October 17

Doctors pen social prescriptions aimed at easing depression loneliness in patients

first_imgTORONTO — When Tammy McEvoy was asked to share her time and crafting talents to engage with other patients at her local health centre, she ended up getting back as much as she gave — maybe more.McEvoy is one of 15 “health champions” at the Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre taking part in an innovative Ontario pilot project in which doctors or other practitioners write out a “social prescription” for patients experiencing depression, anxiety or loneliness that affects their sense of well-being. The concept — prescribing a social activity like taking a yoga class, visiting an art gallery or joining a knitting circle — has proven to be an effective tool in the U.K., where research has shown that not only do patients benefit from a mental-health boost, but many also end up with reduced medications and find less need to visit their doctors.Since the pilot project began in October, McEvoy has taught classes on wreath-making, and cooked an evening meal for an addiction group meeting at the centre’s Quinte West site in Trenton. The wreath-making classes brought together 16 participants. “The first one I did, I watched magic happen because they all started helping each other,” says the 52-year-old self-described empty-nester who’s often alone while her husband works long hours.“I’ve spent the last six years not working and not being out because of health reasons,” says McEvoy, who has a heart condition. “But now I can go there, I’m comfortable there.“It helps me just as much as it helps them.”Meghan Shanahan Thain, a social worker at the Trenton health centre, says the program is based on a U.K. collaborative practice model called Altogether Better.“So people come up with their own ideas based on their own talents and skills, but they also have a lens that we don’t see in terms of what the community needs and what our clients need,” she says of the health champions, who included a singing circle in the social activities on offer.On one occasion, “we had two people who are widowed who connected to each other and just sang,” she says. “A girl from the community showed up with a guitar.“Music really brings people together, but it also taps into the socially isolated folks as well … Just having a social connection has a lot of health benefits. Being socially isolated can make us sick in a lot of different ways.”The 18-month pilot project, supported by a $600,000 Ontario Health Ministry grant, is being spearheaded by the Alliance for Healthier Communities, which represents more than 100 primary health-care organizations across the province.The grant allowed the Alliance to trial social prescribing in 10 of the centres, with a goal of evaluating benefits to patients, says Kate Mulligan, director of policy and communications.“One example from Thunder Bay that really resonates is there’s a long-haul trucker who was experiencing social isolation and he started up a knitting group at the community health centre,” she says, adding that it’s especially satisfying to see a person in need become a volunteer to help others form social connections.“They start to recognize their own value and self-worth when they’re participating and contributing to the community,” Mulligan says. “So you’re not just seen as a patient with deficits and problems, but you’re a person who has something to offer.”Another of the pilot sites is the Rexdale Community Health Centre in Toronto. A large proportion of patients are recent immigrants or refugees, who are at risk of social isolation that can lead to depression and anxiety, says Dr. Sonali Srivastava, a primary-care physician on staff.“Really, the research is showing us that social integration is a major part of people’s level of happiness and health,” she says. “If there’s a social component in there that is missing, we need to address it.”That could mean writing a prescription for a patient to join a tai chi class, for example, or to tour a museum or art gallery.Indeed, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) are two cultural institutions in Canada that have embraced the idea of coupling social activities with health and well-being.A recent study conducted by the MMFA, McGill University and the Jewish General Hospital found that seniors who participated in drawing and painting workshops reported an improved sense of well-being, health and quality of life.Starting in January, the ROM will begin providing 5,000 sets of free passes to patients with social prescriptions for a tour of its exhibits for themselves and three companions, working with 20 of its ROMCAN (Community Access Network) partners in the Greater Toronto Area, including the Alliance for Healthier Communities. The program will then be rolled out to the other 80 partners in the network.  Jennifer Czajkowski, deputy director for engagement at the Toronto museum, says research has shown that museums can be restorative environments for visitors.“They’re with other people, also people are able to see objects that might be from their own heritage, things that help them connect to their own culture or to the cultures of others, other times and places,” she says.“These things can all help to alleviate a sense of loneliness.”Srivastava says social prescribing reflects a change in how the medical community views health and wellness and the role that doctors and allied practitioners can play.“If I just tell somebody verbally ‘I want you to go for a walk for 30 minutes, three times a week,’ they’re less likely to do it than if I were to write it down on a prescription pad,” she says.“Usually we write down medications, right? But when it’s put on a pad of paper and a doctor writes it down and signs it, all of a sudden it means it’s serious.“And I believe the reason why it’s important is because we forget that health is not only about physical well-being and mental well-being, it’s also about social well-being.”—Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter. Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 17

