Medical users fear legalized recreational pot may leave them behind in puff

first_imgFor Mandy McKnight, the benefits of cannabis oil to treat her son Liam’s debilitating seizures seem almost miraculous — the nine-year-old has gone from being wracked daily by dozens of the life-threatening episodes to having days now when he experiences none.But like many Canadians authorized by doctors to use marijuana to treat a wide range of medical disorders, McKnight is worried what will happen when recreational pot for adults becomes legally available through government-sanctioned retail outlets in July.Will there be enough product to supply both markets? And how will medical users manage the cost, which will be subject to the same excise tax levied on consumers merely looking to get high?“I’m worried about how are they going to guarantee that his medicine is in stock every month and it’s not going to all be bought up by the recreational users,” says McKnight of Constance Bay, Ont., near Ottawa, whose son has dramatically improved since he began taking oral doses of an oil high in CBD (cannabidiol) but low in marijuana’s psychoactive component THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).“Before we started the cannabis oil, he was having upwards on a bad day of maybe 80 seizures a day,” the mother of four says of Liam, who has Dravet syndrome. “There were times when we were calling an ambulance a lot, and he was actually even airlifted into the children’s hospital quite a few times.“It hasn’t freed Liam from disease, but it has certainly improved his quality of life by 1,000 per cent,” she says of cannabis oil, which the family purchases through a licensed producer for $60 per bottle plus GST/HST and shipping costs.Liam’s pediatrician has prescribed 22 bottles per month to treat his seizures, but McKnight admits that she and her husband Dave can afford only half that number.And when the excise tax comes into force once recreational marijuana is legalized, that will add to the financial burden of providing a medicine for their son that isn’t covered under private or provincial insurance.“We’re not low-income,” she says, “and we cannot even come close to affording Liam’s medicine.”Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, or CFAMM, has been lobbying the federal government to nip the idea of taxing therapeutic cannabis in the bud, arguing that no other prescription pharmaceutical is subject to taxation.“Affordability is the No. 1 barrier to access for medical cannabis patients and any kind of taxation or price increases will affect patients’ health and fundamentally isn’t how we treat medications from a tax policy perspective in Canada,” argues Jonathan Zaid, founder and executive director of CFAMM.The federal plan would add $1 of excise tax per gram of cannabis or 10 per cent of the final retail price, whichever is higher.MP Bill Blair, the Liberals’ point man on legalizing marijuana, has said his government is committed to maintaining a functional medical marijuana system. But “at the same time, we do not want the taxation levels to be an incentive for people to utilize that system inappropriately and so we propose that the taxation levels for both non-medical and medical will be aligned.”Zaid, who began using medicinal marijuana about four years ago to treat a condition called daily persistent headache, says the government seems to think some people may fake illness to get access to cheaper pot.“While we acknowledge that price differential could be a potential concern, we don’t see that as a reason to disadvantage the 200,000-plus Canadians who legitimately access cannabis for medical purposes,” says Zaid.Health Canada predicts medicinal marijuana users will grow in numbers to 400,000 by 2024. At a time when Canada is battling an opioid dependency and overdose crisis, CFAMM maintains Ottawa shouldn’t be financially penalizing patients who are using a safer alternative to treat their pain — an alternative the organization also believes should be distributed through pharmacies.For Daphnee Elisma of Montreal, cannabis is the only drug that has helped relieve her suffering.A 2010 operation for a brain aneurysm left her with incapacitating migraines, while the removal of lymph nodes during breast cancer surgery in 2014 resulted in the development of complex regional pain syndrome in her right arm.“We’ve tried so many drugs, including opioids,” says Elisma, 42, who spends about $500 a month on oil and dried cannabis, which she primarily ingests through vaping.Unlike recreational users, “I’m not using cannabis on the weekend just for fun and mixing it with alcohol,” she says, balking at the idea that she and other therapeutic users should be hit with the excise duty, which she calls essentially another “sin” tax like that levied on alcohol and tobacco.“I use it out of medical necessity, and that’s what we need the government to understand, to make that clear distinction.”Medicinal users are also concerned about supply, given that many of the country’s licensed producers have indicated they plan to grow and distribute weed for both patients and the recreational market.“Patient groups have expressed concerns that some companies might pivot away from the medical system and focus solely on the consumer system,” says Cam Battley, executive vice-president of Edmonton-based producer Aurora Cannabis Inc.“So we’ve made a commitment that our medical patients come first,” he says, noting that Aurora is part of the industry organization Cannabis Canada, which also wants to see the double taxation on medicinal pot go up in smoke.“It’s morally wrong in our view to tax people who already have a chronic illness and many of whom are already in income-constrained situations.”Minimal insurance coverage — by both private and provincial drug plans — also has medical cannabis users fuming.With the exception of limited coverage for veterans and patients with health spending accounts — discretionary funding that covers such services as chiropractic and massage therapy, for example — most private insurance plans don’t reimburse the cost of medical cannabis. And no province or territory covers the drug under public plans.“There’s less coverage in terms of public-sector coverage, which is extremely unfortunate, given that most patients eligible for coverage by provincial formularies are generally people who have low incomes or are on disability,” observes Zaid.“So these are people who really need coverage the most and they’re getting the least support right now.”McKnight says since Liam started taking cannabis oil, he’s been weaned off all other anti-epileptic medications and has not once been rushed to hospital or admitted due to seizures.“So I think overall we are saving the health-care system thousands of dollars,” she says. “It feels to me as if we’re being punished.”– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

