Researchers are hoping to recruit 100,000 Pakistanis and Bangladeshis living in East London in one of the first large, long-term studies to explore links between genetics and health in a poor ethnic community. The study, launched today, is also one of the biggest efforts yet to search for rare individuals who are healthy despite the absence of a specific gene.East London is home to many poor immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh, and their community suffers high rates of illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. The East London Genes & Health study will focus on two groups that are left out of most genetic studies, which largely tap those of northern European ancestry. “It’s a big opportunity to improve people’s health and health in East London,” said study co-leader David van Heel of Queen Mary University of London, which announced the study today. Funding of £4 million is coming from the Wellcome Trust and the United Kingdom’s Medical Research Council.Researchers also hope to gather information on healthy people who have mutations in both copies of a gene that make it nonfunctional. Such rare individuals could shed light on “what happens when parts of the genetic material are not working,” says study co-leader Richard Trembath. If the missing gene somehow protects against disease, then a drug that targets that gene could treat illness without causing side effects. 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But the chances that a person will inherit two knocked-out copies of the same gene are higher in groups in which close relatives commonly marry, such as the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. (This explains why rare single-gene diseases are more common in such groups; although studying such diseases is not the purpose of the East London study, it is the focus of another large U.K. study, the 100,000 Genomes Project.) “It’s an opportunity for us to better understand the occurrence” of knocked-out genes, van Heel says.Researchers plan to spend 4 years recruiting volunteers age 16 and older, healthy or ill, of Bangladeshi or Pakistani origin. Participants will donate a saliva sample and allow the scientists access to their health records. The Wellcome Trust’s Sanger Institute has agreed to sequence exomes (protein-coding DNA) for the first 25,000 participants, hopefully by the end of 2017, van Heel says. The Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will help on the genomic analysis.Some participants may be invited in the next 2 decades to participate in studies of diseases, knockout genes, and how certain genes influence people’s response to drugs. The volunteers will receive no direct benefit from the study, Trembath admits, but they will have the chance “to make a difference to the health of future generations.”
The Associated Press reported this week on the growth of lightsaber dueling in France , after the French fencing federation gave the nascent sport its official blessing.The International Fencing Federation, or FIE, said Tuesday that although it doesn’t include lightsaber fencing as one of its official disciplines, it is “interested in how this new event progresses.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesResponding to AP questions sent two weeks ago, federation official Serge Timacheff said the FIE has been in touch with France’s federation about lightsaber events, rules, and equipment.By email, Timacheff said: “We are always watching new trends in swordplay, and we are interested in observing the development and adoption of it in the French Fencing Federation.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES PARIS — The international governing body of fencing is giving a qualified thumbs-up to France’s embrace of lightsaber duels.ADVERTISEMENT Boxing official warns time running out in Olympic standoff Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Mumbai, May 13 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh government today said it has received tourism projects worth Rs 1,800 crore in one year through private investments on which construction has already commenced.”Our state has received investment in tourism projects worth Rs 1,800 crore in one year. All realised through private investments currently more than 160 such projects are underway in the state. In its bid to facilitate the infrastructural development, the state has also stepped up its activities with the accomplishment of over 90 government initiated projects during the same period with a value of more than Rs 190 crore,” Tourism and Culture Principal Secretary Neerabh Kumar Prasad said.Targeting a holistic tourism development, Andhra Pradesh has also received investments in a plethora of water and adventure sports for example jeep parasailing, jet-skiing, speed boats and other water sport activities in Vishakhapatnam, amphibious vehicle in Rajahmundry and Vijayawada, sea plane in Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Vijayawada, waterfall rappelling, rock climbing in Chittoor among others.Prasad said, “The overwhelming response received from the various investors, stands testimony to our sustained efforts to establish the state as an investment friendly destination. It also validates our belief that when it comes to tourism potential, sky is the limit for Andhra Pradesh.”With a bid to augment MICE tourism in the state, 3-star properties with convention facilities are coming up in Vishakhapatnam, Chittoor and Vijayawada.Overall the state has seen investments from 29 hotels between 3 to 5-star categories, spread across the five tourist hubs of Visakhapatnam, Konaseema ? Rajahmundry – Kakinada, Amaravati – Vijayawada, Tirupati – Nellore and Ananthapuramu ? Kurnool – Kadapa. PTI SM NSK DBS SDMadvertisement
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed Chairman of Associates Imran Khawaja as its deputy chairman.Khawaja, a veteran administrator from Singapore, was unanimously elected for the post created following the constitutional change approved at the ICC Full Council on Thursday.Khawaja will deputise in ICC meetings in case the chairman Shashank Manohar is absent.Commenting on his appointment, Khawaja said, “It is a great honour to be elected Deputy Chairman especially whilst wearing the hat of an Associate. I am also privileged to be part of the working group to have authored and reinvented the ICC constitution to make it one of the most inclusive, transparent and merit based sports governing bodies in the world.””I have no doubts that a new era is dawning on our great game which will see not only a more vibrant membership but also a competition structure that sees cricket played at the highest level,” he added.As per ESPNcricinfo, Khawaja, who is a senior lawyer, has been an invisible force at the ICC Board for several years.He has been part of influential committees with the ICC seeking his counsel.Khawaja was part of the five-man ICC working group, led by Manohar, that had drafted the new constitution last year.Khawaja will be one of the front runners for the role of ICC chairman with Manohar’s term coming to an end next June.
