ESI EDUGYAN WINS HER SECOND GILLER PRIZE THIS TIME FOR WASHINGTON BLACK

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement This marks the second time Ms. Edugyan has won the Giller, after taking the 2011 prize for her novel Half Blood Blues. She is only the third author to win the Giller twice after M.G. Vassanji (in 1994 and 2003) and Alice Munro (1998 and 2004) and the first to win for consecutive novels.Earlier this year, Ms. Edugyan was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust fiction prize and the Man Booker Prize in Britain (which Half Blood Blues was also shortlisted for) but came up just short. She is also a finalist for the Carnegie medal for fiction awarded by the American Library Association, which will be announced in January.Published by Patrick Crean Editions at HarperCollins Canada, Ms. Edugyan’s novel tells the historical, coming-of-age tale of George Washington Black, a boy born into slavery on a plantation in Barbados who goes on to much more in the world. Earlier this year, she told The Globe of the writing process: “Some of the details were just horrifying. Some of the research was really difficult to do. But I really thought in order to write about this man, you have to see where he’s coming from, you have to deal with the details of his childhood. What it would have looked like to be a slave on a day-to-day basis, living out your life in these conditions. I didn’t want to flinch away from that.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Esi Edugyan got this one. After a whirlwind literary awards season that has seen numerous shortlist nominations for the Victoria author, Ms. Edugyan has taken home the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Canada’s most lauded award for literature was given out at a ceremony in Toronto on Monday night, where the prize jury announced Ms. Edugyan’s win for her acclaimed novel Washington Black.“In a climate in which so many forms of truth-telling are under siege, this feels like a wonderful and important celebration of words,” Ms. Edugyan said in her short acceptance speech.“I felt like I was taking a risk in doing something very different. People kept asking if I was going to do more about jazz or World War II [along the lines of Half Blood Blues],” she said after her win. “So I feel maybe I’m ready to write about anything – that it’s okay to be able to go out there and choose any topic and write about it.” Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Twitter Elana Rabinovitch, left, daughter of Giller founder Jack Rabinovitch, congratulates Esi Edugyan at a ceremony in Toronto on Monday night. Facebooklast_img read more

School District 60 Trustees approve 20192020 Capital Plan

first_imgInstead of completely replacing Charlie Lake School, it was decided that they would replace the portables with modular classrooms with $13 million in funding.The District will also be adding modular classrooms at Wonowon Elementary to accommodate the growing student population. That cost is projected at $7.4 million.The replacement school for Ecole Central is still on the District’s wishlist. If approved by the Province, it would require $26.6 million in funding.Upgrades to facility equipment, such as boiler systems, along with upgrades to playgrounds are included in this year’s Capital Plan.The total amount approved for School District 60’s Capital Plan is $125 million. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a School District 60 meeting on Monday, Trustees approved the Capital Plan for the upcoming 2019-2020 School Year.The Capital Plan allocates funding for items such as the construction of new schools, the purchasing of new school buses, and major upgrades to existing facilities within the School District.When it comes to the construction of new or the replacement of existing schools, the District has changed some of their plans.last_img read more

Senior UN officials highlight need for strengthening capabilities of peacekeeping operations

“Flexibility and innovation at Headquarters and within our missions is no longer an option, but an acute necessity,” Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations told the opening of the 2014 session of the General Assembly body charged with reviewing all aspects of those operations. “Taken together, growing demand and high expectations, coupled with constrained resources, must lead to an equally high international responsiveness and commitment.” Known informally as the “C34”, the Special Committee, established by the Assembly in 1965, works through the Fourth Committee on Special Political and Decolonization, and this year has reports before it on issues ranging from implementation of the global field support strategy, to special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, and civilian capacity in the aftermath of conflict.Providing some statistics, Mr. Ladsous said nine peacekeeping operations covering 95 per cent of the Department’s total field personnel currently have mandates to protect civilians, often in extremely challenging conditions and in the face of high expectations. In addition, he said that studies revealed that when peacekeeping missions are deployed in post-conflict situations, countries are 50 per cent less likely to experience an outbreak of conflict again.He went on to say that the breadth of missions the UN is currently required to conduct and support is more diverse than ever, involving distinct partners, diverse operating environments, and widely varying mandates, each demanding a distinct mix of skills and capabilities. As such, he set out five factors that, taken as a whole, impact how peacekeeping operations can effectively carry out their mandated tasks: continued high demand for UN peacekeeping; a heightened level of new threats; continuing high resource constraints; the complexity of contemporary threats requires close and enhanced partnerships; and the need for high political engagement and support.“Peacekeeping remains a vital tool for international peace and security and a flagship of the United Nations,” he said, underscoring that peacekeeping it is a collective effort demanding that the highest standards of conduct are upheld by all UN personnel. “It rests upon strong cooperation between the Security Council, the General Assembly, and the Secretariat; between the Member States contributing personnel and financial support. The C34 brings together the full range of Member States in support of peacekeeping.” “Your voice and guidance in policy matters is an important signal of the political commitment and support of the UN for our peacekeepers,” he told Special Committee members.In her address, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Ameera Haq, spotlighted peacekeeping activities over a year that “clearly, has been anything but business as usual.” She said 2013 and the first months of 2014 have been marked by an uninterrupted sequence of new challenges and operational demands. New missions have been set up in complex operating environments and existing operations have undergone profound, historic change. “A critical driver of our work over the past year has been the growing security risks faced by our colleagues in the field,” she said, emphasizing that the policy implication is that “we must do more on the side of prevention and risk mitigation when seeking to protect our colleagues. Providing for the safety and security of deployed personnel in volatile environments is an absolute necessity. And it is a necessity that will almost certainly increase the cost of doing business.” Continuing, Ms. Haq said the conceptual backdrop for all of efforts of the Department of Field Support (DFS) in improving the timeliness, quality and cost-effectiveness of mission support is the Global Field Support Strategy (GFSS). “As the overall budget of UN peacekeeping for 2013-2014 is nearing the $8 billion mark it is all the more important that we apply the GFSS, and its spirit of responsible stewardship of resources, in all that we do.”“A top priority for DFS is to achieve continuous improvement in the services we provide to our troops,” she explained adding that another key priority for both DFS and DPKO is to address delays in the provision of critical enablers during mission start-up and reconfiguration. “Experience makes unequivocally clear that critical assets such as engineering capability, air assets, medical facilities, and signal companies take more time to generate and deploy than ‘boots on the ground.’ We need them both and we need to ensure that they arrive when needed,” said Ms Haq. Peacekeeping, she said, requires a shared vision backed by strong cooperation between Member States and the Secretariat. “When it has the necessary resources to deliver in the field, when it is empowered by the membership to be flexible, and when it is focused on the achievement of results as the guidepost for its efforts, UN peacekeeping is a powerful resource for conflict management and peace consolidation.” read more

