Prices of nearly 70 commonly prescribed generic drugs to drop under new

first_imgOTTAWA – A new agreement will see the prices of nearly 70 commonly prescribed generic drugs discounted by up to 90 per cent of their brand name equivalents.The price discounts are to start on April 1 and will more than triple the number of drugs that were discounted under the previous generics initiative.The drugs are collectively used by millions of Canadians to treat conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression.Officials say patients will see the savings when they fill their prescriptions, whether it’s through a public drug plan, an employee plan or paying out of pocket.The initiative is expected to generate savings of up to $3 billion for public drug plans over five years.The agreement between the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance — which represents the provinces, territories and federal government — and the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association was reached after discussions led by Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.“The generic drugs covered in this initiative are manufactured by multiple generic companies, helping to ensure a stable supply for Canadian patients,” the pCPA said Monday in a statement. “Pricing stability and predictability will also help to ensure that generic pharmaceutical manufacturers can continue to invest in bringing new cost-saving generic drugs to the Canadian market in the coming years.”The Canadian Pharmacists Association said the deal, while generating considerable savings for governments, will have a significant financial impact on the pharmacy industry.“We believe that this new pricing framework is an opportunity for governments to invest a portion of the anticipated savings back into frontline services that pharmacies offer to enhance patient care,” Justin Bates, CEO of the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada, said in a release.last_img read more

Colorado communities launch lawsuit claiming Suncor climate change damages

first_imgIn a joint news release, the three claim that the communities will have to spend at least US$100 million over the next three decades to deal with climate change caused by the use of Suncor and Exxon products.They say that Suncor, which has its U.S. headquarters in Denver, Colo., and supplies about 35 per cent of the state’s gasoline and diesel fuel demand, directly emitted one million tonnes of greenhouse gases in Colorado in 2016.They also say that Suncor and Exxon have known about the costs of fossil fuel use for more than 50 years but still promote and sell their products while “recklessly deceiving” the public and policymakers.The Colorado action comes as several U.S. municipal governments including San Francisco and New York pursue lawsuits against big oil companies for allegedly contributing to global warming. CALGARY, A.B. — Three Colorado communities have filed a lawsuit demanding that Calgary-based Suncor Energy Inc. and U.S. giant Exxon Mobil Corp. “pay their fair share” of costs associated with climate change.In a U.S. court filing, the communities of Boulder County, San Miguel County and the City of Boulder claim the two oil companies have significant responsibility for climate change that is damaging local roads and bridges, parks and forests, buildings, farming and agriculture, the ski industry and public open space.A Suncor spokeswoman said the company hadn’t yet received the lawsuit and therefore had no comment. None of the claims have been proven in court.last_img read more

Online Job Recruitment Baytcom Opens Office in Morocco

Rabat – Pioneer in online job recruitment in the MENA region, the trilingual technology, Bayt.com has opened an office in Casablanca to enrich the Moroccan job market and offer job-seekers a range of end-to-end employment solutions and career planning tools.With over 10,000 jobs available on Bayt.com and thousands of additional vacancies filled on a regular basis through CV Search technology, the company promises Moroccan professionals “many exciting opportunities at the local, regional, and international levels.”“Our technology enables job seekers to find opportunities tailored to their interests and create online professional profiles as magnets for job opportunities. Thousands of vacancies are filled daily by our CV Search, through which employers search for, contact, and hire our candidates directly,” said Hamza Benzekri, the director of Casablanca’s office in an interview with Morocco World News. Companies in Morocco will also benefit from Bayt.com services, including an array of employment tools and the possibility to build a career site and corporate CV databases through Bayt.com’s Talentera products.The platform is also working on the creation of a new section dedicated to students and fresh graduates, “to help them jumpstart their careers with internships and entry-level jobs.”Bayt.com’s strategy consists of empowering job seekers and employers alike, said Benzekri.“We provide the tools and information they need to build better lives. We will continue working with the region’s employers to help them identify talent and developing our capacity to empower job seekers on their journey towards professional success.Since its launch in 2000, Bayt.com has eyed the Middle East and North Africa as “the most youthful and dynamic parts of the world.”“There are always exciting new startups, technology, hiring needs, and career opportunities. This also contributes to very tough competition, and one of our goals is to help job seekers stand out from the crowd.”Part of the company’s industry research, is the bi-annual Bayt.com Middle East Job Index survey “one of our biggest studies that measures hiring potential has shown that there are many job opportunities in the region.”The hiring forecast across the region, Benzekri said: “shows that six in 10 employers are planning to hire within the next year and one half is planning to hire within three months, 42 percent of which are looking to hire for five jobs or more.”Created by and for people from the MENA region, the platform currently incorporates over 29,200,000 professionals and over 40,000 leading organizations using its recruitment platform, thus becoming “the region’s single largest marketplace of professionals and companies.”“We grasp the best hiring and recruitment practices on both the local and regional levels. We also understand the industries from research and our long-standing partnerships with hundreds of thousands of leading employers across the MENA,” said Benzekri.Before Facebook and LinkedIn, Bayt.com was founded as a job-listing and recruitment platform for the Middle East and North Africa.“At a time when there were only two million Internet users in the Middle East, Bayt.com was created to address unemployment in our region.”Over the 17 years of its presence in the market, the platform sought “to build a private, Middle Eastern institution that is globally recognized, admired, and respected,” he added.To date, Bayt.com is committed to the Middle East and North Africa and has 13 regional offices in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Manama, Muscat and Riyadh. read more

