We have recently seen the damage of hurricanes throughout the eastern and southern United States and now are fighting wild fires out west. Soon enough, some states will be facing winter storms. Who can our military families in our communities turn to for help when being affected by weather-related and natural disasters? The Cooperative Extension. The Cooperative Extension is found in every county, in every state. When our community is compromised and we don’t know what to do, Cooperative Extension has your back. Check out Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) to see how we they can help in time of a disaster. The National EDEN site is hosted by Louisiana State University https://eden.lsu.edu.Photo by Zachary West, 100th MPAD.
Check out the visual effects work behind the magic in these recent compositing breakdown videos. Using industry leading compositing applications entire scenes are transformed and created.The following compositing breakdown videos show how visual effects were created using the latest production and post-production techniques. Go behind-the-scenes of popular films and television shows, like Boardwalk Empire, A Good Day to Die Hard and Big Miracle.Whether you’re in the video and film production business or are just curious about visual effects, these compositing breakdown videos are sure to impress. Visual effects and compositing applications such as Autodesk’s Smoke and Flame, Nuke, After Effects and Cinema4D were used to implement the advanced matting, tracking and chroma key techniques shown below.Big Miracle Compositing BreakdownGood Day to Die Hard Compositing Breakdown Boardwalk Empire Compositing BreakdownEriccson TV Commercial Compositing BreakdownLotto Bilbanemannen Compositing BreakdownBBC’s Ripper Street Compositing Breakdown
The Meerut Chief Judicial Magistrate court on Wednesday denied bail to former Bahujan Samaj Party MLA Yogesh Verma, who was arrested on charges of inciting violence during the Bharat Bandh on April 2.Harassment allegationMr. Verma and his wife Sunita Verma, who is also the Mayor of Meerut, alleged that they were being harassed for being BJP’s political opponent and were being illegally framed by the police. Mr. Verma’s lawyer, Ravikant Bhardwaj, said that he had filed a bail petition before the District Judge which is likely to be heard on April 23. Chargesheet submittedThe police had submitted a chargesheet against Mr. Verma and 87 others in five cases in the district court on Monday. Superintendent of Police (City) Maan Singh Chauhan, who heads the SIT constituted to probe the violence, said Mr. Verma was booked in 11 cases and the police would soon file a chargesheet in six other cases. Meerut Senior Superintendent of Police Manzil Saini told the media on Wednesday that Mr. Verma may be booked under the National Security Act.“We will soon submit the police report to the District Magistrate with a request to slap NSA on Verma,” Mr. Chauhan said.‘Wrongly charged’However, Ms. Verma claimed that her husband was trying to persuade the crowd not to take law into their hands. “There are videos to prove that my husband was doing just the opposite of what he was charged with,” she alleged.
View comments LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Japanese midfielder Shu Sasaki scored twice as Global Cebu unleashed a first half flurry on Ilocos United to come away with a 3-0 victory on Sunday night in the Philippines Football League at Quirino Stadium in Vigan.Paul Mulders opened the scoring with a 23rd minute penalty for the Cebuanos, before Sasaki struck two goals in a five-minute span as Global put the home side to the sword for its third win in five matches.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide With the victory, Global moved up to third spot with 10 points, vaulting past Kaya FC Makati on goal difference.One of the two new clubs in the PFL, Ilocos absorbed its fourth straight loss after opening the season with a 1-1 draw with Davao Aguilas, a result that gave the Ilocanos their only point of the campaign so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOn the back of losses to Home United of Singapore in the AFC Cup and Ceres-Negros just before the international break, coach Marjo Allado’s men got their campaign back on track with that dominant performance against the Ilocanos.Over at Biñan Football Stadium, Stallion Laguna and Davao Aguilas remained in search of a first win after both sides failed to find the back of the net in a goal-less draw. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Filipinos split 3×3 opening matches WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage
Days after the enforcement of the French law that prohibits full face covering veil, and after the first women law breakers have been fined, international media focus has been on ‘protesting Muslims’, while the voices of the vast majority of presumed Muslims in France are ignored.The right and centrist parties and a section of the Socialist party in France approved of the ban. President Sarkozy chose to go for a new controversial law, rather than making use of existing regulations on public security that would have allowed him to legally curtail the full face covering veil, because he is courting votes from the National Front extreme right party for the 2012 presidential elections.Today, in France like in most parts of Europe, right wing parties cannot afford to dispense with the support of ‘traditional’ far right xenophobic parties which are fast rising: they score around 15 per cent of the votes in France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria and Hungary, and more than 30 per cent in Switzerland and Serbia. But even more radical new organisations are emerging to the right of the traditional far right. In their view, the French state has yet to take a strong enough position vis-a-vis Muslims. Such groups undertake provocative street actions against Islam, in response to provocations by the Muslim Right. Both of them are looking for a physical confrontation that would radicalise their troops. So far, the state and its police have turned a blind eye to these illegal actions – a policy of laissez-faire that many fear would incite further violence.advertisementThe growing rapprochement between the right wing government and far right organisations has consequences for secularism. Sihem Habchi, the president of a major women’s organisation, Ni Putes Ni Soumises (Neither Whores Nor Submissive), has denounced the government’s manipulation of secularism on April 9. Soheib Bencheikh, renowned Islamic scholar and former Great Mufti of Marseilles, stigmatised the French government’s “support to communalism” noting that “Islam is a prey for politicians, not only in Muslim countries but also in democratic countries, like France”.RepublicScorning the ban, an unholy alliance between the Muslim right wing, human rights groups, Left and far Left parties chorus for the defence of ‘Muslims’ religious rights. Malika Zouba, a journalist, points to their “over simplistic” thinking. Recent migrants, who often were victims of Muslim fundamentalists, resent being labelled racists, sold out to the extreme right or to foreign imperialism by many in the Left and human rights organisations.The most determined and outspoken defenders of secularism today are citizens of Muslim descent, among them numerous women. They testified to the Stasi Commission (which re-examined the application of secular laws in state schools which were challenged by Muslim fundamentalists) and promoted the 2004 law that reiterates the founding secular principles of the French republic defined in the laws of 1905 and 1906.These century old laws institute the separation of state and church (‘church’ referred to the Catholic Church, as Islam was not in the picture). Article 1 of the 1906 law affirms the principle that the French secular state guarantees to all citizens the freedom of belief – or not to believe – and the right to practise their religion – or not to practise any. But Article 2 affirms that, beyond ensuring these liberties, religious matters are beyond the secular state’s mandate- hence it will not interfere with religions, will not grant them any recognition and will not fund them.Matters within the state’s mandate, such as free and compulsory education, will be entirely secular. It follows suit that children in state schools are not allowed to wear any sign of their religious affiliation (i.e. neither cross, nor veil, nor kripan, etc). Ironically, this law is now labelled the world over “the law against the veil”! Bencheikh actually supported this law, stating that “Salvation for the young French Muslims in France, who are often confronted with poverty and exclusion, will come from the neutral a-confessional educational system”.France defines secularism as separation between religion and politics, while Britain refers to equality between religions. In Britain, as in India, which inherited this from the colonial system, the state does interfere with religions.In 2005, French citizens of migrant Muslim descent picketed in defence of various public facilities such as schools, health centres, sports centres, public libraries against the unemployed youth who were setting them on fire during weeks long riots in the suburbs of Paris – teaching the youth the meaning of ‘res publica’ – something that belongs to all citizens. In 2010, they testified in large numbers to the Guerin Commission (set to advise the government on full face covering veils), and made public statements for full face covering to be curtailed in France. Fadela Mrabet, a former journalist with the progressive ‘Algiers Channel-3′ radio channel in the 1970s, now an academic and author, had to flee Algeria after being evicted from her job and threatened because she termed the veil as a “seal of humiliation” for women and demanded a law that affirmed secularism and the equality of sexes.advertisementThere was a heated debate on best strategies, among women who agreed that full face covering was to be combated. Many women would have preferred that existing security regulations be used in doing so, thus avoiding that a new law explicitly stigmatises “Muslims”. Why are French citizens of migrant Muslim descent capable of a complex political analysis, which many media groups and political parties seem incapable of? North African, mostly