Whale movements giving officials hope for survival of wayward beluga

first_imgCACOUNA, Qc – Officials involved with the rescue of a wayward beluga whale earlier this month in northern New Brunswick are cautiously optimistic for its future.The beluga, which is about two metres long, was captured in the Nepisiquit River on June 15 — where it was alone — and transported to Quebec where it was released near Cacouna in the St. Lawrence Estuary.The whale was outfitted with a satellite tracking device so officials could monitor its movements.Marie-Eve Muller of the Quebec City-based Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals says that over the last few days the whale has been near Trois-Pistoles.The area is heavily frequented by belugas, giving hope to researchers that the beluga is in communication and perhaps even in physical contact with other members of its species.The population of the St. Lawrence belugas has been declining since the early 2000s and it’s believed there are fewer than 900 of them still in existence.They were placed on the endangered species list last fall.last_img read more

Arrest made in robbery of elderly woman at Ontario ATM

first_imgNEWMARKET, Ont. – Police in York Region north of Toronto have arrested a 35-year-old Sudbury, Ont., man in connection with the violent robbery of an elderly woman at an ATM machine on July 31.Video released by police shows the 81-year-old woman withdrawing cash from the machine in Aurora, Ont., and once the transaction is complete, a man tried to grab her money.The woman resisted, she was shoved to the floor, and the man grabbed her cash and ran away.The victim was taken to hospital suffering from non-life threatening injuries.Police say the they received a large number of tips from the public and made an arrest on Wednesday night at a residence in Aurora.Terrence Rocks is charged with robbery and is scheduled to appear in court in Newmarket, Ont., on August 8.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant Joins GamePlan4Me MultiPlatform Initiative

first_imgMobile app and interactive website GamePlan4Me.com has announced that Kobe Bryant, NBA champion, has added his personal story to those of other accomplished athletes on the site.Featuring videos from leading athletes sharing their strategies for success in competition and in life, GamePlan4Me encourages visitors to create their own plans that will prepare them for the expected and the unexpected in their careers, personal lives and health.Over the past two weeks, President Barack Obama applauded the success of GamePlan4Me on a national radio show, plus pro baseball player CC Sabathia and TV sports analyst and Super Bowl champion Keyshawn Johnson have brought the site to the attention of an ever-growing audience. In addition to the athletes’ videos, the online and mobile experience includes interactive games, facts on health topics and links to informational sites.Professional football players Will Allen, Stevie Brown, Jonathan Casillas, Kurt Coleman, Jermichael Finley, Paris Lenon and O’Brien Schofield have joined GamePlan4Me this week to share their personal stories. They added their insights to those of other Olympic and sports champions from track, golf, football and basketball including: Tamika Catchings, Victor Cruz, Mark Herzlich, Dikembe Mutombo, Sanya Richards-Ross, Bill Walton and Michelle Wie. Since its launch, participating athletes have been tweeting about GamePlan4Me and the social media campaign will continue.George Pyne, business leader and entrepreneur, David Kristal, founder and chief executive officer of Augeo, and Juan Sabater, Latino entrepreneur, are leading GamePlan4Me, a non-political, private initiative and collaboration among athletes, sports executives and industry leaders.“We are thrilled that more athletes are sharing their personal stories about how having a game plan has been vital in their lives, especially for their careers, health and wellness,” commented Kristal. “Our hope is to encourage young Americans to learn about and embrace the importance of health care planning and coverage. Participating athletes sharing their ‘game planning’ anecdotes greatly help us to advance our efforts.”GamePlan4Me is adding more athletes each week and will also soon add the ability for users to upload their own game plan videos. To view the personal video stories from these athletes about their game plans, visit www.GamePlan4Me.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Remembrance Day in pictures

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore than 50,000 people attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.Just down the street was another gathering of veterans.These were First Nation, Metis and Inuit men and women who fought for Canada in various wars.Here are some of the sights and sounds from both ceremonies.last_img

