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first_imgThe first partnership to come out of the province’s new housing strategy will help revitalize Truro and encourage more young families to put down roots in the community. The province is working with the Town of Truro on the first Neighbourhood Improvement Program to revitalize the Alice Street area in the east end, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, June 17. “Every Nova Scotian deserves to have a safe and affordable place to live, in a community where they can build a good life,” said Premier Dexter. “We know that a community is not just a collection of streets and buildings, it’s a place that Nova Scotians call home. That’s why this housing strategy is so much more than just building houses and housing units. “This is about building communities and creating homes for families to raise their children, for young people to get started on the rest of their life, and for seniors to feel safe and secure in their golden years.” Truro residents identified the Alice Street Neighbourhood Improvement Program as a priority during the housing strategy consultation last November. “We have already seen the benefits to families when people with different income levels are indistinguishable from one another,” said MLA Lenore Zann, speaking on behalf of Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “In fact, Truro’s King Street, with its new apartment complex, art gallery and other improvements, is a wonderful success story. It provides a great foundation that can be expanded further east to an area that has seen little development over the years. “Both the new revitalization program and the Alice Street residential development will help attract more young families and help our east-end community create a more beautiful, family-friendly and safer environment for all to enjoy.” The heart of the revitalization project is developing the former Alice Street School site. The province will also redevelop another property it owns on Alice Street, and will offer new and existing programs to residents to improve curb appeal. Gloria Upham is a retired teacher who lives in the neighbourhood and used to walk along Alice Street to her job at the elementary school. “I’d love to see the area revitalized,” Ms. Upham said. “I really believe that this effort will inspire all of us to take pride in our homes and enhance the neighbourhood.” The town council unanimously approved the development June 11. Along with a new playground, the new residence will bring 28 apartments to the area. “Alice Street School was the centre of the community where kids went to school, neighbours met neighbours and events were staged over many years in Truro’s east end,” said Truro Mayor Bill Mills. “It was the meeting place where many successes were realized and students were recognized for their accomplishments and everybody knew each other and cared for each other. Now we have come full circle in this new development, caring for the needs of our families.” “I feel strongly about offering new housing options in this neighbourhood,” said developer Ron Meech of Meech Holdings. “These efforts, along with the municipal and provincial efforts, will bring about the changes the community has asked for.” Under the Neighbourhood Improvement Program, residents can get funding to support revitalization efforts such as landscaping, exterior painting and some exterior repairs. For more information on the province’s housing strategy, go to .last_img read more

first_imgLondon: “Peaking nicely” and history firmly behind them, five-time champions Australia are the team to beat in the World Cup, says New Zealand pacer Trent Boult. In a repeat of 2015 final between the trans-Tasman rivals, pace spearhead Boult’s historic hat-trick went in vain as Mitchell Starc’s (5/26) brilliant five-for guided the defending champions to a convincing 86-run win at the Lord’s here on Saturday. With his swinging full-pitched deliveries, Boult sent back the well-settled Usman Khawaja (88 off 129 balls), Starc and Jason Behrendorff, while giving away just two runs in the last over to become the first Kiwi to grab a hat-trick in the World Cup. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together But his efforts proved futile as New Zealand were shot out for 157. By virtue of the win, Australia, who are already through to the semifinals, have consolidated their position at the top with 14 points from eight games. “Australia turn up for World Cups. They have a good record in them and they’re peaking nicely. They produced the complete performance and they were too good for us,” said Boult, who returned with figures of 4 for 51. “There are some quality sides here but it’s all about timing in my opinion and Australia are performing well, there’s only a couple of weeks left and they’re the ones to beat.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Boult was effusive in his praise for pace counterpart Starc, the tournament’s best bowler so far. Boult was joint leading wicket-taker in the 2015 tournament with 22 wickets, alongside Starc. But this time Starc overshadowed him and is leading the wicket-takers list with 24 scalps ahead of second-placed Lockie Ferguson of New Zealand, with 17. “He’s (Starc) six foot seven, bowls 157kph and swings it both ways! He’s a classy bowler. He was used very nicely with short spells to be aggressive. He’s had a stellar campaign so far,” the Kiwi left-arm pacer said. Boult, however, said it was special to grab a hat-trick at the ‘Home of Cricket’, his second in ODI cricket. “It would have been nice if it was in the first over but any bowler dreams of getting three wickets in a row. To do it at the ‘Home of Cricket’ in front of a good crowd against Australia was pretty cool,” he said. “It’s a pretty simple game plan. I wanted to disturb the woodwork and it was nice to see the stumps light up. It was a bit of entertainment for the crowd.” He said New Zealand let Australia off the hook on Saturday. “To have them 90 for five and let them get over 200 was frustrating. If we had kept them under 200, then it’s a whole different ball game,” he said. New Zealand have now suffered two successive defeats, against Pakistan and Australia, and face England in their final group match on Wednesday, a match that could yet decide who makes the final four. “We need to win the last one. It will be a big one for England and they will be hungry it’s certainly not panic stations. The bowling plans work well against any side so there won’t be much reinvention,” Boult signed off.last_img read more

first_imgDouble Academy Award winning Hilary Swank has travelled to Ethiopia to learn more about the importance of education and the opportunities that it brings in some of the more disadvantaged communities in the world.Hilary Swank Visits Ethiopia With UNICEFPartnering with UNICEF and Montblanc, Hilary shares a commitment to give every child the opportunity to learn how to read and write, making a crucial contribution to breaking the poverty cycle, one step at a time.Video: Montblanc ‘Signature for Good’ 2013 – Hilary SwankVisiting a countryside beyond the Ethiopian capital, Hilary Swank and Lutz Bethge, Montblanc CEO witnessed the success of the Child-to-Child (CTC) pre-primary education in providing preschool-aged children with early learning at the Dima Guranda Primary School in the Sebeta District, Oromia Region.Through the hard work of young facilitators, usually older students, CTC has become a winning model to prevent children from dropping out of primary school.While at Mekdella Primary School, Hilary Swank was particularly moved by the “Gender Club”, a school supported activity programme promoting gender equality in education giving girls and boys practical knowledge to overcome inequalities and violence, as well as achieving a better understanding of health, hygiene and environmental issues.Empowered with better knowledge provided by teachers; these self-confident young women and men have a fighting chance of improving their situation.In Ethiopia alone, support from Montblanc has contributed to the establishment of 2,400 and rehabilitation of 800 Alternative Basic Education Centres reaching 846,000 children including many orphans and pastoralists. Providing children with quality basic education will in turn give them significantly better chances in life.For every piece in the “Signature for Good” Collection sold between 1 March 2013 and 31 March 2014, Montblanc will donate part of its proceeds to raise at least $1.5 million dollars to UNICEFʼs education programmes, focusing on the most vulnerable children, through the Schools for Africa and Asia initiatives, and programmes in Latin America.For more information please visit read more

first_imgMia Farrow, renowned actress, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has just completed her fourth visit to the Central African Republic where she saw the impact of extreme violence and met people with stories of inspiring courage.Video: In the Central African Republic with Mia Farrow“In 2007, I made the first of what would now be four visits to the Central African Republic. I must have left a part of my heart here,” Farrow said, speaking from Bangui. “The courage and resilience of defenceless people facing shocking and unacceptable levels of violence is unforgettable and profoundly inspiring.”In the town of Boda, more than four hours’ drive from the capital, Farrow met with internally displaced Muslim families trapped in an enclave surrounded by armed groups hostile to them, who spoke of living in constant fear of attacks. At the only school still functioning in town, some 400 children were crammed into three classrooms. Parents were volunteering to teach after most of the school’s teachers fled for their lives.In Bangui, Farrow spoke to a health worker who, for security reasons, was no longer able to get to her job at the main hospital and was instead volunteering to treat women and children in a health centre in her community.More than 2.3 million children are suffering the consequences of the crisis rocking the country. Children have been directly targeted. On average, at least one child has been maimed or killed in clashes every day in the past six months. Malnutrition rates are high and the number of children associated with armed groups could be as high as 10,000, according to the Ministry of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. One in three children who were enrolled in the last school year did not go back to school this year.“We need the support of the international community to help provide security so that schools can be rebuilt and children can safely return to them,” Farrow said.During a meeting with Central African Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza, Farrow stressed the importance of security, education and the urgent need for access to basic services so that families can rebuild their lives and children can hope for a brighter future.Across the country, UNICEF has provided over 43,000 students with school supplies and set up temporary learning spaces for 24,000 children since the beginning of the year. UNICEF is also improving health services, including by distributing insecticide-treated mosquito nets, providing safe drinking water, offering HIV counselling to pregnant women and vaccinating children against polio and measles. Since January, more than 10,000 children under the age of five received treatment for severe malnutrition.After over two years of violence, growing needs and limited funding, more support is urgently needed to save children’s lives.last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The Governor in Council, on the advice of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, with support of Cabinet, referred back for reconsideration and hearing the Broadcasting Decisions CRTC 2017-143 to 2017-147 (renewing licenses for television services of major French-language ownership groups) and CRTC 2017-148 to 2017-151 (renewing licenses for television services of major English-language ownership groups) of May 15, 2017.“Canadian broadcasters and creators are at the centre of the broadcasting system, and at a time when our competitive advantage rests on creativity, they must be positioned to succeed.The Government of Canada recognizes the significant investments Canadian broadcasters make in Canadian content. At the same time, the entire industry is in transition and the next few years will be critical to establishing the conditions for Canadians to be able to compete with the best in the world. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook During this period of transition across the industry, original Canadian content and a dynamic creative sector are vital to the sector’s competitiveness, and its contribution to the Canadian economy.We are asking the CRTC to reconsider these decisions in order to ensure that we achieve the right balance of investment in content and in the ability to compete.In referring back these decisions, the Government wishes to affirm its support for great Canadian dramas, comedies, animation, films, documentaries — and other programs of national interest — that reflect our country and its diversity. It also recognizes the importance of original French-language content and support for the creators of music programming, short films and short-form documentaries.As we look to the future of Canadian content, we must be bold. That’s why, this fall, I will present a vision that supports our cultural industries through this transformation and will bring us in line with the changing digital environment.” Twitterlast_img read more

TORONTO — The Ontario government is warning energy companies it is not ready to allow the controversial practice called fracking to extract natural gas or oil.Premier Dalton McGuinty says no private companies have approached the province to talk about fracking or hydraulic fracturing, which uses chemically-treated water under extreme pressure in drill holes to fracture shale and release gas or oil.McGuinty says he’s heard concerns the practice can pollute water supplies, and would want to see scientific evidence fracking is safe “before giving it a thumbs up or a thumbs down.”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she’s concerned about negative environmental impacts from fracking, especially on drinking water.Opponents of fracking, including the Council of Canadians, say companies including Mooncor Oil and Gas and Dundee Energy are buying up land in southern Ontario that could be used for fracking.Mooncor says only that it has not announced any plans to frack in Ontario.Quebec has a moratorium on fracking and all oil and gas exploration activities under the Saint Lawrence River, but other provinces, including Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Alberta, allow fracking.The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission said a spate of small earthquakes in the province’s remote northeastern corner were caused by fracking in the Horn River Basin, a gas-rich shale formation that’s attracted some of the industry’s biggest players read more

The restrictions imposed on access to Viber will be lifted from midnight tonight, the Government information department said.The Government also said that restrictions imposed on other social media networks in Sri Lanka will be lifted soon. The restrictions were imposed after it was found that social media was used to spread hate among the communities in Kandy recently.Communal clashes broke out in Kandy last week with several Muslim owned property being attacked. (Colombo Gazette)

The NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night pitted the repeated good luck of Cleveland against the long-standing bad luck of New York — and somehow, New Orleans won. The Pelicans landed the No. 1 overall pick despite having just a 6 percent chance to do so, and they’re widely expected to use it on Duke star Zion Williamson. “It’s just an incredible blessing for our organization,” Pelicans general manager David Griffin told reporters.Of course, any team would be likely to make the same pick. The one-and-done college basketball megastar could have become a new centerpiece for a Cavaliers franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs without LeBron James since 1998; he could have brought a change in luck to the Knicks, who haven’t had a No. 1 pick since Patrick Ewing in 1985; or he could have bolstered a Bulls frontcourt that already features Wendell Carter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen.But in the first year of the new lottery format, the Pelicans got lucky. The explosion of Williamson in the past six months and the messy, dramatic saga of Anthony Davis are now intertwined. Davis requested a trade from New Orleans in January, and that storyline dominated the rest of the Pelicans’ season. New Orleans declined to trade its superstar in February, and its ultimate response still isn’t clear, but now Griffin has lots of possibilities.So the No. 1 question from Tuesday night: Does the allure of playing with Williamson make Davis think twice about leaving New Orleans? Williamson became a spectacle during his one college season, leading all of Division I men’s college basketball in both effective field-goal percentage (.708) and player efficiency rating (40.8), according to At 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds, he has the athleticism to throw down windmill dunks, while drawing a charge from him has been compared to getting hit by a Jeep.If Davis stays, the Pelicans can win with a core of Davis, Williamson and Jrue Holiday. On offense, the Williamson-Davis tandem would be a matchup nightmare. They would thrive on pick and rolls, or they would attract the defense to the paint and kick the ball out to shooters on the perimeter. Adding the best athlete in the draft class would also boost New Orleans’s transition offense, which ranked second-to-last in the league in points per possession during the regular season.On defense, that trio is even more formidable. Davis on the inside ranked fifth in block rate and 13th in defensive rebound rate, even in a season marred by a finger injury and the trade drama. Holiday is an All-Defensive first-team honoree who can guard the 1, 2 and 3 positions. Adding Williamson would give New Orleans another flexible piece on defense. It’s unclear what kinds of players he will be asked to guard in his career, but he’s versatile. Duke’s defense was underrated last season — the program’s best since 2010 in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to did warm up for the Pelicans’ season finale in April wearing a shirt that read, “That’s All Folks!” If he still ends up departing, New Orleans has more work to do, but the options look much better than they did Monday. Any trade involving Davis would command a more promising return, and it might include players more likely to stay and excel during the early stages of Williamson’s career. (Davis can become a free agent after next season.) The Pelicans could snag a young player like Jayson Tatum from Boston or Ben Simmons from the Sixers. And then there’s the lingering Lakers option, which can now include that juicy No. 4 pick that Los Angeles picked up Tuesday night.The new lottery format, with less favorable odds for the top contenders, altered a number of franchises. The Cavaliers and the Knicks — who along with Phoenix had a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick — ended up with the fifth and third picks, respectively. If New York doesn’t use the pick as trade bait, it will be guaranteed a chance to select one of the draft’s other, slightly less-hyped prospects in Williamson’s Blue Devil teammate RJ Barrett or Murray State point guard Ja Morant.But as expected, it all comes back to Williamson. Asked what he would bring to whichever team drafts him, Williamson said on ESPN on Tuesday night, “Whatever that team needs me to do, I’m going to be able to do it.” That is a common refrain from pro hopefuls, who are coached by agents to say it. But with a once-in-a-generation talent like Williamson, it just might be true.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

first_imgLate last week, Metacritic — the popular review aggregate site for games, movies, music and more — began to rank game developers with a number. It was a move that sparked a lot of controversy. Essentially, the way Metacritic’s developer review algorithm worked was by averaging the scores of all the games that developer had worked on. That was problematic enough: it’s one thing to say that a game sucks based upon its numerical score and quite another thing to say that a developer sucks, or is bad at his job, based upon the review scores given to games he has worked on. There are tons and tons of talented game developers toiling away at companies making shit games, because they aren’t the decision makers. It’s got to be demoralizing enough to have worked on poorly reviewed games, let alone be told you suck an equal amount as the average of all the games you have worked on put together.The other problem, though, was in what those numbers might have been used for. Game publishers already use Metacritic averages to determine whether or not to pay out bonuses to game developer companies… is the next step to deny a hard working person a raise based upon his Metacritic developer average?It was just a bad idea all around. Luckily, Metacritic’s caved and removed the ranking. It may just be a temporary move, though, as Metacritic Games head Marc Doyle is saying that they’re pulling the developer ranking feature primarily because their database of developer credits isn’t yet good enough to provide accurate ratings.. not that rating human beings numerically is a bad idea to begin with. Read more at Metacritic [via Rock Paper Shotgun]last_img read more

first_imgL’ancêtre des ours polaires était une ourse bruneUne étude publiée hier révèle que l’ensemble des ours polaires descend d’une ourse brune irlandaise qui vivait il y a 20.000 à 50.000 ans. Cet animal aujourd’hui menacé est donc issu d’une hybridation naturelle.Si des recherches mettaient déjà en évidence le fait que l’ours polaire moderne (Ursus maritimus) avait hérité d’une partie du patrimoine génétique de l’ours brun, ce n’est qu’avec l’étude publiée dans la revue Current Biology que la preuve d’un croisement entre les deux espèces a été apportée. L’équipe dirigée par Beth Shapiro de l’Université américaine de Pennsylvanie a étudié les échantillons d’ADN mitochondrial sur 242 ours bruns et ours polaires, vivant ou fossilisés au cours des 120.000 dernières années. L’analyse de leur lignage génétique a permis de découvrir que le génome maternel des ours blancs s’était comme “figé”, pour acquérir sa forme actuelle, pendant ou juste avant le pic de la dernière période glaciaire, c’est-à-dire il y a entre 20.000 et 50.000 ans. La localisation est même relativement précise puisqu’elle est située sur la Côte atlantique du nord de l’Irlande.Une “grand-mère” irlandaise commune à tous les ours polaires a donc été trouvée même si, selon le Pr Shapiro, il s’agissait d’un individu différent des ours bruns actuels. En effet, la population d’ours bruns qui partageait son ADN maternel avec les ours polaires s’est éteinte depuis déjà environ 9.000 ans, indique Sciences et Avenir. La génétique est toutefois formelle : les deux espèces étaient en contact bien avant cette disparition et auraient même cohabité pendant une centaine de milliers d’années.Un “grand-père” inconnu À lire aussiL’attaque spectaculaire d’un ours polaire affamé sur un phoqueIl est en revanche beaucoup plus complexe de retrouver la trace de l’ancêtre mâle des ours polaires. La partie paternelle du génome de ces ours, l’ADN nucléaire, remonte bien au-delà de la période glaciaire et “provient probablement d’un ancêtre commun avec les ours bruns il y a à peu près 500 000 ans”, estime Beth Shapiro. “C’est précisément cette différence de génome – l’ancêtre très récent du côté maternel et celui beaucoup plus ancien et différent du côté paternel- qui nous permet d’induire que tous les ours polaires vivants descendent d’une ourse brune” relativement récente, a expliqué la biologiste à l’AFP.Par ailleurs, l’hybridation des ours a certainement été influencée par les fluctuations climatiques au cours des 500.000 dernières années. Les deux espèces d’ours vivaient dans des milieux voisins dont les limites se sont certainement déplacées et superposées à plusieurs reprises lors des épisodes de réchauffement ou de refroidissement climatique, en particulier dans les zones côtières. “Aujourd’hui on assiste à un changement similaire dans le climat arctique, avec la fonte des glaces et le recul de la banquise [ … ] Et une fois de plus, ce changement offre aux ours polaires et bruns l’occasion de partager leur habitat et donc de se croiser” dans tous les sens du terme, explique Beth Shapiro.Des espèces à protéger C’est ainsi que plusieurs hybrides adultes, comme des “pizzlys” issus du croisement entre un ours polaire et un ours brun grizzly, ont été recensés ces dernières années. Malheureusement, ces croisements pourraient favoriser l’extinction des ours polaires dont l’habitat est déjà menacé par le réchauffement. Pourtant, ces animaux doivent aussi être pris en compte dans les efforts pour la conservation des espèces car ils peuvent jouer un rôle non négligeable dans leur survie, estime la spécialiste.Le 8 juillet 2011 à 13:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvised His Excellency the Governor to approve an Immigration and Labour Protocol between TCIG and the Desarollos Hotelco TCI Ltd in relation to the development of a luxury branded hotel at Grace Bay on Providenciales; Received a report from the Hon. Minister of Finance, regarding the management of government accounts.Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course. Header: File photo Received a presentation by the Hon. Attorney General on a bill to amend the Firearms Ordinance which would be finalised for referral to the House of Assembly; Received a presentation by the Hon. Minister for Tourism, Environment, Culture, Heritage and Gaming on a proposed draft Gaming Control Bill. Cabinet sought clarification on certain aspects of the draft Bill and agreed that that draft Bill should be put out to public consultation following which it would be returned to Cabinet for further consideration; Approved the Alternative Education Policy paper as the official document to govern alternative education for students in TCI who are deemed “at risk” or who have behavioural difficulties subject to the provision of resources to implement the policy; Welcomed the news from the Hon. Minister of Finance, that banking services would resume on South Caicos once certain matters were addressed; Rejected a submission by Charisma University to use the Accreditation Commission for Colleges on Medicine (ACCM) to conduct the accreditation of the Charisma School of Medicine in TCI and endorsed the established procedure to be followed for licensing and accreditation of medical schools in TCI; Noted the recommendations of the Procurement Board to award a contract in line with the Public Procurement Ordinance 2012 as follows – TR17/10 Police vehicles; TR17/13 K9 vehicle for the police; TR17/20 Electronic teaching aids and software; TR17/27 Fencing project, South Dock, Providenciales; Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Approved a proposal for a peppercorn lease agreement for ROM Group, Higgs Plaza, to provide free temporary accommodation for three months for the Bottle Creek Clinic on North Caicos whose original property was severely damaged following Hurricane Irma;center_img Noted the financial performance of the TCI Government for the period October – December 2017 as reported by the Accountant General in the 3rdQuarter Financial Report 2017/18 submitted in accordance with Section 36 of the Public Finance Management Ordinance 2012; Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 3, 2018 – Providenciales – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday, 31 January 2018, at the Hon. Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales.  All Ministers were present.At this meeting Cabinet:Received a presentation on the review of the statutory bodies by Mr Stephen Turnbull. Cabinet agreed to consider and review the recommendations in Mr Turnbull’s consolidated report at its next meeting; Noted additional international awards that have been granted to students who were initially denied scholarships due to insufficient funding being available but who are now eligible for awards following additional funds being identified; Approved amending the Community College Ordinance to enable the granting of Bachelor Degrees by the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College; Received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Health, Agriculture, Sport and Human Services on progress to recruit a Chief Executive Officer and a Chief Financial Officer of the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB). Cabinet discussed the continuing problems at the NHIB and called for a paper in advance of the next meeting of Cabinet setting out options to address the management of the NHIB; Advised His Excellency the Governor to grant a licence, subject to certain conditions being met, to Digicel (Turks and Caicos) Limited to install underground telecommunications fibre optic network cables along sections of road reserves in Providenciales and Grand Turk to enable the company to repair and improve its telecommunications infrastructure in TCI following damage caused by September’s hurricanes; Her Excellency the Deputy Governor informed Cabinet of the process and deadlines for ITTs and tenders to be submitted by departments.  She further up-dated Cabinet on recent public service appointments and the latest job recruitments that are underway. The Deputy Governor also raised the critical situation of public service buildings which were badly damaged during the September hurricanes and which remain unsuitable for continued public service operations. The Deputy Governor undertook to circulate to Cabinet a list of government departments affected and that had been displaced as a result of the hurricanes; Received an information paper from the Hon. Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade updating Cabinet on progress on the Vision 2040 Document and the Medium Term Development Strategy project; Related Items:last_img read more

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County health officials Tuesday announced the confirmation of a dozen new cases of influenza among asylum seekers who have been flown to San Diego from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.The county’s Health and Human Services Agency has identified a total of 47 people with flu symptoms and “influenza-like illness” since the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began transporting asylum seekers to San Diego on May 19. To date, nearly 300 people at a migrant shelter in Bankers Hill operated by Jewish Family Service of San Diego have received a health screening.The number of new cases is the largest since Friday, when health officials confirmed 13 new flu cases at the shelter. The county confirmed two cases on Saturday, one on Sunday and three on Monday.In addition, 15 asylum seekers who have tested positive for the flu have been quarantined in hotel rooms as the county tries to stave off more cases. Only one person at the shelter has been hospitalized with flu symptoms since the county began tracking the outbreak on Thursday.DHS officials and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the plan to begin flying detained asylum seekers from Texas to San Diego on May 17. Federal immigration authorities are operating 10 jets between San Diego and Texas, with roughly 130 people aboard each flight. DHS officials said they aim to charter three flights a week to San Diego International Airport, from which the asylum seekers will be moved to local CBP processing stations like Brown Field.The transportation is necessary, according to federal immigration authorities, because CBP facilities are largely overwhelmed with new detainees, many of them families and children requesting asylum. CBP agents have detained an average of 4,500 migrants at the border each day this year.The agency is currently holding about 8,000 people at its detention facility in McAllen, Texas, two times the agency’s maximum capacity in the area. CBP agents temporarily closed processing operations at the facility last week among a flu outbreak of its own, which has resulted in the death of a 16- year-old Guatemalan boy. Roughly three dozen immigrants and asylum seekers at the facility are currently quarantined, the Washington Post reported.San Diego County health officials define a flu outbreak as one person being diagnosed with the virus and a second person contracting and developing the disease within 72 hours. The county said it plans to continue monitoring the situation and providing updates on new flu cases at the shelter. San Diego County confirms a dozen new flu cases at San Diego migrant shelter Posted: May 28, 2019 May 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

first_imgClark County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night were at the scene of a possible shooting around the 10500 block of Northeast Ninth Avenue in Hazel Dell, just west of Interstate 5.Shortly before 9 p.m., officers said they were investigating a possible gunshot wound, and asked officers in the vicinity to stop and identify anyone seen walking in the area, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.An official said someone had been reported to be bleeding. At 9:09 p.m., an officer urgently radioed for tactical officers.Minutes later an official said someone was being rushed to a hospital with two possible gunshot wounds, to the neck and top of the head. An official said paramedics had placed an IV line and were about to intubate the patient, which involves inserting a flexible plastic tube into the person’s windpipe to help them breathe.At 9:52 p.m., officers were asked to look for an older SUV that had been seen leaving Notchlog Drive in Hazel Dell. One person was said to be in the vehicle, a white male about 5 feet 5 inches tall.Notchlog is north of 99th Street, west of I-5 and east of Hazel Dell Avenue.SWAT officers were sent to Notchlog and were breaching doors of apartments, apparentlly looking for a suspect.As of 11:45 p.m., no information was available about how badly the victim was hurt, or whether a suspect had been identified.It appeared that sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit detectives were assisting with the case.More information should come later from the Sheriff’s Office.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or read more

first_img Marijuana tech is evolving 5:37 “Medical cannabis users can kind of mix and match what they use in ways that can potentially be similar to the medication a physician would give them, says Kevin Boehnke, Ph.D., research investigator in the department of anesthesiology and the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan. For example, when it comes to pain management — the top medical use for CBD — a fast-acting form of cannabis (like vaping) and a slower-acting form (like edibles) could potentially be used analogously to fast-acting and extended-release pain relievers.Research into the potential health effects of CBD, as well as optimal doses for specific conditions, is still preliminary but there are a few things we know about the different delivery methods. Edibles (including pills and capsules)lord-jonesCBD is available in many edible forms, including beverages, chocolate and these gumdrop candies. Lord Jones This class of CBD products includes anything ingestible — from drinks to candy to capsules. Pros: With such a large variety of edible CBD products available, people may have an easier time finding something that fits their preferences. For example, food products, like chocolate, gummies and granola bars, may have an earthy flavor that some may find unappealing but pills and capsules tend to be tasteless. Packaged edibles can also make it easier to take a specific dose (though checking a product’s certificate of analysis is the best way to confirm it contains the type and amount of ingredients listed on the package). Cons: Absorption can be slow, erratic and variable, according to research. “If you eat an edible, it actually takes a while to hit the bloodstream because it has to be digested and metabolized by the liver,” says Boehnke. “So it takes a while to take effect but then that lasts a lot longer and tapers more slowly.” And things like how much food someone has recently eaten can affect how much CBD is absorbed by the body, which is usually around 20%-30%. Peak bloodstream levels are usually achieved within one to two hours, though it can take up to six. That variability makes edibles the least predictable methods of using CBD. Vaporizersselectcbd-blends-lavenderMany brands offer vaporizers with CBD. Select Similar to e-cigarettes, vaporizers heat up dry cannabis flower or CBD oils, creating an inhalable vapor.Pros: Vaping is the fastest way to potentially feel results. Peak bloodstream levels occur around 10 minutes but most people can start feeling the effects within a few minutes of the first inhalation and the effects can stick around for three to five hours. “When you vape or smoke, it quickly hits the bloodstream, so there is a quick effect onset that tapers off more quickly than edibles,” says Boehnke.Cons: Like edibles, a variety of factors, such as how deeply someone inhales, how long they hold their breath, and how hot a vaporizer runs can affect CBD absorption, which can vary from 10%-60%. Dosing can also be difficult, although prefilled pens that meter out doses help to consistently zero in on the right amount. Lastly, vape cartridges can contain propylene glycol, a liquid alcohol that’s also found in e-cigarettes and can break down into formaldehyde, a probable carcinogen, at high temperatures. There are “solvent-free” oils on the market that don’t use propylene glycol, and come with a certificate of analysis detailing what chemicals are present. Oils and tincturesThe CBD in these products are usually extracted from hemp and then diluted with an oil, often sesame. The resulting oil or tincture is then typically placed under the tongue using a dropper or sprayed on the inside the cheek, where it’s absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Pros: After vaping, oils and tinctures are the second-fastest way to feel the effects of CBD — usually within 30 minutes. Unless it’s added to food or immediately swallowed, in which case it will have to be processed by the liver first. Cons: Depending on the product, dosing can be tricky. Labeled droppers can be a big help, as can shaking the bottle well before use because CBD can get stuck to the side of the container. TopicalsUS-DRUGS-CANNABIS-CALIFORNIAMarijuana bubble bath and body lotion is seen for sale at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary in California’s San Fernando Valley. Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images Topicals include lotions and balms that are rubbed directly onto the skin, as well as transdermal patches that stick to the skin and gradually release CBD into the bloodstream over a prolonged period of time.Pros: Topicals can be as effective as oral delivery methods. Lotions work more locally, making them a great option for things like arthritis and menstrual cramps, whereas transdermal patches will have a more wide-reaching effect.Cons: Topicals generally need to contain higher amounts of active ingredients, like CBD, to be effective, which can drive up the price. There’s also the risk of skin irritation. The time required to take effect can vary.The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.  0 Post a comment CBD products come in all forms. Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images Ever since the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 legalized hemp-derived cannabidiol or CBD, medical marijuana products have flooded the market. Burgers, coffee, cartridges, pet shampoo — you name it and there’s probably a version that contains CBD, as consumers have quickly realized. According to one 2018 study, CBD users report using, on average, two different forms of CBD, with the most popular delivery method being sublingual, or taken under the tongue. This story discusses substances that are legal in some places but not in others and is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You shouldn’t do things that are illegal — this story does not endorse or encourage illegal drug use.The sheer variety of CBD products can be overwhelming — especially considering they all interact with and affect the body in different ways — but the abundance can also be a good thing. center_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Wellnesslast_img read more

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioTwo Alaska State Troopers Slain In TananaEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA 19-year-old Tanana man has been arrested in connection with the murder of two Alaska State Troopers on Thursday. The bodies of the two slain law officers were brought to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage on Friday, accompanied by a Trooper escort.Tanana Residents Devastated By Trooper DeathsDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksTanana is an Athabascan village about 130 miles west of Fairbanks, near the confluence of the Tanana and Yukon Rivers. The village’s 300 residents all know one another, and many are related.Tensions Bubble Up Between Alaska GOP, Tea PartyAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauFor years, there’s been conflict between the Alaska Republican Party’s establishment wing and its more conservative Tea Party faction. Those tensions bubbled to the surface Friday when the party’s U.S. Senate candidates took the stage at the state convention.Firefighters Respond To Caribou Lake WildfireAaron Selbig, KBBI – HomerFirefighters with the Alaska Division of Forestry are responding to a wildfire near Caribou Lake today.Rep. Lindsey Holmes Will Not Seek ReelectionAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauWest Anchorage Republican Lindsey Holmes will not be running for reelection to the Alaska House of Representatives.Carl Moses Remembered For ‘Full Career’ Of Public ServiceAnnie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaFlags are at half-staff today as Alaska says goodbye to its longest-serving state representative. Carl Moses died in Sand Point on Wednesday after a long illness. He was 84. He leaves a legacy of service in Southwest Alaska and across the state.Fairbanks Schools Anticipating Teacher, Staff ReductionsDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe State Legislature has boosted money for education, but it’s not enough to stem cuts by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. The district is getting 6 million new dollars from the state, $3.3 million more than the expected increase, but acting Superintendent Karen Gaborik says it’s not sufficient to avert teacher and staff reductions.AK: SmokejumpersEmily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksRed Flag warnings have already been issued for parts of south central and the Interior and wildland firefighters are gearing up for the season. Some of them will approach wildfires from the ground, but there’s one elite group that’s been training for more than two months to fight fire from the air. KUAC’s Emily Schwing caught up with the Alaska smokejumpers to find out how they train and why they do it.300 Villages: WrangellJolene Almendarez, APRN – AnchorageCarol Rushmore works for the city and Borough of Wrangell.last_img read more

first_imgRocket Internet is reportedly looking to sell its top e-commerce firms Jabong, Foodpanda, and FabFurnish amid intensifying competition in the Indian online retail sector.The Berlin-based Internet company is now planning to change its strategy and form a venture capital fund to invest directly in firms in India rather than “incubating startups”.”Rocket Internet just failed to anticipate the depth of competition in India. The internet business in India is a different beast altogether,” a former senior executive at one of its companies in India told The Economic Times.Some analysts said that a shift in the company’s strategy underlines that its model of operations in India has been unsuccessful.Its top companies — fashion retailer Jabong, food services aggregator Foodpanda and furniture retailer FabFurnish — are facing tough competition from new entrants, as they eat into their business by constantly streamlining their operations.Startups like TinyOwl and Swiggy, which have come up in the past one year, are now challenging the business model of Rocket Internet companies in India. These companies have also attracted massive funding from various investors.Besides this, established players such Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon are fast expanding into segments like fashion and furniture, resulting in increased competition for Jabong and FabFurnish.While four of five founder-managing directors of Jabong have already left the firm, the top management at Foodpanda India is seeing a constant reshuffle. Foodpanda now faces competition from a new online food ordering firm, Zomato.Meanwhile, FabFurnish founders Mehul Aggrawal and Vikram Chopra have washed their hands of from responsibilities of overseeing day-to-day operations. FabFurnish competes with Urban Ladder and PepperFry.”(Rocket Internet’s) model of owning 90% of a venture simply doesn’t motivate the founders, who, for obvious reasons, are not going to have the same values as that of Narayana Murthy or a Nandan Nilekani. The risk is imminent,” said a fund manager.While current and ex-entrepreneurs at Rocket Internet have confirmed the developments over the company’s exit plans, Rocket Internet spokesman Jan Christoph Bohnerth denied commenting on the developments saying that were just “rumours”.”Rocket Internet continues to believe in the Indian internet consumer market. We will continue to be invested,” said Foodpanda India chief executive Saurabh Kochhar.last_img read more

first_imgMichael Stravato for The Texas TribuneStudents at Texas A&M in College Station protest outside the venue where white nationalist Richard Spencer spoke on December 6, 2016.Seventeen thousand dollars on t-shirts. $11,000 for flashing LED bracelets. $60,000 for big-name musicians and a string quartet. $9,500 for an “expression wall” that event attendees could draw on.Texas A&M University officials decided it was worth paying those costs and more to divert attention from a controversial speaker’s visit to campus in December 2016. While lawmakers and campus administrators agree that protecting free speech on college campuses is essential, doing that can be expensive for schools. Take A&M. When a self-described leader of the “alt-right” movement, Richard Spencer, came to the College Station campus that year, A&M held an “Aggies United” event that filled the university’s football stadium with musical acts and feel-good speeches. The cost of that three-hour rally? Around $299,000 – or nearly $100,000 an hour. Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University receipt provided to The Texas Tribune through an open records request.“Knowing that the world would be watching this event at Texas A&M University created the challenge of allowing open dialogue under a heavy security presence, but also provided an opportunity for us to demonstrate Aggie values – both to those unfamiliar with A&M, as well as to Aggie families and former students – through a large-scale university-sponsored event,” said Kelly Brown, a university spokeswoman.“Executing these plans came at a cost,” she said. But all the money for the rally – which was planned in 10 days – came from discretionary funds used for holiday parties and other events. “No parent or student was financially burdened since no state dollars were used to pay” for the event, she added. How to promote free expression on college campuses has stymied the Legislature – no bills to address the issue passed last year. And though lawmakers and university officials tout the importance of free expression, administrators confronted with a controversial speaker’s visit to campus seem to have few good options at their disposal:Hold the event and pick up a hefty tab for security officersCharge the host group for security and risk stoking a social media firestormOr cancel the event and face the threat of a lawsuit, legal fees and a barrage of criticism about yielding to a “heckler’s veto.”Those vetoes – which happen when officials suppress speech out of concern for how others will react – have drawn particular concern from lawmakers, who often say the answer to hateful speech is more dialogue, not less.A&M officials tried to take that route in 2016. In the lead up to Spencer’s visit, A&M President Michael Young met calls to cancel the talk by citing the First Amendment and the importance of free expression. He issued a lengthy statement saying the university would, instead, host its own gathering the same evening.The counter event, the university said in a recap on its website, served as an outlet for students and a positive antidote to the negative media attention.“For anyone watching or reporting on the Spencer event, we hoped our message of hope and positivity would shine through, as well,” Brown said. “And we believe it did.”But those three hours cost the university nearly $300,000 – roughly $50 for each of the 6,000 people that attended. The school spent $66,000 to rent and staff the school’s football field, and $4,000 for different insurance policies.The figures were found in nearly 100 pages of receipts and invoices provided to The Texas Tribune through an open records request. Among the charges were $50,000 the university paid to book the musician Ben Rector, $1,700 for a huge banner, $750 to ship that banner, $5,000 for food like “an elaborate display of seasonal local and tropical fresh fruits” ($995), and 100 deluxe sandwich boxes ($878.50).$1,700 was spent on buttons and, according to a handwritten note scrawled on one receipt, $1,297 was used to purchase “signs directing to different locations.”Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University receipt provided to The Texas Tribune through an open records request. Texas A&M University receipt provided to The Texas Tribune through an open records request.The expenses spent on A&M’s own event dwarfed the price tag attached to Spencer’s speech – the one school officials were trying to draw attention away from in the first place. Records show a private citizen paid the university about $3,500 to rent a room on-campus for Spencer to speak in and to pay for four security guards.Twenty-thousand dollars were also spent on law enforcement – from four different police and sheriff’s departments – to handle the Spencer event, the Aggies United rally, protests and traffic control.“Evidence of our commitment to free speech”At a January hearing about campus free speech, Texas A&M University System’s general counsel told a panel of state lawmakers that the school’s handling of Spencer’s 2016 visit was “evidence of our commitment to free speech.”A&M officials let the event go forward despite facing significant pressure to cancel it – and “we did so at great expense given the strong security presence that was required to manage the crowd,” the general counsel, Ray Bonilla, said.He said that after Spencer’s 2016 visit, A&M redrafted one of its free-speech policies to bar speakers who are not sponsored by a campus group from using school facilities. (Anybody can still give a speech in open areas on campus.)And Spencer wasn’t able to make another appearance at A&M – despite being slated to attend a September 2017 “White Lives Matter” rally at a permissible area, an outdoor plaza on campus. Lawmakers called on A&M leaders to bar the event from happening and school officials canceled the rally soon after, citing safety concerns after a protest in Charlottesville – one referenced by event organizers – turned violent. The organizer of the rally threatened to sue the school after the second event was canceled, but has not.“Aggies United event was a successful response but a lot has happened in the last 14 months since in dynamics,” Amy Smith, an A&M spokeswoman, said. “I worry that another counter program event such as that would actually draw out bad actors today and may not be apt to do it again.”Disclosure: Texas A&M University 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.  Sharelast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday dared the BJP to hold polls using ballot paper instead of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and reiterated that Trinamool Congress will win more than 250 seats in Bengal in the 2021 Assembly polls.”We have seen that wherever there has been voting in ballot, BJP has ended up on the losing side (jekhane jekhane ballot e vote hoyeche BJP vokatta hoyeche). But in places where voting has been conducted in EVMs, BJP has managed to win,” Banerjee said, addressing the Martyr’s Day rally at Esplanade. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHis statement assumes significance in the wake of the results of elections in Karnataka and Rajasthan. In the Karnataka Lok Sabha polls, BJP had won 26 out of 28 seats. But in the municipal polls, when elections were held in ballot, the saffron party had lost. The results have been similar in Rajasthan as well. Banerjee asserted that Trinamool will sweep the Assembly elections in 2021 with more than 250 seats and Mamata Banerjee will assume the Chief Minister’s chair for the third time with a clear mandate. “The people of Bengal will prove that there is no alternative to Mamata Banerjee,” he added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe cautioned the saffron party that their divisive politics to create disturbance in the state will yield no fruit. “Your politics is based upon creating rift among people in the name of religion, but our politics is to provide food and clothing to every single person in the state,” he said. Meanwhile, senior Trinamool Congress leader Suvendu Adhikari appealed to the party workers to launch movement against BJP which is oblivious of the culture and tradition of Bengal. “The BJP is in the dark about the culture of Bengal and are bent upon portraying its rich cultural heritage in poor light. It is evident from their act of vandalism of the bust of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. So, we have to unite to thwart such acts and for democracy our call will be to press for ballots and shun EVMs,” he said. Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim also came down heavily upon the BJP, holding them responsible for pushing the country towards financial trouble. “The Centre has surrendered to foreign power and the Prime Minister’s call of Acche Din is a far cry from the truth,” he asserted. Trinamool state president Subrata Bakshi reminded the party workers of the significance of Martyrs’ Day. In 1993, 13 workers were killed when Mamata Banerjee, then Youth Congress president, had launched a march to the secretariat, with demand of ‘No Card No Vote.’ “We were able to set precedence through our movement in 1993 and we are hopeful that our demand of ballot in voting and shunning of EVMs will also prove successful,” he maintained.last_img read more

