VANCOUVER SCREEN SCENE ICE NO TOMORROW DATE MY DAD AND MORE

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the city, not a production was stirring, not even a miniseries.Well, not quite. But a number of productions are taking a break for the holiday season and several are wrapping up.That said, the new year will bring a number of new productions to the city, and we’ve already got one on our radar. Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook One of the new TV productions kicking off in 2017 will be Date My Dad.This family dramedy starts shooting on January 17 and continues until April 12.The series follows Ricky Parker, whose beloved wife died three years ago. Since that time, Ricky’s sole agenda has been to devote himself to his three daughters, aged 10, 13, and 15 years old.Although his mother-in-law has been helping him raise the girls, she has decided to move away.However, the girls have some plans of their own as they try to find a girlfriend for their father as he turns 40 years old.But it’ll be a crash course, as he hasn’t dated for two decades. Luckily for him, his girls will be there to give him advice—which, considering their tender ages and inexperience themselves, may not be the best thing.The cast is yet to be announced.Meanwhile, another production in which teens lead the way—though through some much darker territory—finished up its shoot.The Canadian horror-comedy feature film Dead Shack, directed by Vancouver filmmaker Peter Ricq, wrapped up on December 17.last_img read more

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World now rich in fertilizer supply UN agricultural agency says

“High commodity prices experienced over recent years led to increased production and correspondingly to greater fertilizer use,” Jan Poulisse, a fertilizer expert for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said in announcing the findings of the report.“While it is expected that the demand for basic food crops, fruits and vegetables, for animal products and for biofuel crops is likely to remain strong, we expect fertilizer supply to grow sufficiently to meet higher consumption,” he added, noting that higher fertilizer prices have boosted production.The report estimates that the supply of nitrogen, phosphate and potash nutrient will increase by some 34 million tons, representing an annual growth rate of 3 per cent between the biennia of 2007-2008 and 2011-2012, comfortably sufficient to cover demand growth of 1.9 per cent annually.Africa will remain a major phosphate exporter and increase nitrogen exports while importing all of its potash. Fertilizer consumption on that continent continues to be largely restricted to 10 countries, with the main consumers being Egypt, South Africa and Morocco. It is expected that North America will continue to be a net importer of nitrogen and that the region will move into increasing phosphate deficit while remaining a primary supplier of potash. Asia is expected to produce a rapidly increasing surplus of nitrogen, but will continue to import phosphate and potash. 26 February 2008Enough fertilizer will be produced in the next five years to cover world demand and support higher levels of food and biofuel production, according to a report released today by the United Nations agricultural agency. read more

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UN rights expert warns of adverse impact of Romanias growing migration trend

Labour migration in Romania is characterized by the number of children left behind by parents searching for work abroad, the growing need for qualified workers as a result of the ‘brain drain’ and the sheer volume of workers leaving the country, said Jorge Bustamante, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. In a statement issued on Saturday after wrapping up a six-day visit to the country, Mr. Bustamante said that labour migration is “one of the key issues for domestic and foreign policy in Romania given the fact that both immigration and outmigration have been increasing in the recent years.”Mr. Bustamante also noted the development of two contrasting criminal trends: the decrease in human trafficking, on the one hand, and the increase of smuggling workers across borders, on the other.However, the Special Rapporteur was encouraged by several civil society initiatives ¬– some in partnership with UN agencies and Government institutions – which aim to protect and assist victims of abusive forms of migration, such as the slave trade and smuggling.Although encouraged by the Romanian ratification of several international agreements protecting human rights, he voiced regret that Bucharest had not ratified the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and members of Their Families adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1990. “I note the Government’s interest in addressing some of the problems related to the human rights of migrants but observe with concern certain gaps and ambiguities in the legislative framework regulating the protection of migrant workers,” he said.He added that Romania pointed to the “fact that ratification [of the Convention] has not been a practice accepted by the European Union,” a stance taken by other States who have recently joined the EU.The Rapporteur, who was appointed to the independent and unpaid post in 2005, is slated to present a report on his visit to the upcoming meeting of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in September. 21 June 2009The rising flow of workers moving in and out of Romania has delivered a significant blow to parts of the population in the Eastern European country, an independent United Nations human rights expert has warned. read more

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Ban deplores deadly consecutive attacks against blue helmets in Darfur

