Synovial biopsy

first_imgA synovial biopsy takes a sample of synovial tissue which is tissue that lines the joint. The test is performed to help diagnose gout, bacterial infections, and other infections.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img

SPORT-IPL-BRATHWAITE 3 LAST

first_imgBrathwaite said while he might be known for his ability Brathwaite said while he might be known for his ability to hit big sixes in T20 but he is big fan of Test cricket. “Personally I do love Test cricket and I enjoy watching the boring parts of Test cricket — a batsman batting out long periods of time and then overcoming that to score a hundred. I take each facet of the game in each format at its best. “T20 is more towards the countries that more necessarily be traditionalist in the game. It is a good spectator sport as well but then there is Test cricket where you get to test yourself against the values of the format — like facing a barrage of bouncers and getting past that, taking a few knocks and playing the swinging ball and seeing though a good spell to capitalise and get a hundred,” he explained. “As a bowler bowling a 10 over spell to go on for another two overs just to bring the team back into the game. I think all three facets has its place within the sport and I enjoy being a part of all three. The better cricketers in the world are able to adapt from T20 to 50 overs to Test cricket and it is a challenge that I set myself — to be able to play all three formats and be successful in all three,” he added. The West Indian said he might be at the receiving at some point of time with the evolving Twenty20 format. “I dont think it will happen but I know it will happen and it is a game of cricket. Some days you will be at the receiving end and some days you get along. You have to know what you can do at the best of your abilities, then the result takes care of itself. Sometimes the results are negative and at times positive, you just need to back your preparation and back your process,” he said. PTI TAP CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Evening newswrap August 29

first_imgMahesh on dress advisory row: Have daughters, won’t enforce such ban Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma has an advisoryfor tourists visiting India: they should avoid wearing short skirts.With Kareena, the Bollywood baby bump has finally reached the runway!Kareena Kapoor Khan walked the ramp for designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee during the just-finished Lakme Fashion Week 2016 and brought down the house by proudly flaunting her baby bump. The pregnancy glow added a quality of ethereality to her walk, as she looked stunning in Sabyasachi’s opulent lehenga. There seems to be a shift in order in Bollywood since the early 2000s.Sindhu, Dipa, Sakshi and Jitu receive Khel Ratna awardsPresident Pranab Mukherjee presented the awards amid thunderous applause at the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of National Sports Day.65 recruits killed in suicide attack at Yemen army campAt least 65 recruits were killed and over 50 others injured on Monday in a suicide attack at an army training camp in Yemen’s port city of Aden, security officials said.last_img read more

‘Fighter’ Van Dijk’s rise to world’s most expensive defender

first_imgVirgil van Dijk’s meteoric rise to become the world’s most expensive defender has left some of his former team-mates shocked despite showcasing his class at an early age.Netherlands international Van Dijk has proven to be a hit at Liverpool despite eyebrows being raised by his £75 million ($96m) price tag following his move from Southampton in January.He has grown into a pillar of consistency for Jurgen Klopp’s side, and at 27 he still has time on his side to build a legacy as one of the modern game’s finest centre-backs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Van Dijk has come a long way since he first turned out for Groningen as a youngster, where he played alongside fellow defender Kees Kwakman.Kwakman played 47 times for the Eredivisie outfit between 2011-13, and concedes that when he first saw Van Dijk he never felt that he would go onto become the player he has, despite interest from AC Milan before he left for Celtic.”Did we see then that he would be the most expensive defender in the world? If I said yes, I would be lying,” he admitted to  Goal . “It went step by step.”At first, we thought ‘OK this is a talented player’. After a few weeks, it was ‘alright, he has his place in the starting line-up’, and then after six months it was ‘he has nothing to do with us in Groningen’. So, it was progressive.”When I arrived, he was very young. He was not yet a regular part of the first team. But from the first weeks, you could see he was a player apart.”A great defender, of course, but he was also very good and comfortable with the ball at his feet.”It was obvious that he was a real talent, and he quickly gained his place in the starting line-up. And it did not take too long to see that he was a really great player.Virgil van Dijk Netherlands 2018-19“With the ball, he was very at ease and impressive, especially because of his stature. And he was also a real fighter.”He first joined Celtic, in a lesser league than the Premier League, to first adapt to the British style of play. From there, he went to Southampton and, finally, Liverpool. So, I think he made the right choices and was well advised.”I remember that, when he was in Groningen, AC Milan were interested in him. But, for a player who was moving abroad for the first time, he followed a good trajectory.”He played very well in each of these clubs. Seeing him at Southampton, I was convinced that he would have his place at a very big club.”Pieter Huistra, one of Van Dijk’s first coaches, concurs with Kwakman’s assessment, revealing that he considered playing him as a striker at times due to his physical stature.”He came to us from Willem II, and he first played with the reserves,” he told  Goal . “At the time, he was already tall, but he was not as strong as he is today.”He still had to progress in terms of power in particular. And with us, he sometimes played as a centre-forward as well as a central defender.”When he joined the first team, we quickly saw that he had great potential. He had a very good style. “But he still had to learn, especially in terms of the decisions that a central defender has to make. When he had to take risks or not. How to play with others, defend together. All these things. But, as an athlete, he was always impressive.”Van Dijk will next be in action on Friday as Netherlands take on France in the UEFA Nations League before returning to domestic football on November 24 when Liverpool travel to Watford. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Nick Kyrgios beats Alexander Zverev to win Acapulco International

