Annie Lennox Speaks On UN Radio About Ending AIDS Around The World

first_imgAnnie Lennox has talked to United Nations Radio about ending AIDS around the world.“Start free, stay free, AIDS free” is a new plan adopted by the UN and its partners to accelerate the end of the AIDS epidemic.The announcement was made during a High-Level Meeting in the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, focussing on wiping the disease out by 2030.To listen to Annie speak, click here.last_img

Read more 0 Comments

Tina Fontaines family hopes report ensures others dont fall through the cracks

first_imgThe death of Tina Fontaine prompted a report from the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth, which will be released Tuesday. File photo.Canadian PressThe woman who raised a teenage First Nation girl whose body was found in Winnipeg’s Red River says she hopes a new report from the children’s advocate will ensure a similar tragedy never happens again.“Whatever happens, nothing will ever bring Tina back, but with this thing coming out I hope it saves other children,” Thelma Favel, the great-aunt of Tina Fontiane, told The Canadian Press.The highly anticipated report from Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth Daphne Penrose will be released on Tuesday and is expected to detail Tina’s interactions with the child-welfare system, police, and others before she went missing. It will also provide recommendations to avoid future deaths.Members of Tina’s family will be present for the report’s release on the Sagkeeng First Nation, north of Winnipeg, where the 15-year-old spent much of her young life living with Favel.After Tina’s father was murdered in 2011, the teenager had difficulty coping so she left the First Nation in June 2014 to reconnect with her mother in Winnipeg.When Favel didn’t hear from the girl, she called Child and Family services for help.During the second-degree murder trial for Raymond Cormier — the man acquitted last year in Tina’s death — court heard how in the weeks after leaving Sagkeeng, Tina disappeared multiple times, returned to government care and was placed in a hotel.She was treated at a hospital, interacted with police, called 911 and was captured on security camera footage falling asleep between two cars behind a building named after Helen Betty Osborne — a Cree woman kidnapped and killed in Manitoba in 1971.Her 72-pound body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from the Red River that August.Her death renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and inspired volunteer groups such as the Bear Clan Patrol to protect the vulnerable on the streets. A 24-hour safe space for Winnipeg youth was dedicated to her memory last May.Penrose delivered the report to Favel last week, and while she was unable to share details, Favel said it demonstrates how deeply Tina was failed.“All the systems that failed her, even now it hurts. I could just picture her walking those streets and nobody helping her,” Favel said, choking back tears.“She didn’t deserve that. Nobody does.”Favel said she believes the report and its accompanying recommendations will be an important part of Tina’s legacy, making sure that gaps are closed and children are safe.“That’s my main concern, that no other kids fall through the cracks like she did.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Manohar Parrikar enjoyed acceptance from all sections of BJP and beyond

first_imgPanaji: Manohar Parrikar, who rose from a pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to become the country’s Defence Minister and also chief minister of Goa, enjoyed a man-next-door image in the politically-volatile coastal state.Parrikar, 63, served the state four times as chief minister and had a three-year-long stint as Defence Minister in the Narendra Modi-led cabinet. He was a leader who enjoyed acceptance from all sections of the BJP and beyond. He played a key role in making the BJP a force to reckon with in Goa, which remained for long a Congress bastion, with regional outfits having pockets of influence. Born on December 13, 1955 into a middle class family, his political career began as an RSS pracharak and he continued working for the Sangh even after graduating from IIT-Bombay as a metallurgical engineer. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedParrikar never shied away from displaying his affiliation to the Sangh and was even photographed participating in the annual ‘Sanchalan’ organised by the RSS in the uniform and wielding lathi. He even credited the surgical strikes conducted by Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir during his tenure as Defence Minister to the teachings of the RSS. His plunge into BJP politics is considered as an attempt by the party to curb the growth of the state’s oldest regional political party Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP). Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliParrikar entered electoral politics in 1994 when he won on a BJP ticket from Panaji constituency. He was leader of the Opposition from June to November 1999 and was known for his speeches against the then Congress-led government. He became chief minister of Goa for the first time on October 24, 2000, but his tenure lasted only until February 27, 2002. On June 5, 2002, he was re-elected and served another term as chief minister. On January 29, 2005, his government was reduced to a minority in the assembly after four BJP MLAs resigned from the House. Pratapsinh Rane of the Congress subsequently replaced Parrikar as chief minister. In 2007, the Parrikar-led BJP was defeated by the Congress led by Digambar Kamat. But the year 2012 saw Parrikar riding a popularity wave in the state when he took his party to the historic number of 21 out of 40 seats in the assembly. He went on to become the chief minister again. BJP continued its victory mark in the year 2014 when the party won both the Lok Sabha seats. After the Modi-led Cabinet was sworn at the Centre, Parrikar was offered a ministerial berth in November 2014. He remained in the union cabinet till 2017 when his party failed to garner a majority in the Goa legislative assembly polls. He returned to the state in March 2017 when he managed to woo alliance partners such as Goa Forward Party and MGP to support him to form the government. His health started deteriorating in February 2018 and he was first admitted at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital for pancreatic ailment. He was flown to the US in the first week of March last year where he remained admitted at hospital till June. Parrikar attended the monsoon session of Assembly from July 19 to August 3, and left for the USA on August 10 for the second round of checkup. He returned to Goa on August 22, 2018. After being treated at a makeshift medical facility at his residence, Parrikar was shifted to the AIIMS New Delhi on September 15 last year. After almost a month-long treatment, he returned to Goa on October 14. Parrikar stunned everyone when he reached the CM’s office on January 2 this year after a gap of almost two-and-a-half months. On January 27, he attended the inauguration of the third bridge on Mandovi river along with Union minister Nitin Gadkari. He also attended the budget session on January 29 and presented the state Budget the next day. On the last day of the session on January 31, he was taken for treatment to AIIMS, New Delhi and returned to Goa on February 5. Parrikar also addressed the Atal Booth Karyakarta Sammelan on February 9, 2019 in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah. During the last few days, Parrikar had been in and out of Goa Medical College and Hospital for treatment, but was mostly confined to his private residence.last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

