NSLC Retail Stores Closed Thanksgiving Day

first_imgAll Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) retail stores will be closed Monday, Oct. 13, in honour of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Oct. 14. For more information on NSLC store hours, visit www.myNSLC.com and follow the Store Locator link. -30-last_img

Melissa Rivers To Be Honored For Work In Youth Suicide Prevention

first_img“Fashion Police” producer and co-host Melissa Rivers – who was a college student when her father, television producer Edgar Rosenberg, died by suicide – will receive the 2016 Beatrice Stern Media Award for her passionate efforts to raise awareness about suicide among youth and college students.Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will confer the honor at its 20th Anniversary Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards on Thursday, April 28, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Actress Eva LaRue will emcee the event, which is expected to raise over a half million dollars for Didi Hirsch, a leading community mental health agency that is also home to the nation’s first Suicide Prevention Center.“Stigma around mental health illness manifests in so many ways, but the common thread is that it prevents people from seeking help,” says Rivers, whose late mother Joan Rivers often spoke in her act about the pain her husband’s suicide caused the family. “By raising awareness and speaking aloud about our pain, we can help to prevent the shame that stigma causes.”Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services presented its first Leadership Award to Tipper Gore two decades ago and has since honored such advocates as Quincy Jones, Patrick J. Kennedy, Terry Bradshaw, Carrie Fisher, Larry King, Ronda Rousey and Howie Mandel. Other participants in the event have included Dustin Hoffman, Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Liza Minnelli, Julia Ormond, Tracey Ullman and Joe Pantoliano.“Melissa has been a brave and eloquent spokesperson for suicide prevention for many years,” says Didi Hirsch President/CEO Dr. Kita S. Curry, PhD. “We are proud to honor her for all she’s done to erase stigma, inspire hope and increase support for mental health care.”For more information about the event, click here.last_img read more

Yukon debate continues over Peel River watershed

first_imgAPTN National NewsHow to protect the Yukon’s Pell River watershed has been a major source of debate.Now, the public has one last chance to give their input.As APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean discovered, even -40C weather didn’t stop one elder from coming out to give his views.last_img

BP gets lift from higher oil prices and increased production

LONDON — BP says fourth-quarter earnings jumped 65 per cent as the London-based energy company benefited from higher oil prices and increased production.The company said Tuesday that underlying replacement cost profit, the industry’s preferred gauge of earnings, rose to $3.48 billion from $2.11 billion in the same period a year earlier. The figure excludes one-time items and fluctuations in the value of inventories.Net income increased 28 times to $766 million.Oil companies are profiting after cutting costs and selling assets to adjust to an era of lower oil prices — crude dropped below $30 a barrel in January 2016.Brent crude, a benchmark, averaged $68.81 a barrel in the quarter, 12 per cent higher than a year earlier.BP’s production increased 1.8 per cent 2.63 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.The Associated Press read more

Asian shares higher as region eyes TrumpKim summit

TOKYO — Asian shares rose in muted trading Wednesday as investors awaited the outcome of a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.5 per cent in early trading Wednesday to 21,564.75. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.4 per cent to 6,150.30. South Korea’s Kospi edged up 0.2 per cent to 2,231.70. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.8 per cent to 29,002.90, while the Shanghai Composite index gained 1.7 per cent to 2,992.57.Kim and Trump both arrived in Hanoi on Tuesday and begin their meetings later in the day. The two leaders first met in June in Singapore, a summit that was long on historic pageantry but short in any enforceable agreements for North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal.Progress toward further dismantling of the North’s nuclear program could help reduce tensions left over from the 1950-53 Korean War.Trump and Kim are to have a private dinner Wednesday evening and hold talks Thursday in hopes of building on Singapore’s aspirational agreement.U.S. stock indexes capped a day of wobbly trading with slight losses Tuesday, erasing some of their modest gains from a day earlier. The market changed course several times during the day as investors balanced conflicting U.S. economic data and testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.The Fed chief told Congress that the U.S. economy should keep expanding at a solid, though somewhat slower pace this year, and reassured markets that the central bank would be “patient” in raising interest rates. Those comments, which indicate steady policy ahead, cheered sentiments among Asian markets.“Powell’s reference to neutral size of the Fed’s balance sheet as being consistent with reserves around $1 trillion ‘plus a buffer’ adds to comfort that the Fed will err on the side of caution rather than unsettle with ‘overtightening,’” Mizuho Bank said in a commentary.WALL STREET: The S&P 500 dropped 0.1 per cent to 2,793.90, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.1 per cent to 26,057.98. The Nasdaq composite slid 0.1 per cent, to 7,549.30. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies gave up 0.7 per cent to 1,577.48. Major European indexes finished mostly higher.ENERGY: U.S. benchmark crude added 55 cents to $56.05 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was essentially flat at $55.50 a barrel in New York overnight. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 43 cents to $65.79 a barrel.CURRENCIES: The dollar was flat at 110.58 yen. The euro fell to $1.1379 from $1.1388 on Tuesday.___Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enYuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

