Forget numbers be active in House PM tells opposition

first_imgNew Delhi: Stressing on the importance of an active opposition in democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday told them not to bother about their numbers and instead actively take part in the Lok Sabha’s proceedings. Before taking oath as a member on the first day of the 17th Lok Sabha, Modi said the role of an “opposition and an active opposition is important in a parliamentary democracy”. “The opposition need not bother about their numbers. I hope they speak actively and participate in house proceedings,” Modi told reporters in Parliament complex. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France In the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-led NDA won a whopping 353 of the 542 seats where elections were held. The Congress, the second largest party in the Lok Sabha after the BJP, won 52 seats while several other opposition parties too performed badly. Modi also urged MPs to work for the country in an impartial way and address issues related to larger interests of the country. “When we come to Parliament, we should forget ‘paksh’ (allies) and ‘vipaksh’ (opposition). We should think about issues with a ‘nishpaksh (unbiased) spirit’ and work in the larger interests of the nation.” Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize The spirit of impartiality was important and his government would try to preserve the dignity of Parliament in the next five years, he added. And repeating his appeal of Sunday, the Prime Minister urged MPs to let Parliament work smoothly so that the aspirations of the people were fulfilled. Noting that Monday marks the start of the first Parliament session after the Lok Sabha elections, the Prime Minister welcomed all new MPs and said: “With them comes new hopes, new aspirations and new determination to serve.” Requesting all parties to support the mandate given by the people, Modi said: “After several decades a government has won an absolute majority for a second term. People have given us the chance to serve the country again. I request all the parties to support the decisions that are in favour of people.” Modi expressed satisfaction that the new Lok Sabha has a high number of women members. Later, the Prime Minister along with other MPs took oath as members of the Lok Sabha, which will see the passage of the Union Budget and some key legislations including the Triple Talaq Bill. Pro tem Speaker Virendra Kumar administered the oath to Modi and other newly elected members. The first two days of the session will be devoted to oath-taking by Lok Sabha members. The Speaker will be elected on Wednesday. The next day, at a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind will deliver his customary address.last_img read more

Homes evacuated due to hydrochloric acid spill on Alberta highway

first_imgBOYLE, Alta. – A highway detour is in place and homes have been evacuated due to a crash involing a semi hauling hydrochloric acid northeast of Edmonton.RCMP say the rig was the only vehicle involved in the crash and that the driver is OK, but that some hazardous material has been released.The crash happened on Highway 831, about three kilometres south of Boyle, Alta., and traffic is being diverted to other roads to avoid the scene.Police say that people in several nearby homes were told to leave as a precaution.They say hazardous material technicians are on their way to the crash.last_img read more

Students stage protest over teacher transfer

first_imgAPTN National NewsStudents at Stobart High School in central Saskatchewan are protesting the transfer of one of their teachers.They say that too much cultural programming has been cut from the school, and they plan on circulating press releases and continuing to protest until they get answers.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf was there, and has their story.last_img

US stocks rise again as investors hope for trade progress

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks in the U.S. and Europe continued to rise Tuesday led by industrial, technology and energy companies as well as retailers.The latest round of trade talks between the U.S. and China ended without word of progress, but no evident signs of setbacks either.Railroad operator Union Pacific made the largest gain in the S&P 500 index after it named an industry veteran to a top executive position.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 20 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,570 as of 10 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 245 points, or 1 per cent, to 23,776. The Nasdaq composite gained 45 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 6,869. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 7 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 1,413.Trading has been extremely volatile for the last few months, but if Tuesday’s early gain endures, it will be the third in a row for the S&P 500. The index hasn’t had a three-day winning streak since late November.TRADE TALKS: There was no evidence Tuesday morning that the U.S. and China made significant progress in their latest round of trade talks, and experts say it will take months for them to resolve the causes over the trade war, which include disagreements over Beijing’s handling of technology and intellectual property. But after the market’s plunges in October and December, investors have become notably more optimistic about an eventual deal. An agreement between the two biggest economic powers in the world could remove a major obstacle to global economic growth.ALL THE LIVE-LONG DAY: Union Pacific surged 9.6 per cent to $152 after it hired longtime Canadian National railroad executive Jim Vena as its chief operating officer. Vena will oversee the company’s effort to implement a new scheduling program based on what other railroads including Canadian National have been doing for years.Other transportation and industrial companies also jumped Tuesday as investors became more optimistic about continued economic growth. Rival railroad Norfolk Southern gained 3.1 per cent to $156.298 while aerospace giant Boeing rose 2.1 per cent to $334.89 and construction equipment company Caterpillar climbed 2.4 per cent to $131.29.ENERGY: Like stocks, oil prices continued their recent rally. U.S. crude was on track to rise for the eight day in the last nine as it jumped 2 per cent to $49.48 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was up 1.7 per cent to $58.32 a barrel in London.U.S. crude dropped from about $76 a barrel in early October to a low of $42 a barrel on Dec. 24 as investors worried about slowing economic growth and a supply glut. The modest recovery in oil prices has sent energy companies higher, and the S&P 500 index of energy companies has risen 7 per cent so far in 2019.LEADERS: Among technology companies, Apple rose 1.2 per cent to $149.65 and Microsoft gained 0.9 per cent to $102.99 while IBM added 1.8 per cent to $120.23. Among consumer-focused companies, Amazon rose 1.8 per cent to $1,660. Amazon surpassed Microsoft to become the most valuable publicly-traded company on Monday and built on that lead Tuesday. Elsewhere Nike picked up 1.2 per cent to $76.66.POWER DOWN: California utility PG&E slumped another 10 per cent to $17.05 after S&P Global Ratings slashed the company’s credit rating to non-investment grade or “junk” status. The stock had plunged 22 per cent Monday on reports PG&E was considering filing for bankruptcy, as it faces huge potential legal liabilities related to deadly wildfires in 2017 and 2018.BONDS: Bond prices fell and yields rose, a sign investors expect continued economic growth and higher interest rates. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.70 per cent from 2.65 per cent late Monday.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 108.88 yen from 108.59 yen. The euro fell to $1.1437 from $1.1478 and the British pound slip to $1.2737 from $1.2770.OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX rose 1.3 per cent while Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 1.7 per cent and France’s CAC-40 was 1.1 per cent higher.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 0.8 per cent and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 0.2 per cent. The South Korean Kospi gave up 0.5 per cent.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Statoil discovers oil off the coast of Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Statoil is evaluating a new discovery of high-quality oil off the coast of Newfoundland, about 500 kilometres northeast of St. John’s, N.L., the Norwegian oil giant announced Wednesday.A Statoil spokesman says the latest oil discovery is very encouraging and contributes to its understanding of the area within the Flemish Pass Basin, where the company and its partner Husky Energy have been exploring.“We anticipate there will be further appraisal drilling to mature this discovery in the future,” said Erik Finnstrom, Statoil’s senior vice-president for North America.“We will continue to build this area as a core exploration region for Statoil.”The Harpoon discovery, which is under about 1,100 metres of water, is about 10 km from the Mizzen discovery, which is estimated to hold between 100 million and 200 million barrels of oil.Statoil has a 65% interest in the Harpoon discovery and the remaining 35 per cent is owned by HuskyStatoil has a three-well offshore exploration program planned for this year off Newfoundland’s coast.The company is currently drilling the Federation prospect in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin. It will later return to the Flemish Pass Basin to drill the Bay du Nord prospect, which is south0west of the Harpoon and Mizzen discoveries. read more

