first_imgThe pictograms for next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics were unveiled on Tuesday at an event to mark 500 days to go until the Summer Games.Pictograms for each sport, including the five new sports that will feature at Tokyo 2020, will feature on tickets, television graphics and venues and are one of the key visual elements of any Olympic Games.Baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, surfing and speed climbing will all feature at Tokyo 2020 as organisers target a younger audience.When Tokyo last hosted the Summer Games in 1964, it was the first Olympics to include pictograms and they have featured at every Games since. The concept was introduced to make all sports easy to comprehend across the world.”The sports pictograms were officially used for the first time at the 1964 Tokyo Games; Japanese designers, predecessors, pioneering designers, created this great legacy,” designer Masaaki Hiromura said.”Having that as our starting point, for the Tokyo 2020 Games we wanted a more modern design, incorporating athletes’ dynamism and trying to express their muscle movements, yet keeping it simple.”Organisers also used the opportunity to launch the Tokyo 2020 caravan project.A promotional bus will travel across the three prefectures most deeply affected by the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami as Tokyo 2020 reflects the theme of ‘reconstruction Olympics’.The caravan will tour Tokyo before heading north to Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures.Softball, the first event on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic schedule, will begin in Fukushima two days before the opening ceremony on July 24.With 500 days to go until the start of the summer showpiece, organisers were confident that preparations are on schedule.advertisementMost of the venues are 50-70 percent complete ahead of test events that will kick off in earnest this summer.The new Olympic Stadium, which will host the opening ceremony, is scheduled for completion in November.last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is to carry out infrastructural upgrade of four St. Ann-based Primary and Infant schools. The schools to benefit are Philadelphia All-Age, Lower Buxton Primary and Infant, Keith Primary and Infant, and Hoolebury Primary and Infant. Senator Reid visited the schools on February 26. Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, told JIS News that the upgrading work forms part of the Ministry’s national infrastructure development programme, adding that the Government remains committed to tackling the infrastructural needs of schools across the country. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is to carry out infrastructural upgrade of four St. Ann-based Primary and Infant schools.Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, told JIS News that the upgrading work forms part of the Ministry’s national infrastructure development programme, adding that the Government remains committed to tackling the infrastructural needs of schools across the country.The schools to benefit are Philadelphia All-Age, Lower Buxton Primary and Infant, Keith Primary and Infant, and Hoolebury Primary and Infant. Senator Reid visited the schools on February 26.“We indicated to them where we are in the process in terms of ensuring that their facilities are improved. We are looking especially at their infant/early childhood department to make sure that they are up to standard. Many schools require upgrades in terms of their grounds. So, there will be some amount of paving done,” Senator Reid said.The Minister further noted that the establishment of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure is also in the pipeline for the schools.“Philadelphia, for example, they have some challenges with the Internet. We have to provide ICT solutions that are offline… updating data on tablets and so on. So, that will be something that we want to look at,” he noted.“Lower Buxton Primary is a large facility, but there are still some infrastructure needs there. There’s an ICT lab that needs to be established, so we will be partnering with them on that. Keith Primary as well. There is an unfinished building that needs to be completed. The grounds need upgrading, so that will be part of our programme of infrastructure improvement,” the Minister added.As it relates to cost, Senator Reid said the Regional Office has been asked to update the Ministry so that the requisite allocations can be made.last_img read more

first_imgzoom A fire that started in the vicinity of Houston Ship Channel, at a nearby refinery, in the morning hours of Friday was extinguished around 12 p.m. the same day, according to Houston Fire Department.The fire erupted at ExxonMobil in Baytown, TX, and“the huge plume of smoke sent into the air was visible from 22 miles away from downtown Houston,” GAC told World Maritime News.“As per Houston Pilots, no channel closure took place and it did not influence vessel traffic.”GAC added that, according to Exxon, there were no injuries at the site, and there was no need for the community to shelter in place at the time, though they continued to monitor air quality well after the fire was extinguished the same day.The fire at the chemical plant started when a cleaning fluid and heavy fuel ignited at the site, the fire department said.Relevant authorities will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the incident.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgDes changements au programme de délivrance graduelle du permis de conduire contribueront à réduire le risque de collision et de blessure pour les nouveaux conducteurs. À compter du 1er avril, la phase de l’apprenti conducteur du programme augmentera à 12 mois. « À l’heure actuelle, nous avons la phase de l’apprenti conducteur la plus courte au Canada, affirme Geoff MacLellan, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. La prolongation de la phase de l’apprenti conducteur permettra au conducteur d’acquérir des compétences et de faire l’expérience de différentes situations et conditions sur la route. » « Il pourra également acquérir de l’expérience de conduite dans toutes les saisons. L’objectif est d’assurer la sécurité à long terme des nouveaux conducteurs et des autres conducteurs qui utilisent les routes. » Dans le cadre du programme actuel, la phase de l’apprenti conducteur est de six mois, ou de trois mois si un cours de conduite autorisé est effectué. Le programme actuel continue de s’appliquer aux permis d’apprenti conducteur