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first_imgOn Friday, May 5th, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) advocate and Center Without Walls founder, Nancy Davis, welcomed guests to the Beverly Hilton for the 24th Annual Race To Erase MS Gala.Chicago Performs At 24th Annual Race To Erase MS GalaThe event raised $1.6 million to benefit the Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program, a collaboration of top MS research centers working together as a team on ground-breaking research with the goal of treating and, ultimately, finding a cure for MS.Paris Hilton Attends 24th Annual Race To Erase MS GalaGuests at this year’s event included host Nancy Davis, honoree Jamie-Lynn Sigler, musical performers Chicago and Siedah Garrett, musical director David Foster, and special presenters for the evening Lance Bass, Kathy Griffin, Randy Jackson, and Quincy Jones. Additional guests included Byron Allen, Lindsay Arnold, Phillip Bloch, Trevis Brendmoe, Wendy Burch, Sharna Burgess, Francesca Capaldi, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Adrian Bellani, Christian Collins, Crawford Collins, Kirsten Collins, Barbara Davis, Brandon Davis, Jason Davis, Christine Devine, Heather and Terry Dubrow, Haylie Duff, Carmen Electra, David Faustino, Mayte Garcia, Teri Garr, Camille Grammer, Lizzy Greene, Max Greenfield, Amelia Hamlin, Delilah Hamlin, Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, Marg Helgenberger, Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson, Elizabeth Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo, Kathy and Rick Hilton, Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka, Jessica Holmes, Shawn Hook, Inas X, Skai Jackson, Kris Jenner, Jenna Johnson, Cobi Jones, Olivia Rose Keegan, Jessica Lowndes, Camilla Luddington, Diana Madison, Adrienne Maloof, Maureen McCormick, Steven McQueen, Aly Michalka, Heather Morris, Keo Motsepe, Megan Nicole, David Osmond, Naya Rivera, Shaun Robinson, Olivia Sanabia, Gleb Savchenko, Terri Seymour, Johnathon Schaech, Skylar Stecker, Wesley Stromberg, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Jessica Szohr and Scotty McKnight, Lea Thompson, Bruno Tonioli, Pia Toscano, Anna Trebunskaya, Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi, Sammy Wilkinson, Dave Winfield, Ian Ziering, and many more.Kathy Griffin took to the stage to kick off the evening’s festivities, introducing host and organization founder Nancy Davis. Nancy Davis then welcomed guests to the 24th edition of the star-studded gala, and talked about an exciting new development in the MS community, the FDA approval of the newest treatment option for MS called OCREVUS. She spoke about the incredible impact of this drug, and the potential it has to improve the lives of those suffering from multiple sclerosis. She also explained that, through events like this one, Race to Erase MS is able to help fund research that can lead to these kinds of developments. Davis thanked guests for their continued support over the years, noting that none of this would be possible without the people in this room. She also thanked singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett for being there to debut her new single “Carry On,” proceeds from which benefit The Race to Erase MS. Davis then spoke about this year’s honoree, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and the incredible impact she has had on the MS community by bravely sharing her diagnosis, and helping to bring awareness to the cause.Kris Jenner Attends 24th Annual Race To Erase MS GalaLance Bass stepped onstage to present his good friend Jamie-Lynn Sigler with the 2017 Medal of Hope Award. Before bringing Sigler onstage, Bass introduced a moving video montage that included sentiments recorded by friends including Lea Michele, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and more. After watching the tribute video, Sigler gave an emotional and inspiring speech, touching on the struggles she has encountered while living with MS, and relaying her hope for the future.Quincy Jones introduced the first performer of the evening, singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett, who was there to debut her single “Carry On,” which she wrote after meeting Nancy Davis at Quincy Jones’ house, and being inspired to do what she could to help Davis’ cause. Garrett took a moment to share something that she had not made public yet, announcing that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis five years ago. After bravely sharing her diagnosis with the crowd, she sang the hit song she co-wrote for Michael Jackson, “Man in the Mirror,” and for the first time ever debuted her single “Carry On” live with David Foster, Shawn Hook, Olivia Keegan, David Osmond, and Trevis Brendmoe.Randy Jackson introduced legendary rock band Chicago who brought down the house with a nine-song set that included hits “If You Leave Me Now,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” “Just You ‘n’ Me,” “Make Me Smile,” “You’re the Inspiration,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “Saturday in the Park,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” and “25 or 6 to 4.”In what has become a Race to Erase MS tradition over the past 24 years, an uplifting rendition of “Lean On Me,” was performed as the finale of the evening, led by Chicago and David Foster, who were joined on stage by Nancy Davis, Randy Jackson, Lance Bass, Trevis Brendmoe, Siedah Garrett, Shawn Hook, Olivia Keegan, David Osmond, Wesley Stromberg, and more.The 24th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala included a live auction, which was introduced by Randy Jackson. Lucky bidders walked away with items including a tropical trip for two to the Maldives with business-class flights and luxury accommodations included, a private interview experience with legendary television host Larry King, and a five-day vacation to the Bahamas aboard a private yacht. The big item of the night was a bespoke Aston Martin DB11 Coupe custom build by the brand’s Q by Aston Martin division, which went for an incredible $290,000.The Race to Erase MS Gala was generously sponsored by ALEX AND ANI Charity by Design, Aston Martin, The Beverly Hilton, and Associated Television International, with support from Evine, Mark’s Garden, Foley Family Wines, Svedka, Neo Water, and Bodvar House of Rosés.Race to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure for MS. Funding research is the core focus of the foundation and significant strides have been made to find the cause and cure of this debilitating disease. At the event’s inception 24 years ago, the absence of medications and therapies encouraged its involvement; the Race has been instrumental in funding many pilot studies that have contributed to drugs now on the market and other very important therapies that are improving the lives of people suffering from MS.All funds raised support the Center Without Walls program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins. This nationwide collaboration of physicians, scientists and clinicians are on the cutting-edge of innovative research and therapeutic approaches to treat MS. It is the hope of the Race to Erase MS that in addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, awareness will be created by educating the public about this mysterious disease.last_img read more