Depths Consequences

Suzanne Earls and Holly Anderson have teamed up to create Depths & Consequences, an eight-foot mosaic sturgeon from recycled glass and post-consumer plastic.The piece is being done for Great Art for Great Lakes, a project which enlists local artists to teach the public about their responsibility towards keeping the Great Lakes clean.The goal of the project is to show the public how much of its plastic ends up in the waters and to inspire people to use less single-use products.Cleaning Up Norfolk, which Anderson founded, held clean up days along Lake Erie to collect plastics found on the beaches. Earls has been holding workshops at her downtown Simcoe business, Pieceful Arts, to have members of the public create scales out of the plastics collected.“There’s a huge surprise to how much exists in the lake,” said Earls. “The fact that we gathered just a sample of the hard plastic, there’s so much more.”Some of the most common plastics they have found are water bottle lids, children’s beach toys, and beaded necklaces from the recent Pottahawk boat party.“It makes a difference, it all adds up,” Earls said about the small plastics left behind.The age range attending these workshops has been wide, with the youngest participant being three years old, and the oldest being over 75.“The reaction has been disappointment, but also hopefulness because there are groups that are actively cleaning, and trying to build awareness,” said Earls.One of those groups is Cleaning Up Norfolk.“Holly is a fantastic partner, I couldn’t have asked for a better group than Cleaning Up Norfolk to partner with.”There are two more workshops, one on August 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Anyone wishing to attend must sign up online; the link can be found on the Pieceful Arts Facebook page.The final work will be displayed at the Port Dover Harbour Museum in the fall. It will be officially unveiled to the public on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to read more

UN delegation speaks of mixed feelings after ending its mission to Lebanon

The delegation, which is led by Vijay Nambiar, Special Political Adviser to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, arrived in Israel on Sunday night and met today with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem to discuss all aspects of the UN-backed resolution that led to last week’s cessation of hostilities with Hizbollah. Yesterday, the delegation, which also includes Terje Roed-Larsen, held talks with Israel’s Foreign Minister.“The mission has reasons for optimism and reasons for pessimism as we conclude our mission here. Our optimism is predominately grounded on the fact that, by and large, the ceasefire so far has been honoured,” Mr. Roed-Larsen told reporters before the delegation leaves Israel for Europe to brief the Secretary-General on the details of its meetings.“The reason for pessimism is that until there is a capable and fully deployed Lebanese force along the borders, and in Southern Lebanon, and until there is implemented a full reconfiguration and deployment of an international force there will – up to a point, and I emphasize – remain a security vacuum in Lebanon.” Mr. Roed-Larsen also said that the issue of the abducted Israeli soldiers had been raised by the delegation during all its meetings, as also had the issue of Israel lifting the embargo on Beirut’s airport and latterly the full blockade.Mr. Nambiar told the reporters that there had also been “considerable discussions” on the question of enhancing the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which currently stands at 2,000 strong, but which resolution 1701 calls to be increased to a maximum of 15,000 personnel.“We are hoping that in the course of the coming days, particularly at the forthcoming meeting in Brussels of the European Union (EU) that there will be some concrete indications of enhanced offerings from the European countries for this force,” he said.The Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1701 on 11 August, in which it called for an immediate cessation of hostilities – which went into effect on 14 August local time, the deployment of Lebanese troops, the significantly expanded UN peacekeeping presence across southern Lebanon as well as the withdrawal of all Israeli forces from the area. read more

US employers posted more job openings in February a sign that hiring

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2014 8:26 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 file photo, recruiter Valera Kulow, left, speaks with job seeker Leonardo Vitiello during a career fair in Dallas. The Labor Department’s job openings and labor turnover survey for February is released on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) US employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will pick up WASHINGTON – U.S. employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will likely improve in the months ahead.The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 per cent from January. That’s the highest number of postings since January 2008, when the Great Recession was just beginning and the economy had yet to suffer the full shock of the downturn.There are roughly 2.5 unemployed Americans for each open job, the report shows. That average has slowly been approaching the 2 to 1 ratio is typical of healthier economies, after peaking at 6.7 unemployed people for each available job in July 2009, just after the recession ended.Hiring has accelerated over the past two months after a winter slowdown. After factoring in job losses, employers added 192,000 jobs in March and 197,000 in February, the government said last Friday.That was significantly higher than in December and January, when snowstorms reduced job growth. The unemployment rate has stayed at 6.7 per cent for the past two months.Tuesday’s government report, known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, offers a more complete picture of the job market. It includes additional data on hiring and the number of people quitting or being laid off.Total hiring rose 1.5 per cent to 4.6 million in February. That’s still less than a healthy job market, where around 5 million people are hired each month.The number of people who quit their jobs rose slightly last month, the report said, while layoffs declined.The additional data in the JOLTs report illustrates how much turnover is happening in the job market. Stronger job markets usually include a greater amount of churn, with more people quitting and greater overall hiring.A rise in those quitting jobs can be a positive sign because people often depart for a new job or have confidence they will find one. More quits also open up more positions for job-seekers.Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve, has said the central bank monitors the quits and hiring figures as key indicators of the job market’s health. The figures help the Fed decide how to manage short-term interest rates and other efforts to foster financial stability.Openings rose in February in retail and business services, as well as in construction, education and health care, and hotels and restaurants. They dropped in manufacturing and retail. read more

Football Ohio State finds depth at safety with White and Wade

Ohio State freshman cornerback Shaun Wade (24) runs downfield towards Indiana senior wide receiver J-Shun Harris II during the first quarter of the game on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State safeties coach Alex Grinch did not know what would happen with Jordan Fuller on Saturday. But he did have a backup plan. With lack of depth coming into the Nebraska game at the safety position, and sophomore Isaiah Pryor out with a shoulder impingement, Grinch said he knew Thursday that sophomore Brendon White would be the next guy in. That he had earned the right to be the next player up if the secondary needed it. And the Ohio State secondary did need it: Fuller was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. White entered without much in-game defensive experience. But, like many other members of the secondary before him, he earned his spot with playing time on punt and kickoff returns. This was how White earned the trust of his position coach, enough trust to be placed in the spot he was in against the Cornhuskers. That being said, Grinch said many safeties have had similar opportunities this season, especially with no real secure hold on the other safety position. “It’s one thing to get the opportunity. It’s a whole other thing to take advantage of the opportunity,” Grinch said. “That has been a little of the frustration is several guys have had some opportunities and maybe haven’t risen to the occasion as much as we’d have liked them to.” White rose to the occasion, recording 13 tackles and two tackles for loss in Saturday’s 36-31 win over Nebraska on Saturday.  Now, with the majority of the secondary healthy, White has still vaulted himself into the conversation as the starting safety next to Fuller against Michigan State. But not with Pryor, with redshirt freshman Shaun Wade. This has been a transition season for Wade, moving from corner to nickel to a hybrid position in which he played a lot of safety. Grinch said it’s been a process trying to find the best fit for the redshirt freshman at this point in his career, and said, for now, it’s in the safety room. In Ohio State’s five-point win over the Cornhuskers, Wade recorded four tackles. For the safeties coach, it’s not deciding whether White or Wade will start and the other will never see the field. “We are certainly not opposed to playing more than just one or the other,” Grinch said. “That’s the message to them, keep competing and the more guys that play, the better.” Even with the pressure of a starting job resting on his performance in practice heading into the game against the Spartans, White said he’s not really looking to change much. “I’m going to keep doing what I have been doing, and that’s going hard every day, having that eager to want to be great and wanting my teammates great,” White said. In Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference, head coach Urban Meyer said Pryor will be fighting for playing time as well, saying that he is healthy to play. Instead of talking about the safety position opposite Fuller like it is a weak spot in the secondary, the place for opposing offenses to attack, players and coaches alike are praising its depth. Despite no starter at the position at this point, the players know the team has the talent to find production no matter if its Wade or White. “When you got a lot of guys that can play, I know it’s hard for the coaches just deciding who is going to play, but like they said, they are just going to be battling it out,” redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette said. “We all know both of those guys are ballers and whatever decision they decide to make, it’s going to help us regardless.”  That’s the mindset White has moving forward. He’s going to continue to do what he always does: fight for the team’s success as a whole. “At the end of the day, whoever gets the starting job, the coaches made the right decision and I’m going to be there for it if it’s me or if it’s not me,” White said. “At the end of the day, I want the team to win. read more

