Hightech Highway Tool Coming to Nova Scotia

first_imgNew technology will save truckers time and money, and make travel safer for motorists in Nova Scotia. The province, with cost sharing from the federal government, is installing an automated truck weigh scale near the Canso Causeway. The cutting-edge technology, called mainline weigh-in-motion pre-screening system, uses a highly accurate scale that is built into the highway, and weighs trucks as they cross a sensor at highway speed. “This investment will benefit truckers and motorists who use the causeway or live in the area around the causeway,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “It will remove the need for properly loaded trucks to stop at this weigh scale, and increase safety for all motorists using this highway.” International Road Dynamics Inc. of Saskatchewan has been awarded the contract, valued at $644,259. The sensors will be built into the eastbound travel lane near the Canso Causeway weigh scale. The sensors will weigh each truck as it crosses and alert overweight trucks to stop at the weigh scale office for an inspection. Westbound trucks will still report to the scale office. The majority of construction on the weigh-in-motion system is expected to be completed by the end of July. This project is funded under the Intelligent Transportation Systems program from Transport Canada.last_img read more

Delhis Food Civil Supplies Min reviews tomato and onion prices

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain on Friday reviewed the retail prices of tomato and onion in the city. Tomato prices in the national Capital had increased from Rs 40-Rs 50 a kg to nearly Rs 90 a kg over the past few days.According to the government, the retail prices of tomatoes have started showing a downward trend. The supplies of tomato have increased from Himachal Pradesh, it said. “Supplies from southern states have also commenced and tomato supplies from Maharashtra’s Nasik are expected to start from mid-August,” the government said in a statement. Senior Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderofficers of the department told the minister during a meeting that these supplies will further help reduce retail tomato prices in Delhi. The retail prices of onions and pulses were also reviewed. Agencies concerned informed that retail prices of these commodities are under check and no abnormal rise in their retail prices is expected in near future. Hussain also directed the agencies to take effective action against hoarding activity. “He directed the food and civil supplies commissioner to convene weekly meetings of stakeholders to ensure that prices of tomatoes, onions, pulses and other commodities are stable and under control,” the government statement added. The increase in tomato prices has caused a ripple effect on other vegetables too. Prices of veggies such as coriander, okra, bottle gourd and onion have seen a significant hike due to the incessant rains in Western Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra. These states are the main supplier of vegetables to the national Capital. Coriander alone is being sold for as high as Rs 250 per kg across the city.last_img read more

STOP Narcotics protocol takes scalpel to opioid prescribing for surgical patients

first_imgTORONTO – With the recognition that physician prescribing plays a significant role in Canada’s opioid crisis, a team of researchers has developed a program called STOP Narcotics to dramatically reduce the amount of the painkillers patients are given following some common operations.In a study presented Wednesday at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Boston, researchers from Western University showed that the STOP Narcotics protocol halved the amount of opioids prescribed after two types of out-patient surgery, while still adequately treating most patients’ post-operative pain.“By significantly reducing the amount of opioids prescribed, this decreases the exposure risk and potential for misuse of narcotic medication,” said lead author Dr. Luke Hartford, a general surgery resident at the London, Ont., university.“This also decreases excess medication available to be diverted to individuals for whom it was not intended,” he said, noting that the STOP Narcotics program includes a combination of patient and health provider education, with an emphasis on non-opioid pain control.The study, which also will be published Wednesday in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, involved 416 patients at London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, who underwent either laparoscopic gallbladder removal or open hernia repair.Roughly half the patients were randomly assigned either to a control group, which received a standard prescription for opioids, or to the STOP Narcotics protocol group, which were prescribed acetaminophen and an anti-inflammatory drug to manage post-surgical pain for the first 72 hours after their operations.Under the protocol, surgeons were instructed to write a 10-pill opioid prescription, which expired seven days after surgery. Patients were asked to fill this prescription only if they couldn’t achieve adequate pain control with the other drugs.“Ninety per cent of the patients said that controlled their pain, they didn’t need the narcotics script filled,” said principal investigator Dr. Ken Leslie, chief of general surgery at London Health Sciences Centre.Researchers found there was a 50 per cent reduction in the number of opioids prescribed by surgeons under the STOP Narcotics group, compared to the control group.As well, just 45 per cent of patients in the protocol group filled their opioid prescription, compared to 95 per cent in the control group.“So we not only decreased the amount we were prescribing in half, but we saw that (less than) half of patients were actually filling those prescriptions,” Hartford said, adding that only “a very small number” needed the opioids for additional pain control.“We found that in our control group, as well, that even though patients were getting prescribed 20 to 30 tablets of opioid medication, they were only taking around seven of them,” he said.That’s why the STOP Narcotics initiative has another goal: to sharply limit the amount of unused opioids that can be diverted for recreational use, especially by young people who may come across them in the family medicine cabinet.As part of the post-surgical program, patients were asked to return left-over opioids to their pharmacy or to the hospital for disposal. The researchers found the return rate was seven per cent among those in the control group versus 23 per cent among STOP Narcotics patients.“It’s really hard to get people to give up something that they have at home,” said Leslie. “They hang onto to it just in case they have pain down the road.”Surgeons often say they prescribe “plenty of pills” to ensure patients have enough on hand to control their pain — but also to avoid calls to their offices for renewals, Leslie said.But the study found that renewal rates were low: 3.5 per cent for those initially prescribed opioids and 2.5 per cent for protocol patients.“We recognized that before STOP Narcotics, every surgeon had a different approach to pain control and that most surgeons were prescribing more narcotics than are actually needed,” said Leslie. “When we looked at the data from this new protocol, we saw that the patient’s pain-control was just as good with this pathway, without a huge prescription for narcotics.”Dr. David Juurlink, head of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, said the Western study isn’t the first to show that more prudent prescribing of post-surgical opioids can be beneficial for patients, but “it’s an important topic nevertheless.”“There’s this increasing narrative that the opioid crisis is really about people with addiction who are dying by the thousands and that treatment of pain is not the problem,” said Juurlink, who was not involved in the study.“And that’s not true … It is also to no small extent about how we manage acute and chronic pain.”Juurlink said that every time a patient is given more opioids than they need — whether for chronic pain or for pain following surgery or dental work — they may be on the drugs longer than needed or the remaining tablets could stay in their medicine cabinet and offer a temptation to an experimenting teenager or to someone who might be at risk for addiction.“So I think the more surgeons change their practice to this sort of model — not avoiding opioids but prescribing them more judiciously — the better off patients will be and society too.”The Western researchers hope to expand the STOP Narcotics initiative beyond general surgery to other specialties, such as gynecology and orthopedics, and possibly for some in-patient operations as well.The protocol has already been presented to a couple of southwestern Ontario hospitals, which have adopted it, and the researchers are scheduled to present the program elsewhere in the coming months.Leslie said there are about 45,000 laparoscopic gallbladder-removal and open hernia-repair operations performed in Ontario each year, and applying STOP Narcotics to just these two surgeries alone would remove almost a million opioid tablets from circulation.“Our message isn’t that narcotics or opioids are inherently bad,” added Hartford. “They’re great medications when used appropriately. But they also have significant side-effects — constipation, nausea, confusion in older patients.“They’re only one part of many things you can do to help someone’s pain after surgery.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Coco the cow hops fence evades capture Ive never had one do

