Awarded Moroccan Triathlete Mohamed Lahna and His Quest to Compete in

Rabat – Mohamed Lahna, a 33 year-old Moroccan athlete from Casablanca, jumps all of life’s hurdles to prove he is a sporting powerhouse.In an exclusive interview with Morocco World News, the Moroccan athlete described his life and the greatest events in his journey, which started in Morocco in 2004 when he began with the Organization National des Handicapes (IDMAJ). “I started biking for the first time in 2004 thanks to the ‘Service des Anciens Combattant de l’Ambassade de France a Casablanca’, especially Mr. Bernard and Mr. Patrice Ascargorta, an expert prosthetist, who became my best friend. He played a major role in my athletic career; he helped me get all the equipment and needs to start triathlons,” Lahna expressed.Money is actually one of the main obstacles he has faced in his career, like many professional athletes around the world, and especially in triathlon, which is an expensive sport due to its three different disciplines in one. “I started my triathlon venture in 2008, and I managed to keep racing by working hard and making money to buy sports equipment and travel. I even asked for help from my friends and some organizations like CAF,” Lahna told MWN. “Nowadays, I am trying to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics; it is a different adventure, and I have to race a lot to earn points. I could get professional equipment and have more time for training. I am so lucky to join the first Arab Triathlon Team (Alameda O.N. Tri Team). I was able to race the ITU circuit this year and get enough points to qualify for the World Championship in Chicago, which is the main event to qualify for Rio 2016,” he added.Among his major accomplishments, he joyfully shared, “Last year racing in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii was the greatest event in my life, especially since I was the first African paratriathlete to achieve this, as well as finishing the Marathon des Sables in 2013, which was an incredible lifetime experience.”Lahna sees athletics as an experiment to reach limits, both “physically and mentally” through a preferred discipline. He has won several worldwide awards and medals. He recently competed to win the African Championship in Egypt, the National Championship in Swimming in 2011, and obtained Silver Medal at the Triathlon World Championship in Beijing.When people first see pictures of Mohamed, many ask what happened to his leg; actually, he did not become disabled in a sport or road accident. He has a birth defect known as proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD).Currently, he plans to do a mega triathlon in Morocco, starting from Tangier to Lagouira with Nacer Ben Abdjeljalil, the first Moroccan to climb Mount Everest. “Next month I will race the Triathlon World Championship in Chicago. I hope to qualify for Rio 2016, because Morocco is the only country with a paratriathlete in the Arab World and North Africa”.Before fully immersing in athletics, Mohamed was a graphic designer in Morocco. He worked for Saga Communications for 7 years, where he acquired many interesting experiences. “I learned a lot through my employment in Morocco. My workmates were so nice, they helped me a lot, and it was an arduous task to satisfy clients. The job was interesting, but entailed many hours of work in order to get recognition.”Mohamed moved to California, USA four years ago, and he is a student at the College of San Mateo majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is married and also a father. “At my leisure, I devote more time to my family; I am the father of a three year-old boy,” he said.He resents the ‘excessive sympathy’ of Moroccan society for the disabled. “Our society shields disabled people. It is okay if they do not do well in school, it is okay if they do not work.” Therefore, he believes sports is one of the best ways to help disabled individuals integrate into society. “Whether for fun or professionally, sports help us accept and embrace our disability and not be afraid to face society and be in the public eye,” he concluded optimistically. “I hope one day to stop talking compassionately about disabled persons.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Ethiopia needs nearly 7 million to avert malaria epidemic UN

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are supporting the Addis Ababa authorities in attempting to rapidly mobilize the funds to supply a newer treatment known as Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT) because of increased resistance to drugs now in use.ACT, although more expensive than other therapies, could limit the devastation caused by malaria epidemics, which have been unusually severe in the last year.”We need to generate this $6.9 million to meet the needs in the next six months and avert any epidemic that might occur,” Angela Walker of UNICEF’s Ethiopia office told the UN News Service. The effort is part of the Government’s Roll Back Malaria programme, an initiative to address the leading cause of death in Ethiopia. Around 6.1 million cases and between 45,000 and 110,000 malaria-related deaths occurred during a six-month period when a major epidemic struck in 2003.Currently, some 48 million Ethiopians live in areas where they are at-risk for malaria, according to the UN.Ms. Walker voiced concern that Ethiopia’s prolonged dry spell could exacerbate conditions and spark more cases of the disease. “When people are already weakened by drought, they don’t have adequate resources and food, and they are much more likely to be infected by malaria, they are much more vulnerable,” she said.The call for mobilization of funds was triggered after WHO and the Ethiopian Minister of Health undertook a study which found unacceptable resistance rates to the drug currently used.While ACT therapy can cost up to ten times as much as older treatments, trials have proved their success rate. “These drugs are much more effective in combating malaria, especially for the most vulnerable people: pregnant and lactating mothers and children under the age of five,” Ms. Walker said. read more