OKC Wins In San Antonio Takes Control Of Series

Kevin Durant has OKC on top right now.A week ago, many observers were anointing the San Antonio Spurs as the eventual NBA champions. They were unspectacular, but sharp, and had won 20 games in a row, including two to open the Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.Now, the Spurs look like a team on the way out, passed swiftly and deftly by a young Thunder team that was, as TNT analyst Steve Kerr astutely noted Monday night, “growing up before our eyes.”That might sound trite, but it also was completely apropos considering what OKC did in Game 5 Monday night in San Antonio. In short, the Thunder stunned the Spurs, 108-103 to take a 3-2 series advantage.OKC can advance to the NBA Finals for first time since moving to Oklahoma City from Seattle three years ago with a victory in Game 6 Wednesday night at home in a game that will have the city on fire.Monday, OKC confirmed that it has figured it out. It was one thing to come together and win Games 3 and 4 at home. But to go into the AT&T Center and play with enough poise and share the basketball, well, it signaled another level of maturity – and that was all the young and athletic team has been missing.“They are hard to guard, talented, hungry, athletic,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “I thought we spotted them 24 minutes. We didn’t compete in the first half and they competed for 48 minutes. . . We don’t get that straight, it’ll be over on Wednesday.”Again, it was Kevin Durant (27 points) who led OKC’s surge, with a huge hand from Sixth Man of the Year James Harden. After getting just one shot in the first two quarters, Durant, the superstar forward, erupted in the third and fourth quarters, fashioning an array of shots. The Thunder overcame a slow start to both halves of the game with explosiveOKC led by 14 in the fourth quarter after a four-point play by Harden (20 points). It looked to be over then, but suddenly Oklahoma City reverted to point guard Russell Westbrook (23 points, 12 assists) dribbling aimlessly around the perimeter, stalling the offense.San Antonio took advantage and scored 11 straight to cut it to 101-99 with 1:37 to play. Westbrook and Tim Duncan (18 points, 12 rebounds) traded baskets before the biggest shot of the night – a step-back three-pointer with 28.8 to play by Harden to put the Spurs in front, 106-101.Manu Ginobili, who started and was brilliant with 34 points, made a layup and OKC turned over the ball, giving San Antonio a chance with 15 seconds left to tie it with a three. However, Ginobil, who made five threes, missed, and that was that. OKC had gained control of the series.“Heartbreaking,” Duncan said. read more

Journalists from rival Syrian sides come close to blows in Geneva

first_imgAS SYRIA’S BITTER divide plays out between regime and opposition negotiators in Geneva, journalists from both camps are also locking horns on the sidelines of UN-brokered peace talks.Whether in the tree-lined gardens of the UN’s European headquarters or its corridors and packed press conference rooms, Syrian reporters face each other down with scowls and even hurl abuse.The rivals spend their time battling their opponents’ spin and trying to show that only they are the true voice of Syria.As well as being rebuked Wednesday by UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s press team for their mass yelling of questions, the Syrian press corps has also sparked tongue-in-cheek comments, with mediator Lahkdar Brahimi asking Friday: “Is everyone in this room Syrian or what?”EchoThe proximity between Syrian official and opposition reporters is unprecedented, echoing the fact that representatives of President Bashar al-Assad and his adversaries are finally sitting down in the same room, almost three years after the conflict erupted.State television news director Habib Salman told AFP in Geneva: Journalists have also stepped up to defend their side’s cause.In Montreux, pro-regime reporters applauded loudly in the press centre as journalists from around the world watched a live feed of a speech by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.When opposition leader Ahmad Jarba’s turn came, they placed Syrian flags on their desks in protest.Tensions mounted Saturday during a press conference by opposition spokesman Louay Safi, who called for a humanitarian corridor for starving and besieged residents in rebel-held areas of the city of Homs.“Don’t think that you can dictate to me what I should say here, you representative of the propaganda media,” Safi snapped as a reporter from Syrian news agency SANA demanded repeatedly why the opposition wanted to spirit its “terrorists” out of Homs.Close to blowsWith journalists flinging highly offensive slurs back and forth, some have come close to blows and forced UN security guards to step in.On the UN grass where rival stations have pitched their broadcast tents, one anti-regime journalist yelled at a pro-Assad rival: “Go on, hit us with a barrel!” in reference to the regime’s alleged use of “barrel bombs”.For some Syrian journalists, covering the talks has an unusual personal edge.Ahmad Fakhouri was a presenter on Syrian state television until he defected in 2012.“I’ve seen former colleagues here and I want to greet them. Some are embarrassed and some look away,” Fakhouri, who now works for a station funded by the United Arab Emirates, told AFP.“I’m in the opposition, but as a journalist I can criticise the opposition and the rebels just as much as the security services and Assad. That’s real journalism.”- © AFP, 2014Dictatorship to democracy: Syrian opposition wants Assad to leave power>Women and children to be allowed leave Homs> The novelty in Geneva is that the Syrian state is represented for the first time on the political level and the media level at a conference on Syria.The most recent international conferences of the so-called Friends of Syria countries only involved the opposition.At the latest UN meeting, neither side’s journalists have pulled their punches in questions to rival delegations, swinging from ironic to outright aggressive.In the Swiss city of Montreux – venue of Wednesday’s international conference on Syria before the talks shifted to Geneva on Friday – anti-government reporters pursued Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi.They hounded him repeatedly, asking: “When will Assad quit?”BrutalityIn Geneva, prominent opposition official Burhan Ghalioun found himself in a corridor with pro-regime journalists.They called him out over the brutality of hardline Islamist fighters: “The rebels have shown videos of severed heads. What have you got to say on that?”The Syrian war broke out after the Assad regime cracked down on Arab Spring-inspired protests in March 2011, but the government labels the rebels “terrorists” funded by foreigners, notably Qatar and Saudi Arabia.‘Lies’, ‘agents’ and ‘criminals’There is undisguised loathing among official Syrian reporters for Qatari station Al-Jazeera and Saudi counterpart Al-Arabiya.“Al-Arabiya is known for its lies,” called out one Syrian reporter during a press conference by Brahimi.On Sunday, an Al-Jazeera journalist asked Zohbi to explain why he refused the station’s interview requests.Stepping in, a reporter from pro-regime radio station Sham FM said: “Because you’re agents!”“At least we’re not criminals,” the Al-Jazeera reporter hit back.last_img read more

