Rain claims two lives in Manipur, destroys houses

first_imgTorrential rain, thunderstorms and hailstorms have claimed two lives in Manipur over the past five days. Thousands of tin-roof houses and standing crop in the North-East, particularly in Mizoram, Meghalaya and Manipur, have also been destroyed. There are reports of 10 persons sustaining injuries in rain-related incidents as well.Despite weather forecast that pre-monsoon rain accompanied by thunderstorms would end by Sunday, weather conditions remained unchanged on Monday.The Manipur government had formed an action committee about four days ago to tackle ‘artificial floods’ caused by stagnant rain water. However, funds are yet to be sanctioned for distribution of relief materials.“Relief materials in government stock are for drought victims,” said Manipur Consumer Affairs and Food Public Distribution Minister Karam Shyam.Displaced personsDisplaced persons who have been taking shelter at community halls and local clubs in absence of government relief camps are yet to get cooked food, drinking water and other relief materials.Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar, who toured some flood-affected areas and damaged houses on Monday, said, “Collectors have been instructed to submit a report.”However, the delay has angered affected persons. Some said they can’t understand what the action committee has been doing all these days since they are yet to see any sign of relief.Manipur Irrigation and Flood Control Minister Leppao Haokip, who toured some flood-affected areas in Imphal, said, “Artificial floods have been caused by the small dam located in Manipur University. In the larger interest of the people, this dam should be demolished today [on Monday] itself so that water drains away.”According to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the region is expected to see more rain and thunderstorms.last_img read more

No government in Haryana: Hooda

first_imgDemanding the resignation of Chief Minister M.L. Khattar, Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda has cast doubt over the “intentions” of the Haryana government. “It was either intentional or inexperience, there can be no other reason to explain the sheer breakdown of administration. One feels there is absolutely no government in seat in Haryana,” the former Chief Minister of the State told The Hindu on SaturdayBetween “intention” and “inexperience”, Mr. Hooda blamed “intentions” more for Friday’s mayhem. “Their intentions are not honourable. It is part of ‘vote bank’ politics,” he said. This is the third massive public protest under the vigil of Mr. Khattar. In the first one in November 2014, within months into the government, it took 20,000 security personnel to arrest self-styled guru Rampal from Hisar. Five women and an 18-month-old child were killed in the siege. Last year’s Jat agitation saw a similar death toll and loss of ₹34,000 crore worth of property. “After the Jat Andolan, they had appointed the Prakash Singh Committee, which studied the lapses. The committee had indicted an SP, a DIG, the Home Secretary and even the Chief Minister’s Office. Where is the report today? No one knows,” Mr. Hooda said. No lessons learntThe government, Mr. Hooda said, did not learn any lessons from its own “misadventure” during the Jat agitation. The Union government and the BJP, meanwhile, gave a clean chit to the Khattar government, appreciating the administration for reportedly bringing in order within hours. “The BJP can go on giving clean chit for themselves, [but the] people of Haryana have lost confidence in them and will not give them a clean chit now,” he said. “If they [BJP] believe that they have done an excellent job in handling the recent tension and also in the last three years, they should go in for fresh elections and the voters shall deliver the verdict,” he added.last_img read more

UK Puts On Hold Plans To Suspend Golden Visa, Sparks Controversy

first_imgIn a U-turn, the UK government on Wednesday put on hold plans to suspend “golden visa” category in reference to its use by super-rich foreign nationals, including Indians, to acquire fast-track settlement rights in Britain. The Tier 1 Investor Visa, used by many high net-worth Indians over the years, was to be suspended from midnight last Friday over fears of its misuse.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Tanaka Pitches Surging Yankees Past A’s, 5-1

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — With his surgically repaired right elbow no longer throbbing in pain, Masahiro Tanaka is back to pitching the way the Yankees envisioned when they outbid several teams to lure him from Japan two years ago.Tanaka allowed one run over seven innings to get his first victory in more than a month and the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on May 21 to win their season-high fourth straight in Joe Girardi’s 1,500th game as a manager.“I thought he was pretty good today,” Girardi said. “He got in a couple of little jams and was able to wriggle his way out of it. He threw the ball well. We’re happy with where he’s at right now. He’s answered all the questions.”Starlin Castro broke out of a slump with three hits and Carlos Beltran singled twice to keep up his recent tear as the Yankees won their third straight over the A’s after getting swept by Oakland in the Bronx earlier this season.Tanaka (2-0) had two walks and four strikeouts in his first win since April 12.It was the third game in which Tanaka has pitched on five days of rest. He has a 1.57 ERA in those games compared to the 5.68 mark he has when pitching with fewer days off.“I don’t think I was that different from last time out,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “We just had good offense going today. That’s probably why we were able to win the game.”Castro was in a 3-for-22 funk before he reached on an infield single as part of New York’s four-run fourth. The veteran second baseman also singled in the fifth, and then doubled in Ronald Torreyes for an insurance run in the seventh.Beltran had an RBI single in the fourth to stay hot. He is batting .391 (9 for 23) with eight RBIs over the past six games.All the runs came off rookie starter Sean Manaea (1-2).Tanaka and reliever Nick Goody made it hold to help the Yankees move out of last place in the AL East for the first time since April 18.Tanaka retired seven of the first eight and pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth by getting Danny Valencia to strike out swinging before Khris Davis grounded out.“He’s not really throwing as hard as he used to,” Oakland Manager Bob Melvin said. “Every now and then he’ll rev one up … but it’s a cutter, it’s a slider, it’s a split, it’s a curve every now and then. He keeps you off balance.”Goody retired six batters to complete the six-hitter.The A’s scored their only run off Tanaka in the fifth when Matt McBride walked and scored on Valencia’s sacrifice fly.(MICHAEL WAGAMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Liverpool-bound Keita sent off in Guinea defeat

