Toddler 3 found unconscious in swimming pool in Drummondville Que

first_imgDRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – A three-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being found unconscious at the bottom of a pool in Drummondville, Que.Provincial police say family members lost sight of the child during a family gathering on Saturday evening.A young girl found the boy at the bottom of the pool and informed nearby adults, who tried to revive him.The boy was taken to a hospital where his condition was described as very serious.Provincial police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the event.Drummondville is located halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.last_img read more

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In a record year the movie theatre strikes back

first_imgNEW YORK — The movie theatre was dead, they said. After ticket sales slumped in 2017 , due largely to the worst summer season in more than a decade, pundits far and wide predicted the hastening demise of moviegoing, an inevitable casualty to the rise of streaming.This year, the movies flipped the script.This weekend, as “Aquaman,” ”Bumblebee” and “Mary Poppins Returns” arrive in theatres, ticket sales will reach a new record for the year, passing the previous 2016 high of $11.4 billion. Driven in part by zeitgeist-grabbing cultural events like “Black Panther,” ”Crazy Rich Asians” and even documentaries like “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” the box office is expected to end up around $11.8 billion for the year. The overall domestic gross is up nearly 9 per cent from last year; ticket sales are up about 6 per cent.And it’s not just in North America. Propelled by Chinese moviegoers, global ticket sales should, for the second time ever, exceed $40 billion. Saudi Arabia declared itself open for business to Hollywood, after more than 35 years without theatres. In the United Kingdom, cinemas are headed to their best year since 1971.“This year serves to confirm that the movie theatre business is strong and growing in the long term, even though it can be cyclical in the short term,” said John Fithian, president of the National Organization of Theater Owners, the trade organization known as NATO. “Last summer of 2017, when there just weren’t very many movies coming out that had any traction, we confronted the inevitable story about the impending death of the movie theatre business. And we said back then: It’s all about short-term product supply.”“We knew that once the movies came back, we would be fine,” said Fithian.Even in a year where “Star Wars” flopped, the hits have indeed returned, even if they’ve come from some predictable places. All of the year’s top 10 movies were either sequels, reboots or based on a comic book. Even this year’s Oscar front runner, “A Star Is Born” ($376.6 million worldwide and counting for Warner Bros.), is a remake. The top three films of the year — “Black Panther,” ”Avengers: Infinity War,” ”Incredibles 2″ — all come from market-leader Disney, which is also in the process of gobbling up 20th Century Fox.But there were some less likely hits, too. Mid-budgeted films like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” ”Halloween,” ”Creed II” and the year’s bestselling original movie, “A Quiet Place,” had a significant role in driving the record box office. For the first time ever, four documentaries — “RBG,” ”Free Solo,” ”Three Identical Strangers,” ”Won’t You Be My Neighbour” — each cleared $10 million. Surprise successes — a franchise-birthing “Spider-Man” spinoff (“Venom”), a well-reviewed “Transformers” movie (“Bumblebee”) — outnumbered the disappointments (“Skyscraper,” ”Robin Hood”).Above all, the movies were often in the centre of the cultural conversation, never more so than with the history-making “Black Panther,” which became the third-highest grossing domestic release ever ($700.1 million) not accounting for inflation.Hollywood executives say the year has demonstrated that 2017 was an aberration.“When the experts out there were talking about the end of theatrical moviegoing, I just didn’t buy that to begin with,” said Jim Orr, distribution chief for Universal Pictures, which had hits in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” ”The Grinch” and “Halloween.” ”It was just some scheduling moves that happened along with some movies that just underperformed. People want to go out. They want the social experience. They want to be in theatres. And we proved that exponentially this year.”The box-office rebound came in a year during which Netflix launched its most ambitious original movie slate, premiering some 70 new films. Though Netflix this fall relented to a degree by playing three of its films (“Roma,” ”The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and “Bird Box”) exclusively in theatres before premiering on its streaming service, Netflix and exhibitors remain at odds over the benefits of the traditional theatrical window.Yet there is a growing sense that Netflix may not be public enemy No. 1 for movie theatres, after all. In 2018, Netflix has gained millions of subscribers, just as movie theatres have surged. Co-existence is possible. Last month, a NATO survey found that 33 per cent of moviegoers who see nine or more movies a year also spend 15 hours per week on streaming platforms.“We have maintained for years that streaming in the home is not taking away from the moviegoing experience,” said Fithian. “If anything, streaming in the home is damaging other forms of home entertainment. Cable television, for example. DVD sales, for example.”Streaming will only be more omnipresent in 2019, when Disney and Warner Bros. are set to debut their own Netflix-like services. But both studios remain resolutely devoted to exhibition and in releasing some of their biggest releases in traditional slow periods on the calendar. The year’s biggest movie, “Black Panther,” opened in February. Three of Warner Bros.’ top performers — “The Meg,” ”Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Nun” — benefited from the typically quiet dog-days of summer.“There were some really good movies that were spread out through the year,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution chief. “That’s the real takeaway: Make good movies, people will come.”But disruption is still at the door. Subscription services remade the moviegoing experience, led by the swift rise and fall of MoviePass, which took credit for the box-office revival before its inexpensive pricing structure proved unsustainable. MoviePass ran out of cash, repeatedly revamped its business model and descended into chaos, lawsuits and even a fraud investigation.The box office still chugged along (Fithian calls MoviePass’ impact “overblown”) and other subscription services (notably one by AMC , the world’s largest chain) entered the fray.Other threats to the movie theatre loom. When Disney’s acquisition of Fox is made official, there will be one less major studio in Hollywood. Further consolidation is expected, something Fithian grants “poses a challenge” for exhibitors that depend on a steady supply of movies. But he pointed to others that have picked up the slack: STX, Annapurna, A24, Bleecker St., Amazon and Apple, which last month partnered with A24 for a slate of films.Whether 2019 will continue the box-office trend or see a repeat of last year will come down, as it always does, to the movies. Analysts are bullish, predicting another record-setting year thanks to a Disney-heavy lineup including sure-fire blockbusters “Avengers: Endgame,” ”Captain Marvel,” ”Frozen 2″ and “Star Wars: Episode IX.”“On paper, that year is going to make this year look like small potatoes,” says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore.Of course, similar predictions were made for 2017, too. That’s the problem with movie scripts. They can always be rewritten.___AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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WatchShopify sees 100 pot orders per minute on Canadian websites for legalization

