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Did Brazil’s uncontacted tribe receive proper medical care?

first_imgScientists and Brazil’s government disagree about whether the isolated Amazon tribespeople who came down with flu after making contact with the outside world last month received adequate medical treatment. At least one scientist fears that the illness is just the start of a health catastrophe for the tribe and blames the government for not taking fuller precautions before the tribespeople slipped back into the forest.According to new details disclosed by a senior official in Brazil’s Indian affairs department (FUNAI), the seven newly contacted tribespeople told an interpreter that they left their homeland after coming under fire by non-Indians possessing guns. They first exhibited flu symptoms on 30 June, 3 days after their first meeting with government officials in the Brazilian village of Simpatia. The group then vanished into the forest for 4 days.When they eventually reappeared in Simpatia on 4 July, a government medical team administered flu immunizations. Officials then took the sick tribespeople to a remote frontier post and gave them 6 days of medical treatment. 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So wrote Carlos Travassos, director of FUNAI’s General Coordination Unit of Isolated and Newly Contacted Indians, in a 22 July e-mail to Survival International, a nongovernmental organization based in London that supports tribal people.But anthropologist Kim Hill of Arizona State University, Tempe, says a health worker or anthropologist should have been sent with the departing individuals to administer antibiotics in the likely event that pneumonia and other secondary bacterial infections spread in the home village. Without properly administered antibiotics, Hill says, “a third to half of the population will die.” Based on his own and other anthropologists’ fieldwork with contacted Amazon tribes, Hill says the flu victims will likely infect others in their tribe with foreign viruses, and other secondary bacterial infections will take their toll in a weakened population. Travassos has declined to speak to Science about this.Virologist Frederick Hayden of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville says that although he does not know the particulars of this case, he thinks in general that the flu immunizations could do some good. Although the shots are not effective at treating the illness, they could protect the seven tribespeople from future exposure to flu. Moreover, Hayden notes that early treatment with influenza antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu or Relenza, could “shorten the duration of illness and reduce risk of lower respiratory tract infections.” Travassos, however, did not specifically mention such treatment in his e-mail. According to Travassos, FUNAI’s contact team gave the departing hunters and gatherers a primer in what influenza is, how it is spread, and what would happen if they didn’t return to Simpatia or FUNAI’s frontier post for further medical treatment in the event of a new outbreak. But Fiona Watson, research director for Survival International, thinks that the tribespeople may be too afraid to follow this advice. “Often tribal people associate villages with being the host of the infection,” she says. “They think the disease comes from there and they want to get away as soon as possible.”This reluctance to seek out outside medical help may bode poorly for those who acquire secondary respiratory infections, Hill says. In the mid-1980s, a group of Yora tribespeople who made contact with loggers in their region in the Peruvian Amazon were first infected by influenza and later came down with pneumonia and other secondary infections. Without antibiotics, “the old people died and all the young kids died,” Hill says. A subsequent study by medical anthropologist Glenn Shepard of the Paraense Emilio Goeldi Museum in Belém, Brazil, revealed that some 300 people died, between 50% and 60% of the population.last_img read more

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London Olympics: India’s Sushil Kumar routs Kazakhstan’s Akzhurek Tanatarov in semi-finals, moves to finals