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Vancouver man banned from dance club fails in bid for human rights

first_imgVANCOUVER – The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal won’t reconsider its refusal to hear a Vancouver man’s complaint that his dance club banned him for being “creepy,” and discriminated against him on the basis of age, sex and race.Mokua Gichuru asked the tribunal to rethink a 2017 finding that the Vancouver Swing Society “has a right to ban individuals for inappropriate behaviour, regardless of sex, age or any other characteristic.”Gichuru claimed new evidence from a club member’s March 2017 Facebook post supported his request for reconsideration because he said it revealed the swing club refuses to consider harassment complaints raised by men and won’t listen to “a man’s side of the story.”The post, about unrelated sexual assault allegations made two years earlier against an international dance instructor who was black, said the choice to stand with the victim included banning the abuser, a reference Gichuru argued was aimed at him, an older, black man.But tribunal member Walter Rilkoff disagreed that the Facebook post refers to Gichuru or that it supports an allegation that the dance club does not fairly handle complaints of harassment.Gichuru initially complained that he was accused of “mansplaining,” or explaining something in a condesending way, and was unfriended on Facebook by a club member after posting an opinion about United States politics, but the exchange degenerated to complaints he had harassed a female club member.After those details surfaced, Gichuru was banned from volunteering or attending swing society events for the rest of that year, leading to his first appeal to the tribunal and its refusal to consider his case further.“From the information you provide, older men are allowed membership within (the Vancouver Swing Society) without restriction,” Rilkof says in his decision release Feb. 1, 2017.“It appears your harassment complaint did not proceed and you were instructed not to attend events on Nov. 19 and Dec. 3, and perhaps indefinitely, due to what (the club) viewed as inappropriate behaviour,” Rilkoff says, adding the club has the right to make that ruling.Following Gichuru’s second application, Rilkoff agreed to examine what the man said was new evidence from the 2017 Facebook post, but he again found it did not support an allegation of “blatant stereotyping” of older, black men interacting with younger women.“The club wanted Mr. Gichuru to consider his role as an older man in his conduct toward (the victim,)” Rilkoff says.“Mr. Gichuru believes that this stereotypes him as a ‘creep.’ However, the material he provides does not support this belief.”The decision says Gichuru “has not alleged facts which, if proven, could be a violation of the code.”last_img read more

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Documents show Liberals took eyes ways to tax Netflix like Quebec plans

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal officials have taken a close look at how the government can make online services like Netflix and Amazon voluntarily collect sales tax, similar to the model Quebec plans to bring in next year.Pages of briefing notes provided to Heritage Minister Melanie Joly over the course of 2017 detail how certain governments around the world have required foreign-based streaming services to register with the government in order to collect and pay taxes, rather than imposing new taxes on the services.The notes, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, say countries should make it as simple as possible for companies to register with national tax offices to collect revenue on which they are currently missing out.Quebec’s Liberal government announced in its budget Tuesday that it would do exactly that beginning next year to put provincial sales tax on Netflix and any purchases from Amazon. The provincial government believes it could earn about $154.5 million over the next five years from the measure.The cost of a Netflix subscription has gone up in two of the jurisdictions reviewed in the documents to Joly — Japan and Australia — after the company added a sales tax to its fees.The NDP called on the federal government Wednesday to force Netflix to collect and remit taxes just as it does in jurisdictions like the European Union.“The government needs to modernize its laws and put everyone on the same footing. It’s just common sense,” NDP parliamentary leader Guy Caron said in French during the daily question period.“The reality is that taxpayers would pay these taxes,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired back. Trudeau was adamant the Liberals would not increase taxes for Canadians “who are already paying enough for their digital subscriptions.”Trudeau’s position on the tax issue has not been an easy sell to Quebec Liberal MPs who have been under pressure from their constituents to reverse the party’s stand.Indeed, Netflix has been a lightning rod of discontent in Quebec ever since it agreed to invest $500 million over five years in Canada as part of the federal government’s cultural policy, which included a promise to set up a Canadian production facility.Netflix also committed to spend $25 million to develop French-language content, but the lack of a contractual obligation to actually go ahead and produce it came under heavy scrutiny in Quebec, where Joly and her plan were pilloried and dismissed as naive.Foreign-based streaming services without a physical presence in Canada don’t have to collect or remit federal or provincial sales taxes. Instead, it is up to consumers to pay the sales tax to tax collectors, but in reality this rarely happens.Government lawyers have issued dozens of pages of legal opinions about placing a levy or sales tax on Netflix. The contents of those documents that went to Joly have been blacked out with officials saying they cannot be publicly released because the information is subject to solicitor-client privilege.Last week, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who is responsible for tax changes, said the Liberals want to ensure online firms “pay the appropriate level of tax,” noting a 2020 deadline Canada and other G7 nations have set for a tax regime. Morneau’s office pointed to those comments when asked for reaction to the Quebec budget and the briefing notes to Joly.The documents to Joly don’t reference how much different governments have earned since imposing the online tax regime.A June 2016 briefing note raised concerns about the idea, saying “little can be done to enforce a sales tax regime, even when a foreign-based company has registered with the relevant tax authority.”That same note also questioned whether other countries, particularly the United States, would help Canada recoup the uncollected sales tax.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

