CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgarians are still waiting to hear how much the federal government will provide if the city hosts the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.Councillor Evan Woolley, who also chairs the Bid Exploration committee, is not concerned. “The negotiations are ongoing, I recognize Calgarians eagerness to have that number, I remain hopeful and optimistic that we will be getting that number in the next matter of days,” Woolley said.However, Councillor Sean Chu, who has long opposed the games, noted even if federal funding is announced, there is still a lack of information available to plebiscite voters.“We’ve been told that due to the competitiveness of this, we just cannot release all the information,” Chu said.READ MORE: Calgary mayor doesn’t want to spend more than province on 2026 GamesThe province has committed $700-million to the Games, but that number is about $300-million less than was hoped for by the bid committee.READ MORE: Alberta government says it would front $700M for Calgary OlympicsWATCH: Why you’re seeing more pro-Olympic advertising
3 April 2008A United Nations report released today shows progress in treating children with AIDS and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, but urges greater efforts to stem the tide of the global epidemic. According to Children and AIDS, there were some 2.1 million children under 15 living with HIV in 2007, most of whom were infected before birth, during delivery or while breastfeeding. And young people aged 15-24 still account for about 40 per cent of the new HIV infections among all people over 15 in 2007. In addition, an estimated 290,000 children under 15 died from AIDS last year, and 12.1 million children in sub-Saharan Africa lost one or both parents to the disease. “Today’s children and young people have never known a world free of AIDS,” said Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which along with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) produced the report. “Thousands lose their lives to the disease every year, and millions have lost parents and caregivers,” she stated. “Children must be at the heart of the global AIDS agenda.” The report examines progress and challenges in four key areas – preventing HIV transmission from mothers to children (PMTCT), providing paediatric treatment, preventing infection among adolescents and young people, and protecting and supporting children affected by AIDS. Among other findings, the report says that by the end of 2006, 21 countries, including Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Thailand, were on track to meeting the target of 80 per cent coverage for PMTCT by 2010, up from only 11 countries in 2005. Also, the number of HIV-positive children in low- and middle-income countries receiving antiretroviral treatment rose by 70 per cent from 2005 to 2006. While the proportion of HIV-positive pregnant women receiving antiretrovirals to reduce mother-to-child transmission increased by 60 per cent during the same period, it is estimated that only 23 per cent of HIV-positive pregnant women are receiving antiretrovirals. “We are making progress but still face many challenges,” said Dr. Kevin DeCock, Director of WHO’s HIV Division. “Critically, we must provide antiretroviral treatment for women who require it for their own health, which will save their lives but also assure a future for their children. To achieve all this, health systems and their most precious component, the health care workforce, must be strengthened.” Progress has been made in many countries with regard to the protection and care of children affected by AIDS and on their access to social services, as well as in school enrolment rates for children who have lost both parents to the disease. At the same time, AIDS-affected children are still more likely than other children to fall behind in school and to live in poorer households, according to the report. UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot noted that while important gains have been made in addressing treatment needs for children and in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. “However, much more needs to be done to prevent HIV amongst young people and adolescents if we are to make a major change in the direction of the epidemic,” he stressed. The report urges more resources for prevention, treatment and protection efforts, implementing new initiatives and scaling up those that have already been tested and proven effective.
MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is pushing back its decision on whether to opt for a trial by jury or by judge alone in a corruption case that has tripped up the engineering giant and ensnared it in a political controversy for months.“I need more time to make the choice. It has to be decided by several people in the company,” defence lawyer Francois Fontaine told the Court of Quebec on Friday.“Because it’s an important decision,” he told reporters after the morning hearing. “It’s a big company. It’s necessary to take the time to analyze it carefully.”Last week a Quebec judge ruled there is enough evidence to send SNC-Lavalin to trial over charges of fraud and corruption, prompting a further tumble in the beleaguered firm’s share price.The company has previously pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges.SNC-Lavalin is due back in court June 28.The Montreal-based firm is accused of paying $47.7 million in bribes to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011. SNC-Lavalin, its construction division and a subsidiary also face one charge each of fraud and corruption for allegedly defrauding various Libyan organizations of $129.8 million.The court hearing in Montreal on Friday was the latest step in criminal proceedings that began last fall after SNC-Lavalin failed to secure a deferred prosecution agreement, a kind of plea deal that would have seen the firm agree to pay a fine rather than face prosecution.Since early February, SNC-Lavalin has been at the centre of a political controversy following accusations from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould that top government officials pressured her to overrule federal prosecutors and negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with the company.