Heres why your next TV binge should be Crazy ExGirlfriend

first_imgOne day she bumps into her high school sweetheart Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III). They flirt a little. He tells her he’s been living in West Covina, California – “Just two hours from the beach, four in traffic” – and his blissful, laid-back lifestyle is exactly what she needs in her life.Within a few days, she’s dumped everything she knows and moved to West Covina, only to discover that Josh already has a new girlfriend – physically perfect yoga teacher Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz). So Rebecca takes a job in a local firm, where she befriends Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin). Once Paula gets clued into Rebecca’s actual reasons for moving – ie Josh – she decides to help her new BFF get the man of her dreams, no matter what the consequences.OK, so the set-up isn’t massively original. But the way the story is told is quite unlike anything else on TV right now – and might explains why Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is widely regarded as one of the best new sitcoms to come along in quite some time.As the story is leads you down the garden path about Rachel and Josh – or Rachel and Josh’s best friend Greg (Santino Fontana) – it slowly reveals that the biggest important love story in the show is the relationship between Rachel and Paula, two strong women who didn’t realise they’d gone through their lives without a bonding female friendship, and didn’t realise they needed one until they found each other.And then there’s the musical numbers.“Hang on!,” we hear you shout in shock. “Musical? You really buried the lead with that one, didn’t you??” Well, yes, it is technically a romantic musical comedy (wait, come back!), but that doesn’t mean you should let your imagination run to thinking this is just another Glee.While the show does occasionally find Rebecca breaking into a big production – which initially led many to believe that it was a hallucinatory side-effect of that big impending nervous breakdown – the songs themselves are hilarious and perfectly executed. With the sharply hilarious minds behind The Devil Wears Prada and 500 Days Of Summer involved, no two songs are alike, but they’re all brilliantly memorable.Sex With A Stranger is basically a Beyonce song about having a one-night stand and the fears that you may have accidentally brought home a serial killer. Having A Few People Over is an absolute Calvin Harris-esque EDM banger about laying out a cheese plate for your pals. The already infamous Sexy Getting Ready Song goes into intimate detail about what women go through before heading out on a date, and culminates with the guest rapper ringing up all his ex-girlfriends to apologise for not respecting the amount of work they put into getting ready. Or there’s Heavy Boobs which, well… you can probably guess what that one’s about. Source: The CW Television Network/YouTubeEach episode has at least two musical numbers. They’ve already spawned countless argued-over listicle rankings, and we guarantee that by the time you get to the end of the second season, you’ll already have your own Spotify playlist.So, yes, it is a romantic musical comedy, but it seems to have been made with people who hate sappy romance, twee musicals and run-of-the-mill sitcoms in mind. It’s staggeringly smart – the opening credits basically consist of Rebecca arguing over the sexist nature of the show’s title – and often very emotionally powerful, as the show never shies away from the harsh realities of Rebecca’s plight.Fundamentally though, it is a very funny, often very romantic, and occasionally very musical (in the best possible way!) show that deserves your attention, whether you’re single or not.So where can I watch it? Seasons one and two of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are available on Netflix.Read all our TV binge recommendations here>Why your next TV binge should be… 30 Rock> Image: The CW Short URL 113 Comments Feb 10th 2017, 8:00 PM Here’s why your next TV binge should be… Crazy Ex-Girlfriend A romantic musical comedy like nothing else you’ve ever seen. By Rory Cashincenter_img Your Next TV Binge is’s new Friday feature, recommending a box set for you to get stuck into over the weekend. This week: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. VALENTINE’S DAY BRINGS out the best and the worst in us all. Those lucky enough to be in a loving relationship may use the day as an excuse to lavish their other halves with attention and gifts. Those who are single might rather burn an effigy of Cupid in their back garden.However, here’s where this Venn diagram of human society crosses over: they should ALL be watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom, who doubles down as co-creator and co-writer for the series) is living in New York; working as a high-powered, high-paid lawyer; and currently on a head-on collision course with a massive nervous breakdown. Source: Series Every Day/YouTube Friday 10 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM 19,145 Views Image: The CW Share5 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les papillomavirus humains augmenteraient le risque de maladie cardiovasculaire

first_imgLes papillomavirus humains augmenteraient le risque de maladie cardiovasculaireUne étude publiée lundi aux Etats-Unis suggèrent que les papillomavirus humains (HPV), notamment responsables de cancer du col de l’utérus, pourraient aussi accroitre le risque cardiovasculaire chez certaines femmes. Micro-organismes à ADN, les papillomavirus humains, connus sous le nom de HPV, sont responsables des infections sexuellement transmissibles les plus fréquentes, provoquant notamment des “verrues génitales”. Mais plusieurs génotypes de ces virus peuvent également être à l’origine de cancer de col de l’utérus, suscitant ainsi un grand intérêt chez les scientifiques qui les étudient depuis plusieurs années. Récemment, c’est néanmoins un tout autre effet néfaste qu’ont identifié des chercheurs de la faculté de médecine de l’Université du Texas aux Etats-Unis. Les HPV engendreraient également un risque accru de maladie cardiovasculaire ou d’accident vasculaire cérébral (AVC) chez certaines femmes. Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, le Dr Ken Fujise, directeur du département de cardiologie de l’université et son équipe ont analysé les données médicales de quelque 2.500 femmes récoltées sur plusieurs années. Ils ont ainsi constaté que près de 20% d’entre elles ont souffert de maladies cardiovasculaires alors qu’elles ne montraient aucun facteur de risque. “Ceci indique que d’autres causes non-traditionnelles pourraient les provoquer et les HPV paraissent être l’une d’elles”, a expliqué le Dr Ken Fujise. Dans leur étude à paraitre le 1er novembre dans la revue Journal of the American College of Cardiology, les chercheurs précisent que ce risque accru pourrait être lié à la désactivation par les HPV du gène p53. Une structure qui joue un rôle clé pour prévenir l’athérosclérose, à l’origine de la plupart des maladies cardio-vasculaires. Jusqu’ici, les HPV étaient déjà connus pour désactiver le gène pRb, important pour réguler la prolifération cellulaire formant la tumeur cancéreuse.Des vaccins capables de diminuer le risque ?  À lire aussiGastro-entérite : comment éviter d’être contaminé ?Si ce mécanisme biologique reste à confirmer, les chercheurs ont donc déjà émis la possibilité de mettre au point une molécule capable d’empêcher la désactivation du gène p53 et de réduire ainsi le risque cardiovasculaire chez les femmes déjà infectées avec HPV. Par ailleurs, l’étude évoque également la question de la vaccination déjà mise en place en prévention du cancer du col de l’utérus. Si le lien entre HPV et maladies cardiovasculaires est réellement établi, “il aurait d’importantes implications cliniques car le vaccin contre les HPV pourrait aussi prévenir des maladies cardiovasculaires, première cause de mortalité chez les femmes”, a souligné le cardiologue. Cité par l’AFP, il a également ajouté : “les médecins doivent aussi surveiller les femmes souffrant d’un cancer utérin résultant d’une infection avec des HPV pour prévenir des risques de crise cardiaque et d’attaque cérébrale”. Au vu des résultats, les chercheurs préconisent donc désormais d’effectuer une étude clinique pour déterminer si une vaccination contre les HPV réduit le risque de maladies cardiovasculaires chez les femmes.Le 25 octobre 2011 à 17:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Et si la vie était apparue dabord sur Mars

