Man living in tent fears dropin centre closure

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Yukon First Nations man has been living in a tent for the last six months in Whitehorse.George Stewart depends on a city drop-in centre for survivors of residential schools.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has Stewart’s story.last_img

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More Than 1000 Elderly Homeless People Were Aided in Winter 2014

first_imgRabat-The Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui, reported on Thursday that over 1,162 people have benefited from the Winter 2014 campaign that was created to give assistance to the elderly homeless population.Highlighting the results of “Winter 2014” campaign in a meeting on Thursday in Rabat, the Minister noted that nearly “275 women (23.6%) and 887 men (76.33%) have benefited from its assistance,” according to Akhbar Al Yaoum.This initiative was launched in January with the tagline “The care of the elderly homeless … everyone’s responsibility”. It kicked off on January 13th and ran until March 21st. According to the same source, “nearly 618 cases (141 women and 477 men) have been integrated into social welfare institutions,” Bassima explained. The other 224 cases were assisted onsite “Geographically, the highest number of treated cases was recorded in Casablanca, with 153 cases (13.17%), followed by Marrakech-Tansift-Al Haouz with 129 cases (11.10%) and Souss-Massa-Draa 26 cases (10.84%), and Gharb-Chrarda-Beni Hssen (40 cases / 3.44%), while Laayoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra recorded the lowest number of cases with 5 (0.43%).This humanitarian operation was, according to Ms. Hakkaoui, “a mobilization of civil society and benefactors, especially in terms of location and orientation of cases requiring assistance and in-kind support. “Assistance has also included the granting of subsidies for seniors who refused to join centers located in their region, providing mattresses and clothes, organizing cultural and artistic activities or organization of medical caravans,” said the minister.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,905.14, up 49.38 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up five cents, or 1.77 per cent, to $2.88 on 11.4 million shares.Lithium Americas Corp. (TSX:LAC). Miner. Down 17 cents, or 7.80 per cent, to $2.01 on 6.1 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 41 cents, or 2.91 per cent, to $13.68 on 5.3 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down eight cents, or 4.06 per cent, to $1.89 on 4.8 million shares.Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX:NMX). Miner. Down two cents, or 1.12 per cent, to $1.77 on 4.6 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up seven cents, or 0.27 per cent, to $26.03 on 4.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Retailer. Up 23 cents, or 1.96 per cent, to $11.98 on 2.2 million shares. The Toronto-based retailer is selling its Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue building in New York to a joint venture between WeWork and Rhone Capital in a deal valued at $1.075 billion. The agreement will also see workspace company WeWork lease office space within HBC department stores starting in Toronto, Vancouver and Frankfurt. Rhone Capital will also make an $632 million investment in HBC. WeWork Property Advisors, the joint venture between WeWork and Rhone, is expected to assume part of the investment. read more

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Hizbullah appears before Presidential Commission

Former Governor of the Eastern Province M.L.A.M. Hizbullah appeared before the Presidential Commission today to make a statement on the controversial Batticaloa campus.

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General Assembly President proposes three options on Security Council reform

After two days of the General Assembly’s annual debate on reforming the 15-member Security Council, the Assembly President has outlined three possible options on how to proceed, noting that while consensus appears to exist on the need to expand its membership, a “divergence of views” continues on how best to do this.“There does… appear to be consensus on the need to expand the Security Council to better reflect our world in the twenty-first century. However, there remains a divergence of views on whether enlargement should occur in both the permanent and non-permanent categories, or, only in the latter,” Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa said late on Tuesday after more than 70 delegations had spoken on the issue.“There appear to be three possible options that have been presented: first, the process could continue within the framework of the Open Ended Working Group; second, the onus could be on Member States themselves to find a way forward. And third, the President could lead an open and inclusive process of consultations and negotiations to reach the broadest possible agreement.”Sheikha Haya said that she would get back to the Member States on how best to move ahead with reform, an issue that has been locked in stalemate for 15 years because of the difficult political issues at stake. A working group started formulating proposals on the subject in 1994. The number of non-permanent members on the Council was increased from six to 10 by an amendment of the UN Charter which came into force in 1965. The five veto-wielding permanent members are China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.In September, as part of his efforts to speed up the process of overall UN reform, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the Council must change to reflect the new reality of international relations, warning that as long the status quo remains, “the whole process of transforming governance in other parts of the system is handicapped by the perception of an inequitable distribution of power.”In March last year, Mr. Annan also issued a report entitled In Larger Freedom, in which he endorsed two models for reforming the Council that were first presented by his High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.The first model provides for six new permanent seats – two each from Africa and Asia, and one each from Europe and the Americas, with no veto being created, while the second model provides for no new permanent seats, but creates a new category of eight four-year renewable term seats, and one new two-year non-permanent (and non-renewable) seat, divided among the major regional areas. read more

