HC declines relief to Johnson & Johnson on compensation for faulty hip implants

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday declined any interim relief to US-based Johnson and Johnson, which has challenged the formula approved by the Centre for determining compensation for patients who received “faulty” hip implants, saying the plea was neither important nor urgent.”Some matters are important and some are urgent. Unfortunately, this does not fall under either of the two categories,” Justice Vibhu Bakhru said.The court also said it would not be “apposite” to pass any orders in the matter when the issue related to the compensation was pending before the Supreme Court in a PIL.The observations by the court came after the central government’s standing counsels Amit Mahajan and Gaurang Kanth said the top court was seized of the issue in which the pharma major was also a party.Johnson and Johnson told the high court that no notice has been issued to it by the apex court and it was not aware of any orders passed by the top court.Justice Bakhru, however, did not agree with the argument and said “now you know the matter is there in Supreme Court. Take appropriate steps”.”In view of the above, the court does not think it apposite to pass any orders at this stage. Further consideration of the petition is deferred to await outcome of the proceedings in the Supreme Court,” the high court said and listed the pharma major’s petition on February 26.In its plea the company has sought quashing of a recent press release of the government informing the general public about the formula worked out by an expert committee to compensate patients who received the “faulty” hip implants produced by the pharma major’s subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc (USA).advertisementIt has also challenged the report of the expert committee — headed by RK Arya, Director, Sports Injury Centre — which worked out the compensation formula.Besides, it has also sought quashing of the report of another committee — headed by Arun Agarwal, Professor of ENT, Maulana Azad Medical College — which was appointed by the Health Ministry for looking into the allegations of faulty hip replacement implants.According to the Arya committee report, compensation payable to patients would be determined in terms of the disability by the faulty hip implants in relation to their age.Those between 20 to 35 years would get compensation between Rs 58.08 lakh and Rs 49.66 lakh for 20 to 30 per cent disability; Rs 77.63 lakh to Rs 69.41 lakh for 30 to 40 pre cent disability; Rs 100.17 lakh to 89.32 lakh for 40 to 50 per cent disability and Rs 122.71 lakh to Rs 109.15 lakh over 60 pre cent disability, the press release had said.It said those between 35 to 60 years will get a compensation between Rs 49.66 lakh and Rs 33.63 lakh for 30 per cent disability; Rs 69.49 lakh to Rs 44.45 lakh for 30 to 40 pre cent disability, Rs 89.32 lakh to Rs 57.26 lakh for 40 to 50 per cent disability and Rs 109.15 lakh to 69.08 lakh for over 60 pre cent disability.Those above 65 years will get of 30 lakh for 20 to 30 pre cent disability, Rs 40 for 30 to 40 per cent ability, Rs 50 lakh for 40 to 50 per cent and 60 lakh for over 60 per cent disability, it had said.The pharma major told the court that as a result of the press release, people are “landing at its doorstep” for compensation and contended that the government’s public announcement was made without any legal basis.When the court asked the ministry as to under what law the press release was issued, the government said the same issue was pending in a PIL before the apex court.The PIL in the apex court has alleged that “faulty” and “deadly” hip implants have been fitted into the bodies of 4,525 Indian patients.The plea has contended that DePuy makes, sells and exports medical implants, including articular surface replacements (ASR) hip implants which have been withdrawn by the firms on their own in 2010 on the ground that they were defective.According to the PIL, the firms “illegally sold DePuy ASR Hip Implants in India from 2005 to 2006.” PTI HMP SKV SAlast_img read more

ITF Qaaswa Tankers Crew Returns Home

first_imgzoom Fifteen crewmembers of the tanker Qaaswa, which was stranded off the coast of Tunisia since early May, have been sent home with most of their owed wages, according to International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).Paul Falzon, ITF contact in Malta, has been helping the crew, which consisted of 13 Indian and two Pakistani seafarers, since May 13 after hearing from Malta that there was a ship outside its national waters whose crew felt threatened by the company.ITF said that, at that time, the company Alco Shipping Services, had not paid the crew’s wages for more than four months and had failed to carry out repairs on the vessel.After passing by Malta, the vessel was kept 100 miles out at sea, and was then ordered to anchor just off the coast of SfaxI. IFT informed that Alco left the vessel without fresh water and provisions for long periods of time and “was trying to force the crew to sail the unfit vessel to Egypt.”“The story isn’t over yet, however. We’re still pursuing one May salary and all the crew’s salaries for June – and will keep on until the men are paid what they are owed in full,” Mohamed Arrachedi, ITF inspector, said.Arrachedi added that the ITF is also defending the crews of another two of Alco Shipping Services’ vessels which are abandoned. The company’s ship Sharjah Moon is currently docked in Hamriyah Port, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, while the second ship, Ocean Pride, is at anchorage off the UAE coast.last_img read more

