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Weavers protest at Jantar Mantar against Telangana govt

first_imgNew Delhi: Weavers from Telangana Tuesday alleged that the state government had turned a blind eye towards their welfare and claimed that around 350 weavers have committed suicide so far. The weavers under the banner of ‘Weavers United JAC’ held a protest at Jantar Mantar here. “Weavers in the state do not have insurance and health card. If a weaver dies, the entire family will come down to the street and their children will become helpless”, said Dasu Suresh, Chairman of Weavers United JAC. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark He said the government had announced Rs 273 crore budget for two years for the development of Telangana’s weavers but not even a quarter of the amount has been spent by them so far. “Telangana government is not taking care of the weavers. Around 350 weavers suicides have taken place,” he said. The organisation also demanded exemption from GST on yarn, colour dyes and related chemicals. The Weavers United JAC has written petitions to central government where they have put forward their demand which include setting up of an enquiry commission to look into the hunger related deaths and suicides of weavers and provision of Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia to the deceased families, a statement by the organisation said. They also demanded issuance of Rs 5 lakh health card to all weaver families and making weavers eligible for treatment in any private hospital, the statement added.last_img read more

UN chief moots summit to tackle Amazon fires

first_imgYokohama: The head of the United Nations Thursday mooted a meeting of key countries to drum up support to tackle the devastating Amazon forest fires, which he called a “very serious situation.” Speaking on the sidelines of an African development conference in Yokohama, Antonio Guterres urged the international community to do more to quell the more than 83,000 fires set this year, more than half of which are raging in the massive Amazon basin. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “We are strongly appealing for the mobilisation of resources and we have been in contact with countries to see whether, during the high level session of the General Assembly, there could be a meeting devoted to the mobilisation of support to the Amazon,” Guterres told reporters. World leaders are expected to gather in New York for the annual UN General Assembly from September 23 to 30. The UN chief’s comments came after Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree on Wednesday to ban burning throughout the country for two months, amid global outrage over the fires. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The blazes have engulfed parts of the world’s largest rainforest — which is crucial for maintaining a stable global climate — and Guterres said the Amazon was “a fundamental resource for all us.” “I believe that the international community needs to be strongly mobilised to support the Amazon countries to do those things: stop the fires as quickly as possible with all means possible and then have a consistent reforestation policy,” said the UN chief. “Until now, we have not done enough, we need to do all together more than we have done in the past,” he stressed. As well as triggering global fury, the fires have sparked a spat between Brazil and Europe that has threatened to torpedo a major trade deal. Fires are also ravaging neighboring Bolivia where President Evo Morales and his rival in upcoming elections have suspended campaigning to deal with the blazes. Guterres was speaking after a high-level panel on the effects of climate change on African countries in Yokohama, near Tokyo. “The Africans practically do not contribute to climate change — the level of emissions in Africa is extremely low compared to other parts of the world — but Africa is in the first line of suffering the devastating impact of the consequences of climate change,” he said.last_img read more

Snowbirds cite need for additional training cancel airshow appearances

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s famed Snowbirds have put their airshow season on hold so that some of its pilots can get more practice.Snowbird team lead Maj. Patrick Gobeil said Tuesday that the iconic flying team’s normal training schedule had been cut short this year because of bad weather.The nine-plane team went ahead with several airshows, including a joint flyby over Parliament Hill with a French squadron earlier this month.But Gobeil said it was determined that more practice was necessary after some of the planes were seen deviating from their positions in mid-flight.“As a result, more training is required before the Snowbirds resume their 2017 schedule,” Gobeil said in a statement, adding that the team was pulling out of six airshows between now and mid-June.“The safety of our team and spectators is extremely important. We’re going to assess where we’re at and work hard to get back to the airshow circuit, so we can continue putting on safe and fantastic shows,”Two of the shows affected are in Ontario — Windsor and Fort Erie — while the other four are in the U.S.The Snowbirds, in their iconic white, red and blue Tutor jets, have been entertaining airshow visitors in Canada and across the U.S. since 1971.last_img read more

Premier Legault to force the Caisse to purchase REM trains made in

first_imgMONTREAL — Premier Francois Legault says his government will force the Caisse to purchase trains made in Quebec as part of the extension of Montreal’s Reseau Express Metropolitain light-rail system.Legault made the statement Saturday morning at the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s party convention on green issues in Montreal.The Caisse, Quebec’s pension fund operator, has a mandate to operate independently and free of political interference in its decisions.Legault said Saturday he never understood why the former Liberal government did not require the Caisse to purchase products manufactured in Quebec.Environment Minister Benoit Charette echoed the statement, telling reporters there will be a local content requirement for the second phase of the REM transit network. He added that any infrastructure project related to public transit will now have Quebec content requirements.The CAQ government has pledged to extend the REM, which the Caisse owns, by nearly 40 kilometres to Laval and Chambly. Nearly half of the $6-billion-plus project is being paid for with public funds.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Notley spells out retaliation in frank chat with BC premier