Lyon joins UN cultural network of cities thanks to experience with digital

Lyon has become the first French city to join a United Nations network of cities set up to help promote their cultural, social and economic development in diverse fields ranging from literature and cinema to gastronomy and folk art.Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), announced yesterday that Lyon has been selected as the tenth member of the Creative Cities Network. It is also the first in the network to be designated as a “City of Media Arts.”Lyon’s long-standing experience with digital media and culture, particularly digital games, was critical to the decision by a panel of experts from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to accept the French city’s application, UNESCO said in a statement. Many companies that specialize in this field are based in Lyon.The city’s public sector also devotes up to 20 per cent of its cultural funding to media arts, while Lyon itself is renowned for its annual festivals, including the Festival of Lights (Fête de la Lumière) and the Sound Nights (Nuits Sonores), a music event.The Creative Cities Network was launched by UNESCO in October 2004 to give cities in both rich and poor countries a platform to present their cultural assets and an opportunity to exchange and explore the know-how, information and experience of other cities, particularly in maintaining cultural heritage.Network members can be designated in one of seven categories: literature, cinema, music, crafts and folk art, design, media arts and gastronomy.Edinburgh in the United Kingdom has been appointed as a City of Literature, Italy’s Bologna and Spain’s Seville are recognized for music and Popayán in Colombia has been designated for gastronomy. Montreal, Buenos Aires and Berlin were chosen as Cities of Design and Aswan in Egypt and Santa Fé in the United States were selected in the field of crafts and folk art.Another 20 cities around the world have applied to join the Creative Cities Network and are awaiting evaluation. 28 June 2008Lyon has become the first French city to join a United Nations network of cities set up to help promote their cultural, social and economic development in diverse fields ranging from literature and cinema to gastronomy and folk art. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,495.09, down 40.24 points).Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Up $1.06, or 3.36 per cent, to $32.57 on 9.6 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 24 cents, or 4.03 per cent, to $6.20 on 8.5 million shares.Lydian International Ltd. (TSX:LYD). Materials. Down one cent, or eight per cent, to 11.5 cents on 6.9 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Materials. Down 22 cents, or 3.36 per cent, to $6.32 on 5.7 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up eight cents, or 4.49 per cent, to $1.86 on 5.7 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Down 65 cents, or 2.76 per cent, to $22.90 on 5.6  million shares. Companies in the news:Air Canada (TSX:AC). Down 56 cents to $44.00. Canadian travel agencies are scrambling to help passengers whose British Airways flights have been cancelled on Monday and Tuesday after a pilots strike grounded the global carrier. The airline says more than a dozen flights between Canada and London are slated to be cancelled over the two days, affecting about 3,500 passengers based on the size of the scheduled aircraft. Air Canada says it has added larger aircraft on the route between Toronto and London-Heathrow to accommodate increased demand it has seen in recent days.Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. (TSX:OR). Down 49 cents, or 2.96 per cent to $16.09. Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. has signed a deal to acquire Stornoway Diamond Corp. with the help of the mining company’s secured creditors. Under the terms of the agreement, Osisko and Stornoway secured creditors want to form an entity that will acquire the company and assume the debts and liabilities owing to the secured creditors as well as the obligations relating to the operation of the Renard mine. Osisko will also keep receiving its 9.6 per cent revenue stream from diamonds at the Renard mine, but has agreed to reinvest its proceeds from the stream for one year from the date of closing of the proposed credit bid transaction. The Canadian Press read more

Week In Tech Verizon lures millennials with mobile video LA Philharmonic launches

This undated image provided by Verizon shows a screen shot of a content section of the Go90 app. Verizon is starting a new mobile video service that’s aimed at young people who are increasingly choosing to watch TV on their phones and tablets. Go90, is free and will have ads. It will show live events like NFL football games and concerts and TV shows, including “The Daily Show,” a day after they air on TV. (Verizon via AP) Week In Tech: Verizon lures millennials with mobile video; LA Philharmonic launches VR venture by The Associated Press Posted Sep 8, 2015 1:44 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 8, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – VERIZON LURES MILLENNIALSVerizon is starting a new mobile video service that’s aimed at young people who are increasingly choosing to watch TV on their phones and tablets.The service, called Go90, is free and will have ads. It will show live events like NFL football games and concerts and TV shows, including “The Daily Show,” a day after they air on TV. There will also be Web series available.You don’t have to be a Verizon Wireless customer to use Go90, but some content will only be available for Verizon customers. That includes NFL games and shows from media conglomerates Discovery, Scripps and Viacom, including “The Daily Show.”The service is being rolled out this month and is expected to be widely available by the end of the month.Verizon is the country’s largest wireless carrier. The No. 2 carrier, AT&T, is also trying to marry TV and mobile. It bought DirecTV in July for $48.5 billion and has begun offering a package of satellite TV and wireless service that saves customers $10 a month.— Tali Arbel, AP Technology Writer___L.A. PHILHARMONIC GOES VIRTUALThe Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is trying to get more people to experience classical music concerts, almost as if they were there, by putting on a virtual reality headset.As part of “Van Beethoven,” the orchestra is sending a decked-out truck around the L.A. area starting Friday to give locals a bite-sized taste of classical music — Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony — as if they were in the concert hall.Wearing either the Oculus or the Samsung Gear virtual reality headset, listeners can see a 360 degree video of the orchestra as it plays inside L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Besides seeing the audience’s perspective, though, you are taken down to the orchestra floor, so close to conductor Gustavo Dudamel that you can almost reach out and touch him.Virtual reality is a “great opportunity to help people see things they wouldn’t see,” said Amy Seidenwurm, director of digital initiatives at the Philharmonic. For people who have been to the concerts, she added, VR can show new perspectives.The Philharmonic is also launching free virtual reality apps for the headsets.— Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer read more