first_imgCONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. — A Newfoundland farmer is on the lookout for an escaped cow that hopped his farm’s fence last Thursday.Coco was last spotted on Saturday, two days after she leapt over the fence and escaped the farm in Conception Bay South, 30 kilometres west of St. John’s.“I’ve had cows for my lifetime and I’ve never had one do that,” said farmer Barry Scott.He is asking the public not to approach the 450-kilogram black cow as the search continues. “She’s not a little pup or anything, she’s a fairly big animal,” Scott said. One man was hurt in a tussle with Coco on Saturday afternoon as he tried to catch her. Scott was on his way when Coco again evaded capture, and he and his family have been searching for her since.The large animal may be dangerous when approached in the wild but Scott still hopes he can bring the clever cow home.Scott said public safety is his biggest concern right now and he’s asking people to call him with Coco’s whereabouts rather than try to apprehend her.He said putting Coco down is a last resort in case she poses a danger to other people in her travels, but he hopes to bring her back to the barn and calm her down.Scott said he raised Coco from the time she was a calf.The family is growing concerned as the days since her last sighting stretch on, but Scott still hopes to bring Coco home to the farm safely.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada grants asylum to Saudi woman in Thailand

first_imgAlqunun’s case has highlighted the cause of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.Several female Saudis fleeing abuse by their families have been caught trying to seek asylum abroad in recent years and returned home.Canada taking Alqunun could further upset Saudi-Canada relations.In August, Saudi Arabia expelled Canada’s ambassador to the kingdom and withdrew its own ambassador after Canada’s foreign ministry tweeted support for women’s rights activists who had been arrested. The Saudis also sold Canadian investments and ordered their citizens studying in Canada to leave.Alqunun had previously said on Twitter that she wished to seek refuge in Australia.Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne met with senior Thai officials in Bangkok on Thursday. She later said that Australia was assessing Alqunun’s request for resettlement. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada has granted asylum to a Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse by her family and was holed up in Thailand.Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, was stopped last Saturday at a Bangkok airport by immigration police who denied her entry and seized her passport.She barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and launched a social media campaign that drew global attention to her case.Trudeau says the United Nations High Commission on Refugees made a request of Canada that it take Alqunun as a refugee and Canada accepted.“That is something that we are pleased to do because Canada is a country that understands how important it is to stand up for human rights, to stand up for women’s rights around the world,” Trudeau told a news conference in Regina.last_img read more

