Controversial US education secretary to visit Ontario on public education trip

first_imgTORONTO – U.S. President Donald Trump’s education secretary, who holds controversial views on publicly funded education, is set to visit Ontario to learn about its public school system.Ontario government officials confirmed Betsy DeVos’ trip is taking place but wouldn’t provide details. U.S. embassy officials provided few specifics, except to say DeVos’ visit is on Thursday and Friday and involves a study tour to Toronto “to examine best practices in Ontario’s education system.”“Secretary DeVos plans to engage with Ministry of Education officials from Ontario and other provinces, visit local schools, and learn about U.S. Consulate support for U.S.-Canada higher education linkages,” spokesman Joseph Crook said in a statement.The province often welcomes international delegations who come to look at its publicly funded education system, said Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter.“We’re very proud of our education system in Ontario and we welcome international delegations who come here to learn from us and to really meet our great teachers and educators in our system,” she said.When asked what lessons the American school system can learn from Ontario, Hunter cited full-day kindergarten, graduation rates, specialist high skills major programs — such as agriculture, construction and forestry — and inclusive education.DeVos’ department of education rolled back rules allowing transgender students to use school restrooms of their choice this year. She has also attracted protests recently for revoking a guidance that instructed colleges on how to handle sexual assault cases, saying the previous policy was unfairly skewed against those accused of assault.But much of the criticism directed at DeVos has focused on her positions on public schools, with critics saying she prioritizes the needs of private schools.She advocates for school choice, which includes vouchers that allow kids to attend charter schools — which are publicly funded but privately operated — or private schools on the public dime.Ontario teachers’ organizations and unions expressed disappointment at news of the visit.“DeVos represents everything a public education advocate opposes,” Ontario Teachers’ Federation president Chris Cowley wrote on Twitter. “She should keep her backwards ideas out of Ontario.”The head of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation said in a statement that he is “extremely concerned” about plans to allow DeVos to visit Ontario schools.“Ms. DeVos is a vocal proponent of programs that divert government funding away from public education and into private hands, to pay for tuition at private and religious schools,” Harvey Bischof wrote in a statement.“The Ministry of Education should reconsider this visit and send a strong, clear message to Ms. DeVos and other proponents of privatization that public education in Ontario is not for sale.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously attributed Ontario Teachers’ Federation comments to the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.last_img read more



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Royal Air Maroc Reports Double-Digit Growth in Traffic in November

Rabat – Royal Air Maroc saw double-digit passenger growth in November due to the tourism boost the kingdom received from the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Marrakech this month, according to data the airline shared with Medias24.The event, held from the 7th to the 18th of November, caused RAM’s business to ramp up for the first three weeks of the month, due to 20,000 members of foreign delegations who attended COP22. Journalists, climate experts, businessmen and government representatives took advantage of the 30,000 extra seats RAM made available on its regular routes during the conference.Flights to, from and in between Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakesh increased in frequency to support 360,000 passengers between the 1st and 21st of November– marking a 14 percent increase in traffic from the same month last year. The most popular international port of entry was the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, which saw a ten percent increase in transit. Flights linking the business center to Marrakech experienced 117 percent traffic growth, carrying 24,000 passengers in total.RAM reported an eleven percent jump in foreigners entering Morocco during COP22 at Bab Ighli, from 260,000 visitors in November last year to 290,000 in the same period in 2016.The offset the carbon emissions caused by the transport of world leaders and their delegations to COP22, RAM contributed to the November 12th National Day of Reforestation, during which Moroccans and foreigners planted one million trees in the kingdom. The airline will work with the Moroccan High Commission for Water and Forests to continue the new annual tradition.RAM has also been purchasing climate-friendly aircraft technology to reduce pollutants released from their core business activity. read more



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Burundi taking some steps forward on human rights UN expert says

23 May 2011The United Nations independent expert on human rights in Burundi today welcomed what he said were several positive rights developments in the small African country, but cautioned about the continuing problems of extrajudicial killings and prison conditions. Fatsah Ouguergouz cited the steps taken towards setting up transitional justice mechanisms, the start of investigations into extrajudicial killings, the release of Jean-Claude Kavumbagu – a journalist and human rights defender detained since last July – and the appointment last week of the members of the nascent National Independent Human Rights Commission as positive developments.Speaking after a five-day visit to Burundi, Mr. Ouguergouz said he had met with members of the new human rights commission and told them that “the people of Burundi and the international community were keen to see this commission play a key role in promoting and protecting human rights in the country.”The expert also said that he drew the commission’s attention to several cases of extrajudicial executions, torture and politically motivated arrests. “I stressed my concerns at the recent increase of alleged extrajudicial killings and urged the authorities to investigate all human rights violations without delay.”In addition to his meetings with national authorities and representatives of the civil society in the capital, Bujumbura, Mr. Ouguergouz visited prison facilities where he raised his concerns at the prolonged preventive detention for many inmates and what he called the poor prison conditions.“In spite of a slight improvement in pre-trial detention, more than 55 per cent of detainees are still waiting to be heard by a court,” he said.“In light of [the] fact that prisons are dramatically overpopulated and that detainees are held in sometimes degrading conditions, I called on the authorities to take all necessary measures to remedy this situation, including avoiding the detention of individuals that do not present a danger to society.”Mr. Ouguergouz, a judge at the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania, began his mandate with the Human Rights Council last August. He reports to the Geneva-based body in an independent and unpaid capacity. read more



