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Organ Donor Group Highlights Over 100,000 Donors through Facebook

first_imgATLANTA (AP) – An organ donation group says more than 100,000 people used a new Facebook feature the first day to declare they are donors.The new option was announced Tuesday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to boost the number of potential organ donors. It allows Facebook users to add organ donor along with other personal information on the site.Donate Life America, the group working with Facebook, said more than 100,000 users had added their donor status by Tuesday night.The feature also provides a link to state registries so people can officially sign up to be a donor. By Wednesday morning, 18,000 Facebook users had used the link.But a spokeswoman said they don’t know how many of those 18,000 followed through and registered.___Online:Donate Life America: read more

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Lapierre Races into 2016 with New Aircode SL and Xelius SL Road Bikes

first_imgAll photos c. Jean Luc ArmandSpanning three generations of the Lapierre family, Lapierre Bicycles has come a long way since their humble beginnings in 1946. Started by Gaston Lapierre more than half a century ago, the company now has bikes and race teams for anything from DH to Pro Tour Road cycling. Going on their 14th year partnering with the FDJ Pro Race team, Lapierre continues to develop new race bikes for the roads of epic races like the Tour de France.First spinning their legs with the prototype LP 0.9C at the 2002 Tour, the latest additions to the Lapierre road line up have greatly evolved. Building on their Aircode aero road and Xelius race bikes, the new Aircode SL cuts weight while the Xelius SL gets an entirely new frame that makes it lighter and more comfortable as well…Lapierre Aircode SLJust introduced last year, Lapierrer was very happy with its debut – especially the ride by Thibaut Pinot who piloted the bike to a third place finish in the Tour. Not ones to rest on their success, Lapierre’s engineers apparently thought the aero road bike could be mad lighter without sacrificing performance. As a result of a new carbon layup with fewer plies in the seat tube and head tube, the frame is 90g lighter while the fork loses an additional 20g.The Aircode SL still keeps the same Kamm-tail design for aerodynamics, Lapierre’s Power Box carbon construction, and a blend of 24, 30, and 40T carbon to provide the same level of stiffness and wind cheating abilities. Using the same geometry of the Xelius EFI with an additional large size, the Aircode SL will be sold in the top of the line SL700(top), the SL600 FDJ(above), and the SL500.Built with an entirely new frame, the Xelius SL is meant to be a light weight, all purpose race machine. With all of the tubes optimized for the lightest weight, the frame also makes use of a seat stay design that bypasses the seat tube to instead connect to the top tube. The resulting seat tube cluster which seems extremely similar to Volagi’s patented LBFS (Long Bow Flex Stay) design supposedly reduces the weight of the frame while adding additional compliance. Also utilizing the Lapierre Power Box carbon methodology, the lower half of the bike is built to be extremely efficient while the upper half is built to be compliant. Other frame changes include an improved location for the Di2 battery in the downtube for a lower center of gravity, and shorter 405mm chainstays.Again offered in the SL700, SL600 FDJ, and SL500, the SL700 is shown above.Lapierre Pulsium 700Lapierre Pulsium FDJAlso introduced last year, Lapierre continues with their Pulsium frame which is destined for the cobbles. Using their SAT (Shock Absorption Technology) which places an elastomer ring between the top tube and the seat tube as well as specific carbon layups, the Pulsium is Lapierre’s answer to the rebirth of road “softtail” designs.Created with endurance geometry, clearance for 32mm tires, and a fork designed to smooth out the ride in tandem with the seat stays, the Pulsium is built to go fast over the bumps. Sold in three standard models including the 700 and FDJ models shown above, there are also two models in Lapierre’s Ultimate Custom Program, all with compact 11-speed Shimano drivetrains, Shimano brakes, Mavic or Shimano wheels, a Zipp cockpit, and Fizik saddles. For pricing and availability check with your local Lapierre dealer.lapierrebicycles.comlast_img read more

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Oil prices slated to rise upon OPEC pact – CARICOM Business News

first_img Oct 15, 2020 CARICOM Business News 10 April 2020Download Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act gets US Senate nod – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM-Business-2-October-2020DownloadOctober 5, 2020In “Agriculture”IMF hails The Bahamas economic performance – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices.April 23, 2019In “Agriculture”CDB predicts economic growth for the Caribbean – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 14 June 2019June 17, 2019In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 15, 2020 St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 16, 2020 CARICOM-Business-10-April-2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 16, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… You may be interested in… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Please see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices.last_img read more

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Braddock Bay Restoration on the Way

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to provide $9.5 million in federal funding to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District (USACE), to construct the Braddock Bay Restoration plan favored by the ‪USACE‬ and the local Rochester community. The announcement was made yesterday at the Braddock Bay Marina by the U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. He was joined by EPA – Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck, Town of Greece, New York, Supervisor William D. Reilich, and USACE Buffalo District Commander Lt. Col. Karl D. Jansen.In recent years, Braddock Bay‬’s barrier beach has been largely washed away and left open to Lake Ontario. Without this much-needed barrier, the Bay has lost an estimated 100 acres of wetlands and sand pushed in from the lake has made it too shallow for most boaters.“This $9.5 million investment will not only bring the Bay back to its former glory,” said Schumer, “it will restore boating access, create wildlife habitats and bring opportunities to makes this a tourism and recreational magnet.”USACE will use these federal EPA funds to build a new, man-made barrier beach to restore much of the old beach that has been washed away from Hurricane Agnes and years of Nor’easter storms.The Corps will use the 12,000 cubic yards of material that was dredged from the Bay, plus an additional 14,000 cubic yards of beach sand and 6,000 tons of stone to build a 2.5-acre barrier beach. This beach is expected to be 1,200 feet long and 200 feet wide, and will protect the new navigation channel and newly restored wetlands from the rigors of Lake Ontario.[mappress mapid=”20956″]last_img read more

