A new incentive program and additional seats at Dalhousie University will help ensure Nova Scotia has the nurse practitioners it needs. The Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive will cover the salaries of up to 10 registered nurses while they attend Dalhousie University’s two-year Master of Nursing nurse practitioner program full-time. In return, recipients will commit to work in one of several designated communities for five years. “Our top priority is improving access to primary health care and that includes nurse practitioners,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “Supporting registered nurses to become nurse practitioners will fill a growing workforce need and improve access to collaborative health care.” An expression of interest will be issued to those accepted to Dalhousie’s nurse practitioner program, family all-ages stream. Recipients will be selected based on whether they live in or are affiliated with one of the designated communities and are willing to relocate. “Nurse practitioners offer untapped potential in clinics, hospitals and long-term care facilities – particularly in underserved communities. Educating more nurse practitioners, and allowing them to work to their full scope of practice, will go a long way in improving access to care,” says Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union president Janet Hazelton. “Maintaining their salary while in school allows the nurse to study full-time and return to the system sooner than if they were unpaid and studying part-time.” The eligible geographic areas are: Town of Digby, plus 50 kilometre radius of surrounding area Town of Shelburne, plus 50 kilometre radius of surrounding area Cumberland County Pictou County Cape Breton Regional Municipality Inverness County Victoria County Town of Sheet Harbour, plus 50 kilometre radius of surrounding area “I think it’s fantastic the importance and benefit of nurse practitioners and how they contribute to the health and wellness of all Nova Scotians is being recognized,” says Cape Breton registered nurse Chris Browner. “This type of forward thinking will improve access to health care and promote wellness in all areas of the province, including those that may have limited access to primary health-care services.” An arrangement with Cape Breton University will allow students to complete some program requirements locally, minimizing the need to travel to Halifax. “Educating more nurse practitioners will have a positive impact on the primary health-care landscape of the province,” said Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, director School of Nursing and Assistant Dean Research Dal Faculty of Health. “We are thrilled to be part of this solution with our partners in government, Nova Scotia Health Authority and Cape Breton University.” Government is also funding an additional 25 seats in Dalhousie’s nurse practitioner program. Fifteen seats will be added this academic year and 10 will be added in 2019-20. The total four-year investment is $1.6 million. “Recruitment has become a challenge in several communities, and this incentive will make a difference in our ability to attract and retain nurse practitioners,” said Carmelle d’Entremont, vice president of People and Organizational Development, Nova Scotia Health Authority. “Nurse practitioners, working with family physicians and other collaborative family practice team members, are enhancing access to comprehensive care for Nova Scotians.” Government will invest $1.4 million in the Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive over two years. These initiatives are part of Nova Scotia’s Nursing Strategy, designed to ensure Nova Scotia has the right number, mix and distribution of nurses now and in the future.
GILLAM, Man. — The deputy mayor of a northern Manitoba community at the centre of a massive manhunt says it will be a long time before things return to normal.John McDonald says there were a lot of questions but not a lot of answers for people in Gillam during a town meeting last night, after RCMP announced they believed they had found the bodies of two murder suspects from British Columbia.Autopsies are being performed in Winnipeg today to confirm the remains located near the Nelson River are of 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky.The men were suspects in the killings of a Vancouver man and an American woman and her Australian boyfriend travelling in northern B.C.McDonald says people may never know whether the fugitives had planned to come to the dense and unforgiving landscape of northern Manitoba, or if they just took a wrong turn.He adds that it will be a long time before people in the town feel fully relaxed and their quiet lives return.The Canadian Press
New York – Salah Abdeslam, the Belgian-born terrorist who has been on the run since he allegedly gunned down civilians during the Paris attacks of November 13, was known as a “rent boy” who visited gay bars, flirted with gay men, used drugs, and drank alcohol.The bartender of a gay club in Brussels that Salah was allegedly seen at, told the Sunday Times that he was a regular of the gay scene in Brussels.“We had him down as a ‘rent boy’, he was always hanging out with that kind of crowd,” the bartender at Saint Jacques quarter revealed. Salah’s other terrorist brother, Ibrahim, who blew himself up at the terrace of the Comptoire Voltaire café during the Paris carnage, used to manage a bar in Molenbeek, Brussels, according to Karim, a friend of the Abdeslam brothers.The bar, which was allegedly used as a den for drug trafficking, was closed down a week before the Paris massacre.“Brahim [Ibrahim] and Salah spent most of their days smoking hashish and playing on PlayStation in the bar,” Karim said.The 26-year-old alleged member of so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has become “Europe’s most wanted man”.Salah’s third brother, Mohamed urged his fugitive brother to turn himself in to the authorities, during a televised interview on Sunday.“That way he can give us the answers we seek, our family and the families of the victims. We would rather see Salah in prison than in the cemetery,” Mohamed who claims not to know his brother’s whereabouts said.According to the rules of the terrorist group (ISIS), homosexuals and adulterers are punished by death, being thrown off buildings or crucified, while those who use alcohol or drugs are heavily beaten.A new photo of Salah has been provided by the authorities who claim he could be using a disguise, consisting of a new name, a wig and glasses.Authorities have said Salah rented the black Volkswagen Polo used during the Paris attacks at the Bataclan concert hall, which claimed the lives of 89 innocent people.Shortly after the attacks, Abdeslam was stopped by the police in his vehicle at the Brussels border, where he was let go and allowed entrance into Belgium after checking his ID.