TORONTO — The Canadian online cannabis stores powered by Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce software are collectively processing more than 100 orders per minute, the Ottawa-based company said, an indication of the high demand for newly-legal pot.Since recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada at midnight, local time, the government-operated websites and private retailer portals powered by Shopify have processed “hundreds of thousands” of orders since cannabis was legalized at the stroke of midnight, said vice-president Loren Padelford.These online stores have seen “millions of visitors” from Canada and around the world in the hours since they went live at 12:01 a.m. local time.“For 12 hours in and the number of stores that are live, that’s a pretty big number,” Padelford said.Canadians of adult age are now able to purchase non-medical cannabis online or in physical outlets across the country for the first time — marking a massive shift in the country’s drug policy and the opening of what some are expecting to be a massive and lucrative market. It could be worth as much as $4 billion in the first year, according to a report from consultancy Deloitte.Most of those initial consumer purchases of legal adult use pot will be online, given that there are relatively few physical outlets open for business and they are not evenly spread across Canada’s vast geography. For example, while Newfoundland and Labrador has more than 20 outlets open for business, Ontarians can only buy recreational pot online until private retail shops open next year.Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island — where online sales of cannabis will go through government portals — as well as some private retailers in other provinces, are using Shopify for their e-commerce websites.Demand was high for many government online stores including AlbertaCannabis.org, which needed to place customers in a virtual queue shortly after midnight to avoid an outage.The website, developed with U.S.-based OnX Enterprise Solutions, was “rigorously tested” but the surge of users “simply exceeded our expectations,” said a spokeswoman for the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis commission. The queue was clear by 12:50 a.m. local time, she said.Ontario’s website, meanwhile, also saw brisk business and handled over 38,000 orders after it launched, premier Doug Ford said in the provincial legislature on Wednesday.Padelford said overall these “strong” visitor and sales volumes were expected, and Shopify did not see any technical issues or problems.“It’s not as big as Black Friday, but it’s definitely a big day… These are big stores with consistent, large volume going through them.” read more

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Softbank of Japan to acquire 70 per cent of Sprint for 201

Softbank of Japan to acquire 70 per cent of Sprint for $20.1 billion TOKYO – Tokyo-based mobile phone company Softbank Corp. has reached a deal to acquire 70 per cent of U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Nextel for $20.1 billion in the largest ever foreign acquisition by a Japanese company.The deal, announced Monday at a joint news conference in Tokyo by Softbank President Masayoshi Son and Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse, was given a green light by the boards of both companies. It still needs approval from Sprint shareholders and U.S. regulators. Softbank said the deal is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.The deal will bring together the third biggest mobile carriers of both Japan and the U.S., underlining the growth ambitions of Softbank, which has made a series of acquisitions and investments over the last couple of decades, including Yahoo Japan, the Japan unit of British mobile company Vodafone and Alibaba Group, a Chinese e-commerce company.Son said the investment made sense because the U.S. is the world’s biggest market in smartphones, and it was still growing.The news of the deal, which leaked late last week, had spooked investors worried about such a big investment and sent Softbank shares lower by about a third in recent sessions. Shares of Sprint, in contrast, shot up in anticipation of the offer.Sprint has struggled in recent years to compete with Verizon and AT&T. The company has $21 billion in long-term debt, and has launched a costly network restructuring and signed a long-term contract to buy $15.5 billion worth of iPhones from Apple Inc. over four years.Son is looking abroad for new growth as the Japanese mobile market has been stagnant for years. Softbank has been an exception in racking up strong profit despite such stagnation, largely on the popularity of the iPhone.Softbank was the first carrier to offer the iPhone in Japan, and was the only one in initial years. The iPhone has been such a hit in Japan it has shaped Softbank’s brand image and helped it lure customers away from its two bigger rivals. Son said earlier this year that he is determined Softbank will overtake NTT DoCoMo, the longtime No. 1.Son said the advent of smartphones means that the U.S. and Japanese markets have much in common, and the two companies could benefit and learn from each other.Son, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, said he was only 16 when he ventured alone to the U.S.“I am happy to be able to tell you today of my big comeback to the U.S.,” he said. “This is going to be an even bigger challenge.”Before Monday’s deal, the biggest overseas acquisition by a Japanese company was Japan Tobacco Inc.’s purchase of Gallaher Group of Great Britain in 2007 for about $19 billion.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter: www.twitter.com/yurikageyama by News Staff Posted Oct 15, 2012 5:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Research study needs participants on job hunt