Motorola is likely getting ready to launch a new smartphone in India following the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play. The Moto E5 has been listed on Amazon India, presumably by accident, suggesting this is the next phone to launch in the country. The Moto E5 was first announced in Brazil back in April and is among Motorola’s most affordable smartphones right now. The Amazon India page also lists the price of the Moto E5 as Rs 10,990, although it’s too soon to tell whether this will be the actual price. In fact, the page allows customers to purchase the item, but we suggest not adding this to the cart just yet.The listing on Amazon India looks accidental, but it does suggest that the launch could happen soon enough. The budget Moto E5 follows a similar design aesthetics that Motorola has been following this year in that the phone brings a tall 18:9 display with bezels that are narrower compared to the Moto E4. The Moto E5 sports a 5.7-inch HD+ (720×1440) Max Vision display and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The memory variant will be paired with 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. There is no word yet on whether the company plans to offer a higher configuration. On the back of the Moto E5, you’ll notice a dial-like circular camera setup that looks similar to the Moto X4 and the recent Moto G6. This setup houses a single 13-megapixel sensor with an LED flash just below. Up front, the phone bears a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Motorola has also embedded a fingerprint sensor within the Moto logo on the back. The Moto E5 houses a 4,000mAh battery and runs near stock Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. The phone was launched in Platinum and Gold colours and we’re likely to see both the options make it to India as well.advertisementThe dual-SIM Moto E5 is expected to slot below the Moto G6, which is priced in India starting at Rs 13,999. It is possible that the phone gets a Rs 10,990 price tag as the Amazon India listing suggests, but given the budget specs and competition form the likes of Xiaomi, we hope it falls below the Rs 10,000 mark. There is also no word yet on whether the company plans to bring the Moto E5 Plus to the country, although it did confirm that the Plus model will come to India back in April.
New Delhi, June 29 (PTI) The seasoned Gagan Narang, Jitu Rai and young Mehuli Ghosh failed to make the Indian shooting squad for the upcoming Asian Games, even as a few unheralded faces were picked for the quadrennial extravaganza, starting August 18 in Indonesia. London Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar, plagued by injuries and poor form for a long time, makes his way back into the squad for the World Championships. The army man will be taking part in standard pistol and centre fire (non Olympic events), though he had won the top prize of his career in rapid fire. The two member men’s air rifle team will comprise Ravi Kumar and Deepak Kumar while the 3-position team is made up of Sanjeev Rajput and Akhil Sheoran even as Narang, who returned to action after an injury lay-off, missed out. The 35-year-old London Olympics bronze medallist Narang had won the silver in air rifle at the 2010 Asian Games. He has won a total of five medals in 2006 and 2010. Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela will shoot in the air rifle mixed event, while the duo of Abhishek Verma and Manu Bhaker will take aim at the air pistol mixed competition. Another notable absentee is multiple international medallist Jitu, who opened India’s account in the 2014 Incheon edition with a gold on the first day of competition. Though Narang has been picked for the ISSF World Championships, were a country can field three shooters, which follows the Asian Games, Jitu has failed to get a slot for the first Tokyo Olympic quota event, too, where 60 quota places are on offer.advertisement Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary (air pistol men) and Shivam Shukla (rapid fire pistol) will look to establish themselves in the continental event. Rising star Anish Bhanwala is the other shooter rapid fire pistol. The experienced Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker will represent India in the women’s air pistol, while Rahi Sarnobat and Bhaker will also take part in the sports pistol event. In the women’s air rifle squad, Apurvi Chandela and Junior World Cup gold medallist Elavenil Valarivan will compete while in 3-position the Indian team will comprise Anjum Moudgil