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool-bound Keita sent off in Guinea defeat Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 05:43 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Naby Keita Getty Liverpool Naby Keïta RB Leipzig Bundesliga Guinea v Tunisia Tunisia Guinea WC Qualification Africa The RB Leipzig man saw red once again, this time for his country, as the hosts were rolled over in front of their own fans Liverpool-bound Naby Keita was sent off for the second time in three appearances for club and country as Guinea went down to a 4-1 home loss to Tunisia in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.RB Leipzig midfielder Keita, who will join Liverpool in a club-record deal reportedly worth £48million in 2018, had opened the scoring for the already-eliminated hosts in Conakry.15/2 for Liverpool and Utd to draw 0-0 Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Naby Keita is the midfield dynamo of Liverpool fans’ dreams!Here he is finishing off a nice team move before getting sent off later!  pic.twitter.com/T92aiDVcSZ — Goal (@goal) 7 de octubre de 2017 But after Youssef Msakni struck twice to turn the game around for Tunisia and Mohamed Amine Ben Amor sealed the points with their third, Keita was sent off in injury time.The midfielder was driving forward in possession but caught Ben Amor with a stray arm, leaving the Tunisian clutching his face.RED CARD! That looked to be a bit naughty from soon-to-be Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita!   pic.twitter.com/pM46CKdnLd — Goal (@goal) 7 de octubre de 2017 Zambian official Janny Sikazwe produced a red card and Tunisia then went on to add a fourth goal, Msakni completing his hat-trick to put his side on the brink of qualification.Tunisia is one step closer to @FIFAWorldCup 2018Full Time .. Guinea 1-4 TunisiaMatch day 5 – Group A #AFWCQ pic.twitter.com/9aDZDSXwwb — CAF (@CAF_Online) October 7, 2017 Keita has already been dismissed once this season, the midfielder shown a red card after leaving Borussia Monchengladbach’s Christoph Kramer bloodied by a high challenge during a 2-2 Bundesliga draw in September.last_img read more

Revisit education system to impart Indian values, culture and tradition: M Venkaiah Naidu

first_imgRevisit education system to impart Indian values, culture and tradition: M Venkaiah NaiduThe Vice President said that said that serving in organizations like the Scouts and Guides or NCC should be made mandatory for students to inculcate discipline and a sense of empathy to serve the needy.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 16:22 IST The Vice President said that educational institutions must become temples of learning and wisdom.Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has called for revisiting education system with emphasis on history, heritage, culture, traditions, values, and ethos of India.He said that the stories of sacrifice, valour, and contributions made by the freedom fighters and other leaders should become an important component of our education system, while addressing the diamond jubilee celebrations of PGDAV College on Sunday.Educational Institution must become temple of learning: Venkaiah NaiduThe Vice President said that educational institutions must become temples of learning and wisdom. “They should become sanctuaries of peace and harmony, growth and development,” he said.Emphasis on educationNaidu emphasized that the atmosphere in university campuses should not be vitiated by conducting events which are not connected with education.He said that character-building should become the essential dharma of education.The Vice President said that serving in organizations like the Scouts and Guides or NCC should be made mandatory for students to inculcate discipline and a sense of empathy to serve the needy.Education must focus on developing a holistic personality: NaiduNaidu said that education must focus on developing a holistic personality of the individual. Apart from learning and acquiring knowledge, students must also learn to practice yoga and participate in sporting activities as it was essential to develop a sense of equilibrium in the stress- filled world of today.He called upon educational institutions to impart spiritual values as well, he added.Arm yourself with knowledge and wisdom: Vice PresidentThe Vice President urged students to arm themselves with knowledge, wisdom and ethical principles before they head out into the world. He also asked them to explore the possibilities of providing creative solutions to problems like climate change faced by the nation and the world.advertisementYoungsters should adopt healthy dietary habits Terming as worrisome trend, the growing incidence of lifestyle diseases due to consumption of unhealthy food, sedentary habits and stress, the Vice President called upon the people, particularly youngsters to develop healthy dietary habits and take up regular physical activity.The Vice President cautioned the youth against addiction to internet and said that constant connectivity was proving to be detrimental to children. He asked parents and teachers to protect children from the pitfalls of technology and the internet.Read: Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0 tomorrow: Schools to broadcast PM Modi’s live session with 2,000 students, parents, teachersRead: Right of children to free education to extend up to class 12: HRD MinistryGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byDivya Chopra Tags :Follow M Venkaiah NaiduFollow vice president venkaiah naidulast_img read more

Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Scuba Diving Certification

first_imgScuba diving is awesome. We mean that in the most literal sense of the word. It’s beautiful, amazing, even life-changing for some when they realize they’ve unlocked a full 90 percent more of our planet to explore. For the uninitiated, “diving in” to diving can feel overwhelming, but it needn’t be. It’s a surprisingly simple, relatively inexpensive hobby (or, depending on how seriously you take it, sport) to get into. Here’s the low-down on the most common questions and concerns for wanna-be divers.Is a Dive Certification Really Necessary?The short answer is “no.” If you’re keen to suit up with all the required gear, you can dive your nearest beach this afternoon. No scuba police will haul you away should you be caught diving without a certification. However, from a safety perspective, you’d be crazy — bordering on suicidal — to dive without proper training. Also, any dive shop that will rent their equipment to you without a legit certification is not an outfit you want to deal with.Am I Fit Enough to Dive?Scuba diving can be — and often is — a surprisingly leisurely activity. Because the goal is usually to take in the sights at your own pace, to stop and smell the proverbial sea anemones, divers typically swim at a very, very slow pace. For the especially lazy, drift diving can be immensely enjoyable. Drift divers enter the water up-current and let the natural movement of the ocean take them away. At the tail end of the current, your dive boat will often be waiting to pick you up. It requires little to no physical effort.That said, it’s helpful to be reasonably fit. If you can’t walk to your mailbox without taking a nap, you’ll want to dedicate a few weeks to cardio before registering for a dive cert course. Oxygen tanks can be heavy and cumbersome as all get-out. This can be a minor issue on the boat in the moments before you get in the water. However, once below the surface, they’ve virtually weightless. At a bare minimum, however, you should be able to swim a few hundred years without stopping and to tread water for no less than 10 minutes.Do I Really Want to Be a Diver?Learning to scuba dive can feel like a significant investment — financially, physically, and mentally. If you want to “test the waters” (get it?) to see if it’s right for you, most decent beach resorts offer introductory lessons in their onsite pool. Best of all, it’s often free. This allows you to suit up and actually get in and under the water for an hour or so. This is more than enough time to determine whether getting a full scuba certification is something you want to commit to.How Much Does It Cost to Get Scuba Certified?The total price varies depending on a few factors, namely location and your proximity to a proper open water training ground (i.e., will you need to travel to complete the course?). As an example, for the three-day PADI Open Water Cerficiation Course at Florida Keys Dive Center, the cost is approximately $600. This includes all classroom training, a complete scuba setup (except for a mask, snorkel, and fins), pool and open water training, certification fees, tank refills, and charter boat fees.In less touristy areas of the country (New England, for example), the price tag could be less than $500; while in ultra-popular destinations like Maui, would-be divers should expect to spend considerably more. If that seems pricey, keep in mind that your certification is valid for life.Doesn’t It Require a Lot of Expensive Gear?Yes. If you’re looking to buy the entire kit — including the most expensive bits like a BCD (buoyancy control device), the tank(s), a regulator, and a dive watch/computer — expect an all-in price tag north of $1,500. Fortunately, this equipment can and should all be rented from any reputable dive shop. It’s cheaper (at least, in the short-term) and a lot easier than lugging it half-way ‘round the world on your next vacation.What every diver should own at a minimum are a mask, a snorkel, and fins. A wetsuit is a good investment as well, but that can be cumbersome to travel with. Because these pieces touch your skin and your body in some way, you want well-tested items that fit comfortably in the water. These can, of course, be rented as well. However, rentals are almost always low-quality, uncomfortable, and leaky. Spend the extra $200-$300 to score your own, and your dive experience will be infinitely more enjoyable.Anything Else to Know Before I Get Started?More than which equipment you buy or which dive school you opt to train with, the single most important thing to know about diving is that it’s critical to go with a buddy. Having a dive partner is vital to your safety. No matter how skilled of a diver you might become over your lifetime, you should never, ever dive alone. As my Nana was fond of saying, “That’s how they make angels.”OK, I’m Sold. Which Dive School Is Best?There are two main scuba schools found throughout the world: PADI and SSI. Every diver will argue that the school they trained with is the best. The truth is that both rely on an educational framework spelled out by the World Recreational Scuba Diving Council. So, the short answer is that neither school is better. They both teach nearly identical curriculums but in slightly different ways. Regardless of which you choose, you will graduate as a proficient beginner diver.Where Should I Train?Where you choose to train is, of course, entirely personal. Your certificate is valid anywhere in the world so, in the end, it doesn’t much matter where you train. However, the skills you develop in the beginning are, by default, a product of the underwater environment — including water temperature, visibility, marine life, etc. — in which you trained. For example, divers who learn in the warm, calm, crystal clear waters off Key West will have a different set of skills than anyone who trained in the frigid, murky waters around coastal Boston.There’s no right answer. If you’re planning to dive regularly near home, it’s best to train with a local dive shop. If you’re angling to be more of a “vacation diver,” training in the Caribbean or Hawaii should suit you fine.What’s the Student Experience Like?Most courses require a full three days, from classroom to open water training. You’ll start with some form of online education. This requires textbook studying and watching videos related to dive terminology, safety procedures, and gear training. It might seem overwhelming at first, but it’s not as daunting as it sounds. Plus, this portion can be completed at home at your own pace.You’ll then move on to the practical training which will take place in a pool. Your instructors will review your gear with you beforehand until your comfortable actually getting in the water. Once in the pool, you’ll start with the basics like communicating via hand signals and breathing through a regulator. It’ll feel unnatural at first because it is unnatural. You’re (probably) not a fish after all. The most tasking lesson will be perfecting your buoyancy — that is, learning to float perfectly between the pool bottom and the surface of the water. This is a critical skill to master before graduating to the next phase. After a full day (or two half-days) in the pool, you’ve essentially been given the necessary education and basic skills needed to dive.But the real test comes in the open water. This final phase can be undertaken immediately after your pool sessions or be scheduled for some point in the future. In most cases, it involves taking a charter boat to some relatively shallow location nearby (a coral reef is a good starting point). There, you’ll put into practice everything you learned in the pool. It involves all the same skills, except you’ll likely be diving in 30 feet or more of water. If this all seems like too much, remember that tweens do it all the time. So, don’t overthink it. It’s not as difficult as it sounds, especially if you’re already comfortable in the water.What About Sharks and Kraken?We can’t guarantee it, but you’re probably safe from kraken — probably. However, dive long enough, and you’re bound to encounter other things that bite or sting. You’re accustomed to avoiding dangerous creatures like yellowjackets, rabid dogs, and wolverines on land. Likewise, in the water, give marine wildlife a wide berth. Few ocean-going critters are downright hostile, so they’re only likely to attack when threatened, prodded or surprised.It’s worth noting that, while shark attack stories make for great mainstream news fodder, worldwide shark incidents with humans are extraordinarily low. By the numbers, there were less than 100 unprovoked attacks worldwide in 2017. You probably have a better chance of winning the lottery twice than facing a real-life Jaws. If you’re still spooked by the possibility, discuss it with your dive master who can suggest ways to overcome that fear. If all else fails, there are plenty of high-tech shark deterrent gadgets on the market.I’m Certified! I Want to Take a Dive VacationArmed with your mask, snorkel, and fins, the only other thing you’ll need is your official PADI or SSI dive certification card. With these items packed, you’re ready to dive just about anywhere in the world. Every destination that’s reasonably near water will boast some form of dive shop. Head there, flash your card, and let the staff know what you need. If you’re planning to dive from the shore or you have your own boat (lucky you), just rent the gear you and your buddy need and make a bee-line for the ocean. If you need a charter boat as well, the dive shop will be able to arrange that too. 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Editors’ Recommendations How to Identify, Treat, and Survive a Spider Bite 5 Tips for How to Survive a Shark Attack Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Get to the Choppa! For $15,000, You Can Play Navy SEAL For a Day in Hawaii last_img read more

