Fire truck catches fire en route to call Theres a degree of

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax firefighters got a surprise Thursday morning when flames started shooting from their own truck as they responded to a call.“Unbelievable — a fire truck actually caught on fire,” mused Deputy Fire Chief Roy Hollett.“It’s like a police car getting broken into.”Hollett said the truck was responding to a medical call in Lake Echo, about 26 kilometres east of downtown Halifax, at about 9 a.m. when it began to lose power and started making loud noises.“As (the driver) stopped the truck, the cab started to fill up with smoke. The captain directed everyone to get out immediately. When they got out, they noticed there was smoke and fire under the wheel well and the cab.”He said four people were in the truck, a 2003 Pierce. Some of the firefighters suffered minor smoke inhalation, but nothing that required medical attention, Hollett said.Crews quickly brought breathing apparatus and other equipment to safety, and then lifted the cab to attack the fire. They used an extinguisher to contain it to the engine itself, before a second truck put the fire out, he said.Hollett said it appeared some grease or oil on top of the engine was burning, and oily spots were seen on the ground nearby on West Porters Lake Road. The cause is under investigation.“We’ve had two fire stations catch fire … but fire trucks catching fire, I don’t recall and I’ve been with Halifax fire almost 18 years,” Hollett said.“There’s a degree of irony, yes. When I heard the call come in on the radio, and heard an engine fire, I figured it was a car fire. And when the dispatcher confirmed the address and said it was a fire truck on fire, I slowed down and turned the radio up and thought, OK, did I actually hear a fire truck on fire?”“So I made my way there … Thankfully, no one was hurt and I can laugh at it now.”Another truck continued to the medical call, while a spare truck picked up the stricken truck’s equipment and took over its duties.City spokesman Brendan Elliott said the road was shut down for three hours.“The truck was towed to our in-house mechanical garage, where it will be assessed and if it looks like we can’t fix it ourselves we’ll bring someone in to help us,” said Elliott.last_img read more

Barclays to pay 2 billion to US to settle mortgage suit

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – British bank Barclays became the latest big bank to reach a multi-billion dollar settlement with U.S. authorities over its role in the subprime mortgage bubble and subsequent financial crisis. But in a rare and notable move, U.S. authorities went further to fine two individual bankers as part of their alleged role in the subprime mortgage crisis.Barclays agreed to pay $2 billion in civil penalties on Thursday to settle charges that it sold fraudulent mortgage-backed securities to investors between 2005 and 2007, and that it misled investors on the quality of those loans that it sold to the public. They are similar charges that other banks like Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup have reached over the last several years in regards to their respective roles in the financial crisis. Barclays was one the last holdouts of the big banks.Two former Barclays executives will pay fines as well. Paul Menefee, a banker who helped package subprime mortgages into securities, and John Carroll, who was the bank’s head trader of mortgage-backed securities, will pay a combined $2 million in fines in exchange for having the charges against them being dismissed. It has been rare for U.S. authorities to charge Wall Street bankers for their alleged role in the subprime housing bubble.“Solely to put this matter behind him, Mr. Menefee has agreed to a settlement in which he has not admitted any wrongdoing,” said Barry Berke and Dani James, lawyers with the firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, who represented Menefee in the case.The law firm representing Carroll echoed similar statements.“John Carroll is pleased that the government has relented in its efforts to prove wrongdoing where none exists, and consistent with that position, we have agreed to settle this case without an admission to these meritless allegations,” said Glen McGorty, partner at Crowell & Moring, in a statement.The Justice Department originally sued Barclays and several of its U.S. affiliates in late 2016 over the sale of risky mortgage-backed securities. Barclays CEO Jes Staley said in a statement that the settlement was “fair and proportionate.”“The substantial penalty Barclays and its executives have agreed to pay is an important step in recognizing the harm that was caused to the national economy and to investors,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York.last_img read more