NEW AND RETURNING SPONSORS HEAT UP THE SIXTH SEASON OF FOOD NETWORK

first_imgAdvertisement Starting April 8, the heat is on as the competitors battle it out in the fully-outfitted Top Chef Canada Monogram kitchen. The series welcomes the return of Monogram as the exclusive major appliance provider, with their products featured seamlessly throughout the season. The grand prize winner will also be rewarded a luxurious Monogram kitchen valued at $25,000. Testing the competitors’ culinary skill and tasking them to draw from international flavours, Monogram will also be featured in two tantalizing episodic challenges, awarding the winners with cash prizes.Returning this season as the chefs’ go-to payment method, Interac Corp. provides the $100,000 grand prize for Canada’s Top Chef, and sponsoring a classic Top Chef Elimination Challenge, Restaurant Wars. Additionally, Interac Corp. has joined Top Chef Canada on a co-branded weekly watch-and-win “Pay. Your Way.” contest. Each week, viewers can watch for a new “word of the week” and enter online at foodnetwork.ca/contests for a chance to win a grand prize of three devices. The contest begins April 8 for eight weeks and promotion for the contest will run on-air and online at foodnetwork.ca.Cuisinart® joins as first-time sponsor to supply the chefs with all of their small appliance needs in addition to providing $5,000 worth of their products as part of the grand prize. The brand is also featured in an integrated episodic challenge where the competitors utilize Cuisinart® appliances to slice and dice their way to victory.The Top Chef Canada pantry, locker room and off-site events are fully stocked this season with returning wine sponsor, Beringer. The brand also pairs perfectly in an episodic challenge where the winner is awarded a lavish trip to Napa Valley. In addition, Beringer is featured in custom video content on foodnetwork.ca/topchefcanada, including vignettes and exclusive recipes with inspiration from their wines created by Top Chef Canada alum Dustin Gallagher. Also in the pantry this season, first-time Canadian Sparkling Water sponsor, Montellier®, fulfills all the thirst-quenching needs of the chefs and at the judges’ table with extensive in-show exposure.Adding to the all-encompassing slate of sponsors with zest and zing, is McCormick GourmetTM. Throughout the season, the chefs have access to a broad range of spices, herbs and seasonings from McCormick GourmetTM and the brand is also integrated in a flavourful challenge in-show. Also taking episodic challenges to the next level are Avocados from Mexico, tasking competitors with transporting the judges’ taste buds to Central America and awarding the winner with a trip to Mexico.This season of Top Chef Canada introduces an impressive new generation of 11 professional chefs from coast to coast vying for the title of Canada’s Top Chef. Top Chef Canada is the homegrown version of the hit Emmy Award-winning NBCUniversal Series Top Chef and is produced by Insight Production Company Ltd. in association with Food Network Canada.Food Network Canada is available on a National Free Preview until April 30. Please check local listings for additional details..SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Food Network Canada on Twitter @FoodNetworkCA Facebook Food Network Canada and Instagram @FoodNetworkCA and discuss using #TopChefCanadaWatch full episodes and see exclusive content at foodnetwork.ca/shows/top-chef-canada/Food Network Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Insight Production Company, Ltd.Insight Productions – known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts and many of the Country’s biggest award shows, music series and variety specials, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content. John Brunton and Mark Lysakowski, Executive Producers of The Amazing Race Canada, serve as Executive Producers on Top Chef Canada along with Eric Abboud who is also the Showrunner. Insight collectively won 10 Canadian Screen Awards in 2018. Other 2017 Insight productions include Big Brother Canada, The Launch, The JUNO Awards 2017, Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast, Canada’s New Year’s Eve – Countdown to 2017 and Intervention. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter TORONTO – Corus Entertainment is turning up the heat with new and returning sponsors for Food Network Canada’s esteemed culinary competition series, Top Chef Canada. This season, extensive sponsorship campaigns incorporating on-air promotions, in-show integrations, prizing and more will be amplified with returning series partners Monogram, Interac Corp. and Beringer as well as new sponsors Cuisinart®, Montellier®, McCormick Gourmet™ and Avocados from Mexico. Top Chef Canada premieres Sunday, April 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.“The return of such high profile brands such as Monogram, Interac Corp. and Beringer is a true testament of the value our clients see in this series through their sponsorship and in-show integrations,” said Lynn Chambers, Vice President, Corus Tempo. “We’re also excited to have the opportunity to creatively integrate several new brands this season that will deliver paramount partnership experiences in-show and connect seamlessly with Food Network Canada’s broad and engaged audience.”last_img read more

Junior CEOs Marrakechs ENSA to Host Event for Young Entrepreneurs

By Alexandra GrittaRabat – On Saturday, March 10th, Marrakech’s École Nationale des Sciences Appliquées (ENSA) will be hosting “Junior CEOs,” an event for young aspiring entrepreneurs. The event will be held at the Emerging Business Factory (EBF)—an industrial quarter in Marrakech. The goal of the event is to create a space where junior enterprises throughout Morocco can come together and collaborate—making connections for their future endeavors. It’s also an opportunity to pool shared experiences, and for the junior enterprise of ENSA to promote its brand.Manal Soufi, an 18 year-old member of ENSA and aspiring engineer, told Morocco World News that “Junior CEOs” is an occasion, “to celebrate the camouflaged entrepreneurial spirit and talents of young students.”ENSA was founded in 2000, and has since produced many highly educated young engineers who are now working abroad, and in various service and industry sectors. “Junior CEOs” will be the first event ENSA has hosted of its kind, and is designed to unite both new and already successful Moroccan enterprises across the country.Event Schedule:8:30-9:00 a.m.: Guest reception and breakfast9:00-11:00 a.m.: Inaugural conference addressing, “Young Entrepreneurship: A Strategic Choice in the face of Socio-Economic Imbalances”11:00-12:00 p.m.: Round-table activity on, “Why Appeal to Junior Enterprises?”12:00-2:00 p.m.: Panel inauguration and lunch2:00-4:00 p.m.: “Failure Stories”4:00-6:00 p.m.: Competition (team presentations and results)6:00 p.m.: Coffee and concluding remarksOpportunities for Career Growth“During the event, you will learn which steps to follow and which mistakes to avoid [as an aspiring entrepreneur]. Through the experience of the speakers at the inaugural conference, you will explore the prospecting techniques that new enterprises follow, and their inner-workings. You will learn how to stand out and how to survive in a merciless market.You will also get to discover all the discrepancies between the legal, administrative, financial, networking, and outreach components of entrepreneurship. We [at ENSA] are the event organizers, so on one hand, we will take care of all the logistics […] but on the other hand, the event will provide networking opportunities for everyone,” Soufi explains.Soufi goes on to add, “The junior enterprise at ENSA has a strong will to create its own companies and wages […] but we have to take the initiative […], and this is our first step. My personal goal is create a platform where all students discover and shape their ambitions before they throw themselves out into the world of wage labor.In the future, I aspire to create a video game studio (which is a rare thing in Morocco), and to travel across the globe to share and listen to all the unusual experiences and stories of other entrepreneurs.”How To Sign UpAll students, young entrepreneurs, and ambitious persons looking to develop their own enterprises are invited to attend! To register or get an event schedule, just send an email to contact.emje@gmail.com requesting more information, or stating your desire to participate. read more