DPR Korea UN expert urges new leaders to improve human rights

“Positive engagement of the DPRK with the international community would be welcomed by all quarters, as has been the case with Myanmar, where the adoption of reform processes are welcomed widely,” said Marzuki Darusman, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK, at the end of a five-day visit to Japan.He voiced his hope that the DPRK’s new leaders will use “the succession as an opportunity to engage with the international community and secure global confidence,” adding that the international community expects that steps will be taken to improve the country’s human rights record.“I call on the new leadership to address all questions and concerns in relation to human rights, and resolve outstanding issues such as the abduction of Japanese and other foreign nationals without further delay,” Mr. Darusman told a news conference in the Japanese capital, Tokyo.During his mission to Japan, Mr. Darusman held several meetings with Government officials, national and international non-governmental organizations, as well as individuals, including the families of the abducted Japanese.“The DPRK should stand by its commitment made to Japan of re-investigating the 12 pending cases of abduction,” said Mr. Darusman. “The urgency of the matter is clear, the abductees are getting old and so are their family members here in Japan.”He said that information gathered in talks with defectors from the DPRK indicated that the humanitarian situation in that country remains dire, with serious shortages of food, amid a critical human rights situation.“I also heard with concern that asylum-seekers from the DPRK are being refouled by neighbouring countries, and that border control has been tightened over the last month or so, which makes fleeing the DPRK more difficult,” he said.Since his appointment in August 2010, Mr. Darusman has made several requests to visit DPRK, but they have not been granted. In the absence of cooperation from DPRK, he has been visiting other countries in the region – Japan, the Republic of Korea and Thailand.He said that he would approach the new DPRK leadership in the coming days to make another request for a meeting and access to the country. 20 January 2012An independent United Nations expert today urged the new leadership in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to address pressing human rights concerns and resolve related outstanding issues, including the abduction of Japanese and other foreign nationals. read more

Read more 0 Comments

Britain facing shortage of meat and other foods amid CO2 crisis

The unprecedented shortage – caused by the unexpected shutdown of several factories – has been exacerbated by hot June weather and the England football team’s success in the World Cup.  Britain is facing the prospect of a shortage of meat and other food supplies amid calls for ministers to intervene in the growing crisis sparked by the shortage of carbon dioxide. Supermarkets warned customers that some products were already unavailable, with shelves expected to be empty of certain foods within days. CO2 is used for carbonating soft drinks, packaging a wide range of products including meat and bakery items and in the slaughter process of pigs and chickens.  Meat and beer, already in high demand,… read more

Read more 0 Comments

Zinc and nicel price forecast

first_imgJanuary’s issue of International Mining features a World Zinc Report and a World Prospects nickel special. Following several decades of underperformance, zinc is poised to outperform. Like zinc, nickel prices are high and the market is very robust. Nickel prices increased very strongly in the latter months of 2006 and are continuing to rise. Nickel has consistently traded above $13/lb since mid-August, recently touching highs of over $15.40/lb.Jubilee Mines’ Chairman, Kerry Harmanis, recently stated, “We saw wide variations between prices over the year because of the volatility of the price and the ‘pipeline’ system for shipments dispatched to Inco. Overall we averaged $9.42/lb for financial year 2006. Our nickel production is unhedged, so our earnings remain highly sensitive to movements in the nickel price. The strong prices of the past six months, and our production performance, have certainly laid the foundations for another excellent financial performance for Jubilee in the first half of 2007.”While the nickel market continues to be volatile, the long-term supply and demand fundamentals remain very healthy. The Chinese stainless steel industry has returned as buyers during the second half of the year as the strong growth of China’s economy continues. Chinese stainless steel production is forecast to increase by some 60% this year to over 5 Mt – this involves a lot of new nickel. A recent news report from China quoting the country’s transport director gives an insight into the structural transition occurring in the Chinese economy. This report indicated that China expects to spend $190 billion within the next four years to increase its rail network by 92,000 km (20%).Delays and cost increases have been seen in nickel supply for some of the major new projects and no sight of any new supply of any significance on the horizon. This combination of very tight supply and strong demand is directly reflected in LME nickel stocks, which have fallen from around 35,000 t at the start of 2006 to recent levels of around 6,700 t – or less than two days’ of global consumption.In a report published in November, Scotia Capital updated its zinc outlook, increasing the price forecast from $1.48/lb to $2.06/lb. Due to the higher price forecast it is anticipated that zinc inventories will reach critically low levels in the second quarter of 2007. The International Zinc and Lead Study Group expects global demand for refined zinc metal to increase by 2.6% to 11.35 Mt in 2007 (IM, January 2006, pp. 14-39).last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Minerals Council South Africa launches national Safety Health Days in Mining campaign

