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first_imgNova Scotians are once again enjoying good local food and film at the 5th annual Devour! Film and Food Festival in Wolfville. The festival, running until Sunday, Nov. 8, includes food-related activities, the Select Nova Scotia food truck rally featuring tasty food made with local ingredients, and films that celebrate food culture around the world. Three filmed vignettes that help kick-off the festival feature kitchen pop-ups with the Kilted Chef that were held around the province in October. The Kilted Chef, Alain Bossé, a specialist in Maritime Canadian cuisine, travelled the province cooking with local food at three locations that were named to reflect the food featured. Pulled pork sandwiches were on the menu for lunch at the Pulled Pork Williams event at Port Williams Elementary school. Breakfast frittatas were served at the Fritatamagouche pop-up at the Tatamagouche Farmers’ Market; and lunch was chili in the Chilifax event at the Halifax Central Library. Link to the vignettes at https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov . “Our goal is to get Nova Scotians eating more local food and these provincial pop-ups certainly put the fun in food,” said acting Agriculture Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Linking communities to the local fare Nova Scotians can find right in their neighborhoods was an excellent way to encourage buying local.” “It was a great opportunity to visit communities in the province,” said Chef Bossé. “We fed hundreds of Nova Scotians and showed them how easy it is to commit to local.” Other festival events include: a chef-off where local chefs showcase their local cuisine; 50 of the best culinary films; workshops and panels; the ‘best of the fest’ where a Golden Tine will be awarded; food and wine excursions throughout Kings County; and food trucks to tempt every palette and budget. “The Devour! Food and Film Festival has truly become a signature event for anyone who enjoys good food with a local connection,” said Mr. MacLellan. “Events like this are helping to create the conditions that will fuel the success of local producers.” Select Nova Scotia is an event sponsor and one of its goals is to let Nova Scotians know about the benefits of buying and enjoying locally grown products. For more information on the benefits of buying local, and where to find locally grown and made products, visit Select Nova Scotia on Facebook or at http://selectnovascotia.ca. For Devour! details, visit http://devourfest.com.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s appalling record on Indigenous health is undermining its efforts to be a global health leader.That’s according to research published this week in one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journals, which calls on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to start backing up his lofty rhetoric with concrete action.The Lancet, a peer-reviewed journal founded nearly two centuries ago in the United Kingdom, is showcasing the Canadian medical system for the first time in a series of articles and commentary authored by a collection of scholars and public figures across Canada.The glaring contrast in between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health outcomes is one of the central themes, which include poorer rates of chronic disease, infant mortality trauma, suicide and overall life expectancy.“It looks to us as though there is a developing country within Canada’s borders,” said Lancet executive editor Jocalyn Clark.“If you can’t be a leader at home on Indigenous health and equity, how can Canada be the leader we need it to be internationally?” she added. “People are getting really impatient and instead of promise we need progress.”Clark called Trudeau’s progressive agenda a reason for optimism, adding that now is the time for action as Canada takes over the G7 presidency for 2018.One of the articles focuses on Canada’s historic role as a middle power that, up until the government of former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, excelled at using diplomacy and collaboration to advance global health initiatives, punching above its weight.But overseas aid development from Canada has declined in recent years, the study finds, with contributions hovering around 0.26 per cent of gross domestic product, placing Canada 15th among the 35 countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.“Canada’s new policy directions must be backed by resources,” writes Timothy Evans, head of health and nutrition at the World Bank, in an accompanying commentary.“The failure to come anywhere close to achieving the development assistance target … raises legitimate questions about whether ‘Canada is back.’ “Stephanie Nixon, a health researcher and co-author behind one of the series papers, said that while overall aid from Canada may have stalled, the proportion of that assistance earmarked for health initiatives has risen in recent years.The abdication of international leadership in the era of U.S. President Donald Trump and populist-fuelled turmoil rocking Europe has left a vacuum that Canada is well placed to fill, Nixon said — but Canadian political leaders will have to back up the messaging with action.