Rates of syphilis increase in Alberta

first_imgSouth Zone: 31 cases, an increase of 138.5 percent compared to 2017Calgary Zone: 206 cases, an increase of 7.3 percent compared to 2017Central Zone: 88 cases, an increase of 266.7 percent compared to 2017Edmonton Zone: 977 cases, an increase of 305.4 percent compared to 2017North Zone: 208 cases, an increase of 324.5 percent compared to 2017 In 2018, a total of 1,536 cases of infectious syphilis were reported compared to 161 in 2014, almost a tenfold increase. The government shares this rate of infectious syphilis has not been this high in Alberta since 1948.While congenital syphilis cases were rare before the outbreak, There were 22 congenital syphilis cases between 2014 and 2018, one of which was stillborn. Congenital syphilis, which occurs when a child is born to a mother with syphilis, is a severe, disabling and life-threatening disease.Consistent and correct condom use is an important protection against STIs such as syphilis.As with other STIs, the symptoms of syphilis may not be obvious.Health experts recommend sexually active people, regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation, get tested every three to six months if they:have a sexual partner with a known STIhave a new sexual partner or multiple or anonymous sexual partnershave a previous history of an STI diagnosishave been sexually assaultedIt is critical that anyone who is pregnant seeks early prenatal care and testing for syphilis during pregnancy.Anyone experiencing STI-related symptoms should seek testing and speak to a family doctor to find testing and treatment options.In the 2018 case counts for infectious syphilis by AHS zone: EDMONTON, AB – Infectious and congenital syphilis rates have escalated across the province over the past five years, with a sharp increase in 2018.Due to the rapid increase in syphilis cases, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, has declared a provincial outbreak and is encouraging Albertans to get tested and protect themselves.“We need to emphasize for all Albertans: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a risk to anyone who is sexually active, particularly people who have new sex partners and are not using protection. I encourage anyone who is sexually active to get tested regularly. Anyone in Alberta can access STI testing and treatment for free,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health.last_img read more

Indian women lose second T20, series to England

first_imgGuwahati: The Indian women’s cricket team suffered a five-wicket defeat to England in the second T20 International, surrendering the series with a sixth straight loss in the shortest format. Chasing 112 for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, England completed the task in 19.1 overs, holding nerves after losing a few quick wickets. Opener Danielle Wyatt was Engalnd’s star performer with the bat, top-scoring with an unbeaten 64 off 55 balls. During her stay in the middle, Wyatt struck six boundaries, and was ably supported by Lauren Winfield (29). Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWhile Wyatt held one end firm on the way to her fourth T20 half- century, England needed three back-to-back boundaries by Winfield to take the game away from India. Opting to bowl, England produced a brilliant performance to prevent the hosts from putting up a big score at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, with Katherine Brunt emerging as the most successful bowler. The veteran seamer returned figures of 3/17, sending back stand-in skipper Smriti Mandhana (12) and Jemimah Rodrigues to put India on the backfoot. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe wicket of Mandhana was important for England as the opener had powered India to 24 for no loss in 2.3 overs before Brunt had her caught behind. Coming in to bat at one drop, the young Rodrigues (2) did not last long, getting bowled by Brunt. In the next over, the dismissal of Harleen Deol by left-arm spinner Linsey Smith (2/11) left the hosts in a spot of bother at 34 for three. The experienced Mithali Raj, in the last leg of her career, top-scored with 20 off 27 balls, while Deepti Sharma and Bharati Fulmali contributed 18 each. England were off to a steady start but slow left-armer Radha Yadav did not let the opening partnership flourish, disturbing Tammy Beaumont’s stumps in the fifth over. Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav had Amy Jones caught and bowled in a soft dismissal and Ekta Bisht picked up two wickets, including the big one of skipper Heather Knight, to leave the visitors in trouble at 56 for four. But Wyatt and Winfield saw England through with their 47-run partnership for the fifth wicket. India bowled tightly and conceded just three extras in comparison to England’s 18. England won the first match by 41 runs.last_img read more

