“We encourage and ask that everyone be aware of their surroundings while they’re in the city, and immediately report any suspicious activity, no matter how trivial it may seem to be,” LeValley said.Monday evening’s hotly anticipated all-SEC title game between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama was already being treated as a high-level security event, so the president’s visit won’t imply much additional security, LeValley said.College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said the stadium already requires fans to comply with stringent security. He said he hadn’t heard from the White House about any additional measures as of Thursday afternoon.Kendrick Lamar, an outspoken critic of Trump, is scheduled to perform at half-time of the game just outside the stadium, prompting speculation the Compton rapper could fold some sort of demonstration into his performance.The performer referenced the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Russia in a track from his most recent release, the critically acclaimed Damn, which is nominated for Album of the Year at this month’s Grammys. In The Heart Part 4 he says: “Donald Trump is a chump, know how we feel, punk / Tell ‘em that God comin’ / And Russia need a replay button, y’all up to somethin’”.The contest will be held in downtown Atlanta, in the congressional district of US representative John Lewis, a Democrat and a civil rights icon.Trump tweeted last year that Lewis’ district was “in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested)” – a claim hard to match with the facts. Atlanta’s economy is growing rapidly, and while crime and poverty remain higher-than-average, the district is home to several Fortune 500 headquarters, prestigious universities and the nation’s busiest airport.Trump’s tweet came after Lewis announced he would skip Trump’s inauguration, saying he didn’t consider him to be a “legitimate president” due to Russian interference in the election.Trump’s visit comes almost a half-century after President Richard Nixon attended the 1969 showdown between No1 Texas and No2 Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After Texas won 15-14, Nixon visited with players in the locker room and presented Texas coach Darrell Royal with a plaque declaring Texas the national champion. The president thrust sports onto the front line of the culture wars when he targeted NFL players who have kneeled during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice during a speech in Alabama in September, challenging the league’s owners to release anyone who engages in the movement started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The episode kicked off an unprecedented wave of protest across sports. 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Transfers Batshuayi may leave Chelsea in January, says Conte Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Sevilla Antonio Conte Michy Batshuayi David Luiz Chelsea Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League The Blues boss admits that some of his players may be feeling the spotlight with potential moves available in the transfer window Antonio Conte is happy with Michy Batshuayi’s contribution after his improved display against Brighton & Hove Albion but says that the striker could be distracted by transfer speculation.Batshuayi is attracting strong interest from Sevilla to come in on loan, while Borussia Dortmund and Roma are also thought to be monitoring the Belgium international.Charly Musonda and Kenedy could follow him on loan in January to earn more game time, and Conte says he is happy with Batshuayi but thinks that the transfer market has the potential to distract his young stars. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “No.9’s an important player,” Conte said at the Amex Stadium in Brighton. “I want a player to be a point of reference for our team. Today I’m satisfied for the work, for Batshuayi’s job.”For sure in this period it is not simple, it’s not easy for the players — especially for the players who want to go on loan. It’s not simple but at the same time in my head there is the idea to work with these players and to continue to work with all these players.”As I said during the press conference, I’m very happy to work with this group of players because they show me in every moment a great commitment, they show me they want to do what they want in the game.”Batshuayi is a Chelsea player and we are working with him very hard in the same way that we are working with [Alvaro] Morata, we are working with [Eden] Hazard, Willian and Pedro and now with [Ross] Barkley.”For me, Michy is a Chelsea player and in my mind there is the will to continue to work with him and to try to improve. Then I don’t know if the player decides to take other solution or if he wants to play with regularity.”You don’t know, it can happen. But at the same time in my mind there is tomorrow to continue to work with all my players and try to improve everyone. I think if you are in a team like Chelsea, before you arrive in this type of team you know you have to challenge and this is a big challenge.”You find a lot of good players. Otherwise you decide to stay in a medium team or low team and probably you can play every game. But I think that every single player that decides to come to Chelsea, they must be prepared to have this type of challenge.”Meanwhile, Chelsea have a young player who is breaking the mould and earning game time in Andreas Christensen.The 21-year-old suffered a collision of heads with Brighton defender Shane Duffy on Saturday. He was substituted off in the middle of the second half after initially coming back on, but it is understood to be just bruising and not a concussion.Conte confirmed that Christensen would return to training as normal on Sunday as Chelsea prepare to face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Arsenal on Wednesday.He also thinks Christensen could look to the man who replaced him, David Luiz, to improve his passing range.”I think from the start that Christensen has improved in a fantastic way,” Conte said. “I think there is only one word, this is improvement. Work, work and work. This player — despite he is a young player, he’s only 21 years old — I think he could be come a really important defender, not just for Chelsea. “The important thing is to continue to be humble, to continue with the will to improve, with the will to work, but I’m pleased with the improvement. I think he has to improve a lot with the ball.“He has a lot of space for improvement, to have more personality like David Luiz. Luiz with the ball is important because he has great personality and in this way [Christensen] can improve a lot.”He’s ready tomorrow for the training session. The referee saw the head against head, and then he saw the player touch his head, and for this reason he thought not to force but to suggest a substitution. The player didn’t agree, but I repeat when you have a player on the bench like David Luiz and you’re winning 2-0, I prefer to make the substitution.”I was a simple contusion [bruise], and the player is OK. If we had to play another game now, he would be ready.”
