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Notleys pipeline plans not phased by Supreme Court beer ruling

first_imgThursday’s Supreme Court decision regarding one man’s battle to bring cheep Quebec beer across a provincial border to his New Brunswick home could have spillover effects in Alberta’s pipeline dispute with British Columbia. The judgement reiterates part of the constitution which states provinces cannot impose trade restrictions with the intent to punish other provinces. Alberta Premier, Rachel Notley was asked about the decision Thursday night, outside a B’nai Brith dinner.Reporter question: “Premier are you worried about the Supreme Court decision and being able to stand up for pipelines?”Notley’s answer: “No we’re good–we’ve had a good conversation–and we’re still very confident that everything is going to work out the way it needs to. Thank you.”Premier @RachelNotley as she was leaving the dinner tonight – “is she worried today’s Supreme Court decision could impact her ability to stand up for pipelines?” #yyc @660NEWS pic.twitter.com/e6XZ6MC44v— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) April 20, 2018It was the only question the premier took from Calgary media before being whisked away. Notley is scheduled to be in Fort McMurray Friday, for a facility ground-breaking.last_img read more

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Jane Lynch And Matt Sorum Launch Adopt The Arts Campaign

first_imgFundAnything, the crowdfunding site started by Bill Zanker and Donald Trump is launching a crowdfunding campaign with actress Jane Lynch and rocker Matt Sorum.Video: Adopt The Art Campaign Pitch With Jane Lynch and Matt SorumThe campaign will raise funds for the Adopt the Arts Foundation, to bring music to the public schools of LA.The organization founded by Abigail Berman and Matt Sorum, is on a mission to bring vibrant music and arts programs to the Los Angeles United School District, as a way to expand the horizons of children, and to counteract the deep budget cuts that have eliminated the music and arts curriculum from LA schools.Adopt the Arts is launching its FundAnything campaign with a video starring Jane Lynch and Matt Sorum. In the video, Matt tries out some new songs on Jane in an attempt to come up with the perfect message for inspiring kids. He and Jane also get a little help from some of their famous friends who make surprise appearances on the video.“We’re so excited to launch a campaign that will help us expand our efforts to bring music into the lives of hundreds of school children who will now be able to practice and play an instrument and make music their very own,” said Abby Berman. “The really important part of our efforts, and the thing that policy makers and school administrators fail to see, is that the music spills over into every other aspect of these kids’ lives, adding color, vibrancy, creativity, and instilling them with practical knowledge and self-confidence.”Jane Lynch, whose character Sue Sylvester on the hit television show Glee would rather walk on hot coals than see Wm. McKinley High School’s Glee Club succeed, stresses the importance of providing music for its own sake, and as a springboard into a richer world. She attributes her own success to arts programs in school, and sits on the board of Adopt the Arts.The Adopt the Arts Foundation sprang to life in 2010 when Abby Berman became aware that the music program at the Rosewood Avenue School, where her children were students, was scrapped because of budget cuts. Berman alerted friend and musician Matt Sorum, and the two jumped into action — adopting schools and restoring their music programs; and harnessing the star power of several actors and musicians to help raise awareness and funding. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, quickly became a friend of Adopt the Arts, and not only understands the importance of a musical education, but also credits an elementary school music teacher for setting him on his road to success.In addition to the Adopt the Arts’ FundAnything campaign, on September 15th the Foundation is holding its first large scale fundraising gala with an evening concert entitled Peace Through Music. The fundraiser has a two-fold objective: to help raise funds for the underserved schools in the Los Angeles United School District; and to raise much needed awareness and funds for the education of girls in Pakistan. Matt Sorum will perform at the concert, and will be joined by Pakistani philanthropist and musician Shehzad Roy, singer Macy Gray, guitarist Slash, and other guest artists.“Crowdfunding is a great way to raise funds for school programs because it invites parents and teachers to get involved to bring about positive change,” said Bill Zanker, the co-founder of FundAnything. There’s great excitement and optimism as funding becomes available and kids can once again benefit from being exposed to the arts.”The FundAnything Adopt the Arts campaign is looking to raise $85,000 in a 45-day period on the site. The funds will be used to implement a fully-operational elementary school music program, including hiring and paying the salary of an experienced music teacher.last_img read more

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DBM Maroc Launches the First Moroccan Hybrid Laptop

Casablanca- DBM Maroc has recently announced the launching of the first made-in-Morocco hybrid laptop (tablet + laptop), according to Le360.DBM group, which markets its products under the brand name Accent, has announced the release of “TransformerTB1010,” the first hybrid laptop made in the country.According to the same source, the head of IBM Maroc, Karim Almazouzi, said the brand new product is a serious competitor to other renowned international groups who produce similar products, especially American and Korean companies. Mr.  Almazouzi also explained that IBM Maroc’s share in the Moroccan market amounts to 30%, indicating that there the group intends to increase its ratio in the market of electronic panels. DBM Maroc was established in 1996, and now has more than 100 employees. The group also has two highly developed assembling units in the industrial zone of city of Muhammadia. read more

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Morocco’s Hakimi, Lekjaa, Renard Winners of 2018 CAF Awards

