Nova Scotia Students Celebrate National Youth Science Month

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgHarvesting space tomatoes and cultivating wind energy are two examples of what Nova Scotia students are doing for Youth Science Month. “Science is helping to mold the minds of Nova Scotia’s future inventors and researchers,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “When learning opportunities are presented in a fun and interesting way, there is no limit to the exciting discoveries students can make.” Youth Science Month was created by Youth Science Canada to acknowledge the interesting and innovative discoveries students are making in science. In Nova Scotia, science curriculum promotes hands-on, minds-on learning. Through problem-solving, inquiry and decision-making, science embraces discovery and fun. “Students are naturally curious, and science gives them an opportunity to explore their interests, and make decisions about some really exciting and complex things,” said Joyce Morrison, principal of Greenfield Elementary in New Waterford. “If you give students the right tools and learning environment, they will explore.” Projects like the Tomatosphere work to promote exploration and fun learning. Tomatoshpere is an educational outreach project that teaches thousands of students from across the country about space, food and nutrition. Using tomato seeds that have travelled from Earth to the International Space Station and back, students are meant to discover ways to provide nutritious foods for space living that will support space crews for long periods of time. Hundreds of Nova Scotia students have participated in Tomatoshpere with great success. “Science is no longer predominately about reading and researching, it is about doing and thinking,” said Marilyn Webster, science consultant for the Department of Education. “Exploring using skills and critical inquiry engages the students in their learning and this produces questioners and thinkers.” The Energy Around Us program teaches discovery through experimentation. A joint initiative of the departments of Education and Energy, the program gets Grade 9 students thinking about alternate energy sources and comparing them to wind. A series of resources will be provided to selected classrooms across the province to help students develop a deeper understanding of sustainable development issues, including the connection between energy and climate change. Students will also be challenged to come up with ideas around what they can do to make a difference in their communities through renewable energy. Students will present their findings during a celebration event in June. During this month and April, students will also showcase their talents, abilities and creativity at a series of regional science fairs. The fairs inspire the entrepreneurs and scientists of tomorrow by encouraging science program and innovative learning. For more information about regional science fairs, visit .last_img read more

Eight arrested for flesh trade

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgKolkata: Eight persons, including two customers, were apprehended on Tuesday night from a brothel which used to operate in disguise of a luxurious spa.Out of the three girls who were engaged in the business two are from Thailand. According to sources, on Tuesday evening the anti-human trafficking squad of Kolkata Police got a source information about a sex racket being operated under the banner of a spa identified as The Thai Retreat. Based on the information, police raided the spa located at 56 Sarat Bose Road in Ballygunge area and found two customers in compromising position with two girls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the raid, police found two girls from Thailand who were brought as sex workers. It is alleged that a businessman who went to Thailand sometimes before proposed the Thai girls who used to work in a spa to come to Kolkata and work here. As per the contract two Thai girls came to the city in tourist visa and were allegedly engaged as sex workers. Apart from the two customers, the manager, assistant manager and a pimp was were also arrested on Tuesday night. However, police came to know that there are several spa and beauty parlours are running across the city which run sex rackets. Thai girls working as sex workers is a new trend which was completely unknown to the police. After finding out the details, police are checking with the spas in the city in order to put an end to flesh trade.last_img read more


Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_imgGHOSTBUSTERS 3 IS MOST LIKELY BRINGING BACK ANNIE POTTS AS JANINE MELNITZAnnie Potts coyly admits to having a role in Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters 3 in a new interview. The actress played Janine Melnitz in the original Ghostbusters and the sequel, voiced the character in a video game, and made a cameo in the 2016 reboot with the rest of the surviving cast. Fans of the franchise have been wondering which members of the original cast will be coming back for the highly anticipated sequel after Reitman teased fans by letting them know the entire original cast has read his script last weekend at Ghostbusters Fan Fest. READ MOREBILL MURRAY AND SIGOURNEY WEAVER HAVE READ THE GHOSTBUSTERS 3 SCRIPTLast weekend’s Ghostbusters Fan Fest provided us with a number of useful little tidbits about the much-anticipated Ghostbusters 3. Most exciting for a franchise fan like me was the revelation that director Jason Reitman had secured the original dailies of the 1984 shoot, clips of which were played to a clearly delighted audience. But there was one bit of extremely positive news that’s certain to raise the spirits of longtime followers: the return of much of the original cast. READ MORE‘GHOSTBUSTERS’ 2020 SEQUEL IS BRINGING BACK AT LEAST 3 ORIGINAL BUSTERS1984 called. They want all original Ghostbusters actors back for the new movie.Whoa-ho-somebody’s coming! After having a series of cameos as new characters in the 2016 Ghostbusters remake, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, and Dan Aykroyd are apparently all returning to their original roles for the 2020 Ghostbusters movie that is just a straight-up sequel to the two buster films from 1984 and 1989.“It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again!” Sigourney Weaver told Parade Magazine last week and confirmed that she will, once again, be playing Dana Barret in the new Ghostbusters written and directed by Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters director, Ivan Reitman. Back in January, a new teaser trailer dropped for the new Ghostbusters, featuring classic Ecto-1 car being spookily discovered in a barn, somewhere. READ MORE Advertisement BIG MOVIE: DAN AYKROYD, BILL MURRAY & SIGOURNEY WEAVER JOIN GHOSTBUSTERS 3 FILMING IN CALGARY THIS SUMMERGhostbusters 3 is not a reboot. It’s a followup of the original films with Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver reprising their roles.Ghostbusters 3 films in Calgary this summer.Filming dates: July 15th to October 10th. Advertisement Login/Register With: Thirty years after the events of Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters 2, a family moves back home to a small town where they learn more about who they are. READ MORESIGOURNEY WEAVER CONFIRMS SHE’LL APPEAR IN ‘GHOSTBUSTERS 3’ ALONG WITH OTHER ORIGINAL STARSWhen Ghostbusters 3 arrives in theaters next summer, Sigourney Weaver will be along for the ride. The actress confirmed she’ll join co-stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in the sequel, as she reprises her role as cellist Dana Barrett.“It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again!” Weaver told Parade magazine in a lengthy feature about her life and career. READ MOREcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Top federal officials aiming to woo First Nation leaders on pipeline projects