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says the renaming of Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay will inspire generations of singers, musicians and cultural practitioners. “As we in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport continue to strengthen our musical heritage through the re-telling of stories, the celebration of our pioneers and the establishments of circuits where our people and visitors to our shores may experience the power of the heritage, it is my pleasure to rename Gloucester Avenue in honour of this cultural icon,” she said.“Tonight we hail the man Jimmy Cliff in a special way. Because of Jimmy Cliff we can all see clearly now the road ahead for a successful and highly prized culture and tourism product that is paved with powerful sounds and images pulsating with the sweet Reggae beat,” the Minister added.Minister Grange was joined in the renaming ceremony by the Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Edmund Bartlett, the Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Councillor Homer Davis, Mr. Charles Sinclair who represented Minister of National Security and MP for North West St. James Dr. Horace Chang and the honouree, Dr. the Honourable James Chambers, “Jimmy Cliff”.The Voice winner Tessanne Chin serenades Jimmy Cliff with a classic rendition of “Many Rivers to Cross” during the Civic Ceremony held in his honour to mark the renaming of Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay to Jimmy Cliff Boulevard, on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Old Hospital Site in St. James. Also enjoying the moment is Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says the renaming of Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay will inspire generations of singers, musicians and cultural practitioners.The Minister was speaking at the official renaming ceremony of the popular stretch commonly called the “Hip Strip” on Thursday, March 28.Minister Grange said: “Reggae music was able to propel Jimmy Cliff from Somerton District to fame and name recognition from Brazil, to other parts of South America to Europe, Asia and the Home Continent of Africa. I know that the significance of this renaming exercise will have great impact on many of our aspiring talents and they too, in time, will be propelled to greater heights.Karen Smith serenades Jimmy Cliff during the Civic Ceremony held in his honour to mark the renaming of Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay to Jimmy Cliff Boulevard, on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Old Hospital Site in Montego Bay, St James. Also enjoying the moment is Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange. Story Highlights Minister Grange said: “Reggae music was able to propel Jimmy Cliff from Somerton District to fame and name recognition from Brazil, to other parts of South America to Europe, Asia and the Home Continent of Africa. I know that the significance of this renaming exercise will have great impact on many of our aspiring talents and they too, in time, will be propelled to greater heights. The Minister was speaking at the official renaming ceremony of the popular stretch commonly called the “Hip Strip” on Thursday, March 28. The renaming of the “Hip Strip” to Jimmy Cliff Boulevard signals the start of a greater thrust to improve the cultural landscape of western Jamaica through a partnership between the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the Ministry of Tourism.The Government of Jamaica is at an advanced stage of planning to build or refurbish facilities in the western city to create more spaces for cultural expressions and leisure activities. The projects include a series of entertainment centres to be named in honour of the country’s cultural legends as well as a first world concert hall..Following the official unveiling of the sign that now stands at the entrance of the Jimmy Cliff Boulevard, there were performances by a number of acts including Karen Smith, Dean Fraser, Dwight Richards, Richie Spice and Tessanne Chin.
