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UN Security Council Resolution Calls for End to Israeli Settlements

New York – A United Nations Security Council resolution passed today with 14 votes in favor and one U.S. abstention, calling for an end to Israeli settlements.The Egyptian-drafted resolution, reports the Associated Press, “said Israel’s settlements in lands the Palestinians want to include in their future state have ‘no legal validity.’”“It demanded a halt to such activities for the sake of ‘salvaging the two-state solution,” the AP report continued.  Since the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel has always stood by its decision to build its settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, despite many considering them illegal under international law.In a surprisingly bold move, the U.S. chose to abstain from the vote on the resolution, rather than veto it, despite pressure from President-elect Trump and Israel. This abstention allowed the resolution to be adopted. Israel Ambassador Danny Danon denounced the vote, saying, “Would you ban the French from building in Paris?”Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement following the vote, saying:“Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. and will not abide by its terms. At a time when the Security Council does nothing to stop the slaughter of half a million people in Syria, it disgracefully gangs up on the one true democracy in the Middle East, Israel, and calls the Western Wall ‘occupied territory.’”After U.N. Security Council President Roman Oyarzun announced the vote results on Friday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power commented on the United States’ position, saying, “It is because this forum too often continues to be biased against Israel, because there are important issues that are not sufficiently addressed in this resolution, and because the United States does not agree with every word in this text that the United States did not vote in favor of the resolution.”“But it is because this resolution reflects the facts on the ground and is consistent with U.S. policy across Republican and Democratic administrations throughout the history of the state of Israel that the U.S. did not veto it,” she continued.Though many don’t expect this resolution to have a substantial effect on the conflict, the United States’ abstention makes a strong statement to the President-elect and indicates the country’s discontent with Israel. In response to the resolution, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who had tried to prevent the vote from going through in solidarity with Israel, tweeted the following:As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016 read more

Moroccan Journalist Souad Mekhennet Wins 2018 Ludwig Börne Prize

Rabat – Journalist Souad Mekhennet, a German national of Moroccan origin, has received the 2018 Ludwig Börne Prize, one of the most esteemed literary prizes in German-speaking countries.The Washington Post national security reporter becomes the first Arab and Muslim to win the award since its launch 25 years ago.At the award ceremony in Frankfurt Sunday, jury president and well-known TV journalist Maybrit Illner highlighted Mekhennet’s meticulous work as a journalist in Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, and Libya, but also her excellence as a writer through her investigations in radical circles. Mekhennet is famous for her reports on terrorism and especially her international bestseller “I was Told to Come Alone: ??My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad,” where she investigated Islamic extremism in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.The 368-page memoir discusses the reporter’s personal experience as a Muslim reporter with a bicultural identity. As a Muslim, Mekhennet has had access to some of the most wanted members of jihadist groups, including Al Qaeda and ISIS, who have refused to talk to Western reporters.The mayor of Frankfort, present at the ceremony, said he was proud that the award was given to a typical woman from the city “who embodies, by her plural identity, the multicultural diversity that characterizes Frankfurt.”Mekhennet won the Daniel Pearl Award for courage and integrity in journalism in 2017. According to the Washington Post, the Ludwig Börne Foundation “honors outstanding achievements in essay, criticism and reportage.”Maybrit Illner said of the journalist: “Mekhennet combines great courage, clear reasoning and genuine passion. The child of immigrant workers became an investigative reporter of international acclaim. Discrimination, arrogance and hypocrisy make her just as angry as it once did Ludwig Börne.”The Moroccan journalist has worked for internationally renowned media outlets, including the New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Daily Beast and German television ZDF. She currently works at The Washington Post. read more

Suncor CEO Steve Williams to retire in May

CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. says Steve Williams will retire as chief executive after the company’s annual meeting next May.Williams, 62, joined Suncor in 2002 and took the helm of Canada’s largest energy producer by market capitalization from longtime CEO Rick George when he retired in 2012.Williams has been one of the more outspoken CEOs in the oilpatch, insisting recently the company will approve no new major expansion projects until Canada’s export pipeline access problem is resolved.Trans Mountain deal doesn’t change Suncor’s view Canada falling behind on competitivenessSuncor Energy powers through pipeline crisis, ramping up output at Fort Hills and HebronSuncor to shun major new projects amid Canada’s ‘difficult’ regulatory environmentHe has also led the way in support for environmental initiatives and was one of four energy company leaders to stand alongside Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in 2015 when she unveiled the province’s sweeping climate plan, which included a growing carbon tax.The company says Mark Little, 56, will trade in his chief operating officer title to become president effective immediately and will assume the CEO’s role in May.Little joined Suncor in 2008 and has served in several leadership roles in the company’s oilsands and international and offshore operations.“It’s been a privilege to lead Suncor. I’m making this transition now, knowing that it’s a good time to do so,” said Williams in a statement.“Thanks to a sound strategy grounded in operational excellence and capital discipline, a healthy balance sheet, and an ongoing focus on sustainability and technology and innovation, I’m optimistic about Suncor’s future under Mark’s leadership.” read more

