Gazprom Partners to Promote LNG as Marine Fuel in Russia

first_img“We see significant potential in using LNG as a fuel for sea and river vessels thanks to its economic and environmental advantages,” Oleg Melekhin, Director General of Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, said.“The newly-signed memorandum will allow the parties to consolidate their efforts and expertise in this strategic area,” Melekhin added. Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) and Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo have teamed up on the expansion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as marine fuel in Russia.The parties signed a memorandum of cooperation and strategic partnership on September 5, during the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.The companies said they intend to cooperate in developing LNG-powered vessels, interacting with potential consumers from among shipping companies, building infrastructure for LNG bunkering, and creating an up-to-date legal and regulatory framework for the use of LNG as a motor fuel.#Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker & USC agree on strategic partnership:— Gazprom (@GazpromEN) September 5, 2019last_img read more

Families of MMIW frustrated with lack of information from national inquiry

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National News Harvey Michele was eating breakfast with his mother in Thunder Bay Ontario when the police walked in through the diner door.“The police came and told my mom ‘can you please come and identify this woman,’” recalls Michele. “We went to the morgue and I accompanied her, and she went in and came back and it was indeed my aunt that was found murdered.”His aunt’s name was Alice Quoquat, and 40 years later, her killer has never been found.As a result, Michele has had an interest in the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).Which is why he was upset when he came across a Facebook post on Feb. 15 by Inquiry Commissioner Michèle Audette stating that the inquiry was on its way to Montreal for a meeting.“As a family member I felt as if I was left out, in this process of transparency of the inquiry,” said Michele.The meeting, as is turns out, was meant for front line workers.But that wasn’t clear to Michele.The Ojibway man said the inquiry shouldn’t be dependent on social media to disseminate information.  That in the interest of transparency, the minutes from all meetings should be readily available.“We need proactive family engagement. It seems like, to me, well, if you’re not in the loop, then you’re out of the loop,” he said.The national inquiry said better communication and transparency is on its way.For starters they point to their website where they claim interested people can sign up for a newsletter.” Our communication through the newsletter is going to be the information of how you can be involved in what’s coming up, including advisory meetings that are going to be happening throughout the regions,” said Waneek Horn-Miller, the director of community relations for the inquiry.But the inquiry has yet to actually send out a newsletter, and other than stating that hearings will start in May, no date or location has been announced.For Mohawk artist/activist Ellen Gabriel, it’s symptomatic of larger problems.She said six months in, the inquiry should be in the public hearing stage.“They have a two year mandate, a nice healthy budget and there is absolutely no excuse for the delay,” Gabriel said.Gabriel attended the Montreal meeting and came away with the feeling that instead of addressing the finer points of how to conduct the inquiry, such as how to insure police cooperation using subpoenas, it was still mired in discussing systemic social issues.“In the pre inquiry they travelled across Canada, they asked these [social issue] questions, so they had a guideline so they’re not starting from scratch, but from what I’ve seen  it’s almost like they are starting from scratch,” she said.Horn-Miller said the inquiry team is open to criticism, but emphasizes that the MMIWG inquiry is unlike any that has come before.She points to the fact that they have to navigate orders and council from all the provinces, territories, as well as the federal government.Other challenges also include security clearances for prospective employees that take six weeks, as well as significant mental health infrastructure that needs to be put in place for families.“One of the most important things that we have to understand is this kind of inquiry has never happened before,” she said. “We don’t have a template we can follow so we’re moving forward with a few principles that we really want to make sure are held in the forefront. That is, do no further harm, we want to have a trauma informed approach to how we engage with families.”For his part, Harvey eventually made contact with a liaison officer for the inquiry, which helped cleared up the misunderstanding.He hopes that soon it will be easier for others to be included right from the get go.“I’m more worried at the same time about my aunt’s sons, are they getting that information?,” he wonders,” he said.Aside from the newsletter, the national inquiry into MMIWG said it will also begin a community radio campaign targeting more remote communities, but that for the time being the best way to stay up to date is to still follow them on social media. They expect to begin public meetings sometime in May.Tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