Algerian, unskilled workers started migrating between the two world wars. They grew political roots into workers’ trade unions and parties. They were further politicised during the liberation struggle of Algeria from French colonisation.FundamentalismMany of them, whose families have lived in France for three or four generations, are just not religiously inclined, they never set foot into a mosque. Through family ties with relatives in Algeria, they got first hand records on crimes committed against the population by armed fundamentalists during the nineties. Targeted intellectuals, artists, writers, feminists went into political exile. They have first hand experience of what it means to live under the boot of the Muslim Right, and they do identify in France the early warning signs of rising fundamentalism. Inducing or imposing a culturally alien dress code on women has been such a warning in most Muslim countries.Asma Guenifi, a psychologist living near Paris, the sister of a 19 year old boy assassinated by armed fundamentalists on the family doorstep in Algiers during the 1990s, says, “I was born in Algeria. I witnessed the rise of fundamentalism. Unemployed boys who force you to wear a headscarf, mosques popping up like mushrooms, the social discourse, the extremists posing as victims… they are doing the same thing in France.”ThreatAicha, a social worker observes, “Today, the little brothers are the ones who tell their mother: your daughter must be veiled. This is the culture of the suburbs. What upsets me? That the extremists monopolise the attention of the state and of the media. Nobody listens to Muslims who do not create any problem, who practise their religion in the private sphere.” Fighting on both fronts, these women combat racism and discrimination in jobs and housing that disproportionately affect citizens of migrant descent, but they also firmly refuse to believe that social and political problems should be addressed through a religious lens.One should acknowledge their political courage and clarity, and learn from their analysis. If we do not, we will witness the communalisation of France with the abandonment of the notion of citizenship, as well as the ethnicisation and religionising of laws. This process is unfortunately already well under way.advertisement- The writer, an Algerian sociologist based in Paris, is the founder of Women Living Under Muslim Laws.
Very few England fans have arrived in Russia to watch their team’s first match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup but one of them made a special effort to reach Volgograd to watch the Three Lions take on Tunisia.Graham Kentsley, who is originally from St Albans in Hertfordshire, took just over five weeks to complete the 2,000 kilometre (approx) journey, traveled in a yacht to reach his destination just on time ahead of England’s opener on Monday.”This idea has been hatching in my brain for a good number of years,” said Kentsley, speaking in a pub near the World Cup fan zone in Volgograd.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”It was always in my mind that we’d get there just before the football with the World Cup coming to town and that it would be fun.”Kensley will be watching England play Tunisia on Monday, he said, and will attend other matches later in the tournament as well.Travelling aboard his 9.9 metre yacht “Sharlyn” with three other crew members, Kentsley set off from the end of the River Danube, traversed the Black Sea, and stopped off at Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.World Cup 2018: England look for fresh beginning vs TunisiaHe then sailed beneath a new bridge connecting Crimea to Russia which President Vladimir Putin opened, before crossing the Sea of Azov and sailing up the Volga-Don Canal to Volgograd, which is located around 900 kilometres south of Moscow.CHOPPY WATERS It took Kentsley over five weeks to complete his journey (Reuters Photo)The journey had sometimes been tough, he said, with the crew braving rough waters, an electrical storm, Russian bureaucracy and worried at one point that they would be stopped by the Ukrainian Navy.World Cup: Mexicans throng streets at home after shock win over GermanyadvertisementIn Crimea, which Ukraine wants back, he said the authorities allowed his yacht to moor in the harbour alongside Russian submarines.Kentsley knows Volgograd well because he was once married to a native of the city which is famous for being the location of the Battle of Stalingrad, the bloodiest encounter of World War Two.Only a small contingent of diehard English fans — estimated at up to 2,500 — have made the journey to see the start of their team’s World Cup campaign in Russia, with many others put off by fears of violence and a diplomatic crisis between London and Moscow.Kentsley said he thought the poisoning of a former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury in March and the diplomatic crisis that triggered between Britain and Russia was largely to blame.”I think if the Skripal business hadn’t happened we would have had 10,000 here,” he said.”It happened at a critical moment.”KERALA TO RUSSIA ON A CYCLEMeanwile, a football fan from Kerala named Clifin