Construction accident in Albertas energy sector kills two workers

first_imgThe RCMP and the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Department are investigating and the site has been shut down, but no other details have been released.The Calgary company says it has sent in emergency counselling services for those at the site and has extended further access to counselling for the dead workers’ families.Source also says it’s co-operating with everyone involved in the accident investigation.“Our thoughts are with the family, friends and co-workers of the deceased during this tragic time,” the company said in its statement Wednesday. FOX CREEK, A.B. – A construction accident in northern Alberta has killed two workers.Source Energy Services says in a statement that the contractors died on Tuesday during work on additional storage capacity for what’s known as fracking sand at the company’s terminal near Fox Creek, about 260 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.The sand is used by companies in Alberta’s energy sector to extract oil and natural gas from tight geologic formations.last_img read more

Morocco Teenager Kidnapped for a Ransom of MAD 1 Million

Rabat- A seven-member gang was arrested in the northern city of Tangiers on grounds of kidnapping a minor. The gang has reportedly demanded the parents of the victim to pay a ransom of MAD 1 million to release him.According to Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya daily newspaper, On October 30, a real estate developer in the city of Tangiers contacted the police in order to report the kidnapping of his son.Preliminary investigation found that the minor was the victim of a gang comprised of seven members, including a woman. Police said the kidnappers demanded at first MAD 1 million ransom, and then lowered their demands to 300,000 Dirhams.The victim was found in the under-privileged neighborhood of Beni Mekada where he was held hostage by the kidnappers, police said.Authorities said the female member of the gang used Facebook to persuade the 16-year-old teenager to meet her.As soon as he met with the young woman, the teenager was confronted with the other members of the gang who forced him into their car.The seven defendants, including the young woman will be brought to justice at the end of the preliminary investigation, according to security sources quoted by the newspaper.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

New US envoy visits Jaffna

Meanwhile the US Embassy in Colombo said that Sison handed over fishing supplies to 130 families in Kallar, Killinochchi yesterday.This donation, through the U.S. Embassy’s development arm, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is part of a larger initiative of partnering with families in conflict-affected areas, bringing dignity back to their communities. The new U.S Ambassador to Sri Lanka visited the north over the last couple of days and had wide ranging discussions with officials and people in the area.Ambassador Michele J. Sison visited Jaffna and Kilinochchci as part of her northern trip, her first since she took over as the Ambassador to Sri Lanka recently. During her meetings in Jaffna Ambassador Sison met with the Muslim Federation of Jaffna and discussed several issues including on the displaced and the needs of the Muslim community, the U.S Embassy said. Speaking at the handover ceremony in the Killinochchi district, Ambassador Sison said, “You have advocated, against many difficulties, to secure access to the sea. You have travelled across the district, searching for a better way of living. It is our hope that these 10 boats, the nets and gear will assist you as you continue to restore your lives; the U.S. Government is committed to helping rebuild Sri Lanka’s communities with initiatives such as this one.”In addition to providing equipment, USAID organizes exposure visits and training programs, giving the fishermen of Kallar an opportunity to learn new technologies, sustainable fish harvesting and environmentally sound practices from southern fishermen. The Ambassador had, during that meeting, reiterated US opposition to a controversial anti Islam video which had resulted in protests against the U.S government in several countries. read more

Religious centre in Sri Lanka where Kerala youth went missing identified

Nawaz studied under Yasin Hajoori, the head of Darul Hadees in Dammaj, and he left Yemen after the centre was closed down following an attack by Houthi rebels. His mother is from Thrissur and he used to conduct classes in some Salafi centres in north Kerala. His mother is from Thrissur and he used to conduct classes in some Salafi centres in north Kerala. Intelligence agencies have identified the religious centre in Sri Lanka where a few among the missing persons from Kerala had stayed for about a month before they disappeared.“It is a centre run by one Nawaz ul-Hind who has connections with Kerala. He had studied at Darul Hadees at Dammaj in Yemen for 12 years before starting the centre at Nigombo in Sri Lanka,“ an intelligence officer told TOI. Intelligence agencies collected details of the Sri Lankan institute from aperson at Athikkad Salafi commune in Malappuram who had sent his son to the institute. They have also been told that Nawaz had ousted Hafeesudheen, one of the members of the gang that disappeared from Padne, from the institute after the latter tried to lure some students into the Islamic State (IS).Other members of the Padne group, including Ashfaq and Rashid, and Ezza and his wife from Palakkad are also suspected to have gone to the Sri Lankan centre. Intelligence sources said the Athikkad Salafi commune would be under close scrutiny in the coming days as they suspected that some elements looking for recruitment into the IS had infiltrated into the Salafi group. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Buying an electric car becomes cheaper today as federal rebates kick in