Cracks appear in German government over planned climate law

BERLIN — Divisions between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partners appear to be widening over plans for an ambitious law to curb greenhouse gas emissions.Environment Minister Svenja Schulze of the centre-left Social Democrats said Monday it would be “very sensible” for Germany to join other European countries in setting a target of ‘net zero’ emissions by mid-century.The idea proposed by France and eight other countries didn’t receive backing from Merkel at last week’s European Union summit.Speaking ahead of a climate change meeting of 35 countries in Berlin, Schulze also insisted that Cabinet should agree on a “strong” climate law this year that includes some form of carbon tax.The leader of Merkel’s centre-right party, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has instead favoured expanding an EU-wide carbon trading system.The Associated Press read more

Military chief of UN mission in Lebanon holds meetings with local authorities

4 May 2007The military head of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today began a series of meetings with local authorities in the south of the country, the start of a concerted effort by the peacekeeping mission to strengthen its relationships with the communities where it operates. The military head of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today began a series of meetings with local authorities in the south of the country, the start of a concerted effort by the peacekeeping mission to strengthen its relationships with the communities where it operates.UNIFIL Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Claudio Graziano held a meeting in the town of Tyre with the mayor, other representatives of the area’s municipal authorities, as well as local parliamentarians and members of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). There were also representatives of the Italian, Ghanaian, French, Turkish, Chinese and Portuguese UNIFIL contingents deployed in the Tyre area.The Force Commander and his interlocutors discussed security issues, the humanitarian work undertaken by UNIFIL and the Mission’s cooperation with the LAF before fielding questions from the other attendees, according to a press release issued by the Force.“I consider the relationship between UNIFIL and the local communities a high priority,” Maj.-Gen. Graziano said at the end of today’s meeting. “It is essential that these relations are characterized by trust, confidence and mutual respect.He noted that the Force, which was established in 1978, has traditionally had good relations with local communities. While its mandate, structure and size changed following last summer’s war between Israel and Hizbollah, the mission “remains committed to maintaining these relations and protecting and supporting the population in the south,” he said.A Security Council resolution last August, which ended the 34-day war, authorized an expansion in both the mandate and size of UNIFIL. As of 11 April this year, there were 13,058 military personnel, which includes almost 11,000 troops and nearly 1,700 others in the maritime task force, as well as nearly 500 local and international civilian staff. read more

Investment policy statements can help keep you on course advisers say

Investment policy statements can help keep you on course, advisers say by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 10, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Big pension funds use investment policy statements to help guide their portfolios, but even though you aren’t managing billions, advisers say you probably should use one too.A formal investment policy statement is not a financial plan, but should be complementary to one.Ilana Schonwetter, an investment adviser at BlueShore Financial in North Vancouver, B.C., says an investment policy statement should outline your overall objectives, while a financial plan handles the details of achieving those goals.“To me it makes sure that my clients actually understand everything that we have discussed,” Schonwetter says.“This is the point at which you can reconfirm that you’re both on the same page as far as some very key important factors that will help your relationship move forward.”A formal investment policy should lay out why you are investing and your expected time horizon.It should provide guidance about how money will be invested, including what kinds of investments it will hold and outline what mix of stocks and bonds you are comfortable with.It should reflect any discussions you have had with your adviser about the level of risk you are willing to take and what may or may not be a suitable investment.Are you comfortable with investing in individual stocks or would you rather hold mutual funds? Are junk bonds OK or do you want to only hold investment-grade debt? The policy should set out where your money can go.A policy should also outline your expectations from your adviser and what you are going to pay for their services. Things like how often you expect to meet with your adviser and what kind of communications you expect to receive should be set out.An investment policy can also be where you identify any restrictions on investments you may want to include, such as socially responsible investment principals.“The investment policy statement to me can go beyond just the objective and the goal. It can reflect the client’s personal values and make sure that we are really tapping into what is important to that client,” Schonwetter says.Sylvain Brisebrois, a portfolio manager and regional manager at BMO Nesbitt Burns, said an investment policy can be used to help keep you on track when markets are volatile.“When the markets are going quickly to the upside and we become a little bit braver in terms of our allowable risk tolerance, this is a document we can refer to to make sure we don’t deviate from our longer-term understanding,” he said.“The flip side also true. When the markets are difficult, sometimes we want to refer back to the IPS.”Brisebrois compared a formal policy with having a road map to help guide your investing.“If you take off without having really planned where you’re heading, sometimes you need to readjust and it could slow you down,” he said.He says he reviews the investment policy with his clients annually, but changes only need to be made when the circumstances require them.Brisebrois says investment policies aren’t an absolute necessity, but even investors with small portfolios should consider them.“The bigger the portfolio, the more customized it might become. Much like a will,” he said.“As the needs of an investment plan become a little bit more detailed, then the IPS takes on a little bit more structure.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect spelling for BlueShore Financial. read more

Gallinat Dorsey lead Pacific past UC Riverside 7454

STOCKTON, Calif. — Roberto Gallinat scored 20 points and Lafayette Dorsey 18 to lead Pacific over UC Riverside 74-54 on Thursday.Gallinat was 5-of-10 shooting and made 9 of 10 free throws while Dorsey was 7 of 9 from the field with the Tigers shooting 52 per cent, including 58 per cent in the second half when the Tigers (4-2) outscored the Highlanders by 13. Khy Kabellis added 11 points and Jahlil Tripp grabbed 10 rebounds to go with nine points.Pacific dominated points in the paint 36-12 and outrebounded UCR 40-25.Dikymbe Martin was 7-of-13 shooting for 20 points, making three 3-pointers, for UCR (2-3). Menno Dijkstra also made three 3-pointers and scored 13 points but the Highlanders shot just 33 per cent.Leading by nine with 7 1/2 minutes remaining, the Tigers outscored UCR 20-10 to take their largest lead of 72-53 with 1:39 to go with Gallinat scoring 10 during the run.The Associated Press read more