Iraq in letter to UN accepts new Security Council resolution on weapons

In a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Iraq today indicated its willingness to accept the return of weapons inspectors to the country under the terms of a new Security Council resolution – a move immediately welcomed by the President of the 15-member body.The Council President received copies of the letter through Mr. Annan, according to a UN spokesman.Baghdad will accept Security Council resolution resolution 1441 “despite its bad contents,” said Iraqi Ambassador Mohammad Al-Douri, quoting from the letter.”We are prepared to receive the inspectors within the assigned timetable,” he told reporters in New York. “We are eager to see them perform their duties in accordance with international law as soon as possible.”Iraq has nothing to fear from the arms inspectors because the country “has not and will not have” any weapons of mass destruction, the Ambassador said.”We are always opting for the path of peace,” he added. “We choose always the peaceful ways and means, and this is part of our policy, that is to protect our country, to protect our nation, to protect the region also from the threat of war, which is real.”The Council President, Ambassador Zhang Yishan of China, said he had been contacted by Mr. Al-Douri with the news.“I informed the other members of the Security Council of the message coming from the Ambassador of Iraq,” Ambassador Zhang said, adding that they welcomed the “correct” decision by the Iraqi Government and that they would like to see that resolution 1441 be implemented “fully and very effectively.” read more

Pacific nations stress vulnerability of small island States during UN debate

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters told the Assembly’s annual debate that Pacific countries faced hard work in the years ahead as they tried to overcome the effects of climate change, their distance and isolation from major markets, political instability and threats from communicable diseases.Noting that the Pacific is bigger than Europe and the Middle East combined, Mr. Peters said its countries “have learned that regional problems require regional solutions,” backed by the support of international frameworks, such as treaties and agreements, on issues of importance.He cited the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Agreement for Conservation and Management of Straddling and Highly Migratory Fish stocks as two examples.Mr. Peters also warned against the threat of “cheque book diplomacy,” saying New Zealand stood on guard to try to ensure that the smaller Pacific nations did not fall victim to it.Redley Killion, Vice-President of the Federated States of Micronesia, said small island nations “are under greater threat than ever before” from climate change and rising sea levels, despite the fact that they contribute little themselves to the causes of the phenomena.Micronesia and Palau are among several Pacific nations that have proposed an immediate moratorium on unregulated bottom trawl fishing because of its devastating impact on marine ecosystems.Endorsing the proposed ban, Palau’s Vice-President Elias Camsek Chin said his country looks to the UN for leadership on maintaining the viability of the environment.“Palau relies on the health of its amazing reefs and waters to provide food for our people and to support our tourism industry. Without these, we will not be able to develop a sustainable economy that will allow our children to live and work in their homeland,” he said.Nauruan President Ludwig Scotty lamented the lack of any substantial reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, or on the implementation of the commitments made at the Mauritius summit on Small Islands Developing States last year.Manesseh Sogavare, Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, said the failure to reach an agreement during the Doha Round of international trade negotiations continues to hurt the economies of the world’s small island nations. read more