Moroccan Freed From Guantanamo Condemns ISIS, Describes How He Was Tortured

Zainab CalcuttawalaRabat – Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri, a Moroccan man who was provisionally released from a Moroccan prison after nearly 14 years in Guantanamo Bay last Thursday, condemned the violence of the Islamic State and spoke on the physical abuse he was subjected to by U.S. forces.During an interview with the Associated Press on Monday, Chekkouri said bounty hunters captured him in Pakistan in December 2001, while in route to Afghanistan to continue his study of Sufism, which he had previously conducted across the Islamic world, in countries including Sudan, Yemen, Syria. Along with a group of suspected terrorists, Chekkouri said he was taken to a room in Pakistan, where a group of “people with blonde hair and blue eyes” immediately asked him for the name of the terrorist group he allegedly belonged to.Even though he denied the allegations, false accusations made by fellow detainees led the U.S. military to disregard his claims of innocence until 2009, according to unclassified appeals documents.Initially, Chekkouri and his younger brother, Ridouane, who was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2004, were detained in the province of Kandahar in Afghanistan, where, in efforts to extract intelligence information, U.S. forces would resort to extreme violence while trying to use the brothers against each other, Chekkouri said. At one point they even broke Ridouane’s arm, he added.“The only positive part about Guantanamo was that I ate three meals a day there,” Younis Chekkouri said.Chekkouri said that he and his fellow Guantanamo bay detainees followed the rise of the Islamic State closely behind the bars and proceeded to condemn its actions.“Islam is innocent of this group and its actions,” he said. “They are criminals.”Chekkouri is expected to be reunited with his Algerian wife, who currently lives in Algeria, in two weeks.Speaking of how their married life turned out to be, Chekkouri said,” Ours is a unique story, worthy of a Hollywood film.”“I saw my niece yesterday and embraced her. I went to sleep at night thinking she was my daughter,” he said. “They’ve deprived me of being a father.”During a hearing scheduled for February 23rd, Moroccan security forces will decide whether Chekkouri will face conspiracy charges. The hearing has been postponed multiple times. read more

Boeing signs first deal for 737 Max jet since deadly crashes

PARIS — Boeing is selling its 737 Max planes again.The company announced at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday that International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and other carriers, signed a letter of intent for 200 Boeing 737 aircraft.Boeing said it’s the first sale of the jet since the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max in March. Another 737 Max crashed in Indonesia last year, and the planes are now grounded amid an investigation into problematic software.The letter of intent is subject to final agreement but is a vote of confidence in Boeing as it struggles to win back trust. The planes would be delivered between 2023 and 2027 to airlines owned by IAG.The combination of 737-Max 8 and 737-Max 10 planes would cost $24 billion at list prices, though companies usually strike deals for discounts.IAG expressed confidence that regulators will allow amended Max jets to fly again soon. The Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes killed 346 people.Analysts had predicted that Boeing might try to announce some Max orders at the air show to demonstrate that the plane – one of Boeing’s most popular models – still has support.After a lacklustre start to the Paris Air Show, Boeing’s orders picked up Tuesday. It announced a deal with Korean Air and Air Lease Corporation for a total of 30 long-range 787 jets, and worth $6.3 billion at list prices.Airbus also announced several orders Tuesday, including from IAG.The Associated Press read more

UN peacekeeping force welcomes improvement to operations by Haitian police

17 August 2010Haiti’s police force is becoming substantially more effective, capturing and arresting a series of suspects accused of recent kidnappings and sending a clear signal to criminal elements, the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Caribbean country says. The mission, known as MINUSTAH, commended the police force (HNP) for conducting two successful operations in the town of Croix-des-Bouquets since last Friday that led to the release of three people who had been abducted and the arrest of five people.One of the people arrested has been sought since he escaped from the Haitian national penitentiary following the catastrophic earthquake which struck the country on 12 January, MINUSTAH reported yesterday.Jean-Francois Vezina, a spokesperson for UN Police (UNPOL) serving with the mission, said the operations provide “a clear message” from the HNP in its fight against crime, especially kidnappings, which are a persistent problem in the impoverished country.“It is satisfying to see how our fellow Haitian police are becoming more effective from day to day,” Mr. Vezina added. “The technical support that UNPOL provides daily to the HNP is bearing fruit and I encourage people to continue to denounce crimes by calling 113 [the public hotline number].”The mission and UNPOL have a mandate to strengthen the capacity of Haiti’s national police so that it can better serve the population. read more

Wrestling No 2 Ohio State remains undefeated with 374 victory against Michigan

No. 1 Myles Martin defeats No. 3 Nick Reenan of North Carolina State University by decision in the 184-pound bout, 12-5. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) defeated Michigan State (4-4, 1-1 Big Ten) 37-4 on Sunday.Ohio State senior Myles Martin (184) and redshirt junior Kollin Moore, No. 1 and No. 2 in their respective weight classes, remained undefeated after Sunday’s match against Michigan State, as Martin won by technical fall and Moore won via pin. Moore said his goal was to give his team extra points to help secure a victory against a Big Ten rival. “Obviously you want to open the score up just a little bit, just in case something crazy happens, so get a takedown or two,” Moore said.  “Having some patience to stay on top of the guy and work for a tilt because even if I don’t get a pin, those four back points really blow up in a match especially against good guys, which would be huge.”Martin, earning his eighth win of the season, faced a ranked opponent in Michigan State redshirt freshman Cam Caffey, who, according to associate head coach J Jaggers, gave a good performance, but was no match for the senior. “That’s kind of the difference right there between a man, Myles, a senior kind of really knows himself and knows his wrestling and [Caffey] still figuring it out, but they should be happy they have that kid in their program,” Jaggers said.Junior Luke Pletcher (133), the No. 5 wrestler in his weight class, also earned an overtime victory against senior Anthony Tutolo. Ohio State No. 2 senior Joey McKenna (141) remained undefeated, winning by technical fall 24-9 over redshirt sophomore Matt Santos, giving Ohio State an early 8-4 lead, which they extended, eventually winning nine out of 10 bouts.True freshman Malik Heinselman (125) was defeated by Michigan State No. 8- ranked sophomore Rayvon Foley.Despite Heinselman’s loss, Ohio State earned wins from its ranked wrestlers on the team in redshirt senior Micah Jordan (149), redshirt junior Ke-Shawn Hayes (157) and redshirt freshman Chase Singletary (285). Each wrestler won by major decision. Redshirt freshman Kaleb Romero (165) bounced back from his loss Friday by beating redshirt sophomore Austin Hiles 7-4, something he said he feels positive about, but still wants to continue to work on.“ I know I’m not even close to where I want to be right now,” Romero said. “I just got to keep on working, keep on improving, and keep battling myself mentally to just believe in myself. I feel like that is when things will start coming along.” No. 2 Ohio State will take on Michigan at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25. read more