and Gaayathri N. The likes of Ankur Mittal, Sheeraj Sheikh, Lakshay, Shreyashi Singh, Rashmi Rathore and Ganemat Shekhon will be aiming for podium finishes in the trap events, along with veteran Manavjit Singh Sandhu, who managed to qualify for the Games. The team for the World Championships wears a slightly different look with the likes of Narang, Chain Singh, Shahzar Rizvi, Gurpreet Singh, Mohammad Asab (men) and Tejaswini Sawant and Mehuli (women) managing to make the grade. Asian Games squad: Senior Rifle: Men: 3 Positions: Sanjeev Rajput, Akhil Sheoran; Air Rifle: Ravi Kumar, Deepak Kumar; 300m Standard Rifle: Harjinder Singh, Amit Kumar; Air Rifle Mixed: Ravi Kumar, Apurvi Chandela. Women: 3 Positions: Anjum Moudgil, Gaayathri N; Air Rifle: Apurvi, Elavenil Valarivan. Senior Pistol: Men: Air Pistol: Abhishek Verma, Saurabh Chaudhary; Rapid Fire Pistol: Shivam Shukla, Anish; Air Pistol Mixed: Abhishek Verma, Manu Bhaker. Women: Air Pistol: Manu, Heena Sidhu; Sports Pistol: Rahi Sarnobat, Manu.Senior Shotgun: Men: Trap: Lakshay, Manavjit Singh Sandhu; Skeet: Sheeraz Sheikh, Angadwir Bajwa; Double trap: Ankur Mittal, Shradul Vihaan; Trap Mixed: Lakshay, Shreyasi Singh. Women: Trap: Shreyasi Singh, Seema Tomar; Skeet: Ganemat Sekhon, Rashmmi Rathore; Double Trap: Shreyasi Singh, Varsha Varman. PTI AH KHS AH KHSKHS
Perhaps the most valuable player on Oklahoma State’s football team is getting respect on a national level. Zach Sinor, “Zach the punter” as his twitter handle terms, has been named one of ten semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, which is given to the nations best punter in the country.Sinor has been consistent in pinning teams deep this year and putting the Oklahoma State defense in favorable position throughout the year. 60 percent of his punts have pinned teams inside the opponents 20-yard line which leads the nation, according to stats from an okstate.com release. The second leading mark is 54.5 percent.Of the ten candidates for the award, the list will be narrowed to three finalists which will be announced on Nov. 22. The winner will be announced on Dec. 8.Here are the other semifinalists for the prestigious award:Austin Barnes (Jr.), Eastern Michigan UniversityNicholas Conte (Sr.), University of VirginiaSteven Coutts (So.), University of Louisiana at LafayetteJoseph Davidson (Jr.), Bowling Green State UniversityMichael Dickson (So.), University of TexasHayden Hunt (Sr.), Colorado State UniversityCameron Johnston (Sr.), Ohio State UniversityJohnny Townsend (Jr.), University of FloridaMitch Wishnowsky (So.), University of Utah If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
If you’re a five-star college football recruit, make sure you always hang onto your phone. Otherwise, your friends may feel the need to have a little bit of fun at your expense. Five-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who is considering a number of schools for 2016, tweeted out that he’s “100%” committed to LSU Wednesday afternoon. Minutes later, he revealed that it was actually one of his colleagues who’d tweeted it as a joke.Tigers fans, temporarily, were through the roof with excitement.Nate tweeted on my account sorry everyone— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) March 4, 2015Haskins tells me someone tweeted that he had committed to #LSU from his phone. Haskins has NOT committed— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) March 4, 2015Haskins is considering the Tigers, as well as Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State and others. We’ll let you know when he actually decides to commit.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)It’s been a solid November for Oklahoma, which, after a Big 12 title, now finds itself very likely to be part of this year’s College Football Playoff. Monday, it got even better.Bennett Powers, a JUCO offensive lineman who plays for Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, has committed to play for the Sooners. According to 247Sports, Powers is 6-foot-5, 315 pounds and had other offers from Texas Tech, TCU and Kansas State.I am honored to announce that I have committed to the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Soooner! #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/NC6SEdo1fh— Bennett Powers (@BenThrDunThat) November 30, 2015You can see Powers’ mid-season highlight reel over at Hudl.Oklahoma currently has the 39th-best class for 2016, according to 247Sports. We imagine that with the team’s success this year, that’ll rise in the coming months.