PODCAST Prof Lisa Barrow on Conversations with Goodman

This week’s Conversations with Goodman podcast features Prof. Lisa Barrow, an international workplace bullying researcher.Prof. Barrow describes workplace bullying as repetitive behaviour that seeks to demean a targeted individual in the form of public humiliation, work sabotage or denied opportunities.Workplace bullying can have a big impact and Prof. Barrow stresses that some employees could be unaware that they are enduring bullying and it is important for employees, managers and human resource departments to better understand the issue and how it can be addressed. The effects of bullying in the workplace can be intensely felt through depression, anxiety and suicide. She offers advice to those who are being bullied at work and to human resource departments to appropriately handle the situation.Prof. Barrow is an assistant professor in the department of Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship and Ethics at the Goodman School of BusinessThis is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community. Last week’s episode featured Goodman graduate Jason Sparaga (BBA ’93). read more

Applications for US jobless aid fall a sign of low layoffs

WASHINGTON – Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, evidence that employers are holding onto their staffs and may even step up hiring.THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications dropped 18,000 to a seasonally adjusted 259,000, the lowest in two months. The less volatile four-week average declined to 267,000.Applications are a proxy for layoffs and have remained below 300,000 for 68 straight weeks, the longest such streak since 1973.Just 2.14 million Americans are receiving benefits, 4.6 per cent lower than a year earlier.THE TAKEAWAY: The data suggests that a recent slowdown in hiring will be temporary. Employers added just 38,000 jobs last month and an average of only 116,000 in the past three months. That’s half of last year’s pace.The cutback came after economic growth slowed in the first quarter to an annual rate of 0.8 per cent.Still, the low level of applications for unemployment benefits adds to recent evidence that hiring could pick back up in the coming months.And recent research by economists at JPMorgan Chase has found that fewer applications are consistent with steady hiring over time. Not as many people seek benefits when it is easier to find work.KEY DRIVERS: There are signs the economy has improved in the April-June quarter. Home sales rose to a nine-year high last month, according to the National Association of Realtors, and homebuilding has picked up. Americans have also stepped up their spending at retail stores and restaurants in recent months.Still, the economy wasn’t strong enough to prompt the Federal Reserve to lift the short-term rate it controls during its two-day meeting last week.Fed chair Janet Yellen said in congressional testimony this week that Fed officials believe the weakness in hiring is temporary. She has previously pointed to the low number of people seeking benefits as evidence that job gains could rebound. Applications for US jobless aid fall, a sign of low layoffs FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, Nicole Kelly, left, interviews Angelo Falcone for a bartender job at a job fair held by The Genuine Hospitality Group, in Miami. On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits a week earlier. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2016 6:48 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UNESCO chief deplores brutal killing of Cambodian journalist

“I am appalled by the brutal killing of Suon Chan,” Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a news release. “Society as a whole suffers when violence is used to silence journalists in the line of duty. The perpetrators of this crime should be brought to justice to strengthen freedom of expression and press freedom in Cambodia.”A group of men wielding stones and bamboo sticks attacked Mr. Chan, 44, near his home in Cholkiri, Kampong Chhnang province, on the evening of 31 January. Two people who came to help him were also injured. The three were taken to a local hospital but Mr. Chan, who was particularly badly injured, died during his transfer to a hospital in the capital, Phnom Penh.The attack is widely reported to have been carried out in retaliation for his work for the Maekea Kampuchea newspaper on illegal fishing in the province, according to UNESCO. read more

Android pirates plead guilty in first counterfeit apps case

first_imgTWO MEN ACCUSED of operating a popular Android piracy website have pleaded guilty of distributing more than one million copies of copyrighted apps.According to the US Department of Justice, the one million apps sold had a total retail value of $700,000 (€506,000), and it marked the first time the US Department of Justice had secured convictions for the illegal selling copies of copyrighted apps.Nicholas Anthony Narbone and Thomas Allen Dye pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. Both played a major role in Appbucket.net, an alternative online market which specialised in selling popular counterfeit Android apps.The site was in service from August 2010 to August 2012 where it and two other sites, applanet.net and snappzmarket.com, were seized by the US Department of Justice for pirating copyright mobile apps.The investigation was carried out by the FBI and both Dye and Narbone will be sentenced in June and July respectively, where they both face a five-year maximum prison sentence.Read: And the eight-year-old Doodle 4 Google champion is… >Read: Google embraces smartwatches by announcing Android Wear project >last_img read more