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Several top federal officials are planning to meet with senior First Nations leaders in British Columbia later this month in an attempt to break an impasse over planned major pipeline projects facing resistance from Indigenous communities in the province, according to a letter obtained by APTN National News.Deputy ministers from seven departments are requesting a meeting Sept. 23 with Grand Chief Edward John, who heads the First Nations Summit, B.C. Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould and Union BC Indian Chiefs president Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.The officials looking to meet with the First Nations leaders include the deputy ministers of aboriginal affairs, natural resources, fisheries and oceans, transport, environment, western economic diversification and employment and social development.Two major pipeline projects, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain pipeline, face major resistance from First Nations people and communities. Both pipelines are slated to pump tar sands bitumen from Alberta to the B.C. coast.Impetus for the meeting appears to stem from discussions initiated by Douglas Eyford, who was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper this past march as a Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure with a mandate to smooth the way for First Nations buy-in on pipeline projects.“Mr. Eyford’s discussions to date with British Columbia First Nations have highlighted the importance of engagement between senior government officials and First Nations,” wrote Serge Dupont, deputy minister for natural resources, in a letter to one of the three First Nations leaders invited to the meeting. “Including initiatives to strengthen environmental protection improve marine and pipeline safety and enhance Aboriginal participation in resource development.”According to Dupont’s letter, federal officials hope the meeting will lead to build “common ground” and “pursue shared opportunities and interests.”Dupont’s letter, however, makes clear the meetings are not meant as consultation on any planned energy project.The meeting is tentatively set to run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will be held on the sixth floor of Aboriginal Affairs’ Vancouver office building.“The purpose of the meeting would be to engage in dialogue with you and your key council members to better understand the issues and priorities of our communities in respect of proposed or future resource and infrastructure development opportunities,” wrote Dupont, in the Sept. 9 dated read more

Aimia suddenly suspends dividends following Air Canadas decision to severe ties

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

MONTREAL — Aimia Inc. is immediately suspending all dividends on common and preferred shares, including previously declared payments that were to be made at the end of this month.Shares in Aimia were down 10 per cent at $1.70 in morning trading Wednesday.The Montreal-based company runs Aeroplan and other customer reward programs for various businesses including Air Canada, its original customer.Aimia says the dividend suspension is required following Air Canada’s decision to stop using Aeroplan and launch its own customer reward program in 2020.Why investors should be wary of doubling down on these five losing stocksAimia shares soar 20% after CEO says Aeroplan operator can make it without Air CanadaFive things you should know about Aeroplan points and Air Canada’s new loyalty programThat announcement sparked a major decline for Aimia shares, which closed at $1.89 on Tuesday, worth less than one-quarter what they were worth prior to May 10.Aimia says a capital impairment test required by the Canada Business Corporations Act prevents it from paying the dividends, even though it has the liquidity to do so.“Our business continues to perform well and generate strong free cash flow,” executive chairman Robert Brown said in a statement.Shareholders who are entitled to previously declared dividends may be paid at a future date.Aimia says it’s actively working on forming new long-term relationships for the period after Air Canada departs and is making progress on cutting $70 million of costs from its business.The company also announced Wednesday that it will reduce the size of its board of directors to nine members, from 12.It says Joanne Ferstman, Alan Rossy and Beth Horowitz have resigned as directors. read more

Bolivian president visits Russia to discuss expanding ties

Posted On Oct 7 2019 by

MOSCOW — Bolivian leader Evo Morales has visited Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on expanding economic ties.Speaking after talks in the Kremlin Thursday, Putin hailed the “strategic co-operation” between the two countries, including Russia’s investment in Bolivia’s natural gas fields and a project to build a Russian research nuclear reactor in the country.He said Russian companies are considering investments in lithium mining in Bolivia and plan to participate in the planned reconstruction of Santa Cruz airport.Both leaders noted that they have similar views on international issues and underlined their shared emphasis on respect for sovereignty and opposition to unilateral sanctions.Morales praised Putin for leading global efforts to “protect international order, oppose use of force in international affairs and prevent interference into other nations’ internal affairs.”The Associated Press read more

Central African Republic Security Council reiterates call for national talks

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

In a Presidential statement read out by French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte, the Council called on the Central African authorities to follow internationally accepted standards for due process in the course of investigations and court trials of individuals involved in the coup attempt last May. “These procedures should be transparent and should not be allowed to aggravate inter-ethnic relations” in the country, he said. “The refugees who left the country after the failed coup should be able to return in safety without fear of persecution on ethnic basis.” The Council also underlined the need to continue restructuring the country’s armed forces “to enable them to fulfil their role effectively, loyally and impartially in the service of the Central African people,” Ambassador Levitte said, recalling the importance of implementing an effective arms collection programme.The Council also encouraged the international community to make substantial and urgent contributions to the country’s recovery while stressing that the efficiency of such a contribution would greatly depend on the efforts of the Government itself. “The Council emphasizes that the issues of external debt and payment of arrears of salary for civil servants need to be urgently addressed,” Ambassador Levitte said.The statement also took note of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s intention, in coordination with the country’s Government, to extend and strengthen the mandate of the United Nations Bureau for the Peace-building Support Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA).In addition, the Council encouraged the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the international financial institutions to consider ways of strengthening the capacities of the Government in the management of its economic and financial affairs, including by lending high-level experts. It also urged the Bretton Woods institutions to show “exceptional solicitude” towards the Central African Republic. read more

