First Annual Beatton River Round Up Music Festival

first_imgSaturday, July 20th, 2019Saturday boasts wagon rides to three different music pit stops, a full day of family entertainment that includes a gold panning demo, artisan market, kids zone and more shares the organizer. Friday, July 19th, 2019 6:30 pm – Fort Motors Kick-Off Party 7:00 pm – Dinner 8:00 pm – Music & Dance Floor with Travis Fowler Band & Party To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERECamping availableTickets available online and at 8 Seconds Western Wear in Fort St. John. center_img BALDONNEL, B.C. – The Horse Ranch will be hosting the Beatton River Roundup Music Festival, two family-friendly days of entertainment, food and fun.Country music will be heard in this country settings with multiple music venues starting Friday, July 19th to Saturday, July 20th, 2019.  12:00 pm – Music Pit Stop Wagon Rides, Artisan Market Place and Kids & Adult Zones8:00 pm – Main Stage opening with Travis Fowler and headlining Trevor Panczaklast_img read more

Annan tells Latin American countries to direct more spending towards poor

In a speech to the 13th Ibero-American Summit, which began today in Santa Cruz, Mr. Annan said Latin American nations must strive to ensure that economic development and the promotion of democracy and social justice go hand in hand.”A development strategy worth the name cannot ignore the glaring inequalities between different social groups – and that is even more true when socio-economic differences coincide with ethnic divisions,” he said.”Special attention should be paid to the needs of all those – whether minorities or majorities, of African descent or native Indian origin – who share the bitter experience of marginalization. And inequities of land ownership must be addressed through imaginative agrarian reforms.”While the Secretary-General complimented the Latin American countries participating in the summit for their efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals, he said their attempts to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger have been “thwarted…by a vicious cycle of disappointingly low economic growth and persistent inequality.”He said it was worrying that recent surveys in the region pointed to a fall in support for democracy, and that many poorer citizens felt their elected leaders were indifferent to their plight.Mr. Annan gave the speech during the final leg of a four-nation tour to the Andean region of South America. He has already visited Chile, Ecuador and Peru. read more

US economy to grow slower than Trump pledges survey finds

US economy to grow slower than Trump pledges, survey finds WASHINGTON – U.S. economic growth is expected to accelerate this year and next, yet remain modest, even if President Trump’s promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending are implemented, a survey found.The economy will grow a solid 2.3 per cent this year and 2.5 per cent in 2018, according to 50 economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics. Those rates would be up from 2016’s anemic pace of 1.6 per cent.Still, those rates are below the 3 per cent to 4 per cent growth that Trump has promised to bring about through steep corporate and individual tax cuts and more spending on roads, airports and tunnels. Most of the economists surveyed assume that a tax reform package will be approved by Congress this year. About two-fifths expect an infrastructure spending proposal to pass this year, while rest forecast it will happen in 2018 or beyond.The survey also found that 70 per cent of economists think financial markets are too optimistic about the impact of Trump’s proposals, should they be enacted. The S&P 500 stock index has risen about 6.5 per cent since the presidential election on anticipation of faster growth stemming from Trump’s policies. Shares slipped last week as Congress and the Trump administration failed to agree on a health care proposal to replace the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.The economists surveyed work for companies, trade associations and in academia. The results were compiled by Timothy Gill, an economist at the American Iron and Steel Institute; Steve Cochrane, an economist at Moody’s Analytics; and David Teolis at General Motors, among others.The survey found economists more optimistic about hiring than they were in a previous survey, conducted in December. They now forecast employers will add an average of 183,000 jobs a month this year, up from their earlier forecast of 168,000. The new figure is roughly in line with last year’s average of 187,000.Most of the economists assume that Trump’s tax proposals will pass in the second half of this year, though about one-fifth expect that it will take until next year.Most do not expect an infrastructure package, even if it passes this year, to boost the economy until 2018, the survey found.Trump’s tax proposals will face many challenges before they become law. Most economists surveyed by NABE do not expect they will include a proposal from House Republicans to tax imports and exempt exports. That proposal is forecast to raise $1 trillion in revenue over a decade. Without it, the tax plan will need to raise other revenue or will make the government’s budget deficit larger. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2017 7:24 am MDT Last Updated Mar 27, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Toyota shows robotic leg brace to help paralyzed people walk

by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 12:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 6:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toyota Toyota shows robotic leg brace to help paralyzed people walk TOKYO – Toyota is introducing a wearable robotic leg brace designed to help partially paralyzed people walk.The Welwalk WW-1000 system is made up of a motorized mechanical frame that fits on a person’s leg from the knee down. The patients can practice walking wearing the robotic device on a special treadmill that can support their weight.Toyota Motor Corp. demonstrated the equipment for reporters at its Tokyo headquarters on Wednesday.One hundred such systems will be rented to medical facilities in Japan later this year, Toyota said. The service entails a one-time initial charge of 1 million yen ($9,000) and a 350,000 yen ($3,200) monthly fee.The gadget is designed to be worn on one leg at a time for patients severely paralyzed on one side of the body due to a stroke or other ailments, Eiichi Saito, a medical doctor and executive vice-president at Fujita Health University, explained.The university joined with Toyota in developing the device.A person demonstrating it strapped the brace to her thigh, knee, ankle and foot and then showed how it is used to practice walking on the treadmill. Her body was supported from above by a harness and the motor helped to bend and straighten her knee. Sensors in the device can monitor the walking and adjust quickly to help out. Medical staff control the system through a touch panel screen.Japanese automakers have been developing robotics both for manufacturing and other uses. Honda Motor Co.’s Asimo humanoid can run and dance, pour a drink and carry on simple conversations, while WelWalk is more of a system that uses robotics than a stand-alone robot.Given how common paralysis due to strokes is in fast-aging Japan, Toyota’s device could be very helpful, Saito said. He said patients using it can recover more quickly as the sensitive robotic sensor in Welwalk fine-tunes the level of support better than a human therapist can.“This helps just barely enough,” said Saito, explaining that helping too much can slow progress in rehabilitation.The field of robotic aids for walking and rehabilitation is growing quickly. A battery-powered wearable exoskeleton made by Israeli manufacturer ReWalk Robotics enables people relying on a wheelchair to stand upright and walk.Such systems also can aid therapists in monitoring a patient’s progress, Luke Hares, chief technology officer at Cambridge Medical Robotics in Britain, said in a phone interview.“They can be so much more precise,” he said.Previously, Toyota has shown robots that play the violin and trumpet. It plans to start sales in Japan of a tiny boy-like robot for conversational companionship. It is also investing in artificial intelligence and developing self-driving vehicles.Toshiyuki Isobe, Toyota’s chief officer for research, said Welwalk reflects the company’s desire to apply robotics in medicine and other social welfare areas, not just entertainment. The company also has an R2-D2-like machine, called the Human Support Robot, whose mechanical arm can help bed-ridden people pick things up.“Our vision is about trying to deliver mobility for everybody,” said Isobe. “We have been developing industrial robotics for auto manufacturing, and we are trying to figure out how we can use that technology to fill social needs and help people more.”___Yuri Kageyama can be reached at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama read more

