first_imgRecent years have seen a surge in the number of public servants from the community in both elected and appointed office at all levels of government. Indian-Americans constitute just 1% of the U.S. population, but have achieved disproportionate success in fields in which they have not been historically represented in high numbers, including diplomacy, law and politics.Read it at Forbes Related Itemslast_img

first_imgAlternate NamesBrain injury – concussion – discharge; Traumatic brain injury – concussion – discharge; Closed head injury – concussion – dischargeWhat to Expect at HomeHealing or recovering from a concussion takes time. It may take days to weeks, or even months. You may be irritable, have trouble concentrating, be unable to remember things, have headaches, dizziness, and blurry vision. These problems will probably recover slowly. You may want to get help from family or friends for making important decisions.When You First Go HomeYou may use acetaminophen (Tylenol) for a headache. Do NOT use aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), naproxen, or other similar drugs unless your doctor told you to.Eat a light diet. Light activity around the home is okay. You do not need to stay in bed. However, avoid exercise, lifting weights, or other heavy activity.Have an adult stay with you for the first 12 – 24 hours after you are home from an emergency room.Going to sleep is okay. For at least the first 12 hours, someone should wake you up every 2 or 3 hours. They can ask a simple question, such as your name, and then look for any other changes in the way you look or act.Ask your doctor how long you need to do this.Do not drink alcohol until you have recovered all the way. Alcohol may slow down how quickly you recover, increase your risk for another injury, and make it harder than it already is to make decisions.advertisementActivity As long as symptoms are present, avoid sports activities, operating machines, being overly active, and hard labor. Ask your doctor when you can return to your activities.Make sure friends, people you work with, and family members are aware of your recent injury.Talk to your employer about the timing of important projects. Consider having others check your work. You should not perform work activities that may place others in danger until all symptoms are gone.Family, workmates, and friends should understand that you may be more tired, withdrawn, easily upset or confused, may have a hard time with tasks that require remembering or concentrating, and may have mild headaches and less tolerance for noise.Consider asking for more breaks when you return to work.Talk with your employer about:Reducing your workload for a whileAllowing rest times during the dayHaving extra time to complete projectsA doctor should tell you when you can:Do heavy labor or operate machinesPlay contact sports, such as football, hockey, and soccerRide a bicycle, motorcycle, or off-road vehicleDrive a carSki, snowboard, skate, skateboard, or do gymnastics or martial artsParticipate in any activity where there is a risk of hitting your head or jolt to the headWhen to Call the DoctorIf symptoms do not go away or are not improving a lot after 2 or 3 weeks, talk to your doctor.Call the doctor if you have:A stiff neckFluid and blood leaking from your nose or earsA hard time waking up or have become more sleepyA headache that is getting worse, lasts a long time, or is not relieved by over-the-counter pain relieversFeverVomiting more than 3 timesProblems walking or talkingChanges in speech (slurred, difficult to understand, does not make sense)Problems thinking straightSeizures (jerking your arms or legs without control)Changes in behavior or unusual behaviorDouble visionReferences Heegaard WG, Biros MH. Head Injury. In: Marx J. ed. Rosen?s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2009: chap 38.Hunt T, Asplund C. Concussion assessment and management. Clin Sports Med. 2009;5-17.Review Date:7/10/2012Reviewed By:Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

first_imgMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella has picked 1960s batting star ML Jaisimha as his favourite cricketer.When asked in a rapid-fire round who he would pick as his favourite between Jaisimha and Sachin Tendulkar, Nadella said: “Oh that is tough, But look I am a Hyderabadi and a romantic at heart, so ML Jaisimha.”In his book ‘Hit Refresh’, Nadella talks further of his love for Jaisimha. “One time, my father hung a poster of Karl Marx in  my bedroom; in response, my mother hung one of Lakshmi, the Indian goddess of plentitude and contentment…My reaction? The only poster I really wanted was one of my cricketing hero, the Hyderabadi great, ML Jaisimha, famous for his boyish good looks and graceful style, on an off the field.”WATCH FULL VIDEOJaisimha played 39 Tests between 1959-1971 and finished with 2056 runs. He was a stylist and a complete purist on the field. Several Hyderabadi batsmen in the later generations were also a lot about style and technical finesse. The likes of Mohammad Azharuddin and VVS Laxman, in recent times, were considered among the most stylish and wristiest batsmen in world cricket.Tendulkar, who is the only man with 100 international hundreds and is the owner of several batting records, retired in 2013 after an emotional 200th Test at home in Mumbai.Nadella arrived at the India Today Conclave Next on Tuesday to talk about digital technology and its application on the Indian landscape. He also spoke about the importance Microsoft is giving to AI, Mixed Reality and other services that look to help business and consumers.advertisementNadella is not the only tech wizard who is fascinated with cricket or sports.Back in December 2015, Google CEO Sundar Pichai conceded he was a big fan of Barcelona and