Les parcs provinciaux permettent au public dutiliser leurs installations

first_img Le parc provincial Valley View dans le comté d’Annapolis offre de l’eau potable au public, mais les douches et les toilettes ne sont pas à la disposition du public. « Je veux rassurer les Néo-Écossais que nous allons continuer de collaborer avec les municipalités touchées pour cerner les besoins et y répondre à mesure que la situation se poursuit », affirme Zach Churchill, ministre responsable du Bureau de gestion des urgences. Les renseignements sur les parcs provinciaux se trouvent au http://parks.novascotia.ca (en anglais seulement). Le Bureau de gestion des urgences encourage aussi les Néo-Écossais à contribuer à la conservation de l’eau et à s’assurer que l’eau potable et non potable est sécuritaire. Les Néo-Écossais sont les puits sont secs doivent utiliser de l’eau uniquement d’une source reconnue ou d’une source municipale. L’eau des lacs, des rivières, des ruisseaux et d’autres sources d’eau de surface, n’est pas une source d’eau fiable et pourrait être contaminée. En ce qui a trait à l’eau non potable, sans la plupart des cas il n’est pas nécessaire de faire bouillir l’eau à d’autres fins. Les adultes et les enfants plus âgés peuvent prendre une douche ou un bain, mais ne doivent pas avaler l’eau. Vous pouvez donner un bain à l’éponge aux tout-petits et aux bébés. Il n’est pas nécessaire de faire bouillir de l’eau pour faire la vaisselle et la lessive. Puisqu’il est prévu que la sécheresse se poursuivra, le Bureau collabore avec le Conseil canadien du commerce de détail et avec la Croix-Rouge pour coordonner les dons d’eau aux résidents. Le gouvernement achète aussi de l’eau et collaborera avec d’autres partenaires de l’industrie pour en obtenir davantage, au besoin. Pour obtenir des conseils de sécurité et plus d’information sur les ressources offertes, consultez le http://novascotia.ca/watershortage/fr. Les parcs provinciaux dans les comtés de Lunenburg, Shelburne et Queens permettent aux gens d’utiliser leurs douches et leur eau potable. Les installations dans les parcs suivants seront ouvertes au public chaque semaine du dimanche au jeudi, de 10 h à 20 h, jusqu’à avis contraire. Parc provincial Graves Island, comté de Lunenburg Parc provincial de la plage Rissers, comté de Lunenburg Parc provincial Thomas Raddall, comté de Queens Parc provincial The Islands, comté de Shelburnelast_img read more

Pamela Anderson And Sea Shepherd To Speak From Danish Faroe Islands Today

first_imgA press conference is to be held today by Sea Shepherd Global, Sea Shepherd USA, Sea Shepherd France and actress Pamela Anderson, who will be visiting the Faroe Islands to show her support for Sea Shepherd’s “Operation GrindStop 2014,” a multi-national land- and sea-based campaign featuring hundreds of Sea Shepherd volunteers who are there to protect pilot whales and other cetaceans from the brutal and archaic mass slaughter known as ‘grindadrap’.Pamela Anderson, actress and star of Baywatch, is a lifelong animal advocate. A longtime Sea Shepherd supporter and friend to the organization’s Founder and iconic conservationist Captain Paul Watson, Anderson has greatly helped to further Sea Shepherd’s mission to defend ocean wildlife worldwide. In 2012, she traveled to Germany to draw global attention to Captain Watson’s plight when he was held under house arrest in that country due to politically motivated charges from Costa Rica in relation to his efforts to stop an illegal shark finning operation.Along with joining Sea Shepherd in the call for an end to the senseless ‘grind’ slaughter of marine wildlife, Anderson has also been a vocal advocate for the establishment of a resolution in Denmark that would ban this ritual cetacean massacre.For hundreds of years the people of the Danish Faroe Islands have been driving pilot whales and other small cetaceans into shallow water and slaughtering them. Entire family units are destroyed. The Faroese claim that without the meat from these cetaceans, the people would starve. Whether or not people would have starved in the past without eating whale is irrelevant. There is certainly no one in the Danish Faroe Islands who would go hungry today, much less starve, if no more whales were killed.Today, the ‘grindadrap’ (whale slaughter) or ‘grind’ is a barbaric and cruel relic of history that has no place in modern civilization. The wholesale slaughter of entire family units and the unimaginable horror inflicted upon these sentient, intelligent beings is unconscionable. The continued pillage of the oceans is causing disastrous consequences. Even the meat of these creatures is dangerous to consume. The European Union does not allow such activity, but the Danish Faroe Islands manage to side-step EU restrictions with their overfishing and harm to marine mammals. Sea Shepherd has led the opposition against the grind in the Faroe Islands since the 1980s.WHO: Speakers at the press conference will include:• Pamela Anderson, actress, activist and long-time animal protection advocate• Lamya Essemlali, Pres., Sea Shepherd France, Offshore Campaign Leader, GrindStop 2014• Rosie Kunneke, Onshore Campaign Leader, Sea Shepherd USA, GrindStop 2014WHEN: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm in the Faroes (and London)2:00 pm Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rome5:00 am PST USA / 8:00 am EST USAWHERE: Hotel Foroyar45 OyggjarvegurTórshavn 100Danish Faroe IslandsThe conference can be watched via live stream here.last_img read more