obtenus avant le 1er avril. Selon le nouveau programme, la période minimale de l’apprenti conducteur sera de 12 mois, ou de neuf mois si un cours de conduite autorisé est effectué. Le nouveau programme s’appliquera aux permis d’apprenti conducteur obtenus le 1er avril ou à une date ultérieure. « La plupart des collisions qui surviennent sur les routes sont prévisibles et peuvent être évitées, souligne John Collyer, vice-président de l’Association des chefs de police de la Nouvelle-Écosse et membre du Comité consultatif sur la sécurité routière. Le renforcement du programme de délivrance graduelle du permis de conduire pourrait contribuer à réduire le nombre de collisions graves et mortelles. » Le programme a été mis en œuvre par le gouvernement provincial en 1994. Quiconque, peu importe l’âge, présente une demande de permis d’apprenti conducteur est visé par le système de délivrance graduelle. Le programme est formé de plusieurs phases pendant lesquelles les nouveaux conducteurs passent de situations à faible risque à des situations à risque plus élevé, après avoir acquis de l’expérience de conduite. Les conditions du programme incluent l’interdiction de conduire la nuit, un taux d’alcoolémie de zéro, des restrictions en ce qui a trait aux passagers et un cours de conduite obligatoire. Pour plus d’information, consultez le http://novascotia.ca/sns/rmv/f/licence/fr-gradlic.asp.last_img read more

first_imgIran: Iran said on Tuesday that US sanctions imposed on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top officials in the country permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week.Washington said it would also impose sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif later this week. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London “Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Twitter. “Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security,” Mousavi tweeted. Iran says the US drone was flying over southern Iran. Washington said it was downed in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Trump said that the sanctions were in part a response to the shooting down of the drone, but would have happened anyway. The latest sanctions are aimed at denying Iran’s leadership access to financial resources, blocking them from using the United States financial system or having access to any assets in the United States.Iran and the United States have been at odds since last year when Trump withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers and reimposed sanctions on it. Khamenei is Iran’s utmost authority who has the last say on all state matters. Iran would not accept talks with the United States while it is under the threat of sanctions, Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi, told reporters in New York. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Gerald Butts, principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his friend since university days, issued this statement Monday afternoon:I have resigned as Principal Secretary to The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, PC, MP, Prime Minister of Canada. He has accepted my resignation.Recently, anonymous sources have alleged that I pressured the former Attorney General, The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, to assist SNC-Lavalin with being considered for a deferred prosecution agreement. I categorically deny the accusation that I or anyone else in his office pressured Ms. Wilson-Raybould. We honoured the unique role of the Attorney General. At all times, I and those around me acted with integrity and a singular focus on the best interests of all Canadians.The Prime Minister of Canada’s Office is much larger and more important than any of its staff. I have served it to the best of my abilities, and I have at all times given the Prime Minister free and unfettered advice. I have served the public interest, not the interests of any individual or any narrow private interest of any kind, at any time. Life is full of uncertainties, but I am absolutely certain of that.Any accusation that I or the staff put pressure on the Attorney General is simply not true. Canadians are rightly proud of their public institutions. They should be, because they work. But the fact is that this accusation exists. It cannot and should not take one moment away from the vital work the Prime Minister and his office is doing for all Canadians. My reputation is my responsibility and that is for me to defend. It is in the best interests of the office and its important work for me to step away.I want to say a word about my relationship with Ms. Wilson-Raybould. I encouraged her to run for the Liberal Party of Canada, and worked hard to support her as a candidate and then Cabinet Minister. From my perspective, our relationship has always been defined by mutual respect, candour and an honest desire to work together.On a personal note, I wish to thank the Prime Minister for the opportunity to work with him, his Cabinet and the Liberal Caucus. They are great people who are dedicated to improving their country. I also want to thank my colleague, Katie Telford. The last seven years simply do not happen without her. Nobody knows that more than I do. And to my colleagues in the PMO, it has been the highest honour of my professional life to have worked together with all of you on behalf of all Canadians. I wish them all well, and they have my full support.I also need to say this (and I know it’s a non sequitur). Our kids and grandkids will judge us on one issue above all others. That issue is climate change. I hope the response to it becomes the collective, non-partisan, urgent effort that science clearly says is required. I hope that happens soon.Every hard problem requires a thoughtful, collaborative solution from the country it affects. Those solutions in turn depend on good, hard-working people who devote their time and energy to public service. Canada has those people in abundance. While it is fashionable sometimes in some quarters to denigrate politicians and public servants, my experience is that the women and men who serve Canadians in elected office and the professional public service are honest, decent, hard-working people who put service of country beyond self every day. Life is many days, and there are hard days in public life, but there are no bad ones. I hope I did the job in a way that would have made my parents proud and will make my children consider public service.