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New Nursing Home Officially Opened in HRM

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE The province officially opened a new nursing home today (June 18th) in Halifax Regional Municipality, giving more Nova Scotians the option of staying in their community longer. Ivany Place, in Bedford West, is home to 156 residents and was built using the province’s new design standards which emphasize more home-like surroundings. The design also enables couples who both require nursing home care to live together in the same household. The new beds at Ivany Place are among 1,000 new long-term care beds that will be open by the summer of 2011 in 14 new facilities and eight additions to existing facilities throughout Nova Scotia. Northwood will operate Ivany Place. -30- Nova Scotia seniors will have the option to stay in their community longer and receive long-term care after the official opening today, June 18, of Christina and Hedley Ivany Place in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Ivany Place, operated by Northwood, is home for 156 residents, in a community setting in Bedford West. The facility has 12 distinct neighbourhoods each with its own kitchen, living room and dining room. Most residents have private rooms and bathrooms as well as access to outdoor courtyards and gardens. “The opening of Ivany Place helps Nova Scotia’s seniors live more healthily and independently in their community,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “It is part of government’s ongoing commitment to advocate for seniors in Nova Scotia and to make their lives better.” Ivany Place reflects the province’s new design standards, which emphasize home-like surroundings. The design also enables couples who require nursing home care to live together in the same household. Clients have access to 24-hour nursing care as well as medical, nutritional and pharmacy services and occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Other features include a room for family visits and functions, a wellness centre, hair salon and common areas to host entertainment programs and religious services. “This beautiful facility will enable its residents to receive the health care and support they need in their home community, close to family and friends,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “It is the latest chapter in Northwood’s proud history of caring for seniors in our community.” Ivany Place also hosts an Adult Day Program for up to 20 clients which offers a safe, therapeutic environment for dependent adults older than 50, with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease or who may be physically frail. “We set out five years ago on a journey to create a place that people could truly call home,” said Kate Harris, chair of the board of governors of Northwood. “We thank the community, our partners, our staff, and, most of all, the residents and families who put their trust in us.” Ivany Place employs more than 200 people. The 156 beds opening at Ivany Place are part of the 1,000 new long-term care beds that will be open by the summer of 2011 in 14 new facilities and eight additions to existing facilities throughout Nova Scotia. Access to Ivany Place and other provincial long-term care facilities is through the Department of Health’s Single Entry Access system at 1-800-225-7225.last_img read more

New Zealand bans singleuse plastic bags

first_imgWellington: New Zealand officially banned single-use plastic shopping bags Monday, introducing hefty fines for businesses that continue to provide them. Plastic pollution has become a growing global concern, with a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals injured or killed every year by becoming entangled in packaging or ingesting it through the food chain. Companies that break New Zealand’s ban will face heavy penalties, including fines of up to 100,000 New Zealand dollar (USD 67,000). Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed'”New Zealanders are proud of our country’s clean, green reputation and want to help ensure we live up to it,” Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said. “Ending the use of single-use plastic shopping bags helps do that.” Under the new rules, thin plastic single-use shopping bags can no longer be supplied — but the law allows reusable carriers to continue being provided. The legislation — which was announced in August last year and came into force on Monday — will have little practical effect, as New Zealand’s major supermarkets Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinpinghave already voluntarily banned the bags. However, Sage said it was putting the issue of recycling on the agenda. “(The ban) doesn’t go far enough, but what is really great is it’s started the conversation,” she told Radio New Zealand. “People are now talking about single-use plastics and how we can phase them out.” More than 80 countries have already introduced similar bans, according to the UN Environment Programme.last_img read more

Construction begins on Freedom Road to Shoal Lake 40

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN National NewsThe community of Shoal Lake 40 in Manitoba hosted a celebratory feast last week to kick off construction of the much awaited Freedom Road.Nearly 50 people including community members, people from the province and representatives from the federal government gathered at the community’s recreation centre for a ceremony that included speeches, drumming and a tour of the construction site.Construction of the road officially began in May. Chief Erwin RedskyChief Erwin Redsky said Friday’s celebration not only marks the beginning of a new road but also the beginning of a road to reconciliation.“Today is a day of celebration. Reaching a major milestone of beginning of construction of our road. Freedom Road.” He said, “This demonstrates what partnership can look like. What equality can look like.”Shoal Lake 40 was forced onto a man-made island more than 100 years ago when the city of Winnipeg built an aqueduct to ensure the city had clean drinking water. The community relies on ferry transportation during the summer months and a winter road during the rest of the seasons.They have been under a boil water advisory for the past two decades. Something Chief Redsky hopes will change once the road is complete.Bob Nault, MP for Kenora, was in attendance for Friday’s celebration. He admits Canada still has a lot of work to do and Freedom Road is just the beginning.“There’s an opportunity to build a new water plant and build other infrastructure in the community.”Last year the federal government agreed to cover up to $20 million toward the road, while the province and the city each agreed to pay $10 million.Freedom Road stretches 24-kilometres with nine of those being on Shoal Lake 40. The road will connect the community to the Trans-Canada Highway. Completion of on reserve road is set for October. A representative for the province couldn’t confirm a date for full completion of the road.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

