OTTAWA — Since Confederation, at least 93 MPs have sat as Independents in the House of Commons. The vast majority of them were elected originally as members of a party and either left or were forced out for various reasons ranging from criminal allegations to disagreements over policy.Only a few successfully ran as Independent candidates, and even fewer managed to find any power as Independents when a minority government needed their votes to stave off defeat.Here are some of the more recent and memorable Independents:John Nunziata — Elected as a Liberal MP in the Toronto riding of York South-Weston in 1984, 1988 and 1993. In 1996 he was expelled from the Liberal caucus for voting against the government’s budget. In 1997 he ran and won as an Independent. In 2000 he ran as an Independent and lost to Liberal Alan Tonks.Andre Arthur — An outspoken and well-known radio host, Arthur was elected in 2006 as an Independent MP in the Quebec riding of Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier. He was one of the very few truly Independent MPs, with no previous partisan affiliations. Arthur never joined the Conservative party but because he backed the Conservative minority government often, the Conservatives did not run a candidate against him in either 2008 or 2011. He won in 2008 but in 2011 he lost to the NDP.Tony Roman — Elected as an Independent in a Toronto riding in 1984, he served a single term before throwing his backing to the Progressive Conservative candidate in the 1988 election. Like Arthur, he is one of the few Canadian MPs elected as Independents who had not previously been in another party.Chuck Cadman — Elected as a Reform MP in Surrey, B.C. in 1997, and re-elected under the Canadian Alliance banner in 2000, Cadman lost a nomination challenge for the merged Conservative party nomination in 2004. He ran as an Independent and won and refused invitations to rejoin the Conservatives. As an Independent MP in that Parliament, which had a Liberal minority government, Cadman held significant power and his vote in favour of the 2005 budget saved the Paul Martin government from defeat.Gilles Bernier — The father of People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier, Gilles Bernier was elected as a Progressive Conservative in Quebec’s Beauce riding in 1984 and 1988. In 1993, he was not allowed to run as a Tory because of fraud charges (he was later acquitted), but ran and won as an Independent.Bill Casey — Elected in Nova Scotia in 1988, 1993, 1997 and 2000 as a Progressive Conservative MP, he joined and ran for the merged Conservative Party in 2004 and 2006. In 2007 he was expelled from the Conservative caucus for voting against the government’s budget over concerns about the Atlantic Accord. In 2008 he ran and won as an Independent but resigned in 2009. In 2015, he ran again, this time as a Liberal, and won.Scott Andrews — Elected as a Liberal MP from Newfoundland in 2008, he was removed from the Liberal caucus in 2014 following allegations of sexual misconduct. He ran as an Independent in the 2015 election and finished a distant second, to Liberal Ken McDonald.Helena Guergis — Elected as a Conservative MP in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011 in the Simcoe-Grey riding north of Toronto, Guergis was also cabinet minister between 2008 and 2010. She was forced out of the Conservative caucus in 2010 over unspecified allegations and prime minister Stephen Harper said he had asked the RCMP to investigate her conduct. The police later said they found no evidence of criminal behaviour. She ran as an Independent in 2011 and lost to Conservative Kellie Leitch.Brent Rathgeber — Elected as a Conservative MP from Alberta in 2008, and 2011, he resigned from the caucus in 2013 over what he said was the lack of commitment the Conservative government had to transparency. He ran as an Independent in 2015 and lost to Conservative Michael Cooper.Bev Desjarlais —Elected as a New Democrat in the Manitoba riding of Churchill in 1997, 2000 and 2004, Desjarlais split with her party over its support for same-sex marriage. She was challenged successfully for the NDP nomination in Churchill in 2006 by Niki Ashton. Desjarlais immediately resigned from the NDP caucus and then ran as an Independent that year and lost, with the Liberals picking up the seat.David Kilgour — Elected first as a Progressive Conservative in 1979, he was expelled from the caucus for voting against the GST in 1990 and joined the Liberals after sitting as an Independent. He left the Liberals in 2005 in the midst of the sponsorship scandal, but his vote as an Independent in favour of the 2005 Liberal budget helped keep the government alive.Farther back in history, some big names won election as independents:Louis Riel — The Metis leader ran for Parliament three times as an Independent in Manitoba in the 1870s. He won but feared arrest if he appeared in Parliament. Though he signed the MPs’ register in disguise once, Riel did not take his seat and the Commons expelled him (twice, the second time after Riel won the byelection forced by his first expulsion).Henri Bourassa — The Quebec nationalist leader and founder of Le Devoir served several stints as an MP between 1896 and 1935, including nearly 10 years as an Independent between 1926 and 1935. He also sat as a Liberal at times.Camillien Houde — Best known for his multiple terms as mayor of Montreal and for being interned over his public opposition to conscription in the Second World War, Houde lost as a Conservative in a 1938 byelection and as an Independent in 1945 before winning as an Independent in 1949. He served one term as the MP for Papineau.The Canadian Press