KazakhBritish Center for Technological Development IntelliSense – LAB

first_imgToday at the World Mining Congress in Astana, the Autonomous Cluster Fund (Tech Garden) presented the Center for Technological Development IntelliSense – LAB. The Center was founded by ACF in partnership with (UK) for the development and implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies oriented to the mining and metallurgical sector of Kazakhstan.During the congress, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between IntelliSense Lab and JSC AK Altynalmas. The cooperation is aimed at the introduction of Industry 4.0 technologies in accordance with the National Digitization Plan to support the Kazakhstan National Digital Roadmap. The document was signed by Zhanar Amanzholova, head of the development and innovation department of JSC AK Altynalmas and Medet Sartbayev, General Director of IntelliSense-LAB.Cooperation involves the development of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system for predictive analysis and optimization of the ‘grinding unit’ process: predictions of the technological process of grinding in real time; prediction of lining deterioration inside the mills; quality control of crushed ore and situational prediction of crushed products; visualization of the grinding cycle in real time; performance goals (KPIs) of throughput increase.“We are excited that Altynalmas are our first partner in the Kazakhstan National Digital Roadmap. The National Digitization Plan will put Kazakhstan at the forefront of Industry 4.0 technology development. Partnering with such a prestigious company as Altynalmas demonstrates how beneficial this technology is for mining and other industrial sectors,” says Sam G. Bose, CEO and Founder of of technology centers in priority sectors of the economy is carried out by ACF in accordance with the 63rd step of the “Plan of the Nation” of the Head of State. The partners of the centers are leading multinational corporations, which invest at least 50% in their creation. Cooperation with the leading subsoil user such as JSC AK Altynalmas will be the first major project for IntelliSense – LAB, the main activities of which are:Development of five platforms in the following areas: MMC, NGS, logistics, fuel and energy complex, machine building with involvement of domestic companiesIncubation of products developed by startups and IT companies within the national “Industry 4.0” platformTraining of specialists in the methods of working with “Industry 4.0” solutions.The Center will work on:Creation of the national “Industry 4.0” platform for the development of digitization applications within 5 sectors of the economyImplementation and support of solutions for applying AI as part of the digitalization of the Industrial processesTraining of specialists in methods of big data analysis, modeling and optimization of processes.The national platform will be used by IT companies in Kazakhstan and startups to develop digitalization applications. The lab will cooperate with leading universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan in such innovative areas as big data applications in process optimization and AI applications. Cooperation will also be aimed at training qualified Kazakhstani personnel in the above areas. The Center will employ high-end Data Science specialists, application engineers (experts in five sectors), IT specialists (administrators, software developers, software and hardware development engineers). The main technology partners are companies such as ARM (UK) and OSI Soft (USA).last_img read more

Mens EHF EURO 2020 Qual Nine teams at 100 – Greece and

← Previous Story Historic win for Greece Next Story → Quintana is Portuguese hero – First big event since 2006? Nine teams are on 100% after two rounds of matches at EHF EURO 2020 qualifications.The biggest surprises happened in Greece, but also Israel, where home team beat Poland 25:24.Here are the results and standings.Group 1KOS -Germany 14-30 (5-15)Israel-Poland 25-24 (12-12)STANDINGS:Germany 4Poland 2Israel 2KOS 0Group 2Switzerland-Serbia 29-24 (12-11)Belgium-Croatia 25-30 (12-18)STANDINGS:Croatia 4Switzerland 2Serbia 1Belgium 1Group 3Turkey-Iceland 22-33 (13-16)Greece-Macedonia 28-26 (12-13)STANDINGS:Iceland 4Greece 2Macedonia 2Turkey 0Group 4Latvia-Netherlands 29-25 (17-11)Estonia-Slovenia 20-31 (11-16)STANDINGS:Slovenia 4Latvia 2The Netherlands 2Estonia 0Group 6Lithuania-Portugal 23-24 (10-12)Romania-France 21-31 (9-12)STANDINGS:France 4Portugal 4Romania 0Lithuania 0Group 7Italy – Hungary 22:30Slovakia – Russia 21:22STANDINGS:Russia 4Hungary 4Slovakia 0Italy 0Group 8Ukraine-Montenegro 29-24 (15-12)Faroe Islands – Denmark 17:35STANDINGS:Denmark 4Ukraine 2Faroe Islands 1Montenegro 1  Men’s EHF EURO 2020 read more

