North Peace SPCA reducing cat adoption fees by 50 percent

first_imgResidents looking to adopt a furry friend can do so by visiting the North Peace SPCA at 9311 81st Avenue. All “Purr-fect” adoptable companions can be found here.For more information contact the North Peace SPCA at (250) 785-7722. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC SPCA’s North Peace Branch in Fort St. John is hoping to find as many good homes as possible for cats this month by offering an intriguing promotion.As of July 10th, all cat adoption fees at the North Peace SPCA will be for half the original cost. In a release the SPCA said that the promotion will be running until the end of July.“We have so many cats and kittens in our care right now and we’d like to find them loving homes,” said North Peace SPCA manager Candace Buchamer. “We’re hoping this promotion will encourage anyone who has been considering cat adoption to take the next step and make it a reality.”last_img read more

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Casablancas Bar Association Denounces Rabid Behavior of Bouachrines Lawyers

Rabat – President of Casablanca’s Bar Association Hassan Birouaine has denounced the “rabid” behavior of Taoufik Bouachrine’s defense team.In a statement published on May 25, Birouaine said that “the lawyers of the Casablanca Bar condemned the unprecedented behavior and “rabid reactions” of some lawyers in the Bouachrine case.The statement came a few days after a hearing held on May 21 that was marked by loud altercations between the lawyers and complainants. Moroccan journalist Bouachrine, who was arrested on February 28, is facing heavy charges for alleged sexual harassment, gender-based violence and rape. Authorities said that they have 50 videos backing the charges against the journalist.The videos were allowed to be featured during the hearings. Mohamed Ziane, a member of the defense team, expressed anger over the videos, claiming that the person in the footage “is not Bouachrine.” Ziane used explicit language in front of the press, shouting that the videos are “porn footage.”In response, Birouaine accused some lawyers in the Bouachrine case of “denigrating the uniform of lawyers.”“Anyone following the trial of Mr. Taoufik Bouachrine’s trial will find that some lawyers, on both sides, have moved away from common sense and have lost the serenity and foresight that a lawyer is bound to observe.”The president of the Casablanca Bar Association called on the lawyers to respect their colleagues, client, judicial institutions, and the public “that expressed their deep dissatisfaction with what they hear, read and see of the use of obscene words and gestures that undermine morality.” read more

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Closing Bell TSX rises amid solid CP Rail earnings profit taking takes

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Tuesday thanks to a positive earnings report from Canadian Pacific Railway and rising gold stocks.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,830.56 +14.65 0.11%S&P 500 — 1,507.84 +7.66 0.51%Dow — 13,954.42 +72.49 0.52%Nasdaq — 3,153.66 -0.64 -0.02%But the TSX was held back by Research In Motion Ltd., which lost ground for a second day ahead of the unveiling of its new BlackBerry 10 products.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 14.64 points to 12,830.56 while the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 14.04 points to 1,231.92.The Canadian dollar found some equilibrium after a string of losses, rising 0.41 of a cent to 99.76 cents US.The dollar had tumbled about 1.4 cents US since the Bank of Canada indicated last Wednesday that it will be slower to raise interest rates than had been expected because of economic weakness. Higher rates tend to attract investors and push up the currency.U.S. indexes were mixed amid data showing improving house prices along with a decline in consumer confidence during January with the Dow industrials ahead 72.49 points to 13,954.42.The Nasdaq was 0.64 of a point lower to 3,153.66 while the S&P 500 edged up 7.66 points to 1,507.84.Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. says its profit was cut to $15-million or eight cents per share in the fourth quarter amid a number of restructuring expenses. On an adjusted basis, however, CP’s earning rose by 17 cents from a year earlier to $1.28 per share, in line with analyst estimates. Its shares climbed $3.45 to $116.22, a far cry from its 52-week low of $70.61, prior to the shakeup forced on the railway by Bill Ackman, the head of hedge fund Pershing Square, which is the single biggest CP shareholder.“When you have an investor activist come in and basically force out the CEO — which was the first step — and bring in changes of this magnitude, you’re not going to see the end results of it overnight,” said Gareth Watson, vice-president investment management and research at Richardson GMP Ltd.“So it is going to take time but, if they start delivering as the street expects them to, I think that sends a signal they’re on the right track and I think that’s what the market is probably rewarding them for.”Investors continued to take profits from Research In Motion Ltd.’s spectacular runup this month ahead of the unveiling of its BlackBerry 10 lineup Wednesday in New York. RIM stock was off the worst levels of the session, closing down 56 cents or 3.44% to $15.71 on top of a 7.6% slide Monday. As of Friday, RIM stock had soared 50% during January.The smartphones are widely seen as a make-or-break product for the Waterloo, Ont., company.“It needs to be judged on the ability of this device to attract back subscribers that left RIM for other handheld devices,” said Watson.“Will they come back in droves? I’m not so convinced. I hope they prove me wrong. At this stage, to proclaim victory before the game has even started I think is a bit silly and I think that’s why you have seen some pullback here in the stock.”Ford Motor Co. was a weight on the Dow, even as the automaker earned $1.6-billion in the fourth quarter or 31 cents per share, which beat analysts’ forecast of 25 cents per share. But its shares fell 64 cents or 4.64% to US$13.14 because of a worse than expected outlook for sales in Europe, where many countries are in recession.Drugmaker Pfizer was the biggest gainer on the Dow, rising 86 cents to $27.70 after the company said its fourth-quarter profit more than quadrupled because of a $4.8-billion gain from selling its nutrition business, despite competition from generic drugs hurting sales.On the economic front, the widely watched Case-Shiller Index showed U.S. house prices rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.63% in November, slightly below expectations for a 0.7% gain. That translated into an annual rate of 5.52% which was in line with expectations and the highest since 2006.Meanwhile, the Conference Board in the U.S. reported that its consumer confidence index for January came in at 58.6, down from 66.7 in December.The TSX gold sector advanced about 1% while February gold on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $7.90 to US$1,660.80 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. improved by 60 cents to C$36.11 while Kinross Gold Corp. rose 11 cents to $8.47.The telecom sector was supportive, up 0.54% as Telus Corp. climbed 83 cents to $66.52 while BCE Inc. climbed 29 cents to $44.86.The energy sector was slightly higher as the March crude contract added $1.13 to US$97.57 a barrel. Imperial Oil declined 79 cents to $44.06 and Canadian Natural Resources ran up 37 cents to $31.30.The base metals sector was slightly lower with March copper on the Nymex up three cents at US$3.69 a pound. Capstone Mining gained four cents to C$2.51 while Rio Alto Mining was up nine cents to $5.38.Elsewhere on the earnings front, shares in Metro Inc. slipped a dime to $64.02 as the grocer increased its quarterly dividend to 25 cents from 21.5 cents. The company also reported an 11% increase in net earnings from continuing operations for its fiscal first quarter to $115-million, or $1.16 per diluted share. That beat estimates by a penny per share. Sales revenue was up 2.7% to $2.7-billion in the quarter, slightly below forecasts.North American markets are ending January trading on a positive note thanks to a better than expected U.S. earnings season and relief that U.S. politicians managed to avoid pushing the economy over the so-called fiscal cliff and reached a temporary agreement on raising the debt ceiling.The TSX is up just over 3% for the month. The Dow industrials have charged ahead to a series of fresh five year highs and are up more than 6%.Here’s the news investors were watching today:For RIM, everything rides on BlackBerry 10′s successApple unveils new 128 GB iPad with twice the storage capacityCP Rail earnings hammered by restructuring chargesFord profit beats Street, but warns of bigger losses in EuropeMetro launches share buy back program after selling large stake in Couche-TardON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSU.S. Fed’s FOMC announces interest rate decision at 2:25 p.m. ET UNITED STATES8:15 a.m.Gross Domestic Product (Q4): Economists expect 1.1% growth annualized 8:30 a.m.ADP Employment Change: Economists expect 165,000 jobs CORPORATE NEWSCANADACGI Group Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 45¢ a share UNITED STATESThe Boeing Group Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.19 ConocoPhillips Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.42 Electronic Arts Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 56¢ Marathon Petroleum Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$2.07 read more

