Children in slums most vulnerable to abuse: study

first_imgAt an advocacy on child rights earlier this week by Children’s Rights in Goa (CRG) and Arz, an organisation working for victims of trafficking, presented a study of four slums that identified children and adolescents residing in these areas as most vulnerable to sexual abuse.Advocate Sushma Mandrekar alias Chodankar, Chairperson, Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR) on Friday said that the organisation has taken note of the study presented by director of Arz, Arun Pandey, and she will take appropriate action after consulting various stakeholders. She said that many of the issues will be addressed once their State Action Plan of was implemented in the near future.She said that GSCPCR was mandated to look into all children’s issues. “As per the Goa Children’s Act, we need to work with every department related to children, it cannot be only be Directorate of Women and Child Development.”Ms. Mandrekar further said,“My first task when I joined the Commission was activation of village child committees but most of them did not respond.”Mr. Pandey said that they conducted the study in the port taluk of Marmugao in south Goa. Through questionnaires, focus and group discussions, they researched sexual abuse of children in the age group 10 to 18 years and develop skills and suggestions to address it. They found that boys were sexually abused in jungles and houses when their parents were not there and girls were molested and eve teased.It also found that child marriage still existed among migrants who have settled in Goa for many years. In Baina girls are married as early as 12 years, Mangoor 14 to 17 years, Birla 14-15 years and Zarre 13 to 14 years.These children were not aware of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. They were only aware about penetrative sex and nothing else. Mr. Pandey identified some unsafe places such as in Baina, burial grounds, toilets, railway stations, Vasco bridge, and named certain bars and hotels. In Mangoor, the jungle, construction sites, toilets, and named a school, bars and hotels and a prayer place. In Birla, it was paan shops, a public hotel and some bars, hotels; for Zuari, public toilets, laundry, narrow lanes, and four slums areas.Arz said that suggestions from the children in these areas included police patrolling near bus stops, installing CCTV cameras, taking away license from bars, separate entry for toilets, government constructed toilets inside the house, proper street lights, setting up an outpost, a women’s helpline and sensitisation programmes with the police. Arz shared the suggestions with various authorities in Vasco, Verna, BDO, Chief Officer and Mormugao Municipality but no change was seen. He said that the State must play a pro-active role in safeguarding children by providing timely human resources and infrastructure.Father Maverick Fernandes, member of GSCPCR, said that from June a Child Help Desk was set up on Margao Railway Station by Childline in south Goa, where child and human trafficking used to take place.Children are most vulnerabe to drugs, he said. Because of the cost, the children even sniff whiteners. Authorities are aware of this but are helpless as the law is not stringent enough for children and are often misused. In north Goa beaches, children were found selling blowing objects late at night. Teenage pregnancies in schools are also on the rise.Snehal Salgaonkar from CRG said that they conducted a survey of children in Kharaswaddo and Calangute and found problems of corporal punishment, truancy, Balika Manch not functioning, inadequate toilets, no provision to throw sanitary pads, loud music and eve teasing.last_img read more

DARPA awards $40 million to restore memories

first_imgLast fall, Geoffrey Ling, a top biotechnology research official at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), challenged neuroscientists to do something extraordinary: Develop an implantable device that can restore memory loss in vets with traumatic brain injuries. Offering up to $40 million in short-term, high-stakes funding, Ling said, “Here’s the golden ring—who’s brave enough to step up and actually grab it?”Today, DARPA announced two academic teams that will spend the next 4 years attempting to meet that challenge as part of President Barack Obama’s roughly $110 million Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will receive up to $15 million to develop a memory-restoring prosthesis that focuses on the entorhinal cortex and hippocampus—brain regions key to memory formation. A second team at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) will receive up to $22.5 million to develop a device that can monitor and modulate many different brain regions involved in memory formation and storage.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Some researchers, however, are skeptical that the efforts will make major headway on such a complicated problem.Both the UCLA team, led by neurosurgeon Itzhak Fried, and the UPenn team, led by neuroscientist Michael Kahana, will start out by studying neuronal activity in people with epilepsy, who are often recruited for brain stimulation studies because they were already treated through open-brain surgery. Fried will build on his earlier work in epileptic patients, which has shown that stimulating the entorhinal cortex improves performance on a computer game that requires players to quickly learn and remember where to drop off taxi passengers in a virtual city. Next, he will use data from those studies to build computational models of how the entorhinal cortex and hippocampus work together to convert daily experiences into lasting memories.Kahana also aims to develop a computational model of memory formation, but using a different approach. By searching the brains of epileptic patients for electrical “biomarkers” of memory retrieval and storage, he hopes to build a program that can detect when memory goes awry and instruct a device to help repair it.The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the device manufacturer Medtronic will also contribute to the efforts, aiming to build neurostimulators at least 10 times smaller than previous devices. Contractual agreements about rights to the technologies are still under way, according to DARPA officials.If successful, the researchers ultimately hope to conduct the first clinical trials of deep brain stimulation in people with traumatic brain injury. That’s a “very achievable and realizable” goal because the teams are building on solid existing research in people and animals, says James Giordano, a neuroscientist at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., who serves as a neuroethics adviser to DARPA’s BRAIN-related efforts.The viability of the DARPA effort will depend greatly on what kind of memory loss people with traumatic brain injury actually have, says Roger Redondo, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Memory loss can result from problems with either storage or retrieval, he notes. In the case of a storage problem, the connections that form a memory were either never formed to begin with, or were destroyed, he says. In such cases, “no implantable device is going to help.”On the other hand, if a traumatic injury produces a retrieval problem, in which most of a memory is there, but simply difficult to access, stimulation could potentially be useful, he says. “It is going to be extremely hard,” however, to determine which cells contain the memory and precisely tune electrical stimulation to drive its retrieval, he says. “The complexity of the brain, and the hippocampus, is such that any change in voltage that a microelectrode or chip can apply, even in a tiny area, will affect multitudes of neurons in uncontrolled ways,” he says.Relying too heavily on epilepsy as a model for traumatic brain injury could also be problematic, says neuropsychologist James Sumowski of the Kessler Foundation in West Orange, New Jersey. Although some people with such injuries go on to develop epilepsy, most don’t show the same patterns of abnormal electrical activity or areas of atrophy that epileptic patients do, he says. “They are very different disorders.”On the bright side, such challenges define the kind of “blue-sky, high-risk” project that DARPA is uniquely positioned to take on, Redondo says. Given the 270,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, nothing less than a major scientific leap is required, says Justin Sanchez, program manager for DARPA’s memory restoration program. As things stand, the options for injured service members “are very few.”*Correction, 11 July, 12:10 p.m.: A previous version of this story attributed the final quote by Justin Sanchez to Geoffrey Ling. The story has been corrected.last_img read more