Odisha: HRD Ministry extends JEE-Advanced registration deadline for cyclone-hit state

first_imgNew Delhi: The HRD Ministry Tuesday announced an extension of deadline for JEE-Advanced registration by five days for students from cyclone-hit Odisha.The decision was taken following a request from Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The HRD Ministry has also directed IIT Bhubaneswar to help the aspirants from Odisha for online registration as it has fully functional internet connection. “I am happy to announce that students from #Odisha appearing for #JEE (Advanced) 2019 will get an extension of 5 days till May 14 for their registration. A decision to this effect was taken following the request of #Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik @Naveen_Odisha,” Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”@IITBhubaneswar will help the #JEE (Advanced) aspirants in #Odisha for online registration as it has fully functional internet connection. As declared earlier #JEE (Advanced) for all students across the country will be held on May 27, 2019,” he added. Mobile networks in Odisha remained affected following Cyclone Fani. In a letter to Javadekar, Patnaik had urged the Centre to extend the registration date for the JEE (Advanced) for admission to prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Last week, the HRD Ministry had postponed the medical entrance exam-NEET, in view of rehabilitation work in the state which has been affected by Cyclone Fani. While JEE-Mains is conducted for admission to engineering colleges across the country, JEE-Advanced is for the ones seeking admission to IITs. It is mandatory to clear the JEE-Mains to be eligible to appear for JEE-Advanced.last_img read more

Afghanistan Iran and Pakistan agree to strengthen counternarcotics efforts – UN

Senior officials from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have agreed to work more closely to stop the threat of drug trafficking along their common borders, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which hosted their meeting, announced today.In a joint statement, the ministers of public security and counter-narcotics from the three countries expressed their intention to take action to reduce the threat posed by Afghanistan’s opium. “This transnational threat requires a cooperative solution,” they said.UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa hailed the meeting as a turning point in the fight against Afghanistan’s drug problem.“The very fact that these ministers and senior officials turned up and agreed [to] a joint statement is a strong political signal of their desire to work together to fight a common problem. This increases the chances of containing the problem at its epicentre,” Mr. Costa said. The three countries agreed to take steps to improve border management by building more physical barriers, boosting law enforcement capacity, launching joint counter-narcotic operations, improving communication, and increasing intelligence-sharing about trafficking routes, traffickers, suspicious shipments and other activities, UNODC said.The ministers and officials also agreed to focus not only on trafficking, but on all aspects of the drug economy, the agency said. This includes stopping the diversion and smuggling of precursor chemicals used to make drugs, locating and destroying drug labs, tackling corruption which facilitates the drug business, and halting the laundering of drug money.They also urged countries where opiates are consumed, particularly the European Union and the Russian Federation, to assume their share of responsibility by curbing the demand that is fuelling the opium trade.They called on States where precursor chemicals are produced to tighten their procedures to prevent diversion of substances that are essential for producing heroin from opium poppy. As the opium problem is best controlled at the source, chemical precursors should likewise be controlled first and foremost where they are produced.The senior delegates from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan agreed to hold policy-level coordination meetings at least every six months and technical-level exchanges every three months, UNODC said, predicting that this should improve operational contacts that can stem the flow of drug trafficking from Afghanistan.“UNODC is proud to have brokered this process which can help solve the world’s biggest drug control problem,” said Mr. Costa. He urged the three countries to build on the goodwill evident at the Vienna meeting and pledged his Office’s continued support for the process. 12 June 2007Senior officials from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have agreed to work more closely to stop the threat of drug trafficking along their common borders, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which hosted their meeting, announced today. read more

