first_img Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0866 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Flooding and Bridge Closures The following roads in Lunenburg County are closed due to flooding and will remain closed until further notice: Crousetown Road — from the Conquerall intersection to Dagley Road Dagley Road — from the Crousetown intersection to Italy Cross Dauphinee Road is closed at the bridge. Haines Road Kingsburg Road — from end of pavement to Hells Point Road Mines Road — from the Mines Road 2 intersection to the intersection of Lapland Road Old Italy Cross — from the intersection of Italy Cross to the intersection of Somerset Road Petite Riviere — Route 331 in Petite Riviere to Tannery Road Shingle Mill Road — no access to campground Veinot Road is closed at Risser Bridge Wentzell Road — from the intersection at Mount Pleasant to the intersection at Petite Riviere These roads are closed to local traffic only. No detours are required. Jersey barriers are in place; solar light units and advance warning signs are in place, where warranted. The following bridges in Lunenburg County are closed due to flooding and will remain closed until further notice: Veinot Bridge on Veinot Road, Wentzell Bridge on Wentzell Road and Petite Riviere Bridge on Petite Riviere Road will remain closed until water levels drop and a more detailed assessment can be made on the condition of each bridge.center_img -30-last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Saturday paid tribute to freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru on their death anniversary observed as ‘Shaheed Diwas’ (Martyr’s Day), saying the spirit of revolution espoused by them is running in our veins. Gandhi said we will continue to fight the battle for their thoughts and ideals. “Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru are not mere names, they are the spirit of revolution running in our veins,” he tweeted in Hindi. “Their lives make us strong even today and make us free and human. On Martyrs Day, we bow our heads to our bravehearts. We will continue to fight the battle for their thoughts and ideals,” Gandhi wrote.last_img read more

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City’s Borgata casino is investing $12 million in a new sports betting and entertainment project.The casino tells The Associated Press it will open a sports bar and sports betting facility named Moneyline Bar & Book on June 29.It will also open a bar and lounge named Level One that will be connected to the sports bar.The project will add sports betting capacity to Borgata’s existing race and sports book, which will remain in operation and continue taking sports bets along with horse wagering.In addition to six sports betting windows, Moneyline will have self-service betting kiosks as well.Since sports betting began in New Jersey in June, nearly $2.64 billion has been wagered in the state on sports .Wayne Parry, The Associated Press read more

She noted that the work of the Council will not be done as long as Sri Lanka falls short of implementing even the recommendations of its own Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) or in addressing the underlying sources of its longstanding ethnic conflict. “It is especially so, at a time when having overcome a 30-year long terrorist conflict, as well as having averted what many feared would be a ‘humanitarian catastrophe’, Sri Lanka is implementing a comprehensive process of reconciliation involving all communities based on the National Action Plan on the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC,” she added. (Colombo Gazette) Brimmer told the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council today that a new resolution will be submitted to the Council to make sure the international community monitors progress and to again offer assistance on outstanding reconciliation and accountability issues in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan delegation however said it will object to any unfair, biased, unprincipled and unjust approach that may be adopted by this Council towards the protection and promotion of Human Rights of Sri LankaPriyanga Wicremasinghe, Counsellor of the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission in Geneva said Sri Lanka should be encouraged in its reconciliation process, rather than being singled out for any disproportionate attention in the Council. The government today informed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that it will object to any resolution which will be submitted on Sri Lanka at the ongoing session in Geneva.In a right of reply to the comments made by the US Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer earlier today, the Sri Lankan delegation said it was surprised by the reference she made on Sri Lanka. read more