UNESCO Director General joins others deploring murder of Congolese journalist

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today joined others who have condemned the murder earlier this month of Congolese journalist Bapuwa Mwamba.Koichiro Matsuura has asked the Congolese authorities to do everything they can to make sure this crime does not go unpunished, UNESCO said in a news release from its Paris headquarters. “I condemn the murder of Bapuwa Mwamba,” said the UNESCO chief. “At a time when the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is preparing for historic elections, it is essential to ensure the safety of media professionals because they represent one of the pillars of democracy.” Elections scheduled for 30 July will be the first the country has conducted in over four decades.The 64-year old Mr. Mwamba had worked for several Kinshasa newspapers, including the opposition daily Le Phare. He was killed in his home by three armed men during the night of 8 July. Shortly after, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUC) condemned the murder.Today, Mr. Matsuura voiced hope “that the Congolese authorities will do everything they can to find and punish those responsible for this crime.” According to Reporters without Borders, this is the second murder of a journalist in the DRC in the last eight months. Franck Kangundu, also known as “Ngyke,” a journalist from the independent daily La Référence Plus and his wife were killed outside their home in Kinshasa on 3 November 2005. read more

Apple sells over 2 million of new iPhone in China in first

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Apple sells over 2 million of new iPhone in China in first 3 days by The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2012 9:34 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Apple said Monday that it sold more than 2 million iPhone 5s in China in their first three days of availability, setting a record for that market.The iPhone 5, which launched in China on Friday, will be available in more than 100 countries by the end of December.The phone first went on sale on Sept. 21 in the U.S., Germany, France, Japan and five other countries, with more than 5 million sold in the first three days.That also set a record, but it only beat last year’s iPhone 4S launch by a small margin, falling short of some analysts’ expectations. Apple shares hit an all-time high of $705.07 that day, but in the months since the stock has plunged about 28 per cent.On Sunday, Citi analyst Glen Yeung cut his rating for the company to “Neutral” from “Buy,” questioning the strength of iPhone 5 demand and saying that it’s unlikely Apple shares will rally any time soon.Apple Inc. shares fell $6.85 to $502.94 in premarket trading Monday. read more

Judge approves Rhode Island settlement over 38 Studios

Posted On Oct 3 2019 by

Judge approves Rhode Island settlement over 38 Studios by The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2017 8:58 am MDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A federal judge has approved a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over Rhode Island’s failed $75 million deal with the videogame company owned by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.Under the settlement approved Monday by U.S. District Judge Jack McConnell, the state’s economic development agency will pay a $50,000 penalty. It did not admit wrongdoing.Schilling’s 38 Studios moved from Massachusetts to Rhode Island for a $75 million state loan guarantee, then went bankrupt.The SEC lawsuit alleged the state agency and Wells Fargo Securities made misleading statements about bonds used to fund the deal.The lawsuit is still pending against Wells Fargo and one of its employees. They have disputed the allegations and said no investors were harmed. read more

