Ebola outbreak in Congo still not an international crisis, WHO decides

first_img By Jon CohenApr. 12, 2019 , 6:20 PM JOHN WESSELS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES “We have an Ebola gas can sitting in DRC that’s just waiting for a match to hit it,” says epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, who directs the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “It could blow substantially in this area any time soon.”The panel, however, “almost unanimously” agreed that there would be “no added benefit” to declaring a PHEIC, said its chair, epidemiologist Robert Steffen of the University of Zurich in Switzerland, at a press teleconference today. A number of organizations, including WHO, the DRC’s Ministry of Health, and nongovernmental groups, are doing “excellent work” to contain the outbreak, he said. “Although there was great concern about the rising numbers in some regions, the outbreak has not spread internationally and that’s now over many months.”The committee did, however, urge public health groups to “redouble efforts” to detect cases, prevent transmission in health care facilities, and find and vaccinate anyone who was in direct or indirect contact with a person who became ill. “We do not mean at all that we can lean back and relax,” Steffen says.Funding a point of conflictWHO will accept the committee’s advice and will not declare a PHEIC, said its director-general, who goes by Tedros. But he stressed that the response needs an additional $104 million to close a funding gap and carry out its plans through the end of July. “We’re calling on the international community to step up its commitment on ending the outbreak,” Tedros said. “We cannot intensify our efforts if we do not have enough funds. The current funding gap has meant that we have had to slow down preparedness activities in neighboring countries.”Osterholm was “surprised and disappointed” by the committee’s decision. “I have read, reread, and discussed at length what the conditions are that would” justify declaring a PHEIC, he says, and the DRC outbreak “fully meets the conditions. … The funding gap alone should tell you the world is not understanding the public health importance here and the emergency nature of this. WHO is sending a message that we’re concerned but it’s business as usual, and I don’t see anything as business as usual here.”But, Steffen said, “It would not be appropriate to declare a PHEIC just to generate funds.” And Jeremy Farrar, who runs the Wellcome Trust in London, agrees that a PHEIC should not be invoked to raise money.“Money is not hampering the response currently,” says Farrar, who visited the region in January. And declaring a PHEIC, he says, is a “really nuanced decision” that could even backfire—increasing fear and damaging badly needed trade in the region, for example. “Whether a PHEIC is called or not is a secondary issue,” he says. “What is needed is a rapid, evidenced-based evaluation of what has been working, and to enhance those responses as fast and as aggressively as possible. We must also ask what has not been working and why, and plan changes to these to increase their impact, and bring in new interventions. Without this we will not see a different result in the DRC.”Vaccine dataWHO today also released, for the first time, information about the impact of the still experimental Ebola vaccine, which is made by Merck of Kenilworth, New Jersey. Public health workers have been administering the vaccine in an attempt to create “rings” of immunity around infected individuals. So far, they’ve vaccinated 97,000 people, and a preliminary analysis shows the vaccine’s efficacy is 97.5%. During the West African epidemic, a formal study of the vaccine—which contains a gene for an Ebola surface protein stitched inside of a virus that affects farm animals but is harmless to humans—found it offered 100% protection 10 days after people received the shot. (That is how long it takes for a person to develop a robust immune response.)Vaccine teams in the DRC created vaccine rings around 776 cases. But security concerns—there are 20 armed insurgency groups in the area—and community reluctance to be vaccinated have prevented vaccine teams from creating rings around 175 cases. Of the 71 Ebola cases that occurred in vaccinated people, only 15 became ill 10 or more days after receiving the shot. None of those 15 people died.In the 56 people who became ill within 10 days of being vaccinated, there were nine deaths, far less than expected, a strong indication that they received partial protection. “This vaccine is highly effective,” said Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergency program and a participant in the teleconference. The challenge is “to get the message to communities.” Health workers at an Ebola treatment center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which was attacked earlier this year by armed mencenter_img No need to sound the world’s loudest public health alarm bell about the lingering Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an expert panel convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, decided today. The controversial decision not to declare what is known as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) comes as the outbreak has sickened at least 1206 people, killing 63% of them.A recent spike in cases had prompted WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to convene the 11-member panel. It considered, for a second time, whether WHO should take the rare step of declaring the outbreak a global emergency, which can impact disease surveillance plans, travel, and trade. WHO adopted the PHEIC concept in 2005, and has invoked it just four times: for pandemic flu in 2009, polio eradication in 2014, the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014, and the Zika virus outbreak in 2016.Some public health experts believe WHO needed to take the dramatic step in order to draw greater attention—and funding—to fighting the DRC Ebola outbreak, which is centered in two conflict-ridden provinces the country’s northeast. 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Bouchard’s bra colour flagged by Wimbledon umpire

first_imgCanadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard on Tuesday was flagged by umpire Louise Engzell for violating Wimbledon’s dress code, which is all whites. Bouchard however claims innocence.  After the match  the 21 year old said she was not aware of the dress code and nobody ever told her anything about her bra.The previous year’s runner-up at Wimbledon was wearing a black bra beneath her white gear. Under Wimbledon’s rules players should be dressed entirely white.The Daily mail reported that chair umpire Louise Engzell held a brief conversation with the tournament referee to decide what to do, with the bra having broken the rule stating that “any undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must be completely white.”Bouchard lost 7-6, 6-4 to her unseeded Chinese opponent Duan Ying-ying on Tuesday.It’s not the first time a player has been reported on violating the dress code at Wimbledon. Pat cash,  the 1987 Wimbledon champion withdrew from participating in the tournament after the referee asked him to remove his own training shoes which didn’t meet the guidelines, he used to wear the those to avoid injuries. In 2013, tennis super star Roger Federer was reported for wearing Nike shoes with bright orange soles.last_img read more

