Les élèves, les enseignants et les administrateurs scolaires de toute la province portent du rose et se prononcent contre l’intimidation et la cyberintimidation, aujourd’hui 11 septembre. Depuis 2007, le gouvernement provincial et les partenaires en éducation reconnaissent le deuxième jeudi de septembre comme la Journée contre l’intimidation. « L’intimidation de tout type, que ce soit en ligne ou non, est toujours un problème inquiétant. Il s’agit d’un problème sociétal qui va au-delà du terrain de l’école et qui s’étend dans nos communautés, a dit Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Pour réduire les effets de l’intimidation, nous devons être solidaires, nous appuyer les uns les autres et affirmer que nous n’accepterons pas ce comportement dans nos classes et dans nos communautés. » Les élèves et les parents qui sont au courant ou qui sont témoins d’un comportement d’intimidation dans les écoles peuvent en faire rapport à l’aide du formulaire de signalement en ligne pour les élèves et les parents. Depuis le lancement de ce service en novembre 2013, 81 élèves, parents et membres du personnel scolaire l’ont utilisé pour signaler des incidents d’intimidation. Les enseignants, les parents, les élèves et les membres de la communauté peuvent également signaler des incidents d’intimidation à l’unité CyberSCAN à l’adresse http://cyberscan.novascotia.ca/fr/index.html. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur l’intimidation et la cyberintimidation, sur la façon d’obtenir de l’aide et sur la façon de faire des signalements, consultez le www.antibullying.novascotia.ca/fr.
TORONTO – Advocates, politicians and members of the public are demanding Toronto make its streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians after a string of recent deaths highlighted just how dangerous the city’s roads can be.Two cyclists and a pedestrian were hit and killed by vehicles in three separate incidents in just the past week, bringing the city’s total number of such fatalities this year to three cyclists and 17 pedestrians, according to Toronto police.Those figures were up from two cyclist deaths and 12 pedestrian fatalities by this point last year. In 2016, by June, there had been 21 pedestrian deaths and no cyclist deaths.For 29-year-old cyclist Connor Gregory, who said he has been struck by a vehicle three times on his bike and has had three more collisions with car doors, the fear of a fatal brush with motor traffic weighs on him every time he hits the road.“On an almost daily basis, there are situations that are fairly dangerous,” he said.“With the news last week, a lot of people were expressing just sort of being fed up with the lack of response that there’s been to road safety.”Advocacy groups like Cycle Toronto, meanwhile, have said the recent deaths have highlighted the need for the city to take action.Toronto’s mayor said he’s been horrified by the recent deaths and pledged an additional $13 million Friday to the city’s Vision Zero road safety plan, a five-year project adopted in 2016 that aims to reduce traffic-related deaths and serious injuries. The funds would bring total investment in the project to $100 million, his office said.“Any death on Toronto streets is absolutely unacceptable, no one should lose their lives in this way,” John Tory said. “The deaths of pedestrians and cyclists on our roads continues to be an issue which has been particularly troubling and, I’ll admit, very frustrating to me.”Tory also promised other measures that include enhancing bike lanes along ten cycling corridors and installing zebra markings at up to 200 intersections.But critics say road safety in the city is reaching a crisis point.“It’s just heartbreaking,” Cherise Burda, executive director of Ryerson University’s City Building Institute, said of the recent deaths. “It’s so sad, and it’s so unnecessary. We have the tools to change.”City leaders have dragged their feet or rejected road safety measures outright in the past, often in the name of protecting drivers, she said.“Most of streets are designed for cars, and this worked in the post-war world where we wanted to sprawl and (have) everybody get around in their car, but our streets are incredibly congested now and it’s really hard to get around,” she said.There were 43 pedestrian deaths and one cyclist death recorded in 2016 according to Toronto police. By the end of last year there were 36 pedestrian and four cyclists fatalities, according to police, who track only incidents on public roadways, and define traffic fatalities as ones in which the vehicle involved was moving or “ready to move.”As Toronto continues to grow, it will have to redesign its streets for better mobility, Burda said, noting that the Vision Zero plan needs to be efficiently carried out.