METALINE FALLS, Wash. — Times are tough in a rural county in northeast Washington state because one of the region’s biggest employers is shutting down.The Pend Oreille Mine, just north of Metaline Falls, closed on July 31, at a cost of about 200 family wage jobs in an area of less than 1,000 residents.It’s another sign of the imbalance of prosperity in Washington state. While the Seattle area gorges on high-paying jobs, many rural counties like Pend Oreille County that depend on natural resource industries — logging, fishing, mining — are suffering.This divide is part of a national trend. People in urban areas had higher per-capita income, lower poverty rates, lower unemployment rates and higher education levels than people in rural areas in recent years, according to federal data.Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press read more

by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted May 11, 2016 6:35 am MDT Last Updated May 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, file photo, Macy’s shoppers leave the retailer’s flagship store, in New York. Macy’s Inc. reports financial results Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Macy’s is acknowledging that there will be no consumer splurge anytime soon.A gloomy holiday shopping season across much of the retail spectrum has seeped into a spring funk. And after some startling numbers and projections from the Gap earlier this week and then Macy’s Wednesday, investors had seen all they needed to see.Shares tumbled across the sector with the bulk of retailers yet to report quarterly earnings.Macy’s stock plunged 15 per cent to levels not seen in four years.Ralph Lauren, Nordstrom, J.C. Penney and Kohl’s are all reporting this week, followed by Sears, Target and Wal-Mart the next.Macy’s Inc. slashed its profit and sales expectations for the year after a sales funk deepened during the spring. It reported its fifth straight decline for a key revenue measure, with the declines accelerating. Seven out of the past 10 quarters have now registered a decline in revenue at stores opened at least a year.Against this backdrop, Macy’s announced it was accelerating initiatives to get shoppers excited. It announced plans to look for new ways to cut expenses and plow that money into more sales help at the stores and online. And it’s expanding its offerings on exclusive launches, including one backed by Sir Elton John and Lady Gaga.“We are not counting on the consumer to spend more, so we are working harder to give customers more reasons to buy from us,” said Chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren in a company release.But while analysts say that Macy’s woes are emblematic of the department store sector, they also put some of the blame on the retailer itself.“The blunt truth is that Macy’s does not give consumers a reason to visit its stores,” said Neil Saunders, CEO of Conlumino, a research firm. “In many locations shops are simply not up to par; they are poorly merchandised, hard to shop, lack any inspiration, and have fairly mediocre customer service.”John Blackledge, an analyst at Cowen & Co., said Wednesday that in light of Macy’s earnings report, he feels more confident that Amazon.com Inc. will displace Macy’s as the No. 1 clothing retailer by 2017. He points to the Seattle company’s dramatically large selection, superior fulfilment and technology.Macy’s first-quarter income tumbled 40 per cent and revenue fell 7.4 per cent.Macy’s report, which kicks off the first-quarter earnings season for major retailers, raises fresh concerns about the consumer and the health of stores, even after companies aggressively closed lower-performing locations. Macy’s recently shuttered 40 stores. The Cincinnati chain operates about 800 stores.It had appeared retailers were recovering after a brutal holiday shopping season as sales accelerated earlier this year. That trend appeared to stall in mid-MarchGap Inc. issued a profit warning for the first quarter Monday as an attempted turnaround this spring sputtered. On Wednesday, Fitch Ratings cut its rating to junk status.The red flags from Gap and Macy’s follow a report last week from the owner of Victoria’s Secret, usually a strong performer, which showed that sales in April had stagnated.Retailers suffered tremendously during the recession but the economy has bounced back strongly since then and consumers are spending.The U.S. reported Friday that employers had added 160,000 jobs in April suggesting that the job market continues to generate steady hiring. The average job gain in the prior six months before April was 243,000.While consumers are spending again, they’re not doing it at department stores, with more money going toward restaurants, travel and home improvement. And when they do shop for clothes, increasingly they are doing it at discount stores like T.J. Maxx, or online at Amazon.comMacy’s had been a standout among retailers in the aftermath of the recession. Yet in the last year, the malaise suffered by others seemed to catch up even with a sector superstar.