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Premium Brands buying Montreal meat firm CC Packaging for up to 146

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2016 3:30 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2016 at 4:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Premium Brands Holdings Corp. says it will acquire Montreal-based C&C Packing Inc. and affiliate Premium Meat Packers in a cash-and-share deal worth up to $146 million.Vancouver-based Premium (TSX:PBH) said the purchase price includes $102 million in cash and almost 515,000 shares. An additional $20 million is also part of the deal, but the sum can be lowered if earnings targets aren’t realized.C&C is a leading supplier of fresh and frozen meat to retailers and food service distributors in Central and Eastern Canada. Its annual sales are around $250 million.The 42-year-old company is owned and operated by the sons of founder Stanley Cons, both of whom will join Premium Brands.The transaction is expected to close in April, subject to regulatory approvals.Premium Brands CEO George Paleologou said acquisition will enable the company to create a national platform complementing its meat distribution initiatives in Western Canada.The company will partially fund the transaction through up to $86.25 million in gross proceeds, including over-allotments, through the issuing of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures to a syndicate of underwriters led by CIBC Capital Markets and BMO Capital Markets.Premium Brands owns a range of specialty food and food distribution businesses in Canada and the United States. Premium Brands buying Montreal meat firm C&C Packaging for up to $146 million read more

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7 early Ohio State football commitments on campus taking classes

A total of seven early commitments who have pledged to play for coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes are officially on campus and taking classes, according to an OSU press release.Of the seven former high school seniors who have signed financial aid agreements with OSU, five are offensive players, one is a five-star linebacker and the other is a kicker.The five-star linebacker is Raekwon McMillan, who comes to OSU from Hinesville, Ga., and Liberty County High School, according to the release.The five offensive players include: quarterback Stephen Collier from Leesburg, Ga., wide receiver Johnnie Dixon from West Palm Beach, Fla., offensive lineman Kyle Trout from Lancaster, Ohio, hybrid running back and wide receiver Curtis Samuel from Brooklyn, N.Y., offensive lineman Marcelys Jones from Cleveland and kicker Sean Nuernberger from Buckner, Ky.This is the third straight year that at least five high school seniors have elected to graduate early and enroll at OSU for a winter or spring academic term, according to the release.The complete list of early enrollees:-Stephen Collier, quarterback – 6 feet 4 inches, 210 pounds from Leesburg, Ga., and Lee County High School-Johnnie Dixon, wide receiver – 5 feet 10 inches, 195 pounds from West Palm Beach, Fla., and Dwyer High School-Marcelys Jones, offensive lineman – 6 feet 4 inches, 340 pounds from Cleveland and Glenville High School-Raekwon McMillan, linebacker – 6 feet 2 inches, 242 pounds from Hinesville, Ga., and Liberty County High School-Sean Nuernberger, kicker – 6 feet 1 inch, 235 pounds from Buckner, Ky., and Oldham County High School-Curtis Samuel, hybrid running back and wide receiver – 5 feet 11 inches, 185 pounds from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Erasmus Hall High School-Kyle Trout, offensive lineman – 6 feet 6 inches, 295 pounds from Lancaster, Ohio, and Lancaster High School read more

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Urban Meyer says CJ Barnett set to start no decision on Bradley