their Argentine forward Lionel Messi. “I am a big football fan. I follow football more because it is easier to follow there. I am a big Barcelona and Lionel Messi fan.”Pichai, who was born in Chennai, also revealed that he dreamt of being a cricketer  and admired the legendary Sunil Gavaskar.”I am a huge football fan. I remember when I was young, I would drive my mom crazy. I would wake up in the middle of the night to watch World Cup soccer. I would watch the Brazilian team in those days. Cricket and football are two sports that I follow. I am a big Barcelona and Messi fan”.”I did dream of being a cricketer like so many Indians. I used to be a huge fan of (Sunil) Gavaskar when he was playing and later, Sachin (Tendulkar) when he played. I always had a dream,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgTHESSALONIKI (Basketball Champions League) – Walter Hodge’s three point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim as Aris and ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne will return to France tied up at 67-a-piece after Leg 1 of their Round of 16 match up on Wednesday evening in Greece.Aris led by double digits in the third period, but neither team could gain separation in the contest, which featured no less than 10 ties throughout the forty minutes.Michalis Tsairelis and Vassilis Kavvadas led Aris with 14 points each, as Michael Jenkins joined them in double figures with 11.Spyros Mourtos, Aris’ captain, commented to Basketball Champions League after the game:“We had a problem in the beginning of the game with offensive rebounds that they got. We balanced the game, managed to get defensive rebounds and second half we made a good lead.“At that point we weren’t stable on defence and didn’t make good options on offence and this is why the game ended tied.“Now we have to go Lyon and win the game if we want to proceed.”For ASVEL, Adrian Uter finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists, whilst Demarcus Nelson and Nikola Dragovic adding 10 points each.“We played a really good defensive game, we were physical,” ASVEL’s Amine Noua said.“We turned the ball over a little too much, but we did a really hood job of playing physical and aggressive to stay in the game, giving us a good chance to make the difference at home.”With both teams struggling from outside the arc, it wasn’t until the third period, when ASVEL went four and a half minutes without a field goal to open the half, that saw a side get a stranglehold on the game.Aris led by as many as 10, but a 13-6 run, punctuated by a Nelson basket with a little over six minutes to play saw ASVEL get their first lead of the second half at 62-60.And with ASVEL holding a four point lead with under 4 minutes remaining, Aris responded. Tsairelis rattled off a 5-0 run by himself, and just like that Aris led by one with 1:02 left in the game.Hodge had the last point of the contest, splitting a pair of free throws to tie it up at 67 with 45 seconds left and neither team would be able to convert again, setting up what should be a thriller in Leg 2.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIt was a cakewalk for South Africa as they registered an 87-run victory against Sri Lanka in a World Cup warm-up game on Friday, but more importantly, it was their depth in the squad that came to the fore.Andile Phehlukwayo (35), Dwaine Pretorius (25 not out) and Chris Morris (26 not out) got important runs while Phehlukwayo (4/36) and Pretorius 1/34) bagged wickets too, strengthening their case for a spot in the starting XI.Phehlukwayo was particularly impressive with the ball, as Hashim Amla (65) and skipper Faf Du Plessis (88) also got runs.”I think there is quite good competition and good depth within the squad,” Phehlukwayo was quoted as saying by”Personally, I am not looking in terms of those competitions. I just want to contribute for the team, whoever is playing in that all-rounder position is obviously the person in the form and hopefully, they can do the job for the team. Aside from that, I don’t think personally I have an agenda in terms of the all-rounder.”We have a very diverse squad so I think on the day we can play any combinations and that team that is fit to play will do everything to perform and to win the game for South Africa. So, at the moment I am really not sure, but I know that the diversity and the depth that we have in our squad is really good so whoever is fit to play will do the job for the team.”Skipper du Plessis said that at least one of those three players would have to sit out.advertisement”There is definitely not space for three of them,” he said. “Depending on fitness, Dale Steyn is progressing. So, if he doesn’t progress the way that he wants to then two all-rounders come into the equation. If our fast bowlers are all fit, we love that diversity in our attack.”Asked about the possibility of games during the World Cup being high-scoring, Phelukwayo said it’s all about the mindset in terms of watching games.”It’s the mindset that you take in, in terms of watching all the games and then when you’re in the middle, and you face a few balls and you’ve got to get yourself in quickly. You don’t want to get fewer runs and then get caught up at the end of the day going, we should have gone earlier, or we should have waited. Those things you’ve got to adjust, and you’ve got to assess really quickly, and you’ve got to train yourself in the nets, and that’s something that comes with the game plan, and on the day how the wicket is playing.”Sitting at home watching a couple of the games in England it has been really interesting. And to come and see how good the wickets truly are is going to be fantastic. I think it is going to be a high scoring tournament. I think the team that bowls really well in this tournament will win the tournament. I think we would have liked a few more runs.”Obviously, they bowled quite well and the wicket had something in it through the whole innings so it was nice to see that both of the teams got a good outcome out of the game. Especially for us, out there batting and scoring 300 runs is quite a lot of confidence for us going into the tournament,” he pointed.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations high for Virat Kohli’s IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Border picks Kohli, Morgan, Finch as 3 skippers to watch out forAlso Seelast_img read more

