OTTAWA – Transport Minister Marc Garneau pushed back Thursday against suggestions the Liberals’ proposed air passenger bill of rights is too heavy-handed with airlines, saying the government’s intent is not to pick on air carriers.Garneau told a Commons committee studying the proposal that the government’s goal is to create regulations that are fair to airlines and passengers to ensure everyone knows their rights and responsibilities.The regulations would impose what Garneau described as hefty fines on airlines in situations where a passenger has been bumped from an overbooked flight, had luggage lost or damaged, or was stuck on a tarmac for far too long — but only if these were within the carrier’s control.If it is something beyond the control of the airline — bad weather, air traffic control issues, or a security threat at an airport, for instance — then the carrier wouldn’t be held liable.“It is an objective of this to come up with something that clearly addresses passenger rights, but that is also fair to the airlines,” Garneau said. “We’re not here to pick on the airlines. We’re here to make sure that passenger rights are respected.“If it was a decision that was within the control of the airline that prevented you from taking that flight, there needs to be compensation.”The ensuing hours of hearings on the legislation, known as Bill C-49, saw warnings from the airline industry that legislating compensation beyond the cost of a ticket and the cost to the passenger’s time would increase prices.Bad publicity through social media is incentive enough for airlines to better their customer service, said Douglas Lavin, an executive with the International Air Transport Association.Instead, Lavin and others suggested the government require airlines to be clear with passengers about fare agreements and let the consumer decide what level of service they are willing to pay for.The line between what is and isn’t in the airline’s control is at the centre of a hearing before the Canadian Transportation Agency in which Air Transat says it shouldn’t be liable for a much-publicized incident where two of its planes faced tarmac delays of more than five hours earlier this summer where passengers not allowed to disembark.One of the two flights ran out of fuel during the delay and lost power, shutting down the air conditioning.The ensuing heat led to mounting tensions, a child throwing up on board and — ultimately — a 911 call from a passenger on the Brussels flight.The transportation agency will release its decision later this fall.Air Transat executives told the committee that C-49 wouldn’t have made a difference in the situation.“Putting out an obligation or a penalty or a fine and saying, ‘if you don’t disembark your passengers after certain hours you’re going to pay this amount of money,’ that would not have helped those passengers that evening, I can assure you that, because we don’t need a financial incentive or threat to do what we’re doing,” said George Petsikas, Air Transat’s senior director of government and industry affairs.“Our crews want to get those people where they’re going as quickly and as safely as possible.”Once passed, the bill would require the transportation agency to draft the regulations and submit them to the government for approval.Garneau said that the rules would be changed as needed “under compelling situations” if there are situations that aren’t addressed, or provisions that are found to be “inadequate in any way.”Garneau urged the committee to quickly pass the legislation to have the new passenger rights in place some time next year.Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt told Garneau she wanted to ensure the bill is indeed as fair as the government claims, given it also proposes changes to rail transport and foreign ownership rules for Canadian airlines.“Any time you move off of status quo, which C-49 does do, you’re going to have people who are winners and people who are losers and our attempt here is to try and figure out the best balance is,” said Raitt, a former transport minister.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.
Paris- Spanish interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz commended, on Thursday in Paris, Morocco’s effective collaboration to fight against illegal immigration. In a joint press conference with French, Moroccan and Portuguese peers, Manuel Valls, Mohamed Hassad and Miguel Macedo respectively, Diaz said that fighting this plague is a shared, solidarity-based responsibility, noting that the migration pressure impacts countries in both shores of the Mediterranean including Morocco, Spain and all EU countries. The principle of shared solidarity should come first in the management of this thorny issue, he added. He went on to say that the Morocco-EU mobility partnership will enable to better manage this problem.