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first_imgPARIS — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is holding crisis talks with representatives of major political parties in the wake of violent anti-government protests that have rocked Paris.More than 100 people were injured in the French capital and 412 have been arrested over the weekend during France’s worst urban riot in years, with dozens of cars torched.President Emmanuel Macron held an emergency meeting on security with Philippe on Sunday and the government hasn’t ruled out the possibility of imposing a state of emergency.It was the third straight weekend of clashes in Paris. The protests began last month with motorists upset over a fuel tax hike and have grown to encompass a range of complaints that Macron’s government doesn’t care about the problems of ordinary people.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgThe suspect abandoned the truck and fled on foot. Police Dog Services was called and located the suspect hiding in the tall grass. The suspect resisted arrest and received some minor injuries. He was given medical treatment and is presently in police custody.Cpl. Saunderson said that the RCMP’s investigation is ongoing, but that police will be submitting a report to the BC Prosecution Service for review.Anyone who may have witnessed this morning’s incident, or has information that will aid in the investigation are asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A 35-year-old-man is facing possible charges after he allegedly crashed into a fellow motorist before stealing a vehicle and fleeing from police early this morning.According to Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP, a member of the Dawson Creek RCMP was patrolling Highway 97 near the Dangerous Goods Route at around 8:20 Tuesday morning. The officer witnessed a Chevrolet Tahoe fail to stop at a red light and t-boned a Ford F150 pickup in the intersection. No one was injured in the collision.Cpl. Saunderson said that as the officer approached the driver of the Tahoe, he ran to another truck and assaulted the driver, forcibly removing them from the vehicle and driving off. Officers pursued the truck, which drove down a dead-end rural road.last_img read more

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WFP, the world’s largest food aid agency, says 206,000 metric tonnes of food are urgently needed to assist people affected by drought and recurring crop failure. This represents a welcome dip in the level of assistance that the agency requires for Ethiopia. “For the last twelve months, WFP requested over 605,000 metric tonnes of food to assist some 5.7 million people, but this year due to favourable weather conditions, we are asking for less food aid,” explained WFP official Benedict Fultang. Although the overall humanitarian situation in Ethiopia is gradually improving, many people in several parts of the country remain highly vulnerable. Pastoralists and subsistence farmers who have been hit by alternating bouts of drought and crop failure over the last four to five years still need help to rebuild their lives. “The recovery process for people affected by poor harvest and drought will take several years,” Mr. Fultang predicted. “In some regions of Ethiopia, impoverished rural communities still cannot afford to buy food even when markets are well supplied,” he observed.The new emergency operation is part of a wider $203.3 million appeal for Ethiopia launched last February by the UN country team. As part of the UN’s consolidated approach, WFP will focus its aid on not only saving lives but also using food to assist in recovery activities. read more

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Survey: US manufacturing accelerates in June by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jul 1, 2016 8:19 am MDT Last Updated Jul 1, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this April 6, 2016, file photograph, vehicles are suspended above other installation stations as they are moved along the assembly line at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Miss. On Friday, July 1, 2016, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for June. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File) WASHINGTON – American manufacturing expanded for the fourth straight month in June, hitting the strongest reading in 16 months as the outlook for new orders and production improved.The Institute for Supply Management said Friday its manufacturing index rose to 53.2 last month from 51.3 in May. Anything above 50 signals growth.The report suggests U.S. factories are showing some signs of stability after being pummeled at the beginning of last year by a rising dollar, shuttered oil production and weak global economic growth.The ISM index stayed below 50 from October through February, before shaking off these setbacks beginning in March. Orders began to rebound as factories adapted to the financial headwinds and as the dollar’s appreciation became tempered and oil prices stopped plunging.“Today’s report is clearly a positive development and suggests that the long-suffering manufacturing sector may finally be starting to recover,” said Andrew Hunter, assistant economist at Capital Economics.Still, global demand appears to remain weak, so U.S. manufacturing is unlikely to enjoy a robust turnaround in the coming months, Hunter cautioned.The manufacturing report arrived at a delicate moment for the world economy. Britain’s vote last week to leave the European Union rocked financial markets and raised concerns about slower economic growth. Meanwhile, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has amped up his calls for tariffs and shredding current trade agreements in an effort increase manufacturing jobs in the United States.A separate survey by ISM released Friday showed that 38 per cent of manufacturers believe Britain’s decision will have a negative to slightly negative impact on their business.New orders and production both accelerated in June, while a measure of employment turned positive after signalling contraction in prior months. Thirteen of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth last month, including primary metals and textiles.The ISM, a trade group of purchasing managers, surveys about 200 U.S. companies each month.But other indicators show that U.S. manufacturing continues to struggle, limiting the ability of the U.S. economy to expand faster. Until last month, the employment component of the ISM’s index had indicated that factories were shedding workers. Since January, manufacturers have let go of 53,000, according to the Labor Department.Similarly, the Federal Reserve’s measure of manufacturing output slipped 0.4 per cent in May, as auto plants’ production fell.Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods also dropped in May. The Commerce Department said last week that demand for durable goods slid 2.2 per cent last month after rising 3.3 per cent in April and 2 per cent in March. read more