first_imgTexas Nerd BoxThis has become a classic formula for Oklahoma State winning games this season.Pile up the positive swing points (Justin Gilbert pick-six and a TD right after the Lavey pick) and don’t do anything stupid. OSU continues to get incredible field position (I don’t know why this isn’t a bigger story) and hold opponents to not incredible field position.The first downs and offensive efficiency don’t thrill me but OSU is capitalizing on every single opportunity its defense gives it right now. That’ll play — I just hope it plays enough against what might be the greatest college football offense ever next week…If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgGaming Fantasy Premier League: Five players to consider in Week 19 Oli Platt 01:46 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Willian Chelsea Getty Images Gaming Premier League Fantasy Football Changes at the back for Burnley and Alvaro Morata’s absence could be situations worth pouncing on this week Christmas is coming, but we have a final set of Premier League fixtures coming up this weekend before the big day.Arsenal and Liverpool get things kicked off on Friday night at the Emirates Stadium in one of the biggest matches of the festive season.Nine games then take place on a jam-packed Saturday, with Everton and Chelsea the first game of the day and Leicester City and Manchester United concluding things in the evening. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goal has five players to consider adding to your fantasy team for the weekend ahead.KEVIN LONGKevin Long BurnleyJames Tarkowski has been handed a three-game suspension, which will mean bargain-bin centre-back Kevin Long getting more minutes over the Christmas period.The 27-year-old stepped in for the injured Ben Mee for two games earlier this month and the Clarets kept clean sheets in both, so he will return to the lineup with no shortage of confidence.Burnley’s defensive record is founded on their structure rather than outstanding individuals, meaning Long is an easy choice if you need to replace Tarkowski or are looking for a cheap addition to free up some funds.He will be faced with a stern test against Tottenham this weekend, but Sean Dyche’s men have shut down top opponents before.Next match: Tottenham (H)CHARLIE TAYLOR Charlie Taylor BurnleyLike Long, Charlie Taylor is a cheap defender who will be getting starts for Burnley in the coming weeks due to an absence – in this case of regular left-back Stephen Ward.Taylor also has two Premier League appearances to his name this season and, you guessed it, two clean sheets.The interesting thing about the ex-Leeds United man, though, is that he is only 24 (Ward is 32) and more games may be forthcoming if he is able to impress while Ward is out.If Taylor can become a regular member of the Burnley back four, he will represent significant value for money.Next match: Tottenham (H)WILLIAN Willian ChelseaAlvaro Morata picked up a fifth yellow card of the season in the League Cup in midweek, which will likely mean Eden Hazard continuing as a false nine this weekend against Everton.That opens up space for both Pedro and Willian to play on the wings, and both represent interesting fantasy options.Willian has two goals in his past three games in this system and carries the added threat of being an expert from set-piece situations, making him the slightly more attractive choice.He shouldn’t feel the effects of the midweek outing too heavily having been brought off after an hour, indicating he will start against Everton.Next match: Everton (A)ILKAY GUNDOGAN Ilkay Gundogan Manchester CityA place in Pep Guardiola’s midfield has meant guaranteed fantasy points this season.Beyond the exploits of Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, even the Catalan’s backups have performed superbly. Both Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan have a goal and an assist in their past two starts.Their chance to shine has come courtesy of fixture congestion and the absence of David Silva, who looks set to be unavailable again this weekend.As a result, Gundogan will probably continue in the centre of the park against a Bournemouth team that has been less than watertight at the back this season.Next match: Bournemouth (H)MARKO ARNAUTOVICMarko Arnautovic West HamMarko Arnautovic cost West Ham a lot of money and always seemed a risky signing given he will be 29 by the end of the season and can blow hot and cold.But once or twice every season the Austrian goes on a tear, and the arrival of David Moyes in east London appears to have brought one on.Arnautovic has two goals in his past three Premier League games – including the winner against Chelsea – and has fired in 13 shots in that time.What’s more, he has played as an out-and-out striker in the past three games ahead of fellow summer signing Chicharito. It would be a surprise to see Moyes change that setup after a run of two wins, a draw and three clean sheets.Next match: Newcastle United (H) Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgDanish Kaneria has admitted his role in a spot-fixing case involving his former Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield, more than six years after he was