The Canadian PressMary Jane Hill wasn’t there to witness the birth of her grandchildren or to see them graduate from high school. She won’t be there when her daughter needs her most, when she’s in pain, or on her wedding day.These are the losses Vicki Hill says she’s suffered because of the death of her mother, whose naked body was found along British Columbia’s Highway of Tears in 1978.“I never knew her, but to me, in my eyes, she gave me life,” Hill told the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women on Tuesday. “Now I have to live without her.”Hill was the first family member to testify at an inquiry hearing in Smithers, B.C., on Tuesday. She spoke softly and slowly, and her 15-year-old daughter, Zoey Hill-Harris, comforted her as tears rolled down her face.She said she was only six months old when her mother died and has no memories of her. The murder was never solved and she has struggled to get information and documents from police, she said.Hill read from a coroner’s inquest report that concluded her 31-year-old mother died of bronchitis and pneumonia as a result of manslaughter. There was semen on her body and her clothes were discovered in an alley in Prince Rupert, 33 kilometres from where she was found dead, she said.Dozens of women have died or gone missing along the stretch of Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Prince George, which has become known as the Highway of Tears.“I’m not only speaking for my mom, I’m speaking for the rest of the families. I feel their pain, I feel their hurt. I can see it. I’m not afraid,” she said. “Things have got to change, no matter what.”Hill called on the commissioners to listen to families and bring them justice, adding she wants to see improved cellphone service and transportation along the Highway of Tears.There is no cell service between Prince Rupert and Terrace, or in nearby Moricetown, she said, and she’s never seen phone booths or emergency telephones, either.A British Columbia inquiry into missing and murdered women recommended bus service along the route, but it took years for the service to arrive, and some buses have to be caught in the middle of the night, she said.Vivian Tom, chief of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in Burns Lake, also spoke Tuesday. Her powerful testimony about her 21-year-old daughter Destiny Tom brought several observers to tears.Tom recalled forgiving and hugging her daughter’s common-law partner and killer, Garrett George, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to just over eight years in prison last November.She also described a vision she had in church soon after her daughter’s death. She saw her daughter’s body, and she held her and rocked her in her arms, she said.“I said, ‘Destiny, I’m so sorry! I’m so sorry for what happened to you! I love you and I miss you. I’m so sorry that you were all alone when this happened,’ ” she said through sobs.Tom said she then saw white wings sprout from her own shoulders and hands emerge from clouds above, then she flew with her daughter’s body to place it gently in the hands.When she had her daughter’s tombstone made, she made sure it had angel wings on it, she added.Tom and her husband are raising their granddaughter, Cassidy, who is now seven. She was six when she talked about committing suicide, she said.“It just broke my heart,” said Tom. “She figured that because the teenagers in our community attempted suicide … she figured, death, suicide, then she could be with her mom.“I sat her on my lap, I said, ‘Baby girl, if you commit suicide, you can’t be with mom, because mommy fought hard for every breath.’ ”The inquiry has been plagued by controversy, with commissioner Marilyn Poitras resigning this summer and complaints from families about delays and poor communication.Chief Commissioner Marion Buller said during opening remarks Tuesday that she and fellow commissioner Michele Audette will listen to families and survivors with open minds and open hearts.Smithers is the first of nine communities the inquiry will visit this fall. The hearings runs through Thursday.Contact APTN National News here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabat – Qatar Petroleum has obtained the licensing to prospect for oil and gas in Morocco’s southern coasts, according to Moroccan news outlet Hespress.Moroccan authorities have extended the previous license for two-year to a consortium including Qatar Petroleum, American Chevron, Moroccan National Hydrocarbons and Mines Office (ONHYM), to operate the exploration of oil and gas in the seas surrounding southern Morocco.This extension follows an agreement signed between Qatar Petroleum and Chevron in February 2016 by virtue of which the Qatar company acquire 30 percent stake in three deep-water offshore exploration leases off Moroccan coasts.. The leases cover an area of approximately 29,200 square km, located between 100-200 km west and northwest of Agadir city. Supported by Chevron, which owns a 40% share in the maritime oil exploration off Morocco’s coasts, Qatar Petroleum will oversee the operations in accordance with the decision of the Moroccan government.Last February, Morocco World News reported that, as per the agreement between Qatar Petroleum and Chevron, which was approved by the Moroccan government, the American company would reduce its share in three leases to 45% and remain the operator of the deep-water leases in conjunction with ONHYM, which will retain a 25% holding.President of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production, Ali Moshiri, said at the time, “The agreement is a milestone in both companies’ efforts to maximize the value of exploration and production assets through long-term relationships.”