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 30: An general view during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal on September 30, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Cardinal 44-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Four-star linebacker Ale Kaho was one of the top recruits to sign with Washington in the 2018 cycle. Kaho enrolled at UW in June.Now, he has obtained his release from the program. Washington head coach Chris Petersen confirmed that Kaho has his release this evening.Kaho originally requested to be released last week.He was the No. 7 inside linebacker in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.UW has granted LB Ale Kaho his release from his NLI.— Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) August 7, 2018Unfortunately, it seems like Kaho is going through a lot of personal issues at this time. He has reportedly suffered two deaths in his family and his parents are working through a divorce.“He’s going through some issues and he’s trying to work through them,” Washington co-defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski said on Friday. “There’s been a little dialogue there. But it is what it is, so we’ve got to let it play out.”Two members of Ale Kaho’s family died suddenly in July.His parents are going through a divorce.”Football is not even our concern right now. … He’s not the same bubbly kid we know,” a family member told @A_Jude: https://t.co/HZAlGE0zFv— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) August 3, 2018This is an absolutely awful situation that Kaho is dealing with. We wish him the best as he looks for the next stop in his football career, but more importantly, we wish him the best off the field where it matters most.
Bridgetown Regional High School has become the first school in the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board to be awarded accreditation through the Nova Scotia School Accreditation Program. The distinction concludes five years of work by the school to set higher standards, increase student achievement and improve the school’s overall performance. “I want to congratulate the staff, students and school advisory council members who put so much effort into a school-improvement strategy that is clearly increasing student achievement,” Education Minister Karen Casey said today, March 28, at a ceremony honouring the school. Bridgetown was one of eight schools selected in 2002 to pilot the Nova Scotia Accreditation Program, a provincewide school-improvement process identified as a priority in Learning For Life II, the province’s multi-year plan for education. There are now 229 schools working on school-accreditation plans. The Nova Scotia School Accreditation Program helps ensure every public school in the province is continually improving, offering quality programs and meeting the academic needs of all students. Bridgetown Regional High focused its efforts on improving student achievement in a variety of subject areas, while enhancing the learning environment for its students and staff. “This process has taught us that focused attention on areas of improvement, and tracking that progress through data collection, has helped make Bridgetown Regional High an even better school,” said principal Steve Walker. The school demonstrated to an external review team that it had successfully met its goal of significantly increasing the number of students achieving a final mark of 60 per cent or more in 13 of 16 course disciplines. As an example, achievement in Grade 8 mathematics increased from 67 per cent of students achieving 60 per cent or more to 84 per cent between 2002-03 and 2005-06. The school also created a safer learning environment for its students, surpassing its objective of reducing bullying, acts of violence and vandalism by 20 per cent. Since 2003-04, the school has reduced defiant behaviour toward teachers by 70 per cent and decreased the incidences of disruptive classroom behaviour by 80 per cent. The Nova Scotia School Accreditation Program requires schools meet a standard of excellence based on goals that are specific and strategic, measurable, attainable, results-based and timely (SMART). Under the program, schools establish internal review teams to collect and evaluate data to identify both strengths and areas needing improvement. Based on those areas needing improvement, schools develop goals and a five-year school-improvement plan. The plan is examined by an external review team of independent educators and administrators who visit each school before approving it. Schools implement their improvement plan, and provide annual updates to school advisory councils. An accreditation team returns to the school after four years to assess progress. Schools receive accreditation after they show progress toward the goals in their improvement plans.
New Delhi: A special court in Ernakulam, Kerala has sentenced the Managing Partner of a private firm to seven years in prison and imposed a fine of Rs 75 lakh in a bank fraud case, where the private company had cheated SBI Global Factors Limited (SBIGFL), a public sector company to the tune of Rs 4.91 crore. The Kerala court also handed down five to six-year prison sentences to the seven other accused in the case, imposing a fine on all of them, ranging between Rs 75 lakh and Rs 2 lakh. The CBI had registered a cheating case against the accused following a complaint that Somraj Nair, Managing Partner of Greenwood India and his colleague Anantha Narayan Bhat had entered into a conspiracy to forge documents and defraud the public exchequer in 2011. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe probe agency had also alleged that the partners had further opened a current account for their firm in a Bank of Baroda branch fraudulently. The Central Bureau of Investigation had alleged that the accused had availed a Letter of Credit Bill Discounting (LCBD) facility for a limit of Rs 5 crore from SBIGFL, by using forged documents. The agency had found that the partners of the firm, as part of the conspiracy had forged the Letter of Credit (LC) instrument submitted to the public sector company. The accused had purported the LC, worth Rs 4.91 crore to have been issued from a Gujarat branch of Union Bank of India. The CBI eventually filed a chargesheet in the case and the trial court subsequently found the accused guilty.