La Poste Free comme réseau mobile

first_imgLa Poste : Free comme réseau mobile ?France – La Poste souhaite devenir prochainement un opérateur mobile virtuel. Pour cela, l’entreprise souhaite louer le réseau mobile d’un opérateur. Iliad Free tient la corde.Iliad Free est sur le point de réaliser une bonne affaire. En cours de construction de son réseau mobile, le quatrième opérateur pourrait trouver une nouvelle ressource financière avec la location de son matériel par La Poste. En effet, le groupe a réalisé une meilleure offre que les trois autres concurrents Bouygues Telecom, Orange et SFR. Selon Silicon.fr, La Poste, qui souhaite devenir opérateur virtuel d’ici deux à trois ans, pourrait signer prochainement un contrat avec Iliad Free. L’initiative de la firme française n’est pas une surprise puisqu’une diversification des activités lui permettra de s’affirmer sur un marché européen qui s’annonce de plus en plus agressif.Le 8 avril 2010 à 13:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Wintry mix of snow freezing rain expected this weekend

first_imgA wintry mix of snow and freezing rain is expected to hit the area this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.Another significant storm is expected to hit the Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon region Saturday, though precipitation may not fall in many the areas until the afternoon, the weather service reported.Though snow and sleet are in the forecast, freezing rain will likely be the dominant precipitation type in the valley areas that will likely fall in the Portland and Vancouver areas Saturday night.Travel this weekend is not recommended once the winter weather starts since the wintry mix will make the roads very slick and difficult to drive on.last_img

Tear up TCI Constitution desire of Minister Gardiner

first_img Thousands of Haitian mark Flag Day differently in TCI for 2016 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PDM Chairman says North & Middle Caicos MP ignorant of law, fails to remove voters Related Items:donhue gardiner, independence Governor says voters need to decide on Independence Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciaes, 02 Feb 2015 – During debate on the Constitutional Review Commission’s report the nation learned exactly what Minister for Border Control and Labour and Member from North and Middle Caicos thinks of the 2011 Constitution; that it is essentially rubbish. “I have a copy of the constitution here, because it is printed by government with government monies and it is property of the government I wouldn’t destroy it by tearing it up because it would be seen of malicious damage to property. However, Mr Speaker but that is exactly what I think of the document on the whole.” Hon Donhue Gardiner actually served on the committee overseeing the national consultation leg of the review; but said there now needs to be a referendum to do two things; one determine if TC Islanders want to gain independence from the British and to two, determine if the changes recommended are what the electorate really want. An attorney, Minister Gardiner says he believes the trial by jury right needs to be returned in the constitution as the right solely of the defendant in any case. “I would certainly come down on the side of being in favor for the reinstatement of that right and the right also that he might also have to a bench trial.” He adamantly expressed that no governor, whom he labeled a virtual stranger should have so much power in the legislative. On the point of who should make up the members of the House of Assembly, Hon Gardiner has the view that no member of the House should be appointed; that all should be elected by the voting public during a General Election.“I do not believe in the notion of an elected Speaker from the outside, I believe unless you have been tested at the ballot box you do not have a right to speak on behalf of the people, you do not have a right to vote on behalf of the people, you do not have a right to preside over the People’s House.”last_img read more

Crowd violence mars Millwalls win over Everton

first_imgA crowd violence before the FA Cup tie between Millwall and Everton has left a man severely injured in the face.Millwall left it late to seal a dramatic 3-2 win to send the Toffees crashing out of the FA Cup fourth round, but the crowd violence seems to have overshadowedThe Metropolitan Police have yet to make any arrests after footage appeared on social media purporting to show a brawl in the Hawkstone Road area in south-east London.Officers became aware of a large group of males fighting in that area at 4.42pm.Millwall & Everton: Horrific fan violence exterior Surrey Quays station https://t.co/pizZnJnotD pic.twitter.com/HIMPhCDmGO— punga007 (@punga127) January 26, 2019Everton still keen on signing Juve’s Moise Kean Obinna Echi – July 28, 2019 Everton are still pushing for the signature of Juventus striker Moise Kean despite the Italian champions insisting they’d only sanction the deal with a…A man in his 20s was taken to hospital but his injuries are not life-threatening. A crime scene remained in place into Saturday evening.Detective Inspector Darren Young said via Sky: “The behaviour of those involved in this incident is nothing short of disgraceful and those involved can be certain we will be working to identify them.“We are aware of the video circulating online, which has quite rightly elicited shock and disgust. We are looking at it and urge anyone with information that could assist police to call 101 referring CAD 5117/26 Jan.”The match ended in a 3-2 victory to Millwall after they scored a late winner.last_img read more