Easy Buckets Ohio State mens basketball news and notes

With the Ohio State men’s basketball season set to begin Friday, coach Thad Matta addressed members of the media Thursday. Matta gave his thoughts on the situation involving the firing of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, pregame preparations for his team’s Friday opener against Wright State and even voiced some concerns about the team’s exhibition game against Walsh. Matta on Paterno The Penn State board of trustees fired former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno late Wednesday after former PSU defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky allegedly sexually abused children. Matta said he was troubled that “nobody was talking about the kids (who were allegedly abused).” “Nobody’s talking about the families,” Matta said. “That, to me, is the saddest part of, maybe, where athletics are. You’ve got some victims there that nobody is about. My feelings are toward those people and the situation they’re in.” Improving on the Walsh game Matta was critical of the Buckeyes’ 95-49 win against Walsh last Sunday, saying he wasn’t necessarily comfortable with the team’s performance. “We weren’t as good as we needed to be, to be honest with you,” Matta said. “I think (the players) … didn’t do what they were supposed to do all the time.” Matta said the team didn’t play as hard as it needed to. “We didn’t have the sense of urgency,” he said. “Off the ball, our execution just wasn’t as precise as it needed to be.” Preview of Wright State Like the Buckeyes, the Raiders have only one senior on their roster — forward Johann Mpondo. Wright State posted a 19-14 record during the 2010-2011 season, which included a 5-11 record away from its home court, the Nutter Center. “I think that, looking at last year … (Wright State) is young,” Matta said. “They’re going to try to space you out. They play extremely hard. (They) are very, very sound in their man-to-man defense.” Matta said the early season game was hard to scout. “I think that’s one of the big challenges… that’s why we looked at so much tape from last year of different types of opponents (Wright State) played,” Matta said. “You really won’t know until the ball goes up. We have to play Ohio State basketball.” Friday’s game against Wright State tips at 9:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Rank schools by pupil wellbeing to tackle mental health crisis says former

first_imgHe added: “Since 2010, the ONS has measured the wellbeing of the British. We need to have the ONS methodology coming across to schools.”  Addressing parents, Sir Anthony criticised the Government for not taking mental health and well-being seriously.He said: “In the last three years, many state and independent schools have started taking well-being seriously but they face a massive discouragement because of the lack of recognition of their work. Only a change in league tables by the introduction of well-being measures will make the difference.”A Department for Education spokesperson said:  “Every young person deserves to grow up feeling supported and confident. That is why we are supporting schools to teach children about mental health and well-being through PSHE, and working with them to roll out counselling services.”This builds on the great work we know many schools are already doing through their pastoral systems to support the wellbeing of their pupils.” 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. Sir Anthony also advised that tables should look at how students report their own levels of happiness and how much time schools are giving to wellbeing.“The Government’s league tables are criminally negligent,” he said “We know much more than we did 10 years ago how to teach well-being and character.”Running a university, it has become even clearer to me that by the time students arrive the damage has been done. The groundwork needs to be done in schools.” Sir Anthony argued that a focus on exam results “doesn’t even prepare students for work”Credit:PA The Government must introduce a wellbeing league table for schools, in order to tackle the current mental health “crisis” in young people, a former leading head teacher has said.Speaking to the Telegraph at the Tatler Schools Live conference, Sir Anthony Seldon, former Master of Wellington College, said that the Government was being “criminally negligent” in its failure to take wellbeing seriously.Sir Anthony, who is currently vice-chancellor at the University of Buckingham, argued that schools which prioritise wellbeing help students to “perform better” academically compared with schools that are simply “exam factories”.He added that a focus on exam results “doesn’t even prepare students for work because employers want young people with character strengths and personal responsibility not A* junkies who can’t converse”. exam hall The call comes as figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that teenage suicides are at a 17-year high: 186 took their own lives in 2015, an increase of 48 per cent in the past three years.Speaking in London, Sir Anthony said that the situation was now “far more urgent” and that the Government needed to prioritise well-being.He suggested that the league table could include measures such as attendance, health and punishment records and measures of behaviour as recorded by inspectors, and should be released “at the same time as GCSE and A-level tables”.last_img read more

