Inflamed Achilles tendon

first_imgAn inflamed or torn Achilles tendon causes intense pain and affects mobility.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.last_img

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Yuvraj Singh picks Sourav Ganguly and Gary Kirsten as his favourite captain and coach

first_imgFormer India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Monday bid adieu to international cricket on an emotional note and thanked all the people he was associated with during his 19-year illustrious career. Two people stood out in his retirement speech – Sourav Ganguly and Gary Kirsten.Yuvraj picked Sourav Ganguly as his favourite captain as he made his international debut under him in 2000 and became a superstar for Team India with Dada at the helm. Yuvraj also thanked former India coach Gary Kirsten, under whom he won the World Cup in 2011 and was adjudged man of the tournament.”I started my career under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy and got an opportunity to play with my idol, the great Sachin Tendulkar, and other legends like Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Javagal Srinath.”My close friends who I grew up with playing for India, who also went on to becoming great match winners for the country such as Zak (Zaheer Khan), Gauti (Gautam Gambhir), Veeru (Virender Sehwag), Ashu (Ashish Nehra), & Bhajju (Harbhajan Singh).”This is the same batch that created history and went on to win the World Cup under the great captaincy of MS Dhoni and exceptional coaching of Gary Kirsten, probably the best international coach I played under,” Yuvraj Singh said during his retirement speech.Yuvraj particularly credited Sourav Ganguly for helping him in the initial years of his career and for believing in him when he was a youngster in the Indian team.”Sourav Ganguly was very authoritative when it came to fighting for his players. He wanted certain players that he should back to build a team. Players like myself, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag. He built us guys together.advertisement”MS Dhoni was very composed under pressure. He had a very good mind behind the stumps and how the game was going. These two were very special captains,” Yuvraj Singh said.The 37-year-old all-rounder retired from the sport with 8701 runs from 304 ODIs at 36.55 with 14 hundreds and 52 fifties. He played 40 Tests in which he scored 1900 runs at 33.92 with three centuries while in 58 T20Is he amassed 1177 runs at 28.02 with 8 half-centuries.Also Read | Yuvraj cried when his cricket kit arrived in 2014, says wife Hazel KeechAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh, hero of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph, retires from international cricketAlso See:last_img read more

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SIOUX CITY READIES FOR NAIA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNEY

first_imgThirty-two women’s basketball teams have started arriving in Sioux City for the annual NAIA Division Two Basketball National Championship Tournament.Tournament co-Director Corey Westra says the action begins Wednesday morning at the Tyson Events Center:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/NAIA1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..no exception. :21A couple of other events precede Wednesday morning’s initial tipoff:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/NAIA2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…partner of ours. ;19Play begins at 8:30am Wednesday morning.This year’s presenting sponsors are Seaboard Triumph Foods and Riverside Technologies, Inc.last_img read more

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How the tech bubble got Jamie Schweid back in the family business

first_img Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara As for my personal style:Jeans: PaigeShirts: ZegnaPants: ArmaniSuits: SuitsupplyShoes: Jack Erwin Shoes (I am friends with the co-founder. Great company)Accessories: RolexFavorite Cologne: Armani Acqua di GioYour favorite App: Texture (because I travel and love to read, this app is perfect -offering unlimited magazines for a per month cost)Favorite piece of technology: Savant Home AutomationNext tech purchase: Watercop by Dynaquip (I have a beach house and since I am not there in the winters, this technology automatically senses a leak and shuts the water off. Pure genius) We talked with Jamie Schweid of Schweid & Sons burgers about the tech bubble, burgers, and his own personal style. Jamie Schweid: I am the fourth generation of Schweid to be in the Meat business. Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, my childhood involved many burgers and different meals each week that included meat. My mom is a fantastic cook who makes an amazing meatloaf and Bolognese sauce.For college I chose Indiana University to focus on what I thought my passion was – finance. Fortunately, the first tech bubble arrived around the time I was supposed to start a job on Wall Street, and the job was no longer available. My father was not going to allow me to not work, so thus began my career at Schweid & Sons. After two months of working with my father at the business, I knew this was my calling in life. Currently, I reside in New York City and reverse commute to work in New Jersey.In 2014, the company decided to launch products in the retail space. We had just hired a digital marketing company, Night Agency, who suggested that if we were going into retail, the company name my father had used since the beginning was not going to convey the type of brand values we had. Night Agency recommended we change the name to Schweid & Sons. We initially hated the idea of having our last name involved, but ultimately came around to the idea and have had an incredible experience ever since. Schweid & Sons burgers are now in over 4,000 locations and growing every year. WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 center_img Editors’ Recommendations The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip last_img read more

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This New Zealand Island Could Be the World’s Best Place for Stargazing

first_img Most modern humans grow up without ever truly seeing the night sky, at least not like our ancestors did. The worldwide population explosion and the dramatic rise in light pollution are literally blanking out the stars. Thankfully, the International Dark-Sky Association (that’s really a thing) is working to change that by preserving the world’s darkest places for future generations. One island off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, may just be the best island in the world for stargazing.Great Barrier Island — Aotea to the Māori people — lies 60 miles off the coast of central Auckland. The island is New Zealand’s sixth largest, yet almost 60 percent of its landmass is marked as a nature reserve. For mainland Aucklanders, it’s long been a place to escape for bushwalking and relaxing on the beach. Those visitors and its roughly 1,000 permanent residents appreciate a quieter pace of life. There are no streetlights, billboards, or even a municipal power grid. Development and modernity are slow. This all adds up to a purposefully undeveloped destination that remains today largely as it has been for hundreds of thousands of years.So, it’s no surprise the IDSA recently recognized Great Barrier Island as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. It joins New Mexico’s Cosmic Campground and Gabriela Mistral (a Chilean government observatory) as one of only three world destinations to bear that official designation. Perhaps most importantly: it’s the only Dark Sky Sanctuary island.And, it is very, very dark. The IDSA nominates each destination based on its level of darkness. Official Dark Sky Sanctuaries are the strictest as they must be in a remote, isolated location and have a firm plan in place for long-term conservation. To qualify, each sanctuary must also meet or exceed a night-sky brightness of 21.5 MPSA (magnitudes per square arc second), the official unit used to measure the brightness of the night sky. The MPSA of Great Barrier Island is 21.79.Gendie Somerville-Ryan — the island’s resident dark-sky enthusiast and driving force behind the push for its Sanctuary status — sent the readings to the IDSA. “They replied to tell us that our readings were technically higher than the device can record—that our skies are dark beyond measurement!”For visitors and amateur stargazers, this is incredible news. It’s estimated that in many parts of Europe and the United States, it’s possible to see only 500 stars with the naked eye. Around dense U.S. population centers and the east coast, in particular, that number plummets. On Great Barrier Island, visitors can easily see more than 5,000. A visit here is like walking through the grand finale of a planetarium show.From Auckland, getting to Great Barrier Island is accessible via a 30-minute puddle-jumper flight or a quick boat ride. Sealink Ferry’s Island Navigator offers year-round service between Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, and Great Barrier Island. An on-board cafe, bar, and two movie lounges help pass the time. If you’re new to stargazing, the guided tours from Dark Sky Ambassadors at Good Heavens can help make sense of the island’s skies. Editors’ Recommendations This New Zealand Island Could Be the World’s Best Place for Stargazing Close Nevada’s Massacre Rim Named Latest International Dark Sky Sanctuary Nevada’s Train to Nowhere Promises Out-of-This-World Stargazing center_img World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Ciderlast_img read more

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Spring Lawn Care Tips: How to Reclaim Your Yard After Winter

first_img The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Shazie28/Getty ImagesFor many years, I lived in lovely Los Angeles, where landscaping and lawn care are a year-round proposition. Then I moved back to my ancestral East Coast where there’s this thing called winter, a period during which the days grow short, gray, and cold, and people hunker down inside, sneezing, grumbling, and occasionally checking Zillow to see what houses are selling for back in the old LA neighborhood.While winter can be a long, dreary season, at least it ends with that glorious return to life called spring. As the land warms, leaves bud on trees, flowers stretch up through the soil, and the sky above grows lighter and bluer. If your yard was robust and healthy as the cold weather set in during autumn, then revitalizing your lawn in spring may involve nothing more than a quick feeding and a return to regular mowing and watering as needed. Most of us aren’t so lucky, though; the wintertime can be rough on grass, and reestablishing a lush, verdant, welcoming lawn can require some extra effort and a few tips.You’re taking the right first step by reading this article — FYI, the rest of the steps are going to require a bit of elbow grease.It All Starts With De-ThatchingThatch is that yellow/gray/brown/dead layer of grass that lurks below the healthier blades and gives entire yards a sickly appearance regardless of the lawn’s actual health. And when the thatch layer is too thick, it can prevent grass from getting proper air, water, sunlight, and nutrients, slowly killing your precious yard. So remove it! De-thatching isn’t rocket science — just use a good, stiff rake (get a dedicated de-thatching tool for stubborn cases) to lift up and clear away most of the thatch. If you can leave behind a thin layer of thatch (less than a half-inch, in fact), that’s great, as it can protect the grass against excessive heat and sunshine during the warmer months.Compacted Soil? Aerate ItDuring the winter, the ground spends a lot of time cold or even frozen, and might have sat for days or even weeks covered by snow. These conditions and/or heavy foot traffic can leave the land packed down tight, potentially too compacted for proper aeration and water absorption. If you fear your lawn is overly compacted (moss is a sure sign of this, as is dead or dying areas), then aerate the soil. You can do this with funny shoes with long spikes, with handheld aerating tools, or with huge motor-driven machines.Yard ButlerScience Time: Test the pHIf you really want to do things right, then you should test your yard’s pH levels early on in the springtime. You can get a soil pH testing kit from any hardware store worth its salt, and they’re quite easy to use. If it turns out your soil is too acidic, then a thin coating of lime over the lawn should be all that’s needed to balance our the pH level. If it’s too alkaline, use sulfate. A yard with proper pH balance will enjoy much healthier and more rapid growth in extant blades, and new seeds or sod will take much better too. Just make sure that after you apply the lime (or sulfate) you hold off on fertilizing or using weed and feed for at least two weeks, as the products can reduce one another’s efficacy.To Weed and Feed, or Just Weed?If your yard is plagued by dozens of dandelions, clusters of clovers, and an onslaught of onion grass, then by apply weed and feed atop the turf. Weed and feed works because grass roots grow deep (metaphorically and physically, right?) while weeds root much closer to the surface. The herbicides in the mixture only penetrate a little way down into the ground, killing off weeds, while the fertilizers penetrate much deeper, nourishing the grass. But if your lawn only has sporadic weeds, it’s a much better idea to remove them by hand and avoid using what are essentially poisonous products. Also, while hands-on weeding can be laborious, complete removal of a weed is a much more effective remedy than trying to kill it off with herbicide products; many will wilt, disappear, and then quickly regrow from root systems left intact by the weed and feed approach.Don’t Cut Too DeepOnce your grass is actively growing again, it’s time to start mowing. When you mow the lawn, never cut off more than a third of the total length of the blades of grass lest you deliver too much damage, reducing the lawn’s capacity for photosynthesis, temperature regulation, and more. Even if your grass is overgrown and much taller than you want, be patient. Trim a third off it one day, then wait several days. Now remove a bit more. And so on. The ideal height for most common grasses found in America is between two and four inches, so aim for that as the eventual goal. And when cutting the grass, vary the direction of your passes. Not only can mowing in diagonal or cross-over rows leave a great-looking pattern, but it also means that the blades of grass are cut more evenly over time, which leads to better blade health and to reduces soil compacting.A quick word on lawnmower maintenance: don’t skip lawnmower maintenance. Sharp blades lead to a better-looking and healthier lawn, and you can probably find someone who will sharpen them for $15-$20. Make sure to check the oil in your mower periodically (if you use a gas-powered machine) and to ensure the motor is (at least relatively) clean, especially near exhaust ports and intakes.Seeding, Sodding, or Patience?If your grass has large patches that are essentially dead, I recommend investing in a few strips of sod and filling them in wholesale. Just make sure you cleared the patch down to soil and loosened the dirt up before plopping the sod in place. For smaller patches, adding plenty of seed and fresh soil should do the trick. And for lawns that are in decent shape but are sparser than you want, consider overseeding the entire yard. Just make sure you follow that with a thin layer of peat moss, which will hold some moisture and protect the seeds from sunshine and birds. For yards that are relatively healthy, you can probably skip the sod and seed entirely, as healthy grass will fill itself in over time. Just watch for weeds.Water the LawnYour grass needs water, FYI. As a general rule of thumb, most grass needs a bit more than an inch of water per week. You can use a rain gauge to be precise, or you can just use your gut. If possible, achieve this inch-plus of weekly watering via three long watering sessions, not a shorter daily watering. This helps saturate the soil down deep, encouraging root growth and maintaining soil health. If it’s hard to plunge a four or five inch knife blade into the soil, it’s too dry; if the upper layer of the soil is muddy a half hour or more after the watering, you’re overdoing it. How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home Editors’ Recommendations The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawn Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spiritslast_img read more

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See Africa, Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea from the Gibraltar Skywalk

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat The Gibraltar Skywalk is more than an exercise in modern engineering. The original octagonal gun base at the center has been repurposed as a bench seat — a clever homage to The Rock’s military history. When visitors stand at the edge of the observation platform, pressed against the glass, the entire structure seems to vanish. The result is a feeling of hovering unsupported above the stunning landscape. It’s humbling, frightening, and breathtaking.From this vantage point, the panoramic views include the European and African continents, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s this view that cemented the Rock of Gibraltar as a key military installation for centuries, particularly for the British. During World War II, it played a vital role in the Mediterranean and Atlantic theaters of combat. Nearly all naval traffic between these two bodies of water passed through the Strait of Gibraltar. Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra For centuries, the Rock of Gibraltar provided militaries with a strategic vantage point to keep tabs on encroaching opposition forces. Today, “The Rock” is part of the Gibraltar Nature Reserve, a one-of-a-kind attraction for tourists seeking some of the best views in all of Europe and Africa. New for 2018, the original military outpost has been converted into the Gibraltar Skywalk — one of the most stunning viewing platforms in the world.By the numbers, the Gibraltar Skywalk is impressive: 8,000 square feet (roughly four tennis courts) of glass anchored by 230 feet of rock and more than 66,000 pounds of steel. It’s all capable of supporting five Asian elephants or 340 people simultaneously. Situated north of O’Hara’s Battery, the tallest point on the Rock of Gibraltar, the entire structure is perched precariously on the Northern Pillar of Hercules at an elevation higher than The Shard in London. See Africa, Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea from the Gibraltar Skywalk Closecenter_img This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Arc DesignsTechnological and architectural advances have made possible ever-more-daring glass structures like the Gibraltar Skywalk. In recent decades, similar installations have opened around the world, including the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a 1,640-foot glass slide in the mountains of China, and the 70th-floor SkySlide in Los Angeles.The Gibraltar Skywalk officially opened March 21, 2018, complete with a bizarre debut ceremony involving Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker — get it?) cutting the ribbon with a lightsaber. Admission is included with the purchase of a ticket into Gibraltar Nature Reserve (starting at £5, or roughly USD $6.60).last_img read more

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Province Makes Seniors Pharmacare More Affordable

first_imgNova Scotians aged 65 and older will pay less when purchasing a prescription drug at the pharmacy. Effective April 1, seniors will pay a copayment of 30 per cent for each prescription. The maximum annual copayment will remain at $382 and the maximum annual premium will stay at $424. “The province is committed to ensuring the Seniors’ Pharmacare Program remains both affordable and sustainable,” said Health Minister Karen Casey. “The reduction in the copayment for each prescription will make purchasing prescription drugs more affordable for seniors in the province.” Once a senior’s copayments reach a total of $382 for the year, Seniors’ Pharmacare will pay the full cost of the senior’s prescriptions covered under the program until the end of the fiscal year, which is March 31. Changes to the program are discussed with the Group of IX Nova Scotia Seniors’ Organizations through the Department of Seniors. The primary role of the group is to ensure the needs of seniors are represented in government decision-making. “This is good news for seniors, and we congratulate the government on a job well done,” said Bernie LaRusic, Chair of the Group of IX. “I extend my thanks to the Group of IX and the Department of Health for their work on the Seniors’ Pharmacare program,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Seniors. “Together, we continue to advance the Strategy for Positive Aging by improving programs that benefit the province’s seniors.” About 99,000 people are registered in the Seniors’ Pharmacare Program and about 50 per cent, including those receiving the guaranteed income supplement, are exempt from paying the premiums or pay a reduced amount. The program is cost-shared, with government paying about 75 per cent and program members paying about 25 per cent. The total cost to operate the program in 2009-10 is expected to be about $193 million. “I would like to remind seniors that they need to renew their enrolment in the Seniors’ Pharmacare Program before April 1,” said Ms. Casey. The annual renewal package for the Seniors’ Pharmacare Program will be mailed to seniors starting Monday, Jan. 26. The package contains information about the change to the copayment amount. Further program information and forms are available at www.nspharmacare.ca .last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

first_imgNova Scotians can share in the celebration of the rich culture and important contributions of aboriginal people on National Aboriginal Day, Wednesday, June 21. “National Aboriginal Day offers an engaging and interactive way to participate in aboriginal heritage and cultural celebrations,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate diversity and to learn more about the aboriginal culture.” There will be National Aboriginal Day celebrations at various locations across the province, including the Sands at Salter along the Halifax Waterfront and the Halifax Common. The Sands at Salter event will be part of a national Aboriginal Peoples Television Network broadcast and Halifax will be one of eight cities showcased in a seven-hour live broadcast. This event will include a sacred fire ceremony, storytelling, a birchbark canoe demonstration, Mi’kmaw Honour Song, round dance, culinary demonstrations and a closing concert at 8 p.m. The Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre will also host events on the Halifax Common including a powwow with a round dance, musical performances, drumming and more. A full schedule of events is posted on the centre’s Facebook page. First proclaimed in 1996, June 21 was chosen as it is the summer solstice, the day on which many aboriginal communities celebrate their culture and heritage. Mi’kmaw culture is one of the themes in Nova Scotia’s first Culture Action Plan, released in February. To view the plan, go to novascotia.ca/culture/Culture-Action-Plan–English.pdf.last_img read more

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Bank robbery averted by security guard

first_imgNew Delhi: The bravery shown by a security guard averted robbery inside a bank in Shahdara district area on Tuesday.The guard through his bravery made sure that the group of armed robbers flee the spot cashless. Police said that they have started the investigation in the case. So far no persons were arrested in the case. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said that the incident came to light in the afternoon of Tuesday. A PCR call was made regarding the incident at a private bank in Krishna Nagar area. The two accused were came inside the bank with arms. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”The alert guard saw them and objected their entry inside the bank,” DCP Shahdara. Police said that the robbers were unable to overpower the guard and they ran away from the spot. “The accused fired at the ground during the scuffle with guard and in return, the guard also fired when the accused were fleeing the spot. No one was injured in the case and no cash was taken from the bank,” police said adding that they have registered a case in this regard and further investigation is going on. Police said that they are scanning CCTV footages in the case and questioned several persons to get a clue in this regard. Last year a security guard of a cash van fought bravely with the armed robbers and averted the heist of Rs 4-5 crore in Mayur Vihar. Despite being shot in the neck by the robbers, the brave man forced the armed assailants to return empty-handed.last_img read more