Remote Labrador may get more server farms under NL government plan

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Remote Labrador could host more server farms for Bitcoin and other high-energy users under a plan from the provincial government.The province unveiled a plan Monday that it hopes will soften the blow of electricity price hikes expected when the over-budget Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject comes fully on-line next year.The plan says growing Labrador’s data centre sector could turn surplus power into profit.Such centres process and store mass amounts of data from clients like “blockchain” data processing for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, and the government says there are outstanding requests for service.Premier Dwight Ball has faced mounting pressure to shield ratepayers as Muskrat Falls’ price tag doubled to $12.7 billion.He calls paying for the nearly complete dam “one of the biggest challenges facing” Newfoundland and Labrador, with an estimated $725.9 million required to meet costs in its first year.The government’s plan commits to keeping rates at 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour, and proposes measures like saving on administrative costs and switching to electricity in public buildings.It also addresses a gap of $200 million to be softened through to-be-determined “collaboration” with the federal government.The Canadian Press read more

Teslas bad news accelerates as Wall Street loses faith

Late last year, Tesla Inc. was fully charged and cruising down the highway on Autopilot.Shares were trading above $370 each, sales of the Model 3 small electric car were strong and the company had appointed a new board chair to rein in the antics of sometimes impulsive CEO Elon Musk.But around the middle of December, investors started having doubts about the former Wall Street darling’s prospects for continued growth, and the stock started a gyrating fall that was among the worst in company history.For the year, the share price is down around 40%, largely on concerns Tesla is running out of buyers for its vehicles, which range in price from a base $35,400 Model 3 to a larger Model X SUV that can run well over $130,000.Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas, on a private call with investors this week, raised the possibility that Tesla would have to be restructured due to rising debt and falling sales. A leaked memo to employees from Musk that said sales were up stanched the stock’s bleeding, and no one is really certain about what’s next.Here’s a look at what has happened and what might be in the future for the electric car and solar panel company:____WHEN DID TESLA’S STOCK START FALLING AND WHY?A downhill snowball of bad news eclipsed anything good Tesla did, and raised investor doubt about whether there are enough buyers left who want and can afford Tesla vehicles. Throw in a little bit of erratic behaviour from Musk as well.Just before Tesla stock hit a late-year peak on Dec. 13, Musk did a weekend interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes that escalated a spat with securities regulators over his tweeting out company information. This time, he said it was unrealistic to think Tesla’s new chairwoman could control his behaviour because he’s the largest shareholder. It came after Musk and Tesla each paid $20 million in fines in an October settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over ill-advised tweets.____WHAT ELSE HAPPENED?Just after the new year began, Tesla announced record fourth quarter sales that fell short of Wall Street expectations. The company also cut prices by $2,000 per vehicle to offset the phase-out of a $7,500 federal tax credit for Tesla. That increased doubts about future sales. Then Tesla eked out a small fourth-quarter profit that also disappointed investors.The snowball picked up momentum in February when Musk announced he would close most company stores and fill orders online. He also walked back his prediction of sustained quarterly profits, predicting a first quarter loss. When January-through-March sales figures came out, investors were disappointed again. The company had only 63,000 deliveries, down 31% from the fourth quarter.Musk later introduced the Model Y midsize SUV, but gave few details. Investors were nonplussed. Then came a conference call to announce fully self-driving cars by sometime next year, an announcement widely criticized by experts as unrealistic. The stock slump continued. With sales down, Tesla posted a larger-than-expected $702 million first-quarter loss in April, and Musk warned it wouldn’t be profitable in the second quarter either.In May, Tesla sold stock and notes that yielded $2.3 billion, increasing debt. Along the way, the SEC asked a judge to find Musk in contempt for tweets about vehicle production, a spat that was later settled. Also throw in reports of a leaked email last week from Musk to employees saying at the current cash burn rate, Tesla would go broke in 10 months.____WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?It all depends on whether Tesla can produce enough cars at its Fremont, California, factory and whether people keep buying them. Musk’s memo from Wednesday said the company has 50,000 net new orders this quarter and it could pass record deliveries of more than 90,000 in the fourth quarter of last year. That could generate enough cash to reverse the company’s fortunes. But many analysts are skeptical. Morgan Stanley’s Jonas didn’t think sales would be that strong.“We see shares continuing to trade lower on a lack of near-term catalysts and likely cut to vehicle sales guidance,” CFRA analyst Garrett Nelson wrote in a note to investors Thursday. He cut his one-year stock price target $50 to $150.Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell of Edmunds, which provides content to The Associated Press, said Tesla has an uphill climb.“There doesn’t appear to be anything in the (product) pipeline that is going to save them,” she said. “Now Tesla seems to be losing the confidence of its biggest cheerleader, Wall Street.”____Follow Tom Krisher on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tkrisherTom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