“Consumers are being very selective in their spending,” said Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics LLC, a retail research firm. “The economy is not likely to get much stronger so retailers are going to have to batten down the hatches and cut expenses and look for new growth areas.”And retailers will face even more adversity with growing pressure to raise wages, both from a national social movement and because some workers have become more willing to leave jobs, knowing better pay can be found elsewhere.But retailers have to find a way to win back customers.Kohl’s, Nordstrom and J.C. Penny are all trying to reinvent themselves, seeking a winning formula to bump up store traffic.Macy’s opened a group of Macy’s Backstage stores last fall to compete with T.J. Maxx and other off-price stores. It’s also expanding online and it acquired Bluemercury, an upscale beauty and spa company.That manoeuvring continues.The company said Wednesday it plans nine additional Macy’s Backstage stores by the fourth quarter. It’s also expanding its upscale jewelry department to more than 350 stores by the end of the year, after testing 40 of them last fall. But Karen Hoguet, Macy’s chief financial officer, told investors that those initiatives won’t help sales until late this year.The numbers during the most recent quarter, even if profit beat expectations, were grim.First-quarter net income was $115 million, or 37 cents per share. Adjusted per-share earnings were 40 cents per share, 4 cents better than Wall Street had expected, according to FactSet.Revenue fell to $5.77 billion from $6.23 billion in the year-ago quarter. That was worse than the $5.93 billion analysts were projecting.Revenue at stores open at least a year fell 5.6 per cent. That marked the fifth consecutive quarter of declines. Those same-store sales are one of the best indicators of a retailer’s health.Macy’s now expects earnings per share to be in the range of $3.15 and $3.40 for the year. That’s down from earlier projections of $3.80 to $3.90 per share.Macy’s expects same-store sales this year to fall between 3 per cent and 4 per cent, which was much worse the 1 per cent decline that industry analysts had been projecting.Shares fell $5.61 to hit $31.38._____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ADInnocenzio With a clunk, Macy’s opens the retail earnings season read more

With a particular focus on the three dimensions of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental – senior Government officials from over 40 member countries and associate member countries will meet at ESCAP’s 70th session today through 6 August, ahead of the Commission’s high-level ministerial segment, which will run from 7 to 8 August, to be attended by Heads of State and senior ministers. In a press release kicking off the annual session, ESCAP says that more than 30 ministers from Asia and the Pacific are expected to participate in the ministerial segment. In addition, Ministers from Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Pakistan, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands and Tonga will be among key speakers at panel discussions during the high-level session this week, focusing on steering the region towards equitable, environment-friendly and resilient growth.The ESCAP session is being held against the backdrop of high public debt levels and declining international development assistance, which has affected Asia-Pacific growth and contributed to rising income inequality, both within and between countries in the region.A Ministerial Round Table on the theme of the 70th session, “Regional connectivity for shared prosperity”, on the opening day of the ministerial segment will focus on transport, ICT and energy connectivity and multi-sectoral and cross-border cooperation. At a media launch on 6 August, ESCAP Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar will present the key findings of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014, the Commission’s flagship publication, outlining the latest macroeconomic projections and policy advice for the region.On the second day of the ministerial segment, Asia-Pacific Government leaders and policymakers will join a panel discussion on sustainable development and development finance to suggest policy options for addressing existing and emerging vulnerabilities. Key events during the week, including all panel discussions, will be webcast live at http://www.unescap.org/commission/webcast. The Commission session can also be followed on social media using the hash tag #CS70. read more

