Paediatric societies call for Quebec to allow parents on child medical flights

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec must change its policy that systematically denies parents the right to accompany their children during urgent medical air evacuations, the Canadian and Quebec paediatric societies said Tuesday.The call by the child-advocacy groups follows a similar demand by three physicians who wrote to the Quebec government in December, urging the health minister to reconsider the policy they say disproportionately affects northern Inuit and First Nations communities.Remote northern areas often don’t have medical infrastructure to care for critically ill people, and as a consequence patients are transported to southern cities for services.Sending children, especially from First Nations communities, alone on medical flights can be traumatic, said Catherine Farrell, president-elect of the Canadian Paediatric society, in an interview.The reason parentless flights are especially damaging to native people is due to “intergenerational trauma from the forced removal of children during the residential school system and during the tuberculosis epidemic,” Farrell said.“(Children) suffer from the absence of their parent,” she added. “Not just during transport, but in the period following transport when we are taking charge of a patient’s care and making decisions without their parents being present.”Quebec is the only jurisdiction in the country that routinely denies parents the ability to fly with their sick kids, she said.The paediatric society is calling on the Quebec government to change its policy on air flights and to prioritize space on the plane for a parent or relative to accompany their child.“I think what we are looking at is rejigging the space (on the place) that’s required for one person to sit,” Farrell said. “I think it’s doable because in other provinces it’s completely doable.”In January, Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette denied the policy is discriminatory toward Inuit and First Nations and noted the government picks up the bill to fly parents to be at their children’s bedsides.He said at the time Quebec’s air ambulances are designed to make multiple stops to pick up patients, which leads to a lack of space on the aircraft and added a plane’s medical equipment doesn’t leave much room for seats, and those need to be reserved for medical personnel.In response to the Canadian and Quebec paediatric societies call for change, a spokeswoman for Barrette said via email he was “reflecting” on the issue.Asked whether the government’s position had changed, spokeswoman Catherine Audet simply repeated her one-line response: “Our reflections continue on the subject.”Farrell said the costs associated with renovating the aircraft to allow room for parents would be defrayed by the savings in paying for commercial flights after their children arrive in hospital.“We will maintain pressure so that (the issue) really gets looked at by (Barrette),” she said. “So that at a minimum, changing the policy is top priority and then making the change a reality is the last step.”last_img read more

