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first_imgDisease modelers project a rapidly rising toll from EbolaScientists across the world are scrambling to create computer models that accurately describe the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Some are bleaker than others, but all modelers agree: Current efforts to control the epidemic are not enough to stop the deadly pathogen in its tracks.See all of Science’s coverage of the Ebola outbreak, including Nigeria’s spreading outbreak, experimental drugs, and Congo’s battle with Ebola.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Languages are being wiped out by economic growthThe world’s roughly 7000 known languages are disappearing faster than species, with a different tongue dying approximately every 2 weeks. Now, researchers have identified the primary threat to linguistic diversity: economic development.Dengue vaccine shows promise in Latin AmericaWhat is likely to be the first dengue vaccine on the market has shown encouraging results in a clinical trial in Latin America, cutting disease incidence in recipients by 60.8%. The vaccine could be approved for use as early as next year; then, dengue-affected countries would face a tough decision in weighing whether the limited protection it confers will be worth the vaccine’s cost.Giant dinosaur unearthed in ArgentinaResearchers working in Argentina have discovered the most complete skeleton of a massive new dinosaur. Dreadnoughtus schrani was 26 meters long and weighed about 59 metric tons—twice as long as Tyrannosaurus rex and as heavy as a herd of elephants. Researchers say that the beast was so big it would have had no fear of predators—and it was still growing when it died!last_img read more

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first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday rapped the Uttar Pradesh government over its failure to provide potable water to the residents of Kanpur, and directed the Chief Secretary to ensure availability of clean water.Taking note of a report furnished by an NGT-appointed committee, a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “The report is self-speaking and paints a grim picture of failure of authorities in taking remedial measures, forcing the inhabitants to drink polluted water which is a serious hazard to health.”“Access to potable drinking water is a fundamental right and an inalienable duty of the State. The State has clearly failed in doing so in the present case… remedial measures must be taken,” the Bench added.It also directed the Chief Secretary to initiate action against responsible officials of the State government, U.P. Jal Nigam and the State pollution control board for allowing discharge of untreated sewage and effluents directly into the Ganga.last_img read more

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first_imgThe police in north-western Assam’s Baksa district have arrested a man for drowning his infant daughter in order to be cured of an unknown disease from which he was suffering.Birbal Boro, a resident of Lahapara village, was arrested on Saturday after his wife filed a First Information Report at the local police station, accusing him of killing their daughter.The accused had gone out with his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter for a walk Friday but returned home a couple of hours later without her. He told members of his family that he had “immersed the girl in the river because God had ordered him” to do this.Locals said the man was ill for almost a month and had visited a quack, who advised him to sacrifice one of his three children if he wanted to be cured.The police retrieved the body of the girl with the help of a State Disaster Response Force team.“We are questioning the man, his family members and other villagers to find out if any quack or witchdoctor was involved,” the district’s Superintendent of Police T.P. Vijay Kumar told The Hindu.The police would be producing the accused in a local court after his medical examination.last_img read more

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first_imgIndian shuttlers, including H.S. Prannoy, B. Sai Praneeth and R.M.V Gurusaidutt, had a good day at the $120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here.However, Harsheel Dani failed to win his opening match, losing out to Misha Zilberman of Israel 18-21, 18-21 on Tuesday.Praneeth, who is on a high after winning the single’s title at the recently concluded Canada Open Grand Prix, breezed past his Swedish rival Henri Hurskainen in only 29 minutes. Hurskainen could not put up much of a fight in the opener as Praneeth pocketed it 21-13.In the next game, it was all square till 12-12 and just when it looked like the Swedish shuttler had grabbed the momentum, Praneeth brought out his ‘A’ game to clinch it 21-12.Praneeth will now face Canada’s B.R. Sankeerth in the next round.Prannoy had a cakewalk in his lung opener. He defeated local talent Calvin Lin 21-7, 21-6. The only resistance Calvin could show was in the second game when both shuttlers were locked at 3-3. The Indian youngster took just 20 minutes to seal the deal. Prannoy will now lock horns against Joshua Magee of Ireland.In another men’s singles tie, India’s Pratul Joshi came out on top against Kevin Barkman of Canada 21-13, 21-13.From the very outset, Pratul did not let Barkman settle down and held on to the lead in both games and brought the shutters down after a mere 23 minutes.Gurusaidutt was brutal on his opponent Phillips Jap of the United States as he won with a scoreline of 21-8, 21-13.advertisementJap did not stand a chance against the higher ranked Indian and Gurusaidutt made sure he did not have any hiccups on the way.Anand Pawar also cruised past the challenge of Denmark’s Peder Sovndal. The Indian needed just 17 minutes to grab a 21-7, 21-7 win.Meanwhile, Ajay Jayaram got a walkover against Joachim Persson.last_img read more