Junior midfielder Turner Evans (5) cradles the ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 22 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Brett Amadon / Lantern reporterNo leading scorer. No starting goalie. No problem.Playing without junior midfielder Jesse King and senior goaltender Greg Dutton, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team snapped a three-game losing streak Friday, defeating the Bellarmine Knights, 10-7.Getting off to a quick start, junior midfielder David Planning opened the scoring for the Buckeyes, ripping a shot to the off-stick side of senior goaltender Will Haas, who finished the game with eight saves for the Knights.After freshman attackman/midfielder Matt Taulane scored his first career goal for Bellarmine to tie the game, the Buckeyes went on a three-goal run to take a 4-1 lead late in the second quarter.However, two Bellarmine goals, the second coming with 22 seconds left in the half, gave the Knights the momentum until OSU freshman midfielder Jake Withers won the ensuing faceoff and capped off the possession with a goal with only two seconds left before the break.Withers won 15 of 21 faceoffs in the game including picking up a team high 10 ground balls.OSU coach Nick Myers said Withers has been improving every week, and he did a good job helping OSU control the faceoffs, an area that’s been a question mark at times during the season.“Jake’s one of those freshmen that has been a work in progress,” Myers said. “To start the season, we knew we had something there. Give a lot of credit to (assistant) coach (Jamison) Koesterer, our faceoff coach, for really bringing him along and the wings as well. We knew it was going to be a key to the game and I thought Jake did a nice job there tonight.”Sophomore attackman Carter Brown, who led the Buckeyes with five points, recorded his second and third goals of the night in the third quarter to give the Buckeyes a 7-4 lead going into the final frame.Bellarmine (4-3, 0-3), , which is located in Louisville, Ky., started the fourth quarter with two unanswered goals by sophomore midfielder Taylor Stuart and senior midfielder Chad Mitchell, respectively, bringing the score within one.However, that was as close as the Knights got as OSU used its second three-goal run of the night to put away Bellarmine for good.Freshman attackman J.T. Blubaugh and junior attackman Reegan Comeault scored a pair of goals spanning a minute apart before junior midfielder Turner Evans scored a man-up goal for the Buckeyes to give them a 10-6 lead.OSU was 2-3 on its man-up chances in the game.Evans said the team had to change up its game plan because of the absence of King, but a lot of young players rose to the challenge to help get the win.“Jesse (King) is obviously a huge part of our offense, so we had to make some adjustments during the week to try and work around having him not play today,” Evans said. “I feel like a lot guys stepped up and contributed today and not having him in the lineup obviously hurt us, but we managed to get the win.”Bellarmine tacked on a goal in the final minute, but it proved to be too little too late as the Buckeyes held on for the victory.Brown, who is second for the Buckeyes with nine goals on the season, said it was good to start off conference play with a win, but there are still plenty of games left to be played.“It feels really good,” Brown said. “It’s kind of a new season right now in the conference. We just got to take it one game at a time and focus on ourselves.”Freshman goaltender Nick Doyle, who started in place of the injured Dutton, made nine saves in his collegiate debut, a performance that didn’t surprise his coach.“Doyle, I thought, did what we expect from our goalies,” Myers said. “He made some big saves, hung in there, did a nice job on the clear and helped us get a big win.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to be back in action Tuesday as they take on No. 9 Notre Dame at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Game time is set for 4 p.m. read more

first_imgYokohama Tire’s newest addition to the Y67™ off-the-road line-up is now available to underground mine operators. The Y67 comes in three new tread patterns proven to provide the traction needed for optimal performance and is available in sizes 36×11-15 24-ply, 32×15-15 28-ply, 35×15-15 32-ply and 38×16-15 36-ply.“The Y67 was created for the smaller, low-seam category and provides outstanding durability,” said Tom Clauer, Yokohama Corporate Manager of commercial and OTR product planning. “This means customers can expect a longer service life with less downtime.”Benefits of the Y67 include:Cut and chip resistance for excellent wear and durability thanks to an advanced tread composition, while a non-directional tread design provides needed traction on tough, rocky underground surfacesGreat balance between cut resistance and traction while providing superior tread life due to an optimised rubber-to-void ratioEnhanced performance in high-pressure applications made possible by dual bead construction that makes the use of a core optional, which reduces costs and balances the required strength of the bead and carcass.last_img read more

