Dr. Tufton expressed regret that the children and parents/guardians have had to endure this indiscretion. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, views as deeply troubling a video and images circulating on Facebook of construction work being done at the Savanna-La-Mar Hospital’s paediatric ward while being occupied by children. Dr. Tufton noted that under no circumstance should the children in the hospital’s care should have been subjected to such conditions. Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, views as deeply troubling a video and images circulating on Facebook of construction work being done at the Savanna-La-Mar Hospital’s paediatric ward while being occupied by children.Dr. Tufton noted that under no circumstance should the children in the hospital’s care should have been subjected to such conditions.Following a directive from the Health Minister on Saturday, the Regional Director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Dr. Ken-Garfield Douglas, suspended the work at once and the area was cleaned. The matter is being investigated and Dr. Tufton is awaiting a report.“What has occurred on the ward is very unfortunate and in my mind shows poor judgement,” the Minister said.Dr. Tufton expressed regret that the children and parents/guardians have had to endure this indiscretion. read more
zoom Chemical tankers are sailing into another challenging year, according to Stolt-Nielsen’s Chief Executive Officer, Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen.“Our outlook for the first half of 2018 remains essentially unchanged. We do not anticipate any substantial improvement in the chemical tanker market until 2019 when the orderbook reduces and the supply/demand balance improves,” Stolt-Nielsen said while commenting on the company’s fourth-quarter results and the outlook for 2018.The group’s tanker business, Stolt Tankers, reported an operating profit of USD 20.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, down from USD 30.4 million reported a year earlier, mainly reflecting the impact of lower contracts of affreightment (COA) volume and freight rates.The quarter was negatively impacted by Hurricane Harvey, which closed down the Houston ship channel, disrupted cargo operations and affected onward voyages well into the fourth quarter.The company’s terminals business also reported a lower operating profit which stood at USD 5.4 million in Q4, down from USD 14 million in the same quarter in 2016. The current quarter included a USD 8.4 million one-time impairment of assets in Stolthaven New Zealand.The only gainer in the quarter was Stolt Tank Containers which posted an operating profit of USD 17 million, up from USD 15.1 million, driven by stronger markets, increased demurrage revenue and improved margins.“For Stolthaven Terminals, we continue to expect a modest but steady improvement in results, driven by operational improvements and better utilization. At Stolt Tank Containers, we expect continued strength in rates and margins,” Stolt-Nielsen added.Overall, the total net profit attributable to shareholders in the fourth quarter was USD 1.1 million, down from last year’s USD 22.8 million profit, while revenue reached USD 506.8 million.Net profit for the full year came at USD 50.3 million, halved from last year’s USD 113 million.The company said it stands to benefit from the US tax cuts which entered into force on January 1, 2018. Namely, a positive one-time impact of USD 25 million on SNL’s first-quarter 2018 results is expected, as net deferred tax liabilities will be lower. read more
Residents in the Cape Breton health district are being asked for their input on how the province delivers continuing-care services to infants, children, youth, adults and seniors. “It’s important we hear from all Nova Scotians on this important health-care issue,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “The input we receive will help us build a better system.” Continuing-care services include home care, nursing homes, end-of-life care, adult day centres, adult protection, and other services that support people of all ages living in the community. More than 50 public meetings will be held throughout the province during June and July. Public input and additional research will be used to develop short and long-term plans for continuing-care services. The public meetings in the Cape Breton area will be held on June 14 in Cheticamp and Neil’s Harbour; June 15 in Christmas Island and Eskasoni; and June 16 in Sydney and Louisbourg. More information about continuing care and a schedule of public meetings is available on the Department of Health website at www.gov.ns.ca/health . Written submissions will be accepted by e-mail to email@example.com, or by mail to Project Manager, Strategic Framework Project, Continuing Care Branch, PO Box 488, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2R8, or by fax to 1-866-544-7700 (toll-free). Input can also be provided by calling toll-free 1-877-564-3400 or by fax to 1-866-544-7700. read more
ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, about 2.6 kilometres north of the Antigonish-Guysborough County line for about 8.3 kilometres, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Trunk 3, from the Lunenburg-Halifax Regional Municipality line (Hubbards), easterly to Cleveland Point Road, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 213 Route 213, at the intersection of French Village Station Road and Fox Hollow Drive, will have one-lane closures for installation of traffic signals and turning lane construction until Thursday, May 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-3732 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125, Leitches Creek Bridge The eastbound lanes of Highway 125 over Leitches Creek will be reduced to one lane, 24 hours a day, starting Monday, May 14 until late June. This will allow concrete repairs, waterproofing, and repaving of the bridge deck. Drivers should use extra caution and be prepared for traffic delays in the construction area. Keltic Drive is available as a detour route. Local Area Office: 902-742-2416 FAX: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 HANTS COUNTY: Route 214 Route 214 from Park Road, westerly to Trunk 14, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7 metre height restriction and 15 tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-742-2416 FAX: 902-742-6000 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Brooklyn Road Brooklyn Road at the intersection of Highway 101 in Yarmouth County is closed to all traffic for construction of a new underpass until Friday, Aug. 31. The public is asked to take an alternate route. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 101 Construction is taking place on Highway 101 between Exit 33 at Port Maitland and Exit 34 in Hebron. Work involves surface milling, repaving, shoulder improvements and guardrail installation. The construction will lead to traffic delays. Work will take place from dawn to dusk. Drivers must slow down in the construction area or, if possible, take an alternate route. The work is scheduled for completion at the end of May. PICTOU COUNTY: West Branch Road West Branch Road is reduced to one lane for road construction until Friday, June 1. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control persons. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through the construction zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Groves Point Road Groves Point Road, from Highway 105 to Groves Point Beach Park, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. The detour route is St. James Road. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207 near Lawrencetown Beach will be closed for replacement until Thursday, May 31. A one-lane bridge with traffic lights has been installed until construction is completed. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 NEW WORK DIGBY-YARMOUTH COUNTIES: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Darling Lake, Yarmouth County, to Salmon River, Digby County will be reduced to one lane for a paving project until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Cribbons Point Road Cribbons Point Road, at the intersection of Route 337, easterly for about 1.7 kilometres, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Wednesday, May 30, to replace the overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 There will be periodic highway lane closings near the West Brooklyn underpass for road repairs until Wednesday, May 30. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control persons. Traffic may be stopped for short periods. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Highway 111 from Windmill Road to the bridge between Lake Micmac and Lake Banook will have lane closures at various locations and times until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones and barrels. Motorists are advised to use caution when travelling through the marked work site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be required. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Highway 103 Construction is taking place on Highway 103 between Exit 29 at Barrington and the Clyde River Bridge. Work involves surface milling, repaving and shoulder improvements. The construction will lead to traffic delays. Work will take place from dawn to dusk. Drivers must slow down in the construction area and should expect delays. The work is scheduled for completion at the end of May. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105 There will be one-lane closures on Highway 105 from one kilometre east of the Highway 125 interchange, (before Ed’s Playland)easterly to the bridge near the Marine Atlantic Terminal, for ditching, pipe work, and repaving. The work is scheduled for completion by Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour is available on Gannon Road. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 104, at the New Brunswick-Nova Scotia border, will have speed limit reductions to 80 km/h, and one-lane closures for paving and installation of weight motion sensors from Monday, May 14 to Friday, June 1. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30- read more
New Delhi: In what seems to be a repeat of its performance in the 2014 general elections, when it swept the national Capital, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won all seven seats in 2019. The BJP candidates have registered victory margin between 2.25 lakh to 5.78 lakh in the Capital. The party had fielded five seating MPs while has changed candidates on two seats.”The victory is historic and is a repetition of the 2014 mandate. This clear mandate is a result of people appreciating the work done by the Modi-led government,” said Manoj Tiwari, Delhi BJP chief who won the North East Delhi seat, thus securing a second consecutive term. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarTiwari registered victory with a vote share of 53.90 percent. Cricketer-turned politician Gautam Gambhir won, securing 55.35 percent of the votes polled in East Delhi. In North West Delhi, singer Hans Raj Hans got 60.47 percent of total votes cast. Meenakshi Lekhi secured 54.77 per cent in vote cast in New Delhi. West Delhi’s candidate Parvesh Verma won by the largest margin in Delhi by securing 60.04 percent vote share. Ramesh Bidhuri from the South Delhi constituency got a vote share of 56.56 percent while party’s candidate from Chandani Chowk Harsh Vardhan registered win with a vote share of 52.96 of total votes polled. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe jubilian party leaders said that the people of the India have reposed the faith in Modi government. They said that they bow down to the people of Delhi for making the BJP win on all the 7 seats in Delhi. “People of Delhi have yet again proved that the politics of lie, deceit and false propaganda would not work in Delhi,” Tiwari said. Repeating the history of 2014 again in 2019, Delhi has proved that the whole nation is with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and they look forward to make India the “vishwa guru”. read more
