October 14

Its going to be a hot Indian Summer Secwepemc Women Warriors call

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsMembers of the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society are calling land defenders and warriors to British Columbia, where prominent Secwepemc Ktunaxa land defender Kanahus Manuel was arrested Saturday morning while asserting Secwepemc title and rights and resisting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.At around 10 a.m. Manuel live streamed a visit by RCMP to North Thompson Provincial Park in Secwepemcul’ecu — the unceded Secwepemc territory in what is now interior B.C. — where she and others had reoccupied a former Secwepemc village inside the park.Manuel and her fellow land defenders said their people have never signed a treaty or otherwise collectively given Canada or the province of B.C. permission to settle or use their territory.“Justin Trudeau has left us no choice,” Manuel said in a July 11 press release from the Tiny House Warriors—the name she and other land defenders are using to describe the mobile tiny houses volunteers have built as a feature of their resistance movement.“This pipeline violates our rights and endangers our lands and waters,” she said. “To stop it, we’re reclaiming our ancestral village and bringing our traditions back to life.”Messages for Canada, province, warriorsManuel, a traditional tattoo artist, mother and midwife, led a tattoo gathering at the park last weekend as part of an ongoing effort to celebrate and revive the important tradition. But when the weekend came to a close she and several others stayed.“If Trudeau wants to build this pipeline, he will need to empty this village a second time,” Manuel said in the July 11 statement. “In doing so, he would make continued colonization and cultural genocide part of his legacy of so-called reconciliation.”Watch a video of Kanahus Manual’s arrest here: B.C. Park arrestOn Friday Manuel was served with an eviction notice from B.C. Parks.“How can the province of British Columbia, B.C. provincial parks evict Secwepemc from their own village site,” she said in a Tweet showing the notice, adding “if they choose to remove Secwepemc it would amount to genocide, forceful remove Indigenous Peoples.”The RCMP officers, about an hour after they asked the group to vacate the park Saturday, arrested Kanahus while her sister Mayuk filmed the arrest. Kanahus shouted that the land defenders were already in the process of packing up to leave.Speaking with APTN shortly after her sister’s arrest Saturday, Mayuk said the land defenders, who are part of the Tiny House Warriors movement against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, will move the three tiny houses out of the park and “directly onto the pipeline route.”She also issued a call to warriors across Turtle Island.“I want to let the warriors know that we need their help right now and to make their way to B.C. It’s going to be a hot Indian Summer.”She also addressed federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who she said “has to respect Secwepemc law, and she has to respect Indigenous title and start respecting and acknowledging our Indigenous title.“And to the province,” she continued, “they must change their outdated land policies to reflect [Canada’s] own supreme court rulings that affirm that we have title in our lands, and that our current use and occupation of land is as powerful, and maybe even more powerful, than stones and bones archaeological assessments.”The B.C. NDP won last year’s provincial election on a platform that acknowledged the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2014 Tsilhqot’in decision.“Three years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada set down law on the legal rights of First Nations people in this province,” the platform read. “The message was clear: Aboriginal Title and Rights are a matter of law and justice.“John Horgan’s BC NDP will make reconciliation a cross-government priority.”The province, like Canada, has promised to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, and to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which include the right to self-determination and for Indigenous people to live on their own lands by their own way of life.APTN has reached out to B.C. Premier John Horgan, B.C. Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Scott Fraser, and Wilson-Raybould for comment on the Tiny House Warriors, but none responded by the time of publication.Indigenous resistance in Secwepemcul’ecw and across countryMore than 500 kilometres of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project runs through unceded Secwepemc territory, just the latest industrial project locals say threatens their land and waters, ignores their inherent Aboriginal title to their land and violates their Indigenous rights.While four of the 17 Secwepemc bands established by Canada under the Indian Act have signed agreements to allow the pipeline through their territory, the Secwepemc Women’s Warriors Society and others maintain Kinder Morgan and Canada do not have collective Secwepemc free, prior and informed consent.The Trans Mountain pipeline has faced extreme opposition from the Government of British Columbia and many First Nations whose territories it is scheduled to run through, or whose lands and waters it will impact.If built, the pipeline will transfer up to 890,000 barrels of diluted bitumen from Alberta to Burnaby, three times the amount already flowing from the tar sands to BC’s coast, and lead to a significant increase in tanker traffic in the Salish Sea and coastal waters.Trudeau has staunchly supported the project despite opposition from First Nations in Alberta and B.C., the B.C. government and the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, a coalition of First Nations across the country.“Now is the time to stand beside Indigenous people in support of our timeless struggle to defend Mother Earth,” Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has said.The pipeline also faces a number of legal challenges currently making their way through the courts.Facing a host of uncertainties, Kinder Morgan, the Texas oil giant that owns the pipeline, suspended non-essential spending in early April and announced it would give Canada until the end of May to secure an agreement of the province of BC and secure certainty for the project.In a recent interview with APTN, D.T. Cochrane, an economist and researcher with the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, said Canada’s purchase of the pipeline and its hopes of selling to private investors are “untenable” due to the outstanding issue of Aboriginal title on unceded Secwepemc and other First Nations’ lands.Cochrane said that local Indigenous resistance to the pipeline, which is led by grassroots people and Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies in B.C. and across Canada, makes the project’s “unquantifiable risk” the “death for any potential asset.“If you cannot assess the risk of an asset, you cannot price an asset – so how could investors possibly back that asset?” Cochrane said.“The ancestors are with us”Following her arrest Saturday Manuel was held at an RCMP detachment in the nearby town of Clearwater and later released from custody.Late Saturday evening she posted another Facebook live video, and said she was “being held captive as a prisoner of war here in Canada,” but that she was released on conditions she “signed under duress facing this war against us for our lands and our freedom here in Secwepemcul’ecw.“We are on Highway 5, five kilometres south of Clearwater and we’re asking everybody to join us,” she continued.“We are going to be on the move — we’re stopping pipelines. That’s why we’re here. We are pipeline fighters. We’re land defenders. We’re water protectors. We’re the Indigenous women of this land. We are the title holders to this land. We are the mothers. We are your sister. We are your aunties, and we are your Godmothers.“And we are calling for all of our people who care for our water, those that are serious in stopping the pipeline, to join with the Tiny House Warriors as we…shut this pipeline down.”At a May 2 press conference announcing the Chiefs of Ontario, who represent 133 First Nations in that province, were joining the Treaty Alliance, Squamish Nation councillor Khelsilem predicted the Indigenous-led resistance to Trans Mountain would be big.“I think we’re seeing the beginning of what will become the largest civil disobedience in Canadian history,” he said.Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has indicated that the Trudeau government will not rule out using police or military force to quash resistance to the pipeline.Last month the Edmonton Journal reported former Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge said at an event in Edmonton that “we’re going to have some very unpleasant circumstances,” and that “there are some people that are going to die in protesting construction of this pipeline. We have to understand that.“Nevertheless, we have to be willing to enforce the law once it’s there … It’s going to take some fortitude to stand up.”Manuel and many others maintain Canadian laws used to force unwanted development on unceded Indigenous lands, including the use of force to physically remove Indigenous people from defending their lands and waters, do not respect the Supreme Court of Canada’s own rulings or international law.On Sunday night Manuel signed off her Facebook live stream in saying: “The ancestors are with us as we stop this pipeline and defend everything that is sacred to us.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