Americans face deadline to file paperwork for Huawei executives extradition

first_imgOTTAWA — American authorities are facing a key deadline at the end of the month to formally request the extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou from Canada to the United States.Friday, a spokesman for Canada’s Justice Department said the U.S. had yet to file the required paperwork in the Meng case and stated the Americans have until Jan. 30 to do so. If the U.S. misses the deadline, lawyers with expertise in extradition cases say the door could open for Meng’s eventual release.Canadian police arrested Meng at Vancouver’s airport Dec. 1 at the request of American authorities, who are seeking her extradition on fraud allegations. They say she lied to American banks as part of a scheme to get Huawei business around United States sanctions against Iran.Her arrest has infuriated Beijing and the case is at the centre of an increasingly testy diplomatic dispute between Canada and China. The Chinese government says Meng has done nothing wrong and has demanded her release, warning Canada of severe consequences if it doesn’t free her.Under Canada’s extradition law, the U.S. was given 60 days from the date of Meng’s arrest to make its formal extradition request.“The formal request for extradition (including the supporting documents) has not yet been made by the United States,” Ian McLeod, a spokesman for Canada’s Justice Department, wrote in an email Thursday.“They have until Jan. 30, 2019 to submit this request. Canada then has a further 30 days to determine whether to issue an authority to proceed.”The U.S. Department of Justice declined to say very much about the Meng case except that it’s not affected by the partial shutdown of the federal government there. Thousands of federal workers have been sent home without pay because of a budget stalemate between Congress and President Donald Trump.“We have no comment other to say that the current operating situation has no impact on our filing preparations,” the department’s public-affairs office said.Gary Botting, a Vancouver lawyer with significant experience in extradition cases, said recently appointed federal Justice Minister David Lametti would have an obligation to discharge Meng if the U.S. misses the deadline.“If it hasn’t arrived in the 60 days then every journalist in town should be jumping up and down to insist that Meng get discharged according to the act,” Botting said in an interview. “That’s what the act says… The minister must discharge them according to the rule.”Meng’s case, Botting added, remains in a “political stage” and won’t go before the courts — and into the “legal stage” — until Lametti makes the decision to introduce an authority to proceed.Meng, Huawei’s chief financial officer, is out on $10 million bail and is staying at her Vancouver home. She has been ordered to appear in a Vancouver courtroom on Feb. 6 to fix a date for further proceedings.Lawyer Donald Bayne, who represented Ottawa professor Hassan Diab as he fought extradition on French terrorism charges for years, said it’s not particularly unusual that U.S. authorities had yet to submit the formal request for Meng so late in the 60-day period.He thinks they’ll make the deadline.“The Americans… having caused all of this so far — would never be able to say with a straight face, ‘Yeah, we’ve decided not to go ahead’ or ‘Gosh, there was nothing to our case,’ ” said Bayne, who’s based in Ottawa. In the days that followed Meng’s arrest, China detained two Canadians. Michael Kovrig, a Canadian diplomat on leave, and Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur, were taken in on vague allegations of engaging in activities that have endangered China’s national security.China also sentenced another Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, to death in a sudden retrial of his drug-smuggling case. He was originally sentenced in 2016 to a 15-year term, but the court delivered the new sentence after reconsidering his case.Western analysts believe the arrests and the death sentence are part of an attempt by Beijing to pressure Canada into releasing Meng.Bayne said he doesn’t think Meng’s case would end even if the Americans missed their deadline — but comments by Trump might do it.He noted how last month the U.S. president raised questions about the basis of the extradition request by musing in an interview with Reuters about interfering in Meng’s case if it would help him strike a trade deal with China.Meng’s legal team could argue Trump’s remarks, which essentially made her a “human bargaining chip,” indicated an abuse of process.On the U.S.-China trade front, the deadline in the Meng case will coincide with high-level negotiations between Washington and Beijing, said the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.China’s Vice-Premier Liu He, the country’s economic point person, is scheduled to travel to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington on Jan. 30 and 31 for a round of talks. They will meet as their two countries are locked in a tariff conflict that’s rattled the global economy.—With files from James McCarten in Washington and The Associated Press.Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 13

Parkland Fuel buying 75 per cent stake in SOL Investments for 157

first_imgCALGARY – Parkland Fuel Corp. says it will acquire a 75 per cent stake in SOL Investments Ltd., an independent fuel marketer in the Caribbean, for $1.57 billion under an agreement with its current owners.SOL supplies and markets a total of 4.8 billion litres of fuel annually across 23 countries in the Caribbean.Under the deal, SOL Ltd. will continue to own 25 per cent of SOL Investments and acquire about 12.2 million shares of Parkland Fuel, one of Canada’s largest fuel distributors.SOL Ltd.’s parent, the Simpson Group, will own a 9.9 per cent stake in Parkland.The transaction is subject to customary consents and regulatory approvals. It is expected to close by the end of the year.Calgary-based Parkland Fuel is an independent marketer of fuel and petroleum products and a convenience store operator.Companies in this story: (TSX:PKI)last_img read more