Recording industry heavyweight and civil rights activist, John Legend, will be on hand as an award presenter at the TJ Martell Foundation’s Women of Influence Los Angeles event on May 15th, 2015 at Loews Hollywood Hotel.Legend, a 2015 Oscar winner, is managed by Ty Stiklorius, Co-President of Atom Factory, and one of the 2015 Women of Influence Award Honorees. The award recognizes leaders who inspire other women everywhere to live their dreams while balancing work, home and health.The Women of Influence Awards Los Angeles will be hosted by Sandra Fluke, California State Director for Voices of Progress, who will also be honored at the event for her achievements in policy advocacy. She will be joined by fellow honorees, Stiklorius; Jennifer Justice, EVP of Strategic Marketing & Business Development for Roc Nation; and Sherry Dewane, Wealth Advisor for Wells Fargo. The Foundation is delighted to announce that Dr. Sara Hurvitz, associate professor of medicine and director for the Breast Oncology Program at UCLA will be the event’s guest speaker. The honorees represent a dynamic group of female leaders from diverse industries like media, medicine, government and entertainment.“I am extremely excited to announce John Legend’s participation in the Women of Influence Awards in Los Angeles,” said Laura Heatherly, CEO of the T.J. Martell Foundation. “This event will raise vital funds for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s breast cancer and ovarian cancer research programs. This will be a crucial part of the Foundation’s 40th anniversary celebrations.”The 2015 Women of Influence Los Angeles Awards & Luncheon tickets, sponsorships, and journal ads can be reviewed by going to www.tjmartell.org. read more
Rabat – Friday is Jamila Bakkari’s favorite day of the week. Not because it signals the upcoming weekend, but rather because she gets to spend the morning carrying out one of Morocco’s cherished traditions: preparing couscous.Jamila has been making traditional Moroccan couscous since the age of 14.Every Friday morning, she and her seven sisters would help their mother and grandmother cook the massive meal for their large family. Jamila began helping by washing vegetables, but she was later appointed to managing the meat. Having learned each detail of the craft for years, she had no issues assembling the meal for the first time on her own when she got married.Read Also: Preparing for Friday Couscous: Thursday Morning in the SoukIn most cultures, women are often tasked with continuing the valuable traditions, crafts, and legacies that compose the foundations of a society. The Moroccan tradition of Friday couscous is no exception to this rule.Each Friday, mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, and daughters around the country spend up to three hours preparing a family meal that will be devoured in less than fifteen minutes.While some women may find the task exhausting, Jamila absolutely adores this tradition and the role she plays in its preservation. Not only is the finished product delicious, the memories she associates with preparing and eating couscous are close to her heart.“Couscous has always given me the chance to spend time with my family,” she says.“I grew up with seven sisters and two brothers. My brothers never helped with cooking,” she laughs. “They didn’t care.”“My sisters and I would take turns helping our mother and grandmother cook during the week, but on Friday mornings we all had to be in the kitchen.”“It wasn’t a chore for me,” she recalls fondly. “I loved every minute of it. We always laughed and had a great time.”Read Also: Belgian Volunteers Invited for Couscous in Marrakech as Sign of Several decades later, Jamila prepares the dish by herself.She doesn’t mind these moments of solitude, though, as she enjoys looking out the large windows of her kitchen at the people bustling around the mosque across the busy street. While she waits for the ingredients to cook, she chats with her friends on WhatsApp and watches TV with her husband.At this point in her life, Friday couscous is more important than ever. It guarantees her time with her family, as her oldest son has moved out and her youngest is usually working or busy with his friends. On Fridays, however, it’s hshuma–shameful–for anyone to be absent from the midday meal.In photos: tfayaThe sweet variant of Moroccan couscous, tfaya, is usually prepared for special occasions. In the Bakkari household, however, this delightful dish is served regularly.The process begins with the meat, which is cooked in boiling water. The meat used for this particular dish is sheep, left over from Eid al-Adha.Lamb leftover fro Eid Al Adha.While the meat is cooking, Jamila sautés onions, chickpeas, and raisins in a pan with oil. These ingredients are spiced with salt, black pepper, saffron, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and sugar.The couscous ingredients.Onions being chopped.When the meat is fully cooked, Jamila mixes the broth with the sautéed onions, chickpeas, and raisins to form a delicious sauce, which is then left to simmer on the stove.Meanwhile, Jamila adds oil to the dry couscous before steaming it in the kiskas, which is a large two-part cooker.The dry couscous.Jamila steams the couscous three separate times to achieve the perfect fluffy consistency. In between steams, she rehydrates the couscous.The