October 13

Fire crews extinguish suspected dryer fire in mobile home

first_imgAccording to Blades, the cause of the fire is under investigation but is not considered suspicious. He said that the fire is suspected to have started inside the home’s dryer.The Fire Department was able to get home’s tenants set up with Emergency Social Services assistance since they did not have insurance. Blades said that at this point, it’s not clear whether the home’s owner had insurance, but that the fire department will continue to try and contact the owner.The Fire Department was also busy at around 3:15 Thursday afternoon responding to a transformer fire that occurred in the 9600-block of 103rd Ave. That fire cut power to 32 customers between 103rd and 104th Avenues, and between 94th and 96th Streets for roughly two hours. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire crews in Fort St. John were busy on Wednesday morning extinguishing a fire inside a mobile home.Deputy Fire Chief Darrell Blades said that crews were called out to a report of a fire inside a single-wide mobile home in the Peace Country Mobile Home Park. Upon arrival, crews were able to extinguish the blaze, which had erupted inside the laundry room/washroom area of the home, in a matter of minutes.Blades said that fire damage was contained to the laundry room, while the rest of the mobile home suffered smoke damage and minor water damage. He estimated that value of damage to the home’s contents is estimated at between $15,000 to $20,000.last_img read more

October 12

French Daily Le Monde Hails RAM Flights to Ebola-stricken Countries

Paris – Morocco’s decision to maintain its flights to Ebola-stricken African countries is in line with Rabat’s influential policy in the continent, wrote “Le Monde” newspaper on Wednesday.By keeping its flights to Ebola-stricken countries, Morocco is indisputably wining points as a major and responsible African actor, it said.Noting that stopping flights by several carriers towards countries affected by the epidemic hampers dispatching humanitarian aid, the paper underlined that many African countries, including Guinea, hailed the Moroccan decision. It also recalled that the Moroccan authorities took all necessary measures of precaution at the Kingdom’s access points. read more

October 11

UN reaches 12 million Afghan children with polio vaccine after nearby outbreak

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has vaccinated more than 1.2 million children in Afghanistan against polio after an outbreak of the sometimes deadly disease in neighbouring Tajikistan, where it was thought to have been eradicated nearly one decade ago.Most of the 200 cases reported as of 5 June were near Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan, the target of WHO’s vaccination drive earlier this month.The agency vaccinated more than 1 million children in Tajikistan against polio last month.To guarantee that no child is left unvaccinated in Afghanistan, where health coverage is poor in remote areas, WHO took a four-pronged approach, setting up immunization posts at border crossing points to reach all children travelling between the two countries; carrying out house-to-house visits; setting up mobile clinics; and having fixed teams in hospitals.Afghanistan’s Badakhshan region has been polio-free for some 10 years, making it all the more important to contain possible spill-over effects from outbreaks in neighbouring areas.Polio, sometimes called poliomyelitis, is a highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease, and is often marked by acute flaccid paralysis among sufferers. It has been eradicated from much of the world, but experience shows that the virus can travel far relatively rapidly. 7 June 2010The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has vaccinated more than 1.2 million children in Afghanistan against polio after an outbreak of the sometimes deadly disease in neighbouring Tajikistan, where it was thought to have been eradicated nearly one decade ago. read more

