Amendments to Cellphone Legislation

first_img allowing customers to have a 15-day trial period to ensure the service meets their needs providing caps on monthly charges: $100 for roaming and $50 for overage charges rules governing prepaid service contracts requiring companies to allow customers to unlock their phones at a specified price The cyberbullying provision will move to the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, helping the Department of Justice’s cyber safety initiatives. Cellphone service providers will continue to provide educational materials to customers that support responsible cellphone use. Nova Scotians will be protected under provincial cellphone rules until June, when the federal Wireless Code applies to all contracts. Cellphone users in Nova Scotia will have broader protection when a new federal Wireless Code applies to all cellphone contracts on June 3, 2015. Currently, the federal Wireless Code only applies to contracts that start on or after Dec. 1, 2013. In June, it will apply to all cellphone contracts, no matter when they began. Because of this, provincial provisions, which only apply to contracts made on or after May 1, 2013, will no longer be needed, and will be repealed when the federal code covers all cellphone contracts. Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey introduced amendments to the Consumer Protection Act today, Oct. 23, which will allow the cellphone legislation to be repealed and amend the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act to preserve protections against cyberbullying. The federal Wireless Code covers areas addressed in the provincial legislation with a few updates, which include:last_img read more

Victoria Beckham To Sell Clothing For Charity

first_imgVictoria Beckham and THE OUTNET.COM have partnered to sell more than 600 items of her clothing in aid of the charity, mothers2mothers.THE OUTNET.COM, with the support of Christie’s who valued the items, will host the sale online from August 20th-25th, 2014.Video: Victoria Beckham & THEOUTNET.COM present a Charity Sale for mothers2mothersIn February this year, following an invitation from Anna Wintour and American Vogue to visit South Africa, Victoria met with mothers2mothers (m2m) founder Dr. Mitch Besser. The charity trains, employs and empowers Mentor Mothers, who are mothers living with HIV, in order to educate them on how to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies and improve the health of women and their families. Victoria was so moved by the experience that she wanted to do all she could to raise money and awareness.“After spending just a few days with these remarkable women and learning more about the charity from Mitch, and his lovely wife Annie Lennox, I wanted to do as much as I could,” said Victoria. “It really was a life-changing experience; I’ve never experienced anything like it.”Victoria felt that a sale of items from her wardrobe could be an incredibly powerful way to raise both money and awareness. With help from her mother and sister, Victoria carefully selected iconic pieces from her wardrobe – pieces from her early days with the Spice Girls, that she wore out with David Beckham, and from catwalk appearances, parties, awards shows and other events that have been heavily documented and photographed by the world’s press.“I laughed a lot when we were going through my wardrobe as the pieces hold so many happy memories for me, David and the children,” said Victoria. “A lot of the clothes have been specially designed for me by the most talented designers and I’ve loved wearing them, however I now feel it’s someone else’s turn to enjoy them.“We approached THE OUTNET.COM, part of The NET-A-PORTER Group, as they have an incredible global reputation and are the perfect partner for us to build awareness and raise as much money as possible for mothers2mothers.”THE OUTNET.COM will be selling the items as a private online sale. The pieces include hats, shoes, bags and jewelry, designer ready-to-wear, costume pieces, coats, skiwear and evening dresses. Interested customers must register at THE OUTNET.COM from August 5th for a chance to shop the collection.As a special treat for Victoria Beckham fans and THE OUTNET.COM customers, an auction of 10 of the most iconic pieces from Victoria’s wardrobe will be put up for sale in a ‘Going, Going, Gone’ reverse auction, where the Starting Price reduces by a fixed amount every five minutes – which makes for very exciting shopping on the site. Pieces such as the full length, white Dolce & Gabbana dress worn for the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and the fluorescent yellow Roberto Cavalli gown worn for the pre-World Cup party in 2006 at David and Victoria Beckham’s country house will be part of the auction.“We are honored and extremely grateful to Victoria Beckham and THE OUTNET.COM for their very generous support of mothers2mothers. The funds that are raised will help mothers2mothers’ Mentor Mothers reach even more HIV-positive mothers with critical health education and support, to stay healthy and protect their babies from HIV infection. HIV infections in children and maternal and infant deaths from AIDS are unnecessary and unacceptable. With the right education and empowerment, no baby should ever be born with HIV and no mother should die of AIDS. I’m sure everyone will have lots of fun shopping such a fashion treasure trove, and we’d like to thank those who do for joining us to eliminate HIV/AIDS in children and keep their mothers alive.’ -
Dr. Mitch Besser, Founder, mothers2mothersThe Victoria Beckham Charity Sale for mothers2mothers will be available exclusively at www.theoutnet.com/vbcharitysale from August 20th-25th, 2014.last_img read more