23 September 2011A United Nations meeting focused on accelerating the roll-out of broadband technology concluded in Colombia today as over 500 participants from around the world adopted best practice guidelines aimed at improving global Internet access. Held for the first time in Latin America, the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) annual Global Symposium for Regulators is a unique forum where national regulatory authorities can exchange information and address the complexities of the international broadband ecosystem.“We have seen over the years how regulatory reform plays an essential role in creating an environment where new technologies can flourish and be shared by all,” said ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Brahima Sanou. Mr. Sanou further noted that once robust regulatory frameworks were in place, developing countries could make the best use of new developments in information and communications technologies (ICTs). ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré similarly explained that increased global access to the Internet and broadband would ultimately help countries meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“But this will only change when broadband becomes more affordable,” he added. “The world’s regulators meeting here in Colombia can facilitate this by advocating a combination of increased capacity and competition.”
The union representing workers at the General Motors plant in Ingersoll, Ont., is asking its members to approve an early opening of contract talks as the company weighs the future of two vehicles assembled at the factory.However, automotive analyst Dennis DesRosiers suggested the workers at the plant shouldn’t be concerned even if production of the Equinox and Terrain is moved because GM will need the production capacity for something else.“It would appear that they are short of capacity, that they need every single plant that they currently have in their system operating at full tilt,” he said.“I don’t know what General Motors wants to do there — and who does it is a pure guess — but General Motors almost has no choice but to run CAMI as hot as they possibly can and they need it for the next four to six years.”Automakers posted their best sales in a decade last year, up almost six per cent, and the CAMI plant’s two vehicles were strong sellers in GM’s lineup.“I see little downside threat. This is a smart move on both sides,” DesRosiers said.“The devil is in the details in these things, so who knows what could crater it all, but right now it looks pretty good.”The Canadian Auto Workers union said it is would like to have a new deal at the CAMI Automotive plant ratified by March 24 to replace a contract that isn’t set to expire until Sept. 16.“We, as a bargaining committee, think it is the right thing to do,” said Dan Borthwick, president of CAW local 88, which includes the workers at the CAMI plant.The union’s roughly 2,900 members will vote on the plan at a meeting on Feb. 10.The CAMI plant, which has been operating six days a week with three shifts, produces the popular Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossover vehicles. However, the vehicles are expected to be refreshed for 2015 and it is not yet known where the new models will be produced.GM announced late last year that it would move production of the new version of the Camaro from its plant in Oshawa, Ont., to one in Michigan. That announcement sparked outrage from the union, which has called on the company to ensure no jobs are lost as a result of the decision.A new contract would give GM certainty about its labour costs at the CAMI plant ahead of that decision.The CAW reached deals with the Big Three automakers covering most of its members last September.Borthwick said the union will look to use those agreements as a pattern for the deal at the CAMI plant.“We plan on achieving the pattern agreement as a minimum going forward,” he said.The deals in the fall lowered the starting wages for workers and extended the time it takes to reach the top of the pay scale.The agreements also included no base wage increases.The CAMI plant was a joint venture established by GM and Suzuki in 1986 and began production in 1989.GM assumed full ownership of the factory in 2009.