8 July 2010The United Nations today welcomed the priority programmes laid out by the Afghan Government in such areas as governance, development, and peace and security ahead of a major international conference to be held in the country later this month. The Government presented 23 national priority programmes at the 14th Joint Coordination & Monitoring Board (JCMB) meeting held in the capital, Kabul, which brought together senior Afghan ministers and representatives of the international community. “These programmes are evidence of the transition to Afghan responsibility and leadership,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura.The JCMB, which is co-chaired by the Afghan Government and the UN, oversees implementation of the Afghanistan Compact – a five-year development blueprint launched in January 2006 by the country and its international partners.The Government and the UN will also be co-chairing the Kabul Conference – the first major international gathering inside Afghanistan – on 20 July.“Afghan priorities for the Afghan people” will be the focus of the Kabul Conference, Afghanistan’s Minister of Finance, Omar Zakhilwal, told participants at today’s meeting, which discussed issues related to economic development; governance; security, peace and reconciliation; and regional cooperation. The 20 July gathering, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and foreign ministers and top officials from over 70 countries will be attending, follows the London Conference held in January, during which the Government and its international partners jointly endorsed a strategy of transition to greater Afghan responsibility for the affairs of the country.Mr. de Mistura, in his briefing to the Security Council last week, said the main objective of the Kabul conference is to foster confidence in a “public contract between the Afghan Government and the Afghan people” and promote the delivery of social and economic improvements. The international community, he added, will not be expected to bring new funds to the meeting – which is not a pledging conference – but to re-align the resources which they have already allocated for Afghanistan with the country’s own priorities. “It will give an opportunity for the international community to support Afghan-led priorities including fighting corruption, building up self-reliant Afghan national security forces, and undertaking reconciliation and reintegration activities to reach out to opposition and to encourage combatants to lay down their arms,” a joint news release issued by the UN and the Government stated.
26 July 2011The United Nations refugee agency today condemned Sudan’s deportation of Eritrean asylum-seekers on Monday, saying it was concerned with the increased frequency of such incidents and said they violated both international and Sudanese law. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said two asylum-seekers jumped off a truck carrying them to the border with Eritrea. One was killed and the other seriously injured. Four other asylum-seekers were deported at the same time.“UNHCR strongly condemns the recent deportation of Eritrean asylum-seekers by Sudan,” the agency said in a statement released in Geneva today. “The asylum-seekers had been convicted on charges of illegal entry to Sudan under national immigration laws. They had at no time been provided with access to asylum procedures. Such deportations of asylum-seekers without having their claims reviewed by the competent authorities amount to refoulement and constitute a serious violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention as well as the 1974 Sudanese Asylum Act,” UNHCR said. According to the agency, since May this year Sudan has deported at least 30 asylum-seekers and refugees to Eritrea, “where UNHCR believes they are likely to face persecution.”“UNHCR is deeply concerned over the recent increase in deportations of Eritrean asylum-seekers and refugees from Sudan,” it said. “The UN refugee agency has consistently reminded Sudan of its obligations under international and Sudanese law.”“UNHCR urges the Sudanese Government to stop the ongoing deportations and to provide all asylum-seekers currently in detention with immediate access to asylum procedures,” it said.