“You can’t have a Vision Zero plan and not implement it and say that it’s failing,” said Burda, who uses multiple modes of transport, including bikes, to get around Toronto. “You have to actually implement it. And we’re not doing that.”Toronto has areas where sidewalks have been widened and protected bike lanes have been added, but the overhauled areas are often not connected to each other, making it hard for cyclists or pedestrians to get from one part of the city to another safely, Burda said.On the other hand, Vancouver — where there has been only one cyclist death since the start of 2016, and only four pedestrian deaths so far this year — has committed to continuous bike routes throughout the city.“The evidence shows that when you build the infrastructure, the cyclists come,” said Burda. “Imagine if you had a safe network of segregated bike lanes. So many more people would cycle.”Coun. Mike Layton said Vision Zero’s infrastructure and public education initiatives — which last year included launching school safety zones, upgrading intersections and adding red-light cameras — have moved too slowly, due to a lack of funds granted up-front.“If we’re going to make the streets safer for all road users, something’s got to change our infrastructure and something’s got to change with our attitudes towards other road users,” Layton said.“People are travelling too fast, they are too distracted and that’s leading to the accidents that we are seeing. That on top of our infrastructure (must change). It’s not one or the other. It has to be both.”Like many road safety issues brought to city council, increasing resources for Vision Zero was met with strong opposition he said.Last year’s ultimately successful motion to make permanent the Bloor Street Pilot Project — which saw bike lanes added to a section of the city’s busiest east-west streets — was a particular flash point.“Every inch of paint, every bollard on the road was a fight,” he said. “And it was a fight with fellow councillors. It was pushing the community to look at the change as something that will in fact save people’s lives.”—with files by Adina Bresge.
APTN National NewsThis year has been designated the year of the Metis.It also marks that 125th anniversary of the death of Louis Riel.In Winnipeg, Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan was on hand to unveil a special medallion for the celebration.It commemorates the contributions Metis people have made to the creation of Manitoba and the development of Western Canada.The first to receive the medallion were Metis dignitaries and veterans.
Rabat – Secretary General of the Istiqlal Party (PI), Hamid Chabat, has filed complaintsto Morocco’s High Authority for Audio-visual Communication (HACA) against both 2M and Medi1, the PI newspaper Al Alam reported on Thursday.Al Alam explained that the official complaints followed his allegations that the two channels contravened the national visual media regulations.Al Alam noted that in the complaints, “Chabat has called on the channels to offer his party a chance to counter in the period, when the offense to his party emerged,” noting that “[his party’s] explanations must be made clear during this period.” Al Alam noted that the subject of the complaints is “the offence to the PI and Chabat” made during 2M’s French-language bulletin on Friday February 10.Al Alam explained that “when the bulletin invited a person and entirely neglect the other point of view – it contravened the regulations,” noting that the duration of bulletin’s broadcast was 15 minutes.”The newspaper also said that the complaint accused Medi 1 of offending the Chabat and the PI by inviting journalists and a university professor onto its program “Le Debrief” to discuss the PI without featuring a member of the party itself.”In an editorial published also in Al Alam last Wednesday, the PI counterattacked 2M for “lack of neutrality and of inviting biased analysts to lash out at the PI,” calling 2M a “Drainage Channel.”“It was not strange that the channel mobilized its analysts and allocated ‘lavish money to be at its beck and call’,” said Al Alam in the editorial.