Freshman defensive back Tyvis Powell (23) intercepts an attempted two-point conversion during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorANN ARBOR, Mich. — With 32 seconds left in the game, Ohio State — now the owner of a 24-game win streak, two consecutive victories against Michigan and the chance to play for a BCS National Championship — faced a play that could define its season.After Michigan (7-5, 3-5) scored a touchdown on a two-yard pass from redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner to sophomore tight end Devin Funchess with just 32 seconds remaining in the game against OSU Saturday, the team likely could have sent the game to overtime by kicking a game-tying extra point. Instead, the Wolverines elected to try to win the game — and end the longest winning streak in OSU history in the process — by attempting a two-point conversion, leaving the Buckeyes to figure out how to prevent the score.But the play Michigan chose for its attempt was one OSU redshirt-freshman cornerback Tyvis Powell and his teammates had seen the Wolverines run before. Gardner took a shotgun snap at the 8-yard line, quickly set his feet at the 10-yard line and fired a throw to the end zone intended for senior wide receiver Drew Dileo.Powell saw the throw coming. He jumped Dileo’s route and intercepted the ball on the goal line, preserving a 42-41 lead that would hold through the end of the game.Powell was in position to make the play, he said after the game, because cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs had told him it was the play Michigan would run.“I was thinking to myself, ‘Coach Coombs is a genius,’” Powell said.The Buckeyes’ defense practiced against that play call in preparation for Saturday’s game, Powell said, because OSU believed it was Michigan’s “bread and butter” play for two-point conversions.“We prepared for it … it really happened,” Powell said. “All I can do is thank the coaching staff for that. They really helped us out and prepared us correctly.”Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, too, said the OSU defense “pretty much knew what was coming.”“Off the film, we kind of noticed that they like to do that type of route, so we got in the right coverage,” Shazier said. “Tyvis (Powell) practiced that all week and he just made a play he needed to make.”In his first season on the field for the Buckeyes, Powell has seen significant playing time in all 12 games as OSU’s first-team nickel cornerback, but he acknowledged the interception was the biggest play he has made to date.“When we was in there taking a shower, I was talking to (backup redshirt-senior quarterback) Kenny (Guiton), and that’s when it clicked. It hit me, we really, like — that was our season on the line,” Powell said.But while the defensive players felt prepared to make the game-saving play, a number of offensive players, including junior tight end Jeff Heuerman, said they were nervous during the two-point conversion attempt.“It was such a crazy ending and everyone’s head’s still spinning,” Heuerman said after the game.That said, Heuerman said he and his teammates had “full confidence” in OSU’s defensive players and coaches.“Deep down inside, we felt pretty good about it,” Heuerman said.If there was any game this season where OSU (12-0, 8-0) could have doubted its defense, though, it might have been Saturday. Michigan’s six touchdowns and 603 total yards were the most against OSU in any of its 12 regular-season games.“We’re pretty disappointed (about those numbers) because we’re a lot better than that,” Shazier said.Although OSU might have known what was coming on the two-point conversion, Powell said Michigan caught the defense off-guard on a number of occasions throughout the game, especially in the first half.“They came out with a bunch of tricks and gadgets,” Powell said. “We was all just going out there trying to do too much, everybody trying to do other people’s jobs.”In a game in which the Buckeye and Wolverine offenses combined for 83 points and 1,129 total yards, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was not surprised the opponent’s decided to attempt the two-point conversion.“I would have done the same thing,” Meyer said. “You go win the game right there. No question. Both offenses were kind of in that unstoppable mode.”Powell said he, too, agreed with Michigan’s decision to go for the lead.“This is The Game,” Powell said. “You got to leave it all on the table. I’m not shocked at all they did that.”The win, combined with a loss Saturday for previously-undefeated then-No. 1 Alabama to then-No. 4 Auburn, enabled OSU to move up to No. 2 in the BCS standings, while Auburn is the new No. 3 and Alabama fell to No. 4. Those rankings put OSU in position to play for a national championship if the Buckeyes can hold off No. 10 Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) in Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game.If OSU is going to defeat Michigan State – which ranks first nationally in total defense with 237.7 average yards allowed per game, compared to the No. 6-ranked OSU offense, which is putting up 530.5 yards per game – the Buckeyes’ defense is going to have play better, Shazier said.“I know they’re a really good team,” Shazier said of Michigan State. “Really good defense and their offense has been doing a lot better, week in and week out, and we just going to have to capitalize and do better this week in practice and just fix on the mistakes that we had this week.”OSU is set to take on the Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Saturday at 8:17 p.m.
