Hopes Dashed for (Another) Alzheimer’s Drug

first_imgAlzheimer’s researchers have faced a series of frustrations in recent years as one promising compound after another has flopped in late-stage clinical trials. Unfortunately, the string continues with the announcement today that another closely watched trial—for a drug called dimebon—has failed. Dimebon was something of a dark horse. An antihistamine introduced in Russia in 1983, it turned up in a screen for potential Alzheimer’s drugs and led to a clinical trial that yielded remarkably encouraging results: In 2008, researchers reported in The Lancet that 78 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease who took dimebon showed significant improvements in memory and cognition, as well as the ability to carry out the activities of daily life. The new study was led by Medivation, a San Francisco, Californai-based biopharmaceutical company, and Pfizer (which reportedly paid $225 million to license the drug). It enrolled 598 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. This time, there were no significant differences between the dimebon and placebo groups. “The results … are unexpected, and we are disappointed for the Alzheimer’s community,” Medivation’s president and CEO, David Hung, said in a statement. 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From the beginning, it was never clear why an antihistamine would protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease, Tanzi and others say. “There wasn’t a single bit of published data on the mechanism of action,” says Sam Sisodia of the University of Chicago in Illinois. Several possible explanations had been floated, Sisodia says, but in his view the drug’s actions weren’t understood well enough to justify a trial. “Just throwing drugs into people just because you have an idea it might work is illogical,” he says.last_img read more

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Tihar shows the way

first_imgNew Delhi’s Tihar Jail has always prided itself as being a cut above the others in the country. It has held VIPs and conmen and murderers and thieves, but it also has an aggressive programme to engage prisoners through “extra curricular” activities like yoga, sports, computer education and so on.Instead of getting into drugs and violence which are endemic in prisons, the inmates are entertained, as well as provided an opportunity to do something productive.Tihar’s latest experiment is a project in using the universal love for music to engage its inmates. The 18th century poet and playwright William Congreve once said, “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.” He may not quite have had rock music in mind, but the general idea is the same.A recent rock concert for the inmates featured several Delhi bands as well as an in-house group, “Flying Souls”, which pointed to the ways in which innovative ideas can be used to occupy prison inmates in some fruitful and pleasant activity.last_img read more

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Specs Comparison: Samsung Galaxy Core Prime vs Micromax Canvas A1

first_imgAs the budget smartphone war heats up in the Indian market, mobile companies are launching great devices for the masses more than ever. Samsung is facing stiff competition in the Indian market and now with its latest Galaxy Core Prime it is pitted against Micromaxs Canvas A1 for the bigger market.So if you are looking for a good budget smartphone, we bring you a comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime,which is yet to be announced but is listed on Flipkart for Rs 8499, and Micromax Canvas A1. The comparison is in terms of their specs.Design and BuildBoth the smartphones are quite similar and simple in designs, with interchangeable rear back covers. However, the Micromax Canvas A1 looks better when compared to the Galaxy Core Prime.DisplayThe Micromax Canvas A1 sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The Samsung Galaxy Core Prime uses a 4.5-inch (480 x 800).ProcessorBoth run on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. The Micromax Canvas A1 assures upgradation to the upcoming Android L when it is launched later this month. This gives the phone an upper hand over the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime.CameraThe Micromax Canvas A1 sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper to take images and make video calls as well or even take selfies. The Galaxy Core Prime, meanwhile, come with a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP shooter.ConnectivityBoth the budget smartphones offer 3G, Wi-Fi, 3G/2G, Bluetooth v4.0, FM Radio, and GPS. Neither are compatible with 4G LTE. Canvas A1 accepts Micro Sims.advertisementBatterySamsungs offering is packed with a 2000 mAh battery while the Canvas A1 has 1700 mAh battery. The battery life can be judged better only after use.PriceWhile Samsung is yet to launch the Galaxy Core Prime, Micromax Canvas A1 is already present in the market at a price of Rs 6,499.So to conclude with the verdict, Micromax Canvas A1 emerges as the winner when compared in terms of specs and highlighted features. It is affordable and will also be getting the Android L update. Plus, it runs on Android 4.4 KitKat without any custom UI on top of Android.last_img read more