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Niger UN agency boosts aid as a million people face urgent food

28 October 2011The United Nations food aid agency announced plans today to scale up its operations inside the poor West African country of Niger, where a poor harvest and insect attacks against cereals have left a million people in need of immediate support. The United Nations food aid agency announced plans today to scale up its operations inside the poor West African country of Niger, where a poor harvest and insect attacks against cereals have left a million people in need of immediate support.Gaëlle Sévenier, a spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme (WFP), told reporters in Geneva that $60 million is required to fund food aid interventions for the most vulnerable over the next six months, as the country grapples with an estimated deficit of 500,000 tons of cereals.The number of people in need could rise to two million by the end of next year, she said.The expanded food aid operation will be mainly carried out through cash and food-for-work projects, and boosting nutrition for children under the age of two, pregnant women and nursing mothers. The WFP relief effort already reaches, on average, half a million vulnerable people per month.Frequent droughts in Africa’s Sahel region have meant that communities are being hit by shocks even before they have had time to recover from previous food crises. Vulnerable families are increasingly finding it difficult to replenish their household food stocks or build up their livestock herds, according to WFP.The return of an estimated 200,000 migrant workers who used to send remittances to their families in Niger from Libya and Cote d’Ivoire has not only weakened the local economy, but has created an additional burden on communities already struggling to feed themselves.The agency said it was also closely monitoring the situation in Chad, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso. In Mauritania alone, an estimated 700,000 people are facing severe food shortages. read more



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Resounding success of Alberta energy rebates prompts second round

CALGARY — The Alberta government is launching a second round of discounts on energy efficient products after the initial round proved wildly successful.The instant rebates cover the same range of home products discounted in the first round of the program, including low-flow shower heads, LED lights, dimmer switches and smart power bars.Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the government decided to add a second round after the first round resulted in a 40,000 per cent surge in low-flow shower head sales and between 8,000 and 14,500 per cent increases in LED-type light sales.Phillips said sales of energy efficient products in the first round totalled 4.3 million, resulting in energy savings of 420,000 gigajoules, which is enough energy to heat about 3,500 homes a year.Energy Efficiency Alberta CEO Monica Curtis said the spring campaign had a budget of just over $14 million, and expects this round to cost about the same, with the government subsidy amounting to about 25 per cent of the total cost of the energy efficient products.The instant rebate efficiency program runs for four weeks ending Oct. 29, while the home improvement and online rebates announced in April continue their two-year run. read more



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Magna International raises dividend as profit beats expectations

AURORA, Ont. — Magna International Inc. raised its dividend as it reported its fourth-quarter profit fell from the same period a year earlier.The Ontario-based auto parts maker, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 36.5 cents per share, up from 33 cents per share.The increased payment to shareholders came as Magna says it earned $456 million or $1.37 per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31. That compared with a profit of $559 million or $1.54 per share in the same quarter a year earlier.Sales totalled $10.14 billion, up from $9.68 billion.On an adjusted basis, Magna says it earned $1.63 per share for the quarter, up from $1.58 per share a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.59 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:MG) read more



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Welcoming Iraqi leadership Security Council urges formation of government

In a press statement, the current president of the 15-member body, Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, hailed last week’s elections of the Presidency Council, Speaker and Deputy Speakers of the Council of Representatives as well as the nomination of Prime Minister Jawad al-Maliki.“The members express the hope that the constitutionally elected government of Iraq can now rapidly be formed,” the President said, stressing “the importance of that government being as broad-based, representative and effective as possible.”On Saturday, the senior United Nations envoy to Iraq, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, offered his best wishes to the new leadership on behalf of Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He said Iraq’s political leaders should “seize this new political momentum to form a government of national unity in a manner that will heal political and social divisions,” and called on all Iraqis “to unite in a spirit of national reconciliation and compromise to foster the establishment of peace and stability in Iraq.” read more



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Syria Agriculture should be kickstarted now despite huge destruction – UN report