New drug could fight psychotic symptoms of Parkinsons

first_imgA BREAKTHROUGH NEW drug could alleviate psychotic symptoms for over 5 million Parkinson’s sufferers worldwide.Pimavanserin, a new drug, may offer the first safe and effective treatment for these psychotic symptoms, according to a new trial published in The Lancet.Pimavanserin works by blocking serotonin receptors in the neocortex (the part of the brain responsible for sensory perceptions, conscious thought and language) that are associated with visual hallucinations and delusions.Study leader Professor Clive Ballard from King’s College London says that the drugs may stop sufferers being admitted to nursing homes.“Psychotic symptoms are common and distressing for people with Parkinson’s and those caring for them. Psychosis is a major driving factor for people with Parkinson’s disease being admitted to nursing homes and substantially increases the risk of dying. But no safe and effective drug therapies exist”After 43 days, patients taking the drug showed a significant improvement in SADS-PD score (which tests psychotic symptoms) compared with those given a placebo.Additionally, improvements in night-time sleep, daytime wakefulness, and caregiver burden were also noted compared with placebo. No worsening of motor symptoms was reported in patients given pimavanserin.Importantly, says Professor Ballard, “The clinical benefits of pimavanserin were seen by patients, those caring for them, and independent blinded raters alike.”Read: People with a genetic history of stress feel more pain – studyRead: New drug can lower cholesterol by 57 per centlast_img read more

Yahoo Selling Delicious Report

first_imgThe future of Yahoo? It may well not include social bookmarking site Delicious. The once mighty search company is reportedly the final stages of a deal that would sell off Delicious for between $1 and $2 million.No word on who such a buyer might be, though it’s reportedly a “strategic partner,” according to an anonymous source. Business Insider points out that StumbleUpon seems to fit the profile, flush with cash after raising $17 million.Yahoo has reportedly been looking to sell off Delicious for some time now–rumors of such a sale first hit back in December. The bookmarking site, while much beloved, is apparently not really much of a money maker for Yahoo. Perhaps a site with a bit more knowledge on the working of social bookmarking would have a better idea what to do with the company. StumbleUpon has yet to comment on any such rumors.last_img read more

Get stressed out sitting in traffic jams One TD says its impacting

first_img Yes (2366) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll Results: I don’t drive (172) Apr 25th 2017, 7:04 PM Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 7:04 PM No (503) Short URL Image: PA Wire/PA Images TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN Dublin is impacting on people’s quality of life, according to Fianna Fáil’s transport spokesperson Robert Troy.The Longford-Westmeath TD said traffic congestion in Dublin is undoubtedly set to worsen in the months ahead.Despite welcoming the progression of the Luas Cross City project, he believes motorists and commuters are fed up of the ongoing disruptions and lack of planning.While the completion of the Luas Cross City project will allow for “a clean-up of the city” it will have a limited impact on alleviating the current traffic disruption, he said.No plan “Dublin Bus passengers in particular will be alarmed to learn that there still is no plan in place for the re-routing of key services once the Luas Cross City project is complete,” said Troy.The comments come ahead of Dublin City Council’s meeting next week where councillors will discuss the restriction of cars along parts of the city quays.It’s proposed that cars be completely banned from College Green – which will then be turned into a civic space.In addition, there are plans to create clear passages for Luas Cross City to ensure trams do not get stuck in traffic.Some of the traffic restrictions proposed include requiring traffic travelling east to turn left onto O’Connell Street from Bachelors Walk, and restricting car access on Eden Quay. Source: Niall CarsonLuas trams To enable free passage of Luas trams it’s proposed that access to Nassau Street from Dawson Street will be via Molesworth Street and South Frederick Street.There are also plans in the works to develop a Liffey Cycle Route.Speaking about the new plans for College Green, Troy said the Luas construction works has led to a significant increase in journey times for cross-city bus passengers as College Green has essentially been reduced to one lane.“The area will have significantly less capacity to cater for buses on a permanent basis once the Luas Cross City project is complete. The potential pedestrianisation of College Green will require Dublin Bus to identify a new arterial route for cross-city services. The fact that such a route is yet to be identified does not bode well for passengers, and suggests that journey times are set to increase significantly in the months ahead,” he added.Opposition to the new plans While there has been opposition to the new plans from some Dublin business groups and the Irish Car Parking Association, the chair of Dublin City Council’s Transport Committee, Ciarán Cuffe told that plans need to be put in place before the Luas Cross City comes into operation.“The Luas is coming down the line and doing nothing is not an option,” he said.“I am confident we will get the traffic management right. We need to ensure we keep the city moving,” said Cuffe.He said feedback about the plans from local businesses has been “mixed”.“I think those that are shouting the loudest are the car parks. We have to strike a balance between the profits of car park operators and those in the city,” said Cuffe, who added there will continue to be access to all car parks in the city.Cuffe said Dubliners can expect to see trial trams operating along the new route in August, with passenger trips beginning in December.Troy said the current situation with traffic congestion in Dublin is unsustainable and said key transport projects such as the DART Underground and Metro North need to be prioritised.“Failure to progress these projects will only compound traffic congestion in the years ahead and will continue the trend of allowing one relatively minor issue on our roads to bring the entire capital to a standstill.“We need more public transport options which are independent of the road network to help bring this disruption to an end.”In light of the recent discussions about traffic in the city, we want to know what you think. Mini-poll: Do traffic jams impact on your mental health?  14,321 Views By Christina Finn Share12 Tweet Email1 Get stressed out sitting in traffic jams? One TD says it’s impacting on people’s quality of life Next week, Dublin City Council will discuss new plans to restrict car numbers in the city. Image: PA Wire/PA Images 63 Comments YesNoI don’t knowI don’t driveVoteRead: St Vincent’s chairman: Any legal medical procedure will be carried out at new maternity hospital>Read: There were 138 people sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin on a single night this month> I don’t know (124)last_img read more