Algues bleuvert dans le comté de Yarmouth

first_imgLes résidents et les visiteurs du secteur de Forest Glen, dans le comté de Yarmouth, sont priés de noter que des petites fleurs d’eau d’algues bleu-vert ont été repérées dans le lac Parr. Il est également possible que les algues bleu-vert prolifèrent dans les cours d’eau qui se déversent dans le lac. La prolifération d’algues bleu-vert a lieu naturellement, et ces algues peuvent produire des toxines. Les toxines ne sont pas éliminées en faisant bouillir l’eau. Il est recommandé d’éviter le contact avec l’eau pour prévenir les risques possibles pour la santé. Il faut éviter de boire l’eau ou d’utiliser l’eau pour préparer ou cuire des aliments, ou pour se brosser les dents. Il n’est pas recommandé d’utiliser l’eau pour les loisirs, ou pour se laver. Le contact direct avec les toxines produites par les algues bleu-vert peut causer l’irritation de la peau et des yeux. Les symptômes liés à la consommation d’eau contenant des algues bleu-vert sont notamment des douleurs abdominales, la diarrhée, des vomissements et la nausée. Si les symptômes persistent plus de quelques jours, consultez un fournisseur de soins de santé. Ne laissez pas les animaux de compagnie ou d’autres animaux consommer l’eau ou nager dans l’eau où il y a des algues bleu-vert. Des renseignements supplémentaires sont disponibles aux liens www.novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/BlueGreenAlgae.pdf et http://novascotia.ca/dhw/environmental/blue-green-algae.asp (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

US sees Pakistanbased LeT threat to it in Afghanistan Pentagon report

first_imgWashington: The US considers Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as one of the greatest threats to it and allied forces in war-torn Afghanistan, where at least 300 fighters from the terror group are active, a Pentagon report has said. The LeT, designated a global terror organisation by the US and the UN, was responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people. Among the 20 prominent terrorist organisations active in Afghanistan, LeT ranks fifth in terms of fighters along with al Qaeda and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, stated the Pentagon report, ‘Lead Inspector General for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel’, for the quarter ending March 31. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ The report said the Department of Defence “identified the Haqqani Network, the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba as groups that present the greatest threat to US and allied forces in Afghanistan”. The report also stated that an estimated 300 LeT and 1,000 Islamic Emirate High Council operatives are active in the war-torn country. The ISIS-K, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Haqqani network with an estimated 3,000-5,000 fighters each top the list of terrorist groups active in Afghanistan, it said. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China The LeT, formed in the 1980s, is one of the largest terror groups currently operating from Pakistani soil. In December 2001, the Department of State designated LeT as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. In May 2005, the United Nations (UN) 1267 Sanctions Committee added LeT to the Consolidated UN Security Council Sanctions List. Pakistan banned LeT in 2002, but the group continued to operate through its front organisations – Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF). Pakistan was forced to ban these groups this year amid intense global pressure to rein in the terror groups following the Pulwama terror attack. Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) also put pressure on Pakistan to curb money laundering and terrorism financing. Pakistan was put on the grey list by the FATF in June 2018, and was warned that it may further be downgraded if it does not act against terror groups operating from its soil. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused Pakistan of providing “safe haven” to terrorists and asked Islamabad to rein in the terror groups operating from its soil. Iran and Afghanistan also accuse Pakistan of providing support to terror groups to carry out attacks in the neighbouring countries.last_img read more