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA – Former Olympic rower Harold Backer received a 13-month jail sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty to fraud, but no answers were provided about his mysterious 18 month disappearance that sparked an international police search.Backer, 55, wearing a grey pinstriped suit and red tie, did not say a word during his sentencing hearing, choosing to let his lawyer, Joven Narwal, speak to the court on his behalf.Two of Backer’s children, his older brother, other relatives and a former rowing coach were in the courtroom to support him.“Mr. Backer wishes to express his deep remorse for his conduct through me,” said Narwal. “He does not wish to address the court.”Backer, a three-time Olympian and Princeton University graduate, had been facing two charges of fraud over $5,000 and had pleaded not guilty on both counts. He abruptly changed the plea to guilty on Wednesday in Victoria provincial court to a single charge of fraud over $5,000.Judge Carmen Rogers also gave the former investment dealer three years of probation. The sentence included credit for one month of time served in jail.In an agreed statement of facts, Backer promised to pay restitution of $161,900 to five people.Before he was led away from court, Backer hugged his children and brother, who declined to answer questions outside court.Backer disappeared on Nov. 3, 2015, when he failed to return home after telling his family he was going out for a bike ride. He surrendered to police in Victoria in April 2017 and his whereabouts while he was missing have never been explained.His disappearance was not mentioned during the sentencing hearing, where a joint submission was presented to the court by both Backer’s lawyer and Crown counsel.“The information that is of concern to the Crown is the period between May of 2013 and November of 2015, and that’s the period when these offences have been carried out, and that’s the period we’re concerned about with the prosecution,” Crown counsel spokesman Daniel McLaughlin said outside court.Narwal also said his client’s disappearance was not connected to the sentencing.“As you can assume, the answer to that question wasn’t relevant to today’s sentencing hearing and I won’t be answering that,” he said after the hearing.Victoria police said in a statement the department was offering no comment at this time.After his disappearance in November 2015, police in Port Angeles, Wash., said an officer who viewed video from a street security camera noted a man fitting Backer’s description was aboard a ferry from Victoria, a 90-minute trip away.Soon after he disappeared, financial crime investigators began looking into Backer and the company My Financial Backer Corp. after his investors received letters that concerned them.Narwal told the court his client often expressed remorse in terms of an athlete failing his team.“He’s let down the people who cared most deeply for him,” said Narwal. “In rowing, if you don’t perform well enough, you let down the team.”Backer never intended to defraud his investors, Narwal said.“The investments, and let’s say the optimism related to these investments, did not bear the fruit he was hoping for. And so loses occurred.”Backer was on the Canadian rowing team in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.last_img read more

Rabat – Toyota Gazoo Racing team announced yesterday, September 16, that the famous Spanish motorsports driver Fernando Alonso will participate in the upcoming Rally of Morocco, taking place from October 3 to 9. The co-driver will be Marc Coma, a five time champion of Dakar Rally.After Formula One, after « les 24 Heures du Mans »,After the 500 miles of Indinapolis…Now Cross-Country Rallies, le RALLYE DU MAROC !It is an honor to welcome Fernando Alonso on the 2019 Rallye du Maroc !Please be at home…#Rallyedumaroc #toyotagazooracing #fernandoalonso pic.twitter.com/rRi9GT4XgW— Rallye Du Maroc (@MarocRallye) September 16, 2019Rally of Morocco have expressed their pleasure at Alonso’s decision to participate, calling it an honor.The 38-year-old racing driver won the Formula One World Championship twice in his career, in 2005 and 2006. He also won the last two editions (2018,2019) of 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the most prestigious races in motorsports, which lasts for 24 hours and pilots drive up to more than 5.000km. Alonso has achieved success in more than one type of racing series. He is currently in trial period with Toyota Gazoo Racing team, to prepare for the next Dakar Rally, one of the most famous off-road endurance races, taking place in January 2020.Rally of Morocco, previously called Atlas Rally, is an annual rally raid that started in 1982. The 2019 rally will include five different routes for five different categories: cars, trucks, bikes, quads, and side-by-side vehicles (SSVs). All the races will take place in the region of Fes. read more

Their “drop-off point” is expected to be around 28km off Jaffna and their target could be Mayiladuthurai or Madurai in Tamil Nadu, according to the alert, the Times of India reported.The warning asks security agencies across the country to be on high alert since the attack may come in “a few months”. Following the notice’s receipt, the Mumbai police have activated all their sources of information. The Times of India reported today that the Maharashtra police have received a terror alert from central intelligence agencies warning that eight militants are undergoing training in Pakistan-based camps to attack targets in south India from Sri Lanka. A passage on the alert’s third page reads, “Sri Lankan agencies are reported to have arrested three suspected Pak nationals on February 2, 2013, who confessed to having visited Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram on Sri Lankan passports.” (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam The military today denied reports that Pakistan based militants were using Sri Lanka as a base to launch attacks on Southern India.Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya said that the media reports to that effect were baseless. Sent by the joint director of VIP Security (under the Union home ministry) in New Delhi in mid-August, the nine-page alert states that four of the terror trainees are “Punjabis and the remainingKashmiris or Pathans”. read more