Second Annual Peace Fusion Dance Showcase

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace Fusion Dance Company (PFDC) will be showcasing a repertoire of their dance numbers at their second Annual Dance Showcase.The Peace Fusion Dance Showcase is a way to share with the community the competitive dances the Company has been developing and working on prior to attending dance competitions they will be attending this year across North America.The Showcase will be at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Saturday, January 26 at 7:00 PM. The cost for Adults is $25 and Children are $12. There will be various styles of dance including tap, modern, lyrical, ballet, hip hop and more.To purchase a ticket for the Event CLICK HERE To view, the FB Event Page CLICK HEREPFDC is made up of dancers from both Fort Nelson to High Prairie who train at 8 different studios in 5 different towns. They will be joined by local dance studios including Studio 2 Stage Dance Academy, Alchemy Dance Collective, North Peace Gymnastics Association, Kiwanis Performing Arts, Watt School of Irish Dance, Dawson Creek Dance Company, and Ashlie Jmayoff Dance who will also perform a number of pieces from their competition repetiore.To view, the FB Page CLICK HERElast_img read more

Morocco and the US Sign an Agreement on Mutual Assistance in

first_imgCasablanca- Morocco and the United States have recently signed an agreement on mutual assistance in customs matters.Moroccan Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Mr. Rand Beers, signed the agreement on Thursday.This agreement will allow Morocco and the United States to cooperate on a wide range of customs-related issues, ranging from the collection of revenues, the fight against cross-border crime and the protection against security threats. The agreement also features mutual assistance in the fight against terrorism, which is the common priority of both Morocco and the United States.The agreement, signed during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will also allow Customs administrations of the two countries “to better detect, investigate and prosecute violations and customs crimes affecting the movement of goods across borders.Some of the customs crimes both countries face are illicit trafficking, money laundering and terrorism-related activities.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Sarkozy Lauds Moroccos Stability Expresses Concern about Algeria

Rabat – Nicolas Sarkozy, Former French President and current head of the Répulicains party, main opposition party, has expressed his concern about the instability that is affecting Algeria.While the presidential hopeful lauded Morocco’s stability in a destabilized South Mediterranean region, he expressed his concerns regarding Algeria.“At the gates of Europe, we have an almost complete destabilization of the entire southern Mediterranean, apart from Morocco where we can rely on a great king – and wish him long life,” Sarkozy in a speech about defense on Tuesday. Sarkozy said that Algeria’s main cause of concern is the unprecedented drop in oil prices and the country’s dependence on revenues from its hydrocarbons sector.“I will say nothing of our Algerian friends because I know that the subject is sensitive,” said Sarkozy.“And I will oppose a formal denial to all who would come tell me there is no question, especially with the collapse of commodity prices and the dependence of this great country on fossil fuels” has added.Algeria’s economy depends heavily on the hydrocarbon sector, which represent a third of GDP and account for about 98 of exports and of fiscal revenues. Oil revenues and government spending drive the country’s economic growth. With the steep drop in oil prices, the country’s coffers are depleting.This lack of cash will not only push the government to make unpopular measures, such as laying off civil servants and employees of state-owned companies, cutting off subsidies, but also resort to the international financial market to obtain loans.The gravity of the measures that the government may be forced to make in the coming years can only be understood when taking into account that the public sector employs 31% of the country’s labor force and 76 .1 percent of total permanent employment.According to an article published on Algerian news website Tout sur l’Algérie on May 7, the country’s savings will not suffice to cover its spending for the current year. This will obligate the government to contract loans in order to maintain its ongoing spending and avoid a collapse of the whole economy.Sarkozy s’exprime une nouvelle fois sur l’Algérie by algerie-tsa read more