first_imgPic: @McIlroyRory35 sporting images that sum up 2013 RORY MCILROY MAY have had a 2013 to forget on the golf course, but he’s rounded it off pretty well.The Holywood native tonight shared these images with his Twitter followers along with the message:  ”Happy New Year everyone! I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year!! My first victory of 2014 #shesaidyes!!”last_img

first_imgTHE IRISH CATTLE and Sheep Farmers’ Association president, Gabriel Gilmartin and Fine Gael TD, Paudie Coffey have both called for permanent DNA testing throughout the meat processing industry in Europe.The calls come after the European Commission announced they would implement a three-month programme of random DNA testing on meat products.Gilmartin also called for a clampdown on the meat trading industry: Deputy Coffey said that DNA testing on a continuous basis would benefit Irish farmers and would help protect their industry and livelihoods: Farmers in Ireland should have nothing to fear from this process being rolled out because their produce is of the highest standard…  Ireland must continue to take the lead on this issue to reassure consumers that Irish meat is 100 percent guaranteed.Meanwhile, the Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Éamon Ó Cuív, has called on the European Commission to begin mandatory testing of all horse carcasses across Europe for the veterinary drug ‘bute’, which poses a risk to public health.Deputy Ó Cuív said the EU’s decision to randomly test beef produce and horse meat in affected countries does not go far enough and wants a mandatory centralised ID system for horses in each European country to be introduced, “like we have for cattle in Ireland, which would make it a lot easier to trace the origin of the meat”.Earlier today, Monaghan Meat Processing company Rangeland Foods announced that they would be withdrawing some of its beef burgers after batches tested positive in the UK for between 5 per cent and 30 per cent horsemeat.Read: Rangeland Foods withdraws burgers after horsemeat discovered >center_img There needs to be a complete review of the role of meat traders and it seems that there is an urgent need to look at what licensing conditions should be imposed on them.last_img read more

first_imgSuperhero video games are nothing new, but they are almost all fundamentally flawed in some way. It seems you either play a faceless hero with generic powers filtered from comic books, or you are muscling your way through a sandboxed re-creation of whichever superhero movie just came out. Marvel Heroes is an attempt to bring the comic book heavyweights into a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) environment where the player has control over the details.If there’s one thing that dictates a successful MMO above anything else, it is a wealth of content. If you send someone on the same task a dozen times, they will walk away from the game. This is far from a deciding factor, but likely the largest single one when it comes to deciding if you will continue to play an MMO.Marvel Heroes leverages decades of a comic book universe all pulled together into a single game, with the ability to mix and match as you go. As the name suggests, starting the game puts you on the road to do battle with nearly every one of the villains that have popped up in the Marvel universe over the years. Some suggest that it may be setting the stage for a Marvel Villains game if this game is a success, but for now you are either one of the good guys or one of the mostly-good-when-it-suits-them guys.Since the characters in the Marvel universe are already pretty well defined, character selection is straight forward. You start off by selecting one of a handful of classic Marvel heroes, each offering their own unique fighting ability. The five choices allow you to choose between long range combat vs. short range combat, superpowers vs. man made weapons, and male or female. The game starts with a basic combat mission to get you used to playing, complete with a low level boss fight. Once you’ve gotten a handle on the combat system and the basic layout, you are taken to one of the safe zones in the game. From here you have access to everything you would expect in an MMO. You can store items you have collected, shop for stat-enhancing accessories, or play around in the costume department.Your hero already has a pretty well defined and unique outfit, so the classic MMO dress up element takes a unique twist in Heroes. You can pick up bolt-on enhancements, but there’s also a crafting element to increase the baseline stats of your outfit. This is accomplished by picking up items and crafting them together in the costume shop. It’s a fairly basic system in that you don’t have control over what upgrade you are creating, but you are able to continue enhancing your costume until you have something that is customized to your character. You can also purchase alternate costumes to help set yourself apart from the other superheroes wandering around.The storyline pulls a little from every point in the Marvel