Francis, cycled all the way to Russia to watch the World Cup and meet his idol Lionel Messi play for Argentina.The 28-year-old flew to Dubai from Kerala on February 23 and bought a cycle and then took a ship to the Bandar Abbas, the capital of Hormozgan province on the southern coast of Iran. He then embarked on his four-month long journey to Russia.”I am very happy. It was a four-month-long journey,” Francis told PTI from Tambov, a countryside town in Russia today.He said he had bought a ticket for the France-Denmark match on June 26 and was waiting to watch it.”Every day you meet new people, see new landscapes, new culture,” he said, adding both good and bad experiences came his way during the journey.Francis says though all his papers, including visa, were in order, he was denied permission to enter Georgia through Azerbaijan, forcing him to take an alternative route.He went on to say that he celebrated his birthday with the residents of Maymeh in Iran, enjoying the hot kebabs they served with ‘Istak’, a local drink, an experience he would never forget.Francis recalled that he hoped to reach Moscow by June 21 and said that it has been his long cherished dream to meet Messi.Asked if he would be able to make it come true, he said, “I have reached this far. I am an optimist. My desire is to meet Messi. (I) Don’t know if it is possible….I am a diehard fan of his.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Well, this was different. A thousand pointless passes gave way to incision, precision and goals – lots of goals. Spain, already heartened by what they had seen at Wembley on Saturday, got a first glimpse of their new national team in the flesh three days later and they could not have been happier. It is eight years now since they were in a World Cup final, glory days slipping further away. And yet, while it is only eight weeks since Croatia were there, Luis Enrique’s team defeated them 6-0 in Elche, awakening hope that maybe they can return after all.Saúl Níguez did not play a minute at the World Cup but this is a different era and he appears set to lead it, a symbol of a new Spain. In the two games the selección have now played under Luis Enrique he has opened the scoring both times – first at Wembley and now against Croatia. The Martínez Valero is his home, the place he dreamed of playing as a kid, and it erupted when he leapt to head in the first, standing to applaud when he was finally withdrawn, the game long since won. Yet when the singing had begun, it was Marco Asensio who was serenaded. SaturdayA2: Switzerland 6-0 IcelandA4: England 1-2 Spain B3: Northern Ireland 1-2 Bosnia-HerzegovinaC2: Finland 1-0 Hungary, Estonia 0-1 GreeceD2: Belarus 5-0 San Marino, Luxembourg 4-0 Moldova Share on Twitter Marcus Rashford ends England’s losing run in drab friendly against Switzerland Photograph: Francois Nel – UEFA/UEFA Share on Messenger Croatia For Croatia this was truly shocking. Danijel Subasic, Dejan Lovren, Mario Mandzukic, Ante Rebic and Ivan Strinic were missing but it was more than that. They had no response. The second half was painful; it was as if all they could aspire to was for the final whistle to blow.The heaviest defeat in their history began with a wonderful goal. Sergio Ramos’s speared pass found Dani Carvajal deep inside the Croatia area and with the outside of his boot he did not so much deliver a cross as an invitation. Saúl, running in, leapt and powered a header into the corner. Nations League It was the perfect example of what the Spanish call “arrival” – the late, impeccably-timed run into the area, breaking through to score – and just one of many qualities the Atlético Madrid midfielder brings. Luis Enrique called him “unique”, “complete”, and when it was suggested that there were similarities between he and Saúl, insisted: “He’s a much-improved model.” As for Asensio, it was hard to find adequate words after this. At times, he appeared untouchable, barely believable.By the end it felt odd to reflect that it had not been easy until the goal arrived after 23 minutes. Croatia pressed high and Spain appeared ill-at-ease, Ivan Rakitic bending one just wide, Ivan Santini missing from close range, and Carvajal stopping Perisic. But then Saúl put Spain ahead. Next, Asensio struck a shot arrowing into the net. He had not scored in 16 games for Spain before; 134 seconds later, he had almost scored again, bending a vicious shot off the bar and in off Kalinic’s back. Topics MondayA3: Portugal 1-0 ItalyB2: Sweden 2-3 TurkeyC1: Scotland 2-0 AlbaniaC4: Serbia 2-2 Romania, Montenegro 2-0 LithuaniaD1: Andorra 1-1 KazakhstanD3: Kosovo 2-0 Faroe Islands, Malta 1-1 Azerbaijan TuesdayA2: Iceland 0-3 BelgiumA4: Spain 6-0 CroatiaB3: Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 AustriaC2: Hungary 2-1 Greece, Finland 1-0 EstoniaD2: San Marino 0-3 Luxembourg, Moldova 0-0 Belarus Read more Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? Show Share on Pinterest Spain 6-0 Croatia, Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland: international football – as it happened Quick guide Nations League: latest results and fixtures Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook news Hide Spain It was no