London Olympics: Vincent Hancock retains skeet gold

first_imgDefending champion and world record holder Vincent Hancock put on a shooting masterclass to retain the Olympic gold in the men’s skeet on Tuesday. The American waltzed through the course downing all 25 targets to score 148, and the Olympic record for a final.Anders Golding of Denmark pushed Hancock close, missing just once for a total of 146 for silver, while Nasser Al-Attiya of Qatar defeated Russia’s Valery Shomin in a bronze shootout after they were tied on 144.last_img

To ride tandem with Indian Terrain for multi-city cycling championship,To ride tandem with Indian Terrain for multi-city cycling championship

first_imgChampions Sportive Series, a cycling championship for amateurs, will be held across eight cities in India for the first time from mid-August.The championship is sponsored by men’s apparel brand Indian Terrain and TI Cycles of India, through its brand Montra, and organised by event is split into two — competitive and non-competitive rides. While the former is a 100 km race, the latter is a 50-km ride. The top three winners in the competitive category from eight cities will get to participate in the grand finale of the accredited Champions Sportive Series that will be held in New Delhi this year.The event will be held in Chennai, Chandigarh, Pune, Gurgaon, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Rohit Kuttappa, CEO,, said around 100-200 cyclists are estimated to participate in each city and expects the number to increase for the event next year.Cyclists can register by paying ₹600 for 50 km ride and ₹700 for 100 km race, which is inclusive of Indian Terrain-designed sportswear.Venky Rajagopal, CMD, Indian Terrain Fashions Ltd, which has designed the sportswear, and a cyclist himself, said though cycling has always been in the vogue, cycling as a form of fitness has taken off in the recent times. Events like these give the necessary push to bring out new talent, he added.Kailash S, Head, Marketing, TI Cycles of India, said the company’s turnover doubled thanks to growing demand for professional cycles. “Events like these are meant to seed the thought of serious cycling among amateurs,” he added. COMMENTS August 10, 2017 × SHARE Published on eventscenter_img COMMENT Venky Rajgopal, Chairman, Indian Terrain Fashions Ltd, unveils the jersey for the Champions Sportive Series. To his left are S Kailash, Head, Marketing, TI Cycles; Capt J Shankar Srinivas, Senior GM, Isuzu Motors India and Rohit Kuttappa, CEO, Venky Rajgopal, Chairman, Indian Terrain Fashions Ltd, unveils the jersey for the Champions Sportive Series. To his left are S Kailash, Head, Marketing, TI Cycles; Capt J Shankar Srinivas, Senior GM, Isuzu Motors India and Rohit Kuttappa, CEO, computing and information technology SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Spain, US World Hoops Picks