first_imgFollowing a meeting of the Board of the Minerals Council South Africa, the Board has advised that it is deeply disappointed, concerned and saddened by the increase in fatalities experienced in the mining industry this year, and in 2017. In addition to the active steps being taken by the Minerals Council and its members to address these recent events, and to get the industry’s quest for Zero Harm back on track, the Minerals Council will lead a national campaign of Safety & Health Days in Mining 2018, to be launched in mid-August.While arrangements for each member company’s Safety & Health Day are still being finalised, Minerals Council President, Mxolisi Mgojo, said: “This day will mark both the remembrance of those whose lives have been lost in mining, and a renewed and absolute commitment by all member companies to safety and health of employees as the primary objective of every company. During the month of August, every member company will initiate its own Safety & Health Day at its operations representing a visible commitment that safety and health is the foremost priority to the industry’s leadership. In recognising that safety and health is a collaborative effort and responsibility, we will be reaching out to and working closely with the Department of Mineral Resources and all unions.”Mgojo notes that the spate of unrelated accidents since 2017, has resulted in a rising fatality trend after more than 20 years of almost uninterrupted improvements in fatality rate improvements. Between 1993 and 2016 the fatality rate fell by 88%, largely as a result of the concerted efforts by companies, the regulator and labour. The Minerals Council believes that the current situation is unsatisfactory, and is further intensifying its work with its members to address both the spate of recent accidents, and the need to go further towards the elimination of all accidents and incidents at work. The most serious accidents of 2018 – in which there have been several multiple fatality incidents – have been very different in nature. “These range from falls of ground following a seismic event, to employees accessing old areas, to an underground fire. Intensive investigations are being undertaken around each incident, and these take time. Their outcomes will provide greater insight and guidance on the way forward.”“When the downward trend in fatalities showed signs of reversing last year, the Minerals Council mobilised its resources and members, in an effort to address the accidents and incidents that were occurring. Initial indications showed an increase in falls of ground, specifically related to seismic events. A Mining Industry Occupational Safety and Health Fall of Ground task team was established, and leading practices on rockbursts, in particular, are being reviewed. The findings will be shared across the industry.”Addressing fall of ground incidents, particularly at deep-level mines, is an area that joint industry efforts have focused on most intensively over the past several years. This focus is reflected in the more than ZAR150 million that the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) has invested in gravity falls of ground research. Through the MHSC, more than ZAR250 million has been spent on research into the seismicity associated with deep-level mines. The research outcomes have led to new mine designs and methods and, until last year, continuous improvements in outcomes.“A critical element of the Minerals Council’s leadership role was the establishment in 2012 of the CEO Zero Harm Forum to acknowledge the value of leading by example. The Forum, comprising mining company CEOs, meets on a quarterly basis and directs and guides industry’s efforts in respect of safety and health. One of the first focus areas was on falls of ground, the greatest contributor to fatalities at the time. This work led to some of the vast improvements that have been seen in this area. Following the next CEO Zero Harm Forum on 17 August 2018, it will share publicly some of its current and planned initiatives.”“An area that is of great concern to all stakeholders is the need to empower employees to withdraw from work should they feel unsafe, and for supervisors to be trained to encourage and deal with such situations. Many companies have undertaken training in this regard, and the Minerals Council will be embarking on an initiative to learn from those areas of leading practice and to ensure these lessons are shared across the sector.”Mgojo concludes: “The industry recognises that much more needs to be done. The Minerals Council and its members will continue to work with its stakeholders, including government and organised labour, to protect the occupational health and safety of all mineworkers, and in our quest for Zero Harm.”last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Column Laughter at World Toilet Day is worth it if it highlights