Violence continues to claim lives in Somali capital UN says

Dozens more were wounded in the 2 to 3 March fighting between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and insurgents.Since 1 February, nearly 26,000 people have been forced to escape violence in the capital, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The agency continues to register new Somali refugees in neighbouring Kenya. Just this week, 900 Somalis were registered as they entered the country, on top of the more than 8,000 who have been registered since the start of the year.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that following six consecutive seasons of below-average rainfall in the Galgaduud region of central Somalia, pastoralists have lost their livestock and are travelling to urban areas in search of assistance. They have little food and cannot sell their remaining livestock, which are in no condition to be sold. Further, the Office reported, insecurity has thwarted access to those in need of humanitarian aid.On the health front, the second round of a UN-backed health campaign aiming to reach 430,000 children under the age of five and 480,000 women of child-bearing age began this week in southern Somalia.The start of the latest Child Health Days – which will also provide nutritional screenings and immunizations against measles and polio – was pushed back by three months due to funding shortages, and there are concerns that insecurity will prevent children from accessing the campaign.For its part, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners have distributed almost 500 metric tons of food to 61,000 people in the self-declared autonomous region of Somaliland. 5 March 2010The ongoing clashes in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, continue to spark the concern of the United Nations, which reported today that violence this week claimed some 35 lives. read more

Resolute to shut down Bowater paper mill in Nova Scotia

BROOKLYN, N.S. — Resolute Forest Products says a struggling paper mill on Nova Scotia’s south shore will be closed indefinitely.The company announced Friday that the Bowater Mersey facility in Brooklyn will be idled starting on Sunday because it is unable to compete as prices decline in export markets.About 320 workers at the mill and associated woodlands will be affected by the indefinite shut downIn December, Premier Darrell Dexter announced a $25-million forgivable loan to the firm in $5-million yearly portions. On Thursday, he said that money to the to keep the mill’s two paper machines operating and to help the company make efficiency improvements and upgrade a power plant hasn’t been spent yet.The company says about 320 workers at the mill and associated woodlands will be affected by the indefinite shut down.A sawmill owned by the company at nearby Oakill and the Brooklyn Power Corp. are also affected by the shut down.The company said it is looking at the feasibility of selling all of its assets in Nova Scotia, including the paper mill, sawmill and Brooklyn Power.[np-related]Company spokesman Seth Kursman acknowledged that workers made sacrifices to try and save the mill as they agreed to wage concessions as the province offered financial assistance.“Everything that was really in the direct control of the people here, of government, of stakeholders across the board, people did, they stepped up and it makes the situation that much more frustrating,” he said in an interview.The plant was initially scheduled to shut down Sunday for about two weeks. It was also idled last month, the latest in a series of scheduled down times for the mill since December.Late last year, unionized workers at the mill voted to cut 110 jobs in an effort to reduce labour costs and help save the operation.Dexter said a continued erosion of the pulp and paper market is not helping the forestry sector, which is being flooded by cheaper products from European mills.Don MacKenzie of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada said the indefinite closure is a blow to the area, which has relied heavily on jobs at the mill during its more than 70 years of operation.“It’s just got to be devastating to the members I represent, to the community,” he said. “It’s a sad day for the people of Liverpool and it will obviously have an impact to many spin-off jobs in the province, and it’s simply another reflection of the turbulent times in the pulp and paper industry.”The lifeline thrown to the company in December by the province was valued at a total of $50-million. In addition to the $25-million forgivable loan, the province also spent $23.75-million to buy about 10,120 hectares of woodland from the company.Another $1.5-million was offered over three years to train workers. So far, $605,000 has been spent on training to improve safety, efficiency and production, said a spokeswoman with the Department of Economic Development.Dexter defended the deal on Thursday, saying he wasn’t prepared to give up on the plant.“What would you do? You’re going to walk away from the jobs of thousands of people? I think that would just be wrong,” he said. read more

ICE Futures Canada Friday morning Canola prices higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Friday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $2.80 higher $500.40; Jan. ’18 $2.80 higher $505.70; March ’18 $2.90 higher $509.60; May ’18 $3.40 higher $513.20; July ’18 $2.90 higher $514.80; Nov. ’18 unchanged $478.00; Jan. ’19 unchanged $478.80; March ’19 unchanged $481.50; May ’19 unchanged $481.50; July ’19 unchanged $481.50; Nov. ’19 unchanged $481.50.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $141.00; March ’18 unchanged $141.00; May ’18 unchanged $141.00; July ’18 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $141.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $141.00; March ’19 unchanged $141.00; May ’19 unchanged $141.00; July ’19 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $141.00. read more

ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Thursday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close WedNov. 487.10 491.50 486.80 488.60 487.10Jan. ’18 493.60 497.90 493.60 495.00 493.80March 500.30 503.60 500.30 501.30 500.30May 504.70 507.50 504.70 505.20 504.10July 509.00 509.00 507.10 506.90 505.60Nov. 485.50 488.00 482.60 484.00 483.40Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.70 485.10March 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.40 487.80May 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.40 487.80July 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.40 487.80Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.40 487.80Barley (Western): Open High Low Close WedOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $240.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $498.60 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $513.60 (November 2017) read more

Budget for 2018 passed in Parliament by a majority

The Budget for 2018 was passed in Parliament by a majority today with 155 votes for and 56 against it during the third and final reading.Speaking ahead of the final vote, Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera said that the 2018 Budget is founded on the themes of a Blue Green Budget and Enterprise Sri Lanka. “This is a budget to harness Sri Lanka’s marine and natural resources in a sustainable manner, whilst unleashing the true potential of our greatest resource – our people. For too long our people have been suppressed by an overbearing state and by archaic legislation which are a vestigial link to our colonial past. Our education systems have excluded our talented youth and denied opportunities for the realization of their capabilities. Young entrepreneurs have been unable to access affordable finance to bring to life their business ideas. As a result, our youth have become accustomed to waiting for the government to provide them with some relief – be it a government job, or some form of concession or handout. Our companies got accustomed to open ended protection from competition. Sri Lanka as a whole got stifled into a defensive mindset,” he said. “We envisage the day when the farmer’s daughter becomes an agribiz-entrepreneur, when the fisherman’s son becomes a seafood exporter. Sri Lanka needs to go back to its roots of being a nation of entrepreneurs, a nation of traders. To do this we must be open to global trade, embrace competition, and take on the world and win. Whilst the Government will not be a nanny state, we do not forget the vulnerable, and those who need the support of the state. The Budget has made substantial allocations to ensure appropriate safety nets and support for those adversely affected by market dislocations. However the Government will not protect those who stifle competition at the expense of the greater good of society,” he added.The Minister also said that the proposals in Budget 2018 for further liberalization of markets are designed in a manner to promote competition and contestation in markets. He said competition drives innovation, productivity improvement, and service excellence, all of which in turn support better and more affordable products and services for citizens, and will enhance living standards in Sri Lanka. The Minister said that the Budget is the first step in a journey to reverse the mindset and to empower Sri Lankans to take control of their own destiny. He said the Budget also focuses on liberalization to unlock the barriers to greater investment, trade, and start-up enterprises. It also allocates resources to provide training and skill development for youth to equip them with the capabilities to take advantage of such opportunities. read more

Opposition questions why close roads for VIPs if country safe

Opposition Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa said that frustration has been building in the public and that was shown by them honking their vehicle horns in protest against roads being closed for Ministers. Videos circulating on social media showed the public in Colombo expressing their anger after being forced to stop for VIP movements by honking their vehicle horns.Videos showed drivers honking their horns in at least two locations in Colombo. The opposition questioned in Parliament today the need to close roads for VIP movements if the country is safe.United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera, speaking in Parliament today, noted that the public had recently expressed outrage at roads being closed for VIP convoys. Following the Easter Sunday attacks some roads near VIP houses and offices have now been closed while roads are also closed for some VIP vehicle movements. (Colombo Gazette) Amaraweera said that there is no need to close the roads if the country is safe. read more