Rabat – La Fédération de la guache démocratique (FGD), a coalition of three left-wing political parties known for their anti-government stances and criticism of the monarchy, has decided to end its coordination with the banned Islamist group Jamaat Al Adl wa-Al Ihsane (Group of Justice and Charity).The ongoing mass protests in the city of Al Hoceima and nearby towns, where tension remains high between the state and the local population amid an eight-month stalemate, brought the FGD and Al Adl wa-Al Ihsane together.The Justice and Charity group came in full support of the protests. The Jamaa is seen as the biggest Islamist movement in Morocco. But, unlike their counterparts in the pro-monarchy Justice and Development Party (PJD), which which currently leads the government, Al Adl wa-Al Ihsane remains strongly opposed to monarchical rule. “We respect Al Adl wa-Al Ihsane but their religiously political line has nothing to do with our leanings,” Abdelatif El Youssfi, member of the Parti socialiste unifié (PSU), one of the FGD parties, told TelQuel. “We have diverging society projects. This is why we instructed our members to cease any coordination with them.”The monarchy is another subject of discord between the two formations. Though FGD usually criticizes the King’s policies, the left-wing coalition does not share the Islamist group’s staunch rejection of the monarch.“We believe in a parliamentary monarchy. It’s still not clear what they believe in, which means we don’t agree on the basics. I don’t see why we would cooperate,” said El Youssfi.Al Ald-wa Al Ihsane was founded in the 1980s by Abdessalam Yassin, a former teacher and the late spiritual guide of the group, with the basic goal of establishing “Khlifah”, the same utopian dream that several Islamist groups have been nourishing for decades.To date, the Jamaa has not given up on this goal. Yet, it taunted the monarchy on previous occasions by advocating for a republican political system in Morocco. Such cunning moves were seen as mere tactics by a movement known for its pragmatic choices.In 2011, during the Arab Spring protests in Morocco, the group was very active in the pro-democracy 20 February Movement but abstained from taking center stage, even though its members far outnumbered those of left-wing parties. As the movement started losing momentum, partly because the King promised a set of reforms including a new institution, the Jamaa pulled back.That decision is still a reminder today that Al Adl wa-Al Ihsane might be a reliable partner.“Breaking up the coordination with Al Adl is not an isolated decision. It certainly echoes our past experience with them inside the 20 February Movement,” said El Youssfi.
28 November 2008The President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika, has been honoured by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his efforts in achieving food security and in transforming the economy of his nation, among the poorest in Africa. FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf presented President wa Mutharika with the Agricola Medal – the agency’s highest award – yesterday during a ceremony in the Malawian capital, Lilongwe. Mr. Diouf noted that in 2005, thanks in a large part to the adoption of an Agricultural Input Subsidy Programme piloted by the Government of President wa Mutharika, Malawi was able to restore national food security by increasing access to fertilizers and improved seeds by poor farmers and other vulnerable population groups.In addition, despite sharply rising food and energy prices earlier in the year, and the negative impact of climate change, Malawi has been able to contain food prices to the extent that economic growth for this year is expected to be around 8 per cent. Malawi was also one of the few countries to have surpassed the agreement reached among ministers at the 2003 Maputo African heads of State and government conference for a minimum budget allocation of 10 per cent for agriculture, by allocating as much as 16 per cent to the sector, said the Director-General.Agriculture is crucial to the population of 13.2 million in Malawi, a largely rural and landlocked country in Southern Africa, where some 35 per cent of the population was undernourished in 2004.Previous recipients of the Agricola Medal include Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, former French president Jacques Chirac, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, Pope John Paul II, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German ex-president Johannes Rau of Germany.
HAGATNA, Guam — A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear tests that resulted in contamination of a Pacific island chain.The Pacific Daily News reported Thursday that Manhattan Project Beer Company is under scrutiny by Marshall Islanders who were exposed to high levels of radiation by U.S. government research from 1946 to 1958.The company says it has several beers named for nuclear-related events, scientific terms or places including Bikini Atoll, an area that remains uninhabitable.Islanders say the names are insensitive to people who are still dealing with the impacts of radiation decades later.The company says the names are meant to bring awareness to the implications of U.S. nuclear research programs and it has no plans to take further action.The Associated Press