October 12

Ban condemns Lebanon terrorist attack

23 March 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today’s terrorist attack that killed Kamal Medhat, the deputy head of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Lebanon, and several of his bodyguards. “He hopes that the perpetrators of this crime will be brought to justice promptly,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “Such actions must not be allowed to endanger the climate of calm that currently prevails in Lebanon,” the statement added.According to media reports, a roadside bomb exploded as Mr. Medhat’s convoy was leaving a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon. There are more than 200,000 Palestinian refugees living in 12 camps throughout Lebanon. They are assisted by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which provides education, health and relief and social services to some 4.6 million Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. read more

October 11

Global wheat production set to rise but still below 2009 levels –

23 March 2011Global wheat production is set to rise by 3.4 per cent this year to 676 million tons, but the increase is still below the bumper harvests in 2008 and 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in the March edition of its food situation forecast released today. Wheat planting in many countries has increased or is expected to rise this year in response to strong prices, while yield recoveries are forecast in areas that were affected by drought in 2010, the Russian Federation in particular, according the FAO Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.The report pointed out that it is still too early to forecast total cereal production for this year because the bulk of the world’s coarse grains and paddy crops are yet to be planted.Looking back to last year’s production, the FAO report notes that in the low-income food-deficit countries (LIFDCs) as a group, the 2010 cereal output rose by 5.6 per cent, a development that will result in reduced cereal imports in 2010-2011.However, the increased production in the LIFDCs will not necessarily bring much relief for those countries as their overall cereal import bill is estimated to increase by 20 per cent because of higher international prices, according to FAO.In North Africa, prospects for this year’s May-June harvests of winter wheat and coarse grains are generally favourable, except in Tunisia where dry conditions in January dampened hopes for a robust wheat production recovery.The current unrest in North Africa has resulted in the displacement of large numbers of people and disruption to the flow of goods and services in this heavily cereal-import dependent region, the FAO noted.In Southern Africa, the outlook for the main 2011 maize crop is favourable and relatively low prices have helped stabilize food security. A record crop of maize is forecast in Malawi and Zambia. However, in South Africa, the largest producer in the sub-region, a sharp drop in production is forecast from last year due to reduced planting in response to high level of stocks and low prices for maize at planting time.In Eastern Africa, despite bumper harvests in 2010 and generally low prices, food insecurity has increased in the drought-stricken pastoral areas. In Western Africa, post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire continued to damage general economic conditions in the sub-region, trade in particular, FAO report said.In Asia, good 2011 wheat harvests are forecast in India and Pakistan. In China, the drought situation in the North Plain has been eased by recent precipitation but the outlook for the wheat crop still remains uncertain.In the Asia Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) sub-region, where Kazakhstan is the major producer, the bulk of the crop is yet to be sown, but in view of current strong prices planting is expected to be in line with the relatively high level of the past two years.In South America, however, where the season is well advanced, prospects for the 2011 maize crop are unfavourable in Argentina and Uruguay due to persistent dry weather linked to the La Niña weather pattern. In Brazil, by contrast, the outlook is positive after good rainfall since planting improved soil moisture conditions for developing crops.The need for food assistance, nevertheless, persists in many areas, the bulletin reported, with 29 countries currently requiring external assistance for food. Of those, 21 countries are in Africa and seven in Asia, including the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The displacement of large numbers of people in North Africa because of recent political events in the region also has made emergency assistance necessary, according to FAO. read more

October 8

Queensland Sri Lankan Tamil family lose final bid to avoid deportation

A Queensland family taken from their home and placed in a Melbourne detention centre more than a year ago have lost their final bid to stay in Australia.The Tamil family were removed from Biloela in March 2018 during a dawn raid, angering the central Queensland rural town and leading to nationwide protests by refugee advocates. The family were issued with a deportation notice in June last year after the federal government ruled they couldn’t stay.But their removal from Australia was put on hold after they made an 11th-hour appeal to the Federal Court in August.Ms Fredericks has previously described the family’s ordeal as “pure psychological torture”. Smaller gatherings were also held outside federal MP offices in Gladstone, Sydney and Melbourne as well as in a Canberra park. The Home to Bilo campaign was established in an attempt to overturn the family’s impending deportation and they lost their Federal Court appeal to remain in the country in December. “Each time they’re getting more and more exhausted. It’s just the psychological drain of not knowing and the constant fear [of returning to Sri Lanka],” she said.Almost 190,000 people have signed a petition urging Mr Dutton to return the family to Biloela. (Courtesy Brisbane Times) Family friend and Home to Bilo spokesperson Angela Fredericks called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to stand by his values and give the family a “fair go”.“After living, volunteering and working in Biloela for over four years, Priya and Nades have had more than a ‘go’ at contributing to the little town that became their home,” she said.“Biloela wants this family back.” On Tuesday, the High Court refused Priya, Nades and their two Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharunicaa, special leave to appeal the Federal Court ruling that they could not remain in the country and were to be deported. The couple came to Australia separately by boat in 2012 and 2013 following Sri Lanka’s civil war, but have been in detention for 14 months after their bridging visa expired.In January, rallies were held across the country, including outside Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s office in Strathpine, north of Brisbane. read more

October 7

Encana Corp names Michael McAllister as new president

Companies in this story: (TSX:ECA) The Canadian Press CALGARY — Encana Corp. has named Michael McAllister as its president, part of several changes to its executive leadership.He will continue to report to chief executive Doug Suttles.McAllister joined the company nearly 20 years ago and held positions of increasing responsibility.He previously served as Encana’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer.The company also promoted Brendan McCracken to executive vice-president of corporate development and external affairs. He will also report to Suttles.Greg Givens was promoted to chief operating officer. He will report to McAllister.