“Our sense is that Canada has got its talk right. Now it’s time for Canada to get its walk right as well,” she said.Another piece in the series charts the development of universal health care in Canada from its origins as a provincial program to cover hospital costs rolled out by then-premier of Saskatchewan, Tommy Douglas. Author Danielle Martin warned that without continuous innovation and update, medicare risks losing relevance.“You don’t sort of say, ‘Well, we’ve done universal health coverage,’ and then pack it up and go home,” said Martin, a Toronto-based physician and public health scholar.One concrete step for change is the expansion of medicare coverage to include prescription drugs, she said.“Imagine an international reader of a journal like this looking at the Canadian system and saying, ‘Wait, what do you mean you have a modern, universal health-care system that doesn’t include prescription drugs?’ No other developed country has made that choice. It’s absurd.”The series also includes commentary from Trudeau, who lays out his vision for global health and gender equality.Canada’s focus is on three areas, he said: comprehensive sex education, reproductive health services and investment in family planning and contraceptives.“Everyone benefits when women and girls can participate freely and fully in our economies and societies,” Trudeau said.Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says in an accompanying note that Canada is quadrupling the number of mental health wellness teams for Indigenous communities across the country and is investing in health infrastructure in the country’s remote regions.Lancet editor Clark said the series applauds the successes of Canada’s health-care system while at the same time shining a spotlight on some of its challenges, which include coping with an aging population and longer-than-average wait times for elective surgery.The aim is to showcase Canada to the international community and also push for change domestically, she said.“I’m a Canadian, so I recognize that in Canada, we tend to be quite insular when we talk about our health-care system,” Clark said.“As the series argues, Canada tends to be a little too comfortable in its own beliefs about how great its health-care system is. That limits Canada from probably being as strategic as it needs to be on these issues.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National News SARNIA, Ont.–A rail blockade launched by Aamjiwnaang First Nation members on a CN line in Sarnia, Ont., is expected to end Thursday at midnight.Ron Plain, the spokesman for the blockade, said the blockade was ended in a negotiated settlement with Sarnia police after an Ontario judge ordered it shut down.Plain called it “a huge community victory” and the first victory of the Idle No More movement.He said the blockade, which began Dec. 21, 2012, had proven its point and didn’t need to continue. Plain said they were already negotiating to have the blockade end on Saturday.The blockade was originally launched in support of hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s demand for a treaty meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Gov. Gen. David Johnston and First Nations leaders.Plain was found in contempt Wednesday of a court injunction ordering an end to the blockade. He was ordered by the court not to go near the site of the blockade unless it involved negotiating its end.The ending to the Aamjiwnaang blockade leaves only the Mi’kmaq from Listuguj First Nation still holding a rail blockade. The Mi’kmaq there have been blocking the railway at Pointe-a-la-Croix in Quebec since Dec. 28, 2012.More rail and highway blockades, however, are expected in the coming days and weeks.First Nations chiefs are planning to hold a national day of action on Jan. 16 which could see the beginning of indefinite blockades across the country.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government wants to see a new process established to resolve conflicts over permits that Kinder Morgan says is delaying construction on its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the government has written to the National Energy Board, endorsing the creation of a panel that would address conflicts over municipal or provincial permits.Kinder Morgan (TSX:KML) has appealed to the board, arguing Burnaby in Metro Vancouver is wrongly withholding construction permits for Trans Mountain after it has been approved by the federal government.British Columbia’s NDP government has also promised to do everything in its power to stop the expansion.Ottawa approved the $7.4-billion project last year, but Trans Mountain has faced opposition and legal challenges from local communities, environmentalists and First Nations.The pipeline goes from an Edmonton area tank farm to a port in Burnaby.Carr said he supports the establishment of a standing panel to determine Kinder Morgan’s compliance with project conditions placed on Trans Mountain.“The government has taken an important step to ensure that when a natural resource project is approved, it proceeds in a timely fashion and continues to generate economic benefits for all Canadians,” he said in a statement issued Wednesday.“The government is supportive of establishing a process that would assist in resolving any conflicts over the issuance of municipal or provincial permits and avoid unnecessary delays to project construction or regulatory compliance.”Burnaby’s position has been criticized by the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan.The city has said it is applying its regulatory process on the project in good faith.Kinder Morgan has asked the energy board for an order allowing work to begin without permits from Burnaby, and has also applied for an “expedited determination” to resolve similar problems in future.The expansion would more than triple the pipeline’s daily capacity to 890,000 barrels and increase the number of oil tankers moving through the Georgia Strait.Kinder Morgan officials have said delays in the project have the potential to cost millions of dollars and push the expansion nine months behind schedule.last_img read more

