zoomImage Courtesy: CMHI Shipbuilder China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) held a keel laying ceremony for a new expedition cruise vessel, being built for Miami-based SunStone Ships on June 12.With a Polar Class 6 notation, the vessel, named Greg Mortimer, is being constructed at the China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) yard in Haimen.Featuring a length of 104.3 meters and a beam of 18.4 meters,t he vessel will be operating for Aurora Expeditions.The ship can accommodate a total of 255 persons, including crew. For expedition cruises in the polar regions, the vessel will take on 120 passengers.Norwegian ship designer Ulstein designed the polar class, X-BOW expedition cruise vessel, and provided the equipment package for one vessel and options for additional nine units.The equipment package includes the bridge system, ULSTEIN COM and integrated automation system ULSTEIN IAS and ULSTEIN POWER, and site team support to ensure the vessel delivery time.
Lucknow: BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was among the 10 people named in an FIR registered on Monday in connection with a road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and her two aunts killed, police said. The FIR, in which 15-20 unnamed people were also mentioned, was registered at the Gurubuxganj police station in Raebareli, they said. “FIR has been registered under the Indian Penal Code’s sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation), 120b (criminal conspiracy) against 10 named persons, including the BJP MLA, and 15-20 others,” a police officer said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Sengar, a four-time MLA who represents Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, was arrested in 2018 in connection with the incident that took place in 2017. The case was registered on a complaint from the rape survivor’s uncle Mahesh Singh, who is lodged in the Raebareli jail, police said. A truck hit the car carrying the rape survivor, her family and lawyer when they were going to meet Mahesh Singh on Sunday. Two– Sheela (50) and Pushpa 45) were killed in the mishap Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Besides the BJP legislator, his brother Manoj Singh Sengar, Vinod Mishra, Haripal Singh, Naveen Singh, Komal Singh, Arun Singh, Gyandendra Singh, Rinku Singh and Awadhesh Singh have been named in the FIR. The rape survivor’s uncle alleged that the MLA got the car hit on Sunday. “I am sure that the car was hit for killing all of them by the BJP MLA and his men,” he said in his complaint. He alleged he was transferred from Unnao to Raebareli jail as part of a conspiracy. “I had requested officials to keep me in Unnao jail otherwise my family members will be killed on way when they come to Raebareli to meet me…” he alleged. Meanwhile the condition of the survivor and his lawyer Mahendra Singh is critical and both of them are on ventilator, KGMU sources said.
KENORA, Ont. – Researchers were in northwestern Ontario over the weekend spilling diluted oilsands bitumen and crude oil into a lake to study how the ecosystem, from microbes to fish, responds.The pilot project, known as Freshwater Oil Spill Remediation Study, is being done at the International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area southeast of Kenora, Ont.Vince Palace, the scientist who is leading the experiment, said the area is typically known for experiments involving a whole lake, but this work is different.“We’re using small enclosures to contain that oil,” he said.The oil was spilled inside four yellow floating boomed rectangles, each along 2.5 metres of shrub and sphagnum moss shoreline.The enclosures stretch 10 metres into the lake and contain 20,000 litres of water. Curtain-like sides extend down and are carefully affixed to the lake bottom with lines of sandbags filled at the local gravel pit and placed by a small army of students in waders and wetsuits.The spills were 1.25 litres each and were to be left for 72 hours then cleaned up by professional oil-spill responders.With any oil spill, even after clean up, there is residual contamination.“We’re interested in looking at the impact of residuals,” Palace said in an interview before the experiments were conducted.Palace’s team will study impacts on microbes, algae, zooplankton, insects, wood frogs, and fathead minnows by sampling soil, water, and sediment before and after the spill and clean up.They’ll look for direct impacts from fouling and poisoning, but also indirect effects on fish survival and reproduction.Palace notes that when oil spills, social pressure and regulatory commitments create a huge drive to clean it up.“The problem is, in the shoreline environment, when you spill oil, often times the removal of it can be just as damaging as the impact of the oil on the shoreline environment itself,” he said.Soil removal, compaction, and moving heavy equipment into remote areas are ecologically destructive.“In marine environments, there are microbes present that will respond to the presence of oil to degrade it. So it may be that there is a benefit to leaving the oil in place to degrade,” Palace said.The researchers hope to find out if such oil-eating microbes exist in the freshwater environment of oil-naive Boreal shield lakes.Diluted bitumen’s behaviour in freshwater has been studied extensively in laboratories.Project collaborator Heather Dettman, senior scientist with Natural Resources Canada in Alberta, has simulated spills in laboratory wave tanks using North Saskatchewan River water.Her studies have manipulated variables such as wave action and temperature, but not things like wind, rain and sun.So, when it comes to understanding how oil behaves in a lake “maybe we’re missing something,” she said.This is “the next step up” from the lab.
TORONTO — The federal government will have to pay thousands of prison inmates placed in solitary confinement for long periods a preliminary $20 million for breaching their rights, a Superior Court judge ruled on Thursday.The decision, which comes without a full-blown trial, is the latest in a string of similar rulings across Canada that have gone against the government and are now at various stages of appeal.“The Correctional Service operated administrative segregation in a way that unnecessarily caused harm to the inmates,” Justice Paul Perell said in his ruling. “Class members suffered harm because of a systemic failure.”Administrative segregation involves isolating inmates for safety reasons where authorities believe there is no reasonable alternative. Prisoners spend up to 22 hours in small cells without any meaningful human contact or programming.Critics argue among other things that the practice can cause severe psychological harm and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, facts which Perell — and other courts — have accepted.“Many of the administrative or disciplinary cells are very poorly maintained. They are filthy and unsanitary,” said Perell, who noted the exercise yard for such inmates at the Edmonton Institution resembled a dog kennel.The representative plaintiff in the current case, Julian Reddock, launched the action in March 2017. Reddock, who said he sometimes spent days without leaving his cell, said he binged on an anti-anxiety drug.“All I wanted was to pass out cold for as long as possible, again and again,” Reddock testified. “It was all I could think to do to cope with the hopelessness of not knowing they would let me out.”One witness, Jeffery Candanay, testified to being segregated for more than 15 days on more than a dozen occasions. One placement lasted almost two years.The case, certified on consent as a class action last year, takes in almost 9,000 inmates placed in isolation for more than 15 days at a time between Nov. 1, 1992, and the present who were still alive in March 2015. The ruling only applies to those incarcerated after March 3, 2011, due to time limits for filing claims.In his ruling, which runs more than 100 pages and is based in part on 22,500 pages of evidence, Perell found the government had no reason to run the system the way it did, a point underscored by recent legislation doing away with solitary confinement.“Even if some form of segregation were necessary to ensure the safety or security of the penitentiary and its population, there never has been an explanation and hence no justification for depriving an inmate of meaningful human contact,” Perell said. “This form of segregation is not rationally connected to the safety of the penitentiaries.”Perell found an absence of independent oversight and the lengthy placements breached the inmates’ rights in that it can cause a wide array of serious effects, ranging from anxiety and hallucinations to delusions, panic attacks and psychosis.“An inmate who is placed in administrative segregation is cruelly and unusually treated once the placement is more than 15 days,” he said.The $20-million award for vindication and deterrence includes compensation — $500 for each placement longer than 15 days — of about $9 million. The money is to be shared equally among class members, who can still claim punitive and other damages after proving their individual harm, Perell said. He declined to award punitive damages.The justice said he decided to forge ahead with the case and issue his judgment given the array of other cases before the courts.“Since my decision in the immediate case will be appealed by one or the other or both of the parties, I felt it preferable to decide the Reddock case promptly, so the appeals of these interconnected cases, with their very similar and factual footprints, could, if possible, be heard together.”Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
Rabat- King Mohammed VI sent a message to participants in the high-level conference on the judiciary, which opened Monday in Marrakech under the theme “The independence of the judiciary: guaranteeing the rights of litigants and upholding the principles of justice. Here is the full text of the Royal message, read by the king’s advisor Abdellatif Menouni:“Your Excellencies, honorable Ministers,Distinguished Presidents of the Higher Councils of the Judiciary and Public Prosecutors,Ladies and Gentlemen, It gives me pleasure to send this message to your international forum and to welcome participants in this high-level conference on the judiciary. Given the high esteem in which I hold the judiciary and also the special attention I have always devoted to judicial bodies and to the members of the judicial system, I was keen to grant my patronage to this event.First of all, I wish to commend you on your choice of theme: The independence of the judiciary: guaranteeing the rights of litigants and upholding the principles of justice. This is an important, topical theme for any judicial system that seeks to play a greater role in safeguarding rights and freedoms and in enhancing judicial security with a view to promoting development and protecting society.I hope this conference will provide an opportunity for participants from different legal backgrounds to identify common challenges and come up with appropriate answers and innovative solutions to those challenges, building on the universal principles they have in common.Your Excellencies,Distinguished members of the Judiciary,Ladies and Gentlemen,Your meeting is taking place at a time when a major, historic reform of the judicial system is under way in Morocco.Guided by a constant desire to comply with the modern principles governing judicial systems, the Kingdom of Morocco has been actively seeking to upgrade its judicial sector in order to respond to the concerns of citizens, satisfy the needs of litigants, fulfil the aspirations of society and meet the requirements of our time.Convinced that the independence of the judiciary is of utmost importance and given the role it plays in the emergence of states committed to the rule of law, my country has sought to lay the foundations for judicial independence, taking the necessary institutional, legislative and practical measures to that end.In this regard, I was particularly keen to make sure the separation of powers was expressly enshrined in the Constitution. The latter also stipulates that a Higher Council of the Judiciary – chaired by the Sovereign and composed of legal and judicial experts as well as elected judges – is to be set up as an independent constitutional body which ensures that the guarantees provided to judges are respected and which manages judges’ professional careers.The Constitution also prohibits any interference in the cases being prosecuted, and the law provides for sanctions against any attempt to influence judges. Moreover, the Constitution stipulates that any failure by a judge to uphold his or her obligations with respect to the independence and impartiality of the judiciary would be considered a serious professional violation which could give rise to criminal prosecution.The Constitution goes further in this regard, laying down provisions for upholding the rights of litigants and ensuring the proper administration of justice. It confirms the judge’s role in terms of protecting the rights, freedoms and judicial security of individuals and groups. It also guarantees not only a citizen’s right to take legal action, but also the presumption of innocence as well as the right to a fair trial within a reasonable timeframe.These are constitutional principles which I wanted to see reflected in a national charter for the reform of the judicial system. The preparation of that charter, which includes a range of legislative, organizational and practical reforms and which was developed using an extensive participatory approach, was entrusted to a group of eminent judges, lawyers, judicial experts and professionals from the justice system.Important legal texts have been adopted in this respect, particularly the organic laws relating to the Higher Council of the Judicial Power and the Statute of Judges, in addition to the legislation which transferred the supervision of the Office of the Public Prosecutor from the Minister of Justice to the Attorney General at the Court of Cassation.Through this collective initiative, my country has made important strides towards completing the institutional framework for running the judicial system.I hope we can speed up the implementation of other relevant measures set out in the charter to update legislation and improve the functioning and performance of the judiciary, thus enhancing its independence, in keeping with the Kingdom’s Constitution.As the guarantor of the independence of the judiciary, I seek to make sure that that independence – as enshrined in the Constitution – serves the citizen, enhances the rule of law and promotes development.Your Excellencies,Distinguished members of the Judiciary,Ladies and Gentlemen,Like other communities which attach the utmost importance to the judicial system, and regardless of the accomplishments made with respect to the institutional framework underpinning the legal system, my country remains concerned by the stakes and challenges relating to judicial systems worldwide.Chief among these challenges is the obligation to guarantee the independence of the judiciary on the ground and in practical terms. This is because judicial independence is not meant to benefit the judges, but rather the citizens. Because it asserts the rights of litigants, it entails responsibilities for the judges.Litigants are legitimately entitled to expect a judge to prosecute independently and impartially, and to base his or her judgment on nothing but the law and his or her conscience and convictions.This is an obligation for the judge. He or she must show integrity and impartiality and steer away from any influence or temptation which may expose him or her to disciplinary measures or criminal proceedings.Enhancing confidence in the judiciary as the bedrock of the rule of law and the main driver of development is another challenge that needs to be tackled. This can be achieved by improving the performance of the legal system in order to enable it to accompany the profound economic and social changes taking place in society.To achieve this objective, we need, among other things, to facilitate access to justice through an overhaul of legislation in order to keep pace with modern times and bring domestic legislation in line with international instruments, particularly those relating to human rights. Just as important is the need to make sure that cases are prosecuted within reasonable time frames, to provide the judicial security needed for an improved business environment and to promote investment and development. It is also essential to ensure the effectiveness and transparency of judicial administration through the use of information technology and to institutionalize alternative means for resolving disputes.To develop criminal justice, we need to look into ways and means to strike as sound a balance as possible between the obligation to safeguard rights and freedoms and the need to preserve the values and pillars of society and to shield it against anything that may threaten it. This is particularly true in today’s world, which is characterized by growing perils, complex relations and the ever-expanding use of digital communications. The latter implies threats as well as potential misuses that are particularly complex and that need to be tackled in an efficient, professional manner.Enhancing the performance of the legal system remains a key concern, given the expectations of individuals and societies alike. This goal cannot be achieved without improving judicial administration to support the work of judges. Experience shows that the digitization of the legal system can play an important role in this regard.The achievement of objectives at all of the above levels hinges on enhancing the qualifications of the men and women working in the judiciary. It also requires that we ensure capacity building within legal bodies and foster integrity across the judiciary. Any endeavor to promote integrity should be supported through, for example, the promotion of international cooperation as an instrument that can help improve legal systems and encourage the exchange of experiences and know-how as well as the identification of best practices in the field.Your Excellencies,Distinguished members of the Judiciary,Ladies and Gentlemen,I am sure the issues relating to the theme of your conference will be discussed extensively. Participants will thus have the opportunity to make fruitful comparisons, particularly as they share not just a deep concern about the challenges legal systems are faced with, but also a strong desire to forge innovative solutions by drawing on their vast experience and achievements. They will thus enrich the debate, while bearing in mind the particularities of their respective societies.I hope your debates will lead you to make creative, relevant proposals and practical recommendations. You would thus have turned your conference into a sustainable platform for the fruitful exchange of experiences in order to contribute to the development and overhaul of legal systems.May Almighty God grant you every success.”
The six working groups operating at the Office’s On-Site Coordination Centre in the hard-hit Santa Cruz region also identified emergency shelter management and the psycho-social care of the people living in camps as critical needs.Last week, OCHA announced the creation of the centre, which is coordinating health, food, shelter and education aid for many of the 13,000 families affected by the floods. The working groups include a team dedicated to infrastructure repair and the rechanneling of rivers as the Rio Grande River is now flowing up to 30 kilometres away from its original course in some areas because of the floods.New rains are expected, which might provoke another overflow of the Rio Grande River and create new flooding. In the San Julian area, rising waters are causing an increase in existing flood areas and the affected communities.The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Bolivian Red Cross have distributed food and relief items to 1,800 families in San Borja, Luna de Vaca and Riberalta and will extend operations to other affected areas in Beni when additional funds become available.In addition to restoring the agricultural economy, other priority needs in Santa Cruz include the repair of infrastructure, such as some 300 kilometres of roads as well as bridges and water drainage structures, according to local authorities.
Relying just on a password to keep the data secure on a laptop is not a great idea, especially if it contains very sensitive information. Drive encryption, and the ability to remotely wipe your machine are both becoming popular security options. If you want a uniqie way to identify yourself at login, though, the best choice at the moment is a fingerprint reader which some laptops ship with.Fujitsu has improved upon fingerprint identification, however, and is pushing ahead with vein authentication sensors. These senors look at the palm of your hand and identify your vein pattern which is unique. The benefit of such a system is it requires no contact with the hand. The problems are various, though, with sensors being too big to deploy in a mobile device, and not being able to cope with any movement of your hand meaning lots of bad reads and an extended authentication process for the user.Those problems seem to have been solved now as Fujitsu has just unveiled its smallest and slimmest ever vein sensor, thought to be the smallest in the world. Measuring just 29 x 29 x 11mm, it is small enough to be incorporated into a laptop or other portable gadgets (external hard drives?).Fujitsu managed to slim down the sensor significantly by using a new lighting system that fits into half the space of previous models. The result is a sensor that could be an option on your next laptop.Fujitsu didn’t just stop at miniaturization, though. The other big problem was handling movement, so the new sensor was made capable of capturing multiple images at 20fps. That means it can pick the best image from a sample and get a clearer reading with a vastly improved success rate. It also means a faster authentication process for the user.Vein authentication is desirable because it relies on an invisible pattern of veins making it very secure. It also requires no contact with the user’s hand making it hygienic for high-traffic authentication, and with Fujitsu’s new sensor it is now very fast and error free too.Read more at the Fujitsu press release
iPhone 4G : sortie officielle le 7 juin prochain ?États-Unis – Le 7 juin prochain se tiendra l’édition 2010 de l’Apple worldwide developers conference (WWDC). Un événement qui risque fort d’être marqué par la sortie officielle du nouvel iPhone 4G. Comme l’explique notre partenaire AbriCoCotier, un simple coup d’œil aux calendriers habituels de sortie des nouveaux iPhone, tous lancés en juin ou juillet, permet de supposer que le nouvel iPhone 4G (ou iPhone HD, le doute subsiste) devrait certainement sortir officiellement de l’ombre lors de la prochaine WWDC.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Les divers rebondissements de “l’iPhonegate” ont déjà permis de connaître divers détails de ce nouveau smartphone tant attendu : deux caméras, une frontale, et une dorsale (la dorsale étant améliorée par rapport à celle de l’iPhone 3GS), une résolution améliorée, le support des microSIM et, très certainement, l’iPhone OS 4. La WWDC commencera lundi prochain et se terminera le 11 juin. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le blog d’Abricocotier.Le 3 juin 2010 à 12:58 • Emmanuel Perrin
Franz Spielvogel has had his eye on Vancouver and its attractive unincorporated collars for at least three years.The owner of the Laughing Planet chain knew the community would be an ideal location for one of his restaurants. But where?Spielvogel took a close look at downtown Vancouver and the Salmon Creek area. But he settled on east Vancouver. Specifically, he chose a spot in Fisher’s Mercantile shopping center at 16209 S.E. McGillivray Blvd. The restaurant opened last week. On Wednesday afternoon, Spielvogel participated in a Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting at the site.And Spielvogel spent some time Wednesday talking to The Columbian about the factors that pushed the new site to the top of the list of best options.Laughing Planet is a quick-service restaurant that opened in Portland in 2000 and traces its roots to its first store in Bloomington, Ind. The restaurant markets its fare as a healthy alternative, “serving fresh, nutritious food that is good for you and the environment,” says a news release. “The menu features bowls, burritos, soups, salads and cold-pressed juice using local ingredients from local farmers, and offers a variety of delicious vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free dishes in a bright welcoming space.”If that doesn’t offer enough clues to its cultural bent, perhaps this slogan on a T-shirt offered on its website will help: “Make America Kind Again.” It’s one of several items on the page, right above the tote bag with this slogan: “Tree Hugger Tote Bag.”The chain has 10 restaurants in or near Portland, two in Eugene, Ore., one in Bend, Ore., one in Corvallis, Ore., and two in Reno, Nev. And it has plans to expand to cities in Washington, Idaho and Utah.
A small, daylong rally in Esther Short Park on Monday raised community voices against child abuse.Children Without A Voice, a nationwide nonprofit organization, observed National Child Abuse Month with music and speakers, as well as an ongoing march around the park. When The Columbian stopped by just before lunchtime, about 25 people were there.“The longer it stays in the dark, the bigger it’s going to grow,” said local organizer Stephanie Holt. “This is all about awareness.” It was the first such march in Vancouver, Holt said, and she’s hoping future years will see a bigger turnout.According to a statement from Children Without A Voice, people in 150 cities and 45 states were marching against child abuse Monday. Learn more about Children Without A Voice at cwavusa.org. Children Without A Voice reports that there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse in the United States each year.
The most potent winter storm of the season brought more wind than rain to the region today, with an even stronger punch expected this evening.The National Weather Service has reported gusts as high as 37 mph at Pearson Field early this morning. Gusts near noon were peaking at 26 mph.Winds that blew trees into power lines were blamed for a number of scattered outages throughout Clark County. Clark Public Utilities was reporting that trees into power lines had at one point in the afternoon knocked out power to 1,165 in north Clark County, mostly in the Battle Ground and Hockinson area. Winds are forecast to reach 20 mph to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph through 10 p.m. Saturday. Forecasters had warned of the possibility of cold air funnel clouds today as the cold air moves in. These types of funnel clouds do not usually touch the ground, but they can cause serious damage if they do. Rainfall totals today are expected to be a tenth to a quarter inch this afternoon, and up to a quarter inch tonight. Up to half an inch of rain is expected Sunday, with continued gusty winds up to 22 mph.
Hunter Hayes Announces U.S. Tour In Support Of Upcoming Third Full-Length Album Facebook 2019 GRAMMYs Viewer’s Guide: Where To Watch Music’s Biggest NightRead more Email The GRAMMY-nominated country/pop rockstar returned with his first official new single in three years last week, and now he’s plotting a U.S. trek to support his forthcoming album, due out later this yearNate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 7, 2019 – 7:00 am Multi-genre phenom Hunter Hayes has announced the Closer To You spring U.S. tour in support of his forthcoming album, due out later this year. the 20-date run will kickoff in Atlanta on Apr. 18 and cross America before wrapping in Cincinatti, Ohio on June 1. While fans will no doubt be thrilled about the news, so is Hayes.”I’m very excited to finally announce our Closer To You spring tour,” said Hayes in a tour teaser video. “New show, new music, a lot of new things. I can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been working on.”Just last month on Jan. 25, Hayes returned with his first official single in three years, the infectious “Heartbreak.” The song, according to Hayes, was written to his future self in during the throes of a breatkup.”After a relationship ends, I think we all want to know that there is someone for us but unfortunately, a lot of people have been lead to believe that you’re supposed to feel s***ty after a breakup,” Hayes said in a statement. “I wanted this song to turn that feeling around for people and remind them not to let someone walk out the door with your happiness and your self-worth. I kind of want this song to be somebody’s disco ball on a depressing night rather than a box of tissues and a Hugh Grant movie. That’s why I love that line ‘I’ve been in some s*** relationships but I remain an optimist.’” Hayes’ new album will follow 2014’s Storyline, which earned him his most recent GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Solo Performenace for “Invisible.” His most recent official single was 2016’s “Yesterday’s Song,” but the Lousiana native hasn’t been completely silent since then. Hayes dropped a song called “Dear God” just last year and released a three-part mini movie set in the 1950’s titled “Pictures” that follows storylines of domestic violence, racial differences, and a powerful love that can’t be stopped. The movie featured three of Hayes’ music videos for the songs “You Should Be Loved,” “More” and “This Girl.”Known for his electrifying live performances, complete with his signature pop/country vocal tone and ripping guitar work, Hayes returns to the road should be a natural one. Check out the full list of dates below and visit his website for ticket details. Twitter Hunter Hayes Announces New Music, U.S. Tour hunter-hayes-announces-us-tour-support-upcoming-third-full-length-album News
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:51 X Listen On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Students and parents across the country are planning school walkouts to protest gun violence. The demonstrations come one month after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. They’ll last 17 minutes, one minute for each student who was killed. While this week is Spring Break for many Houston schools, that’s not keeping local students and parents from taking part. We check in with News 88.7’s Laura Isensee from Linkwood Park near Braeswood.Also this hour: We discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas. Then, could an antibiotic-resistant epidemic in Colombia be a harbinger of things to come here in the US? We ask a local researcher. And a local expert answers your questions about dangerous wildlife in Greater Houston.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
“This research has clear implications for shift workers with odd schedules, but probably extends to many of us who keep schedules that differ greatly from day-to-day, especially from weekdays to weekends,” said one of the researchers David Earnest, Professor at Texas A&M Health Science Centre College of Medicine in the US. “These irregular schedules can produce what is known as ‘social jet lag’, which similarly unwinds our body clocks so that they no longer keep accurate time, and thus can lead to the same effects on human health as shift work,” Earnest noted. According to Earnest, it is not the longer hours – or the weird hours –necessarily that is the problem. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Instead, it is the change in the timing of waking, sleeping and eating every few days that “unwinds” our body clocks and makes it difficult for them to maintain their natural, 24-hour cycle. When body clocks are disrupted, as they are when people go to bed and get up at radically different times every few days, there can be a major impact on health. The researchers found that shift work can affect the brain and lead to more severe ischemic strokes which occur when blood flow is cut off to part of the brain. The study was published in the journal Endocrinology. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“The body is synchronised to night and day by circadian rhythms — 24-hour cycles controlled by internal biological clocks that tell our bodies when to sleep, when to eat and when to perform numerous physiological processes,” Earnest said. “A person on a shift work schedule, especially on rotating shifts, challenges, or confuses, their internal body clocks by having irregular sleep-wake patterns or meal times,” Earnest noted.
Kolkata: Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee has been admitted to a private hospital in south Kolkata with chest infection on Wednesday morning. The octogenarian actor, who is suffering from pneumonia, was taken to the ICCU and a medical board comprising five doctors has been monitoring his health. His condition is stated to be stable now, the doctors said. Chatterjee had complained of breathing congestion on Wednesday morning and was subsequently taken to the hospital.
Tall waves and high winds reportedly caused the barge carrying 180 tons of ammonium nitrate tocapsize in early May in Costa Rica’s Pacific Gulf of Nicoya. But government officials and environmental groups are now pointing blame at the Legislative Assembly for failing to pass a bill that they say could have prevented the accident.The Aquatic Navigation bill (Expediente 18512), has been in the hands of the Legislative Assembly since 2010. The law would bar ships from leaving port during rough conditions and allow the government to punish vessels that do not comply with safety regulations. Costa Rica currently has no weather-related restrictions for boat travel.The Coast Guard releases daily weather bulletins with suggestions for ship travel, but captains are under no obligation to follow the advice.The Coast Guard issued such a bulletin on May 2, warning that waves could reach two meters in height near the port city of Puntarenas. Despite the rough conditions, a crew transporting chemicals for the fertilizer company Fertilizantes de Centroamérica (FERTICA) left port and capsized 150 meters from the coast. The Coast Guard was able to save the crew, but some of the toxic cargo was released into the sea.An investigation has since revealed that the ship’s navigation permits had expired.Just months earlier, Costa Rican authorities had to deal with another disaster at sea when a pleasure catamaran with 99 passengers capsized in high winds and rough seas 30 minutes after leaving port in Playa Herradura, on the country’s central Pacific coast. Three foreign tourists drowned in the accident and others were injured.The crew did not hand out life jackets until the boat was already sinking.Without a navigation law, the Costa Rican government has almost no recourse against a ship’s owners. Maritime navigation is currently governed by a series of administrative decisions that carry little weight in a court of law.Recommended: Costa Rica’s lack of safety regulations comes into view after death of 6 tourists in January“Right now Costa Rica lacks a law that adequately sanctions irregularities that happen during marine navigation and transport,” ocean conservation group MarViva said in a statement last week. “Despite the importance of an Aquatic Navigation law for the country, the governments over the last 10 years have not regarded it as important.”In fact, the roots of the current bill go back further than 10 years, to another catamaran accident in 1997 that left two passengers dead. The catamaran had also run into rough seas, and the crew failed to hand out life vests at all, leaving them tied to the boat’s railings.The accident shook the country and spurred calls for a navigation bill. But even in the face of the tragedy, it took lawmakers 13 years to complete a draft bill. And that bill has yet to be brought to a vote in the Legislative Assembly.In response to the most recent catamaran accident in January, President Luis Guillermo Solís declared the bill a priority in the Assembly’s extraordinary session, which ran from Dec. 1 until April 30. But the bill was pushed aside in order to facilitate votes on infrastructure projects. Lawmakers from the ruling Citizen Action Party say the bill is again a priority following the recent accident.“We, along with our other colleagues, are obligated to give [the bill] priority, ensure its passage and assure technical support,” PAC Lawmaker Marcela Guerrero said. “Additionally, we need to clarify regulations to ensure the minimum security of people who want to use this type of transport.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Investigation finds ‘no negligence’ in deadly Costa Rica catamaran accident Costa Rican lawmakers give themselves vacations on Easter Holy Week Costa Rica Coast Guard rescues injured US tourist in Las Catalinas Why May 1 is much more than Labor Day for Costa Rica’s government