The Mexican Navy discovered a site on 24 August that contained 72 corpses, including 14 women, who had apparently been executed by members of organized crime.The victims were reported to be undocumented migrants from Central and South America, according to a news release from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“I am deeply shocked about these killings, which highlight the critical situation of migrants in the country,” said High Commissioner Navi Pillay.She called on the authorities “to conduct as a matter of urgency a thorough, transparent and independent investigation into these killings, and to preserve the dignity of the victims by ensuring their identification and return to their families.”The High Commissioner also urged them to prosecute and punish those responsible and adopt preventive measures.“Ensuring that there is no impunity is crucial to avoid a repetition of such a heinous crime,” she stated. An estimated 400,000 migrants transit through Mexico each year, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, who added that most of them are victims of trafficking by transnational gang networks also involved in smuggling and drugs. Ms. Pillay called on the authorities to take all necessary steps to protect the life and integrity of migrants, particularly women and children, in line with Mexico’s international obligations. 27 August 2010The United Nations human rights chief today strongly condemned the killing of 72 migrants in northern Mexico and called on the authorities to take urgent steps to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.
Human Rights Council member and observer countries that backed the consensus October 2015 resolution, should make clear that foreign participation in a war crimes tribunal was already decided by the council and is not subject to renegotiation. After adoption of the resolution, Sri Lanka told the council that it was pleased to join as a co-sponsor “as a further manifestation of Sri Lanka’s commitment to implement the provisions of the resolution, in a manner that its objectives are shared by the people and all stakeholders in the country, for their benefit.” The Sri Lankan government should fulfill its commitments to the United Nations Human Rights Council by ensuring that foreign judges and prosecutors play a significant role in the mandated accountability mechanism for wartime abuses, Human Rights Watch said today.On January 21, 2016, President Maithripala Sirisena told the BBC, contrary to Sri Lanka’s council commitments, that he will “never agree to international involvement,” saying “[w]e have more than enough specialists, experts and knowledgeable people in our country to solve our internal issues.” “The Sri Lankan government sought international involvement to ensure justice and accountability so there’s no excuse for backtracking now,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “President Sirisena needs to understand that international participation in a war crimes tribunal was not a vague promise to the UN but a firm commitment to the thousands of Sri Lankans who suffered during the country’s long civil war.” President Sirisena’s statement comes just weeks before a scheduled visit to the country by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. The high commissioner’s office released a report detailing wartime abuses by both sides, calling for a “hybrid” justice mechanism given the shortcomings of domestic institutions to ensure impartial investigations and witness protection, and the Sri Lankan government’s failure to take meaningful accountability measures since the war ended in May 2009. The 2015 Human Rights Council resolution affirms the importance of participation in a justice mechanism of “Commonwealth and other foreign judges … and authorized prosecutors and investigators.”In line with its commitments, the government should be implementing its plans for a war crimes tribunal with international participation, a Commission for Truth, Justice, Reconciliation, and Non-recurrence, and an Office on Missing Persons. Progress on those commitments has been slow and not wholly transparent. A task force on consultations on the Human Rights Council resolution has been established, but there is little public information about its mandate and terms of reference. Victims and their representative groups have not been informed about the consultation, leaving many feeling isolated and shut out from a process ostensibly intended to provide real justice to them. The recent statements by the president and prime minister, who said that all missing persons are presumed dead, raise concerns that consultations will merely be window dressing for a predetermined outcome. “The countries that worked so closely with Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council last year have a responsibility to ensure that this important resolution will be properly adopted,” Adams said. “The real rights gains made by the Sirisena administration will rapidly fade if the families of wartime victims feel that their one hope for justice was dropped on the basis of political calculations.” (Colombo Gazette)
JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi is considering new rules that let companies continue to use food-labeling terms such as “veggie burger” and “vegan bacon,” as long as the terms are prominently displayed so consumers understand the products are not meat.The state agriculture department on Thursday proposed new regulations for plant-based products that are sold as alternatives to meat.The regulations came in response to a lawsuit filed by a non-profit organization advocating plant-based foods and an Illinois food company. The lawsuit was filed on July 1, the same day the state enacted a law saying that “a plant-based or insect-based food product shall not be labeled as meat or a meat food product.”Meat producers have been trying to protect meat terminology by pushing for state laws that restrict labeling of products such as meatless meatballs.Makers of plant-based foods have also sued Missouri and Arkansas over labeling laws.The proposed Mississippi regulations say terms such as “plant-based” must be clearly displayed on packaging of products such as vegetarian hot dogs. The rules will be open for public comment for nearly a month. Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson told The Associated Press on Friday that if there are no changes needed after the comment period, he will issue an order for the regulations to take effect.“They’re commonsense rules,” Gipson said. “We’re doing exactly what we intended to do.”Gipson said the regulations do not weaken the food labeling law, and he said terms like “veggie burger” were never going to be illegal. He said while many products are already clearly labeled, the law is aimed at those that are designed to deceive consumers.“That whole lawsuit has been a waste of time,” Gipson said. Speaking of groups that filed it, Gipson said: “They’re just trying to raise money.”The lawsuit was filed by Plant Based Foods Association and Illinois-based Upton’s Naturals Co., which makes vegan products and sells them in many states. Both are represented in the suit by the Mississippi Justice Institute and the Virginia-based Institute for Justice.The lawsuit is still active, but the two groups issued statements Friday saying the proposed regulations are a victory for the First Amendment.“It shouldn’t be a crime for plant-based food companies to describe their products in a way that everyone understands,” Mississippi Justice Institute director Arron Rice said.Institute of Justice attorney Justin Pearson said: “Our lawsuit made it clear that subjecting plant-based food companies to possible criminal prosecution for using common terms on their labels would be a violation of their free speech rights.”The Mississippi law also says “cultured animal tissue” made in a lab from animal cells may not be labeled as meat or a meat product.____Follow Emily Wagster Pettus: http://twitter.com/EWagsterPettus .Emily Wagster Pettus, The Associated Press
Jean Arnault, Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that even the threat of violence could cause large numbers of eligible voters to stay away from the polling sites, especially in the south.With existing security stretched thin, he called for enhanced international support to cover the 5,000 polling sites across Afghanistan.Twelve electoral workers have already been killed and at least 30 others wounded, Mr. Arnault said as he briefed Council members at an open debate, blaming the Taliban and groups such as Hezb-e-Islami, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, which are publicly opposed to the reconstruction process.He called for action “against those who plan and organize these attacks” and welcomed meetings on security cooperation earlier this week between the presidents of Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan.Mr. Arnault also called specifically for UN workers to receive enhanced protection, saying there should be more trained Afghan personnel to protect UN sites and more resources for gathering and analyzing security information.He hailed the political and ethnic diversity of the candidates standing for president, calling this evidence that “meaningful political competition is seen to be possible” at least at the national level.Diplomats participating in today’s Council’s meeting praised the voter registration process, which has led to more than 10.3 million Afghans – of which at least 41 per cent are women – enrolling to vote since last December.Among these was United States representative Ann Patterson, who called for more money and assistance for UNAMA to help run the elections and ensure that the hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees still living in Iran and Pakistan can vote.Wolfgang Trautwein of Germany – which has the most troops in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) – underscored the progress achieved in registering Afghan women, whose rights were severely curtailed under the Taliban regime. But he voiced concern over security threats, including terrorist groups, factional forces and criminal gangs linked to the large drug economy.Mr. Arnault said the process of disarming, demobilizing and reintegrating ex-combatants is gaining ground, with the total number of militia fighters now halved to about 40,000 or 50,000. But he called for renewed efforts to prevent armed groups from using the border, especially in Afghanistan’s south, to cross back and foster unrest.Pakistan’s Ambassador, Munir Akram, said cross-border infiltrations were not the main cause of Afghanistan’s fragile security, arguing that they were being used as a scapegoat instead.Mr. Akram said his country had already suffered many military casualties and taken great political risks in taking on fighters belonging to the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and other groups. “What more does the UN expect us to do?” he asked.Calling for urgent and decisive measures against any groups engaged in violence, Russian Ambassador Andrey Denisov said it was a mistake to flirt with the so-called moderate elements of the Taliban.He also said the narco-economy was a growing problem because many of the eradication programmes unleashed so far have been ineffective.Afghanistan’s representative, Ravan Farhadi, pointed out that security was the most serious issue at stake because economic recovery and reconstruction depended on stability. He also stressed that the national Government must be able to provide services, create jobs and build roads and other infrastructure so that the country can stabilize.
