My govt. will complete full term: Sawant

first_img“We will complete three years in power. No one has the daring to overthrow this BJP-led coalition government,” Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Tuesday.After inaugurating an election campaign office of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Panaji bypoll candidate Sidharth Kuncolienkar, the CM said that the BJP would win the prestigious Assembly seat which has been held by the party for 25 years, during which it was largely represented by late Manohar Parrikar.“I am saying this on purpose. I am certain that this government will complete the remaining three years. Our alliance partners, Vijai Sardesai or independent MLAs, are with us,” said Mr. Sawant who took over as Chief Minister after the death of Mr. Parrikar on March 17 following a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer.The Chief Minister’s response comes in the wake of recent statements by Congress candidate Atanasio Monserrate during campaigning, that on May 23, Goa will get a new government.Apart from the Lok Sabha election results, Goa will also witness the results of the Assembly bypolls of Shiroda, Mapusa, Mandrem and Panaji, on May 23.last_img read more

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PH bows out with a win

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Filoil Final Four field forged WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Slovenia (4-0) and France (3-1) topped Pool B to advance to the next round.Teng, the former La Salle standout, scored four of the Filipinos’ last six points before Kiefer Ravena, who was still nursing a wounded left elbow from the Slovenia game, sealed the victory with a two-pointer with 1:18 left on the clock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTeng and Ravena led the Philippines with seven points each. JR Quiñahan had four points, while Kobe Paras added three. —RANDOLPH LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NET 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 soaks in the appreciation from the Filipino fans after its campaign in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup. Photo by Fiba.comThe Philippines bowed out of contention in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup after finishing third in Pool B with a 2-2 record.Jeron Teng took charge late as the Nationals turned back El Salvador, 21-14, to close their campaign on a positive note, hours after the Philippines bowed to Slovenia, 21-14, Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) at Parc des Chantiers de I’lle in Nantes, France.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

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Volkmann’s ischemic contracture

first_imgDefinitionVolkmanns contracture is a deformity of the hand, fingers, and wrist caused by injury to the muscles of the forearm.See also: Compartment syndromeAlternative NamesIschemic contractureCauses, incidence, and risk factorsVolkmanns contracture occurs when there is a lack of blood flow (ischemia) to the forearm. This usually occurs when there is increased pressure due to swelling, a condition called compartment syndrome.Trauma to the arm, including a crush injury or fracture, can lead to swelling that presses on blood vessels and can decrease blood flow to the arm. A prolonged decrease in blood flow will injure the nerves and muscles, causing them to become stiff (scarred) and shortened.When the muscle shortens, it pulls on the joint at the end of the muscle just as it would if it were normally contracted. But because it is stiff, the joint remains bent and cannot straighten. This condition is called a contracture.In Volkmanns contracture, the muscles of the forearm are severely injured. This leads to contracture deformities of the fingers, hand, and wrist.There are three levels of severity in Volkmanns contracture:Mild — contracture of two or three fingers only, with no or limited loss of feelingModerate — all fingers are flexed and the thumb is stuck in the palm; the wrist may be stuck in flexion, and there is usually loss of some feeling in the handSevere — all muscles in the forearm that both flex and extend the wrist and fingers are involved; this is a severely disabling conditionThe injury that usually causes this condition is an elbow fracture in children. Other conditions that can cause increased pressure in the forearm include:advertisementAnimal bitesAny forearm fractureBleeding disordersBurnsExcessive exerciseInjection of certain medications into the forearmSymptomsThe main symptom is pain that does not improve with rest or pain medications, and continues to get worse with time. If the pressure is allowed to continue, there will be:Decreased sensationPaleness of the skinWeaknessSigns and testsThe doctor will perform a physical exam. If you have compartment syndrome in the forearm, you will have severe pain when the doctor moves the fingers up and down. Your forearm may be very swollen and shiny. You will feel pain when your forearm is squeezed.The diagnosis can be confirmed with a test that directly measures pressure in the area. This involves inserting a needle into the affected area. The needle is attached to a pressure meter. There is a specific pressure level that confirms the diagnosis of compartment syndrome.TreatmentIf there is a forearm or elbow fracture, you should use a sling or splint to keep the area still and raise the arm above heart level. This helps prevent further injury and excessive swelling.The best treatment is early surgery to release the pressure in the forearm before any permanent injury to the muscles and nerves occurs. Reconstructive surgery to lengthen and sometimes transfer muscles is necessary to try to regain some hand function.Expectations (prognosis)How well a person does depends on the severity and stage of disease at the time treatment is started.If surgery to relieve pressure is performed before permanent damage occurs, then the outcome is usually excellent. The wounds are usually left open (covered with a sterile dressing) and closed later (usually 48 – 72 hrs later) during a second surgery, once the swelling has resolved. Sometimes, several surgeries are needed to close the wound safely.If there is high pressure in the forearm for an extended period of time, the muscles and nerves can be permanently damaged. If a nerve is compressed for longer than 12 to 24 hours, it will usually become permanently damaged.People with mild muscle contractures involving only a few fingers have a better chance of returning to normal function. People who lose normal function of all the muscles that move the fingers and wrist need major reconstructive surgery and do not have a complete recovery.ComplicationsThe more severe the contracture, the worse the function of the hand and wrist. In severe cases, the hand may not work at all, and you may have a loss of sensation (feeling) in the area.Calling your health care providerContact your health care provider for an appointment if you have had an injury to your elbow or forearm and have developed swelling, numbness, and continued pain.ReferencesJobe MT. Compartment syndromes and Volkmann contracture. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2007:chap 71.Hensinger RN. Complications of fractures in children. In: Green NE, Swiontkowski MF, eds. Skeletal Trauma in Children. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2008:chap 6.advertisementMarshall ST, Browner BD. Emergency care of musculoskeletal injuries. In: Townsend CM Jr, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL,eds.Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 20.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