first_imgEt si la vie était apparue d’abord sur Mars ?Un chercheur soumet l’hypothèse que la vie serait apparue sur Mars, et transportée sur Terre grâce à des météorites.Et si nous étions tous Martiens ? C’est ce qu’a suggéré le biochimiste américain Steven Benner pendant la conférence de géochimie Goldschmidt à Florence en Italie. Selon lui, des molécules organiques complexes, voire du matériel génétique, auraient pu être rapportés de Mars vers la Terre grâce à des météorites.La théorie du chercheur repose en efait sur l’oxydation de l’élément molybdène, un métal de numéro atomique 42, utilisé pour renforcer les alliages. Il y a des milliards d’années, il était présent en grande quantité sur Mars, et absent sur Terre. Or, “c’est seulement quand le molybdène s’oxyde qu’il peut influencer la création de la vie” a déclaré Steven Benner. “Cette forme oxydée ne pouvait exister sur Terre à l’époque de l’apparition de la vie, car elle avait une teneur en oxygène très faible, contrairement à Mars. C’est un autre indice qui renforce l’idée que la vie serait venue sur Terre via une météorite martienne, plutôt que d’avoir commencer ici”, a t-il souligné.Paradoxes de l’apparition de la vie sur Terre La présence de molécules organiques ne suffit pas à expliquer l’apparition de la vie. La théorie du chercheur se propose ainsi de résoudre deux paradoxes bien connus des scientifiques.Le premier, que Steven Benner appelle le “paradoxe du goudron”, explique qu’en ajoutant de la lumière et de l’énergie à une soupe de matière organique, on n’obtient pas “magiquement” de la vie, mais au contraire une substance noire semblable au goudron. Toutefois, en ajoutant du molybdène oxydé, ou du bore (lui aussi en abondance sur la planète rouge), le saut vers la vie est possible. L’autre problème soulevé par le chercheur est la présence d’eau. Indispensable à la vie, celle-ci se révèle pourtant corrosive pour les molécules d’ARN (que les scientifiques pensent être la première molécule génétique à être apparue). De plus, le bore ne se trouve que dans les endroits extrêmement secs et désertiques. Dans les océans, il est trop dilué pour être “efficace”.Le rôle des météoritesÀ lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembrePour l’instant, aucune trace de vie n’a été découverte sur Mars. Mais il est possible qu’elle ait existé il y a des milliards d’années. De plus, des météorites martiennes tombent régulièrement sur Terre, arrachées à leur planète par un impact d’astéroïde.L’hypothèse selon laquelle la vie serait apparue ailleurs que sur Terre et amenée par météorite n’est pas nouvelle, on l’appelle la panspermie, et elle est assez répandue dans la communauté scientifique. Il existe des bactéries qui peuvent survivre à des conditions très extrêmes, il n’est donc pas impossible qu’elles puissent survivre dans le vide spatial.”Il semble qu’on accumule les preuves selon lesquelles nous sommes en réalité tous des Martiens et que la vie a débuté sur Mars avant de venir sur Terre à bord d’un rocher”, a résumé M. Brenner. Et “c’est une chance que l’on ait fini par atterrir ici, car la Terre est certainement la meilleure des deux planètes pour accueillir la vie” a t-il ajouté. “Si nos ancêtres hypothétiques étaient restés sur Mars, il n’y aurait pas d’histoire à raconter.”Le 29 août 2013 à 17:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

MLA Dr M Anand inspects roads

first_imgVikarabad: MLA Dr M Anand inspected roads in Kamala Nagar and Saket Nagar Colonies in the municipal limits on Friday. DE Venkateshwarlu, Sanitary Inspector Yesu, TRS leaders Ananth Reddy and Shakeel, accompanied him. The MLA found inundated roads or slush in most of the parts. The gravel laid on the roads sometime back were washed away due to incessant rains.Residents of the colonies were seen facing hardships during the rains. Especially, children and the old people were facing difficulties due to the bad condition of the roads. After inspecting the roads, the MLA directed the officials concerned to take up the repair works immediately.last_img read more

KMC all set for Mayoral poll today

first_imgKolkata: The stage is all set for holding the poll for electing the new Mayor at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Monday. The voting will start at 1 pm sharp and will continue till 2.30 pm. The venue for holding the monthly meeting of the civic body will be the place where four booths have been set up for the polling.It may be mentioned that Firhad Hakim, who holds the post of state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, has been chosen as the Mayor designate by councillors of Trinamool Congress, following Sovan Chatterjee’s resignation from the post. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMina Debi Purohit from BJP will contest against Hakim for the Mayoral post, while Left Front and Congress have announced that they will boycott the voting. “We have as many as 122 elected councillors and we are hopeful that all of them will cast their votes in favour of Hakim. So, the wait for him sitting on the chair of the Mayor is just a matter of formality,” a senior KMC councillor said. Hakim is scheduled to attend the swearing-in ceremony, attired in dhoti- panjabi. Deputy Mayor designate Atin Ghosh will also take oath on Monday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedInterestingly, Hakim on Sunday called up former Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who is also the councillor of Ward 131 of Trinamool Congress and urged him to be present for the voting on Monday. It may be mentioned that the Calcutta High Court on Friday had refused to stay the election for the Mayoral post in KMC. CPI(M) councillor Bilquis Begum had moved the high court, challenging Hakim’s election on the ground that he was not an elected councillor from any of the wards of the civic body. KMC chairperson Mala Roy held a meeting on Friday with the councillors and urged them all to be present for the voting.last_img read more