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Now former-OSU wide receiver Devin Smith speaks to the media at the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl. Smith is projected as a first round draft pick by many experts. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFor some, pro day is a way to improve on subpar performances in certain events at the NFL Scouting Combine. For others, it is a time to introduce yourself, both personally and through your play, to the NFL scouts and coaches on hand.No matter what the goal was, the 10 former Ohio State players currently entered in the 2015 NFL draft had a chance to reach it Friday morning with OSU’s annual pro day event at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.At one end of the spectrum is wide receiver Devin Smith, who currently projects as a first-round pick in many mock drafts. Smith, who performed at the combine in Indianapolis last month, said he was using the opportunity to show off some of the finer points of his skill set.“I was really just trying to hush the critics of me, that I’m only able to run one route,” Smith said. “I thought it was really important to go out there and run all the routes, show them that I’ve improved and can run all the routes.”Smith said in addition to route running, he wanted to be able to showcase his ability to corral the ball on a regular basis.“A lot of teams felt that I’m not very consistent with my hands, so I made sure I did that,” he said. “I put a lot of work and training into working on my hands and my coordination.”On the other end, offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin, who was not a starter for coach Urban Meyer until his redshirt-senior season, looked to get his name out there and get one step closer to the NFL.“You just try to start one year, and now you’re here trying to impress NFL teams,” Baldwin said. “It’s great. It’s a dream come true.”Despite a total of 76 representatives from the NFL in attendance at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, including members of all 32 teams, Baldwin said he was able to block out most of the pressure coming from the most important job interview of his life.“I didn’t (feel the pressure). After we got the bench out of the way, and the first 40 (yard dash), I was just more relaxed and everything just seemed better,” Baldwin said.Among the 76 NFL representatives in attendance were Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and Minnesota Vikings general manager and OSU alumnus Rick Spielman.Tomlin was accompanied by current Pittsburgh and former OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier.Another participant Friday was cornerback Doran Grant. Grant said he has attended past pro days to support his teammates, but he still did not know exactly what to expect.“You’re the performer. You’re the one doing the workout. You’re the one interviewing for the job with all this NFL personnel,” Grant said. “I was looking at (redshirt-sophomore cornerback) Eli (Apple), how he was watching at me, and I said, ‘That’s how I used to be.’”Grant said he is still not sure where he might go in the draft. The Akron native said all that matters to him is making an NFL roster, in any capacity.He said has talked to the Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Steelers, amongst other organizations.Baldwin said he does not know what the future will hold for him, but he appreciates days like Friday to give him a chance to work toward his dream.“Whether it’s going late-round draft or free agent, it doesn’t really matter to me. Just getting the chances,” he said.Baldwin was not aware of his numbers Friday, as they were not released to attendees outside of the scouts, but said he believes he performed well. The Solon, Ohio, product said he has an interview scheduled with the Carolina Panthers at the end of the month.While 2013 OSU graduates such as offensive lineman Marcus Hall, wide receiver Chris Fields and kicker Drew Basil made their returns to the WHAC on Friday, so did one player who has been away for quite a bit longer.Troy Smith, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2006 as a senior at OSU, returned to throw passes in receiving drills for tight end Jeff Heuerman and receivers Evan Spencer, Fields and Devin Smith.Devin Smith said it was a good experience to work with the former NFL starting quarterback.“It was great. Having a Heisman Trophy winner come out here and really giving us a good look, so we appreciate it and, and he’s always wanted to do stuff for us,” he said.In addition to Devin Smith, Baldwin, Heuerman, Spencer and Grant, the other recent OSU graduates participating Friday were defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Steve Miller, kicker Kyle Clinton, long snapper Russell Doup and linebacker Curtis Grant.Doran Grant said, while he enjoys the pressure and intensity of the pre-draft workouts, he is getting restless waiting for the draft to begin April 30.“It’s been just like everybody told us,” he said. “They said it’s a long process. That’s what makes it hard, is how long from January until draft day. That’s the hardest part, the wait.” read more

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Bosnian champions RK Borac Banja Luka want to compete at the VELUX EHF Champions League 2o15/2016. That ambition is showed by the new Management board of the team who accepted option to host the qualification tournament on September 5 and 6. This means that legendary hall “Borik” in which Borac won the Champions Cup in late 70’s, will host Austrian Alpla Hard in the qualification’s semi-final, while in the second clash will play Dutch Lions and Norwegian Elverum.RK Borac Banja Luka announced that the budget for the season 2015/2016 will be around 350.000 EUR. ← Previous Story Beach Handball EURO 2015: Croatia and Hungary are golden teams! Next Story → Borut Macek to lead Bahrein – Brkovic takes U21 and U19 read more