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It’s Never Been More Clear What Consumes OSU’s Priorities

first_imgAs spring football starts on Monday, these quotes from OSU President Burns Hargis after the Sugar Bowl are worth re-visiting. I was thinking about this because of how the release of some glorified t-shirts and 3/4 pants in March qualifies as the biggest thing to happen to OSU athletics since that Sugar Bowl. That’s crazy, right? It’s also purposeful.“There was never a commitment at OSU until recently to become a real football competitor,” Hargis told the Tulsa World in January. “I’ve actually seen the resolution that the (OU) regents made back in the ‘40s (a written commitment to bolster the Sooner football program). We were pretty good during the ‘40s, but we never made that commitment. To OU’s credit, they did.“While we’re a little (late) on this, making the commitment — both financial and just the whole university effort — has paid off. That’s been the result, these last 10 years. For decades it was completely basketball and wrestling and baseball. That’s all that mattered. And now, football is right in there with all of them — if not more.”If not more?! I would say the commitment to football dwarfs all the other sports combined. That’s probably an opinion that’s affected by recency bias and by the fact that OSU is, you know, good at football. But there’s never been a greater financial incentive disparity between being good at football and being good at those other sports.In 2016, almost every single football game in a season probably matters more than the entire seasons of every other sport that’s not basketball, especially from a financial perspective. So the question is not whether OSU should be showing this much support for its football program at the risk of taking resources away from other sports. The question is how much further will it go.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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10 months agoMan City attacker Kevin de Bruyne: Injuries not caused by fatigue

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City attacker Kevin de Bruyne: Injuries not caused by fatigueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne insists his injury problems have nothing to do with burnout.De Bruyne has made just five appearances for City this season after suffering two separate knee ligament injuries – one in each knee – since August.Pep Guardiola suggested that the enforced spell on the sidelines may have done De Bruyne some good, though the player himself had his doubts on that.”Maybe, but I’m not sure I agree with that,” De Bruyne said. “I played the most of anyone last year, in the whole world. And I played the World Cup without a problem.”I think the most important thing is having a summer break. If you have that you can feel OK but there is always a time in someone’s career where you feel a bit less.”But I felt all right, it was just a shame that when I came back after one week I was out for two-and-a-half months. I was happy to come back and worked really hard but after three games it happened again. So I think it’s part of your career and in the end it’s just the way it is.” last_img read more

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ESPN’s Danny Kanell Releases Controversial Top 4

first_imgDanny Kanell's ESPN top four college football teams.danny kanell espn top fourThe official College Football Playoff rankings don’t come out until Tuesday night, but per usual, analysts around the country are giving fans a look at what they believe are the four most deserving teams in the country. ESPN’s Danny Kanell released his foursome Sunday, and it features a bit of controversy.Kanell’s foursome includes Ohio State, Clemson, Baylor and Alabama – in that order. The Buckeyes, despite playing a lesser opponent than the Tigers, would move up two spots and overtake the top slot, if it were up to him. His inclusion of Baylor – and not Oklahoma State – is also turning heads.Top 4 teams according to @dannykanell » pic.twitter.com/7lZtZO64yv— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 8, 2015It’s a safe bet that Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama keep their spots in the official rankings Tuesday. Who will get the fourth nod? It’ll likely come down to Notre Dame, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Stanford.last_img read more