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Jesus loving life at Man City

first_imgManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says that he is loving life at the club and in the city after maintaining his excellent strike rate for 2019 in his side’s FA Cup rout of Burnley.The Brazilian got on the scoresheet once more to take his tally to eight in 2019 as the Citizens knocked the Clarets out with a 5-0 victory in the fourth round.His sensational streak takes him to 15 in all competitions for the season, with the 21-year-old arguably in the best form of his life at the Etihad Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Speaking to the club’s official website in the wake of their progression through to the last 16 of football’s oldest cup competition, Jesus revealed that his love for Manchester is spurring on his performances.The forward transferred from his home country in January 2017, where he played for Palmeiras with whom he won the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A.“I love it here as after two years it (Manchester) is my home,” Jesus said.“I love it more and more as my life is here and I talk about that with my family and my friends when they come and visit me.“So yes, I really love it here.”Speaking on the potential of success in the FA Cup – the only major domestic honour Pep Guardiola is yet to win in charge of City – Jesus added that City were determined to claim yet more silverware.City last played in the final in 2013, when they were stunned by an injury-time winner against underdogs Wigan Athletic.“The FA Cup is a really good competition. In Brazil we have a similar competition, so I want to win the FA Cup,” he continued.“We (the club) want to win the FA Cup so we need to play well and we are working hard to win this amazing competition.”City next travel to Newcastle on Tuesday as they look to keep up their pursuit of the Premier League summit, where Liverpool currently reside.The Mancunian outfit will be desperate to retain their top-flight crown, having never managed to achieve consecutive titles in their history.last_img read more

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Get people in open-minded moments if you want them to give

first_imgPeople are more likely to buy a product when they’re going through personal experiences that open their mind to its potential. For example, I never noticed diaper commercials before I had children. But when my kids were infants, Pampers ads seized my interest – and even my heart. And Cheerio ads could make me cry.I call these “open-minded moments.”The same is certainly true of causes. Today at Network for Good, the authors of the Science of Giving discussed their book (which I blogged in its entirety here on my blog). This idea of open-minded moments came through loud and clear, and here was my favorite example: Danny Oppenheimer and Chris Olivola noted that when people feel hot, they are more open to messages about global warming.The New York Times summed up the relevant studies nicely here:One recent national study found that for each 3.5 degree rise in temperature above a local average, Americans became 1 percent more likely to agree that “solid evidence” exists that the earth is getting warmer… Now, new research suggests that people’s opinion on global warming can be influenced not just by the weather, but even by the temperature of the room they’re sitting in. The study, by Jane Risen, a behavioral scientist at the University of Chicago, and Clayton Critcher, a marketing professor at the University of California, Berkeley, found that university students placed in a heated room expressed higher confidence that global warming was a proven fact than those placed in a neutral control room.If you work for an environmental cause and you’re debating when to send out that appeal about climate change, call a meteorologist. If you’re any cause, remember — the circumstances of your supporters are critical to whether they hear – and act upon – your message. Timing, after all, is everything.last_img read more

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WWE SmackDown: AJ Styles, Nakamura sign contract for match at Money in the Bank

first_imgWWE’s Money in the Bank is building up to be quite a show, and on the latest episode of Smackdown the WWE champions AJ styles and his challenger Shinsuke Nakamura signed on the dotted line for their match at the pay-per-view.With Paige hosting the contract signing between Styles and Nakamura for their last man standing match, the tension was palpable as the two Superstars eyed one another down in the backstage area.WWE personnel were also on hand, as Styles stared each Nakumara dead in the eyes and pronounced that Nakamura could not defeat him straight up. He also added that he would leave WWE Money in the Bank as he came in – as WWE Champion.WWE’s Rockstar, not shaken by Styles’ statement, flung a pen at The Phenomenal One, instantly enraging AJ. Right then and there, Styles wanted to come to blows with Nakamura, urging him to stand up, but Shinsuke simply remained seated.Styles became more enraged by Nakamura’s refusal to engage, finally slapping The Artist across the face, causing WWE officials to escort Styles away from the contract signing. Seemingly unphased by AJ’s actions, Nakamura signed the contract and looked to Paige, making one simple statement: “Last. Man. Standing.”CARMELLA “UNMASKED” ASUKAEarlier after vowing to deliver the truth about her WWE Money in the Bank opponent, Carmella kicked off SmackDown LIVE to “unmask” the real Asuka. The Princess of Staten Island showed a video package of the few low moments from Asuka’s WWE career and began to build the argument that she was broken after her WrestleMania 34 loss to Charlotte Flair. It was Carmella’s assertion that everyone was now ready for Asuka.advertisementThe Empress of Tomorrow hit the scene and confronted the SmackDown Women’s Champion. Before anything could transpire, however, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville also interrupted, stating that Mandy was only one second away from defeating Asuka last week and that tonight Deville would seal the deal.SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige arranged for a handicap match between Asuka and Mandy and Sonya. Despite the numbers disadvantage and Carmella causing distractions a plenty from the announcers table, including moonwalking across the desk, Asuka powered through and defeated Mandy and Sonya.Other results:Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte FlairJimmy Uso and Naomi defeated Aiden English and LanaKarl Anderson beat HarperThe New Day defeated The Miz, Samoa Joe and Rusev(With inputs from WWE)last_img read more

