CALGARY — Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the federal government won’t cut corners to speed up a full review of the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The government bought the pipeline for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down Ottawa’s approval of it.The court said Canada failed to meaningfully consult with First Nations and that the National Energy Board failed to examine how the project would affect the ocean ecosystem.Ottawa is now consulting with Indigenous groups and the board has been reviewing the marine effects.The board is to have its report ready by Feb. 22.“They are on schedule,” Sohi said Thursday in Calgary, where he was making a solar-panel announcement.“I give regular updates to the cabinet … on how we are … making sure the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion moves forward in the right way, dealing with the issues the court has identified.”Sohi said he has lived in Alberta for 34 years and understands that oil and gas workers are desperate for the project to move ahead.“We need to make sure that we are not cutting corners. We owe it to Alberta. We owe it to Alberta workers. We owe it to Canadians that we don’t get into the same situation that we got into the last time, which is very unfortunate,” he said.“The way the process works is that the NEB will make a recommendation to my department and once we conclude our (Indigenous) consultations there’ll be a new report prepared for the cabinet to reconsider the decision.”Sohi said he has consulted with 40 Indigenous groups so far and will be going back to British Columbia in a couple of weeks.The issues he is hearing about are related to land-title rights, protection of water and fish, oil-spill response and marine safety, he said.Sohi declined to give a timeline on when to expect a new recommendation from the federal cabinet or whether any action will be taken before the next federal election due later this year.“I am not in a position to comment on that because my focus is fixing what has been broken and making sure we are moving forward on this project in the right way.”The Trans Mountain expansion would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to the B.C. coast for export to overseas markets.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press
NEW YORK, N.Y. – MoviePass is trying to bring to movie theatres what Netflix did for DVDs and online streaming: Let subscribers watch as many movies as they want for $10 a month.In doing so, MoviePass has struck a chord with moviegoers and a nerve with the movie industry.For many people, going to the movies is worth it only a few times a year. Ticket prices keep rising, and moviegoers have plenty of cheaper alternatives, including Netflix.MoviePass believes it can get people to theatres more often. Major theatre chains and movie studios aren’t so sure, putting MoviePass’ business plan at risk.Subscribers with MoviePass can watch a movie a day, be it a splashy blockbuster or an indie movie contending for the Oscars.Though MoviePass works at most theatres, it has key restrictions: It excludes pricier 3-D and Imax showings and most advance online sales. And even if everyone in a group has a subscription, tickets must be purchased individually. Subscribers also complain that MoviePass responds too slowly, or not at all, when there’s a problem.Nonetheless, the thrill of the bargain has sparked interest. MoviePass said Thursday that it signed up a half-million subscribers in less than a month, bringing the total to 2 million.“I’ve seen a little over a dozen movies, which is way more than what I would have without it,” said Cassie Langdon, a 28-year-old Indianapolis woman who works in sports communications and joined MoviePass in October.Langdon said she’s taking chances on smaller releases instead of sticking with blockbusters and their sequels.Success could ultimately bring MoviePass’ demise. Although subscribers pay just $10 a month, or less with promotions, MoviePass is paying most theatres the full price of the ticket. The U.S. average is about $9, though $15 and up is common in big cities, putting MoviePass in the red with just one movie. By contrast, MoviePass competitor Sinemia offers just two or three movies a month for higher fees.Plus, with an unlimited plan, MoviePass has to eat some unnecessary costs, such as when a subscriber buys a ticket just to use the theatre’s restroom.MoviePass’ parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics, warns in a financial report that MoviePass’ future is in “substantial doubt” because it “has incurred losses since its inception and has a present need for additional funding.”The service is ultimately counting on a “gym membership” effect: Subscribers might binge at first, but slow down once the novelty wears off. Although subscribers can cancel anytime, they wouldn’t be able to sign up again for another nine months to discourage short-term memberships.MoviePass wants to work out ticket discounts and revenue-sharing deals on the premise that it’s driving more people to theatres. The company is also eyeing a share of concession sales, saying moviegoers are more willing to buy popcorn and soda when scoring a “free” movie.And MoviePass believes it can help promote movies because it knows what subscribers see, when and where. Promotions could even extend to sending alerts to buy a soundtrack or movie poster as subscribers leave the theatre.But several industry experts say MoviePass doesn’t add much to the marketing data from theatre chains, online ticketing services and other sources.MoviePass will have leverage once it has “millions and millions of subscribers,” said MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe, a Netflix co-founder who left while it was still a DVD-by-mail business.To get well beyond the 2 million it already has, MoviePass needs to convince people that they really want to go to movies more often. In most cities, a subscriber needs to watch 13 movies a year to break even. In big cities, it’s eight.“For someone like myself, who usually sees movies twice a year, it wasn’t something I would end up doing,” said Lisa Berey, a 40-year-old social worker in New York.And consider that MoviePass’ original business plan didn’t work out. When the service cost $30 to $50 a month, it had just 20,000 hard-core movie fans. MoviePass slashed prices significantly in August to grow.There’s apprehension that as moviegoers get accustomed to much cheaper prices, consumer anger might be redirected at theatres if MoviePass raises its prices, changes terms or goes out of business.Adam Aron, CEO of the giant theatre chain AMC, has called MoviePass’ price “unsustainable.” AMC initially threatened legal action, but seems to have backed off. The three theatre chains that control roughly half of U.S. screens — AMC, Regal and Cinemark — say they’re happy to accept MoviePass’ money, but pooh-pooh any revenue-sharing deals.This fear isn’t unfounded. In an attempt to gain leverage with AMC, MoviePass recently excluded 10 of the busiest AMC theatres, including big multiplexes in New York and Los Angeles. Confused customers complained on social media to both AMC and MoviePass.For their part, theatre chains are making their own changes. Many theatres now have more comfortable seats and better food. And though still a novelty, some theatres have servers bring restaurant-style entrees and cocktails to seats, providing both the dinner and movie components of date night.Meanwhile, Cinemark launched its own subscription program , though the deal isn’t as good as MoviePass. Regal is testing higher prices for popular times and cheaper ones during slower periods.“I have a hunch that most of the theatres are thinking, ‘how do we beat MoviePass at this game?’” said James McQuivey, principal analyst at research firm Forrester.