Students who are on the hunt for a part-time or full-time job, internship or co-op placement are needed for an upcoming research study.The study is being conducted by Associate Professor Adam Kanar in the Department of Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship and Ethics (OBHREE) at the Goodman School of Business.Participants will be asked to complete survey questions about their job search habits and background.The total time commitment of all components of the study is about 90 minutes over the course of several weeks.It will include two 30-minute online surveys — one at the beginning of the semester and one 10 weeks later.Each week during the semester participants may also be asked to complete a two-minute survey about their job search progress.Study participants will be entered into a draw to win a Campus Store gift card.There is one $250 gift card, two $100 gift cards and three $50 gift cards available to be won.Participants will receive one entry into the draw for completing the initial survey and another for completing the survey at the end of the study.Anyone interested in participating can visit the following link and sign in using their Brock credentials for more information.Deadline to apply is Feb. 10. read more

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Brock creates business analytics research centre

A new research hub being created at Brock University will strengthen interdisciplinary research collaboration on data analytics across the University.The Centre for Business Analytics (CBA) will bring together faculty from various disciplines across the University, as well as alumni and industry partners for a common purpose.The Centre will be led by Anteneh Ayanso, professor of information systems and chair of the Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems at the Goodman School of Business.Following the introduction of the business analytics specialization in Goodman’s MBA program in 2014, one of the first of its kind in Canada, the Centre will build on the University’s capabilities to bring together various fields within the world of big data and further data-driven research.The Centre’s objectives include: supporting an interdisciplinary team of data analytics researchers; acting as a source of expertise for both public and private sectors; and fostering a training hub for the next generation of data scientists.CBA will partner with external organizations and software and application providers to maximize their impact and has already developed a relationship with SAS, a leading analytics software provider that is widely used in the field.Executives and managers are increasingly making business decisions based on data, making it more important for recent graduates to be trained in the field.“It is critical for Brock to keep up to the pace of the fast-moving business world and to respond to marketplace needs through our research and student training efforts,” says Barry Wright, interim dean of Brock’s Goodman School of Business. “This Centre will allow the University to do just that.”From major league sports to banking and retailing, big data has allowed organizations to gather enormous amounts of data on every aspect of their business models.“As a challenging academic frontier, big data analytics requires a new approach and ecosystem,” says Ayanso, director of the Centre for Business Analytics.“With the establishment of this Centre, Brock will join few institutions in Canada that are leading this research frontier. This new collaborative research environment will not only substantiate our presence and leadership in analytics training, but also give us a unique competitive advantage in attracting scholars and graduate students.”“We are eager to start this fall and to be able to work in partnership with our Brock colleagues in all other faculties and also to have a new way of providing students with in-demand training that will serve them well in their careers.”CBA membership is open to all Brock faculty and staff members who can contribute to the Centre’s objectives. The Centre will have regular calls to expand its membership. Interested members can learn more by contacting Ayanso at aayanso@brocku.ca. Brock students are also welcome to attend member committee meetings and graduates in the field of analytics are encouraged to become CBA affiliates.Guided by an advisory committee, the member committee is currently comprised of the following Brock faculty members:S. Ejaz Ahmed (Department of Mathematics and Statistics)Anteneh Ayanso (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)Ernest Biktimirov (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)John Bonnett (Department of History)Kareen Brown (Department of Accounting)Zhongzhi (Lawrence) He (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)Martin Kusy (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)Walid Ben Omrane (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)Roelof Makken (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)Kevin Mongeon (Department of Sport Management)Reena Yoogalingam (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)Anteneh Ayanso, professor of information systems and chair of the Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems at the Goodman School of Business read more

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Former Apprentice contestant sues Trump for defamation