TORONTO — The Canadian Real Estate Association says it will soon be adding historical sales data to its realtor.ca website.The industry group said Thursday the information will be included along with new listings and be accessible without a password.CREA spokesman Pierre Leduc says the data will only be posted if the regional real estate board requests that it be uploaded. Several boards have already expressed interest, but no timeline has been given on when this information will be online.The group says it still needs to ensure that the move complies with each province’s real estate laws, including whether the latest sold prices can be posted without a password.Leduc says the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), which is the largest in the country, has not requested for their information to be shared. The association noted that it will not be providing any other data such as conditional sale prices; withdrawn, expired, suspended or terminated offers or whether a property was purchased through a co-operating commission.“Realtors, brokers and boards have been asking us to add this information to realtor.ca property listings,” Leduc said in an email.“There are other sites in Canada and the U.S. that currently offer this information. In the past six months we have added information to property listings such as neighbourhood and school catchment areas, and we’re launching the latest iteration of realtor.ca in a few weeks.”TREB recently began permitting sold data to be published on password-protected websites after it fought for seven years in court to shield this information from the public.The Competition Bureau alleged that preventing the publication of the data was anti-competitive. The board had argued that the information should be protected due to privacy and copyright concerns.In August, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear the case.TREB says it was not consulted about CREA’s decision and that it still needs to review it.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

“The CAR is in freefall,” Mr. Ban told the special session of the UN Human Rights Council, in remarks delivered by Michael Møller, Acting Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva.Mr. Ban’s deep concern and call for action were echoed by the Council in a resolution adopted unanimously at the end of the session, which characterized the current situation in CAR as a total breakdown of law and order, and “strongly condemned continued and widespread violations and abuses of human rights perpetrated by all actors, and stressed that the perpetrators should be held accountable and brought to justice.”The 47-member Council demanded an immediate halt to all human rights violations and abuses and acts of violence by all parties, as well as the restoration of rule of law in the country. The Council also urged the parties in the CAR to protect all civilians, in particular women and children from sexual violence, and emphasized the need for all sides to facilitate humanitarian access for the UN and other relief organizations for all persons in need of assistance.In his statement, the Secretary-General said the situation has reached “epic proportions” and requires immediate and concerted action, with public service institutions having collapsed, security forces having disintegrated and fear enveloping the country. The UN human rights office and other UN entities, he added, have documented “unspeakable and widespread” human rights violations. “These appalling abuses have divided Christian and Muslim communities that for decades have co-existed peacefully as neighbours and friends.”The deteriorating security situation has forced one-fifth of the population to flee their homes, and more than half the population now needs humanitarian assistance. Mr. Ban noted that the UN has scaled up its emergency response, but the humanitarian appeal remains woefully underfunded. The UN and its partners urgently require $152 million to fund an emergency intervention plan, which aims to provide vital relief and protection to 1.2 million people across the country over the next three months.“I call for an immediate end to the cycle of violence and retaliation before the divide between the communities takes deep root and sectarian violence escalates into further mass atrocities,” he said, adding that religious tensions have not been part of the CAR’s past and they must not become part of its future.