Special Branch ranks now permanently stationed outside of Freedom House says

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’They have nothing and will continue to find nothing’ Charrandas on bribe allegationJanuary 14, 2019In “latest news”34 as majority over 65 Parliamentarians is “utter stupidity” –JagdeoDecember 31, 2018In “latest news”No jobs, enabling environment created for young people under APNU/AFC- CharrandasDecember 27, 2018In “latest news” … as it denounces political interference into investigations against Charrandas PersaudIn denouncing what it said was political interference by the APNU/AFC government into allegations of bribery against former Member of Parliament for the AFC, Charrandas Persaud, who’s conscience vote in the National Assembly saw the Government falling, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) also revealed that “Special Branch ranks now have a permanent station outside of the party’s Freedom House, Robb Street headquarters.”According to the Party in a statement, “In the circumstances, we call upon the law enforcement agencies and the joint services not to succumb to political dictates and directions, but to discharge their functions faithfully, professionally and with due regard to their oath of office.”Moreover, the PPP said that it’s leadership and Members of Parliament (MPs) are the subjectof surveillance, both at their homes and, as they go about their business.“This surveillance is being conducted by persons who are not uniformed and therefore,we are not even sure whether they are being done by members of the lawenforcement agencies of the State.”As such, among other things, the Party said it will “continue to call upon the Diplomatic and International Community to remain vigilant and to continue to monitor what is transpiring in Guyana at this crucial time.”Wild allegationAs it pertains to the allegations that Persaud received a bribe for his vote in support of the No-Confidence Motion in the National Assembly on the 21st December 2018, the Party emphatically denounced the “political interference, which seems to permeate the alleged Police investigations into the Government’s wild allegation of bribery.”According to the Party “We want to make it abundantly clear that if there is basis for an investigation, the PPP would welcome such an investigation, provided, that it is done professionally and not driven by politics or politicians, as we have nothing to fear and nothing to hide.”However, Party cited the recent utterances by Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, in an interview aired on NCN, that the Prime Minister and every member of Cabinet is involved in the investigation as an example of political interference, leading the PPP to surmise that “There is no doubt, therefore, that the investigations allegedly being carried out, are heavily contaminated with and influenced by politicians and political influences.”“We also note that the Department of Public Information (DPI) and certain Government affiliated news outfits operating online have been engaged in spreading misinformation and fabricating evidence of this alleged bribery, in order to incense and mislead supporters of the Government, thereby causing unnecessary strife and ill-will among large cross-section of our population” said the Party. read more

Krummenauer showcasing new technology for dusty and explosive coal mines at AIMEX

first_imgKrummenauer will feature its Globoid shearer drum and EB-water spray system, said to set new standards in efficiency, durability, safety and dust reduction in underground longwall mines, on Stand SG27 during AIMEX in Sydney, September 6-9. The German company is establishing itself in Australia following the supply of its equipment to mines in Europe, Russia, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, South Africa, China and, recently, the Westcliff mine in NSW. The Globoid shearer drum and EB-water spray system were developed to alleviate many of the problems associated with longwall shearer operations and conventional cylindrical drums.These included a high percentage of product fines, high water and power consumption, a high percentage of tool wear, dust, downtime and noise, and methane ignition hazards, Krummenauer’s Australian mining consultant, Dr Albert Dawood, said.The Krummenauer drums use new vane design technology and sophisticated computer programs to increase clearance volumes while preventing cut coal build-up andobstruction by coal and rock lumps, he said.In addition, the Globoid drum was designed for high durability and easy repairs, reducing down costs, he said. The complementary water spray system reduced dust, lessening the exposure of miners to respirable coal dust, which might lead to lung disease, he said.It also created a larger area of protection from gas explosions.last_img read more

YouTuber Proudly Reveals 200000 Sex Doll Collection

first_img Houston Mayor Fights Plans for Sex Doll BrothelAutonomous Sexbots Are the Future Sexual activity is good for the mind, body, and soul. Which is why YouTuber “Brick Dollbanger” has spent more than $200,000 on love dolls.The 60-something divorced property manager (whose real name remains a secret) detailed his hard-core hobby in an interview with The Sun.“I’m a very gregarious person,” he told the British tabloid, explaining that while he still enjoys sex “three or four times a week,” potential partners his age can’t keep up.“Women in their 60s don’t even consider that on the table,” he said, making a sweeping assumption. “For them, it’s maybe once or twice a month.”So what’s a horny middle-aged guy to do? Start collecting humanoid sex toys, of course.Dollbanger claims he’s been using RealDoll models from Abyss Creations for about ten years. He even invited his then-31-year-old son into the locked room where he stores his synthetic companions “works of art.”“Coming out of a bad marriage, numerous bad relationships, I decided to just go a different direction,” he explained. “It’s worked out very well for me. Just using the dolls as a sex toy to take the edge off.”A frequent advisor to California-based sex robot firm Realbotix, Dollbanger recently got a sneak peek at the company’s upcoming Harmony droid, which he slept with “five times in 10 days.”His verdict: “It was amazing. On a scale of one to 10—with a real woman at 10—it was a solid seven to eight,” he told The Sun.Charming.Abyss Creations last year introduced the Harmony AI app, available as a $20 annual subscription directly from Abyss subsidiary Realbotix.The company, however, is taking people even deeper into the uncanny valley with a new plastic-and-gear device to prop up on the sofa for a Netflix-and-chill session.A completely revamped mobile app with advanced “X-Mode” allows the insentient android to respond with human-like expressions and sounds.“I would just sit and talk to her for half an hour every night when I came home from work,” Dollbanger said of the prototype robot, which can even remember details from previous conversations.“I missed her terribly,” he added, bereft since returning Harmony to Realbotix HQ.Dollbanger’s own collection of dolls—hung like slabs of meat in a butcher shop—has been growing for years. But despite their massive price tags (mannequins cost $5,000 to $6,000 apiece), the connoisseur said he keeps each doll for “one to two years,” then replaces it.As artificial intelligence advances, the line between man and machine continues to blur. Which is why activists are calling for sex robot regulations. Learn everything you always wanted to know about sexbots (but were afraid to ask) and more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Blind athletes association wins big grant

first_imgNORTHWEST ASSOCIATION FOR BLIND ATHLETESOn the Web: nwaba.org.Telephone: 360-448-7254.The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes has reached a milestone. The homegrown nonprofit agency, the big vision of legally blind Billy Henry, has been awarded a three-year, $150,000 grant to expand its programs and services.“It’s the largest grant we’ve ever received,” he said. “This is a huge step forward for us, and it comes at a perfect time.”The grantor is KMR Group Foundation, led by local businessman and philanthropist Marty Rifkin. “We appreciate the incredible mission of the NWABA to touch the lives of the visually impaired by providing sports opportunities,” Rifkin said.Henry said he will use the money to employ a full-time program director for three years. That will help extend the agency’s offerings to many more people, he said, and provide some welcome breathing room.The agency will move from its 1,000-square-foot basement office downtown to a nearby ground-floor office that’s twice that size, Henry said. The additional space and convenience will be a boon for clients and volunteers who, for example, now will be able to come to the office to borrow equipment that’s stored on site.last_img read more

