Des subventions pour améliorer la santé et la sécurité des aînés

first_imgL’appui du gouvernement aidera les aînés néo-écossais à vivre plus confortablement et avec une plus grande indépendance dans leur propre maison. Quatorze groupes à but non lucratif qui offrent des services directs aux aînés ainsi que des programmes d’éducation et de sensibilisation en matière de violence envers les aînés et de prévention du crime reçoivent des subventions pour la sécurité des aînés. « La subvention pour la sécurité des aînés offre du soutien direct et est un investissement essentiel au niveau communautaire afin d’aider les aînés à demeurer dans leur propre maison et à participer activement à leur indépendance et leur bien-être futurs », a dit Sharon Elliott, coordonnatrice du Annapolis County Seniors’ Safety Program. Les subventions sont utilisées pour fournir des renseignements ou des services directement aux aînés à leur domicile, ou par des présentations et des ateliers en groupe à d’autres endroits dans la communauté. Il peut s’agir d’une visite personnelle d’un coordonnateur de la sécurité, d’un séminaire avec des experts professionnels ou de la production de différentes ressources. « Les aînés nous ont dit qu’ils souhaitent demeurer dans leur propre maison plus longtemps et se sentir en sécurité dans leur communauté, a dit Leo Glavine, ministre des Aînés. Ces subventions appuient les programmes communautaires qui créent des communautés saines, sûres, accueillantes et favorables afin de permettre aux aînés d’être des membres indépendants qui contribuent à la société pendant encore plus longtemps. » Les subventions appuient également les programmes communautaires pour la sécurité des aînés qui abordent la violence envers les aînés, qui font la promotion de la prévention du crime et qui sensibilisent davantage les gens aux questions de santé et de sécurité relatives aux aînés. Pour être admissibles, les programmes doivent prouver qu’ils reçoivent du soutien financier ou en nature de la communauté et qu’ils desservent une vaste région géographique, généralement un comté. « Le financement versé par le gouvernement provincial a été le point de départ pour notre programme. Nous avons été en mesure de miser sur le soutien du gouvernement pour démontrer la valeur du programme et pour obtenir du financement communautaire supplémentaire afin d’assurer la croissance du programme, a dit Paul Fynes, président de South Shore Safe Communities. Notre programme offre des services de prévention et d’intervention, par exemple pour aider les aînés à améliorer leurs aptitudes de conduite ou encore pour aider quelqu’un qui est atteint de démence à bien fonctionner. » Les 14 groupes reçoivent chacun jusqu’à 20 000 $, pour un total de plus de 278 000 $. Le financement est fourni par le ministère des Aînés et le ministère de la Justice. Les récipiendaires sont les suivants : Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les subventions pour la sécurité des aînés, consultez le novascotia.ca/seniors/senior_Safety_Grant.asp (en anglais seulement). Queens County Senior Safety Association Association des seniors en sécurité Pictou County Municipalities Crime Prevention Association Shelburne County Senior Safety and Services Society South Shore Safe Communities Initiative Association Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association Seniors’ Safety Program Association of Hants County Annapolis County Seniors’ Safety Program Association Yarmouth Town and County Crime Prevention Association Antigonish Town and County Crime Prevention Association Digby and Area Seniors’ Safety Society Kings County Seniors’ Safety Society Société canadienne de la Croix-Rouge, Halifax Regional Seniors’ Safety Program Association for Safer Cape Breton Communities last_img read more

Deal in principle reached to restore rail service to northern Manitoba Feds

first_imgWINNIPEG – An agreement in principle has been reached to restore the only land link, along with hope for a solid economic future, to the town of Churchill in northern Manitoba.The federal government and a consortium of northern communities said Wednesday night they had reached a deal to transfer ownership of the area’s rail line and port from Denver-based Omnitrax.“The rail line is one of the foundational pieces of transportation infrastructure for the northern portion of the province,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in a written statement.“The announcement today is a signal that negotiations are moving forward and a made-in-Canada solution is imminent.”The rail line was severely damaged by flooding a year ago and Omnitrax said it could not afford the tens of millions of dollars to fix it.Without rail service, goods and tourists have had to be flown in to Churchill at much higher prices and the port has been virtually idle.The town of 900 people, known for its polar bear tourist season, has suffered economically and residents feared some of their neighbours would have no choice but to leave to find jobs elsewhere.Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said the agreement to transfer ownership of the rail line and port on the shore of Hudson Bay is historic.He said the community is looking to the future.“Climate change is here. We are going to take advantage of that opportunity,” Spence said. “The federal government has made it known that reviewing Arctic policy — Churchill will play an important role in that.”The town shared the news with residents in a community update posted on Facebook.“The residents and businesses of Churchill have shown tremendous patience and resiliency during this very difficult time during the loss of rail service and reduced port operations,” reads the message.“The Town is pleased the federal government has recognized the importance and value of the port and rail line which are truly strategic assets of Canada.”Omnitrax had said the rail line was no longer viable and suggested it be run as utility, with government support likely needed.Merv Tweed, president of Omnitrax Canada, said it is very pleased to see an agreement in place that will ensure the long-term operations of the rail line.“We believe this is the best outcome for all stakeholders and look forward to working with Fairfax Financial and Grand Chief Dumas to facilitate a smooth transition of ownership,” he said in an email.Christian Sinclair, co-chairman of One North – a consortium of northern communities – said details of the agreement still have to be finalized.“By next week, those details will go out and will be shared with the public,” Sinclair said.“But the fact that we’re at this point is great for us because it allows us to still salvage a season (at the port) this year.”Also part of the agreement are Fairfax Financial Holdings and AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.AGT is a Regina-based supplier of value-added pulses and staple foods, and could replace some of the business at the Port of Churchill that was lost when the Canadian Wheat Board, the port’s biggest customer at the time, ended its monopoly on western grain and barley in 2012.“Over the last six months we have been working diligently with our many partners to come together, develop a business plan and satisfy the principles for successful new ownership,” Fairfax president Paul Rivett said in a written statement.“The federal government acknowledges the value and importance of our inclusive group and is supportive of our efforts to acquire the assets.”The rail line was owned by the federal government until 1997, when it sold it to Omnitrax. The federal government has faced calls in the last year to buy it back.— With file from Kelly Geraldine Malonelast_img read more