OTTAWA — Federal rebates to encourage Canadians to buy electric cars take effect today.The rebates, announced in the last Liberal budget, will take up to $5,000 off the cost of electric vehicles, and $2,500 off plug-in hybrids, but they apply only to cars that cost less than $45,000.Ottawa is raising that to $55,000 to increase the options a buyer can choose and still receive the rebate, which will allow some of the most popular cars, including the Tesla Model 3, to qualify. Toyota to boost investment in Canada with plans to build two more Lexus SUVs at Ontario plant Electric vehicle rebate could slam the brakes on sales until Ottawa nails down the details Magna strikes deal to build electric vehicles in China, the world’s biggest EV market Nine electric cars and 13 plug-in hybrids are eligible, including the second- and third-most popular electric cars, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt.Electric-car experts say there is no doubt government incentives help drive electric-car purchases, noting when the new conservative government in Ontario killed a $14,000 rebate last year, electric-car sales in that province plummeted.Road transportation accounts for as much as one-fifth of Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions and the incentives are part of the federal government’s strategy to meet its international targets for reducing emissions to halt climate change. read more

Annan calls for security technical and financial aid to Central Africa Republic

In a new report to the Security Council, he thanks those countries and organizations that have assisted the country with the electoral process and asks for continued help to the newly elected Government which will have to focus on reconstruction in all areas of national life during its five-year term in office.“The support of the international community for the action of the Central African authorities is essential for the consolidation of the democratic achievements of recent weeks. I appeal to the good will and generosity of the partners of the Central African Republic, which should provide considerable and immediate financial support to the economic reconstruction effort now under way,” he says.Aid is particularly necessary because CAR is one of the most critical parts of a sub-region where peace is still fragile and volatile, Mr. Annan says.Civil conflict in CAR initially erupted in the mid-1990s when soldiers staged a series of mutinies. The UN Peace-building Support Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA) was created in February 2000. But tensions continued due to the civil war and political unrest in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the UN Department of Political Affairs.On human rights and national security, Mr. Annan says, “I encourage the new authorities to do everything possible to ensure respect for human rights. It is important for the restoration of trust and reconciliation among the Central Africans that the violators should be brought to justice.”Besides restructuring the national military forces, he says, “impetus should be given to the contacts established at the highest political level in the Central African Republic, Cameroon and Chad on possible responses to the direct security threat to the Central African Republic and certain countries of the sub-region posed by the armed gangs and other roadblockers,” the local highway robbers known as Zaraguinas. read more

Alberta Oil Patch producers face tough times ahead Energy Aspects Analyst

Alberta Oil Patch producers face tough times ahead; Energy Aspects Analyst by News Staff Posted Jan 6, 2015 7:46 am MDT One oil analyst says most, if not all of the Alberta Oil Patch producers are no longer breaking even, and it’s all thanks to the plunging price of crude.Energy Aspects analyst Virendra Chauhan says oil has fallen below the profitability threshold for most producers.Chauhan tells 660news things are not expected to improve until the end of 2015, at the earliest.“Do we go back to a hundred dollars per barrel by the end of the year, probably not,” he said, “it’s looking more like an 18 to 24 month play.”But, it’s not all doom and gloom.“You have to make the investments today, in order to get the oil out in three or five years’ time,” Chauhan said.Experts say industry investments today will likely be popular in the hope they impact longer-term supplies.The U-K based analyst adds some in the patch need $70 dollar per barrel oil just to break-even, “cash flows are under pressure, earnings are under pressure and so it’s fair to say it’s going to be a challenging six to 12 months for producers.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Samsung Note 7 recall to cost at least 53 billion