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Tumbler Ridges receives an unexpected gift from a visitor

first_imgThere was an estimated infusion of roughly 5000 people to the town of Tumbler Ridge that has a population of 2000 people. With the hotels filled to capacity and restaurants trying to accommodate the needs of their guests, Bertrand said: “Hats off to them for putting in the hard work and trying to satisfy all the visitors.”At times with 5-6 hour waits to see the Throne, “I was absolutely impressed by the good spirits of everybody even with the long wait times. Everybody seemed to make conversation with their fellow linemates making new connections,” said Bertrand. Even local restauranteurs were bringing food out to the site to sell to the people waiting in line.The economic infusion and the exposure to the area was an unexpected gift, the community stepped up, as we appreciate and know what we have here and we are trying to develop our tourism, “The good publicity and exposure were phenomenal,” said Bertrand.Bertrand shares, 4 boxes of Tumbler Ridge’s new visitor guide, roughly 300 brochures of the area were handed out to the visitors. Bertrand again expresses that even with the lack of time to prepare the level of response to the Throne was “absolutely incredible.”Even now that the Throne is gone, Bertrand shares Wild River Adventure Tours continue to go back to the site of the Throne to clean up the area. “We were not prepared for the amount of garbage and cigarette butts and Randy (Owner/operator of Wild River Adventure Tours) is going back to restore the area to what it was before.” TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – This past week an unexpected visitor left the community of Tumbler Ridge with a gift that Mayor Keith Bertrand says was an incredible opportunity of exposure.The past week the Game of Thrones, Throne was placed near Babcock Creek which drew an unexpected and large following of fans to the area for an opportunity to view and sit upon the Throne. Wild River Adventure Tours were the main organizers and the caretakers of the Throne while it remained in Tumbler Ridge. Bertrand said, “They put in a lot of long days and went above and beyond to make the experience memorable for everybody.”Bertrand shares he is absolutely thrilled by the response to the Throne and that the community saw visitors travel to the area from Seattle, Victoria and Alaska. There was also a Grande Prairie helicopter business offering tours to see the Throne.last_img read more

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Xi China wants to expand sprawling infrastructure project

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping has called for more countries to join China’s sprawling infrastructure-building initiative after he promised to improve standards in response to complaints about debt and other problems.Speaking at a gathering of leaders to celebrate his signature project, Xi tried Saturday to dispel complaints the Belt and Road Initiative does too little for developing countries that have borrowed from Beijing to build ports, railways and other facilities.Xi says his government wants to “deliver benefits to all.”The number of governments that have signed agreements to support Belt and Road has steadily risen despite opposition from the United States and other governments that worry Beijing is using the initiative to increase its strategic influence.Xi says, “We need to encourage the full participation of more countries and companies.”The Associated Press read more

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Myanmar Ban Kimoon calls for efficient aid delivery to help cyclones victims

24 May 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the importance of effective aid delivery to victims of Myanmar’s deadly Cyclone Nargis, noting that efforts to assist the vulnerable are still in the relief phase. “The needy and the vulnerable depend on the delivery of emergency assistance,” Mr. Ban said at the opening of the Don Mueang Air Hub in Bangkok. “Therefore, the channeling of aid into Myanmar should be as efficient and logistically sound as possible.”He said that the facility will act as a “critical staging area” for the relief effort, allowing larger planes to land and more aid supplies to be flown in from around the world.“It will save lives,” the Secretary-General said at the event, which was also attended by Thailand’s Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretary-General Surin Pisuwan.Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar on 2 May, has left up to 2.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and the UN estimates that more than 100,000 people may have been killed.In his remarks today, Mr. Ban thanked the Governments of Australia, Canada and Thailand for their support.The arrangement regarding the new air hub “underscored the collaborative spirit between key ASEAN member states, the Government of Myanmar and the United Nations,” he said.Yesterday, following talks with Myanmar’s Senior General Than Shwe, the Secretary-General announced that the country’s leader had agreed to allow international relief workers – regardless of their nationality – into the worst-hit areas.“He has taken quite a flexible position on an issue that, until now, has been an obstacle to organizing coordinated and fully effective international aid and assistance operations,” Mr. Ban said following what he characterized as a “good meeting” with the Senior General held in the South-East Asian nation’s new capital Naypyidaw. “He has also agreed that [the] visa issue will be speeded up.”Mr. Ban, who toured some of the worst affected areas in the Irrawaddy delta and spoke with families who had been forced to leave their homes, said the leader had agreed that the main airport at Yangon, Myanmar’s most populous city, could be used as a logistics hub for international aid.“I hope all these agreements can produce results quickly. Implementation will be the key. Finally, we have agreed on the kind of effective coordination and consulting mechanisms we need,” he said.The Secretary-General, who today also visited the region devastated by the recent Chinese earthquake, will return to Yangon tomorrow for a pledging conference, which is co-sponsored by the UN and ASEAN, to raise funds for the Myanmar disaster. Some 50 countries have signed up to attend the gathering – hosted by the Government of Myanmar – also bringing together UN agencies, the Red Cross and non-governmental organizations NGOs).“This meeting intends to encourage cooperation in providing assistance to victims of Cyclone Nargis and to show that the international community is united in helping the people of Myanmar,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes.Mr. Ban, along with Myanmar’s Prime Minister Thein Sein and George Yeo, Foreign Minister of Singapore which currently chairs ASEAN, will address the conference’s opening.The Government of Myanmar will brief participants on the humanitarian situation and response to the cyclone. Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, will present a joint ASEAN-UN briefing on the international response, and Mr. Pitsuwan will discuss an ASEAN-led tripartite coordinating mechanism involving the UN and Myanmar. read more

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Ohio State womens ice hockey takes improved defense to St Cloud State

Then-freshman goaltender Kassidy Sauve (32) defends the net during a game against Mercyhurst on Nov. 11 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost 3-0. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (5-7-0) recorded its first series split of season last weekend against the University of North Dakota. Now, the Buckeyes are preparing to head back on the road to St. Cloud, Minnesota, for a two-game series against St. Cloud State.Despite dropping three of its last four contests, the team believes it is playing with greater confidence than earlier in the season.“We’re definitely starting to find our identity a little more. We’ve been putting in a lot of work,” senior forward Kendall Curtis said. “We’re figuring out who we are as a team, and we know we can grind and come back from any deficit.”Against St. Cloud State (4-7-1), losers of two straight, the Buckeyes have a chance to put some distance between themselves and the teams behind them in the conference. The Huskies enter this weekend one point behind OSU for fifth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.Internal improvementThe team’s mantra all season has been to focus on getting better each week independent of whom it plays. However, the Buckeyes recognize that this week is different, as they’re facing the team currently nipping at their heels.“We haven’t really talked much about St. Cloud, but we know that they have a similar record to us so this is an important weekend to get some points,” freshman forward Maddy Field said.For Field, who is tied for second on the team in goals scored, her contribution to the team improving has been to help shore up the team’s defense, which has allowed only eight goals in the last six games since allowing 18 goals in two games to Minnesota.“The coaches have definitely told me to be focusing on my defensive side and that the goals will come after,” Field said.OSU coach Jenny Potter, who will return to her home state of Minnesota for the first time as a Buckeye this weekend, said she is pleased with her squad’s development at this point of the season before an important series.“Our team has, in my opinion, improved every week,” Potter said. “Just getting better and better and learning every week from each other and the opponents we play.”Becoming a threatCurtis said she believes that the team’s overall improved play is attributed to a better grasp on its team concept.“Our systems are really coming more for us now, we’re not really focusing on it as much in practice,” Curtis said. “We’re focusing on coming together, taking that next step, not just systems, becoming a team that’s always a threat.”OSU’s renewed sense of confidence is aided by the time it spends working on its game, not the opponent’s.“I’m not too worried about other teams,” Potter said. “Obviously we’ve got to know their strengths and weaknesses, but more importantly you’ve got to know your strengths and play your game.”Their game looks to be continued stalwart defense and stiff competition as the Buckeyes continue to adjust under Potter in her first year as OSU’s coach.“It’s not good enough to be able to outwork teams anymore. We did a lot of that early this season,” Curtis said. “We were outworking teams, but the outcome wasn’t there and now we’re getting to the point where that’s not quite good enough.”Potter’s holistic approach to coaching will continue to guide the team as it continues to look to make noise against its remaining conference opponents.“We’re fortunate that we play in the best league in the country and never get to take an off-weekend,” Potter said.The Buckeyes are set to drop the puck against the Huskies at 4:07 p.m. on Friday and 2:37 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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Calories on restaurant menus will fuel young peoples eating disorders charities and

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mandatory calorie counts on restaurant menus will fuel young peoples’ eating disorders, charities and MPs have warned the Government.Leading eating disorder charity Beat has told the Sunday Telegraph its concerns about the proposal, arguing that it would cause “great distress” for those suffering from eating disorders.Other charities SEED Eating Disorder Care and Anorexia and Bulimia Care, as well as MPs including Andrea Jenkyns, Tim Farron and Crispin Blunt have also voiced their concerns in a letter to this newspaper.They argue that forcing all restaurants and cafes to include calorie information is unhelpful for those suffering from eating disorders and can hinder those in recovery, as it causes them to “obsess” over calories.They write: “We believe that proposals to introduce mandatory calorie counts on menus will be ineffective at reducing obesity rates and damaging to the mental and physical health of those suffering with eating disorders.”A consultation on the issue closed on Friday, with the Department of Health and Social Care due to make a decision on the policy shortly. While larger chains such as Wetherspoons and Pizza Express display calorie counts for some of their menu items, smaller businesses on the whole do not.Beat’s Chief Executive Andrew Radford told the Telegraph: “Requiring calorie counts on menus risks causing great distress for people suffering from or vulnerable to eating disorders, since evidence shows that calorie labelling exacerbates eating disorders of all kinds.”Ellen Maloney, a Beat ambassador who was first hospitalised for anorexia nervosa aged 12, said that mandatory calorie counts on menus would force people in recovery from eating disorders to “obsess” over the calorie content.She explained: “I think it puts the emphasis on the wrong thing, it forces people to obsess over numbers which is not the most important thing”For me, I’ve been in recovery for a few years now, but when I see numbers it’s all I can think about. If there’s a 5 calorie difference that will decide what I choose to eat. That’s really unhelpful information.”It makes recovery really difficult as the goal of recovery is to listen to your body and make choices based on what you’re hungry for and not obsessing over calories. That’s what healthy eating is about as well – when you go out for a meal it’s a treat, your choice on a one-off occasion shouldn’t be about calories”Marg Oaten, co-founder of SEED Eating Disorder Support Services, said: “As mum of a daughter who developed an eating disorder at the age of 10 years old, I know first-hand the devastating outcomes, when she was introduced to calorie counts this fuelled her eating disorder to heights I never dreamed possible. She almost lost her life 4 times.“She would scrutinise calories and fat content of food for hours upon hours.“We watched as she was dying before our eyes and were powerless to do anything about it.   “We don’t need calorific content on food packaging – advise on nutritional wellbeing would be much safer.”The letter adds: “Although high-quality evidence is still emerging in this area, available research suggests calorie counts negatively impact those with eating disorders. For example those with Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa are likely to  significantly reduce calorie consumption and participants with Binge Eating Disorder are likely to increase calorie consumption in the menu label versus no label condition. These concerns have also been raised by people with eating disorders and the NGOs that represent them.”  Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute, said: “A mandatory calorie count on every menu item in the country will make life much harder for individuals suffering from or at risk of developing eating disorders without making any significant impact on obesity rates.”Research suggests that calorie counts tend to exacerbate conditions such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders while having little effect on the food choices of overweight people.”Those with eating disorders particularly benefit from having the choice to eat at restaurants that don’t provide a constant reminder of calorie consumption, yet their voice has been sidelined in the policy debate.”“Defenders of mandatory calorie counts claim that they simply provide consumers with more information, but forget that sometimes people prefer to dine without having to focus on exactly how many calories they’re consuming. Many establishments voluntarily provide detailed nutritional information, and having a range of options is the best situation.”A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Calorie information is already widely available in supermarkets but only in some restaurants, cafes and takeaways. Given that around a quarter of our calories come from food on the go, it’s right that we look at clear calorie counts on menus.  “Our priority is to protect children from ill health and the NHS is on track to treat 95 per cent of all urgent cases of eating disorders in children and young people within one week and non-urgent cases in four weeks by 2020/21.” read more

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The 5th tournament Handball is my future in Bugojno

← Previous Story RECORD: 56 teams at Beach Handball EURO 2017 in Croatia Next Story → RNL ON KIEL? PICK Szeged promoted RK Vardar in quarter-final The fifth year of the Youth International tournament “Handball is my future” is on the way! Strong international event for generation 1998 will be held in Bugojno, city in the middle of Bosnia and Herzegovina thanks to the general sponsors Qatar Handball Federation and Mr. Asim Sahman (handball goalkeeper’s coach), local organizer.This year, eight teams from three continents (Asia, Africa and Europe) will take participation in one of the most interesting events for cadets outside official IHF calendar. Host team Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Switzerland, Bahrain, Tunisia and Qatar will compete for the medals and winning trophy between April 13 and 16.I expect that tournament will be interesting as in previous years – said tournament’s director Asim Sahman, who worked as a coach in Qatar for more than a decade.We hope that domestic fans will enjoy handball days in Bugojno and have chance to see some of the future stars of handball. Our expectations are to raise number of fans, but also to become a part of the IHF calendar in order to attract national teams of Denmark, France, Spain, Germany and other handball countries. For the first time, we will have teams from three continents.GERFLOR, IHF REFEREES AND MEDIA SUPPORTAll the matches will be played of GERFLOR, which is get as donation from Qatar Handball Federation. As in previous two years, IHF referees will be on the court as an example for the youngstars, while Handball-Planet.com will stay as media support of the event. read more

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Karnezis identifies Aspirin in cancer fight

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Aspirin may prevent cancer tumours spreading according to new research developed by scientists at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Co-author, Melbourne scientist Dr Tara Karnezis said this research is a breakthrough for new research in cancer treatments and the management of patients. “One of the most important things that came out of this research is that … there are commonly available drugs that could be used to target this pathway,” says Dr Karnezis, and by doing this ultimately stop the spread of cancer. Dr Karnezis said tumours secreted proteins and compounds called growth factors attracting blood and lymphatic vessels to their vicinity, allowing the cancer to flourish and spread. These growth factors also encouraged lymphatic vessels – or “supply lines” – to widen, which enabled the spread of cancer. “This discovery unlocks a range of potentially powerful new therapies to target this pathway in lymphatic vessels, effectively tightening a tumour’s supply lines and restricting the transport of cancer cells to the rest of the body.” This discovery could lead to the development of better and more efficient drugs. “Most fatalities that occur in patients with cancer is due to the spread – in some cases, yes, growth causes morbidity – but it’s the spread of the cancer that causes fatalities, so you have to try and attack it from both ends,” says Dr Karnezis. “You have to try and reduce the growth of the tumour but at the same time you have to stop it from spreading as that’s the most lethal aspect of it.”last_img read more

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Acidification océanique les crustacés menacés

first_imgAcidification océanique : les crustacés menacésLe réchauffement climatique, entre autres dérèglements, provoque l’acidification des océans. Les changements provoqués pourraient bien menacer la pêche, notamment en ce qui concerne les crustacés.Les changements dans la composition chimique des océans se font plus rapidement qu’au cours des 65 millions d’années précédentes. En cause, le réchauffement climatique qui provoque une acidification des océans. Un quart de l’ensemble des émissions de CO2 est absorbé par les mers et les océans où il se transforme en acide carbonique, entraînant une chute de 30% du pH (ce qui correspond à une acidification).À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Les crustacés sont les plus touchés par ce phénomène car, qu’il s’agisse de moules, de crevettes  ou de homards, ils ne parviennent plus à fabriquer correctement leur coquille. Par ailleurs, les récifs coralliens sont eux aussi touchés alors qu’ils assurent un rôle protecteur pour de nombreux poissons.“L’acidification des océans est un autre signal d’alarme, qui répercute des avertissements pour la santé de la planète face à une augmentation incontrôlée des émissions de gaz à effet de serre”, explique Achim Steiner, du Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement (PNUE). “Il reste à voir si l’acidification des océans en soi s’avèrera être une grande menace ou un danger mineur pour l’environnement marin et sa chaîne alimentaire”, conclut-il.Le 5 décembre 2010 à 17:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lurine un fluide qui cache plus de 3000 composés chimiques

first_imgL’urine, un fluide qui cache plus de 3.000 composés chimiquesAprès sept ans de recherches, une équipe de scientifiques de l’université d’Alberta a finalement réussi à déterminer la composition chimique de l’urine humaine. Cette dernière contiendrait selon eux, plus de 3.000 composés chimiques.A voir comme ça, on ne penserait pas qu’un tel liquide puisse cacher autant de choses… Et pourtant, c’est bien le cas si l’on en croit l’étude publiée dans la revue PLoS ONE par des chercheurs de l’université d’Alberta au Canada. D’après ces travaux, notre urine contiendrait plus de 3.000 composés chimiques. Il a fallu pas moins de 7 années de recherches et une équipe composée d’une vingtaine de spécialistes pour arriver à ce résultat qui représente une véritable découverte. En effet, jusqu’ici les ouvrages médicaux ne faisaient référence qu’à une centaine de composés chimiques. Ce chiffre tombe même à six ou sept seulement pour ce qui est des analyses cliniques réalisées dans le cadre de la détection de drogue ou d’infection urinaire, a souligné David Wishart, professeur de biologie à l’origine de la recherche menée par les scientifiques canadiens.Une diversité chimique étonnante “L’urine est un biofluide incroyablement complexe. Mais nous n’imaginions pas qu’autant de composés diférrents pouvaient finir dans nos toilettes”, a t-il ajouté cité par LiveScience. Dans le détail, les chercheurs ont identifié 3.079 composés dont 72 sont produits par des bactéries et 1.453 sont fabriqués par notre organisme. Sur cette liste, 2.282 proviennent de notre alimentation, de médicaments, de cosmétiques ou d’une exposition environnementale, sachant que certains composés peuvent appartenir à plusieurs groupes.”L’urine est depuis longtemps un biofluide ‘privilégié’ par les scientifiques qui travaillent sur la métabolomique”, car c’est un liquide stérile et qui peut être facilement obtenu en quantité assez importante, ont expliqué les chercheurs. Néanmoins, sa complexité chimique en a fait un fluide difficile à comprendre pleinement, comparé à la salive ou au liquide cérébro-spinal. D’après l’étude, les plus de 3.000 composés découverts appartiennent à 230 classes chimiques différentes.  “Etant donné qu’il n’y a que 356 classes chimiques dans tout le métabolome humain [ensemble des petites molécules ou métabolites, ndlr], ceci démontre assurément la diversité chimique énorme existant dans l’urine”, ont précisé les chercheurs. Quelque 480 composés présents dans l’urine n’ont même pas été découverts dans le sang, contredisant l’idée que les substances de l’urine sont un sous-ensemble de celles trouvées dans le sang. Mais pourquoi une telle diversité dans ce liquide ? Vers de nouveaux tests moins invasifsÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le fait que tant de composés semblent être uniques à l’urine est probablement lié au fait que les reins font un travail extraordinaire pour concentrer certains métabolites issus du sang”, répondent les chercheurs. Aussi, la découverte d’une telle richesse est d’importance pour le domaine médical. “Multiplier la liste des produits chimiques connus dans l’urine par 30 et améliorer la technologie pour que nous soyons capables d’en détecter des centaines à la fois pourrait vraiment être un changement majeur pour les tests médicaux”, a relevé Wishart. En effet, avec une production quotidienne comprise entre 1,5 et 2 litres, l’urine constitue un outil d’étude fiable si on l’analyse correctement. Les résultats de cette étude ouvrent ainsi la voie à la mise en place de tests d’urine beaucoup moins invasifs et contraignants que d’autres (prise de sang, biopsie…). Ceux-ci sont d’ailleurs déjà en projet ou sur le point d’entrer sur le marché pour diagnostiquer des cancers du colon, de la prostate ou encore lors de rejet de transplantation d’organe. Pour que les résultats de leur recherche initient de nouvelles études, les membres de l’université d’Alberta ont mis en place une base de données regroupant leurs résultats et disponible en ligne. Ils espèrent que cette base sera enrichie au fur et à mesure des découvertes réalisées grâce à de nouvelles techniques et instruments. “Ce n’est certainement pas le dernier mot au sujet de la composition chimique de l’urine”, a conclu Wishart.Le 11 septembre 2013 à 15:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Robots Are Delivering Sushi to Hungry Japanese Customers This August

first_img These days, robots are doing everything. They’re cleaning our floors, automating healthcare, and delivering sushi. Yeah, you read that right. They can deliver tasty morsels of tender seafood and rice to your doorstep. At least, they will be in Japan. Tokyo robotics company ZMP is partnering up with the Ride On Express food delivery service to bring hungry Japanese residents sushi with CarriRo robots.These adorable little robots are bright red and about three feet tall. They can avoid pedestrians and other obstacles thanks to built in sensors, and they can even carry enough food for about 60 people. Yes, 60 people. That’s a whole lotta sushi. They move at about 4 miles an hour, but they’re absolutely adorable robots that can bring you sushi. You don’t have to do anything at all, and this cute little red guy is bringing you food. This is truly the future.Just look at its glossy exterior, and its tiny mouth that kind of resembles a bird’s beak. It just wants to be your friend and help you eat a bunch of delicious food. Nothing to be ashamed of.The robots will start rolling out in Japan this August with parks and private roads being tested first. If it works as planned and there are no crazy robots throwing sushi at people (or people harassing the robots) then lucky Japanese citizens could well see these tiny red dudes in the near future. I’m just over here waiting for my turn in the west. Sushi robots, people. Pronto.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu last_img read more

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Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye A Champion for Life

first_img Related Items:Champion for Life, Grand Turk long jumper’s story to be shared on campus at Kansas State University, Ifaenyichukwu Otuonye Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 11, 2016 – Ifeanyi is a Kansas State University & Big XII Conference “Champion for life’ for the 2015-2016 academic year!  In a letter to our super star, national record holding long jumper, Ifaenyichukwu Otuonye learns that his work ethic, his spirit and his determination as an outstanding student-athlete is counted as ‘remarkable’.The letter is posted to his Instagram and comes from the Commissioner of the Big XII of top college athletics.  The Commissioner, Bobby Bowlsby tells Ifeanyi that the honour includes a spotlight on his life, his story and will be shared with the Campus Community and the world.This is the first year for this Big XII Conference initiative.  Ifeanyi, obviously proud of the accomplishment, posted the letter with… “My name is Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye & I’m a Champion for Life.” Also featured at the website as a ‘Champion for Life’ is #6 NBA draft pick, Chavano ‘Buddy’ Heild of The Bahamas.  Both men are just 22 years old.last_img read more

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Retirement income gender gap is £6400

first_imgThe annual average expected retirement income for women who are retiring in 2017 is £6,400 lower than the annual average expected retirement income for men retiring this year, according to research by Prudential.Its Class of 2017 report, which surveyed 10,605 non-retired UK adults aged 45 and over, also found that women retiring this year can expect to receive an average annual retirement income of £14,300, compared to men retiring in 2017, who can expect an average annual retirement income of £20.700.The research also found:The annual average expected retirement income gender gap increased by £1,100 between 2016 and 2017, rising from £5,300 to £6,400.50% of female respondents who plan to retire this year believe they are financially well-prepared for retirement, compared to 48% in 2016.The average annual expected retirement income for men has increased by £900 since 2016, rising from £19,800 to £20,700. Women’s average annual expected retirement income has decreased by £200 from £14,500 in 2016 to £14,300 in 2017.Men who are retiring this year will be 45% better off than their female counterparts.Kirsty Anderson (pictured), retirement income expert at Prudential, said: “It is encouraging that many women planning to retire this year feel financially well-prepared for their years in retirement. In fact, women’s expected retirement incomes this year are the second highest on record.“However, the gender gap in retirement incomes continues to grow, probably reflecting the fact that many women will enter retirement having taken career breaks and changed their working patterns to look after dependents. Unfortunately, as a result, many women will end up with smaller personal pension pots and some are also likely to receive a reduced state pension.“For anyone who takes a career break, maintaining pension contributions and, where possible, making voluntary national insurance contributions after returning to work, should help to minimise the impact on their retirement income. The best way to secure a good quality of life in retirement is to save as much as possible from as early as possible in your working life.“However, with a greater number of women staying in the workforce for longer these days, and employers increasingly offering more flexible-working patterns, the outlook looks more positive for women’s retirement incomes in the future.”last_img read more

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Jobs of the future are strange terrifying and dont even exist yet

first_img The deadliest jobs in America, ranked Tags But things get a little bit weirder.How about a job as a “child assistant bot programmer.” This study expects that “humanoid robots” will help children play safely.”These bots can be personalised and programmed to align with family preferences, values and rules,” reads the study. “They read nursery rhymes, personalise stories, teach basic numeracy and language skills, develop general knowledge, support the learning of spatial skills, and use coding games to develop digital literacies.”The study also mentions “cricket farmer” as a potential future job. Makes sense, since food shortages are a real issue and crickets are a great source of protein.How about “memory optimiser,” a job that sounds like something straight out of Total Recall. They will “augment people’s working memory capacities through digital implant technologies, and judicious memory erasure.” Brilliant.Perhaps my favourite: the “nostalgist.” The study predicts that, as people live longer, there will be a market for people who can recreate the best parts of life from 80 to 100 years ago.”Nostalgists combine interior design expertise with personal digital research to design a personalised experience for their clients,” says the study. “People may wish to live in environments designed by nostalgists, or to visit them virtually with the assistance of a virtual reality experience creator.”Peta White, a science and environmental education lecturer at Deakin University, says many of the jobs our younger generation will do in the future “don’t even exist yet”.”Our aim with this project,” she adds, “is to help parents, educators and industry professionals support the next generation in their future career ambitions.”To take the quiz and find out what future job you might have, go here. Comment 1 What could your future job be? Griffith/Deakin/Ford Right now we seem to be coming to grips with the idea that, years from now, many current jobs we take for granted will have transformed beyond recognition or, worse, cease to exist.But what kind of jobs will replace them? Griffith University and Deakin University recently teamed up with Ford in Australia in an attempt to tackle that question. The answers are strange and terrifying. Please… let me die before this dystopian future takes shape.First, a bit of a disclaimer. Studies of these kind, funded at least in part by a company with some sort of message in mind, have to be taken with a grain of salt.But regardless, the study seems to have merit. After studying the existing research around the topic of future jobs, the research team identified a series of industries and consulted with experts familiar with “cutting edge developments” in this field to help guide the discussion and make predictions.Then they came up with 100 possible jobs that could exist in the future, according to the research and the testimony of these experts.Some of these jobs make a lot of sense.Take the de-extinction geneticist, for example.De-extinction is a topic we’ve covered extensively here at CNET. Scientists are already looking to CRISPR to find ways to protect existing species, or carefully bring back animals that could help provide ecological balance.Ethical Hacker is another role the study identified. Again, CNET has already covered that in-depth. That role, as described in this study already exists. Share your voice 21 Photos Culturelast_img read more

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Locals want their road back

first_imgKPHB COLONY (6th Phase): People moving along the Anupama Hospital stretch have been suffering due to the sordid condition of roads. M Sudhakara (55), a local resident of the 6th phase, shared, “For the last three months we have been complaining to GHMC and also took pictures of these roads to their notice. We have asked the drainage department to flush out storm water but to no avail.”last_img

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Joi Aai Axom Assam begins to emerge gloriously on the Indian sporting

first_imgRiyan Parag was part of the Under-19 World Cup winning Indian teamTwitter/Riyan ParagThe north-east of India may have been a largely ignored area of the country for a long time. But in the field of sports, it has stood tall, mainly due to the incredible sporting achievements of Manipur. This tiny, insurgency-infested province keeps producing a large number of exceptional talents who bring India glory at the international stage. In fact, the only state in the country that can match Manipur’s prolificacy in sports is Haryana.Occasionally, players from Tripura and Mizoram have also made a mark. But one state that has been left behind is the most prominent of them all – Assam. In spite of having been an international venue for cricket, the state could never become a powerhouse in domestic circuit and hadn’t produced a famous cricketer.Emergence of new starsBut if one were to look at the brilliant innings played by Riyan Parag for Rajasthan Royals against Delhi Capitals in Indian Premier League (IPL), it appears that will change soon. Parag, who became the youngest player to score a fifty in IPL, at the age of 17 years and 175 days, showed incredible maturity in tackling the spin-friendly conditions that befuddled his other teammates.But before Parag emerged as a rising star from Assam in the IPL, another teenager from there was making waves. Hima Das is well on her way to becoming one of the greatest athletes that the country has produced. Her victory at the IAAF World U20 Championships last year made her a household name. She proudly wore the Assamese ‘Gamosa’ – the traditional scarf of the state – as she took in the applause. Hima Das could become one of the greatest Indian athletesIANSCulture of sportsIt’s not that sporting culture was completely absent from the north-eastern state. It hosted the 2007 National Games and even topped the medals list. In the last Asian Games that took place in 2015, Assam was 10th in the medals table with 9 golds, 5 silvers and 11 bronzes.Last year, chief minister of the state Sarbananda Sonowal felicitated 16 top sporting personalities of the state. Among those who were honoured was Riyan Parag – awarded the Best Upcoming Player for his performance in the Under-19 cricket World Cup.Some years ago, Abu Nechim, an all-rounder from Assam played a minor role in the Mumbai Indians team. But he was still the most prominent face in IPL from the land of Brahmaputra. With players like Hima Das and Riyan Parag making a huge splash, it’s only a matter of time before more inspired young men and women emerge on the international sporting scene from the state. The whole nation would love that and join in saying, ‘Joi Aai Axom’ (Victory to Mother Assam).last_img read more

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New Godzilla isnt just a guy in a suit and he looks

first_imgGodzilla has traditionally been a monster played by a guy in a rubber suit. While this was all well and good before the advent of computer graphics, bringing the classic kaiju to life using this technique it isn’t something modern audiences would be receptive to. The American Godzilla films have created the monster using CG, and now, Toho Pictures is going down the same route with its latest entry: Godzilla Resurgence. Despite being a CG creation, this Godzilla will look and feel like the original.I’ve seen some videos from the movie and was under the impression that Shin Godzilla (as I will now refer to him as) was purely a guy in a suit. However, as you can see from the video below, the creature is very much a CG creation. Shin Godzilla still retains the upright stance and lumbering stride of the original King of the Monsters. Even the shots are framed in much the same way they would be in the classic Toho films. Visually, this is a nice marriage between old and new.Shin Godzilla isn’t 100% CG throughout the entire film, though. The movie utilizes puppets and animatronics in addition to digital effects to bring Godzilla to life. There may not be a man in a rubber suit playing Shin Godzilla, but the kaiju is still controlled by a human that provides motion capture for it.Godzilla Resurgence was released in Japan just a few weeks ago to critical praise. It is co-directed by Hideaki Anno, who you may know as the creator of the Evangelion anime franchise. Anno’s darker sensibilities can be seen and felt with the film’s bleak and gloomy tone. From all accounts, this is one of the very best Godzilla movies ever produced.Funimation has picked up the distribution rights to the film and will release it as Shin Godzilla later this year in North America.last_img read more

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Delhi fair to promote Indian handicraft business

first_imgAsia’s largest gifts and handicrafts fair, which has welcomed buyers from more than 100 countries to source products for lifestyle, fashion, home and textiles, was inaugurated on October 12, at the the India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida. The Indian handicrafts and gifts fair, which was inaugrated by Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Textiles, offers an assemblage with a traditional artistic finish in perfect harmony with modern designs and contemporary colours. The fair will last till October 16, 2017. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDuring the ceremony, Irani applauded the role of EPCH for promoting exports of handicrafts from the country. The Handicraft sector has witnessed a growth of 13.15% in 2016-17, compared to the previous year. Urging the exporting fraternity to think of the welfare of the artisans, Irani talked about how these artisans are the backbone of the sector. In view of the Prime Minister’s dream to educate every child of this country, the Minister mentioned about the launch of ‘education welfare of the children of the artisans’ by EPCH under their CSR programme. The scheme provides full support for educating the children of artisans through open schools. As informed, 75% of the entire expenditure is to be borne by EPCH and 25% by the member exporters, sponsoring the study of the children. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive While inaugurating the Delhi IHGF Fair, the minister of Textilementioned that innovation in the designs is the trick behind keeping the prices of the products high. This would in turn benefit the artisians from the weaker section of the society. She also appreciated the introduction of EPCH scheme for “Design Register” under which the member exporter can register their design without any hassle. Irani expressed that design and product development should not be a difficult task for a common entrepreneur and EPCH design services will definitely help the sector in a big way thereby contributing to augment the exports of handicrafts from the country. Smriti Zubin Irani expressed her satisfaction that the vision of the Prime Minister to promote the North East is being truly implemented by EPCH. EPCH is providing full support through its integrated programme of development of NER handicrafts and handloom which include design, market and skill development. Speaking on the occasion, OP Prahladka, Chairman – EPCH, mentioned about the EPCH vision for the next five years on ‘Technology Upgradation’. “EPCH has just started the ‘Design and Product Development Technology Mission’ under which the design and new material of product shall be focussed. The minister has assured full support to this new initiative which is in fact the need of the hour. Speaking further he sais, “Minister also noted that for the first time in the Handicrafts sector, an initiative is being taken for foreign direct investment [FDI] and joint venture opportunities for the buyers and sellers. A symposium on ‘Investment Opportunities in Handicrafts Sector’ is being organised. It is understood that presently a very large amount of investment from USA and Europeans countries is already taking place in the handicrafts sector in China, South Korea, and Vietnam which are competitors of India. This initiative will give opportunities to overseas buyers to bring technical know how, investment and marketing network so as to form joint ventures for promoting Indian Handicrafts in the world market. O P Prahladka also appreciated the overall support received from Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Commerce to ease the implementation of GST. He assured the Minister that despite the initial challenges, handicrafts will continue to demonstrate robust growth.Rakesh Kumar, ED – EPCH said that the special attraction of this fair includes designer forum and recycled products at the fair. About 2980 exhibitors of home, lifestyle, fashion, textiles and furniture are participating in the Fair.”last_img read more

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