Ban expresses hope in Turkish Cypriot Greek Cypriot leaders can overcome impasse

In a note to correspondents issued this evening in New York, a UN spokesperson said the Secretary-General had been briefed by his Special Adviser on Cyprus, Mr. Alexander Downer, on efforts undertaken in Cyprus towards a resumption of negotiations since the Secretary-General met with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders in New York in September. “Recalling that Security Council Resolution 2114 dated 30 July 2013 welcomed the intention to resume negotiations in October 2013, and pointing to the limited window of opportunity to achieve a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus, the Secretary-General expressed concern that a continuing deadlock over a joint communiqué has hampered a return to talks,” the note says. It goes on to say that the UN chief expressed the hope that the two leaders would overcome this deadlock during the upcoming visit of his Special Adviser, from 4 to 8 November, and resolve any other outstanding issues so that the date for the first leaders’ meeting can be set and full-fledged negotiations can resume without further delay. “The Secretary-General once again expressed his full confidence in his Special Adviser and strong appreciation for the work of the Good Offices mission in Cyprus,” the note concludes. read more

UN chief congratulates people of Lesotho on peaceful national elections

“He commends the work of the Independent Electoral Commission in organizing the election and the role played by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in assisting the Kingdom of Lesotho to ensure a peaceful political environment,” said statement issued by his Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric. “The Secretary-General highlights the importance of now focusing attention on the implementation of SADC decisions on further strengthening democratic governance and stability,” it added. The statement concluded by reaffirming “the United Nations commitment to support the Kingdom of Lesotho in this regard.”

Can We Just Enjoy Nikola Jokic For A Minute

With just a few games remaining in the regular season, the Denver Nuggets are, for the moment, outside of the playoffs. For Denver, this is a familiar place. A season ago they finished ninth in the West, one game out of the postseason. But in a Western Conference playoff race in which the fourth-place and 10th-place teams are separated by only three games, this sort of squeeze can happen. Even if the Nuggets miss the postseason again, though, they can take heart in knowing that this is the season Gary Harris cemented himself as one of the most consistent players in the league. It’s the season Jamal Murray began to realize his potential. It’s the season they convinced someone to take Emmanuel Mudiay off their hands. But above anything else, it’s another year of startling development for Nikola Jokic, the team’s budding superstar.This season, Jokic added a more consistent 3-point shot to a game that was already blowing up box scores in cities across the country. He now takes just under four threes a game and hits 40 percent of them — up from about two attempts with a 32 percent hit rate a season ago. But because Jokic doesn’t amass buckets at a rate commensurate with his skill ceiling, and because his deficiencies on defense make it easy to write him off as a regular-season curiosity, he doesn’t share the stature of other rising-star big men, such as Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid or Kristaps Porzingis. Embiid may in fact be the complete package. But through three seasons, Jokic, the 41st overall pick in the same 2014 draft where Embiid went third, has looked every bit as capable.We’ve known since Jokic’s sophomore season that he is unique. He handles the ball at the top of the key, throws one-handed cross-court passes to shooters who aren’t yet open, lobs entry passes over fronting defenders, and posts up like he’s suiting up for Georgetown in the 1980s. He’s too multifaceted to be subjected to a trite Dirk Nowitzki comparison, and it would be too sacrilegious to compare him to truer points of reference. (Bird? Sabonis? KG?) If you refine the Basketball-Reference.com Play Index to show anything that remotely resembles what he does on the court, it has a tendency to spit out a list of one. There is no precedent for a player like Jokic, who can rebound, pass and shoot at the highest levels. There isn’t even a half-cocked historical precursor, like how when you look at Kevin Love from a certain angle he kind of looks like Troy Murphy. No. There’s only been one Jokic.But it isn’t just Jokic’s complete package that’s hard to replicate — his game is extraordinary even in pieces. If we remove his shooting from the equation and look only at players who have rebounded and passed at similar levels, the only players who have approached Jokic are Kevin Garnett, Joakim Noah and DeMarcus Cousins. If we look at players who have rebounded like Jokic and shot threes at a similar rate — never mind whether they made those threes — we’re left with Cousins, Charles Barkley, Love, and, yes, Murphy. And if we look at players who have passed and shot as well as Jokic has this season, the index spits out a list of point guards — along with Kevin Durant and LeBron James. The only players 6-foot-8 or taller are those two and Magic Johnson.Jokic is a little less special when we zoom out and look at his contributions as a whole, but only slightly. He’s in the top 30 all time for win shares in the first three seasons of a frontcourt player’s career, and that list is littered with Hall of Famers — Bill Russell and Hakeem Olajuwon just ahead of him, Dwight Howard and Arvydas Sabonis just behind.Despite the modern ways Jokic pops off of the stat sheet, his game also features at least one traditional element. He posts up much more than most stretch bigs, coming in fifth in overall posts this season according to data from Second Spectrum — ahead of Towns and Anthony Davis. He creates points out of his post-ups at one of the best rates in the league, in line with Embiid, LeBron and KD.Jokic has been aflame the past few games, as Denver claws its way toward the postseason. The Nuggets have the seventh-place Minnesota Timberwolves tonight in Denver, and play the 10th-place Clippers on Saturday in Los Angeles. They likely need wins in both games to stay alive, plus at least a split in their final two games, against the Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota again.1Two wins over Minnesota would help tremendously, since for now Denver is down in the tiebreaking season series 0-2. Maybe Denver limps across the finish line, and maybe it has enough juice left over to thrill us with a competitive game or two against Houston or Golden State on the road to certain doom. Maybe it narrowly misses the postseason yet again and has to deal with those consequences. But in the very worst case, the Nuggets still have Jokic. They still have a true surplus-creating superstar, the most valuable asset a team can possess. And they still traded Mudiay. To the Knicks. So even if things go bad, it ain’t all that bad. read more