Global AIDS Fund should be up and running by years end Annan

Welcoming the “strong and widespread” support for his proposed Global Aids and Health Fund voiced during the General Assembly’s current special session on HIV/AIDS, Mr. Annan said he was working with all stakeholders – the Group of Eight, other donors, developing countries, foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector – to form a transitional group, which he predicted “will complete its work in time for the Fund to become operational by the end of the year.” Explaining how the Fund would function, he said it would be structured as a private-public partnership. The Board would have members from donor and recipient governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and UN agencies. “We would hope to keep the Board quite small,” he said.”There will be a scientific panel that would advise us on the approaches that we adopt and the most effective way to tackle the issue, and how effectively to use the money that we have raised,” he said. “There will be a small secretariat that will handle the day-to-day operations – we intend to keep it light, responsive and non-bureaucratic.” Governments would make applications to the Fund, and based on the need and the quality of the applications, “the board will decide on releasing money – or not – and how to act.”He said that while the Fund would focus on AIDS, it would also serve to combat tuberculosis and malaria. “I would hope that most donors would give us flexibility, but I suspect some would target their funding, that we want this to go to AIDS, some may want their funding to go to malaria, and some may even be very specific, that their funds should be used to tackle mother-to-child transmission.” The Secretary-General pointed to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), which had raised over $1 billion, as an example of a private-public partnership in action. The GAVI structure had functioned “very effectively,” he said, adding that the Global AIDS and Health Fund hoped to replicate that experience. Mr. Annan first proposed the Fund on 26 April at the African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious, held in Abuja, Nigeria. Pledging to make the fight against the epidemic his “personal priority,” he has embarked on a series of activities geared towards generating widespread support for the initiative. In addition, the Secretary-General has pledged to donate to the Global Fund the $100,000 cash award that he will be given when he receives the Philadelphia Liberty Medal next week. read more

Leonards 34 leads Raptors to eighth straight win

CLEVELAND — Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points, Fred VanVleet added 15 and the Toronto Raptors won their eighth straight game despite missing All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, 106-95 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.Danny Green and Pascal Siakam added 15 apiece as the Raptors improved the NBA’s best record to 20-4, reaching the 20-win mark quicker than at any time in their history. Toronto also is a league-best 10-2 on the road.Lowry missed his first game this season with an unspecified back injury. Raptors coach Nick Nurse didn’t provide any details about Lowry’s back other than to say it flared up earlier in the day.VanVleet started in place of Lowry, the league’s assist leader. With the Cavs still within striking distance, VanVleet dropped a back-breaking 3-pointer with 2:08 left to put Toronto up 10.Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points and Tristan Thompson had 18 points with 19 rebounds for the Cavs, who hung around but lost their fourth in a row and dropped to 4-18.Cleveland, which sustained its worst loss of the season on Friday in Boston, did get healthier as starting guard George Hill returned after missing 11 games with a sprained right shoulder. Hill scored eight in 19 minutes.Toronto was making its first visit to Quicken Loans Arena since May, when the Raptors were swept in four games by Cleveland in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Of course that Raptors team didn’t have Leonard, who came over in a July trade from San Antonio and has given Toronto fans hope that this might finally be the year.TIP-INSRaptors: Reached 20 wins in 26 games in 2014-15. … Came in shooting a league-best 41 per cent on 3-pointers in the past five games, but went only 7 of 26 behind the arc. … Won a franchise record 11 straight last season. … G Norman Powell (left shoulder subluxation) missed his 12th straight game. . Assistant coach Phil Handy was a member of the Cavaliers’ staff for the previous five years, including their 2016 NBA championship team. … Won for just the second time in 13 games in Cleveland.Cavaliers: All-Star F Kevin Love (foot surgery) made a brief appearance in the locker room before the game. Love, who is no longer required to wear a walking boot full-time joked “I’m walking, it’s a miracle.” The team is expected to update his status in the next few weeks. … Cleveland was also without C Ante Zizic (knee), F Sam Dekker (ankle) and G ,David Nwaba (knee). … Although Hill is back, coach Larry Drew will keep rookie Collin Sexton in the starting lineup. “It gives us another ball-handler on the floor, another guy who can make plays,” Drew said. “It gives us speed, it gives us quickness. I like Collin’s ability to play off the ball, too.”OH CANADAThompson — a member of the Canadian national team — is having one of his best seasons. He came in averaging 11.1 points and a career-high 11.0 rebounds. “The kid from Toronto is playing pretty well,” Nurse said. “He’s been a great rebounder for a long time and he is back to his highest level, or even exceeding it, as a complete player this season.”UP NEXTRaptors: Host Denver on Monday night.Cavaliers: At Brooklyn on Monday night.___More AP NBA: and Withers, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State mens soccer opens conference slate against Northwestern

