ICC ‘disappointed’ with Faf du Plessis appeal

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has hit back at South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis for appealing its decision after being charged for ball tampering.World cricket’s governing body said that it is “disappointed that Faf du Plessis has chosen not to accept the findings of Match Referee Andy Pycroft and will instead exercise his right to appeal.”An ICC spokesperson said that a Judicial Commissioner will now be appointed to hear the appeal at the earliest opportunity. (Du Plessis says Adelaide Test best of his career)Du Plessis was found guilty of breaching Article 2. 2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct after television footage appeared to show him applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day’s play in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.”The ICC will wait until the completion of the appeal before making full comment, but at this stage it is important to clarify the Laws of cricket. These state that a player should not use artificial substances to shine the ball. The ICC understands that to include , but is not limited to, sunscreen, lip ice and residue from sweets,” ICC said in a statement released early Friday. (Du Plessis hits defiant ton to silence Adelaide boos)”The ICC does not wish to prevent players from using these substances for legitimate purposes, however, any deliberate attempt to apply such substances to the ball, as was the case here, will not be acceptable. This will continue to be reported and the ICC confirms that unless the Laws are changed, the current practice of charging players when the evidence shows an obvious breach will continue. ICC Umpires will remind all teams of the Laws as they stand,” it added. (Nasser Hussain defends Faf du Plessis)advertisementThe spokesperson further said that following the appeal the body “will review the matter along with our members and the MCC to see if there are any learnings to be taken from this issue.”last_img read more

CWG performance brilliant launch pad to expand TT in India: ITTF CEO

first_imgBy Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Jul 24 (PTI) Indian paddlers’ historic performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games has provided a brilliant platform to further grow the sport in the country, feels International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) CEO Steve Dainton.India delivered its best performance in TT at the CWG, bagging a record haul of eight medals, including an unprecedented gold in the women’s team and singles event. The star of the stellar campaign was Manika Batra, who ended with four medals including two gold.”India has the 2nd largest population in the World, and TT is a relatively popular sport here. If the market is to grow in India, then we need more top-class players playing at the highest level,” Steve told PTI in an interview.”Winning three gold medals at the CWG is a good start, it has really taken the imagination of the sport to the people and now we have to take the next step.”Paired with the the CWG performance, the advent of a professional league, Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), provides the players with the “much needed exposure” and Steve feels Indians have emerged as the dark horses.”With Ultimate Table Tennis providing the exposure to the players, clubbed with high-performance programs with international coaches, the Indians have been on a roll.””I really hope that UTT grows. However, UTT is still two years old, a baby, and to be able to execute an event of such a magnitude is a truly commendable feat. The level of players who are coming in is pretty good.”advertisementSteve also lavished praise on India chief national coach Massimo Costantini and expressed his desire to work with the Italian.”I really like the head coach from Italy, I hope we can work with him also in the future. He could maybe also help us with our future projects because there aren’t a lot of people that have been able to go outside their country and bring different styles and that’s really a successful story,” he said.Although India’s confidence has also been boosted by the new ranking, under which as many as six paddlers had recently featured in the top 100, the ITTF has received a lot of flak from traditional powerhouses like China. Defending the decision, Steve says it was a commercial move.”The broadcasters want the best players, the sponsors want the best players and the new world ranking encourages the best to play at top events. It’s quite simple, you need ranking that supports your products, which are our major events.”Our past philosophy provided a ranking at a technical level but that didn’t necessarily support our product because the former ranking meant that one didn’t need to play all the events, as soon as one got a high ranking they could miss events. And that doesn’t help grow the commercial products,” he explained.Taking inspiration from the Badminton World Federation which has been successful in popularising the sport, Steve feels this is the right time to broaden TT’s horizon by tapping in on the social media age.”In the 1960s when television became a key part of how sports was presented around the world, we (ITTF) didn’t take the necessary steps that time to move on the new trend. However, we are catching up now in this new age of Social media. I believe Table Tennis is an extremely viewer-friendly sport and will gradually pick up like tennis and badminton.” he said. PTI APA BS BSBSlast_img read more