CALGARY – He’s hip, funny, well-educated and widely known across Canada, but Naheed Nenshi is facing the fight of his political life as he seeks his third term as Calgary’s mayor.During his two previous terms, Nenshi was named the No. 1 mayor in the world by an international urban research institute and feted with the World Mayor Prize in 2014. He has been praised as an “urban visionary,” who doesn’t neglect the nitty-gritty of local government.But Calgary’s struggling economy and a number of missteps have opened the door in Monday’s civic election for Bill Smith, 54, a Calgary lawyer and former firefighter who was president of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party.“A month ago we were all saying that it’s hard to kick out an incumbent and Bill Smith had no name recognition back then,” said independent pollster Janet Brown.“The fact that we’re even thinking it’s a competitive race is unprecedented in Calgary politics. We haven’t seen an incumbent mayor defeated since Ralph Klein won in the early ’80s.”Nenshi said he never expected to sleepwalk through this campaign.“OK, maybe I’m irritating. Maybe you don’t want to have a coffee with me,” Nenshi said Friday. “But I think what we really should be making decisions on is what kind of a community are we trying to build.”The campaign has been a lot less fun than previous years, he admitted.“It has been nasty. It’s been vitriolic,” he said. “The thing about me is that I put myself out there every single day. And like Popeye, ‘I yam what I yam.’ I don’t try to hide it.”Smith said Calgarians are frustrated with rising taxes, high office-vacancy rates and a struggling economy.“Nobody sees any hope in sight in terms of a recovery on the energy side. What we’re getting is increased taxes at the civic level, at the provincial level and the federal level,” said Smith. “There’s just a real general feeling of discontent.”Brown said a couple of issues seem to have come back to haunt Nenshi.There was a war of words with a Calgary developer that led to legal action. Nenshi had to pay $300,000 in legal bills and received help raising the money from a Calgary group.Last year, Nenshi apologized for calling Uber “the worst of people” and its CEO a “dick” in a widely circulated video while he was using a competing ride-hailing service in Boston.“That again brought questions around his respect for others,” said Lori Williams, a political scientist at Mount Royal University.“This image of him of being sort of arrogant and combative, he thinks he’s the smartest person in the room, and things like that … seems to be hurting him as well.”Williams said unlike other civic elections, this one has become partisan with traditional party loyalties entering into it.“There are a number of small-c conservatives who seem to be engaging in this race.”Brown said some may be taking frustrations with Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau out on Nenshi.“There’s a lot of anger, and with the cancellation of Energy East, perhaps Calgarians would like to punish Trudeau. Perhaps they would like to punish Notley, but they don’t have an opportunity to do that,” she said.Nenshi has complained about an increasing presence of racism and hateful language in social media discourse coming from forces supporting his opponents and wanting to “take the city backwards.”Brown said she doesn’t doubt that Nenshi, the first Muslim mayor of a major Canadian city, has encountered racism, but suggested his comments could backfire.“It came out as meaning if you’re against me, you’re racist,” Brown said.“It didn’t really acknowledge that there are some legitimate reasons to dislike Mayor Nenshi and be voting against Mayor Nenshi that has nothing to do with his race.”— With files from Lauren Krugel. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
TORONTO – A photo of a hockey player breastfeeding her baby between periods has riled social media, and that uproar has some lactation experts bemoaning how such a natural act continues to be sexualized and shamed.Dr. Dan Flanders of Kindercare Pediatrics in Toronto called negative reaction to the photo “so incredibly disappointing.”“In a world that supports women and moms it should be a complete non-issue,” Flanders said Thursday.“It should be like shopping at the supermarket. It should be like driving in your car to work, it should have no emotional impact but it obviously unveils a lot of hangups that we have in our society now. I guess breasts are very sexualized in our world and people have hangups about sex and sexuality.”The Facebook photo of Serah Small breastfeeding her eight-week-old in an arena change room had drawn more than 1,000 likes and 500 shares by Thursday morning. In the photo, shared Monday by Milky Way Lactation Services, the Alberta mom is topless but still in her bulky hockey pants and skates.The image and associated media stories have drawn strong online reaction, the vast majority of it appearing to be supportive, although some comments were not.