first_imgSigning the Keep Your Promises petition which will be handed in to world leaders to call on them to keep their promises and to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to safe sanitation and clean water. The link is here. Support  the #IGiveAShit campaign which calls on government s and institutions to act to tackle this unacceptable cause of death for children worldwide. TODAY IS WORLD Toilet Day. Yes, there really is one.Go on smile, have a little laugh even. The man from the United Nations said we probably would. In fact, he said: “The amusement and laughter likely to follow the designation of 19 November as ‘World Toilet Day’ would all be worthwhile if people’s attention was drawn to the fact that 2.5 billion people lacked proper sanitation and 1.1 billion were forced to defecate in the open.”In basic terms, it means one in three people in the world do not have access to a clean and functioning toilet or, put another way, more people have access to a mobile phone (6 billion people) than have access to toilets or latrines (4.5 billion people).Serious health riskWe all know that without toilets, untreated human waste can impact a whole community, affecting many aspects of daily life and ultimately posing a serious risk to health including child malnutrition.Beyond health there are societal impacts, such as teenage girls often leaving school at the onset of menstruation due to lack of privacy and the risk of attack or rape associated with being forced to defecate in the open during nightfall.Every year more children die from diarrhoea related disease than from HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined.  This situation could be solved simply by providing improved water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.Sanitation a low priorityDespite the scale of the crisis, sanitation remains a low priority for governments and recent efforts to address this fall far short of what is required.The simple fact is that toilets are one of the best investments a country can make with a rate of return of more than $5 dollars for every $1 invested.There is growing evidence showing the social and economic benefits for households, businesses and the wider community, such as increased productivity through time gains and health benefits, increase in tourism revenues through clean environments, a strong reduction of health costs by avoiding treating sanitation related diseases, higher levels of education, and other benefits related to dignity and safety.Clear targetsThe Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed by governments in the year 2000, outlined clear and ambitious targets for water and sanitation provision by 2015. Efforts over the past decade have yielded some progress.The World Health Organisation declared the target for water supply as being met in 2010, with two billion people gaining access to improved water since 1990. Unfortunately, this achievement is somewhat overshadowed by the fact that achievement of the MDG target for sanitation now appears beyond reach.The number of people living without improved sanitation is disproportionately high in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.Water and sanitation programmes are a key component of Concern’s overseas work contributing to the organisation’s strategic goal to “significantly improve the health of extremely poor people”.UrbanisationSpecific attention to urban sanitation is seen as essential as rapid rates of urbanisation mean that, by 2030, almost five billion people will live in towns and cities, with urban growth most concentrated in Africa and Asia.Approximately one billion of the world’s population are already living in urban slums where lack of access to safe toilets and proper sanitation is most acute.The sad fact is that, like so many ‘development’ issues, there are solutions out there that are not yet impacting the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.Hygienic toilets Solutions ranging from the most basic construction of latrines to higher tech versions that include the creation of waterless and hygienic toilets that don’t rely on sewer lines and that can store and process waste into fertiliser, energy and even drinkable water.But like so many development issues we still need the political will and financial support to make them a reality.World Toilet Day? Yes we can still have a smile about it, but it can also be a reminder that we all have an urgent role to play in supporting national and international efforts to improve access to sanitation for all.You can do this by:center_img If you wish to learn more about this vital issue, see www.worldtoiletday.org or you can attend a discussion in Dublin’s Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College from 6:30pm -8:00pm today, November 19th, World Toilet Day.Michael Doorly is Head of Active Citizenship with Concern Worldwide. He promotes educational programmes on development issues all over Ireland and leads for the agency on the active engagement of students in initiatives like the long-standing annual Concern Debates, Concern Writing Competition, and more. Follow Concern Worldwide on Twitter here.last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Solar Impulse the first solarpowered plane to fly both day and night

first_imgPictured above is proof that alternative energy sources are a viable way to replace the fossil fuels we have been dependent on for so long. Called the Solar Impulse it’s the creation of Bertrand Piccard, the grandson of  Auguste Piccard who invented a pressurized gondola that allowed him to travel 50,000 feet into the air… in 1931.You can see the pedigree that Bertrand comes from and understand his drive to push limits and explore things previously thought to be impossible. His goal for the Solar Impulse was to create the world’s first solar-powered plane that could travel both day and night, an interesting prospect since there are no solar rays to collect at night.Wit a wingspan comparable to that of an Aerobus A340 jet (208 feet) and the weight (3,527 pounds) of a family automobile, this aircraft was built to be lightweight yet durable during flight. Amazingly, it’s powered by just four 10 horsepower electric engines — basically they took four scooter motors and attached them to the wings. The structure of the plane is made up of lightweight carbon fiber that house 882 pounds of batteries and the cockpit. A total of 10,748 solar cells were used along the wingspan, as well as the real stabilizer, allowing the craft to power the engines to a top speed of 43.5 mph. It’s maximum cruising altitude is 28,000 feet, very close to the average of commercial airliners.Solar Impulse completed its first 24 hour flight on July 7th of this year. Flying all day, the plane stored up solar energy into its batteries for later use. To conserve that battery energy at night, Piccard rose to a higher altitude that allowed him shut his engines off to glide on the updrafts in the sky. Using this method, he was able to wait until he absolutely needed to turn on the electrical engines that used the reserve power supply. An impressive feat for sure, with the only barriers during the flight being cold and fatigue.You can watch a highlight video of the Solar Impulse below.More at SolarImpulse.com, via CNNlast_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Violence erupts outside Keratea

first_imgTension peaked near Keratea, southeast of Athens, on Tuesday as hundreds of residents clashed with riot police deployed to oversee the removal of a large pile of rubble from a major road linking the nearby port of Lavrio to the capital. The residents, who have been violently protesting the planned construction of a landfill in their area for the past three months, had piled the rubble on the road on Monday. According to sources, the move had been a reaction to news that authorities were planning to send in bulldozers to start work on building the landfill. There is also speculation that comments by Interior Minister Yiannis Ragousis in an interview with Kathimerini over the weekend – expressing the government’s resolve to push ahead with the landfill project – might have triggered the residents’ violent reaction. Tuesday’s clashes began early when protesters set fire to a bulldozer sent to clear the road of rubble. At around 3 pm, the town’s church bells rang out and residents used megaphones to call on locals to join the protest. Hundreds of demonstrators of all ages fought police around Lavriou Avenue and in fields around the landfill site and on the outskirts of the town and hurled firebombs and rocks at riot officers. The force sent six riot police buses to the site to fortify an already strong police presence. They said that four officers were injured in the clashes though it remained unclear how many protesters had been hurt. Constantinos Levantinis, the mayor of Lavreotiki – a municipality comprising Keratea and two other towns – expressed concern about the fresh outbreak of violence. “I fear the worst,” he said. “We are all in danger and we need an immediate solution to this problem.” Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Une baleine de 20 tonnes séchoue dans le Finistère