October 2

JT Barrett voted by students as best athlete at Ohio State

OSU then-redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) high-fives Buckeye fans after a 62-3 victory against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIn 2014, Ohio State then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett helped propel the Buckeyes into the first ever College Football Playoff. Now, in 2017, Barrett will be leading the charge for OSU one last time, with extra backing from the Buckeye faithful on campus.Barrett has been named The Lantern’s Best Athlete by voters, an award which went to current Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. It marks the second-straight year a member of the football team has been named as the university’s best athlete.After tossing 24 touchdowns and rushing for another nine, Barrett was a key cog in the offensive machine for OSU. Flashing both his legs and his arm, the Texas native compiled 3,400 total yards.Barrett received lots of criticism for the passing game woes, but managed to command an offensive unit that averaged 39.4 points and 459.2 yards per game. Next year, the redshirt senior will benefit from the presence of former NFL coach Ryan Day, who is now the team’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.“He’s a grown man,” Day said. “He’s like a professional when he shows up every day. From when I got here until now, I can see the best thing he does is play the game.”OSU also brought in Kevin Wilson to help recharge the offense. The former Indiana head coach, who had to strategize against Barrett on multiple occasions, called him “the best quarterback in college football” after OSU’s 38-17 win last year.“He’s one of the best players, he’s one of the best teammates,” Wilson said. “I’m not in their locker room, I’m sure he’s a phenomenal leader.”Runner-up: Kyle Snyder read more

October 2

Womens Basketball Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell invited to USA Womens National

Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell looks to the basket in her drive against Penn State’s defense during the Buckeyes’ game on Feb. 1. Credit: Summer Cartwright | Campus EditorOhio State women’s basketball guard Kelsey Mitchell has been invited to the 2017 USA Women’s National Team Training Camp, which will be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California.The senior is one of just five collegiate athletes — including Connecticut forward Napheesa Collier, Connecticut guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson, Louisville guard Asia Durr, South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson — invited to the training camp. Twenty-five WNBA players earned invites as well.The training camp — which will be led by USA National Team and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley — will be used to help identify and prepare athletes for future events, including the 2018 FIBA World Cup of Basketball, according to a release.This will be the second opportunity for Mitchell to represent her country on the court. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year earned a spot on the USA Basketball Women’s Under-23 National Team, which competed in the Four Nations Tournament in mid-August.Last season, Mitchell led the Big Ten with 22.6 points per game and was named a second-team All-American for the second time in her career. The Associated Press also named her a first-team All-American after the 2015-16 season.Ohio State opens the season on Nov. 10 when the Buckeyes host Stanford as part of the Countdown to Columbus, an event marking the beginning of the college women’s basketball 2017-18 season. read more