WASHINGTON – U.S. companies restocked their shelves at a solid pace in August while sales rose for a second straight month. The combination of higher stockpiles and increased sales should help to boost economic growth.Business inventories grew 0.6 per cent in August following a July gain of 0.8 per cent that had been the strongest since January, the Commerce Department said Monday. Sales were up 0.5 per cent in August following a 0.9 per cent rise in July that followed a big drop in June.Companies typically boost their stockpiles when they anticipate sales will rise in coming months. Faster restocking helps drive economic growth. When businesses order more goods, it typically leads to more factory production.Total business stockpiles rose to $1.60 trillion. That is 22.4 per cent higher than the low reached in September 2009.For August, inventories rose 0.6 per cent at the manufacturing and retail levels and were up 0.5 per cent at wholesale businesses.The sales increase reflected gains at both the retail and wholesale levels which offset a 0.3 per cent drop in sales by manufacturers.In a separate report Monday, the government said that retail sales rose a strong 1.1 per cent in September, a positive sign for the economy as businesses will likely restock in coming months to meet rising demand.The economy grew at a sub-par annual rate of just 1.3 per cent in the April-June quarter and many economists think that growth in the July-September period will be only slightly improved at around 2 per cent. Growth at that level is not strong enough to make a sustained improvement in unemployment.The unemployment rate did drop to 7.8 per cent in September, the lowest it has been since January 2009. But some economists are concerned that the rate could start rising again if job growth doesn’t improve more.The Federal Reserve in September announced a number of actions including launching another round of bond purchases aimed at driving interest rates lower and improving economic growth. The Fed said it would keep up its efforts until it saw a substantial improvement in unemployment.Wholesale stockpiles account for about 27 per cent of total business inventories. Stockpiles held by retailers make up about one-third of the total and manufacturing inventories represent about 40 per cent. US business stockpiles grew solid 0.6 per cent in August as sales rose 0.5 per cent AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 15, 2012 10:24 am MDT
Members are invited to the academy on the basis of their music expertise and knowledge and are sourced from all areas of the industry, including artists, retailers, managers, producers, record labels and social media.For the 2017 awards, a specialist committee made up of leading black and Asian figures from both music and media was appointed, co-chaired by Paulette Long OBE and Kwame Kwaten, to advise on the academy’s voting structures and make-up.Brits chairman Jason Iley said: “As the most important awards in the British music calendar, we have a responsibility to be truly reflective of what is happening in music so that we can support new and emerging talent as well as recognise and celebrate mainstream commercial success. The Brit Awards have announced an overhaul of the voting system following controversy over a lack of diversity in 2016’s nominees.The organisers were widely criticised when no black artists were nominated in any of the major UK categories earlier this year.Now, they have invited 1,200 new members to “refresh” the voting system following a major review.The new invite list represents an almost even gender split, and 17 per cent of the invitees are black, Asian or minority ethnic, up from 15 per cent last year. “To do this it’s important we have voting academy members who are both knowledgeable and passionate about all types of music and who also reflect the diversity of our consumers and country.”The voting academy invites were sent out on Monday, a month ahead of the voting, which will be open between Friday December 9 and Tuesday December 13.The Brit Awards 2017 will be broadcast live on ITV from London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday February 22.Matt Hancock, the Minister of State for Digital and Culture, has welcomed the changes.He said: “Talent knows no boundaries, and our creative industries, including our world-renowned music sector, are potentially one of the greatest forces for smashing diversity barriers that still exist today.”I make no apology for holding the creative industries to a higher standard than most, and think that the Brits’ overhaul of their voting system is a great step in making sure that the UK’s music industry reflects the rich diversity of UK society today.” James Bay on stage at The O2 ArenaCredit:Ian Gavan/Getty Images 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. It means there will be a significant increase in women voters, who only numbered 30 per cent of the list for the last awards.The 2016 Brits, which were dominated by acts such as James Bay, Adele, Coldplay and One Direction, were labelled “embarrassing” by some commentators for ignoring black artists such as Stormzy and Skepta who had charted well during the previous year.Ged Doherty, chairman of awards, said that the changes would keep the Brits up to date with modern music trends.He said: “I’m really proud that we’ve taken firm action to refresh the academy to ensure that it keeps up with trends in music and society at large.”I believe that as a result of these changes the Brits will be better equipped to reflect the diverse nature of Britain and British music.”There’s been a long-held myth that Brits winners and nominees are decided by industry executives in a smoke-filled room, but the simple truth is that the awards are voted for each year by a 1,000-plus strong voting academy made up of experts drawn from all areas of music.”The voting academy body convenes to select the nominees of most of the annual Brit Awards and is updated each year with around 300 new voters.