Last week, the basketball website Ballislife.com tweeted a fun exercise, asking NBA fans to pick their dream starting five. The catch? It assigned dollar values to each legend and set up a monetary constraint which no lineup’s total cost could exceed. Do you want Michael Jordan as your starting shooting guard? OK, but he’ll cost you $5 of the $15 you have, so now you have just $10 of cap money to spend on four other players.It’s an entertaining spin on the classic “dream team” debate (although I’ll leave the basketball arguments to others). A few days later, though, Matt Henderson created his own version for hockey, giving us $18 to spend on our post-expansion NHL all-star team:Neil Greenberg, who runs The Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog, posted his dream team analysis Thursday, and I thought it would be fun to take another look at the pros and cons of dream team building from an advanced stats point of view.GoalieEven at $4, Dominik Hasek is a steal. (As Greenberg noted, Hasek’s save percentage was much better than that of contemporaries like Martin Brodeur, even though Hasek is worth only $1 more than Brodeur by Henderson’s values.) In fact, during his career, Hasek was the outlier of all goaltending outliers. Because of the large influence of random variation in save percentages, most goalies can’t consistently distinguish themselves very much from an average netminder. But Hasek seemed to be the exception. In his career, he allowed 79 percent as many goals per shot as the league did, and was one of the only goalies ever to consistently sustain a very high level of play over a number of consecutive seasons. Hasek’s basically a no-brainer as the goalie for this team.As an aside, if Hasek had not been available, it might have made sense to buy the $1 goalie (in this case, Ed Belfour, a fine goalie who allowed 93 percent as many goals per shot as the league over his long career) and spend more on building a strong lineup of skaters. Because it’s difficult to predict how well a goaltender will play in a given season (much less a series or a game), it doesn’t usually make much sense to sink a huge percentage of a team’s payroll into one of them — a good piece of strategy in this exercise and in life.DefensemenThe four most valuable non-goalie seasons ever according to Tom Awad’s all-in-one stat Goals Versus Threshold (GVT; think Value Over Replacement Player for hockey) belong to Bobby Orr. Orr costs the maximum “salary” here ($5), but the difference between his production at his peak (an average of 45.6 goals above replacement per year in his best five seasons, with a career-high of 49.5 in 1970-71) and that of the next-best defenseman is truly massive. Among the next-best available D-men, neither Paul Coffey, Larry Robinson nor Denis Potvin ever produced a GVT better than 31.1 in any of their seasons.Speaking of Larry Robinson, it’s worth noting that he costs only $2 in salary despite putting up some of the best seasons by a defenseman in NHL history. In 1976-77, Robinson notched 85 points (ranking 12th among all players, not just defensemen) and set the non-Orr record for highest plus/minus in a season with a +120 mark. That performance was worth 30.4 goals above replacement in GVT’s estimation; Robinson also had five other seasons of at least 19.9 GVT, giving him a higher five-year peak than Nicklas Lidstrom despite Lidstrom costing more than twice as much in Henderson’s dollar values.CenterThe second-best non-goalie ever by peak GVT is Wayne Gretzky, who owns the two best non-Orr seasons ever by a skater (each were worth more than 43 GVT). Gretzky also costs the maximum ($5), which, when combined with the salaries of Hasek, Robinson and Orr, will leave only $2 to spread across two wingers. But like Orr and Hasek, Gretzky’s production was such a radical outlier that he’ll be worth the price. (For one thing, there’s plenty of evidence backing up the notion that super-elite playmakers, such as Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, can have a dramatic positive influence on teammates’ shooting percentages.)WingsOn the wings, we’re now essentially “stuck” with $1 pickups Jari Kurri and Johnny Bucyk as Gretzky’s linemates. There are a couple of reasons why this isn’t a bad thing, though. First (and this should be self-evident): Kurri and Bucyk are both Hall of Famers! It’s not like we’re picking from the dregs of the hockey universe here. In fact, Kurri and Bucyk had better GVT numbers in their best five seasons than Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille did in theirs, despite Hull costing four times as much as Kurri and Robitaille costing five times as much as Bucyk. Secondly, statheads have found evidence that — despite the importance placed on strong depth in hockey’s conventional wisdom — building a top-heavy team with a few stars and a bunch of lesser players is not such a bad thing.So, there you have it, the best team our $18 could buy: Hasek, Orr, Robinson, Gretzky, Kurri and Bucyk. According to the average of each player’s best five seasons, our team would produce 200.3 GVT in a hypothetical full season.In a perfect universe, our team would face that of Greenberg (Hasek, Mark Messier, Bobby Hull, Mike Bossy, Lidstrom and Zdeno Chara) and everyone else in the Twittersphere, and settle the matter on the ice. Obviously, that can never happen — and maybe it’s more fun this way anyhow.