first_imgUne baleine de 20 tonnes s’échoue dans le FinistèreMardi matin, un rorqual commun a été retrouvé par des surfeurs, échoué sur la plage de la Torche dans le Finistère. Aujourd’hui, les équipes n’ont pas eu d’autre choix que de découper l’animal mort pour éviter qu’il ne pourrisse sur la plage. Une baleine de près de vingt tonnes et de seize mètres de long gisant sur le sable. C’est le spectacle tragique qu’ont découvert des surfeurs mardi matin en se rendant sur la plage de la Torche dans le sud du Finistère. Rapidement, ils ont alerté les secours mais l’animal était déjà mort. Selon les informations divulguées par le journal Ouest France et confirmées ensuite par l’Océanopolis de Brest, il s’agirait plus précisément d’un rorqual commun. “Entre une et deux baleines s’échouent en moyenne chaque année en Bretagne. Celle-ci est la troisième de l’année”, a commenté Christine Dumas, chef d’équipe de soigneurs mammifères marins au centre Océanopolis qui a réalisé des prélèvements sur l’animal mercredi. L’annonce de l’échouage a toutefois attiré de nombreux curieux. “C’est assez impressionnant de voir une baleine d’aussi près. Après, c’est triste qu’un animal comme celui-là disparaisse”, a commenté un promeneur cité par France Soir. De même, un jeune père accompagné de son fils a confié : “C’est incroyable. Quand j’ai appris la nouvelle, j’ai voulu montrer la baleine à mon fils. Il a cinq ans et il n’en verra sans doute plus une d’aussi près à quelques kilomètres de la maison”. Si l’évènement a donc suscité un grand intérêt, la suite des opérations apparait encore plus tragique. En effet, vu le poids du cétacé, il était impossible pour les équipes de soulever la baleine pour débarrasser la plage et empêcher qu’elle y pourrisse. Pas question non plus de repousser à la mer la créature dans un état de décomposition très avancée et qui pourrait gravement contaminer les eaux environnantes. Les secours n’ont ainsi pas eu d’autre choix que d’entreprendre le découpage du rorqual et d’user de grue pour le déplacer morceau par morceau. L’origine de l’accident reste inconnue À lire aussiMigaloo la baleine blanche extrêmement rare a de nouveau été filméeQuant à la raison de l’échouage, celle-ci demeure un mystère. Selon les spécialistes, la vieillesse, la maladie ou une collision avec un bateau pourrait très bien être à l’origine de la mort de la baleine. Les cétacés entament en début d’hiver leur migration au large de la Bretagne à destination du sud, avant de remonter vers le nord au début de l’été. Animaux solitaires, elles ne se regroupent alors qu’au moment de la reproduction, relève l’AFP. Cependant, les prélèvements réalisés par les équipes de l’Océanopolis pourront peut-être permettre d’en apprendre davantage sur la créature et sur ce qui lui est arrivé.  Découvrez en images la baleine échouée sur la plage du Finistère sur Maxisciences Le 30 novembre 2011 à 18:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Mens Health Month renews focus on early prevention

first_imgFather’s Day has passed, so it’s OK to return to nagging dad about his health.Jokes like that might someday be a thing of the past if men become less stubborn when it comes to seeking health care.Dr. Gregory Scott, a primary care physician at Adventist Health Fisher’s Landing in Vancouver, explained that men can be more stubborn than women when it comes to health needs. Getting men to the doctor is a focus of Men’s Health Month, which occurs every June. Studies have shown that men are more stubborn when it comes to getting health care because of outdated misconceptions tied to masculinity and toughness.Data from the Cleveland Clinic revealed that even when sick, 60 percent of men will avoid a doctor’s visit. That data also found that 83 percent of women encourage their husbands or male partners to visit the doctor.Scott said some of this problem is intertwined with family men thinking they need to postpone tending to their health so they can continue to work and be present for their family.“They get busy with their families, and work, and they tend to put things off a little bit more than women do,” Scott said.Family and friends can help by encouraging their male friends to not delay seeking treatment when symptoms that appear. But the root cause of male stubbornness when it comes to health care is generally based in misconceptions that are shifting positively with time, Scott said. For example, men are more likely to associate mental health struggles with “weakness,” Scott said, but that is becoming less common.last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Navy Florida Utility Agree on Leases for Solar Plants at Two Bases