Malaysia UN expert urges Government to boost efforts in helping victims of

“The institutional and legal framework to prevent and combat trafficking is in place in Malaysia,” Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, explained in a press release following her six-day visit to the country. “The challenge is now to make the whole mechanism more effective and able to deal with the ever changing features of trafficking, especially concerning its labour dimension, and its connection with migration policies,” she added. According to the UN rights office (OHCHR), there are an estimated 2 million documented migrants workers and another 2 million or more undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia where they are often exploited for cheap labour by unscrupulous recruitment agents and employers through breach of contract, payment of excessive recruitment fees, debt bondage, non-payment of salary, withholding of passports, excessive working hours, lack of rest days and abuse, both physical and sexual.In addition, the trafficking of young foreign women and children from the purpose of sexual exploitation is also prevalent in the country, where they are mostly forced into the commercial sex trade following deceptive practices for legal work in Malaysia. Many victims of trafficking are often detained and subsequently deported and not provided with adequate specialist support for recovery and social inclusion, the press release continued. As a result, Ms. Giammarinaro called for the country’s Government to adopt a new system of protection that provides exploited workers immediate assistance to claim compensation as well as temporary residence status and a work permit. “No victim of trafficking should be prosecuted for crimes linked with their situation of trafficked persons, and be detained,” the expert stressed. “Shelters must be open places, preferably run by NGOs, which should be adequately funded for this purpose. Psychological, medical and legal assistance should aim to promote rehabilitation, reintegration and social inclusion of trafficked persons.”Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry which has trapped some 21 million men, women and children in forced labour. According to 2005 estimates released by the International Labour Organization (ILO), profits generated in the sex industry alone are as high as $32 billion a year. Furthermore, nearly one-third of all victims of human trafficking officially detected around the world between 2007 and 2010 were children, according to a report released in December 2012 by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) citing data from 132 countries.Despite encouraging progress – 90 per cent of countries now have legislation criminalizing human trafficking – convictions reported globally remain extremely low. According to UNODC’s 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, some 15 per cent of countries did not record a single conviction between 2010 and 2012, while 25 per cent only recorded between one and 10 convictions. read more

Opinion Ohio State shouldnt be considered top team after shaky start

Redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) tries to shake off a tackler during a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19. OSU won 20-13.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorComplacency.It’s a word to be scared of and to not be associated with.The bad news for Ohio State football: The word complacency describes the team’s play really well thus far in the season.After topping Northern Illinois 20-13 at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, the Buckeyes are 3-0. Though a win’s a win, the way this team won its first three games of the season isn’t championship football.“We are not the No. 1 team in the country. … We definitely have the potential to be, but not right now,” junior running back Ezekiel Elliott said.Elliott is right. This team should not be the No. 1 team in the country. The motivation isn’t there. The panic should start.The toughest opponent for coach Urban Meyer’s team is themselves. This is normal among championship teams. The hardest hurdle the year after a successful run is to not feel entitlement. This is poisonous in a locker room. And junior defensive end Joey Bosa’s tweet post-NIU might say it all.Hey everyone we were 2-1 this time last year…. Relax.. This trains about to get rolling— Joey Bosa (@jbbigbear) September 19, 2015OSU does have the talent to potentially repeat as College Football Playoff National Champions once again this season. To do this, however, the offense needs to sync better.After uncertainty of who should be under center coming into the season against Virginia Tech, redshirt junior Cardale Jones got the start in each of the first three games of the season.All due respect to Jones, as talented as he is, Meyer likely handed him the starting position because he believes the position belongs to him. After all, he won the championship, though redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett appears to be the better quarterback with more experience.Come Saturday against NIU, the inexperience showed. He was benched after two early interceptions, giving way for Barrett to take most of the second quarter and all of the second half.“We felt like he gave us the best chance to move the ball down the field,” Meyer said of Barrett.But when asked about the quarterback position, Meyer was unsure.“I don’t know that right now,” he said. I haven’t had time to think about it.”The quarterback position needs to be solidified before OSU football can return to the level of performance it’s accustomed to.Meyer deciding on a starting quarterback to lead the team, and sticking with him, will give the players assurance. Having a familiar leader snap the ball consistently is key to minimize confusion and to rally a team. One voice is more transparent than multiple coming from all sides.Regardless of who Meyer decides to have at the helm of the quarterback position, both Jones and Barrett are not playing up to par.Jones has completed only 26 passes out of 46 for 334 yards with three interceptions in three games, and Barrett has completed 20 of 46 for 120 yards with one interception.This has to be frustrating for Meyer. He’s known for his offense stemming from strong quarterback play from his time in Utah with Alex Smith and in Florida with Tim Tebow.“I’m not OK with five turnovers and lacking execution and not being able to control the line of scrimmage,” Meyer said. “That’s a recipe for failure.”The good news for this team is its defensive secondary, which has caused five interceptions and recovered two fumbles. And it has only allowed 357 yards passing through three games, an average of 119 yards per game.Redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee acknowledged the team’s defensive play this season on Saturday.“When the offense needs a minute to find their rhythm we know we have to go out there and do our job,” Lee said.The Buckeyes had doubters coming into the season, including Arkansas coach Bret Bielema who made what some call a “bold statement” a week ago about OSU having an easy schedule, and thus not earning its standing and prestige.The teams on OSU’s schedule receiving votes in the Associated Press poll are Virginia Tech, which the Buckeyes beat 42-24 and has two votes in the poll, and No. 4 Michigan State, which is scheduled to meet OSU in Week 12.Here’s the thing: If the Buckeyes are struggling this badly with non-conference games, Big Ten play will hurt even more.So once again, someone please hit the panic button. read more