On 5 December, troops serving with the mission, known as UNAMID, were ambushed at Shangil Tobaya in North Darfur while providing water to civilians. Two Rwandan blue helmets were killed in the attack, while another peacekeeper was injured.That attack came on the heels of the 4 December incident in Saraf Umra, also in North Darfur, when a platoon comprising 20 Rwandan peacekeepers escorting a water tanker was attacked by unknown gunmen, killing three soldiers and injuring two others.UNAMID reported on Sunday that the security situation in Darfur has deteriorated in the wake of the attacks.“The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the AU-UN mission to carry out its important work in Darfur,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson, noting the Sudanese Government’s “rapid action to apprehend the alleged perpetrators.”Mr. Ban expressed his condolences to the families of the slain peacekeepers and to the Government of Rwanda, reiterating his appreciation for “their service and commitment to the search for peace in Darfur.”The deaths resulting from these attacks, condemned yesterday by the Security Council, bring the total number of peacekeepers who have lost their lives in Darfur since UNAMID deployed at the start of 2008 to 22.In July 2007 a joint police and military patrol from the preceding AU mission was ambushed by at least 200 attackers, leaving seven peacekeepers dead and 22 wounded.The recent attacks follow the shooting and wounding of three other peacekeepers, also by unidentified gunmen, in West Darfur in October, and the killing of another in South Darfur in May, as well as the kidnapping of two UNAMID civilian staff members in August in West Darfur. They are still being held.In a telephone conversation with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir yesterday, the Secretary-General urged the leader of the vast African nation to become directly involved in securing the release of the two staff members who have been held hostage for over 100 days, stressing that the situation is critical given that one of them is gravely ill.In his latest report on UNAMID last month, Mr. Ban said increased threats to international staff, including “extremely alarming” kidnappings, military action by Chad, Sudan and rebels, and Government limits on peacekeepers” movements continued to hamper efforts to stabilize the Sudanese area torn apart by nearly seven years of war and suffering.At least 300,000 people are estimated to have died and 2.7 million more have been driven from their homes in the fighting between the Government, its militia allies and various armed groups.Almost two years after being set up, UNAMID has still only reached 69 per cent of its authorized troop strength – 14,638 military personnel out of the total 19,555, and 4,449 police – and still lacks key military elements, including two medium transport units, a level II hospital, an aerial reconnaissance unit, and 18 medium utility helicopters. 8 December 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against the second deadly attack in as many days on peacekeepers serving with the joint African Union-United Nations mission in the war-ravaged Sudanese region of Darfur, issuing a call for the perpetrators to be brought to justice immediately. read more

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Downtown Simcoe proves resilient

Downtown Simcoe is doing better these days.Storefronts that were empty in previous years are occupied, while some with papered-over windows have building permits posted on the front door. There is also more foot traffic.But, more important, there is a growing sense that merchants in the core are getting the mix right.Twenty-five years ago – when big-box retailing loomed on the Queensway – retail experts said downtown Simcoe would have to specialize in goods and services that giant retailers couldn’t deliver.That advice has finally taken hold in places like the Capitol Arts Market and other leading-edge businesses where shoppers can expect the unexpected. There’s more to come according to the new chair of the Simcoe BIA.“We’re brainstorming,” says clothier Cam Carter. “You’re going to be hearing more from us soon. It’s going to be a lot of work, but we’re excited.”Carter was speaking Tuesday during a self-guided walking tour of vacant storefronts that was organized by Norfolk’s tourism and economic development department.The tour was more modest than expected. Only three storefronts opened to the public with realtors on hand ready to sing their praises.Andrew Snell of Gold Coast Real Estate said the county hoped to showcase more properties but didn’t get owner buy-in. BIA director Les Anderson said that was unfortunate.“We expected more from the tour,” Anderson said as he inspected the properties on offer.“The county initiated this and we thought we’d have more locations. I thought there would be a number of businesses on Robinson Street that we could look at.”Robinson is a key piece of the revitalization puzzle. It is the core’s major east-west thoroughfare and also the site of chronic vacancies.Eight storefronts on Robinson are vacant – nine if one includes the site of the former Maliboo Club at Robinson and Talbot Street South. The former Queen’s Hotel was demolished earlier this year but the site has sat dormant ever since.Yet, there are reasons for optimism. Two of the Robinson vacancies have building permits in the window. One is owned by a newcomer to Norfolk who understands the wisdom of catering to a niche clientele.Janice Burden, of Hamilton, bought the former Captain Nemo’s property near Robinson and Kent Street South 18 months ago. Once renovations are complete, she will open this summer as the Fluffy Banana. Offshore workers from the Caribbean are the target market.“This is my first endeavour,” Burden said Tuesday. “I’ve been coming to Simcoe for years and years to the weekly dances they have at the Army and Navy (on Water Street).“And I’ve always thought there would be potential for a place where the guys could come and chill. They tell me they’ve been looking for a place like this for a long time.”The Army and Navy launched the weekend dances many years ago as a gesture of welcome to offshore labourers. They continue to be popular and well-attended.Next year, Burden will open a kitchen at Fluffy Banana with a Caribbean menu – jerked chicken, spicy rice, peas and the like. She wants to hire an authentic Caribbean cook with first-hand knowledge of this cuisine.But finding occupants for vacant storefronts is only one part of the equation. BIA treasurer Joe Botscheller – a newly-elected director of the association — is even more fundamental than that. He says the future of the core depends on how it presents itself.“There has to be a reason for people to open up shop,” he said. “It’s a question of what needs to come first. My concern is the streets need to be cleaned up. If the streets are clean and secure and walkable people will show up and then the merchants will follow.”Botscheller also wants BIA members to come together on key issues such as hours of operation. A nine-hour day doesn’t cut it, he said: Consumers are looking for a variety of experiences to occupy their every waking hour.It is no accident that two of the three storefronts on Tuesday’s tour sit next to methadone clinics. Methadone dispensaries sterilize the neighbourhood around them because their speciality – addiction – is unpleasant.Merchants that have carried on downtown say the clinics’ clientele tend to be harmless. Still, there is a stigma attached to this line of work and many choose not to expose their families, employees and customers to it.“It’s huge,” said realtor Heather Zuskan, who is marketing the former location of Romancing the Stones – a former jewelery store on Norfolk Street South – one of the commercial properties on the tour.“With the methadone clinics no one wants to be downtown anymore. They’ve all moved to the Queensway. The liquor store, TD Bank – they’ve all moved. I helped here when this was Romancing the Stones, and we never had a problem with the people at the clinic. This is a beautiful building, but we need people to come and revitalize the downtown.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Ford recalls nearly 412000 SUVs to fix fuel leaks that could cause