“Why do we have to keep going through this every few months,” one reader posts. “I don’t care where they feed their child as long as it’s not in a fine restaurant. Most of these women are just attention seekers anyways.”Flanders says this kind of public shaming can make a difficult situation worse for some new moms, who are already at risk of feeling sad and isolated. He adds that it’s very common to feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in public, partly because of public shaming and a lack of resources to support moms who struggle.“If we lived in an environment that wasn’t quite so — dare I say — misogynistic and uninterested in supporting new moms, I think they might find it a little bit less challenging to succeed at breastfeeding.”Stigma reaches far and wide, adds author and lactation expert Jack Newman, who says he, too, gets negative comments online — often from other women who negatively view breastfeeding in public.“I’ve even had mothers tell me that they were afraid of breastfeeding in front of their own parents. Or the parents-in-law have said, ‘No, you can’t do that here you have to go into the bedroom, not in front of us,” says Newman, pediatrician and founder of the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic in north Toronto.Then there is the lack of adequate information from obstetricians, who could do much more to educate new moms and head off potential breastfeeding problems as part of prenatal care, he says.“A lot of OB’s also don’t talk about breastfeeding but they give the mothers a little party pack of (baby) formula,” says Newman.Margaret Salopek, a clinical nurse educator and lactation consultant at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital in Edmonton, says she’d like to see the working world do more to welcome nursing moms, a move that would go a long way towards quashing lingering stigma.“We should be looking at ways to accommodate that, like providing the same kind of space you would provide to anybody who’s going to eat their lunch. It shouldn’t be a woman having to go and hide out in a toilet with her breast pump,” says Salopek.New moms-to-be could also benefit from a more candid conversation with caregivers about how difficult it can be to breastfeed, she adds.“I’m surprised that they haven’t been given as real a picture as they could be,” she says of some of the women she advises.Flanders says the media also has a “huge” role to play, blaming it for giving voice “to the radicals on both sides of this conversation … to create as much tumult as they can to sell newspapers.”He applauded the photo for doing its part to challenge ideas about nursing moms.“I would imagine that the vast majority of us have never imagined a hockey player breastfeeding their child during intermission.”
WASHINGTON – The fresh round of U.S.-Canada negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement generated hopeful signals from both camps Wednesday that a deal could be struck by the end of the week.A day after the two neighbours restarted intensive, face-to-face negotiations on NAFTA, both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump expressed optimism a new continental accord could be reached by Friday.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, emerging Wednesday evening from her second meeting of the day with her U.S. counterpart, said officials would be working late into the night — and possibly all night — on potential “landing zones” where both parties can agree. She and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and their teams will meet again Thursday to review the progress made.“This is a very intense moment in the negotiations and we’re trying to get a lot of things done very quickly,” she said.“I feel that both parties are coming to this stage of the negotiation with a lot of goodwill … There is a good atmosphere, we’re working productively.”The 24-year-old NAFTA, which also includes Mexico and is integral to the continent’s economy, has been under renegotiation for more than 12 months.Canadian officials say an agreement announced earlier in the week between the U.S. and Mexico, which includes common ground on the difficult issue of labour within the auto sector, has broken a logjam in the talks.Trump added a layer of urgency to the negotiations Monday after announcing his deal with Mexico — with an ultimatum that Canada would have to join their pact by Friday or suffer the consequences of punishing tariffs on its auto sector. He also warned that the U.S. and Mexico would move forward bilaterally without Canada.By Wednesday, after round-the-clock talks among officials from all three countries, a cautious Trudeau said it was possible for a new three-country treaty to come together by week’s end — but he added Canada refused to be rushed into a poor deal just to meet Trump’s deadline.To get to a deal, Canada is under pressure from the U.S. to compromise on key issues — from opening access to its protected dairy sector, to getting rid of NAFTA’s dispute settlement system, to introducing a clause that would call for the deal to be renegotiated again every 16 years.“We recognize there is a possibility of getting there by Friday, but it is only a possibility because it will hinge on whether or not there is ultimately a good deal for Canada, a good deal for Canadians,” Trudeau said at an event in northern Ontario.