Sony Ericsson CEO tips PlayStation Phone debut for 2011 Mobile World Congress

first_imgRumors of Sony’s next-gen PlayStation Portable bifurcate into rumors about two distinct devices. On one hand, there’s the PSP2 proper, which is said to boast dual analog control sticks, Xbox 360 level graphical abilities and a rear touch panel. On the other hand, there’s the PlayStation Phone, designed by Sony Ericsson… and which looks like it very well may debut at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress in February 2011.It’s speculation, true, but here’s what we know. According to Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Bordberg, Sony Ericsson will be showing off a new gamer’s phone at MWC 2011.AdChoices广告If that wasn’t enough to make you suspect the phone he’s talking about was the PlayStation Phone, though, Nordberg then went on to say the following:“I’m very glad that we work with a company like Sony, who actually knows how to [negotiate games rights]… Sony has an extremely strong offering in the gaming market, and that’s very interesting… Sony is of course a very strong brand, and why shouldn’t we use that? Gaming, including content, is a very interesting proposition. Nordberg’s comments sure seem like he’s just itching to reveal the PlayStation Phone right then and there, but it’s still unknown what the actual capabilities of the PlayStation Phone will be. My guess is that it’ll be an Android phone that is also capable of playing Sony’s existing library of PSP games and not share the capabilities of the PSP2, but it also could be an entirely new device aimed at gamers that Sony’s agreed to lend a few of its more popular franchises to. Only MWC will tell.Read more at Wall Street Journallast_img read more

The average Lego brick can be used 37112 times

first_imgEveryone has those mysteries of the universe that keeps them awake at night. While some of us are pondering life on other planets, one man is answering serious questions about long time durability of Lego bricks.Some of us are lucky enough to have been given Legos when we were kids, and somehow they have managed to survive into adulthood. Maybe they live in a box and your children will play with them one day, or maybe you’ve been adding to your collection since day one and have built something amazing in the process. We already know how much weight they can handle, but what about longterm use? You’ve probably never counted how many times you’ve used any of your bricks — even your favorite ones. Because of this, you’ll never know when one of those bricks will stop being useful. Phillipe Cantin decided to find out exactly how long the average lego brick could hold up, so next time you’ll know.Using an Arduino, a servo with a custom-made arm, and a pair of 3×2 bricks, Phillipe built a rig that would constantly connect and disconnect the two bricks until they would no longer connect together. The top and bottom connectors seemed to wear evenly, making it so the satisfying snap was completely gone when trying to connect the two bricks. While this test didn’t make it so the bricks couldn’t connect to other bricks, by the time this test was done the bricks would never join together again. Using his current rig, the bricks took 10 straight days of abuse before wearing down to the breaking point.It should surprise no one that Lego bricks can essentially survive a lifetime of abuse, since they do that already. Plenty of people have Legos from when they were kids, and there are daycare facilities and stores that have Legos out for kids to use all day, every day. Durability is one thing you can count on with most Lego bricks, as the most dangerous thing outside of wear and tear for a is one being accidentally stepped on or scattered across a highway during a move.last_img read more