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Barcelona reportedly have Cristhian Stuani on their radar

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementBarcelona reportedly made an enquiry for Cristhian Stuani to sign him in this winter transfer window. The 23 year old Spanish forward Munir El Haddadi joined Sevilla to have more gametime few days ago. So, the Catalan Giants are now trying to make a move for a new centre forward in this January.Accoding to several sources, Barcelona were interested to sign one of Chelsea’s centre forwards Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud in this January. However, their interest have now moved towards the 32 year old Uruguayan centre forward Cristhian Stuani. Stuani has been in red hot form in this season for Girona.The Uruguayan centre forward already scored 12 goals in this season for Girona. When, Stuani was asked about his future few days back, he told that he had not any clue about it. Cristhian Stuani is one of the  top goal scorers of La Liga in this season. He is just behind the duo of Barcelona, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Stuani knows that he will not get enough gametime if he joins Barcelona in this winter transfer window. However, the move might be a defining move in his career so far. The Catalan Giants will like to seal this deal within the next few days.Real Madrid considering a move for Manchester United’s Brazilian defender targetlast_img read more

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Giampaolo: Samp have a Ronaldo in Quagliarella

first_imgMarco Giampaolo compared Fabio Quagliarella to Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, while adding that Sampdoria “have a Ronaldo too!”.Sampdoria make the trip to Turin, where they will face unbeaten Serie A champions and leaders Juventus on Saturday. Ronaldo has scored 12 goals since swapping Real Madrid for Juve in the off-season, including the equaliser in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at Atalanta.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Asked if Sampdoria had any special plans to deal with the five-time ballon d’Or winner, head coach Giampaolo mentioned midfielder and England Under-21 international Ronaldo Vieira. Giampaolo told reporters: “We have a Ronaldo too – Vieira!” The Sampdoria boss than likened veteran striker and former Juve frontman Quagliarella – who has 11 Serie A goals this season – to Ronaldo. “You could compare him to Ronaldo,” Giampaolo said. “He has a very high shot percentage, he always scores… and then of course he’s already worn that [Juventus] shirt. “I prefer to call him our Quagliarella though.”Sampdoria enter the contest fifth in the league table and 21 points back of Juventus, and while the chances of catching the leaders are slim, Giampaolo promised his side would be up for the fight against Massimiliano Allegri ‘s unbeaten side. “No, that’s not true,” Giampaolo said when asked if his club had nothing to lose against Juve. “There’s always something to lose, even against such a strong opponent. They’re strong in Italy, strong in Europe, even strong on the stock market. “We have a lot of situations to evaluate and some players out, but tomorrow we’ll put 11 players on the pitch to fight. “It won’t be enough to play a great game out of possession, because they’ll take their chances. We have to be extraordinary on the ball, because if you have the ball it means they don’t… “Juventus have dropped four points all season, so we need to play an extraordinary match in every regard.” Saturday’s clash comes ahead of a bit of a break for the club, who will not be back in action until mid-January when they’ll face a cup clash against AC Milanlast_img read more

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SCHOEN NOW FACING FEDERAL FIREARM CHARGES

first_imgTHE SUSPECT IN LAST WEDNESDAY’S PURSUIT BY SIOUX CITY POLICE THAT ENDED WITH A CRASH AT 6TH AND HOEVEN IS NOW FACING FEDERAL CHARGES.41-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM SCHOEN OF SIOUX CITY HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO A FEDERAL COUNT OF FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM.SCHOEN HAD BEEN SCHEDULED TO GO TO TRIAL IN SIOUX CITY ON OCTOBER 16TH ON A SIMILAR STATE CHARGE, BUT THAT COUNT HAS BEEN DISMISSED IN LIEU OF THE FEDERAL COUNT.THERE IS ALSO A SEALED FEDERAL INDICTMENT AGAINST SCHOEN FOR OTHER POTENTIAL CHARGES.STATE CHARGES RELATING TO LAST WEEKS PURSUIT HAVE NOT BEEN FILED.SCHOEN REMAINS IN CUSTODY IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON A HOLD FOR FEDERAL MARSHALS.A TRIAL DATE IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT HAS BEEN SET FOR NOVEMBER 5TH.last_img read more