Aaron Craft LaQuinton Ross join NBA Summer League

Senior guard Aaron Craft attempts a layup during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday night might have come and gone without an Ohio State player being selected, something that last happened in 2006, but two former Buckeyes are already taking the next steps toward their NBA dreams.Forward LaQuinton Ross and guard Aaron Craft have each agreed to take part in the 2014 NBA Summer League – Ross with the Los Angeles Lakers and Craft with both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors, according to multiple reports.The NBA Summer League is scheduled to take place in Orlando from July 5 to 11 and in Las Vegas from July 11 to 21, allowing players such as Craft to take part in both leagues for separate teams.While Ross and Craft were invited to play in the NBA Summer League, the mere invitation does not guarantee them a contract for any NBA team. Rather, it will give each player a further chance to show off their skills against other rookies and undrafted free agents in an attempt to earn a contract with an NBA team heading into training camp.According to the NBA Summer League website, both the Orlando and Las Vegas leagues will be televised on NBA TV, starting July 5. read more

Hundreds of ancient earthworks resembling Stonehenge found in Amazon rainforest

first_img“Our evidence that Amazonian forests have been managed by indigenous peoples long before European contact should not be cited as justification for the destructive, unsustainable land-use practiced today. “It should instead serve to highlight the ingenuity of past subsistence regimes that did not lead to forest degradation, and the importance of indigenous knowledge for finding more sustainable land-use alternatives”. Using state-of-the-art methods, the team members were able to reconstruct 6000 years of vegetation and fire history around two enclosure sites. They found that humans heavily altered bamboo forests for millennia and clearings were made to build the geoglyphsThe research was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Both round and square enclosures were discovered by the drones, which probably were ritual sites Credit:Salman Kahn and José Iriarte Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Hundreds of ancient earthworks resembling those at Stonehenge were built in the Amazon rainforest, scientists have discovered after flying drones over the area.The findings prove for the first time that prehistoric settlers in Brazil cleared large wooded areas to create huge enclosures meaning that the ‘pristine’ rainforest celebrated by ecologists is actually relatively new. The ditched enclosures, in Acre state in the western Brazilian Amazon, have been concealed for centuries by trees, but modern deforestation has allowed 450 to emerge from the undergrowth.  They were discovered after scientists from the UK and Brazil flew drones over last year. The earthworks, known by archaeologists as ‘geoglyphs’ probably date from around the year zero. The research was carried out by Jennifer Watling, post-doctoral researcher at the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, University of São Paulo, when she was studying for a PhD at the University of Exeter. The monuments look like early phases at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, say experts Credit:Salman Kahn and José Iriarte Although Stonehenge is around 2,500 years older than the geoglyphs found in Brazil, they are likely to represent a similar period in social development. The enclosures are unlikely to represent the border of villages, since archaeologists have recovered very few artefacts during excavation. It is thought they were used only sporadically, perhaps as ritual gathering places, as they have no defensive features such as post holes for fences.  Both round and square enclosures were discovered by the drones, which probably were ritual sites  Some sites had multiple banks and ditches Credit: Salman Kahn and José Iriarte Stonehenge Credit:English Heritage  Their discovery also reverses assumptions that the rainforest ecosystem has been untouched by humans.“The fact that these sites lay hidden for centuries beneath mature rainforest really challenges the idea that Amazonian forests are ‘pristine ecosystems,'” added Dr Watling. Some sites had multiple banks and ditches  The monuments look like early phases at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, say experts  Although the function of the sites is unknown Dr Watling said they resembled Neolithic causewayed enlosures found at sites such as Stonehenge in Wiltshire, although they appear to be more regular. “It is likely that the geoglyphs were used for similar functions to the Neolithic causewayed enclosures, i.e. public gathering, ritual sites,” said Dr Watling. “It is interesting to note that the format of the geoglyphs, with an outer ditch and inner wall enclosure, are what classicly describe henge sites. The earliest phases at Stonhenge consisted of a similarly layed-out enclosure.” Stonehenge last_img read more

