Young Blood Renews Old Mice

first_imgCould the elixir of youth be as simple as a protein found in young blood? In recent years, researchers studying mice found that giving old animals blood from young ones can reverse some signs of aging, and last year one team identified a growth factor in the blood that they think is partly responsible for the antiaging effect on a specific tissue—the heart. Now, that group has shown this same factor can also rejuvenate muscle and the brain.”This is the first demonstration of a rejuvenation factor” that is naturally produced, declines with age, and reverses aging in multiple tissues, says Harvard University stem cell researcher Amy Wagers, who led efforts to isolate and study the protein. Independently, another team has found that simply injecting plasma from young mice into old mice can boost learning.The results build on a wave of studies in the last decade in which investigators sewed together the skins of two mice, joining their circulation systems, and studied the effects on various tissues. “It’s still a bit creepy for many people. At meetings, people talk about vampires,” says neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray of Stanford University in California, who led one of the brain studies. But he, Wagers, and others think unease will give way to excitement. The new work, he says, “opens the possibility that we can try to isolate additional factors” from blood, “and they have effects on the whole body.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Hope and hype are high in the antiaging research arena, and other researchers caution that the work is preliminary. “These are exciting papers,” but “it’s a starting point,” says neuroscientist Sally Temple of the Neural Stem Cell Institute in Rensselaer, New York. Adds Matt Kaeberlein, a biologist who studies aging at the University of Washington, Seattle, “The therapeutic implications are profound if this mechanism holds true in people.” But that “is the million-dollar question here, and that may take some time to figure out.”The experimental technique of joining mice’s circulatory systems dates back 150 years. Around 2000, then-postdoc Wagers and other researchers in Irving Weissman’s and Thomas Rando’s labs at Stanford revived the method, known as parabiosis, to study the fate of blood stem cells and muscle cells. To their surprise, they found that when old and young mice were joined, the muscle stem cells in old mice were revitalized. Since then, Stanford researchers and others, including Wagers, have published about a half-dozen papers showing that old-young parabiosis can also improve the health of an aging mouse’s liver, spinal cord, and brain.More recently, Wagers’s lab, together with cardiologist Richard Lee’s lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, isolated a specific protein from mouse blood that they think can explain some of the effects. The protein, growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11), was known to regulate stem cell activity; it is abundant in young mice but its level drops as the animals age. Last year in Cell, Wagers’s and Lee’s labs reported that injections of GDF11 can reduce the thickening of the heart that typically comes with aging in mice. Today, in a paper in Science Express, Wagers’s lab shows that GDF11 works nearly as well as parabiosis in helping aging mice recover from a muscle injury and boosts their performance on running and grip strength tests.In another study of mice injected with GDF11, postdoc Lida Katsimpardi and others in the lab of Harvard neuroscientist Lee Rubin found that GDF11 also encourages growth of new blood vessels and olfactory neurons in the mouse brain. As they report in a second Science Express paper today, the animals gained a keener sense of smell. In both muscle and the brain, GDF11 appears to work in part by restoring the function of stem cells.So far only two other interventions—the drug rapamycin and caloric restriction—have been shown convincingly to slow or reverse aging in multiple tissues, Kaeberlein says. Wagers points out that GDF11 could be safer than a drug because it’s found naturally in blood. Harvard has filed for patents on GDF11, and Wagers says she and her colleagues are “in the process of talking with people” about commercializing it to treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Giving GDF11 itself “would require huge amounts of protein,” Wagers says, so it may be better to use a modified form or to target the GDF11 pathway with a different molecule. “These are tractable problems,” Wagers says. “The most important hurdle was figuring out a pathway to go after.”Temple agrees that GDF11 has therapeutic promise, but she says she will remain cautious until more is known about GDF11’s mechanism. She also notes that some of the “old” mice in the Harvard brain studies were only middle-aged, and whether the effects would hold up in elderly people is unclear. “It’s a matter of where you can step in,” she says. Nor have any studies yet shown that the treated mice live longer.Already, GDF11 has a potential rival treatment. In Nature Medicine today, Wyss-Coray’s lab at Stanford and Saul Villeda and co-workers at the University of California, San Francisco, report that parabiosis can rejuvenate another part of the mouse brain, the hippocampus, where memories are made and stored. Old mice that underwent parabiosis formed more new connections between nerve cells there. Although Wyss-Coray’s group has not yet isolated any rejuvenation factors from the young blood, they have found what might be an alternative. When Wyss-Coray’s team tried a simpler experiment than parabiosis—giving old mice injections of plasma from young mice—they saw similar effects on the hippocampal neurons. The old mice also performed significantly better than untreated animals on tests of learning and memory.Plasma is given routinely to patients, so trials of this approach, unlike those testing a new protein, would not require U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, Wyss-Coray says. His group has started a company that is planning a small clinical trial that would give Alzheimer’s patients a series of injections of plasma from young donors. In mouse models of Alzheimer’s, they have already seen positive effects, he says.Let a new wave of hope—and hype—begin.View our related Science in the Classroom annotated research paper on rejuvenation of the aging mouse brain.last_img read more

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Marshawn Lynch sits once again during national anthem

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Raiders rookie safety Shalom Luani also kneeled during part of the anthem, while star quarterback Derek Carr stood with his arm around teammate Khalil Mack.Rams linebacker Robert Quinn, who is not in uniform for the game, also stood with his fist raised.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Undisputed champ: Crawford stops Indongo in 3rd round Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sits on the bench during the national anthem before an NFL preseason football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch once again sat during the national anthem.Lynch sat on the bench Saturday night while the anthem was played before Oakland’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Lynch also sat last week and told coach Jack Del Rio he has done that throughout his career. Lynch has not publicly said why he is sitting for the anthem.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:28Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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Basics key to successful tournament says Shakib

