Japanese Whalers Return Empty-Handed

first_imgzoom Japanese whaling ships returned home from the Antarctic research mission on Saturday with no catch onboard for the first time in nearly 30 years, the AFP informs.This was the first research mission that did not involve lethal hunting of whales as harpoons were removed from the vessels.The mission involved two ships, the 724-ton Yushinmaru and the 747-ton Daini (No 2) Yushinmaru, whose crews conducted sighting surveys and took samples.This is the first mission in the wake of the ruling made by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, that banned hunting whales off Antarctica.According to the ruling, Japan’s whaling program was not scientific in nature but more commercial, as the meat of the slaughtered whales was being sold commercially in Japan.However, the country did not completely back down from its plans as the Government of Japan said it intended to return to the Southern Ocean to hunt whales this year.The country has reduced its annual target to 333 minke whales, down from 900 set out under the previous programme.The data collected within the mission will nevertheless be used for commercial whaling, according to Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, quoted by AFP as saying on the arrival of the ships at a port in western Shimonoseki city.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Kargil war veteran case Three FIRs lodged against retired cop

first_imgRangia (Assam): Three separate FIRs have been lodged against a retired policeman, who had verified the documents and recorded the statement of Mohammad Sanaullah, a former Army officer, declared a “foreigner” and lodged in a detention centre in Assam, officials said on Monday.The complaints were filed against retired sub-inspector Chandramal Das of the Assam Border Police at the Boko police station by three persons, whose names appeared as witnesses in Sanaullah’s statement, they said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCMohammad Kuran Ali, Suwahan Ali and Ajmal Ali alleged in the FIRs that Das, who was investigating Sanaullah’s case, did not call them for giving any statement or sign on any document as witnesses, Officer in-charge of the Boko police station Jogen Barman said. The three also claimed that they came to know that they were made witnesses to Sanaullah’s statement from the social media, he said. The police had registered three cases against Das under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Barman said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsSanaullah, who had won a president’s medal, was declared a “foreigner” by the Foreigners Tribunal, Kamrup, following a case registered in 2008 after his name was listed as a “D” (doubtful) voter. After the verdict of the tribunal, Sanaullah, a resident of Kolohikash village in Kamrup district, was lodged in a detention camp in Goalpara. The three persons, in their complaints, also said Sanaullah was a genuine Indian citizen and was being “harassed by the Assam Border Police, which has conspired to declare him a doubtful voter”. Sanaullah’s lawyer Aman Wadud said when the Foreigners Tribunal heard the case, the retired Army personnel was deployed in Manipur and had not given any statement in court. The Kargil war veteran’s family members have decided to file a case in the Gauhati High Court against the Assam Border Police and Das for allegedly conspiring to declare Sanaullah a “foreigner”.last_img read more

Phoenix Volunteer Clubs helping the community with Christmas Hampers

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – For the third year, the Phoenix Club has run its ‘Adopt a family Christmas Hamper Program’ and this year 119 families were helped.The Phoenix Club uses their FB Group as a way to, connect people in need with people that can help through confidential sponsorship. Applications for families are accepted in November and the approved applicant is then asked for a wishlist. The process is that a basic description of the family, number of members and genders is listed in the group and when someone posts they would like to Sponsor that family the wishlist is then provided privately to the Sponsor.Once the hamper items have been purchased and put together the donation is dropped at one of the Phoenix Club Coordinators for the awaiting family to go pick up.  Each hamper includes a $50 food gift card per person in the household and any items that are personal to the applicants wish list. This year Erica O’Day, Phoenix Club Coordinator for the Adopt a family Christmas Hamper Program, said “All the families this year not only received what they wanted they also got what they needed” In previous years the Club provided 80 Christmas Hampers to the community yet with a local organization that usually runs a Christmas hamper there was a greater demand for help. The Phoenix Club fulfilled 27 applications for hampers for the Woman’s Resource Centre.“It is really good not to turn people away, we have not had to do that before.” O’Day goes on to say, “With all the help from Santa’s Annonymous and all the people that gave cash donations and gift cards were a huge help, because of this we were able to help the kids that are in Foster Care and the last minute families we were able to help from all of the help we did not have to find Sponsors for.”O’day concludes with “This community is amazing”To read more about the help the Phoenix club does in the community CLICK HERETo join the Adopt a Family Christmas Hamper Program CLICK HERElast_img read more