Les trois premiers agneaux transgéniques à la chair riche en omega3 son

first_imgLes trois premiers agneaux transgéniques à la chair riche en omega-3 son nésDes scientifiques de l’Académie des Sciences chinoises dévoilent une étude dans laquelle ils indiquent avoir créé le premier agneau transgénique dont la chair est riche en oméga-3. Ils ont pour cela intégré dans le chromosome 5 de l’agneau, un gène prélevé dans un ver ! Une équipe de chercheurs de l’Académie des Sciences chinoises a publié une étude dans laquelle elle révèle avoir donné naissance au premier agneau transgénique dont la chair est riche en oméga-3.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les résultats ont été publiés dans la revue PloS One. Les scientifiques expliquent avoir introduit le gène mfat-1 d’un ver C. Elegans, mesurant environ 1 mm de longueur, dans les cellules d’un agneau. Plus exactement, ils ont modifié son 5ème chromosome. Les chercheurs ont ensuite réalisés la fusion cellulaire entre ces cellules et des ovocytes desquels les noyaux avaient retirés. Ils ont ainsi obtenus 925 embryons et ils en ont implanté 53 dans des brebis. Finalement, quatre grossesses se sont déclarées et trois agneaux ont été menés à terme, bel et bien vivants.Plus d’omégas 3 dans les agneaux L’objectif initial, qui était d’obtenir des agneaux à la chair riche en omega-3 est atteint, affirment les scientifiques. Néanmoins, on peut se poser la question de l’intérêt de cet OGM. En effet, une méta-analyse, portant sur 20 études ayant concernées plusieurs dizaines de milliers de patients, publiée en septembre 2012 dans The Journal of the American Medical Association par des chercheurs grecs, démontre que la supplémentation en omega-3 n’entraîne aucune baisse de la mortalité liée à des troubles cardio-vasculaires.Le 24 mai 2013 à 12:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sharp Mary Birch receives 3 million grant for neonatal research

first_img Posted: May 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The doctors and nurses at San Diego’s Sharp Mary Birch Hospital deliver and treat some of the most fragile newborns.About 9,000 babies are born there every year and last year 1,500 of them ended up in the neo-natal intensive care unit.Due to the new life-saving techniques developed by the Neo-Natal Research Institute at Sharp, more of these infants, who once never had a chance, are surviving. That delayed cord clamping and other interventions at Sharp will continue to thrive thanks to an almost three million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health.Dr. Anup Katheria, the director of the Neonatal Research Institute at Sharp, joined KUSI to talk about this.Tickets for the May 29 luncheon at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine are still available at give.sharp.com/womensluncheon. Sharp Mary Birch receives $3 million grant for neonatal research May 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

26 mandals identified for water conservation Collector

first_imgAnantapur: A 3-member central Jal Shakti Abhiyan team headed by LS Changsan arrived here and held discussions with District S Sathyanarayana on implementing water conservation measures in the identified drought-hit 26 mandals in the district. Under the Jala Shakti Abhiyan scheme, Rs 135 crore would be spent towards water conservation initiatives including creation of water harvesting structures in the drought-hit mandals. The initiatives include soak pits, check dams, ponds and lakes revival and de-siltation in water tanks and jungle clearance are all aimed at recharging of wells and bores and boosting groundwater table. Two other members of the team include Arun Kumar and Rahul Kapoor. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us The campaign launched on July 1 will extend up to September 15. Under the scheme, every house will be covered for digging water conservation pits which will help charge groundwater. People are being educated on the uses of water conservation pits wherein used domestic water will again reach the ground and recharge the same. The water conservation campaign aimed at conservation every drop of used water had been launched in all the 26 mandals. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us As part of the scheme, a reservoir with an investment of Rs 1.77 crore is currently being built in Parigi mandal with the objective of reviving the ancient Jayamangali river. The underground reservoir storage capacity is 93 million cubic feet of water which in turn would recharge 55 bores under the river catchment area. District Collector at a meeting with the central team members explained about the drought conditions in the 26 mandals and the topography of the district. He said that special focus is being made on the drought mandals under the Jala Abhiyan. The district he says is beleaguered by series of droughts. Advertise With Us He said that the paradox of the district is that one part of Rayadurg mandal resembles a fertile region in the Coastal Andhra and another part resembles the desert of Rajasthan. He informed central team massive sand dunes dog much part of the Rayadurg mandal and minus 45 degrees rainfall is registered. Due to prevailing drought, farmers are evincing interest in raising horticulture plantations, he stated and added that the farmers are raising horticulture plants in an additional 32,000 hectares for which action plans have been formulated. The Collector gave a power point presentation on the demography of the district. Human Resources Ministry’s Joint Secretary speaking on the occasion said that the Jala Shakti Abhiyan is covering five parameters. The scheme will achieve its objectives by September 15. The final phase of the scheme would conclude by October 1. He called for revival of all water bodies and creation of water harvesting structures within the set time. He urged people to extend their cooperation for realisation of the water conservation mission.last_img read more

