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Month: September 2019 (Page 1 of 13)

Optimism is associated with reduced risk of death due to all causes, as well as fewer cardiovascular events

Ashley Lyles at MedPage Today writes »

“The findings suggest that a mindset of optimism is associated with lower cardiovascular risk and that promotion of optimism and reduction in pessimism may be important for preventive health,” the authors wrote.

These findings are consistent with a growing and large literature showing that optimism in particular, and psychological well-being in general, have an independent association with cardiovascular and overall health outcomes, wrote Jeff Huffman, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, in an accompanying editorial.

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More » Reuters

B.C. to introduce legislation to eliminate the semi-annual time change

British Columbia Premier John Horgan expects the B.C. government to introduce legislation this fall eliminating the semi-annual clock adjustments.

A recent provincial government survey showed more than 93 per cent of B.C. residents supported a permanent move to daylight time.

Horgan would prefer to make the switch in co-ordination with Yukon and the western states.

The U.S. states of Washington, Oregon and California are considering similar moves.

More » The Canadian Press via CTV News


315 billion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Jonathan Amos at the BBC writes (emphasis added) »

The Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica has just produced its biggest iceberg in more than 50 years.

The calved block covers 1,636 sq km in area – a little smaller than Scotland’s Isle of Skye – and is called D28.

The scale of the berg means it will have to be monitored and tracked because it could in future pose a hazard to shipping.

Not since the early 1960s has Amery calved a bigger iceberg. That was a whopping 9,000 sq km in area.

Amery is the third largest ice shelf in Antarctica, and is a key drainage channel for the east of the continent.

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More » Euronews

Air Travel Emissions are ‘Worse Than Anyone Expected’

Hiroko Tabuchi at the NY Times writes »

Greenhouse gas emissions from commercial air travel are growing at a faster clip than predicted in previous, already dire, projections, according to new research — putting pressure on airline regulators to take stronger action as they prepare for a summit next week.

The United Nations aviation body forecasts that airplane emissions of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, will reach just over 900 million metric tons in 2018, and then triple by 2050.

But the new research, from the International Council on Clean Transportation, found that emissions from global air travel may be increasing more than 1.5 times as fast as the U.N. estimate. The researchers analyzed nearly 40 million flights around the world last year.

Google celebrates Harry Jerome on what would have been his 79th birthday

The Google Doodle for September 30, 2019 in Canada honours Harry Jerome, a Saskatchewan-born runner, was a three-time Olympian and world-record setter.

From Google »

“Never give up” was a fitting motto for Harry Jerome, the Canadian athlete who broke barriers as he broke records. Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Toronto-based guest artist Moya Garrison-Msingwana, depicts the statue of Jerome that stands in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. That city also hosts the annual Harry Jerome International Track Classic, a meet named in honour of the champion sprinter.

Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on this day in 1940, Harry Winston Jerome broke a Canadian record for the 220-yard sprint at age 18, soon earning an athletic scholarship to the University of Oregon. His grandfather John “Army” Howard had been the first black athlete to represent Canada in the Olympics. Jerome and his younger sister Valerie both carried on the family legacy, traveling to Rome to compete in the 1960 Olympic Games.

Although a pulled muscle prevented him from running in the finals, Jerome went on to represent Canada at two more Olympic Games, winning the bronze medal in 1964. He also won gold medals in the Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. Starting in 1960, Jerome would equal or break four world sprinting records over the course of his career.

In 1969 Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau invited Jerome to help set up Canada’s Ministry of Sport. He was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada in 1971 and later named British Columbia’s Athlete of the Century. Inspiring young athletes of colour to pursue their dreams and achieve their fullest potential, Jerome traveled across Canada holding sports clinics for high school students.

His life inspired the documentary film Mighty Jerome and his legacy is celebrated each year with the Harry Jerome Awards, which recognize excellence in Canada’s black community.

Here’s to a champion who never gave up.

More at Google »

Janani Whitfield at CBC News has some background on the efforts to educate and bring recognition to Harry Jerome »

Canada Post racking up $1 million per year in parking fines

Colin Perkel at The Canadian Press writes »

The information, obtained by The Canadian Press through freedom of information requests, indicates the bulk of the citations are in and around Toronto.

“To meet the needs of Canadians, our employees have to routinely park their vehicles,” said Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton. “With the concentration of addresses in urban downtown cores and a rising demand for pickups and deliveries, this can cause challenges, not just for Canada Post but for all delivery companies.”

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While e-smokes company Juul suspends advertising in the USA, it’s business as usual in Canada

Juul is suspending all print, broadcast, and digital advertising of it’s popular e-cigarettes in the USA after coming under increase pressure from legislators and the public after a large number of deaths have reportedly been connected to the ‘safer’ smoking alternative.

However, the company is not offering the same consideration to Canadians. It’s business as usual and there does not appear to be any plans to change strategies.

Pete Evans at the CBC News writes »

“Juul Labs is a global company, and this announcement impacts the U.S. only,” a spokesperson for the company told CBC News on Wednesday.

The company advertises in Canada through various means, and has employed lobbyists to meet with politicians to try to influence policy numerous times in the past year, according to the federal registry of officially recognized lobbyists.

The company did not immediately reply to a request for comment from CBC News as to why it saw fit to change the way it does business in the U.S., but not in Canada. The company did say, however, that it complies with all “Canadian regulations, and the company is intentionally conservative in its flavour selection, expansion and naming, to avoid the risk of youth appeal.”

Read more at the CBC »

Increasing number of Canadians are being banned from entering the USA

Cathy Kearney and Clare Hennig at the CBC write »

The bans are the consequence of so-called “expedited removals” which are decided by an immigration officer and don’t go before a judge, and are a “troubling trend” according to lawyer Len Saunders because of how arbitrary they can seem.

“Until recently, I never would have expected people to get these expedited removals so randomly,” said Saunders, who practices immigration law in Blaine, Wash. and has clients who have been banned.

“It’s very, very indiscriminate how they are doing this.”

Canadians generally are allowed to stay for up to six months in the U.S. as a tourist but it’s up to the traveller to prove they are just visiting and not planning to stay permanently.

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