NEWSMAKER UN advocate calls sexual violence cheap and silent weapon of war

11 November 2010While the nature of war has changed over the years, the fact remains that civilians bear the brunt of today’s conflicts, with women and children paying a particularly heavy toll, says the United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict, who stresses that rape has become a tool to spread terror and exert control on communities. “It is unfortunately a very effective, cheap and silent weapon with a long-lasting effect on society,” Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, told the UN News Centre as part of its Newsmaker profile series.“It is a way of demonstrating power and control. It inflicts fear on the whole community. It is also to send a message to the men: ‘You are not able to defend your women.’” A Swedish politician with a long history in defending women’s rights, Ms. Wallström was appointed to her current post in February. In April she visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which she has described as “the rape capital of the world.”According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), more than 8,000 women were raped in the DRC during fighting between warring factions last year. Just a few months ago, reports emerged of rape and assault of scores of civilians in the remote and troubled far east of the DRC over a four-day period.“You can see that it was systematic, it was planned. There were no killings at that time but this was used as a way to spread terror and fear,” the Special Representative said, referring to the atrocities committed in Walikale between 30 July and 2 August. Ms. Wallström has repeatedly stressed the need to make the prevention of sexual violence a top priority, and to end impunity for the scourge. “I think the most important signal is to demonstrate that we go after the perpetrators of crimes, that we will find them and they will be punished.”While much of the focus in recent months has been on DRC, “sexual violence in conflict is a global scourge,” said Ms. Wallström, who plans to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina soon. There are also regular reports coming from Nepal, Timor-Leste, Myanmar and Colombia, among other places, she added. “We will demonstrate that we have a global war. It’s not only Africa.”Wallstrom read more

Shell ends development of Prince Rupert LNG project continues with LNG Canada

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 10, 2017 4:44 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shell ends development of Prince Rupert LNG project, continues with LNG Canada Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is ending development of the proposed Prince Rupert liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia but is still considering the potential of its other west coast LNG option.Shell acquired the Prince Rupert LNG as part of a portfolio of projects in its takeover of natural gas giant BG Group last year, but said it decided to discontinue the project after reviewing how it stacked up against its existing options.The company said it continues to actively move forward on the proposed Kitimat, B.C.-based LNG Canada project with its partners, though last year it indefinitely deferred a final investment decision on it because of market conditions.Once lofty LNG west coast LNG expectations have taken a hit in recent years as the global markets have been flooded by supply.Shell, however, said it still sees the LNG Canada project as an opportunity to bring Canadian gas resources to a global LNG market, where it expects to see a growth rate of between four and five per cent between 2015 and 2030.The news comes a day after Shell said it was selling off much of its oilsands holdings for $8.5 billion to Canadian Natural Resources as it continues to re-shape its global portfolio more towards natural gas in the wake of the BG Group deal. read more

Antivaxxers must not be given credence says Health Secretary Matt Hancock

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “If you cannot encourage people to take up vaccines we are in trouble,” she said.While there has been great progress made in providing access to vaccines globally immunisation rates are stalling, the meeting heard.Wilson Mok, head of policy at Gavi, which provides vaccines to people in developing countries, said vaccine coverage was “stagnating” in low income countries .“We need to work with countries to strengthen immunisation systems. It could be down to human resources capacity, to supply chains, to data systems to ensure we’re not missing children in urban slums, rural areas and other marginalised groups. We need to get coverage rates up – that’s a focus for us,” he said.Charlie Weller, head of vaccines at the Wellcome Trust, said persuading people of the benefits of vaccines was a complex challenge.“In different countries the reasons for hesitancy around taking vaccines is varied. The key people in communities that families listen to – religious people or health professionals – this is a potential area for focus in terms of spreading positive messages,” she said. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security  Health secretary Matt Hancock has said that positive messages about the benefits of vaccinations must be promoted in a bid to stop the spread of misinformation.Speaking at a parliamentary event about vaccinations and their role in fighting antimicrobial resistance Mr Hancock said that he did not want to give any “credence” to the “anti-vaxxers”, who spread junk science about immunisation.“We have to make sure communications around vaccinations are always positive and about the positive value of vaccines, rather than engage in debate which only improves the chances of [false] claims,” said Mr Hancock.There has been growing concern over recent months of the spread of anti-vaccine messages – with the World Health Organization identifying “vaccine hesitancy” as one of the 10 biggest threats to health.Social media – and Facebook in particular – has been singled out for failing to clamp down on harmful messages discouraging parents from vaccinating their children against potentially fatal diseases. Vaccine hesitancy is seen as one reason for an explosion in the number of measles cases in Europe and outbreaks in the United States, Japan and the Philippines. Mr Hancock told The Telegraph that vaccine hesitancy was not such a problem in the UK as immunisation levels were still high. “In other countries the problem is greater but the importance of vaccination is underlined by all the scientific studies,” he said.However immunisation rates have fallen in recent years, with the latest figures from the NHS showing that coverage for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine fell for the fourth year in a row in 2017-18.Coverage for this vaccine is now at 91.2 per cent in England, whereas the World Health Organization target is 95 per cent. This is the level at which “herd immunity” protects children who fall through the cracks or who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons. London has the lowest rate of immunisation, at 85.1 per cent while the North East region has the highest coverage, at 94.5 per cent.Mr Hancock added: “It’s very important that misinformation isn’t spread and the most important thing we can do is to get the scientifically-based objective evidence of the value of vaccinations out there so that people know the truth.”The Department of Health said it was looking at how to improve communication campaigns around the importance of vaccines.  Philippa Whitford MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Vaccinations for All, said her committee would investigate vaccine hesitancy and the reasons for it. read more

