Jamaicans Encouraged to Take Steps to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

first_img Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, is encouraging persons to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by undertaking energy efficiency and conservation measures.“We can use less air conditioning; we can replace our incandescent light bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs; we can drive less, we can drive smart; we can buy energy-efficient products; and we can use the off switch in our homes and offices,” she advised.The Minister further suggested that persons plant trees as part of the reduction measures.She was speaking at a forum, titled, ‘Uncut Conversations on Climate Change’ – at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (April 9).Mrs. Williams noted that Jamaica has made significant strides in renewable energy efforts and carbon dioxide avoidance by undertaking several initiatives.These, she said, include the installation and operationalisation of the 37-megawatt BMR Energy facility; expansion of the Wigton Wind Farm, which now has capacity of 63 megawatts; and Content Solar’s 20-megawatt plant in Clarendon.“By way of these projects, we have achieved much in terms of carbon dioxide avoidance. Through Wigton, phases one to three, we have avoided over one million tonnes of carbon dioxide. For BMR, we have avoided 66,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide last year,” Mrs. Williams informed.In the case of Content Solar, the Minister noted that carbon dioxide emissions are expected to be reduced by 35,000 tonnes in the first year of operation and by more than 800,000 tonnes over the useful life of the project.Additionally, she said other projects are under way, including retrofitting of several government facilities in terms of air conditioners and also involving the tinting of windows to improve energy efficiency and conservation.“The JPS Bogue Plant was converted to use natural gas recently. Also… once the (JPS’s) new 190-megawatt power plant comes on stream in Old Harbour, it will use natural gas as its primary fuel,” she noted.This, Ms. Williams said, will also bolster the national emission-reduction and diversification efforts. The old plant will be decommissioned in phases until it is completely offline by the first quarter of 2020.“We are also well aware that several industries, manufacturers and bauxite/alumina plants have already retrofitted their entities or are currently taking steps to make the transition to liquefied natural gas,” she said.Mrs. Williams also informed that the Ministry is working to advance the introduction of the electric vehicles, adding that she is aware of efforts in the private sector to use compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel in the transport sector.“These augur well for our country as we move towards meeting the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) [for climate action] targets of reducing emission levels by 7.8 per cent by 2030…and reducing 13 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalence to about 12 million tonnes,” she said.‘Uncut Conversations on Climate Change’ is an unscripted, open multi-stakeholder forum that recognises the need to continuously evolve the way in which technical experts, practitioners and interest groups dialogue and exchange information, expertise, experiences and ideas on climate change.(more)Jamaicans…3The forum sought to engage a variety of stakeholders, including government representatives, the private sector, Jamaica’s development partners, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations and academia on a number of topics surrounding the issue of climate change. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, is encouraging persons to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by undertaking energy efficiency and conservation measures. The Minister further suggested that persons plant trees as part of the reduction measures. “We can use less air conditioning; we can replace our incandescent light bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs; we can drive less, we can drive smart; we can buy energy-efficient products; and we can use the off switch in our homes and offices,” she advised.last_img read more