Karunanidhi had said it would strengthen the arguments voiced by many that India was only helping the Lankan government and not the Tamils there or Indian fishermen. “Parties have opposed the PM’s participation in the CHOGM (this November) in a united voice. I will take the issue to the Prime Minister. He will take a good decision,” Narayanasamy said.Ruling AIADMK-led by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has demanded that India boycott the CHOGM meet,accusing the Lankan army of committing “war crimes and genocide” against the Tamils. DMK and other parties have opposed India’s plans to supply two warships to Sri Lanka, contending that such a move would in no way benefit Indian fishermen and sought withdrawal of the proposal. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be apprised of the objections raised by political parties in Tamil Nadu to India’s plan to supply warships to Sri Lanka and his participation in the Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting in Colombo, Union Minister V Narayanasamy said on Tuesday.“Political parties from Tamil Nadu have opposed India’s plan to supply warships to Sri Lanka. DMK chief M Karunanidhi has opposed it. Congress (TNCC) has also spoken on the matter. I will bring them to the attention of the Prime Minister,” he told reporters in Chennai today, the Press Trust of India reported
The Police Special Task Force (STF) was then deployed to the area and a senior officer attempted to negotiate with the policeman and get him to return his weapon and give up his protest. The Police Sergeant had threatened to commit suicide using his weapon and refused to negotiate a settlement with the Police. The Law and Order Ministry said that the policeman was later interdicted over his behaviour. (Colombo Gazette) However the policemen refused to agree and eventually the STF and Police overpowered the policeman and brought the stand-off to an end.Gun shots were fired during the attempt to arrest the policeman but no one was injured. A Policeman has been interdicted over his unruly behavior in Thebuwana which led to a tense situation today.The Police said that the Police Sergeant had staged a protest in the Thebuwana junction today with his weapon, demanding that he be treated fairly.
In his address to the meeting, which opened yesterday in Skhirat, Morocco, Bernardino León, the UN Special Representative for Libya, presented a draft of a proposed political agreement, and said he was “full of hope that this draft represents a fair and reasonable way forward that can guide the country’s democratic and political transition until the adoption of a permanent constitution.”Mr. Leon urged those attending the meeting “to invoke the necessary spirit of flexibility, tolerance and compromise in order to reach a final agreement.”He told reporters today that “there is a general sense of hope, I would say even optimism that might produce a triple consensus.”The draft, Mr. León explained, provides a vision of the interim institutional architecture and security arrangements that will underpin the remainder of the transitional period in Libya. It focuses on providing these institutions with the capacity and tools they need to govern effectively while ensuring they remain bound by democratic principles, the separation of powers, and appropriate checks and balances.“Key in this undertaking will be an agreement amongst you here gathered today on a government of national accord that is representative of all Libyans, and that can start working quickly to assume its responsibilities in addressing the many difficult challenges facing your country, and working towards stabilising and restoring peace to towns and cities across Libya, beginning with its capital, Tripoli,” Mr. Leon said.Reminding them that “nothing you do today can ever reverse the terrible pain inflicted on the people of Libya,” he said, “today, mothers across Libya have their eyes on you, praying that your words and actions can bring an end to the suffering they have endured for much of the past year […] having to worry on a daily basis about providing enough food for their children, or making sure they have the right medicines to treat them…”Mr. León went on to tell the delegates and participants: “It is within your hands, and yours alone, to heal the rift that has divided and torn your country apart, to put it firmly back on the path of democracy […] and resume the difficult process of building a modern, civil State based on the rule of law and respect for human rights.”He also warned them that “recent terrorist and other attacks by these groups from Derna to al-Qubba, from Sirte to Misrata to Tripoli, to Soukna in the south and elsewhere in the country, should serve as a wake-up call regarding the real danger confronting your country.”“After five months of long and difficult negotiations,” he said, “the time has now finally come for you to make the even more difficult decision to make peace and begin the process towards national reconciliation.” Mr. León said “no draft is likely ever to meet all the expectations of different parties in the current Libyan context,” but that he was “confident that the current draft goes a long way towards forging a common ground for a fair and reasonable political agreement that is based on consensus, balance and inclusion, and that can pave the way for a resumption of your country’s democratic process.”“This is not an agreement of winners or losers, but one in which the only true victors are the people of Libya,” he said.He also assured the participants that “you will have not only the support of all Libyan stakeholders, but also of the United Nations and the wider international community.”
