Pictou County Environment Office Relocates Temporarily

first_imgThe Department of Environment office in Pictou County will temporarily relocate to Bridgeview Square, 115 MacLean St., New Glasgow, in the former family court area. The temporary office will be open Monday, Dec. 22, during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until further notice. People who need to contact the Department of Environment may visit the temporary office or call 902-396-4194. The relocation is necessary for building repairs after high winds caused damage. A notice about the office relocation will be printed in the Saturday, Dec. 20, edition of the New Glasgow Evening News.last_img read more

Extended Care Paramedic Program Earns National Award

first_imgNova Scotia’s innovative Extended Care Paramedic nursing home program that allows seniors to be treated at home instead of the emergency department is now an national award winning service. The program, part of the Better Care Sooner plan, won a gold Public Sector Leadership Award in the Health Care category from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and Deloitte, Monday, Feb. 13, in Toronto. The prestigious award recognizes organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, collaboration and innovation by taking bold steps to improve Canada, through advancements in public policy and management. “Nova Scotia has a skilled and talented team of paramedics who are responsible for providing all residents of the province with quality care when they need it most,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “It’s wonderful to see the Extended Care Paramedic program nationally recognized, especially in its first year of operation.” “One of the goals of our Better Care Sooner plan is to improve emergency care for seniors and this program is doing just that.” Since being implemented last February, the program has responded to nearly 800 calls for care, with 72 per cent of patients receiving treatment at home. The Extended Care Paramedic program is delivered by Emergency Health Services (EHS) in partnership with Capital Health. Monday’s award was accepted by representatives of Emergency Medical Care Inc., EHS’s provider of air and ground ambulance services. There are 17 nursing homes in Halifax Regional Municipality participating in the program, which offers seniors some of the same care received in an emergency department, such as receiving stitches, delivered at the nursing home. This improves the level of comfort for the patient, and reduces the need for non-emergency hospital transports. “The Extended Care Paramedic Program is helping us provide care to our residents in a timlier manner,” said Chris LaBreche, vice president of enhanced care operations at Shannex, which operates senior retirement homes. “In many cases the paramedics can assess and treat the resident at the nursing home, instead of being transferred to the hospital. “In other instances, because the paramedics work closely with the hospitals, the program can arrange a more timely transfer of residents to the emergency department. It’s a good program that is making a difference.” Better Care Sooner is the province’s plan to improve emergency care in Nova Scotia by improving the patient’s experience in the health-care system. Since its launch last year, a number of innovative approaches, including the Extended Care Paramedic Program, have been put in place. To learn more visit gov.ns.ca/bettercaresooner .last_img read more

Working Group Will Support Effective Classroom Teaching

first_imgThe province is inviting the Nova Scotia Teachers Union to work together to make sure teachers are teaching to their strengths and training based on classroom needs. Education Minister Ramona Jennex announced today, April 24, that the province will set up a working partners’ group to support effective teaching in every classroom, one of the four priorities of the Kids and Learning First plan. “Without question, teachers are the heart of our education system, and they make a tremendous difference in the lives of our children,” said Ms. Jennex. “But too often they are expected to teach courses without having as much training, background or experience in the subject as they would like. We need to work together to change this, for the best interests of students and teachers alike.” According to the most recent data from 2007, just 37 per cent of junior high math teachers had an academic background directly related to math. At the same time, the data identified twice as many junior high teachers with a math undergraduate major or minor as were actually teaching math. The working group will look for ways to improve the match between teacher qualifications and courses taught. It will review issues including how placement decisions are made, the supply of teachers in certain subject areas, and how growth of the Nova Scotia Virtual School can help with matching teachers’ qualifications and assignments. The group will also review the training teachers take to upgrade their certification to ensure it is based on needs in the classroom. “Professional learning funded by the province must be relevant, comprehensive, of high quality, and clearly linked to classroom needs,” said Ms. Jennex. “We have a responsibility to ensure our sizeable investment in teacher development ultimately puts students first.” The group will examine whether more school-based professional learning and fewer out-of-province conferences will have more practical benefits for teachers and students at less cost. The working group will begin meeting next month. The province continues to mark Education Week this week.last_img read more