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 26, 2016 8:56 am MDT Last Updated Oct 26, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Ford is recalling nearly 412,000 older SUVs worldwide, including about 69,500 in Canada, to fix fuel leaks that could cause fires.The recall covers certain 2010 to 2012 Ford Escapes and 2010 to 2011 Mercury Mariners with 3-litre flex-fuel V6 engines.Ford says a fuel supply part can develop a crack and leak gasoline that could catch fire. A company statement says it’s not aware of any accidents, fires or injuries caused by the problem.Most of the recalled SUVs are in North America, including 329,000 in the United States and nearly 7,500 in Mexico .Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module flange assembly at no cost to owners. Ford says customers will be notified by the week of Dec. 12.Ford says owners who smell gasoline or suspect problems should contact their dealer.In addition to the SUV recall, Ford announced the recall of about 8,000 Ford Shelby GT350/R Mustang vehicles to replace the engine oil cooler tube assembly. Of those, 957 are in Canada.It’s also recalling 800 2017 Ford Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel Chassis Cab vehicles to replace a protective shield that can be dislodged by road debris or water spray. Only 12 of those are in Canada.— With a file from The Canadian Press Ford recalls nearly 412,000 SUVs to fix fuel leaks that could cause fire read more

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We did it Man who was suicidal runs marathon with the stranger

first_imgThey have met Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who convinced the pair to run the race for Heads Together. Jonny Benjamin, who was suicidal, managed to complete the marathon with the stranger who talked him down from a bridge when he was at his lowest point.The two were elated as they finished the race together. Neil Laybourne, the “stranger on the bridge”, said “what an amazing experience!” as they ran the last mile.They finished the marathon together, and spent much of the race with their arms around each other for support.The two, who are now good friends, finished the race in 5 hours 26 minutes. With a promise that “things can get better” and an invitation for coffee, Neil successfully talked Jonny back to safety before they went their separate ways.Eight years later, the two were reunited and have kept in contact as they prepared to run the marathon to raise awareness and money towards mental health. They ran to support the charity Heads Together, the mental health campaign fronted by the three young Royals. The pair managed to raise over £30,000 for the charity.The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon joined the pair in running for the foundation.Jonny, 30, and Neil, 34, met in January 2008 on Waterloo Bridge: the former in such despair he was ready to jump, and the latter the unexpected good Samaritan who intervened. It was only in 2014, when Jonny launched a social media campaign to find and thank the stranger, that they were reunited.He told his friend to run ahead of him in the race, because he recently suffered the loss of both his uncle and his grandmother. However, they ended up running it together.Shortly before the marathon, he wrote: “Admittedly, I haven’t done the training I needed for it. It’s been a tough year so far with my relapse and going back into hospital, family illness, and most recently my Uncle and then Grandma passing away a few days ago. But I WILL complete the 26 miles! Even if I have to crawl some of the way!! 'We did it!': the two were elated We actually did it!!! 5 hours 28 minutes!! I can’t believe we’ve just run the @LondonMarathon. Wowzers. #TeamHeadsTogether #oktosay pic.twitter.com/NQobVEoXrL— Jonny Benjamin MBE (@MrJonnyBenjamin) April 23, 2017 ‘We did it!’: the two were elatedCredit:Jonny Benjamin “This feels like such an important moment for mental health. They’re calling this the world’s first ever #mentalhealthmarathon  It’s a privilege to be part of it.” The two meet the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeCredit:REUTERS/Toby Melville Jonny, who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder when he was 20, has spoken frankly about his own mental health struggles, which culminated in him standing on Waterloo Bridge contemplating suicide.Neil, who spotted the lone figure of a young man standing still amid the commuters while walking to work, stopped to talk to him, telling him: “It’ll get better mate, you will get better.”After a 25 minute conversation, the emergency services stepped in and the pair were swept away and back to their respective lives. The two meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 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

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The internet responds to Googles Project Glass