September 28

Sanzenbacher making his mark as a senior

He’s a self-proclaimed “little white wide receiver,” but as a Buckeye, Dane Sanzenbacher has been challenged to be so much more. “I get that a lot. I get pinned as (Anthony) Gonzalez or (Brian) Hartline because we’re both little white wide receivers,” Sanzenbacher said. “It’s easy to learn from the guys and they’re two good mentors to have.” Hartline saw his successor’s potential early on. “Dane Sanzenbacher is doing a really good job at making great strides in his game,” Hartline said following Sanzenbacher’s first season. “There is a point when you get to college and lose your swagger and become not as edgy. As you keep playing, you gain an understanding of the speed of the game and things slow down and you learn how to make adjustments on the run. Dane is doing that and is seeing things a lot quicker.” Three years later, at 5-feet-11-inches, Sanzenbacher is aggressive and has developed that speed. It’s been a learning experience for Sanzenbacher, who wasn’t highly recruited out of Toledo Central Catholic High School. “I would never have imagined I would have been here,” Sanzenbacher said. “Just being able to be a part of it was kind of a dream in the first place and then to get where it’s at right now is pretty crazy.” It’s become the norm for Sanzenbacher to have to block on the Buckeye offense. “You get used to it,” he said. Sanzenbacher etched his name into the record books following OSU’s 73-20 victory over Eastern Michigan on Sept. 25. “Well, I think obviously you never come into a game expecting to do that,” Sanzenbacher said following the game. Sanzenbacher tied Terry Glenn (1995) and Bob Grimes (1952) with four touchdown receptions in a single game, the OSU record. “That was unbelievable, not something I thought I’d do, to be named with names like Terry Glenn,” Sanzenbacher said. “It’s pretty awesome to have a piece of this history wherever you can get it, it’s cool to know that your name will be in the book forever.” Sanzenbacher leads the team with 505 receiving yards and seven touchdowns this season. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor has found Sanzenbacher for more receptions, but Sanzenbacher maintains he’s just in the right place at the right time and they connect with one another. “I definitely think we have good chemistry together,” Sanzenbacher said. “I understand what he’s thinking.” “Dane’s good,” Tressel said. “He’s where he’s supposed to be … It’s all according to who’s open, and some of the things we were doing, Dane was the guy that popped open.” Close on his heels is best friend Brandon Saine with six touchdowns. Saine, a graduate of Piqua High School, played Sanzenbacher in high school, but they didn’t know each other personally. Irony struck close to home when Sanzenbacher and Saine were roommates in their first year. Both agree that they are best friends. Looking at all four years, Sanzenbacher is content with the progression of the guys that he entered camp with in 2007. “I think we’re guys that have been through tough wins, tough losses, been through a lot different situations in our career since we were freshman back in the national championship game,” he said. “And being able to win at the Rose Bowl and everything that came in between, I think when you bring that experience it just breeds confidence.” The future for Sanzenbacher is still unclear. “Obviously I want to take this football thing as far as I can. If not, we’ll see, I couldn’t even speculate though, cause I wouldn’t guess I’d be here a year ago.” If Sanzenbacher follows in the footsteps of Gonzalez and Hartline, he should be preparing for the NFL draft. Gonzalez went to the Indianapolis Colts in the first round. In 2009, Hartline went to the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round. Tressel gave each senior a notebook that documented the number of days each player has left as a Buckeye. “It’s crazy how fast that goes though, that’s something that kind of put it into perspective, how little time we have left. It’s kind of depressing,” Sanzenbacher said. “We’ve just rattled them off, so I mean it’s flying by.” In the midst of his senior year, he isn’t thinking about his personal future, but the future of the Buckeyes and the ‘one week at a time’ attitude. One more thing comes to mind: a national championship. “We’re pretty sure they’re sick of us winning championships, but I mean it’s something that comes with the territory,” Sanzenbacher said. “We feel like, at least to the seniors, it’s our job to kind of pass down the knowledge and preach to the younger guys that it just doesn’t happen.” read more

September 22

Ballymount industrial estate fire could burn for rest of weekend

first_imgUpdated 9.09pmLOCALS HAVE REPORTED hearing explosions as a fire blazes at the Oxigen Environmental plant at Merrywell Industrial Estate in Clondalkin.A local told TheJournal.ie that “little explosions” woke people up and could even be heard as far as Crumlin Garda Station. Gardaí and Dublin Fire Brigade are attending the scene.Gardaí have asked members of the public to keep windows and doors of homes and business premises closed “due to the toxicity of the burning  material and strong winds”.Firefighters believe they could be battling the blaze for the rest of the weekend. Gardaí don’t expect to be able to do forensic tests of the site until Monday, by when it is hoped the plant will have been made safe.[Photocall Ireland]A spokesperson from the Dublin Fire Brigade told TheJournal.ie that there are eight units still at the scene.The firefighters are in ‘offensive mode’, meaning they are inside the building and fighting the fire from that location.The fire was reported to the fire service at 3.13am and it is still going.He said there had been a few “minor explosions” and that there is an ambulance at the scene, in case its services are needed.It is not believed anyone has been injured in the fire.Oxigen Environmental is a waste management company that offers recycling services and waste-water treatment.In addition, a small electrical fire was reported at a business at Ballymount at 6.20am. One pump was sent to this fire and it has been extinguished.last_img read more

September 20

NouvelleZélande le mauvais temps oblige à suspendre les opérations de pompage

first_imgNouvelle-Zélande : le mauvais temps oblige à suspendre les opérations de pompageMardi, le service maritime néo-zélandais a indiqué que les équipes d’intervention avaient dû suspendre les opérations destinées à pomper le carburant des cuves du cargo Rena échoué. Le mauvais temps malmène le navire et fait courir un risque aux équipes.”Chaque goutte de pétrole que nous pouvons pomper du Rena est une goutte de moins dans l’environnement”. C’est ce qu’a déclaré mardi, Andrew Berry, responsable du service maritime néo-zélandais (MNZ). Depuis lundi, les équipes d’intervention ont en effet débuté les opérations de pompage du carburant contenu dans les cuves du cargo qui s’est échoué le 5 octobre à 22 kilomètres au large de Tauranga dans le nord du pays. Alors que la coque du Rena apparait fendue ou fragilisée à plusieurs endroits, ces opérations visent à empêcher les quelques 1.673 tonnes de fioul transportées de se déverser dans la mer, comme l’ont déjà fait 330 tonnes.À lire aussiNouvelle-Zélande : trois vaches survivent miraculeusement au séisme grâce à un îlot de terreEn un jour, quelque 90 tonnes de carburant ont été pompées et transférées sur une barge située à 800 mètres du cargo battant pavillon libérien. Néanmoins, le processus s’avère délicat et difficile. Ce matin, le MNZ a ainsi dû suspendre les opérations en raison d’un mauvais temps qui malmène le navire, secoué par des vagues de 5 mètres et des vents de 65 kilomètres par heure. Des intempéries qui représentent un danger pour les équipes qui interviennent sur place. “Compte tenu du nombre de variables qui peuvent affecter les opérations, nous avons devant nous un long et lent processus”, a confirmé Andrew Berry. Si le cargo ne se brise pas, il faudra ainsi des jours pour vider ses cuves à un rythme qui ne peut dépasser les 20 tonnes par heure. Mardi matin, le fioul qui a déjà souillé la mer et les rivages continuait de s’échapper mais en petites quantités.  Le 18 octobre 2011 à 09:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20