TORONTO — Doctors across Canada who support Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposed tax reforms say they want their voices to be heard above the din of criticism from colleagues and medical societies.To make their point, they have been putting signatures on a letter they plan to send to Morneau this week.“We were really fed up with the narrative that our colleagues were putting forth and that our medical associations were putting forth as the only opinion out there,” said Dr. Sarah Giles. “We’ll probably have friends never talk to us again. People are ridiculously emotional about this.”Among other things, Morneau wants to stop allowing some tax-saving mechanisms through incorporation that physicians say are essential given that they have no access to benefits other employees enjoy. Angry medical associations say doctors will leave Canada for the U.S., and female physicians will be disproportionately hurt.The president of the Canadian Medical Association said in a recent statement that a delegation had told Morneau that doctors rely on the measures now in place for working capital needed for expanding their practices and, among other things, to deal with “unanticipated costs, sick or parental leave, staff turnover, and other business requirements.”Signatories to the open letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Canadian Press, see it much differently. They argue that scrapping the current system will promote tax fairness and give the government more money to spend on health care.“We need adequate tax revenues to fund social programs such as affordable housing, pharmacare, social assistance, legal aid, and the health-care system itself,” the letter states. “These programs directly impact the health of our patients, and we believe it is important for us to contribute to their sustainability through an adequate tax base.”Giles, who does stints working with remote Indigenous communities and abroad with Doctors without Borders, said diverting dollars from doctors toward improved care would benefit her money-strapped patients far more than it would harm physicians.“There’s a lot of catastrophising,” she said of those upset at Morneau’s plans. “Why are they hanging their hats on this issue? It feels very self-serving.”Why the rich should revolt — and it’s not for the reasons they thinkA charitable proposal amid the small business tax uproarCanadian Medical Association data suggest a large majority of physicians are incorporated. That means they can access various measures to reduce their taxes despite earning significantly more on average — upwards of $225,000 annually before taxes — than other Canadians.“These benefits are advantageous mostly to certain incorporated doctors,” the letter states. “It also seems unfair that these benefits are not available to Canadians with similar incomes who cannot incorporate.”The physicians do say in their letter the proposed changes should come with a transition plan for those affected and as part of a “comprehensive review” of tax policy.Rita McCracken, a family doctor in Vancouver who said she was bombarded with advice on incorporating to save taxes even when she was in medical school, expressed disappointment at what she considers reactionary physician organizations who should be pushing for improvements to the health-care system. Any suggestion the proposed measures are “anti-feminist” is misguided, she said.McCracken contacted colleagues with the aim of expressing a fact-based alternative view, leading to the letter to Morneau.“It just seemed to us there was some motivation from very high earners who wanted to continue to be able to pay less tax,” McCracken said. “(But) people who make more money should pay more taxes.”Lesley Barron, an incorporated general surgeon in Georgetown, Ont., said she supports the proposals even though her family’s bottom line will take a hit. Morneau’s approach will help make the tax system more fair, she said.“I don’t believe it makes sense for physicians to fund retirement, benefits, and maternity leave through these tax loopholes,” Barron said.Another letter signatory, Ritika Goel, a family doctor with an inner city practice in Toronto, said the din of criticism from many doctors makes it important an alternative perspective be heard. The current system isn’t the way to address issues Morneau critics are raising, she said. Goel, who is currently on leave to look after her baby, says maternity benefits are in fact available to doctors in Ontario.“Beyond that, I’m in an income position that has allowed me to have savings to take maternity leave,” she said.
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The most urgent needs are food, health support and education, the Senior Humanitarian Coordinator in the CAR, Claire Bourgeois, said in a press release today, after visiting the Vakaga province this past weekend with representatives of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, agencies and partners to assess the needs of people there. “I met people who had to flee to this remote area from their homes in Bangui and are terrified to go back,” Ms. Bourgeois said.“It is imperative to secure access for convoys delivering aid supplies from Bangui and to increase protection programmes. Otherwise, we risk further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the region,” she warned.Vakaga province has suffered from years of instability, violence and chronic insecurity, while its geographical remoteness and poor infrastructure have cut it off from the rest of the country. The current closure of the Chadian border is having a major negative impact on food and other supplies for communities in the area, the humanitarian coordinator said.Noting that she was impressed by the “spirit and resilience of the community,” Ms. Bourgeois said that during her visit, authorities and communities repeatedly drew her attention to the need to start the school year in the entire province.“It is unacceptable to hear that classes at the primary school will not start in the new school built and routine immunization cannot be conducted because the much-needed fridge is not in place due to road insecurity and the regular chain supply of vaccines is on standstill,” Ms. Bourgeois stressed.She also noted that it is imperative to secure access for convoys delivering aid supplies from Bangui and to increase protection programmes, such as those dealing with gender-based violence and the safeguarding of children from recruitment by armed groups. “Alternatively, we risk further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the region,” she said.In all, nearly 1 million people have been displaced and 2.5 million are in need of immediate assistance in CAR, Ms. Bourgeois said. One fifth of Central Africans have fled their homes for refuge in sites for internally displaced people, with host families, and in neighbouring countries.Thousands of people are estimated to have been killed in CAR as a result of a conflict that erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012. The violence has since taken on increasingly sectarian overtones.
The average cost of moving home has reached £31,000 in some parts of Britain as homeowners see an increase of up to 14 per cent in the last year, a report has found. Rising house prices are said to have driven the spike, pushing up estate agency, stamp duty and conveyancing fees.In London, home movers can expect to pay £4,732 more than a year ago, with the average cost of moving now £31,416.The rise is mostly due to London prices having increased by 14.5 per cent over the last year, compared with an increase of 8.5 per cent across the UK generally.The average home mover in London pays more than £15,000 in stamp duty and £11,000 in estate agency fees, the Lloyds Bank report found.Elsewhere in the UK, costs have increased by around £870, taking the average moving price to nearly £11,000.Mike Songer, mortgage director at Lloyds Bank, said: “The cost of stepping up the housing ladder has continued to rise sharply over the past year.”This trend is especially marked for buyers in London and the South East with the combination of both higher property prices and more rapid increase in prices in recent years resulting in significantly higher moving costs in these parts of the country.”Moving costs across the country – up nine per cent in the last year – have also increased faster than earnings over the last decade, by 25 per cent versus a 17 per cent hike in full-time earnings, the report found. Cost of moving across the UK LondonAverage moving cost: £31,416Up 18% in the last year – £4,732South EastAverage moving cost: £20,210Up 20 % in the last year – £3,382West MidlandsAverage moving cost: £9,814Up four per cent in the last year – £412East AngliaAverage moving cost: £10,973Up ten per cent in the last year – £999North EastAverage moving cost: £7,133Up nine per cent in the last year – £604ScotlandAverage moving cost: £6,947Up two per cent in the last year – £125WalesAverage moving cost: £7,563Up 0 per cent in the last year 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.