first_imgAustralian Nick Kyrgios stunned German second seed Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4 to win the Acapulco International in Mexico on Saturday for his fifth career ATP title.The temperamental Aussie, whose scintillating run to the final included wins over multiple Grand Slam winners Stanislas Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal, played free and focused from the outset and frustrated Zverev with a steady diet of drop shots.Former world number 13 Kyrgios, who has fallen to 72 in the rankings, converted three of his break point opportunities and sealed the win on his first championship point with a massive serve that was too much for world number three Zverev to handle.if you’re loving these drop shots from @NickKyrgios tonight!@AbiertoTelcel pic.twitter.com/0yXWnrG4YzATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) March 3, 2019Kyrgios struck first and emphatically when he broke Zverev at love in the fourth game of the opening set and consolidated the break to go ahead 4-1, triggering a frustrated Zverev to smash his racquet beyond repair on the hard court.THAT is how you save a break pointthe #AMT2019 final now on @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/dd4nT4gbeeATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) March 3, 2019The 23-year-old Australian opened the second set with a break but then looked like he may start to crack when he found himself staring down a break point in the next game and double-faulted, allowing Zverev to draw level at 1-1.But Kyrgios’ nerves held up and he broke again in the fifth game and then held steady the rest of the way as he collected his first tournament win since Brisbane in January 2018.advertisementZverev, competing in only his second tournament of the year after crashing out of the fourth round of the Australian Open, arrived in the final in solid form having not dropped a set all week but had no answer for Kyrgios.With the win, Kyrgios improved to 4-3 in career head-to-head meetings against Zverev.last_img read more

Who is Man Utd target Tierney?

first_imgCeltic v PSG Who is Kieran Tierney? The best defensive mind in the UK wanted by Man Utd & Arsenal Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 21:39 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kieran Tierney Celtic Getty Celtic v PSG Celtic PSG UEFA Champions League Transfers The 20-year-old is being followed by several top clubs around Europe, and it is his game intelligence and adaptability that could get him to the top When Celtic famously lifted the European Cup in 1967, having defeated Inter 2-1 in the final, they did so with a team born entirely within a 30-mile radius of their Parkhead home in the East End of Glasgow. Full-back Tommy Gemmell got their equalising goal on that balmy evening in Lisbon, firing home from the edge of the box to catapult the Scots to the European title. It was one of 63 goals that he got for the club, and coincidentally that is the shirt number of a young man destined to follow in his path to greatness.Celtic -2 v Ross County – evens Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Kieran Tierney embodies the traditional values of the club, having grown up a fanatical supporter of the club, visiting Parkhead regularly before he even went to school and joining their youth team at age seven. On Tuesday, he will begin his second Champions League campaign with the Hoops, coming up against the most expensive footballers in the world in the form of Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, but that is unlikely to daunt the 20-year-old.His gritty attitude is best exemplified by his display in the Scottish Cup final last season. Having suffered a mouth injury during the first half following a clash with Aberdeen’s Jayden Stockley, he was taken to hospital for treatment but, still under the influence of painkillers, raced through the Hampden carpark to make his way to the podium in time for Celtic to be presented with the trophy.Kieran Tierney CelticThe image of him with his arms outstretched and the cup in one hand is already an indelible one for the historic club.”Worth a broken jaw,” Tierney posted on social media in the aftermath. Worth a broken jaw haha pic.twitter.com/mrAyi9fUkA— Kieran Tierney (@kierantierney1) May 27, 2017His journey to the first team has been well documented, with clips widely available on YouTube of Shunsuke Nakamura presenting him with a pair of boots as a prize for being the youth team’s best player, his role as a ball boy as Celtic beat Barcelona in 2012, or his father proclaiming him to be the next big thing. At the time it would have been easy to dismiss that as sheer parental bluster, but his dad has been proven right. Not only is Tierney a regular in Celtic’s starting XI, he is developing into one of the most important players for club and country.”Tierney is Scotland’s best player now — he is different to anything else we have got,” Stoke’s Charlie Adam told the Daily Record. “He could play for a Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United without a doubt.”His hunger, desire and quality make him the best we have produced for years.”Brendan Rodgers has echoed that view: “I saw in the first two days I was in charge that he will be a top player. Having worked with young players — and lots of them — and seen them grow and develop into top stars, there’s no question about that.”Tierney is not a typical modern-day footballer. He remains a modest and approachable character, universally known around the club as ‘KT’, while his attributes are based around game intelligence and technique as opposed to the raw power of many full-backs. Kieran Tierney Celtic“He’s got an incredible determination, an old-school determination,” Rodgers said last week. “He lives his life right, he doesn’t drink or do stupid things. He’s in every day training like a dog. He fights, he runs, he’s aggressive. And he’s a lovely boy.”In modern-day football you have players who love football but don’t necessarily love the club they play for. He’s one of a small band who absolutely loves football — but also loves Celtic. And it’s great to see his development.”It is testimony to his talents that he has been capped for Scotland on six occasions, yet only two of those have come in his natural left-back role. On three occasions he has played on the opposite side of the defence, helping Gordon Strachan’s men to clean sheets against Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.He was presented with yet another role to play when the English visited Hampden, deployed as the left-sided centre-back in a five-man defence. It is a position he has also occupied sporadically for Celtic. Standing a shade under 5ft 9in, he should not be able to play that role — yet such is his reading of the game it seems to pose him few problems.   Indeed, so good is he in these domains, he stands a strong claim of having the best footballing mind of any defender in his generation in Britain. Kieran Tierney CelticWhile he may lack the brutish strength or lightning heels of some in his role, he has a tireless engine, possesses a wicked cross and has an eye for a spectacular goal. Although he scored a recent cracker against Kilmarnock in a League Cup tie, that arguably paled into insignificance compared to an effort from barely outside his own box in a reserve team match against Hearts in 2014. Bayern Munich have been among the clubs to scout Tierney, and perhaps it should come as little surprise that the side that leaned upon Philipp Lahm for so long would take an interest in the Scot, for there are distinct similarities in the two. Both possess the same tactical intelligence and versatility.Actually prising Tierney away from Parkhead will be no easy task. He is emotionally involved in the club to a degree outside of the norm in today’s game — and that love is reciprocated by the fans. Indeed, the bond is such that there is no guarantee that even the lure of a Manchester United or an Arsenal would be enough to persuade him to leave.It is a refreshing attitude, and one that, unsurprisingly, has Celtic fans utterly enamoured. It may, however, prevent him from receiving the recognition that he undeniably deserves, much like long-time Parkhead servant Henrik Larsson. Given his affection for the club, though, one imagines that would suit KT just fine.last_img read more