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China Needs Comprehensive and Cost-effective Strategies to Address Water Pollution

first_imgIn the summer of 2007, Wuxi Municipality shut down the municipal water supply due to a massive outbreak of blue-green algae in Tai Lake. Source: https://www.china.com.cn/city/txt/2007-06/05/content_8345713.htm ↩︎ This post originally appeared on The Asia Water Project website, and is reposted with permission.China has become famous in recent years for its double-digit annual economic growth and rapid urbanization. Unfortunately, this economic success story is paired with serious environmental degradation, especially the pollution of China’s streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal areas. China suffers from growing shortages of fresh water resources and can ill-afford to have its lakes and rivers rendered unavailable for use because they are too polluted. Water pollution takes an economic toll as well; the World Bank has estimated that the overall cost of water scarcity caused by water pollution amounts to about one percent of Gross Domestic Product.1 Water pollution is a multi-faceted problem that must be addressed with comprehensive strategies. While China has made great progress in controlling some forms of water pollution, it is now at the point where new, more holistic strategies are needed.Water Pollution Control Strategies in ChinaWater pollution is not a simple problem. There are different types of pollutants and a variety of sources. The most important pollutants that affect water quality can be divided into five main categories. These categories, and their impacts on water quality, are:Oxygen-demanding substances — Untreated sewage contains high concentrations of organic matter and when it is discharged to a stream or a lake, the natural processes of decay use oxygen and can deplete the oxygen levels in the water body, threatening fish and other aquatic organisms that need oxygen to survive.Toxic substances — Heavy metals such as mercury and lead are toxic to aquatic organisms, as are a wide variety of chemical compounds. The discharge of toxic substances to surface waters can not only harm stream life, but also humans who use the water for drinking or as a source of fish or other aquatic organisms. Untreated industrial wastewater frequently contains high levels of toxic substances.Bacteria and pathogens — Municipal sewage and runoff from agriculture can contain high levels of bacteria, viruses, and other organisms that cause human diseases. Lakes contaminated with the pathogens can cause widespread and serious outbreaks of deadly water-borne diseases such as cholera.Nitrogen and phosphorus — Nitrogen and phosphorus are nutrients that all living things need. When excess nitrogen and phosphorus pollution enters surface water bodies, it can result in greatly increased algae growth. These algae blooms, such as the ones that occurred in Tai Lake in 20072 and Jiaozhou Bay in Qingdao in 20083, have many harmful effects. The most serious one is that when the masses of algae die, their subsequent decay consumes large quantities of oxygen, causing oxygen levels to fall to levels that are harmful to fish and other organisms. This nutrient enrichment can also promote the growth of algae species such as Cyanobacteria that are toxic to other organisms, sometimes including humans. Water bodies that are over-enriched with nutrients and suffer algae blooms are characterized as “eutrophic.”Sediment and suspended solids — The discharge of sediments to streams can have a number of adverse effects, including covering stream and lake bottoms with silt and sand and smothering benthic organisms. In addition, sediments washed into water bodies can also contain organic matter, phosphorus, and toxic substances.China’s strategy for controlling water pollution focused first on reducing the discharge of oxygen-demanding substances. The 11th Five Year Plan (FYP), adopted in 2006 contained binding targets for reducing these discharges. A water quality parameter known as Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) that measures the oxygen demand of the organic matter present in a water sample is used to quantify these discharges and the 11th FYP targets are expressed in terms of reducing COD discharges to receiving waters. Reducing the discharge of untreated municipal and industrial wastewater is the best way to reduce COD levels and China has made great progress in collecting and treating municipal wastewater over the past decades.4 To achieve the mandatory COD reduction targets, both Central and local governments have adopted a variety of measures, including closing heavily polluting companies, accelerating the construction of new wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), and upgrading existing WWTP to meet stricter effluent standards (Class I-A).5 These actions also served to greatly reduce the discharge of pathogens to surface waters.While upgrading additional WWTPs to meet the higher effluent standards would result in additional reductions in COD discharges, it might be better to instead focus on increasing the rate of sewage collection and treatment. There is still a significant amount of uncollected and untreated wastewater being discharged by Chinese cities, and reducing the amount may be more cost-effective than upgrading existing WWTPs.The Need for New Strategies to Improve Water QualityControlling COD and pathogens is not enough. The discharges of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediments are now the most serious sources of water pollution. These emissions must be reduced in order to improve water quality to acceptable levels. The central government has recognized this and has taken the first step by including ammonia reduction targets in the 12th Five Year Plan. Ammonia is a form of nitrogen that is mainly discharged from agricultural runoff, municipal and industrial wastewater, and emissions to the air from agricultural operations and factories. It exerts an oxygen demand and it can also be toxic to aquatic life, so reducing ammonia discharges will have many benefits. While it is an important first step, setting targets for ammonia reductions must be followed by reducing total nitrogen and total phosphorus discharges, as well as sediment discharges. Otherwise, few water bodies in China will meet the desired water quality standards.Reducing nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment discharges will require new strategies and cannot be achieved merely through building or upgrading wastewater treatment plants or closing polluting factories. The main sources of nutrient pollution are nonpoint in nature, with agriculture being the biggest source. The costs of controlling nutrient pollution can be high and attention must be paid to the cost-effectiveness of all proposed measures. Comprehensive strategies that address all sources and sectors, and that consider cost-effectiveness in selecting reduction mechanisms, are needed.Pollutant Reduction Opportunity AnalysisIn order to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of various nutrient pollutant reduction opportunities, the World Resources Institute (WRI) is working with Tsinghua University, supported by ADM Capital Foundation, and other partners to carry out a specific project in municipalities within the Tai Lake basin. The goals are to develop an analytical approach and decision-support tool to help Chinese decision-makers select the cost-effective options to reduce ammonia, nitrogen and nutrient discharges into the water environment, thus helping to improve the water quality of lakes and rivers in China at lower cost and more effectively.To do so, the team is creating a database of all available options for reducing ammonia, nitrogen, and phosphorus discharges; analyzing the reduction potential and cost of various options; identifying the key sources which also have the most potential for reductions; and prioritizing reductions by sources (sectors) and/or by reduction measures.The pollution reduction opportunity analysis can provide a tool that can be used at both the local and national level to select cost-effective nutrient-reduction strategies. The Chinese governments need such a tool in order to make wise investment allocation decisions for nutrient reduction in the 12th FYP. In June 2008, the coastal zone of Qingdao was covered by green algae. This algae bloom threatened the sailing events of the Olympic Games. Source: https://cn.reuters.com/article/chinaNews/idCNChina-1532420080630 ↩︎ According to the National Standards on Pollutant Discharge from Urban Wastewater Treatment Plants (GB18918-2002), Class I-A effluent limits for ammonia and total nitrogen are 5 mg/L and 20 mg/L respectively, and 8 mg/L and 15 mg/L respectively for Class I-B. ↩︎center_img 16 times as many WWTPs were constructed from 2000 to 2009 than were constructed in the previous ten year period. Source: Zhong L., 2010. Development of Chinese Wastewater Sector and Financial Mechanism for Water Environment Improvement, Post-doc Report, Beijing: Tsinghua University ↩︎ World Bank, 2007.Cost of Pollution in China, February 2007, Washington D.C.: the World Bank. ↩︎last_img read more

