Bill Nighy And Alison Balsom Attend Nordoff Robbins Carol Service

first_imgEarlier this week, music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins hosted their 19th annual Carol Service with readings from supporters Bill Nighy, Anneka Rice and Tara Fitzgerald, and a special performance from 2014 X-Factor winner Ben Haenow and British trumpet soloist Alison Balsom.Bill Nighy at Nordoff Robbins Carol ServiceThe event at St Luke’s and Christ Church Chlesea, which is sponsored by Coutts, was attended by around 900 people and raised vital funds for Nordoff Robbins.To accompany their mince pies and mulled wine, guests were treated to carols by candlelight, with festive readings from supporters Bill Nighy, Anneka Rice, actress Tara Fitzgerald, Dougray Scott, Tom Hughes and Katherine Parkinson.Trumpeter, arranger and producer Alison Balsam stunned guests with a sparkling performance of Giuseppe Tartini’s Trumpet Concerto in D major before 2014 X-Factor winner Ben Haenow closed the night with an exclusive set from who recently released his first album, accompanied by his brother Alex on guitar.Ben recently took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Andrew Lloyd Webber Nordoff Robbins Therapy Centre in Croydon where joined in a music therapy session. Ben said “It was a real pleasure to be part of the Carol service. Nordoff Robbins bring together such a wide demographic of people, and with music you don’t even need to speak the same language.”last_img read more

BC launches Pickton inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsVICTORIA — The British Columbia provincial government on Thursday announced that a public inquiry would be held into the Robert Pickton investigation and the wider issue of how authorities investigate missing women cases.B.C.’s Attorney General Mike de Jong said that many questions and concerns still “linger” around the Pikcton investigation and whether police should have caught the Port Coquitlam, B.C., pig farmer sooner.“This is a situation in which upwards of 50 human beings went missing. We believe many if not all of those individuals were murdered,” said de Jong while speaking to reporters in Victoria. “There are still lingering questions about the nature of these investigations, questions about whether more could have been done sooner, are we in a position to learn from the investigations and mistakes that may have been made. The government has taken the view that the best vehicle by which that can be accomplished is a public inquiry.”Pickton was convicted of murdering six women. He was originally charged in the murders of 27 women many whom were First Nations.Pickton was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years after an 11 month trial that featured some of the most gruesome testimony ever heard in a Canadian court.The Supreme Court of Canada upheld his conviction on six counts of second-degree murder this summer and the Crown in B.C. decided not to pursue convictions on the remaining charges.Most of Pickton’s victims were sex-trade workers who had drug addictions. They were lured to his farm where they were murdered and then butchered, their remains scattered on his property.Pickton claimed to police he had killed 49 women.Police have come under intense criticism for their of the handling case.The Vancouver police recently released a report on the Pickton investigation where they acknowledged they botched the investigation. The report found that the Vancouver police and the RCMP had evidence linking Pickton to the murder of several women as early as August 1998. Pikcton was eventually charged in 2002.The B.C. government said they would announce the name of the person who will head the inquiry at a later date.last_img read more

Saina Sameer look to put behind All England disappointment at Swiss Open

first_imgBasel (Switzerland): Two-time winner Saina Nehwal and defending champion Sameer Verma will look to shrug off their All England disappointment when they spearhead India’s campaign at the Swiss Open, starting with the qualifiers here Tuesday. For Sameer, this event started his journey that culminated into a World Tour Final semifinal finish last year and a career-high ranking of 11. He had defeated newly-crowned All England Champion Kento Momota in the quarterfinals, a few months before the Japanese went on to become the world no 1 and world champion last year. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWorld no 14 Sameer will be opening his campaign in USD 150,000 event against a qualifier after his elder brother Sourabh, who had also battled injuries on his way to becoming the Senior National Champion last month at Guwahati, pulled out of the tournament. Sameer might face fellow Indian B Sai Praneeth in the second round and a favourable result is likely to hand him over the chance to settle scores with former world no 1 Viktor Axelsen, who had defeated him in the first round of All England Championships in Birmingham last week. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe BWF World Tour Super 300 event will be Saina’s fourth outing this season, having won the Indonesia Masters before losing in the semifinals and quarterfinals at Malaysia Masters and All England Championship respectively. A bout of diarrhea had affected her performance last week at Birmingham and Saina would look to recover quickly before she begins her campaign against a qualifier, eying to secure her third title at Swiss. She had won the event in 2011 and 2012 in the past. Seeded third, Saina is expected to face second seeded He Bingjiao of China in the semifinals if the results fall in her favour. Among other Indians in fray, Saina’s husband and fellow shuttler, Parupalli Kashyap, a former Commonwealth Games champion, will face a qualifier, Praneeth will meet England’s Rajiv Ouseph and SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar Dey will also take on a qualifier in first round. In women’s singles, Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy will be the only other Indian in the competition. She will square off against Estonia’s Kristin Kuuba. In men’s doubles, Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok and Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will also eye their chances, while Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will lead India’s challenge in the women’s doubles. Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh will also look for a good outing in the women’s doubles. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will be the prime contenders for India, while Arjun MR and Maneesha K and Dhruv Kapila and Kuhoo Garg will also be in the fray. In the qualifiers, Riya Mookerjee and Vrushali Gummadi will be in the fray.last_img read more