LONDON – Britain should consider postponing Brexit because there may not be enough time to strike a deal with the European Union before the U.K. leaves the bloc a year from now, a key committee of British lawmakers said Sunday.The House of Commons Exiting the EU Committee said if major aspects of the future relationship with the EU remain unsettled by October, Britain should seek a “limited extension” of its EU membership.Britain and the EU want a deal on future relations settled by the fall so national parliaments can approve it before Britain officially leaves the 28-nation bloc on March 29, 2019.In a report published Sunday, the lawmakers said a proposed transition period of about two years should be able to be extended if needed. The two sides have agreed in principle that Britain will continue to remain part of the bloc’s structures and rules until the end of 2020.Seven pro-Brexit members of the 21-member, all-party committee refused to back the report, preparing an alternative version that took a more uncompromising tone toward the EU.The majority-backed report said it is worrying that there has been “little progress” in solving the key issue of how to maintain an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit.Britain and the EU agree there must be no customs posts or other infrastructure along the all-but-invisible border, but the committee said Britain has yet to put forward credible proposals for how this could work.“We know of no international border, other than the internal borders of the EU, that operates without checks and physical infrastructure,” said the committee’s chairman, Labour lawmaker Hilary Benn.The pro-Brexit dissenters’ alternative document accused the EU of taking an unhelpful approach to the border issue. They suggested that new technology and “streamlined” customs arrangements can deliver a frictionless border.Rather than having Britain seek to extend its EU membership, the minority group said the U.K should walk away without a deal if talks bog down.
17 January 2011The head of the United Nations refugee agency has urged the Government of Yemen and an armed movement to continuing making efforts to achieve peace while allowing humanitarian organizations to deliver aid to hundreds of thousands of people affected by the conflict. “Both sides told us they were tired of war and they will allow access to humanitarians to assist,” said António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, following separate meetings in the northern Yemeni city of Sa’ada with elected government officials and representatives of the Al-Houthi armed group.There are an estimated 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen’s northern governorates, where humanitarian access has been severely limited, despite the existence of a ceasefire. Mr. Guterres expressed his commitment to increasing support to the Yemeni population affected by the conflict.“We believe humanitarian aid should reach everybody in need without any discrimination – political, religious or tribal,” Mr. Guterres said at the end of a three-day visit to Yemen on Saturday, accompanied by the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva.He spoke of a moment of opportunity to “use humanitarian aid as a tool to dilute tension to create an environment more conducive to the success of the peace process.”The two officials witnessed the widespread destruction and displacement of people in Sa’ada and spent time with Somali refugees in the Kharaz refugee camp and in Aden in the south. They also met Yemen’s Prime Minister, Ali Mohammed Mujawar, and other senior government officials.In the Kharaz camp run by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Mr. Guterres and Ms. Georgieva met traumatized refugees who had survived the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden from Djibouti. Hundreds of demonstrators drew attention to their frustration in the camp, which hosts mostly Somali refugees.“They suffer inside Somalia, during their escape and then here,” Mr. Guterres said. “Unable to return to their war-torn country, refugees in Kharaz have no option other than to live in limbo in the camp.” Home to 14,000 refugees living in sturdy housing blocks on a windy desert clearing, the Kharaz refugee camp accommodates only a fraction of the refugees arriving on Yemen’s southern shores.Most flock to the cities of Aden or Sa’ada where they struggle to make a living. UNHCR is implementing a new strategy to better serve urban refugee populations with education, micro-credit projects, health care and legal assistance. Yemen hosts some 170,000 Somali refugees.