The Nintendo Switch Why a Portable System Still Matters in 2017

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President We finally get to see the Nintendo Switch this week. All (or at least most) of our questions will be answered. Most importantly, we’ll come away with some idea of how this thing will fit into our lives. For some, the Switch will be like any other console. I’ve already heard a few say their Switch will stay connected to their TV, and never leave its dock. That’s perfectly reasonable, but for me, it’s most exciting as a new portable console.That’s kind of the beauty of what Nintendo is claiming to offer here. Assuming it’s everything we imagine it is (which is a big assumption, I realize), it can be exactly what everyone needs it to be. And right now, I need it to be a portable system. I bet I’m not alone in that either. Despite everyone having a much more powerful computer in their pocket already, there’s still a need for dedicated portable gaming consoles.(Screenshot via Youtube/Nintendo Mobile)Playing Games on a Smartphone Still SucksYes, there are some great smartphone games out there. Games that are designed around touchscreen control that doesn’t just draw an analog stick and buttons on the screen. But after a while, you get tired of games that ask nothing more of the player than an occasional tap or swipe. You want something more complex, and those games feel terrible on a smartphone. Fake touchscreen analog sticks never work quite right, and get really uncomfortable after prolonged session. I want the direct control that can only be offered by a physical analog stick, D-pad, and buttons. While there are controller attachments for phones, support is app by app and build quality varies drastically. Most of all, though, I’d rather just take a device out and start playing right away.Even Nintendo games aren’t as good on smartphones. Sure, Super Mario Run was OK I guess, but can you honestly say you wouldn’t prefer a proper Mario game? One where you had full control over his movements? One with complex level design, whose challenge didn’t come from your inability to move left?Public Transit Commuters Need Something to DoWhether it’s because they want to save the environment or they just don’t want to deal with traffic, more people are choosing to take public transportation to work these days. When you take a train or bus to work, something amazing happens. You get so much time back. When you drive to work, you can’t concentrate on much more than the road. When you take public transit, you have time to read, close your eyes and clear your mind, or catch up on your massive video game backlog. I love JRPGs, and thanks to a daily train commute and a Playstation Vita, I had time to play through Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. (Which, by the way, is a fantastic RPG series that everyone should play.)With the Switch being the same system at home as it is on the go, I’ll be able to play and finish Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And hopefully, I’ll be able to get into some games that I missed on the Wii U. Like Xenoblade Chronicles X. (Please, oh please, oh please.) Also, unlike the Vita, this will likely be Nintendo’s only platform from now on. They’ll have no choice but to support it just as well as, if not better than, they did the 3DS. Within a year, there should be plenty of games for us to choose from. I hope.Television Time Isn’t So Abundant AnymoreThis is true for anyone now living with a significant other, who maybe doesn’t share their enthusiasm for games. You share a TV with someone else now, and you don’t have nearly as much time for console gaming as you did when you were single. Now, this problem could be solved with a gaming laptop, but it’s hard to curl up on the couch with one of those. Handhelds are kind of the perfect compromise. Your partner gets to watch their stories, you get your gaming time, and nobody gets lonely.This is such a common situation that every console manufacturer has found some kind of solution. A PS4 will stream to a Vita. An Xbox One will stream to a Windows tablet (or any Windows 10 computer). And Nintendo, who started this whole trend with the Wii U, now is continuing it with the Switch. As a bonus, you can take the Switch with you when you storm out after the inevitable fight about how you never talk anymore. Good looking out, Nintendo.(Photo: Screenshot via Nintendo)Better Game Boy Advance Experience on Virtual ConsoleThis is purely theoretical at this point, as we have no idea what Virtual Console on the Switch will look like. But if it’s anything like the Wii U’s, chances are Game Boy Advance games are on their way. And they will finally be portable again. These games were designed to be played on the go. Having to stay near a Wii U to play them kind of defeats the purpose.And yes, I know you can get a Raspberry Pi or other handheld emulation device. I don’t care. Games have value and people should be paid for their work. Also, GBA emulation on Wii U has been pretty great as far as accuracy goes and doesn’t require any tinkering. When you only have a 45-minute commute to play games, it’s better to have a thing that works the way you want it to right out of the box. Now if only they could get Boktai working on it.Want to learn more? 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September 19