first_imgBILBAO, Spain — They set out in different directions, with every reason to believe they are headed for the same destination.The U.S. and Spain, who have met in the last two Olympic gold-medal games, have been the class of the Basketball World Cup. A matchup that was an expectation coming into the tournament seems closer to a guarantee when watching them now.Both went 5-0 and were hardly challenged in group play, Spain powering past what was considered a difficult pool and the U.S. sweeping through the weakest. They look so good that it’s hard to envision anyone beating one of them except the other.“They are playing well, but we can’t think about games that could come in the future,” Spain guard Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves said. “We have to concentrate on the game at hand.”Besides, they are still a long way from seeing each other — on the calendar and the map.The round of 16 opens Sept. 6 with a new format that has the teams divided between two sites. The U.S. is back in Barcelona, where the Dream Team rolled to Olympic gold and a place in history, while Spain awaited a champion’s welcome in its capital of Madrid.If the Americans reach the final, they would then travel to Madrid, perhaps with Spain waiting for them. If so, only then would U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski start watching the Spanish.He’s not doing it yet, same as he doesn’t check in on some team Duke might not play in the NCAA tournament until the matchup is secured.“Because you may never play those teams,” Krzyzewski said. “We’re not a fan, we’re coaches and if I was a fan I would watch every game. I’m a coach and I watch my next opponent and the team I’m responsible for. I’ve done that for 40 years, so we’ve been pretty successful doing it that way.”The U.S. plays Mexico on Sept. 6. Slovenia faces the Dominican Republic in the other game in Barcelona, while on Sept. 7 Lithuania meets New Zealand, and Turkey plays Australia.The Madrid bracket opens Sept. 6 with Spain-Senegal and France-Croatia. On Sept. 7, Greece plays Serbia, and South American rivals Brazil and Argentina meet.Greece also was unbeaten in the group stage, while Lithuania won a tiebreaker over Slovenia to win Group D after both went 4-1.Any of them could potentially wreck a U.S.-Spain final on Sept. 14, which is why Krzyzewski’s players have repeatedly said they’re not thinking about the team that the Americans edged in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic finals.“I don’t pay attention to Spain,” U.S. forward Kenneth Faried said this week.But those who do see a team that easily handled medal contender Brazil and European champion France in the first round, with chemistry from playing years together and an international stalwart in Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, the MVP of Spain’s 2006 world title run who is having another strong tournament.“Spain is a very, very good team. They’re very good,” said Ukraine coach Mike Fratello, whose team lost to the U.S. on Sept. 4.“They’re big, they’ve played together for so long, the majority of the team, and they do things that you have to do. They pass well, they’re skilled. To play the U.S. you have to be skilled, otherwise you have too many turnovers from not being able to pass and catch. Small things. They don’t do that.“They have size to go on the glass and I’m sure in their minds, playing in their home country they feel they have a very, very good chance to play against them.”Fratello’s team was one of three in the group stage that hung with the Americans for more than a quarter, which rarely happens against truly dominant U.S. teams. This one isn’t, partly because it’s so young, a group whose average age of about 24 years old makes it the Americans’ youngest since pros were first used in the 1992 Olympics.Yet Fratello, a former NBA coach and current TV analyst, thinks the Americans will start playing better when better teams are in front of them.“But don’t count the U.S. out, because they have resiliency, they have toughness about them, they have a great coaching staff,” he said, “and when they get to a point where they’re playing teams that they know are a major challenge, they’re going to raise their game a little bit and get after it.”___By Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer. AP writer Joseph Wilson in Granada, Spain, contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

DATA MODUL: 23.1” ultra-stretched TFT display with smart control

first_img Continue Reading Previous LieberLieber: LemonTree for successful change management implementationNext Three techniques for measuring application performance improvement With the 23.1” S231AJ1-LE1 from Innolux, DATA MODUL can now expand their product portfolio to include an exceptionally slim TFT display. Originally designed for POS and POI applications, due to consistently increasing demand in this area, this format conquers other, new areas of application in combination with optional Wi-Fi control and flexible integration opportunities.The 597 x 60mm panel is produced on a cut-edge-free native photomask and is therefore superior, in terms of quality and price, to other comparable models that have been cut from a standard display. With a brightness of 500cd/m², a brilliant 1920 x 158 pixel resolution, an extra-wide viewing angle of 89° (Super-MVA) and a contrast ratio of 3000:1, the panel is always perfectly readable. The operating temperature is between 0 and 50°C. The TFT display has an LVDS interface, integrated LED converter and is designed to be operated 24/7.The display comes as a ready-to-use set directly from the manufacturer, which is ideal as it means that you can get it up and running straight away. Here, the embedded board and media player are already integrated into a metal casing. Images, videos, tickers or a media mix can be directly stored in the 8GB flash memory using a micro-USB, a microSD card or preferably a Wi-Fi network (802.11 b/g/n). As it is IP-based, an unlimited number of sets can be centrally controlled either individually or in groups and content can be modified in seconds.The set, which is also 597 x 60mm and which has a depth of 15.8mm (including the supplied wall mount), can be used as an electronic label on store shelves in its simplest application, therefore replacing the laborious process of writing and replacing paper price signs. As a strong competitor, the panel represents a low-cost and attractive alternative to ePaper displays and is particularly well-suited for use in the area of digital signage because of its powerful features. For example, it can be used to play back advertising films in full HD resolution.In many other applications, such as HMI, transportation, waiting areas or in shop designs, this new slim shape factor also brings usable added value. As a Visual Solution Premium Partner, DATA MODUL accompanied the product through its feasibility study and is currently developing its own alternative control solution. To offer the greatest possible benefit to customers, DATA MODUL engineers are working out how to connect it to complex content management systems.Both the S231AJ1-LE1 display and the U231AZZ-LE1 set (including the free software tool) will be on display at embedded world 2019.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