Bill 66 is stirring controversy after Environment Hamilton raises alarms

Environment Hamilton is raising alarm bells about the provincial government’s bill 66. The bill was announced last month as the restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act. The government says it will ensure the province is “open for business” but several groups say it threatens the province’s environmental laws. Environment Hamilton says the bill puts the greenbelt and drinking water source areas at risk by allowing municipalities to “open up” these protected areas for job creating development projects. It’s especially a concern for Hamilton and the greater golden horseshoe.Environment Hamilton is pushing for Hamilton city council to pass a resolution saying the city won’t touch the greenbelt. Environment Hamilton is also warning about the bill’s elimination of the Toxins Reductions Act. The act requires industries to track their use of harmful substances and swap them with safer ones if they can. The group says the move put the health and safety of workers and the community at risk. Environment Hamilton has been working with other groups to mobilize Ontarian’s staging protests and hosting information sessions on Bill 66. Ontarian’s have until the 19th to submit comments online through the Environmental Bill of Rights registry. read more

Grains higher livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Sept. delivery advanced 11.40 cents at $4.62 a bushel; Sept. corn was up 2 cents at $3.48 a bushel; Sep. oats rose 7.60 cents at $2.6660 a bushel; while Sept. soybeans gained 10 cents at 8.6240 a bushel.Beef was lower and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Oct. live cattle was off .80 cent at $0.9850 a pound; Sep. feeder cattle fell 1.34 cents at $1.3428 a pound; Oct. lean hogs was up .55 cents at .6732 a pound.The Associated Press read more

Oil gives up gains after Fed stops short of clear signal of

by News Staff Posted Jun 7, 2012 2:28 pm MDT A morning rally in the price of crude had lost most of its momentum later in the day after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s testimony to Congress provided no indication that the central bank is about to stimulate the economy.Benchmark oil was US$85.12 per barrel in New York at midday, up nine cents from Wednesday’s close. Earlier the price hit $87.03 per barrel after China cut its benchmark lending rate for the first time in nearly four years to try to reverse a slowdown in economic growth.Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 36 cents to $100.28 per barrel in London.Meanwhile, already-low natural gas prices plunged 4.4 per cent or 12 cents to $2.30 per 1,000 cubic feet after the government said that over-abundant supplies continued to expand last week.Supplies of natural gas have been building because of a boom in production and weak demand caused by mild weather. The supply is about 31.4 per cent above the five-year average.Oil traders had hoped that the Fed would consider taking measures to promote growth after recent economic data, particularly the jobs report for May, painted a picture of slower economic growth.Bernanke said the Fed remains ready to act if Europe threatens the U.S. economy. But he didn’t indicate that any new steps were on the way.Gene McGillian, a broker and oil analyst at Tradition Energy, said that China’s rate cut could benefit oil prices by boosting economic growth and demand for oil in the world’s second-largest economy. China imported 5.6 million barrels per day from January through April. That’s up from 5.16 million barrels a day in the same period a year ago, according to the Energy Information Administration. But recent reports indicated that China’s manufacturing sector, a big consumer of oil, has slowed.As for the Fed, it has several options it could consider to try and boost the economy. The Fed could buy more bonds to lower long-term interest rates, which would encourage more borrowing and spending. Or it could extend its plan to keep short-term rates near zero beyond late 2014.The Fed’s previous stimulus efforts boosted oil prices because lower interest rates reduced the value of the dollar against other currencies. Commodities like oil are priced in dollars so the weaker dollar makes them cheaper for traders who use other currencies.McGillian said Bernanke left policy-makers with room to manoeuvre in case the U.S. economy grows weaker or Europe’s financial crisis worsens. In particular, traders are closely watching a June 17 election in Greece that could force the financially troubled country to leave the union of countries that use the euro as currency. There are growing concerns that Greece’s departure could cause the European Union to collapse and hurt the global economy.In other trading, heating oil fell one cent to $2.665 per gallon and gasoline futures dropped one cent to $2.683 per gallon.At the pump, the national average for a gallon of gasoline fell half a cent overnight to $3.56 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service. That’s about 20 cents less than it was a month ago.___(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) Oil gives up gains after Fed stops short of clear signal of economic aid AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Illqualified teachers poor access to schools at root of global education crisis