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Liverpool move has wrecked Keita’s season

first_imgLiverpool How £48m Liverpool move has wrecked Keita’s season Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 17:30 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Naby Keita RB Leipzig Getty Images Liverpool Naby Keïta RB Leipzig Premier League Bundesliga Opinion The midfielder has underperformed this season following the announcement of his future transfer to the Premier League RB Leipzig’s trip to Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday was a heated affair with eight players booked by referee Felix Zwayer and a melee breaking out at half-time.Naby Keita sparked the brawl in the middle of the pitch when the whistle was blown to end the first-half, but unfortunately for the Guinea international, the referee kept his cards in his pocket on this occasion. Instead, he had a word with Keita, who escaped punishment, but failed to complete the game as he injured his hamstring during the second-half.Strangely, the red card could have saved Keita’s season, as he now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines and will miss some crucial games for Leipzig as they look to climb back into the Bundesliga top four. The Red Bull-backed club sit fifth in the table, with inconsistent form seeing them fail to recapture the magic of last season when they shocked football fans to finish second behind Bayern Munich. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Part of the reason for this decline is due to Keita’s form, with the midfield talisman dropping a gear following the announcement of his £48 million move to Liverpool. The Reds agreed a deal for the 23-year-old last summer following his breakthrough campaign in the Bundesliga. The agreement meant Keita would spend another season with Leipzig before moving to Anfield in the summer of 2018.Since the deal was announced, Keita does not seem to have been the same player as he was beforehand. The half-time fight against Frankfurt was completely unsurprising given the way he has been playing, with his frustration often evident on the pitch. In fact, it was a red card against Borussia Monchengladbach in the fourth game of the season (the first red card of his career) where the decline began.Keita had provided an excellent assist for Jean-Kevin Augustin in the first-half, but his second-half turned disgusting with a high challenge seeing his boot end up in Christoph Kramer’s face. The referee had no choice but to issue a straight red card.The midfielder missed the next three games, and has only provided one assist since the suspension in September. Keita’s expected assists number supports the idea that he’s declined, standing at just 1.88 xA for this season after he contributed seven assists and eight goals in 2016-17.Having missed just three Bundesliga games all of last year, Keita did not feature in five of Leipzig’s matches thanks to suspension and being benched by head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl before his injury. Hasenhuttl has been less than impressed by his recent form, telling SportBild that he needs to be more consistent on a game-to-game basis.“Naby is not as consistent this year as last year. It’s important that he brings his expectations back to normal levels,” he said.“I’m not one who wants to motivate with fear. I don’t immediately get the whip out in the classic sense and I don’t kick the players non-stop.”GFX Naby Keita 16/17 v 17/18Former Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Simon Rolfes also criticised Keita, saying he was disappointed in his regression after such a strong season last year.”He has not had the same impact that he did last season,” Rolfes told Kicker. “Too often, he has been undisciplined and has harmed his team.”It seems as if Keita’s mind is already focused on his move to Liverpool, and that has had a negative impact on his performances. Leipzig decided against cashing in earlier and selling the midfielder to the Reds in January, and are now suffering because of that with Keita injured and their hopes of a top-four finish in jeopardy.Keita still has the ability to be a superstar for Liverpool, and this time on the sidelines should give him a chance to reflect on his disappointing season and turn things around before his move to Anfield. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Maserati’s Levante is Like Savory Espresso Among SUV Sludge