first_imgFormer Apprentice contestant sues Trump for defamation Summer Zervos’s lawsuit claims that Trump lied when responding to allegations that he tried to kiss and grope her without her consent. Image: Ringo H.W. Chiu Short URL Share7 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 10:40 PM By AFP 44 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3191851 Image: Ringo H.W. Chiu Jan 17th 2017, 10:40 PM 25,724 Views PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP was today hit with a defamation lawsuit by a former contestant on his reality television show The Apprentice who had previously accused him of sexual misconduct.Summer Zervos’s lawsuit claims that Trump – set to become the 45th US president on Friday – lied when responding to allegations that he tried to kiss and grope her without her consent.Trump has “debased and denigrated Zervos with false statements about her,” the lawsuit says.Trump, who faced a series of sexual misconduct accusations during the campaign, has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to sue the women behind the claims.“All of these liars will be sued after the election is over,” Trump said at a rally in Pennsylvania in October. He has yet to file suit.Zervos’s attorney Gloria Allred said her client, who had previously said she would not take any legal action against the president-elect if he didn’t sue, had a change of heart as Trump has shown no remorse for his alleged behavior and had “lied” further to cover it up.“It was Donald Trump who was lying when he falsely denied his predatory misconduct with Summer Zervos, and derided her for perpetrating a ‘hoax’ and making up a ‘phony’ story to get attention,” according to the suit filed in New York.“In doing so, he used his national and international bully pulpit to make false factual statements to denigrate and verbally attack Ms Zervos and the other women who publicly reported his sexual assaults in October 2016.”StatementsZervos is asking that Trump retract or apologize for the statements he made against her. She is also asking for compensatory and punitive damages in an amount to be determined at trial.In a statement read to reporters in Los Angeles today, Zervos said she would be willing to drop her suit if Trump “will simply retract his false and defamatory statements about me and acknowledge that I told the truth about him.”Zervos last year revealed that Trump had made unwanted sexual advances toward her when she met him at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles in 2007 to discuss career opportunities.Trump moved toward her aggressively during the encounter and touched her on the breast but she rebuffed him, she alleged.Zervos and several other women who made similar allegations came forward after a 2005 videotape of Trump bragging about groping women surfaced during in early October.The president-elect claimed his comments on the tape were “locker-room banter,” and denounced the sex assault allegations as lies and fabricated stories.- © AFP 2017Read: Ethics probe begins into Justin Trudeau’s lavish island holiday Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Gestion de la grippe A lOMS soutenue par ses membres

first_imgGestion de la grippe A : l’OMS soutenue par ses membresL’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) organisait hier sa 63e assemblée. L’occasion pour elle de recevoir l’appui de ses 193 membres concernant la gestion de la pandémie de grippe A(H1N1).La directrice de l’OMS, Margaret Chan, a affirmé hier lors de l’Assemblée mondiale de la santé que le virus de la grippe A n’avait par “chance” pas muté, ce qui avait facilité la lutte contre la pandémie.L’OMS faisait face depuis plusieurs mois à de nombreuses critiques, concernant sa gestion de la pandémie de grippe A. Le Conseil de l’Europe notamment, l’accusait d’avoir été influencée par les grands laboratoires.La France a tenu à soutenir l’OMS, l’Hexagone ayant lui-aussi été confronté à des “campagnes de dénigrement” pointant du doigt la mauvaise gestion de la pandémie, a souligné la ministre de la Santé Roselyne Bachelot.”Je veux exprimer au nom de la France notre solidarité avec l’OMS, prise à partie de façon injuste”, a déclaré cette dernière. “Au moment où nous avons dû prendre la plupart des décisions importantes, notre connaissance de la sévérité [du virus] était imparfaite”.Mme Bachelot a également rappelé que “le véritable enjeu” devrait être “de savoir si nous avons pris collectivement les bonnes décisions, au bon moment, avec les éléments dont nous disposions au printemps et au début de l’été 2009”.Le 18 mai 2010 à 10:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL 2017