by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Oct 13, 2016 2:59 am MDT Last Updated Oct 14, 2016 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Samsung Note 7 recall to cost at least $5.3 billion SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics said Friday that the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 would cost the company about $3 billion during the current and next quarters, bringing the total cost of the recall to at least $5.3 billion.The Note 7 discontinuation will cost in the mid-2 trillion won range during the October-December period and another 1 trillion won ($884 million) during the January-March quarter, the company said in a statement.Samsung already slashed its third-quarter profit forecast by $2.6 billion earlier this week, an amount that could wipe out its entire mobile business profit. That did not include the cost of Samsung’s first recall, which analysts estimated at 1 trillion won to 2 trillion won.Samsung has enough cash and other businesses to absorb the shock from the phone recall. It said it expected to generate 5.2 trillion won ($4.6 billion) in operating income during the third quarter after the recall cost. Analysts said most of the income will be generated by sales of advanced displays and semiconductors.Samsung added that it will make significant changes in its quality assurance processes to enhance product safety for consumers. It did not elaborate.The company said it will expand sales of two other smartphones released in spring, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, quashing rumours that it may try to release updated versions of those devices. Samsung usually releases a new iteration of the Galaxy S series in spring, so the company may have to provide a strong incentive to sell the 6-month-old phones, such as lowering their prices.Due to unexplained fires and overheating problems, more than 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones were recalled before the product was discontinued earlier this week just two months after its launch in August.In the United States, 1.9 million Note 7 phones are subject to the two recalls. Samsung also recalled about 200,000 phones in China and about half a million phones in South Korea.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there were 96 reports of batteries in Note 7 phones overheating in the country, including 23 new reports since the first recall announcement last month. The company received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damages associated with the phones.“Consumers should immediately stop using and power down all Galaxy Note 7 devices, including Note 7 devices received as replacements in the previous recall,” the agency said.The botched recall raised questions about Samsung’s initial analysis of the Note 7 phone’s problems. At first, Samsung said a minor manufacturing error in the batteries for the Note 7 was causing the phones to overheat.The problem with the replacements is still unclear. Experts say Samsung may have rushed to conclude the Note 7’s problem was a battery issue and it may take a long time to find the real cause.Seeking to retain customers, Samsung is giving an incentive of a $100 credit to Note 7 owners who switch to another Samsung phone.The Note 7 device was one of the most expensive smartphones in the market with all the latest technologies from Samsung, including the ability to unlock the phone by scanning a user’s iris. It was sold for between $850 and $890.__Follow Youkyung Lee on Twitter at work can be found at Returned boxes of Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 7 smartphones are placed at a shop of South Korean mobile carrier in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Samsung Electronics says it has expanded its recall of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the U.S. to include all replacement devices the company offered as a presumed safe alternative after the original Note 7s were found prone to catch fire. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) read more

Merrittville bridge closure delayed

Staff and students commuting to Brock University via Merrittville Hwy. will have a few extra days to figure out their new driving route.Merrittville Hwy. between Decew Rd. and Beaverdams Rd. had been scheduled to close Sept. 14 so that work could begin on replacing the Power Canal Bridge.However, the Niagara Region said Thursday that because the project to replace a bridge on Beaverdams Rd. is still wrapping up, the Merrittville Hwy. closure will be delayed by three days to Thursday, Sept. 17.Merrittville Hwy. will be closed until August, 2016 for the work to be done. In addition to the new, wider bridge being built, a new causeway leading up to the bridge will also be constructed.The posted detour uses Beaverdams Rd., Collier Rd. and St. David’s Rd. read more