REPORT: Negeri Sembilan 0 PKNP 0

first_imgNegeri Sembilan 0 PKNP 0: Deers’ Malaysia Cup campaign ends at group stage after goalless stalemate Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 21:14 9/9/2017 Sean Eugene Selvaraj, Negeri Sembilan, Fadhil Idris, PKNP, Malaysia Cup, 09092017 Persatuan Bolasepak Negeri Sembilan – RASMI Facebook Negeri Sembilan were held to a goalless draw at home by dark horse PKNP in their last Malaysia Cup group match, sending them out of the competition. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter Negeri Sembilan’s Malaysia Cup run ended at the group stage, when they were held to a goalless draw at home by PKNP FC in their last group match on Saturday.Although the bottom-placed hosts’ chances were slim, they could still realistically qualify for the quarter-finals. They needed to defeat the visitors, who have already confirmed their first place finish in Group A, while hoping that the other match in the group, between second-placed Pahang and third placed T-Team at the Darulmakmur Stadium would end in a draw.Despite creating several chances including two chances that hit the PKNP goalposts, the Deers were unable to break the deadlock, and the first half ended goalless. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing When the second half began, both sides still failed to find the back of the net. Negeri boss Asri Ninggal introduced Japanese-Brazilian hitman midway through the second half to put more pressure on the visitors, but PKNP’s defence held fast.Abu Bakar Fadzim’s charges, playing without pressure, managed to hit Negeri on counter attacks now and then, but their attempts were rarely on target; including those had by striker Shahrel Fikri Fauzzi, who recently received his first call-up to the Malaysia national team.The match ended in a goalless stalemate, a result that did not matter in the end for the hosts as Pahang have beaten T-Team 3-2. But the Negeri fans will surely not feel too hard done in by the exit, considering that their team, currently third in the Premier League standings with three rounds left, are in the hunt for promotion to the Super League, something that have eluded them in the past few years.Negeri Sembilan: Kaharuddin (GK), Nasriq (C), Vidic, Fauzan, Faizal, Hazrul, Aroon, Anwar, Shahrul, Sean, Tuck.PKNP: Amin (GK), Krjauklis, Irwan, Hamizul, Khairul, Raffi, Shahrel (C), Sukri, Gilberto, Syamin, Fadhil. read morelast_img read more

2018 National Indigenous Touch Knockout results

first_imgPhotography credit: DarkEye PhotographyThe 2018 National Indigenous Touch Knockout was awesome. Here are the results: Junior Boys – Under 10sRunners Up – GoogarsWinners – Nanan KidsJunior Girls – Under 12sRunners Up – Gomeroi SistersWinners – Koori Kama Young GunsJunior Boys – Under 12sWinners – Koori Kama Young GunsJunior Girls – Under 14sRunners Up – Redfern All BlacksWinners – AwabakalJunior Boys – Under 14s FinalRunners Up – Kamilaroi Sandy GoannasWinners – Newcastle Brothers UnitedMixed Open FinalRunners Up – Koori KamaWinners – Watch The FeetWomen’s Open FinalRunners Up – Bunji GirlsWinners – Koori Kama DoobaysMen’s Open FinalRunners Up – Castlereagh All BlacksWinners – Trackzlast_img read more

Maran Gas Declares Options for FSRU LNG Carrier

first_imgGreece-based shipping company Maran Gas Maritime has declared options for a further LNG carrier and a second floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) at South Korean yard Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).As informed, the two 173,400 cbm units are scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2020.Maran Gas, a unit of Angelicoussis Shipping Group (ASGL), has not disclosed any price details. However, John Angelicoussis, owner of the group, said at an ABS briefing at Posidonia 2018 on June 4 that he believed LNG newbuilding prices will climb back above USD 200 million within the next 12 months.Each of the 111,000-ton newbuilds will feature a length of 291.9 meters and a width of 46.4 meters, VesselsValue’s data shows.The options were declared just as the six-month deadline to do so was to expire.The company ordered its first FSRU at the abovementioned yard in 2017. The ship is also due for delivery in 2020, although scheduled for an earlier handover in March.Maran Gas’ declared option for the LNG ship will bring the number of such vessels the company has under construction to nine – all being built at Daewoo and nominated to fly the Greek flag.last_img read more

Longterm Care Consultation Planning Begins

first_img and turning to Nova Scotians for input. A comprehensive consultation process was kicked off today, Feb.18, by Health Minister Angus MacIsaac and will involve families,health-care professionals and administrators from across theprovince. “We want to find ways to help people who need continuing careservices so they can stay in their homes as long as possible,”says Mr. MacIsaac. “We want to explore new ideas, new ways ofsupporting Nova Scotians who need care, while relieving pressurein acute care facilities.” Families and communities will be asked how they want to see long-term care delivered, today and in the years ahead. Their inputabout the type and mix of services will help form a provincialstrategy for continuing care. The process will examine the roleof home care, nursing homes, end-of-life care, health promotion,and other alternative levels of care. “The consultations allow us to plan for long-term solutions thatrespond to community needs, with the most efficient use oftaxpayers’ dollars,” said Mr. MacIsaac. Public consultations will take place across the provincebeginning this spring. The continuing care branch of theDepartment of Health will then make recommendations togovernment. The information gathered will also help the business planningprocess of health partners, so they are able to improve deliveryof health-care services. It will follow the model established bythe Senior Citizens’ Secretariat during the Positive Aging inNova Scotia consultation process. That process first definedgoals and strategies and then presented a discussion paper whichwas debated at public sessions. “The issues raised in the Discussion Paper for Positive Aging inNova Scotia, and the way the public meetings were conducted,helped the task force prioritize immediate needs,” said PhilHughes, chairperson, Group of IX Seniors Organizations and amember of the task force on aging advisory committee. “They alsostimulated thought and new ideas, and reignited enthusiasm aboutworking to make sure our province can meet growing needs whileprotecting the dignity of aging Nova Scotians.” The Department of Health also continues to look at short-termsolutions and alternative levels of continuing care that may beimplemented within a year. The Department of Health is looking for long-term care solutionslast_img read more