first_imgIs Blade of The Immortal good?It’s pretty good.What is it, exactly?A new samurai movie from Takeshi Miike, based on the manga by Hiroaki Samura.“Takeshi Miike” sounds familiar. Should I know who that is?Yes, you should.Oh. So, who is he?Takeshi Miike is 56 years old and directed his first movie in 1991, the same year as his first television directing gig. Blade of The Immortal, released this year, marks his 100th credit as director. No, you didn’t mishear: This man – this man right here – directed 100 complete films, video and television projects within only 26 years… and if you think that’s impressive: FIFTEEN of those were made between 2000 and 2001 alone! Often thought of as the “face” of Japanese underground moviemaking, Miike subscribes to a filmmaking philosophy that one good scene or even just one great shot is worth making an entire movie to set up.Wow. That’s a lot of movies. Are they mostly samurai films like this?Not even close. Best known for producing ultra-violent Yakuza gangster films often centered on challenging societal prejudices against cultural and ethnic minorities within Japanese culture like Dead or Alive and Ley Lines. Miike has made films in almost every conceivable genre from acclaimed horror films (Audition, Gozu, and Imprint), taboo-breaking lurid shockers (Visitor Q, Ichii The Killer and Fudoh: The New Generation), family movies (The Great Yokai War, Ninja Kids and Zebraman), acclaimed historical action features (Hara-Kiri and 13 Assassins). And of late he’s gained renewed fame as a reliable helmer for adaptations of anime, manga and video games – including Ace Attorney, Yatterman, Terraformars and the upcoming live-action version of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable.Okay, so, while I google how to watch all of those; what’s this one about? As implied by the title, it follows the adventures of wandering swordsman named Manji cursed both by guilt at a tragic mistake committed in his past and more immediately by mysterious blood parasites that heal all of his wounds and prevent him dying – even though he really kind of wants to at this point. The film is based on the first arc of the original manga, in which Manji is hired by a teenage girl named Rin to hunt down and kill the men who murdered her father. He is a cult-like gang of weapon masters who seek to wipe out the established schools of swordsmanship and replace them with their own militantly-informal style.That’s it?That’s pretty much it, yeah. Apart from the magical healing and existential angst, this franchise is about as classical as it gets so if you’ve seen one other tormented ronin samurai movie you know what you’re in for. Manji and Rin wander from place to place hashing out their respective backstories and philosophies, stopping every few minutes for a brutally-violent fights to the death usually themed around the colorful one-off opponents or Manji’s ridiculously large collection of strange and elaborate swords. Which he always seems to be carrying though it’s somewhat unclear where he’s keeping all of them.And it’s not great?Miike’s “pretty good” is usually more fun than most filmmakers’ “great,” but yeah it’s a solid but kind of average movie. As mid-budget action goes, it’s probably on the strong side for this year; though devotees of Miike’s larger body of work may be disappointed to find that this one is much more on the conventional side. Largely eschewing the digressions into outright comedy or other radical changes in tone that define his style elsewhere and overall adhering to an interesting conceit of portraying the over-the-top anime/manga-style violence and fighting techniques without a lot of exaggerated visual flourish. Instead, it almost looks like these otherwise absurd characters and their preposterous weapons are inhabiting a fairly realistic (almost mundane) recreation of mid-Edo period Japan.What’s the highlight?Like most of Miike’s middle-of-the-road films, the details in between the obligatory story-filler and the money-shot fight scenes are a treasure trove of weird, small moments that reward your attention. Most notably, Takuya Kimura’s performance as Manji. Popular culture has given us A LOT of “immortal” heroes sulking cynically through the ages, but Kimura put’s a decidedly different spin on a character who very easily could’ve just been “period Japanese Wolverine.” And instead comes off like a guy who perpetually “just woke up” and is kind of annoyed that he has to fight people again today. I especially like the way he doesn’t really put much effort or specific style into his sword fighting unless he’s got something else going on since, y’know, why would he HAVE to be good? It’s not like he can lose.Is there a main issue holding it back?It’s a little too long thanks to the overly stretched-out middle part, and even though it opens and closes with huge-scale one-versus-an-army battles that are indeed worth the whole ticket price there’s really no reason that material this routine needed to be 2 ½ hours long.But you recommend anyway?Sure. It’s not a masterpiece, but it does the job, and it’s different enough to get into even if you’ve had your fill of bloody samurai movies for whatever reason. Worth seeking out. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Canadian meat packer recalls pork shipped to Washington Oregon

first_imgFederal health officials say a Canadian meat packing company has recalled thousands of pounds of raw pork products shipped to stores and restaurants in Washington and Oregon.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a press release that the recall issued Tuesday covers 4,618 pounds of pork from Olymel, based in Alberta.It recalled the pork because “ the products were imported from Canada and not presented for import re-inspection upon entry into the United States,” the inspection service said.The products were produced on dates between Jan. 22 and Feb. 5 and include the following: 50-pound cases containing “OLYMEL FRESH PORK BELLY SKINLESS” with case code of 0627F, a best before date of 02-19-2018 and Canada 270A.26-pound cases containing “OLYMEL FRESH PORK BACK RIBS” with a case code of 2952F, a best before date of 02-21-2018 and 02-22-2018 and Canada 270A.74-pound cases containing “OLYMEL FRESH PORK LEG” with a case code of 0112F, a best before date of 02-20-2018 and 02-21-2018 and Canada 270A.61-pound. cases containing “OLYMEL PORK SIRLOIN BONELESS” with a case code of 4328F, a best before date of 02-21-2018 and Canada 270A.61-pound cases containing “OLYMEL FRESH PORK BELLY SKINLESS” with a case code of 0521F, a best before date of 01-29-2018 and 01-31-2018 and Canada 270A.30-pound cases containing “WILLAMETTE VALLEY MEAT COMPANY PORK FEET WHOLE” with USDA EST. 21134 and pack date of 1/30/18.In addition to the Pacific Northwest locations that got the pork, the products were also sent to a Department of Defense Commissary in Japan.The issue was discovered on Monday, and there have no no confirmed reports of illness due to the products.Anyone who purchased the pork is being asked not to consume them and to either throw them out or return them to the store they were purchased.last_img read more

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Zidane not interested in managing France – FFF president

first_imgThe French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet insists that Zinedine Zidane has never demonstrated any interest in coaching France and he is certain that Didier Deschamps will remain with them until at least 2020Zidane stunned the football world in May when he announced that he had left Real Madrid, just five days after leading them to a third successive Champions League crown.Since then, Zidane has been linked with the role of becoming the new head coach of France with Deschamps himself stating that it will likely happen at some point in the future.And the media feel that the move may actually materialise sooner than expected with many fans and pundits alike suggesting that Deschamps failed to extract the true potential of the France squad, despite winning the World Cup this summer.But Le Graet has dismissed any suggestions that they will be parting with Deschamps.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We have contracts until 2020,” Le Graet told BFM TV, via SportsKeeda.“He’s someone who works a lot. Didier and his staff spend hours and hours watching this or that player, the opponents.“Sometimes you need a little luck, but the work done by Didier is considerable. For the first match [of Euro 2020], he will be there.”As for the Zidane speculation, Le Graet had this to say: “There has been no will on his part, manifested by him, to train the national team,”“We have not thought about it. Didier is in place until 2020. Me too, [then] we’ll see.”last_img read more