End of cops and robbers as parents no longer buy toy guns

“In a society where obesity is on the increase we need to engage with children and offer them toys which stimulate energetic role play.”  Greg Lane, manager of the Soho Family Centre, part of the London Early Years Foundation, said   it is not appropriate or realistic to ban toy weapons.He said that at his nurseries, such toys are not banned, but they are not encouraged either.  “So I wouldn’t say, ‘Oh, tomorrow what are you going to bring in? Please bring in your pretend gun.’ But they are not banned,” he said.The survey also found that one in 20 of the nursery workers polled said their nursery has banned superhero costumes, with the majority saying they are allowed.David Wright, co-owner of the Paintpots nursery group based in Southampton, said that adults often project their  own prejudices, thoughts and fears on to children’s play.”If children are engaged in role play, which involves guns, weapons, superhero play or whatever, they are not going through the same processes related to what we see in the media, and what we perceive,” he said.”I think we have to make that distinction between children’s imagination and what goes on in the real world.” It was once regarded a harmless children’s game but “cops and robbers” may become a thing of the past as parents are no longer buying toy guns and swords for their children over fears that it encourages violence, experts have said. Most nurseries are now banning toddlers from bringing in and playing with toy weapons, according to a poll of over 1,000 nursery owners, managers and staff.  Sue Learner, editor of daynurseries.co.uk, which published the poll, said there is a fear among mothers and fathers that toy guns and swords can stir up aggression in toddlers. The survey found that around four in five of those questioned said that toy weapons are not allowed in their nursery, while about a fifth  said they were permitted.“There is this fear toy guns and swords encourage aggression and violence and create a noisy, chaotic atmosphere,” Ms Learner said.    “I realise many nurseries are under pressure from parents due to these perceptions. Yet if we ban toy weapons, we are controlling children’s imaginative play. Playing cops and robbers or baddies vs goodies are physical games involving running, crouching and hiding.” One in 20 of the nursery workers polled said their nursery has banned superhero costumes One in 20 of the nursery workers polled said their nursery has banned superhero costumesCredit:SNAP / Rex Features Ms Learner said that nurseries should be encouraging “open-ended physical play” rather than limiting it and shutting it down.  “I have three sons who all played with toy guns and swords and they haven’t turned into aggressive, gun-toting teenagers,” she said.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Vets warn of MMR moment for animal health as increasing number of

The UK’s leading veterinary body has warned that animal health is facing an “MMR” moment due to increasing numbers of owners refusing to vaccinate their pets.The British Veterinary Association (BVA) says “anti-vax” conspiracies put about online are persuading owners that inoculations against devastating diseases are unsafe.The warning refers to the crisis in public confidence in the Measles Mumps and Rubella jab that took place after Dr Andrew Wakefield published research linking the jab to autism.The discredited 1998 Lancet paper was subsequently withdrawn and Wakefield struck off, however public health experts believe the scare contributed towards a resurgence in vaccine scepticism which continues to this day.The BVA’s intervention comes alongside the results of a new survey of the profession which found 98 per cent of vets have been challenged by owners about the need for vaccination.Dog ownership forum websites and groups on Facebook are the primary source of anti-vax sentiment, according to the body’s leadership. Of the vets who had been questioned, 95 per cent said that their client’s challenges were influenced by internet research. “We know from the example of the MMR vaccine and its now disproven link to autism in children that scaremongering can lead to a loss of public confidence and knee-jerk reactions that can lead to outbreaks of disease, she said.“We would hate to see a similar trend against vaccination of pets, based on no scientific evidence, take root in animal healthcare.”But she added: “We are worried that this may be a continuing trend and pet owners lose confidence in vaccinations when they are ways to prevent horrible devastating disease.”Cases of diseases such as parvovirus and leptospirosis are increasing in Britain having been all but eradicated for years, leading international experts to predict that dog and cat populations will soon lose their “herd immunity”.Figures from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, indicate that 25 per cent of dogs – roughly 2.2 million – no longer receive a primary course of vaccinations, a rise from 20 per cent in 2011.The rate for cats is worse: approximately 35 per cent are now unvaccinated, compared to 70 per cent eight years ago. Daniella Dos Santos, BVA Junior Vice President, said not only does veterinary medicine risk a crisis similar in scale to bogus MMR scare, but increasing numbers of dog owners believe in a link between animal vaccines and canine autism, a condition which has never been proved to exist. Ms Dos Santos, who practises as a companion animal vet in South East London, said: “I am seeing numerous cases of parvovirus, which can be terribly painful for dogs.“I am also seeing an increase in cases of leptospirosis, the danger with that being it can be transferred to humans.”“The worry is that this is due to a general movement against vaccines that is creeping into the UK.”She also pointed to a spillover in the influence of the “wellness” industry in human healthcare, a philosophy rooted in the alternative medicine movement that emphasises wellbeing rather than an absence of illness.“Owners are taking more interest in their own health and how they live their own lives and the perceived benefits or detriments of the food they eat and the medication they take,” she said.“They are looking to their pets and thinking “am i doing the right thing by my pet”.“We welcome this, but it has to be evidence-based.”Last year The Sunday Telegraph revealed Amazon was hosting adverts for “homeopathic nosodes”, made from the flesh of dead animals, which claimed to provide immunity from fatal conditions and were explicitly aimed at the anti-vax market. The website subsequently removed the products. A population needs around 70 per cent vaccination take-up for herd immunity to take effect, whereby viruses are unlikely to spread and threaten unvaccinated animals. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Ireland is like a third world country when it comes to water