Cameco Q3 profit soars to 211 million on higher uranium prices volumes

Cameco president and chief executive Tim Gitzel is headed to Japan for a week-long trip on Sunday to gather some on the ground intelligence and meet with utilities that are hoping to restart their nuclear reactors in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.The restart of the Japanese nuclear industry is edging closer to reality and will be key catalyst for the industry, Gitzel said Wednesday as Cameco reported sharply higher sales and profits in its latest quarter compared with a year ago.Japan virtually shut down its nuclear power industry after the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in 2011 following an earthquake and tsunami.However, Gitzel said as of this week, five utilities have applied to restart 14 reactors.“It is taking a bit longer I think for the NRA, the regulator, to review these units that are under review,” he told a conference call with financial analysts.“We’re obviously getting closer to decisions on some of them, so we’ll see.”Cameco (TSX:CCO) said it earned $211 million or 53 cents per share in the three months ended Sept. 30, up from $79 million or 20 cents per share a year earlier.Its third-quarter adjusted earnings quadrupled to $208 million, or 53 cents per share — triple analyst estimates of 17 cents per share.Cameco’s revenue doubled to $597 million from $296 million, as the average uranium price realized by the Saskatoon-based company grew by 15 per cent and sales volume jumped 63 per cent compared with a year earlier to 8.5 million pounds.In its revised outlook, the company said overall revenue for 2013 is expected to be up 30 per cent to 35 per cent compared with 2012. The previous estimate was growth of 25 per cent to 30 per cent.The increased revenue forecast came despite a lowered production outlook of 23.1 million pounds of uranium, a decline of 200,000 pounds from the earlier forecast, due to the removal of Cigar Lake production from 2013 and lower expected production from its U.S. operations.Cameco’s average realized price increased to $52.59 per pound, up from $45.77 a year ago, while its average cost slipped to $26.19 per pound compared with $28.85 a year ago.Gitzel said the company is beginning to see benefits of a restructuring done earlier this year.“We have adapted to the current challenging market conditions and we continue to pursue a growth plan to take advantage of the opportunity we see in the long term,” Gitzel said in a statement.Uranium production in the quarter totalled 5.8 million pounds, up from 5.3 million pounds a year ago, while sales amounted to 8.5 million pounds, up from 5.2 million in the same quarter last year.Cameco’s average realized price increased to $52.59 per pound, up from $45.77 a year ago, while its average cost slipped to $26.19 per pound compared with $28.85 a year ago.BMO Capital Markets analyst Edward Sterck said the improved costs were a long-term positive for the company “suggesting that the cost-saving measures are paying substantial dividends.”Cameco is one of the world’s largest uranium producers with mines, mills and conversion plants in Canada, the United States and abroad.It also owns a stake in the Bruce Power nuclear power station in a partnership with TransCanada Corp., Borealis Infrastructure, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals.Last month, Cameco said its long-delayed Cigar Lake uranium mine in Saskatchewan would not begin producing until early next year because of problems during its startup.The company had hoped to produce 300,000 pounds of milled uranium this year.Cigar Lake has faced years of delays due to massive underground flooding at the mine.Shares in the company closed higher by 87 cents or more than four per cent at $19.87 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Cameco Q3 profit soars to $211 million on higher uranium prices, volumes by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 30, 2013 9:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Toronto market edges higher while oil cracks US50 per barrel mark

Toronto market edges higher while oil cracks US$50 per barrel mark by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2017 9:16 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed higher Monday on the strength of the base metals, financials and materials sectors as well as oil, which settled above the US$50 mark for the first time in more than two months.The S&P/TSX composite index squeezed out a gain of 15.22 points to 15,143.87. However, it marked the third consecutive monthly decline for the market, which remains below what it was at the beginning of the year.Oil was a bright spot, with the September crude contract gaining 46 cents to US$50.17 per barrel. It last settled above the US$50 mark May 24 at US$51.36 a barrel.The price jump comes as global stockpiles have started to get drawn down, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 60.81 points to 21,891.12 — its fourth consecutive day of hitting a record high. The Nasdaq composite index declined 26.56 points to 6,348.12, dragged down by recent underwhelming results from some technology firms, and the S&P 500 index shed 1.80 points to 2,470.30.Fehr said traders are in somewhat of a wait-and-see mode ahead of economic data releases later this week on both sides of the border, including the July employment figures to be released Friday.The Canadian dollar remained above the 80-cent US mark, trading at an average price of 80.10 cents US, though that was down 0.24 of a cent. The loonie has enjoyed some lift since the Bank of Canada rose its key benchmark interest rate nearly three weeks ago, its first hike in close to seven years.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract fell US$1.90 to US$1,273.40 an ounce, the September copper contract climbed about 1.7 cents to US$2.89 a pound and the September natural gas contract lost 14.7 cents to US$2.79 per mmBTU.— By Aleksandra Sagan in Vancouver read more

