New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart is running to be mayor of Vancouver

first_imgVANCOUVER – A New Democrat member of Parliament is jumping into the Vancouver mayoral race.Burnaby South MP Kennedy Stewart said Thursday he’s going to resign his seat in Parliament and run as an independent candidate to replace Gregor Robertson, who is not seeking re-election.He launched his campaign promising action on housing, protecting the environment, supporting an equitable economy and preventing illicit drug overdose deaths.Stewart was arrested in March along with Green party Leader Elizabeth May and others who allegedly defied a court injunction banning protesters from disrupting construction at both Trans Mountain pipeline terminals in Burnaby.He said he had to stand with constituents opposed to Kinder Morgan’s planned pipeline expansion.Stewart was first elected to the House of Commons in 2011 as part of Jack Layton’s so-called orange wave vaulted the NDP into official Opposition.He has a PhD from the London School of Economics and is on leave as a professor from Simon Fraser University’s school of public policy.“I have deep roots in Vancouver, rent downtown with my wife Jeanette Ashe, and have worked for the City of Vancouver and several Vancouver community organizations over my lifetime,” Stewart said in a statement.While his campaign will be independent of any one political party, Stewart said he wants to engage all progressive candidates to find common ground and solutions to tough problems facing city residents.“We need to work together to reverse this affordability crisis and I hope the people of Vancouver will support my bid to become mayor,” he said in the statement.An online profile on his website says Kennedy was also a musician who won a West Coast Music Award.last_img read more

First group of refugees leave Chad for new lives in US –

As part of a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) programme, the first group of refugees has left Chad to begin new lives in the United States.The 11 refugees are the first of a total of 1,800 resettlement cases – mostly Sudanese refugees from the war-torn Darfur region living in camps in eastern Chad – the agency plans to identify this year. The group – who are heading for Kentucky, Texas, Iowa and Utah – which departed for the US by air from the Chadian capital N’Djamena on 21 June comprise refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR). Currently, 250,000 refugees from Darfur are sheltering in 12 UNHCR-run camps in Chad’s east. Additionally, 70,000 CAR refugees are living in five camps in southern Chad. The US is the first country to promote resettlement for refugees in Chad, the agency said. “Resettlement requires a very meticulous process and usually takes seven to nine months per individual case,” said UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler. The process includes interviews, medical screenings, counseling and cultural orientation sessions, and agency staff are trained to detect fraud to ensure they do not select refugees who are not eligible for resettlement. “Resettlement is considered one of UNHCR’s durable solutions for protracted refugee solutions, along with voluntary repatriation and local integration,” Mr. Spindler said. The next group of refugees, made up of mostly people who fled fighting in Darfur, is slated to leave for the US in July. 23 June 2009As part of a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) programme, the first group of refugees has left Chad to begin new lives in the United States. read more

Pub that banned exsoldier from bringing in his pet ferrets accused of

“We had been receiving complaints for a good few months – people were asking to move tables and some were not willing to even eat here any more because of the pungent smell of the ferrets.“In fact, I didn’t tell him just how many people had complained and for how long as I knew it would upset him.”Edmund Inkin, one of the owners at The Old Coastguard, added: “Being a good community pub matters to us and is something into which we have invested an enormous amount of time and energy.”So our decision to ask Tim not to bring his ferrets into the building or its garden was only one we’d take after much thought.”Mr Pender said the ferrets go everywhere with him and were the only therapy he found had worked since he was diagnosed with Combat Stress.He said: “They give me love and companionship like any other pet. I don’t know what I would do without them.”I thought they were extremely popular at the restaurant and that everyone loved them. I have never had any negative feedback at all so I was very shocked.”Mr Pender is now regularly drinking with his ferrets in the King’s Arms in the neighbouring village of Paul. Mr Pender The Old Coastguard has requested that Mr Pender does not return with his pet ferretsCredit:Cornwalllive / SWNS.com Commenting on the moment he was told he could not return with his ferrets, Mr Pender told the Telegraph: “I was devastated. I felt sick – it was like I had been punched in the guts. It feels like I’ve been discriminated against.“I take my ferrets everywhere I can. They are my companions.“The pub allows dogs but not ferrets – that was the biggest feeling of discrimination. It’s totally unfair.”Mr Pender said that he thought people were “delighted” when they saw his ferrets inside the pub, adding: “They are very intelligent and affectionate creatures very similar to a dog.”They are as good as gold. They love music. In fact, they were enjoying some bluegrass in a pub last night.”The pub’s general manager Louis Vanhinsbergh said he approached Mr Pender in a sympathetic manner to ask him to refrain from bringing in his ferrets, adding: “They had escaped off the lead in the garden which is a health and hygiene issue. Plus, we allow dogs, and ferrets and dogs don’t get along that well. Mr Pender said he felt “physically sick and upset” after he was asked to stop bringing his pet ferrets to the pubCredit: Cornwalllive / SWNS.com The Old Coastguard When a former soldier from Cornwall took his three pet ferrets – Joy, Grace and Jason – into his local pub every week for four years, he thought they were popular, cuddly attractions for his fellow drinkers.But, much to his disbelief, the animal’s “pungent smell” has led to them being barred.Tim Pender, 57, from Mousehole, Cornwall said that he feels “discriminated” against after the owners of the Old Coastguard asked him not to return with his furry pets because they received several complaints about their odour from other diners.Mr Pender said that it was “totally unfair” that the pub still allows customers to bring in their pet dogs, but will not permit him to bring in his ferrets.The ferret owner, who served with the Royal Signals between 1984 to 2003, said that he suffers from agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder which means he struggles to leave the house. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