first_imgPrevious How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH What feels like an eternity ago, I actually enjoyed the burnt, flavorless liquid Starbucks calls coffee. Of course, I didn’t consider a Tall Pike’s Place roast to be so heinous at the time. Then, it was just another pick-me-up – no different from any other cup ‘o’ joe – or so I thought.My ignorance to the concept of rich, caffeinated texture and taste lasted through college and into my first months as a working professional. Then, my company introduced a new guest to the break room; its name was Nespresso. For those of you unfamiliar with the single-pod dispenser, it almost instantly supplies a concentrated dose of java with a delightful aroma, crème, and, most importantly, depth of flavor. I soon zeroed in on my favorite pod: Levante.The revelation was as stirring as it was melancholy; the moment I discovered savory coffee was the moment I realized how many years I’d wasted sipping sludge. I still cringe at the thought.Years later, I’m experiencing the same sort of epiphany, courtesy of yet another Levante.In many ways, Maserati’s first SUV is a wake-up call – both for the brand, and the industry. The Italian luxury manufacturer is well known for its Ferrari-derived engines and curvaceous designs — less so for dabbling in new vehicle segments. In truth, Maserati’s hand has been forced. SUVs are (to keep the metaphor alive) the caffeine fix Americans all crave. It isn’t just mass-market appeal – crossover buyers want the same type of luxury and power they experienced with their ex-lover: sedans.You could say the Italian automaker was slow to respond to industry trends, or you could take a closer look at what they’ve created. The Levante isn’t just another SUV; it is an extension of the brand’s sporting heritage, sheathed in the latest fashion.A long, curved bonnet is the crème cover to the Levante’s espresso jolt — a compact twin-turbocharged V6 brimming with 424 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. Power coursing through the Levante’s veins, it beats feet to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds, aided by a sophisticated all-wheel drive system. Each pull of the steering wheel-mounted paddles triggers a snapping retort from the chrome-coated exhaust. A full-bodied anthem fills the cabin, unsubsidized by digital dupery; this is genuine soul, baby.The Levante is as smooth as it is sharp, coddling passengers in leather and Alcantara. An adaptive suspension system cools the ride quality from taut to tame, and an off-road mode suits those with an earthy palette. Be it highway or hillside, Maserati’s low-slung SUV drinks in tarmac without prejudice.In the time since discovering Nespresso, a third wave coffee revolution has taken hold, speckling town centers with boutique roasters and snob-staffed cafes. Bentley waves its 186-mph SUV in the face of every luxury manufacturer; Mercedes-Maybach, Rolls-Royce, and Lamborghini plot a similar routine.At some point, one must ask if the nouveau specialty really means a better cup of coffee, or simply a more expensive one. For my money, nothing usurps the Levante. Next center_img The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording 1 of 11 Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Seagull to Provide Its Learning Content for MarineLMS …

zoom Computer-based training (CBT) specialist, Seagull AS, and Marine Learning Systems, developer of advanced maritime-specific learning management system (LMS) technology, announced yesterday that they are partnering to provide the full library of Seagull learning content on the MarineLMS training platform.The partnership will provide an integrated solution to the cruise and ferry industries enabling rapid deployment of eLearning programs with course content on land and on-board, with or without connectivity. The system will also provide metrics and analytics which identify training issues before they become performance or safety problems. According to Seagull Managing Director Roger Ringstad, “For customers using LMS from MarineLMS this solution means they can access all our training content via their existing learning platform, which is a huge benefit. All Seagull training is of the highest standard covering relevant STCW2010 requirements and other relevant Maritime legislations.”According to Marine Learning Systems CEO Murray Goldberg, “For Seagull cruise and ferry customers, the partnerships means the ability to deploy both Seagull content and their own vessel-specific training content on one LMS. For MarineLMS customers, it means they will be able to select from Seagull’s library of eLearning content for rapid training program development. For all customers, it means world-class maritime content running on world-class maritime LMS technology.” My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Seagull, November 19, 2013 read more

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Diana Shipping Delivers Wider Loss

first_imgzoom As the activities in the dry bulk shipping industry remained slow, the Greek dry bulk ship owner Diana Shipping reported a net loss of USD 31.3 million for the second quarter of 2016, compared to a net loss of USD 14.1 million for the same period a year earlier.Time charter revenues were USD 28.3 million for the second quarter of 2016, against USD 38.6 million for the same quarter of 2015.“The decrease in time charter revenues was mainly due to decreased average time charter rates that we achieved for our vessels during the quarter and was partly offset by revenues derived from the increase in ownership days resulting from the enlargement of our fleet,” Diana Shipping said.The company’s net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2016 amounted to USD 62.7 million, compared to a net loss USD 24.8 million seen in the same period of 2015.Time charter revenues for the six months stood at USD 59.1 million, down from USD 80.6 million reported a year earlier.last_img read more

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MPA Expands Search Area for Missing Dredger Crew

first_imgzoom The total search area for the three missing crew of dredger JBB De Rond 19 was expanded on September 13, according to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).The total surface search area was expanded to 250 km2 from 130km2, while the aerial search area was expanded to 2701km2 from 770km2.Five crew members went missing following a collision between the dredger and a 30,747 dwt tanker Kartika Segara in Singapore territorial waters on September 13. Divers managed to recover two bodies belonging to the dredger’s crew members later the same day.A total of 12 crew, consisting of 11 Chinese nationals and one Malaysian, were onboard the dredger at the time of the incident. Seven were rescued and transferred to the Singapore General Hospital for medical treatment. Of the two crew members who were warded in hospital, one has since been discharged and one remains under observation.The incident happened despite collision warnings issued by MPA Singapore while the dredger was transiting the westbound lane and the tanker was departing Singapore and joining the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait.The MPA continues to lead the SAR efforts with support from relevant Singapore agencies. Supported by assets from the Singapore agencies, the operations include five aircraft from Republic of Singapore Air Force, 21 vessels from MPA, the Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Police Coast Guard and Singapore Civil Defence Force; and eight vessels from PSA Marine and POSH SEMCO.To date, about 280 personnel have been involved in the SAR operations. The Indonesian Rescue Coordination Centre is working with Singapore authorities to assist the SAR operations with 10 vessels in Indonesian territorial waters.The Indonesian-registered Kartika Segara reported damage to its starboard bow. The vessel is stable and anchored at the Eastern Anchorage, MPA earlier said, adding that the ship’s 26 Indonesian crew did not sustain any injuries.last_img read more