couscous being mixed.Across the street, hundreds are gathered at the mosque to pray, and the busy streets of Temara are suddenly calm.Friday prayers across the street.The quiet peace is quickly shattered as prayers end and worshippers swarm the street. The vendors lining the mosque begin shouting their prices.Worshippers leaving the mosque after Friday prayers.From the fifth-floor kitchen window, Jamila watches her husband and youngest son leave the mosque together. Her husband buys some fresh fruit for the family to eat after the meal.When the couscous is perfectly cooked, Jamila covers it with the sauce and tops it with meat. Jamila always times her cooking perfectly so that the dish is hot and ready to serve as soon as the men return home from prayer.Only a few minutes pass before the entire dish is cleared.The couscous was finished quickly.In photos: vegetable couscousThe process for cooking vegetable couscous is similar to that of tfaya. Jamila begins by boiling a whole chicken, which is seasoned with salt, black pepper, ginger, turmeric, saffron, parsley, and coriander.When the chicken is finished, she stews vegetables in the broth until they are tender.The vegetables stewing.Jamila likes to use fresh pumpkin, carrots, cabbage, and potatoes for this couscous.Other vegetables commonly used for this dish include turnips, sweet potatoes, beans, and zucchini or courgettes.The dry couscous is dressed with olive oil before heading to the kiskas.As always, Jamila steams the couscous three times. The cooked couscous is then soaked with the meat and vegetable stew and served.The vegetable cousous when finished.Every Friday, Jamila cooks enough couscous for six people, but only five of us gather around to enjoy the meal. The remaining portion is put into a separate dish and placed on a tray with some fruit.Jamila’s husband, Mohammed, brings the tray to a man who lives on the roof of the adjacent building.“He’s living there alone. He doesn’t have any family to cook for him or eat with him,” Mohammed says of their neighbor. “Eating couscous at a restaurant is too expensive to do every week.”“It’s important for us to include him, even if he’s not actually eating with us,” Jamila says. She has been cooking enough for him every Friday for two years. “Every Moroccan should be able to enjoy our traditions.”This statement underscores exactly how valuable the tradition of Friday couscous is in Morocco.The tradition, which has been passed down for generations, is preserved by people like Jamila and Mohammed, who remind us to value family, charity, and kindness–the Moroccan way.Read also: Preparing for Friday Couscous: Thursday Morning in the Souk read more
1 August 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon departed New York today for a two-day visit to Haiti, where he will meet with Government officials, as well as representatives from churches, civil society and the private sector. Tonight, Mr. Ban will attend a dinner hosted by President René Préval, which will be preceded by a joint press conference by the two men, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.Also on Mr. Ban’s itinerary is a meeting with the leadership of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), which currently comprises nearly 9,000 uniformed personnel.Edmond Mulet, the UN Special Representative in Haiti, said that significant progress has been made in the Caribbean nation, partly due to the cooperation between the UN and the Haitian National Police. Security operations in Port-au-Prince, the capital, have helped to restore relative calm to Cité Soleil, Martissant, Grand Ravine and Ti Bois.Mr. Ban is scheduled to travel from Haiti to Barbados, which holds the current chairmanship of the Caribbean regional cooperation body known as CARICOM, where he will meet with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and the Governor General, as well as with the UN country team. read more
…economic argumentsThere’s an interesting colloquy going on between former PPP Minister Henry Jeffrey (for 16 years – Labour, Housing, Human Services and Social Security, Minister of Health and Labour, Education, Foreign Trade) and former President Donald Ramotar. The latter acceded to that office after Jeffrey parted company rather acrimoniously with the PPP Government – but previously he’d been the General Secretary of the PPP, before.Ramotar took serious umbrage at what he saw as Jeffrey’s belittling of the PPP’s success in the economic arena – such as he, Ramotar has boasted of in a letter to the press. Jeffrey was basically asserting what some folks believe is true: after Hoyte signed onto the IMF’s “conditionalities” and launched the Economic Recovery Project (ERP), the ground was set for the PPP’s success. Between 1989 and 1992, after all, the GDP grew at a clip of six per cent+ annually!It would appear Ramotar was pretty peeved about Jeffrey being more than a tad simplistic in pushing that line – especially since he was on the inside for most of the PPP’s terms and would’ve had access to the facts. Right off the bat, one can’t deny the PPP’s success by claiming it was the due to the IMF policies – and not apply the same yardstick to the Hoyte years! What’s sauce for the goose and all that…Secondly, and more germanely, the rise in GDP during the Hoyte’s years wasn’t due to any radical economic innovation – save the IMF-demanded removal of PNC stranglehold controls over the economy. Does the PNC get points for ceasing to stifle the economy?? Then how about panning them for those policies that killed the economy in the first place.In reality, what happened between 1989 and 1994 was the industries that had been stifled by the PNC, basically bounced back to the Production Possibility Frontier that was already inherent in the factors of production. For instance, sugar and rice started to do better because of market forces playing a bigger role in wages and prices respectively.The role of Bharrat Jagdeo in getting the US$2.1 billion debt the PNC had placed on the necks of Guyana and all Guyanese written off wasn’t just through magic – it required a firm hand on steering the economic ship SS Guyana. Is it because of Jeffrey’s well ventilated run-ins with Jagdeo he wouldn’t acknowledge that? Your Eyewitness was a bit taken back by Dr Jeffrey’s seemingly churlish dismissal of the robust performance of the economy under the PPP’s watch.But he realises just as “all politics is local”, all analyses are ultimately personal. It’s left to all Guyanese to “pick sense from nonsense”, between the verbal volleys!