10 months agoPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviour

first_imgPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviourby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG chief Antero Henrique has hit out at Barcelona over their attempts to sign Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot has been banished to the stands for refusing to consider new contract talks at PSG, where his current deal expires in June.Henrique suspects the influence of Barca and snapped: “Mrs. Rabiot said that we had received an offer this summer. That’s right, a bid on August 29, twenty hours before the end of the transfer window. “It is then simple: Barcelona first had to reach an agreement with Rabiot before we were being talked to. And you also need to know that the Barcelona offer was ridiculous.”We, the club, were surprised by the low bid. It was disrespectful for someone with the status of Rabiot. I continue to emphasise: it is not possible to reach agreement within 24 hours on a player like Rabiot. It seems clear to me that Barcelona already had an agreement with Adrien. “I’m sure he has an agreement with another club anyway. Whether he can leave in the winter? He told me he does not want to stay.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

KSAC Approves Resolution for Vending Areas in Downtown Kingston

first_imgThe Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), led by Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, passed a Resolution for prescribed vending areas in downtown Kingston yesterday November  13, 2012. These designated areas are: New Chapel Lane from Beckford Street to Spanish Town Road (ground provision); Pechon Street from Beckford Street to Spanish Town Road; West Street from West Queen Street to Heywood Street; and Princess Street from West Queen Street to Heywood Street. Also prescribed as vending areas are: Luke Lane from West Queen Street to Heywood Street; Mathews Lane from Beckford Street to Heywood Street (eastern sidewalks); Heywood Street from Pechon Street to Orange Street; and Beckford Street from West Street to Darling Street. The KSAC will also take immediate steps to make the area known as Open Market west, bounded by Pechon, Beckford, West and Barry Streets, available for additional vending spaces, and parking where necessary.last_img read more

Jamalco Hands Over Titles

first_imgThirty-one families were presented with titles by Jamalco on June 23, as the company seeks to bring closure to its land settlement agreements with persons in several communities in Clarendon.          Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, congratulated the bauxite mining company for the initiative, which saw persons who had been resettled as a result of mining activities receiving their titles.  Mr. Henry, who is also  Chairman of the Bauxite Lands Land Titling Committee, was guest speaker at the handing over ceremony, held at the  Halse Hall Great House in Clarendon on June 23.“Over the last two years, Jamalco has successfully transferred approximately 99 titles to occupants in ten subdivisions, namely New Bowens, Phases One, Two and Three; Sheckles One and Two; New Wales; Burke and Belle Plain. While this is a good start I want more to be done. A 100 per cent increase in the number of titles issued annually is not an impossible dream, so this is my challenge to Jamalco,” the Minister said.  In response to the need to fulfil its titling obligations, Jamalco established a Land Closure Team in 2015 and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP).  Jamalco’s Land Closure Administrator, Mrs. Tamara Grant-Bogle, said  the association with LAMP has made the process smoother and speedier, in terms of processing time and cost savings.           She reported that Jamalco has transferred 177 titles to persons since the process of acquiring land began.According to Mrs. Grant-Bogle, titling obligations have also been closed out for two sub-divisions, namely New Wales and Burke in Knockpatrick, Manchester.   Jamalco now has the distinction of being the first bauxite company to hand over 232 titles to the Commissioner of Lands.last_img read more

Humangenerated noise noted as key factor endangering whales off East Coast

first_imgHALIFAX — Canadian scientists say human-made sounds in the ocean are a key factor contributing to the threatened status of three types of whales off the east coast.The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada released its findings today on the sei whale, fin whale and Sowerby’s beaked whale following a gathering of 43 scientists in St. John’s, N.L., over the weekend.Researchers who study marine mammal populations say that the continuing low numbers of the sei whale in the aftermath of decades of whaling led them to ask for an endangered designation.They also found that the fin whales and the Sowerby’s beaked whales should continue to be designated as species “of special concern.”Hal Whitehead, the co-chair of the marine mammals sub-committee, says the whales’ assessments are linked to fishing gear entanglements and the whales being struck by the increasing number of large ships in the Atlantic Ocean.The Dalhousie University scientist says that in addition, the growing levels of noise from ships, navy vessels and ongoing seismic exploration for oil and gas is impeding the whales communication and survival.He says the Sowerby’s beaked whale, which is slower and smaller than the fin and sei, is believed to be particularly susceptible to noise pollution.The committee’s news release says that much like bats, the Sowerby’s beaked whale uses sound to navigate and to hunt, and the human-generated noise impairs the whale’s ability to find its way.Whitehead says the hope is that the federal government will take steps to protect habitat for the whales by adding to the size and number of marine protected areas.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Netherlandsbased music company XITE announced the

first_imgNetherlands-based music company XITE announced the launch of a 4K music video experience in Canada. XITE 4K broadcasts the best music videos in Ultra HD and is now available through Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television.XITE’s music video experience is available to Rogers customers with a 4K subscription and NextBox 4K set-top box through channel 987.Derk Nijssen, CEO and Founder of XITE Networks International said: “I am very proud that a leading provider like Rogers has chosen XITE. It confirms the uniqueness of our product and the importance of music video.”Cees Honig, CEO of XITE Networks USA said: “The launch in Canada is a great first step for XITE in North America. I am very happy with this partnership and with all of our new Canadian viewers.”XITE Networks’ music channel launched in 2008 and is distributed to over 15 million households in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Qatar, and now in Canada.last_img read more

