Recall for glass mugs sold Canadawide at HomeSense

first_imgOTTAWA – Health Canada says certain glass beer mugs sold at HomeSense locations across the country are being recalled.The agency says the glass mugs can break if used for hot liquids and can cause burns or lacerations.It says TJX Canada is recalling the mugs after receiving one complaint in Canada of the mug breaking and causing a burnAbout 1,525 mugs, which are made in Poland, were sold in Canada between Jan. 1 to March 15.Customers are being advised to return the mugs to the nearest HomeSense store for a refund.last_img read more

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PMO denies Trudeau was hostile toward Liberal MP Celina CaesarChavannes

first_imgOTTAWA — An official with the prime minister’s office says Justin Trudeau had “emotional” conversations with Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, but denies her claims the encounters were “hostile” or that Trudeau yelled at her.Caesar-Chavannes told the Globe and Mail that Trudeau was angry when she told him on Feb. 12 of her plans to announce she was not running in the October federal election.She alleges he yelled at her in that conversation and that she responded by shouting back at him, and says the prime minister later apologized.Caesar-Chavannes also details another encounter with Trudeau in the House of Commons a week later in which she describes him as acting hostile toward her.Matt Pascuzzo, a spokesman for the prime minister’s office, says while there was no question the conversations in February were emotional, there was “absolutely no hostility” and that Trudeau has deep respect for Caesar-Chavannes.Speaking at a teachers’ conference in Ottawa today, Trudeau said he is rethinking some of the processes of how his office supports cabinet and caucus members and is getting outside advice on how to better deal with “internal disagreements.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Alabama Shakes And Ben Harper To Perform At Tibet House US 30th

first_imgInternationally acclaimed GRAMMY Award-winning musicians Alabama Shakes and Ben Harper will join the extraordinary line-up for the Tibet House US 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Celebrating Philip Glass’s 80th Birthday on March 16th at Carnegie Hall in New York City.Chart-topping band Alabama Shakes will grace the Tibet House US Benefit Concert for the first time with their ground-shaking brand of rock ‘n’ roll. Their celebrated 2012 album Boys & Girls and latest album Sound & Color have earned the band multiple GRAMMY Awards, critical praise, chart-topping success and countless accolades.Musician, songwriter, guitarist, producer and activist Ben Harper will light up this special evening with his world-class musicianship and signature blend of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock which draws throngs of fans to his live shows all around the globe. Ben is currently touring the world with his original band, The Innocent Criminals, supporting their latest release, Call It What It Is.Artistic director and curator Philip Glass will also be joined by Laurie Anderson, Iggy Pop, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Phil Cunningham, and Tom Chapman, Patti Smith and her Band, Sufjan Stevens, Tenzin Choegyal and Jesse Paris Smith, Scorchio Quartet, Lavinia Meijer and more.In addition to celebrating Glass’s 80th birthday, the evening will also honor 30 years of Tibet House US. It’s sure to be another jam-packed show full of amazing music and one-night-only collaborations in what has been a series of unforgettable concerts spanning three decades. Proceeds support the work of Tibet House US, a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy founded in 1987 at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to ensure the survival of the unique Tibetan civilization. Uma Thurman, Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Arden Wohl are Honorary Chairpersons.TICKET INFO:Tickets for the concert are on sale now ($35-$200) – visit www.carnegiehall.org to purchase, or call Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800, or visit the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Also available now are special gala packages starting at $500 that include prime concert tickets and an elegant dinner reception with the performers and a who’s who of New York City society. To purchase these packages, visit www.tibethouse.us or call Tibet House US at 212.807.0563.last_img read more

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Extortionists arrested

The extortionists had demanded Rs. 500,000 as ransom but had later agreed to Rs. 100,000 and were prepared to meet the businessman at a selected location to collect the money. The police went undercover to drop off the money for the extortionists to collect and two suspects were subsequently arrested early this morning.Further investigations are underway. The police arrested two extortionists in Walasmulla early this morning after they had threatened a businessman in the area and demanded ransom.According to the police media unit one man had contacted the businessman and said that he was Julampitiya Amare, an underworld figure who is already in police custody over a shooting incident. A police complaint over the threat was lodged on July 18 and investigations were launched by the Tangalle criminal investigations unit. read more