Australia’s exports of goods and services surpassed A$400 billion (US$295 billion) for the first time in the 2018 financial year to end June, with resources making up the majority of sales.Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed resources exports – including minerals, metals, coal and petroleum – were a record high A$220 billion in the 12-month period. This was a 11% rise from the previous year due to higher exports of coal, gold, base metals and LNG.Despite lower prices, iron ore remained Australia’s largest source of export revenue with A$61.4 billion shipped.Coal exports were only just behind, reaching a new record high of A$60.1 billion – up 11%, or A$5.9 billion, from the previous year.Gold exports, including mined and refined yellow metal, set another record for export values with A$20.1 billion of the precious metal shipped in the 12-month period. This is the first time in Australia’s history gold exports have exceeded $20 billion, showing just how important the weak Australian dollar – relative to the US dollar – has been to the sector’s resurgence.Exports of base metals and other minerals showed strong growth as a result of higher commodity prices and totalled $38 billion in 2017-18, also a record high.The Minerals Council of Australia said this resources export revenue was delivering benefits to all Australians.“The minerals industry and mining equipment, technology and services sector continue to provide high-paying jobs for more than one million Australians, particularly those in regional areas,” the MCA said.“And, Australia is also poised to seize future opportunities for minerals resources that will come from growth in new consumer, energy and transportation technologies around the world.”Australia has extensive resources of the rare earth elements, base metals, lithium and precious metals that are essential materials in smart phones, electric vehicles, modern energy systems and industrial machinery, according to the MCA.“This means maintaining a competitive minerals sector is essential for Australia’s continuing economic prosperity, jobs and regional communities.”
ALTHOUGH THERE WILL still be some residual showers today, most of the country will be treated to a brighter, drier day than we’ve seen in the past 48 hours.Met Éireann says there is risk of heavy and frequent showers in parts of the west and norther but it will be dry elsewhere.A cool day, temperatures will max out at between five and seven degrees.Fortunately, the winds are expected to be just light to moderate and the sun shall make an appearance at times.Looking ahead, the weather is to remain unsettled over the next seven days. Tomorrow will bring rain that will be heavy and spread eastward during the afternoon. The wind will also pick up to moderate and gusty.As the country recovers from the storm, travel and transport networks return to normal.Irish Rail has reopened Pearse Station and is operating an almost-normal schedule with just a few tweaks.Flights have also been departing Dublin Airport as usual but passengers should still check with their airlines before travelling.More: Irish skier dies in Swiss Alps avalanchePics: Roofs blown down, trees across the road and loose trampolines: Your ‘storm watch’ pics…Related: Firefighters to the rescue as the letter ‘e’ almost blows off Heineken building
The treatment doesn’t allow kids to eat peanuts as if they had no allergy, but research suggests that being able to tolerate at least one peanut should protect 95% of them from having a reaction if they are exposed to peanuts, he said.That would be a relief to Cathy Heald, a Dallas mom whose 10-year-old son, Charlie, was in the study.“We had to teach him that he has to ask about everything he eats from a very early age,” she said.He’s described it as living in a cage, watching other people get to eat what they want.Charlie was assigned to the group given fake peanut powder but has been able to get the real thing since the study ended, she said.Aimmune plans to seek U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the treatment later this year and in Europe early next year.The company’s chief executive has said he expects the first six months of treatment to cost $5,000 to $10,000, and $300 to $400 a month after that.The thinking about peanut allergies has changed in recent years, and experts now think early exposure helps prevent them from forming.Last year, the National Institutes of Health issued new advice, saying most babies should get peanut-containing foods starting around 6 months, in age-appropriate forms like watered-down peanut butter or peanut puffs — not whole peanuts because those are a choking hazard.Read: Almost half of people with food allergies develop them in adulthood – US study >Read: Trinity scientists believe they have made a breakthrough in treating asthma and eczema > 9,466 Views http://jrnl.ie/3862667 Treatment could be a year away. Share149 Tweet Email14 6 Comments Allergy treatment to prevent severe reactions to peanut could be on the way A US company has conducted research on young children. Image: Patrick Sison/PA Images Short URL Treatment could be a year away. Image: Patrick Sison/PA Images THE FIRST TREATMENT TO help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way.A company said today that its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance in a major study.Millions of children are allergic to peanuts, and some may have life-threatening reactions if accidentally exposed to them.Doctors have been testing daily doses of peanut, contained in a capsule and sprinkled over food, as a way to prevent that by gradually getting them used to very small amounts.California-based Aimmune Therapeutics said 67% of kids who had its experimental treatment were able to tolerate the equivalent of roughly two peanuts at the end of the study, compared to only 4% of others given a dummy powder.But a big warning: Don’t try this at home.