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Enjoy Food Safely Over the Holidays

first_imgWhether it is turkey with all the trimmings, or a different holiday feast on the menu, Nova Scotians are urged to follow some important tips to safely enjoy food over the holidays. “We encourage all Nova Scotians to keep food safety in mind this holiday season and be aware of proper food-handling practices,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Being mindful of how we handle, cook, store and transport food will help prevent food-borne illness from harming our loved ones.” Some tips to remember include keeping work surfaces and utensils clean, separating foods to avoid cross-contamination, cooking foods to proper temperatures, and chilling food promptly to avoid bacteria growth. The Department of Agriculture has several food safety fact sheetsonline, which include: The fact sheets are available at http://www.novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/food-protection/factsheets-publications/. Provincial food safety staff provide consumer education and facility inspections throughout the year to help protect the health of Nova Scotians. how to prepare and serve buffets how to travel with food how to prepare and store holiday foods how to order and serve take-out foods such as meat trays how to save and re-serve leftovers how to buy, thaw and cook a turkey and store leftoverslast_img read more

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Give govt time to lift restrictions

first_imgNew Delhi: The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is “very sensitive” and reasonable time should be given to the government to ensure normalcy there, the apex court said on Tuesday while refusing to pass any immediate order to the Centre to lift restrictions in the region imposed after the abrogation of Article 370.The apex court also said that it is to be ensured that no life was lost there and posted the matter after two weeks, saying it will wait for normalcy to return. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsA three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra was hearing the petition filed by Congress activist Tehseen Poonawalla on the Centre’s decision to impose restrictions and “other regressive measures” in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of the provisions of Article 370. The Centre told the bench that they are reviewing the situation in the region on a day-to-day basis and reports come from respective district magistrates and relaxations are being ordered accordingly. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”We have to ensure that law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir is maintained,” Attorney General K K Venugopal told the bench. The AG was responding to the bench which asked about the steps taken by the authorities for bringing normalcy and restoring basic facilities in the region. It asked the petitioner’s counsel, senior advocate Menaka Guruswamy to give specific instances where relief is needed. Guruswamy made submissions that due to the snapping of all type of communication people failed to speak on the festive occasion. At the outset, Guruswamy said how can there be a total prohibition on communication that even soldiers posted in the state cannot talk to their family members. She also listed various violation of rights by referring to people’s difficulty in even reaching hospital and schools and police stations. The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday said it is hopeful of further relaxations in the security clampdown after the dress rehearsal for the August 15 Independence Day celebrations conclude in various districts. Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal told a press conference here that while prohibitory conditions were relaxed in various parts of Kashmir, the Jammu region was “almost entirely” free of restrictions.last_img read more

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Expert tells Winnipeg murder trial cause of Tina Fontaines death not determined

first_imgWINNIPEG – A forensic pathologist has told a Winnipeg murder trial that he could not determine what killed a 15-year-old girl whose body was found in the Red River.Raymond Cormier has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the 2014 death of Tina Fontaine.The Crown has told court Cormier killed the girl because he had developed a sexual interest in her and found out she was underage.Fontaine was killed in August 2014 after she ran away from a hotel where she was being housed by Manitoba Child and Family Services.Dr. Dennis Rhee testified that his forensic examinations found no definitive injuries on the outside of her body or to her internal organs.He says there was no evidence of a sexual assault, no signs of a stabbing or major blunt force trauma.“The cause of death still remains undetermined,” he told the jury trial Wednesday.He said suicide would be unlikely because Fontaine’s body was wrapped in a duvet and weighed down with rocks.Rhee suggested that could indicate someone may have been trying to conceal the body.“The way the body was presented is highly suspicious,” Rhee testified. “I would not be able to rule out a minor assault.”He said he couldn’t rule out a drowning, but there is no evidence that she drowned.Rhee estimated Fontaine’s body was in the Red River between three to seven days.In earlier testimony, Christopher Keddy, who works at the RCMP national forensics lab, told court that Fontaine had enough alcohol and traces of marijuana in her system to make her high.Keddy testified the toxicology results showed no clear sign of harder drugs.During cross-examination, defence lawyer Andrew Synyshyn suggested to Keddy that he could not rule out the possibility that Fontaine could have had a potentially lethal combination of drugs in her system.Keddy agreed. (CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