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Jamaica Decisive on Lotto Scam

first_imgState Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, has re-affirmed the administration’s commitment to effectively addressing advance fee fraud, such as the lotto scam, given the negative implications for the economy and the county’s image internationally. “Certainly, for local and international investors, they want to be confident that where they invest their money is a place where the residents subscribe to law and order. In that context…the Jamaican state is doing everything, at all levels, to ensure that we respond and treat with it effectively,” Mr. Brown assured. The State Minister, who was addressing a Lottery Scam Forum hosted by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew on Wednesday (November 7),  noted that while the lottery scam is not “unique and specific’ to Jamaica, it is “very challenging issue” for the country, within the global context. “That goes to the heart of the image that we want to project on the international arena, which is the image of a country where its citizens are law-abiding and where we are guided and governed by international norms, and where we subscribe to these international norms.  Therefore, Jamaica must be positioned, in the global context, as a state that is doing everything in its power to stamp out transnational crime and transnational criminal activity, including advanced fee fraud,” he argued. He said decisive action is being taken to address the issue, through the passage of relevant legislation such as the Anti-Money Laundering Act and the attendant Regulations, as well as the Proceeds of Crimes Act (POCA) and Regulations. Amendments are also being made to the Evidence Act to enable overseas victims to give evidence by video link. Mr. Brown noted that the country also subscribes to some 40 global Financial Task Force Recommendations of Anti-Money Laundering, and nine Special Recommendations on combating financing of terrorism, and the global recommendations are being implemented in Jamaica administratively, particularly where legislative gaps may exist. “Jamaica… is also part of the Caribbean Task Force that is responsible for ensuring that the financial sector of the region, subscribes to international norms, and that it is not vulnerable to these type of illicit activities. But we cannot become complacent…because this issue is a pervasive and rising issue…which we must utterly, as a society, reject collectively,” he underscored. Mr. Brown noted that the Mutual Legal Assistance legislation, which enables Jamaica to respond to requests for legal assistance from several countries in criminal matters, is also an “important tool” in the international fight against advanced fee fraud. “I also want to indicate that…our law enforcement agencies work very closely with international law enforcement agencies, including Interpol, to seek to arrest this challenge and this is part of the collaborative effort that has to take place in dealing with what is a transnational criminal activity,” he added.last_img read more

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Province Establishes Award to Recognize Brave Nova Scotians

first_imgA bill to create a medal to honour heroic actions of extraordinary Nova Scotians was introduced today, March 20. Premier Rodney MacDonald introduced an Act to Establish an Award to Recognize Bravery of Nova Scotians, would establish the Nova Scotia Medal of Bravery (MBNS) for anyone who risks life or limb to assist someone in an emergency situation. “We have Nova Scotians — in uniform or without — who go to amazing lengths to assist another in an emergency situation,” said Premier MacDonald. “This medal would be a way to thank that individual or individuals for bravely thinking of others before themselves, and to hold those actions up as an outstanding model of Nova Scotian values.” If the act is passed, the premier would establish an advisory committee to help the provincial secretary make recommendations to the Executive Council on those deserving a Nova Scotia Medal of Bravery. The award could also be bestowed posthumously. Once awarded, the recipient may use the initials M.B.N.S. after his or her name and, if employed in an occupation in which he or she wears a uniform, would be able to wear the medal on the uniform.last_img read more

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Sania Mirza turns expert for Wimbledon 2019

first_imgMumbai: Tennis star Sania Mirza will join broadcasters Star Sports as an expert to analyse the day-to-day action of the ongoing Wimbledon for fans across the country. Sania, a six-time grand slam winner and former Wimbledon double’s champion, brings her wealth of knowledge having played the singles, doubles and mixed doubles formats and will join from the studios on Star Sports Select 1/HD and Star Sports Select 2/HD and on Hotstar. A lethal combination of an unstoppable forehand backed by a steely will and a title winning mentality, she has been one half of some of the successful doubles in both women’s and mixed categories with partners like Martina Hingis and Mahesh Bhupathi.last_img read more