Dead cattle washed ashore Cyclades islands in Greece

first_imgLocals on central Aegean islands have been finding dead bovine washed ashore at beaches from Tinos to Sifnos.The incidents have worried both the authorities and the residents on the island as there is no information explaining how the animals ended up in the sea.According to local media reports and police and coastguard are investigating which ships have sailed through the area and if their cargo was live stock in order to find out the cause of death and reason the animals were thrown in the sea.The first morbid find was reportedly a bull washed ashore in Galissia beach on Syros last Wednesday. Two dead animals followed at Megali Kolybihtra on Tinos with the more recent reports being fromMarmari beach on the island of Syros and Vathi beach off Sifnos. Local municipal authorities are assigned with removing the dead cattle; however, the incidents have raised some serious health concerns. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Allergie et désensibilisation quand et comment se faire désensibiliser

first_imgAllergie et désensibilisation : quand et comment se faire désensibiliser ?Demain, 19 mars, se tiendra la 7e Journée française de l’allergie qui visera comme chaque année à sensibiliser la population à ce trouble de plus en plus courant. C’est également l’occasion de rappeler qu’il existe des moyens de lutter contre ces allergies, parmi lesquels : la désensibilisation.D’après l’association Asthme & Allergies, près d’une personne sur trois née après 1980 souffrirait aujourd’hui d’allergie. C’est trois fois plus que les chiffres qui étaient observés il y a trente ans. Mais cette progression pourrait ne pas s’arrêter là : selon les spécialistes, certains pays pourraient atteindre d’ici 10 ans une part de 50% d’allergiques. Des chiffres préoccupants quand on sait que ce trouble est loin d’être anodin. L’allergie est une réaction anormale et excessive du système immunitaire générée par un contact avec une substance le plus souvent étrangère à l’organisme. C’est ce qu’on appelle l’allergène qui peut être d’une grande variété de types. Il peut s’agir de pollens, d’acariens, de poils de chat, d’oeuf, d’arachide, de lait, de fruits de mer ou encore de médicaments. Pour une raison inconnue, lorsque l’organisme est en contact avec l’un de ces allergènes, il le reconnait comme ennemi et déclenche une réponse immunitaire excessive.Ceci peut alors se manifester sous formes de rhinite allergique, d’eczéma sur la peau, d’urticaire, de conjonctivite ou encore de manifestations plus violentes comme des œdèmes. C’est pourquoi il est important de dépister le plus tôt possible l’allergie, de déterminer son origine et d’administrer des traitements en cas de crise. Néanmoins, dans certains cas, il est possible d’avoir recours à une autre méthode pour lutter contre ce trouble : c’est la désensibilisation.  Réhabituer l’organisme à l’allergène Cette technique est la seule existant actuellement pour guérir de l’allergie. Elle consiste à réhabituer l’organisme à l’allergène mis en cause pour qu’il cesse de le reconnaitre comme un ennemi. Pour cela, l’allergique va se voir administrer des doses de la substance à laquelle il réagit et ceci, avec des quantités de plus en plus importantes. Ceci peut se faire par différentes voies : la voie sous-cutanée (injection sous la peau), la voie sublinguale (déposé sur la langue) ou les comprimés.Néanmoins, si elle peut être un recours dans de nombreux cas, tous les allergiques ne peuvent pas se faire désensibiliser. La “vaccination anti-allergique” est surtout indiquée pour les personnes souffrant de rhinite allergique ou d’asthme léger à modéré. En revanche, elle ne peut pas, pour l’heure, être utilisée pour des allergies alimentaires. De même, certaines facteurs individuels peuvent être jugés comme des contre-indications à la désensibilisation. Elle est ainsi notamment évitée chez les enfants de moins de six ans et chez les personnes souffrant de déficit immunitaire. De mieux, mieux vaut ne pas démarrer une désensibilisation si une femme est enceinte. Mais la décision revient toujours à un allergologue qui aura étudié avec attention le cas du patient, l’origine de son allergie, etc grâce à des examens plus ou moins approfondis.Un traitement curatif d’une durée minimum de 3 ans En outre, il faut savoir que ce traitement curatif doit se prolonger sur une période relativement longue pour être efficace et durable. Il nécessite ainsi au moins 3 ans d’injections ou de mises en contact régulières avec l’allergène. Mais l’efficacité de la désensibilisation peut s’observer de quelques semaines à mois après le début de sa mise en oeuvre, atténuant les symptômes en cas de contact avec l’allergène. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Des études ont également suggéré que cette méthode pouvait prévenir l’apparition d’autres allergies. C’est pourquoi certains conseillent de la démarrer le plus tôt possible lorsque l’allergie est détectée. Toutefois, certaines périodes sont plus propices que d’autres pour la commencer : la rentrée est ainsi le moment idéal. En effet, en septembre-octobre, la quantité d’insectes, d’acariens et de pollens diminuent, l’organisme y est donc moins exposé ce qui permet une meilleure désensibilisation. Son efficacité peut alors se manifester dès la saison suivante.  Si le traitement est suffisamment prolongé et poursuivi correctement jusqu’à son terme, le risque de rechute est en général assez faible.Pour en savoir, rendez-vous sur le site de la 7e Journée française de l’allergie (à partir du 19 mars) : www.allergiejagis.orgLe 18 mars 2013 à 17:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week The Foretold