You had a great World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar told Kane Williamson after final loss

first_img“Your game was appreciated by all and you had a great World Cup,” said Sachin Tendulkar to Kane Williamson while handing him the Player of the Tournament trophy after New Zealand lost a thrilling final of the 2019 edition of the showpiece event.On July 14, England defeated New Zealand in a thrilling final on boundary count to clinch their first-ever World Cup trophy. The Kiwis missed their chance of lifting the World Cup trophy at the Lord’s balcony due to inferior boundary count after both the 50 overs and the Super Over ended in ties.And at the post-match presentation ceremony, Tendulkar did not mention anything about the ill luck, the Super Over or the boundary count rule which denied Williamson the opportunity to have his hands on the coveted trophy.Williamson scored 578 runs in the tournament — the most by a captain in a World Cup — and Tendulkar said it was the calm demeanour of the Black Caps skipper which was responsible for his success.”The best thing about Williamson is ability to stay calm. He doesn’t lose his composure in any circumstance. It was unfortunate that he could not win the World Cup but it did not reflect on his face,” Tendulkar told 100Mb.The legendary Indian batsman said Williamson has a unique style of captaincy. “Williamson sees the game from an entirely different perspective. His field placements, bowling changes while defending a low score are commendable. Even when (Ravindra) Jadeja was playing big shots in semi-final, he was calm and in the end, the result was in his favour.”advertisementThe 46-year-old named Williamson the captain of his favourite XI of the 2019 World Cup, which includes five Indians.Also Read | World Cup 2019: James Neesham’s childhood coach died during Super OverAlso Read | New Zealand players make sombre homecoming after World Cup blowAlso See:last_img read more

Nketiah joins Leeds on loan from Arsenal

first_imgEddie Nketiah has joined Leeds on a season-long loan from Arsenal, it has been confirmed.The 20-year-old impressed during the Gunners’ pre-season tour and coach Unai Emery suggested that the forward would be given a chance in the Premier League in 2019-20.Bristol City had also been keen on a temporary move for the highly-rated striker, who suggested last month he was open to a temporary switch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Leeds eventually won out in the race, having stepped up their interest after Kemar Roofe left Elland Road to join Belgian side Anderlecht.”Leeds United are delighted to announce the loan signing of Eddie Nketiah,” a statement on the Championship club’s website read, adding that the youngster will wear the No.14 shirt this season.New season. New Challenge! Can’t wait to get started with @LUFC. God is great! 🙏🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/u5ZV1su0vd— Eddie Nketiah (@EddieNketiah9) August 8, 2019Nketiah joined the north London side from Chelsea in 2015 and has made 19 appearances for the senior team after excelling in the youth system.The England Under 21 international made his debut in a Europa League clash against BATE Borisov in September 2017. In his next game – a Carabao Cup clash against Norwich – he scored just 15 seconds after coming off the bench and then netted a second in extra-time. Nketiah played nine times for Emery’s team last term and scored in the final Premier League game of the season as they beat Burnley 3-1.He is Leeds’ sixth signing of the transfer window, as Marcelo Bielsa’s team have already landed Jack Clarke, who rejoined on loan from Tottenham, Helder Costa, Jack Harrison, Illan Meslier and Ben White.His move to the Championship club was announced on a busy deadline day for Arsenal, who also agreed an £8 million ($10m) deal for Chelsea defender David Luiz and have finalised a move for Kieran Tierney from Celtic.The Europa League runners-up have already signed Nicolas Pepe from Lille in a club-record deal, William Saliba from Saint-Etienne and Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano, while Dani Ceballos joined on loan from Real Madrid.last_img read more