Spain Denies Citizenship to Another Moroccan for Lack of Integration

Rabat – A Spanish Court has ruled against granting citizenship to a Moroccan-born woman residing in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta because she lacks basic knowledge about Spain.The woman, who is married to a Spanish citizen and has lived in the country for nine years, does not have enough knowledge about Spain’s geography, customs, culture, and history, reported Spanish outlet El Faro de Ceuta on January 5.The outlet stated that although the 36-year-old woman is a mother and has lived in Spain for years, her poor mastery of the Spanish language and lack of integration was not “acceptable.” Read Also: Spain Denies Citizenship to Moroccan Man over ‘Lack of Integration’Late in December, Spain refused a Moroccan resident citizenship for similar reasons, such as “fundamental institutional and cultural ignorance,” and only maintaining relationships with people from his own culture.The Moroccan man born in Ceuta, married with children, had lived in other regions of Spain as well for years.In August 2018, the Spanish National Court’s Chamber also denied citizenship to a Moroccan resident because he did not know the president of Catalonia or the typical dance of the region. read more

UN seeks to virtually eliminate mothertochild transmission of HIVAIDS in Africa

11 January 2010The United Nations is seeking to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, where 390,000 infants became infected with the virus that causes AIDS in 2008, through the use of antiretroviral drugs during and after delivery. “AIDS has become the leading cause of death among infants and young children in much of sub-Saharan Africa,” Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director Michel Sidibé said during a visit to Sauri in western Kenya, one of the villages in the so-called Millennium Villages Project (MVP).The MVP, a partnership between the UN Development Programme (UNDP`), The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, Millennium Promise and local governments, provides a new approach to fighting poverty and achieving the eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that seek to reduce a host of social ills by 2015. The sixth MDG focuses on combating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases.“We have seen that it is possible to virtually eliminate infant HIV infections in high-income countries through HIV testing of pregnant women, contraception, and the use of antiretroviral drugs during and after delivery,” Mr. Sidibé said. “Now we must apply the knowledge and tools to create an AIDS-free generation in Africa and the rest of the world.“The move towards universal prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission requires translating scientific evidence into routine practice. With a concerted effort, we can fully curb the mother-to-child transmission of HIV and bear witness as an HIV-free generation is born in Africa and the world,” he added.UNAIDS and MVP joined forces in September to strengthen prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) services at the village level with the aim of creating “MTCT-free zones.” In the Millennium Villages, PMTCT services are integrated within the maternal-child health package and a continuum of care is offered to the mother from the antenatal period through delivery and the postnatal period.Levels of HIV testing among pregnant women in the Millennium Village sites have increased from 10 per cent at baseline to over 60 per cent in three years. The UNAIDS-MVP partnership will further improve on these gains by decreasing the incidence of HIV among women, meeting needs for modern contraceptives and blocking transmission from mothers to their babies.“UNAIDS brings unrivalled global expertise, leadership, and detailed strategies to the fight against HIV/AIDS, including PMTCT,” said Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute and Special Advisor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “By teaming up, UNAIDS and MVP will design and implement a powerful system to bring PMTCT to near zero, and do so in a way that can be utilized in other parts of Africa and the world,” added Mr. Sachs, who accompanied Mr. Sidibé during the five-day visit to Kenya.Now covering some 500,000 people and growing, MVP is showing the development community worldwide that an integrated package of development interventions, supported by a modest financial investment – about $110 per person annually over five to ten years – will be instrumental to achieving the MDGs, specifically the fourth goal to reduce child mortality, the fifth to improve maternal health, and the sixth.As a result of the project, there are now six health centres in Sauri, where between 60 and 70 per cent of people live on less than $1 per day. Health throughout the Sauri village cluster has improved greatly since MVP was set up in 2005 with a reduction in malaria cases, significant improvements in maternal and child health, and increased access to HIV testing and treatment.