Kana on signing with WWE working with Sara Amato

first_img House Hardy Halloween Preview, Driving force behind Women’s Evolution (Sara Del Rey) Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention Now Playing Up Next Scott Fishman of ChannelGuideMagBlog.com passed along a new interview with recent WWE signee, Kana, about her decision to sign with the company.On her decision to sign with WWE:“In the end, it was not a difficult decision to make, as a competitor, you always want to perform on the biggest stage, and there is no bigger stage than WWE. I was looking for a new challenge, and when the opportunity presented itself. I jumped at it.”On working with Sara Amato (Sara Del Rey) prior to signing with WWE:“It definitely helps to know I will be training under someone I am familiar and comfortable with, in this business, you never stop learning, and I can’t wait to get to Orlando and train with Sara and the rest of the incredible coaching staff.”On the help she will have in making the transition from Japan to the US:“Once I get to Orlando, I will have a great support system, I am sure I will be asking a lot of questions to Hideo [Itami] and Matt Bloom, both of which I have known from my days in Japan.”ChannelGuideMagBlog.com: Kana talks about what it means to be WWE’s newest signingRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipLa commissione avverte lItalia: squilibri macroeconomiciVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:20/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 24.91%0:03Remaining Time -1:18 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp La commissione avverte lItalia: squilibri macroeconomici Google+ Twitter Celebrity Closeup: Edgar Ramirez Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Alexis Tsipras Now Playing Up Next Pennsylvania Jury Finds That More Than 1,000 Children Were Sexually Abused By Priests Nora and Baker Draft Their Pop Culture Favorites Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Kickoff Show match set for No Mercy, Look back at Sting vs. Seth Rollinslast_img read more

September 17

Pintard says Major Grand Bahama Junkanoo Event Should be Held in Honour

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 2, 2017 – Grand Bahama – This year’s Junkanoo parade in Grand Bahama will be named in honour of Ken ‘Motorboat’ Ferguson.  The announcement came from Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Michael Pintard, while giving remarks at “Motorboat’s” funeral service on Saturday, September 30, 2017, which was held at Community At Heart Tabernacle (Church of God of Prophecy).Ferguson was considered an “icon” of Junkanoo and Bahamian culture in Grand Bahama, having led the Classic Dancers Junkanoo group for over 10 years.“Whenever someone has made that kind of contribution to his country, there ought to be something significant done to show appreciation,” said Pintard, who extended condolences on behalf of the Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and on behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Hon. Frankie Campbell.“After speaking with all of the Junkanoo leaders both here in Grand Bahama and those from Nassau, we all agreed that some signature event in Grand Bahama should be held and named in honour of Ken ‘Motorboat’ Ferguson. Whatever name we call it – Just Rush or Feel the Rush – ‘Motorboat’ should be the patron of that event.“It is common that when someone has touched so many lives and has made significant contributions to the development of a country, the usual thing to do is to memorialize them by keeping their memory and their name alive, as a means of honouring the sacrifices that they have made. So, we must do that for Ken Ferguson.”Minister Pintard noted that the words in Mr. Ferguson’s obituary did not completely give the full story of just how much the Junkanoo enthusiast had impacted the Bahamian culture.   He pointed out that ‘Motorboat’ had a positive impact in Grand Bahama in the areas of culture, as well as sports.“Certainly, all of us would agree that he has played a major role in grooming thousands of young lives, directly or indirectly,” Pintard added.   “So my Ministry has special gratitude for the contributions and the role which ‘Motorboat’ has played.“We are honoured by the sacrifice that he has made to Junkanoo here in Grand Bahama and we cannot forget it.”Minister Pintard also commended the spiritual contributions Mr. Ferguson made, having served his church faithfully for many years.By: Andrew CoakleyPhoto captions:  GIVING REMARKS – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard was among those paying respects to the late Ken ‘Motorboat’ Ferguson, during funeral services on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Community at Heart Tabernacle (Church of God of Prophecy) in Freeport, Grand Bahama.  (BIS Photo)PAYING RESPECTS – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard sit in the front row of Community at Heart Tabernacle during funeral services on Saturday for Ken ‘Motorboat’ Ferguson, a Junkanoo Icon. Also in attendance was former Minister of Transport & Aviation, Glenys Hanna-Martin.  (BIS Photo) Related Items:last_img read more

September 15

Police hand out flyers hoping to find driver in fatal hitandrun of

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police officers passed out flyers in hopes of finding the driver behind the wheel of a fatal hit-and-run of an elderly man in Northwest Miami Dade.Seventy-six-year-old Eniste Rigobert was killed on Feb. 8 in the area of Northwest 10th Avenue and 106th Street.“We’re just asking somebody to step up, perhaps somebody saw something,” Miami-Dade Police Detective Lee Cowart said. “We’re handing out flyers here. The detectives are handing out flyers and trying to get the neighborhood involved in this.”Miami-Dade Police investigators describe the vehicle they are searching for as a 1999 to 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban or Tahoe with front-end damage.If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