FREDERICTON – Five conditions must be met before New Brunswick will lift a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, Premier Brian Gallant said Thursday in a move that has frustrated the energy sector but pleased environmentalists.The provincial government introduced legislation that would prohibit fracking throughout the province until concerns about health, the environment and First Nations input are addressed.Gallant placed conditions on the legislation including a process to consult with First Nations, a plan that mitigates the impact on public infrastructure and addresses waste water disposal and credible information about the effects fracking has on health, water and the environment.The development of a royalty structure and a “social licence” ensuring that the public accepts fracking are also needed before the moratorium would be removed, Gallant said, though he acknowledged that last condition has yet to be defined.“We have been clear from Day 1 that we will impose a moratorium until risks to the environment, health and water are understood,” Gallant told a news conference in Fredericton.“We believe these conditions to be very reasonable.”He said his government supports job creation but added that it needs to be done in a diversified and sustainable way.“We’re not interested in putting all of our eggs in a single basket,” he said.A number of companies are exploring for shale gas in the province and Corridor Resources recently fracked wells in the Penobsquis area that are used to supply gas to the nearby Potash Corp. mine.Gallant said such operations would be allowed to continue under the legislation, as long as they don’t rely on fracking.“We’ll certainly also always listen to businesses that may have concerns and try to mitigate some of the impacts if they believe (them) to be negative on their operations,” he said.Sheri Somerville, a natural gas adviser with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said the industry is disappointed with the government’s decision.“We’ve been saying all along that a moratorium is unwarranted and that we’ve been doing this safely here in New Brunswick for at least a decade and in other jurisdictions in Canada for more than 60 years,” Somerville said.She said each energy company operating in the province will have to make its own decision on how to react but there are concerns that it could put a halt to exploration.“This could certainly have a detrimental impact on future investment and industry progress for the province.” she said. “It might result in a missed opportunity.”Corridor Resources president Steve Moran said his company doesn’t support the moratorium.“We have always maintained that a moratorium is not necessary for an industry that has operated responsibly and safely in this province,” Moran said Thursday in a statement.He said the conditions cited by the premier are not clear enough.“They do not provide a predictable path forward. In addition, New Brunswick already has clear and robust regulations in place under which the industry operates safely.”Moran said Corridor Resources and its partners have spent more than $500 million exploring for oil and natural gas in New Brunswick since 1995, drilling 46 wells and completing 120 hydraulic fracture stimulations.He said the company believes there is a huge gas potential in the province but will only determine that by drilling and fracking more wells.Jean-Guy Leclair, general manager of PotashCorp New Brunswick, said in a news release if the moratorium removes a supply of natural gas it could raise costs and prompt a review of the firm’s operations in the province.But Stephanie Merrill of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick welcomed the legislation.“It’s really refreshing to see the premier be so concerned about the environment and our water,” she said, adding that she hopes the moratorium is permanent.Mark D’Arcy of the Council of Canadians, who has attended anti-shale gas rallies across the province, said he believes many New Brunswickers support the government’s decision.“This is a great Christmas present,” he said.Opposition Tory Leader Bruce Fitch accused the government of breaking its promising to create jobs by bringing in the moratorium.Nova Scotia, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador have also passed moratoriums on fracking, though they vary in scope.Follow @KevinBissett on Twitter. New Brunswick fracking moratorium raises industry ire, pleases environmentalists by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2014 8:18 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Presented to donors at a meeting in Berlin, the 2015 appeal incorporates, for the first time, development aspects in addition to the life-saving humanitarian needs of over 12 million displaced people inside Syria, and the millions of Syrian refugees scattered throughout the region and the countries that host them.“This plan, if fully funded, can help us provide food and medicine for children, shelter families from the cold, and support those who are desperate and traumatized. Syria is a very difficult and dangerous place to work but the humanitarian community remains committed to helping the most vulnerable people caught in this crisis,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA).The Syria Strategic Response Plan 2015 (SRP) which requires $2.9 billion in funding to address acute humanitarian needs inside Syria, aims to provide 12.2 million people with protection, life-saving assistance and livelihood support. Meanwhile, the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) represents a strategic shift in the approach to delivering aid for the region. It brings together emergency humanitarian operations and host community support with longer-term programmes aimed at boosting resilience. Requiring $5.5 billion in funding to directly support almost 6 million people, it is based on planning projections of up to 4.27 million refugees in countries neighbouring Syria by the end of 2015 and help to over a million vulnerable people in host communities.“Refugees and internally displaced people have exhausted their savings and resources, and host countries are at breaking point,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. The refugee component of the 3RP includes food aid, shelter, relief items and cash to meet basic household needs as well as registration services. The resilience component is about helping more than a million vulnerable people in communities who will benefit from assistance programmes and an enhanced focus on livelihoods and the creation of economic opportunities. An additional 20.6 million people in Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt will benefit from upgrades to local infrastructure and services in areas such as health, education, water and sewage.”The countries hosting Syrian refugees are struggling with the massive impact on their economies, societies, and infrastructure threatening not only their stability but the stability of the entire region,” said Gina Casar, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator. “A traditional humanitarian response is no longer enough,” she added. Syria Crisis: Humanitarian Response in Pictures
Mrs Duplain said that she then returned home and picked up her husband and returned to the motorway, finding him waving his jacket at passing cars.She said that he did not recognise them but they persuaded him to get into the car where he lay on the back seat kicking at the windows forcing her to stop the vehicle again.Mr Kaiser got out of the car and ran across the motorway and was struck by a Volkswagen Polo being driven on the northbound carriageway. He died from severe head injuries at the scene.Mrs Duplain said: “I said to Andy ‘He’s going to get killed’ and then I heard him being hit by the car.”Mrs Duplain said that she later found out from Mr Kaiser’s family that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, was signed off sick but had carried on working. I said to Andy ‘He’s going to get killed’ and then I heard him being hit by the carSue Duplain Her husband, Andrew, said they had called the NHS number 111 but had not been given any advice on what to do.He said: “They really couldn’t do much. The way he was talking it was clear he wasn’t in control, he couldn’t be trusted, he needed to be locked up to be fair.”Later that evening, as Mrs Duplain was driving work colleague Mr Kaiser to the hotel where he was staying, he grabbed the steering wheel forcing her to stop on the hard shoulder of the A3(M) near Clanfield where he jumped out of the car.She told the Portsmouth inquest: “There was no warning whatsoever. He had got his phone, his passport, keys, wallet and everything and was stuffing everything between my knees. I screamed at him and swore at him and said ‘Are you trying to kill the both of us?’.” Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner David Horsley said to Mrs Duplain and her husband: “It seems he did have some underlying problem with his brain which had recently caused his behaviour to become extremely erratic.”He was a highly stressed and nervous person but his behaviour that day and night was beyond anything you could have contemplated.”It must have been a dreadful experience for you both. It was a nightmare situation. His behaviour was totally irrational and I think we have an explanation why it was irrational.”He did not know what he was doing and things were further complicated by the fact he was German and they drive on the other side of the road. I do not think he was aware a car was coming at him.” It was a nightmare situation. His behaviour was totally irrational and I think we have an explanation why it was irrationalDavid Horsley, coroner A German man who came to the UK to visit friends ran was killed when he ran across a motorway after a brain tumour he was suffering from caused him to behave “erratically and out of control”, an inquest has heard.Alexander Kaiser, from the Westerwald region of Germany, had flown to the UK on June 5 after suffering stress in his relationship with his partner of 10 years.But after friend Sue Duplain had picked the 35-year-old up from Heathrow airport he began to behave “bizarrely” including repeatedly asking her to give him high-fives, trying to escape from the garden of their home in Horndean, Hampshire, and asking for a beer before throwing it away. 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.