October 11

UN official outlines measures needed to overcome glaring inequalities in Latin America

“Ten out of the fifteen most unequal countries in the world are in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Helen Clark, the UNDP Administrator, addressing the opening session of the 4th Ministerial Forum on Development in Latin America at UN Headquarters in New York. “While the region is not the poorest in the world, it is the most unequal,” she said.Miss Clark gave the reasons for inequality in the region as continuing gaps in the quality of social services and access to them; institutional and regulatory challenges, including insecure property rights and limited access to justice, which affect the poor mostly; and a lack of opportunity for decent work.Miss Clark stressed that countries in the region needed to address inequality through specific public policy instruments, rather than treat it as a by-product of successful poverty reduction programmes.“Those instruments need to reflect the multi-dimensional nature of inequality across the economic, political, and social dimensions, and be designed to reach the poorest and most vulnerable people, including women, indigenous people and Afro-descendants,” she said.The Administrator also spoke of the need to strengthen the capacity to mobilize domestic resources, pointing out that the tax burden among countries in the region ranges from 10 to 23 percentage points lower than the average in other regions of the world, and tax evasion is widespread.“UNDP can assist with designing effective policy in these areas, drawing on the extensive experience gained and knowledge derived from our work around the world and across the development spectrum.”Commenting on the relevance of development assistance to middle income countries, such as those in Latin America, Miss Clark emphasized that the income range within that category remained wide.“Diversity is the key word in describing the group. Therefore, UNDP’s response to addressing the needs of middle income countries should be based on a menu of approaches which can respond to country-specific circumstances.” 6 May 2011Latin America and the Caribbean remains the most socially unequal region in the world, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today, highlighting the measures required to tackle the problem in a region which has made significant strides in reducing poverty. read more

October 7

Nurse convicted of murder found guilty of professional misconduct

UpdatedAn Ontario nurse convicted of killing eight seniors in her care has been found guilty of professional misconduct by the College of Nurses of Ontario.According to the Canadian Press, a five-person disciplinary panel said the case of Elizabeth Wettlaufer involves the most egregious and disgraceful conduct it has ever seen.Last month, Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of eight seniors, attempted murder of four others and two counts of aggravated assault.Wettlaufer admitted to the murders while at a psychiatric hospital in Toronto last year before detailing the crimes to Woodstock Police.She is currently serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years was and was not present at the hearing in Toronto.RELATED STORIESElizabeth Wettlaufer sentenced to life in prisonCalls for an inquiry into how Elizabeth Wettlaufer was able to kill and keep on killingFormer nurse pleads guilty to 8 counts of first-degree murderNew charges laid against former nurse accused of killing 8 seniorsOPP expanding investigation into nurse accused of killing 8 seniors read more

October 7

US postal treaty exit would hurt Canadian ecommerce businesses

MONTREAL — U.S. President Donald Trump’s push to withdraw from an international postal treaty could have a big impact on Canadian e-commerce companies and their American customers.The U.S. threat to exit the Universal Postal Union in October unless more balanced shipping fees with China and other countries can be reached this month means online retailers could see direct-to-consumer delivery prices shoot up.The 145-year-old treaty, which sets the rates that nearly 200 national postal services pay one another to complete deliveries, mandates wealthier countries to pay more than developing countries, including China.Todd Coupland, an analyst at CIBC World Markets, says the Trump administration’s move for the United States Postal Service to set its own rates would affect drop-shipping, which refers to retail deliveries made directly to the buyer from a manufacturer or wholesaler.Many drop-shippers in Canada use Shopify Inc. as their retail platform, meaning a dip in deliveries and more shuttered online storefronts could dent Shopify’s bottom line, which relies on payment-processing fees and user subscriptions.In an email, the U.S. Postal Service says it supports the goals of the Trump administration to secure a more balanced remuneration system for small goods shipments, and that it will not leave the postal treaty if better terms are set before the union’s next meeting in mid-October. Companies in this story: (TSX:SHOP)The Canadian Press read more

October 7

Unifor president says GM could face strike in Canada if trust is

TORONTO — Autoworker union president Jerry Dias says the massive employee strike launched at General Motors in the U.S. today could migrate to Canada next year if trust is not restored.Dias says workers in both countries feel “betrayed” by GM after plant cutbacks and closures on both sides of the border followed pledges to maintain operations.The head of Unifor says strong earnings that included a US$8.1 billion net profit last year should translate into greater loyalty to employees and not layoffs.GM Canada’s Oshawa plant will see the vast majority of its 2,600 unionized employees laid off this year, though initial plans to close it were adjusted to save about 300 of those jobs for a parts operation.A collective agreement between Unifor and the auto giant is set to expire in September 2020.More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers are now on strike against GM in the U.S., bringing more than 50 factories and parts warehouses to a standstill in the union’s first walkout against the no. 1 U.S. automaker in over a decade.Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli says the Ontario government is concerned about the potential impact of the strike on GM’s Canadian operations and the supply chain that delivers auto parts to the company’s U.S. facilities. The minister says he is in regular dialogue with GM Canada and is monitoring the situation closely.— With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Press read more