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first_imgOlympic medallist P.V. Sindhu won her opening match while Saina Nehwal crashed out in the first round of the women’s singles category on a mixed day for Indians at the China Open badminton tournament at the Haixia Olympic Sport Center here on Wednesday.Sindhu coasted to a 21-12, 21-16 win over Chia Hsin Lee of Taiwan in her round of 16 match.Sindhu, who took the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics earlier this year, will face Beiwen Zhang of Singapore in the quarter-finals.Zhang defeated Ya Ching Hsu of Taiwan 21-16, 21-18 in her campaign opener.Sindhu is playing her first tournament since the Rio Olympics.Saina meanwhile, lost to Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand in a hard fought encounter.The London Olympics bronze medallist lost the opening game before staging a strong fightback to win the second game and level the scores.Porntip, however, dominated the third and decisive game to script a 21-16, 19-21, 21-14 win.Porntip will now take on He Bingjiao of China in her next match. He defeated compatriot Zhang Yiman 20-22, 21-17, 21-19.Saina was playing her first tournament since recovering from a knee surgery she underwent in August after the Rio Olympics.Indians had mixed results in the men’s singles section as well.H.S. Prannoy entered the quarter-finals following an easy 21-13, 21-13 win over Ka Long Angus Ng of Hong Kong.Prannoy will take on Bin Qiao of China in the last eight stage.Qiao outclassed Tien Chen Chou of Taiwan 21-11, 21-13 in a one-sided affair.advertisementIn another men’s singles match, Ajay Jayaram went down 21-19, 20-22, 21-17 to Zhu Siyuan of China in an exciting encounter.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer India captain and currently member of the cricket advisory committee Sourav Ganguly said he was aware of whatever has transpired as far as the Virat Kohli – Anil Kumble fiasco but added it would not be fair for him to comment in public.WATCH FULL VIDEOGanguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman are part of the CAC which had appointed Kumble India coach in 2016 for a one-year term. Despite a terrific track record, Kumble stepped down after India finished runners-up in the Champions Trophy following a rift with Kohli. (Virat Kohli reacts to Anil Kumble resignation: Respect his decision to step down )Kumble, it was said, was overbearing, headmasterly and intimidating. This did not go down well with the players. And then the coach shouted at the team after their defeat against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final. That reportedly ended all hopes of reconciliation. (COA chief Vinod Rai needs to play an active role, CAC member Sourav Ganguly tells India Today)Ganguly, speaking exclusively to India Today, said he had high regard for both Kumble and Kohli but understandably did not want to dwell further on the issue in public.”Quitting as coach was Kumble’s personal decision. I have spoken to both Virat and Anil. I am aware of everything but it would not be fair for me to say anything in public because I am part of the CAC,” Ganguly told India Today.”This is all confidential information and I don’t like talking about it in the media. What the country thinks, we have been reading about it in the media,” said Ganguly.advertisementGanguly, one of India’s most successful captains did not rate Kumble the coach individually because cricket, he said, was a team sport. (Things must have gone out of hand badly for Anil Kumble to resign: Mohammad Azharuddin to India Today)”It’s the team which is rated, which includes the coach and captain. Cricket is a team sport. You win it or lose it together. Under Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, the team had done well. It is difficult for me to say anything because I am not part of the dressing room,” he said.Kumble stepped down from his post despite the firm backing of Ganguly, Tendulkar and Laxman. After putting in his papers, Kumble issued a statement to say he had resigned because Kohli did not approve of his style of coaching.”I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on,” Kumble wrote on Tuesday in a statement.Kohli, who is currently in the West Indies for India’s short limited-overs tour, on Thursday, deleted a tweet he had put out in June 2016, welcoming Kumble as coach.last_img read more