“Ramping up investment in the recovery of the agriculture sector could dramatically reduce the need for humanitarian aid. It could also have a significant impact on stemming the flow of migrants,” said Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva on the report, which was released ahead of an international conference on Syria’s future in Brussels. The report, Counting the Cost: Agriculture in Syria after six years of crisis, presents the first comprehensive nationwide assessment of the damage of the war on the agriculture sector. The assessment, which took place in August and September 2016, included surveys of more than 3,500 households across Syria, interviews with more than 380 community groups and analysis of primary and secondary agricultural data. Of the $16 billion total bill, the cost of damage to assets – such as tractors, machinery, commercial farms, veterinary clinics, animal sheds, greenhouses, irrigation systems and processing facilities – is estimated at over $3 billion, though this number is likely to rise significantly when the full extent of damages in the main conflict areas can be better assessed. About $6.3 billion of the total is made up of damage and loss in crop production. In the livestock sector, damage and loss was calculated at around $5.5 billion, and in the fisheries sector the estimate is almost $80 million. The initial cost of rebuilding the agriculture sector over a three-year period is estimated at between $10.7 and $17.1 billion in total, depending on whether there is no change in the conflict, a partial return to peace or a full return to peace. The report outlines a response plan under each of these possible scenarios, including addressing underlying issues such as sustainable water use for irrigation. Rural households are clear about what they require to resume or boost their agricultural production. Basic supplies such as fertilizer, seeds and veterinary medicine for livestock are urgently needed. After those needs have been met, emphasis should shift to credit, processing and marketing support, and repairing critical assets such as irrigation infrastructure.Around 95 per cent of communities surveyed felt that if they were assisted with even basic agricultural support such as seeds, fertilizers and fuel to power irrigation pumps, it would reduce the number of people abandoning rural areas to find opportunities elsewhere, and also encourage the return of migrants and internally displaced people. read more



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Can The US Women Keep Up Their European Conquest

After the U.S. women’s national team ousted Spain, four days before perhaps the most anticipated match in the history of the Women’s World Cup, Megan Rapinoe told reporters that she hoped the upcoming quarterfinal against host France would be a “total s—show circus” of a spectacle. It would become one because Rapinoe made it one.Even before a 2-1 U.S. win Friday against France, the outspoken, expressive sparkplug of a midfielder had taken over this World Cup with her dominant play and her candid comments. She ensured that the U.S. outlasted its biggest threat in a game that lived up to the billing, complete with early fireworks, officiating controversy and late drama. Entering this tournament, the storyline was that the rest of the world — especially European powers — had made up ground against the U.S. since the Americans won in 2015. So far, that has played out, entering the U.S. semifinal Tuesday against England.The past two World Cup finals featured the U.S. and Japan, both of which knocked out European teams in the semifinals in 2011 and 2015. But this year, Italy, Sweden and Norway pulled upsets of China, Canada and Australia, respectively. The Netherlands beat Japan, France took down Brazil, and suddenly Europe produced a record seven of the eight quarterfinalists in this tournament. Not since 1995 had the continent managed even five of the final eight.England won’t make it easy on the U.S. The Three Lionesses are undefeated in this World Cup, with group-stage victories against Scotland, Japan and Argentina and 3-0 shutouts of Cameroon in the round of 16 and Norway in the quarterfinals. They, like many of the European squads, are fielding their strongest team of any Women’s World Cup at this tournament, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index. They failed to qualify for three of the first four World Cups but have reached at least the quarterfinals four straight times, the semifinals twice.A goals-per-game average of 2.2 puts England at second in this World Cup behind the U.S., and Phil Neville’s squad has conceded the fewest goals in the tournament (one). England ranks second in expected goals per 90 minutes with 2.46, in large part because it completes passes at a tournament-best clip of 80.9 percent.Still, FiveThirtyEight’s model gives the Americans a 67 percent chance of beating England and a 48 percent chance of repeating as champions. Their advantage comes from skilled talents like Rapinoe, whose finishing ability gave the U.S. an edge in an otherwise evenly matched game Friday.Europe’s improvements were never clearer than in Friday’s showdown. In fact, FiveThirtyEight contributor Michael Caley’s expected goal map after the game indicated that France had an advantage, with 1.3 expected goals to 1.0 for the Americans. The French peppered the U.S. with 20 shot attempts, but in the end, just five ended up on target. The Americans, meanwhile, placed eight of their 10 attempts on goal (and could have pulled ahead 3-0 if not for a close offside call against Crystal Dunn). They even lost the possession battle1France had 60 percent possession to 40 percent for the U.S. for the first time since a friendly against Spain in January, a span of 14 matches. But they are the defending champions for a reason, and they are moving on.The Americans have long embraced an attack-minded style of play built by the firepower on their front line. Youth development programs and college squads have stocked the national team with goal scorers, and the U.S. leads the World Cup in not just goals but chances (15.2) and expected goals (3.31) per 90 minutes. Rapinoe and Morgan are two of the four co-leaders for the Golden Boot award. After the U.S. lost in penalty kicks against Sweden in the 2016 Olympic quarterfinals, coach Jill Ellis doubled down on aggressiveness, switching to a 4-3-3 to move the team’s best finishers into scoring position. That leaves Rapinoe, Morgan and Tobin Heath up top, with 2015 star Carli Lloyd still available off the bench.The interest in offensive pressure trickles down the roster. On Ellis’s top lineup, both outside backs — Dunn and Kelley O’Hara — are former forwards and winners of college soccer’s player of the year award. Dunn plays mostly midfield outside of the national team, and O’Hara was as a forward at Stanford. Ellis called Dunn “the most versatile player I’ve ever coached,” which indicates the coach’s strategy: Find the best, most versatile players, and then put them in the right positions.Dunn, for instance, said she did not have much preparation at a new position before the World Cup. “I really got a phone call just saying, ‘Hey, you know, tomorrow’s game, I’d want you to step in and be an outside back. I’m trusting that you can do that and I know that you can,’” she told Forbes in May. “And you know, that’s all really that I needed.”Since then, she has become one of the team’s breakout players, proving critical Friday as she quelled the French attack and possessed the ball in the final minutes. “I try not to overthink,” Dunn told reporters after the group-stage finale against Sweden. “I just think of myself as a footballer. I’m just playing and trying to impact the game from a different angle of the field.” Ellis receives plenty of questions about deploying players out of position, but the result, so far, has been a terrifying arsenal of two center backs and eight players who are threats to score or create at any moment.Europe will keep coming for the U.S., as Spain showed in the round of 16. The Spaniards are young, improving and skilled with the ball. They played in just their second World Cup this year, and yet they advanced to the knockout stage and tested the U.S. before losing, 2-1. The Americans’ next test was even trickier, though the sharper team prevailed. “That is the most intense match I have ever been a part of,” Ellis told reporters afterward, and it certainly won’t be the last. read more