banned by the England and Wales Cricket Board.Westfield was jailed for four months in 2012 after pleading guilty to accepting a payment to concede a set number of runs off an over in a limited-overs match against Durham in 2009. Kaneria, the former Pakistan leg-spinner who had repeatedly denied any involvement in trying to engineer particular situations in a game, was banned for life by the ECB for “cajoling and pressurising” Westfield into accepting money. Read more Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Cricket Support The Guardian news England beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in third ODI and take 2-0 series lead Essex Reuse this content The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook “My name is Danish Kaneria and I admit that I was guilty of the two charges brought against me by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2012,” the 37-year-old told al-Jazeera. “I have become strong enough to make this decision, because you cannot live a life with lies.”Kaneria remains Pakistan’s most successful spinner with 261 wickets in 61 Tests. He last played for Pakistan against England at Trent Bridge Test in 2010, and has not appeared in any first-class game since March 2012.“I want to apologise to Mervyn Westfield, my Essex teammates, my Essex cricket club, my Essex cricket fans. I say sorry to Pakistan,” Kaneria added. “If the ECB and ICC and other bodies would give me a second chance I can help to educate young people in cricket, teach them that if you do wrong you are finished like me.” Since you’re here… Pakistan cricket team Share on Messenger Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Reuters SpainJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 10:08 IST Maria Sharapova wins on return from injury break, set for Kerber test. (Reuters photo)HIGHLIGHTSSharapova impressed in her first-round win over Viktoria KuzmovaSharapova admitted there is much to work on but was encouraged by her displaySharapova is “optimistic” and nothing felt “too sharp” in her shoulder during the matchAfter two weeks enjoying the delights of Mallorca it was time for business for Maria Sharapova on Tuesday as she launched her comeback from a six-month injury lay-off in style.The Russian five-times Grand Slam champion struggled for rhythm initially on the low-bouncing grasscourt at the Mallorca Open but picked up the pace to beat Viktoria Kuzmova 7-6(8) 6-0.It was a small step for the 32-year-old who will face reigning Wimbledon champion and top seed Angelique Kerber in a standout second-round match at the Santa Ponsa Tennis Club.Kerber, who suffered an ankle injury during the claycourt season and lost in the first round at the French Open, beat Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure 7-5 4-6 6-2.Former world number one Sharapova admitted there is still much to work on but was encouraged by her display in negotiating a tricky opening round — her first competitive match since the St Petersburg Open in January.There were a few double faults in the first set but the right shoulder that has caused her so much trouble in the past and needed minor surgery in February appeared to hold up.She saved two set points in the opener but allowed her opponent, ranked 39 places higher than her at 46, only six points in the second as a large crowd, which included tournament referee Toni Nadal, watched under a blazing sun.It was the 2004 Wimbledon champion’s first win on grass for four years in only her second match on the surface in that time.advertisement”It was nice to get a victory,” she told reporters.”It’s been a while since I’ve been out there so it felt really good to go through a few things I’ve worked on and get the arm into action again. There’s a lot to work on but I had to start somewhere.”Wildcard Sharapova said she felt “optimistic” about the shoulder that needed minor surgery in February and did not feel anything “too sharp” during the match.With rain falling elsewhere in Europe, Mallorca appeared a wise choice as a starting point for a suspect shoulder but it was not all smooth for wildcard Sharapova against Kuzmova.The Slovak broke to lead 6-5 in the first set as Sharapova served three double-faults. Sharapova broke back immediately to force a tiebreak but had to fend off a set point at 6-7 and another at 7-8 before sealing the set when Kuzmova missed a forehand.A confident Sharapova romped through the second set.Victoria Azerenka, the third former world number one in action on the day, was beaten 1-6 6-4 7-5 by Caroline Garcia.Also Read | Dominic Thiem extends olive branch to Serena Williams with mixed doubles offerAlso Read | Maria Sharapova to return to action at Mallorca OpenAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mallorca OpenFollow Maria SharapovaFollow Angelique Kerber Next Mallorca Open: Sharapova wins on return from injury break, set for Kerber testMaria Sharapova launched her comeback from a six-month injury lay-off by beating Viktoria Kuzmova 7-6(8) 6-0. She will face Angelique Kerber next in a standout second-round match.