Rabat – CAF awarded Morocco’s head coach Herve Renard “Men’s Coach of the Year” and Moroccan football team player Achraf Hakimi “Youth Player of the Year,”CAF also awarded Fouzi Lekjaa, president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), “Federation President of the Year “The CAF Awards ceremony took place this evening in Dakar, Senegal. CAF President Ahmad Ahmad arrived in Senegal to participate in the ceremony. Read Also: Morocco’s Hakimi, Renard Among Finalists in 2018 CAF AwardsRenard was competing for the best coach award against Senegalese coach Aliou Cisse and Tunisia’s Mouine Chaabani.A masterful coach, Renard has won two Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) championships, one with Zambia in 2012 and one with Cote d’Ivoire in 2015.Renard has also achieved great performances with the Atlas Lions, especially in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The head coach and his Atlas Lions also qualified to the 2019 CAN.Atlas Lion’s star Hakimi was competing for the best young player against AC Milan midfielder Frank Kissie and Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi.Hakimi, who plays with Dortmund on loan from Real Madrid, is the fastest footballer in the German league with a speed of 35.10 kilometers per hour, according to Kicker.Last month, the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) ranked Hakimi the top fullback in the European leagues in the previous three months. He outperformed several stars with a score of 85.3.Mohamed Salah, ‘Player of the Year’CAF awarded Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who plays for Liverpool, “Player of the Year.”South Africa’s Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana, who plays for Houston Dash, won two prizes: Women’s Player of the Year” and “Goal of the Year.” Her fellow country women Desiree Ellis won “Women’s Coach of the Year” award.Mauritania received “Men’s National Team of the Year” and Nigeria won “Women’s National Team of the Year.” read more

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Tourism has big role in cutting poverty but must be carefully managed

“Indeed, international tourism is one of the few ways in which the least developed countries have managed to increase their participation in the global economy,” he declared in a message to the 16th session of the UN World Tourism Organization, delivered in Dakar, Senegal, by the UN Resident Coordinator there, Alberic Kacou.At the same time, he stressed that tourism must be managed carefully to prevent a wide range of harmful effects that are becoming all too visible in many popular destinations.“These include destruction of natural heritage through overbuilding; ever higher demands on scarce water and energy resources; damage to ecologically fragile areas caused by irresponsible development; threats to indigenous cultures; exploitation of workers; organized sex tourism, and – most tragic of all – child sex tourism, which affects millions of children each year,” he said. read more

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US judge in Ore dismisses movie pirating lawsuit calling it unfair reverse

US judge in Ore. dismisses movie pirating lawsuit, calling it unfair ‘reverse class-action’ MEDFORD, Ore. – A federal judge has dismissed a movie company’s Internet piracy complaint against 34 Oregonians, saying the company was unfairly using the court’s subpoena power in a “reverse class-action suit” to save on legal expenses and possibly to intimidate defendants into paying thousands of dollars for viewing a movie that can be bought or rented for less than $10.The suit involves the 2012 movie “Maximum Conviction” starring Steven Seagal and Steve Austin, the Medford Mail Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/15JnmQd ).Voltage Pictures LLC, of Los Angeles, sought up to $180,000 in damages from each of the defendants accused of downloading the 2012 movie using peer-to-peer technology such as BitTorrent.Voltage said the defendants lived in Medford, Talent, Central Point, Shady Cove, Klamath Falls and Brookings. Statewide, nearly 600 people had participated in copyright infringement, the company alleged.In a ruling last week, U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken said the company had unfairly lumped the plaintiffs together to save more than $200,000 in court costs, and to possibly intimidate them into paying $7,500.A Blu-ray/DVD combo of the movie, she noted, can be obtained for $9 at Amazon.com, and a digital rental is just $3.99.The Salem attorney who filed the lawsuit in February, Carl Crowell, did not respond immediately to a call from The Associated Press.Aiken said technologies such as BitTorrent are “anonymous and stealthy tools” that allow large-scale copyright infringement. But she said the defendants weren’t equally culpable: Some had unsecured IP addresses, others allowed only downloading and prohibited uploading, while others were associated with institutional accounts such as businesses or schools with numerous users.The judge said cases such as Voltage’s allow plaintiffs to “use the courts’ subpoena powers to troll for quick and easy settlements.” She cited a letter sent to defendants that asks $7,500, saying that amount would increase up to $150,000 without prompt payment.___Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2013 5:35 pm MDT read more

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Filmmaker claims Beyonce stole his ideas to make Lemonade

Filmmaker claims Beyonce stole his ideas to make ‘Lemonade’ by The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2016 12:23 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2016 at 1:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A filmmaker has filed a federal lawsuit in New York against Beyonce alleging ideas from his short film were used to create the trailer that accompanied her new visual album “Lemonade.”The suit filed Wednesday in Manhattan also names the singer’s management company, Parkwood Entertainment, along with Sony Music Entertainment and Columbia Recording Corp.Matthew Fulks, of Louisville, Kentucky, alleges the producers of Beyonce’s “Lemonade” copied parts of a short film he produced in 2014.Fulks says a senior vice-president at Columbia had been sent a link to his film, “Palinoia.”He says “Lemonade” was produced months later. Fulks alleges the defendants infringed on his copyright because the two films are visually similar.Representatives for Beyonce and the corporations didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. read more