VANCOUVER — Lululemon Athletica Inc. says it has settled a patent infringement case against PVH Corp.’s Calvin Klein and G-III Apparel Group Ltd., a manufacturer and supplier for Calvin Klein.Lululemon had claimed the companies infringed on three different patents covering a specific overlapping style of waistband. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Lululemon said the lawsuit will be dismissed as a result.The Canadian Press
CALGARY – Big moves by the Canadian and U.S. governments on oil pipelines in recent months are threatening the long-term future of the main alternative: crude shipped by rail.First the federal government approved both Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion last November, while just last week TransCanada reapplied to have its Keystone XL project approved after being invited to do so by U.S. President Donald Trump.All of the projects still face significant environmental opposition, but if built, the combined extra capacity of nearly 1.8 million barrels a day would provide enough room for all of western Canadian production expected by 2030.“Down the road, if all those pipelines get built, then crude by rail becomes probably a moot point,” said Dirk Lever, managing director at AltaCorp Capital.“Given a choice, the economics are always better by pipeline.”The potential swing away from rail comes only a few years after it took off. Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) and Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) only got into the crude oil shipping game in 2010 as pipeline capacity started to run out in North Dakota’s Bakken region and Alberta’s oilsands.Crude quickly became a major revenue stream for both railways — with CP going from no reported revenue on crude in 2010 to almost half a billion dollars in 2014, and CN’s petroleum and chemicals revenue jumping by about a billion dollars to $2.35 billion over the same time.The revenue increases came as crude exports by rail from Canada went from under 10,000 barrels a day in January 2012 to a peak of 179,000 barrels a day by September 2014, just as the oil price started to fall.But last year saw an average of 89,000 barrels a day of crude-by-rail exports up until November, a 45 per cent drop from the 161,000 barrels a day average of 2014, as continued low oil prices compounded by lost production in the Fort McMurray wildfire bit into shipments.Both railways have taken a hit from dropping crude shipments, but see at least stability in the market as a whole for the current year.“Crude certainly was a huge headwind for us in the fourth quarter as it will still be in the first quarter of 2017, and then we can stop talking about it at least in those terms,” said CP chief executive Keith Creel on an analyst call.The drop in rail exports came despite a significant increase in capacity built to match the expected demand, with Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers estimating Western Canada rail loading capacity stands at about 754,000 barrels a day.“When everyone got concerned that we were going to run out of pipeline space, every Tom, Dick, and Harry came running up to Canada to build a crude on rail terminal,” said John Zahary, CEO of crude rail operator Altex Energy.He doubts capacity is nearly as high as CAPP’s estimate, with several announced projects not actually carried through to completion, but he still doesn’t expect to see more built any time soon.“A lot of guys built them without contracts and they lost their shirt. So I don’t know that in a relatively short period of time that somebody would want to lose their shirt twice,” he said.The safety of crude-by-rail has also been an issue, especially after the deadly Lac-Megantic train derailment in 2013. Zahary said the heavy crude produced in Canada is much safer than the light oil produced out of North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields, while safety practices have also improved industry-wide since the disaster.While the long-term future is in question, rising oil prices and a continued short-term crunch on pipeline capacity means there will continue to be shipment spikes, said Chuck Clowdis, managing director of transportation for IHS Economics.Already there have been significant swings in shipments, with NEB data showing November had an average of about 172,000 barrels a day of oil exported on rail, up from 43,000 barrels a day last July.And if the pipelines are delayed past the expected 2019 start date, an IHS report released in January said crude by rail volumes could reach 800,000 barrels a day by 2020.Follow @ibickis on Twitter. Pipeline progress means crude-by-rail slowdown could be much more long-term by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2017 10:33 am MDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Dr Gary Cavanough, Director, QMR Blasting Analysis explains that through a state-of-the-art research and testing laboratory located at Mining3’s Pinjarra Hills facility in Brisbane, Australia, QMR Blast provides a range of blasting products, services, and software to the global mining industry. The laboratory is licensed to manufacture explosive products and provides analysis of explosives, detonators, and detonations.“QMR’s reactive ground and inhibited product testing is a great example of the lab’s service offering to the mining industry, no matter where in the world projects are located or their phase of activities—be it exploration, development or operation.”Reactive ground describes ground in which the reaction between sulphide minerals and the ammonium nitrate contained in explosives may cause unpredictable and spontaneous detonations of blastholes at any time after loading. Reactive ground is a significant safety and financial risk to companies.Through collaboration and extensive trials, QMR Blast has improved reactive ground testing methodology to prevent the potentially costly misinterpretation of results. The QMR methodology provides more accurate data and more comprehensive reporting than ‘traditional batch-type analysis’—thus providing a clearer understanding of reactive ground risks for companies and the professionals tasked with managing them.“QMR Blast also supplies sensors to measure electromagnetic emissions, detonation pressure, ground pressure, and gas pressure induced by detonation.“We are also currently developing next-generation primers that cannot be initiated by heat using nano-explosive particles.“Our facilities are backed by high levels of expertise and academic and industry research that also provides training for engineering and/or science thesis students. Co-location with Mining3 enables collaborative research and shared capability.”