…monument baseIf your Eyewitness didn’t know better, he’d be excused for thinking somebody’s out to ensure the “Indian Arrival Monument” never gets placed on its pedestal.What a comedy of errors it is, as the (sordid) facts slowly trickle out! Firstly, the monument itself – funded and crafted by India – has been sitting in a Government for over a year and a half!! What was the Government – or more the Ministry of Culture – specifically doing about the base since then??Well according to revelations from the past two budget debates – “absolutely nothing!” is the answer. When questioned the Minister of Culture’s answer that nothing was budgeted, even though a plan had been left by the departed PPP Government.Only when earlier this year most of the Indian groups in Guyana got together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the abolition of indentureship – focusing world attention on Guyana – that the Government rushed to save face for its 11 per cent “Indian” representatives.The monument? Too late, has been the cry!!…legal directionWhy is the DPP forcing a Magistrate to reverse her decision on a matter that is totally within her bailiwick??! Is it pressure being placed on the DPP herself and transmitted downwards??Shed a tear for our beleaguered judicial system. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRamotar warns against “economic jumbie”; promises thousands of jobsMarch 29, 2015In “Politics”EYEWITNESS: Making…December 29, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Update: “I am not going anywhere” – Ramotar; Jagdeo named Opposition LeaderJuly 8, 2015In “Politics” read more
A Clark County Jail inmate who was accused of sexually assaulting a fellow inmate was sentenced Wednesday to 1 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges, including a misdemeanor assault charge without sexual motivation.Navin Phathanasack, 39, entered Newton pleas to possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and fourth-degree assault and attempted unlawful imprisonment, both misdemeanors. The plea allows a defendant to acknowledge that a jury could find him guilty of those crimes but not admit to guilt; it is treated as a guilty plea.All of the crimes occurred in the Clark County Jail. He was sentenced to 18 months on the drug conviction and 364 days, with all time suspended for two years, on the misdemeanors. His sentence will run concurrent with a 2017 case, in which he was sentenced to the residential drug-offender sentencing alternative, or DOSA. Phathanasack will also serve a year of community custody.On April 22, the victim reported to jail staff that he had been assaulted by three other inmates over the past two days. He later told investigators that some other inmates believed he may have smuggled drugs into the jail and wanted to take them from him, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Three inmates, including Phathanasack, confronted him in a cell. Phathanasack and another inmate held the victim’s arms and pinned his feet to the ground while a third inmate repeatedly struck the victim in the back, the affidavit says. read more
WASHINGTON — The U.S. is issuing an emergency order Wednesday grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft “effective immediately,” in the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people, President Donald Trump said.Many nations had already barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace, but until Trump’s announcement, the Federal Aviation Administration had said that it didn’t have any data to show the jets are unsafe. Trump cited “new information” that had come to light in the ongoing investigation into incident. He did not elaborate.“All of those planes are grounded, effective immediately,” Trump said during a scheduled briefing on border security.Trump said any airplane currently in the air will go to its destination and then be grounded. He added all airlines and affected pilots had been notified.Trump said the safety of the American people is of “paramount concern,” and added that the FAA would soon put out a statement on the action.Trump said the decision to ground the aircraft “didn’t have to be made, but we thought it was the right decision.”The president insisted the announcement was coordinated with aviation officials in Canada, U.S. carriers and aircraft manufacturer Boeing.“Boeing is an incredible company,” Trump said. “They are working very, very hard right now and hopefully they’ll quickly come up with an answer.” read more