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The Esquire Interview Keanu Reeves

first_img Facebook Keanu Reeves rides motorcycle every day. “It’s my preferred mode of transportation,” he explains. Often it is merely the easiest means of getting from one appointment to another. But when his mood and his schedule allow, he’ll head up the coast on Highway One or into the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles National Forest where the riding is good, or take Sunset down to the Pacific Ocean. Or just head up to the Santa Monica Mountains and kick around for a while.“It’s the physical sensation of riding, the wind, the smell, the sights, the connection to the machine, the living-in-nature,” he says. “It demands a kind of attention and presentness. It’s also good to go out and think a little bit, so you can get lost in the now. Or you can also kind of reflect. You’re moving on the surface of the planet.”As a hobby it is not without its risks. In 1988, he took a hairpin bend too fast and lay on the pavement for half an hour thinking he was going to die. The accident left a thick scar up his abdomen and necessitated the removal of his spleen. Since then there have been other surgeries, fake teeth, veneers. Some broken ribs. For a while he’d joke he worked to pay his motor insurance. He hoists up the right leg of his battered jeans and shows me thick, knotted tissue running from his ankle to his thigh. “This one took a car bumper off,” he says. “It was, like, ‘ooof’. You could see the bone.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Which one hurt the most?“You know, it’s weird. After the accidents the adrenalin kicks in, so it’s not really painful. Maybe the broken ribs part,” he reflects. “That was pretty uncomfortable.”We are talking at the Arch Motorcyle Company, the custom superbike builders Reeves co-founded with his friend Gard Hollinger, a well-known designer in the bike world, in Hawthorne, an industrial suburb south of Los Angeles. Reeves had already logged tens of thousands of miles on Nortons, Suzukis, a 1974 BMW 750, a 1984 Harley Shovelhead and a Moto Guzzi racer, all from his personal collection, before he approached Hollinger to make a modification to his Harley-Davidson. (He wanted to add a sissy bar, or passenger backrest. Hollinger told him that wasn’t really his thing.) The two got talking and Reeves suggested they might go into business. Again Hollinger wasn’t keen.“He said, ‘No!’” Reeves recalls. “He’d been around motorcycles for years and he knew what it would take [to set up a new business]. He was, like, ‘Why do you want to do this?’ Then we got to know each other and over the course of it it was just like, ‘Come on, man’. Anyway, he said yes.”Reeves shows me around. For a working garage, the place is as clean as a museum. There’s his current bike, a custom Arch KRGT-1 with 10,000 miles on the clock, in for repairs after the transmission blew. There’s the Goodwood ExperiMental, an eccentrically-built racer they bought to the UK for last year’s Festival of Speed in Sussex. And there are various clients’ bikes lined up along the far wall. Elsewhere, lathes turn and machine presses press. Occasionally an employee wanders past.Is this fun, running your own company?“Oh, yeah,” Reeves beams.Until recently, Keanu Reeves’s last blockbuster was the The Day the Earth Stood Still, a sci-fi remake released in 2008. It was not a critical success. “Sometimes I call that The Day my Career Stood Still,” he says. “I kind of went to Studio Movie Jail.” Odd as it may seem, even for an actor as famous and as enduring as Reeves — 2016 marked his 30th year in film, and his big successes have been really big — he’s apparently still only as bankable as his last movie. “For me that is true,” he says. “Yeah.”Although disappointments haven’t hindered Reeves in pursuing weirder, wilder and more interesting independent releases like A Scanner Darkly and Thumbsucker — a duality that’s been a feature of Reeves’ career ever since his 1986 breakthrough River’s Edge — you get the feeling the last decade hasn’t always been plain sailing. “You’re always fighting for a career,” Reeves says. “I mean, there’s a few people who [don’t have to worry]…” Then he changes his mind. “No: you’re always fighting for a career.”Then in 2014 he made John Wick. A gloriously unhinged B-movie action romp perched on the edge of pastiche but played with unblinking conviction. Its first-time director was Chad Stahelski who had been Reeves’ stunt double in The Matrix trilogy. This may not have been a coincidence. Once again, Reeves was required to say little, do lots of shooting and kung-fu and wear a tailored black suit, which is how he looks best. Even his character’s name appeared to come straight out of a graphic novel (“Don’t Set Him Off” advised the posters). In other words, it was the perfect Keanu Reeves film for Keanu Reeves. (This is not faint praise: there are any number of, say, Nicolas Cage films correctly casting Nicolas Cage that belong in any right-thinking film fan’s Top 100. Dangerous Liaisons, featuring Reeves as the 18th century French courtier Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny, is an example of casting that was perhaps less successful.) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Sugary drinks banned from sale in NHS hospitals from July

first_img Show more England will be just the second country in the world to introduce such a plan, with Portugal taking pioneering action last year. 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. The new contract, which came into effect in January states: “With effect from 1 July 2018, the Provider must not itself sell or offer for sale any Sugar-Sweetened Beverage at the Provider’s Premises.”The Provider must use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that, with effect from 1 July 2018, its tenants, sub-tenants, licensees, contractors, concessionaires and agents do not sell or offer for sale any Sugar-Sweetened Beverage at the Provider’s Premises.”New rules will also heavily restrict the sale of any high calorie foods.From next April 60 per cent of sandwiches and pre-packed meals on sale in hospitals must contain a maximum of 400 calories per serving – rising to 75 per cent of cases a year later.And 60 per cent of sweets and chocolates sold must not exceed 250 calories – rising to 80 per cent of items by 2019.Almost 700,000 of the 1.3 million people employed by the NHS are thought to be overweight or obese.Health officials have previously announced measures to improve healthy eating in hospitals, including axeing deals on sugary drinks as well as those for salty, fatty or sugary foods. Sugary drinks will be banned from sale in NHS hospitals across England from July, the health service has announced.This week NHS England released an updated contract for hospitals, which for the first time included a clause prohibiting the sale of sugar sweetened beverages.Retailers including Marks & Spencer, WH Smiths and Subway had already agreed to cut sales of sweet drinks to a maximum of 10 per cent of their output. But the new rule will stop outlets from selling the drinks entirely should they fail to meet that target, a move which was welcomed by campaigners. It also means a ban for fizzy and sugary drinks in hundreds of NHS cafes and staff canteens.Katherine Button, of the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, said: “We welcome this move by NHS England to ban the sale of sugary drinks in our hospitals.“Tooth extraction as a result of tooth decay is the most common cause for hospitalisation of children under five – putting unnecessary pressure on stretched NHS services.“This bold leadership from NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens is exactly what we need to tackle these big health challenges.”last_img read more