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says British Columbia’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline threatens the rule of lawin Canada and says she made it clear in a phone call to B.C. Premier John Horgan that her province is retaliating.Notley says they had what she called a “very frank chat.”She says she is also introducing legislation this week to give Alberta the power to reduce oil flows to B.C., which could send gas prices in the province soaring.Notley’s comments after Kinder Morgan announced Sunday it was scaling back work on the Trans Mountain pipeline, saying opposition from the B.C. government puts the project at risk.B.C. is fighting the multibillion-dollar expansion with legal challenges and permit delays over concern about oil spills and coastline protection.The expansion project, from Edmonton to Burnaby, already has federal approval and Notley says B.C.’s actions ignore the rule of law and threaten to provoke a constitutional crisis.last_img read more

German politicians data reportedly hacked posted online

first_imgBERLIN — A German broadcaster is reporting that data and documents belonging to hundreds of German politicians have been hacked and posted on Twitter.Public broadcaster RBB reported Friday that the leak, which saw the data posted in daily batches before Christmas on an account that has been active since mid-2017, affects all parties in parliament except the far-right Alternative for Germany.It said there appeared to be no system to what was posted. Although it reportedly includes personal information such as cellphone numbers, addresses, internal party communications and in some cases bills and credit card details — some of the data years old — there seem to be no politically sensitive documents.There was no immediate information on who was responsible.The Associated Presslast_img read more

May proclaimed MS Awareness Month and other brief city council news

first_imgCouncil passed a resolution to write a letter to the provincial government outlining their concerns, and to also have the issues brought up at the NCLGA Annual General Meeting in Fort Nelson next month. North Peace Drug Awareness Society acknowledgedThe North Peace Drug Awareness Society was also given an acknowledgement by city council for their nearly 20 years of work in the Fort St. John area. Mayor Lori Ackerman spoke about the Society’s work in running the D.A.R.E. Program in Fort St. John, as well as other various drug awareness and education initiatives. In 2004, the Society was approached to take on the contract of the RCMP’s Police-Based Victim Services Program. Since then, the Society was responsible for 1 – 2 employees who ran the program. Society Chair Rick Ekkel thanked the City for its years of support and partnership in their work with the program.City concerned about cost of new employer health taxFort St. John City Council is going to be collaborating with the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the North Central Local Government Association on sending a message to the provincial government that the new Employer Health Tax won’t be cheap to implement. According to a report to Council from Human Resources Rashid Hasan, the City will pay $127,800 in MSP premiums of its employees covered under a collective agreement each for year in 2018 and 2019. For 2019, it is estimated employer health tax of 1.95% will cost the City $396,566 in addition to the estimated MSP premiums of $127,800 – a total cost of $524,366 and a 4.44% increase in the tax rate. In 2020, MSP premiums will be phased out, and the employer health tax is estimated to cost $406,480.75 – a 3.44% increase in the tax rate compared to the rate set for the 2018 budget. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Mayor Lori Ackerman proclaimed May to be MS Awareness Month at Monday’s City Council meeting.Sherri Mytopher, who serves as a board member with the MS Society of Canada’s Northern Regional Chapter, gave a brief presentation about the struggles of her and 100,000 other Canadians who live with Multiple Sclerosis every day. According to Mytopher, Canada has one of the highest incidents of MS among developed nations. The MS Society will also be hosting an MS Walk in Fort St. John on Sunday, May 27th at Centennial Park.last_img read more

8 million cubic metres of earth comprises Old Fort landslide

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has given an update on its geotechnical survey of the Old Fort landslide, which has grown to 8 million cubic metres in size.Ministry spokesperson Lisanne Bowness said that the main slide that began on September 30th and was previously estimated at 5 million cubic metres has now grown to around 7 million cubic metres.Another slide that is developing to the west of the main slide is approximately 1 million cubic meters, bringing the grand total of material that has moved in the past 12 days to approximately 8 million cubic metres. To put that into perspective, it took BC Hydro’s Site C main civil works contractor nearly three years to remove the same amount of material from the north bank of the Peace River Valley to stabilize that slope.By comparison, the 2014 mudslide that killed 43 people in Snohomish County, Washington was around 10 million cubic metres, while the largest landslide in Canadian history saw over 48 million cubic metres of rock race down the slopes of Mount Meager near Pemberton in 2010.In an email, Bowness said that alternate routes to access the community are currently being explored, and the ministry has mobilized road construction equipment to the area and is currently on standby.She added that while the equipment is ready to go, geotechnical engineers say that it is currently not safe to start construction on any of the options.The Peace River Regional District is providing frequent updates about the landslide situation on its website and Facebook page, and the Ministry said that it is advising residents to check there for further details on the evacuation order and on Emergency Social Services that are being offered.last_img read more

Moroccos Al Akhawayn University Bulgarian Institute Sign MoU to Boost Academic

Ifrane – Morocco’s Al Akhawayn University and Bulgaria’s Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems signed, Thursday in Ifrane, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen academic cooperation. Signed by president of Al Akhawayn University, Driss Ouaouicha, and director of the Bulgarian Institute, Evelina Slavcheva, on the sidelines of the 4th International Congress on “water, recycling and recovery of waste”, this document aims to promote mutual understanding between the two institutions and to develop academic and professional training programs.Under this agreement, the two parties will also exchange scientific staff, students and young researchers for study and research. The memorandum is also meant to develop cooperation in activities benefiting the two countries in the fields of research and development, education, society and culture, as well as materials science, electrochemistry, water resources, ecology and environmental protection. read more