LEGO Display Returns to Maritime Museum

first_imgThe likes of Spider-Man and SpongeBob SquarePants will appear among spaceships and Halifax landmarks as the Maritime Museum again hosts its popular Lego display beginning today, Dec. 9. The 225 sq.-ft. display was built by members of the Nova Scotia LEGO Users Group (NovaLUG). “Models of all shapes and sizes are a staple in the museum’s collection,” said Gerry Lunn, the museum’s interpretation specialist. “This display is a contemporary twist on that tradition, and a whimsical way for the museum to interpret the Halifax waterfront for our young visitors.” The museum first hosted the display three years ago, after staff took notice of a model of the Maritime Museum that NovaLUG had created for a local train show. Since then, the display has grown in size and scope, with new creations finding a place alongside old favorites. “There are some pieces, like the moving cows, that have been part of each display because visitors of all ages enjoy them so much,” said Owen Grace, a NovaLUG member. “Still, we don’t want the display to be exactly the same each year, so we’re always adding new models. This year, we added Navy ships and the Halifax dockyard in honour of the Canadian Navy Centennial.” LEGO: City by the Sea will be on display until Feb. 8. Cost is included with museum admission. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.last_img read more

Adfree CBC could serve as a rallying point for Canadian creativity

first_img Facebook Excuse me while I massage my neck: I have been suffering a severe case of whiplash since Monday, when the CBC unveiled a plan to go commercial free.Not so long ago, if you suggested the CBC cut advertising from its programming, both observers and insiders would pat you on the head and smile kindly at your naïve idealism. Received wisdom was that the CBC could not possibly survive without ad revenue, no matter what earnest cultural advocates or ponderous parliamentary reports might argue.And then this week, in response to the Liberal government’s review of cultural policy, the CBC boldly proposed that very thing. Clearly, chief executive officer Hubert Lacroix sensed an opportunity: After years of Tory cuts, the broadcaster is finally getting a sympathetic ear in Ottawa – and all TV ad revenues are in steep decline anyway. Lacroix seems convinced a commercial-free CBC might actually get replacement funding for the lost ad dollars: He is asking for $418-million. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Leaving aside, for the moment, the political realism of the request, the plan is a good one. In an increasingly scattered but ever more Internet-dependent and globalized media environment, the country needs a public producer, curator and distributor to craft a powerful Brand Canada across all platforms, offering not only news, public affairs and documentaries, but also fiction, variety and arts programming. It needs an iconic institution to nurture and lead the cultural industries, a rallying point for Canadian creativity. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ban Kimoon makes two key appointments for peacekeeping operations

28 May 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced he is appointing a Nigerian Lieutenant General and a Nepali Major General to two key positions in the UN’s peacekeeping operations around the world. Lieutenant General Chikadibia Obiakor of Nigeria is to take over as Military Adviser for the UN’s global peacekeeping operations.Currently serving as the Force Commander of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), he began his military career with the Nigerian army in 1973. Among other offices, he has served as the Commander of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) Artillery Brigade in Liberia in 1996 and 1997 and also as its chief coordinator of the country’s elections.Mr. Ban has also appointed Major General Paban Jung Thapa of Nepal as Force Commander of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). General Thapa was recently commander of the Infantry Division in eastern Nepal during his country’s recent Constituent Assembly elections and he has also served on UN peacekeeping missions in the former Yugoslavia and in Lebanon. read more

India to back Sri Lanka at UNHRC Audio updated

India will back Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva, Minister in charge of Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said today. “India has said they will give us their full support. I can say with responsibility that India is behind us 100 percent,” the Minister said. (Play audio below) The US is expected to put forward a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC calling for the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).Several European Union (EU) countries will back the resolution on Sri Lanka when the vote is taken later next month if the resolution is submitted. Samarasinghe said that following his statement to the council he had meetings with top officials from Thailand and Malaysia, both who had said that following the direct intervention of President Rajapaksa, their governments had decided to back Sri Lanka.The resolution on Sri Lanka, if it is to be submitted to the council, will be done by the third week of March, Samarasinghe said. Samarasinghe said that apart from India even Thailand and Malaysia will also back Sri Lanka at the ongoing session. [mp3player width=400 height=150 config=fmp_jw_widget_config.xml playlist=samarasinghe.xml] read more