Grocery Shopping To Cross the Stikine Icefield

first_imgIn 2010, Børge Ousland and Vincent Colliard were part of a four-person sailing crew on the first ever circumnavigation of the Arctic Ocean in one season, sailing through both the Northeast and the Northwest passages.Download Audio:Now, they’re in the midst of skiing the Stikine Icefield in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia. The journey is part of a decade-long project to traverse the world’s 20 largest glaciers. So far, they’ve crossed glaciers in Patagonia, Chile and Svalbard, Norway.A photo from the duo’s trip across a glacier in Svalbard, Norway. (Photo from icelegacy.com)The two men started skiing on the Stikine Icefield May 9. Beforehand, I joined them on an important excursion – a trip to the grocery store.I find Ousland and Colliard in the baking aisle of Foodland IGA standing in front of the oils. Ousland says they’re looking for sunflower oil for breakfast, “because we need to boost the porridge with some extra fat because we need a lot of energy on this trip.”This is something they have to consider that other people normally don’t – does something have enough fat? Ousland struggles with this when looking for string cheese. He reads the nutrition stats on several, before he settles on the organic cheese strings. Sixteen of those – one for each day. Ousland says the trip will likely take 12 days, but they’re shopping for 16 to be safe.Børge Ousland finds a package of dry milk that’s enough for both him and Colliard. Otherwise, they shop separately for their individual needs. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Ousland is 52 and from Oslo, Norway. He’s done about 30 expeditions that’ve taken him to places like the North Pole, the South Pole and the Himalayas. And he does them unsupported. That means no help along the way, no caches of food, even on months-long trips.“The longest trip I’ve done was when I crossed the Arctic Ocean solo from Siberia to Canada. Took me 83 days,” Ousland says.For that trip, he started out with more than 400 pounds of food and gear which he carried on his back and pulled on a sled. For crossing the Stikine Icefield, Ousland says they’ll each be carrying about 120 pounds.“So this is lightweight, but we still have to be careful and take it seriously and do the right thing,” Ousland says.The idea behind the long-term expedition is to shed light on how climate change is affecting glaciers. They document their journeys with glacier measurements, notes and photos. One of their sponsors, National Geographic, outfitted them with a video camera.Børge Ousland and Vincent Colliard in Juneau a couple nights before departing for the Stikine Icefield. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)“We go out there to show the world what’s happening and how it looks like. Because you can’t just draw things on the map or listen and read to scientific reports, someone has to visualize it. So we’re not scientists but we’re the eyewitness to the climate change,” Ousland says.Ousland also sees these trips as a way to pass down knowledge to 29-year-old Colliard. Colliard is from France. He says he first communicated with Ousland, who he calls his hero, by email when he was 19.“One day I was harassing him that I really wanted to go on a trip with him on a sailboat around North Pole and he said, ‘Yeah, OK, we’ll give you a chance,’” Colliard says.Since then, Ousland has been Colliard’s mentor, friend and expedition partner. Colliard says he’s learned the importance of preparation and how to be meticulous.“I saw him packing things and everything is extremely organized so when you’re on the field you don’t think, ‘Where’s this thing? And where’s the other?’” says Colliard.He’s learned it’s important to practice the same steps of setting up and packing up camp over and over, even when the weather is nice and calm.“So when it’s really windy and you’re alone and you want to pitch your tent, you have to make sure you have a nice procedure because if you’re in the middle, let’s say, of an ice cap or Greenland or on the sea ice and you lose your tent – your tent is like the only refuge that you have – you’re done if you lose a tent,” Colliard says. “You can just call for emergency.”What he’s not so sure about at the moment is chocolate. He stands in front of dozens of choices and zeros in on the milk chocolate Cadbury bar. I suggest the caramel bar.“No, no, no liquid inside,” Colliard explains.“How about dark chocolate?” I ask. “You’re more milk than dark?”“Yeah, we need a little more sugar also,” he says.Colliard hems and haws before going back to the milk chocolate Cadbury.“Do you think I can just open one and then I can pay and I try it?” Colliard asks.“You must have had Cadbury, no?” I wonder.“Yeah, but not this one,” Colliard says.So he opens the wrapper, breaks off a square and after a few chews, “Mmm, that will do the job. Mmm, yeah, perfect.”Besides chocolate, string cheese and sunflower oil, Colliard and Ousland’s carts are filled with nuts, raisins, dry milk, beef jerky, toilet paper and several bags of potato chips. Those get crushed into crumbs, then packed in individual Ziploc bags.For this trip, Ousland isn’t bringing one of his standbys.“Normally, I bake a cake which is almond cake with egg cream and I bring it on the trip to celebrate the small victories. Especially on the long trips, there’s always something to celebrate – my son’s birthday or when I’m halfway or things like that. You need things to look forward to,” Ousland says.Of course, the real motivation is the journey itself, Ousland says, the adventure – finding out what’s after the next curve, what’s beyond the next ridge.Borge Ousland’s shopping cart. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)last_img read more