Goodwood staff forced to water course 24 hours a day for two

This year is in stark contrast to 2017 when it rained nonstop  Glorious Goodwood is one of the most prominent events on the racing calendar  “It has been such a big job that we have had two people working overnight to water the course, which couldn’t be more different than last year when it we were covered with rain.”The racecourse is fortunate in having a private water supply it can call on, but artificial watering is not nearly as effective as rain. Whilst temperatures have frequently met the 30 degree mark in recent weeks, temperatures are set to cool ahead of the five-day event which commences on Tuesday. They said: “Racecourses are instructed that these should be put in place when temperatures are approaching 30C, and include the increased provision of cool water, areas of shade and earlier access to stables.” Glorious Goodwood is set to bask in temperatures between the early to mid 20s and it will have come as a relief that the weekend has brought rain onto the course.Speaking about the conditions, Mr Askell continued: “I have never seen anything like what I’ve seen this year, as my first year as clerk and with my name above the door it’s a lot of responsibility and is certainly proving tougher than I had anticipated.“This is a huge race and the race must go on, but our primary concern is that all the horses and riders are safe and that it what’s made it a considerable challenge – we can’t get it wrong. Glorious Goodwood is one of the most prominent events on the racing calendar Credit: Geoff Pugh Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We’re now expecting the track to be good to firm, which is suitable for a five day event such as this.”It’s a far cry from the Wednesday of last year’s festival – Qatar Sussex Stakes day – when 50mm of rain fell in 12 hours. That meant numerous horses were withdrawn as the going became heavy – and consideration was even given to racing being abandoned early.A spokesman for the British Horseracing Authority, the independent body responsible for the regulation of British horseracing, said despite the warm temperatures “horses are adapted to running in the heat, and racing takes place in Australia, Dubai and the USA – and other racing nations – in far more extreme heat than is experienced in Great Britain”, but added that the welfare of participants always comes first and that proactive measures are taken when temperatures rise. This year is in stark contrast to 2017 when it rained nonstop Credit: Geoff Pugh Goodwood staff have been forced to water the two and a half mile race track 24 hours a day for more than two weeks in a bid to combat Britain’s heatwave.Staff at the famous course have been working around the clock in a bid to rescue the track which has only seen 4mm of rain since June.The operation to maintain the course has been in the hands of Edward Askell who is in the midst of his inaugural year as clerk of course.Ms Askell said that despite years of experience he had “never seen anything like what I’ve seen this year” and that the new role had been particularly challenging as a result of the weather.“We have been watering since the 17th of June, 24 hours a day,” he said. “It has been a huge task and a big challenge for everyone involved.“It has been considerably drier than usual – we’ve had 4mm of rain from June. read more