Harm reduction workers post list of demands to combat opioid crisis in

first_imgTORONTO – Harm reduction workers in Toronto are calling for the immediate opening of interim safe injection spaces and social housing with a focus on helping drug users as the city deals with a spike in opioid overdoses.The demands were among a list of measures issued by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and other advocacy groups on Friday, as they called for a declaration of a public health emergency over the issue and asked for the wide distribution of drug testing kits in the city.A string of overdoses and suspected overdose deaths has put the issue of opioid use under the spotlight in Toronto in recent days.Last week, the city announced it was speeding up the opening of three supervised injection sites, and widening the distribution of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone to public health staff, community agencies and first responders. It also asked local police to consider having some officers carry naloxone.This week, more than a dozen harm reduction workers met with Toronto Mayor John Tory on Thursday to discuss the recent rise in overdoses. One attendee described how two workers had to leave early to respond to two overdoses that took place during the meeting itself.Tory said in a statement that the stories he heard from front line workers were “heart-wrenching” and said he would speak with Ontario’s health minister to get more help from the province.Jacob Nagy, a peer supporter at the Queen West Health Centre said that providing social housing that caters to drug users, with specific “harm reduction beds,” would make a difference.“In a regular shelter bed if you get caught using, you get discharged and that’s the difference. The harm reduction beds will turn their heads if they see you using,” said Nagy, who explained that being discharged can lead to people using drugs in a less controlled environment where they could overdose and die.“People are living in poverty and they’re using (drugs) to cope.”He also said that drug users would be less afraid to call 911 if police only responded to overdose calls while carrying naloxone.“With the police being there, it makes people feel vulnerable and at risk of arrest,” said Nagy. “Ultimately, it puts lives at risk.”Advocates also said immediately opening interim drug use spaces would save lives while the city prepared three supervised injection sites that are expected to open later this year.“We’re in the midst of a crisis now, and waiting until the fall for the safe injection sites means that more people will die unnecessarily,” said Jessica Hales, a member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty“Hopefully we can prevent that by having public sites available so people can intervene if there’s and overdose.”But Coun. Joe Cressy, Chair of the Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel, said that demand was not feasible as injection sites are governed by federal rules.He said, however, that the city was doing everything it can to deal with the rise in overdoses, adding that Toronto needed more action from the provincial and federal government to make bigger strides.“Front line harm reduction workers are losing their friends, their co-workers, they’re losing their clients, and they’re not seeing the level of inter-governmental response that’s required, and I agree with them,” said Cressy, who said he sympathizes with the harm reduction community’s frustration.“While I’m immensely proud of the committed hard work of city staff … I’m the first to acknowledge that just as the provincial and federal governments need to do more, we need to do more as well.”last_img read more

Zidane keeps options open for outcasts at Real Madrid

first_imgMadrid: Zinedine Zidane has offered a way back for Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo at Real Madrid as he prepares for his first game against Celta Vigo on Saturday since being re-appointed as coach. Bale, Isco and Marcelo have all endured difficult seasons under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, with Bale heavily criticised for his form while Isco and Marcelo have been dropped. Zidane’s return puts Bale’s future in further doubt, given the pair’s relationship became strained last season, before the Welshman said he was considering his future at the club. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”I am not going to talk about Bale’s season, I only talk about the 11 games we have left,” Zidane said on Friday. “We all know the player that Gareth is. I am counting on him like everyone else, we are ready and Gareth is ready.” Whether Zidane’s words come with a place for Bale in his first starting line-up at the Santiago Bernabeu remains to be seen, as Madrid look to rebuild following a turbulent few months. Isco never started a single La Liga match under Solari while Marcelo increasingly found his place at left-back taken by the 22-year-old Sergio Reguilon. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”Isco wants to play and nothing else,” said Zidane, who added on Marcelo: “He has also not played much but he is a professional. We have to respect everything the previous coaches did, it is not easy, but I am happy to see Marcelo again.” Madrid are 12 points adrift of leaders Barcelona and Zidane now has three months to assess his squad ahead of potential changes in the summer. “I am not thinking about that, we have to think about finishing the season well,” Zidane said. “You do not have to be thinking about who stays or goes, everyone has a contract here, then we will see what happens.” Zidane replaced Solari on Monday, returning to the club that he left only nine months ago after winning his third consecutive Champions League trophy.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral concludes African Union Summit with AIDS meeting visit

During the breakfast, hosted by President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, delegates also touched on other issues critical to Africa. In addition, leaders discussed a work plan for the coming year.”We have had a very good meeting here and very, very useful and constructive discussions, not just on the issue of AIDS and the fight against that pandemic and its impact on this continent, but also about conflict resolution, about economic and social development, about empowerment of women,” Mr. Annan told reporters after the meeting.In the afternoon, he visited an AIDS clinic at Matola, on the outskirts of the capital Maputo, which has done a remarkable job of preventing the transmission of the HIV virus from pregnant women to their babies. Only three of the 151 babies born at the clinic have been diagnosed as HIV-positive. The clinic provides anti-retroviral drugs to some 300 HIV-positive mothers.”This is our fight, and let’s all move ahead and win this fight,” Mr. Annan told the workers at the clinic.AIDS was also the subject of some of the bilateral meetings the Secretary-General held in the margins of the Summit. He met Peter Piot the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS), to discuss tighter coordination between the world body and the Global Fund against AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.He also met with Supachai Panitchpakdi, the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), with whom he discussed efforts by multinational pharmaceutical firms to make AIDS medication available to developing countries at low cost. He invited Mr. Panitchpakdi to join him at a meeting with pharmaceutical executives that he is planning for later this year.Mr. Annan was scheduled to leave Mozambique to return to New York over the weekend. On Monday he is going to Washington to meet with United States President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell and other senior advisers for wide-ranging discussions on Africa, the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the battles against terrorism, poverty and AIDS. read more