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New Kickoff Time, TV Channel For Florida State-Boise State

first_imgA general view of Florida State's football stadium.TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 5: General view of the Florida State Seminoles during the second half against the Maryland Terrapins on October 5, 2013 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles went to beat the Terrapins 63-0. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)Florida State’s season opener on Saturday is undergoing logistical changes due to projected severe weather.The Seminoles are set to open their season versus Boise State. The match-up was originally scheduled for a 7 PM kickoff in Jacksonville, Fla.Latest projections indicate Hurricane Dorian is set to impact certain parts of Florida including Jacksonville.Consequently, the game is being moved to a noon ET kickoff time. The time change also impacts TV scheduling. Florida and Boise State will now air on ESPNews.The news was reported by Brett McCurphy of Stadium Network, via Twitter.There are also ongoing discussions indicating a potential venue change for the game. Tallahassee, Fla. — home to Doak Campbell Stadium — is not projected to be impacted by the storm.Florida governor Ron Desantis seemed to confirm the game will be moved to Tallahassee. But there’s been no confirmation from Florida State as of noon ET on Thursday.“Well given Jacksonville’s location, given the uncertainty of the storm, they’ve looked for ways to figure out how they can accommodate that,” DeSantis said in a press conference, via 247Sports. “I think they’re going to go forward with the game, but they’re not going to do it in Jacksonville. They’re going to do the game in Tallahassee. I think they’re going to have more details for that for anybody who’s interested going forward.”Player and fan safety is certainly a priority regarding this situation.last_img read more

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RollsRoyce to Propel Mystic Cruises EcoFriendly Duo

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Rolls-Royce Technology company Rolls-Royce has signed a deal to equip two expeditionary oceanic cruise ships for the Portuguese based cruise company Mystic Cruises.Rolls-Royce will supply two Bergen, C25:33L8P main engines and a Bergen C25:33L6P auxiliary dual generator for each ship.The company is also providing the automation and control system, and the complete Promas propulsion system with two CPP propellers integrated with two flap rudders, also steering gears and tunnel thrusters.The agreement was signed with WestSea Yard in Portugal, part of Martifer Group, which will build the second and third units in the cruise line’s new fleet of eco-friendly expeditionary cruise ships.The contract value to Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine for Mystic Cruises’ 9,300-ton 200-guest expedition vessels is GBP 14 million.“To reduce our impact, we worked with Rolls-Royce to integrate an ultra-sophisticated hybrid propulsion system that dramatically reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as a dynamic positioning system that allows us to avoid using anchors, thereby protecting the maritime environment,” Mário Ferreira, Mystic Cruises, CEO, said.last_img read more

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North Korea defector and her son found dead Seoul police

first_imgSeoul: The bodies of a North Korean defector and her young son have been found in their apartment, Seoul police said Tuesday, with local media reporting they appeared to have died of starvation. The mother, only identified by the surname Han, and her six-year-old son were found on July 31, about two months after their deaths, authorities said. “We did not see any signs of murder or suicide,” an officer at Seoul’s Gwanak Police Station told AFP. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “We are waiting to get the autopsy results from the National Forensic Service.” Defectors in South Korea are eligible for subsidies from the authorities, but some struggle to integrate into the South’s very different society. Han, believed to be in her 40s, withdrew the 3,858 won (US 3.16) she had in her bank account two months ago, according to the South’s Dong-A Ilbo newspaper. Her monthly rent and gas bills were more than a year overdue, it reported, and there was no food in her fridge when the bodies were found. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The newspaper said she had defected to the South via China and Thailand in 2009, later marrying a Korean-Chinese man and moving to China. After a divorce she returned to Seoul last year with her son, but had difficulty finding work. Police declined to confirm Dong-A Ilbo’s report. South Korea is Asia’s fourth-biggest economy, but family deaths due to poverty and social isolation have been frequently reported in recent years. Government data showed last year that North Korean defectors were three times more likely to commit than South Koreans to commit suicide, due to trauma, isolation and financial hardships.last_img read more

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Tax expert says HST better option for Alberta than PST

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tax expert says HST better option for Alberta than PST by audreywhelan Posted Jun 28, 2016 8:19 am MDT (Stock photo:FreeImages.com) http://www.freeimages.com/photo/piggy-bank-1428097 The Conference Board of Canada believes Alberta should introduce a provincial sales tax instead of a carbon levy, but a local tax expert thinks that would be bad for businesses.Beverly Gilbert is with Borden Ladner Gervais in Calgary and thinks a harmonized sales tax or HST is a better option.She says a PST would increase costs for businesses on two fronts.“The first way is there’s an actual cost to a business when they purchase goods because a PST is a non-recoverable tax like the GST is and the second thing is there is large compliance burden to businesses to implement a broad-based tax like a PST,” Gilbert said.Gilbert says while businesses would be able to claim the cost of implementing the PST on their income tax they would not be able to recover all the money spent. read more

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Six people confirmed dead more missing after small boat capsizes off Mayotte