US state plans to put eight men to death over 10day period

first_img Mar 25th 2017, 5:00 PM Short URL Share145 Tweet Email1 Wendy Kelley, the deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Correction Image: Tim Rand/AP 28,053 Views AFTER NEARLY A dozen years without an execution, Arkansas is racing to put eight men to death next month over a 10-day period.The state says the unprecedented timetable is necessary because one of the three ingredients in the lethal injection will soon expire.If carried out, the executions beginning on 17 April would make Arkansas the first state to execute that many inmates in such a short time since the death penalty was reinstated by the US Supreme Court in 1976.The accelerated schedule calls for prison staff to conduct four double executions, with only a few days in between. It poses a number of risks, experts say, and the state’s preparations are shrouded in secrecy.Some attorneys and anti-death penalty groups question whether the quick turnarounds will intensify pressure on the prison staff and cause problems, as happened in Oklahoma in 2014, when an inmate writhed and moaned on a gurney for 43 minutes after his injection, or in Arizona – where the fatal dose took nearly two hours to work.An investigation in Oklahoma found that intravenous lines had been connected improperly, in part because of the “extra stress” from the state’s scheduling of two executions on the same day.“The stress on the prison and medical staff will be increased, and the risk of making mistakes is multiplied,” said Dale Baich, an assistant federal public defender who witnessed inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood’s slow death in Arizona in 2014.This along with using a drug that has been used in numerous botched executions should make the prison officials in Arkansas very nervous.At the heart of the rush is the shortage of the sedative midazolam, which is used to put an inmate to sleep before receiving the lethal chemicals. The Arkansas supply expires at the end of April and it’s unclear whether the state will be able to find more. Drug makers have stopped selling it to US prisons because they object to their products being used in executions.The Department of Correction will not say how many staff members will participate or whether any have experience with executions. The department said staff members are receiving training but would not describe it.When asked what assurances the agency can give the public about its preparations, spokesman Solomon Graves said: “We are implementing procedures consistent with all applicable state law.”All that is known about the background of those conducting the executions is that anyone administering the drugs must be a certified or licensed emergency medical technician, nurse, physician’s assistant or physician with at least two years of experience. Gov Asa Hutchinson Source: Brian Chilson/APThe lack of information is part of a trend among states to keep more execution details out of public view and less vulnerable to challenges from opponents.“As states had more and more problems in carrying out executions, their response has not been to fix the problems but to hide behind secrecy to prevent those problems from being disclosed,” Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, an anti-death penalty group, said.‘People have a right to know what is being done’Correction Department Director Wendy Kelley has declined to discuss the preparations.Governor Asa Hutchinson said he’s inquired about the effect of the sequence of deaths on prison staff, but said Kelley told him “it’s not any easier to string it out over four or five months”.The eight inmates are still trying to force the state to identify the suppliers of the lethal drugs, but their confidentiality is legally protected so they will not be targeted for protests.On Monday, the inmates asked the US Supreme Court to reconsider its decision not to review a state ruling upholding Arkansas’ lethal injection law.Jeff Rosenzweig, who represents the inmates, said the secrecy is unfair.“The execution is being done in the name of the state of Arkansas,” Rosenzweig said.It’s not supposed to be a trade secret or some sort of private function, so the people have a right to know what is being done in their names.The executions will be conducted at the Cummins Unit, where 27 inmates have been put to death since capital punishment was reinstated. This will not be the first time more than one inmate has been executed on the same day. The state has conducted two double executions and two triple executions at Cummins. Prisoners in agricultural fields surrounding the Cummins and Varner units of the Arkansas Department of Correction complex Source: Danny Johnston/APAfter the inmate is strapped on a gurney, the designated medical technician will administer intravenous doses of midazolam, followed by vecuronium bromide, a paralytic, and then potassium chloride to stop the heart.If the midazolam fails to work properly, experts say, the inmate can remain conscious during the execution.The state said it will make counseling available for the staff members involved.“It is not possible to go through an execution and not increase the likelihood” that staff members will suffer post-traumatic stress, said Frank Thompson, a former Arkansas prison warden who conducted two executions in Oregon and is now an outspoken death penalty opponent.Arkansas has not executed an inmate since 2005 because of drug shortages and legal challenges. Hutchinson said going forward now is necessary to provide justice.“The families of the victims who have endured this for so many years deserve a conclusion to it,” Hutchinson told reporters last month.Advocates for victims’ families bristle at the notion that the executions are being rushed.“These people have been waiting for 25 or 30 years. That’s not quick,” said Elaine Colclasure, whose husband was killed by Alvin Jackson, a death row inmate who’s not among those scheduled for execution next month.Read: Meet the woman who solves US murders decades after they have taken placeRead: White supremacist Dylann Roof sentenced to death for killing nine black churchgoers 48 Comments US state plans to put eight men to death over 10-day period Arkansas says the unprecedented timetable is necessary because one of the ingredients in the lethal injection will soon expire.center_img http://jrnl.ie/3300348 Wendy Kelley, the deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Correction By Associated Press Image: Tim Rand/AP Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 5:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Des lingettes et laits de toilette nocifs pour les bébés