Commentary preseason college football polls should be done away with

Former Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger raises the 1983 NCAA Championship trophy during halftime of a game against Florida Atlantic at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won, 34-6. Credit: Courtesy of MCTBefore each college football season, The Associated Press, USA TODAY and countless other media outlets come out with their preseason top 25 rankings. Essentially, it is a way of letting the world know what their predictions are for the upcoming season.These rankings factor in how teams did the previous year, the players they lost and added to their squads and any potential coaching changes that will affect the program.And every year, we fall into their trap.I’ll admit it, ever since I was young I was always excited for the day that AP released its preseason poll because it gave me something to analyze before the season got under way.But these rankings are flawed and need to be fixed.Since the beginning of the Bowl Championship Series in 1998, there has been only one national champion that started the season ranked outside the top 20 in the preseason AP poll.That was No. 22 Auburn in 2010-11.All in all, there have been only eight teams that started the season outside of the AP top 10 and participated in the BCS National Championship, four of which were victorious.So if a team thinks it has a shot of playing in the BCS National Championship Game or, starting next season, into the College Football Playoff, it has to hope AP thinks so too.Currently there are five undefeated teams in the AP top 20 who started the season unranked: No. 17 Fresno State (5-0), No. 16 Texas Tech (6-0), No. 14 Missouri (6-0), No. 12 Baylor (5-0) and No. 10 Miami (5-0).There is zero guarantee that even one of these teams finishes the season unbeaten but if they do, the odds of them jumping over a one loss LSU (6-1) or Texas A&M (5-1), currently ranked sixth and seventh respectively, is slim.These teams very well could be the best five in the country, but because of the fact that the rankings in the preseason didn’t include them, they could miss out on the opportunity to play for the crystal football.As much hate as the BCS system gets, the one thing it did get right was when it releases its rankings.It isn’t until the eighth week of games that the initial BCS rankings become available, a style all polls should adopt.If AP waited until mid-October to announce its first poll of the season, it might look very different. Instead of discussing whether No. 4 Ohio State should leapfrog No. 3 Clemson or drop below No. 5 Florida State, we may be talking about Baylor or Miami potentially finishing in the top two and making it to the title game.At the end of the day, the preseason rankings are often closer to correct than incorrect, but that doesn’t mean they should continue.The last time the eventual national champion was ranked outside of the top 5 in the AP poll in week eight of the season was 2006-07 when Florida was No. 9 and coming off its only loss of the season the day before.I would rather wait for a couple of months and give voters time to really evaluate teams than just jump right in and potentially cost deserving schools their shot at a championship.With the adaptation of a college football’s first ever playoff system next season, it is time for AP to change its ways as well. Get rid of the preseason and early season polls, wait to release your rankings until later and give every team an equal opportunity to win it all. read more

Ohio State womens basketball looks to catch its breath win first game

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) during a game against Connecticut on Nov. 16. OSU lost 100-56. Credit: Ian Bailey | Lantern reporterAfter falling to the two top-ranked teams in the country, the No. 7 Ohio State women’s basketball team (0-2) is set to host Belmont (2-0) on Thursday at 7 p.m. in search of its first victory.The Buckeyes began the season on Friday in Columbia, South Carolina, falling to No. 2 South Carolina 88-80 before hosting top-ranked Connecticut, losing to the three-time defending champions 100-56. OSU coach Kevin McGuff and his players remained pleased with the scheduling of the Huskies and Gamecocks, undeterred by the losses.“You never know how good you are, unless you face the best,” junior forward Shayla Cooper said, dismissing the notion that OSU shouldn’t have scheduled the difficult early-season tests.McGuff agreed.“If you’re trying to be relevant, you’ve gotta play the best teams, you’ve gotta get on TV. Even though it didn’t go our way, we had a great crowd, we had a lot of recruits here, we were on national TV,” McGuff said following the loss to UConn, referencing a conversation he had with Huskies coach Geno Auriemma prior to tipoff.Belmont, despite starting the season with two victories over Young Harris, 80-31, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 63-62, is unranked. The Bruins, who are members of the Ohio Valley Conference, finished the 2014-15 season with a 14-17 record, falling to all three ranked teams they played.“I just know they run a motion offense and they love to shoot,” Cooper said about Belmont.The numbers back up Belmont’s propensity to shoot early and often. The Bruins shot 21 and 24 3-pointers in their first two games, making 33.3 and 47.6 percent, respectively. They also have forced 39 turnovers combined, while committing fewer fouls than their opponents in each of the past two games.But rather than specifically focus on game-planning for Belmont, OSU has worked on improving itself in light of the two losses to start the season.“I think our communication improved today,” Cooper said.She continued, noting that the disappointment felt by the Buckeyes after the loss to South Carolina outweighed the frustration they felt following the loss to UConn because of the close game against the Gamecocks.Missing MavungaMuch is able to be learned when you play against such elite competition early on.The game against South Carolina showed the Buckeyes how close they were to the No. 2 team while the loss to UConn showed them how far they have yet to go.But between both games, rebounding, or the lack thereof, plagued OSU. The Gamecocks outrebounded the Buckeyes 51-42, and the Huskies took further advantage of their size, achieving a 49-29 lead on the glass. Cooper led OSU in rebounding in both games with 15 and eight, respectively, but beyond her, sophomore forward Alexa Hart and sparsely used redshirt junior center Lisa Blair, McGuff’s team lacks size and strength in the interior. This puts a lot of the weight on Cooper’s shoulders.Cooper said she thinks her physicality is her most important skill she brings to the team. “I like going up against one of our transfers, (junior forward) Stephanie (Mavunga) because she’s really physical,” she said.Mavunga, redshirting this year, must sit out a season after transferring to OSU from North Carolina this fall. For the Tar Heels, the 6-foot-3 forward averaged 14.4 points and 9.6 rebounds while leading the team with 2.6 blocks per game.If NCAA rules did not require Mavunga to sit out a season, she would likely start beside Cooper or Hart inside, fortifying the interior that has given the Buckeyes issues. But without her, OSU will need to find ways to improve on the glass all season long. Its search for answers begins Thursday against Belmont. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