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first_img Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Atletico. Image: Daniel Ochoa de Olza By AFP Short URL https://the42.ie/3369897 56 Comments Image: Daniel Ochoa de Olza Inspired Ronaldo puts Real Madrid on brink of Champions League final The Portuguese superstar put the hosts in front on 10 minutes, before seemingly putting the tie to bed. Share Tweet Email CRISTIANO RONALDO PROVED Atletico Madrid’s Champions League dream destroyer once more with a hat-trick as Real Madrid took a commanding 3-0 semi-final, first leg lead on Tuesday.Ronaldo extended his lead as the all-time top scorer in Madrid derby matches by taking his tally to 21 and put Real firmly on course to defend their title in the final in Cardiff on June 3.The Portuguese rewarded a bright Real start by heading home Casemiro’s deflected cross after just 10 minutes.Ronaldo then smashed home from just inside the area and turned home Lucas Vazquez’s cross in the final 20 minutes as Real continued their domination of Atletico having eliminated them in the Champions League for the past three seasons.Real needed a stoppage time equaliser en route to winning the 2014 final, scored a late winner in the quarter-finals a year later and edged last season’s final on a penalty shootout.However, there was far more a gulf between the sides this time round.The home fans made sure to put Atletico in their place before kick-off with chants of “kings of Europe” and a “how does it feel” banner alongside a display of their 11 European Cups.Real piled on the pain in the opening stages for the 4,000 visiting away fans and could have killed the tie in the opening half hour.Atletico were handed a lucky escape on seven minutes when Jan Oblak parried Dani Carvajal’s effort at the end of a careering run and the Slovenian recovered to also turn behind Karim Benzema’s follow-up effort.- No let off -There was no let off three minutes later, though, as Atletico failed to clear a corner and Casemiro’s bouncing cross looped up for Ronaldo to power home a header.Oblak kept Atletico alive in the moments that followed with a brilliant save from Raphael Varane’s header and more comfortable stop from Isco.However, at the other end, Keylor Navas rescued Real from conceding a vital away goal when he got a touch on the ball as Kevin Gameiro tried to round him when clean through on goal.The majority of the efforts continued to rain down on Oblak’s goal as Luka Modric drilled a shot from the edge of the box inches wide.And Benzema then acrobatically turned a Ronaldo cross just over the bar.Atletico enjoyed a better spell just before half-time, but all they had to show for it was Diego Godin’s wayward volley after being picked out by Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick. Tuesday 2 May 2017, 9:38 PM ‘Who are you to judge the life I live?’: Leicester City’s Musa slams critics>Arsenal and Liverpool target yet to have ‘intensive’ contract talks> Real suffered an injury blow right on half-time when Dani Carvajal pulled up with a muscle problem that looks set to keep him out of the second leg.Clear-cut chances were far harder to come by after half-time as Atletico toiled to create, whilst Real sat on their lead waiting for the chance to counter-attack.However, once again in ties between these two, Real got the slice of luck to go with their extra quality.The ball rebounded up perfectly off the heels of Filipe Luis for Ronaldo to blast high past Oblak.And Ronaldo completed his second hat-trick against Atletico this season four minutes from time when Lucas Vazquez’s cutback picked out the four-time World Player of the Year to slot home from close range.– © AFP 2017The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Atletico. Follow us: the42.ie May 2nd 2017, 9:38 PM 26,628 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgBisphénol A : la mise en garde de l’Anses Dans deux différents rapports publiés ce mardi matin, l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire  (Anses) met en garde contre les risques sanitaires liés au bisphénol A, une substance présente dans de nombreux plastiques. L’agence préconise de limiter l’exposition à ce composé chimique, particulièrement auprès des enfants et des femmes enceintes.L’Anses a publié ce matin sur son site Internet (lien non disponible) deux rapports sur les impacts sanitaires et les usages du bisphénol A, ce composé chimique que l’on trouve dans de nombreux plastiques, et dont l’utilisation dans la fabrication des biberons a été interdite en France le 23 juin 2010. Mais c’est une réelle mise en garde qu’adresse l’agence sanitaire. Les experts de l’Anses ont en effet “conclu à l’existence d’effets avérés chez l’animal (effets sur la reproduction, effets sur la glande mammaire, effets sur le métabolisme, le cerveau et le comportement) et d’autres, suspectés chez l’homme (effets sur la reproduction et sur le métabolisme des sucres et des graisses, pathologies cardiovasculaires)”. Or ces impacts “sont mis en évidence à des doses notablement inférieures aux doses de référence utilisées à des fins réglementaires et plus particulièrement” chez les femmes enceintes, les mères allaitantes, les nourrissons et les jeunes enfants, avertit l’agence. Les experts préconisent alors de limiter les expositions au bisphénol A des populations les plus sensibles, dont la protection doit devenir une priorité. Ils recommandent pour y parvenir notamment d’avoir recours à “des substances ou technologies alternatives dont l’innocuité est démontrée”.Un composé très répanduDepuis une cinquantaine d’années, le bisphénol A entre dans la composition de très nombreux produits, comme les conditionnements d’aliments et de boissons, les jouets, les articles de puériculture, et parfois même le matériel médical. C’est pourquoi l’Anses lance un appel aux industriels, afin de l’aider à récolter d’ici à la fin de l’année “toute donnée scientifique concernant, notamment, les produits de substitution disponibles ainsi que les données relatives à leur innocuité et leur efficacité”. Toutes ces informations seront publiées et analysées en détail par l’Agence, qui début 2012, élaborera ses recommandations.Le 27 septembre 2011 à 16:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgUne étude prédit la fin de notre planète avant l’an 2100Un article de la revue Nature intitulé “Approaching a state-shift in Earth’s biosphere” a fait l’effet d’une petite bombe dans la communauté scientifique en prédisant une fin imminente à notre planète. Cette fatalité aurait lieu d’ici l’année 2100 et serait due à l’emballement des changements radicaux des écosystèmes et du climat de la Terre.Une étude de la Simon Fraser University (SFU) de Vancouver publiée dans la revue Nature montrerait qu’un effondrement total de la planète se produirait d’ici la fin du siècle. L’étude, menée par 18 scientifiques, soulève plusieurs points inquiétants : la dégradation générale de la nature et des écosystèmes, les fluctuations climatiques de plus en plus extrêmes et le changement radical du bilan énergétique global. Ces modifications finiraient par arriver à un point de non-retour, c’est-à-dire qu’elles deviendraient irréversibles.Arne Moers, qui a dirigé la recherche, rappelle : “Le dernier point de basculement dans l’histoire de la Terre est apparu il y a 12.000 ans. C’est à l’époque où la planète est passée de la phase glaciale à celle actuelle, appelée inter glaciale. A ce moment, des changements biologiques les plus extrêmes menant à notre état actuel sont apparus en seulement 1.000 ans. C’est comme passer de l’état de bébé à l’âge adulte en moins d’une année. Et la planète est en train de changer encore plus vite aujourd’hui”. Or, un système ne peut pas passer d’un état à l’autre sans épuisement. Pour le chercheur : “La planète ne possède pas la mémoire de son état précédent.[…] Le prochain changement pourrait être extrêmement destructeur pour la planète. Une fois que le seuil critique sera dépassé, il n’y aura plus de possibilité de revenir en arrière”. Ce “seuil critique” serait l’utilisation de 50% des ressources terrestres, alors que 43% ont déjà été exploitées.La publication de l’équipe de la FSU a été commentée et critiquée par de nombreux chercheurs. Parmi eux, Aaron Ellison, experte des dynamiques liées à la biodiversité et aux changements climatiques de l’Université de Harvard dénonce la banalité de l’étude : “On sait déjà très bien que les choses changent très vite et qu’il faut comprendre ce qu’il va se passer, considéré l’urgence de la situation”. Pour Brad Cardinal, de l’Université du Michigan, cette recherche est suggestive, mais pas définitive : “Seul le temps nous donnera la réponse. Ce n’est pas la première fois qu’une étude du genre est publiée”. Pourtant, l’étude se distingue de celles réalisées jusqu’alors par l’originalité des méthodes employées. La diversité des sources, notamment, conduisent à prendre très au sérieux ce nouvel avertissement. En effet, des théories scientifiques, des modélisations d’écosystèmes et des preuves paléontologiques ont, pour la première fois, converger à montrer la destruction imminente de notre planète.”Les hommes n’ont rien fait de réellement d’important pour éviter le pire”Dans tous les cas, ce qui semble évident pour tous les experts du domaine est l’urgence d’effectuer une vraie révolution dans le style de vie de l’humanité. Cette révolution impliquerait une augmentation du développement durable, des énergies alternatives et une meilleure gestion de l’écosystème. Les 18 scientifiques ayant réalisé l’étude proposent aux gouvernements d’entreprendre quatre actions immédiates :- diminuer radicalement la pression démographique;- concentrer les populations sur les zones enregistrant déjà de fortes densités afin de laisser les autres territoires tenter de retrouver des équilibres naturels;- ajuster les niveaux de vie des plus riches sur ceux des plus pauvres;À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?- développer de nouvelles technologie permettant de produire et de distribuer de nouvelles ressources alimentaires sans consommer davantage de territoires et d’espèces sauvages.D’après le directeur de l’étude, jusqu’à maintenant : “les hommes n’ont rien fait de réellement d’important pour éviter le pire car les structures sociales existantes ne sont juste pas les bonnes. C’est comme si on refusait d’y penser. Nous ne sommes pas prêts. Mes collègues ne sont pas juste inquiets. Ils sont terrifiés”.Le 9 juillet 2012 à 14:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgMéningite B : le vaccin Bexsero désormais disponible en pharmacieMercredi, le groupe pharmaceutique suisse Novartis a annoncé la mise sur le marché de son nouveau vaccin contre la méningite B : le Bexsero. Il a en effet été approuvé au niveau européen au début de l’année.Novartis a annoncé la disponibilité en pharmacies et dans les établissements de santé français de son tout nouveau vaccin : le Bexsero. Ce produit est destiné à lutter contre le méningocoque B, responsable de la grande majorité des méningites graves en France. Selon le laboratoire suisse, Bexsero est “le premier vaccin à large spectre” pour la méningite B.Il fournit ainsi une couverture pour 70 à 90% des souches de méningocoques B circulant dans les principaux pays européens. Reste que la méningite B est rare en France. On n’a par exemple recensé 390 cas en 2011. Toutefois, à certaines périodes, la maladie est en recrudescence, comme c’est actuellement le cas dans les Pyrénées-Atlantiques et dans plusieurs cantons de la Somme et de la Seine-Maritime, rapporte l’AFP. La méningite B frappe le plus souvent des enfants ou des adolescents (sans facteur de risque identifié) et entraîne la mort de 10% des malades. Elle peut aussi laisser de graves séquelles. Le vaccin peut être obtenu en pharmacie sur prescription médicale mais qu’il n’est pour l’instant pas remboursé par la Sécurité Sociale (en Allemagne, le Nexsero est pris en charge par certaines mutuelles). Recommandé chez les personnes à risques À lire aussiÉpidémie de rougeole : New York déclare l’état d’urgence sanitaire et rend la vaccination obligatoireNovartis espère pouvoir dans les prochaines années intégrer ce nouveau venu au calendrier vaccinal français pourtant déjà bien fourni. A noter qu’en Grande-Bretagne, les autorités sanitaires ont émis d’importantes réserves concernant ce vaccin. Celui-ci est jugé trop coûteux pour être inclus dans le calendrier vaccinal destiné aux nourrissons et aux plus jeunes.Pour le Haut Conseil de la Santé Publique (HCSP), qui conseille sur les questions de santé, le Bexsero est utile chez les populations à risques telles que les personnes immunodéprimées. Le HCSP le recommande également “à titre temporaire” dans certaines “situations spécifiques” comme des foyers de cas groupés. Le laboratoire suisse s’est bien entendu félicité de cette recommandation. Pour ceux qui souhaitent l’utiliser il doit être administré en trois doses et un rappel pour les bébés de moins de six mois et à raison de deux doses chez les enfants de 2 ans. Selon Novartis, ce vaccin coûte la coquette somme de 93 euros la dose, un prix qui est susceptible d’être supérieur en fonction de la pharmacie.Le 14 décembre 2013 à 09:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgA 29-year-old woman led Washington State Patrol troopers on a high-speed chase Thursday night that ended shortly after she crashed on the curve of a highway exit.Melissa Maria Cereceres has been arrested on suspicion of eluding, possession of drug paraphernalia and drug possession, all felonies.A trooper tried to pull over a vehicle with no license plates driving eastbound on state Highway 500 at Interstate 205 at about 7:47 p.m., according to trooper Will Finn.The woman’s “vehicle accelerated and began actively fleeing the trooper,” Finn said in an email.Cereceres performed a U-turn south of Fourth Plain Boulevard and struck a curb, troopers said. But she continued driving westbound on 500, reaching speeds of up to 90 mph, they said.Cereceres slowed to 60 mph to exit to southbound I-205, but her vehicle lost control, slid off the roadway and got stuck in some grass, Finn said.The pursuit apparently did not end there, as Cereceres exited the vehicle and took off on foot. She tripped and was apprehended by a trooper, Finn said.last_img read more

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Pena to be patient before next move

first_imgRangers midfielder Carlos Pena has revealed he will take his time before deciding his future after falling out of favour at the Scottish club.The Mexican midfielder still has 18 months left on his contract but Rangers boss Steven Gerrard insisted at the end of last year it would be difficult for Pena to work his way into his plans.“I want to continue playing football, I am only 28 and I want another chance,” Pena said, according to the Scotsman.“Whether that is with Rangers or in Turkey or Poland I don’t know. I have until January 31 to make my mind up.”“There are clubs in Mexico who are interested in me – 
Correcaminos UAT and Dorados de Sinaloa.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“I only want the best club for me and I will take my time to decide my next career move.”“What’s important to me are my family and friends.”“People who I really considered to be friends and my family have all stuck by me.”“Others have disappeared, but I knew I had people surrounding me who would not be with me in the difficult times because they were only interested in fame and money.”last_img read more

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Davie water main ruptures road closed

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A water main in Davie has ruptured, shutting down a busy stretch of Davie Road.Davie Police have closed the southbound lanes of Davie Road between Nova Drive and State Road 84, Wednesday afternoon.The water line burst just before 1 p.m., damaging the pavement.Officials have since capped the leak and drained most of the water. However, only the northbound lanes currently remain open.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_img“Volkswagen is an active advertiser so that’s why we brought the opportunity to them,” says Claudia Malley, executive vice president and worldwide publisher for National Geographic Global Media. “We wanted to experiment with this new kind of reporting and really engage consumers in telling the story they want to hear by keeping pulse on what the feedback is. We took it to Volkswagen because we partner with them on their sustainable lifestyle campaign, Think Blue.”Malley adds that the consumer interaction of this campaign through social media provided a unique opportunity to have an advertising brand seamlessly integrated into the experience. On NationalGeographic.com where Stone’s blog is hosted, banner ads for Volkswagen line the website. Additionally, there are Instagram photos of the reporter standing next to the car. Malley says this campaign provides deliverables for Volkswagen outside of the traditional views or clicks.“What’s hard about the market right now is we keep trying to reinvent and then we put old measurements on [new campaigns]. Sometimes I feel like we’re inhibiting ourselves because we continually try to put things into boxes and measure,” she says. “Volkswagen is going to measure this by promotion—we’re promoting it in our magazine, all over our website, there will be news blogging on it and dynamic lead promotion.”In addition to general promotion of the campaign, Volkswagen is getting exposure through National Geographic’s Instagram feed, which just over took Teen Vogue this weekend as the number one most followed brand on the platform. The magazine now has over 588,000 Instagram followers under the official NatGeo feed, more than 12.2 million Facebook fans, over 2.7 million Twitter followers and more than 920,000 YouTube subscribers—making it the number one media brand on YouTube. “We’re bringing our advertiser along with us across this exciting new story-telling format—Volkswagen will be identified as our sponsor partner in all of the communications online,” adds Malley. “That’s the measurable piece, but there’s also the immeasurable: [Dan Stone] will drive up to Berkley and, hopefully, talk to 200 students. He’ll hang around later, standing by his vehicle talking to people. He won’t be endorsing Volkswagen, and consumers are too smart for that now anyway, and it would just turn the whole thing in the wrong direction. There’s all that kind of brand integration that you can’t really measure so we’re going to see how this will work as we push the boundaries. There’s a new world out there so we have to be open, but we have to be smart.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! As social media continues to explode, more and more brands are turning to networking platforms to not only push out completed editorial content, but as a story-telling venue all its own.  In its latest campaign, National Geographic is taking to Twitter and Instagram to help tell its latest narrative, letting readers—and a sponsor—go along for the ride.Dan Stone, the brand’s newest reporter, embarked on an environmental road trip through California last week. Over the next two weeks Stone will tweet, Instagram and blog on new ideas and innovators along the Pacific Coast. He’ll take story suggestions from readers through his Twitter feed, blog and the hashtag #CARoadTrip.National Geographic has secured long-time advertising partner Volkswagen as a sponsor for this social campaign—Stone will travel California in the newest Jetta Hybrid, which won’t be available to the public until next month.last_img read more

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first_img Tags Personal care Comments Share your voice 16 Photoscenter_img 18 Angela Lang/CNET I step outside of my office on a sunny morning and the intense bright light makes me squint. Instead of reaching for my sunglasses like I always do, I wait a few seconds for my new contact lenses to adjust to the light. Within 30 seconds, the sunlight is less intense — almost like I am wearing sunglasses, but not quite.I’ve worn Acuvue Oasys contacts for 12 years, but for the past two weeks I swapped out my usual lenses for Acuvue’s new Oasys with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology soft contact lenses, which adapt to different lighting conditions automatically. I’ll bet you already know what Transition lenses are — those glasses that turn dark in the sun and go back to clear when you step indoors. Johnson & Johnson (which owns Acuvue) teamed up with Transitions Optical, the brand that created those color-changing lenses. After more than a decade of development and product testing, they debuted the contacts in the US in March. I tried them out to see how they worked.Are they cool? Totally. Do they help you see better in the sun? Yep. Do they sometimes make me look like an alien from the X-Files and scare my friends? Definitely. Read more: Scientists create contact lenses that zoom when you blink twice transitions-contacts-4Enlarge ImageIn most bright light, the contacts turn a purple-brown hue. Angela Lang/CNET How do Acuvue Oasys with Transitions lenses work?These Acuvue contacts have Transitions’ “Light Intelligent Technology” — a photochromic additive — mixed into the soft hydrogel material that creates the lens. When this photochromic additive is exposed to UV light or blue light from screens and lightbulbs, it darkens the lens to block UV radiation and excessive light waves, just like sunglasses do.The contacts adjust throughout your day to allow a consistent amount of light to reach your eye, whether you’re in a dark theater or outside under the sun. When your eyes are exposed to UV light, the lenses take around 45 seconds to fully darken. Once you step inside, they go back to clear in about 90 seconds or less.I should note that Acuvue’s other contacts, and contact lenses from other brands — such as Biotrue and Clariti — also block UV radiation, but stay clear in all light.What do they look like?Throughout the day, the contacts change colors between clear and a deep, dark purple-brown. In bright, direct sunlight without sunglasses, the darkening effect is most pronounced. Most of the day, if you work in an office, you won’t see much tint.On my green-hazel colored eyes, these contacts turn a dark shade of purple-brown and entirely block out my iris’s natural color. Like other soft contact lenses, these completely cover your pupil and iris, with a little overlap onto the rest of your eyeball. I have to admit, they give me a distinctly alien look that freaked out just about everyone I showed them to.img-6463In full, direct sunlight, the contacts reached their darkest shade, which blocked out the natural color of my iris. The effect is, well, a bit creepy. Sarah Mitroff/CNET With filtered sunlight on a cloudy day, they will still adjust, just to a lighter shade of purplish brown. Even when I take them out at night, after the sun’s gone down and I’ve been watching TV or fussing with my phone, they have a faint purple/brown tint as I put them in a case. By morning, they are nearly clear.Who are these contacts for?Johnson & Johnson created these lenses to help combat light sensitivity. Anyone who’s gone outside on a bright day and immediately started squinting knows what that’s like.Charissa Lee, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care’s director of professional education, told CNET that an Acuvue Transition lens “reduces disruption to vision due to bright light by up to 32% and continuously adapts from clear to dark and back, helping your eyes adjust to changing light better than they would on their own.”The Acuvue Transitions contacts might also benefit people who experience photophobia, which is brought on by a variety of conditions, including migraines and dry eye. For several days after I get a migraine, bright light is painful, focusing on a bright screen is hard and I’ll get floaters in my vision. While these contact lenses cannot fix photophobia (which is a neurological issue), it can help make it easier to deal with the symptoms.Do they replace sunglasses?Even though Acuvue Oasys with Transitions lenses reach their darkest shade in sunny conditions, they are not a replacement for sunglasses. While the lenses do block UV radiation, sunglasses are important because they help protect your entire eye and the skin around it from UV damage that can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, corneal sunburn and skin cancer.They also don’t get as dark as sunglasses and don’t offer polarization, which significantly reduces glare. If you already wear sunglasses regularly, these contacts will help you squint less if you step outside on a bright day without them. But you’ll still want to use sunglasses to block additional light so it’s easier to see. Plus, if your sunglasses block UV rays (which they should!) the contacts won’t reach their full darkness, which minimizes the “alien” look.Regardless if you wear sunglasses daily or not, you should know that, just like Transition lenses in eyeglasses, these contacts won’t get darker when you’re driving because car windshields block the UV rays from the sun that cause the lenses to react.img-5806After taking them out each night, the contacts still have a faint dark hue. Sarah Mitroff/CNET There are a few situations where I do feel like these contacts are a better alternative to sunglasses. First is the golden hour, just before the sun sets, when wearing sunglasses makes your vision too dark, but it’s still too bright to not wear them at all. The same goes for overcast, foggy mornings, which are extremely common in San Francisco where I live, work and tested the lenses. With an overcast sky, the filtered sunlight is bright enough to bother my eyes, but if I put on sunglasses my vision seems too dark.How can you try them?If you don’t already wear contacts, your first step is to get an eye exam to get a contact lens prescription. If you already have a valid prescription, ask your doctor to get a trial pair of the Acuvue Oasys with Transitions, which should be free. You can also search on Acuvue’s website to find doctors in your area that already have the Transitions lenses available to try.For this story, I called my doctor’s office (which also sells contacts and glasses onsite) and they ordered me a free trial pair. I picked them up and was told if I liked the lenses and wanted to switch to them, my doctor could write me a prescription for those specific lenses. Then I could buy full boxes, either there or anywhere else that sells contacts. Of course, every doctor’s office or optometry clinic might handle this differently. I had just gotten an eye exam and a new prescription only a couple of months before this experiment, so the process was painless.Read more: Best places to buy contact lenses onlineAre they more expensive than other contacts?Not necessarily. Contacts vary wildly in price depending on the brand and where you buy them. Acuvue’s rep told me that each doctor, optical retailer or online vision stores sets prices for the contacts they sell, so there’s no one set price.The most common price I can find for a box of six Acuvue Oasys with Transitions lenses is $55 (or $9 per lens), but you can find them for under $50 at various online optical stores. 532e5319-d559-4fae-b9ea-6401de92bc7b-aowt-pack-shotAcuvue Transitions contacts come in a box of 6, and the price is around $50 per box online. Acuvue I currently wear Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus lenses, which are currently only sold in a 12 or 24 pack. Twelve-pack boxes online are priced around $35 to $70, depending on the retailer. All of these prices are out-of-pocket, without insurance.If you’re really keen to wear Acuvue Oasys with Transitions, crunch the numbers and see how their cost compares to what you currently wear. Since I can get a 12-pack of my current contacts for $34 ($2.83 per lens), I would save a lot by not making the switch. So, will I keep wearing them?Like my other Acuvue lenses, these Oasys with Transitions are meant to be worn daily for two weeks before you toss them for another pair. During the two weeks I tested these lenses, I felt conflicted. I was blown away by how well they worked — my light-sensitive eyes felt less strained and I wasn’t as bothered by bright light. But, I was also discouraged by my friends’ and colleagues’ reaction to how the full darkened lenses looked in my eyes (when I purposely wore them outside without sunglasses). I can only be called a creepy alien so many times before the comment starts to sting.On the last day of wearing the Transition lenses, I had concluded they weren’t useful enough for me to use them going forward. That is, until the next day. I popped in a fresh pair of my usual contacts and headed out the door. As I walked towards my bus stop, I quickly realized how much the Transition lenses helped my eyes adjust to sunlight, especially on a foggy morning. And when I got to my office — in sunny downtown SF — the sunlight bouncing off the buildings and through the massive window next to my desk was more blinding and less tolerable than it had been with the Transitions lenses. Even staring at a computer screen, which is tough on my eyes and gives me occasional bouts of blurry vision, was a bit better with the Transitions contacts.As I write this, it’s been one week since I ditched the Transitions and I already miss them. So much so that once I make it through my current stash of “regular” lenses, I plan to make the switch back. Here’s everything that 5G can do for youlast_img read more