Kobe Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon has been blamed on coach Mike D’Antoni for not managing better the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar’s minutes. But his trainer, Tim Grover had a simple reason: a freak accident.“It had nothing to do with the minutes he had been playing or anything of that sort,” Grover said in a phone interview with the Los Angeles Daily News. “A torn Achilles tendon is a very freaky injury. It’s just one of those things that just happened.”Grover conceded the possibility that Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon could stem from the bone spurs in his left foot that he has had “for a while.” But Grover said it’s common for anyone to suffer the injury through everyday movements, such as climbing out of bed or stepping off a sidewalk.Bryant has averaged more than 45 minutes a game in April, which is high considering his age, years in the NBA and how hard he plays. He had surgery on Saturday and he is expected to be out six to nine months.“Everybody is trying to look at somebody to blame for it, whether it be the coaching staff, Kobe, me or whatever it is. But everyone who is involved with him has to take responsibility in this. But it’s more of a freakish injury than anything else.”
The rich get richerTotal wins above replacement (WAR) added through trades, 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers+2.0 Atlanta Braves+2.1 Chicago Cubs+4.6 They weren’t the only good teams who did so. The Dodgers and Yankees are two of the six teams who gained the most value this trade deadline, and four of the top six are leading their respective divisions this year.Like the Dodgers and Yankees, most of the contending teams have traded for starting pitchers. Darvish and Gray are two of the best options available. Each is a nearly mirror image of the other in the events a pitcher can control most — strikeouts, walks, and home runs allowed. Both pitchers have recent injury troubles from which they’ve bounced back to produce ace-level seasons. Both command dazzling arrays of pitches, fooling hitters as much with unpredictability as raw stuff. Each ought to boost their teams’ playoff fortunes substantially.Not like the Dodgers’ playoff fortunes were ever in doubt, even with a recent injury to ace Clayton Kershaw. A mere 43 games over .500, the Dodgers have marched to a 14-game division lead while boasting one of the strongest teams (by Elo) in history.The Yankees, meanwhile, have capitalized on unexpected performances from young players like Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier, surprising resurgences from veterans like CC Sabathia and Matt Holliday, and career years from journeymen like Aaron Hicks. The confluence of production has New York narrowly edging out the Red Sox in the American League East so far. It’s hard to say any good New York Yankees season has come from “out of nowhere,” but projections didn’t expect them to be this good this year.These trades should leave baseball’s other contenders very scared. The Houston Astros have mashed their way to 68 wins so far, but they barely improved at this year’s deadline. While other teams traded for aces, the Astros managed to get erratic southpaw Francisco Liriano, a choice that could haunt them, especially given that their top two starters — Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers — have both battled through injury and underperformance in the past two months.If the Yankees and Dodgers’ 2017 prospects weren’t frustrating enough for their rivals, it gets worse: Neither of these teams are going anywhere, anytime soon. Baseball America puts their farm systems as the second and fourth-best in baseball entering 2017, and these trades didn’t get rid of the teams’ best prospects. As if that wasn’t enough, the Dodgers and Yankees also boast some of the most promising youngsters in baseball, with players like Judge and Cody Bellinger exceeding expectations.Both the Yankees and Dodgers are young, rich, and talented. The other 28 teams in baseball better watch out.CORRECTION (July 31, 8:24 p.m.): An earlier version of this story misstated how far above .500 the Dodgers are. They are 43 games above .500, not 33. Washington Nationals+2.7 Kansas City Royals+2.4 TEAMTOTAL WAR ADDED Sources: MLB, Baseball Prospectus New York Yankees+4.2 The Dodgers and Yankees punctuated a quiet deadline with a pair of last-minute trades, acquiring starting pitchers Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray, respectively. Both players strengthen already formidable rotations, readying their teams for long runs into October, and the trades cap a frenetic cycle of trade activity for the Dodgers and Yankees. Two of the richest teams in baseball are now even better.Going back to 2009, the Yankees and Dodgers tended to be quiet at the deadline, preferring to acquire players through free agency instead. They picked up only an average of about one win above replacement at the trade deadline since 2009. But this year, the two wealthiest teams in baseball decided to buy.