Opinion The gender gap remains in tech and science – and its

first_imgTHE TECH INDUSTRY globally suffers from a lack of female participation. Here in Ireland, it is thought that about 25% of those working in research, tech and science are women. That falls to single figures when it comes to – for example – developers and programmers. Women make up about 10% of our population of engineers.Firstly, I have to say, I came to this whole discussion late. Having not ever considered gender as an issue in my own career, I just kept my head down, worked hard and never really noticed that the gender gap existed.However, in recent years, along with Silicon Republic co-founder Darren McAuliffe, I have begun to grow impatient with the slow pace of change. As more traditional sectors like accountancy and law have successfully bridged the gender gap, the tech sector has been slow to follow suit. For our own events, we began to actively seek out female speakers, having become tired of turning up at conferences where panels were exclusively made up of white men – whether in suits or in hoodies and converse.Yes, diversity is a much wider issue than gender, but we decided to take on one battle at a time and, on International Women’s Day 2013, we launched a campaign on Silicon Republic called Women Invent Tomorrow – designed to highlight inspiring women in the male-dominated areas of science, tech, engineering and maths (STEM).Role modelsAll the research had shown us that role models are the key to change, but what surprised even ourselves was the number of remarkable female role models in the STEM areas who normally fall below the media radar – and indeed many that we had missed ourselves. We recently published a list of 100 Top Women in STEM – and we could have easily made that 200.We came to the conclusion that the issue was less about a lack of role models and more about the visibility of these role models. The traditional media tends to trot out the same five or even 10 women year after year. But there are lots more out there if you look more deeply.Ambitious female-led start-upsThere’s probably no area of tech where role models are more crucial than in the tech start-up field. It is estimated that in the US, for example, just 3% of venture-backed tech start-ups are led by women. There is no solid research in Ireland, but we estimate that this figure is only a little higher here, and by no means high enough.Yet recent research shows that technology companies led by women are more capital-efficient, achieve 35% higher return on investment and – when backed by venture capital – bring in 12% higher revenue than male-owned companies. That was the conclusion of recent research from the Kauffman Foundation, entitled Women in Technology: Evolving, Ready to Save the World.Here in Ireland, our state agency Enterprise Ireland has launched its own Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs, while just last month the NDRC launched a Female Founders initiative.Investors missing a trick by not investing in women?There is, without doubt, a move afoot to change the ratio here. As for our own campaign at Silicon Republic, tomorrow (30.06.14), we host the inaugural Female Founders Forum at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. As well as inspiring female tech entrepreneurs from Ireland – like Leonora O’Brien of Pharmapod, Sonya Lennon of Frockadvisor and Gráinne Barron of Viddyad – a star attraction will be San Francisco-based Julia Hartz, co-founder of Eventbrite, which was recently valued at $1 billion.On the investor side, Paris-based Anne Ravanona of Global Invest Her will highlight the statistics around investment in ambitious female-led start-ups around the world, while local panellists – including Ena Prosser, Helen McBreen, John O’Sullivan and John Kenny – will share the thoughts of the investment community here. We’ll be asking them if, given the research, investors might be missing a trick by not investing in women?Could Ireland lead the way?Chatting to me ahead of the Forum, one of our panellists, Helen McBreen (the only female member of the NDRC Investment Committee), put it well. She said this is not “a noble quest or imposed quota hunt; rather, it is a pragmatic ‘Moneyball-esque’ decision, based on the unequivocal evidence that female-backed ventures perform better fiscally”.Wouldn’t it be something else if Ireland could lead the way here? We are small enough, nimble enough and flexible enough to make change quickly. If the whole tech and investment community were to work together on this, we could change the ratio, create fantastic companies and jobs and, as a country, we could be the ‘role model’ for changing the gender ratio in tech!Ann O’Dea is co-founder and CEO of Silicon Republic, Ireland’s leading technology and innovation news service. She also leads the Women Invent Tomorrow initiative at Silicon Republic, designed to champion female role models in the areas of Science Technology, Engineering and Maths. As part of this campaign, Silicon Republic has recently published its list of Ireland’s 100 top women in STEM.Opinion: Have a positive impact on Ireland’s society and economy – choose a STEM careerRead: Brilliant ad redefines what ‘like a girl’ means, and everyone should watch itlast_img read more