Earlier this week we mentioned that AT&T and Verizon were waiving international long-distance fees to Japan in the wake of the disasters there last week, and Comcast reached out to us to let us know that Xfinity Voice and Business subscribers are also able to place free calls to Japan. The goal is to allow Xfinity Voice users to be able to get in touch with family, friends, and loved ones in Japan without worrying about accruing massive long-distance charges. Comcast says that subscribers will be able to call Japan for free through April 10, 2011. Customers who have already placed calls to Japan using their Xfinity Voice accounts will be reimbursed for calls back-dated to March 11th, the day the earthquake struck. The fee waivers apply to both mobile phones and landlines.
It looks as though Microsoft announcing the price of the Xbox One at the end of their E3 event was a big mistake. The reason why is because Sony got to know what price their competition was going to sell at before their event, and apparently they adjusted accordingly.Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann has been told that Sony didn’t have a set price in mind for the PS4 ahead of their E3 event, just a ball park figure. But as soon as they heard how much Xbox One would sell for they decided to not just beat it by a small margin, but come in $100 cheaper. That’s a huge selling point and marketing win for the company.Sony has denied this is the case, stating that both the lack of used games restrictions, Internet check-in requirement, and price were all decided well before yesterday’s event. I can believe that for the used games and phone home feature as they would require a lot of planning and the involvement of partner companies to make work. But the price? That must have been flexible right up until the last minute yesterday.Microsoft’s price announcement actually looked like a bit of an afterthought, and you have to wonder if it was something they’d just been toying with announcing or not. They must be regretting that decision now, though, as it has given Sony something with which to market the PS4. It also pretty much guarantees Sony can always be cheaper than Microsoft’s console unless of course Xbox One gets a sudden, big price drop to match PS4. Not likely, right?
35 Comments By Ryan Bailey McGrath’s Ulster switch leaves Cullen with ‘mixed thoughts, depending on the day’ The prop will leave Leinster at the end of the season after deciding to pursue greater opportunities in Belfast. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share13 Tweet Email1 “WHAT ARE MY thoughts? A little bit mixed, I’d say, depending on the day,” Leo Cullen laughs as he’s asked about Jack McGrath becoming the latest Leinster player to pursue opportunities elsewhere. The loosehead prop, who will make his 143rd appearance for his native province tonight, has made ‘the difficult decision’ to leave Leinster at the end of this season in order to a bid to reignite his career in Belfast. On the move: McGrath’s Ulster move was confirmed this week. Source: Gary Carr/INPHOHis form has dipped in the three years since he was a starter for the Lions in New Zealand, and any efforts to return to his best have been hindered by injuries and the resurgence of Cian Healy.Not only has McGrath fallen behind Healy in the pecking order, but Ed Byrne’s selection for last weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Ulster confirmed his status as Leinster’s third-choice. It’s a similar situation now with Ireland, after he made just one appearance off the bench during the Six Nations. McGrath’s solution was to look elsewhere and unlike Joey Carbery’s move to Munster last summer, it appears the 29-year-old initiated the move himself, which was facilitated by the IRFU as he is still under central contract. The St Mary’s man — who made his Leinster debut back in 2010 — follows Jordi Murphy up the M1 and joins an ever-growing number of Leinster men in the Ulster dressing room, the tally set to rise to 11 for next season. It’s a growing trend.Carbery’s exit to their southern rivals caused annoyance within Leinster and the province’s hierarchy and management will no doubt be frustrated and disappointed to lose another home-grown international from their ranks.With Leinster’s unrivalled production line causing serious competition for places within their dressing room, players will naturally begin to seek better opportunities elsewhere, with Murphy, Carbery, Nick McCarthy and now McGrath all recent examples.It’s not exactly an alarming haemorrhage of talent, but Leinster are becoming victims of their own success to a degree, the defending European and Pro14 champions simply unable to keep every individual satisfied, even if Cullen has used 55 different players this season. Players are far more willing to move to better their chances of international selection.There’s also the argument that Leinster are now paying for the other three province’s failure to produce quality players out of their academy systems on a consistent basis, with IRFU performance director David Nucifora keen to evenly distribute the talent to all corners of the island for the betterment of the national team. And there is no doubt McGrath’s move to Ulster is a positive in that sense, with the prospect of regular and consistent game-time in the number one jersey offering the 54-time capped international the chance to rediscover his best form in competition with young Eric O’Sullivan.“I understand the move from Jack’s point of view,” Cullen says. “It’s not an easy thing for him to have chosen to do. For us as a club, when things are going well I think lots of eyes get drawn on players, coaches, backroom staff, which is a positive, because it means there’s lot of things going well here.“And yeah, it’s a very competitive group that we have. Loosehead is a very competitive position as well, amongst lots of other competitive positions.” Cullen speaking with media yesterday. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOAlthough the Leinster head coach admitted his thoughts on McGrath becoming the latest player to leave for another province ‘are a little bit mixed’, Cullen tried to emphasise the positives from the situation.