September 25

History enthusiast spends 100 days making a full scale replica WW1 tank

first_imgStephen Wisdom with his tankCredit:Stephen Wisdom 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. Stephen Wisdom with his tank The historian explained: “Everything we do is targeted towards big historical stories. They’re done just to tell these great stories. If we have these great props that kids can climb all over and see the size of, that’s brilliant. “But they are really important focal points for history teaching because people just appreciate seeing stuff that they can hold, look, at touch, see and learn.” The tank is an exact replica of one used in WW1center_img A historian spent a hundred days building an exact replica of a US WW1 tank in his shed in Norfolk.Stephen Wisdom, who teaches history using props and costumes, took on the painstaking job in December, to make the model tank for the American Museum in Bath, in order to educate the public about the US involvement in World War One.To create the Renault FT, which will be displayed in a new exhibition this month, he bought a “little plastic kit” and simply measured the components with a ruler, then scaled it up.Making the tank was not an easy task; he moulded 1,000 plastic rivets and glued them on himself, as well as hand-painting the model to make it look like metal, even painting it with the exact colour of mud the tank would have been splattered in during the  1918 in which the original machine saw action.Mr Wisdom told The Telegraph he wanted to “tell the really good story” of the American involvement in WW1 “as we tend to focus on the end of the war and British involvement.”He said he wanted to create an exhibit which families would enjoy, explaining many museum displays can be “quite passive.” He said: “When we built the WW1 aeroplane for English Heritage me and my son realised doing dressing up and large props is the best thing you can do for families.”When we did the plane and saw how popular that was, we decided to do a motor show with replica motor cars…we let kids play in them and took them to shows.”I built a driveable, working Bugatti racing car, as well as a green Edwardian racing car for a show I did called motor races.””In the world for what I do, I do a lot of dressing up and costume stuff, professional performing in costume re telling historical stories.The most difficult aspect of building full-size replica historical objects is finding enough storage.The historian explained: “When I was at art college 30 years ago, my lecturer said take my advice, don’t build big stuff as you won’t have room to keep it. He’s right, it’s such a big effort to take the aeroplane, the cars out. The tank is an exact replica of one used in WW1Credit:Stephen Wisdom “That’s why we built the tank, for that wow factor.”Mr Wisdom decided to make full-scale models after he finished art school in 1991, because of his love of history. His first historical model for a museum was a WW1 aeroplane he created for English Heritage.last_img read more

September 25

Croydon cat killer mystery Police claim to have solved case after threeyear

This kitten, Storm, was found headless in Staines - but a police review concluded that foxes often remove the heads of their prey It was one of the most puzzling murder mysteries of the past decade as fearful experts described a serial pet killer who was likely to move on to humans next.A twisted individual intent on murdering family pets left the headless remains of over 400 cats littered around the homes of the stricken owners – seemingly to torment them.However, after three years of investigation and untold amounts of public money spent, the case of the “Croydon cat killer” has finally been closed as police admitted the deaths can be attributed to vehicles and foxes.Police yesterday revealed the majority of the cats suspected to be killed by the “serial killer” were hit by cars before having their heads or tails removed by scavenging foxes.Although police refused to disclose how much money was dedicated to the cause, it was revealed last year that 10 cat autopsies cost the force £7,500. This kitten, Storm, was found headless in Staines – but a police review concluded that foxes often remove the heads of their preyCredit:WESSEX NEWS AGENCY Henny Martineau, head of veterinary forensic pathology at the Royal Veterinary College examined three dead cats, finding puncture wounds consistent with mauling from wildlife as well as fox DNA, and concluded they were hit by cars then scavenged by foxes.For the past three years, the force has meticulously reviewed CCTV footage at the scene of pet deaths after horrified cat owners found their feline companions headless on their doorsteps. In three instances where CCTV was obtained, footage showed foxes carrying bodies or body-parts of cats. The rest show no human involvement.The Metropolitan Police explained: “Following a thorough examination of the available evidence, officers working alongside experts have concluded that hundreds of reported cat mutilations in Croydon and elsewhere were not carried out by a human and are likely to be the result of predation or scavenging by wildlife.” The legend of the Croydon cat killer spread internationally, as police warned he could be practicing to kill humans.Det Sgt Andy Collin, one of the leading officers on the case, said at the time: “There is a known link between serial killers and harming animals.“If you look at offending patterns, the assumption is this killer is getting some form of gratification. “The concern is they will cease getting that gratification and escalate the attacks to humans, specifically vulnerable women and girls.”Animal charities Peta and Outpaced put a £10,000 bounty on “his” head, and offered a description of the man they believed was killing and mutilating cats.He was said to be a white man in his 40s with short brown hair, dressed in dark clothing, possibly with acne scarring to his face. They advised that he may be wearing a headlamp or carrying a torch.South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL), the charity which helped bring the “Croydon cat killer” to national attention, said it was “surprised” by the police announcement.A spokesperson added: “We consider that the evidence we have gathered over the last three years does indicate human involvement and there is expert opinion to back this up.” Scotland Yard announced that there was no evidence for human involvement, after a leading veterinarian reviewed six cat autopsies. While initial post-mortems by veterinary pathologists indicated that sharp objects were used to mutilate the corpses of cats which died by blunt force trauma, police concluded this was probably not the case after further investigation. 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. read more