Two years after taking up track cycling Lydia Gurley is already winning

first_img Gurley in action for Ireland. Follow us: the42.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 26th 2017, 7:00 AM Image: Jane Barlow PA Wire/PA Images Short URL LAST WEEKEND IN Cali, Colombia, the Irish track cycling team had one of its most successful events ever, taking home three medals at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup event.Among those standing on the podium was Lydia Gurley, who took bronze in the scratch race behind America’s Sarah Hammer and Evgeniya Romanyuta of Russia.It was some achievement for the 32-year-old who only took up cycling in 2015 having focused on triathlon up to then.However, when speaking to The42 earlier this week, Gurley’s most pressing concern wasn’t medals, but whether or not her bike would turn up in Madrid airport.“There’s another three teams waiting for their bikes too, so hopefully it does show up,” she said.As the Galway native waited, she explained how she came to switch her athletic focus two years ago:“I first started doing triathlons back in 2010. I lived in Canada at the time but then I moved to the UK to do a PHD and started cycling in 2015.“I just wanted to see what I could do representing Ireland in cycling and I was told that, if you wanted to be supported in the sport, track was the way to go.“So I started training in Newport with my coach at the time, Chris Davis, and I just went from there.“Orla Hendron is very well-known in the cycling community and she suggested that I start training for the track. She suggested some targets and then I attended the Dublin GP they hold at Sundrive.“I did okay there, posting a solid time in the individual pursuit especially.“That gave me an opportunity to train with the Irish squad that summer and that’s really how it all started.” 3 Comments 8,854 Views Source: nuestrociclismo 🚴🏼/Twitter Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 7:00 AM Two years after taking up track cycling, Lydia Gurley is already winning World Cup medals for Ireland And the Galway woman has her eyes on this year’s World Championship. #TissotUCItrackWC #CiclismoWomen’s♀#Scratch Podium🥇@SarahHammer🇺🇸@USAcycling🥈Evgeniya Romanyuta🇷🇺#Russia🥉@LydiaGurley🇮🇪#Ireland pic.twitter.com/1KPVngEVk7— nuestrociclismo 🚴🏼 (@nuestrociclismo) February 19, 2017 Share Tweet Email Source: Cycling Ireland/Twitter http://the42.ie/3254997 Gurley has put her PHD at the University of Birmingham on hold to focus on cycling but, much like the indoor velodrome, funding remains the key.“It’s like most things, it’s results driven.“If you can hit certain targets and results then you can get the support but that’s why it’s important to get medals like we did last weekend and show that we deserve the support.“I was a PHD student at the University of Birmingham but, in 2015 when I took up cycling and training with the Irish team, I pretty much put my PHD on hold.“With the support of my family — they’re just the greatest — they helped me out that year and now that I’m on the squad and getting results, I’m hoping I can get the support to do this full-time because that’s what I really want to do.”As for 2017, Gurley is obviously delighted with her result last weekend but is already looking ahead to the World Championships in Hong Kong.“I think it shows how hard the team has been working and I’m just so happy that it’s starting to pay off.“This World Championships, I think we’re going to produce some great results so I’m really excited for that.”Oh, and don’t worry, Gurley’s bike eventually arrived safe and sound.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Fabulous fourth for @lydiagurley in the Scratch Race in the Track World Cup today! Full report with quotes: https://t.co/oJP0U8KXHZ pic.twitter.com/rndbUNRQfW— Cycling Ireland (@IreCyclingFed) November 6, 2016 While cycling plays its part in the triathlon, there really wasn’t much Gurley could take from her old sport and apply to the new one.“It’s a bit different in team pursuit because it takes place over such short, intense bursts. It’s a sprint at the front and then you’re trying to catch your breath at the back. It’s much shorter but it’s definitely more intense.“We do a fair amount of gym work too.“The thing with track cycling is that you have the one gear and, unlike a road bike, you can’t change it during the race. If somebody goes, you have to be able to accelerate and move with it and have a high cadence so you do need strength as well.“We would generally do one or two gym sessions and, depending on the time of year, we’ll focus on different aspects of it really. The majority of our training time is spent on the road bike or the track bike though.”Of course, the pressing issue in track cycling in Ireland is the lack of an indoor velodrome despite promises back in 2014 that one would be delivered soon. Since then, exactly €0 has been earmarked for its construction.Gurley is obviously disappointed.“For all the athletes, we’d just love to be able to compete in Ireland and have home support. That would be a dream come true. I mean, we all really hope that it happens in the near future.“It’s a facility that a lot of people would use and it would really bring on the sport in Ireland as well I think.“I love watching track cycling and, considering the Irish weather, it’s always nice and warm and dry and I would thoroughly recommend it. It’s just getting access to it.” By Steve O’Rourke Gurley in action for Ireland. Image: Jane Barlow PA Wire/PA Imageslast_img read more

Casio un nouvel appareil photo ultrarapide

first_imgCasio : un nouvel appareil photo ultra-rapideCasio vient de présenter au Japon son tout nouvel appareil photo numérique : l’Exilim-ZR200. Il a pour principale particularité d’être doté de deux processeurs, grâce auxquels il est capable de prendre une photo en un quart de seconde.Le 18 novembre prochain, la marque japonaise Casio lancera sur la marché nippon le dernier appareil photo numérique de sa gamme Exilim. Baptisé EX-ZR200, il présente comme principale spécificité celle d’embarquer deux processeurs qui lui confèrent une puissance de calcul suffisante pour assurer la mise au point et la capture d’une photo en seulement 0,27 secondes, rapporte le site newlaunches.com. À lire aussiOlympus annonce l’arrivée prochaine du SZ-31MR iHSL’appareil de 16 megapixel est en outre équipé d’un un zoom optique 12X, d’un écran 3 pouces, et offre une fonction anti-vibrations. Il offre 16 GB de mémoire externe. Disponible en plusieurs couleurs – gris, noir, rose, bleu et blanc – il sera commercialisé 45.000 yens, soit un peu plus de 400 euros. Aucune date de sortie à l’international n’a toutefois encore été annoncée. Le 12 novembre 2011 à 11:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les astronomes découvrent deux exoplanètes très proches