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UK has a 31 pension gender gap

first_imgThe UK has a 31% pension gender gap, with an average female pension pot of £16,083 compared to the average male pension savings of £23,416, according to research by PensionBee.Its analysis of 5,098 individuals who save into PensionBee pensions also found that the gender gap in Northern Ireland is 76%, with women having average retirement savings of £4,031, compared to men’s average pension pot of £16,485.Scotland has a 32% pension gender gap, as female savers have accrued an average pension of £15,737, compared to male savers with £23,291. Wales, on the other hand, records a pension gender gap of 51%, with women able to rely on an average pension of £8,552 and men saving £17,417.Greater London has a 27% pension gender gap. Women have been able to save an average pension of £19,415, compared to men’s average pension pot of £26,538.Female pension savers aged over 50 have an average pension of £31,254 and men over 50 have an average pension of £53,449. This equates to a pension gender gap of 42%. For individuals aged between 40 and 49, the gender gap is 30%, with women saving on average £26,901 into their pension and men saving £38,384.Female pension savers under 29-years-old have saved an average pension pot of £3,309 while men have saved £4,927 into their pension. This is a 33% pension gender gap.Romi Savova (pictured), chief executive officer at PensionBee, said: “It’s not fair that a pension gender gap exists, but given the reality of lower pay as disclosed by most UK [organisations], it is important that women take action early on to stop income inequality becoming a life-long burden.“Targeted pension contributions are a great way to put women back on equal footing and something every woman should consider as part of her retirement planning.”last_img read more

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KPBSD Contract Negotiations Set To Reconvene Today

first_imgThe associations voted on May 22 to authorize a strike over rising healthcare costs. The strike will take place this fall unless an agreement can be reached with the School District. Pegge Erkeneff, Communications Liaison with KPBSD: “The district met with the associations for several hours on Saturday for bargaining. The district has been hopeful that we can come together and reach an agreement. Healthcare is the continued sticking point, and we are hopeful we can reach a tentative agreement. That continues to be the goal on both sides.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association still remain without a contract after their last bargaining session which took place over the weekend. Contract negotiations are set to reconvene on Tuesday afternoon with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Both the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association have been in negotiations with the District since February of 2018.center_img In a statement from the associations: Although some bargaining sessions have occurred since the strike vote, we have not gotten a reasonable settlement to bring to the membership for a vote. Many are wondering where we are in regards to striking. This document should highlight where we stand.Strike consultants from the Washington Education Association met with NEA-Alaska staff about best practices during successful strikes.NEA-Alaska has assigned six staff to assist with the successful execution of a strike (a strike coordinator, four zone coordinators, and a communications expert)NEA-Alaska staff met with KPEA and KPESA member zone coordinators to discuss their role in the upcoming strike. There will be two members and one NEA-Alaska staff member assigned to each zone. The four zones will be Seward, Soldotna, Kenai, and Homer.There will be a picket captain meeting scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 29. They will be held in Seward, Homer, and Soldotna simultaneously.  We are still looking for some individuals to step up to the plate to be a picket captain at a few sites.The bargaining team met on Tuesday of this week and is hoping to meet again soon.Once the official strike is called, we will legally need to give the district 72 hours before closing schools. Collective bargaining will reconvene this afternoon, at 4:30pm, at Soldotna High School.last_img read more

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Suspected RBI interventions stems rupees fall

first_imgFile photo. A bank staff member hands Indian 500 rupee notes to a customer on November 24, 2016, in the wake of the demonetisation of old 500 and 1000 rupee notes in Mumbai. Representational image.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe rupee had weakened to a 16-month closing low of 68.15 per dollar on Tuesday, but after the latest round of suspected central bank support it had bounced back to 67.80, despite the dollar’s strength on international markets.”It looks like RBI is in a mood today,” said a senior dealer at a state-run bank, estimating that within the first 10 minutes the RBI might have sold $300 million to $400 million proactively to prevent any sharp fall in the rupee.Sharply rising U.S. dollar yields have boosted the dollar on international exchanges, and the rupee was also coming under pressure from firm crude oil prices that will weigh on India’s already widening trade deficit.Some dealers had anticipated that the RBI might refrain from intervening on Wednesday as it suspected intervention on Tuesday had failed to stop the rupee hitting its weakest level since January 27, 2017.The rupee swung in nearly one percent intraday range on Tuesday, its most volatile day in about a year.”Nobody can understand what the RBI wants to do with the rupee. It says it intervenes to curb volatility but sometimes it allows the rupee to move wildly and sometimes it is holding it with a heavy hand,” said another dealer at a foreign bank.Indian bond prices strengthened on the rupee’s unexpected recovery.The 10-year benchmark bond yield < stood at 7.88 percent early compared with its previous close of 7.90 percent.However, both forex and debt traders were doubtful whether the rally in the rupee and Indian bonds would last through the week.Indeed, bond dealers expect the yield on 10-year paper to cross the 8-percent mark, a level unseen since June, 2015, due to inflation concerns.Forex traders also expect the rupee to breach the record low 68.8650 level, last touched on November 24, 2016."It is quite difficult to sustain the rally given India's weakening macro-economic parameters," said another dealer at a foreign bank.Indian rupee has been the worst performer in the region, losing more than 5 percent so far in 2018 while inflation risks have increased on high oil prices raising the probability of faster hikes in interest rates by the RBI.The trade deficit widened to $13.72 billion in April from $13.25 billion a year ago and could rise further with India importing 80 percent of its oil needs.last_img read more