first_imgLAST NIGHT DUBLIN City Council said that from tonight there will be nightly water restrictions put in place across the entire Dublin area to conserve water.Local councillors and the Irish Restaurant Association have been critical about the water shortage.Fianna Fáil’s Dublin City Councillor Mary Fitzpatrick said the water shortage and service issues highlights why people should not be charged for the service.The water shortage is due to a “serious production problem” at Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant, said the council.“The government is making a major mistake prioritising metering ahead of fixing leaks and building new watersources,” she said, adding that at a Dublin City Council meeting she had called for the installation of domestic water meters to be delayed in Dublin.DisruptionCouncillor Fitzpatrick said that the disruption to the service “highlights the absurdity and unfairness of Minister Hogan’s decision to push ahead with domestic water metering”.She said that Minister Phil Hogan is “buldozing” ahead with the installation of water meters, despite criticisms about the arrangements for transitioning water services to Irish Water .She concluded: “Even Minister Hogan be must be embarrassed to charge people for water services that are unreliable and subject to regular restrictions.”Speaking to TheJournal.ie, North West Area Councillor Paul McAuliffe said since he has been on the council, this is the fourth water restriction put in place.“It makes you question if priortising water metering over secruing the supply of water is correct,” he said, stating that in other countries, like Scotland and New Zealand, installing the water meters in usually the last thing to be done in the chain, adding that ensuring there is an adequate supply should be top priority.“Every day we are using more water than we produce. I understand that the local authority is really up against it and trying to produce more water than they physically can, but if this continues and people are being asked to pay for the service it is not going to wear with people,” he said.No supply“Can you imagine being asked to pay your ESB bill every month but not having electricity for half the night,” he said, “people won’t stand for it”.The Restaurant Association of Ireland’s Chief Executive, Adrian Cummins said on Morning Ireland that the restrictions is going to seriously affect business in Dublin and is calling on the restrictions to be implemented later on in the evening at 9.30 pm onwards.He also said he wanted water tankers to be supplied to businesses if they needed it, by Dublin City Council. He said that businesses pay the highest water rates in Europe, but said they are not seeing the service they pay for.He said that Ireland is like a third world country when it comes to water supply and said that a plan b needs to be created stating that there has been talk of bringing water from the Shannon and talk of making a new reservoir.“If you are gong to run a city then the basic requirement is water… Dublin City Council needs to set a clear strategy… if we are going to pay for this, there has to be a plan in place,” said Cummins.Read: Nightly water restrictions to be enforced across Dublin from tomorrow>last_img read more

La vie animale date en réalité de 585 millions dannées

first_imgLa vie animale date en réalité de 585 millions d’annéesDes travaux publiés dans la revue américaine Science révèlent que contrairement à ce qu’on croyait jusqu’alors, la vie animale date d’il y a 585 millions d’années, soit 30 millions d’années de plus que ce que l’on pensait.Des chercheurs canadiens ont découvert en Uruguay des preuves que des animaux primitifs vivaient sur Terre il y a 585 millions d’années. Cela repousse de 30 millions d’années l’apparition de la vie animale telle qu’elle était jusqu’alors estimée. Les éléments permettant aux auteurs de l’étude d’affirmer cela consiste en des traces fossilisées d’un animal au corps mou d’un centimètre de longueur, retrouvées dans un sédiment limoneux.Les principaux auteurs de cette découverte, les géologues Ernesto Pecoits et Natalie Aubet de l’Université d’Alberta au Canada, ont déterminé que ces traces avaient été laissées par un animal primitif appelé bilatérien, qui se distingue des autres formes de vie non animale. Celui-ci se caractérise par un corps symétrique, la présence d’un tube digestif et des organes différenciés. De plus, les scientifiques précisent également que ces créatures laissent une empreinte unique en se déplaçant.Dans la publication, il est ainsi expliqué que les traces fossilisées laissées par le passage de ce bilatérien révèlent que sa musculature lui permettait de se mouvoir dans les sédiments au fond de l’océan. De même, l’étude de la forme de ses mouvements pour se déplacer indique une adaptation résultant de l’évolution pour la quête de nourriture qui devait être constituée d’éléments organiques dans les sédiments.D’autres mystères encore à percer À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?En tout, il aura fallu plus de deux ans à ces chercheurs pour achever leur recherche et la faire vérifier par un groupe de scientifiques. C’est ainsi avec certitude que la datation qui a été effectuée avec des analyses spectrométriques a pu être annoncée. Avant cette découverte, les plus anciens signes de vie animale avaient été datés à 555 millions d’années en Russie.”La trouvaille des chercheurs va ouvrir la voie à de nouvelles questions, non seulement sur le ‘timing’ de l’évolution animale mais aussi sur les conditions environnementales dans lesquelles ils ont évolué”, a expliqué le co-auteur de l’étude Dr Kurt Konhauser, géomicrobiologiste à l’université d’Alberta. Cité par Sci-news, celui-ci a ainsi ajouté que le défi était désormais de “découvrir comment ces animaux ont évolué au point de devenir capable de bouger et de chasser de la nourriture”.Le 2 juillet 2012 à 17:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Don du sang où et comment donner son sang en France