Haddad Says PJD Members Lack Experience in Heading the Government

Rabat – Outgoing Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad attributed what he considered to be the current government’s lack of achievements in the past five years to the ruling party’s inexperience in governance, according to a new report by Hespress.The minister said on Monday that Moroccan citizens should award their votes to the party that deserves it the most because the “Justice and Development Party, which led the national government and several regional administrations, saw its efforts stifled in a major way due its lack of experience.”Being part of the first government after the adoption of the new constitution in 2011 was a “memorable experience,” the Independence Party (PI) politician said during a press conference organized in the city of Khouribga. The PI, known for its symbol depicting the scales of justice, presents a “balanced” agenda, Haddad said, adding that it is based on “years of governing experience,” in which the party led successive administrations and held several ministerial positions.The party currently holds 60 of 395 positions in the House of Representatives.The minister also warned of voter fraud at local voting stations and added that Moroccan citizens are promised a proof of submission for their votes on October 7th.“If you do not vote, someone else will vote for you,” Haddad told a group of reporters.Hadded encouraged the electorate to consider the issues they care about and elect politicians accordingly.To those who choose not to vote and then complain about lawmakers’ actions over the course of their term, the minister says: “You can’t blame anyone but yourselves.” read more

YouTubes Notre Dame911 flub highlights AIs blind spots

SAN FRANCISCO — Internet users who tuned in to YouTube to watch live video of Notre Dame Cathedral on fire might have been surprised to see background information about 9-11 attached to the footage.The culprit: an automated YouTube system recently put in place to combat conspiracy theories and fake material that spreads in the wake of some news events.YouTube says the background information — consisting of an entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica — was mistakenly placed there by the system’s algorithms and was quickly taken down.But the incident is the latest example of artificial intelligence misfiring, and a sign that we have a long way to go before AI becomes smart enough to understand nuance and context.Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press

CID questions former President over assault on Keith Noyahr

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) questioned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today over the assault on journalist Keith Noyahr.Rajapaksa was questioned at his Colombo residence in Wijerama. Last year six Army officers were arrested in the case over the abduction and assault of journalist Keith Noyhar but were later granted bail. Noyahr was abducted in May 2008 and was severely assaulted before being set free.The former Associate Editor of The Nation newspaper fled the country with his family following the incident fearing for his life. (Colombo Gazette) The CID informed Rajapaksa that they were told Keith Noyahr was released by his abductors after current Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the then Editor of The Nation newspaper Lalith Alahakoon had telephoned Rajapaksa following the abduction. The former President said that he sees the latest development as political revenge being taken on him.The CID had informed Rajapaksa this week that they will visit his home today to record the statement.At least five CID officers visited Rajapaksa’s official residence and left after recording a statement from him for nearly three hours. The former President told reporters outside his home today that he could not recall receiving a telephone call from Jayasuriya at the time.However he asked what was wrong in Noyahr being released by his abductors. A large crowd gathered outside his residence before the CID arrived to extend support to Rajapaksa. read more

Economic growth must be harmonized with natural environment UN conference

”We need to change to environmentally sustainable economic growth if we want to continue the economic growth necessary for poverty eradication,” said Kim Hak-Su, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).Stresses from climate-related events are already being felt by most countries through extreme weather and natural disasters in the region, as shown for example by the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.Adaptation in agriculture, forests and terrestrial ecosystems are considered high priority measures for most Asian countries, while the top priority for small island developing States is adapting water resources and coping with rising sea levels. According to ESCAP, participants noted that sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region The meeting was organized by several UN agencies and attended by 29 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as by representatives from UN bodies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society. Its conclusions will be submitted to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which meets in May. read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 9 November 2012

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Ohio State mens basketball looks to get back to 500 against Air

OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) during a game against VMI on Dec. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lexus Robinson | Lantern PhotographerIt took more than two weeks, but on Saturday, the Ohio State men’s basketball team finally picked up its third win of the season by topping the Virginia Military Institute 82-69.After the sourness of a four-game losing skid, the taste of victory was sweet for the Buckeyes, but that doesn’t mean the attitude around the Schottenstein Center is changing anytime soon.“We haven’t deviated from one thing that we’ve been doing the last week and a half in terms of watching film, how we’re watching, how we’re practicing,” said coach Thad Matta.The persistence by Matta and his players to keep hitting the rock, hoping it will eventually crack, seemed to work against the Keydets because many things inhibiting OSU during its losing streak went by the wayside. For the first time all season, the Buckeyes had single-digit turnovers with just nine, and for the first time since the season-opening victory over Mount St. Mary’s, they shot more than 70 percent from the free-throw line (78.9). Those areas have been the targets of heavy attention for Matta, especially the turnovers. To work on making smarter decisions with the basketball during the games, the coach had instituted a little disciplinary incentive during practice after the early-season struggles. “If we turn the ball over, there’s discipline issues,” sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “It really keeps in the back of your head, like, ‘I don’t wanna turn this over or I might have to run sprints on the side.’” The fear of additional running appeared to translate into results on the court against VMI on Saturday, and Tate said the team has no intent on returning to its old, careless ways with the ball.As a result of the win, Tate said positive vibes have been more abundant, and players have exhibited signs that they’re “getting their confidence” back. But even so, he added that the win doesn’t satisfy them or cure any ailments. “At the end of the day, we still have a losing record,” Tate said. “That’s still in the back of our heads. We still got a lot of work to do and everybody knows that.” A peek at Air ForceLooking to erase the losing record that it has, OSU is set to welcome Air Force to Columbus for the first meeting on the hardwood between the teams. The Falcons fly into Ohio’s capital city with a three-game winning streak and 6-2 record overall. Matta said Air Force will be a good test for the Buckeyes because of the offense it runs. The Falcons operate a variation of the Princeton offense, the coach said, which involves lots of movement and screens to try to clear space for guys to operate. “They’ve got guys that can take it off the bounce, their post is very effective inside,” Matta said. “They can put 90 (points) on the board, as they’ve done this year.” Leading the solid Falcon offense is sophomore guard Trevor Lyons. The 6-foot-3 left-hander attacks the rim fearlessly, while also complementing his game with a decent outside stroke. Lyons averages 15.3 points per game, while bringing in 4.4 rebounds per contest and handing out 4.1 assists. The Virginia native, whose older brother is the fourth-leading scorer in Air Force history, doesn’t take a break on the defensive end either, as he averages 2.8 steals per game, which is in the top 20 in the country. Lyons isn’t the only positive part of the Air Force defense, as Matta complimented the unit as a whole. The coach said the Falcons often rotate the defensive scheme that they use, going from different zone coverages to man-to-man principles. This can cause problems for young teams like the Buckeyes, but Matta said so far this season, he’s liked what he has seen from his guys when facing similar defensive approaches, which they did on Saturday. “I think we’ve been pretty decent with it,” he said. “We were a little bit slow reacting at the beginning, but once we got the right guys in the right spots, we had the ball moving and were getting wide-open shots.” Grateful for Giddens Matta mentioned the effective post player for Air Force, who happens to be senior center Zach Moer. The 6-foot-11 Texan is a solid scorer down low with a soft touch. He puts up 10.4 points per game, while also shooting an impressive 84 percent from the free-throw line. Fortunately for OSU, it will have its best low-post defender back in the lineup to help counteract the offensive abilities of Moer. Freshman center Daniel Giddens missed the game against VMI with an illness, but Matta said he will be good to go Tuesday night. Giddens changes nearly every shot that comes his way, as the 6-foot-10 Oak Hill Academy product is sixth in the nation with 3.33 blocks per game. Having him down low to block shots is key to disrupting opposing offenses, Tate said. “(Giddens) knows how to time up those blocks incredibly,” he said. “It definitely puts a little pressure on the offense, them driving in there just knowing (Giddens is there).” Tate said it also helps wing defenders like himself to know that if an opponent is able to beat a Buckeye off the dribble, Giddens is there as a “safety net.” Against a team such as Air Force that likes to slash to the hole and has a post player like Moer, getting Giddens back comes at the right time for OSU. The Buckeyes and Falcons are set to tip off at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Commentary Wrestling more than just a complex sport