New naturally lowcaffeine option for tea drinkers

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 8 2018Tea drinkers who seek the popular beverage’s soothing flavor without its explosive caffeine jolt could soon have a new, naturally low-caffeine option. In a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that a recently discovered wild tea plant in China contains little or no caffeine and, unlike many industrially decaffeinated products, could potentially provide many of the health benefits of regular brewed teas.In 2017, Americans drank nearly 4 billion gallons of tea, according to the Tea Association of the USA. The association estimates that up to 18 percent of those drinks were decaffeinated. To decaffeinate tea, manufacturers often use supercritical carbon dioxide or hot water treatments. However, these methods can affect the brew’s flavor and destroy compounds in the tea associated with lowered cholesterol, reduced risk of heart attack or stroke, and other health benefits. Recently, scientists discovered hongyacha (HYC), a rare wild tea found in the mountains of southern China. Local residents believe it can it can cure colds, soothe stomach pain and relieve a host of other ailments. But little is known about its structural makeup or its chemical composition. Liang Chen and colleagues sought to close that gap.The researchers used high-performance liquid chromatography to analyze HYC buds and leaves collected during the growing season. In addition to finding several potentially health-promoting compounds not found in regular tea, they determined that HYC contains virtually no caffeine. Digging deeper, they found this was because of a mutation in the gene encoding the enzyme tea caffeine synthase, which promotes caffeine production in most tea plants. The researchers conclude that naturally low-caffeine HYC could possibly become a popular drink because of its distinct composition and unique health benefits.Source: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2018/acs-presspac-november-07-2018/newly-discovered-naturally-low-caffeine-tea-plant.htmllast_img read more

Specialized memory T cells in the lungs cause attacks of allergic asthma

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 29 2019According to a current study of the Medical University Vienna, specialized T memory lymphocytes in the lungs that react to inhaled allergens, cause attacks of allergic asthma. These T-helper 2-tissue resident memory cells, which are located in the lungs for a lifetime are known as Th2-TRMs, and are responsible for asthma sufferers having asthma attacks shortly after they come in contact with allergens that they are allergic to and that these attacks can occur throughout their entire life.Allergic asthma and allergic rhinitis are chronic allergic conditions affecting approximately 70 to 100 million Europeans. (Source: European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology EAACI). Allergic asthma is a defense reaction in the lungs triggered by allergens such as grass, tree and ragweed pollen and leads to wheezing breath, coughing and shortness of breath.Head of the study, Michelle Epstein of the Experimental Allergy Laboratory of the University Clinic for Dermatology of MedUni Vienna explains: “Allergic asthma can be a chronic condition, but often occurs only intermittently, when people come into contact with allergens to which they are sensitized. Seasonal asthma, for example, might be caused by tree pollen in the spring when the pollen are in the air, leading to asthma attacks in people who otherwise exhibit no problems with their lungs”.”Our study shows for the first time that Th2-TRMs are found in the lungs for over 600 days and proves that once memory is established in lungs after the first episode of allergic asthma, memory T cells are maintained for a lifetime.”, she adds.Related StoriesPET/CT can aid in earlier diagnosis and treatment assessment of tuberculosisResearchers identify new subtypes of motor neurons and microglia present in ALS patientsNew target identified for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosisUp to 200,000 memory cells in the lungsThe MedUni Vienna team examined the Th2-TRMs in the lungs of mice with allergic asthma during remission and tracked them after contact with the allergen. Once most T-cells in the animal were eliminated, the immune cells were blocked to prevent them from migrating out of the lungs.The researchers discovered that approximately 150,000 to 200,000 memory cells were in the lungs, which represents a mere fraction of the 100 million lung cells, and that these cells did not migrate from the lung, but were activated to react to the inhaled allergen.These results could explain why the majority of the patients with allergic asthma remain allergic throughout their entire life and that, if the patients are constantly exposed to the allergen, the number of Th2-TRMs possibly increases upon further contact with the allergen, leading to more severe asthma.Co-author Sahar Kazemi, PhD-Student in the Experimental Allergy Laboratory of the University for Dermatology, explains: “Targeting these memory cells may possibly lead to therapies for patients suffering from allergic asthma. New strategies could be aimed at the Th2-TRMs. However, a method has to be found to selectively eliminate only these cells without affecting other memory T cells which protect us from bacteria and viruses.”Asthma as a health policy issueThe annual economic burden due to allergic asthma in the EU is estimated at an amount between 55 and 151 billion Euro. Therefore, new innovative treatment methods would help to reduce these costs significantly.Source: https://www.meduniwien.ac.at/web/en/about-us/news/detailsite/2019/news-im-april-2019/the-lungs-never-forget-specialised-t-cells-remember-allergens/last_img read more