Pakistans top diplomat to visit Sri Lanka

Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy commonality of views on regional and international issues and regularly coordinate their positions multilaterally, especially at the United Nations and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), it added. Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani will be visiting Sri Lanka from April 4 to 5 to take part in the 3rd Round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the Xinhua news agency quoted the Pakistan Foreign Ministry as saying.During his stay, the foreign secretary will call upon Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of External Affairs G. L. Peiris, Minister for Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa and will hold in-depth discussions on a variety of bilateral issues of mutual interest with his counterpart Karunatilaka Amunugama as well as with Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The last round of talks occurred from July 17 to 19, 2007 in Islamabad. Relations between the two countries are based on mutual trust and shared interest in maintaining regional peace, security and stability, the Foreign Ministry said. The visit of the foreign secretary to Sri Lanka is part of a tradition of high-level contacts and exchanges between the two countries. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have active engagement in all important fields including trade and commerce, a Foreign Ministry statement said. “The visit of the foreign secretary would contribute in bolstering the existing ties of friendship and cooperation between Pakistan and Sri Lanka,”it said. read more

Legal novices Muskrat Falls challenge hits snag as judge denies delay

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A Newfoundland man’s single-handed court challenge of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project got off to a rough start Thursday as the judge refused to hear one of his main arguments.Judge Gillian Butler said Brad Cabana, a self-represented legal novice, should have sent the federal Attorney General a copy of his statement of claim. It alleges various constitutional violations that he asserts should halt the $7.7-billion development in Labrador.Instead, the 48-year-old political blogger and small businessman had sent an email regarding the four-day hearing in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. He said he received an acknowledgment from Ottawa but no reply.At issue are changes to the provincial Electrical Power Control Act, and a subsequent water management agreement, which Cabana says violate Hydro-Quebec’s contracted water flow rights on the Churchill River.“It’s a critical part of my argument,” Cabana said.He asked for a 10-day delay to file the required documents but lawyers for the provincial government, the Innu Nation and the province’s Crown corporation Nalcor Energy objected.“This court should not be used as Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park,” said Nalcor Energy lawyer Thomas Kendell. He said Cabana shouldn’t be allowed to tie up costly court time to air “personal grievances” that would be better expressed through public protest, the media or at the ballot box.Butler ultimately dismissed Cabana’s request. She said the hearing would proceed on his other arguments but that he could reintroduce his claims regarding the Electrical Power Control Act at a later stage.Cabana is trying to stop construction of the dam and power station near Happy Valley-Goose Bay that started last year.Muskrat Falls is expected to begin generating hydro by 2017 that would be sent to Newfoundland and then Nova Scotia through a vast network of transmission lines and subsea cables.After that initial setback, Cabana focused Thursday on his argument that the province unjustly denied voters a chance for a say on the project through a referendum. He says in court documents that while the Innu Nation was allowed to vote on a related benefits and land package, other provincial residents had no similar input.Both the government and Nalcor Energy say his claims are without merit.In a line of questioning that was at times rambling and repetitive, Cabana spent about 90 minutes grilling a provincial bureaucrat about the Innu deal.There was a chippy exchange at one point after Aubrey Gover, assistant deputy minister of Aboriginal Affairs, offered detailed responses and some historical context. Cabana told Gover that he’d done extensive research and he’d prefer more brevity out of respect for “the court’s resources.”Gover was adamant when Cabana asked whether Innu leaders agreed to terms of Muskrat Falls-related agreements under the duress of economic pressures.“They and their counsel are highly skilful negotiators,” Gover said.The hearing was adjourned late Thursday afternoon after Cabana said he would need “hours and hours” to question Gilbert Bennett, Nalcor Energy vice-president in charge of Muskrat Falls, starting Friday.Cabana, who has said he has spent at least $10,000 of his own cash to wage the legal battle, declined outside court to comment on the case.He is not the only critic to question if Hydro-Quebec could challenge Newfoundland and Labrador’s ability to manage water flows required for needed output from Muskrat Falls. But he has said efforts to get pro bono legal help failed. He arrived in court Thursday alone as two lawyers each for Nalcor Energy and the province sat beside him, adjacent to a lawyer for the Innu Nation.Hydro-Quebec spokeswoman Ariane Connor declined comment when asked about the prospect of a future court challenge. But Hydro-Quebec does say in a letter to the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities in St. John’s, dated Dec. 15, 2009, that its power contracts are protected under the Electrical Power Control Act which came before the water management agreement.Originally from Saskatchewan, Cabana was drawn by ancestral ties to Newfoundland three years ago. He soon made headlines when, within a year, he ran unsuccessfully first for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party and then the Liberal Party despite being a virtual unknown. Legal novice’s Muskrat Falls challenge hits snag as judge denies delay by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 21, 2013 9:31 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Tamrac CyberPro Express NearPerfect Bloggers Show Bag

