Accident at Mile 73 sends motorcyclist to hospital

first_imgA motorcyclist from the United States is being taken to Fort St. John hospital this afternoon after an accident at Mile 73 of the Alaska Highway.Fort St. John RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says two motorcyclists from the U.S. were travelling along the highway around 12:15 p.m., and were pulling into The Shepherd’s Inn at Mile 73.“They were turning into the Inn, and the second motorcycle ran into the first motorcycle. We’re not sure why,” said Shelkie.- Advertisement -One of the motorcyclists is on his way to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said Shelkie. The other sustained only minor injuries.The accident slowed traffic along the highway to a single lane, however, both lanes are now open.Officers continue to investigate.Advertisementlast_img read more

TMC to train workers to scale up presence on social media

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress will go hi-tech to train its party workers to acquaint themselves with social net working sites.The initiative has been taken up by party’s MP and Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee. Partha Chatterjee, party’s secretary general and Derek O’ Brien will be present at the training that will be held on June 20 at Moulali Yuba Kendra.It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has said over and again that party workers and sympathizers should be active on social media to counter the canard spread by the BJP. She has also asked party leaders both in the city and districts to be active on social media. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThere will be two digital directors for every Parliamentary constituency. Hence, 84 digital directors will be given training. Trinamool Congress has proposed to approach more than 2.5 crore people. Apart from the digital directors, others will also be trained. It may be recalled that Mamata Banerjee has asked the MPs to ensure completion of the projects taken up under MP LAD in view of the Lok Sabha polls.The projects taken up by the state government will be uploaded on social media channels as many people particularly those living in Kolkata are not aware of these projects. For example, only a few people know that the state government has distributed 70 lakh bicycles among the students of classes IX to XII studying in state-run, aided and sponsored schools under Sabuj sathi project and the scheme has successfully brought down the number of school drop outs particularly girls in the semi-urban and rural areas. The state government has taken up around 30 projects in the past seven years and all are unique.Trinamool Congress leaders said the BJP is systematically spreading canard against the state government and Trinamool Congress. Trinamool has decided to counter BJP’s malicious campaign on social media channels. It may be mentioned that the BJP had uploaded a video of a riot which took place in Bangladesh and not in Bengal.last_img read more

Do cell phones cause cancer in humans

first_imgA recent US study claiming that radio-frequency radiation emitted by cell phones causes cancer in rats does not apply to humans, according to experts. There is “clear evidence” that male rats exposed to high levels of radio frequency radiation (RFR) like that used in cell phones developed cancerous heart tumours, the study had concluded. The USD 30 million study by the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) that took 10 years to complete also showed “some evidence” of tumours in the brain and adrenal gland of exposed male rats. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFollowing the report, some NGOs and scientists propose that the WHO’s Inter Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) must upgrade the present Group 2B (possible human carcinogen) classification of RF radiation to Group1 (human carcinogen). But specialist agencies have asserted that the finding does not apply to humans. The International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), published a note categorically stating the study does not provide any actionable input to change the currently existing safety guidelines for RFR. It may be mentioned here that India’s safety guidelines for RFR are only 10 per cent of the ICNIRP values. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”For female rats, and male and female mice, the evidence was ‘equivocal’ as to whether cancers observed were associated with exposure to radio-frequency radiation,” a statement from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences said. “We believe that the link between radio frequency radiation and tumours in male rats is real, and the external experts agreed,” senior NTP scientist John Bucher said. However, he conceded that one could not compare the exposures used in the studies directly with the exposure that humans experience when using a cell phone. On the limitations of the study, he said, “In our studies, rats and mice received radio frequency radiation across their whole bodies. By contrast, people are mostly exposed in specific local tissues close to where they hold the phone. In addition, the exposure levels and durations in our studies were greater than what people experience.” The FDA’s mandate is to ensure that cell phones and any radiation emitting electronic product are safe for the public to use. Shuren assured the public that “we only begin to observe effects to animal tissue at exposures that are 50 times higher than the current whole body safety limits set up by the Federal Communication Commission for radio frequency energy exposure”. He referred to the unusual findings in the study: the rats exposed to whole body radio frequency energy lived longer than rats that were not exposed to any radiation (control group); only male rats exposed to the highest radiofrequency energy dosage developed a statistically significant number of heart schwannomas, which are very rare in humans, when compared to the control group in this experiment. He disagreed with the NTP’s finding of clear evidence for heart schwannomas. There was a lack of a clear relationship between the doses of radiation administered to the animals and their subsequent tumour rate. “The study was a huge fishing expedition that looked at many tissues and did not correct for multiple comparison issues. Consequently the results (increase in one rare tumour type in male but not female rats, and not in mice of either sex) may be statistical flukes,” Ken Foster, professor bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, told this writer. He also felt that, as the exposures to the animals were very high, their body temperature increased, so there may have been some level of heat stress. “So if there is a real effect it may well be due to heating,” he cautioned. Will NTP study trigger a revision of IARC’s classification of RFR? “I am skeptical that IARC would consider the totality of evidence changed sufficient to have another assessment by the working group,” he replied.last_img read more