Mens lacrosse Statement made No 18 Buckeyes blast topranked Denver 167

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team huddles before its 8-7 win over University of Massachusetts on Feb. 18. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team didn’t just make a statement against No. 1 Denver; it annihilated the top team in the nation.Freshman forward Tre LeClaire led the Buckeyes (8-0) with five goals as they demolished the Pioneers, 16-7, at Ohio Stadium. LeClaire is the the team’s overall leading scorer and making a case for national freshman of the year.OSU coach Nick Myers said he saw the potential in LeClaire on the recruiting trail, and it’s not a surprise the way he is playing in his first season in Columbus.“He’s working hard and he’s a humble kid, but he’s in a position where he knows he has to shoot the ball when his hands are free,” Myers said. “And I thought he did a nice job of that today.”Senior attack Eric Fannell and senior midfielder Johnny Pearson each had a hat trick.OSU redshirt senior goaltender Tom Carey was excellent in net, saving 11-of-17 shots on goal. Carey made his first save within seconds of the first faceoff by deflecting Denver junior midfielder Trevor Baptiste’s first shot of the game. After that, the Buckeyes pounced with three quick goals in the first period.LeClaire opened the scoring for OSU, but following a goal from Denver’s senior midfielder Tyler Pace, the Buckeyes exploded on offense, refusing to let up.With 11:50 remaining in the first period, Pearson took the 2-1 lead. Then, ten seconds later, Fannell scored a goal. Pearson scored his second of the day with 4:26 remaining in the first. Before the end of the quarter, senior midfielder J.T. Blubaugh put another on the board for an early 5-1 lead.In the second quarter the Buckeyes continued to shutdown the Pioneers’ offense. LeClaire scored twice and junior attack Colin Chell scored once, giving OSU a stunning 8-1 lead at the half.To open the third quarter, the Buckeyes put two more on the more to cap 10 unanswered goals and an insurmountable 11-1 lead.Myers said he told the team to keep going at the Pioneers and not to let up.“I told the team at halftime to stay aggressive,” he said. “We need to play another 30 minutes of Buckeye lacrosse and — versus a team like Denver — we have been in that position before and we can’t let up.”Fannell scored twice in the quarter with assists from freshman midfielder Ryan Terefenko and Chell.With 2:32 left in the third quarter, the Pioneers finally got on the board again when Connor Cannizzaro scored, but LeClaire answered emphatically with his fifth of the day and second in the quarter, giving OSU a 12-2 lead after three.In the fourth, Denver outscored OSU 5-4, but little did that matter.Terefenko, Blubaugh, Pearson and senior attack Austin Shanks all scored in the quarter, suppressing any chance of a comeback.Sophomore attack Austin French, junior midfielder Sean Mayle, freshman attack Ethan Walker, sophomore midfielder Colin Rutan and junior attack Colton McCaffrey all scored for the Pioneers in the quarter.Fannell said this victory should grant OSU more respect than it had been receiving.“We know as a team that we’re good and (if) people aren’t going to give us recognition, then we’re going to keep running it down teams’ throats,” he said.Next week OSU will travel to South Bend, Indiana, to play No. 2 Notre Dame in an attempt to extend their undefeated season and beat another top program. read more

