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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday accused certain officials in the Prime Minister’s Office of pushing Commonwealth Games budget despite warnings from former sports ministers.”The role of certain officials in the PMO should also be probed, as they helped increasing the Commonwealth budget despite warnings by former Sports ministers. The BJP wants a probe into the matter,” BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain said.Hussain also disagreed with the prime minister’s observation made on Wednesday that his “ministers had ideological differences with each other over the Commonwealth Games”.The BJP leader said, “There was no ideological difference among the ministers. They were warning the PM on the loot in the name of Commonwealth Games.””The former sports ministers had differences over the holding of Commonwealth Games and were warning him about the big loot in the name of Commonwealth Games. Despite such warnings and after ignoring them, the budget for Commonwealth Games was increased instead,” Hussain said.- With PTI inputs
He couldn’t believe his eyes. He looked at the list again to make sure he wasn’t mistaken. But there it was, his name among the runners who qualified for the marathon at the Rio Olympics this summer.It was early May when lawyer Michalis Kalomiris saw this unexpected piece of news while reading a website dedicated to athletics. He had worked hard in the preceding months to improve his performance by squeezing in training sessions before and after work, but he did not expect to qualify for the Olympics – particularly as his time was nearly 10 minutes slower than that needed to pass.Without realizing, the 30-year-old had in fact qualified for the Games in March 2015, when he ran the Rome Marathon in 2 hours and 29 minutes. The limit for men in the Olympics is supposed to be 2 hours and 19 minutes, but the regulations of the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) state that an athlete qualifies regardless of timing if they finish in the top 10 of a Gold Label event. The Rome Marathon last year was one such event as it met the IAAF criteria for the Gold Label, including having at least five elite men and five elite women of four different nationalities at the starting line. Elite men are those with times of 2 hours and 10 minutes or under and women with 2:28:00.“The conditions were very tough, with constant rain and cold,” remembers Kalomiris about the race in the Italian capital. “Better athletes in the race decided to give up.”When the news of Kalomiris’s qualification finally emerged, a small war broke out in the Greek running community on social media. Some thought the decision unfair, arguing that there are faster marathoners in Greece (Kalomiris finished fifth in the National Marathon Championship). Others expressed support, viewing his qualification as a victory for all amateur runners.Kalomiris says he is an “amateur training at sub-elite level.” For the past four years, he has been working at a legal firm in Athens, running at a sports center in the suburb of Aegaleo after work or waking up early in the morning to get some early training in. He runs in different parts of the capital on the weekends, choosing routes in areas such as Anavryta and Filothei. Depending on where he is in his training regimen, he will cover between 110 and 200 kilometers a week. When he has a court appearance outside Athens, he always takes his running shoes along.“When you really like something a lot, you find a way of fitting it into your life,” he tells Kathimerini.Kalomiris’s qualification comes at a time when running is enjoying particular popularity in Greece and amateur races have increased sixfold in 10 years. In 2005, the Athens Marathon had around 800 Greek runners; last year, there were 7,500 at the starting line.Kalomiris’s father was the president of the Run for Health Association of Athens (SDYA), a pioneer in mass sports that also supported the Athens Marathon back when it was sparsely attended. Kalomiris started running at a young age but went though a four-year lull before returning to vigorous training in 2012. “I had toned down the pace and intensity of my life. I was sort of run-down,” he explains.The other Greeks running in the Rio Games marathon this August are Sofia Riga, Rania Rempouli and Panagiota Vlachaki among the women, and, among the men, Christoforos Merousis (every country can send up to three runners in each category).Kalomiris is now in Karpenisi, central Greece, where he is focusing on his training. “When I asked if I could take three months off at the office, they were ready to support me. It was very important because it spared me the anxiety that I was letting them down,” he says.Kalomiris’s performance does not match that of professional runners. The fastest to qualify for the Rio Olympics is a runner from Kenya with a time of 2:03:05. For the lawyer from western Attica, though, what counts is “the dream of participation” and the effort for improvement.“I would like to think that this story makes everyone involved in running believe more in themselves and keep up the effort,” he says.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shares
West Indies and Sri Lanka have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in their last World Cup match in Durham which Sri Lanka won by 23 runs.Match referee David Boon imposed the fines after Jason Holder’s West Indies and Dimuth Karunaratne’s Sri Lanka were both ruled to be two overs short of their target after time allowances were taken into consideration during Monday’s game.Captains Holder and Karunaratne have both been fined 40 percent of their match fees, while the rest of the players of both the teams have received 20 percent fines.If either West Indies or Sri Lanka commit another minor over-rate breach in an ODI within 12 months of this offense with Holder or Karunaratne as captain, it will be deemed a second offense and they will face a suspension.Also Read | Will try to restore lost pride in West Indies cricket in India series: Nicholas PooranAlso Read | Watch: Rihanna meets Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite after Sri Lanka vs West Indies gameAlso See