I love sports. Prior to this semester, whenever I said that, I actually meant that I loved baseball, basketball and football. Growing up, all I ever played or watched on TV were those three. I tended to cast all the “lesser” sports like hockey and soccer aside. They bored me. But that’s only because I never gave them a chance. I never understood them. Like the majority of sports enthusiasts, I followed the most popular ones, indulging anything and everything I could about them. I understood their ins and outs. The more knowledgeable I became, the more I enjoyed the sport. So it’s by no coincidence that my favorite sport happens to be baseball because I comprehend it the best. When I decided that I wanted to be a sports journalist late in my freshman year, I had dreams of one day writing about the “big three” athletic events. Never did I envision reporting on a sport I hadn’t the slightest clue about. I just had the gut feeling that I’d hate it. Who likes to write about things they have no interest in? Certainly not this guy. That’s when it happened. At the beginning of this semester, I walked into the Lantern class as a sports reporter for the first time. I was psyched. I had the pre-conceived notion that I was going to be writing about Ohio State football, basketball and baseball (I did end up covering two out of the three, however. Not bad). But when I saw which beat I was assigned to, my heart sank. Wrestling? Other than the fact that it involved two guys rolling around on a mat, I knew next to nothing about the sport. I was having a mini panic attack. How was I going to write about something that I knew as much about as knitting a sweater? My first story was due in a couple of days and I honestly didn’t know how I was going to do it. Fortunately, I had confidence in my ability to learn enough about wrestling in a short period of time to be able to write a passable story. I literally Google-searched “wrestling for dummies” to soak up as much information as I could. How embarrassing. I read about the fundamentals, from the different positions to all the different types of moves a wrestler could make to gain points. I read about how the scoring works, that every move had a consequence, awarding points to either the wrestler who committed the move or to his opponent. I had heard the terms before, but I never knew what they actually meant until now. This was a complex sport. The first story I was assigned was about reigning 133-pound NCCA champion Logan Stieber’s injury update. I thought to myself, “My first time doing some actual sports reporting and I get to interview a national champion? This might actually be pretty cool after all.” When I walked into the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility for the first time to conduct interviews with the OSU wrestling team, I really didn’t know what to expect. I arrived at the tail end of the team’s practice and the wrestlers were paired off, grappling with one another. The way they countered each other’s moves and maneuvered to gain a better position, it was almost like an art. It was entrancing. After practice, coach Tom Ryan, Stieber, redshirt sophomore Josh Demas and freshman Mark Martin all talked to me and to my surprise, were all down-to-earth guys. They gained a lot of respect with me for that. As my visits to Steelwood increased and as I acquired more insight on the sport through research and observation, my appreciation for wrestling began to build. But it wasn’t until I attended the home meet against Penn State back on Feb. 10 that I gained a true appreciation for the sport. More than 6,000 screaming fans created an atmosphere in St. John Arena that I could only compare to a big-time basketball or football game. It was so intense. I never would have guessed that a sport such as wrestling could be so exciting. After back-to-back pins by Stieber and his younger brother, Hunter, in the second and third bouts of the meet, the crowd erupted in applause. Then I thought to myself, wait, this is wrestling. I like basketball this time of year. I’m not supposed to like this, right? Wrong. Although the Buckeyes ended up losing the match, 29-18, I could see how much hard work these guys put in it. They battled the entire match and that really resonated with me. I never expected to like wrestling, but boy, I’m glad that I had the opportunity to cover it. As the cliché phrase states, “You’ll never know if you like something until you try it.” Well, I tried it, and I liked it. So now, when I say I love sports, wrestling belongs on that short list right next to baseball, basketball and football. read more