“Potentially, yeah, we are a victim of our success but it is what it is, so I’d rather be in that situation than nobody looking at any of our players because none of them are performing well.“So for us, we’re just trying to create a good environment where players are happy that they are progressing and they see progression all the time, and that we’re competing on the big days in the competitions that we’re in. https://the42.ie/4579905 Saturday 6 Apr 2019, 7:00 AM And that’s what why we all turn up and there’s a number of young guys on the bench and some starting again tonight against Benetton who are getting the opportunity, and it’s pushing them through.“We want to give guys chances and we want to set them up to do well.” There is a real danger of more players following suit in the coming years, as they see the benefit of leaving Leinster and playing minutes elsewhere. Carbery’s exposure at Munster has aided his development no end. The loss of McGrath, for example, puts pressure on Byrne to step up behind Healy, while Peter Dooley is the other loosehead on the Leinster books. Byrne’s form over the last year has been encouraging and after enduring his fair share of injury frustration behind him, has developed into an exciting prospect in blue. Cullen, again choosing to seek the positives, stresses that the movement of players is just all part of the cycle, and another group will enter the province’s system during the summer as everyone moves up the ladder.“You lose the more experienced guys but everyone is a year older in the system,” he continues. “We know we’ve got seven or eight players coming into our academy system every year, so that’s just the cycle.People have to move on somewhere else up the chain. Everyone buys into that.“And we just need to keep investing in the quality of player we have. When it doesn’t work out for players for whatever reason, players go off and play for another province it’s a really good reflection, a positive reflection on the work that goes on at all the underage levels at Leinster.“We want to produce most of our own players, we have a couple of guys from outside — one’s beside me here [Scott Fardy] — and it’s important that we’re not 100% all Leinster because then you’d have a narrow focus as well.“The experience that we get from outside, it’s hugely important that they are constantly adding to the group. McGrath starts against Benetton in the Pro14 tonight. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“But we’d love to be able to sit here and say ‘isn’t it amazing that 60% of Ulster’s players are from Leinster’, another 50 over in Connacht and another 50 over in Munster… that’d be an amazing reflection on the work that goes on here.“We just need to keep focusing on what we do in producing good players, because we want to see quality players come through the system and make a career out of the game.“That’s what we’re trying to do, trying to improve players and make them better.“Sometimes if you focus on a lot of players it gets very competitive, at some stage you can’t keep them all. But for us as a club, it’s more important that we focus on how we produce quality players, have good people and hope they enjoy the experience.“So, that’s the way I look at it. There are lots of things you can’t control in that, but that’s just the cycle isn’t it? It is what it is. It’s positive that people are looking at our players, wanting to sign them.”Cullen adds that Leinster are not in the business of ‘stockpiling players’, rather investing in them to make them better rugby players and people. “We are not in a position of stockpiling players and, suddenly, we’ve got whatever it is, 45 in the senior squad, 20 in the academy. It doesn’t change drastically, a couple here and there.“It’s not like we are going to keep 100 players this year. It’s not what we do. We don’t have the space for them. It would get too congested in the dressing room. It is tight enough as it is, I would say, from my memory of being down there.“The young guys are important for us, how we invest in them, the quality of coaching is important, how we take care of guys, making sure they do come through.“We’ve a good track record of that and that’s why people want to be here in the first place. We just need to stay competitive as well.”Gavan Casey and Ryan Bailey are joined by Bernard Jackman to look back on a thrilling weekend of European rugby on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Apr 6th 2019, 7:00 AM 19,466 Views Short URL Subscribe
La fin du mois va être “terrible pour les allergiques”, selon le RNSADans son bulletin allergo-pollinique hebdomadaire, le Réseau national de surveillance aérobiologique (RNSA) annonce que la fin du mois de mars va s’avérer “terrible” pour tous les allergiques avec l’arrivée massive des pollens de bouleau.Allergiques attention, la fin du mois pourrait être difficile. C’est ce dont avertit le Réseau national de surveillance aérobiologique (RNSA) qui annonce dans son dernier bulletin “l’arrivée massive” des pollens de bouleau entre le 23 et le 28 mars, selon les régions. Or, avec celui du cyprès, du chêne et du frêne, le pollen du bouleau est l’un des plus allergisants qui existent du côté des arbres. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?”Les arbres se hâtent, les bourgeons se préparent, les chatons s’allongent, la fin du mois de mars sera terrible pour les allergiques”, s’est enflammé vendredi Michel Thibaudon, directeur du RNSA, dans son bulletin allergo-pollinique hebdomadaire. En plus du bouleau, le modèle prévisionnel RNSA/Météo-France indique que le risque allergique lié au cyprès sur le pourtour méditerranéen “est et restera très élevé (5/5)”, tandis que “partout ailleurs, les noisetiers et les aulnes continueront à chatouiller les narines”. Quant aux pollens de peupliers, ils sont également présents mais “le risque allergique sera faible”, selon le RNSA.Du côté des herbacées, il faudra heureusement attendre encore un peu avant de voir apparaitre les pollens les plus allergisants : les graminées et l’ambroisie n’ont pour l’heure pas encore fait leur apparition. Pour suivre l’évolution de l’apparition des pollens en détail, le RNSA publie d’ailleurs sur son site des cartes avec les risques par ville et par pollen. Le 19 mars 2012 à 11:54 • Maxime Lambert