first_imgNothing beats the Tamrac CyberPro Express 5263 rolling photo/computer briefcase ($360 street) if you’ve got to carry a laptop and photo gear at a trade show. The CyberPro Express opens from the top, not the side. To swap equipment, you just lift the flap. This is the widebody of rolling gear bags at 22 inches left to right. If your gear needs are less, you may want the CyberPro Flyer 5261 ($300) at 15 inches wide and able to hold a 15-inch laptop. Construction of the CyberPro Express was first-rate with one annoying exception: the telescoping handle.AdChoices广告Why Wide Rolling Bags Beat Tall Rolling Bags at a Show … These two bags are shaped like the rolling documents case an accountant carries, though what’s inside makes for a more exciting career if not more lucrative. Most rolling laptop-photo combo bags are tall rather than wide. To get at your stuff, the tall-bag design makes you stop, lay the bag flat, retract the handle so it doesn’t trip passersby, kneel down, unzip the bag, lift the cover, remove what you want, rezip the cover, stand up, extend the handle, and start walking again. The CyberPro Express is tall enough inside (11 x 16 x 6 inches HWD inside, 14 x 22 x 11 exterior) that you can create two layers of gear separated by densely padded horizontal dividers, with what you need most on top. Virtually any mainstream camera/lens combo will fit in a full-depth pocket, in particular a DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached (lens hood reversed). There are four sections left-to-right created by dense cellular foam inserts and most are subdivided so you can fit a thick item (lens) and thin item (flash or transformer). At the recent New York International Auto Show (see story,5 Key Trends of the 2011 New York Auto Show), it was great to have a different lens readily accessible, as well as a second camera body and lens. (For someone else, that could be a video camera in place of the second DSLR.) Before the CyberPro Express, with upright rolling bags, it always felt awkward to try to find an out-of-the-way place to lay the bag down and swap gear. … and Why Wide Bags Don’t Beat Tall Instead, those awkward moments with a tall bag were replaced by the occasional awkwardness with a widebody bag of running over someone’s toes in crowded facility if I walked faster than the crowd. It would be less of an issue with the smaller CyberPro Flyer at 15 inches wide (photo right), about the same width as a tall bag.  The laptop pocket is in front and it’s plenty spacious. In front of that is one more zippered full-width pocket that’s handy for dropping in the flyers and demo CDs you’re likely to pick up a trade shows.Underwhelming Telescoping Handle I experienced a glitch I didn’t expect. When I squeezed the release bar, the telescoping handle on my bag extended nicely. Going down was a hassle. The handle jammed repeatedly when I tried to quickly retract the four telescoping sections and the more hurried I got, such as just before stepping on board a plane (no way will the CyberPro Express roll down the aisle), the more the handle mechanism resisted my intentions. It’s possible I got a quality-control outlier, but it’s also possible a $360 bag should have a sturdier handle. Possible ImprovementsIf I had a hand in designing an upgrade to the CyberPro Express, in addition to rethinking the handle, I’d make the cover flap’s securing straps adjustable length because when I overloaded the bag, I had to tug hard to get the fixed-length straps to secure. I’d also add a Velcro patch to hold the flap loosely in place during the times when I was just walking around and didn’t use the securing straps. And if this really is a trade show bag for bloggers – it’s probably doing more service for wedding and industrial photographers – I’d add an elasticized mesh pocket on the very front for holding more handouts, as Tamrac has on its Tamrac CyberPack Express Rolling Photo/Computer Backpack 5265 (see review, The Best Bags for Trade-Show Bloggers), which by the way has a more rugged telescoping handle. Unlike many Tamrac bags, there’s no separate rain shield, but that’s okay. This is not the bag you’d normally take out in the field. And with big top-and-side flap sealing the bag shut both with a zipper and those two straps, it’s unlikely the inside will get wet even if you walk through a driving rainstorm. There’s also a light-duty carrying strap in case you want to carry the bag short distances. Should You Buy? Make Sure It’s What You Want, First Despite the minor hassles, the CyberPro Express is the best bag I’ve seen for special situations, the situation being that you’re walking around a lot on a hard or carpeted surface (not a sports field) and need to access your gear frequently. For that the big CyberPro Express (5263) is unsurpassed. If you just need to get your gear to where you’re going and then you can set the bag on a table or out-of-the-way spot on the floor, there are plenty of good choices in vertically oriented rolling bags from Tamrac, Lowepro, Think Tank, and others. For more users, that’s probably the better bet. The bigger, CyberPro Express, bag means if you don’t pack densely, you can pull out each item without tugging. But you can pack a lot if you don’t mind things such as having the reversed lens shade snag on the foam walls every time you pull out a thick lens. Fully packed, I can snugly fit in the main compartment: * 2 camera bodies, one with battery grip* 5 lenses: wideangle zoom, normal zoom, 85mm portrait, 70-200mm f/2.8, with their lens shades reversed* 2 strobes and 2 external battery packs * Spare batteries, polarizing filter, dust blower, memory card wallet, camera body cap, extra-long sports strap, wide-angle lens shade * Small stuff bag of odds and ends  * Small personal effects bag (eyedrops, gum, aspirin)* Laptop transformer (with laptop in the front pocket) If you’re shopping online for these bags, made sure you include the model number because there’s also a CyberPro Express 5165 rolling bag ($400) in the more typical upright dimensions. Gearlog: Lowepro Pro Roller Attache x50: Shoulder Bag Inside Rolling Baglast_img read more

Ford Tests 3DPrinted Car Parts

first_img U.S. Scientists 3D Print Miniature Human HeartGeek Pick: Juku 3Doodler Create+ Is A 3D Printing Pen Set 3D printers are great for making replacement organs, prosthetic limbs, working guns, and household trinkets. But what can they do for the auto industry?Ford Motor Company is experimenting with 3D printing large-scale one-piece auto parts for prototyping.The first automaker to pilot the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer, Ford aims to provide a more efficient, affordable way to create products and personalized car parts.“With Infinite Build technology, we can print large tools, fixtures, and components, making us more nimble in design iterations,” Ellen Lee, Ford technical leader in charge of additive manufacturing research, said in a statement.Ford Motor CompanyAdvances in technology, new areas of application, and government support have helped spur adoption of 3D printing, which is expected to reach $9.6 billion worldwide by 2020, according to Global Industry Analysts.In the case of Ford Motors, the technique means lighter-weight elements for better fuel efficiency and more cost-effective production of low-volume parts.Housed at the Ford Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Mich., the massive system (which fits snugly into a warehouse room) transfers specifications from one computer to another, where it analyzes the design. Happy with its instructions, the device then goes to work gradually stacking layers into a finished 3D object.Ford Motor CompanyThe smart machine can even detect when material has run out; a robotic arm automatically swaps in a full canister, allowing the printer to operate unattended for hours or days—hence the “Infinite Build” name.Traditionally, for Ford to develop a new intake manifold, for instance, an engineer must create a computer model, then wait months for prototype tooling. 3D printing significantly reduces the wait time and cost.The technology is not yet ready for primetime—that is, high-volume manufacturing. So Ford will stick to low-volume production for now. But the company plans to use the Stratasys machine to “help steer development of large-scale printing for automotive applications and requirements,” Lee said. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Save The Bays Pins 24 Bahamians Youth Environmental Ambassadors

first_img#SavetheBays#24youthembassadorspinned Related Items:#24youthembassadorspinned, #Savethebays Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 19, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Zhyir Miranda, 12, knew even as a youngster that littering was wrong. But it wasn’t until she signed up for Youth Environmental Ambassadors and saw the damage it could do to marine life that she fully understood littering wasn’t just ugly – it was dangerous.  “Littering does not just look bad, littering can kill the turtles in the sea. It can kill the animals that live in the mangroves and depend on mangroves for their survival especially when they are young,” said the 12-year-old who rattled off characteristics of red, black and white mangroves as if she were reciting words of a favourite rap tune. On Saturday, Zhyir was pinned for her passion, rewarded for her enthusiasm.  The Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Academy seventh grader became one of 24 young Bahamians certified as Youth Environmental Ambassadors (YEA), a program sponsored and operated by the environmental advocacy organization Save The Bays. For the past four months, junior high students like Zhyir spent every second Saturday trekking through bush, cleaning beaches, learning about wetlands, studying the impact of plastic on oxygen supply of salt or fresh water marine life.    All activities, both in the classroom at the YMCA in Freeport and in the field, were geared toward making participants future leaders in environmental stewardship. “This was the fourth year Save the Bays has offered Youth Environmental Ambassadors to youth in Grand Bahama,” said Rashema Ingraham who oversees the popular program that normally draws twice as many applicants as there is space to accommodate.   More than 200 have graduated. The last 4-month session, Ingraham said, differed from former versions of the program. “In the past, we spent a lot of time visiting sites, learning about how industrial waste is managed, for instance, or power generated or what it takes to produce solar energy. But this time we focused on research which we shared with organisations abroad.   The work that participants did was very important.   They gathered data about shoreline erosion, indigeneous vegetation and wetlands. Some of the work involved fine detail.   There were sections of beach, for instance, that when we did a beach clean-up, we separated the trash and garbage to identify how much plastic or glass or metal or other debris we found.   The most discouraging part was that the majority of the debris we collected had not floated ashore from passing ships.   Based on bottles and labels of products, most of the litter we found was the result of local activity reflecting environmental neglect and disrespect.”Littering still hurts Zhyir, but now she is more likely to speak up when she sees someone toss something from a car window, even if the offender is much older or bigger.  “It is bad for the ocean and it kills things in the sea. It kills turtles. When I joined Save The Bays (YEA), I learned a lot more about our environment and I learned that there are 80 species of mangroves.   I learned so much and now I want to stand up for the environment.   Did you know that viviparis, they’re like plants that give birth to live plants, grow up in salt water and breathe oxygen from above the water? I found that cool.”Finishing in the top three of the class, Zhyir said the course that included leadership and teamwork played out through team drumming exercises, helped reaffirm her passion to care for pets as a veterinarian.  As graduates received their pins and began their roles as youth ambassadors, the schools they came from were also rewarded. Save The Bays provided financial support for all six schools whose students participated in the YEA program including Sister Mary Patricia Russell Junior High School, Eight Mile Rock High School, Sunland Baptist Academy, Bishop Michael Eldon School, Jack Hayward Junior High School and Mary Star of the Sea. The YEA program is part of Save The Bays education mandate. The organization has also led the demand for a strong Freedom of Information Act, transparency in government, an end to unregulated development and more. Its strong legal arm has experienced courtroom victories leading to greater sensitivity to environmental impact. More than 20,000 have liked STB Facebook page and its petition to the Prime Minister of The Bahamas calling for a comprehensive environmental protection act among other changes has nearly 7,000 signatures.Press Release: Save the Bays Recommended for you Bahamas Environment Takes Surprising Centre Stage at Global Conferencecenter_img Save The Bays Congratulates Incoming Government, Urges Making Freedom of Information Act a Priority, Promises to Hold Their Feet to ‘da Fire Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas: 150 laid off by Resorts World Bimini, Save the Bays siding with workerslast_img read more

Porsche Taycan tears up Nürburgring Nordschleife sets electriccar record

first_img Porsche Taycan on ice in Sweden Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star Enlarge ImageIt can handle the Green Hell with no problems at all. Porsche Porsche is keen to build up the hype for its first electric car, the Taycan. We’re just over one week away from the Taycan’s full reveal, but ahead of time, the German marque decided to share some additional news: the electric sedan has set a new lap record.Not just any lap record, but a lap record for the quickest four-door electric car around the 12.8-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife. With a lap time of 7:42, the Taycan didn’t come close to the top of the leader board overall, but it held its own. The clocked time makes it just a smidge slower than a C6-generation Corvette ZR1 and ties the 997-generation Porsche 911 GT3. Those aren’t exactly slow cars.Porsche test driver Lars Kern piloted the electric sedan around the track to achieve the time, praising both the powertrain and the handling in a statement. And yes, the Taycan can repeat this kind of performance — it doesn’t need any sort of cool-down period after a lap like this. Previously, Porsche showed off the electric car’s performance credentials at the Nardo test track in Italy. There, it ran 2,128.1 miles over 24 hours with stops only to charge the battery. The average speed? Between 121 mph and 133 mph. Share your voice Review • 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Plugging in for performance Ice drifting in Porsche’s all-electric Taycan More about 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Porsche Although the Taycan is Porsche’s first electric car, the company has largely subjected it to the same rigorous tests its gas-powered sports cars undergo. From the start, Taycan prototypes tested at the Nürburgring in the virtual world to understand electric energy and thermal management. Those simulations led to this real-world run with very positive results.We’ll likely see a few more nuggets of information released as Porsche prepares to unveil the Taycan on Sept. 4. At the reveal, we expect to see the range-topping model with at least 600 horsepower and a 300-mile driving range. 42 Photos Post a comment Tags Electric Cars Future Cars Preview • 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Better looking and greener than ever 0 More From Roadshow 2019 BMW M4 CS review: Greater performance with fewer compromises 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable 5:27 Porschelast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Jan 11 2015

first_imgStories 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 Audio Rep. Kito prefiles bill to revert to 120-day legislative sessionJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauRep. Sam Kito III wants to repeal the ballot measure that tried to cut the Alaska Legislature’s annual session to down from 120 days to 90.White House invites Alaskan to State of UnionLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.President Obama will give his final State of the Union address Tuesday night in Congress. A 24-year-old Alaska Native woman named Lydia Doza will be among the guests sitting in the First Lady’s gallery.‘The Blob’… on vacation or gone for good?Matt Miller, KTOO – JuneauThe giant, persistent mass of warm ocean water known as The Blob seems to have cooled over the last few months, possibly because of another warm ocean phenomenon that is now dominating the Pacific.Councilman calls on Fairbanks marijuana clubs to get retail licensesDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksFairbanks city councilman David Pruhs is sponsoring an ordinance that calls on marijuana clubs to get licensed similarly to pot retailers.Anchorage Assembly to vet commercial cannabis measuresZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageTwo separate items coming before the Anchorage Assembly will shape the state’s largest market for commercial cannabis for years to come. And industry groups are worried it’ll be for the worse.Dillingham drug bust nets $19K cash, 12.5g heroinDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamOver the weekend, the Dillingham Police Department seized 12.5 grams of heroin and $19,000 while searching a home in one of the town’s main neighborhoods.Rasmuson Foundation, family gift $24M to Anchorage MuseumLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageThe Anchorage Museum is getting a big financial boost from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Rasmuson family for an expansion.Matt Hall wins Copper Basin 300, Aliy Zirkle takes 4thMarcia Lynn, KCHU – ValdezThis weekend’s Copper Basin 300 sled dog race saw the first musher cross the finish line before 10 a.m. Monday. Good weather and a fast trail contributed to an early finish for this year’s race.Former Anchorage Archbishop Francis Hurley dies at 88Associated PressThe Archdiocese of Anchorage says Hurley died at his Anchorage home Sunday evening, two days before his 89th birthday. Anchorage funeral arrangements are pending.last_img read more

Texans React To The Passing Of George HW Bush

first_imgAmerican hearts are heavy as we bid farewell to President George H.W. Bush. Today, George and his beloved Barbara are together, enjoying a well-deserved rest from their labors.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 1, 2018Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner underscored that Bush “served with valor and integrity as the 41st president of the United States.” “But to Houstonians,” the mayor added, “he was one of our most esteemed and relatable neighbors.”Turner also said that “in statesman-like fashion” Bush knew the importance of reaching across the aisle to find common ground.Harris County Judge Ed Emmett expressed his admiration for the former President: “Personally, I always considered him my model of public service.” He added that “all of us should take time to reflect and realize that a great man has left the Earth, but it is a far better place because he served us. I miss him already.”Americans are mourning the loss of President George H. W. Bush. He has been a role model to us all for his integrity & his devoted service. America & Texas are stronger because of his selfless sacrifices & his courageous leadership. May God Bless & comfort the Bush family.— John Culberson (@johnculberson) December 1, 2018 Today, I join my fellow Houstonians and all Americans in grieving the loss of President George H. W. Bush. His lifetime of service and dedication to our country is an example and an inspiration to us all.— Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (@Lizzie4Congress) December 1, 2018Local Houston institutions, such as the Greater Houston Partnership and Rice University, also released statements on the impact Bush had in Houston and Texas. “President Bush was a quintessential Houstonian and a remarkable American: generous, hard-working, driven to lead and determined to serve a purpose greater than himself,” Rice University President David Leebron said in a statement. “The president and his wife, Barbara, were dear friends of Rice University. It was President Bush who bestowed upon the university its proudest moment on the world’s stage: hosting the G-7 Economic Summit in 1990.”He went on to note that Bush had taught at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business in the late 1970s, and that he gave the commencement address in 2000. “President Bush was a great patriot and great American, and to every Houstonian, he was a great neighbor and a fixture in our community…— Houston Partnership (@GHPartnership) December 1, 2018The Harris County Republican Party, where Bush began his political career as the chairman in 1963, said in a statement that “Bush left his indelible mark on Houston, the city he loved best.’ And added that “few Americans had more influence in 20th century America than George H.W. Bush.”On Monday, Houston Matters focused on remembering Bush through several segments that included calls from listeners. Lex Frieden, a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Baylor College of Medicine and Memorial Hermann who is also a well-known local activist on behalf of people with disabilities, underscored the former President’s involvement with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which he signed in 1990.“He was very dependable, reliable partner all the way through the process of negotiating the bill,” said Frieden, “and getting it to to the point that he could sign it as a law.” He also noted Bush “was committed to completing the regulations needed to enforce the law and ensuring there were good enforcement mechanisms in place.”There were also callers who shared anecdotes, like JP who narrated one in which he went into a Houston grocery store George and Barbara Bush shopped at frequently. JP saw Secret Service agents and subsequently, he recalled, “I walked one more aisle and right there President Bush, tall thin guy, he goes: ‘Hey friend, where is the aspirin?’” – / 4Politicians from all levels of government are praising the late President George H. W. Bush, who passed away in Houston on November 30, 2018, at the age of 94.President Donald Trump said in a statement that Bush’s “essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country provided inspiration to “generations of his fellow Americans to public service.”“With sound judgement, common sense, and unflappable leadership,” Trump added, “President Bush guided our Nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War. As President, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed.”Texas Governor Greg Abbott noted that “George H.W. Bush was an American hero and icon.”“He was a friend to all he met, he embodied class and dignity,” Abbott added in his statement. “Texans are genuinely honored that he called the Lone Star State home and we collectively grieve this monumental loss.”President Bush once said, ‘I am a Texan and an American…what more could a man ask?”— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) December 1, 2018center_img Sharelast_img read more

Thirdparty Study Validates Usability of Siemens Ultrasound Systems

first_imgNews | Ultrasound Imaging | May 17, 2016 Third-party Study Validates Usability of Siemens Ultrasound Systems Siemens Acuson S3000 HELX Evolution with Touch Control earns high marks for easy-to-learn user interface, 95 percent average task completion rate Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more center_img News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Related Content May 17, 2016 — Macadamian Technologies, a user experience research, design and software development firm, recently announced the completion of a comprehensive usability test of Siemens Acuson S3000 ultrasound system, HELX Evolution with Touch Control. The study was conducted at the request of Siemens Healthineers Ultrasound Business Area to measure users’ performance and satisfaction with Siemens’ premium family of ultrasound systems following the company’s concerted effort to improve overall system usability. The results of Macadamian’s usability test substantiate Siemens’ assertion of industry-leading usability with the Acuson S Family, HELX Evolution with Touch Control.The results from the study demonstrated that HELX Evolution with Touch Control is simple and easy to use, with a 95 percent average task completion rate and an overall average ease-of-use rating of 4.5 out of 5, where ‘5’ represents ‘very easy to use’.  With a score of 83 out of 100 on the industry standard System Usability Scale Questionnaire, the system demonstrated excellent usability performance. Scores over 80 are considered well above average while scores below 60 tend towards poor usability. An average score is 68. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Haason Reddick 43 t

first_imgArizona Cardinals linebacker Haason Reddick (43) tackles Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah (21) during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez) So, would it then make sense to go no-huddle more often during the course of a game?“Yeah, and I’ve seen it go 3-and-out a bunch, too,” Palmer said. “It’s kind of one of those things, the grass is always greener. It’s easy to say, ‘Well, let’s go to this.’ But, sometimes it can struggle and you’re just in the wrong play at the wrong time and before you know it, it’s 3rd-and-10, so it can go both ways.”Added offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, “Moving the ball is not the problem. It’s when the protection breaks down, we have a problem or we’re not running the ball in the red zone it’s a problem. Going from the 20 to the 20, we do that easily. It’s about finishing everything we do. One of the big things I put up on the screen yesterday in front of the team was just finishing. We got to do a better job of finishing.”Final injury reportConsidering neither practiced this week, it was not a surprise when Arians announced left tackle D.J. Humphries and defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche would not play this week. The two continue to be bothered by knee and calf injuries, respectively.Guard Alex Boone (chest) was once again limited at practiced on Friday and is considered questionable to play. The Cardinals play at Philadelphia on Sunday, and with the team leaving Friday afternoon, Reddick hopes to be able to stop by Max’s Steaks on Germanton Avenue for a cheesesteak, or two.“Probably the best cheesesteak I ever had,” he said this week. “I’m definitely going to try to get the guys to go down there. I’ve been telling them, I’ve been bragging about it; been telling them what’s the right way (to eat a cheesesteak).”Though not technically a Philadelphia native, Reddick grew up five miles away in Camden, NJ, and played his college ball at Temple, spending his Saturday afternoons at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Eagles.Reddick grew up an Eagles fan. He liked running back Duce Staley. But when Staley signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Reddick’s allegiance to the Eagles stopped.“I’m happy to be going back. I haven’t been home in about, what, two or three months now? So, I’m just happy to go back there and get around the fans that I played in front of for four or five years and get to see my family,” he said.And of course being back home means Reddick must now try to accommodate all his family and friends with tickets to the game.“I’m expecting a lot. Almost the whole city,” he said. “I grabbed a couple of tickets, I know my dad grabbed a handful and then I have a lot of people who are buying their own. I’m definitely expecting a nice crowd.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. – Please, no Cheez Whiz!“Cheez Whiz is a tourist attraction,” Arizona Cardinals rookie linebacker Haason Reddick said. “Anybody that’s really from Philly, from the area, I’ve never seen them put Cheez Whiz on their cheesesteak, I think that’s a little bizarre.”Reddick prefers mayonnaise, ketchup and American cheese, and no onions thank you, on his cheesesteaks, which he can’t wait to get his hands on this weekend. “Should be close. Could be close (to playing),” Arians said.If Boone is unable to go, then Earl Watford, just signed this week, would likely get the start, making him the fourth different left guard to start this season.Wide receivers John Brown (quadriceps) and J.J. Nelson (hamstring) are also listed as questionable, though both are expected to play. Inside linebacker, of course, is where Bucannon has excelled, leading the Cardinals in tackles in each of the past two seasons.“As far as reps go, I’m out there as much as—until they tell me to come out, so I’m not really worried about it,” he said. “I don’t manage reps, I’m not thinking about reps but I want to be out there every play that I can, that’s just being a football player.”Trying to jump-start the offenseThinking about it and doing it are two very different activities. And while Arians said earlier in the week, “it’s something we have to talk about,” the Cardinals don’t appear too eager to turn to a no-huddle strategy in an effort to help jump-start the offense.Through four games, the Cardinals have scored just one offensive first-quarter touchdown. And against the 49ers, it wasn’t until overtime, when they needed a touchdown to win, that the offense looked to be in rhythm; and they went with their no-huddle, or two-minute, offense.“It puts, I think, a good stress on the defense,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “Defensive linemen get tired, the pass rush slows down a little bit, makes it a little more difficult to get to some of the packages where you get some crazy fire-zones or some different looking coverages just because they’re kind of typically go to base-calls.” 2 Comments   Share   That’s good, so Reddick will have at least some crowd support.“The Philadelphia crowd, fans, they’re crazy, man. You never know what you’re going to get,” he said. “I’ve seen them boo their own team; I’ve seen them applaud for the team so I don’t know how they’re going to feel about me. I might make a play—I don’t know if I’m going to get applause or if they’re going to boo me. We’ll see come Sunday.”Seeing more Deone BucannonIn his first game back from offseason ankle surgery, dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon started and played 42 of the 84 defensive snaps against San Francisco. That’s half, and that was by design, according to Bucannon, who said his playing time was limited.Bucannon should be on the field more this week. For one, he had a good week of practice, according to his coach.“You see him start to knock that rust off and recognize quicker and adjust,” head coach Bruce Arians said. Two weeks, however, is needed.With Reddick expected to play more on the outside in the aftermath of the injury to Markus Golden that leaves the inside, next to Karlos Dansby, open for Bucannon and perhaps Josh Bynes, who did not have a defensive snap last week. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

Police campaign to check on seatbelt use

first_imgPolice will launch a week-long road safety campaign on Monday making sure people are wearing seatbelts and children are correctly travelling in car seats.This will be the sixth campaign so far this year aimed at reducing the number of injuries and deaths in traffic accidents.The aim of the campaign is to increase awareness of why seatbelts must be worn in both the front and back of all cars and why children are safer in car seats.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more