Skipping meals Go for nutripacked substitutes

first_imgAiming to bring down health disorders among those skipping meals and opting for unhealthy snacks, the Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) launched a campaign to make people aware of how to acquire right nutrition even if they do not find enough time to have the day’s main meals. Through the campaign “Healthy Swap”, the health experts would reach out to people – especially college-going adolescent, youth and multinational company workers – and suggest the right substitutes to snacks, like various fast food items easily available in the market, to avoid health issues, an IDA official said.A recent survey by Nielsen on snacking among 30,000 urban consumers showed that 67 per cent of Indians are consuming snacks instead of breakfast and 56 per cent are replacing dinner and lunch with snacks. “In an era of fast-paced life, healthy snacking as part of regular diet regime plays a vital role. In fact, awareness on the nutrient content of snacks with a simple act of reading nutrition information helps in making wise choices.”The key to good health is well-balanced meals with nutri-packed snacks coupled with exercise,” said Geetha Santhosh, President of IDA Bengaluru chapter. “Currently, what people eat includes lots of fats which is a concern for their health,” said Santosh.According to IDA, although there are some healthy snacking alternatives such as yogurts, protein bars and roasted namkeens available in the market, a lot more innovation is needed in the healthy snacking category with options for nutrition on the go. There have been government studies as well which indicated that fast food is directly linked to diseases like obesity and increase of cholesterol, among others.”Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s a matter of making the right food choices. In my practice, I come across many individuals who choose unhealthy snacks in the evening only because they cannot find healthier options in their workplace. “Snacking on nuts, sprouts, fresh fruits and so on contributes to the overall nutritional requirement, which leads to better health,” said Sheela Krishnaswamy, Diet, Nutrition and Wellness Consultant.Bangalore based Nutritionist Dr Anju Sood says, “During tea time one can easily ditch the regular fried snacks for healthy and equally delicious alternatives. Make sure you choose snacks that are high on fiber, as that leads to slow liberation of sugar, which prevents abnormal sugar spikes. It also curbs our cravings, by keeping us satiated for long. Another thing to keep in mind is the protein quotient. As protein also digests very slowly, it helps keep satiety levels high. In my view, a bowl of sprouts , besan or Moong Dal ka Chila, roasted channa with puffed rice or home-made dhoklas make for some filling and nutritious snacks.””There are plenty of options to pick and choose from. For instance, pumpkin seeds, sprouts, peanuts, cashews, dates, prunes, almonds, carrot sticks, apple sticks, cheese slices or goat cheese are all healthy options. Healthy snacking during evening is only a play on correct food choices and combinations.”last_img read more

Brain Break 8 Robot Fails That Show Machines Wont Take Over Just

first_img Register Now » April 8, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. From sword fighting drones to pizza delivery robots and androids that look like Scarlett Johansson, it’s not unreasonable to think one day we might see a robot takeover.First, though, the machines will have to learn how to pour water or carry soup, as a Chinese restaurant that replaced its wait staff with robots quickly learned.At least for now, our automated mechanical tools still have a ways to go before we witness the rise of Skynet.via GIPHYHere are six of our favorites:1. Not-so-soft landingIf we trusted this drone to get little Timmy his scooter, or any of the other gifts to children from all over the world, we’d have millions of screaming toddlers on our hands. Though that would certainly be unpleasant, its inability to land doesn’t exactly scream robo-doom.2. Crumbling under pressure If a robot can’t feed a manikin head a simple cheeto without a full-out spaz attack, how do you expect it to intelligently organize an uprising? #JustSaying3. A lack of balanceThough not everyone particularly likes taking the stairs, at least most of us have enough balance and endurance to make it up a flight or two. This robot, however, barely makes it to the third step before it decides the climb’s just not worth it and keels over. If the machines ever do become sentient killing machines, at least we’ll know we’ll be safe on the second floor.4. Delayed reflexesIt’s obvious who will be picked last during the pickup game at recess. With those poor reflexes, the only one winning anything here would be the athletically inept kid that usually spends recess watching games on the bench. Hopefully, you’ll be picked before the robot, fingers crossed.5. A lack of patienceHumans at least have the ability to assess situations when they make a mistake, fail or stress out. But this robot decides giving up on life seems to be a better route after one quick attempt, or it simply doesn’t care anymore. Either way, the mentality doesn’t exactly scream impending doom, does it?6. Unknown terrainWe can all agree MARLO seems pretty cool. Still, one has to stop and wonder why it has taken so long for robots to simply take on an “obstacle” course, consisting of a few randomly placed boards.7. Nervous NoxiousWhile there are reasons to be afraid of a fart (namely the smell), there’s not exactly a reason to feel intimidated about this robot. Unless, of course, it starts ripping some serious bombs.8. Not so RomanticIf a robot can’t even formulate and understand poorly written romance novels, how would anyone expect them to put together a battle plan to take over the world and actually succeed? But this fail might actually be a win, saving us from more cheesy Fabio book covers.Of course, technology evolves at a rapid pace, so maybe in a few decades the machines will finally get it right. And if our future overlords are the ones reading this, please know it was all in good fun.via GIPHY Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Tropical paradise Hawaii sees a foot of snow

first_imgTropical paradise Hawaii sees a foot of snow Share Source: The Associated Press Tags: Hawaii MAUNA KEA — More snow is expected to fall on Hawaii mountaintops as a winter storm warning goes into effect through Monday morning.Yes, it snows in Hawaii, Matthew Foster, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu, said he had to explain to some surprised out-of-state callers Friday.“Typically when we get these snow events, it does get a lot of attention,” he said, adding that he explains to curious callers that the snow is falling in a small, remote area where there are mainly telescopes and scientists. “We do have very high mountains here.”Once they realize the heights of the mountains, snow in the island state makes a little more sense, said Ryan Lyman, forecast meteorologist with the Mauna Kea Weather Center. Mauna Kea is nearly 14,000 feet above sea level.Hawaii News Now reports up to a foot more of snow could fall by Monday. A previous warning was lifted Saturday for a storm system that also brought frozen precipitation to higher elevations and heavy rain elsewhere.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThe summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island are closed amid icy, windy, hazardous conditions.The National Park Service says people can see the deepening layer of snow at 10,000 feet.Hawaii also is under a flash flood watch into Sunday afternoon. Monday, December 5, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