New Jersey senators are endorsing Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) proposal to spend $200,000 in fiscal 2016 on strategic planning and lobbying to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in a future base closure round.Some lawmakers favored investing even more money to support the joint base, reported the Burlington County Times.“Devastating is the only word I can think of if for any reason [a BRAC Commission] would view our joint base in a negative light,” state Sen. Jennifer Beck said Thursday during a committee hearing on Christie’s budget proposal.Christie’s request to spend $200,000 matches the allocation in the current fiscal year to defend the installation. In February, the state contracted with Cassidy & Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based government relations firm, to prepare a report on how state, county and local governments can better protect and enhance the state’s military facilities.The 2016 funds would cover additional research and consulting by Cassidy and be used to hire state staff to focus on protecting state installations, Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, adjutant general of New Jersey, told the committee.State Sen. Linda Greenstein (D) said other states spend much more to preserve their military installations, according to the story.“Of all the states I think we’re at the very bottom in terms of the appropriation we give for this,” Greenstein said. “We’re dwarfed by all these other states to preserve our military interests.” Dan Cohen AUTHOR read more
Mancherial: Protesting the government’s move to privatise the Indian railways, the one-day hunger strike of All India Loco Running Staff Association Bellampalli unit was concluded here on Tuesday.Following the call of All India Loco Pilot Association, Bellampalli unit leaders staged a 24-hour hunger strike from Monday (June 15) to Tuesday at Bellampalli railway station in Mancherial district. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us They also sought revision of the mileage rate for the running staff in accordance with RAC 1980 formula. The other demands included rectification of the difference in pension of loco pilots, who had retired before and after January, scraping off the new pension schemes NPS, and revival of the old pension scheme, implementation of the safety measures for passenger s and staff. read more
Donald TrumpDozens of immigrants in legal limbo-including a young teacher named America-had front row seats for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday, getting a close-up look at US history despite their own precarious status.Trump delivered his primetime address in the hallowed House of Representatives chamber, where immigrants from Chile, Guatemala, Mexico and South Korea joined US lawmakers, top administration and military officials, Supreme Court justices and foreign ambassadors.The speech, which touched on the divisive issue of immigration, came as some 700,000 immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, the so-called “Dreamers,” risk losing their protected status while the White House and Congress square off over their fate.For those supporting the Dreamers, the goal of their presence was simple: “Make sure the president is seeing the faces of young people who are contributing to our community every day,” said congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham.For America Moreno Jimenez, who immigrated from Mexico at age two with her parents and is now a public school teacher in North Carolina, it would be a very personal moment.“My name itself is a devotion to how much my family loves this country, and it’s sad to see that nothing has been done yet,” 24-year-old America told AFP, as congressman David Price, who invited her to the speech, stood nearby.“I want to hear a decisive statement, one way or the other,” she said of Trump’s speech.Trump was decisive, but not in the way she might have hoped, vowing to pursue immigration policies that focus on the “best interests of American workers and American families.”“Americans are dreamers too,” Trump said.Thousands of Dreamers like America will be under threat of deportation if Congress does not legislate a fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump scrapped last September and which expires on March 5.In a pointed message to the Republican president to break the immigration stalemate, more than two dozen Democratic lawmakers invited Dreamers to his speech.They “make America more American,” top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi told Dreamers in the US Capitol. “You are the pride of America (and) you are here to stay.”Not everyone agreed.A Republican congressman from Arizona, Paul Gosar, contacted US Capitol Police urging them to check identifications at the speech and arrest “any illegal aliens”-a move that infuriated Democratic lawmakers.“I would say to the congressman, you try it,” boomed Texas congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee.‘Set aside our differences’ -Despite the tension, Dreamer Denea Joseph, a 23-year-old UCLA graduate who immigrated from Belize at age seven, hoped Trump would soothe the concerns of so many immigrants who were watching.A proposal recently outlined by Trump would put about 1.8 million of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the country on a pathway to citizenship, provided they “meet education and work requirements and show good moral character.”It would also provide funding for his border wall and severely curtail legal immigration.“I call upon all of us tonight to set aside our differences,” Trump said as he discussed the sensitive issue.Several Dreamers wore yellow butterfly stickers, a nod to the insect’s cross-border migratory patterns.Most have DACA permits, distributed under Barack Obama’s administration, that provide legal residency and work authorization.But for many, the clock is ticking. Bolivian-born high schooler Nicolle Uria said she feels just as American as anyone else, but her DACA status lasts only through September.“Dreamers like me wake up every morning knowing we have an expiration date on our futures,” she said. read more