“I’ve said from the beginning no NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal. And we are going to remain firm on that principle because Canadians expect us to stand up for them.”Trudeau’s office sent out a signal later Wednesday that NAFTA 2.0 talks were progressing.His office said the prime minister will hold a call Thursday afternoon with premiers to discuss the NAFTA negotiations. Freeland will be on the call, as will Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, and Dominic LeBlanc, the federal minister responsible for intergovernmental affairs.Trump, too, was confident Wednesday that a deal could be on the way.“They want to be a part of the deal and we gave until Friday and I think we’re probably on track,” Trump told reporters of Canada’s negotiating team.“We’ll see what happens. But in any event, things are working out very well.”The U.S. president also noted it would be a bad idea for Canada to let this opportunity to join the U.S.-Mexican trade agreement slip away.“I think it’s going to be obviously very good for Canada if they do (join) and I think it’s probably not going to be good at all if they don’t,” Trump said.Freeland, who has been leading Ottawa’s negotiating team this week in Washington, said she’s optimistic about the “intense” talks now under way in the accelerated search compromise on NAFTA.But she also cautioned that more tough talks lie ahead.“When it comes to specific issues, we have a huge amount of work to do this week at the ministerial level and also officials are really grinding through extremely intensively,” the minister said as she emerged from her first meeting of the day with Lighthizer.When pressed by reporters, Freeland would not provide details of what Canada might be putting on the table, saying she and Lighthizer have agreed not to negotiate in public. Trudeau similarly refused to get into details.However, Freeland did suggest Canada has not budged on its insistence that a new NAFTA must include an independent dispute settlement mechanism. Canada’s view on that subject is “well known,” she said, when asked if she’s prepared to drop that demand.She credited the Mexicans for their difficult decision to compromise on labour and wages as part of its auto rules-of-origin talks with the U.S., saying it has cleared the way for more substantive talks between Washington and Ottawa.“This is a really important step for us and it has set the stage for very intensive conversations and negotiations that we’re going to have this week,” Freeland said.For now, Canadian negotiators are primarily focused on bilateral talks with the Americans.Freeland cancelled her trip to Europe this week to return to the NAFTA bargaining table after the U.S. and Mexico agreed on numerous trade issues throughout their bilateral, summertime talks.Asked to comment Wednesday about how he’s feeling about his trading partners, Trump said: “I love Canada. You know what? I love Mexico too.” Asked which one he likes better, he said, “I like ’em both the same.”
The amended list issued on Friday removes the ban on the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), the British Tamil Forum (BTF), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) and the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), among others. However, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) and its leader, former LTTE negotiator V. Rudrakumaran, remain on the list as proscribed organizations and individuals.The new government, after taking office this year, said it will de-list some Tamil diaspora groups in order to seek their support to work with Sri Lanka. The government has lifted the ban on several former LTTE front groups through a gazette notification published by the Government Printer on Friday.Signed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence as the Competent Authority, the gazette notification repeals the gazette issued by the former government listing at least 15 organizations over alleged links with the LTTE. The then government raised concerns over the alleged activities of the Tamil diaspora saying they could fund another war in Sri Lanka.However, the new government said it was willing to negotiate with the diaspora and look at their concerns and work with them instead of sidelining them. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam Gazette notice: The Mahinda Rajapaksa government banned several organizations operating on foreign soil as foreign terrorist organizations, utilising the UN Security Council Resolution 1373 which was brought about by the Unites States on September 28, 2001 after the attack on the New York twin towers on September 11, 2001. The new gazette notification has also lifted the ban on the head of the Global Tamil Forum, Father S.J. Emmanuel. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera also had talks with the GTF in the presence of the Tamil National Alliance and former Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim in London this year.The GTF and other Tamil diaspora groups are to be invited to Sri Lanka to attend a diaspora festival set to be organized by the government.While most diaspora groups had welcomed the initiatives of the new government, the TGTE continues to be critical of Sri Lanka and is pushing for an Eelam State.