Personal data is now as important a commodity as oil, a leading QC has said as he warns companies that they need to be up front on what they are using it for. Dean Armstrong QC, an expert in cyber law, said as it becomes possible to collect ever more data businesses will have to ensure that they tell their customers exactly what they are handing over and why. From the hive which is used to control heating to the personal digital assistants that are increasingly used in peoples homes more and more devices are connected in the internet of things, but at the same time there is a “pincer movement” of tighter regulations. Mr Armstrong, co-author of Cyber Security Law and Practice, said data is now a “commodity as important as oil” and how it is used is now one of the biggest single issues which can “make or break” a company and its reputation.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”What we are all coming to understand is that data is such a source for use and abuse that everyone has got to be so much more concerned about how it is dealt with. The realisation that you can’t be careless with data is really coming to the fore,” he said. “Young people, whilst they are big users of Facebook and other social media platforms, generally understand that their data is actually important to them and people must not misuse it.”It has got intrinsic value and it’s a major resource now. If you have someone’s data you can become that person. You can have control over their bank you can have control over their email address.”Companies are the custodians of data and they must use it in a way that is proper.”The warning comes in the wake of the scandal over the harvesting of data from Facebook which was used by Cambridge Analytica. New GDPR rules, which came into force in earlier this year, also mean that companies face harsher penalties for misuse or breaches of personal data. Mr Armstrong said: “The hive which most people have in their homes which allows for remote control of heating and lighting through the thermostat can collect and analyse data and it can compare that.”Anything that you have in your house, if you have an Alexa that’s a device that collects and analyses data. You say play my favourite song and it knows what your favourite song is, it knows your shopping habits – it knows a lot more about you than you perhaps would want it to.” Research has shown that experts could even determine with 90 per cent accuracy what TV programme a person is watching based on the electrical signals coming from the home. Mr Armstrong, a barrister with The 36 Group chambers, said that any company involved with these devices would have to be “very careful” and make sure they have “specific consent”. He said: “The consumer has to understand, as a company I have to explain what I am going to do with your data and why I need it. If I use it for a whole different purpose then you have not really given consent.”Gone are the days when it was effectively ‘We are assuming your consent until we hear otherwise’.” 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.
Metso Minerals assembled crushers save time and improve safety for iron ore concentrator in Western Australia at the Karara project. This is an integrated development of a magnetite deposit, to produce both high grade magnetite concentrate on-site and blast furnace quality pellets in northeast China. Karara is a worldclassorebody in terms of its scale, quality, consistency and extremely low waste. Its ore stripping ratio will result in relatively low mining costs.Karara is being developed by Gindalbie Metals, an independent Australian iron ore company based in Perth, through a 50:50 joint venture with AnSteel, one of China’s leading steel and iron ore companies. The use of three MP1000 secondary cone crushers supplied by Metso is a key aspect of the Karara operation. Part of what makes this supply so interesting is that Metso delivered the crushers fully assembled to the site, which is made possible because there are no logistical restrictions.“Crushers are typically supplied in various pieces, sourced from around the world, and assembled on site,” explains Neil Rackham, project manager at Metso’s Perth office. “In this case we consolidated the parts in Geraldton on the west coast of Australia so that the crushers could be pre-assembled, and then delivered to the site in assembled form.” In addition to delivering the machine, Metso offers service and ultimately provides added value to the project.Rackham points out the many benefits that the customer derives from this process. “First and foremost,” he says, “there is the element of safety. Assembly work is safer in a workshop environment where workers have better control and are familiar with their surroundings and potential local hazards. And obviously they have all the necessary equipment for assembling the parts and preparing the finished crusher for shipping.”Equally important is the cleanliness of the work environment, allowing the assembly to be conducted without delays from rain and other adverse weather conditions. The clean workshop is also better suited to the assembly of high precision parts which need to be assembled free of dust.“The work is carried out by one of Metso’s partners,” says Rackham. “We have a long-established relationship with them and we can easily address any issues, such as identifying and locating parts, with no impact on the customer’s installation schedule. ”An important cost-saving aspect of Metso’s approach is the elimination of expensive on-site labour costs, as well as the travel and lodging expenses of putting an assembly crew at the concentrator. “It can take up to four months to assemble a crusher onsite with Metso assistance;” says Rackham. “But with the pre-assembly it only takes a day or two to position the crusher once it’s delivered. With so many different people trying to access the cranes and other equipment at the site, the benefit to the customer in their planning and time management is invaluable. Plus, many of the typical hazards of assembling on a site are eliminated.”Once the crusher is assembled, the job of transporting the 157 t machine then becomes the challenge. Metso already had experience with this, having already delivered five assembled crushers to other customers in Western Australia. “Our method is quite simple, but it’s elegant,” explains Rackham. “We assemble the crusher on elevated stands that are wide enough to straddle a trailer. We reverse the trailer, which has a hydraulic loading system, under the stand. We then raise the trailer until it takes the load, then lower it back down to road level again once the crusher is secure. We don’t even need a crane and the whole operation only takes a couple of hours.”Because the crusher is a high-point load on the trailer, beams are spread along the length of the trailer, which has 16 axles with eight wheels per axle. This allows even distribution of the weight of the crusher, which is then transported the 250km due east from Geraldton to the site at Karara.When speaking of the customer’s reasons for choosing Metso, Rackham notes that it was largely the crusher’s reputation and Metso’s experience that made the sale. “We’ve been in the business for a long time,” he says, “and we care about what we do. We have the most experience with these types of large crushers and we feel we’re the best. Then we back it up with worldclass support and service.”He goes on to point out that the customer was also influenced by Metso’s ability to deliver a pre-assembled machine. “Knowing that any issues would be handled directly by Metso was an important consideration for the customer,” he says. “We could save them time, money and logistical headaches.”