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Activities included reading competitions and dramatisation of characters from students’ favourite books. Pupils gave oral reports on books they have read and answered questions, for which they were awarded medals, trophies and certificates of participation. The grounds of the Mocho Primary School in Clarendon came alive with activity on June 15 as the institution staged its annual literacy fair. Story Highlights The institution, which comprises an Infant Department, has 292 students on roll and 10 teachers on staff, including a teacher of reading, who also serves as Vice-Principal, and a guidance counsellor. The grounds of the Mocho Primary School in Clarendon came alive with activity on June 15 as the institution staged its annual literacy fair.The event, held every June, is geared at enhancing the literacy levels of students and bolstering academic performance generally, Principal of the school, Tina Reid, told JIS News.Activities included reading competitions and dramatisation of characters from students’ favourite books. Pupils gave oral reports on books they have read and answered questions, for which they were awarded medals, trophies and certificates of participation.Among the competitive events was the ‘decorate the door competition’ in which storyboards depicting themes from books were mounted. The contest, which was sponsored by Teacher Store and More, was judged by external adjudicators.There was also a development session for parents, in which representatives from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information provided tips on how they can build the literacy levels of their children at home and cater to children with special needs.“Based on the feedback, it was well received by the parents and they looked forward to receiving this kind of dialogue with Ministry personnel,” Ms. Reid said.The day concluded with a concert, with students performing original items about literacy.Ms. Reid told JIS News that literacy scores have been trending upward; however, there was a decline last year, which she said was primarily due to attendance problems.“We are remedying (that). Overall, we have been performing well at the national level,” she pointed out.She is looking to acquire a smart board as well as computers and tablets, which would be “programmed with teaching and learning material to have our children utilise them in order to enhance literacy levels”.“We want to expose our children to an array of electronic gadgets where they know that teaching and learning can take place not necessarily always via charts, but also via the tablet,” she told JIS News.“This is the way technology and the world are going. In order for us to cater to the 21st-century learner, we have to be on par with where technology is trending,” she added.Meanwhile, Ms. Reid informed that the school, located in Dawkins in the Mocho Mountains, has also seen improvements in performance in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).“We are still working on doing the data analysis, but based on looking on the raw score, our performance has improved,” she said.She explained that in assessing performance “we look at where they (students) were in grade one, how they trended up at grade three, how they were at grade four, and what we have brought them to for the GSAT. We find that the children have improved tremendously and we are really proud of where they are now”.The institution, which comprises an Infant Department, has 292 students on roll and 10 teachers on staff, including a teacher of reading, who also serves as Vice-Principal, and a guidance counsellor.Ms. Reid, who began her journey at Mocho Primary as a youth service worker and returned as a classroom teacher in 2007 after completing her training, is highly positive about the school and is looking forward to further improvements.She was appointed senior teacher in 2012, named acting principal in 2015 and promoted to principal recently.“Here, I am now, principal of the institution where it all started for me. It has been a tremendous journey… I have been absolutely honoured to serve right here where I started, and because I’ve always been here, it seems like home. I have this love and passion to continue the work. So, I continue to serve humbly,” she told JIS News.last_img read more

first_imgLast week, the conservation group, along with five others, met with some 40 partners in order to discuss how to maintain corridors in southern Quebec that are essential to the survival of species like lynx, which need about 70 square kilometres each in other to survive.Monticone said the effort will also require more passages between Canada and the United States as animals will have to move to new areas in response to environmental changes.“It’s more and more needed if we’re thinking about climate change,” said Monticone, the conservation science manager for the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Quebec.“Quebec, for example, will be a climate change refuge because animals are going north, about 45 kilometres per decade, so they need ecological corridors to be able to move north and be sure they survive.”She said the absence of passages from one natural area to the next can lead to species being isolated, unable to maintain their biodiversity or move to a new area if their habitat changes.RELATED: Baby boom expected for wildlife: conservation group And while space is essential to predators like lynx and wolves, she said it’s equally important to smaller species such as turtles, and many species of plants.She said securing a natural corridor can mean making agreements with landowners as well as negotiating with urban and regional planners to ensure they integrate natural areas into development plans.But it also means ensuring animals have a way to cross existing highways.She said organizations such as Montreal’s Concordia University and the Quebec’s transport ministry have been studying the effectiveness of measures such as underpasses to allow animals to cross safely and reduce roadkill — which also benefits humans by reducing the number of animal-vehicle collisions.Monticone said there has already been work done recently to strengthen the natural passages to allow passages between eastern Quebec, the Maritimes, and the states of Maine and Vermont. But she said the work is slow going, requiring negotiations with municipal and regional governments as well as hundreds of individual landowners.