Shelby Lum / Photo editorBuckeye football coach Urban Meyer looks on during a game against Buffalo Aug. 31, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.The Ohio State football team was missing two returning starters in its secondary for the season opener versus Buffalo, but at least one of them is set to be back for this Saturday’s game against San Diego State.Following practice Wednesday, coach Urban Meyer told media that redshirt-senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, who missed the season opener with a sprained ankle, is back on the practice field and ready for Saturday.Meyer remained noncommittal, however, on whether redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby would be in the starting lineup. Roby was suspended for the season opener after his involvement in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July, and Meyer said earlier this week the second-team AP All-American and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist would have to earn his starting job back from sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves.“We haven’t made that decision yet,” Meyer said. “He did pretty good today in practice, obviously you got to watch the film today. But he’s had two good days I believe. I know he had a good day yesterday.”Roby and Reeves were listed as co-starters on the Buckeyes’ most recent depth chart, which was released Tuesday. Barnett was listed as a co-starter with redshirt-senior Corey Brown at strong safety.Barnett’s return to the lineup will give the Buckeyes three returning starters on defense, along with senior free safety Christian Bryant and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier. Roby’s return would give OSU four returning starters.One player who was conspicuously absent from the depth chart released Tuesday was redshirt junior running back Rod Smith, who was also suspended for the season opener due to a violation of team rules. Meyer said Wednesday, however, Smith is in the mix to be the No. 2 running back on the depth chart Saturday behind starter senior Jordan Hall.“Jordan Hall will most likely start,” Meyer said. “Who the No. 2 (running back) is … I’m not sure.”Meyer said Smith is set to play on the Buckeyes’ punt and punt block units Saturday, which Meyer said is “more important” than him getting on the field at running back.The Tuesday depth chart lists sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-freshman Warren Ball as the backup running backs. Freshmen Ezekiel Elliott and Dontre Wilson could also see playing time at running back, though Meyer said Wilson is “more of a receiver right now.”OSU took a 23-0 lead against Buffalo before the end of the first quarter, but the Bulls twice cut the Buckeyes’ lead to only 10 points, once in both the second and third quarters. The Buckeyes scored the final 10 points of the game and ended up with a 40-20 victory, but on Wednesday, redshirt senior right guard Marcus Hall and junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant both admitted that the Buckeyes took their “foot off the gas pedal” after taking the big first quarter lead.“I hate to admit it, but it’s the first game of the season and it’s hard keeping it going throughout the whole game,” Marcus Hall said. “That was just a wake up call that we needed, good thing it was the first game.”Grant said last week’s game taught him to “just keep going” even when the Buckeyes take a significant lead like they did in the first quarter Saturday.“With the defensive mentality, we’re never satisfied,” Grant said. “We just got to keep working and keep working hard to get where we want to go.”Offensively, Meyer said the Buckeyes “didn’t adapt fast enough” when the Bulls made some changes to their defense after the first quarter.Going into this Saturday’s game, however, the Buckeyes have had another week to do just that. Both Buffalo and SDSU run 3-3-5 defensive schemes and Hall said the experience against the scheme in the opener will help the Buckeyes’ offense this week.“San Diego State, they’ve got a lot of athletes on their defense,” Hall said. “Not taking away anything from Buffalo, they did too, but they definitely prepared us for this defense. I feel like we’re better suited to go against it and will have less mistakes.”Kickoff for Saturday’s contest between the No. 3 Buckeyes and SDSU, who lost 40-19 in their season opener versus Eastern Illinois, is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Montpellier still at the top in the Lidl Starligue