wonder. Even if the referee Benoit Bastien does decide that Spain’s third was an own goal from goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, Asensio still scored the second, provoked the third and provided three assists. Rodrigo Moreno, another scorer in London, got the fourth; Sergio Ramos scored the fifth; and Isco struck the sixth as memories of Moscow were pushed to the back of everyone’s minds, Croatia’s especially.There were five absences from the Spain side knocked out by Russia – David Silva, Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Piqué all announced their international retirement while Jordi Alba and Koke were left out of the squad – and only three World Cup winners left. But there is talent there, a new generation. By the end Saúl, Asensio, Dani Ceballos, José Luis Gayà and Rodri had all played and impressed. All are 23 or under. Reuse this content SundayA1: France 2-1 NetherlandsB1: Ukraine 1-0 SlovakiaB4: Denmark 2-0 WalesC3: Bulgaria 1-0 Norway, Cyprus 2-1 SloveniaD1: Georgia 1-0 LatviaD4: Macedonia 2-0 Armenia, Liechtenstein 2-0 Gibraltar Share on LinkedIn FridayA3: Italy 1-1 PolandB2: Turkey 1-2 RussiaC1: Albania 1-0 IsraelC4: Lithuania 0-1 Serbia, Romania 0-0 MontenegroD3: Azerbaijan 0-0 Kosovo, Faroe Islands 3-1 Malta ThursdayLeague A, Group 1: Germany 0-0 FranceB1: Czech Republic 1-2 UkraineB4: Wales 4-1 Republic of IrelandC3: Norway 2-0 Cyprus, Slovenia 1-2 BulgariaC4: Lithuania 0-1 Serbia, Romania 0-0 MontenegroD1: Kazakhstan 0-2 Georgia, Latvia 0-0 AndorraD4: Armenia 2-1 Liechtenstein, Gibraltar 0-2 Macedonia The Fiver: sign up for our free football email. Read more Spain were unleashed and the goals kept coming. There was speed and intent, enjoyment too. There was something else now. Spain were something else.
zoom China Navigation Company (CNCo), the deepsea shipping arm of the Swire Group, has signed contracts for four handysize vessels for delivery from Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd in Japan.A signing ceremony held on June 7th was hosted by Mr Barnaby Swire, Chairman of CNCo, and attended by Mr Yukito Higaki, President of Imabari Shipyard, and representatives from Itochu Corporation and Swire Bulk.Mr Andrew Kidd, General Manager Swire Bulk said, “The company recognises the importance of the Japanese shipbuilding industry and is delighted to have successfully confirmed this order with Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd given the company’s reputation as a provider of handysize bulk carriers of the highest quality. ”In the same week, Swire Bulk took delivery of its fifth Deltamarin designed B. Delta37 from Chengxi Shipyard. The company has a further 19 B. Delta37 handysize bulk carriers to be delivered within 2016.All the newbuildings will be deployed in CNCo’s drybulk division, Swire Bulk, and will operate on a worldwide basis.Press Release, June 19, 2014
Royal Caribbean’s two brand new cruise ships Harmony of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas are gearing up to take to the world’s oceans.Last week was a very busy period for the two newbuilds as they tested their mettle before final delivery.Ovation of the Seas left Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany on March 11, heading down the River Ems on its 26-mile conveyance to the North Seas.The conveyance was completed when Ovation of the Seas reached Eemshaven in the Netherlands the day after.Following the ship’s arrival in Eemshaven, Ovation of the Seas will be ready to begin sea trials in the North Sea.Ovation of the Seas will be officially launched in April 2016, when it departs Southampton for Tianjin, China on a 53-day Global Odyssey. The cruise ship will begin its first homeport sailing season in China from Tianjin in June 2016.Ovation of the Seas, together with Quantum of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Legend of the Seas, will make up the largest fleet of any cruise line sailing in China.Just a couple of days after, on March 13th, the Harmony of the Seas returned to the shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France after completing the first three days of sea trials.Harmony of the Seas traveled almost 1,000 nautical miles in the time span of about 60 hours.During the trip, Harmony of the Seas had its power plant capacity tested in its basic configuration up to full power (96 MW), as well as propulsion and maneuverability tests.A statement by STX France indicated the ships’ performance was what they expected.With these sea trials complete, STX will put the ship into dry dock for final cleaning of its hull before delivery, expected to take place on May 12.Prior to delivery, a second set of sea trials must take place in April.Image Courtesy: RCL; Videos: Inselvideo; XOXOTV
On 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.
PARIS — 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 Press
The 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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 article
Bisphénol 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 Lambert
Une 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 Lambert
Méningite 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 Lambert