Cong mulling alliance with AAP Pawar trying to bring them together

first_imgNew Delhi: Days after having unanimously decided to go it alone in Delhi, the Congress is again mulling options to align with the Aam Aadmi Party in the national capital, with NCP leader Sharad Pawar actively involved in getting the two parties together. In this context, AAP leader Sanjay Singh met Pawar Tuesday at the latter’s residence and held discussions over seat-sharing with the Congress and in taking steps to get all parties together and fielding a common candidate in all the seats to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Sources said the Congress leadership is also in talks with AAP leaders and senior leaders within the party are trying to convince Delhi Congress leaders for an alliance with the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP. The Congress had earlier decided to go alone in Delhi after talks with AAP failed and local leaders favoured that the party contests LS polls alone. The Delhi Congress leaders felt that “saving” the party was crucial in Delhi in view of impending assembly elections in the state slated later. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Congress has also failed to forge an alliance with left parties in West Bengal and has been kept out of the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) of SP-BSP-RLD in Uttar Pradesh. It is learnt that the Congress-RJD seat-sharing is also in troubled waters as the two parties did not declare their candidates on March 17 as promised earlier. AICC general secretary in-charge of Delhi Congress, PC Chacko, said: “I am in consultation with Congress party leaders in Delhi on the possibilities of forging an alliance with AAP. “The Congress Working Committee has decided to align with like-minded parties across the country to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections. “I hope Delhi Congress leaders also go by this sentiment and decide on an alliance with AAP, but a final decision will be taken by the Congress president very soon,” Chacko told PTI. Chacko’s views are at variance with Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit, who has made it clear that aligning with AAP will not be in the party’s interests keeping in view the assembly election in the national capital slated later. AAP leader Sanjay Singh also told reporters after meeting Pawar that with the Constitution, democracy and the country in “danger” under the Modi government, attempts should be made by all opposition parties to unite and come together to fight it out. “The party can be saved later….there will be enough time to save the party. Right now the attempt should be to save the country and democracy, which is in danger due to the Modi government,” he said, without giving details of his meeting with Pawar. The talks of Congress-AAP alliance gained ground after a meeting of opposition leaders at Sharad pawar on February 13, which was attended by both Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal, besides Mamata Banerjee. It was here that Pawar proposed that AAP and Congress come together and thereafter talks started between the two leaders. . Chacko said some senior leaders in Delhi, who think defeating BJP is the party’s immediate responsibility and for which an alliance should be forged with AAP, have written to party president Rahul Gandhi on the matter. He, however, said Gandhi will take a final call shortly after consultations within the party. “I hope our Delhi leaders also follow the policy decision of the CWC. I am talking with them and trying to convince them about this, but if they still decide not to forge an alliance, it is up to them,” he said. The party has announced it will go it alone in Delhi after the Delhi Congress unit told Gandhi that aligning with AAP in LS polls was not in the party’s interests. The Lok Sabha elections in Delhi are slated for May 12.last_img read more

UNsupported Afghan elections hotline proving very popular

9 June 2009One of the hottest telephone numbers in Afghanistan right now is a toll-free election information hotline set up with help from the United Nations, according to the world body’s mission in the South Asian nation. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today that some 25,000 Afghans call the Independent Election Commission (IEC) every week to get information on the 20 August presidential and provincial council elections.The IEC set up the call centre at the headquarters of the Roshan cellular phone company with assistance from the UN Development Programme’s election unit (UNDP/ELECT).Thirty staff, who had 15 days of training from the IEC and UNDP/ELECT, answer calls in Dari and Pashto from across the country in three shifts of six hours each from six in the morning until midnight.Most of the questions received are related to the election date, the candidates, the security situation, voter registration, polling centres and the logos of the candidates, UNAMA said. read more

As Liberias school systems recover after Ebola outbreak UNICEF distributes thousands of

The kits will help ensure the continuity of education and learning for students in Liberia, said UNICEF’s Christophe Boulierac to the press in Geneva today. The 700,000 kits will be distributed to 4,460 schools in all counties and districts of Liberia.As schools reopened last February after a six-month closure due to Ebola, UNICEF provided infection prevention and control kits to get kids back to school and is now providing those materials to assist students and teachers return to school, teach effectively, and learn effectively using basic resources.The agency has been exclusively responsible for packing 700,000 kits, and working with Liberia’s Ministry of Education to distribute those materials to all of the identified schools across Liberia. UNICEF plans to distribute the teaching and learning kits using trucks and four-wheel drive vehicles to ensure timely delivery of materials to schools before the height of the rainy season. The distribution process is expected to continue for the following four months. Over 800,000 children had returned to school since the reopening in February. read more