first_imgLIVE UPDATES OF FINALReward for Sushil: Delhi chief minister Shiela Dixit has announce a reward of Rs 1 crore for the Olympic silver medallist. Ajay Maken congratulates Sushil: “He has done very well. Winning medals in two Olympics is a great feat.” Post match: Sushil Kumar didn’t seem happy with himself after losing the bout. Sources in the Indian camp now telling Headlines Today that he had food poisoning before the final. Sushil apparently vomited three times and had loose motions going into the final.  Second Period: The Japanese wrestler has delivered a hammer blow to Sushil. He’s scored three points early in the second period and Sushil’s hopes are fading away. The Indian hit back by scoring a point, but the lead is too huge to make up. He has to settle for a silver.First Period: It’s not a good start for Sushil in the final. He’s down by one point after the first two minutes. But he has come back in many of the fights in the lead-up to this final, so hopefully, he can do it here too.OLYMPIC CHAMPS WISH SUSHIL BEST OF LUCKIndia’s Olympic medal winners Saina Nehwal, Gagan Narang, Mary Kom, Vijay Kumar and India’s Sports Minister Ajay Maken share their views on the country’s performance at the London Games.Highlights:Thankful to govt and people for supporting during entire tournament: Nehwal.More kids should get into sports for winning not just for fun: Nehwal.We become national icons during games but are forgotten later: Saina Nehwal.Happy and elated to bring glory to nation, says Narang.The government should back sportspersons at the grassroot level: Gagan Narang.Extremely delighted at performance of our medallists: Maken.Sports Minister Ajay Maken says India can win 25 medals in 2020 Olympics.India’s Sushil Kumar won the semi-finals in the men’s 66kg freestyle wrestling defeating Kazakhstan’s Akzhurek Tanatarov 3-1 at the London Olympics on Sunday.advertisement Sushil Kumar to take on Japan’s Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu in the final. Sushil wins the bout against Kazakhstan’s Akzhurek Tanatarov.Sushil wins round 3 6-3 after a slow start.Sushil picks up 2 more points, leads round 3 5-3.Sushil picks up 3 points. Round 2 tied at 3-3.Sushil loses 3 points in round 3.Sushil loses round 2. Bout tied at 1-1.Sushil down 3-0 in round 2.Tanatarov picks up a point in round 2.Sushil wins Round 1 of his semi-final bout against Tanatarov Sushil picks up 2 more points.Sushil picks up another point. Fourteen more second of round 1 to go.Sushil picks up the first point in round 1 of semi-final bout.Sushil takes on Tanatarov.Sushil Kumar takes on Kazakhstan’s Akzhurek Tanatarov in the semi-final bout.Sushil Kumar wins his quarterfinal bout against Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov 3-1, moves on to semifinals.Sushil picks up the first point in round 3.Sushil loses round 2, bout tied at 1-1.Sushil picks up first point in round 2.Sushil wins round 1 of the quarterfinal bout.Sushil picks up another point.Sushil Kumar gathers first point against Navruzov in round 1 of quarterfinal match.Sushil, bronze medallist at the Beijing Games four years ago, faces Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov in the next round.Sushil did not give Ramazan any chance and won the round 2-1 to win the bout 3-1 in his favour.Sushil Kumar came back from first round loss to tie the second round at 0-0, which came in his favour after a toss. The bout was tied 1-1.Sushil Kumar lost Round 1 to Sahin.Sushil trailed by a point against Sahin in the first round of his bout.Sushil Kumar had an uphill task when he had to go up against the reigning Olympic gold medallist Ramazan Sahin of Turkey against Turkey’s Ramazan Sahin in the 66kg category of men’s freestyle wrestling.last_img read more

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Wanted to prove myself, thanks to God my plan worked: Harmanpreet Kaur after 171 not out

first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur blasted an unbeaten 115-ball 171 to anchor the Indian innings after the match was reduced to 42- overs-a-side due to rain delay.Opting to bat, India posted a challenging 281/4 against Australia in the rain-truncated second semifinals of the ICC Women’s World Cup at County Ground. In reply Australia were bundled out for 245.”I didn’t get a chance to bat in the whole tournament. Today when I got the chance I just wanted to utilise it, this opportunity, because today was the day where I wanted to prove myself, and thanks to God, whatever I was thinking, (worked). Mithali Raj and Deepti (Sharma) scored really well and Veda (Krishnamurthy) scored really well,” Kaur said.Kaur revealed her intent was to hit the ball hard as she smashed 20 fours and seven sixes in her career-best innings.”Today’s plan was just watch the ball, hit it hard and this is what I was doing. Some areas they were bowling well but I just wanted to hit and rotate the strike,” she said.The 28-year-old was involved in a 137-run stand for the fourth wicket with Deepti Sharma.”I just told her to rotate the strike, you don’t have to take the pressure, I was hitting the ball well and I told her to give me the strike and I will take the responsibility and she did a great job,” she said.India have reached the final of the elite tournament for the second time in history. Kaur said she is looking forward to an exciting final against the hosts England.advertisement”I’m feeling proud. My innings was only worth it because they were restricted. When we were started from Bombay, we wanted to reach the semi-final, then reach the final,” she said.Take a bow, @ImHarmanpreet ???Mobbed by her teammates & rightly so, what an innings!#AUSvIND #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/xAOtu7J4WQ- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017last_img read more

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Theo Walcott: a great hope who failed to kick on in Arsenal comfort zone