Then-sophomore forward Zach Mason (7) dribbles the ball during a game against Northwestern on Oct. 20, 2013. OSU tied the Wildcats, 0-0, after two overtimes.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter seven overtime periods and three draws, the Ohio State men’s soccer team can finally stop fretting over grabbing its first win – just in time to face a familiar conference foe.“We’re not pleased that we have three draws, but we’re pleased that we don’t have three losses,” junior midfielder Zach Mason said. “Undefeated is always a good thing to have, obviously we want to start turning those (draws) into some wins, but getting one is the first step.”OSU is scheduled to open its conference slate Sunday against Northwestern after a week off.The Buckeyes (1-0-3) defeated Elon 1-0 in Wilmington, N.C., last Sunday to seal that first victory. Junior forward Joao Ehlers, playing in just his second game for the Scarlet and Gray after dealing with a groin injury before the season, dropped in the golden goal early in the first overtime period to deliver the victory. The Brazilian transferred to OSU from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., prior to the season.“It was an amazing play by my teammates, we always work together,” Ehlers said.He was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday for his efforts.“I had the opportunity to finish close to the goal and I got lucky; the ball went through the net.”Fresh off their first victory, the Buckeyes are set to face a team they’ve had little success against in recent years.OSU has not beaten Northwestern since the 2007 season, although the two teams did battle to a scoreless draw in Columbus last year.“You play the conference foes every year, so you’re familiar with their players, we know some of their strengths and weaknesses,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “It is pretty easy to prepare for conference teams because you are very familiar with them.”Conference play has certainly shown it can be a major struggle for Bluem and the Buckeyes despite the familiarity between schools. The team went 1-3-2 against its conference opponents last season, including a 2-0 loss to Michigan State in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.“It’s always the most important time of the year, because doing well in the Big Ten really sets your benchmark for the year,” Mason said. “If we can start off with a win, it will make a statement. We haven’t been that successful in the Big Ten the last few years, but it’s a new year, and I think we’re ready to get in the top tier of the Big Ten.”It has been a busy start to the season for OSU. The team has begun the season with a pair of two-game weekend tournaments. If that’s not enough, it has yet to finish a game in regulation time.“We’re really tired and beat up right now,” Bluem said. “It’s been a long preseason, it’s been a tough couple weekends playing Friday-Sunday-Friday-Sunday like that, so this is a good time right now to have a week to prepare for Northwestern.”The Wildcats (2-0-2) are led by a stifling defense that has only allowed one goal in their four games this season. Senior goalkeeper Tyler Miller set a school record with his 30th career shutout in Northwestern’s scoreless draw against California State University, Fullerton on Sunday.The Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener against the Wildcats is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

American mining CEOs cautiously optimistic says PwC survey

first_imgThe National Mining Association (NMA) reports that “mining CEOs are cautious but still confident, concluded PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in its annual global CEO survey report, Leading in Extraordinary Times,” on how American CEOs see the future shaping up for their businesses in 2015 and beyond. The survey found that mining CEOs were more concerned about the economic outlook than their counterparts in other industries. However, “they are nearly as confident of being able to generate higher revenues in the future,” says the report’s mining sector author, PwC Global Mining Leader John Gravelle. “They’re looking to China especially, but also to the US and India to produce much of this growth,” he said.Mining CEOs expressed concern over the potential for higher taxes, geopolitical turmoil, government indebtedness and deficit handling issues, social instability, as well as bribery and corruption.Regulation tops the list of concerns, with a full 84% being concerned it could be a disrupting force in the future. In addition, 72% of CEOs think threats to growth have grown in the last three years, compared to 59% of all CEOs. Worry over increasing tax burden was a concern of 88% of mining CEOs. Like their counterparts, they are preparing for “major upheavals as various global megatrends converge.”The report finds CEOs responding to possible challenges ahead by simplifying business models and focusing on core assets. Some are planning to reduce or share risk by forming new alliances and partnerships to de-risk projects and spread out capital expenditures.A little more than half of mining CEOs plan to hire more employees this year and 56% are concerned with being able to attract workers with the right skills.The majority of CEOs recognised the strategic importance of digital technologies such as analytics, battery and power technologies and cyber security tools, but they did not seem as concerned as their counterparts regarding the speed at which technology is advancing.last_img read more