AT&T has released that it holds exclusivity over carrying 3G signals from PlayStation Vitas when the portable game system releases here in the United States.Glenn Lurie from AT&T told consumer electronics blog The Verge that AT&T worked with Sony during the system’s development process on the 3G modules for the system. It also helped craft connectivity rules in the Vita SDK, presumably to suit AT&T’s network needs. Lurie explained that the SDK contributions expedite certification (it isn’t said with whom, whether that’s the FCC or Sony’s own app store) and avoid apps that harm the network. The telecoms heavyweight has also been testing 3G-equipped units since early fall 2011, as much as six months ahead of the console’s US release.The 3G lockdown will put a slight hamper on imports and exports of the handheld. While the system may be region-free as far as games are concerned, the carrier lock means that connectivity on the go will be hampered unless on the carrier the console was originally sold for, such as AT&T here or NTT DoCoMo in Japan. As a reminder, pricing is set at an iPad-like $14.99 per month for 250MB of bandwidth or $24.99 for 2GB. You’ll be paying that price for multiplayer gaming without a WiFi point, location-based services, and social networking on the go. The plan month-to-month, meaning that you can pay as you go instead of paying an automatic subscription fee.Still, $15 a month for what amounts to access to Twitter and a competitor to the 3DS’ StreetPass functionality isn’t the greatest value for money that portable gaming has ever seen. Then again, Vita owners who’ve seen prices for games or the proprietary memory cards aren’t the least surprised. via The Verge
Comment le climat pourrait être perturbé par le minuscule plancton arctiqueUne expérience menée par des scientifiques vient de montrer que les plus petits organismes planctoniques grandissaient mieux lorsque la concentration en dioxyde de carbone (CO2) des océans augmentait. Cette croissance se fait aux dépens des plus grands planctons, ce qui bouleverse de façon inquiétante la chaîne alimentaire et à plus grande échelle, le climat.Depuis le XIXème siècle, les océans ont absorbé environ 30% des émissions de CO2 dues aux activités humaines. Un phénomène qui provoque une acidification des océans, comme l’a, entre autres, prouvé le projet EPOCA (European Project on Ocean Acidification) qui a duré quatre ans. Lancé en 2008 et coordonné par Jean-Pierre Gattuso, chercheur du CNRS au Laboratoire d’océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), ce projet a rassemblé plus de 160 chercheurs de 32 institutions européennes.EPOCA a notamment mené une expérience d’envergure dans l’Arctique, en 2010. Réalisée dans des eaux qui absorbent davantage de CO2 que les autres (car plus froides que les autres), l’étude consistait à évaluer sur place l’acidification de cet océan tout en tenant compte des liens existants entre les organismes (compétition, prédation…). Pour cela, une équipe internationale constituée de 35 chercheurs et pilotée par Ulf Riebesell de l’institut allemand GEOMAR, a déployé neuf mésocosmes dans un fjord. Ces espèces de tubes à essai flottants étaient formés d’immenses sacs en plastique de 50 mètres cubes tendus par des structures de huit mètres. Un miniplancton qui se développe au détriment des autres Grâce à ces pièges, les chercheurs ont pu capturer l’ensemble du plancton présent dans le secteur. Ensuite, les scientifiques ont progressivement augmenté les concentrations en dioxyde de carbone dans sept mésocosmes de façon à atteindre les niveaux attendus d’ici 20, 40, 60, 80 et 100 ans. Les deux sacs restants, non modifiés, servaient de témoins. Chaque jour, des relevés chimiques et biologiques permettaient de mesurer et d’évaluer 50 paramètres différents.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Tout ceci a abouti à des résultats étonnants. Ils montrent avec évidence que le plancton de petite taille (le pico- et le nanoplancton) prospère abondamment lorsque la teneur en CO2 est élevée. Problème, en se développant, il consomme les sels nutritifs habituellement disponibles pour les espèces de plus grande taille. Ainsi, la croissance de ce tout petit plancton, base de la chaîne alimentaire, se fait aux dépens du phytoplancton, relève le CNRS dans un communiqué.Un impact global préoccupant L’expérience n’ayant duré que 5 semaines, les chercheurs n’ont pas eu le temps de voir si ce phénomène avait un impact sur la nutrition du zooplancton, qui se nourrit du plancton d’origine végétale. Plusieurs constats s’imposent alors. D’une part, le dioxyde de carbone acidifie les océans. D’autre part, il acidifie davantage les océans arctique et antarctique. De plus, il favorise la croissance du pico- et du nanoplancton ce qui provoque un bouleversement de la chaîne alimentaire. Par ailleurs, ce plancton de petite taille transfère moins de carbone dans l’océan profond, ce qui réduit l’absorption de CO2 par les océans. Enfin, le gros plancton émet en principe du sulfure de diméthyle (DMS), un gaz qui favorise la formation de nuages au-dessus des océans. Or, avec une production moindre de DMS, la quantité de rayonnement solaire atteignant la Terre serait augmentée ce qui accentuerait l’effet de serre. L’acidification des océans pourrait ainsi affecter le système climatique dans son ensemble.Le 20 septembre 2013 à 17:24 • Maxime Lambert