first_imgBangladesh will take one game at a time, but it is important to win each one, captain Shakib Al Hasan said in Dhaka on Friday – a day ahead of their opening game against India.”We have six league games, that’s the important thing. We are taking it gameby-game,” Shakib told reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. “We are not thinking about India. We want to improve ourselves. We want to go there and do the basics right. If we do that we will have a very good game.”Shakib Al HasanBangladeshi players may not be as experienced as their Indian counterparts, but Shakib was confident that whatever they have gained so far would be put to good use in the daynight encounter on Saturday.”The guys have played enough cricket to cope with the pressure. I don’t think it can get better than this. Playing a strong side like India has its advantages. We want to prove ourselves against the best,” he said.Shakib said that his team cannot fully depend on any one factor, be it the likely evening dew or the spinners, who are Bangladesh’s strength. “If there is no dew, conditions will be good for batting till the end. We can’t rely only on spin, because teams from the sub-continent usually play spin quite well,” he pointed out.His Indian counterpart, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, underlined the significance of getting off to a winning start in the World Cup. “I think the tournament has already started for us with a couple of warm-up matches. We started relaxed and then we have picked up the intensity. It’s important for us to start on a winning note. Bangladesh is a good side. It will be a good contest,” Dhoni said.advertisementThe skipper added that India’s overall performance in the last few years gives him confidence.”I think last two years’ performance contributes a lot. We have missed key players in ODIs and still done well. Maybe that is the reason why we are said to be favourites. The home conditions just add on to it,” he said.The India captain is not averse to contemplating playing two spinners in the XI. “Well, that definitely is a big option. I have not seen wicket, so I don’t know how it will behave. It will depend on how the wicket will behave,” he said. Soon after the press conference he went to have a close look at the pitch.last_img read more

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Wimbledon: Doubles pair stage protest after toilet break denied

first_imgPablo Cuevas and playing partner Marcel Granollers held a sit-down protest at Wimbledon after they received warnings for threatening to urinate in a can and blasting a ball out of the court when the Uruguayan was refused a toilet break.The 15th-seeded pair were knocked out of the men’s doubles tournament on Monday when they lost a controversial third round clash 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 14-12 to Jonny Marray and Adil Shamasdin.Britain’s Marray sympathised with his opponents, feeling the situation could have been handled better by umpire Aurelie Tourte, while calling for toilet breaks to be added if matches went into a fifth set. (Tsonga confident of beating Murray in quarters )”You have to take bad calls on the chin at some point. I went to the bathroom twice during the match and obviously the fifth set was a long one,” Marray told British media.”I think you should be allowed an extra toilet break if it’s five sets. You have to respect the officials regardless of whatever happened in the match. You can have a word or two but they’re trying to do a job and you have to respect that.”Shamasdin believed that Tourte had crumbled under pressure after making several early errors in the match.”I don’t think the chair umpire really had the match controlled. She made a few mistakes early on at both ends. We were all on her and she was definitely flustered,” the 34-year-old Canadian said.”I don’t think she handled it correctly.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Priority now is to win gold at Commowealth games:Sathiyan

first_imgC Shyam SundarChennai, Jan 12 (PTI) G Sathiyan, currently the top ranked Indian table tennis player as per the latest ITTF rankings, has set new targets, including winning a gold at this years Commonwealth Games and breaking into the top 20.Having enjoyed a good run in 2017, Sathiyan is ranked No.49 and has edged past A Sharath Kamal (51).This included winning the Spanish Open in November, his second IITF Pro Tour title, a feat which no other Indian has managed. A gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in April is now his priority.”I am happy that I have been able to surpass my own expectations, of breaking into the top-60 and breaking the top-50 barrier. I am on a high and have to keep improving and set tougher targets. One of my aims is to win gold at the CWG,” he told PTI.He has jumped 19 places to reach a career-high world ranking of 49.The Chennai paddler says what looked near impossible a few years ago (breaking into the top 100) has become a reality due to the hard work and mentoring by Olympian and former national champion S Raman since 2012.”..Im looking to break into the top-20 next year,” he said.The 24-year-old said one of the reasons for his success in 2017 was taking calculated risks and not worrying too much about the results, which gave him confidence to take on and beat top players.”The change from a player with a defensive mindset to one with an attacking intent made a lot of difference.”advertisementSathiyan, an engineer, said Raman has been a great motivator and made sure he remained focused. He also worked on his technique. “I have to thank Raman for his help and Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu and GoSports Foundation for their support,” he said.He rated his victory at the Spanish Open as one of his most cherished moments.”The win at the Spanish Open was the best moment of my career. I played very well. I felt I was in the zone and was surprised by what I was able to do,” he said.He said having six players in the top-100 is a big boost for India and augurs well for events like CWG and Asian Games.Apart from Sathiyan and Kamal, the other Indians in the top 100 presently are: Soumyajit Ghosh (58), Harmeet Desai (60), Sanil Shetty (68) and Anthony Amalraj (87).”It is good that there are six Indians in the top 100 and everyone is in good touch and motivated too. This gives us a good chance to go for gold in the CWG,” he said. The right-handed paddler, however, feels that the Asian Games later this year will be a different challenge with the Chinese expected to be at the forefront.”If we are able to raise our level of play, we can shine as there is no pressure of expectations given the high standards,” he pointed out. He also said the Chinese dominance can be challenged.”We can definitely catch up with them. In fact, a German (Dimitrij Ovtcharov) is the current World No.1. We need more exposure,” he added. PTI SS BNlast_img read more

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A Shower so Good: American Standard Organizes Benefit Sale in Mumbai to Help Underprivileged Children Live Healthier Lives