Icelandic player of 2010 – Alexander Petersson

Alexander PeterssonIcelandic handball Icelandic handball Federation chose right wing – back, Alexander Petersson (30) for the best player in 2010. Petersson plays in Fuchse Berlin, where he came last summer from SG Flensburg. Native Latvian got in 2004 Icelandic citizenship and played for their national team with huge role in last bronze medal from EURO 2010 in Austria. ← Previous Story Marko Vujin for Handball-Planet: “My wish for 2011 – Kiel” Next Story → Russian legend, Vladimir Maksimov: “France and Sweden in the final” read more

Les secrets dApple révélés

first_imgLes secrets d’Apple révélésLe journaliste Adam Lashinsky a enquêté pendant des mois sur Apple pour réaliser un papier intéressant et inédit sur Apple. Il raconte diverses anecdotes, plongeant les lecteurs à l’intérieur de la pomme, et notamment le jour du lancement catastrophique de la plateforme MobileMe, en 2008.L’article d’Adam Lashinsky ne sera publié que le 23 mai prochain par le magazine Fortune. Mais le papier baptisé Inside Apple a déjà révélé certains de ses secrets. Ainsi, d’après le site Gizmodo, le journaliste raconte, vu de l’intérieur, le lancement catastrophique de la plateforme MobileMe, lancée en 2008 par la firme de Cupertino, une entreprise où l’échec n’est pas envisageable. Les serveurs en panne et interminables chargements de pages qui ont accompagné ce lancement avait valu à Apple de très mauvaises critiques de la part de la presse, et provoqué la colère de Steve Jobs.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Le patron d’Apple a convoqué l’équipe de MobileMe pour une réunion de crise. Il aurait alors demandé : “Est-ce que quelqu’un peut me dire ce que MobileMe est censé faire ?”. Laissant à peine le temps à un participant de répondre à la question, Steve Jobs se met en rage : “Alors pourquoi diable ne le fait-il pas ?”. Et le co-fondateur de la firme à la pomme de fustiger son équipe : “Vous avez terni la réputation d’Apple. Vous devriez vous détester les uns les autres pour vous être laissé tomber les uns les autres. Mossberg (un journaliste du Wall Street Journal), notre ami, a cessé d’écrire de bonnes choses sur nous”.Lors de cette réunion,Steve Jobs a nommé un nouveau directeur pour le développement du projet, et dissout une grande partie de l’équipe qui avait travaillé sur MobileMe. Une anecdote qui en dit long sur le fonctionnement d’Apple, et la responsabilité que la firme fait peser sur chaque membre de son équipe.Le 10 mai 2011 à 15:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Boissons énergisantes deux nouveaux cas de décès suspects

first_imgBoissons énergisantes : deux nouveaux cas de décès suspectsDeux nouveaux décès par crise cardiaque liés à la consommation de boissons énergisantes ont été annoncés par les autorités sanitaires. Deux cas qui relancent le débat sur les effets de ces boissons sur l’organisme.L’étau se resserre autour des boissons énergisantes. Mercredi soir, les autorités sanitaires ont rapporté deux nouveaux décès liés à la consommation de ce type de boissons. Alors “[qu’]un décès avait déjà été auparavant signalé”, l’agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire pour l’alimentation (Anses) a souligné que “des investigations sont en cours” pour confirmer le lien de causalité. Mais elle a une nouvelle fois déploré que le terme de “boisson énergisante” ne soit pas encadré réglementairement. Aujourd’hui, il définit des boissons supposées “mobiliser l’énergie” en stimulant le système nerveux : celles-ci contiennent ainsi généralement des “stimulants” comme la taurine, la caféine, le guarana, le ginseng ou même des vitamines. Néanmoins, leurs effets indésirables seraient fortement corrélés à leur consommation associée à de l’alcool, précise l’Anses. En effet, la présence de ces boissons énergisantes dans un cadre festif et sous forme de cocktail se fait de plus en plus fréquente. Or, elles tendraient à amoindrir la perception des effets liés à l’alcool. Mais ce n’est pas la seule accusation dont font l’objet les boissons énergisantes. Il semblerait également que leur absorption lors d’exercices physiques intenses pourrait comporter certains risques. Les effets notoires seraient alors d’ordre cardiaque (tachycardie), neurologique (crises d’épilepsie, tremblements, vertiges) mais aussi psychiatrique (angoisses, agitation, confusion). Treize décès liés aux boissons énergisantes Depuis la surveillance de ces boissons mise en place en 2008, 24 cas de décès ont été recensés, parmi lesquels 13 établiraient “un lieu de causalité possible ou probable”, selon l’Anses. Par ailleurs, “trois cas d’accidents vasculaires cérébraux et deux cas d’arrêt cardiaque – dont un mortel – ont été signalés pour lesquels le lien avec la consommation de boisson énergisante n’a pu être clairement établi”, précise l’agence dans un communiqué. Au vu des risques, l’Anses a donc décidé de relancer sa campagne de prévention : elle demande aux professionnels de santé de lui signaler tous les cas d’effets indésirables qui viendraient à leur connaissance et encourage bien évidemment à consommer ces boissons avec prudence.Le 7 juin 2012 à 12:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Howe hails outstanding Pochettino