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The report’s author, Anthony Foley said the report “clearly illustrates that the drinks industry is important for Ireland’s economy through employment and taxation as it works towards national recovery”.Read: Youth charity calls on Arthur’s Day acts to donate fees to alcohol abuse groups>Read: A pint in the Stag’s Head listed in top 50 ‘must eat experiences’> THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC houses declined by 959 from 2007 to 2012, according to a report by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland. (DIGI)As a result, DIGI is calling for a task force to be set up to address the decline of the local pub and independent off-licences.The report published today finds that sales in pubs were down by one third since 2007. The result of these downward statistics is that employment in pubs was down 17 per cent from 2008 to 2012.Drinking lessPer capita, Irish people are also consuming less alcohol, according to the figures, that state consumption is 14.1 per cent below 2007 levels.The report revealed that despite significant pressure, the industry still provides over €2 billion in VAT and excise receipts and generates over €1 billion in exports annually.The drinks sector also provides approximately 62,000 full or part time across different sectors of the economy with over €2 billion worth of inputs purchased by firms across manufacturing, retail and wholesale.DownturnHowever, DIGI says the industry is under increased pressure with bar sales down 33 per cent and an overall decline in retail sales of 12.5 per cent. From 2008 to 2011, there were 6000 job losses in the retail sector.Chairman of DIGI, Peter O’Brien said the report comprehensively demonstrates the significant contribution the drinks industry makes to the economy but said that last year the government increased excise on alcohol which has added substantial hardship to an industry.He is asking that the increase be reversed in the upcoming budget.He said: The facts are stark. In the manufacturing sector there has been a drop in employment levels from 6,146 in 2000 to 3,605 in 2011, across the 30 enterprises in drinks manufacturing.In the on and off trade retailers there has been a substantial decline in the level of retail employees in recent years.
Today the number of web browsers you have to choose from grew by one. Yandex, a Russian company best known for its search engine, has launched the Yandex Browser.As with any new software launch, it’s not going to be as mature an offering as the competition who have had browsers available for years, but that’s not to say the Yandex Browser hasn’t got a lot to offer.Version 1.0 is a 28MB download and is available right now from the link below. It promises to offer up a super-simple interface and the prerequisite fast page loading. Searching is done through the address bar, also known as the Smartbox, and it is capable of translating web pages into 9 different languages. If you like Yandex enough to make it your default browser then there’s easy import options for your settings.One feature that may sell the browser to a few security conscious people is the built-in web page scanning provided by Kaspersky Lab. Every page you visit will be checked for malicious content, and every download will be scanned to ensure it is safe.Yandex is classing its browser as “cloud-based” as a way of describing the built-in security combined with very fast page loading. This is due to a combination of already proven technology and tech partners. As mentioned, Kaspersky is providing the security, the browser uses the Webkit engine, the user interface uses the Chromium code, and the fast page loading stems from a partnership with Opera Software to use its Turbo technology.While Yandex is effectively new, it’s just bringing together bits of tech you are probably already used to using in other browsers. Yandex has basically cherry-picked the best bits, and that’s no bad thing.Download the Yandex Browser
French defender Raphael Varane made his 250th appearance for Real Madrid in Saturday’s 1-0 La Liga win against Rayo VallecanoLos Blancos signed Varane in 2011 from Ligue 2 side RC Lens for a reported €10m deal and he has since developed into one of the world’s best defenders.In fact, the likes of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone feel that Varane would have been a worthy winner for the 2018 Ballon d’Or.Before the start of the game at the Santiago Bernabeu, Varane was presented with a commemorative shirt by Real president Florentino Perez.And the 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes to help Real keep a clean sheet as they struggled past Rayo with a slender win after Karim Benzema’s first-half goal.“We had chances to kill the game off in the first half but we didn’t take them,” Varane told the club website.“Then we stuck together very well and worked hard in the second to keep a clean sheet and pick up three big points”.Zidane 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.Now Varane is heading to the United Arab Emirates, where he hopes to win his fourth Club World Cup title this month.Real will play Kashima Antlers in the semi-finals of the competition this Wednesday.“We’re really looking forward to the Club World Cup,” said Varane.“There’s a major trophy up for stake, it was very hard work to get there and we’ll be giving our all to win it”.👕👏 Congratulations to @raphaelvarane, who made his 250th @realmadrid appearance tonight! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/dxaDw8fsRr— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 15, 2018