September 21

Sony introduces a battery capable of powering a small data center

first_imgThe earthquake and tsunami in Japan back in March this year has understandably led to some new tech products being introduced to help in case it ever happens again. One such product from Sony aims to keep a small data center running long after the power has gone down.The Sony ESSP-2000 is one giant battery and UPS in one. It can store up to 2.4kWh of power and supports a maximum load of 1000VA. Charging time is impressive considering the backup power on offer here, and it can achieve 95% charge in just two hours. Sony also decided to use olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate batteries in order to guarantee 10 years of optimal performance.Such a unit could keep a rack of servers going for a short period of time at least. Or you could scale back and just keep a PC going for a long time, possibly even seeing you through an extended power outage.This level of backup power doesn’t come cheap though, and certainly isn’t lightweight. The unit weighs 90kg and has dimensions of 49 x 61 x 75cm. Buying one will cost you a cool 2 million yen (US$25,700). Still, if getting an extra few hours of power would make all the difference then the investment may be worth it.This clearly isn’t something for the home user unless access to a PC really is essential to you making it through an power outages, or a lack of mains power is something you have to deal with on a regular basis.Read more at Sony Japan (translated), via Akihabaranewslast_img read more

September 21

Guilty of one punch manslaughter

first_imgBrazilian Lucio Stein Rodrigues, 34, was killed after he was hit in the early hours of 3 November 2013 outside Scruffy Murphy’s Hotel in Sydney’s CBD. One punch by Nicholas Lambaditis, 35, was enough to cause a fall backwards, with the victim’s head smashing into the pavement.Rodrigues underwent emergency surgery in St Vincent’s Hospital, but his life support was turned off just over two days after the fatal blow. Lambaditis was charged with murder and his trial took place at the NSW Supreme Court. The defendant pleaded guilty to manslaughter over the one punch death, which was accepted by the crown.According to Lambaditis, an unknown male had provoked him on the bustling footpath before he took a swing at Rodrigues. CCTV footage in fact showed Lambaditis striking Eric Howard with both his palms open, which led to him falling back. Rodrigues, in an attempt to intervene and help his friend, almost received another punch by Lambaditis who then took another go, swinging at him with a closed fist. Luana Torres, the lawyer representing Rodrigues’ family, expressed their disappointment over the outcome, hoping his sentencing in June will help the family bring closure to the story.“Each case has to be decided on the available evidence and that is very much what happened here today,” Ms Torres told the press outside the court.“Essentially it means the person who took their loved one away from them will not face a murder charge.” She stressed the deceased was very much loved by his community and his family, who are immensely saddened by the news.“A few seconds changed the course of many people’s lives,” she continued.“It is our hope and prayer that his death was not in vain and that situations like this will be prevented in future.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

September 20

La kétamine est efficace contre des dépressions résistantes

first_imgLa kétamine est efficace contre des dépressions résistantesL’anesthésiant, largement détourné en drogue récréative, est capable de lutter contre des formes de dépressions particulièrement résistantes. La kétamine a un effet dès 24 heures et il perdure pendant au moins une semaine. Aucun patient n’a souffert de complications dans cette étude très contrôlée. Ce n’est pas parce que certains produits sont interdits à la vente qu’ils n’intéressent pas les chercheurs. Connue du grand public comme drogue récréative, la kétamine est à l’origine un anesthésiant dont l’usage a été largement détourné dans les milieux festifs. Malgré cette mauvaise réputation, une équipe de l’école de médecine Icahn de Mount Sinai a découvert que la kétamine peut soigner d’importantes dépressions résistantes aux traitements. Ces travaux seront présentés lundi 20 mai lors d’une conférence de l’association psychiatrique américaine.Non contente d’être efficace, la molécule surnommée spécial-k agit en seulement 24 heures. 72 patients atteints de dépressions graves ont été choisis. Tous ont précédemment été traités par au moins deux médicaments différents sans voir leur état s’améliorer. Ils ont été séparés en deux groupes : le premier a reçu une injection intraveineuse de kétamine pendant 40 minutes tandis que les autres ont reçu un placébo actif, du midazolam. Ce dernier a des propriétés anesthésiantes comme la kétamine mais n’est pas un antidépresseur.Aucune complicationTous les patients ont été interviewés 24 heures plus tard, puis une semaine après l’injection. Le lendemain 63,8% des personnes traitées à la kétamine se sentaient mieux, contre 28% pour le groupe placébo. Au bout d’une semaine, le taux de réponse était de 45,7% dans le premier groupe, contre 18,2% dans le second. Les effets de la kétamine sont donc en plus relativement durables. Aucun patient n’a eu de complications.”L’utilisation de midazolam comme placebo actif nous a permis de déterminer séparément les effets antidépresseurs de la kétamine, en excluant tout effet anesthésiant, explique James Murrough, professeur assistant en psychiatrie à Mount Sinai. La kétamine continue de se montrer prometteuse en tant que nouvelle option de traitement pour des patients atteints de formes sévères et résistantes de dépression.””Un potentiel important”Ces cas graves sont dus à une rupture de communication entre les cellules nerveuses, un phénomène normalement contrôle par les neurotransmetteurs. Mais alors que les antidépresseurs “classiques” agissent sur les inhibiteurs sélectifs de la recapture de sérotonine, la kétamine agit sur la glutamine.”Les dépressions majeures sont parmi les maladies les plus courantes et les plus couteuses du monde, ajoute Dennis Charney, lui aussi médecin à Mount Sinai. Pourtant nous sommes actuellement en manque de traitements pour alléger ce fardeau. Il y a besoin urgent pour des thérapies nouvelles et rapides et la kétamine montre un potentiel important pour combler ce vide.”Le 19 mai 2013 à 13:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 15