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 9:04 am MDT Cdn economy gets boost in second quarter from big improvement in trade OTTAWA – Canada racked up a solid trade surplus during June as exports hit a record level due to a strong showing from the energy sector.Statistics Canada said Wednesday that Canada’s trade surplus with the rest of the world came in at $1.9 billion, up from a revised $576 million in May, and exceeding the $150 million deficit that economists had generally expected.“The big swing back to a trade surplus, the fourth in the past five months, is certainly welcome news and marks the second straight quarterly surplus following two years of deficits,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Benjamin Reitzes.“It looks as though trade is going to add more to (economic) growth in the second quarter than previously expected.”The agency reported that merchandise exports rose 1.1 per cent in June to a record high of $45.2 billion.Strong performers included the energy sector, as exports of energy products ran up 2.5 per cent to $11.9 billion. Crude oil and crude bitumen increased 2.8 per cent to a record high of $8.9 billion, as prices rose 2.2 per cent.The mining sector was also a major contributor to the trade surplus, while exports of metal and non-metallic mineral products increased 9.7 per cent to $4.8 billion as volumes rose 10.2 per cent.Exports of consumer goods rose 8.3 per cent to $5.1 billion on higher volumes.The trade picture improvement came despite a disappointing showing in the auto sector.Exports of motor vehicles and parts fell 6.3 per cent to $6.2 billion in June after recording four consecutive monthly gains.“The main factor behind the decrease in June was passenger cars and light trucks, which fell 8.8 per cent to $4.1 billion,” Statistics Canada said.Imports fell 1.8 per cent during June.Imports of metal ores and non-metallic minerals fell 25.3 per cent to $752 million.There were also declines in electronics, down 4.5 per cent and auto imports, which fell 2.5 per cent to $7.6 billion.Exports to the United States remained unchanged at $34.1 billion in June, while imports were up 1.5 per cent to $29.1 billion — a record high.Exports to countries other than the United States grew 4.8 per cent to $11.1 billion, led by the European Union, while imports fell 7.8 per cent to $14.3 billion.The blowout trade number also had a positive effect on the Canadian dollar, which had been lower early Wednesday morning with traders avoiding risk amid growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine. But the loonie later rose 0.13 of a cent to 91.37 cents after closing Tuesday at a three-month low. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
A DEVICE WAS discovered in Ballymun last night, leading to the evacuation of houses.The Defence Forces sent out an Army Bomb Disposal Team following a request from gardaí after a suspect device was found during a Garda operation in the Woodhazel area of Ballymun.A cordon and road closures were put in place for public safety and a number of nearby houses were evacuated.The team arrived on scene at 9.11pm and the device was made safe at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion. It was taken away to a safe military location for further testing, where it was later confirmed as a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED).All of its component parts and other items will be handed over to the Gardaí to assist them with their investigation into the incident.The scene was declared safe at 9.55pm.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece achieved one of the highest rates of European Union subsidy absorption in 2014, according to the Development Ministry, as it managed to avoid losing out on any contributions from Brussels from any funding program.The country invested 3.64 billion euros in EU funds last year to take its absorption rate from the 2007-13 funding period (that has been extended to two additional years) to 87.97 percent. In total the country has absorbed 19.48 billion euros from the 2007-13 funds. Therefore Greece has met both the target set for the previous funding period and that for 2014-20.The ministry also announced the successful completion of the Public Investments Program for 2014, with the channeling of 6.6 billion euros into the economy and society, thereby helping the country switch from recession to growth in the year that has just ended.Source: Kathimerini
Steaks hachés contaminés : l’état de santé des enfants est stabiliséLes sept enfants du nord de la France qui ont été intoxiqués après avoir consommé des steaks hachés surgelés achetés chez Lidl étaient encore hospitalisés au CHU de Lille hier soir. Ils sont dans un état stable et deux des enfants devraient quitter l’hôpital ce lundi.L’origine de la bactérie E. coli qui aurait infecté sept enfants du nord de la France, reste à ce jour inconnue. Agés de 18 mois à huit ans et originaires du Nord et de l’Oise, ils sont toujours hospitalisés au CHU de Lille pour des diarrhées hémorragiques et des insuffisances rénales, vraisemblablement liées à la consommation de steaks hachés contaminés par la bactérie. Toutefois, leur état de santé s’est stabilisé depuis samedi soir. Deux d’entre eux devraient regagner leur domicile dans la journée. Le garçon de 2 ans le plus sévèrement touché est toujours dans le coma, mais ses médecins disent avoir observé une “légère amélioration” de son état.À lire aussiE.Coli : l’Allemagne déclare l’épidémie terminéeUn huitième enfant, une fillette de 7 ans originaire de Valenciennes, a été hospitalisé vendredi soir pour des symptômes de contamination bactérienne. Cependant, sa mère affirme qu’elle n’a pas mangé de steaks hachés surgelés. La fille fait donc partie, selon les médecins, des cas ordinaires habituellement enregistrés hors épidémie, rapporte l’Express.D’après l’Agence régionale de santé du Nord-pas-de-Calais, six de ces huit enfants présentent la même souche “E. coli 0157”, distincte de la souche bactérienne “O104:H4” qui a fait 39 morts en Europe, dont 38 en Allemagne. France Soir indique que les analyses concernant les deux autres (dont la fillette qui n’aurait pas mangé de viande hachée) sont toujours en cours.Lidl France, qui commercialisait cette viande, a rappelé samedi avoir procédé au retrait de la vente des steaks concernés. L’enseigne a assuré que tous les produits à base de viande de la marque actuellement en vente dans ses magasins étaient “sains”.Le 20 juin 2011 à 09:21 • Emmanuel Perrin