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How FiveThirtyEights NCAA Tournament Forecasts Did

We love making predictions at FiveThirtyEight, but we know that they’d be meaningless if we didn’t check to see how accurate they turned out to be. Over the past month, we forecast every NCAA college basketball game for the women’s and men’s tournaments, updating our numbers almost a hundred times as 132 teams were pared down to two champions.So let’s relive the NCAA tournament not through “One Shining Moment” but through a vetting of FiveThirtyEight’s forecasts.MEN’SOne way to assess our accuracy is to pit ourselves against Vegas, the gold standard of sports predictions. We took our final probabilities from before each March Madness game — converted to a point spread1The calculation for converting a win probability to a point spread in R: -qnorm(win_prob, mean = 0, SD = 10.36). That standard deviation is derived from a model Nate Silver built several years ago, based on about six years’ worth of tournament games. We then rounded to the nearest half point. — and used them to place hypothetical bets on the final Vegas line. For example: Vegas had Texas at -2.5 over Butler, but we gave the Longhorns just a 54 percent chance of winning. This implied a line of -1, so we bet on Butler to cover. (And we won!)Here’s how our hypothetical bets did through the round of 64. Note that if our implied line matched Vegas’s exactly, we wouldn’t place a hypothetical bet on that game.A 17-13 record is strong — enough to maybe make some money. More importantly, our model performed well when it differed significantly from Vegas. In seven games, marked in gray above, our model had a perceived edge of three points or more — a sizable gap in forecasting between the two basketball forecasts. In these games, our bets went 5-2.After the round of 64, things didn’t go so great:Through these last 31 games, our spreads tracked Vegas very closely. We disagreed on the favorite just once (correctly picking Notre Dame to beat Wichita State), and there were no games where our perceived edge was three points or greater. In 21 games, our edge was half a point to a point, a relatively small advantage to place actual money on. Luckily we didn’t, as these hypothetical bets went 6-15. When our perceived edge was greater than a point, our bets went 3-3. That gave us an overall March Madness record of 26-31, with 10 no bets.Betting against Vegas is great, but we’re aware that many of our readers stopped looking at our forecasts the moment they turned in their bracket. This means that the performance of our first, pre-tourney predictions was especially important.If you built a men’s bracket using only FiveThirtyEight’s initial numbers, you would have gotten 70 percent of the games correct. It’s hard to tell if we should be happy with that number — it’s certainly not going to impress sammyholtz16 or anyone else on top of the ESPN Bracket Challenge leaderboard. A better way to assess probabilistic forecasts is a calculation known as a Brier score, which we can use to compare ourselves to other models like Ken Pomeroy’s, Jeff Sagarin’s,2Sagarin just produces a power ranking, so for that model we used the converted probabilities that appeared in The New York Times. The Power Rank, ESPN BPI, and numberFire.A short, but still mathy, example of how Brier scores work: Our initial predictions gave No. 6 seed Xavier a 26.5 percent chance of advancing to the Sweet 16, while Ken Pomeroy’s log5 model gave them a 24.8 percent chance.3It’s sort of unfair to compare our forecast to Pomeroy’s, as our model incorporates his numbers as one of our variables. Pomeroy’s ratings and Jeff Sagarin’s power rankings can be used to forecast the tournament, but they were built to be useful throughout the entire college basketball season; they’re intentionally more generalized. Xavier did advance, so our Brier score for that event was (1 – 0.265)^2, or 0.54, while Pomeroy scored a 0.57. Being closer to zero is better, so we were (slightly) more accurate for that prediction.We calculated each model’s average Brier score for each round of the tournament. To benchmark all the results, we added a “chalk” model that assigned a 100 percent probability to the higher seed winning each game.4For games between teams with the same seed, the S-curve was used as a tiebreaker. Not every model predicted the play-in games, so for consistency we used every site’s predictions from before the First Four, but only measured the accuracy of predictions from after those games were played. Here are the results, including an overall average:FiveThirtyEight came in third, and all the models beat the chalk. Our forecasts started strong, with the lowest Brier score for the round of 64. We assigned the highest probabilities to Georgia State’s and Dayton’s upset chances — 24 and 38 percent, respectively. The Dayton pick — calculated before the play-in games began — was a coup for the geographic component of our calculations: Dayton had a home game against Boise State for its play-in, and then had to travel just a few dozen miles for its round of 64 matchup.NumberFire came in second, leaning heavily on favorites throughout the tournament. This killed numberFire early on — it gave Iowa State a 96 percent change over UAB — but this confidence paid off as the bracket became chalkier and chalkier. Other models, like Pomeroy’s, consistently underrate the favorites’ probability of winning, leading to weaker Brier scores.Once Duke started rolling, The Power Rank pulled away. Among the models we looked at, the site gave the Blue Devils the highest probability of advancing to the Sweet 16 (88 percent), Elite Eight (71 percent), Final Four (46 percent), and Championship game (27 percent). Duke was given a 12 percent chance to win the title at the tournament’s start. To compare, our model and numberFire each put Duke at six percent, while BPI had it at just three percent. Given that Duke is traditionally undervalued in bracket pools, fans who built their brackets on The Power Rank’s numbers likely had a pretty good tournament.WOMEN’SVegas might be the gold standard of sports predictions over in the men’s tournament, but unfortunately we couldn’t find a reliable source of betting lines for the women’s NCAA tournament (nor could we find them for any games other than the championship). This year was the first time we made March Madness predictions for the women’s tournament, and we knew there would be less data available for making the women’s model.Because there’s no major alternative we can use to judge our forecast, we were left with an imperfect measure: Did it do better than if we had just picked favorites? It’s a draw! if you built a women’s bracket using only FiveThirtyEight’s initial numbers, you would have gotten 84 percent of games correct, compared to … 84 percent if only favorites won.But Brier scores can help settle the tie. Here’s what happened when we compared our probabilistic results to the all-favorites picks.Our model outperformed the chalk model in the opening rounds (as it should have), but in some matchups it did more than just outperform. We gave DePaul, a No. 9 seed, a 77 percent chance of upsetting Minnesota, a No. 8 seed, and the Blue Demons won by seven. In the Spokane region, we gave Gonzaga a 48 percent chance of upsetting George Washington, nearly a coin toss, and sure enough, Gonzaga made a strong run all the way to the third round.We didn’t predict the Dayton upset of Kentucky (we gave them only a 22 percent chance of making it that far), and by the Sweet 16, the chalk model began to outperform us. Perhaps our model’s biggest oversight was placing too much weight on South Carolina making it to the national championship over Notre Dame, which was due in part to the geographical advantages we assigned to their playing in Greensboro. Both teams were No. 1 seeds, but Notre Dame was the higher 1 seed. We gave South Carolina a 40 percent chance of making it to the finals, and Notre Dame only a 34 percent chance. This was a very chalky tournament to begin with, however, with heavy, heavy favorites like UConn and the rest of the No. 1 seeds dominating the bracket.In total, however, we outperformed the chalk, and we’re pleased with how our first women’s March Madness predictions did. We’ll have more data to build on for next year, plus a better understanding of the fat-tailed distributions particular to the women’s tournament — and we’ve got a pretty good idea of who our model will favor again.CORRECTION (March 15, 2016, 12:10 p.m.): An earlier version of the first footnote in this article misstated the equation used to calculate implied point spreads from win probabilities. This calculation used a mean of zero, not one. The numbers that appeared in the article were not affected. read more