A 56year legacy comes to an end

first_imgRead our 50th Anniversary Edition (May 19, 2006) Tico Times history:  The Tico Times, an English-language newspaper started in San José in 1956 and a prominent voice in the region ever since, announced today’s print edition – Sept. 28, 2012 – will be the paper’s last.The paper will shift its attention toward its digital product at, as it begins a reorganization that places a greater emphasis on competing in the 24-hour news cycle, reaching a wider audience and creating profits from online revenue and donations.Over the years, The Tico Times received awards and worldwide readership for its independence in a region marked by turmoil and weak press. Reporters broke stories on secret runways used by the Contras, rampant shark finning in Costa Rican waters and the rise of the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua.  No related posts. The latter dealt The Tico Times its worst tragedy. In 1984, reporter Linda Frazier was killed, along with Costa Rican journalists Jorge Quirós and Evelio Sequeira, and several were injured by a bomb set off during a meeting with guerrilla fighter Edén Pastora, the famous “Comandante Cero,” near the Nicaragua border. But the weekly persevered through the decades and the difficulties. In 1995, The Tico Times received the Grand Prize for Press Freedom from the Inter-American Press Association. Veterans at the paper recall how Guido Fernández, the longtime publisher of Costa Rica’s leading Spanish-language daily, La Nación, always credited The Tico Times with teaching the Costa Rican press investigative reporting. “It started as a project of Lincoln School so the students could learn journalism, and it quickly became a sort of binding force in the English-speaking community in Costa Rica,” publisher Dery Dyer said. “For many years, it was a focal point and held the community together.”The paper also was widely read by English-speaking Costa Ricans who appreciated having an alternative viewpoint to news from the Costa Rican press.“It offered the Costa Rican English-speaking population a very interesting perspective, because it was Costa Rica seen on an international scale, through different eyes,” Dyer said. “Also, we pioneered a lot of issues affecting Costa Rica that had never really been looked at before, such as press freedom and the environment.”Environmental reporting in Costa Rica began as early as the 1950s, when The Tico Times published stories about oak forests being burned in the Cerro de la Muerte, in the Southern Zone, she said.Frazier and many others also helped shine a light on a turbulent region and on the ever-changing personality of Costa Rica, the one stable democracy caught in the middle of regional wars. But what the paper could not overcome was the changing journalism industry itself. The same epidemic wiping out newspapers and magazines throughout the world also walloped The Tico Times. In the past decade, tough economic times combined with readers moving to online media signaled the end to the print edition. “This is a decision we were forced to make due to costs of distribution, printing, paper and production. Needs are changing and people want more; they use technology and aren’t interested in the print newspaper,” Tico Times Business Manager Olman Chacón said.“The Tico Times never had the idea of making huge profits; we were always about meeting costs,” he added. “But in order to deliver the print edition to readers, we accumulated an enormous amount of debt. It just became unmanageable.”The symptoms were apparent to any reader: shrinking newspaper size and a dearth of all-important ads, which serve as the lifeblood of the print product. Management observed diminishing revenues. Circulation that once reached 15,000 was cut in half, and then dropped even further. Online hits rose with the launch of a new website at the end of 2010. But a business strategy to marry the two products and create profits from both brands never emerged.The weekly failed to innovate and struggled to keep up with readers’ desire for immediate news. “We can’t forget that we are a weekly paper, and people want news every day,” Chacón said. “We’re not the only newspaper this has happened to; it’s a global problem. I’m surprised we made it this far. And we’ve made it this far because of the efforts of our employees, who during the last four years worked with reduced salaries and under extremely difficult conditions.”According to Chacón, the print edition’s eventual demise became apparent following a crisis in advertising that began in 2008, coupled with an exchange rate that dropped.In the paper’s heyday from 2005-2007, it reached a size of 60 printed pages, thanks largely to a real estate boom that comprised the majority of Tico Times advertisers. That boom, along with the housing crisis in the United States, turned out to be a bubble, and when it burst, the paper faced a double dilemma of advertising flight and the onset of the digital age in Costa Rica.A tough decisionOn Tuesday, publisher Dery Dyer held a meeting in her office inside the two-story downtown building that hosted The Tico Times for nearly three decades. Dyer, 64, told editors and ad managers the business model was no longer sustainable. To keep alive and improve upon a brand that has existed in Costa Rica for more than a half-century, the print product needed to go.The digital world moved too fast for a family-run newspaper with a shrinking staff. A for-sale sign hangs on the façade of The Tico Times’ building. Dyer (see Letter from the Publisher) – whose mother, Elisabeth (Betty) Dyer, founded the paper in 1956 and whose father, Richard Dyer, published the paper from 1972 to 1996 – said the shift in reader and advertiser behavior made the decision inevitable. “In terms of community, I think what has happened in recent years, which is the sad thing, due to the Internet, the community that used to gravitate around The Tico Times as a focal point dispersed,” Dyer said. On Tuesday, The Tico Times laid off its 16-member staff, including veterans of more than a quarter-century, while it restructures and directs its energies toward the online offerings. Six years ago, the paper published its 50th anniversary edition – an expansive history celebrating The Tico Times and its role in Central America over the years (for a free pdf download of the special edition, see above). The downfall came shortly after that anniversary issue. The dominoes tumbled as the global economic crisis eliminated advertiser after advertiser. The paper could not conceive of ways to get back those advertisers nor the revenue streams. The main response was to downsize, but that only created an overworked staff and errors, not profits.  Chacón also noted that faced with the changing times and the flight of advertising, the paper suffered from continuous lack of vision. “It was badly planned and had poor business strategies for years,” he said.Another problem was Dyer’s reputation for resisting technology and change. That opposition was rooted in her love for the print product. In the end, it was the desire to keep The Tico Times alive that led to the historic choice to drop the print edition.Meanwhile, reporters wrote about the most important events of the day up until the final print edition. Features included stories on an anti-gay, evangelical lawmaker’s controversial rise to the head of the Legislative Assembly’s Human Rights Commission, the disappearance of a tourist town’s most popular attraction and the case of fugitive conservationist Paul Watson. These types of stories that connect readers with Costa Rican issues beyond the superficial tourism tales hopefully will continue online, Dyer said.The moment best highlighting the juxtaposition of maintaining a weekly newspaper and an online medium occurred this month, when a magnitude-7.6 earthquake rocked the country. On Sept. 5, that tremor caused minimal damage but garnered worldwide attention.The website received 100,000 page views in the days following the quake (and a third of a million unique page views for the month). However, the small editorial staff encountered repeated dilemmas about whether to funnel all the content online or dig for deeper stories about the earthquake and its significance to fill the print edition – an edition that needed all the content it could get because it was largely devoid of ads.And the website received so many hits that it crashed. The paper seemed unprepared for such a large audience.Three weeks later, Dyer made the reluctant decision to go online only. Online English-language media still lack in the country. Almost flatteringly, many of the English online vehicles received their material from plagiarizing stories in The Tico Times and the country’s Spanish publications. Dyer said The Tico Times will emphasize providing original content at a faster pace online, with an eye to better fulfilling expat needs and continuing to provide fair and honest journalism in the country.In upcoming months, the company will experiment with creating new revenue models and modernizing the online product. The Tico Times also will hold campaigns asking for donations as it attempts to remain a leading voice in the community. Because of the newspaper’s precarious financial situation, the new venture will rely entirely on its ability to attract new funding and generate revenue online.The paper now heads in the direction of so many other former printed publications. The Tico Times moves online-only in an attempt to solve the biggest crisis facing journalism in the 21st century: Providing quality stories while surviving in a digital world.“We had hoped we could save the print edition, but we failed,” Dyer said. “This is now where we’re going to focus our efforts [online]. We want to continue some form of The Tico Times, and we think we still have a lot to offer.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Fitch cuts Cyprus rating warns troika programme could fail