Rinspeed Microsnap shrinks down for CES 2019

first_img Share your voice Concept Cars Electric Cars Auto Tech Rinspeed MicroSnap is a tiny, do-it-all electric pod Self-driving cars Last year at CES 2018, Rinspeed showed off its wild Snap concept, which blended autonomy with a hot-swappable “skateboard” platform. Rinspeed must have invented a shrink ray in the last year, because at CES 2019, it’s a fair bit smaller.Say hello to the Rinspeed MicroSnap, the latest concept from the wild minds behind the Swiss vehicle design house. Building on last year’s Snap, the MicroSnap shrinks the whole concept down to the size of a Renault Twizy, a European-market electric two-seater. Like its big-boy brethren, the MicroSnap’s platform is meant for fast swapping of the pods on top, which can be used to transport people or goods, depending on need.So why shrink it? Rinspeed says it’s to accommodate the explosion of online ordering, including fresh groceries. By making its concept small enough, the MicroSnap can focus on targeted deliveries that ensure fresh food arrives fresh. That idea works for human transportation, as well, offering direct routes without wasting time dealing with multiple parties.Enlarge ImageIt’s ready for both work and play, just not at the same time. Rinspeed “Customers increasingly want prompt deliveries and many passengers are unwilling to use shared taxis, which have to take time-consuming detours by design,” said Frank M. Rinderknecht, owner of Rinspeed, in a statement.Rinspeed never stops at the design stage with its concepts. The MicroSnap has been thought through from soup to nuts. It can display digital license plates, and the exterior lights use different colors to communicate different concepts to pedestrians. The human-transport pod can track a rider’s health and change the interior lights to improve the mood. There’s a 49-inch curved LED screen offering interaction for riders. There’s even an iris scanner to recognize occupants. It’s also 5G-capable, because of course it is.As you might expect, the Rinspeed MicroSnap is entirely electric. All the wear-and-tear components are relegated to the “skateboard” platform at the bottom, and Rinspeed says that they can be swapped in and out relatively quickly. As for the actual pod swapping itself, Rinspeed also create a robot assembly that uses articulating arms to remove and replace pods depending on what the concept needs to do next. It’s some real pie-in-the-sky stuff, but that’s what CES is all about. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Self-driving cars: Stay up to date on all the latest news in autonomy.CES 2019: Check out our favorite gadgets from the show in this constantly updating gallery. 0 Post a comment 41 Photos CES 2019 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tagslast_img read more

Metro Riders Sue Transit System

first_imgMore than 80 subway riders, who continue to battle smoke-related illness from last year’s Metrorail fire, filed lawsuits against system.Dennean Baker sat rocking back  and forth at the National Press Club Jan. 12, occasionally wiping a steady flow of tears.  He was one of hundreds of Metrorail riders trapped in a smoke-filled train in the tunnels just feet from the L’Enfant Plaza station.“We all thought that we was going to die,” Baker said during the press conference. “I start to cry because of my memories of the horrible time I was on the train.” Baker is among more than 80 survivors, who continue to suffer breathing difficulties as a result of smoke inhalation.Flanked by attorneys announcing a lawsuit against Metro, Baker said she and 86 co-litigants have yet to receive notice from Metro of what toxins and other chemicals to which they were exposed.  It is the lack of disclosure, one year later, that undermines their medical treatment, the lawyers said.Passengers on the train that day were trapped for an estimated 35 minutes during which repeated announcements dissuaded them from trying to evacuate, despite growing panic.“We were told that the best thing you can do is stay put and if you open the doors or get off the train then the train can’t move,” said Jonathan Rogers, one of the victims, during the press conference.  “We were told that we’d jeopardize everybody else if we tried to get off the train so there was nothing to do but just wait and hope that the smoke didn’t get worse.”Attorney Kim Brooks-Rodney, who is representing some of the riders, said that in addition to not knowing what toxins the passengers were exposed to and the ongoing damage they present to the riders’ bodies, there is still much confusion over what caused the accident.“Can this accident happen again a year later? We still don’t know,” Brooks-Rodney told reporters at the Press Club.While some passengers fled the train on their own to escape the smoke, those who remained sat through a hindered rescue process, bogged down by communication problems among EMS and Metro personnel, as well as a ventilation system that drew smoke towards, rather than away from, the choking passengers.Carol GloverA Black Virginia woman, Carol Glover, died in the incident. Her sons have filed a separate lawsuit.Metro’s new General Mangaer Paul Wiedefeld has not publicly responded to the lawsuit; however, he did offer an open letter statement concerning the one-year anniversary of the accident, seeking to reassure passengers of the system’s safety.“As the new CEO, I started the job with a mission of rededicating Metro to safety, improving service reliability and getting our financial house in order. In the area of safety, the first executive I am recruiting is a new chief safety officer, responsible for day-to-day oversight but more importantly, reinforcing a stronger safety culture throughout Metro,” the letter said. ssherman@afro.comlast_img read more