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD.“It’ll relax you,” the friend assured.The vapour that Jenkins inhaled didn’t relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma.That’s because what he was vaping didn’t have any CBD, the suddenly popular compound extracted from the cannabis plant that marketers say can treat a range of ailments without getting users high. Instead, the oil was spiked with a powerful street drug.Some operators are cashing in on the CBD craze by substituting cheap and illegal synthetic marijuana for natural CBD in vapes and edibles such as gummy bears, an Associated Press investigation has found.The practice has sent dozens of people like Jenkins to emergency rooms over the last two years. Yet people behind spiked products have operated with impunity, in part because the business has boomed so fast that regulators haven’t caught up while drug enforcement agents have higher priorities.AP commissioned laboratory testing of the vape oil Jenkins used plus 29 other vape products sold as CBD around the country, with a focus on brands that authorities or users flagged as suspect. Ten of the 30 contained types of synthetic marijuana — drugs commonly known as K2 or spice that have no known medical benefits — while others had no CBD at all.Among them was Green Machine, a pod compatible with Juul electronic cigarettes that reporters bought in California, Florida and Maryland. Four of those seven pods contained illegal synthetic marijuana, but which chemical varied by flavour and even location of purchase.“It’s Russian roulette,” said James Neal-Kababick, director of Flora Research Laboratories, which tested the products.Vaping in general has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks because hundreds of users have developed mysterious lung illnesses, and several have died. The AP’s investigation focused on yet another set of cases, in which psychoactive chemicals are added to products presented as CBD.The results of AP’s lab testing echo what authorities have found, according to a survey of law enforcement agencies in all 50 states. At least 128 samples out of more than 350 tested by government labs in nine states, nearly all in the South, had synthetic marijuana in products marketed as CBD. Gummy bears and other edibles accounted for 36 of the hits, while nearly all others were vape products. Mississippi authorities also found fentanyl, the powerful opioid involved in about 30,000 overdose deaths last year.Reporters then bought brands that law enforcement testing or online discussions identified as spiked. Because testing by both authorities and AP focused on suspect products, the results are not representative of the overall market, which includes hundreds of products.“People have started to see the market grow and there are some fly-by-night companies trying to make a quick buck,” said Marielle Weintraub, president of the U.S. Hemp Authority, an industry group that certifies CBD cosmetics and dietary supplements.Synthetic marijuana is a concern, according to Weintraub, but she said the industry has many reputable companies. When products turn up spiked, the people or companies behind them often blame counterfeiting or contamination in the supply and distribution chain.CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of many chemicals found in cannabis, a plant known more commonly as marijuana. Most CBD is made from hemp, a cannabis variety cultivated for fiber or other uses. Unlike its more famous cousin THC, cannabidiol doesn’t get users high. Sales of CBD have been driven in part by unproven claims that it can reduce pain, calm anxiety, increase focus and even prevent disease.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved one CBD-based medicine for treating seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, but says it cannot be added to food, drinks or dietary supplements. The agency is now clarifying its regulations, but aside from warning manufacturers against making unproven health claims, it has done little to stop the sale of spiked products. That’s the job of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, but its agents are focused on opioids and other narcotics.Now there are CBD candies and beverages, lotions and creams, and even treats for pets. Suburban yoga studios, big-name pharmacies and Neiman Marcus department stores carry beauty products. Kim Kardashian West had a CBD-themed baby shower.But it’s hard for consumers to know how much CBD they are really getting, if any at all. As with many products, federal and state regulators rarely test what’s inside — for the most part, quality control is left to manufacturers.And there’s a financial incentive to cut corners. One website advertises synthetic marijuana for as little as $25 per pound — the same amount of natural CBD costs hundreds or even thousands of dollars.___‘YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE’Jay Jenkins had just wrapped up his freshman year at The Citadel, a South Carolina military college, when boredom led him to try what he thought was CBD.It was May 2018 and he said his friend bought a cartridge of blueberry flavoured CBD vape oil called Yolo! — the acronym for “you only live once” — from the 7 to 11 Market, an austere, white board-and-batten building in Lexington, South Carolina.Back in the car, Jenkins tried it first. Things “got hazy,” then terrifying.Jenkins said the nerves in his mouth felt like they were “multiplied by 10.” Vivid images including a circle engulfed by darkness and filled with colorful triangles filled his mind. Before he drifted out of consciousness, he realized he couldn’t move.“I thought that I actually was already dead,” Jenkins said.His friend raced to the hospital where Jenkins suffered acute respiratory failure and drifted into a coma, his medical records show.Jenkins came out of the coma and was released the next day. Hospital staff sealed the Yolo cartridge in a biohazard bag and handed it back.Lab testing AP commissioned this summer found a type of synthetic marijuana that has been blamed for at least 11 deaths in Europe.State and federal authorities never identified who made Yolo, which sickened not just Jenkins but also at least 33 people in Utah.According to documents filed in a California court by a former company bookkeeper, a business called Mathco Health Corporation sold Yolo products to a distributor with the same address as the 7 to 11 Market where Jenkins stopped. Two other former employees told AP that Yolo was a Mathco product.Mathco CEO Katarina Maloney said in an interview at company headquarters in Carlsbad, California, that Yolo was handled by her former business partner and she did not want to discuss it.Maloney also said Mathco does not “engage in the manufacture, distribution or sale of any illegal products.” She said the Yolo products in Utah “were not purchased from us” and the company can’t control what happens to products once they are shipped. AP-commissioned testing of two CBD vape cartridges marketed under Maloney’s Hemp Hookahzz brand found no synthetic marijuana.As part of an employment complaint filed in court records, the former bookkeeper said Maloney’s former business partner, Janell Thompson, was the “exclusive salesperson” of Yolo. Reached by phone and asked about Yolo, Thompson hung up.