Air Quality In The Peace Region Could Decrease With Controlled Burns

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the BC Wildfire Service set to take advantage of improved conditions to continue their attack on four wildfires in the Peace region, one of their tactics could result in an decrease in air quality in the region.The cooler temperatures and precipitation has enabled crews to establish fire control lines, and allowed them to get ready to conduct controlled burn operations to help fight these wildfires. The public may see increased smoke over the next couple of days as unburned fuel surrounding fire perimeters is burned to reduce the amount of available fuel to the fires.While a Smoky Skies Advisory that was posted by the BC Ministry of Environment on Friday, May 6th was lifted at 8:15 Wednesday morning, Air Quality Meteorologist Gavin King said in a release that “there are still active wildfires in the region and as such elevated local smoke concentrations can occur.”- Advertisement -Ellie Dupont with the BC Wildfire Service spoke with Energeticcity.ca on Tuesday morning, and stressed that members of the public need to respect the exclusion zones around all wildfires in the region, especially as crews are anticipating conditions that will be favourable to controlled burn operations.last_img read more

The wild journey back to the big leagues for new A’s pitcher

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Tyler Alexander thought he was banished from Major League BaseballDrafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013, Alexander worked hard to move his way up the club’s minor league system. But after testing positive for Marijuana for the second time in 2015, Alexander was suspended for 50 games by MLB, and released by the Brewers shortly after. “I kind of counted it out,” Alexander said. “I didn’t think it was a possibility anymore in my career given the off-the-field stuff.”Alexander’ …last_img

Three held for hacking Facebook account, posting obscene messages

first_imgThree persons including a couple from Rajasthan were arrested allegedly for hacking the Facebook account of a person in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir and posting vulgar and obscene messages, police said on Sunday. Varinder Singh had lodged a written complaint on December 25 last year alleging that some unknown persons hacked his Facebook account and embarrassed his family by creating his fake ID and IDs of his wife and sister and sharing his family photographs with vulgar and obscene messages, a police spokesman said. He said an FIR under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and the Ranbir Penal code was registered at the Reasi police station and the investigation set into motion.Third accused During investigation, the spokesman said the Internet Protocol addresses of the fake ID’s were retrieved from Facebook and the accused were identified as Rahul Jain, his wife Kirti Jain of Jaipur and Parvinder Singh alias Rocky, a local driver. “It came to the light that the couple had once visited Reasi and had exchanged their phone numbers with the complainant. Later, they managed to contact the third accused through the friend list of Facebook account of the complainant,” he said. He said the accused couple were arrested from their residence in Jaipur by a special team on a court warrant and were brought to Reasi on Saturday and on their disclosure, the third accused was also arrested.last_img read more

Bangalore University invites applications for PG programmes

first_imgThe application procedure for admission to post graduate programmes in Arts, Science, Commerce and Law at the Bangalore University and its affiliated colleges for the session 2012-13 has commenced.The last date for submitting completed application forms is August 8, 2012.For information on eligibility criteria, visit: http://www.bangaloreuniversity.ac.in/The application forms can be downloaded from its official website – www.bangaloreuniversity.ac.in/. Alternatively, it can also be obtained in person.last_img