One died as lorries collide in Guntur district

first_imgGuntur: In a tragic incident one person has died in a road accident near Sivapuram village in Vinukonda Mandal of Guntur district on Friday early morning. The incident happened when the two lorries collide on the opposite side, which resulted in the out bust of the flames. In the head-on collision, the two trucks have been completely burnt and one person has died on the spot. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us The deceased was identified as Sangam dairy lorry cleaner Konda Reddy, and another cleaner has also suffered severe injuries. The injured was shifted to Ongole government hospital. The two lorry drivers have escaped from the accident site. Over the information, the police have reached the spot, registered a case and investigating further.last_img read more

Has success made Vicky Kaushal unaffordable Director claims so

first_imgVicky Kaushal with Narendra ModiInstagramEvery year, the industry produces a number of phenomenal talents. While many manage to rise and shine, there are many who are just lost into oblivion. The same could have been said about Vicky Kaushal, had he not been a part of films like – Uri and Raazi. Though Vicky had established the abundance of acting brilliance he had with his first film – Masaan – it took the industry a lot longer to recognise his acting potential. And now that they have, there’s no looking back for the actor.While the young lads of the industry consider and name him as the most talented star, almost all female contemporaries have their eyes set on him. From Katrina Kaif to Alia Bhatt, the leading ladies of the industry want to be paired up opposite the Uri actor. There have been reports of Vicky Kaushal having parted ways with girlfriend Harleen Sethi. She has not only unfollowed Vicky on Instagram but has also been liking a couple of heartbreak posts on social media.As per a report in Deccan Chronicle, a director who has worked with him in the past fears that he would not be able to afford him anymore. “I don’t think I can get the same actor for the same price. His market has changed. I don’t know whether he has changed. But he now hangs around with Karan Johar and his ilk. So I guess they advise him on how to move forward in life, And that’s a good thing,” the director said. Not just that, the report claims the director feels Vicky’s success has gone into his head and he is unable to see the ground beneath.There were also the reports of Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar’s closeness the reason behind his split with girlfriend Harleen Sethi.last_img read more