Montpellier defeated Nantes for 33-28 to stay at the top of the Lidl Starligue. Under the command of Diego Simonet, the team in blue took control of the first half of the first period. With 3 out of 3 shots (two of them with empty goal), the team in blue took the lead for 11-7 after 16 minutes, while Vincent Gerard started his show under the posts (closed the first 30 minutes with an impressive 37% of saves).The team conducted by Patrice Canayer extended their lead to a +5 on the 23’ minute through Vid Kavticnic, but that would be the last goal of the period for them, while Nantes dangerously shortened the gap to 15-13 at half time. Those 7 goalless minutes for Montpellier coincided with the absence of Simonet, who is the natural conductor of the team.On the second half, the coached by Thierry Anti suffered the early loss of Dominic Klein, who got his second 2’ suspension of the match, followed by the third one after having complained to the refereeing duo, less than a minute into the game. Goals from Nicolas Tournat, Eduardo Gurbindo and Olivier Nyokas put Nantes in front after 7 minutes (18-19), and the match became more exciting. But the break came after 14’, when Ludovic Fabregas set the 22-20. It took the away team 7 minutes to score again, and at that point the score was looking good for the home team, who were leading 25-21 with a much more comfortable rhythm.Efforts from Tournat, Romain Lagarde and Nicolas Claire were not enough to defeat a team that is well headed into both the Velux EHF Final 4 and the last stretch of the Lidl Starligue. Simonet continued to orchestrate the attack while Melvyn Richardson and Vid Kavticnik did the scoring. Gerard had another impressive evening and the match was closed well before the end of the regular period. Montpellier continue to be at the top of the French league, a week before their maiden debut in the Velux EHF Final 4 in Cologne.“We started off very well on the first half, but then on the second period we got stuck a little. In the end you could see that we have much more experience, we know each other well and we know that this tournament has to be ours, so we never gave up”, expressed Simonet. “We’ve been here before, we’ve been leaders and then on the last three matches PSG would catch up on us, but I think we’re seeing all the experience that we’ve gathered these all these years”.When asked about the Velux EHF Final 4, the Argentinian centre back has everything quite clear in his head: “I’m not really thinking about it yet because we still have a very important match ahead of us, against Saint Raphael. This year I’m very focused, knowing what to do every day, I’m focused on what I eat, what I do, the way I train; so before thinking about the Final 4, Saint Raphael is in our heads”. Diego SimonetMontpellierNantesPatrice Canayer ← Previous Story ROMANIA: Steaua and Dinamo Bucuresti to fight for the title Next Story → 78 SECONDS: Myrhol & Eggert storm over GOG read more

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I didnt see any signs of fear The man who oversaw Saddams

first_imgMOWAFFAK AL-RUBAIE sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes.The former national security advisor, who oversaw Saddam’s 2006 execution, said he remained strong until the end, and never expressed any regret.“A criminal? True. A killer? True. A butcher? True. But he was strong until the end.“I received him (Saddam) at the door. No one entered with us — no foreigners, and no Americans,” Rubaie said in an interview with AFP at his office in the Kadhimiyah area of north Baghdad, near the prison where the execution took place seven years ago.“He was wearing a jacket and a white shirt, normal and relaxed, and I didn’t see any signs of fear.“Of course, some people want me to say that he collapsed or that he was drugged, but these facts are for history,” Rubaie said.“I didn’t hear any regret from him, I didn’t hear any request for mercy from God from him, or request for pardon.“A person who is about to die usually says, ‘God, forgive my sins — I am coming to you.’ But he never said any of that,” Rubaie told AFP.Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq for more than two decades marked by brutal repression, disastrous wars and punishing international sanctions, was hanged after being found guilty of crimes against humanity for the 1982 killing of 148 Shiite villagers in Dujail.He was president from July 1979 until the March 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, and was found by American forces hiding in a hole on a farm in December of that year.Saddam was executed three years later on December 30, 2006 after a summary trial.ViolenceSome Iraqis, particularly Sunni Arabs, look back fondly on the time of Saddam’s rule, especially the periods of internal stability that stand in stark contrast to the brutal violence that has plagued the country since his overthrow.Saddam is also held in high regard by some Arabs for his 1980-88 war with Iran, his confrontations with the United States, his strikes against Israel, and his composure during his execution, which was recorded on mobile phone videos.‘This is for men’“When I brought him, he was handcuffed and holding a Koran,” said Rubaie, ignoring the statue of Saddam behind him, which depicts the dictator dressed in a uniform bearing the insignia of his exclusive military rank.“I took him to the judge’s room, where he read the list of indictments, as Saddam repeated: ‘Death to America! Death to Israel! Long live Palestine! Death to the Persian magi!”Rubaie then took Saddam to the room in which he was to die.“He stopped, looked at the gallows, then he looked me up and down… and said: ‘Doctor, this is for men’.”When it was time for Saddam to mount the gallows, his legs were still bound, so Rubaie and others had to drag him up the steps.Just before he was hanged, witnesses taunted him with shouts of “Long live Imam Mohammed Baqr al-Sadr!” and “Moqtada! Moqtada!” — references to an opponent of Saddam who was killed during his rule, and the dead man’s relative, who rose to command a powerful militia after 2003.Saddam replied: “Is this manhood?”Rubaie said he pulled the lever to hang Saddam, but it did not work. Another person he did not name then pulled it a second time, killing him.Just before he was hanged, Saddam began to recite the Muslim testament of faith.“I testify that there is no god but God, and Mohammed…,” he began, but he was hanged before he could say the final words, “is the messenger of God.”Rubaie went under the gallows to retrieve the body, which he said was put in a white bag and placed on a stretcher.The body was then transported in an American helicopter from the prison where he was hanged to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s residence in the heavily-fortified Green Zone.The helicopter was crowded with people, Rubaie said, so the body had to be put on the floor, and the doors of the helicopter were left open during the flight, as the stretcher was too long to fit otherwise.“I remember clearly that the sun was starting to rise” as the helicopter flew over Baghdad, Rubaie said.‘The room was full of death’At his residence, “the prime minister took our hands and said: ‘God bless you.’ I told him, ‘Go ahead and look at him.’ So he uncovered his face, and saw Saddam Hussein,” said Rubaie, who is still a close ally of the premier.“I have never had such a very strange feeling,” Rubaie, who was thrice imprisoned during Saddam’s rule, said of participating in the execution.“He committed countless crimes, and he deserved to be hanged a thousand times, live again, and be hanged again. But the feeling, that feeling is a strange feeling,” he said. “The room was full of death.”Rubaie said Saddam’s execution was set in motion after a video conference between Maliki and then US president George Bush, who asked the Iraqi prime minister: “What are you going to do with this criminal?”Maliki replied: “We hang him.”Bush gave him a thumbs up, signalling his approval.- © AFP 2013.(All pictures: AP Photo)Read: Car bomb targeting Christmas mass in Baghdad leaves 17 deadRead: America is sending missiles and drones to Iraqlast_img read more