UN receives report of inquiry into possible genocide in Darfur

UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said that after the report is read by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, it will be sent to the Sudanese Government, which will have three days to respond, before it will be delivered most likely early next week to the members of the Security Council.Last October Mr. Annan established a five-member independent commission – which received administrative, research and investigatory support from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – in response to the Council’s resolution 1564.The commission’s mandate was to “investigate reports of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law in Darfur by all parties, to determine also whether or not acts of genocide have occurred, and to identify the perpetrators of such violations with a view to ensuring that those responsible are held accountable.”The commission’s Chairman is Antonio Cassese, an Italian judge and professor, while the other members are Mohammad Fayek (Egypt), Hina Jilani (Pakistan), Dumisa Ntsebeza (South Africa) and Therese Striggner-Scott (Ghana).Tens of thousands of people have been killed in Darfur and as many as 1.85 million people are internally displaced or have fled to neighbouring Chad since rebel groups took up arms against Sudanese Government forces in early 2003. Militias allied to the Government are accused of carrying out numerous killings and rapes. read more

Reacting to latest Middle East violence Annan urges protection of civilians

“The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about the escalation of Israeli Defence Forces military operations in the past days, especially in Nablus and Gaza, which have resulted in a number of Palestinian deaths,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement late Friday, noting that civilians are reportedly among the casualties. Through his spokesman, the Secretary-General also expressed concern about a “marked increase in rocket attacks by Palestinian militants against Israeli targets.”The Secretary-General renewed his call to the parties to the conflict to abide by their obligations under international law, “and in particular to ensure the protection of the civilian population, both Palestinian and Israeli,” the spokesman said. read more

Podcast A Premier League Preview The NFL Gets Microchips

Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Aug. 18, 2015), we follow up on the soccer metric WhoScored. Last week, we cited it as a reliable metric. This week, we talk about why so many soccer geeks don’t trust it and what it says about the state of soccer analytics. Then ESPN FC analyst Gab Marcotti discusses how he uses stats for a general audience and offers a preview of the new Premier League season. Then we take a look at how RFID tracking could change the NFL. Every player in the league will be wearing a tracking chip this season.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below are links to some of the articles we discussed on the show.Mike Goodman of Grantland offers a Premier League preview.Deadspin questions the usefulness of Expected Goals (ExpG).Carl Bialik interviews Bayern Munich’s head of analytics.All NFL players are getting RFID chips this season.More on all the juicy data we’ll have from each NFL game.Significant Digit: 4. Neil Paine found that golfer Jordan Spieth’s majors run this year was the fourth-best of all time. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Video: RFID tracking comes to the NFL If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Jonas Kallman says goodbye to Sweden

Jonas KallmanOla LindgrenSwedish team Sweden will have a big problems at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia next January. After Oscar Carlen, who repeated the same knee injury and will be unavaliable until end of the season, another “important” member of Swedish squad will not be in the team for Serbia.Left wing, Jonas Kallman (30) decided to finish his career in the national team. A member of BM Atletico Madrid want to focus more on team performances in the next period. Swedish NT coach, Ola Lindren will have a tough task to find reliable replacement for Kallman, good in both direction, specialist for 5-1 defense formation. ← Previous Story Tragic death of Slovak goalkeeper Next Story → Sprenger until 2014 in THW Kiel: “I am proud and happy” read more