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first_imgInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers representative Julius Matthew walked the picket line with Wrangell municipal workers Lorne Cook, Dwight Yancey and Andrew Scambler before the strike ended. (Photo courtesy IBEW)Wrangell officials have pulled out of contact talks with the union representing municipal workers.Listen nowInterim Borough Manager Carol Rushmore posted a letter on the municipal website Wednesday evening stating she had decided to not accept the union’s most recent proposal.Rushmore added that the borough would not make any counteroffers to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers members.That could lead them to go back on strike.24 utility and other workers went on strike June 22nd after the union and municipality rejected each other’s final contract offers.Another 35 management and non-union employees remained on the job.Officials from the borough and the union resumed negotiations June 29th.Union officials could not be reached immediately for comment on Rushmore’s decision.last_img read more

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Delhi court sentences AAP MLA Manoj Kumar to 3 months in prison

first_imgNew Delhi: A special fast track court for lawmakers on Tuesday awarded three months imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fine to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Manoj Kumar for obstructing the election process at a polling station during the 2013 assembly polls. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal, however, granted bail to the Kondli MLA for 30 days on the surety of Rs 10,000 to challenge the order in a higher court. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us Around 50 protestors, led by then AAP candidate Kumar, had hindered the election process at a polling station in Kalyan Puri area of East Delhi, according to the prosecution. The court had, on June 11, convicted Kumar on grounds of obstructing a public servant in discharge of public functions, punishable under Section 186 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and disorderly conduct in or near polling stations, punishable under Section 131 of Representation of People Act, 1951.last_img read more

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ICE Temporarily Closes Portland Office Amid Tumult Of Protests Across US