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Area around Beira Lake to be commercial center

The area around the Beira Lake is to be converted into a commercial center, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka.He said that an international commercial center is to be constructed in the area and work on the project has already commenced. Illegal disposal of solid waste and drainage from the surrounding areas have polluted the water source.A proposal made by Minister Ranawaka to implement the Beira Lake rehabilitation and development project at an estimated cost of Rs. 12,550 million was approved by the cabinet in October. (Colombo Gazette) The Beira Lake rehabilitation and development project recently obtained cabinet approval. The Beira Lake which is situated on a land of about 120 hectares is helpful in storm water drainage, recreational activities and biodiversity. read more

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Yellen expects Fed to start rate hikes this year but stresses concerns

FILE – In this Wednesday, June 17, 2015, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. On Friday, July 10, 2015, Yellen said the Fed is on track to start raising interest rates later this year but expressed multiple concerns over headwinds that are still holding back the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed is on track to start raising interest rates later this year but expressed multiple concerns over headwinds that are still holding back the U.S. economy.She described the outlook for the economy and inflation as “highly uncertain,” amid lingering weakness in the labour market and new potential threats overseas.Yellen, speaking on the economy for the first time since the Fed’s June meeting, saw reasons for encouragement. Consumer spending appears to be picking up, and employment is likely to keep expanding, she said.“Based on my outlook, I expect that it will be appropriate at some point later this year to take the first step to raise the federal funds rate,” Yellen said, referring to the Fed’s key short-term interest rate, which has been at a record low near zero since December 2008.But she also outlined a host of concerns, from weak wage growth to a low labour participation rate to “disappointing” productivity. She reiterated that inflation is still well below the Fed’s 2 per cent target. Yellen also noted that cautious business owners “have not substantially increased their capital expenditures.”Yellen, whose comments came in a speech in Cleveland, said even when the Fed does start raising rates, the increases will be gradual.New potential risks have emerged since the Fed’s June 16-17 meeting, including the on-going Greek debt crisis and a sharp plunge in China’s stock market over the past month.Yellen noted in her speech that the “situation in Greece remains unresolved.” But she also said that the economic recovery in the 18-nation Eurozone “appears to have gained a firmer footing.” She did not mention developments in China at all, nor was she asked about Greece or China during a question-and-answer period following the speech.The recent developments have prompted many economists to push back their projections for the Fed’s first rate hike from September to December. The Fed’s next meeting takes place on July 28-29, but there is no expectation the Fed will make a move then.“We want to see further improvements in the labour market and with inflation running as low as it is, we want to feel reasonably confident that inflation will move up” in the next two to three years, Yellen said in outlining the landscape that will determine the timing of the first rate increase.But she added that it would be wrong to “over-emphasize” the Fed’s initial move.What will matter more to the economy is not when the first rate hike happens but how quickly the Fed moves rates higher afterward, she said. Because rates are likely to climb gradually, interest rates will stay at low levels for some time.Asked what she saw as the biggest threats facing the U.S. economy, Yellen said her major focus was to learn from the mistakes made in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis.“This was a devastating event that took an enormous toll on our economy,” she said.She said the Federal Reserve needs to be “much more vigilant and much better prepared” in an effort to make sure that the financial system does not see a repeat of the 2008 crisis.Yellen is scheduled to deliver the Fed’s mid-year economic report to Congress next week.___Associated Press writer Mark Gillespie in Cleveland contributed to this report. Yellen expects Fed to start rate hikes this year but stresses concerns about US economy. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2015 10:59 am MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Central African Republic UN condemns killing of two aid workers