Sandro Obranovic to Chambery Savoie

← Previous Story Youth WCh 2017 All Star team: Kyllian Villeminot is the boss of generation 1998 Next Story → TOP 100 handball transfers – season 2017/2018 The French Chambery Savoie got an important signing before the official start of the season 2017/2018. According Balkan-Handball.com sources, one of the most successful French teams in the last decade signed contract with Croatian left back – playmaker, Sandro Obranovic. The 25-years old shooter was at the beginning of his last year under contract with RK PPD Zagreb, but it was clear that he is out of concept of the club, as he just came back from loan in Hungarian vice-champions PICK Szeged.Obranovic played significant role in Zagreb’s team during time of Veselin Vujovic on the bench, when he attracted attention of some of the biggest European teams.He also had some appearances for the Croatian national team. read more

SoftBank announces 201B proposal for the acquisition of Sprint

first_imgIt seems like every major US carrier, save for Verizon Wireless, has been involved in an attempt to fundamentally change the wireless landscape as we know it today. After the failed attempt to purchase T-Mobile by AT&T, it became clear that change was coming one way or another. Now, right on the heels of T-Mobile merging with MetroPCS, Japanese carrier SoftBank has announced a proposal to acquire Sprint for over $20 billion dollars.Pending a Sprint shareholder meeting and an FCC antitrust evaluation, there will be a “New Sprint” sometime in mid-2013 that is powered by SoftBank. The Japanese carrier will buy $8B in new shares from Sprint and $12.1B in shares that already exist in order to gain a 70% stake in the company. If the shareholders reject the proposal, or if SoftBank is unable to raise the funds in time, there will be termination fees on both sides of the deal. Additionally, if another company comes along with a better offer for Sprint, there would be termination fees against Sprint for accepting.What does this mean for Sprint subscribers? One of the immediate benefits of the acquisition would be the $8B geared towards building out the LTE network and enhancing the overall quality of the Sprint network. During the announcement of the proposal, CEO Dan Hesse noted that he was excited to learn from SoftBank’s successful LTE deployment in Japan. On several occasions, LTE network tests done in the US and Japan have found the networks here to be downright sluggish in comparison. While Sprint is behind in releasing their LTE network, the company had already been preparing their networks to be capable of rapid upgrade from LTE r9 to the more capable r10 deployment.This New Sprint will cause the competition here in the US to become further heightened, especially if Sprint keeps their Unlimited plans around. On a global scale, SoftBank would quickly jump to being one of the largest carriers in the world. Here in the US, Sprint is still securely in the number three slot and has been for quite awhile. It would take an incredible shift in the ecosystem for Sprint to usurp either of the top two carriers in the US, but it seems like they now have a strong backer to help make that happen.via Vergelast_img read more

Farmer lodges proceedings against KBC Bank over Strokestown Eviction

first_img 19,698 Views A FARMER HAS brought High Court proceedings against several parties including KBC Bank over an attempt to evict him, along with his two siblings, from their Co Roscommon home last December. In proceedings recently lodged in the High Court farmer David McGann, from Falsk, near Strokestown is seeking various orders and declarations from the court including an order preventing any party from taking possession of or interfering with the Co Roscommon property.The eviction, gained national media attention, particularly after private security operatives were forced from the property by a group of masked men. The incident, which resulted in an alleged attack on the security personnel who left the property,  vehicles being burnt and the death of a dog, is the subject of an ongoing Garda investigation. The eviction was conducted on foot of possession orders alleged obtained against Anthony McGann, David McGann’s brother. The McGanns subsequently returned to the property.As well as suing KBC Bank, David McGann’s action is against related firms Trinity Asset Managerial Services Ltd, GS Agencies Ltd and Local Authority Services Ltd and Aidan Devlin with an address in Summerhill Co Meath, who the plaintiff alleges are agents of the bank.The action is also against the County Registrar of Roscommon. McGann, who is represented by solicitor Donnacha Anhold of Carter Anhold & Co Solicitors, along with Eanna Mulloy and David Browne seeks several declarations from the court including that the defendants actions on December 11th last at the property were unlawful, and breached his constitutional rights, and rights under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights ECHR.He seeks a declaration that the three firms, which are allegedly involved in the security business and Mr Devlin acted without lawful authority and in breach of the 1926 Enforcement of Court Orders Act in attempting to access and gain entry to the property on foot of execution orders for possession dated 8 August and 4 September 2018 last. He also seeks declarations that the county registrar had not lawfully delegated his power to a designated court messenger when the defendants attempted to access and gain entry to the property at Falsk.Another declaration sought is that rules of the Superior and Circuit Courts relation to possession orders breaches his rights because they enable an order for possession to be executed against the occupier of a property without the occupier being named in the proceedings.He further seeks a declaration that the defendants have committed slander of title by attempting to take possession of the property in circumstances where they had no lawful authority to do so. If necessary he seeks a declaration that the 1926 Enforcement of Court Orders Act breaches provisions of the Irish Constitution and Article 8 of the ECHR. He further seeks damages and aggravated and exemplary damages for alleged trespass, breach of his constitutional right to private property and defamation. Comments are disabled as legal proceedings are ongoing.  Footage of the incident. https://jrnl.ie/4515318 Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 11:44 AM Farmer lodges proceedings against KBC Bank over Strokestown Eviction The bank is one of a number of parties whom farmer David McGann has lodged proceedings against. By Aodhan O Faolain Share1719 Tweet Email4 center_img No Comments Image: The Democrat Newspaper, Roscommon Footage of the incident. Image: The Democrat Newspaper, Roscommon Feb 27th 2019, 11:44 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Santa Clarita Diet Explores the Human Side of Cannibalistic Zombies