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Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 26.84 points to 15,155.49, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 65.60 points to 21,895.91. The S&P 500 index was down 1.06 points to 2,471.04 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 20.38 points to 6,354.30.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.03 cents US, down from Friday’s average price of 80.34 cents US.The September crude contract was down 37 cents to US$49.34 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was down 11 cents to US$2.83 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down 30 cents to US$1,275.00 an ounce and the September copper contract was up one cent to US$2.89 a pound.

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Simple handwashing crucial to halting diarrhoeal and waterborne diseases UN stresses

“Halting the spread of diarrhoeal disease is not complicated, or costly, but it is critically important that hand-washing with soap becomes routine for everyone,” said the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) senior advisor on sanitation and hygiene, Therese Dooley, on the occasion of Global Handwashing Day, which is observed annually on 15 October. “You don’t need to invent some Nobel Prize winning formula to save millions of children. The solution already exists: soap and water,” she added. Child mortality figures released by UNICEF last month show that some 2,000 children under five years of age die each day from diarrhoeal diseases. A vast majority of them contract these diseases due to a lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene. In a news release, the children’s agency said it has new data showing how the practice of handwashing varies from country to country and is influenced by location, culture and wealth. In Swaziland, for example, half of urban families in 2010 were likely to practice handwashing, compared to less than a third of families in rural areas. In Rwanda, only two per cent of the population practice handwashing, with almost no difference between urban and rural areas. This disparity highlights the need for governments to implement policies promoting this practice among all of their population, said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque. “Governments do not prioritize hygiene in their policy and budgeting, in the school curriculum, in promotion activities,” Ms. de Albuquerque noted in her message marking the Day. “All too often, when we consider water and sanitation, the importance of good hygiene, including hand-washing, is forgotten,” she added. “However, in times of global health threats, the life-saving potential of hand-washing must be explored. During the 2009 A virus flu pandemic, global leaders were very conscious of hand-washing’s vital importance.” As the 2015 deadline nears for the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash a host of social ills, including diseases, hunger and poverty, Ms. de Albuquerque urged world leaders not to lose sight of the centrality of good hygiene for the full realization of the human rights to water, sanitation, health, as well as for dignity and development. “Women’s needs should be also considered and incorporated in the delivery of water and sanitation services if we want to attain gender equality,” she stressed, making clear that with adequate menstrual hygiene management adolescent girls will not miss school days during their menstruation. “I call on all to prioritize hand-washing and hygiene in the post-2015 development framework” as world governments start to set priorities and to make trade-offs in the context of discussions in respect of the next generation of global development goals, she said. “Water and sanitation services have little value if not accompanied by the necessary resources which can be committed to promoting hygiene, to ensuring that sufficient water and the necessary soap is available for hand-washing at the appropriate times, particularly before eating and preparing food and after using the toilet. It all begins with soap and water,” Ms. de Albuquerque added. To raise awareness of handwashing, a month of activities will take place in over 100 countries, with the participation of millions of children. In Ethiopia, five million people will participate in public handwashing events today. In Yemen, UNICEF and its partners are sending SMS texts messages to 2.5 million mobile phone users about the importance of handwashing, while almost one million school children will take part in related activities. In Viet Nam, a television advertisement is already being shown, featuring a well-known comedian and UNICEF Viet Nam Goodwill Ambassador, Xuan Bac, singing a handwashing song to children. In addition, UNICEF and the Global Public Private Partnership for Handwashing have launched a social media campaign under the hashtag #Iwashmyhands that has reached thousands of people around the world, as well as a social media game entitled ‘World Wash Up,’ which encourages player to zap germs. read more