“This learning crisis has costs not only for the future ambitions of children, but also for the current finances of Governments,” says the independent Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality for All,commissioned by the the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “Around 250 million children are not learning basic skills, even though half of them have spent at least four years in school. The annual cost of this failure: around 129 billion,” it says, noting that in around a third of countries, less than 75 per cent of primary school teachers are trained according to national standards. Some 57 million children are not in school at all.The report proposes four strategies to provide the best teachers to reach all children with a good quality education: selecting the right teachers to reflect the diversity of the children; training teachers to support the weakest learners from the earliest grades; overcoming inequalities by allocating the best teachers to the most challenging parts of a country; and providing teachers with the right mix of Government incentives to remain in the profession and ensure all children are learning, regardless of their circumstances.“These policy changes have a cost,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova says in a forword. “This is why we need to see a dramatic shift in funding. Basic education is currently underfunded by $26 billion a year, while aid is continuing to decline. At this stage, Governments simply cannot afford to reduce investment in education – nor should donors step back from their funding promises. This calls for exploring new ways to fund urgent needs.”Noting that the world will already miss the goal of full primary schooling for children, both boys and girls, everywhere by 2015, the second of the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, she stresses the imperative to make education central to a sustainable development agenda for the decades after 2015.“As we advance towards 2015 and set a new agenda to follow, all Governments must invest in education as an accelerator of inclusive development,” she writes. “This Report’s evidence clearly shows that education provides sustainability to progress against all development goals. Educate mothers, and you empower women and save children’s lives. Educate communities, and you transform societies and grow economies.” The report notes that in 2011, around half of young children had access to pre-primary education, but in sub-Saharan Africa the share was only 18 per cent. The number of children out of school was 57 million, half of whom lived in conflict-affected countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 23 per cent of poor girls in rural areas were completing primary education by the end of the decade. “If recent trends in the region continue, the richest boys will achieve universal primary completion in 2021, but the poorest girls will not catch up until 2086,” it warns.But the disparity is not only restricted to the developing world. Even in high-income countries education systems are failing significant minorities. In New Zealand, while almost all students from rich households achieved minimum standards in grades 4 and 8, only two thirds of poor students did. Immigrants in rich countries are also left behind. In France, for example, fewer than 60 per cent of immigrants have reached the minimum benchmark in reading. As for adult literacy, that has hardly improved. In 2011, there were 774 million illiterate adults, a decline of just 1 per cent since 2000. The number is projected to fall only slightly, to 743 million, by 2015. Almost two thirds of illiterate adults are women. The poorest young women in developing countries may not achieve universal literacy until 2072. read more

South Sudan UN agency air operation delivers agriculture aid to hardtoaccess areas

The recent deliveries of livelihood kits add to the 430,000 crop, vegetable and fishing kits FAO already distributed earlier this year to support an estimated 2.3 million people facing severe food insecurity and soaring malnutrition. “In many parts of South Sudan the rainy season is hampering access by road and regular fixed-wing flights, so FAO has been using the only means possible to reach these communities – helicopters,” said Abdoul Karim Bah, FAO’s Emergency Response Manager for South Sudan, in a press release. “This means we can also more easily take advantage of small windows of opportunity to distribute aid—so as the ceasefire continues to hold, we‘ve been able to move quickly to reach areas that haven’t been reached since the start of the conflict,” he added. At the end of August, the country’s President, Salva Kiir, signed a peace agreement with the former Vice-President Riek Machar, ending the 20 month-long conflict. The security situation in South Sudan had been deteriorated steadily since political in-fighting between them and their respective factions erupted in December 2013. As of 1 October, FAO says it has delivered more than 70,000 livelihood kits through the operation. Each kit weighs no more than 2 kilograms and contains seven varieties of vegetable seeds and fishing materials to increase people’s food intake and combat high rates of malnutrition by diversifying diets. At the same time, FAO announced it is carrying out control missions to prevent outbreaks of livestock diseases, administering drugs and vaccines to high-risk areas. Meanwhile, access problems and concerns for staff security have reportedly been severely limiting aid reaching remote and isolated communities in conflict-affected areas in recent months, which called for alternative ways to deliver aid quickly and safely. “With this operation, our presence on the ground is limited to a maximum of 30 minutes, which is just enough time to handover the inputs to our partners,” said Serge Tissot, FAO’s Representative in South Sudan. With more than two million people having been uprooted from their homes due to conflict, FAO further underlined that it is committed to enabling farmers, fisherfolk and herders to plant crops, fish waterways and protect livestock from fatal diseases in the areas where they have found shelter. read more