European airlines to allow gadget use during takeoff and landing

first_imgUpdated 21:40ANYONE WHO IS flying across Europe will soon be able to use their smartphones and tablets from gate-to-gate.The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the EU’s aviation safety body,  is expected to publish a set of guidelines at the end of the month allowing passengers in Europe to use their gadgets during takeoff and landing.The changes mean that you can now use your smartphone, tablet, MP3 player and e-reader on your flight as long as they are in airplane mode, meaning passengers cannot text or make calls during the flight. The exceptions are bulkier electronic devices such as laptops which need to be stored away during these periods.The EASA also mentioned that it was considering allowing passengers to make calls with mobile phones while in-flight, but noted that this was a long-term goal.The Executive Director of EASA Partick Ky said: “This is a major step in the process of expanding the freedom to use personal electronic devices onboard aircraft without compromise in safety.”The move follows similar guideline changes in the US as the Federal Aviation Authority allowed passengers to use their gadgets during flights.First published 16:17Read: Airline passengers want to use smartphones, but only five per cent do >Read: Electronic device use permitted on US flights, but what about Irish flights >last_img read more

Conservative activist files suit against former Rep Tim Probst

first_imgA conservative activist who has successfully challenged Democratic candidates across the state over their public disclosure filings has brought a lawsuit against a former Clark County legislator.On Thursday, Glen Morgan, a Thurston County resident who serves as the executive director of the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, sued former state Rep. Tim Probst, D- Vancouver, regarding his unsuccessful campaign for state Senate in 2016.According to Morgan’s complaint, Probst’s campaign violated state election law by filing late campaign finance reports detailing $13,799.95 worth of contributions between April and September of 2016. Probst’s campaign was a total of 310 days late in filing these reports, and, as a result, the public was unable to see who was contributing to his campaign, according to the complaint. Additionally, Probst’s campaign was a total of 1,754 days late in filing $420,675.42 worth of campaign expenditures and debt, the complaints state.The complaint also faults Probst’s campaign for making what it states are two illegal campaign contributions. They include $630 to the Clark County Democrats for “Annual Dinner Tickets” and $250 to the Young Democrats of Clark County for “Sponsorship for convention.” The complaint states that all of the violations were “intentional.”Probst said that he had not seen the complaint filed against him. But he said that his campaign was transparent and he doesn’t think “there’s going to be any problems here.”last_img read more

Arsenal need to build around Alexandre Lacazette – Keown

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette will become a key figure at Arsenal if they look to “build around” him, says former defender Martin KeownThe French striker has struggled to make a significant impact at Arsenal following his £46.5m from Lyon last year.As a consequence, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was brought over to the Emirates from Borussia Dortmund for a club record fee of £56m and has since established himself as the Gunners’ main frontman.But Lacazette has impressed under new manager Unai Emery, despite the majority of his appearances coming from the bench this season.Keown told the Daily Mail: “I think special mention has to go to Alexandre Lacazette.“How patient has that man been? His attitude has been impeccable.“He failed to make the French squad for the World Cup then watched from afar as they went on to lift the trophy in Russia.“Emery used him as a substitute in his first three Premier League matches, then he finally gets to start against Cardiff.“So what does he do? He goes and scores the winner. Lacazette now has to play and be the person they build around. Full credit to him.”?? ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE ??? Angle after angle after angle… Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 5, 2018Although Keown admits that Emery has some more pressing matters to contemplate during the international break.The Spaniard has lost two of his opening four league games in charge of Arsenal.Keown added: “Emery now has his chance to reflect during the international break. This is a period of calm for the new head coach.“If I was in his staff, I’d be saying we need to consider making a change to the system.“Arsenal’s centre-backs Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis aren’t really the best in possession of the ball.“Emery has very creative players who play further up the pitch but he needs a figure who can sit in deep midfield. Lucas Torreira could be that man and he could then help the back two out.“It can sometimes feel like we’re watching a youth team whose players are trying to be developed into passers.“Manchester City play 4-1-2-3, with a deep midfielder and two creative players either side. That may be the way for Emery to go.”Arsenal will be back in action on September 15 away to Newcastle United.last_img read more

69 Haitians apprehended in Exuma

first_img Six Haitian men rescued; boat sank Chaos and Confusion at Marketplace As Haitians Gather to Register Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 3rd 2017 – Nassau – Another Haitian sloop has been intercepted by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, this time in Exuma waters. According to reports, over 60 undocumented Haitians were apprehended upon a wooden vessel in the Great Bahama Bank, west of Exuma early yesterday morning.58 males, 10 females and a child were caught at around 2am, as a Defence Force surveillance aircraft sighted them in the Bahamian territory. The migrants were then all transported to the capital and turned over to Immigrations officials for repatriation.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews, haitians Recommended for you More Haitians captured in Eleuthera Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