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. Now, all aboard the space-bound Orient Express, where you’re gonna have yourself a real good time—if you don’t die first.BBCTHE FORETOLDFirst appearance: “Mummy on the Orient Express” (2014)—season 8, episode 8Home planet: N/ADoctor: TwelfthCompanion: Clara Oswald“There were many trains to take the name Orient Express, but only one in space.”And only one with a mythical mummy murdering passengers.At the behest of her boyfriend, Danny Pink, Clara allows the Doctor to take her on one “last hurrah”: a ride in the space-bound Orient Express.But their excursion was not, as Clara soon realizes, altogether spontaneous; the Doctor was lured there by Gus, an on-board computer with cruel intentions.“He has tried to entice me here before,” the Doctor explains. “Free tickets, mysterious summons, even phoned the TARDIS one time.”A frightening glimpse into our own artificially intelligent future, Gus (voiced by John Sessions) is the true monster on the train—not the mummified ancient soldier who kills five innocent people.BBCActing on behalf of unknown third parties, the computer gathered unwitting scientists and historians, as well as a Time Lord and his feisty companion, to investigate the phenomenon known as the Foretold: an “ancient soldier being driven by malfunctioning tech,” forced to continue his war by killing people for sustenance. The process takes exactly 66 seconds, during which only the victim can see and interact with the mummy.Preying on the physically and mentally ill, the Foretold executed the elderly Mrs. Pitt, a chef, a guard, professor Emile Moorhouse (plagued by panic attacks), and Captain Quell (suffering post-traumatic stress disorder)—before coming after Maisie Pitt, granddaughter of the first sacrifice.BBCThe Doctor saves the day by transferring Maisie’s personal trauma into his own head, tricking the mummy into targeting him instead.“Hello. I’m so pleased to finally see you. I’m the Doctor and I will be your victim this evening. Are you my mummy?” he asks playfully, paying homage to the Ninth Doctor, and plunging me deeper into my own gas-mask-infused nightmare.The quick-talking Time Lord identifies himself as a soldier and “surrenders” to the Foretold, freeing the fighter from his duty. With one final, labored salute, the mummy disintegrates, leaving behind the embedded technology, which the Doctor uses to teleport all passengers off the train before a vengeful Gus destroys the ship.(P.S. Keep an ear out for Foxes’ hauntingly beautiful jazz rendition of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” You’re welcome.)Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more

General Public Notices

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 10, 2017 – Providenciales – The general public is advised that the utilities and communication companies continue to work to assess the extent of damages to their networks.    Additional repair crews have begun to arrive and they are arranging visits to all islands as a matter of priority.FORTIS Crews have begun work along the Leeward Highway and has listed the following areas as priority; Five Cays, Blue Hills, Downtown, Kew Town, South Dock, Grace Bay and the Airport.DIGICEL Teams along with helicopters has begun to arrive in the TCI and will make trips to other islands to assess the damages and to restore communications to their customersFLOW has begun country wide assessment of damages to their network and are sending teams to the family islands to begin repairs for the restoration of services to its customers.Provo water company will continue to provide periodic access to water supply in select communities.    Blue Hills, Wheeland and the far end of Chalk Sound continue to face challenges with water supply due to extensive damages along the network in those areas.This is a general public announcement.   Persons should look out for specific information released by the respective utilities and communication companies for up to date informationPlease share this message  with family and friend to keep all informed.   We are committed to rebuild TCI together. Related Items:last_img read more

Foreign Affairs Statement on Claims of Demonstrations Outside Bahamas Embassy Haiti

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 14, 2018 – Nassau – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken note of the information circulating via social media that there has been a demonstration outside The Bahamas Embassy in Haiti.   The Ministry advises the general public that this information is false and that there has been no such demonstration.Furthermore, the claims that there has been an upsurge in applications for Bahamian status at the Embassy are also false.  The Ministry appreciates the public interest in these matters but reminds members of the public to be careful about accepting as true or circulating information that is unverified.Press Release: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