first_imgAhead of their trip to Tottenham on Boxing Day, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has labeled Mauricio Pochettino as “outstanding”.Since joining Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton in 2014, Pochettino has transformed the North London club into a Premier League powerhouse.Spurs came close to winning the title but finished runners-up to Leicester City in their historic league-winning 2015/2016 season.Bournemouth will travel to Wembley to face an in-form Tottenham side that thrashed Everton 6-2 at Goodison Park on Sunday, and manager Howe has revealed his admiration for the Spurs gaffer.“I think the biggest compliment I can give him is that he improves players,” Howe told Sky Sports.Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…“You look at the players he has worked with for a consistent period of time, I think they have all got better and are now playing at high levels, and the team because of that has benefitted.“He’s an outstanding manager. He’s definitely someone that I admire, definitely. He’s definitely someone you look at and think he has a lot of qualities that you would want in yourself as a manager.“I don’t know him that well but he looks like someone who works incredibly hard, he’s very committed to his club and he does all the right things.”last_img read more

ASA Testifies Federal Policy Undermining Investor Confidence in Biodiesel

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on Regulations, Healthcare and Trade on the impacts of outstanding regulatory policy on small biofuels producers and family farmers. Uncertainty over federal policy, such as the extension of the biodiesel tax credit, implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS-2), and implementation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Bioenergy Program is undermining investor confidence in the biodiesel industry.At the top of ASA’s list of regulatory policy concerns is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for implementation of the expanded RFS-2. This Proposed Rule, released on May 5, includes several very obvious and immediate flaws and concerns.“The proposed rule as released contains unprecedented, untested and far-reaching indirect land use assumptions and projections which will adversely impact markets for U.S. farmers and impede our national efforts to reduce dependence on foreign oil and thus impede efforts to improve our environmental footprint,” said ASA Vice President Ray Gaesser, a soybean producer from Corning, Iowa. “We are concerned that EPA has attributed an undue degree of land use causation to U.S. biofuels production and that EPA’s assumptions do not adequately consider the other market factors (population growth, food and feed demand, timber prices, etc.) that have historically driven international land use decisions.”ASA believes that an expanded RFS-2 that includes a specific minimum use requirement for biomass-based diesel is a necessary and beneficial program. A workable RFS-2 is necessary to move the country toward our goals of energy independence and clean, renewable energy production. The current market demonstrates that the production and use of biofuels is not economically viable when petroleum prices are low. Combined with the extension of the biodiesel tax credit, and the implementation of the Bioenergy Program, the RFS-2 could provide some much-needed market certainty for U.S. biodiesel production.“We are also very concerned with the potential under the EPA Proposed Rule to require renewable fuel manufactures to prove that their feedstocks meet the definition of renewable biomass,” Gaesser said. “The Energy Independence and Security Act included a prescriptive definition of renewable biomass and the EPA Proposed Rule would limit eligibility to biofuels produced only from feedstocks grown on existing cropland. This requirement could result in the need to provide feedstock certification. Such feedstock certification would be onerous and unworkable.”Soybean processors likely do not know precisely where their soybeans come from unless they are direct delivered by the farmers. Most processing plants buy soybeans from local elevators as well as direct from farmers. The local elevator does not know who delivered what soybeans once they go into storage. In the case of some processors, they buy all of their soybeans from local cooperatives with very little direct delivery. Under the EPA Proposed Rule, they would need to get certifications from the hundreds of thousands of producers who deliver soybeans to a cooperative, who in turn deliver soybeans to the processor.“EPA does not provide a clear method to implement this feedstock certification, and they must recognize the challenge it would present,” Gaesser said. “This is a great concern for farmers and our industry partners and will be the subject of significant attention as we develop formal comments and response to the EPA Proposed Rule.”In addition to ASA’s concerns with significantly flawed indirect land use assumptions and unworkable feedstock certification proposals, ASA is seeking implementation by the USDA of the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, which was funded in the Energy Title of the 2008 Farm Bill. The Bioenergy Program, if implemented properly, could provide much needed assistance to U.S. biodiesel producers.“The purpose of the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels is to provide payments to eligible producers to support and ensure an expanding production of advanced biofuels,” Gaesser said. “USDA has not issued proposed rules or a notice of funding availability for the program as of yet. Our primary requests are to have the program implemented in a timely manner and provide payment on all gallons of eligible biodiesel produced retroactive to October 1, 2008.”Soy biodiesel is one of the cleanest burning biofuels in commercial existence today. It is a renewable and sustainable energy source that can play a significant role in our national efforts to increase our energy security and improve our environmental footprint. Biodiesel has also provided a significant market opportunity for U.S. soybean farmers and jobs and economic development for rural communities.ASA’s complete testimony is available here.last_img read more