Moroccan Parents Complain of High Private School Textbook Prices

Rabat- The new school year has come with more costs for Moroccan parents who complain of “expensive” school textbooks.Summer and Eid al-Adha holidays have ended and the 2018-2019 academic year will officially start on Wednesday, September 5, for both public and private schools in Morocco.This year, parents with children in private schools complain of the “high prices” of school textbooks. In previous years, private school textbooks typically did not exceed a total of MAD 2,000 or 2,800 per student for primary and secondary levels. The total prices of textbooks now costs approximately MAD 1,600 for private primary schools and MAD 2,500 for middle schools. Textbooks, notebooks, and other school accessories combined can cost as much as MAD 3,000 to 4,000  for high school.A librarian explained to Moroccan news outlets Le 360 that the French textbooks are more expensive than the Arabic books because they are imported.As for public schools, the cost of primary school textbooks ranges from MAD 600 to 700. It costs MAD 1,000 for middle school and MAD 1,300 for high school.According to 2017-2018 school year statistics from Minister of Education Said Amzazi, Moroccan private schools receive only 14 percent of the country’s students. While over 6 million students go to public schools, just under 1 million go to private schools.Increased tuition fees in private school The rise in prices does not only affect textbooks but tuition fees also.  According to Moroccan daily Al Massae, some private schools across the country increased tuition fees by 25 to 30 percent.The outlet claims that some private schools refuse to register students with grades lower than 14 out of 20 because the students would “affect their image.”The start of school year follows shortly after Eid al-Adha (festival of sacrifice) when Moroccan Muslim families bought sheep or goats to slaughter. The price of a sheep ranges from MAD 1,500 to MAD 5,000. The period is difficult for many families since school fees and Eid expenses drain their finances. read more

Energy sector helps lift stocks in Toronto US stock markets also move

Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Gains in the energy sector helped Canada’s main stock index edge higher in late-morning trading.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.04 points at 16,244.28.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 17.36 points at 26,022.19.The S&P 500 index was up 4.03 points at 2,883.87, while the Nasdaq composite was up 25.32 points at 7,818.04.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.04 cents US compared with an average of 75.17 cents US on Wednesday.The July crude contract was up US$1.56 at US$52.70 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was down 3.2 cents at US$2.35 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up US$3.90 at US$1,340.70 an ounce and the July copper contract was up 0.4 of a cent at US$2.66 a pound. The Canadian Press read more

Changes coming to HSR in wake of scandal

There are changes coming in the senior ranks at the Hamilton Street Railway. They’re coming in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal where the HSR has been described as an old boys club that will sweep problems under the rug. The changes were announced late last night.They say that the problems are system wide, that the transit system, known as the HSR, has a poisoned culture that previously allowed for employees to act inappropriately while managers turned a blind eye. But they are hoping that this is the beginning of change.Many drivers we spoke with talked about a problem with the culture, but this has tended to focus on a specific case. The city managers office did not return calls about how many complaints for harassment that the city has received.

New voice for Indigenous students

A new student trustee hopes to use her position to educate others about Indigenous culture.Ashley Cattrysse, a Grade 12 student at Waterford District High School, has been named indigenous student trustee for the Grand Erie District School Board.“I thought it would be a good idea to take the position because I have two younger brothers and I want to give them a chance to learn about their culture,” Cattrysse said on Monday afternoon.Her goal is to take what people are interested in and educate them in the Indigenous background of those interests. As an example, she explains that when gym classes play lacrosse students could be taught about where the sport originated.Cattrysse is also interested in art and plans on suggesting Indigenous art history as a subject in pre-existing art classes.The student trustees attend board meetings and provide a voice for the students they represent.Cattrysse hopes other students will feel comfortable enough to approach her with ideas she can then take to the GEDSB meetings.“I have noticed a lot of avoidance of Native history and the problems they faced. I had a project on residential schools and none of the other students knew what that was. I don’t think it’s being taught as much as it should be,” Cattrysse said while sitting in the cafeteria at WDHS.She plans on starting small with changes in her own school, with the goal of other GEDSB schools following the example.Cattrysse heard about the trustee position from her French teacher, who told her it would be a good opportunity.She is just the second student appointed as Indigenous student trustee with the GEDSB. The post was created in 2018.There are two other student trustees within the school board, one represents the north half of the board and the other represents the south.Student trustees are in the positions for the school year, usually starting in September.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