first_imgWe’ve been hearing rumors about these Google Glasses for a some time now, but actually seeing Project Glass really impressed a lot of people. The glasses looks far less intrusive than had been previously imagined, and, if Google’s video is any indication of the future, when this new tech does reach consumers it could be really interesting.The most impressive thing I saw after the unveil by Google was how quickly the news shot across the web, earning a wide variety of responses. Considering that there’s still so much we don’t know about Project Glass, the responses to the unveil video so far have been a great sampling of how I think the world perceives this new kind of mobile device.Ad-mented Reality?It didn’t take long for a modified version of the “One Day…” video to surface. The new video shows the same activities being performed as in the video released by Google, only covered in pop-up ads and Google’s AdWords. In fact, our own Matthew Humphries posted late last week that seeing ads in Project Glass was simply an inevitable eventuality. After all, Google is first and foremost in the business of selling ads, right? While it is undeniable that Google is an advertising company, I doubt we will ever see anything quite as hideous as this video. I certainly see some benefit in using your location to deliver Google Offers, especially when it is something like a free slice of pizza or a discount at a movie theater.Project Glass won’t deliver many ads in my opinion because the purpose of something like Glass is to capture information, so that when you do sit back down at your computer you are offered more relevant ads in the web browser. If we ever see ads at all on Project Glass, I’m sure it won’t be until there’s a ton of people using it.The CompetitionThe tech community pulls no punches when it comes to reminiscing about the “good old days,” basically when Microsoft Windows wasn’t quite as polished as it is today. Even that previous statement, referring to Windows as polished, is sure to cause outbursts of giggling in cubicles the world over. The fact is, Microsoft has had some problems in the past, and in this video demonstrating what it would be like if Microsoft made a competing product to Project Glass, the past comes back to haunt them.Considering their sharp decline in the mobile space, and recent disasters like the Microsoft KIN, it is easy to take a look at this video and erupt into a fit of laughter. If Microsoft were to release a set of AR glasses to the world, they certainly have some interesting technology that no one else is using right now to play with… maybe a set of glasses with Kinect and Xbox Live integration? Suit up, it looks like in the sequel to Skyrim you might need some real armor.Fear of being constantly spied onThere seems to be a less popular concern about Project Glass’ ability to dip further into your privacy than any device ever has before. Your smartphone sits in your pocket most of the day. Turning the camera on 90% of the time wouldn’t benefit anyone. Project Glass, however, is strapped to your forehead. From the video, it appeared as though you were always connected to the web. What’s more is you had GPS access for when you wanted to check in to something or see how far away your friend was. These are fairly normal, and not all that different from you existing smartphone. However, you also have a big ol’ camera sticking out of those glasses, just itching to be used over and over again. The concern seems to be that Google will have so much more information on you, tracking your every move.My answer to this is fairly obvious. Just like with your smartphone, you’ll have the ability to control what radios are on, and when they can be used. Your information is only as available as you allow it to be in most cases. What will be important is keeping an eye on whether or not you make sure to use those features, but to be honest there’s no way to account for user error.Final ThoughtsOverall, the initial impression is extremely positive. If anything, I’m sure that Google heard a global “shut up and take my money” in response to the video. As cool as it looks though, I can’t imagine we’re anywhere near ready to see the glasses hits shelves. The title of the video, after all, was “one day…” and hopefully when Project Glass hits shelves it will look and function just like that video, which would be awesome. We’ve already seen plenty of Googlers, including Sergey Brin himself, out and about with Project Glass headsets on, testing and re-testing everything. If Google manages to maintain the hype level for Glass, and then deliver on the hypotheticals in the video, that sci-fi world where everyone has computers on their face just doesn’t seem that far off to me.last_img read more

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Ex ungue leonem

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Motorcyclists have unfortunately been given a bad reputation in recent years due to the unsavoury actions of a few groups and individuals. However, the truth is that the majority of bikers, clad in patch-covered leather vests and sitting atop a rumbling Harley-Davidson, are simply enthusiasts of motorcycle culture and want to share their passion with like-minded people. One of the many groups promoting this spirit is the PanHellenic Motorcycle Association (PHMA), founded and based in Canada, but with interest already spreading throughout other countries. They are registered as a non-profit corporation and aim to promote friendship and unity, not only amongst riders of Greek heritage, but also in the wider community through partnerships with Hellenic organisations and philanthropic groups.Australian-born Nick Andricopoulos is one of PHMA’s founders and its national president, and speaks highly of the individuals in his organisation. “The association has been formed by a body of dedicated, passionate founders which is reflected by the select members that are currently wearing the PanHellenic insignia,” he explains. “The quality of our members and those interested in becoming future members are, in simple terms, reinforcing this solid foundation that is making this Hellenic association within Canada presently one of the most desired and sought-out groups.”In hoping to change the public’s perception of motorcyclists, all PHMA members must adhere to a strict code of conduct and are strongly encouraged to adhere to safe riding techniques, lest they face expulsion for putting fellow road users or the public at risk.Furthermore, whilst it is typically – and unfortunately – the behaviour of criminal motorcyclist gangs that tends to draw the media’s attention, they are substantially outnumbered by associations and clubs who are making positive contributions to their respective communities. PHMA is one of those associations, and despite being founded barely a year ago, Mr Andricopoulos has disclosed that it is currently in internal discussions to select an affiliated charity for which it can raise donations. “One charity is geared to assist with housing; another is about children; another is about fighting terrible diseases,” he says. “We will do everything we can as Hellenes in promoting our values in the spirit of philotimo and philanthropy as we as a culture are well known for.” Even at this early stage of their existence, they already have one high-profile honorary member in the form of Alexandros Ioannidis, Greece’s Consul General in Toronto. PHMA’s chapters organise regular group rides within their region, promote Greek networking events, and even arrange bike blessings with the Greek Orthodox Church – a seemingly unusual custom to most, but not uncommon amongst motorcycle aficionados.Mr Andricopoulos explains that this practice is similar to the Hellenic tradition of blessing one’s own home each year – “the Greek Orthodox religion is part of all of us” – and for riders, is done at the beginning of the riding season. “We motorcyclists share the road with many, and there is no safety feature if something were to unfortunately happen to us.“Therefore we look upon this as a means to have a safe riding season as our journeys are based on the pleasure of riding and safe travels, just as we wish our family and home prosperity and good fortune after it has been blessed.”The association’s motto, as seen on the striking back patch worn by PHMA members, derives from the Latin ex ungue leonem – ‘from the claw (we may judge of) the lion’ – and if their kind deeds and positive attitudes are anything to go by, the roar of a motorcycle could very well herald a new force for good in the global Greek community.last_img read more