The Australian mining industry’s determination to reach its goal of zero harm is reflected in the latest safety performance statistics released by the Queensland Government and reported by the Queensland Resources Council. Lost time injury frequency rates for the State of Queensland fell again from 3.8 to 2.9 injuries per million hours worked in 2010-2011. Days lost to injuries were down from 14,325 days to 11,027 days while the lost time injury plus disabling injury duration rate fell from 34.4 days to 27.4 days per injury.Overall, the severity rate for lost time injury plus disabling injury also fell from 311 days in 2009-2010 to 230 days lost per million hours worked. However, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche says that the three fatalities that occurred during the year were still three too many. “Two of the fatalities were vehicle-related accidents at surface coal mines while the third resulted from an earth collapse on a small opal claim. All were tragedies for their families, friends and work mates. However, I’m pleased to see the government’s assistance with the safety of people working in small operations such as opals and gems through its small mines initiative. And, QRC is actively involved in development of proximity detection systems to reduce the risk of vehicle-related accidents. The huge attendance at our Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conferences run annually in Townsville by the industry, government and unions is evidence of our joint commitment to the safety of our employees. Queensland’s mining industry continues to rank among the safest in the world, and this is in no small part to the work being undertaken to continuously improve health and safety regulation in Queensland.”
30% de naissances prématurées en plus dans les villes à cause de la pollution Selon une récente étude américaine, les femmes enceintes qui vivent dans de grandes villes ont trois fois plus de chance d’accoucher prématurément à cause de la pollution de l’air. A l’heure où les scientifiques tirent régulièrement la sonnette d’alarme au sujet de la pollution urbaine, c’est une découverte préoccupante qu’ont confirmée des chercheurs de l’université de Californie. Selon leurs travaux publiés dans la revue Environmental Health, le taux de naissance prématurée serait 30% plus important dans les villes, à cause de la pollution et des produits chimiques qui la constituent. À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs ont observé 100.000 naissances situées dans un rayon de 8 kilomètres autour des stations de surveillance de qualité de l’air dans l’Etat de Californie. Etat qui comprend la ville de Los Angeles, célèbre pour sa pollution liée au trafic automobile. Ils ont ainsi constaté que la concentration des polluants était plus importante en hiver qu’en été et que les villes côtières présentaient un air plus sain que celles dans les terres. Mais concernant les naissances, ils ont établi, grâce à leurs données, que les futures mères qui habitaient dans les grandes villes avaient 3 fois plus de chances d’accoucher prématurément et ce, à cause de plusieurs substances chimiques.En effet, le Dr Beat Ritz et son équipe ont considéré plusieurs polluants : les hydrocarbures polycycliques aromatique (HPA) issus de différentes sources dont les émanations de la circulation, les nitrates d’ammonium dérivant de l’agriculture et de l’industrie, le benzène ou encore les particules des émanations de diesel. “Certains de ces polluants sont spécifiques à certaines régions, et liés à l’industrie et à l’urbanisation. Néanmoins, une exposition d’ensemble à ces polluants critiques, tels que les HPA, résulte en une augmentation de 30% du risque de naissance prématurée. D’autres substances toxiques, comme le benzène ou les particules fines issues des émanations de diesel sont associées à une hausse de 10% du risque, tandis que celle liée aux particules de nitrate d’ammonium est de 21%”, détaille le docteur Beat Ritz cité par le Daily mail. Mais outre le risque de prématurité, les résultats ont également montré que ces polluants avaient un impact sur le poids des bébés et sur leur santé en général alors qu’ils sont encore dans le ventre de leur mère. Le 7 octobre 2011 à 11:28 • Maxime Lambert
Now playing: Watch this: Roku Roku has added HBO, one of most popular streaming channels in the US, to its devices’ Roku Channel, the company said Thursday, The Roku Channel gathers your subscriptions in one app and personalizes recommendations across them and a library of free stuff, so you can stream programming from several different services without having to switch between apps. The Roku Channel is also what Roku users can expect their home screen to become one day. Roku, the most popular streaming-TV player in the US, has stuck with its distinctive grid of channel tiles since 2013. But the company is planning to replace its home screen with a different interface, and it’s using the Roku Channel as its sandbox to develop it. For now, the addition of HBO means people can sign up for HBO’s streaming service with their Roku account. And anybody who is a subscriber can search and watch HBO shows and movies from The Roku Channel app. You could switch from watching Game of Thrones to a program on Showtime or a free movie without having to flip to different app. (Note: Showtime is owned by CBS, the parent company of CNET.)In what’s probably not a coincidence, Roku’s announcement comes days before the start of season 8 of Game of Thrones, HBO’s runaway hit, for its last season. TV and Movies Media Streamers Digital Media Share your voice Roku 3:20 Comment Which Roku player should you buy? Tags 1
A North Pole senator has introduced a bill that would require Alaska’s doctors to determine whether a fetus could survive outside of the womb before performing abortions.The bill would add viable fetuses to the state’s Child in Need of Aid laws and allow for them to be surrendered to the doctor or hospital employee where the abortion is performed if the woman is unwilling or unable to care for it.Republican Sen. John Coghill says he introduced the bill because he believes abortion is both a moral and legal issue.