first_imgIn the end the writing on the wall was spelled out boldly enough for Theo Walcott to recognise the comfort zone was not really that comfortable at all. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the departure of a forward who spent more than a decade at Arsenal, mostly in this strange space where he grew older and signed new contracts while being judged about how far he was – or ever could reach – on the potential fulfilment scale, is that he uprooted at all. Walcott has in some ways been a perfect symbol of the later Wenger years: flashes of undeniable talent mixed with unreliability, a sense of sticking with the same old familiar tune rather than finding a way to fire up the rhythm.Walcott always looked like the last person who would want out of Arsenal. It was a good life for him and his family and, as a decent and polite sort, he tended to prefer to play safe rather than agitate. The message this season, however, encouraged him to make a break for it and seek a new challenge. He could not get more than 63 minutes of Premier League football during a period where the team have struggled. Last weekend at Bournemouth, with no Alexis Sánchez, Mesut Özil or Olivier Giroud, the manager picked Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi to support Alexandre Lacazette in attack. Last season Welbeck and Iwobi scored four goals each. Walcott delivered 19. They were trusted to start and he was not. There was not much comfort to be found on that bench. features Everton Share via Email The market for established, late-20s attackers is the dominant theme of this January transfer window and Walcott’s value to Everton at £20m is interesting. He will turn 29 in a couple of months. He is three months younger than Sánchez and three months older than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Walcott moves at an age where generally players are supposed to be at their peak, fully formed and ready to go. But the intrigue is in whether new surroundings, new expectations and a very different type of voice giving instructions and motivation can inspire something extra, propelling the same old Theo to become new Theo even at a relatively late stage of his career.The fulfilment of potential will always be the subtext in the Walcott story, the underlying question. That notion was amplified way back, when Sven-Göran Eriksson had a chat with Arsène Wenger and, perhaps influenced by the reputation the Arsenal manager had during that era for identifying and developing outstanding young talent, suddenly selected this untried kid to join the 2006 World Cup ride. That expectation became a thing, enhanced when Walcott took Thierry Henry’s No 14, a gargantuan shirt to fill for a youngster with pace who spent time being educated on the wing before the anticipated push into the centre-forward position.It remains weirdly difficult to assess Walcott’s 12 years at Arsenal because of this lingering dilemma between judging what he did well against what might have been better. On the shiny side of the coin he won three FA Cups – a sharp, instinctive finish to open the scoring in the 2015 final at Wembley was one of those high points which reignited the idea that a more driven, influential Walcott was ready to break out. He scored more than 100 goals for one of England’s historic clubs. He gathered 47 England caps. Topics Facebook Sánchez’s Arsenal exit is less painful than Van Persie’s, says Wenger Sportblog Twitter Theo Walcott’s £20m Everton move spells trouble for Lookman and Vlasic Read more Reuse this content Andy Hunter Theo Walcott, aged 16, walks with Arsène Wenger on the day the forward was presented as an Arsenal player. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters Everton can look at the highlights reel and wonder if more of the plus points can be harnessed. A breathtaking run to assist a goal for Emmanuel Adebayor in a Champions League game at Anfield still looks thrilling. Then – gulp – you realise that was actually nearly 10 years ago.Those wonder-moments were like trailers, giving a flavour, a sense of possibility, but it was the difficulty in translating it into a compelling long movie that explains how his Arsenal years will be remembered with a mix of fondness and frustration. Walcott arrived at the club when Wenger had such impressive form for progressing young talent. Joining Arsenal then seemed a natural fit for a young player who wanted to learn and improve. Recent distinguished examples included Cesc Fàbregas, Robin van Persie, Gaël Clichy and Kolo Touré. Read more Share on Messenger Theo Walcott Share on WhatsApp Walcott in some ways became emblematic of the group that did not flourish as much as everybody hoped. The current team has a bunch who are treading developmental water, maybe even swimming against the tide, in that players such as Héctor Bellerín, Rob Holding and Iwobi look less assured than they did when they broke into the first team.Walcott’s length of service can be interpreted as a sign of how modest performances are indulged by the culture of complacency that comes from the top at the club. Still, it says something about his niceness and upstanding behaviour that he heads north to Goodison Park with many good wishes from Arsenal and will be welcomed back warmly when the teams meet in a couple of weeks.One thing that Sam Allardyce will look to quickly transform is Walcott’s confidence. That drained this season as game time was severely limited. New club, new expectations, he leaves with a Theo-esque fond farewell to the comfort zone. Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Arsenal Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

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Brave and smart team will win the World Cup: England’s Jos Buttler

first_imgBrave and smart team will win the World Cup: England’s Jos ButtlerEngland’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler said that the team that plays brave and smart cricket instead of taking a cautious approach will win the 2019 ICC World Cup.advertisement ANI DubaiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 14:12 IST Jos Buttler said a cautious side will not win the 2019 ICC World Cup. (@englandcricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJos Buttler said like always England have to play positive cricket at the World CupButtler said a side that plays brave, smart cricket will win the World CupEngland are one of the favourites to win the World CupEngland’s destructive wicket-keeper batsman, Jos Buttler has emphasised on the importance of playing brave and smart cricket to go far in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.”It won’t be a side that plays cautiously that wins the World Cup, even in knockout games, it will be a side that plays some brave cricket and smart cricket.””If we [England] are at crossroads, we’ve been going down the positive route,” ICC quoted Buttler, as saying, while talking about the team having maximum chances to win the World Cup.England has a really strong squad and the team is currently holding the number one position in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings. Naturally, the English team is coming up as the favourite of every prominent former player like Shane Warne, Sunil Gavaskar and Herschelle Gibbs.The other benefit they are privileged with is that the World Cup is scheduled to be hosted by them, so they will try to make the most out of it.Recently against West Indies, they posted their 400-plus total since the last World Cup, South Africa is the only other team to have managed such a high score in that period. Butler was the star of that record-breaking game; he scored 150 runs off just 77 balls.The prime event is scheduled to start on May 30 where the hosts will compete with South Africa.Also Read | Ricky Ponting backs Usman Khawaja to make Australia’s World Cup squadAlso Read | Team India may use Vijay Shankar as surprise element at No.4 in ICC World CupAlso Read | ICC expects India to honour members’ agreement and play Pakistan in World CupadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Jos ButtlerFollow EnglandFollow 2019 ICC World Cuplast_img read more

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Commission Seeks Public Input on Electoral Boundaries

first_img Port Hawkesbury, Tuesday Aug. 7, Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, 606 Reeves St. Westville, Wednesday, Aug. 8, Westville Civic Centre, 2042 Queen St. Sydney, Thursday, Aug. 9, Ukrainian Hall, 51 West St. Halifax, Monday, Aug. 13, Atlantica Hotel Halifax, 1980 Robie St. Yarmouth, Monday, Aug. 13, Mariners Centre, 31 Cottage St. Bridgewater, Tuesday, Aug. 14, Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel and Convention Centre, 527 Highway 10, Exit 12 Church Point/Pointe-de-l’Église, Tuesday, Aug. 14, Université Ste. Anne, Gymnasium, 1695 Route 1 Dartmouth, Wednesday, August 15, Holiday Inn Halifax, Harbourview and Convention Centre, 101 Wyse Rd. Annapolis Royal, Thursday, Aug. 16, Annapolis Royal Fire Hall, 5 Saint Anthony St. The commission reviewing Nova Scotia’s electoral boundaries will hold its second round of public meetings starting Tuesday, Aug. 7 in Port Hawkesbury. The commission is seeking public comment on its revised interim report. The commission will consider these comments for its final report, due Aug. 31. All submissions will be viewed as public documents and may become part of the commission’s published reports. “We again look forward to hearing from a wide cross section of Nova Scotia voters, as we did during the first round of public consultation,” said Teresa MacNeil, chair of the commission. “We want what we hear from Nova Scotians to be reflected in our final report, and to make sure our recommendations take all concerns into consideration.” Public meetings, from 6-8 p.m., are scheduled for: French interpretation services will be provided at the meetings in Port Hawkesbury, Halifax, Yarmouth and Church Point/Pointe-de-l’Église. Under the House of Assembly Act, an electoral boundary review is required after every 10-year census to reflect population shifts and to adjust electoral boundaries if necessary. Terms of reference were set by a select committee of the House of Assembly after consultation around the province. For more information or to submit feedback visit nselectoralboundaries.ca .last_img read more

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CBC is destroying its broadcast archives after theyre digitized

first_imgOTTAWA—A charitable group dedicated to preserving the country’s broadcasting heritage is calling on the CBC to stop destroying original television and radio broadcast materials as it moves to digitize the content.The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation says the public broadcaster’s English service earlier this month began destroying acetate transcriptions, as well as audio and video recordings that span eight decades, after converting the master copies into a digital format.The foundation asked the CBC earlier this year for time to find a suitable space to archive and preserve the material, but says it was turned down. Advertisement Login/Register With: But a spokesman for the broadcaster says it was being done only after the content was digitized under its own, strict archiving guidelines.“Our focus is on preservation of content and if we do not digitize this content, it will be lost,” said Chuck Thompson, head of public affairs for CBC English Services.“With that in mind, between now and June 30, CBC intends to proceed with the safe and environmentally responsible destruction of those carriers which have been digitized, so long as our standards for media quality and data security have been met,” he said in an email.The foundation raised concerns about losing the original recordings in a letter last month to Heritage Minister Melanie Joly.It told the minister a plan was in the works to store the CBC’s archival content in the decommissioned underground NORAD Canadian Forces base in North Bay, but that it couldn’t meet a March 31 deadline to transfer the materials and asked the minister to delay destruction of CBC’s original English-language programming.A spokesman for Joly declined comment, calling it a CBC decision.Kealy Wilkinson, the foundation’s executive director, called the destruction of the content “truly disturbing.”“At a time when Canada is finally committed to sustain and support Indigenous cultures, it has become the first developed nation to systematically destroy master recordings of its largest audiovisual heritage collection, our English-language radio and television artifacts.”The CBC said it had already digitized over 20 per cent of its content and would accelerate the process over the next five to eight years.“We are investing in the digitization of our audio and video media to protect and preserve our archives, to make them easier for our production teams to access and for Canadians to rediscover,” Thompson said in an email, noting that the CBC is recognized among its peer broadcasters as an industry leader in archival preservation.Thompson added that the equipment needed to play the original recordings had become obsolete or would require “significant maintenance.”But internationally accepted standards and best practices of audiovisual preservation call for retention of originals, due to the unknown characteristics of digitization, such as long-term stability and vulnerability to electromagnetic interference, the foundation said.It also questioned why Radio-Canada was preserving its master recordings after making digital copies but CBC had opted to rely only on digital copies.“Such inequitable treatment of cultural treasures is not acceptable,” said Wilkinson.BY TERRY PEDWELL | The Canadian Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Twitter It notes that Radio-Canada, the public broadcaster’s French-language service, intends to retain its master recordings after making digital copies.The CBC acknowledges it started this month to destroy original recordings that had been converted and would continue to do so until the end of June.last_img read more

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Alberta Metis continue hunting court battle

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Metis Nation of Alberta continues its fight for the right to hunt.The Metis Nation was in court Wednesday to appeal the December 2010 decision that states they don’t have hunting rights in southern Alberta.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan was in Medicine Hat, Alta., to report on the story.last_img

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Syrias Assad issues amnesty reducing punishment for crimes

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued an amnesty on Sunday that reduces sentences for crime and pardons draft dodgers if they report for duty within three to six months.The decree applies to crimes committed before Sept. 14, the presidency said. It reduces the death penalty to a life sentence of hard labour, and life sentences to 20 years, among other punishments.Fugitives must turn themselves in within three months to benefit from the amnesty.The amnesty does not cover Syrians who took up arms to fight the state, colluded with foreign nations against Syria, or joined insurgents, whom Damascus regards as terrorists.Other exceptions include drug crimes and arms smuggling.Draft dodgers inside Syria will have three months to take advantage of the amnesty while those abroad will have six months.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.During Syria’s war, the government has issued similar amnesties before to pardon those evading mandatory military service, who can face years in prison.With Russian and Iranian help, Assad has reclaimed control of most of the country from an array of rebel factions, some that were backed by foreign governments, and jihadist militants.Syria’s war, which spiralled out of an uprising in 2011, has killed hundreds of thousands of people, uprooted half the pre-war population, and created one of the world’s worst refugee crises.Aid agencies often cite the fear of conscription, and punishment for ducking it, as one of the main reasons refugees give for not wanting to return home. read more

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Decision on Mount Polley mine reopening is imminent says BC mines minister

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 7:09 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Decision on Mount Polley mine reopening is imminent, says B.C. mines minister WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – British Columbia’s energy minister says a gold and copper mine that shut down last year after its tailings pond collapsed could be back up and running in a matter of days.Bill Bennett says that a decision on reopening Mount Polley mine in central B.C. would be released by the end of the month or early July.He says he wants to see the mine operating again as soon as possible for nearby communities who depend on it for employment.The local representative for the United Steelworkers Union says a decision can’t come soon enough so nearby residents can get back to work.Disaster struck Mount Polley last August when the mine’s tailings pond collapsed, which sent 24-million cubic metres of silt and water into nearby streams and lakes.Mine operator Imperial Metals Corp. (TSX:III) filed an application in March to restart operations. (250 News) read more

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Last of 6 company officials charged in West Virginia chemical spill pleads

by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press Posted Aug 19, 2015 9:42 am MDT Last Updated Aug 19, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The executive who appeared unsympathetic when he spoke to the public after a chemical spill sullied tap water for 300,000 people pleaded guilty Wednesday to pollution charges and could face up to three years in prison.Freedom Industries President Gary Southern, who told reporters a day after the January 2014 spill that he had had a “long day” and tried to leave a news conference multiple times, is the last of six company officials to plead guilty in the spill.The spill happened when a corroded Freedom tank in Charleston leaked coal-cleaning chemicals into the water supply for nine counties, spurring a ban on tap water for up to 10 days.Southern pleaded guilty to three pollution charges and faces a minimum of 30 days in prison and a maximum of three years. He also faces a fine of up to $300,000 and perhaps restitution. He will be sentenced Dec. 16.Freedom’s public image suffered after Southern spoke at a news conference, drinking a bottle of water in front of TV cameras.“Look guys. It has been an extremely long day,” Southern said on Jan. 10. “I have trouble talking at the moment. I would appreciate if we could wrap this thing up.”Prosecutors portrayed Southern as a wealthy businessman who cared little about safety. In court documents, they considered the United Kingdom citizen a flight risk because he had a pilot’s license and a plane. Prosecutors also said a tracking device wouldn’t work on him because his Marco Island, Florida, house was too big.The government seized millions of dollars and a Bentley from Southern. Under the plea deal, he would get those assets back. Prosecutors said it would be up to immigration officials to decide whether to deport him.For more than a decade, officials had been aware of critical deficiencies at the Freedom site, including a cracked containment wall that let chemicals seep through down a bank into the Elk River, an FBI affidavit said. But improvements to the wall weren’t made.On Tuesday, former Freedom executive Dennis Farrell pleaded guilty to a deal that includes 30 days to two years in prison and up to a $200,000 fine.Southern and Farrell had said some prosecutors had been affected by the spill and tried to get U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office off the case, but they did not succeed.Businesses and residents who struggled without clean water are closely watching several ongoing court cases that will dictate if they are paid back for their hardships.A class-action lawsuit is ongoing against the chemical’s producer, Eastman Chemical, and West Virginia American Water, the utility whose water supply became laced with chemicals.A final bankruptcy deal still hasn’t been struck, as businesses and residents compete with other creditors for the little cash remaining in defunct Freedom Industries. The company had proposed paying out $2.7 million to spill victims in a larger bankruptcy plan, but a federal bankruptcy judge rejected the proposal over concerns about paying to clean up Freedom’s contaminated headquarters.In the criminal case, a community group is pushing for restitution for victims. Last of 6 company officials charged in West Virginia chemical spill pleads guilty to pollution read more

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New home for Parking Services

Parking Services has a new home in Plaza Building.As of Monday, Oct. 16, Parking Services can be found in the Campus Store located at the east end of Plaza.Parking Services can still be reached by email at parking@brocku.ca or by phone at 905-688-5550 ext. 4309.Regular business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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VIDEO What happens when you wring out a damp cloth in space

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8TssbmY-GM(YouTube: canadianspaceagency)YOU WILL PROBABLY have noticed by now that we’re pretty big fans of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (and his son Evan) around these parts.The astronaut has been on the International Space Station since November, and is currently the commander of the six-man crew on board the vessel.He’s been posting regular YouTube videos helping to illustrate what life is like living in outer space – and has now taken to dealing with questions and science experiments suggested by schoolchildren in his home country.Here’s Hadfield explaining how the absence of gravity has a pretty real effect on what happens when you wring out a damp washcloth.This could be the first time that anybody has ever said this, but: we’ll miss him when he’s home.Read: Did you know you can see these things from space?last_img read more

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Devin Toner left out as Schmidt confirms Irelands World Cup squad

first_img 59,872 Views https://the42.ie/4792208 Share10 Tweet Email2 Sep 2nd 2019, 1:01 PM 132 Comments By Murray Kinsella Short URL Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: Devin Toner left out as Schmidt confirms Ireland’s World Cup squad Jean Kleyn will travel as one of the second row options, while Munster’s Chris Farrell is included. Locks (4): James Ryan, Iain Henderson, Jean Kleyn, Tadhg BeirneBack rows (5): Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander, Jack Conan, Josh van der Flier, Rhys RuddockScrum-halves (2): Conor Murray, Luke McGrathOut-halves (3): Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery, Jack CartyCentres (4): Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw, Garry Ringrose, Chris FarrellBack threes (5): Jacob Stockdale, Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Jordan Larmour, Andrew Conway. JOE SCHMIDT HAS officially confirmed his 31-man Ireland squad for the 2019 World Cup, with second row Devin Toner missing out.The 67-times capped lock has been an influential figure for much of Schmidt’s tenure but has been omitted from the group to travel to Japan, with James Ryan, Iain Henderson, Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne selected as lock options. Toner has been left out. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOConnacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion is also unlucky to miss out, with Leinster’s Luke McGrath named ahead of him as one of two scrum-halves along with Conor Murray.Munster’s Chris Farrell, meanwhile, has been included as a fourth centre option with Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose.Rhys Ruddock is named among five back row players, with Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander, Jack Conan, Josh van der Flier also included. Ulster man Jordi Murphy is among those to miss out.Captain Rory Best is one of three hookers alongside Niall Scannell and Sean Cronin.Andrew Conway is among the back three options, with Ulster’s Will Addison missing out on making the final squad, as Jacob Stockdale, Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, and Jordan Larmour are named.Jack Carty takes the third out-half slot behind Johnny Sexton and Joey Carbery.Ireland’s 2019 World Cup squad:Hookers (3): Rory Best, Niall Scannell, Sean CroninProps (5): Cian Healy, Dave Kilcoyne, Tadhg Furlong, John Ryan, Andrew Porter Monday 2 Sep 2019, 1:01 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Yves rocher une agriculture bio pour peu de produits bio

first_imgYves rocher : une agriculture bio pour peu de produits bioYves Rocher, Le leader nationale en matière cosmétiques, a quelques difficultés à rendre crédible son image d’entreprise pro environnementale. 20 minutes a enquêté sur les produits de ses différentes gammes, effectivement créés à partir de plantes issues de l’agriculture bio, mais sans le moindre label. Si l’on fait dans le biologique autant le faire jusqu’au bout. Tel est le message que laisse entendre 20 minutes à travers un article récemment publié sur son site. Le quotidien a enquêté sur les cosmétiques commercialisés par la célèbre firme Yves Rocher, qui se démène actuellement pour mettre au vert son image. S’il est vrai que l’entreprise française encourage la production de ses produits à partir de plantes issues de l’agriculture biologique, leurs recettes de fabrication ont encore des progrès à faire. À lire aussiL’impressionnante “arche de Noé” du Svalbard célèbre ses 10 ans en battant un nouveau recordActuellement, une gamme seulement affiche le fameux label “bio. “La labellisation impose des contraintes. Nous ne voulons pas nous obliger à tout supprimer” explique à 20 minutes Anne Lokiec, responsable des relations publiques chez Yves Rocher. En effet, beaucoup de produits chimiques comme les parabènes font partie des recettes développées par l’entreprise. Si la firme semble pour l’heure décidée à laisser ses produits tels qu’ils sont, elle attache énormément d’importance à manière dont sont cultivés les matières premières. “Nous respectons une rotation des plants pour casser le cycle des parasites et nous utilisons un couvert végétal de lupin et de sarrasin pour apporte de l’azote au sol” explique Flore Josse, agronome à La Gacilly, village natale d’Yves-Rocher. Ce modèle a également été répandu à d’autres sites d’approvisionnement comme la Madagascar, où l’entreprise préconise la culture durable du Saro, utilisé pour ses soins gommants. Le 12 juillet 2012 à 09:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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January transfer window Marcelo reveals United to fill two gaps in

first_imgLeeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa says the club will find it better if they utilize the January transfer window to bring in new faces.The gaffer who was previously relaxed about signing new players says he will appreciate if replacements come in for Samuel Saiz who is now on loan at Getafe and Pablo Hernandez who is improvising for players on injury.Speaking in Friday’s press conference as obtained by Leeds live, Bielsa played down the possibility of several new players arriving.“I don’t think that many players will come in,” he said. “And I couldn’t tell you if actually there’s a player who will come or not.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“If the club can get players who are better than the ones we already have come and in the position where we suffered some injuries, for example Samu Saiz left, Pablo [Hernandez] now plays as a playmaker and we need a winger.“If players come, it will be better. And if nobody comes we will finish the season with the players we have and we trust all of the players we have.“From what I know the position of the club is if we bring a player in, it has to be a player that improves the group.”last_img read more

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TWO ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 30, 2017 – Nassau – Police took two males into custody, in connection with an armed robbery that occurred on June 29.According to reports, shortly after 12:00 noon, a woman was leaving her home located on Oak Hill Road off Skyline Drive, when two males armed with a handgun accosted her and forced her into her home. The two males then searched the woman’s home and left in her white Chevy Equinox vehicle license plate number188701. Police later arrested two males in connection with this incident.#magneticmedianews#armedrobberyonoakhillroad Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Memorial service for Booth Gardner on March 30

first_img OLYMPIA (AP) — A public memorial service in honor of the late Gov. Booth Gardner will be held next week in Tacoma.The memorial will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 at the Memorial Fieldhouse at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. A private funeral was to be held separately.Gardner, who served two terms as governor of Washington State, died Friday from complications related to his long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Former Gov. Booth Gardner sits in Wright Park, near his home in Tacoma, on Oct. 25, 2006. Gardner, 76, died March 15 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. There will be a memorial service for him Saturday at the University of Puget Sound.last_img

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first_img read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Technology | November 19, 2014 Carestream Unveiling New Ultrasound System With All-Touch Control Panel at RSNA Panel combines speed, flexibility of soft user interface with tactile feedback of traditional keys The Touch Ultrasound System’s unique technologies and features are planned to extend across a family of products, with the first two products expected to ship in the third quarter of 2015.For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Related Content A sealed panel that allows effortless cleaning to help limit the spread of pathogens;High-level computing power;Easy maneuverability and a small, lightweight footprint; “Swipe and go” badge log-on saves time and promotes secure access; “Smart connect” transducer technology enables easy one-touch selection of the desired transducer;Cold boot time of 18 seconds to further enhance productivity, with no need for standby mode or battery backup; andEasy cart adjustments to allow sonographers to position the system where it is most comfortable to help reduce repetitive stress injuries.center_img The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Photo courtesy of Carestream HealthNovember 19, 2014 — Carestream will debut its Carestream Touch Ultrasound System that offers a combination of enhanced user experience and image quality to meet the needs of even the most demanding radiologists and sonographers. The product release also marks Carestream’s entry into the ultrasound market.The Carestream Touch Ultrasound System is scheduled to be unveiled Sunday, Nov. 30, at the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference.This ultrasound platform delivers an all-touch control panel, integrated GPU processing power and smart transducer technology coupled with a single-board system design for advanced imaging capabilities, a compact footprint and a modern user interface. The all-touch control panel combines the speed and flexibility of a soft user interface with the tactile feedback of traditional keys. Etched marking for primary controls assists the user with easily locating key functions without looking away from the image display monitor.  Other features of the new Touch Ultrasound System include:  Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morelast_img read more

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In Iran deal Obama sees validation for diplomatic gamble

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Negotiators blew through the congressional deadline and were able to extend the timelines, according to the officials, who insisted on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the president’s thinking.Obama first planted the seeds for engagement with Iran as a presidential candidate, saying in a 2007 Democratic primary debate that he would be willing to meet with Iranian leaders without preconditions. His statements were ridiculed by Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, who went on to be his secretary of state and help jumpstart the secret negotiations with Iran.The president’s opening months in office included public and private overtures to Tehran, all with a more conciliatory tone aimed at signaling a shift from predecessor George W. Bush, who cast Iran as part of an “axis of evil.”In a veiled reference to Iran in his inaugural address, Obama said he was willing to “extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your first.” He exchanged letters with Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He used conciliatory language in a videotaped message to both the people and government of Iran on the Persian new year, calling for engagement “that is honest and grounded in mutual respect.” 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments   Share   President Barack Obama walks with Vice President Joe Biden, after delivering remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, after an Iran nuclear deal is reached. Obama heralded a historic nuclear agreement with Iran Tuesday as an opportunity for the longtime foes to move in a “new direction,” while sharply warning Congress that it would be irresponsible to block the accord. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Obama has taken a similar approach — clandestine diplomacy, prioritizing negotiations over military action — to other foreign policy challenges, with mixed results. Plans to negotiate an end to Syria’s bloody civil war have gone nowhere. A resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba after a half-century of hostilities is moving along largely as planned.Yet the stakes and the scope of the Iran effort stand apart, a reality not lost on Obama. While he talked of American strength and long-sought change Tuesday, he acknowledged in an interview with The Atlantic earlier this year that if Iran does ultimately get a bomb, “it’s my name on this.”___Associated Press writers Alan Fram and Deb Riechmann contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDCCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img The sheer amount of time and political capital Obama invested in the Iran talks has fueled speculation that he had too much at stake to walk away from the negotiating table, no matter the compromises in a final deal. Obama authorized secret talks with Iran in 2012, followed by nearly two years of formal negotiations alongside Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. His rapprochement with Iran sent U.S. relations with Israel plummeting to near-historic lows and deepened tensions with Congress.Even with the high-stakes implications of an Iranian nuclear program, the talks over time seemed to represent more than just the quest for a deal. They were a referendum on Obama’s belief that even America’s most ardent enemies can be brought in line by wielding diplomacy and economic pressure instead of military might.“It represents the core of who he is and what his presidency stands for,” said Julianne Smith, a former Obama White House and Pentagon official. “He needs it to validate that approach.”With the deal now in hand, one of Obama’s top priorities is selling its virtues to skeptical lawmakers and world leaders, as well as the American public. He spent much of Tuesday calling leaders in Europe and the Middle East. On Wednesday, he planned to discuss the deal in a news conference, while dispatching Vice President Joe Biden to Capitol Hill to meet with House Democrats. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The vital role family plays in society Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — To President Barack Obama, the historic nuclear accord with Iran is a validation of an arduous, politically fraught diplomatic gamble, one he foreshadowed before winning the White House and one that will shape his legacy long after he leaves.The deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program may prevent Tehran from developing a bomb or being the target of U.S. military action during Obama’s presidency. But whether the agreement succeeds in stemming Iran’s nuclear ambitions after his tenure is a far murkier question. “I’m here to answer questions and explain what the deal is and I’m confident they’ll like it when they understand it all,” Biden told reporters as he entered the closed-door session.Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, said Biden was trying to make a case for the agreement’s longevity and said the reaction to the vice president’s remarks were “pretty favorable.”Green added, “I’m pretty close to my Jewish community in Houston so I still have some questions.”Senior U.S. officials say Obama is sensitive to the perception he was desperate for a deal. With big gaps remaining as a June 30 deadline neared for a final agreement, officials said the president urged his team to send clear messages to Iran both publicly and privately that the U.S. was ready to end the talks without a deal.“He did not want people to have the impression that this is something we needed to have,” one official said, adding that Obama was frequently among the most pessimistic members of his national security team about the prospects of a deal.Officials also pointed to a video conference Obama convened with Kerry and other negotiators last week as an example of his willingness to forgo a deal. With momentum for an agreement building in Vienna and a deadline to limit congressional oversight looming, officials said Obama essentially rejected the deal at hand because timetables for keeping restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and a U.N. arms embargo in place were insufficient.last_img read more

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