“I express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims, and to all our humanitarian colleagues tirelessly providing assistance and protection to people in need in CAR,” said Kaarina Immonen, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country. “It is shocking that aid workers have been targeted and these killings must be condemned in the strongest terms.”The two aid workers were in Bossangoa for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED). Bossangoa is located 300 kilometres north of the capital Bangui, when they were targeted over the weekend.Ms. Immonen urged authorities and all parties to the conflict to “ensure the protection of civilians and the respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, as well as of humanitarian personnel and assets.”The CAR – which has been marked by decades of instability and fighting – witnessed a resumption of violence last December when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized the capital, Bangui, in March, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.The recent fighting has further eroded even the most basic services in the country and exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation affecting the entire population of 4.6 million people, half of whom are children. Currently, 1.6 million people are in dire need of assistance, including food, protection, health care, water, sanitation and shelter.In addition, the absence of the rule of law, grave human rights violations and deplorable attacks against humanitarian personnel and assets have prevented life-saving aid from reaching people in need.“I express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims, and to all our humanitarian colleagues tirelessly providing assistance and protection to people in need in CAR,” Ms. Immonen added. read more

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UN agency urges countries to ensure safe passage for Syrians fleeing conflict

With the numbers of Syrians seeking safety in Europe on the rise, the United Nations refugee agency said today it is concerned about difficulties displaced people face during their passage and at borders, including the risk of drowning at sea. Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), cited the case of a boat carrying between 400 and 500 Syrians and Palestinians that sank in the Mediterranean last Friday. Only 200 people have been rescued. “We are disturbed that the cause of the tragedy could well be attributed to shots that were fired after the boat left Libya, injuring four passengers and damaging the hull,” Ms. Fleming told a news conference in Geneva.The same day, she noted, a boat sank just off Alexandria in Egypt with an estimated 112 passengers on board, 40 of whom were Syrian. Twelve bodies were recovered, including five children. The survivors are being held in detention facilities in two police stations.They were among a growing number of Syrians trying to cross the Mediterranean from Egypt to Italy because of anxiety about their security, according to UNHCR. Many mention physical assaults, verbal threats, detention and deportation. The Egyptian Government estimates that some 250,000 to 300,000 Syrians currently reside in Egypt, of whom more than 122,000 are registered with UNHCR.Between January and the end of September, at least 7,557 Syrians and Palestinians arrived on the coast of Italy, including 6,233 since August in 63 boats. This compares to about 350 Syrians in 2012. Most of the Syrian refugees that reach Italy continue on to other countries in Europe in search of asylum.UNHCR was particularly concerned about the increasing number of unaccompanied children making the voyage. As the cost of travel can range from $2,000-$5,000 per person, some families opt to send their children alone or with relatives or friends.“UNHCR notes with concern that over 800 Syrians have been arrested in Egypt since August for attempting to illegally depart and 144, including 44 children, have been deported to third countries,” said Ms. Fleming. “Although charges have not been laid, approximately 589 Syrians remain in administrative detention, including women and 84 children. UNHCR is seeking access to the detained in order to properly verify numbers, conditions, and needs, or provide legal assistance,” she added.UNHCR recognizes that a number of countries in North Africa are increasingly affected by the displacement caused by the Syria crisis, placing additional demands on their infrastructure and resources. Given the dramatic needs of Syrian refugees, which are likely to continue and grow in the immediate future, reinforcement of capacity to receive them in North African countries is increasingly urgent, the agency stressed. UNHCR is working with Governments, the European Union and other partners to put in place a comprehensive response to saving lives of refugees and migrants at sea. It is calling for a number of measures to prevent further tragedies and increase responsibility sharing.Generous approaches to protection are needed, Ms. Fleming noted, including non-penalization of those arriving without identity documents, offering flexibility in the application of family reunification criteria and procedures, dispensing with certain visa requirements, and facilitation of the entry of Syrians for work, study, family or humanitarian purposes under national programmes.More than 100,000 people have been killed since opposition groups first sought the ouster of President Bashar Al-Assad in March 2011. The conflict has also sent 2 million people fleeing for safety to neighbouring countries and displaced some 4.5 million people internally. read more

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UNICEF announces release of 163 more children by armed group in Central