“Every time we collaborate with an owner, we’re talking about little puzzle pieces that are being added to connectivity, and we need several puzzle pieces to really create the ecological corridors we need,” she said.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — For several years, conservationists have been stressing that ecological corridors, which allow wildlife to move between natural areas, are essential to preventing habitat fragmentation and ensuring the survival of animals such as lynx and bears.But the need for corridors is becoming more urgent, given a UN report that concludes a million species are threatened with extinction, and the fact that many Canadian provinces could become ‘climate refuges’ for animals heading north to escape rising temperatures, according to Kateri Monticone of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.RELATED: 1 million species at risk of extinction: U.N. reportlast_img read more

first_imgAndy Frost started Psychedelic Sunday in 1985 at the age of 29, shortly after moving to Toronto. He’s hosted it for most of the 33 years since then. (PETER HOWELL / TORONTO STAR) Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Sunday’s show was the genial Frost’s last, as Q107 pursues a corporate plan to expand from its Baby Boomer base towards a more youthful audience. But judging from the reaction of shocked and dismayed listeners, Toronto Mayor John Tory among them, the news was a colossal bummer, man.They took to Twitter en masse, using the hashtag #ThankYouAndy, to express their dismay over the shuttering of Psychedelic Sunday and the imminent departure of Frost, 62, who is also known to hockey fans as a former public address announcer for the Maple Leafs. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Rock ’n’ roll will never die — but as far as generations of Toronto radio listeners are concerned, it’s suddenly become a whole lot less psychedelic.That’s because Psychedelic Sunday, the popular Q107 classic rock program hosted by Andy Frost, has abruptly signed off after 33 years of exciting ears and expanding minds with Sunday-long servings of album tracks by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Supertramp, Yes, Neil Young and other artists from rock’s headiest era, 1965-75.The show lasted three times longer than the decade it celebrates. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for human rights in Cambodia, Yash Ghai, and the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Leandro Despouy, issued a joint statement that the appointments cast doubt on whether “judicial independence is being fully respected in Cambodia.”They called on Cambodian authorities to ensure that the provisions of the Constitution, as well as international human rights law, are respected so that judicial independence can be upheld.“An independent judiciary is a fundamental guarantor for the protection of human rights in any country; without independent judges, it is not possible to ensure everyone’s right to a fair trial,” Mr. Ghai and Mr. Despouy said.All judicial appointments, transfers, promotions, suspensions or disciplinary actions in Cambodia are supposed to be decided by the country’s Supreme Council of Magistracy and then implemented by royal decree.But the two experts said the decree of 9 August replacing the President of Cambodia’s Court of Appeal appears to have not been based on a decision by the Supreme Council of Magistracy, but instead followed a request from the Chairman of the Supreme Council for State after a proposal from the Justice Minister and the Co-Chairmen of the Council for Legal and Judicial Reform.“In other words, the replacement of the Appeal Court President was done at the request of the executive branch of government,” the statement said, adding that the appointment of four new members of the Supreme Council of Magistracy by a separate decree on the same day appears to have been similarly made at the request of the executive.Mr. Ghai noted that he has already voiced concern that the existing composition of the Supreme Council of Magistracy, which includes a government minister and a senior member of the ruling party, “does not inspire confidence that the judicial appointment process in Cambodia is free of political control.”Today’s statement said three of the new appointments to the Supreme Council of Magistracy were for positions that are supposed to be reserved for members elected by judges.“No elections appear to have been held for these positions,” Mr. Ghai and Mr. Despouy said. “Indeed, no elections have ever been held for these three elected positions.”Mr. Ghai, a constitutional lawyer and academic from Kenya, and Mr. Despouy, a human rights lawyer and academic from Argentina, are among a series of independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor issues of concern. 23 August 2007Two United Nations human rights experts today expressed concern over judicial independence in Cambodia following recent appointments that they say seem to contravene the separation of executive and judicial powers enshrined in the country’s Constitution. read more

During yesterday’s meeting with the Foreign Minister, the UN’s Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ross Mountain, discussed “the deteriorating humanitarian situation resulting from the closures and curfews imposed in the West Bank and Gaza,” spokesperson Hua Jiang told reporters in New York.Mr. Mountain also voiced “serious concern” about the lack of progress in implementing the specific commitments made by Israel to the Secretary-General’s Personal Humanitarian Envoy, Catherine Bertini, during her mission to the region two months ago, Ms. Jiang added.The Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator is in the region leading a technical assessment mission that will propose a humanitarian action plan for the coming 12 months.