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #HIJACKING: A man has been arrested in relation to an incident in which a car was hijacked in Terenure, Dublin last Friday afternoon – with two children and their mother inside.2. #VULNERABLE: Two rape counselling services, in Clare and Tipperary, have to close for at least a month to save costs – while one covering Limerick will only operated “a skeletal and limited service”.3. #INEQUALITY: An unnamed “multi-national retailer” has had to pay out €30,000 to a woman who worked for them for over 30 years when they refused to provide her with a chair despite her doctor’s requests.4. #INCREDIBLE: A dramatic – but very fortunate – escape for a lone fisherman rescued after a woman and her son tending sheep on a beach heard his cries for help as he clung to a lobster buoy out at sea.5. #CONFIRMED: No surprise but a final confirmation this afternoon that Louis Van Gaal has succeeded David Moyes as permanent manager of Manchester United. What will he bring to the role? Our pals at TheScore.ie have been contemplating his finer qualities.See all of today’s news on TheJournal.ie here>
The Tambopata Research Center is located in the lowland tropical Amazon rainforest area of Peru inside the Tambopata National Park. It’s also a place where a research team believe they have discovered a new type of spider that creates larger decoy versions of itself that are made to move.The spider was found when conservation biologist Phil Torres noticed what looked to be a dead, dried up spider in the center of a web. But as he approached it, the spider began to move, which warranted further investigation.The spider turned out to be nothing of the sort. Instead, it was a decoy spider form constructed from forest debris. The creator was a 5mm-long spider that was sitting behind the decoy making it move when it sensed a predator nearby.The discovery is thought to be a new species in the genus Cyclosa. Cyclosa species are already known for creating distractions or attractions from debris in their web for predators or prey to focus on. However, this is thought to be the first time a spider has created a larger, fully-formed decoy spider for protection.So far the research team has discovered 25 of these spiders around the Tambopata Research Center. It’s unclear how widespread they actually are, but their close proximity to each other suggests they may only be a spider found locally.Before the spider can be classed as a new species it needs to be investigated further, which means documenting every aspect of it and calling in spider experts to help determine if it is indeed new. If it is a new species, it would be the second one found this year. Back in August, a spider called Trogloraptor marchingtoni was discovered living in caves in southwestern Oregon.More at Rainforest Expeditions
Hôpitaux privés : jusqu’à un tiers d’établissements en déficitEn 2009, 23% des hôpitaux et cliniques privés étaient en déficit, a annoncé la Fédération de l’Hospitalisation privée (FHP) ce mercredi. La situation reste fragile.La FHP craint une dégradation de la situation des hôpitaux et cliniques privés depuis l’année 2009. Et ce, en raison notamment de l’évolution “quasi-nulle” des tarifs fixés par l’assurance maladie et d’un endettement en forte progression (+ 300 millions d’euros en 2009), indique l’AFP.La branche MCO (médecine, chirurgie et obstétrique) de la FHP a estimé que “la discrimination injustifiée subie par le secteur privé sur les tarifs de remboursement de la Sécurité sociale, inférieurs de 26% à ceux du public, ne permet[tait] plus de couvrir les charges d’exploitation”.Lamine Gharbi, président de la FHP-MCO, s’inquiète du report à 2018, par le gouvernement, de la convergence tarifaire initialement prévue pour l’année prochaine.À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerDans un communiqué, il a affirmé : “On est en train d’étouffer, voire de tuer de mort lente, tout un secteur d’excellence au risque de mettre en danger la liberté de choix des patients”.L’AFP explique qu’en dehors des remboursements de la Sécurité sociale, les établissements privés complètent leurs revenus par des recettes annexes, qui peuvent être par exemple les tarifs des chambres facturés aux malades.Le secteur de l’hospitalisation privée comprend 1.123 cliniques, 113.200 lits et places, soit 25% de l’offre nationale, selon l’agence de presse. Il pratiquerait plus d’interventions chirurgicales que le public et assurerait 75% de la chirurgie ambulatoire.Le 27 avril 2011 à 17:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le nouvel iPad face à ses concurrentsDepuis hier soir Apple est rentré dans la course des tablettes tactiles pour l’année 2012. C’est désormais l’occasion de faire un premier comparatif entre le nouvel iPad et ses principaux rivaux.Apple a enfin mis un terme au suspens en dévoilant ce nouvel Ipad le 7 mars 2012. Cette révision de la tablette est une vraie mise à jour technique, avec de nouveaux composants qui permettent à l’iPad de se mettre à niveau des standards techniques actuels du marché. Voyons en détail ce que vaut ce nouvel iPad, ou Ipad 3, face à ses principaux rivaux sous Android de taille équivalente et compatibles 4G que sont la Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, la Motorola Droid Xyboard et l’Acer Iconia A510.”Résolutionnaire”Le nouvel iPad a inauguré un écran Retina Display, d’une résolution de 2048 x 1536 pixels, soit 264 points par pouce. Cet écran est aujourd’hui le plus défini que l’on peut trouver sur un appareil de la sorte. Mais il est aussi le plus petit vis à vis de l’ensemble des modèles comparés dans cet article. Lorsque toutes les tablettes sous Android arborent une dalle de 10,1 pouces à