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with Business Wire India. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.) All proceeds from American Standard Shower for Good’ benefit sale to go towards the UNICEF India WASH program for helping children access basic sanitationMumbai, Maharashtra, India Business Wire IndiaFor more details, visit https://americanstandard.in/shower-for-good/This festive season American Standard is giving yet another reason to celebrate. The brand is organizing a benefit sale on Dec 15, 2018 at Imagica Theme Park in Mumbai; where consumers can get hold of their GENIE hand shower, a red dot award-winning product, at a discounted price for only INR 1,200. What s more, 100% proceeds from this sale will be donated to the UNICEF India WASH program.This initiative is a part of the Shower for Good’ campaign where three other countries other than India will simultaneously mount a benefit sale of American Standard GENIE Hand Showers with 100% of proceeds to be donated to the LIXIL-UNICEF Make A Splash’ program.So while the public and guests at the Imagica Theme Park enjoy the rides, they can also be a part of this great initiative by American Standard. Visitors will be engaged through entertaining games as the benefit sale manned by volunteer student organizations from top universities in the country race to deliver all 1000 GENIE Hand Showers to the sale’s finish line.The water saving GENIE hand showers provide an excellent bathing experience through increased water pressure without increasing the volume of water. Fittingly named Shower for Good, consumers who buy a GENIE Hand Shower will be able to enjoy a great shower experience and at the same time help disadvantaged children live healthier lives through access to basic sanitation.With your support, the benefits of a great shower can extend not just to you and your family, but to a child whose life may be changed for good. The Shower For Good’ event will help give disadvantaged children access to an appropriate toilet. Toilets are proven to help boost children’s survival rates, make communities healthier and more productive, and even improve a child’s chances of attending school.By 2021, the UNICEF India WASH program will have contributed to global efforts to improve basic sanitation for 250 million people around the world. UNICEF and LIXIL, together with the help of its consumers and customers are improving sanitation around the world, one toilet at a time.As the world’s biggest player in water technology, LIXIL leverages its expertise as it teams up with UNICEF, who works in over 100 countries worldwide to improve access to clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices. Through Make A Splash’, the two forces aim to promote the business opportunities available in achieving universal access to basic sanitation, by creating demand for sanitation products like toilets, improving supply of such products, and supporting opportunities for affordable finance.WASH is the collective term for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. UNICEF’s work in water focuses on the ability for children to access safe water, the quality of the water they can access and the journey they must take to collect it. For sanitation, UNICEF works to ensure access and use of basic toilets and ways to separate human waste from contact with people. UNICEF’s work in hygiene is aimed at nurturing good hygiene practices, especially handwashing with soap. Although it sounds simple, this act is essential to prevent disease and the health of children. All three areas in WASH support and strengthen one another. If one is missing, the others cannot progress.Placing comfort, hygiene and aesthetics at its forefront, the award-winning GENIE Hand Shower boasts better water pressure performance because of an especially designed water channel and 120 micro spray holes that ensure a robust water flow, even under a low pressure. In addition, users can also look forward to a visibly clean shower experience. Sporting a rarely seen translucent shower face, GENIE Hand Showeris also revolutionary in its product design that prompts users to clean the slime and mineral deposits to ensure they are getting clean water for their shower session even after long-time use.Visit https://americanstandard.in/shower-for-good/ and make a pledge to purchase GENIE Hand Shower and help children live safe and healthier lives.About American StandardAs one of the most iconic brands in sanitary wares, American Standard has earned the trust of its customers by constantly delivering style, quality and reliability to their bathrooms. Today, backed by more than 140 years of pioneering legacy, American Standard continues to raise the bar in delivering dependable bathroom solutions that combine thoughtful designs and innovative technologies to create inviting bathroom sanctuaries offering ultimate comfort and performance to its customers.About LIXILLIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that solve every day, real-life challenges, making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. Drawing on our Japanese heritage, we create world-leading technology and innovate to make high quality products that transform homes. But the LIXIL difference is how we do this; through meaningful design, an entrepreneurial spirit, a dedication to improving accessibility for all, and responsible business growth. Our approach comes to life through industry-leading brands, including LIXIL, GROHE, American Standard, INAX, and TOSTEM. Over 70,000 colleagues operating in 150 countries are proud to make products that touch the lives of more than a billion people every day.LIXIL Group Corporation (TSE Code: 5938) is the listed holding company for LIXIL’s portfolio of businesses. PWRPWRadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329, from New Harbour Road east for about eight kilometres, has alternating lane closures until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 344 Route 344 at Pirate Harbour has alternating one-lane closures for culvert replacement until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. LUNNENBURG COUNTY: Meisner Bridge Meisner Bridge on Highway 10, near Cherryfield, has alternating lane closures for repairs until Friday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Cornwallis River Bridge Cornwallis River Bridge, on Highway 101 near Coldbrook, will have one lane closures for bridge repairs from Monday, Sept. 23 until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic will be controlled by traffic signals 24 hours a day. PICTOU COUNTY: Millbrook, Alma, Marshdale, and Three Brooks Roads Millbrook, Alma, Marshdale, and Three Brooks Roads are reduced to one lane for re-paving until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site but delays are expected. Work takes place Monday to Friday, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Sections of Route 245, for about five kilometres from east of Big Island Road to Lighthouse Lane, are reduced to one lane for re-paving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Delays are expected. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. DIGBY COUNTY: Acacia Valley Bridge Acacia Valley Bridge on Acacia Valley Road, about a half-kilometre south of the intersection of Ridge Road and Acacia Valley Road, is closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Oct. 4. A detour is in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Night Closures Starting Monday, Sept. 23, Highway 107, between Exit 18 at Mineville Road and Exit 20 at William Porter Connector, will be closed to all traffic from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily for repaving and widening. On Sunday the road will stay closed until 8 a.m. Drivers will be detoured onto Highway 7. The project will be completed in late October. KINGS COUNTY: Lamont Road Lamont Road in Lakeville, Kings County, north of Route 221, is closed for culvert replacement from Sunday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Sept. 27. A marked detour route will be provided for drivers in the area. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Crouse Settlement Road Sections of Crouse Settlement Road in the Camperdown School Road area are reduced to one lane for repaving. Traffic control people are on site. The work is scheduled to be completed by Monday, Sept. 30. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 1 Highway 1 in New Minas to Prospect Road, ending at Highway 12 in North Alton, is reduced to one lane for culvert repairs, ditching and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mount Pleasant Road Mount Pleasant Road, from Route 331 to Huey Lake Road, has alternating lane closures until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic is stop and go. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Route 216 Route 216, from 14 kilometres west of Trunk 4 to Eskasoni, is reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Sections of Route 216, from 15 kilometres west of Highway 4 to Eskasoni, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. The lane closures are in effect 24 hours a day and are controlled by traffic signals or traffic control people. Delays are expected. Drivers should use extra caution and patience in the area. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from about a half-kilometre south of Johnson Road to Route 224, is reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 15. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: North Foord Street in Stellarton is closed from under the Highway 104 overpass to the westbound ramps from Highway 104. A detour route is set up along Lawrence Boulevard, MacGregor Avenue, Westville Road, and Duff Street. The detour is in place until the end of September. Please drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until Saturday, Nov. 30. Traffic is two lanes in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road, and Hatchery Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Fred Christie Bridge Fred Christie Bridge on Valleydale Road, about 150 metres south of Old Greenfield Road, is closed for repairs until Monday, Sept. 30. A marked detour is in place via Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road to Salmon River Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Naugler Road Naugler Road, from Route 325 to Pine Grove Road, has alternating lane closures for road resurfacing until Tuesday, Oct. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Wake Up Hill Road Wake Up Hill Road, from Highway 3 to Highway 14, has alternating lane closures for road resurfacing until Tuesday, Oct. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 332 Route 332 from Trunk 3, east of Lunenburg to Blue Rocks Road, has alternating lane closures until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Waterside Bridge Waterside Bridge Replacement Shore Road is closed at Waterside Bridge to replace the bridge. Shore Road traffic is detoured onto R. Grant Road, Highway 6 (Sunrise Trail), Three Brooks Road, and Otter Road. Detour signs are posted. Work is scheduled to be completed in late October. HANTS COUNTY: Falmouth Back Road Traffic on the Falmouth Back Road is reduced to one lane, from the intersection of Highway 1 east for about three kilometres, for repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Use extra caution or alternate routes, such as Town Road, Dyke Road and/or Highway 14. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3 Trunk 3, from Hermans Island to Route 332, has alternating lane closures until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Night Closures Starting Monday, Sept. 23, Highway 101, between Exit 13 at Kentville and Exit 14 at Coldbrook, will be closed to all traffic from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily for repaving and widening. On Saturday and Sunday the road will be closed until 8 a.m.Drivers will be detoured onto Highway 1. The project will be completed at the end of October. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Masstown Road Masstown Road, from the Highway 104 overpass to Debert Road, is reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe Drive overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Saturday, Nov. 30.Travel lanes are shifted to accommodate rush hour traffic. Drivers should reduce speed to 50 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Italy Cross Road Sections of Italy Cross Road, from Crousetown Road to Highway 103, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Traffic control people are on site. The work is scheduled to be completed by Monday, Sept. 30. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. To view the shuttle bus schedule, visit http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Innovation Drive Bridge Innovation Drive Bridge on Innovation Drive, about 600 metres north of the intersection of Highway 4 (Pictou Road), is closed for repairs until Saturday, Oct. 5. Detour signs are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Farmington Road Sections of Farmington Road, between each end of the Barss Corner Road loop, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Traffic control people are on site. The work is scheduled to be completed by Monday, Sept. 30. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Upper Branch Road Upper Branch Road is reduced to one lane for paving and patching. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is expected to continue until Monday, Sept. 30. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on Highway 4, from west of Campbells Bridge, west for about five kilometres to Hay Cove Bridge, is reduced to one lane for repaving and the replacement of the Hay Cove bridge. Work is scheduled to be completed by Monday, Sept. 30. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. New Work HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Trunk 2 is reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Dec. 31. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Silver Falls Bridge Silver Falls Bridge on Route 348 is closed for repairs until Friday, Oct. 4. Detour signs in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Seal Island Bridge to the top of Kellys Mountain, will have alternating lane closures for repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Barneys River Road Barneys River Road, from Highway 104 north to Avondale Cross Road, for about six kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving. There is one-way traffic through about two kilometres of work zones and delays are expected. Work takes places from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is expected to be completed by Thursday, Oct. 31. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Blockhouse Area Sections of Ernst Road and Cemetery Road, between Route 325 and School Road, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Traffic control people are on site. The work is scheduled to be completed by Monday, Sept. 30. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie RoadThe Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has reopened with a 15-tonne weight restriction. QUEENS COUNTY: Wagner Brook Bridge Wagner Brook Bridge in Port Mouton, near Highway 103, is closed for upgrading until Monday, Sept. 30. Detour in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Marriotts Cove East and West Roads Marriotts Cove East Road and West Road, from Highway 3 to end, have alternating lane closures for road resurfacing until Tuesday, Oct. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset RICHMOND COUNTY: Cape Auguet Road Traffic on Cape Auguet Road, from the intersection of Lower Road south for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and other improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed by Monday, Sept. 30. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. -30-last_img read more