first_imgLes astronomes découvrent deux exoplanètes très prochesDes astronomes ont pour la première fois découvert deux exoplanètes très proches l’une de l’autre. Celles-ci sont respectivement rocheuse et gazeuse, comme la Terre et Neptune.C’est une remarquable découverte qu’ont fait les astronomes. Ceux-ci ont déniché dans l’espace deux nouvelles exoplanètes qui sont exceptionnellement proches. En effet, tous les 97 jours en moyenne, leur proximité est à leur maximum. Mais à ce moment là, elles ne sont séparées “que” par une distance inférieure à cinq fois la distance de la Terre à la Lune, soit quelque 1,9 million de kilomètres. Imaginez qu’au lieu de la pleine lune se levant à l’horizon, ce soit une planète gazeuse géante qui apparaît trois fois plus grande, expliquent ainsi des chercheurs pour donner un aperçu de la proximité de ces nouveaux corps.À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASAPubliés hier dans l’édition en ligne de la revue Science, les travaux découlent de l’analyse des données recueillies par le télescope Kepler. Situées dans la constellation du Cygne, à environ 1.200 années-lumière de la Terre (une année-lumière correspond à 9 460 milliards de km) ce système planétaire a été baptisé Kepler-36. “Ces deux planètes passent très près l’une de l’autre”, indique Josh Carter, du Centre d’Astophysique de Harvard-Smithsonian, un des principaux auteurs de ces travaux cité par l’AFP. “Elles sont les plus proches que nous ayons jamais observées dans un système planétaire”, ajoute de son côté l’astronome Eric Agol, de l’Université de Washington.D’après l’étude, ce nouveau système planétaire ne contient que ces deux planètes en orbite autour d’une étoile ressemblant à notre soleil. Toutefois, celle-ci est plus vieille de plusieurs milliards d’années. La planète la plus proche de l’étoile, Kepler-36b, est rocheuse comme la Terre et fait 1,5 fois sa taille pour une masse 4,5 fois plus grande. Elle tourne autour de son étoile en 14 jours à une distance moyenne de moins de 17,7 millions de kilomètres. La seconde planète, Kepler-36c, est quant à elle gazeuse. 3,7 fois plus grande que la Terre et d’une masse huit fois supérieure, cette “Neptune chaude” telle qu’elle est surnommée, tourne autour de son étoile en 16 jours à une distance de 36,21 millions de km. Aujourd’hui, les astronomes cherchent à comprendre pourquoi et comment des planètes aussi différentes ont pu se retrouver dans des orbites aussi rapprochées. Une telle proximité entre ces deux exoplanètes provoque d’énormes forces gravitationnelles qui les compressent et les étirent, relèvent ces astronomes. La particularité de cette découverte réside dans le fait que, dans notre système solaire, les planètes rocheuses comme la Terre, Mars et Mercure sont proches du soleil tandis que celles qui sont gazeuses comme Jupiter, Saturne, Uranus et Neptune évoluent à une plus grande distance Le 22 juin 2012 à 17:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Maguire adventure from League One to World Cup

first_imgThe England and Leicester City defender started his professional career with Sheffield United and then started to climb the football pyramid25-year-old center-back Harry Maguire can tell a fantastic story in the world of football.He started his professional career with League One club Sheffield United in 2011, and after three fantastic years, he moved to the Premier League.In 2014 he was transferred to Hull City in the EPL. After a brief loan with Wigan Athletic, he was sold to Leicester City in 2017.“Obviously the last five or six years of football, I do pinch myself,” Maguire told the BBC during an interview.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Playing in League One week in week out, then I get an England Under-21 call-up and I’m pinching myself with that.”“Then playing in Premier League, you pinch yourself again,” he added.“The ladder just keeps going. It’s nice to sign a new deal at Leicester and to be rewarded for the great season we had last season as a team as well.”“To play in League One in every game when I was 18 was massive for my development,” he continued.“It’s something I’m very proud of. I have great memories and it was a great experience.”last_img read more

Battle Ground development director leaving for Camas

first_imgBattle Ground’s community development director is resigning to take a job in Camas.Robert Maul’s last day on the job will be Thursday, capping an 11-year career with the city. For the past seven years, he’s served as the city’s community development director. Before that, he was the city’s assistant planner.For the Camas resident, who served on that city’s planning commission before taking the full-time job, the move is a homecoming.“For me, it’s a lifestyle choice, being closer to home,” he said.But the position comes with a pay cut. In Battle Ground, Maul’s salary topped $102,000 a year. In Camas, where Maul will work as a planning manager, the no. 2 spot in the community development department, he’ll start at about $90,000.Last summer, Camas hired Finance Director Catherine Huber Nickerson from Battle Ground. In December, the city named Pete Capell, Clark County’s former public works director, as city administrator.Maul’s first day on the job will be Feb. 23.last_img read more

Adam Greenblatt to lead MGM GVC online joint venture

first_img Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year Prior to its acquisition by GVC, Greenblatt served as Director of Corporate and Strategic Development at Ladbrokes from 2010 and led defining transactions for the group, including the strategic partnership with Playtech, the acquisitions which created Ladbrokes Australia and the successful merger between Gala Coral and Ladbrokes in November 2016.He has been President of GVC’s US sports betting software business, Stadium Technology, since 2012 and sits on the Board of GVC’s joint venture in Spain. Having begun his career as a Chartered Accountant in the UK with Arthur Andersen, Greenblatt then moved into mergers and acquisitions at international investment bank, Rothschild. At Rothschild, he focused on the leisure sector and was instrumental in developing the betting and gaming franchise. Adam studied Business Science at the University of Cape Town.In a joint statement welcoming the appointment, GVC CEO, Kenneth Alexander and Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, said:“We are pleased to appoint Adam as CEO of the joint venture, who will bring his in-depth knowledge and expertise in on-line gaming and sports betting from both sides of the Atlantic. His determination, experience and vision are exactly what we need to establish a prime position in the rapidly evolving US gaming market.”Greenblatt added, “I am delighted to have been chosen to lead MGM GVC Interactive at this historic time for the US sports betting and gaming sector. With the combined brands, technology and market access of our two parent companies, I am determined to make it the most dynamic and successful player in the industry.” MGM GVC Interactive LLC, a US sports betting and online gaming joint venture between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings Plc has announced the appointment of Adam Greenblatt as the venture’s CEO.Greenblatt takes up the position after playing a significant role in the creation of MGM GVC Interactive via his previous role as Director Corporate Development & Strategy at GVC Holdings. The joint venture was established in July 2018 to create a world-class sports betting and online gaming platform in the United States in order to take advantage of the new opportunities created by the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the US federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the company said, Tabcorp cleared as Australian Federal Police close investigation into Cambodia sports betting bribery claims MGM reaffirms its commitment to Osaka in wake of LVS withdrawal RelatedPosts Load Morelast_img read more