Largebodied Canadian wolves to help keep US moose population in check

first_imgThe transfer of up to six wolves from a northern Ontario island where they were starving to the U.S. is getting underway following a weeks-long delay caused by the federal government shutdown south of the border. The small pack, including the alpha male and female, will be moved from Michipicoten Island to Isle Royale National Park, on the U.S. side of Lake Superior, where American officials hope the wolves will help keep the moose population in check.“We need to get these wolves off the island, otherwise they’ll die,” said Aaron Bumstead, director of lands and economic development with Michipicoten First Nation who is co-ordinating the move with the province’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.Last year, the province and the First Nation used several helicopters to move a total of 15 caribou — a threatened species in Ontario — off Michipicoten Island. Nine of the animals were transferred to the Slate Islands, and the other six to Caribou Island.They were the last remaining caribou from a once-thriving herd on Michipicoten Island that started with just eight caribou in 1982 and grew to more than 700 by 2013, when four wolves reached the island after making the 15-kilometre trek across an ice bridge that formed on the lake. There they found a bounty of caribou to feast on. But as the small pack grew to more than a dozen wolves in the following years, their food source — the caribou — all but disappeared. Now the wolves themselves are in danger, said Bumstead.“We’ve been asking (the ministry) for a plan to remove the wolves from the island since last year,” Bumstead said. “And there still is no plan to remove the ones that don’t get moved to Isle Royale.”A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Natural Resources said she wouldn’t comment on the wolves’ transfer until the animals were captured and transferred to the U.S. Bumstead said efforts to capture the wolves on Michipicoten Island were unsuccessful Wednesday. The two wolves they saw wouldn’t come out from under cover, he said, so they’ll try again Thursday.American officials and researchers with Isle Royale are anxious to receive the Canadian wolves because it will help save the park’s current pack, which dwindled this fall to just a non-breeding father-daughter pair.The move was slated to occur in early January, but that was shelved because of the U.S. federal government shutdown, said Isle Royale National Park superintendent Phyllis Green.“The Canadian wolves are robust, large and definitely know how to hunt ungulates since they took that caribou herd down to nothing,” Green said.There is an overabundance of moose on Isle Royale, and without enough wolves to keep their population in check their numbers will continue to grow, said Rolf Peterson, a research professor at Michigan Technological University who has been studying the wolves and moose on the island for the past 48 years.His research — the world’s longest running predator-prey study — was also threatened by the U.S. government shutdown. On Friday, just hours before U.S. President Donald Trump temporarily ended the government shutdown, the Isle Royale National Park had secured funding from a non-profit organization to go ahead with its part in the wolves’ transfer from Canada. The funding also allowed it to open the park to researchers to continue the predator-prey study.“The shutdown jeopardized the integrity of the data and of the entire study itself,” said Peterson, who plans to return to the park as soon as the Canadian wolves are moved.“These large-bodied Canadian wolves are incredibly important,” he said. “They can help save both the wolf pack and the balsam fir.”The moose on the island, with a population of about 1,600, have decimated the balsam fir trees on the island.Twenty-two years ago, a lone wolf, likely from Canada, made its way on an ice bridge onto Isle Royale, Peterson said, and was a wildly successful mate with offspring in every pack and eventually his genes made their way into every single younger generation wolf on the island.“Then the kill rate of moose by wolves reached a level we hadn’t ever seen before in 50 years. They were killing 20 per cent of the moose every year, which had implications for the forest,” Peterson said.“We saw forest regeneration we had never seen before.”But that wolf, dubbed the “Old Grey Guy,” Green said, was so successful that inbreeding became very severe. Eventually the wolf population crashed and bottomed out at two, which is when the park decided it needed outside help. Four wolves were brought in from Minnesota in the fall, but one died of pneumonia a month later.Green said they knew about the issues facing the wolves on Michipicoten Island and Michigan’s governor at the time, Rick Snyder, reached out to Ontario Premier Doug Ford to ask for “an infusion of Canadian wolves.” Ford agreed.“Let’s hope everything goes well with the move,” Bumstead said.Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccan Scientist Kamal Oudrhiri Proud of NASA’s InSight Mars Landing

Rabat – NASA’s Planetary Studies Department head Kamal Oudrhiri said, “Landing on Mars is one of the most improbable scientific achievements in terms of global exploration.” The Moroccan scientist, who contributed to the InSight Mars project, said that the success rate of the project was only 40 percent and his team speculated a 60 percent chance of failure.Oudrhiri said that the project’s 300-member team “carried out this project with mutual trust, diligence, patience and unflinching diligence.” The Moroccan scientist explained that the Mars project aims to analyze the internal composition of Mars, also known as the red planet. He added that the InSight spacecraft was equipped with a seismometer and a heat flow sensor.Read Also: Moroccan Scientist Kamal Oudrhiri Proud of NASA’s InSight Mars LandingOudrhiri said that while waiting to hear if InSight landed successfully, he was wearing a shirt with his father’s initials, M.O.,  sewed into it. “I wanted to pay homage to my father but also to the role and the sacrifices that parents make for the education and success of their children,” said Oudrhiri.Oudrhiri has worked for NASA for more than 20 years. From Fez, Oudrhiri completed his graduate studies in space communication in the US. The scientist joined NASA in 1996.The scientist has been recognized with several NASA achievement honor awards from the planetary scientific community.Besides InSight, the Moroccan scientist has contributed to several other NASA projects, including Curiosity, Spirit, Opportunity and Rovers.Oudrhiri also oversees the Cold Atom Lab mission on behalf of NASA.The InSight lander touched down on Mars on Monday, November 26.“The whole sequence to touching down on the surface took only six-and-a-half minutes,” said InSight project manager Tom Hoffman at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). read more

Equality among nations highlighted as General Assembly continues annual debate

Proposals by Libya and other countries to reform the Security Council had long been ignored, according Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgham, Secretary of the country’s General People’s Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation.”The United Nations, therefore, has been unable to administer justice; in fact some of its decisions inflicted harm on some peoples,” he said, emphasizing that terrorism could only be fought on a multilateral basis.Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Alberto Gatmaitan Romulo said that freedom from fear caused by terrorism must be addressed in an integrated manner that included enforcement, dialogue and development. To do that most effectively, reform of the Organization was necessary.”Reforms should not be seen as ends in themselves but as means to accomplish the aims of the international community,” said Billie Miller, Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs of Barbados, who also stressed the importance of women’s health and reproductive services in reaching development goals.Momentum for reform must continue because of the wide variety of issues that Member States committed themselves to tackling during the World Summit, said Ferenc Somogyi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Hungary.Foreign Minister Cheikh Gadio of Senegal appealed to States and international institutions to provide adequate support to the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), as a primary tool to reach development goals on the continent.Noting that the delegation of Costa Rica would assume the presidency of the Assembly of State Parties of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court, the country’s Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Marco Vinicio Vargas, urged “all nations to accept, without conditions, the jurisdiction of the Court. Furthermore, we call upon all States that have made reservations to their declarations of acceptance of the jurisdiction of the Court to withdraw them.”Saint Lucia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Julian Hunte, a former General Assembly President, said the decline in developing countries’ trade sector should be halted and reversed. One size could not fit all – an indisputable fact which the World Trade Organization (WTO) “stubbornly refuses to acknowledge with respect to bananas and sugar” in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the small island developing states (SIDS).Yemeni Ambassador Abdullah Alsaidi asked the Quartet – the European Union (EU), Russia, the United Nations and the United States – in its oversight of Middle East peace, not to accept any policies that could violate the rights of the Palestinians. He also called for Iraq to be allowed to exercise its full sovereignty.Bulgarian Deputy Minister and Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin, discussing human rights around the world, referred to five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who have been sentenced to death by the Libyan Court in Benghazi. Their innocence was categorically confirmed by the most renowned world experts on HIV/AIDS. “Bulgaria insists on a just solution by the Supreme Court of Libya at the upcoming session on 15 November of this year,” he said.Palau’s Permanent Representative at the UN, Ambassador Stuart Beck, said not a single UN representative could be found in his small island nation to help it move forward. The UN had tried to fill the vacuum by creating regional and sub-regional centres at some distance from Palau’s shores, but that arguably well-intentioned tactic had failed to provide 11-year-old Palau with capacity-building. He also called for a new East Asia and Pacific Group.Ambassador Aksoltan Ataeva of Turkmenistan said that on the question of reaching the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, Turkmenistan, possessing huge energy resources of gas and oil, had designed policies up to 2020 to create an economy that ensured dignified living conditions for its population.Referring to the transnational nature of contemporary challenges, Surinamese Ambassador Ewald Wensley Limon said there was need for an effective system of international cooperation to deal with both old and new threats to global peace and security.As the UN committed itself to establishing a new Peacebuilding Commission, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Isikia Rabici Savua, offered to share the national experiences “of reconstructing our country since the civil unrest which almost tore our country apart in 2000.”Angolan Ambassador Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins, reviewing the conflicts that have recently wracked Africa, said: “While the illicit exploration of natural resources was not mentioned in the final document of the Summit, we hope that during the 60th session of the General Assembly this issue receives due consideration, since my delegation is of the view that it constitutes a fundamental element for the strategy of prevention and resolution of conflicts.”Calling Estonia a neophyte donor, Foreign Minister Kristiina Ojuland said that, along with other EU Member States, her country is increasing development assistance and its own contribution already had reached 0.08 per cent of gross national income (GNI). Estonia would also raise its contribution to UN development-related activities and donate to the new UN Democracy Fund. read more

Football Return of Greg Schiano bolsters already strong coaching staff

Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano speaks to the media on Dec. 27 prior to the 2017 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRumors swirled about Greg Schiano’s future all offseason. The Ohio State defensive coordinator was most recently named as a possible replacement for New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.Schiano also had “at least a dozen” college coaching offers, including several to become head coach, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.None steered Schiano away from Columbus. He put all rumors to rest by saying he will coach at Ohio State for a third season.  “After the season there were opportunities both in college football and in the National Football League, but at the end of the day, my family, myself, we love it here,” Schiano said Wednesday. “It’s a tremendous people at the university and town, and this has become home. So you make those decisions as a coach and keep moving.Beyond just the return of a renowned defensive mind, Schiano’s return will pay dividends for Ohio State recruiting. He also will be able to provide the cornerbacks with a temporary leader until a replacement is found for former cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs, who left in January for the same position with the Tennessee Titans.“[Schiano is] essential to our program right now,” Meyer said. “If he is not my best recruiter, he’s certainly right there near the top. He manages so much for me off the field as well as being one of the top defensive coordinators in America.”The official news of his return was made on National Signing Day, the final day for 2018 recruits to sign with college teams. Ohio State received a boost when Nick Petit-Frere, the top-ranked offensive tackle in the nation, committed to the Buckeyes.His commitment was largely the result of a long-standing relationship with Schiano. Meyer said Schiano was “knee deep” in the recruitment of Petit-Frere and was one of the major reasons the program was able to land the highly sought-after offensive tackle.Schiano has worked to recruit several prospects, some while he knew he was being considered for other coaching positions at other institutions. He said no matter the distraction that all the rumors might provide, he does not allow them to interfere with his recruiting.Despite the fact a coach might look to be on his way out, Schiano said he believes those rumors don’t have much effect, even on the players’ side.“I think it’s all about the relationship you’ve established before that point. And if they have experienced you doing what you said you were going to do, then they trust you,” Schiano said. “I’m always very, very open and honest with our recruits, it’s the only way to do it and we communicate. But when you have that trust and you have that communication, those issues aren’t as paramount as people believe.”That trust between the recruits and the coaches becomes even more important when another key coach on the staff departs. Coombs, the energetic cornerbacks coach, left for the Tennessee Titans, leaving behind those players he helped recruit and the others who were going to play at his position.With Coombs gone and no replacement currently lined up, Meyer said the cornerbacks will be left under the care of Schiano for now. Schiano is no stranger to defensive backs. He has been the safeties coach the past two seasons, as well as the defensive coordinator.He also said he enjoys working with corners and that he has done it as the head coach of both Rutgers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Schiano said even after a new cornerbacks coach is hired, he will continue to assist them. Schiano also will find that new defensive assistant coach Alex Grinch could start to relieve Schiano of some of his responsibilities in the upcoming season.Ohio State will make sure to utilize as much of Schiano as it can while he remains in Columbus. He will be around for the 2018 season, but his future beyond then remains in doubt.He did not shy away from expressing interest in returning to a head coaching role in the future.“I do have aspirations of doing that because I kind of feel that’s what I’m called to do, but it doesn’t have to happen, if that makes sense,” Schiano said. “I’ve done it for 13 years, I enjoy doing it, but I love what I’m doing right now and that’s part of every decision.”Schiano’s days in Columbus are still numbered. He will not remain defensive coordinator of the Buckeyes for the rest of his career. But as long as he’s donning Scarlet and Gray, Schiano will continue to provide Ohio State with the services of one of the most versatile coaches in the country, from the recruiting trail to in-game coaching. read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgEvery morning TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #BODY: Gardaí in Bray, Co Wicklow are investigating the discovery of the body of a 50-year-old woman at a house early this morning.2. #FAILURE TO ACT: The murder of a Catholic RUC officer in 1977 could have been prevented by senior officers a new report has concluded.3. #GARTH BROOKS: The GAA won’t hold more than three concerts in a row at Croke Park under a new deal with local residents reports RTÉ News.4. #LABOUR: Miss the final Burton v White showdown? We didn’t, here’s 9 things we learned from last night’s Labour hustings.5. TOP JOB: Today’s EU summit is set to confirm Jean-Claude Juncker as commission president, but David Cameron isn’t happy.6. #STRIKE: Greyhound waste collection staff are to officially begin striking in Dublin this morning.7. #OBAMAPALOOZA: The Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall is adding a visitors’ centre to the M7 travel-stop. 8. #SHOCK: A 28-year-old woman has died in Australia from apparent electrocution by a USB charger on her laptop.9. #HAPPY: Ireland may have been named the best country in the world earlier this week, but Germans are the happiest folk in Europe according to The Guardian.last_img read more

Man to be sentenced for knocking down and killing Kildare councillor

first_img Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 8:27 PM Man to be sentenced for knocking down and killing Kildare councillor Kildare councillor Willie Crowley was knocked down on Eyre Street, Newbridge in December 2015. Share11 Tweet Email Image: Facebook 19,527 Views A MAN WILL be sentenced next May for knocking down and killing Kildare councillor Willie Crowley in December 2015.Crowley (56) died from his injuries in Naas Hospital a few days after he was struck by a vehicle.Today, Damien Klasinski (29) of The Oaks, Newbridge, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing the death of the independent councillor on Eyre Street, Newbridge, on 15 December 2015.He was remanded in continuing custody until 3 May next when a summary of the evidence will be heard.Judge Martin Nolan court ordered that a victim impact report be prepared by Crowley’s widow.Comments are closed as the case is ongoingRead: Kildare councillor Willie Crowley dies three days after being struck by carRead: Outpouring of tributes for councillor Willie Crowley who died http://jrnl.ie/3299847 No Comments Short URL Mar 21st 2017, 8:27 PM Image: Facebook By Sonya McLean Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Apple des fournisseurs chinois accusés de pollution grave

first_imgApple : des fournisseurs chinois accusés de pollution graveCinq organisations environnementales accusent une trentaine de sous-traitants chinois d’Apple de grave pollution. Les associations assurent avoir tenté de contacter ces entreprises pour travailler avec elles sur une solution, mais n’avoir reçu aucune réponse des fournisseurs de la firme à la pomme.Dans un rapport baptisé Bad Apple, cinq associations chinoises accusent des sous-traitants d’Apple de polluer gravement l’environnement avec l'”énorme volume” de déchets toxiques engendré par la fabrication des produits de la firme californienne. Les ONG citent 29 entreprises, des “fournisseurs présumés d’Apple responsables d’atteintes plus ou moins graves aux écosystèmes, en profitant des contrôles lacunaires en Chine, devenue l’atelier informatique du monde en raison de sa main-d’oeuvre très bon marché”, dénonce le rapport cité par l’AFP. Et si les associations parlent de “fournisseurs présumés”, c’est parce que Apple refuse tout simplement de citer les noms de ses sous-traitants chinois. À lire aussiDiminution des émissions de CO2 en France : voici pourquoi il n’y a pas vraiment de quoi se réjouir”Grâce à cinq mois de recherches et d’investigations sur le terrain, nous avons découvert que les rejets polluants de cette société valant 300 milliards de dollars ont augmenté et se sont répandus dans sa chaîne d’approvisionnement”, poursuivent les associations. Le rapport évoque notamment la société Meiko Electronics, située à Wuhan, la capitale de la province du Hubei. Cette usine fournirait Apple en circuits imprimés, et le lac Nantaizi près duquel elle se situe, est “sérieusement contaminé” par des métaux lourds. Le rapport affirme avoir relevé un taux de cuivre de 56 à 193 fois plus élevé que dans les autres lacs du bassin du Yangtsé.Apple promet de réagir Contactée par l’AFP, une porte-parole d’Apple, Carolyn Wu, a affirmé que la firme allait étudier ces accusations. “Nous exigeons de nos fournisseurs qu’ils offrent des conditions de travail sûres, qu’ils traitent les employés avec dignité et respect et qu’ils suivent des processus de fabrication respectueux de l’environnement”, a-t-elle assuré.Le 1 septembre 2011 à 17:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sélection de Noël zoom sur les APN de lannée

first_imgSélection de Noël : zoom sur les APN de l’annéePrêt à passer les fêtes de fin d’année en famille ? Mais comment immortaliser ces moments ? Le choix d’un appareil photo numérique n’est pas anodin, mais si vous avez flashé et que vous avez le doigt sur le déclencheur pour vous l’offrir, ne bougez plus !Maxisciences vous a concocté une sélection d’appareils qui réveilleront le photographe qui est en vous. Débutants, amateurs et semi-pro, il y en a pour tous les goûts. Affinez votre viseur et centrer votre objectif, la mise au point sur les apn de 2011, c’est dans notre dossier.Le 20 décembre 2011 à 17:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man sentenced for Woodland kidnapping assault

first_imgKELSO — A man has been sentenced, in a Woodland-area case in which a woman was taped naked to a chair and threatened with rape, under a plea deal that required him to testify against his accomplice.Brandt Leroy Jensen, 41, was sentenced this week to more than five years in prison for second-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault. He faced a maximum penalty of 10 years. He also was ordered to pay $3,513 in restitution and is forbidden to have any contact with the victim through 2024.Jensen was initially charged in Cowlitz County Superior Court with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree kidnapping, indecent liberties by forcible compulsion, second-degree assault and felony harassment.The victim, 43, testified that Jensen threatened her with a knife and gun Oct. 5, 2012, and ordered her to strip. She told jurors he then taped her naked to a chair and said she had to have sex with three men to pay off an alleged debt. She escaped and ran naked through the woods, broke into a house and hid.One of the other men, Donald Howard McElfish, was convicted Monday after a four-day trial on charges of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree attempted rape and second degree assault with sexual motivation. He’ll be sentenced next month, facing up to life in prison.last_img read more

Cumberland Farms Launches 7th Annual Cups For Kids Fundraiser

first_img(NOTE: Cumberland Farms in located at 205 Main Street in Wilmington.)WESTBOROUGH, MA — Leading coffee, convenience and gasoline retailer, Cumberland Farms, launched its 7th annual Cups for Kids campaign on August 1, 2018. The campaign is a month-long fundraiser that benefits pediatric care programs at five regional hospitals, including Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout the month of August, five cents from every iced coffee or Chill Zone beverage, including HYPERFEEZE™ (the beverage varies by hospital), purchased at participating retail locations across the Northeast, will be donated directly to pediatric care programs at partnering children’s hospitals.“The time has already come to kick off another Cups for Kids fundraiser,” said Ari Haseotes, CEO of Cumberland Farms. “Last year, we donated over $145,000 to our hospital partners and we couldn’t be more proud to give back to the local hospitals in the communities we serve. To help us exceed our donation from last year, we encourage our customers to head to their local stores and support the fundraiser this month.”In Massachusetts, Cumberland Farms is partnering with Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, a full service children’s hospital in Boston with a mission to improve the lives of children and their families. During the month of August, five cents from every iced coffee purchased at participating retail locations across Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be donated directly to pediatric care programs at Floating Hospital. Matthew Scott, 11, from Marshfield, Massachusetts will be representing Floating Hospital for Children during the fundraiser this year. Last summer, Matt began experiencing frequent headaches that became increasingly severe. After visiting his pediatrician, Matt was sent directly to Tufts MC for an emergency MRI, which revealed a small tumor was blocking a drainage path from his brain. After undergoing emergency brain surgery, the pressure Matt experienced has subsided! Matt and his family are extremely grateful for the exceptional care and continuous support they have received from Tufts MC and Floating Hospital throughout their experience.“We are so grateful that Floating Hospital for Children will be a beneficiary of the Cups for Kids campaign for the fifth consecutive year,” said Geoffrey G. Binney, Jr., MD, MPH, Acting Pediatrician-in-Chief at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. “Over the past four years, Cumberland Farms has raised more than $275,000 through Cups for Kids for Floating Hospital, and last summer, they raised more than $83,000 – the highest amount yet – in support of our smallest, but mightiest patients.”Below is the complete list of participating hospitals, as well as their selected Cumberland Farms beverage for the fundraiser:Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center – Iced CoffeeChildren’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock – Iced CoffeeBernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center – Chill Zone BeveragesConnecticut Children’s Medical Center – Chill Zone BeveragesThe Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center – Chill Zone BeveragesFor more information around the Cups for Kids campaign, please visit https://www.cumberlandfarms.com/company/doing-good/cups-for-kids. To find a participating store location, visit https://locations.cumberlandfarms.com/ or follow Cumberland Farms @CumberlandFarms.(NOTE: The above press release is from Cumberland Farms.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Cumberland Farms Launches 8th Annual Cups For Kids FundraiserIn “Business”Wilmington’s Brodie Rawson To Represent Tufts Medical Center In Cumberland Farms’ Cup For Kids FundraiserIn “Business”Cumberland Farms Launches 5th Annual Cups for Kids Campaign to Raise Funds for Pediatric Care ProgramsIn “Business”last_img read more

Dhaka backs Chinas belt and road initiative The Hindu

first_img640Striking a counter to India’s tough position against China’s Belt and Road Initiative during a discussion on Asian connectivity projects, foreign secretary Shahidul Haque has said countries must not become “isolated in the name of sovereignty.””Economic issues now dictate how much sovereignty one should exert,” Shahidul Haque was quoted as saying by The Hindu at the World Economic Forum in Delhi.”We cannot be isolated in the name of sovereignty…There are times when you have to put the sovereignty issue behind, in the back seat, to the economic benefits to your people,” the foreign secretary added.”We in South Asia are the least integrated compared to ASEAN countries,” conceded Shashi Tharoor, chairman of the parliamentary committee on external affairs of India, speaking during the discussion “Asia’s New Normal” at the WEF conference, but warned that while India could not “dictate” to its neighbours, they must see the high costs of the Belt and Road Initiative.”Chinese are now coming to build projects in Pakistan and in Sri Lanka they are increasingly seeing the exorbitant costs of Chinese aid. Many now call Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port project, a White Elephant,” Tharoor, also a Congress leader, added.Shahidul Haque’s comments came in defence of Bangladesh’s decision to join the 60-nation connectivity project promoted by China, even as concerns grow over the “debt trap” that the massive infrastructure projects are leading smaller SAARC countries like Bangladesh, Maldives, and Sri Lanka into.In May, India had refused to attend China’s Belt and Road Forum.last_img read more

Elons Musk Air Freshener Makes Your Car Smell Like a Billion Dollars

first_img No Tesla vehicle is complete without a hint of Elon Musk’s musk.Which is why the Elon’s Musk Company is selling Elon Musk air fresheners—”made with the real scent of Musk.”The manly cologne, that is—not the billionaire entrepreneur.“We’ve never actually smelt him, but we imagine [his essence is] something like this air freshener,” which boasts high notes of Tesla leather, and low notes of rocket fuel, according to the Elon’s Musk website.“We genuinely put a lot of time into this,” the creators—Melbourne-based brothers Ash and James Davies—said. “It’s the closest thing to Musk we could imagine.”On sale for $6.90, this air freshener (which “literally smells nothing like Elon Musk”) is the perfect accessory for your Tesla EV. Diehard fans may want to splurge on a pack of three ($17.90)—one for each of your vehicles.New orders will dispatch in early November; global shipping takes up to 10 days, allowing for plenty of time to give the gift of Elon’s Musk this holiday season.“This literally smells nothing like Elon Musk” (via Elon’s Musk Co.)Inspired by their hero’s sense of humor—Musk made a South Park joke at his 2016 Mars colonization announcement—the designers of Elon’s Musk launched their product early this month.“When we heard that Elon was planning to sell underpants to help fund his trip to Mars, we knew there had to be some way we could help,” the firm’s website said. “But nobody wanted our underpants.”So, James and Ash took matters into their own hands, “accidentally” coining a master plan for a parody fragrance company.“It seemed stupid, but kind of fun, so we ran with it,” Ash told Geek in an email.“The viral uptake has been incredible to watch,” he said, boasting that the company is selling “hundreds a day,” and even stocking them in stores. “But we’re not setting out to change the world.“If people are enjoying them, and if we seem them dangling in a few Teslas, we’ll be happy,” Davies added.Each deodorizer comes in a separate package, and is compatible with all Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Roadster automobiles; they have also been tested “with great success” in BMW and Volkswagen vehicles, as well as the Ford Fiesta.“Elon’s Musk is a real product, [designed] and created by a couple of Elon Musk fans who would love to see his face dangling from every Tesla in town,” the site said. “Our product and brand is intentionally a parody, and is not connected to the real Elon Musk.“Secretly, though, we’d love for him to buy one.”Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 10:45 a.m. Eastern with comment from Elon’s Musk Co.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow last_img read more

ISI held Osama prisoner for 6 years handed over to US

first_imgPulitzer Prize-winning American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has already termed the official US account of the raid and Osama’s killing as “a fairytale”. The BBC report by Jane Corbin, who has investigated al- Qaeda and Osama for nearly two decades, claims there was a conspiracy at the highest levels of the US and Pakistani government to assassinate him. Citing Hersh, who spoke to Corbin about his article published in the London Review of Books last month, the report says the ISI was holding Osama prisoner for nearly six years in the garrison town of Abbottabad and just handed him over to the Americans in a staged raid. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenHersh’s article had created a lot of flurry as it, among other things, claimed that the al-Qaeda chief’s body may have been torn to pieces by rifle fire with some parts tossed out over the Hindu Kush mountains.He had also said that a former Pakistani intelligence officer disclosed Osama’s hideout to CIA in exchange of $25 million bounty on his head. Hersh said knowledge of Osama’s whereabouts went right to the top of the Pakistan army and intelligence service while the CIA rejects this view, saying that the Pakistani top brass did not know. “There is one other possible explanation however – the murky history of rogue elements within Pakistan’s military and intelligence service sympathetic to Islamic militants,” today’s report said. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesman“It is possible someone knew about or helped shelter Bin Laden. And it seemed incredible to me when I went to the Abbottabad compound before it was demolished that he could have lived right under the nose of Pakistan’s military elite close to the country’s military academy,” Corbin added.The report also says that Carlotta Gall, who reported for the New York Times from Pakistan, supports Hersh’s account of knowledge at the top level of the army and intelligence service. She learned from a local source that the ISI had a specific ‘Bin Laden desk’ run by one man, it said. “They were hiding him and keeping him in some sort of protective custody,” she said. However, some security experts dispute that and say it is just not “plausible” that the top levels knew about Osama, the report adds. “The problem for Mr Hersh is that his account is largely based on one American source, a retired senior intelligence officer in the US government who he does not name. (CIA deputy director Michael) Morell dismisses that, saying this person was never in the meetings he was in – meetings which were completely different to Mr Hersh’s account,” it says.last_img read more

Five held in Bengal with leopard skin worth Rs 10 lakh

first_imgKolkata: Five people were arrested in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district for trafficking a leopard skin worth Rs. 10 lakh from Gorumara enroute to Nepal, Belacoba Forest Range Officer Sanjay Dutta said on Monday. Based on prior information a special team started tracking the traffickers, an official statement said. The team followed Bikash Rai (30), Ranjit Mohanta (24), Sanjay Adhikary (22), Monahan Munda (28) and Kishanganj Tamang (37) and arrested them on Sunday near Gajoldoba and Odlabari. A leopard’s skin measuring 10 ft was recovered from them. They had negotiated for Rs 10 lakh for it with other traffickers. The animal is suspected to have been killed just four to five days earlier. “They have confessed that they were involved in hunting the leopard in the forest area of Dooars,” the statement added.last_img read more

Britney Spears celebrates diversity and says normal is overrated

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Jim Parsons won the Stephen F. Kolzak Award and This Is Us won Outstanding Drama Series. Also, : When We Rise won Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series and Black Panther: World of Wakanda won Outstanding Comic Book.Gimme gimme moreSpears also snagged a photo with Winter Olympic athletes Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon.Kenworthy quote-tweeted on a photo of the threesome on Twitter: ‘I’m a slave 4 u Britney Spears.’This comes about after he told Elite Daily about his training regime for the games. What’s his go-to song to get his adrenalin flowing before a ski run? Gimme More by Britney Spears!Then the Toxic singer tweeted Kenworthy while he was competing in the Games.She said: ‘So proud of #TeamUSA!! Hey Gus Kenworthy, gimme, gimme more on the slopes today!! #ItsGusBitch’He responded: ‘Oh. My. God. Was really not prepared to wake up to this. Not sure how I’m gonna ski today because I’m LITERALLY dead now but I’m gonna go that extra mile for you, Britney!’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Ricky Martin introduced the pop superstar winning the Vanguard Award. He said: ‘She fights for acceptance in her own way. [Britney] could be one of those stars with a huge LGBTQ following that says nothing and does nothing but instead, she uses her platform to remind audiences around the globe that intolerance is unacceptable.’In accepting her award, she said: ‘This is so incredibly amazing.‘I feel like our society has always put such an emphasis on what’s normal. To be different is unusual or seen as strange. To be accepted unconditionally and to be able to express yourself as an individual through art is such a blessing.‘We can all join hands together here and know that we’re all beautiful.‘Being a mother has shown me what it means to love unconditionally,’ she said.[embedded content]She thanked her friends, family and the LGBTQ community for their lifelong support.Among the other attendees on the evening were The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, actress Halle Berry, Real Housewife Erika Jayne and actress Lena Waithe. GAYSTARNEWS- Gus Kenworthy, Britney Spears and Adam Rippon. | Photo: Britney Spears / Twittercenter_img Britney Spears just won a GLAAD Award last night (12 April) and gave an empowering speech about standing 0ut from the crowd. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Britney Spears given GLAAD award for supporting LGBT rightsBritney Spears teases her first gender-neutral fragrance with steamy videoBritney Spears is down for a Mickey Mouse Club reunion so now it needs to happenRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/britney-spears-says-theres-no-thing-normal/last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | April 01, 2013 Stress Echo May Be Overused, Leading to False Patient Diagnoses The American Society of Echocardiography lists five things physicians and patients should question Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Related Content February 21, 2013 — The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has released a list of five interventions whose appropriateness physicians and patients should discuss as part of Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, along with Consumer Reports. Fourth in the list, they ask that patients and their doctors talk about the real need for a stress echocardiogram if they do not present conditions that would warn them of a risk of heart disease.Avoid using stress echocardiograms on asymptomatic patients who meet “low-risk” scoring criteria for coronary disease.Prior to ordering or undergoing a stress echocardiogram a patient’s risk factors and symptoms should be carefully assessed. The presence of risk factors for heart disease and/or symptoms suggestive of coronary artery disease improves the chance that an abnormal test will reflect true disease in the heart.Stress testing is performed to determine whether or not there are blockages in the arteries of the heart and whether or not the blockages are severe enough to affect blood flow to the heart. During a stress echocardiogram the heart is challenged either by exposure to exercise or to medications that can simulate the work of exercise. Echo pictures are taken at rest and then following the stress component of the test. Using echo, the presence of a significant blockage causing wall motion abnormalities can be readily identified by evaluating the pumping of the heart muscle. A positive test is a marker of an increased risk of adverse heart events and often leads to further testing such as a cardiac catheterization or aggressive use of medications.Because of the potential implications of a diagnosis of heart disease, it is important to make sure that the results of the test are accurate. Performing the test in individuals who have some risk for heart disease increases the chances that a positive represents true disease. Risk factors for coronary artery disease, using the scoring mechanism common in patient heart evaluations, include cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, positive family history of heart artery disease, obesity, inactivity, diabetes mellitus and peripheral vascular disease. Having one or more of these factors increases the likelihood that chest pain actually represents underlying heart artery disease. Symptoms suggestive of heart artery disease include pressure/pain in the mid-chest that occurs with exertion. The discomfort can also spread to the arms, back, neck or jaw, and can be associated with shortness of breath.Individuals without these symptoms or risk factors for heart disease are less likely to have heart artery blockages and should not undergo surveillance stress echocardiography or any other stress test due to the risk of obtaining a falsely positive test.The goal of Choosing Wisely is to promote conversations between physicians and patients about utilizing the most appropriate tests and treatments and avoiding care that may provide no benefit.ASE’s testing cardiovascular care scenarios were chosen based on the highest likelihood of improving patient care and reducing inappropriate test use. Leaders in the organization transformed the scenarios into plain language and produced the clinical explanations for each procedure. In particular, ASE’s cardiovascular care experts, reviewed the ACCF/ASE/AHA/ASNC/HFSA/HRS/SCAI/SCCM/SCCT/SCMR 2011 Appropriateness UseCriteria for Echocardiography (AUC), which was published in March 2011.ASE encourages all medical professionals engaged in cardiovascular care to read the “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” and to engage patients in conversations about reducing inappropriate tests and procedures with a goal of improving care and avoiding harm.Consumer Reports, along with a coalition of consumer partner organizations, is also a part of the Choosing Wisely effort and is working with many of the societies to help patients understand the tests and treatments that are right for them.For more information: www.asecho.org, www.choosingwisely.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 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