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Des fonds pour rapprocher les jeunes NéoÉcossais et les entreprises

first_imgUn plus grand nombre de jeunes gens et de nouveaux arrivants en Nouvelle-Écosse auront l’occasion d’entrer en contact avec des chefs de file communautaires et d’entreprises dans l’ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le gouvernement a annoncé l’octroi de 100 000 $ pour élargir le programme Connector qui sera assuré par le Réseau régional des entreprises (RRE) de l’ouest de la province. La ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire, Kelly Regan, et le ministre des Affaires municipales, Zach Churchill, ont annoncé le financement aujourd’hui, 7 mars, au sommet annuel du RRE de l’ouest à Meteghan, dans le comté de Digby. « Nous voulons aider les jeunes et les nouveaux Néo-Écossais à développer leurs réseaux professionnel et communautaire, à trouver du travail et à s’établir dans des localités un peu partout dans la province, indique Mme Regan. Le programme Connector donne aussi aux mentors l’occasion de soutenir les jeunes dans leurs collectivités et de trouver de nouveaux talents sur place. » Le programme Connector est une initiative de réseautage qui aide les entreprises et les organismes à entrer en contact avec de nouveaux diplômés, des immigrants et des étudiants étrangers qui veulent entamer et développer leur carrière en Nouvelle-Écosse. Le programme met en contact des personnes avec des employeurs, des fonctionnaires et des chefs de file communautaires. « Nous travaillons de près avec nos homologues municipaux dans le cadre des Réseaux régionaux des entreprises afin d’aider les entreprises locales à se développer et à réussir, ajoute M. Churchill. Je tiens à remercier le RRE de l’ouest de s’associer avec nous afin de créer des débouchés locaux pour nos jeunes gens et de contribuer à la croissance économique de notre région. » Depuis 2009, le programme Connector du Halifax Partneship a aidé plus de 800 personnes à se trouver du travail à temps plein dans la région d’Halifax. « Nous sommes très ravis du lancement du programme Connector dans l’ouest de la province, souligne Robyn Webb, directrice, développement du marché du travail, programme national Connector, au Halifax Partnership. Le programme Connector est conçu pour aider les nouveaux diplômés et les immigrants à se bâtir un réseau d’affaires, ce qui augmente leurs chances de trouver un emploi dans leur domaine d’intérêt. Par le truchement du programme national Connector, nous avons aidé plus de 20 localités à lancer des programmes Connector dans des villes, petites et grandes, au Canada et à l’étranger. » « Nous voyons le programme Connector comme un prolongement de notre mandat, a dit Angélique LeBlanc, PDG du Réseau régional des entreprises dans l’ouest de la province. Nous croyons qu’une approche intentionnellement régionale au réseautage créera des débouchés pour les jeunes et les nouveaux arrivants et leur permettra de se trouver une place dans la communauté des affaires. » La coalition ONE Nova Scotia a recommandé d’étendre le programme pour soutenir le maintien en place des jeunes et des immigrants, et favoriser la croissance économique et l’entrepreneuriat rural. Le Groupe de travail sur les transitions a aussi recommandé d’étendre le réseau de mentorat en Nouvelle-Écosse. Pour d’autres renseignements sur le programme Connector : www.connectorprogram.ca.last_img read more