Points of Agreement Emerge at Forum on PoliceCommunity Relations

first_imgCongressman Elijah Cummings addresses the audience at a recent forum on police-community relations.The need to reform the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Right (LEOBR), the importance of filing complaints against officers, and the benefits offered by body-worn cameras all emerged as points of convergence between law enforcement officials and those concerned with protecting citizens from police abuse at a recent forum on community-police relations.The forum was sponsored by two chapters of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and held at Stevenson University on Oct. 27.  Congressman Elijah Cummings opened the forum with a series of personal stories spanning the community-police relations divide, recounting unjustified police stops on the one hand, the sort of harassment that undermines trust in the police, and the murder of his nephew, a case in which Cummings and his family desire justice but have seen it deferred due to the unwillingness of community members to step forward and cooperate with the police.“Law enforcement has a major job to do.  We have to have police, we have to have them,” said Cummings.  “You get robbed and you pick up the phone and call and nobody shows up; or you get to your house, as I’ve done, and see the door broken open, and make a call to the police; you better hope somebody shows up because you better not go in there, because you don’t know who’s there.”The forum consisted of a panel that included three former and current law enforcement officials, a state’s attorney, a poet and activist who spent 11 years in prison, and a defense attorney.  A number of issues were discussed at the forum, including what to do when pulled over by police as well as the ways in which police are supposed to conduct themselves during such stops, but what was most interesting were the points of convergence between the officials, and those on the panel representing the community perspective.A panel of former and current law enforcement officials, prosecutors, citizens, and defense attorneys at a forum on police-community relations held at Stevenson University.“Any time that a police officer does something wrong you should file a complaint,” said defense attorney Derrick Hamlin, who said that there are many forms of police misconduct and that if enough complaints are filed against an officer, that officer will eventually be investigated by his department.“I would echo that,” said former Howard County chief of police William McMahon, who handled the response to the Columbia mall shooting earlier this year.  “I didn’t spend 30 years of my life in a profession to be ashamed of it. . . . We do care [about misconduct], we will act on it, [but] sometimes it takes longer than everybody would like.”McMahon even went as far as to express frustration with the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights, because it limits the ability of police officials to discipline officers as well as do so in what some would consider a more timely manner.  Hamlin agreed.Another point of agreement between those on the law enforcement and community sides of the panel was on the benefit of body-worn cameras.  Syeetah Hampton-El, a prosecutor with the State’s Attorney’s office in Baltimore City, compared police body cameras to the dashboard cameras police utilize during traffic stops, and said that body cameras would provide valuable evidence the same way those dash-cams often do.Hamlin agreed that the cameras are valuable both for protecting citizens, as long as officers are unable to turn them off while engaged in problematic behavior, and in providing evidence, which better allows him to represent his clients.McMahon referred to body cameras as the future, but warned that they are not a panacea to police-community relations issues, analogizing to the practice of NFL replay, in which the legality of a play is rarely visible from every camera angle on the field but only from certain vantage points.  Body cameras, McMahon suggested, are subject to the same limitation, and may not tell as much of the story as one would want in any given situation. ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Prisma Photo Art Android app

first_imgPrisma Photo Art Android app by Martin Brinkmann on July 25, 2016 in Google Android – Last Update: July 26, 2016 – 8 commentsPrisma is a popular application that was originally released for iOS that you could use to apply filters to photos. The application has been released for Android today.Photo filter applications are still tre chic with Instagram leading the pack but thousands of other applications competing for users.Prisma takes the whole “apply filter to photo” and “share with the world” concept a step further by concentrating on modern art filters.The application itself works pretty much like any other app of its kind. Either take a new photo with the camera, or load an image from the device instead.Note: Before you do so, open the preferences of the application and disable the “add watermark” option. If you don’t do that, a Prisma logo is added to the picture automatically.Prisma Photo Art Android appOnce done, crop or rotate the image if you like, and pick one of the available filters in the last step of the process.Dozens of filters are provided, and they are all displayed with a preview image that gives you a rough idea on what they do.You find several artist or specific work of arts filters among the list of supported ones. This includes Raoul, Mark, The Wave or The Scream for instance. There are pop art filters, filters, e.g. Tokyo or Mononoke, and others.The applying of the filter to the photo takes a moment. This depends largely on the device you are using, but took about 10 seconds on my Mi4c device. Images are processed on the server-side, which means that you need an Internet connection and that the processing time depends largely on that connection and the server load.This means that you cannot select multiple filters in rapid succession to find out which works best for you, as you will always have to wait for the filter to be applied to the photo before you can move on.The filter is applied with a strength of 100% by default. You may swipe on the image to change this to another value, and the more you do so, the more of the original image is shown.Options to save the work to the local device and sharing options are provided.The selection of filters is quite good. Naturally, some filters look better on some photos than on others, but I did not encounter a situation where all filters looked bad.If there is one thing to criticize, besides the long processing time, it is that the filter listing is adjusted automatically. This means that you may not find a filter at the same position it was in last time you used the app.Closing WordsPrisma is an interesting application for Android. It is refreshing that it does not require an excessive number of permissions — all permissions seem reasonable — and that it allows you to disable the watermark as well.Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 7 votes Software Name PrismaOperating System AndroidSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.neuralprisma Advertisementlast_img read more