Montpelliers joker Jonas Truchanovicius It will be pleasant surprise if we beat

Jonas TruchanoviciusLithuanian handballMontpellier handball ← Previous Story Barcelona Handball Camp has very interesting offer for you Next Story → SG Flensburg now waiting better from Barca-Montpellier clash From the “second row” French Montpellier Handball looking to find the way in the “first class” of European handball – once again. After leaders of French LidlStarLigue beat PGE Vive Kielce last year at TOP 16 phase, Patrice Canayer is ready to fight for another surprise – this time against FC Barcelona Lassa next weekend at “Blaugrana”.First clash ended with Montpellier’s home win 28:25. The main r ole in the winning squad had Lithuanian left back Jonas Truchanovicius with eight goals. “The best buy” of the French team in the last few seasons, the 24-years old shooter, was a match winner among much bigger names and stars of handball.He speaks for Handball-Planet.com between two matches with the Spanish champions:Of course, we are happy with the result in the first match, but also understand that this was just the first half of the TOP 16 clash. It was a good and tough match, but that is expected when you play against team like Barca.What is the biggest strentgh of FC Barcelona Lassa?That is the whole team of Barca. They have very good players on every position, which can play and win the biggest matches. They have very balanced roster.If you progress to TOP 8 should journalists still name as surprise based on how you play this season?Maybe, but at the end of the day, I would still say that we were the underdogs of this matchup . They played at EHF CL Final4 last seasons, they are big team, so if it would happen I would call it a pleasant surprise.We know for all German teams that they put trophy in DKB Bundesliga ahead of EHF Champions League. What is more important for Montpellier in the moment – domestic or international?Everything is important for us. We do not give priorities as we are hungry for all.How is working with Patrice Canayer? Tell us something about him, which kind of system he is forcing?Working with Patrice Canayer is really wonderful, I like his professionalism and view of handball. He is really experienced. He has been a coach for many years and you just feel his knowledge about handball.In 5-6 words, how would you describe current roster of Montpellier Handball?Young, enthusiastic, promising, determined and motivated.Will you survive in race with PSG Handball for LNH title?Well, everything is in our hands, so of course we will give our best to maintain the top spot.For the guy who played in Austrian league two years ago, you exploded in Montpellier’s jersey. How do you see your career?Progress of this jump in my career is built on the hard work I was putting before and continuing to do now. There were a lot of ups and downs in my early start of career, but at the end, I got a chance to show myself in Montpellier. I grabbed this opportunity with all my heart.When we gonna see Lithuania on big competitions like EURO or World Championships?Last year we made a good run for the EURO 2018, considering that we had Norway and France in our group. I think we are moving in a good way, so I hope that we will continue – concludes Jonas Truchanovicius who came from Austrian Union Leoben to Montpellier in summer 2016. read more

Poll Should CCTV be installed in Irish creches

first_img No (1376) Yes, and footage should be streamed (803) Yes, and footage should be streamedYes, but footage should not be streamedNoI don’t knowVoteIn letter to parents, creche ‘does not accept general thrust’ of RTÉ footage Poll Results: TWO OF THE creches at the centre of this week’s controversy about the mistreatment of children in their care have decided to install CCTV systems as part of wider moves to satisfy parents.In fact, some creches already have CCTV in their properties but the footage is not streamed online.Links Creche says it is looking at a system which would allow parents to install a password-protected app so they could check in on their child at any time of the day.However, one Labour TD described the idea is unworkable. The Daily Mail today reports that Ciara Conway believes such a move could infringe upon the rights of employees, as well as parents who may not want their children recorded in this manner.What do you think? Is it a good idea? Should CCTV be installed in Irish creches? I don’t know (620) Yes, but footage should not be streamed (1948)last_img read more

ATT handset owners might never get copypaste Windows Phone 7 update

first_imgOn Wednesday, Microsoft started pushing the long awaited NoDo update to their Windows Phone 7 operating system to unbranded smartphones in Europe. The update, which features copy-paste and a host of other improvements, is much anticipated by WP7 handset owners around the globe… but if you’re in America, you might have a while to wait before you get your hands on the patch, and it’s possible that AT&T users might never get it.Microsoft has previously hinted that Windows Phone 7 would work more like Android with updates than iOS, which was unwelcome news: it means that carriers are responsible for delivering patches. Carriers of Windows Phone 7 handsets can actually delay updates indefinitely for testing a new update, which means that if they don’t want to release it for any reason, customers on that carrier are screwed.AdChoices广告So where does it stand here in the United States? Well, the good news is that WP7 handset owners on T-Mobile are “scheduling” the NoDo update and customers should have it piped out to their phones over the next ten days. The situation with AT&T is far, far more bleak, though: the NoDo patch is stuck in “testing” for every handset the company sells.Okay, so what? Maybe AT&T’s just being thorough. There’s no reason to think they won’t release NoDo, right? Wrong. AT&T also has the pre-NoDo security patch stuck in testing, where it’s been since it was released in February.This is bad news all around. Just like Android, it appears that carriers will be in control of updating the operating systems on the smartphones on their network, which will just lead to WP7 fragmentation. Worse, T-Mobile customers currently rocking a WP7 handset now have a lot of reason to be wary of their carrier’s new owners.This is a perfect example of why companies shouldn’t be giving carriers a choice when it comes to releasing new versions of their operating systems: when the carriers are given the choice, they almost always opt to delay. Apple’s the only mobile company out there that really seems to have software updates right.Read more at Ars Technicalast_img read more

Exmobaby sensor suit monitors your baby predicts behavior and emotions

first_imgCaring for a baby is made all the more difficult by one simple fact: the child can’t talk to you. An infant can’t tell you when it’s hungry, tired, or ill, it just communicates with the means available to it, by crying, smiling, or murmuring something incoherent. This communication gap is exactly what the Exmobaby smart garment is designed to close. The clothing collects data from your baby, sends it to your computer, and ultimately “provide a record of the child’s physical states”.The Emobaby garment, seen above, appears to be a normal baby suit (jumper? onesy?) but it’s much more complex than those worn by the rest of the kids at day care. This one is outfitted with non-contact ECG and can measure movement, skin temperature, and moisture, and then send the collected data off, with a range of up to 100 feet. Aside from the three sensors and some elastic keeping them close to the child, the garment is completely normal: it’s washable, hypoallergenic, cotton, and comes in pink or blue.While the idea sounds interesting enough, and baby monitoring is nothing new, Exmobaby’s web site was enough to have me questioning the entire undertaking.* First of all, their tag line alternates between “[emobaby] knows how your baby feels” and “We know how your baby feels”, both of which are entirely dystopian and, let’s face it, creepy. Next, look at the art they use to display the sensor placement [on the right]. While it is informative, it looks like an advertisement for the next version of The Matrix’s pods. (Wondering how many watts your babies produce?) Next, check out their FAQ. The language is cold and clinical, not at all what you’d expect from this sort of product, though it does talk about how its data transmission produces minimal radiation, which is nice. The Exmobaby kit fits babies up to 12 months old and costs $1000 for the base model. That price will get you the garment, 6 months of online service, the PC and smartphone software, and a Zigbee transceiver. If you want the Deluxe model, which includes one of each of the four garment sizes, it’ll be $2500. Right now the Emobaby seems to be aimed at businesses, hospitals, and healthcare buyers, but adventurous parents are free to purchase them too. Exmobaby is produced by Exmovere, a company that specializes in biomedical engineering. Their most well-known product is the Chariot, which is sort of an upright wheelchair, based on the Segway. Exmobaby via Kevin Kelly[*Brief side note: At first I was pretty convinced this was a hoax but I’ve look into it and called them up, and it doesn’t seem to be.]last_img read more