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first_imgTottenham Hotspur now belong with the best in Europe after their 3-1 demolition of Champions League holders Real Madrid at Wembley, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Wednesday.Two goals from Dele Alli and one from Christian Eriksen booked Tottenham’s place in the last 16 of the competition, having baled out in the group phase last season.Twelve-times winners Real had been beaten only once in 22 European ties and had not lost any of their previous 30 group games, but could not live with Pochettino’s dynamic Spurs side.”These games have made us more visible around Europe,” Pochettino, whose side gained a 1-1 draw in the Group H clash in the Bernabeu two weeks ago, told reporters.What a night, under the lights, in the @ChampionsLeague. ?? #COYS pic.twitter.com/Ki57MI0Lf7- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 2, 2017″We’ve qualified and we’re where we want to be. We’re in the next round of the Champions League.”The most exciting thing – what motivates me the most – is that we keep going as a group and this club can achieve important things. You’ve seen today that Tottenham is a big team. We are starting to believe in our potential and that we can compete on a physical and mental level wit the top teams. Reuters Photo”We now belong with the best in England and Europe.”Pochettino set his team up to attack a vulnerable Real side who have suffered their worst domestic start for five years.It paid handsome dividends as they soared into a 3-0 lead midway through the second half before Christiano Ronaldo’s goal set up a nervy final 10 minutes.advertisementAlli, suspended for Tottenham’s opening three games in the competition this season after being sent off against Gent in the Europa League last season, was the pick of Tottenham’s players, although Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane ran him close.”It was a fantastic display by us. We knew if we stuck to our gameplan and were solid at back then we’d get chances,” Alli said. “I wasn’t surprised we dominated. We don’t want to just compete with these teams we want to beat them.”??? The thoughts of Mauricio after a night to remember in the @ChampionsLeague. #COYS pic.twitter.com/5KigfGzLnH- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 1, 2017Pochettino said Alli, the first Englishman to score a brace against Real Madrid in the Champions League since Steven Gerrard for Liverpool in 2009, was getting back to his best after a relatively quiet start to the campaign.”I think it was a great opportunity for Dele to show his quality,” Pochettino said. “It was a big motivation for him to play. He scored twice and nearly had a hat-trick.”I’ve felt he is getting better and better every day. We need him at his best to achieve the things we want to achieve.”Pochettino played down suggestions Wednesday’s result was his best in his three and a bit seasons in charge.”Right now we are very proud of this match but it will mean nothing at the end of the season if we haven’t won a trophy,” he said. “I was just as happy when we beat Liverpool and Bournemouth. I’m relaxed and calm and now I’m just thinking about Crystal Palace on Sunday at midday.”last_img read more

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first_imgAt Computex 2019, Cervoz presents its latest MIL-STD-810G Military Grade SSD, the highest speed M.2 NVMe solution and various form factors 3D TLC NAND products to meet multi-task industrial application.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Renesas: RX23E-A group integrates MCUs and high-precision AFE on a single chipNext Why you should care about standards for the Telco edge cloudlast_img read more