By Kebba JeffangThe President of the Republic, Mr. Adama Barrow told the visiting Gambian ambassadors on Tuesday, February 21, to remain committed in pursuing the interest of the country as his government is ready to work with them since they hold nothing personal against anyone.The 21 serving ambassadors in foreign countries were rewarded with reinstatement for their influencing role during the political impasse that saw about 50,000 people fled the country in January by pressurising the former president Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power following his denial of acceptance which cost their diplomacy jobs.“We come here as a government not to have anything personal against anybody. The government has changed but the Gambia has to continue working and you Ambassadors are part of that. All of you were appointed by APRC under Jammeh’s government but it is not personal but principle because you are Gambians and you have the right to work under the any government, said Barrow.”President Barrow said all the ambassadors are welcome to the new Gambia after 22years of APRC rule adding that Gambia has finally changed from a dictatorship to democratic rule.He expressed gladness over the democratic process in which everyone has played a part to off Jammeh’s administration. He said the image of the country at the time was destroyed but the ambassadors abroad started restoring it around the world.“Government will encourage the ambassadors to continue doing their good job for as they have been doing for the past years, urging them to work even harder since the Gambia is a young democracy that requires all hands on deck so that the country will move forward,” said the president.He said the country has come out of a very difficult time and the Gambia government becomes a complete liability and isolated when they should have benefited a lot. He said this could not materialized because the previous government was not respecting democratic principles.“Some of the ambassadors took the bull by the horn and called on Jammeh to step down even though it was a risky move because they don’t know what will be the next move of the government,” he concluded.Mr. Ousainou Darboe, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad said the courtesy call to President Barrow is useful because it will help him to familiarize himself with the ambassadors.He said the constitutional responsibility of shaping and implementing foreign policy of the country rest clearly on the shoulders of the president and the rest of them are delegated to function within that foreign policy.“It is therefore very important that the President knows and familiarize himself with those ambassadors who are entrusted with responsibilities of implementing Gambia’s foreign policy because they are the ones representing Gambians abroad. Each ambassador here is the personification of Gambia within the regions they are accredited to,” said Darboe.“We expect that each of them carry the Gambia in the manner that the President himself does as he personifies the Gambia so you also do exactly that because you are the faces of the Gambia. It is through you that the Gambia expresses itself in the various countries and organizations which we are accredited to because we are in the process of formalizing the foreign policy,” he saidMr. Dembo Badjie, Dean of Gambian diplomats and ambassador to the Peoples’ Republic of China speaking on behalf of his colleagues assured their full cooperation with the government. He also assured their commitment in building the positive image of the country.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday said the 2016-17 Railway Budget would focus on raising investments and improving facilities for the passengers, keeping in mind current and future needs.”The comfort of passengers is today’s requirement, but augmentation of facilities is the future need. Our effort will be to take forward these initiatives hand-in-hand,” Prabhu told Press Trust of India.The minister said the government would continue with the initiatives taken in the previous Budget for the development of Indian Railways. He added that the BJP government had “complied” with most of the measures it announced in FY16 Railway Budget.”I am very happy to say that in the last Budget we had promised many things for the people of India and most of the announcements have been fully complied with,” he told the news agency.Earlier this week, a Hindustan Times report had said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has decided to increase train passenger and freight fares in the wake of cash-strapped Indian Railways struggling to raise its revenue.The Railways will face an additional financial burden of Rs 32,000 crore in the next fiscal year as it has to implement the employee salary hikes recommended by the seventh pay panel, even as the department finds it difficult to reach annual revenue target.The Railways freight traffic stayed 7 percent below the target set for the April-December period in the current fiscal year. Passenger bookings were also 5 percent lower than projected.Last week, Prabhu had said the revenue of Indian Railways would increase by 50 percent over the next five years, as it is in the process of raising funds from foreign investors.The total income of the Indian Railways went up by 12.16 percent to Rs 1.58 lakh crore in the last fiscal year ending March 2015, compared to Rs 1.41 lakh crore in the previous year.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]