Caring for the elderly

first_imgEconomic developments and technological innovations have helped increase life expectancy worldwide. There was a time when thousands would perish because of epidemics like plague and smallpox which had an adverse effect on life expectancy. Such deadly diseases are under control now. Life expectancy in India was 32 years at the time of independence in 1947. In 1969 it rose to 47 years further growing to 60 years in 1994 and 69 years in 2019. India’s population grew at an average annual rate of 1.2 per cent between 2010 and 2019 to 1.36 billion, more than double the annual growth rate of China, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund. The number of young people in our country increased at a rapid rate and the number of elderly also grew steadily. Also Read – A special kind of bondAccording to the law, a “senior citizen” means any person being a citizen of India, who has attained the age of 60 years or above. Population Census 2011 revealed that there are nearly 104 million elderly persons (aged 60 years or above) in India; 53 million females and 51 million males. A report released by the United Nations Population Fund and Help Age India suggests that the number of elderly persons is expected to grow to 173 million by 2026. From 5.6 per cent in 1961, the proportion of the elderly increased up to 8.6 per cent in 2011. (Source: Elderly in India 2016) Also Read – Insider threat managementAn elderly person has to face manifold challenges, including physical, mental, emotional, social and financial. They are always worried about social security. As one grows, both the physical and mental faculties face a downward trend. The person is more prone to fall prey to various types of diseases. Most of these diseases are of degenerative nature and thus are of chronic nature. List of risks including illnesses, disorders, ailments, maladies, and diseases associated with old age are quite long. Through various researches around 125 diseases have been identified to be directly connected with this age group. Arthritis is a very common condition leading to pain in the joints and lowering the quality of life by prohibiting day to day activity and movements of the person. It may be fatal in a little number of cases. Heart Diseases are the leading killers of persons above the age of 65. An elderly person needs to get his heart monitored time to time to get to know any disease cropping up well on time. This needs awareness and has financial implications as well. Cancer is the second leading cause of death. The person has to pay repeated hospital visits requiring expensive investigations, monitoring and medical or surgical intervention for a long period of time. All this seriously affects the economy of the whole family and psychology of the patient. Depression is one of serious issue associated with it. Respiratory Diseases are the third common cause of death among the elderly who are more vulnerable to pneumonia and other infections. Many of them in this age group develop Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which requires repeated hospitalisation and intensive treatment. Cerebrovascular accidents occur as a result of leakage or clotting of blood in the brain or tumours in the cranium. A person may develop paralysis. His quality of life becomes very poor and he becomes dependent on others. This becomes a cause of serious psychological disturbance and a matter of stress for the whole family. Parkinsonism hampers the person’s capabilities and gradually cripples the physical capacities. Alzheimer’s disease occurs because of the degenerative process of the brain. The patient develops cognitive impairment and is unable to take care of himself. He is a concern to the family for safety and cost involved in his care. Osteoporosis makes bones brittle and the person is more likely to develop fracture of any bone. The fracture of vertebral bodies can cripple the patient. Falls are more common and these are an emergency condition, which requires hospitalisation. Incidence of Diabetes is increasing in our country. Those who had developed Diabetes in early age develop several complications by the time they reach elderly age. Complications may be related to the nervous system, heart, kidney, muscles and other body systems. Infections occur more commonly in this age group because of the lowering of immunity in this age group. Sometimes these may prove to be fatal. Depression is an increasing problem in our country which is occurring as a result of changing family relations, increase in the cost of healthcare, physical incapacities which increase with the age and person’s dependence on his siblings. Losing one’s life partner causes loneliness and isolation leading to depression. Poverty affects senior citizens health. Older women are slightly more likely than men to be living in poverty, and that gap widens in those over 80 years. Single older adults are also significantly more likely to live alone with fewer resources. Elderly age group is a challenging period in one’s life. Feeling of dependence on children for many day-to-day needs is difficult to accept. Financial deprivation adds up to the difficulties. The situation gets worse if the family is uncaring and neglecting the elderly. In our country where the social security net is very poor, elderly people face great difficulties as far as healthcare is concerned. To ameliorate the situation several steps have to be taken. Elderly need compassion. They need emergency care – sometimes repeatedly. Health care of the elderly has to be designed accordingly. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Sudbury Ont police investigating 16 poppy donation box thefts from businesses

first_imgSUDBURY, Ont. – Police say 16 Remembrance Day poppy donation boxes have been stolen from businesses in Sudbury, Ont., over the past few days.Investigators are reviewing security camera footage after four consecutive days of donation box thefts.The money collected in the boxes goes to the Royal Canadian Legion, which uses it to support veterans and their families in the Sudbury area.Police say they do not know how much money was contained in the stolen boxes.Officers are advising businesses to remove the poppy boxes from public view when employees are not present.last_img read more