“If you want to speak with somebody you can talk to my attorney,” Thompson later texted without providing a name or contact information.When a reporter visited the 7 to 11 Market in May, Yolo was no longer for sale. Asked for something similar, the clerk suggested a cartridge labeled Funky Monkey and then turned to a cabinet behind the counter and offered two unlabeled vials“These are better. These are the owner’s. This is our top seller,” she said, referring to them as 7 to 11 CBD. “These here, you can only get here.”Testing showed that all three contained synthetic marijuana. The store owner did not respond to messages seeking comment.___WHAT’S IN ‘JUNGLE JUICE’?The people behind spiked vapes leave few clues about who makes them or what’s inside.Packaging doesn’t identify the companies and their brands have little online presence. Newcomers can simply design a label and outsource production to a wholesaler that deals in bulk.The opaque system of manufacturing and distribution hampers criminal investigations and leaves victims of spiked products with little recourse.The AP bought and tested Green Machine pods in flavours including mint, mango, blueberry and jungle juice. Four of the seven pods were spiked and only two had CBD higher than a trace level.Mint and mango pods bought in downtown Los Angeles contained one type of synthetic marijuana. But while mint and mango pods sold by a vape shop in Maryland were not spiked, a “jungle juice” flavoured pod was. It had yet a different synthetic marijuana compound — one health authorities blame for poisoning people in the U.S. and New Zealand. A blueberry flavoured pod sold in Florida also was spiked.Green Machine’s packaging says it’s made with industrial hemp, but there’s no information about who is behind it.When a reporter returned to CBD Supply MD in a Baltimore suburb to discuss testing results, co-owner Keith Manley said he was aware of online chatter that Green Machine might be spiked. He then had an employee pull all remaining Green Machine pods from store shelves.Through interviews and documents, AP tracked Green Machine pods that reporters bought to a warehouse in Philadelphia and then a Manhattan smoke shop and the entrepreneur behind the counter, Rajinder Singh, who said he is Green Machine’s first distributor.Singh, who is currently on probation for a federal synthetic marijuana conviction, said he purchased Green Machine pods with cash or in exchange for merchandise such as hookah pipes from a man he knew as “Bob” who drove a van down from Massachusetts. To substantiate his account, he provided a phone number associated with a man who died in July.Singh pleaded guilty in 2017 to federal charges he sold a smokable “potpourri” that he knew contained synthetic marijuana. He said that experience taught him a lesson and blamed counterfeit products for the synthetic marijuana detected in Green Machine.“100 per cent, what you tested is a duplicated product,” he said.___‘EMERGING HAZARD’The American Association of Poison Control Centers considers CBD an “emerging hazard” due to the potential for mislabeling and contamination.One case last year involved an 8-year-old boy from Washington who was hospitalized after taking CBD oil his parents ordered online in hopes it would help his seizures, according to a case study in the journal Clinical Toxicology published in May. Instead, synthetic marijuana sent him to the hospital with symptoms including delirium and a rapid heart rate.Other clusters of illnesses happened in Mississippi and around military bases in North Carolina.Labeling of many CBD products has been documented as inaccurate. A 2017 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found 70% of CBD products were mislabeled. Researchers used an independent lab to test 84 products from 31 companies.Fake or spiked CBD is enough of a concern that leaders of the U.S. Hemp Authority industry group developed a certification program for CBD skin and health products. Vapes are not covered.But local and state authorities have limited ability to pursue problem products to their roots.After several Georgia high school students passed out from vaping last year, authorities began scrutinizing local tobacco shops. One of the CBD vape brands they targeted was called Magic Puff.The drug enforcement team in Savannah and surrounding Chatham County arrested a shop owner and two employees. But they couldn’t follow the investigation further because it appeared the products were being manufactured elsewhere, possibly overseas. The team’s assistant deputy director, Gene Harley, said they provided a report to federal drug agents who handle such cases.Magic Puff was still on shelves at a Florida store this summer, and AP testing showed blueberry and strawberry cartridges contained synthetic marijuana. Preliminary results also suggested the presence of a toxin produced by a fungus.Because CBD is the active ingredient in an FDA-approved drug, the FDA is responsible for regulating its sale in the U.S. But if CBD products are found to contain narcotics, the agency considers the investigation a job for the DEA, an FDA spokesman said.The DEA says it is focused on drugs responsible for killing thousands of Americans like fentanyl and methamphetamines.“These are going to be bigger priorities on enforcement,” DEA spokeswoman Mary Brandenberger said.Experts such as Michelle Peace, a forensic scientist at Virginia Commonwealth University who has found synthetic marijuana in her own testing of CBD vapes, said the federal government should act quickly to protect the public.“As long as it remains unregulated like it currently is,” Peace said, “you just give a really wide space for nefarious activity to continue.”___Contact AP’s investigative team at Investigative@ap.org.___Mohr reported from Carlsbad, California; Panama City, Florida; and Jackson, Mississippi. Contributing to this report were Allen Breed in Lexington and Ninety Six, South Carolina; Juliet Linderman in New York, Philadelphia and Towson, Maryland; Reese Dunklin in Dallas; Krysta Fauria in Carlsbad and Los Angeles; Carla K. Johnson in Seattle; Justin Pritchard in Washington and Los Angeles; Rhonda Shafner in New York; Ted Warren in Grants Pass, Oregon; and Mitch Weiss in Lexington, South Carolina.___People experiencing problems with a product labeled as CBD can reach a local poison control centre by calling 1-800-222-1222.Holbrook Mohr, The Associated Press read more