UK engine production broadly stable in July

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Today’s figures reflect the downward trend in UK car production and underline the importance of overseas business. Securing a Brexit deal that maintains frictionless trade with our key export markets, therefore, remains an absolute priority for the future competitiveness of this vital sector.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK engine manufacturing stable in July, up 0.6% with 196,142 units produced.Home demand down -4.0% as UK car production falls, while export orders rise 4.0%.Almost two thirds of all output shipped overseas this year, highlighting the importance of frictionless trade. read more

Federal research funding announced at Brock

Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), makes an announcement.A Brock researcher whose work helps us understand how we recognize one another was given national acknowledgment today during a federal funding announcement at Brock.Psychology professor Catherine Mondloch was honoured during the announcement as the recipient of one of only a handful of Discovery Accelerator Supplements from across Canada. The grant is given annually by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). (See a full list of Brock grant recipients.)Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), came to St. Catharines Friday to make the announcement, which included more than $411 million in funds awarded to researchers across Canada through several NSERC programs.Eleven Brock researchers and nine Brock graduate students were awarded funds under the programs for their ongoing work on complex projects that have implications for human health and a better understanding of the natural world.Mondloch received a five-year Discovery grant, as well as the three-year Accelerator grant, which will allow her to hire a postdoctoral student with the expertise to run the complex 3D and 4D cameras and related computer software used in her work on face perception.Her research group is interested in how children develop the ability to recognize faces, and how that ability is influenced by experience with different face categories. This research becomes important in an increasingly mobile and global world, since investigations to date have shown that peoples’ ability to recognize others decreases for other-race faces.In 2009, the implications of this inability came to light when Suaad Hagi Mohamud, holder of a Canadian passport, was detained in Kenya on suspicion of identity fraud. Officials held her for three months in Nairobi, claiming she did not look like the person in the passport photo, before DNA testing cleared her and she was allowed to return to Canada.“The Discovery Accelerator Supplement will catapult our work on face recognition to the next level as my research group capitalizes on the resources made available by this program,” Mondloch said during the funding announcement.“We are delighted to see our researchers being recognized in this highly competitive environment,” said Ian Brindle, Vice-President Research. “We appreciate that there is stress involved because there are so many people across Canada applying for this funding. This shows an acknowledgment of the high quality of research coming out of Brock, including the prestige of the Accelerator grant for Catherine Mondloch.”“Our government is investing in the people and ideas that will produce tomorrow’s breakthroughs in order to keep Canada’s economy growing and create new jobs,” Goodyear said.Friday’s announcement included grants in the Discovery and Discovery Accelerator Supplements, as well as announcements of postgraduate scholarships, postdoctoral fellowships and the Alexander Graham Bell Canada graduate scholarships. read more

This UConn Team Was Better Than Last Years Team

It’s getting harder every day, the search for unused superlatives to heap upon the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. On Tuesday night, the Huskies captured their fourth consecutive NCAA championship with an 82-51 rout of Syracuse. The victory made star forward Breanna Stewart four-for-four on titles during her four years in Storrs and capped off a run the likes of which hasn’t been seen in the college game since John Wooden’s UCLA squad won seven straight men’s championships in the late 1960s and early ’70s.UConn is all about rings — coach Geno Auriemma now has a record 11 of them, after all — but a championship can only really signify supremacy over the competition within a given season. When a team dominates as thoroughly as these Huskies have (they won their NCAA Tournament games by an average of 39.8 points per game), history becomes the only opponent. And even against that standard, UConn keeps raising the bar.Gathering stats on women’s sports — even a popular one like basketball — is a notoriously (and shamefully) frustrating endeavor, but we can try to quantify a team’s dominance using historical data from Kenneth Massey and Sonny Moore, a couple of the power-rating makers featured in our women’s tournament prediction model. (Massey’s data goes back to 1997-98, while Moore’s picks up in 2004-05; the other two rating systems from the model do not provide historical archives.) 22015Connecticut381+51.2+52.5+51.8 52002Connecticut390+49.8—+49.8 112013Baylor342+43.0+41.5+42.3 92012Baylor400+48.6+43.6+46.1 YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESMASSEYMOOREAVERAGE The greatest NCAA women’s teams since 1997-98 Source: Kenneth Massey, Sonny Moore Admittedly, power ratings aren’t everything. For one thing, in the absence of player-level era adjustments like FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver’s Baseball Time Machine, they aren’t capable of accounting for changes in absolute quality of competition over time. But, if anything, the women’s game is evolving rapidly enough that UConn probably faced more talented opponents in Stewart’s senior season than it did when she was a freshman. And in the face of those changes, the Huskies adjusted even more quickly, upping the ante for how good a college team could be.It’s anyone’s guess how much of this impossibly steep ascent UConn can maintain after the likes of Stewart and Morgan Tuck depart for the WNBA next season. But for now, let’s take a moment to appreciate what the Huskies accomplished these past few years: a run of dominance so impressive that even future incarnations of UConn will have trouble topping it. 192001Connecticut323+38.7—+38.7 32014Connecticut400+56.3+46.3+51.3 212011Texas A&M335+38.4+38.9+38.7 82000Connecticut361+47.4—+47.4 142012Connecticut335+40.5+42.1+41.3 72009Connecticut390+49.9+45.3+47.6 172013Notre Dame352+40.2+38.3+39.2 And to the extent we’re able to measure things,1In this case, I set Massey’s and Moore’s ratings on the same scale and averaged them for years in which both numbers are available; for seasons before that, I just used Massey’s rating. the 2015-16 Huskies were the best team of the modern era of women’s college basketball … supplanting the 2014-15 Huskies … who supplanted the 2013-14 Huskies. Each of Stewart’s final three years saw new ground broken in the area of women’s basketball greatness. 102014Notre Dame371+44.0+42.6+43.3 162008Connecticut362+40.5+39.6+40.1 62013Connecticut354+47.4+49.0+48.2 12016Connecticut380+54.7+52.9+53.8 132011Connecticut362+41.5+41.3+41.4 182006Duke324+40.1+38.2+39.1 152012Notre Dame354+41.2+40.6+40.9 222010Stanford362+39.6+37.5+38.5 Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed 202011Stanford333+38.7+38.7+38.7 By Neil Paine POWER RATING The Hot Takedown crew dissects UConn’s fourth straight championship. 242007Tennessee343+40.7+36.1+38.4 251999Tennessee313+37.9—+37.9 232008Tennessee362+39.9+37.1+38.5 121998Tennessee390+41.4—+41.4 42010Connecticut390+52.2+49.0+50.6 read more