Miami gives Branson celebrity welcome for train renaming

first_img Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Tags: Brightline, Virgin Group Share By: The Associated Press Miami gives Branson celebrity welcome for train renaming MIAMI — Billionaire businessman Richard Branson got a rock star’s welcome recently at the public rollout of his Virgin Group’s partnership with Florida’s privately owned, higher-speed passenger rail service that backers hope will soon stretch from Miami to Orlando. People cheered, news photographers jostled like paparazzi and passengers onboard a soon-to-be rebranded Brightline train grabbed the British magnate for selfies as they zipped between Miami and West Palm Beach in just over an hour. A year after beginning operations, the newly christened Virgin Trains USA hopes the Branson boost rubs off on the company’s ridership and financing. Virgin’s partnership with what was then Brightline was announced in November, but Brightline’s downtown Miami station became ‘Virgin MiamiCentral’ on Wednesday. Brightline’s trains and other stations should be rebranded by year’s end. Branson said Virgin hopes to “sprinkle some of its magic dust” on the operation by delivering an experience with some panache. As Brightline, the system was the first private U.S. train service founded in a century. Branson called Americans’ reputation for disdaining rail travel outside the Boston-Washington corridor unfounded. They just haven’t taken to trains because “the rail service was not great.” “Brightline has already proven that wrong with its first offering,” said Branson, pointing to its 100,000 monthly riders. He said train travel is more convenient than in the past. “In the old days, you didn’t have WiFi. Now you have almost seamless Wi-Fi on this train almost the whole way,” he said. “Students can work, business people can work, lawyers can work, accountants can work on the train. And it is much safer and more environmentally friendly.”This is a crucial period for the renamed service, whose trains currently run at an average speed of about 130 kph. Its first phase was completed 11 months ago with a 115-kilometre run between Miami and West Palm Beach. The company has overcome legal and financing challenges to sell $1.8 billion in bonds for a crucial 275-kilometre connection from West Palm Beach to Orlando and its theme parks. That is scheduled to open in 2022. From Orlando, the company hopes to eventually expand west to Tampa and north to Jacksonville. Patrick Goddard, the company’s president, said rebranding Brightline as Virgin gives it instant name recognition while complementing an experience he already believes was first rate. The stations are clean and the decor is modern. The trains are quiet and smooth, with engines powered by biodiesel fuel. The economy seats are wider and have more legroom than a typical airplane coach seat. Tickets between Miami and West Palm Beach cost about US$25 each way for economy and $40 for first class. No pricing for Orlando has been announced. “The big difference between what we are doing and traditional public transportation is this is an experience … from the moment you park your car. Because we own the stations and we own the infrastructure, we control the whole experience,” Goddard said. For Virgin, the partnership gives it a toehold in the U.S. passenger train market – outside Florida, there are plans for a Southern California to Las Vegas line. It also gives its British customers a potentially seamless Florida holiday. They could take a Virgin train to London and fly to Orlando aboard Virgin Atlantic. From there, they could take the planned Virgin train to Miami, and stay in an eventual Virgin hotel before embarking on a Virgin cruise that starts next year. Joseph Krist, a Court Street Group analyst who has been following Brightline, said it is “very hard to tell” whether Virgin Trains USA will thrive long-term once the glamour and novelty fades. Krist said that while Branson has had success in widely divergent fields, from recording to transportation, his British train operation has had a mixed record over 20 years. Virgin America, his U.S. airline known for mood lighting and hip touches, struggled with profitability for a decade, before being sold to Alaska Airlines for $2.6 billion in 2017. “Branson is a huge branding success – and that’s not to say he hasn’t been an economic success,” Krist said, calling him a “genius” when it comes to getting Virgin’s name in front of the public. “His brand as an innovative, somewhat thinking out-of-the-box kind of guy has survived regardless of the absolute level of operating success achieved by his various businesses.” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterBritish Airways has revealed its annual travel predictions for the year ahead, selecting the top 18 must-see destinations for 2018. Operating a daily service from Sydney, British Airways connects customers to London Heathrow Terminal 5 where they can connect to a network of over 200 destinations worldwide.Nicole Backo, British Airways’ Regional GM, South West Pacific, said: “Savvy holidaymakers are always looking for top tips to explore the latest and coolest destinations. We’ve built up years of experience to offer deals to suit all travellers, from city breaks, to fly drives to multi-city tours.”1. BARBADOSThose looking for action will find water sports, while those looking for relaxation will love the beach. Soak up the history in Bridgetown, enjoy a spot of afternoon tea at a 17th-century plantation before heading to the legendary Fish Fry for dinner. Wander the scene with a Barbadian rum while enjoying the Calypso background music.2. COPENHAGEN, DENMARKInnovation is the theme in Denmark’s capital city, which is home to a design scene, new and old architecture, bakeries and pop-up bars. Ideal for a long weekend, visitors should take a stroll into Tivoli Gardens, stop by and see The Little Mermaid by the coast and relax by the harbour.3. CROATIACustomers can fly British Airways to the setting of Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik, to the coastal city of Pula and to the capital Zagreb. Festival fans will be delighted to know that, with no Glastonbury happening in 2018, British Airways flies directly to Split.4. INVERNESS, SCOTLANDInverness is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands, a region of wilderness renowned for its lochs, glens, mountains and coastline. Ideal for adventurous holidaymakers, the highlands offer mountaineering and climbing during the summer, and skiing at Aviemore in the winter months. For a more relaxing day trip, Speyside is located just south of Inverness and has the largest concentration of whisky distilleries in Scotland. With British Airways offering direct daily flights to Inverness from London, customers can be in Scotland in no time.5. LISBON, PORTUGALThe Portuguese city of Lisbon sits on several hills rising from the northern banks of the Tagus River. A historic city, a break to Lisbon offers traditional culture and beaches alongside a modern foodie scene and busy nightlife.6. MALTADiscover history, hidden coves and villages in Malta, one of the smallest countries in the world. Made up of three islands on the southern edge of Europe, a must-visit is Valetta, Malta’s capital and a 2018 European Capital of Culture.7. MYKONOS, GREECEMykonos is a must-visit due to its history, beaches and villages. By day, holidaymakers enjoy snorkelling, diving and exploring the hidden coves and beachfront bars while waiting for night to fall, when the nightclubs come to life.8. NASHVILLE, TENNESSEEA new route to Music City will be music to travellers’ ears, as from May 2018 British Airways will be travelling directly from Europe to the home of country music. Must-sees include Bluebird Café and The Country Music Hall of Fame, while must-dos include a whiskey tour of Jack Daniel’s distillery followed by a traditional Southern meal of crispy-fried chicken and prawns.9. NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANABritish Airways makes it easier to get to New Orleans; the birthplace of jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and R&B. Famous for its Mardi Gras, guests are encouraged to visit during the historical celebrations to catch the popular parades. Plan a visit to the French Quarter, followed by an evening out on Bourbon Street.10. NEW YORKWake up in the city that never sleeps and enjoy the nightlife, bounty of museums and shops over a long weekend in 2018.11. MUSCAT, OMANThose seeking out the modern face of Arabia while still wanting to sense its ancient roots will enjoy Muscat, Oman’s capital city. The balance between tradition and modernity is well established, with medieval forts, palaces and bazaars sitting beside modern malls and resorts.12. OAKLAND, CALIFORNIAThe city offers museums and historical sites, an arts scene, restaurants and bars, and boutique shops. Catch the train for a short journey to San Francisco, a small city which is big on food, sights and history.13. RUSSIAFrom the capital Moscow to St Petersburg, Russia has so many cultural and national treasures that it would take several trips to see them all. Take advantage of British Airways flights to Moscow and St Petersburg, which are both host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.14. SANTIAGO, CHILEStretching 4300 kilometres from the driest desert in the world to massive glacial fields, few countries can boast the contrast of Chile. Santiago is a cultural feast for the senses. By day the sights, vineyards, coastline and mountains are all within easy reach of this city. British Airways now offers direct flights to Chile’s capital from London.15. SEOUL, SOUTH KOREAThe capital of South Korea, where skyscrapers and pop culture meet Buddhist temples and street markets, is a must-visit for 2018. Explore the culture of Seoul through its local cuisine. For those who prefer an active holiday, hiking is a popular activity in Seoul, and there are golf course and ski resorts within driving distance. Snow-sport lovers should plan to visit in February to tie in with the Winter Olympic Games being held in Pyeong Chang.16. SEYCHELLESSeychelles is famous for its beaches and coral reefs. Made up of 115 individual islands, there is something on offer for all, from snorkelling and scuba diving to markets and beaches. From March, British Airways is the only airline to fly directly to the Seychelles from the UK.17. TALLINN, ESTONIA2018 will mark the 100th Birthday of the Republic of Estonia, with celebrations aplenty across the country. These will be led by the capital, Tallinn, a city whose historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.18. TORONTO, CANADACatch a direct flight from London to Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, which has a plethora of art, culture, sightseeing, restaurants and nightlife offerings. Visit during the Toronto Film Festival, which draws global crowds and is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world attracting over 480,000 people annually.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Weinstein lawyers try again to get sex assault cas