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Canadian cities set up Jurassic Parks for fans to watch Raptors playoff

first_imgSeveral Canadian cities say they’re setting up public spaces where fans caught up in Raptors fever can watch the Toronto team fight for the NBA championship.The Ontario cities of Mississauga, Brampton, Burlington and Kingston say they’ve received permission from Raptors’ owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to set up outdoor viewing areas during the series against the Golden State Warriors.They are trying to create local versions of Jurassic Park, the tailgate zone outside the Raptor’s home arena in downtown Toronto that’s been the scene of massive celebrations during the team’s historic playoff run.Maple Leaf Sports says it’s received applications from a number of cities looking to host public viewings, but did not immediately provide a list of those that have been approved to go ahead.The City of Vancouver is bucking the trend by announcing that it opted not to offer public viewings, citing a lack of suitable venues available during the series.Game 1 between the Raptors and Warriors will get underway in Toronto on Thursday night. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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First annual UN celebration marks 50 years since human space travel began

“Yuri Gagarin’s flight is an inspiration that engenders a quest for excellence; an inspiration that fans the flames of passion to pursue a dream, especially among the young. There is no higher value you can place on his achievement,” said Mazlan Othman, Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). During a special session held last week, the General Assembly declared that 12 April, the date on which Mr. Gagarin orbited the Earth in a 108-minute flight, will be observed annually as the International Day and serve to reaffirm the important contribution of space science and technology, as well as to further the aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes. UNOOSA, which works to promote international cooperation in the use of outer space to achieve development goals for the benefit of humankind, will commemorate another important anniversary this year – the 50th anniversary of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). Tasked with developing a legal framework for the conduct of activities in outer space and also facilitating the use of space-based technology and its applications for developed and developing nations alike, the Committee met for the first time on 27 November 1961, the same year as Mr. Gagarin’s flight. In the last five decades, the Committee has developed five treaties and five principles governing the use of outer space. It has also helped States develop their indigenous capabilities to use space technology for sustainable development.As part of the commemoration, exhibitions are taking place at the UN offices in New York and Vienna, where UNOOSA is based, and the Post of Russia and the UN Postal Administration are issuing souvenir stamps, including one featuring an iconic image of Mr. Gagarin. 12 April 2011The United Nations today celebrated the first annual International Day of Human Space Flight, marking 50 years since Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made history by becoming the first human to travel into outer space. read more

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Canada UNFPA to address sexual genderbased violence in Sri Lanka

This CDN$900,000 grant to UNFPA is part of Canada’s CDN$650 million comprehensive approach to address gaps in funding SRHR globally, and is a continuation of Canadian support in Sri Lanka for women’s empowerment, political participation, and ending gender-based violence in line with their Feminist International Assistance Policy. (Colombo Gazette) The High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka, David McKinnon, and Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka, Ms. Ritsu Nacken, signed a letter of agreement in reference to a grant arrangement of CDN$900,000.The grant is provided by the Government of Canada to UNFPA Sri Lanka for the delivery of the project, ‘Addressing Sexual Gender-based Violence through Public Institutions‘, by 31 March 2020. The purpose of this project is to increase the capacity of the Government of Sri Lanka to advance Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and to effectively respond to sexual and gender-based violence in Sri Lanka. As the lead UN Agency in advocating for universal SRHR, and the Chair of the National Forum Against Gender-based Violence, UNFPA is well placed to ensure delivery of this project. read more

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Annan names new Force Commander for UNs Western Sahara mission

In an exchange of letters with the President of the Security Council released today, the Secretary-General says Maj.-Gen. Szaraz’s appointment, to be effective starting 11 August, will be “subject to the Security Council’s decision on the extension of the mandate of MINURSO after 31 July.” The 56-year old incoming Force Commander, who has an extensive background in the armed forces, began his career as a desk officer in Hungary’s Military Intelligence Office in 1968. Over the years, he has served in various capacities, including Defence, Military and Air Attaché in Brussels and in Beijing. Maj.-Gen. Szaraz currently serves as Head of the Department for International Cooperation in the Hungarian Ministry of Defence. MINURSO was set up in 1991 to allow the people of Western Sahara to choose between independence and integration into Morocco. The current Force Commander, Brigadier-General Claude Buze of Belgium, will complete his tour of duty on 10 August. read more

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Ontario kills plan for two new nuclear plants will rebuild existing reactors

TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government on Thursday abandoned plans to spend billions of dollars to build two new nuclear reactors, saying the province doesn’t need the power to meet its electricity demand.“New nuclear will not be part of the long-term energy plan which we hope to finalize before the end of this year,” Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli told reporters.“We’re in a comfortable surplus position at this point in time, and it’s not advisable to make the major investments in new nuclear.”Costs have fallen since the province first paused its plans to build two new reactors in 2009, when the estimated price was said to be as high as $26 billion.“The costs have come down, but they have not come down enough to justify us building new nuclear when we have a very comfortable surplus,” said Chiarelli.“It is not wise to invest billions and billions of dollars in new nuclear when the power is not needed.”The Progressive Conservatives said backing off on the new reactors was proof the Liberals have given up on getting Ontario’s manufacturing sector back on its feet, which would drive up demand for electricity.“There is no clearer indication that this government has tossed up the white flag to say that the jobs aren’t coming back, and that is incredibly concerning to me,” said PC energy critic Lisa MacLeod. “We know that if the economy is to pick up, we’re going to need those nuclear reactors.”The New Democrats welcomed the decision to kill the new nuclear builds, but said the government should have made it before it gave companies millions to help with applications for the new reactors.“It’s a good development,” said NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns, “but I just wish it had come sooner before we spent $26 million giving these nuclear companies cash to prepare their tenders.”The Society of Professional Engineers accused the Liberals of political interference in the long-term energy plan, and said no decision on new nuclear builds should be made until competing options have been examined by the Ontario Energy Board.“Have we learned nothing from the recent gas plant fiasco,” asked the group’s president Scott Travers. “When politicians make hasty policy to score political points every Ontarian pays.”Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk reported this week that the total cost of the Liberals’ decisions to cancel gas-fired generating stations in Oakville and Mississauga prior to the 2011 election could hit $1.1 billion dollars.The province will go ahead with the refurbishment of existing nuclear reactors at Bruce Power near Kincardine and the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station in Clarington, added Chiarelli.“The schedules for those has not been finalized, but they will create probably 8,000 to 10,000 jobs,” he said. “The budgets and the procurement have not been completed with respect to refurbishment.”The government also left the door open to building the new nuclear reactors should projected energy demand rise in the future.“Sometime in the future we might be looking at it, but certainly it’s not part of this long term energy plan,” said Chiarelli.Greenpeace Canada applauded Premier Kathleen Wynne for killing the new nuclear reactors, but urged the government to proceed cautiously with refurbishments.“The Wynne government deserves credit for finally ending the charade that new reactors are needed and cost effective,” said Greenpeace spokesman Shawn-Patrick Stensil. “Hopefully the government won’t take the industry’s cost claims for the refurbishment at face value and require a full public review.”The Canadian Nuclear Association declined to comment Thursday on Chiarelli’s announcement.Ontario currently gets about 50 per cent of its electricity from nuclear generation, and Chiarelli said it will likely be around the 47 per cent mark when the government’s long-term energy plan is released later this year.Last year, Ontario’s mix of energy sources was 53 per cent nuclear, 21 per cent hydro, 13 per cent natural gas, five per cent from wind and solar and three per cent from coal, which will be completely phased out by next year. by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 10, 2013 8:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario kills plan for two new nuclear plants; will rebuild existing reactors read more

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A really good feeling Paralyzed Humboldt Broncos players back on the ice