‘Pogba would have thrived in Man Utd treble team’

first_imgPaul Pogba would have cut it in Manchester United’s all-conquering treble team.That is the view of 1999 hero Teddy Sheringham, who says the stars of Sir Alex Ferguson’s most successful side would have got the best of out the mercurial Frenchman.Pogba has received widespread criticism since rejoining United from Juventus in 2016 for not living up to his undoubted ability. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But Sheringham says the World Cup winner would have been at home in a midfield that contained Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and David Beckham – and that the senior stars of that side would have made sure he was focused on winning rather than showboating.When asked if Pogba – rejuvenated under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – could have figured alongside the players who won the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup in the same season, Sheringham told Stadium Astro: “I think he would because he is a very talented player.“He would have been brought back down to earth at the right times when he’s… not stepping out of line, because you’re not stepping out of line, you’re just not doing the right things at the right times.“That’s what made our team so good. We did all the right things at the right times.“There’s a lot of players who do the wrong things constantly. You have to do the right things at the right times for you to be part of a team.“I think he would have been told by the senior members, ‘pass the ball. Stop showing how good you are. We play as a team’.Manchester United 1999 Champions League“The more you keep telling them, you hope that the penny drops.“There’s always times to do that bit of flashness, to get you out of a problem on the football pitch, but not every time you get it.”Solskjaer, a team-mate of Sheringham in the 1999 team, is credited with making Pogba blossom again after he endured a strained relationship with previous manager Jose Mourinho, sacked last month.The 25-year-old said of his new boss this week: “Before the coach arrived I was in the shadows, on the bench, and I accepted that.“It is a pleasure to play again. Now I am always smiling.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Rendered homeless 2 residents die of shock

first_imgKolkata: Two residents of Syakra Para Lane died due to shock as they witnessed their houses in a state of shambles due to the ongoing East-West Metro project work.The elderly persons, identified as Anjali Mullick and Ganesh Prakash Gupta breathed their last at the GD Hospital. Anjali, whose husband died 10 years ago, was a resident of 2/1 B, Syakra Para Lane for the last 70 years. On August 31, 2019, she was initially not willing to vacate her house when the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) officials asked Syakra Para Lane residents to shift due to the Metro work. However, she was shifted to Hotel Embassy on the same day. The octogenarian has three daughters who used to come to visit her at the hotel. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn Sunday, the elderly woman felt unwell and was admitted to GD Hospital. She breathed her last at the hospital on Wednesday early morning. She is the first victim of the Bowbazar mayhem, where tunnel boring has led to the collapse of one house after another, rendering the residents homeless. “She was brought to the Syakra Para Lane today (September 11, 2019) as her last wish was to see her house,” said Tapan Kumar Mondal, her nephew. In the second incident, Ganesh, a resident of 10 Syakra Para lane, died at GD Hospital on Tuesday night. The 86-year-old used to live in a four-storeyed building. At around 4:30 am on September 1, the KMRCL officials asked Ganesh and his family members to vacate the crumbling house. Continued on P7last_img read more