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Pi Omega Chapter Conducts 58th Annual Talent Hunt

first_imgPi Omega Chapter, Graduate Chapter of Baltimore, Md., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, hosted its 58th Annual Bro. Kelvin J. O’Neal Talent Hunt Competition on March 2, at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, located at 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore. The Talent Hunt demonstration was created in 1945 out of the Fraternity’s Sixth District (North Carolina and South Carolina), and is one of the international projects of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Pi Omega has participated in this activity for over 50 years, and many talented high school students have benefited from this project through all-expenses paid trips, U.S. Savings Bonds, trophies, certificates, print and televised media exposure.The winners were as follows:-Vocal Classical: (1) Dije’ Coxson (Baltimore School for the Arts)-Vocal Contemporary: (1) Katyrah Davenport (Catonsville High School), (2) Makayla Johnson (Woodlawn High School)-Instrumental Classical: (1) Sydney Boyd (Ward School for the Arts)-Instrumental Contemporary: Keith Davenport Jr. (Baltimore Polytechnic Institute), Sydney Young (Howard High School)-Dance: (1) Kaylah Smith (Baltimore School for the Arts), (2) Alyssa Baker (Carver Center for the Arts)-Drama: (1) Mohamed Tall (Woodlawn High School), (2) Laurence Finley (Coppin Academy) Selected winners from the competition will represent Pi Omega Chapter at the District Talent Hunt Competition to be held at the 2014 66th Second District Conference. This year the conference will be held at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum, MD the weekend of April 24-27.last_img read more

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This New Tool Can Make It Easier to Retain Control of Your

first_img 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We can’t all live in the magical land of Inbox Zero, where we’ve read every email and responded immediately and where unicorns deliver packages of candy upon request, but a new feature from SaneBox might bring us a bit closer.SaneBox, an email management tool that works in coordination with your existing email interface, now allows users to see a folder containing sent emails that haven’t yet received replies. Called SaneNoReplies, the folder holds emails that haven’t received responses for up to four weeks, making it easier to determine which missives need a followup. The feature is accessible from any device.Related: Gmail Rolls Out ‘Block’ Sender FeatureThe small change might be more helpful than you think. Workers in the U.S. spend more than a quarter of their workweek dealing with e-mails, according to a McKinsey study. Despite that large chunk of time, Sanebox reports that only an estimated 6 percent of emails people send get a response. It’s not surprising, then, that important messages can get lost in the shuffle and that cutting down on email overload would be a massive boon to productivity.Boston-based SaneBox, which was founded in 2010, offers plans at $7 a month, or $4.92 a month for annual plans. The service examines your interaction with your email (i.e. – which emails you open, which you respond to, how quickly you respond, how far back your relationship with the sender goes, etc.) and then determines which emails take priority. Everything else is filtered into a folder called SaneLater.The company says it only looks at the header data and never stores or looks at the body of your emails.Related: Email: 5 Ways to Stop Wasting Time and Start Increasing Productivity   Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals September 24, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Adding radiation and/or tamoxifen therapy to the treatment plan of women who undergo a lumpectomy for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) reduces the risk of a dangerous recurrence, according to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study was written by physicians at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP).”Women with DCIS can be reassured that they are not being overtreated when their doctor prescribes radiation therapy in addition to a lumpectomy. A clear benefit is shown in preventing tumor recurrence,” said principal investigator Thomas Julian, M.D., associate director of the Breast Care Center at AGH and associate director of medical affairs for the AGH-based National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP). “This study, following a group of women over 15 years, provides invaluable information on the progression of this disease.”The prevalence of DCIS has increased dramatically over the past two decades, largely as a result of detection by the increased use of mammography. It now accounts for about 25 percent of all new breast cancers. In DCIS, abnormal cells grow and multiply within a milk duct and it should be treated before it becomes invasive.Earlier results from the NSABP trials showed similar DCIS survival rates for women who underwent breast-conserving surgery as opposed to a mastectomy. However, concerns persisted on the risk of invasive ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence (I-IBTR), a common type of recurrence that increases the risk of death, and on the use of additional therapies.The researchers followed, for an average 13.5 to 17 years, women with DCIS who had participated in two previous NSABP trials. The incidence of I-IBTR was reduced by 52 percent in patients who underwent a lumpectomy plus radiation, compared to women who underwent a lumpectomy only. Adding tamoxifen to the mix for women with estrogen receptor positive DCIS reduced the risk of I-IBTR by 32 percent compared to women receiving a lumpectomy and radiation therapy only.Over 15 years, the incidence of I-IBTR was 19.4 percent for lumpectomy only, 8.9 percent for lumpectomy plus radiation, 8.5 percent for lumpectomy, radiation and tamoxifen and 10 percent for lumpectomy, radiation and a placebo.”I-IBTR increases the risk of a breast cancer-related death, but the good news is that use of radiation therapy and tamoxifen (in estrogen receptor positive DCIS) reduce that risk for women with DCIS, and the overall long-term prognosis is excellent for women who undergo breast-conserving surgery,” Julian said.For more information: jnci.oxfordjournals.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | March 15, 2011 Study Supports Combining Radiation, Breast Conserving Surgery News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Book Collette tours at 10 off until Jan 14

first_img Share Travelweek Group Posted by MISSISSAUGA — Collette has launched a New Year Savings Deal that includes 10% off your client’s next tour.Travellers can book their 2019-2020 travel between Jan. 2-14, 2019 to receive the discount. This offer applies to an extensive variety of tours and departures.“This amazing offer allows guests to travel to incredible destinations while also saving on our plethora of brands, including our new Explorations line,” said Courtney Iannuccilli, Vice President of Marketing. “Our goal is for past and prospective guests to utilize this savings deal, giving them the opportunity to travel somewhere new.”To redeem the offer, use code NYSALE19. For more information visit gocollette.com. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Friday, January 4, 2019 Tags: Collette, sale Book Collette tours at 10% off until Jan. 14last_img read more

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Costa Rican coffee to have its own theme park

first_imgNo related posts. Watching the full process of growing, processing and marketing coffee will become part of Costa Rica’s many attractions at the country’s first coffee theme park, according to the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry.The Parque Temático del Café will be built on a five-hectare coffee farm in the community of Frailes, Desamparados, south of San José. Frailes is one of Costa Rica’s main coffee-producing regions with 1,800 coffee producers.Zaira Marín Robles, general manager of the Desamparados Agricultural Center, said the project hopes to attract visitors interested in rural tourism and will help diversify income sources for coffee producers of that region. During a second stage of development, the center will offer lodging that allows tourists to extend trips and enjoy nearby attractions such as trout farms, Marín said.Construction is expected to last three years and will include a processing plant, restaurant, coffee shop, laboratories, coffee cupping rooms and a museum. It will be funded by the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.Further details will be disclosed during the “X Coffee Fair – Frailes 2014,” to be held Jan. 17-19. That fair will offer several types of coffee for sampling and for sale, including organic coffee, traditional Tico food and drinks, concerts, exhibits, barista demonstrations, art and coffee-picking contests. Local artisans will sell crafts made from coffee bush wood.The southern region of Desamparados produces an average of 600,000 bushels of coffee per year, mainly for export to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, the United States and several European countries. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Mississippis Robert Nkemdiche walks on the stage

first_imgMississippi’s Robert Nkemdiche walks on the stage after being selected by Arizona Cardinals as the 29th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   – / 35 Welcome my SEC brother!!!— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) April 29, 2016https://twitter.com/RealPeterson21/status/725888656385302528 @AZSports sacks sacks sacks pic.twitter.com/D43OF9ARZw— TRÏBĒ ÅLÎVË (@TribalThrasher) April 29, 2016The Cardinals currently have no second round pick for Friday and will have to wait until selection No. 92 in the third round to make their second selection of the draft. Good pick @BruceArians 😊!!— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) April 29, 2016 Welcome to the desert my brother.#BirdGang— MichaelFloyd (@MichaelMFloyd) April 29, 2016 @AZSports I like it, Darnell Dockett2— Mike K (@mikelkaz) April 29, 2016 @AZSports Super pick SUPERBOWL bound !— Jordan Tendler (@JordanTendler) April 29, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Yall know where he from!!! Congrats big dogg @TheLegendMerlin #NAWFSIDEATLANTA— Kevin Minter (@Kmint_46) April 29, 2016 @AZSports no risk it, no biscuit!!!— born&raisedazfan (@Forkemdevils42) April 29, 2016 #RobertNkemdiche @TheLegendMerlin welcome to the squad #Birdgang— Calais Campbell (@Campbell93) April 29, 2016https://twitter.com/tonyjefferson1/status/725891367314935811 LISTEN: Arizona Cardinals Draft Robert Nkemdiche Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Sack time!!!— ♛Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) April 29, 2016 Many of them tweeted about the newest member right after the pick. The Arizona Cardinals and general manager Steve Keim may have ended up with a gift on Thursday night.Robert Nkemdiche is said to be one of the most talented players in the NFL Draft, but was still available when the Cardinals were on the clock at No. 29.With a talent like Nkemdiche still available and eventually selected by the Cardinals, one can imagine the players and fans are excited to see what the Ole Miss product can bring to the BirdGang.last_img read more

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