Sounds you can’t hear can still hurt your ears

first_imgA wind turbine, a roaring crowd at a football game, a jet engine running full throttle: Each of these things produces sound waves that are well below the frequencies humans can hear. But just because you can’t hear the low-frequency components of these sounds doesn’t mean they have no effect on your ears. Listening to just 90 seconds of low-frequency sound can change the way your inner ear works for minutes after the noise ends, a new study shows.“Low-frequency sound exposure has long been thought to be innocuous, and this study suggests that it’s not,” says audiology researcher Jeffery Lichtenhan of the Washington University School of Medicine in in St. Louis, who was not involved in the new work.Humans can generally sense sounds at frequencies between 20 and 20,000 cycles per second, or hertz (Hz)—although this range shrinks as a person ages. Prolonged exposure to loud noises within the audible range have long been known to cause hearing loss over time. But establishing the effect of sounds with frequencies under about 250 Hz has been harder. Even though they’re above the lower limit of 20 Hz, these low-frequency sounds tend to be either inaudible or barely audible, and people don’t always know when they’re exposed to them.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)For the new study, neurobiologist Markus Drexl and colleagues at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, asked 21 volunteers with normal hearing to sit inside soundproof booths and then played a 30-Hz sound for 90 seconds. The deep, vibrating noise, Drexl says, is about what you might hear “if you open your car windows while you’re driving fast down a highway.” Then, they used probes to record the natural activity of the ear after the noise ended, taking advantage of a phenomenon dubbed spontaneous otoacoustic emissions (SOAEs) in which the healthy human ear itself emits faint whistling sounds. “Usually they’re too faint to be heard, but with a microphone that’s more sensitive than the human ear, we can detect them,” Drexl says. Researchers know that SOAEs change when a person’s hearing changes and disappear in conjunction with hearing loss.People’s SOAEs are normally stable over short time periods. But in the study, after 90 seconds of the low-frequency sound, participants’ SOAEs started oscillating, becoming alternately stronger and weaker. The fluctuations lasted about 3 minutes, the team reports today in Royal Society Open Science. The changes aren’t directly indicative of hearing loss, but they do mean that the ear may be temporarily more prone to damage after being exposed to low-frequency sounds, Drexl explains. “Even though we haven’t shown it yet, there’s a definite possibility that if you’re exposed to low-frequency sounds for a longer time, it might have a permanent effect,” Drexl adds.  “The unfortunate thing about our ears is that we can be doing terrible things to them with sounds that aren’t necessarily painful,” says hearing loss researcher M. Charles Liberman of Harvard Medical School in Boston. To explore the potential harm of specific sounds, such as the hotly debated question of the effect of wind turbines on hearing, Liberman says the same experiment could be repeated with conditions mimicking wind turbine noise. He’d also like to see the study expanded to look at how the ears react to noises—rather than silence—in the minutes after low-frequency sound exposure.last_img read more

Netflix, Amazon, Hotstar Long Way From Making Profits In India

first_imgIndia may be hoping to double its 250 million online video audience by 2020 but the close to 30 video streaming platforms in the country have a long way to go before any of them makes any real profit. “There are many challenges, but we are in investment mode in India.Read it at Live Mint Related Itemslast_img

PH wins bronze in women’s 50m rifle for shooting’s 1st medal

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Thailand bets finished with the gold and silver medals, respectively, as Ratchadaporn Plengsaengthong scored 619.8 and Supamas Wankaew 617.7. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Philippines squeezed into the podium with a bronze medal in the women’s 50 meter rifle prone event Thursday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.Filipino shooter Amparo Teresa Acuña came up with 612.9 finish to give the Philippine shooting team in Malaysia its first medal so far.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Country Wide Basketball League promotes regional basketball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Watch first promo: Dashing Salman announces Bigg Boss 6