A life of pie BC woman bakes works of art hopes to

first_imgVANCOUVER – Jessica Clark-Bojin remembers at one time having a reputation for her lack of cooking skills.“I couldn’t crack an egg. I was shooed out at family gatherings,” says the Vancouver native, laughing. “I had no experience in a kitchen whatsoever.”Now Clark-Bojin is shaking up the baking world with her elaborate pie creations, which range from detailed celebrity portraits to towering three-dimensional “pie-scrapers.”The former filmmaker’s journey from kitchen klutz to pastry pro started with a New Year’s resolution to cut down on sugar in 2016, when she began experimenting with pies to sate her dessert cravings. What began as a creative foray has become a full-time gig.“It’s the most fun job that I’ve ever had in my life,” she said. “I never thought I’d be doing anything like this.”Clark-Bojin’s multi-tiered masterpieces include Calvin and Hobbes riding a wagon down a hillside and an Aladdin-themed castle. The self-described science fiction nerd has also concocted a glow-in-the-dark Tron apple pie and Star Wars themed fruit turnovers shaped like Jabba the Hut.Along the way, Clark-Bojin has tapped into her science background as a former university physics student to develop new methods and materials. Her innovations include colouring pastry dough, creating pigments that glow in the dark and baking three-dimensional shapes.“This isn’t cooking. This is chemistry!”The American talk show The Chew invited Clark-Bojin to New York to present a pie on the show in late 2016, which was followed by an invitation from the Food Network to start making videos for the cooking channel, she said.Pies are especially challenging because pastry dough quickly becomes tough when overworked and its inconsistency means it often changes shape unpredictably in the oven, Clark-Bojin said.She said one “aha moment” came while designing an alien face from the sci-fi franchise “Predator,” when Clark-Bojin came up with a method of blending different layers of pastry together, “like modeling clay,” using an egg mixture.“That opened a whole new world,” she said.Clark-Bojin said most of her baking gets done late at night after her five-year-old son, Cillian, is in bed. She described him as her harshest critic.“He’ll look at something that I’ve been slaving over for days and I’m really proud of and he’ll be like, “Hmm. It’s not your best work, mommy,’ ” she said.Clark-Bojin doesn’t sell her pies directly. She supports her work by offering how-to guides and dough stencils for sale.Her next task is to simplify her techniques.“My mission with all of this is not just to be a snooty pie artist,” she said, adding that the overall goal is to create a new industry.“I want to teach other people and inspire other people to create cool things in this medium that they love with this food that they love.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Ban urges UN rights body to avoid selectivity rise above national interests

25 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the main United Nations body tasked with addressing human rights challenges worldwide to be impartial, objective and constructive as it carries out its vital work. “Facing human rights problems is the first step, acting to fix them moves us forward on the path of progress. As we walk this road we must shine light on abuses everywhere,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.He noted that the Council’s system of special procedures – experts who travel the world, record what they see, and report to the 47-member body – makes this possible. The Council also convenes special sessions, carries out fact-finding missions and responds to breaking developments.“But more must be done to fully rise above national and regional interests. If this Council is to deliver on the promise of its founding, you must go beyond narrow considerations,” said Mr. Ban, stressing that for the Council to fulfil its mandate, it must be seen as impartial and fair. “It cannot be seen as a place ruled by bias or special interests. It cannot be a place that targets some countries, yet ignores others. It cannot be a place where some members overlook the human rights violations of others so as to avoid scrutiny themselves.” The Secretary-General added that while the independence of human rights rapporteurs cannot and should not be limited, irresponsible behaviour that undermines the Council and the UN cannot be condoned. He noted in particular recent comments by one special rapporteur who suggested that there was an ‘apparent cover-up’ in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. “I condemn this sort of inflammatory rhetoric,” Mr. Ban said, referring to the comments made by Palestinian rights expert Richard Falk in a blog post this month. “It is preposterous – an affront to the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died in that tragic attack.” In addition, Mr. Ban cautioned against being “selective” in promoting human rights. “We must address the full spectrum of rights with equal force – civil, cultural, economic, social and political. Put simply, our watchword should be: all people, all countries, all rights.”He highlighted the need to reject all forms of intolerance, continue working to protect civilians caught in conflict, address rape and gender-based violence, and reject persecution of people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. “I understand that sexual orientation and gender identity raise sensitive cultural issues. But cultural practice can not justify any violation of human rights,” he stated. “When our fellow humans are persecuted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, we must speak out.” Earlier today, the Secretary-General, together with UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, opened a conference aimed at securing sufficient and predictable funding for the world body’s urgent, life-saving humanitarian work.He also visited the International Olympic Committee and met with its chief, Jacques Rogge, as well as the heads of some international sports federations. read more