Coma profond : une activité cérébrale inconnue détectée par des chercheursDes chercheurs canadiens ont découvert l’existence d’un nouveau type d’ondes cérébrales, les ondes Nu, chez un patient en coma profond.Le cerveau n’en a pas fini de délivrer ses secrets. Lors d’un coma profond, lorsque plus aucune activité du cerveau n’est détectée sur l’encéphalogramme (EEG), les médecins parlent de mort cérébrale. Toutefois, des chercheurs viennent de découvrir un nouvel état de conscience, situé entre la mort cérébrale et la “ligne continue” de l’EEG. Un nouveau type d’activité qui a été nommé complexes-Nu.Les chercheurs de l’université de Montréal, qui publient leur découverte dans la revue en ligne PLoS ONE, ont d’abord observé ces ondes chez un patient plongé dans un profond coma hypoxique, et traité avec de puissants médicaments anti-épileptiques. “Le Dr. Bogdan Florean, en Roumanie, nous a contactés car il avait observé un phénomène inexplicable sur l’EEG d’un de ses patients dans le coma” explique le Dr. Florin Amzica, auteur de l’étude. “Nous avons alors réalisé qu’il y avait une activité cérébrale, inconnue jusqu’alors, chez ce patient”.Suite à cette observation, l’équipe a décidé de recréer cet état chez des chats, l’animal utilisé comme modèle standard pour les études neurologiques. Ils ont placé les animaux dans des états de coma profond (mais réversible) grâce à un analgésique. Des oscillations sur les EEG ont alors été observées sur tous les chats testés, alors que ceux-ci étaient en coma profond. Cette activité provenait de l’hippocampe, une région du cerveau impliquée notamment dans les processus d’apprentissage, et était dirigée vers le cortex. En comparant les résultats obtenus, les chercheurs ont démontré que ces oscillations étaient de la même nature que celles observées chez le patient roumain.Un coma artificiel plus bénéfique ?Pour l’heure, les scientifiques ignorent les implications de cette découverte. Toutefois, le Dr. Amzica se veut rassurant quant à ses répercussions : “Ceux qui ont décidé de débrancher un proche dans un état de mort cérébrale n’ont pas besoin de douter de leur docteur. Les critères de diagnostics cérébraux sont très restrictifs. Nos travaux font peut-être redéfinir le critère de mort cérébrale à long-terme, mais nous en sommes encore loin. De plus, ce n’est pas l’aspect le plus intéressant de cette étude”.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ce qui a intéressé les chercheurs est le potentiel thérapeutique d’un tel état. Quand des patients dans un état extrêmement grave sont hospitalisés, les médecins peuvent décider de les placer dans des comas artificiels, dits de sédation, afin de protéger leur cerveau et de faciliter le travail des médecins. Mais le Dr. Amzica pense aujourd’hui que le coma qu’ont expérimenté les chats peut être plus efficace. “Un organe ou un muscle qui reste trop longtemps inactif s’atrophie. Il est plausible que les mêmes règles s’appliquent sur un cerveau resté trop longtemps dans un état où l’EEG est plat”. Selon lui, plonger les patients dans un coma légèrement moins profond, où les ondes Nu sont encore présentes, pourrait ainsi être une alternative efficace et un vrai bénéfice pour les patients.Vaste potentiel de recherche”Une autre conséquence de notre étude est que nous avons maintenant la preuve que le cerveau est capable de survivre à un coma profond si la totalité du tissu nerveux est intacte” explique de son coté, le Dr. Danel Kroeger, co-auteur de l’étude. “Nous avons aussi la possibilité d’étudier le processus d’apprentissage et de mémorisation sur l’hippocampe durant un coma. En résumé, nous avons devant nous un boulevard de possibilités de recherche”.Le 20 septembre 2013 à 15:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
DALLAS — Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols agreed Thursday to a $254 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, leaving the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals after more than a decade for a new baseball life in southern California.Pujols’ contract, which is subject to a physical, is the second-highest in baseball history and only the third to break the $200 million barrier, following Alex Rodriguez’s $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas before the 2001 season and A-Rod’s $275 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees before the 2008 season.“This is a monumental day for Angel fans and I could not be more excited,” Angels owner Arte Moreno said.In addition to the Pujols signing, the Angels agreed to a five-year contract with left-hander C.J. Wilson, a deal worth $77.5 million that raised their spending for the day to $331.5 million.People familiar with the deals told The Associated Press the terms of each contract, speaking on condition of anonymity because those details were not made public.Pujols had spent all 11 of his major league seasons with the Cardinals, hitting .338 with 445 home runs and 1,329 RBIs to become a franchise icon second only to Stan Musial. He is fourth in career slugging percentage at .617, trailing only Hall of Famers Babe Ruth (.690), Ted Williams (.634) and Lou Gehrig (.632).
LONDON: A 23-year-old Indian-origin doctor has been crowned Miss England after fending off competition from dozens of other models, the media reported on Friday. Bhasha Mukherjee, 23, from Derby, holds two different medical degrees, has an IQ of 146, making her officially a ‘genius’ and is fluent in five languages, reports The Daily Mail. She was due to start her new job as a junior doctor in a hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, just hours after the Miss England final ended on Thursday evening. Also Read – Article 370 fallout: Pakistan Foreign Minister now dials up South Korean counterpart Advertise With Us “Some people might think pageant girls are airheads, but we all stand for a cause,” she said before the contest. “My pageant career all started to happen while I was in the middle of studying at medical school – it took a lot of convincing for me to do it, but eventually I decided to do it to balance out my studying and give me a break.” Mukherjee was born in India. Her family relocated to the UK when she was nine. She went onto complete two bachelor degrees: one in medical sciences and one in medicine and surgery from the University of Nottingham. As the winner of Miss England, she will be entered into the Miss World contest and will also bag a holiday to Mauritius.