first_imgDes lingettes et laits de toilette nocifs pour les bébés ?Selon l’association de défense des consommateurs française UFC-Que Choisir, la très grande majorité des lingettes et laits de toilette pour bébés (94%) sont potentiellement nocifs. Elle demande ainsi un renforcement de la législation européenne jugée beaucoup trop laxiste en la matière.Ce n’est pas la première fois que les lingettes de bébés font l’objet d’une alerte. En novembre 2012, l’Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé (ANSM) avait déjà recommandé de ne pas utiliser des produits contenant du phénoxyéthanol. Toutefois, c’est une plus vaste alerte qu’a lancée mardi l’association de défense des consommateurs française UFC-Que Choisir.Dans un communiqué, celle-ci a révélé que la plupart des lingettes et laits de toilette pour bébés était potentiellement nocifs. En effet, les tests en laboratoire réalisés ont révélé que 26 lingettes et 6 laits de toilette grand public sur 34 produits testés sont saturés de molécules allergisantes, d’antibactériens ou d’antioxydants “toxiques, voire perturbateurs endocriniens”. Pas moins de 94% des produits testés seraient ainsi “potentiellement nocifs”, indique l’UFC-Que Choisir.Des quantités élevées d’allergènes Plus précisément, l’association de consommateurs pointe du doigt 12 lingettes et 2 laits de toilettes contenant des quantités importantes d’allergènes. Le record revient aux “lingettes ‘Eco de Naty’ qui en contiennent 700 fois plus que les concurrents les moins chargés !”. Or, les lingettes utilisées pour nettoyer les bébés “cumulent les facteurs de risque”, souligne l’association. “Elles sont appliquées plusieurs fois par jour sur une peau de bébé souvent irritée [et particulièrement fragile]. Pire, l’absence de rinçage après application a pour effet de prolonger le temps de pénétration”, relève t-elle. De plus, certaines substances soupçonnées d’être des perturbateurs endocriniens sont dissimulées sous un étiquetage trompeur, indique le communiqué qui désigne les emballages des lingettes de Leclerc ou Pampers qui mentionne des produits “hypoallergénique” ou “Testé sous contrôle dermatologique” alors qu’ils contiendraient en réalité de nombreux allergènes. Le phénoxyéthanol, toujours présent Par ailleurs, l’association constate que malgré les recommandations, le phénoxyéthanol est toujours présent dans les produits. “Le phénoxyéthanol, un conservateur aux effets toxiques pour le foie et suspectés pour le système reproducteur et le développement, est présent dans pas moins de 14 lingettes (par exemple Mixa, Pampers, Carrefour Baby…) et 3 laits de toilette (par exemple Mixa Bébé)”, rapporte le communiqué de l’UFC-Que Choisir. “Avec un record de 0,9% pour les lingettes ‘Klorane'”, le phénoxyéthanol serait présent à un taux plus de deux fois supérieur à celui recommandé par les experts dans les produits destinés aux moins de trois ans. “Enfin, 6 lingettes (par exemple Carrefour Baby, Top Budget-Intermarché…) contiennent des parabènes à longue chaîne, conservateurs suspectés d’être des perturbateurs endocriniens interférant avec le système hormonal”. À lire aussiUne femme donne naissance à un bébé cyclope en EgypteDes substances toxiques qui pourraient être particulièrement délétères puisqu’elles agissent aux stades précoces du développement de l’enfant. Selon UFC-Que Choisir, seuls deux produits sur 34 tirent leur épingle du jeu et ne sont pas potentiellement nocifs. Il s’agit des lingettes ‘Natural caresse’ de Bébé Cadum et le lait de toilette ‘Natessance’.Renforcer la réglementation Face à ces résultats, l’association recommande aux parents d’être très vigilants, de se méfier de ces “facilités cosmétiques” et de recourir plutôt aux traditionnels savons beaucoup moins nocifs. Elle demande également à la Commission européenne de renforcer la règlementation sur ce type de produits. En effet, l’UFC-Que Choisir souligne que “cette concentration [de toxiques tels que le phénoxyéthanol] est rendue possible par le laxisme de la réglementation européenne”. Elle exige également que les “fabricants mettent un terme à leur pratique irresponsable en retirant les nombreuses substances dangereuses trouvées dans leurs produits”.Le 23 octobre 2013 à 14:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jordi Alba surprised by Spain snub

first_imgBarcelona full-back Jordi Alba admits that he was “surprised” by Luis Enrique’s decision to not call-up him up for SpainThe 29-year-old was in impressive form for Barcelona in Sunday night’s 8-2 demolition of Huesca, which saw Alba score and set up two goals.But, despite his continued strong showings, Alba’s former Barcelona manager Enrique chose to leave him out of Spain’s 24-man squad for the upcoming international break.“It surprised me not to be called and I would have like to do. Everyone knows it a decision by the manager, and I must respect it,” said Alba, according to AS.“I don’t know why I’m not going. When I am bad, I can tell, and when I’m good too. I feel happy with the game we played.”⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽ GOOAAAL BARÇA!! JORDI ALBA!! (7-2, min 82)?? #BarçaHuesca pic.twitter.com/GC7209iLs6— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 2, 2018Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.After scoring Barcelona’s seventh of the game, Alba covered his eyes and blew a kiss to the crowd.“I was dedicating it to my son, who is my happiness every day,” he said.“I’ve been at Barcelona for many seasons and like in the past, I have started well. It depends on him. My return to the national team doesn’t depend on me.”Alba had a difficult period working under Enrique at Barcelona.The left-back was left on the sidelines of Enrique’s final season in charge of the club after the coach switched his formation from a 4-3-3 system to a 3-4-3.Alba added: “I feel very good in every way and I don’t know what the manager will think. The same was I didn’t question when I went, I won’t question it not,”“I don’t have to call anyone to ask for explanations. I never spoke badly about Luis Enrique, nor did I have a bad relationship with him.“My comments in the past can be checked. I never said or thought he was a bad manager, to the contrary. I only said that I wanted to play more minutes.”last_img read more

DECRS Environment Stewardship Awards

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 2, 2017 – Providenciales – The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) is hosting the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards, on the 5th of June, 2017.   The award ceremony coincides with World Environment Day and World Oceans Day held on the 5th and 8th of June respectively.   DECR takes this opportunity every year to honour those individuals and organizations that have kindly contributed their time, to the DECR throughout the year, in order to promote conservation and an environmentally sustainable TCI.Minister Honourable Ralph Higgs stated;   “My Ministry is committed to strengthening environmental education and stewardship throughout the Islands. T  he award recipients have significantly contributed to the realization of this goal and have displayed exemplary commitment to stewardship and sustainability.   It is indeed a pleasure for us to pay special recognition to these individuals whose invaluable assistance to the Department has afforded us the opportunity to go beyond our expectations.   I would like to commend the recipients for their unwavering contribution and support and look forward to having more persons involved in the conservation of our environment in the upcoming years.”This year, a total of 36 recipients will be honoured at a ceremony to be held at the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources, Lower Bight Road, Providenciales.If you, your school or organization would like more information on how you can assist DECR in keeping the TCI Beautiful by Nature, or you would like to sign up as a Community Conservation Partner, please contact the Department’s Environment Outreach Coordinator, Amy Avenant, at 338-4176 or environment@gov.tc. Press Release: TCIG#DECRenvironmentalstewardshipawards photo credit: Beaches Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:#DECRenvironmentalstewardshipawardslast_img read more

Hearst Turns Inward for New Business Ideas

first_imgOne of the biggest players in consumer magazine publishers is looking inward for inspiration.As Hearst gears up to launch its mobile application think tank the App Lab, the publisher Thursday announced the creation of Hearst Innovation—an internal, company-wide effort aimed at creating new business ideas and improving communication.According to Frank A. Bennack, Hearst’s vice chairman and CEO, the initiative “creates a pathway for us to discover, develop and reward great new business ideas from the best source available—our own employees—while supporting a company culture of creativity and collaboration.” To that point, Hearst says the program has three primary goals: channel ideas from staffers for “high-potential” new businesses, to increase collaboration and to encourage a “culture of innovation” and creativity. To better encourage employees to participate, Hearst is deploying an internal marketing and education program including an online community. Hearst says employees who dream up ideas that are eventually chosen for further development will receive certain “financial rewards.”last_img read more

Girl Scouts of America And The Digital Cookie Program

first_imgToday we’re trying to sell cookies online. Last week the Girl Scouts of America announced that in 2015 they will introduce the Digital Cookie program. The program will allow Girl Scouts to sell their cookies online. The only problem? Alaska won’t be participating.Download Audio“Everybody else is getting charged normal rates, except Alaska and Hawaii,” Sue Perles, CEO of Girl Scouts Alaska, said. “We’re getting charged a $20 fee per order.”She’s referring to the $20 flat rat that would have been applied to all Alaska orders. That means if an Alaskan Girl Scout were to sell a box of cookies to a friend online, it would cost the usual shipping rate, plus a $20 fee. That single box of thin mints could end up costing more than $30. While Alaskans are no strangers to higher shipping costs, Perles says we have our limits.“We’ve already had discussions with the appropriate people at the National Headquarters of Girl Scouts about signing a different kind of contract next year,” Perles said. “And they’ve assured us they will work hard to do that because they want all girls to have the opportunity to participate in Digital Cookie.”Alaskans buy about 650,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies each year, and Perles is confident those sales will see a healthy increase once rural troops have the ability to sell online.“We have troops selling in Unalaska, Dutch Harbor; we have troops in Bethel and Cake. We have troops in communities large and small,” she said.Perles also points out that a large number of Girl Scouts come from military families.“And they have friends and relatives all over the world, and Digital Cookie will be an enormous tool for those girls,” Perles said.With more kids becoming tech-savy every year, Perles is sure that the program will eventually be a key addition to the Alaskan scouts.“We want our girls to be ahead of the curve and to really learn how to apply their Digital knowledge to a business situation,” Perles said. “And they will at some point learn that through Digital Cookie.”Although we’ll have to wait at least a year to order our cookies online, Perles says Alaskans will at least be able to sample the two new cookie flavors coming out in January; Rah-Rah Raisin, and the group’s first ever gluten-free cookie Toffe-tastic.last_img read more

IT raids Karnataka Rural Development dept engineer seizes more than Rs 2

first_imgIT department seized more than Rs 2 crore from Hotel Rajmahal in Anand Rao circle, BengalurutwitterThe Income Tax (IT) department on Friday, March 15, raided the house of Narayan Gowda Patil, executive engineer of Karnataka Rural Development department. The raids were conducted at his house in Haveri and a hotel in Bengaluru.Patil had booked two rooms at Hotel Rajmahal in Anand Rao Circle, Bengaluru on his driver’s name. He is said to have collected Rs 2 crore from a contractor. It is alleged that he collected the said amount for the election expenditure of politicians.The IT sleuths have been monitoring Patil for quite some time now and the raids were conducted simultaneously at both places. according to the media reports, the IT department has seized a laptop, few receipts and Rs 2 crore from Bengaluru hotel and Rs 25 lakhs from his house in Nandini Layout, Haveri.Patil escaped from the hotel after he got information on the IT raids, but the officials have arrested his driver from the hotel. The authorities are now searching for him as to know for whom the money was collected for, and how many politicians are connected with the illegal funding.Rural Development Minister Krishna Byre Gowda has denied any involvement in the matter. He also said that he would conduct an inquiry and obtain more details about the alleged scam. twitterThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has slammed the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance for the alleged scam. BJP took the matter into Twitter, where they tweeted that, “Congress & JDS are collecting money from contractors who have been allocated with govt projects. 20% of govt in Karnataka is looting taxpayers money to fund Rahul Gandhi”.As the polling dates are nearing for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and most of the political parties busy with their campaigns, the IT department has been closely watching the election campaigners involved in illegal camping and fund collecting.last_img read more