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first_imgThe BCU International Stadium will host the 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships from Wednesday, 17 September 2008 to Saturday, 20 September 2008.Approximately 2,000 players, officials, and spectators will attend the 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships throughout the event. Coffs Harbour has been the home of National Touch events since 1997 with participants investing millions of dollars into the local Coffs Harbour economy over the years. The event will encompass the School Sport Australia nationals for 18’s Boys and 18’s Girls as well as a 20’s Boys and 20’s Girls division. The division has been combined in order to select final Australian teams in the 18’s Boys, 18’s Girls, 18’s Mixed, 20’s Boys, 20’s Girls, and 20’s Mixed.In all sixty teams will attend the event. The Sydney Mets will be looking to reclaim their 2007 title in the 18’s Boys but will face stiff competition from NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) and Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST). QSST are defending champions in the 18’s Girls with NSWCHS being a major contender.In the 20’s, the Sydney Mets will be favourite in the Boys and Brisbane City Cobras will be tough to beat in the Girls division.Local hopes will rest in the Northern Eagles teams who are playing in all four divisions at the championships. The best chances lie with the Eagles 20’s Girls team, who are seeded fourth. They will look to Australian representative Stephanie Halpin for experience to take them through to the finals. They start their campaign against Victoria on Wednesday at 1.20pm. The 20’s Boys will face tough competition with last year’s grand finalists Southern Suns and 3rd seeds SQBD Sharks in their pool. They take on the Hunter Western Hornets at 10.50am on Wednesday.The 7th seeded 18’s Boys will have a tough challenge, having top seeds Sydney Mets in their pool. Their first match is against Sydney Rebels at 11.40am on the opening day. The 18’s Girls face 3rd seeds Brisbane City Cobras in their first game, on Wednesday at 11.40am.last_img read more

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first_imgA general view of the Michigan State football stadium.EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of Spartan Stadium during the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan State Spartans on September 23, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan and Michigan State are currently in a weather delay as lighting remains in the East Lansing area. The two teams managed to get through most of the first quarter before the weather delay kicked in, but were forced to leave the field as lighting struck near the stadium.It was a defensive struggle through the first quarter of play. Michigan and Michigan State are currently tied at 0 – and that was with nice weather.FOX updated fans with a new start time. The Wolverines and Spartans are expected to see the field against at 1:52 p.m. ET.We’ll have to wait and see if that holds up. More lightning, rain, and possibly snow is in the forecast for the rest of the afternoon. During its broadcast, FOX announced hail is also in the forecast – so the delay could be more severe.Can the Spartans pull off the upset at home?Stay tuned for more updates as they roll in.last_img read more