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Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WASHINGTON (RNS) — As he prepared for the State Department’s second summit on global religious liberty next week, Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador on religious freedom issues, defended the event against critics who say that the first summit failed to accomplish more than creating new statements about helping religious minorities.In a telephone briefing with reporters on Friday (July 12), Brownback, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, cited efforts in Iraq, where a partnership that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development has begun to assist “the redevelopment and repopulating of northern Iraq by Yazidis and Christians that had been run out during ISIS.”He also pointed to the International Religious Freedom Fund, established at last year’s ministerial to help religious persecution victims, for which the department has collected millions of dollars from donors. He said money from that fund was “offered in Sri Lanka after the Easter bombings,” in which more than 250 people were killed in terrorist attacks on churches and hotels.The ambassador painted the summits as catalysts for interfaith understanding and support.“Our effort is to stir actions. We want to see really a global grassroots movement around religious freedom,” said Brownback. “We want to get the various faiths to bind together and to stand for each other’s freedom of religion.”Participants at the 2018 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington on July 24, 2018. Photo by State Department/Public DomainHe said the focus of the July 16-18 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom will be on mutual respect but not a common approach to theology.“There is no common theology in this discussion, but it is towards a common human right,” he said.“And that human right is that everybody is entitled to be able to practice their faith peacefully and without fear.”Brownback said the summit will be “the biggest religious freedom event ever held in the world,” with two days of discussions among religious leaders and civil society activists and a final day with as many as 115 invited foreign ministers.RELATED: State Department religious freedom summit ends with commitments, critiquesHuman rights activist Nadia Murad in Vienna, Austria, on May 22, 2017. Murad received the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.(AP Photo/Ronald Zak)The gathering, a successor to a first-time event last July, will also feature first-person stories of survivors of religious persecution, including Nadia Murad, a Yazidi and former Islamic State group captive from northern Iraq who was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American who was freed this year after a two-year detention in Turkey.The plans have so far failed to convince some religious freedom watchdogs, who say the first gathering failed to live up to its billing, that the summit will lead to substantive results.Shaun Casey, director of Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, said the first ministerial appears to have “made no difference” in U.S. foreign policy for persecuted religious minorities around the globe.“You look at what’s happened to Rohingya and you look at what’s happening to Uighurs in China,” said Casey, the special representative for religion and global affairs at the State Department during the Obama administration. “There’s been no attempt to address the mass migration, if not the genocide, of Muslims in Myanmar.”H.A. Hellyer, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a think tank on international security, said the success or failure of the ministerial will relate to the State Department’s current policies.“The new commission on ‘unalienable rights’ is simultaneously being cast as another step in the administration’s culture wars,” said Hellyer, who also is the nonresident senior fellow of the Washington-based think tank Atlantic Council. “As such, I am not convinced this ministerial is going to deliver on any promises it may make.”RELATED: Muslim scholar catches flak for serving on new State Department rights panelNadine Maenza, left, commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, speaks at the April 29, 2019, event when USCIRF released its annual report in Washington, D.C. Commissioner Tony Perkins is on the right. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksNadine Maenza, a commissioner of the independent U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, argued that the first ministerial “raised the level of conversation” about global religious liberty far beyond Washington. In the last year, she has spoken with government officials in Egypt and civil society leaders in Indonesia, Thailand and Bahrain, where dialogue has become “just a natural thing” and less confrontational.But she thinks Brownback and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are seeking long-lasting results from the ministerials and that it will take time.“I really see them looking for long-term changes and how to help countries to want to move toward religious freedom,” she said. “But it is hard to measure in a year.”The ministerial comes less than a month after the State Department released its 2018 international religious freedom report. At that time, Pompeo announced that his department is elevating both the office for the envoy addressing anti-Semitism and the Office of International Religious Freedom. He said the reorganization would provide the offices with additional resources and staff and “empower them to better carry out their important mandates.” News • Photos of the Week By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Share This! Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,With more migrants stalled in Mexico, Baptists may play larger role on border As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. 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X Ronald L. JonesCAMH’s Teen Council at the Menil Collection, 2015One cold November evening ten years ago, Chanelle Frazier missed her bus home. It turned out to be a pivotal event in her life.“I saw all these people going in this giant silver building and I was like, ‘What are they doing in that building? It’s thirty more minutes before the bus comes. Maybe I, too, should enter this building,’” Frazier said, laughing.The giant silver building was the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (or CAMH). One of the curators was giving a talk on an exhibit and Frazier hung around to ask a question afterwards. Her curiosity led to becoming involved in the museum’s intensive teen program.– / 4They helped organize events, curated exhibitions, and even had a chance to sell their own work at an arts market. It’s also where she learned how to write grants, which proved to be valuable later.“That kind of leads in to what I do working for the National Museum of Ghana and the African Artist Foundation in Lagos,” Frazier explains. “I’m kind of used in this position as a grant writer/public relations specialist.”Museums around the country offer similar programs to engage teenagers, but the CAMH is one of four major art museums that took part in the recent study, Room to Rise: The Lasting Impact of Intensive Teen Programs in Art Museums. It included the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The project surveyed more than 260 alumni to measure the programs’ impact.People are always saying the arts improve our lives.“But do those outcomes hold up over time?” asks Mary Ellen Munley, who was the senior research analyst for the project. “Where are the influences of that experience popping up in their lives today, now that they are in their mid-20s or early 30s?”They found that 72 percent of the people surveyed hold jobs in the arts now. Some are artists and teachers and one even specializes in art-related law. For Chanelle Frazier, that teen council years ago was sort of an “ah ha” moment for her.“It really gave me the space and the opportunity to realize that that was a career path,” Frazier says. “Prior to that, I would’ve never thought that studying art history could result in anything.”But for the rest who didn’t pursue an arts career, more than half say the experience is still relevant to their work today. “The experience with the arts at that age has really given them a kind of identity that is grounded in a world view that stems from the arts,” Munley says.Additionally, more than half of everyone surveyed said it was one of the most important experiences they’ve had.That feeling came through at the CAMH’s latest event. Year after year, a new crop of teens at the museum’s teen art council springs up. They recently held their own show at a venue on the east side of downtown. The place was filled with dozens of kids in their mid-to late-teens; lots of dyed hair, funky eyeglass frames, and vintage clothing. 18-year-old Alex Rodriguez is one of about a dozen students who put the show together. Now she wants to do it as a career.“It’s been so helpful,” Rodriguez says. “The fact that we’ve been able to curate an exhibit for the Menil, for Foto Fest…It’s been a life-changing experience.”The program isn’t just for people who want to pursue visual art. Kizer Shelton says he wants to be a poet. At the show, he read his elegy to the jazz musician Chet Baker.Eli Winter is another member who doesn’t have a visual arts background. He didn’t know where the journey would lead him when he joined the group last year, but he looks right at home surrounded by a room full of peers as he plays guitar.“The skills I’ve learned at being a person… I’ve gotten better at just being,” Winter says. “And that’s a weird, new-agey thing to say, but it’s really true.”Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Kizer Shelton’s name. We regret the error. Listen 00:00 /03:58 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Share Texas law enforcement will have a press conference at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, at the Texas state Capitol, on what they consider the public safety dangers that Texas lawmakers’ proposed Bathroom Bill legislation pose. Some of Houston top law enforcement representatives will be there, including Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, Harris County Assistant Chief Debra Schmidt from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and Harris County Constable Chris Diaz. The event, which will take place two weeks into the Legislature special session, will also have other public safety experts, sexual assault survivors, sexual assault experts and public school superintendents, in an effort to urge lawmakers to reject efforts to pass what the group considers unnecessary and discriminatory legislation.