Story Links Box Score (PDF) Postgame Quotes GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – No. 3 Louisville found itself in another tight tournament game against a team it embarrassed not long ago. The Cardinals leaned on seniors Asia Durr and Sam Fuehring to lead the way – and now they’re headed to another championship game.Durr scored 22 points, and Louisville advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament final by beating No. 9 North Carolina State 78-68 on Saturday in a semifinal.Fuehring had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Arica Carter had 16 points to help the second-seeded Cardinals (29-2, 14-2) win a back-and-forth game in which both teams led by double figures. Durr and Fuehring combined to score Louisville’s final 12 points over the final 7 1/2 minutes.”We were just trying to find a way to score,” Durr said. ”Score, then get a stop.”They earned a rematch with No. 4 Notre Dame (29-3, 14-2) in the title game. Louisville beat the Fighting Irish 74-72 in last year’s final, giving Notre Dame its only loss in six years at the ACC Tournament while claiming its first league title since the Cardinals won the Metro in 1993. The Irish won the only regular-season meeting 82-68 on Jan. 10.”They’re really fun to watch when you don’t have to play them,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said.Elissa Cunane scored 20 points, Kai Crutchfield had 17 points and DD Rogers finished with 13 for the third-seeded Wolfpack (26-5, 12-4). They shot 51 percent but had 17 turnovers that the Cardinals turned into 28 points.Durr scored eight points during a 15-4 run that gave them the lead for good, capping it with a jumper that made it 72-61 with 5 1/2 minutes left. N.C. State chipped away, closing to 74-68 on Rogers’ free throw with 56.2 seconds remaining, before Fuehring and Durr each hit two free throws to stretch the margin back to double figures.BIG PICTUREN.C. State: The depleted Wolfpack – who have lost three players to season-ending injuries – could have packed it in after blowing an early 10-point lead and allowing Louisville to score the final 19 points of the first half. To their credit, they figured out a way to manufacture a run of their own, scoring on 10 consecutive possessions to retake the lead on a team that beat them by 30 points nine nights earlier before running out of steam while playing their second game in 18 hours.”We can rotate and manage with one starter out … but when we have three, it’s tough,” coach Wes Moore said. ”We just don’t have the depth to handle that.”Louisville: The final ACC game for the Cardinals’ senior class of Durr, Carter and Fuehring will be for a league championship. The winningest class in school history improved to 120-21 over the past four years – the fewest losses by a four-year class and the best winning percentage in school history.TIGHTENED UPLouisville’s two tournament wins have come by a combined 18 points over Clemson and N.C. State. The Cardinals previously beat both of those teams by at least 30 points. Walz said Louisville’s 92-62 romp over the Wolfpack on Feb. 28 ”was not going to repeat itself.”Trailing 32-22 with 5:34 left to go in the first half, freshman Mykasa Robinson entered the game and the Cardinals went on a 22-2 run the rest of the half to enter the locker room with a 44-34 lead.FUN WITH NUMBERSDurr began the day as ACC’s second-leading scorer – a tenth of a point behind Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale, who averaged 21.6 points per game. But Ogunbowale scored just 12 points in a victory over Syracuse in the first semifinal, and that dropped her to 21.3 points per game while Durr’s average held steady at 21.5 points after hers.UP NEXTN.C. State: Will spend a couple of weeks waiting for Selection Monday.Louisville: Faces Notre Dame on Sunday in the title game for the second straight year.Print Friendly Version
While the atomic clock is based on vibrations of electrons orbiting an atom, the nuclear clock would instead be based on tuning the spatial orientation of electrons that cause the nucleus of an atom to jump back and forth between high and low energy states using a very specific frequency of light. The result, the researchers say, would be a clock tuned by a laser that would drift only about one second in 200 billion years, or 14 times the believed age of the universe and 60 times more accurate than current atomic clocks. The only trick here apparently, is in figuring out just what that frequency would be.For most people, the accuracy of a clock isn’t really all that much of a big deal. For this reason something called Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is used for ordinary living. It’s derived from atomic clock measurements but also uses leap seconds based on the rotation of the earth to help keep everyone straight. For other applications though, more accuracy is needed. GPS is one such example. Because there are four satellites used for GPS tracking, some means of timing their signals must be used to coordinate data sent from them and relayed to Earth based navigation systems. The smaller the errors in timing, the more accurate the systems become.The main reason the nuclear clock would be so much more accurate than the atomic clock is due to the fact that atomic clocks are susceptible to ambient magnetic and electric fields that can throw off the vibrations of the electrons a tiny bit. Using a laser to precisely control the nucleus bouncing between states however would not be nearly as susceptible to such interference. More information: A Single-Ion Nuclear Clock for Metrology at the 19th Decimal Place, arXiv:1110.2490v1 [physics.atom-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1110.2490AbstractThe 7.6(5) eV nuclear magnetic-dipole transition in a single 229Th3+ ion may provide the foundation for an optical clock of superb accuracy. A virtual clock transition composed of stretched states within the 5F5/2 electronic ground level of both nuclear ground and isomeric manifolds is proposed. It is shown to offer unprecedented systematic shift suppression, allowing for clock performance with a total fractional inaccuracy approaching 1 x 10^-19.via Newscientist Partial energy-level diagram of the 5F5/2 electronic ground levels within the nuclear ground and isomer manifold of 229Th3+. See arXiv:1110.2490v1 paper for details. Credit: arXiv:1110.2490v1 (PhysOrg.com) — For almost sixty years, the world has considered the atomic clock the gold standard for keeping time. Its accuracy is such that it drifts by only about four seconds over a period of about thirteen and a half billion years (about the time since the Big Bag is thought to have occurred). Now it appears a new more accurate way to measure time might be on the horizon. Corey Campbell at the Georgia Institute of Technology and five of his colleagues have teamed together to describe in their paper pre-published on arXiv, how a more accurate nuclear clock might be devised. Explore further Portable Precision: A New Type of Atomic Clock © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Research team shows nuclear clock could be 60 times more accurate than atomic clock (2011, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-team-nuclear-clock-accurate-atomic.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
International Mr Leather, Chicago Pride and other festivals to celebrate summer in Illinois5 awesome US Pride festivals to put in your diary earlyLargest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/chicago-pride-parade-tips/ Orlando Cruz came out in 2012, receiving the support of fellow Puerto Ricans such as Ricky Martin | Photo: Sergio Kardenas via TwitterTips for foodiesFormer unofficial Chicago mayor Bill Pritchard – now in the Seattle GoPride committee – shared some tips and pearls of wisdom for 2018 Pride foodies.‘Most popular spots will have a Pride Package that day. Taverna750, Divalicious Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge, Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café, and Scarlet’s Liquid Brunch just to name a few,’ he said on www.chicagopride.gopride.com.However, you might not be able to get brunch on the day as the parade starts at 12pm. ‘Just head to Angelina Ristorante, Nookie’s Tree and Jack’s on Halsted on the previous day. These places all offer brunch on Saturday as well as Sunday,’ he added.Also knowns as Girlstown, Andersonville is the most popular lesbian hub in town. ‘Heading north, you might enjoy the tasty treats of Hamburger Mary’s, including the Mary Tyler Smore. Ann Sather also boasts some hearty breakfast fare and delicious cinnamon rolls,’ said Pritchard.Read more about Prides:Can you guess what is the best Pride destination in the world? LGBTI people and allies will gather for a few hours of fun and protest ahead of the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.Another vintage image of 1985 Chicago Pride | Photo: WikiThe routeFollowing the two-day Pride festival of 16-17 June, the parade kicks off at noon on Sunday. Marchers and floats will start from Montrose Avenue and then head to Broadway in Uptown. The parade will end near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. 150 contingents are expected on the day. The march will last approximately between two and a half and four hours.Public transportation is your best bet to get there. However, you might want to avoid the Belmont L stop on the Red and Brown Lines as they will be the most crowded on the day.This year’s grand marshal2018 grand marshal is Orlando ‘El Fenomeno’ Cruz, the first openly gay boxer. Cruz came out in 2012 and has since been an active spokesperson for the LGBTI community. Chicago Pride Parade in 1985 | Photo: Wiki eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Chicago Pride Parade will return for its 49th year this Sunday 24 June. The colorful neighborhood of Boystown will get even more vibrant when one of the biggest LGBTI events in the Midwest will take over its streets. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .
Videos | Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben read more July 31, 2014 — A radiation expert from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center can now add innovator and entrepreneur to his list of accomplishments following the conception and development of a new device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for prostate cancer.Understanding that the use of precise and accurate equipment is a prerequisite for good outcomes, Steven Frank, M.D., invented the first permanently implantable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) marker, a novel technology designed to help improve the assessment of prostate cancer patients and post-treatment monitoring. Following FDA approval last fall, MD Anderson began implanting the marker this past March.The idea for the marker came during Frank’s fellowship, when he became interested in using MRI scans for prostate brachytherapy. “Given MRI’s specific capabilities, however, the implanted seeds appeared as ‘black holes’ and couldn’t be clearly seen by physicians. Although the problem wasn’t new, no one was trying to solve it,” he said.After much experimentation, Frank discovered that cobalt-chloride complex contrast (C4) agents lit up on MRI and would eliminate the ‘black hole.’ “By using the marker, radiologists now have a superior ability to adjust radiation dosages appropriately,” said Frank.Although he lacked formal business training, in 2008 Frank founded C4 Imaging LLC to manufacture and market the marker, efforts overseen by a seasoned CEO with industry experience. Frank remains involved, raising funds and securing grants for ongoing research.From the outset, Frank credits mentors at MD Anderson – all veteran scientists and inventors – who helped him navigate the complex FDA regulatory requirements and other protocols.“I found myself balancing a dual career life – one as a practicing physician and another as an entrepreneur. It was challenging,” said Frank, also husband and a father of four daughters. “Throughout the experience, however, I remained positive that this development would improve the quality of care and ultimately offer prostate cancer patients greater chance of survival.”Frank’s story is emblematic of a new trend of physician-scientist-entrepreneurs, who are eager to spur innovation, transform medicine and improve patients’ lives. 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