Image: Arizona’s fuller fire seen by NASA’s Aqua satellite (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with the University of New South Wales and Monash University, both in Australia, has developed a theory that suggests tuberculosis may have evolved into a disease as a result of the use of controlled fire by early humans. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they came up with the theory and then tested it using mathematical modeling in conjunction with evolutionary genetics, epidemiology and paleontology. Tuberculosis, commonly known as TB, has been killing people for thousands of years and still continues to do so today—as the researchers note, it kills more people than any other type of bacterial infection. It is also unique in that scientists believe it is one of the few diseases that started in humans rather than other animals. But how it did so has remained a mystery. In this new effort, the researchers suggest it might have evolved from a simple microbe that lived in the soil to one that could kill people because humans learned how to control fire. Their idea is that sitting around an open fire meant breathing in a lot of smoke, which is known to weaken the immune response to pathogens in the lungs—any microbe that made its way in—via blowing dust, for example—would find a relatively safe place to live. Controlled fire also allowed early people more social time, as it provided light after the sun went down, which the researchers suggest may well have contributed to more physical contact—and that could have allowed the bacteria to become more transmissible. Taken together, the two factors offer a plausible explanation for the evolution of a harmless, soil-dwelling microbe into Mycobacterium tuberculosis.To test their theory, the researchers used modeling to simulate evolving soil bacteria and found that under normal circumstances, it would be very unlikely to become a transmissible disease. But when they added the conditions under which people lived with controlled fire, the odds increased dramatically. They note that living near fire on a regular basis would also increase the frequency of coughing, which is, of course, the way that TB is transmitted. This photomicrograph reveals Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria using acid-fast Ziehl-Neelsen stain; Magnified 1000 X. The acid-fast stains depend on the ability of mycobacteria to retain dye when treated with mineral acid or an acid-alcohol solution such as the Ziehl-Neelsen, or the Kinyoun stains that are carbolfuchsin methods specific for M. tuberculosis. Credit: public domain 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. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Early controlled use of fire may have led to emergence of tuberculosis (2016, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-early-emergence-tuberculosis.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Rebecca H. Chisholm et al. Controlled fire use in early humans might have triggered the evolutionary emergence of tuberculosis, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1603224113AbstractTuberculosis (TB) is caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC), a wildly successful group of organisms and the leading cause of death resulting from a single bacterial pathogen worldwide. It is generally accepted that MTBC established itself in human populations in Africa and that animal-infecting strains diverged from human strains. However, the precise causal factors of TB emergence remain unknown. Here, we propose that the advent of controlled fire use in early humans created the ideal conditions for the emergence of TB as a transmissible disease. This hypothesis is supported by mathematical modeling together with a synthesis of evidence from epidemiology, evolutionary genetics, and paleoanthropology. Explore further read more
The gunman who carried out a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe last year may have suffered from chronic schizophrenia, a psychiatrist who had treated him told an inquest on Wednesday.Iranian-born Man Haron Monis took more than a dozen customers and staff hostage at the upmarket Lindt cafe in the city’s financial heart on December 15, an incident which shocked the nation.An inquest into his death and the deaths of two hostages at the end of the 16-hour siege, is probing Monis’ motivations — including whether he was a “lone wolf” prosecuting an IS-inspired terrorist act or a deranged individual. It was told that Monis had mental health issues and at times believed he was under constant surveillance by security agencies in Australia and Iran. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenMonis was referred to a psychiatrist in May 2010 after he ended up in hospital complaining of dizziness. “He was very evasive in his answers — he felt that he was being watched all the time, even in his bathroom,” psychiatrist Kristen Barrett, who first saw Monis that May, told the court.“My impression was that he had chronic schizophrenia and my treatment plan was to start anti-psychotic medication.” Barrett said she had prescribed medication for Monis and he seemed to improve, but by early 2011 he stopped taking the drugs and a few months later ended their sessions.Monis, a self-styled cleric who had a history of extremist views and who demanded an Islamic State flag during the siege, was killed by police when they stormed the building after he shot dead cafe manager Tori Johnson, ending a long ordeal which put Sydney’s financial district in lockdown. read more