Longawaited medical transition underway

PORT DOVER – The transition of doctors at the Port Dover Medical Centre to a new clinic is underway nearly 10 years after it was first proposed.Three doctors at the clinic — Alison Malo, Rejean Duwyn, and Wahid Pabani – intend to relocate this fall to a 4,400-square-foot medical centre that is being constructed at the rear of the Roulstons Discount Drugs on Main Street in Port Dover.A fourth doctor – Kailey Buller – recently went on maternity leave. Mark Stephans of Roulstons said her future in Port Dover is undetermined now that Buller is looking forward to an addition to her family.“Our goal is this fall – as early as late October,” Stephans said Monday. “That’s our goal and everything is full steam ahead to accommodate that.”Also vacating the St. George location is pharmacist Steve Willaert. He will re-open at the No-Frills plaza in the north end of Port Dover this fall as Willaert’s Pharmacy.The physicians at the Port Dover Medical Centre recently posted a notice advising visitors and patients that the medical centre will no longer serve as a walk-in clinic for people seeking immediate medical attention.Willaert said the change has something to do with the physician complement at the medical centre falling from four to three. Willaert said the clinic with its current lineup does not meet the provincial threshold for delivering this level of care.“You have to have four physicians to have a walk-in clinic,” Willaert said. “One is leaving because she is pregnant. Unless they get another doctor they can’t accept walk-in patients. That’s how it was explained to me.”While Roulstons is aiming to have the physicians situated in their new lodgings by fall, Stephans allowed there could be complications along the way.Stephans says the water and sewer infrastructure along this section of Main Street may not be consistent with Roulstons’ expectations heading into construction. A dialogue with the county’s public works department is underway.“We continue to work hand-in-hand with Norfolk County,” he said.Dr. Harold Hynscht used to have an office at the St. George clinic but moved to a new office adjoining the Roulstons building several years ago. Monday, Hynscht said his Dover Shores Family Practice is a standalone operation not associated with the new medical clinic.About 10 years ago, Norfolk County bought the St. George Street clinic from the doctors who owned it to facilitate their transition to a community-based, community-managed medical centre elsewhere.For a variety of reasons, the project never launched and Norfolk has held the deed ever since. Along the way, there have been tens of thousands of dollars of associated renovation and maintenance costs.Once the St. George clinic is empty, the county could affirm its status as a surplus property and look for a new owner. Or the county could find a new tenant for it or find a municipal use for the building, which is located next door to the Lions Community Centre and the Port Dover and Area read more

Apple unveils new iPad

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple has announced the latest iPad, the iPad Air. It will be lightest full-sized tablet in the world, weighing only one pound.It will be available in white, silver, grey and black. Live blogTechnology specialist Mike Yawney is one of the few Canadian journalists who is at the company’s latest product announcement in San Francisco.Follow our live blog below. For a mobile-friendly version, click here.MORE TO COME Apple unveils new iPad AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 22, 2013 3:17 am MDT apple|holiday shopping season|iPad|mike yawney|san francisco

Congressional analysis estimates budget deal would increase deficit by 414B in 201415

by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2013 12:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Congress’ budget office estimates that the just-announced budget deal would increase the deficit over the next two years by $41.4 billion.The analysis also says the deal would save taxpayers $23 billion, when calculated over the coming decade.But there’s a cost when it comes to deficits.The budget office says the bipartisan agreement would increase the deficit by $23.2 billion in 2014 and by $18.2 billion the year after that.The deal permits $63 billion in relief from automatic spending cuts over the coming two years and substitutes $85 billion in longer-term savings and fee proposals over the coming decade.That framework has drawn the ire of some conservatives. Congressional analysis estimates budget deal would increase deficit by $41.4B in 2014-15 read more

UN forum in Morocco agrees draft action plan for religious leaders on

The ‘Forum on the Role of Religious Leaders in Preventing Incitement that could Lead to Atrocity Crimes’ was organized by the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, the Interministerial Delegation for Human Rights and Rabita Mohammadia of Ulama of Morocco, and the plan of action focused on eight major areas for consideration.It called for monitoring of incitement, the development of alternative messages, engagement in dialogue, efforts to develop and revise education to include better mainstreaming of appreciation of all cultures, engaging in and strengthening inter-religious and intra-religious dialogue and activities to ensure understanding, respect and communication, engaging in dialogue on grievances, strengthening clarity of message and engaging with political leaders.Adama Dieng, UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, spoke to UN Radio about the discussion, saying that agreement on the draft came with the knowledge that the final outcome would need to balance different views on freedom of expression and the need to prevent incitement.“Of course, from a human rights perspective, I am a very strong supporter of freedom of expression,” Mr. Dieng said. “At the same time, we do believe that there are efforts to be made because we have seen the role that some media play – Rwanda was a case, even Kenya, we remember the 2007 election, when the radio was used to spread messages of hatred.”The agreed Plan of Action, which is currently a draft, will be further developed at five regional meetings over the next year, where religious leaders and faith-based organisations will strengthen and augment it with additional detailed elements. The Plan of Action and a Declaration will be adopted at a plenary meeting of religious leaders which is planned to take place in 2016.The Plan also recommends several other actions including dialogue training, mapping and networking of religious leaders who actively work to prevent or counter incitement that can lead to atrocity crimes around the world, engaging with youth and ensuring a gender perspective in all actions proposed and undertaken. read more

Rohingya refugees face immense health needs UN scales up support ahead of

“Commendable efforts have been made by the Government of Bangladesh and partner agencies to provide health services; prevent diseases such as cholera; and rapidly control outbreaks of measles and diphtheria. However, the challenges are huge, multiple and evolving,” said Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for (WHO) South-East Asia.“The magnitude of the crisis requires continued efforts and generous contributions by all partners to scale up health services for the vulnerable population,” she added.One of the largest population movements in the shortest time span began 25 August when an estimated 688,000 Rohingyas crossed from Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar – joining nearly 212,500 others who had arrived in earlier waves.Health needs continue to be immense, particularly surrounding reproductive care. Some 60,000 children are expected to be born in the camps over the next year. Besides mothers, newborns and children, the elderly need basic health services, including for trauma and various non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and psychosocial support.“Water and sanitation, and shelter continues to be far from optimum, increasing the risk of rapid spread of several communicable and water borne diseases,” the Regional Director said, stressing the need to accelerate efforts to address the key determinants of health on a priority.The upcoming rainy season increases the vulnerability to waterborne diseases, such as diarrhea and hepatitis, and vector borne diseases, including malaria, dengue and chikungunya.When the crisis first began, WHO established the Early Warning and Response System (EWARS) for rapid detection and response to disease outbreaks to minimize death and disease, which along with risk assessments, prompted Bangladesh to carry out large scale vaccination campaigns for cholera, measles and rubella, polio and diphtheria.“The health sector is grossly under-funded and grappling to meet the needs of the affected population,” Dr. Khetrapal Singh said, appealing to international community to contribute generously and commit to support what clearly is set to be a protracted emergency.UNHCR/Caroline GluckRohingya refugees at Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Cox’z Bazar, Bangladesh, preparing for monsoon season., by UNHCR/Caroline GluckLiving in ‘no man’s land’At the same time, Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned on “the situation of several thousand Rohingya who have been living in a so-called ‘no man’s land’ near the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh” since end-August.“We estimate there are some 1,300 families, approximately 5,300 men, women, boys and girls living in the area near Tombru canal,” he stated, noting that some feared returning home and wished to seek safety in Bangladesh.He reiterated that everyone has the right to seek asylum, just as they also have the right to return home when they deem the time and circumstances right.“People who have fled violence in their country must be guaranteed safety and protection, and must be consulted on their future,” he underscored.Meanwhile, ahead of the monsoon season, UNHCR and partners continue to step up preparations to protect refugees, including encouraging those most at risk of floods and landslides to relocate to other areas. “UNHCR staff are facilitating community engagement in preparedness efforts, in particular on appropriate messaging to communities likely to be affected by landslides, floods or cyclones, and analyzing community coping mechanisms and preparedness plans,” he concluded. read more

Kyle Korver Is On Pace For The Best NBA Shooting Season Of

Mark Price1988-8999979562.3 Dirk Nowitzki2006-0794909560.5 Larry Bird1987-8899899860.8 Kyle Korver2014-1597th100th97th73.1% PLAYERSEASONFG%3PT%FT%TS% In the NBA, the apex of individual shooting is a 50-40-90 season — shooting 50 percent from the field, 40 percent on 3-pointers and 90 percent on free throws. Not many people can sustain that kind of accuracy from inside and out. Since the three-point line was adopted for the 1979-80 campaign, just six players (in 10 seasons overall) have hit 50-40-90 on their percentages.1For the achievement to qualify, a player needs to have made 300 field goals, 55 3-pointers and 125 free throws in one season.Kyle Korver is doing his best to become the 11th. There are a handful of players within striking distance of 50-40-90, but only Korver, the Atlanta Hawks’ All-Star shooting guard, is on pace to achieve it. Korver is operating on a different plane of existence right now — shooting 51.2 percent from the field, 52.3 percent on 3-pointers and 91.1 percent from the free-throw line. He could have the first-ever 50-50-90 season.Since the 1979-80 season, 1,184 player seasons have met the minimum benchmarks, and the overlap between their shooting percentages emphasizes just how rare the achievement is that Korver is chasing.Korver’s performance so far became more astonishing the more I looked at the numbers. If we include him in those 1,184 player seasons (he hasn’t met the minimum benchmarks but is on pace to,2But just barely for free throws. Korver is on pace to make 125 free throws, and 125 is the cut. barring injury), his percentages this season would rank in the 97th percentile in both field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage. His 3-point percentage would be the best of any player in the sample. If we compare those percentile ranks with the other 50-40-90 seasons, along with True Shooting Percentage, Korver has a legitimate claim to the greatest shooting season of all time. Reggie Miller1993-9495919663.6 But can Korver keep this up for the rest of the season? What we know about players regressing to the mean suggests probably not. But we’re more than halfway through the season, and the possible variability in his end-of-season percentages is reduced with each shot he takes. In Korver’s case, nothing’s guaranteed — yet.The chart below shows, for each season, how many percentage points Korver’s final field-goal percentage differed from the percentage he was shooting at other points in the season.3I used percentage of total shot attempts to track his progress rather than games played. Steve Nash2009-1096939961.5 Steve Nash2008-0995969961.5 Steve Nash2005-0697969863.2 Kevin Durant2012-1397909664.7 Larry Bird1986-8789989361.2 Steve Nash2007-0895999664.1 If we assume Korver will play the rest of the season, attempting field goals, free throws and 3-pointers at the same rate as he has to this point, then he has just passed the 65 percent mark. Going by the trend line, we would expect his current field-goal percentage to vary from his final mark by about 1.3 percentage points. Shooting exactly 51.2 percent from the field at this point, hitting 50 percent from the field does not seem secure.Using the same technique to look at his free-throw shooting yields a similarly murky projection.By the trend line, we would expect Korver’s current free-throw percentage to vary by as much as 2.3 percentage points from his final tally. Because he’s shooting 91.1 percent from the line, he could easily fall below the 90 percent threshold. Korver typically attempts far fewer free throws than shots from the field, this season included, and thus there is a lot more variability throughout the season.Interestingly, the mark that seems most secure — his 52.3 percent shooting on 3-pointers — could be his undoing. Here is the same chart for his 3-point percentage.It’s unlikely that Korver’s 3-point percentage would drop 12.3 percentage points, to dip below 40 percent, by the end of the year. But his field-goal shooting is highly dependent on his 3-point shooting — 72.7 percent of Korver’s shot attempts this season have been 3-pointers. He has made just 55 of his 114 shots inside of the arc — 48.2 percent. We should potentially expect more variation in his field-goal percentage than the chart above indicates. If Korver’s 3-point percentage declined by 2.3 percentage points by the end of the season, it would dip below 50 percent; his overall field-goal percentage would drop by 1.6 percentage points, also sliding below 50 percent. If Korver is going to finish the year with a field-goal percentage above 50 percent, he’ll probably need the cushion of keeping his 3-point percentage above 50 percent as well.Korver is chasing history and walking a tightrope. He has put up a half-season’s worth of shooting efficiency that can stand against anything in the record books. But if 50-40-90 is the goal, it’s not time to exhale quite yet. read more

Students left fighting for lives after taking enough caffeine for 300 cups

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The amount of caffeine they should have been given (0.3g) and the amount they were actually given (30g)Credit:Health and Safety Executive The amount of caffeine they should have been given (0.3g) and the amount they were actually given (30g) Both men have since made a full physical recovery but are also proceeding with their own civil claims.Judge Edward Bindloss said: “The risk here was death.”It should have been a high priority, a risk assessment should have been carried out and appropriately put into place and appropriate training to reduce the foreseeable risk.”The test was perfectly proper, the error was in the calculation of the amount of caffeine.”He said: “Both were sportsmen and fit young men. Luckily for them and for everyone they were in the sort of shape that was able to deal with this large amount of caffeine.”A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive, which brought the prosecution, said it was “happy” with the fine, and hoped it “sent a message” to similar organisations conducting experiments on humans.Peter Smith, defending, said vice chancellor Andrew Wathey was in court, along with other members of staff, as the human face of the university.”They are deeply sorry for the breach in this case,” he said.”The university community is a close one and they wish to emphasise that they take the welfare of their students and staff seriously.”A statement from the university said: “The university is genuinely sorry for what happened in this case. This was an isolated incident. We reacted promptly to what took place. Two students were nearly killed after they were given enough caffeine for 300 cups of coffee during a botched science experiment.Northumbria University has been fined £400,000 for the incident in March 2015 which caused Alex Rossetto and Luke Parkin to be rushed to hospital and put on dialysis.On Wednesday a judge said the two sports science students probably only survived because they were fit and and active young men.The pair had volunteered to take part in a test aiming to measure the effect of caffeine on exercise, but a basic calculation error meant the second-year students were given 100 times the correct dosage.Prosecutor Adam Farrer told Newcastle Crown Court that the pair should have been given 0.3g of caffeine in the orange juice mix, but were in fact given 30g.There is 0.1g in the average cup of coffee.Newcastle Crown Court heard the calculation had been done on a mobile phone, the decimal point being put in the wrong place and there being no risk assessment for the test.Mr Farrer said death has previously been reported after consumption of just 18g and the students were left in a “life-threatening condition”.The university, which has more than 30,000 students and a budget of almost £250 million, had switched from using caffeine tablets to powder, which, he said, meant supervision was vital.But he said: “The staff were not experienced or competent enough and they had never done it on their own before. “The university took no steps to make sure the staff knew how to do it.”The court was told about a catalogue of errors that led to the overdose, which Mr Farrer said “could easily have been fatal”.Mr Rossetto, who has gone on to study a Masters degree at the university, was kept in hospital for six days, reported short-term memory loss and lost 26.5lb (12kg) in weight.Mr Parkin was treated for two days in intensive care and lost 22lb (10kg) in weight.last_img read more

Qatar 2015 begins Breathtaking ceremony in Doha

Amazing LUSAIL Multipurpose Arena hosted the opening ceremony of the 24th World’s Handball Championship in Qatar. Noisy atmosphere with a lot of effects and lightshows finished with a great fireworks which put the light on the whole desert, provided fantastic experience the all the fans in the hall. The Emir of Qatar and the IHF president Hassan Moustafa opened the event, which will be for sure, unforgetable experience for all the guests of Qatar in the next 18 days…PHOTO: SLAVKO KOLAR ← Previous Story Lasse Svan Hansen about Qatar 2015: Our target – semifinal! Next Story → Qatar win opener at Lusail

Un gaz réfrigérant pour voiture dangereux

first_imgUn gaz réfrigérant pour voiture dangereux ?La députée européenne verte Michèle Rivasi a attiré l’attention mardi sur les dangers éventuels d’un nouveau gaz réfrigérant utilisé depuis peu dans le système de climatisation des véhicules.C’est une alerte inquiétante que vient tout juste de déclencher la députée européenne Michèle Rivasi. Celle-ci attire l’attention sur un nouveau gaz réfrigérant qu’utilisent les nouveaux systèmes de climatisation automobile. Le “fluide frigorigène HFO-1234yf qui devrait être utilisé pour remplacer les systèmes de climatisation à l’échelle du globe” est “inflammable et toxique” et “pourrait mettre en danger la vie des conducteurs en cas de collision frontale entre véhicules, ou même blesser des pompiers qui tenteraient d’éteindre un incendie de voiture”, souligne la députée cité par l’AFP.À lire aussiMal des transports : pourquoi est-on malade en voiture et comment l’éviter ?”En effet, la température d’auto-inflammation du HFO-1234yf est assez basse (405 °C) et l’inflammation de ce gaz produit du fluorure d’hydrogène, qui se transforme en acide fluorhydrique (extrêmement toxique et corrosif) au contact de l’eau”, poursuit-elle. En 2006, la Commission européenne avait déjà publié une directive obligeant les constructeurs automobiles à changer à partir de 2011 les systèmes de climatisation des voitures, afin de réduire l’impact néfaste des gaz utilisés. Mais le géant de l’industrie américain Honeywell a développé le HFO-1234yf, un gaz qui a été approuvé par l’association SAE International (organisme mondial regroupant des ingénieurs et experts techniques dans les industries de l’automobile, de l’aérospatial et des véhicules commerciaux). Michèle Rivasi a donc adressé une question à la Commission européenne, lui demandant si “elle a participé au processus de certification et d’autorisation de commercialisation de ce gaz”, si elle “a effectué sa propre étude d’impact” et si elle “reconnaît que ce gaz peut être utilisé [ … ] sans danger pour l’environnement et la santé humaine”. Car ce gaz risque bien d’être “prochainement installé dans tous les systèmes de climatisation mobile”. L’ACEA (association des constructeurs automobiles européens) assure pour sa part dans un communiqué que “les véhicules utilisant HFO-1234yf sont aussi sûrs que ceux utilisant le précédent réfrigérant”, que ce soit pour les occupants ou les services d’urgence.Le 18 janvier 2012 à 11:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

1 dead in Southeast Portland shooting

first_imgPORTLAND — A man has died after being shot Sunday evening in Southeast Portland, the Portland Police Bureau said.Officers responded to reports of gunfire in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood and found a man inside a house who had been shot, police said. First responders rendered aid, but the man died while en route to a hospital, police said. His name has not been made public.Police have not located a suspect but say there is no immediate threat to the community.Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators are on-scene, as are county prosecutors and representatives of the medical examiner, police said.Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.last_img


first_img Integrity Commission Plans Quick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Dec 2014 – Congratulations to the high schoolers who have for the past two days been debating the integrity of those who are governed by the Integrity Commission Ordinance; I understand it was a riveting debate. Schools are winding down for Christmas now; many have either already completed end of year exams or they are still into test mode. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TWO SWORN IN AT FINANCE TO COVER HARVEY’S JOB Children’s Book release announced by North Caicos native Related Items:integrity commission ordinance, students, testslast_img