universe. You start off in Daredevil’s Hell’s Kitchen and move your way through a series of plot points that lead you closer and closer to Kingpin. Along the way you face off with a lot of boss level characters that are setup as group combat scenarios that refresh every time you leave the area. Characters like Venom and Rhino are really just there so you can take them down in a group. If you are following the game and moving straight through the leveling system you will struggle with handling these points solo, but it is not impossible.The easiest way to visualize the combat system is to compare Marvel Heroes to Diablo, which is not surprising considering David Brevik — co-founder of Blizzard North — was involved in this game. In Marvel Heroes you have functionally little control over the direction your character grows. Each character has a unique skill tree that you can spend points in however you choose to continue growing your character. By the time your character reaches level 20, they have a specific line of skills to focus on to make combat the best experience possible.If you choose Iron Man, for example, you can improve the damage his repulsors do and how well you shield yourself from physical attacks. As you level up you can link his attacks together into combos, but you never deviate from the core combat style you would expect from Iron Man. You won’t be building a special variant of Iron Man that is incredibly good at dodging attacks, for example.The characters have limited control, but are still a lot of fun to play as long as you choose one that suits your combat style. You can also switch between characters in-game, which makes choosing someone early on fairly easy as long as you have the credits to pay for the heroes.I’m going to stop the review for a second and talk now about Deadpool, since I think out of all the characters they did the best job with this one. Deadpool has always existed as something unique in the Marvel universe, specifically when it came to his absolute disregard of the fourth wall. Marvel has done an absolutely fantastic job with making sure Deadpool’s one liners are just as amusing in every aspect of the game. Even when walking around in one of the safe points, his audio clips are quite entertaining. As a playable character, Deadpool also balances long range and close combat well. By the time you reach the end of his skill tree you have a character well worth playing long term. He also has an alternate costume that makes him look like a pirate, which will make any fan smile.Marvel Heroes is a free-to-play MMO out of the gate, which makes me sure that this title will not only gain an immediate following, but be enjoyable (and populated) for some time. The development team has several new chapters already prepared to roll out, and the vast Marvel universe gives them no shortage of content to pull from. The starting hero selection is diverse, and by the time you have settled on your perfect hero you find yourself truly immersed in the game.With any luck, Marvel Heroes have a serious impact on how superhero based video games are designed moving forward. This one is highly recommended to both fans of Marvel and MMOs.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece is certainly the word for the next two week’s on Radio National’s Drive program as the ABC radio show has selected to adopt Greece as the country they will be giving their Olympics coverage to. The show’s presenter, Waleed Aly, and his band of correspondents will – for the duration of the games – present up-to-date information and Olympic hopes for the Greek national team as they take on the world in London this week on the ABC radio show. They will also be on the hunt for stories pertaining to Greece that connect with the Olympics. The idea was set up over a month ago for the drive-time program to cover the Olympic journey of a country other than Australia. Waleed told Neos Kosmos that although they were originally considering smaller countries from Africa and the Caribbean, they soon realised there may not be enough content for a daily update. So they asked the audience the big question: which country should they adopt? And yesterday it was finalised, Radio National is adopting Greece.“There was one person who sent me a text message every day about Greece,” says Waleed of the persistent Greek fans. When the suggestion for Greece first came to light, Waleed agreed that the country had a lot going for it.“Obviously there’s the symbolic connection with Greece and the Olympics Games,” he begins on the reasons Greece was chosen.“The fact that it’s a big enough team to have entrants in lots of events; and the fact that Greece has been at the centre of economic and political turmoil we thought it needs all the support and friends it can get at the moment through the difficult times. And the fact that there is a big Greek community in Australia means that it’s attractive for our audience who probably have an interest in Greece.”The Drive program on Radio National is on air from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday to Friday. For more information on Radio National and to listen to the show visit www.abc.net.au/radionational/last_img read more