Teenage girl admits killing Katie Rough 7 to test whether she was

first_imgThe teenage girl who killed seven-year-old Katie Rough had been taken out of school over mental health issues and had warned she was “mentally not okay” just two days earlier.The 15-year-old asphyxiated Katie on a playing field with a gloved hand before using a Stanley knife to make a 6cm slash to her neck and 20cm cut to her torso while suffering from nightmarish “macabre” delusions.She had wanted to test whether or not her victim was a robot, Leeds Crown Court heard. She left drawings of stick men “inflicting killing and death” beside Katie with a note saying: “They are not human, they are not real”.The court was told the teenage girl’s behaviour had been “flagged up” over a suspicion she was suffering from psychosis.But although she was prescribed the drug fluoxetine for anxiety and depression in December 2016 and was put into the care of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), she had not been given a full psychiatric assessment. Katie Rough was taken to hospital but died a short time later Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Katie Rough was taken to hospital but died a short time laterCredit: Guzelian “She developed an interest in the macabre, lost most of her friendship group at school and starting harming herself with a blade and was very upset and reporting suicidal thoughts,” he said.”From March 2016 there were reports of disturbed thinking but there was no evidence of psychosis. She was having thoughts that her family and other people were not human and were robots.”She did not believe this thinking was irrational and that it had some foundation, it was found she was suffering from delusional thoughts.”Following an assessment a clinical psychologist found she may be suffering from an “emerging schizotypal personality disorder” because was exhibiting eight of the nine criteria for the diagnosis to be correct. The following month, the teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, posted a picture to Instagram of self-harm wounds to her arms with the caption: ‘Mentally, seriously, not okay.’Just 48 hours, Katie’s body was found on a playing field in York with severe and large cuts to her neck and chest. In a search of her bedroom after the killing, police found a Simba toy from the movie The Lion King which had its ears cut off and inserted into a slash made in its stomach.There were also notes, books and comics “of a violent nature” and a little blue book in which she drew pictures depicting death.The court heard that the teenage killer was found standing in the road by neighbour Peter Mills at around 4.30pm on January 9.Mr Reeds said: “She was distressed, covered in mud and had a blood-stained right hand. Such was her condition that his first reaction was that she had been the victim of a serious attack and he alerted his wife to come and help,”The girl had dialled 999 and told the operator that Katie was dead.”(Mr Mills) tried to find a pulse but with no success, she didn’t respond him talking to her, she was lifeless, he covered her with his coat and ran to get help.”Meanwhile, Mrs Rough had called 999 to report her daughter missing and was told by the operator that a crime had been reported in a nearby field. She ran to the scene, arriving just after a police officer. Mr Reeds said: “The police officer started chest compressions but Katie’s position revealed a substantial slash wound to the neck which was 6cms long and was particularly deep.”On seeing the blood in Katie’s hair Alison began to scream and tried to cradle Katie’s head, she and Mr Rough were led away in considerable distress and Alison was heard saying: “She has killed my daughter.”Nicholas Johnson, QC, for the teenager, said: “She is an extremely troubled and damaged teenage girl with a significant history of mental health issues of increasing severity in the months leading to these events.”He added: “Her disorder is almost certainly due to a traumatic experience of some sort in early childhood, a matter she is not able to talk about.”Two experts will meet to discuss the girl’s mental state before the judge decides whether she continues to be held in youth custody or whether a hospital order is needed.The case was adjourned until July 20. Katie’s parents, Alison and Paul Rough, arrived minutes after their daughter had been fatally injured and her frantic mother had to be pulled away from her as she tried to cradle her where she lay in a pool of blood.The teenager, who remained at the scene, was arrested and charged with murder.Both parents were in court on Monday as the defendant, who is now 16, appeared via videolink and pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.Prosecutor Graham Reeds said the girl’s behaviour had changed at the beginning of last year.last_img read more