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Roald Dahl was inspired by his wifes stroke to create the words

first_imgRoald Dahl Dahl is well known for his diverse language, with six of his made-up words, including “Oompa Loompa”, being added into the Oxford English Dictionary last month.In The BFG, cheerful is replaced with “hopscotchy”, writing with “squabbling” and silly with “frothbuggling”. “The BFG has all these weird words and weird expressions,” Prof Solomon said. “The BFG struggles to get his words out just like a stroke victim.”Following his wife’s stroke, Dahl set up a “rehabilition” programme in a bid to help her learn to speak again. The BFG struggles to get his words out just like a stroke victimTom Solomon Prof Solomon’s said Dahl told him that his wife’s problems with words “must have” influenced his writing. “I had always enjoyed making up new words,” the author said, according to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine.“That is part of the fun, you know, that keeps the nippers interested… But I suppose, yes, some of the trouble Pat had did work its way into The BFG; yes it must have.” 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. Some of the trouble Pat had did work its way into The BFG; yes it must haveRoald Dahlcenter_img Roald Dahl came up with words such as “snozzcumber” and “gobblefunk” after being inspired by his wife’s stroke, his doctor has revealed.The author, who died in 1990, also drew on side effects of the condition for his character the BFG and made him get his words out “just like” a stroke patient, Professor Tom Solomon said.Dahl’s wife, American actress Patricia Neal, suffered multiple strokes while bathing her eldest daughter in 1965. The author later became an active campaigner and played a part in creating The Stroke Association.  Prof Solomon, who was attending the Cheltenham Literature Festival to speak about his book Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine, spoke to Dahl about the link while looking after him.Speaking about the moment he asked Dahl, he said: “I said to him, ‘did all these new words and the difficulty with the BFG’s speech, did that come from Pat’s stroke?’“She struggled with her words like people do when they’ve had a stroke. She came up with all these funny words, like ‘oblogon’ for a cigarette and ‘you make me jake my diddles’ meaning ‘you’re making me cross’.” “Back then there was no rehabilitation, she would have got an hour every couple of days but he thought how is she going to relearn to speak and relearn to walk on an hour a day?” Prof Solomon said.“Look at children. Children have six hours a day in school to help them learn and so he thought that’s what we’re going to do.“He set up for friends and family to come and do an hour each, six hours a day to help her talk again.” Dahl’s approach to stroke rehabilitation became a whole movement and eventually became absorbed into the Stroke Association. Roald Dahl invented wordsCredit:Ronald Dumont /Gettylast_img read more

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Catalan derby lasted for 15 minutes – Barca easily over Granollers

11Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto52034 ASOBALBM GranollersFC Barcelona Intersporthandball ← Previous Story NORWAY: Cecilie Leganger four months out Next Story → SC MAGDEBURG SAVE DKB BUNDESLIGA: First season defeat for THW Kiel! 4Frigoríficos Morrazo Cangas53117 9Juanfersa Grupo Fegar52125 10Globalcaja C. Encantada51315 6Helvetia Anaitasuna52125 14Ángel Ximénez Puente Genil51133 15Bidasoa Irún50141 5Reale Ademar León52216 7Cuatro Rayas Valladolid51315 2Fraikin BM Granollers650110 12BM. Aragón51133 13BM Guadalajara51133 1FC Barcelona660012 8BM. Huesca52125 16Villa de Aranda Top Ribera50141 The clash of two unbeatable teams till yesterday in Spanish ASOBAL – Granollers and Barcelona was interesting only in the first 15 minutes until result was 6:6. At the rest of the match, handball fans have seen only clear Barca’s domination – 34:20 (17:10). Over 3000 fans in Granollers couldn’t help their players to give a better resistance to the one of the best sides in Europe.20. Granollers (10+10): Schulz (Sastre, ps); E. Pérez (-) Blanxart (-), Pujol (-), Capdevila (1), M. Garcia (1), A. Pérez (3), Campos (1), Reixach (1, 1p), Solé (3), Ruiz (-), Salinas (5, 1p), Grundsten (1), Del Arco (3), A. Garcia (1).34. Barcelona (17+17): Saric (Sterbik, ps); Noddesbo (1), García (2), Tomás (8), Entrerríos (1), Sorhaindo (1), Sarmiento (1), Ariño (-), Gurbindo (1), Rutenka (6, 1p), Stranovsky (2), Morros (-), Karabatic (5), Balaguer (2), Lazarov (4).STANDINGS 3Naturhouse La Rioja53117 read more

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TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright has died aged 66

first_imgCLARISSA DICKSON WRIGHT, the chef who became famous as part of the BBC’s Two Fat Ladies programme, has died at the age of 66.Her agent confirmed that she died on Saturday in Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary in Scotland.Dickson Wright had been a barrister before she teamed up with Jennifer Paterson in the 1990s to form the well-known cooking duo who focused on their love of food. Paterson died in 1999.The statement from her agent said: “Loved dearly by her friends and many fans all over the world, Clarissa was utterly non-PC and fought for what she believed in, always, with no thought to her own personal cost”.“Her fun and laughter, extraordinary learning and intelligence, will be missed always, by so many of us”.Clarissa Dickson Wright (back) with Jennifer Paterson at the start of their BBC series in 1997. (Pic: Ben Curtis/PA Archive)Read: How Tony Benn erected a secret plaque in a Westminster broom cupboard >last_img read more

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That party the ESB staged inside a mountain appears to have gone

first_imgTurlough Hill [ESB]Staff involved in the construction of the massive project, local dignitaries and various other invited guests all attended the bash.The Clare Memory Orchestra, the Wicklow Choral Society and well-known trad musicians Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill were amongst the performers — and if these snaps are anything to go by, the whole affair seems to have worked out pretty well… Source: Chris Bellew/Fennells Source: Chris Bellew/Fennells Source: Chris Bellew/FennellsRead: The ESB are throwing a party inside a mountain todayRead: Ten more years: Sunshine 106.8 gets to keep Dublin ‘niche’ radio licence THEY SAID IT couldn’t be done…Well, actually. No, they didn’t… Apparently, it was just the case that nobody really thought of it until now…The ESB has been hosting a concert inside Turlough Hill in Co Wicklow this evening to mark the hydro-electric station’s 40th anniversary.last_img read more

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Australianfirst cancer facility flagged for Adelaide in 2020