first_imgStay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Netflix’s new zombie series premiered this weekend, showing us all how funny a zombie outbreak can be. And unlike The Walking Dead, this show does it intentionally. Santa Clarita Diet centers on a normal, boring suburban family. Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are two married real estate agents raising a teenage daughter in Santa Clarita, Calif. We don’t get much sense of their life beyond that before things start to get weird.While showing off a house, Sheila throws up in the master bedroom. A lot. She also coughs up a ball of… meat that looks like an internal organ. The next morning, she finds that she has significantly lowered inhibitions, along with an insatiable craving for raw meat. The family does some digging and, long story short, she’s dead. Thanks to the nerdy kid next door, they figure out that she’s a zombie. She’s controlled completely by her id, impulsively going after whatever she desires.If the plot sounds at all familiar to you, that may be because it’s almost the same premise as iZombie, the DC comic turned CW crime procedural. Both series feature zombies that don’t lose their personalities after becoming undead. They are pretty much the same people they always were, but now they don’t feel pain and crave human flesh. (Although in iZombie, they just eat the brain, and are then able to access memories of the person they eat. In Santa Clarita Diet, it’s all just meat.)Sheila Hammond (Drew Barrymore) enjoys a raw hamburger. (Photo via Netflix)The main difference is that Netflix’s series is a comedy. Sheila has no problem with eating people, though she does try to make sure they deserve it. Her first kill is a new employee at the real estate firm she and Joel work at. He’s a real dirtbag who tries to steal their clients, tries to sleep with Sheila and won’t take no for an answer when she doesn’t want to. After biting off his fingers and disemboweling him in their backyard, she can’t eat anything but human flesh. Barrymore plays this role so well. Her charming personality and excellent sense of comedic timing add an extra layer of absurdity to the violence on display.Olyphant is hilarious as the reluctant, but loving husband. A lot of the comedy in this show comes from the vastly different reactions Joel and Sheila have to their current predicament. Sheila takes a pragmatic, go-with-the-flow attitude toward her new diet. Joel on the other hand slowly unravels throughout the entire first season. He tries so hard to be upbeat and positive, only growing more manic with each episode. His character’s journey is a little flat, but Olyphant does some great things with what he’s given. His rationalizations combined with Sheila’s impulsive cannibalism lead to many genuine laugh-out-loud moments throughout the season. The show gets a lot of mileage out of having the couple bicker over things like how to properly murder someone, store the body and cover up their tracks. But there’s always a sense of love underneath the arguing that keeps the humor from getting too mean.My favorite character in the show, though, is probably their daughter, Abby (Liv Hewson). She has the most interesting character arc in the first season, from learning to accept her mom’s new diet, to building a friendship/possible relationship with the nerdy kid next door. Hewson’s wonderfully sarcastic portrayal gives us a well-rounded character who’s just trying to make sense of a really messed up situation.Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo (Photo via Netflix)Santa Clarita Diet is an easily bingeable show. Each episode comes in at just under half an hour, telling one engaging, continuous story. You’ll easily get through the entire first season in about half a day, making it feel like a five-hour movie more than a TV show. I mean that in a good way. Over the entire running time, the dark humor never gets old, and the show constantly finds ways to subvert your expectations and surprise you. For example, about halfway through the season, Sheila and Joel try and fail to kill someone, inadvertently creating another zombie. In any other show, that character would become a formidable threat to be defeated by the end of the season. I don’t want to spoil specifics, but that’s not what happens. The direction they take the character instead is completely unexpected and hilarious.What makes Santa Clarita Diet work is an enormous amount of heart. This is a family comedy at its core. It’s a very weird family, but aside from the murder and cannibalism, they deal with fairly relatable problems. Abby accepts what her mom has become and only wishes her parents trusted her enough not to lie to her. Sheila and Joel fight, argue and drive each other crazy, but are reminded over the course of the show how much they really love each other. That normal sitcom sweetness, combined with the gross-out violence makes for a cute, funny zombie tale unlike anything else.Obviously, the show isn’t perfect. It gets to the zombie stuff very quickly in the first episode, so we don’t see much of what their life was like before. We’re told it’s boring and unfulfilling, but the series doesn’t have time to show much of that beyond your standard suburban life cliches. Also, the jokes about how crazy it is that realtors are killing people do get old pretty quick. We get it Joel; murder isn’t something you’d normally expect from a real estate agent. Find a new schtick. Other than that, the rest of the jokes land well and don’t stop being funny.Joel (Timothy Olyphant) doesn’t handle change well. (Photo via Netflix)The stakes are low for most of the season and only pick up for the last few episodes, but that’s not a problem. This is a sitcom first and foremost. It doesn’t need high-stakes drama. It’s fine, and probably preferable that the show takes its time and focuses on the family coming to terms with their new life. It is a little frustrating that the show ends on a cliffhanger, but that seems to be the norm for a lot of Netflix comedies. It’s just a shame that after speeding through the series in five hours, I have to wait a year or more to see what happens next. But I guess it’s not such a bad thing if one of my beefs with Santa Clarita Diet is that I wish there were more of it.last_img read more