Peace in Syria an imperative that cannot wait UN chief Guterres says

A boy cycles past the rubble of a destroyed house in Qara, where fighting erupted in 2014, dragging the town into the brutal Syrian conflict. Photo: UNHCR/Qusai Alazroni While he underscored that the conflict would never end without a genuine political commitment to peace, Mr. O’Brien asserted that “even if a political agreement were to succeed tomorrow, millions of Syrians will still require critical humanitarian assistance for months and likely years to come.” He stressed that brave humanitarians would continue to stand with the people of Syria to deliver aid to millions of civilians most in need – regardless of which side they are perceived to be on.Mr. O’Brien, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that he joined Syrians in hoping that 2017 would be the year the carnage finally ended, and that the parties to the conflict – and those that support their actions – regained their sense of humanity. He concluded his message saying: “We owe this and so much more to the millions of battered and beleaguered women, men and children who have suffered through this most uncivil war.”Syria’s healthcare system has also fallen victim to the conflict Civilian access to health services has also seriously deteriorated, with more than half of public hospitals and primary health centres having either closed or remaining only partially functioning, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “Substantial health needs in Syria continue to be unmet and resources to support the health workforce and health system are stretched to the limit,” said Dr. Peter Salama, WHO Executive Director of Health Emergencies Programme. While almost two–thirds of healthcare workers have fled, many of the medical facilities that remain open lack clean water, electricity and sufficient medical and surgical supplies.”On this sad anniversary of the start of war in Syria and before more lives are lost, WHO calls for systematic and unhindered access to all areas to deliver life-saving medicines, vaccines and medical supplies,” stressed Dr. Salama. Despite obstacles, including security threats, WHO has continued to support health services with medicines and supplies; by training the remaining health care staff; and assisting with medical teams and mobile clinics through cross line and cross-border programmes. AUDIO: Accessing health care is a challenge for most people in Syria, where six years of conflict have left more than half of all public hospitals and primary health centres closed or only partially functioning, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “For six years now, the Syria people have been victims of one of the worst conflicts of our time,” said Mr. Guterres in a statement on the crisis in Syria, which began in March 2011 after a crackdown on massive popular protests throughout the country turned into an armed struggle that has dispalced millions. The UN chief issued two urgent appeals to all the parties, firstly, to make the most of the 30 December 2016 ceasefire established by the guarantors of the Astana meetings – Russia, Turkey and Iran – enhance it further, and ensure that relief aid can reach all those in need in Syria without any obstacles and impediments. Secondly, the UN chief appealed to all those with influence on the conflict parties to overcome their differences and work together to put an end to the conflict, namely by contributing to the success of the intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva on the basis of the Geneva Communiqué and relevant UN Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2254 (2015), which endorsed a road map for a peace process in Syria, including specific language on governance, constitution and elections.The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura announced last week that he expects to convene intra-Syrian negotiations on 23 March. For his part, Mr. Guterres underscored: “Peace in Syria is a moral and political imperative both for the Syrian people and for the world – an imperative that cannot wait.” ‘Toll taken on civilians is inexcusable’ – UN Emergency Relief CoordinatorMeanwhile, as the conflict enters its seventh grim year, the Syrian people have watched huge parts of their country reduced to rubble, according to the UN humanitarian coordinator.“The toll taken on civilians is inexcusable. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. Almost five million people – the majority of them women and children – have fled the grotesque violence and deprivation and are now living as refugees,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O‘Brien in his message on the crisis. He added that too many who set out on perilous journeys to escape the war perished on the way. “As I speak,” continued Mr. O’Brien, “more than six million people are displaced within Syria. They are among the 13.5 million people in Syria who are in dire need of humanitarian aid.”Families and entire communities are struggling to meet their most basic food needs. While food shortages worsen, a seemingly endless supply of bombs and artillery shells continue to extinguish lives. Moreover, a generation of children in Syria have known nothing but brutal conflict and fear during their short lives. read more

Jeremy Paxman I felt hatred for my estranged father

first_imgFormer Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has admitted in his memoir to feeling “passionate hatred” towards his late father at times.The broadcaster revealed in his new book, A Life In Questions, that typewriter salesman Keith Paxman left the family to move to Australia when his eldest son was a 24-year-old BBC trainee. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Did I love my father? My feelings ranged from resentment to passionate hatredJeremy Paxman As a presenter, Paxman spent 25 years fronting the BBC’s flagship political programme, earning a reputation as a hard-bitten interviewer before he hosted his final show in summer 2014.And the 66-year-old said he did not want to be portrayed as “poor little me” following the revelations in his memoir.He said: “There comes a point, about the age of 40, when you have to stop saying how you are is a consequence of how you were brought up. And particularly when you are 66, it is pathetic to say, ‘I am as I am because of things that happened in my childhood’.”The Leeds-born broadcaster, who studied at Cambridge University, has already authored a string of books including studies of Victorian Britain, politics and fishing, and continues to host quiz show University Challenge.In 2014, he reportedly signed a three-book deal with publisher William Collins for almost £1million. After tracking his estranged father down a decade later, Paxman said he was “astonished” when the older man showed no interest in reconciling with him.In extracts from the book, published in The Times Magazine, Paxman said: “Did I love my father? My feelings ranged from resentment to passionate hatred.”In an interview with the newspaper, he added: “I was astonished by his lack of curiosity. I mean there were grandchildren he’d never seen, spouses he’s never met.”It seemed as if we were part of a life he’d put behind him.”last_img read more