Obama to hand over social media accounts to new president

Obama to hand over social media accounts to new president President Barack Obama and the first lady Michelle Obama greet children from Washington area and children of military families to trick-or-treat celebrating Halloween at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) by Kevin Freking, The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2016 9:58 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 31, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The next president of the United States will start with a huge following on Twitter but a clean slate of tweets. It’s all part of the peaceful transition of power in the social media age.The White House said Monday that Obama’s official @POTUS account will be taken over by the next president. Obama’s tweets will move over to a new handle, @POTUS44, maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration.Similar changes will take place with Obama’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, along with other Twitter accounts, including Michelle Obama’s @FLOTUS and Joe Biden’s @VP accounts.The White House said it has three goals for the digital transition:First, all the material published online during Obama’s presidency will be preserved with the National Archives and Records Administration, just as previous administrations have done with handwritten notes, faxes and emails. Second, materials will continue to be accessible on the platforms where they were created, allowing for real-time access. Third, the White House is working to ensure the next president can continue to use and develop the digital assets the Obama administration has created to connect directly with the people they serve.Obama is leaving office with far more digital content to archive than any previous president. Thousands of hours of video and millions of photos will have to be transferred. Eventually, they’ll be available to download in compact form, such as zip files.The White House also said in a blog post that it’s inviting students, data engineers and others to come up with creative ways to archive the digital content and make it useful and available. The administration said it will make the material available early to people who are interested in building something for the public.“From Twitter bots and art projects to printed books and query tools, we’re open to it all,” the White House said. read more

Upcoming UN forum to focus on womens empowerment sustainable development

Advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, will be the focus of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which begins its 60th session in New York next week.“It will be a festival of ideas channelled to implementation,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, told journalists, briefing alongside Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Ambassador of Brazil and Chair of the Commission’s Bureau.“We want to make sure we balance between [the] greatest challenges that we face and the greatest opportunities,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said, referring to the multitude of topics that will be covered in the more than 400 events planned throughout the city.The CSW, which will begin on Monday and last through 24 March, will bring together representatives from the UN system, Member States, and civil society from around the world to review the progress so far towards gender equality and women’s empowerment and plan new initiatives and actions.The priority theme for the events will be on women’s empowerment and sustainable development, given that this is the first session of the Commission since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015. The Agenda includes a stand-alone goal on women’s empowerment and participation.“CSW has already been working under the framework of universal applicability,” Mr. Patriota said. “No single country, however developed, has achieved full gender equality, a reminder of the universal challenge we face in promoting gender equality.” The Commission will build on the leaders’ forum in September 2015 when more than 90 world leaders answered UN Women’s call for action to “Step It Up for Gender Equality” by pledging specific actions to tackle barriers to gender equality. These include women’s economic inclusion, protection from violence, and support in areas where women and girls are on the frontlines – such as with climate change or the Zika virus outbreak. Ahead of the start of the CSW, a youth forum has been organized on Saturday by UN Women, the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality and partners. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said the Forum would provide an “historic opportunity for young people to come together and advocate for issues that affect them.” The conclusions of the forum will be shared at CSW’s political discussions. read more

FROM THE FIELD Harvested rainwater saves Tanzanian students from stomach ulcers typhoid

Drought, rising sea levels and erratic rainfall made the local water well so salty that when they drank, they would get headaches, stomach aches and even ulcers. Unsanitary conditions turned it into a disease-spreading font.However, thanks to a project run by UN Environment and its partners, the situation took a turn for the better.They constructed a rainwater harvesting system, which involved rooftop guttering and a series of large water tanks, that provided the students with fresh water for drinking, washing and cooking.“This water is very sweet and when we drink it, our health gets better because that water is pure,” said one happy student customer.Click here for the full story. Students atTanzania’s Bagamoyo secondary school now have more time to study and less days off sick thanks to a UN Environment-supported rainwater harvesting system., by UN Environment/Hannah McNeish read more

Forensics firm hit by cyber attack pay ransom

But following the cyberattack a decision was taken by police leaders to suspend work with the firm.It is thought the suspension of services has already led to a delay in some court cases with a number of trials having to be postponed. Eurofins was hit by a cyber attack in June In the wake of the attack, security minister Ben Wallace said immediate steps had been taken to minimise the impact on the criminal justice system.He said: “The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is working to ensure all hearings remain based on reliable evidence.”If prosecutors or the police believe that there may have been an impact, they will contact the victims or witnesses involved. But if any victims are concerned, national support services are also available.”However, I want to stress that at present we have no reason to believe there has been an impact on the forensic evidence tested by EFS.”The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) refused to comment on the ransom payment but sources said “excellent progress” had been made in dealing with the fall-out of the cyber attack.Ransomware software is a virus that prevents the user from accessing their systems and can cripple an organisation.The hackers then often send a demand for payment in order to unlock the frozen systems.A spokesman for the National Cyber Security Centre spokesman said: “It is a matter for the victim whether or not to pay the ransom.”But the decision to pay the hackers could lead to concerns that the firm could be targeted in the future. Eurofins was hit by a cyber attack in June A leading forensic science firm, which is used by the UK police to help investigate major crimes, has paid a ransom to criminals after being targeted in a cyber attack, it is understood.Eurofins Scientific, which is based in Belgium but has laboratories all over the world, was hit by a ransomware attack last month, which affected the firm’s IT systems.The National Crime Agency has been investigating the source of the attack, but sources claimed the company had already paid a ransom to recover its network.It is not clear how much was paid and spokesman for the firm said: “With regards to any ransom payment we can’t comment at the moment.”Eurofins, which helped catch the Babes in the Wood killer, Russell Bishop, accounts for more than half of the forensic science provision for UK forces.Its scientists handle forensic evidence relating to around 70,000 criminal cases in the UK each year, carrying out DNA testing, toxicology analysis, firearms testing and other services. The state run Forensic Science Service (FSS) was abolished in 2012 with the work being taken on by a number of private firms.However the sector has been beset with problems with an alleged data tampering scandal at Randox Testing and the collapse of Key Forensic Services.In May a House of Lords report warned that the provision of forensic science in England and Wales had reached breaking point, risking crimes going unsolved and miscarriages of justice occurring. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

You have to keep positive about everything The week in quotes

first_img 17,351 Views Mar 24th 2019, 6:30 PM https://jrnl.ie/4557873 ‘You have to keep positive about everything’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week. Share2 Tweet Email You can’t really dwell on the questions like ‘why did this happen to me?’” she said at the time. I’m only 25, this isn’t supposed to happen to women my age. You have to keep positive about everything.The words of HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan. She passed away this week. Short URL 2 Comments center_img Source: PA Images We are running out of time.Caroline Haga, spokeswoman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, on the growing humanitarian crisis facing three southern African countries in the wake of tropical cyclone Idai. Source: PA ImagesI gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don’t care about this. I didn’t get thank you. That’s okay. We sent him on the way, but I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.President of the United States Donald Trump on the funeral of Republican senator John McCain, who died of a brain tumour last year. Source: Vincent ThianHe sought many things from his act of terror, but one is notoriety. And that is why you will never hear me mention his name. He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless. And to others, I implore you: Speak the names of the lives who were lost, rather than the name of the man who took them.New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has promised that the man responsible for last week’s deadly mosque massacres would face “the full force of the law”, as she vowed never to utter his name. Source: PA ImagesI sometimes have the feeling that I’m in the waiting room waiting for Godot, and Godot is never coming.Xavier Bettel, the prime minister of Luxembourg, on the mood in Brussels waiting for clarity on Brexit. Source: PA ImagesLook, I have every respect for Theresa May. She reminds me occasionally of that character from Monty Python where all the arms and legs are cut off but he then tells the opponent: ‘Let’s call it a draw.’ She’s incredible. She goes on and on. At the same time, I do not blame her, but British politics.Another take on Brexit from another EU prime minister, this time Mark Rutte of Denmark. Source: AAP/PA ImagesHere’s a pic of me at work… think about this before your derogatory comments, animals.Australian rules football league star Tayla Harris, reacting after this picture of her was deleted due to the large number of derogatory comments it attracted. By Nicky Ryan Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 6:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Progression encourageante du nombre de tortues luth venant pondre en Floride

first_imgProgression encourageante du nombre de tortues luth venant pondre en FloridePubliée dans la revue Ecological Applications, une étude américano-britannique montre une progression constante  du nombre de nids de tortues luth (tortues marines) sur les plages de Floride. Une augmentation liée aux mesures de protection, mais aussi à la modification de facteurs écologiques divers.Parmi les 68 plages étudiées, les plus prometteuses ont affiché des hausses annuelles de plus de 16% depuis 1979, et les moins favorisées, de 3,1% : le dénombrement des nids de tortues luth en Floride rend optimistes les auteurs de cette étude, membres de l’Université de Bath (Royaume-Uni), de la Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, et surtout du Duke Center for Marine Conservation (États-Unis).À lire aussiUn alligator pris en flagrant délit de… vol de pastèque en FlorideSon directeur, Larry B. Crowder, explique : “Cela suggère que les efforts de conservation et de valorisation, faits en vertu de la loi sur les espèces en voie de disparition, sont payants à l’échelle régionale. Mais la nidification est en hausse même là où la protection n’a pas été améliorée. Des changements dans les conditions océaniques, liés à la variabilité climatique, peuvent influer sur la chaîne alimentaire marine, et créer un environnement qui favorise les tortues en réduisant le nombre de leurs prédateurs et en accroissant l’abondance de leurs proies, en particulier les méduses”.Abondance de nourriture et effondrement des populations de requins dans le nord-ouest de l’Atlantique au cours de la dernière décennie : des facteurs clés permettant probablement aux tortues luth femelles de nidifier plus fréquemment, selon Kelly Stewart, auteur principal de l’étude, qui a fait sa thèse de doctorat sur ce sujet.En revanche, les populations ont chuté sur les plages du Pacifique est, au Mexique et au Costa Rica. “La bonne nouvelle est que, bien que la plupart des tortues de mer continuent à disparaître, certaines populations sont en progression. Nous avons besoin de comprendre pourquoi elles augmentent ici autant que pourquoi elles baissent ailleurs, afin que nous puissions transférer cette compréhension à d’autres espèces à risque, comme les tortues luth du Pacifique”, conclut Crowder.Le 10 avril 2011 à 18:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Leash Laws Loosen up for Dogs

Leash Laws Loosen up for Dogs

first_imgLeash Laws Loosen up for Dogs Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Dan Plante, August 6, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – Dog lovers in Del Mar have something to be happy about tonight.The City is about to loosen “leash laws” for good. KUSI’s Dan Plante was at Dog Beach earlier this afternoon to tell us more. Dan Plante Posted: August 6, 2018last_img read more

Nashville fugitive arrested in Gresham OR

first_imgGRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Nashville was arrested late Tuesday in Gresham by the U.S. Marshals Service Oregon Fugitive Task Force.Police say 21-year-old Evan Kenyon Knox is wanted on homicide and attempt homicide warrants.The Oregonian says Knox reportedly is suspected of shooting of 22-year-old Thomas Rutledge while he was riding a four-wheeler through a public housing project with his 4-year-old stepson. The boy was not hurt.last_img

Revealed Reason why Alia Bhatt gifted Rs 50 lakh home to her

first_imgAlia Bhatt in SS Rajamouli’s RRRTwitterAlia Bhatt, who has had a successful journey in the industry so far, is not going to look back anytime soon. The diva, who has given some blockbuster performances ever since her debut in the industry and established herself as one of the most bankable stars, is all set for Karan Johar’s magnum opus – Kalank.From the rise in her professional career to the stability in her personal life, everything makes news and rightly so. Alia not only holds the reputation of being a superstar in the making but also is famous for having a heart of gold. Alia recently celebrated her 26th birthday and from what we hear, the Bhatt girl made her birthday even more special for her driver and her helper.As per a report in India Today, Alia Bhatt has apparently gifted two cheques of Rs 50 lakh to her driver Sunil and helper Anmol for buying their own house in Mumbai. Since they have been with her since the time she started her journey in the industry, Alia wanted to thank them in her own sweet way. And what a way this was!The report further states that both the driver and the helper have already booked houses with the cheque given by Alia and are joyous beyond bounds at the sweet gesture.Alia is currently busy with the promotion of Kalank starring Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur. It has also been speculated once the promotion work of the film will be done, Alia plans to fly off to some romantic destination with beau Ranbir Kapoor for a romantic getaway.Alia and Ranbir will be seen together in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Mouni Roy.last_img read more

WHO fears deadly diphtheria outbreak among Rohingya refugees

WHO fears deadly diphtheria outbreak among Rohingya refugees
first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees walk through the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar on November 27, 2017. AFPHundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh are at risk from a possible outbreak of diphtheria, the World Health Organization said in a report published on Tuesday.More than 620,000 people from Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority have fled to Bangladesh since the end of August and are camped in squalor after escaping a military crackdown the United States said included “horrendous atrocities” aimed at “ethnic cleansing”.In a weekly roundup of illness among the displaced Rohingya population, totalling about 820,000, the WHO said a 30-year-old woman was found to have suspected diphtheria on Nov. 10, but she disappeared during treatment two days later.WHO investigators failed to find her, but on Nov. 19 a man in the same area, the Balukhali makeshift settlement, was also reported to have suspected diphtheria, and another member of his household was sick.Tests on throat swabs are still pending, the report said.The WHO describes diphtheria as a widespread, severe infectious disease that has the potential for epidemics, with a mortality rate of up to 10 percent.It is caused by bacteria that produces a toxin that can harm tissues and organs. Treatment involves administering anti-toxin to neutralise the toxin and antibiotics to kill the bacteria.Many of the refugees were not vaccinated against diphtheria as children so there is little immunity against the disease.“Therefore, obstacles to optimal vaccine delivery must be identified and forceful measures taken to improve immunisation coverage immediately,” the report said.After the flood of migrants began, health officials rushed to vaccinate against cholera, averting what was seen as the greatest single risk. When measles broke out, causing 1,270 suspected cases, they rapidly vaccinated 135,000 children against measles and rubella.But conditions are still dire, and testing of water supplies between Sept. 18 and Nov. 14 showed 82 percent of water tested positive for faecal contamination with E.coli bacteria. Between Aug. 25 and Nov. 18, there were 45,790 cases of acute watery diarrhoea and 11 deaths.There have been 190 cases of acute jaundice syndrome and risk of a hepatitis E outbreak, which can kill 30 percent of pregnant women who catch it.last_img

Schneider Report Houstons Bond Elections Made Simple

Schneider Report Houstons Bond Elections Made Simple

first_imgAl Ortiz Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Early voting continues across Texas. There are five bond issues on Houston’s ballot. The ballot language for those bonds can be confusing. News 88.7 provides the following guide.There’s one thing to remember for all five measures: A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of the City of Houston issuing bonds to borrow money. A “no” vote is a vote against issuing the bonds.Proposition A is the pension bond. The retirement plans for Houston police and other municipal employees are several billion dollars in the red. Mayor Sylvester Turner and the City Council worked out a reform plan to pay down that debt over the next few decades. The plan involves benefit cuts, as well as a new bond issue of $1,010,000,000.Propositions B through E are capital improvement bonds. They would let the city borrow close to half a billion dollars to pay for essential city services:Proposition B ($159,000,000) would pay for public safety improvements, including new rescue equipment and training for the police and fire departments for dealing with future hurricanes.Proposition C ($104,000,000) would pay to improve parks, as well as to conserve green spaces and improve water quality along the city’s bayous.Proposition D ($109,000,000) would pay to improve the city’s public health and sanitation systems.Proposition E ($123,000,000) would pay to improve the city’s public library system. X 00:00 /00:52last_img read more

Heres the Ezekiel Elliott lawsuit and full 160page NFL Investigative report into

Heres the Ezekiel Elliott lawsuit and full 160page NFL Investigative report into

first_imgIncluded as an exhibit in the lawsuit is the full 160-page NFL investigation into Elliott. Read it here in two parts: Here’s the transcript of NFL Investigator Kia Roberts interview with Tiffany Thompson, also attached as an exhibit to the lawsuit: The NFLPA has filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of Ezekiel Elliott in the the U.S. District Court of East Texas. The lawsuit alleges Elliott has been deprived of “fundamental fairness” by the NFL’s discipline process in receiving a six-game suspension to start the season.The suit alleges that NFL executives conspired to hide evidence from Roger Goodell that would have exonerated Elliott, and also ignored  the NFL’s Director of Investigations Kia Roberts’ conclusion that his former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson was not a credible witness.Here’s the full filing:center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more May 17, 2010 – The world of genomics and medical imaging are joining forces in an effort to provide early detection diagnostics to patients with cardiovascular disease. This market trend has prompted GE Healthymagination Fund, a new $250 million equity fund, to make its first investment in a cardiovascular genomic diagnostics company. The fund, part of GE’s Healthymagination Fund, invested $5 million in CardioDx as part of a series D round that the fund is leading. CardioDx develops genomic tests to aid in the assessment and tailoring of care of individuals with cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease (CAD), cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure. CardioDx’s initial product, Corus CAD, is a noninvasive genomic test that uses data, such as gene expression levels and other patient characteristics, to assess the probability of a patient having obstructive CAD. GE’s cardiovascular imaging and monitoring business is making a strategic fit with CardioDx to expand capabilities in product research and development for the diagnosis and care of patients with suspected heart disease. For more information: www.gehealthcare.com and FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Guatemala court upholds genocide trial for exdictator Ríos Montt

first_imgGUATEMALA CITY – Guatemala’s highest court has rejected an amnesty appeal by former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who faces charges of genocide in the deaths of thousands of indigenous people during his regime in the 1980s, sources said on Wednesday.The country’s highest court, the Court of Constitutionality, rejected Ríos Montt’s legal bid to have the court case against him thrown out.In doing so, it “upholds an earlier ruling by country’s Supreme Court,” which already had rejected his amnesty appeal, according to the source, who is one of the litigants in the case. The source said the high court ruling was issued on Tuesday.The decision to put Ríos Montt on trial will mark the first time genocide proceedings have been brought over the 36-year civil war in Guatemala that ended in 1996, leaving an estimated 200,000 people dead, according to the United Nations. He was in power from 1982-1983.Defense attorneys have said that the former president never knew the army was committing massacres during his administration.Due to stand trial along with Ríos Montt is retired Gen. José Rodríguez, a former member of the military leadership. Facebook Comments Related posts:Ex-dictator Ríos Montt to face genocide charges for 1980s abuses A landmark genocide case comes to unexpected and dramatic end Guatemalans continue speaking out on atrocities during Ríos Montt era Guatemala’s Maya outraged at genocide ruling annulmentlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Etihad Airways has o

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Etihad Airways has officially opened a new state-of-the-art Crew Briefing Centre (CBC) at its hub in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.The purpose-built crew terminal, the first built by the airline, is the most advanced of its kind in the region, and is fitted with leading-edge baggage handling systems, electronic check-in kiosks, security and customs scanning equipment and E-gate facilities for immigration control.The airline will provide user-friendly technology and convenience for its 2250 flight crew and approximately 5800 cabin crew during the check-in and briefing processes prior to boarding their flights. Operating crews will be provided with up-to-date flight information such as flight plans, weather reports, destination information, service protocol and passenger data, for review in dedicated briefing areas within the CBC.James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are tremendously proud to open this spectacular facility, which has been designed and built to provide our operating crew, and those of our partner airlines, with the latest technological advances and the utmost convenience.“The Crew Briefing Centre will allow us to meet the challenges of an ever-transforming business and to meet the phenomenal growth of both Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi well into the future. This will be particulary important in the period leading up to the opening of the new Midfield Terminal.”The technology used in the CBC allows operating crews to start their travel from home by using their phones and tablet devices to connect to the centre, providing the airline  with a higher degree of visibility to guarantee a seamless operation. On their journey to the airport, crew members will receive real-time information about the flight and the airline will receive up-to-date information about their expected arrival time at the airport.Located adjacent to Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi Airport, the expansive new facility measures approximately 8200sqm set over two floors, consisting of a steel frame structure with a bespoke cladding system reflecting EY’s ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ corporate design, and features branded fleet and product renders throughout  the building, with a superior high-quality finish. The contract for the building of the CBC was awarded to leading British construction firm McLaren, which operates from its two UAE bases located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.The terminal features 20 fully equipped pilot and cabin crew briefing rooms, four of which can be joined to accommodate larger Airbus A380 crews.EY has opened three crew lounges within the CBC. The luxurious Landside Lounge, located on the first floor, is equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, MacBook computers, hot and cold beverage stations, and shower facilities. The smaller Airside Lounge is equipped with the same facilities with the exception of showers. The airline has also provided a landside Quiet Room where crew can relax in a calm environment before they commence their duties.The CBC boasts laundry and dry-cleaning services, a mail room and a 24-hour coffee shop serving light meals and snacks. A dedicated duty-free outlet will open within the arrivals hall.The Guest Services department, which oversees the airline’s cabin crew, has relocated its Performance Managers to the CBC to enhance communication between cabin crew and management, providing access to the latest updates, information and advice. An employee service desk providing HR assistance and travel information has also been set up at the centre.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more