Firefighter reflects on fourdecade career

A longtime firefighter in Norfolk County is hanging up his hat on April 24.John Verboom, the community safety officer, has been a firefighter for 44 years.Verboom started as a volunteer firefighter at Station 6 in Courtland, where he stayed for 36 years. He transferred to the station in Simcoe full-time on a contract in 2008. When that contract came to an end, he worked part-time for several months and, in December 2009, came back on as a full-time staff member.“I applied the day I turned 18 years old. I was on within three weeks,” Verboom said about the start of his career.By 1980, he was the instructor at Station 6.“As my time in fire went on, to me it was very obvious that I really had a desire to do fire prevention,” said Verboom.Verboom attended the Ontario Fire College to get his certificate in fire prevention, at which time the community safety officer position in Simcoe came open.He said the part of his job he will most miss is emergency management for Norfolk County. He said he enjoyed helping to prepare for special events, such as 2013’s Gentlemen of the Road concert featuring Mumford and Sons in Simcoe and Friday the 13th motorcycle rallies in Port Dover.He also remembers fighting a few large fires, including one in downtown Tillsonburg.“We managed to stop it about halfway down the block. That was a big night.”Verboom offers some advice for anyone considering firefighting as a career.“I think you have to be diligent,” he said.“Don’t be afraid to go get your college degree in fire prevention or fire suppression. It would really enhance your opportunities to get on full time somewhere,” he said.“Don’t expect to walk in off the street. You need to be thinking about it way ahead of time.”In his retirement, Verboom plans to continue with a home business.“I’m a carpenter and woodworker by trade. I’m going home to play with the wood.”astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Former Rwandan mayor pleads not guilty at UN tribunal to genocide

Juvénal Rugambarara, Bourgmestre of Bicumbi commune throughout the genocide, faces nine charges including genocide, crimes against humanity, public incitement and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions.Mr. Rugambarara’s initial appearance last Friday before Judge Jai Ram Reddy follows his transfer from Uganda to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha two days before.

Chrysler recalls Ram 1500 Dodge Dakota trucks from 20092010 because of rear

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chrysler recalls Ram 1500, Dodge Dakota trucks from 2009-2010 because of rear axle nut problem by News Staff Posted Oct 6, 2012 12:46 pm MDT DETROIT – Chrysler says it’s recalling Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota trucks from the 2009-2010 model year because a lack of adhesive may cause the rear axle pinion nut to loosen.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday that if that happens, the axle can lock up, and the vehicle could lose control and crash.Government and company officials say there have been 15 reports of rear axle failure, including four that resulted in a loss of vehicle control. The driver crashed into a concrete barrier in one case. There have been three minor injuries.The recall involves 44,300 vehicles manufactured from July 1 to Nov. 30, 2009.Chrysler will notify owners of the recall beginning next month. Dealers will install a retainer to secure the pinion nut free of charge. read more

Denmark and Netherlands going for medals

Women’s EHF EURO 2016 The Netherlands and Denmark are at semi-final of the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 and they will clash for the place at the final! The Dutch girls had to beat Spain and they did it for the first ever EURO semi-final – 29:24 with 10 goals of Estavana Polman.In Helsinborg, their way to the final weekend in Gothenburg found Danish girls by beating Romania 21:17. Anne Mette Hansen was in the role of “Christina Neagu” with nine goals, while Romanian handball princess had the worst evening on the tournament with 3 goals from 13 shots what affected play of the whole team. Danish goalie Sandra Toft was amazing, once again, with 15 saves.Norway waiting for their rivals at the second semi-final. Germany beat Sweden 28:22 to secure third place and now wait Serbia to make a miracle and stop France.STANDINGS:The Netherlands 8Germany 7France 6Sweden 3Serbia 3Spain 1Hungary played 26:26 with Russia.GROUP B:Norway 8Denmark 7Romania 6Russia 4Czech Republic 2Hungary 1 ← Previous Story Handball journalists and fans together for WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2016 Next Story → AFTER 10 YEARS: France to chase Norway for the final! read more