first_imgAustralia’s first proton beam therapy centre will be built within the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in 2020, according to the federal government’s official announcement as part of the 2017 Federal Budget that committed $68 million to support the establishment.Proton beam therapy (PBT), which is not currently available for cancer patients in Australia, is radiation therapy that uses heavier particles (protons) instead of x-rays, which are used in conventional radiotherapy.The institute hopes the new technology will be housed in a second yet-to-be-built building to be known as SAHMRI 2, next to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital which is set to open its doors on 5 September this year.“This major investment is a significant step for Australian health and medical research because it will expand our capacity to conduct ground-breaking research and assist patients who will soon have [greater] access to this cutting edge technology,” explains Michell-McGrath Breast Cancer Fellow cancer researcher Professor Andreas Evdokiou in an interview with Neos Kosmos.The PBT unit will be used for a mixture of research, education, public, and private patient treatment.According to Professor Evdokiou, who is head of the Breast Cancer Research Unit at the Basil Hetzel Institute (Queen Elizabeth Hospital), this method is very expensive but useful for treating tumours that are near critical parts of the body, such as the brain, and the spinal cord.“There are around 100 such facilities around the world, but none in Australia, therefore the delivery of this technology and healthcare treatment here is vital for treating all cancer patients and especially for infants and young children, because PBT lessens the chance of harming healthy, developing tissue,” says Evdokiou.“What this allows us to do is not only treat our own Australian patients, who on some occasions have been travelling overseas for the treatment, but also open ourselves to the rest of the world and welcome people from the broader Asia-Pacific region so they can benefit from the first proton therapy centre in the Southern Hemisphere.” Health Minister Greg Hunt said the technology will particularly benefit people suffering from cancer in the brain, vertebral column, and bony pelvis, and for treating specific tumours in infants and young children.The minister also revealed that this project has been on top of the list in his portfolio for a while and it was time for Australia to be part of the next great wave of oncology treatment, and that the SAHMRI was an exceptionally advanced research institute, making it an ideal fit to host the cancer treatment centre.He also confirmed that the government is exploring options for additional facilities in other states and territories.“This technology opens up medical tourism and wonderful economic opportunities for our state as well as being life-saving for people and it will be a beacon of hope not just for Australians, but the entire region,” Hunt said.SAHMRI’s Executive Director, Professor Steve Wesselingh, said that this announcement will further enhance the link to direct patient care and the opportunity to translate research findings directly to improvements in health service and clinical service models.“South Australia will be able to attract the best and the brightest researchers and clinicians to utilise the proton therapy unit and this will put us on the global stage to attract academic talent and grants, and enable us to service the Australasian region for proton therapy treatment that has not been available previously,” he said.Greek Australian senator Nick Xenophon applauded the funding announcement saying his team had spent hours lobbying for the facility whilst South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said that securing federal funding for the development of the new facility was a “massive win for South Australia.“It’s been a race to see which would be the first state around the nation to get the proton therapy unit – this will be the only proton unit anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere and having it in Adelaide is an outstanding result for SA.“We will be a world leader and this unit will also help create highly skilled jobs for South Australians,” Premier Weatherill concluded. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Israël signe un accord de collaboration avec lAgence spatiale européenne

first_imgIsraël signe un accord de collaboration avec l’Agence spatiale européenneIsraël a signé hier avec l’Agence spatiale européenne, un accord de coopération à des fins pacifiques. Il s’agit du premier accord de ce type jamais passé entre l’état hébreu et l’ESA.Comme le rapporte le site JSSnews, l’accord a été signé au nom du gouvernement par le Docteur Zvi Kaplan, directeur de l’agence spatiale d’Israël (ISA), et son homologue de l’ESA Jean Jacques Dordain. Accord de coopération à des fins pacifiques, il concerne des projets d’intérêt mutuel, prévoyant l’échange d’informations, de scientifiques et d’ingénieurs, ainsi que le renforcement des communications. Les recherches concernées couvrent aussi bien l’astrophysique, que l’ingénierie spatiale, les télécommunications satellitaires, l’exploration du système solaire, ou encore la météorologie de l’environnement, la gestion des catastrophes naturelles, le génie des matériaux et la biologie spatiale.Cet accord vient compléter les accords qu’Israël a déjà passé avec les agences française et italienne ces dernières années. “C’est une étape supplémentaire dans la recherche et le développement en commun dans son ensemble, et de la recherche spatiale en particulier, qui est de renforcer et de s’intensifier avec les pays européens. Il doit permettre l’expansion de la coopération scientifique et économique avec ce continent d’importance”, a souligné le Dr Kaplan. Le 31 janvier 2011 à 19:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Ecstasy ses impacts sur le cerveau surestimés

first_imgEcstasy : ses impacts sur le cerveau surestimésCommandée par l’institut américain national sur l’abus de drogue et menée par des chercheurs de l’école de médecine d’Harvard, une étude affirme que les impacts nocifs de l’ecstasy ont été surestimés par les précédentes recherches sur le sujet. Cette nouvelle étude révèle ainsi que la prise régulière de cette drogue n’engendre pas de troubles cognitifs.Publiée dans la revue scientifique Addiction, et rapportée par Slate, cette étude insiste sur l’insuffisance des précédents travaux menés sur l’ecstasy. “Trop d’études ont été réalisées sur des populations réduites, alors qu’on en a tiré des conclusions générales”, estime en effet le professeur John Halpern, qui a mené cette recherche. Nombre d’études n’ont par exemple pas pris en compte le fait que certains consommateurs prenaient d’autres drogues et médicaments, d’autres se sont concentrées sur des utilisateurs très fêtards et manquant de sommeil.À lire aussiCerveau, Alzheimer et nucléaire, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 aoûtC’est ainsi que la prise d’ecstasy a été associée à des dommages du système nerveux central, provoquant des problèmes de mémoire et d’attention. Mais John Halpern et son équipe ont étudié un groupe de consommateurs d’ecstasy ne prenant aucune autre drogue, et l’ont comparé à un groupe de non consommateurs. “Essentiellement, nous avons comparé un groupe de gens qui dansent et font des rave parties et consomment de l’ecstasy à un groupe d’individus similaires qui dansent et font des raves parties mais ne prennent pas d’ecstasy. Quand on a fait ça, on s’est aperçu qu’il n’y avait pas de différences entre leurs capacités cognitives”, explique John Halpern.Toutefois le professeur tient à tempérer cette conclusion, qui ne signifie pas que la consommation d’ecstasy est sans dangers. “Bien que nous n’ayons trouvé aucun risque menaçant sur les performances cognitives, c’est très différent de conclure que la consommation d’ecstasy est sans risque”, insiste-t-il.Le 21 février 2011 à 17:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Total Bellas renewed for season two premieres in 2017 on E Featuring