UN food agency warns of rising malnutrition among Palestinians

“The total blockade of the West Bank and Gaza Strip has paralyzed the Palestinian economy, which is so vulnerably dependent on Israel and already severely weakened by frequent border closures, to such an extent that it is now in a deep recession, with millions of people severely impoverished and extremely food insecure,” FAO said in a special alert, which was issued in Rome.Reporting rising levels of malnutrition, the agency cited recent estimates of a 10.4 per cent increase in the incidence of low birth weights and a 52 per cent increase in the stillbirth rate in the West Bank. Reports also indicate that many homes are now without water and electricity, and what little food the Palestinians have is rotting.The alert voiced “serious concern” about the on-going large-scale destruction of Palestinian infrastructure – including farm assets such as stores, irrigation systems, greenhouses, water facilities and orchards – as well as the removal of topsoil from an estimated 8,000 hectares of land.FAO said that by severely restricting Palestinian access to international markets, Israel has become virtually the sole supplier of food to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with the country accounting for more than 95 per cent of Gaza’s total agricultural imports and almost 100 per cent of its exports. Under those circumstances, the agency pointed out that “border closures have extreme consequences for the food security of the Palestinian people.” The alert also raises concern over Israel’s confiscation of agricultural land and water resources. According to FAO, freshwater resources available to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip amount to 112 cubic metres per person a year, compared to 377 cubic metres for Israel.The agency, which has been unable to conduct a long-planned assessment mission to the territories because of security concerns, warned that “all available information points to a major catastrophe under way in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.” read more

Kosovo UN envoy says Balkan border security needed to boost economy

“We all need more jobs,” the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Michael Steiner, told the Regional Conference on Border Security and Management in Ohrid, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. “You may ask whether this is connected to border security. It definitely is: jobs need investment; investment needs confidence; confidence needs security; and security needs safe borders and boundaries.”The UNMIK chief added that without secure borders, it would not be possible to stamp out smuggling and the trafficking of arms and drugs. “Extremist and criminal gangs co-operate across the region and beyond. If we are to defeat them, so must we,” he added.The two-day conference brought together leaders of the western Balkans and the international community in an effort to strengthen regional cooperation in order to combat smuggling, human trafficking and terrorism. It was hosted by the Government of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and co-organized with the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe and the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO). read more