Andreescus storybook US Open run stands alone in Canadian sports lore

first_imgMost of us have never seen her lose.That’s how fast and unexpected and remarkable this has been. Way back on March 1, in the semi-finals of the Mexican Open, a third-tier event in Acapulco, Bianca Andreescu fell in three sets to Sofia Kenin, then the 35th ranked player in the world. She took home a check for $11,500.She had made a bit of noise earlier in the season, beating Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniaki in Auckland en route to the Australian Open as a qualifier, but beyond the tennis hard core, those victories hardly caused a ripple.And before that, Andreescu was precisely as famous as you’d expect the 152nd ranked player in the world to be.Then, immediately after Acapulco, Andreescu won Indian Wells, sort of the fifth major, and this crazy ride began.Her only two losses since, a retirement and a walk-over, were forced by injury. Andreescu has otherwise been untouchable. The odd wobble here, the brief loss of form there, but no one has been able to beat her when she was able to finish a match, and there is every reason to believe that in this moment, she is the finest female tennis player on Earth.That truth was, of course, hammered home on Saturday afternoon, when Andreescu defeated the greatest female player in history, Serena Williams, in straight sets in the final of the U.S. Open — the first Grand Slam victory by a Canadian.It wasn’t quite prime time Serena, at age 37, but it was very, very good Serena, riding an emotional high after dominating her side of the draw. So no asterisks here. Just try and come up with a historical list of the players Andreescu wouldn’t have beaten that afternoon in Flushing Meadows.The image of her victory, Andreescu lying on the court, spread eagled as though about to make a snow angel, staring into the New York sky, is already one that belongs on a stamp. She has been propelled over those eight months from obscurity to full-on national sports hero.And we, as a country, have entered uncharted territory. You can start searching for comparables, but they just aren’t really there.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>In tennis, Carling Bassett made it as far as the U.S. Open semis, and Milos Raonic and Genie Bouchard both made Grand Slam finals – Bouchard also made it to two Grand Slam semis – and peaked at number three in the world. Perhaps it’s merely the power of hindsight that paints those results as unsustainable, but the truth is, none of them won, and for all of the excitement in the moment, it didn’t feel anything like this.In other individual sports, there’s Mike Weir winning the Masters and Lennox Lewis winning the heavweight championship, Brooke Henderson’s recent triumphs and Ben Johnson and Donovan Bailey and a long list of Olympians who at least temporarily captured the country’s heart.None of those, though, came so quickly, so out of the blue.Emotionally, the can’t-stop-smiling part of this feels closest to the Raptors’ championship, not just because of She The North, but by the way something went from specific to universal so quickly, by the way it became one big, ecstatic social-media driven national hug.And now to figure out who this young woman is, since there hasn’t really been time for that. Even the marketers are scrambling to catch up.You will hear very much in the coming days about her parents and their classic, immigrant story (not a bad time to be reminded of just how Canadian that story is….), about her little dog Coco, about her coach Sylvain Bruneau, about her dogged rise through the ranks when no one was paying attention, about the sacrifices made, about her diet and training regimen, about how she might fare in Melbourne in January, about how she’ll approach the red clay of Roland Garros or the grass courts of Wimbledon next summer, about what it will be like to return to New York as a defending champion, with expectations turned on their head.How Andreescu handles that whirlwind will be telling. But absolutely no one is doubting that she has the tools, and the varied, nuanced game, to continue to succeed at this level.At age 19, it’s understandable that Andreescu doesn’t really have the words to describe what she’s living through. In some ways, she is processing it along with the rest of us.But there is a look in her eyes that, in the context of what we have just witnessed, speaks to a level of confidence that only the greatest athletes possess. It’s as if she was shocked by the moment, yet absolutely unsurprised by the result.Amazing enough when it comes from a Tom Brady or Sidney Crosby. On a whole other level when it comes from a teenager who has never been this way before.Emotionally, it might never be so sweet and fresh and beautiful again, and Canadian sports fans have been historically conditioned to wait for bubbles to burst.But there’s nothing to dread here. Instead sit back, savour what we’ve just witnessed, and imagine the journey to come.last_img read more

Anna Netrebko to make Canadian debut in Toronto

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment One of the most famous opera singers in the world is to make her Canadian debut at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is to perform here in the world premiere of a new opera trio, Trio Magnifico.Composed of Netrebko, her husband, Azerbaijan-raised tenor Yusif Eyvazov, and Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Trio Magnifico is to appear April 25 in The Ultimate Opera Gala, a presentation of the Canadian Opera Company and Show One Productions.last_img read more

House of Commons debate sets up vote on Pope Francis apology next

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN NewsA motion calling for Pope Francis to apologize to residential school survivors was debated for nearly four hours in the House of Commons Thursday.The motion presented by NDP MP Charlie Angus also called on the government to pressure the church on a number of other

Canadas treatment of Indigenous women not a genocide Andrew Scheer

first_img“It does not fall into the category of genocide,” says Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. Photo: APTN file.The Canadian Press“Genocide” isn’t the right word to describe what’s been done to generations of Indigenous women and girls in Canada, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Monday.“I believe that, as most Canadians do, that every single life lost is a tragedy, has a huge impact on families and loved ones and that there are concrete things the government can do, that all levels of government can do, to help protect vulnerable people in our society, specifically Indigenous women and girls,” Scheer said on Parliament Hill.“That being said, the ramifications of the term ‘genocide’ are very profound. That word and term carries a lot of meaning. I think the tragedy involved with missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is its own thing, it is its own tragedy, and does not fall into that category of genocide.”The federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls released its final report a week ago. The report says that under international law, a genocide doesn’t need a single directing mind, or to be an organized campaign of violence.The inquiry’s four commissioners included a long separate argument for why Canada’s “series of actions and omissions,” from residential schools to poor health care to unsafe transportation to indifferent or even hostile policing, have allowed Indigenous women to be targeted in numerous ways that add up to what they called an ongoing genocide.“Canada has displayed a continuous policy, with shifting expressed motives but an ultimately steady intention, to destroy Indigenous Peoples physically, biologically, and as social units,” through oppressive colonial actions that have persisted since Europeans began settling, the commissioners’ argument says.The inquiry report says it’s impossible to count the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada accurately. One reckoning by the RCMP found 1,186 applicable cases in its files over the past 30 years alone. The Mounties do not police the whole country, not every missing person is reported and not every death becomes a police matter.The use of the term “genocide” in the report instantly sparked arguments over whether the inquiry commissioners’ label is accurate and whether those arguments risk obscuring their other findings and the 231 recommendations they made.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not directly answered questions about whether he agrees with that, though he has said he accepts the findings of the report.Canada signed on to the United Nations’ 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which included commitments to avert and stop genocidal acts and to punish perpetrators. After the latest inquiry report was released, the secretary general of the Organization of American States said he wanted to form an international panel to investigate the claim and achieve justice.On Sunday, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett told Global Television’s “The West Block” that the Liberal government would support such a call because it believes in the “rules-based international system.”“The idea that Canada would now be subject to the types of international actions that follow findings of genocide, I think we have to be very careful with the use of that terminology and I don’t want to get distracted from the good work that the report has done,” Scheer said.“But that being said, I think that the tragedy is its own thing, it is its own heartbreaking situation for every single family that was affected by it, and it does not fall into the category of genocide.” read more

