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first_imgRelated Filescertificate_of_currency_release_memo_june_2014-pdfRelated LinksCertificates of Currency Touch Football Australia (TFA) would like to wish all affiliates our best wishes for the busy season ahead. We also would like to thank you for your ongoing commitment to providing the best possible experience to the Touch Football participant and the recognised affiliated pathway to participation. This communication is to outline information related to the TFA National Insurance Scheme Policy. The policy renewal process for Season Two (2) 2014 is currently being prepared. We feel it is important to communicate the process for renewing Certificates of Currency (CoC) at this point in time, to allow preparations and communications to affiliated members’ to commence. The Player Injury Insurance Cover brochure and poster, as well as the National Insurance Policy Manual for affiliates are also currently being updated. Once all information and resources have been updated and communicated, they will be made available via the website. To ensure your affiliate can access your Season 2, 2014 Certificate of Currency from early July 2014, all affiliated members must be fully financial and have completed the necessary compliance requirements with regard to Affiliate Regulations as required by your State Office. The policy renewal takes a few days to transition from one policy to the next. Therefore, if you require priority access to your Certificates please provide us advance notice. Otherwise, we expect all affiliate Certificates to be distributed by Friday, 11 July 2014. Please contact your local State Office to confirm your email addresses. Also provided for new administrators and/or committee members is a one page brief attached to this Memo, outlining exactly what a Certificate of Currency is, and relevant information about its application. The protection offered through the National Insurance Scheme continues to reinforce the benefits of all affiliated competitions throughout Australia. TFA, in association with all the states, thanks you for your continued support and assistance in all matters as they relate to the National Insurance Scheme. Please direct all enquiries regarding the National Insurance Scheme, Certificate of Currency release, and affiliation to: Affiliation Services Coordinator, TFA – or phone – (02) 6212 2800. Again, thank you for all your work and continued support, and we look forward to working with you in Season 2, 2014.For more information, please see the attached memo. last_img read more

first_imgLane Kiffin with his hands to his side for Alabama.Lane Kiffin.Could Lane Kiffin be heading back to the Bay Area and the NFL? According to a report by SB Nation blog Niners Nation, the franchise has reached out to the Alabama offensive coordinator about taking on the same role under new head coach Chip Kelly.SOURCE: Lane Kiffin was contacted about the 49ers OC job— Jennifer Chan (@jenniferleechan) January 20, 2016The San Francisco 49ers contacted Alabama offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin, to discuss the possibility of him joining Chip Kelly’s coaching staff in the same job title, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The specifics are unclear as to exactly what happened, but contact was made.As Jennifer Chan mentions in her post, it may not be an ideal fit for Kiffin. He calls plays with the Crimson Tide, while Chip Kelly will be doing so for the 49ers. He would also be coaching in a very different offensive system. Kiffin has been a very good coordinator for Nick Saban, and he is probably not far from landing another college head coaching job, so it doesn’t seem like this is something that would happen, but Kiffin has unexpectedly taken jobs before.[Niners Nation]last_img read more

first_imgMore than 28,000 additional homeowners will automatically receive a rebate on their oil bill after changes to the Your Energy Rebate program. Properties classified as resource taxable (such as marshland), resource forest (such as wood lots), and resource exempt no longer have to apply for the rebate. They are now eligible for a point-of-sale rebate of eight per cent, the provincial portion of the harmonized sales tax (HST). “We are changing the Your Energy Rebate program so more households can receive the point-of-sale rebate on home heating,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “These changes are in keeping with the intent of the program.” Since December 2006, the program has helped Nova Scotians with the rising costs of home heating. Even more Nova Scotians will receive home heating assistance this winter, as well as help to save energy and money for years to come, through government’s $92-million Heat Smart program. For more information on Your Energy Rebate, call 424-5200 in Halifax, toll-free at 1-800-670-4357 or visit the website at .last_img read more

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsSuspended Senator Patrick Brazeau, who is facing several criminal charges in Quebec and Ontario, is out of rehab and undergoing therapy, according to court documents.Brazeau was sent to the Domaine Orford treatment centre in Sherbrook, Que., last October after Gatineau, Que., police charged him with breaching previously set conditions. Police allegedly found Brazeau drunk and with a knife while he sat parked in a Dodge Journey SUV in a dirt parking lot at the end of a Gatineau street.Quebec provincial court records show he was released from rehab in January. A court filing changing his conditions was filed on Jan. 21.Brazeau is now required to live at specified addresses in Maniwaki, Que., and Buckingham, Que.He is now also required to attend weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and submit to therapy by a specified psychologist.Before his October arrest, Brazeau had spent a stint at another rehab centre in Saint-Andre-d’Argenteuil.Brazeau’s second release from rehab coincided with his reappearance on Twitter. Brazeau tweeted a little over a week ago that he was willing to volunteer with the Assembly of First Nations or the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples to work on “Aboriginal issues.” He also published an op-ed piece for an online political news website calling for a national inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women.Brazeau is facing trial at the end of March on sexual assault and assault stemming from February 2013. He is also facing assault, possession of cocaine, uttering threats and breaching bail conditions charges from a separate April 2014 incident.Across the Ottawa River in Ontario, Brazeau is facing charges of fraud and breach of trust in connection with his Senate expense claims. He is scheduled to appear in Ontario court Jun 1 for a preliminary hearing on those charges.Brazeau appears to believe he will be cleared of the Senate expense related charges. He describes himself in his Twitter profile as an “Independent First Nations Senator of Canada (suspended) for now.”Brazeau was appointed to the Senate in 2008 by Prime Minister Stephen read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canada is prepared to pursue a permanent settlement in softwood lumber within the North American Free Trade Agreement if the U.S. lumber industry keeps blocking a deal, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. suggested Thursday.David MacNaughton expressed frustration at the industry using what is effectively its veto power to block any deal between the national governments and he raised the possibility of working around it to achieve a long-term solution.Free trade in softwood lumber has never been part of any continental trade pact and the Canadian government has been wary of injecting it into this current negotiation, fearful that adding a contentious issue would make the already complex talks that much more difficult.But that could change.