European Central Bank starts 12trillion monetary stimulus

first_imgThe European Central Bank has hit the launch button on its 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus programme by starting to buy government bonds.The chief monetary authority for the 19 countries that use the euro confirmed on Monday it had begun the purchases, which aim to make credit cheaper, boost growth and raise inflation. ECB President Mario Draghi had announced the start date last week, sending stocks higher and the euro lower. The bonds are bought from banks and other financial institutions using newly printed money. Among the ECB’s chief concerns is low inflation – which at negative 0.3 per cent annually is a sign of the economic weakness that has plagued the currency union as it struggles with high government debt. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe ECB has said it will buy 60 billion euros per month in government and corporate bonds through September 2016, and in any case until inflation turns convincingly upward toward the bank’s goal of just under 2 per cent. Yields on government bonds have already fallen in anticipation of the programme’s start. Some eurozone government bonds are trading at negative yields, meaning investors pay that government for loaning it money.One key effect of the programme is expected to be a weaker euro, which would help eurozone exporters. More euros in circulation help drive down the currency’s value, as expressed by its exchange rate. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsLow or negative interest rates encourage investors to invest in a currency where rates are higher, such as the US German 10-year government bonds are now trading at yields of just 0.29 per cent, while 10-year US Treasurys yield 2.22 per cent.The euro traded at $ 1.09 on Monday, well down from just under $1.40 in May, 2014. Some analysts think it could be headed for parity — one euro for one dollar.last_img read more

Russia takes womans kids away because shes transgender and gay

first_imgNHS Scotland faces accusations of being transphobic as it limits access to chest surgeriesIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsLGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesPINK NEWS- Russian courts have taken a woman’s children away from her after they accused her of being a trans man in a same-sex relationship.Social services removed Yulia Savinovskikh’s two foster sons in August last year on suspicion that she was a transgender man.  The judge in the case ruled that she was in a same-sex marriage, which she is not, and so the foster children “should not be brought up in a same-sex family”.The local district court sided with the social workers in the case and ruled that her fostered sons, who were with the family for three years, should not be returned.(Getty)Russia has one of the fiercest anti-LGBT agendas across the world, with no legal protections being provided for the LGBTQ community regarding anti-discrimination. Federal law bans the distribution of ‘homosexual propaganda’ and in some regions, LGBTQ people face severe persecution to the point of death, as seen in Chechnya.Related: This Russian government official gave a chilling response to Chechnya’s gay purgeA transgender activist, Maya Demidova, living in the country recently gave her account of what it means to be trans in Russia.The 28-year-old began her transition ten years ago after losing her mother, father and grandmother but her grandfather was still alive.At the time, she was living with him, but he had a violent reaction to her coming out and he beat, humiliated, abused and insulted her until she was forced to leave the home.“He started drinking alcohol hard. He hit me and bit me a few times. He forced me to leave my home and kicked me out onto the street,” she explained.Their relationship was completely deteriorated for years, and Demidova tried to kill herself as her depression spiralled.Discrimination came from outside of her family too, as all of her friends deserted her and strangers on the street began to harass and attack her.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… (Photo by Julia Savinovskih/Facebook)Authorities rooted the claim about her gender identity on the basis that she had a breast reduction surgery.Savinovskikh had the surgery because she lives an active lifestyle with her children and dog and it made it easier for her to continue doing the physical activities she loved to do.However, social workers claimed that she had sought out the surgery illegally, suggesting that she planned to have other gender-affirming surgeries.Related: EXCLUSIVE: ‘Please don’t make the mistake we have’ – one LGBT family’s account of running away from RussiaSavinovskikh thought that the situation was “some kind of hellish misunderstanding” and she provided them with a note from the hospital where the surgery was performed legally but was still not believed.She explained: “I just reduced my breasts. With or without my breasts, I’ll remain a woman, a mother to my children.”However, social services claimed that she had “some sort of disease that prevents her from being a guardian”.The motivation filed in the courts stated: “Savinovskikh’s self-identification as a male — taking into account her marriage with a man, the desire to adopt a social role peculiar to a male — in essence, contradicts the principles of our country’s family law, the traditions and mentality of our society.”Related: Russia files charges against first gay couple to have their marriage recognised eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Public Safety and RTI impound cattle on the R103

first_imgRTI and Public Safety officers have been out on the R103 from early this morning (October 25), impounding cattle.So far, three animals have been impounded.The officers will be in the area the whole day, searching for more.The cattle will be impounded in Ladysmith.Also read: Public Safety officers impound cattleOwners will be prosecuted and they will have to pay before getting their cattle back.The officers took the blistering heat in their stride in a bid to ensure that our roads are safe for everyone. They commented that it is better to have the animals safely locked up than to have them causing accidents. Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Cyprus Airways tickets to Crete and Rhodes now on sale

first_imgCyprus Airways on Tuesday announced the start of ticket sales for Heraklion in Crete, and Rhodes, while tickets to Tel Aviv and two other destinations will be available in the coming weeks.Flights to Rhodes will begin on June 23 and Heraklion on June 24.“Today marks the start of the first phase of our operation. We are thrilled to launch our website and start selling on airline tickets to Heraklion and Rhodes. In the coming weeks will gradually add additional tickets for routes, offering more travel opportunities for our passengers,” said Natalia Popova, Commercial Director of Cyprus Airways.To book tickets visit www.cyprusairways.com, or call free within Cyprus to 8000 8111, or from abroad: +357 24 00 00 53).You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more