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All Sports United Hosts Inaugural Gaming To Give Charity Fundraiser

first_imgNumerous celebrities and athletes are coming together during Super Bowl week to compete in an electrifying video game tournament to raise money for the charity of their choice.The inaugural “Gaming to Give” presented by All Sports United, Endless Possibilities Events, and Tiltify will take place on Thursday, January 29th at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, AZ from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Pro Player Insiders and Yahoo Sports Radio are the media partners supporting this groundbreaking event.“Gaming to Give” consists of various celebrities playing the game “Super Smash Bros” on Nintendo Wii, in a tournament style format to win money for their charity. Some of the many celebrities confirmed to attend the event are former Green Bay Packers Running Back Ahman Green, recording artist Brian McKnight, Detroit Lions Safety James Ihedigbo, St. Louis Rams Guard Davin Joseph, New York Giants Punter Steve Weatherford, Arizona Cardinals Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, Baltimore Ravens Tight End Crockett Gilmore, Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver Charles Johnson, and Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Ed Moses.The idea of “Gaming to Give” was created by All Sports United co-founders Alan Pavlosky and Scott Manthorne. The goal of All Sports United is to build a community for collaboration between athletes and sports industry professionals to emphasize best practices in philanthropy work.“We wanted to host a very unique event during Super Bowl week,” said Pavlosky. “Tiltify specializes in video gaming for charity so we decided to partner with them to run the tournament at Gaming to Give. We also needed an expert event partner and chose Los Angeles based Endless Possibilities Events to run all the logistics. We’re excited about the support of our media partners Pro Player Insiders and Yahoo Sports Radio. We knew this would be a really unique and fun event that people can enjoy and would allow us to raise some money for the charities competing.”One of the athletes due to compete at the event is Arizona Cardinals Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who is playing for his own charity, the ACES Foundation, which stands for Accountability, Communication, Education, and Sports. “To raise money for a charity is always fun and it gives me an excuse to play video games, can’t do that often with family,” said Alexander. Even though Alexander doesn’t play video games much anymore, he did have a message for his opponents, and it was short and sweet, “Beware.”Tickets for “Gaming to Give” can be found here. For information on either tickets or sponsorship opportunities, feel free to contact Alyssa@endlesspossevents.com.Source:PR Web read more

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THE 101 BEST TORONTO SONGS OF 2018 PLUS A FEW MORE

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Toronto is a huge city with a diverse set of cultural influences and a variety of interlocking arts scenes. Even considering that, we’re hitting above our weight class when it comes to music. Whittling NOW’s list down to our 10 best local albums was hard enough (which is why we also published our critics’ personal lists), but even deciding our 101 best Toronto songs was tough this year.Weekly throughout the year, we’ve been making 20-song playlists of the best local music of the week (it’s called #NOWplaying, and you can subscribe here). The best of the best ended up here, in the 101 best Toronto songs of 2018 playlist. There are major pop hits (Drake and the Weeknd, hello again) to future pop superstars (hey Jessie Reyez) and all corners of the hip-hop scene, from Regent Park to Parkdale. There’s some hardcore, some thrash and death metal, some techno and house, some folk and country, some operatic neo-classical ethnomusicology – there are all kinds of music in the city, and we tried to feature as much of it as we can.The only real rule to this Spotify playlist is that each artist could only be represented once (with a few little exceptions here and there). It’s been arranged to flow for close to seven hours, so you can start at the top and let it play through. Or hit play anywhere and listen for a while. Hit shuffle if you want to, and see what gems you dig up. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Morocco Touts Economic Zones for Aerospace Investment

Rabat- Morocco has achieved significant growth in the aeronautical sector since attending its first Farnborough Airshow in 2010, the aviation outlet AIN reported.Morocco’s Investment Development Agency (AMDI) will attend Farnborough Airshow to present the advantages Morocco has as a manufacturing destination for the aerospace industry. The airshow began July 16 and will continue until July 22.The aviation news outlet thoroughly highlighted Morocco’s advantages for the aerospace industry. Low labor force costsMorocco has been successful in touting its inexpensive labor force and political stability to motivate international investments.“Due to its political stability, solid infrastructure, and strategic location, Morocco is rapidly becoming a regional manufacturing and export base for international companies,” the Aerospace Industry in Morocco said.China, more than other countries, has benefited from Morocco’s advantages of investment in various sectors.In an April 2017 statement, the AMDI expected “the arrival of 200 Chinese companies operating in a variety of areas including the manufacturing of cars, the aeronautics industry, aviation replacement parts, electronic information, textiles, the manufacturing of machines, and many more. Total investment by companies in the [free economic] zone after 10 years is expected to reach $10 billion.”Since the aviation sector is developing, especially in the manufacture of ancillary and spare parts, Morocco could be an attractive destination for companies seeking to invest in the aerospace industry.“The Kingdom of Morocco is a dedicated industrial partner. The Boeing Eco-System is indicative of our ability to plan and execute large-scale projects in the aerospace sector and launches a new era of aerospace in Morocco,” Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, told the publication.Economic free zones ideal for aviationAIN has listed many economic locations in Morocco which provide an important platform for Morocco’s growing aviation sector. These include Casablanca’s Aéropole Nouaceur and Midparc free zones, in addition to Tangier, Kenitra, Oujda, and Salé, which have aerospace facilities.Midparc said that Morocco is a “competitive platform for export” with an average monthly wage of $327, which is “almost ten times lower than in Spain.” The Aviation Professions Institute (IMA) gives vocational training for professionals in the sector. “IMA’s medium-term objective is to train 800 persons per year in aviation and aerospace professions thanks to a tool of international standards, set up as a result of a partnership between the GIMAS (Group of Moroccan Aviation and Aerospace Industrialists), the UIMM (Union of Metallurgical Profession Industries) and the state of Morocco,” Midparc said.AIN noted that the Midparc Free Zone claims to host aviation companies such as Boeing, Dassault Aviation, EADS Aviation, Ratier Figeac, and Safran.In addition to more than 110 international aeronautical and aerospace companies operating in Morocco, AIN cited a recent briefing of the US’s export.gov. It said “Morocco boasts nearly 11,500 aviation professionals, of whom 50 percent are women. [Morocco’s] aerospace industry…plans to double its capacity and number of operators and create 23,000 new jobs by 2020. The Casablanca Free Zone in Nouaceur…is a designated industrial integrated platform with special support for investors in the aerospace sector.”Stephen Orr, vice president of Operation Morocco Manufacturing praised the future of aerospace and employees’ development.“Bombardier’s Moroccan facility today produces wing components, slats, ailerons, winglets, flaps, fuselage parts, fuselages, nose extensions, doors, floors, nacelles, and subassemblies for various programs of regional aircraft and business jets,” a Moroccan Bombardier spokeswoman told AIN.In late 2017, “Boeing and RAM announced orders for four 787-9 Dreamliners, worth $1.1 billion at list prices. RAM’s fleet consists of 737s, 767-300ERs, 787s, and a 747-400”, AIN reported. read more