“This release is a sign that the process of implementing the commitment made by the leaders of these groups, as a part of the peace and reconciliation process, is on track,” UNICEF Representative in the Central African Republic (CAR) Mohamed Malick Fall said in a press release.“We fully expect to see hundreds more children released before the end of this year,” Mr. Fall said. The 163 children, five of the girls, were released today in a ceremony in the town of Batangafo where the handover was facilitated by UNICEF and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).The children received medical care and spoke to social workers before they were taken to a transition centre where they will be supported in either going back to school or enrolling in vocational training. UNICEF and partners will also trace and reunify the children with their families. “MINUSCA is resolved with all partners to ensure the protection of children and I herewith reaffirm its determination to multiply efforts to identify and separate children who are waiting to return to normal life,” said Diane Corner, the deputy special representative of the UN peacekeeping mission in CAR.According to UNICEF, between 6,000 and 10,000 children have been associated with armed factions in the Central African Republic since 2013 including those serving as combatants, as well as those working as cooks, messengers and in other roles. Smaller release ceremonies also took place in the capital Bangui last week, and earlier in August in other districts, bringing to 645 the number of children liberated since a May agreement by the country’s 10 armed groups to release all children from their ranks.The agreement also commits the groups to ending additional recruitment of children and gives UNICEF and its partners immediate and unrestricted access to the areas under the groups’ control in order to identify and verify the number of affected children and to secure their release. read more

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UN guidelines unveiled to prevent rising hearing loss among young smartphone listeners

“At the moment, we don’t really have anything solid other than our instinct to tell us: are we doing this right, or is this something that is going to lead to tinnitus and hearing loss a few years down the line?”The joint World Health Organization (WHO) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) initiative, is an attempt to tackle the lack of awareness about what constitutes too much noise, amid data showing that around 50 per cent of young people listen to unsafe levels of sound through personal audio devices including smartphones, whose use continues to grow globally.Today, hearing loss which is not addressed is estimated to cost the global economy $750 million, WHO says.“Think of it like driving on a highway but without a speedometer in your car or a speed limit,” Dr Chadha explained. “And what we have proposed is that your smartphone comes fitted with a speedometer, with a measurement system that tells you how much sound you’re getting and tells you if you’re going over the limit.”A parental volume control option is also included in the UN recommendations to industry, which participated in two-years of discussions, along with experts from government, consumer bodies and civil society.The guidelines also propose using technology to generate individualized listener profiles by monitoring how much people use their audio devices, then letting them know how safely – or not – they have been listening.“What we propose are certain features like automatic limiting of, or automatic volume reduction and parental control of the volume,” explained Dr Chadha, “So that when somebody goes over their sound limit they have the option that the device will automatically reduce the volume to a level which is not going to harm their ears.”According to the WHO, more than one in 20 people – 432 million adults and 34 million children – has disabling hearing loss, which impacts on their quality of life.Most sufferers live in poor and middle-income countries, the UN agency notes, adding that by 2050, more than 900 million people will have significantly impaired hearing.Around half of all cases of hearing loss could be prevented through public health measures, WHO insists, its recommendations coming ahead of World Hearing Day on Sunday 3 March.“Given that we have the technological know-how to prevent hearing loss, it should not be the case that so many young people continue to damage their hearing while listening to music,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “They must understand that once they lose their hearing, it won’t come back.” The recommendations to prevent noise-induced hearing loss and related conditions such as tinnitus – commonly experienced as a ringing sound inside the ear – include better functions on personal audio devices that monitor how loud, and for how long, people listen to music.“Over a billion young people are at risk of hearing loss simply by doing what they really enjoy doing a lot, which is listening regularly to music through their headphones over their devices,” said Dr Shelly Chadha, a Technical Officer, working on preventing deafness and hearing loss, at WHO. read more

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Smith cherishing moments in the Shoe