India adopted a stern inflation target on Friday to balance its problem of shooting prices within a thriving economy. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) monitored target figure was brought down to a tougher four percent from the existing six percent.The RBI will aim to keep consumer price inflation (CPI) at four percent through 2021, plus or minus two percent, minister of state for finance, Arjun Ram Meghwal, said in a statement to the Rajya Sabha.As the country clocks good GDP numbers also, thereby, pushing up its inflationary indicators, RBI’s tool on inflation target is back in focus. With both its wholesale (WPI) and retail inflation (CPI) hitting nearly two year high in recent months, to target them formally is becoming inevitable.RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan since occupying office has shifted the bank’s focus to address retail inflation from the earlier WPI. Just before his term ends in September, he has also mooted a six-member monetary policy committee (MPC) to propose such an inflation targeting number.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) defines inflation targeting as a medium term numerical target which the country’s central bank publicly commits to achieve through its monetary policies. However, each country seeks to adopt this number but with foresight not to affect employment and economic growth (like in the U.S.) or to maintain price stability (like the U.K.)Inflation target cumbersomeInflation targeting in India is mostly driven by the need to maintain price stability. Yet, India’s problem was unlike that of any other country to it to be adopted formally, Duvvuri Subbarao, former Governor of RBI, told PTI.He added that the country’s peculiarities were many like high fiscal deficits, administered interest rates on small savings, illiquid bond markets and poor monetary policy transmission and others.With inflation target number now subject to parliamentary control, he questioned the guarantee with which the government would support fiscal responsibility or inflation-targeting. “Won’t all of these become hostage to fiscal dominance?” Subbarao asks in his book ‘Who moved my interest rate’, reported the agency.Growth pangsAs a corollary, inflation targeting with price stability in mind has often raised concerns of holding back growth in the economy. Excessive focus on inflation in each of RBI’s bi-monthly monetary policies could straitjacket interest rates, thereby curbing credit growth and slowing industrial activity, say experts.Subbarao noted that India’s inflation was driven more by oil and food prices, which emerge mostly from supply side constraints, and a monetary policy tool with only relative control on demand side pressures may not be of help there.
Ebix, international supplier of software and e-commerce services, has bought online travel platform Yatra for Rs 2,323.6 crore. The transaction will close by the fourth quarter of this year. Yatra will continue to function independently after the completion of the deal.According to the filing with Nasdaq stock exchange, the deal is structured as a merger under a mutual agreement between the companies where Ebix will be acquiring all the ordinary shares of Yatra. The filing also stated that after the completion of the transactions; Yatra will be a part of the EbixCash travel group alongside Via and Mercury. It will also retain its working brand name after the acquisition. The online booking platformAs per the deal, each Yatra shareholder owning ordinary shares will receive 0.005 shares of preferred stocks in Ebix. On the other hand, the preferred stock received by Ebix from individual Yatra ordinary shares can be converted to 20 shares of common stock in the company.Robin Raina, Chairman, President and CEO of Ebix, said that the acquisition will help the online portal gain exposure to synergies and also will help EbixCash become one of the most profitable travel services company.Yatra co-founder and CEO, Dhruv Shringi, told Economic Times that he feels positive about the acquisition as the Ebix travel portfolio will diversify its work culture and provide them better resources to become the leader in the travel marketplace. He also added that the company will provide more options and enhance the experience for its customers by collaborating with airlines, hotel, car rental and other branches of their businesses. Yatra Online logo
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