Everything Went Right For The 2018 Red Sox Are The Champs Destined

Posted On Sep 29 2019 by

It’s hard to imagine things going more right for the Boston Red Sox than they did last season. Boston jumped out to a scorching 17-2 start, was 38 games over .500 by the All-Star break, posted the most regular-season wins (108) by an MLB team in 17 years, and then steamrolled through the playoffs with an 11-3 postseason record en route to a World Series title. Statistically, it was probably the most impressive performance any major team had in 2018.1Among teams for which we had have game-by-game Elo ratings and predictions — in men’s pro and college football and basketball and Major League Baseball.But now the calendar has flipped to 2019, and as spring training warms up for the Sox in Fort Myers, Florida, Boston must focus on defending its crown — and staving off the inevitable regression that comes in the wake of a season as charmed as the one the Red Sox just enjoyed.As a rule, clubs that win a crazy number of ballgames in one season tend to come back down to earth quickly in the next. Of the 32 teams that cracked the century mark in wins (per 162 games)2We’re including teams in strike-shortened seasons — like the 1994 Montreal Expos — whose wins would prorate out to at least 100. since 1990, 28 had an inferior record the next year,3One team — the 101-win 2003 Yankees — compiled the same number of wins the next season. and 24 failed to return to the 100-win club. (Thirteen failed to break even 95 wins.) On average, these 32 triple-digit winners declined by 9.6 wins the following season. And the Red Sox could be running out of time to make the most of their current core. By 2021, Betts, Bradley, Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts and Rick Porcello (plus potentially Martinez, who has an opt-out clause) will have all hit free agency. And team president Dave Dombrowski built 2018’s champion in part by bucking MLB’s prospect-hoarding trend and emptying out the farm system’s next generation in favor of short-term wins, so reinforcements aren’t exactly on the way.The result of Dombrowski’s moves was a championship, and one of baseball’s all-time great single season performances, so I’m pretty sure it was worth it. The question now is how steep the drop-off will be in 2019 — and beyond. In many ways, Boston caught lightning in a bottle last season, enjoying the kind of magical year that comes along only once every decade or so. But if history is any guide, the follow-up will have trouble coming close to matching the original. Red Sox15649567+136744110 Rays15278676+5042153 TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Yankees15669567+13774%41%10% Blue Jays14837587-521331 Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Teams that won substantially more than 100 games have tended to regress even harder. The 2002 Mariners, for example, won “only” 93 games after the 2001 squad tied a major league record with 116 wins; the 1999 Yankees won 98 a year after the team took home 114. The inescapable truth is that few major league teams actually have 100 wins of “true talent” on their rosters, much less 108. Most of these huge winners were aided by some not-insignificant amount of luck along the way.And it’s hard to argue that the Red Sox weren’t one of the luckier teams in baseball last season. According to the Pythagorean expectation, a team with Boston’s runs scored and allowed should have won four games fewer than it actually did. Furthermore, a team with Boston’s particular statistical profile (its singles, doubles, walks, etc. — both for and against) should have had a Pythagorean record five games worse than it actually did. Add up those two categories, and the Red Sox benefited from an MLB-high 10 extra wins of luck, whether through prevailing in the relative toss-ups of close games or through stringing hits together (or stranding opposing runners) in an unusually favorable manner.On top of all that, there’s another way a team can have everything go right for it, and that’s at the player level: Did everyone outperform their expected levels of performance at once? Injuries can often play a role here — though the Red Sox were in the middle of the pack in terms of man-games lost to the injured list. More pertinently, Boston also saw a number of players post career-best seasons last year, from American League MVP Mookie Betts (10.6 wins above replacement)4Averaging together the versions of WAR from and FanGraphs. to blockbuster free-agent signing J.D. Martinez (6.1), plus young up-and-comers such as Andrew Benintendi (4.1) and even longtime puzzles such as Eduardo Rodriguez (2.7).Altogether, 12 of Boston’s 21 regulars (those who played at least 2 percent of the team’s available playing time)5As measured by plate appearances and (leverage-adjusted) innings pitched, scaled to maintain WAR’s implicit 58/42 split between position players and pitchers. exceeded their established level of WAR, with only Jackie Bradley Jr., Eduardo Nunez and the catching tandem of Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez significantly undershooting their previous production levels during the 2018 regular season.6You could also argue that more should have been expected of Rafael Devers, who had 1.1 WAR in a partial season at age 20 in 2017 but produced only 0.5 WAR with more than double the playing time in 2018. But Devers was also only 21, playing his first season as an MLB regular.And this is to say nothing of the unexpected performances the team received in the postseason from the likes of Steve Pearce — a fizzled-out former prospect who arrived in Boston via a midseason trade and ultimately won World Series MVP — or Nathan Eovaldi, another castoff who had a 1.61 ERA in 22 1/3 postseason innings. (Or, in general, the amazingly fortuitous splits the team had in crucial playoff situations.)All of those different ingredients explain how a team that won 93 games in 2017 suddenly exploded for 108 and won the championship a year later. But again, the pull of baseball’s gravity is strong. Based on data since 1990, we’d expect a team that improved by 15 games between seasons to give back about 5.2 wins the next season. It’s just another data point to toss onto the heap of statistical indicators that foretell a decline for the Red Sox heading into 2019.The good news for Boston is that if your starting point is a 108-win team, you have a ton of room to regress and still be one of the best teams in baseball. Even if the Sox didn’t truly have 108 wins of talent on the roster last year, they still played like a 98-win team according to their underlying statistics, and almost all of that team will be back this season (with the notable exception of closer Craig Kimbrel). According to an early preseason version of our 2019 MLB projections,7Not including Tuesday’s news of Manny Machado signing with the San Diego Padres, although that move has minimal implications for the Red Sox. we rate Boston as the third-best team in baseball, with a 95-67 projected record and a 10 percent chance of repeating as champs, which is also tied for third-best in MLB.Trouble is, that might make the Red Sox only the second-best team in their own division. Our simulations consider the archrival New York Yankees just as likely as Boston to win the World Series and actually think that New York is ever-so-slightly better talent-wise. Although the Sox got the better of the Yankees last season, winning 13 of 23 games (including an August sweep and a four-game division series victory), for all intents and purposes, our projections have the two teams in an absolute dead heat as we look ahead to 2019: The Red Sox still have a Yankees problem on their handsHow our preliminary Elo ratings are forecasting the 2019 AL East race Based on 100,000 simulations of the 2019 MLB seasonSources: Baseball prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport, Caesar’s Palace Orioles142160102-1981<1<1 read more

Services at scandalhit Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals inadequate

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

A hospital trust at the centre of a maternity care scandal has been criticised by health inspectors in a new report.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) as “inadequate” in findings published on Thursday. It also found there is a “culture of bullying and harassment”, the BBC reported.The trust runs Shropshire’s two main hospitals, Telford’s Princess Royal and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.It was placed into special measures earlier in November amid a review of more than 100 cases of alleged poor maternity care.The CQC’s report says inspectors are “particularly concerned” about the trust’s emergency department and maternity services.An inspection carried out between August 21 and September 21 rated the trust as inadequate overall, having previously been rated in the “requires improvement” category. 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. Trust chief executive Simon Wright apologised for its lack of progress but urged people “not to lose sight” of things it does well.Overall, the trust’s performance was rated inadequate for whether its services are safe and well-led, “requires improvement” for the efficacy and responsiveness of services, and “good” for whether its services are caring.Professor Ted Baker, chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC, said: “While we found staff to be caring and dedicated, there is clearly much work needed at the trust to ensure care is delivered in a way that ensures people are safe.”The CQC has told the trust it must now make changes in 81 areas to boost its standard of care.This includes improving midwifery staffing levels and taking into account the findings of a review of maternity services by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.The trust should also improve how it escalates cases of women at high risk at the midwifery-led unit or day assessment unit and review its policy on reduced foetal movements for midwives and sonographers.Other required improvements cover the maintenance of safe environments, speeding up complaints handling, the secure storage of medicines and records and the administering of antibiotics for patients with suspected sepsis.The CQC said inspectors had also found some examples of “outstanding practice” in the trust’s end-of-life, maternity and critical care services.In a statement, the trust said some of the CQC concerns had been addressed through recruitment and improved reporting by its maternity services.Mr Wright said: “You cannot be unaffected by a report like this. I’m sorry and disappointed that we have not made as much progress to tackle the issues and challenges that the trust faces as we all want.”But people should not lose sight of many things that SaTH does not just well but significantly better than many other trusts around the country.”I know how hard staff are working, how passionate they are about what they do and the care they provide.”We will take to heart the CQC’s findings just as we welcome the extra support that is coming with special measures, to double down on the need to get things right and improve for the people we serve.”Senior midwife Donna Ockenden was appointed last year to review 23 cases of alleged poor maternity care at SaTH.The trust has since said it is in contact with more than 200 families – not all in relation to allegations of poor care – with some cases going back 20 to 30 years.The CQC previously said unannounced inspections of some services at the trust’s hospitals led to concerns about its reduced foetal movements guidelines at its maternity units.Inspectors also raised concerns about the trust’s urgent and emergency care, particularly with regard to the treatment and recognition of sepsis.In October, the CQC said it was taking action at the trust following inspections of its maternity and emergency departments.And in November, the trust entered special measures after Prof Baker wrote of his concerns to the chief executive of NHS Improvement. read more