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Une tour dhabitations en spirale imaginée par Nabiro Architects

first_imgUne tour d’habitations en spirale imaginée par Nabiro ArchitectsLes habitations semblent de plus en plus denses et vouloir contenir un maximum de personnes. De nombreuses personnes clameront qu’elles refusent de “vivre dans une boîte” et pour remédier à cela, le cabinet d’architecture Nabito Archtitects a proposé un projet aussi intéressant qu’étonnant.Le projet, baptisé Stairscraper, a pour principe de se présenter sous forme d’une spirale et d’offrir une piste praticable à pied et des jardins à entretenir à chaque étage. Déjà apparue sur le site Designboom, cette tour résidentielle s’élève dans les airs créant un relief unique dans le paysage urbain. Le projet utilise une tendance actuelle qui consiste à installer des espaces verts dans des zones urbaines très denses. Stairscraper fait fusionner l’habitat individuel avec le principe de toits verts. Cette combinaison donne des résultats performants en matière d’éclairage naturel et d’isolation naturelle renforcée.??Chaque étage est censé être une seule unité d’habitation. Les très grands centres urbains ne sont donc peut être pas les lieux les plus adaptés pour l’implantation des Stairscraper. Les banlieues et les limites des zones urbaines seraient alors concernées. Nabito Architects a même songé à leur implantation en milieu rural.Découvrez Stairscraper en images sur Maxisciences.Le 23 décembre 2010 à 12:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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La gastro diminue mais la grippe atteint son pic épidémique