Alex Ferguson bans 2 newspapers from press conference says Wayne Rooney staying

first_imgALEX FERGUSON IS this morning meeting the press for the first time since Tuesday night’s Champions League exit to Real Madrid.In the wake of that controversial defeat, the Manchester United manager refused to face the press, and since then the newspapers have been full of talk of Wayne Rooney’s apparently imminent exit.But this morning, in his routine Friday morning conference, Ferguson insists the England striker will be at Old Trafford next season.Fergie has also banned two newspapers and they won’t be readmitted until ‘they apologise’ according to Dan Roan of the BBC.“He will be here next year, you have my word on that,” Fergie said of Rooney, who was dropped for the match on Tuesday. “There is no issue between myself and Wayne Rooney. To suggest we don’t talk is nonsense.“He understood the reasons completely. Tactically we got it right. We don’t always but we did then. There are no issues with the player and he will be involved on Sunday. I left out Shinji Kagawa after he scored a hat-trick. I thought I would get more stick for that.”Ferguson is still bitter about the circumstances of Tuesday’s defeat, in particular the dismissal of Nani, on which the entire contest turned.“It is hard to keep your faith when you have things like that,” said Ferguson.More to followWhich of you weirdos is going to buy Ronaldo’s wrecked car on Ebay?last_img read more

UCLA creates transparent solar cell for energygenerating windows

first_imgSolar cell research continues to increase their efficiency and produce more free energy per square inch. However, the fact solar cells aren’t transparent means adding them to our power hungry gadgets is difficult. We can put them on the back of devices, but they are usually facing away from sunlight. Transparency would allow them to become part of displays as well as enabling every window to become an energy generator.Researchers at UCLA are attempting to solve this problem by creating a new type of visibly transparent solar cell, and they’ve managed to develop one good enough for use on windows.The new transparent cell works by harvesting solar energy from infrared rather than visible light. It does this by utilizing a silver nanowire-metal oxide composite conducting film that is almost transparent. The end result is a new polymer solar cell you can see through, but does have a slight impact on the visible light passing through it, much like sunglasses or tinted glass does.As for how good this transparent cell is at harvesting solar energy, it is currently only managing a 4% efficiency, but that’s sure to be improved through further development.A transparency limited to 66% and low efficiency will stop this cell being considered for integration with a touchscreen, but it certainly makes sense to add to a window or other non-interactive glass surfaces. The cell is also thought to be quite cheap to manufacture due to its use of a composite electrode made from a mixture of silver nanowire and titanium dioxide nanoparticles.The transparent solar cell still has a way to go before being considered for commercialization, but I hope it isn’t too long before I can purchase some clear sheets to stick to my windows and start generating free energy.Read more at UCLA and ACS Nano, via Engadgetlast_img read more

Opinion Claims culture is out of control as play centres close due

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4531438 36,637 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share360 Tweet Email3 Opinion: Claims culture is out of control – as play centres close due to being sued for kids falling Kids fall, that is what they do, it can happen anywhere. If they fall at Granny’s – do we sue the pants off Granny? Kids fall, it can happen anywhere, it happens at home and it happens at Granny’s.Do we sue the pants off Granny? Of course, we don’t.That would be like cutting off our nose to spite our face because Granny is oftentimes the unpaid childminder.But yet some people feel entitled to file a claim against a play centre, putting someone else’s livelihood at risk because it’s a business and sure won’t the insurance company shell out?Yes, the insurance company may shell out but at a heavy price to the business and in this case play centres.In Navan town alone the problem has reached a crisis point. Huckleberry’s Den has seen their insurance premium jump from €2,500 to €16,500 in just five years while another local play centre in Navan, LoLoTown has already closed as a result of the premium hikes.Is this ridiculous situation being replicated in towns all around Ireland?No one is arguing that in legitimate cases parents shouldn’t be allowed to file injurious claims but we’re not talking about finding a piece of glass in little Johnny’s pizza.We’re talking about superficial injuries like cuts, scrapes and bruises that are grossly exaggerated to gain maximum pay-out.Quick healing injuries that are so blown out of proportion, falsely categorised to be deemed life-changing and having long term physiological and psychological effects.We are all losers here. Mothers like me who rely gratefully on play centres for hosting birthday parties out of the home. New mothers who use play centres as a social outlet for mixing with other mothers.Or fathers looking for somewhere dry and warm to take his kids on a winter day off.And the biggest losers are the children. Not just for the obvious reason, that their favourite place of play with their friends is no more.Worse than that their innocent world has been interrupted by cynicism and opportunist greed, traits that stunt the mind.‘If you want a child’s mind to grow, you must first plant a seed’ – healthy seeds, culturing accountability, a sense of community and consideration for others.It is time to stand up to the growing scourge of claims culture in our society, we need to radically overhaul the entire legal framework that facilitates massive claims for exaggerated injuries. If we don’t move soon, it is only a matter of time until someone does try to take a claim against Granny!Grace Vaughan is a mother and writer, who lives in Co Meath. Mar 10th 2019, 6:01 AM By Grace Vaughan 65 Comments Grace Vaughan “I’M A MUM of two small children so if I am negligent in any way, of course, people have a right of recourse,” said Linda Murray, of Huckleberry’s Den, in Navan. “But don’t claim from a business because your child was there having fun and tripped or fell which can happen anywhere.”Murray was reacting to the threat of closure to her own play centre because of spiralling insurance costs on foot of claims. 12 people are employed there. What she said resonates with me because as a working mother of two, I know what it’s like trying to rear a family and run a business at the same time.It’s tough. Juggling both is not without headaches. And when your business is threatened, so is your livelihood – and that of your children’s.But there’s a deeper resonance, two of my children ended up receiving medical treatment after a fall at two separate play centres. Did I sue the play centres?No, I did not – and nor did it enter my head for a minute to do so. Why? Because children fall. That’s what they do.The play centres were in no way at fault, on the contrary, they were facilitating my kids in having such a good time; they became excitable and weren’t watching where they were going. Short URL Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 6:00 AMlast_img read more