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first_imgViola Robinson, advocate for the advancement of Aboriginal and treaty rights, will talk about Aboriginal women’s work to make a better Canada and Nova Scotia on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at Saint Mary’s University. Her talk is part of the 2006 Agnes Dennis Lecture, sponsored by the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Local Council of Women of Halifax. Catherine Martin, a Mi’kmaw filmmaker and drummer, will perform on the drum. “The roles of Aboriginal women have been to give and nurture life and to teach and pass on the history of our people,” said Mrs. Robinson. “These roles have come to include advocating for our rights so that we have a good life for our families and a correct version of our history.” Mrs. Robinson has been a leader in the struggle for Mi’kmaq and treaty rights. In 1975 she was elected president of the Native Council of Nova Scotia. During her 16-year term, she worked to change the section in the Indian Act that denied Aboriginal women their rights if they married a non-native person. In 1990, she was elected president of the Native Council of Canada; within 10 months, she was appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Her work with Mi’kmaw leaders led to court cases validating the Mi’kmaq Treaty of 1752 and protecting Mi’kmaq rights in Nova Scotia. Inspired by women like her mother and Supreme Court Justice Bertha Wilson, whom she met through the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, she has taken on challenges and leadership whenever she saw a job that needed to be done. “The accomplishments of Aboriginal women benefit us all,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act. “Their continued work for human rights supports our own. Their contributions as researchers, educators, social workers, lawyers, filmmakers, artists, craftswomen, and community leaders have made their communities and Nova Scotia better places to live.” “Human rights can be fragile, even in a wealthy and free country like Canada,” said Sonja Power, chair of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “Women continue to face roadblocks. This is especially true for Aboriginal women, but it is true for us all, and we must always be prepared to call for what is right.” The third Agnes Dennis Lecture takes place at the Scotiabank Conference Theatre in the Sobey Building at Saint Mary’s University. Support from Saint Mary’s has made the event possible.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW DELHI: With the ongoing installation of the CCTV cameras all over Delhi, the AAP-led government is also planning to make a centralised CCTV monitoring centre. Sources said that PWD department along with other departments will make the plan and present it to the Delhi Chief Minister.The government is looking at the options of centralised monitoring, resolving the issue by helping the police and also to keep constant contact with the Delhi police. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”Right now the key focus is on the installation of the CCTV across the Delhi and the work in going on smoothly. But after the installation process is done we have to think on the matter of the monitoring of those CCTV cameras. The government is likely to plan a central monitoring system of the CCTV cameras,” said an official. The official added that with the help of the RWAs and the local MLAs the identification of the spots where the CCTVs will be installed is being worked out. In the monitoring process, the Delhi government will look out for the ideas and will make an action plan which is yet to be decided. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsEarlier this month the proposal and tender for 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras has been passed. Survey for 70,000 cameras has been completed and now from June 8, the cameras are being installed in different parts of the city. The project is likely to be completed by December. People who want to get a CCTV camera installed on their house’s outside wall will have to give an “undertaking” to provide electricity for the functioning of the device. The government will give subsidy to such people on the power consumed by the CCTV camera, according to legislators of the ruling AAP in the national capital. As per the government’s decision, 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras will be installed across the city under the project, which aims to ensure women safety in Delhi. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators, in their respective constituencies, are distributing a form titled “undertaking” to people. The installation of CCTV cameras across the national capital was a flagship programme and a poll promise of the AAP in Delhi which got delayed as the Delhi L-G and the city government were not on the same page over the conditions for the cameras. The Delhi government had blamed the Centre for halting the project and holding up its file several times. The project to install the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras got the Delhi government’s approval in August last year, three years after the cabinet gave in-principle approval to the project.last_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER – A lawyer for the federal government is asking the B.C. Supreme Court to reject the reports of three doctors and a criminologist she argues are either unqualified or biased in favour of medical marijuana dispensaries fighting to stay open in Vancouver.Andrea Gatti said the reports solicited by lawyers for dispensary operators should be tossed as Vancouver seeks an injunction to shut down the unlicensed facilities.“Because each of these reports has at least two deficiencies, Canada says the entire reports should be found inadmissible,” Gatti said Wednesday.Two of the three doctors practise exclusively in Ontario, and Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson suggested that may be an issue in the relevance of their opinions.Gatti said the report of Dr. Carolina Landolt, a rheumatologist who operates a medical marijuana clinic in Toronto, makes overarching statements about patients despite her lack of expertise.The report also fails to include supporting documents on which the court could properly evaluate its admissibility, Gatti said, adding it doesn’t clearly state facts or assumptions.“She assumes many facts,” Gatti said, adding Landolt includes opinions on street-involved people facing economic barriers to accessing medical marijuana, with no reference to how much experience she has with such patients.“That makes her an advocate in the sense that the courts discourage,” she said of the doctor’s “strong views” in support of medical marijuana dispensaries.The Karuna Health Foundation is the lead plaintiff in the case, which includes at least two other dispensaries that are operating without licences in Vancouver.Lawyers representing the dispensaries say the core issue is that the federal government failed to include medical marijuana users in legislation that will permit recreational users to buy pot as of Oct. 17.Medical marijuana patients can grow a limited amount of cannabis or get a licence from Health Canada to have someone produce it for them and order it through the mail.Gatti said Dr. Ira Price and Dr. John Kristensen, who practise in Ontario, also base their reports on hearsay and limited experience while criminology Prof. Neil Boyd of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia appeared to not have understood his role as an expert witness.However, lawyer Jack Lloyd, who represents some of the dispensaries involved in the case, said while the reports may include some deficiencies, the doctors provided their opinions based on their experience with patients who were prescribed medical marijuana.He said some homeless patients may not have credit cards or mail boxes where they can receive their prescribed drugs, putting the onus on the federal government to amend regulations that would allow people to walk into a store to fill prescriptions.Lloyd said Kristensen has practised medicine for four decades and like the other doctors, based his report on his experiences with patients.John Conroy, a lawyer who represents some of the dispensaries, has said a lack of access to medical marijuana is an infringement of patients’ charter rights.Lawyers for the federal, provincial and municipal governments maintain a charter challenge doesn’t apply to the dispensaries because they are corporate entities, not private citizens.On Tuesday, Hinkson granted private-interest standing to dispensary owner and patient James McManus, and pubic-interest standing to businesses Karuna and Weeds Glass and Gifts, which operates stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