Even with GOP frustrations, a majority of Republicans (56 percent) say Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation, while almost a quarter think he should be fired and 20 percent are undecided. Among all adults polled, 65 percent say Mueller should be retained, 15 percent want him terminated, and 20 percent aren’t sure.Democrats and independents back Mueller by slightly higher margins than the entire American public, but even those numbers have fallen over the past month. Seventy-nine percent of Democrats want Mueller to finish his investigation, though that’s down from 83 percent in March; just 10 percent say Mueller should be fired, up from just 4 percent last month. Among independents, 68 percent say Mueller should be kept on with 14 percent saying he should be let go — a 14 point swing from March, when just 8 percent said Mueller should be fired and 76 percent supported keeping him.Republicans see FBI as biased against TrumpThere have also been big changes in how the public views the FBI — driven by a surge in Republican distrust, the poll shows. The new numbers come just as former FBI director James Comey, who was fired last year by Trump, is releasing his explosive new memoir and giving several media interviews, including one to NPR.Overall, there’s been an 18-point increase in Americans who believe the FBI is biased against Trump in the past two months. This month, 61 percent said that the FBI was just trying to do its job while 31 percent said they believed the nation’s chief law enforcement arm was biased against the Trump administration. Back in February, 71 percent of Americans polled said they believed the FBI was acting within its bounds, while 23 percent thought the agency was biased against the GOP White House.That swing has been due to rising Republican anger. For the first time, a 56 percent majority of Republicans say the FBI is biased against the president, with just 34 percent saying it’s only doing its job. That’s a 16-point swing against the FBI among the GOP, when just fewer than half of Republicans said in February that the FBI was biased but 43 percent still thought it was doing its job.Democratic views of the FBI have remained about the same in the past few months, but there’s been a major uptick among independents, too, who think the FBI is biased against Trump. Today, 62 percent of those polled say the FBI is just doing its job while 30 percent say it’s biased against the president. That’s a 22-point swing from February, when almost three-quarters of independents said the FBI was just doing their job and only 20 percent thought it was biased against the Trump administration.Faith in the FBI has remained about the same since polls earlier this year, however, with 54 percent of Americans saying they have some degree of confidence in the FBI and with 41 percent having little or no confidence. Those numbers have tightened by 5 points since February.Public believes Russian interference in midterms is likely Americans also think it’s possible Russia will seek to interfere in the U.S. elections again this November, the poll indicates, and that Congress hasn’t done enough to stop that from happening — though Republicans overwhelmingly don’t believe that is a possibility.Overall, 55 percent say Russian interference come November is likely or very likely, while 40 percent say it’s unlikely or won’t happen at all. That’s a net increase of 5 points from last month amid congressional hearings over how Russia sought to influence the U.S. elections through social media platforms like Facebook.However, 61 percent of Republicans say they don’t think there will be Russian interference in the midterms, with just 36 percent saying it’s likely or very likely. That number among the GOP has dropped by 36 points since February, but they’re the only group that still believes there’s not a great chance the country will try to interfere. Democrats have believed for months Russia will try to interfere again, with 77 percent saying they will and just 21 percent saying they won’t; that’s a 32 point swing since February.And since then, independents’ views have shifted with a solid majority believing Russia will try to interfere again. This month, 53 percent of independents said they believe the country will try to meddle, while 39 percent don’t. However, two months ago those numbers were almost flipped, with 56 percent thinking Russia wouldn’t seek to influence the U.S. elections again while just 40 percent thought they would.One thing that hasn’t changed since February in the polling is that Americans across the board, by a more than 4-to-1 margin, don’t think Congress has done enough to ensure that Russia won’t interfere in the elections again. Seventy-four percent said Congress has done little or nothing at all to prevent it from happening again with only 16 percent saying the’ve done a great deal or a good amount. That even includes almost three quarters of Republicans (73 percent) who agree that Congress hasn’t done enough to prevent Russian interference from happening again.Americans lose confidence in social media sitesAlex Wong/Getty ImagesFacebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing last week.The public also doesn’t believe that social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have done enough in the past two years to prevent Russian interference. Only 12 percent of Americans say they’ve done enough or a good amount to prevent interference from happening again, while 74 percent say they’ve done only a little or nothing at all. Those low marks are consistent across party lines and haven’t changed much since February, either.Americans polled overwhelmingly don’t think Facebook will safeguard their personal information, either. Eighty percent of adults say they have no confidence at all or very little in the social media site to protect their privacy, with only 12 percent having a great deal of confidence or quite a lot of faith in Facebook’s ability to do so. Again, that distrust is low among Republicans, Democrats and independents.The poll also showed that people don’t trust what they read on Facebook. An overwhelming 92 percent of Facebook users don’t have much or any confidence that what they see on the site is true, with only 5 percent having some degree of higher confidence.The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll surveyed 1,011 U.S. adults from April 10-13. There is a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russia investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2017.Republicans and Democrats are deeply divided on how they see special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to President Trump’s campaign, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.Overall, the former FBI director’s favorability ratings have dropped over the past month as Trump and other Republicans have ratcheted up their attacks on Mueller and his ongoing probe. There’s been a net-negative swing of 11 points over the past month, with 32 percent of all Americans holding a favorable view toward Mueller, 30 percent viewing him unfavorably, and a 38 percent plurality still not knowing enough to have an opinion.Independents, meanwhile, are more mixed — 35 percent view Mueller favorably, similar to March. But 30 percent of independents view him unfavorably, up 9 points, and 34 percent aren’t sure or don’t know enough about him. A 45 percent plurality of all Americans believe Mueller’s investigation is fair — a 7-point net drop from March — while 30 percent believe it is unfair and just over a quarter are undecided.But again, the Mueller probe is being seen through an increasingly partisan lens by Americans. For the first time, a majority (55 percent) of Republicans say his investigation is unfair, with just 22 percent calling it fair — which is a 17 point swing since last month. Almost three-fourths of Democrats say Mueller’s investigation is being handled fairly, a 5-point net uptick since last month, along with almost half of independents — though there’s a 9-point net drop.