Kezia Dugdale denies her leadership is in crisis over partys civil war

first_imgShe added: “Labour votes in Aberdeen yesterday were used to put the Tories into administration and I think that should say something to everybody who might be considering voting Labour in the future – that if you vote Labour, you often don’t get Labour, you get the Tories and that is the reality.”Perhaps Kezia Dugdale will want to take the opportunity of just making it clear that the suspensions of the Aberdeen councillors yesterday won’t miraculously be waved away after June 8.”Ms Dugdale confirmed later that coalition deals with the SNP had been approved in Fife, Scotland’s third biggest local authority, and rejected in Edinburgh, where she expected the proposal to be resubmitted.Despite being engulfed in the crisis just three weeks from the general election, she insisted that her leadership had not been undermined. aberdeen The SEC has a veto over coalition agreements and will only approve those with an anti-austerity agenda. Earlier in the week Perth and Kinross’s only Labour councillor quit the new Tory-led coalition as a result.Meanwhile, the Conservatives challenged Labour general election candidates in Aberdeen to say whether they agree with Ms Dugdale’s decision to suspend the group.The Tories said that over the last five years the previous Labour-Conservative-Independent administration had delivered the £250million Aberdeen City Region Deal, £300m exhibition and conference centre, a £22m bridge over the River Don and raised £370million for local infrastructure investment. kezia dugdale Labour hierarchy is at war with councillors in AberdeenCredit:Getty Asked if the actions of the Aberdeen group had undermined her and the party, she said: “No, because I’ve been very clear that they don’t act as Labour councillors when they’re passing on Tory cuts in Aberdeen.”The row between the party hierarchy and the Aberdeen nine is all the more remarkable as Labour and the Tories have been involved in coalition in the city for several years.center_img Barney Crockett, one of the suspended councillors who was appointed Lord Provost as part of the coalition deal on Wednesday, told BBC Radio Scotland the council had been run by a Labour-Conservative coalition since 2012, which had “done very well for the city”.He also said he was confident of showing that the deal would “certainly not” lead to more austerity, and said he was sure that would be accepted by the national party.He added: “I think that we’ll work through it and I’m confident we will be back in Labour very soon.”We are still Labour councillors through and through and I am sure everything is going to be rectified and we will be in good order very soon.”Ms Dugdale insisted coalitions with the Tories and the SNP were being treated the same way, would each be considered on their own merits and would be rejected if they threatened to pass on austerity or failed to guard against compulsory redundancies.She claimed Labour was only in the position of discussing coalitions because the Tories and the SNP had previously ruled out going into coalition together in a “petty political manoeuvre”. Kezia Dugdale at First Minister’s QuestionsCredit:PA Kezia Dugdale has been forced to deny her leadership is in crisis after Nicola Sturgeon claimed Scottish Labour was in “meltdown” as civil war erupted between its leadership and its councillors.The First Minister taunted the Labour leader after party chiefs suspended nine councillors who struck a deal with the Conservatives to form a coalition in Aberdeen and lock the SNP out of power.Labour’s ruling Scottish executive committee had earlier rejected the terms of the deal and when the party’s group on Aberdeen City Council went ahead regardless and were all suspended.It also emerged yesterday that officials have banned a second council group in West Lothian from doing a deal with the Tories.In noisy exchanges at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon said Labour was “in disarray, in civil war and in meltdown”. 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.last_img read more

Sun shines on Newmont Goldcorps sustainability efforts

first_imgNewmont Goldcorp has published its 2018 sustainability report, which has shown why the company continues to rank near the top of several indices measuring mining companies’ global footprint.The company, which completed the acquisition of Goldcorp only last week, shared several insights into its sustainability goals and achievements in the report, with its solar energy success notable.Last year, the company installed a new solar plant at its Akyem gold mine in Ghana. The 120 kW plant, which has four of Cambridge Energy Partners’ Nomad solar PV trackers included, will power the camp and mess hall during daylight hours, Newmont Goldcorp said.“It has a 25-year asset life and is redeployable, so it can be disassembled and moved to another location at closure,” the company said.Initial data has shown measurable cost, environmental and social benefits, according to the gold miner. Over five months, the plant produced more than 75,000 kWh of solar energy, resulting in a reduction of more than 32,000 kg of CO2, it said, adding that the plant is expected to produce energy at half the cost of grid power.On top of this, the miner said it was negotiating with Ghana’s Volta River Authority on a purchase power agreement for 8 MW of solar power.In Nevada, US, meanwhile, the company’s Phoenix mine installed solar arrays that will generate a total of 10 kW of power for two wireless communications sites.Additional solar projects are under evaluation at Tanami (Australia), which completed the construction of a natural gas project recently, and the Merian mine in Suriname, the company said.These current projects are just some of the initiatives the company has put in place at its operations.As of the end of 2018, the company said it had reduced our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 11.7% compared with its 2013 baseline. This is around 70% of its public target to reduce GHG emissions intensity by 16.5% (compared with 2013) by 2020. These numbers do not include any data from Goldcorp.Completion of the Tanami power project in Australia is expected to reduce its GHG emissions intensity over the next two years, the company said. “We also continue to evaluate fuel switching (from coal to natural gas) at our TS Power Plant in Nevada.”last_img read more

Athens University pleads for end to sitin now in third week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The rectorate of Athens University wrote to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and party leaders asking them to find a way to end the occupation of the institution’s main building by anti-establishment protesters.The protesters have been staging a sit-in demonstration at the university for the last 15 days, demanding the closure of maximum security prisons and the release of some suspects detained on suspicion of being accomplices to members of urban guerrilla groups.In the letter, the university officials say that the protest is severely hampering the institution’s day-to-day activities. They also express concern that, according to their sources, there are addicts taking drugs on the university premises.Source: Kathimerinilast_img