Senior offensive lineman Connor Smith never takes the feeling of running into the Horseshoe on game day for granted. “I think if you don’t feel something every time you go in front of 105,000 people, there is something wrong with you,” Smith said. Smith has been used to the big stage since his high school days at Colerain High School in Cincinnati. He was a highly touted recruit, tabbed with labels such as 2005 Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year and Greater Miami Conference 2005 Offensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot-4-inches, 313-pounder was named first team All-Ohio in 2004 and 2005 and was on the 2006 Parade All-America team. Smith was also invited to the U.S. Army All-America Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, following his senior season at Colerain. Five years later, Smith is nearing the home stretch of his career as a Buckeye, but he would rather think about the tasks ahead. “I try not to think about it,” Smith said. “We have to get better because we can’t get to where we want to go if we are not progressing.” Smith redshirted his freshman year at OSU in 2006 and earned his first varsity letter the following season in 2007 playing some at the right guard position. Smith also won letters his sophomore and junior seasons, providing stability to a deep offensive line, mostly in a backup role. A seasoned veteran in his fifth year with the Buckeyes, Smith knows that this year’s team has to improve every day if it want to accomplish its goal to be national champion. “Every day we work on what we need to accomplish that day,” Smith said. “We need to improve efficiency when we are running the ball.” Smith also stresses the importance of winning games on the road, especially after scares like the team had at Illinois earlier in the season. “Being away from home is different; we have got to improve on the road definitely,” Smith said. Smith may always be thinking of ways the team needs to improve on offense, but is happy to be part of the offensive line where all the players seem to clique. “The O-line is a tight-knit group,” Smith said, “the tightest group out of everyone on the team.” Though Smith isn’t in the starting line-up, he takes every opportunity to be a leader for the younger players. “You just try to give them tid-bits about something you see in their game,” Smith said. Smith may be running out of time as a Buckeye, but makes the most out of every day for one last run at a championship. read more

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Zimbabwes Robert Mugabe not asleep just resting his eyes

Robert Mugabe’s eyes are sensitive to bright lights, his spokesman said(BBC) Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is not asleep when he closes his eyes for long periods during meetings but is resting his eyes, his spokesman says.“The president cannot suffer bright lights,” George Charamba was quoted as saying by the state-run Herald newspaper.Mr Mugabe, 93, has been seen apparently sleeping at several events, leading to speculation about his fitness.He intends to stand in presidential elections next year.The president is currently receiving specialised medical treatment for his eyes in Singapore.Mr Mugabe most recently appeared to fall asleep during a discussion panel about “fragile states” at a World Economic Forum meeting in South Africa earlier this month.There he stated that Zimbabwe was ‘one of the most developed countries in Africa’“I feel like a failure when there is this reading that the president is sleeping in conferences – no,” Mr Charamba said.He then compared Mr Mugabe to the anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, whose eyes were affected by years of working in a limestone quarry while imprisoned on Robben Island.“You were not allowed to even use flashes whenever he was in the room,” Mr Charamba said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNoon deadline for defiant Mugabe passes as Zimbabwe crisis deepensNovember 20, 2017In “World”Zimbabwe’s Mugabe ‘under house arrest’ after army takeoverNovember 15, 2017In “World”Zimbabwe’s next leader prepares to take powerNovember 23, 2017In “World” read more

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Bridgestone expands tyre pressure monitoring solutions

first_imgBridgestone Americas is expanding its portfolio of technology solutions with PressureStat™, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) launched for off-the-road (OTR) tyres in the construction, quarry, underground hard rock and port industries. The PressureStat system is easy to use and provides instant access to important tyre pressure and temperature data, allowing customers to accurately manage tyre pressure on a real-time basis.“At Bridgestone, we take pride in producing best-in-class products and delivering solutions-based technology to help our customers lower their total cost of ownership,” said Rob Seibert, Director Marketing, commercial off-the-road tyres, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “We recognized an opportunity to expand our TPMS offering beyond giant radial tyres to empower our OTR customers across our entire portfolio of products. With the PressureStat system, they not only can improve tyre performance, but also increase jobsite safety and reduce unplanned downtime.”Tire pressure is critical in OTR applications to ensure a vehicle’s weight is evenly distributed, preventing uneven wear and increasing tyre performance. The PressureStat system facilitates tyre asset monitoring and optimization with:Easy-to-install valve stem sensors that save time and moneyOnboard alerts to the driver that make them aware of potential issues before they impact operationsBluetooth connectivity that seamlessly provides real-time pressure updates to mobile devicesInstant inspection reports for the entire fleet available on desktop or mobile device with Bridgestone TreadStat™ Tire and Rim Management softwareStreamlined forecasting and analysis when combined with TreadStat software, allowing users to report on the condition of tyres and rims from any device, anywhere in the world.PressureStat is a user-friendly, competitively priced tyre pressure monitoring solution backed by Bridgestone, a global leader in off-the-road tyre manufacturing, service and support.last_img read more