Moelle osseuse une semaine pour rendre hommage aux veilleurs de vie

first_imgMoelle osseuse : une semaine pour rendre hommage aux “veilleurs de vie”Aujourd’hui débute la sixième semaine de mobilisation pour le don de moelle osseuse. A cette occasion, les “veilleurs de vie” seront à l’honneur. En France, ils sont 190.000 volontaires à mettre leur moelle osseuse à disposition d’un malade compatible au cas où le besoin se présenterait.Ce week-end, le Parvis des droits de l’Homme du Trocadéro de Paris était illuminé par une grande veilleuse rouge tandis que d’autres manifestations se déploieront dans différentes villes de France cette semaine. Des événements à la ligne directive claire : “Recruter de nouveaux donneurs, mais aussi rendre hommage à leur communauté”, selon les propos déclarés à la presse par Emmanuelle Prada-Bordenave, directrice générale de l’Agence de la biomédecine.A l’heure actuelle, le registre français compte 190.000 donneurs de moelle osseuse, qu’Emmanuelle Prada-Bordenave décrit comme des personnes responsables et engagées qui, “où qu’elles soient, attendent le moment où elles pourront peut-être être appelées à sauver une vie”. Une vie parmi les 2.000 personnes qui chaque année ont besoin d’une greffe pour substituer leur système immunitaire déficient. Pour s’inscrire au registre, la démarche est simple : le candidat doit avoir entre 18 et 51 ans, répondre à un questionnaire sur son état de santé, puis effectuer un prélèvement sanguin pour établir sa carte d’identité génétique. Cette analyse est suivie d’une réponse sur l’éligibilité du candidat. Si celui-ci est retenu, il entre en veille, et s’engage à répondre à une demande de greffe qui peut, dans certains cas ne jamais se produire. À lire aussiUne militaire blessée dans un accident se voit greffer une oreille cultivée… dans son brasLorsqu’un patient compatible doit recevoir une greffe, le donneur est alors contacté, son état de santé est vérifié, et les prélèvements sont organisés en fonction de ses contraintes. Ce dernier doit également signer un consentement éclairé auprès du tribunal de grande instance. S’ensuit un prélèvement selon deux possibilités : dans les os du bassin, sous anesthésie générale, ou dans le sang. Un donneur inscrit au registre n’est sollicité que pour un seul malade, cet échange se fait sous l’anonymat le plus total.En 2009, 1.538 greffes ont été réalisées en France, dont 60% des donneurs étaient anonymes c’est-à-dire extérieurs à la fratrie. Une proportion encourageante que l’Agence de la biomédecine vise à accroitre en recrutant de nouveaux volontaires. D’ici 2011, elle souhaite rassembler 18.000 nouveaux inscrits.Le 7 mars 2011 à 18:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le satellite Planck découvre un pont de gaz entre deux galaxies

first_imgLe satellite Planck découvre un pont de gaz entre deux galaxiesLe télescope spatial Planck a découvert un “pont” de gaz chaud reliant deux amas de galaxies, a annoncé l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) dans un communiqué.C’est une découverte étonnante que viennent de dévoiler les astronomes de l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA). Ceux-ci ont détecté un filament de gaz qui connecterait les deux amas de galaxies Abell 399 et Abell 401. Un pont qui s’étalerait sur plus de 10 millions d’années-lumière et présenterait une température de 80 millions °C, selon les estimations faites et bientôt publiées dans la revue Astronomy & Astrophysics.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreC’est le satellite Planck qui a permis de faire la trouvaille en livrant des résultats qui confirment les données fournies par le satellite d’observation des rayons X XMM-Newton de l’ESA. On sait avec certitude maintenant qu’il y a du gaz chaud non seulement à l’intérieur des amas de galaxies mais également entre eux. Dans l’Univers primordial, des filaments de matière gazeuse auraient en fait envahi le cosmos dans une toile géante, avec des amas se formant dans les nœuds les plus denses. Aujourd’hui, une grande partie de ce gaz n’a toujours pas été détectée, mais les astronomes pensent pouvoir le trouver entre les amas de galaxies en interaction, là où les filaments sont compressés et chauffés, les rendant plus faciles à repérer. Pour en arriver à ses conclusions, Planck s’est ainsi basé sur l’observation de l’empreinte caractéristique laissée par le gaz chaud sur le rayonnement fossile. Ce phénomène connu sous le nom d'”effet Sunyaev-Zel’dovich” (du nom de ses découvreurs) avait déjà permis de détecter les amas de galaxies eux-mêmes. On sait maintenant qu’il fournit également un moyen de détecter les faibles filaments de gaz qui les connectent entre eux.Le 25 novembre 2012 à 15:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

SP 500 marks longest bull run on mixed day for indexes

first_imgThe bull market in U.S. stocks is now the longest on record.The current bull run on Wall Street became the longest in history on Wednesday at 3,453 days, beating the bull market of the 1990s that ended in the dot-com collapse in 2000.That’s how long the benchmark S&P 500 index of major U.S. stocks has gone without a drop of 20 percent or more, the traditional definition of a bear market.Despite its long duration, this bull market actually wasn’t as big in terms of overall gains as the 1990s one.The milestone arrived on a listless day of trading that left the S&P 500 with a slight loss. Gains by technology and energy companies outweighed losses in industrial stocks, banks and other sectors.“This expansion is alive and well, this bull market is alive and well,” said Jason Pride, chief investment officer for private clients at Glenmede. “Valuations are definitely higher than we tend to like to see them, but they’re actually not that atypical for the back part of an economic expansion.”The S&P 500 index finished with a loss of 1.14 points, or 0.04 percent, at 2,861.82. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 88.69 points, or 0.3 percent, to 25,733.60. The Nasdaq composite gained 29.92 points, or 0.4 percent, to 7,889.10.last_img read more

Big money making in illegal marijuana industry low grade babbit prices astronomical

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos – January 17, 2018 – Providenciales – Selling ‘weed’ in the Turks and Caicos is an illegal but lucrative business as prices for a gram of marijuana in the TCI, far surpass many nations in the region including Jamaica, Mexico and Colombia.   It seems that like most things in the Turks and  Caicos, ‘weed’ just costs more; significantly more.TCI Police on Monday in Five Cays made a significant drug bust where some 15 pounds of marijuana was seized and two men – a Bahamian and an American – were arrested.  The street value of the drugs, legally identified as cannabis in this jurisdiction, is a staggering $68,000 for the fifteen pounds.  This equates to $10 per gram or over $4,533 per pound.    Comparatively, the Drug Enforcement Unit of The Bahamas and Drug Enforcement Agency of the United States consistently in 2017 put the street value of marijuana per pound at $1,000 following drug arrests in The Bahamas.  The price per pound of the contraband often accompanied Police reports on drug seizures.A 2015 news report on the rising cost of marijuana was among the online posts we reviewed to check and double check the going rates for marijuana per gram and per pound around the world.  Price ranges on the marijuana were revealed for six countries, including the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Colombia, Thailand and Mexico and spanned from $600 to $6,000 per pound.  California, in 2015 had the most expensive marijuana price tag per pound, getting up to as much as $6,000.  However, this price is the top value for top of the line ‘weed’.In the Turks and Caicos, those familiar with the price of a gram of ‘ganja’ told Magnetic Media that the local weed is low grade, nicknamed, ‘babbit’ and costs between $10 to $30 per gram.  That figure is staggering, and actually is five times more expensive than even the finest quality of marijuana.“The dope here is garbage mostly, as from what I was told but some pushers do get their hand on good dope sometimes.”Another said, “…the weed ain’t no high grade or Kush.  Kush is the highest.  (Here) it is low grade and it is called Babbit.  Haitian weed don’t be too expensive, Jamaican and American weed is the killer.”What Magnetic Media uncovered in under an hour was concerning and it may answer at least a part of the question of why some young men resist getting a regular job in the Turks and Caicos.  If there is that option of peddling marijuana, we can tally up pretty easily that there is far more money to be made, likely in a shorter span of time, though illicitly.The two men arrested during a stop and search on Monday were not only found to be with the illegal drugs, but were found to have entered the Turks and Caicos illegally.  Perhaps word is already getting out that one gets more bang for the buck in the TCI for mediocre marijuana and the law must be ready.“The quantity and the quality is important in any case because depending on the type of weed it is, that tells you what the street value is.  The highest gets to $20 a gram, the lowest is $5 or $10 a gram.”The explanations to Magnetic Media about the contrasts and street savvy on the illegal trade lends to new ideas about what could be fueling and funding the illegal sloop landings in the Turks and Caicos, for example.  The realities also ramp up the pressure upon leaders from all sectors to do more to discourage illegal behavior among our boys in particular.It will be difficult though, as we are awakened even further to the fact that one could illegally earn some $22,665 with the sale of marijuana, equating to a 5lbs bag of rice.  This earning reality means that the corner drug dealer is making considerably more than the country’s leaders per month.   On the other hand, the punishment for breaking the law is also weighty; one could spend up to five or 14 years in Turks and Caicos prison for illegal drug possession and drug trafficking.Photo credit: Westwordlast_img read more