Airline pilots claim they saw UFO moving at very high speed

first_imgThe Associated Press contributed to this report.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Multiple airline pilots in the sky over Ireland reported UFO sightings last week.Air traffic control audio logs indicate that at least four pilots from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic encountered at least one “very bright” unidentified flying object that disappeared at a “very high speed,” according to a CNN report.One pilot who spotted the object asked air traffic control in Shannon if there was military activity in the area and was told there was not. The pilot reportedly said in response, “We saw a bright light and it just disappeared at a very high speed.”Another pilot described the speed of the objects as “absolutely astronomical,” comparing it to Mach 2 level.The Irish Aviation Authority said Tuesday it was looking into the “unusual air activity..”“The report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process,” the authority said in a statement.When asked about the sightings, an aviation expert told the Irish Examiner that the objects were likely “meteorites” based on the “low trajectory” in which they traveled. last_img read more

September 11

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Senior Centers June Newsletter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Read the Wilmington Senior Center’s June2018 Newsletter HERE.Highlights from the latest “Buzzell Buzz” include:Notes from Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello, including news about the center’s first ever Game Night on June 21; a new Bridge Group; and a new Walking Group that meets at Yentile Farm.Information about upcoming events, including: The Moving Wall; Special Homebound Meal; Line Dancing Class; Walking Group; Book Club; Tai Chi; Caregivers Support Group; Center’s Annual Cookout; Gloucester Lobster Cruise; Bocce; and Summer Fun Day.Information about: Birthdays, Condolences, Guess Who Contest?, and Get Well Wishes.The Senior Center’s June Calendar of EventsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s July NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

September 2

4 Tips For Apartment Hunting In Houston

first_img X 00:00 /15:33 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Milly Eaton/Pexels.com center_img Listen Looking for an apartment in Houston can be a daunting task, and some might not even know where to start. Short of getting recommendations from friends or looking up reviews online, what can you do? That’s where an apartment locator comes in.Sometimes called apartment brokers, apartment locators are essentially real estate agents that help clients look for apartments using parameters like budget, number of bedrooms, and other amenities to narrow down a list of possible choices.Ty Counts is one such apartment locator, a lifelong Houstonian who has been working in the field for more than 20 years. In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn talks with him about his work, and here’s some simple advice he has for Houston apartment hunters:Courtesy – Ty CountsHouston apartment locator Ty Counts.1. Don’t move in the summer. If you can avoid it, the summer is the busiest time of year for moving as Counts says many people — from college and medical students to families — make their moves in conjunction with the school calendar. He says he has between 400 and 500 active clients during the summer and only 200 to 300 at any other time during the year. Counts says he makes around half of his annual income in the 120-day period from May to August.2. Move around the holidays. Counts says the apartment market is dead from Thanksgiving to Christmas and during the winter months. Fewer people are moving so apartment complexes are more motivated to attract renters. And, if you sign a one-year lease at that time of year, you’ll reap those same benefits when you go to renew your lease the following winter.3. Live in an apartment built after 2001. He gets lots of inquiries from people moving to Houston from out of town wondering if a certain apartment complex or area will flood. If flooding is a big concern, he says one simple factor to consider is when a structure was built. Things built after Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, he says, tend to be better constructed to avoid or withstand flooding. Another way to stay safe is to live on the second floor or higher — although that doesn’t mean your car wont flood if you’re parked on the street.4. Crime is random. While an apartment locator and different websites can show you information about what crimes have happened where, ultimately none of that is a guarantee you wont be a victim.Joshua Zinn/Houston Public MediaApartment locator Ty Counts uses special software to narrow down potential residences for a client. Sharelast_img read more