Soy Town Hall How Has Use of Biodiesel on Your Farm Changed

first_imgFor the fall edition of American Soybean magazine, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is asking farmers: How has use of biodiesel on your farm changed over the last five years?To respond, send an email to ASA Communications Manager Jordan Bright at jbright@soy.org.last_img

Riverview Bancorp reports 128 million quarterly loss

first_imgVancouver-based Riverview Bancorp, parent of Riverview Community Bank, on Monday reported a loss of $12.8 million for the company’s fiscal fourth quarter ending March 31. It was the bank’s second straight quarterly loss, and it raised Riverview’s net loss for the full fiscal year to $28.5 million, or $1.28 per share.The report didn’t come as a surprise. Riverview disclosed last month that it would add up to $15 million to loan-loss reserves, and it had predicted a net quarterly loss of 55 to 60 cents per share. In its Monday earnings report, the bank said the actual amount of the quarterly loan loss set-aside was $14.3 million and it pegged the bank’s loss at 57 cents per share. Riverview’s set-aside for troubled loans now stands at $18.6 million.Riverview struggles reflect the continuing weakness of the local real estate market, where most of the bank’s troubled loans reside. In a news release, Riverview said it increased its provision for loan losses after obtaining updated proposals on several properties, and in response to the bank’s ongoing loan reviews.“For the second consecutive quarter, we have significantly increased our loan-loss provision in an effort to position Riverview for recovery in an economy that remains sluggish,” said Pat Sheaffer, Riverview’s chairman and CEO, in a news release. “We continue to focus on strengthening the bank and working diligently, side by side with our clients, on problem assets. Riverview remains an important economic participant as one of the few community banks in the region and the only community bank headquartered in Clark County.”Regulatory changesThe set-aside amount represents 2.7 percent of total loans and 41.3 percent of non-performing loans, the bank said. But those loans are increasing, at least on paper, in part due to regulatory changes unleashed by new federal oversight rules. Riverview’s nonperforming loans increased to $45 million, or 6.6 percent of all loans, at the end of the quarter. By comparison, such non-performing loans represented 4.6 percent of Riverview’s portfolio on Dec. 31, and just 1.8 percent on March 31, 2011.last_img read more

FY19 Milcon Minibus Lined up for Floor Vote This Week

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Negotiations over the conference report for a fiscal 2019 spending package covering the military construction-Veterans Affairs, energy-water and legislative branch spending bills appear to be completed, with conferees prepared to sign a final deal imminently. On Friday, House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the “minibus” would be on the House floor this week. It is still not clear, though, when the text of the conference report will be released, reports CQ. Congressional leaders are aiming to clear two other spending packages prior to the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year as well, including a two-bill minibus covering the defense and labor-HHS-education titles.last_img read more

Spring Dale students hail abrogation of Article 370

first_imgTirupati: The students of Spring Dale in the pilgrim city welcomed the abrogation of Article 370 but in a different way.The tiny tots don in their colourful uniform formed as 370 (figure) in sitting position with a red strip of into mark overhead indicating the cancellation of the contentious Article, to hail its scrapping by the Central government. School teachers and the students said they hit upon the idea of welcoming the repealing of the article in an artistic manner to touch the heart of everyone supporting the move by the Centre and to join the nationwide celebrations upholding the abolition of the article.last_img read more