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Slovenian U20 at the TOP of European handball

Slovenia are celebrating the first ever gold medal at U20 EHF EURO events! The host nation of the U20 EHF EURO 2018 in Celje won the last match of the tournament against reigning champions in U18 category – France 31:30 (15:16) after strong battle in front of 4.000 fans at “Zlatorog” hall.Grega Ocvirk was TOP scorer with 11 goals.Germany beat Portugal 29:26 for the bronze medal, while Spain ended fifth ahead of Croatia… ← Previous Story Kazan 2018: Greece close to Beach Handball Olymp! Next Story → Brasil and Greece at the TOP of beach handball world! read more

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Nuit des étoiles 2010 quelques conseils pour bien observer les astres

first_imgNuit des étoiles 2010 : quelques conseils pour bien observer les astresFrance – C’est ce soir que débute la vingtième édition de la Nuit des étoiles. Jusqu’à dimanche prochain, les astres seront à l’honneur sur tout le territoire français. Maxisciences vous donne quelques conseils pour les observer dans les meilleures conditions. Tous les amateurs d’astronomie le savent : pour admirer le ciel nocturne, la première règle à respecter est de s’installer loin de toute source de pollution lumineuse. Pas de chance pour les citadins : les lumières de la ville comptent parmi les plus nuisibles. Et comme si l’éclairage public ne suffisait pas, la chape de pollution flottant au-dessus des grandes agglomérations est à l’origine d’un effet miroir, les lumières se reflétant sur ce “voile” indésirable. Si vous habitez en ville, il vous faudra donc parcourir quelques kilomètres pour profiter d’un ciel le plus sombre possible. À lire aussiGoogle Chrome, l’ESA et une vache marine, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 juilletEntièrement naturel mais tout aussi perturbant, l’éclat de la Lune peut également se révéler source de problème. Si le satellite de notre planète peut, lui, être contemplé dans n’importe quelles conditions, il peut fortement perturber les observations de la voûte céleste. Bonne nouvelle pour cette Nuit des étoiles 2010 : la Lune est entrée dans son dernier croissant hier, et se fera donc plus que discrète aux yeux des astronomes amateurs ces trois prochains jours. La météorologie a aussi son importance, et peut facilement venir perturber vos contemplations nocturnes : brume, nuages, pluie ou vent soulevant des poussières au sol font bien sûr partie des conditions peu recommandées pour une observation de qualité. La vue, elle, doit être dégagée, avec une végétation et des constructions peu envahissantes. Si vous le pouvez, prenez de l’altitude : la montagne et son air sec estival représentent l’observatoire idéal.  Enfin, n’oubliez pas que l’œil humain nécessite un temps d’adaptation à l’obscurité de 15 à 30 minutes. Une fois qu’il est accoutumé au noir, le moindre rayon lumineux intense, projeté par des phares de voiture ou une lampe de poche par exemple, annule son adaptation à la vision nocturne. Pour éviter que votre séance d’observation astronomique ne soit perturbée à chaque fois que vous jetez un œil à votre carte du ciel, placez un morceau de ruban adhésif rouge opaque sur votre torche électrique pour en limiter la puissance. Et pour profiter pleinement du spectacle, n’oubliez pas de vous munir de vêtements chauds, et de sièges permettant de regarder le ciel sans repartir avec un torticolis.  Le 6 août 2010 à 13:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Alsace 5000 euros de prime pour une voiture électrique