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TSX closes higher on ECB bondbuying program

TORONTO — Mining stocks led the way to a strong showing on the Toronto stock market Friday amid general relief over a plan to lower euro zone borrowing costs.The S&P/TSX composite index jumped 128.28 points to 12,268.01, while the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 18.41 points to 1,276.71.The plan by the European Central Bank to buy up government bonds raised hopes that greater financial stability in Europe will help the region get out of its economic slump, hopefully hike demand for oil and metals and send shares prices higher on the resource-intensive TSX.“Any indication of stability is positive, is viewed that we can get things back on track and get global economic growth back into a positive trajectory,” said Jennifer Dowty, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.[np-related]It was a different showing in New York as traders considered vastly different employment pictures for Canada and the United States.Surging copper and a weak U.S. currency also helped push the Canadian dollar up 0.48 of a cent to 102.23 cents US as Statistics Canada said the economy created 34,300 jobs in August. That was much better than the approximately 10,000 new jobs that economists had expected.The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.3%, however.U.S. markets were slightly higher as a poor U.S. jobs report was expected to persuade the Federal Reserve to launch further stimulus.The U.S. Labour Department reported that only 96,000 jobs were created in August, less than the 125,000 that had been forecast. The jobless rate edged down to 8.1% from 8.3% but that was because of fewer people looking for work.And to top it all off, the department said 41,000 fewer jobs had been created in June and July than previously reported.The Dow Jones industrials was up 14.64 points to 13,306.64, while the Nasdaq composite index inched up 0.61 of a point to 3,136.42, weighed down by a revenue warning from chip giant Intel.The S&P 500 index gained 5.8 points to 1,437.92.Previous easing measures by the Fed have supported financial markets.The Fed’s intentions could become clearer next week when the central bank holds its next interest rate meeting.“It tilts the scale for some sort of action next week by (Fed chairman Ben) Bernanke,” Dowty said.“The market is certainly betting on it, suggesting if we don’t see action next week it will certainly create some volatility.”North American markets were set to end the week higher in the wake of the ECB’s move Thursday to get a grip on the euro zone’s debt crisis.The plan amounts to a commitment to buy unlimited amounts of short-term bonds from euro countries that request help. Ostensibly, the plan is meant to ease the financial pressures on Spain and Italy by giving them time to reduce debt and reform their economies.The ECB had been under pressure to take action after Spain and Italy became the latest countries forced to pay yields in the seven% range on their benchmark 10-year bonds earlier this year, a level that raised worries that they could be forced to seek bailouts.The ECB plan seemed to be working as Spain has seen its cost of borrowing fall since the announcement. The yield on Spain’s 10-year bond fell another 0.21 percentage point to 5.80% on Friday, the first time it’s gone below six% since May.Investors think Spain will make a formal request to tap the new program within weeks, which could ease the pressures in the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy.TSX gains were led by an 8% rise in the base metals sector as September copper ran ahead 13 cents to US$3.65 a pound. Teck Resources gained $2.48 to $29.51 while First Quantum Minerals jumped $1.95 to $21.92.The gold sector rose over 2% as bullion prices turned positive on the prospect the U.S. Federal Reserve will decide on another round of quantitative easing, which would see the central bank print more money to buy bonds. December gold was up $34.90 to US$1,740.50 an ounce and Barrick Gold Corp. rose 99 cents to $39.27 while Goldcorp Inc. improved by 70 cents to $42.06.The energy sector rose just over 2% as the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 89 cents to US$96.42 a barrel. Suncor Energy climbed 74 cents to $32.59 while Cenovus Energy rose 92 cents to $34.22.The ECB move helped push the TSX up 319 points or 2.66% this week.In corporate news, Garda World Security Corp. has agreed to be taken over in a $1.1-billion deal that would see the company taken private. Garda say a consortium formed by Stephan Cretier, its founder, chairman and CEO, and a subsidiary of funds advised by global private equity firm Apax Partners, is offering $12 per share in cash. That represents a 30% premium over the closing price of the company’s class A shares on Thursday. Its shares were halted Friday morning but at mid-afternoon had surged $2.74 or 29.78% to $11.94.Lululemon Athletica Inc. reported quarterly net earnings were $57.2 million or 39 cents per share. That compared with net earnings of $38.4-million or 26 cents per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The Vancouver-based activewear retailer also reported revenue up 33% to $282.6-million. It also raised its full year revenue projection and its stock rose $8.11 or 12.03% to $75.50.Intel is cutting its third-quarter revenue forecast due to softer than expected demand for its chips amid difficult economic conditions. Intel chips go into about 80% of personal computers and into a vast number of servers as well, making it a bellwether for spending on computers. Its stock fell 90 cents to US$24.19. read more

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UN nuclear watchdog says it needs greater resources to tackle new challenges