first_imgThe Navy and Gulf Power signed a real estate outgrant last month to develop large-scale solar electric generating facilities at airfields used by two bases on the tip of the Florida Panhandle — Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field.Gulf Power, a Southern Company subsidiary, will develop solar facilities with a total capacity of 117 megawatts of direct current on:290 acres at Navy Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) Saufley in Pensacola — 65-megawatt capacity; and300 acres at NOLF Holley in Navarre — 52-megawatt capacity.Gulf Power’s third-party solar energy developer, Coronal Development Services, will build, own, operate and maintain the facilities. The utility will then acquire all of the energy and associated renewable energy credits generated by the projects to serve all of its customers, reported the Navy News Service.The solar facilities are two of the eight renewable generation projects the Navy is supporting in the Southeast, contributing to nearly 30 percent of the secretary of the Navy’s goal to bring one gigawatt of renewable energy into production or procurement by the end of 2015, according to Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, commander of Navy Region Southeast.“With 11 percent of all DOD flight hours flown out of NAS Whiting Field it is critical to maintain operations, regardless of the circumstances, and this agreement enables us to do so with greater reliability,” said Capt. Todd Bahlau, commanding officer of NAS Whiting Field.Officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at NAS Pensacola in December and anticipate both solar facilities will be operational by December 2016. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Behind The Board Harvey Mason Jr On The Role Meaning Of Being

first_img Behind The Board: Harvey Mason Jr. behind-board-harvey-mason-jr-role-meaning-being-producer News Twitter The GRAMMY-nominated producer has worked with Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and moreJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 15, 2019 – 11:04 am GRAMMY-nominated producer Harvey Mason Jr.’s first professional production gig involved a Motown artist named Impromptu and $2,500. “I thought that was the greatest thing ever,” Mason Jr. recalls about getting paid for his first professional experience in the latest episode of Behind The Board.  Email Facebook Behind The Board: Harvey Mason Jr. On The Role, Meaning Of Being A Producer Mason Jr. comes from a line of music makers. “I grew up going to the studio with my dad and sleeping right under the console that looked just like this,” he says sitting in the producer’s chair in a studio. “It’s definitely influenced and impacted my career ‘to this day.”Mason Jr. has worked with Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and more. “As a producer your job is to ensure that the artist gives the best performance,” he says. “So the mindset is ‘What can I bring to the session?’, not what are they going to bring, what can I bring to the session that heightens the quality of what we make. That makes that artist or that singer, that performer do something they’ve never done or at least better than what they have done before.”Watch the rest of the interview above for more insight on Mason Jr.’s thought process when making music, what he believes producers should bring to the table and more. Behind The Board: Boi-1da On His Beginnings And Working With Drake NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 15, 2019 – 11:04 am Behind The Board: Harvey Mason Jr.last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

STATE REP RACE 1 Candidate Drops Out 8 Return Nomination Papers To

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The field of candidates for the 19th Middlesex House of Representatives seat previously held by the late Jim Miceli is now truly set.The following candidates submitted their nomination papers to the Secretary of State’s Office by the Tuesday, May 29 deadline.Candidates From Wilmington:Wilmington Selectman & Jim Miceli’s nephew Mike McCoy (D)Former Wilmington Selectwoman & School Committee member Judy O’Connell (D)Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Chair Erika Johnson (D)Candidates From Tewksbury:Jim Miceli’s Chief of Staff Dave Robertson (D)Tewksbury Selectman Mark Kratman (D)Tewksbury Finance Committee member Erin Buckley (R)Shawsheen Tech School Committee member Patricia Meuse (I)Businesswoman Pina Prinzivalli (R)Wilmington resident Catherine Gover (D), a former Everett City Councilor, submitted nomination papers with the necessary voter signatures to the local Town Clerk’s Offices by their May 1 deadline, but did not ultimately turn those papers in at the Secretary of State’s Office. As a result, Gover will not appear on the ballot.What’s Next?McCoy, O’Connell, Johnson, Robertson and Kratman will do battle in the Democratic primary, while Buckley and Prinzivalli will face off in the Republican primary. The primary elections are scheduled for Tuesday, September 4.The winners of the two primaries will meet Meuse, an Independent (unenrolled), in the General Election, scheduled for Tuesday, November 6.The 19th Middlesex District consists of Wilmington Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, & 6 and Tewksbury Precincts 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 4 and 4A.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Selectman Mike McCoy, Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell, 9 Others Have Pulled Nomination PapersIn “Breaking News”STATE REP RACE UPDATE: Where Things Stand 24 Hours Before The Filing DeadlineIn “Breaking News”BREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Vijay Mallya arrest Heres how the industrialist could be extradited to India