Football No 3 Ohio State has chance to improve defense against Minnesota

Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland (32) takes down Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey (12) in the second quarter of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFollowing a 49-26 victory against Indiana, Ohio State has areas in its game to focus on moving forward.After allowing 300 yards to sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey, including multiple throws down the field with little pressure on the defensive front, the defense has things to work on coming into a matchup against Minnesota.Fortunately for Ohio State, the Golden Gophers’ offense offers an opportunity for the Buckeyes defense to work on these troubling areas.Minnesota heads to Ohio Stadium with a 3-2 record and a two-game losing streak to Big Ten opponents — a 42-13 beatdown from Maryland and a 48-31 home loss to Iowa.Minnesota comes in ranked in the bottom 50 in every major offensive category in the NCAA, including the 50th-lowest points per game, 31st-lowest passing yards per game, 35th-worst rushing yards per game, 17th-worst total yards per game and tied for the 21st-most turnovers.Freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad runs the Golden Gopher offense, completing 52 percent of his passes for 924 pass yds, eight touchdowns and five interceptions.“Obviously he’s a good player,” sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland said. “It’ll be a good test for us.”Three wide receivers — junior Tyler Johnson, freshman Rashod Bateman and redshirt freshman Chris Autman-Bell — have accounted for 90 percent of the receptions for the Golden Gophers this season.Johnson leads the team with 28 catches for 402 yards and six touchdowns. The touchdowns are tied for No. 10 in the nation. Bateman has the only other three receiving touchdowns of the trio, and has 27 receptions for 257 yards. Autman-Bell is up to 14 catches for 220 yards.In the run game, freshman and redshirt freshman running backs Bryce Williams and Mohamed Ibrahim take most of the carries, combining for 569 yards and one touchdown. The majority of the the rushing touchdowns go to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Seth Green, who has five touchdowns on 28 carries despite averaging only 3.3 yards per rush.“They run hard, you know they’re physical backs,” Borland said. “That goes for their whole offense, they’re gonna line up, they’re gonna run at you, and they’re going to see how tough you are.”The real strength for Minnesota is in its defense, where the Golden Gophers allows 324.2 yards per game, No. 21 in the NCAA. Their 23.4 points allowed per game is tied for No. 41.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said their defense is “outstanding,” while also calling them a “top-20 defense.”Minnesota’s defense is solid on both fronts, ranking in the top 40 in both passing and rushing yards allowed in the NCAA.Junior linebacker Carter Coughlin is the standout for the Golden Gophers, totaling 15 tackles, with 6.5 tackles for loss, including five sacks.“They’re not a big pressure team, but they’ve got a great pass rusher,” Meyer said. “[Coughlin]: Excellent player.”PredictionMinnesota’s defense has an opportunity to prove how talented it really is, and with Ohio State’s running game struggling as of late, it can look there for some big stops early on.Annexstad has three major targets to look for through the air to exploit a pass defense that has faltered in its past few games.But Ohio State is simply the better team on both sides of the ball.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been unstoppable through six games, with his biggest “slip up” coming in a 270-yard, three-touchdown effort on the road against No. 8 Penn State.The Golden Gophers might have a strong pass defense, but they have not faced a quarterback like Haskins. On the opposite side, redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones and sophomore defensive end Chase Young should exploit this Minnesota offense, and Annexstad doesn’t have an arm strong enough to pick on these defensive backs who have struggles as of late.Expect Ohio State to win, and to win big, against an outmatched Minnesota team.Wyatt Crosher: 52-13 Ohio StateColin Gay: 56-14 Ohio State Edward Sutelan: 49-17 Ohio State read more