first_imgWeinstein lawyers try again to get sex assault case tossed Harvey Weinstein|Harvey Weinstein lawyers|sex assault case by Michael R. Sisak And Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2018 1:29 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2018 at 2:09 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers are making a new attempt to get the New York sexual assault case against him dismissed.The former Hollywood producer’s attorneys say in a court filing Monday his indictment was “irreparably tainted by police misconduct,” among other problems.Weinstein’s attorneys want a dismissal — or a hearing on what they call “the extent of the misconduct.”The Manhattan district attorney’s office declined to comment. Police say the evidence against Weinstein “is compelling and strong.”Weinstein was originally charged with assaulting three women. A charge involving one woman was dismissed after prosecutors said a detective advised a witness to suppress doubts concerning whether that alleged encounter was consensual.Then prosecutors said the same detective told another Weinstein accuser she could delete material from her cellphones before giving them to prosecutors. They say no information was deleted. FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives to court in New York. Weinstein’s lawyers are making a new attempt to get the New York sexual assault case against him dismissed. The former Hollywood producer’s attorneys say in a court filing Monday, Nov. 5, his indictment was “irreparably tainted by police misconduct,” among other problems. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) last_img read more

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track (CNN The New York Times The Guardian) 3 China But the world has to start somewhere China overtook the US as the worlds lead carbon polluter in total volume in 2007 and has held the title ever since In 2013 China churned out 28 percent of the worlds CO2 But where other countries are actively trying to ratchet back their emissions below current levels China has simply pledged to reach its peak CO2 emissions by "around 2030" which is when experts predict that Chinas emissions would naturally peak anyway thanks to economic and demographic changes China is also pledging to reduce emissions per unit of GDP by 60-65 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels essentially becoming much more carbon efficient According to Bloomberg though that goal is actually less ambitious just continuing business as usual Of course it makes sense for China to offer such weak pledges Beijing is busy trying to transition from a manufacturing-based economy to a consumer-oriented one which will impact economic 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the first step in identifying the underlying condition; to get a definitive diagnosis a gut biopsy is usually required For people with these conditions cutting gluten or wheat is an absolute necessity But unlike allergies and intolerances food sensitivities occupy a gray zone Like an allergy they may be related to immune reactions But theyre poorly understood and symptoms are hard to pin down says Fasano "If you believe reports a food sensitivity could cause a stomachache one time then a headache then joint pain or even cognitive problems" Fasano says Because the mechanisms underlying sensitivities arent known Fasano says theres no way to test and validate them That ambiguity has led to a lot of confusion and disagreement among researchers while creating ideal conditions for spurious health "experts" to push food elimination diets that may do more harm than good he says Eliminating gluten is the most common (and some would say trendy) example of this Fasano says Some estimates suggest a third of Americans are trying to avoid or altogether ditch gluten "Theres this misconception that gluten-free foods are healthier or somehow linked to weight loss" Fasano says "But for most people going gluten-free probably will not be beneficial" There may be another category of people who suffer from a sensitivity to wheat or gluten Some popular books have suggested in the words of Grain Brain author David Perlmutter that gluten "represents one of the greatest and most under-recognized health threats to humanity" But theres not much data to support such claims Fasano says what data there is point to stomach or abdominal pain as the most common symptom of gluten sensitivity followed by skin conditions like eczema While foggy thinking and fatigue are tied to gluten theres no agreed-on explanation for these symptoms Fasano says Aside from celiac disease Johns Hopkins’s Wood says that the medical science community is so convinced gluten isnt a major health issue that theres very little funding or interest in studying the subject further "I think the bulk of people avoiding gluten are avoiding it unnecessarily" he says "Most doctors or people whove looked into it think its more of a lifestyle choice than a valid health issue" And when people claim to feel healthier after ditching wheat or gluten "Lots of junk foods and snack foods contain gluten" Fasano says Some estimates show one-third of all grocery store items contain glutenmany of them the additive-stuffed overly processed packaged foods nutritionists would love for you to eighty-six from your diet "If you cut out those things of course youll feel better" Fasano says "But its not because your body has a problem with gluten" While he doesnt believe gluten is the health villain many have made it out to be Fasano says food-related reactions are common from gastrointestinal issues like stomachaches or cramps to non-GI issues like headache and joint pain Fruit beans alcohol and many other common foods have been linked to symptoms of allergy or intolerance If you feel certain foods including gluten or wheat may be triggering pain or another type of physical reaction Fasano recommends visiting a gastroenterologist or an expert dietitiansomeone who can help you identify the source of your problem without putting you at risk for a nutritional deficiency "You wouldnt take antibiotics or insulin without seeing a doctor first” he says “and you should take the same precautions when it comes to making changes to your diet" You Asked: Your Top 10 Health Questions Answered You Asked: Are Cleanses Healthy Potions that claim to clear your body of toxins might sound alluring but do they deliver Illustration by Peter Oumanski for TIME You Asked: Is Eating Dessert Really That Bad For Me Bad news for sweet-eaters—except if you end your meals with this kind of treat Illustration by Peter Oumanski for TIME You Asked: What’s the Best Way to Whiten My Teeth Yes teeth whitening actually works—but here’s why you have to 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