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first_imgShane’s Inspiration, an international nonprofit dedicated to creating inclusive playgrounds and educational programs that foster social inclusion for children with disabilities, is hosting its 15th annual fundraising gala on Saturday, March 5, 2016.The “Carnivàle of Play” theme invites guests to don attire that represents their personal style and creativity. The evening will include celebrity red carpet arrivals, cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, an awards program and live entertainment.Honorees include Patrick McClenahan, President & CEO of the Special Olympics World Games, and brothers Hunter & Braden Gandee, award-winning special needs advocates. Special guests scheduled to attend include Academy Award-winner JK Simmons (Whiplash”), Actress Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”), Actress & Down syndrome advocate Jamie Brewer (“American Horror Story”), and the Smallest World Champion Salsa Dancers Kevin & Gabby, among many others. Past Celebrity Gala Supporters have included Kaley Cuoco, Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romjin, Paula Abdul, Halle Berry, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jill Hennessey, Kathryn Hahn, Laura SanGiacomo, Sean Hayes, Monica Potter, Dakota Fanning and Joe Mantegna – just to name a few!Scott Williams (Executive Producer “NCIS”) and his wife Catherine Curry-Williams co-founded Shane’s Inspiration in memory of their son Shane, who passed away in infancy from Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Realizing that their son would have spent his life in a wheelchair with a disability that would have prevented him from playing on a playground with other children, the Williams decided to create the first fully inclusive playground in the western United States as a tribute to Shane. Since then, Shane’s Inspiration has grown into a global movement with 60 inclusive playgrounds in the U.S., as well as in Russia, Ecuador, Mexico, Israel and Canada. Part of the Clinton Global Initiative, this international nonprofit has 100 additional projects currently in development worldwide. These playgrounds are designed to be challenging and fun for typically developing children, as well as children with disabilities.For tickets and additional information, click here.WHERE:The Globe Theater at Universal Studios Hollywood100 Universal City PlazaUniversal City, CA 91608WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 2016last_img read more

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first_imgSlipknot’s Corey Taylor will be honored at the Rock To Recovery 2 benefit concert on September 16 at Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.Video: Rock to Recovery 2 – Sat. Sept 16th – Concert/Fundraiser – Sizzle ReelFounded by Korn guitarist Wesley Geer, Rock To Recovery was created to help soothe the restless souls of those in recovery. They do this by creating a “band” and writing and recording songs together with Rock to Recovery’s staff of professional musicians, who are also in recovery. They help bring fun into treatment and recovery by offering a natural escape from the fear-based mind. This helps people grow a sense of belonging and self esteem. They help to vent emotions by writing lyrics and singing together for release, in real-time. They tie in a positive theme of hope in recovery throughout the whole process. When the session is done, “band” members feel a new energy all throughout their minds and spirits.Rock to Recovery gives people, such as recovering addicts/alcoholics, victims of abuse, troubled teens, or any individual in recovery, a chance to have fun expressing themselves, working as a group, and experiencing the natural high only music can produce.Also being honoured at the event will be MC5’s Wayne Kramer, and the evening will also feature a performance by Kings Of Chaos, featuring Matt Sorum.For more info, click here.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Prince of Wales last week announced the launch of a new Blue Economy Initiative during his keynote speech at the Our Ocean Conference in Malta.Video: The Prince of Wales delivers a speech at the Our Ocean Conference in MaltaThe initiative, a collaboration between The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), aims to build ocean resilience and encourage ocean related investments and policies to support sustainable development.In doing so, the Blue Economy Initiative will aim to create a balanced relationship between the ocean and those who benefit from its resources. It will also endeavour to reverse the cycle of decline and pollution which has affected the oceans for too long.As part of the initiative the ISU has already been working with The European Commission and World Wildlife Fund, of which His Royal Highness is President, to develop financing principles for the Blue Economy, including a working group comprised of banks, insurance companies and NGOs which will be launched next year.During his keynote speech The Prince of Wales said: “Yet while we should be relieved that the health of the Ocean is now understood, alongside rainforests, to be one of the essential prerequisites for our physical and economic survival, and I’m afraid I really do wonder if the Ocean’s fragility is yet truly grasped and how susceptible it is to the impacts of our economic activities?”In addition to his keynote speech, The Prince of Wales and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco convened two high-level meetings examining the future of the sustainable Blue Economy and the action required to address the current plight of the world’s coral reefs.last_img read more