Ohio State field hockey prepares for Ohio University Ball State

Junior forward Peanut Johnson (3) celebrates with freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey (23) during a game against Syracuse on Aug. 29 in Columbus. OSU lost, 3-2, in overtime.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsFresh off its first win of the year, the Ohio State field hockey team is set for two matchups on two different campuses in Ohio this weekend.OSU is looking to build off its first win of the season — a 3-2 victory against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 5 — when it hits the road Friday to take on Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and again at home when it takes on Ball State on Sunday.The Buckeyes haven’t taken the field since their win against the Redhawks. OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said the team has gotten some good rest and is ready to strike against the Ohio Bobcats on the road.“We’ve had a lot of pressure on our defense (the) past couple of games,” Wilkinson said. “So I’m really looking forward to generating an attack.”Wilkinson said she likes the way her team has improved after suffering two losses to kick off the season.“What I love about this team is their energy,” Wilkinson said. “They just come out every day excited to play, and they want to get better.”Freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey leads the Buckeyes with six points in the first three games of the season. She was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Tuesday after a two-goal, one-assist performance against Miami.“She’s unreal. I’m so happy to be playing with her,” junior forward Peanut Johnson said. “She just has that instinct to put it in the goal.”The Bobcats figure to key on Humphrey, which could make it more difficult for her to find a shot.“She’s gonna have to make some adjustments,” Wilkinson said about the Virginia Beach, Va., native. “She’ll have to get creative in her scoring opportunities, but she’s quick to learn and she wants to learn.”The Bobcats enter Friday’s contest 0-3 after a shutout loss to California on Saturday, 3-0. Freshman Maria Russell leads Ohio in scoring with two goals on four shots.Despite the record, Wilkinson said anything can happen when OSU and Ohio get together.“They’re (the Bobcats) very strong. It’s a very physical team,” Wilkinson said. “And anytime there’s an Ohio University-Ohio State matchup, it can go either way.” Ball State brings a 3-1 record to Columbus on Sunday as it looks to rebound after a 5-0 loss to No. 5 Syracuse.The Cardinals are a balanced group with eight players recording at least two points. Junior midfielder Bethany Han leads the team with five points on two goals and one assist.For OSU, it’s all about the fundamentals this weekend in its pursuit of a winning record. “With every game, you need to focus on your basics,” Annabel Sams, a freshman forward, said. “As long as each player works on knowing how to trap the ball, you can push the ball and everything will fall into place.”The Buckeyes are set to face the Bobcats at 7 p.m. on Friday, and the Cardinals at 1 p.m. on Sunday.After the weekend, OSU is scheduled to have five days off before facing Michigan State on Sept. 19 and Appalachian State on Sept. 21 in Columbus. read more

Hundreds of patients lose battle over allegedly defective hip implants

“The decision that the safety of new products should be compared to products existing at the time they are introduced to the market also safeguards the position of those developing new, potentially life-enhancing, technologies in the future.”NJR director of operations Elaine Young said: “NJR data collection commenced in April 2003 for England and Wales. Compliance with data entry to the NJR was initially low in the early years.”For the last three years the NJR has undertaken a comprehensive annual data quality audit across all hospitals submitting NJR data and are now confident that the NJR is a robust and reliable source of information to be used for patient safety”.Norman Lamb, the former Liberal Democrat health spokesman, said: “The human impact of failing replacement hips with this problem of debris has been enormous for a very many people and they will feel devastated by this judgement”. “This is a complex and lengthy judgment, the implications of which are being carefully considered, however, the impact it will have on consumer safety and the ability of consumers to get redress, cannot be underestimated”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mrs Justice Andrews was also critical of the National Joint Registry (NJR) – the public body that holds information on all hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacements across the NHS and independent healthcare sector in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, and is relied upon by surgeons, manufacturers and regulators to make decisions over product safety.She said the NJR’s data was not “sufficiently reliable” leading to “far too much guesswork involved in trying to factor in all the variables” required to draw direct comparisons between the way different joints performed.A spokesman for Leigh Day said the firm was “extremely disappointed” by the judgement, and was “in touch with our clients to discuss what next steps could be taken. Walter Walmsley who had hip implants produced by the company Depuy, at home in Thurlaston, Leics., 18th January, 2016Credit:John Robertson However, Mrs Justice Andrews said the claimants had failed to prove that the Pinnacle 36mm metal-on-metal prosthesis “did not meet the level of safety that public were entitled to expect at the time when it entered the market in 2002”, and that four out of six lead claimants were not directly affected by it. A metal-on-metal hip implantCredit:Chris Watt hip implant DePuy Samantha Silver, of law firm Kennedys who acted for DePuy, said Monday’s decision would provide manufacturers with confidence that the courts “can take into account the benefits and the inherent risks of certain products, for example, in cases where there is a known side effect or complication and the overall benefits outweigh the risks. Hundreds more metal-on-metal claims against a number of other manufacturers were put on hold pending the outcome of the trial, in which a total of 312 claimants brought contested action against the device’s American manufacturer through solicitors solicitors Leigh Day.They argued that recipients of the cup-and-ball system  were injured as a result of the early failure and consequent revision surgery of their metal-on-metal prosthetic hips, caused in part by ill-fitting joints and the release of toxic metals particles following “normal use”. Two thirds of lead claimants given ‘faulty’ hip replacements “did not suffer an adverse reaction to metal debris” a judge has ruled, as she rejected one of the largest group actions to appear before the High Court.Mrs Justice Geraldine Andrews said DePuy’s metal-on-metal Pinnacle Ultamet products  has not been ‘defective’, and could not be blamed for the appearance of “abnormal” immunological responses in some patients.More than 40,000 patients in Britain have received a “metal-on-metal” hip replacement since their introduction in the 1990s.Around 23,000 of the devices fitted since 2003 were types made by DePuy, part of medical giant Johnson & Johnson. She concluded that there was no “materially greater” risk of the joint failing within the first 10 years after implant than with another, comparable prosthesis, or that the product carried with it an ‘abnormal risk’ of damage as alleged. DePuy was therefore not liable for the claims made against it. read more

Theyre back Fianna Fáil bounce into second place in new opinion poll

first_imgA NEW OPINION poll shows Fianna Fáil has overtaken both Labour and Sinn Féin to become the second most popular party in the country.It is the first time the party has been in that position in more than two years in an Ipsos MRBI poll.The results of the opinion poll conducted for the Irish Times released tonight show that when people were asked who they would vote for in a general election, Fianna Fáil received 21 per cent (up four percentage points), with Sinn Féin on 20 per cent (down four points) and Labour on 12 per cent (up two).Fine Gael is down one point at 31 per cent. The Green Party remains at 2 per cent while Independents/Others are at 14 per cent (down one point). All of the figures excluded undecided voters who made up a significant minority of respondents – a total of 33 per cent said they were undecided as to who they would vote for.Satisfaction with all of the party leaders has dropped. Gerry Adams saw the biggest drop with an 8 percentage point decrease in satisfaction with his leadership. However with a 29 per cent satisfaction rating overall he remains the second most popular party leader behind Enda Kenny at 33 per cent.The poll was taken on Monday and Tuesday of this week using face-to-face interviews with 1,000 voters around the country. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 per cent.Read: Is Fine Gael taking disciplinary action against TDs over critical article? >Read: Labour TDs criticise Fine Gael ‘rants’ about Croke Park deal >last_img read more

Irish aid workers travel to Sierre Leone to help with Ebola outbreak

first_img GOAL’s Darren Hanniffy Source: Facebook GOAL aid worker Gillian heading off to Sierre Leone to Source: FacebookHe said that they will be joining two other Goal colleagues who are already in the region stating that containment is key to stopping the spread of the disease.Panic“There is massive panic and worry in communities, however the more panic there is the more the disease spreads. We need to educate the communities about how best to handle the crisis, how they should manage and respond to people that have been diagnosed as well as how to manage the burials appropriately,” he said. Construction works are seen outside the recently opened but unstaffed Ebola treatment center in the village of Lakka on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Source: AP/Press Association Images“There is no cure for Ebola with patients given a 60% chance of dying from the disease,” said Hanniffy.Health workersWhen asked was he concerned about his own health, he said that it was something that Goal had to respond to.The death of health care workers is really worrying. I believe our staff are very brave and courageous in the work they do and how they overcome their fear of the virus by getting out there and meeting with communities affected by this crisis.They are educating communities and bringing them strength and I am very proud of them.He added that they are very confident that the Ebola virus can be beaten. “With basic, simple practices, we can beat the disease by containing it. It is key that there is early reporting of cases, proper management of the sick, and particularly the dead in a controlled way. We must also ensure the people understand the disease and exactly what it means,” he added.To find out more and support Goal visit their website and their Facebook page. Read: State of emergency declared in Liberia over deadly Ebola outbreak>Read: Ireland pledges €120,000 to help contain Ebola outbreak> The spread is worrying. The number of reported cases is increasing dramatically, but there are far more cases going unreported. TWO IRISH AID workers from Goal are travelling to Sierre Leone this weekend to scale up the charity’s response to the outbreak of Ebola.The support team will travel to areas that have been the worst affected by the outbreak.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Darren Hanniffy, senior manager of Goal Dublin, said they are seeing a worrying increase in the spread of the disease.While he said while the government and aid workers were doing their best, they were struggling to cope and respond in some areas.Sierre Leone Hanniffy added that Sierre Leone is one of the worst countries impacted by the spread of the disease, namely because they have never had the disease in the country before and there is little education about it. Beds for patients are seen inside a tent at the recently opened but unstaffed Ebola treatment center in the village of Lakka on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Source: AP/Press Association Imageslast_img read more

Le Pepsi et le CocaCola cancérigènes

first_imgLe Pepsi et le Coca-Cola cancérigènesAlors que les deux marques de sodas se disputent généralement le marché des boissons, elles sont toutes les deux aujourd’hui mises au banc des accusés, les colorants qu’elles utilisent ayant été dénoncés comme cancérigènes.Coca-Cola contre Pepsi, il s’agit là d’un duel qui dure depuis des années et qui évolue au fur et à mesure des campagnes publicitaires. Mais aucun affrontement au sujet de la dernière étude qui concerne le marché du soda puisque cette fois-ci, les deux marques de boissons gazeuses sont mises sur le même plan, accusées d’utiliser des colorants cancérigènes. Cette accusation émane d’un important lobby américain, le CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest).Ainsi, ce lobby explique au Daily Mail que Pepsi et Coca-Cola utiliseraient un certain type de caramel pour colorer ses boissons, caramel qui contiendrait deux substances connues pour être potentiellement cancérigènes (le 2-MI et le 4-MI). Loin de lancer des accusations au hasard, le CSPI demande aujourd’hui à ce que les deux boissons soient tout simplement interdites. Et le porte-parole du lobby d’expliquer : “Contrairement au caramel préparé chez soi, en faisant fondre du sucre dans une poêle, la version artificielle à l’origine de la couleur “coca” est le fruit de la réaction chimique obtenue par l’association de sucre, d’ammoniac et de sulfites portés à haute température”. De ce processus résulterait les deux substances chimiques mises en cause qui “d’après les tests réalisés en laboratoire, (celles-ci) seraient nuisibles à la santé et même à l’origine de cancers du poumon, du foie, de la thyroïde”. De son côté, rapporte 7sur7, l’Institut de prévention toxicologique américain aurait confirmé la thèse du lobby expliquant qu’en effet, les deux substances seraient cancérigènes chez les animaux, et donc potentiellement chez l’homme. Par ailleurs, l’utilisation de l’aspartame pour les boissons de type “light” est également décriée, accusée d’augmenter le risque d’accidents vasculaires. Coca-Cola et Pepsi n’ont pas répondu aux accusations.Le 18 février 2011 à 14:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sami Zayn opens new relief effort for Syria WWE Network Hidden Gem

first_imgFacebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Jim Cornette will be color commentator for brand new NWA studio wrestling series Twittercenter_img National Wrestling Alliance releases unedited interview with the late Harley Race WWE star Sami Zayn issued the following on Wednesday, announcing a new relief effort to help people in Syria. Zayn has done fundraisers and other efforts to help the Syrian people over the past several months.You can check out the video below.#SamiRelief was launched today. https://t.co/gvJde51MvNPlease RT. pic.twitter.com/ROFXhv0UWo— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) July 11, 2018WWE Network Hidden Gem for this weekThe following was issued about this week’s WWE Network Hidden Gem.It includes the infamous “Black Saturday” from 1984 where Vince McMahon bought out Georgia Championship Wrestling and aired WWE programming in the normal Saturday morning timeslot for the NWA.ADDED JULY 12Black SaturdayThe fans of WCW are in for a surprise of epic proportions when Mr. McMahon interrupts their regularly scheduled programming. (7/14/84) NWA President Billy Corgan announces their first television tapings from Atlanta Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Survey reveals SoCal drivers admit to using smartphones while driving

first_img April 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Survey reveals SoCal drivers admit to using smartphones while driving KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – April is National Distracted Driver Awareness Month. The Automobile Club of Southern California released a survey showing that 10% of adult drivers use their smartphones while driving.Drivers who are more likely to drive “in-texticated” are between 25-to-39 years old.About 10% of drivers who were in a car crash in the last five years believe smartphone distraction was a factor. Posted: April 3, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Man cuts own neck in confrontation with WSP troopers

first_imgA man cut his own neck Thursday afternoon during a confrontation with Washington State Patrol troopers at a Vancouver car dealership. He was not seriously hurt, an official said.Before the confrontation, around 12:35 p.m., a man was reportedly walking along Interstate 205 north near Highway 500, said Trooper Will Finn, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol. The man, identified as Marvin Nelson, 35, of Yakima, was spotted heading northeast in the bushes toward Vancouver Toyota, 10455 N.E. 53rd St.When the trooper confronted the man in the used car section of the dealership, he said he was out for a walk, Finn said. The trooper explained that pedestrians can’t be out on the highway and started to check Nelson’s name and date of birth for any criminal history.Nelson told the trooper he had a pocket knife, and the trooper said that was fine. After a second trooper showed up, Nelson put the knife to his own throat and waved it around his neck, Finn said. The troopers told him to drop the knife, but he ignored their commands. Nelson started to bleed a little bit from his neck, Finn said.They instructed Nelson to drop the knife three times, but he continued to cut himself. The troopers subdued him with a Taser to prevent him from hurting himself further.last_img read more

7DroneCam Aerial view on west Broward flooding

first_imgWe took our drone out for a spin in west Broward to see what the flooded streets look like from above. Check out these aerials from Davie, Sunrise, and Sawgrass Mills Mall.Related Stories:Flood Watch extended for Broward, Miami-DadeViewers capture extreme weather, road floodingPassengers frustrated as several flights remain delayed, cancelled Flooding at Davie farm forced mini horses and chickens into the garage. Photo courtesy Meet The Hudsons. Flooding at Davie farm forced mini horses and chickens into the garage. Photo courtesy Meet The Hudsons. Flooding at Davie farm forced mini horses and chickens into the garage. Photo courtesy Meet The Hudsons. In Weston Fl….If you have enough water…get the kayak ready. Courtesy Twitter User @Mosita1972 Flooding in a Coral Springs neighborhood. Photo courtesy Cindy Levine Courtesy Yury Vaynriber State Road 84 and Hiatus Winn-Dixie parking lot. Photo courtesy Rafael Nieves. State Road 84 and Hiatus Winn-Dixie parking lot. Photo courtesy Rafael Nieves. This young man is just floating down the street. Photo by Katarina Alfonso. Photo courtesy Robert Kilpatrick Flooded Rolls Royce. Courtesy Randy Sawgrass Mills parking lot. Photo by Mohamed Nazim Sawgrass Mills Parking Lot. Photo courtesy Mohamed Nazim Sawgrass Mills Parking Lot. Photo courtesy of Veronica Villagra Sawgrass Mills Parking Lot. Photo courtesy @m_melissa5 / Twitter Paradise Village. Photo by Nicole C. Flooding consumes a vehicle in the parking of Sawgrass Mills. Photo by Cristy B. SUV flooded at a Davie shopping center. Photo by Alberto Martinez Paradise Village. Photo by Nicole C. Small pond is now a lake in Cheron Village. Photo by Eric J Cummings Tree Down in Cooper City. Photo by Travis Courtesy by Samantha Powell  Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Meghan Trainor Announces Release Date For Her Next Album Treat Myself

first_imgNews Twitter Meghan Trainor Announces Release Date For Her Next Album ‘Treat Myself’ “No Excuses” and “Let You Be Right” have stoked appetites for more treats to comePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jun 19, 2018 – 5:28 pm On June 19 GRAMMY winner Meghan Trainor announced the title and date for her upcoming album — Treat Myself — arriving Aug. 31. Preorders open June 20.First looks, before its title was announced, were provided by the March 1 release of her singles “No Excuses” and the June 4 release of “Let You Be Right.” “No Excuses” reached No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March. In May Trainor also keynoted ASCAP’s I Create Music Expo, and since June 7 fans have been able to catch her on the musical competition TV series “The Four” as well. https://twitter.com/Meghan_Trainor/status/1009073191828897792 Facebook Meghan Trainor Gets Ready To Treat Herself meghan-trainor-announces-release-date-her-next-album-treat-myself Email As for the album, last December, Trainor became engaged to Spy Kids star Daryl Sabara. Soon after, she told Entertainment Weekly that Sabara and her family members performed on every song from the album.While it seems we’ll have to wait for additional details, Trainor did give a little hint of what to expect: “It’s obviously me being in love and happy,” she said. “And reminding myself to choose happiness and love myself.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Make in India Apple to commence assembling iPhones in Bengaluru from Q2

first_img[Representational image] Make in India: Apple to commence assembling of iPhones in Bengaluru from second quarter of 2017 In Picture: Apple logoREUTERS/Mike SegarAmerican technology major Apple has reportedly selected Bengaluru to manufacture iPhones for the Indian market.Apple’s OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partner Wistron has commenced building an assembling plant at Peenya, a well developed industrial hub located in the west of Bengaluru. If things go as planned, the company will start manufacturing limited units of iPhones in April 2017, and start full-fledged production by the end of next year, reported The Times of India.Also read: Apple iPhone 8 to have a dual SIM? Patent filing indicates this just might be true Giving credence to the reports, Apple India, in its job portal has listed two production related job offers in Bengaluru– one, iPhone Operations Program Manager (OPM) and a New Product Introduction (NPI) Product Quality Manager. Make in India: Apple to commence assembling of iPhones in Bengaluru from second quarter of 2017Apple India (official) Job portalIn August, Apple’s primary supply partner Foxconn entered into pact with the Maharashtra government to setup a phone manufacturing unit and was believed to be used for making iPhones alone. Now, it has come to light that Foxconn is using the same facility to assemble Xiaomi and OnePlus devices, but there is no sign of iPhone manufacturing yet.  Make in India: Apple to commence assembling of iPhones in Bengaluru from second quarter of 2017Apple India (official) Job portal-screen shotSince the visit of Apple CEO Tim Cook to India in May, the company has shown serious business interest in the Indian market.During his weeklong visit, Cook inaugurated Map Development Center in Hyderabad and new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru.Read more: Apple to set up iOS app design and development accelerator in BengaluruApple officials also had a series of meetings with the central government over setting up of a manufacturing unit and a flagship store.In the recent round of meetings, Apple has urged the Indian government to provide incentives to manufacture iPhones and also exemption from the requirement to print product information on the devices, as it would alter the device’s minimalistic design.Currently, Apple holds a meagre 2 percent share in the Indian smartphone market and one of the prime reasons for this figure is the iPhone’s expensive price due to a high import tax. Currently, around 12.5 percent of import tax is levied on each iPhone sold in India. But the growth in iPhone sales in the recent months has been quite healthy, as rival Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 was banned in India after instances of the phone exploding in different parts of the world were reported. If iPhone is manufactured locally, Apple will get tax breaks and pass on the benefits to the people by reducing the cost of the devices. Time seems ripe for Apple to start making phones in India, touted as the world’s fastest growing smartphone market. It is poised to overtake US as second biggest mobile business market next year.Watch this space for more news on Apple products.last_img read more

Designated Survivor Seasons 12 Hop from Hulu to Netflix Ahead of Netflixs

first_imgKiefer Sutherland’s accidental president is now streaming exclusively on Netflix: The first two seasons of “Designated Survivor” are now available to Netflix subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.Hulu had previously nabbed exclusive U.S. subscription VOD rights to “Designated Survivor” seasons 1 and 2, which aired on ABC, under a deal announced in November 2017. Episodes of “Designated Survivor” also are unavailable on ABC’s streaming platforms.Earlier this month, Netflix announced it was picking up the third season of “Designated Survivor” in a production deal with eOne after ABC cancelled the show. As part of the pact, Netflix secured streaming rights for the first two season of the show in the U.S. and Canada. Season 3 is slated to debut on Netflix worldwide in 2019.“Designated Survivor” stars Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member who suddenly is forced to assume to role of U.S. president after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union address. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Netflix tapped eOne’s Neal Baer as showrunner for season 3 of “Designated Survivor,” making him the fifth showrunner since the show’s inception. The series was created by David Guggenheim, who together with Baer, Sutherland, Mark Gordon, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Peter Noah will all serve as executive producers.In the 10-episode third season, President Kirkman will hit the campaign trail, with the show exploring “today’s world of campaigning, smear tactics, debates, campaign finance and ‘fake news,’” according to Netflix’s synopsis.Along with Sutherland, cast of the first two seasons of “Designated Survivor” includes Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Natascha McElhone, Jake Epstein and Paulo Costanzo.last_img read more

WTF Wednesday Feast Your Eyes on the Worlds Largest Gingerbread Village

first_img Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall Stay on target Christmas is a great time to indulge in holiday treats, but the New York Hall of Science has something better for sugar fanatics: the world’s largest gingerbread village.This sweet settlement isn’t a life-size version, but it blows other gingerbread-style towns away. Dubbed GingerBread Lane, it’s currently the largest gingerbread village on Earth, according to Guinness World Records. There are more than 1,300 gingerbread houses on display, and they’re all entirely made with candy, royal icing, and gingerbread.Photo Credit: New York Hall of ScienceTo hold this Guinness World Records title, every part of the gingerbread display has to be edible and mimic a village with homes, shops, and town services, such as a police station. GingerBread Lane currently makes the cut for all this criteria. It features quirky storefront names, including Pickles and Ice Cream Pregnancy Boutique, 8 Maids a Milking Dairy and Milk Bar, and 5 Golden Rings Jewelry Store.AdChoices广告Jon Lovitch, the creative baker of this sugary project, aims to break the record again with this year’s GingerBread Lane. Every year, he sketches, bakes, and decorates all of the GingerBread Lane buildings in Queens, New York. What’s cool about GingerBread Lane is Lovitch’s creativity with candy. You’ll see gumdrops adorning brick walls, candy cans transformed into staircase railings, and M&M’s used for rooftop shingles.Photo Credit: New York Hall of ScienceIf you’re in the New York City area, you can visit the GingerBread Lane exhibit at the New York Hall of Science from November 10, 2018 to January 21, 2019. It’s free with admission to the museum, and you can buy tickets here.More on Geek.com:WTF? Wednesday: Deck the Halls With These Wacky Holiday DecorationsWTF? Wednesday: Wacky International Banana Museum Exists for Fruit FanaticsWTF? Wednesday: 10 Wackiest Pumpkin Spice Products You Can Buylast_img read more