first_imgDon du sang : où et comment donner son sang en France ?L’Établissement Français du Sang (EFS) vient de lancer une nouvelle campagne pour rappeler l’importance de donner son sang. Les conditions climatiques de ces dernières semaines ont en effet entrainé une baisse des collectes de sang. Où et comment donner son sang ? Gentside Découvertes vous éclaire. Le sang est indispensable au fonctionnement du corps humain et permet de soigner chaque année plus d’un million de malades. En effet, les éléments qu’il contient, globules rouges, plasma, plaquettes et globules blancs sont nécessaires aux traitements de nombreuses maladies. C’est pourquoi il est si important de donner son sang. Néanmoins, tout le monde ne peut pas le donner et il existe certaines contre-indications pour protéger le donneur comme le receveur.Ai-je le droit de donner mon sang ?Pour donner son sang, il faut être majeur et avoir entre 18 et 70 ans. Le candidat doit peser au moins 50 kg, ne pas être fatigué, ni souffrir d’anémie ou de diabète insulinodépendant. Il ne doit pas non plus être sous traitement pour des crises d’épilepsie. Les femmes enceintes n’ont pas la possibilité de donner leur sang et ce, jusqu’à six mois après l’accouchement. A ces critères, s’ajoutent d’autres facteurs qui ne contre-indiquent pas le don mais vont conduire à une impossibilité temporaire de donner.Ainsi, en cas d’infection virale (grippe, gastro-entérite, etc.), il faut attendre au moins deux semaines après l’apparition des premiers symptômes pour pouvoir donner. De même, en cas de prise de médicaments (antibiotiques notamment), il faut respecter un délai de 14 jours après la fin du traitement. En cas de visite chez le dentiste, il faudra attendre 1 jour s’il vous a traité une carie et 7 jours s’il vous a fait un détartrage. En cas de piercing ou de tatouage, le délai d’attente est au minimum de 4 mois. Pour une intervention chirurgicale, il faut attendre entre 7 jours et 4 mois en fonction du type de l’opération. Enfin, si vous avez effectué un voyage dans un pays où sévit le paludisme, il faudra patienter au moins 4 mois après votre retour. Si vous avez été contaminé par une maladie transmissible par le sang telle que la syphilis, les hépatites B et C ou encore le VIH, le don est formellement proscrit. Dans le même ordre, il existe également des contre-indications d’ordre sexuel. Ainsi, si vous avez un nouveau partenaire sexuel, vous devrez attendre au moins 4 mois avant de pouvoir donner votre sang, que les rapports aient été protégés ou non.Que puis-je donner ? Si l’on parle couramment de don du sang, il existe en vérité plusieurs types de dons. Le plus courant est le don de sang total qui consiste à prélever entre 400 et 500 ml de sang, en fonction du volume sanguin du donneur. Une femme a la possibilité de donner son sang 4 fois par an, un homme 6 fois mais toujours en respectant un délai de 8 semaines entre deux prélèvements. Les donneurs de groupe O, dits “donneurs universels”, sont particulièrement recherchés car leur sang peut être transfusé à un très grand nombre de patients. Une fois le sang prélevé, ce dernier va suivre tout un parcours durant lequel ces différents composants vont être séparés. Néanmoins, il est également possible de donner ces composants séparément via un don de plasma ou de plaquettes. Le don de plasma s’effectue en prélevant du sang au donneur dont les composants sont séparés : le plasma est conservé et les autres éléments globules rouges et plaquettes sont restitués au donneur. On peut donner jusqu’à 750 ml de plasma par don et ce, toutes les deux semaines avec une limite de 24 dons par an. Les dons de plasma des donneurs du groupe AB, donneur de plasma universel, et du groupe B, sont particulièrement recherchés.Le procédé est similaire pour le don de plaquettes qui consiste à prélever du sang chez le donneur et à récupérer les plaquettes, avant de lui restituer les autres composants. Une poche peut contenir jusqu’à 650 ml de plaquettes, soit six fois plus que ce qui peut être obtenu d’un don de sang total. Toutefois, ces éléments ne se conservent que cinq jours, c’est pourquoi il est important de donner régulièrement. Il est possible de donner ses plaquettes jusqu’à 12 fois par an mais un délai de 4 semaines doit être respecté entre chaque prélèvement.  Où donner ? À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?L’Établissement français du sang compte 152 sites de collecte fixes répartis partout en France. Mais il organise aussi régulièrement quelque 40.000 collectes mobiles par an. Les sites fixes permettent le plus souvent de réaliser les trois types de dons, sang total, plaquettes et plasma. En revanche, les collectes mobiles qui peuvent difficilement être équipés de gros appareils, ne réalisent que des prélèvements de sang total. Les dons de sang se font généralement sans rendez-vous, contrairement aux dons de plaquettes et de plasma qui nécessitent des appareils et donc davantage d’organisation.Quel que soit le type de don, celui-ci sera précédé par un questionnaire et un entretien avec un médecin qui posera des questions sur votre état de santé. Ainsi, un don du sang dure en général entre 30 et 45 minutes, avec le repos suivant le prélèvement. Un don de plasma dure au total entre 1 et 1H30. Le don de plaquettes lui est plus long et dure au minimum 1H30. La liste des sites fixes et des collectes mobiles avec les villes et les horaires est disponible sur le site de l’EFS. En tapant le nom de votre ville ou votre code postal, le site vous indiquera tous les lieux de collecte les plus proches. Le 19 mars 2013 à 16:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lt governor candidates offer diverging views

first_imgThe nation’s longest-serving lieutenant governor announced his retirement earlier this year, spurring a handful of candidates to run for the second-highest position in the state. The race is now down to two candidates with very different backgrounds vying for the position.Democrat Sen. Cyrus Habib of Bellevue and conservative talk show host and real-estate agent Marty McClendon mostly agree on the most basic duties of the lieutenant governor: serving as the president of the Senate, presiding over the upper chamber, filling in for the governor when needed and understanding the parliamentary rules and procedures that ensure fairness.The position also serves as a tiebreaker when needed.“I’m a rare species of legislative nerd that enjoys parliamentary process,” Habib said during a wide-ranging interview with The Columbian’s editorial board on Wednesday.But from there, they note the role could be expanded in a variety of ways.Habib, an Ivy League-educated Iranian-American who lost his eyesight to cancer at age 8, said he would like to ensure the lieutenant governor works more closely with the governor. He also believes the position should cultivate relationships across the region.“I think there are a number of ways Washington and Oregon should continue to work together. … Take for example, if there were work on the (Columbia River Crossing),” Habib said.last_img read more

Three Sitka Artists Three Grants – One Last Name

first_imgLast month, the Rasmuson Foundation announced the recipients of this year’s individual artist awards and grants. Several Sitka artists were on that list, and three of them share the same last name.Listen now:Sitka artist Dave Galanin in his studio. Photo by Greta Mart.That’s Tlingit master carver Dave Galanin. Over three decades of artistic endeavors in Sitka, Dave has received lots of recognition for his work. But this year something unusual happened. Not only did Dave receive a sizeable grant from Alaska’s Rasmuson Foundation, his two sons, Nicholas and Jerrod Galanin, also received artist grants from the same private foundation.“This is definitely the first time we’ve had individuals from the same family receive awards in the same year.”That’s Foundation spokesman Jason Smart.Every year, hundreds of Alaskan artists submit grant applications to the Rasmuson foundation, which directly supports artists working and living in the state.When the 2014 recipients were announced, it took the Galanins by surprise. Here’s Dave again:“I didn’t know that my boys had put in for it, and they didn’t know I did. When I got the call, I was down at the beach throwing the ball for my dog…and I get a phone call and its a guy from Rasmuson and it was…it was hard to contain myself , I was pretty excited.”They told him not to tell anyone until Foundation staff made an official announcement.“So I didn’t say anything.Then I got a call from Jerrod, and he said, ‘hey dad. I got some good news. I got the Rasmuson.’ And I said, ‘wow, way to go. I guess I might as well tell you, I got the Rasmuson too.’ (Laughs). And then I get a call from Nick…the funny thing was Nick, he didn’t get anything , he didn’t get a call, you know, ‘I guess I didn’t get mine.’”Nicholas got his call the next day.“We all went up to Anchorage and that was really fun…apparently we only go on family vacations when we win awards. ha ha ha.”Dave and Nicholas each received artist fellowships, an award of $18,000 designed to give mid-career and mature artists the time and money to create.Jerrod won a project award, which comes with a no-strings-attached cash award up to $7500 for the creation of a specific artwork. Right now he’s figuring out what exactly that will be. Unlike his brother, Jerrod hasn’t pursued a career as an artist full time.“Last year was the first time I had a full-time job in a long time because I’ve always bounced around so much. I was a land-surveyor. Before that I’ve worked as a shipwright, I’ve worked as a carpenter, I’ve worked as a commercial fisherman.”Yet his jewelry is on display in Anchorage galleries. And at the Devilfish, the Sitka gallery owned and operated by the Galanin brothers.“And I’ve always had artwork somewhat in the background. I’d be happy to make the occasional sale.”But that is changing, says Jerrod.“I’ve just really been focusing on the gallery and thinking about art projects and experimenting with that.”With his fellowship grant, Dave says he’s going to increase the scale of his work and shoot for a one-man show somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.“I’ve actually started a full-sized, life-sized chilkat robe out of copper.”Nicholas is a conceptual artist whose work is shown in galleries and museums around the world. This month the Galanin brothers attended the opening of Nicholas’ current show at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum. After that Nick will head to Japan for another show opening. His Rasmuson award is already partly spent, he said.“I’ll get new equipment, and I’ll get some new tools and materials and I’ve already started and even finished some new projects in anticipation of getting that…check.”While they pursue their current projects separately, it’s clear the Galanins collaborate well together. Here’s Jerrod again,“I work with Nick a lot..Nick’s my neighbor…late at night we’ll just stay up and brainstorm and talk about art and just do different projects…we both hunt sea otter and we both want to do the fish skin, so that really excites me, just being able to work with my brother.”And thanks to these arts grants, the Galanins can do that more often.last_img read more

Political Roundup School Finance And Mayoral Race Heats Up

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /10:49 Listen In our weekly political roundup, we discuss everything from the issues of school finance and disaster relief in the Texas Legislature, to things heating up in the Houston mayoral race, to Christina Morales winning a Texas House seat, to an abrupt end to Pres. Trump’s talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.In the audio above, Craig Cohen discusses those stories and more with Jon Taylor of the University of St. Thomas, political analyst Nancy Sims, and News 88.7 reporter Andrew Schneider.last_img read more

Canadian Transportation Agency orders hearing into tarmac delays

first_img Posted by Share Tags: Air Transat, Canada The Canadian Press Thursday, August 10, 2017 center_img OTTAWA — Air Transat’s president has taken aim at the Liberal government’s proposed passenger bill of rights, writing that the legislation may unfairly punish airlines for delays that spiral out of control.Jean-Francois Lemay made the comment in a response last week to the Canadian Transportation Agency about an incident July 31 in which two Air Transat planes sat for hours on an Ottawa tarmac.The agency said Wednesday that it plans to hold a public hearing at the end of this month about the incident, noting in a release that broader talks about how the airline industry must respond to tarmac delays will be dealt with after Parliament approves the Liberal bill.The Liberals plan to pass their bill, known as C-49, before the end of the year with hearings on the legislation set to begin in early September even before the House of Commons officially resumes sitting after its summer break.Lemay’s letter to the agency suggested that what went wrong in Ottawa just over a week ago shows the Liberals must force airports to “provide critical infrastructure and related operational ground support in a timely manner” if the government intends to place new obligations on airlines.“Indeed, as we have clearly seen in this case, the tendency is to focus solely on the actions of the airline,” Lemay wrote in the letter released by the agency.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perks“This must not be the basis for informed legislation going forward.”In a statement, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the planned passenger rights regime would create “clear and fair standards” for how airline passengers have to be treated in cases of long delays on the tarmac, overbooking, cancellations or lost or damaged baggage.“When passengers buy an airline ticket, they expect and deserve that the airline will respect its agreement with them,” he said. “When the terms of that agreement are not met, passengers should know their rights and be entitled to compensation where appropriate.“There should be a certain minimum standard of treatment when things do not go as planned.”Things appeared to go awry last week when storms forced two Montreal-bound two Air Transat flights, one from Rome, the other from Brussels, to land in Ottawa on July 31, along with several other flights that had to be rerouted.Air Transat and the Ottawa airport have blamed each other for what followed, which was an hours-long wait on the tarmac, during which one passenger aboard the Brussels flight dialled 911 to get help. Lemay’s letter blames the airport for failing to refuel the Brussels plane – which would have let kept the air conditioning on – and a deluge of rerouted flights that clogged available gates.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe flight attendants on both planes offered whatever drinks they had left to passengers stuck on the plane, Lemay wrote, but what was left after the transatlantic flights was quickly exhausted as temperatures in the cabins crept up.Eventually, the two planes were refuelled, with the Rome flight taking off four hours after landing in Ottawa and the Brussels flight taking two more hours to leave because of problems starting the engines.Lemay argued that during the whole ordeal, some of which played out on social media, there was no way to get passengers off the planes safely.The agency said it will hold a hearing in Ottawa Aug. 30 and 31 after it collects written and verbal submissions from anyone directly involved, or affected by the incidents.Air Transat has said it welcomes the agency’s inquiry. Canadian Transportation Agency orders hearing into tarmac delays << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Art exhibit Cuerpo Ajeno examines the lives of the transgendered

first_img“People on the margins of society have always interested me,” says photographer Isabelle Courteix. “The idea to possibly work with transgendered people enchanted me.”A native of France, Courteix has photographed such disparate subjects as a family in Marseille and street life in Burkina Faso. Courteix now lives and teaches photography in Costa Roca, where she came up with a startling idea: She would help transgendered Costa Ricans express themselves through photography.The result is “Cuerpo Ajeno” (or “Foreign Body”), a photographic series created by six transgendered Costa Ricans. The traveling exhibit will tour San José art spaces for four months, beginning in Galería Talentum and the San José Technical Institute in Barrio Amón. The exhibit opens on Friday evening.Courteix’s six students came from a variety of backgrounds, but each contributed a series of photographs and a statement about their work. Mainstream culture tends to respond strongly to gender reassignment, either by glamorizing or vilifying the people who voluntarily transform from men into women and vice versa. But the “Cuerpo Ajeno” participants have used their lenses to explore the complexity of the transgendered experience.Courteix herself used the workshop as an opportunity to learn about their lives.“I was very surprised at the whole medical side, the hormonal changes and problems that could result,” Courteix says. “Some self-medicate, which is very dangerous. Others have had major health problems due to the hormones taken. I also found very mature participants and was very touched by the courage that their choice entails. [They] must confront a whole society and their own families. This is not a whim. The price is very high.”Another surprise: “Some participants are Honduran. In Honduras, transgendered people are killed. Despite this, they still decide to transform their body and appearance to finally feel like themselves. I find that sobering.”To complement her students’ still photographs, Courteix will also conduct interviews for the duration of the gallery show, as Courteix hopes to record transgendered people in different neighborhoods throughout San José. She has already completed one video, which will screen at Talentum, while second video about transgendered people and their experiences will be released in September.“I have discovered young women who are very strong and sensitive at the same time, weakened by their journey, worried about their future,” says Courteix. “I was really touched by the stories of each. They will still continue to call for strength, as the road ahead is very chaotic. I’m not sure that many people are capable of so much, nor realize the pain engendered by their situation.”“Cuerpo Ajeno” opens Friday, April 25, at Galería Talentum, Barrio Amón. 8 p.m. Free. Info: Galería Talentum Facebook page. Facebook Comments Related posts:Art installation ‘Exchanged Glances’ proves moody and mysterious Group show ‘Valoarte‘ surprises and impresses at Avenida Escazú Man Yu celebrates 10 years of hyper-realistic artwork at the Club Unión TEOR/éTica exhibits challenge and confoundlast_img read more

Plastic bottles recycled into ecovillage in the jungle of Bocas del Toro

first_img Facebook Comments ISLA COLÓN, Panama – It’s about 35 °C and the sun shines vigorously on Isla Colón, the main island of Bocas del Toro, Panama. Not the best moment for a bike tour during the hottest hours of the day, or so we discover. But my boyfriend and I are determined to make it to the so-called “Plastic Bottle Village,” created by environmentalist Robert Bezeau.His village isn’t too difficult to find: signs describing the impact of plastic bottle consumption are located everywhere on the island’s main road toward Boca del Drago’s famous Starfish Beach. After a half-hour ride, we arrive at Bezeau’s property, tucked away on a hill in the jungle. He awaits us with some ice-cold beers in glass bottles, which we happily accept.“If only all the drinks in the world were served in either glass or cartons,” sighs Bezeau after he takes a sip. “It would make such an ecological difference.”Bezeau, 67, a French Canadian, left Montreal for Panama on his quest for warmth and sunlight in 2009. The archipelago of Bocas del Toro was already increasing in popularity by then.“From the beginning, I saw the rapid development and its corresponding problems on Isla Colón,” he says. The more tourists, the more trash they brought in. “It was clear to me this was a very serious problem.”So Bezeau simply started picking up bottles. Kristel Segeren/The Tico Times“Otherwise they would have end up in the ocean,” he explains, “or they would have been burned just a bit further up the hill, a process that releases a lot of chemicals.”In an effort to join forces with like-minded allies, Bezeau started the Bocas Recycling Program in 2012.  Soon his stash of trash was piling up.“For months I was thinking about what to do with it. I was even dreaming about it every night,” he recalls.” And then one day when I woke up – the idea of building houses just popped up in my head and I knew I had found my purpose!”Bezeau and his team are working hard to construct an eco-residential community of some 120, all made out of collected plastic, spread out on 83 acres of jungle. As he guides us around the area, he notes that in only 13 months of work, the project has grown fast. We watch as construction workers build the entrance of the village, which looks like a castle.Three other buildings are near completion. Robert points out where he plans to locate the core of the village: a hilltop spot with a spectacular view.The first official residents of the village happen to be visiting as well during our tour. Jeff and Justine Catalano, who will one day live in one of these houses, are walking around the property with their three-month-old baby Jai.The Catalanos have been living on the island for a couple of years. After moving here from the United States, they opened the restaurant Taco Surf, which unites their passion for surfing and Mexican food.“We used to live in San Diego, but both of us got pretty tired of the long workdays. Little energy was left for the things we like to do best,” Jeff explains. “Bocas was the perfect place to enjoy life in a different, more conscious way.”“With an increasing world population and a globally increasing level of consumption, there is a need for more sustainable initiatives when it comes to plastic,” Robert continues. According to the environmentalist, the average human consumes roughly 15 or more drinks in plastic bottles a month. “If you were born after 1978 – the year that Coca Cola introduced the plastic bottle to the world – and will live up to 80 years old, you will leave behind a minimum of 14,400 plastic bottles on this planet.”Since the bottles take hundreds of years to break down completely, with much of the waste consumed by fish and birds, thereby shortening their lifetimes, the impact is devastating, he adds. While using discarded bottles as construction material doesn’t prevent more bottles from being used, it does prevent them from entering animals’ habitats.We walk towards the biggest house, still under construction. The design gives a feeling of simplicity; its appearance doesn’t seem much different than that of a conventional house. The workers first put the bottles in a cage made out of used wire; next, they weld several cages to one another before they implement electricity and drainage systems. In the end, they cover the boxes with concrete. Kristel Segeren/The Tico TimesThis big house contains some 22,000 plastic bottles.Reusing the bottles is more than an ecological boon – according to Bezeau, plastic as a construction material offers other surprising benefits, too.“The home can be up to 17°C cooler on the inside compared to its surroundings on a hot sunny afternoon like this. The heat is passed through the air in the bottles,” Bezeau says. “Even on a tropical island such as Colón, you wouldn’t need other energy inputs such as air-conditioning.”Bezeau also claims the houses are earthquake-resistant.“The plastic is extremely strong, but flexible. It’s like with bridges: if they’re too rigid, they’ll fall apart. At the same time, the wired frame of the house guarantees the strong base,” he explains. “I believe it to be even safer than a house of bricks.”Alongside the creation of this eco-village, Bezeau and his team are developing other ideas as well. For example, they are talking with a company that develops sustainable products in India.“We’re trying to create square bottles together, which we can easily click into on another,” he says, describing the effort as the classic “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach. “Yeah, it might sound a little odd, but it would make construction a lot easier. And you might ask yourself; why are bottles round anyway?”As I wrap my brain around that question, Bezeau rushes to his Mac in order to show me the current designs of the square bottles. They remind me of Lego blocks, evoking some Proustian memories.“This clickable system would be efficient as well in case of natural disasters,” Bezeau clarifies. “Imagine those bottles with water being dropped on affected places; people could instantly start creating a shelter for themselves!”Robert’s biggest desire is to help transform plastic bottles into modern residences all around the world.“Many people already approached me with questions. I’d really like to spread our knowledge about eco-building techniques and establish a training center here – made out of plastic, of course,” he adds with a smile. “I know I’m just one crazy person, but I hope I can find many more crazy ones who want to make a difference.”For more information, visit the project website.  Related posts:Panama and ‘Panama Papers’ law firm under the media’s lenses Iceland premier resigns in Panama Papers scandal National campaign collects used batteries for recycling Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies at 83last_img read more