August 31

No tax hike no new ones Upadhyay

first_imgRejecting all tax ‘hike and new tax’ proposals by the three municipal commissioners in the city, Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay on Thursday said that civic bodies cannot be made ‘earning units’ of the government.‘We are against any-type of tax hike or new taxes. The civic bodies should levy taxes but not burden them as they are already facing price rise in the city,’ said Upadhyay, rejecting the tax proposals and tax hikes by the three civic bodies in the city. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe commissioners of North MCD, South MCD, East MCD had proposed 45 to 50 percent hike in property taxes on the basis of consumer price index, doubling one time parking charge and levying new taxes like professional tax, and naming fee. ‘The obligatory functions of the civic bodies are to provide basic civic amenities to the citizens- like primary education, primary health and sanitation. The government should provide budget to the civic bodies as these services are not charged,’ he added. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrested‘We are of the view that civic bodies should bring more tax payers under the tax net. The hike in tax rates or levying new taxes would be a burden on honest tax payers,’ said Subhash Arya, chairman of standing committee in South MCD. ‘We will direct the commissioners to bring maximum tax payable citizens under existing tax net and prevent leakage of revenue by strict implementation of tax collection,’ added Arya, the veteran councillor who is also considered to be the voice of BJP on civic matters. Presently, around one third properties in the city are paying property taxes to the civic bodies and two more sources of income — outdoor advertisement and parking; are also in the control of mafias. In addition, the corporations have several vacant plots which the commissioners have been promising to redevelop as commercial complexes since past three years but no vein.last_img read more

August 15

HARP 20 Continues to Progress Throughout the Industry

first_imgHARP 2.0 Continues to Progress Throughout the Industry Share As the new version of the “”Home Affordable Refinance Program””:www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/programs/lower-rates/…/harp.aspx takes effect, lenders large and small are joining the government’s effort to boost assistance to underwater homeowners. HARP 2.0, which went into implementation on December 1, has already garnered support from the country’s four major financial institutions and companies like “”United Wholesale Mortgage””:www.uwmco.com/.[IMAGE]To start the fourth-quarter of the year, “”Bank of America Corp.””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/, “”JPMorgan Chase & Co.””:www.jpmorganchase.com/, “”Citigroup, Inc.””:www.citigroup.com/, and “”Wells Fargo & Company””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ each confirmed their commitment to the initiative. The banks cited the “”cross-servicing refinancing”” components as one of the key measures within HARP 2.0, and Chase informed investors that the updated guidelines could save its customers as much as $2,500 per year. The company went on to explain to those invested that the rep and warranty waiver under the cross-servicing provisions would relieve the new lender from assuming responsibility for any underwriting deficiencies, and Chase also elaborated on the program’s replacement plan, which lets adjustable-rate and interest-only loans with standard fixed interest rates to be replaced by HARP.Both Citi and Wells Fargo weighed in with their support for HARP 2.0, with each company issuing an affirmative statement welcoming the updates. Wells Fargo’s spokesperson, Veronica Clemons, expressed the entity’s tentative forward progress under HARP 2.0, noting that the company would like more information on the program, saying, “”it will take us some time ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô depending on the complexity of the guidelines ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô to make the necessary systems changes to begin offering the new enhancements to our customers.””Meanwhile, BofA released a statement revealing similar sentiment, stating, “”Despite ongoing economic challenges, nearly 90 percent of our customers remain current on their mortgage. HARP helps these homeowners who remain current on their mortgage with options to lower their monthly payment when, otherwise, conventional funding options are limited.””Smaller companies, including UWM, are quickly getting on board with HARP 2.0, and UWM has already successfully implemented the necessary changes to accommodate the government’s enhancements to the plan. UWM’s president, Mat Ishbia, said of the company’s compliance measures, “”Access to HARP 2.0 provides much needed relief to underwater borrowers who have been making their payments but unable to refinance due to lack of equity in their homes.””Continuing his commentary, Ishbia added, “”The recent change to HARP is something we wanted to make available to our broker network so they may assist borrowers that they otherwise could not have helped. There are very few lenders that have implemented HARP 2.0 thus far, and we don’t expect to see immediate adoption because of the technology, staffing,[COLUMN_BREAK]and liquidity implications. At UWM, we are committed to offering our customers the products they need to satisfy marketplace demands and grow their business.””On Capitol Hill, Fannie Mae ended December with the decision to alleviate the burden on lenders to establish a borrower’s ability to repay a loan when utilizing the HARP 2.0 channel. According to Barclays Capital, Fannie chose to make the adjustment following the realization that the ability to pay clause within the updated program was limiting the scope of eligible loans. As it stands now, Fannie mandates that no debt-to-income evaluation is required for refinancing that occurs under HARP 2.0, provided that the homeowners payments increase by less than 20 percent. The additional changes follow lender push-back against HARP 2.0.””Barclays””:group.barclays.com/ spoke out on the alterations in a company statement, writing, “”Lenders argue that lack of clarity on what reasonable ability precisely means could expose lenders to indemnification liability in the event that the loan defaults. Though the GSEs (government-sponsored enterprises) have indicated that this clause exists to ensure prudent underwriting judgment and efficient choice between HARP and HAMP, lenders view this as a significant risk.””Extending the entity’s notations on lenders’ abilities to underwrite loans solely on payment history and a verbally verified income statement, Barclays added, “”The removal of the subjective ‘ability to pay’ criteria could result in lenders becoming more comfortable with the potentially lower indemnification liabilities. This could lower the threshold for refinancing loans and lead to a boost in refis.””Releasing its forecast on the future of HARP 2.0, “”CoreLogic””:www.corelogic.com/ recently predicted who the “”winners”” and “”losers”” would be within the plan. Chiefly, CoreLogic pointed out that, among at risk borrowers, the program’s current payment clause would be a significant blockade to the success of HARP 2.0Mark Fleming, CoreLogic’s chief economist, specifically referenced states like Nevada and Florida in the company’s survey, stating that in those regions, the GSE portfolio of holdings is several percentage points lower than the national average. Fleming said, “”It’s not surprising that where insufficient and negative equity is concentrated is also where delinquency levels are higher. Therefore, the HARP 2.0 requirement that the borrower must be current reduces eligibility in many of the areas where negative equity presents the biggest impediment to refinancing.””Continuing his statements, Fleming noted his opinion that HARP 2.0 is a strong positive move for the GSEs and originators. Fleming cited the reduction in default risk inherent for the GSEs, as well as the inevitable rise in origination volume for lenders conducting the refinancing transactions.However, Fleming was clear with his evaluation of HARP 2.0’s ultimate influence on the broader housing market, calling for effects that are likely to be “”neutral.”” He also stated that he doesn’t believe that there will be much direct and immediate benefit to the markets, regarding borrowers who are already delinquent.In closing, Fleming summed up the slow national recovery for housing, saying wisely, “”There are no silver bullets that will solve the issues facing the housing and mortgage markets, only solutions that play their small part. In the end, the best solution will be a stronger economy and the passing of time.”” Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Citigroup Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Investors JPMorgan Chase Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Wells Fargo 2011-12-23 Abby Gregorycenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology December 23, 2011 438 Views last_img read more