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Contraception en quoi la pilule de 3e génération estelle différente

first_imgContraception : en quoi la pilule de 3e génération est-elle différente ?Suite à la plainte déposée par une jeune femme victime d’un AVC, la pilule de 3e génération et ses effets secondaires sont de nouveau sous surveillance. Mais qu’est ce qui différencie cette pilule des autres ? Maxisciences vous éclaire.La pilule contraceptive est aujourd’hui utilisée par plus de la moitié des femmes françaises. Elle fonctionne grâce à des hormones qui vont empêcher la fécondation de l’ovule par un spermatozoïde. Cependant, il en existe plusieurs types qui diffèrent par leur composition et leur mécanisme d’action. Il y a d’une part, la pilule progestative qui contient une hormone imitant la progestérone. Un composé qui va notamment épaissir la glaire cervicale au niveau du col de l’utérus et donc empêcher le passage des spermatozoïdes. Et il y a d’autre part, la pilule oestroprogestative ou combinée. C’est à cette famille-ci qu’appartient la pilule de 3e génération. Comme leur nom l’indique, les pilules de ce type ne contiennent pas une seule hormone mais deux : un progestatif associé à un oestrogène. Celles-ci vont ainsi non seulement épaissir la glaire mais aussi bloquer l’ovulation et agir sur l’endomètre pour empêcher l’implantation d’un éventuel oeuf fécondé. La première pilule de ce type a été mise au point dans les années 1950 aux Etats-Unis et a été autorisée en France à partir de 1967. Depuis cela, elle a cependant connu quelques modifications, principalement au niveau de sa composition. Les premières pilules combinées contenaient des quantités importantes de progestatif appelé noréthistérone. Or, celles-ci possédaient certains effets secondaires parmi lesquels des nausées, des migraines et des troubles vasculaires. Les scientifiques ont donc cherché à réduire les doses et ont pour cela mis au point un autre progestatif actif à concentration moins élevée, le lévonorgestrel. La 2e génération de pilule était née. Néanmoins, là encore, des effets secondaires ont été observés chez certains femmes, notamment de l’acné.Un risque de thrombose veineuse plus élevé Au fil des années, les scientifiques ont ainsi développé d’autres progestatifs : le désogestrel, le gestodène et le norgestimate, ce qui a donné naissance aux pilules de 3e génération. Les dernières mises au point, de 4e génération, contiennent elles du drospirénone. Mais si les pilules de ces dernières générations permettent de réduire certains effets, plusieurs études ont démontré que le risque d’accident vasculaire et de thrombose veineuse est lui plus important qu’avec celles de 2e génération, en particulier chez les femmes présentant des antécédents familiaux ou des facteurs de risque. C’est cet effet qui est aujourd’hui mis en cause.  Toutefois, selon Bernard Hédon, président du Collège national des gynécologues-obstétriciens français, ces risques doivent être relativisés face au bénéfice des pilules. “La grossesse comporte deux fois plus de risques de thromboses, d’AVC, de séquelles que la prise de pilule de 3e génération. Si on en vient à interdire les pilules de 3e génération, pourquoi pas interdire la grossesse dans la foulée ! Les caillots sanguins, les problèmes vasculaires sont multifactoriels. La pilule de 3e génération a de tels effets secondaires, il ne s’agit pas de le nier. Mais la grossesse aussi”, explique t-il pour leNouvel Observateur.Ne pas arrêter sa pilule Il faut savoir que les risques de thrombose veineuse sont maximaux dans les premiers mois de prise de la pilule. Aussi, ce spécialiste recommande à toutes les femmes qui sont sous pilule de 3e génération de ne pas courir chez leur médecin pour en changer et surtout de ne pas l’arrêter brutalement. “Aux femmes qui s’inquiètent car elles réalisent qu’elles sont sous pilule de 3e génération, il ne faut pas changer la contraception en place si elle fonctionne. Il ne faudrait pas reproduire le “pill scare” de 1995 lorsque la profusion d’articles scientifiques mettant en évidence les dangers des pilules de 3e génération ont conduit à doubler l’activité des centres d’IVG dans les mois qui ont suivi”, écrit t-il.Cependant, le gynécologue reconnait les problèmes existants dans la prescription de ces pilules. Selon lui, le médecin doit être rigoureux et interrogé les femmes sur leurs antécédents possibles et leur mode de vie. “Il ne s’agit pas de poser une vague question, mais bien de demander s’il y a déjà eu des infarctus, des phlébites, des thromboses (des caillots sanguins) dans la famille.Il s’agit aussi de tenir compte du mode de vie de la patiente (sédentarité, obésité) et des facteurs de risque associés, comme le tabac, qui a des conséquences sur le système vasculaire artériel”. À lire aussiContraception masculine : bientôt un bouton pour contrôler l’éjaculation ?Aujourd’hui, les 4 générations de pilule existent toujours (la première n’étant que peu utilisée). Les médecins peuvent donc trouver celle qui convient à chaque femme et cette dernière ne doit de son côté, ne pas hésiter à signaler tout effet gênant. Plutôt que de restreindre la prescription comme l’a indiqué l’ANSM, le président du CNGOF suggère donc une meilleure sensibilisation des praticiens, soulignant que les pilules de 3e génération ont déjà subi un déremboursement et que ceci ne ferait que réduire “l’offre de soins” et augmenter les grossesses non désirées.Pour avoir plus d’informations sur la composition des pilules, c’est par ici. Le 2 janvier 2013 à 18:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Morning Press Moulton Falls meth bust Highway 500 signals teacher negotiations

first_imgIs it going to get hot again? Eventually, yes Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:18-year-old suspected of pushing girl off Moulton Falls bridge ID’dThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has completed its investigation into the Moulton Falls bridge incidentand is forwarding the case to the prosecutor’s office for consideration of charges.The sheriff’s office said the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Taylor Smith, is cooperating with investigators, according to a sheriff’s office press release.Smith is suspected of pushing Jordan Holgerson, 16, of Kalama off the bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park on Aug. 7 after Holgerson planned to voluntarily jump off but hesitated.Investigators forward their case to prosecuting attorney’s officeRelated story:  18-year-old faces charge for pushing girl off Moulton Falls bridgeDrug task force seizes 37 pounds of meth from Vancouver man’s vehicleThe Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force confiscated nearly 37 pounds of methamphetamine, two firearms and $35,500 in cash from a vehicle driven by a Vancouver resident.last_img read more

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Proposed change would allow county to use developer fees for trail projects

first_imgThe Clark County Planning Commission on Thursday signed off on a proposal to support public trail development in the county by adding trails to the list of project categories that can be funded by Park Impact Fees. The County Council is scheduled to make a final decision on the issue in December.Park Impact Fees are one-time charges that the county imposes on new construction projects in order to help pay for the cost of acquiring and developing public open spaces and parks to serve the growing population. Funding from the fees can only be spent on certain projects, and trails currently aren’t an allowed use.The county has discussed adding trails to the list since the late 1990s, said Parks and Lands Division Manager Bill Bjerke. But the idea didn’t make headway until earlier this year, when the county council directed staff to review the fee program and consider adding trails.“It is our intent to go forward and actually implement this plan this year,” Bjerke told the planning commissioners.Bjerke touted the health, recreation and connectivity benefits of trails, and said that the county already has a list of priority trail projects in its Capital Facilities Plan that could benefit from Park Impact Fees along with other sources of funding.The proposed change would result in a fee hike due to the inclusion of trails in the formula, but Bjerke said staff recommended delaying that increase for at least the next year.last_img read more

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Gracia believes that Doucoure should stay at Watford

first_imgJavi Gracia is certain that Abdoulaye Doucoure shouldn’t rush on his move from the club because he can fulfil his European dream even with the Hornets if he will, in the end, decide to stay here.The new Watford coach knows that there are a couple of clubs interested in Doucoure and he would be keen on a potential transfer as well – but he believes that it wouldn’t be the right choice.The Spaniard spoke about his side’s talented player as he said, according to Sky Sports:Players who made it public that they weren’t happy in their club Jozef Fabian – September 12, 2019 Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.“Doucoure is playing for a very big team, playing in the Premier League and in the future I would like him to play with Watford in Europe.”“Maybe in the future, he can play with other big clubs who play in the Champions League.”“But what I feel at this moment is that all of our players are proud to belong at this club. They are concentrated on the next match and trying to put the team as high in the table as possible.”last_img read more

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ABC suspends Firewater Saloons alcohol license in Oceanside

first_imgFacebookTwitter Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img September 25, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – Agents of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) have posted a Notice of Suspension at the Firewater Saloon located at 406 Pier View Way in the city of Oceanside.  The business is prohibited from serving, selling or allowing consumption of alcohol indefinitely. The owner must transfer the license to another person or persons within the next 180 days or the license will be revoked.The suspension is the result of an investigation conducted by the ABC and Oceanside Police Department related to disorderly activity as defined by California Business and Professions Code Section 25601.From December 2016 through July 2018, police responded and took action numerous times for incidents such as fights, assaults, public drunkenness and disturbing the peace. Because there were so many calls for service this created a law enforcement problem and a drain on police resources.ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws. ABC licensees and their employees are encouraged to take ABC’s LEAD training online or in a classroom setting to help achieve higher compliance with alcoholic beverage laws. LEAD stands for Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs.To learn more about ABC programs that help protect communities, prevent alcohol-related harm and potentially save lives visit https://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/programs_PE.html. ABC suspends Firewater Saloon’s alcohol license in Oceansidelast_img read more

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Contractors Feeling Pinch as Shutdown Continues

first_imgThe White House and congressional Democrats are no closer to a spending deal that would re-open the federal government. Tuesday marks the 32nd day of the partial shutdown, which is now starting to impact contractors of all sizes, “making it one of the most economically damaging shutdowns in history,” Politico reported.Some smaller contractors have had to lay people off. Booz Allen Hamilton, Boeing and The Rand Corp. have had to furlough employees or move them to other projects, according to the article.It has affected “tens of thousands” of contractors, said David Berteau, president of the Professional Services Council, a trade group that represents federal contractors. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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Hate subscription software Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets reading • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 11 great gadgets that can smarten up a dumb dorm room Best back-to-school headphones Premiere Elements: $60 (save $40) $60 at Amazon Adobe Once upon a time, software and apps were a one-shot deal: You went to CompUSA, paid your $50 or $100 (or $500) and walked out with a shrinkwrapped box full of CDs or DVDs. All that, of course, is ancient history: Nowadays, nearly everything is cloud-based, meaning you always have access to the latest version and features, be they Office 365 or Adobe Creative Cloud. Indeed, Adobe’s cloud suite delivers always-on access to 20-some apps for $20 to $52 per month — it’s even on sale through Friday. And if you’re looking for “just Photoshop,” the company offers a very reasonable Photography Plan (Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop and 20GB of cloud storage) for just $10 per month or $120 per year.But as attractive as those deals are, they’re still subscriptions that you’ll need to pay “forever” — or at least as long as long as you want access to the apps. That’s why it’s nice to see that one-and-done software purchases are still available. No, these aren’t standalone versions of the pro-level Creative Cloud apps. Instead, they’re Adobe’s stripped-down Elements software — but both are currently on sale. Photoshop Elements for image editing and Premiere Elements for video editing are discounted by 40% each from now through Sept. 3. They don’t have all the features of the full, pro-level Creative Cloud software, but many users will find these perfectly suitable for casual use. You can even download 30-day trial versions so you can try before you buy. Here’s a quick overview of each — along with some notable alternatives. Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. 2 Senior Editor Lori Grunin contributed to this story.Posted earlier, republished after verifying that sale prices were still in effect. Photoshop Elements: $60 (save $40) Share your voice Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 $60 at Amazon Premiere Elements gives you a slice of Adobe’s pro-level Premiere video editing tool at a much lower price. If you want to make sure that Elements is right for you, you can download the trial version at Adobe.Windows alternatives worth considering ($54 to $80): CyberLink Powerdirector, Corel VideoStudio, Pinnacle StudioMac alternatives worth considering (free to $300): iMovie, Final Cut Pro XPremiere Elements is also available at Adobe. The Amazon link below offers Mac or Windows download codes or a CD disc version.  Tags Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 The stripped-down version of Adobe’s image editing tool is available for 40% off. If you want to make sure that Elements is right for you, you can download the trial version at Adobe, or through the Windows App Store.Windows alternatives worth considering (free to $80): Affinity Photo, Corel PaintShop Pro, Skylum Luminar, GIMPMac alternatives worth considering (free to $80): Pixelmator/Pixelmator Pro, Affinity Photo, Skylum Luminar, GIMPPhotoshop Elements is also available at Adobe and the Windows App Store at the same price. (For reasons unknown, it’s still priced the usual $100 at the Mac App Store.) The Amazon link below offers Mac or Windows download codes or a CD disc version. See also Need both Elements programs? The bundle including both usually costs $150, but that’s also on sale for $90. That’s $60 off the list price, and a $30 savings versus buying both discounted apps above. Comments See All $90 at Amazon • Elements 2019 Bundle: $90 (save $30) Computers Software Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe Photoshoplast_img read more