Six people died and 10 are still missing after a small vessel carrying 24 people capsized on Monday morning off the French territory of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. “The capsizing is a reminder of the risks faced by people desperate to escape poverty, conflict and persecution,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. “As in the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Aden, the seas around Mayotte are the scene of irregular movements of migrants and refugees searching for a better life or protection from persecution and war.” This is the second such tragedy in a month, bringing to 69 the number of people reported dead or missing after incidents off Mayotte this year. For decades, people have been using small open vessels known as “kwassa-kwassa” to sail from the Comoros to the more prosperous French territory of Mayotte, according to UNHCR. Most of these movements take place without the requisite documentation and involve considerable risk to those attempting them. Asylum-seekers account for a small proportion of these movements but their numbers have been increasing in the last two years, Mr. Edwards said. UNHCR said that last year there were some 1,200 applications for asylum in Mayotte, 41 per cent more than in 2010. The largest proportion of applicants – about 90 per cent – came from the Comoros, with citizens from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Rwanda and Burundi, accounting for the rest. read more

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Rape and torture among serious rights violations spawned by Mali crisis –

The report, released by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), was compiled by a mission deployed to Mali and its neighbouring countries in November, and details how rights violations have been taking place since January 2012, when fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in the country’s north, later resulting in radical Islamists seizing control of the area. The report shows that the current human rights situation is linked to longstanding and unresolved issues, and that human rights violations have been committed both in the North, and in the area under Government control. Members of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad allegedly used students as human shields to force military forces to surrender and later executed 94 of the 153 captured soldiers. Several Tuareg soldiers were also victims of reprisals by members of the Malian army in the North, who reportedly killed nine soldiers in Timbuktu in February. The report stresses that women in particular have suffered degrading treatment by extremist groups based on an extreme interpretation of Sharia law. They have suffered from harassment, abuses and sexual violence due to accusations of being improperly veiled or dressed, or for riding a motorbike. “Rapes of women and girls, at times in front of family members and often apparently carried out on an ethnic basis, have been repeatedly used in the North to intimidate people and break any form of resistance, in a culture where rape is considered as taboo and victims often suffer from social exclusion,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva, adding that girls as young as 12 or 13 have been forcibly married to radical Islamists and sexually abused. Other reported human rights violations described in the report include amputations, arbitrary detentions, torture, forced disappearances and the recruitment of child soldiers. The OHCHR mission highlighted the increasing presence of self-defence militia and expressed alarm at the growing ethnic tensions in Mali, which could also lead to possible acts of revenge against the Tuareg and Arab communities perceived as being linked to the armed groups. OHCHR called on all parties “to abide by international human rights and humanitarian law standards,” and welcomed the announcement on Wednesday by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that she has opened an investigation into the situation in Mali. “This is an important step for victims of human rights violations, and also sends an important message to perpetrators of human rights violations that they will be held accountable for the crimes committed,” Mr. Colville said. “We also call for the initiation of a reconciliation process to address current human rights challenges as well as long-standing unresolved issues, and urge the Malian army and its supporters to take extreme care not to carry out further reprisals as and when they retake territory in the North,” he added, reiterating OHCHR’s readiness to assist the Government by supporting the establishment of a transitional justice mechanism to facilitate national reconciliation. The clashes in the North, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability have uprooted hundreds of thousands of civilians over the course of 2012. During the same briefing in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that it is reinforcing its resources in the country in anticipation of further new displacement. UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming said the agency is estimating there will be an additional displacement of 300,000 inside Mali, while a further 407,000 Malians will flee to neighbouring Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania. “In Burkina Faso, we have sent staff from Ouagadougou to monitor the border and to boost assistance in the refugee camps in Burkina’s Sahel administrative region,” Ms. Fleming said. “The refugees said they fled the recent military intervention, the lack of any means of subsistence, and fear of the strict application of Sharia law. They reported having witnessed executions and amputations, and mentioned that large amounts of money are being offered to civilians to fight against the Malian army and its supporters.” In Niger, UNHCR continues to provide help to the 52,875 refugees in camps and sites in Mangaize, Banibangou, Ayorou, Abala and Tillia areas. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) said that its presence had been reduced to a minimum in northern Mali due to violence and the limited humanitarian presence, but that it would resume its food distribution as soon as the situation allows it and would continue to explore ways to deliver assistance. In the meantime, the agency continues to distribute food assistance to internally displaced persons in Bamako, the Malian capital, where it is assisting a total of 12,000 persons in cooperation with its partners. read more

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Fulbright scholar studying 20thcentury literary networks brings expertise to Brock