112 WWE Results Syracuse New York CenaRollins

first_img Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ 11/2 WWE Results: Syracuse, New York1. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter def. Damien Mizdow2. The Wyatt Family def. R-Truth & Mark Henry when Henry turned on Truth.3. Alicia Fox def. Paige4. WWE United States Champion Sheamus def. The Miz w/Damien Mizdow5. Los Matadores & El Torito def. Slater Gator & Hornswoogle6. The Big Show def. Rusev w/Lana by DQ when Mark Henry interfered.7. John Cena def. Seth Rollins in a Street Fight.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap John Cena WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twittercenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Videos Articles Videos Articles Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Facebook Seth Rollins Erick Rowan Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion showlast_img read more

Child mother hospitalized after being struck by car at Miami crosswalk

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a woman and her child to the hospital after, police said, they were hit by a car while crossing an intersection in Miami.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash Near Northwest 27th Avenue and 20th Street, Saturday afternoon.According to investigators, the driver of the vehicle involved was traveling eastbound on 20th Street when they attempted to make a right turn on 27th Avenue.At the same time, officials said, the victims had entered the crosswalk, and it was at that moment that they they were struck.Paramedics transported the child and her mother to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where they are listed in stable condition.The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with authorities.Police have not identified the victims or disclosed the child’s gender, as they continue to investigate. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Mounds of rubbish cause concern in Gudimalkapur

first_imgGudimalkapur: The dumping site next to houses beside Kings Palace function hall Gudimalkapur is posing a severe health risk to the residents who are living nearby. Mounds of rubbish can be found at an open space next to the hall and surrounding homes. A local resident shared, “Every day we see people come with loads of trash and dump it out here. This open space has become a garbage dump. There are old mattresses, broken glass and sometimes dead animals. I don’t think the people doing this understand the implications behind it and the dump is becoming a boon for diseases spreading rodents which are risking lives of the locals living there.”last_img read more

Study Reveals African Diet Lowers Risk of Colon Cancer

first_imgConsumption of an African diet for only two weeks may reduce the risk of colon cancer, according to a University of Pittsburgh study published in Nature Communications.Researchers selected 20 African Americans in Pittsburgh and 20 rural South Africans to switch diets for two weeks. The Americans ate an African diet high in fiber and low in fat with plenty of fruits and vegetables and little meat. The Africans consumed the average Western diet – a diet rich in fat and dairy.After the study concluded, the researchers performed colonoscopies on the participants. The researchers discovered that the African Americans who consumed the traditional African diet had reduced inflammation in the colon and increased production of butyrate, a fatty acid that may protect against colon cancer.“If you can increase the amount of (butyrate), you can override the carcinogenic effects of fat and meat,” said lead author Dr. Stephen J.D. O’Keefe, a physician in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Pittsburgh School of Medicine.In contrast, the Africans who ate the Western diet showed changes in gut bacteria that raises the risk of colon cancer.“Our best hope is that it will open eyes to other possibilities, and point to the fact that a high-fiber diet is not difficult to follow and is well tolerated,” O’Keefe said.Colon cancer is diagnosed in 150,000 Americans annually; African Americans are disproportionately affected. The disparity is particularly acute when compared to Blacks on the continent—65 per 100,000 Black Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer versus 5 per 100,000 Africans.last_img read more

Viruses found to attack ocean archaea far more extensively than thought

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further How the motility structure of the unicellular archaea is fixed to their surface Citation: Viruses found to attack ocean archaea far more extensively than thought (2016, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-viruses-ocean-archaea-extensively-thought.html Archaea, short for archaebacteria, are microorganisms similar to bacteria, but which have different molecular structures. Many of them exist in the oceans alongside bacteria living off organic matter.The researchers began their study by focusing on viruses that infect prokaryotes, which include both bacteria and archaea—they started with the assumption that most prokaryote deaths in the ocean are due to viral infections, and that, they note, would make the viruses responsible for the release of approximately 0.37 to 0.63 gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere every year. To learn more and to back up their assumptions, the researchers obtained 500 sea bottom soil samples from multiple areas around the world, each of which was rife with prokaryotes. Prior research has shown that bacteria are more common than archaea both on land and in shallow waters, but archaea become much more numerous in deeper water—the researchers found they made up approximately 12 percent on average of prokaryotes in such areas—though in some regions they ran as high as 32 percent.To learn more about the impact of viruses on prokaryotes, the researchers studied the infection rates of prokaryotes using a variety of methods, one which of which was a molecular analysis that revealed genes released by viruses when causing infections. They found that bacteria were infected at an average rate of 1 to 2.2 percent per day, while archaea were infected at nearly double that rate—2.3 to 4.3 percent. This shows, the team claims, that archaea are far more susceptible to viral than bacterial infection. They then calculated that archaea deaths due to viral infection accounted for approximately 15 to 30 percent of all carbon emissions from prokaryote deaths. They sum up their analysis by suggesting that archaea play a more vital role in the life-cycle of the deep sea than has been thought. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from Italy, Australia, the U.S. and Japan has found that viruses are the main culprit in killing archaea in the deep sea. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the researchers describe the techniques they used to study archaea in soil samples from multiple deep ocean locations, what they found and what it could mean for global warming.center_img More information: R. Danovaro et al. Virus-mediated archaeal hecatomb in the deep seafloor, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600492AbstractViruses are the most abundant biological entities in the world’s oceans, and they play a crucial role in global biogeochemical cycles. In deep-sea ecosystems, archaea and bacteria drive major nutrient cycles, and viruses are largely responsible for their mortality, thereby exerting important controls on microbial dynamics. However, the relative impact of viruses on archaea compared to bacteria is unknown, limiting our understanding of the factors controlling the functioning of marine systems at a global scale. We evaluate the selectivity of viral infections by using several independent approaches, including an innovative molecular method based on the quantification of archaeal versus bacterial genes released by viral lysis. We provide evidence that, in all oceanic surface sediments (from 1000- to 10,000-m water depth), the impact of viral infection is higher on archaea than on bacteria. We also found that, within deep-sea benthic archaea, the impact of viruses was mainly directed at members of specific clades of Marine Group I Thaumarchaeota. Although archaea represent, on average, ~12% of the total cell abundance in the top 50 cm of sediment, virus-induced lysis of archaea accounts for up to one-third of the total microbial biomass killed, resulting in the release of ~0.3 to 0.5 gigatons of carbon per year globally. Our results indicate that viral infection represents a key mechanism controlling the turnover of archaea in surface deep-sea sediments. We conclude that interactions between archaea and their viruses might play a profound, previously underestimated role in the functioning of deep-sea ecosystems and in global biogeochemical cycles. © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Science Advances Credit: Tiago Fioreze / Wikipedialast_img read more