AI denies price of VVIP Boeing 777-300s to RTI applicant without reasons; CIC issues show-cause

first_imgNew Delhi: An “irked” Central Information Commission (CIC) issued a show-cause notice to Air India’s CPIO on Thursday for the “callous attitude” while denying information about the purchase price of Air India-I aircraft to ferry VVIPs like the president and the prime minister. The national carrier, while denying an RTI applicant the details of the cost and status of the purchase of Boeing 777-300, to be used as Air India-I, did not invoke any of the RTI exemption clauses in an “inordinately delayed” response, Information Commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha noted. An RTI applicant had approached the commission, the highest adjudicating body under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, after he failed to get a satisfactory response from Air India. Air India has purchased two Boeing 777-300ERs, which will replace the over 25-year-old jumbo jets — B747-400s — which used to ferry the president, vice-president and the prime minister. The jets chartered by the national carrier for VVIP flights are given the call sign, Air India-I. The two jets are part Air India’s 2006 order to Boeing for 68 aircraft — 27 Dreamliners, 15 B777-300 ERs, eight B777-200 LRs and 18 B737-800s. The aircraft have been retrofitted with additional features required for the movement of dignitaries. When the matter came up for hearing before the CIC, the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), the nodal officer for handling RTI applications in a public authority, of Air India was not present. He had, instead, delegated it to a different officer, who was caught unaware about the reasons for the delayed response. Under the RTI Act, a response to an application should mandatorily be provided within 30 days. The information could only be denied citing a suitable exemption clause under the RTI Act and “not merely on apprehensions and conjecture”, Sinha noted.last_img read more

UN Luxembourg partner to strengthen emergency telecoms

8 December 2011The United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Luxembourg today announced that they have agreed to cooperate on strengthening emergency telecommunications and rapid responses whenever natural disasters strike. The United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Luxembourg today announced that they have agreed to cooperate on strengthening emergency telecommunications and rapid responses whenever natural disasters strike.ITU and Luxembourg are both members of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), which is made up of UN agencies and other humanitarian partners.The Government of Luxembourg has developed a “nomadic” satellite-based telecommunication system known as ‘’ aimed at assisting humanitarian agencies respond to communities affected by natural disasters, conflict or protracted crises.The platform will be available for use by the international humanitarian community as a global public good facility as of 1 January neat year, with Luxembourg funding its development, implementation, operation and maintenance to the tune of €17.2 million.Under the umbrella of the ‘ITU Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies’ (IFCE), ITU will encourage its 193 Member States to use the ‘’ platform and facilitate the rapid deployment of emergency telecommunication systems in the event of a sudden-onset disaster.The facility can also be used for longer-term deployment in chronic or recurrent humanitarian situations or as part of a preparedness strategy in developing countries. ITU will negotiate appropriate regulatory and legal frameworks with telecommunications regulatory authorities to assist in the deployment.The IFCE, an ITU communications initiative to assist the humanitarian community in disaster response, and ‘’ will be jointly and individually deployed within two hours of notification using every possible means, including custom-fitted aircraft, depending on the nature and magnitude of the disaster.“In recent times, disasters have wreaked havoc around the world – floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, storms, wild fires – resulting in catastrophic loss of lives and damage to property,” said Hamadoun Touré, the ITU Secretary-General.“By placing ‘’ at the disposal of the international humanitarian community as a global public good, the Government of Luxembourg has provided an invaluable asset to humankind in an effort to save lives – and ITU will take all measures to facilitate its deployment.” read more