New to PUBG These Tips Will Help Keep You Alive

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘PUBG’ Story Trailer Teases the Unknown PlayerJordan Bans ‘Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — or PUBG as the cool kids call it — has taken over the gaming world ever since it dropped last year. The Battle Royale-inspired extravaganza has been purchased by nearly 30 million users and has even spawned a couple of imitators. You know things are serious when this unfinished game almost won Game of the Year at The Game Awards. This is no small feat for a title which only recently got out of early access on PC. It’s even enjoying great success on Xbox One, where it managed to sell 1 million copies within 48 hours. The game is a beast.Despite PUBG‘s insane popularity, there are still many who have yet to experience this unique multiplayer game for themselves. With so many users playing each and every day, it’s easy for newcomers to feel intimidated. While more seasoned players will certainly have a leg up (just like in any multiplayer), PUBG is still worth trying out; even if it’s just to see what the fuss is all about. With some practice, you too can get that sweet, sweet chicken dinner.Below are some tips we’ve put together to get you started on your PUBG journey. There is certainly a lot more to learn, but this is a good starting point for beginners. Go get that chicken, boys and girls!Happy LandingsWhen parachuting to the ground, you have the choice to land anywhere on the virtual map. You might be tempted to land somewhere with many large buildings which contain a lot of loot and weapons. The problem is, these areas are where others are likely to land as well. You can also land in remote locations, though items here are more sparse.Unless you’re playing with others, it’s a good idea to land directly inside of small towns. Not only will you be able to find decent items, but you can use the infrastructure around you for cover. Make sure to land in places with smaller clusters of buildings on the outskirts of the map in order to minimize the chance you’ll land close to others. You want to avoid encounters until you find good gear and weapons. This is why landing in a place with a few buildings is crucial for survival early on.It’s a Small World, AfterallWhat differentiates PUBG from countless other shooters is that the playfield eventually shrinks. This makes things much more exciting since you can’t just park in one spot for the entire match. On your map, you’ll see a white circle and a blue circle. The white circle shows the next play area. Once you see that, you’ll want to plan a strategy for arriving there without getting killed. After some time, the blue circle will begin to close in on the white circle. If you’re outside the white circle when the blue closes in, you’re going to take damage and can eventually die.Red Zones don’t happen often, but they’re worth keeping in mind. When this begins, a red circle appears on the map. Bombs will being to rain down randomly on the affected area. Any player not protected by cover runs the risk of being blown to pieces. It is best to run for shelter and hope you’re not killed along the way. Even when indoors, you need to stay away from doors and windows to avoid taking damage. Red Zones are no joke.Smart players will use the circles to their advantage. It is safe to assume no one will sneak up behind you if your back is to the edge of the blue circle. If you know where the next play location is, you can also situate yourself in a bottleneck area and pick off players trying to get into the white circle. The location of circles is of utmost importance and it is wise to keep them in mind at all times.Situational AwarenessKnowing your surroundings is essential. In order to see the world around you without moving, hold down the Alt key on PC or the left analog stick on Xbox One to swivel the camera freely. Doing this will lower the chances of someone catching you off guard. This isn’t a feature the game tells you about, but it’s among the most helpful. In general, you’ll want to get used to the controls to the point where they become second nature. A single moment of hesitation could make the difference between victory and defeat.Wait… What’s That Noise?Just as with sight, sound plays an important part in PUBG. You’ll either want to turn up the volume on your monitor/TV or wear a really good pair of headphones. Players make noise whenever they run, drive vehicles, or shoot. Knowing where sounds come from will help you determine the location of others and thus keep you alive longer.Conversely, you’ll want to limit the amount of noise you make while traversing the world. Someone may not be able to see you run, but they will hear you. Try to walk whenever possible to make yourself harder to track. This way, you can take out noisy players who don’t hear you coming. Embrace your inner ninja!Ready, Aim…You can aim down the sights of weapons by holding the Shift key (PC) or tapping Left Trigger (Xbox One). This is another important thing to be aware of since looking down sights makes it easier to aim. Aiming down sights is also helpful if your current