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OriginGPS Unveils Miniature Cellular IoT System to Simplify IoT Product Development

first_imgOriginGPS has chosen Gemalto’s Cinterion LTE-M wireless module to build its latest miniature OriginIoT system.The ideal behind the OriginIoT system is to provide a generic cellular IoT system that simplifyies IoT product development and reduces the resources required for development. The OriginIoT systems include communication hardware, a GNSS module, embedded software, and a novel interface to OriginIoT add-ons which accommodate multiple sensors and other peripheral devices. OriginGPS signal to noise technology is leveraged to deliver superior GNSS and cellular matching, facilitating excellent performance in noisy environments, while the OriginSmart software enables cloud-based programming, relieving developers from writing embedded code. The OriginIoT LTE-M system (ordering code ORG2101) has a 15% smaller footprint than the previous 2G and 3G models, and will be pre-certified with selected operators.The low-power, wide-area Cinterion LTE-M module supports more than 10 frequency bands from a single hardware device, eliminating the need for multiple variants. The module protocols can run on the same hardware, thus providing a future-proof path for additional OriginIoT models. OriginGPS is showcasing its GNSS modules and OriginIoT systems at Embedded World, Feb 27 – Mar 1, 2018.For more information on OriginIoT systems.last_img read more

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More than a ton of ivory crushed in Central Park to protest illegal trade

first_img Related ABC News(NEW YORK) — In an ongoing group effort to combat the illegal ivory trade, more than a ton of ivory was crushed in Central Park on Thursday.The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation [DEC] partnered with some of the world’s most prominent public and private wildlife conservation groups to crush stores of illegal ivory confiscated by state law enforcement.The crushed items included an array of objects made from ivory — tusks, trinkets, statues, jewelry and other decorative pieces — worth an estimated $8.5 million dollars. The ivory was destroyed to send a clear message that the state will not tolerate trading of the material made from precious elephant tusks. Ivory has historically been collected by poachers who kill the elephants to collect their tusks, a practice that threatens Africa’s dwindling elephant population.Several groups were involved, including the International Fund for Animal Welfare [IFAW] which lobbies against the ivory trade and the killing of elephants.Wildlife advocate and music legend Mick Fleetwood has been as an IFAW ambassador for many years and helped pass a state bill in Hawaii last year that cracks down on ivory trafficking.“In the last four or five years I’ve become part of a process which is aware and becoming more aware and more desperately trying to do something, to whatever avail I can do. That’s what this is about,” Fleetwood told ABC News. Fleetwood added that his ex-wife Lynn, who stood by his side in Central Park, brought him into the fold as an advocate in their home state of Hawaii, one of the top three ivory markets in the U.S.“Hawaii was one of seven different states that have passed legislation banning the sale of ivory,” Jeffrey Flocken the IFAW North American Regional Director said. “These laws are going to stop ivory from coming in and being sold in the major markets that existed before.”Bans on the ivory trade have been passed in several states that were top markets for ivory — New York, New Jersey, California and Hawaii. Advocacy groups, including IFAW, are advocating for stronger wildlife protections and initiatives on both the federal and state levels.They say symbolic events like the ivory crush in Central Park send a powerful and emotional message about the dangers of hunting wildlife for trophies, like ivory, and the need to stop the demand.“Every piece of these [almost two] tons of ivory today that are crushed will never end up back out on markets, it won’t be part of the problem,” Flocken said. “It won’t get to perpetuate this myth that ivory has value as pieces of jewelry and statues. The real value for ivory is on living elephants in the wild. And that’s the statement that’s being made today by Mick, by the people that are here and by the agencies.”African elephant populations have declined 60 percent since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) listed them as threatened in 1978. Between 2005 and 2014, trophy hunters imported parts of 4,600 African elephants to the U.S., according to IFAW.The ivory destroyed in Central Park would be equivalent to the tusks of 100 elephants, which evoked emotion from participants in the event.“This is a living example of a tragedy in progress and I know why I’m here,” Fleetwood said staring at the piles of illegal ivory. “This is an extreme reminder of how sad and tragic this situation is. Having said that, there should be a spirit that draws a line in the sand saying this has to stop.”In addition to the the New York DEC, IFAW and Wildlife Conservation Society, over a dozen other groups that work to save animals, with support from Tiffany and Co., joined the event to raise awareness of the poaching crisis and ivory trade.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Fear of Winnipeg police widespread in FNs community

first_imgAPTN National NewsBefore he filed his complaint against the police, Evan Maud was facing heat from the Winnipeg public.On comment boards, posters wondered why Maud hadn’t filed a complaint and questioned his allegation that police had taken him on a starlight tour to the edge of the city.Many Aboriginal people, however, understand Maud’s reluctance. Fear keeps many from complaining about the police to the police.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler explains.EDITOR’S NOTE: Evan Maud’s allegations have been proven false and he has publicly apologized to the Winnipeg police service.last_img read more