Thailand travel advisory

first_imgTourism Authority of ThailandThailand travel advisory on The Royal Cremation for the late King Bhumibol AdulyadejThe Royal Thai Government has announced that the Royal Cremation for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled for 25-29 October, 2017. Thursday, 26 October, will be the royal cremationday, and it has been declared a public holiday by the Cabinet to allow the people to take part in paying a final tribute to the late King.During the process of the Royal Cremation which will last five days, tourist attractions across Thailand will be open as usual. This is with the exception of Bangkok’s Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which will be closed from 1-29 October, 2017, as they will be the venue of the Royal Cremation. All transport, banks, shopping areas, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual.However, the Tourism Authority of Thailand would like to recommend that any visitors with travel or tourism plans reconfirm with agents and check local media regularly as well as follow the advice of the local authorities for announcements and updates. They should also be aware that in some areas transportation could be affected. We also ask tourists and visitors for their understanding and patience should they experience delays or some routes may be closed to traffic.In this time of great sadness and mourning, we would like to ask that everyone uses their judgment regarding how or should they make arrangements for events planned in Thailand. Also, we would like to ask visitors for their understanding that this is a sensitive time for Thailand, and they should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people.Many Thai people will be wearing black clothes as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible, they should wear respectful clothing when in public. We also would like to request that the solemnity of the Royal Cremation is observed, and visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour.The world is welcome to Thailand during this historic period. Visitors to the kingdom at this time will get to see the great love and reverence that the Thai people have for their beloved King in the way they mourn and pay their respects. And during this time, Thailand is thankful for our friends coming to share their sadness and pass on their condolences. This gesture of empathy and friendship will be remembered by the people of Thailand for decades to come.For more details on the Royal Cremation, please CLICK HERESource = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Should that continue for the final three weeks of the season, Palmer would become the first QB since Kurt Warner in 2008 to start all 16 games for the Cardinals. Perhaps not coincidentally, Arizona reached the Super Bowl that season. “It’s been good to have the stability at that position,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “I think everybody appreciates that and understands that when you keep him standing up and healthy and the same guy in there, everybody gets the same amount of reps and you get to have that continuity that you all want, so it’s been a great time having Carson back there. He’s been a phenomenal leader for us.”A full season with a good quarterback is rarely a bad thing, and while the road to get there may not have been easy, the Cardinals appear to be a few games away from doing just that. On that note, it may have been Arians who said it best.“Without a quarterback, you don’t have a chance.” Life is different for the team this season. Entering Week 15, only two people other than Carson Palmer have thrown passes for the Cardinals, and neither are quarterbacks. So perhaps it’s no coincidence that the Cardinals, at 8-5, have a chance to post their best record since 2009, and possibly since moving to the Valley. “It’s huge,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said of having stability at quarterback. “When you look at teams that are in the playoffs already, they’re solid at quarterback.”At this point, only three teams have clinched playoff spots, and they are led by Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning, respectively. Of course, it’s no secret that the key to winning in the NFL is good quarterback play. In Arizona, when the Cardinals had it, they won. When they didn’t, they lost. It’s not a difficult concept.Yet, as the Cardinals know better than anyone, finding a good quarterback is easier said than done. They tried via the draft, trade and free agency, but before this season none of them led to the right passer.But Palmer, a veteran who was acquired from the Oakland Raiders for only a seventh-round pick, may be the right guy. He ranks eighth in the league in passing yards and ninth in completion percentage, and while his interception total is still high, he’s been picked off just four times in the last six games while throwing 12 touchdown passes. 