August 15

Affordability Concerns Extend to Rentals

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, journal, Market Studies, News Affordability HotPads rentals roommates Single-Family Rental Zillow 2018-03-12 Staff Writer Share Affordability Concerns Extend to Rentalscenter_img March 12, 2018 526 Views According to analysis from San Francisco-based HotPads, which is owned by Zillow Group Inc.,  renters can save 45 percent per month by sharing a two-bedroom apartment with a roommate, as compared to living alone in a one-bedroom apartment.The study indicates that monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment averages $1,486; the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,650. That breaks down to $825 per renter. Consequently, renters can save $661 per month if they share a two-bedroom apartment.That savings varies from city to city and region to region. Among the nation’s 10 largest cities, the savings is greater in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Houston, and Miami; it is lower in Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.Median rents in most of those cities exceed the national median, but that doesn’t always mean greater savings. Renters in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where the median rent is higher than it is nationally, can expect to save more than $1,000 per month. The median rent in Washington, D.C., also exceeds the national median, but the average monthly savings in that city is $628.Renters in Philadelphia, where the median rent is lower than the national average, can expect to save less than the average, but the figures indicate that sharing living space still saves money.That is significant in an environment in which rent went up more than 2 percent in 2017 and is expected to go up another 1.5 percent this year, according to Zillow’s January rent forecast. Zillow reports that renters account for 37 percent of American households, but only one in five renters in the United States lives with a roommate.last_img read more

August 9

Foreign ambassadors talk energy bilateral relations

first_imgThe Cyprus issue, bilateral and trilateral cooperation, and energy was discussed on Wednesday at a roundtable discussion between foreign ambassadors and representatives of overseas Cypriots in Nicosia.The discussion was addressed by British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd, US ambassador Kathleen Doherty and Israeli ambassador Yael Ravia-Zadok.Kidd spoke of the deadlock over security and guarantees that brought an end to Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana last month saying the UK’s position in that discussion was very clear “that we did not think that a military response was the right best way of addressing the concerns that the two communities currently have”.“It was the first time when the two sides and the three guarantor powers spent significant time together looking at what the future of security and guarantees in a reunited Cyprus would look like and that exposure to each other in itself has changed the atmosphere, the network of relationships within which future work will have to be conducted, in a really important way,” said Kidd.He rejected the notion that Britain tried to force the Cyprus government to accept free movement of Turkish citizens in Cyprus, post-solution. Kidd said that Britain’s role was “to support, not to lead, not to impose” and noted that only the two leaders had the responsibility to recommend to their people that an agreement is good enough.US Ambassador, Kathleen Doherty said that during the talks there had been a lot of disagreements on many different elements.Doherty said that the US continued to talk about Cyprus with the EU, London, Athens, Ankara and to raise the importance of Cyprus and of a potential solution here. “We still very much believe in a bizonal bicommunal federation as a US Government and we hope that in some way we can get the talks back on track,” she said.On energy, Doherty expressed Washington’s satisfaction with the licensing of Exxon Mobil has to conduct explorations in Cyprus’ EEZ. “We hope there is a significant find here of gas, Exxon Mobil’s block is the one that is closest to the Zhor field in Egypt,” she said while reiterating that “Cyprus has the right to develop and exploit its EEZ”.Doherty also said the US was pleased with the increase in trilateral cooperation among countries of the region.Yael Ravia-Zadok, the Ambassador of Israel said bilateral relations were in a good place and that the trilateral cooperation went “far beyond statements and declarations”.“There is a list of areas of cooperation that are translated to technical meetings, that we already held and are being planned to be held in order to develop this platform,” she said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more