“Our focus is on a moving target,” UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told the IAEA’s Symposium on International Safeguards currently under way at its Vienna headquarters, outlining the multiple challenges it faces.“We cannot just continue to do business as usual. We cannot continue with mechanical or mechanistic operations,” he added, stressing the importance of safeguards as a tool for peace and security.On the agency’s finances, he noted that its budget is only $130 million dollars. “That’s the budget with which we’re supposed to verify the nuclear activities of the entire world,” he said, adding that $1 billion was reportedly spent just by the United States-led Iraq Survey Group checking on weapons of mass destruction there after the 2003 war.“Our budget, as I have said before, is comparable with the budget of the police department in Vienna. So we don’t have the required resources in many ways to be independent, to buy our own satellite monitoring imagery, or crucial instrumentation for our inspections.” While the expansion of nuclear power generation is good because of shortages of energy, concerns about climate change and the development prospects of 2.4 billion people who have no access to modern systems, it also means that nuclear technology will spread to more and more countries, applicable for both peaceful purposes “and unfortunately also non-peaceful purposes,” Mr. ElBaradei said.Another challenge comes from the political environment. “There has been temptation for countries to develop nuclear weapons in the last decade or so. We started with Iraq, then there was Libya. We have seen the nuclear test in North Korea. So it’s becoming fashionable, if you like, for countries to look into the possibilities of protecting themselves through nuclear weapons,” he added.Turning to the problem of undeclared activities in breach of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Weapons (NPT), he cited the Iraqi programme discovered in 1991 and 20 years of Iranian activities that also went unreported, stressing the need for enforcement of an additional protocol providing for speedy, unannounced inspections. Another challenge arises over verification of arms dismantling in a country that has already moved into the weaponization field. “We are going to face the question for sure in North Korea,” Mr. ElBaradei said of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) which said it carried out a nuclear test last week.Because of its modest financial resource, the IAEA has to rely on Member States for support in using new tools such as environmental sampling and satellite monitoring, but would prefer to have its own programme in the field, he added.But above all, “access is the key. You can use environmental sampling, you can use satellite monitoring, but there is no substitute for being on the ground. We have seen how important that is in many countries where we are on the ground and are doggedly asking questions until we understand what is really going on,” he declared. read more

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VELUX EHF CL 20142015 to start in Schaffhausen

← Previous Story IHF Super Globe 2014: Easy start for Barca Next Story → Vive Tauron Kielce win opener of the season Here are the complete groups of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2014/2015.Group ATHW Kiel (GER)HC Metalurg (MKD)HC PPD Zagreb (CRO)Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP)PSG HB (FRA)HC Brest Meshkov (BLR)Group BFC Barcelona (ESP)KIF Kolding (DEN)Alingsas HK (SWE)Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)Besiktas MOGAZ HT (TUR)Group CMKB-MVM Veszprem (HUN)RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS)Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)HC Vardar (MKD)Montpellier AH (FRA)Group DKS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)Dunkerque Grand Littoral (FRA)Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)Pick Szeged (HUN)Aalborg Handbold (DEN)HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR)The opener will be seen in Schaffhausen on September 25, when Kadetten will meet Vive Targi Kielce. read more

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Two held after €1 million cannabis growhouse raided in Kerry

first_imgTWO MEN ARE being questioned after gardaí raided a cannabis growhouse in Tralee.Around 1,000 plants were discovered in the operation. Gardaí estimate the drugs have a street value in the region of €1 million.The discovery was made following a planned search at an industrial unit in the Clash area this morning.Two men, believed to be in their late 20s or early 30s, were arrested at the scene. They’re being questioned under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act at Tralee Garda station.The area has been sealed off pending forensic tests.Read: Two in court over giant €2 million cocaine and heroin seizurelast_img read more

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Des chercheurs mettent à jour les données sur les températures en Arctique

first_imgDes chercheurs mettent à jour les données sur les températures en ArctiqueDes scientifiques viennent de mettre à jour HadCRUT, une des bases de données principales en ce qui concerne les températures terrestres. Les premières informations remontaient à 1850… Et il était temps que les données subissent un petit coup de jeune, notamment celles provenant de l’Arctique, devenues obsolètes. En effet, c’est la région de la planète qui a connu les plus grands changements au niveau du réchauffement climatique. Mais les modifications ne changent guère la tendance à long-terme. 1998 n’est juste plus considérée comme l’année la plus chaude, c’est 2010 qui prend la première place. Phil Jones, directeur du Climatic Unit Research (Cru) explique qu’il était nécessaire de revoir les chiffres de HadCRUT: “Nous avons étayé la base de données avec différentes observations mais il est clair qu’il se peut que cela ne reflète pas totalement l’ampleur des changements en Arctique, car nous avons très peu d’informations sur cette région. Nous avons donc ajouté à HadCRUT, les données provenant de plus de 400 stations en Arctique, en Russie et au Canada”, rapporte la BBC. En outre, les scientifiques ont également changé leur façon de mesure la température à la surface des océans. Désormais, avec les avancées technologiques, les bateaux sont pratiquement tous équipés de capteurs, qui peuvent précisément mesurer la température à la surface. Leurs nouvelles techniques ont donc été enregistrées, permettant de préciser et de réajuster les anciennes données. Quand une erreur se glisse dans les données…  À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cela leur a également permis de découvrir une anomalie qui se glissait dans chacun de leurs relevés… Cette erreur était due aux anciennes techniques de mesure. En effet, avec des différences dans les seaux utilisés pour collecter l’eau de mer, et les différents endroits de prélèvement des échantillons, les résultats étaient loin d’être précis. Peter Stott, directeur du département de surveillance du climat au Met Office, explique que “des recherches ont montré qu’en général, l’eau contenue dans les seaux était plus froide, car elle était inerte, du coup, il pouvait y avoir d’importants écarts artificiels de température”.Mais nous sommes désormais en mesure de quantifier et de corriger ces erreurs, et de donner une évolution claire et globale des températures à la surface de l’océan”, affirme Peter Stott. HadCRUT est une des trois bases d’archives utilisées par les climatologues. Elle est compilée par le Met Office’s Hadley Center et l’Unité de Recherche Climatique (Cru) en Angleterre. Les deux autres sont gérées par la NASA et la National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Même si les observations “donnent une meilleure représentation de ce qui se passe sur la plus grande région géographique de la planète”, précise Phil Jones, l’indice général de réchauffement climatique reste le même. Depuis 1900, l’atmosphère semble se réchauffer de 0,75°C. Le 21 mars 2012 à 20:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE Once chased by FC Porto…Mamut Saines long road to professional

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah The previous campaign of Mamut Saine, though it did not deliver a collage of titles, he still has a reason to smile after having clutched the league’s best foreign midfielder award in his first spell in European football. Such recognition did not come without hard work, and achieved at total new surroundings, makes it all the more a fascinating storyline.Saine like all established professionals of the trade’s long journey to European football is a bumpy one with inevitable rough patches.He spent a couple of stints at local club Seaview as the first stop to a career spanning five years. One of the then GFA championship’s notable midfielders, his flashes of brilliance were not to go unnoticed and the late gaffer Lamin Sarr was vindicated when he tasked the youngster to command the Gambia U-20’s midfield throughout the CAF Youth Championship in South Africa.Tunisian club Bizertin, which he would later signed for, intrigued by the Gambia’s stand-out show in Johannesburg, came hovering but were overshadowed by a plethora of big-name clubs including, Moldova’s Sheriff, Austria’s Rapid Wein and Porto FC of Portugal.And understandably, Porto’s offer turned Saine’s head.  Soon a round of transfer negotiations between the European club and the Gambian’s representatives followed but the process hit the buffers after disagreement ensued amongst the parties over the player’s Seaview contract – a deal he signed prior to departing for the U-20 tournament.Upon returning, prompted by Gambia’s youth team acrimonious early exit in the group stages, Mamut took up Tunisian outfit Bizertin’s five-year offer making his debut in a Champions League clash with Morocco’s Raja Casablanca. What began as a fairytale took a drastic turn as the Gambian, after three games, spent several months on the peripheries nursing an injury. His return to the pitch brought an end to the North African side’s 28-year wait for a trophy.‘My first season with Bizertin was very good after signing with them; I started in the first eleven in Arab Champions League against Raja Casablanca of Morocco. I played the entire game and we won 2-0. And later, after three games in the season, I got a bad hamstring injury which kept me out for months which was very stressful. I later came back and played and we won the Tunisian Cup. I scored in the semis and played 65minutes in the final which we won. It was a very important cup for the club because it was over 28 years since the club last won a trophy and we did it for them,’ Mamut Saine told Foroyaa Sport from his base in Greece.Description: Description: C:\Users\Report1\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Word\5606_501338926600647_810578229_n.jpgPic: Mamut Saine while at CA BizertinHowever club Bizertin’s flourish took a massive hit amid looming financial trouble. Top ten players on high wages including the Gambia international were asked to take a pay cut in a bid to balance the books. This proposal was met with a rebellious response with a good number of the players, Mamut included, rejecting it.  The Gambian midfielder insists he wasn’t lowering his wages because he’d only played a single season and on account his transfer fee from Seaview was yet to be completed.‘…the (club) president was angry with me and other players and they later asked us to train with the second team (reserves) until we take pay cut. While I was training with the second team there, ES Métlaoui (anther club in the Tunisian top flight) came with an offer. (My club CA Bizertin) accepted and I did too. I signed six months loan with them…,’ Saine says.The tempestuous relationship between Mamut and the Tunisian outfit ended with a divorce sealed in blood.He continues: ‘When the season finished (after the loan), we broke the contract in mutual terms and I left.’Reports preceding the Gambian and other rebellious players’ unceremonious exit triggered uproar when the club’s website claimed the players were let go because the coach considered them surplus to requirement.Saine ventured into a sabbatical away from the spotlight before taking a dip swim into waters of European football months after he found Greece second tier AS Fokikos’s offer too good to turn down. His spell there lasted six months opting on a move to cash-stabled Anagenisi Karditsa in the same league, completing his first league season in Europe.Mamut fondly christened after retired Spain international Macus Sena, had his best moments with Karditsa. He didn’t win the league but helped guide the club to a decent finish and for his efforts was named the league’s best foreign midfielder in the second division. Like every decent playmaker, the former Gambia U-20, courted a bevy of interest including two concrete offers from Greece Super League, top flight.One of the suitors is a regular in the Europa League who’d promised to tie him to a deal and loan him to Cyprus to rake up first-team top tier experience. The player disapproved the offer having spoken to few of his team-mates who’d had spells in Cyprus.The other Super League club slapped a juicy five-year deal on the table but the deal was scuppered after the club coach and Sporting Director left.‘The other team from the Super league offered me a five years contract which I agreed already and was supposed to get back to Athens to complete the transfer and later the coach and the sporting director left the club so the deal didn’t go through. And later I decided to take this offer and start preparations as early as possible and they finished 4th in the table last season. They have signed good players in order to secure promotion.’Second tier Athlitikos Omilos Chania won over the playmaker on a two-year contract after making huge investment and signing big-name players in an effort to boost their promotion chances this season.He continued: ‘I’m very happy to finally join this historic club, because so many big players played here and left a good name and later they all played in big leagues in Europe and that’s what I want too in the near feature. I had a long discussion with the coach here and we also met when I was on holidays. He told me how seriously he needed me in his team, the project the team is putting on which is promising to any developing player. My agent was also very keen on this move because he knew I will have the playing time that will convince other big teams to make offers.’On the coming new season he concludes: ‘My ambitions are always the same which is to be at my best throughout the season and be a key player in my club. Hopefully we will make a good season together.’The 21-year-old owes Seaview former club president Hatib Janneh for his part in his career development.]]>last_img read more

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Liverpools front three is the best in the world – Warnock

first_imgAhead of their of their game at Anfield on Saturday, Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has praised Liverpool’s front trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as the best in the world.Cardiff City face a difficult away game when they visit Anfield on Saturday to play an in-form Liverpool team and Warnock understands that his team has to be at the top of their game to get a result.Speaking in a press conference ahead of the game, he also heaped praise on Liverpool’s dangerous front trio, Cardiff City website reports.“I think their front three is probably the best around the world,” Warnock said.“But we’re playing quite well and I think we can cause problems. You’ve got to go there and believe. We’ve all got to play to the top of our potential to give them a good game, and hope that they have a bit of an off day.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I know the lads are looking forward to it; it’s not every day you go to Anfield. It’s a special place for football.“After tomorrow’s game, we’ve played almost everyone in the ‘top-six’, with just Manchester United to go in December.We’ve had a tough run of games, but the crowd has been the biggest plus for us – the whole city has got behind us. It’s been special this season, and now we’ve got a big run of games leading up to Christmas.”last_img read more

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