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The Chances The Philadelphia 76ers Losing Streak Will Reach 18 19 20

The Philadelphia 76ers are in a bit of a tailspin right now. Monday night’s loss, against a San Antonio Spurs team that was sitting both Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, was Philadelphia’s 17th straight to start the season, a franchise record and one shy of the all-time NBA record set by the New Jersey Nets in 2009. It’s been 230 days since the Sixers won a basketball game.Back in mid-November, our friends at the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective anticipated the Sixers’ woes and computed the odds of the team’s season-opening losing streak reaching various lengths. The chances of a 17-game streak back then were just 20 percent; Philadelphia still had to lose a few theoretically winnable games (of course, it obliged). Now we need to update the probabilities and ask just how long this Sixers skid might last.To do that, we’ll turn to FiveThirtyEight contributor Mike Beuoy’s betting-market-based team ratings, which use the gambling lines from every game to derive each team’s “generic points favored” (or the amount by which we’d expect the team to be favored against an average team). The final scoring margin in an NBA game can be approximated by a normal random variable with a mean of the Vegas line and a standard deviation of 12. So we can generate win probabilities for every game left on the Sixers’ schedule, then run 1,000 simulations of the rest of their season and determine the odds of their streak reaching a given number of losses.In our set of 1,000 simulations, Philadelphia’s losing streak has an average length of 20.7 games. The streak most commonly ends with a victory Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, a game in which the Sixers have a relatively high (by their standards) 30.9 percent probability of winning. In 60 percent of simulations, the streak ends sometime in the team’s next three games (the last of which is on Saturday night), and 91 percent of simulations see it end before Christmas.However, there is one dark simulation in which the Sixers lose 54 consecutive games before finally snapping their skid against the Orlando Magic on Feb. 22, 2015. For the sake of my home city, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. read more



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Womens volleyball Buckeyes still hungry as first half of season wraps up