Motor Bill Oppn says Centre trying to take away powers of

first_imgNew Delhi: Some opposition members on Tuesday supported safety and traffic violation aspects of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, but at the same time accused the Centre of trying to take away powers of states with certain provisions of the draft law. In Lok Sabha, DMK’s Kanimozhi and Trinamool Congress’ Saugata Roy asked Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, who was present in the House, to incorporate suggestions offered by their parties in the bill. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Kanimozhi said Gadkari may have assured the opposition that it is up to states to follow many provisions of the bill but said it was not enough as government and minister are liable to change with time. The central government is already in control of seaways, airways and trains, and is now trying to control roadways as well, she said. She also objected to the bill’s provision that does away with the need for any education for a driver. In a veiled dig at Gadkari, she said he is a very effective minister but has made some “very tall and big” promises like many claims of the Narendra Modi government. Also Read – Inter-departmental coordination can help win fight against malnutrition: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Advertise With Us She also added that he is one of the most humble ministers who speak convincingly and the way he listened to opposition members over their concerns was admirable. Roy spoke in support of the bill’s safety and road violation provisions but added that it has gone into the realm of the state government’s powers. The TMC leader also called for taking measures to reduce the number of cars on roads in big cities and encouraging people to shift to mass transport. Enforcement is key and strict laws alone will not do, he said, asking the minister to do “hand-holding” of states and not usurp their powers. Advertise With Us He called Gadkari a “dream merchant” but added that India needs “dreamers” like him who can think big. Corporates should not be allowed to enter the transport sector, he added. Participating in the debate, Prataprao Jhadav (SS) said the government should ensure that there is no infringement on autonomy of states. Even the Maharashtra transport minister has raised some concerns on powers of states, he said, adding the minister will take the concern into account. Another ally of the ruling government, JD(U) member Kaushlendra Kumar said rights of states should not be infringed upon. Chandrani Murmu (BJP) sought to understand from the minister as to who will provide funds – Centre or State government. Supriya Sule (NCP) said since it is not compulsory for all states it may not be a seamless process. She also said that there are four different views in the government with regard to providing subsidy to electric vehicles. S Jothimani (Cong) said the Bill seems to be infringing upon the power of states and the minister should look into the issue so that federal structure of the country is maintained. Lok Sabha had begun discussion on the bill on Monday, with Gadkari asserting that it will weed out corruption, improve road safety and usher in use of technology to regulate traffic.last_img read more