La tempête Joachim prive délectricité des milliers de foyers

first_imgLa tempête Joachim prive d’électricité des milliers de foyersSelon le ministre de l’Intérieur Claude Guéant, près de 370 000 foyers étaient privés d’électricité ce matin, en raison du passage de la tempête Joachim. Quelques dizaines de personnes ont dû être évacuées et des trains ont été paralysés.La première tempête de l’hiver s’appelle Joachim. Apparue hier soir au niveau du littoral atlantique, elle a commencé par faire échouer un cargo de 109 mètres, le TK Bremen, dans le Morbihan, entraînant une fuite d’hydrocarbures dans les eaux environnantes. Les 19 membres d’équipage ont toutefois pu être sauvés.Mais accompagné de fortes pluies et de vents violents, Joachim a également privé d’électricité 370.000 foyers. Selon le ministre de l’Intérieur Claude Guéant, c’est là “le point noir, [ … ] mais EDF va travailler pour rétablir les choses”. Dans le Morbihan, 70.000 foyers ne sont depuis hier plus alimentés et on estime que 25.000 autres sont plongés dans le noir dans le Finistère, 6.000 dans les Côtes d’Armor, 16.000 en Ille-et-Vilaine, 35 à 40.000 en Loire-Atlantique et 30.000 sur la Vendée. Météo France a placé 49 départements sous vigilance orange du Morbihan au Bas-Rhin et de la Gironde au Jura, dès 6h30 ce matin. “Il y a eu un certain nombre d’évacuations, quelques dizaines d’évacuations de personnes, dans des zones qui étaient submersibles et ce matin, notamment sur la côte Atlantique, l’attention est toujours très forte sur ce point”, a souligné le ministre sur France Info.De sérieuses perturbations dans les transports La tempête a débarqué à 7h15 dans la capitale, accompagnée de trombes d’eau. Elle a perturbé la circulation des trains dans les Pays de la Loire et les travaux de déblaiements des voies (encombrées d’objets et d’arbres) ont commencé dès 8h30. Ce matin, les trains de Montparnasse ne prenaient pas le départ en direction des pays de Loire. En Bretagne, les voies ne sont plus alimentés en électricité et Ouest-France indique qu’un TER a heurté une tôle qui s’était envolée et que la circulation est bloquée sur le réseau.Selon Le Parisien, en Ile-de-France, le trafic est interrompu depuis 6h30 ce matin sur la ligne H Paris nord de la gare de Persan-Beaumont à celle de Montsoult Maffliers en raison de chutes de branches sur les voies. Le RER D est également bloqué dans sa partie sud entre Corbeil-Essonne et La Ferté Alais dans le sens banlieue-Paris. En effet, un train a percuté un arbre tombé sur les voies vers 5h50. Une navette ferroviaire a été mise en place entre La Ferté et Malesherbes.À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseLe RER A n’est pas épargné à cause d’un défaut d’alimentation électrique à la station de Joinville le Pont. Des retards de 10 à 30 minutes ont été enregistrés dans le sens Paris-banlieue cette fois. La voie des airs est également bloquée puisque les vols en partance de Nantes ont tous été annulés par Air France. Les aéroports de Paris sont également immobilisés, aussi bien par les vents que par la grève des agents de sécurité.Depuis 8h ce matin, les routes d’Ile-de-France étaient encombrées de 235 kilomètres de bouchons à cause des pluies. A l’autre bout du pays, en Corse, un incendie a été attisé par les vents violents (100 kilomètres par heure) qui ont soufflé. 200 hectares sont déjà partis en fumée dans le nord de l’île.Le 16 décembre 2011 à 11:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Boire du café pour réduire le risque de décès