Players of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate a team point during a game against Nebraska on Oct. 14. OSU lost, 3-1. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorSo far this year, OSU has played 19 different teams, traveled to seven states, moved up and down the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association poll and seen the floor of St. John Arena only three times. OSU will be on the road yet again on Wednesday when they will battle the last remaining undefeated conference team, the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State sits at 16-3 overall this season.  The 19th-ranked Buckeyes (13-7) will then come back to Columbus to take on No. 11 Michigan State (16-4) on Saturday. Last time around, the Spartans swept OSU in East Lansing, Michigan, 3-0 (Oct. 7). OSU is nearing the homestretch of its season and facing, arguably, its toughest string of games yet. OSU coach Geoff Carlston said his team is anything but sluggish.“This team is hungry,” he said. “As long as we keep working hard and stay together…that’s going to pay some dividends at the end.” The Buckeyes will have to be hungry for a win when they travel to Happy Valley to face the Nittany Lions. Penn State boasts the second-highest hitting percentage in the nation. The team is also on a 14-match win streak – their last loss came on Sept. 4 against Stanford.Carlston admitted the dominance of Penn State’s 6-foot-3 junior middle blocker Haleigh Washington, but also said he sees a lot of opportunities for OSU to capitalize on. “If we can do what we’re planning on doing, which is staying aggressive and play with poise,” he said. “I like a lot of the matchups.”The Buckeyes will have three days after the Penn State match to make adjustments before their second go-round with Michigan State. Members of OSU’s team say that the quick turnaround from the first time they faced the Spartans is actually to their advantage. “It’s a little bit fresher in our minds,” senior setter Abby Fesl said. “We’ll analyze what happened last time so that we can be a little bit more prepared and more able to execute.” Fesl is new to the OSU sisterhood this season after transferring from the University of North Florida. She also said her team makes weekly goals in order to stay motivated for its grinding schedule ahead.  “We break things down kind of weekend by weekend, game by game,” she said. “We set goals for ourselves and try to accomplish those, so when we do, it’s a really great feeling.” Fesl’s teammate, junior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree, added that at this midpoint in the season, she’s seen her team’s play change but it still hold true to its spirit. “We’re the same team in a lot of senses, like the personalities are still the same,” Goree said. “We’re still having fun together, but we are a different team because we’ve grown in a lot of different ways,” she said. Carlston also said that playing a constantly tough schedule is easier because of OSU’s investment into their team and themselves. “Our freshmen have kind of grown up before our eyes, but also our leadership has matured and really ‘bought in’ to the journey. It sounds cliché, but you need to,” he said. The Buckeyes’ journey will continue on Wednesday at 8 p.m. when they face Penn State. OSU will then take on Michigan State at St. John Arena at 6 p.m. on Saturday for the breast cancer awareness match. read more



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Lorry driver who ploughed into and killed family of four as he

first_imgThe court had heard that Kroker, who himself had become a father five months before the incident, was so distracted by his phone that he barely looked at the road for almost a kilometre.Passing sentence, Judge Maura McGowan said his attention had been so poor that he “might as well have had his eyes closed”. 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. Tracey Houghton Their car was shunted underneath the back of a heavy goods vehicle and crushed to a third of its size, immediately killing the family, from Bedfordshire, at the scene on the A34 dual carriageway north of Newbury in Berkshire.Kroker, from Andover, Hampshire, had pleaded guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Reading Crown Court on October 10.He was sentenced at the same court on Monday. Tomasz Kroker admitted killing Tracey, Josh and Ethan Houghton and Aimee GoldsmithCredit: INS News Agency A lorry driver who killed a woman and three children by ploughing into their stationary car while scrolling through music on his mobile phone has been jailed for 10 years.Tomasz Kroker, 30, smashed into the vehicle carrying Tracey Houghton, 45, her sons, Ethan Houghton, 13, and Josh Houghton, 11, and her stepdaughter, Aimee Goldsmith, 11, at 50mph on August 10. Tracey HoughtonCredit: INS News Agency Just an hour earlier he had signed a declaration to his employer, promising he would not use his phone at the wheel.Kroker’s truck ploughed into a stationary queue of two lorries and four smaller vehicles which were stuck behind a slow-moving articulated lorry near the villages of East and West Ilsley at around 5.10pm.A man was seriously injured and four other people were hurt in the horrific accident. Tomasz Kroker admitted killing Tracey, Josh and Ethan Houghton and Aimee Goldsmithlast_img read more



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Cancer 365500 nouveaux cas attendus en France en 2011