Allaitement quest ce que cest quand fautil allaiter et y atil des

first_imgAllaitement : qu’est ce que c’est, quand faut-il allaiter, et y a-t-il des complications ?L’allaitement est le mode d’alimentation le plus naturel et le plus optimal pour le nouveau-né car il répond précisément à ses besoins. L’acte d’allaitement peut être difficile pour certaines femmes, souvent par manque d’informations. Retour sur cet acte qui revient à la mode.L’allaitement : qu’est-ce que c’est ?L’allaitement maternel est le mode d’alimentation optimal du nouveau-né. Le lait maternel est l’aliment le plus adapté aux besoins du nourrisson. Il contient des oligo-éléments, des vitamines et des graisses en quantité suffisante. De plus, l’allaitement permet de renforcer les défenses immunitaires du nourrisson en apportant des anticorps, contrairement au lait artificiel.L’allaitement est un choix personnel dont la décision revient à la maman uniquement, et le fait qu’une mère ne veuille, ou ne puisse pas allaiter son bébé, ne signifie en aucun cas que c’est une mauvaise mère. L’allaitement est un choix et une expérience difficile pour certaines femmes.Quand faut-il allaiter ?Dès l’accouchement, le sein de la mère sécrète le colostrum, le premier lait sécrété par le sein maternel. Il est consommé par le nourrisson et constitue une barrière supplémentaire contre les éventuelles agressions microbiennes. Le lait maternel arrive à maturité au bout de la 2e semaine après l’accouchement.L’allaitement fonctionne suivant le principe de l’offre et de la demande : la quantité de lait fabriquée dépend de la fréquence des tétées. Plus le bébé consomme de lait, plus souvent il tétera, et plus la maman en produira. Il n’existe pas de moment précis pour allaiter le bébé, mais il ne faut pas attendre non plus qu’il pleure pour le nourrir. Il existe des signes détectables comme des moments de succion, ou lorsqu’il porte sa main à la bouche. Il n’existe pas non plus de nombres de tétées exactes, un nourrisson pouvant téter 10 à 12 fois par jour en moyenne durant les premières semaines. Par la suite, la mère et le bébé auront pris l’habitude, et auront trouvé leur propre rythme pour allaiter.Quelles sont les complications ? Quelles sont les contre-indications ?À lire aussiLait maternel ou lait de vache : de nouveaux élémentsIl arrive que des complications arrivent, on préfère cependant parler d’incidents de parcours que de problèmes, car ils sont souvent évitables, et l’allaitement peut pratiquement toujours être continué.Ces complications peuvent être :- des crevasses, caractérisées par des fissures cutanées du mamelon et/ou de l’auréole- un engorgement, sous forme de congestion du sein secondaire, dû à une excrétion insuffisante du lait- une lymphangite, réaction inflammatoire secondaire à une agression traumatique ou infectieuse du système lymphatique.Dans ces cas-là, il est nécessaire de demander son avis à son pharmacien ou médecin afin d’appliquer le bon traitement.Enfin, il est décommandé à certaines personnes d’allaiter, selon certaines maladies et médicaments. Les personnes victimes de tuberculose active non traitée, de VIH, de virus HTLV1 et 2, et les mères exposées à des produits radioactifs à des fins diagnostiques ou thérapeutiques ne peuvent pas allaiter leur enfant, ainsi que celles suivant une chimiothérapie anti-cancéreuse et les toxicomanes. Bien entendu, chaque cas diffère et les exceptions sont nombreuses, parlez en à votre médecin.Le 19 mai 2016 à 19:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Wall Street notches best day in 10 years in holiday rebound

first_imgStocks rocketed on Wednesday in Wall Street’s best day in 10 years, snapping a stomach-churning, four-day losing streak and giving some post-Christmas cheer to a market that has been battered this December.The Dow Jones Industrial Average shot up more than 1,000 points — its biggest single-day point gain ever — rising nearly 5 percent as investors returned from a one-day Christmas break. The broader S&P 500 index also gained 5 percent, and the technology-heavy Nasdaq rose 5.8 percent.But even with the rally, the market remains on track for its worst December since 1931, during the depths of the Depression, and could finish 2018 with its steepest losses in a decade.“The real question is: Do we have follow-through for the rest of this week?” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist for CFRA.Technology companies, health care stocks and banks drove much of the broad rally. Retailers also were big gainers, after a holiday shopping season marked by robust spending. Amazon had its biggest gain in more than a year.Energy stocks also rebounded as the price of U.S. crude oil posted its biggest one-day increase in more than two years.But what really might have pushed stocks over the top was a signal from Washington that President Donald Trump would not try to oust the chairman of the Federal Reserve.last_img read more