Gov’t Seeking Partners to Grow ICT Space

first_imgMinister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, says that the Government is actively seeking opportunities for public-private partnership to develop additional Information Communication Technology (ICT) space to meet growing demand. She noted that some 26 companies are providing over 13,000 jobs in the offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, while other investors are to come on board. “Without any doubt, the local ICT sector is experiencing a growth phase.  We are seeing for example, the entrance of BPO giants such as Sutherland Global Services, who will commence operating a Global Delivery Centre at the UWI (University of the West Indies) Mona campus very soon.  “Indeed with the current expansion rate and projected growth of the ICT sector, it is expected that some 5,000 jobs will be created over the next three years,” Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams stated. She was speaking at Wednesday’s (December 12) official opening of the LIME Contact Centre in the Montego Bay Free Zone, which was set up through partnership between LIME Jamaica and Canadian-based TELUS International. According to the State Minister, Jamaica, with its near shore access to the United States (US), low attrition rate and high labour force availability among secondary and university graduates, is seen as an attractive destination for ICT investment. In fact, she said, the country is regarded as the leading contact centre location in the Caribbean. She noted that the Government has introduced a range of reforms and measures designed to support the industries and attract more businesses to the island. “Recently, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell announced the development of 100,000 square feet of factory space through an ICT programme.  As part of the programme, the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) will be transforming some 63,000 square feet of space in the Montego Bay Free Zone over the next 18 months,” she informed.  The State Minister, in the meantime, commended the operators of the contact centre, which, she said, will create some 180 new jobs in the initial stage of its operations, while the country will benefit from the technology transfer. “I …welcome the initiative, as bringing in the technology to operate the call centre, sharing experiences and expertise will certainly serve to complement the efforts to enhance the development of our telecommunications industry.   The fact that this investment will result in the creation of 180 new jobs, we welcome and applaud your efforts,” she stated.last_img read more

Investment Supports Better Patient Care

first_imgThe province is investing more than $550,000 in new hospital equipment that will help provide better care for people living on the South Shore, Premier Darrell Dexter announced in Bridgewater today, July 10. “It’s essential that hospitals have the equipment they need to provide the best possible care for patients,” said Premier Dexter. “I know that health care continues to be a concern for communities across the province, and particularly here on the South Shore. This investment will help improve patient care and comfort.” The funds will help replace 49 patient beds at South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater and Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg. It will also buy a new tissue processor for South Shore Regional and 10 pieces of equipment to support infection prevention and control for that facility, as well as Fishermen’s Memorial and Queen’s General Hospital in Liverpool. “This investment will absolutely have a positive impact on patient care,” said Dr. Peter Vaughn, president and chief executive officer, South Shore District Health Authority. “This new equipment will help us continue to deliver quality care to the people of the South Shore. “The replacement beds especially will help the nursing staff provide better care and improve patient comfort.” The new beds will feature built-in scales so patients will not have to be moved to take accurate weight measurements. The beds also have exit alarms to improve the safety of patients who should not get out of bed unassisted, and improved mobility to make moving and adjusting the beds easier. Tissue processors are used to prepare tissue samples for analysis and diagnosis. These new machines will ensure more accurate results. The province’s investment covers 75 per cent of the cost of the new equipment. The remaining funds will be covered by the South Shore Health foundations. “It’s wonderful to see these foundations and members of the community working together with the province to provide better care for their families, friends and neighbours,” said Premier Dexter. “I want to recognize and thank everyone that has stepped up to contribute to this important cause. We wouldn’t be able to do this without you.” Today’s provincial investment is part of $15 million the province announced in December as part of its 2012-13 Capital Plan. The money is earmarked for district health authorities and the IWK Health Centre to purchase or replace necessary medical equipment.last_img read more