DENVER — It was just a pickup hockey game between family and friends but the significance was not lost on former Humboldt Broncos teammates Ryan Straschnitzki and Jacob Wassermann.The two young men tested out sledge hockey sleds at an arena in Denver in anticipation of a short exhibition game during an extended first period of a National Collegiate Athletic Association game between the University of Denver Pioneers and the Providence Friars on Friday night.It soon turned into a game of shinny marking the first time both Straschnitzki and Wassermann were on the ice together since the junior hockey players were seriously injured in a fatal bus crash near Tisdale, Sask., last spring.“Some of those guys out there are really … good and being out with Straz was amazing,” said 18-year-old Wassermann, who was set up  by Straschnitzki for a goal. “I haven’t been out on the ice with him for some time so that was a really good feeling.”Wassermann was playing as a forward, instead of his former position as a goaltender, so he could get used to using the sled.“I’ve been a goalie my whole life, so I’m not really a scorer or anything. All that playing out there is pretty much new to me, being a goalie when I was very young, but it’s fun though.”Straschnitzki, 19, has had a lot more time playing sledge hockey and was impressed with Wassermann’s goal.“I set him up for a nice one. I think it was pretty cool. We got to see each other on the ice and it was fun. This was just a little warm-up for tonight,” he said.The two players were presented with autographed Hanson Brothers jerseys from the original movie “Slapshot.” There was a lot of laughter and on-ice banter.“That was fantastic to see them. That was the first time they’ve been on the ice together since April 5 and the smiles those two had and the chit-chats,” said Ryan Straschnitzki’s father, Tom Straschnitzki.“I think they were trying to hit each other too.”The junior hockey careers for the two players ended April 6 when the Humboldt Broncos team bus and a semi-trailer collided. Sixteen people were killed and 13 injured. Straschnitzki was paralyzed from the chest down and Wassermann from below the navel.Wassermann’s father, Kirby Wassermann, had mixed feelings as he watched the two former teammates play.“It’s really nice to see them out there again together. It’s been since April and I know Jacob’s been really excited for the trip,” he said.“But at the same time it brings a lot of things back and … it’s hard too.”— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Press read more

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Palm oil bergs begin washing up over British beaches

The British regulator, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said it is currently looking into the possibility of negotiating a regional deal to crack down on the dumping of food oils in British waters.”The UK had sought an earlier date and is now engaged in discussions with other North Sea States on the practicality, and legality, of implementing these restrictions earlier on a regional basis” it said. A Cornwall Council spokesman said they have put up warning signs on many beaches. “People should keep away from the substance – if you do come into contact, wash it off using normal soap or shower gel and water and wash your clothes.” “This can be very dangerous so please keep a close eye on your dogs when walking them on any beaches.”Palm oil is a natural and edible vegetable oil, which is commonly used in food processing and as a raw ingredient. But it can easily become contaminated with fuel waste, bacteria and other toxins.Animal experts warn it is toxic – TV vet Marc Abraham says owners should not let their dogs approach the blobs which are covered in deadly germs.”Dogs will pick up anything on the beach, from pebbles, to food to palm oil” he warned. “These things can cause two-fold problems, the first is gastro, the second is foreign body obstructions.”As the palm oil is so gelatinous it can get lodged in the oesophagus and require emergency surgery.” Vets Now said “It is an edible vegetable oil derived from the pulp of the fruit of African, American and Maripa palms. It is used in processed foods, toiletries and as a biofuel. Large ships also use palm oil as a tank cleaning agent.”With dogs, if eaten it can cause sickness, diarrhoea, dehydration and, in extreme cases, pancreatitis. It can also cause blockages in the gut due to its semi-solid state.” Palm oil is washing up on beaches across the country in “bergs” as councils issue warnings about the deadly effect the substance can have on dogs.Dog walkers have been told to remain vigilant and not let their animals lick the white clumps of oil which litter the coast of Norfolk, Wales and Cornwall.Concerned residents in North Norfolk have reported finding the substance on many beaches including Cromer, Sheringham and Sea Palling.Ships are permitted to dump palm oil into the sea if they are at least 12 miles offshore.The lumps of oil, which can weigh up to a quarter of a ton and originate from palm trees, can harbour many germs and diseases.While some travel 3,000 miles across the ocean from the Caribbean, other waste is dumped overboard by cargo ships as they swill out their holds at sea.These wreak environmental havoc, and have been blamed for the death of a gannet in at Pendeen on the Cornish coast.Dog walkers at Fistral in Newquay have been warned not to touch the toxic material. A post on the Fistral Beach Facebook page reads: “We have just been informed by the lifeguards that palm oil has been washing up on the beach. 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. read more

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Intralot awarded 15year gaming monitoring licence