Jury Convicts Tanana Man In Evidence Tampering Case

first_imgA jury has convicted a 59-year-old Tanana man on evidence tampering charges after two Alaska State Troopers were shot to death.Download AudioThe Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Arvin Kangas began to cry after the verdict was read Thursday. The jury was to resume deliberations on whether aggravating circumstances could increase the sentence.Prosecutors claimed Kangas moved handguns belonging to the two troopers after his son allegedly shot and killed them last year.The jury heard about one hour of combined audio and video footage taken before, during and after the shooting.The footage comes from audio recorders worn by the officers and nearly 30 minutes of video taken by a neighbor.Arvin Kangas’ son, Nathanial Kangas, faces trial in November for the deaths of Sgt. Scott Johnson and trooper Gabe Rich..last_img read more

Skyrim 16 update adds mounted combat

first_imgFor those of you wishing you could dispatch enemies with extreme prejudice by riding them down on your trusty steed in Skyrim, Bethesda is set to deliver in the form of the 1.6 update to the game.Announced yesterday, players of the PC version can apply the update and unlock both ranged and melee combat while riding a horse. It’s a welcome addition that is sure to make fans of the popular RPG very happy indeed since you originally needed to install a mod to be able to do battle in this way.We caught a glimpse of the new gameplay feature thanks to YouTube user AlexanderJVelicky who put together a compilation of battle clips while riding around the open world on his horse.From watching his video it’s apparent that Bethesda took some time and care to create a realistic feel for battle on horseback, as you have to master positioning your mount to be able to strike effectively at your foes. This is easier said than done while standing still, but is infinitely easier while moving towards your target. Having seen live action jousting exhibitions, I can confirm that this is inline with what the experience would be in real life.The update also fixes several bugs that have been plaguing some individuals during gameplay. They include crashes related to loading and saving games and improving the logic for ranged kill cams.Unfortunately, if you are playing the game on the Xbox 360, you will have to wait for the update to hit Xbox Live. Bethesda doesn’t have an exact date as to when it’s releasing the code for distribution, but I imagine it shouldn’t be too long of a wait.More at the Bethesda Bloglast_img read more

Hotel for Tulum to be built of local sargasso bricks

first_imgThe Tulum hotel will require thousands of sargasso bricks, which is combined with a resistant mixture to ensure a consistency and waterproofing that, at the end of the day, Vázquez Sánchez says, will be a new innovative source for the region that suffers from sargassum. The resistance of the material has been verified, with the government of Quintana Roo expressing an interest in the project. Likewise, some companies in Puerto Morelos, Tulum and Puerto Aventuras are also asking for the sargasso bricks for future construction projects. Tulum, Q.R. — After the successful construction of a home made of sargasso bricks, businessman Omar Vázquez Sánchez says a hotel will be built using the same material. Omar Vázquez explained that his grandparents’ house was made of adobe, so to build this house, he used part of that technique, but with sargasso. He says that the homes “could only be affected by tremors, which is not a problem since this is not a seismic zone.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Vázquez Sánchez explained that this new alternative of employment and materials is environmentally friendly and will serve the construction of developments, which has been received with positive results by the environmental sectors who agree it is an interesting use for the marine waste. In September, Vázquez Sánchez built the first house in the world to be made with sargasso bricks. The small home of 40-square-meters, was built in Puerto Morelos and was shown to be resistant, economic and thermal, making it a great option for low-income families. Photo: Omar Vázquez Sánchez The hotel, which is set to be constructed in Tulum, will also be built using the sargasso bricks. Omar Vázquez Sánchez, owner of the Blue Green nursery in Puerto Morelos, says the implementation of sargasso bricks for the construction of real estate is very acceptable and profitable for the region, adding that it is a good bet to counteract the macroalga along the coast. Although he did not say where the hotel development will be in Tulum, he did say that building with sargasso bricks is a way to better use the hundreds of thousands of tons of sargasso that arrive along the state’s coast. “We can say that it is cheaper because of the type of material used, and this will help to counteract the presence of marine waste on the coast, since as we know, it exceeds several tons and is not a good use for many other things,” he said. The house was built with 60 percent sagrasso and was 100 organic since it was without cement or metal rods, making it between 30 and 40 percent less to build compared to concrete homes.last_img read more