0 Comments   Share   “Guys are comfortable with the plays that we are running and the schemes that we are running. Just repetition -—through repetition and really, quite frankly, doing it wrong.”Arians noted that throughout his career, quarterbacks have seen their interception totals take a dramatic drop following the player’s first eight games in his system. “Once you get the nuances of everything and you know where the ball is going pre-snap once you see the coverage and you start trusting the receivers, those things come down,” he said. And as the interceptions have come down, the team’s win total has gone up. The Cardinals have won five of their last six games to remain in the playoff race. It may not have been possible had Palmer not remained under center. “Knock on wood, Carson’s been extremely healthy, he’s been able to come in every single week,” guard Daryn Colledge said, adding that injuries played a role in what happened at the position last season. “It’s one of those things where Carson has been able to keep himself healthy, we’ve been able to keep him a little healthy, and he’s been able to go out there and play at a consistent level. That’s something you can’t put a price tag on. It gives us the reassurance that we know, ‘Hey, that guy’s going to be back there behind us every single week.’” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo That decision, or lack thereof, seems to have paid off, as Palmer has since entrenched himself as the team’s unquestioned starter and leader.“It makes everybody comfortable, including the defense, they know if we’re ever in a jam, Carson can get us out of it,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “I think it gives us a whole lot of confidence as an offense that that guy’s behind center.”As Goodwin said, that resonates throughout the entire team.“Fans only see what’s going on on Sunday, they just care about the output that you put out there on Sunday,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said. “They don’t see all the hard work and everything you try to do just to get on the same page with the guy beside you, and Carson and the offense have done a tremendous job of just working through the nicks and the kinks and getting on the same page and they’ve been playing tremendous, especially the past five weeks or so.”Is the reason for Palmer’s resurgence really that simple? Was it only a matter of time before the veteran, now in his 10th season, would start playing at a higher level? “I think we have come a long way as a group,” Palmer said. “I know we have come a long way in the trust department for sure, just trusting where a guy is going to be, trusting where the ball is going to be on their end. center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In last Sunday’s 30-10 win over the St. Louis Rams, Palmer tied a franchise record for completion percentage in a game at 84.4 percent, and on the season the 33-year-old is completing 64.3 percent of his passes with 3,458 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. At his current pace, he’ll finish among the franchise’s all-time leaders in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns in a single season. Once someone fans wanted benched, Palmer has instead turned into a quarterback the team can rely on, which is something that cannot be understated. No drama, no controversy. He’s been the guy, and he will continue to be the guy.“It’s extremely important,” center Lyle Sendlein said. “That way there’s no distractions in the locker room and sometimes players disagree with coaches on who’s playing, and when it’s a clear-cut decision on who your quarterback is and he’s our captain, he’s our leader, it’s one thing that’s not a distraction.”Indeed, quarterback is a position the Cardinals have not had to worry about much this season. Because even when Palmer was struggling early in the season, Arians continued to voice support for the veteran and never really seemed close to making a change. TEMPE, Ariz. – Since Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season, six different quarterbacks have taken a regular-season snap for the Arizona Cardinals.In 2012 alone, four different signal callers started a game for the team. An old adage says if you have two quarterbacks, you don’t really have one, but there’s nothing in the book about having four. Based on experience, though, it’s probably not a good thing. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Mii amo which means passage or journey in the Yum

first_imgMii amo, which means passage or journey in the Yuman language, promotes personal transformation through mind, body and spiritual therapies inspired by its breathtaking location in Boynton Canyon and the area’s rich Native American heritage.Whether seeking inspiration from Summer Solstice or looking to embark on a transformative yoga retreat, Mii amo’s array of four-day Journeys are inclusive of accommodations, meals at Mii amo Café, two daily spa treatments, private consultations, lectures, and the use of all spa facilities. In addition to the offerings included in these specific Journeys, guests will enjoy complimentary ongoing activities at the spa including Qigong, aqua aerobics, red rock hikes, mountain biking, stargazing, cooking classes, and guided meditation.The world-renowned destination spa is offering guests the opportunity to take part in four different Journeys in Sedona this summer and fall. Reservations are limited for these specific Mii amo retreats, prices start at $2,235.Mii amo Celebrates Summer Solstice Thursday, June 18 – Sunday, June 21, 2009 Presented by R.J. JosephAt Mii amo, the Summer Solstice is a time of cleansing, renewal, love and growth. Mii amo will celebrate Summer Solstice this year complete with events ranging from drumming to traditional dance performances and special dinner gatherings. Teachings include vision quests, medicine/healing, spirituality, stargazing, archeology, music and dance. Loretta Barrett Oden, Native American chef and host of PBS’s culinary series Seasoned with Spirit, will also partake in the festivities offering cooking demonstrations featuring Native American cuisine.Mii amo Hiking Retreat Thursday, September 10 – Sunday, September 13, 2009 Presented by John Meyers and Alexandra PhelpsHead to Sedona’s red rock country to experience a four-day, three-night Journey at Mii amo filled with hiking the region’s most stunning trails. Led by seasoned guides John Meyers and Alexandra Phelps, you will embark on adventures throughout the area, including sunset toasts, photo tours, vortex walks, and of course scenic hikes.Journey Through Consciousness Yoga Retreat Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, October 4, 2009 Presented by Ian Lopatin and Vanessa LeeJoin Ian Lopatin and Vanessa Lee at Mii amo this fall for the Journey Through Consciousness. Ian, co-founder and president of At One Yoga, and Vanessa, yoga extraordinaire, will lead guests on this four-day yoga retreat and instruct several classes throughout the journey including Vinyasa flow yoga and Restorative yoga.Livin’ The Moment Yoga Journey Thursday, December 3 – Sunday, December 6, 2009 Presented by David RomanelliGuests will enjoy a four-day yoga retreat with Yahoo’s Mind-Body Expert and author David Romanelli who visits Mii amo once a year teaching how everyday passions like chocolate, wine, and music are accessible gateways to the present moment. This unforgettable experience will lead guests through innovative sessions including a Chocolate Chakra tour, Yoga + Wine: The Power of Terroir workshop and various group yoga sessions.www.miiamo.comlast_img read more

Painkiller rules are a real headache

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouPHARMACISTS’ stranglehold over the sale of some non-prescription, over-the-counter painkillers shows no sign of loosening despite a four-year-old court ruling that ibuprofen-based Nurofen should be freely available in supermarkets and kiosks.A seemingly inexplicable distortion in the supply of non-prescription analgesic drugs allows paracetamol (Panadol) and aspirin to be sold in pharmacists, kiosks and supermarkets, while ibuprofen (Nurofen) can only be sold in pharmacists.Nurofen’s Greece-based distributors, Reckitt Benckiser, have been trying to break the restrictive confines of pharmacies and join Panadol and aspirin on kiosk and supermarkets shelves for years. Reckitt Benckiser sued the Cypriot pharmaceutical services in 2010 seeking inclusion of their painkiller in the country’s ‘general sale list’ (GSL) – the list of drugs allowable for sale outside of pharmacies – citing unfair treatment in that paracetamol and aspirin products were on the list. Pharmaceutical services had denied such inclusion on grounds of “public interest”, but the court deemed the justification offered by the state body irrelevant to the case and ruled in the company’s favour in 2011.Four years later, Nurofen is still not eligible for sale by anyone other than pharmacists. And its continued ban is more complex than you might think.A 2006 law governing the operation of kiosks allowed the sale of “painkillers for which no prescription is required”, but subsequent regulations limited this to aspirin and paracetamol – but not ibuprofen.“Not quite,” a pharmaceutical services official told the Sunday Mail. “In fact, the only over-the counter analgesic permitted for sale at kiosks by law is aspirin, and we are working to have Panadol removed from kiosks as well.”But if that is the case, why can anyone get Panadol from any kiosk at any time of day or night? The official suddenly got defensive.“Look, I can only speak about the two years I’ve been here,” she said. “I couldn’t speak about what went on before I got here.”Even so, the fact remains that one non-prescription painkiller can be sold in kiosks and supermarkets – as well as pharmacies – another technically can’t but is, and a third is available only at pharmacies. On the face of it, it makes little sense, and the fact that no one can explain it convincingly makes even less.“This law is very old,” was all the pharmaceutical services official could muster, presumably implying it was made before paracetamol and ibuprofen were widely accepted as alternatives to aspirin.Old or not, the law affords the health minister – following a recommendation by the Pharmacy Board, a committee of seven pharmacists – the right to amend the GSL list, i.e. which drugs can be sold by kiosks and supermarkets, and the House of Representatives a veto over the health minister’s decision.Meanwhile, three parliamentarians are pharmacists by trade – DIKO’s Athina Kyriakidou and Angelos Votsis, and DISY’s Nicos Nouris – which could render their position loaded: the more drugs stay out of kiosks, the more will be sold at pharmacies. It is no surprise, then, that they oppose the sale of any drugs by kiosks.Votsis dismissed the potential conflict arising from the fact that the people responsible for deciding which drugs, if any, can be sold freely – the Pharmacy Board – exclusively comprises pharmacists.“There is no issue of financial interests at play,” he said. “We are talking about extremely cheap products – it’s not like there are millions to be made from over-the-counter analgesics.”Votsis ventured a guess as to why paracetamol and aspirin are permitted to be sold at kiosks, but ibuprofen is not – perhaps the key factor is that they are “older drugs that have proven their innocence over time”. But the core of his argument was that abuse – deliberate or accidental – of even the most innocent of drugs can be dangerous.“If you ask me, no drugs should be sold at kiosks,” he said. “Whatever the circumstances, if someone takes a box of aspirins, he will get an ulcer. That’s why a professional should always be in charge of dispensing any drugs, even food supplements.”Unsurprisingly, Kyriakidou’s views mirrored those of Votsis.“Good,” was her response to news of the pharmaceutical services’ efforts to have Panadol removed from kiosks.“In my opinion, none of these drugs should be freely available at kiosks,” she added. “It makes no difference that they are non-prescription, over-the-counter drugs. They all have side-effects and should not be dispensed by anyone but a trained professional.”Asked to explain the apparent illogicality of allowing one non-prescription analgesic to be sold on every street corner but not another, Kyriakidou employed her pharmacist training.“It’s not illogical,” she explained. “The difference lies in the substances found in each drug. Ibuprofen is much more addictive than aspirin and paracetamol, and its abuse could be potentially much more dangerous.“Generally, abuse of any of these drugs could cause serious health problems, which is why the right to sell them should be restricted to trained pharmacists.”AspirinThe argument seems fairly patronising, as it assumes that the average Cypriot is either criminally ignorant or can’t be trusted to stick to the dosage instructions on the box of a non-prescription drug, and that a kiosk owner will ignore the red flags raised by a walk-in asking for 10 boxes of Panadol. A similar argument was made by pharmaceutical services during the Reckitt Benckiser lawsuit.“Public-interest reasons cited include polypharmacy, uncontrolled abuse, unregulated storage, and supply with no professional advice offered by properly trained staff, but failed to detail the potential serious risks stemming from supplying this particular non-prescription drug outside of pharmacies,” the court ruled.Such nebulous “public interest” reasoning notwithstanding, the example of the United Kingdom is telling. Not only are supermarkets there permitted to sell regular-strength versions of all three of these analgesics (plus others), but they also produce their own generic brands, typically at a much lower price.But perhaps most importantly, pharmacies in Cyprus follow a customer-unfriendly, unflinchingly rigid schedule of working hours. This includes closing on Sundays, Wednesday afternoons and every public holiday and a three-hour afternoon break during the summer. A few pharmacies are designated by a rota system to stay open until 10 pm during the winter and 11 pm in the summer months, but a customer has track down where these are. After the later closing hours, pharmacists are only obliged to sell drugs if the customer presents a prescription. This means, of course, that over-the-counter pain killers cannot be obtained after closing time and until the next morning.Basically, it’s a good idea to anticipate pain well ahead of time, particularly if your painkiller of choice is Nurofen.The purported need for the presence of a “trained professional” even for the sale of run-of-the-mill analgesics negates the need for those deceptively small inserts folded into each box, listing the drug’s uses and side-effects.The issue boils down to the restriction of individual choice, given that the object is non-prescription, over-the-counter painkillers, those who wish to seek professional advice before taking any should be free to do so, as should be those who are capable of reading an insert and care little for received wisdom shoved down their throat.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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