BNP makes fresh pledges to free Khaleda Fakhrul

first_imgmirza fakhrul islam alamgirBNP leaders and activists on Thursday took a fresh vow to free its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and restore democracy in the country.”Today (Thursday) is the 38th death anniversary of BNP founder and late president Ziaur Rahman who introduced multiparty democracy. The nation always remembers this day with due respect,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Talking to reporters after paying homage to Zia by placing wreaths at his grave, he also said the current government destroyed democracy and sent ‘mother’ of democracy Khaleda Zia to jail in ‘false’ cases. “On this day, we’re taking a fresh pledge to free Khaleda Zia and restore democracy holding the ideals of Ziaur Rahman.”Fakhrul said though Zia’s political life was short, he had played an outstanding role in developing the country. “He restored democracy, freedom of expression and strengthened economy. But it’s unfortunate that now misrule has been imposed on people by snatching their voting rights.”BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said their party will continue its struggle for the restoration of democracy. “BNP will remain with people and carry out a movement until the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary and democracy are restored in Bangladesh.”He also said it will not be possible to remove Ziaur Rahman from Bangladesh’s history. “As long as Bangladesh remains, the country’s people will remember him for many reasons, including for the restoration of democracy.”Several hundred BNP leaders and activists, led by Fakhrul, and party standing committee members, placed wreaths at Zia’s grave at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar at 11:15am, marking the party founders’ death anniversary.They also offered a munajat there seeking eternal peace of Zia’s departed soul.Zia founded BNP in 1978. He was assassinated by some army officers at Chittagong Circuit House on 30 May 1981.Apart from Fakhrul and Moudud, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Abdul Moyeen Khan, vice chairmen Shahjahan Omar, AZM Zahid Hossain, Shamsuzzaman Dudu, Ahmed Azam Khan, chairperson’s adviser Amanullah Aman, Habibur Rahman Habib, Sirajuddin Ahmed, joint secretaries general Mahbubuddin Khokon, and Khairul Kabir Khokon were, among others, present.After paying homage to Zia’s grave, Mirza Fakhrul distributed iftar items among the destitute in Tejgaon’s Arjat Para arranged by the local unit of BNP, marking the day.last_img read more

Thumbs down to Internet use in class

first_imgSurfing the internet in classrooms may lead to poorer test scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated students, a new study has warned.Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) in the US studied laptop use in an introductory psychology course and found the average time spent browsing the web for non-class-related purposes was 37 minutes.Students spent the most time on social media, reading emails, shopping for items such as clothes and watching videos. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers found that their academic performance suffered. Internet use was a significant predictor of students’ final exam score even when their intelligence and motivation were taken into account, said Susan Ravizza, associate professor of psychology at MSU and lead author of the study. “The detrimental relationship associated with non-academic internet use raises questions about the policy of encouraging students to bring their laptops to class when they are unnecessary for class use,” Ravizza said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe research was conducted in a one-hour, 50-minute lecture course with 507 students taught by Kimberly Fenn, MSU associate professor of psychology and study co-author.In all, 127 students agreed to participate in the study, which involved logging onto a proxy server when the students went online. Of those participants, 83 checked into the proxy server in more than half of the 15 course sessions during the semester and were included in the final analysis. Intelligence was measured by ACT scores. Motivation to succeed in class was measured by an online survey sent to each participant when the semester was over. Interestingly, using the internet for class purposes did not help students’ test scores.“There were no internet-based assignments in this course, which means that most of the ‘academic use’ was downloading lecture slides in order to follow along or take notes,” Ravizza said.Previous research has shown that taking notes on a laptop is not as beneficial for learning as writing notes by hand.”Once students crack their laptop open, it is probably tempting to do other sorts of internet-based tasks that are not class-relevant,” she added.last_img read more