Go away Yankee imperialist Youll still buy our oil right

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – As unrest simmers in Caracas, a new crisis has erupted between Venezuela and the United States — yet another show of tension between two countries nevertheless bound by trade interests.Venezuela announced Sunday it was expelling three U.S. diplomats, accusing them of meeting with students leading two weeks of protests against the government of President Nicolás Maduro, successor of the late Hugo Chávez.Washington has said it is mulling a diplomatic response, and U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Venezuela to release detained protesters — earning renewed scorn from Caracas.Despite the rhetoric out of Venezuela, experts say economic realities minimize the threat of any serious disruption in ties.The ‘nationalist’ card When times get tough, it is convenient for the Caracas government to try to divert people’s attention with some old-fashioned nationalist chest-thumping, said Erick Langer, professor at the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University.“There are tremendous political troubles in Venezuela and the easiest thing for the Venezuelan government to do is to pull out the anti-imperialist-nationalist card,” he said.“Let them go conspire in Washington!” Maduro said Sunday, referring to the three consular officials declared personae non gratae.His government accuses the United States of maneuvering to “promote and legitimize efforts to destabilize” Venezuelan democracy — claims Washington has called “baseless and false.”Maduro’s bid to divert Venezuelans’ attention by blaming its northern ‘enemy’ is vintage Chávez, experts say.“They are returning to their central narrative. As the crisis mounts up they have to show that it is not the people rising against their economic incompetence but really a foreign-sponsored plot,” said Ray Walser, executive director at the Americas Forum.Protesters are angry over rampant street crime, shortages of basic goods, runaway inflation and an otherwise disastrous economy in the country with the world’s biggest proven oil reserves.So far, four people have died in violence linked to the protests, which are the biggest since Maduro was elected 10 months ago, after the leftist firebrand Chávez died of cancer.“One way to see how well the Maduro government is doing is to check and see what they say about the U.S.,” said Langer.U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday that Venezuela’s accusations “reflect a lack of seriousness on the part of the Venezuelan government to deal with the grave situation it faces.”Walser said “the expulsion of more U.S. personnel is only going to deepen the divide between the U.S. and Venezuela.”The two countries have not traded ambassadors since 2010, and were at opposite ends of the international political spectrum during the Chávez era from 1999 to 2013.Venezuela is the main obstacle to President Barack Obama’s strategic and diplomatic policy in Latin America. Venezuela accuses the United States of behaving as if it were running an empire.And while the U.S. aligns itself with like-minded countries such as Colombia or Mexico, Venezuela leads an anti-U.S. regional bloc called ALBA.Money talks Still, political tension is one thing, but money talks. The United States continues to be Venezuela’s top buyer of oil, paying in cold hard cash for 900,000 barrels a day.State-run oil company PDVSA, through its subsidiary CITGO, has three refineries and more than 6,000 service stations in the United States, which in turn sells thousands of products to Venezuelan companies.Talk nasty but do business gladly — “it is a huge contradiction” that keeps the threat of severing relations at bay, said Langer.He added that the disagreements are “symbolic more than anything else” and the political and economic effect of the anti-U.S. bloc led by Venezuela is minimal for Washington.“The U.S. government has made a calculation that it is in the greater interest of the U.S. and of its consumers that it continue to receive Venezuelan oil than it is to sanction Venezuela. They don’t want to make Venezuela the martyr,” Langer said.Tense historyThe bad blood goes back to 2002 when a coup, which Caracas says was backed by Washington, briefly deposed Chávez.In a huge surprise, Chávez and President Barack Obama shook hands at a regional summit in 2009.But a year later, the designated U.S. ambassador to Venezuela made some comments that irked Chávez, who rejected the nominee before he even set foot in Caracas.On March 5 last year, shortly before announcing the death of Chávez, Maduro expelled two U.S. military attaches. That erased the State Department’s stated desire for a fresh start.There have been attempts at patching things up. But Caracas gave up in July after the now U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, criticized Venezuela.In late September, Maduro expelled three other U.S. diplomats, including the charge d’affaires, accusing them of conspiring with the opposition.Washington regularly criticizes how Venezuela treats opposition parties and the media.In the United States, “there is concern over the stability of a neighbor in our region which impacts important allies, particularly Colombia,” said Walser.That interest involves issues like security, drug trafficking and Venezuela’s ties with Havana and Tehran.Still, “the U.S. is not going to actually involve itself in the current crisis, but it has its eyes on what is happening there,” Walser said. 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Cadillac pastor gives invocation before House of Representatives

first_img LANSING – Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, welcomed Rev. William Markham to give the invocation before Wednesday’s state House of Representatives session. Rev. Markham is the Senior Pastor at Revival Center Church in Cadillac.“I’m very proud to have Rev. Markham with me today, representing not only his own church, but also the Cadillac Area Ministerial Association,” said Rep. Potvin. “The Reverend’s words today help us approach the day’s work with appropriate focus, to keep a servant’s heart and to have courage to do what is right as we tackle the issues of the day.”Rev. Markham, after his prayer from the Speaker’s rostrum, stated: “God put in my heart the prayer I shared today. I need to pray for our elected officials for the rest of this year. I’ll be praying for them every day.”House tradition calls for a different representative or clergy member from their district to open each day’s session with a prayer. 29Oct Cadillac pastor gives invocation before House of Representatives Categories: Newslast_img read more

Committee approves Rep Victorys bill to create the Water Asset Management Council

first_img The Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Roger Victory to create a nine-member Water Asset Management Council.The Water Asset Management Council will have nonprofit, public and private members who have expertise in water, sewer, and storm water containment, treatment and disbursement policies.  The goal is to better assist water asset management plans for all water-related agencies and integrate assets for the future of Michigan’s water infrastructure.“The Water Asset Management Council will work with local units of government to create local asset management plans and submit the plans to the infrastructure council,” said Victory, of Hudsonville. “This legislation brings Michigan one step closer to fixing our infrastructure and keeping our communities safe.”Members will serve three-year terms without direct compensation.The Water Asset Management Council is required to submit an annual report regarding water asset conditions and the impact of investments. The council will prepare an annual report to the Legislature and to the Michigan Infrastructure Council that details the activities of the council and the money spent related to water assets.One member will represent the county drain commissioners, and one will have a degree and experience in engineering.House Bill 5406 now moves to the full House for consideration.### 13Mar Committee approves Rep. Victory’s bill to create the Water Asset Management Council Categories: Victory Newslast_img read more

Managing Consultants and Conflicts of Interest in DC Schools A Lesson for

first_imgShare16Tweet5ShareEmail21 SharesMay 24, 2018; Washington CityPaperNonprofit charter schools in Washington, DC operate under the gun in a very high stakes environment, facing loss of their charters and even forced closure if they do not meet expectations. Often lacking the necessary internal resources, they, like many small nonprofits, turn to consultants, which leads to a new set of problems. Washington City Paper recently looked at the dangers of conflicts of interest and the need for greater transparency in the educational market place. Their findings provide some important lessons that can benefit all nonprofits and policymakers.Until recently, DC’s school system was often cited as a model of modern public education. According to the Washington Post, “City lawmakers repeatedly boasted that the District’s schools had become the fastest-improving in the nation. Philanthropic dollars poured in. President Barack Obama offered praise. And one of the most dysfunctional school systems in America became known as a model for education reform efforts nationwide.”DC’s system has an educational marketplace through which competitive pressures can drive educational performance forward. It uses the results of test-based performance measures to evaluate its schools. It encourages the growth of charter schools to fuel competition. It has a separate public body (the Public Charter School Board) to provide oversight and accountability to its charter schools while allowing them to remain outside the control of the city’s traditional School Board. In this environment, struggling charters often turn to consultants for objective input that can help them improve.One firm, TenSquare, has become the dominant consultant in DC for charters. It currently has several large contracts to help turn programs around. According to CityPaper, TenSquare “claims that it has essentially cracked the code for school turnarounds. It comes into schools with problems—financial, academic, organizational—and, through some combination of direct management and consulting, attempts to reverse their bad fortunes. If schools are worried the PCSB will not renew their charter, TenSquare offers schools a way to reverse course—as well as a way to demonstrate to the PCSB that they are taking serious action.”Like many consultants looking for ongoing business, TenSquare’s approach builds in the potential for conflict of interest. After conducting an initial assessment of a charter’s operations and educational systems, they present a set of improvement recommendations and offer their services for follow-on contracts to implement their plan. They propose plans that will engage them for multiple years, claiming this is necessary to allow their approach to school change to take hold, yet there is little proof that their model is effective. As the CityPaper reports, “What TenSquare doesn’t say is that its much-ballyhooed multi-year turnaround model has never been fully implemented at any charter school.” Positive results are reported at the beginning of their work with a school, but it is less clear whether these results represent permanent improvement or are just a short-term artifact of the intensity of a consultation.A nonprofit board and staff needs to be able to review a consultant’s recommendations at arm’s length, testing their claims and the cost/benefit of an investment. For DC’s charters, the pressure to not challenge them as self-serving rises when the PCSB’s executive director, Scott Pearson, doesn’t see a need for caution: “I don’t think there is any surprise as to what they would do. The audit is not, ‘Let’s do an independent assessment.’ I don’t think anyone is surprised if the solution is for TenSquare to turn [the school] around.”This is not the only way nonprofit leadership is challenged to manage conflicts of interest. CityPaper found evidence of John Goldman, the board chair of William E. Doar, Jr. Public Charter School, having had a prior relationship with TenSquare:In 2012, TenSquare recruited Goldman to serve as executive director of IDEA Public Charter School. He had also been working in leadership positions…starting in 2009. Form 990 tax documents show that between 2011 and 2016, WEDJ and IDEA collectively paid Goldman more than $1.1 million for jobs ranging from “chief financial officer” to “school improvement leader” to board chair. During this same time span, the two charters paid TenSquare more than $2.4 million for consulting services.And upon leaving his last charter school position, he went to work for the PCSB!It is very common for nonprofit board members to open their address books in search of needed resources for their organizations, often calling in personal favors. Professionals can move in and out of the consulting world. Should it be totally avoided? Probably not. Does it need full transparency so personal gain does not overrule the organization’s best interests? Of course.Transparency can inoculate nonprofits and public systems from the dangers of conflict of interest. Evaluating the cost-benefit of a proposal from a consultant becomes much easier when the details of prior contracts can be understood. In many cases, the ability to get good information relies on the decisions of policymakers. In DC’s education market, at least in TenSquare’s case, this has not been their priority. The PCSB has made it harder to gather data about contracts, raising the threshold for charters, which are exempt from the public disclosure expectations of most public systems—including open meetings requirements—so that only public contracts valued above $100,000 are available to the public. And they have exempted short-term consultants from making any detailed information about how they spend public funds public.The story of TenSquare and DC’s nonprofit charter schools is important for nonprofits to think about. When in need of help, how will they balance the need for objectivity in their decision-making with the potential benefits of contracting with choosing those who have the right internal or external connections? As the principal of one school who chose to go the favored path told CityPaper, “to continue…in this high stakes environment, we must show immediate and dramatic improvement,” which can be accomplished “with TenSquare’s proven plan of support.”Might a more objective assessment, facilitated by a transparent system, suggest a different direction? It could move an organization to conclude, as one former principal did, “It’s a bunch of good old boys who are talking to each other and scratching each other’s backs. Like honestly, that’s all it is. It’s not about children in my opinion.” The control rod on ensuring the decision is made honestly is transparency.—Martin LevineShare16Tweet5ShareEmail21 Shareslast_img read more

ANGA exhibitor Arris Stand E21 has supplied the

first_imgANGA exhibitor Arris (Stand E21) has supplied the equipment for German cable leader Kabel Deutschland’s recently announced 4.7Gbps internet trial.KDG used a EuroDOCSIS 3.0-based Arris C4 CMTS and 12 Arris Touchstone cable modem CM820Ss during the trial. Each of the modems accessed eight bonded Annex A (8 MHz) channels to deliver 4.7 Gbps of aggregated data throughput in the downstream. The tests were conducted on a cable plant at a school in the city of Schwerin, Germany.  Schwerin’s cable plant was recently upgraded by KDG to 862MHz.“Our field test with Arris, with an aggregate download capacity of well over 4Gbps, was a complete success and underlines the unique selling proposition of our cable network as the only extensive ultra-fast network in the German broadband market,” said KDG chief technology officer Lorenz Glatz.  “Using this technology, a feature length movie could theoretically be downloaded in eight seconds – at speeds faster than a standard laptop or modem can even process – demonstrating that today’s broadband cable network is already a high performance and sustainable infrastructure offering huge untapped potential.”At the show Arris will showcase its range of DOCSIS 3.0 products, including the Touchstone TG1652 telephony gateway, featuring 16 downstream channel bonding with dual band concurrent Wi-Fi and integrated MoCA.It will also highlight the Arris C4 CMTS, with 32D Annex B/24D Annex A ‘eXtended downstream Cable Access Module’ (XD CAM) and 24U CAM. Along with the new 16 downstream Touchstone TG1652  in-home voice and data modems, the C4 CMTS can deliver data speeds of up to 800Mbps downstream and 120Mbps upstream, according to Arris.Also on show will be the MSP2800 Media Services Platform in two configurations: a high-density Edge QAM supporting broadcast, narrowcast, switched digital video (SDV) and M-CMTS applications; and an advanced video processing engine that supports statistical multiplexing, rate grooming and advertising insertion. Arris will also show its ServAssure network monitoring and EventAssure outage management assurance solutions, its 1GHz-capable CHP CORWave energy efficient dual density forward transmitter and its range of indoor and outdoor WiFi solutions.Bruce McClelland, Arris group president of products and services, will speak along with leading cable chief technology officers on: “The Connected Home – Technologies and Business Models”, on June 13 at 10:00 in conference room A, while Charles Cheevers, Arris Co-CTO, will speak on the “IPv6 and Cloud Services – The Trigger for the new DOCSIS 3.0 World” panel on June 14 at 10:00 in conference room B.last_img read more

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat is adding BB

first_imgPolish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat is adding BBC Knowledge to its line-up.The deal will see BBC Worldwide Channels’ documentary and entertainment channel joining Poland’s largest DTH platform. It is already carried by DTH operators ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus, in addition to cable networks UPC Polska and Vectra. Cyfrowy Polsat has offered the BBC HD channel in the Extra HD package since February 1.An exact launch date for BBC Knowledge has yet to be announced. Under the new agreement, the responsibility for advertising sales for the BBC channel portfolio will move to Polsat Media sales from January 2013.Ian McDonough, senior vice-president and general manager EMEA, BBC Worldwide Channels said: “I am thrilled to announce our new agreement with Cyfrowy Polsat which will see the launch of our full channel portfolio to the platform. With the opening of a local office in Warsaw and a dedicated team on the ground led by Jacek Koskowski, we are confident that we can provide the very best exclusive and original programming from the UK and are uniquely positioned to provide global TV moments to our growing Polish audience. I am also pleased to announce our partnership with Polsat Media who will represent us in selling advertising on our channels to the Polish market.”last_img read more