first_imgCancer : 365.500 nouveaux cas attendus en France en 2011Hier, l’Institut de veille sanitaire a publié sur son site les chiffres de l’incidence et de la mortalité par cancer, ainsi que les projections estimées pour 2011. Par rapport à l’an passé, il y a une hausse du nombre de cas et de décès. Ce sont des chiffres inquiétants qu’a révélé hier l’Institut de veille sanitaire sur son site internet. Se fondant sur ses propres données et sur celles de différentes autres sources, l’InVs a communiqué les projections de l’incidence et de la mortalité par cancer pour 2011. Selon les estimations, environ 365.500 nouveaux cas seraient recensés au cours de l’année, soit près de 1.000 par jour. À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Plus en détail, il devrait y avoir 207.000 nouveaux cas de cancer chez l’homme en 2011 et 158.500 chez la femme, et 147.500 décès, soit 84.500 chez l’homme et 63.000 chez la femme, rapporte l’AFP. Des chiffres qui confirment donc une poursuite de la hausse du nombre de malades recensés. Comparé aux estimations 2010, il y aurait ainsi une augmentation de 2,2% du nombre de cas et de 0,7% du nombre de décès. Cancer de la prostate et du sein en tête des classements Par ailleurs, l’InVs a également étudié plus spécifiquement l’incidence des différents cancers qui est comparable à celle de l’an passé. Chez l’homme, le cancer de la prostate reste le plus fréquent avec 71.000 cas, puis vient le cancer du poumon (27.500 cas) et le cancer colorectal (21.500 cas. «Le cancer de la prostate a beaucoup augmenté ces dernières années, en raison du dépistage accru. Du coup, on arrive à un effet seuil. Ce cancer a également fait l’objet d’un surdiagnostic et donc de surtraitements. Jusqu’en 2005, il a augmenté de 8% dans la population», explique le Dr Arlette Danzon, médecin de santé publique à l’Invs cité par leFigaro. En terme de mortalité, en revanche c’est le cancer du poumon qui détient la première place avec 21.000 décès dans l’année, contre 9.200 pour le cancer colorectal et 8.700 pour le cancer de la prostate. Chez la femme, le cancer du sein reste de loin le plus fréquent et le plus mortel avec 53.000 nouveaux cas et 11.500 estimés pour 2011. Néanmoins, le taux de mortalité baisse de plus en plus en France depuis les 15 dernières années. «Le nombre de diagnostics s’est stabilisé , observe le Dr Arlette Danzon. Car on utilise moins les traitements substitutifs de la ménopause. Par ailleurs, le dépistage généralisé du cancer du sein à partir de 2004 a contribué à une augmentation qui s’est stabilisée au cours des dernières années». Au contraire, l’InVs a constaté une hausse du cancer du poumon de 20% comparé à 2010 avec une mortalité également en constante augmentation (+5%). Le 12 juillet 2011 à 11:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more



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John Cena vs Baron Corbin added to the SummerSlam card in two

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Roman Reigns Daniel Bryan Facebook Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Pinterestcenter_img Videos Articles Twitter WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Following this week’s WWE Smackdown Live in Toronto, WWE has confirmed another match for the SummerSlam PPV in two weeks in Brooklyn, New York.John Cena vs. Baron Corbin was officially announced for the PPV by Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan on Tuesday night.At @SummerSlam, @JohnCena will aim to teach Mr. #MITB @BaronCorbinWWE a lesson in respect! #SummerSlam https://t.co/Uo4ADPDTr7 pic.twitter.com/dPsQlWie1Q— WWE (@WWE) August 9, 2017Here is how the card for SummerSlam looks as of late Monday night.WWE Universal Championship – Fatal Four Way MatchBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa JoeWWE Championship MatchJinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke NakamuraJohn Cena vs. Baron CorbinRandy Orton vs. RusevFinn Balor vs. Bray WyattEnzo Amore will be suspended above the ring in Shark CageBig Cass vs. Big ShowWWE United States Championship MatchSpecial Guest Referee: Shane McMahonAJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin OwensWWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships MatchThe New Day (c’s) vs. The UsosWWE RAW Women’s Championship MatchAlexa Bliss (c) vs. Winner of Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax next weekWWE Smackdown Women’s Championship MatchNaomi (c) vs. NatalyaWWE Cruiserweight Championship MatchNeville (c) vs. Akira TozawaRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WrestleMania: SNL Weekend Updates Michael Che And Colin Jost Got Strowman Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel WhatsApp John Cena Being Replaced For WWE Royal Rumble Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAWlast_img read more



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You are the owner you are welcome – Rafael Benitez tells

first_imgConcerning Mike Ashley’s unhappiness that he has not been invited to Newcastle’s training, Rafael Benitez has insisted that the owner of the club is welcome at the training at any time.Newcastle lost out of the Carabao Cup this week after losing against Nottingham Forest.Sky Sports claims that Benitez, who has not been in direct contact with his employer, has said: “It is not an issue [for me]. Mike Ashley is the owner and he is welcome here when he wants to come, that’s it.”About whether he is rather going to offer an invitation to Ashley, Benitez said: “Are you married? Yes. You have a house? Yes. So do you have to be invited into your own house?Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…“You are the owner, so you can do what you want. You are the owner, you are welcome.”Benitez and Ashley seem to be in disagreement concerning some issue in the club. Ashley has not approved any strong spending in the summer and Benitez has been reluctant in signing a new contract without knowing plans that the club has.However, asked about his future with Newcastle, Benitez had said: “It is too early. We have plenty of time to discuss things, Don’t worry.”last_img read more