Kaplan Harris is Brock’s third Fulbright Research Chair in Transnational Studies. Now in it’s third year, the Brock-Fulbright Research Chair in Transnational Studies program aims to bring to the University some of the best U.S. scholars studying North American issues and the movement of people, things and ideas across the border.The latest visiting scholar to fill the post, Kaplan Harris, is no stranger to this cross-border niche.The associate professor of English from St. Bonaventure University in Western New York is a leading scholar in the study of North American poetry and publishing, and the cross-national networks of small press print culture.“When you start studying literature the first things you usually focus on are single authors or movements, the great canon and so forth,” explains Harris. “With my research, I’m not just looking at the form and content of the literature, but also at the cultural production, circulation and consumption of the work.”While at Brock this semester, Harris is teaching a third-year course on small press magazine networks in the University’s Canadian Studies program.He and his students are looking at small press do-it-yourself literary magazines from Canada, the US, Mexico, England and Australia. Their aim is to shine a light on how poets, editors and publishers from those international publications got in contact with one another and how they were reading and publishing each other’s work.First issue of Poetry magazine (Chicago 1912)Harris notes that digital tools and approaches influenced by the digital humanities are allowing people to get a much different picture of literature. For example, in just one of his classes this term, his students looked at about 1,200 issues of Poetry magazine, a leading century-old monthly poetry journal first published in Chicago in 1912.“The idea was that we assigned each group a decade,” says Harris, “and they were asked to go through and collate some data about contributors for each issue, and to look at the distribution of authors based on where they came from.”The result of the exercise was a graph of networks that told “a history of the 20th century based on where contributors to the magazine were coming from,” he says.Additionally, Harris is co-ordinating an evening of American poets visiting St. Catharines for the Grey Borders Reading Series on Wednesday, March 26, and he will also deliver the Brock-Fulbright public lecture at the 2014 Congress of the Humanities taking place this spring at Brock.Some of Harris’ recent scholarship on poetry and poetics appears in journals such as American Literature, Contemporary Literature, Jacket2, Open Letter and Paideuma. He has essays forthcoming in the Cambridge Companion to California Literature and Cambridge Companion to American Modernist Poetry. And he is also co-editor of the recently released, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley (University of California Press).Brock’s Centre for Canadian Studies is hosting the current Fulbright Chair because Harris’ work aligns with their Master’s in Canadian and American Studies, which considers the deep significance of Canada’s relationship with its southern neighbour.“Brock is becoming a leader in border studies,” says Gregory Betts, director of Canadian studies, “particularly in the study of the Canadian and American border.”“Professor Harris studies the material factors in publishing and the movement of ideas across international borders and between literary communities,” says Betts. “His time at Brock represents a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain real insight into the possibilities of interdisciplinary research in Canadian and American studies.”The Canada-U.S. Fulbright program allows U.S. scholars to spend an academic year at Brock. The interdisciplinary visiting Research Chair in Transnational Studies covers such fields as Canada-U.S. relations; cross-border culture; First Nations cultures and languages; the history of the cross-border region; and the image of Canada abroad. read more

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Tulsequah studies progressing well

first_imgWardrop Engineering is continuing to update and revise feasibility engineering work and costs for the Redfern Resources Tulsequah zinc-copper-silver-gold project in British Columbia, Canada.  Work has been underway since early May and is expected to be finalized by year end. The scope of the feasibility study has been expanded to include an evaluation of the use of a Heavy Media Separation Process. This evaluation will assess the potential for rejection of lower density waste material from run-of-mine ore in order to upgrade the mill feed prior to the main grinding circuit. If successful and found to be cost-effective, the process may also allow the company to consider mining sections of the ore body narrower than the current 4-m thickness cutoff and/or use lower cost mining techniques to improve economics in narrower parts of the orebody. Samples of ore and adjacent hanging wall and footwall waste rocks were collected in June from the Tulsequah Chief deposit and have been received by the laboratory. The laboratory work is being conducted by Process Research Associates, under the supervision of Wardrop Engineering.A separate metallurgical optimization test programme is also in preparation.  The study will examine opportunities for enhanced separation of copper and lead minerals in the milling and flotation process. A reduction of lead content in the copper concentrate will improve marketability and reduce smelter treatment charges, thereby producing a potentially higher Net Smelter Return. In addition, the study will also evaluate the potential benefits of a process change to the zinc and pyrite differential flotation. The work will examine the benefits of bulk flotation followed by zinc/pyrite flotation separation. Changing the milling process flowsheet could have the benefit of a reduction in the consumption of reagents, thus reducing operating costs.Wardrop’s engineers have a preliminary mine layout and are estimating costs for a mine development plan and a stoping plan.  In general, the mine will be exploited from the existing 5400 and 5200 foot levels, moving in a downward direction. Where the overall plan permits, higher grade ore will be mined earlier in the life of the mine to improve cash flow. Mine layout and planning work is now more than 30% complete.last_img read more

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Skyfire Horizon the most evil thing on your Android phone

first_imgOpera-owned Skyfire Horizon seems like a great way to bring browser extensions to mobile browsers, but instead is a carrier-approved spyware and ad delivery service that came pre-loaded on your new phone.If you’ve purchased a phone from Sprint or AT&T in the last few months, the chances high you have a version of Skyfire Horizon on your phone. You may have noticed it when you launch the default browser on your phone. Sprint calls it the Lumen Toolbar, but it’s the same underlying technology and it works exactly the same as the Skyfire Horizon toolbar on AT&T.It’s an innocent looking toolbar on the bottom of your browser that includes a handful of helpful tools. You can share whatever page you are on with your social network of choice, or use the Wikipedia extension to quickly look up words without leaving the page you are currently on. It’s the first mobile browser toolbar to attempt browser extensions that are similar to Chrome and Firefox, or so they claim.If you head to the Skyfire Horizon website, you’ll see that they use a lot of pretty words to describe a service that hides really slimy practices behind the very thin veil of add-on features. The first thing you need to be aware of with Skyfire Horizon is that everything you do while the toolbar is active is recorded. Your browsing habits and location data are the big things that they are interested in, and as long as you use the browser and allow your location to be shared with the browser then that information is theirs to use.The secondary collection tools are built into the extensions themselves. Sharing pages via their social networking share tools requires that you give the app access to your Facebook or Twitter in order to accomplish the share. In their own words “This creates ‘beach front’ property for Operator recommendations, promotions and advertising.”There’s some other disturbing language in the Skyfire Horizon pitch page, namely the “robust web-based management portal that provides operators with the power and flexibility to add and modify extensions to the toolbar instantly” which seems to suggest the ability to modify the toolbar on your phone in real-time. As was demonstrated by Sprint earlier this week, capturing the browser and location data of their users was only the first step.Skyfire Horizon is also capable of delivering targeted pop-up ads and app recommendations based on the information collected. So far, Sprint has only enabled this feature on the Samsung Galaxy S4, but the capability is already on dozens of smartphones between the two carriers.Avoiding Skyfire Horizon altogether seems simple enough. You can disable the toolbar in the browser settings, though if history is any indicator it will just be reactivated with the next software update. In the apps section of the settings menu on your phone, SkyFire Horizon is listed as BrowserCustomization on AT&T and ToolbarService on Sprint. If either of these are listed as running even after you’ve disable the app, — which in our testing isn’t something that has happened — there’s a pretty serious problem.You can also install another browser, where the toolbar can’t collect the data. Google’s Chrome for Android is a great alternative to the carrier-modified browser, and there’s no chance of something like Skyfire Horizon being permitted on Chrome.[UPDATE] Jay Hinman from Skyfire was kind enough to respond to this post, claiming inaccuracies in my report. Here are my replies. 1. You can’t have it both ways. You either don’t collect location data or you collect which buttons are clicked, since several of your buttons share to social networks where location is enabled, and it very clearly uses tools made specifically for Skyfire Horizon to publish the share. It may be the operator collecting that information through another medium, but it starts at the toolbar.2. There is a popup the first time you use the browser. HOWEVER, you have to enter the TOS to even see that Skyfire is what you’re opting out of. No one does this, just like no one opts out later on. 3. I made a leap here, and honestly am happy to be wrong about this. It’s probably worth editing out of my post. It’s worth pointing out that my tests didn’t confirm this, my tests confirmed that Skyfire doesn’t run in the background after it has been disabled. 4. This is some pretty spectacular hair splitting. 5. All this amounts to is “we can’t be held responsible for our customers and the extensions they make for our platform”. Carrier IQ gave the same answer. It’s still Skyfire being used to initiate the share. 6. You, the consumer, are free to ignore the extensions that the carriers will insert into your browser at will through our platform. Awesome. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Skyfire Horizon AddSkyfire Horizon AddSkyfire Horizon DisableSkyfire Horizon FacebookSkyfire Horizon HomeBanner Ads Skyfire Horizonlast_img read more

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Media frenzy and armed special forces as Kim JongNams son reportedly visits

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3250208 Share2 Tweet Email1 14,363 Views Source: Reuters/YouTubeMalaysia had earlier recalled its ambassador to Pyongyang and summoned Kang for a dressing down at the foreign ministry over the ongoing spat.The drama erupted last Monday as Kim Jong-Nam waited at the budget terminal of Kuala Lumpur’s main airport for a flight to Macau.He was approached by two women, one of whom grabbed him from behind and sprayed his face with an apparently poisonous liquid, according to police and leaked CCTV footage.He had a seizure and died before arriving at hospital, with news emerging the next day of his identity. Newspaper in Kuala Lumpur are full of the details of what appears to be the brazen assassination. Source: Daniel Chan/APMalaysia’s probe has put five North Koreans in the frame for the killing, four of whom fled Malaysia the day it happened and are believed to have returned to Pyongyang.Officers have also arrested a 28-year-old Vietnamese woman, as well as a 25-year-old Indonesian and her Malaysian boyfriend.Seoul has said the attack was orchestrated by Pyongyang, citing a “standing order” from the leader to kill his elder sibling and a failed assassination bid in 2012 after he criticised the regime. Source: 葉榮添/YouTubeFirst born Jong-Nam was once thought to be the natural successor to his father, the then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il.But after Jong-Il’s death in 2011 the succession went instead to Kim Jong-Un, a child of his third marriage.Reports of purges and executions have emerged from the current regime as the young leader tries to strengthen his grip on power in the face of international pressure over his nuclear and missile programmes.© – AFP 2017Read: CCTV video emerges of moments surrounding Kim Jong-Nam airport ‘poisoning’ >Read: Police say four North Korean suspects fled Malaysia on the day of high-profile assassination > By AFP Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 9:06 AM Media frenzy and armed special forces as Kim Jong-Nam’s son reportedly visits body North Korea wants Malaysia to hand over the slain man’s body. center_img Feb 21st 2017, 9:06 AM 8 Comments Short URL Armed police guard the hospital where the body is being held. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMALAYSIAN ARMED GUARDS stood watch at the hospital holding the body of Kim Jong-Nam, the assassinated half-brother of North Korea’s leader, amid reports his son had come to Kuala Lumpur to claim the remains.A convoy of four unmarked vehicles entered the hospital compound in the early hours of the morning, with around 30 Malaysian special forces securing the area before all of them left by mid-morning.A white police van was seen leaving at 4:00 am local-time this morning.The body of Kim Jong-Nam — assassinated last Monday at Kuala Lumpur airport — has been at the centre of a diplomatic row between Pyongyang and Malaysia, after North Korea insisted it be returned and objected to an autopsy being performed.But Malaysia rejected the request, saying the remains must stay in the morgue until a family member comes forward to identify them with a DNA sample.Last night Jong-Nam’s son Kim Han-Sol was due to arrive in Kuala Lumpur from Macau, local media and intelligence sources said, but AFP was not immediately able to verify his presence.Pyongyang’s envoy to Kuala Lumpur dismissed the request for a DNA sample as “preposterous” and said the embassy had the right to reclaim the body of a diplomatic passport holder.Ambassador Kang Chol also savaged the police investigation into the killing, saying it was politically motivated and that Malaysia had conspired with South Korea from the beginning to frame the North.Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said the “deeply insulting” accusations were based on “delusions, lies and half-truths”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Winning vision or platform pipe dream

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Planning began in earnest this week to transform Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station, with the unveiling of six designs submitted to the Victorian government’s design competition.We don’t want capitalism on steroids in our public spaces (Billy Kavellaris)Picked by a jury comprising urban planners and architects – along with chef George Calombaris – each design places the iconic station against a brave new web of glass, steel, bricks and concrete, and in one audacious vision, the platforms are even topped by a park with trees.Each re-imagines Flinders Street Station as much more than an iconic railway hub, literally expanding its horizons to realise a whole new riverside precinct. The historic main building was always going to stay, the brief being to see how the world’s most creative designers could transform the 104 year-old structure and reinvigorate the 4.7 hectare station precinct, now mostly derelict, not least along its Yarra river edge and western approach.While the winner of the $1m competition has been chosen and will be announced on August 8, the Victorian government has taken the bold step of allowing democracy to play a part in the ongoing process.The People’s Choice component of the competition runs until August 5, inviting the public to cast its vote on which design appeals against a number of criteria. The government says the feedback will be used to develop and refine the winning plan.One thing is for sure; debate on the design has only just begun and will become more vigorous. Urban developments of vision and daring need the public purse to cough-up hundreds of millions of dollars. They are always controversial and their delivery is always reliant on precarious political support.Delivering the new Flinders Street Station will test the resolve and imagination of its political backers as much its designers.The six designs chosen encompass a diversity of experience and approach, from a proposal by a group of local architectural students – Eduardo Velasquez + Manuel Pineda + Santiago Medina, to one of the biggest brands in world architecture – Zaha Hadid Architecture, who are working with local company BVN.The students’ approach includes the creation of an urban forest above the new station roof, Hadid/BVN’s dramatic space-age vision includes a monumental canopy and sweeping concourse celebrating ‘the grandeur of travel’.John Wardle Architects + Grimshaw have put forward a design using Melbourne’s traditional building material – brick – to make a resonating statement about context and historical connection.Ashton Raggatt McDougall’s bid includes the insertion of a secondary school into its eco-friendly green roofed proposal.Hassell + Herzog & De Meuron, like ARM, goes for a 21st century take on Victorian-era train sheds, with a subtle reference to indigenous art motifs in HHD’s curved roofs.NH Architecture retains the existing canopies used on the platforms under a glass lattice roof, part of its vision of a station which draws from the memory of generations who have used it in the past.To unpick a few of the merits of the designs, and the prospects for the project as a whole, Neos Kosmos spoke to Billy Kavellaris, managing director of Melbourne’s boutique award-winning architectural practice Kavellaris Urban Design.For Kavellaris, some of those short-listed meet the key challenges better than others.“One of things that is most difficult to achieve is activating the river front. It’s a very thin sliver of space that you have to play with,” says KUD’s founder.“The John Wardle + Grimshaw one really connects to that idea, in terms of creating a public space that allows people to travel on their bike or by walking along the path and then veer off into the station.”Most of the proposals recommend changes to the tram network and stops around the station, with ARM and Hadid/BVN suggesting changes to areas well beyond the station site.The interplay between Fed Square and the station’s eastern entrance is an obvious contender for sweeping away obstructions, allowing pedestrians to move between the two more easily. Ashton Raggatt McDougall’s intention to create a school within the new station is the kind of radical ‘outside the box’ approach Kavellaris applauds. “It could work,” he says. “It wouldn’t be a very big school, but I think it’s a good idea.” As an unconventional designer himself, Kavellaris is drawn to the Melbourne students’ radical proposal – for a park on the roof of an enclosed platform structure.“In the city grid we really have only one or two grassed areas – one outside the State Library and one around St Patrick’s. We have plenty of parks in the periphery but we don’t have one in the city and this idea works well.“The finalist who demonstrates the most powerful ‘contextual response’ of all, is John Wardle Architects + Grimshaw,” says Kavellaris.“For a building like this we need to tie it into its historical context and I think their’s does that very well. One thing we do know is that brick is part of our vernacular for buildings. This design uses that material in a contemporary way and I think it’s a great response that ties it into the actual fabric of Melbourne.”With some of the designs incorporating retail areas, KUD’s director believes it’s an element that should be avoided, despite the attraction of commercial income it would bring. Southern Cross Station is not a good model, he says.“We don’t want capitalism on steroids in our public spaces. We need relief from shopping. Shopping is ubiquitous. Having good urban public space doesn’t always relate to economics, there are other ways to activate the space.”And if Billy Kavellaris was a betting man, I ask, who would he put his money on to win the competition?“I think the Hadid/BVN design will win because of the statement it makes. It announces itself as a transport hub, it integrates with the street very successfully, but also I think it will win because Zaha Hadid is an international brand name. I don’t necessarily agree with that sentiment, but I think that will have had some influence in the decision-making process.”As we conclude, I’m interested to hear Kavellaris’ views on the public feedback process. Does he think the People’s Choice extension to the competition is a useful exercise?“It’s not a reality TV show, these are very complicated buildings. It’s more than just taste and opinion, it requires experts to make formulated views on these subjects.”Architectural competitions of this scale don’t come around too often. It’s also not uncommon for plans for competitions to not translate into bricks and mortar. The Victorian government has suggested it could be a decade before construction begins.Kavellaris, who says he’s a realist rather than a cynic, suggests the chances are that it might not even happen at all – in the shape that the competition winning entry predicts.“Fed Square cost $490m from an original budget of $125m, and Fed Square is nowhere near as big and as complex as this, and that was a decade ago,” he says. “Maybe this is the beginning of a symposium that speculates on what this key piece of infrastructure should be, seeing what we – as a culture and as a people – see the value to be, and somehow determine what monetary value we put on that. The Hadid/BVN project would cost an enormous amount of money. I don’t think it’s unrealistic to say that the project could exceed a billion dollars. It’s one thing to have a utopian vision of what we see our city to be, but don’t we need to do a cost benefit analysis, and ask how much culture is worth? Culture doesn’t need to have titanium ceilings…”The People’s Choice Award runs until Monday 5 August. To vote visit: www.voteflindersst.com.aulast_img read more

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Miel sa consommation est déconseillée aux bébés de moins de 1 an

first_imgMiel : sa consommation est déconseillée aux bébés de moins de 1 anFrance – Les spores potentiellement présentes dans le miel sont susceptibles de déclencher le botulisme chez les nourrissons, une maladie paralytique à l’origine de constipations et d’une faiblesse musculaire générale, a rappelé vendredi l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire (Afssa).‪L’Afssa a indiqué sur son site qu’il était déconseillé de donner du miel aux enfants âgés de moins de 1 an, conformément aux recommandations de l’OMS. En effet, les spores de Clostridium botulinum, une bactérie présente dans l’environnement, le sol et les poussières peuvent également parfois être détectées dans le miel.Chez les enfants de moins de 1 an, la flore intestinale est immature : les spores peuvent ainsi se développer et produire de la toxine botulique, responsable d’une paralysie musculaire.Cette information fait suite à celle de l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) qui alertait de l’augmentation du nombre de cas depuis 2004, en raison de l’habitude de certaines mamans de déposer du miel sur la tétine des biberons donnés au nourrisson.Le 17 mai 2010 à 16:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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