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Intralot is going to be Victoria’s new single electronic gaming machine (EGM) monitor. Minister for Gaming Michael O’Brien announced this week that the licence awarded to the Greek interests company will commence in August 2012. The 15-year EGM Monitoring Licence is the final licence to be awarded as part of the restructure of Victoria’s gambling industry. Intralot will provide the electronic monitoring system for all hotel and club gaming machines in Victoria. The licensee is also required to provide relevant data and information on gaming machines for regulatory, taxation and research purposes. The minister’s decision follows a report by the Secretary of the Department of Justice on assessments of the two competing bids from Intralot and Maxgaming Vic Pty Ltd (Tatts). “I have accepted the Secretary’s recommendation that, based on the assessments, it is in the public interest that Intralot’s application for the monitoring licence be granted,” Mr O’Brien said. “The Secretary’s report was clear that IGS was the preferred bid. IGS’s bid offered a fair and competitive pricing model and agreed to comply with the terms and conditions of the monitoring licence and related agreement,” Mr O’Brien said. Intralot is a leading supplier of monitoring services to licensed gaming organisations worldwide and has proven, modern technology. Intralot currently provides monitoring services in New Zealand, Italy and several other countries. The Gambling Licences Review project under which Intralot managed to gain the licence is subject to strict probity requirements, with an independent Probity Auditor and the Independent Review Panel (IRP) ensuring transparency of the licensing process. The IRP’s report found no impediment to the Minister proceeding to make the decision. The report is expected to be tabled soon in Parliament.last_img read more

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Commemorating the anniversary of Cyprus struggle for justice and freedom one that

first_imgOn Sunday, Melbourne’s Cypriot Community came together to commemorate the fallen heroes of the fight for Cyprus’ liberation from Britain between 1955-1959.Taking part was the Justice For Cyprus Coordinating Committee SEKA and students from the Zenon Education Centre.The touching program was coordinated by Katie Georgiou, with participants including the High Commissioner of Cyprus, Martha Mavrommati, composer Christos Ioannidis, and Zenon director Andrea Garibaldi.Students recited beautiful songs and messages for the fallen heroes. Mrs Mavrommati addressed those gathered, especially the children, and spoke with deep emotion about the heroes and sacrifices made.Recently appointed SEKA president Eleni Efthymiou also gave a speech, delivering her own heart-felt message about the fight for Cyprus’ liberation, one that continues today as the country remains divided.READ MORE: Cypriot Youth join togetherAlso speaking on the day were president of the Cyprus Community of Melbourne, Stelios Aggelodimou and president of the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria Constantinos Procopiou.Also present was president of the Coordinating Committee of Pontian Associations in Melbourne (SEPSM) Nicholas Makridis and Secretary General Panagiotis Sofronidis.Children proudly received awards from the High Commissioner.Ioannidis started and closed the event with patriotic songs and his own compositions. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Update Missing man with earlyonset dementia has been found

first_imgUpdate: Robert Robinson was found Sunday evening, according to the Vancouver Police Department.*****A man with early-onset dementia was missing in the west Vancouver area Sunday, and the Vancouver police were asking residents to keep an eye out.Robert “Bobby” C. Robinson went missing sometime after 1:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Vancouver Police Department, and officials believe he’s on foot in western Vancouver.Robinson is 64 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall with shoulder-length brown and gray hair, the police said, and he has a mustache. He’s thought to have been wearing a green baseball cap, a green hooded sweatshirt with “Alaskan made” written on the front, blue jeans and white shoes.The department asked anyone who spots him to call police.last_img read more

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President Addresses Troops At JBER During Stop In Anchorage

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享President Donald Trump addressed troops at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Air Force Base, in Anchorage, during a refueling stop on Thursday. President Trump addressed roughly 200 troops at JBER: “I wanted to be with you, and it’s an honor to be with you. Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, at ease, let’s have a  little fun.”  Trump acknowledged Governor Mike Dunleavy during his nearly 20-minute appearance. He told Dunleavy he could call him anytime he has a problem “and we’ll take care of it for Alaska.” This is a developing story A temporary flight restriction has been issued from the Federal Aviation Administration for the area surrounding Elmendorf, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The President is traveling from from Hanoi, Vietnam to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Trump: “Mike Dunleavy, I just want to say he has been an incredible warrior. He ran an incredible campaign, he won easily. He is not only one of the best governors in the United States, but he is also one of the largest.” last_img read more

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