first_imgThe makers have released the first promo of Bigg Boss 6 and it’s already making news! Actor-host Salman Khan announced the new season of the popular reality show. The new promo looks awesome especially with Salman Khan making a cool statement with his sophisticated looks. Sporting grey stubble and looking every bit handsome that he is, Salman says, “Celebrity banne ki ab aap ki hai bari. To come inside the Bigg Boss mansion, pay attention.”Khan will return as the Bigg Boss host for the third time in a row, and with commoners as the participants, the show enters another level this season. One question which is in the minds of everyone is that – what about the celebrities? Will keeping away celebs take out much fun from the show?Reports in the media said that the Bigg Boss makeover is the brainchild of Salman Khan, who envisions the show as a family show. With all the bickering and foul languages being used on the previous editions of the show, it raised lot of questions over it bweing a family show.Salman Khan apparently wanted a cleaner Bigg Boss suitable for family viewing.Catch Salman Khan in the first promo of Bigg Boss 6: More on Bigg Boss 6Will an image makeover work for Bigg Boss 6?Thriving on in-house arguments, bitching, back stabbing, using foul language and seducing was the last season of reality show Bigg Boss.With the sixth season of the reality show in pipeline, the latest is that the upcoming season will be a much cleaner version. As per the latest reports, Bigg Boss 6 will be a wholesome entertainer with personalities from all walks of wife. The makers of the show have decided upon roping in sincere personalities for the show while shying away from the controversial and negativity status of earlier seasons of Bigg Boss. As a result of which, Bigg Boss 6 will be without the controversial characters.advertisementBig Boss? Not again, says Sunny LeoneIt was her big ticket to Bollywood- but Indo-Canadian porn star Sunny Leone says she would never go back to the Bigg Boss house.Sunny told IANS: “I would never go back to the house again… it is insane, it is crazy. But what it did for me is it opened the doors, opened a new world – something that I had never imagined.”last_img read more

SPORT-IPL-LIONS-BOARD

first_imgMohali, Apr 11 (PTI) The scoreboard of Indian Premier Mohali, Apr 11 (PTI) The scoreboard of Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions here today. Kings XI Punjab innings M Vijayb Jadeja42 M Vohrac ?Karthik b Jadeja38 D Millerb Bravo15 G Maxwellb Bravo2 W Sahac Jadeja b Bravo20 M Stoinisc Finch b Bravo33 A Patelnot out4 M Johnsonnot out0 Extras(b 1, lb 2, w 4)7 Total(6 wickets; 20 overs)161 Fall of wickets 1-78, 2-91, 3-101, 4-102, 5-157, 6-157 Bowling: P Kumar4-0-25-0, P Sangwan 2-0-21-0, J Faulkner 4-0-39-0, S Ladda 2-0-21-0, R Jadeja4-0-30-2, D Bravo4-0 22-4. MORE PTI BS BSlast_img read more

Brian Kelly After Loss To Duke: “Coaching Had Nothing To Do With The Outcome Today”

first_imgBrian Kelly speaking at a press conference.YouTube/WatchNDBrian Kelly and his Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder are under serious fire after the 1-3 start to the Fighting Irish season.However, the head coach is not pinning the program’s loss today on coaching performance. During his post-game press conference, Kelly said that “coaching had nothing to do with the outcome today,” and instead pointed to a lack of “fun, enjoyment, and energy” on the part of the players.Here is Kelly’s full press conference.On the role of coaching, specifically on the defensive side, in the loss to the Blue Devils:“Actually that’s probably the one area that I feel better about today. We did what I wanted today in terms of coaching, and coaching had nothing to do with the outcome today. I was pleased from that perspective.”On multiple occasion, Kelly mentions that no player’s job is safe, and then says that he wants players who bring passion to the field. The only one who did today, he said, was sophomore running back Dexter Williams, who had 24 rushing yards and a score on five carries.“There’s no fun, there’s no enjoyment, there’s no energy. We’ve got to look for the guys that want to have fun and play this game with passion and energy and that’s where we got to go.”It sounds like Notre Dame fans can probably expect changes to be made after this third loss in four games. However, based on Brian Kelly’s presser, they’ll likely be on the depth chart, and not the coaching staff. That is not going to make the fans who’ve been calling for Brian VanGorder’s job since Week 1, starting petitions for him to be fired, and chanting “fire VanGorder” during the end of today’s game.Notre Dame will look to rebound against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey next Saturday.[CoachingSearch.com]last_img read more

My nephews love the way I celebrate wickets: Rashid Khan tells Imran Tahir

first_imgMy nephews love the way I celebrate wickets: Rashid Khan tells Imran TahirRashid Khan and Imran Tahir got together for a candid chat after the game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday. All batsmen are considered right handed 0 Match Ended fine Leg Hyderabad HYD Point Series Status: Player Of The Match: David Warner 4 not out 138.63 0 Mid off (20.0) (16.5) 50 (25) Chennai All batsmen are considered right handed Ravindra Jadeja R. Jadeja Mid off Hyderabad batting HYD batting Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) fine Leg Point vs Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 5.5 63.63 covers 33 fine Leg 2.5 Mid Wicket Imran Tahir (CHE) I. Tahir (CHE) Mid Wicket (16.5) fine Leg Square Leg Square Leg 10 Imran Tahir I. Tahir – 11.64 131/4 ( D. Hooda 16.4 Overs) , 10.33 All batsmen are considered right handed third Man 0 Rohan Sen HyderabadApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 12:32 IST Rashid Khan and Imran Tahir both picked 2 wickets each in the SRH vs CSK match on Wednesday (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRashid Khan and Imran Tahir spoke about each other’s wicket celebrationsTahir is the second highest wicket-taker in IPL 2019 with 15 scalps in 9 games so farSunrisers Hyderabad (137/4) beat Chennai Super Kings (132/5) by 6 wicketsImran Tahir’s wicket celebrations would put any 40-year-old to shame with the way he runs around the ground, fistpumping in joy. Tahir is the oldest player in the ongoing Indian Premier League and is also the second highest wicket taker so far this season.The South African leg-spinner has spoken at length about his celebrations time and again this season and got talking about it once again with Afghanistan superstar Rashid Khan on Wednesday.Rashid Khan starred with the ball for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they defeated Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium. Rashid picked two wickets in the match while Tahir also struck twice for the Super Kings but they failed to defend 132 on a good batting surface in Hyderabad.SRH eased to victory with 19 balls to spare as Jonny Bairstow (61 not out) and David Warner (50) once again lay a strong platform for SRH in their run chase with a 66-run opening stand.But it was Rashid who scripted the win for the Sunrisers with the wickets of Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav in the 14th over which put the brakes on Chennai’s scoring and they ended up with a below-par total.How is that for a frame guys? Two leggies, best buddies all smiles post game in Hyderabad #IPLSelfie #VIVOIPL #SRHvCSK #SpiritOfCricket @ChennaiIPL @SunRisers pic.twitter.com/55aiaFAjGPIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 17, 2019After the match, Rashid and Tahir got together for a candid chat where the duo asked each other about their wicket celebrations.Tahir asked Rashid about his trademark celebration which was missing from Wednesday night’s match to which the Afghan leggie said that he didn’t get the chance as both his wickets were reviewed by the batsmen.advertisement”I celebrate like that all the time but mostly I observe the wicket and how I have got the batsman out. If I get a batsman bowled or caught-behind then I celebrate like my usual self. I didn’t get the chance today as both batsmen got out leg-before and took the review. My nephews tell me that they love the way I celebrate my wickets,” Rashid told Imran Tahir on iplt20.com”I’m really happy to hear that. I hope you keep celebrating your wickets like that but don’t do that against Chennai,” Tahir replied jokingly.Leggies born across generations, @ImranTahirSA and @rashidkhan_19 talk about each other’s celebrations after the @SunRisers win; a reunion in Chennai!Watch on as Rashid divulges an insider secret! Interview by @28anand. #SRHvCSKFull video – https://t.co/Fm7c0s5dHQ pic.twitter.com/LFDN5s9yvoIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 18, 2019Rashid then asked Tahir the secret behind his celebration to which the South African said even his wife doesn’t know why he celebrates like that.”I want to thank the almighty for making me capable enough so that I can play in such a big league like this. And playing with a brother like you (Rashid). When you perform against such world class players you feel really happy. I express my happiness with my celebrations. Even my wife and family members don’t have a clue why I celebrate my wickets like that,” Tahir said.Rashid then went on to reveal that his Afghanistan teammate Wafadar Momand told him not to get out to Tahir in the IPL.”Wafadar told me, ‘I will pray to god that you don’t get dismissed by Imran Tahir because he will get you out first and then make you run till your home’,” Rashid joked.Also Read | MS Dhoni shares a laugh with David Warner after SRH finally beat CSKAlso Read | SRH defeat a wake-up call for Chennai Super Kings: Suresh RainaAlso Read | A sweet moment in Hyderabad brings a smile on David Warner’s faceAlso Read | MS Dhoni out with back spasm, not captaining CSK for the 1st time since 2010For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rashid KhanFollow Imran TahirFollow IPL 2019Follow SRH vs CSK nb c Sam Billings b Imran Tahir 137/4 advertisement 0 All batsmen are considered right handed c Faf du Plessis b Deepak Chahar Rashid Khan (HYD) R. Khan (HYD) Mid on Mid Wicket 2 0 Sandeep Sharma S. Sharma Point Square Leg Mid on Deepak Chahar D. Chahar 44 105/3 ( V. Shankar 12.2 Overs) , R fine Leg 137/4 0 Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Scorecard 0 Mid on Mid off wd 50 Kane Williamson (c) K. Williamson (c) c & b Imran Tahir 0 0 Match Ended 0 6s 0 2/17 (4) commentary No data available! Square Leg All batsmen are considered right handed Deepak Hooda D. Hooda c Faf du Plessis b Karn Sharma B 7 Referee: Prakash Bhatt (IND) Umpires: Ulhas Gandhe (IND), Ian Gould (ENG) and Chettithody Shamshuddin (IND) Mid Wicket 81.25 71/2 ( K. Williamson 7 Overs) , Mid on Shardul Thakur S. Thakur center_img 2/20 (4) covers 5 third Man 0 Point 60 Chennai CHE S/R covers Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 33 Chennai Bowling CHE Bowling 31 10.33 Square Leg 0 0 1 Indian Premier League, 2019 third Man 22 Chennai CHE Yusuf Pathan Y. Pathan not out 0 31 w Karn Sharma K. Sharma Jonny Bairstow (HYD) J. Bairstow (HYD) Mid off 132/5 0 covers graphs Jonny Bairstow (wk) J. Bairstow (wk) not out Rashid Khan R. Khan Point 0 0 Extras: 3 runs (B: 0, LB: 0, WD: 3, NB: 0, P: 0) third Man (16.5) 0 66/1 ( D. Warner 5.4 Overs) , Hyderabad HYD Mid Wicket 3 Mid off o 11 r 3 3 16 David Warner (HYD) D. Warner (HYD) 61 covers 5 c Faf du Plessis b Karn Sharma Bhuvneshwar Kumar B. Kumar 0 0 25 132/5 Hyderabad beat Chennai by 6 wickets 1 Mid on 0 3 0 e/r third Man 13 3 3 4 Khaleel Ahmed K. Ahmed 61 (44) Fall of Wickets Hyderabad 0 view full scorecard Super Over 200 Toss: CHE elected to bat (20.0) m 137/4 0 c & b Imran Tahir 20 1 4s Vijay Shankar V. Shankar c Sam Billings b Imran Tahir not out 0 view more view less David Warner D. Warner c Faf du Plessis b Deepak Chahar Shahbaz Nadeem S. Nadeem last_img read more

Scorpio Reports Minimal Loss in 3rd Quarter

first_imgzoom Scorpio Tankers Inc. today reported a minimal net loss of USD 1.2 million, or USD 0.01 basic and diluted loss per share for the three months ended September 30. For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the company had net income of USD 51.6 million, or USD 0.29 basic and USD 0.28 diluted earnings per share.Since July 28, 2014, Scorpio has acquired USD 67.5 million of its common shares that are being held as treasury shares, in the open market at an average price of USD 8.64 per share.The company has USD 82.5 million remaining under its stock buyback program.With respect to fleet expansion, in October 2014, Scorpio took delivery of four product tankers.STI Yorkville and STI Mayfair, MR product tankers, were delivered from HMD and SPP, respectively and STI Wembley and STI Battersea, ice-class 1A Handymax product tankers, were delivered from HMD. Upon delivery, STI Yorkville and STI Mayfair each commenced a time charter for up to 120 days at approximately USD 18,000 per day and STI Wembley and STI Battersea each commenced a time charter for up to 120 days at approximately USD 15,000 per day.The company has taken delivery of 21 vessels under its newbuilding program with HMD, SPP, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME) and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (HSHI) since June 30, 2014.During the third quarter of 2014, the company made USD 451.2 million of installment payments on its newbuilding vessels. Scorpio Tankers currently has 27 newbuilding vessel orders with HMD, SPP, HSHI and DSME (14 MRs, five Handymax ice class 1-A tankers and eight LR2s).Press Releaselast_img read more

Five things to know about Canadas next Governor General

first_imgOTTAWA – Here are five things about Julie Payette, Canada’s Governor General designate.1. Payette — the second Canadian woman to fly into space after Roberta Bondar — was aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1999 and Endeavour in 2009. She was the first Canadian astronaut to board the International Space Station.2. Born Oct. 20, 1963 in Montreal, Payette is fluent in French and English and can converse in Spanish, Italian, Russian and German.3. Payette enjoys running, skiing, racquet sports and scuba diving and is a member of the board of Canada’s “Own The Podium” Olympic program.4. Carried the Olympic flag in the Opening Ceremonies at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada that same year.5. Payette plays the piano and has sung with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Piacere Vocale in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto.(Source: The Canadian Space Agency)last_img read more

Crown wraps up closing arguments in British Columbia child bride case

first_imgCRANBROOK, B.C. — The Crown wrapped up its case Monday against a former member of a fundamentalist sect who is charged with the alleged removal of a girl from Canada in 2004 to marry a man in the United States.Special prosecutor Peter Wilson argued that the Crown doesn’t have to prove that sexual activity took place between the girl and the man she married.“The Crown only has to prove that at some point during the unfolding of the events, that the accused intended or subjectively foresaw that (the girl) would be subject to sexual contact,” Wilson told a B.C. Supreme Court judge in Cranbrook.James Oler is charged with removing the 15-year-old girl from Canada to marry a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which practises polygamy in Bountiful, B.C., and the United States.He was acquitted in 2017 by a judge who was not convinced Oler did anything within Canada’s borders to arrange the girl’s transfer to the U.S. But the B.C. Court of Appeal agreed with the Crown that proof of wrongdoing in Canada was not necessary and ordered a new trial.Wilson argued that Oler should have known the girl would be subject to sexual activity following her marriage based on the nature of church doctrine and the role of women in the faith.Women do not have financial assets and need permission to travel or pursue post-secondary education, former church members told the trial. They were taught that their role within the religion was to be a celestial wife in polygamous marriages and to bear children.The court has heard the 15-year-old girl’s marriage was documented by priesthood records kept by Warren Jeffs, the church’s president and prophet. The records were seized after U.S. law enforcement raided the Yearning for Zion ranch in Texas a decade ago.One priesthood record describes a phone call that Jeffs made to Oler, allegedly asking him to bring the girl to the United States to be married.Oler, who is self-represented, did not call any witnesses or mount a legal defence.Joe Doyle, who is serving as a friend of the court to ensure a fair trial, will present his closing arguments on Tuesday.(Cranbrook Daily Townsman)Trevor Crawley, Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook Daily Townsmanlast_img read more

Manitoba premier suggests Churchill port owners wanted government bailout

Manitoba premier suggests Churchill port owners wanted government bailout by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2016 12:38 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to media after his first provincial budget is read in the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, in a May 31, 2016, file photo. Pallister is suggesting the owners of the Port of Churchill have closed the facility because they could not get more government money. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods, File WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister hinted strongly Thursday that the Port of Churchill — the largest employer in the subarctic town of 800 — has been shut down because its owners, Omnitrax, were refused another government bailout.Denver-based Omnitrax has not commented on its decision this week to close the seasonal port this summer and scale back freight shipments on the rail line it owns, which is the only land link to Churchill and three other northern communities. The company has also rejected interview requests.Pallister, whose Progressive Conservative government came to power in April, released an agreement signed by the previous NDP government last year in which the province agreed to pay for capital upgrades at the port and provide a $3 per tonne subsidy for grain exports.Pallister said the deal, which came with a confidentiality clause, was done to address threatened Omnitrax job cuts last year, and a similar request was made this year.“They were rewarded for doing that last year by the previous administration, and I want to be clear, and today I’m making it clear, that they won’t be rewarded on that basis this year,” Pallister said.He would not release details of the latest request, saying he didn’t want to risk a lawsuit. He also blasted the former NDP government for signing a deal and agreeing to keep it confidential.The port and rail line have been plagued by financial and infrastructure problems for years. Rail service is often slowed or disrupted because of the shifting, boggy northern terrain. The port lost its biggest customer when the federal government eliminated the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly on western grain.The NDP caucus, in a written statement, said it agreed to financial help for Omnitrax last year “to ensure the port stayed open while transitioning to a new sustainable ownership model.”New Democrat MP Niki Ashton, whose seat includes Churchill, is calling on the federal government to take over the port to ensure its survival. Ottawa operated the port prior to 1997, when it sold the facility to Omnitrax.Omnitrax announced last year a tentative deal to sell the port and railway to a consortium of northern First Nations. Pallister said Thursday the potential sale is only one of several possible scenarios at this stage.Pallister also left the door open to financial aid for the port and railway, possibly under new ownership. But he said he would not provide another short-term bailout to Omnitrax.“We are not, as a government … interested in entering into the business of subsidizing large corporations using money taken from small businesses and individual working people and families.” read more