Whats Happening At The Border Heres What We Know About Immigrant Children

first_imgIvan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneThe tent city at Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso on June 16, 2018. The facility was created to house immigrant children who were separated from their parents when they crossed the border.The attention of the nation has turned to Texas and its border with Mexico after the Trump administration enacted a policy that has resulted in undocumented children being separated from their parents. Here’s what we know:What’s happening at the border?The federal government announced an immigration policy of “zero tolerance,” which means all adults who cross the border illegally between official ports of entry will be criminally prosecuted. Since children can’t be sent to federal jail, kids who are detained with their parents are being separated from them. While their parents go through the legal system, children are handed over to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement.A temporary facility opened Friday at the port of entry at Tornillo. The tent city will hold 360 minors and could expand, The Texas Tribune has reported.Why is the Trump administration doing this?U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the “zero tolerance” policy in April.“If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you,” he said the following month. “It’s that simple. … If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law.”The policy is meant to deter immigrants from attempting to cross the border illegally. Sessions said President Donald Trump won the 2016 election in part thanks to his tough stance on immigration.“If you want to change our laws, then pass a bill in Congress,” he said. “Persuade your fellow citizens to your point of view.”Trump, meanwhile, is blaming Democrats.It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018In a tweet Monday morning, he said, “Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country. Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S.”Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country. Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018How many children have been separated from their parents?Official numbers say about 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the border, but the actual number is likely higher.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults between April 19 and May 31. Those numbers don’t include separations from June or any separations that occurred before April 19. The Trump administration tested the “zero tolerance” policy starting in October. The New York Times reported that between October and April, more than 700 children were separated from adults claiming to be their parents. The reporting was based on data from the Office of Refugee Resettlement.What happens to the children once they’re separated?Unaccompanied minors and children separated from their parents are taken into custody by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Some parents have told an assistant federal public defender that their children were taken immediately at the border; others said they were separated at processing facilities.The majority of unaccompanied, undocumented children are taken to detention centers, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The office tries to place children in foster homes or with relatives already living in the United States.Reporters were allowed to tour a children’s facility in Brownsville where over 1,400 boys are being housed. CNN reported the boys attend school in six-hour shifts and have two hours of outdoor time a day.Caseworkers, judges and Border Patrol officers don’t know when families will be reunited, according to The Boston Globe. Some families report being separated for over six months. The Houston Chronicle reported that the government mistakenly gave parents trying to find their children an ICE tip line phone number instead of a Department of Homeland Security phone number.In what kind of conditions are the kids living?Advocates worry that shelters don’t have the resources to care for children who have been separated from their parents, according to the Washington Post. Last week, federal authorities let a group of reporters into a Brownsville center that used to be a Walmart.The number of kids staying at the shelter, which is called Casa Padre, doubled between April and May of this year. The shelter houses about 1,500 boys, who attend school for six hours a day and spend two hours outside. The boys are allowed to make two phone calls a week. Officials who run the shelter say the average stay there is 49 days.Officials also let reporters tour a processing center in McAllen. U.S. Customs and Border Protection released video from the Central Processing Center.3/ This comes after the Trump administration announced a “zero tolerance” policy. That means all adults crossing the border illegally will be prosecuted. Since children can’t be sent to federal jail, kids who are detained are being separated from parents. https://t.co/EVAs1l8u5q pic.twitter.com/kVvQ6sp9qa— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 18, 2018Lawmakers toured the temporary shelter in Tornillo, a border city about 40 miles from El Paso, last week. After the tour, state Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, said there are doctors and caseworkers in the facility.4/ A temporary “tent city” opened Friday at the port of entry at Tornillo in Texas. The facility will hold 360 minors and could expand. Photos and video by @i_p_a_1 for the @TexasTribune. https://t.co/EVAs1l8u5q pic.twitter.com/m15mIK0JPH— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 18, 2018U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, also toured the facility, and told Texas Monthly the temporary facility seems to be safe and well run.“They get three meals a day and snacks, it’s the same food that the staff eats,” Hurd told Texas Monthly. “There are fifty caseworkers that are working to get them placed with other family members.”How did the Obama administration handle similar cases?The Obama administration drew criticism from immigration advocates for its 2015 policy of detaining mothers and children, but it released families from detention together.During a surge of undocumented immigration from Central America in 2014, a federal judge ruled that families were being held in “deplorable” conditions in Texas detention centers after crossing the border, according to previous Texas Tribune reporting. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee gave the Obama administration about two months to release women and children in centers in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas.Homeland Security officials initially said they were detaining families to deter immigrants from illegally crossing the border, according to The New York Times. In February 2015, a federal court ruled that the children had to be released. In 2016, a judge ruled that a 20-day detention limit for children applied to families, too. Federal authorities then released many of those families and told them to return for their court dates.How are Texas lawmakers reacting?Many Democrats are outraged. On Father’s Day, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat from El Paso who is running for U.S. Senate, and former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar, who is running for Congress, led a protest at the Tornillo tent city. Six Democratic members of the Texas Legislature sent a letterto two federal agencies calling the tent cities “abhorrent and possibly illegal.”Republicans’ reactions have been mixed. U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, blamed the Trump administration — not Congress — for the policy.“This is clearly something that the administration could change,” Hurd told CNN. “They don’t need legislation to change it. They don’t need Democrats in order to change it. This is a Department of Justice policy, and this is something that’s being enacted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, called the policy “wrong” and said Washington should work quickly to end it.Gov. Greg Abbott, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, all Republicans, echoed President Trump and blamed Democrats in Congress for the policy. “Listen, if the Democrats would agree with him right now, they could pass a law today that would end the ripping apart of these families and make the border secure,” Abbott said on Sunday to NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth. Laura Bush, the former first lady of the U.S. and of Texas, called the “zero tolerance” policy “cruel” in an op-ed published in The Washington Post.What are lawmakers doing to address this policy?Cruz announced emergency legislation designed to keep immigrant families together. A press release sent from his office says the legislation would double the number of federal immigration judges from roughly 375 to 750 and expedite review of asylum cases. In the meantime, temporary shelters would be authorized in order to house families together.“We can fix this,” the statement says. “If my Democratic colleagues will join me, not play politics but work to solve the problem, we can start to end family separation this week.”Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, introduced the Keep Families Together Act, which would prohibit the government from separating a child who has no permanent immigration status from his or her parents. All 49 Senate Democrats have signed on to the bill, which has no Republican support, according to USA Today. Sharelast_img read more