Kolkata: Three persons were killed and two others injured when a car hit a road side tree near Golsi Chowmatha area in East Burdwan on Friday.The injured persons are stated to be serious. They have been undergoing treatment in Burdwan Medical College and Hospital. The police are yet to confirm the identity of the deceased persons. According to the preliminary investigation, police said the accident occurred because a tyre of the vehicle had burst. As the car was at a high speed, the driver could not control the vehicle. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe incident triggered traffic congestion in the area for nearly one hour. According to the police, the vehicle was carrying five passengers including the driver. They said the victims were returning to Burdwan from Joyrampur at around 11 am when the persons met with the accident. The vehicle was headed towards Galsi Chowmatha area when it rammed into a roadside tree. Locals heard a loud thud and rushed to the spot. They found the frontal portion of the vehicle completely damaged and the victims were trapped inside the mangled car. Some of the locals managed to rescue three victims who were sitting on the back seat. One of the three passen gers succumbed to his injuries in the hospital, while the driver and another person on the front seat died on the spot. Police removed the two bodies from the car with help of a gas cutter. Police are investing other possible angles which might have led to the incident. The investigating officers collected samples from the damaged car for investigation. According to sources in Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, the two persons admitted have multiple injuries on their bodies. They have been kept under close monitoring. One of the injured victims also received head injuries in the accident. Various medical tests have been performed on the victims on Friday.Police suspect that the car was running at a speed of anything between 100-120 km per hour. They have started a detailed probe in this regard. The situation was brought under control by seniorpolice officers.
A business’ website should have a clear message and should be easy for visitors to navigate.For Eyal Choen’s mother, figuring out how to use her bank’s website was anything but simple, and that’s what lead Choen, along with Rafi Sweary, to launch WalkMe — a Tel Aviv-based startup that developed a tool that website owners can use to create interactive on-screen guides that help site visitors quickly and easily complete basic or advanced tasks.Related: How to Create Great Content for Your WebsiteWith WalkMe’s onscreen ‘Walk-Thrus,’ you’re able to offer step-by-step instructions to your visitors as they navigate your website. Unlike traditional tutorials that require site visitors to watch a video on one page and then bounce back to the interface to perform the action, WalkMe’s interactive balloon tips appear directly within web pages and are triggered by user activity. Once a step is completed, the next balloon automatically moves your visitor to the next step. If the user makes a mistake, tips help them correct it before moving on. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. min read September 4, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals And since a Walk-Thru must be initiated by website visitors themselves, they will view them as a welcome and helpful addition, rather than an annoying pop-up. Here’s how to create a WalkMe Walk-Thru for your website.Related: 10 Must-Know Tech Terms, TranslatedFor startup customers, WalkMe offers a free plan that enables small businesses to create up to three Walk-Thru’s that can be accessed 300 times per month. WalkMe’s three paid plans, which range from $97 to $975 a month, include access to analytics that allow you to track, observe and evaluate the impact of your Walk-Thru’s are meeting expectations.After signing up for one of the plans, you download the WalkMe Editor, a browser-based tool for creating, editing and managing your website Walk-Thru’s. To create your Walk -Thru, type the text that you want to show within its associated balloon hint, define where you want the balloon to be positioned and when you want it to appear. Related: How to Make Your Website Hacker-ProofWhatever your purpose is in building and maintaining your website, what WalkMe offers is a cost-effective way to create opt-in on-screen guidance that can only help you achieve your website-related goals. Register Now »