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Higher Wildfire Potential Could Impact Northeastern Alaska Caribou Herds

first_img(Map from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)Rural Communities in Northeastern Alaska could be left without caribou in the future.Download AudioThat’s according to a recent study. Scientists believe climate change could increase wildfire potential in lichen-rich boreal forest where the Central Arctic and Porcupine caribou herds forage in the winter. A decline in habitat could mean less opportunity for area subsistence hunters.University of Alaska Fairbanks Assistant Wildlife Biology Professor Todd Brinkman recently coauthored a study with scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey that shows caribou herds in Alaska’s northeast could lose 21 percent of their winter habitat in the near future.“They are very migratory, almost semi-nomadic in some sense,” Brinkman said. “So, them moving all over their massive range, isn’t anything new.”(Photo from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game)“The new thing with this study is that the proportion of high quality winter habitat is anticipated to decline over the next century.”The study looks closely at the effects of predicted increasing temperatures and how that may influence the flammability of the forest in Northeastern Alaska and Northwestern Canada. Brinkman says the findings don’t really surprise him“Well, not super surprised,” he said. “I think we know with increasing temperatures in the Arctic, there’s likely going to be more wildfires, higher severity, more frequent, but what was kind of novel about his work is that we were able to better quantify the extent that boreal forest may be affected.”Brinkman says changes in caribou distribution in the winter means residents in Arctic Village and Old Crow in Canada’s Yukon will have to become more flexible.“A lot of these climate drivers are out of local control,” Brinkman said. “So how this study might be of value to local is they can start to think about how they might respond or anticipate a change in local caribou distribution.”The findings were published in the most recent issue of the journal PLoS One.  The research is part of the Changing Arctic Ecosystems Initiative funded by the U.S. Geological Survey.last_img read more