first_imgRATING AGENCY Fitch on Monday cut Cyprus’ rating further into junk and warned more cuts could be on the way as an EU/IMF rescue programme could fail.The agency cut Cyprus’ long-term foreign currency issuer default rating to B-minus from B with a negative outlook due to the country’s elevated economic uncertainty.“Cyprus has no flexibility to deal with domestic or external shocks and there is a high risk of the (EU/IMF) program going off track, with financing buffers potentially insufficient to absorb material fiscal and economic slippage,” Fitch said in a statement.The local currency issuer default rating (IDR) was cut to `CCC` from `B`. The Rating Watch Negative (RWN) on both ratings has been removed. The short-term foreign currency IDR and the country ceiling have been affirmed at `B`.According to Fitch, the downgrades of the long-term foreign and local currency IDRs reflect the resolution of the RWN assigned to the ratings on 26 March 2013.The downgrade of the foreign currency IDR to `B-` reflects the elevated uncertainty around the outlook for the Cypriot economy due to the high implementation risks on the agreed programme and the restructuring of the banking industry.Fitch acknowledges that the programme improves the immediate position of the sovereign from both a liquidity and solvency perspective, however, it notes that Cyprus has no flexibility to deal with domestic or external shocks and there is a high risk of the programme going off track, with financing buffers potentially insufficient to absorb material fiscal and economic slippage.A premature lifting of capital controls that triggers material capital flight could have large negative economic consequences, says Fitch.It further notes that public debt is likely to peak higher than the 126 per cent of GDP by 2015 assumed under the programme, reflecting Fitch`s view a deeper recession in the later years of the programme is possible and that there is little sign at this stage of the potential for Cyprus to transform its economy successfully away from sectors associated with the shrinking financial sector.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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be added to an omelet whipped into a smoothie or eaten as a side Many of my clients even enjoy salad at breakfast (dressed with citrus vinaigrette) or a serving of raw veggies that act as a palate cleanser at the end of the meal All veggies provide some fiber but a few top sources include artichokes broccoli Brussels sprouts cauliflower and kaleHealthcom: What is Clean Eating2 Choose lean proteinAside from boosting metabolism lean protein also wards off hunger better than carbs and fat according to research Be sure to include a lean source (think eggs seafood poultry or Greek yogurt) in each meal If you’re vegan reach for pulses—the umbrella term for lentils beans and peas like chickpeas and black eyed peas3 Don’t forget a plant-based fatThere’s no doubt about it: Fat is satiating If you’ve ever eaten a salad with fat-free dressing versus one with olive oil you’ve experienced the difference Plus the notion that eating fat makes you fat is seriously outdated I tell my clients to include a healthy source in every meal My favorites are avocados nuts and seed (including ground-up versions like almond butter and tahini) extra virgin olive oil Mediterranean olives olive tapenade and pestos made with EVOO and nuts or seedsHealthcom: 13 Healthy High-Fat Foods You Should Eat More4 Toss in a "good" carbBy now you probably know that eating a low-fat blueberry muffin for breakfast isn’t exactly good for you But did you realize it will likely leave your stomach grumbling an hour later despite the whopping 400 calorie count That’s because refined carbs and sugar cause a spurge in blood glucose that triggers a quick insulin response; the insulin spike then results in a drop in blood sugar which means the return of hunger pangsBut that doesn’t mean you need to nix carbs altogether Just opt for a small portion of a fiber-packed whole food source Good choices include whole grains like oats or quinoa starchy veggies like skin-on potatoes and squash fresh fruit and pulsesStart with a small serving—around half a cup (or the size of half a tennis ball)—and up your intake depending on your body’s fuel needs In other words if you spend most of your hours sitting at a desk a half cup is probably fine But if you have an active day ahead bump up the carbs a bit5 Be generous with herbs and spicesNatural herbs and spices are another category of satiety enhancers I’m talking fresh or dried basil cilantro oregano rosemary garlic ginger cinnamon turmeric cumin zest and pepper Even vinegars like balsamic and hot peppers like chili or jalapeno count Use them to add aroma and flavor and raise your satisfaction level at each mealHealthcom: You Should Probably Be Eating More Turmeric Here’s HowNow you may be wondering what a "complete" meal that follows all five rules would actually look like If so here are five examples of easy stick-to-your-ribs energizing dishes:Veggie scrambleSauté Brussels sprouts in low-sodium vegetable broth along with more of your favorite veggies like onion and grape tomatoes along with seasonings such as a dried Italian herb mix turmeric and black pepper Add one whole egg and three to four whites or one whole egg and three quarters cup whites to scramble Serve over a half-cup of lentils topped with half of a sliced avocadoTurkey veggie stir-fryBrown about four ounces of extra-lean ground turkey and set aside Sauté broccoli florets and other veggie faves like bell pepper and mushrooms in low-sodium vegetable broth with minced garlic fresh grated ginger and minced chili pepper Add the turkey back in to re-heat serve over a small scoop of brown or wild rice and top with sliced almondsWild tuna saladMix canned wild tuna with herbed olive tapenade Serve over a bed of greens and veggies topped with cooked chilled quinoaHealthcom: How to Buy Healthy Food Without Looking at the Nutrition LabelChilled egg saladToss a handful of minced kale with a chopped hard boiled egg and three whites Fold in a tablespoon of dairy-free pesto and mix with a half cup of chickpeasBlack bean and veggie platterSauté cauliflower and spinach in low-sodium vegetable broth seasoned with minced garlic and fresh cilantro Serve with small scoops of black beans and brown rice topped with a dollop of guacamole and wedges of fresh limeCynthia Sass is Health’s contributing nutrition editor a New York Times best-selling author and consultant for the New York Yankees See her full bio here This article originally appeared on HealthcomPresident Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will put into motion plans that will relocate the American Embassy to that ancient city "Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israels capital" Trump said flanked by Christmas trees at the White House “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of realty It is also the right thing to do” The announcement breaks with decades of US diplomacy that sought to keep questions of the capital in the mix as part of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians who also see Jerusalem as their capital city The Presidents decision described by two senior administration officials on Tuesday seems to end the United States interest in playing a neutral peace broker and places Washington firmly on the side of Israelis "Delaying the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has done nothing to achieve peace" one senior administration official told reporters on the condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt the Presidents announcement While the recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital will be immediate the questions of the US embassy will not On Wednesday Trump announced hes directing the State Department to begin the process of moving the United States diplomatic headquarters from Tel Aviv into Jerusalem "This will be a matter of some years” a second senior US official said “It wont be months It wont be quick" The speed is less of an issue than the site for Muslim and Arab leaders with whom Trump spoke earlier Tuesday In a statement from its Embassy in Washington Jordan said King Abdullah II "warned of pre-empting a comprehensive solution that leads to the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital His Majesty emphasized that Jerusalem is key to achieving peace and stability in the region and the world" The Jordanians said Trump told Abdullah of "his desire to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem" Concurrently the Palestinians say Trump told Mahmoud Abbas that the US Embassy would be moving to Jerusalem despite Palestinian hopes to use the city as their capital Abbas too warned Trump of possible repercussions The risks dont seem to be a consideration for the US Administration "Im not sure President Trump understands what this means" says a former US diplomat to Israel At the White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed criticism from Muslim and Arab leaders whom the President phoned advance of the announcement "He spoke with five leaders That’s hardly indicative of everybody across the globe" Huckabee Sanders said This is the latest indication that the United States efforts to seek a durable solution to the negotiations that have consumed foreign policy in the region for half a century are entering a new phase Trump in effect said the United States is not interested in having a brokering role in the future Administration officials rejected that interpretation "He very strongly reiterated his absolute commitment to the united states facilitating a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians and his belief that such a deal is within reach" the second US official told reporters “The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides" Trump said Wednesday placing strong emphasis on the words "both sides" But Presidents of both parties have sought peace in the Middle East thus prompting them to delay compliance with a 1995 US law that required the Embassy be moved to Jerusalem Arab and Muslim leaders have urged delay too saying the shift signals the United States is not serious about providing a separate nation of Palestine The first US official said the Trump Administrations move would have no impact on the talks "He is not taking a decision that affects any of the boundaries of sovereignty Those issues will have to be discussed during permanent status negotiations" the official said Even so headlines across the globe expressed foreign leaders dismay Few Arab or Muslim leaders came to Trumps defense Its worth adding a caveat: If there are further negotiations Muslim and Arab leaders warned the White House that Trump was lighting a match and playing with a short fuse if it is seen as closing the door for a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem The pending announcement has left