100 years later Toronto genealogists help soldiers family find his burial site

first_imgTORONTO ONTARIO, – After a search that spanned nearly a century, genealogists in Toronto have helped a Scottish family track down the unmarked grave of a relative who died after serving in the First World War and see him honoured in a military ceremony.Ian Hector Steven’s family knew that he emigrated to Canada from Glasgow in the early 20th century and had married.They knew Hector, as he was known, had enlisted in the Canadian military, because he sent home a photo of himself in uniform. They learned he had been wounded from a newspaper story about the war, and found out he had died when they received a Memorial Cross, a medal sent to the mothers of fallen soldiers.But for years they didn’t know the circumstances of his death, whether he left behind any children, or where he was buried.The search for Hector’s descendents began shortly after his death. His sisters posted notices in Canadian newspapers, hoping his widow would get in touch, but they never heard back. When the Second World War broke out and Canadian troops were sent to Europe, Hector’s family hoped one of his descendents might seek them out.“When the war ended in 1945 and no young Canadian had come and rattled the door and said that he was the son of or the daughter of Ian Hector, the matter just went dead within the family,” said Hector’s nephew, Rev. Harold Steven. On a visit to the Parliament buildings in Ottawa while he was in Canada visiting his son at McGill University about 10 years ago, Steven figured it couldn’t hurt to look for his uncle’s name in the Book of Remembrance, but he wasn’t surprised when he didn’t find anything. He had essentially given up on finding his uncle — until about 18 months ago.By chance, Steven, now in his mid-80s, came across an article in The Scots magazine about a new history project at the University of Edinburgh. Researchers were looking for the “war dead who had slipped through the net of recognition,” as he put it. A historian at the university put him in touch with another Scottish researcher, who found that Hector had lived in Toronto. When Steven contacted the Toronto city clerk’s office, archivist Gillian Reddyhoff suggested he get in touch with Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries, which could check if Hector was listed on any of their 10 sites.He wasn’t — but the manager of the cemetery’s genealogy team, Sue Henderson, was intrigued. She got in touch with Heather Ioannou, who she knew from the Toronto branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. Ioannou, who has lived in Canada for decades but was raised in Scotland, was equally interested. She searched through Ontario’s vital statistics archive and found a record of Hector’s 1918 death in the York County Death Registry.“I sent it to Sue, and we both went to Google Maps, and it was like somebody smacking us over the head,” she said. The address listed as the site of Hector’s death was just down the street from St. John’s Norway Cemetery in Toronto’s east end.Ioannou and Henderson were able to confirm with the cemetery’s staff that Hector was in fact buried in St. John’s. Finally, Steven had an answer to the question his family had been unable to answer for decades. “They found him,” he said. “I was thrilled to bits.”That discovery allowed Ioannou and Henderson to rapidly uncover more information: the precise date and location of Hector’s arrival in Canada (he arrived in Quebec’s Eastern Townships in May 1913), his cause of death (bronchial pneumonia after influenza, sustained as a result of a military injury). War diaries from his regiment, discovered by Ioannou, showed that Hector had fought as part of Canadian expeditionary forces in France.Hector was buried with his wife, an English woman named Evie Lacey, who had died of the Spanish flu 11 days after her husband. The grave was unmarked because it belonged to Lacey’s mother, who likely couldn’t afford a headstone, and who returned to England shortly after her daughter’s death.Because the grave’s deed was registered to someone outside the Steven family, they weren’t legally allowed to set up a headstone. So Steven contacted the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which ruled that because Hector’s death was related to his war injuries, he was eligible for a military headstone.On Sunday, 104 years to the day that Hector had first arrived in Canada, the War Graves Commission honoured the soldier with a headstone dedication ceremony at St. John’s Norway Cemetery. Members of the seventh regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery paid their respects, and a military band played.Dominique Boulais of the War Graves Commission called the ceremony “the last significant step in marking the final resting place of our fallen comrade.” Hector’s grave, he said, was no longer “an impersonal and faceless tomb.”Several wreaths were laid at the new headstone.“For nearly a hundred years my uncle’s grave was unknown,” Steven said. “Today he is remembered with honour and commemorated in perpetuity.”The ceremony was also attended by the Canadian researchers and genealogists who helped the Steven family.Ioannou said finding an answer to the questions surrounding Hector’s death was gratifying, because in many cases, records of war deaths are difficult to track down. The Ontario Genealogical Society searches for war deaths “literally every day,” she said. “There are some families who never know what happened to their loved one.”Connie Culbertson, chair of the Toronto branch of the OGS, was also happy to be there. “We were so pleased to be able to help,” she said. “We love stories.”Reddyhoff agreed: looking for the next clue was “like a detective story.”Working with city archives, she said she frequently hears from people early in their searches. “You don’t always hear the end of the story,” she said. “It’s wonderful to hear that it came to fruition.”last_img read more