Rideshare companies embrace election frenzy

first_img They say they are aiming to remove what many consider a barrier to voting: lack of transportation.Midterm elections are often marked by low voter turnout, but political watchers are expecting voter angst over which party will control the U.S. House and Senate, as well as lingering anger by both major parties over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, to drive more Americans to cast votes.”This midterm election season has gotten in the bloodstream of the American people in a way that has not happened before,” said Stephanie Young, spokeswoman for When We All Vote, a nonprofit that has partnered with Uber and Lyft to get voters to the polls.When We All Vote is co-chaired by Michelle Obama and helps people register and vote. The organization is technically nonpartisan, but several on its list of celebrity co-chairs such as Tom Hanks and Chris Paul have been vocal critics of President Donald Trump.Lyft is also working with Voto Latino—whose co-founder Rosario Dawson has urged voters to choose Democrats to combat Trump’s immigration policies—as well as nonprofit organizations that help blind people and student veterans to distribute discount codes and identify where free rides are needed. Lyft’s efforts have been promoted on social media by celebrities such as actor Samuel Jackson, another Trump critic.Uber is offering $10 off rides to the polls across the country and added a feature in its app that helps customers find their polling stations by typing in a home address.”In this critically important election, we want to do our part and use Uber’s technology to help drive the vote,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in an email. “Decisions get made by those who show up and we believe Uber can help voters show up like never before.”Zipcar, which allows members to rent cars on an hourly basis, is offering a $20 credit on election night, enough to cover about two hours of driving, said spokeswoman Katelyn Chesley. Zipcar has been offering discounts for election-related rides since the company was founded in 2000, Chesley said.”There’s a lot of people who have really busy schedules during the daytime, and we just really want to make sure every last voice is heard,” Chesley said.This is the second time Lyft has offered discounted or free rides to the polls and Uber’s first.In 2016, 15 million eligible voters cited transportation as a key reason why they didn’t vote, according to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University, so “we want to use our platform to eliminate that pain point from the voting process,” said Mike Masserman, head of social impact at Lyft, in an email.Motivate, which operates most of the bike share programs in the U.S., is offering free day passes to ride bikes on Election Day in nine of its markets for the first time. Lime is offering free rides on its bikes and scooters.Uber is cleaning up its public relations image in preparation for an initial public offering next year, and the Election Day promotion is “a clear sign of extending goodwill to consumers while deploying clever marketing tactics,” said Rohit Kulkarni, managing director of private investment research at SharesPost.”Let’s not forget that these companies have had a lot of clashes with communities, and this is sort of a nice way for then to show their support for communities,” said Mike Ramsey, senior research director at Gartner. “They’re probably touching into the Zeitgeist that these elections are very important to a lot of people on both sides.” Ride-share companies are capitalizing on voter enthusiasm ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections by offering free or discounted rides to the polls in shared cars, bikes and scooters. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this July 22, 2014, file photo parked Citi Bikes line a street in New York. Ride-share companies are capitalizing on voter enthusiasm ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections by offering free or discounted rides to the polls in shared cars or on bikes. Bike share company Motivate, which operates Citi Bike, is offering free bike rides. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) Explore furthercenter_img Lyft and Uber out to be everyday rides with passes Citation: Ride-share companies embrace election frenzy (2018, November 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ride-share-companies-embrace-election-frenzy.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.last_img read more

HC stays NGT penalty on TN govt

first_imgjudiciary (system of justice) COMMENT April 09, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Published oncenter_img Tamil Nadu water pollution SHARE The Madras High Court on Tuesday granted an interim stay on the ₹100-crore penalty imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), South Zone, on the Tamil Nadu government for its failure to restore the Adyar and Cooum rivers and the Buckingham canal.Directing the government to pay the penalty to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the tribunal said the money shall be used for restoring the water bodies.A division bench comprising Justice R Subbiah and Justice Krishnan Ramasamy was hearing a petition of the government against the NGT order dated February 13 this year.The government submitted that despite details handed over to the tribunal over the restoration of the waterways, it had passed the order directing payment of ₹100 crore.The order lacks non-application of mind and was based on mistake of facts and contrary to the principles of natural justice and was arbitrary and unreasonable, the government said.The NGT had passed the order on a batch of pleas, including one moved by social activist Jawahar Shanmugam seeking direction to the state to restore and revive the water bodies.Adyar and Cooum are two of the most polluted rivers to flow through any major urban agglomeration anywhere in the world and the Tamil Nadu government is accountable for the situation, the tribunal had observed in its order.last_img read more