FTSE 350 defined benefit pension deficit falls to £122bn

first_imgThe accounting deficit of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes for the UK’s largest 350 organisations fell from £131 billion at the end of June 2017 to £122 billion at 31 July 2017, according to research by Mercer.Its Pensions risk survey, which is based on projections and analysis of FTSE 350 organisations’ financial statements adjusted from their financial year end, also found that liability values decreased by £4 billion between the end of June 2017 and the end of July 2017, falling from £869 billion to £865 billion.Asset values increased by £5 billion from £738 billion at the end of June 2017 to £743 billion at the end of July 2017.Ali Tayyebi (pictured), senior partner at Mercer, said: “The welcome trend of improvements in the deficit over recent months continues during July. This was largely driven by a small reduction in market expectations for long-term inflation which reduces the pension liability values. An increase in asset values also helped to further improve the funding deficits over July.“As past experience has shown, periods of steady improvements can be reversed quickly. The most important question for most pension schemes should therefore be about getting the right balance between protecting improvements in the funding position and relying on continued out-performance from risk-based or unmatched asset strategies.”last_img read more

Police search for shooter who struck 12yearold

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a shooter after a 12-year-old was struck, Saturday, in Southwest Miami-Dade.Bullets shattered glass and ripped through a home off Southwest 132nd Avenue and 278th Street.Police said a 12-year-old boy was the only victim and was shot in the leg.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

ExFortune Editors Plan Tech Media Launch

first_imgWhen asked about its business plan, a Techonomy spokesperson said it “envisages a combination of publishing, teaching, consulting and partnerships.” He says the conference is a revenue anchor for which Techonomy may launch a spin-off regional series.Previously, Kirkpatrick served as Fortune’s senior Internet and technology editor. Petre served as executive editor at Fortune—having directed coverage of technology, medicine and science—and Schlender served as a foreign correspondent. Former Fortune magazine editors and writers David Kirkpatrick, Peter Petre and Brent Schlender have banded together to form Techonomy, a new media business they say aims to convince leaders from all sectors that technological and social invention is central for organizations.While Techonomy LLC will officially launch later this year, the men are gearing up for a debut conference August 4 to 6 in Lake Tahoe, California. Speakers include Bill Gates, Google CEO Eric Schmidt and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman. “The Techonomy conference will gather many of the world’s smartest and most accomplished leaders to engage in a dialogue about the roles of technology and invention in all areas of human endeavor and act as a catalyst for transferring those ideas across industries and sectors,” Kirkpatrick says in an announcement.Kirkpatrick, Petre and Schlender say the media business behind Techonomy will be a “hybrid” of original reporting, opinion, aggregated content and contributed long form journalism. According to its Web site, Techonomy will promote “a rational, optimistic, forward-looking, technically savvy work ethic that celebrates technological achievement, human ingenuity, and sustainable living.”last_img read more