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, met in Damascus with Syria’s Foreign Minister, Farouk al-Shara.Today’s meeting followed contacts yesterday in Amman between Mr. Roed-Larsen and Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul Elah al-Khatib. The two had discussed the joint Jordanian-Egyptian peace initiative and possible ways to move forward on that track.On Monday, Mr. Roed-Larsen issued a statement in Beirut and Gaza warning that the situation in the Middle East was close to a point where “the violence threatens to spin out of control.”At the same time, he noted that there were grounds for optimism and that progress was possible. “We must all ensure that the talking continues,” he stressed, adding, “no one can afford a regional conflict.” read more

by Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2015 7:02 am MDT More than $3.4B in new revenue belies Tory claim of lowering taxes: Liberals AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Finance MinisterJoe Oliver answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Many Canadians may be looking forward to new federal tax measures helping their finances, but newly released figures show the government’s own bottom line is getting a boost, thanks to a number of quiet tax and tariff changes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – As Canadians begin to look forward to a series of new federal tax measures kicking in soon, newly-released figures show changes to taxes and tariffs are also helping bolster the government’s bottom line.Data tabled in the House of Commons this week shows a variety of tax changes and the elimination of old tax credits will rake in more than $3.4 billion for the federal government in 2015-2016.And those numbers don’t include what the government is collecting on user fees for services like passports and citizenship, or recent new tariffs on imports.The $3.4-billion figure comes from data in an answer to a question on the order paper by deputy Liberal leader Ralph Goodale.It’s a telling answer, albeit an incomplete one, he said in an interview.“It says that this government has been contrary to what they constantly assert — that they only reduce taxes, they never increase taxes,” he said.“The evidence is that they have over the last number of years generated billions of dollars in increased taxes and they can deny all they like, but the evidence is clearly there in the answer to this question. So the government’s position is entirely hypocritical.”Making up the $3.4 billion is everything from the removal of a deduction for safety deposit boxes to a decrease in the tax breaks for credit unions.It also includes ongoing tax increases for items like tobacco and a bump in revenues from increased taxes on oil sands development.The biggest chunk comes from the end of the child tax credit, which will give $1.75 billion back to the government.That credit though is being replaced by the broader universal child care benefit and income-splitting provisions for families with children, which will cost the federal government $4.6 billion a year.In its response to Goodale’s question, the finance department says the overall federal tax burden to Canadians is at its lowest level in more than 50 years.“The government has provided significant tax relief for individuals, families and businesses, further contributing to an environment where Canadians can succeed and Canadian businesses can grow, create new well-paying jobs and compete internationally,” the department says in the answer.In some cases, the department argues, the new taxes are a result of an attempt to streamline older programs, such as the new tax structure for scientific research programs, and the money is poured right back into business.Though Goodale had asked for a breakdown of all new tariffs, service charges and fees since 2005, the government did not provide all of the data.For example, last year the government raised passport fees from $87 to $120 for a five-year passport, and introduced a 10 year passport at a cost of $160.That brought in $462.5 million in fees, numbers that are not included in the data provided to Goodale.His office says they will be pursuing more detailed figures. read more

It’s championship week in men’s college basketball, the last chance for schools to make an impression on the selection committee before the NCAA tournament field is announced Sunday evening. If you’re a bubble team, you’re hoping a strong showing in your conference tournament can persuade the committee to put extra weight on those games, perhaps to the point of ignoring a previously spotty track record.Figuring out how much weight to give a late hot streak — as opposed to a team’s season-long résumé — can be tough for the committee. Fans filling out their brackets face the same decision. Conference tournaments might be the first chance you’ve had to see some schools play; a deep conference run could make the difference between marking a team down for an early exit or slotting it into the Final Four. But should it? Or is it simply recency bias to think a breakout conference tourney performance matters in the NCAA tournament?To take a few preliminary stabs at answering that question, I computed pre- and post-game Simple Rating System (SRS) scores for every conference tournament and NCAA tournament game since 1985 (when the NCAA field expanded to its familiar 64-team format), using them to establish each team’s expected win probability1The link leads to a football model, but the underlying Stern-Winston methodology can be applied to college basketball, for which Jeff Sagarin has found that the standard deviation of scoring margin around a prediction is 10 points. going into a given game.If teams that had surprising conference tournament runs (relative to their pre-tournament ratings) tended to carry that magic over into the NCAA tourney, we might expect there to be a relationship between how many “extra” wins a team had in each tournament. Take the 2010-11 Connecticut Huskies as an example: They won five Big East tournament games against an expectation of 2.5 (the ninth-most-surprising conference tournament performance of the past 30 years) and then proceeded to rattle off six NCAA