Pluie verglaçante prévue en NouvelleÉcosse

first_imgOn demande aux Néo-Écossais de se préparer en vue d’une période considérable de pluie verglaçante débutant en fin de semaine et se poursuivant pendant la semaine de Noël. Environnement Canada prévoit de la pluie suivie d’une chute soudaine de la température, ce qui pourrait avoir un impact sur les lignes électriques et rendre la conduite dangereuse. « Il s’agit d’une période occupée pour de nombreuses personnes, mais j’encourage tous les Néo-Écossais à prendre le temps de se préparer en cas d’urgence, a dit Lena Diab, ministre responsable du Bureau de gestion des urgences. Tout le monde doit avoir une trousse d’urgence contenant les éléments essentiels pour pouvoir survivre pendant au moins 72 heures. » Il est prévu que la pluie débutera aujourd’hui, 20 décembre, et pourrait se transformer en pluie verglaçante d’ici dimanche. Dans certaines régions de la province, on prévoit jusqu’à 45 mm de pluie verglaçante. « Nos équipes de déneigement travailleront sans relâche, a dit Geoff MacLellan, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Selon les bulletins météorologiques actuels, le personnel prévoit que le déblayage des routes sera difficile en raison des fluctuations de la température. Les routes pourraient être très glissantes pendant les périodes de pluie et de pluie verglaçante, particulièrement les routes locales de gravier. Nous vous demandons de ne pas emprunter les routes dans la mesure du possible. » Si vous devez vous déplacer, vérifiez les conditions routières en composant le 511, en consultant les caméras routières ou en visitant le http://511.gov.ns.ca. Twitter sera également utilisé pour transmettre de l’information. Suivez le compte @nsemo pour obtenir des renseignements d’urgence ou le compte @NS_TIR pour des mises à jour sur les conditions routières et les fermetures. « La GRC demande aux automobilistes d’écouter les prévisions météorologiques et de prévoir à l’avance, a dit le sergent Alain LeBlanc de la GRC. Si vous devez vous déplacer, évitez l’utilisation du régulateur de vitesse sur les routes glacées et assurez-vous que vos phares sont allumés et que vos miroirs et votre pare-brise sont déneigés. » Puisque la pluie verglaçante peut entraîner des pannes d’électricité, on encourage les Néo-Écossais à préparer une trousse d’urgence qui inclut au moins deux litres d’eau par personne par jour, des aliments non périssables, une lampe de poche, une radio portative et une trousse de premiers soins. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la façon de préparer une trousse d’urgence, consultez le http://novascotia.ca/emo.last_img read more

ANASAZI Foundation Celebrates 25 Years Of Rescuing AtRisk Youth‏

first_imgAt a time when drugs, drinking and teen suicide are claiming an unprecedented number of young people, the ANASAZI Foundation continues to show remarkable success in turning the tide for at-risk youth.Sheer longevity speaks volumes, as this year, the nonprofit organization celebrates its 25th anniversary of helping teenagers to “find their way in the world” through a 49-day wilderness experience and what they call a new way of “walking.”The anniversary celebration will include a star-studded weekend, with a gala dinner and silent auction on Friday, Nov. 15, and, on Saturday, Nov. 16, a service project and country concert produced by R Legacy Entertainment.As ANASAZI gears up for the celebration and reunion of alumni, parents and fans, particularly telling of the organization’s success is the long list of supporters, including bestselling authors, Stephen R. Covey and Richard Paul Evans; NFL hall of famers, Bart Starr and Steve Young; and award-winning musicians, Marie Osmond and Wynonna Judd — who calls the program “inspiring.” These and many others echo Barbara Bush, who said of ANASAZI, “… you are truly lighting the way for people lost in the dark.”Even more impressive, perhaps, are the accolades from the more than 4,000 young people who have participated in the ANASAZI wilderness experience.“I’m just so grateful. They literally saved my life. They gave me back my life, in all reality,” said Shari Lyon, an alumnus from the early years of ANASAZI.According to cofounder, Ezekiel Sanchez, this kind of turnaround from “backward walking”—taking the wrong paths, trying to go it alone or choosing to give in to addictions or to dead-end sources to find peace and fulfillment—is exactly what he and Larry D. Olsen hoped to accomplish when they started ANASAZI in 1988.Their mission and goal was to provide focused intervention programs that would offer young people “the opportunity for growth through a primitive living experience and a philosophy that invites healing at the hands of nature.” The ANASAZI Way has become recognized internationally as an effective and nurturing approach to inviting lasting change in youth and young adults making at-risk choices.According to C. Terry Warner, chairman of The Arbinger Institute, “The students’ progress continually amazes me. It far exceeds that of troubled youth in any of the other rehabilitative programs I have been able to learn about, including counseling, therapy, and psychiatry in both residential and outpatient settings.”Most of all, Sanchez said, “The program brings families back together, so there is healing all around.”ANASAZI’s 25th anniversary was marked by a significant milestone earlier this year, with the publication of The Seven Paths: Changing One’s Way of Walking in the World, an adaptation of the book used on the trail, which now makes the ANASAZI principles accessible to all.To further recognize the organization’s success and accomplishments, alumni, parents and welcomed guests will gather for ANASAZI Foundation’s Silver Anniversary: 25 Years of Awakening Hearts to WE, two days of service and celebration on Nov. 15 and 16.A gala will be held Friday, Nov. 15, with a scholarship dinner and silent auction at the SanTan Elegante Conference Center in Gilbert. With master of ceremonies, 7-foot-4-inch NBA all-star Mark Eaton, the program will include presentation of the Young Leader Awards and the Turn for Peace Award. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by “The Voice” contestant, Ryan Innes, with special guest, Amy Whitcomb.On Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Mesa Arts Center, ANASAZI will host an alumni lunch and service project. The project will reach out to area youth and allow them to experience a variety of simple wilderness skills in workshops taught by ANASAZI alumni.That evening, a benefit concert at the Mesa Arts Center, produced by R Legacy Entertainment in support of ANASAZI, will feature Due West — the three-man group that recently hit #7 on the iTunes country chart and have been acclaimed for their “magical showmanship” and unique sound. Opening will be singer/songwriter Katherine Nelson and the three-sister combo country group, Firefly, known for their “brilliant harmonies” and “energetic performances.”For tickets to the gala or to learn how to support ANASAZI’s work, visit: www.anasazi.org. For tickets to the Saturday night concert, visit www.mesaartscenter.com.last_img read more