September 9

Norton Sound 450 Race Ready to Run in 2015

first_imgFirst-place finisher Pete Kaiser arrives at the finish line in Nome at the end of the 2012 Norton Sound 450. (Photo: David Dodman, KNOM)The Norton Sound 450, a regional sled dog race along the western coast of Alaska, will run in 2015, race officials say, committing to a race that was canceled last year and severely shortened the year before.The mid-distance race—officially dubbed the Paul Johnson Memorial Norton Sound 450—was first run in 2012 but significantly shortened in 2013 due to severe weather, and was canceled outright this past season due to funding, local training conditions and schedule timing.But an announcement from race organizers, and confirmed by race organizer Middy Johnson, declares the race’s return in full: mushers will run from Unalakleet to Kaltag and back before tracing the Iditarod trail through Norton Sound coastal communities from Shaktoolik to Koyuk, Elim, Golovin, and White Mountain and ultimately finishing in Nome.The race, set to start Wednesday, Feb. 11, is run in honor of Iditarod veteran and long-time Norton Sound Sled Dog Club member Paul Johnson, who died of cancer in October of 2011.(Map via Norton Sound 450 website)Few other details were available as to which mushers might run the race, but the purse has been set at $30,000, significantly more than the 2013 purse of $10,000 that was split between the eight finishing mushers but still a decrease from $50,000 purse offered to the top 15 mushers in 2012.Race officials say the Norton Sound 450 will also qualify mushers for the Iditarod.Despite drastic changes to the course due to weather in the race’s short history, it’s already attracted mushing heavyweights, like four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser, as well as Iditarod finishers like DeeDee Jonrowe, Aaron Burmeister, and Ray Redington Jr. But the race has also been a chance for western Alaska mushers to shine: Bethel’s Pete Kaiser has won both of the Norton Sound 450 races, and locals like St. Michael’s Alex Otten, Unalakleet’s Mary Helwig, and Aniak’s Richie Diehl have all run the race in the past.The Norton Sound Sled Dog Club has been supporting mushing in Unalakleet and around the Norton Sound region since 1971. In 1973 the club started the Norton Sound Portage 200 from Unalakleet to Kaltag and back.last_img read more

September 2

Santa Fe Alleged Shooter Trial Moved To Fort Bend County 600 Quarantined

first_imgFriday, June 21, 2019Top afternoon stories:Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP, PoolThis file photo shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis being escorted by Galveston County Sheriff’s Office deputies.Santa Fe Alleged Shooter Trial Moved To Fort Bend CountyThe trial for Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspect in the Santa Fe High School shooting, has been moved to Fort Bend County.Pagourtzis, who is now 18-years-old but was 17 when he allegedly committed the crime in May 2018, is accused of killing 10 people and wounding 13 others. He has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault.In a brief three-minute hearing held on Friday, a Galveston County judge issued his decision on where the trial will be held.The judge granted a change of venue request to defense attorneys back in February.The trial is scheduled to begin early next year.Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe Harris County Jail, in downtown Houston.600 Quarantined At County Jail Because Of Mumps OutbreakThe number of quarantined inmates at the Harris County jail has doubled in one week because of a mumps outbreak, a spokesman for the Houston Health Department told News 88.7 on Friday. Currently, there are approximately 600 quarantined inmates, while the number was 300 as of Thursday, June 13.Porfirio Villarreal said the number of confirmed mumps cases is still seven, six inmates and one jail staffer were diagnosed. Another eight people are being monitored for potential infection. That’s one more than what Dr. David Persse, Houston’s EMS medical director, reported last week.Jail medical staff first recognized an inmate with mumps symptoms in mid-May.Last week, Persse said his department is concerned about the outbreak because there can be serious complications in a small percentage of patients, including swelling and damage of reproductive organs, as well as inflammation of the brain. Mumps can also be dangerous for pregnant women.Ryan Poppe/Texas Public RadioGov. Greg AbbottTexas To Deploy 1,000 National Guard Troops To BorderGov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that the state will deploy 1,000 troops from the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to aid the federal government with border security efforts.“There is an escalating crisis at the border — a crisis Congress is refusing to fix,” said Abbott, who was flanked by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, along with Brig. Gen. Tracy Norris, the adjutant general of the Texas National Guard, during a news conference at the Texas Capitol.Abbott said the troops will “provide assistance at temporary holding facilities” in the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso and also help at ports of entry.The federal government, he said, will pay “100% of the costs of this short-term mission.”Migrant apprehensions along the border have continued to surge in recent months. According to numbers released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the beginning of June, roughly 133,000 were apprehended or surrendered to border agents along the southwest border in May. Sharelast_img read more