“It’s potentially dangerous,” said Dr. Stacie Jones, a University of Arkansas allergy specialist. “This is investigational. It has to be done in a very safe setting” to make sure kids can be treated fast for any bad reactions that occur, she said.Jones helped lead the study, consults for the company, and will give the results at an allergy conference next month. The results have not yet been reviewed by independent experts.The study involved nearly 500 kids ages 4 to 17 with allergies so severe that they had reactions to as little as a tenth of a peanut.They were given either capsules of peanut or a dummy powder in gradually increasing amounts for six months, then continued on that final level for another six months.Neither the participants nor their doctors knew who was getting what until the study ended.About 20% of kids getting the peanut powder dropped out of the study, 12% due to reactions or other problems. The product showed “overall good safety,” Jones said.Dr. Andrew Bird, an allergy specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, also consults for the company and had patients in the study.Tolerate Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 7:37 PM Feb 20th 2018, 7:37 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Associated Press
Japon : la pêche à la baleine entravée par le tsunami Minoru Ito, chasseur de baleine japonais, ne pourra pas assurer la nouvelle campagne de pêche qu’il avait été autorisée à mener. Le tsunami qui s’est abattu sur le Japon le 11 mars dernier a dévasté tous ses bateaux, mais aussi ses stocks de viande, et l’homme a dû se séparer de tous ses employés.La société de Minoru Ito, la seule entreprise de pêche à la baleine du petit port d’Ayukawa Whaling, a été dévastée par le tsunami. Si aucun employé n’a été blessé, tous les bateaux et stocks ont été perdus, et le vieil homme, vétéran de la pêche à la baleine, a été contraint de renoncer à la campagne de chasse qu’il devait mener en avril, rapporte la fondation GoodPlanet. Minoru Ito a licencié ses 28 employés, mais il espère toutefois pouvoir compter sur une aide de l’Etat suffisante pour reprendre dès l’automne prochain son activité, qui a jusqu’alors résisté à tous les appels de la communauté internationale visant une interdiction de la pêche à la baleine au Japon. Si la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) interdit la chasse commerciale de ce cétacé depuis 1986, elle autorise le Japon à pratiquer une pêche dite scientifique. Une autorisation contre laquelle se bat vigoureusement l’Australie, qui a saisi l’été dernier la Cour internationale de justice pour y mettre un terme.Le mois dernier, face aux pressions de l’association écologiste Sea Sheperd, les baleiniers japonais avaient interrompu prématurément une campagne de pêche. Mais le pays refuse catégoriquement d’interdire une pratique faisant partie de la culture nippone.Le 28 mars 2011 à 19:59 • Maxime Lambert
By Rohey JadamaThe economic trial involving Mr. Momodou Sabally, the erstwhile Secretary General, Head of the Civil Service and Minister for Presidential Affairs, did not proceed yesterday, 29th April 2015, as the accused is reported to be bereaved after his mother passed away,This was revealed to Justice Emmanuel Amadi of the Special Criminal Division of the Banjul High Court by Antouman Gaye, the defence counsel for Mr. Sabally when the case was called.“My lord the accused called me yesterday night and told me that his mother passed away and the accused is currently in his mother’s compound in Lamin where the funeral is taking place. I respectfully apply for an adjournment, “ said Lawyer Gaye.The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) said he heard about the loss of the accused person’s mother and added that for that reason he is not objecting to the application.The trial judge granted the application and adjourned the case to 12th May 2015.Mr. Sabally is facing eight charges ranging from two counts of ‘Economic Crimes’, three counts of ‘Abuse of Office’, two counts of ‘Neglect of Official Duty’ and a single count of ‘Giving False Information to a Public Officer. He however denies any wrong doing.The prosecution has so far called 6 witnesses to prove their case.]]>
The College of Law Pension and Assurance Scheme has completed a £28 million pension buy-in transaction with Aviva.The College of Law Pension and Assurance Scheme is administered by the Legal Education Foundation and has 760 members. The transaction covers employees who have been retired since 2012. This means that the majority of current pensioners who are members of the scheme are now covered by bulk annuities.The payroll for pensioners covered by the buy-in will also be moved to Aviva in order to enhance the efficiency of scheme administration.The £28 million transaction, which is designed to reduce risk within the scheme, is the pension scheme’s fourth buy-in to date. The College of Law Pension and Assurance Scheme has completed two previous buy-ins with Aviva, with the last transaction taking place in 2012.Trustees of the scheme plan to achieve a full scheme buy-out in due course.Actuarial, consulting and investment organisation Hymans Robertson and law firm Linklaters advised The College of Law Pension and Assurance Scheme on the buy-in.The transaction was conducted in alignment with a review of the scheme’s investment strategy, which looked to reduce the level of investment risk at the same time as completing the buy-in. This was achieved by moving some of the scheme’s return seeking assets into the low risk portfolio.Alan Humphreys, scheme trustee for the College of Law Pension and Assurance Scheme, said: “The trustees are delighted to have completed their fourth pensioner buy-in, taking another important step to materially reduce risk for the members of the scheme.”