Crumbfree Bread Will Prevent Another Gemini 3 Sandwich Incident

first_imgStay on target Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowMoon Glows Brighter Than Sun in NASA Fermi’s Vibrant Images Gemini 3 was NASA’s first two-man mission into space. It was a significant achievement, but Gemini 3 is often remembered for another reason: a ten-second incident involving a smuggled corned beef sandwich.Wally Schirra, an astronaut known for being a jokester, had procured the contraband sandwich two days before launch and slipped it to pilot John Young. About two hours after he and Commander Gus Grissom took off, Young pulled the sandwich from his pocket. “Where did that come from?” asked Grissom. “I brought it with me,” Young replied.The actual sandwich, preserved in resin. Image: Raymond K. Cunningham, Jr./CollectSpaceThe two quickly learned why sandwiches weren’t a great menu item for missions into space. The bread started breaking up, and Grissom quickly shoved it into his pocket before things got really messy. The crumbs could have been seriously bad news, damaging sensitive instruments, clogging the ventilation system, or lodging in one of the astronauts’ eyes.Now, more than 50 years later, science may have come up with a solution: crumb-free bread. The keys to achieving spaceship-friendly bread lie in a special dough mixture and oven. A research team at OHB Systems is looking at two different appliance options. One is a convection oven, the other a low-pressure, low-temperature one.The first test bakings are expected to be performed next year aboard the ISS. It’s actually very important work. As Sebastian Marcu, founder of the Bake In Space initiative, told New Scientist, “as space tourism takes off and people spend more time in space we need to allow bread to be made from scratch.”last_img read more

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Are Arguing About AI But Theyre Both

first_img 5 min read In Silicon Valley this week, a debate about the potential dangers (or lack thereof) when it comes to artificial intelligence has flared up between two tech billionaires.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks that AI is going to “make our lives better in the future,” while SpaceX CEO Elon Musk believes that AI a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.”Who’s right?Related: Elon Musk Says Mark Zuckerberg’s Understanding of AI Is ‘Limited’ After the Facebook CEO Called His Warnings ‘Irresponsible’They’re both right, but they’re also both missing the point. The dangerous aspect of AI will always come from people and their use of it, not from the technology itself. Similar to advances in nuclear fusion, almost any kind of technological developments can be weaponized and used to cause damage if in the wrong hands. The regulation of machine intelligence advancements will play a central role in whether Musk’s doomsday prediction becomes a reality.It would be wrong to say that Musk is hesitant to embrace the technology since all of this companies are direct beneficiaries of the advances in machine learning. Take Tesla for example, where self-driving capability is one of the biggest value adds for its cars. Musk himself even believes that one day it will be safer to populate roads with AI drivers rather than human ones, though publicly he hopes that society will not ban human drivers in the future in an effort to save us from human error.What Musk is really pushing for here by being wary of AI technology is a more advanced hypothetical framework that we as a society should use to have more awareness regarding the threats that AI brings. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), the kind that will make decisions on its own without any interference or guidance from humans, is still very far away from how things work today. The AGI that we see in the movies where robots take over the planet and destroy humanity is very different from the narrow AI that we use and iterate on within the industry now. In Zuckerberg’s view, the doomsday conversation that Musk has sparked is a very exaggerated way of projecting how the future of our technology advancements would look like.Related: The Future of Productivity: AI and Machine LearningWhile there is not much discussion in our government about apocalypse scenarios, there is definitely a conversation happening about preventing the potentially harmful impacts on society from artificial intelligence. White House recently released a couple of reports on the future of artificial intelligence and on the economic effects it causes. The focus of these reports is on the future of work, job markets and research on increasing inequality that machine intelligence may bring.There is also an attempt to tackle a very important issue of “explainability” when it comes to understanding actions that machine intelligence does and decisions it presents to us. For example, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), an agency within the U.S. Department of Defense, is funneling billions of dollars into projects that would pilot vehicles and aircraft, identify targets and even eliminate them on autopilot. If you thought the use of drone warfare was controversial, AI warfare will be even more so. That’s why here it’s even more important, maybe even more than in any other field, to be mindful of the results AI presents.Explainable AI (XAI), the initiative funded by DARPA, aims to create a suite of machine learning techniques that produce more explainable results to human operators and still maintain a high level of learning performance. The other goal of XAI is to enable human users to understand, appropriately trust and effectively manage the emerging generation of artificially intelligent partners.Related: Would You Fly on an AI-Backed Plane Without a Pilot?The XAI initiative can also help the government tackle the problem of ethics with more transparency. Sometimes developers of software have conscious or unconscious biases that eventually are built into an algorithm — the way Nikon camera became internet famous for detecting “someone blinking” when pointed at the face of an Asian person or HP computers were proclaimed racist for not detecting black faces on the camera. Even developers with the best intentions can inadvertently produce systems with biased results, which is why, as the White House report states, “AI needs good data. If the data is incomplete or biased, AI can exacerbate problems of bias.”Even with the positive use cases, the data bias can cause a lot of serious harm to society. Take China’s recent initiative to use machine intelligence to predict and prevent crime. Of course, it makes sense to deploy complex algorithms that can spot a terrorist and prevent crime, but a lot of bad scenarios can happen if there is an existing bias in the training data for those algorithms.It important to note that most of these risks already exist in our lives in some form or another, like when patients are misdiagnosed with cancer and not treated accordingly by doctors or when police officers make intuitive decisions under chaotic conditions. The scale and lack of explainability of machine intelligence will magnify our exposure to these risks and raise a lot of uncomfortable ethical questions like, who is responsible for a wrong prescription by an automated diagnosing AI? A doctor? A developer? Training data provider? This is why complex regulation will be needed to help navigate these issues and provide a framework for resolving the uncomfortable scenarios that AI will inevitably bring into society. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 28, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