Steroids Probably Arent Causing Baseballs Power Surge

The gap between the best home run hitters in the league and the average was never wider than in 1998, the midpoint of the PED era in terms of average hitter age, according to our definition above. Looking at the list of hitters that year, it’s not hard to tell why: Three of the top five hitters in home runs per plate appearance (minimum 300 PAs) were Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Jose Canseco, all of whom later admitted or were alleged to have used PEDs. The second largest gap occurs in 2001, and features Bonds, McGwire and Sosa at the top of the list.Meanwhile, contemporary HR rates for the best hitters have increased in lockstep with the MLB average. The difference between the top five current hitters’ HR/PA and the average in the last two years has been about the same as the norm across MLB’s history.5Specifically, the top five from 2015 ranked in the 55th percentile of all years, and 2016 ranks in the 25th percentile. And while the rate of HR/PA across the league has never been higher than today, the rate of the top five lags far behind that of the steroid era. MLB’s recent offensive explosion has seen the average hitter perform significantly better without creating a new wave of outliers.That extraordinary evenness with which MLB’s latest HR surge has affected all players is maybe the best reason to discard the steroid explanation. The start of the steroid era was associated with a massive jump in home runs, but it affected some hitters more than others. Even most steroid users didn’t turn into musclebound hulks, but for those who did, the results were sometimes extraordinary. The recent offensive surge, on the other hand, has been both sudden and uniform across the league, resembling previous times in MLB’s history when the ball changed. Although historical comparisons like this cannot definitively prove that the ball is different now, they do suggest that whatever is causing the ball to fly farther is affecting all hitters equally.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Most historical instances of the ball changing were accompanied by rather dramatic shifts in HR/PA, which helps confirm that the makeup of the baseball can indeed influence power rates.1It’s worth noting that many of the largest jumps had dips immediately preceding them, suggesting either efforts by MLB to correct the ball’s performance or simple regression to the mean. And 2016 currently holds the second-largest two-year shift in HR/PA since 1901. Then again, the largest change came in 1994, at the very beginning of the steroid era. (It’s impossible to precisely date the onset of PEDs in the game, but the massive increase in home runs, coupled with changes in the productivity of older hitters and an increase in outlier seasons at the same time, suggests that 1994 is as reasonable a guess for its beginning as any.)2Also, both 1994 and 2016 may have slightly elevated HR rates due to our data not including September, when home runs tend to be slightly less frequent. Even so, the addition of September would be expected to change the home run frequency by less than 1 percent, so any adjustment wouldn’t meaningfully affect the results. But although that means PEDs could also explain the current offensive leap, the start of the steroid era came with a number of other statistical changes that aren’t being repeated in 2015 and 2016.In addition to the dramatic rise in home runs per plate appearance, one of the hallmarks of the PED era was a jump in the average age of hitters. Instead of withering away, many older hitters remained productive into their late 30s and early 40s, in some cases putting up their best seasons toward the end of their careers. (We’re looking at you, Barry.) MLB’s average plate appearance-weighted age in 2005 was 29.3, the second-highest history behind 1945, when many young would-be players were at war. Most of the top 10 years for weighted player age, whether you weight by wins above replacement or by plate appearances, are either within the steroid era or around World War II.By contrast, the average age of hitters hasn’t undergone much of an increase between 2014 and 2016. If anything, it’s gone down: last year featured the lowest WAR-weighted age since 1990, and while that number has ticked upward slightly in 2016, it’s still only level with 2013 and below 2014.3 Probably some of the blame for the year-over-year increase lies with the slowing pace of MLB games, a factor which disproportionately aids older hitters. The 1994 season, which saw the largest jump in HR/PA, also saw a 0.75-year increase in WAR-weighted age relative to 1992. At least so far, there has been no significant increase in older players’ value as there was in the steroid era.Finally, we can look at parity between players, since one of the PED era’s defining features was the profound imbalance between the chemically-altered juggernauts like Barry Bonds and the average player. Not only did the rate of home runs increase across the league, but the top players in particular saw their dingers increase by an astounding degree. Record-breaking outlier seasons, like the famous 1998 single-season home run chase between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, became almost common. Roger Maris’s all-time record of 61 homers, which had stood for 37 years, was exceeded six times from 1998-2001.To measure this outlier effect in the steroid era, I calculated HR/PA for the top five home-run hitters in baseball each season.4There’s nothing special about the top five, but I got similar results when I used the top 10, 15, 20 and 25 hitters each year. I’m not necessarily assuming that all of the top five were PED-users, but if there were artificially-enhanced players in the top five, they acted to drive the highest HR/PA rates even higher. Ever since the steroid era, baseball fans have been cautious about reading too much into unexpected leaps in player performance. Today’s jaded rooters assume that performance-enhancing drugs are to blame, somehow, whenever a player experiences a breakout or the league undergoes a transformation. So it’s no surprise that, with home runs flying out of parks at nearly an all-time high in 2016, many have reacted by assigning the responsibility to some undetectable new PED.After exhaustive consideration, my former FiveThirtyEight colleague Ben Lindbergh and I concluded that the most likely culprit for 2016’s home run explosion is a change to the construction of the ball. Still, given MLB’s lengthy history with PEDs, I thought it was worth revisiting whether a chemical explanation could possibly shed light on the most recent offensive uptick. And there are some similarities between the steroid era and the present — but 2016’s home run explosion is also missing a few key characteristics that defined the steroid era.One of main reasons PEDs seem an unlikely explanation for baseball’s recent offensive surge is the suddenness with which home runs increased. The league’s rate of homers per game began climbing around the 2015 All-Star break, and this year it’s risen more than 30 percent compared with 2014. In theory, PEDs make their way into the game slowly, with knowledge being passed between players over the course of years, but changes to the game’s equipment could drive a more rapid increase. A new supply of slightly altered game balls would affect all players in the league at once, so even a small modification to the ball’s properties could produce a massive statistical change across MLB. Given the quick, drastic shift we’ve seen in home run rates, a change to the ball appears to require fewer leaps in logic: players take time to become juiced, but balls can become juiced immediately.To further investigate whether the ball — and not PEDs — explains MLB’s quick home run increase these past two seasons, I compared the steroid era with a handful of other times in history when the ball’s construction is known to have changed. Although the build of the modern ball has been nominally consistent since 1976, MLB has an extensive history of openly altering the ball in earlier epochs. The first alteration in baseball’s modern era (since 1901) was the introduction of the cork-core ball in 1910, after which the league’s batting average jumped 17 points. In 1943, wartime rubber shortages forced manufacturers to make baseballs with a substitute called balata, which had different elastic properties. Runs per game fell that season by 0.17, before rebounding by 0.26 runs per game in 1945, when the balls reverted to rubber cores. And in 1974, the surface of the ball changed from horsehide to cowhide, without much discernible impact on the league’s overall statistics.In addition to the times in MLB’s history in which the league has admitted to altering the ball, conspiracy theorists have posited numerous other instances in which the league may have modified the sphere in secret. Perhaps the most intriguing parallel to the current home-run increase came in the late 1980s, when Rawlings, MLB’s official baseball manufacturer, shifted production from Haiti to Costa Rica after the collapse of Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier’s regime. From 1988 to 1990, baseballs were produced in both countries before the Costa Rican facility took over completely. Over that period, slugging percentage immediately fell by nearly 40 points, taking seven years to creep back back toward its 1987 level. This production switch is especially intriguing because of shake-ups at Rawlings in the middle of 2015: although it didn’t change where the balls are manufactured, it did move part of its factory operations and laid off 200 employees.To get a better sense of whether MLB’s current offensive spike more closely resembles the steroid era or one of the times the ball changed, I charted home runs per plate appearance around a few of the historical instances of known ball-tinkering, as well as the midpoint of the steroid era. read more

Cocaine worth €385000 and parts of 8 stolen vehicles seized

first_imgA LATE NIGHT raid resulted in the discovery of €385,000 worth of cocaine, cash and drug paraphernalia at a property in Tallaght yesterday.A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene in Cushlawn Park after officers found about 5.5kg of the illegal substance.The search was undertaken as part of a major operation, dubbed Operation Wireless, targeting serious criminal activity across the country.A total of 419 planned searches were carried out since yesterday morning, resulting in 89 arrests for a range of offences such as robbery, burglary, theft, handling stolen property and possession of drugs and firearms. About 20 people were detained on foot of bench warrants, while five European arrest warrants were also executed by the Organised Crime Unit and the extradition section of garda headquarters.Those five suspects are due to appear before the High Court in relation to a range of offences, including extortion, fraud and assault.During a separate search at a yard in the Balbriggan area, gardaí, officials from the Social Protection Department and Revenue customs’ officers recovered parts from up to eight stolen vehicles.Read: The mystery of the girl found on O’Connell Street: what we knowMore: Unlucky jewel thief chased and detained by ‘marathon man’ gardaílast_img read more

Man charged with assault of Polish man whose body was found in

first_imgA MAN HAS been charged with assaulting and falsely imprisoning Patryk Krupa, whose body was discovered in the River Shannon near Athlone on Friday night.Lezek Scychulec appeared at a special sitting of the District Court in Athlone this evening.The 32-year-old was remanded in custody to appear again at a sitting of the District Court in Cloverhill on 27 June.When he arrived at the court today, Scychulec was heckled by a small crowd, including members of Krupa’s family and the Polish community.A 20-year-old man arrested earlier remains in custody in Athlone Garda Station.He is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Athlone Garda Station.Two men detained in Mullingar were released without charge overnight.Files will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.The body of the 23-year-old Polish man was discovered partially submerged in water at the River Shannon in an area known as Bogginfin on Friday night.Superintendent Noreen Hegarty has appealed to the public for information relating to both incidents.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or to anyone who can assist with the investigation to contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 6498550, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Additional reporting by Órla RyanOriginally published 2.30pmRead: Three men still in custody in relation to body recovered from River Shannonlast_img read more

Nintendo trademarks Its On Like Donkey Kong

first_imgIf you remember as far back as the 1980s, you have probably thrown down against a friend at the arcade by shouting the phrase: “It’s ON like Donkey Kong.” If you grew up in the 90s, you probably remember Ice Cube using that phrase in his lyrics. And heck, if you grew up in the millennium, you’re probably even familiar with “On like Donkey Kong!” as a quote from American Pie.It’s pretty obvious that “It’s on like Donkey Kong,” then, wasn’t a phrase created by Nintendo… but that hasn’t stopped them from successfully trademarking it.AdChoices广告According to the Big N, the catchphrase is “an old, popular Nintendo phrase that has a number of possible interpretations depending on how it’s used. In addition to Nintendo’s use, it has been used in popular music, television and film over the years, pointing to Donkey Kong’s status as an enduring pop-culture icon and video game superstar.”Nintendo’s justifiably proud of its famous ape’s enduring popularity, but this is clearly a bit rich: “It’s on like Donkey Kong” was certainly not a phrase created by Nintendo. It’s just been legally co-opted by them.So, yeah, sure: a trademark that should never have been awarded, given the prior art. Still, it’s hard to fault Nintendo’s timing: the new Donkey Kong game Donkey Kong Returns comes out this week.Read more at CNNlast_img read more