weapon doesn’t have built-in zoom. Keep in mind that aiming makes you run out of breath. Only aim down sights when necessary. Remember to take a few seconds to recover your breath after aiming. You never know when you’ll need to run and you can’t do that without breath.Gear of WarIf you want to survive longer, you’re going to need higher-end gear. Almost all loot is found within buildings. Here is where you’ll find weapons, body armor, health items, and backpacks. All of these items are essential. In addition to finding items in buildings, you can also scavenge them off dead players. If you’re down to the last ten or so players, chances are they’ll have decent gear, perhaps even tier-3 equipment. Of course, gear like that will make them that much harder to kill. You never want to stop hunting for better equipment, even late into a match.Tools of the TradeYou’ll eventually pick up optical attachments for weapons as you make your way across the map. Though you might be tempted to put scopes on every weapon, it’s best to use them for specific guns. Put 4x and 8x scopes on sniper rifles since they can shoot across great distances. Sniper rifles are of course perfect for getting long-range kills. For close-range encounters, assault rifles with red dot sights are better since you don’t need to shoot very far. And of course, shotguns are exceptional when facing off against enemies inside of buildings. Always have the right weapon for whatever situation you find yourself in.Shut The Front Door!Unless you were raised in a barn, you probably learned to close doors behind you growing up. This sage advice from grandma is also true in PUBG. If you go into a house and leave the door open, it will let other players know someone is in that home. If you don’t want to give away your position, you’ll want to close doors after entering a building.Though closing doors is sound advice, open doors can be used to one’s advantage. Players will naturally want to investigate a building with an open door in order to kill whoever is inside. You can position yourself right near an open door and pick off any intruders. This can backfire if you aren’t fast enough to capitalize on your little trap. As always with PUBG, learn to anticipate what other players will do.Here in My Car…Vehicles are great for covering a lot of distance quickly (especially when the map is shrinking). If you locate one, you’re going to want to mark its position on your map so you can find it when moving across zones. However, you don’t want to drive vehicles everywhere since they make it easier for others to spot you. When going to a specific location, it’s always best to exit your vehicle and make it the rest of the way on foot. Again, a big noisy vehicle is going to give you away fast.In Constant MotionWhen roaming the world, there is a good chance someone will spot you before you see them. If you’re traversing an open area and get shot at, do not go prone. This will just make you easier to kill. Don’t emulate a certain Stark child (R.I.P. Rickon) and run in a straight line. What you want to do is move in a zig-zag pattern until you can find some decent cover. Unless you’re inside of a secure building, never stop moving.The Power of HealingBesides weapons and equipment, you’re going to want to stock up on health items to stay in the fight longer. These include first-aid kits, medkits, bandages, painkillers, and energy drinks. All of these can heal you, but each has different effects. For example, first-aid kits and bandages can only heal you up to 75% of maximum health. You’ll need medkits, painkillers, energy drinks, and other boosting items to get to 100%. As you can imagine, these types of healing items aren’t exactly plentiful.Painkillers and energy bars are classified as boosters. When using one of them, a small bar will appear above your health bar. This is your boost level, of which there are several levels. The first one lets your character gradually heal over time. Other levels allow for faster running or better gun handling. Boosters are great for giving you an extra edge.All healing items take time to work their magic. Since you can’t move while healing, make sure you’re in a (relatively) safe spot to administer treatment. You don’t want to heal out in the open where you’ll be easy to take out.Use Your HeadThe most important thing to keep in mind is that PUBG rewards patience and tenacity. This isn’t a run and gun game like Call of Duty. Yes, there may come a time when you’ll have to engage in a firefight in order to survive. Most of the time, however, you’re better off playing nice and slow.Collect items to give you an edge and pick off enemies as silently as possible. With 100 players on each map, you don’t need to do much to see that number dwindle. Bide your time and try as best as possible to outsmart your foes. Become confident in your skills and understand the environment. It may take a while to master all of PUBG‘s intricacies, but if you’re persistent, you’ll surely enjoy chicken dinners on a consistent basis.Happy hunting!center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Physicists experimentally verify 40yearold fluid equations