sensemetrics presenting its IIoT approach to tailings management at ICMM conference

first_imgsensemetrics Inc, the Industrial IoT (IIoT) company is presenting to the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), the international organisation dedicated to improving the social and environmental performance of the mining and metals industry, in a vendor engagement session held alongside the Sixth International Conference on Tailings Management, Santiago, 10-12 July 2019.Building on the ICMM’s recent decision to establish an independent panel of experts focused on developing an international standard for tailings dams, sensemetrics says it will present its solutions to address problem statements posed by ICMM, including the ability to rapidly collect, manage, and display data from various monitoring and remote sensing technologies, while avoiding errors in data interpretation, among other issues.“Innovative solutions already exist that can solve for many of the challenges in ICMM problem statements,” said Matt Meehan, CEO of sensemetrics. “We’re proud to have been selected – not only to present to the ICMM council on our innovative IIoT approach – but also by many partners and mine operators who today already take advantage of our advanced real-time, sensor-agnostic platform. sensemetrics’ partner ecosystem across the mining vertical is expanding each day. Safety is of paramount importance to executing mining operations, and we look forward to working with the broader mining community to develop international standards that will further secure tailings dams.”ICMM is seeking vendors and independent researchers to aid in evaluating monitoring and data management technologies that can be utilised in a variety of mining operations. ICMM agreed to work collectively to advance progress toward implementing superior and cost-effective alternatives to conventionally managed tailings dams to aid in reducing the risk of catastrophic failure.sensemetrics delivers a plug-and-play, end-to-end IIoT solution that provides complete sensor data capture, standardisation and real-time data visualisation and intelligence. “Differentiated by a native cloud design and API-driven architecture, the platform reduces the cost and complexity of introducing IoT strategies into industrial environments by omitting lengthy installation, and significant services and customization spend. As a direct result, organisations realise time to value, as well as avoidance of risk, instantly.”last_img read more

Letterkenny Hospital investigating claims child was hit by doctor

first_imgAN INVESTIGATION IS under way at Letterkenny General Hospital following allegations that a four-year-old child was hit by a doctor.Management at the hospital have confirmed they are investigating a “trust in care” incident “concerning a child who was attending the hospital, accompanied by its parent”.According to The Irish Times, which first reported the alleged incident, a doctor at the facility has been suspended while the investigation is carried out.A spokesperson for Letterkenny General Hospital wouldn’t be drawn on the details of the case, but confirmed the inquiry was under way.A statement from the hospital (part of the West/North West Hospitals Group) states that the investigation will be guided by two policies:“The “Children First” policy states that the key principles informing best practice are that the welfare of children is of paramount importance and that all personnel and health professionals, irrespective of the position held within the organisation, have a responsibility towards child protection and welfare.“The ‘Trust in Care’ policy aims to ensure any allegations or complaints against a member of staff are thoroughly investigated. “This policy states that, ‘at an appropriate stage in the process, management should take whatever protective measures are necessary to ensure that no patient/client or staff member is exposed to unacceptable risk. These protective measures are not disciplinary measures and may include putting the staff member off duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation’.”According to the statement, appropriate action will be taken once the results of the investigation are known “up to and including disciplinary action” including, where appropriate, “the reporting of the incident to external authorities”.Read: €10 million set aside for Letterkenny hospital rebuild >Read: Letterkenny Hospital partially evacuated after flooding destroys ground floor >last_img read more