UNs advice for hospitals Help mothers breastfeed to give babies best possible

The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, issued jointly by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), encourages new mothers to breastfeed and informs health workers how best to support breastfeeding.“Breastfeeding saves lives,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “It’s benefits help keep babies healthy in their first days and last well into adulthood.”Infants are at greater risk of death due to diarrhoea and other infections when they are only partially breastfed or not breastfed at all. Breastfeeding for the first two years would annually save the lives of more than 820,000 children under age five.Hospitals are not there just to cure the ill. They are there to promote life and ensure people can thrive and live their lives to their full potential – WHO chiefBreastfeeding also improves IQ, school readiness and attendance, and is associated with higher income in adult life. It is vital to a child’s lifelong health, and reduces costs for health facilities, families, and governments. It also reduces the risk of breast cancer in the mother.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in many hospitals and communities around the world, whether or not a child is breastfed can make the difference between life and death, and whether a child will develop to reach his or her full potential.“Hospitals are not there just to cure the ill. They are there to promote life and ensure people can thrive and live their lives to their full potential,” said Mr. Tedros.The new guidance provides the immediate health system platform to help mothers initiate breastfeeding within the first hour and breastfeed exclusively for six months, and describes how hospitals should have in place a written breastfeeding policy, staff competencies, and antenatal and post-birth care, including breastfeeding support for mothers.It also recommends limited use of breastmilk substitutes, rooming-in, responsive feeding, educating parents on the use of bottles and pacifiers, and support when mothers and babies are discharged from hospital. read more

Fresh Yemen hospital attack raises risk of new cholera epidemic

Early reports suggest multiple deaths and injuries after Yemen’s largest hospital, Al Thawra, was hit on Thursday, said Dr. Peter Salama, who is in charge of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the World Health Organization.“We’re particularly saddened at WHO by the attack on one of the major hospitals in the country yesterday, Al Thawra in Al Hudaydah,” he said. According to latest news reports, at least 20 have been killed by several air strikes, which also hit a fish market in the city.The attack on the hospital – which houses a major cholera treatment centre – is the latest outrage in the fight to capture the key Red Sea port from Houthi opposition militia.Everything that we are trying to do to stem the world’s worst cholera epidemic is at risk – Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande Yemen’s conflict has its roots in uprisings that date back to 2011, but fighting escalated in March 2015, when an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened militarily at the request of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. The coalition’s objective was to secure the return of the Government to the Houthi-held capital, Sana’a.The fighting is still raging and the ensuing humanitarian crisis has only deepened in a country that was already one of the world’s poorest, with some eight million people believed to be on the brink of famine.Sharing WHO’s condemnation of the Hudaydah attack, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, described the impact of the strikes as “appalling”.Hospitals are protected under international humanitarian law, the UN official insisted, adding that “hundreds of thousands of people” depend on the hospital to survive.“Everything that we are trying to do to stem the world’s worst cholera epidemic is at risk,” Ms Grande said, noting that new cholera cases have been identified in the city “every day this week”.In a bid to prevent the disease spreading once again, WHO’s Dr. Salama explained that combatants have been asked to down their weapons, so that an oral vaccination campaign can take place. More than 500,000 people are expected to receive the vaccine in a three-day operation beginning on Saturday.“We have requested, as the UN, three days of tranquility, associated with, first, our cholera vaccine campaign across August 4, 5 and 6 in the north of the country,” Dr. Salama said. “You will recall that we were able to start campaigns in the south of the country previously, but we’ve never before been able to do it in the north.”Asked to assess the level of risk from cholera, whose symptoms include watery diarrhea and fever, the WHO official said that the level of infection this year is “not at the same massive level” as last year.Nonetheless, many people are far weaker than 12 months ago and far less able to cope with infection, he added.“We’ve had two major waves of cholera epidemics in recent years,” Dr. Salama said, “and unfortunately the trend data that we’ve seen in the last days to weeks suggest that we may be on the cusp of the third major wave of cholera epidemics in Yemen.” read more