résolution 720p de 1280 x 800 pixels, Apple pense différemment en restant à sa taille classique de 9,7 pouces. Une différence imperceptible pour le grand public mais qui peut faire la différence en terme de densité d’affichage.Le double-cœur a ses raisons…Côté performances, le nouvel iPad possède un processeur A5X, une évolution du précédent modèle double-cœur mais équipé également de quatre cœurs graphiques, indispensables pour afficher un tel nombre de pixels (3,1 millions pour être précis) à l’écran. Apple annonce avec le peu de modestie qu’on lui connait, que son nouveau composant maison est aujourd’hui quatre fois plus rapide que le plus rapide que nous connaissions, le Tegra 3 qui équipe l’Iconia Tab d’Acer. Les deux autres modèles sont en retrait avec une simple puce double-cœur. Pour comparer l’iPad aux autres, il faudra attendre l’adaptation des jeux à la résolution poussée de la tablette pour vraiment pouvoir établir les bons benchmarks.Pour une poignée de mégapixelsLes appareils photos deviennent de plus en plus importants dans les tablettes tactiles, et après la catastrophe que constituait le capteur de l’iPad 2, Apple a revu sa copie et équipe son appareil d’un capteur 5 mégapixels iSight. Si il ne fait pas mieux que le Motorola Droid Xyboard ou l’Acer Iconia A510, Apple peut profiter de son expérience avec l’iPhone 4 et 4S. Il s’agit du même capteur CMOS rétroéclairé, compatible avec la détection automatique de visages, le verrouillage de l’exposition et le verrouillage de la mise au point, car l’iPad de troisième génération est le premier à posséder un autofocus. Il permet également l’enregistrement de vidéos en 1080p. Par contre côté capteur frontal pour la visioconférence, c’est le minimum syndical avec une simple webcam d’1,3 mégapixels, là où la Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 propose déjà un capteur de 2 mégapixels, bien plus confortable.Tout, tout pour ma batterieÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Concernant enfin l’autonomie, les performances se valent mais distinguons tout de même l’exploit réussi par Acer puisque l’Iconia Tab A510 permet une lecture de vidéos en continu pendant 18 heures non stop. Une vraie prouesse rendue possible grace au SoC Tegra 3 d’NVIDIA, réellement économe en énergie. Le nouvel iPad fait une heure de moins que l’iPad 2, avec une autonomie moyenne de 9 heures. Bref, restez près d’un chargeur, la batterie peut se décharger plus vite que prévu en cas de jeux gourmands en ressources. La Galaxy Tab reste dans les moyennes de la gamme avec 10 heures de durée de vie pour une utilisation en surf et lecture multimédia, la même chose pour la Droid Xyboard.L’iPad reste un produit de milieu de gammeCe nouvel iPad ne reproduira pas l’exploit d’un iPhone 4, qui avait mis tout le monde d’accord dans l’univers de la téléphonie. Apple joue la montre et reste dans une position d’attentisme avec un appareil qui, malgré son écran résolument parfait aux premières images dévoilées, ne fait pas d’étincelles particulières. Pour lui, il a son prix qui reste l’un des plus bas du secteur des tablettes (étonnant de la part d’Apple d’ailleurs) et un design qui reste le plus abouti comparé à tous ces modèles sous Android. Mais il faut reconnaître que ces concurrents n’ont pas à rougir aujourd’hui, proposant tous une “feature clé” qui pourrait pousser les consommateurs de l’autre côté de la barrière.Le 8 mars 2012 à 12:09 • Maxime Lambert
A 34-year-old man who allegedly allegedly abducted his 4-year-old son this morning from a women’s shelter in Chehalis has been taken into custody in Bonney Lake. Amber Alerts were activated in Washington and Oregon.Jacek Reed, who was allegedly snatched by his dad, Dustin Reed, at about 9:15 a.m., is safe. The Oregon State Police issued a news release announcing Reed had been taken into custody. Additional details were not immediately available.Reed is believed to be on military leave from Kentucky.
What is Clostridium difficile?Clostridium difficile — C. difficile, known as C. diff for short — is a germ that can cause diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite, nausea and belly pain. Those most at risk are people who take antibiotics and receive medical care. Older adults are especially vulnerable. While the rates of most health care-associated infections are declining, C. difficile infections remain at historically high levels.Some facts:C. diff-caused diarrhea is linked to14,000 American deathseach year.U.S. hospital stays from C. diff infections havetripled in the last decade.A microscopic germ is becoming a gigantic problem at health care facilities across the United States.While most types of health care associated infections are declining in the United States, one type — caused by the germ Clostridium difficile — remains at historically high levels. Hospital stays for C. difficile infections have tripled in the U.S. in the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In response to the startling figures, more than a dozen health care facilities in Clark and Cowlitz counties formed a task force to reverse the trend in the area. Since the task force formed in the fall of 2012, the rate of C. difficile infections in Southwest Washington has trended downward.“A lot of areas of the United States are finding it to be catastrophic,” said Dave Brantley, director of nursing at ManorCare Health Services-Salmon Creek. “And here we are reducing numbers.”In November 2012, right after the task force formed, the facilities reported a rate of 21.5 cases per 10,000 patient days. The rate started falling in December 2012 and continued its downward trend through 2013. In December 2013, the facilities reported a rate of 11.6 cases per 10,000 patient days.
Congress approved the U.S. Housing and Urban Development funding last year, but it’s just now being released to Harvey-hit areas in the form of CDBGs. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has come under criticism for what some saw as unnecessary delays in distributing Harvey relief funds. Earlier this year, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner publicly criticized Bush for what he called a lack of cooperation and inclusiveness. The General Land Office said HUD didn’t provide guidance on how this money could be used until February. Now, the GLO said after a March meeting with federal HUD officials and representatives from Houston and Harris County, an action plan is in place to distribute the $5 billion.“The impact of Hurricane Harvey continues to disrupt the lives of so many Texans,” Bush said. “As we continue the long-term recovery process, the GLO’s Community Development and Revitalization team continues to work with local officials in all 49 affected counties to expedite the release of disaster recovery funds. Through the utilization of innovative recovery programs, we are positioning Texas for a more comprehensive recovery that will truly help rebuild.”The meeting resulted in Harris County and Houston getting grants of $1.115 billion each. The rest of the money will be distributed to other counties affected by Harvey.The bulk of the funds will go to homeowners who need assistance with rebuilding. Other grants include money for home buyouts, affordable rental housing, infrastructure repairs, and economic revitalization.Meanwhile, Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that Texas will receive another allocation from HUD of an additional $5.03 billion for disaster relief.NEW: MORE money is coming to Texas to help rebuild from #HurricaneHarvey. This $4.7 billion is on top of the $5 billion Texas just received. This will help rebuild homes & build infrastructure to reduce future floods. #txlege #TexasStrong #RebuildTexas https://t.co/o4nJtobQAW— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 10, 2018 .@txglo Cmr. @georgepbush announces publication of State Action Plan for $5B in #HurricaneHarvey housing infrastructure and economic recovery funding for public comment. For more info visit https://t.co/Dr8iCTNtnB pic.twitter.com/7WrochuvAg— TXGeneralLandOffice (@txglo) April 10, 2018 Share
In recent months, YouTube creators say they’ve been swamped with a flood of manual claims from copyright owners — sometimes for just a second or two of a song. Now the video platform has responded, revising its policies to require more specific info from copyright holders about any alleged infringement and rolling out new tools to help creators respond to such claims.Effective as of July 9, YouTube requires copyright owners to provide timestamps for all new manual Content ID claims. That’s designed to let creators know exactly which part of their video is being claimed. The new policy applies to manually submitted copyright-infringement claims under YouTube’s Content ID system, as opposed to videos that are automatically flagged by content-matching algorithms.YouTube said in a blog post that it’s going to be vigilant about policing false claims: “We’ll be evaluating the accuracy of these timestamps. Copyright owners who repeatedly fail to provide accurate data will have their access to manual claiming revoked.” Silicon Valleywood: Content Creators Discuss if Storytelling is Driven by Data ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related YouTube also introduced new editing tools to remove manually claimed content in videos, which will automatically release the claim. Those are “Mute Song,” which will let a creator simply mute the audio in the time-stamped segment that is being claimed for infringement, and “Replace Song,” which lets creators swap out the music with one of the free-to-use songs from the YouTube Audio Library.Another feature YouTube is still working on is an improved Trim feature, which will add an option built into YouTube Studio’s Copyright Info page that will let creators snip out claimed content with just one click.YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki had said in a blog to creators in April that the video platform was working on making it easier for YouTubers to deal with manual copyright claims. “Today is an important first step: we’re giving creators more info about manual claims and more tools to resolve them,” she wrote in a tweet Tuesday.Video creators on YouTube who receive a copyright claim have three courses of action: They can do nothing (in which case the video in question is suspended); they can dispute the claim; or they can opt to share ad revenue generated from the disputed material with the music publisher or other copyright owner making the claim.YouTube made the changes to the copyright reporting system two days before the 10th annual VidCon US creator and fan convention kicks off in Anaheim, Calif. Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, is set to deliver a keynote touting the platform’s initiatives to support creators on July 11. Popular on Variety YouTube Rings in Era of Ad-Supported Originals By Making ‘Cobra Kai’ Free to Watch
The Multi-Access-Box (MAB). (PhysOrg.com) — In an experiment designed to illustrate the different ways that animals use their own unique type of intelligence to accomplish certain goals, a team of zoologists and biologists from the University of Vienna and Oxford University, led by biologist Dr. Alice Auersperg have shown that New Caledonian crows and a type of green parrot called the kea, are both able to accomplish similar difficult tasks, but go about doing so in very different ways. In a paper published in PLoS ONE, the team describe how when confronted with a box with food inside, both species of birds showed high levels of intelligence in getting at that food, but went about doing so in ways uniquely suited to their physical and behavioral attributes. More information: Auersperg AMI, von Bayern AMP, Gajdon GK, Huber L, Kacelnik A (2011) Flexibility in Problem Solving and Tool Use of Kea and New Caledonian Crows in a Multi Access Box Paradigm. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20231. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020231AbstractParrots and corvids show outstanding innovative and flexible behaviour. In particular, kea and New Caledonian crows are often singled out as being exceptionally sophisticated in physical cognition, so that comparing them in this respect is particularly interesting. However, comparing cognitive mechanisms among species requires consideration of non-cognitive behavioural propensities and morphological characteristics evolved from different ancestry and adapted to fit different ecological niches. We used a novel experimental approach based on a Multi-Access-Box (MAB). Food could be extracted by four different techniques, two of them involving tools. Initially all four options were available to the subjects. Once they reached criterion for mastering one option, this task was blocked, until the subjects became proficient in another solution. The exploratory behaviour differed considerably. Only one (of six) kea and one (of five) NCC mastered all four options, including a first report of innovative stick tool use in kea. The crows were more efficient in using the stick tool, the kea the ball tool. The kea were haptically more explorative than the NCC, discovered two or three solutions within the first ten trials (against a mean of 0.75 discoveries by the crows) and switched more quickly to new solutions when the previous one was blocked. Differences in exploration technique, neophobia and object manipulation are likely to explain differential performance across the set of tasks. Our study further underlines the need to use a diversity of tasks when comparing cognitive traits between members of different species. Extension of a similar method to other taxa could help developing a comparative cognition research program. Citation: New study of crows and parrots highlights different types of intelligence (2011, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-crows-parrots-highlights-intelligence.html Play This video shows the complex motor technique used by the male kea Kermit to insert the rod shaped tool into the appropriate opening. Video: PLOS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020231 In the video that accompanies the paper, it’s easy to see the differences in the bird’s makeup; the crows are careful and appear worried about being seen while working to get at the food, while the keas throw caution to the wind and attack the box with abandon, resorting to using the tools and such only when they find they can’t simply knock the box apart or turn it over. In some respects, it’s sort of like watching the difference between cats and dogs. Cats slowly stalk their prey, sneaking up on it and catching it by surprise, whereas dogs bound in, all engines firing, hoping to outrun or outlast whatever it’s trying to catch. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen But the experiment shows more than that as well; it permanently puts to rest the idea that we human beings exist on some sort of higher plane; in watching the birds work through the puzzle of trying to gain access to the food, you can see them thinking; especially the poor kea, when it finds it must push a small rod through a hole to get it’s reward. It’s beak was never meant for such a task, so, he resorts to using both beak and claws to work the rod until finally figuring out a way to push it through the hole and then to shove it at the food. You can’t help but wonder how some of us human beings would have done under similar circumstances. The box was constructed of clear see-through plastic and had four walls, each of which had a means of allowing access to a bit of food mounted on a pedestal in the center of the box. The first method, and the one that all the birds tested found the easiest, was a string protruding from a wall that was tied to the food; pulling on it resulted in the food being yanked off its platform and rolling downhill and out of the box. The next wall consisted of a hole with a tube leading downhill to the food; pushing a marble through the hole caused it to roll downhill knocking off the food. The next wall consisted of nothing but a hole in the wall, which meant to get the food treat, the birds had to shove a wooden rod through the hole to knock it off its pedestal. And lastly, the fourth wall had a window that could be opened outward by use of a hook, thus allowing access to the inside of the box and the treat. Crows demonstrate their cleverness with tools (w/ Video)
© 2011 PhysOrg.com Report shows data centers not using as much power as projected This is not the first time Koomey’s name has been in the news, just last month he was the lead author of a paper that showed that electricity consumed by data centers in the U.S. and around the world grew at a slower pace (from 2005 to 2010) than had been predicted by a 2007 U.S. EPA report. This time around, Koomey, in collaboration, with Intel and Microsoft has been studying how much electricity is used relative to processing power, by computers in a historical context. Way back in 1956, for example, ENIAC, one of the first true computers, used approximately 150 kilowatts of electricity to perform just a few hundred calculations per second. Using historical data, the team created a graph comparing the amount of computing power of the average computer (from supercomputers to laptops) with the amount of electricity it needed and found that over time, energy efficiency improvements from the 1950’s till now, have moved in virtual lockstep with increases in the amount of processing power: energy efficiency, they found effectively doubled every 1.57 year. Because of this, they predict that the trend is likely to continue into the foreseeable future.This is important as computing platforms have become more mobile and end users increasingly tend to place more value in power efficiency (because it means longer battery life) than in how fast their Smartphone or tablet is able to produce results. Thus, it’s possible that Koomey’s Law will become the rallying cry on into the future, much as Moore’s Law has been in the past. Though hopefully, new engineers won’t start to fudge on Moore’s Law to get these results, as that could lead to small devices that last for weeks on batteries alone, but are sluggish. (PhysOrg.com) — For most of the computer age, the central theme in computer hardware architecture has been: create more computational power using the same amount of chip space. Intel founder Gordon Moore even came up with a “law” based on what he’d seen up to that point to predict how things would go in the future; that computing power would double every year and a half. Now Jonathan Koomey, a consulting professor at Stanford has led a study that shows that the electrical energy efficiency of computers has been following roughly the same path. He and his colleagues from Microsoft and Intel have published the results of their study in EEE Annals of the History of Computing that shows that the energy efficiency of computers has doubled nearly every eighteen months (now called appropriately enough, Koomey’s Law) going all the way back to the very first computers built in the 1950’s. Transistor counts for integrated circuits plotted against their dates of introduction. The curve shows Moore’s law – the doubling of transistor counts every two years. Image: Wikipedia. Explore further More information: Implications of Historical Trends in the Electrical Efficiency of Computing, July-September 2011 (vol. 33 no. 3)pp. 46-54. doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MAHC.2010.28AbstractThe electrical efficiency of computation has doubled roughly every year and a half for more than six decades, a pace of change comparable to that for computer performance and electrical efficiency in the microprocessor era. These efficiency improvements enabled the creation of laptops, smart phones, wireless sensors, and other mobile computing devices, with many more such innovations yet to come. The Web Extra appendix outlines the data and methods used in this study.via Technology Review Citation: New ‘Koomey’s Law’ of power efficiency parallels Moore’e Law (2011, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-koomeys-law-power-efficiency-parallels.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kapalbhati is a part of Pranayam kriya where one forcefully exhales rapidly and in short bursts. Practitioners claim that it helps in cleaning lungs and in exercising the abdomen muscles. It is, therefore, recommended for reducing tummy fat.The word Kapalbhati means skull illumination. Yogis claim that practicing it cleans the brain and gives a shining quality to a person’s appearance. Modern science may give credence to this claim.Researchers have known since 1941 that nanoparticles (10-30 nanometers which are almost 10-20 times smaller than those emitted in cigarette smoke), can directly reach the brain by breathing through the nose and bypassing the blood-brain-barrier (BBB). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHowever, this field of research remained dormant till the 1990s when scientists, alarmed by rising environmental pollution, revisited the early research and started discovering the harmful effects of toxin invasion of brain through breathing.Today, rapidly growing research shows that a small part of the polluted air we breathe through our nostrils goes directly to the brain via the olfactory lobes (this is the area which gives us the sense of smell) and the rest (major portion) goes to the lungs supplying the necessary oxygen to the blood. Thus the action of inhaling affects both the mind and the body directly. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMedical researchers have also shown that though the pollutants are most of the times flushed out of the lungs by the body’s immune system the toxic particles in the brain go on accumulating.This has alarming implications for modern living since the inhaled pollution from household and automobile smoke, dust and general industrial environment has the ability to directly affect the nervous system.There are, however, indications that some of these small particles might be flushed out by the cerebrospinal fluid which floods the brain. During dreaming episodes, this flushing mechanism is very active. However, not all the particles leave the brain and hence affect the brain functioning. Since these small particles go into the brain through the olfactory lobe it is quite possible that they could be flushed out by the forceful exhalation of the Kapalbhati process. This follows the principle of equivalence.The forceful exhalation creates a venturi effect in the nasal passage thereby creating a partial vacuum which might suck out these particles from the olfactory lobes. Natural designs are very efficient and take into account all paths and forces. Thus the forceful exhalation of breath not only exercises the abdomen muscles but also cleans the lungs and the brain. This cleaning of toxins from the brain is the true meaning of Kapalbhati.For people living in the present polluted atmosphere a good strategy would be to wear a nose mask which filters out the pollutants during outdoor activities and practice Kapalbhati daily to remove the particles which inadvertently might have gone into the system.Naturally it is preferable if we reduce the pollution in our cities so that the air becomes clean. Then the loading of brain with pollutants can be drastically reduced.
Related posts:Delta Airlines to offer nonstop flight between San José and Los Angeles New Costa Rican airline offers to operate routes eliminated by TACA Avianca-Taca drops five nonstop flights to Costa Rica, lays off 261 employees New Costa Rican airline, Ticos Air, now hiring Delta will increase its flights to Costa Rica in December with the launch of a new seasonal Saturday nonstop flight between Minneapolis and San José, the U.S. airline announced Monday.The new route will operate from Dec. 21 to March 29, 2014, and will use an 180-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft.This will be the only nonstop service offered between San José and Minneapolis, the company said on its website, and it will complement Delta’s existing services between San José-Atlanta and the new San José-Los Angeles route scheduled to begin on July 1.Delta’s announcement of new routes comes days after Avianca-Taca airlines reported the closure of five nonstop flights to Costa Rica, a move that angered local tourism officials, business owners and frequent-flying passengers.Last month the National Tourism Chamber described Avianca’s decision as “inappropriate and disrespectful to Costa Rica,” and said it would create a deficit of some 8,000 direct visitors who likely would stop coming to the country, as well as a monthly decrease of some 180-220 flights.Delta’s new route is already available for booking through the airline’s website. Facebook Comments