first_imgReutersIndustrialist Vijay Mallya was arrested by the Scotland Yard on Tuesday (April 18) morning (UK local time) “on an extradition warrant” on behalf of the Indian authorities on charges of fraud. Mallya was produced before the Westminster Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. The court granted him bail three hours after his arrest and also fixed a date for the next hearing.India had formally sent an extradition request for Mallya on February 8 through a note verbale in accordance with the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) between India and the UK. India had, while sending the request, asserted that it has a “legitimate” case against the industrialist and that if the extradition request was honoured, it would show British “sensitivity towards our concerns.”The British government had started Mallya’s extradition process last month with the country’s secretary of state certifying India’s request and sending it to a district judge for further action. Scotland Yard’s statement on Vijay Mallya’s arrestExtradition ProcessThe rather-long extradition process in the UK begins with a decision by the judge as to whether the arrest warrant should be issued. If the warrant is issued, the person concerned is taken into custody and produced before a court for preliminary hearing.The court, later, sets dates for the next hearing where the prosecution/complainant nation presents prima facie evidence against the accused. The court takes this evidence into consideration in deciding the fate of the accused. If the court deems the prima facie evidence as “satisfactory”, the extradition process is set in motion.However, it is believed that the accused has the right to appeal to the higher courts, including the UK’s Supreme Court, against the lower court’s decision.The Indian government is seeing the progress in Mallya’s case (arrest) as a huge victory. However, it now depends on the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to present a strong case against the industrialist and convince the UK courts so that he can be brought back to India, where the actual trial will begin. However, the extradition process could take time with Mallya expected to appeal against the charges in the higher courts of the UK.If he now tries to leave the UK without prior permission of the courts, Mallya will be in bigger trouble as he will not only be an offender in the eyes of the Indian laws but also those of the UK. The Indian government had initially requested the UK to deport Mallya to India but the request was denied since the industrialist had a UK visa and therefore, could legally stay in London. ReutersCharges Against MallyaMallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes over Rs 9,000 crore to a group of banks like the State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, IDBI Bank, Bank of Baroda, Allahabad Bank, Federal Bank and Axis Bank, among others.In January 2017, a CBI court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in a Rs 900-crore IDBI Bank loan default case of 2009. Around Rs 250 crore of the Rs 900-crore loan, which was given to buy aircraft parts, was diverted abroad. The CBI had also arrested nine officials of Kingfisher Airlines and IDBI Bank Ltd, including the bank’s former chief.In September 2016, the ED had issued an order, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), to attach several of Mallya’s properties including flats, a farmhouse, shares and fixed deposits to the tune of Rs 6,630 crore.The Indian government had also revoked Mallya’s passport in September 2016. The ED had said that Mallya did not intend to come back to India and that his passport was revoked due to his conduct. The industrialist failed to appear in court despite several summons by the central government.last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Its The Texas Legislatures Last Weekend — For This Session

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneA handful of tourists hang around outside the Texas Capitol on May 11, 2017 as the House faces a midnight deadline that will ultimately end in the death of scores of bills in the 85th Legislature.What you need to knowAs the Texas Legislature heads into its final weekend before the regular session ends Monday, lots of parts at the Capitol are still churning. A special session isn’t entirely out of the equation yet — House lawmakers face a deadline tonight, both chambers are slated to vote on the proposed state budget soon and big bills remain subject to negotiations. Here’s what you need to know: • Another day, another deadline. House lawmakers have until midnight tonight to act on Senate amendments, meaning they can agree with changes senators made to bills, or send them to a conference committee where members from both chambers can hash out the differences. But time is no longer on anyone’s side, and after tonight, there will be around 72 hours left on the Legislature’s 140-day clock. • Both chambers will likely vote on a state budget Saturday. The $217 billion document has around $1 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund and $106.8 billion from the state General Revenue, said Nelson, adding, the compromised budget “prioritizes education, addresses transportation, secures our border and strengthens protections for abused and neglected children.” • Key bills are still subject to negotiations. Some of this year’s most controversial subjects — the “bathroom bill,” voter ID overhaul, property tax reform and the sunset safety net bill — are still winding their way through the legislative process. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told reporters he’s willing to go to a special session if the House doesn’t act on property taxes and a “bathroom bill” — which would regulate which restrooms transgender Texans can use. Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday he wanted to see both chambers compromise and come together in the final days of session. Other stories we’re watching today:• The consulting firm Public Blueprint is crowdsourcing a vote count for members of the State Republican Executive Committee who will pick the next Texas GOP chair. Houston-area businessman Rick Figueroa and James Dickey, the chairman of the Travis County Republican Party, are running to replace Tom Mechler, who resigned Saturday. SREC members will elect someone to finish Mechler’s term at their June 3 meeting.last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

At Facebook Hearing Sens Ted Cruz And John Cornyn Grill Zuckerberg On

first_img Share Laura Buckman: Cruz/REUTERS/Stephen Lam: Zuckerberg/Bob Daemmrich: CornynU.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.The two senators from Texas threw heated hardball questions Thursday at Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO who is under fire for a massive data breach at his company and how the site may have been used by foreign agents during the 2016 presidential election. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn asked whether Zuckerberg believed his company bears “some responsibility for the content” on his platform. “I agree that we’re responsible for the content,” Zuckerberg said. Zuckerberg promised that in the future, his company would not rely on users to flag objectionable content — like terrorist propaganda — and will instead have artificial intelligence technology to filter such information. “There are moral and legal obligation questions that I think we’ll have to wrestle with as a society about when we want to require companies to take action proactively on … those things,” Zuckerberg said. The hearing was a consequence of a New York Times report stating that a data firm called Cambridge Analytica, which did work for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, exploited a data breach of 50 million Facebook users. Save for testimony a year ago from then-FBI Director James Comey, no hearings have drawn more interest on Capitol Hill in recent years. During his questioning, Cruz tacked toward a different, earlier controversy, repeatedly asking Zuckberberg if Facebok considers “itself a neutral public forum.” Zuckerberg said the company viewed the site as an open forum for ideas.He then accused Facebook of engaging in “bias and censorship,” quoting a 2016 Gizmodo story that reported Facebook routinely suppressed some conservative news.“I understand where that concern is coming from because Facebook and the tech industry are located in Silicon Valley, which is an extremely left-leaning place,” Zuckerberg said.“This is actually a concern that I have, and that I try to root out in the company is making sure that we don’t have any bias in the work that we do, and I think it is a fair concern that people would at least wonder about.” Cruz then asked if Facebook had taken down any pages from Democratic candidates or liberal groups like Planned Parenthood and MoveOn.org, to which Zuckerberg said he had no knowledge of. Cruz’s questioning did not touch on Cambridge Analytica, which Cruz hired during his 2016 White House run. Last month, Cruz said the data company assured his campaign at the time that it was operating within legal bounds. The round of questioning was part of a joint hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees. Both men are members of the Judiciary Committee, and Cruz is also a member of the Commerce Committee.Disclosure: Facebook has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