White coat syndrome is real blood pressure readings at home 50 per

Prof Williams said: “This research is a clear game-changer, as for the first time, it definitively shows that blood pressure measured regularly during a 24 hour period predicts the risk of heart disease, stroke and death much better than blood pressure measured in a doctor’s surgery or clinic.“Quite simply, measuring blood pressure over 24 hours is what doctors and medics should be using to make clinical decisions about treatment.“With a much more accurate assessment of a patient’s blood pressure, doctors will be able to provide the most effective treatments at the earliest opportunity, which will save many more lives.”Earlier this week, Australian medics suggested US proposals to redefine blood pressure – meaning patients could be diagnosed at levels currently considered healthy – could backfire.Researchers from the University of Sydney said that a diagnosis could itself increase anxiety, which can cause spikes in blood pressure.Prof Anna Dominiczak, Regius Professor of Medicine, Vice Principal and Head of College, University of Glasgow, said: “This is a good quality study on a large number of patients and the conclusions are based on solid data. It shows that in the Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) over 24 hrs is a better predictor of cardiovascular mortality as compared with clinic blood pressure measurements.“This is in line with previous small studies and confirms previous observations but with a larger numbers of patients and thus stronger evidence. The data on masked hypertension and white coat hypertension are particularly important,” she said. She highlighted the fact the study was observational.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. White coat syndrome is real, confirms a new study, showing blood pressure measurements taken by a doctor are 50 per cent less accurate than those taken at home.The research confirms theories that readings taken in a doctors’ surgery bear little relation to the true state of heart health.Experts have long surmised that anxiety in medical settings could cause a spike in blood pressure, meaning cases will be overdiagnosed.The new study which tracked 63,000 patients for 10 years, tested their blood pressure first at a medical clinic, before giving patients pocket-sized devices to take home, checking levels for the next 24 hours.The research found that the measurements taken at home were a far better predictor of mortality rates from heart disease than the reading from the clinic.Around 10.4 per cent of cases experienced a spike in blood pressure rocket in front of their GP – yet readings were normal at home. Meanwhile, 3.6 per cent were told their levels were within a healthy range – only for 24-hour monitoring to show otherwise.The accuracy of each measure was assessed by comparing it with death rates over the subsequent decade.The research, the largest ever cohort study of its kind, is published in the New England Journal for Medicine.Author Professor Bryan Williams, from University College London Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, said the study was a “game-changer” and showed the need for surgeries to offer more self-testing at home.“For decades doctors have known that blood pressure measured ‘in-clinic’ could be masked or elevated, simply because the patient was in a medical setting, and this could lead to the wrong or a missed diagnosis,” he said.High blood pressure is the leading preventable cause of death globally.Around 12 million patients in the UK have the condition, which is the biggest cause of heart disease and stroke. read more

Remains of British Korean War dead may never be found

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ministry of Defence sources said North Korea had “not indicated whether further remains will be returned to the US“ which could allow Britain remains to be sent to the UK.The source said: “Any further remains returned by North Korea would likely follow a similar process. UK policy is not to actively search for remains to identify and re-inter them. However, where remains are recovered, efforts are made to provide a positive identification.”   Nicola Nash, a spokesman at the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, said: “We are currently attempting to gather the contact information of the families of these brave men who were killed during the Korean War but have no known grave. In a letter to Lord Alton of Liverpool, the campaigning Liberal Democrat peer, Earl Howe, a Ministry of Defence minister, said officials had “recently concluded an exercise to cross-reference records in the UK and the British embassy in Seoul of those personnel with no known grave, to confirm the number of personnel whose remains might possibly in North Korea. Lord Alton, who is a co-chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, said it was vital that the remains of the 255 British soldiers are repatriated.He said: “The Korean War has sometimes been called a forgotten war – one in which up to 3 million people lost their lives.“Brave British servicemen served with distinction and courage, notably, of course, the Gloucesters.“During decades of great cruelty, the North Korean Communist regime refused to allow the return of the remains of men who were lost, missing in action.  “Although some welcome, small steps have been taken to return the mortal remains of some of the American personnel who were killed, it now seems that many of our own men will never be returned home. “The passage of time has not dimmed the memories of families whose loved ones were lost. Their families have never forgotten them or their sacrifice and nor should we. “We hope that if the political climate improves the UK Government will continue to keep pressing the North Korean regime for any information it has about the final resting places of these courageous British servicemen and not give up on securing the return of their mortal remains to Britain.” “Although the process of tracing families, DNA testing and identification will probably take many years, we are hoping that as many families as possible will come forward after seeing our press appeals so that we are prepared.” “From a total of 301 UK service personnel with no known grave, I can now confirm the remains of 255 UK service personnel are believed to be in North Korea.“This represents 23 per cent of the 1,129 service personnel  who died as result of Korean War between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954. The remaining 46 with no known grave were either lost at sea or buried at sea.”Earl Howe added: “You may like to know that following the commitment of the US and DPRK to recover Service personnel missing or killed in North Korea, the Ministry of Defence is offering the opportunity for relatives of UK service personnel killed or missing in action in the Korean War to provide DNA samples to facilitate identification.” The bodies of dozens of British soldiers killed during the Korean war will never be recovered, the Government has admitted.The first official count of Britain’s missing war dead from the war has established the remains of 255 UK servicemen and women are lying in North Korea – roughly a quarter of the 1,129 Britons who died in the war.Ministers are now appealing to relatives of British troops who lost their lives in the war to provide DNA samples so they can be identified.However, the remains of a further 46 servicemen and women are classified as “with no known grave” and so either “lost at sea or buried at sea” with little chance of being recovered.The Korean War is sometimes been called a ‘forgotten war’ despite up to three million people losing their lives, including thousands of US and British servicemen and women.Hopes were raised this year that the bodies of the British war dead can be repatriated after a summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.That triggered the return of around 55 caskets of remains – some of whom may be British – in late July that have been found in the North since the end of the four-year Korean War in 1954. read more