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Strong defensive performance not overshadowed by big game for Ohio State offense

Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee (43) celebrates with senior linebacker Curtis Grant (14) and senior defensive lineman Steve Miller (88) during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOn a day when Ohio Stadium welcomed Big Ten football for the first time in 2014, when the weather was the age-old mixture of cold and gray, it was the familiar sight of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and the Ohio State offense lighting up the scoreboard.But for all the firepower the Buckeyes produced on offense in a 56-17 win against Rutgers, the team’s defense continued to improve during a season that is proving more and more exciting for OSU fans.The same defense that couldn’t get off the field against Virginia Tech over a month ago held Rutgers to 156 offensive yards in the first half and 17 total points.“Our defense, you credit that, you can take the first half and that’s a credit to our defense,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “They took a team that threw 400 plus yards against our rivals and really played well, creating turnovers once again and getting the ball to the offense rather quickly.”Meyer’s assessment might be an understatement. Rutgers averaged a time of possession of just two and a half minutes on its seven first-half drives. Four of those drives ended in punts, two in turnovers, and only one in a touchdown.Senior cornerback Doran Grant said for all the growth OSU’s offense is doing, the defensive corps are also improving each week.“It’s been steady. Each week we’re getting better,” Grant said. “I think we’re playing pretty good, I still think we haven’t reached our full potential.”Two weeks prior to Saturday, Grant and the rest of the unit gave up 310 yards to Maryland, the lowest total surrendered by the Buckeyes other than the 126 yards against Kent State on Sept. 13.The Scarlet Knights produced 345 yards, but 122 of those came in a third quarter when the Buckeyes were already comfortably in front. Even so, junior linebacker Joshua Perry said the defense needs to be at its best for the entire duration of a game.“That’s the good thing about some of the guys we have is that we can win by as much as we did but we’re not going to be satisfied if we don’t close out the game and if we give up some plays in the second half,” Perry said. “And that just comes with maturity over time and being able to lock in and execute for a full game.”The defense did provide a spark in the first half when redshirt-senior defensive lineman Rashad Frazier forced a fumble out of Rutgers’ sophomore wide receiver Janarion Grant before redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple picked up the ball and ran it in for a score.Perry stressed the effect a defensive score has on the team’s mentality.“We need one of those every game,” Perry said. “That’s one of those things, it’s big momentum, it takes a little pressure off the offense and it gives us something to work for.”Frazier was able to knock the ball loose after redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee stopped the Rutgers wide receiver from getting around him. OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said he enjoyed seeing each part of the defense — linebackers, linemen and defensive backs — get involved on the big play.“That’s what we call team defense. We stress it, we talk about it,” Fickell said. “We want to take the name off the back of the jersey and just worry about the one on the front, and we do those kinds of things, good things happen.”Grant tied with Perry for the team lead in total tackles with seven, along with securing OSU’s only interception of the day. But the Buckeyes’ co-captain said the defense’s strength comes from the entire unit, and how when one part of the unit excels, they all do.“That’s team defense. Of course it makes it easier for (the defensive backs), and us covering makes it easier for the linebackers blitzing and also the D-line,” Grant said. “So we just play a team game.”While sophomore Joey Bosa added another two sacks to his season total, his fellow defensive lineman — senior Steve Miller — made a career-high four total tackles. He and his fellow linemen helped to hold the Scarlet Knights to only 34 rushing yards in the first half, but Miller echoed Perry’s claim that they need to execute for an entire game.“I think our run defense is pretty good, we just gotta be consistent,” Miller said.Lee had one of the team’s four sacks, and after the game he said he was pleased with the way the defense came out and dictated the flow of play.“We played great. We knew we had to bring pressure and stop their run,” Lee said. “We knew we had to execute and this was something coach Meyer emphasized the past few weeks.”Those points of emphasis are set to be put into use once again next week, when the Buckeyes travel to State College, Pa., to face Penn State at 8 p.m. on Oct. 25. Penn State’s sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg was placed on the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s best player, and OSU sophomore safety Vonn Bell said he’s excited to go up against him next week.“It’s a big game,” Bell said. “They put up points, we put up points, too.” read more

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Man accused of trafficking 72 kilos of cannabis remanded

A Rosignal, East Coast Berbice (ECB) man out on bail for being in possession of 8.1 kg of marijuana found himself before the Court of Law yet again for a similar offence.Thirty-year-old, Anthony Carmichael of Bennette Dam, Rossignol stood before the Chief Magistrate and denied the allegation put to him.The charge against him alleged that on April 16, 2018 at Royal Castle, Sheriff Street, Georgetown he trafficked 72 kilograms of cannabis (150 pounds). He pleaded not guilty to committing the offence.Criminal Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford reported that the analysis certificate in the case is still outstanding.She objected to bail reporting that the defendant is currently on $200,000 bail for the previous offence and is expected to return on May 16.Magistrate, Ann McLennan remanded Carmichael to prison to return on May 18, 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKitty resident remanded over alleged cannabis possessionMay 21, 2018In “Court”Man accused of trafficking 17 grams of cannabis remandedNovember 14, 2018In “Court”Man accused of armed robbery while dressed as a ‘churchgoer’ remandedMay 9, 2018In “Court” read more

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Well Leave It There So Schmidt names his squad for November Tests

first_img Short URL 181kg and depressed to a pro contract in France: Kalolo Tuiloma’s tale‘A tsunami just hit my bank account!’ McIlroy’s text from caddie after $11.5m prize win Jose Mourinho has described his living arrangements in Manchester as a ‘disaster’.Ben Te’o is in line to make his England debut next month after being included in Eddie Jones’ squad today.The Golden State Warriors were handed a shock defeat on the opening night of the NBA season.Zebre hooker Oliviero Fabiani has been suspended for nine weeks after biting Connacht’s Quinn Roux.One of the biggest names in women’s boxing has turned professional, and no it’s not Katie Taylor.The Best Thing We SharedFormer Liverpool defender Gabriel Paletta saw red for this awful two-footed challenge playing for AC Milan. Source: SOSO STUDIOS/YouTubeOn The Record“I knew it was there when JP, my caddie gave me a text and said thanks. I think his words were, “A tsunami just hit my bank account, so thank you very much.”Rory McIlroy knew the whopping $11.5 million prize from his FedEx Cup win had landed in his bank account when he received a text from his caddie.Where we were todayBen Blake had a chat with the O’Donovan brothers, Murray Kinsella took a trip out to Dublin Airport to meet Johnny Sexton and Ryan Bailey spoke to Robbie Henshaw at the Canterbury Farm Fitness challenge.The Fixture ListIn the Dublin SFC, St Judes take on Castleknock in the second semi-final at Parnell Park. Throw-in on Thursday is at 7.30pm.Showbiz, Baby!The Undertaker was in Cleveland last night as the Cavs opening their NBA title defence. Source: NBA/TwitterThe42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! Oct 26th 2016, 8:00 PM The O’Donovan brothers have teamed up with Bord Bia To Launch Bord Bia Quality Assured Eggs. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHomeJoe Schmidt has included six uncapped players in his 32-man squad for Ireland‘s four November Internationals.Despite concerns over his fitness, Johnny Sexton says he’s 100% fit for the opening game against New Zealand in Chicago in 5 November.Keith Earls, however, is out of the game after receiving a two-week ban for his tip tackle in Munster’s win over Glasgow.The decision on whether Dublin will play a championship game outside of Croke Park in 2017 will be decided next month.Munster’s Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus says it’s been difficult to get back to normal this week following the death of Anthony Foley. 13,473 Views https://the42.ie/3047864 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email By Ryan Bailey Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 8:00 PM We’ll Leave It There So: Schmidt names his squad for November Tests and all today’s sport Here’s what happened on Wednesday, sports fans. 3 Comments Johnny Sexton at an Aer Lingus photo shoot at Dublin Airport. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOAway Add us: the42.ielast_img read more

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Hospital staff to walk off job

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hospital doctors and staff will be staging a work stoppage and rallies on Thursday in response to government plans to further cut spending in the healthcare sector — already plagued by shortages and operational problems — which they say will lead to the “destruction” of the National Health System.Hospitals around the country will be working on a skeleton staff on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while doctors and workers hold rallies in Athens at the Health Ministry on Aristotelous Street and in other parts of the country at local regional health authorities.The head of the country’s biggest healthcare provider, Gerasimos Voudouris, meanwhile, reacted on Wednesday to reports suggesting that the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY) owes 930 million euros to doctors, pharmacies, private clinics and suppliers, among others. The organization, Voudouris said in a statement, every month submits, “without fail, its financial statements, accurately and transparently.”last_img read more

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De moins en moins de séropositifs en Afrique du Sud