President Obama Commits to Colonizing Mars by 2030s

first_imgStay on target 3Riding the optimism of the 1969 Moon landing, many thought that Mars wouldn’t be far off. But, for several reasons — including the end of the Cold War, budget constraints, or technical challenges — humans haven’t yet stepped foot on another planet. But President Obama wants to stake his legacy on that dream. In an op-ed penned for CNN, he laid out a plan to send people to Mars and return them safely to Earth by the mid-2030s.He opens the piece by describing the profound effect that space flight had on him as a child. Growing up in Hawaii, he got to see astronauts coming back to Earth from their brief forays into space. President Obama, as many other scientists, historians, and leaders before him, believes in the power of space travel to inspire and encourage generations of young people to literally reach for the stars.Citing the recent discoveries of water on several of Jupiter’s moons, new knowledge about the Martian surface pouring in each day from the Curiosity rover, and the remarkable prevalence of Earth-like circling other stars, President Obama believes that exploring space isn’t just something we should do, it’s something we have to do.“We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time,” he wrote. “Getting to Mars will require continued cooperation between government and private innovators, and we’re already well on our way. Within the next two years, private companies will for the first time send astronauts to the International Space Station.”This sort of deep public-private partnership is emblematic of how the US tends to do its bigger projects, but this sort of collaboration is as yet unheard of in space flight. Part of that comes from the broader conflicts of interest. Governments can spend a huge amount of money ($25.4 billion, or $150 billion today for the Apollo program) on these sorts of plans. That lets agencies like NASA focus on safety and other goals that might not have a direct profit motive, but President Obama and the businesses NASA will likely be partnering with are confident that they can succeed.SpaceX’s Elon Musk revealed his own ideas for an interplanetary transport system (though we’d need to make huge advances in safety and rocket reliability to make that viable), Blue Origin managed an exceptional launch test earlier this month, and Boeing’s CEO said that he was “convinced the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding a Boeing rocket. These are major steps in private space flight that demonstrate the sectors’ willingness to accept the tremendous upfront costs on the hopes that we might become a two planet species.That said, there’s still a lot more to be done. According to the National Research Council, the US still isn’t allocating enough public funds to achieve President Obama’s lofty goals. Even so, it’s clear President Obama wants to inspire the nation just as President Kennedy did in his 1961 “We choose to go to the Moon” speech.“Someday,” President Obama writes, “I hope to hoist my own grandchildren onto my shoulders. We’ll still look to the stars in wonder, as humans have since the beginning of time. But instead of eagerly awaiting the return of our intrepid explorers, we’ll know that because of the choices we make now, they’ve gone to space not just to visit, but to stay — and in doing so, to make our lives better here on Earth.”The president is expected to further detail his plan to colonize Mars at the White House Frontier Conference later this week in Pittsburgh. There he will lay out his plan for five “frontiers of innovation” that include the personal, local, national, global, and interplanetary which are expected to include policy discussions ranging from health care to climate change and space travel. Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterNASA Tests Mars 2020 Rover Prototype at Icelandic Lava Field last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Microsoft patent reveals Oculus Riftlike headmounted display

first_imgIt’s no secret Microsoft is interested in new kinds of user interaction for games, and a recent patent filing could point to the next step. The patent in question describes “Multiplayer gaming with head-mounted display.” The system wouldn’t be a general purpose wearable computer like Google Glass, but would be aimed squarely at incorporating augmented reality with gaming.The glasses would be able to leverage a collection of embedded sensors to track eye movements, recognize faces, and interpret voice commands. All that data could be used to create a virtual representation of the user for in-game interactions and invitations. Outward facing sensors could tie into a Kinect (or replace it completely) to detect other players, or monitor hand gestures.An OLED display could be embedded in the glasses to overlay information about the game and other players or objects. Microsoft also speculates the head-mounted display could have multiple accelerometers, which would allow it to track head movements, not unlike the Oculus Rift. Presumably the display could react to this input and move the augmented reality interface appropriately.A leaked document late last year pointed to the development of Kinect Glasses, but nothing more came of it and Microsoft refused to comment. This patent (originally filed in January 2012) could be the same device. That document claimed the Kinect Glasses would be released in 2014 following the debut of the new Xbox One. Although, Microsoft files thousands of patents each year. It’s possible this project will never become a reality.last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments