Nova Scotia Plants Book Available as Free Download

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Plants book, launched in October, can now be downloaded for free. The book, by Marian C. Munro, Ruth E. Newell and Nicholas M. Hill, provides a comprehensive catalogue of the province’s flora. “It takes many partners working together to catalogue and preserve the province’s picturesque natural history,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “Nova Scotians and researchers from other provinces can now download the entire book and use it to study and explore Nova Scotia’s rich diversity of plant species.” The project took seven years to complete and involved academics, resource managers, technicians and students. Nearly 30 photographers provided images of more than 1,500 species of ferns and relatives, conifers and flowering plants. “This ebook serves as an invaluable tool and resource for professional botanists, university researchers, students, teachers, naturalists, the agricultural community and the horticultural industry,” said Ms. Newell. “It represents an updated compilation of our present knowledge of Nova Scotia’s naturally occurring wild flora, including the current status of our rare and endangered species and occurrences of invasive species.” Illustrated with computer-generated distribution maps and full-colour photographs, the ebook includes a glossary, discussion of plant communities and a background to botanical study in the province. “From the weird and smelly skunk cabbage melting the snows around Yarmouth to the globally rare eastern mountain avens on Brier Island to the splendid marsh marigold of swamps of Cheticamp, this new electronic flora invites a new generation of Nova Scotians to get out and visit the wonders of our wilds,” said Mr. Hill. “Never have I worked on a project with so many partners and it could not have been completed without the countless hours donated by volunteers provincewide,” said Ms. Munro. To download Nova Scotia Plants, go to .last_img read more

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Railways plans to run DelhiMumbai DelhiHowrah trains at 160 kmh

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to reduce travel time, the Indian Railways, under its 100-day action plan, envisages increasing the speeds of trains on the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah routes at an investment of over Rs 13,500 crore, officials said. A senior railway ministry official told IANS: “In a proposal approved by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, the Railways plans to increase the train speed to 160 kmh on the busy routes of Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah in the next four years.” Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana By increasing the speeds on these busiest rail routes, the travel time between Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai will be reduced to 12 hours and 10 hours, respectively, as compared to the current 17 hours and 15.5 hours, the official said. Currently the maximum speed on these routes, which account for 30 per cent of passenger and 20 per cent of freight traffic, is 130 kmh. The official said the proposal envisages that in the next 100 days, approval should be obtained for this project and the proposal is being sent to the Cabinet Committee for Economic Affairs (CCEA). Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The estimated cost to upgrade the speed on the 1,525-km New Delhi-Howrah route will be Rs 6,684 crore and on the 1,483-km New Delhi-Mumbai route will be Rs 6,806 crore, and the entire project is proposed to be implemented within four years from the date of approval, according to the official. The official said that this is one of the 11 proposals prepared by the railways in its 100-day plan, with instructions to initiate immediate action to implement them by August 31. The plan document has been prepared on the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay down the vision for the Railways for the next three months, the official said. Besides increasing the speeds on these routes, the other plans for the national transporter to be initiated within the next 100 days include the Railways’ earlier proposal of handing over certain low-congestion routes to private players. The official said that under this plan, it may consider giving premium trains including Rajdhanis and Shatabdis to private players. A tender will be floated within four months and the applicants will have to prove that they can run entire operations of the trains — from ticket bookings, to ticket checking, running the train within the time, catering services and more, he said. Also two trains, covering important tourist destinations or connecting major cities on less congested routes, may be allotted to Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on an experimental basis, the official said. The Request for Proposal (RFP) and a Request for Quote (RFQ) could be issued within the next 100 days, the official said. The official, however, added that before engaging private operators, the Indian Railways will consult the trade unions. Last year, the Niti Aayog in its ‘New India’ vision had advocated for more private participation in the Railways, including ownership of locomotives and rolling stock, to modernising railway stations. The Railways has also planned to start work on the pilot projects for advanced signalling system for safety and higher throughput within 100 days. The official said the advanced signalling system will enhance safety by ensuring that technological aid to the loco pilot is provided to eliminate or considerably reduce accidents due to overshooting of signals and overspeeding. He said that it will also help in increasing the line capacity on the railway network by 46 to 48 per cent on absolute block system and will also help in improving the punctuality of trains by providing information to the loco pilots of the signal in advance, even in adverse conditions like fog or sharp curves and tunnels.last_img read more

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Rightwing white supremacist groups an increasing concern for Canadians Goodale

first_imgREGINA — Canada’s minister for public safety says right-wing, white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups are an increasing concern and threat to Canadians.Ralph Goodale says the groups promote hate, which manifests itself in violent anti-Semitism or in crimes such as the deadly van attack along Yonge Street in Toronto.He says people involved in such attacks may have acted as individuals but were inspired by what they saw on the Internet.Goodale says the federal government is working with Internet providers to eliminate the issue.He says Internet providers have an obligation to make sure they don’t provide a platform for spreading fear and hate.Goodale made the comments during a speech on national security at the University of Regina.The Canadian Presslast_img

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Planning guide for palliative care for cancer patients released by UN agency

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today unveiled its first guide explaining the range of palliative care services available for the millions of people across the world living with advanced stages of cancer.Aimed at public health planners, particularly in developing countries, the guide provides information on how to devise the most effective methods of providing palliative care, including details of low-cost public health models.WHO’s Director for Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion, Benedetto Saraceno, said simple and low-cost models can be adopted in ways that reach the majority of the population, even in poor countries where most cases are not diagnosed until the late stages of cancer.“These models consider the integration of palliative care services in the existing health system, with a special emphasis on community- and home-based care,” he said.Palliative care focuses on providing pain relief and management of often distressing or debilitating symptoms to patients facing life-threatening illnesses, improving their quality of life. WHO reports that preliminary estimates indicate that every year as many 4.8 million people who suffer moderate to severe pain as a result of cancer do not receive any treatment.“Everyone has a right to be treated, and die, with dignity,” said Catherine Le Galès-Camus, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health. “The relief of pain – physical, emotional, spiritual and social – is a human right.”Dr. Le Galès-Camus said this was particularly important in poor countries, where diagnoses are often made so late that treatment is no longer effective and palliative care is the only option.More than 70 per cent of all deaths from cancer occur in developing countries, which have limited resources for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Worldwide, some 7.6 million people died from cancer in 2005.WHO projects that the number of deaths from cancer will keep rising, up to an estimated 9 million in 2015 and 11.4 million by 2030. 5 October 2007The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today unveiled its first guide explaining the range of palliative care services available for the millions of people across the world living with advanced stages of cancer. read more

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Priyani Jayasinghes husband remanded over wifes murder

The husband of singer Priyani Jayasinghe was today ordered to be remanded until 23rd July.Jayasinghe’s husband had been arrested over the murder of his wife. The murder is believed to have been committed using a pair of scissors. Priyani Jayasinghe was found dead at her home in Panadura this week.A police spokesperson had said that the singer was found stabbed to death.

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Select untested Ohio State players set to make Buckeye debut

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAs Ohio State prepares for its season opener against the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday, some players are preparing for their first taste of college football.While the Buckeyes return seven starters on defense, including all four across the defensive line, OSU returns just four starters on offense.One of those returning starters, senior wide receiver Evan Spencer, said although the Buckeyes are more inexperienced, it will create opportunities for young players to step up.“The difference I would say, from this year compared to last, is obviously our depth,” Spencer said Monday. “With as many playmakers as we have on the offense and on defense — but more specifically offense — we’re going to find ways to get people the ball.”One of those players will be touching the ball every play, as redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett is set to make his first career start in place of senior quarterback Braxton Miller, who will miss the season because of a shoulder injury.Spencer said while he feels bad for Miller, he is not worried about the offense operating under Barrett.“It’s definitely a change. But I mean at the same time, all throughout camp J.T. and both (redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones) have been getting so many reps with the ones,” Spencer said. “They’ve been throwing the ball so much all throughout camp, and really all throughout the offseason that it’s not that much of a transition for us just because that’s what we’ve been going through.”OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said while Barrett might not be a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate right now, Herman is sure of the quarterback situation.“I am very confident,” Herman said Wednesday. “I think J.T. has had an excellent camp. Cardale has actually had his best week as a Buckeye this week.”Herman went on to say he thinks there are other teams in the nation that would envy having a player like Barrett or Jones under center.“I would think there are a lot of schools right now that would take our scenario over what they got,” he said.Despite Spencer and Herman’s praise for Jones, coach Urban Meyer said there isn’t a plan in place for Jones to come in Saturday and take playing time away from Barrett.Not only does the quarterback position feature a freshman starter, the Buckeye defense will likely start at least two freshmen, and others are also expected to see the field.OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said Wednesday that although the defense is young, he is excited to see how the group performs in what is, for some of them, their first taste of college football action.“We got a lot of youth, and sometimes with youth, you are not exactly sure how they act or respond at the start,” Fickell said. “We know that we want to play 19 to 20 guys.”Among that group will likely be redshirt-freshmen cornerbacks Eli Apple and Gareon Conley and highly-recruited freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan.Fickell said both Apple and Conley, who are listed as co-starters for week one, have shown they are worthy of playing time in practice, but added he is nervous about sending them out on the field Saturday.“Now you are looking at two guys who are young. We’ve seen what they can do, we love who they are, we love what they have done throughout camp. We are not sure how they will do in front of 80,000 people,” Fickell said. “That is one of those things that keeps you laying awake at night.”The young Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

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Football No 3 Ohio State attempts to continue momentum against Indiana

Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) and sophomore offensive lineman Thayer Munford (75) celebrate after Dobbins scores a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against Penn State on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorA 1-point win over a top-10 Penn State team isn’t anything new for Ohio State.Last season, the Buckeyes came back from being down by 11 with less than five minutes to play to beat the then-No. 2 Nittany Lions 39-38 behind a historic performance from former quarterback J.T. Barrett.Ohio State lost the following week in a 55-24 beatdown to an unranked Iowa team in Kinnick Stadium.Now, 11 months later, No. 3 Ohio State faces a similar situation, and goes into a matchup against Indiana hoping history doesn’t repeat itself at Ohio Stadium.Running backs coach Tony Alford said he won’t make the same mistake he did last season against the Hawkeyes.“I didn’t do well enough to prepare my guys to play at the level they needed to play at to beat a good football team,” Alford said. “That’s on me.”Indiana, on paper, has the record to do it — the Hoosiers come into the matchup 4-1, their lone loss coming at home with a score of 35-21 against No. 20 Michigan State.The offense is led by redshirt sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey, another dual-threat quarterback who has 10 touchdowns on the season, eight through the air and two on the ground.This will be the fourth straight quarterback Ohio State has faced who is known for making plays with his feet after redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley broke the Nittany Lions record with 461 all-purpose yards, 175 with his feet.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said he sees a lot of McSorley in Ramsey’s game.“They have a guy that’s a dual [threat] in Ramsey. He’s a gutsy player, man, and he’s one of those guys that creates something out of nothing,” Meyer said. “Last year’s quarterback that they started, he was dropping seeds on people. This has the other element.”The quarterback “dropping seeds” last year was Richard Lagow, who threw 65 times for 410 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Indiana’s 49-21 loss to the Buckeyes in their opening game of the season.Ramsey completes 71 percent of his passes, with 1,039 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. But don’t expect Ramsey to light up the stat sheet like Lagow; he averages nine yards per completion.In the run game, freshman Stevie Scott takes a majority of the carries, earning 4.7 yards per rush for 464 yards and four touchdowns. Ramsey is up to 170 yards rushing through five games.The offensive numbers don’t stand out much for the Hoosiers; they rank No. 65 in total offense with 412.2 yards per game and No. 80 at 28.2 points per game.But the defensive side of the football has been Indiana’s strong point thus far, ranking No. 25 with 321.8 yards allowed per game.The real strength comes from the pass defense, allowing only 163.6 yards per game, which is No. 14 in the nation. The Indiana defense also has accounted for 10 turnovers this season — tied for No. 13 in the NCAA.“They played very well. Their scheme is outstanding. I think they’re very well coached,” Meyer said. “They have answers for everything.”PredictionIndiana might be 4-1, but its weak schedule to this point does not suggest it is one of the Big Ten’s top teams, capable of upsetting Ohio State.The Hoosiers have not beaten the Buckeyes since 1988 — a streak of 25 games.But Indiana does have the benefit of following Penn State, which was at least a piece of Iowa’s stunning upset against Ohio State a season ago.A piece, yes, but Iowa had a stifling defense and home crowd that Indiana does not.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins showed some flaws against Penn State, but also many strengths, which he put on display in the fourth quarter to bring the Buckeyes back for a close win.No matter what the Hoosiers have done against the pass game to this point, they have not played a guy like Haskins yet.The running game has slowed to a halt in the past two games, but Indiana’s mediocre run defense could help running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber get the ball moving.Ramsey is a solid quarterback, but he is no McSorley, and nothing on the Hoosiers offensive side stands out enough to get past a defensive line that has been nothing short of superb to this point.Expect this game to be closer than it should be, considering where it falls on the schedule, but Ohio State is more prepared for a game like this following Iowa last year, and has the pure talent and home-field advantage to avoid any potential trap Indiana holds.Wyatt Crosher: 34-17 Ohio StateColin Gay: 42-20 Ohio StateEdward Sutelan: 45-24 Ohio StateRachel Bules: 34-20 Ohio StateSydney Riddle: 38-18 Ohio StateClaire Kudika: 37-16 Ohio StateAmanda Parrish: 49-20 Ohio StateCasey Cascaldo: 52-21 Ohio StateJake Rahe: 56-7 Ohio State read more

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Weve soldiered together Dublins Jonny Cooper on that picture with Rob Hennelly

first_imgCooper finished Sunday’s final on the sidelines, substituted in the second half after an accidental clash of heads with Mayo captain Andy Moran left him concussed and visibly dazed.Manager Jim Gavin and the Dublin medical team quickly knew that Cooper was in no way fit to continue, an assessment backed up when the Na Fianna man vomited in the dugout minutes later.“I definitely can remember the game,” Cooper said. “I think I was sitting on the bench with Alan Brogan and Paddy Andrews and just kind of asked them to keep me up to date with the goings on in the match.After a couple of minutes I was fine. It was just the initial blow was a bit tough. But I was fine after.“I suppose All-Irelands are there to be won,” he added. “We had to try and dive on every ball and if we could do that, we’d be in with a chance of being victorious. That’s what it was going to take.”If Sunday was tough, Cooper knows that retaining Dublin’s All-Ireland crown in 2014 will be every bit as difficult.“You can see with Donegal this year and ourselves last year, it definitely was difficult.“We’ll enjoy this moment as it is and when Jim gets back down to earth in a couple of weeks, I have no doubt we’ll get focused again.I’ve no doubt with Jim and his management team and everyone involved, there won’t be any complacency in the future.‘Concussion decision should have been taken out of Rory O’Carroll’s hands’ INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan“Team mates are team mates and I’d be very good friends with Rob from DCU,” Cooper explained. “I suppose we’ve soldiered together for a number of years in DCU.“It is what it is when you go over the white line. That’s the way it goes. One of us was going to be victorious and one of us wasn’t.I would have a very good relationship with Rob. It was tough to see a DCU team mate in that state. It is what it is but that’s the reason why I went over to him. AS THE CELEBRATIONS raged around him, Jonny Cooper had the presence of mind to check in on an old friend.For the Dublin defender an All-Ireland medal was a fitting end to his first full Championship season and the perfect tonic after watching the capital’s 2011 win from the stands.For goalkeeper Rob Hennelly and all of Mayo, Sunday’s one-point defeat was another room to add to the county’s house of pain.Cooper and Hennelly were team-mates on the DCU side which won the Sigerson Cup in 2012 and, amid the agony and ecstasy, they shared a touching moment of sportsmanship.last_img read more

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Astronomers discover black hole using sunlike star to fire energy bullets

first_imgPictured above is a fascinating find brought to the American Astronomical Society’s annual meeting by researchers. The image depicts a black hole named H1742-322 that is intermittently shooting projectiles made of ionized gas at incredible speeds out of both sides of its disc. When we say incredible, we mean that the gas bullets are travelling at a quarter of the speed of light, or 46,570.5 mph/s. Even more astonishing is that this black hole unleashes as much energy as our sun produces in one year in just little over and hour. It’s therefore a good thing the black hole is over 28,000 light-years away from our planet.These energy bullets were witnessed using the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite and Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), a series of ten radio telescopes located around the United States that span a distance of 5,351 miles. Working together to capture and collect radio signals emitted from space, each 82-foot dish installed in the ten stations relays the gathered information and feeds it back to computers for analysis. Visual data is then rendered from the signals to produce pictures like the one above.Using the VLBA, physicist Gregory Sivakoff of the University of Alberta and a team of researchers wanted to try to find how and why H1742-322 is shooting out such tremendous amounts of energy. They found that a sun-like star is caught in orbit around the black hole, which provides the ammunition for the energy blasts. Over a period of time, energy is siphoned off to form a blob of ionized gas that makes it way slowly around the spiral disc of H1742-322, until suddenly, it disappears. Soon after, the energy bullets start firing into the void of space. This leads Sivakoff and his team to believe that the gaseous blob is an important part of the reason behind the event’s occurrence.Continued studies of this phenomenon could help scientists glean new information about black holes, which are thought to be the most powerful objects in space. If nothing else, be impressed by the energy H1742-322 has at its command.Read more at NASA, via Wiredlast_img read more

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Man uses spray cleaner to kill company computers for three years

first_imgYou might have the occasional bad day at work. You might even generally dislike your job, but I’d wager you don’t hate your employer in quite the same way Edward Sobolewski hates his. After being denied a raise in 2009, Sobolewski embarked on a quest to destroy as many of the company’s servers as possible. His weapon of choice? A bottle of Cillit Bang spray cleaner.The 44 year-old credit controller managed to get away with spraying down the office computers with Cillit Bang for three years before being caught. Cillit Bang, in case you’re not aware, is a cleaning product that is mainly used to remove grease and limescale from metal. Outside the UK it’s sold as Easy-Off Bang. Since the active ingredients in Cillit Bang are caustic acids, it is definitely not recommended for use on electronics. Well, unless you want to destroy said electronics.In those three years, the company alleges that he did over £32,000 (a little over $50,000) in damage. After a few years of mysterious and expensive system failures, the company finally suspected foul play and installed security cameras in the server room. Mr. Sobolewski was quickly caught in the act, spraying Cillit Bang into the front vents on several computers as casually as you’d water a plant.Sobolewski was sentenced to serve 8 months in jail and has to pay £10,000 (US$15,700) to partially cover the costs of the sabotage. Calling this fellow disgruntled is quite the understatement.last_img read more

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Fruit Valley parcel could feature development with 27 tiny homes

first_img A neighborhood of tiny homes is in the works in Vancouver, though you wouldn’t know it to look at the proposed site.Located amid brambles just off the railroad north of Fruit Valley, the 1.5-acre chunk of land is currently home to just one structure: a railway switch station, built in the late 1800s.But this little piece of history might soon be home to very modern solution to the affordable housing crisis. The planned development would include 27 tiny homes — 23 new structures, plus four residential units in the renovated rail station.Each residence would be around 300 square feet, with water and electricity, and are best suited to a single person, a couple or a parent and child living together. The new structures would meet accessibility standards. The proposed location, at 1901 N.W. 69th Circle, is about 10 minutes away from downtown Vancouver by car.It’s the rent, though, that’s unbeatable: around $600 per month, with no deposit.“We are not in the market of making a profit off people,” said Chris Thobaben, a member of local housing nonprofit Community Roots Collaborative.The idea is to create a place where low-income residents can age in place. Unlike transitional housing, there won’t be a time limit for how long someone can live in their Fruit Valley tiny home. Thobaben said he hopes the neighborhood can start to feel like home for its tenants, not just a place to survive. click to enlargelast_img read more

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Police shun idea of hiding information promised new methods in dealing with

first_img Recommended for you Kendall Grant First TCI Police Officer complete FBI Training at Quantico Related Items:CID superintendent, kendall grant, media, new method, police commissioner james smith Kevino Smith confirmed dead; Governor aims to soothe the after a violent crime weekend Cayman Police summoned to investigate TCI Police involved shooting death Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jul 2015 – Not enough information coming from police on various criminal acts perpetrated including rapes, home invasions, robbery sprees and violent attacks. The Police Commissioner, James Smith responded to Magnetic Media concerns about this absence of information. Police Commissioner James Smith: “That is not the way I am used to operating, and I don’t think it is the way the Turks and Caicos Islands Police are used to operating because we have to protect the scene of a crime, we have to protect the confidentiality of evidence that we gathering, we have to protect the identity of witnesses and victims until we are at a point that is either appropriate or safe to that (information) out. I think we come at this from a slightly different angle and that is not to say there is not more that could be done and Audley (Astwood, Press Liaison) and I are discussing methodologies of being more proactive with you guys. We are not scared to engage the media, we are not frightened to tell you things but we are cautious that we don’t undermine our professional investigations and the right of people not to be thrust into the media if they don’t need to be.”I clarified that the question was not aimed at getting closer to crime scenes, but getting closer to crimes solved and how the no stream of information could be hurting police and public relationships. Deandrea Hamilton, Magnetic Media: “It seems insensitive to the residents of an area or people who could be potential victims they just feel a lack of concern by police…Police Commissioner James Smith: “I hear all of that and let’s try to get better at that and I think Audley (Astwood, Press Liaison) is the man to lead on that course…”CID Superintendent Wayne Jones: “I don’t want you to think we are trying to hide things from you as media because we would like to use you as much as possible to put things out there for us but one thing we have to be mindful of is that we have to be very careful of what we give to you also because you have to bear in mind that other than the listening public who are listening to your broadcast on a daily basis, we have the criminals who are listening to find out what you are saying or what we as police officers are giving in information and know about a particular crime. That is why we have to be very careful on some of the things we give to you…”In recent days police have been more forthcoming with press releases including information on the arson attack at the Five Cays Police Station, where a man was held for questioning; the graduation of Superintendent Kendall Grant from the FBI College and a gun arrest in The Bight on Monday night.last_img read more

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Four PG doctors of Niloufer down with Dengue

first_imgHyderabad: Four PG doctors from Niloufer have been affected with Dengue Fever as fever cases continue to rise in Hyderabad and rest of the State this month. These doctors are on leave and undergoing treatment at some private hospitals. According to sources, even some of the nursing staff were affected with fever in the last few days. According to officials, the main problem was lack of cleanliness and hygiene within the hospitals. Niloufer has been flooded with fever cases over the last week resulting in huge rush of children, their parents and relatives into the hospital. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Doctors and nurses said the need of the hour was ensuring proper cleanliness in all wards and hospital premises. After hospital staff themselves is falling sick due to mosquito bites, fogging was taken up in the hospital surroundings on Friday. Meanwhile, in view of the change in the weather conditions and sudden spurt of viral fevers, Telangana government has decided to provide OP Facility on holidays and even on Sundays in all teaching hospitals across the State. Osmania, Gandhi, Niloufer, Fever, ENT, MGM (Warangal), RIMS (Adilabad) etc. fall in this list. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us This decision was taken to meet the increased load of patients and to provide better facilities, treatment and early diagnosis with investigations if needed, DME (Director of Medical Education) Dr K Ramesh Reddy said. He further said that necessary drugs would also be made available. Any patient with fever need not get worried as they can avail OP facility in our Government Tertiary care Hospitals, he said.last_img read more

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SPECIAL REPORT Mass Incarceration of Women and Minorities a New Crisis

first_imgStacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaAlthough the number of people in prisons and jails in America has slightly declined, numbers released on Thursday, April 25, by the Bureau of Justice Statistics still show that nearly 1.5 million individuals were in prison by the end of 2017.The statistics also note that the U.S. continues to lock up more people than any other nation. And, despite a narrowing disparity between incarcerated black and white women, females have emerged as the new face of mass incarceration.(Photo: Courtesy The Marshall Project/PBS)“I don’t think this should be much of a surprise as two of the main for-profit prison companies were founded around the same time,” said Ron Stefanski, whose website, works to hold prisons accountable for the treatment of current, former and future inmates.“When these for-profit companies were created, they found a way to generate revenue off of inmates and this led to a huge influx of prisoners, both male and female,” Stefanski said.In 2000, black women were incarcerated at six times the rate of white women, but in 2017, black women were imprisoned at less than double the rate of white women, according to the latest information.The number of white women in prison has increased by more than 40 percent since 2000 while the number of black women incarcerated has fallen by nearly 50 percent.The most recent report from the Prison Policy Initiative revealed that, looking at the big picture shows that a staggering number of women who are incarcerated are not even convicted with one quarter of the women behind bars having not yet gone to trial.Sixty-percent of women under the control of local authorities have not been convicted of a crime and adding to the picture of women in local jails, aside from women under local jurisdictions, state and federal agencies pay local jails to house an additional 13,000 women, according to the Prison Policy Initiative.For example, ICE and the U.S. Marshals, which have fewer dedicated facilities for their detainees, contract with local jails to hold roughly 5,000 women – so the number of women physically held in jails is even higher.According to the Prison Policy Initiative, avoiding pre-trial incarceration is uniquely challenging for women.The number of un-convicted women stuck in jail is surely not because courts are considering women, who are generally the primary caregivers of children, to be a flight risk, according to the Prison Policy Initiative report.The far more likely answer is that incarcerated women, who have lower incomes than incarcerated men, have an even harder time affording cash bail.When the typical bail amounts to a full year’s income for women, it’s no wonder that women are stuck in jail awaiting trial, the report’s author said.Even once convicted, the system funnels women into jails: About a quarter of convicted incarcerated women are held in jails, compared to about 10 percent of all people incarcerated with a conviction.Also, while stays in jail are generally shorter than in stays in prison, jails make it harder to stay in touch with family than prisons do.Phone calls are more expensive, up to $1.50 per minute, and other forms of communication are more restricted – some jails don’t even allow real letters, limiting mail to postcards.This is especially troubling given that 80 percent of women in jails are mothers, and most of them are primary caretakers of their children.Thus children are particularly susceptible to the domino effect of burdens placed on incarcerated women, the report’s author said.Black and American Indian women are markedly overrepresented in prisons and jails, according to the report.Incarcerated women are 53 percent White, 29 percent Black, 14 percent Hispanic, 2.5 percent American Indian and Alaskan Native, 0.9 percent Asian, and 0.4 percent Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander.“While we are a long way away from having data on intersectional impacts of sexuality and race or ethnicity on women’s likelihood of incarceration, it is clear that Black and lesbian or bisexual women are disproportionately subject to incarceration,” Prison Policy Initiative Author Aleks Kajstura said.Three out of four women under control of any U.S. correctional system are on probation, according to Kajstura.Probation is often billed as an alternative to incarceration, but instead it is frequently set with unrealistic conditions that undermine its goal of keeping people from being locked up, she wrote for the Prison Policy Initiative.For example, probation often comes with steep fees, which, like bail, women are in the worst position to afford.Failing to pay these probation fees is often a violation of probation.Childcare duties further complicate probation requirements that often include meetings with probation officers, especially for women with no extra money to spend on babysitters or reliable transportation across town.“All of these issues make women particularly vulnerable to being incarcerated not because they commit crimes, but because they run afoul of one of the burdensome obligations of their probation supervision,” Kajstura said.Still, she noted in the report that the picture of women’s incarceration is far from complete, and many questions remain about mass incarceration’s unique impact on women.“Based on our analysis in this report, we know that a quarter of incarcerated women are un-convicted,” she wrote in the report.Kajstura continued:“But is that number growing? And how do the harms of that unnecessary incarceration intersect with women’s disproportionate caregiving to impact families?“Beyond these big picture questions, there are a plethora of detailed data points that are not reported for women by any government agencies, such as the simple number of women incarcerated in U.S. Territories or involuntarily committed to state psychiatric hospitals because of justice system involvement.”last_img read more

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first_imgStay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!As people pre-order their tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, already the time before perpetual Star Wars is beginning to seem like a rapidly fading memory. Between alternating annualized episodes and spin-offs, Star Wars will be with us, always. And because Disney/Lucasfilm now has a century of content to create, it seems impossible that they would ever abandon any precious Star Wars material. How many “new” Star Wars things use old ideas and names cut from the original movies because they were (at the time) not good enough?However, just as the existence of unused Harry Potter ideas shocked us, there are somehow still Star Wars projects that have never seen the light of day. One of the most heartbreaking Star Wars casualties is Star Wars 1313, a game that looked so ambitious and promising we’re giving this week’s Game of the Year award even though it’ll never actually come out.At E3 2012, LucasArts wowed the gaming world with the debut of Star Wars 1313. The gameplay players witnessed featured breakneck, Uncharted-style cinematic action and third-person shooting set in a seedier side of the Star Wars universe. The title refers to the game’s setting: the 1313th underground layer of city planet Coruscant where criminals and the mercenaries who hunt them thrive.Beyond the thrill of seeing a brand-new, big-budget Star Wars game, players were also taken aback by just how beautiful the demo looked. The game ran on the ubiquitous Unreal Engine 3, but the visual fidelity was clearly higher than what the PS3 or Xbox 360 could provide. At the time, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hadn’t even been announced yet, but it was clear even then that this game, like the original Watch Dogs, was targeting those next-gen systems.However, we never learned the most exciting surprise detail of Star Wars 1313 until after the game had already been canceled. Star Wars 1313 wasn’t going to be about the two generic bounty hunters featured in the gameplay footage. No, in Star Wars 1313 you were going to play as Boba Fett. Boba Fett! This would’ve been the chance to prove to the masses that the character worked as something more than a cool costume who pops up for a few minutes. The game could’ve redeemed his embarrassing Sarlacc Pit death. LucasArts was able to scrape together a pretty good video game out of Jango Fett in 2002’s Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. Imagine what they could have done with modern, AAA Boba Fett game. It was the chosen one!So what chopped the head off of Star Wars 1313? Bad timing. Soon after the game’s announcement in 2012, a pretty big thing happened in the world of Star Wars. Disney bought the franchise and began its grand new everlasting plan for the future of Star Wars. The plan included great things like more movies and cartoons. Unfortunately, the plan did not include more video games from LucasArts. Like the similarly seedy Star Wars: Underworld live-action show, Star Wars 1313 was lost in the transition from George Lucas to Walt Disney. In April 2013 the game was officially scrapped.However, as I asked earlier, will anything Star Wars-related ever truly die? Lucasfilm head honcho Kathleen Kennedy has talked about how material generated for dead projects like 1313 and Underworld are too good to throw away. Meanwhile, as the new Star Wars video game overlords, one of the projects EA is working on is some kind of third-person action game from Amy Hennig, Jade Raymond, and Visceral Games. These are the folks behind Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed, and Dead Space, respectively. The game won’t be 1313 in name, but with that talent working in that genre, perhaps it will be in spirit.Like Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Hayden Christensen, Star Wars 1313 left this crude physical world to become a shimmering Force ghost smiling down on us. That sounds like a Game of the Year to me.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year! Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 last_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Carnival Corporation & plc has reported a two percent increase in revenue for the first quarter ending 28 February from $3.2 billion in the period 2010 to $3.4 billion this year. Despite the jump in revenue the company’s net income fell from $175 million during the quarter 2010 to $152 million this year. The company’s chief executive Micky Arison said that earnings reached the high end of Carnival’s December guidance because of lower unit costs that cancelled out costs of rising fuel prices, which increased by nine percent between this period and the last. “Net revenue yields increased 2 percent (constant dollars) driven by a significant improvement in ticket prices for our European brands,” Mr Arison said.  “We remained focused on managing costs and reducing fuel consumption. “All of which more than offset rising fuel prices during the quarter.” The company is expecting fuel prices to hurt its diluted earnings for the second quarter, predicting a fall from $0.32 per share last year to $0.20 to $0.24 per share. While net revenue yields are expected to rise between 1.5 to 2.5 percent on the previous year. Carnival will also use the second quarter this year to debut two new ships, AIDAsol and Carnival Magic, in Europe. last_img read more

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first_imgoneworld Tail Fins including Mexicana The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says the industry should remain cautious of two big risks this year, despite starting 2012 with a 5.7 percent rise in air travelers during January compared to the same month last year.Association’s chief executive Tony Tyler explained the rising cost of fuel and the European debt crisis will continue to haunt the industry this year explaining the two factors will hang “over the industry’s fortunes like the sword of Damocles”.For the first month of the new year, airlines saw international demand pick up to 5.5 percent, a number lead by Chinese New Year passengers, according to the Group.Despite political turmoil still taunting the region, Middle Eastern airlines saw the largest growth in January compared to last year with a 14.5 percent increase in international passengers, followed by Latin American carriers with a 7.9 percent rise and Asia-Pacific airlines with a six percent rise.The weak economy did not slow down business for European airlines with a 5.3 percent gain in international traffic while North American and African airlines experienced dips in passenger numbers of 0.3 percent and 3.6 percent.Last year’s quake continued to impact Japan’s domestic count with traffic down eight percent compared to January levels last year while Brazil saw a double digit growth of 10.5 percent.Globally the domestic market picked up 6.1 percent while freight business fell eight percent below January last year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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