first_imgLa gastro diminue mais la grippe atteint son pic épidémiqueSelon les prévisions, la grippe devrait atteindre son pic épidémique la semaine prochaine. La gastro-entérite, en revanche, est en net déclin.Les maladies hivernales sont décidément tenaces cette année. Alors que la grippe sévit depuis plusieurs semaines déjà, elle reste aujourd’hui toujours aussi virulente. La semaine dernière, on recensait en effet 50.000 nouveaux cas de grippe. Mais l’épidémie “pourrait avoir atteint son pic d’ici la semaine prochaine”, relèvent les médecins du réseau Sentinelles. Ainsi, au cours des sept dernières semaines, près de 1,8 million de personnes auraient consulté un médecin pour un syndrome grippal avec une incidence estimée à 856 cas pour 100.000 habitant (le seuil épidémique se situant à 171 cas pour 100.000 habitants), soit 546.700 nouveaux cas entre le 28 janvier et le 3 février. Dans l’Hexagone seule la Basse-Normandie semble épargnée, avec une incidence de 156 cas pour 100.000 habitants. Toutes les autres régions ont franchi le seuil. Les régions les plus touchées sont : le Nord–Pas-de-Calais (2.093 pour 100.000 habitants), le Rhône-Alpes (1 310), le Limousin (1 228), le Languedoc-Roussillon (974), le Centre (852), l’Auvergne (851), la Champagne-Ardenne (810), la Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur (727), la Bretagne (718), l’Alsace (689), la Franche-Comté (685) et l’Île-de-France (655).Fin de l’épidémie de gastroentériteÀ lire aussiDes amibes dévoreuses de cerveau seraient en train de se répandre aux États-UnisSelon les Groupes régionaux d’observation de la grippe, “les trois virus A(H1N1) pdm09, A(H3N2) et B continuent de circuler, avec une légère dominance du virus B depuis deux semaines, notamment dans le sud-est de la France”. En revanche, la gastroentérite elle se fait de plus en plus discrète. Les médecins du réseau Sentinelles ont ainsi indiqué que l’épidémie de gastro entérite est terminée.  “La semaine dernière, l’incidence des cas de diarrhée aiguë vus en consultation de médecine générale a été estimée à 233 cas pour 100.000 habitants, en dessous du seuil épidémique [de 270 cas pour 100.000 habitants]”. Au final, “cette épidémie de quatre semaines aurait commencé celle du 24 au 30 décembre 2012 pour s’achever celle du 14 au 20 janvier 2013”.Pour en savoir plus sur ces deux maladies, découvrez nos dossiers consacrés à la grippe et à la gastro entérite.  Le 8 février 2013 à 13:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Thirdgraders show their heritage at Fort Vancouver

first_imgYork Elementary School third-graders, from left, Caden McCray, Sterling Shenault and Brennan Owens, all 9, show their German and Mexican heritage. Friday morning, an estimated 1,500 third-grade students — dressed in colorful costumes and waving flags and dioramas — descended upon the grounds of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site for the 10th annual Children’s Cultural Parade.Students from Vancouver and Evergreen public schools participated in the event, which celebrates the cultural diversity of Vancouver. The parade culminates a classroom unit where the students learned about cultures from around the world and explored their own cultural heritage and those of their classmates.Leading the parade were Larry Smith, Vancouver mayor pro tem; Tracy Fortmann, superintendent of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site; and school superintendents and staff.Countries from around the globe were represented. Some students wore elaborate costumes honoring their family’s cultural heritage. Others had made oversized paper dolls and dressed them in heritage costumes. Some wore hats decorated with elaborate dioramas. Still others carried national flags.After the students marched through the historic site, they headed for the reconstructed fort.Mary Boyd and her two younger sons, Jacob, 4, and Levi, 2, were slowly walking through the historic site’s garden to make their way inside the fort and catch up with her oldest son, Elijah, who was marching in the parade with his classmates from Burton Elementary School.last_img read more

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Doubledown Media CoFounder Launches Custom Celebrity Magazine Series