Some Inuit women value testifying at MMIWG Inquiry in Iqaluit

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsTuesday marked the second day for the hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Iqaluit.Unlike previous hearings, which focused on victims and their stories, these hearings are about history.Two Inuit women giving testimony talked to APTN News about what it meant to them.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img

US February housing starts fell 7 pct after January surge

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. homebuilders broke ground on fewer apartment complexes in February, causing overall housing starts to fall 7 per cent.The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.24 million, a decline that was anticipated after construction surged in January to 1.33 million.February’s slowdown in construction came from a 28 per cent plunge in starts for multi-family buildings. Groundbreakings for single-family houses actually rose 2.9 per cent.Builders’ efforts have shifted to single-family houses as the economy has improved and as fewer existing homes are being listed for sale. The solid job market and a growing millennial population looking to purchase a home have lifted demand over the past two years. But the number of homes listed for sale has fallen during that time. Increased construction has not fully offset the shortage.The U.S. housing market appears to be stable because of the relative health of the overall economy. That may be tested by rising mortgage rates that could put a new home out of reach for many.“Soaring employment and faster wage growth should support the housing market, but activity is going to be constrained by higher rates,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.Single-family house construction increased last month in the Northeast, South and West, but it declined in the West.The National Association of Realtors said that the total supply of existing homes for sale dropped to 1.52 million in January, which contributed to sales of existing homes declining 4.8 per cent over the past 12 months.Building permits, an indicator of future construction, tumbled 5.7 per cent to an annual pace of 1.30 million. But that decline, too, was largely concentrated in apartment complexes, suggesting that construction companies expect more Americans to segue to home ownership.Builder sentiment remains positive, although it has slipped over the past three months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index for March ticked down a point to 70. Any reading above 50 indicates more builders see sales conditions as good rather than poor.Stock investors have also decided that homebuilding companies are overpriced after a strong performance in 2017. Shares in D.R. Horton have dropped nearly 15 per cent so far this year. The Pulte Group is down almost 13 per cent. Stock in Tolls Brothers had lost about 8 per cent of its value.Homebuyers are facing greater cost pressures. The shortage of homes on the market has caused prices to climb much faster than wages. At the same time, it has become slightly more expensive to borrow. The average rate for 30-year, fixed rate mortgages has risen to 4.44 per cent from 4.30 per cent a year ago, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac.last_img read more

Who said what about the Liberals decision to go ahead with Trans

OTTAWA — There was swift reaction Tuesday to the decision by the Trudeau Liberals to give the go-ahead to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion. Here is what federal, provincial and Indigenous leaders, as well various groups had to say:“Fundamentally, this isn’t a choice between producing more conventional energy or less. It’s a choice about where we can sell it and how we get it there safely. We strongly believe that having more options and more markets puts Canada in a stronger, strategic position to create good middle-class jobs and invest in our shared future. That is why we made today’s decision.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—“We all knew he was going to approve it. What Canadians were hoping for today was a clear timeline for construction to start and he failed to be able to tell Canadians on what date construction would actually start.” — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer—“This is deeply concerning particularly given that those environmental concerns aren’t addressed still … and finally because the Indigenous concerns that were raised are still present.” — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh—“This second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline isn’t a victory to celebrate. It’s just another step in a process that has frankly taken too long.” — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney—“Although I regret the federal government’s decision, it’s within their authority to make that decision.” — B.C. Premier John Horgan—“They will build a pipeline to blow through our Paris targets, use our own money to do it, and then try to trick us by saying every dollar made on this project … is going to go to clean-energy projects.” — Green Leader Elizabeth May—“It’s clear First Nations have different positions on this project, but they all stand firm that their rights be respected and their traditional territories be protected. Only First Nations can determine if those conditions are met.” — Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde —“After all the debates, reviews, hearings and court challenges, only one thing remains: build it now.” — Goldy Hyder, president and CEO, Business Council of Canada —“The federal decision to buy the pipeline and become the owner makes it impossible to make an unbiased decision. … We will be appealing the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.” — Chief Leah George-Wilson, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation—“We’ve learned that approved is not built. What we need now is a concrete plan to get TMX and other trade-enabling infrastructure built without unnecessary legal delays.” — Aaron Henry, director of environmental and resources policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce—“This is far from a done deal. First Nations and Canadian environmentalists will continue to fight this project and their international allies will support them in whatever way they can.” — Patrick McCully, climate and energy program director, Rainforest Action Network—“In order for taxpayers to be made whole for being forced to pay for the purchase and expansion of Trans Mountain, it is imperative that the Trudeau government ensure construction gets underway as soon as possible.” — Aaron Wudrick, federal director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation—“For the Trudeau government to approve this pipeline after declaring a climate emergency makes about as much sense as pouring gasoline on a burning fire.” — Mike Hudema, climate and energy campaigner, Greenpeace Canada—“The federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is a positive step toward further hydrocarbon development in Canada. However, the project still faces significant political, regulatory, and judicial challenges, and ultimately we see a tremendous amount of execution risk up until the oil starts flowing.” — Gavin MacFarlane, vice-president, Moody’s Investors Service—“More tanker traffic, increased noise and the possibility of a marine oil spill with devastating consequences for the West Coast remain concerning. One spill could spell the end of endangered orca and salmon, as well as harming bird populations.” — Jay Ritchlin, Western Canada director, David Suzuki FoundationThe Canadian Press read more

Tanzania naturalizes first batch of Burundian refugees reports UN

After living in Tanzania for over three decades, thousands of Burundian refugees have been granted citizenship by the host Government, in the first large-scale naturalization of its kind in Africa, the United Nations refugee agency said today.This week, 3,568 out of over 160,000 Burundian refugees were granted citizenship, a decision marking “a major milestone in a programme that will bring to a close one of the world’s most protracted refugee situations,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.Early last year, some 218,000 Burundians who fled violence in their country in 1972 were given the choice by Tanzanian authorities to either return home or to apply for citizenship.At the peak of the crisis in Burundi in the 1990s, almost half a million people escaped clashes, sheltering in camps along the Tanzanian border. The peace process in Burundi has paved the way for the return of one of the continent’s longest-staying refugee populations, with over 400,000 Burundians having returned from Tanzania since 2004.UNHCR advocated on behalf of the refugees with both the Burundian and Tanzanian Governments, helping them make their decisions on whether to return or stay.Ultimately, 162,000 refugees opted to apply for citizenship, with the first batch of applicants naturalized on 4 August. Tanzania has reaffirmed its commitment to wrapping up the process by the end of this year, Mr. Mahecic said.Meanwhile, 45,000 Burundians who decided to return home have already reached Burundi with assistance from UNHCR, with an additional 9,000 refugees set to return in the coming months.“UNHCR will continue to support the Tanzanian Government in the transition phases of the integration of the newly naturalized” through such community projects as road rehabilitation, school construction and repair, and improvement of health services, the agency’s spokesperson said. The entire repatriation scheme is funded through UNHCR’s $28 million Supplementary Appeal for 2008-2009, launched last February, which is facing an $8 million funding gap. 7 August 2009After living in Tanzania for over three decades, thousands of Burundian refugees have been granted citizenship by the host Government, in the first large-scale naturalization of its kind in Africa, the United Nations refugee agency said today. read more

Leaders convene at UN farmers forum to tackle climate change challenges

“As we have seen from the droughts in the Horn of Africa last year and the Sahel now, and the floods that have recently devastated parts of Australia, Fiji and Mozambique – and even the unusual amount of snow here in Italy – farmers are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather and shifts in climate patterns,” said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).“This growing level of climate risk and uncertainty is one of the major challenges facing agriculture and food systems today, particularly where it is combined with land degradation, water scarcity and fierce competition for natural resources,” he told participants at the Fourth Global Meeting of the Farmers’ Forum yesterday.The Farmers’ Forum was set up in 2005 and meets every two years for a global consultation, in conjunction with IFAD’s Governing Council. This year’s meeting focuses on the links between overcoming poverty and food insecurity, and improving sustainable agriculture development.The meeting, which runs until 23 February, also highlights the important role of IFAD in placing the needs of smallholder farmers, pastoralists and fishers on the global agenda.Smallholder farmers in developing countries suffer most from the changes in climate patterns and the degradation of natural resources, according to IFAD. They live and earn their livelihoods in the most ecologically and climatically vulnerable landscapes, relying on weather-dependent natural resources.“Partnerships are central to IFAD’s work,” said Mr. Nwanze. “And farmers from developing countries are our most important partner of all. They are the experts and the agents of change in ensuring enough food for an ever-growing population. “We need them and their knowledge to do our job – to help grow more food and increase the resilience of smallholder farmers worldwide who currently feed one-third of the global population.”The fund pointed out that increasing volatile and uncertain weather patterns, water scarcity, soil erosion, declining soil fertility and salinization of arable land are all undermining agricultural production in many parts of the developing world. 21 February 2012Representatives of the millions of smallholders, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers around the world have agreed at a United Nations forum in Rome on the need to jointly address the global challenges of food insecurity and climate change. read more

CBSL board to take action on accused in EPF scam

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka says action will be taken on anyone found guilty in an alleged Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) scam.The Central Bank of Sri Lanka said that certain media carried erroneous facts on the proceedings of a Monetary Board meeting held recently. The Central Bank says the Monetary Board decided to commence disciplinary proceedings in terms of the internal procedures of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka against any officials of the Bank where there is evidence of wrongdoing. (Colombo Gazette) The Monetary Board had a discussion on the Report on the Examination of the Employees’ Provident Fund Transactions in Government Securities with a view to decide the suitable course of action to be followed in respect of the findings.

Financial abuse of elderly rampant but invisible says UN expert

“Financial abuse of older persons is rampant but largely invisible, and the problem is expected to grow dramatically with the ageing of our societies”, said the UN-appointed independent expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, in a statement to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June.She says most abuse goes undetected, and it is impossible to say how big the problem is, as data is scarce because of under-reporting.“Sadly, most abusers are family members”, said Ms. Kornfeld-Matte. “This is a particularly delicate matter”, she added, explaining that even experienced professionals have difficulty distinguishing an unwise but legitimate financial transaction, from an exploitative one that was the result of undue influence, duress, fraud, or a lack of informed consent.Sadly, most abusers are family members – UN expert Rosa Kornfeld-Matte Financial abuse reflects a pattern of behaviour rather than a single event, and occurs over a period of time.She said that older people may even tacitly acknowledge it, or feel that the perpetrator has some entitlement to their assets.“Some older people also have a desire to compensate those who provide them with care, affection, or attention”, she said.Ms. Kornfeld-Matte urged older people to report cases of abuse to the authorities, even though they feel embarrassed or fear retaliation, including withdrawal of affection and care.“One of the few ways to stop financial abuse of older people is to report it. If you suspect that someone you care about has been or is being abused, I can only urge you to speak up”, she said. read more

Walk for Alzheimers to be held on campus

Members of the Brock community are being invited to walk for a worthy cause on campus this weekend.The University is hosting Niagara’s annual Walk for Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Jan. 21.Facilitated by student volunteers from the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society, the indoor event is one of thousands of community walks taking place across the country in support of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.The local walk will raise funds for programs and services offered through the Alzheimer Society of Niagara.Stations along the walk route will showcase and deliver health-related information and product samples for maintaining a healthy brain through diet, social activities and exercise.The family-friendly event will also feature Fluffy the Clown, live music and a raffle table.Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Ian Beddis Gymnasium, followed by the indoor walk at 11. read more

Duke and Duchess of Sussex to take Archie with them on official

The trip will focus on conservation and, along with all official visits arranged by the Government, will involve a range of engagements designed to further the UK’s relationship with the region. In Angola, the Duke will spend time with landmine charity The Halo Trust, visiting regions made famous around the world by his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.In Malawi, he is expected to spend time highlighting conservation issues including the illegal wildlife trade, and work with his own children’s charity, Sentebale.The couple already have links to Botswana, where they went on private holidays in the early days of their relationship.The Duke and Duchess will also be expected to undertake engagements designed to boost trade and diplomacy with the UK, meeting young activists and entrepreneurs, and hosting a garden party to share a message from the Queen. They have so far emphasised their commitment to his privacy, appearing in front of the camera with him at just two days old and posting one photograph of his feet and another of his partially obscured face on Instagram.He will be seen again at his christening  in a few weeks’ time, before the family of three all visit South Africa in the  autumn.The tour will begin in Cape Town. The Duke will go on to travel further afield, leaving his wife and small son to visit Angola and Malawi at the request of the FCO, and make a working trip to Botswana.He will rejoin the Duchess and Archie at the end of the trip in Johannesburg. Posting on Instagram, a spokesman for the couple said: “The Duke and Duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the commonwealth and beyond.“This will be their first official tour as a family!” The extent of the baby’s involvement in the trip would be a “decision for their Royal Highnesses”, a source said. He will be little more than five months old and some way from perfecting his royal wave.But, as any member of the Royal family will attest, it is never too early to begin service to Queen and country, as Archie Mountbatten-Windsor goes on tour to Africa. Archie, who was born on May 6, will visit South Africa with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the autumn, in what his parents describe as their “first official tour as a family”.He is thought to be youngest member of the modern royal generation to undertake a tour.His father, Prince Harry, went to Italy in 1985 at around eight months old, while his uncle the Duke of Cambridge visited Australia and New Zealand at nine months old in 1983.  His cousin Prince George made a trip to the same countries at eight months in 2014.Buckingham Palace did not confirm whether Archie would join his parents for any public official engagements, but he is likely to be seen several times on the trip – at least on arrival and departure – as the Sussexes use the visit to build a relationship with the people of the Commonwealth in southern Africa. read more

No one should have to deal with that Taoiseach slams discrimination shown

first_img The Taoiseach as he visit the North East Inner City during the summer. Source: RollingNews.ieHow could a knacker like that speak Portuguese.THIS IS WHAT a young man from Dublin’s north inner city claims was said about him when applying for a job in the area.The local man, Paul McKeown, stood up in Sheriff Street Youth Centre last night and told the Taoiseach that he has experienced discrimination while job-seeking, despite having a Master’s degree and being fluent in Portuguese.In the midst of a turbulent week in his own personal career, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was in a packed-out hall for the launch of the north inner city task force report.The Mulvey report, which was commissioned during the summer in the wake of a run of gangland killings in the city centre associated with the Hutch-Kinahan gangland feud, has big goals to regenerate the area.Discrimination and stigma Kenny, who said he will look into McKeown’s individual situation, said the young man had seen correspondence after his interview describing him in such a way.“No one, no one should have to deal with that,” said Kenny speaking about the blatant discrimination. Enda Kenny with Finian McGrath in Sheriff Street last night. Source: RollingNews.ieOne of the overriding themes in Mulvey’s report is how the area can leave “the stigma of the past behind while retaining its proud history”.Kenny told the media last night that he has met with the leading companies located in and around Sheriff Street to instruct them to integrate their business into the community to ensure there are fair job opportunities and training opportunities for local people. A number of apprenticeship programmes are to be announced next week, the Taoiseach confirmed.Last night, Kenny and other ministers, including Paschal Donohoe, Damien English and Finian McGrath, listened to the stories from the local people about life in the area.While the report was widely welcomed, some are sceptical because they have heard promises before and yet – due to a lack of government will and commitment – nothing changed.The government has accepted the report’s recommendations and committed an additional €5 million funding for the area. This is in addition to the €4.7 million received in 2016.Gardaí on the streetsThe key recommendations in the report include boosting police resources in the area, with 30 additional gardaí on the beat by end 2017. The report also commits to the reopening of the Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station.There were big questions hanging over the Rutland Street School, but tonight Minister for Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe acknowledged that although the planned upgrade had fallen through in the past, he was now standing firmly behind its upgrade and development as a community hub. It will also remain State ownership, he said.There are also big promises to improve the physical landscape of the area with one action calling for the “rebranding” of the area – specifically renaming it Dublin’s North Inner City Quarter.When put to the Taoiseach that many locals have heard all these promises before, with some even stating this evening that they will never become a reality, Kenny said “they’re wrong”.“We’re going to prove it. It’s not the case of publishing this report and then throwing the report out the window… we’re going to deliver.”The Taoiseach said the implementation of the plan will be overseen by the Secretary General in his department, with a special community office also opening up in the area.Read: Is everything ok with the government’s proposed regeneration of Dublin’s north inner city?> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 41 Comments Friday 17 Feb 2017, 6:25 AM ‘No one should have to deal with that’: Taoiseach slams discrimination shown to north inner city man Taoiseach Enda Kenny was in Dublin’s north inner city to launch the Mulvey report yesterday. Short URL Feb 17th 2017, 6:25 AM Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3244190 By Christina Finn 23,900 Views last_img read more

Des lunettes intelligentes pour résoudre les troubles visuels

first_imgDes lunettes intelligentes pour résoudre les troubles visuelsA la Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, au Royaume-Uni, des chercheurs ont dévoilé leur dernière invention : une paire de lunettes permettant aux personnes souffrant de troubles importants de la vision de “voir” à nouveau les objets et les lieux. Développée par l’équipe de neurosciences de la Clinique d’Oxford, la paire de lunettes qui vient tout juste d’être dévoilée est très prometteuse. Grâce à un logiciel intégré, ces lunettes repèrent ce qui se trouve en face de la personne qui les chausse et utilisent des LEDs (diodes) pour reproduire l’image selon des motifs relativement simples, permettant ainsi à des personnes souffrant de troubles visuels de recouvrer une partie de leur vue. À lire aussiPourquoi les chats ont-ils des pupilles verticales ?Le fonctionnement est relativement simple. Les lunettes sont équipées d’une minuscule caméra, dissimulée dans la monture et reliée à un micro-ordinateur de la taille d’un smartphone. Incrustée dans les verres, une multitude de petites LEDs s’allume pour représenter les objets et les mouvements qui se trouvent dans le champ visuel de l’utilisateur. Par le biais de la caméra le logiciel reconnaît les objets vers lesquels se dirige “le regard” et les LEDs retransmettent de façon simplifiée et suffisamment lumineuse les images de façon à ce qu’une personne à la vue limitée puisse distinguer, si ce n’est voir, les objets proches et les éléments environnants. Le professeur Hicks, à la tête de l’équipe de scientifiques, s’est inspirée de la Xbox Kinect, le système de détecteur de mouvement de la console de jeux pour mettre au point ce système.Pour le moment, seules les lumières les plus intenses signalent les objets les plus proches, mais des améliorations devraient être apportées pour que les futures versions utilisent des couleurs permettant de différencier les objets les uns des autres. Un gyroscope pourrait également être intégré, de façon à ce qu’en tournant la tête, le système s’adapte automatiquement, en temps réel, sans avoir à recalculer les nouvelles informations.Un prototype encore à développerSmartplanet.com rapporte que les chercheurs mènent actuellement une étude d’un an pour développer et tester ce système auprès de personnes atteintes de dégénérescence maculaire liée à l’âge (DMLA) et de maladies rétiniennes. Comme l’explique Iain Wilson, “la plupart des gens qui ont perdu la vue, en vieillissant ou suite à une maladie, continue à distinguer les contrastes et cela alors même qu’ils ne sont pas en mesure de voir leur propre main en face de leur visage”. Le 8 juillet 2011 à 10:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more