Grippe A 263 morts depuis le début de lépidémie

first_imgGrippe A : 263 morts depuis le début de l’épidémieFrance – Le dernier bulletin de situation de l’Institut national de veille sanitaire (InVS) fait état de 263 décès liés à la grippe A depuis le début de l’épidémie. En moins d’une semaine, date du dernier bulletin publié, cinq nouveaux décès ont donc été enregistrés.Dans son bulletin hebdomadaire publié mercredi, l’InVS comptabilisait 263 décès liés à la grippe A, dont dix-sept sur la semaine du 11 au 17 janvier. Ce chiffre englobe les douze décès annoncés vendredi dans un précédent bulletin et cinq nouveaux survenus depuis. Depuis le début de l’épidémie, 292 personnes sont décédées à cause de la grippe A, 263 en métropole et vingt-neuf en outre-mer. À lire aussiRougeole : épidémie record en France et en EuropeSur l’ensemble des personnes décédées en métropole, quarante ne présentaient aucun facteur de risque. Vingt-quatre avaient moins de 15 ans, soixante-cinq avaient 65 ans ou plus. Hormis l’âge, les facteurs de risque les plus susceptibles d’entraîner un décès sont les pathologies respiratoires chroniques, le diabète, l’insuffisance cardiaque, les déficits immunitaires, et les obésités extrêmes. Entre le 11 et le 17 janvier, trois nouveaux cas graves ont été signalés. Depuis le début de l’épidémie, 1.221 personnes ont dû être hospitalisées à cause du virus H1N1, 138 sont encore hospitalisées en service de réanimation ou en unité de soins intensifs. Sur l’ensemble des cas graves hospitalisés, 18% sont décédés. La fin de l’épidémie a été confirmée hier par les données des réseaux de surveillance de la grippe.Le 22 janvier 2010 à 10:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouver man faces vehicular assault allegation in Saturday crash

first_imgTyler A. Campbell appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court to face a vehicular assault allegation stemming from a Saturday crash that injured six people.The 23-year-old Vancouver resident was arrested following the crash at 1:58 a.m. in the 24400 block of Northeast Rawson Road, near Northeast Hinness Road in the Proebstel area east of Hockinson, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.Judge Gregory Gonzales set Campbell’s bail at $15,000.An investigation determined that Campbell was driving a 1998 Chevrolet full-sized pickup west on Rawson Road when he allowed the vehicle to drift off the road. Campbell brought the pickup back onto the pavement, but crossed the center line into oncoming traffic.The pickup crashed head-on into an eastbound 1998 Nissan Sentra, injuring three in the car, one seriously, before rolling onto its passenger’s side into the path of a westbound 1999 Ford pickup, the sheriff’s office said. Three passengers in Campbell’s Chevrolet were also injured. Their names were not released.According to a probable cause affidavit, the driver of the Nissan was extricated from his vehicle and taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. When a deputy later checked on the driver, he was told the man had suffered broken bones in his arms, hands and face.last_img read more

Location key in life expectancy in Clark County

first_imgCamas’ Prune Hill area has large houses on sidewalk-lined streets. It’s home to trails, parks and Lacamas Athletic Club, and its inhabitants are generally wealthy, educated homeowners.So, this may be no surprise: Prune Hill has the highest life expectancy of anywhere in Clark County. On average a person residing there can expect to live 85.3 years, according to recently released estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics.Aside from her student days at the University of Washington in Seattle, Nan Henriksen, who’s 77, has lived in Camas her entire life. She said Camas’ green spaces, trails and proximity to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area encourage people to be active outside. When she was mayor in the 1980s and early 1990s, the Camas City Council focused on ways to preserve and improve quality of life while also trying to attract businesses to its industrial park.“I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a community that has more convenient trails,” Henriksen said, adding that green space is important for psychological and physical health.Of course, residents’ socioeconomic status is a major advantage. The median household income in Prune Hill is $132,910.“We’re blessed to have so many inhabitants who can afford good health care and are aware of healthy living,” Henriksen said.Nathan Murphy is the manager of Lacamas Athletic Club, which has 3,500 members. The club just celebrated a 78-year-old man who took his 100th high-intensity interval training class. The club offers swimming pools, water aerobics classes and partnerships with SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit, health and fitness programs providing no-cost gym memberships for older adults through certain insurance carriers.last_img read more

SDSU announces contractor for stadium in Mission Valley

first_img Posted: February 28, 2019 SDSU announces contractor for stadium in Mission Valley February 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego State University announced today its selection of Clark Construction Group to design and build a 35,000-seat stadium in Mission Valley.The stadium is part of the SDSU West measure that voters passed in the November mid-term election. The plan also includes a river park, a campus extension and commercial and residential space. The value of the contract is roughly $250 million, according to SDSU.“Clark Construction has significant expertise building large, multi-use stadiums and is a great fit to build San Diego State University’s new multi-use stadium and the future home of Aztec Football,” said SDSU Athletic Director JD Wicker. “I am confident in their ability to deliver a stadium that meet the needs of the university and the San Diego region.”The Maryland-based company has completed projects in Southern California, most notably Petco Park and the Rose Bowl press box in Pasadena.Clark Construction also designed and built local non-athletic buildings like the Naval hospital at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and SDSU’s Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences building.“The full resources of our national organization, combined with our local expertise and relationships will be at the service of the university to achieve the project’s vision,” said Carlos Gonzalez, the company’s senior vice president and regional executive officer. “We recognize the opportunity this project creates for SDSU’s Mission Valley campus and for the greater San Diego community.”The SDSU stadium will sit in the footprint of the site’s current occupant, SDCCU Stadium. The stadium will serve primarily as the home stadium for the university’s football team, but will also accommodate professional and collegiate soccer games, concerts and other events.Clark Construction currently aims to break ground on the project early next year, with the stadium ready for use at the beginning of the 2022 college football season. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Alan Floyd Arrested for First Murder of New Year in Baltimore

first_imgThe house where the deadly fire was set that claimed the life of Sharon Williams on Jan. 1. (Photo by James Bentley)In the early afternoon on the first day of the New Year, Baltimore City Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a call for a house on fire in the 2300 block of East Madison Street. After the blaze was extinguished the property search revealed the corpse of a 61 year old woman, Sharon Williams, reportedly the mother of a Baltimore firefighter.“Brutal, ruthless, vicious, merciless, sadistic and cruel so pick one they all apply to public enemy #1, Alan Lorenzo Floyd” said Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis in a press conference on Jan. 2. He continued by saying “We want to send a message to Alan Lorenzo Floyd and to any other person or persons who want to cause harm to our communities that in 2016 you will not be able to operate in anonymity.”Floyd was not able operate in anonymity and police captured him on Jan. 6. He was found in a vacant building in the 800 block of Montford Avenue in the Eastern District and will be charged with murder in connection with the arson.After speaking with witnesses the police learned the fire may have been intentionally set. Further investigation revealed that there were two other individuals in the house when the fire began: one was another victim, a female who was able to escape the property and the other a male suspect, Alan Lorenzo Floyd, who the police believe barricaded the other two in the property before covering it with an accelerant and setting the house afire. Williams is believed to be an unintended target of this crime the police said possibly stemmed from an ongoing dispute between Floyd and the other victim.last_img read more

How The Brain Shapes Pain And Links Ouch With Emotion

first_imgThe pain was bad. But the feeling of helplessness it produced in him was even worse. So he channeled his frustration into music and art that depicted his pain. It was “a way I could express myself,” he says. “It was liberating.” Witt’s experience is typical of how an unpleasant sensation can become something much more complicated, scientists say. Read the whole story: NPR It was “this low-grade kind of menacing pain that ran through my spine and mostly my lower back and my upper right shoulder blade and then even into my neck a little bit,” Witt says.center_img When Sterling Witt was a teenager in Missouri, he was diagnosed with scoliosis. Before long, the curvature of his spine started causing chronic pain. “I felt like I was being attacked by this invisible enemy,” Witt says. “It was nothing that I asked for, and I didn’t even know how to battle it.”last_img read more

Along with platforms like Facebook now websites using embedded Like buttons are

first_imgYesterday, a significant judgement was made on the usage of Facebook’s ‘Like’ feature by third party websites. The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled that the operator of a third party website with an embedded Facebook ‘Like’ button can be held jointly responsible for the initial collection and transmission of the visitor’s personal data to its website, under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It also stated that “By contrast, that operator is not, in principle, a controller in respect of the subsequent processing of those data carried out by Facebook alone.” This ruling was made in a case filed by a German consumer protection association, Verbraucherzentrale NRW against an online clothing retailer Fashion ID. The court found that the installed Facebook ‘Like’ button on a third party website allows Facebook to collect user’s information without their consent, irrespective of the fact that users did not click the button or were not part of the social media network. According to the press release, the ECJ has set guidelines that third party website operators  must seek consent from site visitors by clarifying the identity and purpose of the information transmission, before the data is handed over to Facebook. It also adds that for lawful purposes, operators “must pursue a legitimate interest through the collection and transmission of personal data in order for those operations to be justified in that regard.” The ‘Like’ button feature, introduced by Facebook 10 years ago,  is one of the most utilized features by users. The feature has also been adapted into most other social media platforms like Youtube, Twitter and Instagram. It makes sharing content or opinions about content on social platforms extremely convenient with a single click. This ruling is significant because many online portals use the ‘Like’ button to make their products more visible on Facebook and do not bother about the consequences of data sharing with social media platforms. Last year, Facebook had notified the UK parliament that between April 9 and April 16, the ‘Like’ button appeared on 8.4M websites. This judgement comes as a warning to all third party websites, as they can no longer hide behind Facebook for their complicity in dodgy data gathering practices. Last month, the BBC reported that Facebook uses information from the ‘Like’ button feature to not only alter newsfeeds and to apply behavioural advertising, but also to use it as a tool to target elections and manipulate people’s emotional state. Addressing the court judgement, Jack Gilbert, Associate general counsel at Facebook, says that “Website plugins are common and important features of the modern Internet. We welcome the clarity that today’s decision brings to both websites and providers of plugins and similar tools.” He further added that they are reviewing the court’s decision and “will work closely with our partners to ensure they can continue to benefit from our social plugins and other business tools in full compliance with the law.” Facebook, which believes there’s no expectation of privacy on social media, has a record of trying to evade or delay justice by manipulating laws using legal loopholes. A GDPR-violation lawsuit filed against Facebook by a privacy activist went on for 5 long years as Facebook constantly questioned whether GDPR-based cases fall under the jurisdiction of courts, until it was rejected by an Austrian Supreme Court this year. Last year, a lawsuit was filed against Facebook over a data breach impacting nearly 30 million users. In response, Facebook argued that some of the leaked information were not sensitive. However, an appellate court in San Francisco ruled against Facebook’s appeal, last month. When caught red-handed, Facebook has attempted to deploy their PR and lobbying juggernaut to turn verdicts in their favour. Two months ago, reports emerged claiming that Facebook allegedly pressured and “arm-wrestled” EU expert group to soften European guidelines for fake news. Facebook’s chief lobbyist, Richard Allan allegedly threatened the expert group by saying, “We are happy to make our contribution, but if you go in that direction, we will be controversial”, and would stop Facebook’s support for journalistic and academic projects. We will have to wait and watch if Facebook and other social media & content platforms will comply with the GDPR data protection framework this time or will it again try to escape laws using its might. Some people are satisfied that the court ruling will ensure third party websites think hard before sharing user information with Facebook. A user on Hacker News comments, “Good. I don’t want you telling Facebook I’ve visited your website.” To tackle the plague of tracking in Facebook ‘Like’ button, open source developers are coming up with their own solutions. Social Share Privacy is one such plugin project in jQuery. It enables third party websites to disable the Like/recommend button on their websites, by default. Read the Court of Justice of the European Union’s press release for more information. 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Showcase your startup in Startup Alley at Disrupt SF 2019

first_imgWhat’s the lifeblood of any early-stage startup? Money and media coverage. Opportunities to acquire both abound at Disrupt San Francisco 2019, our flagship tech conference that takes place on October 2-4. It’s all about networking and making the right connections to make your startup dreams come true, and there’s no better networking mecca than Startup Alley.Buy a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package and plant your early-stage startup in the path of more than 10,000 attendees, including leading technologists, investors, 400 accredited media outlets and other leading influencers. The package includes one full exhibit day and three Founder passes.You’ll have access to three days of Disrupt programming across the Main Stage, the Extra Crunch Stage, the Showcase Stage and the Q&A Stage. You can watch Startup Battlefield, our epic pitch competition, to see who takes home the $100,000 prize. You’ll also receive invitations to VIP events, like a reception with top-tier investors and global media outlets.You’ll have CrunchMatch at your side to make networking as easy as possible. This free, business match-making platform helps you find and connect with the people who can move your business forward. It matches people based on their mutual business interests, suggests meetings and sends out invitations (which recipients can easily accept or decline). CrunchMatch even lets you reserve dedicated meeting spaces where you can network in comfort.And how’s this for opportunity? Every early-stage startup that exhibits in Startup Alley is eligible for a chance to win a Wild Card entry to the Startup Battlefield pitch competition. TechCrunch editors will select two standout startups as Wild Card teams to compete for $100,000 in Startup Battlefield.It might sound like a longshot (and it is), but RecordGram earned a Wild Card spot and went on to become the Startup Battlefield champ at Disrupt NY 2017. Because dreams do come true.Disrupt San Francisco 2019 takes place on October 2-4. Buy a demo table, exhibit in Startup Alley and network your way to greatness. Come on and show the world what you’ve got.Is your company interested in sponsoring at Disrupt SF 2019? Contact our sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.last_img read more

Canada Training Day a hit with Personal Travel Managers

first_imgSource = TravelManagers Australia (left to right) TravelManagers’ Michelle Schulze (left), Kim Mason (4th from left) with Doina Nicutescu and Stephanie Fung (at right) with Dianna Schinella from Rocky Mountaineer, Neil Ford from Air Canada and Ed Smith from Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidays (left to right)Canada Training Day a hit with Personal Travel ManagersWhether it’s a week-long cruise up the Inside Passage or a month-long odyssey from coast to coast, Canada offers a diversity of experience and landscape that can be overwhelming for both clients and travel professionals. Thirteen of TravelManagers’ Sydney-based personal travel managers (PTMs) were recently fortunate enough to be brought up to date on what Canada has to offer by some of the its tourism industry’s top representatives.The updates took the form of two Masterclass sessions that were held at TravelManagers’ National Partnership Office (NPO) in Sydney. The sessions each lasted ninety minutes and included presentations from Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidays, Rocky Mountaineer and Air Canada.TravelManagers’ representative for Five Dock in Sydney’s Inner West, Sandii Pink, was one of the attendees. Despite having more than seventeen years’ experience in the travel industry and having travelled extensively herself, Pink says the Masterclass session was still highly beneficial.“It was great and I was so glad to hear from Canada/Alaska wholesalers who know their stuff.”Executive General Manager – Michael GazalTravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, agrees that the sessions were very well received.“Masterclass sessions like these are not just useful in building on the impressive product and destinational knowledge our PTMs already have,” explains Gazal. “They also serve to strengthen the strong relationships we have with our key suppliers, both at a national level, and for individual PTMs.”Air Canada was one of the participating suppliers; Sales Executive Neil Ford used his time to showcase the airline’s new product for 2016, which includes the new Premium Economy and Business Class services on the 787 Dreamliner.Rocky Mountaineer’s Sale Manager for Asia Pacific, Dianna Schinella, updated attendees on their new Silverleaf and Goldleaf options, while Ed Smith from Canada and Alaska Specialist Holidays provided a look at some of the amazing destinations within Canada and an overview of FIT journeys that could be tailor-made for individual clients.Kim Mason, representative for Cronulla, has travelled extensively in Canada herself, but agrees that the training will benefit both her and her clients.“I have done lots of training on Canada previously as well; however, this was a really good way to catch up on any changes. The extra knowledge will definitely help me get a few new bookings across the line.”Gazal says the feedback from suppliers and PTMs alike has been both positive and enthusiastic, making it a certainty that similar sessions will take place in the future.“We will continue to strive to ensure that our PTMs maintain the best possible product knowledge, whether it’s by more sessions like these, by webinar or by other means such as social media. The better-informed our PTMs can be, the better service they will be able to provide to their clients… and that’s good for everyone.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagers TravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 480 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. Join TravelManagersbecome a Personal Travel Managerlast_img read more

Rocks thrown at AACL kennels

first_imgAnnamarie Koen of the league said that, “At about 10.30pm last night, I heard the dogs barking and then one of the dogs was crying. I went to have a look and saw someone with a flashlight wearing a yellow bib. There was also a train that had stopped there. This is now the second time that this has happened. Last time, we collected half an HTH bucket full of these rocks. The stones could only come from the railway line, so we think it might be the security there.”All the dogs on that side of the kennels were checked for injuries, but they are all fine.Transnet were contacted for comment, but were unavailable. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) has complained about rocks being thrown at the kennels at night.AACL workers got hold of the Ladysmith Gazette to inform us that someone has been throwing stones at the cages where the dogs are kept.last_img read more

Urban Meyer has introduced Patriot Week at Ohio State to educate

first_imgStarting yesterday, Ohio State players took part in a new program that Urban Meyer and his staff put together that they’re calling “Patriot Week” that aims to educate the Buckeyes on American values like voting, the presidents, the military, and a number of other red-blooded American topics.The lesson yesterday revolved around the history of the presidency and the responsibility of our commander in chief and Professor Jack Wright, who teaches political science was brought in as a guest speaker. Today’s lesson will be a tribute to the men and women of the military.“What I’ve found, four ourselves and our staff, is that not many people know the exact process. Our players have a right to vote, so how can we make sure that our players take this personally?” Meyer told his guys. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix #PatriotWeekOSU begins with a history of the Office of the President. pic.twitter.com/pb7A4mELxa— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) May 23, 2016Towards the end of the clip below, following the lesson from Professor Wright, Urban touches on two of the most important reasons to get out and vote with his players; 1) You can make a difference, and 2) People fight, and have died, for our right to vote.This is a really great idea from Meyer and his staff, and the great part is that players aren’t viewing it as a classroom session, but instead see it as a team-building experience that also provides some important perspective for life away from the field as well.Day 1 of #PatriotWeekOSU is in the books! https://t.co/E4sL7U9vWM— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) May 23, 2016last_img read more

Seajets Head Honored for Supporting Atticas Wildfire Victims

first_img28sharesHome > Company updates > Seajets Head Honored for Supporting Attica’s Wildfire VictimsThe Mayor of Rafina-Pikermi, Evangelos Bournous and Seajets’ head Marios Iliopoulos.A year after the deadly fire in northeastern Attica, which claimed the lives of over 100 people and left dozens injured, the head of Greek ferry operator Seajets, Marios Iliopoulos, was honored for supporting the victims of the wildfires.During a memorial service recently held for the victims of the areas of Mati, Zouberi, Nea Makri, Kallitechnoupoli, Neos Voutzas and Rafina , the Mayor of Rafina-Pikermi, Evangelos Bournous, offered an honorary plaque to Iliopoulos.Canadair fire-fighting planes diving into the port of Rafina, July 2018. Photo: Maria Paravantes“We are here to support the people in need… I want to honor all those who supported our fellow humans with their heroic solidarity – our sailors and fishermen. They participated in the rescue efforts with a sense of self-sacrifice and altruism,” Iliopoulos said during the event.According to an announcement on the memorial service, Marios Iliopoulos stood next to the victims from the very first moments of the tragic incident.“With personal concern and a high sense of responsibility, professionalism and social sensitivity, he offered his help on the night of the tragedy, with rescue boats, along with Seajets’ seamen and local fishermen for the rescue of 600 people who had fled to the sea,” the announcement said.Furthemore, in collaboration with the municipality of Rafina-Pikermi, Iliopoulos proceeded with the following actions:• He hired cranes to help reopen the roads in Mati and Kokkino Limanaki, and contribute to the redevelopment of the area’s road network• He offered food supplies to those affected• He provided, through special events and in collaboration with Seajets, psychological support to children affected by the tragedy.In addition, Iliopoulos and Seajets actively supported the victims of the deadly fires by donating 10 percent of the total fare of each ticket booked for the Tera Jet ferry for routes to and from the Rafina port.last_img read more