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One of the newest clinical studies of a proposed vaccine shows mixed results for patients after molecular imaging revealed no desirable effect and potentially allowed even more nicotine accumulation in the brain in some cases due to variations in immune response, say neuroscientists at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 Annual Meeting.The objective of such a vaccine, when developers reach their goal, would be to kill the high that perpetuates people’s addiction, thereby improving the odds that they can quit smoking. “Everyone knows that smoking is bad — it causes diseases that can be fatal andM it is an expensive habit — but there are currently no drug treatments available that can help a majority of smokers achieve long-term abstinence,” said Alexey G. Mukhin, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. “This research represents one of the first human studies of its kind using molecular imaging to test an investigational anti-nicotine immunization and how it affects the accumulation of nicotine in the brain during smoking.”Antibodies, also called immunoglobulin, are the ground patrol of the immune system. These proteins scavenge for viruses, bacteria and foreign material. The anti-nicotine immunization introduces an antigen that induces production of antibodies that bind circulating nicotine and prevent it from crossing the blood-brain barrier to produce rewarding effects in smokers.“In order to work, one milligram of the nicotine from smoking one cigarette needs about a half a gram of antibody for proper attachment and prevention of interaction with brain nicotinic receptors,” said Yantao Zuo, P.hD., assistant professor also in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center. “A very high number of antibodies is needed to negate the effects of nicotine from one pack of cigarettes — up to 10 percent of the 100 grams of antibodies we have available in the body. To complicate matters, not all vaccination-induced antibodies are the same. Some have high affinity to nicotine and bind strongly, while others bind with lower affinity.”The practical result of this is that if the binding of nicotine with antibodies is weak and the nicotine-antibody bond breaks during passage of the blood through the brain, potentially more nicotine could flood brain nicotinic receptors.“Investigational anti-nicotine vaccines like this one produce non-uniform effects,” said Mukhin. “Ideally we want it to decrease amount of nicotine that reaches the brain, but when we compared the immune response across subjects, their antibodies appeared to vary in nicotine-binding properties. Findings from positron emission tomography, otherwise known as PET, showed that strong nicotine-antibody binding, which means high affinity, was associated with a decrease in brain nicotine accumulation. When binding was not strong, an increase in brain accumulation was observed. These results are important because they tell us that we should care about not only the amount of antibody but the quality of the antibody. We don’t want to have low-affinity antibodies, because that can negate anti-nicotine effects of the vaccination.”For this study, people who smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day were enrolled and asked to smoke during two scheduled PET brain scans. The first procedure occurred before patients were given an injection of NIC002, a novel anti-nicotine vaccine provided by Novartis and in-licensed from Cytos. Three more injections were given, and two weeks after the last dose, PET imaging was repeated. Each brain scan involved patients taking a single puff of a cigarette containing S-nicotine labeled with radioactive C-11, which can be detected by a PET scanner.Results showed that the 10 subjects with highest vaccination-induced serum capacity to bind nicotine had high-affinity antibodies and experienced a slight but statistically significant decrease in nicotine brain accumulation. Another 10, who had intermediate serum nicotine binding capacity and low affinity of antibodies, showed the opposite — an increase in brain accumulation of nicotine. The remaining nine, with the lowest serum nicotine binding capacity, showed little change. While this was not the result researchers hoped for, it adds to a body of research that could lead one day to an effective vaccine. Most likely, such a vaccine would be developed at least five to 10 years down the road, estimated Mukhin.