Osteoarthritis

first_imgDefinitionOsteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder.It is due to aging and wear and tear on a joint.Alternative NamesHypertrophic osteoarthritis; Osteoarthrosis; Degenerative joint disease; DJD; OA; Arthritis – osteoarthritisCausesCartilage is the firm, rubbery tissue that cushions your bones at the joints. It allows bones to glide over one another. When the cartilage breaks down and wears away, the bones rub together. This causes the pain, swelling, and stiffness of OA.As OA worsens, bony spurs or extra bone may form around the joint. The ligaments and muscles around the joint may become weaker and stiffer.Before age 55, OA occurs equally in men and women. After age 55, it is more common in women.Other factors can also lead to OA.OA tends to run in families.Being overweight increases the risk of OA in the hip, knee, ankle, and foot joints. This is because extra weight causes more wear and tear.Fractures or other joint injuries can lead to OA later in life. This includes injuries to the cartilage and ligaments in your joints.Jobs that involve kneeling or squatting for more than an hour a day that involve lifting, climbing stairs, or walking increase the risk of OA.Playing sports that involve direct impact on the joint (such as football), twisting (such as basketball or soccer), or throwing also increase the risk of OA.Medical conditions that can lead to OA include:Bleeding disorders that cause bleeding in the joint, such as hemophiliaDisorders that block the blood supply near a joint and lead to avascular necrosisOther types of arthritis, such as chronic gout, pseudogout, or rheumatoid arthritisSymptomsadvertisementSymptoms of OA usually appear in middle age. Almost everyone has some symptoms by age 70.Pain and stiffness in the joints are the most common symptoms. The pain is often worse after exercise and when you put weight or pressure on the joint.With OA, your joints may become stiffer and harder to move over time. You may notice a rubbing, grating, or crackling sound when you move the joint.”Morning stiffness” refers to the pain and stiffness you feel when you first wake up in the morning. Stiffness due to OA usually lasts for 30 minutes or less. It improves after activity, allowing the joint to “warm up.”During the day, the pain may get worse when you are active and feel better when you are resting. As OA gets worse, you may have pain even when you are resting. And it may wake you up at night.Some people might not have symptoms, even though x-rays show the changes of OA.Exams and TestsA physical exam can show:Joint movement that causes a crackling (grating) sound, called crepitationJoint swelling (bones around the joints may feel larger than normal)Limited range of motionTenderness when the joint is pressedNormal movement is often painfulBlood tests are not helpful in diagnosing OA.An x-ray will likely show:Loss of the joint spaceWearing down of the ends of the boneBone spursTreatmentOA cannot be cured. It will most likely get worse over time. However, your OA symptoms can be controlled.You can have surgery, but other treatments can improve your pain and make your life much better. Although these treatments cannot make the arthritis go away, they can often delay surgery.MEDICATIONSOver-the-counter pain relieverscan help with OA symptoms. You can buy these medicines without a prescription.Most doctors recommend acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) first. It has fewer side effects than other drugs. (Do not take more then 3 grams (3,000mg) a day.)If your pain continues, your doctor may recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Types of NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.Supplements that you may use include:Pillssuch as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfateCapsaicin skin cream to relieve painLIFESTYLE CHANGESStaying active and getting exercise can maintain joint and overall movement. Ask your health care provider to recommend an exercise routine. Water exercises, such as swimming, are helpful.Other lifestyle tips include:Applying heat and cold to the jointEating healthy foodsGetting enough restLosing weight if you are overweightProtecting your joints from injuryIf the pain from OA gets worse, keeping up with activities may become more difficult or painful. Making changes around the home can help take stress off your joints to relieve some of the pain. If your work is causing stress in certain joints, you may need to adjust your work area or change work tasks.PHYSICAL THERAPYPhysical therapy can help improve muscle strength and the motion of stiff joints as well as your balance. If therapy does not make you feel better after 6 to 8 weeks, then it likely will not work at all.advertisementMassage therapy may provide short-term pain relief. Make sure you work with a licensed massage therapist whois experienced in working on sensitive joints.BRACESSplints and bracesmay helpsupport weakened joints. Some types prevent the joint from moving. Others allow some movement. Use a brace only when your doctor or therapist recommends one. Using a brace the wrong way can cause joint damage, stiffness, and pain.ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTSAcupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment. It is thought that when acupuncture needles stimulate certain points on the body, chemicals that block pain are released. Acupuncture may provide short-term pain relief for OA.S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe, pronounced “Sammy”) is a manmade form of a natural chemical in the body. It may help reduce joint inflammation and pain.SURGERYSevere cases of OA might need surgery to replace or repair damaged joints. Options include:Arthroscopic surgery to trim torn and damaged cartilageChanging the alignment of a bone to relieve stress on the bone or joint (osteotomy)Surgical fusion of bones, usually in the spine (arthrodesis)Total or partial replacement of the damaged joint with an artificial joint (knee replacement, hip replacement, shoulder replacement, ankle replacement, elbow replacement)Support GroupsOrganizations that specialize in arthritis are good resources for more information on OA.Outlook (Prognosis)Your movement may become limited over time. Doing everyday activities, such as personal hygiene, household chores, or cooking may become a challenge. Treatment usually improves function.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if you have symptoms of OA that get worse.PreventionTry not to overuse a painful joint at work or during activities. Maintain a normal body weight. Keep the muscles around your joints strong, especially the weight-bearing joints (knee, hip, ankle).ReferencesBijlsma JW, Berenbaum F, Lafeber FP. Osteoarthritis: an update with relevance for clinical practice. Lancet. 2011;377:2115-2126.Hochberg MC, Altman RD, April KT, et al. American College of Rheumatology 2012 recommendations for the use of nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies in osteoarthritis of the hand, hip, and knee. Arthritis Care Res. 2012;4:465-474.Lane NE, Schnitzer TJ. Osteoarthritis. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman’s Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 270.Nelson AE, Jordan JM. Clinical features of osteoarthritis. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel SE, et al., eds. Kelly’s Textbook of Rheumotology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 99.Review Date:8/3/2013Reviewed By:David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Twitters testing a News Camera feature and its a lot like Snapchat