first_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Brie Bella Videos Articles Videos Articles Euuccchh. XP Nikki Bella Now Playing Up Next John Cena Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals TheCyberZon Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella: Artem Chivbinstev is a great kiser ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Pinterest Videos Articles Comments are closed. Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey 1 COMMENT Nikki Bella buys a Ferrari as therapy for John Cena break-up Now Playing Up Next November 17, 2016 at 1:50 am Now Playing Up Next Facebook WhatsApp Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter The following press release was issued on Wednesday.Nikki Bella® and John Cena® Head To Phoenix, AZ to Help Brie Bella® and Daniel Bryan® With Their First Pregnancy When Season Two Premieres In 2017Season Six of E!’s “Total Divas” Premieres Tonight, Wednesday November 16 at 8pm ET/PTLos Angeles, CA – Wednesday, November 16 – E! announced today the season two pick-up of “Total Bellas,” the spin-off of the network’s hit series “Total Divas.” The second season will be eight one-hour episodes and will give viewers exclusive access as WWE Superstars Nikki Bella and John Cena temporarily relocate to Phoenix, AZ to help Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan through their first pregnancy. Season two of the WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions series will premiere in 2017.In season one of “Total Bellas,” Brie and Daniel moved to Tampa, FL to help Nikki and John during a time of need and now the time has come to return the favor. With The Bellas careers outside of the ring expanding rapidly each day, Brie’s baby bump growing by the minute and Daniel constantly traveling under his new role as General Manager of WWE’s SmackDown Live, the soon-to-be first time parents are in need of some serious help around the house and in the office.“We are excited to build on the success of the first season of ‘Total Bellas’ by inviting viewers back for a second round of family fun with the Bellas and their fellas,” said Jeff Olde, EVP, Programming and Development, E! “Nikki, Brie, John and Daniel all exude copious amounts of wit, talent and strength, but it’s their openness to be completely real that has resonated with viewers and we are delighted to share an intimate look at two of WWE’s most prominent couples.”Tonight the Bella Twins will be returning to “Total Divas” when season six premieres at 8pm ET/PT on E! In addition to The Bellas, the new season will follow fan favorites Eva Marie®, Naomi® (Trinity), Natalya® (Nattie) and Paige® as they balance the non-stop action of their professional careers and the drama of their everyday lives. In addition, season six will introduce fans to WWE Superstars Lana® and Maryse® and WWE announcer Renee Young®.“Total Bellas” and “Total Divas” are produced by WWE and Bunim/Murray Productions. Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay are Executive Producers for Bunim/Murray Productions. Kevin Dunn is Executive Producer for WWE. Nikki Bella and Brie Bella also serve as Executive Producers for “Total Bellas.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip’Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John CenaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 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 Google+ WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Downlast_img read more

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Lambert wants to win three games to survive

first_imgStoke City are trailing by five points on the safety places with just four Premier League games to go and Paul Lambert insisted that they will have to win at least three of them.It has been a tough season for the Potters and it hasn’t got any better since Paul Lambert was appointed – but the coach still believes that they have got the situation in their very own hands.The experienced manager spoke about his side’s surviving chances as he said, according to Sky Sports:“We have to give everything we have to get the points we need.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We have to win and if we have the backing and make this really hostile on Sunday, the way I know it can be, and if we play with tempo and with fire in our stomach, then we really have a chance.”“I’ve not changed my tactics at all – I’ve gone for the win in every match since I’ve been here. Even at The Emirates and against Spurs, we went for it.”“Against Arsenal and Tottenham we were unfortunate and against West Ham, we had good moments.”last_img read more