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first_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more May 24, 2012 — Avaxia Biologics Inc., a privately held biotechnology company developing oral antibody drugs that act locally within the gastrointestinal tract, announced this week that the company was awarded U.S. Patent 8,182,818, entitled “Methods of Using Anti-TNF Antibodies for Treating Radiation Damage to the Digestive Tract.”This patent provides broad coverage for using topically administered anti-TNF antibodies to treat radiation-induced damage to the digestive tract. The patent specifically covers treatment of radiation-induced mucositis, which is a common side effect of radiation therapy for cancer that often limits the effective radiation dose a patient can tolerate. Avaxia has active research and development programs for its oral antibody AVX-470 for use in gastrointestinal acute radiation syndrome (GI-ARS) and mucositis.”This new patent emphasizes the innovative nature and broad applicability of our AVX Oral Antibody technology platform,” said Barbara Fox, Ph.D., CEO of Avaxia. “For many cancer patients, the side effect of mucositis becomes intolerable, which causes terrible discomfort and may limit the dose of radiation that the patient receives to fight the disease. Also, effective treatments for radiation damage are an important need for responding to potential terrorist attacks involving radioactive substances. Much of the morbidity and mortality associated with total body irradiation is due to damage to the GI tract. We are actively working to prove that AVX-470 can reduce that damage.”Avaxia has a $2.9 million contract from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to develop its oral anti-TNF antibody, AVX-470, for GI-ARS. The work under this current contract explores the potential for the antibody to be further developed into a medical countermeasure to mitigate gastrointestinal damage from radiation exposure.For more information: www.avaxiabiologics.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | May 24, 2012 U.S. Patent Awarded for Method to Treat Digestive Tract Damage Caused by Radiation Therapy The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. 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Messi draws hundreds of fans to practice in Washington DC

first_imgWASHINGTON D.C. — If you were going to construct the perfect male athlete, you would start with Michael Phelps’s torso and J.J. Watt’s shoulders. You’ll need to borrow Tom Brady’s right arm and Clayton Kershaw’s left, Manny Pacquiao’s fists and Usain Bolt’s quads.And you will want Lionel Messi’s feet.Those feet. Those magnificent feet.Soccer is the world’s game. It’s also the feet’s game. Unless you are a goalkeeper, feet are essential to success. Many a great athlete has failed in soccer because, despite strength, endurance and smarts, they lacked creative feet. In the modern era, no set is better than Messi’s — quick as a hummingbird’s wings with a cotton touch, mesmerizing and punishing.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2hZ4_fExX8He is in Washington for the first time during a pitch-perfect 11-year career to play in Argentina’s friendly against El Salvador on Saturday afternoon at FedEx Field. Messi, 27, and the star-sparkled squad are practicing at Georgetown all week. Though officially closed to the public, Tuesday’s session drew hundreds of spectators to the outer fences of Shaw Field.A few hours before the workout, reports surfaced in Spain that he had hurt his right foot in a match against nemesis Real Madrid on Sunday. Like a thunderstorm rolling through the pampas, rumors boomed across social media. With medical reassurance from Argentine soccer authorities, though, the tempest passed. Messi, and those feet, are fine.Soccer is not a game of numbers. Statistics are scant. Performances are difficult to quantify. There are no slugging percentages or quarterback ratings to define a player’s value. Who’s to say whether a defensive midfielder had a good game? Watching soccer is like attending opera; individual interpretation varies.In the case of Messi, and other elite scorers such as Cristiano Ronaldo, the numbers are irrefutable. For Barcelona, he has recorded 397 goals in 466 appearances across all competitions. He has added 45 in 97 games for Argentina, four coming during La Albiceleste’s run to the World Cup final last summer in Brazil.He is the greatest scorer in Spain’s La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, the sport’s ultimate club competition. In 2011-12, he notched 50 goals in league outings and 23 in others for a world-record 73 in just 60 games.His greatness is defined, however, by the manner he has gone about it — with style and elegance, dance moves on a grass-covered stage.Often times, the assists are as memorable as the goals.Ray Hudson, the former D.C. United coach who calls Barcelona games regularly for Miami-based TV outlet beIN Sports, described a recent Messi assist this way: “The touch of the pass, with the outside of his Stradivarius, is softer than the moonlight in Tuscany.”https://vine.co/v/OYzPxXE6jn9Messi’s collection of spices includes nutmeg. In soccer, a nutmeg is the act of pushing the ball between an opponent’s legs for the purpose of shooting, passing or retaining possession.Last week, in the same Champions League match that he nutmegged Manchester City’s Fernandinho, he did it to James Milner, who was left slipping two-footed on the grass in defeat and embarrassment. It was the equivalent of being posterized by Michael Jordan, replayed a million times around the world.In a video clip that went viral almost immediately after the Milner moment, Bayern Munich Coach Pep Guardiola, the former Barcelona manager who was in attendance, was caught by a TV camera gasping in astonishment and putting his face into his hands.Ronaldo, the flashy Real Madrid attacker, has won the past two world player of the year awards after Messi claimed the previous four. But Messi’s all-around performance against Manchester City — he assisted on the lone goal with a lovely run and put on an extraordinary display of ball control and passing throughout the evening — reminded the soccer world that he is the best of his generation.Maybe, some say, the best ever — though fans of Pele and Diego Maradona would beg to differ. The Brazilian and Argentine greats raised World Cup trophies; Messi has not.Nonetheless, former English star and current TV pundit Gary Lineker proclaimed on Twitter after the Barcelona-Manchester City affair: “Messi is indisputably the greatest player ever to don a pair of football boots. Don’t even attempt to argue the point.”Four days after that game, Messi assisted on the opening goal in Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Real in El Clasico, the sport’s greatest rivalry. Barca leads Real by four points through 28 of 38 league matches. Messi is atop the scoring chart with 32 goals, one ahead of Ronaldo.Messi’s gems are the antithesis to soccer’s ugly side: FIFA chicanery, match-fixing scandals and racial incidents. Not all is well on Planet Futbol. But with Messi in full bloom, the game is forever beautiful.“Messi is the best player in history,” Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez said. “He’s only competing against himself because he has no rival.”© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:No Messi, but Argentina is still too much for El Salvador Canadian soccer player accuses Tico fans of racial slurs FIFA denies Blatter deputy approved $10 million payment Switzerland will rule on FIFA extraditions next monthlast_img read more