OSU coach Thad Matta speaks to the Buckeyes during a timeout in OSU’s exhibition match-up against Walsh on Nov. 6, 2016. The Buckeyes won 85-67. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorThad Matta is no longer Ohio State’s men’s basketball coach after he and OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith announced his firing at a press conference Monday afternoon, but he will have a hand in helping to select his successor.The three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year will speak with candidates for his replacement and deliver input to Smith.“I might not necessarily know a particular thing about a particular candidate and he’ll help me try and vet that out,” Smith said.Matta’s consultation will not end there, according to Smith.“If we’re having a particular issue with one of our current athletes, I’ll call Thad, or someone will call Thad and say, ‘Hey, we need to help this young person as they go through this particular challenge,’” Smith said.Smith specified this did not mean that Matta would remain a full-time employee.When Matta and Smith convened for a meeting on Friday, neither anticipated only one would walk out as an OSU employee. But the duo exited the regularly-scheduled sit-down understanding that it would be the last such meeting between the two to simply touch base.At Monday’s press conference, he proclaimed that as soon as the media availability ended, a national search for OSU’s next coach would begin. Smith stated that there will be no timetable for hiring Matta’s replacement. But because of the abnormal time for a coaching search, it may be lengthier than most.“No time is optimal, but obviously this time is not the best,” Smith said. So I need to be sensitive to what I’m dealing with in this window of time. So, I do not have a timeline.”In the interim, the coaching and support staff will remain in place.“So right now, Dave Richardson will be running the strength and conditioning part, working with (athletic trainer) Vince (O’Brien). The assistant coaches are still on staff and they’re still employed. And so they’ll be doing their jobs unless they find another job,” Smith said.During Friday’s meeting, neither Matta nor Smith talked about OSU’s all-time winningest coach leading the Buckeyes for one additional year, Smith said.“It was never a part of our conversation,” Smith said. “I felt where he was and I also quantifiably looked at where we were from my responsibility point of view and just felt like it was time. read more

first_img Some examples of standardised cigarette packs used in Australia By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL The Irish Medical Organisation and ASH Ireland welcomed the measure. Patrick Doorley of ASH Ireland said:“…the introduction of standardised packaging in Australia has been hugely positive at every level, including the reduction of smoking prevalence among adults and children.”In the two years following the introduction of plain packaging, smoking rates fell to an historic low of 12.8%. This is down from 15.1% two years before its introduction.Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State Marcella Corcoran Kennedy are both behind the bill.“It has been estimated to cost Irish society a total of €10.7 billion annually in healthcare, productivity and other costs,” according to Harris.Corcoran Kennedy said, “Ireland has the lowest age of children starting to smoke among all the EU Member States and almost 80% of smokers in Ireland start when they are children.“Standardised packaging will reduce the attractiveness of tobacco products and forms a key part of Ireland’s strategy to reduce tobacco use, particularly uptake among children and young people.”Almost 6,000 people die from tobacco related disease and tobacco use.Read: This is the number of ‘current smokers’ in Ireland todayRead: ‘If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, you inhale a mugful of tar each year’ 37 Comments From September, all cigarette packs sold in Ireland will look the same This makes part of effort to have Ireland tobacco free by 2025. THE GOVERNMENT WILL bring forward legislation today for the standardised packaging of tobacco.The aim of standardised packaging is to make all tobacco packs look less attractive to consumers, to make health warnings more prominent and to prevent packaging from misleading consumers about the harmful effects of tobacco.The signing of this order means that all tobacco products manufactured for sale in Ireland from 30 September 2017 must be in standardised retail packaging.There will be a wash-through period allowed, meaning any products manufactured and placed on the market before the September date will be permitted to stay on the market for a 12-month period. Source: John Stillwell/PA ImagesStandardised packaging means that:All forms of branding – trademarks, logos, colours and graphics – are to be removed from tobacco packsThe brand and variant names would be presented in a uniform typeface for all brandsThe packs would all be in one plain neutral colour. 