Related posts:Nigerian president orders probe into schoolgirls’ kidnapping Obama not seeking plans for US troops to rescue Nigerian girls Boko Haram’s horrendous abduction of 234 teenage girls International effort widens for missing Nigerian schoolgirls I have had to remain quiet about the continuing efforts by Nigeria’s military, police and investigators to find the girls kidnapped in April from the town of Chibok by the terrorist group Boko Haram. I am deeply concerned, however, that my silence as we work to accomplish the task at hand is being misused by partisan critics to suggest inaction or even weakness.My silence has been necessary to avoid compromising the details of our investigation. But let me state this unequivocally: My government and our security and intelligence services have spared no resources, have not stopped and will not stop until the girls are returned home and the thugs who took them are brought to justice. On my orders, our forces have aggressively sought these killers in the forests of northern Borno state, where they are based. They are fully committed to defending the integrity of their country.My heart aches for the missing children and their families. I am a parent myself, and I know how awfully this must hurt. Nothing is more important to me than finding and rescuing our girls.Since 2010, thousands of people have been killed, injured, abducted or forced by Boko Haram, which seeks to overwhelm the country and impose its ideology on all Nigerians. My government is determined to make that impossible. We will not succumb to the will of terrorists.The abduction of our children cannot be seen as an isolated event. Terrorism knows no borders. This month, Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Britain and the United States established an External Intelligence Response Unit to share security information on such threats in West Africa. I propose that we build on this step to establish an enduring, worldwide commitment to destroying terrorism and those who finance or give safe haven to the terrorists.In September, I will urge the U.N. General Assembly to establish a U.N.-coordinated system for sharing intelligence and, if necessary, special forces and law enforcement to confront terrorism wherever it occurs.In Nigeria, there are political, religious and ethnic cleavages to overcome if we are to defeat Boko Haram. We need greater understanding and outreach between Muslims and Christians. We also know that, as it seeks to recruit the gullible, Boko Haram exploits the economic disparities that remain a problem in our country. We are addressing these challenges through such steps as bringing stakeholders together and creating a safe schools initiative, a victims’ support fund and a presidential economic recovery program for northeastern Nigeria. We are also committed to ridding our country of corruption and safeguarding human and civil rights and the rule of law.Something positive can come out of the situation in Nigeria: most important, the return of the Chibok girls, but also new international cooperation to deny havens to terrorists and destroy their organizations wherever they are — whether in the forests of Nigeria, on the streets of New York or sanctuaries in Iraq or Pakistan. Those who value humanity, civilization and the innocence of children can do no less.Goodluck Jonathan is president of Nigeria.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments read more
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, center, is sacked by Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, top, and outside linebacker Chandler Jones during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share However, Sando thinks Arizona could prioritize Jones over Campbell, leaving Campbell as the odd man out.Safety Tony Jefferson rounded out the Cardinals on Sando’s list of promising free agents.Jefferson became a full-time starter in 2016 and flourished in the role, helping Arizona rank third in defensive expected points added (EPA).Trending:Up because he made the most of the opportunity to become a full-time player.Jefferson, who started the first 14 games of 2016 before a knee injury ended his season early, will likely have the lowest price tag of his fellow free agent teammates. However, the 24-year-old looks like he’s on his way to a successful career in the NFL after posting a career-high 92 tackles, with his 13 tackles for loss leading NFL defensive backs. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Sando seemed confident the Cardinals would try to keep Chandler Jones.The Cardinals sent a second-round choice to New England in acquiring Jones before the season. That’s a strong indication that they’ll make re-signing him a top priority.Trending:Up because Jones’ 11 sacks helped Arizona lead the league in that category while improving on defense overall.After spending his first four years with the New England Patriots, Jones adjusted nicely to life with the Cardinals. He bolstered Arizona’s pass rush by recording 11 sacks and four forced fumbles.More importantly, the addition of Jones to the pass rush helped Arizona lead the NFL in sacks with 48. With Jones playing well in the desert, it makes sense that Arizona GM Steve Keim would like to get a long-term deal done with the pass rusher.The next Cardinal on Sando’s list was veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell.The Cardinals re-signed Tyrann Mathieu and acquired Chandler Jones last offseason, perhaps signaling that re-signing Campbell might rank lower on their list of priorities.Trending: Up because Campbell collected eight sacks, forced two fumbles and picked off a pass this season.Even at age 30, Campbell is still quite productive. His eight sacks are the second most he’s had in a season, so it looks like he still has some gas in the tank. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals’ 7-8-1 record may not have shown it, but there were still plenty of talented players on the roster, some of whom could end up being high-priced free agents.According to ESPN writer Mike Sando, the Cardinals have three players that could command a steep price on the free agent market.Sando wrote in an article for ESPN Insider that pass-rusher Chandler Jones, defensive lineman Calais Campbell and safety Tony Jefferson are all on his list of free agents headed for big paydays. read more
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