SENSATION IN MANNHEIM PPD Zagreb at EHF CL TOP 8

The Croatian champions PPD Zagreb made a big sensation by beating German Rhein Neckar Lowen 30:28 (13:15) which was enough for the place at VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8, where Veselin Vujović guys will meet Paris Saint Germain!Croatian best team showed amazing performance at SAP Arena, where goal by left wing Dobrivoje Marković 20 seconds before the end was decisive for the crucial advantage after home defeat 23:24 seven days ago in Zagreb. ← Previous Story SG Flensburg to chase Kielce for Final4! Next Story → VIDEO: Markooović for sensation in Mannheim EHF Champions LeaguePPD Zagreppd zagrebRhein Neckar Lowen read more

Robot Rodeo puts robot bomb squads to the test

first_imgNo, it doesn’t involve any tasseled cowboys (roboboys?) trying to stay seating on a bucking BigDog. Nor is there any prize for roping a speeding cheetah-bot in the shortest amount of time. Still, the annual Western National Robot Rodeo has plenty of events, and while they might be quite the family-friendly content you associate with rodeos, they’re fascinating nonetheless. It’s a veritable obstacle course for the world’s most harrowed roboticists: the world’s premiere robot bomb squads.This year was the rodeo’s seventh year in operation, and this time it was Sandia National Laboratories‘ turn to host. They set up a varied array of challenges designed to test the versatility of the robots, and the creative problem solving skills of their controllers. The event was hosted in June, but video was only just released.Despite testing primarily the robots, many challenges threw in obstacles for the humans as well. One disaster scenario saw actors pretending (with remarkable commitment) to be injured and screaming, perhaps running up to the police and military personnel and providing delays and emotional distractions from the task at hand. The robots themselves had to deal with everything from distant targets (one supposed bomb-bag was stuck at the top of a high fence) to loud rock music that could distract operators and interfere with their mode of sensing their environment.Teams came from all over the country, including Air Force bomb squads, and state and local police departments. Each team was exposed to scenarios they likely had never seen before, and were forced to adapt under time constraints. Often challenges required the robots to perform actions for which they were not designed, to prove their ability to improvise solutions and make quick adjustments.These sorts of training exercises are vital to both the operators and designers of these robots. Thought even goes into the back-stories to the scenarios, as with the fence operation in which one bomb is left abandoned in panic. Different teams, with different robots, will naturally excel in certain areas and struggle in others. This helps to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each design, hopefully leading to both a better understanding of which tool to use for a particular job, and how to make a robot that’s ready to deal with as many different situations as possible.Video from last year’s Robot Rodeo, hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratories, is embedded below.last_img read more

Les risques de léternuement

first_imgLes risques de… l’éternuementAlors que les pollens voltigent de plus en plus dans l’air et que les températures se rafraichissent, il n’est pas rare d’entendre quelqu’un éternuer aux alentours. Mais si ce geste parait anodin, il s’avère assez violent pour l’organisme et peut même présenter des risques, comme le souligne notre chroniqueur médecin urgentiste Gérald Kierzek.”Il est des histoires surprenantes sur un plan médical et celle-ci est plus qu’étonnante, quasi incompréhensible. Il y a quelques jours, une Australienne s’est paralysée le haut du corps après avoir éternué dans son lit. Cette jeune femme est restée bloquée pendant des mois. Diagnostic : fracture des deux premières vertèbres cervicales ! L’éternuement est un phénomène réflexe produisant une expiration brusque, bruyante et involontaire par le nez et la bouche (mise en jeu des muscles “expirateurs” comme le diaphragme et les muscles intercostaux). Les médecins connaissent bien les classiques histoires liées aux complications de l’éternuement. Ce sont surtout les variations de pression engendrées par le fait de se boucher le nez qui peuvent provoquer des lésions. Les anévrismes, dilatations localisées de la paroi d’une artère aboutissant à la formation d’une poche de taille variable peuvent par exemple se majorer voire se rompre. Il est donc important de ne pas se pincer le nez car les à-coups de pression engendrés au niveau de la zone fragilisée entraînent une augmentation de la taille de l’anévrisme selon une loi physique bien-connue, la loi de Laplace. Des cas de dissection de l’aorte, la plus grosse artère de l’organisme, ont également été rapportés lors de l’éternuement avec des hémorragies massives. Consulter en cas de douleur “atypique” Plus classiquement, et là encore en se bouchant le nez, les variations de pression lors de l’éternuement peuvent provoquer des lésions de l’oreille interne et des tympans, avec au minimum une douleur et au pire une lésion (perforation tympanique,… ). Enfin, autre risque de l’éternuement : le pneumothorax. Ceci est un “décollement” du poumon qui va s’affaisser dans le thorax et entraîner des troubles respiratoires voire une véritable détresse respiratoire (asphyxie). Une douleur pulmonaire “atypique” après un effort corporel, un fou rire ou un éternuement doit donc faire consulter en urgence pour un examen médical et une radiographie pulmonaire.En revanche, comment l’éternuement peut-il provoquer une fracture des vertèbres cervicales ? Hormis un traumatisme (se cogner lors du mouvement violent par exemple), je ne vois qu’une hyperflexion ou hyperextension de la tête – un peu comme le coup du lapin lors d’un accident – pour provoquer la fracture de ces deux premières vertèbres très particulières sur le plan anatomique puisqu’elles s’emboitent l’une dans l’autre. Mes conseilsÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?- Laissez se dérouler l’éternuement sans le retenir- On peut se pincer le nez en maintenant la bouche fermée pour tenter d’empêcher l’éternuement ; mais s’il se produit, laisser cet “orgasme cérébral” se dérouler.- Attention de ne pas se blesser en se cognant lors de l’éternuement. Dans la mesure du possible, éloignez vous de tout objet dangereux !” Gérald KierzekLe 2 avril 2012 à 17:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Two dead squid in two weeks Coincidence