first_img See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See it Rylo 0 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Share your voice $155 at Google Express $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Post a comment Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $299 at Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It See It Sarah Tew/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET $210 at Best Buy See at Turo $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Apple iPhone XS JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Amazon $59 at eBay $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Comments This isn’t the first time we’ve gotten a peek at News Camera. Social media consultant Matt Navarra spotted the feature earlier this month and demonstrated how the camera works in a video. Navarra also noted other potential new features like a (darker) dark mode, encrypted direct messages, an automatic night mode and a way to undock the composition button. You might also soon see a redesigned side menu, a way to react with GIFs and some drag-and-drop features for Apple’s iOS. The coveted edit functionality wasn’t among the potential new features. “I can confirm that we’re working on an easier way to share thing like images and videos on Twitter. What you’re seeing is in mid-development so it’s tough to comment on what things will look like in the final stage,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “The team is still actively working on what we’ll actually end up shipping.” 7 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 Boost Mobile Sprint $520 at HP Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview Twitter is apparently trying new tricks. Rolf Vennenbernd/Picture Alliance via Getty Images If you’re on Twitter, you may soon encounter a familiar Snapchat feature. The social media site has been developing a “News Camera,” according to code uncovered and tweeted by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. The new camera feature apparently will be accessible by swiping left from the home screen and let you add Snapchat-style captions to photos, videos and live broadcasts.Wong tweeted Thursday that posts created by the News Camera will be called Moments. Twitter removed its original Moments feature from its Android and iOS apps in October. $999 $6 at Tidal Twitter’s new Snapchat-style Camera, codenamed “News Camera” is coming soon!Posts created by News Camera will be called “Moments” pic.twitter.com/54TZeXh1IC— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) February 14, 2019 Mobile Applications,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Turo Best Buy The Cheapskate Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displayslast_img read more

1 suspended as Ilias Kanchan passes airport security with gun

first_imgIlias Kanchan. File PhotoThe Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) on Wednesday suspended one of its officials for negligence of duty as film star Ilias Kanchan passed security check with a bag containing his revolver at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Tuesday, reports UNB.CAAB chairman air vice marshal M Naim Hassan told UNB that they have been investigating into the incident and on-duty operator Fazlar Rahman was suspended over the issue.However, the former film star and an activist demanding road safety told this correspondent that the breach was “unintentional” and in the first scanning the gun was not detected while he was going to Chattogram from Dhaka.Meanwhile, Mohibul Haque, secretary to ministry of civil aviation and tourism, said that the revolver was spotted by the on-duty security officials during second scanning of Ilias Kanchan’s luggage.They immediately brought it to Kanchan’s notice and he admitted that he was carrying a licensed gun, he added.But the film star denied it saying, “During the second scanning after getting the boarding pass, suddenly I could recall that I had a gun in my bag and immediately I informed it to the security officer.”last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday February 14

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll have a report on the continued fallout from the resignation of Trump National Security Adviser, General Michael Flynn. Plus, we’ll talk to veteran reporter Charles Robinson of Maryland Public Television’s, State Circle about the alleged altercation between White House correspondent April Ryan and Trump staffer and former reality TV star, Omarosa Manigualt.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

A free trip to South Korea

first_img“Win the South Korea Quiz contest 2017 and get a chance to visit Korea for free,” stated Jong Sool Kwon, Director, Korea Tourism Organisation (India office). He further added, “In order to bring South Korea closer to the hearts of the youngsters in the tri-city, Korea Tourism Organization India has launched a Quiz Contest for Tri-city school students. The Quiz is open for school students from class 8th to 12th of Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula and surrounding areas”, he also affirmed that the winner will get a free trip to South Korea for six days while discounted trip would be given to the runner ups. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf The Quiz Contest will be organized by Athena Ventures with the support of Korea Tourism Organization. Participation Certificates have been promised to all participants. Athena Ventures has organized many similar programs for Korea, as well as for other countries.Naveen Sharma, chairman, Athena Ventures also said that a child can participate in the quiz through his/her school only up till July 24. He stated that more than 4,000 students are expected to take part in the quiz contest. All the material related to the quiz would be provided free of cost on the internet. The quiz will be concluded with its final level on August 13.last_img read more

Ditch your smartphone to curb spending online

first_imgIf you want to curb that urge to splurge, putting your smartphone away may help, as touchscreen technology is behind people indulging in guilty pleasures when shopping online, researchers say. The findings showed that compared with consumers who had a desktop computer, those with smartphones were more likely to purchase hedonic products – consumed for luxury purposes, these are desirable objects that allow the consumer to feel pleasure, fun, and enjoyment from buying the product. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFurther, participants using touchscreen technology also scored significantly higher on experiential thinking than those using desktop computers.However, those on desktops scored significantly higher on rational thinking, the researchers said.”Using a touchscreen evokes consumers’ experiential thinking, which resonates with the playful nature of hedonic products. These results may well be a game-changer for sectors like the retail industry,” said Ying Zhu, assistant professor at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”But my advice for consumers who want to save a bit of money is to put away the smartphone when you have urge to spend on a guilty pleasure,” Zhu added.For the study, detailed in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, the team conducted a series of experiments with university students to measure thinking styles and purchase intentions using devices like touchscreens and desktop computers.The study aimed to investigate whether online purchase intentions change when it comes to two different types of products: hedonic, or those that give the consumer pleasure like chocolate or massages, and utilitarian, products that are practical, like bread or printers.”The playful and fun nature of the touchscreen enhances consumers’ favour of hedonic products, while the logical and functional nature of a desktop endorses the consumers’ preference for utilitarian products,” Zhu explained.”With more than two billion smartphone users, the use of tactile technologies for online shopping alone is set to represent nearly half of all e-commerce by next year.”last_img read more