European Commission launches twoyear plan to tackle gender pay gap

first_imgThe European Commission has published a report detailing its proposed plan to tackle the gender pay gap in Europe.The EU Action Plan 2017-2019, Tackling the gender pay gap, which has been issued to the European Parliament, The Council and the European Economic and Social Committee, reports that women in the EU earn, on average, over 16% less per hour then men, with just 5% of chief executive officer (CEO) roles in the European Union being held by women.It also revealed that 69% of European employees are aware of a gender pay gap, however, most employees do not believe a gender pay gap exists in their organisation. Yet the European Commission reports that across all sectors, on average men are paid more than women.To reduce the gender pay gap, the European Commission has recommended: investing in work-life balance polices including flexible-working arrangements with flexible working hours, reducing working hours and encouraging remote working.The report also looks at sectors with a low level of female workers. When cross-referenced with the number of women graduating in these sectors, it has found that just 28% of female graduates have degrees in engineering, manufacturing and construction, and 21% in computing.The European Union is keen to attract more women to seek careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors to help bridge the gap.To tackle the gender pay gap, the European Commission has also put together an eight-point strategy plan which will work towards:Improving the application of the equal pay principle.Combating segregation in occupations and sectors.Breaking the ceiling: initiatives to combat vertical segregation.Tackling the care penalty.Better valorizing women’s skills, efforts and responsibilities.Fighting the fog: unveiling inequalities and stereotypes.Alerting and informing about the gender pay gap.Lending hands: enhancing partnerships to tackle the gender pay gap.The gender pay gap remains a major objective for the European Union, with the overarching goal of achieving gender equality and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.The commission plans to evaluate and report regularly on gender pay, earnings and the pension gap in Europe within its annual report.last_img read more

DOT proposes fee for Uber and Lyft to operate at Alaska international

first_imgIf you’re using ride-hailing services to get to certain Alaska airports, it could soon be a little more costly.The state’s Department of Transportation is proposing a fee on what are known as Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft. The companies would be charged $2.50 each time they pick up or drop off customers at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage or the Fairbanks International Airport. It would be up to the ride-hail services whether they pass that cost on to riders.According to Keith Day, the international airports controller for DOT, the fees are intended to add revenue for general maintenance and operations. The rate is based on similar measures implemented at other airports.The measure would only affect international airports, which have different funding structures than other state-run airports. DOT is taking public comment through the end of the month. If passed, the new fee would take effect February first.last_img read more

VDC boycotts Vaddera people in Maggidi village

first_imgNizamabad: Alleging that Maggidi village development committee (VDC) had boycotted them over land aggression, people of Vaddera community of the village complained to the Revenue and Police officials and demanded that he ban should be lifted.The village development committee of Maggidi village on the suburbs of Khanapur, Armoor manda, Nizamabad district, has reportedly expelled the people of Vaddera community, as the committee is angry over them, who are preventing land encroachment.About 100 Vaddera families live in Maggidi village. The victims claimed that an alternative anarchist system has been created in the name of the Village Development Committee. Vaddera community union State president Dandy Venkat condemned the social exclusion of Vaddara caste.last_img

Maharshi new poster released Mahesh Babu to treat fans with teaser this

first_imgMaharshiTwitterDirector Vamshi Paidipally released a new poster of his upcoming movie Maharshi and announced that he would launch its teaser on YouTube as Ugadi treat for the fans of super Mahesh Babu on April 6.Maharshi has huge hype and expectations surrounding it as it is the 25th landmark film of Mahesh Babu. The movie was initially slated to hit the screens on April 5, but the makers postponed its release to May 9, due to the delay in its production. With a just month away from its release, they are to release its first look video, trailer and audio album and their delay has upset the fans of Prince.Finally, Vamshi Paidipally took to his Twitter account to give good news to the fans of Mahesh Babu. The director not only released a new poster from his much-awaited movie Maharshi but also revealed that its teaser would be released on the internet at 9.09 am on April 6 as Ugadi treat.Vamshi Paidipally tweeted, “#JoinRishi tomorrow at 9:09 a.m… Join The Journey of our Superstar @urstrulyMahesh as RISHI tomorrow… This Ugadi will be much more special with the teaser of #Maharshi.  #MaharshiTeaserOnApril6th @hegdepooja @allarinaresh @ThisIsDSP @KUMohanan1.” MaharshiMaharshi is a romantic action drama film and the makers have kept its story under wraps to maintain the viewers’ curiosity till its release in the cinema halls. If we are to go by leaked reports, it is about an NRI, who establishes himself as a businessman in the US. He returns to India to invent innovative ways of farming. Besides providing entertainment, the movie will offer an inspirational message to the public.Mahesh Babu is playing the businessman in Maharshi, while Pooja Hegde and Allari Naresh essay the roles of his love interest and friend, respectively. Sonal Chauhan and Meenakshi Dixit are seen in prominent roles of the movie, which is produced by C Ashwini Dutt, Dil Raju and Prasad V Potluri under the banners of Vyjayanthi Movies, Sri Venkateswara Creations and PVP Cinema.last_img read more