San Miguel de Allende named the top city in Mexico Central Sou

first_imgSan Miguel de Allende named the top city in Mexico, Central & South AmericaThe colonial city of San Miguel de Allende took top honors at Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards 2016, where it was named “No. 1 City in Mexico and Central and South America” and No. 3 in the overall category of “World´s Best City”. The awards were determined by readers of the publication, who were surveyed from Nov. 2, 2015 to Feb. 29, 2016.Located in the Bajio region of Mexico, in the state of Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende has enjoyed a favorable reputation because of its colonial architecture, year-round spring-like climate, colorful cultural celebrations, gastronomy and romantic setting. In recent years, it has become an important tourist center for Mexico and the world.“It is an honor for San Miguel de Allende to be recognized by the readers of an influential magazine such as Travel + Leisure,” said Ricardo Villarreal, Mayor of San Miguel de Allende. “We accept it on behalf of a city and its citizens who welcome all its visitors with open arms and strive to provide a unique one-of-a-kind destination in Mexico and Latin America.”The city won the same recognition from Travel + Leisure readers in 2008, when it was also named a UNESCO World Heritage site under the title of “Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco.” The latter distinction was granted because of the city’s cultural significance, its architectural contribution to the Mexican Baroque art and architecture movement, and also the role it played in the fight for Mexican independence.The town has a mystical quality. Its picturesque cobblestone streets and colonial architecture — combined with colonial-era traditions both religious and secular, a spectacular natural setting and the vibrant Mexican culture — are only enhanced by the embrace of all its many facets by both the friendly locals and the diverse, melting-pot population comprised of hundreds of expats, representing 63 nationalities, who have made San Miguel de Allende their home.The world’s most influential travel brand, Travel + Leisure offers insider access to destinations around the globe with a signature mix of smart advice, immersive photography, expert reporting and award-winning coverage of hotels, food, design, style, culture and trends. With a global reach of more than 6.5 million readers, the U.S. edition of Travel + Leisure — which originally launched in 1971 — is today also designed for tablet readers. Visit San MiguelSource = San Miguel de Allende Tourismlast_img read more

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