Boris Beckers Wimbledon trophies go on sale as bankrupt tennis player seeks

In May the tennis player announced that he and his second wife Lilly Kerssenberg were separating.When his first marriage ended in 2000 she was awarded more than £10m as well as custody of their children.In 2001, Becker paid a multimillion-pound settlement to provide for a child conceived with a Russian model in London’s Nobu restaurant.Becker may have lost his millions of pounds due to questionable investments in the Nigerian oil industry, according to claims in the German press.Spiegel magazine claims he made investments in the Nigerian oil and gas industry, and at one point considered a single investment of more than £7.6m. One miniature of the Challenge Cup from Becker’s collection has seen an opening bid of £1,000.Amongst the more valuable items is the three-quarter size replica of the Renshaw Cup, which was awarded to Becker after he became the youngest ever Grand Slam singles champion at the age of 17. This is being sold with a reserve of £8,000.Memorabilia such as watches, rackets and photographs are also being sold off in the auction. Lotto tennis shirt Puma racket and cover Boris Becker and his second wife Lilly Kerssenberg  Becker and his second wife, Lilly KerssenbergCredit:Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Europe A pair of Becker’s shoes from 1996 have seen an opening bid of £500.The German tennis player, who was previously worth more than £30 million, was declared bankrupt by a London court over a debt, said to be worth €3.5m (£3.1m), owed the private bank Arbuthnot Latham & Co. A Puma racket and coverCredit: SHENER HATHAWAY Sweater, socks and wristband Hans Dieter Cleven, a former business partner has filed a separate case against him in the Swiss courts for 40m Swiss francs (£30m). Vend it like Becker: sweater, socks and wristbandCredit:SHENER HATHAWAY Becker’s fortune was eroded by bad investments and expensive settlement deals. Boris Becker’s Wimbledon cups have gone on sale as the bankrupt tennis player seeks to pay off his debts.The former world number one was declared bankrupt in the UK last year and his trophies are currently being sold online in an auction that is due to run until 28 June.A total of 81 lots are being sold by the valuer and auctioneer Wyles Hardy and Co in order to raise funds for Becker’s creditors.When Becker was at the height of his career Wimbledon champions received three miniature trophies.These were the Renshaw Cup, the All England Lawn Tennis Club Challenge Cup and the President’s Challenge Cup. Classic Lotto tennis shirtCredit:SHENER HATHAWAY 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. read more

FBI releases CCTV footage of Navy Yard shooter

first_imgTHE FBI has released footage from the shooting at the Washington DC Navy Yard which left 13 people – including the shooter – dead.The video from the morning of 16 September shows 34-year-old Aaron Alexis driving into the Navy Yard and then walking into the building armed with a shotgun. Alexis was able to enter the building as he was working as a contractor and had a valid pass.The FBI said today there are “multiple indicators” that Alexis believed he was being controlled by low-frequency electromagnetic waves and was prepared to die in the attack.A message found in his bag said: “Ultra low frequency attack is what I’ve been subject to for the last 3 months, and to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me to this.”He had carved messages saying “End to the torment!”, “Not what yall say!” and “Better off this way!” on the weapon he used. The FBI said that he had bought a shotgun, ammunition and a hacksaw two days before the shooting.The 34-year-old was a former reservist in the Navy who was working as a defence contract employee.(Video: FBI/YouTube)Alexis shot 12 people dead in the space of just over an hour before he was killed by police at the scene. The mass shooting was the deadliest on a military installation in the US since the Fort Hood shooting in Texas in 2009.President Barack Obama said the shooting was a “cowardly act” and said military troops should not have to confront danger at home.Around 3,000 people work at the sprawling complex, which oversees the building and buying of warships and combat systems for the US. The US Navy said on Monday that it wants more rigorous background checks to be carried out on all employees in future.Timeline released by the FBI into the shooting on 16 September: 7:53 am – Alexis’ rental car, a blue Toyota Prius with New York licence plates, entered Parking Garage number 28 at the Washington Navy Yard, located directly across from Building 197.8:08 am – Alexis exited Parking Garage number 28 on foot carrying a backpack. Alexis entered Building 197 and proceeded to the lift.8:09 am – Alexis exited the lift on the fourth floor and entered the men’s bathroom carrying a bag and a clipboard.8:15 am – Alexis crossed the hallway into the 4 West area of Building 197 with shotgun, but without the bag or a clipboard.8:16 am – Alexis shot the first victim in the 4 West area of Building 197.8:17 am – First 911 call is received from the fourth floor of Building 197.8:20 am – Alexis left the fourth floor using the stairs and entered the third floor.8:28 am – Alexis appeared on the first floor.8:57 am – Alexis returned to the third floor.9:25 am- Police officers shoot and kill Alexis on the third floor.Aaron Alexis entered Navy Yard with a shotgun > More details of ‘horrific’ Washington Navy Yard shooting emerge > Washington Navy Yard shooter was former serviceman, police confirm >last_img read more