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The Shawshank Redemption returning to theatres

first_imgLos Angeles: The Shawshank Redemption, one of Hollywood’s modern classics, will be re-released in cinema halls as it completes 25 years in 2019. According to Entertainment Weekly, Fathom Events and TCM Big Screen Classics are screening the Oscar-nominated film this September. The anniversary screenings will be held in select theatres across the country on September 22, 24, and 25. The event will also include exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaIt was directed by Frank Darabont and based on Stephen King’s 1982 novella ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’. The film tanked at the box office when it released in 1994, securing barely over USD 16 million in its initial run but went on to gain cult following with time. The Shawshank Redemption follows the story of two prisoners who forge a lifelong friendship: Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a man wrongly convicted for the murder of his wife and her lover, and Red (Morgan Freeman), who is serving a life sentence.last_img read more

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Highway 97 closed between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd

first_imgDrivebc.ca says the highway is closed due to a vehicle incident between the 277 road and the 275 road approximately 46 km from Dawson Creek.At this time there is no estimate on when the highway will re-open.  Drivebc.ca does not show a detour at this time.If you’re travelling in the area, let us know what you see, email news@moosefm.caHere is full text from Drivebc.caINCIDENTHighway 97 – Highway 97. Vehicle incident between 277 Rd and 275 Rd for 1.8 km (46 km south of Dawson Creek to 47 km north of Chetwynd). Road closed. Assessment in progress. Estimated time of opening not available. Next update time Tue Mar 19 at 10:00 AM MST. Last updated Tue Mar 19 at 8:00 AM MST. (DBC-6313) UPDATE #2 – The RCMP have confirmed the collision is a fatal. For updates on this story, click here.UPDATE – A detour is now available – Small vehicle (Less than 1 tonne) detour via Stuckey Rd and 271 road. Large vehicle detour via Fort St. John or Tumbler Ridge.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd.last_img read more

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UN envoy speaks out against attacks in Nepalese capital

2 September 2007The top United Nations envoy to Nepal today condemned a series of bomb blasts which struck Kathmandu, resulting in a number of casualties. The top United Nations envoy to Nepal today condemned a series of bomb blasts which struck Kathmandu, resulting in a number of casualties.”The United Nations expresses its condemnation of the bomb attacks which have killed and injured Kathmandu citizens,” Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ian Martin said in a statement. “The Nepalese have shown a great capacity to resolve difficult issues through peaceful dialogue, and I have no doubt that acts of terror will discredit whatever cause they are claimed to promote,” said Mr. Martin, who is also head of the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN).According to media reports, at least two people were killed and more than two dozen others injured following three blasts that took place aboard a minibus packed with commuters, at a bus stop in the busy city centre and outside army headquarters.The attacks came just days after the Special Representative appealed for an end to violence ahead of November’s Constituent Assembly elections.Late last year, the Government and rebel Maoists signed a peace accord ending a decade-long armed conflict that killed some 13,000 people in the Himalayan nation. read more

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Merkel Germany must engage in rights dialogue with China

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it’s important for her country to engage in dialogue with China, including on issues such as human rights.Speaking to lawmakers during parliament’s annual budget debate Wednesday, Merkel said China has a “growing responsibility for the global multilateral order.”Merkel said that during her visit to China last week she noted the importance of respecting human rights, adding: “that’s true also with a view toward Hong Kong.”Beijing rebuked Germany on Tuesday for allowing prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong to visit Berlin, where he met at a private function with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and is due to hold a news conference later Wednesday.Merkel stressed that Germany believes in the principle of “one country, two systems” for China and Hong Kong.The Associated Press read more

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Cyprus High Commissioner to brief Melbourne forum

first_imgThe Pan-Australian Justice for Cyprus Coordinating Committee (PASEKA) is inviting representatives of Greek community organisations, and all who wish to learn more about the latest developments affecting Cyprus to a briefing next week. The High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus, His Excellency Mr Yiannis Iacovou will be the main speaker and take part in a Q&A session. The Consul General of Greece to Melbourne, the Honourable Ms Eleni Lianidou will also be present and contribute to the discussion.Organisers say the free event provides an opportunity for “a friendly discussion with the representatives of the Republic of Cyprus and the Hellenic Republic over a glass of the famous Cyprus wine donated by the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria”. The meeting will take place on Thursday 3 May at 7:30 pm, at the premises of the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria, 495-497 Lygon Street, Brunswick. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Un Kraken à lépoque du Mésozoïque

first_imgUn ‘Kraken’ à l’époque du Mésozoïque ?Lors du dernier meeting de la Société américaine de géologie, à Minneapolis, un chercheur a proposé son hypothèse pour expliquer certaines traces laissées sur des ossements fossiles d’ichtyosaures. Celles-ci proviendraient de l’attaque d’un supposé céphalopode géant, un ‘kraken’ qui aurait pu vivre durant le Trias.Après avoir étudié les restes de 9 ichtyosaures de l’espèce Shonisaurus popularis du Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, au Nevada, le Pr Mark McMenamin, paléontologue au Mount Holyoke College du Massachusetts, a émis une théorie inattendue. Les caractéristiques observées sur les ossements fossilisés de ces reptiles aquatiques du Trias suggèrent d’après lui, qu’ils auraient été victimes d’une espèce disparue de pieuvre géante, mesurant peut-être 30 mètres de longueur.À lire aussiQuand une pieuvre se fait surpasser dans l’art du camouflage (Vidéo)En effet, le long cou brisé de certains ichtyosaures, des marques sur leurs os ressemblant à celles de ventouses, l’agencement des ossements sur les sites de découverte évoquent : tout ceci serait selon le scientifique, des preuves de l’attaque d’un céphalopode (géant). Une créature qui aurait noyé ses victimes ou leur aurait brisé les cervicales avant de les entraîner dans son antre pour les dévorer, et de rejeter leurs restes dans un ‘dépotoir’, comme le font les poulpes actuels.Pour l’heure, seuls des indices circonstanciels suggèrent l’existence de ce monstre des mers. Un phénomène tout à fait normal si l’on en croit le Pr McMenamin qui souligne que le corps mou et dépourvu d’os de ces mollusques ne se fossilise pas. Néanmoins, l’hypothèse est remise en doute par nombre de ses collègues…Le 11 octobre 2011 à 14:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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ASA Comments on 24D Dicamba EIS

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments this week in response to the May announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that the agency would prepare additional Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) for soybeans and corn resistant to 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), and soybeans and cotton resistant to dicamba. ASA opposes the decision and argues that the studies would place an additional and unnecessary barrier between farmers and the tools they need to remain sustainable and competitive while feeding a growing global population.“ASA strongly supports biotechnology and believes the development of biotechnology-enhanced soybean varieties and products can benefit farmers, consumers, and the environment,” wrote ASA in its comments. “[S]oybean growers strongly support the development of new varieties that allow them to farm more sustainably and profitably. Biotechnology has allowed plant breeders to develop soybeans that are tolerant to herbicides, thus allowing soybean farmers to better control weeds and implement no-till and conservation tillage practices that save fuel, reduce erosion, and protect the environment. Biotechnology also has allowed plant breeders to increase the yield potential of soybeans, benefiting both producers and consumers. Biotech soybeans have been grown safely since 1996, and in the 2012 crop year, approximately 94 percent of the soybeans planted in the United States were biotechnology-derived.” View ASA’s comments on 2,4-D-tolerant crops.[gview file=”https://soygrowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/pos-24-D_EIS-071713.pdf”]View ASA’s comments on dicamba-tolerant crops.[gview file=”https://soygrowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/pos-dicamba_EIS-071713.pdf”]last_img read more

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Expect more cold foggy weather throughout Washington

first_imgForecasters say cold, dry weather with areas of freezing fog will continue into the middle of next week in Washington.The National Weather Service says a frontal system could arrive Tuesday night or Wednesday, returning rain to Western Washington and creating a chance of snow in Eastern Washington.A strong high-pressure system over the Northwest is expected to last through the weekend, extending the stagnant air advisory through Sunday at 6 p.m. and potentially causing breathing problems for vulnerable people.Friday’s forecast for the Vancouver area calls for patchy freezing fog before 10 a.m., sun and a high near 42 degrees.last_img read more

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