18,330 Views Image: PA Archive/PA Images Mar 29th 2017, 6:45 AM Share27 Tweet Email4 Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 6:45 AM Some examples of standardised cigarette packs used in Australia Image: PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Posted: October 29, 2018 October 29, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County probation officers are getting a big boost to help keep the roads safe.The State Office of Traffic Safety awarded the department a grant of $382,000 to help ensure that high-risk, repeat drunk or drugged driving offenders comply with court orders.It will allow officers to better monitor treatment for high-risk offenders, including making sure they are attending DUI educational programs.“Our highest goal is to promote safe roadways for every driver and pedestrian while successfully rehabilitating these men and women so that they are no longer a risk to themselves or to the community.” Said Chief Probation Officer Adolfo Gonzales.The funding is also used to offset overtime pay for officers who conduct off-hours compliance checks.Last year The San Diego County Probation Department received a $535,000 state grant for the same reason. KUSI Newsroom San Diego County receives grant to combat repeat DUI offenders Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

first_img(WSVN) – As the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaches, the National Fire Prevention Agency is reminding everyone of the dangers that turkey fryers present.“Keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home,” the agency said.Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before the holiday and Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, according to the NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division.In 2015, fire departments across the United States responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. The NFPA says unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in the fires.The NFPA says cooking equipment, including turkey fryers, was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.While the NFPA strongly discourages the use of turkey fryers, they did offer the following safety tips:Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.Keep knives out of the reach of children.Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.— Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgCIA With our personal data at risk on a regular basis — from Facebook to Russia to Aibo the robot dog — an increasing number of organizations are taking refuge on the anonymous, encrypted Tor network. That now includes the CIA, which on Tuesday announced a new “onion” version of its website for the network.  Tor, short for “The Onion Router,” anonymizes Internet traffic by routing it through an international network of relays that mask a user’s location and usage. This makes it difficult for individuals, companies and governments to track your activity online. But accessing the Tor network requires tools that aren’t as user-friendly as mainstream web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and James Martin/CNET The CIA’s global mission requires that “individuals can access us securely from anywhere,” the intelligence agency said in a press release. “Creating an onion site is just one of many ways we’re going where people are.” The onion site (Tor address) features secure links for reporting information and applying for a job, and will mirror all of the content currently available at Many tech companies, even those accused of stepping over the line when it comes to tracking users, have promised to bring out their own privacy-enabling tools. Google is expected to announce later today that users of its Chrome browser will soon get greater insight into and control over websites that use cookies to track them. Brave, cofounded by former Firefox leader Brendan Eich, has developed a browser that blocks ads and trackers by default. (Brave has incorporated some components of the Tor Project’s network identity-hiding technology into its browser.) Firefox is testing a new version of its browser that will give users the option to cut off tracking technology. And Cloudflare has announced a new VPN that hides web traffic on phones. Share your voice 1:32 Comment Brave browser Chrome FCC Firefox Privacy Facebook Safari 1center_img Now playing: Watch this: Security Culture Online Tags Brave browser gets more private with Torlast_img read more

first_imgKodiak officials have passed a revision to an ordinance that targets the city’s homeless population.The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the revision approved by the City Council Thursday prohibits aggressive panhandling and camping, sitting or lying on public sidewalks. The new laws will take effect following a 30-day waiting period.City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski says the changes were necessary because the existing code made it difficult for police to respond to reports of public intoxication, offensive behavior and people passed out on city sidewalks.Offenders will be fined $50 for the first citation and $100 for a second offense.Homeless shelter Director Monte Hawver agrees with the revision, but says more could be done to get homeless people off the streets, such as creating jobs and more affordable housing.last_img read more