first_imgDiego G. Diaz/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images/Via NPRDemonstrators protest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday, just outside the agency’s regional office in Portland, Ore.The regional office for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Portland, Ore., stands quieter than usual. Since Wednesday, the keyboard clatter and quiet murmur of officials working inside have been replaced with an unfamiliar sound, coming muffled through the walls: the chatter of angry campers outside.And that’s precisely the way the demonstrators want it.Their protest against President Trump’s immigration policies began Sunday and by midweek had ballooned, thick with disgruntled residents toting signs, sleeping in tents and rallying crowds with a PA system. Eventually, ICE announced that the situation had become untenable.ICE “fully respects the rights of all people to voice their opinion without interference. ICE remains committed to immigration enforcement consistent with federal law and agency policy,” a spokesperson for the regional office told Dirk VanderHart of member station OPB.But “operations at this location have been temporarily halted due to security concerns,” the spokesperson added. “Normal operations will resume once security concerns have been addressed.”The office remained closed for the same concerns Thursday — announcing the closure with a note that protesters are hurting the migrants they’re advocating for, by delaying necessary sessions intended to inform ICE detainees of U.S. immigration law.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Via NPRProtesters block a street outside the ICE office in San Francisco on Tuesday.The demonstration in Portland, however, is not an exceptional case.Similar protests have bubbled to the surface outside — and occasionally even inside — ICE offices and detention facilities in Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Francisco and even on Capitol Hill, where an interfaith network of local congregations gathered Thursday morning to denounce the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policy. Dozens of protesters held a series of sermons circling a cluster of children who had lain down on silver blankets.“The children will symbolically represent the thousands of children separated from families on the border, sleeping on floors and held in cages,” the group explained before the action.In the face of this widespread backlash, Trump appeared to retreat Wednesday from the most controversial element of his “zero-tolerance” policy, the separation of migrant children from their parents along the U.S.-Mexico border.After repeated denials from administration officials that Trump could end the practice without Congress, Trump signed an order ending the practice without Congress. (Although, as NPR’s Richard Gonzales notes, the move raises the possibility of another legal headache and leaves unclear what, exactly, will happen to the more than 2,300 children already separated from their parents.)House Republican leaders hit some roadblocks of their own Thursday. Of the two bills on immigration policy that they were considering at the start of the day, the more conservative version failed in a floor vote and a vote on the more moderate version was postponed to Friday as leaders sought more support.In the meantime, Trump vowed Thursday that his administration is “acting swiftly to address the illegal immigration crisis on the southern border.”And protesters are vowing to keep resisting his preferred approach.“For far too long, we have allowed this evil to continue, and it will not continue any longer,” said one of the faith leaders at the Capitol Hill protest Thursday. “We will pray … we will vote, we will march — we will protest until victory is won.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgHey, remember when the Legends brought their old captain who’s now evil aboard the Waverider as a prisoner? It turns out that was a really bad idea! Who knew? Gideon still recognizes Rip as Captain. Even though the ship has been instructed to ignore him, he’s able to input an override code and take control. Sara tries to regain control while Mick, Nate, and Amaya confront Rip. Mick is able to knock him unconscious, but not before he destroys the amulet. Now there’s no hope of finding Nate’s grandfather and the last piece of the spear.Well, maybe not entirely. Mick brings up the idea of cognitive intrusion. Also known as going inside someone’s mind! It turns out Time Masters developed that technology in the future and installed it on every one of their ships. How convenient! Yeah, this is about as big a plot coupon as you’ll see on TV, but this premise is so cool, I’ll forgive them for wanting to get to it as fast as humanly possible.Inside Rip’s mind isn’t the only awesome location featured in this week’s episode. During the struggle, the ship was forced to crash land at its earliest logged location. That means it ended up in the Cretaceous period, where Ray was stranded at the beginning of the season. A piece of the Waverider fell off during the crash, meaning Nate, Ray, and Amaya have to get it for the team to have any hope of resuming their adventures. Ray can track the piece fairly easily, but there’s one problem. It’s in the territory of Gertrude, an irritable dinosaur who Ray pissed off the last time he was there by eating one if its eggs.Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom and Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)As the trio figure out how to get the part back, it becomes clear to Ray that there’s something going on between Amaya and Nate. Amaya has decided to abandon her “no fraternizing” rule and have some fun with Nate. The problem is Ray has met Amaya’s granddaughter. She has her own CW Seed animated series and a cameo on Arrow. Nate can’t date Amaya because then Mari won’t exist. Nate is convinced he can keep it casual, but we know that’s not going to happen.They find the part they’re after and wouldn’t you know it, it’s in a T-Rex nest. Ray can retrieve the piece without issue, but Gertrude shows up. Yes, we finally see the dinosaur. This scene is clearly where the episode’s budget went. It looks pretty good, which is why it only has a few seconds of screen time. Nate turns into Steel to fight it, but Amaya has another plan. She walks right up to Gertrude and uses her amulet to bond with the beast. She strokes its nose and sends it away. Nate realizes he’s in love.While all this is going on, the much cooler part of the episode is happening inside Rip’s mind. Sara and Jax have gone in to find out where Commander Steel ended up. They find a dark, corrupted Waverider patrolled by evil versions of themselves. Sara is caught off guard and put in a cell where she finds the real Rip Hunter huddled in a corner. He’s initially distrustful, leading to a pretty major reveal. Rip, at least in his mind, has superpowers. He’s able to push Sara across the cell using only his mind. Well, his mind inside his mind. This episode gets weird.Franz Drameh as Jefferson “Jax” Jackson, Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)Jax, who managed to escape his evil counterpart comes across Gideon. In human form. She’s on their side because the Legion of Doom didn’t see any reason to corrupt a ship’s operating system when they messed up Rip’s mind. (By the way, I love how everyone has just accepted the name “Legion of Doom” for the bad guys this season.) With Gideon’s help, Jax frees Sara and Rip. The four make their way to the study, hoping to find something to jog Rip’s memory. Being trapped inside your own mind by hostile bastardizations of your friends will make you question what is real, it turns out.On their way there, the team is waylaid by said hostile versions. This leads to a pretty awesome fight scene where Sara and Jax fight and overpower themselves. The Canary vs. Canary scene, in particular, is exceptionally well-choreographed. The team finds out that the evil counterparts can’t be killed. When all seems lost, Gideon makes Rip realize what’s real and what isn’t. He defeats the corrupted versions of his friends and saves his real ones. As Rip now realizes what is real and what isn’t, his construct of the Waverider begins to fall apart. Jax wakes up on his own and helps Sara do the same. Inside Rip’s mind, Rip kisses Gideon goodbye and wakes up in the real world. Rip is now back to normal, and the real Gideon remembers the kiss somehow. He seems OK with Sara taking on the role of Captain, and with the Waverider repaired, the Legends set off to find Commander Steel. Next week: We go to Apollo 13.Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)While it was disappointing that we only got to see a dinosaur for less than a minute, I understand that budgets are a thing shows like this have to deal with. The rest of the episode more than made up for it by being absolutely bonkers.  Going inside Rip’s mind a weird, fun choice that reminded me why I love this show so much. It’s not afraid to be ridiculous and even a little stupid at times. As long as it leads to some unconventional superhero fun, anything is possible. Even the Cretaceous period scenes were fun when they showed how Ray survived being stranded there. While I certainly would have appreciated more dinosaurs, Legends of Tomorrow managed to turn in a great episode without them.last_img read more

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