first_imgFor decades, researchers have been using equations derived in the mid-1970s for a variety of fluid applications involving inks, foams, and bubbles, among other uses. These fundamental fluid equations describe how much force is required to pull a solid particle from a liquid surface. Although these equations have been experimentally confirmed for millimeter-sized particles, experimental confirmation in the micrometer regime has been lacking. Change in contact angle when detaching a microparticle from a liquid surface. Credit: Schellenberget et al. ©2018 American Physical Society Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2018 Phys.org Aiming to fill this gap, researchers in a new study have, for the first time, simultaneously measured the capillary force on a single microparticle while imaging the shape of the liquid meniscus that forms underneath the particle, which tries to pull the particle back to the liquid. Their results experimentally verify the 1970s fluid equations for microparticles.The researchers, led by Hans-Jürgen Butt at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, have published a paper on their experimental results in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.Particle behavior on liquid surfaces has many applications, and has been widely studied, at least for particles down to about 0.3 millimeters in diameter. As one of these macroparticles is pulled out of the liquid, a meniscus forms between the particle and liquid surface, creating a capillary force that tries to pull the particle back to the surface. At macroscopic scales, gravity also plays a significant role in pulling a particle back down to the liquid surface. Experiments have also shown that, as a macroparticle is being pulled up from the surface, it can slide around on the surface with the meniscus sliding underneath.Things are different, however, at the microscale, where gravity is usually negligible compared to capillary forces. Since there have not been as many experiments with microparticles, many questions remain unanswered. Some of these open questions include determining how the capillary force and the shape of the meniscus are related, as well as whether microparticles can slide on the surface like macroscopic particles can.In their experiments, the researchers glued a glass microparticle to the end of a cantilever on a microscope, and then slowly immersed the cantilever with the microparticle into a container of glycerol. Using advanced microscope techniques, the researchers simultaneously measured the capillary force and the contact angle between the microparticle and the meniscus as the microparticle was slowly lifted out of the fluid. While the experimental results verified the fundamental fluid equations for microparticles in general, they also revealed some surprises. For instance, unlike for macroscopic particles, the contact line between a microparticle and the liquid surface is pinned down for most of the detaching process. Only in the final moments when the microparticle is about to detach does the particle slide around on the surface.The researchers expect that the results will be useful for the many applications that involve capillary forces of microparticles at liquid surfaces, such as mineral flotation and the deinking of paper. More information: Frank Schellenberger et al. “Detaching Microparticles from a Liquid Surface.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.048002center_img Explore further Citation: Physicists experimentally verify 40-year-old fluid equations (2018, August 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-physicists-experimentally-year-old-fluid-equations.html Aboard the ISS, researchers investigate complex dust behavior in plasmas This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 November 20, 2012 — Hitachi Aloka Medical, Ltd. announced that they have introduced an Advanced Versatile Ultrasound, Noblus.Diagnostic ultrasound has become an indispensable modality for medical care today, one that continues to expand into more and more areas. The new Noblus from Hitachi Aloka Medical was developed to fulfill these needs.By designing this diagnostic ultrasound system in the form of a laptop PC with an optional cart, Hitachi Aloka Medical created a system with a style flexible enough to operate in many clinical environments. Despite its compact design, Noblus is full of advanced versatilities including Real-time Tissue Elastography, a premium feature that depicts the relative elasticity of tissue and was previously found only on larger cart-based systems.With the release of Noblus, the notion that “small systems are for simple examinations” will be a thing of the past. Noblus, with its premium features and flexible style, is expected to bring the clinical benefits of high-end diagnostic ultrasound into new areas of healthcare.Shipments of the Noblus will commence worldwide after the acquisition of a country’s marketing authorization.Product FeaturesAdvanced versatilities and clear imagingHitachi Aloka’s unique Ultra BE*, the digital signal circuit dedicated to ultrasound processing, captures and maintains the ultra-precise digital data necessary for premium image quality;Noblus is equipped with functions for detailed evaluations including Real-  time Tissue Elastography; andThe system supports Single Crystal Probes, probes with entire element arrays created from a single crystal, enabling higher sensitivity and wider bandwidth than traditional transducers.Flexible design for use in various clinical scenariosIts unique space-saving design allows the operation panel to be folded up and out of the way, providing a larger work space when it is set on a desk;When used on the cart, Noblus can be operated in a sitting or standing position;Equipped with a battery and supporting wireless DICOM communication, Noblus offers smooth mobility for portable rounds within the hospital; andThe monitor can be swiveled or tilted, reducing unnecessary stretching and straining by the examiner.For more information: www.hitachi-aloka.com News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 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 Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 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 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 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 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Technology | November 20, 2012 Hitachi Aloka Releases Noblus, Advanced Versatile Ultrasound With Flexible Style The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Related Content News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more 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). 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 last_img read more

Marine activists urge Costa Rican president to halt shark fin imports

first_imgA modest though enthusiastic collective of some 60 marine conservation activists gathered outside the statue of former Costa Rican President León Cortés in western San José Thursday morning to protest the importation of shark fins in Costa Rica.From June 2011 to July 2012, the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) reported that more than 500 kilograms of dry shark fin had entered the country through Nicaragua. Imports through Nicaragua have increased dramatically and remain the industry’s lone loophole after legislation passed in December 2010 banned the landing of fishery products on private docks, conservationists said. Since then, Costa Rica has imported nearly 16,000 kg of shark fins via their northern neighbors. “What we’re trying to accomplish today is to bring the issue to President [Laura] Chinchilla’s attention, and we call on her to represent the public interest, not comercial ones,” said Costa Rican Marine Turtle Restoration Project (PRETOMA) President Randall Arauz. The march represents the launch of PRETOMA’s latest campaign, which urges the Foreign Trade Ministry to prohibit all shark fin imports, and demands the reform of Incopesca. On Tuesday, Chinchilla’s Cabinet fired Incopesca Vice President Álvaro Moreno, who is a lawyer representing commercial fishermen, for conflict of interest and ethics violations.“The importation of shark fins is equal to finning, and finning means extinction,” Arauz belted into a bullhorn at passing traffic.“The order needs to come from the top,” Arauz added. “Only the president can change things now.”Rafael Robles, director of conservation group Tasbayam Association for Sustainable Development, showed his support for the movement by signing the petition being passed around, noting, “it’s not simply the poachers; it’s the poverty. We need to protect our fisherman. If they have no work, if they hope to feed their families, finning is often the only option.”As the march continued south, protesters made stops outside of the Foreign Trade Ministry and Incopesca’s offices near La Sabana Park. A man wearing a bandana played trumpet as demonstrators reworked the Jamaican folk song “Day-O” to suit their cause: “No aleteo, los tiburones ya no pueden más.” No finning, they sang. The sharks can’t take any more. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Government ends Norway oil gas strike

first_img Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths OSLO, Norway (AP) – The Norwegian government has ordered an end to a two-week strike by oil and gas workers as producers threatened a lockout which would have shut down the industry within days.Labor Minister Hanne Bjurstroem said early Tuesday that she was forced to end the strike to avert the lockout in the interests of the country, which is dependent on its oil and gas income.The lockout, which had been scheduled to begin at midnight Monday, would have affected more than 6,500 workers with daily losses of some 1.8 billion kroner ($300 million). The strike, which began on June 24, failed to produce an agreement on pay and pensions, with unions also demanding more paternity leave for employees.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

SeaDream Yacht Club has just released its programs

first_imgSeaDream Yacht Club has just released its programs for SeaDream I and SeaDream II in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean regions for 2020 sailings, with more overnight stays included to give guests ample time to enjoy each port.SeaDream’s 2020 season adds a new port at Basseterre on St Kitts, one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean with many amazing historical sights, and she will also return to Cuba, with 2020 voyages there embracing up to six stops in some of the country’s most-storied yet least-travelled ports between Havana and Cienfuegos.In the Mediterranean, new for SeaDream in 2020 is Ikaria in Greece, Vis in Croatia, Santa Maria di Leuca in Italy and Koper in Slovenia.For full details contact Julie Denovan, Sales Director Australia on (02) 9958 4444, jdenovan@seadream.com CaribbeanMediterraneanSeaDreamSeaDream Yacht Clublast_img read more

Paphos AE go on strike over staff shortage claims

first_imgTHE Paphos hospital’s accident and emergency department was on skeleton staff from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Thursday, the first day of strike measures announced by doctors to protest understaffing at the unit, an action the competent minister says was unfounded.Doctors working at the hospital’s A&E department said on Thursday they would call off their daily two-hour work stoppage only when two more physicians are hired by the health ministry to meet the understaffing problem.The doctors had announced that they would go on two-hour work stoppages every day; between 12.30pm and 2.30pm on weekdays and 6.30pm to 8.30pm on weekends.At the moment, there are ten doctors at the department, while the minimum number of physicians required to meet needs and ensure patient safety is 13, doctors said.They also said that some of their colleagues are on extended sick leave but have not been replaced and that they are forced to work for long periods of time without breaks while not being paid for overtime.Health minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Thursday that he was baffled by how the demand of hiring two more physicians would solve the problem so fast. He said that his ministry had been trying to find someone to fill a vacant position at the hospital’s A&E department, but there had been no interest.“In any case, the demand will be assessed, although there have never been 13 doctors at the Paphos A&E department,” Ioannou said.He added that the problem caused last month due to sick leaves has already been resolved, as two physicians returned to work.A senior health ministry official refuted earlier in the day claims by the doctors that the ministry did not respond to their repeated letters referring to the understaffing problems.The head of the ministry’s medical services, Elisavet Constantinou, told state broadcaster CyBC that she had gone three times to the Paphos hospital to discuss with staff the problems they faced.She also said that, according to the ministry’s calculations, the department in question was adequately staffed and that what is needed is better organisation.Constantinou said that, at the moment, taking into account the director and a doctor who returns in December from maternity leave, a total of 12 doctors work at the A&E department. She added that the number of patients per physician per shift was 20 and that this was considered manageable.She also said that efforts are being made to hire more staff in all A&E departments.The minister said that he was curious as to the real reason behind the strike measures of the doctors in Paphos. He expressed hope that it was not orchestrated by state doctors’ union Pasyki in retaliation for not being consulted on a new measure introduced recently at the Nicosia A&E. The measure concerns the reinforcement of the Nicosia hospital’s A&E unit during peak hours through overtime work by physicians who offered voluntarily to do so.Despite the fact that the measure was proposed by the hospital’s medical staff, the minister said, “unfortunately”, Pasyki expressed its disappointment for the introduction of the measure without them being informed.“Is it a coincidence that the announcement of the strike (in Pahos) come a day after Pasyki’s complaint about the implementation of the measure at the Nicosia A&E without it being in its knowledge?” the minister asked.Ioannou said that he would like to think that Pasyki was not behind the strike measures in Paphos “in order to create a crisis out of nowhere, because the competent authority in its attempt to resolve issues adopted suggestions of the staff without asking for the approval of the trade union.”You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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members of Auraiya zila panchayat in false cases so that BJP could bag the post of the chairperson While the post of Auraiya zila panchayat chairperson is currently vacant bypoll for the post is yet to be announced Addressing mediapersons at the state party headquarters Akhilesh alleged that five SP leaders who are members of Auraiya zila panchayat have been “implicated” in cases of murder and rape to help BJP in byelections Alleging that they were being “hounded by police” Akhilesh paraded the five leaders — Rajvir Singh Prashant Pal Shiv Singh Pal Sudhir Kumar and Ravi Rajput whose wife Neelam is also a zila panchayat member in Auraiya Rajvir Singh SP chairperson of the zila panchayat was recently removed from the post after BJP brought a no-confidence motion against him Rajvir told mediapersons that while a no-confidence motion was brought against him at the behest of BJP leader Deepu Singh SP leaders have been threatened “The Prime Minister had said that police stations in UP were being operated by SP workers But who is running police stations now There has been no control on crime It had never happened (in the past) that policemen search for zila panchayat members with BJP leaders SP members of Auraiya zila panchayat have been implicated in cases lodged under sections 302 (murder) and 376 (rape) of the IPC and the SC/ST Act If police could not find them their family members were abducted All this is being done only to elect a zila panchayat chairman of BJP” Akhilesh said He alleged that SP members in Kannauj Siddharthnagar and Agra have also been harassed by the police and he had informed the DGP and principal secretary (Home) about the same “Police had never indulged in such extortion in the past When an SP was asked why he was doing this injustice (with SP workers) he said because he was not posted in any district during the previous regime” he claimed Auraiya BJP president Ramesh Diwakar said election to the post of zila panchayat chairperson will be “free and fair” “SP leaders used to use such tactics of threatening zila panchayat members to elect their own chairperson No member has been harassed under the BJP government” he added Akhilesh said that if there is corruption in the emergency helpline ‘Dial 100’ it is the responsibility of the current government to do away with it and not blame the previous government which had launched it “Dial 100 scheme is being destroyed Law and order has broken down” he added Refusing to comment on whether SP and BSP will come together to fight BJP Akhilesh said: “Such a political strategy or management has not been prepared But BJP leaders are scared They don’t even have one MLA who would give up his seat (for ministers and chief minister)” The former CM said that the state government has given his “good vehicles” to BSP chief Mayawati and transferred her “used” vehicles to him “Does BJP want us to become friends” he asked in a lighter vein Asked about the 200-odd vehicles which were following Akhilesh’s “rath” from Lucknow to Faizabad not paying toll at two plazas on Wednesday the SP leader said: “It is wrong to say that 200 vehicles crossed the plazas with me because there were 1000 vehicles…” He claimed that he will pay the toll if NHAI sent him the footage of all the vehicles to him On the removal of 4 members from Lohia Trust Akhilesh said: “I am not bothered about it I am being termed as Aurangzeb (Mughal emperor) Beware of me” On Tuesday Akhilesh had removed Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary MLC Ahmed Hasan former MP Usha Verma and party leader Alok Shakya from the membership of the trust and inducted four new members In the run-up to UP polls Yogi Adityanath had likened Akhilesh to Aurangzeb and Kans saying parents will now desist naming their sons Akhilesh Earlier in January Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti had also likened Akhilesh to Aurangzeb for removing his father Mulayam Singh Yadav from the post of SP national president to don the mantle For all 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think she still is popular She does seem to be a fan favourite” The USTA and Bouchard have settled into an uneasy relationship with the Canadian’s lawsuit hanging over the US Open Bouchard’s attorneys in May accused the USTA of erasing security camera footage of her fall in the locker-room at the 2015 US Open which resulted in a concussion Her lawyers said the accident was caused by a cleaning substance and the injury forced her out of the 2015 US Open and subsequent tournaments “Certainly we don’t hold any grudges” Widmaier said “What happens outside this tournament is irrelevant to us as we build the schedule” Given their current strained truce Bouchard’s return to Arthur Ashe did little to spark memories of better days “We’re still in the process” she said “I’m able to concentrate on the tennis when I’m here but I definitely have bad memories from here two years ago” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Arun Kumar | Published: July 23 2015 12:42 am RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan Related News The RBI governor has been criticised by officials of the finance ministry for speaking on the economy in less than positive terms last month Was it wrong for him to do so The ministry would like to create positive sentiment in the economy especially at a time when a drought is forecast The governor has been making his differences with the government clear by not bowing to the finance minister’s pressure to sharply lower interest rates The result is confusion in the markets In India the central bank’s autonomy is limited but the issue is whether it is being effectively used The RBI has been arguing that its primary task is not to spur growth but to control the rate of inflation A Monetary Policy Framework Agreement has been concluded which binds the RBI to keeping inflation below 6 per cent With a reportedly looming drought this is going to be tough But how will inflation be measured Using the wholesale price index (WPI) or the consumer price index (CPI) Neither the WPI nor the CPI truly represents inflation in India The services sector’s share in the economy is now more than 60 per cent and it is not represented in the WPI It has only a small representation in the CPI Thus if school fees or health costs go up or insurance charges rise none of these will be captured in the official inflation figures In effect the RBI is not really targeting inflation Why has the RBI not used its autonomy to create improved inflation indices that can help it meet policy targets better Similarly there has been a controversy about the current rate of economic growth The RBI needs this data to justify its stance on cutting interest rates slowly If the rate of growth is already healthy why the tearing hurry to lower interest rates when inflationary expectations are not yet tamed International oil prices are fluctuating and have not stabilised A bad monsoon coupled with a rise in energy prices could result in a rapid rise in the rate of inflation Events in Greece are unlikely to result in stability any time soon It is widely suspected that the rate of growth is not what the government’s statistical agency suggests The index of industrial production (IIP) data slow growth in the core sector slow rise in bank credit decline in exports of late and slowdown in services and agriculture are all indicators of a sputtering rather than a roaring economy The RBI could give alternative credible estimates The government claims that the upward revision in growth is due to the new method of calculation — especially with respect to the contribution of the industrial sector First this sector’s coverage has been made more extensive; and second the calculation is based not on the value of production but the value added in production But neither of these would automatically lead to a faster rate of growth for this sector or for the economy Smaller companies that weren’t covered earlier are not necessarily growing faster So why would a larger coverage lead to a higher rate of growth Further value addition is made up of profits and wages Neither is rising rapidly That is why the government’s collection of direct taxes has been less than what was targeted The rising non-performing assets of banks also suggests that industry is struggling But there is an even bigger lacuna in the growth data India has a big black economy Thus a lot of value addition is not counted The actual rate of economic growth is the average of the black and the white rates of growth The implication is that the official rate of economic growth has a big error in it Why has the RBI not worked on this and corrected the rate of growth to get more robust policy prescriptions The black economy requires for its circulation additional liquidity and therefore it affects money supply and the money multiplier — crucial inputs in the equations used by the RBI to determine policy In brief the limited autonomy that the RBI has could have been used to settle some of the critical issues such as the black economy money supply true rate of inflation and growth The public would have been more supportive if the RBI had sorted these out But this has not happened and this dents the central bank’s credibility It also confuses the public since the RBI is part of the establishment and yet is critical of policy Is the RBI putting the cart before the horse Kumar Sukhamoy Chakravarty Chair Professor JNU Delhi is author of ‘Indian Economy since Independence: Persisting Colonial Disruption’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related Newsit is not the ICC Cricket Committee, During his visit,however, rural economy and the common man. 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