Former Fairbanks resident John Luther Adams has won a Pulitzer Prize for his composition “Become Ocean.”Download AudioAdams’ work has long been inspired by the natural world he’s experienced, and the Pulitzer committee was attracted to the real-world feel of “Become Ocean,” which was informed by the waters off the coast of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.The committee said the composition is a “haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels.” The piece was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony, which debuted the work in June.
Hyderabad: BanjaraHills police on Friday took former CEO of MOJO TV Revathi into custody from her house at Manikonda on charge under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The case related to a complaint lodged in January this year by a Dalit leader, alleging that he was insulted by her during a live show, they said. A Dalit leader, H Prasad, that anchor Raghu and Revathi had insulted him in the studio of MOJO TV during a debate conducted on the entry of a woman journalist into Sabarimala temple.
What kinds of problems women can have after giving birthIt’s still rare for a woman to die during or after childbirth; however, a lot of these deaths are unnecessary and preventable.“The problem is that it’s so rare that people are still just realizing that this is still a thing that happens in the United States,” Evans said.These deaths happen quickly after birth, within a matter of hours, days or weeks. Hemorrhaging and issues with C-sections are more immediate causes of deaths, but in the weeks after a woman gives birth, blood clots, strokes and postpartum preeclampsia can threaten her life.“When you’re about to take care of a newborn, you might not even be thinking about your own health and your own safety,” Evans said. “You’re thinking about keeping your newborn alive. You’re thinking about, ‘What does he or she need as they come into this world?’”Evans said discussions about postpartum depression are improving, but doctors are still having trouble educating their patients about stroke, heart attacks and other serious conditions after childbirth.On maternal mortality and black womenThe state’s task force on maternal mortality has found that black women are the most at risk of dying after childbirth or having complications, Evans said.“We really can’t talk about black women and black maternal health unless we’re talking about systemic racism in the health care system,” she said. “You have women who do not feel like they can talk to their doctors. You have unconscious bias against black women when they’re trying to ask questions, or perceptions about ‘if they’ll follow their doctor’s orders when it comes to their health plans.’”This is @SerenaWilliams like you’ve never seen her before. Our February cover star opens up about her recent health scare, the first couple months of motherhood, and how she’s not slowing down anytime soon. https://t.co/bhT541QpLD— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) January 11, 2018All of that factors into how black women are welcomed into the health care system, Evans said. She points to Serena Williams’ recent disclosure of her own pregnancy complications and fighting her doctors to get the care she needed.Evans said Williams’ experience will help people think about how they perceive black women and black mothers and mothers in general in their postpartum period.“Mothers after giving birth know their bodies better than anybody else,” Evans said. Share GABRIEL CRISTOVER PEREZ / KUTIn Texas, mothers are dying — and lawmakers and public health officials are trying to figure out why.Maternal mortality is defined when a mother dies from pregnancy-related complications while pregnant or within 42 days of giving birth, according to the Texas Tribune. Nationwide, the rate rose by 27 percent between 2000 and 2014, according to a 2016 study published in “Obstetrics and Gynecology.”In Texas, the maternal mortality rate had doubled between 2010 and 2012, shocking researchers. The state’s mortality rate hit its highest level in 2012 when 148 women died. As the Texas Tribune reported: “A new study says the rates from 2011 to 2015 were likely inflated because of misreporting on death certificates. The Texas Department of State Health Services has begun using a new methodology for 2012 onward, which it says produces a more accurate rate.”On KERA’s “Think,” Marissa Evans, a reporter with the Tribune, provided context to the numbers, which show among other things that black women are disproportionately at risk.Interview highlightsWhy it’s hard to quantify maternal mortalityThe definitions behind maternal mortality differ at the state and federal level.“When you have these two very important agencies, in our case, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the federal Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention], saying ‘We’re counting it in these different ways and we have these different numbers to show for it.’ That’s where we come into having a problem,” Evans said.But everyone that Evans spoke to in her reporting agrees that regardless of what the numbers are, they are rising in Texas.“No matter how you look at the definitions, people still need to be paying attention to this issue and we still need to figure out what we can do to protect mothers as they prepare for childbirth,” she said.Texas, however, is not the only state struggling with maternal mortality. Mississippi also has a high rate. And California once had a high rate, but is starting to lower it.The rate is rising across the country, but Texas is still considered a “top 10 place” for the issue.