Five issues the parties are ready to fight over as campaign begins

first_imgThe Liberals’ pitch on this front is less about cutting people’s costs and more about what they’ve done to increase government supports, from the 2016 Canada Child Benefit that consolidated multiple family-oriented programs and increased benefits for nine out of 10 recipients to their measures on making home-buying more affordable. They point to statistics showing that 278,000 children have been lifted out of poverty on their watch.Underlying the promises is an economic red flag that indicates why many voters feel stretched: Canadians have some of the highest levels of consumer debt in the developed world.JobsThe cost of living might not seem as scary to people who feel as though they have secure jobs that pay well, but urban Canada hasn’t been exempt from the disruptions of the “gig economy” and the decline in manufacturing jobs that have been the mainstays of small and medium-sized centres’ economies for generations. For example, General Motors’ announcement last winter that it would close its Oshawa factory hit hard. The Liberals tout their carbon price — and the rebate taxpayers in the affected provinces get in compensation — as an economist-approved way to reduce Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions with maximum efficiency. People who lead low-emissions lifestyles actually get rewarded with hard cash, they point out.The New Democrats and Greens would both toughen the rules on industrial emitters, but are broadly OK with the direction the Liberals took with their carbon tax. On the flip side, the Liberals’ decision to spend billions of dollars buying the Trans Mountain pipeline to get the project past regulatory hurdles hasn’t helped them with environmentalists.The Conservatives call the Liberal carbon policy an additional burden on overtaxed consumers that doesn’t account for people who have to spend a lot on home heating and driving gasoline and diesel vehicles. They vow to replace it with a system requiring big industrial emitters to spend on green technology.AffordabilityClosely related to environment policy are the cost of living and what the government should be doing to help Canadians who feel they can’t make ends meet. The Conservatives have put this issue at the heart of their campaign, settling on “It’s time for you to get ahead” as their slogan. Besides getting rid of the carbon-price backstop, they promise to cut taxes on home heating and parental benefits paid under employment insurance, among a raft of pledges aimed at reducing Canadians’ bills.The New Democrats have talked up a plan to cut cellphone costs, a large expense in many household budgets. OTTAWA — Here are five issues the major federal parties have been preparing to fight this election over.Climate changeLiberals and Conservatives seem eager to campaign on the Trudeau government’s signature environmental policy: the price on carbon-emitting fuels in provinces that don’t have equivalent systems of their own. It applies in Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, and the Liberals have said it will cover Alberta starting in January. The tax starts at $20 per tonne of carbon-dioxide emissions and is to rise to $50 a tonne by 2022.center_img Albertans have been angered by a lack of progress on oil pipelines, which means their oilsands products sell at a steep discount against world prices because they’re hard to get to buyers, kneecapping the provincial economy. China has made it all but impossible for Canadian producers to sell products like canola there (more on that below).Nevertheless, Canada’s unemployment rate in May was the lowest it’s been since the 1970s, and has since ticked up just slightly. Average wages are near record highs.Canada and the worldJustin Trudeau declared after his 2015 election that Canada was back, newly keen on multilateralism and doing its bit internationally. Then the bottom fell out: U.S. President Donald Trump’s unpredictability, China’s new assertiveness, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and designs on the Arctic, Britain’s being consumed by its departure from the European Union — all make Canada’s efforts to navigate global politics much tougher than in 2015.Canada reached a new North American free-trade agreement with the U.S. and Mexico, which is either the successful result of standing firm against a mercurial U.S. president in a largely defensive action or a capitulation to American demands on multiple fronts. The view largely depends on one’s political stripe.China is furious with Canada over its arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. extradition warrant. In response, China detained two Canadians there and obstructed agricultural imports. Canada has assembled lots of international support, but has not seen any of those retaliatory measures undone.Trudeau has had successful summits, including a chummy appearance this summer in Montreal with Donald Tusk, outgoing president of the European Union Council. He also had a disastrous trip to India, where the lasting memories were of him and his family in Indian-style garb, and the invitations to receptions sent to Jaspal Atwal, a Sikh separatist who was convicted of trying to murder an Indian politician on Vancouver Island in 1986.EthicsThe Liberals came into office promising openness, transparency and good conduct. Under the previous Conservative government, parliamentary secretary Dean Del Mastro was convicted of violating the Canada Elections Act and sentenced to jail time. The criminal trial of then-Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy ended in his acquittal by a judge who found he’d been the victim of scheming in the Prime Minister’s Office to get out from under a scandal over senators’ expenses.Nobody from Trudeau’s government has gone on trial, but the Liberal leader himself has twice been found to have violated the conflict-of-interest law — once over a vacation he took at the private island of the Aga Khan, the wealthy religious leader and philanthropist, and another in the SNC-Lavalin affair.That affair led to a slew of resignations — Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from cabinet, followed by their eventual expulsions from the Liberal caucus, Trudeau’s closest aide Gerald Butts, and the early retirement of Canada’s top bureaucrat — and preceded a sharp drop in Liberal poll numbers last winter.Wilson-Raybould described a months-long campaign out of the Prime Minister’s Office to get her, as Canada’s attorney general, to arrange a deal with SNC-Lavalin to head off a prosecution over allegedly corrupt dealings in Libya. Trudeau has said his priority was saving jobs at the Quebec engineering firm and that although he and his aides didn’t recognize how Wilson-Raybould was receiving their efforts, they ultimately had their hearts in the right place.The Conservatives link the SNC-Lavalin debacle to the failed prosecution of former vice-admiral Mark Norman over leaked information on a shipbuilding contract, saying both are evidence of Trudeau’s ruthlessness.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dominican Republic UN experts warn against deportations racial profiling of people of

“No one should be deported when there are legal and valid reasons to stay,” human rights expert Mireille Fanon Mendes-France, who currently heads the UN Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent, said in a news release.“Migrants are entitled to protection and Dominicans of Haitian descent have the right to reside safely in the territory, as well as children born in the Dominican Republic who are legally registered,” she stated.Some 19,000 people have reportedly left Dominican Republic for Haiti since 21 June due to fear and amidst concerns that there will be violations when deportations officially start in August. “The Dominican Republic cannot violate international norms or those of the inter-American system of human rights protection, and especially not violate its own Constitution,” the expert emphasized. According to the expert panel, the difficulties in obtaining necessary documents to register for the naturalization and regularization process, the lack of information on the deportation plan, and the deportations “have instilled fear, resulting in a situation whereby people of Haitian descent without documents are also leaving to avoid abrupt deportations.” The Working Group today reiterated its call on the Dominican authorities to put in place effective and transparent legislation and other measures to successfully fight the discrimination and social exclusion faced mostly by Haitian migrants and people of Haitian descent in the country. “The Dominican Republic does not recognize the existence of a structural problem of racism and xenophobia, but it must address these issues as a matter of priority so the country can live free from tension and fear,” Ms. Mendes-France added.The Working Groups are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world.Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity. read more

Successful startup of direct reduced iron facility at Nucor Steel Louisiana

first_imgNucor Corp has achieved the successful start-up of production at its direct reduced iron (DRI) facility in St. James Parish, Louisiana.  Production of DRI began on Tuesday, December 24, and has continued at planned ramp-up levels since that time.  The quality of material being produced in terms of both metallisation and carbon content has improved very quickly.  Within the first 24 hours of operation, output quality began matching the best-in-class levels routinely achieved at the DRI plant that has been operating in Trinidad since 2006.“We are very pleased to announce this important step in executing our raw materials strategy,” said John Ferriola, Nucor’s President and CEO.  “I want to personally thank our team in St. James Parish for their commitment and perseverance working right through the holiday season in achieving this important success.”last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_imgFather Alec Reid, the priest who was filmed administering the last rites to two British soldiers who were killed at an IRA funeral in 1988, passed away.ESB unions issued a threat of strike action pending a meeting with company bosses next week.24 organisations providing services on behalf of the HSE were confirmed to be in breach of remuneration and pay policy.Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said that the government has too much control over the Dáil.A student who was falsely accused of dodging a taxi fare was granted a stay on court costs awarded against him.The government pledged to address a ‘serious gap in the law’ on hit-and-run incidents.Tom Gilmartin, a key witness from the Mahon Tribunal, died.A 36-year-old woman was killed in a single car collision in Cork.The three women rescued from 30 years of captivity in London are doing “remarkably well“.A body of a man was found in a car park in Bray, raising concerns about homelessness in the town.Police in Derry dealt with an “elaborate hoax” involving three suspicious devices.One of the largest fishing vessels in the world was detained by the Irish Naval Service.A former Cork lord mayor was found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. [RTÉ] INTERNATIONALThe eternal flame flickers in the early morning light at the grave of John F. Kennedy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)#UNITED STATES: Today marked the fifty years since the assassination of President John F Kennedy. Here’s the moment it was announced on CBS News in 1963.#JAPAN: €53 million worth of cocaine washed up on a beach south of Tokyo.#SOUTH AFRICA: Media defied a government warning and published pictures of the President’s private home, which had been revamped using taxpayers money.#LATVIA: At least 48 people died in a shopping centre collapse. [BBC]INNOVATIONLG admitted to collecting data from smart TVs.Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said that government censorship could end in a decade.Three nanosatellites were released from the International Space Station. [NASA]China unveiled a new stealth combat drone.PARTING SHOTToday not only marks the fiftieth anniversary of JFK’s death, but also that of author CS Lewis, who passed away just one hour before JFK’s assassination. Here’s a clip from the 2005 film remake of the author most famous work, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe from The Chronicles of Narnia.Originally published 9.30pmHere’s what happened yesterday > Updated 9.31pmNEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news…Father Alec Reid who passed away today aged 82. (Image Credit: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland)IRELANDlast_img read more

Smartphones now outsell feature phones in the US

first_imgThe old adage that smartphones aren’t that important because “most people buy dumbphones anyway” is no longer applicable, according to a recent Neilsen survey. In the United States, smartphones now account for 55% of all new phone sales, and feature phones have dropped to 45%. It was only October of 2010 when the numbers were the other way around.Back in February of 2010, the numbers were much different, with smartphones only making up 32% of overall smartphone sales in the United States. Feature phones clearly dominated the market at that time. The growth of smartphones overall has been largely due to the popularity of the Apple iPhone and Google Android devices.The study is also revealing because it shows us what smartphones everyone is buying. While Android saw a meteoric rise in popularity in the latter half of 2010, the only platform still growing since Q1 2011 is the Apple iPhone.At the end of 2010, the iPhone made up 10% of phones sold in the United States, and by the end of May 2011 it had grown to 17%. Some of this was due to the launch of the iPhone on Verizon Wireless and AT&T dropping the price of the iPhone 3GS in response. Android held steady at about 27%. Windows Phone 7 and other smartphone platforms held steady as well.The iPhone’s growth came at the expense of feature phones, which implies that more people are upgrading from feature phones to the iPhone specifically, possibly Verizon Wireless customers. The iPhone’s growth also came at the expense of RIM, the makers of the BlackBerry, who saw their market share drop from 11% of all phones in February 2011 to just 6% in May.Neilsen still asserts that before the end of 2011 most American mobile phone buyers will shop for and purchase a smartphone, regardless of what demographic they fit into or what feature set they’re looking for. The feature phone’s days may be numbered.Read more at Neilsenlast_img read more

EtatsUnis des milliers de chauvessouris décimées par un champignon

first_imgEtats-Unis : des milliers de chauves-souris décimées par un champignonDepuis 2006, plus d’un million de chauves-souris ont été victimes aux Etats-Unis du “syndrome du nez blanc”, une maladie mortelle engendrée par un champignon. Ce phénomène est particulièrement inquiétant, pour l’espèce d’abord, mais aussi pour l’écosystème, au sein duquel les chauves-souris jouent le rôle d’un insecticide naturel.Une équipe de chercheurs américains et sud-africains de l’université de Pretoria, de l’Institut géologique américain et de l’université de Boston, s’est penchée sur cette décimation de chauve-souris. Dans une étude publiée par la revue Nature, ils expliquent que grâce à ces petits mammifères nocturnes, les agriculteurs américains économisent entre 3 à 53 milliards de dollars en insecticides chaque année. Les chauves-souris jouent en effet le rôle d’un véritable pesticide naturel, en régulant la population d’insectes dont elle raffolent.À lire aussiIl laisse une fourmi coupe-feuille lui découper le doigtDepuis 2006, ce sont plus d’un million de chiroptères qui ont été décimés par le syndrome du nez blanc. Cette maladie mortelle est provoquée par le champignon Geomyces destructans, et les chauves-souris la contractentdans les grottes du Nord des Etats-Unis où elles hibernent.En outre, alertent les chercheurs, les chauve-souris sont également victimes des éoliennes qui sont de réels pièges pour ces petits mammifères nocturnes. A L’horizon 2020,  ce sont entre 33.000 et 111.000 chiroptères qui pourraient chaque année être tués par des turbines dans l’est des Etats-Unis.Les chercheurs insistent alors sur la nécessité de sensibiliser le public et les autorités sur le rôle écologique et économique des chauves-souris, et sur les menaces qui pèsent sur elles, afin que soient mises en place des mesures de protection efficaces.Le 5 avril 2011 à 10:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Peninsula Safe Kids Offering CPS Certification Course

first_imgOn the last day of the class, they will have a car seat safety check event at CES station #1 in Soldotna, February 15, at 3:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. You do not need to register prior to showing up. CPS technician training provides a variety of activities, including community presentations and/or child safety seat checks where parents and caregivers receive education and hands-on assistance with the proper use of child restraint systems and seat belts. For more information about the training contact Peninsula Safe Kids at 907-714-4539. The more cars that come to the car seat safety check event, the better experience these new technicians will receive.center_img Jane Fellman will be teaching the course in order to certify new technicians in our area for a better coverage around the peninsula, according to Brad Nelson with Peninsula Safe Kids. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids will be offering a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) certification course on February 13-15.last_img read more

Galaxy Fold release delayed until June while Samsung investigates breaking screens

first_img 60 Photos AT&T Samsung 10:12 News of the phone’s delayed release was reported earlier Monday by The Wall Street Journal. That report follows a tweet from Engadget’s Richard Lai on Sunday about the postponement of launch-related events in Hong Kong and Shanghai that were originally scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.  Samsung’s Galaxy Fold woes began last week, two days after it distributed a small number of review devices to reviewers, including CNET. Reviewers discovered that peeling the plastic film off the Galaxy Fold’s 7.3-inch interior screen, which is made of a thin sheet of bendable plastic rather than glass, instantly made the phone unusable.  Comments Now playing: Watch this: 5:50 Tags Share your voice Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… Samsung Galaxy Fold problems explained Originally published April 21.Updates, April 22 at 7:52 a.m. PT: Adds the WSJ report about the launch delay; 10:22 a.m.: Adds confirmation from Samsung; 12:03 p.m. PT: Adds Samsung preorder email. Republished at 5:22 p.m. PT and April 24 at 10:41 a.m. PT.center_img “ will have a dedicated Galaxy Fold FAQ for consumers to learn more about caring for the Galaxy Fold, including information about the protective layer. Retail representatives and customer care are trained with information about the top protective layer.”CNET is keeping an eye on developments with the Galaxy Fold. While we’re continuing to review the early production device, we will not assign a rating until after we test the final production phone we ordered. See how it’s going with our Galaxy Fold so far. Samsung hit the pause button on its beleaguered Galaxy Fold after several incidents with screens last week left early-production review units unusable. Although the phone-maker said that it will announce a new release date for its first foldable phone “in the coming weeks,” AT&T on Tuesday sent an email to preorder customers with a new shipping date: June 13.CNET has fully reviewed the Galaxy Fold and our review unit has remained intact. We’ve been in contact with Samsung about the reported screen issues. Samsung also emailed everyone who preordered the device — including CNET reviewers — saying that it will update them “with more specific shipping information in two weeks.” It’s possible that T-Mobile and Samsung will choose slightly different shipping dates, or that AT&T should shift its new timetable as a result of the Fold’s future fixes. Samsung isn’t charging credit cards for the Fold until it ships, and the brand is also giving preorder buyers and out if they change their mind and want to cancel the order before it ships.An email Samsung sent on Monday to people who preordered the Galaxy Fold. Screenshot by CNET Foldable phones are a brand-new concept rocking the phone world. The design is supposed to give people double the screen space on a device that’s small enough to carry around, unlike today’s pocket-busting devices. But the enormous expense — the Galaxy Fold starts at $1,980 — and concerns over the durability of a bendable screen and hinge could threaten the ability of foldable phones to get off the ground.The incidents with the Fold’s plastic screen — which include a screen bulge and flickering display — have caused a kerfuffle among onlookers, casting doubt on the durability of Samsung’s $2,000 foldable phone. While Samsung’s screen woes could have been much worse, rivals might also find a way to learn from Samsung’s mistakes. Huawei has also announced a foldable device, the Mate X, and Motorola is rumored to have a foldable Razr in the works.”Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance,” Samsung said in a statement. “To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold.”Read: Galaxy Fold “loss” could help other foldable phones succeed Another discovered that the left half of the Galaxy Fold strongly flickered, and two more noticed a bulge under the screen that caused noticeable distortion in the screen’s image, possibly from debris that worked its way under the display. “While many reviewers shared with us the vast potential they see, some also showed us how the device needs further improvements that could ensure the best possible user experience,” Samsung said Monday. “We will take measures to strengthen the display protection. We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer so that our customers get the most out of their Galaxy Fold.” 201-galaxy-foldThe Fold is extremely pocketable when all closed up. Sarah Tew/CNET The incidents with the Galaxy Fold are also putting Samsung under intense scrutiny as consumers and industry pundits draw parallels with Samsung’s double recall of 2016’s Galaxy Note 7, after numerous reports that its battery overheated and sometimes caught fire. Screen issues tied to the Galaxy Fold have “broken” the phones, but have not been reported to cause a fire or any other damage to people and property. Samsung can address at least one recurring issue, where reviewers pulled off a sheet of plastic that wound up being an integral part of the screen. The company told CNET in a statement last week: “We are taking all necessary measures to ensure that information about protective layer is clearly delivered to our customers. Materials in the Galaxy Fold box, including the quick-start guide, will include information about the protective layer.”  19 Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge People try the Galaxy Fold for the first time Now playing: Watch this: 3:56 Now playing: Watch this: Foldable Phones Tabletslast_img read more

Amazon Fab Phones Fest Top deals on OnePlus 6T iPhone X Galaxy

first_imgAfter hosting the Apple Fest last weekend, American e-commerce giant Amazon is back with another round of promotional sale campaign dubbed as—’Fab Phones Fest’—and this time, it will be offering lucrative deals on just on iPhones but also on several mobile brands such as Samsung, Honor, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus, among others.As part of the Fab Phones Fest, Amazon will be offering up to 40-percent discount, 5-percent cash back for SBI credit (if used for EMI), no cost EMI starting at Rs 667 per month, also value-added service such as total damage protection and pay on delivery options.To further sweeten the deal, Amazon will be giving away up to Rs 10,000 extra off for the customers who are ready to part their old phones in exchange for the new mobile. This will be valid until March 28. Amazon is offering flat cash discount, extra exchange deals and more on several mobile brands such as Apple Samsung, Honor, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus, among others.Amazon India (screen-grab)Here are top deals available on Amazon’s Fab Phones Fest:Realme U1 is available for the lowest price ever of Rs 9,999 and customers can also claim Rs 1,000 instant discount on all Credit & Debit cardsVivo V15 Pro is available for Rs 28,990 and Rs 2,000 extra off via exchange deal. There is also No Cost EMI starting Rs 2,416 per monthApple iPhone X can be bought for Rs 73,999 with No Cost EMI starting Rs 8,222 per monthSamsung Galaxy S9 for Rs 48,900 and customers can claim Rs 9,000 extra off via exchange dealOPPO F11 Pro for Rs 24,990 with Rs 3,000 extra off on exchange and there is also No Cost EMI starting Rs 2,083 per month optionOPPO F9 Pro for Rs 19,990 with Rs 4,000 extra off on exchange and consumers will have the option of No Cost EMI starting Rs 2,221 per monthHonor 8C at lowest price ever of Rs 9,999Samsung Galaxy M20 available at Rs 10,990Honor Play at the lowest price of Rs 14,999 with Rs 1,000 extra off via exchange dealLG V40 at Rs 49,990 and Rs 10,000 extra off via exchange dealXiaomi Redmi Y2 available at Rs 7,999 Amazon Debuts Its New, Cute Autonomous Delivery Robot Named Scout Closecenter_img Amazon is offering really good cash discounts on several mobile phonesReutersXiaomi Redmi 6A can be bought for Rs 5,499 and get Rs 500 Amazon Pay cashback on prepaid ordersSamsung Galaxy S10 for Rs 66,900 with via exchange deal offerHonor View20 available for Rs 37,999 with Rs 4,000 extra off via exchange dealSamsung Galaxy M10 for Rs 7,900Xiaomi Mi A2 at the lowest price ever of Rs 11,999 and Rs 2,000 extra off via exchange dealVivo Y83 Pro available for Rs 10,990 against Rs 16,990 with Rs 1,000 Amazon Pay cashback on prepaid orders and No Cost EMI starting Rs 1,998 per monthOnePlus 6T available for Rs 37,999 with INR 2,000 extra off via exchange dealNokia 8.1 available at Rs 29,999 and Rs 2,000 extra off via exchange dealHuawei Y9 available for Rs 14,990 against Rs 18,990 and also customer can claim No Cost EMI starting Rs 2,498 per monthRedmi 6 Pro available for Rs 8,999 against Rs 11,499  Honor 8X available for Rs 13,999 against Rs 17,999Beside mobile phones, Amazon is offering really good deals on power banks, phone cases and other accessories during the Fab Phones Fest.last_img read more