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first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsAn old sport is quickly gaining traction among Mi’kmaq youth in the Maritimes.Rugby is becoming so popular on Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey reserves in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia that youth have formed the first all-Indigenous team to compete at the national level.The Indigenous Spruce will play against New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I, B.C. and Ontario in Vancouver this week.“This isn’t really a provincial team for us. I sort of consider this our Mi’kmaq and Maliseet national team,” said Jason Peters, CEO of Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick.Given the worldwide popularity of rugby sevens, Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick decided to put the ball in the hands of its youth.“We thought, wow, what a great opportunity — all we would need is seven players to actually play,” said Peters.They now have about two-dozen girls and 18 boys on the roster for the U-18 teams.And Peters said he expects 1,500 Indigenous youth will be playing rugby by August.Isaiah Saulis, one of the team’s senior players, says he’s looking forward to playing at the nationals this week in Vancouver.“It’s a great learning experience,” he said. “Playing at the highest level in Canada, at provincials, there’s nothing better that a team can get than that.”Blake Edwards, a coach with Indigenous Spruce, was recruited to visit reserves, introduce youth to the sport, and coach the teams.“That’s the greatest joy I have out of it, seeing kids walking off the field with a big smile on their face, or the beads of sweat coming down their faces as well, knowing they’ve played a hard game — be it win or lose, they still have fun doing it, learning a new game, learning new skillset.”Peters said it’s all about bringing two cultures together.“We’re introducing an old sport to an ancient culture – the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet.”After the Indigenous Spruce compete in the nationals, they’ll be heading overseas to compete against teams in England, Ireland and Wales this summer.Next year, they’re bound for New Zealand.last_img read more

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first_imgThrissur (Ker): Thousands of people gathered here Sunday to witness the grand opening of the famed Thrissur Pooram, considered as the mother of all temple festivals.’Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran’, the controversial elephant which was earlier denied permission to take part in the festivities by the authorities on health grounds, ‘opened’ the annual festival at the ancient Vadakkumnathan temple here. Marking the ritual heralding of Pooram, Ramachandran, the tallest elephant of the state, pushed open the southern entrance of the shrine amidst thunderous cheers of the people gathered on the temple ground. The Thrissur Pooram falls on May 13 this year. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe main event of the annual ‘pooram’ begins with the 10.5 foot tall elephant pushing open the gate of the temple, with the idol of ‘neithilakkavilamma’ atop it. Police and temple authorities had a tough time in shifting the jumbo from the ground after the rituals, based on the strict instructions by the district authorities. Among the restrictions imposed on the use of the elephant were: It can take part in the ritual only for an hour from 9. 30 am; four mahouts should escort the animal and barricades should be constructed on a 10-metre radius to prevent people from getting closer to the jumbo. Ending four days of uncertainty, Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran was given the conditional nod Saturday to participate in the Thrissur pooram after the animal cleared the fitness test. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe clearance to the government was given after a team of three veterinarians conducted the medical examination of the 54-year-old elephant. The team had also submitted a report to the Thrissur collector T V Anupama, stating that the elephant was fit to participate in the “vilambaram” ritual as part of ‘pooram’. Since 2014, the elephant has been been performing the ritual and has a big fan following in the state. However, after two persons were killed by the pachyderm during a house-warming celebration in Guruvayur in February this year, the district administration had imposed a ban on its participation in festivals. Thrissur, the state’s cultural capital, is under a thick security cover with 3,500 policemen being deputed on duty.last_img read more

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