US UK and France Launch Military Strikes on Syria

Rabat- The US, UK, and France launched coordinated airstrikes hitting targets at three sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning, in response to Bashar Al-Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Damascus enclave of Douma over a week ago. “A short time ago, I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said at the White House. “A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way. We thank them both. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime,” he added. As Trump was making his White House address, large explosions were heard in the capital Damascus, with footages showing missiles streaking over the night sky in Syria.A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 14 avril 2018US Defense Secretary James Mattis said, “Right now this is a one-time shot and I believe that it sent a very strong message” to the Syrian regime, adding that the strikes would continue until the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons ends.In his speech, Trump warned Russia and Iran not to stand by their ally in Damascus. “Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace,” Trump argued. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the US strikes had hit the Syrian capital when the country “finally” had a chance at peace. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi condemned the strikes, saying that “the attack is the blatant violation of international laws, as well as ignoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria,” according to Iran’s state news agency. The military strikes occurred after US President Trump warned Syria’s Bashar al-Assad that there will be “a big price to pay,” over chemical attack on a rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta which has killed dozens of people earlier this week. read more

TimorLeste UN appeal for those displaced by violence is almost funded some

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Timor-Leste, Finn Reske-Nielsen, said the support for the displaced persons, who represent 15 per cent of the population of the tiny nation, was “satisfactory for the moment,” but he added that the “lean” season would arrive earlier than usual in September.In a related development, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Timor-Leste, Anis Bajwa, today briefed visiting Australian Prime Minister John Howard on the humanitarian, security and political situation.The UN spokesman said that Mr. Bajwa had thanked the Prime Minister for the security provided by Australian soldiers, who are part of a task force restoring calm in Timor-Leste following the violence that erupted in late April with the firing of 600 striking soldiers, a third of the armed forces.The two men also discussed the role of a new UN mission currently being planned for the tiny country, which the world body shepherded to independence from Indonesia four years ago. The mandate of the small UN Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) runs until 20 August.Further on the humanitarian front, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that its joint campaign with the Ministry of Health to vaccinate children against measles will this week visit schools in the capital Dili. The campaign has so far vaccinated more than 12,000 children in several camps set up for the internally displaced.UNICEF also reports that it has supplied six campsites with exercise books, pencils, pens and other stationery so that children can resume their school work. read more

By the numbers A look at rental statistics in Toronto and Vancouver

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 4, 2015 5:02 am MDT Last Updated Jun 4, 2015 at 7:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email By the numbers: A look at rental statistics in Toronto and Vancouver TORONTO – After stagnating for two decades, construction of rental buildings is on the rise in the red-hot real estate markets of Toronto and Vancouver. Some figures on the emerging trend:In the pipeline: There are currently eight apartment buildings, containing a total of 2,458 rental units, under construction in the Toronto area. Another 37 buildings containing 9,207 units have been proposed. That’s a nearly 75 per cent increase over the 6,723 rental units that have been built in the Greater Toronto Area since 2005.Big ambitions: The City of Vancouver aims to have 5,000 new rental units built by 2021.Tight rental markets: The vacancy rate in Toronto remained stable at 1.6 per cent from the fall of 2013 to the fall of 2014, according to CMHC. In Vancouver, the vacancy rate declined from 1.7 per cent to one per cent during the same period.Soaring rents: The average monthly rent for a bachelor apartment in Toronto grew nearly three per cent to $896 between the fall of 2013 and the fall of 2014. The average cost of a two-bedroom also climbed roughly three per cent during the period, to $1,251. The average cost of a bachelor apartment in Vancouver also saw a three per cent jump during the period to $876, while two bedroom rentals climbed more than two per cent to $1,311.Home prices soar: In the Greater Toronto Area, the average selling price for all home types climbed to $649,599 in May, up 11 per cent from a year ago. Greater Vancouver saw a 9.4 increase to $684,400.—Data compiled from Urbanation, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the City of Vancouver, the Toronto Real Estate Board and the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. read more