first_imgBoire du café pour réduire le risque de décès ?Une étude de l’Institut national américain du cancer (NCI) révèle que le fait de boire au moins trois cafés par jour diminue de 10% les risques de décès chez les adultes de 50 à 71 ans. Voilà une découverte qui va ravir tous les amateurs de café. Une étude publiée hier par l’Institut national américain du cancer (NCI) indique que les adultes de 50 à 71 ans qui boivent au moins trois tasses de café par jour pourraient voir leur risque de décès diminuer de 10% comparativement à ceux qui n’en consomment pas. Plus précisément, les résultats de la recherche menée montrent que les personnes consommant en moyenne trois tasses de café par jour, qu’il soit normal ou décaféiné, présentent moins de risques de décéder de maladies cardio-vasculaires et respiratoires, d’attaques cérébrales, de blessures, d’accidents, de diabète ou d’infection, que celles qui n’en boivent pas.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Publiant leurs travaux dans la revue médicale New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), les chercheurs ont toutefois noté un très léger accroissement du risque de cancer chez les hommes (pas chez les femmes) qui étaient de gros consommateurs de café. Pour ne pas fausser leurs résultats, les auteurs de l’étude ont également pris en compte d’autres facteurs de mortalité, comme le tabagisme ou une consommation excessive d’alcool. Néanmoins, ces scientifiques mettent en garde contre le fait qu’ils ne peuvent pas être certains, cliniquement parlant, que la consommation de café prolonge la vie. “Le café est la boisson la plus consommée en Amérique mais le lien entre sa consommation et le risque de décès n’est pas clair”, souligne le Dr Neal Freedman principal auteur de cette recherche cité par l’AFP. “Nous avons découvert que la consommation de café était liée à un risque moindre de mortalité en général”, ajoute-t-il. Et “bien que nous ne puissions pas conclure à l’existence d’une relation de cause à effet entre le fait de boire du café et un risque plus faible de mortalité, nous pensons que ces résultats donnent certaines assurances sur le fait que cette boisson n’est pas néfaste pour la santé”, assure t-il encore. Une conclusion qui s’ajoute d’ailleurs à celles de précédentes études qui ont déjà conclu à certains effets bénéfiques.Le 17 mai 2012 à 19:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Video Game Cheat Codes Are Video Game History

first_imgStay on target Have you seen the hot new video game meme? Right now your fastest way to an online laugh is to mash-up some innocuous game with overwrought text about how “You not only cheated the game, but also yourself” should the player try and do anything to make their experience a little easier. Trust us, it’s funnier seen than explained.Take a look!pic.twitter.com/nCNBfi6hSP— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) April 9, 2019Like any meme though this joke didn’t come out of nowhere. It’s making fun of a hyperbolic but sincere tweet harassing PCGamer for daring to talk about how they’ve been enjoying the hyper-difficult Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice while using cheat codes.We already know where I stand when it comes to Sekiro’s difficulty (I think it’s needlessly tedious and makes the game worse) but the game has kicked off an ongoing discussion about difficulty in video games that not even FromSoftware’s previous Dark Souls series managed to sustain for this long. On one hand, you have people who believe lower difficulties take away from the feeling of meaningful accomplishment they get from these games.And on the other hand you have the people who are correct. The people who realize someone else having an easier experience doesn’t take away from your more difficult experience. The people who can separate winning a fake video game from actual real-world growth. The people who think different kinds of accessibility are more important than “gitting gud” or whatever other gamer gatekeeping garbage.pic.twitter.com/7ypmyuwOdi— Akfamilyhome (@akfamilyhomeak) April 8, 2019But even beyond the dumb difficulty debate, the original post that inspired this meme also irked me by suggesting cheat codes (along with speedrunners) are some kind of malicious perversion of video games. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Video game cheat codes are video game history.Games are games because they are interactive. Developers provide you the tools, the sandbox, and whatever guidance they feel is appropriate, but from there it’s you the player poking and prodding at the thing making the magic happen. Cheat codes are absolutely a way valid of changing how you relate to the space. There are no “rules” being broken. There’s no morality being ignored. Anything you’re allowed to do in a game, from infinite ammo to big heads, is okay if it’s in the game, through codes or external (single-player) hacks.Furthermore, cheat codes form a vital part of video game culture. The Konami 30-lives code for Contra (up up down down left right left right B A Start) is practically a gaming Psalm. Rumors of different Fatality codes in Mortal Kombat not only bonded arcade crowds but helped seed the mysterious forbidden playground knowledge of the early internet. There is no cow level! There are whole cottage industries surrounding cheat codes, from calling Nintendo for help to buying strategy guides. Big video game websites still get tons of traffic from walkthroughs. If you don’t think cheating is a part of video games then you just don’t know video games.pic.twitter.com/e2KItR4A13— Pete Haas (@dimeford) April 8, 2019However, these days it is unfortunately easier than ever to convince yourself cheat codes in video games just aren’t a thing. And not just because the games industry is still so abysmal about preserving its own history. With so many online multiplayer games these days, fair competitive balance for pro paid players is understandably more important the goofing around locally with friends giving yourself unbalanced perks with a Game Genie or whatever.But more cynically, game publishers have also realized that they can make way more money selling different bonuses to you in paid microtransactions rather than including them as cheat codes. Why do I have to spend ten dollars for an XP boost in a single-player game like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey rather than just press some hidden combination of buttons? Free-to-play pay-to-win mobile games are cheat codes where the only winners are shareholders. But don’t blame cheat codes themselves for this shift in mindset. Blame capitalism.So as always, there’s no wrong way to play a video game. If you want to play on easy mode that’s cool. Hard mode? That’s cool, too. Just want to pet dogs? Even better. Don’t let any hardcore gamer tell you otherwise. And by continuing to slander and deny the value of cheat codes in video game history, we’re not only cheating games, we’re cheating ourselves.More on Geek.com:Review: Nintendo Labo VR Is Totally Good Enough‘Reigns: Game of Thrones’ Puts You on the Iron Throne on Nintendo SwitchThe ‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy’ Is Anime ‘Law & Order’ Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Mick Foley undergoes hip replacement surgery on Wednesday