Canadas housing market not out of the woods yet warns Scotiabank

TORONTO — Housing prices in Canada have been relatively flat so far this year but there’s a “downside risk” going forward, according to a Scotiabank report.In particular, Scotiabank’s quarterly study on global real-estate trends says Toronto’s housing market is seeing slower sales and construction.It says Toronto residential real estate prices are also beginning to level out — especially in the condominium market where there’s an ample supply.The report says the rebalancing will be manageable if new construction slows and population in the Greater Toronto Area continues to grow.Scotiabank says housing starts in the Toronto area totalled just 28,900 units in the first four months of 2013, down about 40% from last year.Internationally, the report finds Canada and Australia at mid-point between countries such as Colombia, the United States and Chile where prices have been rising and places such as Spain, Italy and Ireland where prices have fallen. read more

Navy insists asylum boats cannot breach border

Earlier on Thursday Australian authorities claimed that a boat with some 200 asylum seekers on board capsized near Christmas Island closer to Indonesia and that the boat had originated from Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan navy on Friday insisted that security along the maritime boundary of the island nation remains tight and there is no possibility of any asylum boat heading to Australia directly from Sri Lanka undetected.Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya told Xinhua that despite the end of a 30-year war with the Tamil Tiger rebels three years ago and the relaxing of several restrictions on fishing in some areas, the navy still remains on guard. Australian Home Minister Jason Clare on Friday told reporters that according to information he had received, those on board the vessel were mostly Afghan nationals.Sri Lanka and Australia have an agreement on combating human smuggling after hundreds of Sri Lankans had reached Australia by boat over the past several years seeking asylum.The Sri Lankan police last month arrested 113 people while they were attempting to go to Australia by boat illegally, and earlier this month the Sri Lankan navy arrested 53 illegal asylum seekers who were also heading to Australia. (Xinhua) The Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry on Friday said that based on preliminary reports there were no Sri Lankans on board the ship which capsized the previous day.The Sri Lankan embassy in Indonesia also said that there were no Sri Lankans among the 110 survivors who were rescued from the vessel. “There is no chance of that happening. We maintain tight security along our maritime boundary so no boat can slip through,” Warnakulasuriya said. read more

Despite international action AlQaida fit and well ready to strike UN report

Despite international action to contain Al-Qaida, the terrorist network retains its financial support and remains a deadly threat, according to a United Nations report released today. “Al-Qaida is ‘fit and well’ and poised to strike again at its leisure,” says a UN expert panel report, which was previewed at a press briefing earlier this month. “Members of Al-Qaida and their associates are deployed in many countries across the world and, given the opportunity, they will have no compunction in killing as many people as they can from those nations that do not conform to their religious and ideological beliefs and which they perceive as their enemies.” Despite having lost its physical base and sanctuary in Afghanistan, Al-Qaida has operational links with militant Islamic groups in Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and remains able to recruit new members and plan and launch future terrorist attacks. “The terrorist organization’s diffuse leadership, loose structure and absence of centralized command and control make it hard to detect or eradicate,” the report warns. One problem in stemming the activities of Al-Qaida is a lack of coordinated action, according to the experts, who note that only a few of those individuals detained, sought and identified by States are included on the UN’s consolidated list of those under sanctions. Instead, nations are using their own lists “unevenly,” seriously diminishing the effectiveness of responses. The experts call for making “much greater use” of the UN list. On the financial front, the report finds that despite initial successes in freezing some $112 million in Al-Qaida assets, the network continues to have access to “considerable financial and other economic resources.” The report recommends increased intelligence and information sharing among States to address the problem. It also urges greater efforts to track down and close down businesses supporting Al-Qaida and to better regulate alternative banking systems. Members of Al-Qaida and the Taliban “continue to move undetected across international boundaries,” the report says, urging stricter border control procedures. In order for the arms embargo to be effective, the experts recommend steps that States can take to disrupt the illegal sales and supplies of arms and ammunition to Al-Qaida and its associates. The report was produced by a Monitoring Group set up by the Security Council to track the implementation of measures – a freezing of assets, a travel ban and an arms embargo – against Usama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, the Taliban, and associated individuals and entities. The report was reviewed by the Security Council today during a closed-door meeting. In a statement to reporters following the session, Council President Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria said the members recalled the importance of the sanctions against Usama Bin Laden, Al Qaida, the Taliban and associated individuals and entities in the fight against international terrorism. All States were urged to provide reports to the committee monitoring those sanctions.”The members of the Council also reiterated the importance of cooperation by all States with the Counter-Terrorism Committee,” the President said, referring to the panel set up in the wake of the 11 September attacks against the United States. He added that nations must also work with other sanctions committees. read more