first_imgWhile Greaves declined to comment on the amount he has invested in the project so far, he said he has been working on the MYMAG concept for more than three years. He said he expects MYMAG to be “a very profitable business in the short term.” His future plans include celebrity one-offs by a broader range of celebrities, including athletes and academics, based on the philosophy that each person comes with their own audience, he said. Roughly nine months after Doubledown Media shut down its operations, company co-founder Magnus Greaves is getting ready to launch his next magazine project. MYMAG, a kind of fanzine version of Time Inc.’s Mine, will consist of single issues created by celebrity “tastemakers” for distribution to their fan base, he said.“These [celebrities] are people with big followings, and fans want to know what these people are thinking,” Greaves told FOLIO:. “We’re not necessarily trying to get the most famous person, but those who have something interesting to say, unique in their own particular field and have an existing connection with fans.” The first one-offs to launch—by film and music-video director Brett Ratner [above], Dim Mak Records president DJ Steve Aoki and model/actress Olivia Munn—will consist of 80 pages of pre-published content that’s selected by the “celebrities” from titles like Interview, Nylon, V and Flaunt. The celebrity chooses content they think is influential or educational, Greaves said. The final 20 pages (issues will total 100 pages) will be devoted to celebrity-created content like never-before-seen photos or narrative, he said. Each issue will be sold on MYMAG.com for $10.“To market a traditional magazine, you need to find an audience,” said Greaves. “What MYMAG is doing is finding the fan base of our celebrities on Twitter and other social networks, so the marketing side of this is straightforward. We are also working with various publications participating to do some outreach.”Greaves said he expects to print more than 30,000 copies of the Munn issue and fewer than 10,000 copies each of the Aoki and Ratner issues. People interested in purchasing copies can order them in advance on the MYMAG Web site. The initial revenue model, Greaves said, is selling subscriptions and attracting one a single sponsor per issue. Diesel is the sponsor for the Aoki issue. Bing is the sponsor for the Munn and Ratner issues. Greaves said MYMAG won’t be paying publishers royalties for their content, but have received a “great response” based on the direct celebrity endorsement and audience development factor.last_img read more

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first_img June 12, 2008 – Motion Computing said this week Island Hospital in Anacortes, WA implemented the Motion C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) to extend the functionality of its MEDITECH Magic Health Care Information System.With the C5, the hospital is improving several processes, such as nursing documentation, while offering a significant savings and more hygienic solution than the traditional Computers on Wheels (COWs). The addition of the C5 is the latest step in Island Hospital’s initiative to improve patient care through technological upgrades at the point of care.Prior to deploying the C5, Island Hospital’s nursing staff used COWs to record vital patient information. These devices were heavy and bulky, required access to outlets for regular charging, and were difficult to disinfect. Additionally, since they were shared devices, clinicians had to log in and out of the system multiple times during each shift, which created delays in updating electronic health records. The hospital turned to the C5 after a search for a solution that would enable the staff to continue using MEDITECH, and easily document and scan patient arm bands and medications to enhance care delivery and reduce medication administration errors, while improving workflows and nursing productivity.The C5 was developed by Motion and Intel to meet the demands of a hospital environment. It has a sure-grip handle, a sealed case for easy cleaning and disinfecting, a 10.4-inch screen for viewing clinical information with minimal scrolling, durable construction that minimizes the impact when dropped, and stylus pen input so clinicians can enter text and navigate software without being tied to a keyboard. The C5 also includes integrated bar-code and RFID readers for patient identification and/or electronic medication administration, an integrated camera and built-in wireless connectivity. One of the primary benefits reported by the Island Hospital staff is that the C5 is easily cleaned and disinfected, requiring just one quick and thorough wipe down with the standard cleaning protocols used by the hospital. Another benefit was a significant reduction in time consuming log-ins, from 18 to 24 times per nurse per shift, to only four or fewer. The hospital also said the cost of deploying the C5s was thousands of dollars less per unit than that of the COWs.“The Motion C5 is improving nursing productivity, and also ensuring that we are taking the steps necessary to enhance compliance with cleaning and disinfection protocols,” said Barb Ringhouse RN, MN, assistant administrator for patient services at Island Hospital. “With the C5, nurses now have unimpeded access to patient information, they no longer have to contend with other clinicians for access to devices, and can more efficiently do real-time, point-of-care charting.”As of today, Island Hospital has implemented the C5s in the emergency department, medical surgical floors and higher acuity settings such as the ICU. Clinicians use the devices for nursing documentation, bar-coded medication scanning, order entry and other scenarios. For example, an Island Hospital RN uses her C5 as a patient education tool to show patients reference copies of X-rays she accesses wirelessly and displays in real time. “The fact that the C5 was built for the medical environment and designed by clinicians made it an easy choice for us,” said Rick Kiser, assistant director of information systems at Island Hospital. “We reviewed several other tablet solutions, but there wasn’t anything else that offered anything near what we needed. We are still early in our deployment phase, but have identified several other areas within Island Hospital where we believe we’ll see improved productivity and patient care benefits with the C5.”For more information: www.motioncomputing.com, www.meditech.com. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | June 10, 2008 Island Hospital Eases Cleaning, Saves Money, Improves Mobility with Motion C5 last_img read more

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