Asia leads the world for lowcost longhaul air travel

first_imgAsia is setting new trends in long-haul, low-cost air travel, and China is poised to become a key regional player in the coming years, according to Generation X – Long Haul Low Cost Comes Of Age, a new Asia Pacific air travel report by OAG Aviation Worldwide.In the last decade, South East Asian low-cost carriers (LCCs) led by Malaysia-based AirAsia have remodelled the air travel map in the Asia Pacific region. Now, LCCs are seeking to expand their route networks to better connect the rapidly growing travel markets of South East Asia and North East Asia, plus South Asia, Australia and New Zealand.Asia’s Top 25 Long-Haul LCC RoutesThe LCC sector in Asia is experiencing strong growth with massive potential demand supported by fast-growing economies and rising demand for intra-regional travel. Although low-cost air travel originated in Europe and North America to connect destinations typically within four hours’ flying time, Asian LCCs are adapting the model for locations up to eight hours apart. This enables cost-conscious Asian travellers to fly to new destinations for which flights were either previously unavailable or were priced too high.The Asia Pacific air market continued to evolve, and although LCC growth has been slow in China it will be pivotal to the future development of the sector. OAG analysed the region’s top 20 country pair markets for total seat capacity between June 2010 and June 2014 – and China features in eight of the fastest growing routes. The average annual growth in seat capacity between Australia and China was 11.4%, while 20% capacity growth was recorded between China and Thailand.Further room for expansion is evident, with only three routes from China – Shanghai-Singapore (ranked 5th), Bangkok-Shanghai (ranked 19th), and Beijing-Singapore (ranked 23rd) – listed in OAG’s Top 25 low-cost, long-haul routes in Asia Pacific. The other top routes are: Bangkok-Seoul, Perth-Sydney, Singapore-Sydney, Singapore-Taipei, Hong Kong-Tokyo, Seoul-Singapore, Melbourne-Singapore, Bangkok-Tokyo (Narita), Kuala Lumpur-Melbourne, MNL-Tokyo, Perth-Singapore, Brisbane-Perth, Tokyo (Haneda)-Singapore, Jakarta-Hong Kong, Brisbane-Singapore, Tokyo (Narita)-Singapore, Denpasar-Hong Kong, Bangkok-Tokyo (Haneda), Kuala Lumpur-Sydney, Kuala Lumpur-Taipei, Hong Kong-Sydney and Chennai-Singapore.Supporting the Low-Cost, Long-Haul Air MarketAsia’s pioneering low-cost, long-haul carriers include AirAsia X, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot. Soon to join them will be Indonesia AirAsia X, Thai AirAsia X and NokScoot, while China’s Spring Airlines and Cebu Pacific from the Philippines are beginning to expand their low-cost, long-haul flight networks. More airlines seem likely to follow in the coming years as Asia’s air market expands further.To support the expansion of the pan-regional LCC sector, new airport infrastructure is being developed. Kuala Lumpur recently opened the world’s largest dedicated LCC airport terminal, opening up flight access to a total population of 3.4 billion people living within eight hours of the Malaysian capital. The opportunities in China, plus India and Indonesia, are similarly alluring. Large populations, multiple airports and ongoing air transport liberalisation mean these three countries are poised to drive growth in Asia’s long-haul LCC market.In China, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) recently abolished the minimum pricing requirement for airlines, and introduced new measures and incentives designed to encourage the development of China-based LCCs.“Given the potential impact of the recent changes made by the Civil Aviation Administration of China to the rules governing the establishment and operation of LCCs, the opportunities are now available for a major Chinese low cost carrier to emerge or for a major Chinese carrier to make a play for regional markets,” says Mark Clarkson, Business Development Director ASPAC, OAG.Source = OAG Aviation Worldwidelast_img read more

Tapping into Home Equity

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, News, Origination Tappable home equity is at the highest it has ever been according to Black Knight Inc.’s latest Mortgage Monitor Report for February, released on Monday. According to the report, the amount available for homeowners with mortgages to borrow against before hitting a maximum cap of 80 percent loan-to-value ratio grew by $735 billion in 2017 alone. By February, the total amount of tappable home equity stood at over $5.4 trillion, 10 percent above its 2005 pre-crisis peak.The report found that over half (55 percent) of all tappable equity was held by borrowers with first lien rates below the prevailing 30-year rate at the beginning of 2018. With interest rates rising in February, 75 percent of all tappable equity was held by borrowers with rates that were lower than those today.“As home prices continued their upward trajectory at the national level, the amount of tappable equity available to homeowners with mortgages continued to rise as well,” said Ben Graboske, EVP, Black Knight Data & Analytics.Despite these numbers, the number of Americans actually tapping into this available resource was very small.  “An estimated $262 billion in tappable equity was withdrawn in 2017 via cash-out refinances and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), also reaching a new post-recession peak,” Graboske said. “Still, Americans seem more reserved in tapping their equity than in years past, withdrawing less than 1.25 percent of all tappable equity available in Q4 2017—a four-year low.”As interest rates rise, Graboske said that Black Knight expected the HELOC share of withdrawals to increase too. “While rising rates tend to dampen utilization of equity in general, the market is poised for a strong shift toward HELOCs, as they allow borrowers to take advantage of growing equity while holding on to historically low first-lien interest rates,” he said.As HELOCs show all indications of coming back, the report indicated that prepayment activity continued to decline in February. “The spike in interest rates over the first two months of 2018 have reduced the number of refinance candidates by more than 40 percent,” the report said. “This has resulted in the smallest such population since late 2008; as such, it’s no surprise that prepayments are among the lowest since that time period as well.”According to the report, prepayment rates on mortgages of those with a 720+ credit score was the lowest among the four credit score groupings analyzed in each of the past three months. In fact, the prepayments for the 720+ score group dipped below those of the less than 620 credit score borrowers. Borrowers with credit scores between 620 and 719 are currently prepaying at the highest rate, the report found. Black Knight Borrowers HELOC Home Equity Interest rates Mortgage Rates Prepayment Tappable Equity 2018-04-02 Radhika Ojha Tapping into Home Equitycenter_img Share April 2, 2018 638 Views last_img read more