“We’re open to anything that’s going to resolve it. Because it’s just crazy right now,” MacNaughton said, when asked about adding softwood into NAFTA.“I’m prepared to look at anything that’s going to resolve it. I just think it’s going to be difficult to put another thing — another contentious element into NAFTA. I think we’re better off to resolve it outside of the NAFTA framework.”The reason the U.S. industry has veto power over any deal is that part of any softwood agreement would require it to sign away its right to launch trade actions against Canada.The American industry alleges unfair subsidies in Canada and about once a decade launches trade actions, which lead to duties on lumber imports, higher prices, and years of international litigation, before there’s a new temporary deal.MacNaughton accused the industry of dragging its feet because it serves its own financial interest: “They’re making a lot of money right now,” he said during a public forum organized by Politico.He called it unfortunate that U.S. consumers have no say over this process — such as homeowners, and homebuilders, now facing a national shortage of wood that will only be compounded by the massive task of rebuilding many thousands of homes damaged by hurricanes.MacNaughton said he believes the U.S. government is working to bring industry to the table.He credited U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for his mastery of the file, and said that’s one reason he’s worried about shifting the lumber talks to a new forum. The NAFTA negotiations are being led by U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer; the lumber talks are being led by Ross.On Thursday, the commerce secretary underscored his desire for a quick deal. In a meeting with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, he apparently referred to the urgency caused by hurricanes that have ravaged Texas, Florida and Louisiana.“Secretary Ross himself brought up the reality that there’s a lot of rebuilding that’s going to have to be done over the next months, and quite frankly years,” Wynne said in an interview after her meeting with Ross in Washington.“So this is an urgent issue, from our perspective.”That sentiment was echoed by Canada’s natural resources minister. Jim Carr said demand for wood products to help rebuild will put pressure on the parties to get a deal. Carr made the comments in Ottawa at a meeting of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers.“We … know that Canadian producers offer a very, very good supply of Canadian lumber in the United States,” Carr said. “That’s an economic reality. I mean, market forces are important. So we think it almost certainly will have some impact on thinking.”On Wednesday, Paul LePage, the Republican governor of Maine, asked the U.S. to at least suspend the tariffs until the hurricane rebuilding has been completed.LePage said “corporate greed from a coalition of big lumber companies” has already sent softwood market prices soaring.“Making a profit is the goal of any company — and it should be,” LePage wrote in an op-ed in The Maine Wire. “But it is unconscionable that this coalition is in a position that could lead to price-gouging Americans in distress.”The National Association of Home Builders in the United States made a similar plea to the White House earlier this month.— With files from Mia Rabson in Ottawalast_img read more

Salley said that he will also raise in Court some of the actions of Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary the Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara thero. He said that among the points he expects to raise in court are the statements made by the monks on Muslims wearing the traditional head dress, customs they follow when consuming food and the halal issue. Muslim Tamil National Alliance (MTNA) leader Azath Salley has decided to file legal action against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS).Salley said that he will go to court against the Budhist organization for making defamatory statements against the Quran. He said that he will submit evidence in court to substantiate his claims against the Bodu Bala Sena. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda read more

For the first time, 1 billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday by The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2015 3:03 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 27, 2015 at 6:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday.CEO Mark Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a post on his Facebook page, saying that one out of seven people on Earth logged in to the social network to connect with their friends and family.The 1 billion figure is different from the daily user numbers Facebook discloses each quarter when it reports its financial results. Those are the average number of daily users, counted over a 30-day period. Facebook had 968 million daily active users in June.Overall, Facebook has nearly 1.5 billion users who log in at least once a month. It hit the 1 billion user milestone in October 2012. Most people on Facebook live outside the U.S. and Canada. read more

Ohio State redshirt junior running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State-Oregon State game on Sept. 1. Ohio State won 77-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorLast season, the emergence of then-freshman running back J.K. Dobbins took all the headlines of the Ohio State running game.Dobbins, coming into the starting lineup as a true freshman because of a hamstring injury to then-redshirt sophomore and starting running back Mike Weber, came out of the gates in 2017 firing. In the opening game against Indiana, Dobbins rushed for 181 yards on 29 carries, breaking the school record for most yards by a freshman in their debut.On the season, Dobbins broke the program record for rushing yards by a freshman, ending the year with 1,403 yards on the ground and second team All-Big Ten honors.Weber ended his 2017 campaign with 640 rushing yards in 12 games played, often taking a back seat while Dobbins emerged as the consistent starter.However, in the 2018 season opener against Oregon State, it was Weber who reminded everyone of his ability.Weber ended the 77-31 victory against the Beavers with 20 carries for 186 yards and three rushing touchdowns, both career highs, as well as a reception touchdown, the first of his career.“It feels good, because I know my expectations of myself so I know what I can do,” Weber said. “I just have to go out there and just do it for the team and actually show people what I can do, and it’s starting to show a little.”Weber had five more carries than Dobbins, who ended the day with 74 yards on 15 rushes.Splitting carries may sound like an issue to some, but for Weber, it’s much more of a positive than a negative.“There’s a reason why I came back, because we knew that we was going to split carries, but splitting carries is actually good on the body for both of us,” Weber said. “We’re both gonna eat for the rest of the season, and I can’t wait for it to happen.”Against Oregon State, Weber had three rushes of 20 yards or more, including a 49-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.Though Dobbins has been seen as the running back with more speed to Weber’s power, it was the latter who broke to open space on a handful of occasions in Ohio State’s opener.Acting head coach Ryan Day had plenty of praise for Weber’s performance, not just on Saturday, but in his offseason work.“Really proud of the way Mike has practiced. We’ve been talking about that for a while now,” Day said. “That was really good to see him play well today.”Weber and Dobbins sat out the majority of the fourth quarter, allowing time for freshman running backs Brian Snead and Master Teague to show their talents.Both running backs from the 2018 recruiting class made their way to the end zone: Snead on a two-yard run and Teague on a 33-yard run.Snead and Teague earned most of their reps when the game was out of hand, thanks in major part to Weber, who broke a career high while being a part of four of Ohio State’s 11 touchdowns on the day.For Weber, a season removed from never being fully healthy, a season removed from being forced to live in the shadow of Dobbins’ success, he has made an immediate impact to Ohio State’s offense.“Something just told me to come back with my brothers and get another year at it and, hopefully, stay healthy and do what I can to help the team win,” Weber said. “I’ve been counted out a lot, in the offseason, during the season last year, I just stay humble, just keep doing what I got to do to prove people wrong.” read more

first_imgThe team found that the number of people smoking as a proportion of the Australian population a year after plain packaging came into effect decreased by 0.5%.A comparable impact in the UK would mean a combination of 300,000 extra people quitting or not taking up smoking, in addition to the overarching decline of the habit.In Australia, packets already displayed disturbing graphic health warnings before 2012, suggesting the accelerated dip in smoking was specifically due to the less colourful and interesting packaging.The new UK rules, which derive from EU regulations, mean cigarettes can only be sold in cuboid-shaped packages of a single colour, with a flip top rather than hinged lid and uniform font. Years of legal clampdowns on tobacco advertising and sponsorship meant manufacturers poured more efforts into making packets as appealing as possible.Other data reviewed by the researchers suggested that plain packaging prompts a four per cent increase in attempts to quit, and makes it less likely non-smokers will choose to start.Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, from Oxford University, who co-wrote the Cochrane review of previous studies, said: “Our evidence suggests that standardised packaging can change attitudes and beliefs about smoking, and the evidence we have so far suggests that standardised packaging may reduce smoking prevalence and increase quit attempts.” Pack of Marlborough cigarettes End of an era: cigarette packs are now a uniform colourCredit:Gary Cameron Standardised packaging can change attitudes and beliefs about smokingDr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, Oxford University Plain cigarette packaging is effective and should lead to 300,000 fewer smokers in the first year after being introduced in the UK, a major new study suggests.Data from Australia, which imposed the policy in 2012, found that restricting the colour, size and font on packages was associated with a noticeable drop in the number of people smoking in the first 12 months.Plain packaging formally comes into effect in Britain on May 20th, but has in reality been the practice for most of the last year. 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.last_img read more

first_imgWhenever a charity or organization asks people for money its a difficult sell. They have to make each individual understand what cause is being represented, why they need money, how much they need, and what exactly the donation amount being made will do. It helps if the cause is well-known or the audience already interested in the subject matter.Greenpeace is one of the most well-known organizations out there, and focused on protecting the environment. The problem is, it needs a new ship in order to take on those whaling vessels and help keep the seas legal and safe for the wildlife that lives in it.Asking for donations is something Greenpeace is used to doing, but raising enough to build a new ship is a difficult undertaking. So they decided to turn to the web and created an interactive site that makes it simple for any visitor to not only understand why a new ship is required, but also buy a piece of it for themselves.There have been two Rainbow Warrior ships so far. The first was bombed and sunk in 1985, the second set sail in 1987, but 24 years later it needs replacing. The New Rainbow Warrior campaign aims to get the funding to build this new ship while moving away from simply asking people for money.The supporting website breaks down all the components required for the new vessel and gives everything a price tag. If you have thousands of euros, or just a few to spend, there is something you can buy. In return you not only get to say you own part of the new ship, but your name will appear on board as part of the contributor’s list.There’s also multiple views allowing you to discover the ship and see the structure of it. Listed next to each view is a percentage of construction updating to show how close the new Rainbow Warrior is to getting built. It’s like a Kickstarter project exclusive to Greenpeace.The interface for viewing all the parts that need buying is quite slick. At the top of the page you can specify which categories to list and a maximum budget. Each time you change a value the page automatically updates showing you what’s available. When something has already been bought it gets a green strike through the image. It’s more like a shopping experience than a donation, and that makes for a nice change.Read more at Greenpeace.orgMatthew’s OpinionI think it’s easy to start switching off when you keep getting approached for money time and again. On the one hand you want to help different causes, but on the other you would like something in return, or at least be made to feel a part of that cause.Greenpeace has achieved that involvement with this campaign. The Rainbow Warrior website must have taken some setting up, but it’s worth it. You really feel like buying part of the ship is helping and happily put some cash down. It’s not XX dollars disappearing to organization X, it’s me buying a radar screen, GPS unit, or navigation chair for a new ship that will help stop illegal whaling.last_img read more

first_img 27,189 Views Friday 15 Jun 2018, 6:10 AM By Órla Ryan Jun 15th 2018, 6:11 AM File photo File photo Image: Shutterstock/cawee Short URL 41 Comments Image: Shutterstock/cawee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘It’s worrying’: Over 200 people diagnosed with HIV so far this year Some 500 people were diagnosed with the condition last year, and this figure is expected to be higher in 2018. Share137 Tweet Email3 HIV is found in:BloodSemenVaginal fluidBreast milkRectal secretionsIt can be transmitted through:Unprotected sex – vaginal, anal and oralBlood-to-blood contact (such as through using contaminated needles or via blood transfusions in countries where blood isn’t screened)Mother-to-baby contact – during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeedingPeople who are diagnosed with HIV can receive antiretroviral therapy and live healthy lives, with the condition often becoming undetectable.A recent audit of HIV services found that of the 5,317 individuals that attended a HIV service in 2017, 98.3% were receiving treatment.Irish AIDS Day To mark Irish AIDS Day, which is happening today, HIV Ireland has called on the government to increase resources for free community-based HIV testing.Executive Director Niall Mulligan said the charity provided free HIV testing to 1,089 people across six different community sites last year.“Unfortunately, we had to turn away a further 384 people who presented for testing because we didn’t have the resources to cope. It is crucial that we ensure access to free HIV testing is widely available across Ireland,” Mulligan said.We know regular HIV testing means earlier diagnosis and earlier access to effective treatment. We also know that effective HIV treatment reduces the virus in the body to undetectable levels, meaning that HIV cannot be passed on to someone else.Diagnoses Of the new diagnoses in 2016, just over half (51%) were among men who have sex with men (MSM). According to the HPSC, this was the largest number of diagnoses ever reported in MSM, who remain the group most affected by HIV in this country.The report also notes that 28% of diagnoses in 2016 were among heterosexuals, with people born in sub-Saharan Africa accounting for 64% of heterosexual cases. There were 21 diagnoses among people who inject drugs – a decrease from the numbers in 2014 and 2015 when there was an outbreak of HIV in Dublin among homeless drug users.A spokesperson for the HSE told us the organisation has identified two gaps in its “national continuum of HIV care”, adding that “work is ongoing to address these”.It was found that an estimated 12.9% of people living with HIV in Ireland have not yet being diagnosed and this is being addressed by improving awareness and access to HIV testing.“To address this, the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme is providing funding to HIV Ireland for the community-based HIV testing initiative KnowNow, which is currently being implemented in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and most recently Galway, to improve access to HIV testing for those most at risk of HIV such as men who have sex with men.“This community-based HIV testing initiative has been successful in reaching people who have not previously tested for HIV. Work is currently underway to improve HIV testing in other populations at risk of HIV, such as migrants, and adapt the community-based HIV testing model for this population.”‘Enormous progress’Speaking about World AIDS Day 2017, Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne said: “We know that enormous progress has been made in the treatment of people infected with HIV.Earlier testing and treatment mean that life expectancy is similar to that of the general population, thus bringing it into the realm of chronic diseases.“Such therapies aside, however, the key challenge is to prevent the disease from occurring in the first place. HIV-AIDS is, after all, a life-changing disease. We must work together to strengthen the prevention arm of our national sexual health strategy in this context.”Since December a generic version of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a once-daily medication that can significantly reduce the risk of infection among HIV-negative people at high risk, has been available in Ireland.Teva Pharmaceuticals’ generic medication is about 70% cheaper than its branded equivalent, however it still costs around €100 a month.HIV Ireland is hosting its inaugural Red Ball at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin tomorrow. More information about the fundraiser as well as HIV testing and safer sex can be read on the charity’s website. More information about HIV can also be read on the HSE’s website.  MORE THAN 200 people in Ireland have been diagnosed with HIV in the first five months of this year.According to provisional data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), there were 212 new HIV diagnoses from January to May 2018.A total of 504 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2017, on a par with the 503 new HIV diagnoses in 2016. In Ireland, on average, 10 people per week are diagnosed with the condition.The number of HIV diagnoses in Ireland has increased by 35% since 2011. A notable jump in the figures became apparent in 2013 and 2014.Prior to this there had been a consistent level of about 300-350 HIV diagnoses a year. There were 485 in 2015 and 508 in 2016.Official figures are likely to understate the number of people living with HIV as, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), 15% of people living with HIV in western Europe are undiagnosed.In a statement, HIV Ireland described the provisional figures for 2018 as “worrying”, noting that HIV diagnoses this year are beginning to surpass those of 2017.last_img read more

first_imgL’épandage aérien de pesticides crée la polémiqueAlors que l’épandage aérien de pesticides est interdit en France, certaines préfectures délivrent des dérogations aux agriculteurs. Les écologistes et les apiculteurs montent donc au créneau pour dénoncer les risques pour l’homme et la biodiversité.L’épandage aérien visant à pulvériser des pesticides pour protéger les champs cultivés est interdit en France. Pourtant, certaines préfectures de Midi-Pyrénées (Haute-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne et Gers) ont délivré des dérogations aux agriculteurs. “Le Sud-Ouest est particulièrement concerné par cette pratique qui est symptomatique de l’industrialisation de l’agriculture. Ces dérogations sont parfaitement inacceptables, car les épandages ont un effet très négatif : ils ne se limitent pas à la parcelle traitée”, alerte ainsi l’eurodéputé écologiste José Bové.Concrètement, les pesticides ou fongicides sont diffusés sous forme liquide ou en micro-granulés par des hélicoptères qui volent en rase-motte au-dessus des champs, essentiellement de maïs. Selon le président de la chambre d’agriculture de Haute-Garonne, Yvon Parayre, les agriculteurs n’utilisent cette méthode qu’en dernier ressort car la méthode est “très coûteuse”. L’objectif serait alors de prévenir des pertes qui peuvent aller jusqu’à 30% de la récolte. Le syndicat agricole FNSEA soutient que des précautions sont prises pour éviter toute pollution. Mais les apiculteurs eux ne l’entendent pas de cette oreille. Ils sont confrontés à des pertes importantes, le taux de mortalité des abeilles étant en forte augmentation en France. De 3 à 5% en 1985, il est passé de 35 à 40% aujourd’hui et serait au moins en partie imputable aux pesticides, d’après les apiculteurs qui sont plusieurs fois monté au créneau sur le sujet. Pire, en Midi-Pyrénées, la mortalité moyenne est de 60%, souligne Olivier Fernandez, président des apiculteurs de Midi-Pyrénées. Cité par l’AFP, celui-ci dénonce un non respect des procédures : le refus de prévenir dans le délai légal, le défaut de balisage avant le traitement et la pulvérisation mercredi d’un champ de maïs en pleine floraison, ce qui est interdit. L’infraction a été constatée par les services préfectoraux et une plainte a été déposée.”Un scandale sanitaire majeur” À lire aussiEmmanuel Macron remet en cause la sortie du glyphosate d’ici trois ans”C’est un coup de Napalm sur la biodiversité”, estime le vice-président EELV du conseil régional de Midi-Pyrénées, Gérard Onesta. “Le problème concerne toute la France, c’est effrayant. La puissance publique donne une dérogation générale et systématique. C’est un scandale sanitaire majeur. Quand on épand, tout le monde en prend : les promeneurs, les enfants qui jouent dans le jardin, les animaux, les cours d’eau, les élevages. Et ce sont des produits de grande toxicité”. Au ministère de l’Agriculture, on rappelle que “la règle c’est l’interdiction, les cas particuliers c’est la dérogation”. Toutefois le député PS Gérard Bapt, président du groupe santé environnementale de l’Assemblée nationale, s’étonne de la multiplication de ces fameuses dérogations. De son côté, le ministère admet que “pour l’année prochaine, il serait souhaitable de revoir les critères” qui sont à la disposition des préfets pour accorder ou non les dérogations. D’autant que M. Bapt met en avant une absence de suivi. “Qui va aller vérifier sur le terrain si le vent permet l’épandage ou si les environs ne sont pas affectés”, interroge-t-il. Pour lui, il faut purement et simplement suspendre la circulaire prévoyant les dérogations. Alors qu’il y a un danger pour la santé humaine, “la DRAAF vit sur de vieux schémas d’agriculture intensive, avec une mésestimation du risque”. Pour lutter contre certains parasites comme la pyrale, M. Bapt, tout comme les écologistes, préconise ainsi que les agriculteurs “varient les cultures” sur le même sol.Le 20 juillet 2012 à 12:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img You know, when you have a TV show about superheroes (and villains) on a time-travelling spaceship, a time loop episode is pretty much inevitable. It’s been done so many times in so many TV shows, it borders on cliche. But this is where Legends of Tomorrow can really shine. When it goes to a stock storyline like this, it can really focus on building its characters. And when the main players are as strong as these, a character-focused episode can turn into something really fun and interesting. That’s what happened last night.We open with Zari trying to divert the ship’s power to run a complicated simulation to find loopholes that will allow her to change history. Gideon warns her that it’s a bad idea and spoilers, it turns out the ship’s right. As soon as the Legends return from their mission, which apparently involved Napoleon and a disco band (now I want to see that episode), Gideon crashes. The ship is broken, and after a tense exchange with Sara over who’s in charge, Zari goes to fix the ship. She gets some green goo on her face, the ship explodes and everyone dies. She suddenly finds herself back in the middle of the argument with Sara and sets about trying to figure out what’s going on. Someone in the writers’ room just watched a ton of Star Trek: The Next Generation, huh?Adam Tsekhman as Gary, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary and Tala Ashe as Zari (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)This is Zari’s episode to shine, and she immediately recognizes what’s happening. She tries to warn the rest of the Legends, but keeps ending up in the med bay and sedated. Unable to warn anyone or investigate the explosion, the ship blows up and the time loop is reset until Zari builds up a tolerance to the sedative. Nate, since he’s the only superhero aware that pop culture exists, is the one who helps Zari figure out exactly what’s going on. He tells her to say “Groundhog Day” on the next go-around, and he immediately believes that there’s a time loop, and sets about trying to fix it. Nate’s movie references are usually only good for a quick laugh (or more often, groan), so it’s nice to see it actually come in useful for once. Together, they figure out that her causing Gideon to malfunction isn’t causing the ship to explode. Somebody is making it happen. The only question is who? Well, that’s going to have to wait until the next loop. Nate and Amaya still can’t keep their hands on each other, and it’s adorable as it is awkward. Especially because, going by their… sounds… Nate turns into Steel, um, during. Huh. Fortunately for Zari, and all of us watching, the ship explodes and time is reset.The episode mines a  ton of comedy from this premise, much like the Bill Murray movie they keep referencing. Say, when this was written, do you think they intended it to air closer to actual Groundhog Day? Eh, oh well, it’s a time travel show. It’s Groundhog Day somewhere. They notice Rory’s hiding something, and after a rapid fire sequence of Nate setting off traps and Zari disarming them the next time, all they find is the beginnings of an erotic novel. God, Rory’s the best character. He needs more screen time. Next step is Sara, who opened herself to Mallus last episode. With the help of Ray, who’s first thought is “Cause and Effect,” rather than Groundhog Day (THANK YOU!!!), Zari shrinks down to spy on Sara. But all Sara’s doing is calling Agent Sharpe to say hey. God, this awkward mutual crush is so cute. This vulnerability and uncertainty is a side of Sara we’ve never seen before. Usually, she’s confident and sure, going after anything and anyone that strikes her fancy, and throwing them aside when she’s done. It’s cool to see her get a slow burn romance like this. She also mentions how important she thinks Zari is to the team.Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel and Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)At this point, a theme to the episode is emerging. It’s not just about a time loop. This is the episode where Zari really becomes a member of the team. Ever since she was introduced, her stay on the Waverider has felt temporary. She’s only here until her problems get solved, and nobody’s trying to steal her totem. She has no desire to fix anachronisms, and no real connection to the rest of the Legends. This is where she learns that she actually has friends aboard this ship. That the other Legends consider her a teammate, and are willing to listen and help when she has a problem. It’s a big episode for Zari. It’s about time she became a real part of the team, and it’s fitting that the show initiates her in such a funny, self-referential and surprisingly heartfelt way.Even friendship and a consequence-free fun montage can’t make the one-hour time loop any less soul crushing eventually, though. She quickly gets to the tired, depressed, suicidal Bill Murray stage of the movie and starts feeling hopeless and dejected. That’s when she gets the biggest indication that she’s really part of the team. She tells Sara about what’s been going on, and Sara’s first instinct is to believe her and help. No questions asked. It’s a small moment, but you can see how much it means for the team. Even a show as big and silly as Legends of Tomorrow can have these well-executed, subtly-acted emotional beats sometimes. Once all the Legends start working together, it doesn’t take long to find out what’s going on. Agent Sharpe’s assistant Gary noticed that the Waverider explodes, and tried to save them with a device that creates a Time Loop… which Rory destroys, thinking it’s the bomb. They now have five minutes to find and disarm the bomb. Fortunately, they’re able to narrow it down to one place: inside the eight-track tape they brought back from the last mission.Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)With seconds to go and no way to dispose of the bomb, Zari gives every member a heartfelt message. She then locks herself behind a force field, creates a tornado to contain the blast, and prepares for a heroic sacrifice… which turns out to be a simulation run by Gideon. Yes, this wasn’t just a “Cause and Effect” style time loop episode. It’s a holodeck episode! Kind of. It turns out when she got that green goo on her face at the beginning, it almost killed her. It’s the fluid the ship uses to travel through time, and when it happened, Gideon transferred Zari’s consciousness into her matrix. Zari’s simulation worked, and revealed to Gideon that Zari would need a team if she ever wanted to get her brother back.This wasn’t the most original episode of Legends of Tomorrow. It borrowed heavily from both the movie and the Star Trek episode it referenced. But it knew that. It wasn’t trying to be original or novel, it was just having fun with established sci-fi tropes. As Nate himself said, it’s about time they did one of these. What was novel is how the show used these plot devices. As much as I love the wild, ridiculous anachronism storylines this show gives us, Legends of Tomorrow is at its best when it focuses on its characters. What drew us to the show in the first place is that it put all these strong superheroes and villains together on a cramped ship and forced them to work with each other. That’s where the show’s most effective comedy and drama come from, and both were in fine form here. So how do they top this next week? Who knows, but this episode does end with Rip Hunter contacting Wally West. That’s a good start. The Arrowverse has gone too long without any sign of Kid Flash.’ DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A car landed in a canal in Sunrise on Thursday.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene, located near Northwest 48th Street and 94th Avenue, early Thursday morning.The car could be seen completely submerged with its lights still on.The passengers were not seriously hurtCrews were able to tow the car out of the canal.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgWhen Meredith Corp. announced Monday that Jack Griffin was stepping down as president of its National Media Group to “pursue another opportunity,” the industry scratched its collective heads about why. The women’s publisher had just reported a strong fiscal full-year 2010 that “marked a return to earnings growth.” The National Media Group reported that in terms of magazine industry advertising market share, Meredith’s share increased to 12.3 percent—the highest mark in company history.What could the opportunity be to lure Griffin [pictured above, right] out on such a positive upswing at Meredith? When FOLIO: asked a spokesperson about it, he said he did not know. A Time Inc. representative could not immediately be reached for comment.Now, a news report says Griffin is expected to be named CEO at Time Inc., replacing longtime chief executive Ann Moore [above, left], who has led the consumer magazine publishing giant through one of its most difficult points, shedding hundreds of employees over the last few years. The news was first reported by David Carr at the New York Times.According to the Times report, Moore’s contract isn’t up until December 2012 but she has said before that she has been “open to leaving earlier if the right person came along.” The official announcement about the switch is expected on Monday.Yesterday, Time Inc. parent Time Warner reported that profits at its magazine publishing unit nearly tripled through the first six months of 2010 to $203 million. Revenues were flat at roughly $1.72 billion. The company attributed the gains to company-wide cost savings initiatives which resulted in lower pension expenses. It also cited higher domestic magazine revenues in print and digital. Advertising revenue during the second quarter grew 4 percent, subscription revenues stayed flat and other revenues dropped 23 percent.Griffin’s move to Time Inc. would mark the latest in a series of high-profile executive changes at consumer publishing companies over the last few weeks. Last month, Condé Nast group president David Carey left the company to take over as president of Hearst, with longtime president Cathie Black moving up to chairman. Subsequently, Condé Nast announced a management reorganization that resulted in consumer marketing president Robert Sauerberg becoming president.last_img read more

first_img.An 11-month-old baby girl, who was slapped allegedly by a neighbour at Khalishapur village in Sirajganj’s Sadar upazila on Friday, died early Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased was Amina Khatun, daughter of Rashed Ali of the village.The victim’s mother Rokeya Khatun said she locked into an altercation with neighbour Jahangir Hossain on Friday afternoon over damaging plants by a goat.At one stage, Jahangir slapped Amina on the back, leaving her ill.The baby girl died in the early hours of Saturday, Rokeya said.On information, police recovered the body in the morning and arrested Jahangir Hossain 36, and his father Mobarak Ali, 60, said officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Rafiqul Islam.last_img read more

first_imgHead prosecutor Fred Westerbeke speaks next to a part of the BUK rocket that was fired on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during the press conference of the joint investigation team, in Bunnik, on 24 May, 2018. Photo : AFPInvestigators probing the 2014 downing of flight MH17 said Thursday for the first time that the missile which shot down the plane over eastern Ukraine travelled from a Russian military brigade.The Joint Investigation Team “has come to the conclusion that the BUK-TELAR that shot down MH17 came from 53rd Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russia,” top Dutch investigator Wilbert Paulissen said.”The 53rd Brigade forms part of the Russian armed forces,” he told reporters at a press conference in the Netherlands.The Malaysian Airlines flight was blown out of the sky over conflict-wracked east Ukraine on 17 July, 2014 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.All 298 passengers and crew, most of them Dutch, were killed in the disaster. But there were 17 nationalities on board including Australians, Britons, Malaysians and Indonesians.The investigators had previously concluded that the plane was brought down by a Russian-made BUK missile system brought in from Russia and fired from territory in Ukraine held by Moscow-backed rebels. But they have stopped short of directly saying who pulled the trigger.Now the team has painstaking recreated the route taken by the missile convoy from Kursk across the border into Ukraine using videos and photos.Paulissen added the team had “ascertained that the BUK-TELAR has a number of unique characteristics. These characteristics as such served as a type of fingerprint for the missile.”Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement in the downing of the Boeing flight 777, putting the blame instead on Kiev.The probe being led by The Netherlands is focusing on some 100 people suspected of having played an “active role” in the incident, but investigators have not yet publicly named any suspects.Chief investigator Fred Westerbeke said Thursday the probe was now in its “last phase” but added there was “still work to be done”.Over the past years “we’ve gained a lot of proof and evidence but we are not ready yet” to move towards bringing charges, he told the press conference.Dutch officials have announced that the trial of any suspects arrested in the shooting down of flight MH17 will be held in the Netherlands under an agreement reached with the countries leading the joint probe.last_img read more

first_img Our digital lives can be overwhelming. We all practically live on our computers which means our inboxes are stuffed with unread emails, we have a bajillion bookmarks for things we never went back to, and our desktops have so many icons on them that they could be confused for pointillist paintings. Nobody told us that the information superhighway would lead to so much digital litter. Luckily here are some tips to unclutter your digital life…you just might need to a bunch of Adderall to get all this done though.Clean Up Your DesktopThe reason you put things on your desktop is so that they act as shortcuts to something you might need. Having a desktop that looks like it’s been blasted with a confetti cannon works completely against this. Go through all the crazy stuff that you’ll never need again (yes I’m talking about all those cat memes) and move it all to the trash bin. Then empty it.Clean Up The Apps on Your PhoneThis is pretty similar to the one above but you know, for the little machine that lives in your pocket or purse. We all have apps that we’ve download played with twice and never used again. They’re just sitting there taking up space. Erase them. Then go through and cluster your remaining apps together by category. Put all your music apps in one place, your games in another, etc. It will clean up your phone’s look immensely. Finally, if you’re trying to get extra zen with your phone, have as few apps on the home screen as possible. Chances are you’ll stop aimlessly using them as much.Unsubscribe From Emails Lists You Don’t ReadOk, first of all, you should totally subscribe to my newsletter because we always give away rad stuff and have hilarious articles. But I’m sure there are plenty of other lists you’ve subscribed to that you never read. A good tool for this is They allow you to see a list of all the newsletters you subscribe to and then just check the boxes of the ones you want to unsubscribe from. It’s almost like magic!Turn Off NotificationsThere’s nothing worse than trying to do something and having your phone keep beeping, buzzing, and whirring, notifying you about things that don’t really matter. Yes, it’s lovely that Aunt Susan inexplicably left that cute porcupine emoji on the photo you took of that sunrise (I’m still not sure Aunt Susan gets social media yet), but you didn’t need that distraction did you? You can go to your settings and turn off all those unnecessary notifications. It will make life more tolerable.Inbox ZeroThis is my great white whale. This will literally never happen for me. Because of the work, we do at my inboxes get flooded with hundreds of emails a day. But oh how I wish Inbox Zero for you, and your loved ones, and the world in general. I know that if my inbox said “0”, I’d probably feel pretty fucking good about myself. So if you can make this happen, please just send me a photo. It will be like porn for me.Get Rid of Crap PhotosYou know that photo you took when you were drunk of the sidewalk stain that looked like Princess Toadstool? It didn’t really look like her the next day when you were sober, did it? We’ve all got tons of pics on our phones and our computers that have no reason to exist other than take up space. Get rid of them.BookmarksI feel like 95% of the stuff people bookmark is shit they plan on going back to but never actually do. Just go in and get rid of them. Nobody needs them we both know you’re never gonna read that article full of Walking Dead spoilers from three seasons ago.Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow him at  Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: In view of the growing level of discomfort and high humidity level, the city’s doctors have issued some instructions on how people can avoid the sweltering heat during daytime.People in the city and also in South Bengal districts have been feeling sultry weather for the past few days, since the morning. This time of the year generally does not see such a rise in the temperature but this year, there will be an exception due to the heat wave coming from neighbouring states. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to the prediction of the Regional Meteorological centre in Alipore, the weather condition would remain hot and humid during daytime, as a result of which people would perspire more, particularly in the afternoon. However, there is a prediction of rain during the evening in some of the South Bengal districts. Many of those who come out on roads in the scorching summer heat, wrap their faces with handkerchiefs. The doctors have suggested that people, particularly those that are going out, must drink adequate amounts of water and liquid substances. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThey are also advised to carry umbrellas, to avoid the sunrays falling directly on their heads. People can also use sunglasses to get relief from the sun’s glare.The doctors have suggested the city dwellers to wear cotton dresses, to get some relief. They have also advised against drinking aerated soft drinks from shops and roadside stalls, while travelling in the sun. A large number of people are seen drinking lemon water or soda, while some others are seen drinking soft drinks to comfort themselves in the sweltering heat. Many are also found standing in queues to have Lassi from stalls in Dharmatala area, during daytime.Doctors, however, said people should avoid roadside food and drinks, particularly this time of the year. They further advised that if anyone is suffering from irritation or redness in the eyes, they should get medical help immediately, without wasting time. They also advised that anyone suffering from fever should be taken to nearby health care establishments without delay.last_img read more

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Suspicion also fell Saturday on the NMLA, the Tuareg separatist movement whose rebels invaded northern Mali last year, alongside the al-Qaida fighters. The NMLA later fell out with al-Qaida and was chased out of much of northern Mali, with the exception of Kidal.Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb has bankrolled its operations by kidnapping Westerners, and officials in both Mali and France struggled to explain why the abductors chose to kill the journalists instead of holding them for ransom.The 57-year-old Dupont and the 55-year-old Verlon had just completed an interview with Ambeiry Ag Rhissa, the acting head of the NMLA.“They were in Kidal, doing their work, preparing their reportage. It was at around 1 p.m. when they finished interviewing one of the leaders of the NMLA, that they came out. And there was a pickup truck waiting for them. A few hours later, we learned that two bodies had been found 12 kilometers (7 miles) outside the city. Their throats had been cut,” said Lt. Col. Oumar Sy, a Malian officer stationed in Kidal involved in the investigation.Sy said the kidnapping could not have occurred without the NMLA’s approval, given that the journalists were taken from the home of one of their leaders. “We are in a town that is in the de facto hands of the NMLA. We learn that these poor people are taken in front of the house of an NMLA leader. No one lifts a finger to help them. What conclusion would you come to?” he said. Follow Callimachi on Twitter at: Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – In stories on Nov. 2 and 3 about the deaths of two journalists in Mali, The Associated Press erroneously reported their ages, relying on initial information from their employer, Radio France Internationale. Ghislaine Dupont was 57, not 51, and Claude Verlon was 55, not 58, according to new information from RFI. This corrected version includes new information from French officials on how the two were killed. A corrected version of the story is below: Top Stories Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Officials: 2 French journalists killed in Mali2 French journalists kidnapped, killed in northern Mali, officials sayBy RUKMINI CALLIMACHI and ELAINE GANLEYAssociated PressDAKAR, Senegal (AP) _ Gunmen abducted and killed two French radio journalists on assignment in northern Mali, French and Malian officials said. It was not immediately clear who carried out the killings, though suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaida’s branch in the region.Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon of Radio France Internationale were grabbed Saturday in the city of Kidal by armed men in a 4×4 just after finishing an interview with the acting head of the rebel National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, or NMLA, officials said. Their bodies were dumped a dozen kilometers (miles) outside the town. Their throats had been slit, according to a person who saw their bodies and four officials briefed on the matter. French authorities, however, said the two had been shot.French President Francois Hollande expressed his “indignation at this odious act.” RFI said in a statement that the station is “in shock, profoundly saddened, indignant and angry.”It comes less than a week after France rejoiced at the release of four of its citizens, who were freed by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb after a three-year-long captivity, allegedly in exchange for a hefty ransom. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Hours after their abduction, Rhissa said in a telephone interview with France 24 television station in Paris that he walked the journalists to the door of his home, then walked back inside. He heard a commotion and walked back outside, where he saw that a vehicle had pulled up beside the journalists’ car. A man pointed a gun at him and said, “Go inside!”Dupont and Verlon had worked at RFI since the 1980s, and were described by their editors as seasoned journalists. Dupont, a senior correspondent, spent the bulk of her career in Africa. “She was a sniffer dog, who was never content with the information she had. She always wanted to dig and dig some more,” her colleague Nicolas Champeaux recalled.Verlon, a production technician, was a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and was passionate about Africa, where he had covered numerous assignments, according to RFI.France launched a military intervention in January in Mali, its former colony, to try and oust the jihadists from power. They succeeded in restoring government rule in all the regions formerly held by al-Qaida, with the exception of Kidal. Although the Malian military returned this summer, they remain mostly confined to their military base, largely unable to patrol the streets, while the NMLA rebel flag still flies from government buildings. The French president called key ministers for a Sunday meeting in the first step to find out how and why the journalists were killed. Hollande and Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita agreed in a phone call to not let up on the “fight against terrorist groups that remain present in northern Mali,” according to a statement from Hollande’s office.Since 2003, northern Mali has acted as a rear base for al-Qaida’s North African branch, which has used the country’s vast deserts north of Kidal to train fighters, amass arms and prepare for war.According to global intelligence unit Stratfor, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb has carried out at least 18 successful kidnappings of foreigners in the past decade, netting at least $89 million in ransom payments.Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb embedded itself in northern Mali in part by forging alliances with the Tuareg people, who have agitated for independence for the past half-century. Several of al-Qaida’s local commanders are believed to be Malian-born Tuaregs with ties to both Kidal and the NMLA.____Ganley reported from Paris. Bastien Inzaurralde contributed from Paris.___Follow Ganley on Twitter at: New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more