first_imgLarry Schmidt poses next to Unalaska’s second squid visitor in as many weeks. (Courtesy Larry Schmidt)The novelty of seeing a jumbo squid in Unalaska is not wearing off: a second one washed ashore Monday night.Listen nowDavid Tonon of the U.S. Coast Guard was excited to check it out — he’s never seen anything like it.“I’ve seen little squid, squid we use for bait, squid at aquariums, and when I was diving in the Caribbean,” Tonon said. “But nothing that big. The thing had to weigh 50 pounds or so, probably more.”This squid has a couple feet on six-footer David Tonon. (Courtesy David Tonon)This squid is bigger than the last one, which turned up on the beach on April 10. Tonon is six feet tall and estimates this squid is about 10 feet long.At this point it is unclear if the two dead squids are an unrelated coincidence or if they’re a sign of something more significant.last_img read more

Flipkart Raises 1 Billion Aims to Become Etailer of Future

first_imgFlipkart on Tuesday announced funding worth $1 billion with a goal to become the mobile e-tailer of the future.The $1 billion funding has come after Russian billionaire Yuri Milner’s DST Global led a $210 million round into Flipkart at a valuation of nearly $3 billion.The company said Singapore wealth fund GIC helped in fund raising along with investors Tiger Global Management LLC and South African Media Company Naspers Limited.According to Times of India, the valuation of the Flipkart is almost $7 billion. The company was founded in 2007 by two former IIT graduates and Amazon employees, Sachin Bansal, 32 and Binny Bansal, 3. They have 15 percent stake in the company worth around $1 billion.”We believe the internet will improve the quality of life for millions of Indians, and e-commerce is going to play a huge role in this change. The focus at Flipkart is to continue to make shopping online simpler and more accessible through the use of technology,” the founders said in a statement, according to Forbes.Earlier this year, Flipkart took over online fashion retailer Myntra and crossed $1 billion in merchandise business.Flipkart founders who worked in Amazon earlier, are now competing with US-based online retailer Amazon. It entered India June this year and is now into employing many fresh graduates to boost up their business.Other competitors in Indian online retail market include Snapdeal, Jabong and Ebay. According to Reuters, Indian e-commerce market was worth $13 billion in 2013, with online travel accounting for over seventy percent of consumer e-commerce transactions.Online revenue of retail goods made $1.6 billion in 2013, according to research firm Forrester and the firm has expected to reach $76 billion by 2021.last_img read more

No water in Teesta Mamata

first_imgAmid speculation of a likely deal on Teesta during the visit of Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina this month, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said there is no water in the river.Banerjee has maintained through the Teesta imbroglio that she will prioritise her state’s interest while deciding on the proposed water sharing treaty with the neighbour.She has also claimed the Centre has not consulted her over the issue.“What will I do if there is no water? There is no water in the Teesta. Mukutmanipur has dried up… Mahananda has dried up. This is just April. Then May, June are up ahead. By the time the rains start… it will be July. So these three months… there are water woes,” Banerjee said in Bankura at a rally, articulating the local people’s concerns over water crises.She announced a slew of projects for the parched district.“A project worth Rs 3,000 crore to build embankments in lower Damodar region has been taken up. We have started a new project worth Rs 500 crore to build check dams for irrigation. We will start a new water supply project for 8 more blocks of Bankura by August,” she said.Hasina will pay a three-day state visit to India from April 7, her first visit to the country in seven years.last_img read more