tournament wins versus an expectation of 3.6 (the 12th-most-surprising NCAA run in the same span).For UConn, the conference tournament was a stepping stone to bigger things.But here’s the catch: Those Huskies were the exception, not the rule. Across the entire population of NCAA tournament-bound teams since 1985, there’s practically no relationship between how much a team outperforms its expectations in the conference tournament and the same metric in the NCAA tournament.2This is true whether we look at all conferences or restrict our sample to major conferences. An alternative way to look at whether conference tournament momentum leads to better NCAA outcomes is to see whether teams whose SRS ratings changed substantially during conference tournaments saw a commensurate change during the NCAA tournament. But again, there is essentially no relationship between a surprising performance in conference tournament play and in the NCAA tourney.The admitted flaw in both approaches is the same one I ran into when evaluating which college basketball coaches outperform NCAA tournament expectations based on seeding. Such a method ostensibly captures underperformance in the final game of a tournament, but it doesn’t detect the missing future wins expected of a favored team going forward. Moreover, these results shouldn’t be taken to say that conference tournaments have no predictive value. A team’s post-conference-tourney SRS is slightly more correlated with its eventual NCAA tournament wins than its rating before the conference tourney began.However, this analysis does serve as a warning against putting too much emphasis on the conference tournament relative to a team’s entire body of work, especially when it comes to picking unexpectedly hot conference tournament teams to go further than you’d otherwise predict for teams with their résumés.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

The Duke of York, in his role as colonel of the Grenadier Guards, lays a wreath at the Charles II memorial in BrugesCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA Prince Andrew today made his first major appearance abroad since the scandal over his former friendship with Jeffrey Epstein re-emerged to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges.The Duke of York flew to the Belgian city in the morning to honour the historic occasion in his official role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, which he took over from his father the Duke of Edinburgh in 2017.He was a guest of Prince Laurent of Belgium, the brother of King Phillipe, and the pair later inspected a guard of honour in the market square while both countries national anthems played.But Andrew, 59, reportedly needed help hooking the wreath on the stand at the Bruges Charles II memorial from an official who noticed him fumble in front of the bank of photographers.It was the duke’s most significant public engagement since his former friend Epstein was found hanged in his cell on August 10 in New York, while facing fresh charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy.Some of Andrew’s scheduled appearances in Northern Ireland were cancelled amid the controversy this week.His invitation to events along the North Antrim, including a ceremony at the newly upgraded Portrush railway station, will not now take place causing speculation about the reasons. A Palace spokesperson blamed the postponement on timing issues, due to the prince’s participation in the annual Duke Of York Young Champions Trophy being hosted at Royal Portrush Golf Club.Buckingham Palace has issued strong denials over allegations made by Virginia Roberts in court papers in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17.Andrew has categorically denied any wrongdoing.He has recently made several understated appearances, including being photographed by the side of the Queen on their way to church at Balmoral, which was widely seen as a show of support from her.Last week, he undertook an official engagement at the Dartmouth Royal Regatta, attending its 175th anniversary celebrations as its patron.The Grenadiers have been associated with the city of Bruges since King Charles II formed a royal regiment there in 1656.   The Duke of York, in his role as colonel of the Grenadier Guards, lays a wreath at the Charles II memorial in Bruges Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgABB, the global power and automation technology group, won an order from Tenova TAKRAF Chile to automate one of the world’s most powerful conveyor belt systems to be built at the Chuquicamata mine in Chile. The belt system will deliver copper ore from the underground mine directly to the concentrator plant, 13 km away from the mine site.When complete, the conveyor system will be one of the world’s largest and most complex, covering both steep gradients and long distances, with conveyors flights powered up to 20 MW and 55 MW in total. This is same amount of energy typically needed to power 41,000 homes. In the final stage the system will transport over 11,000 t of material per hour, the same freight as approximately 158 wagon trains.The order consists of a complete power and automation solution which includes products such as gearless drives, motors, instrumentation and power product supply. The equipment will be custom engineered to on-site requirements in order to optimally power, control, measure and actuate the conveyor system. The solution will fully integrate the belt’s power and automation through ABB’s flagship control system, 800xA combined with Mining Conveyor Control Program (MCCP), thus ensuring optimum power quality and control across the entire system.Chuquicamata, one of the largest open pit copper mines and the second deepest open-pit mine in the world, is located 1,650 km north of Santiago, Chile. A new underground mine is being developed to access the ore body situated beneath the present open pit mine. The new mine scheduled to begin operations in 2019 will significantly expand the capacity of the mine. “With mineral deposits becoming increasingly complex and more remote, our power and automation solutions can help customers become more efficient and optimise their operations enabling them to increase efficiency with less maintenance costs.” said Roger Bailey, Head of ABB’s Process Industries business. “We are delighted to support Codelco in their aim to be the leading supplier of copper in the world.”A key feature of the solution to be provided by ABB is the gearless conveyor drive system. This is state of the art solution to meet the extremely high load requirements and the necessary power availability; which would not have been achievable with a conventional drive solution. This gearless conveyor drive system eliminates the gearbox from the motor, thus significantly reducing the number of main wear parts, resulting in less maintenance needed and ensures a longer lifespan of the solution. Another advantage are the considerable reduction in the drive system’s footprint and the amount of instrumentation required. Less parts increases the reliability and efficiency of the overall conveyor system by several percentage points.last_img read more