first_imgLa canicule a entraîné une hausse de la mortalité de 50% en RussieRussie – Accablée par une canicule historique pendant l’été, la Russie a vu son taux de mortalité augmenter de 8,6% en juillet par rapport à la même période en 2009. A Moscou, ce taux a bondi de plus de 50%.Près de 15.000 décès de plus qu’en juillet 2009 ont été enregistrés en Russie, suite à une canicule sans précédent. A Moscou, ce sont quelque 4.824 morts supplémentaires qui ont été recensés. Des chiffres que le gouvernement a admis pour la première fois et qui ne prennent pas en compte le mois d’août, lors duquel de graves incendies de forêts et de tourbières ont été engendrés par la sécheresse et la chaleur. Jusqu’alors, les autorités avaient refusé de dresser le bilan humain de la canicule qui a frappé la partie occidentale du pays.À lire aussiVoici pourquoi il faut éviter les aliments ultra-transformés”La hausse de la mortalité en juillet 2010 pourrait témoigner de l’absence de mesures adéquates dans le système de protection santé pour répondre à ces conditions extrêmes” reconnaît le ministère dans un communiqué. Si la capitale russe est le lieu où la mortalité a le plus augmenté cet été, quatorze autres régions ont particulièrement souffert de la canicule, voyant le nombre de décès bondir sur leur territoire. La région de Nijni-Novgorod a ainsi connu une mortalité en hausse de 20,2% au mois de juillet, tandis que celle de Vladimir a augmenté de 18,4%.Le 31 août 2010 à 18:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Watch: Hayabusa-2 to Land on Asteroid Ryugu for Second Sample CollectionJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Will Drop an Explosive on Asteroid Ryugu Stay on target Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft just snapped a new picture of Ryugu and it revealed dark landing marks on the asteroid’s bumpy surface.On Friday, Hayabusa-2 successfully touched down on Ryugu’s surface,“fired a bullet” into the asteroid’s ground, and collected some dust samples to return back to Earth.These ink-like touchdown spots, which were spotted in a picture taken by the spacecraft’s ONC_W1 onboard camera, could have been caused by debris blown upwards by Hayabusa-2’s thrusters or by the horn-shaped appendage that pierced the asteroid, BBC reported.This is an image captured just after #haya2_TD! It was taken with the wide-angle ONC-W1 onboard camera and shows the shadow of Hayabusa2 and a region of the surface that seems to have been discoloured by the touchdown. https://t.co/PEE6wfjDHE pic.twitter.com/UQoTNIQgIh— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) February 25, 2019On Friday, Hayabusa-2 approached Ryugu with the appendage, stabbed a five-gram metal tantalum “bullet” into the asteroid, and collected particles from the quick impact. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), which monitored the Hayabusa-2 mission, hopes that the sampler horn captured between 10 to 100 milligrams of dust to send back to Earth in two years. With these samples, scientists can learn more about Ryugu and what the solar system might have looked like in its early days.Even though JAXA is unsure of the amount of samples collected, Hayabusa-2’s photo confirms that the landing operation went well. Before the big day, Hayabusa-2 dropped a beanbag-like “target marker” on Ryugu’s surface. This little marker was used to guide the spacecraft to the right sample collection site. Unlike earlier images of the touchdown area, this photo showed some discoloration, which indicated that the Hayabusa-2 was close to its planned touchdown target.Hayabusa-2, which will spend more time near Ryugu until later this year, is expected to head back to Earth with the dust samples at the end of 2020.More on Geek.com:Japan’s Hayabusa-2 Spacecraft ‘Fires a Bullet’ Into Asteroid RyuguJapan’s Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid RyuguJapan Sends Satellite Into Space to Deliver Artificial Meteor Showerlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 2, 2016 – Jamaicans are being warned about the dangers of third-hand smoke, which is an emerging concern in public health regarding tobacco use.  Third-hand smoke is defined as residual tobacco smoke contamination that remains after the cigarette has been extinguished.In an interview with JIS News, Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at the National Chest Hospital, Dr. Terry Baker, said that third-hand smoke presents risks that were not previously identified in medical research.  “Information about third-hand smoke is relatively new and many people are unaware of it,” she noted.According to Dr. Baker, third-hand smoke is the tobacco residue that is left behind in rooms, hair and vehicles and on drapery, curtains, bedding, clothing and other surfaces. “This is residue from cigarettes, cigars and any tobacco product, and the concern is that this residue mixes with normal indoor substances and pollutants, and forms very toxic chemicals,” she explained.“It is now not just a matter of inhaling these chemicals, but the chemicals having been deposited on surfaces stick around for a very long time. You can enter a room or a house that has been vacant for a very long time and you can tell that people who smoke used to live in there, because smoke seemingly has permeated every corner and crevice of the room,” Dr. Baker said.  She added that the residue that has been deposited becomes very sticky, which is the nature of nicotine.Dr. Baker, who is also a pulmonologist and internist, said it is dangerous for children to embrace parents and caregivers who smoke, as they can also inadvertently ingest the chemical.Children will be touching contaminated furniture and putting their hands in their mouths, or crawl on the floor with these substances that cannot be easily seen, she noted.“Third-hand smoke is quite toxic, and studies have shown that while a lot is still not known, it is linked to early onset of asthma, particularly in children. This is because of the carcinogenic substances that are formed by the reaction of the tobacco residue with other indoor pollutants that stick around for months. The potential is now there for toxins that can cause cancer to be ingested or inhaled,” she warned.The SMO said even if windows are opened, that will not get rid of third-hand smoke, as the residue and toxins that are formed are not airborne, but actually adhere to surfaces. This is believed to last up to six months.Dr. Baker points out that much work is left to be done.  “We have seen many studies on first-hand and second-hand smoke, but research on third-hand smoke lags behind. So far, at least 11 potential carcinogens have been identified in third-hand smoke in one study,” she noted. Related Items:last_img read more

first_img FOLIO: In general terms, is it important to have an editor in this type of role at a magazine brand? FOLIO: Describe some of the challenges of your new position. Moulton: I think so. It depends on the company and the brand. A lot of brands are coming to us with these native opportunities. They’re coming to us because we’re the best storytellers they know. We’re the best at creating videos and articles, but that’s not necessarily true of the people executing on the marketing side. That’s not to disparage the marketing department, because they’re very good at marketing and that’s what they’ve traditionally done. But things have changed. Now, we’re better balanced. One of the byproducts of the content marketing and native advertising trends has been a morbid fascination with the erosion of the church-state wall between edit and advertising. However you view it, having editors involved, in some way, with native brand content arguably makes good business sense. The core strategy behind content marketing and native is, after all, a good story. Whether behind the scenes or out in the open, editors all across the industry are being asked to contribute in varying degrees to custom ad campaigns. Sam Moulton, most recently executive editor at Outside, was named content marketing director in March and will head up brand marketing efforts for the magazine’s print and digital platforms.  We asked Moulton why he made the move and why it made particularly good business sense. Sam Moulton: I understand the business side. I was starting to get pulled into projects that had sponsored content, native, etc. and was ‘consulting’ on them. We decided there was a natural opportunity. We didn’t have anyone on the marketing side that had editorial experience. That was increasingly becoming a challenge because the programs we were running had more and more editorial components.center_img Moulton: Native is the trendy thing right now. Sometimes it’s trying to convince our clients that it’s not always the best solution. It works better for some brands than others. A challenge is figuring out the right solution. A lot of brands are reaching for native without realizing they have to answer a lot of questions first. Who are you trying to reach? What’s the goal? Sometimes I’m trying to talk a brand into an idea, and they can’t get out of their own way. They want to talk about the product. But people like stories about people. Let’s downplay the product and pump up the human component. FOLIO: Why did this shift in roles make sense for you and the brand? Getting the labeling right is really important—the last thing I want to happen is have the reader be confused. Also, if we get more of this, we have to find a balance. We don’t want the user to come to the site and see all of this native stuff.last_img read more

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