first_img True, it all depends from one person to the next, on how old they are and how healthy they are otherwise. Mick Foley WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley posted the following on Wednesday, noting that he underwent successful surgery to replace his hip that has been bothering him for several months during his run as the General Manager of RAW.Thanks for all the well-wishes, kind words and prayers for my hip surgery. Spirits are high after a visit from Buddy the Elf in recovery! pic.twitter.com/xHeiUZs5Th— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 20, 2017On behalf of the staff of Wrestleview.com, we wish Foley a quick and painless recovery.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRapper Lil Dicky to Star in FX Comedy From ‘The League’ Creator, Kevin HartVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 7.87%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns Has Leukemia Google+ WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte April 21, 2017 at 8:02 am Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TheCyberZon Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next The Rock Honors Mean Gene Okerlund 4 COMMENTS Facebook It all depends on the shape he was in and the effort he puts out in rehab. My father had both hips replaced and his recovery was a long processcenter_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte aces WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) April 22, 2017 at 3:27 am Twitter Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Rocky Dominguez Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Rapper Lil Dicky to Star in FX Comedy From ‘The League’ Creator, Kevin Hart April 21, 2017 at 8:12 pm You said it wrong Mick. It goes: Spirits are high after a visit from Buddy the Elf RIGHT HERE IN RECOERY!! Being Foley and all i thought all he needed was a shower The Rock Has Been Named Forbes Highest Paid Actor Second Year In A Row April 22, 2017 at 1:24 am The Northwesterner Comments are closed.last_img read more

Deceased woman found in Sweetwater car

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A disturbing discovery has prompted an investigation revolving around a woman who was found dead in a vehicle.Miami-Dade’s Homicide Bureau is investigating the death of Lisbeth Sandigo.The 54-year-old was found dead in a car, Thursday, near Southwest 107th Avenue and Fifth Street.According to officials, Sandigo’s son is also missing.They’re also searching for a 2005 beige Toyota Corolla, with the tag X133ZE.If you have any information on this woman’s death or see that car, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

11yearold in St Petersburg graduates from college

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WSVN) — An 11-year-old student in St. Petersburg graduated from college.William Maillis was declared a genius at the age of 5.After graduating high school at the age of 9, Maillis started college in St. Petersburg.The pre-teen eventually earned his associate degree.Maillis now plans on going to the University of South Florida in the fall to become an astrophysicist.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Politico Plans Print Magazine Launch as It Passes 1000 Pro Subscriber Mark

first_imgVendeHei describes the Pro service as an early morning news feed, scoop machine, tipsheet, conventional reporting vehicle and, importantly, a highly personalized experience. At the core of the service is the “whiteboard alert system,” bursts of information—an important announcement, scoop or quote—sent throughout the day to subscribers’ smartphones. And the underlying tech allows subscribers to tag their preferences so they receive only the content they want to. “The idea is to make people’s lives easier,” says VandeHei.Going forward, Politico is launching a new afternoon newsletter as a follow-on to its crack-of-dawn version, called the Pro Report, along with a quarterly policy magazine. Politico already has a newspaper distributed around the Washington, D.C. area and plans to have the magazine follow a similar distribution strategy. It, however, will feature longer content more along the lines of the Pro service, acting as an enticement for Washington insiders who have yet to subscribe. The magazine will be free with a circulation of almost 40,000.  If you’re looking to better understand how your brands can thrive in a converged media landscape, register now for FOLIO: and min’s MediaMashup event on April 16. Politico, the politics and policy journalism site, says it has broken the 1,000 subscription mark to its Pro news service. Like other content-based sites, Politico has supplemented its revenues through paid subscription service that includes original content, but in this case offers robust personalization features to add value for subscribers.The subscriptions are generally sold on an enterprise level, and Politico says about 7,000 individuals are subscribed to the two-year-old service through their organizations. The renewal rate is at 96 percent, says the company.”We launched it because it was crystal clear for us that there was an appetite for reporting on these policy areas,” says Politico executive editor Jim VandeHei. “To us, it was a pretty simple formula—hire the right reporters, have the technology and go in heavy.” last_img read more