Ohio State sophomore safety Brendon White (25) intercepts a pass in the second half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorPASADENA, Calif. — Coming into the season opener against Oregon State, Ohio State did not have a definitive answer for the pair of safeties it was going to roll with.While junior team captain Jordan Fuller was the clear No. 1 at free safety, both sophomore Isaiah Pryor and redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint were labeled as co-starters at strong safety.By the midway point of the season, neither Pryor nor Wint had established themselves as the reliable No. 2 to Fuller, and Fuller said it affected his ability to find a rhythm.It took a targeting penalty by Pryor to change that.After Pryor was ejected for targeting and Wint going down with injury against Nebraska, sophomore safety Brendon White filled in, and almost immediately, his impact was felt.“All season I couldn’t really get too too comfortable because I was switching sides and all that kind of stuff,” Fuller said. “Now I’m solidified in my position and I’m just happy to see [White] blossoming to the player he is now and I can’t wait to see him play on Tuesday.”White recorded 13 tackles in a little more than a half of play against the Cornhuskers, and has recorded five tackles in each game since then as the starter alongside Fuller.For White, it was all about waiting for his opportunity.“Just patience. I had patience,” White said. “When my opportunity came I tried to take advantage of it, and then from here, with all that momentum I have, I just gotta keep the momentum going.”While White proved to be the guy to take over at strong safety, it put Wint and Pryor basically out of the game plan. After having three or more tackles in each of the first six games, Wint has three tackles combined over the past five games.Wint said the safety room as a whole has grown a lot together, but he feels there is a need for some personal improvement.“I feel like I could have done better. There’s a lot of plays that I want back, but I can’t turn back and get those plays back,” Wint said. “My brothers just kept me up, a lot of my teammates kept me pushing, I do it for them, I just try to continue to improve and work on the things I need to work on.”Wint, who played linebacker and wide receiver in high school, said he still needs to adapt to his new position. But for now, the position that gave the Buckeyes some of their largest issues early on — giving up big plays off bad angles from the secondary — have a potential solution.A lot of this has to do with Fuller, who has maintained himself as the rock to a safety position that could have otherwise been a revolving door of players.Co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch knows this. He said Fuller is the leader the safety room needed him to be this season.“You just have complete confidence he’s gonna be where he needs to be when he needs to be there, and he’s gonna help that individual next to him, the guys in front of him,” Grinch said. “He’s that calming influence on the back end, which is nice to have, and he’s held up very, very well for us.”Fuller and White have at least one more game together as the starting duo: a matchup against Washington in the Rose Bowl. This will be the fifth game the pair will line up together as starters.White will be back for another season, but Fuller’s future remains up in the air. He said he won’t have a decision until after the Rose Bowl.But regardless of Fuller’s decision, a safety room that once was seen as one of the major flaws of the defense has shown consistency to finish the season, showing signs of growth for the future. Fuller sees this as well.“I think as a safety room, we’ve grown tremendously, throughout the whole season,” Fuller said. “I know we’ve had different guys next to me all season, but we finally found somebody in Brendon White and, just everybody in their roles have contributed tremendously … I couldn’t be more proud.”
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Share83 Tweet Email1 Archbishop Eamon Martin speaking in Maynooth this morning. By Daragh Brophy Jun 11th 2018, 1:38 PM Monday 11 Jun 2018, 1:38 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4064396 It’s also a Catholic event, the World Meeting of the Families is an event of the Catholic Church. So I don’t think we make any apologies for the fact that the Catholic Church has a very clear teaching on marriage and the family.Martin said that the Amoris Laetitia (a 2016 exhortation from the Pope that stresses every person regardless of sexual orientation ought to be respected) would be the guiding document of the week’s events.Full scheduleThe Archbishop, accompanied by Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, announced full details of Pope Francis’s planned itinerary in Ireland at a press conference in Maynooth this morning.Journalists from several other publications also asked about the Church’s approach to LGBT members at the event. Asked to confirm the Church’s official view, Eamon Martin said the week’s events would allow for the exploration of the kinds of challenges and realities of modern family life in Ireland.“Only two weeks ago I met with a mother whose daughter has just come out and said she’s a lesbian,” the Archbishop said.That particular mother… Her question for me is like she says ‘I love my faith and I love my daughter’. And I suppose as a mother church we too love our faith, we love the teaching of our church and all it stands for but we also love our people.An event that “addresses that particular reality” will also take place as part of the week’s events. The programme for the World Meeting of Families was described in press material today as being ‘lay-led’ and ‘couples-led’.Other themes exploded at the gathering will include: ‘The future of marriage preparation in parishes’; ‘Exploring the impact of technology on the family’ and ‘The vocation of fatherhood in today’s world’.We can also expect, according to the press release, ‘fun cookery demonstrations with faith and family themes’.Clerical abuseArchbishop Diarmuid Martin was also asked this morning whether the Pope planned to meet with victims of clerical abuse during his visit to Ireland.He said that the itinerary released this morning did not include a full list of everyone the pontiff planned to meet while in the country.The Pope, Martin said, “has been and will be” briefed on the extent of the abuse. He had generally met with victims’ and survivors’ groups quietly during his international visits in order to respect the anonymity of those involved, the Archbishop added.Listing the various groups who might seek a meeting with the Pope – including survivors of institutional abuse, women from the Magdalene Laundries and from Church-run mother and baby homes – he said:We’ll find a way in which all of those … the Pope will be able to address the concerns of all of those people.Martin, who is the official host of the World Meeting of the Families, said he had been receiving about five letters a day from people who want to meet Pope Francis. Victim and survivor groups, he said, are “very high on the list of priorities”.Pope Francis will arrive in Dublin Airport on Saturday morning 25 August and will pay a visit to Áras an Uachtaráin on his way to events at Dublin Castle and St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral that afternoon (you’ll find the full schedule here).He will speak at the Feast of Families at Croke Park on Saturday evening, and will visit the shrine at Knock the following morning before saying mass at Dublin’s Phoenix Park at 3pm on Sunday afternoon.Advice if you’re goingA government website dedicated to the visit also went live today. The public are being advised that the engagements in Knock and at the Phoenix Park on 26 August are the main events of note that are open to the public.Visit to Apparition Chapel, Knock Shrine, Knock, Co.Mayo (9:45am)Closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families, Phoenix Park, Dublin (3:00pm)Both events will be ticketed and people are being urged to plan their transport and prepare for a long journey. More information is available at www.gov.ie/popeinireland.“While disruption is unavoidable for a visit of this scale, the Government is aiming to ensure that any disruption to businesses and individuals due to the visit is minimised as much as possible,” a Government press release said.“Necessary alternative arrangements are being developed and will be communicated to those impacted well in advance.“More information will be rolled out in the coming weeks for those who may be affected.”500,000 tickets will be made available for the Phoenix Park mass. 45,000 is the site capacity at Knock. ‘Of course’ LGBT couples welcome to volunteer says Archbishop: ‘It’s also a Catholic event’ Full details of the Pope’s participation in the World Meeting of the Families were confirmed today. Image: RollingNews.ie 102 Comments Short URL THE LEADER OF the Catholic Church in Ireland has said that LGBT couples are “of course” welcome to volunteer at the upcoming World Meeting of the Families event in Dublin.The Church is seeking thousands of volunteers to help with the organisation and the running of the event, which takes place from 21 to 26 August, and recently extending the deadline for volunteer applications. Pope Francis will visit for the final two days of the meeting, which is held every three years.The question of whether LGBT couples who are members of the Church would be welcome was raised earlier this year after it emerged pictures featuring same-sex partners were removed from a reissued booklet about August’s event sent to parishes.A US-based bishop’s welcome to same-sex couples was also edited out of a video promoting the World Meeting of the Families – a move described by Association of Catholic Priests as being “very damaging” to the event.“I’ve absolutely no idea that anyone would be asked about their sexual orientation in becoming a volunteer,” Archbishop Eamon Martin said in response to questions from TheJournal.ie at a press conference this morning.“But I imagine that all of those who attend the World Meeting of the Families as visitors as participants … the difference here is we don’t necessarily reveal our particular sexuality when we’re coming along to any event and I imagine it’s the same for the World Meeting of the Families.” Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeAsked again whether same-sex couples would be welcome to volunteer, he said:“Of course. At the world meeting of the families this is a gathering of people to whom everyone is welcome. I know the families who are going there would be the last to say that they are perfect in any way“Even in terms of living up to the teaching of the Church, we all struggle in that. As a bishop I struggle in that. I’m welcome, I hope, at the World Meeting of the Families, but so is everyone where they are at in their particular journey of faith. Archbishop Eamon Martin speaking in Maynooth this morning. Image: RollingNews.ie 25,314 Views