zoom Austal christened United States Naval Ship Fall River (JHSV 4) this morning at its state-of-the-art shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. USNS Fall River is the fourth of ten Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of an overall 10-ship contract worth over $1.6 billion.The 338-foot catamaran vessel was named Fall River by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, after the tenth largest city in the state of Massachusetts. According to Secretary Mabus, “the Fall River represents the physical embodiment of the city of Fall River’s patriotic spirit.”The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Diane Bemus Patrick, the First Lady of Massachusetts, has her own record of excellence and distinguished professional and public service. A lawyer, teacher, mother and active member of her community, Mrs. Patrick has extensive experience in many walks of life.Throughout her life and professional career, Diane Patrick has dedicated herself to various communities, and has served on the Boards of several distinguished civic and non-profit organizations. Diane and Deval Patrick have been married for over two decades and have two daughters, Sarah and Katherine.“First Lady Patrick is the perfect sponsor for Fall River”, said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle, “She is tough, just like Fall River will be. She makes a difference, just like Fall River will.”Over 400 naval and shipyard guests attended the ceremony, which was held underneath the ship, between the iconic twin hulls of the USNS Fall River. The Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, was the principal speaker at the event.Austal USA President, Craig Perciavalle, praised the ship, saying, “Fall River is a revolutionary and cost-effective new platform with cutting edge technology, bringing an unprecedented level of flexibility, mobility, volume, efficiency and support to our combatant commanders and nation.” He also praised the shipbuilders, saying “this is a great ship, built by great Navy shipbuilders, master craftsman who work so hard to bring this revolutionary ship to life. You should take pride in this day, in the product you build, and in the service you’re providing this great nation. ”Austal USA is a full-service shipyard offering design, construction and high-speed vessel service and repair. As Austal USA continues to expand its service and repair capabilities, the company is well-positioned for new business with engineering, test and trials capabilities, and a new waterfront facility on the Mobile Bay waterfront.Austal has been contracted by the U.S. Navy to build ten 103-meter JHSVs under a 10-ship, $1.6 billion contract, two of which have already been delivered, and eight 127-meter Independence-variant LCS class ships, six of which are a part of a 10-ship, $3.5 billion contract.Three JHSVs and four LCSs are currently under construction in Austal’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard. Austal will begin production of one more ship in each program before the end of January.For the LCS and JHSV programs, Austal, as prime contractor, is teamed with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. For the JHSV program, General Dynamics is responsible for the design, integration and testing of the navigation and communication systems, C4I and aviation systems. My location Austal, January 13, 2014 Print Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
SHELBURNE COUNTY: Daniels Head Road Daniels Head Road, east of Clark’s Harbour, will be reduced to one lane from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, to allow for culvert work. The culvert is 400 metres south of the intersection of South Side Road. Traffic control persons will be on site. -30- Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371
Kolkata: Marking a new beginning in promoting coastal cargo, the Kidderpore Dock of Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) has began cargo handling.The vessel, MCP London, made its maiden coastal voyage from Katupally to Kidderpore. Dock carrying glass, cement and other cargo. It is after a gap of 10 years that the Kolkata Port Trust has been able to utilise Kidderpore Dock for handling containers, after undertaking thorough renovation of it. The vessel call was first at Krishnapattanam and Katupally where it loaded 50 TEUS of construction related material in containers. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt started its return voyage from Kidderpore Dock on Friday with 116 TEUs of containers belonging to mainline operators. It will reach Kolkata on July 14 with more cargoes. The frequency of service will be seven days for a round trip. The vessel has the capacity to carry 300 containers. KoPT has plans to ship cars through Kidderpore Dock. The KPD’s modernisation has entailed an investment to the tune of Rs 5.5 crore. A reefer point was also put in place to accommodate refrigerated cargo. A senior official of KoPT said that coastal shipping is not only environment friendly but economical in comparison to movement of cargo by road. It may be mentioned here manufacturers have already started sending vehicles to Bangladesh from Kolkata on Ro-Ro vessels to avoid traffic congestion.
Saturday, 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. 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 Panczak
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.
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
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
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.
“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. 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. 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.”
“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 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.
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.
LAST 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>
La 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 Lambert
Don 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 Lambert
The 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 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.