UN tribunal indicts two Serbs for crimes against humanity

The indictment, confirmed on 1 May and released in The Hague today, charges that Jovica Stanisic, 52, and Franko Simatovic, also known as “Frenki,” 53, with murder, persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, deportation and inhumane acts, including forcible transfer.The two, who worked in the State Security Service (DB) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, “planned, ordered, committed or otherwise aided and abetted the planning, preparation or execution of persecutions of Croats, Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats and other non-Serbs,” according to the indictment.It adds that they participated in a joint criminal enterprise aimed at the forcible and permanent removal of the majority of non-Serbs, principally Croats, Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats, from large areas of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.They face four counts of crimes against humanity and one count of violations of the laws or customs of war. read more

US builders began work on more homes in July but singlefamily construction

US builders began work on more homes in July, but single-family construction and permits fall by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 16, 2013 8:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. developers broke ground on homes at a faster pace in July. But the rise was all due to apartment construction, which is typically volatile. By contrast, builders began work on fewer single-family homes — the bulk of the market — and sought fewer permits to build them.Friday’s report from the Commerce Department suggests that home building is maintaining its recovery but might be starting to be restrained by higher mortgage rates.Builders began work on houses and apartments at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 896,000 in July, the department said. That was up 6 per cent from June, though below a recent peak of more than 1 million in March. Construction began on 26 per cent more apartments but declined 2.2 per cent for single-family houses.The dip in single-family starts comes after other measures of the housing market have flattened or declined. It may signal that higher loan rates have begun to weigh on housing, which has otherwise steadily recovered since earlier last year.Mortgage applications by potential homebuyers have fallen 15 per cent since the end of April. Signed contracts to buy homes slipped in June after reaching a six-year high in May.The average rate on the 30-year loan was 4.4 per cent this week — a full percentage point higher than in early May. Mortgage rates spiked in June after Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated that the Federal Reserve could slow its bond purchases later this year. The bond purchases have kept long-term interest rates low, encouraging more borrowing and spending.“There’s no doubt that rising rates have had an effect,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at BTIG, an institutional brokerage.Some smaller homebuilders have said it’s become more difficult for them to get loans to build. They also say that limited supplies of finished lots and a lack of skilled workers have become barriers to faster construction.Last month, D.R. Horton Inc., the nation’s largest homebuilder, said its sales pace declined in May, when rates began to move up.Still, Greenhaus suggested that the effect on housing so far has been far less than what economists might have expected after a 1-point rise in the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate.Others note that demand for new homes remains strong even as supply is tight. That trend has pushed up prices and should encourage more construction.“Should we be concerned? Not yet,” said Patrick Newport, a housing economist at IHS Global Insight. “There is just a big gap between supply and demand right now, and I think higher mortgage rates won’t cancel that out.”Over the past 12 months, the home construction data still look strong: Builders broke ground on 15 per cent more single-family homes in July than a year earlier. And including apartments, housing starts have surged 21 per cent in the past year.Applications for permits for future home construction also rose in July, though solely because of apartments. Permits rose 2.7 per cent to 943,000, thanks to a 13.5 per cent jump in apartment permits. Permits for single-family homes dipped 2 per cent but are still near the five-year high reached in June.Overall housing starts remain below the 1.5 million-a-year rate that’s consistent with a healthy market.Builders are more optimistic than at any time in nearly eight years, and Americans are buying new homes at the fastest pace in five years. Both trends should spur more construction.A measure of homebuilder confidence rose for a fourth consecutive month in August to nearly an eight-year high. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index, released Thursday, rose to 59 from 56 in July. That is the highest level since November 2005. A reading above 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good rather than poor.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to NAHB statistics.Despite the lift from housing, the economy has been sluggish this year. It expanded at just a 1.7 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter after a 1.1 per cent annual rate in the first three months of the year. read more

SecretaryGeneral condemns deadly attack at political rally in Pakistan

The attack reportedly occurred at a political rally in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where Mr. Bilour served as a senior minister in the provincial government.“The Secretary-General reiterates the strong support of the United Nations for the efforts of the Government and people of Pakistan to combat the scourge of terrorism,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.“He conveys his sincere condolences on this tragic loss,” the statement added.