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Douglas (Colin Morgan) and Wilde (Rupert Everett) take a stroll in Italy (Photo: The Happy Prince | Maze Pictures)Although getting by on scraps of royalties, Wilde gravitates towards the absinthe dens of Paris, befriending rent boys and runaways. Ill health eventually catches up with him. It’s believed he died from a meningitis infection. Whether this was due to syphilis or complications from an operation are unknown.Labor of loveThe Happy Prince has clearly been a labor of love for Everett. Although he’s sometimes been known to upset with his foot-in-mouth pronouncements on gay politics, he’s an actor we don’t see enough of on the big screen.Fortunately, he’s one who seems to be carving out a more consistent career as he ages – and the Happy Prince puts him back centre stage in a dream role. He plays Wilde as an alcohol-soaked, jowly and overweight protagonist. You know he’s ruthlessly intelligent, but like Everett himself, he’s not someone easy to love or who appears to be overflowing with warmth.However, when the film reveals snatches of the humiliations heaped upon Wilde – spat upon at Clapham Junction station while awaiting prison transfer – it’s impossible not to feel sympathy for him.His huge talent was no protection to living at a time when presenting as anything other a heterosexual was impossible.This is not a flashy, fast-paced biopic – some may even find it a little slow in places – but its claustrophobic and dank atmosphere suits the subject matter. The Happy Prince shines a light on a much-overlooked chapter of Wilde’s life story.For those old enough to remember, it’s a treat to see Everett and Firth together on screen again. The two enjoyed breakthrough roles as teenage students in 1984’s Another Country.Everett even finds a small cameo role for Beatrice Dalle (of Betty Blue fame), with whom he had a short but intense love affair in the mid-80s. Credit also to Colin Morgan, who plays Douglas as a suitably waspish and vanity-driven queen.The Happy Prince opens in UK movie theaters on 15 June.See alsoWho was Oscar Wilde? Who was Oscar Wilde?Rupert Everett wants #GayToo movement to end showbiz ‘boys’ club attitude’Rupert Everett says Oscar Wilde wouldn’t have used Grindr – here’s whyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS- Wilde attempted to sue the father of his male lover (Lord Alfred Douglas) for libel, after the older man called him a ‘posing sodomite’.Wilde lost the case and found himself, instead, charged with gross indecency. Found guilty in 1895, he became arguably the most famous – and despised – homosexual in the world.He subsequently served two years hard labor in prison. And then? Upon his release he fled to self-imposed exile in mainland Europe. He died three years later, in 1900.Wilde (Everett) entertains a group of French poets at dinner (Photo: Maze Pictures)Exile in EuropeWilde’s career and court case have been covered before (Stephen Fry starred in the film Wilde in 1997). However, his life post-prison has largely been ignored in popular culture.Written, directed by and starring Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince looks to examine those final three years of Wilde’s life. Everett himself has described it as a kind of road movie, following Wilde’s path to northern France, Naples, and – finally – near poverty in Paris.Wilde spends much of his time with friends Robert Ross (Edwin Thomas) and Reggie Taylor (Colin Firth). He initially hopes for a return to a normal, working life. But when a planned reunion with his wife (Emily Watson) and sons fails to materialize, and he finds himself verbally abused in the street by a group of young British men, the realization dawns  that there is no way back to the privileges he once enjoyed.Although at first promising he will never again see Douglas, the young lover who played such a role in his downfall, the two are reunited and attempt to start a life together in Naples. It’s a short-lived, tempestuous experiment that falls apart as soon as their money begins to dry up. Colin Morgan and Rupert Everett as Douglas and Wilde in The Happy Prince (Photo: Maze Pictures) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Anyone with a passing knowledge of LGBTI British history will be familiar with the story of Oscar Wilde. The lauded, Victorian playwright and author was the subject of one of the most notorious court cases in British history.last_img read more