Top Stories Yo @AB84 …Hit my line.— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) February 12, 2019The timing of Peterson’s very brief recruitment letter message came 20 minutes after Brown posted a video montage of himself playing for the Steelers along with a thank-you to fans:Related LinksMichael Bidwill: Cardinals will continue leaning over their ski tipsThe Kliff Kingsbury-loves-Kyler Murray narrative growsPair of ESPN writers feel ‘perfect fit’ for Kyler Murray is with CardinalsPatrick Peterson’s apology confirms he cares as much as we doCardinals CB Peterson excited to get back to press coverage“Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years…time to move on and forward……..✌🏼 #NewDemands”With that, Brown formally requested a trade from the Steelers on Tuesday, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.This comes after the 30-year-old left the Steelers on bad terms to end last season.Brown caught 104 balls for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns, the latter of which led the NFL in 2018. He would certainly be a boon on the field for the Cardinals, who will have veteran Larry Fitzgerald and second-year pro Christian Kirk leading a receiving corps that struggled in 2018.Brown will be paid a bonus of $2.5 million if he remains on Pittsburgh’s roster on March 17, and that amount would be a cap hit for the Steelers if they don’t move him before then, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Less than four months ago, Patrick Peterson was putting out the fire.His trade demands led to meetings with his Arizona Cardinals bosses and ultimately a rescinding of those demands.Peterson’s apology to Arizona fans just two weeks ago while golfing at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am was a sign he is serious about remaining in Arizona. He also expressed excitement about playing under new Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 53 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Want more?Peterson on Tuesday went to Twitter to, perhaps, improve his current franchise. He requested a phone conversation with disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs after a catch with Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) in pursuit during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 25-13. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) The receiver is owed $12.6 million next season, $11.3 million in 2020 and $12.5 million in 2021. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >Campi ya Kanzi has announced its Air Safari itineraries for 2016.Clients can now choose between a 16-day air safari from Kenya and Botswana or a 36-day (split in two parts) air safari from Kenya to Namibia and back.March 2016 Air Safari: Kenya to BotswanaFrom 9 to 24 March 2016, Campi ya Kanzi will host a 16-day excursion departing from the camp and ending in Botswana. The safari includes:Diverse safari activities that include walking through the Chyulu Hills, game drives, horseback riding, recreation at the wellness centre.Scenic flight over the Serengeti, the Virunga Mountains, the Mozambique coast of Lake Malawi, the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta in Botswana.May 2016 Air Safari: Kenya to NamibiaStarting and ending at Campi ya Kanzi, this 36-day expedition, split in two parts will:Fly over the Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro, Virunga Mountains, the Serengeti and the Great Migration, Lake Malawi, Zambezi River and Victoria Falls, the Caprivi Strip, Namib Desert and the Skeleton Coast.Journey over the Kalahari and Red Dunes desert, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Lake Kariba, Luangwa Valley, the Mozambique coast of Lake Malawi and the Quirimbas Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, the wild and vast Selous.Viewings of the wilderness and the array of wildlife Africa has to offer from the air and land.Resident YogiCampi ya Kanzi is welcoming a new Yogi, Tricia Cruz, to the team. Clients can now arrange for one-on-one sessions or practise within a group, utilising Tricia’s 3 years of practise and experience as a student.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Shaquille O’Neal, Ken Jeong team for reality TV comedy pilot This combination photo shows actor Ken Jeong at the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the film “Crazy Rich Asians” in New York on Aug. 14, 2018, left, and retired Hall of Fame basketball player Shaquille O’Neal during an NBA basketball news conference in Miami on Dec. 22, 2016. TBS said it has ordered a reality series pilot that will test the pair’s ability to take on odd jobs. The pilot, with the working title “Unqualified,” could be the basis for a series if it impresses the channel. (AP Photo) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong are trying out as comedy teammates.TBS said it has ordered a reality series pilot that will test the pair’s ability to take on odd jobs.The pilot, with the working title “Unqualified,” could be the basis for a series.The concept: O’Neal and Jeong try to master jobs including mall rent-a-cop, substitute schoolteacher and train conductor.TBS said basketball great and sports commentator O’Neal and doctor-turned-actor Jeong showed their chemistry when they appeared on the series “Drop The Mic.”In a joint statement, O’Neal and Jeon said they are “built to hustle.”Jeong’s credits include “Crazy Rich Asians,” ”The Hangover” and “Dr. Ken.”O’Neal has appeared or done voice-overs in films including “Scary Move 4” and “The Lego Movie.” by The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2018 11:34 am PDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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