eBay Has a OneDay Sale in Which Youre Getting 20 Off on

first_img Share Tweet Submit The thrill of shopping has arrived thanks to eBay as it has launched another site-wide sale today and this time it’s a little different than before. Most of eBay’s discounted deals, whether they encompass all stock or are offered by certain sellers, offer savings up to 15 percent or have a savings cap of $50. However, the new sales offer a flat 20 percent off, but cap savings at $100. This means for a shopping bill between $50 to $500, you can save a lot in the end.So what exactly do you need to do? All that is required is that you use the promo code PICKDADSGIFT at the checkout stage to avail the deal and just be clear that the deal ends tonight at 10 PM ET so make sure that you can take advantage of any possible deal that you come across.If we might interject, you can buy video games from the eBay outlet of Best Buy as this is a great opportunity to get Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, or Nintendo Switch games and the gaming consoles themselves at a discounted price. You can also pick up the Apple HomePod, iPhone, or even an iPad.Apart from that, you can get a year of PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live. Unfortunately, gift cards are excluded from the deal. There are just so many deals to pick from so take out time properly and make your decision wisely.How to redeem your Coupon:Shop for eligible items. (See below for exclusions).Pay for your item by 7:00 PM Pacific Time on June 6, 2018Enter the Coupon code in the redemption code field: PICKDADSGIFTTerms & Conditions:This Coupon is a 20% discount off a minimum purchase of $50, valid from 7:00 AM PT June 6, 2018, until 7:00 PM PT on June 6, 2018. Discount applies to the purchase price (excluding shipping, handling, and taxes) of eligible items on eBay.com, cafr. ebay.ca and ebay.ca, and will be capped at a maximum value of $100. Eligible items exclude warranties and protection plans, as well as items from the Coins & Paper Money, Gift Cards & Coupons, and Real Estate categories.Enjoy 20 percent off on eBay with this site-wide salelast_img read more