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White Skin Black Emojis

first_img Share captainsecret/Getty ImagesA set of expressive cartoon hands making a variety of gestures.Trying to pick the right emoji to convey exactly what you’re feeling — excitement, fear, existential dread — can be tough. What makes it more complicated? All those different skin tones.On Ask Code Switch, we take on your trickiest questions about race and identity. This week, we’re tackling a letter from Kristyn Gelfand, 38, in Toronto. She writes:My daughter, a very conscious 15-year-old queer, white girl, has recently started using black hand emojis. We discuss race and politics all the time at home. She even listens to your podcast with me sometimes. We live in a diverse neighborhood of a diverse city. As a family and on her own, our daily lives include many friendships and interactions with POC. So my question is, do I speak to her about using the emojis??Hey there! (wave emoji)If your daughter is like me, she believes an emoji is worth a thousand words. When a friend invites me over for dinner, I like to respond with a (thumbs-up). How else do you efficiently convey: “Yes! What a great idea! I’m excited! (But not too excited)”?The problem is, the emoji you choose might be sending the wrong message. A text that reads as playful to one person might come off as insensitive to another. (We’ll get into some of the reasons in a sec.)There are a lot of reasons your daughter might be using black hand emojis. It sounds like she cares about the well-being of the people of color around her, and she is probably not trying to cause offense. So maybe she feels that black hand emojis better convey what she is trying to communicate. Or maybe she thinks using them is a good way to show solidarity with her friends of color.But there is a problem here. When we step into the digital world, it’s easy to feel like we can leave our IRL identities behind. But the power dynamics that exist in real life don’t disappear just because we’re hidden behind a screen.So yes, you should absolutely speak to your daughter about the implications of using emojis that don’t match her racial identity. And the first step is to ask some questions.Questions like: Is her use of the emojis intentional, or something she just happened to do one day? Or, says Samantha Kemp-Jackson: “What are you trying to say that you can’t say in the color of your own skin?”Kemp-Jackson, a parenting expert and writer, says kids are more open to learning when they have a voice in the discussion. She says asking your daughter about her texting habits will allow her to think more deeply about what she is doing.If your daughter believes that black skin is an inherent part of her message, she adds, then she needs to think harder about what it is about black skin that enhances her message. Does she think her raised-fist emoji looks more revolutionary when she paints it black? Her clapping hands more rhythmic? Her praise hands more dramatic? Her painted nails sexier?If that turns out to be the case, then you should explain to her that she is playing up harmful stereotypes about black people, even if that is not her intent.You and your daughter already talk about race a lot, so treat this as part of that ongoing discussion. You can explain to her that, as a white person, she has a lot of privilege, both on her phone and face to face.By trying on black skin when it is fun, safe and convenient, your daughter is inadvertently trivializing the experiences of real black people.“A white teenager can walk into a store, and they don’t feel at that point that they want to be black,” says Kemp-Jackson. Unlike your daughter, black people can’t choose when to invoke their blackness.If she’s not convinced yet? It might help to crack open the annals of emoji history.Before we could wave, clap and flip someone off in six different skin tones, emojis were just yellow. Simpsons yellow. This default, universal cartoon “skin” was based off of Caucasian skin tones. (And FYI, even on The Simpsons, black and brown characters were drawn black and brown.)For a lot of people of color, those yellow emojis weren’t … us. Our praise hands always felt a little jaundiced.It wasn’t until 2015 that we got another five skin tones to choose from. Now, I can virtually high-five my friends with a brown hand that looks more like mine.But white people never wound up taking to the lighter-skinned emojis. Andrew McGill at The Atlantic found that white emoji users err on the side of the yellow “default,” rather than the colors that more closely match their skin.Why might that be? Before, when white people sent a high-five over text, it didn’t have to be about race. For people of color, it was. Whenever we sent that yellow high-five, we were reminded that brown and black hands were not an option.McGill writes that now that there are options, when white people send a high-five with white skin, it feels like sending a white high-five. For people who are used to thinking of their skin as the default, acknowledging whiteness in their digital hand gestures can feel deeply uncomfortable.After all, what does it mean to send a white high-five? Or a white hang-loose sign? Or even a white raised fist?Using certain white emojis might feel a little weird to your daughter. She probably doesn’t want to assert her whiteness in every text conversation.But her discomfort is a product of her privilege, and that isn’t a good enough reason to try on someone else’s skin. So if she finds herself reaching for those black hands … she should think twice.If she needs them to help her with her message, she is probably not the right person to be saying it in the first place.Do you have thoughts on race-conscious emojis? We want to hear from you! Email us at CodeSwitch@npr.org. Have a racial conundrum of your own? Fill out this form and tell us the deets.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Following Oaks Sudden Resignation 41st District Senate Seat Up For Grabs

first_imgThe State Senate seat in Baltimore’s 41st legislative district of Baltimore City left vacant by Nathaniel Oaks resignation last month won’t be filled before the current session of the Maryland General Assembly ends April 9.   Instead, the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee will organize an interview process for residents interested in finishing Oak’s remaining term, which ends Dec. 2018.Veteran legislator Nathaniel Oaks resigned his Maryland State Senate seat after accepting a federal plea deal. (Courtesy photo)The Central Committee is accepting resumes from interested persons now through April 13, according to Del. Angela Gibson, 41st District chair for Baltimore City Democrats.  Eligible candidates must have lived in the 41st district for at least six months, be at least 25 and a Democrat.“I’ve had phone calls and been in a lot of discussions about it (the process to fill Oak’s seat) but those who are really interested and serious will submit their resumes to the post office box. There are no walk-ons, no other way to get involved in the process,” Gibson told the AFRO.Interviews with all candidates who submit materials to the Central Committee will then participate in a public hearing on April 17, where each applicant will discuss their qualifications and interest in finishing Oaks’ Senate term. The interview will be conducted with a committee composed of State Central Committee members from the 41st. The committee will then select a candidate to recommend to Gov. Larry Hogan.“The process is transparent and all open to the public,” said Gibson.  Joining Gibson in selecting Oaks’ replacement are 41st District Del. Bilal Ali, former Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki”  Spector, Wanda Wallace, George Smith and Chezia Cager.  Oaks is also a voting member of the committee.Oaks unexpectedly resigned March 28 and on March 29 he pleaded guilty to two federal corruption charges. As part of a plea agreement, eight other charges were dropped. Sentencing is scheduled for July 17.“The person who is recommended on April 17 will fill the remaining current term of Sen. Oaks, ending December 31 of 2018,” Gibson said, distinguishing the Central Committee’s process from the upcoming Democratic primary for the 41st district senate seat.  Jill P. Carter and J.D. Merrill, the two candidates for that seat are already in heated debate. Carter, a former Delegate representing the 41st, is director of the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights. Merrill, son in law of former Gov. Martin O’ Malley, has denied interest in the special election to fill Oaks’ remaining term and challenges Carter to steer clear of seeking the short-term appointment as well.“I hope Jill Carter joins me in declining to apply as well. The Central Committee should nominate a qualified neutral candidate to complete the remainder of the term,” Merrill said via his Twitter account.  The Democratic Primary is scheduled for June 26 with early voting starting June 14.  Carter, for her part, has expressed interest in filling the position.“The Governor must act within 15 days on our recommendation to him,” Gibson said, describing Hogan’s responsibility in what some have disparaged a politically charged process.“Our job is to represent the interests of the 41st District and secure the best process and representation possible.”last_img read more

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