first_imgAlsace : 5.000 euros de prime pour une voiture électriqueLes 500 premiers acheteurs alsaciens d’un véhicule 100% électrique se verront attribuer une prime de 5.000 euros. Le conseil régional, qui veut faire de l’Alsace un modèle, a voté cette loi qui entrera en vigueur au 1er janvier 2011.Acheter une voiture électrique coûte plus cher, alors le conseil régional alsacien a voulu encourager ce type d’acquisition. En offrant une prime de 5.000 euros aux 500 premiers acheteurs d’un véhicule entièrement électrique, il espère favoriser la vente de ces véhicules. Seule condition d’obtention de cette prime : s’engager à ne pas revendre le véhicule dans les deux ans.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Ajoutés aux voitures qu’utilisent les services publics, ces 500 achats feront passer le parc automobile alsacien à 1.000 véhicules tout électrique. Deux cent mille euros seront consacrés par la région au financement d’équipements comme, par exemple, l’installation de prise de chargement sur les parkings des supermarchés.L’objectif est bien sûr de réduire la production de gaz à effet de serre avec un espoir : une division par quatre de ces émissions d’ici 2050. Le 9 novembre 2010 à 10:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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This InsulinDelivering Pill Could Replace Injections for Diabetics

first_img Lab-Grown Insulin-Producing Cells Open Door to Type 1 Diabetes CureSad News: Dolphins Get Alzheimer’s Disease, Too Scientists developed a pill that could replace insulin injections for patients with type 2 diabetes.The blueberry-sized capsule contains a small needle made of compressed insulin, which gets infused once the tablet reaches the stomach.In tests on animals, an MIT-led research group showed they could deliver enough insulin to lower blood sugar to levels comparable to those produced by doses administered through skin.The device, detailed in a paper published this week by the journal Science, could also be adapted to deliver other protein drugs.“We are really hopeful that this new type of capsule could someday help diabetic patients and perhaps anyone who requires therapies that can now only be given by injection or infusion,” study co-author Robert Langer, of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, said in a statement.In 2014, Langer, visiting scientist Giovanni Traverso, and their colleagues developed a similar pill, coated with many tiny needles that could inject drugs into the lining of the stomach or small intestine.They’ve since whittled that design down to just one needle, attached to a spring, held in place by a sugar disk. The idea is that, once swallowed, water in the stomach dissolves the sugar, releasing the spring, and injecting the needle into the stomach wall.There are no pain receptors in the organ’s lining, so patients shouldn’t feel a thing.Drawing inspiration from the leopard tortoise, which can right itself if it rolls onto its back, researchers designed their system so that no matter how the capsule lands, it can self-orient so the needle is in contact with the stomach wall.“As soon as you take it, you want the system to self-right so that you can ensure contact with the tissue,” Traverso said.“Also, if a person were to move around or the stomach were to growl, the device would not move from its preferred orientation,” Alex Abramson, MIT graduate student and study first author, added.Once injected, the insulin dissolves at a predetermined rate, controlled by scientists preparing the capsule.Most diagnosed cases of diabetes (75 to 85 percent) are classified as type 2, typically occurring later in life (hence its “adult-onset” title)—when the body stops producing enough insulin to meet the increased demands of weight gain.More on Geek.com:Lab-Grown Insulin-Producing Cells Open Door to Type 1 Diabetes CureIs Type 2 Diabetes Actually Five Separate Diseases?Fart-Tracking Capsule Sends Real-Time Data to Your Smartphone Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Watch Bright Fireball Streaks Across Sky in Canada