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Allan McGregor prefers victory in match to being Man of the

first_imgRangers player Allan McGregor believes it is better to play rubbish and win the game than to be recognized as Man of the Match.Allan McGregor demonstrated his skill in their match against Villarreal as they played with just 10 men.Speaking to RangersTV he said:“To be fair I would rather play rubbish and win! With what happened just before half-time I think we would have taken a draw at the end of the match.”“I think this result shows our togetherness, the boys dug in well and limited them to maybe a handful of chances and only had ten men.”“It is a brilliant performance, we really dug in and they worked their socks off. Now we need to rest up, recover and get ready for Sunday.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.If Rangers returns victorious from their final game in Group G against Rapid Vienna, the Gers would be qualified, and no score played in the match between Villarreal and Spartak Moscow will change their progress.“I would have taken getting into the group stages when we first met up in June, it has been really positive and a really good run from the start of the European campaign,” McGregor continued.“To have the last game in our own hands to qualify for the last 32 I am sure we would have taken that in September yes.”“My role doesn’t change whether we are going to Tynecastle or any other stadium.”“It is a good atmosphere, I like playing there so I am sure the boys will experience it when they warm up then once the game comes it is another game.”last_img read more

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YouTube axes more than 400 channels over child exploitation controversy

first_img Comment This comes after DeFranco posted a video talking about YouTube’s “predator problem.” YouTube has come under fire for allowing disturbing content. Disney, Epic Games and Nestle pulled ad spending from YouTube this week after blogger Matt Watson showed how comments on the platform were being used by a “soft-core pedophelia ring” to share child exploitation videos.”Any content – including comments – that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube. We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling comments on tens of millions of videos that include minors,” said the YouTube spokesperson. “There’s more to be done, and we continue to work to improve and catch abuse more quickly.”  1 YouTube Tags Internet Services Digital Media YouTube has removed over 400 channels for comments they left on videos.  Raphael Knipping via Getty Images YouTube is trying hard to clear out disturbing content. Over the past three days, YouTube has disabled comments on tens of millions of videos and terminated over 400 channels for comments they left on videos, and reported illegal comments to law enforcement, the video platform told creator Philip DeFranco on Wednesday. A YouTube spokesperson has confirmed the numbers in an email statement. UPDATE: @YouTube @YTCreators left a comment and provided an update on what they’ve done to combat horrible people on the site in the last 48 hours.TLDR: Disabled comments on tens of millions of videos. Terminated over 400 channels. Reported illegal comments to law enforcement. pic.twitter.com/zFHFfkX9FD— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) February 21, 2019 Share your voicelast_img read more

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US sex assault hotline sees surge in calls after Kavanaugh hearing

first_imgMarilyn Duerbeck leads a group of women in protest outside the office of US senator Jeff Flake, amid the controversy surrounding Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in Phoenix, Arizona, US on 28 September 2018. Photo: ReutersA sexual assault hotline is reporting a surge in calls following the dramatic senate testimony of university professor Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago.The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) said there was a 201 per cent increase in calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline on Thursday, when Blasey Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee.”We often see an uptick when sexual assault is in the news,” RAINN said.”Since Dr Ford has come forward with her allegations, we have seen a 45.6 per cent uptick (in calls) compared to the same time period in 2017,” the organisation said.In the run-up to her televised testimony, the number spiked even more.”Last weekend, from Friday to Sunday, we saw a 57 per cent increase compared to an average Friday to Sunday,” RAINN said.”Hearing about sexual violence in the media and online can be very difficult for survivors and their loved ones,” the group added in a tweet. “Remember to take care of yourself during these times.”During her emotional testimony, Blasey Ford said she believed she was going to be raped during the alleged assault by Kavanaugh at a party 36 years ago.She said she managed to escape when another boy who was in the room jumped on the bed where she was allegedly being held down and groped by Kavanaugh.Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations and the Senate Judiciary Committee appeared set on Friday to recommend his nomination to the nation’s highest court, sending it to the full senate for a vote.Sexual assault hotlines have experienced similar surges in calls in the past during other high-profile events such as the revelations of sexual abuse by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, which helped launch the #MeToo movement.last_img read more

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Teacher suspended for setting question on Sefuda

first_imgA teacher of Rajuk Uttara Model College was suspended for setting questions of pre-test examination of 10th grade on controversial social media personality Sefat Ullah Sefu alias Sefuda, reports UNB.Dhaka Education Board chairman Ziaul Haque said the college authorities suspended Jahinur Hasan, a teacher of Islam and Moral Education, for his 8 July question paper which mentioned the drinking habit of Sefuda.It went viral on Facebook, triggering a barrage of satire.A five-member probe committee has been formed to look into the matter.Sefuda is believed to be currently living in Austria.last_img read more

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