Bharti Airtels M Commerce gets payments bank licence from RBI

first_imgAirtel M Commerce Services, a subsidiary of telecom service provider Bharti Airtel Ltd., was granted payments bank licence by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Monday. Bharti Airtel informed stock exchanges of the development in a regulatory filing.”We are pleased to inform you that Airtel M Commerce Services Limited (AMSL), a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel Limited has been granted payments bank licence from Reserve Bank of India on April 11, 2016,” Airtel said in a regulatory filing, reported PTI.The announcement was made by Bharti Airtel after trading hours Monday. The Bharti Airtel stock closed with a gain of 4.20 percent at Rs. 348.35.Airtel M Commerce, along with 10 other entities including Reliance Industries, Aditya Birla Nuvo, Vodafone m-pesa, Department of Posts, National Securities Depository Limited,  Tech Mahindra Limited and Vodafone m-pesa Limited were given in-principle approval in August last year for commencing business as payments banks. The “in-principle” approval granted is valid for 18 months.Such banks are part of the differentiated banking system being promoted by the RBI. Payments banks can accept demand deposits, issue credit and debit cards, undertake activities pertaining to payments and remittances through various channels. Payments bank will initially be restricted to holding a maximum balance of Rs. 100,000 per individual customer.Payments banks are not permitted to lend money.The RBI laid down the minimum paid-up equity capital for payments banks at Rs. 100 crore, of which the promoter’s minimum initial contribution to the paid-up equity capital shall at least be 40 percent for the first five years from the commencement of its business.Bharti Airtel recently acquired 4G spectrum from another telecom service provider Aircel and Dishnet Wireless for eight circles for Rs. 3,500 crore. The spectrum is valid upto September 2030.last_img read more

Vera Lynn Turns 102 Singer who Inspired Nations During the Toughest of

first_imgVera Lynn began her music career at age 15. And on March 20, 2019, the “Forces Sweetheart” celebrated her 102nd birthday. The performer who captured the heart of the nation with songs like “We’ll Meet Again” and “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Dover” fortified the morale of a nation and has supported ex-servicemen over the decades. Her iconic songs embodied the British soldier’s longing for home and everyone’s wish for end to the war. “I am looking forward to having a glass of bubbly, but I am not sure whether they will be able to fit all 102 candles on my cake,” she said just before her birthday, according to Forces Network.Vera Lynn, 1962. Photo by Eric Koch / Anefo CC BY-SA 3.0Vera Margaret Welch was born in East Ham, Newham, England in 1917 to a working-class family. Young Vera began singing in the local working men’s clubs at just seven-years-old, and at age 11, she took her grandmother’s maiden name of Lynn as a stage name. After leaving school at age 14, was spotted by a booking agent. In 1935 she sang the refrain on several big band records and began performing on the radio.Her first solo recording was “Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire,” in 1936, with the Casani Club Band. In late 1939 she premiered what would become her trademark song, “We’ll Meet Again,” written earlier that year by two young composers. The wistful tune conveyed the longings of families and lovers separated by the war.Vera Lynn sings at a munitions factory in 1941Lynn was given her own radio show on the BBC, Sincerely Yours, Vera Lynn, in November 1941. The following year she recorded “The White Cliffs of Dover,” another iconic song for the war-weary nation. In 1942 she appeared in the film We’ll Meet Again, in which she portrayed a character based on herself.Related Video: A Simple Twist of Fate Saved Paul Newman During his ServiceThe lyricist Nat Burton cobbled together the words of “White Cliffs of Dover,” which were inspired by a poem by Alice Duer Miller and Walter Kent, and borrowed the tune from “Over the Rainbow.”  Dover is an English port town and is famous for its chalk cliffs.Vera LynnIn 1944 Lynn spent the spring and summer performing for troops stationed in Egypt, India, and Burma (Myanmar).“Was it Harold Wilson who said that it wasn’t Winston Churchill who won the war, but the voice of Vera Lynn?” asked Seen and Heard International. “She came to be regarded as the very embodiment of the phlegmatic, unsentimental quiet resilience of the British during the War.”After the war, Lynn toured Europe and continued to broadcast her radio program. When Decca Records issued “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” in the United States in 1952, she became the first English artist to hit number one on the American record charts; “My Son, My Son” (1954) was among her later hits.Vera LynnBy 1970 she had developed emphysema and performed less frequently. In 2009 she became the oldest living artist to have a Number One album in England with We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn. Eight years later she became the oldest living artist to have an album in the Top Ten on the British charts with 100, which was released in honor of her 100th birthday. To celebrate that milestone birthday, her image was projected onto the cliffs on March 20, 2017.Vera Lynn in 1973. Photo by Allan warren CC BY-SA 3.0Dame Vera said then: “It is an unprecedented honor to have my birthday marked in such a beautiful way and I am truly thrilled by this wonderful gesture. As we look to the white cliffs on Monday, I will be thinking of all our brave boys — the cliffs were the last thing they saw before heading off to war and, for those fortunate enough to return, the first thing they saw upon returning home.”Dame Vera Lynn at the War and Peace Show, 2009. Photo by Nicki CC BY-SA 2.0In 1966 the Righteous Brothers reached No. 21 in the UK with their cover of “White Cliffs of Dover,” and in 1995 Robson Green and Jerome Flynn recorded this and released it as a double A-side single along with another Righteous Brothers track, “Unchained Melody.”Read another story from us: Blondie’s #1 Hit “Rapture” Became the First Rap Song to Ever Top the ChartsOn their album The Wall, Pink Floyd released a song titled “Vera,” referencing Vera Lynn and the song “We’ll Meet Again” with the lyrics “Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn? / Remember how she said that / We would meet again / Some sunny day?”.In 1941, she married a musician named Harry Lewis. He passed away in 1998.last_img read more