first_imgDe moins en moins de séropositifs en Afrique du SudLe gouvernement sud-africain estime à 5,38 millions le nombre de personnes séropositives dans le pays. Le nombre de morts du sida commencerait enfin à baisser a indiqué le vice-président Kgalema Motlanthe.Selon le vice-président d’Afrique du Sud, Kgalema Motlanthe, le nombre de morts du sida dans le pays commence enfin à baisser. Le gouvernement estime à 5,38 millions le nombre de séropositifs sur 50 millions d’habitants. “Cela se traduit par un taux de prévalence du HIV de 10,6 % pour la population totale, et de 16,6 % pour le groupe d’âge de 15 à 29 ans”, a détaillé M. Motlanthe devant le Conseil national des provinces.En ce qui concerne les femmes enceintes, moins de 30% de celles qui ont été testées se sont avérées séropositives, un chiffre en baisse constante, et le taux de transmission de la mère à l’enfant a baissé de 10 à 3,5% sur les trois dernières années. On constate également que les jeunes se convertissent progressivement au préservatif, “ce qui a conduit à une légère baisse [du nombre] des nouvelles infections”. Toutefois, “le taux de nouvelles infections continue à dépasser nos efforts de prévention, c’est pourquoi des programmes de prévention auront la priorité dans le nouveau plan stratégique national qui est mis au point pour 2012-2016″, a expliqué le vice-président sans donner de chiffres plus détaillés. Cette intervention a eu lieu quelques semaines après la fin d’une vaste campagne de dépistage qui a concerné près de 14 millions de personnes. Deux millions d’entre elles ont été testées positives.Une mortalité enfin en baisse À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerter”Un important point à noter est que le nombre de morts liés au sida commence à baisser lentement, grâce à l’intensification des traitements aux antirétroviraux”, a souligné M. Motlanthe. En effet, le pays dispose désormais du plus important programme du monde en la matière, avec plus de 1,3 million de personnes traitées. De plus, le gouvernement a annoncé début août que la distribution d’antirétroviraux serait étendue à tous les malades dont le taux de lymphocytes CD4 passerait en dessous des 350 cellules par microlitre, contre 200 jusqu’à présent.TV5monde rappelle que la ministre de la Santé sud-africaine, jusqu’en 2008, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, avait nié jusqu’en 2002 que le VIH était à l’origine du sida. Surnommée “Dr Betterave”, elle estimait qu’une alimentation saine à base de légumes, de betteraves, d’ail, de citron et d’huile d’olive suffisait à combattre la maladie. L’actuel président Jacob Zuma avait quant à lui affirmé qu’il s’était simplement douché pour se protéger du sida après avoir eu des rapports sexuels non protégés avec une femme séropositive, lors d’un procès pour viol, il y a cinq ans, au terme duquel il a été acquitté.L’Afrique du Sud reste le pays le plus touché au monde en valeur absolue même si le taux d’incidence est beaucoup plus élevé dans des pays comme le Swaziland, le Botswana et le Lesotho voisins.Le 26 août 2011 à 15:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Cloak and Dagger Triumph Over Evil or So They Think

first_img Going into this week’s episode, I didn’t know how Cloak and Dagger was going to top last week’s emotional journey into memory. Turns out, it didn’t need to. The third-to-last provided two fast-paced superhero stories that were both thrilling and heartbreaking. It doubled down on the themes of last week’s episode, focusing once again on our memories and how they can lie to us. On the anniversary of the rig explosion, Tandy and Tyrone are remembering the good times with the people they’ve lost. Tandy remembers her dad giving her advice on working through distractions and holding herself up to dance. Tyrone remembers words of encouragement from his brother. Promises that one day, Tyrone would be bigger, stronger and even braver than him. Then, those memories give way to tragedy with both flashbacks reliving the moments they were lost forever.In the present, Ivan has made a full recovery. He doesn’t remember anything beyond the night of the explosion, but he does remember up to that point. His coworkers really did go violently insane after being exposed to the chemical. We also learn why Roxxon blamed Tandy’s father for the accident. He noticed something wrong with the rig. He figured out that Roxxon was cutting corners to save money. That the rig was dangerously unstable. He tried to warn them, but everyone ignored him. No wonder they did everything they could to take away his research after his death. No wonder they sent someone to kill Greg. They don’t want any evidence of negligence on their part. Stay on target Cloak and Dagger’s First Season Sails AwayCloak and Dagger Takes the Heroes to Their Lowest Point Knock, knock. It’s Tandy. #CloakAndDagger__________@olivia_holt pic.twitter.com/UEpA5bR0xk— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) July 20, 2018Tandy picks up the investigation, learning there’s a safe deposit box somewhere. She says she has a theory about where it is, and her mom gives her a key. Next, she needs to infiltrate Roxxon. Wouldn’t you know it, Tyrone’s mom is a consultant. Pretending to offer comfort on the day Tyrone’s brother died (but also mostly doing it for real,) she swipes his mom’s office ID. This episode really feels like Tandy and Tyrone are becoming superheroes. They each have a driving force, a reason to act that feels extra personal on this day. Tyrone learns from O’Reilly that Connors is coming for him. He ignores her advice to lay low, insisting he’ll catch Connors. Tandy, meanwhile, heads to the abandoned church to prepare for her infiltration. This leads to a great sequence where Tandy lays out everything she needs while Tyrone puts on her brother’s Mardi Gras Indian cloak. Every superhero story needs the moment where the hero puts on their costume for real. This scene felt like two of those in one.Tyrone breaks with superhero tradition and tells the cops what he can do. O’Reilly and her boyfriend, Officer Fuchs, are trustworthy enough for Tyrone to share his secret. I guess seeing what he can do was enough to convince them he could handle a sting operation. The scene that follows is easily the most fun moment of the episode. Tyrone torments Connors with pure psychological warfare. It’s like that scene in Batman Begins where Batman stalks the criminal henchmen at the docks for the first time. Only instead of punching and stringing up a bunch of criminals, Tyrone plays on the fear of one. He uses his power to force Connors to remember the night he killed Billy. He disappears and reappears to make Connors think he’s hallucinating… or being haunted. It’s a tense, effective scene. Particularly when Tyrone confronts Connors directly as Billy. Connors fully believes he’s talking to the boy he shot years ago. Tyrone manages to get a confession out of him while Fuchs records the whole thing.(Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani)AUBREY JOSEPHMeanwhile, Tandy breaks into Roxxon and uses her powers to shut off the electricity. She captures and interrogates the CEO of Roxxon, Peter Scarborough. Threatening him at light-daggerpoint, she lays out all the evidence she collected. He offers her money, but she insists she’s going to the press to clear her father’s good name. There are a couple of points in this episode where it hints that not everything about Tandy’s father was on the up and up. The first came in a flashback to the morning after the explosion. Young Tandy woke up on the beach next to a still-unconscious Tyrone. She swipes someone’s phone to call her mother, but no one answers. When she makes her way home, she finds her mom passed out after a cocktail of liquor and prescription pills. The problems at home, it seems, started long before the death of her father. The next hint is during this interrogation. Scarborough laughs at the idea of Tandy’s father having a good name. “Did you even know you’re father?” he says. Yeah, something’s up.See, at this point, we’re feeling pretty good about everything. By all appearances, the bad guys are defeated, and Tyrone and Tandy have fully become superheroes. But there are still two episodes in the season after this, and there are still 10 minutes left in this episode. That’s enough time for everything to go all the way wrong. And it does. That brief moment of joy and triumph makes the sudden fall even worse. First Tyrone accompanies Tandy to the memorial ceremony for her father her mother does every year. During a moment of silence, they all hold hands and Tandy and Tyrone dive into her mom’s mind. Scarborough, this is Dagger. #CloakAndDagger__________@olivia_holt pic.twitter.com/ydTaNcqaQo— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) July 20, 2018Inside her old house, they find a movie theater where Tandy’s mom watches an idealized version of a memory with her former husband. When the screen goes dark, Tandy cuts it open and steps behind it. Now, we see what really happened. Her dad wasn’t the good guy she knew. He was physically abusive, flying into a rage and hitting her mother over spilled coffee. This show really knows how to punch us in the gut. Disillusioned, Tandy runs away and calls Scarborough to accept his offer of cash in exchange for her evidence of negligence.As if that wasn’t a depressing enough note to leave us on, the show gives us one final scene. Detective O’Reilly returns to Fuchs’ house right after the pair displayed their affection in front of a handcuffed Connors and a bunch of cops. She calls out for him and he doesn’t answer. With the scene we just watched we know nothing good is coming our way. And of course, putting away Connors isn’t the end of everything. He certainly isn’t the only dirty cop in the NOPD, and he’s not the only one that murdered un unarmed black kid and got away with it. There’s a whole system that hid him, and O’Reilly put herself in its crosshairs. She searches the house and finds him literally fridged, in a gender reversal of an often problematic comics trope. He’s been murdered, cut up and stored in the refrigerator. There’s more going on here than just a gender-flipped comics cliche. Traditionally, this plot device is used to motivate one character at the expense of another. That’s not what’s going on here. O’Reilly didn’t need more motivation. She was on top of the world. This was a threat. A sign that she hadn’t actually accomplished anything. It removes the last bit of hope the episode might have left us with. And things are going to get worse next week.Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph (Photo via Freeform)Cloak and Dagger may have started slow, but at this point, the show has found its ideal pace. Tyrone and Tandy don’t work together like they did last episode, but their stories drive forward at such a thrilling clip that it doesn’t matter. They link up and intersect at key moments anyway. Once again, all the character work those slow early episodes did pays off big here. We feel like we know Tandy and Tyrone so well. We’re overjoyed when Tyrone helps catch Connors. We’re shocked and even hurt to discover along with Tandy who her father really was. Even though O’Reilly’s had less screen time than either of them, the last few episodes did a ton of good for her character, and her relationship with Fuchs. As a result his death landed with all the weight it needed. God, this show makes me so emotional. As the season has gone on, Cloak and Dagger showed itself to be a particularly well-crafted superhero show. I’m sad there are only two episodes left, and I need next Thursday to be here tomorrow.Oh, and one last thing. That Luke Cage callout was super cool. Partly because it acknowledges that O’Reilly has seen way weirder stuff in New York (remember, this is the MCU… Avengers happened), and also because it name-dropped one of the coolest characters. “Did I ever tell you about my friend Misty?” So… Cloak and Dagger, Luke Cage… crossover?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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First effects of Hurricane Irma felt in Blue Hills TCI

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#BlueHills, #HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, #RoadDamages August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 7th, 2017 – Providenciales– The first signs of Hurricane Irma may have made its way into the Turks and Caicao already as pipeline pressures caused a hole to form in one of the roads in Blue hills.Official reports indicate that the cracked road created a waterspout and sinkholes in the Blue Hills area this morning. However, Magnetic Media understands that persons from the department of public works have been informed and are currently at the scene.This and many other damages are expected to hit the islands of TCI as the category 5 Hurricane travels nearer. According to the Bahamas department of Meteorology, Hurricane Irma will move it ways through Grand Turk, South Caicos then in the direction of Providenciales and West Caicos.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passedlast_img read more

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Press Talk Well keep at it with the MM boys

first_img “I am a good, moderate Republican, but please Lou, find something else to write about!”— Ellen H.“I had to write you a note to ask you to never quit writing about the M&M boys. You’ve made my Saturdays special. I get up about 5:30 a.m., grab my coffee and read the whole paper and save your (column) until last. Then more coffee and relish every word you write. Wonderful.“All my family and I get on the phone and talk about what you’ve written.“They love it too.” — Joyce L.If you ever wondered what life was like in a newsroom — well — now you know.Stick 10 Columbian readers in a room and ask them what they think, and you’ll likely get 10 different opinions.I wouldn’t have it any other way.Essentially, I will never get unanimous agreement on stuff I write. I would never ask for that. I would only hope that you read it and engage in conversation about it. And, yes, give me feedback — good and bad — about it.Most of my feedback lately has been about my columns on the M&M boys, and — yes — there have been many of them. The boys, of course, are county Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke.Madore is a very bright, cunning, manipulative — and sometimes quite scary — politician. He used to be like you and me — not counting the millions he has in the bank — before he became drunk with power.Mielke is, ah, Mielke. In a weird way, he’s living the American Dream. I mean, here’s a guy who — God bless him — sometimes struggles stringing two sentences together, but by most any standard, you’d have to consider him a success. He has a sweet $100,000-a-year commissioner job, a bunch of nice cars in his garage and a $700-a-month car allowance. (That ‘Vette eats up a lot of gas!) Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor.last_img read more

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KPop Conquest Continues Got7 Turn Up In Japan

first_imgNews Facebook Twitter Got7 Show Japan How To “Turn Up” k-pop-conquest-continues-got7-turn-japan Email K-Pop Conquest Continues: Got7 “Turn Up” In Japan K-Pop is the gift that keeps crossing over as Got7 reasserts itself in Japan and worldwidePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 31, 2017 – 2:38 pm International flair has a fresh multi-lingual tip as Got7 re-target music lovers in Japan with the mini-album Turn Up. Dropping the title-track video to a million views in the first day, fans must wait until Nov. 15 for the full release.While many believe great art has no borders, few artists successfully cross over musical and geographic boundaries. American mainstream culture’s fascination with the genre is only one circle in the many overlapping global combinations, such as Japan’s music scene where K-Pop has asserted an irresistible hold.With lines like “It’s all about my life, and I’m a hero” and “Nobody tells me what to do, I’m going my way,” Got7 asserts youth and grace in their popularity, and provides a bold – and danceable – example of why the culture of K-Pop keeps spreading.Got7, Seventeen Drop Trending Music VideosRead morelast_img read more

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Caelus Energy announces major cuts sharply criticizes Walker oil tax bill

first_imgCaelus Energy Alaska announced Friday, April 8 that it would cut its workforce by 25 percent in response to low oil prices and “uncertainty in Alaska’s oil tax system.” Website screenshot April 9, 2016.North Slope oil producer Caelus Energy announced Friday it will lay off 25 percent of its 80-person work force and suspend drilling at the Oooguruk oil field, potentially affecting hundreds more contractor jobs.In a sharply-worded letter to Governor Bill Walker, Caelus CEO James Musselman blamed not only low oil prices — but also the governor’s efforts to reform Alaska’s oil tax system.Musselman said the Walker administration’s proposals to scale back subsidies for smaller companies like Caelus — and to raise the minimum oil tax — have “significantly damaged investor confidence in Alaska.”“We feel like the proverbial canary in the coal mine,” Musselman wrote.On Saturday morning, Caelus senior vice president Pat Foley testified emotionally before the Senate Resources committee, which is considering the governor’s oil tax bill.“On Monday I’m going to have the very unpleasant task of sitting across the table from smart, hardworking, caring, dedicated, hopeful people, my companions, many of whom I’m honored to call my friends,” Foley told the committee, speaking via phone from Caelus headquarters in Dallas. “And I’m going to explain to them that within a matter of days, their employment will end. And I can assure you, no matter what side of that table you find yourself, it’ll be simply horrible.”Some lawmakers bristled at the suggestion that the state is responsible for the company’s struggles.Anchorage Democrat Bill Wielechowski asked Foley whether it was state policy or oil prices driving Caelus’s decision.“If the state were to make no changes to our oil tax structure, or our tax credit system, are you prepared to reverse your decision?” Wielechowski asked.“It is price that has forced us to make the decision that we’ve made,” Foley said. “But I’ve also testified that we hope for price recovery. And if the tax system becomes less favorable, it’s going to take a higher price in the future for us to re-initiate our drilling activities.”The announcement is the latest in a string of layoffs and reductions in Alaska’s oil and gas industry, as the price of oil remains stuck near $40 a barrel.BP and ConocoPhillips both announced layoffs in the past year, as have several oilfield contractors.last_img read more

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Government serves notices to Naidu asks to vacate house

first_imgAmaravati: The state government served notices to former Chief Minister and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu to vacate the rented house located on the banks of River Krishna at Undavalli, on Saturday morning. While serving the notice, the Village Revenue Officer stated that as the floods are increase on hourly basis and there was every threat of inundation of the house, the government has been suggesting to vacate the house immediately. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us It is known that there was a high political drama took place at the house on Friday, when two private persons took drone videos of the flood at the surroundings. The case lodged by the TDP leaders against the two accused persons is under investigation, informed the police officials. According to the police, the two accused were deployed by the Water Resource Department for monitoring the flood impact on the river bunds. Meanwhile, the government served the notices. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Uslast_img read more

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CaratLane in talks with US ecommerce firms for possible acquisition

first_imgIn a bid to raise operating margins, jewellery e-commerce firm CaratLane is eyeing a share of the U.S. online retail market, targeting firms having revenues between $15-20 million (about Rs 100-133 crore) for acquisition.Chennai-based CaratLane is targeting firms that have strong brand-recall and advanced technology adaptations. The company, founded by Mithun Sacheti and Srinivasa Gopalan in 2008, wants to climb higher in the jewellery supply chain, the Economic Times reports.”If you look at the pipeline of diamonds, where is the money really made? It is made by the brand selling at the front-end in the U.S.,” Sacheti was quoted as saying by the daily.Sacheti also said if he can get a brand that is being frequented by consumers, there would be an opportunity for CaratLane to acquire it. He also believes the U.S. is home to many jewellery companies that have great brand value, but they are yet to figure out the entire model.The deal is expected to be inked in a month. Sacheti said he would opt for a purely “online model,” ET added.According to reports, CaratLane has managed to raise more than $50 million (about Rs 300 crore) from Tiger Global Management, the same firm that had earlier invested in Ola and Flipkart. In addition, CaratLane reportedly managed to raise about $30 million (about Rs 185 crore) during a fund-raiser in January last year.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

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China Launches Its Own Oil Trading Exchange

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:48 Bert van Dijk via FlickrA pump jack is seen in Xinjiang Province, China.In energy markets, oil trades are based on prices mostly in U.S. dollars. Now, there’s a new price marker in Chinese currency with that country’s launch of its own crude oil exchange.Markets have sometimes had a hard time predicting Chinese energy demand, according to University of Houston energy fellow Ed Hirs.“In 2008, China began to import two million barrels a day that no one saw coming, as they shut down their coal plants to clean up the atmosphere in preparation for the Beijing Olympics,” Hirs said. Now, he said, companies will have a clearer picture of how much oil China has and how much it needs.That’s timely, as China became the world’s largest oil importer last year. Still, analysts say it could take years for the Shanghai exchange to significantly influence oil prices. Hirs noted the move makes China less dependent on the U.S. dollar, something China likely appreciates even more given the recent fears of a trade war. Sharelast_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday March 19

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uStarbucks’ CEO launched the, “Race Together,” campaign this week, which encourages Starbucks’ baristas to engage customers in discussions about race; it’s an effort that’s been panned widely so far. But, tonight, we engage a multicultural, multiracial panel of millenials on the volatile issue of race relations in America. This and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

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Mayor Bowser Engages Senior Community

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterMayor Muriel Bowser held a special town hall event for seniors this week as part of a series of Budget Engagement Forums for District residents throughout the month of February. Bowser, senior staff and members of the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center were all present at the John A. Wilson Building, Room G-9, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, as well as about 300 phone participants representing all wards to talk about the budget and concerns for seniors.First off the mayor mentioned several line items that impacted seniors including a cut from 10 to 5 percent of how much property taxes could go up qualifying seniors each year. Bowser also highlighted $100 million for the Housing Production Trust Fund, $10 million Housing Preservation Fund, as well as $5 million for the Transport D.C. program and $7 million water bill relief for residents, churches and other religious organizations.Mayor Muriel Bowser met with seniors from the District regarding efforts in the new budget that will directly affect the senior community. This photo is at the Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center when she officially designated the Office on Aging as the Department on Aging and Community Living. (Courtesy Photo)She also mentioned funds purposed towards senior centers like $11.4 million towards a new wellness center in Ward 8 and $3 million towards renovating existing centers in Model City and Congress Heights.“These investments are making sure we continue to be an age friendly city,” Bowser said.Kevin Donahue the District’s Deputy city Administrator  broke down the budget timeline and process for residents.“Right now we are in the peak of budget season as we are planning for 2020 budget,” Donahue said. “It’s more than a document, it’s our plan to move D.C. forward,” Donahue said.  “This can only happen with your support and feedback.”Donahue reiterated that D.C. has a long history of a balanced budget, for more than 20 years, and highlighted how most of the District’s 7.9 Billion budget is allocated.According to the mayor’s office:– $2.3 billion goes to education;– Public Safety accounts for $1.2 billion– $336 million is set aside for jobs, housing, and economic opportunity– $2 billion covers Health and Human Services– Transportation, government operations and pension funds amount to about $2 billionBuddy Moore, a District resident thanked the mayor and officials for the D.C. Dental Service Program and asked if it would continue.“It sounds like a program we will continue to watch every year to make sure it has the types of funds it needs,” Bowser said. “I anticipate this is the type of programs that grows and grows, so we will have to see how people apply and how much we need to invest every year.”Affordable housing also took front and center in the conversation for residents and the mayor’s office.“One thing I have learned is we talk about adding more affordable housing,” Bowser said, “But sometimes when it comes down to individual products our actions as communities and neighborhoods don’t match our concern for affordable housing.”“We have many hundreds of units that are held up in court because there is a group of people suing us anytime we advance a planned unit development,” Bowser said. “We as a city have to confront this mismatch that I see.”“The issue of homelessness is an all eight wards problem. The same is true for affordability. We all have to be apart of the solution.”Bowser said she would call on representative from each ward to come together to set up goals for affordable housing in the entire district.After the forums the Mayor’s office will submit a budget proposal to the D.C. Council by March 20th. The Council will go over it, and turn in their finalized budget by the end of May. The public still has three more opportunities to weigh in on budget concerns February 21st, 23rd and 25th. To see last year’s budget in full please click here. For more information please contact https://mayor.dc.gov/last_img read more

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