Ventes records de jeux vidéo aux ÉtatsUnis

first_imgVentes records de jeux vidéo aux États-UnisÉtats-Unis – Après une année difficile, les ventes de jeux vidéo ont augmenté récemment pour finalement atteindre le chiffre record de 5,53 milliards de dollars en décembre aux États-Unis. Les ventes de jeux vidéo ont atteint un nouveau chiffre record en décembre dernier outre-Atlantique. Le secteur a généré 5,53 milliards de dollars, un phénomène qu’expliquait Anita Frazier, analyste, au Figaro : “Les grosses promotions, surtout sur le matériel, se sont révélées une initiative positive pour le secteur, avant ce qui sera, espérons-le, une année de rétablissement en 2010”. Car en 2009, les ventes dans le secteur ont chuté de 8% à 19,66 milliards de dollars après le record de 21,4 milliards de dollars établi en 2008. En décembre, Sony a vendu plus d’1,36 million de PS3 et Nintendo a aussi réalisé un record en vendant 3,81 millions de Wii et 3,31 millions de DS. Au niveau des jeux, “New Super Mario Brothers” remporte la palme avec derrière lui, “Assassin’s Creed 2” et “Modern Warfare 2”. Sur ordinateur, les SIMS 3 sont en tête. Néanmoins, Nintendo est le grand vainqueur de ce bond des ventes puisque sept des dix jeux les plus vendus sur le sol américain sont édités par le géant japonais.Le 18 janvier 2010 à 00:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Aspartame aucun danger selon une nouvelle étude

first_imgAspartame : aucun danger selon une nouvelle étudeSouvent mis en cause dans le cadre de certains cancers ou accouchements prématurés, l’aspartame a été déclaré inoffensif pour la santé par des experts de l’Efsa, l’Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments.Que cela soit dans le café, les bonbons ou les sodas, l’aspartame est largement utilisé. Il s’agirait même de l’édulcorant le plus utilisé au monde et il serait présent dans plus de 6.000 produits. Souvent accusé d’être dangereux pour la santé, il n’en serait rien pour l’autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments qui a diligenté ses experts sur le sujet. Ces derniers ont ainsi expliqué que si deux études publiées dernièrement  montraient un lien entre aspartame, cancer et accouchement prématuré, “aucune preuve disponible dans l’étude Halldorsson ne permettait d’affirmer qu’il existait un lien de causalité entre la consommation de boissons non alcoolisées contenant des édulcorants artificiels et l’accouchement prématuré”.Et l’autorité d’ajouter concernant l’étude mettant en cause l’aspartame dans l’apparition de certains cancers : “Les résultats de l’étude Soffritti ne fournissent pas suffisamment de preuves scientifiques qui justifieraient de revoir les évaluations précédentes de l’Efsa relatives à l’aspartame”. L’étude a été menée avec l’Anes (Agence nationale française de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail) et l’Efsa se réunira dans quelques semaines afin de déterminer s’il est nécessaire de mener d’autres recherches sur le sujet. Le 28 février 2011 à 17:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Prothèses mammaires vers un renforcement des contrôles

first_imgProthèses mammaires : vers un renforcement des contrôlesAprès la remise d’un rapport de la Direction générale de la santé (DGS) et de l’Afssaps sur les prothèses mammaires Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), le ministre de la Santé Xavier Bertrand a annoncé sa volonté de renforcer les contrôles sur les implants.Suite au scandale des implants PIP défectueux, le ministre de la Santé Xavier Bertrand a annoncé mercredi un renforcement des contrôles des prothèses et autres dispositifs médicaux. Une décision prise suite à la publication d’un rapport de la Direction générale de la santé (DGS) et de l’Afssaps jugeant ce renforcement “nécessaire” avant et après la mise sur le marché, en France comme en Europe. Le texte prône également de “favoriser le signalement des effets indésirables”.À lire aussi87% des Françaises tentées par la chirurgie et la médecine esthétiqueXavier Bertrand s’est engagé à suivre ces recommandations, promettant au niveau national des contrôles “plus nombreux et inopinés, tant sur les lieux de production que dans les établissements de santé”, annonce le ministère dans un communiqué. Au niveau communautaire, la DGS et l’Afssaps prônent une révision de la directive 93/42/CEE relative aux dispositifs médicaux, visant à renforcer les exigences et l’évaluation pour leur mise sur le marché.Le ministre a en outre commandé auprès de l’Afssaps une liste des dispositifs médicaux implantables à risque qui devra lui être remise au mois de mars. Xavier Bertrand a également demandé à l’agence d’établir “des propositions de refonte du système des vigilances permettant une déclaration simple, accessible et rapide pour une efficacité maximale”.Le 2 février 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une nouvelle et minuscule espèce de bernardlhermite découverte au Belize