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ABVP activists stage dharna seeking action on police

first_imgVizianagaram: ABVP leaders staged a dharna at the SP office demanding to act against police officers for illegally arresting ABVP activists on Friday. The police on Friday arrested some ABVP activists for staging dharna in front of a private school and for damaging some school busses for running classes even on Sunday. Later, the police arrested the students’ union leaders and presented them in front of media with masks covered to their face and head. Even the BJP leaders like B Sivaprasad Reddy and others also participated in the dharna and objected to the behavior of police towards the students. “It is totally unethical and unlawful to cover students faces with masks as if they are most wanted criminals. Is it a right way to treat the students like this?” they questioned. They demanded the government to act on those police officers, who are responsible for the incident.last_img read more



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Autonomous quantum error correction method greatly increases qubit coherence times

first_img In order to flip the qubits back to their correct states, physicists have been developing an assortment of quantum error correction techniques. Most of them work by repeatedly making measurements on the system to detect errors and then correct the errors before they can proliferate. These approaches typically have a very large overhead, where a large portion of the computing power goes to correcting errors.In a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, Eliot Kapit, an assistant professor of physics at Tulane University in New Orleans, has proposed a different approach to quantum error correction. His method takes advantage of a recently discovered unexpected benefit of quantum noise: when carefully tuned, quantum noise can actually protect qubits against unwanted noise. Rather than actively measuring the system, the new method passively and autonomously suppresses and corrects errors, using relatively simple devices and relatively little computing power.”The most interesting thing about my work is that it shows just how simple and small a fully error corrected quantum circuit can be, which is why I call the device the ‘Very Small Logical Qubit,'” Kapit told Phys.org. “Also, the error correction is fully passive—unwanted error states are quickly repaired by engineered dissipation, without the need for an external computer to watch the circuit and make decisions. While this paper is a theoretical blueprint, it can be built with current technology and doesn’t require any new insights to make it a reality.”The new passive error correction circuit consists of just two primary qubits, in contrast to the 10 or more qubits required in most active approaches. The two qubits are coupled to each other, and each one is also coupled to a “lossy” object, such as a resonator, that experiences photon loss. “In the absence of any errors, there are a pair of oscillating photon configurations that are the ‘good’ logical states of the device, and they oscillate at a fixed frequency based on the circuit parameters,” Kapit explained. “However, like all qubits, the qubits in the circuit are not perfect and will slowly leak photons into the environment. When a photon randomly escapes from the circuit, the oscillation is broken, at which point a second, passive error correction circuit kicks in and quickly inserts two photons, one which restores the lost photon and reconstructs the oscillating logical state, and the other is dumped to a lossy circuit element and quickly leaks back out of the system. The combination of careful tuning of the resonant frequencies of the circuit and adding photons two at a time to correct losses ensures that the passive error correction circuit can operate continuously but won’t do anything to the two good qubits unless their oscillation has been broken by a photon loss.” Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2016 Phys.org One possible implementation of the logical qubit. The qubits are in the blue boxes and the resonators are in the red boxes. Credit: Kapit. ©2016 American Physical Society Explore further The new method can correct photon loss errors at rates up to 10 times faster than those achieved by active, measurement-based methods. In addition, the passive method can partially suppress noise, so that there are fewer errors in the first place. In its current version, the method can correct only one error at a time, so if a second photon loss occurs before the correction is complete, the method cannot fix the resulting error.All of this error correction leads to a significant increase in the qubit coherence time. The new method can improve this time by a factor of 40 or more compared to without any error correction, and this improvement is greatly needed in order to construct quantum computers. As Kapit explains, qubit coherence times are currently so short that millions of qubits would be required to build a useful quantum computer. Increasing the coherence times can reduce this number to something more feasible.In the future, Kapit plans to integrate the new passive method with active, measurement-based methods to create a hybrid quantum error correction strategy, and investigate how the two methods might work together.He is also currently working with an experimental team to try to build, test, and optimize the device in the next few years. More information: Eliot Kapit. “Hardware-Efficient and Fully Autonomous Quantum Error Correction in Superconducting Circuits.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.150501 (Phys.org)—It might be said that the most difficult part of building a quantum computer is not figuring out how to make it compute, but rather finding a way to deal with all of the errors that it inevitably makes. Errors arise because of the constant interaction between the qubits and their environment, which can result in photon loss, which in turn causes the qubits to randomly flip to an incorrect state. Scientists track quantum errors in real time Citation: Autonomous quantum error correction method greatly increases qubit coherence times (2016, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-autonomous-quantum-error-method-greatly.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more