Football Ohio State linebacker Chris Worley signs with Cincinnati Bengals as undrafted

Ohio State senior linebacker Chris Worley (35) returns to the line of scrimmage after breaking up a pass in the third quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFormer Buckeye linebacker Chris Worley signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent, Ohio State announced Saturday evening. Worley is one of three former Buckeyes to join the Bengals, who drafted center Billy Price in the first round and defensive end Sam Hubbard in the third round. Playing in 50 career games, Worley recorded 154 tackles in his Ohio State career. He had 24 career starts and has starting experience at all three linebacker positions. During his junior season, Worley started on the outside, recording 70 tackles, with 4.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and an interception, earning him honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. Last season, Worley initially moved inside to take over the middle linebacker spot when Raekwon McMillan was drafted. But he missed three games due to a foot injury and started at least one game at all three linebacker positions. He was fifth on the team with 56 tackles and had four quarterback hurries. The former Buckeye participated in the 2018 NFL Combine, running a 4.86 40-yard dash with 15 bench press reps and a 29.5-inch vertical jump, all near the bottom of the linebacker group. read more

GPL bill distribution process delayed

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPL complains of inaccessibility to read meters, threatens disconnectionFebruary 21, 2014In “Local News”GPL launches “Whatsapp Meter Read”August 26, 2017In “Business”PUC fines GPL for not achieving 2017 targets, operating standardsMay 4, 2018In “Business” Customers of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) will experience a delay in the bill distribution cycle in the coming weeks.The utility company on Monday informed that customers can opt to access their bill balance by using the online inquiry on the GPL web page.Additionally, the SMS Freedom option on cellular phones can also be utilised by texting the GPL reference number to 624-0400 or 608-8400. Moreover, the customer call center is available via telephone number 226-2600 to access bill details.The company did not say when the distribution of bills will recommence. read more

President of Ghana pays tribute to NonAligned leaders

H.E Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana pays floral tribute to the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement.The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo paid tribute to the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement and Kofi, who led the ‘Great Rebellion’ of 1763, with floral tributes at the Non-Aligned and 1763 Monuments, Georgetown.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Ghanaian President, who is in Guyana for a two-day state visit, this morning, was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Karen Cummings and Ambassador Dr. Timothy Critchlow.The Non-Aligned Monument was unveiled by His Excellency, Arthur Chung, the first President of Guyana, in honour of the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement; these founders are; the Presidents of Egypt, Ghana, India and Yugoslavia.The monument also commemorates the 1972 Conference (August 8-11) of Foreign Ministers of Non-Aligned countries, the first of its kind to be held in Guyana. It consists of four busts, sculpted to the likeness of each of the founders of the movement.H.E Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana along with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Dr. Karen Cummings and other officials being escorted from the Non-Aligned Monument, Georgetown.Following the floral tribute at the Non-Aligned Monument at Company Path Gardens, President Akufo-Addo was then escorted by Dr. Cummings to the 1763 Monument, Square of the Revolution, Brickdam, where he was received by Chairman of the International Decade for People of African Descent, Vincent Alexander.The Ghanaian head of state laid a floral tribute at the monument which was built to commemorate the 1763 revolt, also known as the ‘Great Rebellion’, which occurred on Plantations in the Berbice River.The revolt began on February 27, 1763 and is considered to be the first major attempt by enslaved Africans to fight for their freedom. During the revolt, an enslaved African named Kofi from plantation Lilienburg led in the organisation of military attacks on several plantations.Some features of the monument include the pouting lips which symbolise the resistance to oppression. The shield-like face on the chest represents a spiritual guard against enemies, while in the hands of the sculpture, a pig and dog being squeezed symbolise the greed, lust and ignorance against, which we should constantly fight. The map of Guyana carved on the back of the structure is a representation of the peoples of Guyana.President Akufo-Addo will meet with President David Granger at State House, where bilateral discussions will be held between the two heads of state, then the signing of bilateral agreements. (Excerpts from DPI) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana, Ghana engage in bilateral talks; Ghana’s president expresses support for Guyana in border disputeJune 11, 2019In “latest news”Ghana’s President due in Guyana today for high-level 2-day visitJune 10, 2019In “latest news”President of Ghana pays courtesy call on Opposition LeaderJune 11, 2019In “latest news” read more