Middle East watchers on edge given how reverberations could spark protests among Arabs and Muslims imperil Israelis safety and perhaps set in motion repercussions in the dicey proxy wars playing out in places like Lebanon Saudi Arabia Yemen and Iran US forces in the region stepped up their posture and diplomatic outposts warned Americans about potential violence Even so Trumps team vowed to move forward on an announcement that Vice President Mike Pence has been laying the groundwork for In a speech in New York last week Pence said the decision to move the Embassy was a priority for Trump and Pence aides said the vice presidents statement was not an accident "For the past 20 years Congress and successive administrations have expressed a willingness to move our Embassy as we speak President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem" Pence said Pence one of the most prominent Christians in the country plans to visit Israel in December He announced plans to visit the region last month at a dinner for a group that advocates for Christians in the Middle East He also announced that Trump had decided to move funding for persecuted religious minorities from the UN to faith-based and nonprofit organizations through the US Agency for International Development And he stood behind Trump at Wednesdays announcement The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 requires the president to sign a waiver every six months to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv and not move it to Jerusalem Every president since the law was enacted has opted to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv citing national security interests But last Fridays deadline came and went without action from Trump Administration officials say Trump will sign the waiver “Presidents issued these waivers under the belief that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace Some say they lacked courage but they made their best judgments based on facts as they understood them at the time" Trump said “It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result” The potential move is unlikely to be helpful for the broader goal of bringing peace to the region By keeping the US Embassy in Tel Aviv the thinking went inside administrations from both parties it allowed Jerusalems control to be part of peace negotiations The US decision to locate its Israeli diplomatic base in Jerusalem would all but declare the city would be Israels to control in any two-state resolution and perhaps makes a deal between Israelis and Palestinians all the more difficult to strike Trump promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem during his presidential campaign The promise was critical to his support among white evangelicals who also celebrated Trumps promises to defund Planned Parenthood and nominate a conservative justice to the Supreme Court Since his inauguration conservative Christian leaders have pressed Trump to move the embassy In May dozens of social conservatives affiliated with the American Christian Leaders for Israel signed a letter urging him to not sign the waiver When Trump signed it they remained optimistic They sent another letter days before the deadline for the second waiver The move came days after Trump shared a string of three anti-Muslim videos on Twitter from a far-right activist from England The White House said that the videos which purport to show Muslims behaving violently started a conversation even if they were not authentic The British Prime Minister said Trump was wrong to have shared them in the first place White House aides said the authenticity and veracity were inconsequential Trump is approaching the end of his first year in office and especially lately has been sensitive about how much remains on his to-do list Movement on the Middle East is a victory he can tout although its not clear that the decision has any immediate impact on Americans With a tax package under consideration in Congress a government funding deadline approaching next week and North Korea again rattling its sabers the diplomatic address is one of the few things on the Presidents agenda firmly under his control Past presidents from both parties including Bill Clinton and George W Bush have said they would move the Embassy to Jerusalem but they have balked US and international advisers have warned the Presidents that the relocation could endanger any future peace talks especially if it is seen as boxing the Palestinians out of Jerusalem a city central to the people of Jewish Christian and Muslim backgrounds and their histories The US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has told interviewers that it is a question of when not if the Embassy will move That coupled with his at-time-dismissive rhetoric about Palestinian concerns has prompted some observers to question if the United States would continue to push for a peace deal in the region A White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters on Monday something similar on Air Force One: "The President has been clear on this issue from the get-go that its not a matter of if but a matter of when No action will be taken on the waiver today and we will share a decision on the waiver in the coming days" White House senior adviser Jared Kushner who is the Presidents son-in-law has been pushing hard to restart peace talks in the region Kushner who is close to Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has visited the region several times with other White House aides to lay the groundwork for talks between Israelis and Palestinians He too is viewed suspiciously by the Palestinians even though he has been a voice against moving the Embassy because of its fraught politics In effect handing Jerusalem to Israel Trump is signaling that the citys fate will not be part of negotiations and the Palestinians will have to look elsewhere for their state in places like the West Bank It also sends a provocative slight against Muslims for whom their third holiest site in in the city as well as Christians who believe Jesus crucifixion and resurrection took place there In wading into the tangle of Middle East diplomacy in this way the President is betting his supporters at home will cheer louder than those in the regions may groan With reporting by Tessa Berenson Write to Philip Elliott at philipelliott@timecomThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticized the decision of the federal government to withdraw the sum of $1billion from the Excess Crude Account to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the North East In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan the party demanded that the Buhari led administration must apologise to Nigerians for lying to them about the actual state of the fight against insurgency in Nigeria “Nigerians would recall that the APC-led Federal Government had claimed that it has since defeated the insurgents “If it would take a billion dollar from a nation’s savings to kill what they long claimed dead then we challenge APC government to come clean and tell Nigerians the whole truth “The era of lies and propaganda is long gone and Nigerians now know the truth The Federal Government must be held accountable and stopped from any move to fritter away our national savings “We therefore call on the National Assembly to interrogate this proposed disbursement and subject it to a thorough but rapid interrogation “By accepting the $1bn for fighting insurgency the APC-led Federal Government has admitted that it lied when it announced that it has defeated the insurgents They should therefore apologize to Nigerians for giving them a false sense of security resulting in their vulnerability to attacks by terrorists” A learned senior Advocate of Nigeria OCJ Okocha has denied any involvement in the suspension of Justice Peter Agumagu by the National Judicial council NJC Okocha made this known while reacting to the allegation from the Rivers State Government that he manipulated the NJC into suspending Justice Agumagu The state commissioner for Information and communication Ibim Semenitari had in a statement condemned the suspension of the Chief judge and accused Okocha of facilitating the action of the NJC out of personal interest Okocha who is one of the five members of the Nigerian Bar Association in the NJC explained that he was not part of the meeting where the decision to suspend Justice Agumagu was taken According to him “Agumagu is now being investigated as it were and while his investigation is going on it is only fair it is only right for him to be asked to step aside to allow for due process “So it is unfortunate for anybody to say that it was OCJ Okocha that influenced the NJC to take the decision it took at the emergency meeting that it is now small me in the small city of Port Harcourt that is dictating to the NJC what it should do” he said Okocha also said the judiciary has been abused by politicians but maintained that the NJC is a dignified body of respected individuals in the Nigerian Judicial system He said the statement made available by Ibim Semenitari is “Hug-wash Absolute nonsense The NJC as I have just analysed is constituted by the most eminent Judges in this country The Chief Justice is the Chairman the next most senior Judge of the Supreme Court is the Deputy Chairman and then you have five retired Justices of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal five Chief Justices of states five members of the Nigerian Bar Association “If they are accusing the entire NJC of being politicised let them point to the particular member that is being influenced It is absolute falsehood and totally irresponsible statement if you ask me; these are people from all over the country so what is in the interest in Rivers State” While affirming that Governor Amaechi is an intelligent Governor Okocha noted that Governor Amaechi’s decision was influenced by bad advisers “I have to ask In fact I have to appeal to the Governor He is the political leader of Rivers State and he is relevant to Rivers people and people residing in Rivers State whether he is PDP or APC In a manner of speaking he is the father of all His responsibility in accordance with oath of office which he swore is to uphold the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” Okocha noted He further disclosed that with the decision of the NJC Justice Agumagu will be badly affected if the people involved failed to do the needful Okocha former Rivers State Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association called on legal practitioners to learn from the developments Justice Diasy Okocha who was recommended by the National Judicial Council is elder sister of the learned silk Okocha Judge Kyle upheld the jury’s award as “reasonable and supported by a preponderance of the evidence." said Tom Hodson, and take seriously their commitment to their members and their organization. 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