first_imgUne nouvelle et minuscule espèce de bernard-l’hermite découverte au Belize Publiant leurs travaux dans la revue Zootaxa, des biologistes américains ont découvert au Belize une nouvelle espèce de bernard-l’hermite : un minuscule crustacé qui ne dépasse pas 3 millimètres de longueur.Les bernards-l’hermite sont de drôle de petits crustacés qui ont l’étonnante habitude de quitter leur carapace pour en dénicher une autre. Si la plupart sont aquatiques, certains peuvent vivre dans un environnement terrestre humide tels que les spécimens d’élevage. Présents sur de nombreuses côtes à travers le monde, ils sont particulièrement abondants dans la région littorale tropicale. Là-bas, de nouvelles espèces sont ainsi découvertes chaque année, comme en témoigne d’ailleurs une nouvelle étude publiée dans la revue Zootaxa. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, le Pr Christopher Tudge et le Dr Rafael Lemaitre, de la Smithsonian Institution of Natural History, et le Dr Darryl Felder, du laboratoire de biologie des crustacés de l’Université de Louisiane à Lafayette, auteurs de l’étude, ont joint leurs efforts pour explorer la biodiversité des mangroves et récifs coralliens des côtes de Belize en Amérique centrale. Au cours de leur aventure, ils y ont découvert une nouvelle espèce de bernard-l’hermite, qui a été baptisée Areopaguristes tudgei en hommage au Pr Tudge, directeur de ces recherches. Mais celle-ci n’est pas tout à fait comme les autres.A. tudgei se distingue des autres espèces de pagures du genre Areopaguristes par des caractéristiques telles que les poils qui poussent sur certains de ses appendices et sa très petite taille ne dépassant pas les 3 millimètres. “Compte tenu de cet habitat cryptique et de la taille relativement minime des spécimens – une longueur de 1 à 3 mm pour la carapace –, il n’est pas surprenant que ces populations soient passées inaperçues au cours des vastes programmes d’échantillonnage qui ont déjà eu lieu le long de la barrière de corail du Belize”, ont déclaré les heureux découvreurs. (crédits photo :  Rafael Lemaitre et Darryl L. Felder) Le 2 décembre 2012 à 09:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Iowa and New York Associations Are Top Membership States for First Quarter

first_imgThe Iowa Soybean Association and New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association are the first quarter winners of the ASA State Association Quarterly Membership Challenge. The challenge is an effort to recognize state associations with the top overall growth and top percentage growth for a quarter. The first quarterly challenge started Jan. 1 and concluded March 31.Iowa Soybean Association was the top overall state in membership growth, adding 316 members between January and March. The New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association was the top overall state in percentage growth, with a 57 percent increase in membership during the same quarter.”ASA congratulates Iowa and New York for their efforts to grow their state and ASA membership,” said Bob Worth, ASA Membership and Corporate Relations Chairman. “ASA’s success is based on the strong efforts of our recruiters and state associations to tell our story about how ASA is helping to increase soybean producers’ profitability.”The State Quarterly Membership Challenge continues with the current quarter of April 1 through June 30. The final quarter begins July 1 and concludes Sept. 30. The winning state associations each receive $500 to use for their state association activities.The ASA State Quarterly Challenge is a component of the ASA Membership Program and is sponsored in part by DuPont Pioneer and AGCO Corporation.last_img read more