Greece’s financial markets will reopen on Monday, ending a five-week shutdown – the longest interruption to trading in the Athens Stock Exchange since the 1970s.Greek traders will be able to buy stocks, bonds, derivatives and warrants, but only if they use new cash such as funds transferred from abroad, cash deposits, money earned from future sales of shares, or from existing investment account balances held by Greek brokerages, The trading rules were announced by the Finance Ministry on Friday. Foreign investors will be excluded from all restrictions, provided that they were already active in trading before the imposition of capital controls last month.Stock market trading in Greece was postponed as the Greek Government put in place safeguards to its financial system as it negotiated its third bailout agreement with European lenders. “I think the market’s opening is another small positive sign that conditions are normalising in Europe,” said Jason Benowitz, a New York-based senior portfolio manager at Roosevelt Investment Group. “In Europe overall, we’re starting to see signs of life and QE beginning to have an impact. Greece’s last- minute negotiations and referendum put a pause in the healing, and now it can resume.”For the first three days of the exchange’s reopening, trading in a stock will be halted if it rises or falls by as much. 7 per cent in a 10 minute period. The previous limit applied to move of 10 per cent in five minutes. Shares in the biggest Greek banks were suffered major losses before the market’s closure. Piraeus Bank shares lost 57 per cent of their value this year, while Alpha Bank is down 29 per cent. The benchmark Athens index has dropped 32 per cent over the last 12 months.Source: Fairfax Media, CNN Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
L’obésité infantile recule pour la première fois en 30 ans aux États-UnisPour la première fois aux États-Unis depuis 30 ans, le taux d’obésité chez les jeunes enfants a baissé, révèle une étude américaine. Une étude réalisée par les Centres américains pour le contrôle et la prévention des maladies (CDC) révèle que pour la première fois depuis 30 ans, le taux d’obésité chez les jeunes enfants a baissé aux États-Unis. En effet, ce taux, après avoir triplé en 30 ans (de 13,05 % des enfants en 1998 à 15,36 % en 2004), ce taux est redescendu à 14,94 % en 2010. Les CDC précisent que plus d’un tiers des petits Américains étaient en surpoids en 2008.Les centres fédéraux rappellent que les taux d’obésité extrêmes chez les enfants de 2 à 4 ans concernaient notamment les foyers à bas revenus et ayant bénéficié de bons alimentaires et qu’elle touchait davantage les enfants issus des minorités ethniques. Ces taux sont passés de 1,75 % des enfants en 1998 à 2,22 % en 2004 avant de baisser pour atteindre 2,07 % en 2010, révèle l’étude qui a porté sur 27,5 millions d’enfants américains dans 30 états.”À notre connaissance, il s’agit de la première étude nationale montrant que la prévalence de l’obésité et de l’obésité extrême chez les jeunes enfants américains a commencé à décliner”, a indiqué Liping Pan, principal auteur de ces travaux publiés dans le Journal de l’Association médicale américaine.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Les résultats de cette étude témoignent de progrès modestes récents dans la prévention de l’obésité parmi les jeunes enfants. Ils peuvent avoir des conséquences importantes en raison des risques sur la santé tout au long de la vie de l’obésité et de l’obésité extrême durant la jeune enfance”, souligne-t-il.En parallèle, le taux des enfants obèses de 6 à 11 ans avait atteint 20 % en 2008 et 18 % pour les enfants âgés de 12 à 19 ans.Le 28 décembre 2012 à 11:06 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target Best (And Worst) Movies of Summer 2019Marvel Writer Dan Slott: Spider-Man Should Not Have Killed in ‘Endgame’ The final installment in the Third Wave of the Marvel Cinematic Universe draws near, as a ragtag group of heroes (including all of the original Avengers) has to muster their forces and strike back against Thanos, the Mad Titan, after he effortlessly kicked their asses and exterminated half of the sentient life in the universe. The good guys got their asses royally handed to them the last time around, but they’ve had a year or so to brainstorm new tactics. We have no idea how it’s going to play out, but here are 11 strategies we think the Avengers could use to win the Endgame.Time TravelOne of those fancy Infinity Stones is the Time Stone — introduced in Doctor Strange as the Eye of Agamotto — and it has the power to manipulate the flow of the timestream, causing it to speed up, stop, and even reverse. If the Avengers want to stop Thanos, they’re going to need to think outside the box, and going back in time to rectify their screw-ups in battling the big purple jerk and his henchmen might be the way to do it. How exactly they get their hands on the green gem is still up in the air, but there’s a popular fan theory that Strange cursed the stone before he handed it over in exchange for Thanos sparing Tony Stark. We’ll see if that turns out to be true.Shrink AttackOne hero notably missing from the big battle with Thanos and his quartet of helpers was Scott Lang. As we saw in Ant-Man and the Wasp, he was busy dealing with other issues involving quantum displacement, but we already know he’ll figure into Endgame. Thor and the Hulk, the two big boys of the team, didn’t do all that well against Thanos, so why not go the other way and get small? It’s possible that Scott can get little enough to elude the Titan’s notice and either do some fiddling in the quantum realm or just ride an ant into his ear and punch him in the brain a lot.Transcending Physical ExistenceIn the first Infinity Gauntlet series, Thanos is unsatisfied with conquering all of reality and sets his sights even higher. He picks a fight with Eternity, the physical manifestation of the totality of all reality. He’s one of Marvel’s most abstract cosmic concepts, and Thanos whips his ass with ease. Doing so brings him to a new level of existence, combining his self with every molecule and subatomic particle that exists. That results in his body being left an empty husk, and pissed-off daughter Nebula (who remains alive after the snap in the MCU) picks up the Gauntlet and reverses all of his moves.Cosmic ConsciousnessIn the comics, Thanos is often his own worst enemy. In his endless quest to impress Death, he has to face up to the fact that despite all of his power, he’s still just an insect compared to the primal forces of the universe. If the Avengers can goad him into recognizing that fact and using the immense powers of the Mind Stone to open up his consciousness to all of the remaining life in the universe, it’s possible that he’ll realize the error of his ways and snap his fingers again to set reality back to where we found it. It’ll take some serious persuasion, though, and we’re not sure who is up to the task.Pocket DimensionThe Soul Gem was the first of the Infinity Stones to be introduced in the comics, resting on the forehead of golden-skinned Adam Warlock (who was teased at the end of the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie but hasn’t shown up yet). It’s also the one with the least well-defined powers, but on more than one occasion it’s been used to put an end to Thanos’s schemes. Warlock demonstrated the ability to use it to extract someone’s essence from their material body and place it in a bucolic “pocket dimension” within the stone itself. That pocket dimension looks a lot like the peaceful farm a post-snap Thanos is chilling out at. Could they have already won and just not know it?Make a New StoneThe Infinity Stones are remnants of singularities that existed before the Big Bang, with the sheer force of creation compressing them into shiny manifestations of the essential forces of the universe. There are only six of them known to exist, but why does that have to be a permanent thing? Seven is a much luckier number, after all, and with the combination of Asgardian magic, Earth super-science and a little bit of luck maybe our heroes can create one of their own. Sure, it’s a long shot but aren’t the hardest victories also the most satisfying?Dampen His BrainwavesIn a recent battle with the Ultimates, the team came up with a pretty sweet method to keep the Mad Titan down for the count. While his physical and energy-manipulating powers were too potent for the Ultimates to deal with — and that’s saying a lot considering that among the good guys were Photon, America Chavez, and Captain Marvel — the Black Panther realized that the key to beating him has always been mental, not physical. So while the heavy hitters distracted him, the science squad constructed a headband that dampened the electrical impulses in his brain to nothing — something that would kill an ordinary being but simply left Thanos comatose until some idiot decided to remove it. Don’t be that idiot.Carol’s Space Stone PowersIn Captain Marvel, we learn that an explosion of the Tesseract imbued her with the energy that gives her her powers. That energy is the same stuff that powers the Space Stone, one of the six shinies in Thanos’s gauntlet. While the other stones are off limits to the Avengers, Carol retains her ability to tap into the Tesseract and shunt objects through space because it’s bonded with her human nervous system. We’re sure they wouldn’t introduce her if she didn’t have a big role to play in the finale, so it’s fair to bet that Captain Marvel’s connection to the blue gem will come up in Endgame.Stan Lee Rewrites the ScriptWhat better way to pay tribute to the fallen father of Marvel Comics than to have him use his trademark cameo spot to finally deploy his magic pen to rewrite continuity? Some might call it a cop-out, but when the co-architect of the House of Ideas got written into a corner he always figured a way out of any cliffhanger. If Stan Lee (or a CGI recreation of him in his prime) just gave reality a little tweak or two to give the Avengers the upper hand I don’t think anybody would get too mad. This is comics, after all, where even the most absurd and insane thing is possible. That’s why we love them.Get Another ThanosIn a recent storyline from Thanos’s solo series, the Mad Titan of the present day was confronted with his long-haired future self, who had wiped out nearly every living thing in the universe with the exception of the Hulk, Ghost Rider and an extremely pissed-off Silver Surfer who had taken to carrying around Thor’s hammer. Now Death wanted old and young Thanos to battle to the death for her amusement. While we’re not 100% sold on the tactical genius of counteracting a big purple bad guy with another big purple bad guy, maybe they’d engage in a little mutually assured destruction and leave the rest of us alone.Call Squirrel GirlDoreen Green, the computer science student with the proportional strength and speed of a squirrel (we think), has consistently punched way above her weight class in the comics. 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There are some very cute shots of him and Iris as kids, but it’s the dullest bachelor party you’ve ever seen. I guess when you’re average night involves beating up supervillains, a quiet night in looks more exciting. Ralph shows up uninvited, not realizing it was a low-key bachelor party and not a secret superhero meeting. When he sees the dull display, he drags everyone to a strip club. He may be a sexist jerk, but at least he saves the night from being a complete bore. At the shockingly PG-rated strip club (they go down to their bikinis!), they find Cecile’s daughter working. This storyline sucks. It’s awkwardly moralistic, and though it provides for some funny moments, I don’t see why it needed to be there. There’s some attempt at justification in that she’s doing research for her book. But in the end, she admits that’s not the only reason, so she quits and tells her mom.Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)This… oddly puritanical subplot serves one important purpose: It gets Barry out of the picture. At the almost-strip club, Barry wishes he could get drunk. Cisco has invented just the concoction for that purpose. It’s a highly alcoholic formula that enters Barry’s system even faster than his body can process it. It gets him wasted. As weird as certain parts of this storyline are, drunk Barry is the best Barry. Watching him stumble around the bar, screaming “I am THE FLASH!” will have me laughing all day. More than that though, Barry is completely useless, and he doesn’t have his phone. That means, in the more interesting part of the episode, the women are on their own.Iris’s bachelorette party was shaping up to be a boring affair as well, despite an appearance from Arrow’s Felicity. The crossovers are starting! It was going to be a fancy dinner, a bottle of champagne and that’s it. Then, she invited Caitlin, who was planning to skip town that night. Since she didn’t, her past life chooses tonight to catch up with her. There’s a funny bit of schtick about whether or not the scary dude who came up to the table is a stripper. When the guy is told to “take it off, already” he takes out his eye, revealing a weird, snake-looking appendage beneath it. Caitlin got up to some crazy stuff while she was away. Iris spends all of a scene and a half trying to contact Barry, and then he’s never spoken of again. That was a pretty brilliant move and a much better way to handle her character than anything we saw last season. Barry’s not answering? Who cares? It’s Girls’ Night Out; they got this.Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak and Candice Patton as Iris West (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)This episode was really Danielle Panabaker’s time to shine, rapidly swapping back and forth between Caitlin Snow and Killer Frost. It’s only in an episode like this that you can really appreciate how different the two characters are. It was also great to have an episode focused on her growth as a hero. Killer Frost is traditionally a villain. I mean, the word “killer” is right there in her name. The fact that much of the drama hinges on characters hiding completely reasonable things from each other is annoying. It’s the one tool The Flash uses more than any other and it’s always terrible. Thankfully here, it doesn’t last long. It’s Iris’s bachelorette party and she has no time for can-I-talk-to-yous in the hallway.With the power of friendship, Iris and the gang turn Killer Frost into more of an Incredible Hulk figure. (Who actually gets a shout-out in this episode, thanks to Felicity. Isn’t it funny how DC shows can just say “The Incredible Hulk” while Marvel’s keep calling him “the big green guy?” What’s with that?) Over the course of the episode, Caitlin grows more comfortable with allowing Frost to come out when she’s needed. It’s a surprisingly natural bit of character growth for a storyline that takes up little more than half an episode. And it all happens with a pretty fantastic villain. Katee Sackhoff plays Amunet, and she’s clearly having a blast in every scene she’s in. Amunet has captured a metahuman whose tears are a powerful drug. By chaining him up and torturing him, she’s able to make enough of the substance to set up a nice little drug business. She can also control a certain type of metal, forming a gauntlet around her hand. This leads to a pretty great ice vs. metal battle, with an assist from felicity in one of those big crane magnet things. Who needs the Flash when you’ve got this team around?Katee Sackoff as Amunet Black and Mark Sweatman as Norvok (Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW)The guy who cries drugs escapes, but he’s immediately rounded up by The Thinker. Yes, it seems he too was on the bus that got blasted with dark matter. At this point, it’s hard to care about that. This season is more concerned with righting the wrongs of the last one than it is in setting up it’s big bad. Honestly, I’m fine with that. It’s led to a streak of fun episodes that just weren’t possible last season. I have every confidence this season will set up The Thinker when it’s good and ready. Until then, I hope this episode was more than just a one-off. Just because it course corrected regarding how it treats its female characters doesn’t mean it’s done. Keep going in this direction. Obviously, I don’t want it to do away with the Flash every week, but I hope this is a sign that Iris and Caitlin will have more to do in the future. It was a lot of fun watching them work together last night. I want more of that. 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Amazon team announced a newly added ‘bluetooth low energy support’ (BLE) feature to its Amazon FreeRTOS. Amazon FreeRTOS is an open source, free to download and use IoT operating system for microcontrollers makes it easy for you to program, deploy, secure, connect, and manage small, low powered devices. It extends the FreeRTOS kernel (a popular open source operating system for microcontrollers) using software libraries that make it easy for you to connect your small, low-power devices to AWS cloud services or to more powerful devices that run AWS IoT Greengrass, a software that helps extend the cloud capabilities to local devices. Amazon FreeRTOS With the helo of Amazon FreeRTOS, you can collect data from them for IoT applications. Earlier, it was only possible to configure devices to a local network using common connection options such as Wi-Fi, and Ethernet. But, now with the addition of the new BLE feature, you can securely build a connection between Amazon FreeRTOS devices that use BLE to AWS IoT via Android and iOS devices. BLE support in Amazon FreeRTOS is currently available in beta. Amazon FreeRTOS is widely used in industrial applications, B2B solutions, or consumer products companies like the appliance, wearable technology, or smart lighting manufacturers. For more information, check out the official Amazon freeRTOS update post. Read Next FreeRTOS affected by 13 vulnerabilities in its TCP/IP stack Amazon re:Invent 2018: AWS Key Management Service (KMS) Custom Key Store Amazon rolls out AWS Amplify Console, a deployment and hosting service for mobile web apps, at re:Invent 2018
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