“This will lead to further studies, as a variety of concepts for anti-nicotine vaccination are being developed to treat this addiction,” said Zuo. “The development of a safe and effective vaccine treatment for nicotine addiction could have a profound effect on many people’s lives in terms of overall health and disease prevention. With reports of new generations of the vaccines showing potentially much higher potencies in animal studies, we are hopeful that our current findings and methodology in human research will facilitate understanding of how these work in smokers.”Approximately 45.3 million American adults, or just over 19 percent, are estimated to smoke. Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the country and is directly implicated in coronary heart disease—the leading cause of death—as well as lung cancer and other deadly lung diseases. The habit results in about 443,000 deaths, or one in five, across the United States annually. 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A stray, four-doored rider caused huge problems on the opening day of the annual Tour of Costa Rica cycling race Monday. On the route’s first leg in Alajeula a wayward taxi driver ended up in the middle of the street, causing at least three cyclists to crash into his car.In the video, the taxi driver accelerates out of his parking space just as the first wave of cyclists comes down the street. A woman offscreen can be heard saying, “That is the dumbest taxi driver.”When he tries to turn left off the street, riders crash into the side of his car, including one who flips over the taxi. The fallen rider then begins screaming, “Oh God,” and looks to be in obvious pain as the rest of the cyclists pause to check on him and the taxi. Related posts:Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador moves into third place in the Giro d’Italia Andrey Amador grabs hold of first place in Giro d’Italia Costa Rica’s Román Urbina inducted into Mountain Bike Hall of Fame VIDEO: Traffic cop stops Costa Rican bicyclist Andrey Amador in bizarre highway altercation Facebook Comments Momento en que taxista embiste ciclistas de la #VueltaCR ¡Imprudentes así deberían salir de las calles! ¡Opine Ud.! pic.twitter.com/06yHDPjJ1h— Traffic506 (@Traffic506) December 14, 2015 In another video taken from the event, cyclists are shown going up to the side door of the taxi to confront the driver who is stuck in the middle of an Alajuela street while racing cyclists zoom past. The taxi driver, who was identified as Wilberth Arce, told local news outlets that the accident wasn’t his fault, and that the cyclists kicked his car.“I’m out here trying to make an honorable salary and the cyclists are the ones who acted out with vandalism when they began to kick my car,” Arce told daily La Nación. He told the local radio station 91.5 FM that he was crossing the street when he heard sirens and tried to turn off the street. But just then, he said, officials told him to turn left, and that’s when he believes the accident happened.Costa Rican cyclist Nieves Carrasco won the first stage of the Tour of Costa Rica, which kicked off Monday just before 9 a.m. in Alajuela. The 11-stage event that traverses the country ends on Christmas Day in Heredia. Foto del taxi que irrespetó el cierre y atropelló 3 ciclistas en la #VueltaCR @Marlenetica @elchamuko @UnidadGps pic.twitter.com/mQJeiTBSDV— Traffic506 (@Traffic506) December 14, 2015
by The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2018 12:53 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on laptops actress Sean Young is accused of stealing (all times local):3:50 p.m.Two laptops actress Sean Young was accused of stealing from a movie production company that had fired her were returned Tuesday after the new director urged her to “please turn yourself in to the police, who are looking for you.”The two laptops producers said she stole from a New York studio of the “Charlie Boy” movie suddenly appeared at her Manhattan attorney’s office.The 58-year-old star of the 1982 movie “Blade Runner” told the New York Daily News that producers had attempted a publicity stunt for their film via the media brouhaha over the missing laptops.Timothy Hines, who took over from Young as director, walked out of the midtown Manhattan office with the laptops containing production plans he called “irreplaceable.”___1:45 p.m.Actress Sean Young says the producers of a movie from which she was fired are attempting a publicity stunt by accusing her of stealing two laptops.The 58-year-old star of the 1982 movie “Blade Runner” told the New York Daily News the producers are trying to promote their “Charlie Boy” movie by claiming she stole the laptops with production software.Young says she entered a building in Queens last Thursday to retrieve her belongings and mistakenly took production computers instead of her own.Police are investigating.Timothy Hines, who took over as director, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Young is the one creating the publicity stunt. He had a message for her: “Sean Young, please turn yourself in to police.” The Latest: Laptops Sean Young accused of stealing returned
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