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Missing Children Down

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 3 (JIS): The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) is reporting a decline of 19 per cent in the number of children reported missing for the period January to June 2014, when compared to the corresponding period in 2013. This was disclosed by Registrar of the OCR, Greig Smith, during a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister, on September 3. Mr. Smith noted that despite the decline, the OCR is mindful that there is still a lot of work to be done, to ensure that children remain in their homes and feel secure being there. “The fact that fewer children are going missing means our messages are having an impact. However, we remain conscious of the fact that we must work assiduously to improve the rate of recovery of missing children,” he said. Mr. Smith also informed that preliminary data indicate that 11,018 reports of child abuse were received by the OCR for the period January to December 2013, representing an increase of 26 per cent over the 2012 period. “Of the reports received, 8,679 represented children who were being reported on for the first time. Of this amount, 57 per cent were girls, 41 per cent were boys, while the gender for the remaining 2 per cent was not specified,” he said. He noted that neglect was the most common report received by the OCR throughout 2013, representing 48 per cent of all reports, and that the other categories which featured high were reports of children in need of care and protection and children who were sexually abused, which accounted for 39 and 30 per cent, respectively.Mr. Smith said that with the exception of trafficking, which remained unchanged compared to 2012, increases were observed in all types of reports, ranging from 20 to 53 per cent.“Reports of child labour (increasing by 53 per cent), led the increases in the types of reports received. There were 319 reports of child labour for 2013, compared to 209 reports recorded in 2012. Reports of children exhibiting behavioural problems and those in need of care and protection were featured in the top three percentage increase in the types of abuse reported over the period, registering increases of 44 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively,” he noted.He also informed that reports on the other major types of abuse, such as physical, emotional and neglect saw an average increase of 22 per cent in 2013.In terms of missing children, 984 children were reported missing for the period January to June 2014 (222 boys and 762 girls), and of this amount, 614 have since returned. However, two of the missing children were found dead and 368 are still missing.Meanwhile, in order to improve the rate of recovery for missing children, the Office of the Children’s Registry initiated search and rescue training across the island on a phased basis, beginning with the parishes of St. Thomas, St. Catherine, St. Ann, Trelawny and St. James between April and July this year.The participants trained included nurses, educators, ministers of religion, guidance counsellors, children’s officer, fire personnel, parish disaster coordinators, civil servants, probation officers, members of the judiciary as well as representatives from various non-governmental and community-based organisations.Mr. Smith also informed that the OCR will be printing and distributing 3,000 copies of search and rescue protocol manuals, developed to provide guidance in finding missing children.These manuals will be disseminated in schools, residential child care facilities, government ministries, departments and agencies, private sector companies, among others, and will also be available for download on our website at www.ocr.gov.jm, following a workshop that will be held to launch the document,” he said.For her part, OCR Child Ambassador for Region Four (St. James), Suzanna Hyde, said that children have a critical role to play in the fight against child abuse and missing children.She urged that children should refuse to divulge private information, such as home address and telephone numbers to others without their parents’ consent. To make a report of a missing child, persons can call the OCR at1-888-PROTECT (776-8328) or Police at 119. Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Related Items:Greig Smith, jamaica, Office of the Children’s Registry, st. ann, st. catherine, st. james, trelawny Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Billlast_img read more

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Not enough visible action in the fight against Zika

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 9, 2016 – There is criticism for the Government over the visibility of action in the aftermath of the Zika reveal.  We watch South Florida, whose Governor Rick Scott immediately held a press conference following the CDC’s advisory not to travel there… he faced the media and revealed their plan of actionIn the TCI no press conference, no plan of action shared, no information on where Zika was found, no info on the origin of the five confirmed cases and no update, three weeks later on the two cases which were still under review.TV cameras in Florida are rolling to show the population the efforts being made to fight Zika in an area, Winward, near down town Miami – in TCI, spraying is taking place, but missing is stronger public relations to convey where, when or how.    And Florida says they will do it all, even if it does not work.  Aerial spraying is known to be less effective but it is still happening there and hand spraying is also being done to wipe out that female Aedes Egypti mosquito who carries the disease.In nearby Jamaica, because of the threat of Zika to tourism… the Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, donated 11 hand foggers to help in the fight.   South Florida is also trapping mosquitoes to gauge breeding; in the past week, there are less adult mosquitoes in the traps indicating that production is down.  It is no wonder Florida is taking this matter so seriously; the state welcomed over 106 million visitors last year, who spent over $89 billion and help to support 1.2 million jobs.In the TCI, tourism is the number one industry, responsible for 80 cents on every dollar and for directly and indirectly, 100% of the jobs here.last_img read more

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Health Minister Impressed by Healthcare Services in Grand Bahama

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 27, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands, said he was “impressed” with the work being done in healthcare services in Grand Bahama. The Minister was on the island for his first official tour of the healthcare facilities on Friday, June 23, 2017.Having toured the rest of the island, the Minister also took the opportunity to apologize for not getting to East Grand Bahama, but assured residents that it would happen on another visit.“There is obviously an awful lot of activity going on in healthcare in Grand Bahama and I must say that I’m absolutely impressed by the work being done by the Grand Bahama Health Services and the Public Hospital Authority. I think Bahamians should be absolutely proud of the phenomenal work being done on their behalf throughout this system. It’s a unique system where there’s an absolutely holistic approach to healthcare with the central hospital, the Rand, being tied to a number of peripheral clinics – many of which are being upgraded.”The Minister described his tour of health facilities, beginning with the Rand Memorial Hospital — which he noted is undergoing much renovation and is on track to bring to Grand Bahama a cancer treatment centre, or oncology unit, which will probably be located at the Eight Mile Rock Clinic.Minister Sands commended the “committed and dedicated” staff of the Hawksbill Clinic, who see thousands of patients annually.The Eight Mile Rock Clinic he described as “a mini hospital almost,” adding that so much is provided to the people of the surrounding area.“Again, I want to commend the staff. I think Bahamians want to know we have several fully-qualified specialist practitioners who staff that facility, and a number of facilities throughout Grand Bahama.”The newly-renovated West End Clinic was the next stop for the delegation. He said the clinic was state-of-the-art, and expected it should be opened within 30 days. “It is a facility that has spared absolutely no expense, in terms of providing value for the Bahamian public.”He said, “Overall, as we look at the state of healthcare, at least the infrastructure, in Grand Bahama it is well positioned to manage virtually any of the challenges it could possibly face.”The old IAT Building, located across the street from the Rand, the Minister further explained, will be the site of a primary healthcare centre. This will allow the ease of accessing primary healthcare services in a comfortable environment. This will permit the Rand to expand in various areas.#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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