Retail sales in Clark County increase in 3Q

first_img Clark County retail sales increased in the third quarter, with the purchase of home construction materials contributing the biggest boost to the area’s state sales tax collections.Overall consumer spending in Clark County grew at an 8 percent annual rate to $1.3 billion in the three months ending in September, up from $1.2 billion in the same period in 2012, according to figures released this week by the Washington state Department of Revenue. The year-over-year increased looked solid for anything related to housing development, said Pam Lindloff, a Vancouver commercial real estate broker.“Home furnishings, appliances and electronics all went up, too,” Lindloff said. “It’s stuff that’s home-related and related to residential construction and higher home sales.”The state reported sales taxes on $229 million worth of construction activity in Clark County in the three months through Sept. 30, an increase of 23.8 percent from $185 million during the same period in 2012.Rising demand for homes pushed selling prices higher, adding to state sales tax collections and prompting a surge of homebuilding activity, as measured by building permits. In the three months ending in September, 1,849 permits to build single-family houses were issued in unincorporated Clark County, according to data tracked by the county. That’s a 30 percent increase over 1,413 permits issued during the same period in 2012. Click to enlargelast_img read more

Appeal hearing against stay on Gazipur polls Wednesday

first_imgGazipur City CorporationThe Supreme Court (SC) is scheduled to hold hearing on the two appeal petitions on Wednesday challenging the High Court order staying the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election for three months, reports UNB.The full bench of the appellate division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, will hear on the appeal petitions filed by two mayoral candidates of ruling party Awami League (AL) and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Earlier in the day, Awami League mayoral candidate Zahangir Alam filed a petition with the Appellate Division bench of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order staying the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election for three months.The chamber judge of the Appellate Division justice Hasan Foyez Siddique on Tuesday sent the petitions to the full-bench of the appellate division after hearing on the two petitions.Earlier on Monday, BNP mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar filed a petition with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order.However, no hearing on the petition was held with the chamber judge of the Appellate Division as no representative from the election commission was present at the court, said Sagir Hossain Leon, counsel of the BNP mayoral candidate.On Sunday, the HC stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election, which was scheduled to be held on 15 May, for three months.It also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into GCC should not be declared illegal.The government on 16 January 2013 published a gazette incorporating six moujas of Shimulia union of Savar upazila (South Boroibari, Domna, Shibrampur, West Panishail, South Panishail and Domnag) under Gazipur City Corporation but according to law, GCC was formed with Gazipur and Tongi municipalities.ABM Azharul Islam Suruj, Shimulia union parishad chairman of Savar, filed the writ on Sunday morning challenging the legality of the gazette as the election commission announced the election schedule incorporating six moujas of Dhaka district, which is illegal.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule for Gazipur and Khulna city corporations on 31 March.last_img read more

Many questions in tragic suicides

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The family of Sumeet Singh claim their son and the girl he loved, Radia Mirza, were truly in love.Their son had even talked about converting to Islam and had last year completed the Ramadaan month-long fast with Radia. She encouraged him during the fasting month…While they have no concrete proof that their son converted, the family were aware that he was totally besotted with Radia.On Sunday, December 20, family members rushed an unconscious Radia to hospital after she had attempted to asphyxiate herself. She was found lying on her bedroom floor. The 21-year-old was put on life support in the ICU.Rumours that Sumeet was allegedly chased away from the hospital after attempting to visit her are false, says Radia’s family. According to witnesses and Sumeet’s immediate family, Sumeet was initially not allowed to see Radia AT ALL.  It was only later that he was “permitted”. At this stage, police have confirmed that no foul play is suspected in her death, although an inquest will be held.Four days after her attempted suicide, Sumeet Singh committed suicide on Thursday, December 24, by hanging himself…Leaving everyone fumbling for answers.She officially died on the Tuesday morning in the ICU ward at La Verna Hospital after coming off life support and being able to breathe on her own.The female victim’s name and photo were initially removed from our story at the request of some of her family. However, the couple were clearly in love and we would be honouring no one by removing her from this truly modern-day Romeo and Juliet story.The young couple’s deaths have left many questions unanswered.According to Sumeet’s family, Radia and their son had been seeing each other for years.The last they saw of Radia was on the Saturday evening, a day before her suicide attempt. When they dropped her off at her gran’s home in Protea Drive, she was in good spirits and happy.Both families have been united by the tragic, bittersweet love between Sumeet and Radia, and their tragic deaths.Editor’s Note:This is as close to the facts as anyone is ever going to get. Everything else is pure speculation. Let both families grieve and accept that some stories are just tragic and sad. Their love was real and in a world such as ours, can anyone ask for anything more?  The simple answer is that we will never know why both Radia and Sumeet chose this path. May they both rest in peace.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more