,” Braswell wrote. “My first car (odometer) only had six wheels so it went up to 99,999.9 miles. That didn’t mean the car would explode after reaching 100,000 miles.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Comments   Share   Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3114 B.C., and will have run through 13 baktuns, or 5,125 years, around Dec. 21. Experts say 13 was a significant number for the Mayans, and the end of that cycle would be a milestone _ but not an end.Fears that the calendar does point to the end have circulated in recent years. People in that camp believe the Maya may have been privy to impending astronomical disasters that would coincide with 2012, ranging from explosive storms on the surface of the sun that could knock out power grids to a galactic alignment that could trigger a reversal in Earth’s magnetic field.Mexican government archaeologist Alfredo Barrera said Friday that the Mayas did prophesize, but perhaps about more humdrum events like droughts or disease outbreaks.“The Mayas did make prophecies, but not in a fatalistic sense, but rather about events that, in their cyclical conception of history, could be repeated in the future,” said Barrera, of the National Institute of Anthropology and History.Experts stressed that the ancient Mayas, whose “classic” culture of writing, astronomy and temple complexes flourished from A.D. 300 to 900, were extremely interested in future events, far beyond Dec. 21. Sponsored Stories “There are many ancient Maya monuments that discuss events far into the future from now,” wrote Geoffrey Braswell, an anthropologist at the University of California, San Diego. “The ancient Maya clearly believed things would happen far into the future from now.”“The king of Palenque, K’inich Hanaab Pakal, believed he would return to the Earth a couple of thousand years from now in the future,” Braswell wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “Moreover, other monuments discuss events even before the creation in 3114 B.C.”Only a couple of references to the 2012 date equivalency have been found carved in stone at Mayan sites, and neither refers to an apocalypse, experts say.Such apocalyptic visions have been common for more than 1,000 years in Western, Christian thinking, and are not native to Mayan thought.“This is thinking that, in truth, has nothing to do with Mayan culture,” said Alexander Voss, an anthropologist at the University Of Quintana Roo, a state on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. “This thing about looking for end-times is not something that comes from Mayan culture.”Braswell compared the Mayan calendar, with its system of cycles within cycles, to the series of synchronized wheels contained in old, analogue car odometers. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – As the clock winds down to Dec. 21, experts on the Mayan calendar have been racing to convince people that the Mayas didn’t predict an apocalypse for the end of this year.Some experts are now saying the Mayas may indeed have made prophecies, just not about the end of the world.Archaeologists, anthropologists and other experts met Friday in the southern Mexico city of Merida to discuss the implications of the Mayan Long Count calendar, which is made up of 394-year periods called baktuns. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 5 treatments for adult scoliosis How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter St Regis Hotels Res

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSt. Regis Hotels & Resorts is to open The St. Regis Langkawi in April 2016. The hotel features 85 well-appointed suites and four water villas, each boasting a spectacular view of the Straits of Malacca and the signature St. Regis Butler Service. The resort is approximately a 20-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport.“St. Regis is a game-changer to Langkawi’s luxury tourism offerings,” said Stephen Ho, President, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “Its rich heritage, refined sophistication and bespoke services, coupled with Starwood’s strong membership loyalty programme Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), will enhance Langkawi’s efforts to become an international nautical holiday destination and gathering place of affluent global travellers.”Owned by Integrated Nautical Resort Sdn Bhd (INR), the resort is a joint-venture between Rajawali Group, Malaysia Ministry of Finance and Langkawi Development Authority. “Langkawi is emerging as a world-class luxury destination,” added Tan Sri Peter Sondakh, Chairman of Rajawali Group. “It is among the world’s best islands, and we feel that it’s a great opportunity to introduce the St. Regis brand and its uncompromising services, offering bespoke service to worldly, well-heeled travellers.”A myriad of culinary experiences, with five food and beverage venues, will be available at the resort. Guests will also be able to indulge in a range of luxurious speciality massages and well-being treatments at the Iridium Spa. Other resort amenities will include a swimming pool and the largest swimmable lagoon on the island, gym and function space, with access to expanded meeting facilities at the ultra-modern Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC).Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Director says Temptations musical explores timely

first_imgDirector says Temptations musical explores timely themes of sacrifice, strength by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 24, 2018 1:34 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 24, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian makers of a new Temptations musical say they’re frequently reminded of how pertinent its story, set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, remains in the current political climate.“Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations,” part of the Mirvish Productions 2018-19 season, is a jukebox musical on the surface. But Toronto-raised choreographer Sergio Trujillo says its deeper themes came to a head during previews last year in Berkeley, Calif.Trujillo was on his way to a technical rehearsal one afternoon when he ran into crowds gathered for anti-hate demonstrations in the city.“Here we are living in our show, which really revisits that period,” he said of the civil rights era. “Yet it reminded us how little we’ve progressed.”Those experiences are something director Des McAnuff hopes to capture in “Ain’t Too Proud,” which runs at the Princess of Wales Theatre from Oct. 11 to Nov. 17 ahead of its Broadway debut next year. The play finds its footing in the same nostalgia as his previous work on “Jersey Boys,” but ultimately strives to portray the perseverance of the soulful fivesome from Detroit.The Temptations rose to fame during a tumultuous period in America’s history, delivering a succession of Motown classics that include “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” Playwright Dominique Morisseau, who is based in Detroit, zeroes in on the ups and downs of the group, including the dramatic ego clashes and one member’s alcoholism.“There was so much personal sacrifice, risk and danger, as well as joy,” McAnuff said at a Mirvish preview of their new season Monday in Toronto.“It really is a mythic story of American soul.”Mirvish’s latest season also features “Dear Evan Hansen,” which begins March 5, 2019. It marks the first production of the Tony-winning best musical outside the United States.Other shows in the lineup include a new take on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of the comedy “School of Rock,” and the Broadway musical version of the film “Waitress,” scored by Sara Bareilles.Zany farce “The Play That Goes Wrong” and “The Last Ship,” which features Sting playing a role in the production he wrote music and lyrics for, round out the main stage productions.Rousing success “Come From Away” plans to extend its Toronto stay by moving to the Elgin Theatre for shows beginning on Feb. 5, 2019.The story of residents from Gander, N.L. who opened their arms to strangers in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is in the midst of a successful Broadway run. The show begins dates at London’s Phoenix Theatre early next year.Co-creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein teased the crowd at the Mirvish preview by saying that more announcements are on the horizon.Among others on the menu this year are several “bonus” Mirvish shows, including another round of “The Book of Mormon” and “The Sound of Music.”There’s also acrobatic spectacle “Reversible,” from the Quebec company The 7 Fingers, and the return of “Bat Out of Hell,” Jim Steinman’s musical based on the work of Meat Loaf. The production will rev its engines in Toronto from Oct. 16 to Nov. 4 before peeling out for a 19-city North American tour.Lead actor Andrew Polec, who played Strat at Toronto’s original engagement, returns to the part after a stint at London’s Dominion Theatre.It’s there where he says Meat Loaf gave the cast his seal of approval.“He sat in his private box which is usually for royalty,” Polec remembers.“It was like rock ‘n’ roll came home to watch our show.”The off-Mirvish season will include “Oslo,” “Next to Normal,” and “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” which is a co-production with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.center_img Ephraim Sykes, Jeremy Pope, Jawan M. Jackson, James Harkness & Derrick Baskin are seen in this handout photo from the new Temptations musical “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations.” The Canadian makers of a new Temptations musical say they’re frequently reminded of how pertinent its story of racial divide remains in the current political climate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Matthew Murphy *MANDATORY CREDIT* last_img read more

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