Apples Latest 97inch iPad is Down to Just 229 128GB Model for

first_imgWhat can only be described as one of the most insane deals of this holiday season, you can pick up the latest 9.7-inch iPad for a low price of just $229.It’s safe to say that Apple rules the tablet space like no other. Even when it comes to price, the iPad commands an asking price that’s very, very reasonable for a lot of people. If you are one of the few who think otherwise, then you might change your mind today.For what is likely to be a limited time discount, the 32GB iPad is down to just $229, which is a $100 discount from its asking $329 price tag. But that’s not all, the 128GB model of the tablet is seeing a discount too, bringing the price down to a cool $329. Basically, you’ll be paying 32GB pricing for the 128GB model which isn’t bad at all in any way.What do you get when you part with $229? For starters, you get a wonderful looking 9.7-inch Retina display that not only looks stunning but is highly responsive as well. Furthermore, you get Apple Pencil support out of the box. Keep in mind that the iPad 6 is the only tablet to support Apple’s ‘stylus’ apart from the entire iPad Pro lineup, so that’s something to brag about.There are multiple cameras for FaceTime calling with a beefy 64-bit, A10 Fusion chip under the hood to keep everything nice and ticking. Personally, I will highly recommend picking this tablet up for a lot of reasons. In fact, for $229, you can’t even find a decent Android tablet which makes this deal an insane value for those looking to dive into the world of tablets.Buy Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, 32GB) – Was $330, Now just $229Buy Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, 128GB) – Was $430, Now just $329 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

New government lionfish commission to take on invasive species

first_img Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Local efforts to curb the encroachment of invasive species in Costa Rica’s Caribbean got a big boost this week with the formation of a National Commission for the Management and Control of Lionfish. The new commission will provide government support for Caribbean fishing associations that are already actively combatting the proliferation of lionfish (Pterois).Introduced to the Atlantic Ocean from the Indo-Pacific sometime in the 1980s, the lionfish has been wreaking havoc on Caribbean fish populations. The fish can gobble up two smaller fish every minute and lay up to 30,000 eggs each year, depleting catches for fishermen and damaging the ecosystem. Though not the hardest hit country in the region, Costa Rica has approximately 90 lionfish per hectare and fishermen have reported an 80-87 percent decline in their catches since 2009 when the fish began to appear off the country’s coast.See also: The lionfish huntersSince 2012, the Southern Caribbean Traditional Fishermen’s Association (APACS) has worked to spear or trap as many lionfish as possible, but lack of funding has limited their efforts.Made up of ten government organizations, universities, NGOs and community leaders, the new commission will allocate public resources to combat the lionfish invasion. The commission will meet over the next several months to determine its first steps, which will include a publicity campaign to encourage the public to buy and eat lionfish, as well as better funding for the annual lionfish tournament in Manzanillo.“At the moment we are working with the commission to put on the best lionfish fishing tournament yet,” said José Ugalde a member of APACS. Facebook Comments Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Timescenter_img Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Related posts:Costa Rica’s shark conservation record is a ‘mixed bag,’ observers say Costa Rica says it will support new shark protections despite agreements with fishermen US surfer loses leg in Tamarindo crocodile attack Costa Rica to host third International Sustainable Building Congresslast_img read more

Online business want to make money really have to study hard

whether online shop or web site and some other things to do, have to study hard, why? Because with their long learning teacher curriculum deeply, I found that I want more knowledge, also feel that their knowledge is inadequate, because for a long time the teacher’s core courses the church is your ideas, and then you have the idea, you will find the online presence of business is really very very much, but you want to do it, because it will be some knowledge of the problem, and it is difficult to prevent them, can be very good to do so. read more

Join ingot ravioli all year round to earn

wonton, has always been a very delicious food. Small entrepreneurial choice to join the wonton project, is also a very good choice. How about wonton? Market snacks to join the brand leader. If you join the gold wonton project, is also very exciting. Hurry up!

a lot of people for the wonton is love and hate, because the taste is really good wonton, but ravioli fillings have been used, many people are worried about health problems. Eat wonton, there is no such worries, the selection of fillings, are the exclusive secret system, and will be regularly replaced, will not be reused. In the wonton wonton franchise stores, to bring food to consumers are healthy and nutritious delicious! read more