GHMC forms 495 teams to deal with monsoon fury

first_imgHyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner Dana Kishore on Monday informed that the GHMC was taking various measures to tackle the problem of water logging points in the city. Addressing a press conference here, the GHMC Commissioner said that a total of 495 monsoon team from various department would be pressed into service. For better utilization of these teams, GPS are being provided to their vehicles so that they could be deployed based on their existing location. Around 120 locations, categorised into A, B and C, have been identified as water logging points. Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us At A categorized locations water pumps have been arranged permanently and one A.E. is kept incharge to monitor pumping out of water. AT B and C categorized locations, the motor pumps have been kept at nearby places like Community Halls, Schools and Government Buildings, etc., and the designated officials ensure water is pumped out with the available manpower. One official is designated as of location incharge area of 1/2 Sq km radius and he will visit the area well in advance of one hour before rain occur and ensure all catch pits and man holes are free from blocking from tree leaves, construction debris and plastic waste so that the rain water easily flow into the drains. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us The designated officers regularly visit their respective allotted areas and ensure the catch pits and manholes and also inspect nearby drains, tanks and ensure they are not blocked by plastic, construction and debris material. They also Identify the open places nearby water logging points and converting into percolation tanks by diverting the water into it and also ensure free flow of traffic at SRDP works. A special drive has been taken up to remove construction and debris material by allotting one vehicle to each 150 wards.last_img read more

Obama Silent on DC Statehood

first_imgPresident Obama is a quiet supporter of District statehood. (AFRO File Photo)In his recent State of the Union (SOTU) address delivered to both chambers of the United States Congress before an international audience, President Obama didn’t mention his support of District statehood and that disappointed statehood activists and District residents.On Jan. 20, Obama talked in a 70-minute address about the importance of providing economic relief for the country’s struggling middle class and his administration’s fight against terrorism and for democracy around the globe. However, activists for D.C. statehood noted somberly that the president failed to mention their own fight for democracy-the lack of voting rights in the national legislature despite paying federal taxes.“I am extremely disappointed in the president,” Eugene Puryear, a leader in the DC Ferguson movement, said. “He came into office in 2009 stressing that he would be an active D.C. resident. We had hoped that he would not be like most politicians and pay lip service to D.C. becoming the 51 state.”Politically, District residents have been strongly supportive of the president. On Feb. 12, 2008, Obama, then a presidential candidate, won the District’s presidential preference primary, 75 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 23 percent.Obama, then the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, won the District’s three electoral vote in the Nov. 4, 2008 general election with 92.46 percent of the vote.In his bid for re-election in the general election on Nov. 6, 2012, Obama took 90.91 percent of the vote. This contrasts with President Bill Clinton’s re-election numbers in the city in 1996 with 85 percent supporting.Obama has visited a number of District landmarks such as Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street and volunteered with community projects around the city. He treats D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) as a senator in matters such as selection of federal and District judges.On July 21, 2014, before a District audience at the Walker Jones Education Campus, he stated his support for statehood.“I’m for it,” he said at the meeting.However, statehood activists note that it was not until recently that he put the “Taxation without Representation” license plates on the presidential limousine and in 2011; he negotiated a budget deal with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), without consulting city leaders, which included a ban on publicly-funded abortions in the District. Norton, a strong Obama supporter, has expressed wariness on the president’s part to mention the District’s plight in his SOTU addresses.“The president has neglected once again to find three or four words to say about the disempowerment of the District of Columbia,” Norton said after his 2014 address.Anise Jenkins is a veteran activist for statehood and a leader in the Stand Up for Democracy! organization. Jenkins was among a number of statehood activists who watched Obama deliver his speech at the Busboys and Poets restaurant on 14th Street.Jenkins said that the president needs to embrace statehood as one of his causes.“He needs to step up to the plate,” she said. “He has the power to make this a national issue.”Josh Burch, a leader in the Neighbors United for DC Statehood, launched a White House petition urging Obama to mention the District in his SOTU. However, the petition has gotten only 1,200 signatures and generally it takes about 100,000 for the White House to respond to one.Burch wrote a letter to Obama on Jan. 4 requesting that he mention District statehood.“Mr. President, from one person who believes in the promise of our country to another, from one dad to another, I ask you to speak out and speak up for D.C. statehood in your State of the Union,” Burch said. “Let the nation know that we in the District fulfill all obligations of citizenship yet are denied some of its most basic rights: the right to full and equal congressional representation and the right to be the final arbiters of our local affairs.”However, some statehood supporters don’t entirely blame Obama.“Forget Obama mentioning vote less D.C.,” tweeted longtime statehood activist Mark Plotkin Jan. 20. “[D.C. Mayor Muriel] Bowser and Norton never made a request for a mention in the SOTU. And we wonder why we are ignored.”Bowser joined Norton as her guest at the SOTU address.”Puryear said that if Obama would have mentioned the District’s political plight, even briefly, that would have enormous benefits for the statehood movement.“That would give the statehood a public relations push forward,” he said. “We could have contacted our friends and family around the country to alert them about D.C. statehood. We would seize the opportunity.”Jenkins said the next step is to get more District residents involved in the fight for statehood.“We need to educate and energize our residents,” she said. “D.C. residents are the ones who are directly affected. We need to get out in the streets and be loud about this.”last_img read more

Researchers find slime mold feeding fronds have memristance

first_img Memristance, first described by Leon Chua back in 1971, is where a material has the unique property of undergoing a change in electrical resistance as current is applied. When applied in one direction, resistance increases; when applied in the other, it decreases. More importantly perhaps, such materials also have the remarkable ability to “remember” how much resistance was being applied when the power was turned off. When electricity is restored, the material has the same resistance it had at its prior stopping point. For that reason, researchers have been interested in finding a way to use memristance materials in computers. To date, some progress has been in creating artificial materials with memristance —a team at Hewlett Packard, for example, has been successful in creating a type of switching memristor using titanium dioxide.To better understand how memristance materials work, researchers have turned to nature for examples. In this new effort, the researchers applied voltage to feeding frond samples of the slime mold and found that it conformed to the criteria that describe a memristance material. The finding, they suggest, should help in the development of bio-electronic circuits that can be grown rather than created from other materials.The team’s work builds on prior studies that have shown slime molds capable of finding the shortest path to a food source, which the researchers note could be useful in computer algorithms that seek to perform similar tasks. They acknowledge that it isn’t likely that slime molds will one day sit at the heart of future computers systems, of course, but suggest that biological materials similar to that found in molds could one day be used to create computers unlike anything that exists today. Explore further Study shows slime molds have spatial memory More information: Are Slime Moulds Living Memristors? arXiv:1306.3414 [cs.ET] laboratory experiments we demonstrate that protoplasmic tubes of acellular slime mould emph{Physarum polycephalum} show current versus voltage profiles consistent with memristive systems. This result complements previous findings on memristive properties of other living systems (human skin and blood and leaves) and contributes to development of self-growing bio-electronic circuits. © 2013 ( —Researchers at the University of the West of England have found that the feeding fronds on a type of slime mold have a property known memory resistance, which has been shortened to the term memristance. In their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the team describes how experiments on the slime mold P. polycephalum demonstrated the unique property previously only found naturally in human sweat glands, blood and some tree leaves.center_img Journal information: arXiv An example from on the experiment inoculated with nanoparticles. After measurements, the tube has thinned, unnecessary parts have been ‘burnt off’, colour is a lighter hue. Credit: arXiv:1306.3414 [cs.ET] Citation: Researchers find slime mold feeding fronds have memristance (2013, June 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more

Healthcare analytics Market Expected to Reach USD 2933 billion by 2025

first_imgThe Global Healthcare analytics Market is projected to reach USD 293.3 billion by 2025.and is expected to register a significant growth rate of 28.3 % during forecast period 2018 -2025, reveals a recent research report added by Big Market Research.The study offers an extensive analysis of key drivers, opportunities, key segments, regions, and major manufacturers. Additionally, the competitive scenario in different geographies is outlined to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors to determine emerging economies. Insights presented in the report would benefit market players to develop strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.Get a sample copy of this report @ report offers detailed segmentation of the global Healthcare analytics market based on North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and ROW. and region. It evaluates these regions based on the prospect and status for the forecast period. Additionally, the research presents the current market condition and outlook of each region. Regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, China, Japan, Middle East & Africa, India, and South America. Market dynamics are also revealed in the research based on risks, driving forces, and opportunities. A brief overview of each segment and sub-segment is provided.The research offers an in-depth analysis of major market players operating in the global Healthcare analytics industry.Key market players operating in the industry include:Allscripts Healthcare Solutions,  Cerner, Health Catalyst, IBM, Mckesson, SAS Institute Inc., Oracle , Wipro and MoreThe research demonstrates the performance of each player active in the industry. Besides this, the report offers an overview and highlights of recent advancements of each player in the market. These insights help understand the competitive scenario and take important steps to gain major market share. Comprehensive analysis of consumption, market share, and growth rate of each application is offered for the historic period. The report also offers insights on suppliers, buyers, and merchants in the market.The research evaluates the manufacturing cost of the global Healthcare analytics market. It discusses key raw materials, dealers, and labor costs. In addition, it evaluates the manufacturing process of the industry. The research also provides insights into Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis.The report clearly indicates that the Healthcare analytics industry has achieved extensive growth since 20XX with several significant advances related to the industry. This report is prepared based on a detailed evaluation of the industry by experts. To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals looking for unbiased data on supply, demand, and future estimates would find the report valuable.Avail the Discount on this Report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains  across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Cirq 040 released for writing quantum circuits

first_imgCirq is a Python library for writing quantum circuits and running them against quantum computers created by Google. Cirq 0.4.0 is now released and is available on GitHub. Changes in Cirq 0.4.0 themes The API is now more pythonic and more consistent with respect to breaking changes and refactoring. The simulation is faster. New functionality in Cirq 0.4.0 The following functions, parameters are added. cirq.Rx, cirq.Ry, and cirq.Rz cirq.XX, cirq.YY, cirq.ZZ, and cirq.MS related to the Mølmer–Sørensen gate cirq.Simulator cirq.SupportsApplyUnitary protocol is added to specify fast simulation methods cirq.Circuit.reachable_frontier_from and cirq.Circuit.findall_operations_between cirq.decompose sorted(qubits) and cirq.QubitOrder.DEFAULT.order_for(qubits) are now equivalent cirq.experiments.generate_supremacy_circuit_[…] dtype parameters are added to control the precision versus speed of simulations cirq.TrialResult helper methods (dirac_notation / bloch_vector / density_matrix) cirq.TOFFOLI and cirq.CCZ can be raised to powers Breaking changes in Cirq 0.4.0 Most of the gate classes have been standardized. They can now take an exponent argument and have a name which is of the form NamePowGate. For example, RotXGate is now XPowGate and it no longer takes rads, degs, or half_turns. The xmon gate set has now been merged into the common gate set. The capability marker classes have been replaced by magic method protocols. As an example, gates now just implement a _unitary_ method as opposed to inheriting from KnownMatrix. cirq.Extensions and cirq.PotentialImplementation are removed. Many decomposition classes and methods have been moved from* to cirq.*. Example: is now cirq.EjectPhasedPaulis. The classes and methods related to line placement are moved into Notable bug fixes A two-qubit gate decomposition will no longer produce a glut of single qubit gates. When multi-line entries are given, circuit diagrams stay aligned. They now include “same moment” indicators. The false-positives and false-negatives are fixed in cirq.testing.assert_circuits_with_terminal_measurements_are_equivalent. Many repr methods returning code are fixed that assumed from cirq import * instead of import cirq. Example code now runs in both Python 2 and Python 3 without the need for transpilation. Notable dev changes The test files now import cirq instead of just specific modules. There is better testing and packaging of scripts. The package versions for Python 2 and Python 3 are no longer different. cirq.value_equality decorator is added. New cirq.testing methods and classes are added. Additions to contrib cirq.contrib.acquaintance: New utilities for defining permutation gates cirq.contrib.paulistring: Utilities for optimizing non-Clifford operations which are separated by Clifford operations cirq.contrib.tpu: Utilities for converting circuits into an executable form to be used on cloud TPUs. This requires TensorFlow. Read next Google AdaNet, a TensorFlow-based AutoML framework Graph Nets – DeepMind’s library for graph networks in Tensorflow and Sonnet A new Model optimization Toolkit for TensorFlow can make models 3x fasterlast_img read more

You wont believe how long the worlds longest flight will be

first_imgYou won’t believe how long the world’s longest flight will be Share SINGAPORE – Is there a limit to how long you can tolerate being on a plane? At what point does that crying baby or your seatmate’s constant snoring break your resolve and cause you to tear out your hair?Singapore Airlines will soon find out once it launches the world’s longest nonstop commercial flight on Oct. 11. Travelling between Singapore’s Changi Airport and Newark Liberty Airport, the extra loooooong-haul flight will travel over 16,000 kilometres and last 18 hours and 45 minutes.We know what you’re thinking – that’s an unbearably long time to be watching movies starring The Rock. But Singapore Airlines is doing everything it can to make sure the flight is not only pleasant, but ultra comfortable.For one thing, it takes place on the new A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) featuring a two-class layout (67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy). That’s right – no uncomfortable Economy seats on this bad boy!More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backSecond, the plane is outfitted with several features to enhance comfort and reduce jetlag, namely higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and special lighting. Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality (yes, you actually breathe better onboard).And as long as it may be, the 18-hour flight is actually the quickest way to get one from city to the other. “The flights will offer our customers the fastest way to travel between the two cities – in great comfort, together with Singapore Airlines’ legendary service – and will help boost connectivity to and through the Singapore hub,” said Mr. Goh Choon Phong, Singapore Airlines’ CEO.The route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Daily operations will kick off Oct. 18 after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service. Posted by Friday, June 1, 2018 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: Singapore Airlineslast_img read more