SEHA begins on September 10th – Vive Kielce still in the game

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

SEHA league ← Previous Story EHF explained decisions about seeding Next Story → Euro2012 Seeding done! Group 3 and 4 most interesting! SEHA (South Eastern Handball Association) announced in Belgrade, yesterday, that Regional League consisted from five Ex-Yu countries and Slovakia will start on September 10th. Draw for the first season was held in “Holliday Inn” and gave us very interesting match in the openning round – C.O Zagreb against Serbian Partizan.Matches of Round 1:Borac Banja Luka – Vardar SkopjeLovcen – Tatran PresovCrvena zvezda – Nexe NasiceIzviđac Ljubuski – SutjeskaMetalurg Skopje – Bosna SarajevoIn few days will be known if Vive Targi Kielce, Polish vicechampion will enter this project. After Kielce lost chances to play in the EHF Champions League next year, playing in this kind of League become more than Challenge for ambitious Polish team.If they make a deal with SEHA, 14th team will be known after qualification in which will play third teams from Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia. read more

Meet Irelands Lonely Beast who teaches children their 123s

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgWhy do children love the Lonely Beast – who, on the face of it, should be quite terrifying – so much?“I think kids kind of identify with him. They like lots of bird pooping for starters, and fart noises,” deadpanned Kelleher.The “silly stuff” on this educational app makes it feel like a game rather than a chore. “If they don’t notice they’re learning, that’s brilliant,” said Kelleher. “They can focus on numbers and counting and the ABC.”We drop a lot of  things in for parents as well. I don’t think a huge amount of our age group that read our app will recognise the beast is dressed up as James Joyce. But it might lead to conversations with the kids.They launched the first app “out of disgust that there was nothing very good in that particular area”, but since then the level of quality of children’s apps has “soared”.On their first venture they were told that an Irish accent would have a negative impact on the Lonely Beast’s success. “The opposite was true,” recalled Kelleher. “We were really stubborn about it. It’s Chris’s voice, his is an Irish accent. People have responded to it really well, particularly in the US.”The app has been downloaded as far away as Mali, Nigeria, and New Zealand, showing that an Irish brogue is no impediment to international success.Though Kelleher describes their success as “a mixture of stubbornness and luck”, there’s clearly much more to it than that.For a “tiny operation” that is based in a shed, the Lonely Beast team are able to tap into what makes kids tick.There’s no formula – “it’s all very much in flux” – but that’s what makes the job so exciting. Kelleher learned to code two years ago, which perhaps adds to the newness of it all.As for the Lonely Beast himself, he’s the mysterious lumbering figure who keeps drawing people back to the books and apps.“I think you can project an awful lot of personality onto what is essentially a very simple shape of beast,” mused Kelleher.“You wonder what’s going on in his head. I think there’s an air of melancholy there, which has always been a feature of the best kids books I’ve loved.”Read: Irish ‘Lonely Beast’ app featured on US Apple TV ad> Beast Apps/YouTube)HE’S A LONG-limbed, mouthless hairy beast; he sometimes dresses like James Joyce; he farts in the bath… and children love him.This curious figure is the Lonely Beast, and he has gathered quite an international fanbase since artist Chris Judge first dreamed him up.Now, following on from a series of books, the beast is back with his second iPhone and iPad app, Lonely Beast 123, which teaches children how to count.It went straight to number one in the Kids and Education categories in the Irish app store on launch week, and named as a best new app by Apple, building on the existing success of the Lonely Beast items.The Lonely Beast teamJames Kelleher is one of the three men behind the Lonely Beast app team, alongside Chris, the creator and designer of the Lonely Beast, and Simon Judge, who creates all of the music and sound effects.The latest app was four months in the making. “Generally the way it happens is we will sit down and we’ll have an initial meeting where we throw some ideas around,” explained Kelleher.After they settle on a theme, they each go and work on their own parts: Chris does the sketches, Simon creates the music and sound effects, and James the coding. From this, a prototype emerges.To give this latest app a gentle narrative, they situated it in the Lonely Beast’s house, where children can follow him around and learn about numbers through his everyday activities.The trio rely a lot on intuition. “We go on what we hope kids will like – and we’ve been relatively lucky.” People have been amazing. We get emails from people in Japan who notice tiny little details that we sweated over in the making of the app and we assume 99 per cent of people won’t notice.last_img read more

Greek police uncover goldsmuggling organisation resulting in 59 arrests

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek authorities have managed to lift the veil on one of the greatest crime syndicates in the country to date.A gold-smuggling business that had been operating for at least three years, trafficking melted gold and silver to the Turkish black markets, was finally brought to light with 59 people found to have close ties to the organisation swiftly arrested.The pawn shops owned by TV persona Dimitris Rihardos Milonas, more commonly known as Rihardos, would buy the jewellery at a price they would determine and that differed to that set by global stock markets.The metals would then be melted into plaques and transferred over the border via tourist buses by a Syrian or a Turkish-Armenian who seemed to be leading figures within the organisation.More often than not, the drivers of these buses would be paid for their services.A total of 80 people are said to be involved in the case according to a file created by police.Authorities also confiscated a large quantity of jewellery, gold, silver, cash and armed weaponry during their search.Rihardos is reported to have been arrested at his home in the Saronida area.This is not the first time he has had a run in with authorities in Greece, also arrested in 2013 during an investigation conducted by the Financial Police Office with the case even reaching Parliament.last_img read more

Djokovic delighted with tennis fan Ronaldos presence

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgTennis’ world number one player Novak Djokovic was thrilled to see Cristiano Ronaldo in the stands for his game on MondayThe Juventus star was left out of Portugal’s squad for the current international break and has been making use of his free time by catching up on Tennis.Ronaldo was seen at the 02 Arena in London this week with his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, and oldest son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, watching Djokovic in action.And the Serb didn’t disappoint with a dominant win over American John Isner in their group stage opener of the ATP Finals.Djokovic ended up with a 6-4 6-3 win and later commented on Ronaldo being in the stands.“I had colours of his club [Juventus] on my attire tonight,” said Djokovic, according to Tennis365.“I’m sure he was happy to see that.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’s great to have big football star, a sports star like him, court-side watching tennis.“He used to come and watch a lot in Madrid [at the ATP 1000 Madrid Masters].“He used to come watch Rafa [Nadal], Roger [Federer] and myself.“He’s a fan of tennis. It’s really, really nice as he’s one of the biggest sports stars in the last decade.“It’s great for our sport to have him there.”Ronaldo will return to action for Juventus’ home game against SPAL in the Serie A on November 24.last_img read more

Natl Heritage Day events a mystery Govt gives no public notices or

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 7, 2016 – Monday is National Heritage Day, a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands yet there is no detailed public information coming from Government about the events surrounding the holiday which usually features a National Honors Ceremony and raise your flag motorcades.There are no venues, nor times, nor locations to share with you at this point.  National Heritage Day replaces Columbus Day for the second year now, and is a PNP Government initiative to elevate national pride… however, when it comes to the main festivity, there was no list of honorees issued this year but we have been informed that at least two former chief ministers will be awarded for their time in office, longevity in service.Both Oswald Skippings and Derek Taylor will be medalled on Monday at the ceremony set at Parade Grounds in Grand Turk.  The men, and likely others who will be celebrated had been informed by the Committee, which falls under the Office of the Premier, since September of their coming national prize.There had been a call since June for nominations by the Committee, chaired by Willett Swann in six categories namely:  The Order of National Hero; The Order of Turks and Caicos Islands; The Patriotic Award; The Long Service Medal; The Meritorious Award and the National Young Achievers Medal. Related Items:both skippings and taylor will medalled at the national heroes day festivities, no venue-time – or location for national heroes day celebration as yet Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

High school students compete in Rotary Club 33 Speech Contest

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSome local teens took on the challenge of public speaking under some big pressure Thursday.High school students competed in the 4th round of the San Diego Rotary Club’s 33rd Speech Contest.Participants selected a topic they are passionate about, along with guidelines set by the Rotary Club.The purpose is to inspire the kids to have the courage to speak in front of a group and build confidence. Posted: April 26, 2018 High school students compete in Rotary Club 33 Speech Contest Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom April 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

LANY Is The Modern Thoughtful Pop Group The World Needs Right Now

Posted On Sep 12 2019 by

first_imgWhen you first started you toured in support of artists like Ellie Goulding and Troye Sivan, and pretty quickly you started headlining shows yourselves. What was the biggest change you felt, and what did learn touring with artists of those followings? Paul: The first show we ever played was our own show, so that’s cool. It was amazing and we learned a lot just from that show alone. Then the next few shows after that were maybe right off the bat with this girl named Tove Styrke. Then we did SXSW.So it was a mix, but supporting an artist teaches you how to be in a room and nobody’s really there for you. We’ve got to showcase who we are. We’ve got 25 minutes pretty much to make them never forget the night they saw us play.Jake: Being in an arena and nobody knows who you are is pretty intense.Paul: Yeah. Then also a lot of times it’s half empty because they’re going to be for the main act.We had such a good time on all of those tours because there’s something to learn in each one. There’s one time we went on tour with a band when we were experiencing a lot of growth as a group. It was weird. As the support act, a lot of people were coming for us, so we learned how to deal with that, where a lot of people were in the room for us, but we only had 20 minutes. We learned so much.Then there was times we went on tour with a band that they’re the kind of band that everyone shows up late to even the main act. There was one person in Saskatchewan that we played just to them. I feel like we have played every kind of show there’s ever been and we know how to get through it and make it awesome. Cuco Announces Valentine’s Day Tour, Unveils New VideoRead more LANY Is The Modern, Thoughtful Pop Group The World Needs Right Now Facebook Twitter Do you feel like you play the same show for one person versus a sold-out crowd?Paul: Yeah, oh yeah.Jake: I wish we had videotape of Paul.Paul: Always shirts off. One guy in the crowd, shirt’s off, standing on the kick drum.Where you feel most creatively inspired by in L.A.?Jake: By the ocean.Paul: I was going to say that, yeah. We lived in Malibu for a long time. We all recently just moved out. I haven’t seen the water for a week or so. When I went up there, I was like, “Oh my god, I’ve missed the water,” because we used to see it 100 times a day. I would never write a song on the beach, I don’t think. But I love to drive, it puts me in a nice space.If you could say anything to your fans, what would you say?Paul: Thank you so much. There’s some fans tonight that I ran into at another friend’s show maybe two weeks ago. But they’ve been to 10 LANY shows. That’s so cool. You start to really see these people grow up with you. You see them bring their friends. That’s what’s cool about playing in L.A. and being here and being an L.A. band, you see a lot of these L.A. kids that have been coming to your shows since 2015.To the ones that have been with us forever, thank you so much. To the ones that are just coming here off Malibu Nights, it feels so good to have you. We’re going to do this for a while and give you everything we’ve got.center_img News Email LANY Talk Growth, Fan Appreciation & More lany-modern-thoughtful-pop-group-world-needs-right-now In an exclusive interview, frontman Paul Klein shares: “I think we’re very 2018, but we’re very also 2028″Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 25, 2018 – 7:31 am Paul Klein, Jake Goss and Les Priest, the three men of L.A.-based chill-pop outfit LANY, look like the kind of guys you would want to kick it with (and take you thrift shopping). Klein, who leads with vocals, piano and guitar, is wearing a vintage “Sopranos” T-shirt (which he later changed for the show) with several ’90s throwback ball-chain necklaces and his bleached hair tying his cool-casual look together. Goss, who plays the drums, is also wearing a graphic T-shirt (it reads “support your friends”), and Priest, who plays keyboards and guitar, has opted for a black T-shirt with ripped jeans and vintage white loafers.The guys are clearly all good friends and are excited about the music they’re making together. They’ve seen a fast and steady rise from zero followers to earning over 4.5 million views on YouTube for “Malibu Nights,” the title track of their sophomore album released on Oct. 5, 2018.They proudly put heart and soul into their fresh brand of pop music, which I recently witnessed during their show at the GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater. As I watched, I noticed how LANY went out of their way to connect with the audience, making them a heartfelt, modern boy band with the sort of positive energy the world could really use today. As Klein shared, “I don’t think that we’re very trendy in the way that we approach our music. I think we’re very 2018, but we’re very also 2028.”Below, LANY expand further on their journey as a group, and open up about touring, love songs, their biggest inspirations (they love Coldplay) and more.You guys formed LANY in Nashville, then moved to L.A. How did you meet and why was Los Angeles your home?Paul: I met Jake at a YMCA through a mutual friend in Nashville. I moved to L.A. without even talking to these guys at all, about being in the band or making music. Then they started this duo called “WRLDS,” and I thought it was sick. I was like, “Well, can I fly back to Nashville and write a song with you guys and maybe we could start a band, too?” I flew there March of 2014. We wrote and recorded our first two songs, put them on the internet, and then things started taking off. We put out “I Love You So Bad.” Then that’s when they’re like, “Okay we’re moving to L.A. and we’re going to actually do this thing through.”So you tested things out and then decided “Okay, we’re doing this”?Paul: It wasn’t really a test. We just wanted to make some songs and be a band. I don’t think we ever thought anything was actually going to come of it. Then it just started getting bigger and bigger. Our whole goal we started the band was like, “One day what if we can maybe play South By Southwest?” That was our loftiest dream and then we played SXSW within our first ten shows as a band.How did it feel once you started getting that positive reception? Paul: In the beginning, we had emails from record labels within the first week of putting out our songs, but we had zero followers, seriously. We all followed our band account on Instagram, but nobody else did. We seriously put out those songs to pretty much nobody. We were getting those emails and I think at first, it was, “Wow, it’s so cool.” This was back in the day when music blogs were still pretty fiery. People would read them and they’d write about us. It was so cool to read what other people would say about your music. “Oh my god, they really think that about us?”Again, the beginning was all really fun. It still is really fun, but now the more people you reach, the more, you know. We always know that we’re doing really well and when people start talking really bad about us, that’s a good sign. But we’ve reached a lot of people.You just released your sophomore album, Malibu Nights, this past October. How do you feel you’ve changed since releasing your debut LP last year?Paul: I hope that we’re always growing and trying new things and stretching ourselves. I think we definitely did that with this album. If you were to look at our growth over the years, it’s just been a steady incline. I think we’re twice as big or three times as big as we were last year. We measure that stuff. If you were to look at LANY like a stock, it’d be the one you’d want to put your money in because it’s always like that. It’s just steady.You have a few more than zero followers now.Paul: Yeah, it’s no ups or downs really. It’s just been all steady. I figure that’s probably how it’s going to keep going as long as we keep doing what we do and staying true to who we are.You’re going to be touring the world in 2019 with your new music. What songs are you most excited to play? What are you most excited about with this tour?Paul: We did a mini tour called The Moon Tour where we played, I think, seven cities in Europe and seven or six in America, so we know what these songs off the album feel like to play live.”Thru These Tears” is always really special because of the song and also because of where it sits in the set. By the time we play “Thru These Tears,” we pretty much have everyone in the palm of our hand. Then everyone else feels like they’re in the palm of everyone else’s hand in the room. Everyone feels like a big family by the time we get to that part. That’s always so much fun to play and a really powerful moment in the set.Have you had fans reach out about your songs having a personal impact on them?Paul: All the time. We get comments like, “This song saved my life,” or “This song got me through this season,” or “You make me feel not alone.” I think a lot of people find themselves in the people that they look up to. I had that growing up and would associate myself with bands, and then my friends who listened to that band and then you dress like that band. I think it’s really cool that we can be that for people on a daily basis.Who are your biggest influences in music, in fashion, in general?Paul: I think it’s changing all the time. It sounds silly, but I can be inspired by anyone or anything. I think we’re at such a lucky time in life, 2018, where you can be exposed to pretty much everything instantaneously. I’m inspired and influenced by everything around me that’s happening right now, but then growing up, of course, I had my favorites, like John Mayer was my favorite artist and still really is. I think he’s one of the greatest songwriters of our generation.Then this new Coldplay documentary came out. They’re so cool. They’re such a global band. They’re in stadiums literally in every city in the world. We’ve always looked up to them.That’s what we aspire to be, is a band that can be in arenas in every city in the world. We take our live show and our tours very seriously. We play a lot of shows. I think that’s why we’re here today is because we put on a pretty damn good show.So what’s your favorite Coldplay song of all time?Jake: “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.”Paul: I bet I could name both of theirs. “Strawberry Swing”?Les: Yeah, that’s the one. Dang.Paul: It’s really hard to say. Then after the documentary, of course, I listened to their whole discography. I’d have to say “In My Place.”Jake: I actually went back and listened to Ghost Stories because it came out around the same time that we started.Paul: “Magic” came out when we were writing “Walk Away.”Jake: I associate that record with our beginning so much.A lot of your music is about love and relationships. What do each of you think is the best love song ever? Paul: Every song’s a love song, right?Jake: Any Beatles song. Gosh, I don’t know.Les: Who did “Isn’t She Lovely”?Jake: Stevie Wonder.Les: “Isn’t She Lovely” is such a good song.Paul: I don’t know. That’s impossible. [Laughs.] I think that’s impossible.Do you see yourselves as a modern boy band? How would you describe LANY? Paul: I would never push our band on anyone. I think maybe one of the best things about us is that we are just LANY. LANY’s starting to become its own adjective, if that makes sense.Our songs come from a very honest place. I feel like we communicate our message pretty clearly. I think we pick our sounds really well. Hopefully, they’re songs that people don’t ever really get tired of, they can always come back to.I don’t think that we’re very trendy in the way that we approach our music. I think we’re very 2018, but we’re very also 2028. I don’t think that what you’re listening to now you will be, “Ah, I can’t listen to that anymore. It feels gimmicky.”last_img read more

Catalans to hold general strike as crisis deepens

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgSome 500 people demonstrate in Perpignan on 2 October 2017 to protest against police violence during a banned independence referendum in the Catalan region in Spain. Photo: AFPLarge numbers of Catalans are expected to observe a general strike on Tuesday to condemn police violence at a banned weekend referendum on independence, as Madrid comes under growing international pressure to resolve its worst political crisis in decades. Flights and train services could be disrupted as well as port operations, after unions called for the stoppage to “vigorously condemn” the police response to the poll, in which Catalonia’s leader said 90 percent of voters backed independence from Spain.Barcelona’s public universities are expected to join the strike, as is the contemporary art museum, football club FC Barcelona and the Sagrada Familia, the basilica designed by Antoni Gaudi and one of the city’s most popular tourist sites.“I am convinced that this strike will be widely followed,” Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said ahead of the protest.The central government has vowed to stop the wealthy northeastern region, which accounts for a fifth of Spain’s GDP, breaking away from Spain and has dismissed Sunday’s poll as unconstitutional and a “farce”.Violent scenes played out in towns and cities across the region on Sunday as riot police moved in on polling stations to stop people from casting their ballots, in some cases charging with batons and firing rubber bullets to disperse crowds.UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he was “very disturbed” by the unrest while EU President Donald Tusk urged Madrid to avoid “further use of violence”.The European Parliament will hold a special debate on Wednesday on the issue.“We call on all relevant players to now move very swiftly from confrontation to dialogue. Violence can never be an instrument in politics,” European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said, breaking weeks of virtual EU silence on the Catalan issue.Residents in many cities briefly stopped work at midday on Monday and descended onto the streets in silent, solemn protest.In Barcelona, municipal police said about 15,000 people stopped traffic as they rallied, many draped in the blue, yellow and red Estelada flag used by Catalan separatists, shouting “the streets will always be ours”.“This was the norm under Franco!” the crowd chanted, referring to former dictator Francisco Franco whose 1939-75 regime repressed Catalan language and culture.Emergency talksThe government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy held emergency talks after Puigdemont declared Sunday that Catalonia had “won the right to an independent state”.Puigdemont has appealed for international mediation to help solve the crisis and called for police deployed to Catalonia from other parts of Spain for the vote to be removed.The regional government said 2.26 million people took part in the poll, or just over 42 percent of the electorate.But any attempt to unilaterally declare independence is likely to be opposed not just by Madrid but also a large section of the Catalan population, a region of 7.5 million people that is deeply split on the issue.Puigdemont has said he will now present the results to the region’s parliament, where separatist lawmakers hold a majority, and which has the power to adopt a motion of independence.The Catalan leader said close to 900 people had received medical attention, though regional authorities confirmed a total of 92 injured. Four were hospitalised, two in serious condition.Videos posted on social media showed police dragging voters from polling stations by their hair, throwing people down stairs and attacking Catalan firefighters protecting polling stations.Magdalena Clarena Dabant, a 70-year-old grandmother, described a “brutal” incident when she decided to join “passive resistance” in her village to prevent the Guardia Civil police from seizing a ballot box.“To stop them, many voters sat on the floor, I sat on a chair. They told me to go away, I responded I wouldn’t move.“They grabbed me by the arm, strongly, and I fell on the floor. In hospital they told me I had the wrist broken.”last_img read more