In Wake of Port Covington Council Focuses on Affordable Housing

first_imgAffordable housing reform is in the pipeline at City Hall. This past week, the City Council’s Housing and Community Development Committee held its first public hearing on Bill CC-16-0735, an ordinance to expand Baltimore’s affordable and inclusionary Housing programs.City agencies, housing advocates and economic development representatives weighed in on the city’s first major attempt to expand the current inclusionary housing law passed in July 2007.  Councilman Bill Henry, sponsor of the current of the proposed new ordinance, has repeatedly noted the limitations of the current law, which has yielded only 32 units of affordable housing.Artist’s rendition of what the Port Covington Project would look like after completion. (Courtesy photo)The first draft of Henry’s Inclusionary Housing ordinance includes:Reduces the affordable housing requirement from the current 20% to 10% for developments of more than 30 residential units that require major public subsidies.Eliminates the City’s legal obligation to provide additional subsidies to developers to meet inclusionary housing requirements and eliminates waiversCreates a Baltimore City Affordable Housing Fund, through a combination of general obligation bonds, and an increase in the transfer and recordation tax.Replaces a developer’s option to substitute off-site inclusionary housing for on-site units and instead provides an option or payment of a substantial offset fee into the Affordable Housing fund if the developer chooses not to build inclusionary housing.Extends the time period for which affordable housing units provided under the new law must remain affordable from 30 to 40 years.Transforms the Inclusionary Housing Board into a Fair Housing Board.Both pro-development and affordable housing advocates expressed concerns about the proposed ordinance. Andrew Kleine, the City’s Budget Director, went on record to oppose an increase in transfer and recordation taxes to fund the proposed Affordable Housing Fund.Baltimore Development Corporation Vice President, Kimberly Clark, who serves on the City’s Inclusionary Housing Task Force, submitted testimony expressing concern that the law should apply only to rentals vs. sale housing. “While Baltimore Development Corporation has some concerns about the legislation in its current form, our objective is to work with the Task Force until we can establish a product that is supportive of development,” Clark told the AFRO.Affordable housing advocates were equally concerned. “There are aspects of this bill that do plug some of the current loopholes,” said Barbara Samuels, Fair Housing Attorney with the Maryland ACLU, in testimony for the bill. “But it doesn’t plug all of them and in some ways takes a step backwards in lowering the percent affordable from 20% to 10% and omitting projects that benefit from zoning actions,” Samuels said. “Two steps forward and one step back.”Mary Pat Clarke, co-sponsor of the bill, thought there was work to do, but said the bill stood up to feedback expressed in the hearing.  “It doesn’t sound fatal. It sounds like things we can work on in the next week,” she said.Councilman Bill Henry (District 4) primary sponsor of the bill, made clear that he wants the new inclusionary housing ordinance passed before this year’s council session is over. He wants to ensure the proposed Port Covington Project will have a legal mandate, rather than guidelines for affordable housing requirements in their planned 7500 residential units.The City exempted the Port Covington Project from a requirement to build affordable housing because under current law, the city must purchase the affordable units built by developers receiving subsidies at market rate.  Because the city’s Affordable Housing Fund can’t afford to pay for the housing, an exemption from the Affordable Housing requirement was given to the Port Covington Project.  Sagamore Development, which is spearheading the Port Covington Project, signed a memorandum of understanding with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to voluntarily create a 10% goal or inclusionary housing if they can find funds from state or federal sources to pay for the housing.last_img read more

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first_img Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco September 28, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared two Hologic Sentinelle magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Solutions products: Sentinelle Endo Coil Array for pelvic imaging including the prostate, cervix, colon and the surrounding tissues in the pelvis, and Sentinelle’s 16 -channel Breast Coil Array for use with Siemens 1.5T and 3.0T MRI systems. Both coils will be featured at Radiology Society of North American (RSNA) 2011.The Sentinelle breast MRI coil comes in two configurations: an award-winning design patient stretcher with integrated breast MRI coils, and a tabletop configuration leveraging the same open-access features of the patient stretcher. Both patient support configurations provide greater access for patient positioning and intervention, optimal patient comfort and improved workflow.Hologic’s breast MRI solutions are highly sensitive for cancer staging, problem-solving, post treatment surveillance and other indications. Breast MRI can detect many breast cancers that are often hidden when using standard imagingFor more information: www.hologic.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | September 28, 2011 FDA Clears New Hologic Breast, Pelvic, Prostate MRI Coil Arrays News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more last_img read more