Recent violence undermines Lebanese efforts to promote peace and stability – UN

The UN Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Robert Watkins, made the comments following a meeting in Beirut with the Minister of Interior, Marwan Charbel, with whom he had a “very detailed and lengthy discussion” about the situation in Lebanon, particularly the latest security-related developments.“The United Nations has been following closely and with concern recent security incidents in the country, particularly the kidnappings targeting Syrian nationals and others in Lebanon as well as armed clashes that have been taking place in the past few days in Tripoli,” Mr. Watkins said in a statement following the meeting. “I expressed deep regret for the unfortunate loss of life that was reported and the fact that the violence has continued in Tripoli,” he added. “All these incidents undermine the efforts that many in Lebanon have been exerting to promote peace, stability and long-term development.”The envoy said the Government has an important role to play in ensuring that stability is preserved while all sides in the country should respect and not overstep the country’s state institutions. He added that Lebanon cannot accept that there are actors who take the law into their own hands with impunity, and voiced support for the statements by the country’s leaders to bring those guilty of crimes to justice. He also noted that the country has a “moral responsibility” to protect innocent people, including Syrian nationals, many of whom are in Lebanon as refugees seeking shelter from the violence in their own country. Mr. Watkins will be meeting later this week with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and with other political and security representatives to continue following up on the latest developments. read more

Former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde picked up by San Francisco

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) avoids a tackler during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFormer Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde has been selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 57th overall pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.Hyde, who became the first 1,000-yard rusher under OSU coach Urban Meyer, was named the Big Ten’s Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year in 2013 as well as a third-team Associated Press All-American.Despite missing the first three games of the season due to a suspension, Hyde rushed for 1,521 yards his senior season as well as a team-high 15 touchdowns on the ground. He also broke school records for yards per carry in a season with 7.3 and yards per carry in a single game with a 10.2 clip against Illinois in 2013. His 246 yards rushing against the Fighting Illini ranks third in school history for rushing yards in a single game.As a junior, Hyde had a career-high in rushing touchdowns with 16, to go along with 970 rushing yards in just 10 games and helped lead the way to a perfect 12-0 season.The 49ers were led in rushing during the 2013 season by running back Frank Gore who rushed for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns. San Francisco also selected former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.San Francisco is scheduled to begin the 2014-15 season against the Dallas Cowboys Sept. 7 at 4:25 p.m. read more

NHS trials artificial intelligence app as alternative to 111 helpline

first_imgHealth officials said the trial aimed to “reduce pressure on the NHS during the winter and beyond.”The company behind the scheme said it would save the health service “substantial” money and time.But leading doctors and patients’ groups last night expressed fear that the experiment, due to start later this month, is too risky. They raised fears that serious conditions could be missed – or casualty units end up swamped – by too great a reliance on automated systems.  The trial follows widespread criticism of the much-maligned 111 hotline, which has been plagued by problems since its launch in 2013.Health officials promised to overhaul the service, after a string of scandals, including the death of a baby after a 111 call-handler failed to spot signs that he was seriously ill.The new six-month trial is about to be launched across north London, with the service offered to more than 1.2 million people.When patients dial 111, they will be prompted to try the app. Instead of describing their ailments over the telephone, users will type in the symptoms via a series of texts, leaving the “chatbot” will decide how urgent the situation is, and recommend the right help.Patients could be told to make an appointment with their GP, or be told to go to Accident & Emergency if urgent problems are detected. Health officials said the pilot is one of several online tools which will be tested in coming months across the country, before being rolled out more widely.The new app, developed by medical start-up company Babylon Health, is due to be launched by NHS services in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington, later this month.It is part of a national drive to modernise the NHS, with GP appointments and prescriptions in future booked online, and the national NHS Choices website used to direct patients to the care they need.However, previous efforts have been dogged by problems. A “symptom checker” offered by NHS Choices was axed after a study in the British Meidcal Journal found that it incorrectly classed the vast majority of non-urgent calls, potentially fuelling pressures on casualty units.Last night patients groups and leading doctors expressed concern about the new trial, which is due to start work in the depths of winter.Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: “I find this quite frightening. People who are ill want a person they can speak to. Typing in your own symptoms and waiting for a result is just ridiculous – what happens if you make a mistake?” Babylon's AI chatbot Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, said the system could add to pressures on hospitals, rather than reduce them.“Owing to the lack of input from a trained professional, this simplistic system could, like NHS 111, result in more people being sent to overstretched GP or A&E services who don’t actually need treatment – or conversely serious conditions being missed,” he said.Peter Walsh, chief executive of safety campaign group Action Against Medical Accidents, questioned who would be liable if computer error caused patient harm or death.“The NHS 111 algorthym has already proved prone to error – that risk could be even greater under a system like this,” he said, calling for robust evaluation of the six-month scheme.Katherine Murphy, from the Patients Association, said: “The stakes here are very high, I would be concerned about the risks to patient safety; this needs to be very carefully evaluated because of the risks of misdiagnosis.”Dr Taj Hassan, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said he hoped the use of artificial intelligence would be an improvement on existing 111 systems, which were sending too many patients to Accident & Emergency departments.Casualty units were now in “acute distress” and overloaded by patients, he warned.“The important thing is that this is properly evaluated before it is rolled out,” Dr Hassan said. Babylon’s AI chatbotCredit:Babylon 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. 111 has been accused of putting strain on A&E departmentsCredit:PAcenter_img A&E Adam Duncan, chief operating officer of London Central and West Urgent Care Collaborative, which will test the scheme, said: “We aim to provide an alternative to using the NHS 111 telephone number for service users that would find it most convenient to their lifestyle.“The use of the app could also reduce the demand on NHS 111 during the most busy periods, whilst retaining the high quality and accessible service.”Health officials stressed that the scheme is not intended to replace the 111 phone service.Babylon already runs an app that uses AI to assess medical symptoms, allowing patients to hold video consultations with doctors for £25 at a time, although this service is not included in the trial. ‘This simplistic system could, like NHS 111, result in more people being sent to overstretched GP or A&E services who don’t actually need treatment – or conversely serious conditions being missed’Dr Chaand Nagpaul NHS patients will be assessed by robots under a controversial 111 scheme to use “artificial intelligence” to ease pressures on Accident & Emergency units.More than one million people will be given access to a free app which means they can consult with a “chatbot” instead of a human being.Hospitals across the country are struggling to cope with unprecedented demand, which has left thousands of casualty patients waiting on trolleys.In the last week, growing numbers of hospitals and ambulance services have declared critical incidents – even though most operations have been stopped for the last month.The new measure is part of a national drive by health officials to “digitise” the health service, while speeding up help for minor complaints to reduce strain on services. We aim to provide an alternative to using the NHS 111 telephone number for service users that would find it most convenient to their lifestyle.The use of the app could also reduce the demand on NHS 111 during the most busy periods, whilst retaining the high quality and accessible servicechief operating officer of London Central and West Urgent Care Collaborativelast_img read more

Solvay and Freeport cooperate on flotation chemistry at Morenci copper mine

first_imgFlotation innovation is another hot topic at next week’s SME Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, including a joint talk from Solvay and Freeport-McMoRan. They state: “Optimal flotation circuit performance is an integral part of attaining the highest possible degree  of mineral separation. The performance of a flotation circuit is influenced by particle size, water chemistry, equipment, and mineralogy of the ore. Each orebody presents its own set of challenges, requiring a unique chemical scheme to maintain optimum recovery and concentrate grade levels. Creating unique, customised chemistry blends involves a significant amount of planning, lab work, plant trialling, and data analysis.”However, the two companies added that with cooperation between metallurgical and operations teams, such a challenge is attainable. A customised frother blend, OREPREP® F-717, was jointly developed by Solvay and Morenci personnel for Freeport-McMoRan’s Morenci copper concentrator in an effort to address opportunities to improve metallurgical  performance. “This paper addresses the  successful development and implementation of OREPREP®  F-717 at Morenci and its subsequent performance in the plant. OREPREP® F-717 improved froth mineralisation and mobility, thereby improving both coarse and fine particle recovery while avoiding detrimental downstream effects.”last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_img By Sean Murray Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/monticello http://jrnl.ie/3214280 Jan 31st 2017, 7:40 AM EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #YOU’RE FIRED: Donald Trump has sacked his attorney general, after she opposed his travel ban imposed on travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.2. #PRE-CLEARANCE: Ministers will meet today to discuss the implementation of the US travel ban at pre-clearance at Dublin and Shannon airports.3. #KILLINEY: A woman was attacked in a housing estate in south Dublin yesterday, prompting calls for more garda patrols in the area.4. #PLANNING: Nama offered a council 507 social housing units in Dublin, but only 65 were taken up for social housing. Here’s why.5. #COURT: A 25-year-old man who robbed a pensioner and attacked him with a hammer has been jailed for five years.6. #DISSIDENT: A court has heard how Busaras had to be evacuated after a dissident republican was caught on board a service to Derry with 1.6 kilos of high-grade explosives.7. #CRIME: Two men in their teens have been charged in connection with a number of burglaries in the Offaly area.8. #TRAVEL: Over half of Irish people think you shouldn’t have to pay for a free travel pass.9. #APPLE: The EU’s Competition Commissioner has said that they did not overstep their mark with their ruling on Apple’s tax in Ireland. Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 7:40 AM No Comments Short URL Image: Shutterstock/monticello 9,972 Views The 9 at 9: Tuesday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hope for drug cost cuts

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Health Minister Andreas Lykourentzos told a conference in Athens on Tuesday that the government’s aim is for state pharmaceutical expenditure to decline to 2.88 billion euros, including value-added tax and hospital medicines. Spending on drugs declined from 5.6 billion euros in 2010 to 3.8 billion last year, according to data presented earlier this year by the ministry.“The health system is at a crucial point indeed,» Lykourentzos said, highlighting the positive impact of the electronic prescriptions system.Constantinos Frouzis, the president of the Association of Pharmaceutical Enterprises of Greece (SFEE), said that the key lies in the funding of the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY).Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more