first_img Suspected Meteorite Crashes Into Rice Field in IndiaWatch: Enormous Fireball Streaks Across South Florida Night Sky Stay on target A big fireball illuminated the night sky over Canada early Wednesday morning, with many witnesses reporting the bright spectacle in parts of Quebec and southern Ontario.On July 24, at 2:44 a.m. EDT, the fireball streaked across the night sky, changing the darkness to light for a few seconds, CNN reported. Ten cameras in Western University’s all-sky camera network, which works with NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, snapped the fireball in action. However, this fireball might have left some goodies after its brief field trip.According to Steven Ehlert of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, the fireball most likely generated some meteorites that could have hit the ground near Bancroft, Ontario.“This fireball likely dropped a small number of meteorites in the Bancroft area, specifically near the small town of Cardiff. We suspect meteorites made it to the ground because the fireball ended very low in the atmosphere just to the west of Bancroft and slowed down significantly,” Western University astronomy professor Peter Brown said in a press release. “This is a good indicator that material survived.”Wednesday morning’s fireball most likely appeared over Lake Ontario first at an altitude of roughly 60 miles, Space.com noted. Then, it might have traveled over the Ontario towns of Clarington and Peterborough, before dimming from the night sky west of Bancroft. According to Western University, the fireball rivaled the full moon in brightness and featured illuminated flares near the end of its journey.Brown and his collaborators at Western University and the Royal Ontario Museum would like to speak with people who might have heard anything usual or found possible meteorites following the fireball event.Meteorites, which are often dark and have a scalloped exterior, are typically denser than “normal” rocks and will be attracted to magnets due to their metal composition. They’re not dangerous, but if recovered, Western University recommends placing them in a clean plastic bag or wrapping them in aluminum foil. If meteorites are discovered in Canada, they belong to the owner of the land where they are found.If anyone has found a suspicious rock in their area that might be from the fireball event, they can contact Kim Tait of the Royal Ontario Museum (ktait@rom.on.ca).More on Geek.com:Watch: Enormous Fireball Streaks Across South Florida Night SkyWatch: Eerie Car-Sized ‘Fireball’ Lights Up Night Sky in AustraliaWatch: Glowing ‘Fireball’ Illuminates Night Sky Along US East Coastlast_img read more

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Reed wins first major title holding off Fowler at Masters

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. — Patrick Reed became famous playing for his country. He won for himself Sunday and became a Masters champion.It was never easy, just the way Reed likes it.Rory McIlroy came after him early. Jordan Spieth roared to life with a final-round charge and briefly caught Reed with a 35-foot birdie putt. The last challenge came from Rickie Fowler, who birdied the last hole to leave Reed no room for error.Reed never flinched throughout a raucous afternoon at Augusta National.Clinging to a one-shot lead, his 25-foot putt down the slippery slope on the 18th green ran 3 feet by the hole as Reed pressed down both hands, begging it to stop. From there, the 27-year-old Texan calmly rolled in the par putt for a 1-under 71 and a one-shot victory.“To have to par the last hole to win my first major, it definitely felt right,” Reed said from Butler cabin, right before Sergio Garcia helped him into a green jacket.The loudest cheers were for everyone else. Reed earned their respect with two big birdie putts on the back nine, one crucial par putt and plenty of grit. He also had a little luck when his 80-foot putt across the 17th green hit the hole, keeping it only 6 feet away. He made that for par to stay in control.Reed won for the sixth time in his PGA Tour career, though he was best known for the trophies he shared at the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. He is ferocious in match play, especially the team variety, and his singles victory over McIlroy at Hazeltine in the 2016 Ryder Cup led to the nickname of Captain America.last_img read more

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Fred explains his adaptation to England

first_imgThe Manchester United footballer played in his native Brazil and in Ukraine, and this will be his first season in the English Premier LeagueFor Brazilian footballer, Fred, adapting to the English Premier League is not easy.But the Manchester United player is doing all he can to adapt quickly to his new competition and team.When asked about how his English is going, he said: “I managed to do some classes in Ukraine but people there didn’t really speak English. They spoke Russian so that’s what I learned there. I didn’t get to practice much English but now I’m here and I’m going to classes.”“I want to learn as quickly as possible because I know it will help me to integrate and adapt here. I already know a lot of sentences, many words – ‘How are you?’ I know how to communicate. I’m studying so hopefully I will be better in no time,” he said to the club’s official website.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The first time I got a car it felt really different to drive on the opposite side. In other countries it’s different and here the ‘right’ side seems weird.”“On the first day when I arrived during pre-season, I went to the training ground and they left a car for me to drive to the hotel. I had to figure it out and learn. Now it’s okay, I’ve adapted to that and slowly I will adapt even more,” he commented.Would he give his younger self any advice?“I don’t think I would give any advice. When we are kids we live without thinking about the consequences. We do things our own way, we make mistakes but those are all lessons to learn. If, when I was I, child, I hadn’t done the right and wrong things I’ve done I wouldn’t be here today.”last_img read more

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