New leadership at Sandals Resorts International

first_imgNew leadership at Sandals Resorts International Share Travelweek Group Posted by Thursday, March 15, 2018 center_img Gebhard F. RainerMONTEGO BAY — Sandals Resorts International Chairman and Founder Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart has appointed an industry veteran from outside SRI’s ranks as the new CEO, as the company prepares for accelerated growth.Long-time Hyatt executive Gebhard Rainer has joined the SRI team effective immediately. The appointment follows an extensive search in concert with Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart. Rainer will report directly to the Chairman and Deputy Chairman.“Sandals Resorts has a legacy of pioneering and implementing industry innovations and we are committed to not only bolstering our leadership position in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean but also to broaden our horizons with further growth of the luxury all-inclusive concept beyond the region we call home,” said Chairman Stewart.The addition of Rainer to the executive team consolidates Adam Stewart’s role as Deputy Chairman, allowing him to dedicate more time to forward initiatives as the company prepares for a “bold strategy” going forward, he added.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“For 22 consecutive years, Sandals Resorts has proudly earned the distinction of being voted the World’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts, for which we are immensely proud of. To be the best, you must have a team that is the best and for more than 30 years we have cultivated a staff across the Caribbean – from gardeners and housekeepers to chefs and managers – who are the finest in the industry. My son Adam has played a huge role as CEO of SRI, exceeding expectations over the past 12 years,” he said.As the company’s new CEO Rainer brings global operations and international finance experience, notably with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he served as executive vice president and CFO.Stewart says Rainer is a team player and goal-focused with a management style that matches the brand’s culture and is compatible with its ‘team first’ approach.“Rainer’s experience complements our strengths, affording me the time to expand my role alongside the Chairman as the Sandals brand moves to fast-track our development plans. These are exciting times and we look forward to an even brighter future,” said Adam Stewart.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionIn addition to his expanded role with SRI, Adam Stewart will continue his leadership role in the family’s extensive business holdings across several industries in Jamaica. Tags: People, Sandals Resorts << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Palestinian officials to try to secure Syria camps

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona Parents, stop beating yourself up Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – A senior Palestinian official says President Mahmoud Abbas is dispatching representatives to Syria to try to secure the safety of Palestinians caught in fighting.Ahmed Majdalani said Tuesday that representatives will meet Syrian officials to try to protect Palestinian areas from fighting that has engulfed parts of the capital Damascus. Generations of Palestinian refugees have lived in the crowded Damascus area of Yarmouk since their forefathers fled, or were forced to flee, their homes during the 1948 Mideast war surrounding Israel’s founding.center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories Majdalani said they also will try to convince Palestinian factions to stay out of the fighting. The some 500,000 Palestinians in Syria are divided between supporters of rebels and government forces.Like their Syrian brethren, thousands of Palestinians have been forced to leave their homes because of fighting.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Pollards exwife Israel should fund his legal defense

first_imgFILE – This May 15, 1998, file photo shows Jonathan Pollard speaking during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C. Pollard could be released from federal prison within months. Pollard becomes eligible for parole in November 2015, on the 30th anniversary of his arrest on charges of selling classified information to Israel. U.S. officials say they’re unlikely to oppose his parole.(AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker, File) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility JERUSALEM (AP) — The former wife of Jonathan Pollard, an American convicted of spying for Israel, called Saturday on the Israeli government to pay for an attorney to facilitate his freedom amid international speculation he could be released soon.Jonathan Pollard was arrested in 1985 as he tried unsuccessfully to gain asylum in Israel’s Washington embassy. Since then, the case has stoked passions and divided opinions in both countries. Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Supporters argue that he was punished excessively given that he spied for a country that’s a U.S. ally and point to other cases where spies from less-friendly countries were treated more leniently.Critics, including prosecutors and government officials, call him a traitor who they say damaged U.S. national security by disclosing a trove of sensitive documents.He becomes eligible for parole in November, on the 30th anniversary of his arrest on charges of selling classified information to Israel.This week, there was widespread media speculation that Pollard could be released sooner.Anne Pollard told Israel’s Channel 2 TV Saturday night that “that there is no official word that Jonathan is being released on any date.”She said that the Israeli government should fund a budget “so that Jonathan can hire a top, top-notch attorney” for his upcoming parole hearing.Once he is released he will want to move to Israel “100 percent,” she said, “otherwise nothing would make sense to him.”“I just want to see him out, I can’t bear it anymore, that he sat and lost all of his life in jail, it’s a crime, it’s such a crime,” she said. Pollard’s attorney, Eliot Lauer, told The Associated Press on Friday that he hoped his client would be released, but said he had received no commitment from the Obama administration.Pollard’s release now could be seen as a concession to Israel, which strongly opposed the just-concluded U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. The U.S. has previously dangled his release, including during Israel-Palestinian talks last year.Pollard’s supporters maintain the information he relayed was material that the U.S. had traditionally shared with the Israelis as part of an intelligence agreement but was being held back.Advocates throughout the years of his incarceration asserted that he had either been used as a scapegoat or was victim of anti-Semitism.The affair damaged relations between Israel and the U.S and has been a lingering sore point between the two allies.Pollard, 60, has battled health problems in recent years and is being held in a North Carolina prison. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website lists his expected release date as November 21.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more