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Update uThukela discovers why Ladysmith residents have been without water

first_imgA major burst to one of the main lines was discovered this evening (April 13) by uThukela workers.The pipe is at the back of AK’s OK Grocer, between Delhi Road and Agra Road.Speaking to Mr Glen Singh from uThukela, he said the problems they were having at the Ezakheni water pump station and Abattoir Hill have been fixed.The scene of the burst pipeThey were running the system, yet they found that streets and areas were still without water or had low pressure after everything was fixed.This made them investigate the areas that had low water pressure or no water at all.They found that the storm-water drain leading into the Klip River was flowing, so they followed the storm-water drainage system to find a major burst behind AK’s OK Grocer, which was leaving residents without water.Also read: No water in parts of LadysmithAlso read: Update: Hundreds of homes left without water WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Update: uThukela struggles to restore water to hundreds of homesuThukela workers are currently at the scene of the burst pipe and will be fixing it.Mr Glen Singh added that due to the burst pipe, Aloe Park, Hillside, Hillview, Rose Park and Leonardsville could be without water until the pipe is fixed.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!last_img read more



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Xiaomis Robot Vacuum Cleaner Goes Down to 29999 Super Limited Units

first_imgGet the Xiaomi vacuum cleaner at the lowest price yet for just $299.99 for the first 5 units only or $316.99 for the next 30 units (which still is the best price you can get on this product).Head over to this linkClick on Add to Cart.Go to the cart.Enter coupon code MiRobotCN (if this runs out, try XIAOMIVAC)Hit Apply and Proceed to Checkout. Featuring a Laser Distance Sensor (LDS), Xiaomi’s small little robot vacuum cleaner can scan its surroundings 1800 times per second to map out the interior of your house and make it look spotless! The original Xiaomi robot vacuum cleaner is powered by three processors that track its movements in real-time. It also features Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithm that calculates the most efficient route for cleaning. Yep, you have a mini Tesla at your home!When we tested this product at Wccftech, we were surprised by the “intelligence” of this robotic vacuum cleaner. Not only does it make cleaning easy and convenient, but also enables you to track the vacuum cleaner and operate it remotely using the Mi Home app. With schedules and multiple cleaning modes, you get a cleaning wizard at your fingertips. Or, go all out and get the very latest version! Head over to this link and get Xiaomi 2nd generation vacuum cleaner for $499 with code NEWXMVM. Get Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum Cleaner for $299.99 with code MiRobotCNHere is the complete specs list of Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum Cleaner (as taken from GB), available right now for just $299.99 for the first 5 units only. After that, the price will go up to $316.99. Intelligent Route Planning: Laser Distance Sensor (LDS) allows the robot to scan its surroundings at 360 degrees, 1800 times per second, with the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping algorithm to map out the interior of your home and then provide real-time planning routes, edge cleaning followed by Z-shaped cleaning according to the surroundings.Three-dimensional Vacuum Cleaning System: With its vacuum system, the robot offers your house a super cleaning system like a tornado, with no dust, debris, granule, or any other waste left. So clean and smooth that you can walk with bare feet on the floor.App Remote Control: Customized cleaning area is available, just one click to set wherever you wanna clean with the map in your phone.5200mAh Large Capacity Battery: The robot carries 5200mAh Li-ion battery which ensures 2.5 hours cleaning for a house of 250sqm in full charge.1800Pa Super Suction: With a strong power, the robot absorbs all the debris, steel beads, soybeans, dust, millet or any other waste.Almighty Helper:2cm obstacle climbing;2mm Rubber Bumper;360 degrees LDS pressure sensor;4 anti-drop stair sensors;10mm laser edge sensor;Auto power-off after leaving the floor;Automatic self-recharging sensor. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more



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Hurtigruten is heading to Alaska starting in 2020

first_imgHurtigruten is heading to Alaska starting in 2020 Share Posted by Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Alaska, Hurtigruten, New Routes, New Ship OSLO — The world’s largest expedition cruise company is expanding to Alaska.Starting in 2020 Hurtigruten passengers can explore the Alaskan wilderness, on board the brand-new and hybrid powered MS Roald Amundsen, says the cruise company.Billed as the world’s greenest and most extensive expedition cruise program, Hurtigruten is adding a number of new and unique destinations. Highlights of the just released 2020/2021 expedition cruise program include:The inaugural season of the hybrid powered and eco-friendly MS Fridtjof Nansen, exploring the unspoiled and raw beauty of Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland and the Norwegian coast.The widest ever selection of Antarctica voyages – with more than 30 different itineraries to choose from.An extreme makeover for Hurtigruten expedition favourite MS Fram, scheduled to re-emerge as a brand-new expedition ship.The brand new series of expedition cruises in Alaska starting in summer 2020“Alaska is a perfect fit for Hurtigruten and our expedition cruise concept. We will go where the big ships can’t, taking you far beyond the ordinary while exploring the true beauty of Alaska,” says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongHe adds that Hurtigruten is introducing the world’s first hybrid battery powered cruise ships, the MS Roald Amundsen and the MS Fridtjof Nansen. A third hybrid powered expedition vessel will be added to the fleet in 2021.last_img read more



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