Fixing “the page you requested cannot be found” in Chrome when accessing Microsoft sites by Martin Brinkmann on December 11, 2018 in Google Chrome – 9 commentsBack in 2016, I received This site can’t be reached error messages when I tried to access pages on microsoft.com in the Google Chrome browser to download Windows 10.I could access the pages just fine in other browsers, e.g. in Firefox or Microsoft Edge, but Chrome would always return a not found error message.The fix back then was to delete cookies set by Microsoft’s site as they somehow interfered with the connection.Over the past couple of weeks, I started to get a slightly different issue when accessing Microsoft pages in the Chrome browser.Any page on Microsoft’s website, https://www.microsoft.com/, e.g. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewiso, returned a “not found error”.We are sorry, the page you requested cannot be found. The URL may be misspelled or the page you’re looking for is no longer available.The issue was limited to a particular instance of Google Chrome. Chrome Canary, also installed on the device, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and any other browser I tried, loaded the page and others just fine.I knew that the issue that I experienced was not system-wide; only Google Chrome could not connect to pages on the Microsoft website while all other browsers could.Fixing the issueWhile there are plenty of possible explanations for the issue, I decided to try the tested “delete all cookies” solution that fixed the issue in 2016 first.Tap on the F12 button while in Chrome or select Menu > More Tools > Developer Tools to display the developer toolbar in Google Chrome.Select Application > Cookies from the sidebar on the left.Activate the https://www.microsoft.com/ entry to display all cookies set by the domain.Delete all cookies. Note: deleting cookies may require that you authenticate again if you use services or when you try to access certain areas on the site.Reload the page that did not load.The page that would not load previously loaded just fine afterward.I tested several pages on Microsoft’s website and they all loaded without any issues.ConclusionI don’t know how widespread the issue is; if you run into it, try clearing cookies in the browser that you experience the connection issues with to see if it resolves it.It is possible that the issue will come back in this form or another at a later point in time. You could auto-clean cookies set by Microsoft’s domain to avoid the issue but that would mean that you would have to sign in each time you want to access pages or services that require authentication.Now You: Have you experienced issues like this?SummaryArticle NameFixing “the page you requested cannot be found” in Chrome when accessing Microsoft sitesDescriptionOver the past couple of weeks, I started to get “the page you requested cannot be found” errors when accessing microsoft.com pages in Chrome.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project GENEVA (AP) – The U.N. refugee agency says about 84,000 people fled the escalating civil war in Syria in December alone, bringing the total number of those displaced since the beginning of the 22-month-old conflict to around half a million.The agency said Wednesday that the number of registered refugees rose from about 394,000 to 478,000 within a month. If those still awaiting registration are included, around 569,000 people have fled Syria for neighboring countries. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories Sponsored Stories It says Turkey hosts the largest group of registered Syrian refugees, totaling almost 150,000 as of Jan. 1. Some 130,000 people have fled to Lebanon, and another 120,000 to Jordan. Iraq hosts some 68,000 refugees.Separately, another U.N. body said new figures suggest more than 60,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict, topping activists’ estimate of 45,000.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Sponsored Stories But the IMF expressed concern about risks outside the banking sector.It warned the U.S. stock prices “are approaching levels that may be hard to sustain given profit forecasts” and the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise short-term interest rates later this year.Mutual funds could “act as amplifiers” of a panic if jittery investors cash out, forcing funds to dump risky investments into a collapsing market.The IMF warns that at time when ultra-low interest rates are pressuring insurance firms to take bigger risks, regulation of the business is “fragmented” between states. It repeated its calls for a federal insurance regulator.“We consider it even more imperative at this stage,” the IMF’s Aditya Narain, who oversaw the report, told reporters Tuesday. He added that “in a severe scenario, (insurers) might be susceptible to major losses.”After the financial crisis, Congress passed a law tightening financial regulations. But regulators are still writing many of the rules needed to put the so-called Dodd-Frank law in place. The IMF urged regulators to finish the rule-writing but acknowledged it was a “sensitive” issue because some lawmakers want to “water down” the law. WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that American stock prices are high and U.S. insurers and mutual funds are vulnerable to financial shocks. It also urged Congress not to weaken financial regulations passed in 2010.The IMF says that American banks are stronger but that risk has risen elsewhere. Its previous assessment of the U.S. financial system was conducted five years ago.Overall, banks and insurance companies have increased their capital defenses against losses. Check your body, save your life Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments Share 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean