IISER professor quits over anti-environment activities

first_imgA Pune-based biologist with the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER) has quit his post in protest against alleged tree-felling activities taking place on the 100-acre campus.Dr. Milind Watve, a teacher and author, who headed a committee looking into the IISER’s green cover, has alleged that several hundred trees were illegally cut over the past year within the campus.Mr. Watve, who tendered his resignation last week, said that the green cover was being tampered due to a slew of unwarranted construction and concretisation activities. His resignation is yet to be processed by institute authorities.“While studying the landscape of IISER, I found that trees were felled without proper permission or procedure, and untreated sewage was being released, despite there being a sewage treatment plant. Many a time, the reason given was construction of an extra road or pathway when none was required,” he said.Mr. Watve said that when he tried to draw the attention of the institute authorities towards this, they refused to acknowledge any illicit activity.“I had written a number of letters to top IISER authorities since November 2017. It seemed ironic that my lab carries out biodiversity, ecology and conservation research, but I couldn’t save the trees in my vicinity. Hence, I decided to quit as a matter of principle,” he said.Repudiating the allegations as ‘baseless’, IISER authorities issued a statement which said that it was committed to promoting the green cover on the campus and that it was unaware of any illegal tree-felling activity within the premises.“The landscape committee was constituted in November 2017 with Mr. Watve as the chairperson with the goal of increasing the vegetation on the IISER Pune campus, and maintaining and protecting the existing green cover. The allegations made by him were raised, not while he was the chairperson, but after he expressed the intent to resign,” the statement read.last_img read more

Ateneo Blue Babble protests CHR budget, EJKs at halftime performance

first_imgThe House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 119-32 to approve the P1,000 budget.This was not the first time that the Blue Babble Battalion used the halftime show to get their message across. Last year, members of the team wore shirts that spelled “NOT A HERO.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. After tearing a huge placard that said “P1,000″ into two, members of the BBB held up signs that read “stop the EJKs [extra judicial killings], uphold human rights” during their performance. LATEST STORIES ‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon PLAY LIST 01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Right mindset key to Dennison’s easy transition to FEU’s go-to-guy Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stop the EJKs and uphold human rights. #UAAPSeason80#MensBasketball pic.twitter.com/gVNJG6Geae— Ateneo Blue Babble (@AteneoBabble) September 13, 2017The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion on Wednesday took a stand against the extrajudicial killings and the House of Representatives’ decision to allocate just P1,000 of the 2018 budget for the Commission on Human Rights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe group made the statement during the its routine performance at the halftime break of the game between Ateneo and University of the Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Younghusbands’ dilemma

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DUBAI—Phil Younghusband remembers scrambling through his mobile phone, while the rest of his family and friends were having Christmas dinner in England as he tried to assess the situation.Older brother, James, was showing a friend around London when he received the call that they no longer have a club to play for next season.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Although the Azkals have dropped their first two matches in Group C to powerhouse sides South Korea and China, James said they have been fortunate to be part of the national squad here, where their teammates and staff have been very supportive.“They’ve been fantastic,” said James, who has 100 appearances for the Azkals.“There are people off the field who have been very supportive. They’ve helped us to focus solely on the national team. It’s obviously not ideal.”Citing the uncertainty on the future of the Philippines Football League (PFL), the Aguilas pulled out for the coming season as the club opted to focus on grassroots and youth development.Another player in the national team, Adam Reed, was also a part of the Aguilas before their pullout.The Younghusband brothers signed a long-term deal with the Aguilas when they were lured from Meralco Manila in 2017. Whether that deal stands remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: the brothers still want to continue playing next season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “It’s been challenging, mentally, to get through this to try and put our club situations on the back of our minds and put our focus here because the Asian Cup is now and we should be concentrating,” said Phil.“But it’s difficult to think what our future is going to be like, how are we going to support our family and ourselves. It’s all up in the air.”“It’s never come to this point where I feel this way emotionally. I feel more pressure, I have more responsibility now. It’s not easy but as James said, we have had challenges before and we’ve come through, it will not be any different this time.”James said he is hoping to take the lessons from this experience and help other players avoid the same fate as his and his brother’s.“This is an experience for me to take into the future and hope that it won’t happen to others,” said James. “I think it’s important that to have a bit more empathy for people.”Phil is hopeful that club football eventually improves in the Philippines.“It’s scary to think how fragile and unstable Philippine football is at the moment,” said Phil. “But we’re in a better position now, 10 years ago when the football community was very small. With the right steps taken off the field, it will improve. It’s not too late. If we did it then, then we can do it now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? More events, more golden chances for Team PH The holiday season was far from festive for the Younghusband brothers, who tried to stay focused on the Philippine Azkals’ maiden Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup appearance here amid the uncertainty surrounding their careers.Following the decision made by the Davao Aguilas not to field a professional team this year, the brothers were left without a club heading into the coming season—the first time in almost a decade that they are without a job.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s been very difficult,” admitted Phil, the country’s top international scorer with 52 goals in 106 appearances.“It’s been very challenging especially at a festive time of the year where we wanted to be with our families.”last_img read more

Adolescent development

first_imgDefinitionThe development of children ages 12 through 18 years old is expected to include predictable physical and mental milestones.Alternative NamesDevelopment – adolescent; Growth and development – adolescentInformationDuring adolescence, children develop the ability to:Understand abstract ideas, such as higher math concepts, and develop moral philosophies, including rights and privilegesEstablish and maintain satisfying relationships by learning to share intimacy without feeling worried or inhibitedMove toward a more mature sense of themselves and their purposeQuestion old values without losing their identityPHYSICAL DEVELOPMENTDuring adolescence, young people go through many changes as they move from childhood into physical maturity. Early, prepubescent changes occur when the secondary sexual characteristics appear.Girls:Girls may begin to develop breast buds as early as 8 years old. Breasts develop fully between ages 12 and 18.Pubic hair, armpit and leg hair usually begin to grow at about age 9 or 10, and reach adult patterns at about 13 to 14 years.Menarche (the beginning of menstrual periods) typically occurs about 2 years after early breast and pubic hair appear. It may occur as early as age 9, or as late as age 16. The average age of menstruation in the United States is about 12 years.Girls growth spurt peaks around age 11.5 and slows around age 16.Boys:Boys may begin to notice that their testicles and scrotum grow as early as age 9. Soon, the penis begins to lengthen. By age 17 or 18, their genitals are usually at their adult size and shape.Pubic hair growth — as well as armpit, leg, chest, and facial hair — begins in boys at about age 12, and reaches adult patterns at about 17 to 18 years.Boys do not start puberty with a sudden incident, like the beginning of menstrual periods in girls. Having regular nocturnal emissions (wet dreams) marks the beginning of puberty in boys. Wet dreams typically start between ages 13 and 17, with the average at about 14.5 years.Boys voices change at the same time as the penis grows. Nocturnal emissions occur with the peak of the height spurt.Boys growth spurt peaks around age 13.5 and slows around age 18.BEHAVIORadvertisementThe sudden and rapid physical changes that adolescents go through make adolescents very self-conscious, sensitive, and worried about their own body changes. They may make painful comparisons about themselves with their peers.Because physical changes may not occur in a smooth, regular schedule, adolescents may go through awkward stages, both about their appearance and physical coordination. Girls may be anxious if they are not ready for the beginning of their menstrual periods. Boys may worry if they do not know about nocturnal emissions.During adolescence, it is normal for young people to begin to separate from their parents and establish their own identity. In some cases, this may occur without a problem from their parents and other family members. However, in some families, the adolescents rebellion may lead to conflict as the parents try to keep control.As adolescents pull away from their parents in a search for their own identity, their friends become more important.Their peer group may become a safe haven, in which the adolescent can test new ideas.In early adolescence, the peer group usually consists of non-romantic friendships, often including “cliques,” gangs, or clubs. Members of the peer group often try to act alike, dress alike, have secret codes or rituals, and participate in the same activities.As the youth moves into mid-adolescence (14 to 16 years) and beyond, the peer group expands to include romantic friendships.In mid- to late adolescence, young people often feel the need to establish their sexual identity by becoming comfortable with their body and sexual feelings. Through romantic friendships, dating, and experimenting, adolescents learn to express and receive intimate or sexual advances. Young people who do not have the opportunity for such experiences may have more difficulty with intimate relationships when they are adults.Adolescents usually have behaviors that are consistent with several myths of adolescence:The first myth is that they are “on stage” and other peoples attention is constantly centered on their appearance or actions. This normal self-centeredness may appear (especially to adults) to border on paranoia, self-love (narcissism), or even hysteria.Another myth of adolescence is the idea that “it will never happen to me, only the other person.” “It” may represent becoming pregnant or catching a sexually-transmitted disease after having unprotected sex, causing a car crash while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or any of the many other negative effects of risk-taking behaviors.SAFETYAdolescents become stronger and more independent before theyve developed good decision-making skills. A strong need for peer approval may entice a young person to try dangerous feats, or take part in risk-taking behaviors.advertisementMotor vehicle safety should be stressed, focusing on the roles of the driver/passenger/pedestrian, the risks of substance abuse, and the importance of using seat belts. Adolescents should not have the privilege of using cars and recreational motor vehicles unless they can show that they can use these vehicles safely.Other safety issues are:Adolescents who are involved in sports should learn to use equipment and protective gear or clothing. They should be taught the rules of safe play and healthy approaches to activities that require more advanced skills.Young people need to be very aware of possible dangers — including sudden death — which may occur with regular substance abuse, and with the experimental use of drugs and alcohol.Adolescents who are allowed to use or have access to firearms need to learn how to use them safely, properly, and legally.If adolescents appear to be isolated from their peers, uninterested in school or social activities, or doing poorly at school, work, or sports — they need to be evaluated.Many adolescents are at increased risk for depression and potential suicide attempts, because of pressures and conflicts in their family, school or social organizations, peer groups, and intimate relationships.PARENTING TIPS ABOUT SEXUALITYAdolescents usually need privacy to understand the changes taking place in their bodies. Ideally, they should be allowed to have their own bedroom. If this is not possible, they should have at least some private space.Teasing an adolescent child about physical changes is inappropriate, because it may cause self-consciousness and embarrassment.Parents need to remember that it is natural and normal for their adolescent to be interested in body changes and sexual topics. It does not mean that their child is involved in sexual activity.Adolescents may experiment with or consider a wide range of sexual orientations or behaviors before feeling comfortable with their own sexual identity. Parents must be careful not to call new behaviors “wrong,” “sick,” or “immoral.”The Oedipal complex (a childs attraction to the parent of the opposite sex) is common during the adolescent years. Parents can deal with this by acknowledging the childs physical changes and attractiveness — and taking pride in the youths growth into maturity — without crossing parent-child boundaries.It is normal for the parent to find the adolescent attractive, especially because the teen often looks very much like the other (same-sex) parent did at a younger age. This attraction may cause the parent to feel awkward. The parent should be careful not to create a disconnect that may make the adolescent feel responsible. It is inappropriate for a parents attraction to a child to be anything more than an attraction as a parent. Attraction that crosses the parent-child boundaries may lead to inappropriately intimate behavior with the adolescent, which is known as incest.INDEPENDENCE AND POWER STRUGGLESThe teenagers quest to become independent is a normal part of development. The parent should not see it as a rejection or loss of control over the child. Parents need to be constant and consistent. They should be available as a sounding board for the youths ideas, without dominating the childs newly independent identity.advertisementAlthough adolescents always challenge authority figures, they need or want limits, which provide a safe boundary for them to grow and function. Limit-setting means having pre-set rules and regulations about their behavior.Power struggles begin when authority is at stake or “being right” is the main issue. These situations should be avoided, if possible. One of the parties (typically the teen) will be overpowered, causing the youth to lose face. This can cause the adolescent to feel embarrassed, inadequate, resentful, and bitter.Parents should be ready for and recognize common conflicts that may develop while parenting adolescents. The experience may be affected by unresolved issues from the parents own childhood, or from the adolescents early years.Parents should know that their adolescents will repeatedly challenge their authority. Keeping open lines of communication and clear, yet negotiable, limits or boundaries may help reduce major conflicts.Most parents feel like they have more wisdom and self-growth as they rise to the challenges of parenting adolescents.ReferencesCromer B. Adolescent Development. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011: chap 104.Review Date:1/27/2013Reviewed By:Jennifer K. Mannheim, ARNP, Medical Staff, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Seattle Childrens Hospital. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

National 4pm Finish Day at work: How did the day begin? Here are the countries and cities with longest work hours

first_imgThe National 4 pm Finish Day devised by energy drink firm Red Bull last year aims to finish the work day at 4 pm. The day was followed in some workplaces on September 14 for two years where employees were given an early leave on the day.Despite what it looks like, as per the brand’s website, the day allegedly doesn’t encourage slacking off at work but rather improves productivity one of the main messages of Red Bull.Right from the word go, this day has captured the attention of employees worldwide and people are wondering whether they can actually leave work early and get a head-start on their weekend. After all, who feels like completing the whole work day on a Friday?This #Friday is National #4pmFinish Day! Get into those bars early for #HappyHour ….or go see some sights! https://t.co/t9ic7U581m pic.twitter.com/XwY4GnhAhkStuart Gordon (@disco_stugordon) September 14, 2017How did this day start?This Day’ trended all over social media for two years but how legitimate is this? The #4pmFinish campaign was launched by Red Bull in 2017 for its UK audience.Red Bull said: #4pmFinish isn’t about slacking off, it’s about being more productive.”That’s why we’ve surveyed a range of experts including a scientist, an ex-sports star and a range of successful entrepreneurs for their tips on clearing your in-tray.We’re taking part in National #4pmFinish day on Friday! @RedBullUK kept our Glasgow office’s energy levels up today: https://t.co/ULs0JffKUb pic.twitter.com/7b0HrNPCC7advertisementBIG Partnership (@BIGPartnership) September 13, 2017Surprisingly, many companies decided to honour the National 4pm Finish Day since its start.What does science say?Even scientific studies have shown that six-hour work days have a positive effect on one’s productivity.As per research carried out at Oxford University’s Sleep And Circadian Neuroscience Institute, starting work at 9 am goes at odds with our internal body clock. The study says we would fare much better if we started working at 10 am.Moreover, studies also say that people working long hours are n more productive than those working the typical 9-5 hours. What the Red Bull website says about the National 4pm Finish Day.What does the law say?The National 4pm Finish Day may be a thing in some places but rest assured that you most surely cannot slope off early on a Friday even if you are yearning for that beer from two in the afternoon.When everyone can’t stop bragging about National 4pm Finish Day and your still here #4pmFinish we blame you @redbull pic.twitter.com/2MwW88UFijSteroplastHealthcare (@Steroplast) September 14, 2018As per employment law, you must carry out your full working day unless your manager decides to excuse you! So pray that your job culture decides to go with the flow and enjoy a long weekend!36 countries which work the longest hoursAs per the 2017 Employment Outlook report by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) here are the countries working the longest hours (given on a per-year basis):Mexico – 2255 hoursCosta Rica – 2212South Korea – 2069Greece – 2035Chile – 1974Russia – 1974Poland – 1928Latvia – 1910Israel – 1889Lithuania – 1885Iceland – 1879Estonia – 1855Portugal – 1842Turkey – 1832Ireland – 1820US – 1783Czech Republic – 1770Hungary – 1761New Zealand – 1757Slovakia – 1740Italy – 1730Japan – 1713Canada – 1703Spain – 1695Slovenia – 1682UK – 1676Australia – 1669Finland – 1653Sweden – 1621Austria – 1601Switzerland – 1590Belgium – 1551Luxembourg – 1512France – 1472Netherlands – 1430Norway – 1421Denmark – 1410Germany – 1363Cities with the longest work hoursUBS assessed 71 cities around the world on the average annual working hours and a number of parameters including as part of its Price And Earnings 2018 report.The survey found out that there is no limit for maximum working hours and no guaranteed minimum annual leave in India.Here the top and bottom cities from the list: Cities with the highest work hours (source: ubs.com) Cities with the highest work hours (source: ubs.com)As per the website, here’s how to read the table:For our study, we have looked at 15 different professions that replicate the natural workforce composition of a European country. This means that we interviewed bus drivers, carpenters and medical assistants, along with product managers, teachers and doctors, to find out how much they earn, how many days of vacation they receive and how much they need to spend on taxes and social contributions.Our data is presented in two columns: Gross index and Net index.advertisementGross hourly wages are calculated from the survey’s gross annual earnings data divided by the annual number of working hours. Net hourly earnings are calculated by removing taxes, social security and other special deductions from gross annual income for each city, and dividing it by annual working hours. These wages are then weighted according to the composition of our 15 jobs.Normally, gross figures are larger than net. In the case of the Nordic cities Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, one can clearly see the effect of taxes on earnings. If net numbers are larger than gross, people have relatively more disposable income after taxes than in our benchmark city New York.Work per year (hours)Annual vacations are those considered as paid vacation days (legal holidays not included). They were calculated through surveyresponses, and averaged over all professions. Annual working hours were calculated through the number of hours worked per day, the number of days worked per week, with the vacation and legal holiday time deducted. Working hour information was not weighted to the profession’s representation in the European workforce.Read: Top 6 ways to enhance employee productivityRead: Flexible working can boost Indian economy by 141 per cent, claims studyRead: Only 7 per cent engineering graduates employable: What’s wrong with India’s engineers?last_img read more

15 days agoBurnley winger McNeil appreciates Dyche freedom

first_imgBurnley winger McNeil appreciates Dyche freedomby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley winger Dwight McNeil appreciates the freedom manager Sean Dyche has granted him.Dyche recently claimed McNeil, who has three goals to his name, will “outgrow” the club and revealed he is wary of “over-coaching” him.”The gaffer will let me figure it out on my own, which I think is good for my development,” McNeil said.”He and the coaches will talk to me when they need to, when I’m doing well and not so well.”They help me in and out of possession because I’m maturing as a player, tactically and physically. I’ll give everything I have got to help the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Swill: Elephant Gin does London Dry with a Unique African Twist

first_img Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Gin Swill is our bi-monthly column dedicated to liquor, wine, beer, and every other delicious dram that falls under the broader umbrella of booze. But it’s more than just tasting notes scribbled on a cocktail napkin — Swill is about getting outside of your comfort zone, trying new things, and exploring the big, wide world of libations. One week you might catch us halfway through a bottle of single-malt scotch, and the week after that we might be buzzing on some Ugandan moonshine made from bananas. This column is just one big boozy adventure, so grab yourself a glass and join us for another round.For those of you who might be out of the loop, gin has been experiencing a sort of renaissance over the past decade or so. Slowly but surely, distillers have broken free from the categorical boundaries of “London dry gin,” and have greatly expanded what the spirit can be.In other words, the spectrum of flavors you can find in gin has absolutely exploded, and it’s not just about juniper anymore. There are thousands of strange new gins on the shelf these days, with flavor profiles that are floral, citrusy, spicy, and a whole lot more. It’s insane. I’ve sampled hundreds of different bottles at this point, and I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface.I could honestly write about gin until my fingers fall off — but I try really hard to stay reserved and wait until I’ve found one that’s truly special before I write about it and share it with you guys. Last week, I found one that fits the bill.Elephant Gin is a bit of an oddity. It’s a London Dry gin that’s made in Germany with a bunch of African ingredients — and it’s probably one of the most interesting gins I’ve ever tasted. It’s made from a mixture of fourteen different botanicals and fruits, including:African wormwood (a bitter, floral herb sometimes used in absinthe and vermouth)Devils claw (a naitve African plant in the sesame family)Lion’s tail (a member of the mint family)Baobab (a citrusy “superfruit” native to South Africa)Pimento (aka allspice)Orange peelMountain pineGingerJuniperApplesThis blend creates an incredibly complex mixture of flavors. There’s a bold fruity/citrusy/sweet note from the baobab, orange peel, and apples; a zing of fresh spice from the ginger and pimento; and a lovely floral/botanical underdone from the juniper, pine, and wormwood. It’s perfectly rounded, and extremely smooth.The only problem is that getting your hands on a bottle isn’t particularly easy if you live here in the States. You won’t be able to find this stuff at your local liquor store, but it’s available online from various online retailers. It’s well worth the hunt though! 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic last_img read more

NDP MP Peter Julian slams Trudeau for not calling byelection in Burnaby

first_imgOTTAWA – New Democrats are blasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for calling a byelection in an Ontario riding as tensions mount over when a byelection will be called for a B.C. riding where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has been named a candidate.Trudeau called a byelection Sunday for the riding of Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. But there are currently four vacant seats in Parliament, including Burnaby South, where Singh has said he will run as soon as a byelection is called.New Democrat MP Peter Julian says Trudeau’s decision not to call the other byelections today is “petty and manipulative,” and he accused the prime minister of playing around with elections.“For him to pick and choose which riding gets democratic representation is outrageous,” Julian said.The government must call a byelection within six months after a seat is vacated, and it has until March 18 at the latest to call one for Burnaby South. According to Elections Canada, the government had to announce the byelection for the Ontario riding by Oct. 30.Voters in Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes will head to the polls on Dec. 3 to elect their new member of Parliament. The riding was previously held by the late Gord Brown, a Conservative MP who died suddenly in May after suffering a heart attack in his Parliament Hill office.Julian said that while Trudeau was forced by the Canada Elections Act to call the byelection for Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, there is no reason why he couldn’t have called all four byelections today.A government spokesperson said the other seats were only vacated more recently.In addition to Burnaby South, the other vacant ridings include the Quebec riding of Outremont, which was previously held by former leader of the NDP Thomas Mulcair, and the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe, previously held by Conservative MP Peter Van Loan. Both announced their political retirements over the summer.last_img read more

Caravan on Hwy 401 slows traffic on Canadas busiest road in support

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsTraffic was backed up on different parts of Hwy 401 Friday by a caravan of mainly from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, who purposely drove slowly in a show of solidarity for members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation.One caravan began near Cornwall, Ont. and headed west, while another close to London, Ont.Reports suggested they were driving between 45 km/h to 60 km/h. The speed limit is 100 km/h.The Ontario Provincial Police basically provided an escort for the rolling blockades.Brandon Doxtator photo.RCMP took 14 people into custody Monday after rushing a homemade checkpoint on Gidimt’en territory set up to block Coast GasLink employees from reaching a healing centre on Unist’ot’en territory.Coast GasLink wants access through the Unist’ot’en camp 20 kilometres up the Morice River road from the Gidimt’en check point to complete preparatory work on the 670-kilometre pipeline.The camp has been standing for nearly a decade to prevent three proposed pipelines from cutting through Wet’suwet’en territory.The company has signed agreements with elected representatives of 20 First Nations along the pipeline route.Anger greeted news Wednesday that hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs brokered a peaceful end to a potentially violent pipeline standoff.Leader Freda Huson stormed out of a closed-door meeting at the Unist’ot’en camp south of Houston, B.C., and slammed the door.She just learned chiefs promised the RCMP she and her partner Warner Naziel would abide by rules of an interim court injunction in exchange for calling off a police raid.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 28.36 points to 15,248.26.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 44.68 points to 21,352.61.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index shed 2.14 points to 2,432.36.The Nasdaq composite index dropped 15.04 points to 6,221.64.The Canadian dollar was trading at 75.27 cents US, down from Thursday’s average price of 75.52 cents US.

Joint UN interagency task force in Sri Lanka

The common risk factors are known and could be avoided: tobacco consumption, insufficient physical activity, use of alcohol and unhealthy diet. The visit of the joint mission will take the form of a series of meetings with the UN country team as well as with high level officials of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and other Ministries that are stakeholders to NCD prevention and control. Discussions will also be held with Civil Society Organizations, NGOs, private sector and academic institutions who are working on NCD prevention and control. (Colombo Gazette) A joint Mission of the United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) is in Sri Lanka to assist the country to address preventable non-communicable diseases (NCDs).In 2012, 75% of all deaths in Sri Lanka were due to non-communicable diseases. The four main NCDs are; cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus and chronic respiratory diseases. read more

Central African Republic UN chief to launch independent inquiry into sexual abuse

In a statement issued this afternoon, the UN Spokesperson’s Office explained that the External Independent Review would examine the treatment of the specific report of abuse in the CAR as well as “a broad range of systemic issues related to how the UN responds to serious information of this kind.”“As has been stated over the past few weeks, the Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by the allegations of sexual abuse by soldiers in the CAR, as well as allegations of how this was handled by the various parts of the UN system involved,” today’s statement continued. “His intention in setting up this review is to ensure that the United Nations does not fail the victims of sexual abuse, especially when committed by those who are meant to protect them.” The statement added that the Secretary-General would announce in the next few days who will lead the review and its terms of reference. Just last weekend, the UN High Commissioner for Human Right, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, reported that his Office had taken “a deeper look” into “the revelations of alleged serious sexual abuse of children” in the CAR despite the fact that the forces involved in the incidents were not operating as peacekeepers under the United Nations flag. Moreover, the High Commissioner said that in addition to requesting concerned States to provide more information about the steps they have taken to investigate the allegations, and prosecute anyone found to have committed crimes, he is sending a team from his Geneva headquarters to the African country to look into possible further measures to address violations.“The punishment must fit the crime, and some other incidents were reported that may not have been fully followed up on by the States concerned, and we need to get to the bottom of what precisely was done by whom and when,” Mr. Zeid emphasized. “There must be accountability for serious crimes, no matter who commits them.” read more

Brock helps innovative video game get from concept to Dragons Den

Rohan Mahimker and Alex Peters run the start-up gaming company SMARTeacher, a company assisted by Brock University and the federal government’s Applied Research and Commercialization program. In less than a year, Brock University helped the founders of a start-up gaming company get from designing a concept to selling the product. And now their path has led to the gates of TV’s Dragon’s Den.In summer 2011, Alex Peters and Rohan Mahimker received a grant from the federal government’s Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) program, which helps small and medium enterprises get from research and development to commercialization. Brock University is one of ARC’s administering bodies for south-central Ontario.Peters and Mahimker conceived the idea for an interactive game called Prodigy, with a huge advantage over the competition. It would not only help kids learn math, but adjust its level of difficulty based on the emotions of the child playing it.The $50,000 ARC grant helped the idea come to life. The Brock team involved with this project included Beatrice Ombuki-Berman, an associate professor of computer science, who signed on to the project as the Brock principal investigator. She also oversaw the hiring of four Brock computer science students as research assistants to refine the prototype. The Brock team worked on the project from July 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012.Thanks to their involvement, Peters and Mahimker’s company SMARTeacher is now open for business and selling product, but they agree the ARC grant was a make-or-break moment that let them develop the game’s crucial technology.Billed as “the most fun and effective way to learn math,” Prodigy looks and feels like a video game but is a powerful tool to help children improve their grades, retention and enjoyment of math.“Being able to respond to the child’s emotions is everything,” Peters said. “By sensing when a child is frustrated, this allows Prodigy to automatically offer helpful content and easier questions. Or conversely, to switch to more difficult skills and questions when a child is growing bored.”The past few months have been a whirlwind for Peters and Mahimker:• The ARC funding took them through to March 2012.• By April the pair had been selected to tape their pitch for Dragon’s Den (which could air in the 2012-13 season).• Today their website lets people sample and order the game.• And every month they’re developing new features to keep the game fresh for new and existing customers.“The game creates an individual learning profile for each child, so that it learns what the most effective strategy is for each student over time,” Peters said.SMARTeacher is one of more than a dozen companies that Brock has partnered with through the ARC program since March 2011.“Many of these collaborations will lead to product launches over the next year,” said John Wilson, Brock’s director of Business Development and Commercialization. “This will be to the benefit of Brock, the companies involved and to the economy of southern Ontario.” read more

Health unions in new public pay talks as Croke Park cuts are

first_imgREPRESENTATIVES OF THE public sector health unions are this evening attending talks at the Labour Relations Commission, to discuss the possibility of amending the rejected Croke Park 2 pay deal.The Irish Medical Organisation and the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation are attending the talks, which are being led by LRC chairman Kieran Mulvey.A number of other sectoral unions have already attended talks, which are aimed at securing a deal with public workers on how to reduce the government’s pay bill without requiring unilateral pay cuts.Some progress was made yesterday, with the terms of the Croke Park 2 deal – which was rejected by a majority of public workers in union ballots last month – being adjusted somewhat.Plans to delay increments to workers on over €65,000 – which were due to be frozen for three years – have been changed; instead, the second and third increases due after July 1 will each be subject to a six-month delay.While there will also be pay cuts for staff earning over that amount, their cuts will be restored in two phases – in April 2017 and January 2018. Those earning over €100,000 would not have their pay restored, however.The proposals to extend the working week to a minimum of 37 hours have remained, but the extension will not take immediate effect in July as previously planned.Instead the working week would be extended by a maximum of two hours and 15 minutes – the equivalent of 27 minutes a day – from this July. The remaining increases would be deferred for two years.It is also thought that arrangements with Garda representatives have resulted in agreements to reduce leave entitlements, but maintain some of the premium payments which had previously been slated for abolition.Read: Howlin: It’s in personal interests of public workers to accept pay cutslast_img read more

Space Shuttle Discovery A History

first_imgAugust 30, 1984: The shuttle’s maiden voyage is the twelfth shuttle mission, overall. The launch is originally scheduled for June 25, but is pushed back due to a number of technical concerns. The mission, lead by Henry Hartsfield, Jr. (his second spaceflight) lasts just over six days.April 12, 1985: Utah Senator Jake Garn tags along on Discovery’s fourth flight, becoming the first sitting member of Congress in space.June 17, 1985: STS-51-G payload specialist, Sultan Salman al-Saud, grandson of King Ibn Saud, becomes the first Saudi citizen, first Muslim, and first member of a royal family in space. September 29, 1988: Deemed “Return to Space,” the seventh Discovery mission is the first U.S. spaceflight since 1986’s Challenger explosion. The flight is also the first to include an all-veteran crew since Apollo 11 in 1969.April 24, 1990: The Discovery launches a 24,500 pound telescope called the Hubble, the largest and most advanced space telescope to date.October 29, 1998: Discovery passenger Senator John Glenn becomes the oldest man in space, at age 77. Fellow passenger Pedro Duque, meanwhile, becomes the first Spaniard in space. October 11, 2000: Discovery’s 28th flight is the 100th shuttle launch overall. The mission lasts 12 days and includes four space walks.July 26, 2005: The Discovery marks another disaster. This time deemed “Return to Flight,” the shuttle is the first to lift off since the 2003 Columbia disaster.August 28, 2009: The payload of STS-128 includes, among other things, a treadmill called C.O.L.B.E.R.T., named after television’s truthiest newscaster. April 5, 2010: At 15 days, STS-131 becomes the longest mission for the Discovery to date. For the first time ever, four women are in space simultaneously. This is also the first time that two Japanese astronauts are in space at the same time. November 3, 2010: The 39th flight is scheduled to be the Discovery’s last. The mission will last 11 days. On Wednesday, the Space Shuttle Discovery will lift off for the final time. Named for three separate British ships (Captain James Cook’s HMSDiscovery, Henry Hudson’s Discovery, and Captain George Nares’s HMS Discovery),the shuttle will have seen 39 missions in 26 years.In honor of the ship’s retirement, we’ve pulled togethersome of the Discovery’s most exciting moments in its quarter-century of spacetravel. last_img read more

Health cards to be given to refugees in Greece

first_imgGreece plans to provide refugees and migrants arriving in the country with a health card, a senior public official said on Saturday.Speaking to Praktoreio FM, General Secretary for Public Health Yiannis Baskozos said the cards would be handed out to each new arrival.“We have decided there should be a health card that will include the basic results of health tests that are carried out and which will be useful for them when they move about within the country or across borders and for their reallocation to other countries,” he said, adding that the cards would be available in around a month.He also said that in conjunction with the Immigration Policy Ministry, health authorities would draw up a national healthcare plan for migrants and refugees that would include the provision of mental experts.“Psychological support may even be the most important measure to protect their health that you can take.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppOffice of the Premier, Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human ServicesMinister: Dr. Honourable Rufus EwingPermanent Secretary: Wesley ClerveauxDeputy Secretary: Tamera Robinson• District Administration• Agriculture Department• Dental Department• Primary Health Care Unit• National HIV Prevention Unit• Drug & Mental Health Unit• National Public Health Laboratory• Emergency Medical Service (Ambulance)• Environmental Health DepartmentThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015.Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library ServicesMinister: Honourable Akierra MissickPermanent Secretary: Cheryl Ann JonesDeputy Secretary: Russell Cox• Education Administration – Zone 1• Education Department – Zone 1• Education Department – Zone 2• Education Administration – Zone 2• Tertiary and Further Education• Helena J Robinson High School• Clement Howell High School• Raymond Gardiner High School• Marjorie Basden High School• Youth Department• Sports Department• Library DepartmentThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015.Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and CultureMinister: Honourable Porsha Stubbs-SmithPermanent Secretary: Desiree Lewis• Gaming Department• Culture Department• Protected Areas Department• DECR & Maritime Department• Tourist Board• Turks and Caicos National TrustThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015.Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation and CommunicationMinister: Honourable George LightbournePermanent Secretary: Ian AstwoodDeputy Secretary: Porsha Clarke• Road Safety Department• Prison Service• Domestic Fire Department• Social Development & Gender Affairs• Central Purchasing Unit• TCIG Publishing Department• Postal Services• Radio Turks and Caicos• Department of Disaster Management and EmergenciesThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015.Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and PlanningMinister: Honourable Amanda MissickPermanent Secretary: Susan MalcolmDeputy Secretary: Desmond Wilson• Planning Department• Public Works Department• Engineering and Maintenance Services• Water Undertaking• Mechanical Services Division• Project Management Division• Maintenance Division• Energy & Utility DepartmentThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015.Ministry of Finance, Trade and InvestmentMinister: Honourable Washington MisickPermanent Secretary (Actg.): Shonia AstwoodDeputy Secretary: Arthur Been• Budget Office• Strategic Policy & Planning Unit• Customs Department• Revenue Control Unit• Computer Unit• Exchange of Information Unit• Investment Unit• Port Authority• TCI Airport Authority• Financial Services CommissionThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015.Ministry of Border Control and EmploymentMinister: Honourable R. Donhue GardinerPermanent Secretary: Clara GardinerDeputy Secretary: Sharon Taylor• Immigration Department• Employment Services Department• Registration and Citizenship• Labour TribunalThe following changes are to take effect on April 1st, 2015. Related Items:turks and caicos government structure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more