GSEs 2016 Focus Liquidity Credit Access and Common Securitization

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Servicing Share GSEs 2016 Focus: Liquidity, Credit Access, and Common Securitization December 17, 2015 562 Views center_img The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)’s 7-year-old conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will continue for at least another year despite the fact that it was meant to be temporary.The good news, however, is that the GSEs “substantially advanced” their conservatorship goals during 2015, according to the FHFA’s 2016 Scorecard for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Common Securitization Solutions (CSS) released Thursday.The 2016 Scorecard further expands on the three goals of the GSEs outlined in the FHFA’s Strategic Plan for the Conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which was published in May 2014. Those three goals are:maintaining (through a safe and sound manner) credit availability and foreclosure prevention activities for new and refinanced mortgages and fostering liquidity, competition, resilience, and effectiveness for housing markets;reducing risk to taxpayers while increasing the role of private capital in the market;and building a new single-family securitization structure for use by the GSEs and other secondary market participants.“The progress Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made in 2015 substantially advanced the goals set forth in our Conservatorship Strategic Plan and we expect to build on this progress in 2016,” FHFA Director Melvin L. Watt said. “The new Scorecard will guide Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Common Securitization Solutions as they continue working to foster liquidity and access to credit for creditworthy borrowers in the national housing finance markets in a safe and sound manner.”On the first of the three goals—maintaining, in a safe and sound manner, credit availability and foreclosure prevention activities—the Enterprises are to continue to assess impediments to credit access and develop recommendations to address those barriers, including considering the use of automated underwriting systems and the possibility of the GSEs financing energy or water efficiency investments in both single- and multi-family properties. They will also be assessing the effectiveness of early delinquency counseling and homeownership education during 2015 and implementing those initiatives as appropriate, according to FHFA.The Enterprises will also prepare for the expiration of both the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) which is set to occur at the end of 2016. While the GSEs plan to continue to heavily promote HARP, they also plan to develop a high loan-to-value ratio refinance program that is scheduled to be implemented in January 2017 immediately after HARP and HAMP expire.Another of the GSEs initiatives in line with the first goal is to continue to reduce the number of REO properties and deeply delinquent and non-performing loans (NPLs) in their single-family mortgage portfolios. Their goal is to submit a plan for FHFA’s approval that includes a broad NPL sales strategy, expanding offerings to multi-servicer pools, continuing to offer smaller pools that encourage participation from non-profits, and consideration for borrower outcomes.On the goal of transferring credit risk, the GSEs plan to transfer credit risk on at least 90 percent of the unpaid principal balance (UPB) of newly acquired single-family mortgages in loan categories targeted for risk transfer. FHFA stated in the report: “Because the Enterprises’ single-family credit risk transfers have evolved into a core business practice, it is FHFA’s current expectation that single-family credit risk transfers will continue to be an ongoing conservatorship requirement. FHFA will adjust targets as necessary to reflect market conditions and economic considerations.”On the Common Securitization Platform (CSP) and Single Securities, FHFA expects the GSEs and CSS to implement the following initiatives:Release 1—Implement CSP for Freddie Mac’s existing single-class securities in 2016; andRelease 2—Implement the Single Security on the CSP for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2018.The GSEs’ goal is to continue to work together and with FHFA and CSS to meet both of these release timelines, working to build and test the CSP and implement the changes necessary to integrate the GSEs’ related systems and operations with the CSP.Click here to view the complete scorecard. Common Securitization Credit Access Fannie Mae Federal Housing Finance Agency Freddie Mac Liquidity 2015-12-17 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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