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Akron has devised a method to shape shift materials into a preconditioned state at a preprogrammed time. They have published a paper in the journal Nature Communications describing their materials and how they can be programmed and have created a video that shows the shape shifting in action. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Sequential ‘blooming’ of an artificial flower, which has been assembled from individually programed petals Supplementary Movie 4. Credit: Sheiko et al. Nature Communications Heat, light stimulate self-assembly: Researchers develop shape-changing ‘smart’ material Creating materials that can change shape under given conditions would be useful in a variety of applications, including space-based constructions, microstructures for delivering medications inside the human body or monitoring abilities. Up until now, however, such constructs have relied on an external stimulus to cause the change to occur, e.g. heat, light or even a change in pH level. In this new effort, the researchers have developed a material that can be caused to initiate shape shifting at a preprogrammed time.The team created their materials by making use of two different types of chemical bonds—dynamic and permanent—using hydrogel polymers that were similar to human cartilage. The dynamic bonds control the change in state while the permanent bonds control the final state of the material after it has shape shifted. The energy that is stored due to folding is what ultimately drives the transformation. Preprogramming is done by adjusting the parameters that define the bonds such as location, strength and number. The team reports that they can control the shape shifting to within hours, minutes or even seconds.The team also reports that they created many objects to test the materials. To demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach, they created a flower that blooms over time with different parts opening after others, just as occurs in nature. They filmed the action, speeded it up, and then posted a video of the results on YouTube. The team also notes that they believe such material could be used to deliver drugs in the body in a novel way—they would be transported to the site where they are needed and delivered when the material shape shifted, allowing the drug to be released. © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Communications Citation: Preprogramming materials to shape shift at a given time (w/ video) (2016, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-preprogramming-materials-shift.html Explore further More information: Xiaobo Hu et al. Programming temporal shapeshifting, Nature Communications (2016). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12919AbstractShapeshifting enables a wide range of engineering and biomedical applications, but until now transformations have required external triggers. This prerequisite limits viability in closed or inert systems and puts forward the challenge of developing materials with intrinsically encoded shape evolution. Herein we demonstrate programmable shape-memory materials that perform a sequence of encoded actuations under constant environment conditions without using an external trigger. We employ dual network hydrogels: in the first network, covalent crosslinks are introduced for elastic energy storage, and in the second one, temporary hydrogen-bonds regulate the energy release rate. Through strain-induced and time-dependent reorganization of the reversible hydrogen-bonds, this dual network allows for encoding both the rate and pathway of shape transformations on timescales from seconds to hours. This generic mechanism for programming trigger-free shapeshifting opens new ways to design autonomous actuators, drug-release systems and active implants.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailRailway passengers faced disruption due to Virgin Trains having a ticket machine issue across the UK this evening. The train operator runs trains from a number of railway stations in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire – including Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and Crewe to destinations including London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly. It is not known if any other railway operators are affected at this stage but shortly after 9.15pm tonight Virgin Trains advised people to collect their tickets before travelling if possible. A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “There has been a nationwide ticket machine fault reported this evening. Passengers are advised to attempt to collect their tickets before travel and if you have a problem, please speak to station teams before boarding.” Read MoreAre chances of Channel 4 coming to Stoke-on-Trent increasing? Virgin Trains contacted The Sentinel shortly after 10.30pm to say the issue had been resolved. For the latest traffic and travel news from Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire visit our dedicated channel here. For more news and updates on the roads across North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here . For the latest live news updates from across the region, visit our live feed here.