ARIDuA project underground mining robot Julius continues to yield valuable research results

first_imgPersonal protective equipment, automated or remote-controlled machinery, and safety instructions all help to avoid accidents underground. Nevertheless, there are still a lot of dangerous situations in mining, in which the risk to humans is too high. By using modern technologies, ie robotics, many believe that this situation can and should be overcome. The interdisciplinary research project ARIDuA (Autonomous robots and the Internet of Things in underground mining) is dealing with autonomous systems and the development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) in underground mining. The ESF-funded project (European Social Fund), which runs until mid-2020, aims to develop an autonomous moving robot for the installation and maintenance of underground IoT infrastructure.The aim is to benefit from the synergetic effects of IoT and robotics. As an example, a mobile autonomous robot, in combination with a wireless sensor network (WSN), can help to explore unknown or inaccessible areas in an underground environment. These could be both, either active mines in case of a current hazardous situation or abandoned mines in which unpredictable risks are too severe for human activity. The application of an automated technology, which can be operated from a distant position and most important, a safe area, will increase the safety of the miners.At the TU Bergakademie Freiberg a prototype of such an underground mining robot, named ‘Julius’, was developed. It has been successfully tested in the Research and Teaching mine ‘Reiche Zeche,’ a historic silver-lead-zinc mine. Through the combination of data perceived by the robot and the WSN, a self-developed prototypical wireless sensor network, junior researchers of the ARIDuA group have collected and processed numerous information about air quality (ie temperature, pressure, humidity, and gas concentrations) and geology, as well as produced a map and a textured 3D model of a drift system in the Reiche Zeche mine.Julius was retrofitted to withstand the mine’s environment and meet ARIDuA’s objectives. In particular, its robotic arm and hand are protected by a rubber covering. Furthermore, it comprises LED spotlights, optical sensors eg 2D laser scanners, a 3D laser scanner and colour and depth cameras. Several sensor boxes are carried on top. The chassis was upgraded to protection standard IP67.With its sensors and computational power, the robot is able to drive autonomously, ie it is able to steer and accelerate automatically and detect obstacles. Members of ARIDuA tested two types of navigation strategies: absolute and relative navigation. The former requires mapping an area beforehand and placing points on the map. With these preconditions, the robot is able to localise itself in the map and drive autonomously from one point to another. The mapping algorithm uses the front camera and therefore depends on light. The latter navigation strategy does not require a map and uses the robot’s environment for orientation and navigation. The implemented algorithm uses the 3D laser scanner and thus does notdepend on light.At APCOM 2019 in Wroclaw, a presentation from ARIDuA focussed on the development process and use-cases of this technology. The next steps will be to improve existing developments, in particular robust autonomous navigation and a mobile wireless sensor network with increased ranges. As soon as this has been achieved, the individual technologies will be connected. In the future, the robot should be able to set up the sensor network with its arm autonomously and the data should be evaluated automatically. After stable test operation, the final step will be to test the technologies in other mines as well.last_img read more

MAXAM presents new XBLASTERGUIDE app

first_imgMAXAM, the global technology company specialised in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic materials, has launched its new X-BLASTERGUIDE, a mobile application designed to help field engineers and shotfirers. “This digital guide allows fast and easy access to blasting parameter calculations, as well as useful reference data, MAXAM product information, and their user guides.”The X-BLASTERGUIDE also has specific safety features for loading explosives and blasting operations, a priority for MAXAM. For example, the application includes a risk assessment with a checklist of safety aspects that must be checked before, during and after any blasting, including lessons learned and best practices developed by the company in operations in more than 50 countries.“Another new feature which will benefit those who download the application is the calculations tool and graphic display of safety perimeters. According to the blasting characteristics, the X-BLASTERGUIDE creates the exclusion areas for teams and people on a satellite image of the land, with the option to save and export this image. Similarly, the user’s location and other points of interest can be marked on the same view, in order to measure the distances and angles between them.”“The X-BLASTERGUIDE means a further step in our strategy to digitalise data collection, analysis and use in operations. The aim was to create a user-friendly tool, incorporating all the most common calculations and data that a shotfirers may need in an operation to perform an efficient and, above all, safe blasting. This tool provides everyone with part of the knowledge accumulated by our experts in projects all around the world,” explains Vicente Huélamo, Technical Applications Director at MAXAM.The application is available for free for Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded from the corresponding market sites of each platform. However, users will need to complete a simple registration in order to access all its features. In addition, the company has created a user manual available online.X-BLASTERGUIDE Key Features:• Calculation tools for various blasting parameters, in metric and British units, with explanatory information on the formulas used.• Complete, fast and efficient unit converter.• “Clipboard” feature to move data and results between the different sections on the application.• MAXAM products user guide.• Useful terminology and data query.• Calculation and representation of safety zones on a satellite view of the area.• Measure distances and angles between points on the land set by the user.• Inclinometer.• Risk assessment form, that can be signed and exported in pdf format.• Fumes classification.• Tool to produce graphic reports for each blasting.• Direct link to MAXAM global product finder.• Available in English and Spanish, selectable by the user.• Very user-friendly and easy navigation.last_img read more