“By acting collectively and in unity, we can uphold our responsibility to protect the people of the CAR and help them move from destitution and despair to a more hopeful path,” he stated. “We must act together – and act now – to pull the CAR back from the brink of further atrocities.”Thousands of people in CAR are estimated to have been killed in the crisis, which began when the mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks a year ago, and has recently taken on increasingly Muslim-versus-Christian overtones as militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete), who are mainly Christians, take up arms.High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the meeting that among the most urgent human rights issues in the country are the continued sectarian violence, including killings and looting, and the need to take swift and concrete action to defuse the spiralling inter-communal anger and resentment that is becoming dangerously entrenched.Also of concern is the challenge for national authorities and foreign troops to respond adequately to the prevailing chronic insecurity; the continuing vacuum of legitimate State authority and the absolute impunity for human rights violations; and the dire situation of the displaced population, in the capital city of Bangui and other locations.Ms. Pillay welcomed the repeated calls by the country’s two most senior religious leaders for tolerance and respect within their communities. “I urge them, and everyone with influence at both the national and international levels, to strongly encourage other religious, political and tribal leaders to join their efforts to defuse the inter-communal tensions and desire for revenge before they become totally uncontrollable,” said the High Commissioner. “A strong and concerted nationwide effort is essential to stop CAR crossing the tipping point into an all-out sectarian conflict.”She highlighted that a human rights mission that visited the country last month documented “large-scale” human rights violations perpetrated in Bangui and other areas by the ex-Séléka and the anti-Balaka, and by Muslim and Christian civilians. These include sexual and gender-based violence, enforced disappearances, torture, ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests and detention, widespread looting and property destruction, as well as instances of burning of churches and mosques.“A more robust response to the crisis is urgently needed in the Central African Republic to protect civilians, prevent further violence, end impunity and promote reconciliation,” stressed Ms. Pillay.Speaking on behalf of the Council’s human rights experts, Chaloka Beyani said it is time to act firmly and assertively to stem the ongoing atrocities in CAR. As an immediate step, he urged States to mobilize the necessary resources to provide for the urgent needs of the population.He added that the creation of a country mandate by the Council, the convening of today’s special session and the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry by the Security Council are positive steps and indicate the urgent need to put an end to the crisis.As part of its deliberations, the Human Rights Council designated Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum of Côte d’Ivoire to serve as Independent Expert on CAR.Later in the day, the Secretary-General and the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA), welcomed the election of Catherine Samba Panza as Head of State of the Transition of the CAR, through a transparent process led by the National Transitional Council. Congratulating Ms. Samba Panza and commending all those involved in the election process, Mr. Ban looked forward to the nomination of a new Prime Minister in the coming days and said that “the change of leadership in the CAR offers a critical opportunity to put the transition process back on track,” according to a statement issued by a UN spokesperson in New York.The Secretary-General also welcomed the successful holding of a ministerial meeting on the humanitarian crisis in the CAR, convened in Brussels today by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the European Commission, and he urged Member States to immediately deliver on international pledges. The participants in the conference pledged $500 million. read more

Overall bus and coach volumes down 9.7% in the month and 9.8% for the rolling year to February.Coach volumes fell 50.0% in February; they were up by 14.7% for the rolling year.All bus registrations were down by 5.4% in February and dropped 12.3% for the rolling year.“2011 shows that recession still affects bus and seasonally, coach registrations. While we expect demand to recover, long lead times mean that registrations may struggle for many months yet,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “High fuel costs and public spending cuts are amongst the threats to the sector. The Budget later this month will be critical in strengthening consumer and business confidence. SMMT is looking for a freeze on fuel duty and measures that support business investment and access to finance and credit.”Download the full news release and data tablesClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team fell victim to No. 1 Penn State, 29-18, Sunday in front of an electric crowd of more than 6,000 fans for Senior Day. With the loss, the Buckeyes dropped to 11-3 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions, the defending national champions, improved their record to 11-1 and 7-1 in the conference. OSU got off to a fast start, leading Penn State, 15-4, after the first four matches. Senior 125-pounder Nikko Triggas suffered a 9-1 loss in the opening match, but his team would soon catch fire, winning the next three matches in grand fashion. Redshirt sophomore and No. 1-ranked Logan Stieber started the rally by pinning redshirt freshman Jordan Conaway in 2:41 in the 133-pound bout. The crowd erupted in thunderous cheer as sophomore and No. 2-ranked Hunter Stieber matched his older brother by pinning senior Derek Reber in 1:20 at 141 pounds. Sophomore Cam Tessari then followed with a 3-1 victory against No. 7-ranked sophomore Andrew Alton in the 149-pound bout. “I had a game plan going in. His conditioning was suspect, so I wanted to keep the score low in the first period and take advantage in the second and third and that’s what I did,” Tessari said. Penn State remained resilient, however, going on to win five of the next six matches. The Buckeyes suffered setbacks in the next two matches as redshirt sophomore Josh Demas fell to No. 5-ranked sophomore Dylan Altman in a tight 4-3 decision at 157 pounds before freshman Mark Martin was pinned by No. 2-ranked junior David Taylor in 2:55 in the 165-pound weight class. Redshirt junior Nick Heflin at 174 pounds came away with the Buckeyes’ last win, narrowly beating No. 5 sophomore Matt Brown, 3-2. The Nittany Lions took the final three matches, as redshirt senior C.J. Magrum was pinned in 1:51 by No. 1-ranked junior Ed Ruth at 184 pounds and redshirt freshman Kenny Courts lost the 197-pound bout to No. 3-ranked senior Quentin Wright, 9-1. In the last match, heavyweight redshirt junior Peter Capone lost to sophomore Jimmy Lawson by injury default. Logan Stieber said he was disappointed with the loss. “We started off real hot,” he said. “We had things going our way, but we knew they had their big guns, and for us to win the dual meet, we had to limit their bonus points and we didn’t. We knew we’d have a shot but we came up a little bit short.” OSU coach Tom Ryan seemed pleased with the team’s effort but said his team needs to continue to improve. “I saw some great things,” he said. “I saw Cam Tessari wrestle the way he’s capable of. We saw the Stiebers do their job. We needed pins and they got pins. In dual meets you can’t give up too many points and in the upper weight classes we gave up too many points. I think overall the fight was good but we need to do more.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to action Feb. 22-23 when they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen “Mat Mayhem” National Duals. The first match is set to begin at 6 p.m. in Williams Arena at University of Minnesota. read more

first_imgIn what will no doubt cause bloggers to mention Minority Report (with that mention filling this blogger’s quota), Google has announced that its globe-browsing app Google Earth now has Leap Motion support. This means you can navigate the globe through a series of hand gestures that will no doubt make your arm tired before you give up and go back to using a mouse.The added Leap Motion support comes with a new version of Google Earth, which is available today. If you missed the Leap Motion hype, it’s a device that acts as something of a Kinect for the PC. It allows you to use to fairly precise gesture control for whatever applications have support for the device.The above video demonstration shows Google Earth being controlled by the simple hand gestures you’d expect; a pointing motion moves forward, a wave up or down zooms in or out, and tilting your hand in a direction rotates accordingly. The effect resembles something similar to how Superman flies through the sky, arms outstretched.Leap Motion is shipping with Asus computers at some point, so certain Asus customers will almost literally have the globe at their fingertips without having to purchase a separate device. However, if you’re sick of references to a certain Tom Cruise film, there are other uses for the Leap Motion. A Japanese company used a band of various devices to create an augmented reality train window, which would be a boon for those long, lonely commutes when you’re trying to preserve your phone’s battery. Rather than using a Kinect, iPhone, projector, and GPS module, the train could conceivably use a Leap Motion to make the interaction more precise.Leap Motion is set to it Best Buy shelves on May 19 with a price of $79.99.last_img read more

first_imgThe Karamanlis government has come under sustained attack for its early closure of Parliament’s plenary session two Fridays ago.The surprise decision by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to declare Parliament in recess continued to provoke reactions.The summer sessions of Parliament, where it operates at reduced capacity, have commenced almost a month early.Opposition parties accused Karamanlis of taking the decision so that no new scandals could reach the House before the European parliamentary elections on June 7. Under Greek law prosecutors can only send case files which involve parliamentarians during a full sitting of Parliament.“Such scheming does not befit a just state,” said PASOK leader George Papandreou during a meeting of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV). “It creates the impression that those in power have complete immunity for any offense.”Mr Papandreou stressed that the European parliamentary elections will be a referendum that will send the message to the Karamanlis government and the ND party that the Greeks wish to change a course at a national and European level. The government – and the political system as a whole – came in for criticism from Dimitris Daskalopoulos, SEV’s president, who called for “a political and ethical renewal in our parties and society.”Costa Karamanlis has adopted a more aggressive stance in his speeches in an apparent bid to appeal to ND’s grassroots support so that a likely defeat on June 7 will not have a large margin.Mr. Karamanlis attacked George Papandreou and accused him of mud-slinging, disinformation, verbosity and of playing party politics.In reference to the early closure of Parliament the Karamanlis said: “This government has absolutely nothing to hide; it has nothing to cover up. The government wants to approach the European elections on political terms; it wants a calm political climate.”Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga stated that Parliament’s closure surprised the government itself, adding that the closure serves the writing off of scandals, as all scandals made until 2007 have been written off. Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) leader Alexis Tsipras accused Costas Karamanlis of “running, panic-stricken, into hiding in order to avoid his responsibilities” while, in reply to press questions, said that Karamanlis was governing without the consensus of the society nor even of those who have voted for him.A new poll predicted that the PASOK is likely to easily win next month’s Euro election.The Public Issue survey indicated that PASOK would garner 28 percent of the vote and New Democracy 23.5 with the other three parliamentary parties each collecting 5.5 percent. Anything more than a 3-4 percent win for PASOK would be considered a damaging blow to the Karamanlis government. However, a factor that could yet affect the final outcome is the number of voters who say they are still undecided.According to the poll, 8.5 percent of more than the 1,000 people questioned have not decided who will get their vote. Another 6 percent said they will not vote and 7.5 percent said they will cast blank ballots. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgAccording to Sky sources, RB Leipzig have made a new £22m offer for Everton winger Ademola Lookman.Leipzig made a £12m offer for Ademola Lookman back in July, but Everton rejected it.Lookman impressed on loan at Leipzig last season, and the Bundesliga club is keen to sign him on a permanent deal before their August 31 transfer deadline.Sky Sports reports that another bid was made, in the tune of £22m.“We want him back and he wants to come.” said Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick earlier this summer.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…On loan last season, the winger netted four times in his final five appearances for the German club.Everton manager Marco Silva said last week that youngster was unsettled at Goodison Park but had trained well in preparations for Saturday’s game against Southampton.He wasn’t in the Everton squad for their first match against Wolves and was an unused substitute for the 2-1 victory at home against Southampton.RB Leipzig head of recruitment Paul Mitchell is a long-term admirer of Lookman and wants to sign him this summer.last_img read more

first_imgCOCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a woman was caught on camera stealing packages filled with Christmas presents from a Coconut Creek home, Wednesday afternoon.The resident of the home said he checked his surveillance cameras after filing a complaint with the company when he didn’t receive his packages.The video shows the woman swiping the items from the front porch, at around 3:30 p.m.The images have been turned over to Coconut Creek Police, and they are investigating.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img.Forty villages in Balaganj upazila of Sylhet were inundated due to heavy rains and rise of water level in the Kushiara river, rendering over 1500 families marooned, reports UNB.Balaganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer Pradip Sinha said a meeting of upazila relief and disaster management committee was held on Monday and 5 tonnes of rice have been allocated for the flood victims of the upazila.Balaganj sadar union chairman Abdul Munim said, about 700 families of the union have been marooned.Makrashi, Singrakona, Monohorpur, Sarmanandapur and Sonapur villages of Boaljur union are the worst affected areas, said Boaljur UP chairman Md Anhar Miah.UNB Habiganj correspondent reports: Several thousand people of Chunarughat upazila of the have been marooned due to flood caused by heavy rain and onrush of hilly water.Some dwelling houses near Balla border area were damaged due to incessant rain.Vesicular movement on Shayestaganj, Chunarghat-Madhobpur road came to a halt as the road in Chandichora area on Old Dhaka-Sylhet highway was damaged due to flood, said Chunarghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sirajum Munira.Meanwhile, Khwai river was flowing 280 centimetres above the danger level on Tuesday morning threatening the town protection embankment at Tetuiwa, Kamrapur, Mashulia points.According to sources at the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), the Kawai river was flowing above the danger level due to fresh spell of rainfall over the last few days and onrush of water from upstream hilly areas of Tripura.last_img read more

first_imgWhile women understand the importance of being visible at their workplace for the advancement of their career, many deliberately avoid the spotlight so that they can avoid backlash and balance work with family responsibilities, says a study.The study by Stanford University researchers found that women adjusting to evolving family needs often determined that embracing a behind-the-scenes approach allowed them to be effective while staying out of the spotlight and avoiding negative backlash. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThese women adopted a strategy that the researchers called “intentional invisibility,” a risk-averse, conflict-avoiding approach to navigating unequal workplaces, according to the findings published in the journal Sociological Perspectives. Many women in the study, the researchers wrote, found that “they can only pursue their ambitions to a point to ensure stability”. “Women in our study chose this strategy from a limited set of options,” said one of the researchers, Priya Fielding-Singh. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Because there was no clear path to having it all, many chose to prioritize authenticity and conflict reduction at work and home,” she added.For the study, the researchers focused on a women’s professional development programme at a large non-profit organisation in the US. They conducted interviews with 86 programme participants and observed 36 discussion groups and 15 programme-wide meetings where many women shared the barriers and biases they encountered at their organisation as well as the strategies they used to overcome them. They found that for many of the women they studied, there are competing expectations that get in the way of them following common career tips like “take a seat at the table,” “speak with authority” and “interject at meetings”.Many of the women participating in the study told the researchers that they felt a double bind – if they worked on the sidelines, they could be overshadowed by their colleagues and overlooked for job promotions. But having a more assertive presence in the office, many women thought, could also backfire.In the end, the authors said, it is organisations – not the women embedded within them – that need to adapt to create gender equality.last_img read more

first_img News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Related Content 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 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 News | May 19, 2015 Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Beneficial for Some Pancreatic Cancer Patients Two non-randomized studies were conducted in relatively small numbers of patients News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more center_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Image courtesy of Imago Systems May 19, 2015 — Two studies from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center add to preliminary evidence that stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) appears as safe and effective as standard radiation treatment for certain patients with pancreatic cancer whose tumors are advanced but have not spread.The studies also suggest, the researchers say, that SBRT may have some advantages over traditional radiation for some patients; this is because doses can be delivered over the course of one week, unlike six or seven weeks with standard radiation therapy. Some patients also reported significantly less pain and no significant decrease in their quality of life after SBRT, the scientists found.Overall, the two studies show that SBRT for locally advanced pancreatic cancer “appears to be at least as good as standard radiation, and in some cases, it appears to be better,” said Joseph Herman, M.D., M.Sc., co-director of the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic. He cautioned, however, that the results need to be confirmed in randomized trials.Conventional or standard radiation is delivered in relatively low doses, usually daily over the course of several weeks. SBRT uses a higher dose of carefully targeted radiation to treat tumors, delivered all at once or in a few “fractionated” doses.The researchers report that patients experienced minimal gastrointestinal side effects, such as ulcers and intestinal inflammation, when SBRT is delivered in five separate, fractionated doses, rather than one large dose. In one prospective, multicenter study of 49 patients who received the five doses, five patients developed one of these toxic side effects, compared to nine of 16 patients (47 percent) of those who received the one-dose SBRT regiment in a previous study.In some cases, patients were able to have their tumors surgically removed with few or no cancer cells left behind, said Herman. Before treatment with chemotherapy and SBRT, these patients were thought to have tumors unsuitable for surgery.”The majority of patients we treat with stereotactic radiation have tumors that cannot be safely or effectively removed by surgery, and therefore their average survival is only about a year,” Herman said. “So if five days of stereotactic radiation has outcomes equivalent to the six weeks of standard chemotherapy and radiation, then patients can spend less time receiving treatment and more time at home with their families.”Herman says the shorter treatment duration with SBRT could also give patients quicker access to full-dose chemotherapy. The long duration of standard radiation may delay full-dose chemotherapy, potentially giving cancers more time to spread.The study, published April 1 in the journal Cancer by Herman and his colleagues, included 49 patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer treated at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Stanford University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The patients received SBRT in five fractionated doses, and chemotherapy with gemcitabine before and after the radiotherapy.Four weeks after SBRT, all 22 patients who completed a quality of life questionnaire reported an eight-point reduction in pain from a baseline measure of 25, and their quality of life stayed the same, which Herman said is encouraging.In a second study, published January 2015 in the Annals of Surgical Oncology, Herman and his colleagues analyzed information on patients with pancreatic cancer who received SBRT and chemotherapeutic drugs at The Johns Hopkins Hospital between 2010 and 2014. Of 88 patients, eight experienced severe gastrointestinal side effects, and 19 with tumors previously considered inoperable were able to have surgery after SBRT.Pancreatic tumors can cling and grow around blood vessels, making them especially difficult to remove. “After we irradiate it with SBRT, the tumor changes to a form that can be more easily pried away from the vessel,” Herman said.SBRT isn’t for all patients with pancreatic cancer, he warned. People who have tumors larger than 8 centimeters in diameter or a little over 3 inches, or have a tumor that is invading the area of the bowel or the stomach, usually can’t get SBRT because of the risk to normal tissues.Herman said he plans to work with other clinicians and scientists to test combinations of SBRT with therapies that help the immune system fight cancer more effectively, such as a Johns Hopkins-developed experimental pancreatic cancer vaccine.For more information: www.hopkinsmedicine.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read morelast_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: Mark Harada Businesses in Nelson, BC are missing US tourists A rising Canadian dollar has compounded the negative effects a soft US economy and confusing passport rules have had on American-dependent Canadian tourism businesses, according to traders in British Columbia.Clive Jackson, owner of a restaurant and pub in Nelson, BC, painted a gloomy picture of the current situation, saying US business was down “somewhere between 25 and 40 per cent”, Canada’s CBC reported.     “It’s a significant number,” Mr Jackson said.“You can look down the street … and you don’t see a Washington State [licence] plate. “A few years ago, every second or third car would have been a Washington plate.”Nelson visitor centre boss Tom Thomson echoed Mr Jackson’s remarks, saying American visits to the centre had “plummeted”.  “When you look at the numbers coming into this visitor centre, we’re down about 10 per cent,” Mr Thomson said. “But if you just look at Americans, we’re about 25 per cent down from 2010 and 40 per cent down from 2009.”Making matters worse for business, according to Statistics Canada, was the 3.5 per cent year-on-year decrease in international visitor expenditure for Q1 of 2011.Meanwhile, more and more Canadians are heading to the United States for vacations as they look to take advantage of the strong ‘loonie’.  “I only got $500 American, but I only paid $484 Canadian,” Margaret Wonko told CBC.“I was quite excited, actually,” Together with her husband Ken, the Wonkos have already stocked up for their forthcoming trip to Alaska.  “This would be the time to think about pre-buying American money,” Mr Wonko said.last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W The financial position of the Fund remains sound with reserves in excess of $30 million. Continued improvement in trading profitably as demonstrated in the 2011 meant the total value of guarantees held dropped from $79 million to $74.1 million. Eight agents were terminated after consumer complaints.  Since the previous Board meeting there have been four terminations due to claims received, including Dennis, L Davies and D Fry trading as “True Blue Flights” in Nerang Queensland, Actraint No144 Pty Ltd trading as “Travel Centre at Fyshwyck”, Burwood International Travel Pty Ltd trading as “Travelscene Concord” and Independent Travel Adventure Pty Ltd trading as “Kumuka Worldwide”.This large wholesaler collapsed on 19 July 2012 after its UK parent company collapsed, resulting in claims that will exceed $2 million. The TCF reported receiving 335 claims grossing $1.6 million of which $400,000 in claims has already been paid.center_img The Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) has reported a sound financial position with an increase in participation, a drop in guarantee value and fewer involuntary closures. For the year to June 2012 there was an increase of 73 percent in branch approvals compared to previous year. Head Office terminations were down 29 percent while branch terminations increased by 48 percent.  These terminations were mostly voluntary, following the trend that comes with the end of financial year.last_img read more

first_imgA 38-year-old man was remanded for five days on Friday as he is suspected of placing a bomb under another man’s car.The court order from Paphos district court came after officers explained that on December 16, a 28-year-old man found an explosive device under his car at 10:30am that didn’t go off.His vehicle had been parked outside his home at a central location in Paphos. Experts arrived to the scene to further examine the device. The 38-year-old also appears to be implicated in two robberies that took place the previous month in April and in December last year. You May LikeJobs in Dubai | Search AdsInterested to Work in Dubai?Jobs in Dubai | Search AdsUndoCNETZumwalt-Class Navy Ship: Next-Gen Destroyer Is A High-Tech MarvelCNETUndocollegebuzzoTop 19 College Degrees With Incredibly High SalariescollegebuzzoUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more