Fossil vertebrae reveal clues to evolution of long neck in giraffe

first_img Samotherium major atlas (PIM 429) in (a) dorsal and (b) ventral views. Samotherium major axis (PIM 430) in (c) lateral and (d) dorsal views. Credit: Royal Society Open Science, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150521 Explore further (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with the New York Institute of Technology has pieced together the neck of the now extinct giraffe-like creature Samotherium major and in so doing has found some clues that help explain how giraffes evolved to have such long necks. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, Melinda Danowitz, Rebecca Domalski and Nikos Solounias describe how they managed to assemble a single neck vertebrae from bones left behind by several specimens and what they learned by comparing the fossils to the skeletal structure of modern relatives. Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Taken together, the team reports that their work indicates that the neck of S. major represents an intermediate between the giraffe and okapi as has been believed, despite the fact that it was not a direct ancestor of the giraffe—they suggest it was closely related, enough to make the connection. © 2015 Phys.org For many years, the researchers note, textbooks have used S. major as an example of evolution in progress, with a neck shorter than a modern giraffe (whose neck is on average 2 meters long), but longer than the okapi (just 60 centimeters)—the two represent its only modern relatives, both of which live in Africa—all three are members of the giraffid family. But actual fossil evidence of the evolutionary changes had been lacking, in this new effort, the researchers sought to find that confirmation.Their study consisted of working with fossil remains that had been found on the Greek island of Samos, placing ancient vertebra together from several individuals until they had added all seven to a single unit. Once the complete neck was put together the team compared it with bones from modern giraffes and okapi.The team reports that the neck was approximately 1 meter long, and that they found several examples of transitioning to an elongated neck, the first of which was elongation of the back end of each of the neck bones (prior research had found elongation only on the front end of each bone). They also noted that the sixth vertebra had a completed ridge on its surface, which also partly appears on okapi vertebra but not giraffe—and the ventral lamina on the same vertebra was also comparatively transitional.center_img More information: The cervical anatomy of Samotherium, an intermediate-necked giraffid, Royal Society Open Science, Published 25 November 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150521 AbstractGiraffidae are represented by many extinct species. The only two extant taxa possess diametrically contrasting cervical morphology, as the okapi is short-necked and the giraffe is exceptionally long-necked. Samotherium major, known from the Late Miocene of Samos in Greece and other Eurasian localities, is a key extinct giraffid; it possesses cervical vertebrae that are intermediate in the evolutionary elongation of the neck. We describe detailed anatomical features of the cervicals of S. major, and compare these characteristics with the vertebrae of the two extant giraffid taxa. Based on qualitative morphological characters and a quantitative analysis of cervical dimensions, we find that the S. major neck is intermediate between that of the okapi and the giraffe. Specifically, the more cranial (C2–C3) vertebrae of S. major represent a mosaic of features shared either with the giraffe or with the okapi. The more caudal (C5–C7) S. major vertebrae, however, appear transitional between the two extant taxa, and hence are more unique. Notably, the C6 of S. major exhibits a partially excavated ventral lamina that is strong cranially but completely absent on the caudal half of the ventral vertebral body, features between those seen in the giraffe and the okapi. Comprehensive anatomical descriptions and measurements of the almost-complete cervical column reveal that S. major is a truly intermediate-necked giraffid. Reconstructions of the neck display our findings. Citation: Fossil vertebrae reveal clues to evolution of long neck in giraffe (2015, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-fossil-vertebrae-reveal-clues-evolution.html Researchers discover clues on how giraffe neck evolved Reconstructions of the Late Miocene giraffids Samotherium major, and a bull and cow of S. boissieri, from Late Miocene Greece. Credit: Wikipedia /CC BY-SA 3.0 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

NEET examinees cannot wear belts caps metallic items cannot carry food water

first_imgKolkata: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), a national level board that conducts the nationwide medical entrance examination National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018, triggered controversy after it imposed certain restrictions on candidates which many have termed to be “absurd”. All medical aspirants will be forced to agree on the regulations set by it. The candidates had to agree on certain rules framed by the CBSE before being able to download their admit cards from the NEET website. The instructions issued by the Board have not only sparked a row among the medical aspirants but several of them are even confused about the new directives. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe directives state that no students will be allowed to enter the examination centre with any metallic items, ornaments like ring, earrings, nose-pin, chain or necklaces, pendants, badges and brooches. The barred items also include wallets, handbags, belts, caps etc. Many medical aspirants from Bengal, irrespective of their caste, creed and religion, have raised questions on the decision of the Board.There was confusion among the students belonging to the Sikh community whether they would be able to wear the ‘kada’ and carry the ‘kirpan’ to the examination hall as both are metallic items. Married women belonging to the Hindu community also raised questions if they would be able to wear iron bangles or ‘mangalsutra’ which they consider to be auspicious. Restrictions imposed on using of caps and similar items triggered uncertainty if the Sikh students will be allowed to enter the examination centre wearing turbans. Banned items also include eatables including opened or packed, water bottles, stationery items, bits of papers, geometry/pencil box, any watch/wrist watches, bracelets, cameras etc. There are also some restrictions on wearing dresses as well. Candidates have to wear light clothes with half sleeves not having big buttons, brooches/badges, flowers etc with salwar/trouser. It’s mandatory for the candidates to wear slippers, sandals with low heel and not closed shoes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDr A K Maity, an expert in the field of medical education in the country, said: “CBSE must consider some issues on humanitarian grounds. Students have to enter the examination centres in two slots. Candidates belonging to slot A have to enter halls between 7.30 and 8.30 am while slot B candidates between 8.30 and 9.30 pm. The examination starts at 10 am and continues till 1 pm. How are these candidates to remain without food for such a long time?” “The CBSE must ensure that the students at least get some food and purified drinking water. The Bengal government used to conduct the medical entrance examination in a more systematic manner. Each candidate now has to pay Rs 1400 for appearing in the NEET while they had to pay only Rs 500 when the exam used to be conducted by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Board,” Dr Maity maintained. The NEET 2018 will be held at 99 centres across Bengal on May 6 where around 59,390 candidates from the state will appear. It may be mentioned that despite its efforts, the national level Board failed to check the leakage of NEET question papers in previous two years.last_img read more