first_imgLAS VEGAS – For the first time in a car equipped with Ford Sync, there’s an embedded cellular data modem. All other Sync vehicles use the owner’s cellphone for car data communication with the outside world. So with the announcement of the Ford Focus Electric today at ces, does that mean a change of direction for Ford that makes Ford’s Sync technology more like GM OnStar with its always-embedded modem? Ford says no; This is something special for electric cars. AdChoices广告With the Focus Electric, Ford announced a new set of technologies and another MyFord Name: MyFord Mobile. The like-sounding MyFord Touch phrase is the umbrella term for Ford’s new touchscreen LCD design and the phone, entertainment, navigation and climate control features controlled by the touchscreen. According to Ed Pleet, product and business manager for connected services at Ford, “MyFord Mobile is a new connectivity platform for our electrified vehicles only at this point. The embedded modem provides a dedicated connection to the vehicle when the customer is not in their vehicle.”An Electric Car Needs Round-the-Clock Connectivity for Charging Ford Sync, which continues to be a part of the Ford Focus Electric, is a a set of Bluetooth connection, iPod / music player interface, emergency crash noification, and voice recognition tools that rely on the driver’s cellphone for connectivity. But an electric car has needs of its own that require an always-available cellular connection. It allows the car to negotiate for optimal charging times with the utility company using a technology called Value Charging, based on a Microsoft service. With the embedded data phone always available in the car, it also likes the owner check battery information – charge remaining or charge time remaining – from the smartphone that’s no longer in the car, or from any other device with Web access. Some of the MyFord Mobile-only features include:* Charge Station Finder, done in conjunction with MapQuest * Trip Planner, also powered by MapQuest.  * Value Charging, in alliance with Microsoft Ford Sync, MyFord Mobile vs. GM OnStarThe Ford Sync premise is good technology made affordable since the driver brings along the cellphone. GM’s OnStar focuses on fee-based services, $200-$300 a year, that pay for operator assisance and the embedded modem. In an ongoing spitting match, the OnStar people ask whether a cellphone connection will survive a crash (Ford says yes, but hasn’t released any statistics) and the Ford partisans note that OnStar’s OnGoing costs mean there’s a significant falloff in user’s after the first free year that comes with new GM cars. Analysts say the OnStar renewal rate is around 50%. So, for now: Ford Sync with driver-cellphone connectivity remains Ford’s focus, except on the electric Focus, which has traditonal Sync as well as the embedded cellphone through MyFord Mobile. Note however Ford’s qualifier that MyFord Mobile and the embedded cellphone are electric-cars-only “at this point.” As the cost of embedding hardware continues to fall, and if cellular carriers ever decide to charge based on total wireless data used even if spread over an in-car modem, cellphone, iPad, and laptop with cellular aircard, it’s possible embedded data phones might see wider use beyond GM’s near-100% penetration and high penetration in luxury/sports offerings. Ford Announces Focus Electric with Value Charging, Data Cellphonelast_img read more

first_img7 iPad, 2 Suédois et un tour de magieFaire de la magie sur iPad ? Il n’y a pas (encore) d’application pour ça. Pourtant, cela n’a pas empêché les magiciens de s’y mettre…Charlie Caper et Erik Rosales, deux magiciens suédois, viennent d’ailleurs de réaliser un tour tout en illusions à l’aide de sept iPad 3.Visuellement impressionnant, ce tour allie principalement la technologie de l’engin avec des tours de magie de base. Pourtant, associés à des nouvelles technologies, ces astuces déjà connues, font merveille.Mais certains effets sont carrément inédits pour une présentation de ce genre. En effet, si un ou deux iPad avaient déjà été utilisés pour des spectacles de magie, c’est la première qu’une mise en scène en utilise sept et à un tel niveau.Équipés de leur écran Retina à très haute résolution, les iPad 3 ont parfaitement joué leur rôle dans la présentation de la capitale suédoise.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Et cela n’est pas sans rappeler Simon Pierro, ce magicien allemand qui a fait de l’iPad son outil de travail. Que se soit pour Noël, Halloween ou pour présenter iOS 5, Simon Pierro combine virtuel et réel avec une fluidité à toute épreuve et des tours bluffants.Retrouvez ce spectaculaire numéro de magie en vidéo sur Maxisciences. Le 27 mars 2012 à 11:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img LAKESIDE (KUSI) – Two people suffered minor injuries and 16 people were displaced Monday morning when a fire broke out at a Lakeside apartment complex, authorities said.The fire broke out around 3:40 a.m. at an apartment complex near the intersection of Mapleview and Ashwood streets, Lakeside Fire Protection District Division Chief John Hisaw said.Firefighters arrived and found thick black smoke and flames coming from a second-floor unit in the 12-unit apartment complex, Hisaw said.Crews also found a woman hanging from the apartment unit’s back window and used a ladder to rescue her, Hisaw said.The fire had started toward the front of the unit and the woman was apparently attempting to escape out the back window, he said.Firefighters knocked down the flames in around 15 minutes, Hisaw said, adding that two patients were transported to a hospital with minor injuries.The blaze damaged six apartment units and the American Red Cross was called in to help 16 people and two dogs arrange for alternate lodging, the division chief said. Posted: December 17, 2018 Apartment fire injures 2, displaces 16 in Lakeside KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more