Strengthening AgriTourism Link To Reduce Food Import Bill

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 10 IMMIGRATION KIOSKS INSTALLED AT SANGSTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Related Items:agri-tourism, food import bill, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, reduce, Tourism Linkages Hub Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 3 (JIS): Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the strengthening of linkages between tourism and agriculture has the potential to boost both sectors and reduce the country’s food import bill.He said a demand study conducted by the Tourism Linkages Hub, housed in the Ministry, indicates that tourism can potentially generate the “greatest benefits” for farmers and the suppliers of local produce.Dr. McNeill was addressing tourism and agriculture interests at the first in a series of Tourism Linkages Hub stakeholders’ consultations held recently at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester.Noting that the tourism industry is “doing quite well,” welcoming some 3.5 million stopover and cruise ship visitors over the past two years, he said the sector has also attracted “significant levels of investments” with an additional 5,500 hotel rooms earmarked for development over the next three years.Dr. McNeill said the Government is looking to translate the success of the sector to other segments of the society, including the agricultural sector. He argued that by producing food and selling it to the hotels, attractions, and guest houses, the money stays in Jamaica and reduces imports. “That’s what we want to do…that’s how we are going to grow the economy of Jamaica, and that’s how we are going to enrich Jamaicans,” the Minister said.Dr. McNeill said that for the linkage to work, all stakeholders must collaborate to determine the produce needed, and how these will the supplied in terms of volume, quality, cost, and timelines.“I have said to the hub that we are going to put the systems in place. They have done the demand study; I have gone through it… (but) more work needs to be done; we are going to have to drill down even more into this area (agriculture),” Dr. McNeill said.“The opportunities are there; it’s up to us to really push and do it,” he added.In his remarks, Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said the agro-tourism linkage is an idea “whose time has come.”He commended Dr. McNeill on his vision to establish the linkages hub, and the focus on increasing the supply of local produce to the tourism market. “Dr. McNeill and his team truly understand that cuisine is, indeed, a major component of the tourism and hospitality industry, and that market, therefore, is an attractive and lucrative one for the agricultural sector,” he noted.Mr. Kellier said a close examination of Jamaica’s high food import bill shows that a large proportion of the products brought in goes to the tourism sector.“We believe, however, that Jamaican produce and our renowned cuisine must be a part of the menu provided in our hotels and resorts. We, therefore, welcome every strategy that will enable us to increase our supply to a market that has come right into our front room,” he stated.Mr. Kellier added that: “Jamaica can only prosper on a sustainable basis when we develop and maintain linkages to ensure that every industry and economic activity allows as many people as possible, to prosper.”Over 50 representatives of public and private sector institutions and interests attended the meeting. Recommended for you Tourism Minister Welcomes Spanish Hotel Chain Melia Jamaica Secures Additional Airline Seats Out Of Europelast_img read more

9 of women are comfortable discussing period pain with their boss

first_imgJust 9% of respondents would feel comfortable speaking to their boss about their period pain, according to research by YouGov and the BBC.The study, which surveyed 1,078 UK women, also found that 52% of respondents find that period pain affects their ability to work.The research also found:27% of respondents have told their employer that their ability to work has been affected by period pain, and 31% have given another reason.54% of respondents would rather tell their employer they were suffering from a headache or migraine than from period pain.32% of respondents believe that period pain has affected their concentration at work.16% of respondents have had to take a day or more off work because of period pain, and 17% have had to take a short break away from their desks because of the pain.last_img read more